In the purest form
Updated: Apr 20
Intuitive Healer Katarina Winslow reflects on the light within
Published in togethermag.eu September 2018 #91
To be enlightened is to have switched on the light. Divine enlightenment comes from the source; it bathes you in the spiritual light. I have had the good fortune to have two profoundly illuminating experiences in my life, and both happened to me when I was in a very dark place. The first time I went from feeling ‘hopeless’ to peaceful in one single breath. As we all know, hope is the last thing to abandon us. When you find yourself in a dark place, always hold onto hope. The second time I went from deep sorrow to complete illumination in a heartbeat. My tears stopped, and everything was perfect — there was only light. My crown chakra cracked open, and I found myself standing in an infinite beam of light.
The bliss was absolute, and I would never be the same again. Since then, I can plug into the source whenever I want, and it is this connection I use to help illuminate hidden issues in people’s experience. In some mysterious way, I received these blessings when it was pitch dark in my world. We all know that when you turn on the light at home you can see clearer, especially when it is dark outside. Even if you have not had an enlightening experience, it is by illuminating your wounds that you take the first steps to heal yourself. To heal yourself is to be dedicated to love yourself more. When you make things visible, when what was hidden becomes visible, you gain clarity. Just as light is one of the essential elements for our physical existence, so is the illumination of your experience important for your psychological well-being. The sun rises each day and lights up our world, for us to see the beauty of nature and the beauty of life. In these times, more than ever, we need to illuminate all the things that prevent us from truly loving ourselves and be happy, so we can bring our own inner light into the world. If you turn on the light within, you can see more clearly the light around you. When you are happier, you seek to connect with people and projects that are life-enhancing instead of attaching to fear and negativity. I believe you need to first enlighten yourself to be fully aware that the sun shines on you too. You need to illuminate the pain you have endured to become free. It is a process, but one that leads to happiness and joy. When you give yourself permission to love life, life is more beautiful. Just as in the physical world, when you spread light on a shadow it dissolves. The same happens when you illuminate your wounds — they dissolve.
To become enlightened is to make things visible. To switch on the light so that you can see the truth about yourself and your experience. To become pure, you need to become a detective in your inner world, and you need to become a lover of truth. You need to keep searching until all your shadows have been dissolved and you truly know who you are.
Truth, enlightenment, and love are all based on unity. To be the light is to be pro-everything and pro-everybody. Pro-everything in the sense that there is nothing that you don’t want to look at, you want to see it all, to transcend it all. Pro-everybody in the sense that everybody that triggers you, is an invitation to look at the wound you still carry inside. If there was no wound, you would not be triggered. And pro-everybody in the sense that we are all part of one humanity.
Above all, we need to be pro-truth.
It is when you illuminate your own experience and understand more, that you can let go of patterns, feelings, and thoughts that are not serving your highest self and your purest form.
Then to forgive becomes a guiding star, not because what others did was acceptable but because you want to love yourself more. In the end, forgiveness is all about how much you are willing to love yourself. To be able to leave all the psychological pain that you have accumulated on your life’s journey is to leave the shadows behind and to step into the light.
To make it a bit more figurative, you could imagine your wounds as dark spots, shadows in your energy field, your aura. When the dark spots are illuminated, they do not exist anymore, and you no longer feel the pain of the past.
It is not enough to gain insight on your own experience and to forgive; there are more challenges to being human. The next greatest challenge is to feel whole in a world of duality. To be able to keep your peace in a world of separation is not easy, but part of the human condition. Life on earth is an existence made of duality: day and night, hot and cold, darkness and light, and fear and love. To choose the light, you need first understand the light. The light is pure consciousness, and pure consciousness is wholeness, unity, and love. It is to have illuminated everything in yourself that kept the light from your consciousness, and then to stay connected with the consciousness of wholeness.
There are two ways that we keep ourselves from being whole, from feeling united inside, from being pure light and pure love. The keyword for all human suffering is separation. We separate ourselves from being whole inside by living outside of ourselves, seeking approval and recognition from others. Of course, we all need other people, but there is a difference between appreciating approval and recognition, and to constantly be seeking it. You can imagine that you separate yourself from yourself because there is one part inside of you and the other part is floating around outside of you seeking to feel whole by others. When you really think about it, of course, you cannot, however much you try, feel whole if there is one part inside of you and another part outside of you seeking. You are fragmented and separated in space.
The other way we fragment ourselves is in time. When you are not one with your whole being in the present moment, one part of you is divided into yesterday and maybe another into tomorrow. How can you feel whole when you are not there? It is an impossible equation, and still, we keep regretting our past so that we can live better tomorrow. Or fearing the future in the hope of being happier today. While all this is happening, we have failed to live the moment, believing that there is a future moment that will be just perfect for us to start living. To be enlightened is to know that now is all there is, and to be there fully and present to see the light, in gratitude of life.
How pure can we become? How free can we be of our limiting beliefs? How much light and love can we contain?
Let us all be right here this summer and shine brightly to illuminate our own experience and the experience of everybody’s life we touch.