July/August 2012 Spirituality
by Jan Engels-Smith
We are a left-brain dominated society, and this creates conflicts on all levels. The reliance on the analytical left brain is limited by facts too meager to explain even the simplest questions of why we exist or what we can become.
Ascension is the act of moving upward, the transcendence of ordinary conditions of existence, the scaling to new heights of awareness and consciousness. The ascension process seeks to balance this logical and rational left brain of our intellect with the rich and underutilized right brain, which uses a sensuous aesthetic. The right brain comprehends holistically and draws meaning from sources far more magical and mysterious than we can manage with our left brain alone.
One of the ways we access this creative and imaginative side of our right brain is through dreams. In dreams, we release control of our thinking and some interior autopilot takes over. We move freely through arenas of thought that we could not access during waking hours.
However, this dream state can be achieved in a moment of waking reverie if we are able to release the artificial bonds of our rational mind — not to become irrational but to access a nonrational state where we become cognizant of a truer reality.
Believing Without Seeing
If we stand on one side of a wall, we might say that nothing exists on the other side because we cannot see it. In one sense, this is the way the left brain functions in its need for tangible proof.
But what if the proof of what exists on the other side of the wall is accessible to us, but not with our normal sight? If we think of the wall as the barrier imposed by our rational mind, then we might imagine the right brain as the window into the hidden world. As we ascend through different dimensions, more windows open and more of this world is revealed.
Employing the right brain creates this connection, allowing us to erase the blind spots in our view of possibilities. Many people who work in the metaphysical sectors are major right brain users.
Dreaming is a state of awareness that is mainly right brain. In a dream, we know that things are magical and spontaneous, and don’t seem to follow the logic of cause and effect or the natural laws of three-dimension reality, such as gravity, speed and force.
Dreams can represent the instant manifestation qualities of right brain function. To dream is to manifest and create in a different dimension. Think it and it has the potential to appear. Dreams blend event to event, are often out of time-line order and don’t necessarily make sense when we try to explain them.
We expect dreams to be nonsensical and mystical, but we should pay close attention to the possible meanings that they impart and to the visions that they create. They enter through our right brain and we need to ponder them beyond the simple analytical efforts of the left brain if we hope to discover their deeper meanings and messages.
Dreams help us to understand that there are actual dimensions of reality where physical laws are not defined as we normally perceive them, or where such rules are suspended or nonexistent. Metaphysically, dream messages come from a different place — the fourth and fifth dimensions.
Life, as we know it in everyday existence, takes place in the third dimension, which is a product of left-brain thinking. The third dimension is often referred to as the mental thought reality. In this reality we have the ability to remember the past and project into the future.
The present moment is hard to obtain. We remain locked in a cause/effect, time/space paradigm because the past is imprisoned in our subconscious mind. This is an ego-based existence. The ego is only found on the left side of the brain. Again since we are a left-brain dominant culture, we are also an ego-driven culture.
Shamanic values and new age ideas have offered a different way of being. We have all heard of the concepts of unity and oneness, living in love, and focusing on our commonalities rather than our differences. These ideas are actually fourth and fifth dimension realities.
I have had the experience of visiting places that are right-brain dominant cultures. Their lifestyles are inclusive and alive with spiritual interactions throughout each day. The Bushmen of Africa are known as the best trackers on the planet. They can track animals on bare rock in the absence of any visible trail. In left-brain dominant societies, trackers would look for physical signs, such as broken twigs, impressions in the earth or other third dimension reality imprints.
The Bushmen “see” the energy residue from the animal. They are seeing with the clairvoyant eyes of the right brain, which sees the nonphysical forms left by the animal. This energy residue is also full of information.
As we strive for ascension and seek to change our vibrations into higher qualities of purity, we must attend vigorously to creating the conditions of receptiveness by staying focused in our right brain. If we do so, we are constantly reinforced and supported with spiritual interaction and magic, and we’re able to better comprehend our amazing existence.
Through ascension, we learn that the fourth dimension fosters the futuristic realization that no one is greater or more important than anyone else. This is the beginning of our understanding of oneness. In the fifth dimension, there is no illusionary limitation and anything is possible. The right brain achieves full dominance in the fifth dimension, and we are free and full of love.
Stimulating and consciously activating the right brain is necessary to the ascension process. We must trigger the right brain to counterbalance the lifetime of conditioning of the left brain. Journeywork, interacting with spirit beings, meditation, reacting to art and music, and daydreaming are vital ascension activities that add to the continual reconditioning of the mind.
Jan Engels-Smith, ShD, LPC, is the founder of the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies. She is a shamanic and Reconnective practitioner, author and healer. Visit www.janengelssmith.com or www.lightsong.net. Read more LightSong articles at www.lightsongblog.wordpress.com.