How to Start Your Spiritual Journey: 7 Illuminating Steps

How to Start Your Spiritual Journey

We all are aware of the fact that life is a journey, but do you know what is a spiritual journey? It’s the journey from one level of consciousness to another. Believe it or not, your spiritual journey has been started from the day you are born, you are just trying to hasten it. What we seek is within us, it always has been.

“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?” – Rumi

Welcome, dear wanderer.

You’ve come to this page seeking guidance, and that’s what I intend to give you wholeheartedly. If you’re short on time, scroll down to see the Table of Contents. Otherwise, I promise you that this article is worth reading from start to finish.

Let’s begin with the uncomfortable truth:

Most of us in the modern world have resigned ourselves to a cliched existence, indulging in endless distractions. We go through life with minimal or pseudo-faith, and avoid grasping the emptiness of our lives. We are endlessly haunted by the shallowness of our relationships, neurotic issues, and inescapable loneliness.

And yet there’s so much more to us as a species than what we really know.

You and I carry the most mysterious and magnificent qualities within us imaginable. Yet, we unknowingly guard and protect the greatest gift that is our Souls from the world.

It’s so easy for us to feel meaningless when we perceive ourselves as mere cogs in society’s machine. The truth is that we are much more than slaves of 9 to 5 jobs. We are capable of creating deeply meaningful, mystical, and fulfilling lives. We are capable of finding our true calling and personal destiny.

For centuries the indigenous people throughout the world have known that to fully explore the depths of the Soul we must go on a spiritual journey into the unknown lands within ourselves.

In many ancient cultures, they had Elders and Shamans to encourage and oversee these journeys toward a deeper spiritual existence. Sadly, these days in our own culture, we have lost such sacred rites and rituals. Instead, orthodox religion has replaced living spirituality with a theoretical god, dismissing, and outlawing personal experimentation and union with the Divine.

In this article, my aim is to help you start your spiritual journey.

What is A Spiritual Journey?

What is a spiritual journey
How to Start Your Spiritual Journey: 7 Illuminating Steps

The spiritual journey is a personal quest we undertake to reconnect with our Souls, find our authentic life purpose, and embody our True Nature.

In a nutshell, the spiritual journey is about returning to the Centre of our being: it’s a path traditionally undertaken by mystics, shamans, and sages. But in this day and age where times have changed, and we’re suffering from collective soul loss, the spiritual journey is accessible to all people. Indeed, it’s our deepest longing and highest calling as a species.

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12 Signs You’re Called to the Spiritual Journey (the Ancient Hero/ine’s Path)

People have felt a pull toward something greater than themselves since the beginning of time. Ancient cultures had many stories that served to illustrate the journey to fulfilling one’s destiny and experiencing Wholeness or Enlightenment. These journeys mythologist Joseph Campbell described as the “Calls to Adventure.”

A call to adventure is something we all experience at least once in life. When we embark on this adventure, we begin the process of gaining self-understanding and reclaiming our precious Soul gifts.

The archetype of the hero/heroine discovering their true spiritual nature goes back thousands of years. The Greek’s told the story of Orpheus who descended into the underworld to rescue his bride Eurydice from Hades.

The Nordic people had their hero-warrior Beowulf, and the Sumerians wrote of Inanna who battled her sister in the dark world. Throughout history, there have been so many stories of individuals who have struggled through hardship to find themselves. But of what importance are they to our path?

Essentially, these hero/ines symbolize our spiritual journeys: leaving everything familiar behind, entering the unknown, encountering numerous unconscious monsters, and finally returning back home with a sense of renewed fulfillment and wisdom.

Here are 12 signs you’re being called to walk the spiritual journey of awakening:

  1. You feel lost in life
  2. You long for a place that feels like your ‘true home’
  3. You keep wondering what your meaning or purpose is
  4. You feel like you have a big destiny to fulfill (which is yet to be revealed)
  5. You sense that there’s much more to life than meets the eye
  6. You’re experiencing strange synchronicities, signs, and omens
  7. You’re shedding your old self and are transforming, but you don’t know who you truly are yet
  8. There’s a sense of nostalgia and nagging longing for something you can’t pinpoint
  9. You experience bouts of melancholy, depression, and existential crisis
  10. You feel extra sensitive and fragile
  11. A lot of what you once valued seems meaningless and empty
  12. It feels like the rug has been pulled out from underneath you, and you’re falling

Can you relate to any of the above signs? If you can, you’re most certainly being called to embark on the spiritual journey.

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Mateo Sol

Mateo Sol is a prominent psychospiritual teacher whose work has influenced the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Born into a family with a history of drug addiction, schizophrenia, and mental illness, Mateo Sol was taught about the plight of the human condition from a young age. As a spiritual guide and teacher, Sol’s mission is to help others experience freedom, wholeness, and peace in any stage of life. See more of his work at Lonerwolf.comView Author posts