“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust
How often do you participate in activities that improve self-awareness, identity, and potential? Are you sincerely interested in the quality of your life and the life of those around you? Have you asked yourself empowering questions with a genuine interest in the answer? Asking an empowering question will yield an empowering answer.
- What is the vision for my life?
- What is quality is trying to emerge in my life right now?
- What is the specific mission that I incarnated at this time to express?
- Am I open and receptive to what my heart seeks to express?
When we ask empowering questions with a heartfelt desire, the universe will respond. In fact, the universe will always respond to questions and beliefs, empowering or disempowering. For example, when you ask, “Why do I have such bad luck?” you are confirming that you believe you have bad luck. This belief continually sends an energetic request to the universe to respond in the form of life experiences that confirm your belief; therefore, you will be repeatedly be shown why you have such bad luck until the belief is dissolved.
Life on earth is governed by Universal Laws, everything that manifests begins as a thought, or an idea. If you are unhappy with your current reality, you must change your beliefs and your behavior. This however, is not the easiest thing to do, but beliefs can be changed if you are willing to recognize those that are not working for you. There are many books, guides, workshops and classes that are now available to assist in spiritual growth and personal development. However, personal development can get expensive.
In light of this, one option to consider are online courses for spiritual development offered at no charge through the public library system. The County of Los Angeles Public Library System offers online learning for personal and professional development through Learn4Life and Universal Class. Learn4Life offers a wide range of free online classes, led by expert instructors. New sessions begin every month and you can take as many classes as you like. Universal Class has nearly 500 online classes taught by real instructors.
Here is an example of Spiritual Studies courses offered through Universal Class:
- Healing Affirmations 101
- Dream Interpretation 101
- Life Coaching 101
- Meditation 101: Learn How to Meditate
- Energy Healing
- Spiritual Counseling
- The Art of Breathing
- Building Self Esteem
- Confidence Building
- Lifetime Wellness
- Listening Skills
Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Most of the continuing education courses can be completed within 10-20 hours. To find out how long it will take to complete the course, take the course CEUs and multiply that number by 10. For example, a 1.4 CEU course can be completed in 14 hours. CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is not the same as 'college credit'. CEUs are the industry measurement of non-credit education. One (1) CEU equals 10 contact hours. Universal Class online courses are instructor-led and self-paced. Self-paced courses are challenging, and unlike a physical class with set meeting times, you will ultimately decide how and when you complete each of the lesson objectives. If you are a well-disciplined and motivated learner, you will thrive in this environment.
Learn4Life offers the Spirituality, Health, and Healing Certificate Program which consists of a total of 12 courses:
- Characteristics of Spirituality
- Spirituality, the Health Care Professional, and the Spiritual Care Provider
- Spiritual Rituals
- Spirituality, Religion, and Health
- Spirituality, Culture, and Health
- Spiritual Assessment and Spiritual Care
- Therapeutic Interventions for Healing
- Sacred Spaces, Healing Places
- Spiritual Care of the Dying
- Spirituality and the Grieving Process
- Spirituality, Religion, and Children
- Spiritual Dimensions of Aging
These courses meet the qualifications for the stated hours of continuing education credit for MFCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.
Perhaps the most important realization that an individual can make in their quest for personal growth is that there is no single formula that defines the path to personal success. The most important factor is the inherent interest in looking at oneself in the mirror and saying, “I am so happy with the person I have become,” while simultaneously acknowledging, “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ~Henry Ward Beecher