I think all of us quest for spiritual truth in our own way.
I also think it is essential for us to think about our individuality, as we move through life and accept response-ability for it.
Searching for Truth is an individual improvisational action, rather than a definable and patterned absolute. Each of us does it differently. There is not one path to God; all path’s lead to God.
Religions think they have the whole Truth and some give credence to only their doctrine. This practice discounts experiential awareness and obscures the truth of an inner knowing perceived beyond dogma. It is called by many names, enlightenment, nirvana, rapture, and visions, depending on our discipline, and it comes from within when we extinguish or are forced to let go of the egoic “self.”
Remember a time you felt connected to something greater than yourself? That connection was “experiential awareness.” You experienced it, you absorbed it, and it became yours. It was awe.
Philosopher Kenneth G. Mills says, “When act bears its fulfillment — AWE!” During this awe, it may have seemed like you were suspended from time and you probably felt a welling peace, resonance, as it blended from your senses; that feeling is an “inner knowing.” A profound awe. And if you stayed quiet for a few moments, to hold on to the awe, you heard the sound of the Universe. Scientists call it the din. The spirit knows it as “OM.” It is the perfect sound of balance in chaos.
In the fullness of inner-knowing, the Divine within us assimilates these kinds of connections as appreciation of the All That Is.
Life’s simple experiences: sunsets, rain, music, poetry, a touch, a smile, all engender appreciation. When you see them as a creation of love, for all things beautiful are a manifestation of love, you have what is called a revelation. There is no explaining a revelation; there is only the aware appreciation of it as it is processed through the Spirit, Mind, Body as surprised joy. Philosopher and teacher of myth, Joseph Campbell, calls a revelation the “ah ha” of the mind.
Joy, by its direct connection to the divine, alters the minds frequency to a faster rate, and so the mind loses its rigidity and subsequent fear. Your spirit then fills the now vast space between each thought with the truth. When that happens, awareness transcends and your perception of the Light increases as well as your feeling of joy. Joy also encourages you to appreciate all experience without judgment, either of self, of God or others.
When a judgment is absent, pure joy is present as Love, and it not only surrounds us, it is us. We are part of it, by choice, not affliction. All we need to do is remember LOVE is an individual choice.