This week I have been looking back. I want to write about how I came to be on what I’ve decided is a spiritual adventure for the introduction in my next book.
For the beginnings to many things in our life we can look back to our childhood, but I think this is really an exception for me. I was brought up in a fairly religious family, and to begin with I felt very involved with and committed to the church. I think this began to change in my teens. In our Sunday services we were required to read something called The Confession. I found myself reading the words on the page which spoke of specific sins a person might have committed and inwardly disagreeing. In my early twenties I learned some things about the way the people who ran the church organisation were treating people which did not seem in keeping with the teachings they were claiming to promote, and that further led me to believe the church was not for me. Since then I have had little to do with organised religion. So I don’t think my spiritual interests began in childhood.
The next thing I remember that’s relebant was visiting a homeopath for help with my son’s health. The man I consulted joked with me to be careful as in his experience that those who turn to homeopathy often find themselves starting on a spiritual path. This sounded quite unlikely to me, but I can’t deny it’s exactly what happened.
Soon after this I had my first significant spiritual experience, whilst driving back from a networking meeting through the Peak District. Nothing much changed in my life then, but I was reading more and some personal development courses took me further into spiritual experiences. Now, living in a new area with a thriving community exploring these areas, I have found both support and the opportunity to talk openly about the ways I am now thinking. Now I am getting into my stride, and can only imagine what is still to come in this adventure.
So, do I think it is impossible to be on a spiritual adventure whilst being involved in an organised faith? No, not at all, it just didn’t happen that way for me. I do think it is necessary, though, for the spiritual adventure to happen on the inside – it can’t just come from accepting what you are taught. So that is why it often can’t be from childhood, as we don’t start out by questioning what we are taught. But perhaps your experience is different, and you don’t agree.
I would love to hear how others got started on their current path, whatever that is. Please share what you think were the significant factors in sending you in this direction. You can either leave me a comment below, or else send me an email. I’d be very glad to hear from you.