Last year at the Arise festival, I was standing in line waiting to use the porta potty when a casual conversation occurred about the energy of the festival. After coming out of the porta potty, a young man in his mid-twenties stopped me inquiring about the conversation about energy. By this time, the sun was setting as we waited for Ziggy Marley to take the stage.
In talking with this young festival goer, he expressed feeling overwhelmed by the energy in his body and around him. Even though he was coming down from psychedelics at the time, he said he almost always feels energy moving through him, and doesn't know how to be with it. I asked him if he had a community of like hearted and supportive friends, and he confirmed that to be true.
Through guiding him to ground with the earth, breathe, and connect with his core center (he chose his heart), he became peaceful even while continuing to feel the energies within and around him.
Harnessing potent energies on the spiritual path requires centering.
I think you’ll agree the above situation seems to be true for many who are awake and awakening. The feeling of overwhelm with spiritual energies due to profound shifts of consciousness. Being in a supportive community, yet not necessarily having the resources for learning how to hone the energy as an embodied way of being.
There are essential tools and practices that assist in cultivating your core spiritual source while remaining grounded and connected to the energies of the earth and cosmos.
In this Letters from a Mystic, I will share with you the importance of cultivating your illuminated source potential. While pointing out the imperative necessity of discerning which spiritual practices are supportive for your path. I also provide a podcast link to the powerful meditation practice leading you to activate and cultivate your illuminated source potential as a way of being.
The energy in which something is created follows the creation in all its capacities.
Many new age and ancient teachings focus on ascension as enlightenment. Going “out there” to astral travel, gain knowledge from the akashic records, or visit other entities in other dimensions. While those travels may offer exciting ways to learn about the self or the universe, they often eject a person out of his/her body causing dissociative experiences that are difficult to integrate, and create further anxieties. In addition, new age teachings emphasize the feeling of "oneness" with all things. At times oneness can be useful in experiencing the inner connectedness of the earth and cosmos, and yet a person can become lost in the energies because s/he hasn't learned the necessary practices of grounding and centering.
In my experience, the way to true enlightenment is to access the universe within. Traversing the inner realms assists each of us to know our own source. This gives us the opportunity to work with our shadow and light aspects while continuing to center. From this centered place, we can feel empowered within while also experiencing our connection with all things. To make choices from the core place of clear silent Knowing.
Connecting with the divine source within grants the grace of intuition.
Bottom line. Discernment and impeccability are vital to the spiritual awakening process. With information you seek or receive, (even information I send you), ask yourself important questions such as: Does this resonate with me in a clear honest way? What is the true premise for this program or organization? Beyond the veil, who is running the show? How am I being hooked? Can I make a choice with integrity?
We all need guidance on the path. What matters is the type of guidance being given. Because when you’re making choices about your soul and spiritual path, it’s imperative you’re gaining access to your empowered truest highest self rather than accessing another person's highest self, and becoming a surrogate of that person’s power.
Impeccability is simply the best use of our energy level. ~ Don Juan Matus
(above quote from Carlos Castenada’s book: The Power of Silence, p.228)
As with the young man in the above story, psychedelics can be excellent catalysts for spurring forth the spiritual revolution within you. Some medicinal herbs and elixirs, like marijuana and ayahuasca, help to work with shadow forms and physical ailments associated with being separated from your spiritual source. Often bringing a sense of oneness and universality. And yet, they can also create spiritual emergencies if you lack the tools and practices to transform and integrate the shadows, feelings, and intense energies. They are catalysts, rather than the be all end all.
True power comes from within. If you truly want to live from your own empowered source, it’s vitally important to be able to maintain connection with your center. To gain the tools and practices that assist with activating your core essence while maintaining a grounded connection with the earth and cosmos as you walk your spiritual path in the world. To make impeccable choices from your inner spiritual source without being dependent upon psychedelics or medicinals or other people. To cultivate your illuminated source potential as a way of being.
This is the key point. To learn to practice coming to center, even when heightened energies are rushing around inside your body as well as outside. Maintaining a centered connection with source within while experiencing the energies of the earth and cosmos.
The best part is by cultivating your inner knowing, you increase your potential to act from a clear pure source within. Rather than acting from harried thoughts of “figuring it out” with urgency or fear.
At any stage of your spiritual journey, there is an opportunity to shift the location of your center, granting spirit to connect with you in new ways; opening further life potentials. Yet to do so, means continuing to transform shadows and patterns blocking your potential. With guidance, practice, and commitment it’s possible to become a self-illuminated being. Upon activating your center and cultivating your connection with source within, you open the potential toward creating an empowered life. From an activated centered place, the universe responds with potent synchronicities, divine support, and grace.
Ready to Cultivate your Illuminated Source Potential? Click here for the podcast.
Next month, I will be adding Attunement Toning to the Illuminated Source Potential meditation. Attunement Toning builds on the illuminated power within you by using the voice in concert with the earth and cosmic energies. Practicing the Illuminated Source Potential along with Attunement Toning aligns the chakras with the triune energies of: source within, earth source, and cosmic source. Stay tuned.