Do you consider yourself a spiritual seeker? If you consider yourself a spiritual seeker, someone who is passionate about and pursues inner truth, you are not alone.
In a UCLA study sponsored by the Templeton Fund, researchers found that almost 80% of students say that they “seek meaning and purpose in life” and that a good quarter of them are “Actively engaged in a spiritual quest”.
And not only do students want to find the answers to the mysteries of life, many surveys show that millions of middle-aged and older adults also deeply yearn for a sense of wholeness and meaning, and continue to seek it out.
In fact, many scholars believe that humanity has never experienced such a widespread period of spiritual research. In a recent survey in the United States, for example, a third of the adult population described themselves as having no religious affiliation but being “spiritual”.
So how do you know if you are a spiritual seeker? Here are some signs:
1. You seek depth:
Most people who seek something more in this existence than their mere physical pleasures often find themselves wanting more depth, in their relationships, in their thoughts, in their lives.
When superficial conversations or interactions just aren’t enough; when your consciousness yearns for something more substantial; when you start to switch off your electronics from time to time for inward reflection; when you yearn for thought-provoking rather than the numbness of the mind; you could be a spiritual seeker.
2. You dream a lot:
If you find yourself dreaming more often or more intensely than usual, at night while you sleep, or even in daydreams or meditation during waking hours.
This could be a sign of your inner awareness, your mind asking you its deep questions. The great psychologist C. G. Jung said: “The dream is a small door hidden in the most secret and secret corners of the soul…”
3. You have rebellious tendencies:
Do you feel dissatisfied? Do you reject arbitrary authority and question the traditional values of your society? Most true seekers go beyond cultural norms and seek a renewed sense of purpose.
This healthy desire to rebel usually means that you want something more in life than you have been able to find so far.
4. You love spending time in nature:
Do you want to spend more time in nature? Are you increasingly attracted to the natural environment of our world? Do you want solitude, silence, a sense of the sacred?
Do trees, canyons, mountains, wilderness, and the ocean all make you feel closer to the majestic, awesome, and creative force of life? Each seeker finds peace in the power of the natural world.
5. You have heightened sensitivity:
Tired of the mundane and mundane parts of existence recently? Are things that were fun no longer pleasant? Can’t stand subjecting yourself to another store or mall? More and more disinterested in the material, the conventional, the common wisdom?
Your sensitivities may change. If you get a newly emerging feeling of what’s important in life, and the standard ways of living our physical world just don’t seem to satisfy you as much as they used to, your heightened spiritual sensitivities are working. They could indicate progress towards a new level of consciousness, where mystical, numinous, and spiritual realities become more important to you than the mundane details of daily existence.
Do these signs sound familiar? The presence in your life of one or all of these indicators reveals a strong inner desire to seek more spiritual meaning and insight.
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