September 01, 2019
Soul Work, the Evolution of Consciousness
We understand, intuitively, that the soul is the deepest aspect of our being. When we have been emotionally wounded we feel it is “sick”. Sometimes this manifests as physical sickness as well. To heal our soul is not just a lighthearted jaunt though a well groomed garden, plucking dead blooms from their stocks, it is hacking through the densest, darkest, jungle to find our light again. It’s looking into the abyss of who we truly are, claiming the darkness these wounds have generated, and its reclaiming our divinity.
As our souls heal, by our transcending and integrating our dualities, they evolve. In the Andean traditions this is called increasing our state of ayni, our highest state being when we are congruent with Source. It doesn’t work to emphasize our light aspects, while burying our darkness through negation, that fuels more separation and duality. It is about taking ownership of what we externalize. Whatever we perceive happening outside is happening inside first. Perhaps we are in scarcity, for example. Were we cursed by some angry or jealous family member, or is it because we are unconsciously punishing ourselves for things we have not yet forgiven ourselves for? Perhaps we are blocking abundance because we are uncomfortable receiving, or we believe we are unworthy or undeserving. We cannot heal when we externalize these problems, putting them at the feet of others, instead of owning them.
The job of the energetic healer is to hold space for us to dig in and find these unconscious things that keep us separate from our light. No one can talk us out of our wounding, nor can they remove the perceptions we run, based on them. Only we can. We all have the capacity to heal, within ourselves. We are the ones who decide if today is the day to let it go. It may not be conscious, but if we are feeling blocked, it’s there. Our healer’s job is to help us locate it within. We lose sight of this in a culture spinning with superstition and conspiracy theories, making everyone a victim.
The perspective of the Andean Mystics is that we generate heavy energy, or hucha, by being in conflict with ourselves. Even when it is in reference to our exchange with another, it is our reaction to them that is generating the hucha, not them. We are in fear of them, or of ourselves. Healers that collude with the victim perspective are keeping their clients in a place of disempowerment. Their job, instead, is to help these dark unconscious conflicts come up to the light so they can be processed, resolved, and integrated. By inviting us to experience infinity, or timelessness, instead, we remember who we are as essence and can see where we have created our own perceived darkness. Instead of running from practitioner to practitioner, getting energetic barnacles removed, we can settle into experiencing our whole state, and see why the barnacles are there in the first place.
Unlike the current western medical paradigm that focuses on symptom relief, or physical barnacle removal, soul work is about transcendence, about changing the state of consciousness that binds us to our fears, generating the hucha, or the dense energies some practitioners pick up on as “dark.” Soul work goes to the root cause, to the wounding itself, and resultant limited beliefs. As we integrate, we evolve, and our state of ayni rises. Waving sage and feathers over us, clearing our hucha, or assigning us a spirit animal may be part of the process, but the real work is getting in the trenches of the unconscious. When we can take ownership of how our wounded perceptions create our experiences, we evolve. There is no magic pill to take here, this is the deep work of the soul!
Christina Allen, Shamanic Healer, Teacher, Founder and Director of the Austin Shamanic Center, combines a strong science background (BA Physics, MS Neuroscience) with decades of applied ancient spiritual wisdom (Master Yogi, Reiki Master, Shamanic Healer, based, in part, on traditions the Andean Mystics of Peru). ASC offers profound Shamanic Self Development Workshops, professional trainings, and personal healings. Learn more at www.AustinShamanicCenter.com.
© Austin All Natural, September 2019