“Authentic spirituality is not some little flicker or buzz of knowingness, but a vast fire of liberation providing both heat and light for what must be done.” –Robert Augustus Masters
Our beliefs shape and mold the reality that plays out in our lives. These beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, drive our feelings, our actions and our inner commentary.
For example, if your belief game piece is currently stuck on the square of victim consciousness (“Things happen TO me,” “Life sucks and then you die” are a few standard beliefs on this square), you can affirm and intend all you want, but your beliefs, the guy driving the bus of your reality, will end up getting the last word.
When you spend most of your waking hours on that game board square (it’s extremely popular), your channels are plugged up. All the good that wants to come your way can’t get through.
ACIM Lesson 129 reminds us that there are more squares on the game board of consciousness, other squares that can bring us great joy, fulfillment and satisfaction.
For the purpose of this discussion, I’ve broken it down into four major squares of consciousness. Each of these squares has dozens of subsets, all that play out in different ways in our lives. Let’s just say that my goal is to move my game piece closer to level four.
1. “The damn, not again” consciousness. The starting gate for most of us is some manifestation of victim consciousness. It varies from person to person, but the over-arching theme is we have no control over anything that happens in our life. The best we can do is work really hard, cross our fingers and hope that all the “sh*t” we hear about out there will somehow escape us.
2. “The woo-hoo! This is getting cool!” consciousness. One of the next levels (again it plays out differently in each person) is where we realize we have a say. We learn there are energetic laws that are just as reliable as physical laws. We discover that our thoughts are units of mental energy that play out in the world just as powerfully as the principles of gravity or aerodynamics.
Usually we move in and out of this square of consciousness, mixing it up with other squares. We still feel separate and still retain some of that “poor me” consciousness. In fact, we spend nearly as much time talking about what we don’t want as what we do. We still believe the things we want are out there, in the future, something we have to strive for.
3. The “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” consciousness. This is where you know you’re blessed, when you start noticing signs, gifts and guidance, when you know the universe is working on your behalf. This is when it gets really good, when you start finding the joy in everything—the cute little heart the barista made into the foam on your latte, the softness of the cashmere sweater you pull over your head.
4. “I am one with all” consciousness. In this consciousness square, which I must admit is not yet a 24/7 theme for moi, there is no sense of separation from anything. This consciousness knows it is one with Source. It knows you are an unlimited being, hooked up with all that is.
In this consciousness square, everything is eternal and everything else (your thoughts, your reality) is subservient to this bottom-line spiritual Truth. When we’re lucky enough to view life from this consciousness, we are totally surrendered to the “all that is” and know nothing is missing from our life.
And, in fact, by yielding to that consciousness, by giving it permission to play out in our lives, we come to realize that all those little intentions and manifestations we so dutifully held in our consciousness are small potatoes compared to this. It’s so much bigger and grander and woo-hoo’er than anything we could have ever imagined.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A beautiful explanation of our last two lessons💖 I kept hearing today one of the sayings of Jesus “Be in this world, but not of it”. We are all so blessed here to be experiencing this level of consciousness..grateful, grateful, grateful!!
Thank you, thank you for each beautiful explanation!
I love you, Pam Grout! Thanks for being “one” in my universe!
I love your breakdown of the 4 layers of consciousness. Yesterday, I knew I was in the level 3, The “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” consciousness., when I went into the grocery store to get some soup that my husband likes buy one/get one free. A store associate was right there at the shelf, went back to the back and brought back all that was left in the store, and then offered to order me as many cases as I wanted and walked with me to the head cashier to make sure she gave me the large quantity of BOGO on a rain check.
Then, I get home and look at a dying puppy and feel I am in layer 1. I was given the message of the exact day that the puppies would be born but that there would be only 1. There were 4 puppies born and 3 passed away. So, I was wondering why did I create a story with only 1 puppy living.
So, I woke up this morning and decided that whatever happens, I am going to laugh as from the lesson yesterday, I don’t need anything. So, as I am writing this, I am feeling the love and know that I am at level one, “I am one with all” consciousness”.
And with this lesson, I will not allow myself to stay very long in any level but level 4 as I laugh at all the stories I create.
I’m so happy to see this before I leave the house today. It always gives me food for thought throughout my day. I like how you explain it. It’s like moving up the vibrational scale. I’m definitely moving and more often than not these days. Just chilling and watching what happens with deep gratitude. Thank you for doing this for us.
Fabulous Pam. So helpful. And I totally love your last sentence “it’s so much bigger and grander and woohoo’er than anything we could have imagined.” Woohoo’er? Love that word!! Blessings galore to you today and many thanks for all the blessings you are giving us by writing these wonderful posts 😁💖🌸💜
Haha! Woohoo’er! Pam you make my day sing. Thank you for continuing your daily uplift! 🤗😘
Thanks Pam! I feel like the last two days explanations blew my mind and I get it! The light bulb went off!
Thanks, Pam! I soooo needed this just now. Yay!!!!
Wonderful summary of the phases we go through on our way to unity consciousness. Thanks for always making everything seem so clear. I just love woohoo!
Thanks, Pam!! I LOVE this! Every one of your posts are more woo hoo’er than the last!! Now I’m looking forward to a game board based based on all the cool spiritual principles 😍! And CONGRATULATIONS on Art And Soul being chosen by Amazon for book of the month!!