Five Steps of Your Spiritual Journey

Five Steps of Your Spiritual Journey describes the rhythm and cycles of your journey.

The five steps which make up the spiritual journey help you find a practical way to make sense of the ebb and flow of your journey and your life.

These five steps repeat over and over again in each moment, in each day, within all the problems, challenges, and opportunities of your life. You may be in the first step on one issue, and the second step on another, and the last step on yet another — all at the same time.

Learning repeats itself at progressively deeper levels of energetic dimensions. Your life’s challenges come not to torment you with their constant return but because they are the source of your greatest learning and the unfolding of your spiritual potential.

Each step of your spiritual journey offers different possibilities for understanding and affects your physical being in different ways.

Each step holds its own benefits and erects its own obstacles and holdbacks.

Yet, all five steps are responding to your divinely connected spirit and to the energetic motion across the entirety of you as a divinely-connected human Being.

Briefly described here are the five steps of your spiritual journey.

Beginning Your Journey

Your spiritual journey has no true end. As you explore, issues arise, are contemplated and struggled with, and usually find resolution along the way.

You can be at different points of the journey with multiple issues. Each issue finding resolution in its own time.

Each step has a primary spiritual concept to guide you.

Begin your journey with intention and know you will find more along the way.

Develop tools to help you along the way such as reflection, attention, and affirmation.

Growth, release and expansion come in your willingness to learn and openness to receiving new truth in each moment.

Begin and go in joy!

Step One: The Call — Hearing Spirit Within

This is the Call — a knowing that this is for you — whatever this is!

Somewhere within is an urge or push forward to engage with yourself and the world in some way.

Primary Spiritual Concept: Beginner’s Mind

I am open to learn.

A beginner approaches newness without prior experience and usually without a lot of preconceived notions.

This is the basis for Beginner’s Mind: an openness to learn, stepping past expectation and preconceptions.

In Beginner’s Mind, you hold yourself, your heart and your mind open to receive, ready to learn.

Step Two: Preparation — Making room for spirit to dwell

In this step, you do whatever you need to do to be prepared to answer The Call.

This process of preparation is also one of inner cleaning and of inner awareness.

Letting go of old stories, limiting beliefs, and all that is not essentially you creates space within for Spirit to dwell.

Your journey is on its way!

Primary Spiritual Concept: Present Moment

In this moment all of you is present and available.

When your attention is focused on the past, you can become stuck in blame.

Whereas fear and worry can glue attention to an anticipated, but not yet occurred, future.

Stuck in either the past or the future, you are without the centered balance of this moment, here, now.

Present moment is the place of awareness and action.

Present moment offers all of who you are and may become.

Step Three: Initiation — Receiving the energy of spirit

Standing ready to continue your journey, you willingly open and receive everything necessary:

New knowledge, new practice, new points of view, new ways of BE-ing.

Not that you will now understand the entirety of your call to journey, but through truth, faith, and intention, Initiation brings your attention to what you will need to complete your journey.

Primary Spiritual Concept: Intention

Claiming intention is how you consciously engage in the creative energy flow of the universe.

Without intention you are a ship lost in stormy seas.

Through intention you navigate your path, following your sense of inner truth to find the next step. Intention as a statement of purpose or desire brings your direction to your conscious awareness.

Whether your desire is getting to an appointment on time, changing careers, or raising a child, intention focuses your attention, your observation, and your awareness.

Through intention, you state your desired direction to yourself, to others, and to the infinite and eternal flow of All That Is.

Step Four: Transformation — Letting spirit guide

Spiritual transformation is often described as the primary goal of spiritual activity.

As the fourth step in your spiritual journey, transformation is not the end game.

Instead, transformation occurs in the moment when you release your limiting stories, judgments, and fears.

When you willingly allow yourself to stand in that vulnerable place of observation of all your warts and disfigurements.

Transformation begins in the moment where you risk all to come face to face with the powerful truth of your deepest being.

In learning to work with the Akashic Records, transformation becomes a process that you engage in willingly though sometimes with trepidation!

Primary Spiritual Concept: Integrity

Integrity, often identified as honesty, is also the state of being complete, undivided, whole.

Integrity with self allows and encourages us to step into the vulnerability, risk, and powerful shift of transformation.

From a spiritual energy perspective, integrity is the conscious intent to maintain balance with the experience of our Center of BE-ing connected always to All That Is.

Integrity is the conscious intent to live life in balance with truth at the deepest and highest levels possible.

Step Five: Integration — Heart and mind as one with spirit

Integration asks you to bring together heart and mind, physical and spiritual, within and without.

Integration asks that you step forward with all of who you are, imperfections and dreams, warts, scars, and hard-won understandings of life’s truths.

Integration presents the opportunity to join all your parts together in whatever manner may serve your truth in this moment.

Primary Spiritual Concept: Sacred Space

Sacred Space is created within you when the spiritual and physical components of your balance yield to and integrate with the transcendent spirit and the creative motion of All That Is.

In sacred space, you declare your wholeness and your willingness to live in awareness of your divine connection and the transcendent spirit which offers guidance from within your heart and soul.

Sacred space in the Akashic Records comes from the integration of all the previous spiritual concepts of each step: Beginner’s Mind, present moment focus, intention, and integrity.

Gather together the harvest of your journey and allow their integration to bring you to the sacred space within you.

The Five Steps of Your Spiritual Journey are described in detail and with related spiritual practice in my book:

How to Navigate the Five Steps of Your Spiritual Journey

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A mystic, futurist, and trailblazer in spiritual consciousness and the Akashic Records, Cheryl is unafraid of the tough, the raw, and the real aspects of doing deep work.

Cheryl has expanded the collective understanding of the Akashic Records beyond the outdated myths of yesterday into a dynamic healing spiritual practice of divine and human consciousness. She consults in the Akashic Records with clients around the world through one-on-one sessions, extensive research, and future-driven, strategic business development.

Cheryl’s clients and students know her as a relatable, funny, everyday person who loves red dresses, urban fantasy books, and skinny margaritas. When she is not hard at work on her next book, she is on the hiking trail listening to the beauty of nature and the heartbeat of the mountain.

Through her journey, she has distilled her intention for life to these seven words: BELIEVE. Laugh. Learn. Love. Be. Become. Always.