One of my great joys on the spiritual path is recognizing how all such paths converge.
Let's talk about what we have in common.
First is the belief - the knowing - that there is something beyond ourselves. We know the same source whether we name it chi, healing spirits, universal energy, Tunkashila, Allah, Source, Gitchi Manitou, Jehovah, God or any of the other sacred names.
Another is accessibility. That power is available to anyone, at any time. One wise woman I know - a crone in the best senses of the word - said with a laugh, "It's like a little puppy dog - always waiting, happy to be called on at any time."
Another is its own intent. That power does not place conditions on its use. There is no "Sorry, I don't do muscle cramps on Tuesdays." It just is, and we use it for whatever good purpose we have.
In the sweetgrass sweatlodge ceremony of the Ojibway people, the third round is for us in the sweatlodge to make prayers for ourselves. It is not selfish to pray for yourself. If you have responsibility to care for others, as we all do in some way, you must first look after your own self. You cannot help someone else if you are yourself in greater need than they are. And conversely, if you are strong and well, your ability and your will to help others is greater too. So we pray for ourselves, for health and strength as well as for guidance.
Another aspect of it is that it is for everyone. Tom Brown Jr. teaches that awareness of the spiritual realm, and the ability to work in that realm, is our birthright. When I am in a sweatlodge I often see things around other people, with messages or meanings for them. One time I asked permission of the sweat leader to talk about what I had seen and what it meant. Afterward, another person said to me, "That is a great gift." I was confused by her comment, because for me the ability to see and hear beyond the physical is a learned and practised skill. This is not a special gift that only a few possess; it is indeed a birthright, and we can choose to develop it.
Among the many paths of personal growth and the infinite number of ways along those paths, there is one for each of us as individuals to follow.
And so, "Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the ancients: seek instead what they sought."