Roadmaps Of Life (from Daily OM)

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  1. August 7, 2007
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    Roadmaps Of Life

    All the major spiritual traditions serve the purpose of offering us a roadmap to guide us on our individual journeys to enlightenment. These roadmaps are made up of moral codes, parables, and, in some cases, detailed descriptions of mystical states. We often study the fine points of a particular ascended master's narrative in order to better understand our own and to seek inspiration and guidance on our path. In the same way, when we plan a road trip, we carry maps and guidebooks in an effort to understand where we are going. In both cases, though, the journey has a life of its own and maps, while helpful, can only take us so far. There is just no comparison between looking at a line on a piece of paper and driving your own car down the road that line represents.

    Some people seem well-suited to following maps, while others are always looking for new ways to get where they're going. In the end, the only reliable compass is within, as every great spiritual guide will tell you. The maps and travelogues left behind by others are great blessings, full of useful information and inspiration, but they cannot take the journey for us. When it is time to merge onto the highway or pull up anchor, we are ostensibly on our own. Strange weather patterns, closed roads, and traffic jams arise in the moment, out of nowhere, and our maps cannot tell us what to do. Whether we take refuge in a motel by the side of the road, persevere and continue forward, or turn back altogether is entirely up to us.

    Maps are based on observations from the past and we are living in the present, so we are the only true experts on our journey to enlightenment. We may find that the road traveled by our predecessors is now closed. We may feel called to change direction entirely so that the maps we have been carrying really no longer apply. These are the moments when we learn to attune ourselves to our inner compass, following a map that only we can see, as we make our way into the unknown territory of our own enlightenment.
  2. I'd rather explore it myself. Experience is better than hear-say.
  3. Yeah self explration is the only way to go,cause if you follow a map what are you doing?Somebody can give you major landmarks,but a map is out the question.
  4. fuck that.

    i love having maps. maps stop me from bumping into things, from falling off cliffs, from drowning, from getting earthquaked or stormed, from all the unpleasantness that serves no benefit from me being in. the maps take me to the gardens, the beaches, the hilltops and the feilds. the rivers, streams, deltas, burns and ditches. the maps take me from star to star, world to world, thought to thought, dream to meaning. my map is on no paper, and can be written and rewritten, amended and added, over and over, destroyed, erased and rubbed out, but every mark remains. i know where i've gone, and i know where i am, i have a map, i know where would enjoy going, and maybe i might just go there, draw a few things on my map, and share it with a few other people who know all they really have is a map to navigate the invisible terrain, because no one "has" the terrain, we mearly traverse it.

    come slap some sense into me if you think thats a load of nonsensical nice sounding jibberish, and i'll take a look to see if where you point out i went wrong is perhaps plausibly correct mappings.

    haste edit:
    i gotta draw attention and emphasis to the plural. plural. maps. not map.

    even though we can only ever have one map really, no matter how many faceted, how many sources, its really just the one map we have in our minds all the time, all the same. so please. multi-source.

    "If you only ever read one book in your life...

    ... shut the fuck up

    - Banksy
  5. If your speaking on the subconsious,then a map is deffinately needed to explore the spirtual world,but physically I rely on myself.But are'nt we all map makers ourselves,and we add our 2 cents thru subconsious wavelenght's.That would mean were all spiritually connected thru one energy source,maybe,who knows.

    You stated that you need maps in order not to bump into things,but with falling how would you get backup and learn from the experience.If your given a map at birth, your life would be void and meaningless.No individuality,no self awarenes,no nothing.

    Mark Twain did not have a map,neither did Edison....Maps are useless....
  6. how do you think i drew the bits on the map that show me how not to fall? :D

    sometimes i fell, sometimes other people showed me where they fell. if i relied on myself to fill in all the bits there's dangerous falls, i'd probably not survive. there's been alot of sacrafices in the past to show us the way.

    mark twain did have a map (in this analogy you only seem to comprehend intermitently), edison DEFINATELY had a map (he stole most of it from tesla didnt he?).

    fuck being given a map. see my emphasis before? did you miss the point? we make our own maps, constantly, every thought we have is both reading and writing to our maps. every input and output.

    you're a funny bag of contradiction. i like you. you call yourself a spirit warrior, say you're swiming with the dolphins in your location in that beautiful poetic mystic symbolism, and yet, you appear to wrap up snugly with uncertainty as to whether we are all connected or not "maybe,who knows"... or maybe i was just missing the sardonic tone?

  7. Yes I do believe where connected,I was just pussyfooting around it.The whole Edison and Twain reference threw off my response.(I knew I should'nt have added it):D

    Atleast I know not to hold my toungue around you.:p
  8. hehe, that reference, that was the "axis of evil". lol

    i dont know why but i like that. it makes me smile. :)

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