Well, it’s that time of year – the beginning of a new one – when it feels like changes for the better may actually be possible. When it seems like there may be something we can do differently, some way we can improve things a little. Perhaps it’s just a convenient time to make promises to ourselves – New Year’s Resolution time. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to change anything, does it? But what if, with no huge effort on our part other than just a little shift in our point of view, we may dramatically change practically everything for the better? What if we could give ourselves a whole new orientation that would simplify and clarify our experience of life?
My best resolution may be to leave my body (again).
Most of our problems, most of the things we wish we could change for ourselves, are obstacles that we’re usually creating ourselves. We all know that already. Problems that pop up again and again and prevent us from reaching what we want or being what we’d like to be. But what might those obstacles look like if they weren’t right in front of us again, blocking our view and dictating our direction? What if we saw them from across the room? Or could look down on them, like a bird looking down from above? They probably would look like nothing much because, in truth, they usually are nothing but the constructions of our human minds.
Our human minds are very insistent mechanisms. They want us to believe everything they say is true. They want us to believe that we are our thoughts. But we’re not. We’re something else. Otherwise, how could we notice how crazy our thoughts can be? How could we say to ourselves I don’t even want to think about that and then not think about that?
You Are Not Your Thoughts
In Hinduism, there is a Sanskrit word sakshi which simply means the witness and it’s a simple idea. It’s an idea that you can assume as your own, because it’s about who you really are – apart from the demands of your rambling thoughts. Sakshi can suddenly shift your perception – your perspective – because it’s the witness that pays little or no mind to your mind. It applies no labels or judgments to what it observes. It’s the simple, pure awareness that looks upon all things with a graceful acceptance, with an objective compassion, as an intuitively analytical eye. Imagine being so cool! Now imagine it a little harder…
I had the mixed (but good) fortune of surviving multiple near-death experiences, and the first was in the classic out-of body motif. I looked down on the auto wreck and witnessed my own body, unconscious and apparently lifeless. Naturally, I suggest you avoid this scenario, but it was instructive. When I think about it now, I engage my memory, but I also engage my imagination – and you can do that, too.
Accessing the Sixth Sense
Imagine yourself outside of your body, being your pure self, unencumbered by the insistent designs and definitions of your mind. From there, you can look down on the limiting definitions your mind imposes on the huge potential of life; the power that’s so easily handed over to your old fears. From that point of view as the objective spiritual entity that you actually are, the world looks much simpler, much clearer. We experience what in Latin is called sub specie aeternitatis, the actual eternal nature of our pure self. The aspect of being that you may think of as an intuitive sixth sense and as a real, spiritual quality that we all as members of the human species possess.
When you identify yourself at that level, where your inner self and the rest of the universe are unified, the problems and obstacles of your life on Earth carry much less weight and power. For example, the guy at work who’s always in your face loses the label antagonist and is observed as simply demonstrating his need to express the demands of his own experience to anyone and everyone – not just to you. In fact, much less seems like it’s happening to you. It’s only happening for you, and because it must.
Becoming a Disembodied Spirit
With this simple change in perspective, you immediately gain a tolerant and empathetic consciousness, an acceptance of people as they are – and of the world – as it is. You are freed from personal expectations because you see them as simply part of the whole, as an inconsequential expression of the moment. This allows you to bring to each moment, and to the world, what you alone can bring to improve things as they are. You no longer have a horse in the race, because you’re watching the race from above with the objectivity of a disembodied spirit. Life becomes more easily acceptable. You can see the shape of every problem, so there’s no problem too large to be overcome.
This condition is a lot like Buddha Mind or Christ Consciousness – in which experiencing a little of either puts you in pretty good company and immediately bestows upon you a whole new definition of success.
A Tourist on Earth
You needn’t be concerned that you may become too detached from your own life or lose the passion you feel you need to inspire yourself. Your new point of view allows you to see your attachments and passions in a much truer context so you may engage them more accordingly. With the spiritual objectivity of sakshi, the size, shape and even origins of your personal obstacles become more apparent so you can see how they’ve fit into your past and how they can be dealt with more effectively as they pop up now. You engage your life as a whole – past, present and future to identify what works, what doesn’t and whom you would like to become.
Imagining that you’re up in the sky witnessing your body and mind (and everyone else’s) actually plants your feet more solidly on the ground. It empowers your actions, your effectiveness and your compassionate consciousness to show up for life with a simpler, clearer presence. Any responsibility can be met. Any obstacle can be dealt with – including those potential catastrophes that may lie just ahead of us all.
In Logion 42 of The (Gnostic) Gospel of Thomas, a rather Zen-like Jesus says, Be passersby, which could certainly stand in for the compassionate spiritual objectivity I’m suggesting – the slightly detached, fully engaged kind of tourist-on-Earth quality that can change our messy struggles into our empowering purpose.
For me, it may be summed up as a New Year’s resolution: I resolve to be a responsible, open-hearted, objective, compassionate witness of – and entirely engaged participant in – the remarkable, indescribable magic of life on this beautiful Earth.
To him who holds in his hands the Great Image (of the invisible Tao), the whole world repairs. – Tao te Ching, 35
Phantom DNA and the Soul's Sense of Smell
This is the fourth article in a five-part series on how your soul experiences the physical senses. In our previous articles, we discussed the senses of sight, sound, and taste. Let’s move now to the sense of smell.
Smell is Stimulated by Emotion
Smell works exactly the same way that your taste buds do. The two senses are inner connected. When a smell is ignited by the engagement of something physical, then that is the same physical reaction of your senses that we have spoken about in previous articles. The soul’s sense of smell, on the other hand, is stimulated by emotion.
When you are having a memory that stirs something inside of you and you can smell something, especially when that something isn’t physically present in the room, then that is your soul speaking to you.
Many people actually get a blending of the two components (the soul sense and the physical sense of smell) at the same time. For example, you walk into a room that you haven’t been into for a long period of time and you smell the scent of a family member who has passed. Perhaps you smell the cologne or perfume they used to wear and there is no question whose scent it is. It could even be a scent you haven’t smelled since childhood, yet you still remember it clearly and it stirs an emotional response inside of you.
When Your Soul is Calling You
The intense emotional response is your soul calling out to you. If there is not a physical being standing there emitting this smell that you are smelling then you are experiencing the energy essence of what is – or what has been – in the room. Perhaps an apparition or a ghost has been there, and you are sensing through smell their energy essence.
The Phantom Effect of DNA
Your DNA is an energetic signature that transcends the need for the body. You’ve already reached a greater level of awareness through your sense of smell – this is your soul transcending materiality.
DNA photons continue spiraling where DNA was once previously. This wave of light being energy creates a phantom of where the DNA was in the first place. This is why you can still smell something from a person who is no longer there.
Your thoughts, your consciousness, your senses, are like satellite signals that can beam around the earth using electromagnetic fields – the heartbeat of the earth. See the data from Nobel-prize-winning scientist Dr. Luc Montagnier in Healing with the Source Field – Part 2 with David Wilcock.
Again, photons – the light – spiral where DNA once was, offering proof that we are light beings.
Learn more about how our energy essence remains in the room long after we leave in episodes of Wisdom Teachings with David Wilcock, one of Gaiam TV’s original shows.
Here is more scientific proof from Dr. Peter Gariaev on DNA phantoms in Beyond Cosmic Consciousness – Part 2.
Another example comes when you remember the smells you experienced when you visited a place for the first time. You may not have been consciously aware of the smells at the time, yet something much later triggers a memory and the smells come flooding back to you – even if years have passed and you’re thousands of miles away.
This happens in your dream state all the time. Without digressing too far into the subject of dreams, where do you believe the sensations come from when you dream? Have you ever seen, heard, touched, tasted, or smelled something in a dream? Most people have, although not everyone remembers their dreams.
Some humans have very emotional experiences when they dream. Dreams can be so vivid that they would swear that they have been somewhere or experienced something and there is no explanation for it. This emotional experience is the Soul’s experience.
When there is nothing physical around you at the time to warrant your reaction that is going on inside of you, then it’s your soul speaking to you.
Feelings vs Emotions
We can’t emphasize this point enough: your feelings are based upon that which is physical. For the most part, they are shallow and fleeting and are easily influenced and changed. Feelings are mostly what’s on the surface, so to speak. An emotion, on the other hand, is the deep resonating experience. It is the expressive and sensory system of the soul.
The emotions that you feel are the deep experiences that are carried with you from lifetime to lifetime, and existence to existence. An emotion is thought in motion. It literally sends an electrical current throughout your embodiment and is felt as an experience. That is why you take emotions with you when you leave this realm.
Your feelings are surface, fleeting, and forgotten, and in the human experience, they are continually changing from moment to moment. They tend to be in reaction to the things going on around you in the illusion. That is why we say they are related to the physical or the physical goings-on that you are doing at that moment in time.
It’s not that you don’t have an emotional experience every time you do something physical; you actually do. But it is the intense emotional experience that moves you that we are referring to in this series.
Remember Your Origins
Isn’t it rather amazing that we have set up for ourselves all these little “helpers” to aid us in experiencing more of what is going on around us? These helpers are your senses! They expand you, shift you, and help you in your creating. They are designed to remind you of who you really are…a LIGHT Being having a PHYSICAL experience.
Most humans don’t live in this perspective and have forgotten their origins. Your embodiment is an incredible mapping system to your soul. If you can come to know this and to embrace this knowing, it will expand you.
We humans take so very much for granted. When we age or manifest disease or decay in our bodies, we forget the incredible senses we retain. It is those senses that can aid us in our continued journey toward enlightenment.
When we’re distracted by pain, it is common to forget the automated system in our body that still remains in place. Our senses seem so simple and yet are so complex. We should honor each of them and hold them in our hearts with gratitude, knowing that despite all that goes on in the physical we truly remain light embodiments for all eternity.
As you reach for expanded states of consciousness, it is the senses that will take you there. In all the physical things that we do as humans, we have forgotten that. Hopefully, these discussions are igniting your senses within and expanding you to greater heights as your experience continues on this earthly plane of existence.