For each of us to execute our own soul plan, we often take mind-body-spirit, self-help, personal empowerment or other types of classes that cause us to grow and evolve as a person. Some of us take other type classes (e.g., shaman, vision quests, etc.) or go on retreats that allow us to have experiences with native medicines (e.g., ayahuasca, kampo, psilocybin, etc.) during which we gain significant personal and spiritial insights.
Such classes are almost always taken in a group environment where we feel safe, supported, excited and eager to apply what we have learned. Some people actually get addicted to these feelings and just keep taking additional classes on a regular basis.
However, when we leave such classes and return to our daily lives, we typically experience an “energetic mood crash” in which start to feel isolated and experience negative emotions such as fear, sadness, anger, etc. or even depression. We make plans to keep in touch with our classmates to support each other and in most instances we never do.
The key to applying what you have learned in such classes is to “integrate” the positive knowledge, growth and evolution you have experienced into your daily life into the person you are in that daily life.
Integration is defined as “the act or process of merging and joining two or more different things, resulting in one new thing with new traits that attains seamless coordination of all its actions.”
Take a look at Love Infinity’s picture above. Her picture captures a stone pattern including a bunch of stones of different sizes and shapes that function together a unit providing a superficial covering over another surface (e.g., dirt, etc.). In the lower left hand corner of the picture is a single new shinny stone that has been placed on top of another stone in the stone pattern and has not yet been integrated into the stone pattern with the other stones.
Just like the shiny new stone in the picture, the new knowledge, growth and evolution we achieve taking classes is a higher vibrational energy pattern, that is “shiny” and stands out from the other knowledge, growth and evolution we have previously achieved. Our previous knowledge, growth and evolution are represented by the stones in the stone pattern in the picture of various shapes and sizes with dull surfaces that made up a current, non-integrated, lower energy vibrational offering.
Just like the shiny stone and the stone pattern in the picture, when we take mind-body-spirit, self-help, personal empowerment or medicine classes, we need to integrate the “shiny new energery” of our new knowledge, growth and evolution into a whole and new energetic pattern that now defines us and is presented to others as our integrated, higher energy vibrational offering.
Integration involves making an effort to understand and adjust our feelings, attitudes, behaviors, actions and our points of view as we return to our daily lives to include the knowledge, growth and evolution we have obtained into who we are.
After taking such classes how can you integrate the knowledge, growth and evolution you have obatined to make a positive impact in your life?
- Understanding – You need to have a clear understanding of what you have learned and how it will affect your feelings, attitudes, behaviors, actions and point of view moving foward. You are not the same person anymore so you cannot act, feel and behave the same way you did in the past.
- Resistance – Your ego may create resistance to change and prevent you from fulling integrating the knowledge, growth and evolution you have achieved. The resistance typically comes from trying to change your familiar, well-established and deeply ingrained energetic patterns. Learn to recognize such resistance when it occurs and adjust your feelings, attitudes, behaviors, actions and point of view accordingly to overcome it.
- Reorganization – During integration your whole human structure including your mind, body, spirit and personality are reorganized into something new. This can be disorienting and cause extreme confusion and the generation of negative feelings. You may need to seek the help of mentors, coaches, etc. during the reogranization process of integration. Such reorganization also causes your boundaries, interests and relationships to change. As a result, people in your life, such as family, friends and acquaintances may view you in a different way they do not find desirable and fade away or leave your life altogether.
- Presence – During integration, it is important to stay present and open to having new experiences by acknowledging and embracing your new feelings, attitudes, behaviors, actions and point of view. Staying present provides a new and deep sense of guidance for navigating through life as a new intergrated person.
Integration is about creating self-awareness, a feeling of wholeness, and expanding your consciousness. So do not hestiate to integrate.
Out There on the Edge of Everything®…
Stephen Lesavich, PhD
Copyright © 2019, by Stephen Lesavich, PhD. All rights reserved.
In my personal experience when I take classes that cause growth and me to evolve, I must integrate the knowledge, growth and evolution into who I am as a person. Such integration often gives me a new point of view in my life, just like the new point of view I get looking through my rose colored glasses. Life gets better and better.
Award-winning and best-selling author, Entrepreneur, Visionary, CEO of 3 different companies, Attorney, Tech Expert, Certified Solution-Focused Life Coach.