Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

The Path of Bliss

Enough words have been exchanged;
Now at last let me see some deeds!

— Goethe, Faust I

Everything that we have been doing – examining our assumptions about abundance, healing our wounds, facing our fears about our place in the Multiverse, the months of hard labor on our archaeological dig to discover our authenticity – all of these exercises for the past year have been towards one single purpose.

They have been to help us align with the truth of our deepest heart’s desire – the longing to know ourselves as the liberated, creative embodiment of the Divine.

Nothing more, nothing less.

The wonderful mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote, “Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.” I think that this is imperative, and it also has a truth not always immediately evident.

In order to come fully alive, we don’t go searching for the doors. We discover and follow the bliss. Then the doors appear. This is a subtle, but important difference, I think.

Like some of you, perhaps, I spent a fair bit of my wild youth experimenting with what Aldous Huxley dubbed, the doors of perception. Changing consciousness, peering through magical windows that looked out onto landscapes of realities kept hidden, or, worse, ridiculed, feared and despised as evil or insane by the dominant culture.

But the problem was, they were only doors and windows, and never led much of anywhere; like a hall of mirrors. And I fear that many, many of my contemporaries, also following such a path, got lost there.

But the map out of the wasteland is simple, really. It is the trick of learning how to tune in to your bliss. It may not be the only way out of the “maya,” the illusion world; but it certainly is a trustworthy and joyful route.

And it is the path we have been on, here, all along. It is, Julia writes, “the inner commitment to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams.” This, in turn, “triggers the support of the universe. While we are ambivalent, the universe will seem to us also to be ambivalent and erratic. The flow through our lives will be characterized by spurts of abundance and long spells of drought, when our supply dwindles to a mere trickle.

“If we look back at the times when the world seemed to be a capricious and untrustworthy place, we see that we were ourselves ambivalent and conflicted in our goals and behaviors. Once we trigger an internal yes by affirming our truest goals and desires, the universe mirrors that yes and expands it.

“There is a path for each of us. When we are on our right path, we have a surefootedness. We know the next right action – although not necessarily what is just around the bend. By trusting, we learn to trust.”

But wait!  There’s more – tomorrow.

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  • February 11, 2010, 2:20 pm Maria

    Great post, Beth. As usual, it speaks to where I am right now. 🙂 I seem to be headed down a crazy-random path, but it feels like the right path, and I keep praying to know the next right thing to do. I have no idea where I’m headed, and the challenge for me is, as you so eloquently put it, learning to trust by trusting.

  • February 11, 2010, 8:54 pm star

    Nice Egyptian image!