What is a Spirit Hug

Definition of Spirit Hug:  Spir it Hug \‘spir-ət ‘həg\: Connecting with, then wrapping the eternal, infinite Self, while feeling good, around yourself and your world, thereby creating wholeness, joy and peace while eliminating fear, pain and disease (dis-ease).

Among other things, a Spirit Hug is essentially a powerful prayer form. Instead of using words to articulate our prayers, we use visualization, feeling and a sense of Oneness; leaving the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ up to God, who knows our needs before we even ask.

Typically, when we pray, we ask God for what we think we need, and sometimes we think we even know how our prayer should be answered.  For example, if praying for prosperity, we may think prosperity can only come to us through our careers, for example, a raise or a new job.  But if God really knows our needs before we even ask, why should we have to ask for any specific thing, much less limit God as to how the need should be met? We also tend to recite these words more or less by rote, without feeling and without seeing our prayer as being answered.  I prayed like this for years. The results were discouraging, at best.

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Wayne Dyer

When we pray a prayer of supplication, which is a prayer asking for something, we are thinking about what we need.  In other words, we are in our mind.  Mind is the domain of ego.  What our ego thinks we need may have nothing to do with Truth.  As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, ego stands for “edging God out”.  A good prayer of supplication is one that asks for guidance or insight, humbly acknowledging our limited knowledge, but even then it is better to pray a prayer of gratitude; being thankful for the guidance that we have already received.

Another issue when we pray asking for something is that we are making a statement to the Universe that we don’t have it.  According to the Law of Attraction we get more of what we focus on.  If we are focusing on lack, as we do when we are asking for something, we get more of the same.  So a prayer of supplication is actually counterproductive.

If we really believe God knows our needs, we should be able surrender both the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ to God.  In other words, we shouldn’t have to ask for anything, much less tell God how it should be provided.  So what does that leave?  If God has answered our prayers before we even ask, we should be thankful; we should be full of gratitude.  By that, I mean we should feel thankful.  Most prayers should be heartfelt prayers of gratitude.  As we shall see as we move through this blog, feelings are much more powerful than just words, and working with feelings is an essential part of a Spirit Hug.

In addition to being a powerful prayer form, the Spirit Hug process is a way to focus intention.  Much has been written recently about intent – that thought affects physical reality.  That what we focus on becomes real.  Lynne McTaggert has written a wonderful book called The Intention Experiment, which really is an ongoing experiment that you can participate in at www.theintentionexperiment.com. The idea behind the intention experiment is not only to test the theory, but to see what can be accomplished by having many people intend the same thing at the same time.  Grand things can be accomplished in this way, “for where two or three (or more) are gathered in His name, whatever they ask, it shall be done for them”.

The problem with this concept of intention is that most of us are inundated by thoughts

"Idle Thoughts", 1898

“Idle Thoughts”, 1898 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

that we don’t want to become real.  We don’t have a choice as to whether they become real.  It is the universal Law of Attraction (which is being proved by quantum physics).  Like energy attracts like energy.  Your thoughts are energy and they attract like thoughts until enough energy is attracted (or has come together) for the formless (thought) to become form (matter).  You will get more of what you focus on.  It can’t be any other way.  Unlike a law against speeding, which we can break, this is a Universal Law that cannot be broken.  Your only choice in the matter is to either create unconsciously or to create intentionally.  Most of us create unconsciously because we don’t control that inundation of thoughts that we don’t want to become real.  Guess what?  They become real anyway.  How much of what is going on in your life did you intend to create?  If you didn’t intend to create it, how did it get there?  You created it unconsciously.  The Spirit Hug process provides a way to get control of your thoughts, so that you create only what you intend to create.

Additionally, the Spirit Hug process is a guide to everyday spirituality.  An individual Spirit Hug is like an individual prayer.  It begins and ends just like a prayer does.  But the Spirit Hug process can be used to live life to its fullest and to evolve spiritually while we are in a physical body.  It becomes a way of life that we are always practicing.  The ways it can do this are as follows:

  • By constantly being mindful

  • By staying focused on your Sacred Heart

  • By keeping your Sacred Heart open and relaxed

  • By staying in the moment

  • By understanding that you are One with everyone and everything

We will define these terms and provide complete understanding as we move through this blog.

While we’re on the subject of Oneness, I would like to quote Neale Donald Walsch from Communion With God: “We Are All One.  This is the only message that matters. It is the only message there is. Everything else in life is a reflection of this message. Everything else sends it.  The fact that you have so far failed to receive it (you have heard it often, but you have failed to receive it) is what has caused every misery, every sorrow, every conflict, every heartache in your experience. It has caused every murder, every war, every rape and robbery, every assault and attack, mental, verbal, and physical. It has caused every illness and dis-ease, and every encounter with what you call “death.”  The idea that we are not One is an illusion.” (Italics mine.)

The poem, Spirit Hug (in About section) is an outline of the Spirit Hug process.  After learning how to Spirit Hug, the poem can serve as a quick reminder, helping to ensure you don’t leave out essential parts of the process.  A Spirit Hug is really very simple.  Once you learn how to Spirit Hug you will find it not only to be much more powerful, it is much faster than spoken prayers because you don’t have to think about what you’re saying.  A Spirit Hug takes a second. It is my belief that Jesus (and other masters) used a process similar to Spirit Hugs when healing or performing what we would call miracles.  A Spirit Hug is that quick…and that powerful!

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About Donald

I have been a student of spirituality for my entire adult life. As I continue this journey I have found that there are few instructions about living as a spiritual being in a physical body. I believe I can help those who have questions about how to go about that by providing insight from a nuts and bolts perspective. That is the purpose of this blog. I also believe that we, as a planet, are rapidly reaching a tipping point of either evolving to a peaceful, prosperous, healthy global society or sliding towards a more chaotic, violent, greedy world. If you are on a spiritual path, evolving personally, the power you have in helping earth tip toward the positive is enormous. Helping with personal evolution is what SpiritHug is all about. I teach classes, provide personal counseling and write on this subject. I appreciate any feedback about what you see on this site. The attached picture is a portrait work commissioned for me by my wife Linda. According to her I am "Quiet Man, Gentle Man, Your heart is like a nesting bird in my hands; Honest Man, Peaceful Man, Every hope and every fear I understand." by Amanda McBroom
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