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There is a silent voice inside of every human spirit. We are born this way. It has nothing to do with fame, fortune, race, geography or intellect. This yearning is deeper than all parts of us that have been added on since birth. It is the voice of the pure spark of energy within us that longs to unite with its source. Beneath all we do in life, this voice of yearning waits.
When that silent voice becomes active in us, it engages us in life in a way that challenges our routines. Our comfort zones. It seeks a higher wisdom, a note that rings true, a pathway to embellish our existence, rather than a journey around the same old circle. Learning is not always comfortable. In fact, true learning – above and beyond the rote learning we go through in school – always involves breaking the shell that imprisons us. Our ego avoids this; our spirit rejoices in this.
At a certain point, “learning” – true learning that is – transforms us. There is no going back. We can’t close our eyes once they’re opened. We can’t forget beauty and joy once we’re baptized in it. We can’t muffle the voice of our true spirit, once it’s found its song and its dance. We can never go back to living in our small cage, our “small self” stuffed with egoistic pride, pointless routines and transparent excuses. Something in us is cut loose. The journey is afoot. And life, at this point, truly begins. True transformation, true change is the burning of the old, so that the seeds of the new can grow and flourish. This is the mandate of life, of nature and of the human spirit.
“For me there is only the travelling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”
~Don Juan Matus, the mentor, teacher, ‘Nagual’ of Carlos Castaneda