My Spiritual Journey
It takes Michael Singer 18 Chapters and 179 pages before he talks straight about God in his amazing book The Untethered Soul. I’m not surprised. I feel that way too about God, so much so that my interest and devotion to God is hidden in the back of my life, away from the sun or people’s odd stares.
I have my reasons.
First, I feel like much of our society has appropriated God inappropriately as their own personal “butler” and has made being religious a bit of a show.
Often, I cringe and feel embarrassed when I see people praying for their favourite football team to win, when all the time the other side is doing the same. Do they really think the Divine Intelligence of the Universe picks sides?
Although I am deeply spiritual, I am not at all religious.
And to be honest, I resent the way some people flaunt their religion. (Clearly, I have work to do to let that go!)
Second, I find the whole God thing very personal, deeply personal. I know, I am writing about it here, but that is because I feel compelled to step into it more fully for myself and for others who may also want to embrace their own spirituality more.
But I really don’t want it to be a public display. I just want to write from my heart. And right now, God is in my heart.
My family was not particularly religious. I remember some holidays being observed, but there wasn’t really any talk about God. I did that all by myself.
At first, I thought God was the big guy in the sky as depicted in the Sistine Chapel Frescoes. That didn’t last past my youth.
My first introduction to Jesus was in a production of Godspell.
I actually wept through the whole thing, rushed home and read the Gospel of Matthew. I had never read anything so beautiful.
Then I found the amazing spiritual traditions of India, so deep, so difficult to understand and so compelling.
In addition, I have studied the important texts of the New Thought Movement. Finally, I committed to Paramahansa Yogananda as my guru, learning the meditation practices of his tradition.
Currently, I spend many hours with the lectures and writings of the Christian Mystic Joel Goldsmith. Thank you Youtube!
Oh, and have I mentioned? I am in my 10th reading of The Untethered Soul.
I tell you this as a way to come out of the Spiritual closet hoping that you too will embrace any longings that may be stirring within you. Like me, you don’t have to join anything if that is not your thing. You just have to have a mind of your own and really think about what you are learning.
Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Do your own study. Search your own heart. And find the teacher who really speaks to you whether alive or in books. (Have I mentioned Youtube? I’m kind of addicted!)
I have wished at times that my path to inner freedom and joy would be quicker, more complete and easier.
But this is my path.
I must admit, I surprise myself sometimes with my devotion. The world does indeed call me with its shiny toys. But no matter how distracted I get, I always come back to my first love and my highest priority:
The evolution of my soul.
Talk to you later,
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