“The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.” ~ Bill Benenson
First of all, if you are not prepared to reconnect with your soul, or if you are afraid of rejoining with the infinite source of all things, then this article is definitely not for you (but I dare you to read it anyway) and you should probably stick with the following article instead: 7 Ways to Remain Unexceptionally Ordinary.
If you feel like you are already connected and would like to take it to the next level, then read the following article after reading this one: 6 Signs Your Crown Chakra May be Godding.
In today’s day and age it’s easy to experience a spiritual disconnect, especially in a culture that is itself spiritually disconnected. For signs you may be experiencing a spiritual awakening click here. But for the purpose of this article, we will be going into six ways (out of many, mind you) that you may be experiencing a spiritual disconnect.
1) You are Unhealthy (Mind, Body and Soul)
“It is beautiful to feel in a body built for feeling, and exist intensely on a planet exuding intensity.” ~ Victoria Erickson
Your spiritual disconnect begins at the core of yourself, in the body, then grows up through the mind, and then branches out through the soul. If you cannot feel in a body built for feeling, then that is a clear sign that something is wrong.
Your mind will be confused and disoriented perceiving reality through a body that is unhealthy. In turn, your soul will fall flat against the cosmos, unable to penetrate her deep mysteries and unable to tap into her vast wisdom.
The planet will keep exuding its intensity whether you can feel it or not. But feel it you should, because there is no joy more joyous than being healthy in mind, body and soul. Such joy sets the stage for a soul to become wide awake.
2) You are Overly Codependent
“Cease being ignorant of what you are most assured, your glassy essence, and you will cease to be an angry ape playing such fantastic tricks before high heaven as make the angels weep.”
When an individual is locked into being codependent there is an artificial sense of self, but there is no authentic sense of self.
An individual in a codependent state is set adrift upon spiritually unsustainable waters, too distracted by the flashy goings-on and the false-fire flamboyance of their preconditioning to realize that anything is wrong, or how precarious their position really is.
It’s a catch-22 of monumental proportions. A codependent person is like a small-picture thinking horse with blinders on continually ramming its head into the back of a cart; only the blinders are mirrors mirroring “it’s just the way things are” back at them, and the cart contains “all the worries in the world.”
If this is you, don’t feel bad. It’s the majority of people. Most people are stuck in codependent relationships, either with other people or with the overbearing nature of the State, and there seems like there’s no way out.
You’re damned if we do and you’re damned if we don’t, spinning through a spoon-fed life based on an abstraction of an abstraction. You’re caught in the double-bind of survival (paying bills and putting food on your children’s plates) and peer pressure (just getting through the day without being harassed).
You might have come to realize that in order to get healthy, in order to get to a place where you can breathe and take account of your life and become present and more spiritually connected with your reality, you’re going to have to become an individual who has the courage to flip the world on its head. The worst thing you can do is wait around for someone to “save” you (playing the victim). The best thing you can do is save yourself (become your own hero).
3) You are Overly Independent
“This ceaseless change does not mean discontinuity as a person; rather change is itself the very basis of our continuity as a person. It is because I cannot see what you see that I can see at all.” ~ James P. Carse
You may have broken away from the typical codependent mindset of your fellow man. You may even be fiercely independent, self-empowered and courageously innovative.
You may have rescued yourself from reliance on, or control by others, and you are now finally able to be honest with yourself, having become personally responsible for your own power.
But, there is actually no such thing as being independent. Independence is an illusion just like codependence was. It’s a great way to get some clarity in an unclear world. It’s a monumentally important step to take in order to get to a place where you can honestly assess your situation and finally breathe.
It’s a courageous leap and an audacious climb out of the brambles of codependency, but the truth of the matter is that everything is phenomenally and noumenally connected in a vast web of interdependence.
Like Erich Fromm said, “If the individual realizes his self by spontaneous activity and thus relates himself to the world, he ceases to be an isolated atom; he and the world become part of one structuralized whole; he has his rightful place, and thereby his doubt concerning himself and the meaning of life disappears.”
Interdependence is freedom from the tyranny of freedom, an eco-psycho-social melting of sorts, where everything is allowed to be everything. Here, your independence becomes merely a shadow of your individuation. Your codependence becomes merely an abstraction of the super ego, a shadow on Plato’s Cave.
By reconnecting with the cosmos, by embracing your interdependence, you not only free yourself from the burden of slavery, you also free yourself from the burden of freedom. The world suddenly goes from being a thing that needs to be conquered to a thing that needs to be surrendered to.
Indeed, it is when you embrace your interdependence for the first time that you discover, as Alan Watts did, that you’re no longer a victim of the world, you are the world. And that’s a spiritual connection like no other.
4) Money has become greater than your heart
“The Western worldview says, in essence, that technological progress is the highest value and that we were born to consume, to endlessly use and discard natural recourses, other species, gadgets, toys, and often, each other.
The most highly prized freedom is the right to shop. It’s a world of commodities, not entities, and economic expansion is the primary measure of progress. Competition, taking, and hoarding are higher values than cooperation, sharing, and gifting.
Profits are valued over people, money over meaning, entitlement over justice, “us” over “them.” This is the most dangerous addiction in the world, not only because of its impact on humanity but because it is rapidly undermining the natural systems that sustain the biosphere.” ~ Bill Plotkin
If money is the opiate of the masses, then it is also a critical ingredient of the spiritually disconnected. This is because money is an abstraction of an abstraction. It purports value, but is based upon nothingness.
If you are feeling spiritually disconnected, then putting your heart into making money, instead of making money as a side-effect of doing something you love, is probably a critical reason why. It can be one of the most soul-crippling prisons known to mankind.
It tends to suck the joy out of passion by causing you to think you need it to survive. And the real kick in the spiritual pants is that you are probably living in a system of control that forces you to need it to survive. You are more than likely living in a State (plutocratic, democratic, or autocratic) that lords it over you in order to keep you controlled, and in order to keep it in power.
You want to reconnect spiritually? Flip the tables on the tyranny of money. Use it as a tool instead of allowing yourself to be a tool to it. Keep doing what you love, whether you get paid to do it or not, because doing what you love is the most spiritually empowering thing you can do. Ignore all the status-quo kittens and comfort-junkie sheeple. Be a courageous lion with the unmitigated gall to trump the wolves.
5) Your ego rules over your soul
“I: a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.” ~ Richard Feynman
They say, “A bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul,” How true it is. This is because the ego is addicted to itself as it is. It is afraid of changing. If your ego rules over your soul, then you are afraid of changing. When you’re afraid of changing, there can be no transformation. And transformation is the essence of spirituality.
If you are experiencing a spiritual disconnect, it may be because you are stuck in the all-too-comfortable comfort zone of your ego, and you are afraid to stretch that comfort zone into soul. Maybe you haven’t experienced ego-death yet. If you haven’t, then you probably haven’t experienced the overwhelming, soul-quaking joy of spiritual rebirth. Kill the ego.
Use its self-enriching guts as fertilizer for the seed of your soul to grow into the flower of itself. Break open your heart; let it break over and over again. Fill the cracks with Cosmos. Use your ego as an interdependent tool for spiritual cultivation, rather than as an independent tool for self-emulation.
6) You don’t question authority
“You must change in order to find your truest self. And keep changing. The false idol is any form that hangs around too long and gets fossilized. It’s worth considering that if your ideas of God don’t change, then your ideas are dead. God is not dead. He simply went elsewhere because you were too boring.” ~ Bradford Keeney
You fear God. You tremble in small-minded fear at the feet of the crucifix, refusing to think with courageous Big Mind, and refusing to open your heart and see/feel the big picture, because you believe that it’s “blasphemous” to do so. Oh ye of too-much faith!
This is the granddaddy of all spiritual disconnects: the illusion of spiritual connection through religious indoctrination, the pseudo-power that has plagued the human condition for thousands of years. Dogma is the crutch that the spiritually disconnected ignorantly lean on, while clinging to their faith like they cling to a basket that carries all their “eggs”. But, as Ernest Becker said, “When you put all your eggs in one basket you must clutch that basket for dear life.”
Do you want to reconnect spiritually? Do you want to discover authentic spiritual power that trumps religious pseudo-power? Then screw the damn basket! Rise up off the groveling-knees of your codependency and become independent enough to see that you are actually interdependent.
Question authority; all authority (parental, political, governmental, religious). Especially question God. And especially-especially question any and all spoon-fed Gods. Question to the nth degree, and then watch as all the shattered pieces of your faith fall away and your soul, God itself (the truth of who you really are), is revealed. Your connection will be an awe-inspiring example for the disconnected and an existential boon for the already connected.