Embarking on a Conscious Spiritual Pathway
Based in the USA, Dr Tom Pinkson is a spiritual conscious aging practitioner with the wisdom of over 40 years' experience in community mental and emotional healing work. In his brilliant book Fruitful Aging he suggests that spiritual practices and beliefs help make new pathway connections through letting go.
As he suggests, meeting any of life’s challenges, expectations and opportunities (some are identified at right) can be demanding at any age. Yet simultaneously, through being mindful and consciously aware, they can be spiritually transforming experiences.
Potentially transformative experiences
• Personal health issue
• Social isolation
• Relocation of accommodation
• Death of a partner or family member
• Divorce or end of relationship
• Entering Aged Care facility
• Having a near-death or out‐of‐body experience
• Spiritual, ceremonial or religious experience
• Having a precognitive dream or epiphany
• Experiencing a synchronistic event
”Both in my personal work and in my work with others I see that a spiritual belief system can be a great ally in letting go and opening to the new. Why? Because beliefs about something more and bigger than yourself provides a larger framework than ego with which to hold change. A spiritual belief system gives credence to a cosmic presence throughout creation. It stimulates the expansion of awareness into a sense of connection, unity and relationship with a deeper truth of who we truly are, what we are, and the interconnectedness of all existence.
‐ Dr Tom Pinkson, Fruitful Aging
When choosing to embark on conscious spiritual awareness pathways, there is no need to climb to the top of a mountain, pay for exorbitant workshop fees or courses, or listen only to your favourite “guru” or “teacher”.
Inspiration comes from intentionally connecting with the spirit within, which is always connected to a greater creative power some call God, Great Spirit, Universal Cosmic Mind or whatever else you believe to be a higher illumined spiritual source!
As philosopher Piere Teilhard de Chardin and the teachings of Silver Birch suggest: “We are first and foremost a spirit who is having a physical experience.”
Consciously, if you are feeling inspired towards seeking real truth(s), developing a conscious spiritual pathway, or even seeking to find the real self, consider some of the following as preliminary development ideas.
See also Resource Centre.
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