Awake: Introduction

Welcome to awakening! This is a remarkable journey we’re about to explore. When we awaken, we examine all aspects of ourselves and our lives. We look at what’s working and what’s not, who is still in our lives and whether or not we need to let them go, our job and whether it fulfills us or is more of a soul-crushing experience, we look at who we are, where we’re going and how we got here. It requires a huge level of honesty and commitment to do this work. The promise I can give though, is that it is as rewarding as anything ever could be. This journey is not for the faint of heart, but it is so very worth the effort.

The first question people ask is, “How are spirituality and awakening different from religion?” Organized religion gives us a direction. It tells us what we should believe, why we should believe it and the bad things that will happen if we don’t believe it. Religion provides very little room for interpretation as the work is all done for you. Just blindly follow and you will be told what to do.

Spirituality is the creative expression of what it means to believe in a higher power of some kind. Whether you believe in God, Buddha, Source, the Universe, or something else, spirituality is the belief that we are created from the same cloth as that higher power. It is the belief that we get to choose what we want to create. We get to choose what we want to believe, and the Universe will show us that belief in our current realities. It is the belief that we are divine beings of light sent here to learn, grow, and experience life on this planet we call Earth. It is the belief that God is not some guy in the sky with anger management problems that needs therapy, but that God is unconditional love, acceptance, and joy. There is no judgement. There is no anger. There is no punishment. Those things cannot exist in a being that can express unconditional love.

We have, as human beings, been given human free will. That means we get to decide what happens. People often ask why God doesn’t stop the perceived bad stuff from happening. It’s because God doesn’t interject in human free will, no matter how good or bad the activity is perceived to be by us.

You’re probably wondering if a belief in a higher power is necessary in order to be spiritual. The answer is no. A simple belief in yourself and your ability to create whatever you want while on this planet is enough. Throughout this book I will refer to the Universe as the higher power. I find the term “God” to be a trigger for many people and so I will use “Universe” instead. Just substitute that word for whatever word you want to use. Don’t let it affect you in your journey through this book.

My intention with this book is simple: to provide a guide through this crazy process and hopefully help you, the reader, to answer some of the many questions that will come up along the way. This is a journey of self-discovery, one filled with potholes, twists, and turns. Everybody that goes through this comes out differently on the other side. You will be no exception.

My hope for you is that you find clarity, insight, and wisdom in this book. I’m far from perfect, and like everybody else, I’m still on the journey too, but I’ve learned some things along the way that I think will help you on your journey. Whether you’re new to this or you’ve been at it for a while, I invite you to join me as we step into this process of awakening and what it all means. Come back tomorrow with a cup of coffee, journal and pen in hand as we get started on this journey of awakening.

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