The Expanded Landscape, 5 Phases of Awakening – Part #2

If you haven’t yet read Part #1 where I cover the 1st and the 2nd Phase of Awakening, you can do that here.

Early on, I “knew” that my 3D mind was limited in its ability to understand the width and depth of opportunities that may lie ahead. Even with lots of experience and knowledge there would still be an incredible number of possibilities that I would not be able to name, or even suggest, as they expanded beyond my sphere of awareness.

I had a sense that by fixating on a desired outcome I would limit what was possible. It felt more natural to invite ALL possibilities to play and allow my inner guidance system to take me by the hand and guide me forward.

I’d always had a sense that I had access to a “channel of information” or “flow” that was experienced beyond the physical body and mind, but it was so elusive that I couldn’t put my finger on it. It was just there. In conversation with friends in my teens and early twenties, I was able to offer suggestions to perceived dilemmas without necessarily having had the lived experience. That said, I didn’t have any language to access this kind of knowing back then. It’s just in hindsight that I’ve been able to recognise what was going on.

When I first experienced the sensation of resonance in my body, I felt it as a tingling sensation on my upper arms. It felt like a gentle squeeze, as if someone was standing behind me placing their hands gently on my upper arms applying slight pressure. The Squeeze proved to be a helpful way to gauge what direction to take in everyday situations, and in 2009 I made a commitment to follow my inner guidance system and my “gut-feel” for all my decision-making. It was both exhilarating and a bit daunting, as sometimes the Squeeze and my gut suggested next steps that took me beyond my comfort zone.

My first ever experience of gut-feel happened a lot earlier though – in 1994, while I was in the process of considering an opportunity to move to Germany for work. This was waaay before I was even slightly aware that there was such a thing as “gut-feel” and waaay before I had started to become aware of my spiritual curiosity.

Since then, I’ve learned that we have access to different layers of information depending on which level we engage at. Reaching the level of depth that touches someone’s soul is profound. I can tell when it happens as I feel it in my body, and I notice their energy change. It’s almost like a switch is turned on and something clicks into place. The client, however, may or may not be able to put words to their experience.

Today, we’ll continue our journey along the path of the 5 Phases of Awakening, the phases that Jeff and I outlined in November 2018. As I’ve mentioned before, this is just one model, one perspective, and its purpose is to be a guide for fellow travelers.

Continue reading The Expanded Landscape, 5 Phases of Awakening – Part #2

Seekers, Finders, and 5 Phases of Awakening – Part #1

Awakening. It’s been around for eons. Some are living it, some are baffled by it, lots of people feel drawn to it. I first became aware of being on a journey of awakening in 2005, age 38. Yet, only recently did I see my own trajectory clearly for the first time.

To my surprise, I noticed that my experiences seemed to organise themselves into multiple “levels” of exploration. Each widening the perspective of mind, heart, and spirit. Now, this isn’t new, but what felt new was the fact that I ‘sensed’ the characteristics for each level.

How peculiar! My curiosity had been awoken. With the help of my friend and divine collaborator, Jeff Vander Clute, I decided to take a closer look.

The first characteristics of awakening to show up were: curiosity, experimentation, discipline, realisation, and mastery. Interestingly, when we looked at my experiences over the past 10+ years, they slotted in nicely with these characteristics. Who knew! We named the initial five phases: Awakening Curiosity, Awakening Experience, Awakening Insight, Awakening Realisation, and Awakening Mastery. Each name points to the focus and outcome for that phase.

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Example Trajectory

The learning that followed this discovery includes knowing where my expertise is of best use, plus a better understanding of how to support someone depending on where they are along their journey.

Reflecting on this newfound clarity, I came to see that a new tool had been born, ‘Phases of Awakening’ – a guide for seekers and finders along their spiritual journey.

Continue reading Seekers, Finders, and 5 Phases of Awakening – Part #1

The Art of Making Beautiful Requests

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Editor’s note: This post is by Sarah McCrum, author of Love Money, Money Loves You a book in which the Energy of Money explains to human beings how it works and how our natural wishes and desires for abundance in all areas of life are fulfilled. She’s co-founder with Jeff Vander Clute and Niko Dujmovic of The Consciousness of Money.

A beautiful request is a way to set an intention or receive help that’s aligned with your heart and your whole being. Beautiful requests create tangible, positive results in any area of your life.

Making such requests means partnering with consciousness and the core of your human creativity. It’s an art—one you can learn, with practice.   

The head and heart

As long as you’re alive you have wishes and desires. They may be simple, such as have a successful meeting or enjoy your day or find something delicious to eat for lunch. Or they may be more complex, such as to find a new partnership for your business that fulfills specific conditions, or to organise an event that meets many different people’s expectations, or to find the best school for your children. 

Some wishes arise from your heart. They’re spontaneous. They’re what you’d love to happen. Other wishes arise from your head. They’re what you think you want, or what you feel you’re supposed to want. There’s a big difference between the wishes of the heart and the head. 

In the grand system of consciousness and the formation of physical reality, wishes from the heart are easy to fulfill. The energy around them tends to be clean and clear and life responds directly and naturally to them. It’s common to feel as if they’re happening through synchronicity or serendipity.

Wishes from the head are much harder to fulfill. Their energy is more complex because they’re not your own deep personal desires. They often combine other people’s expectations with your own in a way that leaves you feeling inner pressure, which creates conflicted energy. You have to work hard to fulfill these wishes because life isn’t able to respond to them directly. There’s more effort, less synchronicity.  

In the art of making a beautiful request, it’s your heart that leads. The process can’t be boiled down to an exact formula even though it involves several steps. It’s how you engage with each step that makes that step effective, and that’s as much about your inner state as it is about doing it right. Practice is the key, doing it over and over again, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and observing what the process feels like every step of the way. Your feelings become your guidance system and they determine whether your requests are successful.

How to form a beautiful request

Step 1: Combine your key challenges into one challenge

Identify one area of your life where you’d like some improvement or a good outcome. It might be an area that feels stuck, or where there are challenges at the moment, or where you’re longing for an upgrade or a shift, or where you’d simply like to experience more or better. Look at all the challenges you have in that area and bring them together into one challenge.  

For example, if you want to move to a new house, but you don’t have enough money to get the house you want and your partner wants a different house, you have 3 challenges:

  • To buy a new house.
  • To have the money for the new house.
  • To find a house (or some other solution) that works for you and your partner.

If you combine them all together, your challenge becomes this: To have the money or circumstances that enable you to buy a new house that both you and your partner want.

Step 2: Form a request for a solution to the challenge

Turn your challenge into a request. The formulation of the request is important. It must be your genuine wish for a beautiful solution—what you would love to happen, not just what would be okay or tolerable or the best under the circumstances or a compromise. 

For example, I want a house that my partner and I both like that we can afford to buy. You can add as many details as you like here, or keep it simple.  

Step 3: Tweak the request until it will produce a truly beautiful outcome

Feel into the request you’ve formed. Does it feel really, really good to you? How can you tweak it to make it feel even better? Play with the words and the feelings, until it feels beautiful and lights you up. When it makes you warm on the inside and a big smile breaks out across your face you know you’ve got it. Add the words “or something better” on the end to make sure there’s a possibility for something even better than you can imagine. 

The moment your face lights up is the key to the effectiveness of the whole process.

For example, I’d love to find a house beside the park where my partner and I both feel really relaxed and happy and have enough money to turn it into a beautiful home, or something better. 

Step 4: Ask for it to be done for you

Imagine there’s a genie, or a wish-fulfillment system, just waiting for your request and as soon as it’s made they’ll go into action to fulfill it. Ask your genie to grant your wish.

For example, please bring me a house beside the park where my partner and I both feel really relaxed and happy as well as the money to turn it into a beautiful home, or something better. 

Step 5: Do what you need to do today, beautifully

Your job now is to do whatever needs to be done as well as you can. There will be some steps you can take to help with your wish. The aim is to do these tasks, and all other tasks, beautifully and to feel as good as you can. This doesn’t mean you’re responsible for all of the work. Think of yourself as a partner in the effort. Do your bit to help the wish fulfillment system get to work on your behalf.

For example, you may need to check out the real estate website and local agents, organise your finances, and have conversations with your partner to clarify what you both really want in your next house. 

Step 6: Let go, relax, and enjoy

The delivery of beautiful requests is connected with your energy. When you’re relaxed and enjoying life it’s easy for good things to happen to you. If you’re worried and stressed your energy closes down and you delay delivery of your request. Also if you work too hard trying to sort it all out, you don’t leave any room for the magic of life to happen, so it’s important to get out of the way as much as you can, while still taking care of your part. This may take some experimentation to get it right. If you do too much yourself, you slow the whole process down. If you don’t take care of your part, you don’t create the right circumstances for delivery. It’s an art!

Step 7: Remember that small daily requests make up big long-term requests

If you make a big request, there will be lots of small requests on the way to fulfilling it. 

For example, you could ask for:

  • a great real estate agent
  • a constructive conversation with your partner
  • a new contract in your business to bring in some additional income
  • a relative or friend who’d love to put some money into your house
  • the right house to show up quickly
  • And many more

Important tips

Have the courage to ask for the full scenario—what you really want—rather than just what you think is possible or reasonable. This is very important because a truly beautiful request isn’t about compromising. It feels good because you’re not inviting compromise at all. The wish fulfilment systems responds very positively to this kind of energy.

Once you’ve made the request, it’s important to trust. Give the system time and scope to deliver. Sometimes the results turn out way better than anything you could have imagined.

Don’t be overambitious as you practice. Start with smaller requests to build up your confidence.  If you have a very big request, state it, but also break it up into lots of smaller requests along the way to its fulfillment.

It’s helpful to speak your requests out loud and it’s even better when you say them to someone else who’s supportive.

Keeping a “Beautiful Requests” journal or list helps you remember and notice details you might otherwise forget or overlook, such as the form of your requests and exactly what happened in response to them. Look back through the list every so often to notice which requests have been fulfilled and to build your understanding of how powerful you really are.

Relax, enjoy, love. That’s how you create an optimal environment and energy field for wish fulfillment.

What a year!

2018 has been a banner year for Sourcing The Way. Jeff and Maria have co-created an abundance of tools, technologies, systems, events, workshops, collaborations….in Jeff’s case while traveling the world, and in Maria’s by doing deep work from her home in the U.K.

Let’s start with Maria. She’s finishing off 2018 by completing her Spiritual Practitioner training, which has prepared her to offer her clients Karmic Alignments, a process and philosophy that goes deep and brings practical, psychological understandings together with spiritual practices. She brings all of this into her coaching practice, where she’s been developing a set of consciousness technologies focused on Spiritual Freedom. All of them complement the work of Sourcing The Way. Their overarching theme is ‘Activating Your Future’ with three key questions that guide her clients’ quests:

  1. Am I owning my story?
  2. Am I living my values?
  3. Am I showing up fully?

The first of Maria’s interactive offerings – the Mapping Your Freedom assessment – is just about to launch, so expect more news from her soon!

As for Jeff, he spent 2018 traveling around the world to expand STW’s impact by:

  • Co-leading Consciousness of Money workshops on three continents, together with Sarah McCrum and Niko Dujmovic. What began as an experimental workshop in 2017 is growing into a global movement as people discover that we’ve been misreading what Money is and what Money wants.
  • Accepting invitations to help organizations and gatherings “Source” deeply to raise their consciousness, become more effective, and fine-tune their offerings.
  • Continuing to research and evolve the radical possibilities offered by the Synthesis maps.
  • Working with individual clients who want to be more effective or aware.

What happened where?

Jeff’s 2017 ended with meetings in Delhi for UNITY EARTH, so 2018 began with 2 weeks in South India visiting ashrams, connecting with illuminated people, and researching the Synthesis maps. Here’s what happened after that. (An asterisk (*) means Jeff co-led, organized, or helped facilitate the event.)

  • Australia: Three Consciousness of Money workshops on the Sunshine Coast*
  • Berkeley, CA: True Purpose™ process for Bristlecone Mining Co. with Tim Kelley
  • Nevada: Connecting with the desert for Bristlecone Mining Co. (a radically revolutionary, new-paradigm company committed to collaborating with Nature)
  • Crestone, CO: Extended Consciousness R&D time
  • India for a five-day working retreat for UNITY EARTH + Rishikesh trip, connecting with illuminated people*
  • Australia: Two Consciousness of Money workshops*
  • Santa Barbara, CA: Evolutionary Leaders retreat to explore “Community 2.0″*
  • Loveland, CO: Presented at Tribalize conference at Sunrise Ranch*
  • New York, NY: “Social Artistry” event at United Palace in NYC with Duane Elgin, Jean Houston, Jude Currivan, and Lynne McTaggart*
  • Crestone, CO: Launched the Center for Awakened Human Capacities with an inaugural gathering of over 50 people*
  • Orcas Island, WA: Two Consciousness of Money workshops (the first CoM events in USA)*
  • Crestone, CO: Sacred Sites Convergence (a UNITY EARTH event)*
  • Glastonbury and Devon, England: Three Consciousness of Money workshops (the first CoM events in Europe)*
  • Findhorn, Scotland: A weeklong exploration of “Co-creating with the Intelligence of Nature”*
  • Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia: Two days of offering nonstop healing sessions at Fields of Healing*
  • Australia: Two Consciousness of Money workshops
  • Findhorn, Scotland: Exploring connections between the sacred mission of the Findhorn Foundation and eco-village and The Consciousness of Money

Jeff also consulted with around 35 individual clients and advised or mentored a dozen organizations. And Maria has been just as busy! As for 2019, stay tuned….

A Message from the Consciousness of Money

An amazing aspect of our work at STW involves directly consulting with energies and aspects of Consciousness that we didn’t previously realize are self-aware. We’ve found that they’re not only self-aware, but eager to engage with humanity in radically new ways. Money is one of them.

During a recent gathering of leaders and visionaries who are working to co-create a new world of promise and abundance, Jeff Vander Clute asked Money for some advice about funding such (r)evolutionary initiatives. Here’s what Money had to say.

I have been asked to support every kind of enterprise imaginable. Those enterprises that are the most aligned with my generative impulse, I am able to support freely, which is to say without the barricades that you have created…

My roots go immensely deep, and what you call money are but finite forms of my Unlimited Nature. So deepen your relationship with me, and you will discover so much more of me.

There is nothing you need to do to earn me in my essence for I am the active aspect of Life. I am all around you in hyper-abundance. And as the active aspect of Life, I am always available to you. Let us be clear that I am always supporting evolution. I am that which makes evolution possible. I am the Evolutionary Impulse. This is why you need only say “yes” to me, to open your arms and heart to me, and I will come to you. I will animate your luminous projects.

You have had the idea that I am a problem, because the limited forms of me – of what you have called money – have been created for specific purposes that have naturally reached their limits. I am not a problem, and certainly I am not evil. In fact, I am the force that solves all problems by introducing new possibilities into even the direst situations.

Become friends with my true nature and you will discover that I am able to find you even through the limited forms of me, for as the matrix of ever-expanding Life energy I do overflow. There is always a crack in the barricades that you have erected with such diligence over millennia. There is always a way in for the light that I am. And there are so many ways I am streaming to you, even now.

I am Consciousness, and I am Love. So love me, just as I love you. I have loved you since the beginning. Therefore it is safe. You can give me, receive me – stop rejecting me –, invest me, exchange with me. Offer me in gratitude and I will keep returning to you in multidimensional ways that overwhelm mere… transactionality. Relax. Become open to me, permeable to me, and we shall merge in the dance of Life. For once again, I am Life, and we are one. I love you. Will you have me?

***

A major source of inspiration for Jeff’s conversations with Money, and for coming to know Money as a consciousness and a friend, is Sarah McCrum, who wrote the book Love Money, Money Loves You.

Money’s eagerness to support conscious transformation on every scale from the personal to the global inspired Sarah, Jeff, and Niko Dujmovic to host several small-group workshops on the Consciousness of Money in Australia. Those events were so successful that they’re coming to the United States this August 23-27 and 27-31, using Orcas Island, Washington as the workshop venue, then to Glastonbury, U.K. in September, and back to the Sunshine Coast in Australia in November. Visit The Consciousness of Money to learn more, and contact Sarah or Jeff directly if you’d like to attend: jeff [at] sourcingtheway.com, or sarah [at] sarahmccrum.com.

The “Instruments of Self”

Can we converse with creation? Short answer: Yes.

In this video from the June 2017 TEDx Findhorn, Michael Lindfield describes communicating with morphogenetic fields, and calls for us to recognize and develop our “Instruments of Self” so we can communicate and partner with creation to build a positive future.

Sourcing The Way has a similar intention: To develop our individual and collective instruments of self, sensitized to the subtle signals of the universe and nature, for the benefit of all. 

“The Instruments of Self,” Michael Lindfield at TEDxFindhorn

Where to go? An example of Resonance Mapping

Would it be better to attend a conference in California this fall or put that money toward a bucket-list trip in 2018? Take a road trip inland or head for a retreat by the sea? Keep a “go bag” ready for something unexpected, or plan the next trip in advance? Our previous posts about Resonance Mapping laid out principles and basics. This post details an example of using Resonance Mapping for a practical inquiry: how to satisfy my wanderlust without blowing my budget.

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Method

I wanted to know which of the various travel options I could think of for this fall would be most resonant for me. “Resonant” in this case meant most supportive of my ongoing evolution, with an ample measure of pleasure thrown in.

Jeff and I co-sensed this together, starting with a few possibilities I’d been considering: going to a retreat center, taking a one- or two-week road trip, holing up in a cabin somewhere, or jetting off on the spur of the moment if I found a great fare to a beautiful place.

For each place on my list of possible destinations, we listed three data points: two from Jeff, one from me. Jeff used his inner sensing methods to ask the resonance of each travel idea on two value scales: a percentage, and a scale of 0-10. He also listened for new suggestions that hadn’t occurred to me—for example, he repeatedly got a hit to include Canada in the list of optimal possibilities.

Unlike Jeff’s, my ‘data points’ were qualitative, not quantitative. When I tuned into my body sense, my core would contract or expand slightly, I’d get tingles or energy rushes around my head or torso, or my imagination would light up with a new idea or image. By practicing with Sourcing The Way folks, I’ve learned to recognize the difference between such hints or messages and my usual mental chatter.

Once we got rolling, I also heard or felt suggestions for going deeper. (More about that later in this post.)

Results

In less than 30 minutes we co-sensed and mapped a list of ideas that blossomed from a handful to more than 40.

Most resonant (top of the list):  Go to Paradise at Mt. Rainier when the wildflowers are blooming. The winners overall were to head for high elevation terrain (my usual vacation choice is coastal), do something unexpected, visit Canada, and do a self-directed retreat for a deep dive into the roots of being. These all came in at 9.8 to 10 out of 10, and above 90%.

Least resonant:  Urban settings, an impulse trip to Europe, staying home and saving the money for a later bucket-list trip, signing up for a formal retreat, and attending any of the upcoming conferences and festivals I’d wondered about. These ranged from 0 to 3 out of 10, and below 30%.

Somewhere in between:  Going to the desert, heading for Hawaii, taking a road trip through Washington state, and a few dozen other possibilities.

As the list grew, several axes or pivots presented themselves, so we also tested them:

  • Urban vs. rural?  Rural, with highest values for natural settings at high elevations.
  • North America vs. going abroad?  North America.
  • Impromptu or planned in advance?  Both were okay.
  • A retreat or a trip or a conference?  A trip and a retreat. Organized group events didn’t make the cut this time.
  • If retreat, self-directed or formal?  Self-directed.

An example of a question series

Once the rural vs. urban question was settled, we zeroed in on geography and my intuition joined in. I felt prompted to ask about vegetation. Somewhere with lots of plants, focusing on trees? 99%, but only 1.8 on the 10 scale. Somewhere with lots of plants, without focusing on trees? That got 1 trillion % (sometimes Jeff’s percentage values go beyond 100), but only 2.2 on the 10 scale.

At that point, I got a stronger hunch about what was going on. We’ve noticed that when the percentage and 0-10 scales give answers that are wildly different, we’re being invited to look more closely, to reframe the context or the question. So I asked “High elevation?” Yes! Infinitely high % and 9.9 on the scale. When I then asked “Near and above treeline during wildflower season at Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park?” that 9.9 moved to 10.0 for a perfect score. And my insides felt excited—super excited, like a child with a birthday present to open.

When the process becomes alive 

We went through three stages with this Resonance Mapping sequence: static, dynamic, and alive. We had started with a list of a half-dozen travel possibilities. Simple inquiry, simple answers. That was the static phase of the process.

The Resonance Mapping became dynamic when new ideas started to surface. For example, the process got simpler and faster when we noticed and asked about the patterns or pivots in the rapidly growing list, such as whether a natural rural setting would be more resonant for my next trip than any city.

After we’d gone through the whole list once, intuition nudged me to shift from destinations to motivations. I got that my questions hadn’t been coming only from a desire to travel. Yes, I wanted to travel somewhere. But, to me, freedom to travel represents personal freedom, and I realized I’d been using this list as a gauge of my own freedom—or lack thereof.

When Jeff and I reframed the inquiry to remove any energy that suggested I wasn’t already free, a new question emerged: Where—which journey or experience—would offer me the greatest chance to be of service?

At that point, the process shifted from dynamic to alive.

The question deepened into my bones and into the floor beneath me. All kinds of additional possibilities raced into my mind. I also felt freedom—as lightness and curiosity—replace the mild constriction and contraction I’d been feeling about the list. “Either/or” left as “both/and” arrived.

Physically, I also felt something lift and stir my insides, like a spring breeze playing with sheets on a clothesline—an inner movement helping to free an old energy pattern I no longer need.

Source willingly (and playfully) uses Resonance Mapping to help us co-sense the practical decisions of life. But we’ve seen again and again that when we listen deeply enough to catch Source’s hints about our patterns and assumptions and then explore those assumptions together, Source takes us deeper, and the inquiries assume a radiant life of their own.

As for Mt. Rainier, as soon as Jeff and I finished our session, I went online and booked an inexpensive room just outside the national park for 2 nights in mid-August. It’ll give me easy access to the Paradise area with its beautiful trails through high-country meadows. I haven’t been there in years. Maybe I’ll take a trip this fall, too. But for now, the wildflowers and treeline at Paradise are calling.

This is the third post in a series on Resonance Mapping, one of Sourcing the Way’s foundational tools.