A New Year's Message
The Eupsychia Process
by Jacquelyn Small
The Greek word we use often for transformation is metanoia, which means 'a change in perspective,' or 'repentance.' It's not an acceptance and repenting of sin, as so often taught in orthodox religion; it's an intense experiential movement toward more and more Self-knowledge. Since we live in a world of duality, everything has its direct opposite. Transformation doesn’t wipe out our negative traits; it recognizes and owns them, and then turns them into their positive counterparts: Subservience becomes humility. The need to dominate others becomes assertiveness or leadership expressed appropriately. Jealousy becomes acknowledgement of a positive quality we possess and are not expressing. Check it out. Examine your foibles and look at each one in its positive light. What were you learning? And be thankful that your shadow reminds you of places where you still need growth. Our intense urge to awaken is all we need in order to be catapulted along this path, with our highest Self in the lead.
When doing transformational inner work, here is an important reminder: It is never good to get stuck in guilt or blaming ourselves for the errors we've made. This just creates more shadow. Instead, we learn to trust the process, recognizing that our commitment to the path will bring us the lessons we need to reveal the blind spots in our psyche -- our still unconscious ways of behaving. As we move along, we realize that everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes in life, even the most enlightened among us. So we simply face and own our erroneous ways with heartfelt honesty. And here's the good news: Often, just making them conscious heals them!
When we examine how we've sometimes run amok, we discover that our errors occurred in our innocence or in some mistaken notion about some aspect of life we didn't know enough about. Temporary shame can be a healing psychic event that helps awaken us. Lingering guilt, however, cripples us and saps our ability to heal.
Here are the 5 basic stages in our journey of awakening when we undergo the procedures of transformational Self-knowledge:
1) We seek, always on the quest for that greater and greater hidden truth. This questing is never forced on us, nor is it bestowed upon us; we must ask... "seek and ye shall find." The quest gives our life meaning. We always remain a seeker so as to continually experience the new and endless depths of Self-knowledge.
2) Because what we seek is really already known deep inside us, we continually find more and more of that which we already are. We discover in our very core there is a Presence that needs to be recognized and affirmed. This is our true Self. We already knew it was there or we would not seek it. The quest is always a greater and greater opening to that which already is.
3) Going within and discovering the very source of our Being, we become troubled by how we've allowed our egos to direct us through life in unconscious ways. We see this as a false self and begin to radically question our ordinary view of life. As an example, when quantum physicists discovered we are both the particle and the wave (in my words, both the ego and the soul), the scientists were disturbed because this does not fit with their logic. We are deeply troubled by having to let go of thinking that we know reality. It's as though our foundation is knocked right out of us, and we feel lost.
4) This eventually leads us into wonder and awe. We marvel as more and more is revealed to us about who we truly are and how life is unfolding. The revelation that comes is the realization that we are One with all that is, that the same Spirit that moves the heavens and earth is the same energy that moves us. Marveling is the beginning of wisdom. There is a resonance between our intelligence and the entire cosmos, of which we are all a part.
5) Now, we can live in the peace of simply being. Our thinking and feeling become united, and we can see beyond any duality into a higher, more unified way of living in this world. We now see ourselves as no longer separate from the world. And we are free from the need for outer authority to tell us how to live. The same energy that moves the stars and mountains moves us. We come into the silence, knowing the kingdom of God is within us, and we live in repose as our true essential Self.
We can 'reign over All' the difficulties in our lives as we practice remembering that we are spiritual beings learning to be human, not the other way around! In the silence of our hearts we meditate on this remembrance. And though we usually don't talk about this openly, we simply keep it in mind, learning to live day-to-day as that one we truly are.