The Spiritual Journey
I have added spiritual coaching to my coaching practice and I wanted to share what it is and how it works for those who are new to it. If you, like me, are on social media, have the read the articles, or watch TV News, you’ve seen and heard quite a bit of talk about religion. I am not writing about “religion”. This is my personal journey and experience from over 30 years of living it. If this resonates with you and you’d like to explore your spiritual side, I’d love to go on the journey with you.
Religion and a spiritual journey are two different things. According to Webster’s Dictionary the word religion means: 1) to acquire a deep conviction of the validity of religious beliefs and practices. 2) To resolve or to mend one’s errant ways. 3) Archaic, strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to ones vow.
For me, my spiritual journey is not about finding a religion, an institution of which to belong, while adhering to a set of rules. There are social clubs for that. It is however, having my spirit awakened by truths, which are based on actual recorded historical events about a person (Jesus) who came with a message. His message was and still is, about awakening our spirit. We are made up of three parts, body, soul (or mind) and spirit (Our spirit needs to be brought back to life, since it was cut off from a connection with our creator.) The message was also about God’s profound love for all of humanity, restoration of our relationship with our Him, and a wonderful plan of spreading that love, respect, honor and justice to and for all that He has created.
Is it a hokey story or spiritual truth? That is an individual choice to search out. One of the most respectful gifts someone can give to another is the gift of personal choice and then respect for those choices, whether you agree with them or not. Over 30 years ago, I made a choice to begin a relationship with this Jesus and never looked back.
I didn’t find Utopia, since it doesn’t exist here on earth, while evil is still present in the hearts of men and women (that’s another whole spiritual discussion). What I did find though, is an understanding of things that had previously not made sense to me. A great enlightenment took place in me. I found that it’s a living relationship and when I seek answers; I actually find what I was looking for. I also found a better way of looking at life, loving my neighbor (even when they are unlovable) encouragement and unfailing love, purpose and peace, to name just a few. I think the greatest of all of these was peace of mind. That’s something nothing and no one in this world can give you and nothing and no one in this this world can take away.
So, am I trying to convert someone? No. I am opening up a dialog. A place where people can feel free to ask questions, and not just have scripture thrown at them as a response. I want to offer an engaging, intelligent, respectful conversation for those who are interested in going on a spiritual journey as well. No pressure, no preaching, just a fellow traveler who is here to join you on that journey.