Melissa Portan MSW, MEd

Writer & Sexologist

Melissa is a 5th generation spiritual guide and healer who specializes in helping others find their own spiritual path. She is also a sex and relationship therapist practicing in NYC.


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Mini Post 16: Why You Need a Regular Spiritual Practice

What constitutes a regular spiritual practice? The word regular here means habitual. So, a regular spiritual practice consists of regular/habitual meditation, continuous worship, continued exploration of spiritual knowledge, a sacred and personal place for spiritual purposes, and putting into practice the knowledge gained. The key to these things is that they are consistent and a way of life. Truthfully, faith may wane as we go through challenges, and that is okay, but you need to have something to go back to when strength returns to you.

Why? Often we are faced with challenges that bog down our energies, causing a multitude of problems. Negative energy can cause fatigue, depression/sadness, anger, and even health issues. And so, many search for cleansings or for someone to cleanse their energies. The problem with this method of maintaining good energy is 1. you are dependent on another person and 2. you are not learning how to deal with these problems. Whereas if you have a spiritual practice from which to extract wisdom, you’ll be able to handle problems without having to resort to other methods.  Not every day is going to be good and when that happens, there is nothing better than knowing how to tackle whatever is challenging you.

Having your own spiritual practice empowers you not only in spiritual terms, but in general terms. Maintaining a spiritual practice will lead to you feeling less alone, connected to the world, to others, and even to the divine. And this will help garner the confidence to go out in the world and realize your dreams and goals. Finding a one time spell or cleansing will not bring about the changes and effects of a regular practice; and if they do, it will be momentary, whether for years, months, or days. Spells and cleansings require replenishment, meaning that in order for the effects to last you have to do them over and over. Cleansings are a natural and vital part of a practice, but doing them without a spiritual frame or without spiritual context is not as beneficial as doing them with the aid of Spirit.


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