The Journey

“A journey may be long or short, but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself.”  -  Jim Stovall

Jim Stovall is an Americanwriter best known for his best-selling novel The Ultimate Gift. The Ultimate Gift has a sequel out called The Ultimate Life.

He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. On May 3, 2008, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from ORU for his work with the disabled. Stovall is blind and is an advocate on behalf of people with blindness.

To thine own self be true; Man, know thyself; Who am I? ; What is my purpose? We are continually asking ourselves these questions and looking all around for answers. Invariably we look everywhere but where we are most likely to find the answers; inside ourselves. We also seek to answer this question with information and although information and concepts might be formulated, the answers are always soul connected.

This is why we call this a journey. Just as we arrive at a place of peace and serenity our answers change with changes in life experience and consciousness. All fulfillment and healing must confront the “Who am I” question explicitly or implicitly. Questions of self-knowledge have been asked throughout history and have always appeared to be relatively simple. Yet, after thousands of years we are still seeking our own answers so I must conclude that whatever answers work for you may not work for me as my journey continues.

When you buy a car you get an owner’s manual with instructions on how to operate your new vehicle. When you are about to have surgery you are given instructions on what to eat and what not to eat, what to expect, how it works and what your outcome is likely to be. When we go to school we are taught countless pieces of information about how the physical world works.

Yet, despite all that we are taught and are given to answer our questions, we are never taught how “WE” work in the spiritual and soulful world. Rarely do you see a math class described as a life journey as it is not, nor are virtually all other experiences we have in the physical world, yet, when we stop and turn our seeking inward we find that many of these physical world experiences can help us answer the “Who am I” question when we can see it connected to our soul.

As a Rabbi and Counselor I have learned that my journey is not to find my self-image, but rather my essence or core. Without knowing “Who I am” internally, chances are pretty good that I will become a victim of circumstances rather than the creator of opportunity.

My prayer for you today is that you see “YOU” in your journey and only concern yourself where you are as that is the only place you can begin.

 

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

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