Taking the path to a spiritual journey

Choosing the path of a spiritual journey

by Lindsay on November 23, 2010

in Astrology, Inspiration, Personal Growth, Spirituality

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

I haven’t always been “New Age”. There was a time – not too long ago – that I didn’t think the way I do now. I was raised in a Christian home where I grew up believing there was a heaven & hell and you should live your life like a good Christian does (whatever that means) but if you didn’t, that’s okay because Jesus’ death absolves you of all of your sins. I never felt comfortable with the church, even as a child, but I didn’t know there was any other way.

In my young adulthood I didn’t believe in much of anything spiritually-speaking. I believed in a higher power but didn’t give any thought to spirituality or spiritual growth. In 2007, I was going through a period of time I now call my “dark days” – I felt lost. I didn’t know who I was or what kind of life I was living or what kind of life I wanted to live. I was merely surviving through each day – and not very happily. I liken it to walking around in a fog. A grey, cold fog.

That all changed the day I walked into a Goodwill store and walked straight to the used book section. That is where I happened upon Colette Baron Reid’s book Remembering the Future: The Path to Recovering Intuition. I bought the book, came home and eagerly read it in its entirety. This book is what opened my eyes to this world and I’ve had an insatiable appetite for learning about spirituality, spirit guides, personal development and Astrology ever since.

In many cases, a spiritual path is easy to miss because it is subtle. My life shifted the moment I picked up Remembering the Future: The Path to Recovering Intuition and from that moment forward, I’ve been on a path to higher consciousness with fuller awareness.

When you start walking on a 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 your childhood, societal mores and traditional thinking. You move from being unaware to becoming an empowered, conscious, loving, holistic, and fully functioning person living in this world. You start to understand the mysteries of life. It is a gradual, ongoing process that never truly ends.

As an openly spiritual person, I often get questions about it like: How do you start your spiritual journey?

For some, 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. For me, that was living through my dark days. Some days I didn’t want to get out of bed.  I was living a life I knew I didn’t want to live but didn’t have a clue about what kind of life I wanted to/should live. I attribute some of this now to my Saturn Return, although it’s not entirely to blame.  The days of walking into the sunshine from the proverbial miserable fog I was in is what started the spiritual ball rolling into my life.

Sometimes it is not even a conscious thought that begins a person’s spiritual journey. It might be that you are having problems or you have a habit that needs changing, or a relationship that is not working. When you decide to embark on a spiritual journey, whether consciously or subconsciously, mystical experiences can bring you change that will last forever.

Once you open your mind, heart and chakras to the possibility of living a spiritual life, then you will open yourself up to experiencing synchronicities, you’ll release fears and old, bad habits. You’ll begin to understand that love is the underlying principle of the Universe. You will change your life forever.

Many experiences and thinking patterns can initiate your spiritual journey. But whether or not you walk down that path is entirely up to you.

If you want to get started on your own spiritual path (though I think if you’re reading this blog you’re already on it) here are some good questions to ask yourself:

  • 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?

Did a certain book, person or experience bring you into your spiritual journey and deeper awareness? Share your experiences here!

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Peachy Keen November 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

very good questions. in fact, i've printed them for a "homework assignment." off the rip i can say my spiritual journey has been life-long with a deliberate effort starting sometime around 2006ish. i was totally dissatisfied with my life, depressed, broke (financially), etc. the catalyst, besides a bff open to talk about new-agey things, the "peaceful warrior" books and a book called "oneness". i have my ups and downs with interest. seems like it takes more brain cells to live beyond just existing… to try to understand my purpose. pretty cool finding your blog tho. i'll be back *in my arnold schwarzenegger voice

Lindsay November 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I will have to check out those books you are referring to. I don\’t think I\’ve ever read them. I\’m currently reading \”Conversations with God\” and it\’s fascinating.

Like you, I have my ups and downs with \’interest\’. I mean, I think that\’s human nature. We can\’t always be on the path to enlightenment — sometimes we just live and forget about it sometimes.

Thanks for commenting & sharing your experience. Glad you found me. 🙂

Musing Dryad November 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Thanks, Lindsay! I'm working on looking at the next year and the changes I hope to make during that time. Your questions are a great place to start as I ponder and plan. Thank you for sharing!

Lindsay November 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

The new year always feels like a fresh start, doesn't it? Even in the dead of winter! Good luck with the pondering & planning. I'm right there with ya.

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