OUR COMMON JOURNEY – THE WAY
Stone: Depends on the subject, but all Centering stones help.
The Mantra: Om
As our common journey is always inward and the external world merely
a reflection of it,
it is on our inward Journey that we must concentrate, and see
the external world as but a mirror of it.
a) The Course of Miracles goes to the very core of the issue:
You will undertake a Journey because you
are not at home in the world.
And you will search for your home whether you realize where it is not.
If you believe that it is outside you the search will be futile,
for you will be seeking it where it is not.
It is a journey without distance to a goal
which has never changed.
Abdul Khaliq Gajadwani adds that:
Your journey is towards your homeland.
Remember you are traveling from the
world of appearances to the world of Reality.
Whatever the bypaths of our own Journey,
to bring us to the Divine we must live the truth of our being, never the one of anyone else.
Whoever is really determined to find his own ultimate Journey, whatever Yoga, spiritual path or religion he follows,
first or later will have consider Socrates’ injunction, “Know thyself”
and start all over again from there.
Have you already reached this point?
If not yet, you will.
Then your real Journey will begin at last.
Any journey makes life more interesting, but the danger is that we may end up enjoying the journey itself too much and forget the destination.
Our journey will never end,
for in it our consciousness will expand to always more and more
wonderful horizons to explore.
While journeying through them it will expand even further, again opening to us always new horizons, and so on without never any end, in a dimension of infinity, of miracles,
the Kingdom of the Divine, our true destination.
The process of letting go of all we have ever been is the journey
to the core of our being.
What do you expect to find there?
You will be astonished.
Wu Hsin adds that:
For many, the first step
on a spiritual journey
is to become lost.
The final step is
losing one’s self.
Are you ready to lose your self?
If yes, how will you lose it?
Of course, He means our lower self, the ego.
c) Our common Journey is similar to a video game’s labyrinth:
there are so many bypaths and crossroads and we must find which is the right one in the awareness that every choice we make will affect our whole life, and never forget that:
the real Path is not in the external world
but within us.
To navigate the labyrinth of our life we must first recover our personal power,
which so far we have mostly squandered
in so many inanities.
As already mentioned, when Hakim Sanai was asked whether the road has an end or not, he replied:
The road has an end, but the stations have no end, for the journey
is twofold, one to God and one in God.
What does this imply?
Is your own Journey to the Divine or in the Divine?
Yes, of course it is both.
But which is predominant in you?
According to a Sufi proverb there are actually three stages to the journey:
The journey from God, the journey to God,
and the journey in God.
Which is the journey in God?
Wu Hsin’s advice is:
Go back the way you came.
Wu Hsin reminds that there is no need of sandals since this is not a journey requiring feet.
It is a journey to clarity, to the end of conflict. If conflict continues, then the old continues.
You can do nothing to bring it about except avoid creating impediments.
When one is looking from where Looking looks,
the journey is over.
d) This is the ultimate Journey in the apparent Void
which is revealed as the Vastness, away from the Vortex, away
from the Dream, away from our old I. All other journeys
are at best a preparation for it.
As Eckhart Tolle said,
Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey
only has one: the step you are taking right now.
Which step are you taking tight now?
Gurdjeff has a warning:
A long and difficult journey is before you; you are preparing for a strange and unknown land. The way is infinitely long. You do not know if rest will be possible on the way nor where it will be possible. You should be prepared for the worst.
Take all the necessities for the journey with you.
Which are the necessities that you really need for your own Inner Journey?
The ones which first came to your mind are unlikely to be the most essential ones.
Never say: “My Journey is to Satori, Nirvana, Samadhi, Enlightenment, to the Great Liberation.”
But tell yourself:
My Journey is always and only
to the Divine.
Or tell yourself with the words of T.S. Eliot:
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all
our exploring will be to arrive where we started,
and know the place for the first time.
The I Ching hexagram LU, the Wanderer, speaks of journeying, living away from our birthplace, (our Source, the Divine), being a guest in a house not your own (the apparent world)
The ideogram represents a flag (which symbolizes our Pledge, our striving to surrender to the Divine) with people all around it, (representing not only those around you supporting your spiritual endeavors but also the different parts of yourself ready to open themselves to the Journey.
This Hexagram also speak of what it calls “self- restraint”, which really means
Letting go of all else and Center yourself, for with it
we find our true direction.
The Devil’s Advocate:
As I already said, it isn’t going to change, the “Journey”, the “Path”, the “Way”….are all empty DREAMS!
At the beginning of our Journey some maps are indeed be useful, but
as when closer to the destination no map can help
for there is no longer any road.
Because our final destination is not really a place
but a new way of seeing.
How clearly can you see this?
Words of Power:
Starting our own Journey is the best gift of all that we can give
to ourselves, much better than all the gold, power
or pleasure in the world.
“The journey of the soul involves
no time or place.” Rumi
“The road your self must journey on lies in
polishing the heart.” Hakim Sanai
“It is not life that matters, but the journey”
How will you polish your heart?
“This is a journey without distance. Stop traveling
and you arrive.” Anthony de Mello
“It is a Journey without distance to a goal
that has never changed”
The Course in Miracles.
Which is the one goal that has never changed?
How close do you feel to reaching it?
From Vijay’s old journals – 1957 – Modane, France
Yesterday I picked up from the cellar my father’s old military dark green backpack, covered with spider webs and with a broken strap I roughly patched up. Some spare clothes and a few books filled only about half of it; what else to take with me?
My dear pyrite and a few crystals I found in the Alps, some notebooks of my first writings, a kitchen knife to a fine edge sharpened to defend myself from the Walking Dead, as I see almost everyone, a little food; naught else I really needed to take along.
To leave at last was such an immense relief, although marred
by a measure of anguish about how will I eat and where sleep
when my little money runs out, hitchhiking towards Paris,
which I imagined then just like I had read about it in books.
From Vijay’s old journals – 2007, Auroville, India
I read this very deep passage of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee a few days ago and I am still contemplating it because it is exactly what I fell more and more::
“I first thought of the spiritual journey as a linear path towards a distant goal. Gradually, I came to realize that the spiritual journey is a closed circle of love in which we slowly come closer to the center of our self, which is always present.
In this journey there is no “progress” but a shifting of consciousness that unveils our own essential nature, “the face we had before we were born.”
As this spiral path unfolds, so our concepts of both our self and the journey change, and we come to realize the deeper truth: that the traveler, the journey, and the goal are all one.”
Question/ko’han 1 to 4:
Nikos Kazantzakis said that
A perfect traveler always creates the country
where he travels.
Have you created your own country already?
If not, what are you waiting for?
How will you create it?
Why this way and not another?
Question/ko’han 5 and 6:
Martin Buber said that
All journeys have secret destinations of which
the traveler is unaware.
Are you aware of your secret destination?
If not, how will you find it out?
According to the Buddha,
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Sri Aurobindo has the last word:
…a voice cried, “Go where none have gone! Dig deeper, deeper yet
Till thou reachest the grim foundation stone
And knock at the keyless gate!
1) Consider this passage from the Course in Miracles:
You have reached the end of an ancient Journey,
not realizing yet that it is over.
You are still worn and tired, and the desert’s dust still seems to cloud your eyes and keep you sightless. Yet He Whom you welcomed has come to you and would welcome you. He has waited long to give you this. Receive it now of Him, for He would have you know Him. Only a little wall of dust (the Veil) stands between you.
Blow on it lightly and with happy laughter, and it will fall away
and walk into the garden love has prepared for you.
2) Meditate on these verses of Hashim bin Ambia:
For so long on the open sea adrift were we, far,
so away from home. …
Let’s mend this leaking boat, torn sails and broken souls. The wind let’s
harness, the currents use, then with faith and our human sweat
to the Pure Land set sail; amidst this storm let us
begin our voyage home.
Which are the “currents” that we should use?
How do you deal with the storms in your life?
How will you begin your voyage home?
It has ALREADY begun.
3) Follow Erich Fromm’s advice:
Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts
of the world you knew before.
Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes,
let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live
as you’ve never lived before.
1) These verses from the Quest
Between worlds none can forever remain:
even our safest, most familiar refuges first or later
suffocating grow: although no sure direction
was apparent yet the time came for me to go on…
all my cherished psychic maps, pranayamas and meditations
to naught came in the end:
upon a journey of the heart will I embark now
and the Pure Land enter at last…
From such a long journey giddy still looking back now
so absurd, impossible all my past strivings seemed:
so many tangents,
false bypaths and dead ends to reach at last….
…where I had always been!
the Wheel slowed down then was utterly still,
all was forgiven and I forgave himself as well:
across a stupor immense, my heart a star going nova
the Great Awakening.
2) This poem of Tagore
I thought that my voyage had come to its end
At the last limit of my power, that the path before me was closed,
That provisions were exhausted,
And the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.
But I find that Thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
New melodies break forth from the heart;
And where the old tracks are lost,
New country is revealed with its wonders.
Our final destination the very same is for all, but each
his very own Journey has: different dragons and “enemies”
are there, other allies and helpers…if it is a map
you seek, make up your very own!