If you were one of the many people who felt disappointed because nothing historic occurred on or immediately following 11-11-11 such as a significant disclosure event or the collapse of a national economy, or a rapture type of happening, I am sorry to say, you set yourself up for disappointment. Because, truly, no matter what you might have read or heard, there is no person or mechanism that can predict physical events with absolute certainty, let alone tie them to a precise date.

On the other hand, if you were one of the many who felt disappointment because you hoped to feel something unique or special during your 11-11-11 meditation but didn’t, your disappointment is legitimate and I’m genuinely sorry if that was your experience.

Unfortunately, in spite of the best intentions, sometimes we just don’t make a connection. In fact, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experienced that very thing. And, for me, as someone who has been blessed to frequently communicate with spirit over the past twenty years, there were many times that I came to rely on making that connection. And well, there were many times when I was disappointed. For instance, before 11-11-11, after years of fairly regular contact, one day my connection disappeared for more than two years straight. Talk about disappointing! That said, perhaps you might find a little solace in the rest of what I’m about to tell you.

For numerous reasons (some of which I discuss in a post here, and also, further allude to in a post about ascension here), 11-11-11 was a great day to look inward with the intent of expanding and raising our awareness and consciousness — and perhaps, if fortunate, to experience a quantum leap in understanding, or to energetically and spiritually connect with like-minded and like-hearted individuals, or maybe, to feel a brief moment of bliss.

I say “if fortunate” because sensing energy is very much related to the openness of one’s heart. And maintaining an open heart isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

Said another way, if we have been distracted or stressed about life issues, even if we feel like we have let go of these stresses during meditation, they can still sabotage our ability to feel the subtle energy (that is always available for everyone to experience) by blocking the flow of energy through the heart.

This is precisely what happened to me during the original Fire the Grid event back on July 17, 2007. I had been going through a number of life changes at the time, and yet, I was so excited to get up at 3:11 am (local time) to participate. And I did. And although I felt peace and serenity for the hour, I definitely didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary. Consequently, although I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that something wonderful had happened, I couldn’t verify it with my feelings. And I admit it, I was disappointed.

Fortunately, however, the disappointment abated in time.

In my case, I had had several wonderful spiritual experiences of my own — many of which I have written about on this blog — thus, I wasn’t in need of personal validation to know that something extraordinary (on an energetic level) had come about as a result of that meditation.

Also, back in 2007, although I initially responded to the experiences that people shared with maybe a little jealousy or envy — there came a time several months later when I embraced those shared experiences as my own. I was a part of that meditation, whether I felt something or not, and for me, those shared experiences became glimpses of the possible, glimpses of the magic, and well, I embraced them, and I felt excited by them.

In fact, I had the pleasure of reading nearly 10,000 of them charged with the task of distilling them all down to the most interesting thousand (in my opinion) to post on the Fire the Grid website. And believe me, as much work as that was, it was thrilling to read so many wonderful experiences.

Furthermore, I also took solace in the fact that the Global Consciousness Project (based at Princeton University at the time) had registered statistical significance on their random number generators during the Fire the Grid event on July 17, 2007.

A year later, I published those results at the tail end of an interview I posted with Shelley Yates here for anyone who was interested in a Fire the Grid follow-up.

Anyway, here we are, more than four years later, and this time around, I was one of the ones who was blessed to have a very moving meditation experience — which I wrote about here — including a spontaneous message that I received from “the angels” (also included in that same post).

I can’t say I was looking any more forward to this event than the first one in 2007, however, I can definitely say that over the course of the last four years I have been diligently working on raising my consciousness (see this post of mine on ascension for six specific recommendations on how to do this).

Also (most assuredly as a direct consequence), stress in my life has been pretty much non-existent lately (I say “pretty much” only because I’m not sure we can ever completely free ourselves of all stress while living in the 3-D world — but I am sure we can come pretty darn close. And I definitely felt like I was in the “pretty darn close” category on 11-11-11 — may it last — please and thank you)!

Interestingly, this time around, the Global Consciousness Project didn’t register anything close to statistical significance on 11-11-11. If you are interested, you can read their brief report here.

What it means to have one event show statistical significance in 2007, and then, another very similar event not to show a thing, I really don’t know. I just thought I should reference the study, in the spirit of fairness, since I did so back in 2007.

In any case, statistical significance of random number generators or not, I know in my heart that another major shift in consciousness took place on 11-11-11. The energy of thought, intention and prayer is a subtle yet extremely powerful tool that we all have available to develop and use. It takes practice. And it takes faith. And sometimes, even after years of success, it can be elusive. I know this intuitively, just as I know this based on several experiences I have had in my life.

One particularly fascinating experience I wrote about in a post titled The Power of Prayer. Have a read if you are interested in one example of the untapped potential that exists in a successful connection. Otherwise, I wish to thank you and bless you for participating in 11-11-11.

The world changes as we change ourselves. This much I know to be true.

For those who are following the story of my awakening, that story continues here.

(For my previous story, see this link.)

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