I just finished reading a book that made the spiritual path convolutedly confusing, esoteric, filled with ponderous ideas, written by an author taking herself far too seriously. Good grief! No wonder so many have turned away from spirituality.
My current state of understanding includes:
Joy is always present in a truly awakening person. " Joy is an infallible sign of the presence of God." Teilhard de Chardin
The path includes unconditional love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, as per Jesus.
We are required to heal our wounds, go beyond our egos, be the best version of ourselves.
We are to be sincere, congruent, with integrity.
We are to care for one another.
We are to spend time communing with God in prayer and contemplation, in silence, in listening.
This leads us to Oneness.