Our journey in this world can be categorized under physical, mental, and spiritual journeys. To know or have an idea about the spiritual journey, it is good to have a comparison with it in physical and mental journeys. To have a physical journey, we have to have a physical destination. Regardless of the distance of that journey, whether near or far, there is always a place where a journey would end. This physical destination can be the next city or the next country, or on the other side of the world, and even in the faraway planet or star. Wherever it is, there is a physical destination. In the case of the mental journey, a destination is also present, and it will be in our minds thinking of something. From ideas in the past, of people in the olden times or even in the men and women of the future.
Note that to have a physical journey, in order to get to our destination, a physical means is needed. It can be a car, a bicycle, a boat, a plane and as simple as our feet, or a combination of these various means. For the mental journey, we have to have mental means too to get to our destination mentally. This can run by our imagination, our minds, and our emotions. To start these journeys, especially for the first time, it is better to have a guide like a person who we can refer to or guide us, like a tourist guide or a map, different signs to follow, and so on.
Now if you want to start a spiritual journey, you have to have ideas like why you want to do it, what are your means to accomplish it, what is your destination, and you would need a guide to help you get to the end of your journey. Actually, these elements are to be present whether you want to go on a physical, mental, or spiritual journey.
When you travel in a spiritual journey, your destination is the world of the spirits and with the so-called Original Spirit as the end goal. In order to arrive at the world of the spirits, you would need also the spiritual means which are composed of faith, hope, and love involving in prayer of solitude. Some would embark on a spiritual journey out of curiosity, but actually with the end goal in mind to enjoy life to the fullest manner that one can obtain it.
Among the guides on a spiritual journey are spiritual persons who have tried the journey itself, or some written guides like the Bible for Christians, or the Quran for Muslims, or the Tripitaka of Buddhism, and for the Hindus, the Bhagavad. When you have learned about the basic elements of this kind of journey, you have to be certain of yourself that you can embark on this kind of journey yourself and on your own.
It is also mentioned that one has to have a certain spiritual maturity before he or she can undertake his or her own spiritual journey. This means considering the spiritual age and knowledge of spiritual things. Some may undergo a spiritual journey out of curiosity in terms of knowing the world of the spirits, and others would simply to enjoy God.