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.


5 Bright and Powerful Ways to Become Spiritually Enlightened

Spiritual Enlightenment
Joseph Barela, the Author, enjoying his enlightening meditation session.

Here’s the big misconception about Spiritual Enlightenment: It’s something impossible to attain.

That’s what everyone seems to think when they first wake up, of course.

However, over the course of your journey, you may learn different ways to become enlightened.

Here are at least 5 bright and powerful ways you may run across that lead to spiritual enlightenment!

1. Lighten Your Load

Becoming less dense is crucial to enlightenment if you subscribe to the idea that you are a vibrational being. By sticking to “lighter” foods, and moving your body, you naturally lose weight and mass.

Psychologically, diet and exercise set the stage for your Work on the other levels as well. Exercise releases natural antidepressants and also provides a daily goal towards which you can strive. Without goals, it’s almost impossible to lead a happy life!

Also, what better physical goal is there than to extend your life by being active and healthy?

Starting this path is the beginning of what the New Age calls “coming into alignment.” Don’t let the language confuse  you; it just simply means that you operate on four different levels of being:

  1. The Physical
  2. The Mental
  3. The Emotional
  4. The Spiritual

“Coming into alignment” in these terms means that we must acknowledge enlightenment on each level. So now with the first level down (the Physical), we can move on to the next one (the Mental).


2. Kindle the Light of Consciousness

Mental Enlightenment
Carl Gustav Jung was the founder of Analytical Psychology.

In the words of Carl Jung:

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

From this perspective, enlightenment means to become aware of your hidden, subconscious aspects, also known as your Shadow. Doing so would enable you to be a better force for good in the world.

The subconscious is home to those aspects of you that tend to react rather than respond. They seem to control you when you aren’t thinking and are often the most significant source of your suffering.

Truth seekers regularly work to shed light on the dark spots of their consciousness. They are transmuting their ignorance into awareness. However, when one tends to identify solely with the mental aspects of being, the other three tend to be lacking.

Thus, they come “out of alignment” with themselves. However, to fully enlighten yourself, you must not focus on only the first one or two levels of being.

Thus, by doing Shadow work, you can prepare yourself for Emotional enlightenment.


3. Look on the Bright Side


Life isn’t always what you perceive it to be. Instead, events you may see as unfavorable are, in fact, part of your journey towards good moments.


Building and maintain an optimistic mindset is a critical pillar of spirituality. It’s the acknowledgment of duality.

Duality holds that everything in the Universe has equal and opposite aspects. Emotional enlightenment, then, means knowing there are both “negative” and “positive” perspectives to every experience.

Alan Watts teaches that you can never know the consequences of good or bad fortune. Good luck doesn’t always yield functional outcomes.

Likewise, bad fortune doesn’t always yield adverse results. Instead, what determines good or bad chances is your perspective on them.

Life isn’t always what you perceive it to be. Instead, events you may see as unfavorable are, in fact,  part of your journey towards good moments.

The deeper part of enlightenment on this level starts by digging into your past. There, you can choose to see more and more of your “dark” history as a past filled with “light.”

Once you remove more and more the burden of a “dark” past, you begin to “lighten” the weight of the emotional burden that you carry within.

By digging into your past and clearing up any darkness within you, you begin to open the doorway to Spiritual Enlightenment.


4. Be Light-Hearted

Chakra Enlightenment
Like blooming lotus flowers, the chakras can only open in the presence of light.

New Age thinking considers the Heart Chakra as most important for Spiritual Enlightenment. Why? Because from it, you can be your most compassionate self.

Selfless action and creativity for the highest good of all involved come from compassion. For you to live from that perspective, that particular chakra must be “opened.”

Like blooming lotus flowers, the chakras can only open in the presence of light. However, how do you open them?

You begin by doing the enlightenment work on the previous levels of being. Once you’ve worked on the earlier levels, no longer are you focused on lack, but on the abundance that surrounds you.

No longer do you focus on the heaviness of your past, but on the infinite possibilities that lie ahead of you in your future. Even better: you can focus on the ecstasy of the present moment.

Moreover, no longer do anxious and disappointing thoughts invade your mind.

Instead, you celebrate what you indeed are: spiritual beings living this human experience.

That’s not to say that you will stop experiencing negative thoughts or events. However, you can now encounter them from this higher perspective.

Doing so enables you to better deal with them in a way that does not bring you down, but instead, helps you move forward.


5. Spread Your Light and Love


In living your life from this state of being, you can embrace life for what it is: a miracle.


Enlightenment is not something to attain, nor a destination at which you arrive. Instead, it is the process, the Work, the life-long journey you and everyone else strives to live.

Like happiness, its embodiment depends on your pursuit of it. As such, you could say that enlightenment and happiness are the same and that it is what gives you purpose.

It’s never about the result, but always about growing from one point to another.

How do you know when you’re on that path? You become light-hearted. You become filled with joy and laughter; you become carefree and free-spirited.

You become childlike and wondrous; You reflect the pure innocence of the soul. You could say you become a proper medium through which to channel your soul, ultimately.

You “awaken” your soul within. You allow it to come out and experience the world as it intended to: from within the presence of an enlightened state of being.

In living your life from this state of being, you can embrace life for what it is: a miracle.


Bonus Tip: Help Enlighten Others!


Enlightenment Infographic
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Believe it or not, enlightenment is not the most important thing you could learn on your journey. Instead, learning to open up and share your experiences and insights is what’s important here.

Perhaps your quest for truth has led you to experience many unexplainable things. When viewed from the outside, it may be easy to label them as crazy or impossible.

If you’ve learned to take from those experiences and extract the truth from them, you may see that you’re not so mad after all. Also, of course, only when you’re able to spread the truth will you grow and flourish in the world.

So please, be sure to share your truth in the comments below, and if this article resonates with you, share it with those who might also benefit from or appreciate it.

Together, let’s help spread the light one retweet or hashtag or repost at a time.

After all, we’re all in this together, aren’t we?