The Sacred Journey
What is the Sacred Journey?
The sacred journey is a pilgrimage into the interior unknown; the celestial space of your own heart. It is the path that leads to divine healing and transcendence. It is the primordial quest for truth when all your grasping at truth has ended. It is your personal link to the metaphysical world and all that it means to be human. It is the most important experience you can have in your lifetime. The sacred journey is your birth right; it was what you were born for.
This is a journey into the inner landscape which is unknown to most of us, so it takes courage and the willingness to put aside all fears. It calls for you to fully trust yourself as you follow the path that defies all sense of limitation.
On the sacred journey we directly confront our own resistance, our deep desire to be numb, asleep and distracted.
The journey is considered a sacred journey because it emanates from a spiritual source. That source at the heart centre. That centre in Buddhism is described as “the precious jewel in the lotus”.
The Tibetan buddhist mantra “Om Mani Pad Mi Om” means “I hail the precious jewel in the lotus”. This is a reference to the spiritual source which is signified by “the jewel”, within the heart which is signified by “the lotus”.
The Zen Tradition
The fifth Zen patriarch tells us “our life is like lightening in a summer cloud”. The flash is recognized at a distance (meditation gives us that distance) and we are grateful for the light we are privileged to experience. Even a glimpse of the light of our true nature makes us feel the sense of wholeness we've always long for, it is a healing.
Through meditation, we realize that the energy from which the lightening sprang forth emanates from our own hearts.
The Hebrew scriptures tells us:
“More than all else, safeguard your heart, for out of it are the sources of life”. —Prov. 4:23
The Christian Greek scriptures tells us:
“You are a letter from God - not with ink or on stone tablets, but a letter that has been
written on your own hearts”. —2nd Corinthians 3:3
The sacred journey is referred to in every religious tradition. It is a circular venture in mythic time. A wandering that begins with the heart’s yearning to be realized and ends where it all began, with the heart’s elation of that realization. This is true self-awareness.
And so this journey should begin and end in the heart because it is only in the heart’s space that a human being can find the kind of healing that peace, love and compassion can bring. It is only in the heart space that we can experience the kind of spiritual transcendence that all human beings long for.
This Inner Quest is a Quest for Self-Realization
It is a personal journey of discovery for one’s own humanity and all that it means to be human. This is symbolically reflected in the many faces of the Hindu god Vishnu. His many faces reflect back to us the many facets of our own humanity.
It is Your Birth Right to Take Part in This Journey
It is not a selfish act or an egotistic adventure. It is what you came here to do; it was what you were born for, to realize your own humanity, to realize your own divine nature and to share it with the world. Again I repeat, It is what we are for.
That is why the spiritual journey is the most important experience you can have in your life time. It is why you came here in the first place. To know and express your divine nature, Love.
“As we get older - your self will diminish and we will grow in love. You will gradually be replaced by love.” —George Saunders
In the end, it’s all that truly matters; how much did I love, how did I express my love, did I have the courage to love? Love, compassion, equanimity and joy - these four immeasurable qualities give rise through the heart in meditation. They are the qualities expressed by our own divine human nature.
Rabaranadath Tagore was a Bengali poet and author who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with contextual modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
He tells us this:
“So I repeat we never can have a true view of man unless we have a love for him. Civilization must be judged and prized, not by the amount of power it has developed, but by how much it has evolved and given expression to, by its laws and institutions, the love of humanity.”
Kabir, the Muslim mystic poet, was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bakhti movement. The name Kabir comes from Arabic “al kabir” which means "the Great" – the 37th name of God in Islam. He tells us this;
“Approaching the essence, we enter the breath within the breath.”
In mystic tradition, the breath is the link between mind, body and spirit. It’s no wonder that the breath is essential to all spiritual practice and is the central focus of meditation. The breath is life, the breath is guide, the breath is guru.
What is mysticism?
Mysticism is the experience of direct ecstatic spiritual awareness. It is the spiritual saving grace of all religious traditions. it is the essence of ultimate truth free of dogma.
Through the ultimate awareness of the mystic experience, we see that our true nature is far more vast than the spark of conscious awareness we may have experienced in an enlightened moment. Our true nature is the fire that lit the spark. We are not just a wave on a sea of consciousness, we are the sea.
In meditation, we explored the aspects of our human body to find our true spiritual body. In meditation, we explore our mind and discover our true spiritual mind. We explore the self to find the higher spiritual sense of self.
We seek and discover “an in body experience”, not from the superficial perspective of a fragmented mind, but from the precious jewel in the lotus, the spiritual essence of a pure heart.
That pure essence is not just consciousness but awareness. It is the ultimate journey from here to now. To full awareness of this sacred moment and the discovery of all this moment has in store for us. This was the ultimate spiritual journey of all the worlds great teachers and it is our journey.
Does this seem idealistic or feel like your entering the realms of a fool’s quest? Try practicing for a while, give it an honest and sincere effort and judge the results for yourself. You become your own spiritual guide and guru. Take full control of your life and spirituality and test the results over a reasonable period of time.