The Cosmic Role of the Spiritual Catalyst

Submitted by Open on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 06:31

Some souls have incarnated here to hold an energetic harmony which provides empathic support for evolving people. Others however, have come with the specific 'mission' to break down illusions and inspire change by the very energy they hold. Such people may be called "Spiritual Catalysts". They’ll frequently find they have a confrontational affect on their environment and especially the people in it: you begin to undermine the very illusions society has been built upon. In the beginning, life for the Spiritual Catalyst can be very challenging, until we learn how to integrate the full complement of energies we have; and how to utilise that energy with gentle sophistication, but definitely without dilution...

Accelerating change

Of course an essential part of walking the path is 'standing in our truth' - having the courage to express who we really are. This in itself begins to light a beacon for others to find their own truth, inside themselves. But this is only really one small part of the role of a Spiritual Catalyst. Such beings hold very strong energies within their soul ray harmonic, which first harmonises with their environment and then begins to emit a frequency that activates change.

    It is important to say that a true Spiritual Catalyst does not change the eventual outcome of a person’s journey into truth, they only accelerate it. So a true Spiritual Catalyst will not impart their own truth onto others, rather they’ll present an alternative possibility or challenge a key building block of someone’s own reality causing illusions to fragment and fracture, thereby opening space for a more evolved version of their own truth to emerge and flourish.

In speaking personally, I notice that I have the capacity to empathise quite quickly with people within a group environment. I seem to be able to connect with people's consciousness easily. I know that this can be very ‘disarming’ for people, they tend to soften quickly. This is the first part of being a Spiritual Catalyst. But then I can also quickly read the illusions and distortions people may be harbouring at an ego level. I can ‘hear’ the mismatch between soul and personality. It’s at exactly that point, frequencies begin to attune and shift inside of me.

Unintentional ‘button pushing’

I should say I don’t do this intentionally. I’m not trying to push buttons! But what happens, is that once an energetic bridge has been formed and once disharmonious discrepancies have been felt within the person I may be working with, then new energies from my soul ray harmonic want to activate and attune. Energy is transmitted through the field which then starts to challenge and confront. It invites people to shed illusionary layers.

    If the energy people are holding is quite dense, then within myself I often experience it like stirring thick black treacle. It can be very challenging internally. The energies of change are flowing in, but they’re meeting resistance as they infuse into the field. It requires patience forged with persistence, but also knowing when it’s possible to turn up the volume or when best to soften it. It’s about bringing people right to the threshold of their comfort zone, frequently beyond it, but then only pushing to breaking point when a person is absolutely ready for it - when they’re ready to move beyond all limiting veils.

I find it greatly helps to let go of the need to feel like we’re here to teach, to heal, to lead or direct. It’s about progressively moving into the place of absolute trust, that even if our action may cause some degree of discomfort, it's refined purpose is selfless. This removes much of the unnecessary sense of burden a Spiritual Catalyst may at times feel. You simply don’t need to appear a particular 'spiritually correct' way. Yes, you may stir up the field at times, but that’s exactly what you’re here to do.

Internal effects on the Spiritual Catalyst

Not only are the typical outward effects challenging to master, the inward ones are just as impactful too. Where the energy we’re working with is especially dense and the ‘treacle just too thick’, then the resistance can tend to build inside the catalyst. This may be experienced as frustration, tension, stress, perhaps even the sense of anger. You have all this energy, but seemingly no productive outlet for it. These are the tensions we must learn to unravel and integrate.

    It may mean that we need to turn down our sensitivity to the incoming energies for a while. This may be done by eating denser foods for example - but beware of binge eating, it’s only a temporary effect we’re looking for. What will help is to find physical and emotional expression for our energies. I find what can help me is dancing to music, deep consciousness bodywork such as soulmotion or a power walk in nature.

The last thing to do is deny we have that kind of impulsive and powerful energy. Instead, we need to find productive outlets for it. And I find frequent time on my own is absolutely essential. I often need to get ‘far from the madding crowd’ - so to speak.

Are you a Spiritual Catalyst?

Maybe you too recognise this kind of activity within yourself? Life can be very challenging for the Spiritual Catalyst until we’ve learned to accept our role and integrate the energies. We’re not here to be a popular vote winner! We won't be spiritually correct - might as well accept that, and become awesomely okay with it.

    We’re likely to upset and offend people at times. It all depends on the deftness of touch we can master inside ourselves - finding the right vocabulary which challenges, but doesn’t close too many internal doorways within people.

If we can master this, then you can be sure we're offering a priceless gift for evolving people and the situation humanity finds itself within.

Openhand is here to be such a catalyst, breaking down energetic disharmonies in the world so that a New Paradigm can unveil and unfold itself. We’re certainly not here to tell people how it's going to be, rather help them see what doesn’t serve and then allow the new reality to take shape all by itself.

How might my gifts facilitate yours?...find out.

Open
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great article,

so much sychronicity with what is happening in the last weeks. Not a big suprise anymore...

Like you I seem to often see where people are lying at themselves or are unable to see what holds them back (it is unfortunately always more easy with other people than oneself ... ;-) )

A few years ago, I had quite a "missonary" kind of thing going on. Also I was quite sure to be here on a "mission" and I always thought I need to help people or to even "teach" or convince. I think I was quite a funny person, kind of a teenage "know it all".

What I realize now is that I needed to grow up from that. All that is needed is to just be attuned and to be "in truth". There is nothing to intentionally do, nobody to convince. It is all about being in the right space. The mind anyway can't overlook what is needed on a soul level.

What I found most powerful are questions. Where some time ago I would have explained, analyzed, convinced I feel now I mostly happen to share just one or a few very simple questions. It seems to work like putting a virus into a computer: it eats its way towards the center of the illusion all on its own.

Just yesterday I recieved a letter from someone that I have asked such a question more than a month ago. In the situation she blocked the question, and I felt to leave it there. But she could not find rest, it worked and worked - and now she had a mayor breakthrough. Just one sentence was needed, nothing more! She went there all on her own.

What it taught me was that if I would have had an intention in that situation, a need for an outcome, pushing her to see it, it would have never worked so perfectly.

If I am just in the right space and speak my truth, without any intention for an outcome, that is what it means to be a catalyst for me. A walking mirror.

I think especially for star-people the tendency to become a teacher or healer is big. It was quite some way for me to understand that "helping" people actually often disempowers them. Apart from that there is always a good deal of ego in the whole "helping"-idea.

David

Hello,

It's a shame I knew nothing about it 16 years ago :D (kidding)...

And, as usually, the timing for the article is perfect.

Thank you, Chris.

How right you are David that a well placed and well worded question can be so powerful to the catalytic process. Like for example "how do you feel about that?" "what motivated you to do that?", just these alone cause people to take responsibility for their process and explore what's going on inside.

This happens to be a core part of our facilitators program next week.

Open

How to keep the self-oservation ability during the "catalysis"?

Because all I feel is the flow (something is going through me), and I also can feel the "interruption", my own stuff, but I can't really process it on the spot, because something else is flowing through me (so it feels).

So I just feel my stuff, see it.

Is it a matter of "practice"? and I will be able to let go my own attachments during this interaction?

Or is seeing enough?

And the motivation too: I don't make it (in terms of speed), it goes too fast.So the only thing I manage to do is to hold the field, space.

Yes I recognise the speed issue very well indeed :wink:

To be a really good catalyst is to be very clear inside. Otherwise the risk is that it looks as if you are being the cause of what is happening - this can foster resentment and negativity towards you.

Yes it is a matter of practice and most certainly watching your own 'stuff' in it. But neither is it being afraid to be an instrument of confrontation. So for me it's about holding both in equal measure.

I notice these 'hair-line-trigger' situations where I feel to do something but notice it's all about managing ('controling') the level of response. So I immediately sense right action and allow that to flow with focus, but then I'm watching with as much sensitivity as I can whilst acting.

I don't claim to be perfect! This is something I'm working on myself right now. One thing I do know, is that it doesn't help to constrain or limit oneself, but to be very open to conciliation if you tread too hard on someone's toes!

Open

It is totally so, about being clear. People seem to be highly sensitive to 'motivations' and to my own 'weak spots', so they don't wait for too long to shoot back at me, which is great! Then we catalyze each other :D

About the negativity - it seems that it can happen also when I am clear, due to their inner resistance (like the dreams security in Inception), their "guards" begin to attack me. Then the following options are happening:

I saw a couple of other catalysts on the net (Russian one), some of them work really softly, others use very rude and straightforward approach (and even curse), usually with those bringing extreme negativity into the environment in all kinds of ways. And it was funny for me to see how they were different when contacting me.

In general, I seem to be somewhere in the middle between soft and "harsh" catalyst, but in rather sly way (till now), and can be both. Really, it looks this way, as if I have the ability to make people like me even if they don't like what I am saying :S And it feels like a "snake" :S, in a good way, this fluidity and coming quietly from the not-expected direction. Not like this? Ok, how about like this?

Well, I'm still exploring it...

People soften very quickly this way, retreat from the war position and begin to talk differently (so I know I hit the tune) or finish the conversation themselves, i.e. I translate it like "understood, don't want it". Ok, I go on. Interestingly, I don't feel sad about this option. I do what I can, and move forwards, fast, to those who want (I don't do it, it happens).

And also it looks like confusing a bit, there is the element of surprize. They expect something, but it is not happening, because I have no personal interest there and don't expect anybody to agree or accept anything... Extremely interesting!

The most wonderful script - when a person opens and then it becomes much more direct and more on the soul level (it happened to me already 3 times in < than a week). I mean that they begin to "speak their truth". Cooperation makes a big difference.

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About the brakes:

There is some difficulty to know when and how to stop. Like I feel this energy influx that wants to go out, but I can "see" that the person can't take it in such intensity, so here I was a bit confused, and thought I might have a dissolver.. So... There is some mechanism of slowing down and attuning going on. So now I see it is ok :)

Thanks, Chris!

Well, there are so many things to share about all this process...

So I will just say, this is one of the most incredible things that happened to me till now. Challenging, unbelievably interesting, WOW!!! What a crazy dynamics!...

Because I'm on the social net, not one on one or in the group, so it's like some crazy waves coming and going, people contact me, so different, write comments to comments, etc.

All the fields are interwoven there, so many... Well I don't have words to really describe it. Fascinating would suit the best here...

:D

Thanks for this excellent article and also the post on 'catalysis' on the other thread. I meant to respond but didn't know what to write, so I waited..

Needless to say growing up with a strong catalytic energy was enormously difficult in society especially in my case I was also very introvert and had difficulty expressing myself. I had serious problems with observing social rituals and conventions, plus I was extremely stubborn and refused to be flexible, this would constantly get me beaten up at home as a child. After 20 plus years of abuse, conditioning and pressuring I have become a lot more flexible now, which is extremely sad considering the amount of pain and suffering I endured, but it's also a very positive side to it as I can be now in social situations with much much more ease and flexibility.

It's really interesting I used to the typical 'harsh' catalyst as Yulia put it. I always tended to very harsh and blunt, though not like that anymore. I did also tend to have a very strong impulse to really 'shake things up' so to speak. I thought I'd have a great career in the business world because I could easily see where people are deluding themselves and use my visionary side to steer the organization in the right direction. But I was too naive, eventually I came to see how dark the business world really is (in China), I just didn't feel I wanted to be in it. Also for many years there was this constant questioning in the back of my head -- how many more years is this current world reality going to continue?? is it really worth the effort going into business? Now all my old ambitions are almost completely gone.. The warrior energy in me has almost subsided to the background over past 2 years or so. Much as I'm still curious of what's going on in society, I don't really feel much of a desire to go out and change the world. I feel the focus of my life has shifted and other aspects of my soul is now wanting to arise, I just want to live a very simple and harmonious life with heart felt connection with people around me.

Hi Lei,

That's really interesting - thanks for sharing. Actually I hadn't immediately seen you with strongly catalytic energies - I'd seen you more as an empathic community builder.

I see that everyone who begins to awake and evolve carries catalytic potential. But that doesn't necessarily mean our role is as a catalyst. It depends on the general balance of energies we carry.

So it maybe that your circumstances when young brought out a particularly confrontational side but now that's being balanced with a more harmonious side? In other words carrying a more gentle and balanced energy - one that can inspire change yes, but now one that builds bridges and connects people?

In my observation, there are two general actions going on within the evolutionary process. There are protagonists - catalysts - who have a very strong energy that break the old reality down and then there are the 'empaths' who 'bind together' the new harmony. Of course we all have unique energies and unique ways of being, but I do observe these two general processes going on.

Open

Hi Yulia,
Yes, it will probably change.. I also feel to add that I'm still feeling a certain amount of catalytic energy within though it's far less than it used to be. In the past, the energy had been relentlessly powerful on occasions, I literally wanted to shatter things completely!! Synchronistically my name 'Lei' literally means 'thunder' in Chinese. You can imagine how infinitely frustratingly to have such an energy and growing up in a conventional Chinese family and society where filial obedience is very highly praised.

Chris, I wonder if Ray 1 is related to the level of libido one has. I remember you mentioned on another thread that ray 1 is inspiring the sexual energy or something similar.

I beleive we're all a little bit of both, but one part definitely prevails (also depending on the circumstances).

Binder I am definitely not, but I can infuse some harmony too :( (the sad smiley is for fun)

:)

Hey Yulia,

One of the things to be wary of within what I 'hear' in your words is the visionary side of the catalyst. So a catalyst will be automatically aligned with the 'Right Action' of the universe wanting to break the old illusions down. You'll often see how challenging situations are being presented to people and the courses of action they're being invited to take. You'll notice the signs and synchronicity quite strongly. You'll be able to see how the situation is carefully crafting itself to push buttons, confront limitations and 'call' self deceptions.

Sometimes we may indeed be an instrument of that catalysis. However we must be very careful not to then over step the mark and try to create the very situations we feel are supposed to happen - either consciously or unconsciously. Sensitive people will feel this going on and then see you as the cause of the action (rather than the wider universe). It generates resistance not compliance to the flow and is therefore counterproductive.

Yes you might be blessed with the insight of Right Action and yes you might be being an instrument of that, but in my experience, it still pays not to try to predict the choices people will make nor try to engineer the situation - it can feel like they're being 'backed into a corner'.

It's a bit of a paradox because a true catalyst will likely have a good deal of the ray 7 in their soul ray harmonic which actually shapes signs and synchronicity. So we have to be exceedingly careful about how we 'apply' this energy. The point is to move to the place where we're simply being us and observing our impact on the surroundings - not trying to engineer anything because when we're being most effective, that will happen naturally all by itself.

Open

Hi Lei,

You ask about libido - interesting. One of the things I haven't mentioned so far within this thread is the importance of sexual libido to the catalyst. It's something which can strengthen quite powerfully the energies of change. I'm not saying sex is the path of catalytic evolution (although it can be), what I'm saying is that sexual intimacy can invoke and attune the energies of catalysis if those energies are naturally strong within you.

And yes, it is inspired by the Ray 1. Sexual libido tends to be the physical manifestation of the Ray 1.

Open

Yep, I can see it happening (the engineering), sometimes on the spot, sometimes retrospectively. Probably there are also some I don't see, like now :D

Also, one of the biggest challenges is the ego owning it all, like waves of huge, enormous pride and then of humility and humblness (especially after the kicks under the belt from the universe through other people :D or after some heart-opening)

It IS something to "work on", I just got on that train. Till now I was most of the time alone, working on my own stuff, and it was challenging not to shape things, and now it is "the same story", but much more challenging...

(God! This ego is everywhere!!! Here too! :D)

I have another difficulty (ego-based?) It is as if some part of me "wants" to be in it all day: people are asking questions, comment, and it seems there's a pull to answer, but then many times I am "working" for hours and hours, and have only a few moments of rest (like for weeing), and also yoga and meditation time. I can sense some disbalance going on in my own "system" at the moment, as if I am way too much in this swirling and rolling. What is going on? How can I... well it is hard to formulate the question. In short, how to and why? :D

You almost made me laugh, I'd never thought of myself as an empathic community builder. :D Now you've opened up a new possibility for me. I can indeed see myself building bridges and connecting people, but there's no way I can resonate with a mission of the empaths who bind together a new harmony (as much as I appreciate it).

The problem with me is that I'm not really self confident enough to fully and passionately express myself. I'd been plagued with existential despair for many years. I also have a quite strong introvert and introspective side, I'm just not sure of myself a lot of the times..

So it maybe that your circumstances when young brought out a particularly confrontational side but now that's being balanced with a more harmonious side? In other words carrying a more gentle and balanced energy - one that can inspire change yes, but now one that builds bridges and connects people?

Yes, this I resonate. I would really love to be more balanced. Clearly in the past I had been identifying with my confrontational and rebellious side. But when I was very young, perhaps as young as 3 or 4 years old, in my solitude I could feel my true self (at least to some extent), it's a powerful presence - almost like I was already fully grown up, a wise old man kind of archetype, wanting to 'teach' and shake or wake people up. It didn't feel like a gentle energy at all! Back then I already knew one day I'd be awakened and felt like I was here on a mission. For almost all my life (until last year) I'd been trying to come to terms with my spiritual side. It's something I really didn't want to embrace because I knew I'd lose interests in my dreams and ambitions which I was very attached to. I thought I'd first fulfill my ambitions, and when I'm old then I'll walk the spiritual path... :D Much as I tried to resist I was just too inquisitive to not look into spiritual materials and eventually curiosity killed the cat..

Lei

You say that Sexual libido tends to be the physical manifestation of the Ray 1.

But when is sexual libido not the physical manifestation of the Ray 1? I know many men who have very high sex drive yet they exhibit very little ray 1 characteristic, so this isn't absolutely the case. It seems that most people in society have an unreasonably large amount of libido, do you feel that our libido will naturally decrease as we become more spiritual and our energies become more harmonized inside? and if so, what impact a lowered libido will have on our Ray 1?

In reply to by lei

Tristine Rainer, in her book The New Diary, said that the correlation between sexual and creative energy was very strong. So strong (I believe this was her) that they weren't two different energies, but the same energy expressed in two different ways.

In the journals of her students, she saw again and again where facing and processing sexual 'hangups' liberated creative energy, and those who restrained their creative output were uncomfortable with their sexuality.

In terms of community building Lei, it seems to me you tend to do a good deal of that across the internet - that's the fashion in which I meant it. You seem to be a very effective communicator in that way.

In terms of libido, are you sure you're not confusing libido with lust? To me, every distortion contains a core truth - I once heard it called 'ancient light'. So take something like lust. At the core of that might be a totally authentic thirst for life - to revel in the fullness of physical experience. It just got perverted along the way.

So maybe what you're seeing is lots of men (and women too) expressing conditioned lust which had its original foundations in a healthy ray 1?

Open

I'm at a lose for where to begin...

I see in myself a clear sense of 'right action.' I still make mistakes, of course, but this path requires a certain amount of chutzpah. If a thousand people are talking about the cut of the Emperor's sports coat, I'm going to shout out that he's naked. Because, you know, he is.

A lot of times this is called arrogance. It's conviction, certainly, but I work really hard to remain open minded, remember that I get things wrong, to be aware of the situation... courage and wisdom, you know? Often the message is that it's either/or. Faith or curiosity, but never both. I think a lot of people see the conviction and stop looking. After all, conviction without wisdom is arrogance, or, as I like to call it, President Bush.

Myself, I was abused as a child. It's only very recently, as I process the fear and grief, that I've really gained a sense of... umm... what my life could be for? What good I could do beyond the internal. Of course I stumble across this page now.

I feel that we do live in ... well, if I had a flair for the dramatic I'd call it a wicked age. A single abuser scars a dozen lives, and each one is diminished in their ability to stand against abuse. Lies encourage liars, and liars produce more lies. In corporate America, a lack of morals or integrity is the fastest path to the top.

I don't think this is a natural state.

I mean, I suspect we as a culture are sick; like suffering from a really bad bronchial infection. Or perhaps, as a superior metaphor, our culture is like an alcoholic who has reached the end of the road, and is very close to hitting rock bottom. If you're familiar with addiction literature, you know that sometimes at rock bottom things turn around. The addict hears a little voice inside them that promises recovery is possible.

Maybe that's exactly what the catalysts are.

Incidentally, I know I may seem irreverent. And honestly, I am. But I do take this stuff seriously. A sacred trust and all that... I've been near crushed under the energy of the catalytic archetype, but you know... I'm honored to be able to do some good.

Hi Chapak,

Welcome to Openhandweb and thanks for sharing your thoughts/feelings on the role of a catalyst :wink:

Yes we are so often misunderstood aren't we!

But when we hold that kind of energy, there's nothing else to do but express it. It's a bit like bouncing a basket ball across a minefield!

But then I've found over the years, a greater level of sophistication happens, so fewer of the mines tend to explode!

Best wishes

Open

I am truly grateful for this article. I feel that each and every word deeply resonates with me. I had read this article earlier but it is only now that I am really 'getting' its message. I feel more and more often (thinking also back to my 'old life', workplaces etc) a that I'm something of a catalyst myself. I have also found myself recently in 'button pushing' situations with people ever more often and, interestingly enough I want to 'teach, heal and lead' less and less....I have the feeling that sometimes simply by being present somehow I can help people discover what holds them back...Someone once told me: 'in your presence I can see my things more clearly'...:)

I am home staying with family for the week and have been working a lot with what is shared here in this article. I am finding the deeper I go I can be a very intense person to be around and this can feel very painful to me. I get very passionate and I am feeling where there is an invitation to share my perspective. Then I have to be with the effect it causes. I am watching and softening inside where in the past I would get tight and defend myself.

As a teenager I did intentionally push buttons. Always arguing and confronting but at some point got tired of the reactions and then kept things to myself or changed the way I felt to be and what to share to avoid them. When I share my perspective my family can take things very personally, get defensive and try to convince me that I am wrong and have bought into some belief system. Like you say in the article I am not trying to push buttons but that is what happens. I keep wondering why I have to share with my family who seem like they will never see any other way of being. I know it is just to be myself fully no matter what. This pain of not being seen or heard feels very karmic, at the end of the day I often am feeling a overwhelming release, pain in my heart and abdomen and crying. I keep reminding myself of what you said here

"I find it greatly helps to let go of the need to feel like we’re here to teach, to heal, to lead or direct. It’s about progressively moving into the place of absolute trust, that even if our action may cause some degree of discomfort, it's refined purpose is selfless."
Thank you for the space to share here.
With love,
Kim

I feel for you Kim *give_rose*

What intuitively speaks to me here is what the Buddha called 'The Middle Path'. It's an interesting concept, because I know to many, that means not getting into any kind of extreme, which I don't necessarily agree with. Sometimes extreme IS necessary. Is not reality pretty extreme sometimes!

What I mean here is that there's almost certainly a middle way for you, within these interactions. So not expressing your truth doesn't have to mean backing down and caving in. You could still stand your ground but without having to defend it. That's the point - some people are simply not going to get this higher truth without many lifetimes of evolution. Why fight that?

But if you truly believe in what you're feeling, you don't have to back down either. Next time you feel some kind of defensiveness, perhaps be quieter, yet feel the strength of soul inside and let that radiate into your world. In the beginning it's a bit esoteric, but maybe give it a try and see how it works.

I've been in these places where I've been under sustained attack, didn't respond, yet with each attack, experienced a growing sense of bliss inside.

So I'd say there's a middle path here somewhere.

Open *OK*

Hi Kim...
Similar experiences have been a part of my experience as I walk in these shoes. Thank you for sharing. I had written this reply to you when you announced the facilitator news. For some reason, I posted it on your page but the text glimmered on my phone then I was taken away from the web page all together. I had written it into my notes so still had the text. I thought it was a thought not to be shared until I read your new post. Well here's what you inspired within me last week.

Beautiful!!! Exciting to align with the rightness of it all starting on this plane of existence then accelerating and blowing it all wide open...I see spirals and spirals through the density to clarity. Staying true to ones path always brings these experiences that can feel confronting when the mind places value upon the perceived outcome to be less than desirable. I see that internal resolve to allow the divine interplay to unravel as it will without forcing will is inspiring. Holding the space was a concept I truly felt to experiment (I was in awe to witness you in that role) as I had a tendency to take others "stuff" on with an intent to fix or help. I was operating mentally with a sense of urgency. Allowing the energy to just be without catalysing was an evident place that I was to shift into. Really feeling my own energy as it vibrated out yet allowing it to shimmer into the field and not intellectualize how it could affect another's not feel responsible for what they had "going on". I always think, well here we go Universe... Here is an opportunity to practice. Time slows when a perceived pain or loss or the notion of being misunderstood creeps into the mind affecting the chemical reactions of the physical body. Slowwwww slowww slowly...The soul is aware feeling all/ nothing. Just allowing the experience to unfold. My physical shell feels energy pulsating through the field as it truly is the grounding variable of this lower realm experience yet attach no words to it nor give the will energy by reacting with mindfulness. It all falls away dissolves... Just shining the light.. blown wide open.

Blessings to you my new friend. Hoping our paths cross again. Namaste...love...peace...truth...wisdom...light.

Open,
After reading your response I was fortunate enough to have another opportunity to work with some family drama:). I went on a walk with my dad and felt the place where I wanted to speak in defensivenes. We had just seen two deer run across our path and I was reminded to soften and expand. I remained quiet and did feel my soul radiating out and a sense of bliss inside as I got a beautiful confirmation from the universe. Thank you!

Hi Erica,
What you shared on the other thread recently really spoke to what I was feeling to share here. About the patterns and behaviors forming emotional triggers and being misunderstood. Before coming back home I was spending as much time as possible alone and feeling my soul. As you said "riding the wave occurs easily in solitude...Now just being in those moments allows for much as finally knowing some just won't see and that it is still ok to completely feel free to be"
We saw the broadway play the Lion King the other day and I could not stop crying through it. I really resonated with the character wanting to go off and avoid his future, just not wanting to worry about the rest of the world, but eventually facing his destiny. Thank you for providing a mirror, for the kind words and the encouragement. You are a shining light!
Until we meet again my friend,
Kim

You say:
"Of course an essential part of walking the path is 'standing in our truth' - having the courage to express who we really are. This in itself begins to light a beacon for others to find their own truth, inside themselves"

This Resonates and I have had this happen on more than one Occasion, where I have noticed how I have had an impact on one person's energy shift or an entire Environment of people's energy shift, I was never able to understand the How and why... I have seen this happen many times as I changed Job environments, the energy transferring from a gloomy one, people talking behind each others back and not getting along ect, a few months after I am there I witness connections being made (maybe not best friends) but people who would not talk to each other would start too and a new more positive energy amongst more people, this always humbled me and confused me, asking myself "was I really doing this?" but after repetitive times of this occurring not long after I would arrive it became clear I had a play in the transfer of energy at the very least. To this day it still happens and Today it happened with one individual.

I find in my experience Men have a harder time dealing with emotions and especially expressing them or talking openly about them, about topics that would be considered less masculine, using the words Love, Compassion ect.

I think part of my success with being able to influence other men is I am a masculine guy (whatever that means) as I have been told/labeled, so the source matters and helps I think, coming from a so called guy who has a strong masculinity but yet expressing himself openly and not being afraid to put himself out there being compassionate. fascinating article that has helped piece some of the puzzle together. <3

Steve

You always have a positive vibe when you connect here Steve.

Even if you're going through challenges at times, I still feel an alignment of positivity.

This is infectious. It builds energy in you and the field around you. And so it's no surprise that you have a positive uplifting affect.

There's no need to question this - just to celebrate it - keep doing it.

There will be times too when it's hard to do this. But keep reflecting on this light, and it will keep breaking through.

Great 'job' Steve

Open *OK*

Re-reading this post stimulates a whole lotta feelings and thoughts. Am I am empath? Am I catalyst? Is there a need to pick? Am I both? Feels like it. Egads, how do I figure this out? But somehow it seems important to soothe my soul.

I'm a highly sensitive person, but at the same time, I'm drawn to breaking down illusions I sense in others. I've been doing this for a long time, but now I feel an almost volcanic urge to do so, given all the shit that's going down.

I was sitting in an astrology class recently and was giving voice to taking responsibility for my part in the collective consciousness and all the abuse and suffering we witness. I obviously stirred up a lot of emotion in a classmate who said very clearly she was angry about what I said and could not see how she contributed to a rape in Africa, for example. I was aware that the upwelling of my soul to speak to this arose from what I was feeling in her: an innocent victim who feels superior to all those nasty people out there. I just had to go for it. My sense was that she would sit with it and that subtle shifts would happen internally over time.

When in groups, I'm aware of my ability to quickly establish an empathic connection to everyone.

So what the heck am I? My soul yearns to know.

x Cathy

Hi Cathy,
I love how Involved and open you have been sharing with your community. Seems you're really putting yourself out there expressing you and your beautiful gifts. It's really inspiring! I know you have always referred to yourself at as empath but I always have thought you were more of a catalyst. (with empathic qualities). I thought I was sensitive to how others were feeling until I went on Openhand courses with highly empathic people. Then I saw I was not really empathic but I feel I can be sensitive (sometimes) to what others are feeling. I am curious about you as well but it may be my ego that wants to know lol. I do think it can be quite helpful knowing how the energy works within you for your own growth. I feel like people are more one or the other but everyone has the qualities of both to some degree.
Wishing you well,
Kim

"Curiouser-and-curiouser," said Alice down the rabbit hole.

Is it ego wanting to know? Or is it just wanting to finally understand more deeply how my gifts manifest? The discussion in this forum has stimulated my desire. I think for me it's beyond ego and is just a true desire to 'know' and embrace my uniqueness more fully. I've been told by many psychics that I am highly telepathic. That is so. Is that different from feeling the feelings of others like empaths do? I often know automatically how other people and animals are feeling and what they're thinking.

Kim, it's interesting that you pick up on my being a catalyst. Also, your comment that everyone has the qualities of both the empath and the catalyst to some degree. We had a discussion on the forum recently about empaths and catalysts and the differences in perceptions that may lead one to not fully understand these unique gifts. I felt I was on both sides of the stream trying to bridge both worlds, wanting to breakdown the perceived polarity, and bring it all together. Was that me being a catalyst?!

Is it possible for an empath to morph into a catalyst? In my early years when I was much younger, I relate more to being an empath, drowning in unexpressed feelings. Perhaps I was really a shut down catalyst?

Somehow I'm feelin' that I can kickass more if I can know and accept all the weird and wonderful parts of me. On the other hand, I'm really kickin' ass these days! :) Maybe it is my ego wanting to know.

Oh me, oh my. Curiouser-and-curiouser," said Alice.

x Cathy

i reckon i can relate to what your saying ladies

i feel i hold both. And perhaps there is a flow that is highlighting potential for a new territory..

While i am often described as empathic, I feel i have strong catalytic energy also. I feel like a balance of both. I definitely triggered people a lot in the past and i would say i still do, but in a different way.

Its often very strong in me to pinpoint and hold focus on the mismatch or incongruence (sometimes between the soul and whats referred to here as the personality..sometimes it is just a quality in a being that isnt contributing anymore). In the past focussing on the "incongruence" did not go down as gracefully as it does now. Nowdays its strong in me to appreciate and honor a persons essence whilst also honoring and accepting the incongruence. Its almost by "seeing" all (or as much as i can) of the being...the soul, the personality, the mismatches, all of it, and accepting and honoring what is, then there is a catalysing still happening but its more graceful. There is more safety felt from both parties, like people are triggered but are also willing to go there, have me contain/honor them in some way, and then reconfigure for themselves, i feel it too in me sometimes (empathic), but sometimes i dont need to, sometimes its my job to be strong in my own essence and that helps them (catalysis).

Tremendous exploration - yes the blend of both (empathy and catalysis). To be a really great catalyst, is also to be able to empathise - to feel into the other person's stuff - but not get stuck there. As you feel into their distortion, you honour where the other is at, but then in the catalyst, it's like that reflection (of the shadow) then initiates realignment to the light. And as you shift, it encourages the other to do so aswell.

I especially loved this Amber...

    Its almost by "seeing" all (or as much as i can) of the being...the soul, the personality, the mismatches, all of it, and accepting and honoring what is, then there is a catalysing still happening but its more graceful.

Perfect!

And with regards definition (Cathy), all of these definitions of (for example) empaths and catalysts are merely pointers - they're doorways into direct experience which needs no definition - there is just you being. We can point at the moon, but the invitation is to see past it and embrace the stars. The idea of discussing it at all, is to offer the possibility of such expansion into something new, something buried within.

Open *OK*

Amber,

I relate to your experience and journey about catalyzing more gracefully, honouring where the other is at, gently inviting a shift. It's quite a dance at times balancing empathy and catalysis, particularly with loved ones, I find. At times, I have gotten lost in empathizing too much, getting down in the mud with others, losing my boundaries. And sometimes I have gone the other way, too little empathy, impatient with the distortion, wanting to control. Hardly an inviting mirror to reflect back a higher way of being! :)

Here's a quote that captures the essence for me.

"Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered." ~Wes Angelozzi

Open, yes, discussions of definitions help us to tap into buried parts of ourselves and expand into new ways of being, to go beyond the beyond where definitions don't exist. No point in getting bogged down in labels!

Thanks, Kim, Amber, Open. The discussion has helped me to dig deeper and more fully integrate and accept my role as a spiritual catalyst as I continue to grow and evolve and reflect back a higher way of being for others, with ever greater love and compassion as I spiral upwards, lighting the way.

x Cathy