The spirituality found on this website is an open, personalized and self-created spiritual process. Please self-select, sequence and use the wisdom and tools you find in the way that will work best for your current conditions and understanding. This particular page of spiritual practices also describes what we call the Level Two in the sequence of importance of spiritual practices in Evolution Spirituality for those of our members of a spiritual nature. (To see the Level One practices of Evolution Spirituality, click here.)
Below is a list of balanced spiritual practices of the personalizable and science-grounded Evolution Spirituality practiced at Universe Spirit. As you will discover, authentic spiritual practice is not just something you do at formal weekly services or events. The most effective and integral forms of an authentic, personal spiritual practice are about nothing more than --- how you actually integrate both life and spirit and, how you live your spirituality in each moment in your day-to-day life!
How to Build an Effective and Balanced Evolution Spirituality Practice and Lifestyle
(The following list of Evolution Spirituality practices start with the assumption that you have completed the essential and empowerment-activating preparatory step of deciding to spiritualize your intentions and desires. Once you have done that you are ready to begin one or more of the spiritual practices below...)
There are many spiritual practices and forms of worship that one can use to build a congruent spiritual lifestyle that are far more effective, comprehensive and more fully demonstrative of loving and honoring Ultimate Reality, others, self and life than just weekly group or individual worship in the form of traditional singing, praising, praying or ceremonial rituals. The most effective and authentic forms of spiritual practice and worship are really about creating a congruent everyday lifestyle that embraces holding a loving union within all types of relationships and that also maintains the core worship practice of being present and grateful! (If you have not yet read our new definitions of Ultimate Reality, please do so now.)
The key practices for creating an authentic Evolution Spirituality lifestyle are constructed from many congruent practices and attitudes from many traditions that both support and integrate a non dualistic, Oneness consciousness and unity action approach in relation to the Ultimate Reality, the other, self and life on each of the levels of of life of being, doing, having and becoming.
Authentic spiritual lifestyle practices and attitudes fall into two main relationship perspectives:
b.) the quality of your day-to-day relationships --- how you relate to or are actually in loving union with others, planetary biological life and physical universe that we all share in each "now" moment.
In the following list of practices for living an authentic and congruent spiritual lifestyle numbers 13-21 focus mostly on your relationship with and to the Ultimate Reality. Numbers 1-12 focus mostly on your relationships to others and to the physical universe in its current challenged condition including our collective challenge with human caused catastrophic climate destabilization. This second area also subtly includes how you relate to yourself spiritually.
As you are reading each of the authentic spiritual practices listed below, be sure to ask yourself how much or how often are you currently using, doing or being each one of them. Make notes as you go along and have ideas about where your current spiritual practices can be strengthened or expanded. You can even give yourself a 1-10 rating on each item for how well you are doing it. Keep in mind that this can be used as an effective design checklist for constructing or improving a personal lifestyle of Evolution Spirituality practice!
The Key Practices for Building an Integral and Effective Evolution Spirituality Lifestyle are:
Part A: Your relationships to others and the physical universe:
1.) creating a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with the progressive directionality of evolution and its new Universe Principles of Sustainability and, holding a active stewardship for all of earth's eco systems! At the current time due to the catastrophic climate destabilization crisis and potential biocide that both we and all future generations will face, there is no greater more current, more relevant and embodied Great Work and daily spiritual practice than that of learning and following the practical steps of living sustainably and actively stewarding the Earth's eco-systems for ourselves and future generations. Due to the looming catastrophic climate destabilization crisis effecting all of humanity and all of our futures, no religious or spiritual person who feels a real sense of love or connection to the Ultimate Reality can ignore any longer their now first and most immediate spiritual responsibility to live in a practical daily sustainable harmony with the eco-systems of earth. (If you are wondering why this is a first things first absolute necessity or, you have not already created a sustainable lifestyle as an essential part of a lifestyle of spiritual practice, start upgrading this point first! (See Job One for Humanity for more information on how to do this and the three short videos on why you want to do this first!)
2.) maintaining an embodied, fully attentive, creative engagement of being present in and fully aware of each present NOW moment, (Being fully present in the now, letting go of fear and fully accepting the "isness" of all things as they occur may be the greatest form of worship and trust in the Infinite oneness of all!) Many different kinds of meditation practices exist to help you do this.
3.) regularly re-experiencing in the awe, wonder and beauty and pleasures of the body, nature, life and the sciences,
4.) bringing delight to both yourself and Ultimate Reality by living an artful, creative life that appropriately enjoys life's many appropriate pleasures while you are participating in the great educational "university" and great co-adventure of evolutionary existence, (The success actions and attitudes of the new Universe Principles of Sustainability provides a detailed set of ways that you can do this step,)
5.) ongoing informed and wise decision making that effectively supports your partnership with Ultimate Reality in progressively co-evolving the universe toward greater truth, beauty and goodness and a greater shared awareness and consciousness of Ultimate Reality itself,
6.) being conscious of and living from your highest spiritual self, dignity and true identity in relation to Ultimate Reality, appropriately loving yourself as that, and then, living from that consciousness of love, beauty, goodness and truth,
7.) living a daily life that authentically demonstrates loving others and being compassionate as well as being conscious of the highest spiritual self, dignity and true identity of others in relation to Ultimate Reality,
8.) building a super-supportive community and culture that support individual members of the movement living a life of affirming, balanced and sharing authentic relationships and growing unions that reflect alignment with progressive evolution, and increasing the truth, beauty and goodness of Ultimate Reality. In part, because of your presence and the vital life value of being in and creating loving and supportive relationships itself, i.e. in the areas of family, marriage, team, group, community, company, nation, planet and universe.
(Authentic relationship is a place where people share their experiences at a heart to heart level and help each other in reciprocal ways. It is a place where they can get completely honest about who they actually are and what is going on in their lives. It is a space where they can reveal their feelings, hurts, doubts, fears, and weaknesses as well as find mercy, be forgiven and ask for help. It is a space where acceptance and allowances are made for their imperfections. It is the initial place of willingness truth and healing where everything is first embraced and fully accepted as it actually is without resistance, shame, guilt, denial or judgment!)
9.) serving and contributing to the needs of others and life in balance with caring for your own needs,
10.) sharing your spiritual experiences and successes with Ultimate Reality with others individually and in spiritual community,
11.) almost anything you can do or experience with an embodied attitude of love, present attentiveness, willingness, acceptance, spiritual consciousness and gratitude, and finally, (For example, some good ways to live gratitude are by celebrating the beauty of life and its earned healthy pleasures. Share food, music. art forms such as dancing with each other in spiritual ceremony and events to celebrate the bounty and beauty of life in the universe and to honor Ultimate reality by sharing in its joy and delight with creation.)
12.) gathering in spiritual community for traditional singing, praying and other worship rituals. (These 3 forms of traditional worship are not recommended to be used just by themselves or substituted for using most if not all of the usually deeper and more effective forms of building a spiritual lifestyle listed above. What you see above are most of the real daily practices of living like the greatest spiritual saints, founders and mystics of the great religions of the world.)
13.) holding a continual and consciously aware loving union with your favorite and most empowering conception of the highest Essence of Ultimate Reality, others and yourself!
14.) maintaining present moment attentiveness to finding the truth, beauty, goodness and very Presence of Ultimate Reality the Spirit of life unfolding in each moment and, in all things in the physical universe,
15.) being continually grateful to Ultimate Reality for your life and the great evolutionary adventure of the physical universe no matter what happens,
16.) learning more about the nature, states, qualities, and purposes of both the physical universe and the Ultimate Reality that connects us all within the physical universe. One would learn more about Ultimate Reality in both its personal or impersonal forms using all of the life affirming wisdom from the life-affirming spiritual heritage of humankind as well as the best of the science-informed new universe worldview and humanism as they deal all with Ultimate Reality, the physical universe life and our relationships to them and each other. One would learn about the physical universe by studying the current cosmological science and the science of progressive universe evolution.
17.) regular individual and/or group meditation or contemplation, which spiritualizes your desires, motivations and goals as well as honors admires, and contemplates, the many states, qualities and aspects of Ultimate Reality in its absolute, personal, impersonal or physical universe forms.
18.) becoming more like Ultimate Reality each day by authentically living the discernable purposes, values and natural laws of Ultimate Reality found within the new universe worldview and most practically achieved by living the classical virtues in a balanced way and by spiritualizing your desires in your intentions and decisions,
19.) bringing pleasure to Ultimate Reality by maintaining an appropriately trusting, authentic and growing direct relationship of loving service toward and with the Ultimate Reality in alignment with perceived purposes and goals.
20.) continually creating and fostering your own personalized spirituality and creativity while also welcoming Ultimate Reality to co-act with you in a co-creative partnership to evolve all of life toward greater truth, beauty, goodness and consciousness for itself, others and Ultimate Reality. and finally
21.) begin (or expand,) your part in humanity's biggest present challenge --- ending human caused catastrophic climate destabilization. Do what ever you can to understanding ecospirituality and live the ecospirituality principles to help resolve this challenge in loving service to Ultimate reality. Doing so is an act of worship of the highest order.
Well, How did you do? Do you have some new ideas on practices or attitudes on how to improve your current spiritual lifestyle? Authentic empowered spiritual practice is not a building a ritual, a formal prayer or a dogma. It is the intention, the how and the practiced result that you presently live in each now moment of your daily relationships.
We highly recommend that you print out this 21 point list and use it as a checklist reminder and that you regularly read and practice daily the Universe Principles of Sustainability. This way you can review them both regularly to remind yourself how well you are doing or, how much you are improving your spiritual lifestyle.
In improving your spiritual practices these checklists can become very effective support tools for keeping you focused on being in loving union by regularly honoring the Infinite Oneness that interconnects us all, your truest self, others and all of life.
To explore more of the core practices and ideas of Evolution Spirituality see the links below:
Click here to see the Level One practices of Evolution Spirituality.
Click here to see the Level Three secular practices of Evolution Spirituality.
Click here to see the new evolutionary ethics and codes of conduct for Evolution Spirituality members.
Click this next link to find out more about Job One for Humanity where you will be able to learn more how to practice personal ecospirituality.
Click here to learn about the full possibilities and complexities of the rich ideas and principles of Evolution Spirituality.
This article was created by Lawrence Wollersheim for Universe Spirit.