Blog-Buddies, on this Christmas Eve, what is the greatest gift you can give yourself? Position your consciousness in a way that really helps you. Avoid paths that sound fabulous… but deliver nightmares in real human life.
Below is my latest article for Pathways Magazine to start you thinking. “Pathways” makes each current issue available online, as well as delivering those thousands of delightful old-fashioned print copies in health food stores, healers’ offices, and the like. Free copies of a quality magazine, wow! But neither is interactive like this blog.
The online PDF version from Pathways isn’t available yet. (I will add a link after it is.) Meanwhile, I invite all Pathways readers to join our online community around Deeper Perception. You all are welcome to comment below with questions and/or reactions to this latest article, an the ongoing column on “Energetic Literacy“. Headings and links are added especially for this blog version.
Enjoy, everyone. Because the biggest gift you may unwrap this holiday season… is not a ginormous green bean casserole but your consciousness.
How do you position your consciousness? Intention.
Clients tell me a lot about their goals for healing. Often their innermost dreams for self-actualization are shared in those hopeful sentences about “How I wish to grow as a person.” Discussing and shifting these goals has become an important part of how I help clients.
By the time 2012 is over, I will have completed another 1,000+ session hours, each one based on my client’s intention. Facilitating sessions to heal and help, it never ceases to amaze me. Whichever skill set is used with that particular client, intention is always vital. You can’t get where you want to go without — wisely — choosing a destination.
Often I have wished that somehow I could make the best parts of those personal sessions available to you blog readers, free and clear and powerful. I have wished to use this column to supply a do-it-yourself tweak that could make a huge difference for your life now… and all the way through to Enlightenment.
Today it occurred to me, I could at least make the first five minutes available — that part of an Energy Spirituality session about intention.
Are you willing to accept some coaching about your process of setting intention? I’ll warn you in advance, that takes courage.
I’ll promise you this as well. The benefits could be huge.
An Alarming Trend with Intentions in 2012
Having worked in New Age since 1970, I have seen trends come and go. Most are interesting, even beautiful. However, that can’t be said about the biggest trend in 2012. It’s very concerning.
Variations on the following theme abound. Reading them, play New Age consumer. Can you identify the problem?
- “I want to live from my deepest self.”
- “I want to speak only words of the highest truth.”
- “My Higher Self should be in charge of everything.”
- “To be authentic, I must be guided by my highest truth.”
- “My guides know what is highest and best for me. I want to surrender completely.”
- “In every relationship, in every situation, I want to live only from my true self.”
Great examples, all, of goals that could bring about the highest… misery. If they came true.
At best, such results would bring imbalance. At worst, imagine a life high on a mountaintop retreat, a simple lifestyle replete with vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty.
Of course my perspective is based on using skills of Stage Three Energetic Literacy, not simply contact with clients. This year, six of my long-term clients moved into the state of consciousness known as spiritual “Enlightenment.” That’s a pretty strong result in the direction of balance. Enlightenment benefits many aspects of life, including what shows with Stage Three Energetic Literacy.
What does energetic literacy mean? It means reading auras. Reading them in detail. Stage Three Energetic Literacy means reading a person’s energy field all the way through to the level of chakra databanks.
Take your aura, for example. Every one of your major chakras contains 50 chakra databanks, with more in your sub-chakras.
Each chakra databank contains a permanent, beautiful, Divinely-designed gift of your soul. Plus there is a size and quality to each chakra databank. This depends on lifestyle + how your human time is spent + the subtle positioning of consciousness in everyday life + how much STUFF is stuck at the astral level.
- If you’re a mind-body-spirit healer, there is no substitute for using skills of energetic literacy.
- Likewise if you’re a self-actualizing person, who sets goals for yourself.
- Either way, energetic literacy reveals vital patterns beneath the surface.
To use the language of psychology, the level of personality where energetic STUFF is stuck corresponds to the subconscious mind (a.k.a. the unconscious mind).
STUFF can always, always, always be healed. Hence the many techniques used by holistic healing professionals. The healing skill set I use, Energy Spirituality, aims to help emotionally and spiritually. For this, intention matters enormously.
Any of the “Deeper Self”-type intentions at the start of today’s article could provide negative serious consequences emotionally, spiritually, even physically. Because, if you think about the implications, a longer version of each of these might go like this:
“I despise my normal human functions, except for a cherished few. Ideally, I’d prefer to totally ignore little things like my human emotions, gut reactions, human likes and dislikes, how I spontaneously talk, and everything else about who I am. All I would allow, ideally, is one tiny fraction of myself. I want help to toss out my human self and replace it with my highest ideal.”
Takeovers? Not such a great idea. In my practice, I have seen the occasional takeover that requires an exorcism, a concerning possibility until you remember that STUFF can always, always, always be healed.
Takeovers can mean a personality hijack by one component of the personality, one chakra databank. Or a takeover could mean surrender to guidance from those who don’t have your best interests at heart. Or perhaps it’s more like “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Not as a lovely country music song but as a deeply confusing way of life!
Be careful what you ask for
When setting an intention, you will surely get results. Ideally a wise intention will help strengthen all your chakra databanks, including these:
- “Connecting to Physical Reality: Chakra Databank at the Root Chakra
- “Making Money”: Chakra Databank at the Root Chakra
- “Analyzing My Life” Chakra Databank at the Solar Plexus Chakra
- “Emotional Growth” Chakra Databank at the Heart Chakra
- “Verbal Integrity” Chakra Databank at the Throat Chakra
- “Connecting to Spiritual Source” Chakra Databank at the Third Eye Chakra
Which intentions bring balanced results?
At best, an intention is something you really want. Personal improvement that would work well in reality.
Often, folks think of a goal in terms of a particular technique. Yet a goal is not a technique. A goal is a goal.
Let’s consider brave spiritual seeker Joe. His initial intention is, “I want to live from my deepest self.”
Noble though this sounds, it’s a technique as much as an intention. Because aiming to base life exclusively on one part of the self has to be a technique.
“I want to live from my deepest self” implies that Joe is capable of living from other motivations, drives, urges, impulses.
I should hope so! Otherwise why would all those extra bits be installed?
Why would God bother to create people with flesh and blood, as complex incarnations, rather than populating this earth with cartoonish two-dimensional figures with names like “Goofy” or “Smarty Pants”?
Okay, flinging aside that slightly facetious question, let’s go back to facts. Here’s an energetic literacy-type fact of life. Joe, like you, was born with hundreds of chakra databanks, each containing a magnificent gift of the soul.
Sure, Joe could call them “deep” or “shallow,” prefer some and despise others. Nonetheless, everything originally installed in the human energy field has a purpose, a value.
Whatever Joe happens to prefer, he cannot have just one cute and perky chakra databank, like “Connection to Spiritual Source” Chakra Databank at the Third Eye Chakra or “Connection to Psychic Guidance” Chakra Databank at the Third Eye Chakra or “Analyzing My Life” Chakra Databank at the Solar Plexus Chakra. Nope, Joe has hundreds upon hundreds of glorious human potentials.
What’s the problem when Joe pursues a technique-laden goal like, “I want to live from my deepest self”? Consciously or not, he has made a choice to place one chakra databank in charge of the rest. Perhaps Joe, who happens to be very smart, equates “My deepest self” with his “Analyzing My Life” Chakra Databank.
In pursuit of that goal, official techniques can be used. Teachers, healers, friends will be selected based on how severely they emphasize the “Analyzing My Life” Chakra Databank.
Even more problematic, any strongly motivated spiritual seeker will wind up developing intention-related habits. Joe will shift consciousness in everyday life, positioning awareness inappropriately for wellbeing… but supporting his ill-chosen goal.
For instance, connecting to physical reality? To Joe pennies found on the street, or that day’s weather, or what his boss asks him to do at work that day… anything and everything can be turned into a subjective theory. Ta day, Joe’s latest springboard for intellectual analysis!
Instead of making direct contact with life, at the subconscious level, an energetic subroutine can become established. Consciously, Joe might have no clue. Distorted patterns with consciousness don’t come with a warning label. It takes detailed aura reading to sort out what is really happening.
Using energetic literacy, what shows at that time in Seeker Joe’s life?
- “Connecting to Physical Reality: Chakra Databank at the Root Chakra, size goes down to 1 inch. Joe responds to life as if it were a third-rate jigsaw puzzle.
- “Analyzing My Life” Chakra Databank at the Solar Plexus Chakra over-functions all the way out to a trillion miles. Joe succeeds at his technique, living in his head.
- Ironically, Joe is the last to know about the success already achieved. Personally, he keeps seeking for ever deeper, ever more pure. Ironically, folks who talk to Joe get the message subconsciously (and maybe consciously, too). Only they’re not thinking, “That Joe, he’s so deep, so pure.”
No, unless they are following a similar technique, Joe’s friends aren’t so very impressed. Their reaction? They worry, “Poor Joe, is he ever out of touch!”
Discernment when choosing intention
Here come some tips to help you further with choosing an intention. Whether that be a New Year’s Resolution, your goal for a healing session, your objective in taking a workshop, the special list of desires you write down on your birthday.
Incidentally, birthdays are highly charged energetically. Don’t let one go by without spending a few minutes, minimum, on your intentions for the following year.
Every day, it’s smart to assign yourself a project for personal development. Write down your first draft, whatever it is. But don’t stop there. Use the following tips for editing.
To keep things real, I’ll keep using the example of Joe and his intention, “I want to live from my deepest self.” It’s a very sweet intention, only it needs a whole lot of refining to produce something positive.
Intention Tip #1. Stretch yourself
Ask for what you want, not less of what you dislike.
Joe will not benefit a whole lot from aiming for, “I aim to feel like my life is less meaningless.”
Intention Tip #2. Aim for your growth, only.
What happens if your intention involves other people? Psychic coercion can result. But not, really, improvement.
Joe doesn’t really have the right to ask God, “Make my mother proud of me.” To paraphrase the great Terry Cole-Whittaker, how Joe’s mother thinks about him is none of his business.
Intention Tip #3. Honestly, what’s the point?
For Joe, what is the point of that ideal, “Living from My Deepest Self”? To trust himself more, rather than second-guessing or criticizing himself all day long? Maybe Joe would finally score a date.
Who knows? In his heart, Joe knows. Maybe he would be better off with an intention like “Trust myself more.” Or “Improve my love life.”
Intention Tip #4. Reality matters, not just ideals
It’s smart to include objective reality in a goal, not merely subjective reality.
Joe is living on earth. Like many an idealist, he has believed in the notion that, “If I perfect myself subjectively, base everything on that, automatically life will deliver everything that I desire.”
In heaven? Maybe. On earth? No.
So Joe’s more productive intention might be, “More effectiveness at work” or “Improving communication with women” or “Sharing power in close relationships.”
Life’s potential is great. With a powerful, honest intention, you can have the deepest fulfillment.
- The bad news: You have to do that as a human.
- The good news: You get to do that as a human.