Nine Elements of a healthy spiritual practice

Nine Elements of a Healthy Spiritual Practice ― Balancing Your Path

These nine elements are the foundation of a well-balanced spiritual practice.  They are also the nine elements of a well-rounded health and wellness program. So, spiritual practice and wellness go hand-in-hand.

Nine Elements of a Healthy Spiritual Practice

These are nine tools or elements that make up the tools for spiritual practice:

    • Clean Air
    • Clean Water
    • Adequate Sunshine
    • Proper Diet
    • Sleep
    • Exercise Tailored to you focusing on durability
    • Analytical and intellectual training of the mind
    • Seated Meditation
    • Moving Meditation

Above all, we must tailor each of these tools or elements to our own needs. One size does not fit all. Where you start depends on a variety of factors. It involves lifestyle, time available, resources, environment, and general health. It’s important to include all elements to some degree. Leaving out one or more will have a detrimental impact on your health. Balancing your path is key to the best results.

The six foundation elements are Appropriate Sunshine, Fresh Air, and Water, Sleep, Proper Exercise, and Diet. To these six basic elements, we add seated and moving meditation. The ninth tool is the use of the intellectual and analytical abilities of the mind.

We can further define the spiritual technologies within this practice.  We call the practice of these ancient tools spiritual exploration.

Tools For Balancing Your Path

balancing your path

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the spiritual journal and automatic writing. Here we introduce lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

We recommend a plan that uses all nine elements of a healthy spiritual practice. Using the right amount of each element will give you the best results. This approach is what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.

Balancing your path is something that will accelerate your development.  Since we are constantly changing, you will need to make adjustments in your practice to compensate.  There are some common obstacles as well.

What are the Tools and the Obstacles

If balancing our path was easy everyone would do it.  There are obstacles to using the nine elements of a healthy spiritual practice.  So, we need to identify those things that are in the way.

By far, many people find proper diet and exercise are the two most difficult elements to incorporate into their schedules. The right diet is different for everyone.  We all have different needs. Regardless, we recommend an exercise routine that incorporates strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercise.  The focus should be on durability.  We see durability as the ultimate health goal.

Our exercise routine is separate from our practice of moving meditation.  This would include all forms of martial arts and physically oriented Yoga Asana.  Adding as many forms of physical exercise will improve your ability with many spiritual technologies.  This practice increases mind-body integration.

View the body and your consciousness as an intricate and delicate instrument.  It is designed for the refined study of this realm. As your practice evolves, you will need to refine and adjust depending on your results. Keep your plan flexible. This will yield the best experiential results.

Some use psychotropic compounds to achieve non-ordinary states of reality. These compounds should only be used with the guidance of a knowledgeable and well-informed guide.  They are not for the novice.  Only an experienced spiritual explorer should consider their use.

Outside of failing to use all these nine elements, the most common obstacle is belief. Don’t allow your beliefs to be a barrier to your development.  The focus should be on learning to think and analyze rather than memorizing data.

In Conclusion

The nine elements of a healthy spiritual practice are vital for our physical and spiritual health.  Find your own mix for balancing your path.

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Interested in spiritual exploration?  Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.  Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.

References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
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