The Role of the Catalyst

By Chris Bourne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Inspiring change

Some souls have incarnated here to hold an energetic harmony which provides empathic support for evolving people. Others however have come with the specific ‘mission’ to break down illusions and inspire change by the very energy they hold. Such people may be called ‘catalysts’. They’ll frequently find they have a very confrontational affect on their environment and especially the people in it. It is like you begin to undermine the very illusions society has built up. In the beginning, life for the catalyst can be very challenging until we learn how to integrate the full complement of energies we have, and how to utilise that energy with sophistication and deftness of touch…

Accelerating change

Of course an essential part of walking the path is ‘standing in our truth’ – having the courage to express who we really are. This in itself begins to light a beacon for others to find their own truth inside themselves. But this is only really one small part of the role of a catalyst. Catalysts hold very strong energies within their ‘soul ray harmonic’ which first harmonise with their environment and then begins to emit a frequency which invites change.

It is important to say that a catalyst does not change the eventual outcome of a person’s journey into truth, they only accelerate it. So a true catalyst will not impart their own truth onto others, rather they’ll present an alternative possibility or challenge a key building block of someone’s own reality causing illusions to fragment and fracture, thereby opening space for a more evolved version of their own truth to emerge and flourish.

In speaking personally, I notice that I have the capacity to empathise quite quickly with people within a group environment. I seem to be able to connect with people easily. I know that this can be very ‘disarming’ for people, they tend to soften quickly. This is the first part of being a catalyst. But then I can also quickly read the illusions and distortions people may be harbouring at an ego level. I can ‘hear’ the mismatch between soul and personality. It’s at exactly that point, frequencies begin to attune and shift inside of me.

Unintentional ‘button pushing’

I should say I don’t do this intentionally. I’m not trying to push buttons! But what happens is that once an energetic bridge has been formed and once disharmonious discrepancies have been felt within the person I may be working with, then new energies from my soul ray harmonic want to activate and attune. Energy is transmitted through the field which then starts to challenge and confront. It invites people to shed illusionary layers.

If the energy people are holding is quite dense, then within myself I often experience it like stirring thick black treacle. It can be very challenging internally. The energies of change are flowing in, but they’re meeting resistance as they infuse into the field. It requires patience forged with persistence, but also knowing when it’s possible to turn up the volume or when best to soften it. It’s about bringing people right to the threshold of their comfort zone, frequently beyond it, but then only pushing to breaking point when a person is absolutely ready for it – when they’re ready to move beyond all fixed notion of identity.

I find it greatly helps to let go of the need to feel like we’re here to teach, to heal, to lead or direct. It’s about having the absolute trust that each soul ultimately knows where they need to go and how to get there. You’re simply helping to break down barriers in the way. This removes much of the unnecessary sense of burden a catalyst may at times feel. You simply don’t need to appear a particular ‘spiritually correct’ way. Yes you may stir up the field at times, but that’s exactly what you’re here to do.

Internal effects on the catalyst

Not only are the typical outward effects challenging to master, the inward ones are too. Where the energy we’re working with is especially dense and the ‘treacle just too thick’, then the resistance can tend to build inside the catalyst. This may be experienced as frustration, tenseness or even the sense of anger. You have all this energy but seemingly no productive outlet for it. These are the times we must learn to integrate and work with.

It may mean that we need to turn down our sensitivity to the incoming energies for a while. This may be done by eating denser foods for example – but beware of binge eating, it’s only a temporary effect we’re looking for. What will help is to find physical and emotional expression for our energies. I find what can help me is dancing to music, deep consciousness bodywork such as the martial arts or a power walk in nature.

The last thing to do is deny we have that kind of impulsive and powerful energy. Instead we need to find productive outlets for it. And I find frequent time on my own is absolutely essential. I often need to get ‘far from the madding crowd’ to stop stirring them and myself up!

Are you a catalyst?

Maybe you too recognise this kind of activity within yourself? Life can be very challenging for the catalyst until we’ve learned to accept our role and integrate the energies. We’re not here to be a popular vote winner. Might as well accept it and become comfortable with that. We’re likely to upset and offend people at times. It all depends on the deftness of touch we can master inside ourselves – finding the right vocabulary which challenges but doesn’t close too many internal doorways within people.

Openhand is here to be such a catalyst, breaking down energetic disharmonies in the world so that a new paradigm can unveil and unfold itself. We’re not here to tell people how its going to be, rather help them see what doesn’t serve and then allow the new to take shape by itself.

About the Author

At the age of 40 Chris was involved in a life threatening car crash in which he thought he would certainly die. This precipitated total inner surrender and a rapid reconnection with the conscious life force through all things.

He found himself suddenly able to experience and contemplate through multiple dimensions of reality to see the deeper purpose of life itself. He began to remember his true reason for being here.

He explains…

“During the crash, time seemed to slow right down and I was guided back through key moments of my life. I was realising that every moment in our lives has but one underlying purpose – to reveal an aspect of truth about ourselves to ourselves. I was beginning to dissolve every belief and value our society had conditioned within me.”

“This was my initial awakening to the magical unifying consciousness of the soul. Over the eight years that followed, I was guided through four other inner ‘Gateways’ of consciousness. I have since come to know the process as the five key expansions on our journey of Enlightenment and ultimate Ascension into multi dimensional living – our divine birthright”.

Prior to the crash, Chris had a rich an varied professional career in industry, in teaching, as an Officer in the Army and finally as a web development entrepreneur before being initiated on his spiritual path. With a Masters Degree in Natural Sciences from Oxford University, participants in the work are finding his integration of grounded scientific understanding and profound spiritual realisation deeply engaging and transformative.

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  • Fernando

    I think I am one. How do you integrate yourself?

    • Cheoco

      Slowly, it takes time……..

  • Chris

    Hi Fernando,

    It’s all about honouring and expressing your feelings whilst at the same time, working to become increasingly sophisticated and diplomatic in what you say and do.


  • Anuja

    Good Lord! This absolutely explains my predicament! Everywhere I go , new job, new place , massive changes take place, not only at an individual level but also organisational level. Like you say wherever i would land up there would be a confrontational effect and very often questions would rise up against the herd like way of doing things.
    Since last two months or so i was suspecting this to be more than a coincidence. I was getting quite upset about it, and even thought i was jinxed, until i heard someone calling me a “change agent”. That completely changed my perspective! And now your article makes it all so clear!
    However, i am yet to learn to love and accept myself completely.I find it very difficult to express myself and being tactful is definitely not my strong point! I am still working on it… Would love to hear how you worked at integrating yourself. Would give useful insight on what people like us should do…

    • Chris

      Great to meet a ‘bird of a feather’ 🙂

      For me the key has been to let my expressions out. Not to hold back. But then to take personal responsibility for the affect I have.

      So I feel and act accordingly. Then I watch to see the affect, then ask inwardly: “well how could I have done that better?”

      I always notice that the universe answers me. It’s an aspect of beingness that I need to find within myself which makes me even more effective yet increasingly more sophisticated.

      Best wishes!


    • Powerful stuff indeed…..mmmm I like to think I am an agent of change but sometimes I think I am its victim…

  • Vanessa

    Good day Chris,
    I loved this read and am glad to have connected with you. You have taken the words right out of my mouth.
    I cannot say I have had any life altering experience other than existing this life itself. Since a kid I have always known. Don’t think I was ever asleep, and have always been acutely aware of honoring my own needs and knowings, that there was nothing ever right about this destructive world we exist in.
    I have always been compelled to do things, and then syncronistically I am presented shortly following my thoughts and actions for the reasoning and wisdom behind them, which gave me the confidence from within to continue on my journey.
    It is a pleasure to be connected with another like minded person.
    Love light & blessings to you!!

    • Chris

      Thanks for connecting.

      It’s so powerful when we recognise each other and come together in this way. It makes it perfectly okay to be us!

      Much love


  • The more I use Facebook and other social media networks the more I find I am comfortable fitting into this category.
    Years ago I would have let people impose their opinions on me, or tried hard not to upset others but through time and learning to accept myself I have learned to stand up and say what I think and inspire new thinking in others or at least get them riled up whilst defending old beliefs.
    I am comfortable with the idea that most people do not want to accept challenges to their belief systems and I am also comfortable enough in who I am to let that go when voicing my insights.
    I’m pretty sure I am a catalyst in the field of health, personal growth and development, happy to own it!

    • Chris

      Good for you Kristen! It needs more of us to really confront the illusions – especially spiritual ones!

  • Charlie

    I’m generally surround by souls possessed by a “fear based reality”; you know, the old one where’s there’s an angry being that lives above the clouds that’s very jealous and somehow getting in touch with ones’ self is bad- grrr!
    However- I try to project something better without saying it or discussing it verbally. More like using Telepathy and projecting the idea. Guess what-? It works!

  • Chris

    That may be what you do Charlie, but that’s not really what I’m talking about. For me personally, projection has similarities to manipulation which is not what true catalysis is about.

    I’m speaking more of holding a vibration – a frequency of energy that is inherent and natural. This causes others to resonate on a similar vibration and then for them to confront and break through their own stuff.

    It’s more about helping empower others. But definitely not control.

  • Jessica

    I think that this is a fascinating article – and while I cannot say that I myself am a catalyst, as much as I would love to be, I can certainly say I have met at least one.
    What I found truly fascinating was the replies to this article. While I’m not disputing the others claim to being such a soul, I am also doubtful of the reality of the situation. I think that having this ability is very rare and can be very easily misunderstood or jumped upon by people looking for a purpose- not necessarily bad, but perhaps misplaced.
    Chris – you seem to be speaking about a channel of energy throughout your body and it seems very internally specific with the external part being the result, not the cause.

    I would be very interested in meeting those of you who self-identify as a catalyst and see if its truly a pure spiritual identification and not simply ego searching for an external validification.

  • Todd

    Hi Chris, sorry for your accident-happy for your awakening. Awesome article!
    In my own experience I have found internal tension to someones resistent energy is my ego reacting to the other person’s ego. what helps me is to focus on my breathing and the observer within me. This helps me to seperate myself from ego and not react with it-allowing me control over it. This energy draws out the other persons spirituality-or if they are not ready for it, their ego may strengthen and react even more. part ways for the time being.

  • Illia

    Thank you so much for this Chris!
    Once again, you have wonderfully articulated what I have felt for a very long time. I have had the challenge of opening new roads of freedom for myself and others on many occasions and they were very draining until I came into my own and understood that whatever I do should pass through a total acceptance and love of one self while being nonjudgmental of others.
    I simply follow what The Universe whispers and things get unknotted through my actions. The need for recognition has lessened as I am myself in constant evolution. By beaming love, I receive so much in return that I am more and more in a wonderful “space” of serenity and centeredness.
    Much love,

  • K.L.

    Great article, makes total sense to me! [:

  • Anon

    I feel like this is me… but I also feel like some people are very threatened by this type of energy.

  • Cheoco

    I love when validation of what is sensed has been occurring for ages and what I have “labelled” as being a huge part of me/who I am/what I bring/do occurs – thank you Chris. I can fully relate to what you have shared here.


    Thank you Chris for your truly divine ability to give words to the ethereal.

    It seems everything is a catalyst in one way or another.

  • BB

    Ahhh, tis all in the 51/25 and the individual circuitry in Human Design. It is purely mechanical, as we operate through frequencies and are ‘programmed’ by the neutrino field at birth.

    It is finally possible to know what our individual energy output contains, and how it may condition others or be conditioned by it.

    Being an individual, or catalyst, is no easy genetic imprint to live with in this age. Being aware of the challenges is helpful; knowing what to do to help ourselves through the panic that nothing gets catalysed – that we are strangers to consequence…..well, Human Design can cut a lot of the ground work down.