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Stepping Stones on your Spiritual Journey

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Stories of the places, the guides and the events that made a difference along the way

Spiritual breakthroughs can happen at the most unexpected times, while doing the most unexpected things and in the most unexpected places. Many look to carve out time to travel somewhere new and look for new insights. Or find groups of like minded people on a similar journey to share an experience. Others search alone for the quiet and the inspiring in nature and the world. Many are blessed with a guide along the way who knows how to help us find our way. All of us have stories of the important moment in time that shaped our beliefs.

Contributors from around the diverse Patheos community share their stories of these special moments in their spiritual journeys. Their thoughtful posts are below, followed by a Comments section to contribute your experiences.May you be blessed on your Journey.


Contributor Commentary

My Defining Moment

My Defining Moment

John Beckett

My defining moment came when I heard voices. They weren’t audible, but they couldn’t have been louder if Danu herself had screamed at me from across the table: “GET SERIOUS OR MOVE ON!”

The Face of a Goat

The Face of a Goat

Cathie Brunnick

By Dr. Vivianne Crowley blogger at the Patheos Pagan Channel I was seven years old. I was returning from an afternoon spent playing in the woods and walking up the steep road home to the farm. The tarmac was hot and haze shimmered on the road and I was tired. Then shining on one side [...]

My Testimony

My Testimony

Tara Edelschick

Scott, my husband of five years, died while I was seven months pregnant with our first child, Sarah.  Ten days later, she was delivered stillborn.  It was, and is, fifteen years later, nearly impossible for me to believe that can happen to a person.

Stepping Stones on the Path: A Moment of Prayer

Stepping Stones on the Path: A Moment of Prayer

laurapb

My first memory of transformative spiritual experience endures as a moment of a prayer. I was not more than five, or perhaps younger, and I was sitting in the synagogue among the elders.

A spiritual stepping stone: Occupy the Heart – we are the 100%

A spiritual stepping stone: Occupy the Heart – we are the 100%

laurapb

Today, September 17th, is one year since we spilled into Zuccotti Park, a movement that changed me forever.

Liar, Lunatic, Lord

Liar, Lunatic, Lord

Marcus Brotherton

This other part of my religious upbringing, this Jesus Christ, was a much trickier horse to bet on. I didn't doubt that a famed historical teacher once lived and breathed in the ancient near east. Even secular historians like Josephus described the existence of Jesus of Nazareth as fact. A nice enough guy, that Jesus. A good leader. And he surely captured the attention of the crowds. But to form a whole world-view around him? Seemed a little overboard. 

Stepping stones on the spiritual journey: My 65th Birthday Gift

Stepping stones on the spiritual journey: My 65th Birthday Gift

laurapb

Why, as I turn 65, and despite the years of self-reflection and doing my inner work, am I still not valuing my own Beingness? Time to own my right to an experience just for me.

Druid Thoughts: Moments in Druidry

Druid Thoughts: Moments in Druidry

Nimue Brown

I ran a folk club in my twenties. I sing seasonal material, songs about the land, things that are intrinsically Pagan. One evening, totally out of the blue, one of the members said, “Sing us one of your Druid songs.” At that point in my life, I hadn’t even met a Druid.

Access Your Physican-Within & Heal Yourself.

Access Your Physican-Within & Heal Yourself.

kathleenokeefe

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos’ great interview today on Heal Yourself Talk Radio. Here is the show link http://healyourselftalk.com/how-to-overcome-illness-by-accessing-your-physician-within. Kathy O’Keefe Kanavos survived cancer twice by listening to her intuition. Despite the fact that all the medical tests conducted by her doctors at Dana Farber showed no sign of cancer, Kathy’s intuition and dreams told her otherwise. Because [...]

Unexpected Steps in the Journey: Pilgrimage Into the Mystery

Unexpected Steps in the Journey: Pilgrimage Into the Mystery

Kathe Schaaf

I thought I was going to Scotland for a quiet retreat with my spiritual sisters. But the Mystery had other plans for me. 

Spiritual Renewal in Times of Crisis

Spiritual Renewal in Times of Crisis

Patheos Theobloggers

When you can't drop everything for a year-long spiritual pilgrimage, how do you seek spiritual renewal in times of personal crisis? Our favorite theobloggers respond...

Ancestral Pilgrimage: Journeying to Places of Family Significance

Ancestral Pilgrimage: Journeying to Places of Family Significance

Christine Valters Paintner

Consider making a pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of your own ancestors. Spend time in the places that shaped their imaginations and their dreams.

A Pilgrim Christian at the Wake-Up Festival

A Pilgrim Christian at the Wake-Up Festival

Deborah Arca

Whenever I’m presented with an invitation to “awaken,” I typically cancel all plans and take it. This past weekend, I packed my retreat clothes and headed an hour and half northwest of Denver to attend the first-ever Wake-Up Festival in the mystical, mist-shrouded mountains of Estes Park. My journey was blessed beyond belief: a magnificent [...]

Stepping stones on the journey: The hunger that guides me

Stepping stones on the journey: The hunger that guides me

laurapb

When I think of what guides me the first word that comes to mind is hunger. A hunger for something I know, at some level, already exists. That when I wash away all of the layers, all of the noise and thoughts, there is a voice inside me that knows how to navigate. This hunger is my guide.

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