Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Over the years, I followed many paths, though I am not sure I always knew what I was seeking. There was the path of my childhood faith, then the path of rebellion when I disavowed all that was religious or spiritual. Even so, I was pulled toward discussions about God, either positive or negative. Then something “happened,” and I was walking another path. My journey has seen me forge ahead on different paths, but they were now all leading to one place — to Truth, Realization, Eternal Life and Love, the Divine, amd to God. While yoga and the ancient texts, so resonant with wisdom, opened the first doors and still is the mainstay of my understandings, Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism, and just about any system that is heart-led, is now my passion.
What about you? Have you seen “take-aways” and “aha” moments in writings that emerge from a source different from some spiritual path you have followed?
LESSON THIRTY NINE
THE PATHS TO TRUTH
Many are stubborn in the pursuit of the path they have chosen,
few in pursuit of the goal.
You’ve met them. We all have. People who embrace a belief system, then fight (sometimes to the death) in serving that path, even when they seem clueless about reaching the goal of Truth and what it is. We might call this blind faith. And it is, in many ways, a dangerous thing. It is a sort of fundamentalism that stretches across the spectrum of religions but also may be planted deeply in non-theistic thought, like atheism, or political correctness. It hinges on the belief that we (the believer) is superior to others who disagree. It loses touch with the common and more important themes of forgiveness, love, compassion, and non-duality.
I have had quite a learning curve in understanding what it means to know Truth. I will never forget being with my friend who introduced me to the Siddha Path of Yoga and the guru system. I was too naive then to understand that she was there as a teacher and guide for me. One day, after she had visited me in my home, I drove her to a car rental. As she got into the car to continue her journey, she waved to me with a broad smile and said, “I intend to become fully realized in this lifetime.” I raised my hand to bid her adieu, as her words engulfed me, and a kind of astonishment began to sink in. In my child’s mind (spiritually speaking), it never occurred to me that someone would actually become enlightened NOW, in this life. Didn’t that take lifetimes? Weren’t we far from the mark? Weren’t we too imperfect? How could this be?
This was before I understood that we are already “realized” and we just don’t know it a lot of the time, if ever. That we are already the Light of Love and God. That we have always been that and always will be that. That, when we understand and trust that we are in the loving arms of Grace or the guru or Christ or Buddha or God, that we can relax and be guided. That most of us think this “world,” this material place, with all it sensory input, IS the whole deal. But that is NOT what we, as eternal beings, believe. That we are, in fact, already perfect. Yes, I said PERFECT.
Then I came to see that all the subsequent “paths” I walked, in tandem with my early Christian and yoga studies, pointing to the same thing. It might have been the writings of Rumi or years of study in A Course in Miracles or The Sedona Method and many others. The veil was parting, the Truth was emerging, the wonder was abundant, and mystical events were unfolding all around me. Nothing would ever be the same again!
These are some questions to consider:
- Does the path you follow lead to forgiveness, love, acceptance, and kindness for ALL beings?
- Do you believe that, whatever your belief system, that you are unconditionally loved at all times?
- Do you feel empowered by your path or diminished, not quite good enough, because of it?
- Are you happy and fulfilled on your journey?
- Does fear play any part in the belief system you follow? If so, does this feel comfortable for you?
- Do you love and accept yourself completely on this path?
It is not my role or my goal to try to persuade you to join a certain path. Everyone has free choice and can make this decision on their own. I only hope that you will consider the possibility that this world is not all there is in life. You could find that going within is be far superior to projecting outward. You might be “looking for love in all the wrong places” when it is already right there, within you!
There are so many paths leading to Love. I hope you will choose one, open your heart, and experience ecstatic joy.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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