The following eight spiritual practices form the matrix of individual spiritual evolution. While there are many adjunct practices that assist in the expansion of divine consciousness, it is these eight that have proved themselves to accelerate the spiritual awakening of practitioners of the world’s wisdom traditions.
In meditation practice, the practitioner pays undistractible attention to Reality. All meditation techniques share a common purpose: to awaken awareness, another word for self-realization. Meditation stills the mind, increases the capacity to intuitively receive the guidance of Spirit, and opens the heart’s desire to serve as a beneficial presence on the planet.
2. Affirmative Prayer
Affirmative prayer grounds the practitioner in a solid awareness of oneness with Spirit. The power of affirmative prayer sets in motion a process of healing false beliefs that prevent an individual from fully realizing their spiritual inheritance. Prayer is intimate communion with the Spirit in the language of one’s own heart. It facilitates a realization of your oneness with God.
3. The Sacred Union Of The Soul
The Sacred Union Of The Soul is developed by Esther Nana Schmidt as revealed by the divine Spirit to her.
It is a process and a practice of remembrance, to embrace wholeness and sacredness as our true nature and birthright.
4. Sacred Service
Service is meditation in action. As the realization of oneness with all beings is awakened, an organic, natural desire arises to be of service in such a way that nothing is asked in return because serving is its own blessing. Being of service is a freewill offering to the One that has become the all.
5. Spiritual Study
At every stage of growth and development on the spiritual path, it is important to maintain a “beginner’s mind.” Remaining teachable acknowledges that spiritual truth is limitless, so there is always the opportunity to rise to a more profound level of understanding, wisdom, and practice through spiritual study.
6. Spiritual Community
Committed participation in a spiritual community accelerates our spiritual evolution. When individuals gather together to meditate and pray, their united consciousness contributes to the spiritual progress of each individual. The community also offers the opportunity to cultivate patience, humility, compassion, and selflessness. When we need encouragement on the path, the community is there to hold the high watch for us.
As we mature in our understanding of the law of circulation, it becomes obvious that the sharing of our financial resources, our talents, and skills is at the heart of tithing. And, in grateful recognition of the teachings and teachers who have been and are our spiritual benefactors, we tithe to them to support the dissemination of their teaching and mission. Our tithing transforms us into generous beings and assists us in becoming more receptive to ever-increasing Good.
8. Practicing The Presence of God
We do this as a conscious reminder to ourselves that our life Is, the life of God and is lived by an Inner Grace. In God, we live, move, and have our being.