Opinion, Spirituality

What is “lightworking”?

Let’s talk about the role of the Lightworker. If they exist, what exactly do they do?

I believe the notion of the existence of people who were placed on the planet to serve as Lightworkers is an irrelevant topic not worth my consideration for too long at present. I have my concerns that labelling oneself “Lightworker”, “Starseed” or “Twin Flame” is an attachment to a story or identity whereby individuals place some sort of idea of extraordinary importance or “specialness” on themselves and my gut-feeling is that attachment to stories and perceived identities is probably the mother-of-all-spiritual-fuck-ups.

It smells like separation illusion or grandiose illusion to me.

But, Jesus was supposed to have been real and there are many stories like the story of Jesus where we are told that some people really are special and important and here to serve some great spiritual purpose. They are to do greater and bigger things than the rest of us!

I’ll keep an open mind towards it, but mainly I’m here today to assert that if Lightworkers exist, people may be mistaken about the role Lightworkers are supposed to play.

I’m also going to openly suppose that they may not exist in the way people suggest and in fact, anybody is capable of lightworking and may do it at times.

So, what could be the real role of a Lightworker?

Shining a light on shadows is lightworking.

Shining a light on lies and exposing them as a lie is lightworking.

Shining a light, so that the truth is exposed, however uncomfortable it may be for people is true lightworking.

The sharing of truth, true knowledge and wisdom is lightworking that makes true healing for every individual and the planet possible.

And the truth is, the truth is not always welcome or a comfortable thing to be exposed to.

You know this stuff. You’ve probably experienced it before. Maybe you found out your spouse or partner was cheating on you. That’s a classic example where sudden knowledge of the truth probably hurt like Hell.

You may have been warned of the truth as sometimes being a painful thing as a young child, learning about creation through the Christian Bible.

Adam and Eve, once they had consumed the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, committed the original sin and immediately became uncomfortable and covered their naked bodies, hiding in shame.

Adam and Eves story might as well be as good as an explanation as any that knowledge can hurt and bring about catastrophic or tragic consequences. The more we know, the more uncomfortable we may be, at least for a while.

The truth is, exposure to a Lightworker, if that is what some people are (or if lightworking is what some people do on occasion), wont always make you feel good.

Some people don’t want to be exposed to truths. They want the illusions they’ve grown attached to be reinforced by the people around them. They prefer to sit in an echo chamber. Illusions are sometimes nicer than reality.

Some people will almost certainly respond with anger and aggression upon exposure to a Lightworker.

Simply spreading “love and light” i.e the spreading of positive vibes is not the real, complete work of the Lightworker and not a lasting, viable way to raise the vibrations of the planet to the highest point, because it is not enough to highlight shadows.

In fact, sometimes precedence over spreading positive vibes instead of doing the truth-work is an attempt to bypass light and shadow work. This cannot be done and so it serves only the smallest and most temporary amount of good purpose.

Being positive or kind is a wonderful thing to be and has an impact on your surroundings, raising vibrations to a degree, but the role of the Lightworker has to be light exposure on a permanent and much deeper level. Do not confuse lightworking with day to day acts of kindness.

Shining a light on the false stories that keep us enslaved would be the true work of Lightworkers. That is sometimes the impact of The Sun in the tarot deck.

You can look to the metaphors and explanations of the Major Arcana in tarot to help you to understand.*

The Major Arcana is 22 cards that are metaphors for stages of life, archetypes, and processes of, or triggers of, enlightenment.

The Sun is arguably metaphorically the Lightworkers card. It is a truth card, coming right towards the end of the deck, before Judgement and The World. It is an enlightenment card.

For many The Sun is simply a “happiness” card and you will find it’s nature as a truth exposing card overlooked, much like what it probably means to be a Lightworker is often overlooked.

In Buddhist philosophy there is understanding that ignorance is at the root of suffering. The inability to see the truth and what really is, is directly in the way of inner peace and happiness and so for The Sun to result in happiness, there must be an enlightening truth-bomb dropping with it.

The cards that follow this period of enlightenment can be looked at in various ways.

Judgement could be that moment you are stood at the gates of Heaven, waiting to find out if you’re in or out or the resulting higher state of consciousness that followed the enlightening Sun. The World is completion. It’s the end of a cycle. That could be Heaven or Heaven on Earth.

I reiterate, that the last three cards show a process of truth and enlightenment that signals the end of suffering, the resulting higher state of consciousness or gateway to Heaven and then the moment of completion where you go to Heaven or bring it down to Earth. It is stages of enlightenment or transcendence that begin by knowing truth.

We know from just about every story ever, The Devil is and always will be humankinds adversary. He’s the bad guy. The Devil is all about being chained to enslaving illusions. It’s materialism, it’s the 7 Deadly Sins, it’s the stories and lies you’ve became attached to. It’s addiction. It’s anything that keeps you attached to him and the truth out-of-reach.

But knowledge of The Devil exposes that shadow to the light and thereby you are given opportunity to break free of the enslavement.

Exposure to The Sun could bring about almost catastrophic consequences such as The Tower upon revealing the truth (for the greater good), change like Death, or the forced introspection and seclusion of The Hermit. The Sun doesn’t always make you feel immediately good, but true happiness and healing will be the eventual result according to Tarot.

The Devil can influence you to forever remain The Fool, or to be suspended like The Hanged Man, but can certainly evoke false feelings of The World and completion. The beast will, by any means necessary, try to keep you enslaved by illusion for as long as possible.

I would say that during my time in large “Lightworker” social media communities I’ve learned that the Lightworker is in trouble! A huge portion of so-called Lightworkers are LIEworkers and people who fancy themselves a Lightworker and are trying to learn about it are being exposed to the LIEworkers more than genuine lightwork.

A huge portion of people have the inability to discern truth from lies, and so are being misled. They are in desperate need for The Sun to shine down on them.

We can’t forget the con-man. The con-men are out there, knowingly and deliberately lieworking in the false name of lightworking for profit and personal gain.

People crave enlightenment. They want to be awake and many talk about their “Awakening” as if it is done and they are complete and awake now. But you can’t wake up telling yourself a bedtime story designed to see you off to sleep. You can’t wake up the rest of world with bedtime stories.

The Lightworker is to open the curtains, point out that it’s daytime and tell you to save your stories for later. The Lightworker will turn on the bedroom light and ask why, at 41 years old, you are still reading fairytales. The Lightworker might even drag you out of your bedroom and force you into the cotton fields where you’re going to be forced to work harder than you ever have in your life.

Quite frankly, from what I’ve seen, the Lightworker is probably the person a lot of people in these communities quickly become furious with.

*Note: I have been using The Enchanted Tarot deck by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber since I was about 8 years old and I draw on the description and interpretations of the cards in this deck for my article.

Opinion, Spirituality

Are We Blocking Spiritualists From Their True Purpose?

What do terms like lightworker and healer mean to you? Are lightworkers and healers restricted to roles such as Reiki practitioners, mediums and so on?

Supposing now, everyone does have a ‘life purpose’ and a path they are supposed to follow. The first people to believe this are usually spiritualists and religious people. But are we blocking spiritualists from their true purpose by perpetuating stereotypical ideas about ‘raising vibrations’?

In the spiritual community, especially a large online one, like a large Facebook group, we can see thousands of people that feel it is their life purpose to raise the vibrations of the planet.

Lot’s of people feel they’re lightworkers and empaths. These ideas come up repeatedly in the community and these individuals seem to tend to make the decision to devote their life to things such as energy healing, after taking a couple of days training a few times.

I repeatedly see the idea that now they are spiritual and awakening, they must do what everyone else seems to be doing and that’s either building a career in the “spiritual sector” or building rapport as a hobbyist medium or preconceived spiritually approved profession or activity. Even I am using those relevant skills more often, or gaining new ones.

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Why am I, personally, continuing to gain experience with various healing or therapy modalities and studying psychology?

Because helping and healing and a natural understanding of people has dominated my life since I was a child. As a witch, I’ve been working with energy as far back as I can remember and I first took counselling training aged 12, because my teachers at school thought I’d be good at it.

Do I think it’s what I’m supposed to do, really, with my whole life?

Actually, no, and I’ll explain why in a minute.

Do you not wonder if stereotypical ideas about lightworking and how to raise the vibrations of the planet are limiting people?

I do.

You see, people who heal, who share light, who guide and who teach are not actually limited to a few professions or activities. These guides and healers can come in the form of the slightly more obvious charity worker, or the less obvious musician. They can be lawyers. They can be unemployed. They can have seemingly no “special” abilities at all, but their actions and choices in life serve to raise vibrations, heal and spread light.

It’s suggested your life purpose is tied to the things that truly make your soul sing. For some people that’s rock climbing or parachuting! I think, among the spiritual community people can be inclined to disregard the things that bring them the most joy if it’s an activity that doesn’t fit the preconceived ideas about being a spiritual person.

My entire life may have seemed to be pulling me in the direction of therapist and spiritual truth seeker, but a role as a psychologist, a therapist or healer actually seems to be secondary when I consider what truly makes my heart sing. My biggest passions are with creative and performance arts and always have been. If your purpose lies in your biggest passions, my primary purpose is to write and create.

I have a therapist of my own and she very quickly picked up on the things that make my heart and soul sing, because of the way my demeanour changed when I began to talk about it. When I spoke of writing poetry and my latest ideas for a fiction story, I began to “light up” and this in turn lifted my therapist.

And all my life, all I have been hearing is “you should write a book” as well as “you’d make a great counsellor”. I had so many small successes in writing and creative arts growing up, everyone was pretty sure that’s what I’d do with my life. When I was younger I used to hear a lot of people say “you should be an actress or comedian” too, as I very much enjoyed stage performance and entertaining the people around me.

When I talk about music, watching bands play live and how I used to write my own music, I “light up”. When I think about painting, I get excited. It’s probably not too unusual, as I think we all probably have an inherent (but possibly dormant) desire to make like a God and create, but creativity becomes secondary or completely forgotten in life because of the necessity to devote much of our lives to earning money to survive.

In the spiritual community, cold readers are rife. People lacking in the abilities necessary for the things they claim to be able to do are rife. It leaves me feeling that stereotypical ideas about spirituality and purpose are blocking people from going out and discovering the things they really should be doing. I’m talking about the things that make your heart sing so loud, you can hear it ringing in your ears and everybody around you can see that you’re glowing.

Yes, trying to help others to heal feels nice and like a perfectly purposeful thing to do, but many might be better off using their free time to try things like rock climbing, joining a choir or knitting club. Honestly, it might sound silly, but it’s easier to raise the vibrations of yourself and everyone around you when you’re so happy you’re lit up like a Christmas tree than it is to try to wedge yourself into the shoes (or sandals) of healers like Jesus Christ.

Yes, there’s more than just a few ways to help and heal people. There’s more than a few ways to light up this world.

It may be some people are missing out on their true purpose, or what would really make them and others around them happy, because they have been misguided by the common idea in the community that everyone’s life purpose is to be an energy healer or professional spiritualist of some sort. It’s time to get real and recognise if it’s your primary purpose, secondary purpose or not really meant for you at all.

You might be working a “normal” day job, and using your free time to give people tarot readings on the Internet, when you’re supposed to be playing for your local football team. Some people have found what I’m saying to be upsetting, but I ask them to consider why they are really upset about this.

Think of all the things we’d lose, if everybody on the planet quit their jobs to become a Reiki practitioner tomorrow because that sounds like the right thing for a spiritually woke person to do. I dread to think!

If everyone does have a purpose in life and a path they are supposed to follow – if everyone has things that they are supposed to do – don’t you think it’s a little bizarre that in the spiritual communities, everybody has decided their purpose and strengths are exactly the same things?