How can you begin to live your life joyfully each and every day? How can you identify within yourself thoughts and feelings that prevent you from being joyful? From the beginning to end, this book provides insights into these and other questions. These may arise from the present or past and expose the deepest yearnings of your spirit. Have you ever wondered, "Why did I do that?" or "How in the world did I get into this?" Many of us have asked these questions and many more. Through insightful commentary and the sharing of his own spiritual journey, the author invites you to examine your own life experiences. You will come to understand what the unification of mind, body, and spirit truly means. Along the way you will find reunion with God. You will begin living your life in joy through understanding oneness.
In that life should be a fascinating voyage of discovery, the author has long been intrigued by why we seem to respond to life's circumstances in very similar ways. From an early age, he sought to find answers to the reasons behind our actions. Why did events, in many instances, come in repetitive cycles? Why do many of us emit preprogrammed responses to the simplest of questions we encounter on a daily basis? The responses often appeared to be automatic and devoid of conscious thought. What was the underlying cause? Did people really stop and think about what they said and why? Did people really take notice of the world around them, or were they just going through a daily routine on automatic pilot? Coupled with these questions was the search for spiritual truth.
His early exposure to spirituality was not gained through organized faith. Principles of living, that is, the way to conduct your life, was taught by his family. His one experience with organized religion at the age of six is revealed within the narrative as well as the search that followed for many years. This culminated in an event at thirty-seven that was to change his life. Over the next twenty years, he gradually began to put together each event that had occurred to form a cohesive picture of all life experiences. A series of challenges that followed was the key to unlock the door to a heightened awareness and expanded consciousness. These events reached their climax when he had to face the thing he feared most. That was surgery. This was another milestone in spiritual growth.
The experience transformed his life. It was as if a door was opened to previously unknown levels of awareness. Inspiration flowed. The dots were connected. Life suddenly made perfect sense, not only within himself but on a universal level as well. That which he had been searching for all his life became manifested. He had come to understand and live oneness.
Throughout this book, the author shares with you the steps that outline and explain the process of awakening as he experienced them. They may serve to assist the reader not only to attain an in-depth understanding but also to provide a benchmark to help you assess your own spiritual growth. This enables the contents to be practically applied in terms of your actual life experiences, not just in a theoretical manner. It is the author's intent to afford the reader with practical knowledge to accelerate your spiritual advancement along the path to oneness by pointing out the misconceptions he had to work through and their often-discomforting results. Perhaps these will be of benefit to you in your own spiritual development. If so, then the author's intent will have been achieved. The following is an excerpt from the book.
Our purpose throughout these pages is to become aware of who we are, why we are here, and what we came here to do. To understand that no matter what our circumstances in life may be, we can live our lives in happiness and joy. We reach this level of consciousness by understanding oneness. Oneness, simply stated, is the unification of all life. There is only one God, the one Source of All Life, whether visible or invisible, that unites all of creation in oneness.
The path to oneness can be traveled upon in two ways, consciously or unconsciously. You will either be aware or unaware of the journey you are making and the significance of all events that you experience in life while upon it. Everyone travels this path. All will eventually arrive at the same destination. It is how you travel it that will enable you to live this path in conscious awareness, or as one who is fast asleep, having no awareness or consciousness of where you are going. Let us make a further distinction between walking and living the path.
Walking the path means that you are simply moving in a variety of directions. You may be aware or unaware of the movement, or direction, which you are walking. However, there isn't a unified direction to the course you are following. You can have moments of clarity, but for the most part, you are in a fog. You are sleepwalking at first, completely unaware of the path. At this stage, you are living your life on automatic pilot. As you begin to awaken, you understand that the path exists. You know little about it, why you are on it, and where you are going at this stage. You can move forward or slide backward quite easily as you are vulnerable to the opinions of others. As you become more aware, you begin to shift from walking to living the path. This can take many years to accomplish or can occur in a short period of time. It all depends upon you. As such, when references are made to walking the path, we are talking about this process of going from being completely unaware, or asleep, to totally aware, or fully awake. This changes as you advance upon the path. With each step, awareness grows. You have taken one more step toward living the path to oneness.
Living the path means that you are consciously aware of your movement and direction. You choose each step you make and know where this journey is taking you. You understand that full reunion with the Divine is your destination. You proceed from strength to strength, moving deliberately forward, no matter what you are experiencing. Your life is one of constant joy and happiness.
As an example, two people are traveling on a train to the same destination. One person is in the observation car. They are interacting with people around them, watching the landscape go by, and feeling the warmth of the sun come through the windows. They are a part of their environment. The other person is back in a sleeper car. The blinds are pulled, so they see nothing that passes by outside. They interact with no one. In essence, they are sound asleep. Both people will reach their destination at the same time. The person who was in the observation car will have great memories and stories to tell about their trip. The one who remained in the sleeper car will have nothing to share and no real memory of the trip. This is the difference between traveling on the path in awareness and remaining asleep. It is the distinction between living the path and just walking upon it.
At the end of the journey, the one who has lived the path will look back and see the glory of their life upon it. They not only see but also understand everything they did, all the people they touched, those who touched them, and all they accomplished. Their life will make perfect sense to them. They will have consciously lived the purpose for which they came into this world. They will know who they are, why they came here, and what they came here to do. They will be fulfilled.
The one who was asleep will also come to the end of their journey. They will arrive as one who has just walked into a brick wall. They did not see the wall coming. They will look back upon the path and not understand how they got to where they are. They will not understand the process, nor will they even know the path existed. They will not understand who they
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December 18, 2008
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