Once we step onto the path of awakening, enlightenment, spiritual growth, consciousness, self-awareness (or whatever you want to call it), we are forever changed. And, it is not a journey for the faint of heart!
Who will endure the day of his coming?
Who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
And he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver…
Malachi 3: 3-4a
Defining the “God Path”
Some people call it the path of enlightenment, others awakening, others being saved, others consciousness, others self-awareness. I call it the God Path. When we heed the restlessness and longing in our soul and begin the search for its remedy, we are on the God Path. For most, the search for the remedy to this inner restlessness, longing and impatience begins outside … looking for the perfect job, partner, house, STUFF, that will quell this longing. Eventually, we find that the external search produces NOTHING or worse, more longing and restlessness. At some point, some give up and surrender to a life of quiet desperation. The courageous, however, continue the search which eventually leads them WITHIN…to the only place where that longing might be satisfied. I call this the God Path because it is God (consciousness, higher self, highest truth, Presence, Being) that we find within. And it is God who is the source of our longing…..calling us HOME.
The God Path Requires ENDURANCE
As the prophet Malachi observed, the God Path is not for the faint of heart and requires a tremendous amount of endurance. Endurance is required because on the God Path, every fear, ego-attachment, false perception reveals itself and asks for our attention so that it can be healed, transcended and released. If money is one of our attachments, it will show up. If we cling to power, status or fame, it will be IN OUR FACE. If we do not believe we are worthy of love, our unworthiness will show up again and again and again until we remember that we are already LOVE, that love does not have to be earned, neither does it have to be taken away. If we have forgotten that we are uniquely gifted to reveal God in the world and if we have withheld these gifts from the world, we will be confronted by anxiety, depression, rage. If we have harbored resentment toward another, forgiveness will elude us. Again and again and again our fears and attachments will show themselves so that we can face them and do the work of moving through them so that we can be the WHOLE person God created us to be.
Help Along the Path
Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy provides tools to help you along the God Path. It does so by illuminating the seven core fears that you will face along the path and presenting tools to help you heal and transcend these fears. Through Authetic Freedom, we discover that forewarned is forearmed and we enter into the God Path armed with the resources we need to confront the fears, ego attachments and false perceptions as they present themselves to us. Authentic Freedom presents the same tools used by our greatest spiritual teachers in their own journey along the God Path – Jesus, Moses, The Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed and others.
Because the God Path requires endurance and will test us like gold tested in fire, it is helpful to have a personal guide along the path. This personal guidance is the role of a Spiritual Director. It is a Spiritual Director’s job to be a source of support for us along the path, to provide encouragement and also an objective presence to help us to see those things that may be lurking in the darkness – our unresolved ego attachments, the way we project our fears and attachments on to others, our resistance to the path that God may be laying out for us. It is the responsibility of a Spiritual Director to help us hear the truth beyond our words and to see the light that is shining where we might see only darkness. The role of a Spiritual Director is at once listener, coach and spiritual butt-kicker.
Rewarded for our Endurance
While the journey is not easy, the rewards are terrific. For those who choose the God path and stick with it, there is fulfillment, contentment, love, joy and peace and the ability to endure the ups and downs of the human condition without being destroyed. The God path provides for us the tools to transcend the fears, false perceptions and suffering of the human condition and to find the peace that resides in the midst of it all. In choosing the God path, we find that heaven, nirvana, the kingdom of God is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW and not on some planet light years away.