What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?

Thomas Merton, Monk

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Your journey is to yourself and, in that, to God.  Once there, you are fit for others and the world at-large.

There are no short cuts on this journey.  Time is required.  Silence, too.  And hurt.  And setbacks.  Mistakes.  Brutal honesty in seeing yourself. And being alone.  Lost.  Left and forgotten.

Our journey evolves just as life and identity becomes known by living in time and circumstances.

Each has his own journey.  There is little we can do for others as to their journey.  We surely cannot do it for them or force them to enter it. Their journey is their journey.

Many will elect to voyage on a trip that they design for themselves.  This is the antithesis of self-discovery.  Such journeys are disastrous.

It is hardest to see those we love suffer as the would be authors of their own journey.  Yet, patience and faith let it be.  The wrong way teaches what must be known before one knows oneself.  For them bumper cars without a car is their plight.

Whenever a knight of the Grail tried to follow a path made by someone else, he went altogether astray.  Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s footprints.  Each of us has to find his own way … Nobody can give you a mythology.

Joseph Campbell


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