Opening to Consciousness
Living and navigating your human experience while being as fully present as possible brings intriguing and often significant spontaneous change. Synchronicities arise. Unlike events and actions that you plan with a strategy and an anticipated outcome -- being in the moment, in presence, allows deeply felt insight as your mind integrates with your heart and body for total physical awareness. This is embodiment.
By your very nature, you create and learn "stories" to explain your experiences as you navigate through life. These stories provide context. When the stories no longer serve you, you hold the capacity to bring significant change. Through contemplation and self-understanding, awareness opens the door to insight and embodiment.
Karl Jung proposed a paradigm of the psyche: A core self, in current terms, the I AM, is encased within the Persona or Freudian ego and the Shadow or Freudian unconscious - often archetypal in form, challenging you to recognize and transform them. Embedded in you is your true Self – the I AM. Your biological and emotional patterns are wired default settings to sustain your discomfort and dis-ease. This “wiring” can be re-booted and transmute your experiences of wholeness.
In the century following Jung and his peers, quantum physics, the discovery of DNA, and neuropsychology brings understanding to the role of the physical body and awareness of our existence as it is influenced by interpersonal and cosmic events. A century ago Teilhard de Chardin wrote of cosmic consciousness and the future convergence of science and religion. This is emerging today.
As the innate self is nurtured and finds expression, the stories of the persona and the fears, rage, and darker perceptions hidden in the shadow transform. The growing transformation of these stories and myths brings spiritual opening and enhanced awareness and the experience of unity with all that is.
Grounding into your Emergence of Self
Each of us is a multi-dimensional expression of consciousness. Our physical body includes layers of thought, emotion, and sensation. The subtle, etheric energy includes the causal, buddhic, and atmic planes. Embodiment is a beautiful process and practice that allows the physical and etheric planes to integrate into experiences of the Mondic plane. Embodiment cultivates evolving clarity of your I Am, your life work, and your purpose emerging into the full expression of your uniqueness and genius.
Are you called by a desire for wholeness? Do you have a sense of knowing that you have more within you waiting, calling for expression?
There is no true separateness, only the experience of standing alone amid the Unity of All That Is. In standing alone in silence and with an open heart, you hear and experience the infinite nature that is currently in your body and mind. You are the vehicle for the experience of magnificence and challenges in the actualization and embodiment of your wholeness.
The Shadow Brought Into Light
An astoundingly beautiful function of your body is the mirror neurons located in the frontal and parietal regions of your cortex. Mirror neurons are the source of your capacity for empathy. As you mirror another or a group of others, you can experience that which is hidden within your shadow, waiting to be seen. Curiously, the other(s) is a mirror for you to see that which you are reluctant or afraid to see in yourself.
Alongside the mirror neurons are the neurons of the autonomic nervous system that move you to fight or flight actions. As they are activated and triggered by empathic attunement with another, you bring awareness to and recognize your emotional and physical patterns. You transmute them by understanding and then releasing these deeply held shadow perceptions.
Being grounded is key to opening to clarity. Memories of past painful events, birth trauma, PTSD, illness, loss of a loved one, and financial difficulty are carried in your cells and neurons. To transform or transmute these bodily held memories, you learn to allow yourself to come fully into awareness on a cellular level for experience and release.
In our opening to consciousness, you experience the beauty and uniqueness of I AM.
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