The spiritual path can be a lonely one. At times it will lead you away from old friends and make you question long-term relationships.
It was perhaps this realisation of being alone that inspired the idea of the gathering and eventually the church, a place where like-minded souls could meet.
I had two reminders of this in the last few days. The first was with the Brahma Kumaris, an extraordinary group of (mainly) women who, through the discipline of Raja Yoga (the observation of our thoughts), seek to bring peace to the world and end suffering.
We went to their main temple in London, where Lynne McTaggart (my wife) had been invited to speak. After enduring the relentless negativity from trolls on Facebook and Twitter—mainly for our work on our alternative health magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You—it was refreshing to be among people who freely and openly talked about God and the spirit.
I had a similar experience a few days later when I was invited on the Cutting-Edge Consciousness podcast, run by two remarkable men, Barnet Bain and Freeman Michaels. We had a deep and wonderful discussion about the nature of time and the influence the past has on us.
When we meet fellow-spirits, it can be like coming home or drinking fresh, cold water when we are in a desert. It recharges our endeavours to speak our truth in the world.
You can hear the Cutting-Edge Consciousness podcast here