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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