Starting The Path To A Spiritual Journey

Starting The Path To A Spiritual Journey



A spiritual path is​ easy to​ miss because it​ is​ subtle. it​ is​ a​ path to​ your higher consciousness with fuller awareness. Upon entering the spiritual path, you will begin to​ change your perceptions and see new interpretations of​ reality. You will learn to​ heal yourself from the conditioning of​ childhood, societal mores and traditional thinking. You move from being unaware to​ becoming an​ empowered, conscious, loving, holistic, and fully functioning person. You will start to​ understand the mysteries of​ life.

As your awareness expands, you will realize there is​ only one of​ you. Who you are expands to​ include all the parts of​ your life. Knowing and feeling connected to​ this full-self unfolds in​ stages, as​ there are degrees of​ truth along the way to​ full truth. it​ is​ a​ continual process of​ exploring yourself and others, participating in​ relationships and groups, and learning from experiences of​ your inner-self.

How do you start your spiritual journey?
Often it​ begins with a​ personal crisis that starts an​ inner desire to​ look beneath the surface of​ what is​ happening to​ find richer meaning and purpose.

These questions could include such things as.
Who am I outside of​ my roles and conditioning?
Why am I here?
What would give my life more meaning and purpose?
Why do these things happen to​ me?
How can I help myself?
Why do I worry about what my family and friends think?
How can I heal my dysfunctional thoughts, feelings and behaviors?
How can I change my life so that I like my life?”

These questions and many others need answering; this will then cause you to​ move into a​ deeper quest for life. Life is​ always answering your inner questions by bringing you answers and new experiences. These experiences may come to​ you through books or​ religious teachings, or​ by listening and learning as​ you grow. However, you have to​ be ready to​ see, feel and hear the insights.

Sometimes it​ is​ not even a​ conscious thought that begins the journey. it​ might be that you are having problems or​ you have a​ habit that needs changing, or​ a​ relationship that is​ not working. at​ what point would you want to​ enter a​ therapy group, a​ counseling group, or​ a​ family therapy group to​ help improve your situation. Many of​ these types of​ groups can open the doors to​ a​ deeper search.

You may respond because you have had too much pain and suffering after a​ catastrophic event like an​ illness, divorce, loss of​ a​ job or​ a​ death of​ a​ family member. These experiences force you often to​ look for answers. This is​ because you become confused, hurt or​ angry. When you are in​ this frame of​ mind, you can open yourself to​ new ideas.

Another way you can move on to​ a​ spiritual path is​ if​ you have a​ partner who is​ willing to​ join you on your journey, especially if​ they are constantly changing and growing, helping to​ introduce new ideas and catalyzing the relationship. When you stay in​ a​ relationship, you can evolve together.

When you decide to​ make you journey, some mystical experiences can bring you change that will last forever. This is​ an​ expansion of​ consciousness, greater than everyday life. This is​ where you can lift the veil of​ non-understanding. Once you have made the changes you will make an​ instant change in​ your life. You will release all your fears and start to​ understand that love is​ the underlying principal of​ the universe. You can change you life forever.

The circle and the spiral of​ life.
Let us now look at​ two different people. One is​ living a​ normal life and one is​ starting their spiritual journey. For clarity let us call her Susan and let us say that Susan lives her life in​ a​ line that goes from point a​ to​ point B, eventually this makes a​ circle from birth to​ death. Susan is​ born into a​ family that would expect her to​ follow the family’s example. This includes family values and beliefs that have been handed down from one generation to​ the next. Therefore, Susan stays within the comfort of​ her conditioning.

If Susan decides to​ move out from the family footsteps, it​ would probably be in​ reaction to​ extreme situations. Susan jumps to​ another point and has the tendency to​ over-correct and therefore, act out the opposite side of​ the coin. Susan may look like she is​ thinking for herself and acting differently; however, she is​ still dealing with the same coin. Susan will still condition and will still stay within the boundaries of​ the family circle.

Time will tell if​ Susan returns to​ the traditions or​ truly moves into higher consciousness. I would like to​ point out at​ this point that many who find their spiritual path do go back to​ traditional ways; they just experience it​ with a​ newer and deeper understanding.

So now, let us look at​ person number two, we will call this person Peter. Peter looks at​ the boundaries in​ the circle and is​ not satisfied, wanting more from his life than following the line from point a​ to​ point B. This calls forth a​ deeper process in​ a​ number of​ ways (some that we mentioned earlier) so, Peter moves out of​ the circle. The circle now becomes a​ new configuration, a​ spiral. The circle represents a​ closed system, repeating what has been modeled and taught. it​ is​ very difficult for new information to​ get into this system. When Peter enters the spiral, he makes a​ shift upwards and moves into a​ new dimension, an​ open system, which is​ full of​ information not known within the circle.

Another way to​ explain this is​ to​ use a​ mountain. Susan lives at​ the bottom of​ the mountain and everything is​ familiar. is​ this where you are? if​ you are, then you may have learned for example, that you are an​ extension of​ your parents or​ family. You need to​ conform to​ the roles and rules of​ these groups. You may respond to​ them telling you what to​ do. However, you should remember your body is​ of​ physical beauty, strength and youth, and this is​ what counts in​ your life.

Alternatively, you may believe that your possessions make you who you are. Others around you may think that it​ is​ great that you have a​ high IQ and you did well at​ school. You have plenty of​ money and you seem to​ have it​ all. That is​ all very well except that true happiness and having a​ connection to​ your inner self, are missing.

If this makes you think about what your role is, and what is​ missing in​ your life, that is​ a​ good thing. This is​ the point that you may actually move away from the bottom of​ the mountain onto the spiral where you will find your true self. Are you ready to​ walk up the mountain and find your hidden path to​ your higher realizations? it​ may be uncomfortable at​ first and your rational mind might try to​ talk you into going back down the mountain for safety and familiarity. as​ you climb, you will start to​ find others who want to​ share ideas with you and who can answer a​ few of​ your questions. You may find the life you really want.

You now have some ideas to​ ponder over. What journey do you want to​ take?

We have looked at​ the difference between Susan who is​ not willing to​ walk away from the circle to​ start her journey; therefore, she will stay this way forever. We have also looked at​ Peter, who wants to​ change his circle; therefore, he will have a​ happier and fuller life.

Many experiences and thinking patterns can initiate your spiritual journey. The decision is​ up to​ you.
Do you want a​ higher awareness or​ do you want to​ live a​ life where you are blind to​ what you can really become?




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