Spiritual Practice Success Stories

Spiritual Practice Success Stories

Inner peace may be a whole hilarious myth. Like sugar-free candy. Or good decaf coffee. Or enlightenment. But I know a few people who don’t think so. They’re authors. They’re mystics. They’re pretty big show-offs. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth listening to.

Here, success stories and interviews from people who’ve used a variety of spiritual practices to gain or achieve something of value to them. Including a few from me, written on my more optimistic days.

Spiritual Practices Success Stories is an ongoing project, so check back on this page or on my Welcome page for updates.

Spiritual Practice Success Stories, Interview Style:

I interviewed some authors, mystics and other total optimists. Here are some spiritual practice success stories they generously shared.

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I’ve Stopped Fighting. It Was Useless, Anyway

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “Don’t Blame Yourself. Don’t Blame Your Karma. Things Just Happen

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “The More I Observe My Thoughts, The More I Realize How Funny They Are

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “None of It Scares Me. I Have So Much Fun

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “There Is No Real Meditation

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “The Law of Attraction Has Its Place In the Game of Life, But I’m More Interested In Being the Galaxy

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “People Can’t Be Mean to Me, If I’m Never Mean to Myself

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “God Is Not a Concept, But a Living Energy That Flows Through Me

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “If I Don’t Love It, I Love That I Don’t Love It

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Realized That Suffering Is My Friend

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “Desire Is Missing

My Spiritual Practice Success Stories:

My life is pretty great. A pain in the ass, but great. Here are just a few of the ways various spiritual practices have helped me over the years. 100% guaranteed true.

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Am Writing Again

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I’m Definitely Not Shy Anymore

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Have Everything I Need

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Paid Off My Mortgage in Under Ten Years

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Kicked the Binge Eating Habit

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “My Eczema Is Nearly Gone

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Am Inspired

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “My Life Is Just About Perfect

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Have a Housekeeper

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “My House Got Clean–Fast

Spiritual Practice Success Stories from Guest Contributors:

I love guest contributors. Hardly know them, but I have a feeling. Here are their spiritual practice success stories.

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “After Doing the Byron Katie Method, My Boss Started Listening to Me

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “Affirmations Are Helping My Son Cope With Asperger’s

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Learned to Love Myself

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I’m Happy Again

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Am a Happy Person

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “Today, I Will Not Be Anxious

Spiritual Practice Success Story: From Convicted Felon to Respected Author

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Live in the Easy World, Where Everything Is Easy

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I’ve Gone to the Next Level Spiritually

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Learned Meditation

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Am Deeply at Peace

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Learned How to Meditate

Spiritual Practice Success Story: Roger Bannister’s Famous Run

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “My Late Friend Spoke Through Me

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Learned to Love What Is

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “It Is Good

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Am Happy

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I’m a Better Dancer–And a More Accepting Person

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “My Days Are Smooth and Calm

Spiritual Practice Success Story: Linda Proctor’s Road to Wealth

Spiritual Practice Success Story: Jack Canfield on the Power of Belief

Law of Attraction Success Stories:

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Finally, it happened. After ten years thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

Interested in my results?

Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon. It’s free.

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Kids, here it is. Have at it.

I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.

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Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Paid Off My Mortgage in Under Ten Years”

Contributor: Mollie Player

On a cold Friday the 13th in January over a decade ago, I signed the mortgage agreement for my first home. And I wasn’t scared about it at all. Though I wasn’t exactly rich–I’d decided that waiting tables was my true calling, at least for a while–I believed that by saving every dollar I could and paying at least a little ahead on the mortgage each month, I just might be able to pay off the house in ten years. With that goal in mind, I took in renters and saved every dollar I could. I didn’t drive a car, for instance. And sometimes I even passed up the bus, deciding it wasn’t worth that $1 fee.

Five years later, I was nowhere close to my goal, but I didn’t worry about that–I just kept making payments. Something in me told me that it would all work out as it should.

I married my first husband, and worked as much as I could, using most of my earnings for the house. Then I divorced and married David, which gave me another big edge. Still, the goal was pretty far away. Then the year before having my second child, I got a great job at Microsoft, and started paying in big chunks. Finally, the day came when my husband gave me the approval to take the twenty grand out of our savings account and pay our very last installment.

In the February nine years after signing the mortgage, I made the final payment on the house–nearly one year ahead of schedule.

I believe in hard work. And planning, and being careful with money. But I also believe in the power of setting an clearly defined intention.

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Finally, it happened. After ten years thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

Interested in my results? Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon.

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More Stuff to Read:

Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.

There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. In some posts, I rate the practices, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.

There’s a Book for That, Too

It’s a great time to get suddenly awesome. So many teachers. So many books.

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Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Learned to Love What Is”

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Contributor: Mollie Player

Readers of Eckhart Tolle understand the importance of appreciating the present moment–paying attention as much as possible to the glorious Now and leaving the past behind us. For a long time, though, I was stumped by something: How am I supposed to live in the present and also allow myself to feel the desires that lead to conscious creation? 

What about visualization? What about mantras? What about figuring out what I don’t want so that I can decide what I do want to welcome into my life? 

Then the other day, my good friend (and angel channel) Leta Hamilton talked to me about the importance of acceptance.

“Life is perfect, just as it is,” she said. “You don’t have to want a single new thing to be happy.”

And I knew it was true, because she has four young children and is still the happiest person I know.

So, the following day, I took her advice. I started a new spiritual practice: that of accepting everything that came.

“Bring it on, Universe,” I said. “Do your worst. I’m going to learn to love what is if it kills me.”

And it was the greatest experience. That day I happened to spend most of the sunny afternoon at a park with my two wonderful children. Then that evening I was treated to a massage and a facial. I truly enjoyed these experiences in a way I have rarely done before, without fault-finding and overly critical thinking and too-high expectations.

It was wonderful.

I’m pretty sure the Universe wanted me to have an especially good first try at all this acceptance stuff, because over the following few days things got back to normal. Kids crying till my ears hurt, poopy diapers . . . you get the idea.

But I continued my new-found spiritual practice, and what I noticed right away was that none of the bad stuff seemed all that bad anymore. Because they weren’t that bad. They were the challenges of life.

There’s an amazing quote in The Power of Now (by Eckhart Tolle) about  whether or not we as conscious creators should accept that bad stuff happens.

“Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. You would not be reading this now. Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.”

Beautiful, isn’t it? Sometimes we law of attraction believers get down on ourselves for not having everything we want, not outwardly appearing to be as successful as others we know. As much as I believe in and practice visualization, affirmations and meditating on what I desire, and pray to the angels and seek enlightenment and read books and discuss spiritual matters for hours on end . . . I’m remembering through it all that I am in a process. I am experiencing everything–“good” and “bad”–for a reason.

Truly, it is all perfect.

And here’s the really funny part (that you may have guessed already): Ever since my revelation on acceptance, things are flowing better for me, too. What I need and want comes to me in a natural way, at the right time–often before I consciously know I need it.

If you are a dissatisfied spiritual person, someone who wants to become a more positive thinker right now, I encourage you to embrace this paradox.

Accept first. Then work on your deliberate creation.

Accept.

Mollie Player

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Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Learned Meditation”

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Does this woman look enlightened or what? Right?

Contributor: Leta Hamilton, an author, channel and inner peace advisor to mothers. Her books include The Way of the Toddler: Spiritual Lessons from Our Zen Masters in Diapers, 100 Daily Messages for Expanding Consciousness, 100 Daily Messages for Heart-Mind Connection and two other 100 Daily Messages books. If you have any questions, you can send them to letahamilton3834@comcast.net.

As a mother of young sons, I was seeking balance in my life. I wanted it to be on my terms and not dictated by when I could get out of the house, the schedule of the day spa and/or my husband’s availability to take over childcare while I was away “doing something just for me.” Meditation was a thing I had heard a lot about and I wanted to go there, explore that and make that the focus of my “me” time.

Meditation is something I can do anytime, anywhere. It requires no special equipment. It’s simply me and my body and my mind. Simple does not necessarily mean easy. We have minds busy with chatter. We can and do often become swept away with the parade of thoughts that disrupt us – an inner sense of peace is swallowed up by all those thoughts we think.

Reading up on meditation, I knew it was a way for me to master my thoughts, use my mind as a servant instead of making it my master and create the inner space to allow that peace in. Kids are a source of chaos both internally and externally. We berate ourselves with all the comparisons between ourselves and other parents and our kids and other kids. We also look around to our environments and see things out of place. Toys needing to be picked up, kids wanting to play with objects that are not intended for small hands and a gazillion other ways our external landscapes are thrown into chaos with tiny ones in our lives.

None of this is wrong. Kids will be kids! They need outlets of play for their personal development and I for one did not want to stifle their budding personhoods through my own insecurities and inability to deal with them. After recognizing the benefits of meditation, I set in place the intention to make it a part of my life. I did not know how I would do it, when or where it would happen. I made the declaration of wanting meditation to be a part of my existence and let God do the rest.

Soon enough, I noticed how Oliver would fall asleep in the buggy on our way home from dropping William off at preschool. I took that opportunity to sit in the garden of a park near my home and simply practice breathing. If the weather was too cold or rainy for that, I would roll Oliver into the house still in his buggy and just sit while he slept.

If I was in the car while children were sleeping, I would stay there in the driveway after we arrived home and do nothing other than close my eyes and breathe. I would practice meditation for durations of 2 minutes through to an hour or more.

It was a miraculous “noticing” of space in my life. Whenever I could meditate, I suddenly had the inspiration to do so. It was marvelous how these moments came with precision and regularity. It did not have to be at the same time every day or for the same amount of time. What had shifted in me was the awareness of those moments existing: moments when it was possible, doable, to meditate.

Meditation for me has expanded into a lifelong habit. I meditate now as a way of being. I take time every day to sit quietly and watch my breath internally. I also use meditation as a form of presence. When I am with someone – that is a meditation! It is a meditation of presence, of BE-ing with that person, listening to them and responding from a place of spontaneity. I no longer think what to say ahead of time. I sit with a person in a state of presence-meditation.

When I do the dishes, it is my “dishes meditation” time. I do the dishes with presence. I wash them as if this were the greatest meditation ever. I love the dishes as I clean them. I am with them as a lover. It’s the same with the laundry. I just do the laundry like I would if I were sitting cross-legged in a room of meditation students. Wherever I go, whatever I am doing, I practice it as a meditation. Life is a meditation to me now. It is no longer separate activity from the rest of my life. All of life is calm and meditation.

Of course, there is still noise in my life. With 4 young boys how could there not be? However, my intention of creating life as the meditation makes it easy for the calm to stay inside. I still go off and sit by myself from time to time to regroup and restore an inner sense of balance. I have a chair that is specifically placed in my bedroom for my quiet meditation times. I sit on the floor and focus on beautiful objects that are pleasing to me. I stay in the car when I am able and breath while the baby continues to sleep.

All of these things I do as a habit because meditation is important to me. It’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest, priority of my life. Above caring for my kids, being there for my husband or taking care of personal hygiene I intend the peace meditation brings me. When peace is taken care of, all those other things fall into place so easily and effortlessly. I have noticed how easy my life is and with what grace I am gifted every day. I have peace as a core value. I arrive there through vigilant adherence to the intention that meditation is in my life every day. Then I wait for the opportunities to “pop up” and I take them, I act on them, I do as I am guided and I notice how often it is there is that space for what I desire.

You too can make something a part of your life that you desire. Whether it is more time for meditation or something else, there is something powerful in the intention. Then, it is up to you to notice and act on what is opening up in front of you. Be very open. You will be surprised at how many ways The Universe brings you what you desire.

Leta

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What does the struggle for inner peace look like for the rest of us?

Get You’re Getting Closer and The Power of Acceptance for an uplifting price on Amazon.

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Spiritual Practice Success Story: Roger Bannister’s Famous Run

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Contributor: Mollie Player and The Power of Positive Thinking in Business by Scott Ventrella

Roger Bannister was the first person to run a mile in under four minutes.

It happened in 1954, and until that time, no one believed it was possible. Running experts, physiologists, doctors–they all had “proof” that it couldn’t be done.

Until it was.

Most interesting to me, though: after Bannister accomplished this feat, he was followed by twenty-four other people . . . within just eighteen months.

Dream about something impossible today.

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Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.

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Kids, here it is. Have at it.

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Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I’m a Better Dancer–And a More Accepting Person”

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Contributor: Mollie Player and Dustin Spero of San Francisco, who shares this law of attraction success story on thesecret.tv.

For those of you that don’t know, The Secret’s official website plays host to gobs of awesome true law of attraction success stories.

One that I read recently comes from a man who, after reading The Secret, gained the courage he needed to audition for his dream job: professional ballet dancer. Though Spero doesn’t get into a whole lot of specifics on how he did end up achieving this dream, I enjoyed reading that he found a new inner peace regarding the faith of others.

Here’s a brief excerpt for you about what he has achieved since becoming aware of the law of attraction at work:

“My dancing has improved a hundred times over infinity! My love life has been perfect. I have a clear focus on what I want. I’ve even found more acceptance for others and myself in my every day life. I accept Christians now whereas, before as a gay man, I avoided them. I just feel as if focusing on love and thanks really made all the pieces of my life fall into place.”

He also notes that he now sees the blessing in disguise that is the mild form of autism he was born with.

You can read the rest of his story at thesecret.tv.

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Diets don’t work? I disagree.  

Find out how I lost my extra 20 pregnancy pounds–after all four of my pregnancies. 

Get The Emergency Diet: The Somewhat Hard, Very Controversial, Totally Unheard Of and Fastest Possible Way to Lose Weight on Amazon. 

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More Stuff to Read:

Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.

There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)

These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday

Kids, here it is. Have at it.

I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.

Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.

Spiritual Practice Success Story: “My Days Are Smooth and Calm”

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In case you were wondering, this is what an open-minded skeptic looks like.

Contributor: Alexander of alexandersvitych.com, who shares his unique perspective on the law of attraction.

Last week I carried out an experiment. Every day while commuting by metro to work, I self-tuned myself by saying repeatedly: “Today I am going to have a great day. I have enough time for all my tasks. Work comes and goes. The day is calm and smooth.”

Each day of that week went indeed calm and smooth, and I had time to accomplish all my tasks without any rush or stress.

Then, on another day I did not repeat that positive confirmation. And the day turned out to be hectic, stressful and energy-consuming.

Does this mean positive affirmations are crucial for a balanced and harmonious life?

I don’t think so.

Or, to be more precise, I believe they are just one of the factors that influence our lives and adjust the flow of our days. Besides, positive thinking and positive attitude are different things.

Yet perhaps positive affirmations are not fruitless either. At least two useful things that I took for myself are:

  • They calm down your mind (eliminating “inner talk”);
  • They assist with focus and concentration.

I still believe that action is the most important ingredient of the recipe–the fifth element, if you wish. The so-called “law of attraction” that has been advertised throughout the world is bollocks if not accompanied with action. However, using positive affirmations is not entirely wrong either.

But let me repeat myself–only if backed up with acting, making and doing.

Alexander

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Diets don’t work? I disagree.  

Find out how I lost my extra 20 pregnancy pounds–after all four of my pregnancies. 

Get The Emergency Diet: The Somewhat Hard, Very Controversial, Totally Unheard Of and Fastest Possible Way to Lose Weight on Amazon. 

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More Stuff to Read:

Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.

There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)

These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday

Kids, here it is. Have at it.

I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.

Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.