Frequently Asked Questions
What is Spirituality?
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual Journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts – Marianne Williamson
Spirituality is one of the most misunderstood concepts of our time – often confused with religion and certainly considered by many as a bit woo woo.
In reality, spirituality is natural, universal and possessed by all humans and I embrace this culture of Spirituality, rather than any specific faith or religion.
The word “spiritual” comes from the Latin word spiritus, which means breath or breathing. To be spiritual is to be aware of the non-physical or energetic realm. Typically, spiritual people explore awareness of self, their connection to the energetic and non-physical world and question the belief system that they were conditioned with as children.
Transformation is the process of profound inner awakening, shifting you from one state of consciousness to another and begins when we start to question.
In order to question, we need to find the courage to move out of our comfort zone and when we ask the big questions (Who created us and why? Why are we here? Who am I? What is my purpose? What should my next step be? How do I find inner peace? etc) change is inevitable.
So, if you have ever noticed you have a gut feel (intuition), believe you create your own reality, want more out of life than the average Joe, ponder life’s mysteries or question your place in the world – you too are spiritual.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
What is a Spiritual Quest?
A Quest is a search or pursuit in order to find or gain something and the root word of question. When we are willing to question during our journey of life, we will always find our way.
I believe we are born with a blueprint (our fate) and as we have free will, with conscious awareness can choose to experience the highest aspect of this life plan (our destiny). So, in one-way or another, to a greater or lesser extent, we are all on a Spiritual Quest.
All Spiritual Quests begin with a desire to find more meaning and fulfillment in our personal lives. We are here to fulfill our destinies (purpose) through the experiences and lessons we create and the relationships we surround ourselves with. What we do with this life is up to us!
As we learn and grow, our worldview (the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world through values, beliefs about life and the universe) is expanded. There are extreme times that we are so profoundly confronted with the realization that we have limited ourselves through outdated beliefs and blinkered thinking, our worldview is blown open, we lose our place in the world and we have to go through a complete re-evaluation process to reconstruct a new one. This process is often referred to as the Dark night of the soul and the way back to a more enlightened worldview is through a Spiritual Quest.
When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change – Wayne Dyer
What is spiritual travel?
In essence, spiritual, conscious and experiential travel is a more meaningful and rewarding travel experience than just taking in the touristy sights and ticking off destinations. It is interesting to note that the world’s oldest form of tourism is pilgrimages and statistics show that spiritual tourism is growing by more than 30% every year, a clear indication that travel needs are returning to a more authentic intention and travelers are wanting holistic experiences during their hard earned vacation time.
Spiritual journeys are undertaken by people who are: searching for meaning and purpose in their lives through self discovery; facing a crossroads; wanting to reconnect with the natural environment through understanding inter-connectivity with the earth and global consciousness on a deeper level or quite simply looking to explore destinations more intensely.
This search cannot be bought or gifted – it can only be experienced and discovered by the individual. When you step out of your comfort zone, away from the pressures of modern living, and consciously explore other lands, cultures and beliefs systems, your spiritual growth is guaranteed.
As always, you should focus on the journey rather than the destination as quite simply – the journey IS the destination. When you travel consciously, with intention, respect, an open mind and are present on the journey – you will always get back richer.
Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way. – Ralph Crawshaw
What are Sacred Sites?
Sacred Sites are places where the physical and spiritual worlds meet. These powerful, unique and often mysterious sites are found all over the world and take many forms including: awe-inspiring natural places; Megalithic structures, monuments and ruins of Ancient civilizations whose origins remain in obscurity; sites connected to a god or saint; places where instant healings and miracles occur; consecrated buildings; temples; Monastries; Ancient pilgrimage routes and locations; world heritage sites; crop circles; henges etc.
Just as our physical bodies have a life force running through them, so does the Earth and all sacred sites are located on power points of the Earths Energy Grid and can be compared to acupuncture points on the body. There is now irrefutable proof that ancient civilizations understood the subtle energies of the Earth and it’s energy grid (Ley lines) and these power points where the Ley lines meet, are marked by stone structures all over the Earth.
These places of beauty and serenity imbue a sense of peace, humility and honor the spiritual in us all. Regardless of the many theories and claims surrounding sacred sites, all that visit them are in agreement about their powerful energy and magnetic pull. Once you have physically connected to a sacred site, you carry its energy and sacred geometry within your own energy field. Many people experience a physical, mental and spiritual awakening and return open hearted, enriched, recharged and resonating to a higher vibration as a result of their time spent at sacred sites.
Sacred places are physical and geographic anchor points for our psychic and cultural imaginings, the stories we tell about ourselves, the world, and the relations between them. - Adrian J. Ivakhiv, Claiming Sacred Ground
What is the inner journey?
I have always seen the inner journey as a spiral, which can be equated to how we experience a personal growth cycle in day-to-day life (hence the Spiritual Quest Journeys spiral logo).
We start the inner journey with an intention. As we reflect on the issues and the concerns that hinder us, we take an objective step back, refocus our attention and start to open our minds and our hearts to shift our perception. This facilitates the release of old limited beliefs that no longer serve us.
Once we reach a state of understanding and soul energy through deep and profound realizations (the centre of the spiral) we find a place of peace, being present and deep acceptance. Totally connected to the earth, our higher selves and the world (mass consciousness) and ready to embrace the unknown without fear.
As we spiral back, we notice that we have shifted our perceptions, have expanded our worldview and have a deeper understanding of self. It is easier to live in the present and in soul energy. Our batteries have been recharged and we are more aware of our purpose. We are fulfilled when we are connected to the greater truth and we act in alignment with what is sacred in our own lives.
When you couple this personal growth cycle with taking a break from your day-to-day life; spending time in the energy of the sacred sites; being supported by the journey leader and like minded people, every aspect is enhanced.
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves. – Carol Pearson
What is a sacred ceremony?
A sacred ceremony helps us to align our whole being with the natural rhythm and flow of life. Personal intent behind the ceremony creates the bridge through the barriers that we have created between our soul and our physical day-to-day existence. Through the creation of ceremony, we allow the free movement of our soul into the mundane and our consciousness into the realm of soul. All sacred ceremonies on our tours are fully explained before the event and guided throughout.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. - Martin Buber
What can I expect when I travel with Spiritual Quest Journeys?
- Connect with ancient sacred energies and power spots at sacred sites, magical locations and awe-inspiring places around the world.
- Step off the beaten track and experience the culture and essence of a place rather than follow the usual tourist routes.
- Embrace the unexpected whilst enjoying the comfort of small groups of like-minded people and an experienced Journey Leader.
- Learn about fascinating cultures and develop more understanding and compassion for others.
- Immerse yourself in the extraordinary and take time to reflect.
- Broaden your horizons and transform your worldview.
- Give something back to the people and places visited.
- Enjoy daily guided and personal meditation.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide.
How do I pay for my Spiritual Quest Journey?
When you complete your online reservation form, indicate which method of payment best suits you and you will be invoiced accordingly. The two options are to pay by credit card via PayPal or by direct bank transfer.
I love the concept of what you are offering although cant make the dates of your set departure, can I still travel with your company?
Absolutely! If you would like to travel with a group of friends and/or family, we can tailor make a journey for you with your choice of journey leader.
If you are interested in a destination although prefer to travel with a friend or partner only, we can tailor make an individual experience just for you to the majority of our destinations. This includes: Any where in South Africa; Zimbabwe; Botswana; Zambia; Namibia; India and for England, Scotland; Ireland and Egypt we can assist you in the areas that our journeys cover.