I wrote this article just a couple of days before the annual Hallowe’en tradition took over our streets for a few short hours on October 31st. A few hours earlier, I was standing in one of our local department stores; on one side of me were the ghoulish masks and costumes of the upcoming Hallowe’en event, on the other side the decorations of Christmas, still almost two months away. The ghoulish trappings of Hallowe’en and the imagery of the baby Jesus all crammed together. It hit me as I looked from left to right – the tension between those two display areas, how opposed they were energetically, sitting there side by side.

The tension between the two displays impacted me  as it underscored how many people I have observed as stressed beyond their limits. Tempers are shorter, and irritability is increasingly replacing lightheartedness. It’s as if there are two opposing forces constantly at odds, and no way to integrate the two. The faster we go, the more stressed we are becoming. The more work we do, the more the proverbial IN box fills up with things wanting our attention. I feel like I’m running just to catch up with myself but am still a few too many strides behind in this mythological race to catch up.

I know I am not alone in noticing that many of us are more on edge these days and quicker to irritation, if not outright agitation. Most will be unable to pinpoint any one thing as the catalyst to all this stress; it seems to be a number of factors, combined with our attitudes and beliefs about what we think our life should be like. Unfulfilled fantasies, dreams and expectations all have a way of forming a negative thought bubble around us. Unconscious of this, we emit a tension that can affect each person we encounter and they,  being affected by our energy, unwittingly pass this pulse of tension on to yet another.

The Build-Up

A year ago we had all just passed through the year 2012, a much hyped and significant year as it was on December 21, 2012 that the Mayan civilization’s calendar came to an abrupt end.

As the Mayans were noted for their sophistication in astronomical and planetary records, it would come to be interpreted as the end of the world, certainly as we knew it. This would be the time of ‘increasing higher energies flooding the planet and altering her course’. In actuality, this changing and shifting of energies started long before 2012; it began back in 1987 (August 16-17, to be exact). I know because I was there and the event was called the Harmonic Convergence.

These energies from Higher Realms are combining to assist the shift of our consciousness to a higher vibration, the culmination of these changes being realized in 2012. Certainly many things have happened since 1987, and spirituality has moved from quiet whispers into the mainstream. However there is still a lot of room for growth.

We’ve had a lot of time to build up expectations and foster visions and false hopes regarding the exact nature of the 2012 experience. If 2012 was to be the culmination of all these focused energies, I can’t help but think that the planet and all her inhabitants should have accelerated by now to a vibratory rate more in line with harmony, peace and mutual caring for each other.

Instead I am not seeing spiritual kindness; I am seeing disappointment and disillusionment. When we have our expectations and hopes pumped up as they were for years about 2012, it is perfectly normal to feel disappointment (my own experience) when those hopes seem dashed.

I absolutely believe we are evolving energetically toward higher vibrations, however only a very few are interacting at such a vibratory rate. What I am seeing instead is the emergence of the hidden, the shadow side, and it is growing larger in opposition to the lightness of spiritual consciousness. I am seeing an increase in self-centered behaviour, an attitude of entitlement, and a lack of compassion, generosity and kindness – all while the voice of the shadow shouts, “What’s in it for me?” This is a far cry from the new energies that have been hailed for so long.

The Spiritual Shadow

This, my friends, is the human ego’s opposition to the influence of these new energies, as the shadow expresses its displeasure! We are using old methods, including thought processes. I hear people say, “I’m working with energies for healing”, or “I work with the energy to clear and open the chakras.” We can no longer work with this increased vibrational rate as if it’s a robe we can put on and then take off. We cannot use spiritual energy as we did before (ie. pull it in, direct as needed and then shut down and disconnect). If people were open about it, I believe they would admit to having difficulty meditating and or moving energy in the way they did previously. This difficulty with connecting affects our ability to renew our energy, a major contributor to our stress. What is happening?

We can no longer view our energy source as separate from us, we must become the energy.

The increasing vibrational rate of consciousness is at odds with the powerful shadow which keeps us focused on the ego energy. The spiritual shadow is intent on all the things of the physical realm – money, wealth, power, addictions, people, places and things that we can acquire and control. Interestingly, they are the very things that stay here on the planet when we leave it (in the colloquial, “You can’t take it with you”).

To actualize this new vibration there are things we can do to help embody the energy:
– During meditation bring the energy through your body to open and ground, but it is necessary now to move up the energy into the Higher Self and beyond to really connect and embody;
– Let the energy guide you, not the other way around. “Let Go and Let God.”;
– In addition to a gratitude journal, keep a kindness journal. At the end of each day write down 5 kind things you did for others with no expectation of receiving anything in return;
– Listen to other peoples’ stories without judgement, without interrogation. It is so healing. Be a witness to others’ footsteps on this planet and give thanks for your own;
– Learn detachment at the same moment you experience love, joy and beauty;
– Affirm each day that the new energies are touching every person’s life on the planet;
– Affirm each day that you are this new energy of awakening, change and renewal.

St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer, which begins with “Where there is hatred, let me sow love” and ends with “Where there is darkness, let me bring light”, is a perfect way to embody  the new vibrations. Standing in front of those Halloween and Christmas displays definitely fired up my brain and inspired me to write about what I know many of us felt regarding the ultimately anti-climactic year of 2012.

Now it’s time to bring those spiritual energies closer to us all by reaffirming the importance of our own spiritual journeys.

Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are co-founders of the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. The College offers professional training programs in Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Holistic Health, and Coaching. For more information or for a course calendar, call 416-484-0454 or 1-800-TAC-SELF, or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive their monthly e-newsletter, email marketing@transformationalarts.com

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