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The 12 STepS of The SpiriTual Journey

By Melody Larson

The 12 STepS of The SpiriTual Journey2009 by Melody Larson from the PATH TO INNER PURPOSE ecourse http://innerpurposecourse.weebly.com

Please feel free to share this ebooklet on your blog, forum, etc. Or, email it to whomever you believe would benefit from reading it. THANK YOU!

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Melody Larson

The SpiriTual Journey iS The Journey of becoming more conSciouSSpiritual awakening is becoming an increasingly common occurrence among normal everyday people. Once the privilege of sages and saints, many are now seeking, and finding, enlightenment. But I believe that there is more to the spiritual journey than just awakening. Along the way to that ultimate goal, we have the chance, and the choice, to evolve both our souls and our human selves. Indeed, we must grow in addition to awakening if we want to know true wholeness. This is an integral approach to awakening that does not deny the inventiveness of our human minds, the desires of our human hearts, and the expression of our individual souls. How do we grow? How do we evolve from ego to soul and ultimately to spirit? We can start by becoming more conscious wherever we are on the journey, right now. We dont need to wait for awakening to transform us. When we choose any thought, feeling, belief, habit, or deed thats just a little more noble, a little

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The SpiriTual Journey iS The Journey of becoming more conSciouShigher than the one we had before, we increase our consciousness just that much. An increased consciousness moves us that much further along the path. Ultimately, the spiritual journey is the journey of shifting from a life that is quite unconscious to a life lived in full consciousness. It is all about living more fully, more purposefully, and more joyfully along the way to awakening. This is the journey of moving from darkness to light, from suffering to acceptance, from judgment to allowing, from success to significance, from disease to wholeness, and from separation to unity.

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each STep moVeS you forWarDAs you work through each step on the spiritual journey, you are really making a horizontal move along an imaginary scale from left to right within that step, followed by a vertical move up to the next step. You work through thoughts, feelings, beliefs, habits & actions in relation to any given step in order to lift them all to a higher level. As you achieve mastery within a step, you propel yourself vertically to the next step. And so it goes. The final step, awakening itself, is the wild card on this journey. At any time, you may move so far from left to right within a given step that you slide right off the scale and into full consciousness, the awakened state. Others find themselves awakening spontaneously, with no conscious plan to do so. For most of us, however, we must work to move both horizontally and vertically in order to make our way on the spiritual journey.

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The SpiriTual Journey in acTualiTy iS neVer linearIn this ebooklet, I explain the spiritual journey in a linear fashion for the purpose of clarity. But I remind you that in real life, the adventure from ego, to soul, to spirit is extremely messy! You may find yourself:o o o o o

Skipping steps Repeating steps Working on several steps at once Moving back & forth within a step many times before mastering it Taking 2 steps forward & 1 step back

Its all quite normal!

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many paThS, one mounTain: moVing from SeparaTion To uniTyThe spiritual journey as I describe it here is a practical breakdown, or synthesis, of the paths up the mountain to awakening. They correspond to both the 12 chakras and to the 12 signs of the zodiac, for example. All spiritual paths, including those of traditional religions in their esoteric forms, are about this journey. Each path has its own language & system, best suited to its culture, but it is important to remember that all human souls are on the same journey to remember who we really are

Spirit, not ego. One, not many.What we do, and who we become, along the way to this realization matters.

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The 12 STepS of The SpiriTual Journey

SEPARATION BELONGING SELFHOOD COMMUNION SOVEREIGNTY SEARCHING SURRENDER HEALING GUIDANCE CO-CREATION TRANSMUTATION UNITY

In this ebooklet, well take a brief look at each of these steps by exploring some keywords & phrases associated with them. For a more detailed description of each step, and of the spiritual journey in general, I invite you to explore my PATH TO INNER PURPOSE ecourse: http://innerpurposecourse.weebly.comThe 12 Steps of the Spiritual Journey, copyright 2009 by Melody Larson 8

STep 1: SeparaTion

Survival mode Identification with ego The time of getting by and/or getting ahead Competition Comparison Fulfilling material needs & desires Seeking meaning from without Unconscious living Where most people are most of their lives Where humanity has been for most of its history

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STep 2: belonging

Tribal mode Identification with group ego: family, culture, nationality, etc. Us vs. Them The time of fitting in and/or looking for approval Codependency You complete me Peer Pressure Kowtowing Seeking fulfillment/wholeness through others Again, where most people are & where humanity has been

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STep 3: SelfhooDIndependence mode Search for own identity Desire to rebel or escape from tribe Divorce, career change, change in looks, moving away, etc. Development of personal power & self-esteem Often the start of the spiritual quest at the unconscious level Seeking fulfillment through changing the self at the outer level of form

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STep 4: communion

Acceptance mode Transition point from ego to soul Falling away of old values & beliefs Loosening of judgment Compassion, allowingtowards others & self Curious about others & about the inner self, or soul Finding self-acceptance through the acceptance of others

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STep 5: SoVereignTy

Security mode The ego is much healthier for the most part Return to the tribe, but with autonomy The soul is somewhat integrated, but barely Hold strong in our new values & beliefs, even if the tribe disagrees Free to be me Love others w/o trying to change them Become secure in outer life: career, mate, family, success, etc. Can be the end of journey for many unless the soul call for deeper fulfillment and healing is answered when it comes

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STep 6: Searching

Seeking mode Outer success no longer satisfying The soul begins to claim our attention If ignored, the soul creates crisis: Dark night of the soul Self-sabotage Unexpected, unwanted change Illness

If answered, we go on the quest of inner discovery For most, this is the conscious undertaking of the spiritual journey Time of confusion, disruption, self-help, spiritual study, wandering, adventure, search for inner purpose

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STep 7: SurrenDer

Faith mode We cant do it on our own We realize the soul is wounded, not pure or untouched A turning to Spirit (as we define it) Prayer, meditation, stillness A time of giving up, but with relief Ask for, and receive, divine grace Grace comes not according to our schedule, but when Spirit deems we are ready Trust that everything is happening for a reason Never given more than we can handle I believe15

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STep 8: healing

Wholeness mode Were no longer afraid to face our Shadow We begin to work on ourselves in earnest, to heal the wounded soul Releasing the past: both childhood & karma Development of inner discipline Forgiveness Gratitude A time of healing in all forms, often alternative in nature: therapy, energy work, alternative medicine, change in diet & exercise, etc. Any method that helps us heal the past, both from this life and from other lives, is useful

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STep 9: guiDance

Intuition mode Were empowered at the soul level Healing opens the doorway to psychic gifts & intuitive knowing We find our inner purpose & move to fulfill it A time of synchronicity & support from the Universe We understand that everything is divinely guided The people, things & events that we need start to show up to help us narrow our focus

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STep 10: co-creaTion

Service mode We ground our inner purpose in the physical plane by converting it to a tangible product, gift or service The soul & the ego are integrated (I call this the Self) The soul begins to remember that it isnt separate from Source Significance Meaning Joy Philanthropy, generosity We work to bring healing to the planet in our unique way18

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