Updated: Jul 5
Why is this simple teaching so difficult to understand? I’ve created this silly comic to help demystify what it means to AWAKEN. In a way, it’s also a little self-deprecating humor—since I spent decades as one of these clueless fish—unaware of my True Nature. Analogy can be a powerful teacher. Please give me a few minutes to explain.
Although I’m not a religious guy, I do understand what Jesus was trying to convey when he said, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? These words I speak are not on my own authority—rather it is Spirit working through me.” [John 14:10] I believe the most important part of this teaching is what follows, “Whoever believes in me will do the work I’ve been doing and so much more.” This is huge! This was Jesus saying, you’ve got the power. I think this next quote is even more direct, “Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit dwells within you?” [Corinthians 3:16]
Bottom line—this is not some New Age message. Spiritual teachers have attempted to lead us on this path of awakening for thousands of years. Unlike the many parables and metaphors found in most of the Bible’s teachings, I feel this message was meant to be taken literally.
Maybe it would help if I first explain how I define God. I know God as my Life Force—the vibrating Energy that animates every cell in my body. And this Life Force is not only in me but flows through all of Creation. This is what connects us all. I like to think of us as being cells in the Body of God. This thought helps me understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me—literally.
Returning again to a water analogy—if God were the ocean, I believe at birth, a drop of this ocean water is deposited in each of us. Spirit embodies form. For those who are waiting for the Second Coming, this is it! Please don’t be offended. This isn’t blasphemy. Is this ‘drop of water’ the ocean? Of course not. But it does represent the same elements and the same essence.
So, what does it really mean to AWAKEN? I promise, this isn’t some hocus-pocus concept that can only be achieved by some highly evolved guru. It’s simply about becoming self-aware. If this is too woo-woo for you, I’d like to mix in a little science with my spirituality. Doctors say that sometime between 21-30 days after conception, a spark of life appears from nowhere. This is often referred to as a heartbeat, even though the fetal heart isn’t developed until after 8 weeks. Hmmmmm.
Here’s another fun fact. Have you ever heard anyone say that the human body is 99% empty space? When I first heard this, I thought it was ridiculous! I decided to go further down the rabbit hole to see what the scientists meant. I discovered this interesting explanation—if the nucleus of an atom was the size of a peanut, its outer shell would be the size of a baseball stadium. WOW! That’s a lot of empty space.
This space is not really empty. It’s actually filled with the invisible vibrating Energy field that I referred to as my Life Force. And with the invention of the high-powered microscope, scientists were also able to conclude that nothing is really solid. We are all made up of this vibrating Energy. Yes—science has been catching up with what the ancient yogis have been teaching for thousands of years. One of my favorite authors/teachers is Richard Rohr. I heard Richard say on a recent podcast that mankind was not ready for this message 2000 years ago—but maybe the time is now? Our consciousness has evolved.
Why do I call this Energy my Life Force? Because we can’t survive without it. You don’t need to be religious or even spiritual to accept this. When Einstein discussed this subject, he is quoted to have said, “This is physics, not philosophy.” Call it what you will, but its existence is undeniable. Much like the skeptical fish in my comic, believe it or not—the TRUTH does not change. You can never be separate from your Source of Life.
Remove the skeptical fish from the water and see what happens. As he desperately flops on the shore, you can almost hear him say, “I believe, I believe!” Yes, in the end secrets will be revealed. On your deathbed, the veil will be lifted. The good news—you don’t need to wait for “the end” to learn death’s secret. You can learn to connect with your indwelling Spirit now and discover the joy of living an awakened life while you still have plenty of time to play.
Although I’m optimistic in these turbulent times, I do feel a sense of urgency. We need more awakened beings on this planet NOW. When we become aware of our Divine Nature, we will also remember our oneness—our connection to each other and to the planet. This is when the magic begins. When we can see ourselves in the eyes of another, the world will quickly become a better place.
If you like my simple message, please help me share.
Written by Craig Kolavo, founder of AwesOm Life and author of AWAKEN the Sleeping Giant. To learn more, visit www.AwesOmLife.com .