Six Signs You May Need a Spiritual Path

Everyone is on a spiritual path, whether they know it or not. What’s more, everyone needs a spiritual path, not just those who have been abused, addicted, or abandoned. We all have been wounded in some way. How can I say this? Because after years of thinking dysfunction happens only in “broken” or “alcoholic” homes, I’ve seen enough people from seemingly “normal” families have the same kinds of issues. I’d scratch my head and ask “How did that happen? Her parents weren’t divorced/alcoholic/addicts or whatever.” Until one day, it dawned on me – we are all wounded. Each of us is in need of healing of some sort. It could be physical, emotional, spiritual or all three. Author Wayne Dyer says that “there is a spiritual solution to every problem,” and if we look deep enough, we will find it.

The problem is that many of us are not aware that we are on a spiritual journey, so we fail to look for spiritual solutions. We look to medications, drinking, food, activities, and relationships to console us but sooner or later we realize, we have to go deeper. Hence, the popularity of such groups as Alcoholics Anonymous, meditation groups, and yoga classes. Participants realize there is a spiritual struggle going on underneath the covers of the suffering they are experiencing. We are three part entity: body, mind, and spirit. An injury to any one part affects the other parts. The Chinese have known this for centuries.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has long correlated physical ailments with emotions. For example, a few years ago, I went to an acupuncturist for treatment of an asthma condition I suddenly developed. I had never had asthma in my life so I knew something was going on. “Asthma affects the lungs,” the specialist explained. Then he asked this probing question: “Have you experienced any grief lately?” At that, I burst into tears. Grief! I wanted to scream. Yes, I have experienced grief in several very close relationships all in the same year. The light bulb went on. Once I gained the awareness of the grief I was experiencing, the asthma symptoms completely went away. When we bring light to the darkness of the pain in our spirits, we can process the emotions, which then allow us to heal at the physical level as well. So how does one know if one is in need of healing?

There are probably many more signs, but the ones I am aware of I am listing below. See if any of these resonate with you.

1) physical symptoms and pain – such diseases as fibromyalgia, arthritis, high blood pressure, back pain may all have emotional and spiritual roots

2) incessant chatter – are your conversations self-absorbed (all about you)? do you focus on the negative circumstances in your life?

3) fear of the future – does anxiety about what may happen steal your joy? do you feel a need to keep up with every negative news story, gossip, or Hollywood drama?

4) overdependence on company of others – do you always have to be around people? Are you uncomfortable being by yourself?

5) preoccupation with any one area of life – are you a workaholic? exercise fanatic? Is there any area others would say you put too much time into?

6) inability to overcome addictions – such as overeating, alcohol, drugs, gambling, porn, or codependency?

If any of these hit home, I am offering a free mini e-book entitled “7 Steps to Finding Your Spiritual Path“. I’m not talking about religion here, so please don’t confuse the two. Spirituality is very different from “organized religion” although we may find our path in church for a time and that is quite alright. When you enter your email in the box to the right of this post, I’ll get it right out to you.

Stay tuned for more practical and spiritual advice on how you, too, can find healing, wholeness, and harmony and live the life of your dreams.
Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel

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Change Your Words, Change Your Life

“I have a dream” Martin Luther King.
 “Never, never give up!” Winston Churchill
 “Four score and seven years ago,” Abraham Lincoln.

These famous words so eloquently delivered, influenced nations in a powerful way and will live forever in our memories. Three men were motivated by their passion, conviction, determination, and courage. These were  also men of great faith who believed in the principle of freedom.

Words  have a magnificent and awesome power to effect change. The words you and I use have great power as well. Words can heal or harm, build up or destroy, uplift or tear down. All of us can remember words spoken by parents, siblings, and classmates, that affected us strongly in some way.

The effects of our words have much more impact than we realize, because they carry energy which is either positive or negative. In his book, “Awaken the Giant Within”, motivational speaker Tony Robbins talks about the power of words. He suggests we maximize positive words to increase pleasure and minimize negative words to decrease pain. For example, instead of angry say disenchanted. Instead of confused, say curious. Say unstoppable rather than confident. Robbins encourages us to use “transformational vocabulary” with the goal being to minimize our negative feelings.

In my opinion, the greatest motivational speaker of all time was Jesus Christ. Think about his words and the impact they had on people he encountered:
“You are forgiven.”
“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
“Your faith has made you well.”

His words healed the sick and the blind, the down-trodden and the outcasts of society. The Bible refers to Jesus as “The Word” (John 1:1) which relates back to ancient Greek philosophy and refers to divine wisdom, reason, and creative power.

What kinds of words are you speaking out? To your kids, your friends and coworkers and more importantly, to yourself? And to God?

If you want to transform your life, I encourage you to start changing the way you speak. Instead of saying “This —- is going to kill me” say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  Instead of saying “I feel fat, ugly, old” say “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” It is true. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). 

Write and share what one phrase you are going to stop using this week. Let’s all speak words of life and faith and watch our lives be transformed.

Until next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!

Ariel

A Mustard Seed

Do you believe in the power of God? If so, how much do you believe in His power? What do you believe God can do? Is there anything He cannot do?

I am here to tell you God is the God of the impossible. Just as it says in Luke 1:36-38. I could go on and on and tell you of the impossible things He has done in my life and in the lives of those I love and care about. I could share about healings of mysterious illnesses the doctors could not figure out. I could tell you about tranformations of attitudes and the breaking of addictions. I could tell you about going from financial ruin to success and prosperity.

But what I want to impart to you today is the fact that God can only act in our lives to the extent that we believe He can. Jesus said “Truly I say to you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20).

That is what I want to share with you. This truth is what I want you to believe. As we learn to trust God and step out in faith, our faith grows. It is like a muscle. The more we exercise it, the more it grows. And we become stronger and stronger to face the challenges that present themselves one after the other.

Today, dear one, I encourage you to believe God for more in your life. Don’t settle for a life of mediocrity. Jesus said “I have come so that you can have life more ABUNDANTLY!” (John 10:10) May He bless you as you put your faith in Him!

Answered Prayer

An interesting conversation happened the other day while I was biking on the trail near my house. This guy rides up next to me and starts talking. Turns out he was a Christian. We started talking about faith and he was telling me about how people in undeveloped countries are seeing miracles and healings. Now I believe that God is still in the miracle working business because I have seen many of them in my own life.

After listening to his stories for several minutes, I asked “Are you saying that if you have strong enough faith, you can heal anyone?”
“Yes,” he replied and pointed out a scripture in Matthew where it talks about praying in Jesus’ name.
“Yes, I agree there is power in using the name of Jesus, but what about God’s will?” The conversation went on and he continued to share stories about missionaries and healings.

Now, I don’t know what you believe, dear one, but the Bible is clear. There is always an IF-THEN connection. IF we are walking in God’s will and living a clean and righteous life, THEN we can pray and ask for things in Jesus’s name and our prayers may be answered IF it is in God’s will. Again, we will not receive everything we pray for because God is sovereign and He knows what is best for us AND the perfect timing if we are meant to receive it.

This conversation had me thinking. Lo and behold, my Dr. Stanley devotional for the next day was on this very topic. Amazing.

Hope this gets you to thinking, too. Are your prayers being answered? Do you pray in Jesus’ name? What kind of life are you living? Please write and give me your thoughts on this.