You want to find your spirituality but don’t know how to get started. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this article, I’ll share 10 steps that will point you in the right direction if you’d like to learn about spirituality for beginners.
But first, let’s start with some basics.
What is spirituality, and why do some people feel drawn to it?
Spirituality is a personal journey that can be different for each person. It can encompass a variety of things, from religious beliefs to yoga and meditation.
For some, spirituality is a way of life. It provides a sense of peace and purpose and helps them connect with something larger than themselves.
If you’re interested in finding your spirituality, these 10 steps will get you started.
1. Determine What You Believe In.
The first step in finding your spirituality is to determine what you believe in.
This can be a difficult task, as there are so many different options to choose from. Some people believe in a single god or divine force, while others believe in many gods or spiritual beings. Some people practice meditation or prayer, while others focus on self-care and living in the moment.
The important thing is to find something that speaks to you, that makes you feel connected to something larger than yourself. Whatever it is, make sure that it feels authentic to you and that you can commit to it long-term.
This is one of the key differences between spirituality and religion. A religion dictates what you must believe. But everyone already has their own beliefs. These can’t be willed or changed haphazardly. You believe what you believe, and there is a form of spirituality out there that is your own personal form allowing all those beliefs.
2. Evaluate Your Religious Upbringing.
So you want to find your spirituality? That’s great! But where do you start?
Well, the next step is to evaluate your religious upbringing. How did your family practice their faith? Were you raised in a religious tradition, or were you more of a spiritual seeker?
Take some time to reflect on your religious background and ask yourself these questions: What did I like about my religious upbringing? What didn’t I like? Was there anything about my religious upbringing that I struggled with?
By understanding your past, you can begin to form an idea of the type of spirituality that might resonate with you.
I was born into a Christian household. I realized I didn’t believe in it when I got to high school. But there was a spiritual necessity left behind. I researched and tried practicing almost everything you can imagine before coming into Wicca as a path.
Wicca had everything I was looking for: a deep connection to nature, an elevation of the feminine, ritual without dogma, a connection with the divine, and upholding ancient traditions.
This may not be your path, but understanding what your religious experiences were and what others can offer is an important stepping stone.
3. Journal About Your Spiritual Experiences.
When considering your spiritual experiences, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are my spiritual beliefs?
- What is my relationship with the divine?
- Do I consider myself to be religious or spiritual?
- How do I connect with the divine?
Journaling is a big part of my daily life. Use a journal and write out your answers. Write about experiences and how they made you feel. Write about what you feel you are lacking and your goals.
Take some time to reflect on your answers and see where they may lead you. Don’t be afraid to explore new ideas and concepts; after all, that’s what spirituality is all about!
It may seem like a mess of randomness and a waste of time to do this practice but keep at it. Over time, a clearer picture will emerge.
4. Read About Different Spiritual Practices.
Now that you’ve got a framework, it’s time to start exploring different spiritual practices. This can be done in a variety of ways, but one of the best ways to learn is to read about different practices and then try them out.
There are a ton of great books out there on spirituality for beginners, and you can find just about anything you’re interested in.
Use step 3 as a place to get started. If you were drawn to ancient traditions, then find books on those traditions to learn the history and evolution of them.
If you were drawn to quieting the mind, read about meditation. If you’re still unsure, then there are a ton of great books with a more general focus.
Some of the ones that were most influential for me were The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit by Queen Afua, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
You’re probably surprised to find no Wicca books on that list, but I think it’s extremely important to understand spirituality broadly before committing to one specialized form of it. I continue to read books every year that contribute to my spiritual growth.
Whether you’re interested in learning about meditation, tarot readings, or energy healing, there’s a book for that. And once you’ve read about a practice, don’t be afraid to try it out. You may not be good at it right away, but that’s okay! Just keep practicing and you’ll get better over time.
5. Talk to People With Different Spiritual Beliefs.
One great way to learn about spirituality is to talk to people with different beliefs.
I know this can be quite awkward at first. Spirituality and religion are taboo subjects to bring up in polite company in most cultures.
But this can be a great way to gain new insights and perspectives, and to see how other people approach their spirituality. It can also be a fun way to connect with others and make new friends.
Nowadays, there are many different places you can go to meet people with different spiritual beliefs.
If you’re embarrassed to bring it up to people you know in person, then turn to online forums or social media groups. Follow spiritual people you admire on Twitter or Facebook. Ask questions on meditation or yoga or Wicca forums.
These places have bad reputations, but in my experience, there’s almost always someone willing to help when you ask from a place of genuine interest. Spirituality for beginners can be daunting and most people remember this.
You can also attend religious services or events that are open to the public. Whichever route you choose, just be sure to be respectful of the other person’s beliefs and always be willing to learn.
6. Try Out Different Spiritual Practices.
Now that you have a basic understanding of spirituality, it’s time to try out some different spiritual practices. Everyone is different, so you may find that some practices work better for you than others. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Meditation: This is a great way to connect with your inner self and quiet your mind.
- Yoga or stretching: These activities can help you to relax and de-stress.
- Prayer or meditation: This can be a great way to connect with a higher power or spiritual force.
- Reading spiritual texts: This can help you to learn more about different spiritual concepts and teachings.
This site has a Meditation for Wicca guide. If you find yourself drawn to Wicca, like me, you can find a ton of information to get started here.
The most important part of trying these out is to give them time. Spirituality is a lifelong journey. Most practices worth doing will not give you benefits with only a few months of practice. They can even be very difficult.
Don’t be afraid to combine different practices into your own unique form of spirituality. I think beginners often feel they need to conform to a strict set of rules laid out by religion. But this is your own path, so make it your own.
You may even want to make your own Wiccan rituals.
7. Find a Community of Like-Minded People.
One of the best ways to find your spirituality is to find a community of like-minded people.
This could be a religious group, a meditation circle, or a book club focusing on spiritual topics.
Being around others who share your spiritual values can help you to grow and learn more about yourself. It can also provide support and encouragement during challenging times.
In Wicca, this is why we form covens.
8. Deepen Your Understanding of Your Spirituality.
Now that you have a basic understanding of your spirituality, it’s time to deepen your understanding. Here are a few ways to do that which you may have not thought of.
Invoke the divine.
Gods and goddesses throughout history may not be literally real in the sense that they are beings causing thunder or crops to grow.
Instead, these are names for aspects of the divine.
When you find an aspect of the divine that you truly connect with, you can perform an invocation ceremony to commit to that path. This can be an important step in living in accordance with your moral principles.
Check out my article on a Goddess Nyx invocation.
Give up addictive substances.
This may be controversial, so you don’t need to do it. One of the most important steps I took on my spiritual journey was complete sobriety.
I didn’t have a problem with drinking, but giving up all alcohol is a very spiritual way to live. There is a lot of pressure to drink in social situations. If you can hold strong in the face of this pressure, you will learn a lot about yourself.
Holding strong against that pressure gives you independence and inner strength. It forces spiritual growth.
It also gives your mind complete clarity and your sleep will deepen and be more restful. It’s hard to underestimate how much spiritual growth can come from sobriety.
9. Live Your Spirituality Every Day.
Now that you’ve learned the basics of spirituality for beginners, it’s time to start living your spirituality every day. This doesn’t mean you have to go to church or join a spiritual group. It just means finding ways to connect with your spiritual side every day.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Say a prayer or mantra when you wake up in the morning.
- Take time for meditation each day.
- Write in your journal about your spiritual thoughts and experiences.
- Connect with nature by going for a walk or sitting in the garden.
- Spend time with people who share your spiritual values.
- Give back to the world by volunteering your time and talents.
10. Be Open to Change and New Ideas.
Being open to change is key when it comes to finding your spirituality. Things that once worked for you may no longer hold the same appeal or meaning.
Don’t be afraid to try new things in order to explore your spiritual side. You may find that a certain practice or belief system speaks to you in a way that nothing else has before.
There are also tons of new spiritual concepts I’ve learned to love. For instance: plant spirituality.
What is plant spirituality?
It is connecting with plants in a deep, spiritual way. I have a Wicca garden and grow my own herbs for rituals. This gives me a connection with the life cycles of the Earth. It gives me an understanding of how I’m a part of nature and the symbiotic relationship between humans and plants.
If I hadn’t been open to change and new ideas, I would have never found this interesting and important part of my practice.
Spirituality for Beginners Summary
There is no one right way to find your spirituality for beginners, and what works for one person might not work for another. However, these 10 steps should provide a good starting point for anyone looking to explore their spiritual side.
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