Hearing the voice of the creator
There have been times I have felt the need to take a seat and rest on the way to my destination, but only for a moment. You cannot rest for long. The wolves lay in wait. When you are headed to your sanctuary there will be many things that plague you. Naysayers, physical ailments, mental confusions and fits of frenzy, and most of all; your own inner voice. If you let it become louder then the voice of the creator you will be misled. A close friend prays every day that the voice of god would be the loudest voice she hears that day, everyday. This is crucial if you wish to hear the voice of god/goddess. For those that have no connection to the creator, thiers is a stale and murky life.
There are several ways to recieve guidance from the creator. Each of us is unique and we all learn in different ways; so each person will speak to the creator in different ways. Each of us will be taught in different ways and interact with the great spirit in different ways as well. I believe the reason for this is that for one; we all have a different pain threshold. Yes there will be pain involved in the lessons you learn. Secondly, we all have different things to learn. All have been called, but not all that have been called have the ears to hear.
The mountain has long been considered a sacred place where reverence couples with face to face contact with our creator. Don't worry if you are afraid of nights, the mountain doesn't have to be taken literally. A journey to an elevated level will suffice. It's the process of sacrificing your time and energy that shows devotion and dedication to the seriousness of the devine appointment you yourself are creating. Also, the raise in elevation is commonly a place quieter and more peaceful. This is crucial when searching for the voice of the great spirit.
At the starting point of your quest you may choose to leave your shoes behind. I have shown my willingness by walking barefoot several times. I believe it has a special effect; showing the all knowing we mean business. Consider it a mild form of self flatualtion. Self flatualtion is an extreme act of self harm in the name of god to purge yourself of all sins commited. Although I don't consider this necessary and see it as an old world way of thought, walking barefoot may be somewhat painful and that pain is a sign of a more subtle devotion to the creator. There is no need to harm yourself past that. This by no means is a deal breaker. Wearing shoes is perfectly acceptable. When you start your journey you may choose to skip meals that day as an act of fasting for another form of reverence and respect to the great spirit. Going hungry for the sake of purity aids in the attainment of a clear head and becoming a worthy disciple. Once again, this is another optional part of the process. You may also choose to bring a small cake or even something important to you to leave at the top once you arrive. In the old world it was customary to leave a sacrafice to appease the gods. This too is optional. As you begin your walk to the "mountain', breathe in the air and walk slowly. Watch for wildlife as they can be a conduit to the words of the creator.
When you reach the top you may choose to say a few words and invite the spirit(s) to speak with you; asking to please hear their voice. Ask for direction. You may even express your plight or a problem you face. This is helpful to relieve us of the weight of an issue. Sometimes it's difficult to find a set of ears tk listen. On the mountain, god always hears our cries and requests. After your words are spoken, leave the gift you brought and stand in silence until it is time for you to leave. The goal isn't to literally hear gods voice in an audible tone. The goal is to hear it from within. It may come in the form of your own voice. It may come in any number of forms. When it happens, you will know that it is not coming from you. You will know the creator has spoken.
To measure the correct amount of time to stay on the elevated surface, there are several methods. I wait until I see a form of wildlife and after having some sort of interaction, small or massive, I then walk down and away from the meeting. You may choose to leave right after your speech or wait until you just 'feel' that it is time. When you leave your place of contact there are two schools of thought. One says that you should never look back and the other says it doesn't matter. If you choose to not look back you run the risk of seeing something beautiful. Many times after leaving a gift of food at the top of my :mountain' I looked back to see an animal eating it. I believe this to have been a form of the creator saying,'i hear you'!. The choice is up to you.
Any place of silence and stillness is a place where we e stand the chance of hearing the voice of the gods. Seperate yourself from the world and listen.