You have every reason to be confused! Most of the writers talking about consciousness and metaphysics over the past hundred + years have been vague at best, and often confused themselves about the differences.
I’ve chosen Carl Jung’s model as being the clearest description. He said that only part of the mind is actually conscious, that is, aware of itself and its current environment. That part is our “personal awareness” or “conscious mind.” The rest of the mind is the “unconscious mind.” It has 2 aspects: the “subconscious mind”. which deals with fears, distressing emotions, and the body functions; and the “superconscious mind” which deals with ideals, values, and our experience of divinity. Jung went beyond that to say that both the “subconscious” and the “superconscious” were in touch with a larger mind, which he called the “collective consciousness.” This collective mind is filled with what he called “archetypes” – images and behavior patterns that apparently all people experience, regardless of where or how they grew up. These “archetypes” include the stuff of myths and fairy tales: the handsome prince, the endangered maiden, the earth mother, the wise old wizard, the shining being of light, etc.
Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel, and others often referred to the “subconscious mind” when they really meant what Jung called the “superconscious.” They were trying to say that there’s a very powerful part of our mind that is hidden from our normal awareness and has access to an even larger mind – and we are “unconscious” of it.
All of them are trying to get us to stop trying to make things work with our normal thought processes, our “conscious mind”, and allow the part of our mind that has access to the infinite intelligence of the “collective consciousness’ (called the “Divine Mind” by some) to take care of things.
One of the major shifts we’re experiencing in our culture is an acceptance of intuitive awareness as valid. We see it in the media, with all the shows about mediums and channeling; we see it in the scientific research – just this week, an article was published about how computers may be used to mimic telepathic communication; we see it in the growing numbers of people learning to rely on angels and spirit guides for help and wisdom.
The meaning of the word Intuition is “teaching from within” and most spiritual teachers across the ages have suggested that much of what we really need to know we can find by “going within” or “entering the Silence.”
For developing our intuition, I teach a class on expanding intuitive awareness based on a few simple principles, Continue reading What is Intuition & How Can I tap into it?
Two ideas are helpful here.
First is the idea that spirit is eternal, part of the ONE that most of us call God. Spirit, Holy Spirit, Higher Self, Sacred Self, Oversoul — these are all terms that apply. Spirit has all the qualities of the creative source of all that is.
Then there’s a concept in systems theory called “emergent properties.” It describes what happens when a set of elements work together and something entirely new emerges.
As I understand it, based on all kinds of literature and my own “past life regression” experiences, the eternal spirit that we are chooses to take form, to incarnate as a body, for purposes of extending the ALL in new ways through the creative power of Love. As it does so, it encounters many kinds of unexpected experiences which, being eternal and unchanging, has no effect on it, but which may be part of its purpose.
For me, then, what we call soul (as described by Thomas Moore in Care of the Soul, or Gary Zukav in Soul Stories) is what emerges out of the interaction of the spirit with the body. Soul is the temporary means by which our eternal spirit integrates physical experience into its extension of the All. Soul comes into form as the spirit incarnates, and ends after the spirit completes the incarnation process – usually some time after what we call “death”, and sometimes after many “death” and “rebirth” experiences.
What Shinn is saying is that we can override the old, no-longer-effective patterns by focusing on truer ones — and she’s right for the usual kinds of things her contemporaries were dealing with. But for us it’s a little like chipping away at an iceberg: the bulk of the conflicting ideas that we’ve picked up from school, church, our parents, and the media are below the surface and not being addressed at all. As a result, we’re still blocked; not able to receive the intuitive insights we long for.
Which is why I developed my method for “releasing the past” (on my website: http://revruthlmiller.com/releasing-the-past/). As you read through my method you’ll see my version of “casting the burden” involves more than just saying the words. And I think you’ll find, if you do the process around whatever issue is “triggering” you, that you’ll begin to experience the kind of intuitive insights that Shinn promises.
I truly understand how frustrating it is when we seem to have “done everything right” and still don’t get the results we anticipate.
What I learned in my own experience–and have seen in dozens of peoples’ lives since–is that the current upsetting incident is simply the indicator of the actual “burden to be cast”, rather than the burden itself.
When we have an experience that seems to shatter our life, we are actually playing out a kind of script about how the world is that we set up years before–typically in our childhood. There’s a pattern that began way back then which is now showing itself in such a huge way that we can’t ignore it. In many cases, somewhere way back when, a child experienced someone very close to betraying them and deep inside they made up their mind that “the people closest to me betray my trust and abandon me.” In others, it’s more subtle: a parent put the child in the role of parent; or physical abuse led to a belief that the world is dangerous, a source of painful iniquities; or illness at a critical moment led to a belief that one was incapable of doing certain things… I’ve encountered dozens.
You may know immediately who, what, where, and when as you read that.
Or you may not. If not, take a while to consider the things you remember–or don’t–about your parents and siblings in your first years. Most likely some pretty big event or series of events happened and you’ve been adapting around it most of your life–as friends in school, or coworkers, or teachers or bosses played out their roles in that pattern.
What we need to do, then, is not just release the current (or most recent) triggering situation, but find the trigger event and release that–along with all the others over the years that reinforced it.
Continue reading I tried to “Cast the Burden” as Shinn suggests, but no results – what’s happening?
As I understand it, we experience only what we are currently resonating with/as and are emotionally and intellectually prepared to accept. This applies to the material, as well as the semi-material (astral) and spiritual-energetic (etheric) worlds we’re experiencing all the time.
Given that basic assumption, we can anticipate that whatever we are experiencing is a function of our current resonant pattern and our emotional-intellectual readiness.
At the same time, most traditions teach (at the advanced/esoteric level) that the guidance we receive is not from a person, but is in fact, a field of information that we’re tapping into (akashic records; Source energy; Infinite wisdom; Holy Spirit; collective consciousness; Oversoul). And, like everything else, how we experience it is a function of our resonant field (we get the info that we resonate with) and our emotional-intellectual framework (the form it takes is what we’re prepared to experience).
Most of us are not ready to experience multiple perspectives and possibilities at the same time, so most of us “interpret” what we’re experiencing as a single input: a Voice; a Spirit Guide; a saint, angel, Christ, or god. Julian Jaynes, in his work on the Bicameral Mind, has said that when a predominately left-brained person receives intuitive info from the right brain it’s experienced as a voice from outside the person. Swedenborg, Goethe, Emerson and Jung suggested that the collective consciousness is constantly being tapped into and transformed into inner experiences of archetypal forms and voices. The Greeks and Romans called them the Muses. Many people who channel higher wisdom have been told by the informer that they’re receiving from many entities as one voice: Jane Robert’s Seth and The Betty Book material are examples. Esther Hicks has said that when she started receiving her information she felt a need to name the source so she named it Abraham–but the voice that speaks through her refers to Itself as Source energy.
Some of us either don’t trust a single voice and so want corroboration from other sources, or we experience different resonant states in which we receive different kinds of info, which we associate with different “Guides.” So we experience many of them.
Basically, as you can tell, it’s all the same: One infinite Intelligence permeating all matter-energy, of which we are a part and to which we have as much access as we are willing to let go of our normal thought patterns and allow.
Ah, yes… I know whereof you speak… confusing, isn’t it?
As I understand it, the body being convinced it is separate and isolated, identifies the bliss of union as a source of distress at the worst and deep longing at best–both of which it responds to by curling up and crying.
So, for me, allowing the crying until it is done then allows the bliss to be experienced fully–both in the present and in following experiences… the more freedom I give the body to express, the more ready it is to actually experience the bliss being offered through the spirit and mind.
I had an interesting discussion with physicist Paul Amundson the other day, during which he shared that the copper against the skin promotes the production of nitrous oxide in the body, which then opens up the veins and arteries and allows the pressure of the swelling/inflammation to dissipate and so ends the pain-signals in the nerve system. A bracelet opens them in the arm. Other locations affect other parts of the body. Apparently copper ions do similar things in stints and shunts and artificial valves… just in case you didn’t think the body needed more than a few well-known nutrients to function well!
How much can ego influence the things and people around us? Can our ego manipulate things and people showing up on our doorstep? I understand it can tap into, or mimic spirit, but can it make animal messengers show up in my yard?
Yes, the ego/small-self can really take us for a ride–it is after all programmed to keep us feeling separate from our Source, our good, and so it will do all kinds of contradictory things to make sure that happens.
One of its tricks is to imitate Spirit. We may “hear” or “see” glorious light and beautiful possibilities, but mixed with criticism, judgment, and fear-mongering–that always is the ego. And, because we perceive the world around us as a reflection of what we’re being in the moment, the people around us show up just as the ego decides they will based on the beliefs we’re still holding about ourselves and the world.
You know it’s Spirit communicating when it’s totally unconditionally loving; accepting what is, offering guidance for the next step (always just the next step, because that’s all that Is in this moment), and feels totally fitting with who and what you are, right now.
So, if there’s any sense of criticism, judgment, and fear-mongering, that is always the ego, whether it’s inside or outside, and is a sign that there’s a belief in separation from your Source has gotten in the way and blocked your current realization of well-being…
And that’s actually a good thing! We need these experiences to show us what we believe that’s out of alignment with Who We ARE, and we need to release them to become THAT…. then all is well until we come around again in life and get to do it at the next level–ah, the joys of becoming!
“Pain-body” is a term made popular by Eckhart Tolle (the author of The Power of Now) as part of his process for helping people get beyond the tendency to live in the past and future. It’s also used as part of the training in some meditation methods (in Robert Newman’s Childbirth Meditation, for example). It refers to the accumulated memories and ideas of being hurt that sometimes seem to take us over and prevent us from living fully.
The purpose of the term is to help us see that the feelings of emotional or physical pain are not us, they’re not who we are and we’re not stuck with them. It’s intended to help us realize that we are the observer of the distress, not the distress itself, and we can move beyond it.
Unfortunately, the use of a label like that also makes the experience into something. It encourages us to think there’s something “other” than us that’s trying to “do something to us.” That’s not how I work.
My preference is to recognize that a distressing feeling is part of a story that I’m experiencing and I can choose to experience something else. It’s kind of like those movies where the actors are sitting around as adults and suddenly children are sitting in their places–they’ve been “hooked” or “triggered” by the experience into the same feelings and behaviors they had as children so they might as well be their child selves.
By realizing that the feelings I’m having are associated with a story I’m telling myself, I can recognize the fact and choose otherwise. Continue reading What is “the pain-body”?