Understanding the Nature of Risk on the Spiritual Path

Submitted by Open on Mon, 09/18/2017 - 07:10

There will come a point on the spiritual path where there's nothing for it but to risk all. It's when you hit the edge of ultimate freedom - to begin to walk the blade edge of life. The soul wants to flow as freedom. It doesn't calculate what is logical, safe, or will gain the best practical outcome. It is yearning to be forged by the crucible of life into something immortal, beyond fear and limitation. Not that the soul doesn't have boundaries, not that it doesn't blend into rigid realities, it does. But it's purpose is to be the expression of the unbounded, unconstrained, fearlessness of the One. That's why there will come a point on the path to risk all...

It's time to break through the glass ceiling

Risk is the antithesis of security. It's where you're presented with a choice and you have no idea what's on the other side. You don't know if what you're being invited to do will work, or where it will lead. Let's be clear - truly following the soul will take you to the limit of what you feel secure. This is the crux point, which pulls on all the remaining ties of ego.

And that's exactly why you'll hit the 'glass ceiling' if you're truly walking the path. You'll encounter the final restraint that provides shelter and comfort to the ego. To break the glass ceiling, is to dive right into your fear. At this point, ego explodes and full kundalini is activated.

Activated kundalini is boundless, free flowing soul, down from the source, through your being, and back again, all inside of yourself. The sense of freedom is like metaphorically surfing a 100ft wave, snowboarding down a mountain without control, or base jumping into thin air, wondering if your 'suit' will carry you.

Risk in the day-to-day challenges of Life

Now I've used these emotive metaphors because that's what it feels like to me. But let me hasten to add, I don't surf ocean waves, I don't snow board down mountains and I certainly don't base-jump off cliff edges! But how might you apply these metaphors to the challenges you face in modern society?...

  • What about leaving a job that you know isn't for you, yet pays the rent?
  • Could it be beginning that new passion with minimal resources and committing all that you have?
  • Might it be daring to move on from a secure relationship, but which didn't fully work?
  • Or else could it be challenging the judgments friends and family members place on you?


All of these situations are often powerfully emotive, and can stretch you to the limit because of the risk of losing that's involved. But whenever you take such a leap of faith into these kinds of circumstances, in terms of the forging of the soul, you will never lose!

Preparation for Risk

It's also vitally important to say that to confront fear by taking a risk, doesn't mean to do so recklessly. You don't base-jump off a cliff edge without a flying suit! You don't throw yourself into a 100ft wave without a surfboard! And there's much preparation that goes with it too. To follow the natural pathway of the soul in a particular 'landscape', will involve the application of skills - you may be a natural healer, but you'll still need to hone the gifts of your art to have some chance of success.

So taking risk, doesn't equate to being reckless. But if you're truly following the soul, it will prepare you for the point at which it's time to jump into the unknown. And there's no avoiding this, if you're to truly know the boundlessness of the One.

Here's an Openhand Video on...Coming into Presence

Think "Innovation"

Crucially, preparing for risky situations, and developing yourself to face them, will involve daring to take the tried and tested in your life, but then doing it differently - think "Innovation". When you think about it, "Innovation" doesn't mean simply abandoning all the practices you've known and all the skills you developed along the way.

Innovation means taking the threads of the old, and fearlessly weaving them into a new garment.

The Passion of Risk

There's often great passion that comes with risk taking too. In fact, for me, it's hard to imagine forging the soul through risky situations without passion. I observe this is one of the limitations often encountered in the spiritual mainstream - it's seen as not 'spiritually correct' to unleash emotion. And so the natural passion of the soul is frequently dissolved out. This in itself creates the limitation of spiritual identity - a particular form of the glass ceiling, under which I observe many languish. Hence, if you truly yearn to breakthrough the final ties of ego's limitation, I'd advise applying yourself to experiences which generate, and unleash, passion. Many a time I've found myself standing on the edge - it was always passion that carried me over and through.

What is it that ignites the spark of your passion? Do you know yet?

Risk ignites the fire of the soul

When you find yourself easily rising to great passion at times in your life, then as the crux point of risk arrives, the flame of the soul will ignite and carry you through, leading to unimaginable expansion and liberation.

So I'd advise frequently exploring the 'ignition point' in daily life, the one that fires and unleashes soul.

For me, it can be something as simple as emotive music that ignites passion in my life. Or free wheeling in the unknown, following the divine signs and synchronicity to some distant inner shoreline. And emotive film carries me into this 'dream time' too. Which for me, is often more real than 'reality'. Maybe it's time to acknowledge, confront, and break through risk in your life?

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I'm not flying yet but a couple of months ago i jumped from the metaphorical cliff. I got sick at the beginning of this year and my financial resources quickly dwindled. I got sick because I put a dam in the stream of my kundalini energy. My whole energy-system shut down and i could barely take a walk to the store. I was on welfare a couple of months but soon discovered that the mother archetype i was projecting on the government didn't fit anymore. I also noticed that the whole system was trying to make me fit in instead of really looking at me. An inner knowing started to land that in order to heal and let the energy flow again i needed to let go of the external support. I felt like standing on a cliff but didn't yet dare to jump. And than I saw the movie 'Divergent'. It brought tears to my eyes and I knew I was meant to see it. It summoned in me the passion to jump...and it was a great feeling. The warrior in me said: I will not bend for this ridiculous system and its attempt to squeeze me into this robotic harness. It wasn't reckless; the feeling to jump had now fully landed within my consciousness. I just couldn't escape this knowingness. I'd taken many risks before but this was by far the biggest. I told them to stop my welfare and I stopped seeing any doctors. And then i realised: I've jumped and there so turning back. In my dream a voice told me it was time now to let go of any outside authority...it all boiled down to my own judgement. The decision to jump was taken somewhere last June. I'm still falling and last Thursday saw my fears almost coming to a boiling point. I lay down to delve deeper into them and after a while something amazing happened: the seer in me came to the fore and the fear lost its grip. On some level i'd let go of the possibility that I might lose my home and in this state of the seer I went shopping and wasn't getting irritated by all the matrix-noise inside the store. That same evening, totally unexpected, i had a last minute applicant for my course and now was able to pay the rent. From that moment on the seer has become more a part of my waking consciousness. But of course now new layers of inner density have been stirred up from the river bed which I have to embrace. But I'm glad I jumped: I'm falling into non-identification but even if I don't I just couldn't stay in that old status quo any longer. At a certain point safety has not enough power when it whispers in your ear that you should stay where you are.....if you're attentive the Universe or better you yourself will wave the 'go' flag marked by some outside event which is your synchronistic sign. Who jumps with me.....if you're truly ready?

Hey all!!

I'm with you, I jumped off the cliff awhile back, took a backward dive right off the solid rocks of my life. I'm almost always seemingly facing forward, so I figured backward works well. Lets try that!

I cant say for any certainty that I've landed exactly where I should be, but I can say I landed to a screeching halt, a skidding straight through the mud of my life. Those moments I notice always comes with a time standing still. I can see myself raising my head upwards and just breathing in. I get what was talked about here previously regarding music because its those moments too when the symphony of sounds cease, the drums stop beating, the spectrum of color all blends together. The dense viscosity of it obscures even the brightest of lights. It's like really thick mud that only has baseline sounds and texture. Or so thats how it feels to me.

Those honestly are the moments I treasure most because there is so much to learn from the muddyness of life. With my recent thud, I decided to change direction. It's like when all else fails just move forward. Just go even if I'm crawling, drudging through mud, just keep going. Dont stop. Just let it happen.

This is what I did. I woke up to a roomful of painted canvas wondering what am I supposed to do with all of this?! "Sell them," said the voice inside and I immediately ran towards a few lying haphhazardly on the floor and started hugging them while thinking "nope, not gonna happen! I lied, yup I lied..I cant do it, I cant sell them! These are part of me, these are an eloquence of my soul. I cant share this with more than what I have already done!" Then I laughed so hard, I just layed there on a bare floor hugging paintings and laughed. I've been laughing ever since! In between major panic and anxiety attacks that is. Several times Ive run out my front door to just go hug a tree (litterally) and feel dirt on my feet and hands.

But I know it's in this flying backward dive that I had done, to learn to trust my own road. That so far it has led me here and here is where I am and now I have begun the process of selling my paintings. It feels quite risky for me doing this, yet at least I am trying to see through the muddy viscosities of life and learn to just hover if not fly!
btw: just posting here brings me anxiety, but I'm going..Aint nothing stopping me now!
Much compassion and love to you all
Wyndè

Speaking of jumping off the cliff, I just returned from the cinema where I saw "All Saints" -- a beautiful, heartwarming film based on the true story of a corporate salesman turned pastor who risks everything to pursue what feels right and just. He encounters crushing obstacles along the way, and just when he feels all is lost, the miraculous happens although nothing turns out the way he expects.

What I'm learning about taking risks and watching a dream turn to dust is this: I KNOW NOTHING. Just as I was feeling down and out, my dream has arisen from the ashes in a wondrous, new way. I got burned the first time around so I'm doing my best to 'see' one step at a time, only.

Thank you for sharing your courageous journeys, Apollonius and Wende. I'm jumping with you in the spirit of Helen Keller, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

Love,

Cathy

Clip from All Saints:

Thanks so much everyone for sharing - what tremendous courage and enthusiasm you demonstrate!

Apollonius - what a beautiful sharing - I take my 'hat' off to you...

    "he warrior in me said: I will not bend for this ridiculous system and its attempt to squeeze me into this robotic harness. It wasn't reckless; the feeling to jump had now fully landed within my consciousness. I just couldn't escape this knowingness. I'd taken many risks before but this was by far the biggest. I told them to stop my welfare and I stopped seeing any doctors. And then i realised: I've jumped."

This is exactly what it's all about - and as we expand through such gateways, then miracles, mystery and magic all unfold - as they are with you. Go well brother.

Cathy - I just love the video clip - now doubt definitely one to see.

And Wynde - just go for it - awesome. What you share and send out into the world, will reflect back to you in some other form.

Blessings

Open *give_rose*

I edited this one, because really, I can make it really short! :D

A scary one... I don't see why yet.

Anyway, distilled, I wanted to say that I loved the article, thank people for the inspiring comments, and say that there are big, huge mountains to climb and jump of and also there are little barriers that also demand some breaking through, little cliffs that propel forwards to the next challenges.

This is it!

:O

Dear Open,

Thanks for this article and another one earlier this month on spiritual choices that have both been spot on for me! I have been wanting to respond to them, also just to express my appreciation, but somehow then got caught up in finding the words to express what it is I wanted to say. Often when I read an article here, the more I resonate with it, the more I don’t know where to start in response and then often end up not responding at all ☺.

Therefore, let me for now just say that for both choices and risk I often struggle with the fine line/blade edge between the ego and the flow and the role that impatience plays in this. When I feel a pull for something it is as if the only option is to make it happen ‘now, now’ or otherwise it is probably not the ‘right’ choice. It is like I can feel the flow and future landing, but then before I know it my ego has jumped on it, wanting to make it happen, even if there are perhaps still some other things to fall into place before that. My impatience can make the reckless choice of jumping without a flying suit of surfboard seem like the only option and then the fear and doubt about that choice will start to kick in. So how do you know when you get to the point that it is time to jump? How do you know that the flying suit you have woven over the years is strong enough not to crash?
For example, I can sense that I will be moving to another country again at some point in the future, and then my mind immediately latches on to that in terms of ‘where?’, ‘when?’, ‘how long?’, ‘what’?. And if there is no instant answer and action plan following, the doubt starts kicking in.

Love,

Marije

Thanks so much for the feedback Marije...

    "Often when I read an article here, the more I resonate with it, the more I don’t know where to start in response and then often end up not responding at all ☺."

I'd say that's a great sign - because it means it's touching something!

You said about impatience...

    "My impatience can make the reckless choice of jumping without a flying suit or surfboard."

*ROFL*

Sorry to laugh, but what you say creates some humorous imagery!

This is all about the consciousness landscape. It's about getting used to seeing the things that 'spike' in the field - noticing what raises your awareness. This in itself is tricky because it requires you to deprogram lower mind with all its needs, desires and expectations about what you want to be doing, or field you should be doing.

But as we detox lower mind of these conditioned behaviourisms, then you start to feel, intuit and know where and how the field is beginning to 'click'. You start to feel the synchronistic 'spikes'.

It's then important not to effort to fit these all together. Here again we must overcome another distorted characteristic of lower mind - it doesn't like uncertainty and so it will try to force things to fit together. You have to work to soften this aspect too, by feeling into the tightness that needs the immediate answer and opening out through it - soften through it.

One metaphor that can greatly help here is that of juggling balls - you notice the 'balls' that spike in the moment, but don't seek to hold onto them. Instead notice them in as much detail as possible. Let's say you put your keys down somewhere (keys are often a sign of destiny), and something spikes - jolts - in your awareness about them, which means they have an importance in 'future-landing-now'. So pay attention to them - where did you put them in relation to other things around? How are they lying? What else do you notice? Pay attention to these things (which means becoming ultra aware) but crucially, don't try to make them fit together. Instead toss that 'ball' back up into the air and let it go. Don't forget about it as such, but don't work to figure things out. Let the spike just float in your higher dimensional awarness

Then you'll start to notice other 'balls' that spike in the moment. Keep juggling these until suddenly you feel something land and everything just 'clicks'. The synchronistic moment has fallen into place and you physically step into it.

    "So how do you know when you get to the point that it is time to step - where the flow has clicked into place?"

With bags of practice. This is not just following the odd intuition every now and then. It is to be living in the flow practically every moment. It's then that you start to feel that audible 'click' when you know everything is landing in rightness. Then all you have to do, is keep stepping into the landing path of light.

Much love

Open *OK*

Hi Open,

Thanks for your feedback and the link to the conscious landscape article. I think I am getting better at noticing the spikes in the field and particularly distinguishing them from ‘spikes’ that my mind intentionally searched for ☺. I still have a long way to go though on the clicking and how things fit together. And again the impatience doesn’t really help here, because my lower mind would really love to get the immediate answers and for things to land rather sooner than later... As soon as something spikes my mind tends to be on top of its case to try and understand why it spiked. Maybe it is not so much because it doesn’t like the uncertainty, but rather because it is afraid to miss opportunities (as I write this, I realise the sillyness about the idea of ‘missing opportunities’ ☺). The metaphor of juggling balls here helps, though tossing the ball back into the air without an answer is surely going to frustrate my lower mind!

For example, you might recall that South Africa (and Johannesburg in particular) was spiking quite strongly for me in La Palma, though I couldn't really get why. Particularly when the spikes are about geographical locations I keep on wondering whether that is an invitation to book a ticket or perhaps even move there and when I don’t do so, there is a nagging sense of a possible missed opportunity. But if I would respond to all geographical spikes in that way, I would be traveling all over the place non-stop ☺. Over time there have been other synchronicities related to South Africa and I can feel my lower mind being a little frustrated with not understanding why. As a passenger in a car on a Dutch highway, I recently had the following rapid array of spikes (probably within 1 minute only and interestingly all in English): 1)You want to be sure, 2) Fusion, 3) Adam, 4) Africa Express Line. I immediately got the sense that Adam is referring to the Adam’s calendar in South Africa and Africa express line, perhaps to the ley line between the Adam’s calendar and the pyramids in Egypt? So now my mind keeps on wondering whether this means I have to go and visit the Adam’s calendar for some reason? Ugh, I guess I will have to toss that ball back up into the air now.....

With love,

Marije

Hello Open and Marije,

as you are speaking of the flow, I felt to ask an interesting question that has been in my mind for some time.

For me, the whole human experience is one big conditioning and sometimes it's difficult to identify what ~really~ is a conditioning - rooted in a fixed neural pathway.

For example, why aren't we guided to live without clothes? Why aren't we guided to eat with our hands? Why aren't we guided to sleep in the kitchen?

Does the all-encompassing flow, free from all judgements, meets those societal constructs?
I guess not!

Eduardo

Hi Marije,

I understand the challenges very well - because I with incarnating the way I did, I too had to work through all this stuff!

Remember a couple of essential things...
1. This is all about self-realisation. So you might create a string of spiking synchronicities just so as to unravel the ownership of lower mind.
2. To balance the above, unless there's something attracting you in the outer, there's no incentive to truly work the inner!

Adam's calendar spikes for me (for you) when you mention it.
Adam's calendar points towards three pyramids not so far way from it (you can see two with the naked eye). These are pretty much unknown. Yet they are exactly aligned as Orion, and are also exactly on the same longitude as the Great Pyramids of Egypt. There's a strong Annunaki connection in the area.

Open <3

Hi Eduardo,

You ask a pertinent question...

    "For example, why aren't we guided to live without clothes? Why aren't we guided to eat with our hands? Why aren't we guided to sleep in the kitchen?"

For me there are a couple of answers - firstly Homo Sapiens has been purposefully adapted to fit within that system.

Secondly there is the 'ray 4' to take into account. This is the natural aspect of the soul that blends with certain lower reality constructs so as to process karma. So a natural aspect of your authentic self will be working to blend (to a degree). At Openhand we call this the 'diplomat' aspect of the soul.

You might find this helpful...

The Complexity of Blending the Higher Flow with the Lower on the Spiritual Path"

Best wishes

Open *OK*