Why a Journey of Worth…

Copyright Tam Black 2010 Edited for susanwithpearls.com Sept. 2013 by permission
Copyright Tam Black 2010
Edited for susanwithpearls.com Sept. 2013 by permission

I am in pursuit of enlightenment, also known as transcendence, self-mastery, or “the kingdom of heaven” that is within me. Many of the world’s religions share some version of this concept; some embrace it as a strictly post-physical-body experience, others believe that it is achievable by, through, or in spite of the physical body. I do not embrace any one form, but I find forms from many religions and philosophies useful in my pursuit. Transcendence–for me–can be summed up with this description:

Transcendence is when the mind/heart/body (thoughts/emotions/actions) express only that which is in alignment with Infinite and Eternal Oneness, in which only peace and love exist.

One can experience this as a brief moment, as an extended moment, a brief state of being, or as an extended state of being. I’ve had brief moments (just a flash), extended moments (up to about 90 minutes), and brief states of being (up to a few weeks); my goal is the extended (ultimately infinite/eternal) state of being, in this lifetime, either with or without my physical body (I give enlightenment an equal-opportunity!).

These 40-day consciousness journeys are one of the tools that I am using on my path to enlightenment. I share them with you, for we travel together; we only reach enlightenment together; we reach enlightenment only together. Of course, not everyone is aware of the journey or being on it; not everyone has chosen to even acknowledge there is a path. In some ways, that makes my commitment stronger. These journeys are for me, dedicated to All, even—or especially—those who are unaware. As I wake up, I open a space for their awakening; as my understanding grows, there is greater opportunity for others to gain understanding; as I lighten up, so may others.

On behalf of those yet asleep, I invite your participation.

A journey to enlightenment is like a journey around the world. You may travel by almost any means, taking as long a trip as you want, or as short a trip as you want. You can make as many stops as you want, experience as much (or as little) as you want; you may “drink it in” or just go from point A to point A with no stops (this is a creative-mind exercise, after all, in which you could, in theory, take a space-shuttle around the world in one shot).

I am drinking in my journey to enlightenment. For me, different concepts are all like small towns and villages (and cities and townships) that I would stop at on a journey around the world. I want to delve in, experience, understand, then use that experience and understanding to broaden and deepen my understanding of the next concept (or the next stop).

In the last 40-day Journey—a Journey of Purpose—I found that my understanding of purpose was tied to Joy, Love, Peace, and Expression, as well as  tied to understanding myself, and how to share that with others. I found a new understanding of purpose through joy, love, peace, myself, and my Self-expression. But I also found a new understanding of Joy, Love, Peace, my Self, and Expression through the concept of purpose.

It’s like on a journey around the world, if one were to focus on learning about making pottery (the metaphor for purpose or worth) through a variety of different cultures. I would learn about medium (clay), hardening (sun, kiln, etc), decorating, and the function of different shapes. All of these are part of learning about pottery, that I can learn in detail, and can then enhance my understanding of pottery within each specific culture, but also understand the idea of pottery more universally, within all cultures.

A journey of worth will help me hone-in on what worth means within the bigger picture of enlightenment. Here are some questions that I have already formulated to this end:

  • What is worthy? – Both what does it mean to be worthy, and what are thoughts/words/deeds that are worthy?
  • What is worthwhile? Where is my time and attention best placed to journey to enlightenment?
  • What is the relationship of worth and value?
  • How do I embody worth or worthiness?
  • How do I express worth?
  • How do I bring worth to others and to the world?
  • What is the relationship of worth or worthiness to love, peace, purpose, service to all, etc.?
  • What tendrils of concepts branch out from worth? What hinges on it? What does it hinge on?

This journey will help me begin to flush out these answers. On the journey, I share with you what I find to open the space for you to find your own answers.

If you would like to join me, begin to think about what worth means to you, what questions do you have about it for yourself? Think about dedicating yourself to this journey; think about what your level of commitment is. Just start putting thoughts about “worthy” into your teapot and let them begin to steep.

 

The schedule for posting the journey will be as follows:

A Journey of Worth begins at susanwithpearls.com on September 10, 2013.

September 10, 2013: The commitment statement will be posted. This is the statement that focuses and dedicates the journey.

September 11- October 20: 40 days of guiding thoughts for consideration and contemplation; 40 days of sharing about the contemplation.

Between October 23 and 25: An afterword, some concluding thoughts.

The structure of the Journey is:

Minimum:

  • Spend 5 minutes reading and thinking about the guiding thought every day for 40 days (I provide the thoughts that I develop for my own use, you may use any that you feel is right for you).
  • Spend at least 5 minutes writing any thoughts that come to you immediately following the reading. No filters, no doubts, just see what comes out.

Recommended:

  • Spend 15-30 minutes reading and thinking about the guiding thought every day for 40 days, at approximately the same time each day. Use the time to really try to feel and experience the impact of the words within you. Reach into your higher mind to understand with greater depth and to gain insight of the applicability of the concept for you in your life and affairs.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes writing any thoughts that come to you immediately following the reading. No filters, no doubts, just see what comes out.

Advanced:

  • Spend 15-30 minutes reading and thinking about the guiding thought every day for 40 days, at approximately the same time each day. Use the time to really try to feel and experience the impact of the words within you. Reach into your higher mind to understand with greater depth and to gain insight of the applicability of the concept for you in your life and affairs.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes writing any thoughts that come to you immediately following the reading. No filters, no doubts, just see what comes out.
  • Reflect on the guiding thought throughout the day at pre-determined intervals, for example:
    • Every 3 hours, on the hour.
    • Every hour, on the hour.
    • Every 30 or 15 minutes.

As you do this throughout the day, align your mind and feelings with the “flow” of the ideas; take a break from any distractions around you, and allow your mind to rest in the idea for the day.

Happy travels to your inner spaces.

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