I’ve been discussing vasanas for some years now, but it’s unusual that I’ve ever been engaged on the subject. And that engagement is inviting me to refine some aspects of the discussion, which I welcome.
A vasana is an upset or piece of unfinished business formed in the distant past which shapes our behavior in the present, exists like a sleeping volcano, and only goes off when triggered.
Why it’s so important to discuss the subject is that, as the energies rise on the planet and expose our unfinished business, we need to have a way of ridding ourselves of that old baggage. Moreover, as we approach the New Age, we need a conflict-free way of handling matters which in the past have always led to troubled relations for us.
As a society we’re used to blaming others for the way we feel. One of the most common of utterances is “you made me feel X.” Our vasanas are more often what “make us feel X.” And these were formed most often in early childhood.
They were formed at a time when we were impressionable and not well able to reason and experience. Something traumatic happened and, with the impressionability of the young, we failed to see the larger picture or felt unable to handle the experience and shut down. Now we resist going back into circumstances that resemble the original situation and allow this incompleted experience to determine how we respond to situations in the present.
The point of my writing this today is to reinforce the knowledge that deciding to “source” a vasana, to “flatten” it, is fundamentally different from saying and seeing that this person I am looking at in the present moment is the source of my upset.
You can source a vasana or you can “blame” the person in the present but each of these choices represents a fundamentally different and mutually-exclusive option. The one is the alternative to the other.
My brother, who is a psychotherapist, often says: “We are seldom upset for the reason we think we are.” Yes, we think our “reasons” for the upset are anchored in the present. But the real reason for our upset is usually anchored in the past.
It does happen on a rare occasion that a vasana is formed late in life. But the great majority of them are formed when we were young children. Keep in mind that it’s our vasanas that skew our behavior. Thus, the greatest possibility is that the vasana affecting us now was created long, long before we met our current spouses or had our children.
I’m not saying that there may not be something “out” between us and our intimates. I’m saying more that, if we want to “source” a vasana, it’s usually to be found in much earlier situations than our present relationships.
To illustrate, yesterday I was in a disagreement with another lightworker. I could have directed myself to the other lightworker, but I took the alternative, which was to direct myself to my vasana. Having handled my vasana, I see that I really have no work to do with the other lightworker.
By agreeing to source a vasana using the process I outlined in other articles, (1) we agree to turn our face from our present intimates and look inward for the source of our upset.
My fondest hope, of course, is that in the middle of you shouting at your spouse, you may suddenly find yourself saying: “Oh, my heavens, can this be what Steve meant by a vasana?” Yes, that’s it. That’s a vasana. And my further hope is that, at that point, you go off by yourself, sit down, ask yourself what feeling you’re feeling, ask yourself what earlier, similar incident that feeling originates in, get the original incident, and process the vasana at the heart of it.
As the energies rise on the planet, more and more disturbing and uncomfortable conditions and feelings are arising. These must be flattened using the procedure I’ve outlined elsewhere. (1)
As well, we’re heading into a New Age and need a new approach to resolving conflicts. Sourcing our vasanas is one element of that new approach. It reduces the chances of conflict and centers the responsibility for our feelings in us.
That’s why I’m discussing it at this point in time. This way of handling conflict assumes greater and greater importance as we move toward the New Age.
(1) These articles deal with how to process a vasana:
- PREPARING FOR ASCENSION
- What is a Vasana?
- On Being Rebuffed … and Getting It
- The Truth Will Set You Free
- Sooner or Later We Must Forgive Everyone in Our Lives
- How to Handle Unwanted Feelings: The Upset Clearing Process
- On Looking like a Fool … and Getting It
- How to Deal with Upset People as the Energies Rise
- From Reaction to Completion
- What Are You Invested In?
- Dealing with Stored Emotional Trauma
- I Know I Came Here to Communicate This
- OK, I Feel Upset. … Oh, Great!
- To Be With and Observe
- Presence Dissolves Issues
- No Mask, No Box, No Path
- Clearing an Upset in the Moment
- Running the Process
- What is ”Emergence”?
- Just Simply See
- Karma and Issues Are Not the Same
- Sri Ramana Maharshi on the Problem of Our Habitual Tendencies
- Can Illness be Caused by Reactive Habit Patterns?
- Deconstructing “Me,” Removing the Masks
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 1. Rising Energies are Awakening Us or Exposing Our Barriers
- Peggy Black: Emotional Alchemy
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 2. We Must Heal the Barrriers to Love
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 3. Dropping Rackets and Completing Karma
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 4. How to Clear Old Issues and Upsets
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 5. What Can Go Wrong?
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 6. Philosophical Considerations
- Conclusion to “Time to Complete Old Issues”
- Let Go, Let Go, Let Go
- What We May Need to Leave Behind – Part 1/2
- Cathy Heath: Liberate Yourself from Destructive Emotions: Become the Objective Observer
- What We May Need to Leave Behind – Part 2/2
- Yayayayay! We’re Reactivated!
- Processing the Upset
- Processing the Sleeping Volcano and Moving On
- Inelia Benz: Anger – Why It is Important to Process It