May/June 2010 This I Believe
Imagine: Unleashing Your Spiritual Ideal
by Kerry Goldstein
Your ability to experience anything in life depends on your beliefs, current state of being, awareness and focus. You can be a vessel for a richer spiritual experience, but you need to remove blocks and allow yourself to adopt new experiences.
You currently hold within you an experience that you love — your highest spiritual ideal — but you may not feel it.
Imagine: If you were closer to your spiritual ideal, what would it feel like? Allow your mind to drift and grab hold of your own experience of that spiritual ideal. Feel it move through you like a warm mist passing through your body as you breathe it all in. Notice how you would walk through life as you take on these new qualities.
The experience of your spiritual ideal is within you or you would not have been able to feel it. The question is: What is stopping you from experiencing that ideal? What in your body, beliefs and life are keeping you from taking that step forward on your spiritual journey?
You may have noticed parts of your body tighten or feel uncomfortable while imagining your ideal. This signals a block to becoming closer to your ideal.
Feel the location of the spiritual block in your body. Notice what it feels like. Know that the feeling has a positive purpose in your life. Connect to and open the block, and see what it may signify. You will gain an understanding to be able to release the block and move forward toward the next step in your spiritual ideal.
— Kerry Goldstein, MA, Counselor