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Sacrifice is What Leads to Transformation

I am leading a group through a Copper Journey and as a first step, we have been exploring what to awaken means.  In recent times you may have become aware of the term “woke human.” What is that?  Often in Western thought, it has been wrongly conflated with “enlightenment” – which entails some sort of mystical download. It’s not an experience, it’s a different kind of thing or rather no-thing entirely.  Before I go into the four stages of waking up let me explain why I am covering this topic.

Why is awakening important?

Quite often clients come to me because of a deep-seated trauma or because they are experiencing a certain level of anxiety or stress. Through colour I help them see their subconscious patterns and so they can start building their intuitive muscle.  One of the ways in is this great question from Byron Katie – Is this true? If they are really stuck they may well say yes.  So we explore the thoughts they are having which are causing their anxiety and whether those thoughts are 100% accurate. That usually gives some insights.  It is the first step towards letting go of the old ways so you can step into the new. As Cynthia Occelli said:

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

This quotation also helps us understand why the process of awakening can be helpful. Now let’s examine the four stages:

1. You wake up out of the socially constructed self: that is, out of the belief that your thoughts, memories, self-images, or ‘stories’ define or describe you. It’s as if you are waking up out of a dream and are realising that your thoughts have nothing to do with who (or what) you fundamentally are. Your image of yourself sits on top/ veils your deeper being.

2. Slowly over time you realise that you are projecting your view of the truth onto everything that happens in your world so you start to see that interpretative overlay and with the awareness comes the ability to say “it is what it is.” As you surrender to what is then you can embody the words of Mother Julian of Norwich all shall be well, all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

3. From there you can wake out of the dream of separation.  What that means is you stop seeing objects or people as separate from you, there is merely seamless unity.  At this point the opportunity for synchronicities is endless.

4. For some the last piece is waking up out of a belief in objective reality.  The easiest way to put this into words is the idea that everything is interconnected.

At this point the only true ‘knowing’ is unknowing everything you ever thought you knew. You start to dwell in raw intimacy with absolutely everything, free of the need to understand or interpret it, and free of the impulse to accept or reject it.

It sounds beautiful and if approached when you are ready it can be a wonder-filled journey. It takes commitment and courage and it often starts when you are feeling a degree of discomfort. It is difficult as Occelli’s words suggest because you have to dismantle everything that helped make sense of the world to allow your full expression the space to come through.  Messy like your original birth this is why the process is called death and rebirth. I believe the sacrifice is worth it.  It brings freedom and a gift – that fear of lack and having insufficient resources no longer has dominion over you. Ask yourself are you ready to take the plunge?

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Kate Griffiths
Kate Griffithshttps://www.wholeselfleadership.com/
Some call me the coaches' coach. I work with visionary leaders doing world work who are really good at what they do but haven't found their sweet spot yet. I help them unlock their whole selves by learning to build their intuitive muscle and so create more meaning. Ultimately this enables them to move into expanded awareness and the realms of higher consciousness. This is deep work because it requires you to embrace your shadow so you can discover the gold that is hiding there. You have both masculine and feminine energies within you but somewhere along the way you learnt to rely more on one more than the other making you either more of a "prover" or a "pleaser" Working with me you learn to access both energies so you can increase your presence and enjoy greater influence and visibility. Since 2008 I have pioneered an approach that integrates spirituality and business using Colour by blending the esoteric and the practical. I have found that it can transform every aspect of your life and enable you to develop the tools you need to ride the waves of adversity, you will experience in life. If you want to understand how colour can help then why not read my book Colourful Boardrooms. At the very least it will help you discover what type of leader you are. In 2018 I realised that I wanted to help change the story for the leaders of tomorrow so I set up Colourful Classrooms, a social enterprise, and have gone into schools and communities with programmes to support teachers, parents, and students to have better emotional health and wellbeing by building their awareness around what makes them feel more resilient. In terms of where I hang out:I tend to hang out on LinkedIn, so do connect with me there if you want to continue the conversation. And at the moment I am trialling a new social media platform MeWe which has the feel of the "village green" and to show my support for the stop hate campaign. If you like videos then do subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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