Recently, a client stood in the doorway of my office on her way out of a session. We were discussing briefly her experience, and things happening in her life.
We had done several sessions together over the previous half a year, and things were changing in really positive directions for her: more confidence, less self-doubt, more independence and clarity in relationships, a greater sense of her own self-worth, and more. Encouraging results from just two sessions over five months!
She paused and asked me, "is this normal?"
I get this question all the time. Perhaps at almost every other session, and many of the meditation classes I offer. It's such a natural curiosity: we want to feel that our intangible, invisible experience which seems so profound to us is something relatable, something safe, and something good.
I responded that in one sense, YES! Her experience of questioning her reality, her perceptions, and her own "story" which had held her back in the past --- these were all normal side effects of doing a few healing sessions. But what is NOT normal about the big picture here is that to be interested in such changes, a person has to be in a process of awakening.
Somebody who is ASLEEP is not going to seek out healing sessions. They are not going to be inspired to learn meditation. The majority of humanity lives in slumber, and this is neither bad nor good. It just is.
Awakening is a strange thing. It is curious and unpredictable when viewed from our human perspective. It seems to follow rules beyond our comprehension, but it also seems to reward us with a deeper sense of knowing, connection, and fulfillment which we know we did not have before.
When we are asleep, and have not experienced awakening, the world is unquestioned. Our thoughts generally dwell in a single dimension that is like a faint daydream in comparison with the awakened senses and awakened mind.
When we are asleep, our actions seem predetermined, programmed, and predictable. We know the story and the characters of our life, and we watch the same movie over and over again. Life goes on and on and if we don't wake up, one day we grow old and die without ever noticing the range of choices we really had.
Without attaching any judgment to that kind of a life path, let's look at something quite different: a life where for some unknown reason, a person chooses to wake up. How is this even possible?
A life of somebody who is waking up has a very different flavor to it. It becomes increasingly multidimensional, as the individual begins to realize they are composed of much more than this earthly flesh and monkey mind.
Psychic awareness and experiences of a world of energy begin to take shape, often gradually and in fits and starts.
Connection with the natural forces of the world begins on a level of pure consciousness. The world becomes more alive.
You begin to know there are layers upon layers of possibilities to how you could choose to be, think, feel and act.
Along the path of awakening, many teachers come into your life to show you and remind you of what you have always been and known within yourself. These teachers take many forms -- relationships, work situations, friends, instructors, pets, books, seminars, setbacks, gifts, challenges and much more.
Eventually, if you don't fall off the path of awakening by getting disillusioned that your newfound awareness has not yet created enlightenment, you begin to mature spiritually and deepen your curiosity of how this whole awakening journey actually operates.
It is at this crucial juncture that you may encounter a true Mystery School. If you choose to step forward on the path of initiation, you plant yourself firmly in the gateway for higher knowing, and in so doing, nothing will ever be the same. If you do encounter a true Mystery School at this point in your awakening, chances are it has something to offer you whether you believe it or not.
Before physical initiation into a true mystery school, awakening is essentially haphazard. It can be beautiful, but some people want a more reliable, accelerated, proven path.
As a Mystery School initiate, if you follow the path of progression and use the ancient tools you are handed down -- tools which have been used since the beginning of humans on this planet -- you come to know who you really are.
As you change yourself through true self-knowledge, you will become empowered to make profound change on planet Earth.
If this inspires you, perhaps Mystery School could be of service in your awakening.
Jordan Bain is a Senior Guide, Healer and Teacher with the Modern Mystery School. He works tirelessly to assist others in their self-knowledge, healing, and life purpose. "If everything were to suddenly stop in your life tomorrow, where would you be? Would you be living in your joy? Would you be able to create a brand new life for yourself from scratch? Do you know yourself and your purpose enough to guide yourself on the right path for you?" These are essentials Jordan helps people move into and answer for themselves. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two french bulldogs.