Searching For Your Spiritual Path? You’re Already On It.

In my last post, I wrote that spirituality is about our personal relationship with the energy of the Universe, whether you call it God, the Tao, Great Spirit, Physics, Law of Attraction, or Source. Trips to foreign lands or to a guru are not necessarily required to explore this relationship (unless that is supremely appealing to you).  Spirituality begins with us, where we are, in the moment. And it’s up to us to nurture this relationship in ways that encourage and promote our well-being and growth.  Of course, there are many ways to do this; it’s a matter of finding what resonates with you.

As we awaken to our spiritual nature, life takes on new meaning and things begin to happen in inexplicable, mysterious, even miraculous ways.  We begin to see things differently as our awareness expands beyond the trappings of our ego.  We come to “know” things that can not be quantified or fully explained.  There is a surety to this inner knowing that can not be shaken.  It’s the kind of surety that made martyrs out of some of Jesus’ followers.

Years ago when I traveled to Israel, I was baptized in the Jordan River, the same river in which Jesus was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. No dove descended from the heavens. No voice announced, “This is Penny, in whom I am well-pleased.” I felt…nothing — even though others cried with happiness, raised their arms in praise, or were “slain in the spirit” as they convulsed on the ground. This experience didn’t resonate spiritually with me.

What did resonate with me was realizing that whatever spiritual path I was to follow, it wasn’t going to be the same as everyone else’s, and that was okay. I found immediate comfort, freedom, and relief in that realization.  I knew there was more, whatever that more was, and something deep inside was driving me to explore it.

The spiritual path, while accessible to all of us, is different for everyone. But, searching for you particular spiritual path is irrelevant because you are already walking it, being the spiritual being that you are. It may not seem spiritual to some, but that is because they may have a skewed perception of what spirituality is and what the path entails. Every action you take moves you forward on your particular path, even when it feels like you are going backwards.

What can you expect on the path? Each experience is unique to the individual. The lessons you learn on your path may not be the lessons I learn on mine, though we may share similar experiences.

There is no “normal” when it comes to spirituality; we have the freedom to believe and practice whatever we choose. As we awaken (return) to our natural state of spirituality, we release the need to judge other wisdom traditions and religions that exist today.  We realize that all are on the same journey; we’re just taking different roads to get there. There is no “right” or “wrong” way, and Spirit will call you to what is best for you. Spirit expresses Itself in unique and different ways, and you just happen to be one of those expressions. Trust the path that you are on because it is leading you to the highest expression of yourself.

6 thoughts on “Searching For Your Spiritual Path? You’re Already On It.

  1. Andrea

    You can stop searching…you’re already there. What a relief! I really loved this post, Penny, you really are an inspiration, thank you. When I first semi-consciously started treading this path, I would compare myself to others and often find myself lacking, thinking there must be something wrong because it didn’t appear I was having the same experience as the people around me. It took me a long time to realise that actually it didn’t matter. I was having my own experience, and it was no less spiritual than anyone else. Thank you for sharing this and articulating what was in my heart all along. Blessings. Andrea

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Andrea!

      Oh, how the ego loves to mess with our minds as we journey our paths…

      I was caught up in the comparison trap for awhile, too. Everyone else around me seemed to be having these “religious” experiences, and there I was, feeling nothing. I didn’t know if something was wrong with me or them. Whenever I went to church, God was absent. But whenever I was out in nature, God’s energy and presence was/is closer than my next breath. And then it clicked…I didn’t need to be confined to a building to have a relationship with the most powerful energy in the Universe. And what a relief!

      I’m happy that the Universe affirmed what you were thinking and feeling all along. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, my friend.

  2. Anonymous

    I know I’m on my spiritual journey…..with the help of you. I was able to start removing layers of negative trauma that I took along since I was born. It’s crazy when my layers come off, I feel tons lighter. Even people from work to family member tell me how different I’ve become….I’m more comfortable in my skin…..that’s such a compliment bc I know I’ve been working on my spiritual path.. I’m grateful and thankful for such a change in my spiritual journey.

    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hello “Anonymous.” 🙂

      Now that you are aware of your spiritual path, you realize that you’ve been on it all along. Everything that has happened — the good, the bad, the ugly — all contributed to who you are today. Even when we get answers that we know are not for us, it can help us move closer to what feels “right” for us. If something feels “wrong” — that is, it doesn’t resonate with you or you don’t feel aligned to it, then trust your feelings and know that THAT is not your way forward on the path. This is why paying close attention to our intuition is key on the spiritual path. It’s the Guiding Force within us. Ignoring it can have detrimental energetic consequences which leaves us with a lot more work to do.

      Blessings, my friend…


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