Travel as therapy is experienced by most travelers, but is rarely approached consciously as a way for self-discovery and transformation. Most of the times therapeutic effect of travel is treated as a by-product, as something that "happened" to them.
I have met many travelers and my primary question to them always is : why do you travel? Why do you spend your money on something that you can't bring back home and sell on a stock market? What is it about going away that is so compelling? Do we travel to discover other people or ourselves?
The intention of this site is to provide an insight and share experience of travel and adventure from soul perspective. I draw insight from personal travel experiences and a formal education in Spiritual Psychology to share the vehicle of travel as therapy.
It is my wish to present a view on soul therapy, the possibility of self-learning, discovery and spiritual transformation through travel.
Travel as therapy is a holistic way of travel: to consciously learn about yourself by going away from habitual and predictable environment with intention. It is to use power of a metaphor of journey to induce personal transformation.
I remember a moment from Tolkien trilogy " Lord of The Rings" when Frodo and Sam are set to leave the Shire. Sam stops Frodo by announcing: “ This is it. If I take one more step, this will be the farthest away from home I ever be.”
That one step "away from home" sets in motion their whole journey of personal transformation and revelation of the life meaning and purpose. That one step of leaving the comfort zone behind is the promise of transformation, a transcendence of individual consciousness.
It is this fear of leaving a comfort zone that makes it acceptable for most of us to live on auto pilot suppressing inner quest for life with meaning and purpose.
To get where you want to be in life and have different results while remaining the same person is not possible.
To change your life, you would have to change. This is where perspective on travel as therapy can begin its application.
You are an infinite spiritual being, an energy field expressed in a particular human experience. That is perhaps why "leaving home", a life of ordinary identity formed by familiar concepts has a potential to get to know yourself on a deeper level.
I am realizing that my creative expression, self-integration, renewal and joy of being is inspired by travel. Every trip is a session of therapy in travel — a precious gift.
Once a fellow University student asked me where was my favorite place in the world. Without much thinking it slipped out of my tongue: "airplane". It was a moment to own up to; what was always there - my affinity for moving into space, preferably when it is unknown territory.
The main focus in travel for me is to increase awareness of life meaning and purpose and generate spiritual transformation within.
If you are like I am seeking to get bigger value out of travel, besides joy of entertainment, then your quest for adventure can bring tremendous returns.
Perhaps urge to travel is a manifestation of spiritual instinct to be free. It is a subconscious desire to transcend the mundane and the limited that became a definition of who you are and your life's experience. Travel as therapy could serve as metaphor for life itself, mirroring its nature and processes.
There is only one constant in life, and that is change. You could say that travel is a process of accelerated sequence of changing events along the journey. It is a symbol, a reminder pointing toward awareness of impermanence that our whole life is just a visit.
You can't take much with you besides memories and experiences. Fluidity of moving from one place to another points to travel as therapy for adjusting personal priorities of what is ultimately important in your life?
Just as on the journey you can't take the place you're visiting with you. So this awareness of parallels can free you to be happy and to be present to incessant flow of life experiences.
Taking travel as therapy is learning to accept responsibility for one's life completely and without negativity of judgment. That is self-integration in brief. It is possible to learn to be much happier by stopping resisting what is happening, making self-honoring choices and becoming a compassionate witness.
Unique way to take travel as therapy is why we take it to the road to unwind, to unload, to change the scene. All those are indirect names for the silent call of our soul to become free.
What is the energy of the impulse that propels you to travel? Greater experience of internal freedom is inevitable, once you respond to the impulse with unbiased self-inquiry. Therapeutic effect is a given outcome of an impulse, once it is examined.