Becoming Spiritually Conscious

I woke up dead.

Well, at least that’s how I felt.

I felt no connection to anything. Life consisted of going through the motions…day in, day out…same ol’ same ol’.  I had been trying to let outside things determine my happiness and my spiritual fitness, but it wasn’t working. I was so concerned about how to “do” life right that I wasn’t living it at all. I knew I had to shake things up.

Ever feel like this?

If so, know that this is the beginning of being conscious of your spiritual journey. Your spiritual alarm clock is sounding!

I had been “unconscious” for so long that I really didn’t know what I was doing. But I was open to anything, and whenever I felt that “something” tugging at me inside, I followed its guidance. I haunted those “New Age” bookstores that others had told me to avoid because they were “evil.” The more I read, the more I craved. My spiritual appetite was ravenous!

I began to meditate, to pray, and to ask questions. I went within and uncovered my true self that had been buried under years of others “shoulding” on me and listening to them instead of myself.

I broke away from the confines of religion, especially the ones that told me I was going to hell if I did or didn’t do this or that.

I felt connected. Transformed. And alive!

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way…

There is no right or wrong way. We’re all on the same journey; we’re just taking different paths to get there. The God of my understanding is of the same essence as the God of your understanding, even if we relate in different ways.

There is no “normal” when it comes to spirituality. Our beliefs are unique to ourselves. We are each individual expressions of a Diverse Divine Being, and we are free to call that Being by whatever name we choose.

There’s no need to follow the crowd. The differences around us allow us to mold our own journey into exactly what we want. What works for some may not work for me or for you, and that’s okay.  Be grateful for these differences; it’s Spirit’s creativity in action.

There’s no need to compare journeys. Each journey is unique to the individual. Celebrate each part of it along the way. If something works for you on your journey, hold on to it, and if it doesn’t, then let it go. It’s not always going to be a smooth journey, so whatever happens, allow it to shape you in the best version of yourself.

I love having the freedom to express my spirituality in the way that I so choose, and I’ve learned much from the various wisdom traditions and spiritual practices that exist. They’ve served as the stepping stones in my journey.

In the words of Khalil Gibran, “I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

What have you learned along the way?

12 thoughts on “Becoming Spiritually Conscious

  1. elly stornebrink

    A great topic to blog about: well done Penny! I too learned pretty much the same as you after leaving traditional religion behind. After a spiritual awakening, I realized I could not go back as it would be like going backwards as if going back to crawling after learning how to walk. There are many paths to God. Not one is ‘the one’ nor the ‘right’ way. All paths lead to God. 🙂 <3
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Ahh, Miss Elly…you make a great point about realizing that going backwards is not an option. I felt the same way in my journey. I don’t know how many times I sat in pews, hungry for “God” to show up, only to leave starving even more. Talk about spiritual anorexia!

      Thank you.
      Blessings to you and yours, my friend.

  2. Judy - Pedagogical Artist

    Maturing spiritually is a glorious, but challenging journey. Sometimes it requires shedding everything you know as true. Some of us take it, other choose to stay within their comfort zone of familiarity.
    As you say, Penny, there is not one religion, one path to spiritual fulfillment. Sadly, it is becoming more and more difficult to free ourselves from those, who are fighting to impose their beliefs on others whether these are religious, cultural, commercial, or political beliefs.
    Thank you 🙂 HUGS <3
    PS I miss your amazing photos!

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Judy.

      Yes, the journey can be challenging at times, but those challenges mold us into the spiritual beings that we are, and we learn to look at challenges as invitations to grow. Our whole perspective changes. Talk about a renewing of the mind!

      People will continue to impose their beliefs on others, and sometimes the best we can do in a situation like that is to agree to respectfully disagree and send love in their direction. And then walk away if one must.

      I will be getting back to photography very soon! I bought a new camera and we are getting to know each other 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing, my friend.
      Blessings to you,

  3. Tamika

    I can totally relate to this post. Ever since my daughter passed away last year; I haven’t been living and my spiritual spirit was just broken. I have bookmark this page to come back for inspiration from time to time. Again, Thank you for giving me hope once again.
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      The loss of a child is devastating, and I’m so sorry for your loss. Being a teacher, I’ve lost students over the years…just this past weekend, one of my former students died and the news hit me very hard. I have been encouraging him in his creative pursuits since he was a sophomore in my class. At 21, he’s gone. Just like that. I’m sad. I’m angry. But I know it’s part of the process of moving on and growing, too, as much as I don’t like it.

      I wish you all the best as you contend with this spiritual challenge. Show your daughter that you are a fighter and she will make herself known in many ways even though she may not be here in our physical world. Sending you hugs and blessings, my friend.

  4. Candess Campbell

    How refreshing to hear another Spirit Sister share out loud! I have been teaching students/clients to activate their own Intuition and many share that they knew they were Intuitive when they were young, but either their parents or peers would not accept what they said. Eventually, they just let it die!

    Let’s all make a safe place for children to stay awake!

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Candess.

      Here’s to sharing out loud! Thank you for teaching your students/clients to remember who they truly are, and for being the Light that you are! Shine on!

      Blessings, my friend.


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