Emerging consciousness…are you ready?
As I sit and reflect upon our last Thought Session (with Molly McCord), immediately what comes to heart and mind is gratitude for those who have committed their lives to increasing the level of consciousness on this planet, both personally and collectively. I cannot think of a more honourable intention, as it has a profound impact on not only one’s own life but the lives of all those around us. Of course, it does require a certain leap of faith, but one that is so infinitely rewarding – as anyone who practices conscious awareness and conscious action will tell you.
As a chiropractor, I’m reminded of how important consciousness can be to our health and wellness; day after day, I’m approached by people who are suffering. Whether it’s a headache, a sore back or a painful limp, people come to me seeking relief. Thankfully, I’m well-equipped to reduce their pain – with chiropractic adjustments, cranio-sacral therapy and various muscle techniques. Often they will walk out of the office on their very first visit feeling lighter, at ease and without the pain they brought into the office with them. However, what I’ve witnessed over the years is the number of times the painful symptoms will recur. Days, weeks or months later, the pain creeps back into their body and they return to my office once again, seeking not only physical relief but an answer to that ageless question: why is this happening to me?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve asked a similar question: What causes people to suffer? In particular, what causes people to suffer when there isn’t an obvious physical trauma preceding the onset of their pain? With decades of my life dedicated to finding the answer to that very question, what I’ve discovered so far is this: When we find ourselves ‘trapped’ in unconscious ways of thinking and behaving, this often leads us to uncomfortable patterns of feeling – we conveniently refer to as our ‘comfort zones.’ It’s absolutely amazing. We get stuck in our own stuff. And, what’s even more incredible is that unless we change the pattern that caused the initial discomfort, more suffering is not a matter of if, but when.
But what about the solution?
As many of the mind-body gurus will tell you, the first step on the road to permanent recovery is practicing awareness. You can’t fix something you don’t know is broken, right? Why not start with some understanding about how the mind works, learning the many ways in which mental stress becomes body strain. This way, you at least give yourself a fighting chance for experiencing more comfort in the long run. If you’d like to do some research, recommended reading would include anything by Caroline Myss or Louise Hay. Or, if you don’t want to go to the bookstore, just listen to the replay of our most recent Thought Session, where the clouds parted and let in a little sunshine known as Molly McCord. In our teleseminar interview with Molly, she enlightened our audience as she spoke about what she called the five types of consciousness. (Molly tells us there are actually more than five, but these are a good place to start.) You’ll have to listen to the Thought Session yourself, to see why she’s called a Consciousness Catalyst—someone who helps facilitate a transition into a new state of mind and being! Or, if you still don’t quite get it, grab your Kindle or your PC and take an adventure with Molly in her new book: The Art of Trapeze: One Woman’s Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening. You’re guaranteed to come away with a fist-full of knowledge.
Of course, knowledge is a wonderful thing. However, without putting this knowledge into action, you simply become more aware of your mistakes. So, the Consciousness Catalyst recommends plenty of exercise using your new sense of awareness. Work out your brain matter by making newer, more conscious choices for something different in your life—preferably in a direction that feeds your soul in a positive, healthy way. To do this, she strongly suggests listening to your intuition – for it’s always there and waiting to guide you along your true path of life purpose. Of course, connecting with this voice for the first (or hundredth) time may be a difficult journey to take all on your own. This is why we suggest you enlist the help of a coach like Molly (or any of the other contributors in our book for that matter). As you open your mind when you open The Thought book, the right person to help guide you might just appear on the very next page you turn. Or, do yourself a favour and go to our website to check out the bios for all our authors.
For when you seek, so you shall find.
Is now the right time for you to experience a deeper consciousness emerging? We hope so. For when it does, that will be something for you to be truly grateful for.
Namaste, Dr. Christian.