Creating Authentic Spirituality

Spirituality isn’t religion and many people that are religious are not actually spiritual. Spirituality is a way of viewing the world. It’s a way of thinking, feeling, and believing. It’s a way of surrendering to the greater flow, the Great Web of Life, cosmic order, Source, The Mother, whatever you like to call it. It’s a continued practice of authentically communing with your Self without dogma, egoic blocks, fears, and trauma.

What is Spiritual Trauma?

Trauma comes in many shades. It’s not a matter of if you’re experienced trauma, but when it was, the profundity of it, and how its impacts linger today.

Spiritual trauma exists extensively in our culture and it’s largely due to religion. For several thousand years, we’ve been operating out of a monotheistic paradigm that comes complete with lots of dogmatic, punitive, and disempowering systems. This paradigm is strict, often times merciless, and creates a structure wherein Source and divinity exist outside of you.

It’s also a prime source in creating and perpetuating Feminine Shame.

Frequently Asked Questions About Feminine Shame

What is Feminine Shame:
Have you ever felt out of step with the world, simply for embracing the natural ebbs and flows within yourself? At InnerSpark, we define “Feminine Shame” as a deeply ingrained resistance towards that which is cyclical, fluid, nurturing, intuitive, or emotional. It’s the uneasy feeling that arises from being cyclical, intuitive, or in tune with seasonal rhythms in a world that often values linear progress and constants. This disconnect is what distances many from their true essence, their InnerSpark, causing them to feel adrift, overwhelmed, and detached from the comforting rhythms of nature. It’s feeling ashamed of our innate, tender nature in a world that parades “normal” over “natural.”
 
Rooted in centuries-old beliefs, Feminine Shame drives that whispering ghost of “not enough.” It convinces us we’re wrong, unworthy, flawed at our very core. We’ve been conditioned to see our natural state as abnormal, which distances us from our true selves. This tug-of-war between the natural and the “normal” drains us—physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally, spiritually—leading to widespread dis-ease. It’s high time we ask: isn’t it time to bridge that gap? To finally come home to ourselves? That’s where The InnerSpark Method is your guide.

Why Does Feminine Shame Exist:
From our early years, society hands us a blueprint of how to “fit in.” This blueprint often discounts the beauty of nature’s spirals – the inherent fluctuations and cycles that we, as beings of this Earth, naturally resonate with. When these intrinsic rhythms, intuitions, and emotions are labeled as irregular or inconsistent, it creates a landscape where Feminine Shame finds fertile ground, urging us to adopt the “standard” instead of cherishing our unique spirally essence.

Who Does Feminine Shame Impact:
Feminine Shame isn’t reserved for a select few. Imagine a shroud, thin but omnipresent, covering everything and everyone. Feminine Shame is that shroud. It blankets us all, an invisible veil impacting every heart. Regardless of gender or anatomy, everyone feels its presence – the nudge to prioritize society’s “shoulds” over the nurturing call of nature. It’s the tension that arises when our natural desire for a holistic, integrative life clashes with societal expectations, leaving us yearning for authentic connections, rhythms, and a return to our true nature.

How Do We Heal Feminine Shame:
The path to healing starts with recognizing the value of our innate connection to nature’s cycles. By turning towards our own challenges and deepest desires, and embracing the rhythms that have always been a part of us, we can find grounding and resilience. It’s about harmonizing with nature’s wisdom, tapping into its rhythms for guidance, and shedding the layers that keep us from living organically and authentically. Together, as a community that sees, supports, and validates each other, we transition from feeling fragmented and out of sync to dancing in harmony with life’s beautiful, ever-changing spirals.

After being indoctrinated with this for several generations, the ill-effects are becoming apparent. One of the consequences is a challenging time experiencing authentic spirituality. Spirituality, as I mentioned previously, is a reflective, introspective, on-going journey. Finding Source within directly contradicts the existing religious paradigm which creates a block. Another block comes in the form of confusing religion and spirituality. With this at play, people find themselves wanting nothing to do with any of it and continually feel lost and disempowered.

Why Create Spiritual Relationship With Myself?

A key component in creating a life that feels wholly nourishing, purposeful, and provides the foundation for true holistic living, some kind of relationship with something greater than yourself must be actualized.

You are an individual, yet you are not. You are the person you think you are, yet you are not.

By and large the people we think we are simply illusions maintained and fueled by neurotic delusions. Our “small” selves can only get us so far before we must surrender to the greater forces at play. We are simultaneously the dreamers and the dreams; the creators and the creations. When we see ourselves as the avatars and little, fleeting embodiments of Source that we really are, life becomes so much more magical, fluid, and full of ease.

Creating an authentic spiritual relationship must become the cornerstone of your life in order to heal feminine shame and fully actualize your soul’s purpose and potential in this life. It’s required for healing physical dis-ease, cultivating more meaningful relationships with the people in your life, creating meaningful work that supports you and the planet, helps us make aligned choices and take the right actions for us, and so much more.

How to Be More Spiritual?

This is a very personal journey that will look differently for each person. In my work, I strive to create the space necessary for my clients to feel safe enough to openly explore the ways in which they view spirituality, how they wish for their spiritual relationship to look, and what traumas they may be carrying from religion or pseudo-spiritual backgrounds.

There’s no one answer to how to be more spiritual. A spiritual life involves living in a constant state of self-inquiry, observing oneself, and questioning everything with childlike wonder. Any and all of the resources I provide equip you with the awareness necessary to begin this beautiful quest of living in alignment with the Source of your understanding. Peruse these tools for support:

Nature

Nature is not this separate entity that exists outside. You are Nature. Nature is you. There is no distinction.
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Shadow Work

At its core, Shadow Work is a process of integrating parts of ourselves we’ve disowned, shunned, or bypassed with the purpose of reclaiming and empowering ourselves through our trials and traumas.
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Energy Healing

We can’t truly change the tangible, gross manifestations of our lives without tending to the subtle building blocks that make up those very manifestations, and understanding the power of these subtle and unseen energies is vital to the success of any holistic practice.
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Yoga

Yoga is the ongoing process of personal alchemy in which our human and spirit selves unite, becoming physical embodiments of light and love, soul animating human form…
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Meditation

he practice of meditation provides an avenue to continue the process of knowing thyself, which for the sensitive soul is especially imperative…
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The InnerSpark Method

Timeless Wisdom to become Naturally Resilient

Transform life's storms and cultivate peace, resilience, and vitality with Nature's wisdom.

Dive deep into nature’s rhythms, unraveling from the complexities and strains of modern life, and align yourself with the ebb and flow that has sustained life for millennia.

Drawing from nature, our eternal mentor, we glean lessons of steadfastness, flow, and unity.

But as the digital age surges forward, our intimate connection to these timeless rhythms is diminishing, causing our physical, emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual well being to teeter.

The InnerSpark Method bridges that gap, guiding you back to your innate resilience and rhythm, reigniting your zest for life and sense of purpose.

Come discover a whole-person, trauma-informed system of Nature's self-care to rekindle natural cadences across all dimensions of your being -  whether it's the physicality of daily routines, the depths of emotional resilience, the realms of mental clarity, the vibrations of energy, the art of relationships, or the ethereal world of spirituality.

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Greetings! I’m Devon Ray Battaglia, MS, AHA, ACC. As an Integrative Health Expert, Ayurvedic Health Advisor, and Holistic Life Coach, I’ve devoted myself to living and sharing the timeless wisdom of Nature’s rhythms to unlock our natural resilience and joy!

I mentor individuals like you on a heartfelt journey toward the life-changing simplicity and nourishment of living in sync with Nature.

Ready to transform life’s storms, amplify resilience, boost health and vitality, reconnect with your InnerSpark, and discover a life overflowing with peace, confidence, and clarity?

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