The chances of us even being born, then being exactly who we are now, and surviving to the point where you're reading this, are insane.
The chances are astronomical, and yet here we are.
I believe that simply remembering this - staying aware of these higher forces and doing whatever we can to practice that awareness in your every day life - is the essence of spirituality. When you strive to make your lives meaningful and worthwhile through sharing your unique gifts, you're paying great homage to the larger forces that brought us to life.
Being creative and self-expressive is one of the best ways to prove your appreciation for your existence. - (Tweet this!)
And so in lieu of this, I'd like to share the six spiritual guidelines I live by in my creative life.
1. "Whatever you do, the universe will make it work for you."
There is no singular way toward your destiny, and even if you feel you've messed up somewhere along the line, you can't "mess up" your destiny. You haven't missed your shot at a creative life by being too young, or too old. You didn't miss the "opportune moment", because another is here, right now.
2. "Nothing is wasted."
People usually say: "everything happens for a reason", but I don't think that's quite accurate enough, so instead I prefer to say nothing is wasted.
There may have been some events in your life that may not have been enjoyable, but their effect in your life was used to change or strengthen or educate you in a way that you would not have experienced otherwise. We'e all experienced THAT before, haven't we? That feeling of: "Wow, thank God that thing happened or I wouldn't have done/seen/met X!"
Trust that the events in your life are always working towards your greater good, even if you aren’t able to see that right now. You never know what you might really appreciate about the "bad" event in future, because it either taught you something important, or led you to better things.
3. "There is a larger purpose for you."
Your overall purpose as a human being in general is to do what you can to expand upon and improve the human race. Then there is your individual purpose to fulfil, as well.
4. "Your inner guidance system knows best (always)."
Your intuition is yours for a reason: to keep you on your path. Follow what feels right, and what comes easy and naturally. It doesn't have to make sense to anyone else but you. You don't have to explain yourself. This is the best way to respect the larger forces in your life, and it will allow whatever is destined for you to easily find its way.
5. "Stay high on life."
You are the result of four billion years of evolutionary success. There are stars in your DNA. And as Linda Hogan said, “You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Stay mindful, stay grateful, and stay humble; you won’t get so bogged down by comparison, self-doubt, or insecurities.
6. "Think about what success and happiness truly mean to you."
They are more than just words, remember that.
The Universe can lead you to them, but what is the point if you won't be able to recognise them when you get there? You have to be clear on the bigger theme of your life, so that your life doesn't become a constant strain for more and more material things.
I hope you take a mindset shift away with you after reading this post, or I hope you at least try to find a way you can integrate these guidelines into your life. Because when you learn to fully resonate with these ideas, you'll trust your instincts more and don't get dragged down in petty dramas.
You compare yourself less because you know that you have your own unique path to fulfil. (Because other people may be cool, but so are you.)
Most importantly, you'll lead a more creative life.
Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post: