Welcome to Simply Consciousness…. I am honored today to have the opportunity to interview Ric Weinman. Ric Weinman is the founder of VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing, which is both an amazing energy healing modality and an awakening path that works with Divine energy & consciousness.
He is the author of several books, the most recent being “VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing: A Magical Path of Healing & Awakening” and “Awakening Through the Veils, a Seeker’s Guide” as well as numerous articles on awakening.
As someone who was once on a path to being an electrical engineer, Ric is instinctively very scientific and practical about both our healing work and our awakening process. He prefers ‘what works’ to ‘idealized spiritual fantasy’.
What is your definition of consciousness?
To define what I mean by consciousness, I need to contrast it with what I mean by awareness. Each of us, in our root, is a localized focus of awareness, with the potential to awaken to our true nature, which is Divinity. Achieving that requires a journey though, and that journey occurs in consciousness. Consciousness is much denser than awareness. This enables it to reflect experience back and forth within itself, which creates memory and a sense of individual self. As awareness, we journey through this experience of being an individual self with memory and history, and we become identified with that. Eventually, we awaken out of all that story, and even awaken out of our identity with consciousness itself. As awareness that has become awake to its own true nature, we then exist as Freedom and Love.
Our individual consciousness is also a localized area of universal consciousness, an aspect of which is densified further by Divinity to generate our experience of physical creation. So our journey is both through our individual consciousness and through universal consciousness.
How did your awareness process start?
As a child, I had a lot of food allergies, and I could get asthma from eating food that wasn’t okay for me. So my first awareness exercises were putting a tiny bit of food in my mouth and tuning into how my body was responding to it. Not very mystical, but not that large of a jump from that to tuning into how a particular experience has shifted my consciousness and energy system, or even from turning that awareness outwards to being able help students understand what is happening in their own process.
It also helped that as a child I was a loner, so I wasn’t caught up in group mind-sets. That enabled me to notice things as an ‘outsider’ about where people were really coming from.
What are you the most aware of in your daily life?
There are two main things. In the foreground of my awareness there is an ongoing observing of minor shifts in consciousness and body energy, and the noticing of what has created those shifts. In the background, there is a constant sense of light, freedom, bliss and love. But what is in the background also moves more into the foreground, and then there is also the noticing of how the consciousness that was in the foreground interacts with the freedom and bliss coming in from the background.
And of course, while all this is going on, I’m answering emails, talking on the phone, making lunch, etc.
What was the deepest internal change that you have personally experienced from transforming your consciousness and how did it impact your life in both spiritual and practical ways?
I’d have to refer to two distinct points in my life, as one builds upon the other. The first happened in 1971. As background, I was in very bad shape. The year before, my father died and my mother went into a black hole. My world had collapsed. I was a senior in college, and as soon as I graduated, I left to go hitchhiking around Europe to find myself. Except I couldn’t handle all the internal trauma, so I didn’t eat – I literally starved myself – and got completely out of body. This disconnect from the body got me out of my traumatized emotional consciousness, but it almost killed me. At the same time, it gave me the space to start to connect to something deeper. This was the start my spiritual journey.
I started to meditate and learn about energy healing. I worked with different spiritual teachers. And then one day I had a profound experience that connected me to the Divine being at the heart of the VortexHealing® lineage and enlisted me to re-start the lineage in our present time. Through meditation, working with the VortexHealing® tools given to me, and working with this Divine being, my system and psyche began to heal, and I had the occasionally transcendent, mystical experience that deepened my longing for freedom and Divine connection.
But I was still living from ‘I’, from the core sense that I was some particular ‘I’. Then, in August 2002, in the middle of a meditation with this being, my core sense of ‘I’ disappeared. We call that “losing the Core Veil”, which is the first level of awakening. This changed everything, for now all egoic reality could be seen for what it is, against the backdrop of inner freedom. Outside, everything seemed the same – even my thoughts and emotional patterns were the same – but inside it was a different world. My heart had changed, which changed my relationship both to everything arising inside me and everything around me. Where before a sense of ‘I’ sat in the middle of my heart, now there was a space of pure beingness there, and the familiar landscape of the old personal reality sort of orbited around it. The transformation was like the beginning of a new life.
This awakening also opened a new branch for VortexHealing® classes. Previously, there had only been healing classes. But now I was led to start facilitating classes geared specifically for awakening. Of course, this awakening aspect of VortexHealing® had been the Divine plan all along; I just didn’t realize that until I was actually in the middle of it.
What is the best advice, words of wisdom that you would like to share with our readers about the importance of becoming more conscious?
Becoming more conscious is a vehicle for transforming suffering and emotional patterns, and for bringing more freedom into your life. How important this is depends entirely on how important that is to you. If you’re completely happy with where you are, you won’t have much motivation to become more conscious, and the process does take both time and a willingness to really engage with it. But if you feel caught inside, or stuck in old patterns, or feel that something is missing in your life, becoming more conscious is the only way that’s going to change.
Please inspire us by telling us about your current project or projects?
In certain classes we give healing tools that can work on global situations. In our second level course, students are given a Healing Grid that can work directly on situations, small or large. And we have Earthworks classes that teach students how to make Divine Funnels, Divine Doors, and a host of other Divine structures to change the energy and consciousness of places. Students connect from around the world and use their VortexHealing® tools together to facilitate global change. In addition, twice a year, we gather as a large group and choose a particular aspect of humanity or Gaia that we focus our group healing towards shifting.
What is the biggest problem in the world today?
The biggest problem in the world today is forgetfulness – we have forgotten our true nature, and so we live in an inner world defined by the core needs and fears of the separate egoic self. This, of course, becomes our outer world, with all its greed and violence as well. Only remembering our true nature can transform this.