1. Experience life through intuition. Allow your sixth sense to guide you. Get out of the habit of using only your 5 physical senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing). They only give you a superficial understanding of what and who is before you. There is an invisible reality to all that appears before you.
2. Discern. There is a lot of deceit in the world. Use your intuition and common sense to make good judgments. If a spiritual guru told you to jump off a bridge, would you? If an angel told you to kill your brother, would you? Listen to what people are saying and asking of you. Do not be afraid to discard what doesn’t fit you.
3. Understand that enlightenment: the path to God, universal consciousness, heaven, nirvana, ascension, and/or your soul is already within you. Do not look to religious leaders, friends, family or work to do the work for you. They can point you in the right direction, but you must do the work yourself.
4. When you are lost, seek the teacher within yourself, others, nature and animals. Lessons come from all life, all existence. The way a bird sees earth or a plant feels the soil or a child eats his first candy will be different from your way. We are all gifted with different experiences and so we each have a unique way of seeing and processing this world. Be open to it. Learn.
5. Develop habits that support spiritual living. Pay attention to how you feel throughout the day and especially while you do extracurricular activities. Some actions will bring you more joy and peace than others. Discover them. And make them a habit.
6. Learn to live a part of your day in silence, contemplation and meditation. Take time out every day, or at the very least a few days a week, for yourself. Leave the crowd, turn off the TV, shut the door and relax in silence.
7. Attend classes, workshops, seminars, book readings, meet ups and festivals, picnic in a park, watch movies, listen to music and visit art galleries that are spiritually related. There are many ways to your inner self and the cosmos. Sometimes all you need is an inspiring word from a speaker, an intriguing sound, the light shining forth from the person sitting next to you, or a simple breeze to bring you one level closer to your goal.
8. See the beauty in all. With a busy schedule, it is easy to walk through life never really seeing the beauty that surrounds us. And beauty does surround us, visible and invisible. You can see it in people, in nature, in a word, in another realm, or even a gesture. Look for it. Allow it to brighten your day.
9. Look for inspiration. You can find it in the most unlikely of places.
10. Find meaning in life, your life, the life of others, the life of objects, nature, and animals.
11. Search for your purpose, the purpose for this life on Earth.
12. Have a vision. What do you want out of life, out of your relationships, out of your job? What can you do to get this?
13. Question yourself. There is more to you than you even know. Dig. And then dig deeper. Do you like what you see? Be honest. If you do not like what you see, then change. If you do, then rejoice.
14. Be flexible. Be willing to make changes where changes are needed. Be willing to do what it takes to create the life you want. Be willing to step out of a box. Be willing to pass boundaries and limitations. All of this will make learning so much easier.
15. Believe in the power and possibility of transformation.
16. Understand the choices you make decide who you are and your future. So choose wisely. If you choose with love, peace, joy, health, honesty and respect in mind, your choice will always be a wise one.
17. Speak words that benefit you and others. Words should inspire, heal, create positive energy and build beautiful images.
18. Pay attention to what you listen to. Words and sound — they manifest, influence emotions and moods, affect bodily functions, control, and tamper. So, learn to avoid or block out what does not benefit you.
19. Learn to do what you love. This is hard for many people. There is always an excuse why you cannot or should not. Throw away that excuse and find a way. If it means you stop doing something you love less, than do so. If it means you cannot go on a shopping spree for several months, then forgo the spree. This is about love and happiness, finding your soul, living your true self. Find a way through the obstacles. You can do it. Think outside the box. Be creative. Ask for help. Do your research. There is always a way. Sometimes solutions do not come the way you expect it. So keep your mind open and go with the flow.
20. Be thankful. No one has to help you, give to you or even be with you. But they do it anyway. Acknowledge this and appreciate it.
21. Accept that you do not and cannot know everything. Accept your ignorance. Accept that others, even the most unlikely of beings, can know more than you on a particular topic.
22. Understand and accept relativity. Truth is relative to your circumstance and your knowledge. What you know others will not. What others know you will not. What you feel others will not. What others feel you will not. The pattern of the world is that intricate… so many people, so many experiences, so many ideas, and that many realities.
23. Feel love. Be in love. Love. It is hard to receive love when you do not give love. It is hard to feel love when you choose not to love. So, love yourself. Love others. Love all things big and small.
24. Free yourself. Realize the joys of freedom and free yourself from voluntary slavery.
25. Know you are never alone. And that is literally as well as figuratively speaking.
26. Cleanse yourself, your living space, and relationships continuously. Clutter distracts the mind. It collects dust and then becomes unhealthy. Learn to let go. Understand that people, animals and things come into your life for a reason. They can spend 20 years with you or just 1 day. When it is time to let go, let go. Do not hold on to what is not meant to be held on to. That will only bring you anger, sadness and disappointment.
27. Forgive. Living without forgiveness only breeds hate, anger and disappointment within you. Let the problem go and live in peace.
28. Understand that other people have the same right to freedom than you do. Many times what we want, takes away the freedom of another. Be conscious of this. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
29. Learn to give. Share, do not horde. There is a beauty in sharing.
30. Allow yourself to receive.
31. Learn to be in the present. Forget the past. Plan for the future, but do so lightly. Do not live for it. There are too many variables that you cannot see. So, live your life in the present.
32. Honor and respect yourself. You must do it first before others can honor and respect you.
33. Honor and respect the sacredness of all life: humans, plants, animals and nature.
34. Learn self-control. When something or someone is not good for you, you need to know how to say: “No” or “No more”.
35. Pause to listen. Listen to people. Listen to yourself. Listen to animals. Listen to nature. Listen to the cosmos. You will be surprised at what you hear when you really listen.
36. Be kind. Imagine how a kind word or gesture everyday could lighten up the world.
37. Have faith in goodness. It does still exist. Aren’t you an example?
38. Nurture yourself. How can you be happy or at peace if you never do what you want to do, if you are tired or sick, if your life feels meaningless? Take time to feed yourself pleasure, goodness, healthy food, fun exercises, understanding, forgiveness, and compassion.
39. Nurture your relationships. It is easy to forget that we share our lives with others until they are gone. Do not let their leaving wake you up.
40. Search. Research. Question. This is the best way to find answers to questions and solutions to problems.
41. Believe in unity, unity of all life, unity of all history, unity of all religions, unity of all decisions, unity of all choices and unity of your entire being. Understand the importance of unity.
42. Use your imagination to create a world you want. There is nothing like a happy fantasy that makes you laugh and smile. And who knows… it may come true. 🙂
43. Learn enthusiasm. There is nothing more depressing than a sourpuss. Who wants to be around a sourpuss? Even in difficult times, you can be enthusiastic. The key is to look for the positives and enjoy the simple pleasures that have been gifted to us all.
44. See how the world is changing. Be aware. Terms like unconditional love, tolerance, cultural diversity, animal rights, humanitarianism and green living are being dropped into conversations everywhere and in all levels of society. There are more people on the path than you think.
45. Accept growth. You have the right to change, grow, become someone new, to do something new. Dramatic growth is a guarantee on a spiritual journey. Don’t allow fear or the irrational to stunt your growth.
46. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Whenever you are contemplating a theory or an action, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Ask yourself: “What if it were me? What would I do? How would I feel?” This is a great way to infuse your opinions and actions with compassion. It’s also a great way to build patience and tolerance.
47. Accept joy in your life. Know that Mother Earth and the Source have provided you many ways to be joyful — to feel, see and hear happiness. Joy is all around you. It is as free as the sun and the wind; and as complex as a cruise around the world. You don’t need lots of money or people or material things to experience it. Nor do you need to be poor. You just need to want it. Accept it.
48. Accept imperfections. You are not perfect. Your parents are not perfect. Your friends are not perfect. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. We are all going to mistakes for we are, after all, on a earthly journey. So, instead of focusing on imperfections, focus on how you can change (yourself, a circumstance, a religion, a nation).
49. Know when to let go and let be. Not every desire needs to be satisfied. Not every job needs to be had. Not every friend needs to be kept. Not every fight needs to be fought by you. Learn to see what is important for your journey, for your well-being.
50. Understand that sitting still is just as important as pushing forward. It allows you time to study, to grow in knowledge and ability. It gives you a chance to rout-out the unnecessary and eliminate it. Sitting still is the time you need to gain the wisdom you need to make smart decisions. Don’t discard or discredit it. Instead rejoice in it.
51. Intend. Affirm. Intentions and affirmations are great ways to manifest change. So stop creating excuses on why you cannot. Instead affirm that you can and that you will.
52. Know you can live a spiritual life. Say it to yourself: I CAN AND I WILL LIVE A SPIRITUAL LIFE.
This, of course, is only meant as a guide. There are many other ways as there are many other traditions and rituals. Every being on Earth is different and comes with different beliefs and experiences. So, you must always go with what fits you and your needs best.