Friday, March 23, 2018

The 6 Phases of Spiritual Empowerment

I was watching these videos yesterday on youtube from a woman who described her awakening phases. I was surprised to learn how closely aligned our experiences were especially since I tend to believe our awakening is unique to us. I am curious to see if anyone here has similar experiences or maybe some variations.

Here are the 6 phases she described:

1) The Undoing - the catalyst experience, when you see your perceived reality is no way accurate to how the universe actually functions.

2) Sensitivity - Heightened Awareness, now we feel the world around us whereas before we were closed off. Eventually turns into a gift, but is difficult to manage at first.

3) Infusion of Kundalini Energy - Where it seems like you are given special powers, but this time shows you what you are here to do on earth. A very noticeable experience, you will know if this has happened. Chakra balancing. Burning off the past thoughts and feelings. Intense dreams. Living multi-dimensionally. Feelings of pure love and acceptance.

4) The Dark Night of the Soul - the ego death, after the kundalini energy burns out all your systems. You can never go back to where you were. An intense period of growth. Where you embrace the dark so that the dark & light merge and become one.

5) Integration - slowly bringing parts of your spiritual self here on earth, grounding the energy so you can participate in the world again and be of service to others. The beginning of embodiment.

6) Empowerment & Harmony - Not so many highs & lows, but balanced and at peace. Better discernment. You know exactly why you are here and can carry it out. Embodiment.

Every phase experienced can go in and out even if it was completed, although it will be short lived and not as intense.
(Monique Abrams, Spiritual Intellect FB Group)

Thanks to Monique for forwarding this concise description of what the Awakening process looks and feels like. I am in the tenth year of spiritual awakening and below is a quick description of my experience.

1. I always go back to an ‘orgasmic’ energy experience I had 10 years ago in a crowded conference room of all places. But the true head scratcher that started the search for the Way was the time when I received messages from the Beyond in form of music played in the radio and license plate messages.
2. I am not an empath by any means, but I went from 20% to 80% in a few years.
3. It is an ongoing process … and it feels good
4. Boy, I had a few of those. I had to learn to open up to my feelings and get out of my head. Kudos to Suzanne Yang for helping me with this transformation
5. That’s the phase I am in these days
6. Another phase that I am in; I am doing well, mostly.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why do we need spirituality?

Sometimes I tell people who have just awoken to the head scratcher world of synchronicity that I receive messages from the Universe from Massachusetts license plates. That typically gets a chuckle. Yet, impressive as synchronicity theme appears to the spiritually inclined modern mind, all it really says to us is, ‘get out of your head, everything is connected with everything; let me show you the magic!’

Do you really think people in medieval times needed synchronicity to know that they are surrounded by magic? They believed it and consequently saw it. Spirituality is the renaissance of what people learned from nature, shamans and their spiritual beliefs: we are One. Get out of your head and let life flow through you. No spiritual books needed, just the fearlessness to open up to the inner child who is willing and able to see the world anew each and every day.

The Art of Forgiving

Forgiving is not forgetting—it is a fresh way of remembering.
Chaitanya Charan

Holding grudges against painful is our problem. We carry the weight while the guy who hurt us may have long moved on with his life. We probably have all different techniques to let go of the past, but for me as a mind-driven person, understanding does the job. I find it easy to forgive and move on if I understand where people come from. Sometimes I accept my wound and wait for the piece of the puzzle that explains why the past happened the way it did. This piece of the puzzle always comes; it is just a question of time, and until that moment I simply give the wound a time-out. The past is not fixed. It is as alive as the future and it is determined by the intention of the present moment. Ask the past to be healed and the Holy Spirit will move earth and Heavens to make it so.

Even more powerful than understanding is empathy. They say don’t judge a brother before you have walked a mile in his shoes. It is easy to forgive if we one day stepped into the same trap. Having plenty of life experience gives power to the art of forgiving.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Get your Self out of the Way

“When Buddha became enlightened, a very great and learned person approached him.  Buddha was looking so god-like, so tremendously beautiful and graceful, that the person asked, 'Are you a god?' Buddha said, 'No.' The person asked, 'Are you a great saint?' Buddha said, 'No.' Then the  person asked, 'Then who are you?’ Buddha laughed and said, 'I am aware.' Just this much – 'I am aware.' He has said a tremendous thing.  He says, 'How can I be identified with any label - god, saint, sinner, this and that? I am aware - the dream is finished.

(Osho, Get your self out of Way)

This is all to spiritual journey really, the understanding that we are aware at this blessed moment when we are in touch with a Force from beyond. I am not sure how much more often we can restate Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’! Did you know that his bestselling book was rejected by one publishing house on the grounds that his idea is as old as spirituality itself? True, but it still caused a wildfire in the spiritual community as we needed a refresher at that time.

There are probably as many paths to establish that divine connection as there are spiritual travelers. What is is that makes you come alive? What is it that gives you purpose? Follow that and chances are Spirit will wait for you there. Some experience magic in nature; many experience the creative spark in their interactions with other people; some see synchronicity and messages in life’s occurrences, and some discover divinity in their life mission. The spark is always around, ready to be ignited once again, and tailored to our individual talents. What we have to do is to minimize the self-imposed obstacles to receive this blessing. As Osho puts it so succinctly, we have to get our self out of the Way.

The ego is persistent and clever, and is equally happy to put on spiritual clothes. That was perhaps the most unpleasant lesson learned for me personally. My forthcoming book, ‘The Way of the Meister’, aims to help with the process of finding the divine spark and to help getting our self out of the Way. Being a Meister is not a title, and not a privilege. The Awakening spiral is never-ending, and it is always one spark at at time for us to experience. There is always awareness involved to keep the self out of the Way. Yes, I am on a decade long Awakening journey, but you know what, I have to work as hard as anyone to keep the sparks flying.

There is spiritual ascendency along the Way. Our energy vibrations rise naturally; the people we hang out with adjust accordingly. On an Awakening journey we are in for the ride of our life. How exactly, and where we are headed, takes a Meister like yourself to figure out. I hope ‘The Way of the Meister’ can give you some inspirations, and provided you with some new tools. It is your movie, and as a co-production with the Way, it is sure to be a good one. As you learn to get your Self out of the Way, hope you can share your spiritual handicraft with us one day too.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Expressing AllThatIs

I once asked a question about spirituality and chastity in a spiritual community and a girl playfully responded that she is always happy to share her mind-blowing orgasm with AllThatIs. Sure, that was as good a response and any!

Can the son produce the Father? No. Is the Father’s imprint contained in the son? Sure! The drop contains the ocean. We can Awaken to AllThatIs (spirituality); we can appeal to AllThatIs (religion), and we can examine AllThatIs (science).

All of us can take the cue from the bold girl responding to my survey. We can express AllThatIs here and now.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Become Empty and let GOD

To be full of things is to be empty of GOD; to be empty of things is to be full of GOD. (Meister Eckhart)

The Soul is our inner GOD connection; Spirit is our GOD connection with the outer world. Some hear Voices; some have the Intuition; and some see GOD permeating everything and everyone. Soul, Spirit or Self, whatever name you give the eternal GOD connection; the Self is real and can be accessed here and now.

Soul or Spirit, seeing, hearing or experiencing GOD internally or externally, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is to have the GOD connection here and now and to become aware of the ego when it is about to put the virtual reality mask back on. We may miss a beat but with the awareness the Self is back safely in charge.

The spiritual sages of all times had only one message for us: let’s become empty and let GOD flow through us. Don’t let the self stand in the Way. The holy Now does this for us. The spiritual insight; the magnificence of the moment; the wink from Spirit wherever we are.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

If you are happy and you know it ...

And now I'm singing along to amazing grace.
Can't nobody wipe this smile off my face.
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side,
thank God almighty, I saw the light.
(Something in the water, Carrie Underwood)

There are folks who live paycheck to paycheck with a smile on their face, and there are multi-millionaires who are miserable when they find out that their tax bill is going up. When you truly observe what is going on, there is a baseline happiness—or misery— that we always revert back to independent of the circumstances that we are in. We feel as we feel, and the voice in our head comes up with a convenient story explaining to us why we supposedly feel as we do.

A spiritual path is a journey towards peace of mind, towards purpose, and with it, often happiness. We also fluctuate in our experience from the more pleasurable moments to the less satisfactory ones, but there tends to be a baseline peace of mind feeling, a frequent twinkle in our eyes, and often a tune on our lips.

What a revelation! Just ignore the annoying voice in your head and zoom into the way you feel instead. Accept it, be one with it, and stand ready for the spiritual upgrade to step out of your movie plot. Chances are without that voice in your head you will be just fine.