I believe that authenticity matters; hiding who we are stifles growth opportunities for the individual and collective. So in this blog I write about all things that genuinely fascinate me: art, spirituality, the puzzles of personhood--and their ongoing interplay. For some, learning the artist's thoughts contaminates the experience of the art, and I respect that. It might be best to avoid this blog and visit only my gallery pages. Personally I can't get enough of the stories, ideas, and people behind art, so this blog is most appropriate for an audience similarly curious and open-minded, and who won't take offense at challenging perspectives and taboo topics. It's especially for those who are aware they're undergoing a spiritual awakening and seek to feel less alone in that process. I wouldn't be at this better place in my life if it weren't for the wayshowers I found online who helped me understand what was happening to me and to the world, and I hope to pay it forward by doing the same for others on the awakening path.
There's a magical element I like adding to my cairns: levitating stones. Didn't know why at first. Maybe I do now.
A book I read earlier this year felt like maybe the most clarity-inducing, relevant thing I'd ever read, and it seemed to explain what I was intuitively painting. In Preparing for Contact: A Metamophosis of Consciousness, Lyssa Royal and Keith Priest ask extra-terrestrial beings for their advice on how humanity can connect with its galactic brethren, and Royal channels their responses. The authors explain why in the preface:
Contact with newly discovered races and tribes have been part of our Earth's history and a
significant part of our own societal evolution. Contact with extraterrestrial species is part of
our own societal evolution. By willingly engaging the extraterrestrials in open contact, we as
a planetary species send out a beacon to the universe proclaiming our rite of passage--our
coming of age into a galactic community of which we have always been a part but are now
beginning to consciously recognize. (p. xiii)
A being from the Pleiades who Royal channels, named Sasha, explains the internal work that humans need to do as a crucial step before contact can take place:
First, work on dissolving those data blocks. Become aware of the rigid views of reality that
you hold. You may not even be conscious of these views! Begin to know who you are. Then
begin to consciously change those perceptions of reality you have outgrown. Begin
replacing them with new and expansive points of view.
Next, go within, as deeply as you can. Find your own demons. Find your own fears. Find the
part of you that hates yourself. Find that part of you that is not you but merely a reflection of
your programming from this life and other lives. Do not abolish these things; befriend them.
That is what people find very difficult.
This means looking in the mirror of your soul to see all that is there--the light, the love, and
the ugliness. When you can befriend all of that, you will have gotten to the level of the
unconscious mind. Doors will begin opening quickly. You will have begun the integrative
process within your consciousness. That place is so powerful! And it is your true state of
You are all playing at being fragmented. This is part of your evolutionary game. It is not,
however, who you are. Do not confuse your physical self as a fragmented being with the
greater sense of your Self. Within you is a totally whole, integrated being who is sitting back
watching the movie of your fragmented experiences. If you can find that Self within you,
miracles will start to happen. But you have got to be willing to look at the darkness.
It's all there, isn't it: the necessity of shadow work, self-knowing, embracing our dysfunctional aspects, clarity, integration. Things I saw in the cairn paintings I had intuitively painted in prior months.
Ever since my awakening began in 2012 and I accepted that ETs are real and let go of my (conscious) fear, I wanted to meet them, like, now. It's so easy for the human mind to demand instant gratification and proof, isn't it. If ETs exist, why don't they just land already? I came to understand how petulant and ignorant this demand is. ETs, particularly the benevolent ones, operate at a much higher frequency than we do. What is frequency? Everything is energy, and vibrates/oscillates at a rate usually measured in cycles per second, or frequency. Dense realities like third-dimensional Earth and its humans carry a lower frequency than higher dimensions, where many ETs operate. Negative emotions have lower frequencies and positive ones have higher. (We sure didn't learn about frequency and vibration in science class, did we. But as Nikola Tesla observed, "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." Wait . . . we didn't learn about Nikola Tesla in school, either--even though he was the most brilliant scientist the world has ever known whose inventions could have rid us of fossil fuel dependency and provided free energy for all. Kind of weird, huh?).
Given the wide frequency gap between ETs and humans, if we were to meet in the physical, our bodies and psyches couldn't handle their presence. And they wouldn't fare so well, either (in the book, Sasha details what happens from the ET perspective). I've come across other human accounts of the effects of high-vibe physical encounters, such as this blog post by an experiencer, and they're not very pleasant for mind or body.
Preparing for Contact advocates instead creating this holographic "common ground" meeting space. Humans are multidimensional beings, with aspects variously called soul, astral body, higher self, beyond what we see in the physical. Those non-physical aspects do things in the delta brain wave/dreaming state (I've had ET dream encounters, maybe you have too) and in the theta brain wave state between asleep and awake, which is also a state reached through deep meditation and involves a greater degree of consciousness. To establish theta-based contact in this holographic space, humans still need to raise their frequency. How do we do that? Through inner work.
So it's our conscious and subconscious, fearful, negative and limited beliefs about ourselves and our realities that are lowering our frequency and keeping us from experiencing contact with benevolent ETs . After really grasping this, I no longer felt impatient. I saw how shadow work wasn't just something to do for psychological healing (as I had thought at the start of my awakening), it's how we prepare ourselves to consciously join the galactic community. I have a lot of work to do.
A "nonphysical group consciousness" who Royal channels, called Germane, outlines seven steps for conscious contact with ETs:
This reminded me again of my cairns. I had started painting cairns with seven stones in them to represent the seven main chakras, or energy centers, of the human body. But maybe the seven stones also represent these steps for ET contact? And didn't the hovering stones above the cairns, like in the painting at the top of this post, look kind of like UFOs? This visual metaphor goes even deeper. As Sasha points out, and as I've heard from many channels and experiencers, when a human has contact with an ET, very often the ET is actually a future version of that person (to grasp this, consider that reincarnation is real, and linear time is an illusion necessary only for experiencing 3D reality). So it looks like my cairns represent humans undergoing ascension, and the hovering stones maybe symbolize ET consciousnesses that are actually other aspects of those humans, returning for integration . . . .
See the next blog post in the series, Grokking the Cairn, Part IV.