I am curious about measuring spirituality. Everyone seems to talk about spiritual growth and enlightenment nowadays, but there is not much talk about the science required to measure these things.
I see so many people boasting about how spiritual they are, but then they say and do things that are completely the opposite of what they claim to believe or what they sell to others.
How would you measure how spiritual a person is, or whether one person is more spiritual than another?
Or is spirituality just a popular social mask with no basis in reality?
I am 34 years old. About two months ago my life changed drastically. I went to see a chiropractor for a number of issues, including menstrual problems, knee, back and neck pain, and acid reflux. I have been to other chiropractors and knew what to expect. However, I got more than I bargained for.
My acid reflux is gone. My knee and back feel a lot better. I am much less stressed and feel a lot more relaxed.
The biggest change is in my spiritual life. in the past I was interested in spiritual stuff and I read many books. I got to a point where I thought I had all the knowledge, and I felt no significant difference in my life. I kind of closed off that side of me and just got on with life.
A few weeks ago I started meditating – I never thought I would even try it, but I am really enjoying it and I can feel a change in me. I have also noticed specific numbers coming up around me all the time.
Against that background I want to tell you about two very strange dreams I had recently.
The first was when I woke up at 3am and felt wide awake. I decided to do a guided meditation on my earphones so that I could get back to sleep. That is where things got really strange. I am sure I was awake, but at the same time I was not awake – it is difficult to explain. I know I was lying in my bed, and the words ‘I am ready’ came into my mind. Then suddenly I had a VERY intense feeling throughout my entire body – as if I was vibrating or being electrocuted. It felt incredibly good, and I felt blissful and light. My eyes were closed and I was unable to open them.
I remember a high pitch noise in my one ear, and my hands were shaking so much that I could not keep them on the bed.
I remember thinking that I was probably receiving some kind of energy.
I then woke up and felt incredibly good. I went straight back to sleep and slept for a few hours without any dreams, and woke up feeling refreshed and amazingly good.
The second dream, a few nights later, was much less pleasant. I dreamt of being on a rollercoaster and being very scared. I heard an evil laugh and was so afraid that I was completely paralyzed.
I could see myself lying in bed next to my husband, who was fast asleep. In my dream I was trying to wake him up, but I could not get even a word out. I finally started crying and that woke my husband (in my dream) and all he said was that I must get back to sleep. I finally woke up and wrote the dream down, and then went back to sleep again.
Am I right in connecting these weird dreams with the treatment from the chiropractor?
Be aware of who you are, and that will help you in your relationship with others.
I have many negative people in my life. It feels like the more I grow spiritually, the more people tell me I am not good enough or not up to standard (meaning their standards).
I know in my heart I am a good person, and I feel that even more after meditation. How can I love myself more, and how can I love the negative people around me without letting them drag me down?
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Can you remember the last time you really looked forward to something and it did not turn out as perfect as you anticipated? Can you remember your disappointment?
Let's look at what happened here. You had particular expectations that were not fulfilled because your expectations were unrealistically high. You attached an emotional value to the outcome, and you focused on the emotional value rather than on the outcome.
The outcome was not equivalent to the emotional value that you attached to it, and as a result you attached a different emotional value to it, namely disappointment. You did not accept the outcome or actions for what they were worth, but discarded them on the basis of an emotional judgment.
Then there were other occasions where you felt that something was a chore and you did not really look forward to it but did it anyway, and it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Why would that be?