There is a great universal spiritual teaching that has been passed along through many different religions and belief systems. It was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo, in Delphi, and we are often told that it was first established in Greek philosophy and attributed to the teachings of Socrates. However Greek legend tells us that it was the seven sages of ancient Greece (made up of philosophers, law-givers and statesmen) who gathered together to lay down the foundations of western civilisation and inscribed ‘know thyself’ at the entrance of the sacred oracle of Delphi. But the idea crosses all religions, ideals and cultures, both sacred and secular, and can be found in ancient Egypt as well as in the Hindu Upanishads dating back thousands of years. So we have to assume that the Indian culture had developed the same philosophy far earlier than the Greeks.
Humanity’s quest for self knowledge is timeless and all-encompassing and Know Thyself has been adopted and placed at the foundation of all knowledge. What we learn on one level crosses over into many levels of understanding and all ages. It would seem that despite the passage of time, across the millennia, the human condition has essentially remained the same: we humans have always been in search of our identity and our reason for being.
It would seem to me that the first stage of knowing ourselves is to find out where we are and how we arrived here. We cannot go on any journey without knowing where we are. We need to know how we got here, where we are going and which is the best way to reach our destination. Would you agree? In our spiritual life it’s exactly the same. We need to establish where we are on our spiritual journey and how we arrived at this point of belief and practice.
Bear in mind that wherever we are is exactly where we are meant to be. Whether we understand the process yet doesn’t really matter. The point is that by showing an interest in this discussion you have chosen to move from this place. Wherever you are, right now, and in whatever circumstances, you have made the decision to take a journey of self discovery.
The probability is that, since you are reading this, you may not actually believe in coincidence and may you feel you are being divinely guided to make moves or changes of one kind or another.
My job is to encourage you to trust your intuition, your inner guidance, with a sense of knowing that you are not alone. Throughout your life you have been watched over and helped by unseen forces that we have come to know as ‘angels’.
In the first chapter of my new book “Seven Steps into the Angel Light” I’m looking at all the ways we can find our direction – our ‘soul purpose’. I believe that each and every one of us has a spiritual purpose here on Earth. It may be a vocation, a service to the community, a calling to teach or some other practical application of your spiritual values, or it may simply be a regular offering of prayer, meditation and love that you radiate outwards as part of being the person you are.
Maybe you know your soul purpose, but if not, how do you begin to discover the reason you are here, and move forward on a new life path? The first step is to connect with the essence or energy of the great Archangel Gabriel. Gabriel is the great Annunciator, the one who brings messages, the communicator and instigator of new beginnings and new direction.”
I’m looking for stories and questions relating to the qualities of Archangel Gabriel to illustrate this first step. If you feel you can help by telling me your story or experience, or if you have a question – I’d love to hear from you. Just email me – firstname.lastname@example.org I will do my best to answer as many as I can, and if your story is featured in the new book, I’ll send you a signed copy after publication. It could be YOUR story that helps others on their journey of spiritual self-discovery!