In walking the path of the lotus, follow the ways and laws of your lotus nature above the ways and laws of a muddied pond. While such a pond can offer a reflection of your physical being, it can never match what you truly are. Such a reflection can only ever be a glimmer of your true nature, cast upon the surface of a muddy pond.

These are exciting times! On both an individual and collective level, we have the potential to make choices that can change our present course and create more true freedom. We might also move into a more holistic view of life and our interconnectedness with everything. Perhaps our biggest choice set before our path right now is this: will we live our lives in faith and service to Spirit, Love, Peace and Oneness, or will we live our lives preaching Love, Peace, and Unity Consciousness, while leading ourselves down another path?

Sometimes, I have wondered if we are living as part of a galactic form of reality show or experiment. What would be the purpose? Choice: to see what kinds of choices humankind makes if exposed to certain stimuli. Will we discover our true selves among all the various thoughts that try to define us? Will we learn to serve ‘Great Spirit’ and what we truly are, instead of the thoughts of unconscious men and structures of the world?

Forward Integration versus Backward Integration

Right now, what many of us are trying to do is integrate our spiritual life into our material life. One of my guides calls this backward integration. We can observe what is ‘backward’ in our spiritual understanding by examining the fruits. The world we see is out of balance and becoming more so, regardless of the thousands of people focusing more on spirituality. We try to own the earth and to find ourselves and our worth through what we feel we own. Why? It is because of backward integration, i.e., the attempt to integrate our spiritual ideals into our material desires and lifestyles, through the false belief that we will find our salvation through what we can manifest within the material world.

What is forward integration? According to the same guide, the correct path to integration is the integration of our lesser material life into our fuller spiritual reality. Thus, our ‘salvation’ comes through recognizing what we are in spirit and what we inherit as sons of God; the same way Jesus, Buddha, the Native Elders, and the great mystics of the world have done. This way, our material life does not have dominant expression. Furthermore, we will not have to submit to restrictive lifestyles, customs, and modes of survival that prevent us from attaining true freedom.

Therefore, for 2013 and beyond, because we have mastered the lesson that we are spiritual beings, we are ready for the next step: to seek to align our material expression to our spiritual one, rather than aligning in the opposite direction. What does this entail? We must face the fear of going without and of going against the grain. We must face the fear of pulling out of certain streams of collective consciousness that are predominant in the world, in order to unite our consciousness with others who are focused on a more loving way. We are to trust that, whatever happens, we are whole and safe. We do not need to compromise our Truth, trying to package it into what is false in the world.

From a new perspective of forward rather than backward integration, certain philosophies or modalities of living can be viewed in new ways. The philosophies that I particularly wish to discuss in this chapter are the following:

  • popular manifestation & abundance theories
  • wanting versus having
  • denial and fear of emotions
  • love
  • conspiracy theories
  • end-of-world fears

Popular Manifestation & Abundance Theories

The movie The Secret provided a lot of the foundation for the ideas of the Law of Attraction that the new-age community currently ascribes to. Ester Hicks’ books were another huge influence; though there are countless other books that have been written on the subject of manifestation and abundance. While I do not wish to go into lengthy descriptions concerning the material (I assume most people reading this book are already familiar, or can become familiar through their own research), the way these notions are being misinterpreted, sold, and packaged favors backward integration. This has occurred because an unconscious and ego driven definition of the Law of Attraction has created too much focus on trying to attain abundance externally.

While I am not sure the intention behind such manifestation centered philosophies was to keep us un-free, this has been the most predominant effect. Through binding us further to the world’s materialistic and consumer-driven mentality, such philosophies teach a form of miracle-mindedness, where the miracle can only occur within a box rather than outside of it (by using the term box, I am referring to the world’s systems, rules, structures, norms, etc.). In essence, this approach keeps us manifesting in ways that are predictable and which keep the dysfunction in the world going.

Practicing the Law of Attraction in this way might appear to yield ‘good’ fruits at times, but if we can look at the big picture and how we are affecting nature and the world, the fruits are not wholly desirable or loving. Though, this does not necessarily make the entire concept faulty, just missing a step.

If we were to use these popular concepts of abundance and manifestation in a forward integrated way, we could learn, instead, that we cannot attain true abundance through slavery to the world and the promotion of ‘false abundance.’ One form of abundance is pure and infinite, while the other form is transitory and meaningless to our spiritual form. One favors peace and enlightenment, while the other favors anxiety, depression, addiction, and more. One has us finding joy in the present moment, while the other has us worrying too much about outcomes.

As I have said elsewhere, this does not mean that we should never aim to manifest anything material. What I am being given, however, is that through redirecting integration from backward integration to forward integration, we can let go of excessive addiction, attachments, dependencies, and bondage. Manifestation, then, does not have to occur inside a box. Miracle-mindedness from spirit can then arise, because what man then wants to manifest is less limited, since it is not required to adhere to our current ways and lifestyles. Our consciousness can begin to meditate on the possibility of moving beyond a limited form of manifestation. When miracle-manifestation occurs (as a result of miracle-mindedness), it will not need to entrap/bind people to the money system, nor keep them subservient to man-made laws and forms.

Furthermore, many individuals who claim to have mastered the Law of Attraction want to teach us to control our thoughts to overcome our fears. However, as the Law of Attraction is being predominantly presented, does it not give us instructions on how to live in fear and need for control? It teaches us to classify the world by identifying all that is superficial and needy as good to attract, and if we do not attract these things, it is negative, or we are not a success in some way; that is, it teaches us that we are unworthy. This separation naturally causes the very fear it is trying to tell us to deny.

Forward integration, as opposed to backward integration, will help us find the Truth without needing to see the world through denial. When we become forward integrated, we do not need the world, so there is less reason to obsess on outcomes or to make dualities of positives, negatives, money, or abundance. There is less need to fear our fears, emotions, or our egos because we can move further into trust and toward letting go of serving the world. We, instead, replace this form of service with a service to Great Spirit/God. With forward integration, we appreciate the abundance in every miracle, seeing miracles everywhere. We become more thankful for the abundance of the earth, for our connection to the divine, and for the joy we can experience within our connections to others and the world.

Wanting versus Having

Wanting favors backward integration. Having and feeling blessed when we focus on what we have eternally in Spirit—rather than transiently through form—favors forward integration.

While most of us in the spiritual community like to think we are loving, kind and focused on oneness and unity consciousness, the truth is that most of us love things and our conveniences more. We want more, which leaves us less appreciative of what we already have. In fact, the majority of us are obsessed with things and with never having enough. We want, and want, and want, having to take in order to have, and this is manifesting a growing collective situation that will likely create what we most fear: loss and depletion.

As I have stated in other chapters, a growing collective seems set upon burning itself out in order to obtain the merely transitory. While this is not right or wrong, it is manifesting similar fruits on a world scale, due to the predominant and collective focus upon:

  • not having enough
  • not being enough
  • not feeling good enough
  • not doing enough

The more the majority of us cannot reverse this trend of excessive physical wants, the more likely we will see droughts, destruction, and loss within our world. Not that this is bad. We will learn from such losses, of course. In fact, through choosing to face our fears of loss, we can begin to realize that we were always enough, and that we always had all the abundance we needed, even at times we let such abundance escape our notice. Once understanding this, we can begin to let go of feeling trapped in a pattern of attempting to make and take enough to make ourselves feel whole.

No matter what we manifest, if we are focusing on what we want in the ways of the world over what we are in spirit, we will always feel our cup is half empty and in need of more to fill it up. It is an intellectual game: our thoughts of wanting only manifest more wanting and maintaining, due to the impermanence of form. Feeling whole and enough can only come from the inside. And, when manifested from the inside, whatever we manifest from feeling enough comes from giving and pure joy.

How does forward integration fit into this discussion?

Forward integration yields fruits of love, cooperation, and recognition that all life is imbued with perfection and Spirit. We begin to see life as sacred, everything that we have in Spirit and how blessed and infinite we are. Such infiniteness is limitless and permanent, so why choose to cherish primarily what is impermanent, instead?

A good exercise for becoming forward integrated is thankfulness. In meditation, thank God for everything, e.g. for life, for the mountains, for the streams, for our shelter, for our safety, etc., and then move toward giving thanks for our infiniteness, our eternal love, our eternally being loved, and our wholeness, oneness and infinite spirit. If we have negative things in our lives, we can give thanks for them as well because they are not real and only part of an illusion.

Denial and Fear of Emotions

Many of us today are afraid of our emotions. We may be trying to control so much that we are also trying to avoid feeling anything deemed negative. However, forward integration does not ask us not to feel. We recognize that we are a spiritual being before we are a material one. The spiritual ‘being-ness’ within us takes precedence to form. The spiritual being-ness within us is already perfect. We do not have to expend effort to make it whole. Backward integration makes us feel we are never enough. Therefore, we are always striving within the world to compensate.

Another huge force we see in today’s world is denial. Denial arises because of fear and backward integration. It arises from trying to package who we are in Spirit into the limitations of the material world. As a consequence, we thus have to deny the real fruits that become more and more obvious. Backward integration teaches us to ignore our reality and just keep manifesting, wanting, and obsessing. We think we are manifesting freedom, all the while in denial that we are merely a slave who is tightly bound to the systems, forms, conventions, cultures, etc., of the world. Instead, forward integration asks us to understand our material reality is imperfect. Do not be afraid to look at it that way. Yes, perfection lies within the heart of all we are in Truth and we take this Truth with us wherever our material path may tread in life. However, our material reality is not the truth but an illusion we are meant to awaken from.

As discussed in chapter 2, we can step outside our experiences as if we are merely observing a dream.20 That way, we don’t have to believe our ‘dreams’ (i.e. our illusions, life stories and experiences) are real, nor do we have to believe that our dreams are perfect. Instead of seeing everything as perfection within our dreaming, we step outside the dream to find perfection there, instead. We become a lucid dreamer who can view ourselves as merely dreaming a story—from a neutral and almost third-person perspective—while knowing we are not the story our dreams tells.
Yes, there will be things we dream that we want to change. This change will occur naturally the more we remain lucid (i.e. awakened to our illusions), allowing this lucidity to govern the choices that we make. When forward integrated, changes will not need to occur out of anxiety or a need to control the dream. They will occur as the result of acquiring increased understanding concerning what embodies the truly miraculous within life.

I love Eckhart Tolle because he teaches forward integration. He teaches how to surrender into the now moment and how to bring our material forms into alignment with Spirit, rather than trying to bring your Spirit into alignment with a world of form


There is a lot of discussion about love in our spiritual communities. However, if we examine the fruits within the world, love is not really manifesting in any greater collective way. Within many of our spiritual disciplines and communities, love is just a thought and intention that has not been aligned with action or with understanding our true needs in Spirit first. The backward integrated man loves things and tries to think thoughts of love, but he will not (or fears that he cannot) give up his love for things enough to actualize it. He loves idolatry.

Look upon the world and ask yourself, “What is being loved?” For, if man loves God, why does he waste God’s creation? Does man love things more than he loves the waters, nature, animals, and creatures who share a journey on this beautiful planet with him?

Does this mean that man, in spirit, is not the very essence of love? No, of course not! When man learns to forward instead of backward integrate, his love will shine from a true knowing of his lovable Self! It will shine into the world from the truth of who he is and what we all are. He will be a less destructive force within the world.

We might be feeling, “Well, I do not destroy.” We might be thinking, “It’s the corporations who should … ,” yet we are using the corporations for our own material advantage. The law of supply and demand asserts that excesses and corruption within the world result due to a demand for them. Without a demand, suppliers go out of business. Hence, many of us end up indirectly promoting and spreading a seed while wishing to disassociate ourselves from what is sown. However, these seeds keep pollinating, until weeds cover almost everything.

Does this mean we cannot buy or want anything material anymore? Of course not! However, if we follow the ways of Buddha, the Native Elders, Jesus, and the mystics who had few needs except those in Spirit, we can be a part of what changes the world. Whatever we acquire comes from a place of gratitude and from seeing the miracle of life everywhere in total awe and respect for it.
Yes, changing how we perceive the world can be a scary thing. However, refusing to change our perceptions—and refusing to align our enlightenment process with new ways of living and being within the world—is not bearing collective fruits of health and ‘nature-al’ abundance. I will discuss this more in chapter 10.

Conspiracy Theories

I find it very interesting that while many conspiracies discuss enslavement, I have not seen anyone examine these concepts in a spiritual light.

As I have said earlier, our enslavement is a result of backward integration. How did this occur? For a long time, people lost hope in Spirit, did not believe in Christ or his miracles anymore, nor believed in his resurrection or even knew what it was about. Many do not even believe that the resurrection even happened anymore. Why not? It doesn’t fit in with our current understanding of the Law of Attraction. One would have to ask, “Why would Jesus have allowed his thoughts to create something like that?” Of course, it will seem strange if one cannot see Jesus as forward rather than backward integrated.

Repeating what I said in the first chapter, I feel that Jesus allowed his persecution to show that he could transcend certain material forces within the world. He was standing up to serve God over the laws of mankind. Exactly as the Bible says, he was trying to free man through his own example. How he lived his life seems to instruct us, “Do not be afraid for your physical vehicle, judgment by the world, or pain, because while your body can be destroyed, your essence is eternal and can be resurrected.” We are not a slave to sin. Meaning, we do not need to lose our Self within the world of sin. We are not sinful, the world is sinful; and with forgiveness of the world (which does not mean you buy into it), we can begin to transcend it.

Certain conspiracies are merely bringing forth the concept of mankind’s enslavement to forces he has been in denial of before. Few are recognizing any way out other than blame, victimhood, revolution, or denial. Few are discussing each person’s part in creating a larger reality. However, forward integration can show us the way out.

End-of-World Theories

Right now, for any person who is not living in denial, we must look upon the world as it really is and separate that from who we are in Spirit. Right now, the world is calling mankind to see this truth; to bring our light and awareness into the world; to bring about an end to the world as we currently know it; to differentiate who we are in Spirit from who we are in form; and to forward integrate our experiences into our knowledge of our ‘Divine Being-ness.’ We will always deny the truth of who we are if we try to confuse it, cloud it, or limit it by trying to make our spiritual identity adhere to our perceptions concerning our physical forms.

So, what is the answer?

Within a dream I had in 2012, I was told that there are choices we are being called to make, almost in the form of a game. We are being called to separate what is false from what is Truth. With this, I was informed, “The most grounded of men will be able to see the Truth.” The mystics of the world have lived their lives by this Truth. It is simplicity.

In essence, our ability to live more simply will help us transcend many of the problems of the world, e.g. environmental issues, issues with power and power sources, issues with relationships, financial issues, etc. I truly believe that man is being called to live his life in more purity, truth, and simplicity. We can learn to do this while lovingly bringing unconscious thoughts, actions, and intentions into awareness while also learning to manifest our loving thoughts, intentions, and actions into the world of form.

We can create a reality which bears witness to good fruits! I do feel that the door is opening for mankind to understand and find the true abundance that lives within himself, and which is vibrating from the spark of love, light, and life that exists within all living beings in the world.

The Book of Galatians

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28, NIV

I love this book within the Bible! Not only does it separate spiritual worship from state/politics, but it also asks that followers of Christ completely abandon serving men at all, in favor of serving Spirit and Faith instead.

I never even knew what the Book of Galatians was about until the guide I mentioned at the beginning of this chapter approached me with a very strong energy and message. He asked me to question why we collectively and obediently give our power away to structures, forms, conventions, materialism, etc. Asking this guide for his name (which he felt distinctly male), I only heard one word: Galatians. I assumed this term was short for “galactic being,” until I decided to research the Internet to see if I could find who the “Galatians” were. Surprisingly, what kept popping up was a book in the Bible that was titled “Galatians.” I was even more shocked when I found out this book in the Bible is focused on the very topic of the message that I had received!

For others who do not know about the Book of Galatians, it consists of a letter from Apostle Paul to the city of Galatia regarding the ritual of circumcision. However, it is much more than this. Paul is vehement that the people understand that Christ died for them in order that they would not be under any oppressive rule of worldly men. Those who follow Christ can choose to serve and obey God instead of man. In fact, though conspiracy theorists love to throw the word slavery around, Paul himself states in Galatians 5:1, NIV, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

In another part of his letter, according to what is translated in Galatians 3:1-14, NIV, Paul states:

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law…. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.’ Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because ‘the righteous will live by faith.’ The law is not based on faith…. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Paul further explains that when we did not know Christ, we were under the guardianship of other men, the same way a child is under the guardianship of parents. Now that Christ has come to show us the way, we realize we are children of God. By our faith, we no longer need the guardianship of men. We are not children. According to Galatians 4:1-11, NIV, we are justified in Christ and not under the laws of men anymore:

What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God —how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Paul discusses how the message of Christ was not about obeying various forms of illusion, but about faith expressing itself through love. He is not trying to chastise the Galatians, but trying to help them understand their freedom, i.e. how the ways of the world, of governments, and of man end up hindering our alignment with Truth. According to Galatians 5:4-9, NIV, Paul states:

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. ‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’

Paul also provides a way out of the dilemma (the split). In Galatians 5:13, NIV, Paul offers us a life lived through humility. Such a life is less driven to use our innate freedom and free will to over-indulging in the ways of the flesh:

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

In the next two chapters, I specifically discuss approaching our emotions and concepts of abundance in a new way. These new ways put an emphasis on spirit before matter. They also help us to further let go of the false beliefs that have us denying our lotus nature in order to conform to a muddy pond.

[20] By using the word ‘dreams,’ I am not discussing our hopes for our lives, but the dream of life. See glossary.

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Mandy Peterson is a psychic visionary, empath, channel and EFT Practitioner. She is the author of the book “I Am the Lotus, Not the Muddy Pond,” and a regular columnist for the metaphysical magazine, Bellesprit. As an empathic healer and reader, Mandy works 1-to-1 with clients, helping them to achieve clarity, peace and balance. For more information, see the “About” page.