The Pangs of Awakening

ACCORDING to NASA, the media and our governments, the search for extraterrestrial life and our place in the universe is still ongoing. The likelihood that the only sentient forms of biological life exist on our planet is 0000000.1% when you consider the size of the cosmos, but according to them, we’ve still not answered the fundamental question; are we alone? 

Or have we? Maybe, the truth is stranger than fiction.  

I’ve always been fascinated by what’s deemed ‘paranormal’ by society. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had the answer to that question rotating on the carousel of my mind. The existence of ET life has never been in doubt to me. I vividly recall scanning the heavens for visitors from other star-systems with a pair of cheap binoculars in my hand when I was just six years old. 

Excited by the intuitive hunch that the truth is indeed, out there, my pursuit to investigate the unseen realms began at a tender age. This world has a way of making you forget what you came here for, however… 

I once read that it’s no measure of good health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society; I learned this the hard way. I was born with childlike excitement glistening in my eyes, but when I reached my teenage years, my passion for the unseen realms was buried beneath the lies of those around me. Defining yourself through the eyes of people who don’t know you or themselves, is challenging, to say the least. 

Before I knew it, I’d become just like everyone else. Mother Nature’s way of forcing us to adapt to our environment did a number of me. I dressed, spoke, behaved, just like my friends; and truth be told, they weren’t a good influence on me.

At this point in my life, all that mattered was the satisfaction I got out of fulfilling my whimsical desires. I suppressed the yearnings of my inner child with booze, which became the vehicle for my downward spiral into severe depression and anxiety. Fear of ostracisation controlled my every behaviour. The need for acceptance fuelled my restlessness; I always felt like an outsider; even around close friends. 

I’d become another cog in the machine of this profoundly sick society with mental health issues; my childlike self, all but forgotten. The irony is, even though I hated my life, I somehow felt comfortable as my self-sabotaging ways suppressed the screams of my innermost child. For eleven orbits around the sun, I was in limbo; misaligned with my true self. They say life begins where your comfort zone ends; boy did they get that one right! 

On my way home at the end of each night of partying with my friends, my conscience pleaded with me to cease perpetuating such a meaningless existence. I knew I had so much more inside of me, but I was too scared to go looking for it. During a cold winter night in January 2010, however, everything changed…

“I’m off!” I stood up and slipped on my shoes. We were at a party at a friend’s house, it must have been around 2:30 in the morning. I took out my phone to call a taxi as dance music pumped fiercely in the background. I had to move to the bathroom and close the door while I ordered a cab. 

“Aww, you’re leaving!?” one of the girls asked as I returned to the living room. I nodded. She noticed that I looked pale; I also felt nauseous after realising just how shallow some of my acquaintances were. “Are you gonna be alright?” she squeezed me tight in her chubby arms. The stench of her perfume almost knocked me out. 

“Should be, yeah!” I smiled while pulling away. I appreciated her concern but knew it wasn’t genuine. This is what most of the people around me did; they faked their feelings and were only concerned about you when they wanted something or were loaded or a combination of the two. There were only a handful of people in my life who genuinely cared, and most of them lived under the same roof as me. 

A huge part of me didn’t want these people in my life any longer. I’m not judging when I say this, but some good people aren’t necessarily good for you. I know firsthand from experience, that if you spend too much time around the wrong people that their ways begin to rub off on you. We must be selective with the company we choose to keep as the environment is a powerful force capable of convincing us to do things we know we shouldn’t. 

At twenty-three years old, I already hated who I’d become. I had no idea who I was; I felt misaligned with the universe. You could say that I was winging life, but even that’s a compliment to who I was back then! 

 After some more hugs and goodbyes, I left through the front door as I heard the cab beeping outside. I felt relieved to get out of that place as I embarked on the fifteen-minute journey home. 

An eerie feeling arose in my stomach as I gazed out the cab window. Maybe it was because I was sobering up, but everything looked so fake, so artificial; even digital. Physical reality has always felt digital to me, like a simulation or something. Being an avid video gamer, I’ve defined life as a game ever since I was a child. I remember pondering this concept dozens of times in the back of my dad’s car. 

“Had a good night, lad?” the cab driver broke the silence between us, interrupting my chain of thought in the process. He could probably smell the booze and assumed that I’d been out with my mates. “Cold tonight, isn’t it?” he stopped the cab as the traffic lights were on red. 

“Freezing!” I rubbed my hands together to try and stay warm. For some reason, he didn’t have the radiator on in his car; it must have been broken. “Can’t wait to get into bed!” 

“I know the feeling mate, been working all night!” he resumed driving as the lights turned green. 

“Yeah?” I didn’t know what else to say, so I glanced out the window again; I still felt tipsy. There was a thin sheet of white covering the roads, parked cars and patches of grass; we were in the middle of winter, after all. After around ten minutes of listening to music on the radio, he turned a corner into my mum’s road. 

“Just drive to the bottom mate,” I directed the driver. “I live there.”

He nodded without saying a word. “Alright mate, here you go!” he pulled over outside my house. 

“Just keep the five mate!” I handed him my last chunk of change. I was skint again; something I’d become accustomed to over the years. I survived barely by begging my mum for money and living on benefits; mediocrity was my comfort zone. 

“Ta mate! Take care!” the driver said before slowly driving away as the roads were slippery due to the wintery conditions. 

I quickly unlocked the front door, pushed it open and headed for the kitchen to grab a bottle of water out the fridge. I noticed some fried chicken left in a bucket in the oven; someone must have ordered some while I was out. I took a piece and ate it before walking upstairs to my room. 

After going to the toilet for a slash, I slowly pushed open my bedroom door…

“Aww!” I was delighted to see my dog, Chico, lying on his side at the end of my bed, waiting for me to come home. Chico was my best friend at the time; although he’s passed away now as I write this, ten years later. My dad surprised us one Christmas when he brought him home as a puppy; he slept with me that night, it’s something I’ll never forget for as long as I’m alive. 

His tail wagged as my presence woke him. I sat next to him and rubbed behind his ears; which he loved. He returned the favour by licking me ferociously on my chin. He could probably smell the chicken I’d just ate and wanted seconds. I felt much closer to him than I did to any person; he was always there for me. A dog’s loyalty is priceless

I was getting tired, so I got changed into my shorts and shirt, switched the light off and slid into bed. Chico let out a sigh before resuming his sleep. 

As I lay in bed, surrounded by darkness, my conscience was at it again. Flashbacks of the night and the people I’d interacted with kept appearing in my mind’s eye. I noticed that my breathing accelerated a little. Tossing and turning to try and relax, my thoughts started attacking me. 

“What’s the point in such a meaningless life? Aren’t we here to do something worthwhile? You can do better than this!” 

In hindsight, when I look back on those thoughts, I realise they were supportive, but at the time, they triggered me into a panic attack. My palms were now sweaty and could hear my heart racing amidst the silence of my room. Tossing and turning a couple more times, I found it harder to breathe by the second. 

Next thing I know, I burst into my mum’s room crying for help; I thought I was going to die. “Mum! Help, I can’t breathe!” I held my hand on my chest.

Mum turned in bed and stared at me with squinty eyes. “Just open the window and get some fresh air, you’ll be fine,” she rolled back over. The moment she said I’ll be okay, the terrifying symptoms started to diminish. I switched off her lights and carefully closed the door. 

I wiped the sweat off my face with the shirt I wore to the party before dropping it on the floor. Chico sat on my bed with a concerned look on his face. Needing a drink after that episode, I unscrewed the lid of the bottle of water and took a sip; it was ice-cold. It was then that I remembered what mum had said about opening the window. 

I stood up and patted Chico on the head before heading to the window to open it. When I looked outside, I saw something that I wasn’t expecting. Living in the UK with its cloudy atmosphere, clear nights are rare, combined with the light-pollution, seeing constellations are even rarer. 

“Wow…” I muttered, awe-struck by what I beheld. Billions of light-years canvassed before me in the skies of infinity. My eyes welled up as I felt a presence that connected all galaxies, solar systems and worlds, including our own. 

The only constellations I knew at the time were Orion and the Pleiades. A star southwest of Orion stood out the most; it shone so brilliantly. I didn’t know its name, but it immediately caught my attention.

I sat there in awe, marvelling at the omnipresent stillness of space. A few seconds later, a shooting star traversed the sky. Recollections of my child self came and aroused a smile after I saw one of the most beautiful sights Mother Nature has to offer. In keeping with the belief that wishes come true when you see one, I closed my eyes and asked for liberation from society’s chains with my hands together. 

The second I made my petition to the heavens, a firm conviction arose from the deepest crevice of my being that I’d never felt before. After suffering a panic attack, I felt an unseen presence telling me that it was time to change my ways; it was now or never. 

I didn’t wish to suffer any longer. My life was already in pieces; I had no job, no goals or passion, no healthy habits; I’d hit rock bottom, and when you hit bottom, the only way is up. I clenched my fist as hard as I could with tears pouring down my face; this was the moment my life changed forever. 

“That’s it!” I held my hand out the window and told the universe that I was going to take my life back. I declared, with all my conviction, that I was going to align with its plan for my life. I didn’t ask, I didn’t beg; I told the source that I was going to change myself. 

And that’s precisely what happened…

The following morning, I woke up a different person; the change was subtle, but it was there. The first thought I had upon opening my eyes was that I’m going to find God within myself; I’d never had that thought before. Being born into a Catholic family who believes God and his creation are separate didn’t allow such thinking. I’ve never been a religious person, but I knew there was something to it, I just didn’t know what. 

I noticed the picture of Mother Mary on the wall in the lobby on my way to the bathroom. Even though I knew nothing about her, pictures of her helped me feel at peace, at ease. 

I now had no desire to continue indulging in the lifestyle that had depleted my health on every level. 

Motivated by the experience I had the night before, my first goal was to improve my health and fitness. A couple of days later, I started running at night under the stars. I remember my first run like it was yesterday; I only ran half a kilometre; my lungs felt like they were on fire!

I also began meditating to help me quell the subtle anxiety that followed me everywhere I went. Listening to a few teachers on YouTube helped me find the space within where the past has no power over us. Thanks to meditation, I knew that in my inner self, I was already free. Bringing that freedom out into the outer world, however, is a challenge so few conquer. 

Often, my friends invited me to go partying with them, but I’d refuse; this angered some, others weren’t bothered. A few of us would play footy sometimes, but others slowly started to fade out of my life. I’d become a hermit, a loner, by choice. Being around people who don’t understand what you’re going through can be difficult, for sure. 

During the initial months of my recovery, I’d meditate every morning and evening before bed, and go running three to four times a week; I also took a break from drinking. My fitness improved slowly in the initial stages; throughout this process, I realised there’s no substitute for hard work and dedication. When you want something more than the alternative, you’ll do what it takes to make it a tangible reality. 

Many incorrectly assume that just because you’ve awoken to your true self that you no longer have any difficulties or challenges; I’ve found just the opposite to be true. I’ve had to come to terms with why I was living out of alignment with my Higher Self and allowing my worth to be determined based on how people perceived me. The initial awakening is what gives you the strength to start confronting your inner demons because you’re in touch with that space within where you know that nothing is impossible. 

Indeed, my journey was just beginning

The state of our world saddened me and still does to this very day. I’d often go downstairs and see my parents watching the news. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good movie or watching the footy or tennis, but the news channels, in particular, I believe, have the power to control how people see the world. Any time I’d walk into the living room and see an update on some war in the Middle-East on the television, I’d walk straight back out. 

After meditating for months, I was getting better at it. I could go thoughtless for a couple of minutes and felt rejuvenated every time I came out from my inner chamber. I began studying the lives of the sages and great teachers from India such as Paramhansa Yogananda, Mahavatar Babaji and Lord Krishna. 

My spiritual search brought me to a world that I forgot existed; reading about their experiences helped reignite my passion for the unseen realms. I felt my inner child coming back out to play; I even started looking at the sky for UFOs again! 

I stumbled across a channelled teacher called Bashar, who’s message was on another level to what I’d heard before, it was thanks to him and his teachings that I become aware of the erroneous beliefs that were hijacking my perception.

I was often alone in my room with Chico, pondering what my next move was going to be. I noticed that the more layers of falsity I shed during my soul searching, the more I desired to be of service to Humanity, but I felt I wasn’t ready. I’d only been clean for six months; even though my fitness and health had improved, there was still much to discover about myself. 

I had a vision during meditation on my bed one night. I found myself in the sky, surrounded by white clouds as the sun’s light shone brilliantly on the horizon. A powerful voice spoke. “We are one body!” 

I sat up confused; I knew there was something big I had to do in this lifetime; I could feel it in the pit of my stomach. Even though I read that everything happens in divine timing, the question below was often in my thoughts…

“How could I be of service to my civilisation?”

End of Part One (More to follow)

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Newsflash: You Don’t Kill the Ego!

Over the years, I’ve heard so many in spiritual and new age communities assert, with great conviction, that the only way to achieve enlightenment is to kill their ego. These people fail to realise, however, that without the ego, you couldn’t exist as an individual; also, one’s sense of individuality goes far beyond the limited confines of the physical plane…

The Vedic teachings are some of the oldest in the world, some believe that they go back as far as Atlantis. In these texts, and also the Bhagavad-Gita and Upanishads, which summarise the four Vedas in their totality─they speak of the three worlds

“Trailokya (Sanskrit: त्रैलोक्य; Pali: tiloka, Wyliekhams gsum ; Chinese: 三界) has been translated as “three worlds,” “three spheres,” “three planes of existence,” “three realms” and “three regions.” These three worlds are identified in Hinduism and appear in early Buddhist texts.”

─Wikipedia

These three worlds, according to Paramahansa Yogananda are the physical, astral and causal (mental) planes. On each plane, we have a corresponding body which gives us our individuality. The most subtle body of the three is the mental body or mind, which provides the pure essence of the soul with a limited framework so it can have countless experiences throughout the three spheres of creation.

Notice how the bodies and planes of existence correlate exactly? The physical body and the physical plane, astral body, astral realm and the mental body and causal plane. What people do not understand is that everything in their reality is their ego─the space/time framework itself is the ego, as it provides us with an experience of linearity, which enables us to go through a process of change and remembrance of our innate divinity. The soul is perpetually in a timeless state, but where there is no time, there is no change or growth─we need to ego to exist, period. 

Many, including some of the most popular spiritual teachers in the world, define the negative voice between their ears as their ego; they correlate their conditioning with their individuality. But, if people are conditioned to fit in with society by adopting the same beliefs, perspectives and tendencies as everyone else then that’s the complete opposite of individuality. All too often, people lose their true self by immersing themselves in the stream of society only to realise that they’re not being who they are; but who everyone else thinks they should be.

“Most of the things we believe about ourselves and the world around us are false notions we’ve bought into via our interactions with others. Such conformity is the opposite of individuality, yet many define our conditioning as our ego; do see the contradiction? The true ego has nothing to do with who other people believe we should be.” 

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

The conditionings that have been impressed upon the ego as a result of your experiences in the world isn’t the ego per se, but simply the beliefs and behaviours one has installed into their mind. 

In the picture above, we see a wonderful illustration of what I’m attempting to articulate. The true ego is a blank canvas or in this case, a blank house. You get to decide what colour you’ll paint it, which door you’ll have, what kind of fence and so on. 

Our true self isn’t a person, but consciousness. In this cosmic drama, we’re playing the role of a human being. If you’ve incarnated as a human (which I’m sure you have if you’re reading this), beyond this reality in the more subtle astral realm, you’ll still be you─a person, with a spark of individuality no other being in existence, is capable of replicating, in your astral body, which is another ego. 

Just as no two snowflakes are identical, so too is every sentient being in the universe dowered with individuality. No one is capable of being you, and that is your power so embrace it. Why would you want to kill that aspect of yourself? Your true personality is divine. ‘Spiritual’ people desiring the kill their ego are being fooled by the belief that they can’t be a soul and a person─simultaneously. That is what life is all about; finding that balance, having a foot in each world─and taking both by storm. 

“At the most fundamental level of our beings, we’re all projections of the same consciousness; we are one, in this sense. The ego exists for a divine purpose. Let’s accept our oneness as a fact so we can thrive in our God-given individuality simultaneously. We have our individuality for a reason: without it, we wouldn’t exist, period.”

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

Lord Krishna is often depicted playing the flute, which is representative of the human spine and its seven chakras or energy centres. The divine wishes to express itself through each and every one of us in a unique way; becoming homogenous isn’t the point of having a human life. The source has a song to play in this uni-verse that it can only play through you─don’t deprive the world of that song. 

Even when you’re in the state of no-self, by embracing the present moment in its totality, you go beyond the personality and become nothing but awareness, however, that awareness is still perceiving life through the physical senses. In the state of oneness, you still have an individual focus. 

Your individual focus is your ego─you’ll always appear as separate from others and perceive the reality in front of you, whether its physical or astral, through a set of eyes. Refining your ego by dissecting the unconscious beliefs and behaviours that aren’t aligned with your true self is the purpose of the spiritual journey. When you let go of what you’re not, you can more easily embody who or what you’ve always been.

The voice in your head isn’t your true ego, it’s who you’ve been told to be by other people since the moment you shot out the womb. When you believe in the lies between your ears, then you’re allowing them to define you. However, if you master the art of watching your thoughts without allowing them to trigger you, then you’re on the path of discovering the true you, not only as a soul but as a person too.

When I look back throughout history at some of the most influential people who have walked the Earth, such as Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Beethoven, Mozart, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Bruce Lee or John Lennon─every single one of these people had a strong personality that was able to rouse the divinity within others and inspire them. They fully accepted themselves as a person and their lives reflected that acceptance.

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” 

─Oscar Wilde

So, contrary to popular belief, you can know the truth of oneness while simultaneously thriving in your individuality. In fact─there’s no other way to live a happy life. Human beings are social creatures─a collective consciousness. We are not meant to live or spend most of our time alone, but together, with our family and friends, embracing life in its entirety.

The collective resembles a jigsaw puzzle, with each piece representing a person. You’ve been created by the source as a specific shape and size─this is your true self. However, if you’re being someone you’re not by allowing other’s opinions to form the basis of your identity then you won’t fit into the big picture. By believing your fitting in, you’re actually ostracising yourself from the collective consciousness. Again, people believe their conditioning (who they’ve been told to be by others) is their ego but its the complete opposite. You can only fit in with the collective by shunning those lies and expressing your soul qualities through an untarnished ego, which is divine.

The soul, in a sense, is the ego if you think about it. If your consciousness is one with all that is, then the concept of an individualised soul is illusory─the ego is that illusion. Not all illusions are negative; this one is a necessary component to have an individual experience, whether, physical, astral or causal. 

As you saw in the illustration above, the decorations on the house aren’t the house. Once you become truly present and mindful of what you’re doing, the canvas of the ego turns blank again. I touch on this in my book:  

“Lao Tzu said the universe surrenders to the mind that’s still for this reason; the canvas of physical reality turns blank every time you embody stillness. He understood the neutrality of all circumstances and that we can change how we look at things once we still the winds of madness between our ears. When a challenging situation manifests in your life, retreat into your core and be still. The answers to your questions, the solutions to your challenges are within you. When you know how to access this portable paradise, you’ll come to see just how inwardly free you already are.”

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

So, embrace your individuality; you have it for a reason. There is nothing, nonspiritual about physical reality because every single atom is made from spirit or consciousness. Align with your truth, and strip the colours from your house that don’t represent who you truly are.

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Limiting Beliefs Hijack your Perception

We enter this world with such joy, optimism and excitement glistening in our eyes as a newborn baby. The adults around us are in awe as they peer into our eyes; as they can see their own, divine self, gazing back at them.

A few years later, as the ego begins to take shape as a result of our interactions with our environment, that light begins to fade. We start to walk, talk and behave like everyone around us; this is what it means to become conditioned by our surroundings. We’re influenced so easily during the first seven years of our lives because the brain is much more impressionable during them. The average person’s brain is in Beta brainwaves for the majority of their day; children’s however, are locked in Theta brainwaves; which are hypnotic!

This means children become conditioned merely by observing their environment. The information decoded through their senses sets the foundation of their personality structure for the remainder of their lives. We must be careful of how we behave in front of children as they pick up on the smallest reactions and copy them; monkey see, monkey do.

“A third story concerns the plasticity of the youthful mind. I heard my mother remark occasionally: ‘A man who accepts a job under anyone is a slave.’ That impression became so indelibly fixed that even after my marriage I refused all positions. I met expenses by investing my family endowment in land. Moral: Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.” – Sri Yukteswar (Autobiography of a Yogi)

By the time we reach adulthood, we have a host of habits, mental and emotional patterns and we have no clue how we’ve acquired them. Our reactions become just like those we spend the most our time with; probably our friends. I’ve noticed that most teenagers react to situations in the exact same way their friends do; why is this? It’s purely because they unconsciously believe, on some level, they need to fit in order to be accepted by everyone around them.

Humanity can be said to resemble a jigsaw puzzle, with each person representing a piece of the puzzle. We’re created by the divine to be a particular shape, size and colour so we can fit in with the rest of the pieces to form the picture. Many believe they’re fitting in by being just like everyone around them; but each piece is individualised, unique. Your true self is nothing like you’ve been told to believe it is. You can’t fit in if you’re trying to be a piece that you’re not by copying everyone around you; when you become your true self, you effortlessly click into the collective consciousness and inspire others to do the same. Trying to be a piece you’re not is the most painful existence there is; suffering is the end result.

Each piece, each person is of the same value because the picture would be incomplete without them; that’s how valuable you are; Humanity would be incomplete without you.

Your reactions are driven by your unconscious beliefs, and until you bring those beliefs into awareness then they’ll continue to control the way you perceive and react to the circumstances you manifest. When we were children, we absorbed the most dominant beliefs of those around us by observing their behaviour; this is because our beliefs are the basis of all our behaviour; yes, I said all.

Many believe that their habits aren’t a choice, but they are. The subconscious is the habit mind; when you were a child, your mother probably had to remind you for a couple of months every night before you went to bed to brush your teeth, eventually, it became second-nature; but that doesn’t mean you lost your ability to choose whether you should brush your teeth or not; you do so because you believe brushing your teeth serves you in a positive way, in which it does.

You’re still motivated, to this day (I hope), to brush your teeth because you know it benefits you. The same can be said with all your other habits too! You only keep choosing them because you believe they serve you more than the alternative does. So, if you have a bad habit that you wish to drop, you need to come to terms with why you believe the habit serves you; and ultimately why you’re choosing something you don’t prefer on a daily basis.

We always feel motivated to do what we believe serves us best, but if we’ve got a mind full to the brim of unconscious, fear-based belief systems then our motivations and behaviour will reflect those beliefs. You’ll avoid things, people and places you shouldn’t out of fear; you’ll also shun your passion and soul-driven excitement for the mediocre, the mundane and the familiar.

Bringing these beliefs into conscious awareness, and then realising how the belief is total nonsense is the key to dissolving them and changing your habits. I said realising for a very important reason. Realisations rewire the subconscious; once you see the truth about a situation, you can never go back to your old ways. Realising how these beliefs are illogical and just flat out lies is the best way of reprogramming your mind. The subconscious controls around 95% of your power, your energy, the other 5% is all you have left for your conscious mind to work with; but even the smallest touch of conscious awareness can pave the way for great change and transformation if done correctly.

An example would be the best way to illustrate the points I’m making:

When I was just eight weeks old, I had life-saving surgery on my aortic valve attached to my heart. I’ve been fine ever since, thankfully. Every couple of years I have an MRI scan done just to make sure everything is in working order. Growing up, my mother drilled the belief into my mind that I had something wrong with my heart (even though it wasn’t even my heart but my artery which was repaired).

Ignorance truly is bliss because for years I wasn’t even affected by this belief; I would go running, swimming, play football and not even worry about my heart. Yet, I would often have panic attacks and worry about my health all the time during these years. My spiritual awakening began in 2010 as a result of this awakening, I become aware of the belief that I believed something was wrong with my heart. This triggered me into fearing to raise my heart rate at all for a few years. I was scared to walk upstairs, walk uphill, go running, swimming, play football; all because I become conscious of the belief. Becoming aware of the belief wasn’t enough; because I saw that I had it but it was still controlling my behaviour; I was too afraid to go beyond it. Yet, one night I had a major epiphany…

I realised that the complete OPPOSITE is actually true. The heart is a muscle, and just like any other muscle, if you don’t exercise then it gets weaker. I believed staying indoors and being less active was keeping me safe when in fact, the opposite is true; the safest thing someone with my medical history can do is be active, fit, healthy and strong. The doctors always encouraged me to exercise and I told him about my struggle and he was super sad to see me go through what I was; he told me that my mother shouldn’t have said those things to me but the past is the past; I don’t blame her for my beliefs as it was me who chose to buy into them. Upon having this realisation, however, the fear of exercising faded. I’m running again now, without fear and feel fantastic.

The majority of our beliefs are unconscious. I knew I had the belief that I had something wrong with my heart but I didn’t realise for a while that as a result of that belief I also believed not exercising would keep me safe and prolong my existence. Fear-based belief systems spawn others; these are known as schemas or core beliefs in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

“Until you make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” ─Carl Jung

The unconscious is like a dark tomb; until you shine the light of your conscious mind into it, then the fear-based beliefs will continue to hijack your windows of perception. This means you’ll be perceiving your reality through a lens or filter that you’re not even aware of! It’s like having rose coloured glasses on but not even seeing the rose; you believe everything is coloured normally when it’s not.

How do we become aware of our fear-based beliefs?

Your emotions are key. Any time you’re triggered into a fear-based state, it is an invitation into more of your true self. Working with your fears, your emotions, can help you identify the beliefs that pertain to them as you only feel any form of fear when you BELIEVE you’re in some form of danger.

People can turn on the stress response by thought alone; the moment you believe a disempowering thought, you’re triggered into a fear-based state. Being the observer to the conditioned self; to be able to watch your thoughts without allowing them to define you is the key to transcending the power you believe the past has over you.

In my book, The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind, there are a host of tools and examples which can help you become aware of, and transform your subconscious. I encourage you to check it out if you’ve found this particular blog helpful. (Link at the bottom).

The ego and the mind are one and the same. The mind is an instrument we utilise to focus our consciousness in the physical realm. Many people’s instruments, however, have hijacked their consciousness. Their mind uses them, rather than them using their mind. The conditioned ego desires to control its experience of physical reality because of its deep innate fear of the unknown. This is a survival mechanism built into the ego to keep itself safe, to avoid any possible dangers to the self. Living a meditative life and gracefully embracing the unknown are synonymous. Almost impossible, it is, however, to be at peace in the present moment when your mind is full of mechanisms that prevent you from doing so!” 

─Craig Woods: The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

Our beliefs are what divides us as a civilisation; whether they be religious, political, sexual or some other form of dogma. The best way to transform our society is to transform yourself; your example alone will then touch the hearts of and transform thousands. We’re living in an age where collective belief systems are being burned in the fires of transformation and rebirth; from those ashes will arise a new society, a new civilisation, based on equality, and global unity while at the same time, acknowledging each culture, society and person for their individuality.

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Getting Creative: Building a Future Self

The illusion of linear time hypnotises us the moment we come out the womb. Quantum Physicists are discovering, however, that on the most fundamental level of reality, all things, people, places, realities, events─the entirety of creation co-exists, simultaneously in an invisible field of energy and information─this is the Quantum Field.

The darkness we experience behind closed eyes during deep meditation is this field. When meditative practice is executed correctly, we transcend our time bound mind, personality, and identification with our mortal coil to go beyond linearity into the non-physical domain. This field isn’t experienced with the senses but perceived as an awareness; it is from this place that all conscious creation takes place.

The Quantum Field is the void from which all things in existence arise. Any reality you can conceive of already exists; including all the versions of yourself, you can imagine.

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”

 ─Mohammed Ali

Many allow their past experiences to define them. Yet, it is only the belief that those experiences are theirs, which keeps them defined by timelines which may not be relevant to who they are today. What do I mean? Stay with me here because these multi-dimensional concepts can be challenging to grasp initially.

Every change we make in our inner world is a complete change; we not only change the future, but the past is equally as malleable. A true transformation is a shift to another timeline; where we move to a parallel reality reflective of the new state of being or a version of ourselves, we’ve become.

I’ll give you an example to illustrate my point. My memories tell me that I used to be a drug addict from the age of fourteen to twenty-three. After a spiritual experience in 2010, however, everything changed. I won’t go into the details of the experience, but I assure you that I woke up the next day a completely different person. I felt the shift, viscerally. I had new desires, new goals, motivations, but most importantly, I had no cravings for intoxicants. I feel as if I never suffered from the addictions in the first place, and the reality is that it’s true. In this timeline, I never was a drug addict; even if my memories tell me that I was.

Fast forward over a decade later, and I’m still free from those addictions. When I reflect upon the memories between my ears, though, most of them feel like someone else’s. The changes that occurred within me were so radical that my memories feel like someone else’s experiences, and that’s because they are.

However, if we believe the memories between our ears are our own, thus allow experiences from a different timeline to define us, they still affect our brain and biology the same way real experiences do. This is because our perception signals our gene expression. Belief is a powerful force, and for the most part, it is an unconscious process within a person until they endeavour to become conscious of what’s going on inside them.

Self-awareness is the basis of shadow work, but that is all it is for─to know thyself. The Tibetan definition of the word, Meditation, means to become familiar with, but familiar with what? The more aware you become of your true self, then the more aware you become of what isn’t by contrast. Most people are programmed to resist their shadow, and this only reinforces the illusions of the past within them and consequently, keeps them defined by timelines they’re no longer on!

The good news is that in the same way one focuses on the past and reinforces tendencies and habits via their association, so too can we focus on the future selves we wish to become and prime our brain and body ahead of the experiences relevant to them.

How do we envision a future self?

First and foremost, it’s crucial to become clear on what you want your future to look like; a clear intention is vital. Once you know what you want, you can imagine being in that timeline, having the experiences that version of yourself is having in the eternal now. It is essential to be as specific and detailed as you can as this creates a clear intention. Think of intention as a blueprint you’re handing over to your higher self. The better the blueprint, the better the non-physical aspect of your consciousness can operate as it has more to work with.

Most keep their dreams at arm’s length because they lack clarity on what they want, or who they wish to become. So, the first step is to be clear on who you want to be. Changing your mind all the time is the same as handing one blueprint over to the universe, then while the higher self is in the process of building that reality, you tell it to scrap it and hand it another, and another, and another until you’ve become old a lot faster than you should have because you’ve allowed the hormones of stress to dictate your life.

If you don’t know what you want, then I encourage you to do some soul searching to discover what you’re passionate about in life. Follow your passions, and they’ll lead you to your purpose.

The next step is to accept the reality you’re in now. Acceptance is the key to any real, lasting changes because resistance to what you don’t prefer only reinforces it in your reality. So, if you have certain tendencies or a living situation, you don’t like right now, first of all, acknowledge and accept it. The reality you’re in now is the result of your present state of consciousness, and to shift your state you must, first of all, acknowledge and allow the energy of your current state to flow. Resistance only blocks the energy; thus, you won’t be able to move through what you do not prefer.

After accepting and acknowledging your present reality, it’s time to connect to the future reality, linearly speaking, of your preference. You can move as far up the timescale as you wish to. You might want to connect with a version of you a year into the future, or five or ten─this is up to you. This process is unique for every person.

Once you know the timescale you wish to connect to, then begin to build the blueprint of the self you want to become within that time. Write down or copy and paste the questions below and answer them; this will help you map out a clear intention:

What has your future self achieved what you haven’t yet? What do they think and feel daily? What are their passions and excitements? How do they wake up each day? How do they sleep at the end of each day? What is their living situation? How do they treat their loved ones? How do they treat strangers? How do they communicate with others? What are their goals and ambitions? What dreams have they realised? How do they strive for self-improvement daily? What motivates them? What limiting beliefs have they dissolved? What bad habits have they overcome?

If you can come up with more questions to help you build a vision of your future self, then, by all means, do so. The questions above are just examples; edit them in whatever way serves you best; they are there to help you get a feel for the blueprint you wish to create.

Once you’ve built the model, the next step is to take note of any beliefs or ideas within you that contradict your vision. If you have limiting beliefs in your unconscious that make you resist what you want, then your belief in such ideas will only keep your dreams at arm’s length. Clearing yourself out of the clutter, at least temporarily, that doesn’t align with your vision is essential in this process.

We’re at our most creative when we get beyond what we’ve always defined as our personality. In our natural state, there is no person, only pure consciousness. When we become no-thing, we merge with all that is in the Quantum Field; the realm of infinite possibilities. To make ripples in the fabric of space-time, you’re going to have to, first and foremost, get beyond what you’ve always believed is your identity and the limiting beliefs that pertain to it. This is where meditation comes into play, as meditation takes you beyond the person and the masks that person wears, into your true, nonlinear nature.

The next step is visualisation. Meditate in a dark, quiet space. Disconnect from your outer environment, your body, your senses, become aware of awareness itself in the void of the Quantum Field. In deep stillness, with the blueprint of your clear intention already mapped out, imagine, envision what it would be like to be that person. How would it feel? What is their state of being─embody it. What situations would you like to experience as that person? Imagine doing that from a deep meditative state. After some time of doing this─open your eyes but keep hold of the feeling for as long as you can. Drop the image! As the image you visualised is only there to connect you to the state of being of your future self. Once you connect to their state and become that version, look out, the synchronicity in your outer world will reflect those changes.

One thing I’d like to add is that just because you connect to the future self doesn’t mean you won’t have to work to have the life they’re already living. What connecting does is gives you their mindset, their insight, and inspirations. You see the world through their eyes; thus, you’ll make better decisions from a higher level of perception. Your work will flow a lot easier, especially creative projects─you’ll feel the wisdom of your future self pour through you as I do as I write this chapter.

Consistency is key. You can’t do this once and expect things to change straight away; they might, but it’s highly unlikely. Also, the more energy you give your future self, then the more you’ll dissolve the impressions of the old self. Where you place your attention, your focus is where you place your creative power. Put your attention on a future self, and you’ll effortlessly begin to untangle yourself from those timelines you’ve always believed defines you. One day, you’ll wake up as the future self; ready to conquer the world with joy at your centre.

The steps are as follows. I call them the Seven Steps to the Kingdom of Heaven.

  1. Get clear on what you want (clear intention) (Root Chakra)
  2. Accept your present reality (Sacral Chakra)
  3. Move up the timescale (Solar Plexus Chakra)
  4. Build the blueprint of your future self (Heart Chakra)
  5. Become aware of the beliefs that aren’t aligned with your vision (Throat Chakra)
  6. Visualise being your future self, connect to their state of being (Third Eye Chakra)
  7. Drop the image and keep hold of the state (Crown Chakra).

“The clue to the real purpose of life is to surrender yourself to your ideal with such awareness of its reality that you begin to live the life of the ideal and no longer your own life as it was prior to this surrender. “He calleth things that are not seen as though they were, and the unseen becomes seen.”

-Neville Goddard: The Power of Awareness

The universe is a library of the countless versions of yourself that you can choose to embody at any given moment. That’s how powerful you are at your core. This includes the version or the old self that continuously spins on the carousel of your thinking mind. The moment you cease believing in the thoughts that pertain to it, you’ll reclaim your freedom and be reborn anew, each moment in the eternal now; the window, to all other versions of yourself.

Need help building a Future Self?

The length of my sessions depend upon how much clarity you already have. It usually takes three sessions to help people build a vision from scratch, but you’ve already mastered some of the steps, we can skip them. You need to clarify to me in the form below where you are in your creative process to determine the pricing. Each session costs £100 and is one hour long if you buy them separatley, but I also do three sessions for £222, saving you £88.

If you purchase three sessions, we will arrange three appointments for three hour long sessions (Future Self Building can be a lot to process so we need to give you time to focus). So, fill out the form below and let me know what you want to do. I cannot wait to hear from you!

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The Vagus Nerve & Compassion: Empathy Heals

The largest nerve in the body is the vagus nerve, which means wandering in Latin. This particular nerve has multiple branches which diverge from two thick stems rooted in the brainstem and cerebellum that reach to the lowest viscera of your intestines, touching the heart and most other organs along the way. Scientists have found, that compassion and empathy for others arouse this nerve, creating higher levels of coherence between all the organs it touches in the process. In a nutshell; feeling compassion for others heals you.

Fear breaks the body down. When we live via the hormones of stress, we activate the survival gene and constant arousal of this gene weakens the immune system and depletes our energy. Love, on the other hand, the polar opposite of fear, which compassion, empathy and gratitude are a byproduct, restores the body.

Take a look at the map of the energy centres in the spine. Each chakra is related to a gland in the endocrine system and has an intelligence of its own. Our energy is constantly moving up and down our spine depending on our state of being. For example, when you feel love, compassion and empathy for others, you’re operating from your centre point, which is the heart chakra. When you express that love via your words and actions, then you’ve moved up into the throat or blue chakra, directly linked to the way we communicate with others and Mercury (the planet of communication in Astrology).

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Conversely, when you live merely from the lower three centres, which are survival or primal centres, you deplete your energy. As a result of your low energy, you’re only going to create more of the same, which means your subconscious programs, habits take you over. To create something new in your life, you need to maintain an elevated state of being. The lowest three energy centres represent fear, survival, our sexual nature (propagation of the species), eating and digestion (which also depletes our energy) and so on.

When people are stressed, they’re more likely to act out of habit. To feel secure from the threats you believe are outside you, then it’s safer to do what feels familiar. This survival mechanism is why change is difficult because the moment they embrace the unknown and step out their comfort zone, their brain allures them to falling back into the familiar.

“Many struggle with their habits because they lack motivation. Even though they say they genuinely want change, they don’t seem to want it enough. I know change can be difficult and even scary at times because to change, one must step outside the comfort zone of their familiar feelings to embrace the unknown. The option of reverting into the same patterns, into the comfort zone is always there, but let me tell you that life truly begins where your comfort zone ends.

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

Now that you see how living from the three lower centres depletes your energy let’s discuss how living from your heart centre repairs your body.

Compassion is fundamental to any spiritual outlook on life. Without the steady foundation of empathy and compassion, one is not going to get very far on their spiritual journey. In a compassionate state, there’s no room for racism, homophobia, nationalism, segregation. You can’t express kindness for one set of people and shun another because they’re skin is a different colour, or they’re sexually attracted to the same gender. Empathy is an all-encompassing state; it has no object; instead, it is the glue that binds us as one cosmic family, united by consciousness.

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

When we live from our centre and express our appreciation and compassion through our actions, we trigger the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to begin to restore our body. Dr Joe Dispenza said that feeling gratitude for just ten minutes triggers over 1300 chemicals in the limbic brain that restores and repairs the body. Higher vibrational states also strengthen the immune system. Have you noticed that people who laugh alot, are naturally kind and easy-going rarely get sick?

Bacteria doesn’t make us sick; they are known as opportunistic bacteria because they wait until the hormones of stress compromise our immune system. We permit them to attack us when we live in fear-based states. If one is living from their centre the majority of the day, however, and the vagus nerve is creating that coherence throughout the heart, the brain and other organs then we’re immune to them.

Many in spiritual communities believe they always need protection from something─some spirit, demon, an energy vampire, or what have you. They don’t understand, though, that the belief they need to be protected is a fear-based state of being. If you believe you need protection, then the universe aligns you with forces you in which you require protection. The best form of protection out there is to live from your centre with love at your core. Nothing of a lower vibration can touch you if you’re in an elevated state.

In this day and age, such division exists between nations and continents due to the limiting beliefs in the various religious, political systems and the media reinforcing the division via movies and the news channels. Be a shining light in a very dark world; go beyond the surface differences you perceive with your senses; attune yourself with the aspect of your nature you share with every form of life on this planet and in the entire cosmos; your consciousness.

 “Christ taught that we should love our neighbours as ourselves; this is because our neighbour is our self. We are one consciousness, the same spirit occupying different bodies. The separation we perceive with our five senses is strong, but still an illusion fundamentally.”

The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind 

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Lynne McTaggart, the author of the book The Power of Eight, is the founder of the intention masterclass group. She connects and trains groups of individuals from around the world in the art of sending their intentions to places where war is predominant and where healing is desperately needed. McTaggart has found, via her intention experiments that the act of sending healing and loving intentions in groups of at least eight people not only heals those targeted by the group, but it has a transformative effect on the senders’ lives as well!

“The outcome of both the groups and the experiments, amazing though they were, paled in comparison to what was happening to the participants. The most powerful effect of group intention, an effect overlooked by virtually every popular book on the subject, was on the intenders themselves.”

– Lynne McTaggart, The Power of Eight

As Lynne and others are finding, the best way to heal yourself is to enter the state of self-forgetfulness and focus on loving others. When you become no-thing, you merge with all that is.

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Rewriting the Subconscious

The subconscious operates very much like a computer. Whatever is programmed into it via repetition of certain behaviours and our experiences is what controls the majority of our behaviour and experience of life as a whole until we become conscious of the program!

By the time we reach thirty-five years old, 95% of who we are as a personality is controlled by our subconscious or automatic mind. That means the conscious mind only has 5% of your energy to work with. This is why positive thinking doesn’t work for most people, as their emotions often contradict their thoughts. In order to truly rewrite the program, you have to change your state of being, not just your thoughts!

Your state of being comprises of how you act, how you think, how you feel and what you believe to be most true, at any given moment. Our beliefs are the foundation of all our behaviour. They are essentially the blueprint for our persona and physical reality experience as a whole.

“Your personality creates your personal reality.” ─Dr Joe Dispenza

Your current life is a reflection of the energy you’ve put out on a consistent basis. The external world is very much a mirror of your internal state. Ultimately, your outer world is the program made manifest into tangible form.

Defining your mental and emotional patterns as a computer program can actually help you more easily make the changes you desire. When you realise that most of your automatic thoughts and the emotional reactions to them aren’t really personal but habitual, then you won’t take them personally. You’ll begin to observe them impartially, separating yourself from them. The moment you observe thoughts without allowing them to define is when you disconnect your consciousness from them. This is known by neuroscientists as Metacognition; you literally prune synaptic connections in the brain when you no longer believe them!

The average person has around 80,000 thoughts per day and 90% of those thoughts are the same thoughts they had the day before. When one becomes more conscious and lives in the meditative state for some portion of their day then the number of thoughts decreases. The conscious management of your state of being is one of the keys to rewriting the computer program of your subconscious.

If you have fear-based beliefs unknowingly hijacking your windows of perception then you’ll attract, not only circumstances reflective of those beliefs but also synchronicities as well. Responding differently to these signs which try and reinforce your conditioning is the key to going beyond being defined by the program. I touch on this in my book, The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind.

“Every time you respond differently to a circumstance or synchronicity attempting to reinforce an old belief; you’re dissolving the old self. Repetition rewires the subconscious; the more you react correctly to these illusions, the quicker you’ll dissolve your unconscious associations with them. Also, please remember to stay light-hearted throughout this process; it’s simply a game you’re playing with yourself. When you reach the point where you can laugh at the synchronicities trying to reinforce your old self, you’re on your way to blessedness.”

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

The majority of these programs were installed in your brain during the first seven years of your life. This is because the brain is in theta brainwaves during our first seven years, and they are literally hypnotic. Another way of getting into the operating system of the subconscious and changing the blueprint is via the practice of Meditation and visualisation. I recently wrote a blog on the benefits of mental rehearsal and how it affects the brain, please click the link below to read it:

https://divineconsciousness451476739.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/the-benefits-of-mental-rehearsal/

The state between sleep and waking state is where the magic happens, so to speak. If you get to that state then you enter the quantum field; that domain where all potentials exist simultaneously. If you’re capable of imagining a specific version of yourself or an experience you wish to have then what you’re imagining already exists in some reality in space-time. All you have to do is consistently change your energy (your state of being) to match that reality and eventually, your outer world will bend to the change you make within yourself!

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Here is another technique that’s in my book The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind. Neville Goddard, the Christian mystic who taught the Law of Attraction in the United States during the mid-twentieth century, would often this to his students.

“As you lay in bed at night, before you sleep, lay flat on your back, and close your eyes. Now, can you imagine how you would feel if you were already free of the habit? How would you feel if you were the version of yourself you desire to be? What is their state of being? Can you attune to it? Remember, that linear time is an illusion; all versions of you already exist. Embody the state; feel what it would be like to be the person you prefer; think the thoughts you’d be thinking if you were that version. Imagine a friend, visualise them before you; converse with them in your imagination, hear their voice. Tell them that you used to have the habit and that you’ve overcome it, and that you’ll never go back to it again. Imagine them congratulating you; shake their hand, hug them, smell their hair as they embrace you. Visualise what would happen in the outer world if you were to become that version of yourself.

Fall asleep in the feeling of freedom and do it every night until you are. If you desire to be free of illegal substances, alcohol, pornography, or anything else you feel isn’t aligned with your integrity, fall asleep as that version of yourself. When you’re in bed in that lucid state between sleep and waking where you get beyond yourself, you’re in the domain of the Quantum Field. If you persist in falling asleep in the assumption of freedom, it eventually rewires the subconscious; thus, your beliefs and motivations automatically change.”

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

You can’t change the ego with the ego: you can’t fix the subconscious with the limited 5% of the conscious mind. Consciousness is required and consciousness means self-awareness─to first of all, become conscious of the thoughts, beliefs, emotions and habits which no longer serve you and modify them.

Once you change your energy on a consistent basis then your life will change to reflect your new state. Make gratitude your heartbeat and appreciation your breath. Joy is your natural state, once you truly know this you’ll do everything you can to embody it.

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Neuroplasticity: Dissolving the Old-Self

For the most part, the human brain is a record of the past. All our past experiences, memories, beliefs, unconscious perceptions and habits are stored within the circuitry of our brain. The neurological network is a matrix formed by clusters of nerve cells. Many believe that once they’re set in their ways, that it’s, at the very least, extremely challenging to break free of their redundant habits─or, so they thought! 

Thanks to the latest advancements in technology, we now possess the ability to scan the brain and the body while individuals are in altered states of consciousness invoked by spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation. We also know that nerve cells that no longer fire together, no longer wire together, which means that if you cease doing something or thinking a certain way, the pathways in the brain concerning that tendency literally start to dissolve. 

As an example, imagine you were chased by a stray dog when you were a child and were lucky to get inside your home before it bit you. Due to the experience, you develop a phobia of dogs─you’re programmed to believe they pose a threat to your survival. As a result, there will be a cluster of nerve cells in your brain that are representative of the memory and thoughts associated with the experience. 

Now, I know it’s easier said than done, but if you defy your fears, by slowly beginning to interact with dogs again, you’ll start to break apart that cluster of nerve cells that pertain to the phobia. New synaptic connections will emerge in the brain as a result of you changing your belief that all dogs are a threat when in fact, if brought up correctly, most dogs are loving, loyal and caring creatures.

When you respond to circumstances which usually trigger you into fear-based states of being differently, then you also prune their synaptic connections in your brain. Neuroscientists know this process as Metacognition.

Metacognition is the conscious observation of yourself─your habits, mental and emotional patterns, reactions and desires so you can begin to have more control over your responses to external stimuli. Consciousness or self-awareness is the first step to freedom as you can’t change something you don’t see. You must light a match in a dark place to become aware of the old self. 

Living a meditative life means being mindful throughout your day with everything you do─whether you’re walking the dog, washing the dishes or stargazing; the act of living immersed in the still waters of the here and now dissolves the old self. When you embrace the present as it is, and hit that sweet spot of the eternal now, you go beyond what you always believed or imagined was yourself. What many think is their personality is just a jumble of thoughts, emotions, beliefs, habits, likes and dislikes that stem from their past. The true self can only be embraced when one is no longer defined by what they imagine to be their past, however. 

“Meditation has also been scientifically proven to untangle the nerve cells in the brain that form the old self. Monks and Nuns have had their brains scanned by neuroscientists as they sat in altered states of consciousness invoked by transcendental meditation, prayer and other practices, and the scientists were amazed at what they beheld. Their frontal lobes lit up as brightly as the sun. They were experiencing levels of bliss, peace, and happiness the researchers hadn’t witnessed before. Meditation invokes a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, which is the untangling of the nerve cells or hardwiring in the brain, to make space for new synaptic connections to emerge, which promotes conscious change. Meditation, in this sense, is a fire that burns away the old self.”

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind 

The true self isn’t defined by the past as your consciousness is transcendent of space and time. Have you noticed that while you’re doing something you genuinely love, that you’re effortlessly thrust into the present moment? Many people call forms of art or writing self-escapism, for example, as they help one become free of their old self, but I don’t agree as the old self was never their true self in the first place! When you drop what you always believed was you can you fully embrace what is!

The present moment is akin to a fire that burns away the neuropathways in the brain that pertain to your conditioning. Making an effort to connect with the present throughout your day, which includes embracing the unknown as the here and now and the unknown are synonymous, will miraculously transform your life. We have the science now to back it up; it isn’t just a bunch of new age, spiritual philosophy─it is grounded in substantial evidence, we’re living in exciting times, for sure!

Science, in a sense, is only just catching up to the wisdom traditions that have been around since time immemorial. I believe that the Bhagavad-Gita, for example, came from a higher age of consciousness where we were more connected to our divine self and the universe as a whole than we are in this day and age: 

“All karma or effects of actions are completely burned away from the liberated being who, free from attachment, with his mind enveloped in wisdom (the higher self), performs the true spiritual fire rite.”– Bhagavad-Gita 4:23

These timeless truths will never go away, but we’re only as good as our ability to execute and embrace them. Transformation is possible for everyone, and it is much easier than we’re told to believe it is. Drop the belief that change is difficult as the idea will only make the challenge even more complicated than it is; thus, you’ll defeat yourself before you even begin. When you start to untangle yourself from the neurological webs of the illusion of the past, you can embrace the here and now with a set of crystal clear windows of perception! Tranquillity begets clarity. 

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Change your Brainwaves, Change your State of Being

Neuroscience has taken huge strides over the last couple of decades, especially in its studies performed on altered states of consciousness invoked by meditation and prayer. One thing the scientists have discovered is that by focusing our awareness on the space around our body, we slow down our brainwaves, which bring the brain and body into coherence─back into balance.

Have you ever been stargazing? The stars often make me feel at peace, at ease, no matter what kind of day I’ve had, and recently, I’ve realised why…

When you enter your living room, what’s the first thing you notice? Probably the couch, the coffee table, the television or maybe even the pictures on the wall. It’s natural for us to focus on the objects we perceive with our senses. But, what allows those objects to be? What gives them the platform even to exist?

Space! The Final Frontier! These are the voyages─joking, let’s carry on.

Space isn’t empty; it’s brimming with energy and information that is around us at all times. Nikola Tesla, who is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the last century, said that space is filled with a primary substance, the essence of all things, which he labelled as prana or lifeforce energy. Atoms themselves are 99.9% space. This space is ultimately the consciousness─the fabric of existence.

Convergent focus vs Divergent focus

There are two ways to focus our awareness. A convergent focus is when we narrow our attention on objects in the outer world or on a thought or emotion within ourselves. As a result of such a narrow focus, we live in separation from our timeless self as the smokescreen of linear time covers our awareness. A divergent focus, however, is an opening up of one’s awareness on the space around their body and around them, such as the room they’re occupying, for example.

Neuroscientists have discovered that when we’re living through stress response that we focus on the cause of what triggered us into survival (a convergent focus). Our brainwaves speed up into high-beta, and we get trapped in negative, fear-based thinking and feeling loops because we believe we’re in danger. When one sits down amidst the turbulent emotions they feel and focus their attention on the space around their body and in the room around them (a divergent focus), they slow their brainwaves down. As a result, they change their state of being and move back into alignment.

In laymen’s terms; you can change your state of being and switch off the stress response by focusing on the space around you.

Let’s go stargazing again! As you gaze at those radiant crystals shimmering in the sky, you hone in on the space between you and the stars which slows your brainwaves down. As you calm the electrical storm between your ears, you feel at peace, at ease within yourself. Stargazing changes your state of being and calms the stress response if you’re truly present as you do it.

“The Unmanifested is not only present in this world as silence; it also pervades the entire physical universe as space─from within and without. This is just as easy to miss as silence. Everyone pays attention to the things in space, but who pays attention to space itself?” ─Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now

If during meditation one experiences, even if just for a few seconds, stillness, they’re tapping into space within their bodies. When they focus on the space without, they align with the space within. This is because the inner and outer worlds are fundamentally the same─stillness is space in the inner universe.

Learning how to broaden your focus, and making the practice routine enables you to maintain the state of being you prefer throughout your day. Stillness is your essence, your core-self. Living in this essence is the key to discovering joy, peace and happiness that’s independent of outer circumstances.

A consistent practice of meditation is essential in this day and age. Not only does it align us with the space within and around us, but it gives us a place to rest amidst the turbulence of everything happening around us in today’s world. Meditation wraps us in a protective bubble, so situations don’t disturb us. In my book, The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the maze of your Mind, I touch on this:

“The purpose of meditation is to transcend the old self, which enables one to become a conduit for wisdom. Emptiness is meditation; it’s a state of consciousness where one is free of thought and emotion while they’re anchored in stillness. In this state, one transcends the illusion of linear time, and the fear-based grip the old self has on their consciousness. All the lies, tricks and illusions of the mind are seen through instantly when the sun of pure consciousness rises within oneself. Meditation invokes clarity and the reinforcement of who you truly are.

─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

As we awaken more of our true selves, we become aware of the fear-based programs hijacking our consciousness. We realise that our state of consciousness mirrors our perception of the world, and attune to the vast, cosmic intelligence all around us, effortlessly synchronising everything in the manifested universe.

In conclusion, space aligns us with our very own portable paradise. Gaze into the horizon at the beach, watch the sunset or the stars from your balcony at night─learn to consciously switch from a convergent focus to a divergent focus. Most do this without realising, but by making it a conscious practice by focusing on the space around you, you’ll be able to manage your state of being, which can only lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

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Your Reaction to the Environment Signals the Gene

For decades, we believed genes created diseases and that there’s no way of avoiding our so-called hereditary curses. We assumed that we’re doomed by our DNA and that there’s no escape. Misconceptions such as these, are being blown out the water by the latest findings in science. We’re living in exciting times, indeed, as we’re not only dissolving generational curses but transcending the concept altogether.

Genes create proteins and proteins are responsible for the structure and function of our body. When we’re living in elevated emotional states such as joy and appreciation, our genes respond by creating healthy proteins equal to those emotions. The autonomic nervous system begins to heal and restore the body, and the immune system is also strengthened when we live in joy and appreciation.

Conversely, when we live via the hormones of stress, the survival gene signalled uses up all of the bodies life force energy because it believes it needs to run, fight or hide to survive. The genes created as a result of the stress response aren’t of good quality─this is how overindulgence in the hormones of stress breaks down the physical body, creating disease.

Conditions such as stress and anxiety break the body down due to the maladaptive inner environment they generate over time. Being conscious of one’s emotional state is the first step one must take if they prefer to live a life of joy, vibrant health and wellbeing.

A bit of realism, of course, as it’s almost impossible to feel joy all the time. Everyone has their triggers─those events, people and circumstances which take them out of their natural state of inner peace and joy. Triggers only pull us out of our true self due to our unconscious reaction to them.

Circumstances, however, no matter how dismal, are rendered powerless without our reaction. The reason the stress response is called the stress response is that it’s our unconscious response to the outer environment, which signals the survival gene.

You’re human─we all get triggered as I just wrote. What matters isn’t that you’re triggered, but how long you choose to dwell in the stress response once you are. Shortening the refractory periods of negative emotional states begins the process of starving your cells of the addictive hormones generated in the brain the moment the survival gene is activated. The more you live in joy and appreciation then you’re body and cells respond positively to the new environment you’re giving them. Your body can be an inferno of hellish, tumultuous emotions or a utopia of light, joy and bliss. The choice becomes yours once you become conscious of your emotional state.

In 2017, I was diagnosed with hypochondria and panic disorder by a therapist because I kept having panic attacks. Losing my best friend of fifteen years, who was my dog, only compounded on top of other issues, I was unconsciously suppressing for years. As I grew up, Mother called me a hypochondriac and often said I was just like her Father, my Grandfather, who also struggled with hypochondria himself.

Knowledge is power. When I stumbled across the work of Bruce Lipton and Joe Dispenza, everything changed. I realised that it wasn’t my genes creating the condition, but that the unconscious belief that I was a hypochondriac literally signalled my genes to express themselves in the same way as my Grandfather’s. The only thing perpetuating the condition was my misaligned perception.

What a profound realisation this was!

At first, it was very uncomfortable. The moment I became fully conscious of that pattern, it got worse. Maybe that’s why they say; ignorance is bliss? The heart palpitations, sweaty palms, bouts of dizziness, sleepless nights seemed to get worse while I integrated the emotional pain trapped in my body due to believing I was someone I was not.

I experienced what some call the dark night of the soul…

I realised, through meditation and shadow work that I had a plethora of fear-based beliefs hijacking my perception, which were perpetuating the condition. Even though it was so painful and uncomfortable for me to stay the same, it felt just as difficult, at first, to leave the familiar and embrace the unknown.

My mind believed I was going to die every day for years. As I look back, I’m thankful for these times, as the stars can’t shine at their brightest unless darkness surrounds them. These so-called, dark days, showed me that I not only yearned to survive but also to thrive. 

The moment I ceased believing that I’m doomed because of my genes, my perception of myself and the world radically changed for the better. Unconsciously gobbling up those beliefs from my Mother, signalled my genes to function in the same ways as my ancestors. And who knows how long that pattern has been in my family? I’m proud to state that it ends with me─no more! I wouldn’t wish that hell upon anyone.

My book, The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind, is spreading like wildfire. I wrote it to teach people how to utilise honest methods of introspection and meditation to bring their unconscious programs into consciousness so they can transcend their habitual process and retrieve their energy from the old self:

“Repetition programmes the subconscious mind. You don’t have to think about how to open the refrigerator door, for example, as you’ve done it so many times that it’s become automatic. The subconscious is the habit mind, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. It also contains a host of mental and emotional patterns, that have a considerable impact, not only your behaviour but also the kind of people and situations you attract in your life.

The reprogramming of the subconscious becomes a challenge when a person develops a whirlwind of patterns that sabotage their experience of life. This book aims to help them transform these automatic processes.”

The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind

Our reaction to the outer world signals our genes. All circumstances are neutral until our mind defines them as either beneficial or life-threatening. The conditioned mind often defines situations automatically in a fear-based way because it’s desperate to survive; thus, it believes there’s a threat around every corner to stay safe.

This is no way to live; however, my friends. As I just wrote, you’re here to thrive, not only survive. None of us is getting out of this life alive. We might as well embrace the unknown, go ahead, take the dive!

Our environment is powerful. Quite often, the people we spend the most time with shape our personality. If we’re not careful and selective while interacting with others, we may take on certain traits, beliefs and behaviours which don’t benefit us. Some good people aren’t necessarily good for you. If you spend too much time around them, their destructive tendencies begin to rub off on you. We all have family members and friends with such traits, and may even have some self-sabotaging habits ourselves.

I’m an open book about my past. I was a drug addict for almost a decade of my life. From the tender age fourteen to twenty-three, I was taking all kinds of substances to run away from myself. Why? Because I couldn’t cope with the emotions of the survival gene I was unknowingly switching on at the time. When my addictions dissolved, over a decade ago now) I had to come to terms with why I was geared towards them in the first place.

“It is most important to know that sinners or saints are largely made through the company they keep. If a sinner is willing to mend his ways and decides to live in the company of saints, he is bound to change, while a careless spiritual man will deteriorate in the company of wicked people.”─Paramahansa Yogananda

Even though I’ve overcome the addictions and don’t feel tempted in any way, if I spent time with people doing the drugs in front of me all the time, my genes would (my reaction to my outer environment) express themselves in the same way they did when I was an addict! The result is that my cells would start to crave the drugs once more. Changing your outer environment for the better is tremendously vital for creating a better life. I write from experience and the bottom of my heart.

As Christ once said to his disciples; you can’t put new wine into old wineskins. What he means is you can’t create a new life from an old state of being, and you most certainly can’t if you’re still surrounded by the same people, situations which created your current life. Changes must be made within and without!

Get away from negative influences. Even if you have to leave behind someone you believe is your best friend, they’re most likely only keeping you around to reinforce their inclinations. I had to leave many of my friends behind because their substance abuse wasn’t good for me to be around. You can always fall back into negative patterns. Be careful, as the more you advance on the path, the more darkness you’re able to perceive around you.

Become more conscious of your patterns and habits. Take an honest look at yourself and see where you’re self-sabotaging. Also, take note of your triggers and shorten your refractory periods by meditating and changing your state of being once you’re triggered. The more you starve the old-self who feeds off your survival gene, the more you’re feeding the ever-new-self who feeds off your thrival gene.

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The Benefits of Mental Rehearsal

Nowadays, modern science is vastly catching up with what the ancients have been teaching since time immemorial: the impact our thoughts have on our experience of physical reality. One thing scientists are coming to terms with is that, if performed in the correct state, there is no difference in mental visualisation and outer experiences─both affect the brain in the same way. 

Recently, there was a study done on people who’d never played the piano. The subjects were split into two groups; one was taught one-handed chords for five days by a professional musician─the other meditated one hour for five days, mentally rehearsing themselves playing the same chords. The results amazed the scientists─those who visualised playing the chords could play them as well as those taught by the musician! The experiment, and many like it, confirms that the act of mentally rehearsing scenes in one’s imagination rewires circuitry in our brains, priming it ahead of the actual experience.

This process can help one acquire new skill sets at an accelerated rate! 

Are there new abilities you wish you had but lack the confidence or motivation to practice? Are there experiences you want to have? Do you desire to make changes to your perception but struggle shaking off the old self? The good news is that if you visualise being the versions of yourself, you prefer consistently─you eventually become them. 

For example, if you’re an author, get into a meditative state and visualise yourself at a book signing, being congratulated for writing a best-seller. If you desire to start drawing manga or cartoons, visualise yourself drawing and colouring masterpieces. Are there any bad habits you want to drop? Imagine yourself overcoming the temptations whenever they arise in your reality, as temptation never goes away─you can only change the way you respond to them. Do you wish to embody divine qualities like kindness, joy, understanding and compassion? Imagine yourself responding to people in such a manner! 

“The imagination is just like any other muscle in the body, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.” ─Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting

Utilising the imagination consciously and lovingly is the key to manifesting your dreams. Too many people’s minds are allowed to run on autopilot for the majority of their day─they’re living unconsciously. 

According to neuroscience, the average person lives in the hormones of stress for around 70% of their day! That’s 70% of your life under the stress response unless you train the imaging faculty.

“Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy; it depends on how you use it. In Catholic churches, it is not uncommon to see depictions of the Virgin Mary standing on a serpent in many of the paintings and statues. The serpent is our creative power, and it must be tamed. We must train ourselves to be more disciplined on the mental level; otherwise, we can harm ourselves by creating experiences we don’t want, which is what many in our society individually, and collectively are doing. The unconscious use of the imagination is the reason the world is in the state it is today. We must become masters of our inner world. Indeed, it’s mastery of the word that leads us to emancipation.”

─ The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind 

During the visualisation process, it’s essential to hold onto the feelings the practice generates. When your dreams crystalise as a tangible reality, you’ll no doubt feel appreciation for life. This is why it’s crucial to feel gratitude in advance for the experiences that have yet to come─linearly speaking. It’s also wise to drop the image you’ve created in your imagination after locking into the state, as the vision of your physical mind pales in comparison to the manifesting power of the higher self. 

The visualisation process helps you lock into the state of your fulfilled desire so the universe can bend to that reality. The fruits of your labours are reflected unto you if you do it consistently─you’ll pull the synchronicities and opportunities to you. Consistency is the key. Make this creative process routine!

“The hardest part about change is not waking up and doing the same thing you did the day before.” ─Dr Joe Dispenza

A morning and evening practice of meditation, gratitude and visualisation, if done consistently, manifests positive changes in your reality. In this day and age, the moment a person opens their eyes, they grab their phone, check their e-mails, Facebook, Instagram─they check into the world while checking out of their dreams. Taking the time to nurture yourself, to set your intentions at the start of each day is essential to realising your dreams. 

The only question is; how much do you really want them? Many say they’re passionate about manifesting their dreams, starting a new business, creating a website or writing a book yet their actions don’t match that passion. Life is a lot shorter than you think. Many die without realising their dreams.

Don’t be one of them!

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” ─Bruce Lee

If you’re reading this blog, then it’s time to start pursuing those dreams you’ve been holding back on. The universe is telling you to get off your ass and start taking charge of your life. Only you can do it; no one can do it for you. You’ve been given the go-ahead in this very moment. The universe WILL support you in your endeavours if you act with passion and integrity. 

Now, go and create the life you know you deserve. 

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