hello my friends. Im 21 years old, currently in some what in a rut in life and don’t want to go back to college or pursue a career until i am at complete oneness with myself and the divine. What are some spiritual journeys out there that could possibly help me come to terms with my life?
@kosta33, The only Zen you will find on the mountaintop is the Zen you carry with you. Or, no matter where you go, there you are. With respect, that which you seek you already have. It cannot be found outside of yourself. But, yes, certainly there are “places” one can go that perhaps make it more conducive to be less stressed, more relaxed and thereby maybe more able to look “within”. Mountain areas seem to be good – water areas – perhaps see if there is a buddhist or zen buddhist center or group within your travel distance that may offer meditation weekends or similar. Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky
@kosta33, “To each his own”, but when i was a bit younger i felt a similar way and decided to drive from my home on the east coast and head west with really no specific destinations in mind besides getting to the ocean. I learned a lot about myself, and others for that matter. I then did another trip a couple years after that with similar intentions and ended up finding a beautiful place to live, and have been here for almost 2 years now. Follow your heart, do what you feel like you want to do, even if you don’t know what that might be…follow the flow and you’ll start to figure some things out
Travel and unfamiliarity can absolutely stem some enlightened thought!
I’ve done the whole get in my car thing and drive. No plans, little money and no concern for time or comforts. It’s an awesome experience.
Immersing yourself in different cultures can really open your mind to amazing things too. I guess the more things you try, the more likely you are to find something you will like that will stick with you for life.
We don’t choose where we are born or who we are born to. It is our responsibility to venture forth and find what it is that will make us complete. It may take time but you have nothing to lose and experience to gain.
I have an idea. You can go out by yourself into the woods for a set period of time. I’m planning on doing this sometime when its convenient for 40 days. Why 40 days? Jesus went out into the wilderness for that long and I believe that he gained some incredibly valuable wisdom from that experience. Why not 40 days if I manage to find the time?
Since I’m not some kind of extreme wilderness survival guy, I plan on bringing enough food, water and supplies. Its not a bad idea to have your cell phone around, just turned off in case of emergencies. Just be very specific about what you bring with you that is non-essential. I would probably just bring a book or two, a pen and paper, possibly a guitar. I might also consider bringing various psychedelics to experiment with while out on this journey. Maybe consider fasting for part of the trip. The purpose of this trip is to discover the secrets that are hidden within yourself. I would meditate several times each day.
I’m not sure when I’m going to do this. But, if you have the time, this doesn’t have to be an expensive trip. Seriously consider it and let me know what you think.
@vernalsoul, @arenotlost reminded me of where the quote came from – thanx, I read the book in college. The thing with my experience is that so many of the teachers I read are/were dead, so to speak. But there are many out there now. Start with Mooji. Just enter him in the search field on YouTube and there are plenty of videos. Then look to the sidebar to the right and there will be multiple lists of personalities and videos. Perhaps try to see past the individual doing the talking and see if you feel connection with anything they are saying – they are not the message, just as the old Zen sayings states that the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. The travel ideas people have posted here to you are worth considering, I’d say – there’s not some “place” where there’s your answer waiting on you, but the experience(s) may contribute to your personal awakening. It’s not about something at the “end” of a journey, but the journey itself. Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky
@kosta33, if you already have a background in meditation, I’d suggest a darkness meditation, for 2-3 days, so say star friday and end sunday. the idea is to completely lightproof your surroundings and turn off/unplug any electronics that you don’t need on so you can be by yourself without distraction of light or sound, in which you sit comfortable staring ut into the darkness. what comes from the experience are unparalleled levels of self-awareness, perspective and clarity
@kosta33, travel. traveling will center yourself. it will make you experience what’s new. a new life is a clean slate. It’s your decision where you go and when. knowing you can go anywhere, is a crazy thing. you can do whatever you want, be who you want to be. the world is too big of a place to not be discovered.
@taylorbuschke, im in the middle of planning a trip to Peru in May and possibly Thailand in July. Im juiced, i just dropped out of college to pursue the higher self and feel like traveling is the first step. Where have you traveled or recommend to travel for a forfilling experience??@justinr, awesome, heard alot about him but have yet to dig deep, ill research some of his books right now. do you have any recommendations ?
@kosta33, after college I backpacked through Europe for 6 weeks on my own. My first two weeks were the honeymoon stage. Everything was new and exciting. I met so many new people, experienced so many new things. In the second two weeks, the newness faded. I would still meet cool people but always had to say goodbye. It left me feeling very lonely. In my last two weeks, I ended up meeting three other travelers, two girls and a guy. We totally clicked and ended up traveling together for the remainder of our trips. We still stay in touch 7 years later. From my experience, I realized what I really value is genuine connection.
My advice for you is not where to go, but how to live while you’re traveling. Push outside your comfort zone. The highs are going to be great, but the lows are the experiences that will reveal who you really are. Dig deep bro.
@kosta33, his entire collection of lectures is called “out of your mind” which is probably the most mind-blowing thing I’ve ever listened to. I bought the CD on amazon but you can find them anywhere.
All of his lectures are also on You Tube, PLEASE check out “if money was no object” and watch the video they paired with it.
As for books, the only one ive read is “cloud hidden whereabouts unknown” and it’s pretty rad
Just got back from 3 months in Peru, and couldn’t even begin to fully describe how awesome it was. If you want beautiful mountains, jungle, any kind of environment you could want really, very friendly people and fascinating culture, I’d recommend it.
If you’re looking for a true spiritual journey, remember that this means going into dark and hellish realms, prepared to die if necessary. South America will provide you with this as well, although you be well-advised to do a good bit of mental preparation before you actually go there.