An Experiential Online Seminar
as given by Ron McCray
The intention of this series of seminars is to lead you, the participant, to awaken the ability to communicate with your Higher Self. A few of the many benefits of communicating with one's Higher Self are: receiving direction and validation on moving forward in life; dealing powerfully and quickly with fear; and gaining access to other spiritual entities, e.g., the Higher Selves of other people. When we awaken to the fact that our Higher Self is always with us, and, in fact, is integral to our biological bodies, then communication with the Higher Self becomes achievable.
This series of experiential 'seminars' will be divided into ten steps. Each step is further divided into a background discussion and an explanation of the experiential exercises that accompany the step. The exercises should be completed prior to the next step. First, read and understand the Background section. Second, read and complete the Preparation for the exercise. Third, perform the Exercise, and last, perform the Validation of the Exercise. Some Exercises and Validations may need to be done more than once. Awakening awareness is not a race nor are there shortcuts. If the steps in these seminars are diligently followed, anyone can master communicating with the Higher Self.
Gaining the Most Benefit from the Seminars
The ten steps for Awakening Awareness will be published individually on the PlanetLightworker web site. We recommend that you print each step, especially the three steps of the exercise portion (Preparation, Experience, and Validation), so that you may record your thoughts and determinations after completing the exercise. Then, keep the completed steps in a binder or folder, so that you have them available should you wish to refer to an earlier step and its results when preparing for a later step.
Step 1 - Creative Energy - "Spirit."
Everything in the knowable and unknowable universe exists as intelligently shaped creative energy. An energy so fundamental that all other forms of energy and matter, including humanity and the earth, derive from it. Having a grasp of creative energy is crucial to awakening awareness.
Step 2 - Self-Consciousness.
Self-Consciousness in this sense means awareness of how we are being in a given moment. It is not the traditional state of embarrassment or shyness generated by a sense of inadequacy. Each of us is in one of two states throughout our lives: either physical consciousness or Spirit consciousness. This step defines the two states and provides the means to consciously experience each one.
Step 3 - Transformation.
There are many definitions and ideas about what constitutes transformation. Transformation, for our purpose, is shifting from physical consciousness to Spirit consciousness. In this step, the process of making the shift is explained and practiced.
Step 4 - Enlightenment.
Enlightenment occurs in the state of Spirit consciousness... What do we do after we achieve the state of Spirit consciousness to experience enlightenment? We experience enlightenment by fully loving and accepting all that is around us. In this state, we have access to creative energy.
Step 5 - Free Will.
All living things (and inanimate ones, as well) share creative energy as their essence. Humanity has one additional important distinction, namely, we possess the ability to choose how we live life. Karma is another name for this opportunity. Free will is about recognizing the power of choice and how choice permeates every aspect of life.
Step 6 - Discernment.
We have often heard the admonishment, "Don't believe everything that you read or hear." What excellent advice this is! The challenge is how to figure out what to believe. Discernment is our inner voice that is available to lead us along our life's path.
Step 7 - Life Contract.
Two recurring questions that haunt so many of us are, "Why am I in this life, and what am I supposed to do?" There is one global answer that applies to all of us. However, we each have our own unique expression of that purpose. That is your life contract...
Step 8 - Love, Intention, and Co-creation (Manifestation).
Our human and biological condition is a state that many of us want to alter. We desire more wealth, contentment, deep relationships, and security. Much of our waking time is spent in pursuit of these and other goals. We can employ our Higher Self to manifest our goals, if the goals are appropriate...
Step 9 - Fear.
The greatest impediment that we have to co-creation or manifesting what we need in life is fear. Fear is a human invention that appears all too real for most of us. Until we learn to deal with fear, our ability to move forward in our life contract is greatly inhibited.
Step 10 - Awakening.
From an early age, we are cloaked in a human persona that enables us to deal with the physical world. The cloak is called by various names, including ego and identity. Our cloak serves us well in one respect, however, when we begin working to link with our Higher Self, we are on a path of awakening to realize that we are truly spiritual beings. We will examine how to be aware of our Higher Self and to bridge the gap created by the "veil" to communicate directly with our Higher Self.
Please print and retain the Introduction if you are participating in the seminar.
Awakening Awareness - An Experiential Online Seminar - part 1
Step 1 - Creative Energy - "Spirit."
As I outlined in the introduction, everything in the knowable and unknowable universe exists as intelligently shaped creative energy. A vital energy so fundamental that all other forms of energy and matter, including humanity and the earth, derive from it. This creative energy carries an infinite intelligence that shapes itself according to its own design and purpose. Thus, a rock "knows" it is a rock, not in the human sense of awareness, but in the sense that the energy comprising the rock purposefully shaped itself into the rock. If the rock is shattered into fragments, the shattering occurred because the rock permitted itself to be shattered. The rock could have resisted the blow if remaining intact served its design and purpose.
The purpose of this step is to assist you in developing an awareness and acceptance of creative energy. Creative energy is the fundamental foundation of transformation. Without awareness and acceptance of creative energy, these seminars are of no value and, therefore, are inappropriate for you.
Throughout the sentient history of humanity, we have recognized creative energy in one form or another. We have worshipped it, feared it, rejected it, and we have attempted to manipulate it. The quest to understand creative energy has given rise to shamans, medicine men, witches, priests, holy men, ministers, nuns, monks, lamas, astrologers, clairvoyants, fortunetellers, and philosophers of various shades. These often-gifted people found ways of accessing creative energy at its source. They in turn communicated their experiences to those who did not find access.
All interpreted (or pretended to interpret) aspects of creative energy are designed to fill humanity's need for information about that which cannot be perceived by our five traditional senses. The sources of creative energy are called by many names: God, Allah, Great Forest Spirit, the pantheon of Greek and Roman gods, Mother Earth, and so on. For the purpose of these seminars, creative energy is also referred to as Spirit. Some humans received deification from other humans because of their apparent superior knowledge of creative energy. These include Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, and saints - a representative list although certainly not an exhaustive one. These were all "ordinary" humans who developed an extraordinary awareness of creative energy. They also left legacies of knowledge about creative energy that have survived in one form or another as revered texts that attempt to give insights to their fellow humans about creative energy. Distilling all this information into one universal message brings us to the importance of love... which we shall explore in greater depth later on.
One last point before venturing along your own special and unique path. The discovery of quantum physics contributes greatly to understanding creative energy. When physicists undertook experiments to study aspects of quantum physics, they discovered that what they expected to find, they found. When other physicists replicated the experiments, different results occurred based on the expectations of those researchers! It seems that the closer we move to the vital source that is creative energy, the more the energy shapes itself to our intentions. Please remember this as you move forward. The point will be expanded later. Now, it is time to do some work. Before commencing, make sure you have a pen and a notepad at hand to record your questions and answers.
List any questions that arose from the preceding background material. Leave some room below them, to write your answers.
Now, without using analysis, logic, or "common sense," answer each of the questions that you wrote. Let your intuition or "uncommon sense" guide you in your answers. If need be, answer from the perspective that you are creating answers to your questions, and whatever you create is true. You may find that your sense of this lesson deepens and that more questions arise. To find answers to them, use this same procedure. Continue asking and answering until your curiosity is stilled. Use additional sheets of paper if needed. When you are complete with the Preparation, read the instructions for the Experience.
Re-read the questions and answers that you explored in the Preparation. Gather these items together: a small bowl of mildly warm water (around 98 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 degrees Centigrade) and a handful of soil (or sand). Position yourself in a state that is receptive to new experience. You may wish to find a quiet spot that is dimly lighted and free of distraction. Position yourself such that you are comfortable and that the water and soil can be easily reached. Close your eyes, take a slow, deep breath inhaling for about eight seconds, hold the breath for eight seconds (if you are uncomfortable holding your breath that long, then exhale when discomfort starts), then slowly exhale for eight seconds. Perform this breathing cycle three times.
Resume normal breathing and picture yourself in the center of a wave of complete wellbeing where all of your wants, needs, and fears cease to have any effect on you. See them as dissipating in the wave and absorbed by it until they are part of the wave and supporting you as you float carefree. When you are contented and in harmony with the wave, place the fingers of one hand into the bowl. At first you will feel the water. Direct your thoughts to experiencing the water flow through (not around) your fingers. Merge the water and your fingers into the energy flow so that their identities are dissolved becoming one with the flow of the energy. Now, scoop up some of the soil and cup it in the palm of your other hand. Direct your thoughts to experiencing the soil or sand disappear into the energy wave. As did the water, the soil dissipates into the energy wave becoming part of it.
Direct your thoughts back to the bowl and recreate the water from the wave of energy. Feel its wetness, its temperature, and its easy movement around your fingers. Direct your thoughts to the hand that held the soil and recreate the soil from the wave of energy. Note its weight, texture, and the shifting of the grains when you gently move your hand. Withdraw your hands from the water and soil or sand. Continue breathing as you recreate yourself from the energy wave leaving your wants, needs, and fears behind, absorbed into the wave. The experience is complete. You may wish to repeat this exercise several times so that it deepens and intensify your experience. On your paper, make comments about the Experience that you wish to remember.
Validation is about recreating the experience of creative energy in a manner that you choose. Here are the instructions. Find a physical object that attracts you. It could be a tree, a cloud, a golf ball, water, even wind - whatever appeals to you. Be in the presence of your chosen object. Sit or stand very still and place your attention on the object. You may wish to close your eyes. Slowly move yourself inside of the object and perceive the world as the object does - not as you think the object would but, rather, as the object itself. Stay in this state for as long as you are the object. If the first experience did not work well for you, try again with the same or another object until it does work well. When you are satisfied with your effort, record your thoughts in your notes.
Copyright 1999 Ron McCray
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