What does it even feel like to be in spiritual alignment? What does that word mean, anyway?
It might feel like a woo-woo term that seems very out there! Or that only certain very advanced yogis can ever get there. It might even seem intimidating.
I was first officially introduced to this term by Eckhart Tolle. I remember trying to digest his teaching and thinking to myself, “Wow! This is something I’ve NEVER experienced before.”
But then, a few memories came up for me. One was of a simple moment in NYC. I took my then seven-year-old daughter to the city one December to see the Nutcracker performance at Lincoln Center. After the show, we went back to our hotel. We were sitting there, playing with her American Girl toys. I remember a feeling of alignment washing over me. It was a lightness, a feeling of complete and total happiness.
Can you remember times when you felt wholly aligned? Let’s take a look at what some of the spiritual masters have to say about alignment here:
1. Spiritual alignment involves recognizing your source, beyond your mind, through meditation.
“The most effective way to align to your source is with a silent meditation that permits the mind’s activity to go beyond its limitations and experience your core consciousness. That is your source. Your mind with its thoughts and desires becomes aligned with it the more you experience that silent state of awareness.” – Deepak Chopra.
Chopra says that through meditation, your mind and thoughts settle into and align with the pure consciousness that lies within. I don’t know about you, but there are times when I can let go and experience this during meditation, and other times I can’t stop thinking. When I feel this sense of alignment, I’m convinced that I will have a better day! It’s freeing to feel less reactive to everything going on around me.
2. Seeing that your inner state is pure joy and making the attainment of this state your number one priority.
“Let your alignment (with Well-Being) be first and foremost, and let everything else be secondary. And not only will you have an eternally joyous journey, but everything you have ever imagined will flow effortlessly into your experience. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have—but your dominant intent is to be joyful. The doing and the having will come into alignment once you get that one down.” – Esther Hicks.
This teaching was eye-opening for me. Recognizing that true joy is our reality opens the door to exploring it more and more every day. We are here to experience our true nature – pure joy.
When we feel unhappy, distressed, and negative, we’ve lost our connection to our true selves. We can choose to do whatever we need to get back into alignment.
Here are some videos of Esther Hicks talking about alignment that might help:
Listen to this every day to maintain alignment – Esther Hicks
Find your perfect alignment – Esther Hicks
3. Spiritual alignment is about both being and doing.
“When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of life itself.” – Eckhart Tolle.
When I took a course by Eckhart Tolle last summer, I was surprised to learn this. I thought alignment was only about being. But we are also here to do. We need to bring this light into the world through our actions. The steps we take from this state of alignment ripple out and positively impact others way beyond what we can imagine.
From Eckhart Tolle, I also learned that I could only find alignment in the present moment. If I’m dwelling on the past or obsessing about the future, I’ve lost it.
Can you identify with this? I can get lost thinking about the past and hours sometimes pass. Other times I might obsess over what may or may not happen in the future. It’s so easy to get lost in the mental chatter. But it’s encouraging to know that we can practice and build this muscle of alignment. It’s more like a discipline and the tools are available all of us.
Eckhart Tolle discussing being and doing joyfully:
Aligning being and doing for joyful creation. – Eckhart Tolle
4. Alignment with a divine perfect will.
When we are spiritually aligned, we are in a state of acceptance. We recognize that our higher power’s plan for us is more extraordinary than we can imagine. We can choose to align with it, full of trust and faith.
For me, I experience it as a feeling of full-bodied alignment. It’s not just in my head. My heart is open, and I’m letting go and surrendering to the moment as it is. I can trust that all is well.
Some of my friends in spiritual communities have recently introduced me to chanting. I’m still very much a beginner, but I’ve enjoyed adding it to my routine.
This chant only takes five minutes:
The definition of these terms from the joy of being.
Aham – can be understood as I am
Prema – means pure divine love, the existence within the essence of all beings.
By chanting Aham Prema 108 times, you can come into vibrational alignment with source energy. This allows you to resonate with your highest good.
Staying in Alignment.
Staying in spiritual alignment all the time might not be a realistic goal. Life constantly pulls and tugs at us. But we have so many tools at our fingertips to help us ease back into a happier, more joyful state of alignment.
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