When we had our awakening, how disturbing was it to realize we were operating in the collective human consciousness (mass consciousness). To know we were being governed by the arbitrary rules, dreamed up by the humans surrounding us. Rules and societal norms that made no sense to the soul and came from the linear, dualistic mind.
Then, in the experience of moving from awake to realized, that yet again we were being governed by a collective spiritual consciousness. In the spiritual world, we were given another set of rules and imperatives for living -- by yet another external source.
For many of us here, we traded the collective human consciousness for the collective shaumbra consciousness, or the collective (insert spiritual/ consciousness group here) consciousness, only to find that we had traded one set of government for another.
We were given what seemed to be a check list - sexual energy schools, ancestral freedom, light body, 'no more' lists... It's almost as if someone gave us a linear checklist to enlightenment.
Yet, as much as our human wanted to have a mental checklist, I have found for me personally those checklists actually occur in a "spiral of awareness".
We do not visit concepts just once and check them off our lists. We visit and re-visit things like karma, energy, and creation, many times as a human embodied, moving and expanding deeper and deeper down the spiral of awareness.
That's why I always laugh when someone says been there, done that - it implies linearity - enlightenment is not a linear checklist - AND on such occasions when I did say this, I always ate my words - always. Even after realization, you visit such concepts and find a deeper understanding of them in your newfound state of awareness. Every minute of every day.
That is until, we reach the glass ceiling on group enlightenment and then we must go forth on our own. In realization, you have no checklists, or rules written by the collective.
Instead, you may find yourself in the collective consciousness of the expanded SELF. Everything that comes into your awareness is a reflection of SELF and creations of SELF, rather than a reflection of the group consciousness that surrounds you. The Universe(s) of YOU.
In realization, it all becomes very clear - discernment is instant - on what it yours and what belongs to the group consciousness - one that has taken on a life of its own.
Yogananda once wrote something along the lines of ... there is no hindrance to realization except for an un-adventurous soul.
I find myself accepting an invitation from my soul to explore beyond the collective shaumbra/ spiritual group consciousness, and to be in life, but not attached to life. To really live life beyond the limits of a collective group consciousness.
For some that may mean, exploring other teachers. Please note I have retired my teacher role, yet I am happily detached from having an opinion on others playing that role. In time, even that role integrates into the one that is SELF.
For others, that means exploring other realities. For me, I am playing in the world of Atlantis for a fiction book I am writing.
Many of you are exploring being in the human world and not of it. Holding job positions in which you explore in mass consciousness - in it and not of it. (This is so cool to me, by the way!)
In the end, this post is just to say there is so much more out there beyond the group consciousness which warmly supported you for so long - like a womb - and in your new formed state of awareness, why not explore what lies beyond its borders. Exploring the Universe(s) of You beyond the facet that is shaumbra, beyond the facet that is group identity or spiritual families (Archangel families, for example).
It's important for me to state the following. I do not care what groups you play in. It matters not to me if you seek help from teachers out there, or if you play teacher for others. That's totally okay - of course it is. Everything is appropriate. And you will realize so soon, how silly all that was, and money would have been better spent on an adventure of SELF.
However, this place offers a different experience if you choose. A place to BE and to radiate. If you come here looking for answers from outside yourself, the tree will always knock you back out. I tend to agree with Adamus on this one - quit thinking there is anything outside of you that has the answers to your questions. Soon there will be no questions, only adventures of SELF.
I look back to my recent past. Writing a book, offering sessions - people put you on a pedestal. Then you are supposed be some sort of angel without human quirks. You are supposed to love everyone and never say anything in opposition. I'm here to tell you in realization there are no pedestals.
Somewhere on the path to enlightenment, I lost my spiritual ambition. I realized everyone was already realized, and I had nothing new to offer.
I saw time is not linear so everyone has already reached there realization on some plane of existence. If you attempt to elevate yourself, you will get knocked down. If you elevate another, they will do just about anything to be relieved of the pressure you put on them. You will realize they only wanted to walk beside you for a time, not be held up in praise.
It's all so human, these concepts. When you come under the Banyan Tree, leave all that behind please. You can play those games somewhere else.
Really sense into that teacher/ student role. Sense into enlightened vs. not enlightened dualistic concepts. When I see each of you, I see all of you in your aligned states - beyond linear time. I see you the realized being as I see myself the realized being with no distinction.
I see you do not need to learn anything else - and certainly not from me. I see that soon, your human self will catch up and know it was realized all along and that it happened naturally without all the other stuff. You have already taken enough courses for the rest of your human existence. If you do continue, go for the experience rather than the acquisition. Your soul says we have acquired enough buried treasure in foreign lands. It's time to become aware of our own wisdom. To uncover the buried treasure within.
Then sense into the Banyan Tree where we all float sovereignly - uniquely embodied in whatever form we choose at the given moment. A place to share the treasures of your soul with other grand beings such as yourself.
If you come here to share your heart aches and your troubles and perceived limitations AND then share how you walked out of them, you will find an audience of witness. If you come here to share your joy, you will have the joy reflected back infinitely. I cannot think of another place I'd like to hang out in more.
For those not on Ryver, you are missing a hell of discussion that is so far beyond the collective (insert spiritual group) consciousness, it will make your head spin.
In honor of your unique soul experience! Go beyond the collective consciousness and into the vastness of your own awareness. Then come hang out under the Banyan Tree and share with us, if it is your will.
PS If someone looks like a used car salesman of spiritual enlightenment, they are probably selling you a lemon. Your soul has no lemons for sale. Only wisdom that is tailored to you and you alone. Wisdom that is not for sale!
Lauren Hutton (Sar'h) writes adventure novels and short stories about the embodied enlightenment experience. She fancies herself a humanizing divinity journalist and DJ, and shares that work joyously on this page.