This is the thirteenth and final article of the Spiritual Journey to Awakening series. In this series, Melody is addressing each step of the journey, to help you discern where you are on the path to spiritual realization. To get an overview of what this journey is about read the first introductory article, The 12 Steps of the Spiritual Journey: A Map for the Seeker Going in Circles, and then the previous steps at Counterpoint Article Library.
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|12. Unity||Spirit||Oneness, 'the Now'||Enlightenment, Ascension||"All is one."||All minor chakras and points; the Light Body||The Fool||Pisces|
Unity and spirit
We've now entered the final step of this spiritual journey, Unity. Here we come full circle from step 1 of Separation and return to Source, recognizing that everything is part of the great "I am." Unity is about awakening to the truth of oneness. Whether it is expressed as "I am God" or "I exist in a holographic universe," it is about enlightenment.
In the past, reaching this state and returning to Source often meant leaving, or ascending. In the new energies of our times, ascension is no longer about leaving. We can transcend karma, extend our physical life span, and move into the next incarnation without changing bodies. In other words, we are able to contain the full energy and power of our eternal Self while remaining in form.
The return to Source/Self while in form is a collective evolutionary drive. It is what humanity has been working towards and is the ultimate purpose of our existence. So this final step of the journey is shared by all. We are the prototype, if you will, for a new kind of being: one that is simultaneously light and matter, spirit and form; one that simultaneously exists in time and in 'the eternal now'; one that is able to traverse all dimensions, while holding strong in 3D. Unity is about evolving to the point where we are able to merge the eternal with the temporal.
This merge brings a transformation in our collective consciousness, where we shift our core identification from ego to spirit. The possibility of this transformation has been the central message of every major religion and esoteric teaching. What does a world look like where humanity as a whole awakens, rather than a selective few? What happens when the separation between one being and other vanishes? How does our relationship to the Earth shift when we realize that it is a living body and we are its central nervous system? What does it mean to participate in multidimensional reality and rejoin the community of the cosmos? This is what "a new heaven and a new earth" signifies. The ramifications of our collective enlightenment are both unfathomably beautiful and indubitable.
How does this final step of the journey affect you personally? Once you've reached the level of mastery in Step 11 of Transmutation, there is nothing more for you to learn. You are "done" and free to go, so to speak. Opting to stay in form is what Step 12 is about. You descend rather than ascend and agree to hold the energy of enlightenment right here on Earth. Since all is one, your energy affects the collective and contributes to the tipping point humanity is moving towards, where all attune and collectively awaken. This point has been called The Shift of the Ages, among many other names. It is fast approaching and your participation in Step 12 of Unity is of great value to the whole.
Unity and spiritual systems
Chakras: Step 12 is not associated with any one chakra. Indeed, it is up for debate as to what the 12th chakra actually is. Some believe the 12th chakra is comprised of all the minor chakras. Together these chakras interconnect into what could be called a 12th chakra--one made of many. Others describe it as an overall energy center, field, or Light Body which connects these chakras and points together.
The 12th chakra may be the electromagnetic field that both "couches" our energetic form and connects us to the cosmic matrix, or zero-point field. In other words, it unites us with Self/Source. Like a ray of sunlight is separate yet simultaneously inseparable from the sun itself, our light body is a holograph of the entire field of existence. It is possible that enlightenment today activates the 12th chakra energy field/light body in such a way that we are able to unite with Self/Source without physically ascending.
Archetypes: Step 12 of Unity relates to the energy of Jung's Fool, specifically the Holy Fool. The Fool can manifest both positively and negatively. On the positive side, the Holy Fool within allows us to be one with all that is, free of ego and in a state of joyful abandon, living in the now. The shadow side of the Fool appears when we falsely create this state of oneness by going "below consciousness" in order to obtain it, as in using mind-altering substances. Another shadow side of the Fool is when our sense of oneness leads to actual madness. We lose too much of our ego and can no longer keep our psyche balanced.
The Holy Fool allows us to dissolve the separation between ourselves and the universe. This unity moves us into a state of bliss, as well as into a state of deep knowing and trust that goes well beyond the intellect. Such wise innocence allows us to exist freely and fully in the present moment. Enlightenment is another word for giving the Holy Fool within us free reign over our lives. We come full circle on our spiritual journey when we activate this archetype, seeing that we never really were separate from the All.
Astrology: Astrologically, Step 12 correlates to the sign of Pisces, the twelfth and final sign on the wheel. This sign symbolizes our return to Source, where we merge back into The All before setting out once again through Aries.
This sign is frequently associated with mysticism, fantasy, madness, and addiction. For once, the mundane interpretations merge with esoteric interpretations, true to the oneness of Pisces. It is the Pisces energy within that drives us to experience oneness with life and to remove the false blinders of separation. We can do this positively through the mystic's door, seeking enlightenment. We can also do this negatively through the escapist's door, turning to drugs or delusions. Both strategies are rooted in our need for unity.
Pisces assists us in realizing the spiritual dimension of all experience. We learn to merge the eternal with the temporal rather than seeing them as polar opposites. Pisces can see how the temporal swims within the sea of the eternal. Symbolized by the fish, Pisces is really about the sea--eternal waters of oneness, collective consciousness, All That Is, pure awareness, the Nagual, Source, God, the cosmic matrix, the field. However you describe it, it is Home. Pisces lives there permanently and is our connection back to where we came from.
We have now reached the end of this spiritual journey. As you move through these 12 steps on your own journey, traversing through the territories of ego, soul, and spirit, you will find that the path only seems to stretch far out towards the horizon. In actuality, it winds around and around and when you are done, you will have returned to who and what you always were, but with new eyes to see the truth of your own magnificence.
It is my deepest wish that this map of the 12 steps will assist you in moving from survival and success to significance, from frantic doing to simple being, from victimhood to empowerment, from suffering to joy, from meaninglessness to purpose, and from separation to unity. Ultimately, this journey is about shifting from a state of fear to a state of love. May that shift become your life's intention.
Blessings on your journey!
Melody Larson is an intuitive teacher. She is dedicated to helping others discover their spiritual purpose, remember their multidimensional nature, and awaken into wholeness. She also offers private consultations, to help you navigate the spiritual journey and fulfill your true purpose for this lifetime.