Monthly Archives: April 2015

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence (Part 4)

April 2015

4 Genres

In today’s world there seem to be 4 notable genres of spirituality. They all have their place and it is useful to explore these to appreciate how they nourish our personal growth and developing spiritual intelligence. These four approaches are outlined below in brief. Of course, they are not so cut and dried and there are many interwoven links. We talk about these genres, their interconnections and their effect on a growing spiritual world in greater detail during our Heart of Understanding 8 Day LiberatingTouch Class.

“Popular Spirituality”

Popular spirituality is part of a growing life-affirming genre – It is life loving and joyous, there is almost a feeling that anything goes so long as one is focused on compassion, kindness, positivity, sustainability and being present. This can be a confusing blend of non-dualism and body celebration. For some this approach lacks depth, accountability and does not always allow for the complexity of life’s many experiences. There is an avoidance of discipline and commitment, but there is a huge exploratory element which allows one to venture and discover life outside the confines of certainty. This genre avoids using the word God in describing its affiliation and prefers to use words like, Presence, Grace, Source and similar terminology.

“Tradition and Faith”

The traditional genre or the route of religion is when one consciously demonstrates love for God or a Higher Power. It is often defined by a set of codified practices or by adopting ancient observations, theology, or philosophy. Some of these approaches have been passed down for generations. The merit in this genre is the emphasis on community, having a value-based life, a life of service. Each tradition has a set of laws that provide the seeker with an ethical life-honouring framework to build upon. The issue with this genre is that over centuries prejudice and misappropriation has tainted some of the original teachings.  Much has been lost in translation, yet the essence of these traditions continues to be beacons of light and wisdom for many.

“Investigative Spirituality”

This inquiry based spiritual path shows itself in the growing cognitive therapeutic approaches. This genre veers away from devotion. Its focus is understanding, knowledge, mindfulness and self-awareness. Here the seeker actively engages in deconstructing what they believe about themselves, the world they inhabit, so that they can discover the Truth about themselves. It uses catch phrases like oneness, existence, non-existence, and absolute. Its non-dualistic approach although deeply compassionate and meditative is fairly cerebral and does not always allow for the physical, emotional or the more “chaotic” expressions of the spiritual seeker for example, the tears of yearning.

“Integrative and Intuitive”

Integrative spirituality relies on the seekers intuitive wisdom, the ability to explore, study, experience and intuit how to build a direct relationship with God. It is the uncertain route, lacking the support of tradition, the feel good of the popular or the clarity of knowledge. This genre requires one to delve into all areas of spirituality, philosophy, life, to explore Truth from an internal, intuitive perspective and because it does not have the certainty of external recognition it can be an unsettling path.  Here Love is the path and Truth is the destination. This path demands the cultivation of patience (willingness to listen, devotion, tolerance and constant integrated awareness) and purity (inquiry, discernment, disciplined rigorous self-responsibility). Without these the seeker experiences confusion and conflict.

Although these 4 genres demonstrate differences in their expression and methodology, they all share the recognition and reverence of Divinity; they all have at their core a compassionate heart. This unites them in Love and eventually the seeker whatever the path returns to Truth.


 

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence (Part 3)

March 2015

Utilising a LiberatingTouch Sequence with Forgiveness and Surrender

Forgiveness and surrenderSpiritual Intelligence helps us connect with ourselves and the world around us with greater clarity and understanding. It helps us distinguish between the rantings of a distressed anxious mind and the insistence of a concerned and clear thought process.

Eddie and I are often asked, “In the face of challenging situations how can I stay centred?” We have several techniques that we use; the most popular technique with our students is the infinity exercise which is briefly described on our website at http://emotionalhealthcentre.com/ltdetachprocess.html and detailed in our book, “Detachment-The Secret to Infinite Peace” (which is now available on Amazon Kindle).

One of my favourite ways of working with insurmountable challenging situations, or intense pain is a Sequence that I have labelled as “Liberating Ho’oponopono”. It is a potent combination of forgiveness (based on the Hawaiian healing process of Ho’oponopono) and surrender. This combo invites us to ask our “challenge” to forgive us (whether it is the body, a person or situation) and for us to affirm our love and gratitude for its fundamental (sometimes hidden) goodness. We then surrender to Love and Truth, thereby aligning with its omniscient and ever expansive power.

Forgiveness and surrender are two profoundly effective ways to disarm the mind and reveal the infinite power of the Heart.

So here is the sequence:

Draw your attention to your challenge then repeat the following phrases while holding your fingers one at a time,

“I’m sorry, forgive me”

“I love you, eternal thank you”

“I surrender to Love.”

“I surrender to Truth.”

“Truth Awareness Bliss”

Or you can play the video and sing it while holding the fingers (the words are slightly different, the last line in Sanskrit roughly translates to the English as above).

 

Do keep us posted with your insights, Ranjana