Just as entire continents had to be dis-covered and then mapped out so that others could also follow in the footsteps of the early pioneers, so too it is with man’s ultimate destination, that of self-realisation.
When you possess the map, are convinced about the destination and are fully aware of the benefits of going, the voyage itself becomes simply a matter of embarking. As with any journey, each person must depart from where they are and therefore the individual map will vary with each person depending on where they are traveling from.
Before any voyage worthy of the name is ever undertaken, one must have first heard of the destination and found a good, strong reason for embarking. The next stage is gathering more information so as to deepen ones conviction and build confidence. Then comes the planning stage, one begins to collect and assemble detailed maps and points of reference. For the journey to actually begin, the unique coordinates of each adventurer must be taken into account and the first step has to and can only be taken from where you currently are.
In relation to self-discovery the maps exist just the same as the ones set down for various geographical locations. They are only a little more scattered and must first be assembled by each individual self-explorer. Most people seem to have misinterpreted and misunderstood many of the maps or their segments and so it is no wonder they keep going around in circles and never actually arrive at the desired destination.
It is called self-discovery for a reason. You must discover it for yourself. Not that help isn’t freely available, it’s the discovery part that seems to trip most people up. Read the words and take them literally; dis-cover ie. un-cover, meaning findable because it already exists, although under a cover, under the surface or disguised.