This was a message that really stood out to me as I was doing some spiritual work with a friend last week.
We were listening to a bardic lesson that was going deeper into the story of the Goddess Ceridwen and Taliesin, a story that has many a lesson and learnings embedded and entwined into the words. When some words came to me that really made me take note – enjoy the journey.
Each of our journeys twists and turns. Some times we do not quite understand why there is a turn in the road, some times we have an idea of why, which then turns out to be complete different to what we thought. Most of us do enter into the spiritual path with an idea that it is leading some were, though we may not have an idea of where that is at the time.
From the moment you start on this journey you start to learn, and if is one thing I am certain of, you never stop learning. So is there really an end point?
I remember doing 1st degree Wicca training, and feeling so good once I had completed it, that was the goal at the time, that was the end point at the time. To complete 1st degree, but to what end? The learning did not stop, and if it had I believe I would have lost my way.
After a year, I went on to start and complete the second degree, and then 3rd. And now thinking back through those times, the end result would never have been there with out the steps through the journey. I leant so much over time, as I placed one foot and then another along my own journey. 2nd degree was gruelling at times, always present, always in the forefront of my mind what I needed to learn and do next. And at the same time even with how constant and how much work it was, never did I think I can not do this, the journey through 2nd degree was amazing and something I cherish even now.
At the same time I was reminded that this is not a lesson just for spiritual work, it is for all of life. For example in the work I do. Some time the work I do feels like the end goal is years away which can be vey disheartening. By looking at the journey as the importance and not the end goal it feels so much more lighter and motivating. “I can do this” are the words that spring to mind when I look at the journey and not the end point. I can also see where this can be so important in all aspects of life. The journey is to be enjoyed, I can and will be happy during the journey, not just at the end of it.I never entered the Wiccan path to be a teacher, or a HP, it was never an end goal of mine, it just happened over time.
And still the journey continues, ever questioning, and ever learning. Going deeper and deeper into my own understanding, and at the same time understanding my self just that little better. One thing I do know is that the learning for me will never stop, and for that I am glad.
To paraphrase from the teaching, I was going through last week “a journey is to be taken, not a destination to be reached”
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