“There is a morning inside you waiting to burst into light.” -Rumi
When we are first born into this world, we are pure, blank slates – tabula rasas, if you will.
At this stage of life, we are generally unfazed by society, norms, biases and stereotypes. We are in our purest, most vulnerable, forms. We are perfect. Beautiful and full of untapped potential, connected to our spirit form and ready for the next steps.
So as we age, how do so many of us become so disconnected from that part of ourselves? That pure essence – the part of our spirit that can be experienced by just being, that embraces and relishes all the joy of life.
I believe that over the years, our spirits become altered by judgements, attachments, experiences and other external influences from the world around us. It can be difficult to navigate these things and stay true to ourselves, to stay connected with our inner white light and natural spirit. Over time we begin to seek answers and validation from external sources and eventually forget that we can actually go within ourselves and find the answers that we are seeking. We lose touch with our intuition, with our inner spirit and we completely forget about the tremendous power we possess.
So, how do we reverse this?
How do we go within, connect with our inner light and activate our spirits again? How do we get in touch with our purest form?
If you’re fortunate enough, as a child you were given the freedom to explore, imagine, create and be your authentic self. Maybe you built forts that magically transformed into castles, caves and airplanes. Or maybe you ran around in nature pretending to be a soldier, ballerina, mother or father. These activities are the way children access their inner spirit, and as adults we can certainly still tap into this again.
But if this wasn’t your experience, don’t worry – there are still plenty of ways to connect with that part of yourself.
I believe this can be done through ancient intuitive practices rooted in the concept of heightening awareness and connection, and I have chosen three practices to help you connect with your inner light and activate your spirit:
1. Meditation. By nature, this practice is reflective. It provides a space to to connect with yourself and become aware of what’s internally happening for you. Try this guided meditation for connecting to your inner self.
2. Earthing/forest bathing. These practices are rooted in ancient cultures such as Native American indigenous tribes. They are all about connecting to nature and tuning into Mother Earth, practices that allow for increased connection. Forest bathing takes mindfulness and grounding practices and applies them to being in nature. The practice includes engaging the five senses in the environment. You can read more about it HERE.
3. Create. The process of creation is part of being a child. Painting, sculpting, drawing and writing are all activities that are encouraged through childhood. What might not be apparent is that engaging in creation unlocks parts of our brains that allow us to connect with ourselves. Take out some paper and markers and allow yourself to create, free of judgment and rules.
We can all become a little more authentic, genuine and aware through practices such as these. Where there is more authenticity and awareness there is all more love and kindness. Connecting to our inner selves and spirit isn’t only to the benefit of ourselves it also makes the world a little better too.
And don’t be afraid to seek out support! Join us over in the Be Your Best Self Facebook group for more guidance on connecting to your inner spirit.
Want 1-1 support? Contact Jamie HERE for ways you can work together.
**This is a guest post! Kate is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Certified Health Coach and a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who works as a therapist at Jamie’s clinical practice, Be Your Best Self+Thrive Counseling. She enjoys exploring local hot spots and is a huge foodie. Her clinical experience ranges from trauma and grief to individuals struggling to manage life transitions and maintaining work-life balance. Kate also loves working with couples striving to make their relationships healthier. Learn more about her here: https://www.bybsandthrive.com/meet-kate