Ramadan: A Spiritual Approach by Rev. Doreene Hamilton

by Reverend Doreene Hamilton
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Ramadan is regarded as the holiest month of the year for Muslims as it was the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be unto Him). Ramadan is a time of year when Muslims all over the world unify for a 30-day spiritual practice of fasting and conscious praying. Muslims in general is the only religious sector in which its members are encouraged to stop and pray 5 times a day and saying your grace before eating doesn’t count as one of the prayers.
This 30-day period is a time of forgiveness, protecting your consciousness and realigning with the Divine. It is an opportunity to release many of the deep seeded pains that we carry towards ourselves and others. It is truly a time of renewal that everyone can embrace. The fasting aspect of Ramadan for some can be a little harsh. During the period of sunrise to sunset participants are not eating or drinking anything including water. Before and after, you can have whatever you choose except drugs and alcohol. Additional restraints include refraining from gossip and “sinful speech” and if you are single you are to refrain from having sex. The purification of the mind, soul and body is key during this time. You are fasting from distractions, so some Muslims read the Quran from cover to cover during this time as a form of devotion.
As a non-Muslim, I have done Ramadan many times and I must admit it is not always easy, but the effects are powerful. I realize there are ways that regardless of our religious beliefs that we can partake in this tradition of fasting and devotion and receive a benefit in our life.
You may choose to do the traditional practice as I mentioned above during the period of Ramadan which in the United States, begins the evening of April 12TH and ends May 12TH . The dates are in alignment with lunar calendar that they use in Islam therefore they tend to change every year. You may also choose to create your own version of a sacred practice that will speak to you. Your version may include fasting from food, but not liquids during the day, or becoming a Vegan for 30 days. You may have a prayer partner that you connect with for 30 days 3-5 times a day. You may also select a book that inspires you to use during this time as a devotional tool. It is your commitment to the process that is key.
If you are not comfortable fasting or praying I would like to share an exercise with you that you can consider using during this sacred time.

1. Write down a desire that you would like to manifest for yourself. Write down a desire that you would like to see manifest for a friend, family member, community, company, or the planet. Write down a good desire that you would like to see manifest for someone that you are not fond of. Review this list 5 times a day from Sunrise to Sunset.

2. In the morning write down 10 things or people that you are grateful for in your life.
Each day you can write down the same or something different from your eyes to your co-workers to the home you dwell in. In the evening write down 10 people or situations that you need to forgive big and small. Each day you can write down the same or something different from your former boss to a quality about yourself that you would like to release.
This process can be done in addition to fasting or as your form of devotion. When we focus on the good that is in our lives and forgive those who we believe need forgiving we open ourselves up for healing and countless blessings. In wanting good for others especially those we dislike is similar to what the Bible ¬¬says when it states that we should pray for those who persecute us. In looking over your list of desires you are connecting with your subconscious mind and letting it know your requests. If you want to take it a step further, you can add in your senses. When your desire is manifested what does that feel like? What does it look like? One of the charms of Ramadan is that if you miss a day due to travel, health or other reasons, you can add it on to the end of the Ramadan season, so you will always complete a full 30 days. Additionally, if you are sick, pregnant, elderly or an underage child, you don’t have to participate. They suggest you feed someone each day.
Fasting and Devotion are the pillars of spiritual work. I encourage you to use this time and energy field to transform an area of your life that could use rejuvenation.
Allah u Akbar = God is Greater!

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We often hear that the leading cause of our problems is within ourselves. But so is the solution.

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what is metaphysics

Metaphysics is the most abstract branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of existence. In Greek, the word metaphysics means “after the things of nature”.

Metaphysics examines the very nature of reality. It offers explanations for phenomena that cannot be explained by “natural” science or that are “beyond the physical”.

This science studies the individual as a whole, as a physical and spiritual being.

Certain types of chakra healing and other holistic, spiritual healing practices, personal development, and even business coaching are based on metaphysics. They typically include working on physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of one’s being to resolve issues that person is facing.

The fundamental law of metaphysics is that every action or decision causes a reaction or an effect. Everything that happens to us (positive or negative) results from past actions or decisions in this lifetime or before the present life.

Similarly, everything we do now will have an effect on our life in the future. This law is better known as karma (action).

It is also believed that we must resolve our life’s issues in this lifetime.

What is metaphysical counseling?

Metaphysical counseling is based on the principle that everyone is sent by the Soul (higher self) to grow at all levels of their being through their life experiences and the lessons they learn in life.

Sometimes referred to as spiritual or transpersonal counseling, it represents a whole person approach – body, mind, and spirit. This type of counseling helps us better understand our life experiences by explaining aspects that our senses cannot perceive.

To put it simply, metaphysical counseling is a form of therapy that empowers us to empower ourselves.

There are many ways metaphysical counseling can take place. This will depend on the practitioner you choose, the kind of spirituality they practice, and the specific issues you may be looking to address.

Some counselors will advise you on the use of crystals for healing, while others will stress the importance of prayer.

This is why it is essential to find a counselor whose beliefs align with yours. Otherwise, your counseling might not have the desired effect.

What can metaphysical counseling help us with?

Metaphysical counseling is a type of holistic-approach therapy based on spiritual principles. This psycho-spiritual approach helps people live a more authentic life by making conscious choices.

It is a self-empowering therapy that gives us the tools to identify and address the imbalances in our belief system that cause conflict and prevent us from achieving success and happiness. These beliefs are so subconscious that we aren’t always aware of them.

With the help of a therapist, people can discover the fundamental causes of their suffering and reach a solution through self-discovery.

It is all about learning to utilize our own self-healing power to reinstate harmony.

This can apply on multiple levels – physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Good metaphysical counseling will address all of those.

What does a metaphysical counselor do?

A metaphysical counselor is capable of healing not only the human mind but the body as well. They can help with various mental issues, including depression, anxiety, and loneliness, or any physical illness, by offering guidance and support to their clients.

A metaphysical counselor can help us navigate our way to health, success, strength, or anything else we desire. They also help clients understand their spiritual nature in this lifetime and beyond.

Each counselor will have their own approach; some will focus on the metaphysical properties of the things around you and how to use those to your benefit, while others will prefer working on your own inner world.

We are all exposed to various positive and negative influences that shape our daily actions, thoughts, and reality. Negative impacts lead to issues like anxiety, negativity, and close-mindedness.

Metaphysical counseling aims to free people from these negative influences and their effects.

Gaining a better understanding of ourselves and our connection to the physical and spiritual world surrounding us with the help of a metaphysical counselor gives us the ability to recognize these harmful influences and build a defense mechanism.

The root of these problems lies deeper than the physical, mental, or emotional sphere. To find a solution, we must target the source. And that lies at the deepest and wisest level of our being – the level of the Soul. Many life situations can only be addressed through the metaphysical laws, and the soul factor is always present. Metaphysical counselors teach us numerous powerful techniques and spiritual principles we can utilize to find the greater good in any challenging situation.

They give us the tools to find a solution to our life issues without a struggle, using less energy in the process.

What to expect from your first metaphysical counseling session

During the first session, the client answers a series of questions regarding their life and the issues that are troubling them.

The counselor listens attentively to understand not only the surface issue but also the stressful beliefs and patterns that are causing the problem.

Further steps depend on the specific type of counseling and the counselor you choose. But after a counseling session, the goal is for clients to experience a greater sense of inner peace and well-being.

Not a one-size-fits-all approach

Metaphysics is a versatile form of therapy, so it can be adjusted to the client’s changing needs as the sessions develop.

Therapists use a variety of counseling skills and techniques. They usually determine which method is the most suitable, depending on the client’s condition at that moment.

For example, you may focus on meditation to prepare yourself for success but turn to more conversation-based therapy to deal with anxiety.

As you and your counselor work together, you will find what works best for you personally. This is one of the significant benefits of metaphysical approaches – they are highly flexible.

Metaphysics can be applied to almost any condition and is incredibly helpful with issues regarding:

mental health
challenges in the workplace
relationship issues
dealing with stress and anxiety
understanding emotional reactions
unlocking habitual patterns