The 'Point of it All'
One purpose of the Journey is to demonstrate that there is a ‘point to it all’ – to life, to my life, and my connection with the manifest and non-manifest universe.
Becoming connected with and clear about my 'telos', my blueprint, my ‘point of it all’, my 'acorn-to-oak' journey, and getting on with my pilgrimage is what is called ‘The Journey of the Soul’.
The Spiritual Path on the one hand, takes us ‘out and up’, so to speak, through layers of deepening poise, asceticism and revelation, and ends, with luck, in revelation of sublime unity. The practices involved can be excellent, profound, disciplined, selfless and rewarding, but are not enough to guide us on a choice-rich path of joining in and action, in today’s world.
The Journey of the Soul, on the other hand, is a pilgrimage in real time. It leads us ‘in and down’, so to speak, to reveal that our true identity in this dualistic world is not body, mind, emotions and spirit, but is tied to our very essence - our soul, and how our soul guides us to act and connect with the world around us.
Becoming acquainted with the soul and the journey it wants to lead us on, given its sacred and practical inheritance is the path we must pursue.
We pursue this path to benefit our own sacred and practical evolution during our lifetime, and to assist in the perfection of the evolution of the planet. By being connected to our ‘source’ and by striking our own note clearly, we help bring ‘all’ into harmony.
A soulful life is not a doleful life, but is one of joy and fulfillment, achieved through constant evaluation of our lives and thoughts, words and deeds (the examined life), our relationships and our surroundings, and through putting to rights what is not copacetic, joyful, intentional, aesthetic, truthful or beautiful in our lives, relationships, work and environment.
Connecting the Microcosm of ourselves to the Macrocosm of Evolution, of the Universe and the Mystical, helps to place our physical and mental selves and our souls within a greater context, and demystifies our connectedness to ‘God’ or 'The Divine". We analyse the meaning behind these specific words and their direct relevance and impact for ourselves. And, even if our tradition, or conditioning, or reaction to religious scandal and violence, has taught us to be uncomfortable with concepts associated with the word God, we learn of the undoubted connection through our collective unconscious, our unconscious and conscious minds to the ineffable ‘mystery’ exemplified, for example, in our search for the sublime and in our response to music, silence, nature and beauty.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious; it is the source of all true art and science.
Only a life lived for others is worthwhile.