No matter what your religion happens to be, or if you don’t follow any religion at all and prefer your own spiritual practices, the lessons you’ve learned from your experiences can be very helpful to others who find themselves in a similar situation. Sharing your story can be very meaningful. Here are some tips to help you get started.
#1. A spiritual autobiography is not a set of memoirs.
To write this autobiography, you must start at the very beginning of your spiritual experience. What led you to embrace your spirituality in the first place? Some people live in spiritual households where it always seemed to be a point of emphasis. For others, a major event in their life brought them to the spirituality they practice today. Share about how you came to embrace your spirituality and you will be able to start your story off strong.
#2. Discuss why you chose your specific spirituality.
There are numerous religions and types of spirituality that can be practiced today. Some people even practice hybrid religions or incorporate influences from multiple faiths and spiritual preferences to create their own unique brand of spirituality. Talk about why you practice the way you do and what that means for you.
#3. Bring up the evidence of your faith.
We believe the things that we do from a spiritual standpoint because we have seen evidence that backs up our faith in some way. We see God, or Allah, or our preferred deity or deities working in specific ways in our lives and the lives of others. Talk about the times of evidence that you have seen and how that has impacted your faith and your life over the years.
#4. How has your spirituality impacted others?
Now most religions, faiths, and spiritual practices discourage the practice of “bragging” about our spiritual accomplishments. What good is charity if you’re doing it for your own personal pride? Spirituality can impact others around you in ways that don’t involve pride. How it impacts others can also deepen your own faith and spirituality. It is these experiences that are wonderful to include in a spiritual autobiography.
#5. What have you learned from your spirituality?
There are always lessons to be learned. Each day offers new moments to examine. We all face challenges in some way each day. What are the lessons you’ve learned from your continuing spiritual practices? Where do you see these practices taking you in the future? The answers to these questions are important to include in your autobiography because it shows people a full reflection of who you are as a spiritual person.
#6. Share the challenges your spirituality has caused.
Religion and faith are one of the most divisive components of life today. We see this struggle play out before us every day. Yet at the core of almost every spiritual experience is the desire, or need, to love one another. Some even take that idea a step further by requiring practitioners to love their enemies. When you encounter challenging circumstances, share the story of that experience. Talk about the process you went through to be able to achieve an outcome.
#7. How does you spirituality affect your daily routines?
This might be the most important question to answer when writing a spiritual autobiography. For many, the goal of practicing spirituality in some form is to create a life that is greater than without it. So how has your life become better since starting your spiritual practices? Give tangible examples of what has changed and then provide a look at what you hope will continue to change in the future.
The challenge of writing a spiritual autobiography is to format it in a chronological order. So often the desire is to tell the most important or meaningful stories first, but that’s not how an autobiography works. You’re on a journey. Talk about each step forward you take, the steps backward you had to take, and don’t skip parts you might feel are unimportant.
It is often that which we feel is unimportant that someone else finds to be the most profound truth they’ve ever read. So share your spirituality, faith, or religious practices in an autobiography and you might just change the world, one person at a time.
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