9 Key Components of the Shift Towards Higher Consciousness

Higher ConsciousnessDylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

Facing considerable political, economic, social and ecological crises, the human race is desperate for a transformation and a new direction. Business as usual ensures that we are doomed to run a course of half-conscious self-destruction, as man-made catastrophes multiply and stress mounts in every aspect of life. We must overthrow our ignorance, as it has become a fearful master, goading us into war, pollution, waste and exploitation.

The social problems and entrenched patterns at the source of global issues are too vast and complex to be solved at the personal level, yet, paradoxically, the personal transformation of the individual offers a lonesome opportunity to avert the catastrophes we are engineering for ourselves. Human consciousness has a critical role to play in our collective destiny and there is a seismic shift occurring here that is creating a rising class of conscious people better equipped than ever to deal with such a chaotic environment.

The shift. It is the dramatic re-ordering of one’s psyche, producing changes that greatly benefit the body, mind and spirit. It is marked by considerable expansion of awareness of the inner spaces of mind and heart, and of the inter-dependent nature of all things. It is a reconstruction of one’s life and purpose rebuilt on a foundation of truth, peace, strength and flexibility, and it is brought about by a laborious and sufferable process of reflection and self-realization. The end result of the shift is the experience of a new, world-centric perspective on life, the reclamation of mental and physical health, and the discovery of the strength, courage and fearlessness needed to wade through these interesting times.

Personal evolution is both the great duty and the great joy of all human beings and is a process of divine significance, frequently unfolding in overlapping stages and related developments. Here are 9 key components of the shift commonly experienced by evolving people, not necessarily occurring in a particular order.

1. Contemporary Consciousness – The mass consciousness of production, consumption, submission and nihilism is where the shift begins. This is the consensus trance that we have been programmed to accept as real life, while obediently serving our worst interests without examination or question. Contemporary consciousness is acquiescence to insanity for the sake of convenience. Breaking through contemporary consciousness is to strike the very root of our global dilemma. Numb, drugged, and senseless, this level of consciousness is a psychic plague blotting out our potential.

2. A Disturbance in the Force – Like a canary in a coal mine, a warning appears from somewhere, grabbing our attention, rattling our confidence, pulling us out of our tunnel vision. Some small piece of information gathered from the alternative press or from a documentary film eats at our understanding of how the world is set up, and the shift begins. This sets the stage for a deep and serious personal crises to erupt, and often engages a ferocious drive for knowledge and truth.

3. An Introspective Quest for Knowledge & Truth – Knowledge and information are the fuel for personal transformation. Once awakened, our natural draw towards truth and justice calls us to consider new ideas and outside perspectives as we search for a new bearing in a crumbling understanding of the world. Introspection reveals answers to never-before asked questions and the accompanying interest in ‘alternative’ information and ideas provides answers that profoundly contradict contemporary consciousness. Once this quest is initiated the world never again looks the same.

4. The Dark Night of the Soul – The disturbance begins to conflict with contemporary consciousness so severely that the amount of cognitive dissonance required to adhere to the status quo life manifests materially as serious personal mental and physical health crises. The foundation for this catastrophic and catalyzing series of events has been under construction for most of life up to this point, and as such, the mind, body and spirit can be forced to endure unimaginable lows as the entire sum and meaning of one’s existence is smashed and broken to pieces under the weight of one’s denial about their complicity in their own self-destruction.

This is the ultimate test. To pass it one must endure the pain to the ultimate degree, and simply not give up. For many, the dark night of the soul lasts for years, marking the most serious, frightening and life-changing phase of life. Succumbing to the suffering here means giving in to total annihilation and choosing the path of serious self-deceit, total submission to ego and to false authority, addiction, reckless endangerment of the self, suicide, overdose, etc.

5. Discovery of Real Medicine – Something helps us through this crisis by easing the pain of our suffering, gently re-building positive energy and providing sufficient distraction while the body and spirit begin to reclaim health. Medicine here is not pharmaceutical, but therapeutical, and can come in the form of an artistic endeavor or exercise, or better yet, an intense study of an esoteric healing physical art like Qi Gong, Yoga, Kung Fu, meditation, and so on. Medicine may also be found amongst healers, therapists, shaman, or even plant medicines like Ayahuasca and Iboga. Finding the activity or experience that nudges you away from the brink of destruction and towards healing is a critical component of the shift.

6. Purification and Detox – Along the quest for knowledge we discover the toxic nature of our processed and sedentary lifestyle and realize the need for detox and purification. Learning about fluoride, heavy metals, GMO’s and the poisons in our food reveals the link between our emotional state, stress levels, well-being and conscious awareness. A new relationship with food is developed and taking care of the body and health gradually becomes easier.

Our toxic environment also includes our social atmosphere and here we are compelled to tune out of mainstream media, conversation and logic, purging ourselves of the garbage that so many people consider important. Our consumption of mainline ideas is reduced and our mind regains a footing of independence in a sea of sensationalized conformity.

7. Re-thinking of Authority, Dependence and Liberty – As the detox pushes older versions of the self out of the way, rejuvenating the psyche, a new picture of the self emerges in a world that no longer looks anything like it did before. The designs of control and manipulation governing our social institutions and traditions are rightfully exposed as farcical constructs that deter our evolution, while modern politics and government are understood to be laughable traps of dependence and deceit and therefore no longer beneficial to positive growth. The people that invest their lives and identities in these schemes seem desperate and needy of purpose, fanatical and outrageously too certain and too serious about life.

Non-conformity and non-compliance become moral obligations and liberty is revalued to include freedom from living in the fear-based consciousness offered as the default way of life. Ordinary people seem strange now in how they self-organize into ridiculous pecking orders, squabbling for position at work and submitting to any ‘authority figure’ with a badge and cheap uniform. It becomes clear that freedom has less to do with laws and more to do with voluntary submission, and liberty becomes a constant struggle to decrease dependence on the systems that complicate life.

8. Letting Go of and Discarding that Which Does Not Serve – In order to move through the process of transformation, it is absolutely necessary to jettison the things, people, relationships, habits, and ideas which no longer serve and support us. Human beings energetically interact with the objects and people in our environment, and eliminating and purging sources of stagnant energy and negativity creates space for new experience and inspiration to enter and flow into life. This is one of the most renewing components in this transformation.

9. Initiation into Mystery – Material science and mainstream thought exclude forms of mystery and paranormal activity from consideration in our culture, therefore making an initiation into the world of the unexplainable a common feature of the shift. For some reason, as a person changes in this fashion, strange and fascinating events occur that chip away at the certainties that support consensus material reality. Synchronicities emerge and moments of clarity give greater meaning to the mundane. Awareness of the subtle life force energy, Qi or Prana, develops, and ancient modalities of thought and concentration elicit strangely powerful revelations. Once the veil of the rigid scientific mindset is pierced, intuition and curiosity flourish and one re-assesses the potential in all things and in all circumstances, abandoning certainty in favor of wonder. Life becomes at sacred, as it should be.


The shift is nothing short of total personal revolution, and signals the re-organization of the mind and psyche for the benefit of the individual and the collective. It is about remembering who we are and overcoming the momentous inertia of the self-destructive programming in our modern world.Coming to extra-ordinary consciousness and awareness from the depths of the contemporary trance that sickens so many people is a process compelled by both natural forces and personal will and is part of our unique journey towards individuation, freedom, and happiness in this amazing world, at this incredible time.

If you have anything of value to add to this list, please do so in the comments section below.

About the Author

Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist esoteric arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. His remarkable journey of self-transformation is a testament to the power of the will and the persistence of the human spirit. He may be contacted at wakingtimes@gmail.com.

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  • Corbin

    Thank you for this article, this has everything that i went thru, an was trying to explain to fellow human’s who where, an those that i come across that are in different stages of the change, i was hospitalized twice in a short amount of time, the first was the the change between the 3 and 4 step, its was very overwhelming the amount of knowledge i was gaining from the mirror realm, an my vibrational frequency was so strong an the wave lengths so short it over loaded my mind, body, an soul. While my soul kept pulling more energy, my body was exhuasted, an my mind was pushed to the limit of what i could handle. They locked me on the 5th floor for a week, that flew by, while they tried to medicate me to bring my brain activity back down. They gave me a miss diagnoses, an the day i left the hospital they knew, the med’s they had been giving me weren’t effecting me, so as i left they tripled the dosage, which only amplified my conscious state, an made the next few weeks hellish trying to get dosages down while they wanted to switch meds, and keep changing things, all the while having to play sheeple, because i understood the change i was undergoing. But they where the ones that followed the leaders like the rest of the herd an had the degrees, so my interprations of the changes where merely laughed at. So after that began the Dark Soul of Night, which being told you were just crazy an having to take pills that help nothing if not make the process more painful…there is some very dark periods i endured. Fed up with the useless meds an the scared minds of my sheeple parents. I lashed out an released all the negative energy, an self image, along with the purpose of the change being clouded by the words of un experienced doctors. I requested being hospitalized a 2nd time, for being so depressed an on the thought of suicide, even tho i knew God would never let myself end my own physical existence…idk if it was just me or all those that experience the transformation. but from the beginning of the process, you knew you couldnt commit suicide during this process, an if you managed to do so you knew the spiritual consequences of the deed. I could say so much more but this is enough for now. Thanks again for the write up, this has helped me explain so much to those that have not been as lucky as I to be chosen to take on this very key evolutionary change that is happening. I will continue with steps 6 and 9 thats the last things i have to complete my change. I can answer anyones questions just contact me.

  • Derek

    Wow. I’ve read many articles over the past few years on the subject of transformation and enlightenment, but I’m amazed at how insightful this list is. I see now that my “shift” started long before I thought it did, and my “dark night” did indeed last for the better part of a decade. It ended just several months ago. So glad I just happened across this place.

  • Yohanan

    A higher consciousness in nine points…

    1. The realization that you are gonna die.
    2. When, how and why you die is irrelevant, it is what you do before dying that matters.
    3. What you do during your life should be that of happiness and love for many reasons.
    4. You are unique, what you need is unique, do not let other peoples ideas of right and wrong misguide you (like there being something inherently bad in buying things or that you need to read up on things to achieve some deeper understanding of what makes you happy)
    5. Be true to yourself as to live with as few regrets as possible.
    6. Be honest with others so you can have real meaningful relationships.
    7. Try and spread positivism and love whenever you can as what goes around comes around.
    8. Love yourself for all that you are, your passions, loves, interests and have oversight with your flaws, cause we are all rough on the edges.
    9. Do not judge other peoples ways of living, there is no way you can know what God whispers into their hearts.

  • amy sturm

    Thank you for your article,I feel if you are enlightened you would not need to correct or add your own expertise as others have if anyone can benefit in any way then you have achieved giving others the opportunity to look within and be guided by their inner voice it’s nice to be educated,but everyone needs to find a middle path and interpret for themselves,there is no right or wrong in achieving unconditional love and compassion for all thank you for leading anyone in that direction !

  • johannine

    it would be nice if we could attain a higher consciousness by recognisation of 9 steps..but the reality is there are many ladders to many steps each having their own higher consciousness..i hesitate to say infinite stair cases with 9 steps..with each step having a go back to go slide..

    i somehow feel its needs even more generic simplification..so the first step said simply is acceptance..of things as being as they are..following the herd so to speak..to know that of which we speak..or to pick a stair case..to then based on the knowing ..note an aberation [or as science would say that exception..that validates a new seeing/theory/law\rule..that leads to the dark night..via the questioning step..that may open new dooors upon other deceptions..followed by a detox..or elimination of the wrongness..that in itself can cause a slide backwards..into the nullification or nothingness..

    thus the danger of the 8 th step..and near impossability of ever reaching the 9 th that in reality can yet be only a first step..its not till the fruit is tasted do we see its bitterness..or sweetness that in the realm of spirit is better than nothingness..and yet in looking arround there is the yearning to rejoin the herd ..anyhow there are many steps..beware of thinking 9 and your done..at any level you can sidestep..then what..dont burn bridges

  • Liam

    what your searching for, is where your searching from ‘Rumi’ …. just keep cultivating the witness

  • b

    you forgot the most important thing: experiencing the PURE JOY of life.

    this starts after #4 and continues to grow (and glow) once the seed is planted.

    #5-#9 are just some of the nice side-effects of experiencing and living in that joy.

  • Kieran

    Great article, thanks for writting it Dylan!

    When reading 8. ‘Letting Go of and Discarding that Which Does Not Serve’ I also thought it’s important to have patience with the process. You have to accept and acknowledge where you are before you can move on. Something i struggled with for a while, it takes time to untangle yourself from the web!

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Thank you for this life affirming article. I have just completed my awakening. I know I am one of the lightworkers. My life is now in complete service to a new world full of love, consciousness and creativity. We are literally all in this together. We can create an overwhelming instantaneous change to the way we collectively perceive and live in our world. Once enough people shift and tip the scales of limitation. We all have the power to change our world and its so easy that you don’t even have to DO anything. Just get comfy somewhere for 20mins each day, while chilling out try a game called, thinking with your feelings and emotions instead of your mind. Your mind may feel uncomfortable when you try to play this game. It may even cause you some anxiety, but remember you are perfectly healthy, so try explore those feelings of anxiety and feel in control of them because there is nothing to be afraid of. Your mind is a powerful tool, but its not YOU. YOU are within, we are all YOU. Thought has just been at the driving wheel for a long time and its developed a bit of an old stubborn groove in the leather. Now at this moment your DNA has the ability to transform and fully realise and feel how amazing it is to exist in our Universe. Go on, I dare you to forget everyone else and discover something truly Marvellous for yourself.

    Remember, If you can imagine it, it’s possible.

    Get ready for the next solar flare, boys and girls, its gonna be a big one!

    “Think cosmically, act locally”

    • “Think cosmically, act locally.” I love this.


  • Zabelisa

    This only scratches the surface of what a “shift” in consciousness means. I have gone through those stages and they are not as clean as you seem to be implying. One of the most crucial aspect of the “shift” is detachment. The letting go of the ego is paramount and essential to this shift. That is actually the one stage that most people can’t seem to master. As long as you cannot stop taking things personally and recognize that others are not hurting you but are in fact hurting themselves, you will never complete the shift. You are still a slave to your needs and wants and therefore cannot actualize yourself as a free individual. That being said, if you can connect as many dots as possible without falling into the dogma trap, you’re in good shape as far as I am concerned. Language is very limiting so don’t let words bog you down on your quest for higher consciousness. Aya and Ibo can be your friends and help you along your path.

  • Giorgos Rossos

    Well done Dylan!

    I hardly ever make a comment on an article, so to do this here means a lot. It is the first time I read something from you, but I see a a rare in my experience agreement with what you have written and recognize a fellow ‘traveler’.

    If you haven’t already, check out SRT (Spiritual Response Therapy). It will only help you further in your path.

    Be well!

  • marie

    Does anyone mention third eye awakening, meditation and decalcifying the Pineal gland, which seems to have been hidden from me until yesterday… Rome seems to know very well about this part of the brain, why don’t they talk about it in church??

  • Meter


    I really like your list. The opening flower of higher consciousness has many, many more petals than lower consciousness – exponentially more. Thus discussing its aspects is a bit like catching a river in a thimble. Yet pondering the subject is valuable. In the interests of constructive feedback, I’m going to pull your list apart, remove some times, inflate some, and add some.

    First, you define ‘the shift’ as:
    > The shift. It is the dramatic re-ordering of one’s psyche, producing changes that greatly benefit the body, mind and spirit.

    Then you give us a list of “9 key components of the shift commonly experienced by evolving people”. Yet it should be noted that not all of the items on your list apply exclusively to ‘the shift’, but apply more generally to rising awareness. The difference can be significant. Simply put, not everything you list is part of being ‘good’ – even ‘evil’ experiences them. This doesn’t mean they should be removed from the list – people going through ‘the shift’ do experience them too, just not exclusively. A few are also universal – experienced by everyone at all times.

    In this, it should be noted that there are very old, powerful and aware beings in our universe which we would describe as ‘dark’. They don’t embody what we would describe as ‘good’, yet they are in a sense evolved and aware. They have great mastery of the physical and even spiritual energies. Yet they are not in unity consciousness, and they don’t produce changes that “greatly benefit the body, mind and spirit”. Thus they have not experienced ‘the shift’, yet their consciousness is far more expanded than most humans. Or if ETs bother the reader, then just consider that there are humans like this. For example, a human may study meditation and martial arts, chi, etc. in the efforts to be an effective assassin. Thus rising awareness, and some rising or expansion of consciousness, should not be confused with what you describe as ‘the shift’, or what I would call unity consciousness.

    Here are the ones on your list that this reservation applies to:

    X A Disturbance in the Force
    Receiving information which cracks and shatters a world view, causing a quest for a new understanding is part of rising awareness. It does not imply high consciousness, and such cracking does not only produce ethical people. In fact it can drive people to psychosis – the serial killer, etc. As always in life, people make choices of who they will be at their new level of awareness. Everyone goes through this occasionally.

    X An Introspective Quest for Knowledge & Truth
    “Knowledge and information are the fuel for personal transformation… Introspection reveals answers to never-before asked questions and the accompanying interest in ‘alternative’ information”

    This is indeed a component of “personal transformation”, yet it should be noted that introspective quests can produce transformations into what we would consider ‘dark’ people, not necessarily ‘the shift’ involved.

    X The Dark Night of the Soul
    This is a normal and periodic experience of all beings, as I discuss in Revolution below.

    X Discovery of Real Medicine
    “Something helps us…”

    ‘Strong medicine’ is on everyone’s side, even the scoundrel, and discovering that there is a ‘higher power’ helping one does not indicate a shift, merely rising awareness.

    X Letting Go of and Discarding that Which Does Not Serve
    “In order to move through the process of transformation, it is absolutely necessary to jettison the things, people, relationships, habits, and ideas which no longer serve and support us.”

    Indeed, yet letting go of what does not support one’s latest purpose is universal. It does not indicate one’s purpose is divine. All of life is renewed by such a process.

    X Initiation into Mystery
    “For some reason, as a person changes in this fashion, strange and fascinating events occur that chip away at the certainties that support consensus material reality.”

    Again, rising awareness, not necessarily ‘the shift’ or benevolent consciousness.

    + Revolution
    Another aspect of life is revolution, or cycles. While this too does not pertain to only ‘the shift’, it is worth noting in your discussion. Evolution is not a straight line. Even years after major breakthroughs, I would again find myself in lower consciousness, forgetting the core of what I had remembered, only to remember it again, rise again. It is as if parts of me would evolve, only to go back and help raise other parts of me. This produces a cycling of consciousness from lower to higher to lower. Eventually, overall awareness does raise – even while ‘in’ lower consciousness, you are also in higher consciousness (yet it may not look like that to those around you). Your ‘dark night’ is also cyclical, not a one time affair. Yet with experience, it becomes less traumatic and better managed for what it is. Evolution is revolution.

    + Awareness Of Consciousness
    This is a bit like saying expanded consciousness includes expanded consciousness, but I feel it could use saying. Awareness of other levels of consciousness grows, as you discussed somewhat. The subsconscious, Freud’s “id”, is detected. Our attention moves into the subconscious, bringing some of it, and its influences on our lives, back to awareness. Likewise, awareness of super-consciousness grows. This is the finding of God within. Jungian synchronicities are encountered. This is part of your “Discovery of Real Medicine” – in various ways you discover that some higher intelligence in life knows about you personally, and is helping you personally. This includes/begins a journey within, where much is found.

    While all of the above is not limited to ‘the shift’, those in a shift toward unity consciousness have particular experiences. They will experience various forms of ‘life review’ – exploring pain and trauma in their past, as well as simply remembering and seeing who they have been, but from a larger perspective. (Death, while alive.) This process is what gives those in ‘the shift’ their childlike, reborn quality – another one that could be separate on your list, but I’m including it in Awareness Of Consciousness. The inner child is recovered and loved, and we become it. We also become our super-consciousness – God – capable of miracles and deep understandings.

    Unity consciousness begins with unity of one’s own consciousness – all the ‘little people’ inside you – and grows to include others.

    As one goes deeper into the super-conscious, this sponsors a deep relationship to nature (plants, animals, rocks, water, wind, fire, electricity). Nature becomes a teacher and friend. This also connects one to larger nature – ETs, spirits, guides, and other extra-dimensional beings which support and help raise us. All of life begins to open to us.

    + Death And Rebirth
    Movement to unity consciousness involves many ‘small deaths’, when one surrenders to what overwhelms. This also involves sometimes fierce deconstruction of one’s ego, lifestyle, career, family connections, etc. At the same time, a new, lighter self is emerging from the dying embers of who you were. This process sometimes looks like hell itself, and our angels can be mistaken for demons come to destroy us. The movement to unity consciousness doesn’t always feel like ‘raising’. In very real ways, one is dying, releasing what was their life, with uncertainty about what if anything will replace it. Enter the void. You covered this somewhat as well. These deaths amount to rebirth.

    + Creative Vs Reactive
    As one raises in awareness, imagination becomes more valuable than knowledge (which is the past, not the moment). Rather than living reactively, being defined by others and by circumstances, one creates oneself and one’s experiences. Increasingly, the lapse between vision and manifestation becomes shorter, even instant. None of this is limited to ‘the shift’, but those in ‘the shift’ become particularly powerful creators, as only unity consciousness can produce. Movement to mastery means a joy of doing it your way. In becoming a master, you reinvent yourself. There is no recipe for mastery, since it involves creating your own unique path to mastery. Your “Contemporary Consciousness” is part of this move to a creative life.

    The experience of ‘will’ becomes paramount, and a great challenge. Further on, one gets a sense that there isn’t anything one can’t do or be. Instead the challenge becomes one’s will (all that entails), and the exercise of ever greater imagination. (Hence all the meditation and quiet activities in the master’s life – see Being Vs Doing below.)

    + Prime Duality
    Those moving into unity consciousness become highly aware of duality consciousness, and use it effectively. This is where ‘the shift’ can be seen as more than just the continuous raising of consciousness. There is a choice involved in ‘the shift’. It is a deep perception of darkness and light, love vs fear, and the choice to ‘be love’.

    This deep awareness of prime duality is paramount, because it causes exponential growth in the interpretation of feelings. The tool of intuition is opened in a new and powerful way. While it may be difficult to discern all the nuances and colors of intuition and feelings, it is easy to detect the prime duality in one’s body. Am I in a state of fear or love? Do I get a positive or negative feeling on the direction I’m proposing to go? Is this a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’? One gains confidence in their ability to use intuition effectively, even trusting their very life to intuitive-based decisions. The master will leap off a cliff when the spirit calls, daring death. This provides for rapid evolution, and leads to more colorful and nuanced relationships with intuition and feeling. You don’t have to debate all the choices or get lost in rationality, you ‘just know’. And you trust what you know, use it, act on it. You begin to trust your inner knowing even more than outer appearances, allowing you to easily see through most deceptions and misinformation (though never doubt life’s ability to fool you).

    Prime duality is the seed of awareness of unity.

    + Kindness
    People in unity consciousness tend to be kind and gentle, and the use of any force is very mindful. Due to the cycling nature of consciousness, this isn’t always apparent, but is an overall effect. Contrary to cultural myths, kindness and gentleness in fact require great strength, as only unity consciousness can genuinely manifest. This can sometimes look like ‘selflessness’, yet really it is divine expression of self, of one’s highest wishes, and is thus self-fulfillment.

    + Being Vs Doing
    Unity consciousness tends to shift one to a state of being, and what one is doing, or what one accomplishes loses importance. This is not to say nothing is done, but what one is being becomes of prime importance, and what one does follows simply from what one is choosing to be. This is often seen as profound patience – a master can simply wait where others rush to action. One is also highly patient with one’s process, one’s movement through life, thereby creating a space for it to expand. This ‘state of being’ can be seen in some elderly people, who often enter unity consciousness. They walk more slowly, they smell the flowers. Such slowness is not just about physical tiredness, but spiritual stillness – the gateway.

    In practice, this can cause disinterest in careers and other action-based self-definitions. Accomplishments in this world become relatively unimportant. What one is being, particularly love or fear, becomes paramount.

    + Many Worlds
    ‘The shift’ inevitably involves perception that there are many worlds in the world. Multiple dimensions and their visitors, multiple timelines, time travel, reincarnation – one becomes vaguely and sometimes acutely aware that one is living many lives in many realms. It also makes one realize that no one controls everything in this world – there are many levels of reality. This relates to your “Contemporary Consciousness”, recognizing that there is no one common ‘reality’, and also that one may create new realities. Interest in history and ancient history, the past, may be part of this. People are often drawn to monuments of the past, connecting with them ‘again’, connecting with their other selves. Interest in other cultures and world travel may ensue. (To some extent Many Worlds occurs with raising awareness in general, but unity consciousness is particularly powerful here.)

    + Demonstration
    Those in the genuine shift will not just know about spiritual stuff, they will demonstrate their knowledge and mastery, in thought, word and deed (the three levels of creation). They will teach, shine, eventually even amaze. At its most sublime, this is as easy as a wildflower adding its scent to the meadow – it simply occurs naturally as an aspect of who one is, rather than through overt action or effort.

    People will also be drawn to you. They will see a light in you, and will fall in love. Sometimes a mirror effect will occur, where they will see what they need/want to see in you, to help them in their process (Freudian “transference”). Thus do magic and mirrors enter. This infatuation can be a challenge to the ego, which likes to believe it’s great, leading to misuse of ‘followers’ when one in ‘the shift’ slips occasionally into lower consciousness as part of their revolution. Yet really ego need not be excited, as what people really fall in love with is their own reflection, and to the light which passes through you. Kindness returns their affection and yearning gracefully.

    Demonstration also causes one to be able to edit the illusion – turning water into wine, etc. Social influence and power become available, which can lead one astray. One’s words become powerful. One’s actions become expressions of divinity. Power is experienced, and must be tempered with love and managed to be beneficial.

    As a master, no one knows what you are capable of – not even you. You change and become someone new, with new abilities, for every situation, harmonizing with life and its highest purposes.

    + Relationship Changes
    How others see you, especially early in ‘the shift’, is not necessarily flattering. I have known more than one person who was strapped to a bed and pumped full of drugs in a mental facility as part of their family adjusting to their awakening. In my own experience, people were convinced I was going through personal disaster and hell, while my personal experience was divine. Thus withdrawal tends to become part of the shift – the teenager walking into the house and locking himself in his room, not wanting to deal with parents. The master moving to a mountaintop or monastery – anything to get away and allow consciousness to expand and express, freer of social taboos and pressures. Often seen as anti-social or even feared, such withdrawal is sometimes vital, especially during some stages. Don’t let people tread through your garden when the plants are young. Later you may welcome them.

    This is the beginning of solitude. I don’t know if its universal, but solitude is very valuable. Further on, one tends to connect with like-minded people and create groups of higher consciousness, yet one always retains a quiet, personal relationship to life. While others may help, your journey is between you and ‘God’. No one else really knows the depths of yourself and your relationship to life. This ties into Dispassion below.

    + Dispassion
    Approaching life with dispassion becomes a powerful tool. Viewing life with a certain distance, a measure of calm reserve becomes necessary. While this can be confused with coldness or sociopathy, dispassion for those in ‘the shift’ produces compassion, as strange as that may seem. In a sense, no one is important to you, or more important than anyone else. You treat all with universal love. You may do for a stranger what you will not do for a family member, depending on circumstances. This changes your relationships as well. This is why spiritual masters are rarely married, for example. They don’t promise their love to only one person or group – it is offered universally, even to enemies. The process of life becomes less personal. The master becomes serene even in the face of calamity.

    + Wealth & Frugality
    Usually one’s relationship to money and property changes. Wealth is more seen as ‘use and access’ vs ownership – resources are shared. This can produce poverty – the mystic living on dust – yet it is not experienced as lack or suffering. At times it can also produce much material wealth out of thin air, when that serves a purpose. Yet for the most part, a sublime frugality enters one’s life. It becomes in fact delicious, and waste sickening. Even how one moves one’s body becomes frugal and conscious of energy, allowing some demonstration of remarkable feats.

    Demonstration above relates to this. One in unity consciousness can often create anything, yet will not do so merely for material enrichment, which tends to be viewed as wasteful and shallow. This balance of frugality with the unlimited power to create is the beginning of divinity in human form, which without frugality is destructive.

    + Cooperation Vs Competition
    This one should be obvious, but due to how deeply engrained competition is in our culture, seeing it as entertainment and teaching it to children as ‘the way life works’, it can make one seem radically different. While one may engage in some games, one tends to find competition distasteful and dysfunctional. This relates to money, diet, relationships, power sharing, recreation and entertainment, aversion to violence, etc.

    + Joy
    If one word defines ‘the shift’, it is joy. Even through the dark nights, emotional upsets, and other apparent setbacks, there is an underlying joy of being, love. This makes life enjoyable, lovable – it glows. To anyone who has ever asked “why is life so hard?”, the good news is, it does get much easier. Joy becomes the norm, and lack of joy an announcement that one is forgetting something important about the moment. The moment, the now, becomes alive and timeless. One often goes for long periods in a state of ecstasy, regardless of what one is doing, even through pain and sickness (which becomes less frequent as well).

    Gratitude flows from this joy, and an attitude of gratitude produces joy – they are one. Life is appreciated at many levels.

    Joy can present unexpected challenges in relationships. For example, in some social situations one is expected to be morose and depressed, sad. Laughing in joy and dancing at a funeral is frowned upon. Feeling happy when a friend is going through challenges, because you see those challenges in a whole other way, is considered hurtful. Thus it is necessary to temper or modulate one’s expression of joy with love, lest your joy create suffering, which is not what unity consciousness seeks. One becomes adept at hiding one’s full joy, one’s full light, as well as sharing it – another aspect of solitude. It is not necessary to lie, yet through the exercise of dispassion, one may remain serene even in the face of joy. 😉

    It may sound funny, but as I reach greater heights of consciousness, I find this joy of being a great ‘problem’ in relating to others in lower consciousness. I sometimes even become annoyed and angry at myself when in lower consciousness, because even as I am angry at something, a part of me is laughing like a child, laughing at my anger, at who the other half of me is being. The good news is that anger no longer overwhelms me completely – I remain conscious through it, at several levels, observing it.

    One final note – such lists can be deceiving. You cannot force yourself into ‘the shift’ by trying to be the above – this is more a list to recognize where you are, a map. The list of ways to get there is different, and often violates the above. Unity consciousness is most quickly found through granting oneself freedom, including the freedom to experience lower consciousness without blame or shame. It’s always best to work honestly from where you really are, from what you’re really feeling. Pretending to be ‘all that’ can be part of this too, but all pretense must ultimately be released before arrival.

    • Diviner of Metatron, thank you for sharing this.

    • absolutely excellent rendition. I would love to say the transformation is an easy process, if I had known the brutal onslaughts I would endure I probably would not have gotten very far, but the good news is you do get to a point of no return, giving up is just not an option.You keep going no matter what. Yes it does get easier, but the journey is a trip through the 3-d programming you have accumulated throughout your life, not a pretty picture when you finally get the courage to really look, than the real work begins, we each have our own set of fears, beliefs, reactive behaviors, etc.etc. etc.the only advice I can give is take it on in small increments, otherwise you will get overwhelmed and lose ground. take breaks, learn to be kind to yourself.Hang on it’s the only truth.

  • richard

    I’d just been thinking about the stages I’ve been going through and then I find your wonderful article. Another synchronicity!
    For me though, I slip back a couple of stages once and a while and then move forward again.

  • I was referred to this article and I have a different reaction than most responders. Maybe it would help if I explain rather than let it go.

    I’m especially happy with the opening statement of this article, “Facing considerable political, economic, social and ecological crises, the human race is desperate for a transformation and a new direction” And I like the overall description of the transformational process. And I’m glad people are pursuing personal transformation. But I think it is a mistake to rely on personal transformation to spark the desired collective transformation, assuming that a critical mass of consciousness or a collective field of consciousness or a fractal consciousness effect will take us in the necessary new direction and solve the considerable political, economic, social, and ecological crises we face. That’s not enough.

    We need to know how to facilitate all the people to come together and attain a new level of collective wisdom. We need to facilitate a new kind of public conversation where we all get involved and where we face these political, economic, social and ecological crises together. And where we unanimously determine win/win solutions. Just the presence of this new “We the People” conversation is a transformation of our existing system.

    Fortunately, there have been recent developments and this quest is looking to be much easier than it might seem. … The necessary form of conversation is “choice-creating,” more than dialogue, deliberation, negotiation, mediation, problem-solving, etc. And reliable way to facilitate choice-creating is through Dynamic Facilitation And a way to involve everyone at the national and global level in establishing the essential choice-creating conversation is through the Wisdom Council process See for example, “How to save the world … fast and easy” at the web site of the Center for Wise Democracy at http://www.WiseDemocracy.org.

  • I can really relate to this article. Thanks for spelling it out. At least there’s someone who understands what’s been going on in my life over the last 20 years…. I first sensed that something was “wrong” during the Hawke/Keating regime here in Australia. Media mafia bosses flouting the law and instead of getting banged up, laws were changed to accommodate (Hawke). Destructive laws during the Keating regime. That’s how it seemed back in the late 80’s anyway. Started getting more profound wakeup calls during early nineties – helped by living away from my homeland and my culture while working in Hong Kong…. this allowed me to examine things literally from a distance! Had many, many ‘huh?’ moments in HK – not about HK, but about Australia and the West generally. I have a special affection for HK! HK sparked a quest for ‘answers’ which I tried to get from mainstream sources but this did not achieve much….. then in the late nineties I discovered alternative sources of information…. also started reading the Socratic Dialogs as I wanted to go back to the origins of Western Thought unpolluted by current-day propaganda. Just to put it all in context, up to 1997 I read about three books in my entire life (I was born in 1951) – since 1997 I have read about 100 – 150… My old career in IT finished in 2001 and just about right on cue I got a sudden creative urge and felt compelled to progress my music pass-time that up till then had hardly got passed the living room (on account of chronic lack of confidence/fear of speaking let alone SINGING in public). Now to date I have produced 2 CDs of original songs and have lots more unrecorded, done many gigs solo and with a band and busk regularly . I know earn a very small but regular income from my music. Recently I have been feeling more and more isolated/alienated because of my “world” view now. This I find quite disturbing but I have chosen to carry on….. It seems I have experienced almost everything laid out in this article. All except step 9. If anyone wants me to write this out properly, feel free to email me at malcap1@gmail.com

  • dimitri ledkovsky

    Dylan Charles,

    Thanks for doing this site for us. I have tried not to miss reading its entirety on a daily basis for months… or is it years now. It often sets the tone of the day for me and maintains inspiration along my path.

    Between you and David Icke it’s like the second British invasion for me here in the USA. Be well and keep it coming.

  • thank you, Dylan. well organized and pretty much felt like i was talking to myself as i read it. i see people going through this more and more nowadays, and i’m still journeying through, but it’s that kind of thing i’ve felt my whole life.

    it’s refreshing to see it more mainstream now, as it should be.

    build the wave.

  • Madusa

    I have never read such a vivid description of the Dark Night of the Soul. Where’s my candy coating to swallow this bitter pill? There isn’t one, except perhaps to “be impecable with your word”
    and to remember life on this prison planet in not for the faint of heart. Oh Lord, next time can I be one of the sheeple. Great article, and the truth shall set you free.

    This is the ultimate test. To pass it one must endure the pain to the ultimate degree, and simply not give up. For many, the dark night of the soul lasts for years, marking the most serious, frightening and life-changing phase of life. Succumbing to the suffering here means giving in to total annihilation and choosing the path of serious self-deceit, total submission to ego and to false authority, addiction, reckless endangerment of the self, suicide, overdose, etc.

  • Noelle

    Oh my. I so needed to read this article. Currently, I am experiencing a red neck rash and I think it is from detoxing my system. I may have been going at it to quickly. I am learning to be kind to myself as I move through these changes. Fear is one thing I work with all day…just looking outside at the “clouds” can grip me. Your article said it all….you laid it out. Point after point. I’m not alone! Thank you.

  • Scott

    This article is hysterically accurate! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Espion

    Life becomes (at) sacred, as it should be.

    Life becomes Sacrosanct, as it should be.

  • shawn greenheart

    10. It is a moral obligation that those who have traveled this road speak these truths to all who are not aware of these truths.
    THe voice of truth is like planting a seed that will grow in any environment no matter where. Once spoken it will grow. This is the moment to lose fear and do.

  • sunny

    Thank you for this….I have thought the world wasn’t right as a child…I’m sure a lot of said this.
    But even so, I turned my back to that as I grew older, and then, I saw. But I need guidance, and this article has helped me so much. I try to tell people the truth, and this will be so beneficial.

    Peace to you and yours.

  • Thomathy Gideon Stuttgart

    What exactly is a “distrubance”?

    • dis·trub·ance [dih-stru-buhns]
      1. a typo that has been corrected

      • Kieran

        Ha ha! Great answer 🙂

  • JZ

    Well written piece!

    I have awoken in the last couple of years and agree with your statements as they certainly applied to me.

    As I read the piece I was struck by a thought that I shall try and put into mere words.
    To preface my thought I would like to say that I have spent a lot of time trying to ‘get’ what other (obviously intelligent) people say about elightenment and many other spiritual matters but just cannot understand what they mean, whether it is because of the words they use or maybe my state of mind at that time.
    Either way I have often been frustrated that I don’t ‘get it’ and have felt that maybe I am not ready and that I will never ‘get it’ even though I am finally at peace with who I am, I now know that I have the choice to be happy and that nothing I experience has meaning until I give it meaning. I am a very happy person and feel I am where I should or need to be.

    My thought;

    I resonate with the idea that we create our own reality, my truth is my truth and your truth is your truth. We may all see things slightly differently and as we are all source (or god) experiencing itself then if we all think along exactly the same lines then we are limiting the experience for source.
    As humans we tend to congregate towards similar thinkers and due to the matrix we tend to try and ‘fit in’ with groups that appeal to us and sometimes we forego our own pure truth as we look to understand those of the groups we feel akin with.
    We do not need leaders or guru’s of any kind as everything we could ever possibly need is within, I just realised the importance of staying with who we feel we really are and accepting that each and every one of us is different, thinks differently and sees things differently for that is the true purpose of maximizing the experience here for source.

    So let us not compromise anything so that we ‘fit in’ with anything else (spiritual), have the ultimate confidence in ourselves because we are ALL correct all of the time in our own reality.
    We do not need to mesh our beliefs or water down that which resonates with us just to feel kinship with others for we are all one and the same anyway.
    But won’t this lead to a form of disassociation with my human family you may ask? Not at all, for all we need is empathy, if every person has true empathy the worlds problems would be resolved.

    So let us all be who we truly are, if something that another (who you respect)says does not resonate with you then fine, it is for them and not for you. The alternative is to possibly be searching your entire life for meaning which you already have, it is you, it is who you are, source needs you to experience life through your senses and yours only for it is already experiencing through others senses.

    Hope that makes sense!


  • NikolasTymmes

    A fantastic guide indeed – Interestingly, when reading through my personal experience – I started at 9 0/

  • Hi Dylan,

    This is fantastic and it has really helped me on my journey.

    I find it helps my process of shifting to take stock of where I am at from time to time, and show gratitude for my many blessings.

    Keep up the good work.

    In light,


  • Great article, thank you for writing it and sharing it with us all.

    Regarding point 6 on purification and detox, it is important to physically cleanse the body to help balance it and it’s energetic system.

    One of the most powerful ways of awakening oneself is to work on decalcifying the pineal gland, as it allows us to ‘see’ more clearly. For more information on this, check out our community resource:

    Love and blessings,
    Spiritual Scientist

  • Yes Neil, forgiveness the key to the Kingdom, absolutely right !!! Nothing more to be said Love, Cate xxx

  • Neil


    The foundation upon which “higher-consciousness” arises from. For when one is truly conscious, all of the delusions that went before are revealed for what they were.

    Forgiveness dissolves all of the separated mind’s delusions. The ‘lower-consciousness’ justifies anger (failure to forgive)- which states that peace is meaningless and maintains the delusions of separateness.

    ‘Higher-consciousness’ – a state of unity, is peaceful. So, to get there, one must forgive.

    • Just to be specific, forgiveness should include forgiving one’s self.

      Great article…well put.


      • Bob

        Must include. That’s the challenge on the road to higher consciousness, a never ending journey it seems.

    • Excellent observation. The integration of forgiveness and gratitude should also be included.

  • succinct!! brilliant couldn’t agree more

    great article i may wish to use this in future.

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