The Basic Practice

The spiritual practice of transformation holds within its wide embrace the personal renewals that come with a spiritual awakening, a conversion, a mystical epiphany, or an enlightenment. It covers the deepening that takes place when we get in touch with our Higher Self or Spirit.

Transformation usually involves the shedding of old ways, especially those that have become burdens. This practice proclaims that no matter who you are, no matter what has already happened to you, no matter what you have done, it is still possible to be and do something new.

Transformation implies a marked change in your life, but you can practice it by making simple changes. Start by doing something different — walk to work by a new route, answer the telephone with your other than usual hand. Break a habit, any habit. Signal Spirit that you are willing to accept change in your life and to be an agent of change in the world.

Why This Practice May Be For You

With transformation comes healing and wholeness. It's as if they had been waiting in the wings all along, until you made room for them on stage.

Often, however, we aren't sure that we want this show to go on. The refusal to admit change in our lives is a major obstacle to transformation. We cling tenaciously to our habitual ways of doing things, thinking they are our only choices. We may resist anything new or different through indecisiveness. We waver, going back and forth between fear and doubt.

There is also a shadow side of transformation — recklessness where we keep pushing the edge. Here change becomes an addiction, and we race from one stimulus — or perceived panacea — to another.

Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Blessing

  • Watching ice melt into water is a cue for me to practice transformation.
  • When I witness the movement from sickness to health, I am reminded of the recuperative powers of spiritual transformation.
  • Looking at photographs of myself when I was younger, I vow to be happy with all the changes I have undergone.
  • Blessed is the Sacred Source who lives in and through all our transformations.