Curiosity Is The First Step In Awakening The Soul

The Journey is what Awakens the SoulSheryl Silbaugh

Many of us step foot on the path to spiritual enlightenment expecting it to lead us onward and upward, hoping to become something better than we are, and ready to gather all of the important things we need along the way.  What a surprise it is when we eventually realize that this path isn’t taking us onward but inward, that we’re not gather things so much as letting them go, and that there was never anything more to aspire to than the truth of what we already are.

  – Cristen Rodgers

Something will occur in our lives when the soul is ready to wake up.  It could be a health scare or near death experience that we have.  It could be losing a parent, spouse or child.  Loss of identity when we lose our job.  A divorce.  Then come the signs of feeling that your life is empty, devoid of real meaning and purpose.  It is as though you are lost in the woods and you keep trying to find a trail back to your car, but you are just wandering and starting to panic.  You feel as though something is lost or missing in your life.  Like there is this giant hole that you keep walking around.  You don’t know what it means, except that you have to find something to make your life meaningful  You start questioning everything you have been taught.  Either you have abandoned God or you feel he has abandoned you.  There is a sense of injustice.  You feel like a blind person groping about in the darkness.  Loved ones may be trying to help you, and you just want everyone to leave you alone.  In fact it seems to be a necessity if you are to figure this out – you must be alone.

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning.  They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers.  Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others at oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening.  Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.

 – Henri Bergson

It is the being alone that allows us to go within.  It is important when we start on this path to enlightenment to understand the need for space for just sitting and going within.  To create the space for connection, to see what is crying out to be released as not being part of our authentic self.  To regenerate and renew the pieces of us that were killed off as part of social conditioning.  The parts we buried because we were told it wasn’t safe to be who we really are.  It takes a great deal of courage to go within and choose to be our true self.

Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens.

  – Carl Jung

When we start down this path, we always think we are missing something.  Think back to the Wizard of Oz and the journey down the yellow brick road.  Toto was a catalyst for Dorothy always running off when Dorothy was needing to wake up and become conscious about something.  The first thing she found on the journey was the ruby slippers.  She had no idea of the power of the slippers and they remained dormant until she was enlightened enough to correctly use them  The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, all had what they were looking for.  The journey for them, was to look inside and expand their boundaries and limitations.  To realize their full potential.  They weren’t missing anything.  They just needed to awaken to who they already were.  To choose to be better.  To let go of doubts and stories that we all tell ourselves that we are not capable of being or doing that.  To gather enough experience that they could have the confidence that they were more than enough already.

Many of us step foot on the path to spiritual enlightenment expecting it to lead us onward and upward, hoping to become something better than we are, and ready to gather all of the important things we need along the way.  What a surprise it is when we eventually realize that this path isn’t taking us onward but inward, that we’re not gather things so much as letting them go, and that there was never anything more to aspire to than the truth of what we already are.

  – Cristen Rodgers

As we walk on our journey of self discovery, we crave the enlightenment that we are seeking.  To know who we are deep within our heart and soul and to be able to grow and transform into who we are destined to become.  Every life experience that we have had, has been designed especially to help us learn the skills required to fulfill our destiny.  Instead of continuing  to conform to our parents ideas of who we should be, or our friends expectations of who we should be, we choose to listen to the guidance of our own soul’s voice.  To travel the unexplored path, to think outside of the box, to be curious and question everything we have been taught.  To discover the impossible journey.

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed.  These are great qualities that they must work towards.  This is my message to the young people.

  – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Curiosity is the beginning of awakening.  It is the first step on the path to discover who you are, what you purpose is, what feeds your soul.  When we get curious we start exploring the world around us.  We choose what to release and leave behind us as no longer fitting who we are.  We choose what new things to bring into our life, new truths, new understandings, new awakenings.  We create the magic of unveiling who we are. The treasures of the gifts we never recognized that we have.  We let go of fear after fear.  We start honoring and valuing who we are deep down inside.  Self love and self trust grow and expand with each fear that we release.  We recognize that each fear was in fact designed to hold us captive, bound so that we couldn’t discover our divine selves.

You reach a point where you feel yourself going through an awakening.  You look at what you used to do and who you used to be.  It hurts because you realize you believed in and promoted nonsense.  You grow; you evolve and you stop because you no longer operate at that frequency.  As a result, there’s certain people that you have to walk away from.  As a result, you start to realize just how messed up the world is.  You want to help; you want to heal; you want to make it a better world.  This is how you know you’re awakening a higher level of consciousness . . . 

  – Sylvester McNutt

When you start living from that authentic place deep inside of you, you will be truly seen.  In order to be who you are at the soul level, you have to let go of the stories you have heard all of your life that you have been defined by.  It is like a puzzle where the pieces were jammed into place because they didn’t quite fit.  When you are living life from the authentic place at the soul level you find yourself, slowing piece by piece rearranging the pieces of the puzzle.  When you realize who you are at your deepest level, all the pieces will fit together with no gaps.  That is when you will experience a whole new level of love, grace, peace and serenity in your life.  You will still have road blocks on your path.  You will still continue to grow through success and failures.  The difference is that you begin to recover faster.  The difference is that you embrace what is true, that you keep being curious and ask better questions that when you started.  The difference is measured by real progress on our life’s journey.

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.

  – Eckhart Tolle

 

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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