Here is part 3 in our series about how to practice the tool of recapitulation. In the Toltec shamanism tradition that Almine has taught for many years, recapitulation -successfully letting go of the past by gaining the insights of your experiences- plays a key role as a tool to help you break out of identity consciousness. Read up on the previous installments in this series in parts 1 and 2 to learn more about how to do this. This information can also be found in full in Almine’s book A Life of Miracles
Nine Steps of Releasing the Past
For any person or situation that still brings up painful emotions, ask these nine questions: Please note that the first five questions assist us in seeing what is really going on. Use the intellect for this part because it was designed to help us discern what is behind surface appearances.
1. What is the lesson?
Look for the lesson that Spirit wishes us to embrace. For example, the lesson may be that we need to speak our truth. It could manifest as laryngitis, or someone might appear to mirror to us that we frequently suppress our voice. He or she may violate our boundaries to get our attention. We need to protect ourselves by voicing our truth that this behavior is unacceptable. Accepting the unacceptable isn’t saintly, it is dysfunctional.
2. What is the contract?
Everyone who interacts with us has made an agreement, prior to this incarnation, to assist with our growth. They may have agreed to push us over the edge, and we may do likewise for them. Ask, “What is the contract that you and I are playing out?”.
I have had several near death experiences and while in the spirit world, I was awe-struck by the extensive contracts people have with each other. It is with great love that many agreed to be a catalyst as perpetrators. When we are in balance, there is no growth so it is a signal to the universe to knock us out of balance so the lessons will continue. Thus, we pull relationships into our lives that test us in every way imaginable.
People don’t like change and many go to great extremes to avoid it, even if it is a dysfunctional situation. The reason many dislike change is because they feel separated from Source. They believe that they are alone and completely cut off from nurturing by the Creator.
Understanding our contracts with others will help us not judge by appearances. What is meant is that when we are in the throes of tough experiences, don’t look at them—look behind them.
3. What is the role?
Am I playing the victim? Am I playing the bad guy? Am I playing the teacher? Am I playing the student? What role am I playing within this contract? Also, look at the role the other person is playing. For example, we may have a tyrant in our life. It may be our spouse, mother, or boss. Once you establish that, see who you are in relation to that person’s role. Remember, we may change our role at any time because we create our reality.
Steps 4-9 to be continued soon…