Did you ever want to be an astronaut when you were growing up? I certainly did, and while it may appear that I am a mere storyteller, researcher, and writer for purveyors of living clay and healing crystals and stones — I AM AN ASTRONAUT — of sorts, anyway. My spirit feels free to travel within the cosmos every single day…without boarding a space shuttle or having multiple science degrees, exploring the Universe is possible for many through deep states of meditation and particularly those that take me down the path of enlightenment.
“There are particular types of seeds that remain dormant until they are broken open by a forest fire. Likewise, there is a seed within you that opens by the fire of your readiness to transform. Challenges are the great awakeners, and we welcome them we ignite inner fire of transformation and invite a greater vision for our life to emerge from within us.”
~The Lift Off Life, Michael Bernard Beckwith
Why am I So Darned Happy Most of the Time??
Seems this is a very common question/comment in my world these days. Don’t get me wrong… I certainly have not always been a little beaming ray of love and light, and I still have moments of drama filled confusions… and without a doubt, I was about as far off the path to enlightenment as the Universe would let me get – at least while allowing this physical body remain in this realm.
Prior to finding the path to enlightenment, no sense of presence or sense of self existed here — there was no Stephanie — that essence was simply a low-vibrational spirit/energy housed in a human shell. Trolling through life day after day, smiling when appropriate, being responsible, merely doing and thinking as I was told and taught — but never truly knowing the joy and happiness that accompanies the unconditional acceptance and love for myself, others and the awareness of the Higher Self.
While everyone’s journey will have exciting twists, forcing them to scamper about, questioning everything they thought they knew… here’s how the path to enlightenment and higher states of consciousness came about for this very reluctant-to-believe lady.
The Great Epiphany Before the Mind Quiets
The first epiphany in my journey was the startling insight that I had been merely swapping realities at my convenience… and wearing two masks. The kind you change like a chameleon at will or even sheer necessity. This clarity of this was profound, yet the realization simultaneously existed that I must have already KNOWN this was a part of my journey — 20 years ago — as the Comedy Tragedy Masks are so proudly applied to my as-ankle .as the Comedy Tragedy tattoo was being permanently penned onto my ankle 20 years ago…
The reality I was living in then (and had been forever in this realm) never felt right or like the truth. Politics, religion, education — everything that I had been taught or had ever placed a judgment on had always played a role in defining which mask I wore daily — or even minute by minute. By acknowledging that I was simply playing a recurring role on a set of actors continually running lines, sets me free of false illusions, forced me to quiet my mind in preparation for discovering actual truths. In other words, I understood that at that point I had to forget everything I ever knew — or believed to be true.
Whatever your magic and/are moments are, they’re likely to reveal some type of mind-bending, life-altering realization — universal truths that you haven’t seen (or haven’t been willing to) until that exact moment in time. You’re apt to have many small epiphanies before having the Big One, which is the state of enlightenment after the entire paradigm has burst… that moment when you wholly understand the very nature of the world.
The Quiet Mind is Kind, Compassionate, Humble, and Ego-Free
The peace and sense of tranquility that accompanies these epiphanies quiets the mind as you accept these truths, and begin to see yourself and the world beyond mere words or labels that have been placed upon ‘things and actions’ by external sources. The quiet mind begins peeling back these illusions and false concepts of right, wrong, good, bad, etc. while uncovering some deep down universal truths.
Many individuals unwillingly and unknowingly overestimate their self-importance, falsely believing that they somehow cause or solutions to problems in their life or in the world. Well, when you understand that everything in the universe is energy, you can then understand that the world is created of and orchestrated by frequencies that go beyond mere words and actions that belong to any one being. You can then see that you as ONE alone are not an essential component of either ‘problems’ nor responsible for ‘finding solutions;’ rather, you are likely to discover that those desire when manifested on a collective lever are all encompassing towards those intentions.
This is where the magic begins! With the hypnotic effect of false beliefs out of the picture, one can begin see an entirely different world — one that is orchestrated by a conscious intelligence far beyond words. With these insights, the transgression into seeing beyond the self naturally flows. The whole point of dropping these initial opinions is to allow you LOSE YOURSELF and the EGO… and you truly love and embrace the Unity of All Things. However, most at this state are now free to move about the cosmos more readily and begin embracing your powers of manifesting your own reality.
Losing Your Ego and Waking Up to a ‘Loving Reality’ is Beautiful
With no more dominating judgments, expectations, and sense of self-importance, many feel an immediate sense of happiness, lightness, and freedom. Love in all things is readily apparent, you are naturally happy, and you see the equality if all — the all one or none of beings and mother nature working and vibrating in harmony. Your world of duality may come to an end as the conscious and subconscious work in concert and that becomes your normal state naturally.
It takes many young souls such as myself a while to get here, while some truly enlightened spirits seem to master ascension and oneness with the Higher Self with less time and effort. However, you should always accept where you are on your journey — leaving beyond the distorted concepts of what ‘progression’ is in the old ‘logical, knowns’ that you released and know that you are well on your way.
Remember, No Judgments, No Labels, No Expectations — It is What it Is
Certainly, my path has many more levels to go, so I can only attest to my success, my path to enlightenment so far is wondrous, my experience… however, with a few excellent guides, higher vibrations, and solid intentions, the path I’m on has taken me a great distance.
Have you had similar experiences or a totally unique path to enlightenment? Where are you on your journey, what got you started, and how did you/or do you know where you really are today? Share your journey with us!
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About Stephanie Lucas
Stephanie resonates with the vibrations of stones and crystals and imbibes in ‘playing’ with them and eating healing clay daily. When she’s not writing, reading or terrorizing Facebook, you might find her dancing with hippies in a drum circle or meandering through the forest with a wand looking for fairies, nymphs and unicorns to collaborate with.