Did you know that Acupuncture isn't just good for relieving pain and stress? That it also has the ability to significantly shift our awareness of ourselves and the reality in which we live. Along with meditation and the mindful use of psychedelic therapy I believe it to be one of the most powerful tools I know of to become more awakened and evolved human beings. Expanding our consciousness just might be the most important thing we can do to better ourselves and the planet at this critical point in humanity.
So what exactly is consciousness and why is it so incredibly important?
Consciousness is defined as “a persons awareness or perception of something” or “the state of being aware of and responsive to one's surroundings”.
The following quote is loosely attributed to Gautama the Buddha:
“The mind is everything, what you think you become”
This is a very powerful quote that illustrates the importance of how we think and how much our state of mind/consciousness effects how we experience ourselves and the world around us.
Have you ever had an experience that has fundamentally altered your reality? Perhaps it was trauma, a near death experience or the use of psychedelics that brought about this change. Either way you know that things were never quite the same afterwards. This shift in consciousness can either be expansive (love) or contracting (fear). What is remarkable is that a shift in either direction can completely transform our experience of life without anything outside or around us changing at all. Death is a useful example in this case. Our fearful attitude towards death can lead us to live a more sheltered and cautious life. We can perceive others and the world in a threatening way if fear becomes the dominant factor. Soon enough our own experiences will also start to be filtered through these “fear” glasses we are wearing and we will continue to attract and experience things that are fearful because we are hyper alert and tuned in to it.
On the other hand if we are able to come to terms with the reality of our own mortality and welcome it as a natural part of life it can have the complete opposite effect. We might become more aware of how short and precious life is and want to take advantage of every day and every moment as if it were our last. This perception if fully embraced can lead to a deep love and appreciation for everything in our lives and an urgency to live life to the fullest. Through this we become more open to the many experiences that life presents to us, our filter expands and we begin to see and take advantage of opportunities that we may never have seen before.
You may have had a number of experiences in your own life where you suddenly start seeing the same thing everywhere. Perhaps you were thinking of buying a new yellow honda and suddenly you're seeing yellow hondas everywhere you go ! Has anything around you actually changed for this to happen or have you just altered your perception and shifted your consciousness to a different level?
The field of quantum physics has stated that consciousness is the most fundamental aspect of our universe. As Max Planck (the physicist who originated Quantum Theory) said:
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing postulates consciousness”
If we truly reflect on our own experience of life we can perhaps find some truth in the following statement:
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven”
Many great philosophers, gurus and mystics have spoken about the existence of many levels of reality. In fact it often seems as though many of us are going about our daily lives surrounded by each other but also experiencing ourselves and the world in very different ways. Mikio Sankey (the founder of Esoteric Acupuncture) describes these levels as 'Tiers of Density'. On one level you have individuals who not only partake in daily activities that are harmful to themselves and others eg. Eating junk food, smoking, bingeing on alcohol but also lack any real awareness that there choices or actions are harmful. On another level you have individuals who incredibly aware of the effects of everything they put into their bodies, and even the profound effects that their words can have on others if used in the direction of love or hatred. This example is not intended to create a hierarchy of dominance or superiority based on peoples life choices. Rather it is used to illustrate that there are many levels of consciousness and that the awareness and intention around this reality is also the path of self-realization, enlightenment and spiritual development. For some this is a very important path in life, for others not so much.
As I mentioned earlier in the piece there are many ways to expand your consciousness. Many people nowadays are using plant medicines and psychedelics which have the great potential for transformation but also some inherent dangers in their use. We could compare a psychedelic and meditation as two different vehicles taking us to the same destination of self-realization. Of an awareness of our fundamental true nature. In this case think of meditation as a slow walk and psychedelics as a Formula 1 Race car. We can get to the same destination much much quicker in our race car but we're also much more likely to have an accident and end up with some scratch marks or wounds on our psyche. This is particularly the case if we have never driven this car before or have not prepared very well for that particular path we're driving down. Taking the slower (meditative) route still has its risks but I feel they are inherently less. It is overall a slower, safer and more gradual expansion of consciousness.
Similarly the same can be said for Esoteric Acupuncture. This particular form of treatment has the ability to expand our consciousness and take us into a deep meditative state. However this unique system (when utilized properly) will only ever allow our consciousness to expand to the level at which it is safe to do so and that which we are ready for. This is particularly good for people looking to naturally expand their consciousness without the use of drugs or those who require a more gentle and less confronting method of spiritual development.
During my first ever treatment with Esoteric Acupuncture I was astounded by the level of deep insight and emotional release that naturally came about. Later I found myself reaching altered states of awareness including profound visuals and glimpses of past lives. This is certainly something I had never experienced anything like it with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and so I set about studying and practicing this form of Acupuncture as my main priority. Over the years I have come to understand Esoteric Acupuncture and its unique integration of Sacred Geometry, Acupuncture Theory and Ancient Wisdom to be more than just a treatment, rather as a way of life. As the treatments gradually shift our consciousness we become more aligned with our soul, our purpose and the great mysteries of existence. We can also move beyond our experience of illness and disease as more than just a physical manifestation but also as an opportunity for growth, healing and transformation on every level of our being.
Dr Jai Watson (BHSc.TCM) is a Kambo practitioner, Health Coach, and Acupuncturist specializing in Esoteric Acupuncture and currently is available for local consultation in Preston, Melbourne as well as online consultations via Skype.