The elements of formalized spirituality – the teachings, practices, traditions, guidelines and so on – are meant as stepping stones. They help us shift from taking ourselves as fundamentally and finally a separate being, to recognizing ourselves as oneness, to oneness recognizing itself as all there is. And it helps us realign our human self within oneness recognizing itself. (All of which is an ongoing process of noticing, clarifying, deepening, and so on.)
And yet, as with any stepping stones, we need to move on. At some point, they become restrictions. Life and Spirit is boundless. It’s more than and different from any ideas we have about it. What we are is more and different from any ideas we have about it and any pointers anyone can give us.
At this point, there may be a mix of still using some tools and guidelines as needed and a more free exploration guided mostly by our inner guidance, the quiet inner voice or knowing.