For a very long time, experiencing mystical, divine, altered states of consciousness was only available to the mediums, priests, gurus and shamans. That is no longer the case, nor will it ever be again. Yes, you can create your individual connection to the divine and directly receive guidance for your life.
And the best thing about it all is that it is not particularly hard, neither does it take a long time – all you have to do is practice meditation, with an open mind, be willing to listen, and have a deep desire and need to reach out beyond the physical.
Dispelling myths about altered states of consciousness
Let me dispel some myths about altered states of consciousness: there is nothing dangerous about these practices – evil only exists in the imagination of men’s minds. If you open your mind, you will not suddenly meet demonic forces. Some of you may agree with me on this point, and that’s fine, I don’t believe that there is. In all my years of practice, that has never occurred. Our imagination can run wild sometimes, which is why working with a teacher or a guide is essential. They can help you distinguish between what is real and what is fantasy.
The types of information that you can get access to by opening yourself up to Spirit in an altered state of consciousness are varied: how to live your life, what the best next decision to make is, why certain people are in your life, and why you are the way you are. This list is not exhaustive. When you take the practice beyond the here, and now you will discover unexpected information.
Then there is the question about who you are connecting with: by practising meditation and entering into altered states of consciousness, you connect with your spiritual self, spiritual guides and the ultimate force. All of this is possible; all you have to do is trust the process, and start devoid of expectations. If you pop over to google and search for spiritual literature, you will find a vast amount of information. I would urge you not to do that – this is going to be your journey. Our minds are powerful storytellers, and we have to let all of that go.
Otherwise, the information we think we receive may be tainted by our imagination, and we do not want that. We want answers to questions that genuinely helps us to live our lives in a better way.
I think we can all agree that there are no short-cuts when it comes to accessing altered states of consciousness. Sure, you can take hallucinogenics such as ayahuasca or magic mushrooms. Still, whether that is a genuine spiritual experience, or whether it sits within the imagination of our physical mind, I’m not so sure.
To summarise, yes, you can practice meditation to enter into an altered state of consciousness to receive guidance for how to live your life and get a deeper understanding of why your life is that way. I said in the beginning that this is not particularly hard, nor does it take a very long time. That is only a half-truth – I can promise that as soon as you begin the practice, your life will change, but you have to keep it up regularly.
I wrote this blogpost after reading Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. They have explored altered states of consciousness from many different avenues. I thoroughly enjoyed that book, I can’t entirely agree with everything they say, but I’m glad that literature exists more in the popular consciousness. As they say in the book, this information has been locked away for too long, but it is now time to look beyond the pale.
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