Spiritual Journeys

This title is not entirely satisfactory because the word “spiritual” has been misappropriated and applied to things which are not to my eyes very spiritual. I have met people who claim to be “spiritual” {man} but who are in fact largely selfish and highly materialistic.

It is a question of degree.

During any life one has challenges, these may be as simple as getting a promotion at work, health problems, relationship problems, problems with sanity. If one is ambitious one might seek to climb the ladder or greasy pole. These might be called mundane challenges.

In my opinion and I stress it is only that, opinion, truly spiritual journeys are beset with challenges that are beyond the ability of most to face. One is obliged to face them and with as good an attitude as possible. Some of these challenges are of a life-or-death nature. Some threaten one’s sanity. Most people when challenged to choose between a spiritually “correct” choice or material comfort, will opt for material comfort even though they kind of know they are bottling. People will choose safety and social acceptance as is exemplified by the bible story of Peter’s denial.

The good news is that one is never given a challenge that one is not capable of meeting. That meeting could be a very stretching experience. Challenge can sometime be very inconvenient indeed. To my eyes that is a marker of a worthwhile challenge, the higher the degree of inconvenience the better the “spiritual” reward. Some challenges last decades.

People who have a life that is beset with high magnitude challenges are being offered a major opportunity for spiritual evolution. This is a chance to make a large leap towards ultimate liberation. It is best to seize that opportunity gratefully with both hands. One is given the chance to work off a vast karmic debt and in doing so reduce the burden.

Trying to avoid a challenge, to shirk it, doesn’t mean that one succeeds. It means that the challenge returns either in the same life or subsequent lives greatly amplified in magnitude.

It is tempting to pity someone who has a serious malady and think but for the grace of God, there go I. Pity is not a helpful thing. The being who is so challenged is offered a chance of a tremendous leap forward. The indwelling being needs to learn and evolve and this means it gets to use a number of different vehicles. A malfunctioning vehicle is a good teacher.

One has to drain the cup of Karma willingly on a spiritual journey, whatever it may hold.

Dharma of the Day #10 {opening like a lotus}

The little surprises of life

Are the bounty

With which the universe


When things seem hard

The Dao sends us flowers

For us to inhale


Amidst all the hubris

Petals fall cadent

Upon the breeze


Wait only for the flute

And its subtle keys

It caresses your being


When your spirit flags

It is your salve

And your nectar


Let the cosmos

Be your nurse

And your healer


Open your palms

And take your alms

Humble and secure


To find your place

Which always awaits

A monkey puzzle


To ease back on tension

And to trust

Abandon to your Soul


Then like a leaf in a stream

You can eddy

And dance the currents


Have no fear of weirs

They are man made

Rivers know so much more


Journey always

With open heart

For it has a succour

Most subtle

Be as fluid as now

And do this often

A silken scarf, blowing

No aim

Ease off those shoulders

Breathe in and out

Especially out


Now find your most

Authentic centre

And become, truly

A Star!!

Dharma of the Day #11 {onions}

Try always to make a difference

And when the wall

Stands stark before you

Step back and, dissolve


Know that life is not a sprint

Be not like Usain

Rather like Mo

Life is not a meal to be bolted down


Have courage always

For trial is learning

Dressed in a countenance

Which like a scroll, unfolds


Say your piece

And that is all

Do not force anything

Tickle life, with your words


When others cannot see

That which you see

Do not worry!

Every onion has its layers


Peeling onions

Sometimes makes you cry

But they add flavour

And taste to a dish


Blow your nose

Wash your hands

And reach for the parsley

Chop it fine


See aren’t things looking better


Journey Quotes

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu


The only journey is the one within.

Rainer Maria Rilke


The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.

Dag Hammarskjold


We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

Marcel Proust


Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.

Samuel Smiles


If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.

Enoch Powell


If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.

Dan Rather


For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.

Joseph Brodsky


 Not all those who wander are lost.

 J.R.R. Tolkien


Whither will my path yet lead me? This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.

Hermann Hesse


Every step you take is a step away from where you used to be.

Brian Chargualaf


What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you.

Julien Smith


When you have completed 95 percent of your journey, you are only halfway there.

Japanese Proverb quotes


“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take.”

J.R.R. Tolkien,

I went to the woods…

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. “

Henry David Thoreau

When you hear a quote in a film spoken by Mork out of “Mork and Mindy”, it can start you off on a rather strange journey…..


Path Quotes

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.


What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.

Sai Baba

Adversity is the first path to truth.

Lord Byron

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

Theodore Roethke

Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.

Carlos Castaneda

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

Abraham Lincoln

When you decide to follow a certain path, you should follow it to the end and not be diverted from it for personal reasons.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.

Thomas John Watson, Sr.

One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.

Germaine Greer

Which reminds me of a fortune cookie: you often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it.

Hector Elizondo

Abdul bin Amir

A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As you walked those camels

In the desert, of a fear


To hunt the echoes in the winds

‘Cross the chasms of words unsaid

And at the last chance bazaar

Where hearts cost less, than parvé bread


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As you fed the horses

In the winter, of the year


To walk the caravan’s passing blues

At the rendez-vous of fools

Where all the glittering gold

Is made by other, earthly tools


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As you count each letter

That you never sent


To tell the King of the ships

In the harbour fair

Bringing words from all the lands

With cargo of the lightest tare


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As you kept to the business

That was to leave,…alone


And in the silence of your words

You watched and weighted

For the slightest sign

Yet breath for you, ‘twas not fated


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As the ghosts of friendship

Flowed fast o’er the weir


And as the surgeon in his leather smock

Cuts your body for all to see

To show them

Exactly as, ‘twas meant to be


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As the ring of fire surrounds

Your earthly form


And the chatter at the market stalls

Catches truth in plastic bags

To wrap a carp each day

And warm the china, of the paper walls


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

As the pixel promise joins the dots

Of a hope, oh so queer


And the flutter-by butterfly closes

Its iridescent wings

And checks its tongues before

Once more, may choose to sing


A thousand blessings on you

Abdul bin Amir

And thank you for always

Having been, right here.