An Experiential Online Seminar
As given by Ron McCray
Step 3 – Transformation
There are many definitions and ideas about what constitutes transformation. The following discussion does not discredit or invalidate any other concept of transformation. Our approach to transformation supports the other steps described in this workbook. The distinction that is given to transformation for our purpose herein is simple. Transformation is shifting from physical consciousness to Spirit consciousness. Moving from one state to the other places us in another way of being as well as how we are in action.
We have all experienced transformation whether
there was awareness of it or not. In the
preceding step, the exercises provided conscious
awareness of the two states: physical, and Spirit.
Since the goal is to occupy Spirit consciousness
as much as possible, learning to move into that
state is essential. Making the shift requires
action beyond “thinking about it.” Let us explore
the importance of action.
Nothing matters in our world except action. Thoughts can be inspiring or depressing; however, they do not matter until we take action on them. The most perceptive, creative, and potentially beneficial thoughts amount to nothing unless they are acted upon. This workbook came about through action, not by merely thinking about writing a workbook. So, if we are to transform ourselves, action on our part is required. What then are the actions needed to transform us into Spirit consciousness?
The first step is to accept that you are in a state of physical consciousness. This is a “thought,” and thus must be taken into action to have any benefit. The action associated with knowing that you are in state of physical consciousness is to speak that fact aloud. “I am in a state of physical consciousness.” Saying it aloud is an action that has moved beyond thought. It is a declaration to yourself and the universe. The second step is to declare aloud that you intend to shift to a state of Spirit consciousness. “I give intent to be in Spirit consciousness,” works well; however, as in all actions, make the action your own, choose words that resonate with you.
The third action is to laugh aloud at your state of physical consciousness and at whatever is holding you there. Laughter as an action is very powerful. No matter how “serious” you may assess your situation to be, there is always humor present. Look for it, see it, and then laugh out loud. Laughter takes the importance out of being in physical consciousness and opens the door to Spirit consciousness. The last step is to unconditionally accept and love whatever held you in physical consciousness. Embrace it and see it as a lesson that is altogether appropriate for you at the time. You may not understand the lesson at this point. We will deal with discerning the lesson in a later step. The action is to state aloud that you accept whatever the situation, and thank it for the lesson that you learn. “I accept that I lost my job and give thanks for the opportunity that it is.” Again, make the words your own.
What you say needs to be your own creation. You can use the words that illustrated the examples above if they work for you. This is not a rite or a ritual. It is a practical process that needs tailoring to you. The important point is to remember to say these statements aloud. If you need to excuse yourself to find privacy, then do so. When you laugh, make it a big laugh so that the universe (and you) really hears it. Even if you have to force the laughter, do it anyway. Soon, the laughter will be genuine, and the shift to Spirit consciousness becomes quicker and easier.
List any questions that arose from the preceding background material. Leave some room below them to write 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. Write your answers on the lines lettered A. 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.
Transformation provides the most opportunity for Experience of all the steps. Since most of us live most of our day in physical consciousness, then we have an abundance of openings in which to transform our physical consciousness to Spirit consciousness. The trick is to have the awareness that we are in physical consciousness and the desire to shift to Spirit consciousness. This will only happen by practice until a habit is developed. So, start by committing that you will make the shift at least once a day, then move to twice a day, and so on. To get started, use reminders. Post a note on your bathroom mirror, on a kitchen cabinet, on the dashboard of your car, in your calendar (make sure the note is on every day), make it your screen saver, or place a reminder on your desk or workspace.
Each time, you are aware of being in physical consciousness, determine if you want to shift to Spirit consciousness. If so, follow these four steps (refer to the Background for this step if need be):
1. State aloud that you recognize that you are in physical consciousness.
2. State aloud that you give intent to be in Spirit consciousness.
3. Laugh heartily about your state of physical consciousness. Force it if necessary. Laughter is critical to learning to shift.
4. Give thanks aloud for whatever gripped you in physical consciousness for the lesson that it provides. Think about what you can learn from it and accept the lesson as entirely appropriate. Record ten instances when you “transformed” your state as a record of progress.
NOTE: This Experience will be ongoing during other steps, so proceed with Validation and the next step when you are ready.
Validation for this step is aligned with the Experience. As you practice shifting from physical to Spirit consciousness, begin noting the emotions that you have when in Spirit consciousness. Look for contentment, peace, lightness, relief, joy, humor, love, whatever you find yourself being in that moment. Initially, Spirit consciousness only lasts a short time before you are pulled back into physical consciousness. Do not be discouraged. You have years of operating in the physical, and the habit is tenacious. Recall the sense of wellbeing experienced while in Spirit consciousness and kindle the desire to be in that state. Is it not far more pleasant than the uncomfortable emotions associated with physical consciousness?
Gratification of the physical senses is experienced as physical consciousness. Food, drink, sex, thrills, observing beauty, and music are all physical experiences that are pleasant. They are the offsetting rewards for “enduring” the trials of other physical experiences that are not so pleasant. For example, many people work at jobs they do not like in order to have two weeks of a pleasant vacation (although there is that nagging thought of returning to the “real world” at the end of the vacation that lurks during the vacation). Without knowledge of Spirit consciousness, these rewards are necessary to motivate us to stay in the physical world.
One last note—the fourth step of shifting includes thinking about the lesson contained in the state of physical consciousness. The lesson is critical to Spiritual growth, and it will not go away until it is accepted. The lesson will keep presenting itself until it is learned. Record some of the lessons that you discovered while shifting from physical to Spirit consciousness.
Copyright 1999 Ron McCray
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