My Spiritual Journey (Way) and Journaling of Learning, Understanding, and Practices

If you do not encounter radical grace, being loved in your unworthiness, the spiritual journey will not continue. See Grace(Rohr)

Writer Joyce Rupp offers different metaphors for discovering the True Self, a journey that requires opening a door from within.

See Suffering is how we get to Love

See Nonduality incorporates the negative

See a Sacramental Reality and the Sacramental Principle

See Presence via Grace and Practice

Journey Definition and Purpose

Journey is an act of traveling from one place to another. (Dictionary)

The tendency of goals is to become more important than the quality of process through which they are realized.Living Presence, p150

A spiritual journey is a process of reconciliation and education through enlightenment. It is as unique and individual as each individual is unique. (Google)

The purpose of a spiritual journey is rarely to find an answer; rather, it is a process of continually asking questions. (Google)

Life is indeed a journey, a journey of transformation much more than mere education about anything.6,p16

The movement beyond oneself as the reference point is the only real foundation for any spiritual journey.7,p43

When the self is transformed, it is a journey into powerlessness, the mystery of the cross. The cross is finally about how to stand against hate without becoming hate ourselves.6,p43

If, when the wounding happens, we find the grace and the freedom to somehow see that it’s not just a wound, but a sacred wound, then the journey progresses. (Rohr,9/14/20)

Ecstasies are essential; they are seeds, glimpses of that fullness to which we are called. However, they are not the Journey itself, not transformation, not mystical union, not enlightenment. They set us on the road—perhaps they are even glimpses of the destination—but we have not yet arrived until the seeker is transformed into that which she seeks. (Rohr,6/11/21)

“How you get there is where you will arrive.” In the whole scheme of things, it seems that how one gets there is the important part. When it’s done with God at the center, it will lead to arriving exactly where we need to be.

Finding the way to where our true heart lies is the great journey of spiritual life.12,p34

My college years:

- I saw a collage/mosiac on the wall of my bedroom of Jesus' face which was made up of various other people's faces. I percieved this as God being broken up into each individual person and worried that He would not be whole again until mankind is perfectly harmonized. Yet, hopefully, God must also have Faith that we will.See Hologram

- I thought of music lyrics as God singing to us, ie. Nights in White Satin: Just what the truth is I can't say any more 'Cause I love you Yes I love you

My Conversion to Catholicism:

- Im 1992-3? I went thru the RCIA program and learned Catholicism at a fairly deep level. After my conversion from a non-practicing Methodist to a gun-ho practicing Catholic I started saying prayers while jogging and started thinking about what the Holy Trinity meant. Via my rational reasoning (and GRACE) and some "Ah" moments, I have now come to the ideas presented here.

- I discovered the Spiritual Renewal Center (SRC) and for a few years attended many classes and took out many books from their library.

See Books I have read

- During '93 to '96 I developed my 'Spiritual Nuggets' wiki (click on link)

My Transistion from religious to spiritual:

I continued reading the bible, commentaries, cathecists, Pope books, Saints, Mystics, history of the church, and Eastern religions and books not included in Bible (apocrypha), ie. Book of Thomas

Some favorite authors were Thomas Merton, William Barry, Borg, Fox, Johnson, Keating,

and Willigis Jager: Search for the Meaning of Life: Essays and Reflections on the Mystical Experience, Contemplation: A Christian Path

Some Previous Points/Reflections in the Journey:

I have developed my own version of prayers (click here)

Some things I previously meditated on are:

My Current Point in the Journey:

I'm still Catholic because I don't want to shoot out the baby (Jesus) with the bath water (Religion/Dogma/Catholicism)

I'm trying to be more 'humble' and I'm trying to do 'minimalist living'

I'm trying to know God Mystically

Recently realized that being receptive is the key.

Recently learned that the body, mind, and heart (emotions) all need to be active together.

For 1 of my most recent inspiration, see Love and Redemptive

One of my most recent reflection was the Gift of gifts as being our appreciation/gratitude for our gifts, see 'Seek the Treasure' chant

Another recently, walking with God again, like in the Garden, see see God's presence

Meditating on what 'divinity within' really means see 'Know the Treasure Within'

My daily routine of practices consists of:

  • reflecting on Richard Rohr's email
  • more development of this website
  • creativity with other programming projects
  • my prayers while walking/jogging, especially if doing so reflectively
  • learning and reflecting on what I'm reading

And then occasional practices by:

  • a church ritual, such as a baptism, wedding, or funeral
  • more learning by googling or taking a course
  • reflecting on a song where I imagine God doing the singing/speaking
  • awe/wonder/gratitude of an event or nature

see Practices since they are the journey

Some Things I Would Like To Do in the Future Are:

  • Further develope website's 'love is all around' and 'know the treasure within'
  • Further develope website's 'know thyself' in order to attain peace and contentment
  • Develop and do a more regular set of practices
  • Reread Rohr's: What the Mystics Know
  • Possibly take Yoga classes
  • Further develop my version of music lyrics
  • Reread "25 Books Every Christian Should Read" by Renovare