Flow Chart of the Spiritual Journey

Light is both a particle and wave.  So is the spiritual journey composed of internal/external events and processes.

These concepts come from my own and my students’ journeys I’ve had the privilege to be part of.  It’s a theoretical work in progress:

Evolution of the Spiritual Journey

We begin with the top of the right side of the diagram, the Search Process.

It’s often too easy to focus only on the External Events as being the important change agents of the journey:  finding teachers, attending classes, getting books, etc.  Events serve a function, they give a bit of structure to that which is at it’s core unstructured.

I think it’s important not to get too attached to the External Events themselves.  To see them more as catalysts for the Inner Events that inevitably begin to occur.

Then, moving down the right side, there are Internal Events that happen and are notable:  “ah-hah or insight” moments, visions or guidance, deep understanding about certain principles.  These can be fleeting or lasting.

As we move through the cycle to the left side of the diagram we begin the Integration Process.

External Events focus on living the spiritual practice you’ve come to identify with:  i.e., I am Buddhist, I am a Reiki practitioner, I am a shaman, etc.  We usually affix labels to help us in this definition.

But definitions are not the complete part of the process.  The Internal Events that happen here are letting go of limiting emotions, feelings and habits that don’t honor or serve the definition of self that has emerged.

And so this process and the events that lie within it continue to evolve, over and over again.  There is no pinnacle to reach.  When we need clarity we often go back to the beginning of the Search Process, but it’s not the same place it was when we first started, but has the same elements…looking outside self, then looking within, then integration, changing definition, orienting back to what is now true.

Copyright 2012 Eileen Dey.

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