How to Form a Spiritual Philosophy

Forming a spiritual philosophy in life can be an arduous path. Down this path we will be tested and tried to our limits, stripping away all the unnecessary baggage we unknowingly hold on to. When beginning such a path, it's important to question yourself as to why you'd like to form a spiritual philosophy. For some it can be a crisis that calls into question their core beliefs, and for others it's a longing to construct a basis of belief that they can live their lives by. When forming a philosophy its important to keep an open mind and heart along the way, know that everything you're going through is for the best. Forming your own spiritual philosophy can be extremely rewarding and by defining it you have an extra opportunity to find yourself. While the path to finding your spiritual self is long, these following tips are here to help you along the way.


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    Start with the big questions. What do you believe this experience we call life is all about? Do we really exist on this Earth or are we merely projections of greater forces at play? Do humans have a soul within them that is connected to a grand energy force, or are we merely emotive beings giving patterned connections to serendipitous events around us?
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    Listen to your Heart. The innate knowing that arises from a decision well made is often our hearts telling us we're on the right path. Even if a decision turns out to be, "bad" we shouldn't fear because all is working out for our development's best. If you are involved with a religion and find some of the practices cause you a deeper level of discomfort, then this could be your hearts warning to you, make sure to heed it's advice. Ultimately at the end of the day your heart will place you in the best spiritual philosophy tailored specifically for you.
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    Keep an open mind. As mentioned earlier keeping your mind open and free to pick and choose from various religions texts will help you tailor the philosophy best fit for you. Often people get caught up in the blind following of religious teachings and miss out on the abundance of philosophical goodies residing in other practices.
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    Meditate. Meditation is not the stereotypical practice often represented with people sitting in ridged position for hours on end, although for some it can be. Meditation is living fully in the present moment without hopping into the future or past, and just allowing your human self to be. This will help you to clear away some old cobwebs that may be hindering your decision as to what you want to incorporate into your new philosophy. Be patient and peaceful with yourself, and you'll see.
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    Jot down anything that stands out to you. As you come across new ideas or concepts be sure to take note of any of them you'd like to further explore in your life, or to remind yourself at a later time. A technique that will help you decide what's appropriate for your philosophy is to take down some quotes. If you start simple by writing down quotes, you can keep these thoughts in your mind throughout the day, and give them a test when an appropriate situation arises. Writing a philosophy journey is also another great technique. Write down anytime you feel that you've changed or when something you've tried comes true for you. You'll find that that the journal, once begun, never truly ends and many people devote their lives to forming theirs.


  • If it doesn't feel right, it isn't.
  • Study religions for ideas, however don't limit yourself to their beliefs only.
  • Free your mind. Set aside beliefs you have grown up with as you learn more. Then you can pick back up what you feel is true.
  • Remember, that the mind may be filled with thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts, etc. Some you pick up from learnings, from the past and some out their by other humans and so on. So if, and it seems helpful, when trying to learn new ideas and beliefs about life and yourself, the universe, the world, other things, from your own thinking, be conscious of those thoughts or ideas, etc. That don't ring true for your heart. In other words, try to set aside everything you've learned when contemplating an idea, to look at it from a more authentic point of view. I guess what in trying to say is, just come up with your own unique ideas and so on.

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