Ever feel you’re Far from home 

Far from home

You’re far from home. There is no doubt for most of us that we are on a journey. However few of us remember or consider that we are on a journey. A quest of sorts to discover, to know, and to uncover. The journey can often be forgotten. The frustration of a path without directions sends us on a labyrinth of paths that lead us nowhere, and that frustration can turn into rage in a myriad of ways. Rage into depression. Depression into despair. Despair into hopelessness. But then there are some times. Some times. Just some times, if we can get quiet enough to listen we will hear the steady footsteps ahead of us that show us the way. They show us that there is a way. Some may call this faith. Others connection, synchronicity, or even favour. They show us that there is a way and we are far from home and that this is acceptable and it is good. They show us we are spiritual beings having that human experience.

Far from home

If anyone is suffering and disturbed it is because they do not know that they are far from home and mistakenly think they are in fact home. Their home may feel like hell and not heaven and that they are trapped there burning for all eternity. But they have been led to believe a lie. There is no burning other than the burning desire of being safe at home. And so we believe a lie that there is no journey, but rather just the destination we feel we have found. Perhaps this is why Christ said ” for this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.

Knowing is faith unseen, and this paradox drives people crazy. They want their material world to be material. To be seen of course. What else could it be? They think they are at home. Yet, for many of us, this is the starting point of an awakened journey. An omega point towards unification. A journey towards wholeness and oneness with a deep purpose beyond meandering the labyrinth of life.

Real freedom is knowing that we are far from home. It is real freedom because we can take solace in the fact that we are getting somewhere for a reason that is bigger than we could have ever thought it was. When we take solace like this, we lose the frustration and the rage, and we find peace. A peace beyond all understanding. Peace as if a Prince of Peace gave it to you as a gift.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

That inner yearning that we all have to consider and contemplate is a sign that we are far from home. It gives us a subtle sense of paradise lost or not found quite yet. The saints and sages remind us not to allow the yearning or the loss of paradise that you perceive to be, to be given the energy to drive you wild or even unsettle your body, harden your heart, and further close your mind. No. Rather awaken the senses. Listen to the calling. Connect with it and understand that knowing is unseen. It must be perceived. All of creation is groaning for the same thing. When you get quiet you will hear it. Some are saying why am I so tired, so emotional or so confused. It is because they are lost and far from home. If they knew they were far from home they would be peaceful in their acceptance even though they are far from home. If they listen quietly, they will hear the message that you need to hear and then whisper to the world throughout your life time.

10 things to remember about feeling Far from home 

  1. A journey suggests that you’re not home. Settle with the fact that life is a journey.
  2. Yearnings, desires and longings are all pointers that we are still far away from home. This is what art, song, dance and poetry express so well.
  3. Lean into the discomfort of having to get up each day and travel, sojourn through life and dust off those boots. You’re a brave soul in a big world going somewhere. All you need to navigate it your an internal compass. Connect to it.
  4. Acceptance is the answer we all need today. Surrender and letting go are the first step. When you surrender you allow. You gain power instead of losing it.
  5. Remember this saying “you can’t get there from here”. This will remind you that the mind is not enough to navigate the journey. You need the body, heart, mind and soul to do so. This union or ‘yoga’ is like unlocking essential puzzle pieces that will guide you towards your destination and destiny.
  6. This is a sacred quest. One day you will understand that and hold the quest with you for eternity. Never doubt the significance of you or this life of yours.
  7. No matter what happens you will never be satisfied. This may seem like a curse out of Greek mythology at first. Rather it is because only being home will satisfy you. Home must be a place sustainable for eternity. Perfected in Love.
  8. You have a hard time connecting with people. This goes with the territory for people who know about the journey.
  9. You see little purpose and meaning in the mundane.
  10. You’re an empath, far from the other end of the scale which is a narcissist. A narcissist is quite at home here and definitely doesn’t have even an inkling of any journey. Empath’s perceive the journey intensely and intuitively and have a passion for the mystical and the mysterious.

When we accept that we are far away from home, we awaken to the journey. Those who know there is a journey and choose to fight it will neither arrive nor awaken but will stay lost in a nightmare. It is not that they will not find the way, it is that they won’t accept the way they are traveling.

Free your mind and let us run in and amongst the wolves. Your capabilities are limitless and boundless. You are, for the moment, the product and sum total of every single choice you have ever made, but it might all perhaps be history. Nevertheless, miracles are right here, in this moment abundantly available to you.

Mark L Lockwood BA(hons)(psy)

Importantly remember, only because there is a way can we get there. The journey is essential. The journey is the destination and unfolding and unfolded are the same thing. This is the journey home. There is nothing inside of you nor outside of you that is not on a journey. Everything is always moving. It is moving because it is on the same journey as you. Just be still and you will finally know all you need to know and the mystery of life will be solved.

Far from home Contemplative Practice

Try this 10 minute contemplative practice. Contemplative practices are practical, radical, and transformative, developing capacities for deep concentration and quieting the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills everyday life.

1. Lectio Divina – Slowly and intently read the following poem by W. Stafford. Poetry will often point us to reality far better than mere words can.

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

2. Sit quietly and alone and breathe in the safety of your surroundings. Bring to mind the very first time you may have felt a yearning or pull of desire for more depth in your life.

Far from home

Pause for a few minutes and bring it, or several thoughts, to mind.
Place this feeling and any discomfort in front of you now. What 3 feelings do you recall about the event and the thoughts you had about being far from home.
Move into presence and drop that situation consciously with a new sense of acceptance and knowing. You are safe now and see the meaning now.

Breathe deeply and purposely in with focus. Consciously let the fear and any sense of hopelessness, disconnection or powerlessness go. Soak up acceptance with your new awareness of this journey of life.

Finally, In this gracious present moment. How do you feel for a moment without the discomfort? What feeling do you feel? Can you let the knowledge of the journey drive you rather than drown you; life you up without letting you down.

Affirm the following :

Only love will lead me home on my journey. Let me sew love.

Only connection is important. We don’t need to be perfect or correct. We can fumble in the dark, we can take wrong turns but there is an unbreakable thread that holds you to your journey that you can never let go of and that will never let go of you.

Breathe. This is your Sacred Self within you. Let it awaken. Gassho ! 

Affirm, life is so because I am far from home

Far from home Meditation

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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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