My Spiritual Journey to India and Nepal

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

~Lao Tzu

In December 2013, I took that first step on my journey to India and Nepal with my husband, Paul and our beautiful daughter, Bianca Daphne. My spiritual journey documents images and notes of my journey as a Lightworker. My inner peace was enhanced and I regained a more positive outlook on my journey ahead of me.

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

~Stephen Covey

I had always wanted to visit India and Nepal. Spiritual India and Nepal! Which two places on earth could be best suited for me as a Reiki Master on a spiritual journey? I found these two countries to be two of the most inspiring, captivating places on earth. Nepal is surrounded by land between China, Tibet and India. This small country really lies on top of the world. Nepal which  has highest mountains in the world appeared like the perfect place for my family and I to recapture a more constructive spiritual viewpoint.

The highest place on earth was also the home to Siddharta Gautama Buddha. Buddha  was born in ca. 563 B.C in Shakya, within the Kingdom of Kapilvastu, which is nowadays situated in Lumbini, Nepal.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

~Buddha

The Nepalese and Indians are very spiritual people. Their daily lives revolve around religion, prayer, holy site visits and sacred rituals. Their greeting has a beautiful spiritual meaning. Namaste is the most common greeting in Nepal and India.  The full meaning of “Namaste” is really a powerful, meaningful and spiritual greeting that recognizes the Divine within each of us. Namaste means: The Divine within me recognizes the Divine within you, honours it and bows to it. The palms are placed together in a prayerful gesture and placed over the heart for greeting a peer, placed at the forehead when greeting an elder or superior, and placed over the head when greeting a deity (or icon/representation of a deity).

In the Hindu tradition, the journey to the Divine is an inward journey. Yogis teach that God is already inside of us, that we are indeed God. God is not an external being way up high, up in the sky in heaven as an external entity. Hinduism also teaches that we are all one. This concept is similar to the Christian expression, “we are one in the Spirit, and we are one in the Lord.” Namaste is a greeting that emphasizes that we are all one.

My journey was not about my searching for God, I have already found GOD. My spiritual journey began when I acknowledged the fact that I had no idea of who I was, where I had come from, why I was here and where I was going. In time I came to understand that I was not the body but the soul, and that it is being aware of the soul and all that it signifies that constitutes the true spiritual journey definition. Life to me is a spiritual journey. The significance of spiritual journey is seldom understood, leading many people to belittle it and therefore devote little time in its growth.