Learning Spirituality

Learning spirituality is an exciting, enlightening and rewarding process, but how do you get started? With all the information in the world at your fingertips, it can be hard decision where to target first, and with contradictory beliefs, in can be hard to establish your own. This article rewinds the process and brings the focus to the very beginning of a spiritual journey, making you ready for lifelong development.

As you know, there are many mediums one may draw information out of. These include books, online sources, talking to others, classes, audio and observation. All of these mediums are explained in detail below.

Books

Reading books is a great start for introducing yourself to spirituality. Although, it must be considered that reading any spiritual or self-help book is much different than reading a novel. You must not race through sections, but give yourself enough time to allow what you have learned to sink in. Reading too much at one time can make everything jumble together, and you won’t remember the specifics of what each section is trying to teach you. It’s a good idea to assign a certain amount of time to each chapter, say at least 3 days, or even a week. This gives you time to recall the information, and apply it to your life, if necessary. There are books on a multitude of subjects, everything from self-help based spiritual learning, to developing your psychic skills. If you don’t know what book to pick up first, I recommend trying a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Dyer’s books make spiritual information easy to understand, and he presents it in such a loving way, that you too will pick up on the loving energy.

Online Sources

Perhaps more accessible than books, online sources can give anyone a great deal of information. Doing a simple Google search on your areas of interest can lead you to something enlightening. It also helps to visit the websites of authors and psychics. Many authors and psychics provide information on their website such as small articles or videos. Further, you can put YouTube to use and search for some motivational speeches by spiritual leaders.

Talking to Others

The easiest of all mediums is talking to others. Start paying attention to the beliefs of others, and not immediately shunning out an idea just because you’ve never thought of it. Keep an open mind. When you’re speaking to family or friends, bring up a spiritual subject that interests you, and see where it leads. If you have no one around you that shares the same interests, seek them out. Go to places where they may hang out (Meditation centres, areas in libraries, yoga classes). If this does not work, you can go online and join in on the chat in forums. If you have any spiritual questions, try consulting others who you view to be smart in that area. This can include sending an e-mail to the author of a particular article you found interesting, or asking a psychic a parapsychology questions during a reading. There are many possibilities for communication.

Classes

If you are more of a hands on person, perhaps you could try classes pertaining to a specific area of spiritual interest. Classes could include meditation, yoga, reiki etc. Further, you can attend seminars or motivational speeches given by someone you consider to be very spiritually advanced.

Audio

If you’re not a big reader, you can always listen instead. This can, of course, include audio books. However, audio books are often not free and may be costly. Aside from audio books, there are radio shows and podcasts. Both of these are excellent sources of knowledge. Radio shows and podcasts allow us to hear another person’s point of view, and if the program has call-ins, we can even participate. Radio shows can be listened to live or in the archives of a radios website. A great radio channel for discussing spirituality is Ask One Radio ( www.ask1radio.com ). Podcasts can be found mainly for free in the iTunes store. Search the iTunes store or blogtalkradio.com for keywords on your areas of interest. It will more then likely bring up dozens of podcasts pertaining to your interest.

Observation

The most simple, free and natural way of learning spirituality is to observe it. Spirituality is found everywhere. A good example of this in is nature. A flower blooming, leafs changing colors and the rush of waterfalls are all miracles created by a higher energy. Many look past these seemingly simple things. However, if you pay attention, you will be surprised and enlightened in how much beauty you will find.

Tips

Remember learning is a process without an end. Never close yourself down to learning, thinking that you know it all. Also, be open to the beliefs of others and take them into consideration. Even if you don’t agree with a specific view, think to yourself “that’s an interesting way of looking at it”. Don’t accept all the beliefs of someone either. Just because you have a favorite author who you see as a spiritual master, doesn’t mean you can’t believe some of their beliefs and not others. Don’t think every belief of one specific person is right, develop beliefs of your own and don’t rely on others. Once you have developed beliefs of your own, don’t be afraid to question them.

Questioning your beliefs in a healthy manner can lead to more growth and spiritual clarity. Most of all, don’t take learning so seriously. Although it is a serious matter, learning is supposed to be somethin