What is the spiritual path that so many walk?
It all depends on what culture, religion or belief system you a part of. It is described in many ways, from oversimplified slogans to dense concepts that one can spend a lifetime trying to understand. It is traditionally known as a way to find one’s true nature by transcending the ego to find one’s true self.
Why do some people seek the spiritual way when the rest of the world is going in a different direction?
Some people look at the world and see that things are not right. There is violence, killing and ideological clashes all around the world. The spiritual seeker realizes that he cannot change the world but can change himself, so he embarks on journey whereby he can move beyond the world’s imposed limitations.
What do you mean by the “world’s imposed limitations?”
We are unwitting recipients of societal and familial conditioning at a very early age and so much of our being is imposed on us. The child is unaware of this process and its limitations, but some find their way out of it as an adult.
Can you explain the conditioning process?
The conditioning process in a child shifts their natural outward focus inward so that societal and familial conditioning can take hold. The child is taught to self-reflect (look inward) in order to maintain their imposed conditioning. Because this is an unnatural process, it creates an inner environment that is susceptible to influence, both as a child and an adult.
What does this have to do with the spiritual path?
The path to move beyond one’s conditioning, to restore the natural outward focus of the innocent, unconditioned child, is the actual spiritual path.
Is this the same spiritual path that religions describe?
I believe it is. The spiritual path described by any given religion is heavily laden with mystical and otherworldly explanations. But they all point to freedom of the self or ego. Since the self or ego orientation is really an inner orientation, one brought about by the conditioning process, they are actually talking about the same thing.