meditator's guide to advent

In the Heart of Winter: A Meditator’s Guide to Advent, Part 2

Journey

A significant paradox of spiritual awakening is that it is often spoken of, and represented as, a journey. We rightfully ask: Why a journey? Why must we journey to arrive at a destination we never left to discover that which was always so? Yet journey is indeed a fitting description. While there is no physical journey required, a journey must be made in consciousness—from the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth. We journey to a higher state of conscious awareness, from being erroneously identified with the changing body and mind to realizing our true nature as eternal, unchanging Spirit. This journey is universal and is the trajectory of everyone’s life. We are all on this journey, whether we recognize it or not. It is the certain destiny of every person to realize the truth of existence. Because our lives are inseparable from the life of God, what we truly are will be revealed. What is true does not remain hidden.

The Christmas story tells us that Mary and Joseph are required to journey to the city of Bethlehem during the tax season to pay their taxes. It seems that the reason for the journey is a mundane one. This brings to mind John Lennon’s observation: Life is what happens while we are busy making other plans. We engage in outer responsibilities, yet within us, in the sanctuary of our soul, the inner journey is unfolding on its own terms. This is significant for us to recognize. Always, regardless of what is occurring outwardly, the inner journey of Self- and God-realization is progressing. When we recognize this, we can stay attuned to divine guidance. The outer and inner journeys become one.

 

Practice:

Whatever you are doing today, recognize that the true “journey” you take is a spiritual one. Remember that we live, move, and have our being in divine Reality. Therefore, wherever you go and whatever you do is in, and with divine support. Remember that the deeper purpose is Self-realization. Let that awareness infuse all that you do.

Use a prayer phrase to capture your attention, such as: “I am working in Spirit.” “I am serving in God.” “I am walking in Truth.” “I am resting in Spirit.”

 

Contemplate:

Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings.

The stream knows it can’t stay on the mountain. –Rumi

 

And so it was that while they were there,

the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  –Luke 2:6

 

Reflect:

How can I bring more awareness to the inner journey as I move through the activity of my days?

 


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