to watch the Ironman event televised from Hawaii. Thanks
to a former boyfriend, I know a great deal about professional
cycling and events like the Tour de France. I had never
watched the Ironman before, but it definitely brought back
memories. What is it about these events that hold so much
appeal for me?
are noble. And they are very much like the pursuit of a
men and women who participate in these events are absolutely
the epitome of physical strength and endurance. They are
dedicated. What was it the announcer said about why they
come to find out what they are made of. It takes
passion, courage, and determination.”
he is right. They are warrior athletes. Their life is dedicated
to the perfection of their body and their skill. And in
the race, it often comes down to what’s in their mind.
Mental strength wins every time.
you ever watched the Tour de France?
after hour, day after day, they ride. It doesn’t matter
what the weather is. It doesn’t matter what the other
racers are doing. They each have to do it on their own.
Sure they have support from people in a van with food, water,
spare tires and encouragement. But no one is out there riding
see the ridiculously challenging mountain ahead of them
and they have a choice. Do they continue with “their
journey,” riding their best, trusting that they have
what it takes to finish, or do they quit?
continue, do they do it at less than their best, letting
the physical pain and exhaustion overshadow their desire
to succeed? Or do they ignore what’s happening in
their body, in their surroundings, and stay in a centered
place looking always at the goal and going after it with
everything they’ve got?
are questions I will also ask of you?
is a spiritual journey about anyway?
are a million different spiritual paths and spiritual journeys
to take in order to get there.
is a Spiritual Journey leading to?
path is leading to freedom and joy.
kind of freedom?
freedom to be who you truly are - a Divine being
without limitations of any kind. A person walking
around completely in union in every moment with Spirit.
space there is only love, there is only
joy, there is only compassion,
there is only perfect health, there is
only peace, there is only abundance,
and there is only the desire to assist other humans in achieving
is no room for lack, for fear, for worry, for war, or for
is the end result you are attempting to attain, then . .
is required to get there?
you just sit at home, read a few books, take a few seminars,
pray, hold a few crystals and experience instant enlightenment?
answer is a very big NO!
dedication. It means finding out what you are made of. It
takes passion, courage, and determination.
a quest well worth the effort. But, just like the Ironman
or the Tour de France, few athletes ever even get to participate
in those events. Most people don't have what it takes.
dedicated are you to your spiritual quest?
have you done that proves you are totally dedicated?
me, the greatest metaphor for the spiritual journey is the
quest for the holy grail which includes knights slaying
dragons and facing numerous other perils. When the going
gets tough, the best still persist.
many dragons have you slain lately?
the course of my conscious spiritual journey, I’ve
done what I consider to be some pretty amazing and scary
two and a half years, without exception, I arose at 4 a.m.
and meditated, did yoga, and prepared for my day.
inner prompting to do things and go places that felt very
uncomfortable. Yet I followed the inner promptings and was
exhilarated by each one.
horses bareback and blindfolded. I walked on fire. I ran
at top speed blindfolded down a hill that ended at a huge
cliff that dropped into the raging ocean below.
a perfectly good job with very high pay to travel across
the country to live in a place I’d never visited before
and to start a nonprofit for dolphins and whales.
if that isn’t enough insanity, after seeing a guy
only 4 times I asked him to move in with me. I didn’t
even know his last name. Yes it was Raven - my former husband.
so I’m daring. I follow my intuition. And I’ve
done some physical things that prove I’ve got some
what about the REALLY hard stuff?
things I’ve already mentioned are actually quite easy
compared to facing the real dragons.
Are The Real Dragons You Must Face?
about looking at every facet of yourself and seeing the
truth. What do you fear deep down inside? What beliefs do
you hold, false beliefs, which are holding you back at every
turn? Who and what do you judge as wrong or bad or it shouldn’t
be that way? What happened in your childhood, or even a
past life, that you haven’t REALLY gotten over?
can’t just face these dragons. You have to slay them.
is where you get to discover if you are truly dedicated
to the spiritual quest and will actually achieve freedom
and joy. Or are you just another weekend athlete with a
dream you’ll never actually pursue?
often call to ask me questions about my various products.
When we start discussing Fear Buster and Core Issues, I
explain that these essences help those dragons come fully
to the surface. At this point the person usually laughs,
you can sense their tension, and they say they aren’t
sure they want to look at those things.
but isn’t that the real challenge of the quest?
the Spiritual Journey Requires of You
looking at the shadow, the fear, the thing you are sorry
and ashamed that you did or said, you are only pretending
to be spiritual.
spiritual journey requires that you face those things head
on, that you discover your weaknesses, that you heal the
wounds, that you forgive even what or whom may seem unforgiveable
- including yourself.
that you take responsibility for the part you have played
in every thing and event that has ever happened in your
life. It requires that you learn to rise above circumstances
and even your own weaknesses to do what you know is right
- even when that is downright and sometimes paralyzingly
a great deal of maturity, responsibility, compassion, and
over and over again forgiveness.
as there are dragons, they have to be slain (looked at,
learned from, and dismissed forever). Otherwise the end
result can never be attained.
You Truly a Spiritual Warrior or Are You Just Pretending?
have you refused to forgive?
event from your past do you still feel like you were a victim?
issues, situations, or people can instantly press your sadness
or anger buttons?
give up when having to face those situations, then you are
just pretending that you are dedicated to your spiritual
journey. You are simply being an armchair observer instead
of a full out warrior participant.
dragons show up as the things that aren't working in your
the commitment to yourself and to Spirit to face them head
for help - it is there in every moment.
never ever ever give up.
Here’s to your journey,
from Spiritual Journey to the Spirit of Nature Santa Fe
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