All cultures use the metaphor of the journey and a path to describe spiritual growth – that which lends to life a sense of purpose. Some traditions teach that the purpose of a journey is for the soul to find its way home to the Godhead to be reunited with the One. Others teach that it is the process of finding out about your true relationship and interdependence with Nature, Great Spirit, God, or the Divine, etc. or that it is a process of awakening or reawakening the true soul within us. Barbara Meiklejohn‐Free believes that whatever your or chosen understanding, you are on a spiritual path or you would not be drawn to these lessons and you certainly would not have come this far in the work. No matter how unsure of why or how, you are dedicated to knowing your inner life. Thus the challenge for us is not whether we are committed to our path, but to know what exactly we are committed to.
It is said that those who follow a spiritual path become more identified with their spirit than their ego and personality. It is a maturity in which one outgrows their exclusive identification with a separated and therefore alienated ego, and becomes conscious of their essential oneness or relatedness to all life. With this identification, one makes the transition from egocentric self-absorption to empathetic relatedness. One’s actions are thus less motivated by selfish or fear-based neediness and a deeper understanding filled with generosity and compassion takes over. A healthy consequence of this process is releasing the need to be a victim and the claiming of self-responsibility and therefore self-power. One becomes willing to say yes to life and yes to their soul’s journey – even with all of life’s pain and paradox.
Thus, the spiritual path becomes a healing journey to wholeness. It is a process of restoring balance and expanding our consciousness so that we can recognize the soul’s lesson even in the midst of pain and confusion. It is being so centered in our spiritual ground of being that we are able to make conscious choice about our responses rather than being driven or having our ‘button’s pushed’ and unconsciously reacting out of habit or fear-based programming. It is reclaiming what has been repressed or denied in our being by acknowledging its existence in us and then making an offering of it to the light and fire of healing transformation. We then begin the process of making amends for the wrong-doings and harms it has caused to others and ourselves.
Barbara Meiklejohn‐Free is a healer, author, teacher and storyteller – all of which she employs in weaving the ancient craft of the Shaman. Drawing on her extensive work with the Native American traditions, as well as those of many other indigenous cultures including her own Pagan heritage, she is a recognized expert in assisting people to explore the Calling, in vision questing, in performing initiations and in hosting ceremonies across the globe. Barbara has been communing with Spirit since the age of 12 and her work today is synonymous with integrity, authenticity and vision. Her no‐nonsense, hands‐on approach has helped thousands to reclaim their natural gifts through her many talks, readings, performances, seminars and residential workshops.
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