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Finding and Following your own Spiritual Path

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Belief is everywhere and can come in any form, from “luck”, to “fate”, to “mother nature”, to “God.” Each person has their own version of what “faith” is, and how it helps them; my faith is something that is especially important to me. However, increasingly with each generation, many people are finding that although feeling a sense of faith and spirituality comes naturally, following an organised religion does not. If you feel inclined to tap into your spiritual self – but feel uncomfortable with the idea of joining the organised religion that is most readily available to your culture – it may be time to take a more minimalist, uniquely personal approach to your faith. There are several ways to begin your journey into doing this.

 

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Read your Religion your Own Way

This has been especially helpful for me when reflecting on my own spiritual beliefs as a millennial, bisexual, baptised Christian. I label myself as a Christian because it’s the church I was brought up in, but I do not necessarily believe that the rules of this organised religion should dictate how I live my life. My faith gives me hope and security – which is why I would encourage others to allow it into their lives – and I feel refreshed whenever I get the chance to visit church, but that is also because of the sense of community and the chance to reflect. I certainly do not feel like a “bad Christian” if I have sex, miss church (very) often, or swear. My relationship with God is mine, and mine alone; I find ways to connect with my God every day, not just at church.

 

 

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Worship Inwardly

Another useful way I’ve found to reflect on my faith – which would be useful to try if you were moving from atheism or agnosticism onto a spiritual path – has been to worship myself and what I’ve been blessed with. My body and my brain are amazing if I really put things into perspective, and it’s incredible that I’m even here at all. We have the ability to do anything we truly put our minds to so if you think about it, worshipping yourself just makes sense, and is a great way to begin reflecting on your beliefs regarding why you’re here and where you’re going.

 

 

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Worship the World Around You

Remember when I mentioned “luck”, “fate”, and “mother nature”? It’s time to recognise them, and celebrate them. Every time I feel a positive push of guidance – like when I make a green light, cross the road safely, witness a beautiful sunset, meet a new friend, have a great meal, or finish a writing project – I take a second to enjoy the way my day is going or the path my life is on. I often pray and ask for help with struggles I’m having, and so I think it’s important to recognise when things are going my way too.

 

 

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Be You

I know I’ve mentioned prayer and religion in this explanation of my own personal faith, but that doesn’t mean prayer, church, or rules should be part of your journey. Faith is a personal and complex journey, so opinions and beliefs change all the time, and that’s okay. Take it one step at a time, and reflect on your own connections with yourself and the world around you. Think about what you’re grateful for, and what you need guidance on. I believe that if you reach out to connect with your faith, there is something that will reach back to guide you on your own path. Whether you choose to see that as a god, or something entirely different, is up to you. If you’d like to read more about how you can follow your own spiritual path, try reading books on structureless spirituality and go from there. Everyone’s journey is different, so you can’t go wrong!

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