The truth about awakening is that it is critical that we awaken to a deeper truth about our experiences on this planet, particularly now, when so many people are concerned about current events. The rising costs of food and fuel, the continuing war, economic downturns as well as natural disasters indicate a time of worldwide crisis. When we add to this picture our own personal and professional challenges, the future does not look very promising.
New Age leaders teach the importance of “focusing on the Light” and using your thoughts, feelings and actions to “attract” what you want to experience in your life. Focusing on your fears and the things you do not want attracts more of the same, you are told. If you can learn how to “shift your field of energy,” you can begin to shift what shows up in your life. And when you begin to understand the power of your thoughts and feelings–the importance of monitoring the focus of your attention and of controlling your behavior patterns–you begin to “awaken.” Attraction seems to be the key. Yet in spite of the “Law of Attraction” becoming an everyday concept, conditions on the earth don’t seem to be improving. On a personal level, it’s likely that you’re still feeling frustrated and powerless when it comes to changing your life–evidenced by the proliferation of new programs on the Internet that promise you the key that will “finally create the life you want right now.”
But perhaps there’s a deeper perspective available, which, if added to our current understanding (that we’re in the midst of an awakening process), will create the critical mass necessary for real change to occur. This perspective–the higher self’s perspective–is beginning to emerge in consciousness.
Consider the possibility that much of the fear and inertia that prevents you from moving forward in your life could be alleviated if you knew that your higher self had planned your life experiences so that you would grow, so that you would come to know yourself as “one who rose to the challenge.” Because your higher self had planned everything in your life, including your biggest challenges, it has the capacity to complete those challenges successfully. In other words, the keys to your life’s fulfillment can be found within. All you have to do is to reconnect with your higher self, to develop a relationship with it so that you can hear its guidance (your intuition) and trust it enough to follow through promptly and consistently.
As you begin to do this, you will glimpse into your soul’s original plan. Your life will begin to make more sense to you, and you will begin to understand how it fits into the larger “earth experience,” or “earth game.”
On a collective level, if we knew that each of us had a role in planning this earth game, and if we remembered why we agreed to “play the game” in the first place, we would view the world’s crises as opportunities rather than dreadful things to be avoided. We would know that we had the power within to complete the challenges successfully.
I came to understand that we created this earth game a long, long time ago, and with good intentions, too: so that we would learn and grow. As new souls, we yearned to discover who we really were, and the best way to know ourselves was through firsthand experience. For variety, we created variety on the earth, including a variety of belief systems. Things got interesting when some of us agreed to be the “good” guys, and some “not so good.” From time to time we reversed roles so we would know what it was like on the other side. We did all this for each other knowing that this earth experiment would be instrumental in helping us evolve as quickly as possible. Although we knew that some of our experiences would be extremely difficult, we knew this was the quickest way to spiritual growth. We also knew this time in “duality” would be temporary. At some point, while we were in the process of learning our final lessons, we would remember that this was “just” a game we had once created. We would be able to complete the game successfully, meaning: create a new world, a “Golden Age.”
Now we won’t remember planning this game, this “fall in consciousness” (in the sense of having conscious memories of it). In order to have been able to play it correctly, we needed to forget that we had planned it. Forgetting was required for playing the game “for real.” Buying into the belief systems that each of us bought into was also required. If we had known that we had made those up, we might not have played this game with complete conviction, which would have derailed the learning experiences our souls really wanted. But our souls are powerful, so powerful that we have created an illusion and then lived it as if it were real in order to accomplish larger, much more noble goals for ourselves.
In facing my own life challenges, I came to understand that each and every person on this planet had agreed to play the game of duality. (Or you can call this game “dark versus light,” or “learning through contrast,” if you wish.) If your higher self hadn’t agreed to play this earth game, you wouldn’t be here at this time. Furthermore, you have a unique life purpose, an individual contribution that will help fulfill the game. “Fulfilling your soul’s purpose” is another way of saying, “rising to the challenge.”
So unless you can begin to see the bigger picture, unless you can understand from your soul’s perspective: that this earth experience is like a dream you and yours (those involved in your life) had planned for the purpose of growth, only then can you consider yourself awakening from the dream. And the more the vastness of your higher self’s perspective and understanding becomes conscious to you, the more you can consider yourself awakened.
So, humanity did not actually “fall from grace” as we were led to believe but intentionally planned this “falling” as if it were real so that we would be able to learn, grow, and experience ourselves rising back up again. This further implies that you are much more powerful and good than you have known yourself to be. Realizing the extent of your power helps you take effective action, but you may not know yourself as powerful unless you experience yourself being powerful, which means beginning to resolve your current challenges. You resolving your own challenges will then help resolve the crises on this planet.
Rising to the challenge takes something, of course. A commitment to develop a relationship with your higher self is required. Courage is also required, as your wisdom and deeper purpose will most likely go against the collective conditioning.
Once the relationship with your higher self is at least as important and as real to you as any of your other relationships, once you trust it enough to follow through on its guidance (express from your higher self) promptly and consistently, you experience what is termed “critical mass.” This is the point when the universe begins to cooperate like never before, because you are now “aligned with” the divine plan. This is also when you begin to discover your hidden gifts, by tapping into that part of you that’s been around forever–your higher self.
While this may require something of you, you don’t need to become Mother Theresa or Gandhi; you have your own contributions based on your individual gifts and talents. Human beings have both a common, general purpose (to learn, to grow, etc.) as well as a specific purpose based on individual identity. This suggests that the individual, the personality or “ego” should not be “negated” as some have proponed, but accepted and even accentuated. By the way, “Oneness” doesn’t mean we all become the same, or return to some nebulous source where your identity is no more. It simply means your “ego” and your higher self are integrated within you.
So, while you don’t need to feel like you’re attempting something impossible, you do need to make a commitment and get “serious” about your soul’s purpose. Because that’s when the universe will support you; that’s when you will receive what you need in order to fulfill your purpose. The universe will respond to your questions, synchronicities will occur regularly, you will know you’re on the right path.
The world is the way it is and circumstances are the way they are so that we can discover who we are, including who we are when times get tough. (Isn’t that where it counts?) We have the capacity to fulfill our deepest dreams by following our inner guidance and expressing from our higher self.
We can’t fail if we follow this guidance. If we can begin to see from the soul’s perspective, if we can view this time as an opportunity, we can be vehicles for truth and freedom; we can triumph. The power of the higher self expressed through the human psyche and body is what will turn this planet around, and nothing else. This is the truth about awakening.