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  • Writer's pictureLeonardo Valentin

The Spiritual Education Prep-Guide

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

“5 Good Habits that promote Spiritual Development”

I've spiritually assisted men and women from all walks of life and learned a lot about the human mind, body, and soul along the way. Many of my students have reached a spiritual awakening of their own that contributed to a great balance in their lives because of my intuitive guidance, but some students were not so lucky. When they fell out of balance, they fell hard and I did my best to put them back on their own two feet. As a Spiritual Educator, it is my job to keep my students on an emotionally healthy path that fits their unique lifestyles best, but it takes two to tango! It is nearly impossible for a teacher to help a student who doesn't want to be helped or is not willing to help themselves when opportunities are present. But it is just as much the job of the student as it is the teacher to make an impact. In all my years of being a Spiritual Mentor, I've had the privilege of witnessing many of my students become great people with a strong emotional balance and a life they love. Successful students of mine had these essential things in common:

  • Fearless motivation to challenge life-long religious and cultural belief systems.

  • Vulnerable acceptance of personal strengths and weaknesses.

  • Willingness and determination to succeed with intuitive guidance.

  • Emotional openness to embracing a spiritual transformation.

  • Honest character, trust in yourself, and faith in your teacher.

  • A clear focus on the spiritual life goals you want to achieve.

Now let's talk about the not-so-successful stories! I am actually quite grateful for the unfortunate experiences I endured while training my own students. These dilemmas taught me how to better rescue a person in need of spiritual direction. Those situations showed me firsthand what spiritual imbalance looks like and gave me the training I needed to make sure it doesn't happen to my students in the future. I've become an extraordinary teacher because of how I was able to learn from my mistakes during the negative moments in my teaching career, not because of my accolades.

These are 5 Fundamental Holistic Guidelines I have my students follow as perquisites before receiving spiritual guidance or education from me:

1. Sleep Eight Hours a Day

Sleep is one of the most important parts of maintaining your physical health and wellness. When I tell first-time students that the highest priority of the list of prerequisites preceding spiritual training and coaching with me is 8 hours of sleep, they often think I am trying to have a good laugh. But no. I'm all too serious about it.

I know how exhausting spiritual practice can be. If you do not have proper rest before exploring Past Life Regression, the emotional intensity of the energy work wears out the body and will either put you to sleep or cause mental strain. Sleep at least 6 to 8 hours every night and you will wake up refreshed, balanced, and ready for a new day!

If you find yourself losing out on sleep, it is important for you to rekindle your regular sleep schedule as soon as possible. Keep a log of the hours of sleep you have missed throughout the week and sleep extra hours on the weekend to replace those missing hours. Sleep deprivation is unhealthy, unsafe, and maintaining emotional balance is almost impossible to do while running on less than 6 hours of sleep a night.

Maintaining your Circadian Rhythm is vital to spiritual development. Your mental behavior is heavily influenced by your level of rest, which depends on how much you sleep. You spend about a third of your life connected to energy beyond the physical world. Your physical health and emotional balance depend on your relationship with the spiritual world. I will teach you how to keep that relationship a healthy one.

2. Eat Healthy and Balanced Meals

Balanced nutritional habits are the second most important part of maintaining good spiritual health. Your physical energy and stamina are directly linked to your spiritual capabilities. Natural foods are high in nutrients and spiritual energy, so try your best to keep up with a healthy natural diet filled with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. There is no reason to go completely vegan or vegetarian. It can sometimes be very labor-intensive to keep up with those diets and they demand loads of attention.

Try to keep away from junk food, candy, soda, red meat, coffee, or artificially preserved foods so that you can keep your body feeling fresh, light, and energetically balanced. Stay hydrated with at least 2 liters of water a day as well. Our body is made of 60% water, so do not let yourself dehydrate. Keep a water bottle next to you and fill it up as frequently as you'd like. Just remember that if your body doesn't get what it needs, it finds it elsewhere and you don't want that.

Skipping breakfast is a big mistake. Your body is ready to process food in the morning so that it can rev up your engines and jump-start your day. It is very common for people to skip breakfast because they feel nauseous or uneasy when they wake from a restful sleep cycle. If that is the case, wait about an hour before you eat breakfast. Some studies claim that might be even better for you, so carry on with whatever feels comfortable with your breakfast routine. Also, do not eat right before bed. Late into every night, the body slows down its digestive functions to a near stop before rest, so stop eating food about 3 hours before sleep and just drink water until then.

Respect your body's natural patterns and embrace them. Our bodies usually know best about what, when, and how to eat, so learn how to listen to the signs your body expresses. If you have an issue eating regularly throughout the day and tend to eat too much or little, then try a progressive eating plan: eat a large breakfast, medium-sized lunch, and smaller dinner and snacks. If that's still too much to eat in one sitting for you, try a spaced-out eating plan (my favorite): eat a small meal every 3 hours throughout the day.

3. Maintain a Clean Environment

You are the mess you make! When people create disorder in the home, it shows signs of emotional stress and even sometimes depression. If you are pushing your messes to the side or hiding it under the bed, it can come from avoidance of your daily problems. When you leave your mess in someone else's space without picking up after yourself, it might show selfishness, clumsiness, and how consciously unaware you are of your surroundings.

Clean it up! Don't let a messy room define who you are. Take steps to keep clean and organized so that your spirit feels free in the space you live in. The objects we own have energy and when our home is cluttered, it distorts the energy we surround ourselves with. Emotional and mental focus is hard to keep in a dirty space, so try making a weekly cleaning schedule or maybe even a cleaning day every week. Dedicating time to a clean space is just as important as showering.

Some say that your mess can sometimes feed into creativity, but there is a clear difference between messy and dirty. How organized your living space usually reflects how emotionally balanced you are. And if you want to practice spirituality, having a clean bed or floor to meditate on makes all the difference!

4. Get Active and Stay Active

Physical activity is essential for the human body to stay healthy. Subscribing to a workout routine can help you regulate your weight and emotional stress too. Physical exercise gives the body away to release energy in a very productive way and at the same time, it allows for you to have deep moments of contemplation, which promotes strength and character.

To determine the best workout routine for you, try experimenting with many different types of exercise. You are unique and there is no way you can simply copy the exact formula someone else uses for physical fitness and expect the same results for your body. There is a large variety of exercise methods out there like yoga, belly dancing, kickboxing, and even a walk in the park. Find which one works best for you and create a weekly workout schedule to follow that will keep you on track and in shape. Staying motivated is crucial to sustaining healthy habits, so maybe ask a good friend to be your workout partner.

Physical exercise has a substantial effect on your spirituality! If you stay home all day and be a couch potato right before working with a Spiritual Teacher, you will emotionally express that physical laziness in your efforts to learn spirituality. If you have a nice walk in the sun and a decent breakfast right before a session with me, then that physical balance will carry over into your spiritual world. Balancing physical health gives you a great head-start in any spiritual practice.

5. Maintain Spiritual Balance

Maintaining emotional balance is the key to spiritual health. Life can get really hard sometimes, but it's how we bounce back that matters most. Maintaining balance is not about avoiding imbalance whatsoever. Instead, embrace your imbalances with the best intentions. The first step to resolution is an acceptance that there is a dilemma to solve.

Avoiding your problems and emotional stresses is not going to help your reach spiritual maturity. There are millions of ways to escape reality, but what you really should be doing is embracing your issue so that you can make changes for the better. Find a way to relax your nerves, space out your responsibilities, and still do what makes you feel inspired to live. Never underestimate the value of quiet alone time to reorganize your busy thoughts. Look for a relaxation method that works best for you so that you have time to hear your inner thoughts and emotionally exhale.

Meditation is a holistic method of mindfulness, relaxation, and contemplation. Meditating can be an absolute method of physical and spiritual balance. Some people use meditation for religious purposes and some use it to connect with the divine. There so are many unique ways to meditate, but I suggest that you find a meditative practice that perfectly benefits your emotional state.

You can meditate on a rug, on the floor, on your bed, or even laying down on your back (my personal favorite). Try using music to help you meditate. I use emotional music when I meditate and it helps me in such abundant ways. If you hope to learn spirituality, you need to first find a meditative preference to help you develop new spiritual skills and to give you a comfortable way to self-reflect.

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