Sharing Your Spiritual Experience
If you've ever thought about sharing your spiritual experience with others but were hesitant, you are not alone. Spirituality is something that is very personal to us, and often we may feel that it need only be shared with those who ask us about it.
Others may feel that to reveal that side of themselves opens them up to vulnerabilities for whatever reason. Still others may have had the experience of being "preached to" by someone and made to feel like the person who did the preaching needs to be avoided, and we don't want to put ourselves in that same position.
It is important to take into consideration a few basic tips and courtesies when sharing not only your spiritual experiences, but any experience.
Of course, if we have had a great experience that improved our life we want to share it with our friends and family. It is a great thing to do, and often the best way for others to learn from our experiences. But we have to be mindful of the way we present our ideas and narrative.
People can be easily turned off by not only what we are sharing, but also by how we are sharing it. Remember that this is our experience, through our lens. Don't expect everyone to be moved or even interested in what happen to us.
It is always best to approach what we say by using only "I" and never "you" in conversation. In other words, share your experience of what it was like, what happened, and what that experience means to you now. Never tell people what they should feel, how they should act, or what they should think.
If your message comes from the heart, and your example is strong, your experience will speak for itself. If you try to instruct, persuade, or convince it will come across as a sales pitch or preachy. Remember that we are only sharing, not selling.
Also remember that at a basic level, everyone is on a spiritual journey that is highly personal. What you share may move them, or it may not. Either way you have put it out there and it is up to their place in the universe whether it helps them or not. So, don't expect anything from them or you may be disappointed.
The second part of sharing a spiritual experience that a lot of people don't recognize is that sharing is a two way street. Listening is as important as speaking. Don't just let them speak, but really listen and acknowledge their take on your experience, you can learn something from the as well. Often times when they give you their take on the subject they may realize something about themselves as well.
Finally, let it go. Let your share go and take on a life of it's own. It may manifest in ways you will never know. Sometimes a very subtle shift in thinking can have ripple effects in the universe.
Be content in knowing that you have shared what you consider to be an important spiritual experience in your life, and let the universe take care of the rest.
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