An Overview of Spiritual Awakening
* This journey has been mapped in various
ways and through different Stages and
Steps. In this outline of the journey of
spiritual awakening I share with you
* An overview of the Journey including
There are many maps of the spiritual
journey that come from all times and all
cultures. Such maps include:-
* The Way of Chakra Healing.
* The Hero’s Journey.
* The Way of the Radiant Heart
* The Eightfold Noble Path.
* The Eight Limbs of Yoga
There are essentially two paths within
all the spiritual traditions of the world.
* The Exoteric Path – The Path of the
* The Esoteric Path – The Path of the
Essentially the path of spiritual
awakening is that which is taken by the
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both – Robert
Each of these Maps and Paths
have various stages but for the
most part each includes the
following aspects of the spiritual
*The Call to Adventure.
Knight of the Holy Grail – Harold Hitchcock
The following are the paths related to
mystical paths of various traditions:-
* The Way of Gnosis – Christian mysticism.
* The Way of Zen – Buddhist mysticism.
* The Way of the Sufi – Islamic mysticism.
* The Way of Kabbalah – Jewish
* Raja Yoga – Hindu mysticism.
The Pilgrim – Baron Arild Rosenkrantz
Danish, 1870 - 1964
There are any number of signposts along the
way. The journey of spiritual awakening is
invited in many ways.
In my writings and recordings I concentrate on
those ways that I love most.
A sample of such signposts includes:-
* Fairy tales and mythological stories.
* Songs, poems and pictures.
* Shapes colors and sacred geometry.
* and practices.
Twilight Fantasies - Edward Robert Hughes
British, 1851 - 1914
Along the spiritual journey there are various
transitions and initiations.
Although spiritual awakening can begin at any
age after fourteen years it tends to follow a
progression. This includes the following life
* The First Half of Life – 0-35 years.
* Midlife – 35 to 50 years.
* The Second Half of Life – 50+ years.
While it is important to journey the path of
spiritual awakening during mid-life it becomes
more essential as we get older.
The Voyage of Life: Youth
Thomas Cole (1801-1848),
What ever spiritual path you set out on you will
need the following attitudes for both the accent
and decent stages:-
These are three essentials of the journey. You
will not progress very far if you are not
committed. This is why the Master Jesus warned
against being lukewarm in becoming a disciple.
Baron Arild Rosenkrantz
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The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the 1st step.
Here I share with you the 1st three steps. I call these
the 3 steps to Heaven. This is the way that you take
the journey of spiritual awakening to the end of the
road which is always a new beginning. With each
step begin with
* Setting your intention – then
* Paying attention – then
* Take Action.
It was in order to support this 2nd step of paying
attention that I wrote Following Love’s Messenger –
21 Ways to Open the Heart Chakra.
- Marie Spartali Stillman
The steps along the journey of spiritual awakening
need to be grounded. Spiritual awakening is not
away from the body but through the body.
This is not a journey to transcend the body but to
love the form of the body to such a degree that the
radiance of love transfigures it.
Grounding is through a committed spiritual practice
that you do each and every day.
* Yoga or other body practice.
* Spiritual Reading.
This is by no means an authoritative list.
The Infant Samual at Prayer
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
The true spiritual awakening experience has
different names within different traditions.
* The Breakthrough Experience.
* A Glimpse of Enlightenment.
* A Dwelling within the Light.
Henry John Stock
Signs of spiritual awakening are many and varied
and of different intensity.
They are sometimes very brief and at other times
they can last many years. Major phases of
spiritual awakening include:-
* The Dark Night of the Senses.
* The Dark Night of the Soul.
* The Wandering in the Desert.
Hope in the Prison of Despair
Evelyn Pickering De Morgan
Other intimations of spiritual awakening include:-
* Living outside of time – the real experience of
* Knowing that you are both mortal and immortal
at the same time.
* Losing your fear of death.
* Expanding beyond your senses and the body.
* Feeling deep transpersonal Love.
* Knowing who you are.
* A peace that passeth understanding.
* A profound clarity of purpose.
The Angel of Death
Evelyn Pickering De Morgan
This journey takes into account many things
* Age and Gender.
* Level of Consciousness
Anna Lea Merritt
This journey takes into account many
* Level of Faith.
Intuitive Protective Faith.
The Interpersonal Self.
God Grounded Self.
James Jacques-Joseph Tissot
To find support for the journey of spiritual
In the Forest of Arden
Hon John Collier
21 Ways to Pay Attention
including awareness of
The Songs you Sing.
The Stories you Tell.
The Language you Speak.
The Movies you Watch.
The Patterns you follow.
The Images you connect with.
The Places you visit in your Life.
And 14 other invitations including
practices, meditations and blessings
for the journey of opening the heart.
Due for Publication 20th March, 2014
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