Tolkien’s famous quote instantly hit me after I saw a video of Teal Swan’s recommended in my feed titled “Novocaine Spirituality”. I watched it curious to see how she is categorizing people on her youtube channel of how she suggests people are numbing themselves with spirituality.
She is referring to using spirituality as a form of escapism from your life or a numbing of pain felt. Here is what Tolkien would say, and I wanted to provide another perspective to this with my own experiences lately:
“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life, Escape is evidently as a rule very practical, and may even be heroic. In real life it is difficult to blame it, unless it fails; in criticism it would seem to be the worse the better it succeeds. Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.
Just so a Party-spokesman might have labelled departure from the misery of the Führer’s or any other Reich and even criticism of it as treachery. In the same way these critics, to make confusion worse, and so to bring into contempt their opponents, stick their label of scorn not only on to Desertion, but on to real Escape, and what are often its companions, Disgust, Anger, Condemnation, and Revolt. Not only do they confound the escape of the prisoner with the flight of the deserter; but they would seem to prefer the acquiescence of the “quisling” to the resistance of the patriot. To such thinking you have only to say “the land you loved is doomed” to excuse any treachery, indeed to glorify it. [Escape in: On Fairy-Stories, J.R.R. Tolkien.”
Yes, this quote is about Fairy stories or tales, but there is a deeper message about how the imagination is a bridge way into a greater life full of solutions rather than “wallowing” in the problems of earth-like war. Our mind has a way of trapping us in our current situations of trauma and suffering forgetting the higher self that is dreaming, only through the power of imagination and will of the heart can we come out of it.
I agree with Teal on one aspect, spirituality should not be used as a form of escape when it comes to spiritual “tools” such as crystals, tarot cards and such without deeper self reflection and looking into your life core of problems, karma ties, and goals. We are here to spiritually develop through life experiences. However, to imagine the self in a state of refinement and enlightenment reached after healing only gives fuel to the manifestations later. First the thought, then the experience, this is how reality constructs itself on a quantum level.
Here is what the Pleiadians have said in their wisdom as a message from Barbara Marciniak:
Thought comes first. Experience is always secondary. It is never the other way around — that you have the experience and then you base the thought around it. Always your experience is a direct reflection of what you are thinking.
Clarity and recognition of your own power are the bottom line. Your thoughts form your world all of the time. Not cafeteria style — all of the time. Because you are bombarded with so many frequency-control vibrations that attempt to keep you from being clear, you fluctuate. You must, as a species, make it your intention to stay very clear, to stay centered, and always to bring yourself into the moment. Stop living in the future or living in the past, and always live in your now. Say to yourself, “What do I want? I want to accelerate my personal evolution. I want Spirit to assist me in a greater capacity. I want my body to regenerate itself. I want to emanate health. I am willing to give up difficulty so that I can be a living example of what humanity can be.” It is this line of thinking — this commanding from your being and calling out what you want with clarity — that brings you everything in acceleration.
“If you do not fill your energetic field with new experiences, new ideas, and new versions of yourself, your field becomes dim and worn, bored with the same old story.”
― Family of Light: Pleiadian Tales and Lessons in Living
Life is actually one entire Spiritual experience of your Creation, so the way you live your life is the way you are experiencing your spirituality.
I have learned something very interesting in recent weeks I would like to share with you from my personal perspective. Spirituality is not really a narrow path because we are spiritual beings. It only appears to be narrow as something you have to “find” because of the journey to know the self. I will gladly explain more.
I was at a party in my city, where I decided to meet my husband’s friends from work. My husband is a “closet spiritual” person. This is a person who keeps his spirituality and thoughts about the universe, mainly to himself, but still is a very spiritual person. At this party, I sat back and watched everyone around me dancing and talking, and generally in good moods. I thought to myself how wonderful it was to see all these creative beings “relax and just have fun” in life. Life is such a struggle for so many, as we are trying to make money to live and fuel our dreams. It was nice to recognize this release of the tension in life in myself as well as others.
A girl came up to me and we started to talk very deeply about spiritual topics, and I finally came clean to tell her I can read where people are consciously by sensing their aura and energetic feelings. She asked me to read hers. I told her where she was in order to have this conversation with me at her Third Eye opening. She then asked me to tell her where her boyfriend was at, and I looked at him playing pool and I told her, but as I did I remembered something profound about ALL souls…regardless who you are.
ALL souls are spiritual beings, having a material experience in the world. It is about their “focus” that drives their life through the spiritual experience. I told her everyone is on the same level spiritually, but it is the focus that either makes a soul only think about the material world or the spiritual experience. It is about where you choose to be and that is what I can read by looking at your focus in life. My husband and her boyfriend are focused on building a house or “nest” for us, and they are focused on their jobs as men who deem that a success. Whereas I and this girl are focused on the spiritual experience therefore we will be more attuned to spiritual things. It does not mean one is more spiritual or not from the other, it is simply where they decide to LOOK in their life for meaning.
So to my awakened eyes to this, there is no such thing as “fake or novocaine” spirituality because spirituality is simply LIFE and the way we focus on our life determines if we deem ourselves truly spiritual or not, but everyone is a spiritual being which really means ENERGETIC. When we take away the “mystery” behind the word spiritual and compare it to material, it simply means the energetic or unseen experience. The one we can feel, but not touch like the material world of matter.
The word spiritual comes from “spirit” which means “energy” or the definition of an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms. That is it. We are pure spirit and we each are experiencing this life in the way we choose at the point of time of focus in our lives.
Novocaine spirituality is a term that can only exist if you don’t believe you are always Spirit and always having a spiritual experience-whether you are thinking about it or not. Life itself is a spiritual or energetic experience of what happens when the thought of creation becomes physical. You are on earth to see your thoughts come forth. That is what a Creator is. We are all Existence itself watching all its creations at the 7th level of Soul Stage that the Pleiadians talk about.
For more information on the 7 levels of Soul Development:
Whether you are at Stage 3 or Stage 7 right now, you are still the same Creator watching your life and all its creations from the highest dimensions. You just have a heightened level of focus and awareness of this in your life, the higher up in levels you get.
My point is, please don’t start to question “am I spiritual enough? or using my spirituality as a mask?” because your whole life is a spiritual experience, a revealing slowly who you are and the divine truths within you that can not be seen, but are felt, regardless of your different point of focus in time. This is why we should not judge our fellow creators on earth-they are ultimately having their experiences in the way they choose.
My husband told me something very telling about where he is “spiritually”. He told me he doesn’t want to think about “that stuff” right now with me. It is not his focus or his main goal at this time in his life. His goal is to get a family going and a house of our own. Some people can not live both a spiritual existence focused on spirituality as well as material world because the Spirit wants to push “non material” always. The physical you is constructing the material matter that your spiritual self wants to see. I am beginning to see that this balance is very difficult to be an extremely spiritual person as well as materially driven one for many. I maintain my balance as a spiritually focused teacher by indulging in the beauty of earth as well as things. I am a lover of all art and beauty forms.
Yet back to my husband, he clearly knows of his spiritual nature, he simply doesn’t want to look at it right now. This reminds me of something deep about us as creative beings. Have you ever met a happy homeless person? While there are many homeless who are not happy and would do anything for a house, I have met some very happy “beach bums”. They love to experience their life from this angle of not owning a house, or having the responsibility of a job. They smile and they take your money with their sign saying “namaste”, but they don’t ever get themselves a job. They are happy to sleep outside under the stars and experience life from this perspective. In many ways, I don’t blame them when you look at society.
We need to allow people the freedom to experience their life from the perspective that they choose as creative beings. The only time we may want to step in and help transform their perspectives is if they are asking for it, or their perspectives is harmful to themselves and others. When you see someone struggling and needing a reminder, this is when we can be a mirror to others and remind them of their infinite spiritual essence that can take themselves out of the “matrix” of the physical pain and suffering in the material world.
But here comes the balance and the temptation to be a spiritual tyrant and enforce our own perspectives on others, that we must overcome.
We should be liberating enough for others to experience their lives as they choose. Let’s face it as well, I am learning as a highly spiritually focused being that not all the time is this enjoyable. Sometimes it is good to be able to focus on earthly matters and allow yourself to indulge in this world as a playing field of your dreams. In other words, if you are too much in that spiritual space in your mind, you may miss out on the experience of the material, which is why you are here in the first place.