Vipassana and Breath Witnessing Techniques

It had been said that Vipassana has helped more people become enlightened than any other technique.
Let us explore this technique.
First, what is enlightenment?

Well, it is not easy to put into words – perhaps it is impossible.
But, let I’ll try and be pragmatic to offer some insight into understanding for our present purposes.
Enlightenment is about becoming conscious.

Enlightenment is when your spirit or the light of consciousness pervades every cell. It is when spirit integrates into your mind and body. It is when you become awaken to your true and total nature.
Since birth (and you have had many births) you have been awakening. At the beginning of each incarnation every child begins to awaken to their mind and body and thus begins the process of integrating their consciousness or spirit into embodiment.
It is a process. So then, on a practical level…the enlightenment process involves becoming more AWARE.

There are 3 directions we can enter into this process and all spiritual techniques and breath practices can be classified in these 3 directions.

The 3 directions are as follows:

  1. The pathway of control and effort
  2. The pathway of surrender
  3. The middle way
    You may walk all three, or you may choose to focus on one for a period.

The pathway of control involves effort and discipline.
Learning to practice physical asanas involves control and effort.
Reciting prayers and offering service and penance involves effort.
Much of all human activity involves effort.

In truth, it is possible to practice any spiritual practice in anyway…for example, you can practice action with ease and surrender…or you can practice yoga with a perfect balance of effort and ease. However, in general, certain techniques are taught in specific ways by specific teachers. Like, Bikram Yoga, which is a yang dominant technique of effort. You could practice those same Asanas with grace and ease, but that is not how they are typically taught. Make sense?

It is important to teach a certain technique a certain way so that you may become total in your awareness. There is a reason why techniques are practiced over and over, because you are not total in your awareness upon first learning something. It takes time and practice to discover new layers of yourself with each new cycle…these cycles of learning are the awakening process of enlightenment in action. If you have no practice, you are still awakening, but depending how you live your life, typically the process will move much slower.

So then, what is Vipassana and breath witnessing techniques?
They are directed towards surrender and ease…they are passive and involve inactivity. For an example of what a breath witnessing technique may involve is thus: Sit straight, and witness your breath. That’s it. No complex asana postures, no hare Krishna, no church service, no dervish dancing….just sit.
Now, anyone who has tried to simply sit knows it is not so easy to be still.

Stillness is hard, especially for the modern mind and body which is always in motion. Body in motion, emotional energy is flowing, mental chatter is seemingly unceasing. So there is a plethora of teachings on how to witness the mind and body without getting caught in it.

But, the technique is straight forward. Become passive. Become receptive. Be a witness. A non-doer…just BE.
Now then, as a technique of awakening it is so beautiful. It is the historical Buddha’s chosen technique, and there have been few individuals as awake as him.
As discussed, enlightenment is about become aware. So much of action is external. There is activity, but not always awareness. Many people can drive their car and work and eat almost entirely on auto-pilot.

This technique offers a way of entering into oneself and laying down the ordinary way of DOING that most get so caught up in, they forget their true nature and inner silence.

Breath witnessing asks that you drop your effort. Drop your ego. Drop your need to make things better, or to achieve anything. Though Enlightenment may be a ‘goal’, to try and achieve this goal in meditation may keep one tied into the efforting mode of being. So then, the medicine of breath witnessing comes with time, and there’s nothing you can do to make it happen. Which relates to the spiritual concept of grace…a force that falls upon you without your own effort and doing.

The pathway of surrender teaches one a way to approach life. We all have conditioned patterns of being and relating to the world and problems…and for the Western mind, most people approach their life and problems through effort and activity. To learn to surrender is a true jewel. For there areas and situations in life when your individual effort is useless…like when death comes. So breath witnessing prepares us for this vital transition time, and many other difficult times and teaches us to move through them with grace.

For example, when many people receive challenge, such as a hard divorce, if they do not know how to surrender they will attempt to control the situation…if their not willing to feel their emotions they may do 10,00 things to avoid feeling and being present with reality…instead they will try and change it…they will seek to maintain a pleasurable state, rather than accepting the challenge and allowing their mind and body to process. This avoidance of reality prevents awakening.

So then, that is a bit about breath witnessing and vipassana. The same quality of learning to surrender is found in the conscious connected breathwork I teach. Though breathwork, like yoga can be taught in many ways. There are many effortful techniques of breath which are wonderful tools. As a teacher I train in effortful practices, surrender practices, and the middle way.

This is why I’m honoured to offer a breath fundamentals course in September which will provide an introduction to working with the breath in all its dimensions. We will be exploring Vipasana technique, Conscious Breathwork, Kundalini and more.
Blessings and love.

  • Aya

short story about stress, the body, and how to overcome challenges in this time.

Our current personal and global situation is uncertain.
Uncertainty can easily arouse the nervous system.
Arousal of the nervous system uses energy and can be taxing on the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of the individual.

Arousal is another term for stress. Arousal is a good neutral term. Because stress is not always deleterious. There are beneficial stressors that create growth. Just as in weight-lifting we need resistant to build muscle. Stress becomes noxious when it is too severe, too prolonged, and unmanageable.

Stress effects every system of the body differently, and it is important to be able to identify where stress is affecting your body.

Let’s divide the body into 6 major zones:

  1. Legs
  2. Pelvis
  3. Core
  4. Chest + arms
  5. Neck
  6. Head/face

Let’s also consider the holistic view of the individual as a being composed of 4 parts: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.

The optimal condition of our body is when we are balanced among these 4 parts, and when there is health and good energy flow between the 6 major zones.

Energy flow is a great way to think about health.
When your life has flow, you live in a good way.
When the body is in motion, and when all the 6 major zones have circulation and energy flowing through them, you feel well.

Conversely, when we feel stressed, we contract and hold tension.
The question is….
Which zone is holding tension? Perhaps all of them….

Because the body and the mind are one, one of the fasted ways to a healthy mind is a healthy body.

So then, therapeutic movements can be applied to create energy flow among these 6 major zones which will benefit the whole system. I’m sure you can think of a time when you were stressed and you went for a walk, run, or played a sport and you felt better after.

Simply becoming aware of where you hold tension and intuitively moving, stretching, or dancing can often create a shift.

but, consider this… The mind is the body, and emotions also live in the body.
These 6 major zones all hold a wealth of mental content (beliefs and stories), and stored emotion. As a quick example, say you are in traffic in the morning…and you become frustrated for the next 6 hours. The traffic was the stimulus that caused the emotional stessor that was created within you…though you left the traffic (stimulus) the emotional charge remained held in you (holding unprocessed emotion).

It is possible to hold emotions for days, weeks, and a lifetime. Much of who we are is a result of the early emotional experiences we had when we were children.
So then, emotions are also held in each of these major zones… so it’s not just about moving the body..but expressing and releasing emotions and attachment to stories, beliefs, and investing in what you want, over what is real.

Let me share a story now…

Caz is a movement and breath teacher.
He has just received notification that his government is mandating a mandatory ruling that all individuals are to be vaccinated if they are to enter non-essential places of business and gathering. He is shocked and confused as to how they can simply place such a order….he is worried about his future which is now uncertain and he is concerned with his community, who will all be effected.

When we experience stress related to safety, the 1st zone and our legs + adrenals begin to dysregulate and increase cortisol (stress hormones). So long as the stressor is unmanaged, cortisol will constantly drip and become like a poison to the body and mind. This may show up as an inability to experience calm, and wobbliness in our legs.

When Caz goes into his community he encounters a range of individuals…some are welcoming of discourse and discussion, others are quick to express emotion and prevent discourse. This incoming emotional energy may cause him to not speak his truth. Speaking our truth is related to our 5th zone, which is the throat and thyroid gland. When we hold our tongue back we constrict our throat and prevent energy flow and health here. This may prevent the connection between head and heart (thought and feeling).

By stepping out of our truth we give away our power. Our power is related to our 3rd zone, our stomach and our digestion. When we give away our power by making disempowering choices, like not standing up for our truth, we dissociate from this part of the body and it becomes prone to unconsciousness. When the stomach becomes unconscious we detach from our enteric nervous system which helps us make intuitive decisions, and will often lead individuals to over-eat to tranquilize the unprocessed emotion in the stomach.

When an individual over-eats they often create stagnation in the digestive system which effects zone 2, the pelvis and lower digestive tract. This area has a lot to do with our 1 on 1 relationships, emotional expression, our creative expression, and sexuality. In the above scenario…Caz has become stressed for his security, out of his power, distanced from his truth…so motivated to be present in his relationships do you think he is?

This is just an example of a series of events that can quickly cause dysregulation in every major zone and endocrine gland in the body. This can all happens in a short amount of time, even if you exercise, eat well, and do yoga and meditation regularly.

A way forward…

We can heal our body by finding balance. In the above scenario, if Caz was able to find a way to accept his situation, he may relieve some of the external pressures. To accept a situation does not require we fix the external problems…it’s an internal shift.

We can make internal shifts in our thinking, in our body, and the way energy moves through us…this is known as self-regulation. The practices of breathwork, yoga, dance, etc are self-doctoring techniques to teach people how to heal themselves, empower themselves, and become resilient.

If Caz chooses to feel all the emotions associated with his stress and then release them….they are gone. Just as you can be in traffic and not become stressed, so too we can change our perception and overcome our environment…it’s why humans have evolved to where we are today.

If Caz can move his body and create energy flow again, he can restore his energy. It can be hard to do this alone, and community is important. Having someone to hold the space creates safety and if they are well-trained they can guide you into your body to places you may not be aware are holding tension.

It begins with a commitment to overcome. It requires following through and being willing to heal and move forward without needing it to look a certain way. It often involves overcoming the comfort zone. Surrendering the avoidance patterns we all have. Putting in the effort to get the body moving even when it becomes frozen.

But, your not alone. We are ALL in this together. And we heal together because we are one.

There is no limitation as to what the body can heal. There is no challenge we cannot overcome. There is no night so dark, the sun won’t rise again.
So then, these words are an offering and a call for you to bring into greater awareness where stress may be held in your body. It is an encouragement to begin to empower your decisions and become resilient. It is a call to come together in your community.

I will be putting on weekly by donation healing circles to help support in this time.

I don’t have the answers. No one person does… no one government knows best. My way forward in within. So I turn to love and connection and my community, and I do what I do best, I offer my service and share my truth.

Please reach out if you need support, if your looking for online or in-person healing, or if you’d like more information about the weekly circles.

Introduction to Dynamic Meditations

Dynamic meditations are an active form of meditation that can be a valuable tool for a breathwork facilitator in helping an individual turn within and release. Many individuals struggle to develop a seated meditation practice because they are not properly trained, and they have trouble surrendering into the process. Dynamic meditations – which often include a portion of the more traditional seated meditation- present a way to allow individuals to move deeper in their meditation because much of the barrier people face when trying to meditate is a constant distracting chatter of the mind. This is due to the way in which our modern lives have developed, several hundred years ago there was less distraction for the mind, and also, individuals were much more present in their body due to a higher amount of physical work. The body is the mind, and when the body is at ease, the mind will follow. So then, dynamic meditations can help to teach the body to relax, so that when an individual sits for meditation or breathwork, they can be present without getting too caught up in their mind and their ordinary state of consciousness.

There are structured dynamic meditations, for which we could classify Yoga and Qigong as two systems which fall under this category. Because the mind is the body, the movement systems found within Yoga and Qigong are masterful in that they have movement sequences to access all the different body parts, creating a pathway towards total relaxation.

Then there are less structured dynamic meditations such as those created by Osho, the meditation teacher. Many of his sequences consist of multiple movements (typically 2-6) that are performed for 10-60 minutes. Unlike certain Qigong or Yoga sequences which may lead you through 20-100 movements and poses, when one focuses on a few powerful movements they can enter them and access *trance states and this will help them to move deeply within themselves.

*A trance state is an altered state of consciousness that is associated with altered brain wave patterns and access to the subconscious and superconscious mind.

As a Breathwork and Dynamic Meditation facilitator it will be up to you to learn the sequences and meditations that will work best for your clients. There is a science to meditation, as it is sometimes referred to as medicine for the mind…and therefore, the proper prescription of dynamic meditation and breath are a skill you will hone through your personal practices, and your practice in the field.

Here is an example of Osho’s dynamic mediation in stages, with an explanation after.

Osho Dynamic Meditation – 60 minutes

Stage 1: Chaotic Breathing – 10 minutes

This stage involves chaotic breathing and moving. Chaotic refers to the patterns of breathing and moving having no consistent pattern. It is encouraged for the breather to breath deep and to move quickly at times and slowly at other times. It is encouraged to move with the whole body, and to alternate between breathing in through the mouth and nose.

Explanation: Throughout the meditation sequence it is important to become a witness. To be a witness refers to a way of observing oneself as an observer. There is no judgement of mind, body, and emotion, which may be challenging for some, but when one accesses this state of witness it relates to a state of allowing, and will create greater balance among mind, body, and emotion, which many individuals can be prone to become disintegration from. The state of witness asks we become total, without hesitation, and can open us into the subconscious mind. The chaotic moving and breathing pulls an individual out of their ordinary patterns of moving and breathing and acts as a great way to access new parts of the body, and break the ordinary thinking and feeling associated with routine patterns of being and relating.

Stage 2: Emotional Expression – 10 minutes

This stage involves expression of emotion. It is encouraged to totally express your emotions as a witness. In this stage an individual may start off acting or embellishing their emotions to encourage expression, but the aim is to tap into or access the emotion as the practice develops. What that means is, one may begin by laughing, or crying, or raging, and at first it may be a voluntary act, but if one moves deeply into the state of witness and allows themselves to surrender into the emotion, then authentic release of emotional charge and subconscious patterning may arise.

Explanation: The average individual does not give themselves the time or space to fully express their emotions, many keep them bottled up, and/or have become quite unexpressive due to excessive time being social on the internet where expression is limited. We all contain anger, grief, worry, fear, sadness, joy, etc…and offering space to feel these emotions and express them in the body teaches oneself that it is safe to express, to encourage expression, and to check in with where one may be avoiding or uncomfortable. For example, some individuals are comfortable laughing and crying, but resist expressions of anger.

Stage 3: Jumping up and down and saying HOO-HOO – 10 minutes

This stage involves jumping up and down with hands over the head and saying HOO-HOO-HOO like a primal mantra. The sound should vibrate and come from the sex centers and be deep in tone. One may also thrust the pelvis, and roll the eyes up as they do this and more deeply enter into a trance.

Explanation: The first 3 phases of this dynamic meditation are activating and are meant to release and use energy, the third stage is where this activation crescendos, followed by stillness in the next phase. The jumping up and down allows the energy to drop down into the legs and be grounded. While the eyes rolling up helps one to focus on the 6th chakra or pineal gland which can produce a trance state. The vibration and connection to the sex centers helps to create sexual energy and kundalini flow. At this point, one will have broken ordinary pattern of breathing, moving and feeling, expressed a range of emotions, and grounded the energy in and activated their body.

Stage 4: Stillness – 15 minutes

This stage begins by immediately stopping and holding the position. Freezing totally and dropping into the witness for a meditation.

Explanation: Meditation is energy work, and stopping immediately helps to keep the energy organized in a good way. If individuals are not capable of freezing and standing with arms over head, it can be modified.

Stage 5: Celebration Dance – 15 minutes

After all the previous stages, it is important to come to a free movement and celebration dance. One has opportunity to become a witness once more in a dance of joy.

Explanation: if one has entered into the meditation totally, they will feel clear, light, and their mind will be quiet, it is from this beautiful space where authentic joy and celebration may be tapped into and expressed.

Explanation: once again we have an opportunity to become total in the expression of an emotion, and this last phase helps one to transition into the world in a state of joy.

Working with Grandfather Tobacco Spirit – Part 1

This article follows up a piece I wrote on working with the spirit of Madre Cannabis.

It is an introduction to working with the plant medicine Grandfather Tobacco, who is one of the wisest plant medicines.

This article is not an encouragement or detraction from working with plant medicines, if you are of the age where you can make the decision of what to put in your body, that decision will come from you, and it is best to continually assess what I term ‘right relationship’. Which is a conscious checking in of whether that medicine is right for you at that time, and whether the relationship you have with it is healthy.
This article encourages the conversation and conception that plants have a spirit, and instead of just looking to the benefits we can measure, such as physiological changes in our body, they have more teachings to offer us, and we have a capacity to know them on a spiritual level, as one being to another.
To learn to work with a plant, one must learn to ‘tune in’ to its spirit. One method of beginning this process is to hold the plant in your hand, and speak its name, or sing to it. Ask to be received, or speak your intention in working with the plant. Songs devoted to the plant spirit help one tune in, and you will find devotional chanting and singing to all the most powerful plant medicines. Why is this more powerful? For one, some of the songs that are sung are channeled directly from individuals who are deeply in tune with the spirit of said plant. Secondly, the bridge between spirits where information can readily cross is when two beings are connected by love, by singing devotionally, one harmonizes their system to readily receive the transmission/connection from the plant they are working with.

Relationships are life-long, and individuals may even choose to take part in special diets or dietas that involve drinking the plant daily to best know it (there’s a lot more to dieta, but this will suffice for present purposes).

Relationships with plants are like any other relationship in the sense that there are things you can do and should not do. If you want a plant to work with you, you cannot abuse it, and depending on how you treat the plant, it will offer its wisdom accordingly. Some plants, like Madre Ayahuasca ask that you diet and eat in a particular fashion to receive her, and that’s often the beginning, if you wish to continue to work with her, there is often much more involved.

Why then do people go through this sacrifice to work with a plant medicine? Because they are wise teachers, healers, and guides.

As mentioned, Tobacco is one of the wisest in the hierarchy of plant medicines and is used around the world in shamanic or energetic or spiritual practices, from Mexico to Peru, North America, to Europe.
Before exploring further, let me offer some words on Tobacco and how it is being used by most of the world. Tobacco is one of the most misused plants, beginning with how it is raised, treated, handled, what they put into it, and then how it is used. The whole process of growing a plant is part of the relationship, and if the medicine is to be cultivated well for its benefit, it must be looked after with intention, care, love, and most plants love to receive song when being prepped. Loading it with chemicals, then using it unconsciously to get a short high is not the way Father Tobacco wishes to be used. There are many harms associated with misusing tobacco, and much of the research that is put out there focuses on improper methods of working with this plant. There is a wealth of evidence for the benefits of nicotine (one of the primary components in tobacco). For those curious, they would be prudent to do some of their own research, and speak to traditional healers who know the spirit of tobacco well. As mentioned, this article is not going to focus on presenting arguments of whether tobacco is harmful or can be used in health, please do your research and make your own conscious decisions that are in alignment with your highest knowing.

The Teachings of Tobacco:

1) Intentions and Prayer:

Tobacco is a power plant for prayer. It will take your current state (mental, emotional, physical, and intentional) and broadcast that signal outwards through the smoke, which traverses the 4 sacred directions (or 7 sacred directions) which one can think of as an effective way of offering the prayer into the universe. Which is part of a teaching explored later on: giving and receiving.

You are an energetic being, and you have various vibrational densities. Your physical body is densest, your emotional energy is less dense, then your mental body, and it goes further into your subtle bodies. One can think of the net total of these vibrations as your intentional field that is being broadcast around you and is in a constant communication with the universe. If you desire something in this world, it fills your intentional field and influences your body, emotions, and mind. If you have a powerful prayer or intention, and you can become TOTALLY committed to it, it fills your intentional field and primes you to receive it, by harmonizes your internal actions in alignment with your intention, and by broadcasting your intention out into the universe. The universe receives your prayers based on the degree to which you can hold them in your intention field, which relates to how total you can be, how deeply you want it, which relates to what your willing to do and sacrifice, and if your willing to meet the universe at the standard that is in accordance with the size of your prayer.

Many people are wishy washy in their desires. One moment they want this food, then that TV show, they love pottery, but they still work a job they don’t enjoy for money. In this example that individual has an unharmonious intention field, it is all over the place and disorganized. They are not committed in an intentional way, and if they desire and pray, because their not willing to make the internal actions, nor have the trust in themselves or the universe, the capacity for them to create change is lessened.

Ideally, one can find their purpose, which is their highest intention.. .which will help organize all other behaviours and intentions. When you anchor in your purpose, and your purpose is sufficiently planned, it will require a standard, a set of values, and a series of actions to attain it. When you can direct all of your actions and intentions in one direction, then you can move mountains and make miracles happen because you gain the inner resilience and trust within yourself to trust the universe, then the whole intelligence of the cosmos is at your disposal.

An example prayer practice:

Sit out in nature.

Have your tobacco with you. You may choose to have loose leaf (not ingested), pipe tobacco, snuff, or other.
Tune into your intention – tips: be total in your body, mind, and emotion. To tune myself every morning I wake up with gratitude, I bath in the cold river, I move my whole body system, and express emotion or sing, and I pray.

Tune into Grandfather Tobacco:

Example: Thank you Great Spirit. Thank you for this life, the four elements, the four directions, and the four seasons. Thank you Grandfather Tobacco. Thank you for your medicine, your teachings and wisdom. My intention in working with you today is……..(blank). Guide my mind, body, and spirit to be in harmony. May my working with you be in good relationship, and may all being know a good way of working with medicines.
All my relations.

(this prayer tunes one into creator, or the universe, then touches into gratitude, and recognition of the cosmos [as above so below]. It is addresses tobacco with gratitude, and speaks the name associated with it’s medicine which creates a specific vibration in you as you speak it. There is then clarity of communication in the intention. Then it concludes with an offering or prayer to the plant and the well-being of others.
After the prayer, one may offer the loose tobacco unto the earth and it will receive it.

Or to inhale the tobacco – some traditions hold to just hold it in the mouth, and not in the lungs. The tobacco can then be blow out with various effects. It can be blown on the body to clear the intentional field of any imbalance, or negative entities. Which is a protective effect that tobacco offers in the spirit realm. Or It can be blow straight out into the ethers to be received by the 7 directions and the universe.

End of part 1

Pathways of Enlightenment

Enlightenment is the process of becoming light.
It’s a fickle subject with a lengthy history.
It can be difficult to speak about enlightenment because there is no clear definition that spans across all cultures. For some, Enlightenment is a title of an individual who has attained a certain level of embodied realization. But, then the confusion comes in as we must ask, just who is capable of bestowing this title upon themselves or another.

There are certain traditions that assert that their lineage and its unbroken chain is the only path to true enlightenment -or we may say salvation here-. Further, many traditions maintain that we are all enlightened at a certain level, or one can say, we have a Buddha Nature, and it is just that we don’t always act in accordance with our highest level of realization. There is much more than can be spoken to here about higher guides, ascended masters, samadhi, salvation, and a more in-depth analysis of what individual sects and traditions believe. But, my position here is not to create a complete expose of enlightenment history and the various schools; rather, I’m going to offer brevity and a general introduction to ideas so that you may consider what feels true for you. There is a certain risk when being brief on such in depth matters such as these, especially when speaking about the ideas and beliefs of other individuals, so please note that I am a human with a perspective, that is, like you, trying to figure out this great mystery – if it can even be figured out. So then, please drop into your contemplative awareness, and let us explore the journey of enlightenment and the many insights we can glean in our time together.

What is the process of Enlightenment?

Well……… once again, it’s hard to define it in a way that spans all cultures. But, let me try and build a practical pathway.

The enlightenment journey is the recognition that on a fundamental level the reality is made of vibration and light. Which is well documented scientifically at this point in history. Which means that at a certain level of analysis, we are all made of light, and we are light beings.

The light of the universe has different levels of vibration which give rise to different densities. The light can be more condensed or spread apart. There are lower dimensions and higher dimensions – lower does not denote lesser or anything derogatory here, we are all of the same light, it is all one…lower dimensions simply refer to a more stable manifestation of light. The realm of the earth, wind, water, and fire, which is our planet, and a part of our being, is a low density manifestation of light.

It is important to mention here, you are a fractal of the universe, and the same schematic of the universe is represented in all layers of your being. The ancient phrase, as above, so below expresses this most succinctly.

There are several ways of dividing the dimensions of light, but eventually we arrive at a 3-dimensional manifestation, – the humans on this planet all operate at this level (and higher levels).
What happens as one moves into higher densities of light? For one, their individual unit of consciousness begins to hold more light within it. So then, all light comes from one source, including the sun that maintains our planet, but, just as important as the sun is for survival, as is your connection to the light within -which is affectionately called the ‘light of a thousand suns’ by some. As an individual unit of consciousness, we can only know the sun’s light in a limited number of ways, we can’t even stare at it directly at it. But, the light within, that is the light for which we can find ourselves.

This journey into the light, is enlightenment, it is the pathway to knowing the True Self, our True nature, it is to know God, to be saved…it has many names and expressions, some seemingly contradictory to one another at certain levels of analysis.
The True Self is often written with a capital “S” to denote it as being a more inclusive way of speaking about the Self, as containing the whole universe…as opposed to the small self, which is your individual identity which is tied to your mindbody – note small self here is also not a derogatory term, or referring to anything lesser, we are all one light.

The journey of evolution in terms of enlightenment is to evolve through the various densities of light, to know the Self, and to embody more of the Light.

A few quick pieces:

You are consciousness. This consciousness is pure awareness. At its essence, it is one with the Light. However, we don’t always experience our consciousness as being pure awareness and light because much of our conscious awareness at a certain level of evolution is tied in with our individual and separate mind and body. As expressed, this is a certain level of evolution, which has a certain number of lessons tied to it, and when those are learned and when your individual unit of consciousness is ready it will expand itself and begin to transcend the limitations of mind and body.

For many individuals, they have realized their True Nature through an experience they had, perhaps organically, perhaps on a plant medicine. Because our consciousness is attached, but not tied to our mindbody, it can traverse the various densities of light (which also includes transcending time and space) and experience itself at various levels of its own evolution. Well, consciousness can experience itself as anyone, at any level of their evolution. And because the nature of the universe is not as linear as we perceive it in 3-deimensions, all realities, timelines, and futures are all happening simultaneously…we truly have access to everything we need to know at any moment.

For those individuals who have experienced and realised their True Nature, and they have chosen to pursue this pathway of the light, it will change their direction in life. Before, they may have been very much of the world, meaning their values and dreams, and intentions all had to do with worldly affairs, culture, and family.

The decisions to follow the path of their True Nature begins a process of refining their consciousness, loosening their attachments, letting go of desires, healing karma, trauma, and previous conditioning that keeps their mindbody from acting in unconscious and in a direction that is unfruitful for their new destination and goal. – note: this does not necessarily mean they will lose connection to their family, culture, worldly affairs, though some do.

I will say, there comes a point when enough of the mindbody karma and trauma has been healed, and the dedication of the individual unit of consciousness is confirmed to be orientated towards the light within and helping others (which is opposite of seeking outside of oneself, for oneself), where they will wreach a dimensional shift, which will alter perception, and the DNA at a fundamental level, which I will call the 1st level of enlightenment.

Before this point, enlightenment was far off, and it was an effortful process to orientate to, or to show up to whatever spiritual path or practices you had been working with. But then, it’s like someone pulled the plug on the sink and all that karma and the process of releasing becomes accelerated. I like the metaphor of the sink being plugged, it works for some, but not for everyone, because everyone moves at different rates and has their own experience. But, for myself, it was as though I was efforting efforting efforting, and after one breakthrough expansion, it was no longer a doing, but a more effortless process of being, there was no shrinking back to the small self, the bondage and barrier was broken and my consciousness was freed.…but still, all the release, and the water draining at an increased rate was a wild ride. It was no longer an effort to raise my vibration, my process turned into one of just trying to hold on and stay grounded as lifetimes of blocked energy would leave the body, and my consciousness began to free itself, finding new expression, new desires, new loves, new ideas…it was a chaotic period, as well as dismantling, fragile, and empowering.

When one’s consciousness has transcended the 3rd dimension they open their awareness to new realities. At a fundamental level, their being is different, and evolving, as is their understanding of the cosmos and their particular path. When one transcends their personal reality, their life becomes more inclined towards service to the all, and thus, their new mission in life becomes centered around understanding the spirit of all things, developing their gifts to offer, and living in harmony with all things – internal and external.

Note: there are ways in which to develop and embody more light and with that comes power, and this power can be used selfishly and to serve the self.
Note: Some individuals don’t merely transcend to the next level of enlightenment when they receive their on-off dimensions shift, they may move up several octaves – depending on several factors, such as their previous lifetimes of spiritual evolution. Individuals who reached a higher level of enlightenment in a previous lifetime will often become interested in spirituality early on, or even choose a traumatic or challenging home, to initiate the appropriate catalyst to wake themselves back up, and they may leap back to where they were in previous life, and then continue the work from there.

In discussing the various densities of embodying light it is important to understand the process is one of becoming one with the Source Light, or the divine. In that process, one loses their individual identity, and begins to take part in the hand of God, so to speak. That comes with knowledge, wisdom, power, capacity, and creativity.

The next few densities of light imbue an individual with the capacity to think thoughts (intentions), and call them into manifestation. At a certain level, this means if you have a project you are planning, you can speak it, trust it, repeat it, and it will manifest. At another level, you an speak the words of healing, and your body, or another’s body will become healed.

So then, now that we have gotten this far, we can create a malleable and practical definition of enlightenment, and what the process entails.
Enlightenment is the process of embodying more light, and becoming realized in one’s true nature, and expressing their authentic Self. The embodiment is key. Many realize their true nature or have had experiences, and they have yet to fully embody their divinity. True wisdom is that which we are capable of embodying, rather than preaching or speaking about.
But, I don’t want to get too far into the conversation of who is enlightened, because on a fundamental level, we are already our fully evolved and enlightened self. If one is seeking out a teacher, then yes, it can be important to assess their degree of enlightenment to discern whether they are a good fit for your path. But, most of the conversation surrounding “is this so-and-so enlightened’ or the self judgements of “am I enlightened”, and “how enlightened am I?” are just that, judgements of the small self who wants to create a dualistic scenario, or to create a hierarchy so it can determine its or another’s worth and ranking. Which is absurd when you consider that all realties are happening at once, and time is cyclical and not linear, and we are one.

The conversations I love to hear involve a simple checking in with one’s highest Self, and determining where they are at, and where they need to go. Not in relationship to a timeline of needing to get somewhere to achieve the goal of enlightenment, or needing to place oneself on the hierarchy. As above, so below, it is our mind that is being projected inward and outward to create our perception of self and other.
The higher teachings of enlightenment involve spiritual values, such as love, truth, and gratitude. This seems like a good place to pause for part 1.

An encouragement to reflect on what was written here and connect with yourself and your path.

Are you on the path of enlightenment?
What lessons are you learning right now?
What are your Values?
Are you stuck anywhere?
Do you work with higher guides?
What is your relationship to spirit – your breath?

Many blessings.