As souls, we come to Earth to have a human experience, each one of us seeking to learn different lessons and meet different people. We are all on different paths, and for those of you in relationships, you may notice that your own path differs from that of your partner’s. Do you feel more spiritually evolved than your partner? And if so, what does that mean?
Thinking You’re “More Spiritual” Than Others May Indicate…
Thinking you are more spiritually evolved than another being may be an indication that you need to work on your own self-growth. This mindset can create division between yourself and others, an illusion that does not reflect your inner Divine presence. Part of becoming “more spiritually connected” is practicing non-judgement. If you find yourself judging others about their “level of spirituality,” that may be your Higher Self encouraging you to do more inner work. We are all a reflection of one another, so by perceiving others as less spiritual, perhaps that’s your soul’s way of telling you you need to gaze inward more.
There is also a common belief that once you “become a spiritual being” you need to show it through meditation, yoga, veganism, and other modalities. Even though these practices have aided me in my personal development, that doesn’t mean they’re required for spirituality. Plus, there is no such thing as “becoming a spiritual being” because we are all inherently spiritual beings. If you think you’re more spiritually evolved than your partner, that could be your ego talking and what is ultimately putting stress on your relationship.
For example, four years ago I adopted a plant-based diet, ultimately fuelling my interest in spirituality. I immediately started to encourage my former partner to eat vegetarian/vegan because I thought it would help him in the same ways it helped me. It took me a long time to understand how, in some ways, that negatively affected my relationship with my partner. We need to accept the fact that there is no right or wrong when it comes to connecting with your Higher Self. We are all on our own spiritual journeys and there is no “one path towards enlightenment.”
Fostering A Healthy Relationship While Pursuing Different Paths
There is a false notion that’s common within the New Age Spirituality movement: you shouldn’t maintain relationships with people who don’t hold the same spiritual beliefs as your own. You don’t need to abandon old relationships; in fact, you may find that you’ll learn even more from them than you will from more like-minded people. In terms of your relationship, keep in mind that you don’t need to share your thoughts or impose knowledge onto your partner. By focusing on your personal growth and raising your own vibration, you raise the vibration of the collective, and in particular, the vibration of those closest to you.
My former partner and I were together for four years. Over the course of our relationship, we both changed immensely. Our values, our beliefs, and our interests changed radically over that time period; however, we maintained a loving and healthy relationship by always being open-minded and not imposing information onto each other. Don’t get me wrong, we both taught each other a lot and exposed one another to new ideas constantly, but we also understood that we weren’t always ready to accept knowledge at the same time as each other. We expressed many of our beliefs, but also knew when to keep quiet, ultimately allowing us to grow together instead of apart.
Maybe You Are More “Spiritually Evolved” Than Your Partner
To be clear, I believe we are all following our true paths and that there is no correct definition of spirituality. However, if you are struggling with the fact that you and your partner are going down different roads, these are some of the qualities I’ve observed in people I believe to be in alignment with their spiritual paths:
- Loving, compassionate, and kind
- Willing to talk about anything (including darker subjects)
- Educated (not necessarily conventional education, but rather a deep curiosity about the universe and society)
- Not ego-centric
- Doesn’t equate success with finances
- Altruistic and generous
- Great listeners
- Practice detachment
- Honesty (this includes being honest with themselves)
- Doesn’t shame you for feeling emotional extremes, particularly the negative ones (I see this a lot in New Age Spirituality, as there’s a stigma surrounding negative emotions. If there was something truly wrong about feeling emotions, our souls wouldn’t have chosen to incarnate into a human body with such a broad emotional spectrum)
It’s okay to be in love with someone that doesn’t embody all of these qualities; in fact, it’s beautiful. However, if you’re bothered by the fact that your partner lacks one or more of these qualities or you’re working towards attaining these and your partner is not, then perhaps you need to reconsider your relationship.
How To Deal With Letting Go Of Your Partner
Thinking you’re more spiritually evolved than your partner could also be intuition, a sign that your soul is telling you to move on from your partner. People come in and out of our lives for a greater purpose, each one teaching us an important lesson. If you recognize that your partner has fulfilled his/her purpose in your life, then it’s okay to let that person go. Appreciate the fact that you shared your relationship and learned from it, but also have the strength to let your partner go if the time comes. If you choose to end your relationship, or alternatively, if you’re on the receiving end of a break-up, try to put yourself in your partner’s shoes. Empathy can be one of our greatest allies in navigating through perceivably dark times. Understanding why you and your partner are no longer serving each other can also be helpful in accepting a break-up.
During the last few months of our relationship, my former partner voiced his uncertainty about our future, which I had difficulty understanding until I tried perceiving our relationship through his eyes. Once I stepped into his position, I could finally grasp why he felt this way and I knew in my heart that letting go of him was the best decision for both of us. Instead of using the term break-up, we referred to our separation as a sabbatical. This made our “sabbatical” easier because it wasn’t meant to be a termination of our friendship or the innate love we feel for one another. We both appreciated each other and were grateful for how much we learned from our relationship, but ultimately we knew that the romance aspect of it was no longer serving either of us. By empathizing with one another and trusting that the universe would guide us on our own paths, we ended our relationship as beautifully as it started and are still good friends.
We all define spirituality differently and you may find that your own definition changes as you grow. If someone has different beliefs than you, recognize the beauty in individuality and duality. Remember, sometimes love can block us from knowing when to let go of our partners and other times the ego blinds us from seeing our partner’s true beauty. Regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, know that the love you share with another person can also be fuelled within yourself.
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” — Rumi
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Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn: Clearing Old Blockages
We are having a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 5th in most of the world, and on the night of July 4th in the Americas. Similarly to the Full Moon that occurred a month prior, it will be a penumbral eclipse which only has a subtle shade on the Moon. It will be visible (weather permitting) wherever it will be nighttime in part or all of its duration. This includes most of North America, most of Africa, Western Europe, parts of Central Europe, New Zealand, and all of South America.
This is the third of three eclipses occurring back to back, with this one following a more powerful annular Solar Eclipse in Cancer during the recent Solstice and a penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th. This one is also the last of a series of Eclipses occurring in the Cancer-Capricorn axis which began in 2018. This specific eclipse season marks the transition into the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity.
Eclipses reflect evolutionary changes in specific areas of our lives which can play out over the following 6 months and can begin up to 6 weeks prior. However, they are also part of a 1.5-2 year process in which the Lunar Nodes and most Eclipses are in the same signs. The changes that occur are connected to the sign they are in, the planets they are configured to, and how this all lines up with our individual astrological blueprint.
Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn
This eclipse is the final one of a process in which we have been experiencing a collective recalibration in how Cancer and Capricorn energies are expressed. This slightly began in summer of 2018 but kicked in more strongly later that year and in 2019.
This eclipse puts an emphasis on Capricorn themes as it is near the South Node which has recently entered Sagittarius. This indicates changes associated with Capricorn that can have a decreasing effect in how its energies are expressed, however, negative expressions of this sign can also come up more so to bring it to our attention.
The shifts that could occur, both challenges and developments, are more about changes or what we need to let go of, in relation to the energies of Capricorn to help facilitate a different balance with Cancer. Capricorn energies and aspects of life can be more constructive when they are expressed towards a Cancerian focal point. The areas of life in which it manifests also depends on how it is interacting with your natal astrology chart/blueprint.
Capricorn is the sign of ambition, career, duty, business, achievement, responsibility, discipline, mastery, and authority. It can be calculated, strategic, practical, orderly, conservative, realistic, authoritative, controlling, cautious, and worldly. It is a social climber and concerned with status. It is also associated with governing and banking structures with this eclipse opposing the Sun of the United States, similarly to 1982 and 2001 in the months before 9/11.
Negatively, Capricorn energy can be serious, cynical, cold, unrelenting, and seek power over others. It can be overly focused on work and/or materialism while creating an imbalance with emotional, personal and domestic areas of life which is where the focal point has been considering previous North Node eclipses in Cancer.
Lunar Eclipse Near Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction
Now and in recent weeks, Jupiter and Pluto (also in Capricorn) are in their second exact conjunction of 2020 which is strong until July 10th, but gets triggered by the Sun from July 13th-16th. However, this energy is a part of the backdrop until late in the year with this eclipse highlighting it as well.
As mentioned in previous articles, this energy can be revealing of hidden matters or perhaps issues connected to abuse, control, manipulation, obsessions, shadows, or power dynamics. However, it can also be a time of acquiring deeper perspectives and can have transformational potential as well. Considering that this is a South Node eclipse, it can be a time of releasing or changing negative qualities of this energy.
Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is not too far from these planets in the same sign. The combination of the three (especially Saturn-Pluto) in close proximity reflects the heavy energy of 2020. Saturn brings a level of seriousness and minimizes the expansiveness of Jupiter with restrictions and limitations, especially as Saturn rules the sign that they are both in.
Lunar Eclipse Square Mars-Chiron, Trine Uranus, and Sextile Neptune
Mars in Aries is approaching Chiron which will be exact around July 13th and 14th. This is also in a T-square with the Full Moon Eclipse (and Mercury Retrograde) carrying its themes for an extended period. This reflects similar energy in the lunations of previous months.
Mars’ conjunction with Chiron (configured to the eclipse) can reflect action and assertiveness that is healing, integrating, bridging, whole-istic, unorthodox, and addressing wounds. With it being in Aries, it could be connected to identity, individualism, or individuality. It can also be about addressing negative expressions of Mars such as anger, aggression, or abuse.
The square to Mars can play out as conflicts, competitiveness, and intensity. We have already been seeing this on a collective level as the eclipse a month prior was also in a square with Mars. In the following 5-6 month window of this current eclipse season, Mars will be going retrograde which reinforces the energy of these Mars flavoured eclipses.
This eclipse is in a trine with Uranus in Taurus which can be innovative, inspiring, original, revolutionary, rebellious, and good for shaking things up. It is also in a sextile with Neptune, although this isn’t too strong, it can be supportive in a compassionate, creative, spiritual, or idealistic way.
Mercury Retrograde, Venus in Post-Retrograde Shadow
Mercury has been retrograde since mid-June and will be going direct a week following this eclipse. It is in Cancer reflecting a time of adjustments and re-orientations around home/domestic life, family, security, land/property, emotional comforts, caregiving, and emotional connections with others. As it begins to move forward in the days after July 12th and over the following weeks, we may see that we are proceeding in an adjusted way around Cancerian matters or developments that have come up since early June.
Venus ended its retrograde on June 25th and we are now in a time in which we are progressing differently around Venus ruled areas that have been playing out since the first half of April. It can be connected to relationships, love, values, social dynamics, desires, worth, aesthetics, art, or perhaps financial matters.
Things To Consider
What have been some of the major themes for you over the past 1.5 years and what are they leading you towards? What area(s) of life do you need to let go of negative ways of expression? differently? What aspects of your ambitions do you need to release? Where should you be applying yourself in a healing way? Are there fragmented parts of your life that should be integrated to bring more harmony into your life? How can you achieve this?
These are just some examples of what can be playing out for you but not limited to these either. Keep in mind that the themes of this specific eclipse will play out until the Fall. It is best to try to tune into this energy as it happens and pay attention to your feelings to help you in decisions you need to make in the future.
The two weeks following this eclipse can be a good time to initiate any sort of releasing process if you feel necessary. The eclipse begins at 3:07am Universal Time on July 5th with it peaking at 4:30am and finishing at 5:52am. The Moon begins to wane after 4:44am GMT. You can click here to see when the peak will be in your time zone.
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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’
- The Facts:
Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.
- Reflect On:
There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.
The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.
I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.
I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.
Moving Beyond A Key Myth
One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.
When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.
Change Starts Within.
This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.
What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.
If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.
Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.
Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.
Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.
You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.
The ‘War’ On Consciousness
This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.
What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.
The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.
If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.
However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.
Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.
Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity
- The Facts:
It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.
- Reflect On:
How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?
It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.
Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.
Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.
Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!
When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.
I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.
I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.
At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.
This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.
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