I was teaching a class on the energetic working of Runes, last Sunday, when I found myself saying “and then I open myself to Spirit”. It is a statement I have made hundreds, if not thousands of times. This time, I realized as I looked at the students sitting in front of me, that what I said was akin to explaining what sex feels like, to someone who has never had it. To any who have had it, it is easily recognizable. But to those who have never experienced it, it is a glittering Christmas present; topped with paper and ribbons, sitting beneath the tree. It is magical, mysterious, and unknown.
Opening oneself to Spirit, simply put means getting out of the way, so that the will of the divine universe can move through you. It is about connecting to the strands of fate, that weave the pattern of ones life. It speaks of being receptive to that which is unseen, and unknown. It demands trust, faith, and surrender.
We are living in an age where spiritualism has become a commodity, something that anyone should be able to achieve if they buy the right crystals, eat the right food, and mediate regularly. So this should be simple right?
In reality expanding consciousness, and becoming more spiritual is a personal path. No two people will get there in exactly the same way. No amount of crystals, oils or potions can do it for you. These things are tools, meant to be of assistance; to enhance the experience, but they cannot and will not bring the experience to you alone. Teachers, techniques, and traditions are also valuable, but only if one is willing and able to release the desire to control every minute faction of their life. There must be a willingness to be fluid, and a belief that we are part of something greater. A closed vessel cannot be filled.
Faith is a tricksome thing. In truth, I do not believe it is something that can be taught. To have faith one has to choose to believe. Religion can be indoctrinated, but the feeling of connection to the divine, the world around you, and a true sense of ones part in it, is not something that can be done without first deciding you believe it is possible. We must first surrender our walls, releasing the barriers that keep us locked into a reality consisting solely of what is solid, tangible, and documented. Faith is something we can choose, just as we are able to choose what our favorite color is, and whether we like the taste of onions. It is not something that is assigned, we are not allotted as those who are and are not spiritual. We are all spiritual beings, but not all of us accept this as reality.
Releasing oneself to Spirit requires us to have faith, to believe that we are worthy and capable of feeling connected to the divine universe.
I am not sure at what point in human history, we began questioning our right to be part of the whole. I have never felt unconnected, it is something I have always known to be true. I admit, I fancy myself an old soul, and know I have done much of this before. But I am not talking about individuals questioning their worthiness to be whole, but whole cultures.
We are taught from an early age, that we are unworthy. Says the television, magazines, advertisements, movies, and billboards.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
Well that’s something to think on… Perhaps here is where the truth lies, we are afraid of our power, of how fantastic we truly are. We are afraid to reach for our dreams and find ourselves gloriously, deliciously alive. We are afraid that in truth we are co-creators of our world. If that is so, if we are co-creators of our world, then by connecting to a higher power we are in fact surrendering to ourselves. We are giving over to the fate, that which was ours to begin with, this is what it means to be Wyrd (connected to Fate).
By opening to Spirit, we allow the strand of divine will that resides inside of us, to connect to the universal pattern, and it feels fantastic! It has been described as Zen, for the body, mind and soul feel truly connected. In such moments the chatter of the mind falls away. The racing of the bodily functions seize to draw our attention, and we are at peace. It feels in many ways like the state of consciousness we experience right before falling asleep, or after an orgasm. In this state of mind & body wholeness, we are able to receive guidance, healing and often an expansion of consciousness. Our mind is open to receiving information, allowing us to gain greater insight to ourselves, and the world we are part of. This is where magic takes place.
This is part 1 of a blog series I am writing, I will be continuing this journey of the mind over the next few weeks. I encourage you to share your opinions, questions and ponderings.