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Waking Up to Your Real Life, Part 1

Posted on: January 3, 2013

~ by Marja West

You are Infinite Loving Awareness and Consciousness having a human experience.

Truly waking up to your real life can be a rude and sobering realisation especially when you expected heaven on earth to welcome you with a huge parade, drummers drumming, trumpets blaring, baton twirlers twirling, and angels singing, “Welcome home, Love!”

There is this bizarre misconception about being “spiritually awake” or “enlightened”—that once you’ve reached that “level” (isn’t this in itself a mistaken notion that enlightenment, or the recognising and embodying your true nature is something to strive for when YOU ARE ALREADY THAT?)—your life will miraculously become perfect—and you will never be in pain again, or be disturbed, you will never have any worries, your issues will disappear, you will never feel sadness or grief, you will never ever experience the burn of anger, rage, frustration or betrayal again, you will be perpetually happy, you will become a gazillionaire without any effort whatsoever, you will travel the world and be welcomed by all cultures and fed exotic yummy food, you will finally have the perfect body—yes, those extra thirty pounds—forget it—gone, along with the cellulite and flab—you will have those hard abs and those perky boobs you were thinking of maxxing out your credit cards to buy that perfect pair so that FOR SURE you will have the perfect relationship with THE ONE, experience with THE ONE the best sex ever, equipped with wet n’ wild orgasms that last for days, and the world will be begging for your attention, kissing your perfect BOOTAY, you’ll be twittered about endlessly, have millions of Facebook “Friends,” become a celebrity so big you will bring about world peace, and that’s just the beginning…

I get inquiries all the time about what the hell it means to be spiritually awake, enlightened, self-realised, etc…  I also get asked to answer the question without all the cosmic-new-agey-love-and-light-mumbo-jumbo bullshit.

Mostly people just come out and ask: “Okay, I’m spiritually awake, now what?” “Give me the practical version, please. Don’t talk down to me; give it to me straight.”

Okay, I’ll give it a go—to be awake or enlightened is to realise that you are a physical expression of the Love Divine-God-Goddess-All-That-Is, expressing as a man or woman, and completely present to Life as Life is happening right now, being in your body, not in your head or mind, and accessing and expressing the full range of human emotion and experience from a place of pure BEING (your true Divine nature as Love, not from your past hurts and programming) through engaging and utilising all seven of your senses on the physical plane—yup all SEVEN OF THEM:

  1. Sight
  2. Smell
  3. Sound
  4. Taste
  5. Touch
  6. Intuition
  7. Receiving-Feminine Principle and Giving/Gifting-Masculine Principle

The truth is living life awake and engaging all of your senses in the Sensual world is ultimately your ticket out of personalised hell on earth—the transition is often like a hard-core roller coaster ride—you can strap yourself in, hang on for dear life, close your eyes tight and pray it’ll all be over soon, or you can raise your hands up in the air and be directed by existence and the moment, flow with life’s ups and downs and twists and turns—screaming all the while, laughing as you experience the immense pleasure from the thrills, and feeling the scary stuff as it occurs, breathing through the upset when you bump up against “wanting off the ride, now” and everything in between.

Enlightenment is the unraveling of everything you’ve ever blindly believed in, and being at peace with life as it unfolds isn’t so easy and elegant, it can be downright messy—all our darkness and triggers and emotional limitations come flying out in all directions to be dissolved by the light and love that you are.  That sounds a bit woo-woo, but it really isn’t.  It’s like airing out a closed room filled with shit, piss and garbage—you can clean out the shit, piss and garbage, but the stench of decay and dying will take some time to dissolve and dissipate.

I love this quote from Spiritual Teacher, Adyashanti:

“Make no mistake about it—enlightenment is a destructive process.  It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.  Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth.  It’s seeing through the façade of pretense.  It’s the complete eradication of everything we’ve imagined to be true.”


We are so trained to be insane by keeping our emotion-mental-mind-body selves “together” and in check, and by identifying with these experiences as proof of our worth or lack thereof. We are so threatened by our feelings in the moment, and by our emotions—all filled with stories of past and future, and by folks disagreeing with us, not giving us what we want—not that we were able to ask directly, right? We pretend we’re not at the effect of our stuff and others, but the truth of discomfort always comes through.  We get triggered by each other’s stuff all the time, even the good stuff.  I once had a friend tell me he couldn’t stand me smiling all the time.  Wtf??

Our bodies down to its cells are like electrical-energetic circuits—and unexpressed or suppressed emotions and traumas carry charge, much like any piece of electronic equipment, even if it’s not plugged in to a power source.  There is capacitance, or stored energy, and you can get shocked and immobilised by its discharge just by “touching” or tuning into it.  It’s easy to stay stuck and in avoidance—by pushing up against something you don’t like, or by identifying with it and being victimised by it.

Once upon a time I taught a beginning electricity-magnetism physics lab and was setting up some exercises for my students.   I always instructed them to approach their units and “touch” the equipment with the backs of their hands, so that if there was a “charge” their body’s reaction would be to pull the hand away from the unit.  Invariably, some of my students were distracted and didn’t hear or get my instructions, and end up getting the “shock” of their lives—pushing up against the unit, rather than pulling away from it.

Facing our deepest, buried emotional-mental stuff is kind of like this.  You can try and avoid feeling, but at what cost to your aliveness.  Feelings in the moment only last a short time, but by avoiding them or suppressing them—feelings become emotional traumas—dramatic stories we repeat again and again.  We are not automatons, although conventional reality does support and encourage a world filled with sleepwalking zombies, so check yourSelves.  Wake up, beloveds.  The world didn’t end; we just needed to turn the page to a new calendar.  Remember who you are! We’re meant to live passionate juicy lives, right? Right!  Bring it…all of it!


Copyright © 2007-2013 Marja West All rights reserved.

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