This is about rediscovering a real sense of purpose in your life, expanding your consciousness, and connecting up to a bigger reality.
On this page I’ll share my ideas about what this really means and how – once your soul is awakened – your life can feel enriched and deeply meaningful.
Waking up in a secular world
Since the so-called ‘age of enlightenment’ of the 18th century, our cultural and personal beliefs have been progressively shaped by science and left-brained analytical reasoning.
Iain McGilchrist writes beautifully about this in his book, The Master and His Emissary. We’ve become too left-brained, too logical. We’ve lost connection to what it means to be truly human.
My whole website – human-spirit – and how I work as a therapist, attempts to merge both our humanity and our divinity. We are more than just our physical bodies. We are more than just our minds.
There is something deeper at the very core of our being, beyond body and mind, and it’s what the poets and philosophers throughout millennia have referred to as the soul.
Indeed, ‘mind’ is part of the problem, with all its automatic reactions and conditioning. You need to get out of your mind and come back home to the Real You.
Connecting up to a bigger reality
The thing is, that once you start to awaken your soul by firstly addressing your emotional and spiritual needs, you are more likely to experience what I call a ‘gravitational shift’.
Your centre of gravity, your ‘ground of being’ is moved away from the ‘commanding self’ of mind-ego-consciousness, and instead you live in and through soul-consciousness.
True spirituality is about refining and expanding patterns of perception. This is how we grow, develop, and evolve.
As you refine old patterns of perceiving yourself – and the world around you – you are able to see a bigger reality and connect up to what might be the biggest pattern there is: God consciousness.
Now, I’m not talking about traditional religionists’ views of God. And I know this might get me in hot water, but this is my take on it…
God is not a thing, not a being, not a noun. God is a verb. It is an experience – probably the most profound experience we can ever have as human beings. Buddhists would call it enlightenment. It is a state of pure consciousness – non-duality – where everything becomes felt as one. It is where the doors of perception are flung wide open or even blasted off their hinges!
The mystical state – the ultimate healing experience
My own experience of ‘Oneness’ – which happened spontaneously – was recently published in Steve Taylor’s book Spiritual Science – why science needs spirituality to make sense of the world.
For twenty minutes, as I pushed my two-month-old son through town in his pram, I became one with all that is. Every object, every person, every sound, every thing – including myself – became one thing. No duality, no separation. No me and you, subject and object. Just one.
Time stopped in this ‘mystical state’. (I only know it lasted for about twenty minutes because I’ve since retraced the route I took on that day). I had somehow stepped out of clock time and entered eternity. Everything that existed – past or future – existed in the perfect moment of now.
It was only years later as I struggled to make sense of the experience – which remains to this day the most important experience of my life – that I stumbled upon Advaita Vedanta – the Hindu spiritual philosophy of non-duality.
The Chalice Well in Glastonbury. Notice how the two circles in the lid join, like in a Venn diagram, symbolising non-duality: two become one.
Advaita means ‘not two’ and the experience of it is something that the mystics and poets have been trying to describe throughout the ages. But their words – however beautiful – can’t truly convey the experience.
Immediately after my own ‘Oneness’ experience I felt born again. Something had been re-set in me, re-booted if you like. I felt more altruistic, more empathic, more compassionate to everyone and everything. I became more tolerant, more accepting, more loving and joyous.
My centre of gravity had shifted into soul consciousness, or, in the words of the 13th century mystic, Meister Eckhart, God had been birthed in my soul.
Soul manifesting and God consciousness
The only other time I’d come anywhere close to a state of Oneness was through the use of psychedelics in my twenties. The word, ‘psychedelic’ after all, means soul manifesting.
I must point out here that I’m not advocating the use of what are still illegal medicines. What I’m saying is that psychedelics can stimulate major shifts in consciousness when used respectfully and correctly. And thousands of people the world over experiment with such substances on a regular basis – and perhaps have done so since the dawn of mankind.
What I am saying is that it seems as if we all possess an ‘enlightenment drive‘, to use the term from spiritual teacher A.H. Almaas. Something is trying to be birthed in us, whether we’re aware of it or not.
We’re all yearning for something that brings a deeper meaning to our lives and a connection to something beyond ourselves. Maybe there is a divine plan after all, despite what the materialistic scientists have told us over the last 300 years.
Waking up and the REM state
Rather than hoping for a spontaneous spiritual awakening – like mine – the next best thing is to purposely access the REM state by using hypnotic or meditative techniques.
The REM state is the state in which we dream at night but we also know now that this occurs during waking hours. The REM state is our primary programming state and is the state where emotional, mental and spiritual healing takes place. I explain much more about the REM state in my free e-book.
I believe that awakening your soul is the next step on the evolutionary ladder. It is what life ultimately demands of us all.
It is in the REM state that you can refine and expand patterns of perception, enabling you to break free from the past and awaken your soul. After all, your soul is the gateway to a larger reality. It breathes spiritual life into your humanity.
If you’re ready to expand your consciousness or would simply like to find out more about awakening your soul call me on 0845 450 2326 or email me here.