The Inner Quest
In our society, a quest is
perceived as searching for and landing that perfect job, running a marathon,
finding the ideal mate, or purchasing a home. It seems that the outer
adventures that we embark upon are honored and recognized while the inner
quest is not as fully acknowledged.
With our focus on the external we were conditioned to analyze life choices
and situations in a linear way, without much room for interpretation.
The inner quest is
intangible, a journey of the heart and mind where we grow and learn to
access our own inner wisdom.
Traveling the inner path, we
explore aspects of ourselves that we could have chosen to ignore. Instead,
when we are able to move through the dark alleys of our mind, we allow
ourselves to feel emotions that we once sequestered off in isolation. We
embrace all parts of ourselves and gain inner strength by facing our inner
demons. It is then that we come to experience the core of our Being, the
Truth of who we are. Through this internal process, we get in touch with the
light that we are.
We come to recognize that
we are an integral part of an intelligent Universe. We see what resources
we have at our fingertips, just by going within, being silent, and exploring
who we are.
Along comes a
synchronistic dream, a flash of insight, or we see our lives reflected in
some myth. These messages can act as a catalyst for our growth and can be a
personal guide from the known into the unknown that then takes us to a new
place within ourselves. When we interpret metaphorically and symbolically,
we allow our mind the freedom to interpret an infinite number of
possibilities. This creates an opportunity to shift and expand our awareness
about who we are and what the next step on our journey is to be.
We express to a spiritual maturity when we
see that the problem is not ‘out there’. We find that the Serpent we battled
lay in us all along. Like peeling the layers of an onion, the more that is
revealed, the more there is to work on. We find our self in transition.
Life is a series of beginnings and endings.
In our lives there are those times when things move slowly and don’t seem to
change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly, for example, when
we find out we will soon be first time parents, or are laid off at work.
Summer moves into Fall, the weather changes gradually at first, then it
seems that all of a sudden, summer is over. It is the same in our lives;
transitions are as natural as the changing seasons. Life transitions are
challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the
future with a feeling of vulnerability.
The transitional stage is the middle ground
that is required for personal growth to occur. It’s referred to as a liminal
state, the gap between where we were and where we are going. Usually this
middle ground feels unpaved, unstable, and jagged. We stumble along with
unsure footing wondering if we will ever feel confident again. Our
successful transformation requires us to trust that the road will eventually
be smooth. Trusting that we are safe even in the midst of change, in the
darkness of uncertainty, we embark on the inner quest, traveling higher and
higher as if on a rocky mountain climb.
Moving more fully into our higher self, we
allow that wise part of us to guide us on our journey. We are no longer
pulled from outside; there is a critical shift in our internal awareness.
When we awaken to our own inner wisdom and power we move through the
threshold, create a new ‘normal’, and are able to sustain a higher
consciousness. We then step into a different world, for we have changed. On
the inner quest, we become spiritual midwives to our own souls.
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