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Tasting beyond the ordinary

Tasting beyond the ordinary

Deepening & expanding into more of you


We get glimpses into beyond the ordinary. Many of us have tasted these glimpses, some more than others. They often come with a sense of synchronicity, lightness, aliveness, lucidity, energy, peace, and bliss. There is frequently not a care as to what others think about you and a clarity, knowing and resting in yourself. These are the states of being which we most often desire and seek after as the baseline from which we experience all of life.


Whether you’ve had one, or a thousand tastes beyond the ordinary, it really truly doesn’t matter. You are not better or more spiritual if you’ve had more tastes. People often confuse experiences with who they are. Defining yourself by the experiences with which you’ve had or not had is a slippery slope into self-comparison, separation and judgment.

It can seem paradoxical when a person appears to be able to penetrate into deeper or more expanded states of being and yet on a personality level there are parts of them that aren’t congruent or fully aligned. Perhaps you have even had this experience yourself. Where you’ve been able to experience yourself beyond the ordinary yet you continue to get caught in fear, worry, mistrust and making sure people like you.


So why the incongruence? Why can we taste ourselves beyond the ordinary (sometimes over and over and over again) and not fully integrate that into our beingness? The answer lies within our personality and our humanness. Many of us may not even want to admit to ourselves that we are indeed currently human, but we are. Being human requires that we take on particular distortions of personality that go along with the human experience. These distortions are not the ultimate truth of who we are, but we tend to believe them because they are what we know ourselves to be from this human perspective. The level to which we believe the distortions to be true will be the level at which there is incongruency in our system between living in the ordinary and living beyond ordinary experiencing.


Intensifying the light

Relating to life from expanded self-awareness


Beyond ordinary, or that state of peace, bliss, and aliveness is always present, always here. The more times you taste it doesn’t make it more here. It doesn’t come and go. What comes and goes is your relationship to it and to life.


Ultimately what those tastes beyond ordinary do create is an opportunity for the breakdown and dissolution of the distorted perceptions, beliefs and thoughts, that interfere with you recognizing the bliss that’s always here. They give your system a taste, an opportunity, to experience and thus know itself beyond the ordinary, to whatever degree your system feels safe enough to do so or is currently relevant for you. If however you get that taste and then simply fall back into the same ways of relating to life, then you haven’t fully seized the opportunity that’s been presented.


When the intensity and frequency of light/energy gets amplified, the veil of illusion of separation gets increasingly permeable and the opportunity for penetration beyond ordinary increasingly probable. This is what I do, and the opportunity I offer people, when I work with them at retreats or during intensives. When your awareness is at this level of realization there is a higher order of intelligence and energy available and an increasing capacity to be self-aware. This mean you can see more clearly yourself, your patterns, your habits, your stories, at whatever pace and to whatever degree is relevant for you.


That higher order intelligence which sees and knows is you, but from the perspective of being human it simply informs you. In this way you are self-informed and self-organizing. There are no “outside” magical forces. It is just a bigger soup of you, in which you are now able to make contact with. That which you then are able to see and recognize in this more expanded state of yourself, you must take action on within this human level of experiencing. This is how you change how you relate and eventually integrate that state of peace and bliss as your baseline experiencing.


Many people see themselves in this light of awareness, but then refuse to or don’t take action, so they then go back into forgetting, and thus ordinary experiencing. They go back behind the veil until the next opportunity where the intensity and frequency of light/energy is such that they can penetrate beyond it again, see themselves more clearly again and take new action.


Amanda Hessel

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