The Single Biggest Mistake When It Comes to Spiritual Experience (and What to Do Instead)

At Higher Balance, we believe that having directly personal, spiritual, and metaphysical experiences is one of the most critical aspects of genuine spiritual progression. Having said that, the immense benefit of such experiences is only apparent when someone is able to apply and understand them in a meaningful way. This is why it’s so important to leverage these experiences, to build an experiential framework that progresses your understanding and allows for a broader paradigm of experiential understanding. Unfortunately, many seekers find themselves trapped in one of the biggest pitfalls of spiritual progression because they either don’t know how or choose not to reflect and analyze deeply. Without proper application, otherwise important experiences can lead to stagnation in development and may even drive the seeker toward belief traps and dead-end paths.


Here’s the overarching problem: The brain is like an over-excited child and when it thinks it has encountered something extraordinary. In other words, it gets really “loud” and hijacks your consciousness.


For example, imagine that you are meditating and you witness a flash of light or geometric pattern, both of which are common using the Higher Balance Meditation. Naturally, your brain becomes thrilled at the new visual. For most people, this excitement becomes a distraction and diverts their attention from the subtle feeling behind the moment (which we are already poorly apt to perceive).


Most often, these visual and auditory phenomena are merely feedback from your brain or subconscious, much like a fleeting image of a dream. While they seem intriguing and one could extract deeper meaning from them, this feedback is NOT the most important thing that someone should focus on.


Think of it this way: Let’s say you had an authentic experience (beyond the limits of the human brain). Your brain then attempts to make sense of something that it is ill-equipped to perceive. In other words, your conscious brain may reveal pictures or sounds, but that is merely a representation of something much deeper. If you allow your brain and ego to run the show, you may mistakenly be led to believe that the auditory or visual perceptions were the entire experience. As a result, you may never bother to venture deeper or discover the true nature of that experience.

If utilized properly, spiritual and paranormal experiences are a tremendous source of life-changing, spirituality igniting new data that is truly invaluable for your spiritual evolution.  

Avoiding this mistake boils down to believing that what the brain brings back from an experience is the entire experience when in reality it is just a reflection of something much deeper. Rather than lecturing you about what NOT to do, I think that it is more constructive to you have an actionable way to begin reflecting on experiences in a more meaningful way. If you haven’t had any experiences yet, then this will be a great preface for thinking about the experiences that you will have as you progress with the Higher Balance material. We’ve created a checklist that highlights the key aspects of genuine experiences so that you can better recognize, reflect on, and leverage them for their maximum benefit for their spiritual development.


1. Recognize the difference between a purely imaginative experience and an authentic experience (where there may be an image overlaid).

Most often, when people claim to have had a spiritual experience, they have heavily overlaid pictures and or sounds (“brain thinking”) on top of whatever the experience may have been. In other cases, the brain has completely imagined the experience, similar to a daydream. This kind of misinterpretation of spiritual experiences is one of the greatest hindrances to authentic spiritual evolution. It’s important to remember that genuine spiritual and metaphysical experiences have a few common ingredients that can help distinguish whether something was an authentic or imaginative experience. Authentic experiences often exhibit one or more of the following elements:

(a) Visual Elements – appears in extreme high-definition in your mind’s eye.

(b) Extreme Disorientation – Many people describe a feeling similar to vertigo. This occurs because you are shifting your consciousness into a state of perception that is so intense and imminent that the brain becomes overwhelmed. Beyond the limits of time and space, the brain struggles to process the mass quantity of data (which is magnitudes beyond what it is used to processing). “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a spiritual experience is like reading a thousand books.” –Eric Pepin

(c) Non-Locality – Your brain is not limited by the perception of individuality or presence in a specific location. Since the brain perceives this as a “death,” it’s natural inclination is self-preservation. Thus, it is difficult for the brain to remain calm as it attempts to ground you and withdraw or distract you from the experience. This can improve with practice as the brain eventually adjusts, realizing that you’re not actually dying. To prevent your brain from sabotaging your experiences, it can be useful to try having a “conversation” with your brain, ensuring that everything will be alright. The goal is to gradually decrease the brain’s pull on you while you “step out” and attempt to perceive beyond its limits. 

(d) 360° Vision – Standard human view is the 180-degree field of vision that you physical eyes are capable of. Your multidimensional mind is capable of far more than your standard perceptual limits. In advanced experience, your field of vision often expands to 360-degrees. As your consciousness adapts, the results can become stunning!

(e) Beyond Imaginative Perception – If an experience is something that you could imagine, it’s generally just that: imagination. Genuine experiences are most often things that you could NEVER have imagined. That’s not to say there wasn’t anything authentically spiritual or metaphysical within that experience. The brain often attempts to process an experience using imagination, so that it better can understand what’s happening in the background of your consciousness,

(f) Feelings of Magic – We’ve all had moments of wonder and awe when we were children. These magical moments are sweet spots and they are truly special. They were visceral and deeply meaningful; those moments are part of what inspired your spiritual search. There is something essential about them. When you think about them, you can almost taste and smell them. They fulfill our soul and play a large role in the awakening process. Genuine experienced will almost always have a feeling and “taste” of magical awe and wonder. That’s not to say you will have a literal taste in your mouth, but more like a “flavor of life.” You will know it instantly when you experience it and it will be undeniable. This is ingredient is the most essentially present in all genuine experience. It may be subtly in the background if you haven’t tuned your consciousness to recognize them, but the feeling WILL be present.


2. Focus on the Feel. The subtle feeling behind the experience is where the value is. While the brain may perceive a scene as merely visual stimuli, there is always a very important connection and communication happening internally in the “language of feel.” Once you’ve trained yourself in this subtle language of feel, you’ll have built an internal vocabulary, allowing you to understand the programming language of the Universe. This language is covered extensively in the Sixth Sense Activation Action plan


3. Let it flow! The imagery should not be the main focus of an experience, but if that occurs, allow yourself to flow with the experience and take in everything that moment is offering you. The better you allow yourself to flow, the more you’ll experience and the more you’ll begin to notice the subtle feelings that are the most critical pieces of any experience. Focusing on your internal sense of feel and the movements within dramatically expands your ability to flow. In the end, an experience is more like a dance than a formula so just as if you were dancing, feel the moment and allow your energy to dance and flow within the experience.


4. Find Sweet Spots. As you get better at flowing within your experiences, you’ll eventually find sweet spots. We’ve all had moments in life when everything just comes together perfectly: hitting the perfect ping pong shot, a meeting at work, even washing the dishes or driving. Sometimes, when you’re in the right place at the right time, everything just comes together and the moment resonates with a deep sensation of perfection. These moments are “sweet spots.” Sometimes they are subtle, and other times they are blatantly loud and obvious. Take some time right now to remember some moments in your life when you have tapped into those sweet spots. We rarely give much conscious attention to the internal feeling that we experience in these moments, but by reflecting back on them, you’re more inclined to pay extra attention to what they felt. By doing this, you’ll be better equipped to recognize them in the moment when they occur to you in the future.

I think of these sweet spots as moments of connection with the divine. They can occur almost anywhere (especially during spiritual work), and if we can train ourselves to recognize them for what they are, there is an importance and value in these experiences that you will come to know as the most meaningful aspects of your existence as an incarnate being. When taken to their greater potential, these “sweet spots” are moments that defy the limits of time, space and individual local perception. If you let yourself go in these moments and flow, you will find the most valuable keys to your awakening and enlightenment.

5. Reflect! Reflection is by far the most essential ingredient when it comes to maximizing the value of a spiritual or metaphysical experience for your spiritual progression. Spiritual, metaphysical and Sixth Sense experiences are often a mixture of tapping into something dimensionally and your brain struggling to figure out what to do with information that it’s not naturally designed to perceive. With my personal experiences, I have a formula that helps me begin my reflection: The experience itself is about 40% of the value, what the brain brings back is about 1-5% of the value, and the roughly 60% (what is left over), is what you can gain from by reflecting on the experience.

How do I go about reflecting?

The brain is designed to think in pictures and words. Dimensional experiences are interpreted by the brain much like a dream is, largely through symbology. Taking that into account, we can brainstorm about what has been going on in our life recently, what may be contributing to the experience that we had. This dream-like symbolism may not be incredibly important and it may not be the experience itself but it can be useful for further reflections. In the end, it is more important to honestly evaluate the experience rather than letting our egos tell us that it was something more than what it was. This part may require some practice and tuning into your  language of feel (“Feels Like”) so that you can determine where the symbology is coming from. Keep in mind, if it were easy, then everyone would be enlightened! With this one skill, you will open the doors to genuinely finding the secrets of your mind that only a very few in the history of the planet have ever been able to achieve.


What you are really doing here is figuring out what the brain’s role was in your experience is so that you can acknowledge it and set it aside. The more you understand about how your brain is interpreting experiences, the better you will be able to discover the deeper value of your experiences. In the end, you are left with a purified or distilled feeling of what the experience was. In the aforementioned formula, this is the sixty percent! Your brain isn’t used to assigning a value to it because it doesn’t like to acknowledge the things that it can’t grasp. When you really think about it, the brain kind of feels threatened by the things that it isn’t designed to perceive (because that’s what its job is) and the realization that it can’t do certain things makes it feel threatened. The brain is not who you really are. When you can come to terms with this experientially and viscerally, you are well on your way to revealing your own Enlightenment Cycle.  By going through this process, you give those nameless feelings in the language of the feel a value and you are able to acknowledge the importance of the indefinable things that your brain is not able to perceive. In other words, you give your conscious brain a way to meaningfully interact and reflect on the things that are beyond its standard capacity to grasp. For me, it feels like an ocean of undefinable meaningfulness. 


Once I’ve found the value in an experience, what do I do with it? 

Meditate! Meditate with that “sweet spot” feeling as your focus. If you are practiced with your meditations, you’ll unlock continually deepening experience and insight within the universal language of feel. As you progress, you’ll be able to recognize and know these enigmatic feelings throughout your life and within your meditations. As your library of experience grows, you awaken to greater and greater levels of understanding and awareness.


Below is an example of questions that I ask myself when reflecting on an experience. You may or may not be able to answer all of these questions at first but with practice, you will realize an ever-expanding ability to distill meaningfulness form your experiences.


After an experience, ask yourself the HOW, WHY, WHAT, WHEN and WHERE questions. 

WHAT were the ingredients?

HOW did this happen?

WHY did it happen? WHY did it happen now?

WHAT did my brain take back? WHAT was really going on?

HOW much of this was my brain? HOW much could have been spiritual or dimensional in nature?

WHAT is the nature of what I experienced?

WHAT does something with that nature probably do or cause?

WHAT environments (physical or mental) does something with that nature usually inhabit?

HOW does such a nature come to be?

WHAT has led me to have an interaction with something with such a nature?

Have I ever felt something like this before? WHEN did I experience this before?

WHERE did I experience this before? WHAT was going on in my life when I experienced this before? WHAT were the common threads between when I experienced this in the past and this time?

WHAT is the nature of such a thing that is part of these seemingly different experiences? WHAT were the other ingredients that were similar and different between then and now? Were there any other important feelings then? Were there any other important feelings in the more recent experience? WHAT were they? 

By understanding these questions, you will be able to “listen” to what the universe is “saying” when you meditate.

This may seem like a lot of work but after going through the process of asking and answering these questions or yourself, it’ll get easier and eventually becomes second nature. This process of reflection is about as hard as learning a new language. It is difficult at first but becomes much easier over time. Through practice, you eventually become fluent. The difference between this ‘language’ and ordinary human language is that the ‘language of feel’ is the language of enlightenment. It is the programing language of the universe and when you become fluent, you will become a co-creator of reality. Not only will you be able to listen to the ‘language’ of the universe but you will also be able to speak and program reality itself. In effect, this is how miracles are possible.

“Praying is like talking to the universe and meditation is listening.” –Eric Pepin

Non-thought is not the absence of thinking,  but rather it is thinking in a different way (without words). By learning to think in this wordless language of feel, you will effectively teach yourself to think and navigate your consciousness beyond the limits of the human brain and you will be well on your way to finding your enlightenment.   

Good luck with your experiences moving forward! If you ever have any questions or you’d like tips and tricks along your journey, always feel free to reach out to our help desk or give a call in.


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September 17, 2018


Very well worth reading to the end – and reflecting on! What you call ” sweetspots ” I think is the same as keys. In my second ( and last ) one o one with Eric I asked about what are those feelings = feels that you cannot describe in normal terms of happiness, sorrow, grief, etc and he said that they are keys and one should save them. There are degrees and levels of everything, and I think that on a small scale you have this feels – keys – connections to your inner being, every day. Most of the time manifesting in insignificant things like a smell, the sun on your face , something small catching your eye because of its intrinsic beauty. I have lately sometimes been seeing things in super high definition – it has not been anything metaphysical or otherwordly about it, but the amount of sharp details and vivid colors was striking. Thank you for this blog – it puts me in reflecting mood.

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