The “New Consciousness” – or “New Pattern” of activity and consciousness on the planet – is both the knowledge and experience that All of Life, and everything in Nature, is One Whole and Indivisible System of Being. This One Whole System has countless layers of individuals and collectives expressing all manner of possibilities, and yet there is only One Process going on.
Naturally, what is one and indivisible cannot truly be separated into, for instance, Evolutionary Leaders and not-Evolutionary Leaders, even though we may speak that way as a convenience. The experience of our physicality becomes supremely joyful when we realize that, whatever the appearances, there is nothing outside of our One Shared Being, and nothing can ever be “other.” The genius of Creation is that what appears to be outside according to the five senses is always present in some form on the inside. There is always a correspondence that can be discovered, and especially when we are curious about how the One Whole System functions, our abilities to tune into Nature’s subtle, though always available, information channels are awakened.
Since there is only a single Whole Living System, it is true that, to paraphrase Chief Seattle, “whatever we do to the Web of Life, we do to ourselves”… and this applies equally to our fellow beings. To condemn anyone or anything that appears to be outside of us gives rise to external conflict and produces disease inside of us. Similarly, to condemn anything on the inside energizes conflict on the outside as well as disease processes within. Each and every form of rejection, no matter how subtle, produces conflict within our One Shared Being. This conflict will eventually show up as challenges for our individual and collective bodies, and these challenges will be experienced in one form or another by all. All such episodes are a call to the New Consciousness; they are a means of getting our attention so that we might choose to step into the greater wisdom that is beckoning. Wherever there is conflict in any form, there is the opportunity to realize the New Consciousness more fully. And in this New Consciousness, there are much more empowered ways of transforming and healing the world.
For one living in the New Consciousness, the richness and texture of life are radically enhanced, and there can be experiences of an almost overwhelming joy. One who lives in this New Consciousness experiences a state of vastly expanded identity without losing the beauty of individual experience or the ability to attune, discern, enjoy life, and make decisions from wisdom. Individuality is fully expressed within the New Consciousness, and at the same time one’s words and actions are naturally harmonized and aligned with the Whole of Nature, offering immeasurable benefit to the One Whole System. Thus we come to realize that there is actually no trade-off between the good of the individual and the good of the Whole. Instead, there is Synergy. The individual and the Whole are indivisible, and the well-being of one is the well-being of All. At the same time, the diverse multitude of temporary distinctions and expressions becomes the basis for the experience of… Beauty.
From the perspective of the New Consciousness, the entire progression of human events is seen as a movement from the entrenched belief in separation and the myriad painful reflections of that belief, to ideas and experiences of interconnectedness, and finally to the direct knowing and joyful experience of underlying indivisibility. Although codes of conduct and moral injunctions have served to maintain a semblance of coherence on the playgrounds of earlier stages, these structures are successively released as one’s capacity to move in a way that is attuned and aligned with the Whole increases. Thus the individual who lives in this New Consciousness has realized the natural, comprehensive, and spontaneous harmony, which cannot be imposed or even taught, but which must inevitably awaken. Once the New Consciousness has awakened, the true and lasting Peace is finally lived as the obvious and most fulfilling choice.
Three key questions have been coming up recently for entrepreneurs I work with who are “changing the game” in their respective industries:
To what extent am I accepting all available help? (Shatters ego)
To what extent am I offering all optimal assistance? (Shatters laziness)
To what extent am I willing to steward something that could be truly big? (Shatters the comfort zone)
When I check in, I get that pretty much all gamechangers – people driven by a strong sense of mission – aren’t even close to being fully willing to steward something that could grow to the scale that changing the game requires. No wonder there are so many energetic roadblocks on the journey. We want it, but where the rubber meets the road we’re still lazy, egoic, and comfortably small in our aspirations. However, when we decide deep, deep down in the roots of our being to accept all available help, offer all optimal assistance, and be willing to play truly big, THEN we can change the game.
Since what we really are in the roots of our being is, and creates, the Totality of all that is and all that could ever be, to avoid playing big is to deny the aspect of ourselves that is absolutely vast. To pretend that we’re not bigness itself is to shut off creative power in our experience and become a victim of cosmic forces. At this point on the journey of awakening, denying any aspect of ourselves is going to fail miserably.
Being everything, we can explore the micro and meso scales of life – what we might call the human experience — and it is beautiful to do so in countless unique and individualized ways. But no one gets to say no to being/playing vast because no one is in any way separate from Totality.
So say YES to stewarding bigness! A while back I offered the thought experiment of imagining being completely responsible for meeting Earth’s needs. It pays to imagine something that big, and even bigger. Even the universe is tiny in relation to what we are in Truth. Infinity is a microdot on your fingertip. If you can’t feel that yet, just be open to realizing the possibility that you could be so supremely vast and you will in due course.
Let us not be so stuck in our comforts! Let us not be so lazy and self-centered at the level of personal identity! Let us be AWAKE! Nothing less will satisfy. At this stage, nothing less has a prayer of bringing health, happiness, and real prosperity. In fact, until we say the big YES, the multitude of dramas will continue with our bodies, and at the personal and transpersonal levels with colleagues and loved ones, to indicate that we are still asleep.
Building gamechaging businesses is a high spiritual path. None of us knew what we were actually signing up for. But it’s too late to turn back. There can be no more refuge in the pseudo-comforts of unconsciousness.
Awakening. It’s been around for eons. Some are living it, some are baffled by it, lots of people feel drawn to it. I first became aware of being on a journey of awakening in 2005, age 38. Yet, only recently did I see my own trajectory clearly for the first time.
To my surprise, I noticed that my experiences seemed to organise themselves into multiple “levels” of exploration. Each widening the perspective of mind, heart, and spirit. Now, this isn’t new, but what felt new was the fact that I ‘sensed’ the characteristics for each level.
How peculiar! My curiosity had been awoken. With the help of my friend and divine collaborator, Jeff Vander Clute, I decided to take a closer look.
The first characteristics of awakening to show up were: curiosity, experimentation, discipline, realisation, and mastery. Interestingly, when we looked at my experiences over the past 10+ years, they slotted in nicely with these characteristics. Who knew! We named the initial five phases: Awakening Curiosity, Awakening Experience, Awakening Insight, Awakening Realisation, and Awakening Mastery. Each name points to the focus and outcome for that phase.
The learning that followed this discovery includes knowing where my expertise is of best use, plus a better understanding of how to support someone depending on where they are along their journey.
Reflecting on this newfound clarity, I came to see that a new tool had been born, ‘Phases of Awakening’ – a guide for seekers and finders along their spiritual journey.
The scope here today is to describe the initial two phases, but first a little something about seekers and finders.
…Seeker or Finder?
We often think of spiritual people as ‘seekers’. To me, there’s something beyond seeker – there’s also the ‘finder’.
Some people consider seeker and finder to be the same thing.
I don’t. In my experience, seekers look for answers externally, finders look for answers internally.
This distinction points to a difference in how information is processed, utilised, and understood. How the seeker and finder engage and participate, and how they seek out information.
In terms of any awakening (expansion of awareness, new discovery, new learning…), the first nudge often comes from the outside. Our tendency is to look for answers externally. At least in the beginning. Then, further along our journey, we shift to look for, and discover, answers internally. What’s exciting is that changing from seeker to finder involves a shift in paradigm as inner resources come online and our understanding of who we are gives us access to new dimensions.
Interestingly, when Jeff and I mapped the resonance and the aliveness for ‘seeker’ and ‘finder’ using Resonance Mapping, we noticed that seeker spans across the first three phases (Awakening Curiosity, Awakening Experience, and Awakening Insight). While finder shows up in the 4th and 5th phase (Awakening Realisation and Awakening Mastery).
Reflecting on my own experiences, I see clearly how I was looking for answers externally up until a certain point, then things started to shift and I discovered that I had access to answers within.
Another interesting dynamic that is related to seeker/finder is whether we think of ourselves as victims or creators, i.e. if we perceive that things are happening to us or if we are in charge.
Victim vs. Creator or Effect vs. Cause
Is your perception that things happen to you, and that you get stuck in drama and in story? Or, do you operate from a knowing that we are each responsible for how we act and react in any given situation?
If we get stuck in or thrive by drama, we oscillate and alternate between three different roles: victim, persecutor, and rescuer. This social model is explained in Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle. Here we’re powerless and at effect rather than at cause, and we’re driven by external events and circumstances.
An alternative is the Empowerment Dynamic, created by David Emerald. Here the roles are those of creator, challenger, and coach, instead of victim, persecutor, and rescuer. Here, there’s no blame or shame, instead, this model offers a life of purpose, power, and compassion toward self and others.
Similar to the paradigm of seeker and finder, the dynamic and perspective of victim (at effect) and creator (at cause) also helps to shape our understanding of each phase. It’s important not to lose oneself in the labels ‘victim’ and ‘creator’, instead focus on the underlying energy of being at cause or being at effect.
To get a better sense of what’s at play, I looked at the resonance for ‘victim/effect’ and ‘creator/cause’. Not surprising, victim/effect spans across the first three phases (Awakening Curiosity, Awakening Experience, and Awakening Insight), and creator/cause shows up in the 4th and 5th phase (Awakening Realisation and Awakening Mastery).
Once again, reflecting on my own experiences, I see how I was ‘driven by’ drama (being at effect), in different shapes and sizes. Until a certain point, then things started to change and I let that go. I became aware of being at cause. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy a ‘good story’, I do, but I no longer get embedded in it.
Drama and story doesn’t define us. Both are helpful for setting a context and creating a frame for a set of circumstances. The perspective we choose from then on – being at effect or being at cause – makes a world of difference.
5 Phases of Awakening
Beyond the seeker/finder paradigm and the effect/cause perspective, there’s a number of other attributes that we’ve sourced that help to describe each phase, such as purpose, participation, perception, process, and practice. It’s quite interesting to follow where what I exposed myself to early on along my journey, fit in.
There’s no recipe for how long each phase is. The pace, and the length of a phase, is governed by how much we ‘lean in’, how much we stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zone and our horizon. When I compare my own journey with the different phases I can see that I have spent around three to four years in each, give or take.
This is the first time I’ve tried to capture the essence of each phase. My knowledge about them is still evolving and expanding. What I share here is in some sense ‘bare bones’, but hopefully wets your appetite.
As this is just a model, any practices listed are just a representation, examples from my own life. The list is far from exhaustive.
Phase #1: Awakening Curiosity
In the 1st phase, Awakening Curiosity, we’re Seekers. We operate in the paradigm of looking for answers externally. Our participation is of a passive nature. It’s more of a passive acceptance, yet, there is curiosity, however the process is unconscious. We’re curious about practices such as readings, horoscopes, and astrology charts. The perspective here is one being at the receiving end, being at effect. Towards the end of this phase is when we begin to connect with the potential of that which we cannot see, hear, touch, and feel with our 5 senses.
I’ve always been curious, asking questions, pondering and reflecting on things. I was in this phase for a long time. From an early age, I was drawn to horoscopes and astrology charts, and I’ve always ‘known’ and believed that we are more than just the physical body. In my late twenties I had my first psychic reading. I still remember her name – Emily. At the time, the whole thing felt quite revolutionary as I found it extraordinary that she could know things about me without having ever met me before.
In 2003, I started to experience tingles, or pins and needles, in the palm of my hands. I ‘knew’ that it wasn’t anything physically wrong with me, yet, I couldn’t explain it. My grandmother passed away the same year, and I had some experiences that were difficult to explain.
Phase #2: Awakening Experience
In the 2nd phase, Awakening Experience, here, again, we’re Seekers. We’re looking for answers externally but now there is an energy of imagination and experimentation present, and our participation is exploratory. Practices such as for example, meditation, Reiki, Angels, crystals, channeling, automatic writing, and tarot cards enter the scene. This is where we start to understand the concept of duality, where we become conscious of duality, and that the world beyond what we usually refer to as reality, is separate from ourselves, outside of ourselves. The perspective here is still one being at the receiving end, being at effect, however, we’ve moved from passive to active as we know there is more.
During this phase I moved back to the UK (June 2005). In October 2006, I felt nudged (out of the blue) to start blogging. I was floored! I resisted the nudge, but kept ‘getting’ (knowing) what the title wanted to be, “Little Green Men and Tall Angelic Beings”. What??! Utterly confused, I didn’t know where to turn. I resisted some more. When I finally accepted the nudge, I picked up that I was to write about my spiritual journey. This is when I made a decision to consciously believe that it was possible that there’s more to this world than what we can see, hear, and touch. At the time I started blogging I didn’t believe I had anything to say…and, yet, three years later I had written many hundreds of blog posts. In October 2007, in part thanks to my blog, I was recommended by a reader to check out a site called Avanoo. I had been looking for a new platform for my blog but didn’t feel like any of the usual spaces were a fit. One of the connections I made through Avanoo is Jeff, whom I mentioned above. We’ve founded a company together, Sourcing The Way, a consultancy that helps leaders who desire a deeper fulfilment, who want to experience a sense of spiritual connection in their work.
To some extent this phase has been the most content and experience rich as the learning curve was steep. It’s like to floodgates were opened. Now, in 2018, looking back, I can see that the blog Little Green Men captures and is a written testament to this phase.
In an upcoming post, I’ll share about the remaining three phases, Awakening Insight, Awakening Realisation, and Awakening Mastery. I hope to meet you there.
Editor’s note: This post is by Sarah McCrum, author of Love Money, Money Loves You — a book in which the Energy of Money explains to human beings how it works and how our natural wishes and desires for abundance in all areas of life are fulfilled. She’s co-founder with Jeff Vander Clute and Niko Dujmovic of The Consciousness of Money.
A beautiful request is a way to set
an intention or receive help that’s aligned with your heart and your whole
being. Beautiful requests create tangible, positive results in any area of your
Making such requests means
partnering with consciousness and the core of your human creativity. It’s an
art—one you can learn, with practice.
The head and heart
As long as you’re alive you have
wishes and desires. They may be simple, such as have a successful meeting
or enjoy your day or find something delicious to eat for lunch. Or they may be more complex, such as to find a
new partnership for your business that fulfills specific conditions, or to
organise an event that meets many different people’s expectations, or to find the
best school for your children.
Some wishes arise from your heart.
They’re spontaneous. They’re what you’d love to happen. Other wishes arise from
your head. They’re what you think you want, or what you feel you’re supposed to
want. There’s a big difference between the wishes of the heart and the
In the grand system of consciousness
and the formation of physical reality, wishes from the heart are easy to
fulfill. The energy around them tends to be clean and clear and life responds
directly and naturally to them. It’s common to feel as if they’re happening
through synchronicity or serendipity.
Wishes from the head are much harder
to fulfill. Their energy is more complex because they’re not your own deep
personal desires. They often combine other people’s expectations with your own in
a way that leaves you feeling inner pressure, which creates conflicted energy.
You have to work hard to fulfill these wishes because life isn’t able to
respond to them directly. There’s more effort, less synchronicity.
In the art of making a beautiful
request, it’s your heart that leads. The process can’t be boiled down to an
exact formula even though it involves several steps. It’s how you engage with
each step that makes that step effective, and that’s as much about your inner
state as it is about doing it right. Practice is the key, doing it over and
over again, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and observing what the process feels
like every step of the way. Your feelings become your guidance system and they determine
whether your requests are successful.
How to form a beautiful request
Step 1: Combine your key challenges into one challenge
Identify one area of your life where you’d like some improvement or a good outcome. It might be an area that feels stuck, or where there are challenges at the moment, or where you’re longing for an upgrade or a shift, or where you’d simply like to experience more or better. Look at all the challenges you have in that area and bring them together into one challenge.
For example, if you want to move to a new house, but you don’t have enough money to get the house you want and your partner wants a different house, you have 3 challenges:
To buy a new house.
To have the money for the new house.
To find a house (or some other solution) that works for you and your partner.
If you combine them all together, your challenge becomes this: To have the money or circumstances that enable you to buy a new house that both you and your partner want.
Step 2: Form a request for a solution to the challenge
Turn your challenge into a request. The formulation of the request is important. It must be your genuine wish for a beautiful solution—what you would love to happen, not just what would be okay or tolerable or the best under the circumstances or a compromise.
For example, I want a house that my partner and I both like that we can afford to buy. You can add as many details as you like here, or keep it simple.
Step 3: Tweak the request until it will produce a truly beautiful outcome
Feel into the request you’ve formed. Does it feel really, really good to you? How can you tweak it to make it feel even better? Play with the words and the feelings, until it feels beautiful and lights you up. When it makes you warm on the inside and a big smile breaks out across your face you know you’ve got it. Add the words “or something better” on the end to make sure there’s a possibility for something even better than you can imagine.
The moment your face lights up is
the key to the effectiveness of the whole process.
For example, I’d love to find a house beside the park where my partner and I both feel really relaxed and happy and have enough money to turn it into a beautiful home, or something better.
Step 4: Ask for it to be done for you
Imagine there’s a genie, or a wish-fulfillment system, just waiting for your request and as soon as it’s made they’ll go into action to fulfill it. Ask your genie to grant your wish.
For example, please bring me a house beside the park where my partner and I both feel really relaxed and happy as well as the money to turn it into a beautiful home, or something better.
Step 5: Do what you need to do today, beautifully
Your job now is to do whatever needs to be done as well as you can. There will be some steps you can take to help with your wish. The aim is to do these tasks, and all other tasks, beautifully and to feel as good as you can. This doesn’t mean you’re responsible for all of the work. Think of yourself as a partner in the effort. Do your bit to help the wish fulfillment system get to work on your behalf.
For example, you may need to check out the real estate website and local agents, organise your finances, and have conversations with your partner to clarify what you both really want in your next house.
Step 6: Let go, relax, and enjoy
The delivery of beautiful requests is connected with your energy. When you’re relaxed and enjoying life it’s easy for good things to happen to you. If you’re worried and stressed your energy closes down and you delay delivery of your request. Also if you work too hard trying to sort it all out, you don’t leave any room for the magic of life to happen, so it’s important to get out of the way as much as you can, while still taking care of your part. This may take some experimentation to get it right. If you do too much yourself, you slow the whole process down. If you don’t take care of your part, you don’t create the right circumstances for delivery. It’s an art!
Step 7: Remember that small daily requests make up big long-term requests
If you make a big request, there will be lots of small requests on the way to fulfilling it.
For example, you could ask for:
a great real estate agent
a constructive conversation with your partner
a new contract in your business to bring in some additional income
a relative or friend who’d love to put some money into your house
the right house to show up quickly
And many more
Have the courage to ask for the full scenario—what you really want—rather than just what you think is possible or reasonable. This is very important because a truly beautiful request isn’t about compromising. It feels good because you’re not inviting compromise at all. The wish fulfilment systems responds very positively to this kind of energy.
Once you’ve made the request, it’s important to trust. Give the system time and scope to deliver. Sometimes the results turn out way better than anything you could have imagined.
Don’t be overambitious as you practice. Start with smaller requests to build up your confidence. If you have a very big request, state it, but also break it up into lots of smaller requests along the way to its fulfillment.
It’s helpful to speak your requests out loud and it’s even better when you say them to someone else who’s supportive.
Keeping a “Beautiful Requests” journal or list helps you remember and notice details you might otherwise forget or overlook, such as the form of your requests and exactly what happened in response to them. Look back through the list every so often to notice which requests have been fulfilled and to build your understanding of how powerful you really are.
Relax, enjoy, love. That’s how you create an optimal environment and energy field for wish fulfillment.
Just before the turn of the year, Jeff received the following in meditation…
Seven Practices of Thriving and Abundant Consciousness:
These seven practices necessarily expand and awaken individual and collective consciousness, and they create the experience of abundance. Together, they support an opening into Joy and Receptivity. They also support the deep work of healing, clearing, forgiving, and integrating that so many of us are drawn to at this time.
Curiously, three of the above practices – Relax, Enjoy, and Love – consistently show up in the same order in our work with The Consciousness of Money. “Relax, Enjoy, Love” is a simple formula that has already been helping people to live in much lighter and more abundantly joyful ways. Now, with the expanded set of seven practices, we have “more ways to play” as well as additional tools for staying grounded and clear.
Here’s our suggestion for the New Year: Let’s all see what happens when we celebrate and engage with these seven practices in the first few months of 2019. All of us at Sourcing The Way and The Consciousness of Money invite you to join in this fun experiment, and to let us know what starts to flourish as you do so!
2018 has been a banner year for Sourcing The Way. Jeff and Maria have co-created an abundance of tools, technologies, systems, events, workshops, collaborations….in Jeff’s case while traveling the world, and in Maria’s by doing deep work from her home in the U.K.
Let’s start with Maria. She’s finishing off 2018 by completing her Spiritual Practitioner training, which has prepared her to offer her clients Karmic Alignments, a process and philosophy that goes deep and brings practical, psychological understandings together with spiritual practices. She brings all of this into her coaching practice, where she’s been developing a set of consciousness technologies focused on Spiritual Freedom. All of them complement the work of Sourcing The Way. Their overarching theme is ‘Activating Your Future’ with three key questions that guide her clients’ quests:
Am I owning my story?
Am I living my values?
Am I showing up fully?
The first of Maria’s interactive offerings – the Mapping Your Freedom assessment – is just about to launch, so expect more news from her soon!
As for Jeff, he spent 2018 traveling around the world to expand STW’s impact by:
Co-leading Consciousness of Money workshops on three continents, together with Sarah McCrum and Niko Dujmovic. What began as an experimental workshop in 2017 is growing into a global movement as people discover that we’ve been misreading what Money is and what Money wants.
Accepting invitations to help organizations and gatherings “Source” deeply to raise their consciousness, become more effective, and fine-tune their offerings.
Continuing to research and evolve the radical possibilities offered by the Synthesis maps.
Working with individual clients who want to be more effective or aware.
What happened where?
Jeff’s 2017 ended with meetings in Delhi for UNITY EARTH, so 2018 began with 2 weeks in South India visiting ashrams, connecting with illuminated people, and researching the Synthesis maps. Here’s what happened after that. (An asterisk (*) means Jeff co-led, organized, or helped facilitate the event.)
There is a great deal of attention being placed nowadays on the theory and practice of awakening consciousness. The truly good news of these times is that spiritual practices are proliferating that can reliably guide the soul home to the knowing and experience of its true abode. One simple and ageless practice, which I discovered essentially through trial and error, is that of showing up consistently in service, saying YES when asked to fulfill a function, often as part of a team, and then surrendering to the Grace that flows when service deepens into selflessness. This practice permeates my inner and outer work, and it has been a radical accelerant on my journey home.
In June 2017, I had the great good fortune to meet Ben Bowler at a gathering of leaders working to bridge divides between science, spirituality, and activism in this time of deepening world crisis. As we sat outside in the early-morning summer sunshine, Ben shared a vision for UNITY EARTH – a living network of people, organizations, and events with a mission of healing humanity and Earth through experiences of actual Unity. One of the events coming up within a few short months was a concert to observe and celebrate a profound healing moment for the nation and peoples of Australia: the “return to country” of Mungo Man. Ben asked if I would be interested in coming to Australia to participate, and without a hesitation I said YES.