How Energy Moves Between People (Part 1)

This article will explore how energy moves between people and populations no matter how large or small the scale. When James Clerk Maxwell and Nicola Tesla initially studied electromagnetic longitudinal waves, they noticed untapped energy sources that flew in multiple directions at 90-degree angles. Fascinated by this etheric energy source, which isn’t measurable in the physical world, they referred to this energy as ‘potentials.’ Called scalar waves today, the scientific community still debates whether they truly exist.

Energy travels over the space-time continuum instantly through intention, quantum physics and core manifestation principals. Pure passion, focused intention and clarity of purpose, when combined with the mirroring and matching energy from the universe create predictable outcomes. Many people have accepted these first concepts to be true. I will now add some speculative ideas about how individuals and populations could be affected by positive or problematic scalar ‘potentials.’

When focused energy is sent to an individual or group who wants or accepts the energy a second important event occurs…scalar energy. Its power can be intentionally used for a wide range of positive purposes, such as improving our physical health, psychological growth, and prayer. Scalar waves require two points to initiate their creation, a sender and a receiver. This healing energy wave initially starts to ramp up internally as a focused intentional frequency in the sender. When it’s matched by the desire of the receiver, the second point is created and a scalar wave begins.

Scalar energy can be sent anywhere in the universe, because energy travels over the space-time continuum instantly through intention, quantum physics, and core manifestation principles. Since we exist in an electromagnetic field ourselves, scalar energy can be sent to an organ inside our body, another individual, or a distant group that wants or deserves the energy. It can heal damaged cells and change matter within our body, or anyone else’s body, for that matter, anywhere in the universe.

Scalar energy is renewable, green and follows the basic laws of physics. It is the basis for healing through diet, exercise, focused intent to heal, energy work and visualization methods. ‘Potential’ energy initially starts to ramp up, when an individual narrows his or her intention with a lazar-like focus. If this energetic frequency is matched by a similar desire of the receiver, a scalar process may occur. Damaged cells heal within our body can heal with dedicated passion, unbridled desire and appropriate behaviors. If our body heals, many call it a miracle or divine intervention and strangely enough truer words could not be spoken.

When our divine nature and the benevolent universe combine forces, mountains can move. However, the basic physics of these ‘potentials’ that Nicola Tesla talked about is predicable, understandable and can be reproduced. Scalar energy becomes stronger and more powerfully focused when the sender and receiver share the same desire. An easy way to understand this phenomenon for people not trained in the physical sciences is to consider that scalar energy basically has a multiplying effect. 

All churches, ashrams, synagogues, and mosques benefit from this same principle when people pray together. This scalar multiplying effect amplifies the focused energy sent out and received. This is how small groups of single-minded people can powerfully influence events on earth. Scalar waves are a fourth-dimensional phenomenon that has always existed. Humanity has been unaware of it works, while physicists are just starting to develop theories to understand scalar energy. Future discoveries will change how we understand matter and our conscious relationship to it.

The fourth dimension is a place where time does not exist in the same way as we currently experience it on earth. Manifestation in the third dimension is like the slow tortoise in the mythical race against a speedy fourth-dimensional rabbit. It takes consistent energy, intention, and strict adherence to manifestation techniques to consciously manifest our dreams at this time.

Most people don’t really understand that they are creating their internal and exterior realities, due to the length of time it takes to experience their manifestations. In the fourth dimension, time begins to bend and loop onto itself, which creates vortexes that speed up the creative process significantly. The same manifestation principles apply in both dimensions, but time shortens in the fourth. Who hasn’t felt time speeding up?

Consider the fact that we are fourth-dimensional beings already. Have you experienced a situation where time sped up or slowed down during a peak-experience moment? We’ve always had the power to suspend time, and we created those experiences whether we’re aware of it or not. So consider the possibility that we are more amazing than we think. The time-space continuum and quantum physics phenomenon are real. We can embrace the unknown once the appropriate understanding is achieved.

Time has stood still multiple times in my life, but the following event at our family’s lake cottage stands out as poignant example of a crisis that triggered my first fourth-dimensional experience. When I was a thirteen a tree leaning over the water at a seventy-degree angle, which became a test of courage for my group of friends to slalom ski under the tree limb. It was dangerously shallow under that tree, with rocks ready to greet anyone making a mistake.

One day I took a bad angle as I skied under the tree limb. When my keel hit a rock, my ski stopped cold and I started flying through the air at thirty-five miles per hour. Time stood still as I assessed the situation midair, carefully flattened out to land parallel, to the water, and calmly planned my survival strategy. Skipping over the water like a skimming stone, I used my hands and shoulders as shock absorbers. I escaped injury, a much wiser young man, with only a few small stones embedded in the fleshy parts of my hands. 

Scalar waves explain how and why irrational emotional waves can sweep over an individual, group, or even a country. Some would say that a collective amnesia swept over Germany in the 1930s, which allowed them to consider a war right after they had been devastated by one twenty years earlier. History is rife with additional examples of hysterical, raging carnage that, upon reflection, seem like collective madness—all manifested through the physics of scalar waves. Currently, our country is rife with partisan politics that is shaking the foundations of our constitution. Perhaps America will re-dedicate itself its foundational core values and principles that our forefathers envisioned in 1776 in the near future with the same soul-searching reflection that the German people did during the sobering aftermath after World War II.

Massive positive energies can also accumulate and spread through a country. A good example of this process was during the Revolutionary war, when America beat a superior British adversary. All David versus Goliath stories use similar scalar dynamics to accomplish remarkable victories. It’s important that everyone understand the physics of emotional energy so scalar energy is not used negatively. I will talk about how negativity moves between people and the power of negative scalar waves in How Energy Moves Between People (Part II). 

Meditation…from Jackhammers to Hummingbirds (Part 2)

Everyone has jackhammers pounding in their brain telling us what to do. Meditation helps us hear the loving hummingbird connected to our soul whispering within. Listening to the soul’s hummingbird voice whispering into our ear amidst the intellect’s jackhammers is quite challenging. It’s important to remember that our soul wants to communicate with us and incarnate with that intention. The soul is interested in long-range values and principles designed to advance our enlightenment goals. Since the soul has a direct connection to our spiritual nature and all of divinity, anyone can transcend the mundane and access eternal wisdom.

Our soul is our higher self in our highest form—and a true friend. Everyone struggles with illusion, while the soul knows where to go and what to avoid in earth’s mazes. When we embrace its wisdom and follow its guidance, our spiritual center will serve us as a faithful gyroscope providing balance and direction during life’s storms. Indirect soul communication whispers suggestions that take the form of internal voices, which provide intuitive hits and hunches. Some psychologists and religions believe these phenomena originate from our super ego or conscience. These intuitive messages and synchronous events transmit information to us all the time. A well-timed song, unusual animal behavior, or sage advice from a stranger provides just a few examples of its creativity. 

Many people intuitively understand that the universe speaks to them, instinctively follows its clues, and graciously accept improved outcomes. When we receive the intention, translate the message, and comprehend the meaning of our soul’s conscious signals, our co-creative ability to manifest our dreams improves dramatically. A consistent meditation practice is a reliable way to experience our divine nature. The secret to happiness lies in soul connection and following its suggestions. 

Think of soul communication as a friendly chat with a close buddy. This may remove some of the mystery, ritual, and hoopla that may interfere with this significant relationship. Since it’s just a private conversation with our spiritual nature, any intentional method designed to connect to our soul will work. Develop an approach that’s fun and easy to do, because enjoying the process is crucial. . In order for this connection to occur, the mind needs to quiet itself and empty sufficiently to reach the required frequency for the primitive mechanisms of the personality to interpret the soul’s vibratory harmonic. The singular focus of a predator stalking its prey is the energetic quality needed to hunt for our soul. 

Raising one’s harmonics requires a passionate desire for connection, focused behavior to manifest it, and consistent dedication to release any illusion blocking connection. Even though spiritual masters often used divergent paths to reach their advanced state of enlightenment, they all needed to attain the appropriate frequency, like the rest of humanity, before any spiritual revelation manifested. 

We are given all the time we need to master illusion’s mysteries and raise our harmonics before the soul will reveal itself fully or even partially. This process feels deceptive and excruciating for most of us, because the soul will wait patently and refuse to reveal itself until we reach the requisite frequency. When the appropriate vibration is finally achieved, its subtle and profound power will be the strongest force you will ever experience. The soul is yielding like water, yet can move a mountain. It’s gentle, yet can heal any problem blocking its path. It’s subtle, yet will scream to the highest of highs for assistance for any worthy project. 

A consistent meditation practice is a reliable way to experience our divine nature. The secret to happiness lies in soul connection and following its suggestions. Differentiating between our soul’s gentle recommendations and unconscious attitudes and illusions pounding like jackhammers is an important milestone.

Our soul unconditionally loves us and wants us to succeed. Its voice is tender, loving, and forgiving. It’s never in a hurry, judgmental or critical. The soul’s communications are honoring and respectful while gently offering suggestions. It embraces equanimity, mindfulness, and life’s pleasures, such as the need to play, laugh, and relax. Since our soul lives within our energetic field, it understands the personal needs of being human. When we struggle and have setbacks, it comforts our personality and will provide positive suggestions to get us back on track.

Our soul will readily communicate with us, but mental voices mired in illusion may pretend they speak for our soul. Usually, they are unconscious intellectualizations or belief systems from our past, which require healing. The illusionary aspects of our intellect are formidable, so fine-tuning our physical sensitivity and emotional fields to accurately sense our soul’s presence in our body is an important skill to master. Our heart is the best tool at deciphering what the purist form of love feels like. Don’t listen to voices that bring pain, express negativity, and fail to honor. They are illusion. We must listen only to loving voices that allow us to be who we are. The more our heart and soul learns to work together, the better the partnership becomes. With enough practice we can learn to put them both on automatic pilot so that our soul’s voice is integrated in all of our decisions. 

The following suggestions for soul connection are designed to help everyone advance on their spiritual path toward a conscious relationship with their body, mind, and soul.

Suggestions for Soul Connection

Intention. Connect to your passionate desire to hear your soul’s hummingbird voice within. Align your behavior, intellect and desire towards connecting to your soul. Sit in a quiet place, breathe naturally and focus your intention to connect directly with your soul. Allow your longing for your highest good to build. 

Surrender. Release your intellectual jackhammers that try to run the show. Release any attachments or expectations about how things need to work. Empty your mind to openly monitor (OM) or focus your attention (FA) on an activity that creates space for you to witness the subtle sensations within your body. A quiet mind allows time to focus and listen to our soul’s hummingbird voice. Be receptive of any subtle voices, physical sensations, and emotional reactions that give subtle clues about the soul’s presence.

Allow. To allow is to witness flow, which is the ability to comprehend and organically experience spiritual connection. Practice mindfulness and equanimity by letting whatever happens to be okay. Witness without judgment is desirable. Let go of mental longing to direct the process and release any attachments to outcome. Allowing is accomplished through intention, not effort or force. A passive activity of receptivity and love from our heart center is the goal—not effort and willfulness from our power center. 

Witness. Set the intention to learn the subtle signs of the transcendent with an inquisitive, receptive, and child-like open mindedness. Let wonder explode and notice every subtle experience with careful consideration. Sense any feelings, physical sensations, mental images and/or hummingbird whispers that indicate soul communication. Witnessing is a passive, mindful process, where we notice and access what occurs internally and externally to us. But it’s also an active exercise as we look for clues to an unfolding mystery, like the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

Communicate. A crucial aspect of soul communication is the level of trust and comfort we have with our mind, body, and soul connection. Try different ways to connect to your soul and choose what works best. Don’t engage in any obsessive-compulsive behaviors that the power centers of the intellect and willpower prefer. Learn your soul’s communication style, play with options, and then choose a reliable positive signal that indicates your soul’s presence. 

Our soul will only respond to questions intended for our highest good.  Since our soul is only interested in our spiritual development. Since our personality has many physical realities of earthy existence to sort out, understanding what meets our highest spiritual good threshold can get dicey. Practice allows us to develop our own style and comfort level. Some people communicate with their soul through direct knowing and/or impressions, while others connect through physical sensations. 

Doubting your experience is a common phenomenon. To address this problem, you can ask for a physical sign of your soul’s presence so you wouldn’t sabotage yourself. For example, a “yes” signal could be a surge of energy on the right side of your head while a “no” signal is a surge on the left. If you fail to get a surge of energy, the answer to your binary question may be more complex. Then wait for an explanation that may come in words, paragraphs visual images, or sensations that we need to interpret. The positive and negative signals can confirm if our interpretation is accurate. Everyone has their own style, which may include any one of the above options or another signal altogether. A crucial aspect of mastery is the level of trust and comfort people have with their signals. 

Appreciation. Acknowledging positive reflections from our soul encourage the communications to continue. Thanks are always appreciated, and appreciation allows us to give love back to the divine and our soul, which helped create our transcendent experiences. If you strike for a while, keep on trying. Your soul would like nothing better than to communicate with you. 

Once we know what our soul recommends for our highest good, the next task is exercising the discipline to follow through with its advice. Many times we need to ignore our immature inner voices that start to scream bloody murder when we try to change addictive behaviors. Unresolved unconscious material will always try to pull us back into illusion’s grasp again until we heal it. Direct soul communication invites everyone to skip the personality’s slower road to obtaining wisdom, health, and happiness through its method of trial and error. We can take the fast train to the same place by asking the highest aspect of our soul and all of divinity to suggest which paths enlighten. Having the courage to follow through and trust eternal wisdom that isn’t so obvious to the intellect and is truly…a mystical journey.

Oct2019 Eric Ehrke LCSW, LMFT is a psychotherapist at Ommani.  He sees clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

The Six Stages of Enlightenment

Hope Springs Eternal

By Eric Ehrke, LCSW, LMFT

Alexander Pope in his Essay on Man initially penned the inspiring phrase “Hope springs eternal.” Like a warm ember, hope can awaken a frozen heart on a bitter night. When we loose our bearings, optimism and virtue have always been welcome visitors. Fear can electrify our insides, while hope soothes like a calming, fresh breeze. This article will explore the importance of the virtue called hope.
Defined as moral excellence, the seven Western virtues include temperance, prudence, courage, justice, faith, hope, and love (charity). Some Eastern traditions add rectitude and benevolence into the virtue mix. Unfortunately, when we’re too busy surviving or attempting to control events around us, virtue often gets thrown out the window.
Hope is like a gentle sparrow that flicks from tree to tree. To nature lovers, this familiar, little songbird provides a pleasant normality. Since the laws of nature are equally applied, cats, birds of prey, and even some people eat sparrows. Fortunately, sparrows are quick and agile, can dodge death and still sing to their heart’s content. By not only surviving but also thriving, the sparrow’s resiliency offers hope to everyone.
Sparrows are small, not heavily armored and escape predators well. They are sweet, gentle birds and stick around throughout the coldest winters. Since their flocks have such large numbers, reproduction doesn’t seem to be a problem. Despite numerous predators and harsh winters, they seem to getting along just fine. Due to their success, for all I know sparrows could be the inspiration behind Disney’s famous Magic Kingdom song, “It’s a Small World,” that everyone can’t get out of their head.
If you’re struggling with depression and need inspiration, remember these little creatures. When you watch a group of sparrows, one of their important adaptations is how social they are. Notice how this small creature scavenges food and finds shelter in the humblest of places, while they’re singing songs and creating beauty wherever they are.

Hope is an important quality of our soul. When we feel lonely and isolated, love and heart connection are easily forgotten. Perhaps the courage it took to write the book, “The Audacity of Hope,” inspired Barrack Obama, when his hair turned grey so quickly during his presidency, to keep his hair natural rather than color it orange. Jokes aside, every human soul never forgets its divine origins. Our challenges are to remain spiritually connected and live mindfully. I consider hopefulness, mindfulness, and soulfulness sacred siblings. Hope is the salve or ointment that calms us down during challenging times. When we feel alone and nothing is working, hope is a reliable horse that gets us where we need to go during gasoline shortages.

Hope is the first step of the creative process. This virtue provides the first hint of possibility and indicates that solutions can happen. Every creative act must start from somewhere and hope ignites the engine of possibility. Like a good train engineer, hope stokes the fires and fuels a powerful locomotive called possibility. Intention is the engine that moves our creation down the tracks that and eventually manifests dreams.

Developing a good sense of timing and knowing when to share our hopes and dreams with others is an important skill to master. Dreams are important and hope is the close sibling of a dreamer. Dreams are a refined collection of focused hope. Our mind is designed to develop the actual plan to manifest hopes and dreams. This is why we need to nurture our dreams like little blades of grass when they initially break through the earth.

Individual blades of hope can create a beautiful lawn where life thrives. It’s always important to nurture and protect each blade of grass from storms and stomping feet. Crowds of people walking on young grass can kill a lawn. This is the reason many sages advise discernment when sharing hopes and dreams with the wrong people.

Discussing hopes and dreams with individuals lacking in virtue and who don’t care about you is futile. They can ridicule and crush creative impulses. They kill your dream by riding horses over your young blades of grass. Only let people who want to help your lawn grow know about your hopes and dreams. By nurturing and protecting seedlings long before strangers get to walk, stomp or ride horses over then, lawns will survive just fine.

By sharing hopes and dreams too quickly, seedlings can whither and die from lack of nurturing. Hold hopes and dreams, give them time to mature before showing them to the unwashed masses too quickly.  Some people call this concept, “holding your gold” before flashing wealth to the unworthy. Gold can be stolen and some people steal or may call your hopes and dreams “fool’s gold.” The temptation to drop gold or throw wealth away before hopes and dreams have a chance to become a beautiful garden of possibility may occur in these circumstances.

In summary, hope is like a gentle flower or a blade of grass. It needs to be nurtured just like a beloved baby. We all have hopes and dreams about babies and what they will become when they grow up. Healthy babies do best with lots of love, song, and connection just like a flock of sparrows. Hope needs recognition, because it is the first step of any project or dream.

The Fire at Notre Dame

When Emotions Become Homeless Beasts

During prehistoric times, humans needed physical strength and a cohesive community, while common sense and quick instincts enhanced survival. Paleontologists report that the majority of earliest cave drawings depicted animals and schematic scenes, but many had shamanic or spiritual themes. Living harmoniously with nature was a given for prehistoric man…there was no other way.

In a talk entitled “Grief and Praise”, Martin Prechtel shared his insights about traditional native wisdom of the four thousand year old Mayan civilization and reminded me of what modern man is missing. Born on a Pueblo Indian reservation into a multicultural family with parents of native Pueblo and Swiss descendent, Martin deeply appreciated his Native American roots. When he moved to Guatemala and married a Tzutujil woman, he subsequently trained with one of the greatest Tzutujil Mayan shamans in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Martin eventually became the shaman to thirty thousand people around Santiago Atitlan during the Guatemalan civil war and is currently a renowned author and lecturer on indigenous culture.

During his presentation (Grief and Praise, available on YouTube), Martin Prechtel compared traditional indigenous wisdom to modern society and mentioned that the native Tzutujil language used the same word for song and weep, because the Mayans considered praise and grief siblings that share the same bed. Every emotion was expressed, encouraged, and supported collectively within his new community. Mental illness and many diseases were understood organically and described poetically with phrases like rage without a home. Unexpressed sorrow was considered in his culture a homeless beast. Connection, compassion, and empathy were the staple of a healthy, Mayan community. If someone sat alongside the road screaming, pulling his hair out, swept up in grief, his clan would sit beside him and listen for as long as it took for the pain to subside. In Western society Martin observed, people would walk on by and think the man must be crazy while the indigenous people intuitively knew that emotions needed a home and a safe environment for expression. The word to be does not exist in the Tzutujil vocabulary because the people considered the world fluid in nature. His adopted Mayan community freely praised what was loved and grieved what was lost. Emotional expression was fluid like water: grief meant you loved, passion was an integral part of life, and grief praises the love that was lost. Alcohol addiction or numbing of the grief was described as someone lost in the water. Martin Prechtel described the difference between the indigenous, modern society and I suspect prehistoric man very succinctly. Life, for these people and I suspect also for prehistoric man, was about balancing reason and emotional expression into a bonded community. In hearing this account, I suspect that this society was mastering the skills of community and incorruptible empathy.

Modern society prizes the human intellect, scientific method, and relies on the Internet for information. But something precious has been lost over time, as empathy, intuition, and the role of human connection became devalued. Sovereignty for ancient man came from one’s wits, strength, and gut instincts, which was bolstered by loving tribe mates and a supportive society. Intellect without heart or a connection to the global community has led to separation, isolation, and eventually terrorism. Equanimity within our body, mind, and soul solidified by a shared incorruptible oneness within ALL of humanity—that I believe was normal to ancient man—needs to be restored in our world today.

Our reptilian and/or emotion brain anticipates trouble usually based on past experiences and the task of our higher brain is to find solutions. Illusions and delusions create shadows that reside in our mind. Our heart, the organ of love, which some people call the seat of our soul, has the power to provide the necessary objectivity to transcend illusions and delusions, which is the formula for renunciation that leads to invincibility. Passion and reason have always been at war with one another. The human mind can waffle and make any decision seem like a fifty-fifty proposition. However, our heart can access the quantum field, intuit accurate information, and tip the scale to enable us to make enlightened decisions.

I imagine that prehistoric man was like the Tzutujil and did not question his or her connection to everything—each other, the winds and tides, the earth, the movements of animals, or seasonal crop cycles. The way humans shared insights that expanded each tribe’s wisdom to one another seems to me more organic than oral. The book, Ethnologue: Languages of the World Though reports that our collective linguistic abilities have expanded into over 7,000 languages. That means 7,000 names for god. That is 7,000 names for suffering, joy, and love. That is 7,000 languages attempting to define the enigma of oneness that our prehistoric ancestors likely took for granted. 7,000 ways to describe an appropriate mind-heart-soul connection is simply a recipe for noticing remarkable similarities, but also perpetuating disparities.

Devolution and evolution are simultaneously occurring events. As humanity evolved, intellect dominated civilized society, intuition was ridiculed, and the important role of the human heart and soul diminished. People were expected to follow orders and orthodoxy from hierarchy in many paternalistic areas of the world, rather than explore oneness through diversity. The work it takes to establish equanimity between our mind-heart-soul connections within the community of ALL of divinity is arduous. While humanity expanded its intellect and ability to communicate, we minimized our ability to recognize our heart and interconnectedness. With that devolution came in a host of plotlines and polarity for the humanity drama. I encourage everyone to remember your roots, follow your heart, and create a home for diversity. Emotional expression needs warm hearts to heal humans, but also society. If not, we can get lost in the water and feelings become….homeless beasts.

Eric Ehrke is a psychotherapist at Ommani whose book, The Promise of Wholeness: Cultivating Inner Peace, Mindfulness and Love in a Divided World (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) was published in February 2019.

Eric sees patients at Ommani on Mon, Tues, & Wed.  Call 262.695.5311 to schedule.

He will be offering an all-day workshop on Friday, May 17th called Personal Guidance, Intuitive Wisdom, and Meditation 101.

On two Thursdays (May 9th and May 16th from 4:30 to 6:30PM) he will offer Meditation and Mind Body Solutions for Sensitive Teens. See the Announcement/Class Schedule section of the newsletter for more detailed descriptions of the workshops.    

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar was a religious arm of the spiritual hierarchy of the Catholic Church from 1100 to 1300 AD during the crusades. They were the first multinational organization and quickly became exceedingly rich and powerful. The Templars created an international banking system that built over a 1,000 fortifications and even lent money to kings. Operating above each country’s laws, they only answered to the pope.

They helped create Europe’s first nation-state. According to Freddy Silva in his book, First Templar Nation, Portugal was where the Templars recreated a secret spiritual initiation ceremony that they discovered when they controlled the Temple Mount in Jerusalem around 1119AD. Powerful people traveled from around the world to experience what some thought as an aspect of the Art of the Covenant at the Rotunda of Tomar in Portugal. While the Christian hierarchy focused upon the Ten Commandments, the Templar Knights practiced the tenets within the Tables of Law.

The Tables of Law were considered a kind of Cosmic Equation, which explained the creative forces in the universe according to Freddy Silva in First Templar Nation. Considered a spiritual treasure, the Templars taught selected individuals about laws of cause and effect, which they considered the necessary mysteries to temporal power. Their alchemy principles and spiritual practices they possessed enhanced their health, power, and fighting abilities.

The Templar Knight’s Rotunda of Tomar in Portugal


The Templar Knights was a secret society of powerful men dedicated to temporal power, which was their fatal flaw. They understood some of the powers of meditation, prayer, and alchemical forces, which some used for personal and political gain. They would recruit the most gifted young boys and indoctrinate them into ceremonial rituals, which were based upon sound alchemical truths as to the nature of the temporal world. Rigorous physical discipline helped them develop life and fighting skills. Focused spiritual practices also opened up areas of spiritual power few had ever realized before this time. Only one in ten of the Templar Knights actually fought in battle, while the rest performed other duties.

Their name continues to this day because they preformed heroic deeds at critical points in history. They accessed amazing wealth and political power quickly at an important time in history. A powerful combination of mind, body, and spirit working with nature and pranic power was developed in these knights. This is why they quickly became the most powerful group of men of their time. The lessons learned from their demise are still important today. The hubris of believing they were chosen as favorites and blessed by God opened the door for hidden shadows in individuals and leaders to surface. These unconscious flaws created mirrors for them to explore the most important aspect of spiritual power, self-examination.

Hubris eventually blinded some of them and they engaged in acts of torture and inhumane treatment of others. They saw it as their right and privilege to do so because they thought they were special to God. Their organization eventually imploded and every knight executed due to their inflated sense of entitlement that violated core spiritual principles. Of course, not all of the knights were blinded by temporal power and many were dedicated to true spiritual principles. Unfortunately, a tipping point was reached and only a small number of honest, dedicated men remained at the time of their demise. The rush to power based on the flawed concept that they were the chosen favorites of God did them in.

At some point no matter what spiritual tradition one embraces, we need to look at ourselves in the mirror with a dedicated desire to see the truth no matter how difficult or painful the truth may be. The fires of truth will reveal every illusion of everyone on the spiritual path. The concept of being chosen and special to God will always tumble the most powerful. This is akin to a crack in the foundation of a home. If it is not attended to with total dedication, the whole house could come down. This is what happened to the Knights Templar.

They didn’t have oversight provisions and the proper dedication to self-examine their large shadow. Hubris and self-centered motivations toppled an organization that was one of the most powerful forces of their day. Success and failure will always reveal cracks in our foundation. Using spiritual wisdom for temporal power always brings everyone to his or her knees. Temporal power in just another illusion that must be overcome on earth to truly develop one’s own spiritual connection to all there is. We are all one and all the boats in humanity’s ocean need to rise to be in alignment spiritually.

The Knights Templar, unfortunately, lost the trail to love and fought for temporal power that fed love’s illusions for themselves and those they served. Let their lessons not be lost in the sands of time. The Middle East has been a mirror that many have seen what they fear the most.

“I have met the enemy and he/she is me.” At some point, everyone on the spiritual path comes to this truth. The journey to self-discovery and individual spiritual growth always requires a passage into the dark side of our soul where we become lost in the labyrinth of illusion on earth. We need find our path by finding ourselves. Knowing what is truth and what is illusion is how this is done.

When we find the truth of what we are and learn to master our habits and illusions that lead us off our path of enlightenment, we can find love, teach love, and be love with everyone we meet. Illusion is just the absence of love and temporary substances that draw us away from our true nature. They are just opportunities to find out what love really is and what it is not.

Love is the basis of all power. It is subtle, yielding and yet sturdy like the great rivers and oceans of our planet. They flow no matter what people do, say, or prefer. Love needs to be soft, gentle, and acquiescent – yet strong enough to wield swords of justice, truth, and dedication to a cause worth fighting for. The only cause worth fighting for throughout time is love and every person needs to benefit. Not just the chosen ones.

March 2019 Eric Ehrke LCSW, LMFT is a psychotherapist at Ommani.  He sees clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.


The Dark Night of the Soul

Birth is a corporal journey that begins with the illusion of spiritual abandonment. Leaving home and residing in a physical body immediately creates a lasting traumatic imprint that includes separation anxiety and existential agony. The painful remnants of this primal process are directly related to what many poets and authors have called the Dark Night of the Soul.

The Dark Night of the Soul has become a very popular description of what is occurring, but it’s actually a misnomer since our soul never suffers or actually leaves oneness. Our physical being registers the event as an especially “dark night” however. Mortality severs awareness of our divine nature and creates an agonizing memory that is quite challenging to release. It’s an important milestone to master as we return to our divine nature. The Wizard of Oz is a fairy tale offering an inspired metaphor of this timeless journey.

Separation anxiety and abandonment agony create a trauma template when spiritual oneness is replaced by human awareness. A similar emotional imprint occurs when we separate from our mother at birth. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was an orphan, who dreamt about returning home to uncle Henry and Auntie Em. Separation anxiety can become the driving force behind our instinct to bond with friends, family, and lovers.

Healing occurs through the heartfelt connection and sympathetic resonance. Uniting our physical, emotional, and mental bodies and embracing our pain with supportive behavior and a loving heart helps release our abandonment imprint. Trauma heals when emotional residue is embraced with loving acceptance. Remembering that our soul is always present and never abandons is helpful.

This knowledge is necessary to navigate through the darkest illusions this world has to offer. A divine abandonment illusion occurs whenever a soul takes human form. The Dark Night of the Soul is the process where we physically heal this original existential abandonment agony within ourselves, while our soul and divinity supposedly aren’t around. Embodying love and healing our primary human abandonment illusion during endless trials like Job suffered in biblical times with heartfelt acceptance is quite a feat. Dorothy modeled this same quality throughout her ordeals in The Wizard of Oz. Accomplishing this task during what seems like endless dark nights fulfills one of the main purposes for human existence. Why would the divine create spiritual separation and make us experience it right off the bat? We come to earth to forget our origins, remember our spiritual home and come to the realization we were never abandoned. We are also here learn how to embody love and teach our heart, mind, and body the deepest truths about our true divine nature. I would describe what we are doing as playing a spiritual game of hide-and-seek.

One of the reasons the story of the Wizard of Oz endures so powerfully in our culture is due to the fact the fairy tale aptly describes our soul’s journey on earth. Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we can go home whenever we want by fighting off illusion, deciding to return home, and clicking our ruby slippers.

Most of us have a trusty toolbox of reliable habits, rituals, and solutions that are near and dear to our hearts. When trouble erupts some of our strategies are useful… and many are not. Pain is designed to strip away every habit and mental construct based on illusion.

Darkness blows up our emotional security blankets like the locusts, floods, and plagues that forced the Egyptian Pharaoh to change his mind in the Bible. Pain and suffering humble. A problem of epic proportions always narrows our attention and pries open closed minds. The desire for something new motivates us to reexamine and shed any illusion weighting us down.

When life kicks away our crutches, many collapse and believe that the divine has abandoned them. When our “monkey mind” surrenders and learns to embrace the purpose of pain, the following three suggestions are designed to get us back on track.

  • Surrender control and let go of the outcome.
  • Scour your mind for its pain-filled illusions.
  • Dedicate yourself to truth without sacred cows.
  • Accept solutions based upon your highest good.

 Maintaining a solid spiritual connection to eternal wisdom during problems of biblical proportions, accomplishes our goal of mastering illusion, communicating with our soul, and embracing divinity. It’s a grand occasion worthy of the celebration Dorothy enjoyed in the Emerald City and with her family when she accomplished the same feat by returning to Kansas. Kansas is a lot like heaven, isn’t it?

The courage necessary to fight through all the illusions that this world has to offer is prodigious. The seduction to succumb to the hatred, strife, and agony of feeling abandoned is very tempting at times. Some begin to question whether or not Kansas exists when they feel alone in the darkness. The Dark Night comes as the last form of illusion so that the sunlight of our soul can come shining through to enlighten our life and everyone around us. It’s the crowning achievement after fighting off all the darkness illusion could muster so that we could develop the love in our heart and wisdom necessary to return to our divine home just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

The Dark Night is a right of passage honored by every mystic in every tradition. It is the last hurrah or test of illusion to overcome before the dawn of our new life. Consider yourself honored if it crashes into your life like a wrecking ball. Follow the four suggestions outlined above when things are at their darkest. Resist the temptation to succumb to despair while the agony persists. Don’t forget what’s really occurring, because Kansas is just around the corner.

When storm clouds bring chaos, nothing is working and you do not know what to do, remember to love with your heart and soul like the straw man, access the wisdom within like the tin man, and face your problems with the determination of a courageous lion. When the world crashes down around you, it’s a signal to your mind to give up any illusion of control and surrender to new possibilities and unforeseen solutions, just like Dorothy discovered on her way back home again.

Rugged individualism is not on the yellow brick road to home, Dorothy needed many friends to find Kansas. Steel your will, surrender control, and run to the divine. Embrace your intuition because something important is about to happen during the Dark Night. Access your light and use your soul’s wisdom as a gyroscope for your heart to discover the truth of who you are. It’s the only way to go . . . “my pretties.” Kansas is just a click away when your body, mind, and soul are in alignment. And always remember . . . “There is no place like home.”

Feb 2019 Eric Ehrke LCSW, LMFT is a psychotherapist at Ommani.  He sees clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.