The Three Essential Steps of Reflection as Spiritual Practice

Reflection is a process of how I direct my mind and my awareness in any moment

Reflection is how I attend to and learn from my life.


For a variety of reasons, it is easy to slip through life missing clues, opportunities, and shifts.

The critical voice inside may yell at you.  People around you may also yell.

Together these outside voices can distract you from hearing the knowing that is available to you both within and without.

For me the process of Reflection is an all-encompassing approach to becoming more and more aware of my knowing, following its trails, embracing its flows.

Reflection fuels discovery and uncovering.

Reflection ignites remembrance and your inherent ability to learn and to open.

Reflection is the process of learning deeper and deeper levels of attention, awareness and observation.

Reflection requests your attention to your awareness whether its motion is trivial or substantial.

Reflection pays attention and observes what is going on within you and around you.

Reflection avoids knee-jerk reactions in favor of attentive awareness towards meaning and possibility.

Reflection begins with letting go of the assumption that in all cases and in all experiences of life I KNOW.

Approaching life through reflection, begins by admitting that there is much that I do not know.

Reflection instead embraces I LEARN.

Reflection stands open to receive new views and understanding.


The Three Essential Steps of Reflection

Step One:  Tune in to your awareness.

When something happens, what is my experience of my awareness?

What do I notice?

What caught my attention in this moment?

What feelings are involved?

What beliefs, memories, ideas, thoughts?

Step Two:  Follow the flow of your knowing.

What do I know from my awareness?

What path does my knowing take?

What experience follows?

Where do my thoughts go?

What is happening in my body?

Step Three:  Ponder.  Consider.  Meditatively Reflect.

What do I learn?  What do I resist?

What captures my attention?  what is missing?

Where does this take me?

What is the meaning I draw?

What are the gifts in this moment?

Reflection is not judgment. 

Reflection is observation and learning.

Judgment claims value, or a lack thereof. 

Reflection is more like the observations of the fly on the wall, the third-party observer.

If I take a step back and observe, what do I see, what do I learn?

Reflection as spiritual practice has the effect over time to help you become more open to your knowing, expanding your awareness, allowing you to become more open to all that flows to you, through you, and with you.

Reflection begins the process of expanding your awareness of knowing within the Circle of Infinite Possibility.

Your known expands from your unknown; you no longer reflexively limit yourself.

Reflection helps you step into the infinite and the eternal, the center of your knowing.

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Cheryl Marlene, the world’s authority on the Akashic Records, is a mystic who is unafraid of the tough, the raw, and the real aspects of doing deep work. She conducts Akashic Record Readings and teaches students to access the Akashic Records through her signature Akashic Records Master Course. In the field of consciousness, she is known as a futurist, innovator, and master teacher who delivers life-changing lessons with warmth and humor. Her exploration takes her to the cutting edge: bringing the future to you today, to help prepare you for what you will need tomorrow.