In the post Is There A “Rebound” Effect With the Law of Attraction?, I argued that slow and steady progress towards a higher vibration is much more preferable than trying to achieve a quantum leap. In fact, I’ve advised against quantum leaps on numerous occasions. I’ve likened it to being loaded into a sling shot and being shot across a ravine, instead of building a bridge and comfortably moseying on over to the other side. My point was that quantum leaps, although much faster, are uncomfortable. There’s also the possibility of a misfire – the slingshot could slam you into a tree, as well as the dreaded “rebound effect”, discussed in the post above, which can happen when you try to jump too far too fast.
And yet… there are instances in which a quantum leap might actually have merit and you, my dear readers, have made me aware that I’ve been addressing this issue in a rather one-sided way. I seem to have taken a rather anti-quantum leap stance, and that was never my intention. My only goal is to clarify how stuff works, so that you can then make a more informed decision. With that in mind, here’s what I know about quantum leaps and why you may actually want to go for one. Strap on your boots people, it’s gonna be a long one…
Why Quantum Leaps are so uncomfortable
There are many, many ways to shift and release energy, or negative beliefs. Some are gentle and some are downright brutal. And while everyone will experience these methods in their own way and their degree of discomfort will mostly be determined by their beliefs (if you feel that suffering is necessary for growth, you’ll create more suffering), it’s also determined by another factor: how much energy you’re moving in how short a time.
Let’s say you want to shift a huge amount of energy – you want to release the belief that you hate yourself and move it all the way to “I love myself”. Doing that in one go, would represent a quantum leap. If you used psychotherapy, it might take you years to reach your goal. If you used the vibrational ladder, it would most likely take you a few weeks, and maybe even months (depending on how stubbornly you held to your old beliefs). With a quantum leap, you could possibly do it in a day.
The more energy you shift, the more uncomfortable it’s going to be. That’s because the energy has to go somewhere. Make no mistake about it, this stuff is as real as it gets – when you move this amount of energy, you will feel it. Beliefs have a vibration and when you shift a low frequency to a high one in one go, it’s a little bit like setting off a small nuclear bomb in your energy body. There’s going to be fallout, both in the moment and after the shift.
While you’re releasing this tremendous amount of displaced energy, you may feel physically ill. You may vomit or have diarrhea. You may feel as though you need to scream. You might just cry uncontrollably for a few hours. These are just some examples, but the point is, it can get a wee bit uncomfortable.
Once the initial release is over with, you’ll need to deal with the aftermath. The changes you’ve made to your vibration will trickle down through your entire energy body, and out into your reality. You’ll see manifestational changes quickly – sometimes within hours, but certainly within days and weeks. You’ll also notice that smaller beliefs that were connected to the one you released will begin to come up, sometimes at an uncomfortably fast pace, ready to be shifted as well. This is a type of domino effect – one big belief goes down and it takes a bunch of smaller ones with it.
My own Quantum Leaps
I’ve always been the head through the wall kind of person, and choosing fast and bloody over slow and comfy just suits my personality much better. Over time, I’ve discovered that I do not need to suffer in order to facilitate spiritual growth, and that’s led to a much cushier ride. But on occasion, I still prefer to take the fast lane and I actually orchestrate a quantum leap. I take the necessary precautions – I make sure that I have at least a full week afterwards to stabilize my energy, so that I can avoid the rebound effect as much as possible. I stay home for the most part, avoiding other people, whose energy I’m more prone to be affected by during this time, and spend an inordinate amount of time meditating. I also know that I’ll be dealing with physical ailments as my energy fluctuates (I might feel nauseous or get back pain), as well as with emotional upsets (it’s a bit like having PMS. Nuclear PMS.)
But there is no question that I have the deep understanding of the Law of Attraction and who I am due to several of those quantum leaps. Despite everything that goes with them, I can honestly say, they’ve all been worth it. So, now that you know the price of admission, let’s take a look at how you can actually go about achieving such a quantum leap. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though…
Using suffering as a catalyst
The grand majority of people who’ve ever experienced a quantum leap, have done so in response to suffering. Let me explain:
When you hold on to a negative belief, one that’s not serving you, your vibrational feedback system is going to let you know by giving you negative emotion. If you ignore those bad feelings, you’re going to begin to manifest something a bit uglier – perhaps a situation in your life that will elevate that emotion. Someone will be really mean to you, for example, causing you to feel hurt. That mean person didn’t just appear in your life willy-nilly. You manifested them, or rather, that low frequency you’re holding onto manifested them. Now, if you continue to ignore those manifestations and keep on focusing on that vibration that doesn’t serve you, it’s going to gather more and more energy and momentum, manifesting bigger and more painful obstacles, all in an attempt to get your attention. Essentially, the longer and more stubbornly you hold onto that belief, the more suffering you’re going to create for yourself.
Create enough suffering and the point will come – ALWAYS – when you just can’t take it anymore and you give up. Note: this is not the same as resigning yourself to the situation and “accepting” that you’re always going to suffer like this. This type of thinking will keep someone stuck where they are and occurs in individuals who have somehow found a way to see value in the suffering.
When we give up, when we throw up our hands and yell “Fine! I can’t take it anymore! Do what you want with me! I’m done fighting, I’m done trying, I’m just freakin’ done!”, we actually turn our focus away from that negative belief. We stop pushing against it. And in doing so, we release an enormous amount of pent up energy.
How much suffering does it take to make someone give up? That’s an entirely individual thing, and will even change drastically for the same person within their lifetime. For some people, intense negative emotion may be enough, while others don’t get to that point until their bodies are ravaged with cancer. Some might manifest an accident and a resulting coma (which is a way to withdraw into a much higher vibration), while some others can only find that release in death (the ultimate quantum leap).
The point is, that when you do finally release that kind of energy, it can often catapult you into a quantum leap, if even just for a second. Many people who have had near-death experiences report that they went somewhere beautiful, somewhere where they felt incredibly good. This would be a place of intensely high vibration. They can’t hold on to this level of energy when they “come back” into their bodies, but are generally profoundly changed by the experience.
Many others tell of a moment in which they had an epiphany – a moment of clarity (resulting from accessing a higher vibration) – in which they saw their messed up life from a vastly different perspective. They suddenly saw how they had created their situation and how they could get out of it. This is a quantum leap.
It’s a glimpse of what’s possible
Now, even if you couldn’t hold on to that higher vibration or the feelings and clarity that go along with it, the quantum leap still had value. It gave you a glimpse of what’s possible, of what’s attainable for you.
The suffering as a catalyst method was my preferred method of growth for many years. I had no idea what I was doing, but looking back, this is what happened: I’d create intense suffering for myself, then finally give up, catapult to a higher vibration and get a glimpse of what would seem like nirvana to me, then spend the next weeks, months or years working my way back up to that point only to create more suffering so that I could jump further. It was a pretty predictable cycle, and anyone who didn’t understand the Law of Attraction might’ve concluded that my suffering was actually helping me to grow. I certainly did. And so, I actually took pride in how much crap I could endure, as if it was some kind of contest. Sometimes I’d even consciously make my life more difficult because I wanted the growth. All I can say is, thank God I snapped out of that crap. There are much easier ways. But, I digress, we’re not focusing on easy; we’re talking about quantum leaps now.
Quantum leaps by design
There are actually ways in which you can orchestrate quantum leaps. I certainly don’t know all of them (although I do keep researching) and I haven’t even tried all the ones I’ll list here. But again, my goal is not to tell you what to do (even though I might seem kind of bossy sometimes), but rather to give you the information I’ve gathered and glimpsed and let you make up your own mind. So, here are some ways in which you can facilitate some major energy shifts:
Drugs: There are drugs, such as LSD and DMT which will give you access to frequencies which are normally not available to you. They sort of rip open your consciousness and tune your brain to vibrations (higher, lower, to the side of) than you are normally translating. The fact that your brain simply translates energy into something you, personally, can understand, doesn’t change. So, you’ll “see”, “hear”, or “feel” this energy, either with your actual senses or in your mind’s eye (also called the third eye) and you’ll interpret this information with your own filters. These drugs can give you access to higher frequencies, which would come with clarity and feel fantastic, or they can connect you to lower frequencies, which would feel awful (i.e. cause a bad trip), and leave you worse off than before. They can, and have, driven people to mental illness (I believe in those instances, people could not process what they were accessing, and/or were unable to refocus themselves back into this reality. The channels just stayed open and they could no longer filter out those other frequencies, causing them to see things or hear voices).
My experience: I have read extensively about these substances but have not tried them myself. Frankly, the idea of ripping open my consciousness and connecting with whatever, all willy-nilly, scares the daylights out of me. I’ve done enough of this work to know that I don’t want to go poking about in the Universe without at least some guidance. Although you will never connect with anything that isn’t a vibrational match to you, (LOA is always working), who amongst us can say that they’ve rid themselves of ALL their lower frequencies?
Intense Meditation: This is essentially what monks who go up onto a mountain for a few months or years to do nothing but meditate do: They remove themselves from any and all physical manifestations (or as much as is possible) and spend their days in a deep meditative trance. With nothing to focus on that would bring their vibration down and with all their time spent in a higher vibration, they are able to raise their energy drastically in a relatively short amount of time. They are withdrawing their attention almost completely from the physical world and spending all their time in the energetic one. This can give them access to clarity and insights (stemming from those higher vibrations) greater than most humans ever know.
My experience: I’ve reached some amazing levels of insight through meditation and think it’s one of the best growth methods around. I believe in it so much, I’m actually developing a series of guides meditations (more to come soon!). I haven’t spent months or years on a mountain, sitting in trance. I don’t believe, however, that we have to remove ourselves from physical reality in order to progress. I personally prefer to find ways to integrate spiritual growth with the physical experience. In other words, my goal is to raise my vibration and stabilize it while enjoying my physical manifestations. That’s just me, though. Y’all can climb that mountain if you want to. Take a sweater. It gets chilly up there.
Shamanic Work: A Shaman is simply an energy worker, and there are tons of different kinds of shamans throughout the world. For the purposes of this article, however, I’m using the word shaman to represent the indigenous medicine people and healers that have been a part of every culture since the beginning of time. Native American shamans, Peruvian shamans, Brazilian shamans, Inuit shamans, African voodoo priests, etc., have all developed methods to shift large amounts of energy. Some may refer to these shifts as “driving out bad spirits” or even “releasing demons”. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s all about shifting energy.
Some shamans work purely energetically, but many will get help from powerful medicinal plants such as Peyote, Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Peruvian Torch, various mushrooms and many, many others. These plants, along with the accompanying ceremonies and rituals, which create the guided control one needs to ensure a safe journey, allow the spiritual seeker to connect to and release the specific frequencies or beliefs they most need to shift, as well as access higher frequencies in whatever range will benefit them the most at that time. These plants aren’t drugs, they’re incredibly powerful medicine and the changes these ceremonies bring about can be profound and life changing.
Shamans of all cultures have an enormous amount of knowledge. They are generally incredibly gifted at manipulating energy. When they call upon the spirits, they are connecting with certain frequencies. This actually changes the physical energy of the space in which they are working, which supports the vibrational shifts to come (I plan to write more about this stuff in the future if anyone is interested).
My experience: I’ve been studying shamanic work and Peruvian shamanism in particular, for a couple of years now. It absolutely fascinates me. I’ve personally participated in a number of Ayahuasca ceremonies, many of those during a month long stay in the Peruvian rainforest. All of them had a profound effect on me. In one ceremony, I released an old belief that had been in my family for generations. Two of my family members, both of whom are quite intuitive themselves and had no idea what I was up to that particular night, actually felt the release of the energy (it freaked them out a bit until we put it all together). I’ve had incredibly difficult ceremonies (like the one I just mentioned), that were filled with intense terror and what seemed like endless suffering (ever given birth without drugs? It’s like that, only without the subsequent 18 year commitment. Men: it’s like passing a kidney stone. Times a million). I’ve also had awesome sessions where I was connected to Universal Intelligence and suddenly and inexplicably had the answer to every question I’d ever asked. And although I obviously couldn’t quite hold on to that level of clarity, I did come away with a much higher vibration than I’d previously had, as well as the ability to reconnect with some of that knowledge at will.
I would never recommend Ayahuasca to anyone. If you feel the call, you’ll know it. If you don’t, there are tons of other methods out there that will facilitate the same growth. No matter what anyone says, and keeping in mind that it’s a tool I use myself, it’s not the only method out there, nor is it the best one. Everyone must decide for themselves which tools will facilitate their growth and how quickly they want to go about it.
If this is something that you think you might be interested in, do your research and find an experienced shaman that you resonate with. I would never use this tool without an ayahuascero (shaman trained in the use of Ayahuasca) present. The shaman guides the energy during the ceremony, creates a high vibration and ensures that the participants actually release the energy instead of possibly becoming stuck in the lower frequencies.
Quantum Leaps can be a bitch. They’re uncomfortable, they’re incredibly hard to hold on to (it’s easier when you’ve orchestrated them and prepared properly), and they require recovery time. They do, however, give you a glimpse of what’s possible at worst, and permanently take you to a higher vibration at best. While I don’t recommend quantum leaps because of the discomfort they entail, and because in general, the gentler, slower, easier path is just as beneficial (if not more so), there are circumstances in which you might want to take the leap. But don’t blame me when the slingshot whops you straight into a mountainside. I totally warned you.
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