“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware” – Martin Buber
When going on a mystical journey, sometimes you feel like you are lost. You pull out your compass and try to determine where the path is taking you. You get this timeline in your head with a “to do” list. You check off boxes. You get frustrated when things are not on schedule and going to plan. And God laughs at you. This is not how you are supposed to take a mystical journey. There are no “to do” lists or timelines. There are lots of experiences. There are side roads. There are accidents. There are detours. And they are all part of the plan.
“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time” – Asha Tyson
Your experience of life so far may not have required that you don the clothes of a hero. So you didn’t know that you have the “super” cape in your closet. Your “super” cape is just waiting for the opportunity to spring into action. There are definitely dark places within the journey. Places of being lost, in despair. The constant negative voice telling you to give it up. Telling you that you have done all you can. That what you are trying to do is impossible. That is when it is time to call for help. To reach out to have your spirit filled with joy, light, and courage to face down the darkness and continue the journey.
“Today, I call upon my Higher Power to deliver me from the impossible to the possible: from darkness to light, and from fear to courage” – Byrant McGill
Mystical journeys don’t have any short cuts. If you try to short cut the journey, you will end up lost in the forest. You will be chased by your wolves of fear until you’re exhausted. Mystical journeys can sometimes bring you to your knees. With heads bowed and hands open to receive divine help and guidance.
“Let your heart be your compass, your mind your map, your soul your guide, and you will never get lost” – Ritu Ghatourey
Open your heart to receive the gift of moving from fear to courage. From impossible to possible. Open up to receive exactly what you need, even though it might be different than what you wanted. Draw in the mentors, allies and challengers, because you will need all of them to continue the journey. The journey is really all about discovering who you really are.
“The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center” – Marianne Williamson
You are not the stories handed down to you from your childhood. Not the “your just like your mom, dad, etc . . . relative” stuff you heard as you grew up. Not who your friends and relatives want you to be. You know, the one you pretend to be so that “everyone” will love you. Who are you really deep down inside?
“Your life is a journey. Turn each new road into an adventure of humility; each rocky path into an exploration of self, and each soul you meet into a teacher of compassion” – Millie Mestril
When you were a baby and toddler up to the age when you started getting told no. When you were taught about inappropriate behavior. When you learned that trying to get your way through crying or throwing a fit got the opposite reaction to feeling like you were loved. There was a time when you behaved and acted like who you were, the wild child. And then you started learning a million rules that squashed you into who your parents and loved ones wanted you to be.
A large part of the mystical journey is digging up that person you started out as in the beginning. It is peeling off the all of the habits, attitudes, and appearances that are not truly who you are. It is not how you dress yourself up to fit in or to impress outsiders. It is not the house, the car, the title at the job. It is all about “Who You Really Are” down deep at the soul level. That person needs to be unveiled, unlocked and allowed to come out and play in the real world.
“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before” – Edwin Elliot
When you dig deep within yourself, you literally can feel what is right and wrong for you on a cellular level. It is learning to trust how your body instinctively reacts to things. There is a story in Love, Medicine and Miracles about a man who is an attorney. He finds out he has terminal cancer. So he quits his job and goes around playing his Violin or Cello because playing music is what he always wanted to do, but his parents made him get a degree in law. Guess what happens? His cancer goes away. The storyline of the book is about the miracles that happen when we are listening to our heart and soul.
Follow the directions of your heart and soul. Follow your passion. Trust the journey. Then you will be right on time and in the exact right place that you need to be. It is not easy. The easy thing to do is to keep lying to yourself. To tell yourself that this is not part of your journey. To find the easy way back down the mountain. To leave behind the heroes journeys to someone else.
Each day you have a new blank page to write your life story or journey on. Each day has a new beginning. Each day has a measure of courage to shift the ending of yesterdays story into something positive and up-building. It can take a lifetime to find your own truth. You can shorten the time if you are willing to roll up your sleeves, do the work and stay the course. Personal transformation is both the journey and the destination. Enjoy the journey!
“In the end, she became more than what she expected. She became the journey, and like all journeys, she did not end, she just simply changed directions and kept going” – R.M. Drake