Travel: An “Inner Journey”

Travel--an Inner Journey.....When approached a certain way, travel can be a journey within. In what ways does it inspire you?

“Once we begin to see travel as an inner journey, it is possible to turn every trip we take into a spiritual practice—a hero’s adventure that enlivens our hearts and enlarges our souls. Travel becomes a spiritual experience for us when we are conscious at every moment that our physical transportation from place to place has a metaphysical counterpart. Understanding that, the road takes us inexorably to an encounter with the ‘stranger’ at the heart of the journey—the transformed self.”

Joseph Dispenza, The Way of the Traveler

Sure, you’re hopping on a plane and flying several thousand miles away—or maybe just a couple hundred—and leaving home and your comfort zone. On the surface, it might seem like you’re going outside of yourself. And in some ways, you are.

But in reality, you’re taking an inner journey—one that takes you further into who you are.

Most of the trips I’ve taken have not merely supplemented, but actually served as some sort of spiritual practice. Sometimes heavy (if we’re talking San Pedro cactus in South America). Sometimes light (a goofy chicken bus ride with a busload of characters). And often, a just-right sort of blend of the light and the deep stuff…inner journeys where I put myself out there on the beaten path and get into the moment, the flow, and let the magic happen.

And it’s an incredible thing.

I love every word of the quote by J Dispenza. I do believe that, when approached from the right place within (soul? psyche? self?), a trip can “enliven our hearts” and “enlarge our souls.”

I’ve connected with people of other cultures and felt their tremendous love so many times, I’ve lost count. And these experiences have had profound effects on me….nourishing my soul, bringing unexpected joy into my life, etc..

And I hope and think I’ve had an effect on the people I’ve met, too, showing them how open I am to their culture, especially in countries where that might not always be the case.

Transportation: Physical & Metaphysical

How about the idea of the metaphysical counterpart of the physical transportation? I buy into that, too.

You’re moving, you’re traveling on the physical plane. But something else is happening, too, on a much deeper level. The road you’re taking, especially when it’s a road that you might not normally take, leads you right back to yourself. And that’s a good thing, I believe.

Can you actually “transform” yourself via travel? I believe you can–if you truly want to and you’re ready for to. But I can only speak from personal experience. In my case, I’ve been able tap into something unique via my  travel experiences  to:

–face fear and overcome it
–live in the moment more
–work on some patterns I wanted to change
–motivate and inspire myself to break out of a rut
–move forward, with less looking back

In each case, doing this had something to do with events that occurred or people I met during a trip. In some cases, I knew what I wanted and was looking for. At other times, I wasn’t so clear; I simply knew I was ready for something…

Have you ever had this experience? If so, what was your situation before the trip? What occurred during it? And how were you transformed by it? Were the effects lasting?

15 Responses to Travel: An “Inner Journey”
  1. jeff Stroud
    August 20, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    I think you have some wonderful inspired thoughts here! Well done

  2. Helena
    August 21, 2010 | 1:59 am

    Love what travel has done for you! Really makes me want to travel more, and I don’t know if VT is going to cut it! (LOL-though actually, we are going there next week:>)
    P.S. And loving the layout! REALLY coming together nicely!

  3. CB Driver
    August 21, 2010 | 2:13 am

    Thank you, Jeff…for your visit and feedback. I appreciate both. Thank you so much!

    Hi, Helena. I’m glad you like the layout. Great. And happy to hear that you now want to travel more…very cool! I think VT could work–maybe by combining time in nature with meeting locals in small towns…. Thanks for checking this out–it’s great to see you here!

  4. Bissky Dziadyk Family
    November 24, 2010 | 12:15 am

    Any experience can have the power to transform us. But travel makes us particularly receptive to change because it removes us from the usual context of our lives and the things that we anchor ourselves to.

    • CB Driver
      November 24, 2010 | 12:51 am

      Thanks for your comment–love the way you put that! I totally agree. There’s really is something about travel that makes us especially receptive. I think it’s being out of our comfort zone–and in the moment–that does it.

      And if you rise to the challenge, you will be transformed…somehow.

      Glad you see that, too!

  5. Rease
    January 25, 2011 | 11:12 am

    I completely agree. Traveling heals you, changes you, and really leaves a lasting effect. When I decided to move to Buenos Aires, it was a huge decision in itself, but every step of it was therapy. I had some really terrible things happen in the town I was leaving behind so each time I booked a flight, reserved a place to stay, made an arrangement, or packed a bag it was like a little bit of therapy. The flight was the scariest I have ever taken and my 7 months here have been a true transformation into a freer, happier, more laid back person.
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    • CB Driver
      January 25, 2011 | 1:15 pm

      That’s great, Rease. It sounds like it’s been a powerful journey for you and that’s wonderful. I think that leaving one place behind and having a fresh start somewhere else can be therapeutic, for sure. Glad to hear that it’s been transformational for you!

  6. Dalene
    January 31, 2011 | 8:09 pm

    How can someone NOT transform themselves with travel! I mean, I know it’s possible but after knowing where I am ‘now’ versus where I was ‘then’ – it’s like I am a whole new person.

    I ‘was’ the corporate climber with the house and toys to match. After one year around South America, I’m ‘now’ a non-planning minimalist who can’t imagine selling my soul for the good corporate dollar. Actually, I can’t even imagine owning a house again.

    Maybe I am an extreme case, but I am a better person for it, without a doubt.
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    • CB Driver
      February 1, 2011 | 5:08 pm

      I totally hear you. My life completely changed as the result of certain trips (including one in South America!) and who I am as a person is continually influenced by my experiences on the road, etc. I can’t imagine the person I would be now if I hadn’t done the things I’ve done or met the people I’ve met.

      I’m really happy to hear about your amazing transformation. Sounds like it’s been a major one and that you’re in a great place. Awesome!!

  7. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    February 9, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    I think travel can definitely change you and make you a better person. I know it has for me. I wrote an article on the 5 things travel has taught me and the things I listed are similar to the things you have talked about in this article. A big one for me is that travel forces me to face my fears. I think that alone is good enough reason for me to continue traveling. Great post, Lisa. :)
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    • CB Driver
      February 9, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      Hi, Christy. Glad you liked the post! I agree that travel can make you a better person. I think many of us become more educated, which is really good, but also more open-minded and less prejudiced. It definitely helps you face fears, and that is pretty major. I’ve had that experience, too.

  8. Linda
    May 18, 2011 | 3:41 am

    I can’t tell you how much I liked this post. Sadly, not everyone does learn from travel, as you will find if you spend time in any ex-pat community! But that’s in no way to disagree with what you say. I agree 100%, and much kudos to you that you are spreading the word so eloquently too!
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    • CB Driver
      May 18, 2011 | 6:33 am

      Thanks, Linda. Glad you enjoyed it. I know what you mean…I’ve seen that before.

  9. Cynthia
    May 19, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Hiya Lisa! I love this post. From my experiences, travel is like a physical manifestation of what we have inside, and all the lessons that we learn from it fuel our spirit to grow and help us become who we really are – complete and in our power. Very awesome :) xx
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    • CB Driver
      May 20, 2011 | 2:30 pm

      Hi, Cynthia. I like how you put that and think it resonates for me. It’s eloquent and powerful! Thanks!

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