Are You Awakening?

“Spiritual awakening refers to a shift in consciousness, a perception of reality which had been previously unrealized. The culmination of such realizations is in the recognition of oneness with all of existence.”  from the Urban Dictionary

This is a good comprehensive description of awakening. I would add, that awakening is an on-going process for the vast majority … but only if we engage with the process consciously.

Awakening is the topic of our time, because it’s a very real, exciting, evolutionary leap that humanity is making present day.

But what does this really mean?

What does this feel & look like?

Who does it affect?

Why does it matter? 

Who is awakening?

I can only share from my personal, direct experience & from witnessing the journey of others, whether it be friends, family, or clients.  As the quote from the Urban Dictionary expresses above, as we begin to wake-up, our perceptions change & consciousness expands. Yet this can still seem quite vague to some still asleep or just on the cusp of waking.

It helps me to break it down in specific, tangible examples, even though it can often defy any kind of concrete description. Waking-up is a deeply personal voyage we take into our own heart & soul.  As we awaken, our perceptions of what we believed to be true  begin to shift, morph, fall away & expand. This may happen in a flash from an intense experience that forever changes our awareness. Or it may happen subtly, over time, from beginning a practice of  yoga or meditation. It may also come on in trauma, from an injury or illness, or perhaps from the loss of someone we loved dearly.

Rumi wrote in this poem, a key phrase: Don’t go back to sleep. 

For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.
From within, I couldn’t decide what to do.
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the door sill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

 

What does this look & feel like? Before we begin our awakening, we are living in a state of slumber, asleep without knowing it. We most likely won’t even understand the meaning of being asleep, until we begin to wake.

While asleep, we are living from unconscious programs & conditioning. There is an acceptance of thought forms & beliefs that we learn form the majority. This majority may include family, education systems, culture, societal rules, etc. They tend towards thing in terms of black & white, right & wrongs; judgments, prejudices, fears & divisions, that have crept into our psyche by osmosis; the systems that ‘run’ the world are rarely questioned; and the mundane, contentment of empty entertainment/substances as the stress release from the accepted pressures of ‘this is how life is’ resolve.

But when we begin to awaken, we begin to question, we begin to seek, we desire to know more deeply who we are & why are we here. Although for me, those questions weren’t quite that clear, however as I awoke, I came closer to what seemed like the answers.

The process may be as soft as a whisper or as abrupt as thunder.

The purpose of life may take on new meaning, perhaps a new creativity springs forth, or an unquenchable thirst for learning becomes a driving force. Many experience the desire to change their eating habits to a kinder diet. Others may begin feeling called to seek truth & justice, via activism. Some find a strong call to connect with nature, while others find the need for emotional healing. Still others seek God/Spirit directly.

As we begin to look at ourselves & the world through new colored lenses, our mind & heart expand into new realizations and epiphanies.  There are new qualities of being that are accessed. While some may begin to experience as sense of Peace for the first time ever, another may feel newly energized after being previously identified by depression.

One may experience states of Bliss or Joy. This realization awakens them to another level of expanded awareness ~ that our true inner expression IS Bliss or Joy, not the personality with whom we’ve thought ourselves to be!

There are as many unique expressions of waking-up, as there are souls.

What does this mean?  Waking up, Awakening … means, we are accessing new levels of awareness, consciousness, knowing of ourselves beyond all that we have believed when we were asleep. It is this expansion of consciousness which also helps us to connect more deeply with our Soul, with the desire for more Truth, Justice, or Freedom, to feel more Peace, Compassion, Harmony, Higher Connection.

It is this expansion of consciousness which also connects us more to our heart intelligence, to Love, to our intuition, and to an inner guidance that deeply supports us in becoming free-thinking, verse conforming to the collective, mass consciousness, blindly.

Awakening inspires us to realize that we carry emotional/mental wounds. A deeper awareness begins to inform us, that these hurts we carry, often compel us to hurt ourselves & others, whether we mean to or not.  If we continue to stay open & willing to awaken, we’re inspired to heal our wounds, resolve hurts with others, and eventually to expand our focus from our individual lives, into how we can serve our sisters, brothers, Mother Nature & all living beings.

What I once believed as black & white, becomes grey & the full spectrum of color.

Where once I saw our world from one dimension, now expands to many. 

That which was once experienced as solid, is now all energy.

Though in the past I believed myself to be seperate from you, truly we are all connected.

And as we continue on the path of awakening, we begin to find it is unending, never dull, always full of wonder & magic, and that there are stages & phases of growth & change, upon stages & phases of expansion. We grow into our Wholeness. We transform. Our life transforms. . . Beautifully & continually.

Why does this matter & who does it affect?  This matters tremendously because it affects everyone! Firstly, it affects each of us, as expressed above. Secondly, our world is in desperate need of awakened hearts & minds. Souls who have healed themselves, and can bring that harmonized, balanced, clear perspective to all Life.

Our collective consciousness & those leading the majority thought forms on our planet, have been deeply asleep, separated from their own loving depths of being.  As we awaken, we become the new free-thinking, expansive, exploring higher states of being consciousness. This uplifts all of humanity & Mother Earth.

Each of us matter. And each one of us who takes on the responsibility of Awakening, makes an impact.

Who is Awakening?  My guess is, that if you’re reading this, you’ve begun! Many more around the world are beginning this amazing, glorious mass awakening at hand today, as it is written in the stars, so to speak, and the energy of this time on Earth.

Awakening isn’t a one time event. We may have a great moment or period of time, where everything is opening up in a new way. There may be a powerful epiphany which has re-set the course of a life. This is awesome & perfect. But, in the way in which I hold this awareness, that doesn’t mean we’re awake. That means we’re on the path, we’re in process, and the path is stretched our before us to continue our journey.

Some of us choose this path, because the old ways of our life aren’t bringing us happiness, health, freedom.  Some begin awakening because their Soul & Life has deemed it time! The beauty is, we don’t need to be in crisis to begin. We simply need to choose.

Are you awakening? Ultimately, you’re the only one who can answer that.

Seek within your own heart & being. Listen to that still small voice.

In quoting Rumi again … Can you hear “the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you”?

Listen … and “Don’t go back to sleep!”

 

For guidance on your path, I offer sessions both via distance & in studio. You’re invited to reach out for a complimentary consultation lotus@artofsacredembodiment.net

 

Blessings & Love on Your Awakening Journey~

Lotus

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Rising with Care, Ease & Grace Pt 2

The intention of this article, is as a Part 2, of Rising with Care, Ease & Grace, Part 1. In that writing I outlined just a handful of common experiences some of us may be working with as our entire body is shifting, uplifting, and upgrading. I also share some specific tools for support. In this second part, I want to share some very basic information on how the Nervous System and Endocrine System can be supported as the influx of energies move into our physical bodies and subtle anatomy systems. This will give a focal point for extra nourishment.

I’m always enthused to suggest a must have book, if one is interested in science, dietary support, necessary minerals, Ayurveda, and practices for health during this time of spiritual evolution. I mentioned it in Part 1, it is once again, ‘Spiritual Nutrition ~ Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini,’ by one of my most powerful teachers, Dr. Gabriel Cousens. He and his work can be found at The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, in Arizona.

Some of this information is taken from Spiritual Nutrition. The process of Awakening is such a complex topic, which I won’t begin to go into . . . it’d be a book, which has already been written by a few others. So, I’m simply going to stay within this focused area of my experience that is pertinent to present time and points of reference from my own exploration.

To begin, we are all familiar with the subtle anatomy of the Chakra System. Just to recap: The chakras are subtle energy centers or vortexes, formed by the confluence of nadis. The nadis are 72,000 hollow channels, can be envisioned as similar to veins,  in the subtle body through which Kundalini energy flows. Gabriel Cousens has proposed that, there is the mundane Kundalini, which is innate within each of us, at the base of the spine, and the spiritual Kundalini which flows in through the crown chakra. It has also been mentioned that other entry points are at the Heart and Solar Plexus chakras

On the physical plane, the chakras are connected to the Nervous System and Endocrine System. Cosmic energy is drawn in through the subtle anatomy and energizes the Nervous System and Endocrine System. Within the Endocrine System we find glands that govern our health, via production and balance of hormones, regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep, mood, and sexual function. These are the primary ways we are served & vitalized with this system.

The Endocrine System is comprised of: Pituitary/Pineal Glands; Thyroid; Thymus; Adrenal/Pancreas; Ovaries; Testes. If we correlate these with the Chakra system, we see this alignment:

Third Eye & Crown: Master Glands or Pituitary/Pineal  Illu_endocrine_system_New

Throat: Thyroid 

Heart: Thymus

Solar Plexus: Adrenal/Pancreas

Sacral: Ovaries

Root: Testes

 

One of the significant aspects for our purposes here, in understanding this process, is that as the Kundalini (mundane & spiritual) begins her movement, the ‘voltage’, the electric force within our body increases. I’d just like to note that many speak of the ascending of this divine energy as a systematic and orderly rising through each chakra, base to crown. My experience on this and many others who experience the visceral, intelligent free flow of active Kundalini, is that it is not a linear movement. It spirals, ebbs & flows, ( just as the feminine force that Kundalini is, would move in) through out the body, clearing and purifying, revisiting areas of the body and consciousness, in the perfect order for each individual. Yes, it’s always upwardly intentioned, but not necessarily orderly.

The example has been given many times that the awakening of Kundalini and her increased energy would be like putting a light bulb that holds 100 volts into a socket which 1000 volts will be pouring through. The light bulb would shatter. With this example in mind, we can see that as energy rises and enters into the body, our Nervous System and other systems of the body must be strong enough to hold the current.

I invite you to check in with your own body. Are you anxious? Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you found you have headaches, which was a rare event in the past? Do you have excess or too little Cortisol in your system? Do you have Adrenal fatigue? Do you feel like you feel like you want to sleep all the time? Do you feel ‘something’ pulling at you to ‘go within’?  Are your hormones becoming more erratic? Do you feel depressed unexpectedly? Do you become filled with new energy and insights in spurts? Has your body led you to make significant changes in your diet?  Have you been experiencing heart palpitations? Do you have shortness of breath? 

The many paths of yogic teachings, which include the 8 limbs of Patanjali are the science of Kundalini Awakening AND that of holding the divine force within the body, safely. In brief, the 8 limbs cover the ‘do’s & do not’s’ of ethical observances; physical yoga postures; breathing & control of prana; control of the senses; concentration & inner awareness; devotion & meditation on the Divine; Divine Union. The science of yoga is to prepare us, in body, mind, & heart for the awakening of the Divine within us. To ensure that our bodies and minds could handle the massive transformation which takes place during the process of awakening.

While it’s true our whole being is profoundly impacted, the Endocrine System & Nervous System are greatly affected with the increase of energy into our being.

At this point I’m going to shift gears. As I’ve shared previously, we have moved beyond the time of the isolated individual Kundalini awakenings. We could say now that the Earth’s Kundalini is now rising, which effects us all, collectively. In my thought process, this has transitioned into merging with the Ascension camp. Ascension is the big jump in our spiritual evolution, that is the mass Awakening. Same process as Kundalini but it’s sped up!

Humanity isn’t ascending in order to leave this planet. We are drawing down divine energies from the cosmos (spiritual Kundalini)  to become divine beings, here on Earth. As many of us have been experiencing, our bodies are feeling the surges. This is a process of Embodiment.

The many Ascension symptoms are condensed experiences of  the former, (before 2012/2014) gradual Kundalini purification processes. Taking care of our bodies is paramount for a rising into the new higher frequencies, energies, with ease and grace.( See Part 1.)  As vibrations, frequencies increase and heighten, this also happens in our body.

With this awareness, we can make sure that we are supporting the Endocrine System with whole organic, foods, minerals, hydration, time in Mother Nature, and exercise, to keep our body strong. Sleep is of the utmost importance, and our Nervous System will directly affect this. More sleep is needed nowadays, less stimulation, especially when there are strong cosmic energies flooding our planet and body. The sleep allows the body to receive the energies in a restful state so they can be more easily integrated. When we resist the naps, the sleeping in, the days when we just can’t seem to wake up, the process is more challenging.

Energy work is another powerful way to keep our body, mind, and heart feeling balanced, cleared and harmonized. Now more than ever, our alternative, natural, and energetic modalities of care are becoming more effective. As our being reduces density, and increases in higher frequencies, the old paradigm of health care & healing will be outdated.

I understand that we have lives to maintain. We feel we need to function in the world to keep up with our responsibilities. If this path is new to you, if this information is new to you, just allow yourself to imagine that, maybe what has been known isn’t supposed to be maintained, in the way your mind believes. Allow yourself to imagine that the world is not supposed to continue to function in the way it’s been functioning are. And lastly, imagine that you are being called to become transformed into the highest, most beautiful aspects of your Soul. This is a whole other topic! So I’ll stop with these seeds planted.

If any of this intrigues you, then I invite you to begin to explore how you can best support the Endocrine System and Nervous System. I invite you to begin to really listen to your body when it communicates its most nourishing needs to you. And, if you feel so called, I highly recommend Gabriel’s book, listed above. It’s a whopper of amazing insight and experiential knowledge.

These are truly epic times we’re in. If you feel called to learn more regarding your individual needs, to learn how to more effectively navigate your own transformation of awakening. you can contact me here.

I’ll be sharing next on the high frequencies of Essential Oils to assist in the raising of our frequencies at this time in Part 3. Until then, take care of your whole self, so that you may journey with Ease & Grace!

In Light & Love ~

Lotus

 

 

Guidance from the Light ~ Highest Self Alignment

Greetings Lovelies! I wanted to share this which has come in recently. We are being urged to continue to move at rapid paces. Always know, we are held, loved & supported.

The Soul, the Highest Self, knows what is needed.

Stay out of the way of your personality. Allow personality/personhood to follow the alignment,  which will in turn allow ‘you’ to deepen. Your highest aspects will guide you accordingly.

Empty of the restrictions in the heart, open to Love and Light and Trust. In the midst, know that you are not helpless, even if at times it feels this way. You are not being dis-empowered. You are not helpless. You are allowing yourself to be helped by your higher aspects and those of us able to oversee and guide you from a higher perspective.

Do not assume that you know the full knowing of your purpose, or that your purpose at this now time will be the same at another. The element of feeling will guide you to your call as it evolves. But this also means that you mustn’t be attached to what your feeling experience is now. It will change. Don’t let personality become attached or fixed,  so that Soul can continue to evolve. Things are changing rapidly, therefore what you perceive as your call must be allowed to change as needed.

See that your call is manifesting NOW. Do not wait until something feels solidified, if you are feeling a call forward. Be in action, from the inner guidance, as the shifts take place in each moment. You are creating NOW. Follow the guidance of your Highest Self.

Allow your perceptions to stretch, expand and become elastic.

Thank you & our assistance is always present.

7th Council of Light of the New Earth Rising

Guidance from the Light

“Our Dear Brothers and Sister,

We are embarking on new levels of trust and faith. Connect to them in this way.

Ground & Center your being, become inward and silent.

Breathe.

Soften & Expand your heart.

Feel your Solar Plexus ignite with divine power.

Draw this awareness up through your center, your heart and out through the breath with sound.

A leap of faith is calling. It’s not for the faint or uninitiated on this journey. But those initiated are being called to make a deeper commitment and discipline of releasing what is no longer serving you or vibrating at the level you are capable of.

It does you little good for us to assist in clearing and for you to fall back into forgetfulness, through repeating old patterns and behaviors which have now been made conscious. It is your work to maintain the new vibration.

Next, we’d like to talk to you about the influx of energies. They will be powerful again and perhaps challenging for some. What we’d like you to know, is what will be most accessible for the upgrades in your systems.

It seems to be helpful for you when you have a mental understanding of the energetic process, as many have not yet sensitized to the next subtle level of awareness quite yet. This next phase is going to help you to become clearer as to what your hearts are NOT in true soul alignment with.

These new stark awarenesses may cause disappointment, despair, fear, anxiety, because many of your alignments have been constructed via the mind and other programming, which are false in your divine blueprints.

By divine, we refer to that of the highest vibrations of Love, Good, True, Source Light connection. Each of you hold this blueprint within your individual resonance, which supports, affects, and uplifts the collective.

When the mental or programmed constructs disassemble, the sense of loss can be overwhelming. Yet, if you understand this beforehand, the ability to release consciously on your part will help you, as well as in the aftermath of the dismantle. This is our intention.

This process is meant to clear away on a larger scope, the things that are in the way of your ability to create from your blueprint. There must be an openness to witness without too much fear, this process, so that the vibrations can acclimate to the next highest level.

It is easy if fear sets in, to become dense in your field and to grasp from the fear based levels of consciousness. Instead we encourage you to remain in contact with your heart and the High Heart and a peaceful mind and deepening trust. The dismantling energies are purposeful and necessary.  Though you may not know immediately what is to come next in the aftermath, as there is space in between what is falling away and what is the next phase of creation.

This is an opportunity for many to begin their process of release and re-creation with a conscious knowing. This is powerful for your empowerment as you gain greater trust. The blueprints already carry your divine codes, There are multiple possibilities. It isn’t as if a death will occur and there will be nothing to restore it.

A point to be watchful of it if in the space in between, you grasp for another mind construct, this new footing and acclimation will be delayed. It will then require gaining the understanding and experience all over again.

Our hope is that with foreshadowing there will be preparation. With preparation, many more will be able to acclimate to a new frequency. We are here to assist.

Thank you.”

Love, Light, & Blessings ~

Lotus

Sacred Communion with Sacred Oils

One of the joys in my life is the always deepening relationship I have with Essential Oils. My husband Byron and I began integrating them into our lives almost 2 years ago. I felt called to their spiritual essence, initially. Curious about communicating with our plant allies and learning the ways that they bring us greater life and vitality.  The special boon was experiencing the dramatic benefits they had on our physical wellness. Our health and vitality has only increased since they have been a part of our daily lives!

And yet, I do have a deep connection to the wisdom they carry and communicate with our heart.and soul. Not long ago, I felt called to the aide of Lavender and Sandalwood. Let me first say, Lavender has not really been a scent that I’ve had great resonance with. Yet, I will always turn to it when I cut a finger or have any kind of bite! Immediate relief to the pain or itching; it cleanse a cut, soothes a bite, and supports the skin to heal.  Being called to Lavender, though seeming a natural go-to for emotional support, has not been on my list, Until . . .

A while ago this mind of mine was caught up in some stories about not being ‘productive’ enough, not being organized, not bringing things to completion. There were judgments flying around inside my head. And consequently, these tense and frustrated thoughts in the head, were creating mass tensions in my body. I could feel pressure growing at the tops of my shoulders, the back of the neck, and my chest was beginning to constrict. All of this inner noise was exhausting me.

I had to take a lay down. A lay down isn’t really a nap, it’s a short time to gather my scattered energies back into a quiet center. Stilling my body and laying on my back in Savasana, also known as Corpse pose is one of the self-care practices I’m quite fond of.

As you can imagine though, it didn’t help my stories about productivity! Before I made my way into the bedroom, I knew I needed some extra assistance. To my surprise Lavender jumped out at me, along with Sandalwood.

Putting a drop of each into the palm of my hand, gently rubbing my hands together, I then covered my face and started breathing deeply as I laid down. All at once, everything became quiet within my being. The previous tensions in the body started to release and my chest relaxed.

I massaged the oils into my heart center, along the back of my neck, the Third Eye and temples. Continuing then to breathe deeply into my hands, I received their messages.

Lavender can be referred to as the Oil of Communication and Sandalwood, is of course known as a deeply Sacred and Devotional essence. The gifts I received from them at this time and have called on since, can be described as such:

As the tensions eased in mind and body, my heart began to open . . . to myself. 

I felt the desire to communicate with myself with more love and compassion.

All of the inner-turmoil was held in the light of inquiry.  How can I align with the truest energy of this soul desire, with ease and grace? How can I make every act I do one of sacred honor? Where do I need to be lovingly honest with what isn’t working and out of that love, make the changes that will serve my Highest good and expression? 

Whether I’m working or playing or resting, Devotion can be infused. With that infusion of devotional consciousness, all flows with ease and grace. 

What I witnessed in that short time, was that I changed and the rest of my day transformed. I felt listened to and nourished by myself, and was then able to move forward with clarity, compassion, and honor of lessons.

With pure grade, Essential Oils, we are communing with enlivened forces of nature. When you call on them for assistance, their gifts are yours to receive! If you’ve wondered about incorporating Essential Oils into your life and have questions or curiosities, drop me a line!

In Love & Nourishment ~

Lotus

art: Sulamith Wulfing