This One Small Spiritual Habit Can Shift Your Life In Amazing Ways

Written by on March 30, 2018 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 21 Comments

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We all have default modes, the place we go to first, especially when things get rough. This default setting, or foundational habit mode, is very important because life has a way of throwing us curve balls, so whatever our default setting is, we are going to end up going there a lot.

So my question for you today is: What is yours?

What world view arises when the “stuff “ hits the fan?

Do you turn toward greater faith and belief in the bigger picture or do you begin to bemoan life, your lot, etc?

I have found that there is one habit that all my happy, well-adjusted friends share, and it is this: when things get rough, they look UP. They believe that there is higher power and an order to their existence. No matter how messy things get, they believe that life has got their back.

This one fundamental belief changes everything.

Einstein is often quoted as saying, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”

And I couldn’t agree more.

If you believe you live in a hostile universe, you tend to look down. Down on situations, down on others, just down. This leads you, not surprisingly, to feeling down.

But when you believe you live in a friendly universe, you tend to look up. You believe in a higher power, that you’re being supported by forces beyond your own will and that love is the connecting spirit between all living things. You look up with awe and reverence.

Lately, I have been traveling around Europe, which means I have been seeing a lot of cathedrals. It seems every town in France has a “Notre Dame.”

Sitting in the energy and beauty of these temples is amazing, but what I noticed about all of them that was so special for me was this:

They were obviously designed by people who look up.

Every single cathedral you go into has intricate paintings or mosaics adorning the ceilings. Yesterday, in Lyon, we saw lotus type flowers protruding from the ceiling there. The detail, the love, the inspiring beauty is a testament to the Divine.

So, my simple suggestion for today (that I really believe will change your life) is this: practice looking up.

Notice the colors in the sky and the way the clouds move. Admire the birds flying in unison. Enjoy the way the trees dot the hillside. And if you happen to be in a town with lovely old cathedrals, enter one and tilt your head back so you can appreciate the years of work that have gone into the sacred art created for and by those who like to look up.

It’s a deceivingly basic thing, but if you practice looking up, you will soon find yourself filling up and feeling up.

About the Author

Vicki-Howie-headshot-redVicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website,facebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.


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  1.' Charlotte Teeuw says:

    It’s true! When I go for a walk and I look up, I feel much more confident and happy…?

  2.' Cheryl Towns says:

    Now this is why I love cathedral and I always look up! Please note Glenda!!!

  3.' Simple Psychonautics says:

    Psychonautics- (from the Greek ψυχή psychē [“soul”, “spirit” or “mind”] and ναύτης naútēs [“sailor” or “navigator”] — “a sailor of the soul”)

    Psychonaut- is a person who uses altered states of consciousness, intentionally induced, to investigate his or her mind, and possibly address spiritual questions, through direct experience. Psychonauts tend to be pluralistic, willing to explore mystical traditions from established world religions, meditation, lucid dreaming, technologies such brainwave entrainment, sensory deprivation, and often psychedelic drugs (entheogens).

    Because techniques that alter consciousness can be dangerous, and can induce a state of extreme susceptibility, psychonauts generally prefer to undertake these explorations either alone, or in the company of people they trust. Therefore, they are averse to using altered consciousness in a social or “party” context. Psychonauts generally regard the latter sort of use as irresponsible and dangerous.
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  4.' Ruth Lyman says:

    I’m going to try ironing up 3 times a day but it will be with my spirit my neck don’t work very good and looking uwith my head I get real dizzy right away. Thank you I needed to hear that now.

  5.' Marty V. Mitchell says:

    Always have looked up.

  6.' Max Steinle says:

    This has made a big difference in my life. I do appreciate the reminder and support to always look up to the heavenly cosmos.

  7.' Trish says:

    I feel better just reading this, Vicki! Things are looking up!

  8.' Elaine Komis says:


  9.' Jane Hills-Bauman says:

    Excellent. We are of the universe.

  10.' Yvette Jefferson says:

    My Faith in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit keeps smiling ?

  11.' Katia Vuckov says:

    Sacred Heart of the Basilica of Montmartre in Paris.

  12.' Mal Heckenberg says:

    Looking up, according to NLP takes us into our visual area where we are picturing things. looking down and to our right indicates we are in our feelings. So the saying “keep your chin up” has significance. And people who have a higher power have a tool to hand worry over to. because it is said that 90% of what we worry about doesn’t happen.

  13.' Jhie Manang says:

    Look up brother Richard Coco Bacud?

  14.' Eneyellow says:

    Hhmmm…this is awesome!
    I am feeling high already!
    Many thanks to you for this perfect message at the perfect time!

  15.' Melissa says:

    I’ve learned the hard way (through some incredibly difficult and nasty lessons) that I’m on my own. I’m perfectly fine with this as too many times when I’ve looked “up” for help, I’ve been knocked flat on my face with nothing around me to help me get up but my own sheer determination. Nice article, but I’ve got my own back, thanks.

  16. KJ says:

    “Stuff” comes and goes, and comes. The Universe doesn’t have anything to do with it. It doesn’t care either way. We are all just spare parts, like rodents or bugs. One more or less doesn’t matter because there are always lots more. So do whatever works for you to feel okay about your life.

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