Human beings in general are all Intuitives – we are Holy Spirits in human bodies having a third dimensional experience. Sadly, we tend to forget that we are also Divine, and the drudgery of everyday life takes over and we put our intuitiveness our “gut feelings” aside, allowing our logical brain to control the choices we make in life, slowly turning us into boring, uncreative lemmings. If we can’t feel it, taste it, touch it, or over analyze it – it doesn’t exist. After a period of time, the intuitive side of us becomes dormant and goes into a state of hibernation until it is reawakened again, stretching its muscles and reminding people of our divine nature.
The weekend Intuitive Awakenings course (Php 5,000 – walk-in rate, Php 4,000 – early bird rate) facilitated by Robert Rubin at Mysterium Philippines promises to do just that – give you a peek of what you can do when in tune with your intuitive self. Admittedly, I went into it as a skeptic since this was something totally out of left field for me, but with an open heart and a willing mind, I slowly opened up to the experience and by the end of the two-day workshop I had changed how I viewed myself, how I interact with people, and just how connected we are to the rest of the world.
The One Commandment
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
If there is one thing needed in a workshop that relies on trusting your instincts and going with your gut, it is THOU SHALL NOT DOUBT. Going into most of the exercises I learned that it was difficult to shrug off the feelings of apprehension and reluctance, and before each exercise I would start to think, “Can I really do this?” Coming into the course with a healthy amount of skepticism, I told myself that I was doubting it simply because I had never done it before. I figured the more the exercises became “normal” to me, the less and less of the doubt I would have. So instead of trying to push the skeptic in me down, I let it be and had it take a seat in the corner of my mind where it didn’t bother me, leaving me open to new experiences.
The workshop started with this lesson. Our brain’s ability to become flexible and transition through various brain wave frequencies plays a large role in how successful we are at managing stress, focusing on tasks, getting a good night’s sleep, and is also an important tool in accessing the Intuitive part of us. The brain produces four main types of brain waves (we didn’t go into Gamma, the fifth type of brainwave) which can be shown by EEG readings. Each type of brain wave produces the listed effects at specific frequencies:
- Beta Brain Waves (13-30 cycles per second). Also known as the Projective/Defensive State, this is the fastest, representing the most intense state of alertness. The result of heightened mental activity and maximum mind power. Useful for creating, building, and projecting information.
- Alpha Brain Waves (8 to 12 cycles per second). Also called the Receptive State, this brain wave indicates a relaxed state of mind.. State of relaxed alertness, good for inspiration and learning facts fast. In this state, one can tap into internal “antenna” like qualities. Useful for receiving information, connecting to energy sources and increasing empathic connections.
- Theta Brain Waves (4 to 8 cycles per second). Deep meditation, deep inward thought, and a high state of mental concentration. This is what usually happens when we sleep. This state also activates astral projection and astral senses.
- Delta Brain Waves (0.5 to 4 cycles per second). A deep dreamless sleep. This state also activates astral travel.
The very first exercise we had was one in Intuitive Seeing. Intuitives, especially awakened Intuitives, have the tendency to also be empaths. One can feel other people’s pain, happiness or anger, even without being aware of it. If a couple would fight in one particular room of the house every day and an Intuitive were to walk in after, that person would feel hot and bothered for no apparent reason. This has actually happened to me a few times to me already.
The Exercise: Each student would take turns in the hot seat and think of a strong emotion while the others go into a receptive state before using their intuition to describe the said feeling the person was emitting.
The Result: It was really interesting, to say the least. I could feel the energy in the room change and get heavy when the emotion was negative, and become lighter when the emotion was a positive one. One of the student’s emotions was fear, and somehow I got the feeling of pressure in my chest and trouble breathing, like I was drowning. I thought it was stupid, but she explained that she had a dream that she was drowning and feared for her life, and that was probably what I was feeling. Wow. Funnily enough, I would also pick up on other things, like one student who was feeling particularly cold. When I looked at her I could feel my hands and feet get chilly – which was exactly how she felt.
Aside from intuitively seeing, we were also taught to scry for answers to various questions using methods like the pendulum and automatic writing or drawing. Out of all the exercises that weekend, I was most skeptical about automatic writing. I mean, come on, I’m supposed to believe that if I go into a state of receptiveness and start doodling randomly, words are supposed to somehow appear that is totally going to make sense for the person I’m scrying for? I didn’t think so, but at the end of the exercise I was in for a big surprise!
The Exercise: We paired up and took turns with one student asking a question and the other scrying using the automatic writing method. The person I was partnered up with asked if she and her girlfriend would stay together. “Holy crap, that’s really heavy stuff,” I said, “But sure, I’ll give it a shot.”
The Result: I seriously considered cheating and scrawling down a big ‘Yes!’ to get it over with, but trusting the process, I got to doodling with my non-dominant hand. I felt really self-conscious looking down at my work and seeing loops and spiral-y shapes, so I closed my eyes to quiet my mind and concentrate at the task at hand. The result was a piece of paper with scrawls that looked like they came from a five-year-old. Yet after staring at the circles and loopy lines, three words popped out from the page: Yes, Ocean, and Free. My friend teared up, as she could read the really bad writing, too, and it totally made sense for her. I found out later that night that she and her girlfriend had been planning on getting married in New York, but they were having problems with the bureaucratic red tape here, as procuring fiancée visas for same sex relationships could be tedious and
expensive tricky. That wasn’t too bad for my first try at automatic writing, no?
Finding Your Spirit Animal
While I thought Day 1 of the Intuitive Awakenings workshop was intense, the second day was even more so. One of the activities that I really, really loved was a shamanistic exercise of discovering your spirit animal. This included a one-man drumming circle (by our dear mentor, Rob), and we were to “ride” on the sound of the drumbeat, which when going on a shamanistic journey, becomes the heartbeat of the Earth or the Universe. In shamanism, finding, meeting, and getting to know your power animal over many subsequent journeys to the otherworlds will be one of the most important things you ever do. Your power animal will be the source of all of your shamanic power and, from now on, you will always have an animal ally by your side.
Do you have to have a drumbeat for shamanic journeys? Yes. The rhythm of a shamanic drum actually changes the brainwaves. This has been measured scientifically: It takes between seven and twelve minutes for the drumbeat to alter the brainwaves to create a trance-like state. As you practice more, it takes less time.
The Exercise: I was to lie down in a comfortable position with my hands over my eyes (it’s a handy trick for keeping the light out and to prevent yourself from falling asleep!) and wait for the drumming to begin. To begin my shamanic journey, I was to pick a spot that I felt comfortable being in – your logical jump-off point, so to speak – and somewhere there you would find a staircase that descended into the Lower World where the Power Animals are. All one simply needs to do is go around asking, “Are you my spirit animal?” and look for the one that’ll say yes. The goal is to discover your Spirit Animal before the callback beat, which is a signal for you to leave the Lower World and go back to your logical start point.
The Result: I had always imagined my logical start point to be a beach, but when I closed my eyes to begin my shamanic journey, I found myself in the middle of a vast redwood forest with trees as far as the eye could see, their branches reaching up to the sky and their leaves blocking out most of the sun. Walking around, I could hear the leaves rustling beneath my feet. I came upon a redwood with a hollowed out trunk and a staircase spiraling downward. Down the seemingly never ending flight of steps I went. It’s interesting to note that I somehow felt that I had no control over the length of the stairs or the place I called my logical start point – they were just there. The light at the bottom of the hollow trunk led me to a beach with a bunch of coconut trees to one side and a few animals loitering about. I instantly knew who my Spirit Animal was, but just to be on the “safe side” I looked around and asked a couple of other ones first. My ego sought out the Tiger first, but I was given a firm no. I went up to the Wolf (which reminded me so much of my Japanese Spitz), but he sadly shook his head. And then the turtle, who also said no. Finally, I went up to the beautiful white Elephant, and I just knew. I asked her, “Are you my Spirit Animal?” and I telepathically got my answer while she gave me a big hug with her big, floppy ears.
One must remember, our spirit animals can change when there are big transformations happening in our life (i.e. motherhood, etc.). To have an Elephant for a Spirit Animal can teach us that gentleness, commitment, and communication in relationships is very powerful and necessary to keep relationships alive, trusting and loving, whether it be friends, family or partner. Deeply committed to all creatures with whom they have relationships, elephants are tough when protecting others and gentle when nurturing them. The matriarch (the oldest, most experienced female leader of a herd) leads in a way that is both gentle and inclusive. Elephants are able to communicate telepathically. This can teach us how to truly listen to others.
The last and the most intense exercise was the Group Scrying, where each of us was given the chance to be the Seeker, the Scryer, the Battery, and the Warder.
The Exercise: Working together, the Seeker asks the question, the Scryer looks for the answer using a black mirror or crystal ball, the Battery gives the Scryer extra energy to keep going, while the Warder keeps the circle safe. Being the Scryer, my Seeker wanted to reach out to her grandmother that had passed away a few years ago, and wanted to know what message she had for her.
The Result: Going into a receptive state, I already felt myself choking up and when I tried to speak, all I could do was cry! I felt such an intense love and an overwhelming sense of pride for this person, it brought me to tears and we ended up bawling for most of the session. I kept thinking, “What on earth is going on? Why the heck am I crying? I don’t cry!” Her grandmother was incredibly proud about all my Seeker had accomplished was going on and on about her talented her hija was. The Seeker opened up about how she was in the States when her grandmother passed away, and that she felt bad that she never sat down and came out to her. Her grandmother, on the other hand, kind of went, “I don’t care if you’re straight, gay or inside out – it doesn’t matter in the end. It doesn’t matter to me.” The message I shared was that her grandmother is always there for her, guiding her whenever she calls out for help – all she needs to do is ask.
Holy crap, that was super intense!
Psychic Self Defense
Before the workshop ended, we were schooled in shielding ourselves from psychic attacks. These psychic or emotional vampires are the type of people who live in a lie (i.e. they are really angry but project to be happy, optimistic people), and need other people’s energy to keep up the façade – it takes a lot out of you to pretend to be something you’re not. The worst type of psychic attack is the depressive vampire – these are very toxic people whose only goal in life it to make sure you’re as miserable as they are. This is something very familiar to me as I had grown up with just that type of person – in the end, I just had to leave for me own sanity. I had learned about the ‘dry bathing technique’ of cutting cords attached to you at a Lightworker class a few years back, but learning how to close what Rob calls ‘the ghost gate’ (located at your nape – because people send most of their negative juju your way when you aren’t looking) was something I found quite liberating when I tried it. I discovered that closing it also repels whatever negative energy people send your way and it actually comes back to them times three. Someone who I knew was sending me very negative energy got sick the very next day.
Overall, this is one of the most interesting workshops I’ve attended in terms of self-discovery. I didn’t think I’d come out of it learning so much, but I learned more about myself and about the Divine inside of me. I would never have realized what I had learned over a span of a weekend in any personal development class or Catechists Retreat and I am looking forward to enrolling in the Advanced Intuitive Awakening class next month!
We are now at an age where the unexplored recesses of the mind are gaining more attention than ever before. More and more people within this world realize that their mental facilities have potentials beyond what they once thought. With this comes the discovery of the gifts of Intuitive living. The Intuitive Awakenings course equips students with the necessary theories and techniques to discover where your true intuitive gifts lie.
Sign up for the Intuitive Awakenings course happening on November 23 and 24, 2014 at get 40% off the published rate (Php 3,000 – walk-in rate, Php 2,000 – early bird rate) at Mysterium Philippines located at the Mezzanine Floor, Burgundy Place Condominium, Katipunan Avenue corner B Gonzales St., Quezon City. For inquiries, please call + 63 916 551 1824.
Robert Rubin has an undergraduate degree in the Fields of Mass Communication and Political Sciences, as well as taken Masteral courses in Conflict and Reconciliation studies from the University of Saint La Salle. Rob has worked as one of the four Lead Paranormal Investigators for GMA 7’s Misteryo, discussing topics ranging from possession to witchcraft and has also been featured in shows such as Imbestigador, Matanglawin, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, Sweet Life with Lucy Torres, and many others. He currently works as a professional esoteric consultant, helping people make decisions in their life by providing alternative routes and discussing potential outcomes. Rob is also a passionate advocate of responsible teaching and application of the esoteric arts.
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