The journey home

The journey home

The journey home in this life generally comes after some sort of deep shift in ones perspective. The death of a loved one, surviving a trauma or accident or living through divorce and betrayal can all be catalysts for our start on the Journey home. A journey that we all one day will have to take in one way or another. Life seems to insist on fulfilling its purpose for us which is clearly about becoming more conscious over time. We discover through experience who we are through trials and tribulations. The iron clad armour that once served to defend us as we walked into the world eventually rusts and falls apart. This is when its time to take the journey home.

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Although our awakening process is not chronologically based we still calculate our time on earth in years. This linear calculation on this road called life can be likened to a journey back home. A great journey. Use the metaphor of you driving down the highway of life. Sometimes you will drive through storms and sometimes you will have amazing views and sunny skies. We know on this highway that we are driving through these events, detours and episodes and that they shall all pass as we add the miles onto our journey. We would do well to remember this in our real lives. On any journey you may get lost and you may have to ask others for directions. You may have spent too much time looking in the rear view mirror at the things behind you instead of focusing on where you’re going. You may encounter heavy traffic at times and at others you may feel like you’re the only one on the highway. Sometimes you may have to even pull over and consult a map.

Pulling over in our lives has become a necessity. We need a pause button to figure out our next steps and even our destination may change slightly. Cars need gas. They need energy and enough fuel to stay the course of the journey. Most importantly we have to take the time to enjoy the views and realise that the journey may be more important than the destination. Sometimes you are going to have to take control and grab the wheel and at other times you’re going to have to learn to let it go. This is how you learn how to trust yourself. Relationships, even the ones with yourself, are built on trust.

Dont let what happens along the journey dictate your self esteem. You are not the circumstances, situations and events you go through. Your authentic and true self is what comes out the other side.

Mark L Lockwood
The journey home

Finally imagine that the car you used only drove on autopilot. All the journeys you could ever take would be driven by a Tesla with full autopilot capabilities. Much like the Adam Sandler movie Click, you would end up missing out of the best of life without even knowing you’re missing out. It is exactly the same when we walk around on autopilot each day. When we go through life mindlessly, without direction or purpose we end up living a half life. Autopilot is a trap that you will do well not to fall into.

Make sure you use Contemplative practices every day to make sure you live your life awake and on purpose, fully engaged and fully aware of where you’re going. Then if your life us not working out well for you, you will take a new route and find a new direction sooner rather than later. In this way you will stop the habit of just randomly finding yourself in unfamiliar territory. Rather, with a new awareness you will end up closer to where you want to be. Found and not lost. Whole and not broken. Thriving not surviving.

The journey home

People think my life has been tough, but I think it has been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realise it’s not what happens, but how you deal with it.

Tina Turner

The Nature of Reality

Life is a journey home. The world is spinning on its own axis. You are doing the same thing. There is a lot of movement but we are not really going anywhere. The journey is not from A to B and the destination never ever arrives. This conundrum has frustrated many to madness. This journey we are all on is a spiritual one whether we’re aware of it or not. We may not have all the answers but anyone who has awakened to the reality of reality, being something that is truth beyond our perceptions and thoughts recognises it is consciousness. They recognise this with their own consciousness. Like attracts like. It recognises it from a mile off too.

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them in our own heads. We start out in life as a toddler believing everyone thinks like we do, we then become self aware and then we grow up believing that all our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and moods are reality. We believe a lie. One day we have to wake up to the idea that reality is not based on our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and moods at all. This leads some people into an existential crisis. Others run for cover and others try to go backwards. They can’t. Some let go of their old reality. Others try and cling to theirs. Either which way, we are on a journey back home to reality, to the authenticity of self and to the deeper understanding that life is what life is and we are called to be like it. Every single day. So what’s life like then?

What I have discovered on the journey home so far, well a few characteristics I am pretty certain of are that Reality is epic. It is incredibly generous and giving. It loves mystery and loves loving. It knows no time or limit and everything is connected to itself. Nothing stands alone. Nothing is excluded and its middle name is Abundance and it knows no lack at all. None whatsoever. Reality is always kind and gives people what people want. It loves to create, explore and be curious. It knows no fear at all and anything goes. It also knows no limits. It will always lead us back to itself. So this is what I suggest as we learn to keep life simple – read it slowly perhaps a few times. Let go and float in ecstasy. Then, be like reality! Namaste.

Published by Mark L Lockwood

Mark L Lockwood (BA)(Hons)(psy) teaches spiritual transformation and is the founder of Contemplative Intelligence. Author of The Power of Contemplative Intelligence, Autotherapy and Recovery Magic. Our work is about the science of finding your spiritual self.

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