How To Uplevel Your Spiritual Game in 2018
11 Tools + Practices to Raise Your Vibration, Align with Your Truth, and Master Manifestation
t the beginning of each year, it’s customary to write down goals, resolutions, things to start up, and things to shed. And while we love goals as much as the next soulpreneur (like, a lot, a lot), they are typically hyper-focused on doing, and we’re finding that the secret to success is actually in shifting more of our attention to simply being. Allowing. Accepting. Aligning.
We spend a lot of time trying to get the Universe to align with us, when actually the best, most joyous and abundant life is sitting there patiently waiting for us to get serious about aligning with it! And while cutting back on doing so much in order to amplify being might sound lazy, it actually is the most disciplined work there is, and requires a surge in spiritual attention!
So this year, instead of resolutions, we have put together a list of our favorite spiritual resources, inspired by our own daily practices and fierce dedication to growth, for those of you looking for deeper ways to raise your vibration, connect with your intuition, clear out the lingering bullshit, and of course, have some fun!
These 11 resources are clear-cut ways you can uplevel your spiritual game in 2018 to learn, grow, develop, and rise—and they have nothing whatsoever to do with goal setting (and breaking)!
1. Marianne Williamson Weekly Lecture
Every Tuesday, spiritual author Marianne Williamson gives a free and deep af lecture based on A Course in Miracles, a self-study program in spiritual psychotherapy. As one of the greatest metaphysicians of our times, showing up to hear Williamson speak each week via livestream (or live, if you’re in NYC!) offers the spiritual recalibration we need to stay rooted in our oneness and divine Love amidst our ongoing human dramas. This always-rich weekly talk that digs waaaaay deeper than the pop spirituality is church for the serious, metaphysically inclined seeker, and is guaranteed to take your practice up a notch or two. The lectures are every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM EDT, live from Marble Collegiate Church in New York City or via livestream.
2. Moon Journal or Workbook
The moon is a powerful cosmic force and the ruler of our emotions. We can manifest so efficiently when we align with the rhythm of nature and the magic of the moon. If you’re not an expert on the many phases we will experience over the next 12 months, using a moon journal or workbook is an enlightening and effective way to set intentions, manifest, release, and create with purpose. For you lunatics wanting to dig deeper, a good place to start is the Many Moons Journal by modern mystic, Sarah Faith.
3. Pendulum Guidance
If you don’t already use a pendulum, get oooon it! Life is full of difficult decisions, it’s vital to tell the chatter of the ego mind to quiet down and get in touch with your inner wisdom. This simple divination tool will help you connect with the powerful energy within. The power of the mind is large and loud, and when we invite it to take a backseat and allow our intuition to speak, the clear guidance that follows is pure gold! We are always checking in with our intuition via pendulum. If you’re wondering if pendulums really work and how best to use them, watch this video for more information:
Jewelry is more than just pretty pieces that sparkle and shine. Whether you like gemstones, silver, gold, blown glass, hemp, or ceramic jewelry, these accessories can be used as talismans that carry energy and have the power to remind us of an intention, affirmation, our own inner beauty, or a loved one. Make your style intentional and wear your power with pieces that mean something to you, make you feel powerful and pretty simultaneously, and hold the energy of something that makes you smile and feel astonishingly alive! And while you’re at it, support a small, soul-centered business!
5. Affirmation Cards
A daily spiritual practice, especially in the morning before we go out into the world, is guaranteed to create a stronger connection to the universe within and around. Affirmation cards are like little spiritual warriors that give us a thought, intention, and goal to embody throughout the day. Tune into your intuition via meditation, yoga, or some other spiritual practice, and afterward pull a card for the day with the intention to follow the divine guidance of the message. Rise and repeat each morning and see how your day, attitude, mindset, and actions change over time! We of course love the OG Power Thought Cards by the late, great Louise Hay.
6. Altar Magic
In the same vein as talismans, an altar is a reflection of our souls for us to meditate on, connect with, and draw inspiration from on the daily. Setting up a small (or large, go for it!) altar in a secluded place where you’ll see it daily is a beautiful and rewarding practice. You can rearrange your altar as much as you like and add to it as you collect special curios that make you feel something and remind you of an intention or nugget of magic. As you build your altar, do it with intention and conscious action. The energy you place in each piece will reverberate through your life. To learn more about the role of altars in magic, read this enlightening article by the founder of Crow Song School of Traditional Magic, Ylva Mara Radziszewski.
7. Connect with a Spiritual Coach/Shaman/Medium
Though our spiritual power and guidance is accessible 100 percent internally, we all need an outside perspective from time to time when clarity is out of reach. Our minds can play in incessant loops that threaten to put us in the looney bin with a one-way ticket. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You are never alone. Reach out for help at any time you feel like you’re losing your marbles, and if you’re already on your spiritual journey, it only makes sense to seek the counsel of someone who will help you continue on that path with clarity and love. Spiritual coaches are abundant and incredible resources. Spiritual psychologists approach issues, doubts, trauma, and relationships with a beautiful blend of head and heart. Shamans can take you on a journey that leaves the mind behind and deeply accesses the truth within and the guidance of your spirit guides. Mediums can connect you with the wisdom of your spirit teams and transitioned loved ones. Whichever option feels best to you, go for it and invest in your mental and spiritual health this year.
8. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Raise your vibration to its highest heights with this ancient and profound form of yoga and meditation. More than the physical flow most westerners are accustomed to at their local yoga studio, Kundalini yoga focuses on raising the ki life force energy that is coiled at the base of the spine. Lifting this energy up through the chakras brings about incredible emotional and physical healing, radical awareness, and a deep sense of connection to the self and the universe at large. This ancient technology has the power to attract that which is in alignment with your most authentic self, and swiftly eradicate all that is not. Warning: Do not begin this practice if you’re not ready to take a raw and honest look at your life and make the necessary changes—this shit is pure, raw power! Check out classes in your area, or read Invincible Living by Guru Jagat to start your transformation.
9. Join/Create a Women’s Circle
The Divine Feminine is rising! We are being called to join together, lift each other up, support the goddess within each of us, and shift the masculine energy of our society to a more balanced place. Whether you find a women’s circle that aligns with the new and full moons, that hosts ecstatic dance parties, that drinks wine and pulls tarot cards—or whatever!—just find your sisters and love and support them hard. We rise by lifting others and it is time for women to rise in collaboration rather than competition. This will not only uplevel your own spiritual game for 2018, but will inspire those you gather with to do the same.
10. Spirit Guides Radio
Spirit Guides Radio gives a fresh, modern voice to ancient wisdoms, charting new maps for old souls. Co-hosted by two millennial spiritual thought leaders, Arizona Bell and Morgan Garza, Spirit Guides Radio delves into all facets of what it means to live a spiritual life in the 21st century, in a fun and accessible way. Each week Spirit Guides Radio explores a specific topic—anything and everything from astrology to mediumship to plant medicine—by brain-picking an expert guest in that field. Join us while we investigate the invisible forces of Spirit through evidence-based thought and discussion. No “woo” here, just wow!
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11. Astrology Guidance
“Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.” – J.P. Morgan. Life certainly isn’t about hoarding money or working to death, but it’s no secret that we need coins to live! Tapping into astrology and looking to the stars at each major astrological event is a beneficial way to align the dreams in your heart with the energy swirling around in the universe. And who better to consult about the plan written for you in the stars than Career Astrologist Natalie Walstein of Soulshine Astrology? Natalie offers various astrology readings, including the Cosmic Career Blueprint, which essentially lays out your soul’s purpose in this lifetime as told by the cosmos!
There you have it! Now it’s your turn: Do you have a resource or two that you’re stoked about using this year to get more serious about your spiritual practice? Share it with us in the comments!
*Main photo credit: Jess Carlson
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