In her book, Consciousness & The Enlightened Body, our Founder Ania Brandysiewicz takes us on a journey of her life's discoveries and lessons. From her childhood in postwar Poland, to her work on pioneering MRI machines, many years spent in a challenging corporate career, and ultimately, becoming an energy worker and spiritual coach. Trying to make sense of ongoing health battles with mysterious allergies and a strange, often perplexing, empathic ability to feel other people's pain led Ania on a desperate search for an "off-switch" and a lifetime of spiritual growth and discovery.
Stepping out of the space of time into the space of vibration, we see the events of her life from a new and insightful perspective. She summarizes these discoveries and offers practical steps and observations that will help you take a different approach to your life, tune in to Universal Guidance and help you heal your body by clearing emotional blocks.
"How does one become a butterfly? she asked. You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." - Anonymous
What is the meaning of life? Some say we are born, we suffer, and then we die. But I have always felt that there was more to it. In fact, the closer I looked the more I began to understand that there is a reason why each of us is here, and that we all have an impact on this world. As I eventually came to see it, we are each here not only to participate but to create the world in which we live. With this responsibility comes a choice: do we create the world consciously or do we do it blindly? Do we do it in a space of Unconditional Love or do we rely solely on our intellect? Do we separate ourselves by religion, race, age, or are we guided by the same Universal Force?
Each of us is a creator. We create a life of joy or a life of pain- more commonly, a life containing some of each. Although we desire a meaningful and joyful life, we are not always aware of what makes this possible, so we are often unable to succeed in our efforts. This book is designed to facilitate the process of understanding how to create our lives more consciously so that the joy far outweighs the pain. Creating Consciously involves learning how to reprogram ourselves, learning how to rid ourselves of destructive or harmful beliefs that are holding us back or causing us pain, and learning how to replace them with beliefs that allow us to soar to new heights of understanding of ourselves, our world and our inter connectedness.
I wrote Consciousness & The Enlightened Body, so I could pose these questions and share the choices I have made to become conscious of how I create my life. I offer my story so that you can find what resonates with you and become the kind of creator you want to be.
The book chronicles my personal journey from enjoying a successful career as an electronic engineer toward becoming what I call a Conscious Creator. As I traveled this path, life challenged me to question my beliefs, one after another. I explored many belief systems, from the Catholic faith of my childhood to the study of Chakra energies of India; from Qi Gong of ancient China to the Kabala of the Jewish book of Torah. I also had to deconstruct my own belief systems as I began to learn that changing my beliefs had a direct impact on my life. I had to unearth the beliefs hidden in my subconscious that were limiting my growth and let them go, no matter how challenging this seemed. In doing so, I experienced for the first time a feeling of Unconditional Love, from which healing becomes possible. From this space of Love I eventually developed a relationship with a source of guidance that allows us to perceive things beyond my five senses, and derive understanding from them. Making this connection has brought me to a place where I am able to 'see' where and why people have pain and 'know' how to help them free themselves from the root cause of that pain.
The book is organized around the beliefs I challenged or formed as I connected my own experiences in the 'Outer World' with my evolving relationship to the 'Inner World.' Section 1 describes how I progressed from being a left-brained academic to gaining an awareness of and a connection to a source of guidance that facilitates my learning of life's lessons. In this section I describe how I connected to a source of profound love and compassion, and began to use this to change my life and the lives of those around me.
Section 2 describes the many Levels of Consciousness I became aware of by immersing myself in love and following the guidance I received. In Section 3, I describe my emerging perception of a Trinity different from the one I had learned in my Catholic upbringing.
Finally, in Section 4, I summarize my current understanding of our abilities to tap into our own guidance and Source of Love, to become Conscious Creators. I describe the method (Isedo Therapy) I developed to assist people in their own journey, and the steps we each must take if we choose to upgrade our beliefs so they no longer limit us.
As you read each chapter, you will find three categories of information: the "Outer Life", the "Inner Life" and "New Beliefs." We all have many of the same experiences in life, but what we decide to believe about what has happened is a major factor that determines how that experience shapes us.
Next to the symbol of the clock, you will read the story of my life as told from the perspective of linear time. This includes the people, places, dates and events that shaped my life and the circumstances that allowed learning to occur. In these accounts, I describe what is happening in the outer, physical world.
Woven into the linear time line are segments I call 'Inner Life' in which I describe how I processed key life experiences that led to a new understanding of the ideas that I explore in my writings. In 'Inner Life', I describe what is going on in my inner world, the energetic realm of thought and beliefs. Each of these experiences contains symbolic breakthroughs that led me to new discoveries, levels of understanding and wisdom.
At the end of each chapter, you will also find a description of my 'New Beliefs'. These help to connect the dots from the experiences in the outer, physical world to the discoveries of the 'Inner Life.'
Inner journey Meditations
Section III includes meditations that I use to help me to align with the Divine Consciousness. These are offered more as examples than specific guided exercises.
Although we may not be conscious of it, we are living our lives in the same order as I have organized the material of this book. We travel repeatedly from the outer world to the inner world and 'New Beliefs' emerge. It is my hope that the lessons from my life can help in your quest to learn the lessons of your own life, so that each of you can become your very best self, a Conscious Creator in this lifetime.
How to Use This Book
This book is intended to stimulate change in your life as you read it. Each section contains beliefs, thoughts, ideas, and vibrations that can bring about new and possibly unusual experiences. Take from it what resonates deeply within you so that you create your own Truth. The lessons I describe here were lessons necessary to help me progress on my path. Your lessons, the beliefs within you that cause pain or that give you joy, are uniquely your own. Allow them to come to you in their own time.
I recommend that you read the book slowly, no more than one section at a time. In between chapters take time to let your unconscious work for you. Reflect on what you have read, see how it can be applied to your life, and watch as your own beliefs reveal themselves to you. Most of all, seek opportunities to experience Love in all its manifestations.
Section 1: First Awakening
Uniting the Intention Within
Each of us wants to create a beautiful and happy life. Some believe if we work hard enough, smart enough and long enough, success is sure to be ours. Others believe all we must do is visualize; we must merely want it, or imagine it happening, and it will become a reality. As you may know from your own life experiences, getting what we want in life is not quite so simple.
What isn't normally taken into account is that our lives are not only defined by what we think and what we do, but also by what we believe. Many of us, for example, have an unconscious belief that we cannot have a wonderful life because we "don't deserve it," or "never do things right" or "aren't good enough". Such beliefs will always sabotage our most conscious efforts to create the life of our dreams.
Have you ever wondered why life is full of pain-everywhere you look seems to be sickness, sadness, and frustration? What is the purpose of this pain in our lives and how can we use it to make a better world? If you were to think of yourself as a computer, pain would be the error message in the pop-up window that tells you there is a problem. If you slam your finger in the car door, pain will tell you to open the door, and quickly! But what about the pain of grief? Or the pain of disappointment? What are we to do with these? What door can we open to relieve the pain?
Much of our pain comes from the fact that we live out the same patterns over and over, in relationships for example, or by repeatedly taking jobs in which we are under appreciated. Once we recognize that we are stuck in a loop, suffering emotionally or physically, our job is to figure out what caused it, just as a computer programmer will respond to a malfunction by looking at the source code. He can determine the error that is causing the program not to do what it is expected to do. If it is getting stuck in a loop, he must then identify the root cause of the problem, and then very methodically replace the faulty code with a new one. In the same way, we too need to look at our "coding" to figure out which of our life "programs" are working and which are not.
For example, if at an early age, we have our heart broken, we may begin to assume that all relationships lead to heartache and therefore close ourselves off from future connections and never experience the fulfilling relationships we crave. Like the programmer, we have to change the logic, rewrite the code and test to see if the new code will produce the desired result. In our bodies, we have to uncover the belief that is causing the pain and look at how we created the belief - what is the logic? Is this belief working for me? Is this belief a universal truth or was it just a truth for me at that moment? If a belief is malfunctioning in our lives we need to reprogram it, and then go out into the lab called life and test if the new belief works better than the old one. We will know it is working if we are experiencing the desired result of peace and joy rather than pain.
Role of our body in building awareness
I found that where I put my attention was key to my transformation. I had spent most of my life caught up exclusively in the outer world of matter. I was focused on jobs, relationships and tens of thousands of details that have to do with "out there". I spent my time reacting to the things that were "happening to me." Meanwhile, there was a vast inner world that remained largely unexplored.
The first step, though, is to become aware of our inner lives, below the level of consciousness and rational thought. We are occasionally reminded of the inner world when we encounter the truth and we get a "certain feeling" in our body. We need our bodies to experience, to feel, to give us this kind of feedback about what is working and what isn't. At the same time, we also need our symbolic, inner world to interpret what the body experiences. We need our conscious minds to be both the messenger and translator between the outer physical and the inner symbolic worlds. As we integrate the outer and the inner we realize that it is possible to use our minds to modify the things that are not working in our lives. This is what it means to be a Conscious Creator.
I believe, as many do, that our soul lives on beyond our physical body. When we die, the soul keeps the "deposits" we made into the symbolic, internal part of ourselves during our lifetimes. We can invest our time into asking significant questions, receiving answers and learning lessons that expand our consciousness into a more loving, compassionate, whole, humble, grateful and aware human being. We also have to resolve unfinished business, the lessons not learned, the people not forgiven, the guilt, the illusions, the shame, and the beliefs that were just not true. Many people believe that our souls keep coming back until we sort these things out.
The inner world is all about the symbols that we use to give meaning to what happens in the outer world. Language, images and dreams are all instruments through which we experience the internal. We make a choice each time the outer world of matter enters our inner world. We transform the experiences of matter and time into thoughts, beliefs and memories and then code those into our body. Using the feedback from our bodies we have the opportunity to learn from each experience and test our beliefs about the outside world. While we are here, we have the opportunity to live more consciously and authentically, learning the lessons we are here to learn so our souls can complete their journey.
Mine was not an instantaneous enlightenment, but a slow day-to-day transformation that eventually led to better understanding. I hope that in reading my story, you will see the possibility of exploring new ways of creating in your own life.