If you felt stuck in your life this last year, you’re not alone. It’s been a two steps forward, one step back, kind of year. We’re all sort of direction-less as we shift into a “new normal”.
Covid and politics aren’t my favorite topics and guess what?! It’s all people have been talking about this last year. Ugh! Personally, I equate it with getting a bucket of water dumped on me while I’m standing outside in the rain.
And some of you are saying, “What politics? What Covid?” because you checked out a long time ago and you’re knee-deep in Netflix drama.
If you’re wondering how to get your spark back? Enlightened experiences! I’ll show you how to recognize and practice enlightened experiences, and eventually adopt an enlightened mindset so you’ll have more of them.
An enlightened experience is to see, understand, comprehend and feel something differently or with clarity.
Have your ever felt an overwhelming sense of wellbeing; feeling good like you own the day no matter what comes your way, and you were just riding that high for as long as you could milk it?
That’s comparable to an enlightened experience- it gives you a boost of confidence and clarity even during tough times! It can spark incredible insight, positive feelings, and dramatic changes!
Maybe you or someone you know of, suddenly heard the “voice of God” or a voice of wisdom in their head that changed their life, gave them a new outlook and put them on the right track?
These things happen and they’re very powerful!
Have you ever experienced something unexplainable and also unforgettable?
Can you recall a book or an event that changed your life? You suddenly saw your life through a whole new pair of eyes.
Have you ever awakened from a dream that felt so real, it lingered with you throughout the day?
Have you had a spiritual awakening or spiritual experience?
Spontaneous insight during a meditation?
Premonition? A voice telling you to do something or not do something?
How about a flash of insight that shifted your perspective, an Aha! moment?
You may suddenly view a situation with complete clarity or come up with creative solutions that weren’t apparent to you before. These inspirational experiences can spur changes in your life only if you take advantage of them- don’t waste them!
How do enlightened experiences occur?
While enlightened experiences may seem rare, random or spontaneous, you can also purposefully create and practice them like bottling that boost; conjuring it up on command!
Eventually, this practice leads to an enlightened mindset: You begin to know exactly what creates these feelings and experiences that give you an extra boost AND become open to them, intending and expecting them to occur while also tailoring them to your life and your goals!
Enlightened experiences typically involve a certain state associated with relaxation and openness.
This state occurs in a few ways that you can regularly practice:
- Meditation or a meditative theta wave state.
- Hypnotic trance (theta wave also).
- A creative project or regularly using your imagination.
- Deep, focused “flow” state.
- Simply keeping a curious mind and practicing stress relief.
Needless to say, most of us rush around in a hurry to catch up with the next demand ahead of us. Relaxed and open do not come naturally to us anymore (mostly busy and distracted) so we must make it a practice.
An enlightened experience is often a subconscious knowing that comes into conscious awareness.
This is what I refer to as “no mind” and the ability to get out of your own way! We have to be able to relax the monkey mind and be open to receive either our hidden inner knowings (subconscious) or something bigger than us (universe, God, purpose).
What does it mean to have an Enlightened Experience?
Signs of an enlightened experience are a change in perspective and enhanced clarity. They leave a lasting impression and can spark a strong enough feeling or emotion that inspires change in one’s life.
They’re described by some as a state of Nirvana, awakening, oneness, inner peace or inner knowing, realizations, miracles, a sense of wonderment, serendipity, synchronicity, meditations, awareness, trance, transcendence, alignment, flow, manifestation, even hallucinations (out-of-body experiences, a visit by a spirit or deceased loved one, encounter with the “voice of God”, etc.).
While the heightened emotion(s) that occur may be only briefly enhanced (ride the wave, baby!), the changes that result from these are transformative and lasting. If you can establish a purposeful practice around enlightened experiences, you can essentially adopt an enlightened mindset and achieve your goals.
The Hero’s Journey for instance, is a “full circle” path of enlightenment. It’s a comeback story made popular in folklore, fairytales, and myth. It’s when a person goes through a challenging experience that transforms his/her attitude and lifts their perspective to greater heights.
A series of enlightened experiences develop into an enlightened mindset, with more tools and insight than before.
A great example of a Hero’s Journey is one carpenter’s struggle to keep his dream alive- his wooden toy company. After two major fires that completely destroyed the workshops, his wife dying, the world sinking into the Great Depression, and personal bankruptcy, Ole Kirk Christiansen and his son decided to start small once again and take a leap into plastics, creating the first toy brick mold which would ultimately become LEGO. Lego’s motto: “If you can dream it, you can build it.”
To overcome hardships, or just get out of your own way, you must have consistent moments of insight, dreams you believe in, and have a vision.
What’s the difference between someone who quits after the first fire that burned their life’s work and someone like LEGO’s, Christiansen who rebuilt after 2 devastating fires and a number of tragedies? Enlightened mindset is a big part of it.
Enlightened living: People who create more and better for themselves, people who overcome, find inspiration in the world around them, all have stories of enlightened experiences. They likely know how to cultivate them to the point of consistently being open, recognizing them, utilizing them, and adopting the mindset.
Of course you don’t always have to encounter something tragic to rise up better than ever, but I mention the Hero’s Journey because part of life is learning to shine amidst difficult times…like a pandemic.
You can also create them with a new and novel experience such as traveling to another culture or rekindling a childhood experience as an adult. Speaking of childhood, creativity and creative outlets tend to spark these experiences as well.
Other ways people have created them is through Shamanic insight or hallucinogenic drugs. (I’m in no way recommending the latter and have no experience in the former).
The Recipe for an Enlightened Experience:
- State of mind- open and relaxed.
- Prior learnings, events, and wisdom- Your unique foundation lays the groundwork for enlightened experiences to affect you in a meaningful way.
- An experience and/or thought- the trigger that precipitates or creates something profound, inspiring or novel.
- A feeling- emotion enhances everything and we remember it longer when the emotion is stronger.
I’ll use the pandemic example of Netflix shows:
State of mind: When you settle in to watch a show, you’re somewhat relaxed and in an open state of mind to receive (same with hypnosis and meditation)- relaxation and openness are key. This creates the perfect state of mind.
Experiences and thoughts: You may get involved with a TV drama and this creates an experience. Your thoughts may match the main character and you become invested. Your heart races during the climax.
A feeling: Your feelings become spontaneously involved- you laugh, you cry, you cringe, you’re really into it. It affects you because it involves your emotions.
Prior Learnings, events and wisdom: Your experience of the show depends upon how you relate. This is the foundation and includes your life events (present and past), life lessons, values and accumulated wisdom. That’s why no two people will experience something exactly alike.
Shows and movies have the power to change the way you think or feel about something too! A Netflix documentary turned me into a vegan for 3 years!
The subconscious is a powerful tool for creating your own Enlightened Experiences. Often, a flash of insight is simply something that was stored in the subconscious for many years, unbeknownst to your conscious awareness. It just needed the right spark/trigger to emerge.
We often don’t realize we have the power to spark our own enlightened experiences.
Some people realize how to use this power through manifestation. There’s an element of magical thinking to The Law of Attraction and the idea of manifesting.
Does magical thinking take away from the effectiveness of this practice? Nope! It probably enhances it, because you’re having an experience when you practice manifesting. You’re going beyond your everyday thinking and expanding your scope of possibilities, open to more.
Using imagination (another powerful tool), I take people on imagery journeys that have changed the way they live their life!
Imagery journeys are produced in a meditative or light hypnotic state, using guided visualizations. Guided visualization is also used to prepare elite athletes for superior performance and dipping into the “flow” state where all conscious obstacles, limited beliefs and concerns magically subside.
What if you could be the hero or heroine in your own story?
What if you could be transported to another time, another realm, or experience a past life through your subconscious?
What if you could problem-solve something through your dreams?
Imagination precedes reality.
Once you start opening your mind to what’s possible, you start living in the enlightened mindset, with practice.
- You must have good rapport with your subconscious– establish ways to regularly connect with your subconscious mind to bring the subconscious to your conscious awareness. 5 Ways to Communicate With Your Subconscious.
- Have at least one creative hobby to stir your creative juices- this is subconscious territory.
- Setting intentions for your dreams at night or setting intentions for problem-solving while you sleep. Thomas Edison said, “Never go to bed without a request to your subconscious.”
- Savor a few moments each day to daydream or reflect. We need to shut off the trying, striving, ego of the conscious monkey mind. In other words, get off the hamster wheel from time to time.
- Rebel against your schedule when possible. Build in spontaneity and be open to new ideas and experiences.
- Try Transcendental Meditation… or any meditation habit.
- Learn from your experiences rather than insisting on repeating the same thing over and over again, hoping for different results.
- Use your imagination to challenge yourself to solve some of your problems and also to create new desirable outcomes that you may have never dared to think at that level.
- Start your day right. Think of something you want to know or a problem to work on, and bring it up to your awareness within the first 20 minutes of waking up. You’re still in a theta wave, subconscious state of mind and answers or solutions can spontaneously arise.
- Challenge your thinking habits and question your beliefs. ‘Why do I believe this?’ ‘Have I heard someone else say this?’
- Let your imagination flow through guided meditations or visualizations or simply closing your eyes and imagine who you’d be in another time or place or what you’d be doing if you made this or that decision or lived somewhere else entirely. Step through a portal…and imagine what happens. What a shame so many adults think imagination is a waste of time.
- Are your inspired? Where do your get your inspiration from? Always be inspired! I love the book by Elizabeth Gilbert, “Big Magic.“
Everyday enlightened practices: The other day, I was listening to my “Higher Self” guided meditation and an image of Athena appeared. I’m not exactly familiar with what she looks like or how she’s depicted in mythology, but this image had Greek features and my mind kept repeating Athena so I went with it. The power and confidence I felt were amazing and I was riding the high afterwards, channeling her energy into my workday with clients.
Since I’ve felt that energy now, I can practice it and channel it when I need it.
Later I looked up something about Athena, and her positive qualities mentioned definitely resonated with me!
Having told my daughter about this too, she immediately piped up and said, “Wow mom that’s funny. When I was studying Greek Mythology, I always thought of you when we discussed Athena and how she reminded me of you.”
LEGO’s Christiansen rebuilt, evolved, and changed during hard times- just like our pandemic currently.
In 2020 my business drastically changed. I began noticing the majority of sessions people were requesting were not the typical “Quit smoking” “Stop Procrastinating” or “Lose weight”.
People wanted Past Life Regression, Healing Inner Child, Dream Therapy, Guided Visualizations, and other meditative adventures I offer such as Mythical Imagery and The Hero’s Journey.
People want an illuminated or enlightening experience while also incorporating more creative problem-solving, relaxation and stress relief into their lives.
This is why I’ve been hard at work creating these types of journeys for people and upcoming programs that purposefully spark enlightening experiences.
Enlightened Sessions & Programs:
- Past Life Regression (sessions available now)
- Healing Inner Child (sessions available now, program June, 2021)
- Dream Therapy (coming May, 2021)
- Mythic and Archetypal Imagery (sessions available now)
- The Hero’s Journey (sessions available now)
- Learn Self-Hypnosis (coming May, 2021)
- Law of Attraction & Manifesting (coming June, 2021)
- Intuitive Living (coming June, 2021)
Any and every experience we have originates in the mind so we can produce enlightened experiences through our mind that affect our reality in very positive ways.
You can accomplish this with meditation, trance and hypnosis as well as creative outlets, keeping an open mind, and practicing stress relief regularly. Yes, drugs too, because the music in the 60’s is comparable to none other, but I do not recommend this method.
Original Quote: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills. But this is altogether un-philosophical, when it is possible for you to retreat into yourself at any time you want.
There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind, especially if he has within himself the kind of thoughts that let him dip into them and so at once gain complete ease of mind; and by ease of mind, I mean nothing but having one’s own mind in good order.
So constantly give yourself this retreat and renew yourself.
Peace and Be Well,