Have you had the experience of leaving a luscious other-worldly experience only to come back to this reality feeling cranky?

I’ve caught myself more than once thinking to myself, “That’s real spiritual, Misa! Open your heart wide in compassion during your meditation and then, in this world, get critical with someone when they are trying to do their best.”

Oddly, these instances seem to occur in proximity to the end of my meditations and dreams. When I realized this, I knew I needed to understand what was happening emotionally, and in the process of looking at it, I made quite a discovery.

Being in meditative, out-of-body or dream-time states are very vulnerable conditions. Once the meditation was over, I would leave my exposed, open-hearted state and immediately become psychically bombarded by critical thoughts, fears and negativity all around me. As wide open as I was, that negativity could be occurring in thought forms half-way across the planet and I would be sensing them.

Further, I realized, I was disappointed in what I sometimes experience in this reality--it is often not as cool. I like being a bliss bunny in the other realms. I don’t necessarily like coming back to the challenges of this dimension on earth. The challenges can frustrate me.

There we have it. I was disappointed, frustrated and empathically picking up a lot of other people’s disappointment and frustration. What do you do with that kind of dilemma? Stay in meditative bliss? Never go there to begin with, so you never have to feel disappointed?

Good answers are rarely found in extreme reactions, so I asked myself what I needed to do or understand in order to have smoother transitions. Once I asked the question, I realized I was making a choice that could be altered.

I let go of the bliss I was experiencing in altered state because I was letting go of that feeling within me when I crossed back over into third dimensional reality. The opportunity is to be that vessel of love and happiness, and to hold that love within me regardless of what reality I’m in at the moment and what is happening around me.

The adventure before me is to face this challenge by being the sacred vessel I know I can be all of the time—as I walk in other realities and dimensions and as I walk in this sacred dimension.

What does that mean practically? When I feel frustrated angry or disappointed, I touch my heart and invite it to open. The journey from bliss to anger or anger to bliss is a choice.

Author's Bio: 

Misa Hopkins is the author of the best-selling book, “The Root of All Healing: 7 Steps to Healing Anything”, which has been named the first-aid handbook for the new 21st Century consciousness. She is also Spiritual Director and founder of New Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to global spiritual family and honoring the sacred feminine. With over 30 years of teaching and training experience, including teaching hundreds of healers, and now as a spiritual counselor, Hopkins is an astute observer of human motivation and potential.

Her observations about the healing progress of her clients, students and friends, and her own miraculous healings led her to ground-breaking conclusions about why people remain ill, even when they are trying to become well. Hopkins recognized that illness may actually meet unconscious needs you aren’t even aware exist. In her book, workshops and articles, she provides insights about how to break through the limits of illness to experience the freedom and joy of wellness.