Spirituality means so many different things to different people.
To some, it’s related to religion, to others, the occult.
To me, spirituality is about connecting with my inner self and the world around me. It’s about living in harmony with nature and animals and understanding the interconnectedness of things.
And when it comes to spiritual gifts, they can be anything from a deep sense of intuition to being able to pick up on the energy around you. And if you’re a shamanic practitioner, you may even be able to journey into the spirit realm and seek guidance from spirit guides and animals.
Let’s take a look at 10 ways you can recognize and tap into your spiritual gifts.
There are so many different types of meditation to choose from.
Some types of meditation are about getting into a trance, others are about emptying one’s mind of thoughts, and others still are about being mindful of the present moment.
- So, there’s transcendental meditation which involves the silent repetition of a mantra.
- Then there’s visualization meditation which involves imagining a specific scene like a beach or a forest where you feel calm and at peace.
- There’s also spiritual meditation (look at Jewish kabbalistic practices, Sufi dhikr, and Christian contemplative prayer), guided meditation, walking meditation, focused meditation, movement meditation…
I suggest you do some research and see which kind of meditation is most suited to you.
Personally, I practice mindfulness meditation which is about paying attention – or being mindful – to your breath, your thoughts, the sounds around you, and the sensations in your body, all without judgment.
All in all, meditation is a great tool to help you get in touch with your spiritual side, clear your mind, and gain a deeper understanding of the gifts you possess.
Pay attention to your dreams as they’re often very revelatory.
Now, you may want to keep a dream journal so you can record your dreams as soon as you wake up.
Once you’ve written them down and are sure you’re not going to forget them, you can think about your dreams and see if there are any recurring themes or symbols that could have a spiritual significance.
The thing about dreams is that they can help you get in touch with your spiritual side in many different ways:
- They can offer guidance and insight from a spirit guide
- They can help you connect with a deceased loved one
- They can help you explore past lives
- They can be used for telepathic communication
- They can show you a glimpse of the future
So, as you can see, they can be instrumental in recognizing and understanding your spiritual gift.
To use self-reflection to discover your spiritual gifts, set aside some time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Ask yourself questions such as:
- What brings me the most fulfillment?
- What brings me joy?
- What are my natural talents and strengths?
- What values and beliefs guide my life?
- What is my life purpose, and how can I use my gifts to serve others?
By exploring these questions and reflecting on your inner world, you can gain deeper insight into your spiritual gifts and how to use them to live a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
4) Ask for guidance
Sometimes, the best way to tap into your spiritual gifts is to ask for guidance from a higher power. You can do this through prayer, meditation, or by going on a spiritual journey.
Let me tell you more about shamans and spiritual journeys:
A shaman will alter their state of consciousness in order to enter the spiritual realm. They can do this in various ways such as chanting, taking sacred plants such as ayahuasca or peyote, dancing, drumming, and meditating.
And why do they want to enter the spiritual realm?
To receive healing, insight, and guidance.
So, if you’re looking for some insight and you’d like to tap into your spiritual gifts, you might wanna take a look at shaman Rudá Iandé’s amazing free masterclass.
Rudá started his spiritual journey at age 15. He read everything about spirituality he could get his hands on and ended up lost and confused.
It wasn’t until he discovered shamanism that he was able to really get in touch with his core self and discover his spiritual gifts.
With his masterclass, he aims to help others break free from the toxic spirituality that is being taught by many so-called “gurus” out there so they can finally start their real spiritual journey.
According to Rudá:
“A true Shaman will open the door for you and let you explore, challenging you, inspiring you to find your own answers, to think and discover by yourself.
“A true shaman won’t try to shape you to fit in any sort of expectations but instead will teach you how to respect and cultivate your own nature so it can bloom, bring into the world the wisdom, the beauty, the medicine that resides in your soul which comes from your DNA and belongs only to you.
“Shamanism is about developing your own cosmic vision about charting your own path.”
Sounds like a good way to start your spiritual discovery, right?
5) Pay attention to your intuition
When it comes to spirituality and spiritual gifts, it’s important to listen to your gut.
Because intuition is a spiritual gift.
Think about it:
If your intuition is always right, then it’s no coincidence. It’s a form of higher knowledge that is there to guide you.
For example, your gut can tell you whether or not to trust a person. It can tell you when something bad is going to happen.
It’s an inner wisdom that has nothing to do with logic.
6) Practice gratitude
I think we should all practice gratitude, whether or not we’re trying to recognize our spiritual gifts.
So what can you do?
Take time each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for.
For example, I just wrote in my journal that I’m grateful for a lovely day yesterday. I went for a nature walk with my father, husband, two dogs, and cat! Then we had a lovely lunch, enjoyed each other’s company, and laughed a lot. I felt truly blessed.
Being grateful for the good things in our lives can help us recognize and appreciate the gifts we have been given, such as our intuition, sensitivity, and creativity.
What’s more, it can also help us open our hearts and minds to the power of the Universe and the spiritual lessons it has to offer us.
And when we start to recognize the spiritual gifts we have, we can then use them to help others and work toward making the world a better place – one little bit at a time.
7) Connect with nature
There’s just something so powerful about being in nature.
Whether it’s going for a hike in the mountains, listening to the birds in a forest, or immersing yourself in the sea or a lake, connecting with nature can be a very spiritual experience.
By allowing us to be in the present moment and observe the beauty that surrounds us, connecting with nature can help us recognize our spiritual gifts.
But wait, there’s more.
Being in nature helps us focus on our inner voice and connects us to our intuition. It also makes us receptive to the messages that come from the spiritual realm.
So, what are you waiting for?
Take a walk in the woods, sit by a stream, or simply spend time in your garden and open yourself up to the spiritual power of nature.
8) Explore your creativity
Creativity and spirituality are closely linked, just think about music and art – they can be truly spiritual experiences.
If you don’t believe me, walk into any church when someone is playing the organ, or go look at a Botticelli painting from up close. You’ll get it.
That’s why I consider creativity to be a spiritual gift.
You see, creativity can be seen as a gift from a higher power and as a way of connecting with the divine.
In fact, many spiritual traditions emphasize the importance of creativity and artistic expression as a means of communicating with the divine and accessing deeper levels of consciousness.
Thus, creativity can be seen as a form of spiritual practice, whether it is through painting, music, writing, or any other form of artistic expression.
Through the act of creating, one can tap into their innermost thoughts and emotions, and perhaps even receive inspiration and guidance from a higher power.
9) Seek out like-minded people
It’s always a good idea to be in the company of people who share your interests and beliefs.
And when it comes to getting in touch with your spiritual side and figuring out your spiritual gifts, like-minded people can:
- Give you support and encouragement: This can help you stay motivated and focused on your spiritual journey, even when it becomes challenging or difficult.
- Teach you and help you grow: By interacting with people who have different experiences and perspectives, you can learn to see things from another perspective and gain insight to help you develop your spiritual gifts. What’s more, you may also receive guidance and mentorship from more experienced practitioners.
- Give you validation: Look, sometimes, it can be hard to trust your own intuition and inner guidance. We’ve all been there. That’s why it’s good to connect with like-minded people. They’ll give you the validation and affirmation that you need to get confident in your own spiritual abilities.
- Help you connect and feel like you belong: Feeling connected to a community of like-minded people can help you feel a sense of belonging and purpose. This can enhance your spiritual experiences and deepen your connection to the divine.
10) Explore different spiritual practices
If you’re really interested in getting in touch with your spiritual side and learning to recognize your spiritual gifts, it only makes sense that you’d want to experiment with different spiritual practices such as tarot cards, crystals, or energy healing to see if anything resonates with you.
Here’s the thing: everyone’s spiritual journey is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another.
By exploring different spiritual practices, you can find the ones that resonate with you and help you tap into your spiritual gifts in the most effective way.
But that’s not all.
- Different spiritual practices can offer unique insights and perspectives on spiritual growth and development. So, by exploring different practices, you can gain a broader understanding of spirituality and deepen your knowledge and experience.
- Exploring different practices can help you continue to challenge yourself and expand your understanding of spirituality.
- Combining a variety of spiritual practices can help you develop a well-rounded spiritual practice that addresses different aspects of your spiritual growth and development.
- Exploring different spiritual practices is also a good way to cultivate empathy and understanding for people with different beliefs and perspectives. This can enhance your ability to connect with others on a spiritual level and deepen your own spiritual experiences.
Just be careful not to get into the trap of getting sold “toxic” spirituality.
Sometimes it’s not easy to make the distinction between what is real and good for you and what is fake and toxic. That’s why I really recommend watching Rudá Iandé’s eye-opening free video.