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Jesus: When You Awaken, the Activities in Which You Can Take Part Will Be Limitless

Jesus: When You Awaken, the Activities in Which You Can Take Part Will Be Limitless

2012 September 16
Posted by Stephen Cook

Jesus: When You Awaken, the Activities in Which You Can Take Part Will Be Limitless

As Channelled by John Smallman – September 16, 2012

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Enthusiasm and excitement are powerful motivators. So as you look forward to awakening, elicit those feelings to strengthen and empower your intent to do so.

You are powerful beings, and you are on Earth to engage with your power and use it to bring in a completely new manner of communicating, a new way of relating to one another, a new mode of living that is always accepting and honoring of others, and respectful of the differing ideas that you present to one another for discussion.

It is through ideas that new creative ventures can be envisioned and embarked upon. When you awaken, the prospects available, the directions in which you can move, the activities in which you can take part will be limitless. Anything you can think of you will be able to bring forth and develop – a poem, a symphony, a universe – and the joy of doing so will cause you unalloyed satisfaction.

Your Father’s Will for you is eternal joy, satisfaction, and happiness, and His Will is always accomplished, so your future, at one with Him, will be glorious, brilliant, and utterly fulfilling.

For eons, deep within yourselves, beneath the level of consciousness on which you normally operate as humans, you have been longing to return to your divine state. Every thought, every word, every activity that has engaged your attention has been directed towards accomplishing that, even though you were mostly unaware of this hidden internal drive whose only purpose was to restore you to the pristine state in which you were created. A state which in truth you have never left.

That purpose, the true purpose of human existence, has had you striving long and hard, seeking for something far, far better to live for, something that made sense in a world where very little seemed truly deserving of your undivided attention. And so you have judged, condemned, deceived, and competed for the esteem and recognition of your fellowman that you felt should be your due, and by doing so you have diluted and impoverished those benign and unimpeachable aspects of yourselves. You are perfect beings created by God, who recognizes you as His beloved children and holds you in the highest esteem.

However, when you built a separate illusory environment and moved into it you lost sight of God and temporarily lost the knowledge of your divine perfection. Without it you felt alone, abandoned, threatened, inadequate, and so you attempted to replace your lost sense of identity – your true oneness with your Father – with a fictitious, insubstantial, and fanciful one that constantly demanded upgrading and improvement each time its inadequacies jeopardized the image that you used to present yourselves to the world as persons of value and importance.

But these deceits, these false selves that you have been endeavoring to maintain and display have created a maelstrom, an enormous energy drain which costs you very dearly, and they provide neither the stability nor the security that you hoped they would. You thus have to spend inordinate amounts of time engaged in diversionary tactics so that no one will have the opportunity to see through your mask to the worthless and frightened individual that each of you fear is hiding behind it. But as you frequently see through the masks of others, you know in your hearts that these disguises are unequal to the tasks for which they are intended, and so you live in a constant state of anxiety.

This need not be. Release the masks that you have made for yourselves; dispose of them permanently. Be yourselves – unsure, uncertain, and unsettled as you are — and share those feelings openly. Some may judge you foolish, and that is of no consequence; others will praise your courage, but the end result will be that your fears will dissolve as you come to realize that being yourselves is comfortable and undemanding, and you will rediscover the knowledge that you are beings of profound and imperishable value.

This honesty and integrity of spirit will provide you with renewed energy and enable you to be far more aware of others, feel compassion for them, and assist them when they seek your help. You will then find that you are no longer plagued by worries about what others may think of you because you are now at peace with yourselves as you live lovingly and generously, sharing yourselves and the love with which you are most abundantly suffused, freely and indiscriminately for the upliftment and inspiration of all with whom you interact.

Your loving brother, Jesus.

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Marlene Swetlishoff – Hilarion – 16 September 2012

Marlene Swetlishoff – Hilarion – 16 September 2012

Beloved Ones,

The call to go within becomes ever more insistent as the energies intensify and the shift of the ages moves inexorably forward. There are crossroads ahead and decisions and choices to be made. Each of you is aware that there is no going back and that you have become living conduits of Creator Source energy. You are each a walking conduit for the Light of God that never fails and this realization is now beginning to click into your awareness. Everything that you do in your mundane lives is of utmost importance because you always stand in your Light and your integrity.

Around you lies the evidence of the changes that are occurring and this will be seen by the masses of Humanity as the days pass swiftly in the ensuing months. Those of you who have been transmuting your own dense energies from the very cells of your body now vibrate with pure energy that flows constantly through your meridian channels. You are holding this Light for All upon this Planet and serving as living conduits of pure energy. As you are aware, this pure energy is much needed to further transmute the chaotic ones that still create confusion, fear and so much sorrow, sadness and unhappiness within the hearts of Humanity.

Know that this too shall pass and those around you in close vicinity, your Loved Ones, have been the recipients of the higher frequencies which emanate from you and this has effected many changes within their consciousness and understanding. This will become more and more evident in their comprehension of the work that you have come here to do and any tensions and differences that had developed between you will dissipate as though by magic. In other words, Dear Ones, they will come ‘on board’ in the coming days. They too, have chosen their paths to Oneness and were chosen to stand beside you in support as their awakening occurred.

The awakening of Humanity is in full progress now and people are seeing the futility of striving to work within the old system because it is no longer being supported by the higher energies coming in. There is a dawning of a new way of relating that will honor the inherent right of each Soul to stand tall in their own power and sovereignty while honoring the same rights in their Sisters and Brothers. As this practice becomes more fully realized, many old paradigms that kept Humanity enslaved in the lower consciousness realms will simply cease to exist. The World will be the richer for it as each person takes responsibility for all that they do and begin to strive to create a better life where all are included in the benefits that can be obtained.

It is incumbent upon each Initiate upon the Path to observe the signs by watching the birds and animals around them. When Earth changes are about to take place, these creatures serve as warning. Watch them closely in your area and look deeply at everything that is around you. Send them Love and reassurance that all is well. Their internal guidance systems are being depleted during the movement of the electro-magnetic currents as they occur. You will notice that some of the birds that usually migrate from the North to warmer climates for the winter are not leaving their nests and this might become more prevalent as the energies spiraling to the Earth become stronger. Think of yourselves as the agents who bring Divine Order to all things as you go about your daily lives, for in reality, it is so!

Until next week …

I AM Hilarion

©2012 Marlene Swetlishoff/Tsu-tana (Soo-tam-ah) Keeper of the Symphonies of Grace

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Dana Mrkich – Monthly Visions: Keeping The Faith (By The TIps Of Our Fingers!) – 16 September 2012

Dana Mrkich – Monthly Visions: Keeping The Faith (By The TIps Of Our Fingers!) – 16 September 2012

When women find out they’re pregnant they are given a due date, even though a full term pregnancy is considered anywhere from 38-42 weeks and only about 5% of women give birth on their due date. As a woman approaches that date she often starts to feel a sense of excited anticipation mixed in with anxiousness about the birth. If she goes over her due date a whole plethora of other feelings start to come up: what if she doesn’t go into labour naturally? Is everything okay with the baby?
She’ll usually start to receive a lot of pressure from other people to induce, even though she actually has not yet reached full term. At the most extreme end some women are even told that their body isn’t capable of birthing this baby naturally, even though that is only true for a very small percentage. This pressure is not helpful and adds extra unnecessary stress to what is already a very emotional, challenging time and to what also should be a very sacred, joyful time. For this reason, it would be fantastic if women were give a due ‘window’. Women could relax into their due month in a more easeful way than having their, and other’s, expectations all piled into one set pressure-laden date.
This is what 2012, and particularly 21 December 2012, has become. One big fat due date looming over everyone with a crazy amount of pressure. What on earth is going to happen if we wake up on 22 December and ‘nothing’ happened?  What if we wake up and humanity is still pregnant as it were, with no signs of the birth of a new world?  Well, it wouldn’t be true that we’d have no signs. Just like a woman heading into her last days of pregnancy most definitely has signs that birth is imminent one way or another, we too are experiencing signs that we’re on the brink of a massive quantum leap in our human story.  However, also like the woman, we too are having natural moments of feeling like we are going to be ‘pregnant’ forever, like this ‘birth’ is never going to happen, and it is taking all our strength to trust that everything is unfolding exactly as it should be, exactly on time. 

Perhaps it would have been a good idea to have a ‘window’ of time heralding this transition rather than so much focus on one date.  This isn’t an attempt to deliver news that this shift isn’t going to happen, nor is it one of those broadcasts saying oh yes it is happening but it’s actually going to happen in 2014…2020….2356.  Humanity IS shifting and with so many people collectively feeling the same way, receiving the same messages, having the same insights, I think we can all agree that yes, we are most definitely ‘pregnant’ and yes the birth of a new chapter for us all is happening. What is unknown at this point are the details, the when, the how, the what.  We can have ‘practice labour contractions’ (all our current up and down emotions) and we can view ultrasounds (have visions) all we like, but I think until we see something mind-blowingly extraordinary we are like that pregnant woman who on some small level doesn’t actually believe she is having a real-life baby until it is born and then she finds herself saying over again ‘oh my god, it’s really a baby!’.
In the grand scheme of things, we’re in the last days of a 26, 000 year cycle. In pregnancy terms we’re in the last few minutes before midnight of the due date. Of course all our fears are coming up. Of course we are starting to worry and doubt that it will happen on time, if at all.  Of course we are placing a huge amount of pressure on one date to deliver massive change.
This period of time is going to test our inner faith like never before. Not our faith in a religion or in something we’ve read or heard or even in a calendar. For most of us the insights, feelings and knowings we have had about this time have come from within – confirmed by external sources that align with what we feel inside sure – but at the end of the day, those external sources have only confirmed, validated, triggered and awakened what has always been inside us. So what many of us are feeling now, in between contractions, in between moments of trust and clarity and joy, are moments of a crisis of faith. What if all we have believed about why we are here is not true? What if we are not going to experience a quantum leap of change in our lifetime? What if humanity keeps bumbling along, making small steps of progress here and there, but nothing like the massive shift we have always envisioned? What does that mean for us?  We’re asking ourselves: “What does that mean for my personal self…who in the heck am I then and what in the heck am I even doing here?” This is pretty much what a lot of people are thinking and feeling right now.
Okay, so let’s go there for a second. Does this theory make any sense at all? Does it make sense that you always intuitively knew something that you read about years later, a knowing that was shared by others, by indigenous elders, by ancient prophecies, for that only to be some unrelated co-incidence? Does it make sense that every bone in your body is telling you we cannot go on how we have been going, for it to go on in the same way?
Many people say it would take a miracle for things to change on this planet. But actually no, it wouldn’t take a miracle. What it would take is for truth to be revealed. The new ways we have imagined are not science fiction inventions for some future generation to witness. They are real, already existing, only hidden from us for far too long. The problems we face as a humanity are not without a solution – only the solutions have not been possible as long as we’ve been told ‘there isn’t a cure for that’ or ‘we don’t have the money to help’ when in actual fact there are plenty of cures and there is plenty of money – only not in the right hands. Interestingly enough, as I’ve shared before, the word Apocalypse that has been associated with these times in such a doom and gloom way actually means ‘that which was hidden to be revealed’.  Now that sounds liberating and empowering, far from doom and gloom.
Imagine a huge gigantic bubble. Now imagine a much smaller, tiny bubble, floating around within that gigantic bubble. The gigantic bubble represents our greater reality, filled with all that is possible AND all that exists right now – not in an energetic potential sense but in a physical, literal sense. Cures to health issues and clarity around the causes, free energy technology, teleportation portals, access to other dimensions, sustainable housing, access to free, clean water for all and so much more. The smaller bubble contains humanity – oh how it contains us.
Once upon a time there were a handful of people among that humanity, flailing their arms about. They could see through the bubble to the greater bubble. Then more people joined them, they shouted and shared their knowledge but they were told they were crazy, or imprisoned or burned at the stake. Right now millions of people are rocking that bubble with every ounce of their strength, arms and legs pushing wildly. People have had enough of being contained, enough of the restrictions and limitations, enough of being deceived and lied to by those who do know about the greater bubble, those who think humanity ‘isn’t ready’ for the truth.
The anger, the passion, the despair and frustration you are feeling now is coming from both exhaustion about the fact humanity is still in this bubble, and your knowledge of what lays available beyond it. The bubble IS ready to burst so keep the rocking going!! Now is not the time to sob that we’ve had enough. Everyone has a different job so whether yours is to focus on a better vision for the world or get out there and do something positive, it’s all good. It’s time for all the rebels, the warriors, the mothers, the fathers, the children, the awakened ones, the lightworkers, the truthseekers, to declare our collective right to the greater reality. THAT is our new world.
Many are feeling a sense of disillusionment as we approach this looming ‘due date’ in front of us. For many, we’ve always known that how life is here is not how it is meant to be. For others, that knowing has gradually awakened. We’ve seen people working in jobs they hate, struggling financially, suffering with their health, unhappy emotionally, and we see a very different potential that we know we are here to create in our lifetime.  We’ve seen that the systems in place here – politics, media, education, medicine, housing, social care – are upside down and back to front. Nothing makes sense. It doesn’t make sense that we can find money for wars but there are constant budget cuts in health and education.  It doesn’t make sense that whistleblowers from governments, military, banking and corporations are pressured to keep quiet or are ignored, meanwhile the media is reporting the latest Hollywood divorce!  Well it does make sense when you know that things have been set up to serve a few at the expense of the many, but the many are waking up now and we are shaking that bubble!
Yes there has been change. Yes there has been progress. Yes there are millions more awakened people now than twenty years ago or even two years ago. Yes there is more consciousness around certain issues. I think that what has kept us hanging in there is knowing that a great shift will occur in our lifetime and in the recent years really starting to see signs that it’s actually happening. Yet at the same time something that’s causing our deepest heartache right now is: What if it doesn’t happen on as grand a scale as we’ve envisioned? THAT is our greatest fear. Yes, we all knew that in these times all our fears would come up so we made sure to clear as much as we could! Fear of lack – cleared! Fear around commitment – cleared! Fear around the Shift and all it might be bring? – cleared and prepared and ready to do whatever we’ve got to do!  But what we may not have prepared for is the fact that three months out from the ‘due date’ we are waking up to what on the mainstream television? Really crap reality shows and news media that are all reading off the same script.  More and more people are switching off from that, and thank goodness we have loads of alternative, amazing, conscious news sources to choose from now but I don’t want to apologise for saying it’s time for more!
We didn’t mind gradually chipping away at this thing. Working on our inner growth,  being of service however we felt called to do. We didn’t mind when others didn’t understand us or ignored us or ridiculed us. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, right? Right?
Yes life is one constant evolution. Yes change takes time. However, why is it then that so many of us, millions in fact, all have this burning knowing within us that we are here to witness and take part in MAJOR change. Not just your regular turn of the decade change, but major quantum leap total change and social reform for this planet and humanity. Change for the better.
I think most awakened people have a very philosophical view of life. Que sera sera what will be will be. This is a great attitude to have, although we also need to remember that we are all powerful co-creators and what will be will be whatever we want it to be. So what do we want it to be? Your vision right?  You can bet that the old, let’s call them the powers that WERE, are not sitting around with a que sera sera attitude. They know the power potential of these times. They know the significance of the due date. They know we’re at a turning point, a fork in the road. And you can bet their policy is not: what will be will be. You can bet that they are pulling every trick and ritual out of the book right now to make sure that what will be is what they want it to be. Even though what they want isn’t good for the earth or good for 99% of people here. Even though what they want is not sustainable, neither physically nor energetically, moving as we are into a higher frequency. We have everything on our side. The whole Universe is supporting us. The sun is supporting us, as challenging as the solar flares and eruptions may be emotionally and physically and on our power grids, it is helping us shift from artificial sources of power to authentic sources of power on every level. The galactic alignments are supporting us. The higher energies we are moving into are supporting us. We couldn’t fail now if we tried, well let’s not test that, but you know what I mean.
I’m seeing this vision of millions of humanity trying to push a giant barrel over an obstacle. We get into a rhythm of push, push, and then it rolls back a little. So again, push, push and again it rolls back. We are at the point of wanting to give up and admit defeat. Imagine yourself in that vision. You know what it’s going to take don’t you? Momentum. The momentum of push, back, push, back, push, back, push, push, push, back and then big push woooshka, over the obstacle it goes.  Even though we’ve broken out in a sweat for hours (lifetimes) trying to get this thing over, we’re in a bit of stunned shock once it’s actually happened! Next thing you know the barrel is rolling down the hill at accelerated speed and everyone is running after it shouting woah, not so fast!!! Haha, won’t that be funny. Change will finally come, and it will come in such a massive, accelerated way that we’ll all be saying oh my gosh, this is all happening rather fast isn’t it! Something tells me we won’t be complaining though.
There has been a huge sadness and grief feeling in the air lately. It’s being felt by some as a ‘what’s the point’ energy, a boredom with what you’re doing, and a sense of disillusionment. We are living through the end of a 26000 year cycle and we are at the dawn of a new cycle. We are not educated about this in our schools. We are not taught what to expect by our media. We are not prepared for the emotional impact by our families or communities (for the most part).
We are all collectively experiencing a myriad of emotions born out of both the ending of what has been, and the step forward into the unknown. It can feel overwhelming, confusing, challenging and frustrating. We have never experienced this before, in this same way, with this amount of people on the planet. No-one knows exactly how it will play out, but we all know what we are feeling on a daily basis, and it is by sharing our feelings and experiences that we can help and support each other through these times, one day at a time.
Memories are also coming up of a recent ‘end of cycle’ period – Atlantis – (not a 26 000 year end of cycle, that was an end of 5125 year cycle) where things did not go as we’d hoped. So our memories associate cycle endings with failure, disappointment, grief and destruction. It does not have to be this way this time, and I believe it won’t be this way this time. I feel we have made a collective decision to choose unity, peace and harmony on this planet this time. This is what the majority want. But it is a big job getting those old memories out of the way!! They can feel suffocating! Ask for the old memories from Atlantis that are no longer serving you to be released now.  Let’s co-create Heaven on Earth already!
Now is the time to remember you are a powerful creator. Now is the time to remember our laws of attraction and manifestation. Now is the time to remember what you have always known somewhere deep inside you about who you are, why you are here and what you came here to help create. Empty your mind of all the conflicting messages you’ve received about these times and fill your heart with what you know to be true. What is your vision for our Earth? Fill your heart with that vision then follow your heart. That is all.
(c) Dana Mrkich 2012.
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In5D – Man Diagnosed As Psychotic After Spiritual Awakening – 5 August 2012

In5D – Man Diagnosed As Psychotic After Spiritual Awakening – 5 August 2012

Imagine having a kundalini awakening and having the gift of literally seeing the connection of all human beings, then being diagnosed as psychotic. That’s what happened to this man after his spiritual awakening!

In 1981 I was sitting in meditation when, just for an instant, a bolt of lightning flashed through my mind. I began acting so unlike my normal self that a friend brought me to a hospital, afraid I was going crazy. Though I was let out of that hospital after three days, the experiences that began to unfold were so overwhelming that I was hospitalized a number of other times during that first year. I was diagnosed as having had a severe psychotic break and was told that I had a chemical imbalance and had manic-depressive illness. I was put on lithium, and at times, haldol (an anti-psychotic). I was told I would have to live with my illness for the rest of my life.

I was one of the lucky ones, as I was able to extricate myself from the medical and psychiatric establishment. Little did the doctors realize that I was taking part in some sort of spiritual awakening/shamanic initiation process, which at times mimicked psychosis but in actuality was an experience of a far different order. In 1993, after many years of struggling to contain and integrate my experiences, I started to teach about what I was realizing. I am now in private practice, assisting others who were spiritually emerging and beginning to wake up to the dreamlike nature of reality. In a dream come true, psychiatrists consult with me and send me patients.

In ancient wisdom cultures it was understood that there were certain individuals whose craziness was the sign of a passage into a higher consciousness. They realized that the person needed to be both honored and supported in their process. They knew that the person who passes through this process successfully and becomes an accomplished shaman, healer, or teacher, returns bearing incredible gifts and blessings of wisdom and healing for everyone. To quote the noted author Ken Wilber “Though the temporary unbalance precipitated by such a crisis may resemble a nervous breakdown, it cannot be dismissed as such. For it is not a pathological phenomena but a normal event for the gifted mind in these societies, when struck by and absorbing the force of the realization of ‘something far more deeply infused’ inhabiting both the round earth and one’s own interior.”

I had been doing Buddhist meditation for over a year when that lightning bolt went off inside of my brain. Within a day or two I felt like Alice who had fallen through the looking glass, finding myself “drafted” and playing a role in a deeper, mythic process, what Jung would call a “divine drama,” where everything was permeated with a deep symbolic meaning.

I felt totally unselfconscious and amazingly free. I felt the creative energy of the universe flowing through me; I was dancing on the living forefront of the Big Bang itself, where every moment was creative, magical and totally new. My kundalini was exploding; it was like a billion watts of electricity were flowing through a seventy five watt bulb.

It was like my mind had spilled out from inside of my skull and was manifesting and expressing itself synchronistically through events in the seemingly outer environment. What was happening in the seemingly outer world was magically related to what was going on inside of me. The boundary between dreaming and waking, between inner and outer, and between my self in here and your self out there, was dissolving. It was as if I had become lucid and was waking up inside of a dream.

I knew without a doubt that I was going through a deep spiritual experience, no one could possibly convince me otherwise; this was the key that saved my sanity. I felt that the more people I thought about, the more people I was able to “bring along” with me, so I began imagining the whole universe. The experience was so overwhelming that I had no choice but to surrender and let go. I wasn’t attached in my usual way to what the outcome was going to be. I was simply trusting the experience, which was clearly not only the right thing to do, but was the only thing I could do.

A spiritual awakening is almost always precipitated by a severe emotional or spiritual crisis; it oftentimes organically grows out of unresolved abuse issues from childhood- this was certainly true in my case. In a fully-flowered spiritual emergence, you magically discover how to transmute these symptoms and wounds into the blessings that they are.

To people still absorbed in the collective, mainstream trance and having membership in the consensus reality, my behavior looked totally bizarre and was very threatening. It was, I’m sure, a very difficult and problematic situation for those closest to me, as they weren’t able to understand what I was going through, as it was so far off their map of reality. Painfully, most of my friends and family were very judgemental and bought into the doctors diagnosis that I had a mental illness, as this was their way of “explaining” what was happening to me that fit into their very limited, comfortable view of the world. In the words of the late psychiatrist R. D. Laing, “Attempts to wake before our time are often punished, especially by those who love us most. Because they, bless them, are asleep. They think anyone who wakes up, or who, still asleep, realizes that what is taken to be real is a ‘dream’ is going crazy.”

The experiences and realizations were so mind-blowing, literally, that at certain points I was having trouble “keeping it together,” as my whole personality structure was melting and disintegrating, all orchestrated towards some mysterious, unknown destination where everything was clearly being integrated into a higher and more psychoactive center. Oftentimes my actions looked from the outside like typical psychotic behavior.

For example, one time I threw out all of my fathers many medications, as I felt that he really didn’t need them, as he could just tap right into the source of healing itself. At other times, I wanted to break my eyeglasses, as I felt that I didn’t need them to see, and felt they were doing more harm to my eyes than good.

One time, after I was acting so crazy that my father flew me back home to New York, he woke up from his nights sleep only to find me doing prostrations to him. Later on that morning I went out to the middle of the busy intersection near my parents apartment and was bowing to the oncoming cars, as I was recognizing that everything was the Divine.

From my point of view, I was realizing, or should I say, it was being revealed to me, that every moment was the unmediated expression of God, what I call the Goddessence. I remember turning on the radio and every voice I heard on the radio was the voice of this Goddessence. Every person I was seeing was the Goddessence him or herSelf. It seemed curious and even confusing to me that everybody seemed to buy into and be so caught up in such limited, contracted identity states, as if they were pretending and really seemed to believe that they weren’t Divine.

When you are spiritually emerging you are literally going through an archetypal death-rebirth experience, which is about nothing other than the death and transcendence of the separate self. I was having a radical shift of identity, where I was beginning to realize my unity with the whole of creation. I remember feeling that anything that had ever been invented, discovered, or created (including the whole cosmos), the “I” who I had now discovered myself to be, had done. This realization is not understandable and makes no sense as long as one is under the spell of the intellect, but was appearing to me with the force of a revelation. What I was seeing seemed totally obvious, as if I was genuinely seeing the truth for the first time. In fact I was beginning to realize who I, as well as everyone, genuinely was, which was simultaneously nothing (not a thing that can be seen as an object) and at the same time, everything.

During these experiences I got to meet and intimately connect with some of the greatest enlightened masters of both Tibet and Burma, who, like I was in a Fairy Tale, became my teachers and guides. True miracles, experiences that were completely impossible, stuff that could only happen in dreams, began happening. Any limited conceptualizations I had about the nature of the universe were being totally shattered.

Due to the ecstacy and exhiliration of the experience, there is a real temptation, like the mythic Icarus, to fly too high, which is only to set yourself up for a corresponding fall. During these experiences it is of the utmost importance to be as grounded as possible. The great psychiatrist C. G. Jung understood the importance of this during his “Confrontation with the Unconscious.” He used to keep pictures of his family around, so he could remember that he was, in his words, “an actually existing, ordinary person.”

Jung understood very well that one of the greatest dangers that you encounter during this experience is to become inflated, thinking that you are someone special. You become identified with the archetype instead of relating to it from the standpoint of a conscious human ego. You’ve literally gotten swallowed up and possessed by the deeper, more powerful transpersonal forces, falling totally into your unconscious. You can become truly insane, thinking, for example, that only you are Christ or Buddha, instead of recognizing that we’re all Christ or Buddha. This is the difference between someone who is truly mentally ill, who could be said to be drowning in the stormy ocean of the unconscious, compared to an accomplished mystic, who is being nurtured and nourished by swimming, surfing and snorkling in the healing waters of their psyche.

Jung understood that the thing which swings the balance one way or the other is the human egos capacity to confront and relate in a conscious way to these transpersonal forces. This is why creative work, in which you channel and transmute these deeper, very powerful, archetypal energies, is of the utmost importance.

At a certain point, the entire ordeal reveals itself to be an initiation for actualizing and giving expression to your true genius, or daimon, which is none other than your inner voice, guiding spirit and unfabricated true nature, which has never been lost. Like in a déjà vu, you remember, or discover your unique calling, your true vocation as a Bodhisattva who is here to help other beings. You become a master creative multi-dimensional artist whose canvas is life itself.

Of course, another great danger, which I can talk about from personal experience, is to wind up in the clutches of and be diagnosed and medicated by the medical, psychiatric community, who typically have no understanding of phenomena such as spiritual emergences. One psychiatrist even diagnosed me as having the same illness as Freuds infamous “Rat Man,” saying I would need three years of intensive psychotherapy and then I would be cured! To again quote Laing, “Anyone in this transitional state is likely to be confused. To indicate that this confusion is a sign of illness, is a quick way to create psychosis….A psychiatrist who professes to be a healer of souls, but who keeps people asleep, treats them for waking up and drugs them asleep again….helps to drive them crazy.”

My final hospitalization was in September of l982, when I was flown back to New York and put in a hospital for three weeks. Instead of seeing them as a mistake that was made, I’ve been able to see the perfection of all that has happened. I now understand that the hospitalizations were in fact an aspect of the awakening; they were part of my journey to the underworld. There is a sense of accepting and embracing whatever has happened in my life, realizing it is all an initiation into the deeper mystery of my infinite and unspeakably magical being.

This is not to say that there is not something called mental illness. I do wonder, though, how many cases of mental illness are actually spiritual emergences gone sour. We, as a society, need to recognize the existence of genuine spiritual emergences and learn to differentiate them from cases of psychosis. Thankfully, there is now even a small paragraph in the psychiatrists DSM IV Book (their diagnostic manual) titled “Spiritual or Religious Problem.” Might it be that we’re all at different stages of the spiritual emergence process?

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