Who Are You?
Who Are You? By Jan Engels-Smith
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
Attempting to be the best that you can be is the most exquisite gift you can give the world. One may and should take an active role in addressing the problems we face in our fractured and challenging times, but the most significant long-term contribution we can make to our planet is to maintain and grow our personal mastery. The focus on our thinking, feeling, and doing will ultimately have the greatest impact in changing the world for the better and creating the maximum influence on the actions of others. Positive ways of being allow us to become one with the universe and draw on the spiritual powers that exist naturally and are always available.
Evidence of the changing focus on positive ways of being as an answer to the difficulties we face can be found in our day-to-day lives on bumper stickers and food wrappers, in documentaries and news media, and conferences and new organizations. A change in consciousness is happening. We are all capable of capitalizing on this energy and helping drive the mass consciousness to a higher level. Who you are becoming will contribute to the ascension that will bring the planet to a tipping point that has the potential to move us into a reality of greater happiness, well being, and positive attitudes. The greatest challenge may lie in recognizing that negative conditions tend to distort true reality and crowd out the truth that new consciousness is emerging and is far more powerful than all of the destructive and undesirable forces that dominate the headlines but not the hearts of humanity. The failures we see are always the results of groups of small-minded individuals who wield political, economic, and social power far beyond their numbers. The emerging new consciousness is a tidal wave bringing hope, change, and a new future.
You are a spirit and the helping spirits that surround you can facilitate in your discovery process of who you are. They don’t see you as simply a physical body but as a collage of all the natures and experiences that create your being. Your soul is imprinted with the wealth of the best from your ancestors, all of the understanding that comes from your current experiences, and the wonderful promise of future possibilities. To be human is an honor and a gift. We are endowed with a consciousness that allows us to see deeply into the cosmic mysteries of existence and the option of choice to decide to explore these mysteries if we are willing to honor these gifts by making a conscious choice to expand our awareness and achieve personal enlightenment. Collectively, our choices will alter the conditions that hinder the Earth’s natural evolution to a better place and provide the impetus for positive change.
The negative events, attitudes, and failures that too often dominate our thinking and influence our actions need to be understood as aberrations and not the natural and inevitable evolution of our civilization. The seeming complexity of our current condition belies the actual simplicity of our future solutions. As we become, so the world becomes. The perfection of the universe is not altered by the imperfection of the human race and the universe can provide the means for bringing our world into alignment with our true destiny—to be as one in a cosmic transcendence. Part of the human condition is to have forgotten what we intrinsically know; however, the spirits can see all of who we are and help us remember.
Shamanism will help you get a grasp on the power that you have, the endless possibilities of your own creation, and what you can do for yourself. The spirits are our allies. They can encourage us, we can ask them questions, and they can give us the answers that we need in order to find new paths for ourselves. Which direction should I go? How do you advise me? What can you teach me? All of this learning is possible.
The vastness of the world is often greater than what our mind can comprehend. Our left brain wants to define and limit the meaning of experience and thoughts in the narrow confines of a constrained certainty. In this limited reality, the question of “Who am I?” stays in a small, restricted container based on this Earth experience. However, by employing the skills of shamanism or energy medicine we can unveil positive truths of ourselves that create tremendous rewards for humanity.
In a journey, as we move through space and time, we can pop up in any time dimension or timeframe and explore that particular landscape and the events connected to it and heal what needs to be healed. That is what makes shamanic healing so powerful. Everything is possible in this realm; it is only hindered by the limited thinking process of the individual. If you can’t go there in your thoughts or you can’t imagine it or are not willing to have it as a possibility, you can’t create it. Energy follows intention.
You can travel to what we call the future and see what is potentially going to happen. If you don’t like what’s happening in that future, you can change it. There is a probability of a future occurrence that is in motion that was predetermined by your past thinking and your previous actions. But probabilities can be changed. If you don’t like what you see coming, you can change the matrix of energy that is holding it in that pattern of probability.
We know that small adjustments in our current existence create a rippling effect through the future that can result in dramatic alterations. In chaos theory, the “butterfly effect” refers to the theory that a small action such as a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can ultimately effect the actions of a hurricane at a future time and a distant place. Such is the nature of an alteration in our thoughts today shifting the energy that forms our future. That is what I love about shamanism. There is nothing that is impossible to do energetically. You can change DNA and create different outcomes. We can change propensities of illnesses that are supposedly genetic. Our belief system is the determinant of our future. What the practitioner is able to envision for the client and what the client is able to envision for himself or herself provides the energy for potential change and allows us to be the active agent in creating our future. Far from helpless and hopeless, we have the power be that which we desire and fulfill the destiny that the universe has created for us; but we need to make the choice.