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Hunger for Change - Finding the Courage


Right now I'm on the Breakthrough World Tour, on a plane flying from the East Coast of America right across to the West. It's a brilliantly clear day, so way down below me, I can see mile upon mile of landscape. It's a stunning sight to behold. And yet something else screams out loudly - I'm seeing mile upon countless mile of cultivated countryside. It's all square boxes, with very little actually natural about it at all. And it reminds me of how so many people live - inside boxes, inside of themselves. So persistent, so prevalent is this in-the-box conditioning of society, you've really got to want to change in order to makes things happen. You've got to be hungry for change. How do you summon the energy?…

The Road to Nowhere

Most people I meet on the road have previously lived their lives in this limiting conditioning of society - telling people what they should do, how they should think, what is 'normal' to consume, what they're capable of, and what they're not. We live in a logic based world that works on a complex system of rules - "If I do this, then I'll get that. If I don't obey the system, I won't get the things I think I need and want". It's so tempting to tow the line and live 'normal' lives, based on those rules that become deeply engrained within the psyche.

    That's fine, in a way, as long as the system keeps working. Except it isn't working, it's breaking down. Just look at the situation in the political system for example. Who can you trust? Who can you vote for? More importantly even than this, is what it does to you inside - how it disconnects you from the natural flow, how it isolates you from the divinity of your true, Cosmic Self. Life can be so much more. We can live in the miraculous flow of the divine, with synchronicity clicking in all around us, where we're supported, loved and cherished, where every single situation conspires to reveal the majesty of you; where all your true needs are taken care of. This is the message I'm sharing on the road that so many people can feel as truth and are responding positively to in their hearts.

But here's the difficulty - even though people can feel this expansion through the work, even though they can literally touch the divine inside themselves and feel the bounteous wonder on our gatherings, afterwards, it's all too easy to slip back into that limiting box once more - family, friends, relations and work colleagues providing constant reminders of "who you should be" in their eyes - the old acceptable you, which doesn't rock the boat, which doesn't cause them to have to question it all too deeply. And so there's the risk of sinking back down under the surface of this strangling, constricting consciousness.

    You can definitively change this repetitive story,
    but first you've got to find the hunger for change.

Hunger for Change - is it a 10 yet?

Hunger for change is vital, because you've got to be prepared to step into the direction of your discomfort. Because when you stand up above the parapet, the old system and the old rules will try to shoot you right back down again. If you allow it to, it'll just keep on trampling right over you, inside yourself. It's no wonder that it becomes hard to read the signs and synchronicities in that kind of situation. And because people have read so much about 'acceptance' and 'surrender' in the spiritual mainstream, sometimes they get confused and accept anything goes. So you've got to be really hungry for change, to be prepared to take the knocks and the set-backs, but get right back up again.

    You know the truth don't you? You really know how you want to live and be. In your heart, you know what does and doesn't serve your True Self. So don't settle for anything less. Take yourself out for a few hours and be bloody clear with yourself what's important to you and what you're prepared to commit to in order to get it. You've got to cultivate the divine masculine (the "ray 1"), which is every bit as essential and the divine feminine (the "ray 2") of acceptance and surrender - it's surrender to the truth that we're looking for, not acceptance of anything goes.
    (Check out The Soul's Purpose and the 7rays).

So this is a really important step. Take time out and be clear with yourself, on a scale of 1 to 10, how important is positive change to you? If it's not 10, then there's little point even beginning. Because the old system will keep pulling you back. Be clear with yourself, its a 10, and if not, then go back to the old routines, but do so in awareness, keep observing what does and doesn't serve, until you can find in your heart that big number 10 - that big bucket load of commitment.

    So now you're ready for change. What next?

Surrender yes, but not acceptance of 'anything goes'

As we're sharing in the Openhand Breakthrough Approach, you've got to explore the profound truth of the moment - "this is how the situation is right now". You've then got to find the limiting doorway in the moment - your tightness. This is where you close down and resist the truth that you know in your heart to be real - "I really shouldn't have my head stuck in that not-so-smart-phone all day; I really should get out into nature; I really should give up that job and move to a different location; I really should confront those old patterns in my relationship, which are draining the juice out of life; I really should change my diet in a way that raises my vibe."

There'll be bags of tightness and subconscious resistance to this pull of the soul - the quiet inner voice. Because there'll be conditioned desires and wants that you think you should strive and struggle for: that better location; that you need this particular job or relationship to make you feel whole; that life won't possibly work if you give up that job. Let's be clear, the wholeness is inside of yourself - the immaculate Cosmic Self, that needs or wants nothing, because it is everything. But all your fears stand in the way of it. So you've got to break into these fears by confronting and feeling into them - you literally have to step into the direction of your fear. In this way you honour it, and become as-one with it. Soon you burst the illusion that it always was. It's at this point, there's that immaculate liberation where you become "The One" in it. The fear no longer holds you.

    But here's where I believe confusion creeps in again. And I see this in the spiritual mainstream. Just because you can find this eternal presence, and it feels whole and complete, doesn't mean there's nothing more to do. There's the illusion. Because when you touch presence inside, you're simultaneously touching the infinite potential of The One. Whereupon, the soul ignites, which initiates action inside of yourself. A feeling or a vision will come to you - "Be like this now, express like this, follow the pull in this direction". Which brings me right back to the in-the-box mentality that's so prevalent as I look way down to the landscape below me. When the soul kicks in, it's going to butt right up against all those reasons why not to take action. And if you let it, if your commitment to change is not at 10, it will beat you right back down again. The True Self inside of you will dissipate, like the disappearing spot on a switched off TV screen.

    That's why it's so important to be hungry for change,
    to be committed to change,
    to be courageous for change.

So here's the final part of the Breakthrough Approach then, the one that's so important in order to prosper on the spiritual path. You've got to be able to recognise the sense of the soul which is now igniting and give energy to it. You've got to pour fuel on the igniting flame so that it becomes a fire inside of you. How do you do this? What are you looking for? I'm reminded of a clip from "Breakthrough", Openhand's new book.

A clip from Breakthrough

    “So how do I live this now? Everything else seems so pointless. How do I exist from day to day?”

    Just follow the pull.

    “What, literally? All the time?”

    There is nothing else but the flow of the Universe, which pulls through your heart when you let it. Or else simply fires as a knowing... “this is the way to go now.” The whole Universe is interconnected with just one purpose and aim - to reveal yourself to yourself; to reveal you, as the divine. And there is absolutely nothing else going on.

    “But all the families, out there, the businesses and the schools, all the lifestyles - they all have objectives, goals and ambitions. What about them?”

    They only think that’s what they’re doing. They have amnesia, believing life’s all about achieving some sort of goal, some kind of security or objective to make them happy. They’re locked in a kind of space- time warp - an eddy current disconnected from the flow. Yet even there, the light is flowing in, working to reconnect the dots, to bring wayward souls back into the loving embrace of the divine. Even these structures that people build in life contain reflections of the original light of the soul. Literally everything you see, and do, invites a deeper feeling connection inside. When you go to the shops, the school or the cinema, when you’re at work or commuting through the city, even when you have an accident in your brand new car, literally everything is speaking to you saying... “Look at yourself, see who you really are at the core of you - be that!”

    “So I just follow the pull and live like that?”


    “But how do I make a living? How do I work, eat and connect with others?”

    Everything that you need will come to you. Just give it a try and see.

    I can’t say I was completely with it, but so far, this guidance had made far more sense than anything I’d ever experienced playing by the rules of society. So I sat there, at my desk and felt inside. In the beginning it wasn’t at all easy. I expected to feel something, to see something or get some kind of message. But all I got was heaviness, denseness, and a busy mind that so wanted to fill the moment with thought.

    Put your attention in your heart.

    So I do. And sure enough, after a little while there’s a tingling sensation, which, as I continue to focus on it, builds as a warmth, which then seems to subtly spread through my body. Suddenly the phone rings, and the feeling immediately dissipates.

    It’s what you’ve attuned your consciousness to. So like everyone else, you miss the subtle interplay in the space between the spaces.

    I wasn’t going to be put off, so I ignore the phone, and when it eventually stops, I go back inside, feeling into the heart once more. The strange but comforting tingling and the warmth, is now spreading through my entire body again. I feel to let go. So I lean back in my chair and stretch my arms out wide. The movement means that I reach back into a beam of sunlight now entering my office window behind me, which warms my neck and seems to somehow connect with the heat inside. A thought comes to me...Why are you facing the computer when this feels so beautiful, so magical? So I turn myself around, and draw myself up to the window, the sun now able to embrace the entirety of me, lighting up my face in a golden warmth.

    Wow, this is amazing. Just a simple tingling, a very simple commitment to follow the sense, and now I’m literally basking in the sense of universal sunlight, warming my entire body.

    Well I did tell you!

    What now? A bird suddenly calls, as if to answer. I feel like a walk in nature, and even as the thought lands, a subtle pull is drawing me away from the chair. But what about the office? I’m thinking, and the emails, phone calls and appointments I have to keep? They just seemed so irrelevant at that moment. And even though my mind is struggling to let go, nevertheless I follow the pull, grab my jacket, and even though other colleagues are arriving for the day trying to engage me in conversation, nevertheless, I keep following the flow that now wants very much to carry me. “I’ll be back soon,” I speak over my shoulder as I hurriedly leave.

    Now I’m out in the fields. It’s beautiful and expansive: intense blue of the skies reaching up into the heavens, vibrant greens of the grass, the soft caress of a gentle breeze on my cheeks. There’s no question, I just have to take my shoes off. And how wonderful that feels, squidging my toes in the dirt, feeling a part of the earth. Why does everyone stick their feet in shoes? I’m wondering.

    Why indeed!

Igniting the Kindling of the Soul

The soul will ignite as a subtle sense inside, often a quiet vibration in the beginning; one that easy to ignore in our busy distracting society. But it's these subtle feelings that are the kindling of the soul. And even if you're going to light a great bonfire, it will have to begin with the small kindling. Without which, it won't burst into flame. So you've got to pay attention to the subtle feelings - this kindling. Feel in. Look for it. It'll be a sense of timelessness, expansiveness, joy, peace, love. But also excitement, passion, commitment, courage and will. When you can touch, and immediately recognise, one of these kinds of senses, that's when you got to pour some fuel on the fire. Get up, make some movement to that sense, make a sound (any sound that feels natural), put some music on and let it dance you. Do something creative, like paint or play an instrument or sing. One of the biggest challenges of society, is that people have become so repressed, so trodden down in their sense of themselves, of who they really are.

    Now here's the thing, when you find an authentic sense of you, when you pour a little fuel on that kindling by bringing attention to the feelings inside you, they'll begin to grow, stronger and stronger inside until they become a raging fire. This fire becomes literally unstoppable, because whatever tightness and resistance gets in your way, your soul will just burn right through it. And as you unleash soul, it is incredibly creative. All manner of opportunity and possibility will come your way. You'll be living in a flow of miracles and magic.

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It's vital to recognise you can only unleash another to the degree you've unleashed yourself.

So, what is it worth to you to be living in this way? How much are you prepared to commit - is it a 10 yet? Are you hungry for change? Because when you truly are, when you're prepared to really commit to the authentic sense of you, then the limiting box around you will begin to break and fall apart. You'll burn right through it. Then each step you take forwards creates a new, less limiting landscape until its a flowing river through your life. This is truly living.

So, your hunger for life, for the divine way of living.... is it a 10 yet?


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Trinity's picture

I am right there!

Marye's picture

Dear Open,

Wow! Sometimes it feels like your posts are written specifically for me, so spot on ☺. Yes, I can definitely feel the hunger for change, I have been feeling it most of my life, but at the same time I can feel the fears still standing in the way, so I am yet to gain more courage. The fear has a lot to do with feeling lonely/ not belonging/ isolated/ excluded (not sure there is a word that captures the feeling exactly), if I don’t join the societal boxes. That’s why the Openhand community has been such a rare and amazing find, because it gives me a sense of belonging for not belonging ☺ (surely the post earlier this week about not belonging was also meant for me!). Gratitude to you, Open, and the rest of the community for making me more hungry!

divinespark's picture

An amazing article, Open. It seems to have spilled out of you as you soared through the heavens from the east coast to the west coast! Now that's cosmic perspective looking down on all those little boxes that stifle our souls. Perhaps one day my writing will flow as freely as yours when my intellect stops nitpicking: that darn ego that wants to get it perfect and right!

My eyes alighted on the beautiful photo above of the adaptable dragonfly with its shimmering, translucent wings and its magical ability to change colours as it flits ever so lightly through the air after emerging from the waters and taking flight. Our delicate, little friend speaks strongly to my soul about our ability to adapt and express the seven soul rays to whatever experiences we manifest. And about continually committing to infusing the light of our souls through the contorted, emotional blockages that we experience so we can lighten up and flit about, unfettered and free. But that doesn't come easy as Ringo Starr sang.

You're challenging us to put a number on how hungry and committed we are to change on a scale of 1 to 10 no matter what shit we encounter. It all feels extremely heavy and dense for me right now. I've been feeling into some pretty horrific, past-life karma recently. I am committed to finding the light beyond the twisted, misaligned raptor consciousness that inflicted such unfathomable, cruel suffering. I am staring it in the face, feeling like I'm gradually seeing the shards of light filter through the doorway. But at times, I feel like escaping from the profound sadness and empathy I feel for all those who suffered. Bit by bit, I'm finding compassion for the perpetrators, too. As I let go, my heart is getting close to 10. When I get there, I'll fly away with the dragonfly and we'll shimmer in the sun.

x Cathy

Open's picture

Well I'm glad I caught your attention Cathy and Tulip.

Even commenting on an article of chain of thought that you resonate with can be enough to ignite a feeling inside. That's why I encourage people to share their feelings as much as possible. It seems small, but it lights great fires.

Keep on burning guys!

Open Ok

Spiritpaws's picture

Open, this is a wonderful article.

I know so well the view from a jet, looking down on the boxes and rectangles and how diametrically opposed that is to the spherical essences of the Universe. There is an old Indian saying: "there is no power in a square". The energy can't flow, it bumps into right angles, it stagnates. It's a kind of prison.

I climbed out of the box in stages until one day my spirit just couldn't be contained any longer. I had been dancing in the box, out of the box, in and out, out and in, and one summer night my friend Michael Raven Horse said to me: "you can't have your feet in two canoes". That arrow hit its target Smile

love, tigger

Trinity's picture

I just love that Tigger "there is no power in a square". The energy can't flow, it bumps into right angles, it stagnates. It's a kind of prison.

I resonate with this so deeply. I feel so incredibly drawn to round houses (of course, since the romans invaded, almost all houses are boxed in some way) which makes me feel so stifled like I want to breakdown the walls. Same as straight roads - the energy is just all wrong. These straight roads have lost their soul.

"you can't have your feet in two canoes" YES, yes, yes, yes!!!

Open's picture

"You can't have your feet in two canoes!"

Awesome. Wonderful. Inspirational. Hits the nail on the head!

Open Ok

Wow! I feel like this article was posted specifically for me. The commitment to change and having the old patterns, routines, family/coworkers, pulling me back down into old constricting consciousness is where I am currently at. Thank you for this article. I needed a spark today.



MarkyMark's picture

Open, another inspirational article. Since my connection with Openhand I have made major changes affecting career, relationships with others and myself. But the path of self-realisation is not a tick list, and is an ongoing commitment to life change.
This year has been a constant pull between dealing with the society norms, such as supporting family, having a plan for what I should be doing next in my life, planning to move to a new area. I get lots of well meaning advice and see old habits repeated of wanting to keep others happy. Of course it is easy to know I am doing this as I feel the tightness. It is then that I need to get out into nature and meditation, stepping back and when I get an authentic guidance it comes with a lightness and energy.

The article is a great reminder of the need to break out of the bogginess of the old habits and patterns, and commit my energies to seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting life. Mark

Open's picture

"a great reminder of the need to break out of the bogginess of the old habits and patterns, and commit my energies to seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting life."

Brilliant Mark - light the way!

Open Ok

divinespark's picture

Tigger, I'm revelling in your comments about the constricted square and the two canoes. I have an image of having one foot in one canoe and the other in a second canoe, trying to straddle both, and falling flat on my face into the water. So not possible! Trinity, yes straight roads are such a drag! Straight jackets, really!

It's always about the feelings, ain't it?! Thank you for that reminder, Open. When I first read your articles on OH back in 2013, I was always drawn to your comments around being awesomely okay with whatever shows up: no judgment, no resistance. At the time, I wondered how that was possible. Now three years later, I have a growing sense and feeling inside that one can indeed stand and witness horrendous cruelty and still find the light beyond it and at the core of others. Because that is our true essence. It feels more and more that I can be completely brokenhearted, tears streaming down, and yet still feel compassion and love for all the broken souls.

Trinity, several years ago you said to me that the One is in everything but is not those things. And that we get whatever we need to remember who we truly are. That feels truer and truer everyday. Being present in everything beyond judgment identity. Everything and nothing.

Talking about burning through our impurities, I have been invited to speak at a local group about transformation as in the phoenix rising from the ashes. I plan to talk about Openhand's nine step process and my journey with embracing and refining these steps. I would like to include a link to the nine steps on this forum so if you can point me in the best direction, I would appreciate it!

Much Love,


Open's picture

The 9step process is here below Cathy - Breakthrough is a much condensed and simplified version of it....



divinespark's picture

Thank you, Open. I'll bring along and promote your "Breakthrough" book. Condensed and simplified good. Will keep it that way in my talk! Smile

Open's picture

Do let us know how the talk goes - just come from your passion and it will be awesome no doubt.

Much love

Open Ok

maydayboxer's picture

The Box I have used that description many times over the years and recently challenged by it again . After all my work on myself I found in a matter of days the beckoning of the Box and controlling who I allow to disrupt my inner self to an extreme of reacting without thinking. I have often talked to friends and family about circles and defining them and in one day because of allowing contact with one person I found myself in complete turmoil and reactive . It's taken several days to redefine myself and reassuring my inner self that it's my entitlement to move the circles out of reach and recenter myself peacefully without judgement. Thanks so much Open

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