After reading all I could about Dr. Steven Greer I began my search to find out what I could about God Consciousness. There were many other names for this state, the most common was universal consciousness. This in turn led me to Eric Pepin of the Higher Balance Institute. Eric had been a psychic at a young age and came from a family of psychics. It wasn’t until later in life that he got into meditation and discovered the direct link between his psychic abilities and meditation. THIS is what I had been looking for. His approach resonated with me because he focused on the logic of what he was doing and why.
Note : In retrospect, some of my thoughts on him and his teachings have changed. I will get into that later in a retrospective post, but that evolution in my views does not change what I believed here so the information here is still very much valid.
When I first discovered Eric (which is the silliest name for guru haha), I checked out his podcast. His first one, Energy, Part 1: How to See Energy and Auras blew me away and I was immediately hooked.
It was explained in a way that I could truly relate to. I went out and bought all of his books and read them one after the other.
The reason I chose to believe him, is because I first got validation from reading about Dr. Greer and the connection between psychic abilities, universal conscious universe, and meditation. Because of my trust in Dr. Greer, I chose to believe these things were real, or at least there was something to it. Also, Dr. Greer’s books mainly focused on all things extra-terrestrial, which was absolutely and ironically invaluable in my spiritual journey. Eric’s teachings describe the same types of things both spiritually and in meditation but Eric’s primary focus was on meditation, spirituality, and the psychic connection so this was a natural evolution in my education. Because of this overlap I felt that Eric truly had something real to offer. What I also found intriguing is that his teachings were coming from a psychic, who I believed, would have a unique and possibly enlightened view of the spirit world and our connection to it. What made him such a great teacher for someone like me was the way he explained the concepts and how they were practical and useful in a language I could understand (plain english and not New Age mumbo-jumbo, “Harness your chi and merge your awareness with the light.” haha.)
He explained that the quantum energy around us, connects all of us as a universal consciousness. Not just here on Earth, but the universe and the spirit world. All things in the universe exist in their own vibration or frequency. You can interact or communicate with these things if you match your frequency or vibration with theirs. This is where meditation comes in. When you meditate you draw in, or attract, the energy, or prana as it’s called, from this quantum field around you. As you absorb this prana, it enables you to raise your vibration, mostly temporarily; however, doing this regularly can cause a more permanent raise in your vibration, then when you meditate you are able to momentarily reach even higher vibrations. Doing this consistently and eventually opening up the doors to achieving more psychic abilities and enhancing any existing ones. Like any skill or muscle this requires a lot of practice, training, and maintenance. One new thing that was important to know here is that everyone is capable of all of psychic abilities, they can be developed; although of course, some are born naturally with stronger abilities than others, but anyone can develop them.
It’s important to understand the basics of energy. We see energy absorption all the time. When you set a rock out in the sun, the rock absorbs the heat. Bring the rock out of the sun and the rock retains the heat. The density or type of rock determines the amount of absorption and how long that energy is retained. Just like foam is used to absorb water and also sound. There also exists a life energy. We feel this all the time. You feel like someone is staring at you, you get a vibe when a certain person walks in the room. When there is tension “so thick you can cut it with a knife”.
If someone were to enter a room in a rage and take it out on a pillow, beating and screaming at the pillow, then leave the room. Someone else enters the room and picks up the pillow, that person is likely to feel uncomfortable and not know why. If you take some else’s shirt and put it on, do you feel, just for a second, like that person? At least, until your own energy gets absorbed into the shirt quickly replacing the old energy. Objects and people can absorb energy from whatever energy is around us. Some people give us energy others take from us. We use meditation to help balance that. So do crystals work? Yes, because they absorb energy. Some crystals absorb certain energies better. I was finally starting to understand.
In order to achieve anything in meditation, it begins with establishing extended periods of time in non-thought. Your body consists of millions of living organisms. Some are conscious some are not. Take for example your blood-cells. There are red blood cells and white blood cells. Red blood cells mindlessly follow their path carrying oxygen around the body. White blood cells can identify and attack an offending bacteria, communicate for the help of other white blood cells, and learn how to do it better the next time.
Given that the mind is merely a sense. It is just interpreting electrical responses to it. It is NOT who we are. The problem is with millions of organisms each with their own electrical signals flooding our brains along with these external energies we are not able to hear our true selves. Our true intuition. So we must learn to quiet the mind so that we can hear the subtle voice of our intuition. The universe does not speak in words. It speaks through images and emotion. This language is very subtle.
Non-thought is quieting the voices. Close your eyes focus on your breath, tone, mantra, whatever works, and stick to it until you forget that you are concentrating on your breath, tone and mantra. Loosen every muscle, slow your breathing (should happen naturally-at least for me). Thoughts will come and you will want to speak to them. Do not speak to them and let them pass. If you catch yourself speaking which includes “Hey, I’m doing it!” you need to stop and refocus. Sometimes you will be talking to and engage a thought for minutes at a time and not even realize it, once you do, don’t get frustrated, just let it go and refocus…. do this over and over again until for 3+ minutes you can go without engaging the thoughts in your head – then you can get mystical. I personally prefer using tones… I try to become the tone and balance on that tone. It is very effective for me in achieving non-thought. Ultimately though, you want to be able to do it by focusing on the breath because that is always readily available to you. You don’t want to have to rely on anything external., BUT when learning, do what works for you and keeps you interested.
Lastly, don’t be afraid. You may achieve sensations and emotions that are intense that you have never felt before, surrender to it. Once you have achieved non-thought, you are ready to take it to the next level.
Chakras, or power centers in the body, represent major electrical and chemical intersections of the body. Concentrating on filling these centers with energy, drawing energy from the quantum field or ’empty space’, results in balancing those centers. Balancing your chakras results in a balanced well-being of mind body and soul. This ABSOLUTELY works so no smoke up your butt there hahaha… This is often associated with yoga because adding yoga before or after a chakra meditation will go that much further in balancing the body and freeing up obstructions in the flow of energy. Chakra meditations are also required for more advanced meditation techniques and psychic activities because it charges you with energy. Later in part 4, I would learn much more about the chakras, their roles, and their importance, but at this time, this is what I knew of them.
Remote Viewing and Astral Traveling
This universal field is also what allows for remote viewing. Meditation allows your consciousness to vibrate and shift into other dimensions, from here you can achieve remote viewing and astral traveling as Dr. Greer had described. Another reference for this is Paul H. Smith, PhD, who is a founder and past-president of the International Remote Viewing Association. A former Army intelligence officer, he served for seven years as part of the military’s top-secret remote viewing program. Here is a part one of a two part series where he describes how it works. Very interesting.
Connecting To The Spirit World
Because of the universal field, this enables a psychic to connect to someone or something in the spirit world. For example, when a psychic holds something precious from someone who has passed, the psychic will then try to tune into the vibration of that individual. They will try to tune into the energy that was absorbed into the object. They then try to match that vibration to connect with that individual that matches that energy. You then use your senses to try to interpret the messages. The quality of the message depends on how well the psychic can connect with the entity as well as their ability to interpret what is being received. They are not given words to speak; although this can be done through a different medium called channeling, but that’s a whole different post.
What I found fascinating is that this process requires the psychic to have to have confidence in what they are receiving. For example if someone asked the psychic that they wish to connect with their grandmother who died in the holocaust and the psychic immediately sees in their mind an image of a unicorn with a clown on its back, you have to be confident that this is the message and interpret that. So especially, for many years, while you are developing, you could just be spitting nonsense and people would think you are crazy. Its such a hard thing to master and you only have your gut to validate it in that you know that it is not coming from you, but from somewhere else. So its hard to convince people.. hey, trust me, its a gut feeling. But that does not mean its not real.
This is a common theme in meditation and also what I have gathered from Dr. Greer, faith in what it is you are seeing or experiencing is important because otherwise you may dismiss something that was real. Remember the messages are subtle so they are easy to dismiss. The method is to never question or dismiss your experiences in meditation or psychic practice until after the practice is over and you can analyze it; however, in the moment you have to go with it and assume it is a meaningful piece of information or experience. This is sometimes a hard thing to swallow, but it does make sense. Think of when anybody is trying to do something they don’t think they can do, like in sports for example. You always say, you have to believe in yourself, because if you don’t believe in yourself you won’t have the proper mindset and give it your all. It’s the same idea here, you have to believe in it and put your heart into it, or else, like in sports, you may get lucky and still achieve it, but chances are you are not. You have to stack all the cards in your favor. You have to believe and put in the work. It takes courage to believe, it’s an easy out to just disbelieve. There is no risk there. At least give it a shot and put to the test so you can make your own informed decision.
It takes time for you to learn to identify and distinguish what is from your mind and what is from some other source. These are very subtle cues that you feel that you must learn to expose by quieting the mind and learning to identify them. It takes practice with a lot of trial and error, but it does develop.
One very important element in all of this is imagination. This is where the confusion comes in I think, that turns people away from all this (including myself before) because they don’t quite understand this, or don’t believe it. Imagination is what fuels our reality and allows us to expand our outer world as well as our inner world. Now I sound like one of those New Age mumbo-jumbos hahaha.
Here’s an example we see all the time, if you are sad and you dwell on that sadness, everything around you reminds you of how sad things are, from pictures you see, the music on the radio, people’s attitude, everything. It can even influence your health and make you sick. If you are happy and in love, the world is lovely, everything reflects this idea of love. So what’s the difference? The state of mind. Your perspective. Your perspective is influenced by your imagination whether grounded or ungrounded. If you are sad and pretend to be happy and believe you are happy… you will see that shift. Just like positive attitude is a healing placebo for health. The opposite can be said if you are happy in love then force yourself to be angry and hateful, things will deteriorate around you.
Your imagination even controls your memories. How many times have you remembered something different than what really happened? But what you THINK happened is what drives how you feel about that event, that event could effect the rest of you life if that had a strong impact on you. If you were not responsible for a car wreck, but you believed you were, think of the impact your imagination would have on you.
Imagination is used in meditation to bring life and context to something, it can also be a language specific to the individual. For example, if the thing you loved most was this world was a stuffed bear you’ve had since you were a baby and you wanted to express your love for someone who has passed you may imagine handing them that bear because to you, that bear means all the love in the world. That person would know what it meant because its not the bear that matters but the emotion that was behind it. Or the other way around. You fall asleep and imagine this person walking up to you, handing you this stuffed bear. Because this is how you see love, this is a language that is purely your own. This is how your imagination is used as a personal language.
There is an meditation exercise by Eric in cord-cutting where in the meditation you cut emotional ties. So you pretend there is a sword in your hand and you physically move it around your body imagining the cords breaking away and freeing you. You can do the cord-cutting any way you want. What’s important is the intention and the emotion behind it. The imagination just helps as like a shortcut for us to easily make that connection to the intention and emotion we trying to evoke.
If you wanted to throw a ball of energy you would imagine and physically mold this ball of light in your hands and cast it out like Airbender haha. It looks ridiculous, but you are tying intention and emotion together to achieve the result that you want.
Understanding this allowed me to let go of a lot of skepticism and open up to why things can get so weird. haha… For example if you miss your dead grandmother but you are scared to death to see her in a dream, she might choose to come to you as a bunny because it makes you more comfortable. Everyone’s experience in meditation and in spirituality is so varied and so different because all of our imaginations are different. Understanding this also helped me make sense of all the guided meditations out there. I never understood why I have to imagine a field or whatever. There is a feeling and intention they are trying to evoke by having you imagine these things. Understanding this can also empower you to use your imagination more effectively… if you are told to imagine this but its more powerful for you to imagine that… then imagine that instead.
Things were starting to make sense… and oh, it gets way deeper.
Where We Disagree
I can’t thank Eric Pepin enough for the knowledge I gained from him through his podcasts and books. His teachings have helped me tremendously on my journey. That being said, I do have some criticism. I think it is important that you separate the man, from the teaching. You can learn a lot from their teaching and not agree with the man. He tends to play to the guru complex where he will state things that reduce or belittle his students (reader) by saying things to the effect, ‘I have to simplify my descriptions because you wouldn’t understand it at my level.’ or ‘you will understand when you’ve become enlightened like me.’ These are not direct quotes but rather the tone of similar expressions. He puts himself higher than others even though he repeatedly says he does not. It is arrogance. His books are transcripts and not written works, as a result, there is a lot of repeating the same concepts and often times it seems as though he is just making it up as he goes on a particular topic. I feel he needs to always know the answers and therefore always provides one instead of stating, I don’t know.
I came to see this more clearly as I evolved past my Eric Pepin stage to other teachers. I’ve seen a lot of overlap between his beliefs and others so I’m confident in his core teachings but I think when it comes to the details he makes it up. He has a lot of spiritual meditation exercises that I think are fantastic. These do work, which you can tell when you understand about working with elements in meditation like imagination, intent, motion, chakras, and energy. These are great for all sorts of spiritual uses from practicing non-thought, spiritual movement, cord-cutting, spiritual defense, chakra balancing, and more. He is also great on describing what you are looking for, how you know its working, what the purpose is, and how it works. These have all been the strengths that have worked for me and, in fact, shown results in my spiritual development. So just be aware of these things when following Mr. Pepin’s teachings. Take what works but be weary of his philosophies.
There is one belief presented by Mr. Pepin that I firmly disagree about. Mr Pepin states that there are no spirit guides, that they have better things to do than hang around us waiting for us to call. Later on in my development I’ve come to believe this to be absolutely false. This knowing also made me question Mr. Pepin’s connection to the spirit world because this seems to be something quite easily felt even early on in your spiritual development. He spoke of many other entities in the spirit realm but none to be mistaken for guides. This was disappointing but I still stand by what I learned from Mr. Pepin and would still recommend his work because it is great to get a broad overview and foundation for a lot of different topics as it relates to meditation, spirituality, the metaphysical, and psychic abilities but take it with caution. However, as I have expanded my knowledge on the subject I will look elsewhere to further my path.