The following letter is an excerpt from Dear Luna Wilde…: A Mother’s Journey to Self-Discovery, Spiritual Awakenings, and a Sh*t Ton of Healing. This unique memoir was written by House of Enlightenedhood Founder Leena Lemos and vulnerably shares Leena’s journey through motherhood and the spiritual reawakening that ensued through letters to her daughter.
Dear Luna Wilde,
As I continue to step into my truth as a spiritual teacher, I’m frustrated by the way capitalism has clouded the true intention of a spiritual practice.
There should not be privilege in spirituality, otherwise, it is just another form of oppression and another form of divisiveness.
If we continue to depict spirituality as a skinny white-woman’s “self-care” then we are missing the point.
Spirituality isn’t about meditating on beaches, crystal collections, access to the best healers or psychics, or prancing in a wild flower field like an ethereal goddess.
Yes, all of those things can prove valuable to a spiritual journey (I, myself, like to prance in fields), but there needs to be an end to this sparkly FOMO culture that “spiritual influencers” have created to prey on soul searchers.
Otherwise, we are making a journey that is unique, sacred, and available to every human on this planet, inaccessible without certain prerequisites.
And that is something, my dear girl, that does not sit right with me.
Here’s the real truth about spirituality that I’ve discovered through my own self-development and conversations with hundreds of spiritual women from around the world:
- Spirituality is called a practice because it is a consistent effort towards growth and soul-discovery. It’s never perfect and usually feels like you’re doing it wrong. But that’s the point.
- You don’t need to buy anything to be spiritual. Yes, tools like crystals, oracle decks and smudge sticks can enhance your practice, but they are objects that are infused with your power and your intention. Not the other way around.
- You don’t need to attend a retreat or go on a spiritual sabbatical to become enlightened. Yes, I know this kind of experience is on many of our bucket lists, yet we lack the time and resources available. And that’s okay. It doesn’t make you any less spiritual.
- Spirituality isn’t just about the sparkly or the Instagram-worthy images. True transformation is messy, ugly, and uncomfortable as fuck. Often times, it happens in the midst of the chaos and when you least expect it.
- No one can do the hard work for you. That is up to you and you alone. Yes, find the mentors who can be your accountability partner and your guide. True spiritual teachers, who operate with integrity, will lead you to discover the answers yourself and remind you that there is no fast-pass to soul growth.
- Spirituality transcends religion, economic status, and culture. It is not “New Age” or “woo woo,” but an ancient practice of coming home of yourself. A practice that helps you grow from your tribulations and lead with intention, gratitude, and, most importantly, love.
- Spirituality is not about ego, but oneness. You are more than your unique human experience, and instead, an interconnected light-filled being in the fabric of the universe.
- A healthy spiritual practice doesn’t mean you have to become a spiritual entrepreneur. We need grounded and conscious beings who work in our healthcare, government, education systems, technology, and other capitalistic structures, too.
- The idea of “finding your purpose” or needing to describe your spiritual gift with labels are man-created constructs. Our connection to the energy of the universe, in whatever personal modality that looks like, are bigger than this human experience.
- Your life experiences have intentionally been placed before you for growth. Your spiritual practice allows you to see these moments as opportunities for expansion and honor the unexpected path of life. Always trust that your journey is not only sacred, but co-created with your best intentions in mind.
Just like many of these letters I write to you, it is my hope that by the time you read this, these words will be truths you already know.
I hope that spirituality will no longer be stigmatized, but instead, a sacred inner voice that is always guiding us home to our innate truth of unity, compassion, sovereignty, gratitude, and love.
I hope that the highest good of spirituality will overcome the greed and privilege that meet at the intersection of spirituality and capitalism.
I hope that women everywhere begin to awaken to their power, divine connection to the universe, and realize that they are, in fact, their own guru.
I hope that spirituality will be a privilege, not because of the color of your skin or the money in your bank account, but because you are human.
I know your generation will help make all of these things true. You will be the ones to bring spirituality back home to the heart space of each and every soul.
And that simple yet profound act will change the world as we know it.
With love and gratitude as deep as the universe,