Recently i ran into an old friend of whom i grew up with. I have come to know that he is also on a “Spiritual Walk” as am i. As we started talking . . . reminiscing and catching up, we spoke of how we might have more of an Spiritual impact upon our community. In our discussions of our past life, the phrase “Wilderness Training” was coined. When i pondered the impact of that conversation, i had to sit a write about this minor revelation.
We all have experiences. As many before i have said . . . We either are Spiritual Beings having a Physical experience, or the alternative . . . Physical Beings having a Spiritual Experience. Taking this term into consideration . . . “Experience”, we know that Experience is a great teacher. As i stated at the beginning of this paragraph . . . “We all have experiences”! With this particular acknowledgment, we must ask ourselves, what to do with them. Do we have a duty to share our experiences ? How can we learn from them ? What should we do next ? How do we capitalize on them ? I am sure that there is a myriad of Self Examining questions we could ask in reference to this thought.
As i reflect upon my own personal experiences, i come to realize that the toughest experiences were the best teachers as i went forward in my life. Many times during the “Living” of life, i was actually lost . . . i had no clue as to what or why i was performing some of the task i did . . . ergo “Wilderness Training”!
Now as i consider the paths (many) i have traveled, i come to the realization that the cumulative effect of my experiences are of no use unless they are used . . . utilized to negate future mistakes or redundant experiences. It is also quite noble of us as Human Beings to allow others to benefit from our own personal “Wilderness Training” After all, what does it cost us to be able to offer our perspectives, discoveries and experiences to others who may be in need AND receptive to them. You may in fact gather another worthwhile and significant experience from some one else’s “Wilderness Training”!
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