Today marks the first anniversary since my spiritual awakening in the early hours of the morning on the 15th February, 2010…
It has been a long year of learning – sometimes painfully, but mostly with a smile on my face and true happiness and peace in my heart, shining through from the soul.
I see life. I feel it. I am it. I didn’t recognise that before.
Now, it’s time to start teaching others… because I know that this ‘gift’ is in everyone and I feel it’s my duty to do what I can to raise the awareness of it to as many people as I possibly can.
The great thing is, you don’t have to believe in spiritualism, pantheism, religion or even Father Christmas to gain the benefit… all you have to do is believe in yourself.
This gift is just as much for atheists and people with ginger hair (who DO have souls, by the way) as it is for ninja monks and the Dalai Lama.
My intention is to provide a ‘gateway’ to further learning from the more established spiritual teachers out there… to ‘jolt’ people out of the unconscious world that most of us live in and show them – even just for a moment – where real life is… and it is always right here, right now.
Want to be jolted?
Okay… here’s my first practical experiment.
It would help if you were open minded about this, but even if you think I’m about to talk a lot of bollocks, you may very well be surprised by the results.
First of all, take a minute or so to reflect on your deepest, darkest memories or your fears for the future… the sort of stuff you don’t like to examine, and that keeps you awake at night? You don’t have to tell anyone but yourself, but just for a moment, dwell in those uncomfortable places of the mind.
Seriously, do that for a minute or so… look away from the screen and when you’re ready, come back.
Right, time to show you how to let go of what you were just thinking about.
I’d like you to watch one (or all) of these YouTube clips and watch them intently – turn up the volume and listen, too. Focus your complete attention on everything they contain.
Really, dedicate your focus, just for a few minutes… watch and listen…
Here’s a clip of two cats on a treadmill:
A puppy confronting his mirror image:
Four laughing babies:
*** Now that you’ve done that, you can either carry on reading, or skip to the *** marker at the end of the blog, so I can explain further about the experiment.
Not long after my awakening, I read a book by a spiritual teacher called Diana Cooper, called ‘A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws’. It was given to me by a great friend a few years earlier, but I never read it until after my awakening. I always knew where it was, but I’d never delved beyond the few opening pages. Reflecting, it was almost as if it was waiting for just the right time for the words to speak to me.
As I began to read through the various spiritual/Universal laws, I realised that I was already living by them. Rather than a further unfolding of revelation, it seems I was simply being reminded of what I’d forgotten… like sweeping sand off the ground that I’d always been standing on, revealing a mosaic that I’d always known was there, but the knowledge of it had slipped away from the forefront of my consciousness, until I thought there had always just been sand there.
Diana is an ‘Angelologist’. I have to say that communing with angels was not an objective in my life, prior to my awakening, but after reading the wisdom in her book, and with all that extraordinary stuff going on in my life, I thought I’d give it a go and ask an angel for more understanding of what I was going through - specifically, Archangel Metatron, who is said to act as a conduit between the human spirit and ‘higher self’.
I would go up to Scout Rock, in Lochgoilhead, sit and meditate, and ask questions.
I tried to explain to a friend…
“The Transformer that turns into a truck?” she said.
“No, not Megatron!” I replied. “Metatron – Archangel Metatron. And, anyway, it’s Optimus Prime that turns into a truck. He’s the good guy. Megatron’s evil.”
“You’ve become a Satanist?”
“You’re trying to talk with an evil angel?”
“No! Megatron’s from the Transformers and he’s the evil one. Metatron is an Archangel. He’s a good guy.”
“I’ve only seen the first film. I don’t recall him.”
“He’s not in Transformers! He’s an angel – an Archangel. Like Gabrielle.”
“So, you’re trying to talk to an angel?”
“So, you’re trying to talk to an Archangel?”
“That really worries me, Les.”
*** If you really focussed on those videos, you will understand, now, that, even if just for a few moments, the sadness, worry, fear - or whatever else it was I asked you to remind yourself of just before watching - temporarily vanished from your consciousness. The pain stopped.
If you are aware of that, then congratulations, because you’ve just discovered the ‘off switch’ for the irrational, invasive, often destructive unconscious thinking process that blights modern society, bringing misery to the lives of billions and which in the main prevents them from experiencing the joy and happiness of true life.
Whenever you are in emotional pain, you have the option of flicking this switch and turning off the self-torture – because that is what it is.
Emotional pain does not exist outside your mind.
The only person who can hurt you, emotionally, is yourself.
If someone remarks that you have fat ankles and smell of bins, the offence taken and the ‘hurt caused’ is a psychological reaction where you actually allow those words or actions to be taken into your brain and processed into something that poisons you.
People can beat you with knotted rope, whack your shins with sticks and cause physical injury, but they can never, ever hurt you emotionally.
That is fact. Your ego will struggle against this, but it is undeniable.
Once you accept this truth, and now that you’ve discovered that there actually is an off switch, you are in a position to recognise that all the psychological crap that has been weighing you down for years and years has no place in your life.
All the sadness, the fear, the worries, the trauma and loss from the past, the anxiety for the future… none of it exists outside your mind.
So let it go...
You don’t have to watch funny videos of kitties to flick that off switch. You just have to live in the moment…
Be aware of your surroundings, of those you love, and of life.
See, listen, smell, taste and touch (though don’t do that to the woman in front of you in the supermarket checkout queue – you’ll get thrown out), and then move to the sixth sense - the greater awareness of the incredibly beauty of living and being alive.
Your brain is a tool and you are its master, not the other way around. Time to abolish the mental slavery and return to the freedom that is our birthright.