1. Being in public is overwhelming. Since our walls between self and other are dissolving, we haven’t really learned to distinguish between someone else’s energy and our own. If the general mood of the crowd is herd-like or negative, we can feel this acutely, and may feel like retreating into our own private space. When we have recharged our batteries with meditation, spending time in nature, far away from other people, or just sitting in quiet contemplation, we are ready to be with the masses again. In personal relationships, we often will feel someone else’s emotions as our own. It is important to have this higher sense of empathy, but we must learn to allow another person’s emotions while observing them and keeping our empathy, but, realizing that not all emotions belong to us. Social influence can dampen our own innate wisdom.
2. We just know certain things. Often called intuitive awareness, we have ‘a-ha’ moments and insights that can explain some of the most complex theories or phenomenon in the world. Some of the most brilliant minds of our time just ‘know.’ Adepts and sages often were given downloads of information from higher states of consciousness after meditating or being in the presence of a more conscious individual; this is happening for more people with more frequency. As we trust our intuition more often, it grows stronger. This is a time of ‘thinking’ with our hearts more than our heads. Our guts will no longer be ignored. Our dreams are becoming precognitive and eventually our conscious thoughts will be as well.
3. We find watching main stream media distasteful. The mindset that creates much, but not all, of the programming on television and in cinema is abhorrent. It commodifies people and promotes violence. It reduces our intelligence and numbs our natural empathetic response to someone in pain.
4. Lying is nearly impossible. We may not know exactly what truth you are withholding, but we can also tell (with our developing intuition and ESP skills) that something isn’t right. We also know when you have other emotions, pain, love, etc. that you aren’t expressing. You’re an open book to us. We aren’t trained in counter-intelligence, we are just observant and knowing. While we may pick up on physical cues, we can look into your eyes and know what you are feeling.
5. Sympathy pains, whether emotional or physical, are something we experience often. We may pick up symptoms of your cold, just like men who get morning sickness when their wives are pregnant. We tend to absorb emotion through the solar plexus, considered the place we ‘stomach emotion’ so as we learn to strengthen this chakra center, we may sometimes develop digestive issues. Grounding to the earth can help to re-establish our emotional center. Walking barefoot is a great way to re-ground.
A Guide for the journey from Victimhood to True Empowerment
Einstein has a well-shared quote in our modern day which says, “we cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it.” This is a powerful realisation for humanity to embrace as we explore pathways to regenerate the vitality of our living planet and build systems for living that will sustain us harmoniously into the future. But if a shift in consciousness is what is required… how do we actually do (or be) that? How do we create a shift in who we are being such that it positively impacts our visions and our actions in the world? And how do we gauge our progress on the path?
In recent times, our path of personal and planetary development has been influenced by a myriad of different perspectives in science, spirituality, indigenous wisdom and multiple schools of self awareness, self development, movement and thought. Ancient and modern practices have merged with the intent of helping us shed limiting patterns and past experience in order to more powerfully align with the infinite possibilities of life.
In the mid 1980’s, author and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center
Michael Beckwith introduced a simple model for understanding the Four Stages of Spiritual Growth and Development. While this is not the only guide to understand the stages of human consciousness, the context of Beckwith’s model is a practical and empowering perspective on our journey from victim-hood to empowerment, connection and oneness with the greater forces of life. Let’s take a look.Ancient and modern practices have merged to help us align more powerfully with the infinite possibilities of life.
Stage one: ‘TO ME’
The first stage of spiritual development is what Beckwith calls the ‘To Me’ stage. It’s also referred to as the victim stage as it is an early level of awareness where our primary perception is that life is happening ‘to us’. Like a child new to the world, or someone who has not yet claimed full responsibility for his/her life, in the ‘To Me’ stage we experience ourselves at the effect of the people and circumstances of our life. There are times in each of our lives when we feel like we are on the receiving end of challenges, opportunities, relationships, job assignments, etc. and while we may have desires for a different circumstance, at the time it really feels as though ‘life is happening to us’.
As with each of the four stages, in order to move from one stage to the next, Beckwith tells us we must be willing to let go of something en route to claiming a new aspect of who we really are. In order to move from the ‘To Me’ stage of our development into stage two, what we must be willing to let go of… is blame. After reacting, resisting and blaming others (or life itself) for our circumstance, eventually we come to a place where we are ready to claim more of a sense of personal responsibility and become more of a generative force in our life. Through choice or necessity we make a shift and begin to experience ourselves taking matters of our life into our own hands. Like a child new to the world, Stage 1 feels like life is happening “To Me.” Stage two: ‘BY ME’
Even if we are fully justified to blame others for our current situation, there comes a time when we must realise that as long as we are making others responsible for our circumstance, we are giving away our power and limiting our ability to make the necessary changes. As we let go of the need to blame anyone (including ourselves!) for where we are, we open ourselves to shift into our next stage of development, becoming active manifestors of the path we truly want/need to be on.
During stage two, the ‘By Me’ phase of our journey, we may initially feel
stretched or challenged by our circumstance, but this challenge is often what is
needed for us to dig deeper and become a causative agent in our experience. This
is the stage of the journey where we get to discover that we are far more
capable than we realised. We are not victims of circumstance but rather creators
The ‘By Me’ stage of development is often a building (or rebuilding) phase, where our actions must be grounded, real, focused and self-driven. Breakthroughs in this arena often require focused determination (and sometimes sweat!) and they leave us with the sense of personal accomplishment, “I did it! I can do
it!”. In the stage of ‘By Me’, we move past victim-hood and begin to emerge with a sense of personal ownership of the life we create, earn, cause and achieve. This is a powerful step on the path.In the "By Me” Stage, we take responsibility as active creators of our reality.
Stage three: ‘THROUGH ME’
When we have worked hard at developing skills in any activity or endeavour (from music to sports to mathematics), there is a moment when we cross over from pure focused effort to a feeling of grace and flow with what we are doing. We may have been building skills and trying the same thing over and over for quite
some time, when suddenly, we go from playing the music to feeling as though the music is actually playing through us. We go from being the surfer using our skills to surf the wave, to feeling the energy of the ocean guiding our flow upon it. From being the writer of the story, to feeling as though the creative essence of the story itself is expressing through our pen onto the page.
When we enter ‘Through Me’ consciousness we go from a sense of personal significance grounded in our own achievements, to feeling a sense of humility about being part of something greater than ourselves. In order to move from the ‘By Me’ stage into stage three, what we must be willing to let go of is our need
for control. As we let go of having to be the soul generator and controller of each outcome, we open ourselves up to discover a new sense of trust and connectedness to the bigger story/currents/song ready to flow through us.
Sometimes the experience of ‘Through Me’ comes as a graceful extension of personal exertion, and sometimes it arrives more abruptly as we reach the limit of our own personal skills or abilities and have no choice but to surrender, opening ourselves up to be conduits or instruments of the higher energetic
forces within. We feel a sense of humility about being part of something greater than ourselves. Stage four: ‘AS ME’
When we let go of blame and move from our perception of life as something that happens ‘To Me’, we begin to discover our true power in life happens ‘By Me’. When we let go of the need to control, we move from our experience of life happening ‘By Me’, to discovering our connection to the greater powers of life moving ‘Through Me’. As we allow our individual expression to merge completely with the energy we are experiencing or creating in the world, we realise we are actually part of the infinite creative force of the universe, which is expressing and experiencing itself individualised ‘As Me’.
I am God/spirit/universe/nature/consciousness.
As we travel through the third stage of our development and experience a sense of the greater flow moving ‘Through Me’ consistently in life or endeavour, we begin to reach this fourth leaping-off point and the simple but profound realisation that whatever is moving ‘Through Me’ is also inside of me. That this greater energetic force and I are actually made of the same source material. Like a ray of the sun or a wave in the ocean, I am actually an individualised expression of this greater force, which is now moving, breathing and acting in the world ‘As Me’.
A picture must possess a real power to generate light, and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light, or rather in light.
– Henri Matisse
To move beyond the experience of life occurring ‘Through Me’ and into the ‘As Me’ stage of spiritual development, what we must be willing to let go of is our sense of separation. As we do this (or rather ‘be’ this), we open ourselves to discover the experience of genuine unity or oneness in life and endeavor. We
release our perception of the infinite nature of the universe as a causative energy that exists outside of us, and we open ourselves to experience this infinite nature in and ‘as’ our very being. The music, the ocean, the story are not only moving ‘Through Me’… they are the living expression of who I am. This is flow in its greatest sense and many would say it is our ultimate reason for being here. Through our actions, experiences, relationships and being, to remember and experience ourselves as unique expressions of the absolute.The music, the ocean, the story are not only moving ‘Through Me’… they are the living expression of who I am.
Takeaways and Reflection
We each have experiences of these stages of development at different times in different areas of our life. Whether or not we arrive at a permanent state of ‘As Me’ in every aspect of our existence, it is powerful to consider what shifts we can make within ourselves to support our steps along the path.
Stage one: ‘To Me’
Life is a series of events, relationships and circumstances that happen to me.
In order to move to beyond stage one, I must be willing to let go of: blame.
In doing so, I claim/discover: responsibility and personal empowerment.
Stage two: ‘By Me’
I move into my role as a manifestor, claiming my ability to create and influence my circumstance in life.
In order to move beyond stage two, I must be willing to let go of: control.
In doing so, I discover: trust and connection with energetic forces beyond my individual self.
Stage three: ‘Through Me’
I am an instrument and conduit for Life to move and express through me.
In order to move beyond stage three, I must be willing to let go of: separation.
In doing so, I discover: oneness.
Stage four: ‘As Me’
I and the infinite forces of the universe are ONE. I am God/spirit/life, being me. At once unique and intrinsically part of the greater whole. I am one with all of life.We each have experiences of these stages of development at different times in different areas of our life.
Is there an area of your life that you are currently seeking to create a shift in your experience?
If so, what stage of development would you currently place yourself in this area?
What might you need to let go of or claim in order to cause a shift in your own consciousness and open the path for your next stage of experience?
Each one of us is Life personalized. We are each Life as a person; therefore, each one of us contains within himself all the intelligence, the power, the faculties and the instruments for the expression of Life… To know that Life became you for a purpose and that you occupy a place no one else in all the world occupies. – Dan Custer (The Miracle of Mind Power)
“There is a time in our lives, usually in mid-life, when a woman has to make a decision - possibly the most important psychic decision of her future life - and that is, whether to be bitter or not. Women often come to this in their late thirties or early forties. They are at the point where they are full up to their
ears with everything and they've "had it" and "the last straw has broken the camel's back" and they're "pissed off and pooped out." Their dreams of their twenties may be lying in a crumple. There may be broken hearts, broken marriages, broken promises.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
In almost every situation someone is called upon to lead. Taking up the call involves a conscious choice, and yet for many leaders, even those who are very experienced, not much consciousness is applied. If you ask a roomful of CEOs how they got where they are today -I've done this dozens of times when teaching a course on leadership for business people - the top answer is always "I was lucky." Looking back, CEOs and other top executives mainly recognize that they wound up in the right place at the right time.
There are courses in leadership everywhere, and most of them, so far as I can tell, use case studies. The performance of successful leaders is analyzed, with comparisons to less
successful leaders. These courses no doubt produce a set of skills, but the tendency is for these skills to be technical and managerial - human skills are far harder to teach and pass on. Yet they are the key to persuading other people to follow you.
I've taken a different tack, arguing that leadership
is all about consciousness. It has to be, since the response that a great leader inspires (loyalty, respect, emulation, love) is life-changing. Such responses are not evoked by well-trained managers. Skills can be developed in consciousness. This isn't a mystical area, although we must go beyond practical psychology. A successful leader isn't a psychological manipulator, power grabber, bully, or public relations hack. Success, as it is practiced consciously, brings a better life, inner and outer, to both the leader and the group he leads.3 Secrets of Charisma! Why Bill Clinton is a charismatic leaderCourtesy of The Chopra Foundation
We'll focus on seven skills that fit a conscious leader, organized into the acronyms LEADERS. Below
is a thumbnail sketch of these skills, which will be discussed one by one in the next seven posts.L
Look and listen. Do this with your senses, being an unbiased
observer who has not judged anything in advance. Do this with your heart,
obeying your truest feelings. Finally, do this with your soul, responding with
vision and deep purpose.E
Emotional bonding. Leading from the soul means going beyond
melodrama and crisis mode, getting rid of emotional toxicity to understand the
specific needs of your followers.A
Awareness. This means being aware of the following questions
that underlie every challenge: Who am I? What do I want? What does the
A leader must ask these questions of himself and
inspire his team to ask for
leader must be action-oriented. In whatever he does he must serve as a role
model, held responsible for the promises he has made. This requires persistence
but also the ability to view any situation with flexibility and
The soul’s power comes from self-awareness, which is responsive to feedback but
independent of the good or bad opinion of others. Empowerment isn’t selfish. It
raises the status of leader and follower
Responsibility. This means showing initiative, taking mature
risks rather than reckless ones, walking the talk, having integrity, and living
up to your inner values. Seen from the level of the soul, a leader’s greatest
responsibility is to lead the group on the path of higher
Synchronicity. This is a mysterious ingredient from the
unconscious that all great leaders harness. Synchronicity is the ability to
create good luck and find invisible support that carries a leader beyond
predicted outcomes to a higher plane. In spiritual terms, synchronicity is the
ultimate ability to connect any need with an answer from the soul.
by Dennis Roberts
There is a real risk that in the pursuit for parity and equality of opportunity we may miss the real opportunity for transformational growth. The more equitable appointment of women into positions of power, authority and control may merely represent a shuffling of the deckchairs. The real transformative change is to shift not only who plays the game of business, but also how it is played and ultimately transform the very game itself.
At its core the game of business is played on the core economic assumption of scarcity. This is a breeding ground for our patriarchal society. There is not enough to go around so the competition for limited economics resources is fuelled by power plays, combative strategies, fear and greed and competition. We start business from this paradigm and regardless of who sits in the big chair it is still a combative world. This is the masculine world. It is primal.
Our business lexicon is full of metaphors of war. Sport and business are also metaphors of war. We compete, takeover, hire and fire, target customers, launch products, take massive action, seize control, buyout, churn and bone staff.
It is my contention that there are three stages on the pathway to a more heart centric model of business. This model is less reliant on institutionalised business entities. In fact it thrives outside the corridors of power because the corridors of power are part of the problem of our patriarchal society. The three stages are:
1. The old (masculine) game of business is played in a dominant masculine way.
2. The old (masculine) game of business is played in a more feminine way.
3. A new feminine game of business is played in a more feminine way.
It is worth exploring what exactly masculine and feminine means in this context for it is not based on gender.
What is the masculine?
There are many ways to describe the masculine. Drawing from ancient wisdom, shamanism, spiritual teachings, eastern philosophy and holistic perspective we can see that the masculine is individualisation. We you stand apart, aside, up for a cause you are exercising your masculine aspect. It doesn't have to be an aggressive energy but it all too often is. When you do any of the following you are expressing your masculine – make a decision, have a preference, say "No", promote yourself, take action, quantify a measure. The linear thought processes of reading, writing and arithmetic are masculine modes of learning, as are logic, linear thoughts. Science through the study of observable facts is also masculine.
What is the feminine?
The feminine is the field of infinite potential. It is unrealised. It is the potential for something to arise or be made manifest on this earthly plain. If it were a number it would be infinity whereas the masculine would be one. When you are broadening your perspective you are exploring your feminine aspect. It diversifies rather than narrows. It holds space into which possibilities may arise. The space is the feminine, the arising is the masculine. They go together. They are inseparable.
In business we see the feminine commonly through symbols, stories, metaphors, images, spatial elements. We listen during conversations, we pause. We regenerate. The notion of work/life balance is relevant because it is the silence or the quiet contemplation or reflection that reconnects us to our spark of life itself. The feminine is spiritual in its essence because of this interconnectedness.
Towards a path with heart
In practical terms the rise of this feminine energy will transform how we do business and why we do business. it is less about profit maximisation than it is about the collective sustainability of our planet, resources and wellbeing of mankind. For this reason we find it prevalent in small business, private enterprise and self-employed people because they aren't in pursuit of profit maximisation. They aren't working to an agenda of maximising shareholder value. For sure, they seek profitability but it is this obsession with growth that is different along with balanced representation of all stakeholders interests. It is inclusive.
* originally published 1-Nov-12
First Choose An Eye To See What It Reveals About You
An eye is very complex, beautiful and intriguing. The eye symbolizes clarity, focus and purpose. The eye you are drawn to below reveals quite a bit about your personality. Choose the eye you like best to learn more about yourself.
This is a fun eye personality test! What eye are you drawn to? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9? You can choose more than 1 if you feel drawn.
Eye 1. Deep Down You Are Open.
You’re the type of person who will welcome almost anyone into your life and heart. You believe that it’s better to take a risk and get hurt than to close yourself off to the world. You don’t show the world your fears or insecurities. You believe that your problems should be dealt with privately. You try to be totally there for everyone, even if you’re hurting inside. Helping others is how you heal.
Eye 2. Deep down you are Conscientious.
You’re the type of person who’s always looking to make a good impression and do the right thing. You believe your actions make a difference in other people’s lives, no matter how large or small they are. You don’t show the world how worried and upset you are. You see a lot of misery and injustice that you keep to yourself. You are devoted to being the best person possible. It’s the least you can do with your time on this planet.
Eye 3. Deep Down you are tortured.
You’re the type of person who has a very tumultuous past that still affects you today. You can’t help but think that life is some sort of sick cosmic joke. You try to find your peace wherever you can. You don’t show the world your darkest thoughts. You have a lot to endure, and your keeping it to yourself. Your outlook can be surprisingly sunny at times. You’re an expert at picking yourself up when you fall.
Eye 4. Deep Down you are philosophical.
You’re the type of person who’s likely to over think everything and anything. You like to get to the deeper meaning of things. You get so lost in your thoughts that it’s sometimes hard to tell up from down. You don’t show the world how unsure you are about everything. You may be figuring things out, but you’re still confident. You see life as a puzzle, and you like playing with the pieces until they fit together. You may not ever figure out the meaning of it all, and you’re okay with that.
Eye 5, Deep down you are mysterious. You’re the type of person who hasn’t figured yourself out, so good luck to anyone else who plans to try! You are a mash up of many contradictions, and your mood changes daily. Once find yourself, you’ve changed into someone else. You don’t show the world much about yourself. You are a person of few words and confusing actions. You prefer to observe and learn about people before you chime in. You only say things that you are sure of.
Eye 6. Deep down you are sensitive.
You’re the type of person who notices everything and forgets nothing. You are very in tune with the world. You feel deeply, and sometimes the silliest things can affect you. You are easily brought to laughter or tears. You don’t show the world how fragile you are. You instead show people how insightful you can be. You are good at anticipating what’s going to happen in your life. You are often the first one to see what’s coming.
Eye 7. Deep down you are fiery.
You’re the type of person who’s always energetic or passionate. There’s nothing subtle about you… ever. You tend to love or hate everything. You have a ton of opinions, and you make up your mind quickly. You don’t show the world how anxious you are. You have a lot of energy, and too much of it means you can be quite nervous. Everything is very high stakes for you. You can’t help but build up the drama in your head.
Eye 8. Deep down you are eccentric.
You’re the type of person who has unusual interests, beliefs, and practices. You’ve always been a bit of a weirdo. You don’t care much for rules or tradition. You do things your way and let the chips fall where they may. You show the world everything about you. You have nothing to hide, and you just laugh off those who judge you. You wish everyone was more like you. There’s a lot of joy in being a non-conformist.
Eye 9. Deep Down you are Intuitive.
You’re the type of person who understands other people and the world very well. You don’t let on to how much you know. You can tell so much from someone’s facial expressions or tone of voice. And you always know when you’re being lied to. You show the world exactly what you want to show. Besides being good at reading people, you also know how you’re being read. You know when you’re being manipulated, and you know how to manipulate someone if you have to. You usually don’t resort to it though!
reproduced from Jesse Johnson
Are you a service professional with more than your fair share of last minute cancellations? And whilst we all understand last minute emergencies that can cause no shows there comes that moment where you sit back and contemplate just what sort of flakey behavior you are creating here. And it is behavior.
Some people just have poor time management, whereas for others it may reflect where their values truly are. It's not much consolation for you tho if someone doesn't show up as agreed because something more important has come up. The nature of services is that they are time sensitive so once that moment has gone there's seldom time for you to recover it. You set aside a time spot and it's here one moment and gone the next.
So, what can you do to eliminate last minute cancellations?
And if it all goes pear shaped remember that you ultimately reserve the right to terminate the client agreement. You don't need clients who don't honor you and your time. When you not only set your personal boundaries but more particularly uphold them you close one door to the universe and make a definitive statement about what you want to consciously create ... and that's a good thing!
- SET the EXPECTATION: The place to start is BEFORE they arise. When you take on a new client it is imperative you discuss your expectations of what you want to happen AND ITS CONSEQUENCES from the outset. This doesn't have to be messy or even unreasonable. With any form of expectation setting it is far more effective if you make a statement rather than ask a question. Be direct. Be clear. "My expectations are that you attend the appointment as agreed, in the event that you cannot make it I require 48 hours notice."
- STATE the CONSEQUENCES: The next step is to spell out what the remedial action will be, for example, "Late cancellations will be charged at 50% of my hourly rate". If there is no consequence to a transgression then you have no bargaining chip. Sometimes merely the stating of the expectation upfront does the trick and for more serial offenders you need another avenue. It is also critical that you state this upfront.
I understand that when you are signing up a new client the temptation is focus on the harmonious relationship, benefits and value you will deliver. This clearly shouldn't be the centrepiece of your deal but you can talk about how you take a clients time seriously and will do everything to honor them and expect the same professional courtesy in return.
- ACCOUNTABILITY - depending on the service you are providing you may find holding someone accountable for their commitments and keeping their word is part of the value you create. Flakey behavior is indeed behavior and behavior tends to do what behavior tends to do and that is repeat. Behaviors are choice points - the thing you need to determine is whether these choices are conscious or unconscious. There is massive value in that right there.
- INVITE A RESPONSE - this is key! Once you have set the expectations and stated the consequences invite a response. You can script these question - how does that sound? Do I have your commitment? Are you ok with that?
by Dennis Roberts
Hello Dear Friends, Supporters and SHIFTERS,
My name is Rochelle Marmorstein and I am the Producer/Director of THE SHIFT Movie. After creating two critically acclaimed documentaries, I embarked on pulling together a world class team of professional documentary artists, leading edge thinkers, cutting edge scientists, culture innovators, social entrepreneurs, and digital artists to create THE SHIFT Movie, a project that is near and dear to our collective hearts.
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We call this a MOVIE MADE BY A MOVEMENT because what we are illustrating is a Movement that is the combination and culmination of all the movements to a more socially just society and peaceful world. Every one of us has a role to play and can contribute to making this a better world. Through this film, we want to show you demonstrations of those individuals who are already making a difference with passion and a commitment to positive change.
The film has magnetized incredible luminaries, leading edge thinkers, evolutionary futurists, scientists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I have put my life's savings into this project over the last 10 years and now we want to include you in our mission to complete this film so we can share this message of hope and possibility with the world.
We have already shot many of the visionary interviews and now we want to complete shooting the individual stories of the ordinary people stepping into their power to make a difference to their families, local communities, countries and to the world.
Technology and innovation breakthroughs are rapidly advancing the individuals' capability to make a bigger impact on the billions on the planet. We want to include some of these stories in the film to illustrate the impact that each one of us has the opportunity to create at this historical moment.
Real spiritual power does not come from will or desire, but is a direct expression of an aspect of the divine. As such it carries a force and focus that belong to the Absolute, and have the stamp of divine will. Through spiritual power the will of the Absolute can be directly enacted in the world. This power does not have to follow the laws of creation because it belongs to the Creator. It is not caught in the patterns of cause and effect, by which most intentions become diluted or dispersed before they are fully enacted. When an intention is born in human consciousness, it enters the realm of duality, where there is a separation between intention and action. In the process of enacting an idea, the original purity of the idea inevitably becomes distorted. Shadow dynamics also interfere, which is where power dynamics enter. TS. Eliot poignantly expresses this process:
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
However, real spiritual power does not belong to the realm of duality or the dynamics of cause and effect. It is born on the plane of pure being, or beyond, in the uncreated emptiness. It has the capacity to interact with creation without following the laws of creation, without being caught by duality and its shadow dynamics. It is often the lack of any shadow dynamic to this energy that makes it invisible—we perceive things most easily by the shadows they create. Light upon light is more difficult to perceive than light upon darkness.
This spiritual energy that comes from beyond duality, enacted by a master who has been made free from the relative world, can come directly into life without being caught in the play of opposites and its unfolding dramas. It has the capacity to enact the will of the divine in its simple essence. Something just happens. This is what we call a miracle, when there is no logical cause, no pattern of events that appears to cause something. It just is. The divine enters life without the play of opposites, without following the process of creation. This is what makes the intercession of the divine so simple and potent.
by Lewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Alchemy is our Western tradition of inner transformation. Sufis have known about the inner process of alchemy... Sufis mastered the alchemy of the heart, through which the energy of love transforms the individual to reveal the light hidden within the darkness of the nafs or lower self. They developed a detailed science for working with the chambers of the heart to effect an inner transformation that gives the wayfarer access to the light of his true nature.
This work does not belong just to the individual, but can have a direct relationship to the whole of creation and the heart of the world. Once we recognize the mysterious connection between our own innermost essence and the soul of the world, we can use the tools of inner transformation to work directly with the soul of the world, to help the anima mundi reveal its divine light and awaken.
Once we make the simple acknowledgement that we are a part of the whole, then a connection is made between our light and the world. We make this connection with our consciousness and with our imagination; then through this connection our light begins to flow. In this way we begin to redeem the work of the whole. These connections create pathways of light that find their way through the darkness of the collective psyche. Just as in our personal psyche, there are blocks and places of resistance to this flow of light; and there are also places of power, creativity, and unexpected qualities.