These gifts are indeed treasures, which are the legacy of our ancestor’s sacrifices. These gifts lay dormant, waiting for us to awaken, unlock, and use them. Learn how to open these latent talents. They are vital to reaching our full potential.
Spiritual Gifts ― Treasures of the Soul
You can define these sacred gifts in many ways, and a lot depends on your worldview. Every philosophy and religion has its way of describing these gifts. The most popular religions globally are the Abrahamic religions. These religions have a combined membership base of over 4 billion. However, they define these gifts differently from how we will discuss them.
The virtues of the spirit are one of the gifts we will discuss. These are beautiful attributes of personal experience. These include gratitude, joyfulness, happiness, love, thankfulness, blissfulness, appreciation, mindfulness, and serenity.
Some cultures refer to spiritual gifts as skills, abilities, and talents. No matter what you call them, they are the treasures of the Soul. These treasures are the legacy of our ancestors, the culmination of connections stretching back to the beginning. We are the result of the lessons learned and blessings earned. We inherit them through our DNA. And, we acquire their use by this inheritance. They live within us, waiting for us to awaken and use them.
It would be almost impossible to list all the variations of spiritual gifts. We recognize them when we see them in operation. For instance, the ability to facilitate healing is a talent. Feeling the emotions of other people or places is the Empath’s gift.
The Shamanic Journey is probably humankind’s first spiritual technology. Some religions and cultures rebrand this process to make it more acceptable, calling it creative visualization or guided meditation. It’s a tool that can reveal your gifts and talents. An excellent resource to learn this process is the book “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide by Sandra Ingerman” (2).
This tool is just one of the ancient technologies which help us explore and develop our potential.
You can increase your latent skills, abilities, and talents in the same way you can increase your athletic ability. Think of it like playing basketball. Some people have a natural talent for this game. Take Michael Jordan, for instance. You can practice for years and never be able to do the things Mr. Jordan can do. That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun playing basketball, even if we can’t shoot and dunk like Michael Jordan.
These special abilities come in a variety, like a rainbow’s colors. Some people have a special gift, and some have several—some people a great deal of talent, and some have very few. You may not be aware of them until you begin the process of awakening them.
Instead of looking for a list of spiritual gifts, awaken to your own! It is easier than you think. Just remember it’s essential to be gentle but firm with yourself. Progress is hard to predict. We each learn and awaken at different rates. So be patient and gentle. Be steadfast and keep using processes like the Shamanic Journey to discover and awaken them.
Consciousness development can be serious “inner work,” and it will illuminate any roadblocks, but it is worth the effort. The discoveries you make will be a part of your legacy to others.
You do not need to follow a religion to use the shamanic journey or any other tools for exploring consciousness. All you need to do is follow the process. For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions. Their focus is on exploring consciousness and developing human potential.
We use a blended learning model incorporating those processes which are safe and reliable. We are not the first to use this eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s method was to adopt techniques proven effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
Unlocking Your Spiritual Gifts
Here is one way many people can begin the process. It’s a simple and intuitive process. We will sit upright and guide our awareness from our normal active mind to our body and breathe. Then we “visualize” the unlocking of the treasures of our Soul. It’s simple, but it works. Try it and see.
1) Quiet the Mind And Guide Awareness Inward
First, allow yourself a few moments to sit in your silence. Consciously bring your awareness to your body. Sit comfortably. You don’t need to sit cross-legged. Your spine should be upright but not strained.
Allow your head to “float” about your shoulders. Now, allow your awareness to come to your posture, your body. Bring your awareness also to your breathing. When thoughts interrupt, gently return your attention to your posture and breathe. It will begin to quiet the mind. Practice this until you feel your mind quiet down. In this way, you learn how to guide awareness gently inward.
2) Creative Visualization
The last step is to leverage the power of creative visualization—this a way to use our imagination. Make a vivid picture in your mind.
Feel the air (source) coming into you through your nostrils and filling your lungs. Visualize bringing in cleansing air and source energies. Allow the energy to go down the spine and gather them in the sacral area. Then, when you breathe out to allow the release of air and negative energy out your lips. Next, see if you can regulate your breath—seven seconds in, deep into the stomach. Hold the breath in for several seconds, and then exhale slowly through your lips. Feel and hear the stale air leaving your body.
Focus and visualize the uncoiling of the energy up your spine. As you visualize the uncoiling, allow your intuition to unlock whatever treasures of the Soul reside within. TRUST in the process. After a few minutes, you should begin to “feel” silence and stillness.
Finally, Visualize the “unlocking” of the treasures of your Soul. Ask your ancestors to help you if you are inclined to call upon your spirit guides or guardian angels. Ask them for focus, direction, discipline, counsel, and love. Allow the blessings to do this until the only thing you’re noticing is your life force energy coming back into sync with life. You may also feel you are more in sync with the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
Summing up the Process
Some people find this process works almost immediately. However, it may take several times over several weeks for many people. Everyone is different, so don’t force it. The process and the timetable for unlocking your spiritual gifts are different for everyone.
We walk our “own” path on The Hero’s Journey. But, we don’t have to walk the whole way alone. Find others are walking in the same general direction. Learn from them and help them teach them and accept their assistance.
We are all on our path, going at our own pace. Some people get their gifts all at once, others over time. They are available when we are ready to receive them. The process of awakening is like a butterfly transformation. It takes time.
First, it is common for people to find that their thoughts and emotions interrupt this process. It is also hard for some people to follow their breath. Both of these will become easier with time and practice. Don’t force things. If your mind is hyperactive or tired, wait for a better time to practice. Over time your mind, body, and soul will come to enjoy this time of synchronization.
Second, our cultural narrative resists change. We receive programming from several social systems that create boundaries of thinking. This programming is so powerful it will install bias and prejudices. So, it’s essential to question your cultural narrative. It’s where we get most of the beliefs that make up our worldview.
After you do this practice, it’s crucial to become and stay present with your body and breath. It will help you keep in contact with this primal energy and knowledge. You may find these treasures of the Soul materialize after the process rather than during the journey. Again, everyone is different. Be present enough to trust the energies.
You will feel the high vibrations of your gifts, just like the presence of a friend. Many find clarity of thoughts and images within the mind’s eye directly after the practice. And, if you don’t feel anything, that’s telling you something. If it doesn’t resonate, then perhaps you aren’t in a place to open this particular skill, ability, or talent. Most people have a spiritual awareness of people and places. Trust in this wisdom.
What Are The Spiritual Technologies?
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
There’s nothing wrong with studying philosophy or finding ways to bring out humankind’s positive attributes. Similarly, there isn’t anything wrong with developing a list of these attributes. However, these differ from unlocking our latent skills, abilities, and talents.
Use as many spiritual technologies as you can. Study about the higher virtues. Find out what treasures you possess.
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(1) Religions by population, Wikipedia
(2) Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide by Sandra Ingerman.
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia