Be creative: Match the energy you want

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What energy zone are you in: creative or re-active?

As we are discovering, our ability to leverage our Essential Human Power is predicated on our ability to stay out of our learned, reactive, Shadow-self while we learn to stay in our original creative, higher frequency, Gift-self.

Don’t forget, our Shadow-self is driven by an underlying, pervasive sense of lack; we feel we are missing something. Because of this, we go to our minds, or to something outside of ourselves to find it. Our Shadow-self is essentially re-active. It is not original or spontaneous. We want to slip out of this old automatic mind frequency. We want to move into our heart frequency—into our higher, more creative, expansive self.

Our energy frequency determines the shape and focus of our life because it’s the underlying frequency of Life that constantly influences us, whether the energy is coming from our head-self or our heart-self. As Henk J. M. Schram at Crack Your Egg explains:

“These two (frequencies) are completely different Orientations. The Reactive (head) mode is focused on getting rid of or changing something that already exists. The Creative (heart) mode is focused on bringing something new into being… the only way to escape (your) programming is to rise above it at an energetic level…If you anchor yourself into a higher frequency, the same life can be experienced as through you were living in an entirely different world.”

The truth is we are all yearning for something deeper than our surface-level goals. We want to switch from the usual effort of the head to the effortless creative power of the heart. We are yearning to self-actualize and become our true selves. And we can do this.

The body has over 60 trillion cells. Every single cell is listening, and it is responding to the environmental signals that we create. So, we want to make sure we are sending the correct signals (see The missing link: Direct your energy). We want to re-wire and fire the cells which can lead to our most authentic selves. We want to gain the ability to remain in our creative frequency and shift back to our creative energy as soon as we realize that we’ve slipped back into our old, conditioned self. So, let’s be honest with ourselves; are we coming from our old, learned, reactive self or from a new, expanded, perspective of our highest self?

The Circle of Light, dedicated to helping humanity wake up, gives us inspiration to use our inborn creative ability. They explain:

“While you remain alive in physical form in this Earth game, you are going to keep the usual flavors of your identity. But if you continue to expand, open, and allow more of the power of your personal source, of your soul’s energy, you allow that pure creative consciousness to flow through you. This is when you really get to dance…without the usual painful resistance.”

So, let’s get creative here and learn how to direct our energy to where we want it to go. I’m going to use myself as an example and explain what I’ve learned about directing energy from Dee Wallace in her Awesome Magical Creation Course:

I was having an issue with my health. My digestive system was out of whack. What follows is the process I used to help me direct my energy to where I wanted it to go:

  1. I stated my desire at the deepest level: I am divine health.
  2. I found the place inside me that made me smile and feel love. (Innocent things, like babies, puppies, and kittens.)
  3. I inhaled, smiled, and then on a slow exhale said, “I am divine health, and it feels like love.”

That’s it; that’s the process—easy peasy.

The steps in more detail

Now, let me explain in more detail.

First, you clearly identify what it is that you’d like to manifest. Your statement should be short, clear, and direct. Start with “I am.” You might say, “I am divine wealth, or divine relationship, or divine success, wellness, abundance, or whatever. Keep your statement as plain and simple as possible. (Dee Wallace says whatever is said after the “I am” is unnecessary and could cause conflict.)

For example, if I say, “I am divine health and I want my digestive system to work better”, I am actually sending a mixed signal. On the one hand, I would be saying that I want divine health, but on the other hand, I would be declaring that my health was not working well. So, how would the universe find a match? In which direction would it look—to divine health or to continued sickness?

Or I might get too specific and say, “I want my stomach to work in this way and my bowels to work in that way.” This doesn’t allow the energy complete freedom to find a solution. It might be in ways that I could never have imagined.

Second, Dee asks us to find our “love place,” which means anything that makes you smile and feel love. It could be your pet, the picture of a friend or grandchild, a place in nature, etc. It’s all up to you. If you don’t think you have a love place, (which was me in the beginning) just focus on your heart, then “fake it till you make it” come true.

Dee adds that smiling is the scientific part of the process because it opens the vagus nerve, which sends the conscious intent that we have chosen out into the electromagnetic universe, rather than all the unconscious beliefs that we usually have running around in our heads. And smiling as you say, “and it feels like love” gives the universe a clear direction in which to go.

Note: As you are going through this process, be alert when any doubt or worry that comes in (Am I really going to get this? Is the universe really going to deliver? This is not going to work.) When this happens recognize that it is the old, small, voice that you’ve been carrying around for decades. Say, “Stop!” Then choose to shift back to the clear smile method, stating your divine desire statement.

Third, inhale, smile, and slowly exhale and you say, “I am divine ______.” Fill in the blank with whatever you desire in the highest—divine health, wellness, money, relationship, success, etc. (Divine abundance is my favorite.)

Eventually, with practice, we can adopt a conscious mastery—directing our energy, having our mind serve our higher self, and aligning our thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and beliefs with our innate, essential power. At some point, we will awake our natural, creative process, and this feels divine.

The missing link: Direct your energy

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Today, we will be looking at, not only moving our energy, but directing it. This is the most important skill of all, and it is predicated upon knowing our actual intent, our underlying motivation, and directing this energy from our head to our heart. (See my post “A critical Move: From head to heart“.)

Directing energy is the missing link to living our most enhanced life. The biggest key is to align ourselves with the indirect, built-in, power of the heart. This alignment is what makes us feel alive, creative, comfortable, and safe. When we move away from our core, our true self, we feel un-easy because we are off our center. We are out of alignment.

We want to learn to be in our heart’s energy zone, balanced. We want to be who we are at our core, on a continual basis. We humans do have the power to re-connect with the fundamental person we are meant to be, and to embody the values, attitudes, and behaviors that express this, our essential identity, out into the world. But here’s the rub…

“Unknown misalignment between implicit and explicit intent is most likely the biggest pitfall in our attempts to apply our natural-born creative powers.”

— Henk J. M. Schram @ Crack Your Egg

When we activate our old, ingrained patterns, we get stuck in the past. But when we actively practice moving our energy from our fear-based head set to our love-based heart set, we migrate into our new, higher self. This is where freedom and relaxation are found. Remember…

Everything is energy. Our life-force energy is magnificent and powerful. It runs through us, creating all things—bumblebees, buildings, and beings. It flows effortlessly from the quantum field. It gives us what we want according to the signals that we send into the field. (See my post “Energy is Us“.)

Energy is neutral and must be directed. Energy itself is not positive or negative. It is only that we humans have learned to analyze, judge, and interpret things as good or bad. This is why it’s so important to know our underlying motivation. (See my post “Know your true intent“.) We can tap into our energy and create the things we love, and/or, we can tap into energy and manifest things that we don’t want. This is why we need to clearly state what we want because our body/heart/mind systems work in an indirect way, So, it’s important to learn what we are actually doing with our energy; after all, we are the only ones who can take responsibility for directing it. Now, don’t get discouraged.

Directing energy is what Dr. Joe Dispenza, teacher, researcher, and author of Becoming Supernatural: How common People Are Doing the Uncommon is teaching thousands of regular people around the world to do; to go into higher dimensions by learning how the mind works and engaging in a breathing practice that transfers life energy from the perineum up to the pituitary gland, the effectiveness of which is continually being validated by researchers. Here is the secret code…

Our energies need to match up. The key is that we must learn to match the energy frequency of our heart with the energy frequency of our head in order to get the reality that we actually want to manifest. It can be no other way because this is how the higher, more intelligent, more powerful, frequency of Reality works. (See “Know Your True Intent“.) As Henk at Crack Your Egg says, “It’s paramount that our true, underlying, intent is consistently aligned with the nature of the reality we want to create.”

The good news is…

Energy can be directed by choice. We can learn to choose our thoughts, feelings, perspectives, and beliefs. Thankfully, there is a deeper urge within us that wants us to express who we really are. This natural force is always present, and it works in our favor. The tricky part comes in learning to discriminate what we really want beyond our learned preferences so that we can direct that energy to what we actually desire.

This is where Dee Wallace comes in. Wallace is a teacher, healer, and author of, Conscious Creation: Directing Energy to Get the Life You Want. Wallace learned the lesson of “energy direction” through trial and error as she worked with her dedicated students over many years. Now, she teaches thousands around the world, explaining, “You have a choice. You direct energy by choosing which thoughts, feelings, perspectives, and beliefs you hold to be true. You create minute by minute, directing energy in this way. If you don’t do this consciously, you’ll still create your life–but without any control over your results.” (Find out how in the next blog post, November 17.)

Know your true Intent: hidden dynamics count

“The two dimensions of the same Light!!! / Les deux dimensions de la même Lumière!!!” by Denis Collette | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Knowing your actual intention is a key element of waking up. There are two kinds of intention, one comes from the head (like the dark shadow areas pictured above) and the other intention comes from the heart (the golden truth of who we are). The difference between these two intentions is critical. This is why we want to learn how to distinguish between an intent from our head and an intent from our heart. This knowledge will give us a way to move with grace towards our true authentic selves.

Intention from the head

Most of us are living according to intentions that come from the head, from the motivations that we’ve learned so far. These intentions come out of our 3D personality. They come from our Shadow-selves. We project these head intentions out into our physical reality. The thing is, when we are coming from this fight/flight, survival mode, we try to protect ourselves by manipulating what’s going on. We attempt to change people, thoughts, feelings, and situations into what pleases us. This continual rearranging of life takes conscious effort, and in truth, it never fully works to our satisfaction.

The intentions, the motivations, that originate from this ego realm appear to us to be direct, straightforward, and understandable, but actually they can be sneaky and lead us in the wrong direction.

“People, confused by ego, think they are doers of all kinds of work while it is being done by the energy of nature.”

— Bhagavad Gita

Don’t forget, we are here to discover what our body/mind systems are actually longing for—the ability to function from our higher selves, from our 5D (Gift) dimension. (See my 3D to 5D blog series.)

Intention from the heart

When we actually come from the heart, we come from the unmanifest realm, from the metaphysical part of us. This non-physical energy compresses itself down until it manifests as us on the physical plane. This frequency is multidimensional and goes way beyond our bodies and brains. This kind of energy comes from our natural state of Being and is essentially effortless. It manifests from Source, flowing freely though us from the quantum field. This kind of intent emanates a powerful electromagnetic field, just waiting for us to engage with it and blossom. This virtual, non-physical, vibrational energy is our true self, our true Home. This powerful, invisible, field of intention is what actually runs our life.

While both dimensions of intention, physical and non-physical, are real, the intention in our head is of relatively minor importance. The invisible, non-physical intention of our heart plays a much more profound role in our life. This is because our everyday life experience is actually lived as a reflection of the underlying intent of our heart.

Here’s why: We don’t manifest what we think we want in our heads. We manifest what we actually believe in our hearts. We may be able to fool ourselves at the ego level, but we can’t fool ourselves at the heart level. Our true self, our higher, non-physical self, knows the truth.

Inner conflict happens when what we believe in our head does not match the underlying intention we have in our heart. It’s important to understand this difference. For example, if we have an intention, an aim, of having more money, abundance, love, or whatever, the heart knows what we really believe underneath. It sees that we don’t really believe our intention is possible because we are coming from a sense of lack, not from the higher frequency of who we truly are.

We receive what we believe.

— Barbara Bennett

When there is a mismatch, it means our body/mind system is out of alignment with its higher self. (This mismatch is often the reason we don’t get what we want.)The mismatch causes stress which cancels out our head’s desires—leading to confusion, worry, anxiety, and heartache which throws our life off-kilter. As we become astute observers, we discover that holding a conviction in our mind does not guarantee that we will hold the corresponding truth in our heart.

The non-physical, vibrational, intention is actually what we want our minds and hearts to discover. We want our minds to stop working like mad to control our lives. We want our hearts to gently crack open and come out of their protective covering. When our minds and our hearts find out that this is indeed possible, they are delighted! They can then become true partners, working to serve our authentic selves.

The higher intention of the heart is also the dimension that we humans are seeking spiritually. We are biologically wired to find this dimension. It’s the frequency that wakes us up. The good news is that our non-physical dimension trumps all other dimensions, and it manifests our desires faster than anything else. This is because our higher dimension doesn’t judge; it merely gives us what we actually believe. (This is why it’s so important to pay attention to our underlying intention.)

Because our greater-Self functions in this neutral manner, we can’t live our larger self if we continue to hold onto our smaller self. When we hold onto our small 3D self, our invisible energy manifests in ways that keep us stuck because of our underlying, learned, beliefs. This feels horrible and causes all kinds of problems.

But when we experience the energy of our larger 5D self, this same non-physical energy manifests in ways that are remarkable, awe-inspiring, and majestic. (This took me a l-o-n-g time to discover.) Make no mistake: this energy-vibration belongs to each one of us. With dedication and practice, we can learn to experience this higher frequency in a palpable way.

This is why we are going to keep learning about the underlying dynamics that keep us small, the unconscious things that sabotage us. We want to be able to flow with life’s energy. We want to be able to flourish. We want to shift our perspective to 5D, to the Gift of love. Shifting from head to heart is well worth the effort, because as Bruce Lipton (the noted cell biologist and researcher) tells us that we humans have the ability to create from this amazing place of love—95% of the day!

Note: for those who wish to know more about the shadow self, watch this video Facing your shadow by Carolyn Myss.

A Critical Move: From head to heart

“Heart or Head” by Del May | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A Critical Move: From head to heart

As we’ve seen in previous blog posts, most of the time we humans are living from our heads. (see Mind Games). This is not what we want. We want to be our most authentic selves. We want to allow our hearts to lead us through life because the heart is the most powerful tool on the planet.

So, now we will take a look at what contemporary science, and deep human experience, knows about the heart. We are not going to talk about heart in the usual colloquial way, although we humans do use phrases like, “it would break your heart”, “take it to heart”, “my heart’s not in it”, “he is heartbroken”, “I just ‘love’ this or that”, or “get to the heart of the matter”. No, we’re going to take a look at the actual power of heart frequency, which is much greater than any of our usual heart-based understandings. Let’s begin with some contemporary heart facts.

The heart has its own intelligence. It turns out that the heart contains thousands of its own brain cells. It has an electro-magnetic field that is the most powerful, and the most extensive, field in the human body. The heart’s potent field is about 5,000 times stronger than the electro-magnetic field of the brain. The energy frequency that the heart broadcasts can be detected several feet away from the body, between people, and throughout the Earth’s atmosphere. (Make sure to watch the video below.)

Research shows that our heart directs what happens. The heart sends its messages to the brain and the brain responds to that message, even before we actually act on the physical plane. An example of this is how our non-physical, invisible, heart-intent trumps the intent of our mind.

The heart does it all. It powers all levels of existence—from the most compact, physical, 3D Shadow level, through the lightest, non-physical, 5D Gift level, and far beyond.

Neuro-physicists have discovered that the heart is able to facilitate or inhibit the brain’s electrical activity. This aptitude is why I think the following quotation from Jack Kornfield is of particular importance,

“The Heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment, or love. What seeds will you plant?”

— Jack Kornfield

This is a great question. We’ve seen how our mind is often in an over-active mode, functioning on automatic pilot (see my post Let’s face it, we’re on automatic). This behavior is based on fear because our mind has learned to protect us. But we want to learn how to come from love, from the heart.

The problem is that many of us have not yet learned to engage the sensitive guidance of our heart’s intuitive intelligence. Magic happens when the mind finally realizes there is something much more significant that it can be doing to help us in our life experience. As Dr. Sue Morter (see her Fear Into Fire course) says:

“The human heart has the capacity to transmute anything. You can pour love on any situation, and it will change.”

— Dr. Sue Morter

The heart has a GPS

The heart has an Intuitive Guidance System which uses non-local, or non-physical, energy. This intelligence comes from another dimension. It comes from the higher, creative, intuitive part of us. It comes from our Gift dimension—from the quantum field.

This heart intelligence brings with it a gentle, direct, instantaneous kind of inner knowing. We may sense that someone is staring at us or know who is on the phone when it rings. We may be able to detect the mood of another person across the room or feel their energy. This heart-knowledge responds to difficult life situations with less tension and more expertise. The good news is that we can anticipate and learn to follow the prompts of the heart before we say or do something that we may later regret.

Intuitive heart-energy is based on love rather than on fear, and it is filled with possibility. This kind of love is not syrupy. It manifests as needed—soft, gentle, sweet, courageous, or ferocious. This kind of love simply uses the power of our heart to enhance our intelligence. When this occurs, something magical can happen. This is when we get that “aha” experience. Knowing comes to you. You just know.

When we work in partnership with our mind, the heart pulls in intuitive information which selects the best option for the situation at hand. With practice, our heart can help us get to the underlying understanding of our thoughts, feelings, circumstances, and problems faster than anything else.

For example, I had been struggling with a difficult emotion for days. I didn’t like it and I didn’t understand it. Then, as I was stepping into the shower—flash—the answer appeared with a zap: This is the exact feeling I had as a child every morning! I was not loved. I wasn’t allowed to give love to my parents. There was to be none of that mushy stuff. My love was not noticed or accepted. It was tossed aside. I was alone.

The next zap came when I realized, as a child, I had built an emotional prison for myself, locked my heart down. I had dreams of a bright red lobster. Oh my, this represented my safe place! I hid inside the shell; the lobster was keeping me safe.

Another zap, I was creating the same shell in my current family environment! (Wow, I never would have figured this out with my usual mind.) The lesson is, when we allow the heart’s information to surface, the heart sends wisdom to the mind.

The heart can change our lives

Current research shows that we can take charge of how we respond moment-to moment. That means we humans need to understand how to make this shift so that we can use the most powerful tool on the planet!

Watch this 7-minute video from HeartMath to see the extent of the power of the heart—from an individual’s perspective right up to adding value to the collective frequency of humankind.

For training your own Heart Core Power try this course offered by Henk at Crack Your Egg ($19.00 while the offer lasts).

Train your Heart to take you Home

“Love Heart” by iProzac | CC BY-SA 2.0

I’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you about this life transforming practice; but my guides kept saying, “Not yet…not yet.” Now they say “yes.” (That means we must be ready as a group to understand, accept, and follow through with this life-enhancing practice.) What I am about to share with you is deceptive. It is simple and yet profound. When practiced with intent, it is amazingly powerful. So, let’s get to it…

Heart Centering

Step 1: Focus your attention on your chest and keep it anchored there as long as possible.

Step 2: Release any thoughts or feelings that arise which cause you to move away from your heart focus. Every time you wander away from the center of your chest (your heart center), say the following sentence to yourself: I love and accept the part of me that (fill in the blank). This could be a feeling, a thought, a sensation whether it’s positive or negative. For example, you might say to yourself, “I love and accept the part of me that moves me away from my center.” You may not like to say this, but it is a human part of you and each part needs to be accepted so that it can be seen and released.

That’s it! It’s that simple. And yet, when practiced with intent, it has the power to change your life. Why? Because…

In essence, this practice is almost like a fast-track practice for waking up.

It just depends on the amount of time you put your focus on your heart and the amount of time you practice. You can practice anytime—in the morning upon waking, at night when going to sleep, during the middle of the night if you find yourself awake, or any time throughout the day.

The thing is that switching your focus from your head to heart changes everything. It’s the difference between living life through the lens of the separate, automatic, body/mind system or experiencing life through your higher Self, the quantum field of which you are an integral part. In reality you, are not separate. You are actually made of the raw magical substance of love. You are always connected to this invisible energy Source.

To live in this way is our fondest desire—to integrate our higher self into everyday life, to live our most authentic self, to participate in the flow, and to co-create with Source.

“The heart is the master that the mind seeks.”
Barbara Bennett

— Barbara Bennett

What you may experience in this practice

As you engage this Heart Centering Practice, there are some things you may experience:

This practice is simple, yet it may seem impossible at first. (That’s what happened to me.) After some practice, you will begin to be more nuanced in your observation. You will notice that you are continually being drawn away from the center of your chest. You will very easily lose your heart-focus and migrate into your usual mind-focused habit of conjuring up tidbits of information that are seeking attention. When you do this, it means that you are not totally coming from your heart. So, when this happens, just say, “No thank you; I’ve been going off center all my life, now I want to experience my heart’s information.” But each time you notice you’ve wandered off you will be reminded to return to your own Heart-Center.

Your sense of gravity may seem to deepen. Through the heart lens, you become an objective observer. There is no judgment, no expectation, no tension. It’s just “right-on” present experience which is guided from the field of infinite wisdom. This is the lens which yields the most delicious love and joy.

Some days this practice will be easier than others. Try not to look ahead at what you still want to achieve. Instead, give yourself credit for each time you return to center. If you find yourself spontaneously going to your chest at any time of the night or day, congratulate yourself even more on the success you’ve already achieved. (After a lot of practice, your mind will be very happy to let the heart do its work.)

“It’s much easier to act your way to a new way of thinking than it is to think your way to a new way of acting.”

— Henk J. M. Schram

When you find yourself getting down on yourself (as we all do) just say, “I love and accept the part of me that gets down on myself”, or “I love and accept the part of me that can’t do this today”, or “I love and accept the part of me that feels hate, or grief, or shame”, or “I love and accept the part of me that is burdened with the world”. Remember, these are all just parts that have been crammed into your subconscious, and they are coming up to be made transparent and cleared.

The good news is these troubled parts are chock full of life-giving energy which is now consciously coming up to be cleared. This is exactly what we want—old energy transforming into new energy that can be used in a positive way in the world.

So, go ahead, start practicing today, right now. In the end, you have nothing to lose, and so much to gain by engaging with this mind-blowing, heart-opening practice.

For a fuller explanation and demonstration, you may choose to watch Georgia Jean, who channels the Circle of Light, demonstrate this practice in a 22-minute video.

Coming out of the Box: Do I dare?

“Outside the Box” by Adam Swank | CC BY-SA 2.0

Am I brave enough to come out of my box?

Last time, we talked about all the hidden things that have prevented us from being our authentic selves. We also gave contemporary evidence that we can learn to overcome our Shadow limitations and move into our Gifts. But now we face a decision.

  1. Are we going to keep trying to ignore the hurtful things that come up inside? Are we going to continue to store them in our basement and try to deny them? Yes, we can stay in our old, familiar, subconscious perspective (even if it continues to make us feel lousy) simply because it’s what we’ve been used to doing all our lives. Or…
  2. Can we decide to come out of our comfort zones and do something different? Do we have the courage to dive in and resolve our recurring aggravations? (You know, the usual ones that keep coming up to hold us in place.) This is the tough choice. Change takes effort, dedication, and courage.

But here’s the thing. The effect of this choice determines the course of the rest of our lives. Think about it. If we decide to keep things the way they are, our Shadow-selves will continue to haunt us.

Fear and distress will become themes in our daily lives. Denying the underlying disturbances that keep us in status quo will prevent us from experiencing our Gift-selves. We will be unable to come out of the box and fulfill our Source-given potential.

To help you discover what the right choice is for you, I offer you this personal inquiry. Please read each section slowly. After each section, close your eyes and take the time to contemplate what the words bring up for you.

Personal inquiry: Am I brave enough to come out of my box?

Stop for a moment. Pause. Feel the space inside your hands. Feel the space within your feet. Feel inside your head. What’s there? Space! Oh my, who am I?

What have I done? Have I accidentally learned to live inside a familiar, confining box! It’s no one’s fault. My parents and teachers didn’t know how life really works. I didn’t mean to create this close-fitting garment, this capsule, but here I am, same old feelings and concerns, coming up again and again.

If I’m honest with myself, I can feel some fear inside, some sadness. Underneath, there are very subtle feelings of which I’m not usually aware. How did I get here?

Since I came into this world, my energy has splintered. A lot of my energy goes into my head. I can feel some energy in my body. But somehow, I sense there is a great deal of energy that’s still hung up, waiting to see if I’m ever going to feel safe enough to come out of my box.

I know I have my own patterns, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, but are they really who I am? It’s not like I actually choose them. They just come up unbidden. Automatic.

Wait a minute, let me contemplate this for a moment. When I close my eyes and really feel into the space inside me, I don’t think that I’ve actually discovered the whole truth of who I am, or who I could be.

There is more. There is a deep part of me that knows I’ve been living from within a confined place. It’s stuffed with beliefs and patterns, like a default mode that runs on auto pilot.

Yet, if I allow it, there is another part of me that feels more expansive, spacious, and empty. If I permit myself to go to this place, I can sense emptiness in my hands, my feet, my head. This emptiness is also a part of me. And it doesn’t feel scary, even though I don’t know what it’s about. Curious.

I think I may have actually lived myself into a box. Do I dare come out? Do I dare to look, feel, and explore more deeply? Who knows, I just might be one of those “energy beings” that I’ve been learning about. Really, what’s the worst thing that can happen? This could be an adventure, a branching out. Do I dare?

Note: Now is a good time to write down, or say out loud to yourself, what you’ve discovered during this personal exploration. Who knows, there may even be more that wants to come up. Go ahead, allow, be surprised—for better or worse. Take the chance.

Let’s face it: We’re on Automatic

“Quantum Annealing” by jurvetson | CC BY 2.0.

Our automatic selves

So far this year, we’ve been looking at the latest and greatest information on waking up—the underlying nature of how things work, and the hidden dynamics that make up our day-to-day reality. We discovered that:

  • Our energy is what animates us.
  • Our DNA determines the frequencies in our bodies. Our genes drive our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors—from our Shadows to our Gifts.
  • Our feelings are running our body/mind systems.
  • Our minds are leading us around by the nose.
  • Our subconscious is keeping us trapped in the past.

Let’s face it, most of the time, we are operating on automatic!

This is not a surprise

When I first realized that most of my life was running on auto pilot, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was appalled. Disappointed. Angry. But now, after learning about the underlying dynamics of how our body/mind systems work, this fact is no longer surprising, especially when contemplating what Dr. Nilesh Jain (a microbiology researcher) has to say…

Five minutes after your birth, they decide your name, nationality, religion, sect, and you spend the rest of your life defending something you didn’t choose.

All our lives we continue to look outside ourselves to learn how to behave in the world. This restricts our development further. In fact, looking to the outside even determines our moods.

Richard Rudd, author of The Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose, says:

The human tendency to look outside is the greatest addiction on our planet…this addition sets up a low frequency pattern which keeps us locked into a web of our own making. This pattern gets reinforced over and over again.

All of the above sounds pretty grim, but don’t worry, contemporary teachers and researchers have shown there are many things that we humans can do.

We have a choice

We can break through the shells that we’ve built around us. These shells keep us disconnected from our higher selves and from our true desires. A good way to learn how to break out of our shells is to take courses given by Dr. Henk J. M. Schram. Henk is a down to earth teacher who provides simple, yet effective information that I’ve never run across in all my years of studying psychology or spirituality. I highly recommend a deceptively simple course given by Henk @ Crack Your egg. And this course is free!

We can ditch the old patterns that bog us down. Bruce Lipton, a noted cell biologist (way before epigenetics was even recognized), says, “We have all been programmed. That’s the nature of human development.” But when he discovered how our cells actually work, he was over the top, “Oh my God, we’re controlling our genes…Stop running the program! We have a choice.”

Lipton explains that ditching the old program is a bit like choosing to take the red (expansive) pill, instead of the blue (programmed) pill in the Matrix movie. With the red pill, the old programing disappears, and we can handle whatever comes up in our environment with ease.

He also tells us that choosing to drop our program is like experiencing the euphoria of love. (I love how Bruce Lipton explains things.) “This is what happens when you fall in love. You meet someone and 24 hours later you say life is beautiful! This is because people stay mindful. If you’re not thinking, you’re not playing the program.” So what’s not to like about dropping our old programs?!

We can change our entire body/mind systems. With today’s brain imaging tools, we can actually see what’s going on in the brain. We can develop techniques, ways to change our systems for the good.

We can re-program our brains. Dr. Joe Dispenza uses the technique of rehearsal to emotionally train our body/minds to experience the future that we actually desire.

We can learn to go way beyond our automatic behaviors. Dr. Joe has already trained thousands of ordinary people to attain extraordinary states of consciousness. (The research on this is truly amazing.)

When we decide to go beyond our automatic behaviors, we go outside of our comfort zone. We take the risk of going into the unknown. We can’t predict what will happen. This feels uncomfortable, scary, but as Dr. Joe explains, this phase of discomfort is well worth it because “the more you start becoming aware of your unconscious thoughts, the more conscious you go.”

Note: For hard-core “wake-up-ers,” listen to the first hour of this video interview. Dr. Joe explains what’s involved in reprogramming ourselves to live our new future dream.

Upcoming blog posts

So far, we’ve examined the underlying nature of how things work and the hidden dynamics that make up our day-to-day realities.

In upcoming blog posts, we will dive in a bit deeper. We will explore the invisible non-physical reality that actually shapes our lives, the importance of moving from our heads to our hearts, learning to direct our energy, and aligning with our higher, natural, creative energy. After all, we want to wake up! We want to live more joyous and productive lives. We want to contribute to the good in the world.

The Hidden Trap

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The subconscious mind

Today, we’re going to take a look at the subconscious part of us. I’ve discovered (through research and experience) that what our subconscious mind can do is both unsettling and astounding. The power of this hidden dynamic is enormous. Our subconscious mind holds a key which can unlock a trap door which keeps us stuck. Let’s take a look at what the subconscious is, why it’s important, and how it works.

What it is

The subconscious mind is the part of us which is not in our conscious awareness. Research shows that we humans are actually conscious only 5% of the time; 95% of the time we are functioning through our subconscious mind. And to think, most of us haven’t got a clue.

The subconscious mind is a subterranean operation, which lies deep within the recesses of our body/mind systems. It is constantly working behind the scenes, under the radar of our physical bodies.

The subconscious is a product of a hidden agenda that tells us what to do or not do, what to want or not want, what to feel or not feel.

The subconscious mind functions as an involuntary process. It is an entire structure which is filled with its own set of learned ideas, fears, and expectations of the world.

Why it’s important

Despite the fact we’re not aware of this operation, the subconscious is a controlling force in our lives. It is a determining factor in how we make our moment-to-moment decisions.

Our subconscious mind wants to keep us safe. It urges us to hang on to our old, limiting beliefs and behaviors. It keeps us locked in the past. In this way, we continue to live in our fixed, personally crafted, bubbles.

Understanding, and opening up, the subconscious can make the difference between experiencing life as heaven or hell.

The problem is that this reflective, fear-based process is all pervading, encompassing, and controlling, so it’s almost impossible to detect unless we know how it works.

How it Works

Our subconscious mind is baked into our DNA. It is designed to respond to present danger. However, because we humans have experienced fear for eons, our accumulated fear has turned into a maladaptive fear response. Many humans are now living in a constant state of anxiety. This keeps us on the alert long after the danger has passed. As Dr. Sue Morter (a master of bio-energetic medicine) explains:

Long after the bear is gone…the autonomic nervous system doesn’t flip back…the last message that got through was [interpreted as] emergency and then the door shut…emergencies can be gone for 5 minutes or 50 years…the body will continue to respond as if the emergency is here even when there is no actual threat…So, you can see how we can get stuck.

When we feel threatened in any way, consciously or unconsciously, our subconscious springs into action. It is a master of avoidance. It wants to steer us clear of anything that feels uncomfortable. It uses all the old, accumulated, information, the hidden agendas, to get us to deny, avoid, or bypass any discomfort as it comes up. And then it refuses to open the trap door, denying us the stockpile of personal material which we actually need if we are to process all this old junk. Like it or not, our behavior is subtly being maneuvered by our subconscious mind.


The good news is that we are not our subconscious; we simply have a subconscious. Behind the scenes rests our higher selves, our deeper Life Source Energy, which is always whispering to us, “We are waiting for you. Please come on board.”

For those of you who want to learn more about how to understand, deal with, and release the trap door, you may wish to follow the B.E.S.T. Release Practice that Dr. Sue Morter outlines in, Energy Codes: The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life. This is what I did. (Note: this practice requires using muscle testing to find the belief and emotion that is stuck, assuming a yoga position, and simultaneously holding your breath—not the easiest practice in the world.)

Mind Games

“Mind Games” by tharealMrGreen | CC BY-ND 2.0

How we come to play mind games

We learn

When we were very young, we had no mind games. Life just flowed through as is. There was no past or future, only the present. We watched in wonder as ants marched across the sidewalk or a shiny object or smiling face appeared. We were fascinated. We experienced the joy of a flower, drank our milk with gusto, and hurled cereal onto the floor. We lit up with delight at the simplest thing. There was exploration, discovery, joy, pain, discomfort, dismay. We just flowed with it all.

As we grew, everything changed. The flow that brought us wonder and joy became conditioned and was reinforced by parents and society. Our direct experience became corrupted. The wonderous “ant” became a concept, which developed into the “problem” when we had to keep them out of the house. (But I’m getting ahead of the process.)

We adopt early strategies

We needed to keep our little selves safe. We needed to develop adaptive ways to function within the environment in which we found ourselves. For example, as a young child, I came to believe that I was not safe. I couldn’t trust life. I came to believe that I was not lovable. My parents were into their own ego bubbles, with little awareness of me or my needs.

These early, unconscious, beliefs led me to develop unconscious strategies:

  • I made myself invisible, kept quiet, and stayed in the background. I had to keep an eagle eye out for what was going on or else I could get hurt.
  • I took stock of people before I engaged. I had to test them out to see if I could trust them to stick by me.
  • I worked hard. I took care of myself since no one else was going to be there for me. I learned to play these mind games to judge the world — and ultimately myself.

In essence, we’ve each created our own little world, our own little bubble of reality. However, this early information is an outdated, distorted, view of the world. The problem is that it continues to color our interpretation of how things need to be for us to feel ok. Unfortunately, this is the lens through which most of us continue to look, and so….

We judge

We judge things—everything, people, places, attitudes, opinions. We are master judgers. Our mind is continually interpreting whatever comes into our surroundings. What does the mind think? Does it like that color, that meal, that tree, that person? Is our nose too big? Are we too fat, or skinny? Did we behave all right at the party? What do we think about the folks next door, our community, our country? How do we feel about our partner, our children—yesterday or in this moment? How do we feel about ourselves? It just goes on and on.

To help me realize how often I analyze and judge, I invented an imaginary neutrality meter. Instantly, in a blink of the eye, I can notice where my needle is pointing. Straight up means neutral. To the right is positive. To the left is negative. (My husband can make the needle go maximum left or right.) This silly little meter catches me time and time again. When I’m complaining, criticizing, or blaming, the needle goes left. When I’m content, or coming from my center, it goes to the right.

Why does all this matter? It matters because we’ve learned to become victims of our own minds. I know this sounds awful, but just think about how often we become victims of our own feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. We’ve learned to react to what others say. We react to what we see on the news. We react to what we think of ourselves. And….

We suffer

I’ll give you a personal example. This morning, for the third day in a row, I woke up with a grumpy attitude. Something weird is going on. The more I look into this, the more disgruntled I become. Then it hit me, right now, underneath everything, I am feeling hate! My mind grabs on to this idea and quickly branches into criticism and self-sabotage. I hate my routine behavior. I hate the robotic behavior of other people. I’m supposed to be a loving and compassionate human being, but here I am filled with this hate! I am a phony, a failure. I’ll be honest, in this moment, I hate the very “self” that I’ve created for myself. Ugh. Treason.

We learn more

I find Karla McLaren’s book, The Language of Emotions: What your feelings are trying to tell you, and read with great interest:

We all come into this world with a 360-degree soul, which is brave and cowardly, brilliant and stupid, gentle and murderous, caring and selfish, graceful and clumsy, and so on into infinity…if you aren’t aware of your hatreds, your name-calling, your pettiness, you won’t be able to discover ways in which your psyche has been diminished…you won’t be able to integrate the suppressed and lost parts of your whole, 360-degree self and you’ll miss the profound movements your psyche is trying to make.

What profound movements is my psyche trying to make? My old strategies may have been brilliant in my young life, but they certainly are not helping me now. I realize I have unconsciously created judgments of what I think an ideal spiritual life should be. And I wasn’t living up to them. (This seems crazy because I believe I can’t possibly know what’s to come, any more than a child can know what it’s going to be like as an adult.) There is a wide gap between what I’m feeling right now (hateful and miserable) and what I’d like to be feeling (loving and compassionate). I realize that, when I identify with my mind, then something is not right. It feels like something is missing. I’m tired of these mind games. I’m giving up on this whole mess. Then, out the blue, a question floats in…

What’s awesome about this moment right now?

WHAT? Right now, when I’m in misery? But the question stops me in my tracks. What is actually awesome right now? Hmm…It’s the fact that this question just floated into my head. It’s like I received a particular call on my cell phone. It’s the fact that I can stop in this moment. Bam. I can step above, or beside, my current experience. This is the Gift! I can slow down. I can consciously witness where I am. I hold this space and wait to see what happens.

Even though this hate feels like a call from hell, I can love and accept the part of myself that feels hate. Wait, I’m not going to accept this call. It’s from an old program and I’m sick of it. This is a spam call. I didn’t sign up for this message. Been there, done that. Screw you. I’m, blocking this call right now. (I love this new technology!) I’m sending a text to hate, “Thank you for another life lesson.”

Note: this experience reflects some of what I’ve learned from Henk J.M. Schram and his Crack Your Egg program. I highly recommend this program.

What about you?

What early strategies did you adopt to get through life?

How do your strategies still color your judgment, affect your life? How do they call in suffering?

When you contemplate your world right now, what’s awesome about the moment in which you find yourself?

Watch your mind

“Mind Travel” by is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Oh boy. In the last blog, I said that we would take a look at what’s going on in our heads. Well, I’ve been taking a look at what my mind is doing and it’s not a pretty picture. My mind is constantly busy. It makes me think of the comedienne Lucy Arnaz when she played a worker on the assembly line of a chocolate factory. When she couldn’t keep up, she did what she could, stuffing chocolates into pockets and mouth. Overload! This is funny in a comedy sketch, but not in real life. The mind is a bit like this, constantly producing product which quickly passes by.

I’m also noticing that the mind wants to dominate. The mind likes to make us “think” that we are in control. But try this: Don’t think of a blue giant with wings and flowers. (OK. Be honest, what just happened?) Chances are, that despite the fact you were explicitly told NOT think of something, you did anyway.

In essence our minds are both busy and automatic. This is the state of the current human condition. Michael Singer, teacher, and author of The Untethered Soul wants to make us aware of this condition. He says, “You have a mental dialogue going on inside your head…it just keeps going and going… and if you think you don’t, just listen to what your mind is saying right now.” Yes, we hear you Michael. It’s our constant commentator.

Singer goes on to explain that the reason we humans have troubles is because, underneath, we don’t feel good about ourselves, “People are not ok insideyour mind has decided how things should be in order for you to be ok…you can complain about this…or you can take a look at what’s going on inside. Let’s be scientists.” Ok, Michael Singer, we’re up for the challenge. We’re going to take a look.

Exercise: Watching and catching the mind

  • Keep track of how many times your mind takes you over. Watch. Breathe. Keep paying attention.
  • Each time you find your mind starting to go off on its own, give yourself a check mark. (You know—1-2-3-4 ticks and then the payoff, the slash mark.) See how many points you can rack up. I know people you have accumulated over 80!)
  • Notice how your mind moves, how it darts around, it’s demanding to be front and center. That’s how it rules the roost.
  • Watch how your mind distracts you—taking you out of the moment and into the past or future.
  • Watch for opinions. Watch for judgments. Watch for stories that start with one thought and then branch out in all directions. (Don’t forget to give yourself a check mark for each event you notice.)
  • Give yourself an extra check mark every time you realize you’re going off, and then come back to center.

Please let me know how you do with this practice.

This mind-check practice is a good way to see what is actually going on in our heads. This is important to understand because we want our minds to be of service to us, not to be leading us around by the nose.

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

–Lao Tzu

We want to be able to witness, and switch, ourselves back to center. We want to learn about the hidden awareness which can, and is, constantly changing our bodies, feelings, and minds. (Much more about this in future blogs.)

Further ways to build your “muscle of awareness”

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Dawson Church, teacher, author, and researcher (here’s his 21-day Tapping Challenge) recommends times that are especially good for viewing, catching, and shifting awareness back to self:

  • When you first wake up in the morning
  • As you’re falling asleep at night
  • When you realize that your thinking is being pulled into negativity
  • When you’re tempted by an addictive habit
  • When you’re awake in the middle of the night
  • When you are expecting to go into a difficult situation
  • When you’re tempted to think negatively about another person
  • When you’re being self-critical
  • When you feel anger rising in your body
  • When you’re experiencing physical pain or symptoms
  • When you’re focused on breaking an unhealthful habit

When we strengthen our “muscle of awareness,” we can learn to coax our authentic selves back. (Remember, it’s not how many times we move away from ourselves, it’s how many times we come back.) With practice, we begin to notice when we are “off our game” or absent from our life, rather than present. And when we do notice, Ahh, we are starting to come Home. Let it feel good.

Remember, there is light for you, and your mind, at the end of the tunnel. Together we will work on building our awareness, mastering our minds, and moving into our inherent gifts. In this way we will be sending our positive vibes out into the world.