In all world major religions the aim of the spiritual quest is the same, union with God and union with everyone and everything else. There are different disciplines, different understandings of God, and different understandings of life, but all the great spiritual traditions are ultimately seeking the same thing, union with the divine and, through that, peace with one another and with physical creation.
Every great spiritual tradition tells us that the spiritual quest is a life-long journey with no short-cuts, no quick paths, no hidden secrets, and no appeal to privilege that can short-circuit the discipline and renunciation required. They also tell us that there are no exempt areas within the spiritual life and that there are no moral or psychological areas that we can ignore or write-off as unimportant. No great spiritual tradition lets us chose between personal integrity and social justice, personal holiness or political action. Every one of them tells us that both are non-negotiable.
All the major spiritual traditions agree that the spiritual journey will always partly be mystery. Just as the God we meet on this journey is ultimately ineffable, so too is the experience. In the end we will never find adequate words and concepts either to understand or to describe what we experience on the journey. Hence all traditions caution strongly against ever thinking that our grasp of things is adequate, even remotely so.
The practice of spiritual healing is known by many different names but what they all have in common is that the a divine, universal energy (aka “God”) flows through from a priest, pastor, rabbi, avatar, medicine man or spiritual healer to the client – the recipient, thus allowing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual change. These changes are experienced differently from client to client. They can be profound and noticeable to or they can be subtle, faint or unrecognizable. The client has in fact received the energetic session and the results will become apparent at some point in time.
The client may find that their physical sickness/illness is replaced with a state of health and wellbeing. For some clients’ this aspect of wellness may manifest as a profound spiritual awakening and finding peace in an unexpected but much needed feeling of emotional calmness.
The path to spiritual health and wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, energy-based therapies or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. Yoga, meditation and prayer can also help you develop spiritual wellness. Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health. Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.
If a client is engaged in the process of spiritual wellness, he/she will be willing and able to transcend in order to question the meaning and purpose in his/her life and the lives of others. In addition, he/she will seek to find harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.
Definition of Spiritual Wellness
According to the National Wellness Institute, Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. While different individuals may have different views of what spiritualism is, it is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world. The National Wellness Institute says spiritual wellness follows the following tenets:
- It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
- It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
The B.R.E.A.T.H Center practitioners have been trained to integrate mind-body-spirit as the core philosophical principle in every coaching and educational session. We “see” the person as a whole greater than the sum of their parts. The practitioners’ job is to help remove spiritual blocks that hinder individual’s awakening and spiritual growth.