What have been your experiences of transcendence or states of expanded awareness? What was the trigger which preceded them?
A reader of the Whole Human blog shared with me his experience of spontaneous expanded awareness, which happened while listening to Eckhard Tolle speak.
Rod MacKinnon in the Collective Evolution Facebook group told of a similar state experienced while playing music. I have had transcendent experiences which followed my letting go of control of a situation, or judgement or resistance.
Are such states moments when the sense of self aligns with the soul?
The comments below are from the CE Group in response to the above post.
I have also experienced this with reading Tolle material.
"What have been your experiences of transcendence or states of expanded awareness?"
For many years I've been afraid of people judging me when I think about telling this story. Recently I had a change of heart.
Here's a little story about one of my first 'mystical experiences'
I once had a friend who was close to me pass. He died an untimely death in a car accident. He was 18 years old at the time. I remember thinking how his life abruptly ended, and no mater how full his life may have been... he would never experience many things in life. Having children, getting married, growing older, having grandchildren, doing all the things that life has to offer, etc. The way he died was very tragic, it was completely avoidable and unnecessary.
At this point and time - I had written off religion in it's entirety as superstitious nonsense made up by uneducated, primitive men. I had not had a thought about religion in a long while.. and lived a lifestyle that involved non stop partying and selling drugs. It was fun to say the least.
I took a bunch of acid (LSD) one evening...I was no stranger to LSD. That night I just happen to take way more than I would usually take at that time.
I was able to see (hallucinate more so) sound waves coming out of speakers, I could also feel different colors of lights, and to some extent... project my mind outside of my body. Like in a poster or painting for example. It wasn't just that I saw these things.. I could feel them with a sense that I can not quite describe in words.
This was the beginnings of the 'trip' -- or in the early on set of the chemicals.
Later on .. that same night I begin to question the limits and boundaries of my mind. I wondered.. if all this is possible with a little LSD... what else could our minds do? What are the limits? Does our species even know?
Earlier I remembered that I could project my mind outside of my body... so I thought to myself what would happen if I tried to take myself to where my dead friend was. At the time it didn't seem like a great idea.. I remember being very fearful of the idea at first.
Somewhere deep down inside I got the courage up, swallowed my fears and went for it.
I laid down on a soft bit of green grass and looked up at the sky, the light in the sky was starting to get brighter, the sun was probably 30-40 minutes from coming up.
I remember chanting to myself.. over and over a certain phrase. That's when things got really interesting.
It's almost as if something tore a hole in the fabric of space and time itself... in the middle of a clear blue Texas sky. Something or someone tore the sky back like it was a mere piece of paper.
Bright lights came out of the hole like sun beams and shined down where I was laying. I could see something emerging from the hole. Brighter than light could be a way to describe it.
It was a 'swarm' of what religious people call angels.
They appeared to be circling or flying around a center point. You could say it was a multitude of angels even. LOL
I thought for a second.. am I dying? Did I take too much LSD and this is it? Wow!
This is when things got really, really interesting. The person I was tripping with, a friend of mine...was in the house when all this was happening. She had recently lost her father to a tragic car accident (unrelated to my friend's accident) about 3 weeks before.
She came out and was like "Are you ok Gabe?" (as I was laying on the ground)
I could not bring myself to speak at that time.. I simply motioned for her to lay beside me on the grass. She laid down next to me...
and that's when shit really got interesting. Without a word spoken she said to me.. "Gabe I see angels, I see angels Gabe."
Later I acknowledge that what I experience was not 'real'... based on the definition of the word. I was hallucinating.. having a fantastic hallucinogenic vision. It was incredible to say the least.
What I could not explain.. was how the girl tripping with me experienced and by all accounts saw the same thing without me even uttering a word.
Eventually the swarm stopped descending. I estimate it was around 50-75 feet off the ground.
One of the 'angels' came out of the center. He seemed sightly larger than the rest.. with a wing span of probably 15 or 18 feet. He came closer to me.. hovering maybe 20 feet off the ground and spread his wings out far.
BTW 'angels' appear exactly as they are described in the 'holy text' of this planet. Winged humans bathed in golden light. They do not seem to use their wings to actually fly like a bird would. It seemed as if they were not subject to gravity at all. They seemed timeless and ancient.
After that.. I have a hard time putting into words what happened. I also don't really have a firm time frame for the next 30 min to 1 hour. I did not seem to experience time the way I experience it now.
You could say I was given a message by this 'angel'. You could say that colorful light filled my body from head to toe... I remember I was able to spread the colorful light from myself to my friend who was on the trip with me.
I stood up and looked around! Wow! What people call Heaven was all around me, yet I stood on the Earth. For a brief moment there.. Heaven and Earth were one. I remember looking around at the world around me and it was quite different than how I had experienced it before. The whole spectrum.. 360 degrees in any direction was a rainbow of colorful light. Colorful light reflected off my body maybe 2 or 3 feet.
I looked up again and the angels, including the larger one were gone.
This experience started a journey of sorts... and that journey continues to this day. You're probably wondering.. what was the message the larger angel gave me that morning ? That'll have to wait for another time.
Gary R. Smith:
Gabriel, I read your story fully, as I could not stop.
You seemed to be more aware of frequencies, as you saw sound-waves, yes? Would you say that your sense of self aligned with the frequencies of your soul?
"You seemed to be more aware of frequencies, as you saw sound-waves, yes? "
I did hallucinate / see sound waves while under the influence of LSD.
I'm a man of science and so yes, I'm very aware of what sound waves are... the question is: was what I saw that night...actually sound waves? or just a hallucination of what I imagine sound waves would look like?
If I had to guess.. I'd say it was the latter. :)
If we had the instruments that could make sound waves visual... (maybe we do. I don't know) -- would they look like what I saw? I don't know. Maybe. :)
"Would you say that your sense of self aligned with the frequencies of your soul?" Nope I wouldn't say that at all. That sounds like pseudoscience non-sense to be honest. I don't believe I have a soul..anymore than I have an aura, or a spirit animal, or a astral body.
I think people have not had original ideas about these things... ( soul, aura, spirit animal, or a astral body) pretty much since we started keeping records. Every one I run across - is just regurgitating something someone else said.
You can't imagine anything that doesn't exist already so "no originality" makes perfect sense to me.
It may be possible Marcel.. but I'd imagine it would only likely happen in a deep state of meditation or while under the influence of a psychotropic substance like: LSD, Ayahuasca, 2C-E, 2C-I, psilocybin mushrooms, etc.
Even then it's hard to say it's an original idea and that you weren't subjected to some knowledge or information along the way that lead to think about that idea.
The whole thing is very philosophical in my humble opinion and an interesting idea to entertain.
Mark De Lima:
The states of most profound expanded awareness I ever experienced were under the guidance of Master Yankunta in Peru.
Before meeting him I was already familiar to many of the so called entheogenic plants for many years (specially ayahuasca) and nothing came close to the opening he led me to. I would be limiting it if I tried to put it in words.
But I'll try to put it this way: how do people who are born blind know that colors exist? That's because someone tells them.
When we are in a state of deep enhanced awareness, it's like we're born blind people who are presented with a quick glance of vision.
Master Yankunta "sees colors" all the time, while we need organic stimulation (plant medicine) to be "blessed" with a glance of another unknown sense.
Gary R. Smith:
Elsewhere you mentioned that DNA transmits frequencies. I'd like to know everything you know about this ;)
Could it be that DNA transmits frequencies between the soul and the body/mind? I see the soul as an energetic body within and surrounding the space of the physical body, in some if not all humans, and directly linked energetically with the DNA. I have not read or heard of this anywhere else and imagine it is not the conventional or traditional way of understanding the soul. I feel the soul could be one of many relay stations from the original source, pure consciousness, or its next-in-line, the intelligence of Nature, to sentient observers.
How do you feel about the hypothesis that authentic states of expanded awareness, however triggered, are alignments of the sense of self with the soul?
G- How do you feel about the hypothesis that authentic states of expanded awareness, however triggered, are alignments of the sense of self with the soul?
M - 100% agree.
G - Could it be that DNA transmits frequencies between the soul and the body/mind?
M - Essentially yes, it is the master transmitter/receiver between the soul and self. It creates the field around the body and this becomes the smart body which can then communicate with both.
G - Elsewhere you mentioned that DNA transmits frequencies. I'd like to know everything you know about this.
M - That is a long discussion perhaps too lengthy to comment here, but all human beings carry trillions of pieces of DNA which comprise their field and a good portion of that is in a multi-dimensional state that is in constant communication with the higher self. I can explain briefly what I have attained in meditation, that is that there are many levels of this game and that our souls actually come from those who have ascended before us (who were us) on other planets.
Our ancestors and seeders are us. They have gone through this process we are going through, but millions of years ago. They were the seeders and when we transition we go back to what is our soul on these realms and ascended planets. But that is just one level. At this level all dimensions can be perceived and a meld with source and creation is possible. Then there are oversouls and levels above that. The game is far more complex than any human being is capable of explaining in language. Jeff Street provides a fairly good explanation here but it is even more complex than this.
So once the multi-dimensional segments in our DNA considered "junk" are activated, the antenna increases its reception and information from portals on Earth, the Akash and higher self begin flooding our consciousness at every moment where we can interpret a greater extent of what we truly are.
Then DNA begins to vibrate at a higher and higher rate. This takes considerable time. Once that happens and it reaches a specific ability, DNA then transforms via the smart body and the physical body retains the new blueprint. From that point, disease is not possible as we know it today, antagonism with our fellow human is not possible how we know it today.
A sense of oneness increases so dramatically that these individuals will not be able to integrate themselves further into a society built on separation. It is the game changer, and we will begin to see this in our lifetime from select groups worldwide which will then extend to the entire world. So planet Earth will now follow the template from 3 other planets that have gone through this ascension process.
We will be the fourth, and when this planet has ascended with a humanity of very high vibrational DNA, duality as we know it will shift at which point we will then seed another planet ourselves to balance duality once again. I know it sounds like an incredible story but it has come to me more than once so I can only accept it as truth. Your DNA carries all of this information and anybody can realize it.
The Multidimensional Self by Jeff Street ~ Awakening Our Truth AWAKENINGOURTRUTH.COM|BY DIVINE COSMOS
I once spent a period of around three years working in a timber gang in Ngamu Forest in the Wairarapa region of NZ, planting during winter and felling in the summer.
To lessen the risk of fire during the felling season, we would begin work around 6:00 am, cease cutting around midday and spend the afternoon hauling the felled logs out to be loaded on transporters. The afternoon work was hot, hard and heavy. My job was to grab the log-chain and hook and, clambering over the branches stripped from the felled trees, drag it from the log-hauler to a log, manhandle it around the log, clamp and close the hook and signal the winch-driver to start the haul. This in the full, unshaded heat of a Wairarapa summer. I feel that describing it as arduous isn’t too much of a stretch.
At that time I was probably physically fitter and stronger than at any other time of my life, practicing meditation and tai chi and living a comparatively healthy and uncomplicated lifestyle.
One afternoon I seemed to be experiencing more difficulty than usual. Nothing specific. The heat just seemed more oppressive, the dust thicker, the chain heavier, my movements clumsier, my mind struggling, my thoughts agitated,…. when spontaneously the world shifted … the “feeling” experience was, as at other times, similar to the sense of passing through a space … although I’m more inclined to think that my brain simply shifted from a beta to an alpha frequency or similar… the experience for me, was a sense of mental stillness, liquid-like smoothness, effortless action, a unified seamlessness, vividness of colour and detail, sound embedded in silence, I was moving without effort, breathing easily, watching the perfect parabola of the chain swing around the log, hearing the diesel engine as a bass harmony underlying the other noises of the forest … the experience may have lasted for seconds or minutes then suddenly I was back in the heat and the roar but feeling mentally very refreshed and much more at ease…
The memory remains with me and sometimes hints or shades of it occur in everyday situations where and when my attention is gently and quietly but specifically focused on the present. For that reason I’m more inclined to the possibility that what’s happening may be simply subtle shifts of awareness and mental state supported by simple, natural daily routines, disciplines, practices and lifestyle, rather than some other-world/dimensional/soul/spirit thing.
I’m a subscriber to Occam’s Razor…
Gary R. Smith:
You wrote a wonderful description, Rod. I can feel your experience with you.
I didn't know what Occam's Razor was, so looked it up - 'Occam's razor (or Ockham's razor) is a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. In this case, the simpler one is usually better. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation is.'
My dad was a scientist and pragmatic man. I was drawn to mysticism from a very early age. When I was in mid-teens he wrote me a Christmas letter in which he expressed, among other things, that he saw things in black and white and had some sadness that he didn't relate to my mystical interests. Then he blessed me on my upcoming journey.
Life would probably be simpler for me if I were more pragmatic. But the passion for other-world/dimensional/soul/spirit things is too strong and deeply engrained. It is a very large part of who I am. I am grateful for people like you, Rod, who bring the richness of diversity into my life and offer other perspectives for me to reflect upon. Incidentally, my dad was also a lumberjack in his earlier years and your story of working in the woods reminded me of his.
Once I get through my mental gymnastics, I just want to play music.
There are musical experiences that will do it everytime, it's probably the reason India has the Sitar.....Iv always thought of musicians as cosmic travelers, they know all the coordinations to move your stuff,...
Anja van Loon:
What have been your experiences of transcendence or states of expanded awareness? -Just living. And what was the trigger ? - Opening my eyes, and looking, smelling with my nose, hearing with my ears, tasting with my mouth and feeling every vibration with my skin.:)
Gary R. Smith:
Richard Maurice Bucke (18 March 1837 – 19 February 1902), often called Maurice Bucke, was a prominent Canadian psychiatrist in the late 19th century.
An adventurer during his youth, Bucke later studied medicine. Eventually, as a psychiatrist, he headed the provincial Asylum for the Insane in London, Ontario. Bucke was a friend of several noted men of letters in Canada, the United States, and England.
Besides publishing professional articles, Bucke wrote three books: Man's Moral Nature, Walt Whitman, and Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind, which is his best-known work.
Cosmic consciousness experience
In 1872, while in London, Bucke had the most important experience of his life — a fleeting mystical experience that he said consisted of a few moments of cosmic consciousness. He later described the characteristics and effects of the faculty of experiencing this type of consciousness as:
its sudden appearance a subjective experience of light ("inner light") moral elevation intellectual illumination a sense of immortality loss of a fear of death loss of a sense of sin
Bucke's personal experience of the inner state had yet another attribute, mentioned separately by the author: the vivid sense of the universe as a living presence, rather than as basically lifeless, inert matter.
The supreme occurrence of that night was his real and sole initiation to the new and higher order of ideas. But it was only an initiation. He saw the light but had no more idea whence it came and what it meant than had the first creature that saw the light of the sun.
Bucke did not immediately record the details and interpretation of his experience. This was not done until years later, and only after he had researched much of the world's literature on mysticism and enlightenment and had corresponded with many others about this subject.
Bucke developed a theory that posited three stages in the development of consciousness:
the simple consciousness of animals
the self-consciousness of the mass of humanity (encompassing reason, imagination, and foresight)
cosmic consciousness — an emerging faculty which is the next stage of human development
Within self-consciousness, there exist gradations among individuals in their degrees of intellectual development and talent. (Bucke considered that no doubt there would be gradations within the level of cosmic consciousness, as well.)
In Cosmic Consciousness, beginning with Part II, Bucke explains how animals developed the senses of hearing and seeing. Further development culminated in the ability to experience and enjoy music. Bucke states that, initially, only a small number of humans were able to see colors and experience music. But eventually these new abilities spread throughout the human race until only a very small number of people were unable to experience colors and music.
In Part III, Bucke hypothesizes that the next stage of human development, which he calls "cosmic consciousness," is slowly beginning to appear and will eventually spread throughout all of humanity.
Bucke’s vision of the world was profoundly optimistic. He wrote in Part I (“First Words”) “that the universe is so built and ordered that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all, that the foundation principle of the world is what we call love and that the happiness of every one is in the long run absolutely certain.”
Are messages transmitted by soul over DNA what we call the 6th sense, intuitive feeling or inner voice?
Do the brain and nervous system generate the sense of self?
Does the digestive system generate emotions?
Is the heart connected through DNA to the soul?
Does 'What does the heart tell you?' refer to messages received from the soul over the heart through the DNA?
Are emotional thoughts generated by the frequency complex of the digestive system? Are intellectual thoughts generated by the frequency complex of the brain/nervous system? Are thoughts/feelings generated by the frequency complex of the heart the only ones which are 'enriched' by transmissions from the soul?
Why do some people sense the subtle realms (soul, intuitive feeling, etc.) and others not? Can it be due to distinctions between the frequency complex of individuals? Or, as Dr. Elain Aron concludes, are some people (about 20% of the population) 'hard-wired' differently than those who are not Highly Sensitive Persons? Do HSP have more sensitivity towards the unseen than non-HSP?
Marcel B G - Are the messages transmitted by soul over DNA what we call 'the 6th sense, intuitive feeling or inner voice'?
M - I believe this is one way to interpret it, yes.
G - Do the brain and nervous system generate the sense of self?
M - The brain and heart both generate the sense of self.
G - Does the digestive system generate emotions?
M - Every system in the body is connected to the emotional state which is connected to the energetic state and smart body.
G - Is the heart connected through DNA to the soul?
M - Yes, every part of your body is connected through DNA to the soul.
G - Does 'What does the heart tell you?' refer to messages received from the soul over the heart through the DNA?
M - Yes. The heart can pulse energy to the soul and every living being on the planet at the speed of light (or perhaps slightly faster).
G - Why do some people sense the subtle realms (soul, intuitive feeling, etc.) and others not? Can it be due to distinctions between the frequency complex of individuals?
M - I don't know why I keep answering the questions because they are all yes. lol. I think you know all the answers. The attainment of specific frequencies within our DNA and field are related to our own core vibration. The higher we vibrate the more we can tap into other aspects of consciousness and thus the wider our antenna becomes. Some people have incarnated on the planet thousands (some tens of thousands) of times and thus build on previous incarnations, wisdom and experience which allows a greater attunement of their DNA. So newbies that come to the planet have nothing to draw from or very little so their range of frequency attunement is very low.
G- as Dr. Elain Aron concludes, are some people (about 20% of the population) 'hard-wired' differently than those who are not Highly Sensitive Persons? Do HSP have more sensitivity towards the unseen than non-HSP?
M - Yes. And this again relates to my last answer. Many Highly Sensitive People have been highly sensitive in other lifetimes, so they continue that path. Then there are others such as the autistic who are also highly sensitive and hold quantum frequencies that the average human being cannot. It's the reason so many autistic children are gifted, many times in ways the standard educational system cannot assess. The don't think linearly. They think quantum so they don't fit in well within our society and often subjected to medications to control their gifts so we accept them. Same can be said for HSP who were historically placed in institutions for a lack of understanding their power.
Gary R. Smith -
Excellent, Marcel. Illuminating and helpful. I will add it to the Whole Human blog post, 'Transcendence.' Kati and I were house parents for a time to a young man with autism. Actually, that is when I drew the design published with this CE post. I have other questions and 'know' the answers. The dialog can benefit other readers.
I align the frequency complex of my 'sense of self' with the frequency complex of my soul, for the efficient transmission of original source frequencies into the world in which I live.