This weekend I’m attending a retreat with the title, “A Spiritual Awakening.”
What is a spiritual awakening for you? Seena Frost, the founder of SoulCollage®, said, “The Soul speaks to us through images.” Perhaps you are one who is moved deeply by beautiful imagery – whether it be in nature or artwork. If you gaze at an ancient tree with its branches spread far, or see several hues in a sunset, or the majesty of a mountain range, would that be a spiritual experience for you?
I told someone today that I’d be heading to this retreat, and she told me, “I’m going to the lake.”
I couldn’t resist asking, “But do you have a spiritual awakening at the lake?” Her response was that she does. And so may many others.
Some people I know love the poet Rumi -- or what about others, like Walt Whitman, Robert Frost or Kahlil Gibran? A poem that captivated me in my early school years was Walter de la Mare’s Silver. I think the visualizing of the silver repetitively coloring such a wide variety of things felt shimmery and magical to me. I found a rendition of it on You Tube, for any readers who might be interested:
Then there's music. Many years ago someone played a track for me from Christopher Franke’s Celestine Prophecy CD, commenting, “This is the most spiritual piece of music I’ve ever heard.” As one who uses music and tonal frequencies to assist people with personal growth and well-being, the beauty of music can transport me, also. On a couple of occasions I was transported to a place where I experienced bliss, which I suppose counts as “spiritual.”
I think, for me, “inner journeys” similar to shamanic journeys, the Eupsychia breathwork process or meditation probably rate highest as spiritual. The opportunity to connect with the Divine, even if just for a moment, is more likely to happen for me in those times.
So what will the presenter of this weekend, or the other attendees at this retreat consider, “spiritual?” I get to show up and find out!
May you, too, experience contact with the Divine this weekend.
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.