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The Inner Matrix
A Guide to Transforming Your Life and Awakening Your Spirit
By Joey Klein
Balboa PressCopyright © 2014 Joey Klein
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The First Relationships
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
—MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
We often associate the term relationship with the connection we have to a spouse, lover, or family member. In truth, we are actually in relationship with everything outside of ourselves. We are in relationship with friends, acquaintances, jobs, houses, cars, and even the person who cuts us off in traffic. The very fabric of our lives is woven through the lens of relationship.
Our inner matrix and the level of consciousness we embody define the experience that we have of each relationship in our lives. Most people think that the people or things in their outside world determine their experiences in life. Our society teaches that if we have the right relationship, the right house, and the right job, all will be well. As a result, we try moving the pieces on our external checkerboards to get all of the pieces in the right places. When this fails to make us happy, we think we have the wrong pieces on our board, so we change the people, places, or things in our lives.
We believe our external world is the cause of our unhappiness, because we cannot see our internal state of being. The truth is, it is extremely difficult to see ourselves, without the right internal training and tools. Because we are unable to see inside ourselves, we can't change what we can't see. To see our inner matrix and how it creates every aspect of our lives, we need powerful techniques. When equipped with the right tools, relationships serve as a type of inner telescope, enabling us to see what lies deep within and to facilitate Conscious Transformation. When we transform in this profound way, our experience of life and the relationships in our lives will radically improve.
Each time we engage someone in a relationship, an energy exists between the two of us. Although most of us have limited knowledge about this phenomenon, on an intuitive level, we know it to be true. In describing relationships, we even use common phrases that evoke a sense of this energetic presence. When two people are attracted to each other, we talk in terms of the "electricity" between them. When anger exists between two people, we often hear someone comment "you could cut the tension with a knife." Most of us have been to a funeral or a hospital where people were grieving and heard the sadness described as "hanging in the air."
So what accounts for our tangible experience of this intangible element of relationship? In such situations, we simply sense the energy that is the building block of everything in our world. Physics now teaches that everything in existence is made up of vibrating strings of energy. The only differentiation among these strings of energy is with regard to how each string vibrates and its rate of vibration. Quantum physics refers to this concept as string theory. On our most elemental level, human beings are merely strings of vibrating energy in empty space. Even our thoughts and emotions are actually vibrating energy. These vibrating strings or waves of energy are the building blocks of consciousness.
All living things, from plants to animals, are conscious on some level or another, but not all living things are self-aware. For example, although a tiger is conscious, it takes action from a place of instinct, not a place of awareness. A tiger does not know that it is a tiger. A tiger is not self-aware. A tiger takes action based upon its nature through instinct; it cannot change its nature or its instinct. A tiger will always do what a tiger is designed to do. It does not stop to analyze whether it is morally appropriate to kill a gazelle. If it is hungry, it follows its instinct and feeds its hunger. It does not ponder whether it should have grass or gazelle. A tiger eats what a tiger eats.
Human beings are conscious, but we are also self-aware. We can identify that we are human. We can perceive our own thoughts, our emotions, and the sensations in our bodies. We have the ability to question our own existence and aspire to evolve beyond our current state. Through awareness, we can alter our level of consciousness by shifting how we think, how we feel, and the condition of our bodies. The level of consciousness that we embody as human beings defines our experience of life and our capacity to influence the world around us. When armed with the right tools, we can create our environments instead of allowing our environments to influence and impact us.
In order to elevate our level of consciousness and expand our ability to be self-aware, we must first understand how our level of consciousness came to be what it is today. The key is to explore our inner matrix. Once we understand how our inner matrix was developed, we gain access to how that matrix functions within us and the impact it has on the world around us. Expanding our awareness is the first step to consciously transforming our lives.
As we discussed, the inner matrix is comprised of four separate yet interrelated bodies. These are the mental, emotional, and physical bodies and a fourth body that we refer to as the spiritual body. The spiritual body is the part of us that extends beyond our human existence. We discover the inner matrix within the intricate facets of our minds, the vast expressions that we call our emotions, the intoxicating sensations we experience in the body, and the infinite, divine mystery that is our spiritual self. We expand our awareness of the inner matrix by looking within and having the courage to explore the vast creation that exists inside each and every one of us. If we wish to realize our full potential and go beyond the mundane experience of life, we must be willing to master our mind, emotions, and physical body, and increase our opening to spirit.
As a starting point for understanding how we develop, it is important to acknowledge that everything that exists in this universe existed as something else before it took its current form. Before a plant became a plant, an animal became an animal, a human became a human, and the world became our beloved planet, each existed as pure, formless energy or Presence. This Presence then took form and became a tree, an animal, a human, or the very world we inhabit. It is this same energy that gives us the ability to feel, to think, and to have sensation in the body. Before we were in our physical forms experiencing human consciousness, we too existed as formless energy.
At the time of conception, this pure, formless energy entered the wombs of our mothers. Although we were just molecules and cells coming into form, these molecules and cells embodied consciousness. A level of intelligence existed in these molecules and cells that held the blueprint for who we were to become. In this initial moment we received genetic and epigenetic coding from both our mother and our father. The epigenome is like a switch that sits on top of the gene and is affected by environmental triggers, including stress and trauma. An event occurs in our external environment and that event causes the epigenetic switch to turn the gene on, turn it off, or increase or decrease the intensity with which the gene expresses itself. Such changes in the epigenome are now understood to be passed from one generation to the next. Through the epigenome, a multitude of information is passed from parent to child including emotional programming.
In a study from Emory University, scientists taught male mice to fear the smell of cherry-blossoms by associating the smell with mild foot shocks over a period of three days. Later the mice bred and both their children and grandchildren feared the smell of cherry blossoms even though the resulting generations had never been shocked in response to this smell. The offspring were even born with more cherry-blossom detecting neurons in their noses and more space in their brain devoted to cherry-blossom smelling. As the Washington Post noted, this study "adds to a growing pile of evidence suggesting that characteristics outside of the strict genetic code may also be acquired from our parents through epigenetic inheritance." In other words, science is now proving that fear and other learned emotional expressions are imprinted at an epigenetic level and passed from one generation to the next.
Once we were in utero, our mother's environment began to impact our epigenetic settings having the ability to turn these switches on and off. Because our physicality was attached to our mother's in this initial stage, we began to experience what our mother was experiencing through her patterns of vibrating energy. Our mother's world was our world. As our mother felt emotions, these energetic patterns began to imprint into our developing emotional body. As our mother had thoughts, beliefs, and concepts run through her mind, our developing mind was energetically imprinted with these patterns of information. As our mother experienced physical sensations, our forming physical body was imprinted with this information as well. In fact, all that we could experience at that point was our mother's experiences passed on to us as information through patterns of vibrating energy. This is why our relationship with our mother was the most powerful and influential relationship.
As any builder will tell you, nothing is more important to a structure than the foundation on which it is built. While we were in our mother's womb, we did not have developed mental, emotional, or physical bodies. The patterns of vibrating energy that we received from our mother's experiences laid the foundation for how our mind, body, and emotions would function throughout our lives. Our very first experiences of being human were experienced through our mothers. This first relationship with our mother clearly defined how we would be in relationship with ourselves, with others, and with the world in general.
This first relationship exerts a power in development that is still not fully appreciated in our modern society but is becoming more and more recognized by our scientific community. The topic of the mother's impact upon her developing child is tackled in a well-regarded book written by three preeminent psychiatrists, Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon entitled A General Theory of Love. In this book, the authors reconcile ancient beliefs with what science has now learned about the function and construction of the human brain. In doing so, they recognize that we have a deep need for love, even in our earliest moments, and that our neurological development is directly affected by whether we receive love during those earliest moments in human form.
These authors conclude that scientific research shows that our nervous systems, and our brains in particular, are not self-contained. Instead, from these earliest moments inside our mother's womb, our brains actually link with those of the people close to us in a rhythm that physically imprints the very structure of our brains and influences our functioning for the rest of our lives. In this way, our mother's experiences literally shape our own.
These imprints from our mothers construct lifelong emotional patterns. These emotional patterns then chart the course of our lives. When we don't receive essential emotional patterning such as love, which our brains require for healthy development, we spend our lives trying to "fill in" that empty place. We look to relationships outside of ourselves. Sometimes we numb our pain through unhealthy external means such as drugs, alcohol, food, sex, or other types of mood-altering behavior.
Several years ago, I had an opportunity to witness firsthand a community that appreciates the essential fact that we all need to be loved in order to blossom. I was invited to speak at a United Nations conference on peace in Bangkok, Thailand. While I was there, I stayed for three weeks as a guest at a Buddhist ashram.
Every morning around nine o'clock, approximately forty pregnant women would come and sit for several hours with the Buddhist monk who presided over the ashram. When I asked what was happening, it was explained to me that these women had been raped, abused, or abandoned by their babies' fathers. The monk was teaching the mothers how to love, care for, and nurture their unborn children, despite their difficult situations.
These monks understood that the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that these mothers had about their unborn children as well as the world around them would mold and imprint the mental, emotional, and physical bodies of their children. In fact, these very thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations would become the building blocks upon which the children's inner matrixes would be constructed. This foundation would then determine the overall state of well-being for each child. The monks knew that during these initial moments of our existence in utero, we are imprinted with mental, emotional, and physical patterns that exert a powerful force defining the trajectory of the rest of our lives.
For example, we can imagine the feelings that we would have if we were a mother who had become pregnant as the result of a rape or other traumatic experience. We would most likely have feelings of horror, disgust, shame, worthlessness, anger, guilt, regret, rage, and humiliation. Those emotions would then fuel certain thoughts like every time I look at my child, I will think of what happened, or how can I possibly tell my child how he or she came to be? These thoughts and emotions would cause physical expressions to follow. Our hearts would race or ache. Our bodies would most likely feel tight, constricted, tired, and even painful.
Perhaps we would be forced to take on multiple jobs just to support ourselves. We might even be living in an abusive environment. Such situations cause enormous mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual trauma. We would be directly affected by each experience of fear, exhaustion, pain, and lack.
In turn, our unborn child would also have the experience of each one of our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. As we have discussed, these thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations create energetic imprints on our developing children, thereby shaping each child's emerging inner matrix. Unless attended to, those imprints would last a lifetime. In such a situation, the foundation of the child's developing inner matrix would be laid by patterns created out of a deep level of mental, emotional, and physical suffering. These imprints would carry the information of disgust, shame, worthlessness, anger, regret, rage, and humiliation. In turn, these imprints would cause our children's consciousness to vibrate at the level of disgust, shame, worthlessness, anger, guilt, regret, rage and humiliation.
Research conducted on pregnant women who were either at the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001, attack or close by confirms that such trauma is actually passed onto children. Researchers at the Traumatic Stress Studies Division of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York studied a group of these women and their babies. The mothers who were traumatized by the events of 9/11 were significantly more likely to have babies who showed substantially increased distress in response to loud noises, unfamiliar faces, and new food.
The Mount Sinai researchers concluded that these mothers passed their trauma onto their children through epigenetic means. This research underlies how environmental forces, even when we are in utero have the potential to impact us to the point of our genetic expression. With this scientific understanding of the impact of the experiences we receive in utero, the importance of consciously cultivating a loving experience while a mother is pregnant and its potential effect on current and future generations becomes clear.
Excerpted from The Inner Matrix by Joey Klein. Copyright © 2014 Joey Klein. Excerpted by permission of Balboa Press.
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Table of Contents
1 The First Relationships, 19,
2 The Illusion of Choice, 37,
3 The Mind's Cage, 55,
4 The Dynamic Interaction between Mind and Emotion, 77,
5 The Power of Love and Fear, 109,
6 Where You Live, 129,
7 The Transformative Power of the Spiritual Self, 161,
8 The Mirror, 175,
9 The Individual's Role in Humanity's Evolution, 195,
10 Practices for Creating Conscious Transformation, 205,
About the Author, 231,
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