Fortunately for me, my mother was going through her awakening period when I was at an age where I could understand a lot of it. She filled our home with astrology and spiritual self-help books. I took it upon myself to go to the library and read about natal charts and palm readings. I would spend hours at the library trying to find answers to this Universe because I felt like there was so much I didn’t know. I didn’t have a rhyme or reason to my exploration; I just let my curiosity lead me. When people began to ask me for advice about starting their spiritual journey, it was hard to answer. The truth is, though, once you ask the question, you are already on the path to finding the answer. I had identified seven key steps that I think would have been beneficial for me to know when I was starting.
1. Ask for enlightenment.
I wish your spiritual journey were like riding a bike; it is not. It is a journey. It takes time and enlightenment, but it can come as quickly or slowly as you allow. You have to first ask for enlightenment.
“Alex, who do I ask?”
You must ask your Universal Source; we all have someone different. I grew up as a Christian, so I call on God. While on this journey, we will learn that we are all the embodiment of that Source at the end of the day, no matter whatever the Earthly name we devise for it--okay, don’t let me get too deep--the simple answer: Ask God to grant you the enlightenment you seek for healing, growth, abundance, and love.
2. Allow new opportunities.
Once you have asked, you must allow the Universe to do its job. You don’t need to check on it. Your eagerness to learn and grow will be drawn to it like a magnet. You might have asked for more enlightenment and then stumbled on this article in The Soultown. This is not by accident. It happened because you decided to allow a new opportunity to come into your reality, and there will be more. But why? Why have we been pushed away from becoming more spiritual and aligned with the Universe that we live in? There are two answers that I can think of:
We fear what we don’t understand, so it is easier to stay away from it.
They know that if the world understood the power we possess and the tools put here for us to activate those powers fully, it could not control us.
My mother warned me of the naysayers. Some people shame me for my exploration because of their ignorance. For some reason, people think that being more spiritual means that you denounce God and sell your soul to the devil (who does not exist, but that’s for another day), when it is the complete opposite. You liberate your soul and grow closer to the essence of God that is within you. You start to overcome the flesh, and your light starts to burn brighter.
Use your discernment when you allow new spiritual opportunities as there is a light and dark side to everything. You should never be involved in anything that brings harm to another or operates on a low vibrational frequency. [Low vibrational living is a direct expression of your emotional state based on your inner world and how you perceive your life, yourself, and those around you. Your vibration is your energetic frequency; it is the way you’ hum’ to the Universe.]
“Alex, how will I know if something has a low vibrational frequency?”
You can feel it. It will feel dark, gloomy, sad, and scary. Trust your intuition.
3. Be grateful.
Another way to ensure that you are attracting high vibrational frequencies is to be grateful for all you have. Appreciation is a significant part of your spiritual journey. [The higher the frequency of your energy or vibration, the lighter you feel in your physical, emotional, and mental bodies. You experience greater personal power, clarity, peace, love, and joy. You have little, if any, discomfort or pain in your physical body, and your emotions are under control.] It is probably one of the essential elements. It is easy to be grateful when everything is going great, but it is more critical to appreciate the low moments. You will see how your appreciation will elevate you out of a particular situation into a better one.
There is a misconception that gratitude is only for situations that we want; we must be grateful for the ones we do not desire.
“Alex, why would I be grateful for something that I do not want?”
It’s simple; you must be grateful for the lessons, the growth, the deliverance, the amazing people, and the opportunities that entered your life because of an unfortunate situation or set of circumstances. You will start to see that you will be granted bigger things to be appreciative of in your life when you are grateful for the smaller things.
4. Start a manifestation journal.
Once you have mastered the art of gratitude, it will be simpler for you to start manifesting things that used to seem hard. I suggest creating a manifestation journal. I call my journal “Alex’s book of Creation, Positivity, and Gratitude.” I will explain how I set up my book in a future article. Let’s keep it simple right now.
Get you a notebook or journal of good quality, have a bind that you like, the lines are the width you want, or no lines if you like to draw or make diagrams. It should only be used for your spiritual journey, high vibrational frequencies.
Here is a critical note: THIS IS NOT A DIARY. DO NOT WRITE DOWN LOW VIBRATIONAL THINGS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO YOUR LIFE, EVEN IF IT IS TRUE! This journal is for you to write what you want and what you are grateful for in life. You must be clear when you write, and you must write as if you already have it.
I remember when I was in college and was struggling financially. All I could think about was graduating and getting a job that made $50K a year. I wrote it over and over again, crying and cleansing my spirit. A year later, I found that notebook, and I tell you, no lie, that I cried because I had made $55K that year. So I tried it for more things, and it worked! I even did it for a remote job. I didn’t ask for coronavirus, but it has provided me a way to work remotely. I have journaled so many manifestations, and it’s wild how they have come true.
5. Make meditation a habit.
When you first start on your spiritual journey, everything will probably be great. It’s like beginner’s luck. You may feel really in alignment, but that soon fades because you are still living in a world full of people who are not yet awake. I say yet because I am hopeful there will be a day of awakening that we are all approaching. I think once everyone wakes up, God will be like, “Okay, that was fun. Master reset. Let’s do it again!”
But seriously, as you are awakening, it is important to find time to calm your mind, body, and spirit through meditation. I usually meditate after I finish my morning gratitude and manifestation journaling. Some days will be more challenging than others to sit still, but it is crucial. It is like your daily calibration and alignment with self and God. It is a reminder that when you take a moment to be still, there is nothing wrong at the moment. It is perfect.
“Alex, how is a tough situation perfect?”
All creations and manifestations start in mind and are amplified through our senses. If you want to switch up a situation, sit in stillness and come back level headed. You must understand that every case is based on the perspective of that vantage point. Have you ever been late somewhere or missed an event only to find out there was an accident or an unfortunate event that happened, but you were safe and sound? Understand the Universe is working towards your greater good and repeat this mantra: “Only Good Can Come to Me!” As you go on this spiritual journey, there are karmic things that you must deal with; it is not meant to harm you but to grow you. It would be best if you experienced daily stillness to understand this and not be victimized.
6. Follow your interests.
The big thing that stunts our spiritual growth is being afraid to research the things we want to know more about. We see the same numbers over and over again, but we never google “what does 11:11 mean? What does 5091 mean?” We have the same dream repeatedly, and we don’t think to look that a dream dictionary to see what our spirit is trying to tell us. We believe in books like the Bible and read about spiritual downloads that these “great prophets” got from God, but we think of ourselves as less than. What makes them different from you? You are capable of getting spiritual downloads just like them, but you have to tap into them.
If the moon fascinates you, learn more about it. Investigate your interest because they are being drawn to you for a reason. In the Christian church, we perform the ritual of taking communion but are afraid to do any other ritual even though sacred rituals are mentioned throughout the entire book from chapter to chapter. We even pay tithes, which is to be ritualistic because God does not need our money. So why can’t you explore different rituals and ceremonies for life if that was the way of the world during B.C. and early A.D? You have to do your research.
If you like astrology or numerology, explore it. I love astrology, but I don’t worship the planets, moons, or stars. However, I do appreciate the energy that they possess and the stories they tell with that energy.
7. Purchase spiritual tools you are drawn to.
Lastly, remember that this is just a start to your journey. Find spiritual tools that you are drawn to, whether it be crystals, candles, sage, palo santo, oils, etc. There are so many spiritual tools out there. Don’t be afraid to google “crystals for anxiety.” Start with what resonates within you. I will be offering more tips and advice about spiritual tools soon. Feel free to ask me questions about what tools you want to know more about.
As we embark on a new year, I am excited to take this journey with all my Glow Souls. Keep Glowing. Love y’all.
I am AlextheAlex, Spiritual Counselor for The Soultown Magazine. I want to thank all of those on a spiritual journey and my Glow Souls for having SOUL!
Alex the Alex, Spiritual Learning Coach, hails from the west side of Chicago. She started her spiritual journey as a young child. From a young age, you could catch her reading any literature that explained the spiritual realm and tools that could help optimize her experiences. Alex believes that our spiritual journey is personal and individual, but she loves the opportunity to help be a light for those who seek to get more serious. She helps people understand their truths and purpose. Alex is excited to share her journey and provide insight on how to navigate yours.