On the spiritual path, what is the true measure of mastery? You may have journeyed plenty, you may have touched deep presence and be able to open into multidimensionality. You might get visions and insights into future-landing-now, or you might be able to facilitate, heal and catalyse. Yet there's a fundamental problem in ever embracing the word "master". Because there's always something to be mastered, always something to integrate. The very term itself breeds complacency...
The Eternal Student
When you reach a certain point on the path, where you're truly tuned into the quantum field and its magnificent flow, then you'll come to realise three interconnected fundamental truths: 1) no two moments are ever the same; 2) each situation has unique challenges and opportunities; 3) the soul is invited to find the highest expression in each circumstance and situation.
What this means is that you can never guarantee mastery in any given moment. Because you're being invited to search for, and find, a new expression of self. The good thing is it will always be based on a previous version of you. The great risk of embracing the term "master" is to breed complacency, and the likelihood that you won't deliver of your best. So the key is to always keep innovating, and working to improve on previous iterations of self.
To me, true mastery then, is to realise yourself as the eternal student. When you sit with this it helps one's life and one's journey in profound ways. First, there can be more relaxation in life itself - there is no perfection to be attained. Most importantly it means that in any given situation, you can win. Because you'll find that as you orientate yourself toward the highest expression of you that you can be, it's going to feel marvelous because the Universe will click in around you and reflect that back to you in all that you do.
Because there's nothing else that's real, which is truly going on. The Universe is working tirelessly to actualise itself in the next grandest version. And you are that!
This in itself is pretty advanced. But it retains the humility to accept that a) you're never perfect; b) you're always fallible; c) to keep striving for the next best version of you. To me, this is a true form of mastery.
I like to think I can follow signs, synchronicity and flows in the quantum field pretty well. I've gotten through some big challenges and major scrapes here in the Shift. Yet only recently, at Heathrow airport on my way to an Openhand event I got myself in a tizz trying to find the carparking company. I had to go around the inner circle three times before finally finding it. I did have the wherewithall, a degree of "mastery", to recognise I needed to slow down, open up, let go and just follow the feeling. That did eventually get me there.
In this situation, like all situations, there was something unique to be learned. Yet part of me was a degree complacent that things would work just in the way they always had. I needed to embrace a slightly different feeling and approach - a greater sophistication. A lesson learned indeed.
What are the Qualities of the Eternal Student?
This is why, to me, an "Ascended Master" would never own or embrace the term. What does it mean? That you've attained mastery in Ascension? Well, EVERY Ascension process in EVERY Shift is complex and entirely unique. You can bring past awareness, integration, skills and knowledge to bear, yes. But each moment requires a new application, a new learning and integration.
The term "Ascended Master" is only recognised because it's a term that's used in the spiritual mainstream. It may be viewed as a bridge, a connection, to then go beyond.
So what qualities of the eternal student might we embody?
It's being prepared to stop, open, tune in and feel.
It's having the courage to follow the soul and go with the flow.
It's recognising that each moment will have a teaching in it:
Where do you get tight? How might you open up through it?
Now, what's the next highest version of you, the next harmony wanting to express?
What Nugget of Soul Gold Can You Find Now?
If you explore this template, then I'm sure you'll gain masses from it. I would say it also means you can give up the striving for mastery or perfection. The moment you're engaged in right now has a nugget of soul gold buried within it. The only question now is: How can you integrate and express it?
I felt given to put this video together about the "Ascended Masters" and how they're truly working in the shift to help liberate and uplift humanity. Notice some key features: 1) they're in the background and never put themselves above you; 2) they work on frequencies of beingness, soul gold, to help you realise the next best version of yourself; 3) they're not invested in a particular "victory" or an outcome in the outer. Only to be the best expression they can be.
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