The spiritual path is not a destination. It is a journey through ever changing terrain. I continue to learn and explore for myself and am returning to India to participate in 12 days of a retreat from mid February to early March. My own personal and professional development continues!
Chameli Ardagh has become my most trusted teacher. Chameli is a teacher, author, and founder of The Awakening Women Institute. Chameli is a master story-teller, using metaphor to explore archetypal truths that were as true centuries ago as they are now.
Spiritual principles can be translated into a practical methodology to use in life. They are not esoteric abstract mythologies or practices.
The myths and stories are metaphors for life. She describes the ancient goddess myths of India, bringing a fresh perspective and her own profound inner wisdom. Myths document patterns, web consciousness. They describe different maps beyond the physical. They point at connections and patterns that aren’t anchored within our perceived reality. Chameli enriches and expands my worldview in life changing ways. She uses these stories to teach, entertain and to move, combining communication and teaching.
As Chameli puts it, these ancient goddess myths are used as a map to understand “how we came to build our identity upon the imagined split between form and the formless. The longing to integrate our fragmented knowledge can be fulfilled through a descent of consciousness into the body. We discover the spaciousness inside the density of form and awaken our capacity to embrace all of ourselves and the world in the luminous intelligence of the heart.”
The true joy of spiritual practice is that it is so uniquely individual. There is no one-size-fits-all. We are all such a unique cocktail of soul gifts and urges, what works for one person will not necessarily work for anyone else.
This incredibly personal experience is often described in terms that make spiritual practice seem mysterious and obscure. Spiritual practice is experienced differently and uniquely for each individual. This is not done to hide the truth or to be purposely difficult to imitate! It is because most spiritual experience goes so far beyond words, so far beyond everyday experience, as to be near impossible to describe! The very essence of spiritual practice is that it offers the individual a firsthand experience of something that cannot—and should not—be articulated.
Exploring Spiritual Practices
Are you ready? Are you willing to step into the great unknown?
Do you want to have your own direct spiritual experience?
Can you set aside your fears and truly embrace what cannot be described in words or theories or philosophies? Can you embrace Spirit in all of its mystery and magnificence? For us to truly explore this life in every level, layer and dimension takes great courage.
Three Tips to Embrace your Spiritual Experiences:
1. Shed the belief that you know anything. If you come with your long list of beliefs then you will judge and criticise and be unable to approach what Spirit offers you with openness.
2. Be vulnerable. Openness – again – is key. To be vulnerable and open is perhaps the hardest part because it says that you are open to the good AND the bad- open to all experience.
3. Be curious: to have the curiosity of a child! This allows you to respond to whatever is offered by Spirit with a positive attitude: yes let’s!
Without these 3 things you hold too many boundaries and barriers for Spirit to truly deeply connect and commune with you.This is how you can embrace Spirit and be truly willing and ready to have a direct experience of Spirit.
The spiritual life needs to be integrated. It is not an ideal or an aspiration for some time in the future when life allows. It is not for when the kids grow up, or life calms down or when your career is more successful.
Being spiritual, being on your spiritual path, is a journey without a destination. It is an enlightening rather than an enlightenment. I would go so far as to describe being spiritual is more a state of doing than being! It is a never-ending unfolding, unravelling of all the false thoughts you ever had about yourself, others and the world around you.
Spirituality is very active and a state of motion, always within first and rippling out beyond into your world. Your unfolding and unravelling can occur in beautiful revelations, epiphanies, that fundamentally change your perspective. It can occur in beautiful radical or subtle shifts in energy that reassess what you believed to be true.Often it comes though challenges, crises and heart ache. This is where spiritual transformation can be most felt. It all requires conscious awareness. We cannot float through life. No one is spared heart ache.
We are called on again and again to step up! No excuses! You can’t pretend to be spiritual and not walk your talk. Do what needs to be done. Do the hard task of peering into the darkness in order to bring in more light.
It’s not easy this enlightening process! It’s not all rainbows and unicorns!
But when you’ve transformed that heart ache consciously into love there’s absolutely no feeling like it! The light that shines from within illuminates even the darkest corner. It’s not easy but it’s so worth it!
I can’t wait to explore all that this retreat has in store for me! I can’t wait! I am so excited!
So what about you? Are you ready to expand further in your spiritual practice? What spiritual practices do you do now? How do they benefit you? Are you ready to be guided further?
If you are ready to rediscover all that life truly has to offer, if you want to engage with life on a deeper more inspiring level, I am here for you.
I work with the most amazing soulful people to help them remember who they truly are on a soul level and to express this in their life.
I am available for face to face spiritual coaching sessions to guide you deeper on your spiritual path via Skype from the comfort of your home. Contact me for a 15 minute free consultation to find out more…
If you would like to come along on my journey please be sure to join my facebook page (Tune In with Debra Reeves), as I will do my best to use the patchy wifi while I’m in India to give you a bit of a peek at where I am and What I’m up to! I have a few days before and after the retreat to enjoy the scenery in Rishikesh and go to satsang with Chameli’s teacher, Shantimayi. I can’t wait!