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Journey Onward

Updated on November 17, 2015

Sometimes greater awareness requires that we unlearn much of what we have learned. A letting go of the paradigms we have thus far attached ourselves to on our life path. Easier said then done I know. Although sometimes we may think we are on the wrong path.... perhaps that is exactly where we need to be.

In our journey to greater awareness, often we are told there is a right way and there is a wrong way. This path is good for us, that path is not. This can cause disillusionment, confusion and an “I don’t care” attitude.

There are so many different practices and doctrines available in today’s world that purports to help us on our journey to greater awareness. Choosing one can be a whole new drama in itself.

Perhaps it is not in the path that we choose, or even in the rituals and practices a religion or philosophy has, that is important. We can always shred a path to bits and put it back together again yet all we have achieved is creating another path. But even that seems a trifle unimportant. Not choosing a path at all, to me, can be considered a path.

Perhaps inside us the many paths available have already been mapped out. If we assume the holographic principle of the universe is correct, and the concept that the whole universe is in the grain of sand is too. Then this idea that the path has been already mapped out seems less outrageous. However either way it still is not the path that is of any importance.

As has been said often It is not the destination that counts it is the journey. Perhaps if we add a few more words it may bring a deeper meaning to this statement.

“It is not the destination that counts, but more what we learn, what our hearts awaken to, what our awareness brings to the fore, that is of more importance in our journey no matter which path we choose”

Struggles - A poem

It’s not the struggles that matter
It’s more in the lessons we learn
What our hearts awaken to
What wisdom we can discern

The resolve to keep on going
No matter what life will bring
When higher awareness is gained
Our joyful hearts will sing


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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      My dearest Mickey, I absolutely agree wholeheartedly!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Let's keep plodding on Penny. There's more beauty and adventure around the next curve.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Awww thank you my sister!

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      Erin LeFey 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Sweet Penny, I love this hub! I am thrilled that another sees the value in not choosing a path. And that not choosing a path can be because you have done all of the research, practice and looked deep inside your heart to realize that making a choice doesn't really matter. It took me many years to get to that point but a real sense of peace and happiness came from within. It's so heartening to hear someone else speak about it. And I agree, the journey is beautiful - no matter what happens - your hubs are so refreshing to read. Straight from the heart and soul. Namaste' my sister.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Martie, I am glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!

      Hi Saddlerider1, Nothing like gut and instinct, it is a far better thing to follow sometimes than our minds! Glad you loved the poem. {{{{Hugs}}}}

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      8 years ago

      Oh the sorrow and struggles I have seen on my journeys in life, I find life an interesting plane we live on and daily walk in. At my age now, I simply let life take charge and I follow like a little lamb.

      So far things have worked out fine, gut and instinct always have worked well for me and sleeping on something for 24 hrs before making that decision. It pays dividends in the end. Hugs, and I loved the poem...

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I enjoyed this one! I'm in full agreement with you. Beautiful pictures.

      PS.: Education is what is left after you’ve forgotten everything you’ve learned. (Can’t remember who uttered this truth.)

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Amy: I like that description; Freeing, it is an apt description of how we feel. Timing is always right then. Thanks

      Dave: Ah thats just great. We (Maori) have a saying here that goes...Youth talks, Age teaches. Has always made sense to me. Knowing and not doing is really not knowing. After all experience is our greatest teacher.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      At 63 years of age, I have probably forgotten much knowledge that people today have yet to learn, or will ever learn.

      Brother Dave.

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      During times where I feel I need to make a decision, but I am unsure, I do know that not making a decision is a decision. It is incredibly freeing and allows me to relax, take stock and realize the path to take when the time is right.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I am glad too! I do agree with all that you say! The journey and the destination are one and the same. I am glad too there is more awakenings occuring. I wouldn't call you a fan hehe...more of a kindred spirit! After all we are all connected! Thank you my dear friend!

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      Antoine Van Hove 

      8 years ago

      Wonderfull again Penny!

      So glad to see how fast more and more people are awakening... to our collective dream!

      We all are God, living its dream, through our lives,

      on the road to conscious lovefilled awareness.

      Let us enjoy the road and path towards it, in all our joyfull awakened awareness, since it is our goal and destination at the same time.

      So beautifull, Penny!

      One of your biggest fans by now! :-)

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I do agree with all that you say. Our journey indeed shapes our character. Thank you for stopping by. It is always a pleasure to read your wisdom.

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      8 years ago

      There are many paths that we can take in life but whatever path we take it doesn't matter so long as we journey forward and respond in the best way to whatever comes our way.

      We can adjust our course accordingly depending on what we face, just like a ship at sea which may break from its planned course due to inclement weather. The important thing is that we have a fair idea or even better an exact idea of where we're heading so that we know when we actually reach our designated destination.

      The journey of life is not just all about making it to a finishing point but also about enjoying the journey and learning from it too. The journey, it shapes our character in the same way that weather shapes the physical character of mountains and rocks.

      Wonderful message shared and loved the beautiful poem at the end! Short and sweet and beautifully simple!

      God bless you Penny!


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