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Expanded awareness in everyday life

This post was delayed since we had a substantial spring snow storm Thursday and Friday and it took a little while to dig out the neighborhood.

Life today is quite complex for most of us. There is work, and the family, the kids have sporting events and practice, there is homework and PTA meetings, laundry, shopping, and the list goes on and on and on. For many people, finding the time to journey or meditate can be difficult. That does not mean you cannot connect with your spirit helpers and guides when you could use their help.

When you step onto the path to expanded awareness your life begins to change and more tools become consciously available to you. It is very reassuring to know there are a host of spirits and guides outside of ordinary reality that are ready, willing, and able to help you reach your goal for this life. And they are there for you all the time. All you have to do is turn your awareness in that direction and make the connection.

Although I do not know about other systems out there, one of the things emphasized at the Visionseeker Shamanic Retreats taught by Hank Wesselman and Jill Kuykendall, and at The Monroe Institute is that these expanded states of awareness, and the connections with our spirit helpers and guides, are available to us at any time. If we need to make a difficult decision or find a solution to a problem, or we would like a clearer perspective, all we have to do is pop upstairs. There is no need to wait until we get home for a formal journey.

In my experience, something magical happens when we practice accessing our spirit helpers and guides during day-to-day life. It expands our normal awareness and we begin to notice that it gets easier and easier to access our spirits and guides. It is simply a matter of turning our attention in their direction. For me at times it as if I am walking in two worlds – the spirit world, and the physical world – at the same time. Practiced shamans virtually live in both worlds at the same time. (I of course would not recommend this while driving down the street when your attention needs to be focused on the task at hand.)

Another technique I have found to be quite useful in solving problems, especially when the problem is complex, is to ask for a solution right before I go to bed at night. I will take a few clearing breaths and then contact my spirit helpers and guides, tell them about the problem, and ask them to provide me with a solution, or direction when I wake up in the morning. Most of the time I am not aware of the solution right after I wake up, but it comes to me while I’m in the shower (I have a magical shower).

The great thing is that the above technique does not require that you have any training, it will work for anyone. If you have doubts about it working for you, then just say to yourself that you may have reservations, but that you would like to, at least temporarily, suspend any doubts, and start out with something small. Take a few clearing breaths and let your body relax. Feel all parts of your physical body relaxing, starting with your feet and working up. When you are relaxed, ask your question or make your request and ask for the answer in the morning when you wake up. And if it does not work the first time, don’t get discouraged, you are developing a new tool, and it may take a few tries.

If you have not developed these tools, I highly recommend that you do. They are great abilities to have.


  1. Dear Richard,

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Sometimes I get fusterated that I can’t sustain an expanded state of awareness in daily life, but I realize that like developing other skills, it takes practice. Tonight, when I sleep, I will ask for solutions, and open my mind, so that I may experience the magic of which you speak.


  2. Naomi,

    I’m glad enjoyed the post. It takes some practice to get to where you can hold expanded awareness during normal life, without having to concentrate on it. One thing I’ve found useful is when you take a short break during the day, at work or at home, take a deep breath and expand your consciousness for just a minute or so and then leave it open. As you start back into your daily life, it may fade, but each time it will stay open a little longer.

    Warmest Blessings,


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