Moving From Religious Tourist To Spiritual Explorer
By Michelle Cromer
Published by Balboa Press
Copyright: September 1, 2011
Most people amble through their lives enjoying family and friends, attending the church of their choice, going to a job each day and feeling more or less fulfilled. For some of us, however, that is simply not enough. We seek answers to questions that have plagued mankind since our history began thousands of years ago.
Questions like: Who am I? Why am I here? And for that matter, how did I get here? Do I have a purpose in this life and where am I going after I die?
The formal religions offer the basic answers: God made you. You are His child and He created you in the image of Himself to experience life. Your purpose is to get through life without losing your mind and when you die – if you are a good person – you return to Him and enjoy everlasting peace.
While you’re here experiencing life, you can use your five basic senses to find your way through the victories and trials that inevitably face you. However, the question Ms. Cromer asks and any of us with at least half a functioning brain might consider is: Is that all there is? Such a question propelled her on a quest to find deeper meaning, to understand her true self and her place in the universe.
Ms. Cromer writes in a lively and entertaining style about her experience going through what she calls the Seven Stages to enlightenment. First comes the Wake Up Call when we begin to question our reality. Perhaps something happens in your life that you cannot explain, such as seeing a departed spirit or experiencing something that seems to be much more than just plain old coincidence.
The second state is Denial and Fear – taking the time to reflect on those old worn out theories of life, death and everything in between – a frightening experience at best when our original thoughts suddenly seem not only inadequate but also downright antiquated.
The third stage being The Search for Deeper Spiritual Meaning is perhaps the most confusing. While we wrestle with what we once believed to be true, we find a world full of options as to what really ‘might’ be true. For Ms. Cromer, this journey takes her to many fascinating places such as Stonehenge and Pachu Picchu – sites that seem to hold a maximum dose of ethereal energy and more than their share of mystery. However, she soon learns that truth cannot be found in the outside world. Instead, it was inside of her all along.
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