That’s the Signpost Up Ahead: Journey of Courage – Day 17

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for
Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! Embrace Love and wield it through your awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. Move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.


I have great spiritual goals. I am not ambitious in a material sense—I do not strive for climbing any work-related ladders, keeping up with the Joneses, having the next new electronic device or app, etc. To people who do strive in those ways, I may appear complacent, lazy, and perhaps even apathetic. The striving and ambition are within and out of sight (except, obviously, when I write about them here!).

Before I started the Journey this morning, I was doing some research for one of my spiritual goals—the creation of a spiritual healing center in the tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, the Eternal Religion, the principles taught in the Vedas. It was as though I was seeing new pieces of the puzzle and trying to see how they fit. There was so much! So much I need to learn, to do, to understand. I felt overwhelmed. I am at the very beginning of whatever is next.

I’ve been through this process before. Starting…learning…doing stuff…achieving something. At the beginning it’s always scary. The road ahead is uncertain, I don’t know what steps to take; I’m not even sure where I’m going or how I’m getting there…I just know “this is the right direction”. I spent much of the morning in this state of uncertainty, mixed with excitement of knowing there is a direction and I’m headed somewhere.

Then I started the Journey. “Move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.”

It seems again to me that this Journey is here to encourage me. In fact, when I decided to do this Journey, before I had even started the previous Journey, I had no clue why I had the thought of doing a Journey of Courage, but—like many steps on my spiritual journey—I simply knew it was the right step in the right direction.

What are your spiritual goals? How do you approach them? What is your process? Do you think about “attaining” in a spiritual sense? How do you balance the spiritual with the material? How do you know what steps to take? If you are reading this, I bet you have answers to these questions, or at least have considered the questions.

I don’t think having spiritual goals is so dissimilar to having material goals. The difference is with a material goal, there are often more clear-cut, straightforward steps one can complete and say, “I’ve accomplished something”.

Ending my research about spiritual goals with the Journey feels like I’ve accomplished something. It’s not something tangible—far from it, and it has only given me many more steps to take, but somehow the Journey is a signpost saying, “This way, keep going”.