What is Higher Consciousness and How we can access it?

Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.
Amit Ray

When we speak of higher consciousness, what we are referring to is the activation of the part of our brain which we typically do not access, at least not for lengthy periods of time. As human beings, we spend most of our lives functioning in states of lower consciousness, where what we are principally concerned with is ourselves, our survival and our own success, narrowly defined.

When you operate from your higher consciousness you are working from outside of lower consciousness, also referred to as the ‘ego’. When we function from the ego, we tend to be more self involved and self focused as individuals. When we are working out of higher consciousness, we access the parts of our brain that make us more self aware, less selfish, and we display more empathy, compassion and kindness. We act from love rather than from fear.

Higher consciousness is a huge triumph over the primitive mind which cannot envisage any such possibilities. Ideally, we would be a little more alive to the advantages of this higher mind and strive to make our oceanic experiences somewhat less random and less clothed in unnecessary mystery.

In a fast paced world which can appear to be driven by ego and fueled by technology, fame, material possessions and status; moments accessing the higher consciousness within us is necessary for balance both individually and collectively.

It is within this type of introspection that we gain insights into ourselves and indeed others that would perhaps have gone long unnoticed. When we actively seek to understand ourselves in this way, we are open to see the thoughts and belief systems that we have running in the background of our minds, which are allowing decisions and choices to be made unconsciously that perhaps don’t serve us.

How can we access Higher Consciousness?

There are two very clear ways to access your higher consciousness- intention and stillness (Meditation).

By setting the intention to access your this part of your brain, you are immediately creating the space for it to happen. Once you have the space and the intention, next you need stillness (Meditation). In the beginning stages of this practice you do not need to sit for hours in meditation, you could try for 5 minutes at a time. Simply sit, breathe deeply and hold that intention of opening up a dialogue with your higher consciousness. Pay attention to what you see in your minds eye. Do not attempt to label anything, just be.

If you practice every day, you will start to notice that your access to your higher consciousness will sharpen more and more. Your instincts will become sharper, you may start to feel happier and more clear in your mind, you may even start to notice that your intuition around certain things is stronger than it was.

All of these things point to an open awareness and a genuine connection to your higher consciousness. A pretty great skill to have don’t you think?

So, Try it today!

Namaste!

Samadhi

What is Samadhi? Samadhi is derived from the Sanskrit, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Its most basic definition implies a complete state of concentration. Simply stated, samadhi is the mind’s ultimate state of being; it is enlightenment and the preliminary state to nirvana. A perfect union of the individualized soul with infinite spirit. A state of oneness; complete absorption.

Many a times, samadhis or exotic experiences of consciousness are equated with Self realization. Self realization for sure is not some samadhi as we typically understand it, nor some super exotic state of consciousness. Self realisation is simply being aware of awareness or abiding as awareness on effortless basis. This awareness is not created at the time of awakening but gets acknowledged concurrent with destruction of ego. The ‘oh‘ or ‘wow‘ after Self realization is wondering for missing this simple awareness, which while always present, never gets acknowledged during life with ego.

Self realization is often thought of as exalted state of samadhi, needing intense practise of meditations.
Constant discipline and daily meditation practice help each of us to rise up and break the old patterns and habits. While we might not attain samadhi in this lifetime, we are certainly better off and more evolved as humans when we practice meditation.

Finally, as you grow, remember to treat yourself with compassion, love, understanding, and forgiveness. You will fail, fall back into your old patterns, and forget what you’ve learned—that is inevitable. Always remember your own divinity. Remember that you are filled with absolute love and nothing less. And most of all, remember that’s it’s a journey and not a destination.

Namaste Om.

Rebirthing Meditation

The subconscious is the “storehouse of misery”. The reason we suffer and we cannot get out of old habits of negativity is that the subconscious is overloaded. Rebirthing meditations help unclog the subconscious so that your “home within yourself” will shine and be purified. “A stinking subconscious blocks every happiness in life. If your subconscious is totally cleared and clean you’ll be a lot happier and more effective than you are today”. One of the meditation that helps to clear our negativity in our subconscious is the Mountain Meditation. By picturing in your mind’s eye as best you can the most beautiful mountain that you know or have seen or can imagine. Just holding the image and feeling of this mountain in your mind’s eye, letting it gradually come into greater focus. 

By becoming the mountain in our meditation practice, we can link up with its strength and stability and adopt it for our own. We can use its energies to support our energy to encounter each moment with mindfulness and equanimity and clarity. It may help us to see that our thoughts and feelings, our preoccupations, our emotional storms and crises, even the things that happen to us, are very much like the weather on the mountain. We tend to take it all personally but its strongest characteristic is impersonal. The weather of our own lives is not to be ignored or denied. It is to be encountered, honoured, felt, known for what it is and held in awareness. And in holding it in this way, we come to know a deeper silence, and stillness, and wisdom. Mountains have this to teach us and much more if we can come to listen.

Incorporating lovingkindness meditation as part of the rebirthing meditation supports our awareness practices too. Lovingkindness meditation also helps to align and heal us mentally, physically and emotionally.  

So the next time you do rebirthing meditation which is mainly breath works, try incorporating Mountain and Lovingkindness meditation into it and notice how the effects are benefiting you.

Till the next time.

Channelling: Voices from Within

Channeling is a powerful means of spiritual unfoldment and conscious transformation. As you channel you build a bridge to the higher realms — a loving, caring, purposeful collective higher consciousness, the All-that-Is, or the Universal Mind…. Channeling involves consciously shifting your mind and mental space in order to achieve an expanded state of consciousness.

To achieve this expanded state of consciousness, channelers usually meditate, trying to break free of worldly influences and tune in to a higher consciousness. They may imagine themselves seeking out specific spirits of the dead, or they may be contacted, apparently unbidden, by some unknown force that wishes to communicate.

With these myriad spiritual energies surrounding us all the time, it is of greatest benefit to hear the lessons they are offering us which will aid and ease our human experience.

Some channelers have been proven frauds who pretend to contact the dead for fame or fortune, though most people who channel sincerely believe that some unseen spirit uses their bodies as a vessel to dispense truth and wisdom. In the end, there is nothing pathological about channeling, but nor is it an unexplained conduit to another dimension.

Till the next time

13th Feb 2016 Connective Session: Perspectives

With the Live Connective musical notes played by Katherine, we started checking out what lies ahead of us in the next 15 days with the help of our tarot cards through our healing music meditation

We all have our own personal path in life.

Our careers, our relationships, our spiritual path , our goals, our friendships , our material needs… Each decision we make is unique to ourselves.

But if there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that no matter how different our paths may be, we’re all ultimately aiming for the same thing…

To experience more happiness and bliss.

But what elements of our lives contribute most to our happiness?

In 1960, Jung was interviewed by journalist Gordon Young, who asked, “What do you consider to be more or less basic factors making for happiness in the human mind?”
Jung answered:
“1. Good physical and mental health.
2. Good personal and intimate relationships, such as those of marriage, the family, and friendships.
3. The faculty for perceiving beauty in art and nature.
4. Reasonable standards of living and satisfactory work.
5. A philosophic or religious point of view capable of coping successfully with the vicissitudes of life.”
I find that the more mindful I am about happiness, the happier I become. Take the five factors Jung outlined above. By deliberately seeking to strengthen those elements of my life, I make myself happier.

In the second part of our soul nourishment, we were offered a meditative “meal”. This meditative meal is prepared by an Old Friend. Who is this Old Friend? Well, some of us called this old friend “ My Soul , A more matured and wiser ME” , An old man and even the previous life soul….” all these names are merely “Names”… Names are not important, what’s important are the essence of these “names” – these “Forms.” 

After this meditative meal, Katherine hopes that all of you gained a new perspective of yourself.
Most of us struggle with seeing things from a different perspective. And many of us have to really work to view ourselves in a new light or give ourselves positive feedback. Kath hopes that by sharing this meditative “meal”, it will make it easier for you to pat yourself on the back and widen your horizons. It certainly has for me.

Namaste! Till our next gathering.

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Who we are and What we do?

Our twice monthly Soul Nourishment Gatherings are categorised into four parts:

  1. The Awakening Series
  2. The Re-Alignment / Re-Imprinting Series
  3. The Power Booster Series
  4. The Integration Series

Katherine is committed to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness. This consciousness transformation arises through the integration of ancestral wisdom, which mirrors the evolutionary teaching of life itself. This is done in a supportive environment where people can voluntarily immerse in a guided process of self-realization.

The tools, practices and rites of passage that are cultivated within the sacred container of such a process allow each individual to resolve their cultural conditioning and uncover their unique existential qualities, talents and skills. From this realization, new ways are uncovered of harmoniously channeling and cultivating these gifts within a social community setting.

Being supported in the actualization journey of one’s true self while simultaneously supporting others reflects the symbiotic quality of Nature, which we are all a part of. This is a core value of Katcova. Being a conscious, responsible, open-hearted human being in a human body is the key to the blossoming of life on our planet.

 

Guided Past Life Stepping Stones Regression Meditation

Each person who is on their Spiritual pathway will understand that as time passes by our pathways tend to take different turnings and we are led in all different kinds of directions.  When this happens our eyes tend to be opened to all different kinds of things or we look at things differently to how we had done.  In a sense it is like seeing the world for the first time, when you begin you may take faltering steps but with some support and understanding you become sure footed and begin to find your way.

Past life meditation can be profoundly life changing both positive and sometimes negative. Memories of past lives are believed to be buried deep in the mind requiring trained focus to open these insight channels of the brain. Once unlocking this door you will be presented with a gallery of images depicting people, scenery, events, pictures of yourself either male or female, sometimes sounds will occur and often an emotion will arise. You may see and hear people talking, a particular region of the world you are in may be apparent and you may also become aware of the year.

Past life meditation is an advanced form of meditation. To believe you will be rewarded with results immediately is futile. Practicing daily will lead slowly to a rewarding progression of insights into your past lives. Keeping a diary to record all the information and sensations you experienced during the meditation will help you to identify themes and patterns. The meditation experience will also reward you with an overwhelming sense of peace, relaxation and comfort.

I would suggest that after each past life meditation, do a tarot reading on Past Life to give more insights.

Below is a video clip, that i thought might be useful for anyone who are not available with a Past Life Meditation CD.

Namaste Om.