A friend sent me a 2017 article yesterday about a Zen master who ventured into sexual impropriety in 2011 and stepped down as a consequence. (1)
Why do even advanced spiritual teachers succumb to vasanas or core issues such as this one appears to have?
The answer is because vasanas don’t disappear forever until Sahaja Samadhi (Ramana), Buddhahood (Buddha), Salvation (Jesus), which we know as Ascension. (2)
Even the highest level of enlightenment in the Third/Fourth Dimension, called Brahmajnana or God-Realization, does not eliminate them. The only spiritual teacher I know for sure who has experienced Sahaja, outside of the avatars, is Ramana Maharshi.
Naturally, having been shown this discussion, I then, in unrelated research, came across a discussion of vasanas from Archangel Michael in 2013. There are no accidents.
I don’t think I’ve seen a better discussion of the subject. I can fold my tent. The job is done.
Here it is from An Hour with an Angel in 2013.
“Archangel Michael on Core Vasanas and the Constructed Self,” May 1, 2013, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/05/archangel-michael-on-core-vasanas-and-the-constructed-self/.
Archangel Michael: The topic that you have chosen, vasanas and the constructed self, is a topic whose time is due, which is why, of course, it is being brought forward — not only for individuals, not only for each of you, my dear friends, but for the collective as well.
For there are individual vasanas, but there are also vasanas of humanity, triggers, belief systems, false grids that have translated into behaviors, actions, ways of being, that are not only not of love, but that are of disillusion; that are not correct or have any place in reality, either individually or collectively. (3)
So it is a gift to each of your hearts, your minds and your beings that we speak of this subject, so that each of you may release and begin this process of release, of discovering and rediscovering the truth of who you are, which is not limited, or delimited, by history, by illusion, or by fear. …
A vasana is a behavior, a belief, a reaction, never of love — defensive, yes, but not of truth, that is, in general — and this is a difficult thing for an archangel to say! — based in the history of the individual, in the history of their mind, of their psyche, of their conscious, subconscious or unconscious, or what has been carried forward as bleed-through from another life, sometimes a life so long ago that it simply lives in the shadows of history.
And for some of you even those vasanas, those obstacles to who you really are, are not even based on your experience on Earth, but elsewhere.
It would be incorrect for any of you to think or believe that a vasana is only an Earth-based reality. You can carry it — in fact, many of you do — from other worlds, particularly from the time of the intergalactic wars.
It is a belief, and I suggest to you it is a false belief, but it is one that you hold as true, consciously or unconsciously — yes, what the channel refers to as false grids; it is the same thing — that prevents you, or encourages and supports you in behaving in a reactive rather than a proactive, free-will manner.
Now, you say to me, “Dear Michael, we have been talking about the blossoming of free will, about the alignment of individual choice, decisions, with the divine.” And that is why I say to you this day is that this conversation is timely.
Because what the vasana does is it acts as a preventer from truly aligning with what your heart and your real being, your soul-self, desires. It divorces you from the truth of who you are.
And so what you do is you fall into patterns of behavior and action, and in some realm of limited creation and co-creation, that is reflective and reinforcing of that false belief, that hurt, that pain.
Now, we are not talking about or discussing a minor injury. We are talking about an event or a situation that has been so pervasive or so painfully traumatic that it has resulted in you basically putting up a shield. And while you have believed it is a shield of protection, it is in fact a shield that separates you. And it separates you, my friends, not only from each other and from us, but from yourselves.
So vasanas are, by their very nature, tragic; not sad, but tragic. So let us give you some examples so that each of you can relate to this.
In a current life, it may be that you were raised in a sexually, mentally, emotionally, physically abusive environment, that you came into a family that did not love you, cherish you, nurture you or even want you.
Now, how this has translated is into an issue that love is not real, or that somehow you are lacking. So then you become a person who is always trying to either prove themselves, to discover your self-worth.
But more likely what you do is you begin to defend yourself against situations that might be construed, that are supposed to be, in your idea, that are supposed to be loving, but that you “know” – instinctively, because of the vasana – will be painful.
Perhaps you have had disability, or great injury, physical pain. And so the belief emerges that life is painful, that joy is evasive and perhaps not even possible, that hope is an illusion, that movement and creation of a different form of being in physicality is not possible. Perhaps you have been in a love relationship, or relationships, where your heart has been broken, time after time after time.
And, my friends, that is even possible within the framework of one relationship, because there are times when this belief, this vasana, comes to the fore and you say, “Well, love is not supposed to be sharing and joyful and mutual; love is painful and hurtful and controlling and greedy.” And so what you do is you develop defensive behaviors.
Now, when we discuss this this night, it is important, my friends, and in this case my children, that you not be defensive, that you keep your heart wide open to not only hear what I say to thee, but also to receive what I give you this night, and that is the expansion of truth and the healing of love.
Now, there are also situations, as we say, which may be in the shadows of history. Perhaps you have always been in a situation of authority and so you carry this vasana of superiority, that you think from an ego place that somehow you are in charge not only of yourself but of others and of the planet. You have seen in history how awry that can go.
These are beliefs and situations that you have carried forward as illusions, but illusions to protect yourself. But in fact they do exactly the opposite. As we say, they separate you. They reinforce that feeling of separation, of lack of self-worth and self-love.
And it always results in your feeling less-than, even though the behavior and the reactive behavior becomes automatic and reinforced and reinforced, until you think, “Well, that’s just the way I am.” Well, dear heart, it is not just the way you are. It is the illusion, and the false illusion, of who you think you are. But your heart knows the truth of your divinity, of your divine spark of one.
So even when you are in, shall we say, the thick of a vasana there is still this part of you, perhaps only wishing, “I wish it could be different,” and that is your heart, your soul, your universal self, beckoning to you to let go of this issue, of this barrier that has been created.
Now, in terms of collective vasanas, there are some collective human collective vasanas that are also in the process of being addressed and removed, let go of. Such things — and you know that I am the archangel of peace — such as the collective belief in the essential rightness of war. There is a subtle belief that is a good-versus-evil process to engage in war. There is an overriding sense of righteousness. And there is an overriding sense of “must.” And so it is what we would refer to as negative creation.
And these are the kind of collective vasanas that have been very destructive and in fact have been the downfall of humanity and of the old 3rd dimension. Fortunately, they are being eliminated.
Another example of that would be the belief in the goodness of money. Now, this is a vasana of greed. It is a vasana that believes that somehow if you have wealth that you are essentially favored and good, and that you are in a preferred position not only vis-à-vis society, but vis-à-vis God, Source, One; that He/She has smiled on you because you are in a position to create.
But with that belief is also too often the collective belief that somehow the maintenance of wealth — which we would call greed, which we would call control — is somehow worthy, so that in your heart and your mind it justifies very abusive behavior.
Now, it is not that there is any divine restriction on abundance. Let us be very clear about that. It is the birthright of all to be abundant in every meaning and sense of the word. But to believe that you have abundance and money in order to control is complete illusion; to believe that somehow it will justify cruelty and abuse of power, and that somehow you are entitled to do that because it is necessary to preserve your favored position — and that is a collective belief — is incorrect.
Now, these are being dissolved, destroyed, eliminated. But, my sweet friends, as you have decided that you are powerful creators, as you have looked in the mirror and declared yourselves part of the elimination… in fact a very large part of the elimination is the work that you do.
And it is possible, for as you are releasing a vasana, whether it is current or ancient — and actually there are very few current vasanas that do not have reference points in other lifetimes — you also have the capacity to remove it for the collective as well.
Now, having said that, there are also vasanas that can be very positive. So let us return to this issue of abundance. And if you are of the belief that abundance is yours, and that there is no situation in which abundance is not yours, not from a place of control or greed, but as a knowing of a universal, infinite ability to simply access, then this is a positive use of a vasana.
And so one of the things you are also doing, in this process of elimination there are situations where you will be transmuting your vasana into the, shall we say, the positive side of the scale.
Each of you, unless you have reached the place of absolute clearing, of divine union, of what you think of as full Ascension, have these issues called vasanas.
But the key with vasanas is not to hoard them as if they are the crown jewels, and never to harshly judge, but rather to acknowledge, and to acknowledge from the place of self-worth and self-love, and the acknowledgement that just perhaps what you are feeling, what you are thinking, this reactive behavior is not only not of truth, but it is not what you want, and it is barring you from truly entering into a place of love and joy with your sacred self, with each other, with your community and with your planet.
So it is the willingness to begin. Now, dear hearts, I know, you say to me, “Michael, please, we have been clearing and clearing and clearing, and adjusting and suffering through Ascension symptoms, and working with the collective, and preparing for Nova Earth, and now you are saying to me, there is more?”
Dear heart, first of all, there is always more. But I do not mean that in what you would think of as a negative, defeatist way. There is always more joy, more love, more self-worth, more fulfillment, more creation for you to have, for you to enjoy, for you to embrace.
Now, especially for you who listen this night or thereafter, and who have been so diligent in your work, you are truly at a place of your core vasanas. And this is good news, because it is also a piece, a very significant piece, of the fulfillment of your Ascension process.
Now, you say to me, “Well, can I not simply pop up into the 5th dimension, of which I am already having many experiences, and let me be there? Because in that reality and dimension there are no vasanas, there is a sense of grace and purity.”
I am sorry, dear hearts, it does not work that way. Many times, and many of us have said, part of your Ascension is making peace with the 3rd, with the old 3rd, so that it can be completely eliminated and gone, not part of who you are. So this is the giant step, and this is part of going through the portal.
And then you say to me, “But, Michael, can you not with Raphael or St. Germain simply heal me of this burden?” Well, the answer is yes. We can remove many false grids, and we can help to heal the vasanas. But you, you are spiritually and emotionally mature. And so it is a far better path, particularly for you as wayshowers, as pillars, as gatekeepers, to do this with us.
Will we be in full attendance? Yes. But it is you relinquishing the illusions that have bound you. You are rising like Prometheus, like the phoenix, releasing the cords and the illusions that have limited you. And you are, in so doing, you are declaring yourself as love and as worthy and as not just accepting of joy, but joy itself.
Now, is this a rapid process? Yes, it can be. But also know, let us speak about this, around the vasana there have been many constructs, many layers that have been put in place, by you, sweet angels, to support and defend yourselves in what you have believed to be a dangerous place, a dangerous world — yes, Gaia, who defends you, who feeds you, who protects you and houses you. You have believed on some level that this is a very dangerous place. So you have erected personas, behaviors. This is a reference to the constructed self.
So rather than allowing your true self, your divine self, to shine through and to be the, can we say, the primary operator of your life, the primary motivator, creator of your life, what you have done in this self-defensive mechanism that you may not even be aware of is you have erected these behaviors.
And let us suggest you say to me, “How do we know these behaviors? How do we recognize them?” Well, I will tell you. They are never pretty. They are not loving. They are authoritarian. They are not of equality, unity, balance, connectedness. They are not of love.
And so often what we hear when we witness these types of behaviors or actions is you think that you are doing it — because it is usually interactive — doing it for someone’s own good, because they need to learn something, because you need to protect yourself, that they need to grow up and see the truth.
All of these things are simply the faces that you have adopted so that you do not have to feel that pain, that suffering and that original insecurity, that injury, that vasana. You do not need to do this. So part of this clearing is also a self-reflective examination of how you behave.
Now, we have taken a great deal of time, and air time, to speak of divine qualities. And certainly, on our platform, we have given attention to this because it is important, it is who you are, and it is how you live in the higher dimensions, the different realms. So you begin to examine, “What are these false grids or shields that I have erected?”
Now, what does this imply? What it implies, my dear friends, is community and unity, because it is not only you doing your own internal work, clearing, letting go, with us, but it is also you giving tacit and actual permission to each other, in community, and community of heart, of higher consciousness, of heart consciousness, to call each other on such falsehoods, and to be able to say how you are speaking, behaving, reacting — and this is a key, reactive behavior, kneejerk reactions — how you are reacting does not feel, does not reflect the essence of who you are, it does not reflect the love that I know you to be.
So can we halt this? Can you go within and access the vasana? Do you need help? And the willingness to truly be in heart-to-heart communication, not from a place, ever, of judgment or criticism or punishment, but in a place of willingness to connect, communicate, and expand on a very different level.
And I know it is not only part of the Mother’s plan that these vasanas be eliminated, it is part of your plan. It is part of what you have always wished for, desired, prayed for. In this lifetime it has been exceptional for each one of you. We have told you, you have come here in your mastery.
Now, what does that mean? It means these little blips — because that’s what it is — these little blips, little blemishes, have need to be cleaned up. You have brought the fullness of your soul design, your talents, your abilities, to this lifetime, in physicality, in your expanded self.
Now, in doing that, you also brought unresolved vasanas. Is this the end of the world? No, it is the beginning. And I know you are ready to address this.
My friends, my brothers and sisters, I know your heart, and I know your willingness. I know your eagerness to go forward, once and for all. …
Steve Beckow: So you’ve answered such questions as how do we know that the vasana’s gone off, and how do we know we’re in the grip of a vasana. But what I notice about myself, when a vasana goes off for me, it goes off initially, it erupts. I’m kind of crazy, but there’s a gap. It could be as much as a week before it really explodes and I absolutely get it.
Now, when I want to work with a vasana, it doesn’t work for me to project it onto another person. That just energizes it. But to be with it and experience it and let it fill me up and get the message of it, and then an insight arises and I see what it’s all about.
Can you talk a bit about the ways to work with vasanas, the ways to eradicate them? Are there any ways to really clear ourselves of vasanas as and when they go off?
AAM: Yes, and you are correct insofar as vasanas are triggered. That is why we speak of reactive behavior. And you are quite correct as well — it is like a volcano that gives off a shoot of steam, warning everybody in the vicinity of the village, “Look out!” And then it tends to simmer. And then it will explode, and heaven, literally, help anyone who is in the way of that explosion.
And you have all witnessed this, not simply you, dear Steve. But there is a point at which you know that something — you may not know exactly what — but that a vasana is being triggered, because the reaction, the defensive reaction, is so strong.
And it is not simply started, shall we say, by someone who is an enemy, someone you disagree with. It can be your best and dearest friend, your partner, a situation on the planet. But you know, because not only is your heart hurting, but your stomach, and your aura, and even your root, are churning.
So it is this sense of unease, dis-ease. And that of course is the root — that is another discussion — but that is the root of so much physical dis-ease on your planet. It is unresolved vasanas.
Now, you do not need to go into full eruption if you can begin, as you have, to identify that it is a vasana coming up, and simply go quiet. That is the key. Go into your heart, anchor in the heart of the Mother, anchor in the heart of Gaia, so that you feel, literally, stabilized, and examine — and nothing is too farfetched.
So often you tend to think of humans, “That is my imagination.” Well, in this type of situation, it isn’t. It is information your body, mind, and soul, spirit, are giving you, so that you can let it go, so that you can place it within context and understand, “Why am I feeling this way?” Because it is never comfortable. Never.
And that is why so many people on your planet tend to say, “Oh, I am driven.” Well, they are driven because they will not slow down and allow the vasana to come to the surface and release it (4) — because it spells great relief. And that is how you know.
You invoke, you call upon us, the divine qualities, the universal laws, which Sanat has talked about just last week. You may call upon the laws, you may call upon a friend, a human friend, to help you process, to talk it through, to allow the emotion — because this is about your mental, emotional bodies — to allow the fear, the anger, the pain to come to the surface so that it can be washed away.
You can use Archangel Gabrielle’s rain of gold, my blue flame, Archangel Raphael’s emerald flame, St. Germaine’s violet flame, but the key is, in one way or another, to torch it, to burn it, and to let it go until there… even the ashes are no longer there, because it does not belong within thee. It is not the truth of who you are.
SB: Right. If I could intervene here, when we source a vasana, when we complete a vasana with a friend, then hopefully that friend can listen, rather than advising or counseling or fixing us. That’s most useful.
And also what often confuses me about whether a vasana has gone off or not is that often I think I’m standing on principle, you know, “No, no, no, this is a principled stand.” And of course it’s not.
Once I see the vasana behind it, once I become aware that it’s simply a vasana going off, then the principled stand usually disappears.
(1) Genpo Merzel Roshi and Ken Wilber, “Spitting Out the Bones: Why ‘Waking Up’ Is Not Enough,” Integral Life, April 20, 2017, at https://integrallife.com/spitting-bones-waking-not-enough/
(2) Ramana Maharshi: In kevala nirvikalpa samadhi [i.e., Brahmajnana] one is not free from vasanas and does not, therefore, attain mukti [liberation from the birth and death of the Third Dimension; that is, Ascension].
Only after the samskaras have been destroyed can one attain salvation. … Even though one practices kevala nirvikalpa samadhi for years together, if one has not rooted out the vasanas, he will not attain salvation [Ascension, Sahaja Samadhi]. (Sri Ramana Maharshi in Ramananda Swarnagiri, Crumbs from His Table. http://www.ramana-maharshi.org. Downloaded 10 September 2005, n.p.)
“If the mind becomes introverted through enquiry into the Source of Aham-vritti [the I AM thought wave by the practice of enquiry into “Who am I?”], the vasanas become extinct and in the absence of the reflecting medium the phenomenon of reflection, namely, the mind, also disappears, being absorbed into the Light of the one Reality, the Heart.” (Sri Ramana Maharshi. Maharshi’s Gospel. Books I and II. Being Answers of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi to Questions Put to Him by Devotees. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam,1979; c1939, 87.)
The Heart aperture or hridayam is permanently opened in Sahaja Samadhi. The vasanas are permanently eradicated in – extrapolating from my own more limited experience – the all-satisfying and irresistible lovelight that then arises and flows in all directions.
(3) I call these “social vasanas.”
(4) Be with the feeling, name it, experience any aspect of it you feel you need to, and release it. I’m not free of my vasanas and I’ve been experiencing them through to completion for years so don’t lose hope.