“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir
It is not easy to walk the path of Spirit. At times it is downright uncomfortable, lonely, and uncertain. At times, it is pure wilderness. Spiritual wilderness feels so far removed from the ecstatic spiritual experience we long to have daily, but it is a mystical and healing experience in its own right. There are periods of repose and reflection in our lives when we are called to retreat into our personal wilderness, to go deep within the stillness of our sacred space, to sit within the silence, the places of shadow, to access, understand,question and discern. The call to our wilderness is a primordial one. To sink into the stillness of our hearts, to listen only to the authentic voice, to decide where we begin and end, is an undeniable calling. To answer it takes courage, it is not easy wading through the quagmire of doubt and discernment.
At the core, discernment is about personal boundaries and authenticity. When we discern, we make contractual agreements with ourselves that define and solidify our availability and willingness to participate, listen, engage and believe. The process of discernment also connects us with our own truths and personal guidance systems; this is the voice of our intuition. Today in our hyper-connected world we are bombarded by communication and information all the time, there is little respite. It is very difficult to hear ourselves above the noise.
We do not move out into the wilderness with the intention of getting lost, we move for the experience of the unknown, the vastness and possibility that are waiting to receive us. So next time you find yourself questioning all that you know to be true or just seeking some discernment along the way, open your heart to the unknown and relish in the clarity that will come from your slowing down to listen. Happy exploring.
About the Author:
Erin’s work as a healer is dedicated to helping others find wellness and a deeper spiritual understanding. Located in Portland, Maine, her healing arts practice combines intuitive energy work, with sound and crystal therapies to heal and transform individuals on a soul level. Using holistic photography, she documents and celebrates authentic beauty and transformation.
Whether you are struggling with chronic pain, disease, anxiety, depression, rapid life transitions, or perhaps you just need a new direction, Erin offers gentle energetic support and guidance to help restore balance and wholeness, increase well-being and joyful heart connection.