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Spiritual Quest: a Never Ending Journey

“Here than stands the newly awakened self: aware, for the first time, of reality, responding to that reality by deep movements of love and of awe. She sees herself, however, not merely by the thrust into a new world, but set at the beginning of a new road. Activity is now to be her watchword, pilgrimage the business of her life. ‘That a quest there is, and an end, is the single secret spoken.’ Under one symbol or another, the need of that long slow process of transcendence, of character building, whereby she is to attain freedom, become capable of living upon high levels of reality, is present in her consciousness. Those in whom this growth is not set going are no mystics, in the exact sense in which the word is here used; however great their temporary illumination may have been.

“What must be the first step of the self upon this road to perfect union with the absolute? Clearly, a getting rid of all those elements of normal experience which are not in harmony with reality.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Awakening is Just the First Step

To truly have a spiritual awakening is a wonderful experience and a great leap forward. But it is no more the end of the journey of spiritual enlightenment and consciousness expansion than is waking from a night’s sleep the end of the day. One awake, you need to get out of bed and start moving.

The Spiritual Quest and the Symbol

The spiritual quest of the awakened mystic is twofold. One part is to continue his personal spiritual development. He must continue to raise his frequencies ever higher to be able to communicate with the beings that operate on those frequencies: angels and other Beings of Light. He must work towards the ultimate achievement of oneness with God.

The other part is to help others. This is both a need and a desire. The awakened person has a natural desire to help others awaken as well. In a sense, he is obligated to do so. That is because this is really a racial quest rather than an individual one. All of humanity must start moving in that direction. So we need to help others do the same.

The symbol we use to guide us may vary depending on our background. It is most often some type of cross. This picture is of the one we use in Cosolargy.

Helping Others

Helping others get started on their spiritual quest, or continue it, can be done in many ways. We can get with individuals and teach them one-on-one. We can hold seminars and teach hundreds at a time. Some of us may choose to write books or blog instead. Sending out some of the spiritual energy that we have taken in on our spiritual quest is another way to help. We can send energy to individuals we know are working on their own spiritual quest, or we can just send it out to anyone who is seeking enlightenment. We should fill that energy with positive thoughts for best results. Continue reading “Spiritual Quest: a Never Ending Journey”

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Valley Quest and the Supernal Light in the Valley

“The Sufi poet Attar, in his mystical poem, “The Colloquy of the Birds,”1 has described the stages of the same spiritual pilgrimage with greater psychological insight, as the journey through ‘Seven Valleys.’ … The first valley, says the Lapwing, is the Valley of the Quest. It is long and toilsome; and there the traveler must strip himself of all earthly things becoming poor, bare, and desolate: and so stay till the Supernal Light casts a ray on his desolation. It is, in fact, Dante’s Purgatorio, the Christian Way of Purgation: the period of self-stripping and purification which no mystic system omits.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Valley Quest

The first step to spiritual enlightenment is almost always the decision to go on a quest for it. This may be triggered by nothing more than a desire to learn what life is really about, or what lies beyond the veil called death. Often it is triggered by some event in life, usually not a pleasant one. It may be the death of a loved one, the loss a job, or a serious illness. In any case, both Underhill and the Sufi poet Attar are correct in saying that at least a part of this stage is to “strip himself of all earthly things.”

This concept has often been misinterpreted as requiring one to sell all property, throw off your clothes and get naked, and live in a cave or monastery. While you can certainly do that if you wish, it is not necessary. You do not have to literally rid yourself of all material possessions. You only need to free yourself of attachment to them. Continue reading “Valley Quest and the Supernal Light in the Valley”

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Pilgrimage: A Quest for Enlightenment

“The pilgrimage idea, the outgoing quest, appears in mystical literature under two different aspects. One is the search for the ‘Hidden Treasure which desires to be found.’ Such is the ‘Quest of the Grail’ when regarded in its mystic aspect as an allegory of the adventures of the soul. The other is the long, hard journey towards a known and definite goal or state. Such are Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ and Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’; each in their manner faithful descriptions of the Mystic Way. The goal of the quest—the Empyrean of Dante, the Beatific Vision of fulfillment of love—is often called Jerusalem by the Christian mystics; natural enough since that city was for the medieval mid the supreme end of pilgrimage.” ~Evelyn Underhill

The Pilgrimage

Actually, I don’t think many modern seekers of wisdom and enlightenment think of themselves as pilgrims. They think of it more as students learning lessons rather than travelers on a journey. They understand that the mystic’s ‘journey’ is not one of moving from one physical place to another, but rather one of moving from one state-of-mind to another, from one condition of spirit and soul to another. It is a spiritual kind of self-improvement where done properly, one looks within as well as without. Still, the concept of the pilgrim makes a good allegory or metaphor for this “journey”. Continue reading “Pilgrimage: A Quest for Enlightenment”