Secrets of Developing Energetic Sensitivity: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Power (Part I)


This whole miraculous and magnificent physical plenum is a grand experiment, a learning laboratory emergently orchestrated by cosmic forces for the unfolding of Awareness.

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For better or worse, energetic sensitivity is considered one of the hallmarks of spiritual advancement.

Experiences like sensing auras, “seeing energetically,” and awakening one’s kundalini are signposts on the road to enlightenment, proof that one is headed in the right direction.

Of course, this thinking is flawed on multiple levels: there is no linear road to liberation, and spiritual parlor tricks are indicative of neither awareness nor holiness. In fact, these siddhis (the Sanskrit word for “powers”) can be the very thing that leads us astray.

Therefore, before we delve into the nitty-gritty of energetic awareness (and how it can help you live an activated life), we need to go over how to avoid its potential dangers.

The thing to remember is that the spiritual path is about awakening from illusion. After all, this whole miraculous and magnificent physical plenum is a grand experiment, a learning laboratory emergently orchestrated by cosmic forces for the unfolding of Awareness.

In short, it’s just a ride.

And here’s the thing: the more dazzling the illusion, the more convincing it becomes.

This is exactly why developing powers of sensitivity can be dangerous, if the process is not undertaken in the correct way. As power increases, awareness and responsibility must increase in turn, if that power is to be wielded wisely and from a place of integrity.

Otherwise, all the pretty lights, “blissed out” feelings, and intimations of higher consciousness simply become distractions from our true path. If we’re not careful, their flash and glamour can undermine our connectedness to the world, and thus our ability to have a positive effect within it.

Meher Baba, an Indian spiritual master with crystal-clear teachings and a fantastic moustache, claimed that the development of these powers marks the most important and challenging step of the spiritual path.

He taught that by misusing the ability to sense and direct energy, the seeker can accrue karma so overwhelming that it can only be balanced through the regression of one’s forward progress.

The lesson here is that as our power to self-actualize increases, so does our power to precipitate our own downfall. All metaphysics and mysticism aside, this teaching makes an awful lot of sense.

It’s about unfolding, not controlling

Becoming energetically sensitive is not bad. It’s just a process that needs to be approached through the principles of discipline, integrity, and right relation.

The goal is to become sensitive to impression from that which is higher and larger than the individual ego, so that your developing power is never directed toward selfish ends.

Any application of willpower for the benefit of the self (without regard to the greater whole) is essentially black magic. And the more powerful you become, the more destruction you’re able to visit upon both yourself and the external world.

So here’s how to avoid this kind of control mindset…

Allow each of your thoughts and actions to be guided by an unconditional knowing of your involvement in a Greater Whole. Feel the awe and grandeur of this Whole in all of your individual experiences. And trust that a life lived in this kind of alignment will be beneficial for both you and the collective.

Try to take a few minutes every morning to remind yourself of these three simple principles: allow, feel, trust.

And now on to the fun part…

Once you understand the responsibility and integrity that is prerequisite to developing energetic sensitivity, you can begin to open yourself to the wild, mystical vistas of higher-dimensional forces.

Sounds rather fancy and evocative…but really, I’m just referring to the process of awakening to your true nature – that is, learning about everything that’s been going on all along in your own body-mind.

Here’s why this kind of awakening is so important…

It opens us to higher impression. There’s a whole host of energetic processes occurring in our bodies all the time, of which materialistic science is largely unaware. Beginning to feel these subtleties will allow them to manifest more and more clearly. Our awareness creates a sort of amplifying feedback loop, because the outer reflects the inner: that which we give our attention to will determine what we experience on an ongoing basis.

It gives us a taste of higher consciousness. Experiences of synchronicity, psychic phenomena, and spiritual awakening are all signs of where we’re headed as a species. Any way you cut it, we’re evolving. Jose Arguelles even suggests that a second human species is already starting to emerge on the planet – a species that is capable of experiencing itself as one, unified organism.

It reminds us that all this spiritual stuff is real. Yogi Bhajan said that if the Piscean Age was the age of “seeing because you believe,” then the Aquarian Age is the age of “believing because you see.” Having experiences that give us glimpses into the new paradigm offers us hopeful proof that something amazing really is happening to us. It inspires and awes us, and thus builds valuable momentum that we can use to keep our dedicated to our spiritual path.

So by all means, open yourself to peak experiences…just don’t become attached to them.

As Terence McKenna would say, “try not to be astonished.” Keep your eye on prize: becoming a self-actualized individual capable of both personal and planetary healing. Live fully, vibrantly, and lovingly, and inspire others to do the same.

In the next article, we’ll dive into some of the principles of subtle physiology and esoteric nervous system mastery that will help you safely and rapidly open your awareness to new layers of energetic being.

For now, take a moment to close your eyes and breathe. Invoke the awareness that you wish to embody, and remember the dictum above: allow, feel, trust.

Ask yourself why you want to open your third eye, raise your frequency, or awaken your kundalini. And listen carefully to the answers that arise for you…self-knowledge is the foundation and hallmark of all enlightened learning.


Ryan Greendyk

Ryan Greendyk is a conscious internet entrepreneur, writer, kundalini yoga teacher, psychonaut, and sacred space creator. He's pretty fond of tea ceremonies, entheogens, bass-beat wizardry and techno-shamanism, superfoods, gifting, fire spinning, alternative healing modalities, spontaneous outbursts of love, and spending quality time with God and friends. In a nutshell, he's dedicated to delivering others to their highest selves through the creation and promotion of communities, cultures, products, and programs built upon creativity, intentional play, and spiritual self-mastery. He is the Founder of Lightlab and the Producer of Lightlab Events.

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