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Smarter Spiritual Seeking Starts NOW

Smarter Spiritual Seeking begins with this handful of secrets.

Smarter Spiritual Seeking requires understanding certain fact of life NOW. Spiritual secrets not widely known. This article names five essential ones.

After you read them, you can decide for yourself, “Did I know about this before? Or was there a hazy approximation of these vital understandings?”

Because spiritual seeking can be a delight. But only if you find something at least as good as what you were seeking.

First of All, You Live When?

Spiritual seekers you know — maybe even yourself — are living NOW, right? Yet when it comes to spiritual seeking, many of us start looking toward the past.

Maybe it’s because of the deep aspirations and feelings that go with spiritual seeking. For whatever reason, people who aren’t otherwise Amish often do their spiritual seeking… as if cars haven’t yet been invented. As if traditional beliefs and techniques must prevail…

  • Whether we’re seeking Self-Realization. (As discussed in our last blog post. In what’s turning out to be a series. Inspired by the comment there from ISABELLA CATES.)
  • Or we aspire to achieve Self-Actualization. (The psychological version of using your full potential).
  • Or the big, shiny spiritual prize: Enlightenment.

Incidentally, before reading further, you might want to check out the earlier articles in this series: Why Consciousness Matters So Much for Seeking Self-Realization.

When the Stakes Are High, a Warning

How counter-productive it is to turn all traditional, just because you’re a spiritual seeker. And you’re really, really motivated.

You know what I mean by “turn all traditional,” right?

Whether it’s singing, “Give Me that Old Time Religion

Or “Faith of our fathers. Holy faith! We will be true to Thee ’till death.”

Comforting words and melodies! Inadvertently, they can lull a person into hypnosis.

How good it can feel, to trust in the past. Soothing as a sturdy old rocking chair.

Nonetheless, the very process of spiritual seeking demands learning about what works NOW. After all, don’t you prefer these?

  • State-of-the-art dentistry
  • Today’s best practices in medicine
  • Engineering, roads, vehicles built with today’s standards
  • And pretty much everything else.

A Sweet, Achy, Kind of Spiritual Blind Spot

Understandably, many of us have a blind spot about spiritual seeking. Sometimes this limits pursuing what will help us most.

But the purpose of this article is to shake up any misplaced fidelity to tradition. Admittedly, some of what follows may anger you. Or generate strong objections. Or else spark some significant Aha!s, worth sharing. Well, that’s why we’ve got the COMMENTS section below.

You see, I don’t write this blog as if aiming to become the boss of your brain. But I’ve spent over 50 years as a spiritual teacher. As an Enlightenment Coach, I’ve helped a small but significant number of people move into That.

And helped many others make great strides toward That:

Self-Realization * Self-Actualization * Enlightenment.

Here, I’m aiming to shake some of you by the shoulders, as it were. Inspiring you to do your spiritual seeking as though you were living NOW. Not thousands of years in the past. So, here we go.

Smarter Spiritual Seeking. Secret #1. What’s Different Now

When’s the last time you saw this in a newspaper? Or watched it on the news?

Attention All Humans: A Shift into The Age of Awakening occurred on 12/21/12.

Let me tell you what that means for you in everyday life,

And how it changes your quest for big truth.

Mysteriously, no such broadcasts have occurred. Despite our 24/7 news cycles.

For example, I’ve done over 1,000 media interviews on RES Specialties. But I’ve only been involved in one magazine article so far, concerning this Age of Awakening.

And yet it’s tremendously important to understand how life has changed since the Shift. Many of you Blog-Buddies have read my practical book about thriving now, The New Strong.” Especially relevant if you’re interested in using your full potential!

In addition, these introductory resources can help you:

Historical Bottom Line

Living now, we have a new vibrational freedom. Most important, there’s a subtle change to how can use our consciousness. However, we may routinely move too far out for our own good — stalling our spiritual evolution. Getting well and truly stuck, without knowing it.

So, what can you do if you don’t know about this Age of Awakening yet? Start learning about it now. The rest of this article can help, for instance.

Smarter Spiritual Seeking. Secret #2. Traditional Enlightenment? No Longer Your ONLY Choice

Until the shift, Enlightenment meant one thing only: Traditional Enlightenment. I know something about that version, since I studied for years with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Teaching for him from 1970-1986. (For an inside look at the allure, you might enjoy reading my memoir, “Bigger than All the Night Sky.”)

Characteristics of Traditional Enlightenment include the following:

  1. Sense of self merges with the Divine
  2. Witnessing everyday human life
  3. Detachment from human joys, human sorrows
  4. Bliss
  5. Barely caring whether you live or “die.”

If you’re reading this article — and I’ve noticed you are — what’s very likely? You’ve had many past lives dedicated to a monastic ideal. Pursuing Enlightenment was your full-time job. Your greatest loyalty.

And you counted it a success that you gave that spiritual seeking all you had. Because back in the Age of Faith (i.e., before the Shift into The Age of Awakening), hoping and praying were often the best we could do.

Ever Hear of the Psychic Barrier?

A psychic barrier, or veil, was in place throughout human history. Until the Shift.

That psychic barrier kept human beings tethered to limited kinds of experience with consciousness. (I call it “Human Vibrational Frequencies.”)

Seeking Enlightenment meant positioning consciousness at the Divine. (In RES language, “The Divine Vibrational Frequency.”)

Busting through that psychic barrier took great fixity of purpose, lifelong discipline. Smashing through required what? Obliterating a human sense of self. Letting that individual self merge with the Divine. That was our only option. In short:

  • Either we stayed glued to human ups-and-downs…
  • Or we renounced it all, in favor of transcendence.

However, over the millennia, that psychic barrier kept thinning. Accelerating at an exponential rate. Until, on 12/21/12, as predicted, the Mayan calendar ended.

Contrary to popular myth, that wasn’t about “the end of the world.”

Rather, it was about the end of the world as we knew it.

Smarter Spiritual Seeking. Secret #3. Traditional Enlightenment May Not Be Your BETTER Choice

Now there’s a new game in town: Age of Awakening Enlightenment. And, thus, spiritual seekers have a magnificent choice.

Either we can move towards the traditional form of Enlightenment. Or we can be pioneers on this planet, among the first thousand to embody this new way of living.

If you search this blog under Enlightenment, you’ll find close to 2,000 articles. These reflect my growing understanding and experience. Even the names I used, over the years, have evolved. For instance, “Householder Enlightenment” was popular for many years. 😉

Especially understandable, this changing terminology, since I began blogging in 2007… Quite a few years before the Age of Awakening began! Living through this transition has been incredibly fascinating for us spiritual seekers, hasn’t it? With this new era on earth bring a new kind of Enlightenment into the realm of human possibility.

Mostly, encountering this different kind of Enlightenment has been a joyful discovery. (To contact-high catch some of the newness and great delight, you might enjoy my interview at “Buddha at the Gas Pump.)

Don’t Worry about Choosing. As You Evolve, Your Preference Will Sort Itself Out Quite Naturally.

Not that I take a casual view about anything concerning Enlightenment. As you Blog-Buddies know well, I don’t do vague. (LIANE pointed this out in a recent comment here. Never thought about that before. But, hey, she was right.)

Our souls aren’t vague about Enlightenment, either. Where’s what I’ve found, helping students and clients. Our souls have a preference. A mighty strong preference.

And I don’t mean a preference for doing spiritual seeking in traditional ways. Versus exploring newer ways.

Because the newer ways are emerging now. The Really Effective Skills of RES are one approach. (I sure hope there are many other rigorous, effective approaches. As hard to find as my particular offerings.) Understandably, for us pioneers, current market share is teensy.

Anyway, as I teach in workshops like the one coming up this September, Spiritual Clarity on Your Enlightenment Path, hello! The very act of spiritual seeking can be different now.

  • One of the clients I helped move into Enlightenment, CHRISTINE, went from atheism to Traditional Enlightenment. (Curious? You can put that story together with links to “Primmie.” Plus a smaller number of post when using her real name, “Christine.”)
  • By contrast, both LINDSEY and DORIS could easily have moved into Traditional Enlightenment. Helping them both in the intimately personal way called “Enlightenment Coaching,” wow! I learned, to my surprise, that free will is a big factor.

Evidently their souls were holding out for someone like me. A teacher who could help them to move into the new kind. Since, amazingly fast, each woman moved into Age of Awakening Enlightenment.

Here’s what I believe is true for most of us living now: Age of Awakening Enlightenment is the better choice. Far less well known. Nonetheless, better.

Google Interlude

Ready for a laugh? While writing this article, I just googled “age of awakening enlightenment.” How many hits? Exactly 6.

Wait and see how that changes, Blog-Buddies.

Examples of other terms I’ve helped bring into the world? I’ll google three of them now, just for fun.

Each one started with one page of hits. I originated skills related to using consciousness, related to a trademarked system. Then came people who found it useful to offer their own versions. (Have fun comparing!)

Ironic thing about my job: Although I’m no psychic, I do have a tendency to bring new knowledge into the world. Helping us seekers of self-actualization and self-realization. Helping us to move into what’s available NOW.

Smarter Spiritual Seeking. Secret #4. Discover Age of Awakening Enlightenment

For simplicity, here’s a five-point summary about this new version of Enlightenment:

  1. Sense of self remains; we keep caring about our human lives.
  2. Yet God is strongly present in us, humanly and aurically.
  3. Rather than becoming otherworldly, we live in-this-worldly.
  4. Discernment of truth accelerates.
  5. Spiritual evolution accelerates, compared to the individual’s growth pre-Enlightenment.

New to this concept, that there could be a related-but-very different form of Self-Realization?

This introductory article can help. Beyond that, have you noticed that 1/4 of RES involves Enlightenment Coaching? You can find loads of articles here.

Smarter Spiritual Seeking. Secret #5. Your Enlightenment Path Shapes Your Sense of Self

Remember “The problem of the self”? That’s what I wrote about in the last blog post.

We could have many a blog post here regarding sense of self.

Concluding this pretty long article, I’ll simply leave you with this comparison.

Seeking Traditional Enlightenment

Expect to lose your sense of self. Become “dead to the world.” (As considered a good thing by Christian mystics.)

Seeking Age of Awakening Enlightenment

Expect to keep being yourself. Enjoying a progression of greater enjoyment, effectiveness, and success. Don’t be surprised if you even go through a bit of virtual reincarnation. (Not everyone does. Just sayin’.)

Your Choice Comes down to This

God can help you to either erase yourself or to be glorious as yourself.

Whichever is your aspiration, you can move toward that. Your sacred choice!

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  1. 1
    Kylie says:

    Brilliant post Rose.

    I hadn’t thought about it before but it is so true that the way most people do spiritual seeking, it is very retro. And yes, I do definitely prefer modern dentistry, roads, and post 2012 RES spiritual development.

  2. 2
    Emily Turner says:

    Wow Rose this really helped deepen my understanding of what it meant to be in traditional enlightenment and why it was predominate until now.

  3. 3

    God can help us to be glorious as ourselves!

    Easy choice 😄

  4. 4
    An Avid Reader says:

    This comment is somewhat tangential to the topic at hand but very relevant to the broader topic of spirituality in the age of awakening.

    I read an article on the cnn website and the woman who got lost while hiking in Hawaii was interviewed.

  5. 5
    An Avid Reader says:

    She stated that she took a new to her path in the woods due to a very persistent voice/guidance that she received.

    Following the promptings of this “voice” got her lost in the woods for two weeks.

  6. 6
    An Avid Reader says:

    How many people are still listening to random guidance?

    Not good. I thought.

  7. 7

    How very pertinent, AVID READER! Thanks to you and all you Blog-Buddies who’ve been contributing here.

    During the New Age Years (1980 until the Shift on 12/21/12) a new kind of spiritual path became available. Instead of following a guru, many a sweet spiritual seeker commenced following guidance from spirits. And instead of meditation, these seeker’s version was to seek advice, intuition, wisdom… from discarnate beings.

  8. 8

    What a wake-up call for that hapless Hawaiian tourist — if she has ears to listen. I heard a bit about her adventure in the news, but had no idea why she got so lost.

    From what you described, she got side-tracked both literally and figuratively.

  9. 9

    If you’re familiar with the term “spiritual addiction,” you might think that’s more of a hazard for folks who pursue psychic development than for people who seek through traditional religions and meditation practices.

    But if you thought so, you’d be mistaken. By the time I’ve completed Part 4 of this series of articles (today’s is Part 2), and you’ve had a chance to read it… I think you’ll know the answer why.

  10. 10
    An Avid Reader says:

    Here is a link to the story on CNN.

    I was amazed that CNN printed a story that described someone making choices about when to take a right or a left in the woods based on the guidance from a “voice”.

  11. 11
    Liane says:

    Loving this series. Questions I didn’t even know I had are being answered.

  12. 12
    Kylie Sparks says:

    Avid reader, that was what astonished me about that news story also.

    I read it in the Guardian, and marveled at the fact that she went deeper into the woods because she had a gut instinct to go that way and she has to do what her gut says!!! As opposed to logic, common sense, using a compass, noting the direction of the sun etc!!!

  13. 13
    Kylie Sparks says:

    But I don’t think she learned anything because to her it was all “meant to be” and she was guided to have that experience.

    And she “chose life.” Ack!!!!

  14. 14
    An Avid Reader says:

    Hi Kylie,

    I completely agree. She did not use her brain after the experience to evaluate what had happened from a logical point of reference.

    She did not reach the conclusion that, wow, I followed the guidance of the voice, and I was given information that was not accurate–I was given information that got me really lost! Maybe this voice is not an accurate source of information!

  15. 15
    An Avid Reader says:

    Nope. She did not reach any of these conclusions.

    Sadly, the truth is that there is a lot of spiritual information out there that aligns with the conclusions that she did reach.

  16. 16

    AVID REASON, one reason I write this blog — and am grateful for all the comments here — is to provide an alternative to “spiritual” information that contributes to spiritual addiction.

    And, BTW, I did clock on the link you provided earlier, scrolled down and researched the woman’s photo. Definitely in spiritual addiction.

  17. 17

    Which detail of that CNN story stood out for me? How, at the end, she just laughed about her experience.

    You see, living in spiritual addiction is so attractive to others who live that way. And to potheads. And simply to anybody who prefers a laid-back, mellow attitude to life.

  18. 18

    “She went through it all and she kept her cool. Maybe she’s in Enlightenment.” I’m willing to bet that many interpreted her story that way.

    Personally, I think having a good sense of humor is something else entirely. Completely different from apparently learning nothing from her experience and then giving a spaced-out giggle.

  19. 19
    An Avid Reader says:

    Dear Rose, I LOVE that you got the name that I use on this blog wrong in comment number 16 and called me Avid REASON instead of Reader!

    So perfect given this thread and that I was advocating for the use of reason!

  20. 20
    Kylie says:

    So true, Avid Reader, your comment 15. And Rose, thanks for researching her photo. I was guessing that she was in spiritual addiction..

    And I think you are right– that many people would interpret her story that way.

  21. 21
    An Avid Reader says:

    If the interview with the woman who got lost in the Hawaii woods is any indication of how how out of touch with reality and common sense people in spiritual addiction can be–well, this is down- right scary!

  22. 22
    Edward Grant says:

    Hi Rose, great article!

    My head was nodding when you said our souls have a “mighty strong preference” to enlightenment.

    I can relate to this.

  23. 23
    Edward Grant says:

    I have known for many years traditional enlightenment was not a good fit for me. It has never been something I actively wanted to pursue.

    This makes sense to me now, as I came to this rock to live a human life, experience all the ups and downs and learn from them.

  24. 24
    Edward Grant says:

    Now I have the pleasure to seek enlightenment without giving up any of my human life. For me, this is an exciting journey.

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