In Wilderness We Find FaithWe need to remind ourselves that we have to cleanse our spiritual and physical systems to manifest our spiritual spark in our body. The untamed beauty of the world’s wilderness reminds us of purity. We are all aware that we can be inspired by the world’s wild places. We can also awaken to the joy found in opening to the spiritual beauty within ourselves. We need to cleanse or purify our personal inner wilderness to rediscover and fully manifest ourselves the spirit.

Wilderness has more meaning than is usually seen. We can all perceive it as a physical place, like the one in which we stand. Also, open your awareness to the idea of wilderness as the unconscious within each of us. Humankind has created its own inner wilderness of confusion by becoming entranced with its creativity in the physical world. When we humans became fascinated with the new knowledge and activities of this world, we forgot that we originated from Cosmic Consciousness. We then left the Garden of Spiritual Awareness and created a wilderness of unconsciousness. By turning our attention away from spirit, we became lost in the physical realm and got confused. Where did we come from? Where are we going? This wilderness of confusion has buried our awareness of our spiritual self and made it mostly unconscious.

When we enter this wilderness of the unconscious and begin to awaken it, we must first prepare ourselves by using spiritual information such as  grounding and centering and other meditation techniques. Only by clearing the confusion from the unconscious can we find what is available to us. This confusion is caused by our ego and self-glorification. We get overly impressed by our creations, begin to define ourselves by what we create, and forget the ultimate Creator.

Hidden in this wilderness is our innate ability to know ourselves as part of the Cosmic Consciousness. As we uncover and bring to light our unconscious, we find acceptance and the ability to have faith in ourselves. Only faith can lead us through our wilderness back to ourselves, the spirit. Before we can truly reawaken our unconscious, we must clear the earthly confusion. We need to purify our system before it is ready for the high vibration of love.

Fortunately, we have a simple system to help us do this. By grounding, centering and meditating we begin to quiet the body and noise of the world and reawaken ourselves to the reality of spirit. We can then safely enter our personal wilderness and prepare for our unique spiritual awakening. When we turn our awareness to the spiritual perspective and see internal cleansing and healing, we see that even the cells of our body become aware of our spirituality. We can enter the wilderness of our forgetfulness and reawaken ourselves to the reality of our self as spirit.

Just as going into the physical wilderness can take courage, so going into our internal wilderness can also. It takes courage to live by faith or belief and yet only by faith do we open the unconscious and return to our spiritual origins. Even with our meditation techniques, we also need faith. We renew and refresh ourselves by being in the beauty and power of the world’s wilderness. We also renew ourselves by clearing and opening the unconscious and allowing our faith to lead us back to our awareness of our self as spirit.

We go to the wilderness both within and around us to reawaken ourselves, the spirit. We refresh our jaded, worldly selves as we cleanse and purify breathing in the pure and clear. We let go of our worldly limits and begin to see as spirit once again. Our spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, Lau Tsu and others often went into the wilderness both within and around to remember and renew themselves. They also found refreshment and joy both within and around.

As Henry David Thoreau said so beautifully in Walden:
“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.”

Allow yourself to move toward the spiritual awakening you can find in your wilderness.

By Mary Ellen Flora

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