athenaeum: [ath-uh-nee-uhm] (noun)
From the Latin: “Athenaeum”, a school in ancient Rome for the study of arts.
1 : a literary or scientific association.
2 : a building or room in which books, periodicals, and newspapers are kept for use.
We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~ Joseph Campbell ~.
Spirit Walk Ministry is a non-profit informational ministry, emphasizing spiritual awakening through personal existential experiences.
The Ministry is dedicated to a non-proselytizing approach to the awakening of philosophical, spiritual and religious ideas and providing the traveler with a mystical three ring circus of experiences to reawaken them to the wonders of their journey.
"I been to the circus three or four times -- lots of times.
Church ain't shucks to a circus.
There's things going on at a circus all the time."
~ Mark Twain - "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"~
The essence of the path to enlightenment is not about the road beneath your feet, but the vista before your eyes. It is about what you see and what you experience. It is about how you come to accept what you see and experience as meaningful to you and how you assimilate these things into the view of reality that is yours alone.
There is no inherently “wrong path” for you to set out upon, if that path is the way you sincerely feel drawn to travel at that moment in your life. Any spiritual conception of life from the precepts of Animism to Zoroastrianism, and any signpost you find along that path, from Astrology to a Zen Garden has the potential to help guide you in the right direction on the unique journey that is your Spirit Walk.
If in time, after you have examined the path you have been traveling, you feel drawn to leave the path to take up another there is no need to feel either shame, or a sense of failure in doing so. You cast no aspersions on either yourself for having taken that path, or on any other traveler still upon that path, by leaving that path to go another way.
Spirit Walk Ministry is here to serve as a living reference library, housing a collection of spiritual ideas and mystic experiences that may, in some way, enlighten the spiritual traveler and aid them in meeting the challenges they will face on their journey.
The Ministry sees its role as being custodians of this athenaeum, gathering together information and making it freely available to any and all that come here.
This library is here to provide pilgrims with the books they may need...
but ,the books are for each pilgrim to read and interpret for themselves.
This website is not going to be appropriate for everyone, nor is it meant to be. If you are seeking some sort of spiritual "cheat sheet” or some "psychic reading" in order to find shortcuts around the challenges that you need to face on your path, you should look elsewhere. This is not a place where people come to have their fortunes told, but where they come to discover within themselves some personal insight into their own unique being, so as to better walk their own path. This is a place for self discovery and the doors are always open to anyone who has summoned the courage to undertake “the Journey”.
We will help you reach your destination, but we will not carry you there.
Seeking the answers for yourself is the path to Enlightenment
Parroting the answers of others is the road to Indoctrination
The Enlightened are awake and unbound
The Indoctrinated are asleep and in chains
Awaken and Break Free
Your Spirit Walk is a right of passage and a pilgrimage from one state of being to another. It is the only sure path to reawakening the power that you came here with. While it may involve a journey from what you have come to think of as home, it is also a returning home, to the spiritual center that you wandered from in the course of living.
There are many paths leading to this library and many doors through which the pilgrim may enter. This is not a destination, only a way station along the route. Traveling the path that lead you here was only one part of your journey. When you leave here you will continue upon your adventure, hopefully with a new insight into your quest.
You will find no messiah or guru here to tell you the way you should travel and no one here is going to try to sell you any maps or travel guides. And, if you have come here seeking the safety of being in a flock and having a shepherd to lead you, then you should look elsewhere. Flocks are for sheep and though a flock may seem a safe place to be, the ultimate fate of the lamb will be the same with the shepherd as it will be with the wolf. No one here has the desire to fleece you, so there is no reason to gather you into a flock. Our mission is to help you to stop being sheep and to awaken to the power of the ram within each of you, so you can defend yourselves from the wolves you will encounter on your journey.
This Ministry exists for the purpose of encouraging you to heed your own inner call to take up the path you need to be upon and to help you summon the courage to take up that path, and to go forward on your journey, wherever that path may seem to be leading.
Spirit Walk Ministry
Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA
" “an athenaeum along the mystic path” "
Administrator: John J. Reder
Facilitator: Jeanne M. Heroux© 2007- 2015 Spirit Walk Ministry