I always love to keep it real on this podcast and share realizations I personally have as trends and awareness in the spiritual space shift. In this solocast, I discuss two different perspectives on spirituality– one that is ascension-based, and one that is embodiment. I share the difference between how both perspectives see the world and evolvement, as well as how I personally see it. Dive in in this episode.
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Episode 340: Ascension vs. Embodiment – Approaches to Spirituality
By Sahara Rose
Namaste. It’s Sahara Rose and welcome back to The Highest Self Podcast, a place where we discuss what makes You, Your Soul’s Highest Evolvement.
And before we get started, I have an announcement for you.
So, on my own spiritual journey I realized that I wasn’t resonating with more information. I always felt like there was another book, another thing to do, another way to become, and I was really yearning for a form of spirituality that invited my whole self, my femininity, my creativity, my desire to be in my physical body, in my pleasure, in my joy, in my heart, in my womb, in my dance. For me, spirituality is not about leaving the body but really about being so immersed in it that you become one with it.
So, this month in Rose Gold Goddesses, the Sacred Sisterhood Collective all about embodying the Goddess within, we are diving deep into Shakti which is this principle, this essence of divine feminine wisdom. I take you on a journey to learn about how Shakti shows up in you; how she’s in your breath, in your body, your desire to be immersed in all things rather than separate from it. We dive into the differences between spirit and soul, and I guide you with practices and rituals to connect more to the Shakti essence that lives inside of you.
The path of the Goddess is not to detach yourself from the world enough that you can handle being in it but rather creating the world you desire to be a part of, and that is what we are doing this month in Rose Gold Goddesses.
So, if this is calling your name, you’re syncing to make dance and embodiment your spiritual practice then come join us in this Rose Gold Goddesses Circle. It is included in your membership at rosegoldgoddesses.com, you can try it on its own at rosegoldgoddesses.com/Shakti, you can find those links in the shown notes and I’m super excited to invite you inside.
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This is one of those Episodes that I just have to own the mic because I have something I really just want to share with you guys, and it’s an observation that I’ve been having around just spirituality and where the community’s at right now and we can really see this in terms of terminology that we’re using, or references, or the ways that we are looking at ourselves. And I love looking at things from a birds-eye perspective and noticing just the larger trends and just where things are going. I think one of my gifts is being able to see things from that really high level perspective and then bring it all down into what this really means for us today.
And I wanted to have this conversation with you guys on Ascension vs. Embodiment.
So, if you’re newer to the spirituality world you may not have noticed kind of the differences here but what I’ve really been observing is this kind of a split between two ways of looking at spirit. And both ways are totally valid, it’s kind of Western vs. Vedic Astrology, or if you’re more into human design, or gene keys. However, they really inform us of how we see the world. And we may go through different phases of seeing it more through the Ascension lens vs. through the Embodiment lens, and I’ll share with you how I see it as well.
So, a lot of us, when we get into spirituality, we see it as a ladder; we see as “I’m here in this 3D realm; this 3D realm is fear and it’s chaos, and it doesn’t see the magic and the synchronicities of the world, and people just do what they’re told, they don’t think for themselves, and I can see myself that I don’t want to be a part of this, I don’t reconcile with this”. So, the next phase that comes is that 4D and that’s the questioning, that’s the wanting to know what else is out there – maybe going down different rabbit holes trying to figure out your truth. And then the 5D is where everything is based off of love, and unity, and joy and expansion.
So, I’ve done a Podcast on this Episode, on the 3, 4 and 5D perspectives and it’s something that totally makes sense to me, and in terminology that I also use in my life.
Now, where I see now this languaging, and this 3, 4, 5D thing has gotten very, very big this year, is now sort of turned into this ladder of Ascension that some people are going to make it to 5D and others won’t. And it’s turned into a type of, not with everyone but with some people, a type of superiority, and a type of “I’m more conscious than you and I’m going to make it to this other world out there that everything is incredible, and rainbows, and unicorns, and dolphins everywhere” which again, I love, and these 3D people are going to stay behind with all of their problems. And what I understand it to be is, it’s a perspective of how we see the world, it’s not this physical place that we go to, but when we often times get stuck in this languaging we see it as this ladder of ascension – “I’m going to get higher, reach bigger states, elevate” and it can feel like you’re at a higher level than other people. Now again, this Podcast is called Highest Self Podcast, so it’s not saying to not use those words. What I am inviting for you to ponder is, are you looking at this as a way to feel superiority over others? To feel like we’re the woke gang, we’re the people who are going to make it to the 5D world and the rest of them are not. Instead of seeing yourself connected to the world, a part of everything. And this conversation, it’s really stemmed in a masculine vs. feminine way of seeing the world.
So again, masculine and feminine doesn’t really have to do with genders as much as the energetic qualities. We can also call it Shiva and Shakti which I actually prefer to do – Shiva being masculine consciousness, Shakti being feminine.
So, the Shiva consciousness is very about wanting to leave and find stillness. And the way that it does so is to separate itself from the world around it. And that’s important, sometimes you do need to find stillness, sometimes you do need to separate yourself, and we’re not going to create a better world if we all just try to dip out in peace and ‘good luck with your problems’.
The Shakti, the feminine, is immersed in the world, it is connect to all things. It sees the children and the plans and the animals as part of itself, it doesn’t want to learn how to cope with the world or go to the Himalayas and meditate and peace out and ‘good luck all y’all’, it wants to be a part of this new world, that is why it’s here.
Now, this Movement is the Embodiment. It’s not about ascending, it’s not about going somewhere, it’s not about leaving the body but rather it’s about fully being here in this body, on this Planet, having this human experience. Human, where we cry and we shit, and we have periods, and all of these very human things which I don’t know if that happens in the 5D or not but it’s happening here and it’s part of the experience. And sometimes when we try to get so galactic it’s like “What about being human?”
And for myself, in my own journey, I have found the deeper. I go into my own consciousness the deeper I realize that it’s not anywhere outside of me; it’s not ‘once I reach this level or make it to this dimension or Planet, or anything else that’s above me, it’s not a ladder but rather, it’s a spiral.’
Now, I like to think of the spiral because if you imagine a spiral in front of you it’s a circular motion that keeps entwining further, further inwards. So when you’re going through a spiral, let’s say you’re going through a big maze or something, you’ll find yourself going back to exactly where you were before, but on a deeper level.
So, I don’t see it as much of as an ascending of “I get forward and I get forward and that’s it” I see it more of a spiral of “We look at something and then we deepen with it; and then we do other work and then we come back to it at a deeper level; and a deeper level; and a deeper level, and it never ends.” That is life; that is the journey, it’s not to become something that you are not but rather to further embody who you are. That’s living your Dharma, your Dharma, your Soul’s Purpose; it’s not something that is outside of you. It is not something that you’ve got to get to or ascend to, it’s something you already were born as, you already are whole. And when we sometimes see the world in this fragmented way, it reflects how we see ourselves. It’s like that Outcast song, “I know you like to think, yo shit don’t stink” our shit stink, we’re humans, we’re here on this Planet having this experience, having these emotions, having all these feelings. We aren’t here to bypass over that, and it’s fun sometimes to not think about; fun sometimes to think about other things, but truly, we wouldn’t be incarnated on this Planet if we didn’t have work to do here.
So, as someone who used to see it as “Oh, only if I become an author then I’ll have it figured out; only if I can get this goal, whatever, then I’ll have it figured out” I realized that it’s a deepening, it’s a softening, it’s an anchoring, because we’ll actually forever going to be working on our relationship with our parents, and looking at our childhood, and looking at our ancestors, and looking at our fears – that’s a forever journey guys, sorry, in 5D it’s still there. But you deepen and it doesn’t feel so scary, and it gets easier and you learn your practices and you’re able to move through with more ease and grace, but it doesn’t ever disappear.
So, I think it’s important to say this when right now spirituality can be so focused on this Ascension ladder to really look at it if it serves you as more of this Embodiment spiral; more of a deepening; more of a remembering. I see that the more that you can let go of who you are not, you step into who you are. And sometimes we try to go outside of ourselves “If only I can find this or learn that, get this teaching, or figure this other thing out that I don’t know” we give up our power that way. You were born knowing, your soul knows what’s up, it’s inside of you, it was encoded within your DNA. You came knowing exactly who you are and how you’re meant to serve, and what your sacred mission on this Planet is. It’s just that we’ve forgotten, we’ve forgotten our own magnitude, we’ve let other people’s stories be more powerful than our own.
So, choose your stories, you can look at it from whatever lens empowers you but for myself, the more that I anchor into the physical body and I embrace her, and I don’t try to escape from her, I don’t try to become an alien, for me, that’s not what serves me, but rather the more that I can feel connected to my vessel and every part of her, and my breath, and how I’m showing up, and how I’m holding my shoulders, how maybe this feeling in my hip is connected to an emotion that I haven’t fully expressed. The more I anchor into that, the more free, liberated and expansive I become.
So, I’d love to know what serves you. Is it the Ascension (and that’s beautiful); is it the Embodiment; is it some version of the two? I, still, can definitely see things from the 3, 4 and 5D perspective and I’m still so grateful to be here in my Earth suit, so we can be both.
So, let me know how this resonates with you. Please share it over on your Instagram story, share it with me at Takeaway, I’d love to see it, I’d love to share.
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Episode 340: Ascension vs. Embodiment – Approaches to Spirituality
By Sahara Rose