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Katrina CavanoughGuest Writer

There is a re-emerging truth. Western society is finally embracing what Eastern traditions and our indigenous cultures have always known. Most people with a spiritual orientation recognise the existence of the mind, body and soul, however, there is more. Our soul is not the only energetic form we encapsulate. Let me explain.

For 10 years, I worked as a social worker in a busy hospital. Over those years it came to pass that I worked with over 400 deaths. For most of the patients I attended to, their death had been sudden, unexpected and always traumatic. My role as the social worker was to support and guide the patient’s family and loved ones as they attended a viewing, said goodbye, and completed the police identification. I always felt the privilege that comes with this type of position. To be present at one of life’s most sacred final rites was something that always held its own reverence.

Unbeknownst to my professional colleagues and the patient’s family, there were times where I found myself in a state of awareness and communication with the soul of the patient who had died or was dying. This was profound at first and over time became normalised as the way I experienced hundreds of deaths. I always maintained professional boundaries, and would never disclose to the family or medical team that I was having a spiritual experience with the souls as they moved across into the non-physical world. It was simply not professional to do so, and I held my role as the social worker in the highest regard.

My experience with hundreds of deaths taught me a lot about dying and the afterlife. I have a new understanding of what death is like and what happens when we die. I know for instance, that death itself is gentle. Every single time, with no exception. This was a surprise to me as my human mind could not conceive how a person could die so tragically and not suffer. Yet each time, this is what I was shown.

I felt a great sense of humility to be both present at the time of physical death, and to hold awareness of the soul crossing over into the spiritual realm.

As the souls moved into the non-physical they would reflect. Not only about their death and their experience of the afterlife, but also about the life they had just lived. I began to notice there were consistent themes and some unexpected new understandings about how the non-physical world works. It is these reflections, both about living a wonderful life and the dynamics of the non-physical world, that I now describe as The Wisdoms in my book Wisdom for Your Life (Allen & Unwin).

The Fourth Dimension – the Greatest New Understanding

The Wisdom of Your Powerful Spirit has the greatest potential to permanently transform the way we experience ourselves and live our lives. This wisdom invites us to consider a new understanding of ourselves as four-dimensional energetic beings.

Through my communication with the non-physical world, I now understand that beyond our body, mind and soul – there is a fourth dimension of ourselves.

We are aware of our bodies, and the concept of the mind still holds varying definitions dependent upon which context is being used. I use the word mind when referring to the thoughts, beliefs and emotional intelligence that comes with living each lifetime. Your soul moves in and out of each life, holding an imprint of your memories across many lives. As it moves through each lifetime, it holds a central and singular purpose to simply experience life.

While working with hundreds of deaths, I was shown that there is more to us than body, mind and soul. There is a fourth field of energy. This fourth dimension of ourselves holds a centre point at the core of our being and then radiates out into infinity. I have come to refer to this fourth dimension of ourselves as my (or your if I am speaking with you) powerful spirit.

Your powerful spirit is a form of energy, with its own vibrational pattern that once again is unique to you. Just like our fingers have fingerprints and each soul has its own vibrational pattern, your powerful spirit has its own unique energetic fingerprint.

The most profound revelation about this fourth dimension of our energetic selves is that it is entirely the same energy that is god, source, the great universal oneness. This is most profound news indeed as it means we are all naturally pure love, infinite wisdom, infinite compassion, and complete abundance in all its forms. Once this was revealed to me I felt transfixed, empowered and relieved.

Once we are reminded that we are actually made of the same essence of god, then it all becomes very exciting as this actually means that the power to truly change your life, feel better, choose kindness, respond rather than react – the power to live a more happy and balanced life – is not something that you need to find in a place external to yourself, because the energy of happiness or kindness or compassion is already who you naturally are. In this way you do not have to look outside of yourself; just shift your attention to focus upon the energetic dimension of yourself that is naturally pure love, happiness, compassion and success.

The strength we need to attend that job interview, the passion you need to complete that project, the healing we need to experience as we have lost a loved one, and even the love we need to feel for ourselves, become more easily experienced when all that is required is an awareness we are already the energetic vibration of those things. It is who we are and we can easily tap into that resource. Better yet, it is available to us 24 hours each day.

So what does this really mean for all of us?

How can this concept of the existence of a fourth and powerful dimension of our energetic self be applied to real life?

Let me share with you how connecting and utilising your own powerful spirit can make a phenomenal difference.

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Living with the awareness that you do not have to reach outside of yourself to access infinite wisdom, love, compassion, success, health and abundance really has changed the way I live my life. By simply using the art of self-awareness, I have made substantial changes to the way I feel about myself (my self-concept), and the way I operate in my own life. I have always believed anything is possible, however, now I am aware that all I need I already have.

This has supercharged my capacity to really create and experience the life I desire exponentially. The last seven years have seen the realisation of so many of my dreams. From career and business success, material gains, health through to happiness, by using my own powerful intentions program coupled with the strength of my own powerful spirit – my life has gratefully delivered many wonderful experiences.

Beyond creating magnificence in my own life, I have found that living in awareness of this naturally occurring fourth dimension – powerful spirit – has been transformational for my clients and myself as they have moved through the challenging experiences life has to offer.

Happiness and success are important to each of us to varying degrees, however, there are times when just getting through the day becomes the focus. When we experience loss, tragedy, relationship breakdown and distress, then this is when our powerful spirit can be a source of strength and healing.

When you live your life in unity with your powerful spirit, it does not save you from life’s challenges. There are still events that hurt and cause varying degrees of anxiety, sadness and trauma. The difference will be that as you rest your awareness on your powerful spirit, you will experience a direct connection to all that is possible. In moments of suffering, when we connect to the energy of our powerful spirit, we can more easily access the wisdom that will guide us toward the best way through the situation.

I have experienced trauma, grief and loss without the awareness of my own powerful spirit, and have been through my version of hell and back with the awareness of my powerful spirit, and the difference was extremely noticeable.

Sandra is a woman in her mid-fifties who has been attending therapy sessions with me for the past 6 months or so. She has a son who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia. As I listened to Sandra talk, I could hear the grief flow through her words as she struggled to understand the injustice and harshness of her son’s life. I was acutely aware that her only desire in relation to her son was that he find a way to manage his mental illness so as to have some quality of life.

Over time, I coached Sandra to connect with her own powerful spirit, through mindfulness and meditation techniques. Very quickly, she made a clear connection with the part of her powerful spirit that is in a natural state of compassion, healing and grace. As she felt this part of herself, she found it easier to cope with the grief and loss process. It did not change her son’s mental illness, but it did help Sandra realise she did not have to attend twelve months of therapy before a state of healing was delivered to her. She could access this feeling state now.

As the souls of the dying shared with me the concept of your powerful spirit, I felt a great responsibility to share this with you. Over time my friends in the non-physical world have helped me to understand how this fourth dimension of ourselves works, and how we can use it in our real lives. I felt energised by its potential to help many of us feel better and experience our best life. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to reconnect you with this wisdom now. I now know that when we step through life with complete awareness of all that we naturally are – the capacity to access the part of ourselves that is the same energy as god – then anything is possible and we are truly free.

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Katrina Cavanough (AMHSW BSW/BSocSc) has worked with thousands of people as a grief and trauma therapist for over 20 years. She is now an inspirational speaker, life strategist, author and spiritual change agent. Her unique style offers practical life guidance based on intuitive wisdom and extensive experience working with relationships and human behavior.

Katrina is the author of Wisdom For Your Life: What I  Have Learnt From Those Who Have Passed Over and Happy Little Hearts: Healing Meditations for Children, and has been featured on major national TV, print and radio media in Australia. Katrina is also a mother of two beautiful girls and loves singing loudly in the car and ‘dancing crazy’ in her lounge room with her girls.

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The Christ Consciousness Frequency

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Jiulio ConsiglioGuest Writer

In 2020 humanity began to experience an acceleration in the awakening process through the increased drama and suffering taking place within the collective. People have lost their jobs, there is increased anxiety, depression and great uncertainty on different levels. It seems darkness has blanketed the world and we are experiencing what appears to be an inverted reality. The focus of this article won’t be on the incalculable human suffering taking place in the world right now but what each individual can do, can become through self-realization to assist in manifesting a new reality, heaven on earth.  

Within each human being is the potential to ascend to a state of being thought impossible-the realization of Christ within. Let’s begin by discussing how this enlightened state of awareness has simply and only been blanketed by thoughts and emotions through ego identification. In this reality we are born into ego consciousness, a lower vibrational frequency relative to our spiritual nature. This conditional and learned state of consciousness is based on the mental constructs of past and future. The past offers emotions such as sadness, regret and guilt. The future is experienced as anxiety, fear and worry. Be mindful that there is nothing wrong with this level of awareness because in order to know and experience who you truly are, you must first experience what you’re not. Let’s continue: the egoic mind or the thinking mind is rooted in the idea of separation and it accomplishes this through projection, by labelling the outside world. What keeps the egoic consciousness perpetuating is our reaction to it; thought is energized to become emotion-energy in motion.  

The ego has managed to prevent the majority of humanity from ever realizing their true potential for countless generations by convincing the masses on a subconscious level that the thinking mind is all there is. But nothing could be farther from the truth. From a spiritual vantage point, the ego is in fact viewed as a catalyst for a quantum leap in consciousness. In other words, suffering does in fact serve a purpose, a soul purpose. The darkness of the ego serves you by offering contrast to your light; it creates the desire in you to seek, to become.   

I really feel the following is important to mention because it offers a glimpse into potential and the yet-to-be manifested: although one has yet to experience something, let’s say a higher dimension of consciousness, does not for one instant negate its reality. In other words, unrealized potential is all there is within the quantum field. Christ consciousness and all the clarity, wisdom, power and understanding that expresses through it is brought to life through your awareness, by realizing it and then experiencing it directly. It’s your attention, your focus and awareness that creates its possibility for expression.  

Let’s start by looking at the power and force of this frequency which is a reflection of the All That Is. This wholly frequency is unconditional love, pure awareness. When you are consciously aligned with it, the thinking mind is silenced and can be silenced at will. What remains is inner stillness, a quiet mind. In this light-filled state of awareness negative thoughts are still experienced from time to time but they have lost their power over you through the realization of the now and the truth found in inner stillness which is a reflection of Christ consciousness. Reaction is replaced with conscious response which in this case is observation of the thinking mind. One identifies now with their inner being, the silent witness, the christed self. Your inner being is anointed in that no darkness can stick to it; as if it were covered in oil, negativity cannot long survive in its presence. In fact, because it is unconditional love in essence, fear finds it indigestible and is cast out. The power found within the Christ frequency consumes fear as it arises, it’s that overwhelming to fear.  

The Christ frequency is not a personality but the unmovable, unchanging essence of your very own being. Nothing has to be added to you but rather your human conditioning, the ego, needs to be realized for what it is and laid aside in order for your spiritual self to rise to the surface of your consciousness. In other words, enlightenment is a destructive process where long-held limiting beliefs and fears are brought to the surface to be faced, transmuted and transcended so that you can heal the separation between you and Source and become who you were meant to be in order to create your world consciously through the power given to you.   

Now that we have glimpsed into the transformative and freeing nature of the Christ frequency, let’s look at how you can move closer to realizing it. When I was searching for another way after having endured years of intense anxiety which included many other wake-up calls that included a cancer diagnosis back in 2004, I had no idea that a higher dimension of consciousness was even possible. But what I did have was a white-hot desire to change and a willingness to understand, to know. When I did experience that instant moment of clarity, that third eye activation, I knew something profound was taking place because this newly activated force was now shutting down every negative energetic attack automatically.  

Let’s look at some things to be mindful of and practices that can assist you in creating an atmosphere of allowing shifting into this empowering and light-filled vibrational frequency:

*Awareness leads to potential and is everything when it comes to possibility. Know that there is a consciousness, a frequency that transcends the thinking mind. It is already within you, waiting to be realized and directly experienced.

*Communicate your desire to know and understand to Source Energy. If you’re ready for a shift in consciousness, speak it, be decisive in mind, body and spirit to welcome the realization of the Self.  

*Let go of when or how. Once you’ve made the request, release wanting it to happen and allow. Practice the art of surrender. This level of awakening is an act of grace, when you are ready the inner teacher will present itself.  

*Read books on self-help, spirituality. It could be a paragraph, a sentence even that could potentially spark an awakening. There is great potential in the written word.

*Become acquainted with meditation. Don’t let it be daunting; meditation is simply focus. If you’ve never tried it before, just try a few minutes of being still and silent, in other words, focus on nothing but being there in the moment. You could even just spend a few minutes focusing on the coming and going of your breaths, keep it simple.  

*Recognize the now, the present moment as your center of power. The past and future often offer confusion and suffering. The here and now offers potential and clarity because it is the doorway to the Christ frequency.

The time has come for humanity to stop looking for an outside saviour because the return of Christ is not an external event but an inner one. It is the realization of God within you. A direct and moment by moment experience of oneness, it will be the most profound and life-altering event of your life. And what the world needs, what it’s ready for is the awakening of humanity through each individual. You are the light you’ve been searching for; go within. A thousand blessings as you allow the unfolding of consciousness within you!

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Jiulio’s writings and teachings focus on the transformative power of inner stillness, the mind-body-spirit connection and psychic abilities development. He is the author of Challenge Your Thoughts: Healing Mind, Spirit and Body with TruthThe Healing Frequency: Transform Your Life through the Wisdom, Power and Clarity of Inner Stillness and the soon to be released, Open Your Third Eye: Activate Your Sixth Chakra & Develop Your Psychic Abilities..

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The Most Suppressed Technology Today

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Paul LendaGuest Writer

There is a technology today that is supposed beyond all others. No, it’s not free energy, wormhole travel, or anti-aging pods. The most suppressed technology today is higher consciousness.

As Graham Hancock once famously said, there is a war on consciousness. While I steer away from polarizing and aggressive terms like that, there is definitely a suppression agenda when it comes to human consciousness. That is because once consciousness expands into “higher” states, it becomes impossible to control humanity.

The more you expand your consciousness, the more liberated you become. You discover and embrace more and more of your natural sovereignty. It becomes increasingly difficult to trick you into falling into traps of agreement that take away your freedoms as a human living on this planet. That is why evolved consciousness is the most suppressed technology of all.

I call it technology because the definition of that word is “a capability given by the practical application of knowledge.” When you expand your consciousness into higher domains like courage, reason, love, peace, and joy, you unlock capabilities and can do things you previously weren’t aware were possible.

Love has a great deal to do with ascending into higher levels of consciousness. If your heart is not open, then the ascension process cannot occur. For the malevolent forces out there looking to use our energy for their own purposes, an open heart is the gravest threat. For us, it is the key to true liberation and an ascended collective consciousness.

Look at mainstream music, art, films, and entertainment being pushed onto the collective. Overall, it focuses on dark themes. There is an underlying push to get people to resonate at lower levels of consciousness. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t acknowledge shadow aspects of individual and collective consciousness in an artistic way, but the massive focus on service-to-self, killing, fear-based messaging, cannibalism, suicide, polarization, left-hand path occultism, cynicism, hatred, pill-popping, anger, nihilism, and inversions of all kinds makes it clear that there is an underlying agenda to suppress human consciousness from evolving.

The natural inclination of consciousness is to evolve. From the moment we become individualized nodes of consciousness carrying with us the Source spark, to the moment before our extensive journey through countless lives and dimensional aspects comes to an end when we merge with the Source once again, we are evolving and expanding.

Being constrained to ordinary and “lower” states of consciousness is like living in a country that never lets you leave. Interestingly enough, many are now facing the second part of this analogy today, making it quite apropos. Ordinary consciousness creates a sort of tunnel vision, where we are simply unaware of what is possible and how extraordinary experiential existence can be.

Expanded consciousness, especially when many people are coherently in resonance while in higher states of consciousness, is the key to ascension. Opening our hearts is the easiest and most effective path to ascending into higher consciousness and the wonders that it brings. The Chaos Makers don’t like that. Now more than ever is a good time to show them what humanity is truly capable of.

Rebel from the Masters of Darkness by opening your heart and being an evolutionary revolutionary. There is nothing more helpful than to use your heart and mind together to guide you into higher states of consciousness. Full consciousness occurs when you expand your awareness and see what is possible and what is holding you back from experience those possibilities.

It’s time for major disclosure to happen. The most suppressed technology today is already being revealed, and increasingly so. Buckle up because we’re in for a wild ride into a new dawn for humanity.

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Paul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, founder & director of SHIFT, author, writer, speaker, meditation teacher, life coach, and ambassador for the New Paradigm wishing to provide an integral role in personal transformation and the collective social transformation of humanity. Paul offers private one-on-one holistic life counselling & conscious evolution sessions, via Skype or phone. Paul takes into account all aspects of the hyper dimensional matrix when providing guidance, counselling, and coaching.

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Wired For Tribe

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Nick PolizziGuest Writer

I was walking beneath a huge willka tree in the jungle a few months ago when a shiver of realization ran down my spine. This tree relies on all of its branches, leaves, and roots to interface with the outside environment in a harmonious way in order to survive and thrive. There is no one part that is more important than the other, there is no separation among its many constituents. Every inch of this willka has an important role to play, and the health of the surrounding jungle depends on each tree like this one living in full connection with its neighbours.

We’re not much different than trees in this respect. The system of life-flow that is so essential to a healthy forest also applies to the two-legged mammals that walk the trails carved into its soil, and can be summed up in one word. TRIBE.

To many, this word feels exotic or of a different cultural ilk, but I think it’s time we began to bring the true meaning of tribe back into our modern lives. In today’s world, our connection via the interwebs does loosely match tribe’s definition: a group of people linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties. But for the traditional people of the world, tribe takes place in much closer proximity. It’s the extended family, the community that shares and cares for one another.

In tribal societies, everything is shared: successes, failures, responsibilities, leadership. No single life occurrence is too intense or overwhelming for an individual to handle, because they don’t need to shoulder the burden alone. For the Dagura tribe of Burkina Faso for example, when a death occurs, the entire village joins together in a complex and beautiful grief ritual that lasts for several days. Support for mourners continues long after the death, as grief is seen as a community event.

In tribal societies, success is also shared. No success is too large for one person to contain without their ego exploding, because accomplishments are the result of a group endeavor. For the Enawene Nawe tribe of Brazil, the Yãkwa ritual is a time for the tribe to spend several months fishing along the Amazon River by canoe, smoking the fish before returning to their villages with sustenance to last for months. Everyone wins, everyone celebrates, everyone is nourished.

Here in the U.S., our sense of tribe has largely vanished. Many ship their elders off to Florida or an isolated retirement home. We work our lives away so that we can afford our private houses, individual cars, and gizmos and gadgets that keep us disconnected from each other. Meanwhile, our children are growing up without the wisdom from their grandparents. Kids are left to their own “devices,” and these days, those devices have screens. Many young people have replaced the world with an electronic interface for personal connection.

In order for an organism to function, all of its parts must be intact. If we look at our society as an organism, with the nuclear family at its core, all signs point to an organism that is disjointed and blocked.

No one wants to feel like their lives lack meaning, like many of our retirees do. When tribal folks enter their later years, they make the natural transition from provider to wisdom-keeper. It is their time to emerge as teachers, caregivers for children, and a grounding force for young adults and parents. Their role shifts, but they are just as needed. And children of the tribe have two or three generations of role models, each with their own unique life perspective to bestow.

As a parent, I “see” how important my son River’s relationship with his grandparents is. They teach him a “way of being” that I simply don’t have access to yet. It’s magical and profoundly fulfilling to watch them interact.

This is just a glimpse of what is possible when we humans live in a fully interconnected way. So many of us feel alone and overwhelmed in our lives, even though we have loving friends and family. Could it be that we need to come closer into one another’s lives, and begin to share this human experience in a more meaningful way?

I believe that “tribe” is the prescription for many of the pitfalls in the modern world. But it comes with one price: we need to learn how to be intimately involved with one another again—with our families, with our neighbours, and spreading outward from there.

Over and over nowadays, I hear the same message being echoed: our needs and the needs of our loved ones are not being met. The irony is that our needs are all connected. The need of grandparents to have meaning can be quenched by bringing them closer to the family and their grandchildren. The need of parents to have support and some time for themselves can be accomplished by the same act. Our children’s need for human connection, attention, and mentorship can also be filled by bringing back the tribe.

There are so many inefficiencies in the way we’ve set ourselves up that just don’t make sense. If we are open to their wisdom, the indigenous tribes of the planet and the forest itself have a lot to teach us.

Stay curious, Nick Polizzi.

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Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and editing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick’s current role as director of The Sacred Science documentary and author of “The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path For The Modern World” stems from a calling to honour, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

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The Day I Died – The Dark Night Of The Soul

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Hilde Larsen, Contributing Writer

“Please God, take me. End this suffering. I am done. No more of this. No more of anything. I am done.”

Like it was yesterday, I remember the first day I wanted to die, and meant it.

The despair, the feeling of being so utterly lost and frustrated that the only way out was to let this moment be the ending. The definite end of my life. It was the first of many days like this, a string of minutes, hours and days where my whole being cried for relief.

I was too sick to miss much of my regular life. I was disconnected from the world. I didn’t miss any of it, it seemed too distant. The family barely came to see me, and when they did, they would sit downstairs in the living room. Friends stopped inviting us to events, and none of them came knocking at our door.

From living a life filled with traveling, running my own business, being the center of the party, being the happy, energetic mother, sister, daughter, friend and wife, I became nothing. From being an athletic high heal bad ass do-it-all for everybody, I became nothing. Not for them, not for me. That was my truth. The Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lyme, ulcers and anxiety had me choking on my own life.

It was like the outside disappeared. Everything became silent. My phone stopped ringing, and I resided in a bubble of pain and loneliness. Reading on the Internet, praying, crying and raging. I became my emotions, the anger. I felt hopeless and helpless. I questioned everything. I no longer believed in the medical doctors and their training. I no longer had any hope of recovery. According to the ones that I had put my faith in, there was nothing that could be done to regain my health. Only a life where medication and pain, deformities and disabilities would reign. I was on my own.

“Dear God, please help me. Show me the way to health, please show me the way. I am ready for complete healing. I am ready.”

I experienced what I perceived as a depression. Being naturally cheerful, I was not expecting this. Physical pain I could deal with. It was what I knew. This devastating despair was new to me, and it was tearing me apart. It was like all the lights went out, and all meaning disappeared. It was not apathy, more like a deep soul cry, and a release of everything that was connected to my ego, myself, and my dreams for the future.

I wanted to die, I wanted to be released from my earthly expectations and life. I wanted to move on, to set myself free. I felt trapped, and I wanted to fly. I cried for days on end. Cried for my pain, but also for the whole world. I was crying for all of us that were suffering.

What can I do?

Why am I here?

What kind of life will this be in the future?

How can I save my life?

Why am I alive?

At night, before going to sleep, I used to ask God to take me home. The thought of another day in this body was too much. All I wanted was out, I wanted to go home, and to feel free.

Life became very dark, and my soul cried as I was getting ready to let this all go.

Then I died…

The Dark Night of the Soul.

My life became the darkness. I was no longer alive, only present. I experienced the Dark Night, the death of the ego. The death of my life as I knew it. (A well-known term in the spiritual and Christian literature.) In the midst of my void, I discovered this “normality”. This surge of freedom and clarity. I could sense a meaning to all of my sufferings. I wasn’t going to die, physically, I was going to surrender to death.

It is common to believe something is very wrong when the symptoms of the Dark Night appear. It is normal to feel you are losing your mind even. Feeling stuck in the dark, that there will never be light again.

We feel completely alone, looking for the light, as we are used to running away from the dark. This time we cannot run, it is not possible. It totally swallows us.

The pain we feel is the pain we have tried to suppress for years, decades, and previous lifetimes even. It is now finally coming to the surface to be healed. I had been praying for complete healing, and little did I know that this experience was going to be a big part of it.

The term “Dark Night of the Soul” goes back a very long time, and is always used to describe the collapse of the perceived meaning of life, followed by the feeling of complete meaninglessness and loss of self. In the modern world, we might confuse this experience with what is called depression, but it is not. There is no meaning to anything. Absolutely everything feels meaningless.

The dark night can be triggered by an event in your life. You might lose your job, someone close to you, or have in some way a life-altering experience. Any severe trauma can trigger your reason to embark on such a journey. It will feel like your whole being is collapsing. Like you are shaken out of what you perceive as your reality. The experience will not only change your outer reality but how you look at life in general. There is an awakening happening. A celebration of freedom. A blessing in disguise, and for most so hidden, it can feel unbearable.

The one living the experience will most often not be aware of what he or she is going through. For me, it was profound. It was shredding me to pieces. I was being stripped of everything.

I became completely naked.

I was nothing.

I was NO thing!

I had given up all reasons to hang on to my pain, and I had released my need to fix anything.

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus spoke of traveling the narrow way. This might be seen as the dark night of the soul. The term has been spoken of in many scriptures and connects us to the endless experience of being close to Creation/God, and all that is. It is through the loss of self that one can find the inner truth and the feeling of eternal existence. The type of mental, emotional, or spiritual anguish that is present in the complete darkness, leaves the traveller feeling completely lost and alone.

The death of the ego as we know it.

This is the awakening to something deeper, a sense of real purpose, to true and real passion. It is like a death and a rebirth, where everything that was has now left, and new meanings, new concepts, and a new sense of existence arise. There is a death of the ego, yet nothing really dies except the ego’s own sense of self. A very painful death, and the experience is that of death itself, even though nothing real died, and never will.

It will feel like endless despair and darkness.

This is a part of an awakening process that will leave us stronger and truer to ourselves. More authentic. Once we have gone through the dark night of the soul, and have been “reborn”, we realize that what was let go of was the false sense of self. What died was never real, but we were clinging to it as a part of the illusion of the ego. I remember the time as being completely heart-breaking and mind scattering, yet it has been my most important learning experience as I see it.

Walking through the “dark night of the soul” is a time of spiritual purging and awakening, and a time of inner self-contemplation and total aloneness.

The experience will typically show itself through these patterns:
  • The ego dies, and the sense of self is shattered. It will feel like someone died, as they did, in a sense. The end of one’s identification feels like losing oneself, and that feeling takes one to the deepest darkness. The old self has to die, for the true self to be born.
  • The experience will teach complete aloneness. Through this complete aloneness, one is shown that there is no such thing as being alone. We are all alone, yet we never are. True freedom emerges from losing the need to cling to others, or to feel one has to belong. The realization is that, from feeling content in one’s own company, the love for others becomes stronger. Being alone becomes a beautiful thing, where much clarity is shown. The dependency on others disappears, and the value of meditation and solitude is realized. Being alone becomes a great part of growing and learning, and loneliness will get a whole new meaning. The realization that everything is within us, is true freedom.
  • A new love for life is born. Everything seems brighter, and every life lived seems to be something to celebrate and to learn from. We are all mortal humans, yet we are immortal beings. The humbleness towards life itself becomes greater, and the love for living becomes even more precious.
  • The way we see ourselves in the world changes. We become aware that we are all creators, and that we are not here to impress or to be what we think the world needs. We realize that the world needs people who are in love with themselves and life, and that will live in true passion and compassion. We realize that it is completely up to us, to take responsibility, and to live as the sovereign beings that we are. There is no one to blame, and there never was.
  • The view of the world has changed, so one might feel there are different perceptions on the inside that are conflicting. Living in a world, when one sees the truth and its underlying agendas, can be a struggle. Through working on one’s own values, passions and authenticity, the inner balance will come.
  • The strength from the experience will never leave you, and the newly found inner confidence will affect every aspect of your life. This strength is like no other, as it comes from having “walked through the fire”. You have been tested, and you passed the test. Now, all you have to do is to live the life you know that you deserve. You, we, everyone who has gone through the dark night of the soul, are stronger and more alive.
Like a Phoenix, we will rise from the ashes.

Dear God, please help me. Show me the way to health, please show me the way. I am ready for complete healing. I am ready.”

I am standing in front of the biggest change I could ever imagine. I am going from being a sufferer to a creator. I am laying down my sword to plant seeds instead, seeds of life. I am changing at the core, yet not changing at all. My true self want to shine through, to come to the surface, and for that to happen, all of which is not serving me has to go. Who I really am wants to come forth. Finally, I am shredding what is not the true me. I am ready to throw away the masks. They are too heavy to wear. They are also too many to keep track of. It has been exhausting, and all I want is to be me. Authentically me.

I wasn’t sure of who that me was, but I was willing to find out.

From my experience, I really believe life begins after death, and that we are able to live to the fullest when we no longer fear it. I had been so ready to go, so ready to leave this life, that I felt free from the death trap. I no longer felt the fear of dying. I knew that I was more than a sick body and that I would truly never die. I became more and more fearless, and it was setting my soul free. I started to see death as a part of LIFE and dying as a part of LIVING.

The Dark Night lead to the brightest light I have ever seen, my life-enthusiasm. My purpose and mission. Moving forward I was going to spend every minute of every day walking towards what I knew could be done. I was going to get healthy, no matter what I had to do. I had nothing to lose. I was not afraid to die. My life had stopped as I knew it, and I now chose to find a new path. I had my husband, my children, my friend and I had me. I was blessed and I would do anything to be the best that I could be.

Being a mother is an honour, and I was going to literally do anything to be the mother that my children deserved. I was going to get healthy, no matter what. Period.

I was going to get healthy or die trying.

I realized that at one point, we have to wake up and say: This is it, enough of this crap we see as limitations. I am going for it because I deserve it.

By awakening to who we really are, we are able to let go of everything that has been holding us back. By truly connecting with our inner source, God, and Creation, we are able to effortlessly flow through life with a renewed passion and enthusiasm. This natural passion for living and creating is a part of every breath that we take.

My love for life itself has led me to explore the amazing abundance and love that we are all a part of. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice. Love is the ultimate language of the Universe, and anything not thereof is an obstruction of the flow of life.

Who you really are, and the power you hold within is stronger than any agony or despair. You are worthy of a life in abundance and joy, as you choose to awaken to your true essence. You are amazing, and through letting go of your clutter and old programming you will set yourself free.

My message is – Do not fear the journey towards freedom and the emotional and spiritual upheavals that come with walking your truth. Let it all arise, and let your real authentic self, be born. A freer life awaits, and the day I died is the day that I started living.

“Our lives will represent the rising of the phoenix if we allow it. Out of the fire and ashes of our crash-and-burn lives, we are offered a new beginning… It arises with great power and beauty, undamaged and strengthened by the flames of its self-created fire.” ~ Taking Off The Mask

If you want to know more about my experiences from HELL to Inspired, you can download a free chapter here.

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About the Author

Hilde Larsen, known as ‘the one who Inspires’, is the CEO and founder of inspiredbyhilde.com. She is a certified Health and Mindset Coach, an Author, a Keynote Speaker, Detox Specialist, Raw food Teacher and Life-Enthusiast. Her glowing enthusiasm for health and vitality has the leading role in her work.

Hilde Larsen writes articles, and has her own blog and YouTube channel. She is the author of three published books:From HELL to Inspired’, ‘Know the Truth and Get Healthy’, and No More Bullshit’. She creates online video programs and has her own membership site, The Inspired Members.

Her interest in healing and spiritual growth also led her to become a Reiki Healer. She is highly intuitive and has a strong connection to Mother Earth and the spiritual world.

Born and raised in Stavanger, Norway, she and her husband of 29 years have a second home in Florida, USA. She is a proud mother and grandmother, and a tree-hugger at heart. Called by nature and spirit, she is inspiring many to take back their power, and to live a healthy successful life doing what they love.

Hilde now spends her time traveling between Norway and Florida, speaking, and appearing on different media as the Inspired health and thought leader. She is an authority in her field who has walked her talk. She also values the time with her clients, and her time in nature with her closest family and friends.

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