The purpose of spiritual practice is to become part and parcel of God. This is the aim and perfection of human life.

To become part and parcel of God means to (1) become part of God and (2) become God’s parcel.

  1. When one becomes part of God, one is constantly aware of at least one of God’s three aspects.
  2. When one becomes God’s parcel, one takes on the duties that God asks of us. Put another way, our life becomes God’s message.

God’s three aspects reflect the three ways in which we can discover God. These are:

  1. The Holy Spirit. The Hindu tradition names this aspect Paramatma, or the Supersoul residing within each being.
  2. The eternal fabric of reality. The Hindu tradition names this aspect the impersonal Brahman. 
  3. God’s personal form.

One can expect to become more aware of God and of the role that God asks of us in this lifetime. Since spiritual practice means to approach God, one also acquires virtue on the spiritual path.

Virtue is the display of our highest qualities and, critically, a perspective refined by grace. Since each of us has a unique role in life, virtue differs between us. Well-known examples include patience, compassion, wisdom, generosity, forgiveness, love, and harmony.

The stages of the spiritual path are:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Spiritual theory and practice
  3. Virtuous change
  4. Minor moments of grace
  5. Major moments of grace
  6. Daily awareness of the Holy Spirit
  7. Acceptance of and daily guidance from the Holy Spirit
  8. Becoming part and parcel with God

During the latter stages of the spiritual path, one becomes humble. Humility is understanding that we can only know so much and what we can know is infinitesimal. With this realisation at this latter stage of development, one voluntarily surrenders one’s life to God and becomes a perfect part and parcel of existence.

To surrender one’s life to God means two things.

  1. Rather than living life as one chooses to live it, one gives up their individual desires and takes in their place the desires that God has for them.
  2. One allows the Holy Spirit to completely guide their life.

And in doing so, one achieves two things.

  1. One no longer creates karma.
  2. One becomes capable of fulfilling their purpose.

So long as we are attempting to direct our lives, we create karma. When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we live without sin.

Furthermore, each of us has a purpose for this lifetime. But without guidance from the Holy Spirit, we do not have the means to achieve it. 

The end of the spiritual path is to become part and parcel of God, but this does not mean the end of life. From this point onward, one receives the guidance needed to fulfill their purpose. Then, at the correct moment, one leaves the reincarnation cycle.

Curiosity begins the spiritual path. One must find themselves pondering the great existential questions: Who am I? What is my purpose? Does God exist? Is there life after death? Such curiosity moves one toward spiritual theory and practice.

The cornerstones of spiritual theory are the scriptures of the Holy Bible, Bhagavad-Gita, Tao Te Ching, and Noble Qur’an. Certain new age philosophy has a role, too, such as Michael Singer’s Surrender Experiment and Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now.

Spiritual practice means meditation, of which mindfulness, prayer, yoga, singing, chanting, dancing, and artistic expression are subsets. Practice is more influential than theory, though both are required. One must take up meditation.

The purpose of meditation is to (1) develop your spiritual awareness so that you can (2) become part and parcel of God. In doing so, life begins to live through you as its instrument, rather than you living life as you choose to live it. And you receive the guidance needed to fulfill your purpose.

Life lives through us as its instrument by means of the Holy Spirit. The recommended meditation for the spiritual path, therefore, is one that connects us to the Holy Spirit within us. The Holy Spirit or Qi meditation guides us toward this end.

The Holy Spirit or Qi meditation guides us to connect to the Holy Spirit within us, so that we can become part and parcel of God. The meditation unfolds over three phases.

  • Phase 1: Lying down.
  • Phase 2: Sitting comfortably.
  • Phase 3: Standing comfortably with knees slightly bent.

During Phase 1 and 2, the steps remain the same. In Phase 3, an additional step exists.

Step 1: Take a moment to recognise the area of your body that you are most aware of. This could be your crown, palms of your hands, sternum, soles of your feet, throat, or forehead.

Step 2: At your chosen area, notice any physical sensations.

Step 3: Then, at your chosen area, guide your awareness into your body.

Step 4: Then, at your chosen area, feel the flow of energy inside your body.

Step 5: Observe and follow the flow of energy as it moves throughout your body.

Distractions: If thoughts or emotions distract you, do not reprimand yourself. This only reinforces the distraction. Gently return your awareness to observing and following the flow of energy within you.

Additional Step for Phase 3: When you are standing comfortably with knees slightly bent.

(a) Observe and follow the flow of energy within you.

(b) Allow this energy to begin moving your body.

Such marks the start of guidance from the Holy Spirit. This is the recommended practice.

Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment.

To practice mindfulness:

  1. Choose from one of your regular daily activities, such as washing the dishes, riding the train or bus to work, making your bed, eating lunch, folding your laundry, drinking a coffee, etc.
  2. At first, do your chosen activity at half or quarter speed.
  3. Closely observe your actions. If you’re unsure what to observe, notice your breath and how your five senses are stimulated.
  4. As you become more mindful through practice, adjust to regular speed.

Example—pacing around at home: Pace at half or quarter speed. Notice how each foot rolls onto the floor, flattens, remains, rolls and lifts off again. Notice your arms moving, the touch of fabric on your skin, the warmth or coolness of the air, any fragrances or smells, and how you’re breathing. Forget what could be in the future, or what was in the past. See if you can be completely content with what is arising now.

After mastering mindfulness for one activity, try another. Aim to add more mindfulness to your day. As you do so, your breath will slow and lengthen, you’ll feel less emotionally reactive and mentally clearer. You’ll be more aware of your surroundings and your entire nervous system will relax. These are the initial benefits.

Meditation techniques come in many varieties. The most well-known and well-regarded techniques are listed below.

If you are to begin spiritual practice, the best meditation technique is the one that you feel motivated to practice consistently. Then, as your spiritual awareness develops, you can change technique later.

○ Holy Spirit or Qi meditation: The recommended method for this era. A complete breakdown is provided in one of the FAQs above.

○ Mantra meditation: Repeat a mantra out loud or inside your mind. Use a simple mantra such as “Om,” “In Christ’s name,” “Hare Krishna,” “Jesus.” Or a more complex mantra that you feel drawn to.

○ Focus meditation: Maintain your focus on an object of your choosing, such as a candle flame, image of a spiritual figure, or another meaningful object.

○ Breath meditation: Closely observe your breath as it enters through your nose, pauses at the bottom of your belly, and leaves through your mouth or nose.

○ Vipassana meditation: Vipassana is an extensive Buddhist technique that begins with observing the sensation of air flowing out from beneath your nostrils and above your upper lip. After this stage, there are more than a dozen steps to develop your awareness of the body’s gross and subtle sensations and to purify your body.

Distractions: If you find yourself distracted by thoughts or emotions, never reprimand yourself. This only reinforces the distraction. Instead, gently return to the practice at hand.

Posture: Meditation practices include a prescribed body posture. Most practices suggest an upright seated position to prevent the mind from dozing off or getting distracted.

Eyes: Tibetan Buddhists meditate with open eyes. They believe meditation should develop one’s ability to detach from the material world and absorb oneself spiritually, especially amidst the happenings of life. To the Tibetan Buddhists, meditating with eyes open is an effective method to develop this detached state of being. Vipassana meditation begins with eyes closed.

Freedom exists in different varieties. One might acquire:

  • financial freedom;
  • time freedom;
  • geographical freedom;
  • relationship freedom;
  • or spiritual freedom.

To feel free despite your many responsibilities, you must seek out spiritual freedom. Spiritual freedom arises partially when one can view life from an elevated perspective, and fully when one becomes part and parcel of God. Partial spiritual freedom develops from watching. The more that you can observe life while you live it, the more free you will feel. To formally develop spiritual freedom, you must meditate.

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