With this book, I hope to lift the veils of mystery around embodied spirituality and modern mastery. What happens to our minds, hearts and bodies when we allow the alchemical process of self-realization? How does it affect our lives and relationships, and how can we navigate through the dark night of the soul into the dawn of enlightenment? Whilst each path is singular and personal, there are certain tools that I have found helpful on this bizarre adventure. I share these observations, insights, and inspirations, together with in-depth interviews with eight awakened humans, from various cultures, who are walking their paths of self-realization while navigating through modern life. Above all, the purpose of this book is to support the reader in connecting with their inner voice of wisdom and mastery.
For the next week, I will publish a daily extract from the book on this blog, so that you can get a taste of it. Can't wait to share this creation with my readers!
~ The wider you open your eyes, the clearer you see the shadows. And the harder you look at the shadows, the lighter they become. ~
Getting Real About Enlightenment, published by Erik Istrup Publishing, will come out in August 2017:
This August I am co-hosting a tour to Southern France with Romana Ercegovic and Andreja Cepus. We are inviting a group of women to accompany us on this mystical 8-day adventure. You can read more about the event here.
As part of the tour, we will offer channellings from Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary.
I connected with Merit (Mary Magdalene), to ask what she has to say about the tour and what her role will be during the event.
Here is her answer, as channelled through me:
Dear human masters, this is Merit, of Magdalene.
Your journey in August is a creation that you have been preparing for for a long time. And now the time is ready for your adventure.
The group of women who are joining this experience have known the land [of South France] intimately in their past incarnations. It is a land where much expansion and also much conflict took place. It is a land where many hearts were opened, and later many passions buried. Much grief still lingers in the soil and the air of Southern France. And underneath the grief, secrets and dreams remain hidden.
You are living at a very important point in history, at the brink of a new era, though you might not feel the uniqueness of it as you walk through ordinary human life. But indeed you are living at a time when nothing is ordinary: great change is taking place at all levels of society. Even more significant is the era of your inner history. As you very well know, you are entering the era of sovereignty within yourself, the dream of all dreams. It is a point of completion, a point of releasing all the old stories and identities, so that you may step fully into your timeless self, your free self that is not bound by its own history. As you are realizing your spiritual completion, you are departing from your own history. This is just as you have intended it to be. It is a long-awaited relief, a beautiful farewell.
This journey to France is an opportunity to once more feel all those lifetimes and experiences that you’ve lived through here. The lifetime of Yeshua and myself, and the many masters who accompanied us. The lifetimes that came after, of keeping the Christ Consciousness alive, of spreading the teachings. You might miss certain experiences, and fear remembering others. But deep down you know that it is time for all these memories to be integrated. So if you wish, this visit to France will be celebration and a ceremony of letting go – keeping the wisdom and beauty of each experience, and setting the pain and the struggle free. You will be accompanied by me, and Mother Mary, and Yeshua on this journey. And most of all, you will be accompanied by your past incarnations and your inner master.
And when those past incarnations feel the presence of you, this wise, courageous human, something will shift within you. You will remember long-forgotten parts of yourself. You will find the jewels of consciousness that were hidden by your past self, hidden in the walls of caves, in the streams and the wells. Hidden so that you could reclaim them once more, when the time was ready. These gifts of yourself are what some call the mystic teachings, but of course, what they really are, are the fruits of your own experiences.
This journey will be guided by your own self-love, by your knowingness. I will be present, sharing this experience with each and everyone of the participants. But this time, you will each be your own guide. I might, however, send you reminders to enjoy the experience, to feel it with all your senses. To connect with the land, its nature, and its humans fearlessly. To breathe in the beauty of yourself and your creations. To enjoy your own presence sensually, deeply, lovingly. To share the laughter and dance with your fellow travellers. And if, by any chance, you’ve forgotten that you too are a master of love, I ensure you that you will have a full-hearted remembrance of it by the end of our journey.
Until soon, courageous revolutionaries of consciousness. With love, Merit.
Dear reader, I hope to read your comments about the channelling. This is the first channelling I'm sharing on the web, which is quite exciting for me. Also, please check out the event page if you're interested in joining us!
It’s time to melt the ice queens and the drama queens and welcome the soulful conscious queens!
This fall I will be facilitating a weekend-retreat with a dear friend of mine, Romana Ercegovic, titled ‘Becoming the Queen of my Life, Owning my Wisdom’. The queen archetype is more than just a political plea for women to step into leadership roles – as I see it, owning your inner queendom/ kingdom is about personal freedom and so important for any pioneer of consciousness. In this blog I will explore how you can claim back the throne of your empire (your life) and discuss the difference between the selfish diva and the self-loving divine queen. One of the best things of walking the spiritual path is that you realize how life-changing perspectives are. This is why I’d like to invite you on a journey into my definition of conscious queendom – so whenever you are ready, take a deep breath, straighten your crown, and let’s dive into your sovereign domain.
Perhaps the core element of embodying your inner queen is taking responsibility of yourself and your life. We have come to think of responsibility as something dreary and dull. However, if you only take responsibility for yourself and your life (as opposed to trying to save your family, friends and the world), it will open the doors to your freedom; it lifts you from victimhood to victory: When you take ownership of your life (all aspects of it) you are also stepping into your creatorship. The conscious queen observes her life without judgment, and knows that she has the freedom to either accept or change anything that she doesn’t like. If something is out of balance, she can create new solutions and make new choices.
In this way, leadership becomes an internal matter: it has very little to do with your relationship to other people, and is really about your relationship to your aspects: Are your shadow aspects running your life or is your Soul in charge? Do you make choices from a place of fear or from a place of joy? We all have voices in our head, but the conscious queen chooses which thoughts and emotions she identifies with. She chooses who she wants to be, how she wants to live, and what her priorities are regardless of what other people think, say, or do. She literally chooses her reality by choosing her beliefs. Whenever she loses touch of her crystalline clarity, she calls upon her most trusted consultant: her Soul.
Take a moment now to feel the essence of your inner queen. Imagine looking into her soulful eyes, and breathing in her scent of feminine strength. Let her lead you into your very own wisdom. Indulge in your imagination, and ask yourself the following questions:
What does your queen-self look like? How does she walk, breathe and talk?
What does it feel like to be her?
What is her perspective on your life?
What wisdom does she have to share with you?
What is she ready to share with the world?
What makes a person powerful is power, but what makes a person sovereign is Soul-presence. And what makes your life royal is not your position in society, but your consciousness. The minute you honour yourself and everyone else, life will treat you royally.
What happens when “sacred” and “theater” are linked to form one concept? Most of us are used to seeing theater either as a type of performance art, as a creative expression in other words, or as a form of entertainment. Theater, however, has great significance outside of its commercial and even artistic value. Perhaps you have heard of drama therapy, where drama is used as a therapeutic tool with the aim of psychological healing. Sacred Theater, however, is its own paradigm altogether. Here the purpose is to create a setting, an atmosphere, that allows the participants to transcend their everyday consciousness and allow an actual experience of their own sacredness.
This is not a modern innovation. Historians and archeologists have discovered that such practices were part of the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greece, a practice that spanned two millennia. In Eleusis, tools of theater art were used by priestesses and priests as part of the ceremonies where the purpose was to initiate Athenean citizens into higher states of consciousness through the experience of sacredness. Taking part in the Eleusinian Mysteries was not a duty done for the sake of family or society, but a personal choice. Anybody who wished to have an experience of divinity and awakening could participate (after certain preparations) - men, women and even slaves. Many artists, leaders and philosophers are known to have participated, including Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras and Aeschylus. And yet its relevance isn’t confined to a bygone era anymore than yoga belongs to Indian ascetics and history books. Even the master Adamus Saint-Germain has spoken extensively about how we can act our way into enlightenment.
In three weeks’ time, my dear friend Romana Ercegovic, who has received a PhD in dramaturgy and has been researching sacred theater for the past 16 years, is leading a sacred theater workshop in Slovenia, in which I am also taking part by facilitating yoga and deep breathing sessions. I also had the privilege of acting in one of her performances last summer. Yet even for me it is not easy to express in words what sacred theater actually means, because much of the experience takes place on inner levels.
‘Sacred theater’ (also known as ritual theater) is an ancient practice of using the art of theater to connect with deeper levels of our existence and to discover, feel and express our true, divine Self that is normally covered up by layers of stories. Today it is practiced rarely, but there are a few consciousness explorers and theater revolutionaries who are researching its origins and bringing it into the modern era in a new and meaningful way.
Compared to conventional theater, the process of sacred theater is a more organic and intuitive process, in which the actor doesn’t present or pretend a character for the purpose of entertainment, but rather works on embodying the essence of the character and thus reconnects with his or her subconscious aspects. The acting then becomes like channelling one's own archetypes, and eventually one's divinity. The inner world is accessed through silence, playfulness, the imagination and by connecting to nature. Sacred theater is about creating a safe, relaxed space by inviting more of ourselves to be present in the now moment. This allows the participants to feel free to explore their archetypal self and the hidden, forgotten and suppressed parts of themselves which are then expressed through movement, the voice and storytelling.
Why is it important to tell our stories? The idea is that by consciously telling a story, for example the story of a painful experience in life, we perceive the story from outside of that story - from a wider perspective, in other words. This new, more distant perspective then allows us to finally step out of that story, so that we no longer have the subconscious impulse to recycle the same stories over and over again. Consciously telling a story also provides the opportunity to write a new resolution to a perhaps unsatisfactory turn of events. This act of rewriting an experience sends a healing message to our subconscious mind that reminds us of our inherent creator abilities: if we don’t like the experience we are in, we can rewrite our script - because we are not just puppets being played by invisible hands, but indeed we are the actor and the director of our own life.
By consciously enacting a character, an identity, we become the observer of our own identity in addition to inhabiting it from within. Observing our ego/identity/role allows us to become conscious of its limitations and at the same time conscious of a more expanded, deeper reality where we exist beyond that identity. By consciously wearing a mask, we become aware of what lies beneath that mask. Of course, what one discovers is highly personal, but ultimately the purpose of sacred theater is to unmask our essence or divinity.
“Your true Self isn’t higher, it’s underground”
Sacred theater is a space where we can find a voice to express those emotions, aspects, experiences and archetypes that long to be heard. Sometimes an aspect needs to be seen and heard by someone (especially by ourselves) before it is ready to return to a place of balance. In sacred theater we perform so that we can see ourselves in a new light - we play the role of the actor and of the audience.
Sacred theater is a stage where we can explore yet unexpressed dimensions of ourselves. For example, someone might want to explore what it means to be vulnerable, or what it would be like to express themselves with complete authenticity. It is the perfect setting for observing how we manage our energy, for practising how to set healthy boundaries in our interactions or how to express our needs. We can play with the themes of distance and intimacy, sovereignty and connection not just between ourselves and other people, but also to get in touch with deeper parts of ourselves. The stage then becomes a space where one can rehearse new approaches in a safe manner, before bringing them directly into the fast-paced and more challenging stage of “real life”.
Sacred theater is a process where the focus in not on the outcome of the project, but rather on the joy of expressing oneself freely and on releasing old limitations and inhibitions. It provides an opportunity for sensually feeling the moment rather than analysing, judging or labelling the experience. Sure it is an intense process of diving into the underworld of our psyche, nothing short of Persephone's journey of self-transformation, but it is also joyful and creative and heart-opening. And I can assure you that it is even more fun as an experience than it is on paper!
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” William Shakespeare
From Romana Ercegovic's performance 'Persephone - a Story of Self-Love', 2016
Musician: Tina Sovič
Photography: Boris B. Voglar
Costumes by: Simona Čudovan
To read more about Romana and her work, visit: http://www.romanaercegovic.com/novice/7-day-ritual-theater-workshop/
To find out how theater can be used to teach kids about consciousness, self-love and energy management, visit: http://www.consciousnesstheater.com/