I wanted to take a moment to make a distinction between mental euphoria and genuine spiritual connection, as there is a difference. As we move deeper and deeper into a collective awakening, it is important that we know that difference. Mental masturbation, or euphoria, is not spiritual awakening; though awakening can be a result if one takes a leap into the heart/spirit. However, being in a state of euphoria solely is not genuine connection with the higher self.
The first level of healing is often through the mind. This is because within society the mind is prioritized over the heart and spirit. This means the beginning of the journey for many people is to intellectually understand themselves, their issues and perhaps how the emotional body or even the spiritual world appears to work. Unless we can process things within the aspect of ourselves we use most often, (the mind), we will not open to further healing. Things have to “make sense” to us in order to begin to surrender. This intellectual understanding can give ecstatic feelings, as things are “finally coming together and making sense.” There can be a mental euphoria and powerful newfound feeling of control and stability, a deep relief from pain and confusion. This can feel like a spiritual experience, and perhaps there is a flickering of spirit seeping through to grab onto, but in reality it is the unweaving of the mind. This is the mental connection with the spiritual world and it revolves around things making sense, analyzing, and feeling in control.
Much can be done from the former state. One can memorize swaths of teachings, recognize patterns, you can even rearrange concepts to have them sound like they are your own material. What you cannot do from this state, however, is have original inspired thought or fully feel your own independent purpose within this world. You can sound, for all intentions and purposes, as though you are a very spiritual person when in fact you have not gone any further than mind. You have only rearranged what has been created; the mind is in a codependent relationship with what is already created.
In order to have access to your soul, and the original, inspired material within it you must go into the heart, which is the gateway to the soul. From here you will be called to purify, or, release patterns that do not serve you. In stark contrast, the mind doesn’t want you to release patterns; it wants to have all insights and information fit into its already created paradigms. To an overloaded mind, the heart is death.
As we progressively sink into the heart and feel our true divine self, we finally access our original inspired creativity. We feel our art. We know our beauty. We warm into a safety that can never be taken away. Our roots finally have the energy to dig so deeply into the ground that our sight can sharpen and we see through illusion. It sounds simple but this process is difficult. It hurts. It means taking responsibility for all that you have created within your life, consciously and unconsciously. To fully create our own lives we must understand we are the sole creators. It means change. It means releasing security blankets and going bravely into the unknown with only the rhythm of our soul to light the way.
For that reason, many people turn away at the first necessary crumbling of their reality. Why leave mind? Why go deep into self-responsibility and honesty if it hurts this much? I can revel in the joy of forcing my reality to fit into the boxes of my mind, and the world, that are already created and safe.
Stepping into our originality and our heart is not easy. It means facing every fear we have until we begin to see fear as a tool. However, it is the access point to our spirit, the part of us that is unwavering, and ultimately feeding our existence here. It is the root of all genuine creativity. There is no real originality or sovereignty unless you connect to the heart/higher self. The mind is only the beginning point of spiritual connection. It is the part that needs to be calmed and soothed so spirit can come forward.