Lately I have been thinking about my own spiritual journey. And as I do, my thoughts went back to the year 2000. A new millennium was beginning. And several events occurred in my life that marked a new beginning for me.
As I mentioned in a previous post Reiki — Putting Energy To Work, 2000 was the year that I heard about the healing method called Reiki. This would begin a return to the healing journey I had begun back in the ’70s during my time in the Charismatic movement.
And this would also be the year that I found and read a wonderful book that would help to expand not only my spiritual outlook but also my outlook and belief about all areas of life.
Here is a little of how it happened. While shopping at a Half Price Book Store in Fort Worth, I picked up a book called The Celestine Prophecy written by James Redfield. I could not explain it but for some reason I felt drawn to read this book. While it is a work of fiction, I soon found that it was also a messenger bringing wonderful spiritual insights – insights that have been forgotten by much of humanity, including myself.
The book tells the story of several adventurers in search of a manuscript that was said to have been written about 600 B.C. in Aramaic. It follows these explorers as they travel from the United States to the jungles and mountains of Peru in search of this lost manuscript.
At each twist and turn in their journey, they rediscover each of the nine insights contained in the manuscript and learn through their experiences how each insight relates to their lives and how the insights build on one another to furnish a more complete understanding of life, our relationships with each other and our relationship with God. As they allowed each new understanding to become a part of their experience, they found their lives transformed in almost miraculous ways.
As I said, there are nine insights in the book and I will be exploring each one of them with you in the next few months. But for now let’s look a little at the first insight.
The first insight describes an awakening that is taking place within humanity. It says that more people around the globe will beginning to wake up to the fact that life is more than just eating and sleeping, playing and working. People will beginning to recognize that here is more to life than just the physical – that there is a spiritual component to life.
This awaken has been happening on the planet since the 1960s when a great spiritual awakening began and which has increased and spread since those years.
And, according to the insight, this group will continue to grow. And with all growth, we wonder what will occur when he number reaches critical mass?
This is the spiritual journey I found myself on as I read The Celestine Prophecy. And with each step of the journey I found the characters being guided and directed. But as with all things spiritual, they get to choose whether or not to follow the guidance. And the book reminds us that on our journey we too receive guidance but we get to choose whether to follow it and allow our lives to expand or to reject it and remain in the small place where we find ourselves.
But how did humanity get to this place of awakening? Well, that’s the subject of the next insights. And we will explore these in future posts. So stay tuned, and if you have not read The Celestine Prophecy, get a copy and enjoy the journey and keep reading my posts.