The road to spirituality is a lonely path from the world’s perspective. You won’t find a guidebook or set of rules – there is none. You might find a teacher for a short time, but no one will walk the same path for long. Religion offers structure, companionship and rituals. You will find acceptance walking through religion’s door, but religion was created for the masses. It cannot fit each individual perfectly. Religion is a two-edged sword.
I tried the religious path. I’m grateful for the insights it gave me, but it no longer suits me. I now walk personally with the Divine to receive personal instructions and guidance, using shamanic journeying to communicate directly with spirits guides, Jesus and other enlightened beings.
I know this spiritual path is right for me, but there are struggles. It takes courage to trust the messages that I receive. I can’t look to others for advice and sometimes miss having a spiritual community to depend on. In addition, the world is not very accepting of beliefs outside of main-stream religion, even though each started with a man who stepped outside the matrix.
Since I haven’t been on my spiritual path for long, I have to think about every move – just like when I first learned to drive. I try not to second guess myself or let other’s fears or disdain obscure my vision. I have passed the fork in the road, there is no turning back. I walk on the path. One foot in front of the other, walking with the Divine.
All paths eventually lead us back to our Divine Source, but some paths are more painful than others.
Deep down inside of all of us, there is an urge to connect with our divine source that can’t be ignored. Some people use drugs, compulsive shopping and/or gambling to get an artificial high that mimics the Divine connection, but it never satisfies them. After the high wears off, the addict is left empty, prompting the cycle to repeat itself.
There are lots of great treatment centers out there, but 40-60% of addicts return to their former lifestyles because addiction is caused by a spiritual emptiness.
Once an addict is willing to turn inward and acknowledge that the emptiness comes from feeling separate from the universal love, then they can begin to follow a path that allows them to feel whole again. Which path they choose is up to them. Some people turn to religion for comfort, others discover practices such as Shamanism, Paganism, Gnosticism, yoga, meditation and many others. It doesn’t matter which one they choose, as long as they connect with the universal love, because then they will finally feel filled inside.
I read several comments in the newspaper lately where the religious leaders were asking the question: “Is it okay to love people outside your faith?” This is mind boggling to me. I haven’t been to church in 20 years, so maybe I am out of the loop on the ‘love your brother as yourself, as long as he is member of your church/temple/mosque’ ideology.
I am going to offer an answer on this, although I am sure that those asking this question don’t care what I think.
First, love everybody. The saints, children, your mother and father, politicians and lawyers (they really need it), hard working teachers, your neighbor, and everybody else! How we feel toward others and treat them is a direct expression of how we feel about ourselves. And since we are all connected, we really do hurt ourselves when we hurt others, and love ourselves when we love others.
“…See the Love of God in you, and you will see it everywhere because it is everywhere. See His abundance in everyone, and you will know that you in Him with them. They are part of you, as you are part of God.”
– A Course in Miracles