Becoming a Spiritual Mentor

By Berenice Andrews

It’s not for the faint of heart, for becoming a spiritual mentor involves a sustained striving for “impeccability.”

“[It] begins with a single act that has to be deliberate, precise and sustained. If that act is repeated long enough, one acquires a sense of unbending intent, which can be applied to anything else. If that is accomplished, the road is clear. One thing will lead to another until the [spiritual] warrior realizes his full potential.”
—Carlos Castaneda, The Fire from Within

For you, a spiritual warrior (aka soul searcher), that “single act” is your sustained response to an inner summons to undertake your journey of spiritual evolution. From that first step, you are committed to living the spiraling, ongoing paths of opening the way, coming into being, entering within and finding wisdom. It’s a “circuit” that can occupy five minutes and/or 50 years. With every turn, you strengthen your intent, for this is a journey of “becoming” that is constantly culminating into higher “being.”

Your intent requires, above all, ”heart awareness.” It’s a knowing(gnosis) that you are an energy being—a soul—a microcosmic creator who generates your “bodies” of consciousness (i.e., who and what you are physically, emotionally, mentally and transcendentally) with the power of the centers of consciousness (chakras) contained within your human energy system. Guided by the indwelling Spirit, you make those bodies (soul structures) out of the consciousness energies (soul substance) of the “quantum sea”—the Soul Field—in which you live, move and have your beingness. Your heart awareness resides in the heart center of your human energy system. With it, you have all the power you need to maintain your intent.

That’s because your heart center connects with the transcendent life, light, love and law energies of the Soul Field. Then, this chakra acts as a “bridge” for channeling the healing life energies from your “higher” centers of consciousness (your throat, third eye and crown chakras) down to your root, sacral and solar plexus chakras that vibrate at a much lower frequency. Your heart center also acts as a “crucible,” (a word from alchemy meaning a container in which something “base” is changed into something enormously valuable). In your heart center crucible, the love energies of the Soul Field catalyze your transformation. Thus, your heart center/Soul Field connection maintains the unbending intent while the “road” is being “cleared.” The clearing work involves…

Three Concurrent Tasks

Essentially, you the soul searcher are required to “clean up your act,” a work made necessary because human energy beings begin this lifetime as animal souls—their first developmental stage. It repeats an earlier evolutionary phase that included the primitive instincts and the other primal characteristics required for survival. During this stage, human energy beings can sustain much damage. Even in the uterus and certainly afterward you, as an animal soul, can experience soul loss and soul wounding—trauma to your centers of consciousness that causes parts of your energy field to go missing. Thus, you can generate (and reinforce) damaged soul structures—perceptions, beliefs, feelings, thoughts, etc.—that seriously hinder your human development.

On your evolutionary path, while you maintain your unbending intent, the clean-up that heals the damage and promotes spiritual evolution happens within your heart center.

There, the tasks involve purifying, simplifying and unifying the consciousness energies of your chakras and thence your “bodies.” (Form follows consciousness!)

Although there are many ways that the clean-up/healing can be done, the shamanic paths of seeking spiritual knowledge in the Otherworld—especially the ways of love—are tried-and-true. On those paths, the journey can often unfold like this…

For the task of purifying, the spiraling path of opening the way takes precedence. You focus on your survival-driven root chakra and, in particular on its perceptual filtering system—instrumental in producing your beliefs. While you spirit journey and learn the ways of love, you explore that chakra’s functionality and examine the beliefs you carry about yourself and about life. And, you begin lovingly to replace them with the truth and repair the damage to the root center.

Now, this can be challenging, for two reasons: first, an animal soul’s emotional “body,” generated in an environment dominated by the root center’s survival imperative, usually resists any change and second, there’s the likelihood that the heart center itself has been damaged, perhaps from before birth. Thus, the first stage of purifying will also involve some intense, heart center explorations in addition to those for the root center … in the Otherworld.

In the meantime, with the work of transmuting the old, false beliefs, you are gently healing your emotional body, despite its resistance. Your former enslavement to it is being replaced with growing discernment and detachment. And, because yours is a holistic energy system, you are also adding to the power of your heart center. Thus, the energies of life can start flowing over the “bridge” and the transformative power of the “crucible,” informed by the energies of love, can begin to manifest. And, in all of this process, the consciousness energies of your root, sacral and solar plexus chakras are being raised to a higher vibration. (As above; so below.) While this happens, the “i-am” consciousness energies of those centers—the crucial first stage of a human sense of “self” that will eventually merge with the Self—are also evolving upward. Fortunately, in your holistic system, all this is actually taking place at once.

Thus, with unbending intent, you are cleaning up your act by healing a lot of damage and instilling the love connection. And you are learning—through discernment and detachment—to be who you truly are—a multidimensional soul — a human energy being.

Meanwhile, within this holistic system, the task of simplifying has already been unfolding—mainly on the path of coming into being. This is also a challenge, because animal soul structures, especially those of the emotional and mental “bodies,” are often convoluted and even compartmentalized. Many of them are defense mechanisms sometimes initiated before birth. They are often expressed by emotional instability and “muddled” thinking. Thus, there can be a lot of “clutter” to uncover and transmute in your root, sacral and solar plexus chakras and in those “bodies.” With your ongoing, unbending intent to evolve spiritually, you continue the explorations of the damaged chakras and their “bodies” in the Otherworld, while you progress along your spiraling paths.

The simplifying task will likely continue on the path of entering within, mainly because you are connecting more and more with the unending flow of love energies. Meanwhile, you have been immersing in the other transcendent energies. Thereby, your capacity for discerning and detaching has greatly increased.

Within your heart center’s awareness, the intent has remained unbending and the tasks have become easier. And all that time, the indwelling Spirit has been guiding you, while you lived, moved and had your being in the Soul Field. Throughout all of this raising of animal soul consciousness, the healing work in the lower centers was changing the energies of the entire system. And your heart awareness expanded constantly. Thus, there was developing an increasing capacity to embrace “oneness,” for all along, your third task of unifying had been unfolding. But it was not a “merger.” It was (and will continue to be) a “dance” of balanced and healthy centers of consciousness—a wholeness. They have been generating truly human “bodies” whose “i-am” consciousness energies were being readied to be one with the indwelling Spirit.

It’s a transformation and a culmination. In your heart awareness there is a newness of being. It’s the joy of entering within…and finding wisdom. That’s the goal of spiritual evolution. At that pinnacle, you—the soul searcher—are both lovingly discerning and lovingly detached. That’s what makes “impeccability” possible. With this wonderfully human attribute, you can become a spiritual mentor. If this is the result of your striving, you should be honored and revered. The world has great need of you.

Berenice Andrews is a shamanic teacher/healer. To learn more about her teachings, consult her book Rebirthing Into Androgyny: Your Quest for Wholeness, And Afterword. To become her student, see her web site,

[Author’s note] For additional information about microcosmic creator, consciousness energies, soul, Soul Field, soul substance, soul wounding, the human energy system, chakras (i.e., centers of consciousness) and “bodies” of consciousness (i.e., soul structures), see my articles in the September, 2013, to June, 2014, issues of Transformation Magazine.


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