Why A Journey of Purpose…

I am in pursuit of enlightenment, also known as transcendence, self-mastery, or “the kingdom of heaven” that is within me (see a short narrative of my beginnings of this in Learning Transcendence). Many of the world’s religions share some version of this concept; some embrace it strictly as a 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.

People 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, for one description see The Ground Floor of Happiness), 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 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 for me are dedicated to All, even—or especially—those who are unaware or asleep. 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 welcome your participation.

One January 2, 2014 I will begin a 40-day Journey of Purpose. The Journey of Purpose grew out of a feeling of being lost and drifting aimlessly through life. Sure, I have a job that gives me purpose, a loving relationship that gives me purpose, a family I love that gives me purpose, but what is my real purpose? What is my purpose in the context of enlightenment?  Finding purpose in the relationships I have and the things I do is different than fulfilling and serving my highest purpose. (For more details on the inception of a Journey of Purpose, see Listing About)

I “do” these consciousness journeys in loops. My current loop is 1) A Journey of Purpose 2) A Journey of Worth 3) A Journey of Healing (repeat…although… this loop will expand this coming year and other new journeys will be forthcoming e.g. forgiveness, love, virtue, or innocence). This Journey begins my second time through the loop, my second time with this Journey of Purpose. In the first Journey of Purpose I found my understanding of purpose was tied to joy, love, peace, and expression, as well as tied to understanding myself and how to share my highest self 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.

This is why these are consciousness journeys. I begin now from the point of the new understanding I gained through the previous journey(s). As I do these journeys, my consciousness of the concepts grows, deepens, and becomes more solid and unshakable. It is from this new outlook that I begin this Journey.

Here is one way to think about consciousness using a wide-spread metaphor for spiritual attainment: Let’s say darkness represents low/little consciousness, also known as being asleep, sometimes known as having a material mentality. This level of consciousness is expressed in behaviors like harmfulness, selfishness, or greed. And let’s say that light represents higher/greater consciousness and is expressed in behaviors like caring-for, consideration, sharing. These Consciousness Journeys are designed to bring light into the consciousness, and thus into the behaviors. For example, if someone—anyone—starts a journey with only two or three pinpricks of light shining through their veil of darkness, but they stick with it, accept guidance, and invite growth, by the end of the Journey, there will be four or five or six pinpricks of light shining through. Then, whenever they do the next Journey, instead of beginning the Journey with only two or three pinpricks of light, they will begin with four, five, or six pinpricks of light, and by the end of that Journey will have seven, eight, or nine pinpricks of light with which will begin the next Journey.

This is why/how the experience of life changes by bringing change first to the consciousness. As consciousness grows to allow more “light”, old patterns, habits, and behaviors no longer “feel” right. There is a natural extension of caring, kindness, and compassion that draws behavior to align with the consciousness.

My intention for this 40 day journey is to uncover the essence of my highest purpose, to align my consciousness with that essence, and to open myself to experiences that express the essence of my highest purpose. This Journey is not about form; it is not about the specifics and details regarding how purpose is expressed or lived, but my hope is that it will help to clarify this.

The schedule for posting the journey will be as follows:

A Journey of Purpose begins at susanwithpearls.com on January 2, 2014.

January 2, 2014: The commitment statement will be posted. This is the statement that focuses and dedicates the journey.

January 3, 2014 – February 11, 2014: 40 days of Guiding Thoughts for consideration and contemplation; 40 days of sharing about the contemplation.

Between February 12 and 22: An afterword, some concluding thoughts.

The structure of the Journey is:

Minimum:

  • Spend 5 minutes reading and thinking about the Guiding Thought once per day, 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 once per day, 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.
  • 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 twice per day, 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.
  • (Super-advanced) 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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