Spiritual paths and false light

The introduction to The False Light talks about how people can get lost in their spiritual process. As a result, the crystallisation process becomes more like calcification. Many earthseeds and starseeds unfortunately choose to embrace a false light, releasing their connection to Source. Almost always, they’re unaware of this, and they often deeply believe they’re still on a ‘christic path’. It’s not my intention to judge or look down on anyone… I only want to make you aware. Once you know what to look out for, things become clearer in your choices to stay on your true path.

Especially during the difficult moments of your awakening process, it’s easy to connect with a false light. It might be a cliché, but the darkness is scary, or so we’ve been told from childhood. However, to instantaneously move towards the brightest light you see, is definitely not the smartest move. In fact, doesn’t it make more sense to be extra vigilant and careful in those moments? We already know what’s right for us… we feel it deep inside. We’ve often just forgotten how to recognize that feeling.

Discernment is essential in the processes of awakening and ascension. The good thing is, you can learn and practice how to use discernment. But let’s first look at some different paths that modern spiritually considers spiritual processes. I don’t mean with any of them as to say, that is the way to go or not. In fact, I personally feel it’s often all much simpler. Awareness, heart-connection, informed choice, and true intention are key for your path. That’s not negative towards any specific path, teaching, or decision. On the contrary, I just want to help you choose for yourself. And most of all, to emphasize that whatever you choose… always choose with your heart.

Different spiritual practices

Back in the old days, spirituality was mostly about wisdom within the tribe. Rituals, specific knowledge and procedures were passed down the generations, or were guarded by tribe elders. This was how we answered questions and honoured our balanced, respectful, and living relationship with nature. When humanity became ‘civilized’, organized religion took over and often banned many of these pagan customs. We now realize that many religious traditions (especially in Christianity) are often pagan rituals with religious cover stories. Most of the bible is hardly more than a collection of pagan parables from different perspectives.

Some spiritual ways of ancient times in e.g. India, China, Australia, and the Americas, have survived much better through time. Although some rulers banned certain practices, they resurfaced later or grew into something new. There are different Buddhist practices, for instance, including Vipassana meditation. Vipassana comes close to the original teachings of the first Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. These teachings survived in their original form in Burma (modern-day Myanmar), when the ruling powers banned them in India. Today, you’ll find Vipassana meditation centres and schools all over the world.

New spirituality is often based on three elements: connection, love, and faith. Connection is the goal of spiritual seekers, regardless whether it’s connection to themselves, nature, universe, god… Many still consider love to be ‘just an emotion’, rather than an energy and the driving power behind basically everything. Faith has a clear link to religion, but you can also see this as trust and personal growth. The New Age movement, starting in the 70’s and 80’s, basically threw everything together. This Western esotericism has practices from pagan and Eastern spirituality, but also links with Rosicrucianism, freemasonry, occultism, mysticism, etc. It’s very sensitive to societal hypes and ego-driven practices. Traditional and new-age yoga, for instance, are worlds apart.

Five types of spirituality

Modern spirituality recognizes five different types of spiritual experiences. Your spiritual journey may include one, several, or all of these types. Just remember, this is only an idea, a way to give structure to something elusive. You need to feel your own path and journey, not to put it into models with names and labels.

The mystical path is rather intuitive, focussing on experiences beyond the physical and material world. There’s greater unity behind all of life, and everything happens for a reason. The authoritarian path is about following sets of rules and restrictions to keep certain beliefs. We often link this to religion and complete devotion to practices. Intellectual spirituality focusses on gaining knowledge and spiritual theories. This should improve the overall spiritual experience. Service spirituality tends to the needs of others. This performance to ‘do good’ leads to greater spiritual experiences. Finally, social spirituality is the experience people (usually the extroverted among us) have in a group. Being around like-minded people enhances their experience.

All five types have clear risks of becoming a pitfall, and that is where false light threatens to come into play. The mystical easily leads to ungrounded and chaotic practices, that basically take you nowhere. The authoritarian is sensitive to fundamentalism and extremism, leading to intolerance and conflicts. With the intellectual it might become impersonal, unconnected, arrogant, and theoretical. The need to service will all too often turn into a bottomless pit and obsessive compulsiveness. And the social is a perfect way to hide in plain sight for anyone who is not truly connected, because it all revolves around appearances.

Common factor in all pitfalls, especially the latter two, is the disconnection from our heart. And this is the true key to your spiritual path of awakening and ascension. We’ll get into this later.

Five types of practices

Somewhat related to the five types of spirituality are five basic practices of spirituality. These are not spiritual paths in themselves, but rather sets of methods and techniques to support our journey. First is the path of knowledge. This is not only about study and contemplation, but also doing inner-work to learn about ourselves. We may turn to teachings and methods here, including Buddhism, yoga, and Kabbalah. We easily recognize the path of devotion in religion, but it basically goes for any spiritual practice. Prayers are just as much a form of expressing our devotion, as are mantras and chanting. These expressions can enhance our feelings of spiritual freedom and significance.

The path of meditation is probably the first that comes to mind, when people think of spiritual practices. There’s of course overlap here with the paths of knowledge and devotion. In any case, meditation is a corner stone of spiritual practices, striving for peace and calmness, in which things become clear. Also breathing techniques are part of this path. The path of service is about the act of selflessness… to do something without expecting anything in return. Some feel this will redeem them from previous experienced negativity or their own bad behaviour. The essence of the path of energy is to heal and purify body, mind and soul. It often combines different practices, like meditation, breathwork, and somatic techniques.

In my own work, I won’t tell you to follow a specific path or practice any specific method. You need to do what feels good for you, but we’ll definitely look at some options together. There may be unknown (subconscious) beliefs you need to get rid of first, before you’re able to continue towards something new. Key in everything, and I keep repeating this, is the connection to your heart.

The hollow path

Modern spirituality and especially the new age movement, can become a hotchpotch of spiritual practices and theories. Sometimes, they’re dealing more with appearances and external image, than with introspection, true inner work, and the liberation from ego as our core motivator for thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Social media is overflowing with people who claim to have dissolved their entire ego and are therefore highly evolved, or even enlightened. They may not say it directly, but they’re eager to post every day about their achievements. It’s a perfect example of spiritual ego…

It also confirms that our spiritual path does not depend on techniques or practices. No amount of meditation, yoga, crystals, tantra, prayers, or incense, will make you more spiritually evolved. It’s about your intentions, the quality of your inner work, and of course the connection to your heart. Without that, it all remains meaningless. Unfortunately, this is an easy trap (false light) for people to fall into. The real work takes time and compassion. It requires you to face your shadow, be in solitude, and sometimes make painful decisions. Many people simply don’t dare to do this. Again, I’m not negative… I’m just making observations.

To me, this is a hollow path, as it is a connection to false light. Maybe it’s not the perfect description, but it’s what I use throughout this website and in my work. People on the hollow path seem highly spiritual on the outside. They can easily fool anyone when they share knowledge, but there is no wisdom behind that. They haven’t lived their words, and it often takes time for you to become aware of this. It never really gets anywhere with them, and you often see them going in circles and playing the victim, while repeating old patterns in new environments.

The paths of the tree of life

You also see me use the term ‘christic’ on this website. I might use this term a bit incorrectly, sometimes, but it’s an important one to me. When I talk about christic, I’m not referring to Christianity but to our connection to Source. I say this to specifically distinguish between christic connections and connections to the inverted or fallen matrix (and false light). The fallen matrix is basically the physical world around us, we live in it and build ourselves from it. It’s part of the distortion of the true, original (christic) matrix, from which everything was created. This can be confusing. When someone connects with nature, for instance, it’s therefore not by definition a connection to Source…

The tree of life is mentioned in many religious and spiritual texts. The one above is from the (Jewish) Kabbalah, early 16th century. It originally dates hundreds of years earlier, though, and likely comes from Rosicrucianism. Rudolph Steiner uses it in his Anthroposophy movement to represent spiritual paths and moral aspects of our spiritual essence. Originally, each node (sefirot) is a virtue or value, that symbolizes steps on our path. Examples are compassion, endurance, beauty and kingdom. There are 10 or 11 sefirots and 22 paths connecting them.

The central column is ‘the middle path’ of balanced truth. The left, feminine column is the Luciferian side and the right, masculine column the Ahrimanic side. Lucifer has nothing to do with the Christian devil. It means light-bearer (it’s also Dutch for matchstick), while Ahriman is Persian for evil spirit. Lucifer stands for extreme light, and therefore unbalanced spirituality. Ahriman represents extreme materialism. Steiner says that people need to find the middle ground, a.k.a. path to God, in between these extremes. It’s the balance between spirit and matter, faith and science, objectivity and subjectivity.

The side paths

For many people the extreme sides are the more attractive paths. Although they’ll probably never admit this to you. I hardly need to explain how attractive materialism is for most people. Our society is based on it, and many attach their self-worth and entire identity to materialism. It also includes the obsession with social media. Some people easily turn to dark or grey magic to gain power and control over others. There is also a strong focus on sexual, bodily and material satisfaction to feel liberated (enlightened). But this freedom is temporary and fake.

The extreme spiritual side is more difficult to understand, because what is wrong with being highly spiritual? For many people, though, this energy becomes ungrounded, chaotic, distorted, and eventually turns into delusions. They also easily grow arrogant and feel superior to eventually everyone. They don’t take responsibility and often hide behind a waterfall of spiritual terms, all to not be held accountable for their own behaviour and words. Substance abuse is very common, because they value a high more than physical reality. And finally, it’s a perfect way to avoid real work for spiritual growth and healing, as well as dealing with the hard lessons of reality.

This ‘spiritual bypassing’ is symptomatic for spiritual ego. Many people usually bounce back and forth between the extremes, probably calling that balance. But no… it’s not. Frankly, it is very unhealthy, and I’m afraid this lifestyle could ultimately cost some people dearly. They may even pay with their life. It’s also closely related to (and can even explain) spiritual narcissism and personality disorders like borderline. I’ve seen this behaviour up-close (a.o. in an ex-partner) and I’ll write about this in my blog. I didn’t know then, what I know now… it was painful, but I’m grateful for the experience.

The false middle path

Many modern spiritual teachings copied the tree of life in some way or form. They call the middle path the christic way, but in fact, it’s the exact opposite. The Kabbalah itself is directly connected with the fallen matrix and non-christic energies. This is not about Christianity (or any other religion), it’s about the intentions behind this. Spiritual seekers that use the tree of life often don’t have bad intentions, quite the contrary. But the symbol is often misinterpreted. With that, they open the gate for non-christic energy to enter their lives, believing it’s christic.

This is the issue with the eclectic mishmash of new age and modern spirituality. People happily copy and use symbols, ideas and names for external appearance without understanding what they truly mean. Especially in today’s spiritual hype, many things are misused or get made-up interpretations. When people don’t educate themselves and they’re not open to critically look at themselves, they could base their whole world-view and spiritual journey on nonsense, or worse… on a false light.

It’s almost ironic to see some things happen, but the consequences can be enormous. We’re not talking about mislabelling the origins of a culinary dish… this is putting bad energy on a pedestal, because people believe it’s good. They don’t really think at all, let alone feel, check, test, discern… The cognitive dissonance even makes them defend it against the truth.

Evil will never introduce itself with horns and the promise of deceit. It’ll present itself as everything you’ve ever dreamed of and hoped for. The Kabbalic middle path is not christic… simple as that. But unfortunately, it’s already used a lot throughout modern spirituality. It’s okay if others use it, as long as you stay aware of this. What is alive in your heart, is what ultimately matters.

The true path

The true middle path is not the result of balancing out extremes. Bouncing between the extremes doesn’t get two wrongs to make a right. The true path is dynamically centred, honouring both the spiritual and material. The path meanders between sometimes one more than the other, sometimes the other way around. This is the only way to real awakening, conscious expansion, and self-realization. This is no standard path, that we can put into theories or practices. The path is by definition personal and can only be created and seen (!) by you. You create your own reality and only you are responsible for your own energies and the ones you attract.

I know, it sometimes sucks to hear this… but it doesn’t make it any less true. It means that you need to find your own balance. It’s all about the quality of your work, purity of your intentions, and clarity of your thoughts. How could you ever manifest anything if your thoughts are all-over-the-place? If there’s ego in your intentions, how can they be pure? And what is proper quality if you’re not aware of what you are doing? Don’t beat yourself up over any of this, please… it’s never easy. I’m still struggling with all this myself, but I’m also aware, that practice makes me better at this.

Just as with manifestation, we attract what we send out. Our true path is therefore always simply the road ahead of us, which we first create within ourselves. In other words… “we literally are our own path”. Therefore, we need to take care of ourselves, find balance, authenticity, clear thinking, honesty about feelings, heart-connection, willpower, feeding ourselves well, selectiveness with friends/partners/lovers, etc. We are responsible for the quality and purity of our energy, and that energy determines the path we create.

Discernment of false light

Then finally, the question is how to make sure that we start (or keep) creating this balanced path. Needless to say, it first starts with your intention, your desire/motivation to walk your own path. Are you willing to walk it alone? Will you keep to the path when it gets dark and difficult? What if you already know that your path will be lonely and painful? I’m not trying to discourage you, I’m just trying to prepare you. Then again, if you’ve already come this far, I’m not telling anything new. But you need to make sure you’re always aware, especially from now on. You will be tested and you will run into obstacles… I guarantee this.

The Zen proverb “The obstacle is the path” gets a whole different meaning this way. But it’s true. When your level of consciousness rises, you attract different (and likely more) beings, that want to feed on your energy. You become more attractive to more entities. See this as a test… because it is, if you want it to be. Almost always they are beings (including other humans) that are connected to a false light. If you feel the situation takes you off your path, you can be sure they are.

Your heart creates your path, so your heart will tell you if you’re about to leave it. You can ask yourself if that situation is in alignment with your path (and highest purpose/direction). Is it relevant and does it help to create your path, even through hardship? Don’t think the answer, just know it… If you’re uncertain about a being, you can always ask directly in your mind. A universal law is that they have to answer truthfully.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss your situation.