A good friend once made the useful distinction between browsing and searching – browsing is looking at what’s available, and selecting what is appealing in the moment. Searching is deciding what you need, and going out to get it. In seeking connection with Spirit, many of us browse – through readings, divination tools, crystals, herbs, drum circles, the myriad of books, workshops, CDs, and all manner of disconnected experiences and tools each of which may offer a wonderful experience but, without a context or clear intention, we will be out browsing again shortly because the experience won’t last.
Reclaiming your sacred path happens when you decide what you’re looking for. When you have made the decision about what you want, what it will look like when you get it, and how to move forward once you do. How to do that? Here’s an idea:
From Reclaiming Your Sacred Path:
True Spirituality Is Personal and Experiential. Throughout life, you have been having experiences. Those experiences, from which you have been learning how to be, are why you are here. Right now, you trust your experience over others’ words in your life in many ways. Why not in choosing and walking your spiritual path?
We’ve been living our lives facing outward, and now we need to turn inward and begin asking ourselves questions—become curious about how all these things in our lives got here, whether they still make sense, and what life is really for. We see and feel conditions in our lives that demand change, and instead of doing the same thing over and over again, we seek a new solution.
You are not alone. Many of the people you meet and interact with are in the same situation; you just can’t see it in them, because your own inner conflict keeps you focused internally. You haven’t failed. You made the best choices you could with the knowledge and experience you had at the time.
In this world, nothing stays unchanged forever. For many, it is a spiritual crisis, for others, it is a pragmatic, “real-world” crisis. In both cases, the questions to be answered are the same:
• Where am I going?
• What do I value and believe; what principles will guide me?
• How can I build the capability to focus my intent, knowledge, and skills to make things happen?
• How can I learn what I need to know to sustain me so I don’t burn out and give up?
• What do I do next?
These are the questions because what happens is a choice, our choices are based on how we perceive the world, how we perceive is determined by what we think, and what we think is based on what we believe.