What Is Superconscious Meditation And How Can You Reach Better Awareness?

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What Is Superconscious Meditation And How Can You Reach Better Awareness?

Superconscious meditation can be viewed as one of the most effective ways a person can seek spiritual awakening and a higher sense of awareness. Through these practices, people can go beyond the confines of their conscious and subconscious minds, into a dimension that is outside of the material world.

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Understanding the three main components of the human mind

There are countless fields exclusively dedicated to understanding the human mind, and for good reason. Some of the things the mind can do remain a mystery to many individuals who are not yet in touch with their own internal powers. The human mind is made up of three components, or “faces:” conscious, subconscious, and superconscious. Each face of the mind bears its unique role and identity, but together they help shape the human being:

  • The conscious mind – is the bridge between the person and the physical world. It allows people to experience life on this planet, partake in everyday activities, interact with others, and more. The conscious mind, though the one people are most aware of, represents only a fraction of the whole human mind;
  • Subconscious mind – lies right below the conscious mind, and keeps a record of everything a person does, experiences, and feels. While in the conscious mind it may seem like some stories are doomed to be forgotten, the subconscious mind never lets go of any memories, even if people may have trouble actively accessing the subconscious. Through meditation, however, it is possible to get in touch with the subconscious;
  • Superconscious mind – beyond the two faces of the mind lies the superconscious state that describes a level of awareness that sees beyond the material world one experiences. It is a heightened sense of self-awareness that can even bring a person closer to true enlightenment.

The superconscious mind may seem like an impossible element to touch, but it’s actually a natural state of the human mind, which makes it very much within everyone’s reach. Superconscious meditation does not create the state of superconsciousness, rather it helps the practitioner achieve this enhanced state of self-awareness. In a sense, superconscious meditation can be viewed as the one path to the true Self, as a person goes beyond what only the conscious and subconscious minds can perceive.

Approaching superconscious meditation

Superconscious meditation aims to bring the practitioner to a state where their perception and mind are no longer distracted by the world around them, and there are no other thoughts that could pull focus away from the meditative journey.

Once this happens, the attention and awareness can merge together and truly focus on the Self, entering the place where the true consciousness exists, unbothered by the energy of the exterior world. In terms of feelings, this may present itself in different ways, such as a complete sense of fullness, warmth, or inner peace. When the worries and restlessness that often concern the human mind are no longer a barrier, it’s common to experience a sense of euphoria like none other. Desires, physical or otherwise may disappear as well, as the person can become “full” from enlightenment alone.

Though it is a natural state, the road to the superconscious mind is not easy, as letting go completely of the material world, even for just a few seconds, is difficult to do. It requires us to go deeper and deeper into the meditative arts and focusing on the Self as much as possible until that feeling of fullness and calmness is reached. Though a journey filled with challenges, it is still a journey worth taking, as unlocking the superconscious mind and seeing it for the first time can have a positive ripple effect on the other two layers of the human mind as well. And this way, life itself is more fulfilling.

Heart Work is Hard Work – The Spiritual Direction Workout

Spiritual direction involves something we can call heart work, which is rewarding but also takes some serious work. We deconstruct and reconstruct ourselves.

Spiritual direction involves something we can call heart work, which is rewarding but also takes some serious work. We deconstruct and reconstruct ourselves.

 

It’s not uncommon to hear a client say, “I’m exhausted at the end of the spiritual direction session.” Spiritual directors also can feel wiped out after a series of sessions in one day. That’s because heart work is hard work.

The same thing can happen in therapy or pastoral care. Taking a long look at your inner life with someone trained in helping you do that is a deeply personal and soul-searching kind of work, probably much different than what you do as your livelihood. It’s also different than attending a worship service or doing your spiritual practice at home alone.

In the best spiritual direction sessions, you consider your life over the past month and notice when you felt close to God and when you felt far away. It’s that second aspect — the far away — that is what Ignatius of Loyola calls desolation and frankly, pondering desolation takes emotional energy.

In most spiritual direction sessions, the director will pick up on something you shared and ask you a few important open-ended questions to help you unearth the wisdom within. Questions like:

  • How was that experience for you?
  • What do you desire most in this situation?
  • How do you know that is true?

Open-ended questions in which there is no right or expected answer require concentration. They unearth memories and put us in contact with God, but also with our shadow — those parts of ourselves we’d rather not look at. Awareness of God requires this struggling with the shadow. Like Jacob with the angel, it requires wrestling but it also comes with a gift.i The gift is wisdom and discernment, which is life-giving. But the wrestling can leave us weak.

Much like physical exercise, we may be sore for awhile after and we may feel exhausted, but it’s a good exhaustion. So, although heart work is hard work, it’s also good, necessary and meaningful work. Yes, you may feel like you’ve been through the ringer after some spiritual direction sessions (not all, I hope!) but the reward comes in the time between sessions where you continue to process and integrate the work.


Want to learn more about spiritual direction? I have a new book Spiritual Direction 101: The Basics of Spiritual Guidance by Apocryphile Press that addresses many aspects of this practice. It’s available on Amazon.

Also, I enjoy sharing emails with people who have questions about spiritual direction. I may be reached at teresa@teresablythe.net or via my website www.teresablythe.net.

i The story of Jacob wrestling the angel is found in Genesis 32:22–32.

The 7-Step Blueprint To Get Loved Ones On Board With Your Personal Transformation

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The 7-Step Blueprint To Get Loved Ones On Board With Your Personal Transformation

Though personal transformation can be an exciting time bringing about new and positive changes, for those around us it can also be a scary and challenging time. Your loved ones may feel uncomfortable watching you change or say things such as, “I just don’t get it”. They may question your choices, offer unwanted advice, or show a sense of disbelief.

For this reason, you may find it incredibly tiring and disheartening trying to bring them around to your way of thinking. Even though it may seem difficult, getting those closest to you on board with your transformation is possible. Along with offering loved ones a little time to adjust, what is needed is good communication.

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Keeping communication open with loved ones is vital when transforming your life

Speaking from experience, my own personal transformation created who I am today. Long overdue, I spent years building a high-profile career that looked from the outside as though I had it all. Yet, inside, I was slowly fading away both mentally and physically. It took a cancer diagnosis to finally stop me in my tracks causing me to confront the choices I was making and how I was living my life. As I finally came around to choosing a transformative path, one thing that surprised me was the reaction of those around me. Instead of celebrating my courage and fortitude to evolve, I found myself being challenged by those I love around every twist and turn.

In my mind, I expected everyone to understand and support my plans to give up my high-paying successful career and start from scratch in a totally new, and at the time unknown, industry. In their minds, they saw a woman throwing her life down the drain on hope and a dream! I felt annoyed, they felt confused, and there was no meeting of the minds, at first. I had to take a deep breath and a step back to realize that my loved ones were genuinely concerned and had every right to be. It became clear that a new approach was needed.

Had I known then what I know now, it would have saved everyone a lot of stress and averted the tangled web of miscommunication After all, change can be scary for all involved, not just for the person undergoing the transformation!

The importance of setting the scene for that all-important conversation

Often, the concerns from our loved ones in the face of change are the fear and worry over whether we are making the right decisions. Usually, this concern comes from a place of love – but is often lost in translation by the way they showcase those concerns. Fortunately, there is a conversation blueprint that I’ve found to be the most successful when setting the stage for healthier conversations with loved ones.

Over my years in practice as an intuitive healer, these seven steps have been used by clients worldwide who want to bridge the gap with their loved ones and finally be understood.

Transforming communication with a seven-step blueprint

1) Take responsibility

By taking responsibility in communicating with loved ones, I mean owning your side of the road! For many people facing a new way of living, there has often been a gradual build-up of realizations, which have been suppressed. Oftentimes this means that they have not been honest with themselves or those around them. Therefore, the first step in becoming an empowered communicator and truly connecting with your loved ones is to be honest with yourself first. Then, when you are ready, start the conversation off by taking responsibility for the ways you have been holding back, and authentically speak your truth.

2) Share what you are releasing

What are the ways you have been showing up in the relationship that you would like to release? For example, you could confirm that you have been holding back your truth and you are releasing the fear of speaking it. In the first step, taking responsibility piques curiosity and invites the listener to the conversation in a non-threatening manner. Secondly, communicating that you are releasing an old behavior sets the stage for introducing a more authentic communication style.

3) Share what you are creating

Begin to share the traits you want to create in your relationship with your loved one. You could share that you want to create a win-win situation in all conversations. It is valuable to let them know that you are open to their authentic thoughts and feelings. You may want to share more about your commitment to transforming and the huge sense of joy you are experiencing. Perhaps you’re developing more courage in the process or you’re feeling your confidence soar as a result of the transformative work.

By sharing what you are creating, you give the other person insight into the positive effects this transformation is having on you, and the potential it has to offer to those around you in the process.

4) Paint your future

A beautiful way of communicating your ideas with your loved ones and, thus, increasing that connection is by sharing the details of your vision with them. Paint the picture of your vision. Both the sweeping brush strokes and the fine details will give them a better understanding of your true desires. Use imagery to describe how your vision will grow and what role they play in your future vision.

5) Show them how they too can benefit

If you knew that your loved ones wanted to support you, but simply needed more information, wouldn’t it be generous to answer their questions and create certainty in their minds? This step builds the bridge between your beliefs and theirs by explaining how your future vision is a benefit not only to you but to your loved ones as well. Most simply stated, this is the step where they can choose to align with your vision by seeing the benefit to their own lives.

Share with them how your future vision includes you being more present from moment-to-moment and how that will benefit their desire to have more quality time with you. Perhaps you believe you’ll be a more loving and kinder person to be around in general? Let them know.

6) Suggest supporting them

Watching someone you love transform is empowering – and often encourages others to begin searching for their own new path. As human beings, we all have secret dreams and desires, but most of us are never asked what they may be. Use this time to discuss your wishes and wants, but also encourage your loved ones to share theirs. This will open up a natural dialogue and give you the opportunity to support them in their life vision.

7) Show gratitude

Finally, by showing those you love your deep gratitude for allowing you to share your truth, you’ll immediately create a deeper foundation of respect and love. Showing gratitude is a beautiful way to complete an authentic conversation where each person’s visions have been shared and honored.

Own your internal dialogue when transforming

When you’ve made the decision to transform your life, don’t wait to communicate it to your loved ones. Instead, get them involved the moment you decide you want to empower and change your life for the better. The key is to communicate openly and honestly from the start and empower your loved ones to ask questions, share their thoughts and be part of your transformational process. By incorporating some of the above steps, you can find common ground with your loved ones.

Equally these techniques allow you to become a master at communication as you start to transform your life and potentially the lives of those closest to you in the process.

The March Full Moon Of Battles

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The March Full Moon Of Battles

“There is an entire reality that we have yet to tap into, and it’s making the negative forces very nervous that we might tap into it.” – @ArikXander

Hi Stargazers!

The first Full Moon of the Astrological New Year is also known as the Full Moon of Battles. All the battles that you will face in the upcoming year, as well as the outcomes, are determined within this Full Moon window. This is huge when you think about what we are facing as a collective. Plus, this year, the Full Moon of Battles falls on the 8th day of the Astrological New Year which will echo into the month of Sagittarius. So it’s a lot of energy swirling around. The chart for this Full Moon is constellated in a way that will make all the energy funnel through the Full Moon in Libra. This means that the entire potential of the chart will have to pass through the Full Moon.

Basically, all the energy available is at the mercy of the Full Moon in Libra, which means that all the battles we will face in the coming year will depend on how we seize the opportunity available throughout the 48-hour cosmic window. Let’s have a look at what winds are blowing through the cosmic window? It’s the battle for freedom and the battle to awaken generosity. We will need to confront our indecision and denial. A big pattern we will need to battle is denial. A famous denial many of us are subjected to is the denial of a metaphysical realm, or if you accept that realm, then maybe you don’t accept how sensitive this realm is to your thoughts.

It’s only natural that we assume that everything we experience is limited to our physical senses. But we are called to perceive what’s unseen and hidden by the routine and robotic filters. There is an entire reality that we have yet to tap into, and it’s making the negative forces very nervous that we might tap into it. In fact, we are reaching a critical moment now that can completely blow the negative agenda that we’ve played into and can pull out of.

Many of us have done enough inner work, and it’s beginning to pay off. Don’t mind what the mainstream media is streaming into your conscious mind. The only legitimate stream that should be influencing you is your higher stream of consciousness. When you plug into the mainstream and treat it as your golden calf, you lose your cosmic orientation. The reality that awaits us is ordained by the essential self, but we have to decide now which side of the shift we want to be on. This is going to be a very intense Full Moon indeed. Rember to treat the 12 days of the Astrological New Year with utmost respect too.

As we approach the reality where true liberty and freedom live, we move beyond the grasp of the ego-mind that can’t even comprehend these words. Beginning on the Full Moon, we are granted the ability to achieve freedom from inner and outer lockdowns that have been set in place by our inability to starve the ego. This will allow your essential self to express itself. One of the topics that will be addressed is fear. The fear of freedom is ironically one of the greatest fears we have because freedom implies self-responsibility.

As the first Full Moon of the Astrological New Year, now is the time to accept your destiny and to trust in the universal circuitry. It’s time to become blind to the ego seductions of separation and to see what the ego is hiding from you. There is a treasure of abundance and happiness right before you, but your blind to it. On this Full Moon, we will lift the veil to see how much is at stake and how to withdraw your ROI.

What Does The Full Moon Mean?

There is a reason why many people feel out of balance during the Full Moon: It is a time of great transformative energy, and most people are not equipped to handle it. That is why I offer my Full Moon Online Workshops, so that you may safely access this power to dismantle your challenges and activate your strengths and virtues. Although every Full Moon amplifies the power to melt down obstacles, each lunar event has a unique planetary configuration and thus unique transformative qualities.

This Full Moon is connecting us to the power of universal circuitry and balance. You can use the chakra 1 and Libra Essential Oil Blends to help activate the lunar power. Libra wants to balance power. One of the challenges it faces during a Full Moon is the misunderstanding of power and how much needs to adjust. Thankfully, without any favoritism, we can melt down the patterns standing in the way of our goals within the Full Moon Workshop.

The Question Of This Quest.

In DASH® Astrology, the Full Moon is a time of reflection, when each of the archetypes asks us a specific question to assist us on our quest. In order to see which obstacles we need to remove, each Full Moon poses a unique question for reflection, as the Sun and Moon are in opposition – reflecting back to each other the Light of Truth. As this opposition occurs, a 48-hour space is rendered do us to operate within. This space is made of stardust atoms that interact with your being on all levels.

In this particular cycle, we can access the best of us beyond any quality of duality, by asking ourselves the following question:

To what degree are my actions motivated by my fear of financial loss?

(get the call to action to this question in the online workshop).

I will go into depth about this in my Online Workshop. For those of you working on your own, contemplate the above question during the Full Moon window and write down any insights that may come so that you can have a greater idea of what to work on.

Back To School Pandemic: Choosing Without Obvious Choices

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Parents are making the ultimate decision during the COVID-19 pandemic: Whether to send children back to school and risk their health and that of others in the household, or keep them home and take on the burden of home education and supervision, risking financial issues.

Parents are making the ultimate decision during the COVID-19 pandemic: Whether to send children back to school and risk their health and that of others in the household, or keep them home and take on the burden of home education and supervision, risking financial issues.Parents of school-aged children are currently facing the hardest discernment situation one can face: making a choice when there is no good choice. If children are forced back to school in person, there is the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus — which, if contracted, can hurt children. It can also make them a vector, someone who carries the virus with no symptoms and infects others. If children are not allowed to go back to school, they must learn in an isolated situation with parents needing to stay home to supervise.

For some parents, the school district will make the choice and they will have little say in the matter. Others may be offered a choice, or a hybrid of online and in-person learning.

For those offered a choice, how does a parent decide which risk is the greatest for their children: isolation or infection?

Some parents know what their choices are and others are waiting for word from governmental and school district officials on that. Those waiting may have the hardest time — knowing they have a difficult choice to make but not knowing when they will be called upon to make it.

To complicate things further, some parents live in households with immune-compromised individuals. How do they choose what is best for everyone involved?

My job as a discernment coach is to help people navigate and process the choices in front of them. If they have come to me — a spiritual director — they usually are hoping to make a faithful choice. Many times, when people are discerning a life choice, it’s a choice between two or more “pretty good” options. This job, or that one? Which step toward healing is right for me? That sort of choice.

But, as Rev. Melanie Harrell Delaney, a Cleveland, Ohio mother of three school-aged children puts it, “There is no good choice here. I’m faced with making a decision that I don’t feel great about either way. I’m praying I find the ‘OK-est’ choice and that I can live with that.” She continues:

“Our need as parents really is to be freed from guilt and fear around making terrible choices for our kids (and selves) during this time. Being so directly responsible for other small people’s safety and well-being, on top of the complexity of caring for our own selves, is crushing.”

The Christian spiritual practice of discernment has a few principles that may help people sort through those “rock and a hard place” choices. Such as:

  • The Quaker principle of silent waiting. For Rev. Harrell Delaney, “centering prayer, even 5 minutes a day, has been saving my soul this summer.”
  • Ignatius of Loyola taught that God’s desire is that people who already have the odds against them be given top consideration. Asking yourself, how does each option affect the “least of these” among us?
  • Notice which choice disturbs your spirit less. Which choice gives you at least a modicum of peace? Listening to your deepest, truest self can help you come to a decision you can live with.
  • Project your thoughts 20 or 30 years into the future. Although we don’t know what the future holds, we can ponder which choice is best in the long run. Imagine we are long past the pandemic. Which choice has longevity? Which choice seems to work toward the greater good?

Nothing will make this choice easy. Each choice has its own consequences. All we are asked to do in discernment is our best; surround our choices with prayer, take in as much data and facts as possible, listen to our heart, ask for God’s desire to be fulfilled, and then choose.

Some of us reading this are (like myself) not parents. But we still have a voice. As we pray our way through the pandemic, caring for others as ourselves, we may feel compelled to take a stand and work for what we believe is best for our community. We can help parents with our prayers, our support and our social action.

My prayer:

God, we ask your guidance for everyone who must make a choice when there is no good and perfect choice. We especially ask that the fullness of your Spirit comfort and sustain all parents, grandparents, school children, college students and teachers. And that those in positions with the power to force choices upon people be moved by your love and guided by your wisdom. Amen.


Want to learn more about spiritual direction? I have a book Spiritual Direction 101: The Basics of Spiritual Guidance by Apocryphile Press that addresses many aspects of this practice. It’s available on Amazon.

Also, I enjoy sharing emails with people who have questions about spiritual direction. I may be reached at teresa@teresablythe.net or via my website www.teresablythe.net.