Q: Is mediation a “journey”? That word makes me think of a long road ahead

    The word journey gets used a lot for example a “spiritual journey” or “your journey to enlightenment” so it is natural that this would make you think that there is movement and distance involved. The idea of a long journey might even put some people off.

    When I first discovered light and sound energy the master who taught it told everyone it would take between 10 and 20 years to progress and that was doing 2 hours every day and 6 hours once every weekend, not to mention 3 day, 5 day, 8 day, 12 day meditates of up to 15 hours a day! It is a wonder that anyone got to the proverbial end.

    Fast forward many years and since The Way Back has been teaching we have discovered that the truth is that it is not really about a long hard journey down a never ending road. The quickest anyone I have initiated on The Way Back has gone to Enlightenment was just 9 hours of meditation. Others have realised second state within minutes of being initiated.

    Certainly I don’t think it’s a long journey, and perhaps it never needed to be. We don’t charge at all for our initiations or our teachings which is why we work as a not-for-profit, and so what we want is for people to get the most from their meditation and to progress at the right pace for them.

    So if meditation is not a journey then what is it? One metaphor would be to say that it is learning how to let go of all that keeps you attached to your mind and body. Of course that in itself wont reveal higher states, but when you can really let go and you also have the energy that allows access to higher spiritual realms then the “journey” can be very rapid indeed.

    “It’s not moving, it’s letting go!”

    Some people find it really easy and others have in the past struggled along a hard and difficult Path. The Way Back has at the core of its practice the right balance of attention to what is needed to overcome those things that hold people back. Namely (1) we help people to develop their soul’s spiritual awareness, since this is what helps you to let go of your mind and body. (2) We help people to develop inner love since love is at the core of the journey. (3) We help people to progress by revealing light and sound in a process known as initiation and we provide lots of practical and useful guidance and support.

    The journey, if there is one, is to attain enlightenment and that means to discover the Source, God, Unity. It is not an intellectual process but one of the heart, soul and spirit and so we teach and guide you how to develop your soul and heart through The Six Virtues, setting your spirit free.

    “I would not call it a ‘journey‘, I would call it ‘evolving‘ or
    losing oneself to find ONE SELF‘ “

    Mark Zaretti


    Author : Mark

    Mark is one of the founder members of The Way Back, an author of several books about spirituality and has written a number of articles on meditation. Mark started practising meditation in 1981 and has been teaching professionally since the late 1990's. He is passionate about helping people realise their spiritual potential.

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