I’ve been a seeker my whole life ever since I was a child. A seeker of what, you ask? A seeker of what is true. Spiritual journeys have many twists and turns. It shakes us up and awakens us to realize all that surrounds us from a different perspective. How do we know what we are learning is truth? In other words, how do we discern that we are on the proper path to realization or truth?
I believe that all paths lead us to God, the Great Spirit, Universal Consciousness–however, you wish to identify it. Just as with any journey, we might get lost along the way. During these times, we feel empty or at a loss of faith. We might have a “dry spell” in which we remove ourselves from connecting. It’s okay; this is all part of the process. You are not exiled; you simply need to step back, take a break and breathe your way back to the path.
Sometimes, we have experienced an epiphany or an “ah-ha moment.” These experiences rejuvenate us and help us to feel great joy. Then, a “human” experience approaches, we fall down on the path and feel discouraged. We want to give up on the search. However, it’s crucial to understand that those experiences are essential to the seeker. They are the stepping stones towards realization and knowing what is true.
We can turn to our many Earth teachers for guidance and support, such as teachers who guide us in person or reading books. We can turn to the Ascended Masters of all creeds and faiths, the angels, saints, or guides who hold us lovingly in their hearts and souls and guide us on our journey. However, true “knowing” comes from the higher self. I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but it is true.
If you listen very carefully, you will hear the inner guidance. You need to be still. In other words, stop moving, stop searching, stop reading, stop everything. Even if you make it a goal each day to sit for four minutes with no distractions. Concentrate on one thing. It doesn’t matter what it is. There are many examples out there, but the fact is, let it come from your heart–whatever it may be, that will be the object or notion of focus.
I don’t prefer to give examples, but I will for the sake of the student. Focus on peace, your dog, a lotus flower, flowing water. Or maybe you need to see it in material forms like a candle flame, a tree, a pendant, or crystal. Perhaps you should close your eyes or keep them open. Maybe you should burn some incense to help with focusing or perhaps, not. Sit outside in a lotus position, lay down on the couch inside the house, or focus while driving (but don’t close your eyes).
You see, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is what feels suitable for you–what works for you and what resonates with you. I’ve tuned myself quite well these days in the way of discernment. For example, I’ll be reading a book that starts out great and feel hopeful that “this is the one that will truly help me solve this puzzle we call life!” Then, halfway through (sometimes earlier), if I’m really tapped into “true self,” I’ll hear a message such as, “Nope, this doesn’t feel quite right to add to my box of truth.”
Then, I take a deep breath. Thank the teacher who gave me a nugget of information to add to my repertoire and move right along. I envision myself on my path. Sometimes I’m alone or with a teacher; however, I can confidently say that I’m constantly surrounded by the safety and loving guidance from the Universe and All that is. Accept your journey and know that you are right where you’re supposed to be. There is no right or wrong path; it’s just a path. You decide which way to go.