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December 29, 2021

The First Stage of the Spiritual Journey

Last week, I blogged about “Riding the Ox Home” by John Daido Loori and the stages of enlightenment. Here are a few takeaways about the first stage:

1. The first stage is about becoming aware that a spiritual search can be a directive force in our lives.
2. We ask ourselves, “what is it that we want to accomplish during our lifetime?”
3. The search can’t begin until the real questions arise. Approaching the world with a beginner’s mind. Raise our consciousness and clarify our purpose.
4. Look deeply at what we are doing, and understand why it is what we do. Bring our doubts into view.
5. The moment is where our life takes place. Break out of our inner conversation.