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Life-Changing Retreats in Sedona, AZ & Germany. New Reality, New Life.


Life-Changing Retreats in Sedona, AZ & Germany. New Reality, New Life.

Life-Changing Retreats in Sedona, AZ & Germany. New Reality, New Life.

October 8, 2022

Stages of Spiritual Enlightenment: Awakening, Maturation, "Happy now, open for more"

Accurate Signs of Spiritual Awakening

Many disagree about what enlightenment is. That's okay, you'll know that bliss and freedom when you experience it for yourself and sustain it.

First let's get the false spiritual awakening signs out of the way. The internet videos tell you a feeling of being "special" or "different" or "not belonging on earth" are syptoms of awakening. No, that is lmited human mind using sneaky tactics to keep you from true awakening, because true awakening ends the mind's rule over you. 

Enlightened ones don't feel They Are special

They don't compare themselves to others at all! They don't feel grandiose or superior.

They don't seek to rise above or escape physical life, but to embrace and enjoy it fully.

Here are some authentic signs of spiritual awakening that make you feel even more preciously human and compassionate to all beings.

  • You know that you create your reality. You are mature and self-responsible, not blaming the Universe or others for your life experiences.
  • You identify with your Larger Self, the expanded larger-than-physical you.
  • Your ultimate authority is found within.
  • You experience a growing sense of responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, choices, decisions, and behavior.
  • Spiritual values and virtues begin to naturally supercede (but not replace) physical world values.
  • Your busy mind quiets and slows down, allowing you to receive more guidance. 
  • Your mind is supportive, non-judgmental, and compassionate when it speaks to you. 
  • Your past actually seems to change, but what has changed is your broader perspective.
  • You identify less with the past and more and more with NOW.
  • You understand your past, and negative charges from the past fade.
  • You have fewer emotional triggers, and much less drama.
  • Your heart is open and no longer wounded - so much so that parents and exes who did you wrong do not lower your vibration anymore.
  • You feel an intimate oneness with your Creator, and there is a deep inner peace. 
  • You begin to focus more on your inner experience and the Non-Physical rather than your outer environment, but the outer world is still important too.
  • With your Large Self at the wheel, there’s an overarching feeling of okayness. You feel light and free.
  • It becomes easier and easier to re-center after difficult interactions and events. 

"I believe in myself. I create more in the infinite fields of possibility. I'm a powerful magician in my life. Grace is everywhere." Henriette, Munich, Germany, retreat attendee

woman before and after divine openingsCan a Retreat speed awakening?

Most people find it easier to awaken in the presence of a trusted guide, teacher, or Mentor, because the very mind you must overcome gets actively in your way as you try to awaken. Mind doesn't want enlightenment because then it won't be in control anymore!

The teacher's energy field helps attune your energy to a higher frequency, and can light the way until you master your own mind.

Be discerning about teachers. You cannot judge a teacher with your mind because mind does not want enlightenment and will find something it doesn't like about a real teacher. It looks for excuses to run the other way when it senses that its domination over you is about to end.

Does the teacher just talk about awakening, or does she envelop you in the actual vibration of higher consciousness? Do you actually FEEL yourself rising in vibration in her presence? (If you can't feel vibration yet, you will.)

Does the teacher empower you to be the authority in your life?

Enlightened people laugh easily and are generally joyful or peaceful-feeling. Truly enlightened people are almost childlike in their joy. Teachers who are dour, over-serious, holier than thou, and not enjoying life are not actually enlightened. 

Those who are enlightened do not say, "I am enlightened." 

 Ask your Large Self for guidance, not your mind! 

Enlightenment begins with an awakening

I see awakening begin firsthand at the 5 Day Silent Retreats. Then there is a blissful, satisfying, ongoing expansion that never ends. Just as the Universe never reaches one final state of expansion, neither will you. There is always more to look forward to, and you'll never want the adventure to end.

I've helped people all over the world find not only spiritual enlightenment, but also a fulfilling life that works on all levels. Relationships are loving and fulfilling, money becomes a non-issue, you enjoy life, and stay young-feeling and healthy.

It's no fun being enlightened if you can't pay your bills, find love, or enjoy your work.

"I am happy now, love my work, love myself, I have money, and I can witness myself to keep growing." Azine, Germany

You are here on earth on purpose. Physical life is not something you ascend out of. Awakened people embody fully here and now. You came here on purpose to bring heaven to earth, and you can do it! 

you'll always have Free Will

Even The Presence won’t force you to stay enlightened, because you are gifted with precious Free Will.

You have 100% power over your own life. You retain the ability to choose whether to stay awake, or to go back to your old comfort zone. You can go back to sleep. People often do that when it's time to go for spiritually maturity, and it gets uncomfortable to witness themselves and face their more immature impulses.

Presence will allow you to shut your eyes and go back to sleep if you wish to.

Look around - many do go back to sleep after profound awakenings - even while the small self "acts spiritual."

I often wish I could prevent people from following their small self mind back into bondage and sleep, but it is right that I am not allowed to do that due to your Free Will.

I you will allow it, I can open you to Grace so that the energy does 90% of the work for you.

I can give you huge Grace boosts

But by Universal Law no one is allowed to make your choices for you, or save you from your choices. (You can give your power away and default to others, however I don't recommend it.)

You get to choose whether to open your eyes, remedy a problem, and grow into the opportunity - or to keep the blind spot and live out the difficult consequences.

Your friend contrast WILL ALWAYS try to move you, to evolve you.
That never stops. 

"I can accept all of my feelings now, and they move with ease. My relationship with my husbad has transformed without any work, and I received a house free." Valerie, Germany

Yes, enlightenment is a fluid state of being, and your goal after the initial awakening is to "stay in the flow," stay in alignment with your Large Self, and keep growing. 

The goal is not perfection, and fortunately, it's not required, so relax! You simply continue to expand along with the Universe's eternal expansion. 

Experience is the only path to Enlightenment and beyond. 
Talk, Knowledge, and theory can never Take you There.

Deep, delicious inner Silence is the Easiest Way to Enlightenment

Talking, analyzing, and reading are mental, and the mind can never lead you to enlightenment. Busy, noisy, chatty mind is actually your number one barrier to awakening. The human mind resists silence.

Enlightenment cannot be forced, but you can put yourself in the ideal conditions for it. 

Silence is one of the fastest routes to it, because the mind is out of the way.

"I thought the silence would be unbearable, but now I see it's the key to my freedom. My formerly busy, tortured mind now feels quiet and happy. I have it all now, relationship, home, fun work, freedom." Melanie, Germany

No-mind (Silence) is a doorway to enlightenment

In 2006, after many years of frustrating searching, therapy, modalities, and seeking, I took 21 days to be completely still, not to speak and not to make eye contact with anyone. That was my awakening. Now I guide people to awaken in only 5 days at the 5 Day Silent Retreat.  

awakening feels like a NEW life

My 21 days of silence was the greatest pivot point of my entire life, and it sparked my completely new, empowered life. As of 2024 I have facilitated more than sixty-seven 5-day silent retreats where I create the conditions in which enlightenment can happen. 

I asked for the kind of awakening that allowed me to continue to live in this world and live a normal life. I did not want to be detached or sit on a cloud. I wanted to LIVE this life fully, yet still be one with my Non-Physical Self, my Large Self.

This physical world is the leading edge of creation. It's not inferior. It's not to be ascended out of!

You can say what kind of enlightenment you want.

Say "I evolve eternally" rather than "I am a seeker."

If you keep seeking and seeking and seeking, you're saying to the Universe, "I'm still lost - I'm not even close," and so you can't sustain the awakening. 

"The fatigue of the ages"

Early in the 5 Day Silent Retreat, many people experience exhaustion as decades of stress, fatigue, and old patterns come to the surface en masse and begin to fall away.

I call it "the fatigue of the ages" when long-held density and tension begins to become conscious. When you let go after decades of resisting your true inner blissful nature, suddenly you FEEL how exhausting it was to hold onto all that baggage!

We don't know how hard we've worked to hold things back, bury them, carry them, or compensate..... until we stop. That's the value of contrast: You don't know the cold unless you've felt the heat. You don't know the extent of the tension you're carrying until you relax. (Divine Openings shows you how contrast is always your friend.)

After so many years of suppressing old emotions, running from them, or "working" on them without overcoming them, many people walk around exhausted, thinking it's normal (everyone else is tired too, right?), and it's only when they start letting go and releasing the negativity in their energy field that they find their energy, vitality, zest for life, and joy returning.

After a big emotional release or emotional detox in the 5 Day Silent Retreat, you give in to the fatigue, be with what's happening with your body and emotions, and rest. This fatigue and roller coaster of emotions progress VERY quickly in my retreats. It can take a long time to do it alone, because many people unconsciously try to avoid the emotions and fatigue, and don't fully engage with them. 

Then comes bliss and enlightenment!

After the fatigue and detoxification comes a new kind of deep relaxation that will have you saying, "I have never felt this good before in my entire life!" You experience an effervescent, sparkling, almost limitless-feeling energy.

It is as if you are being carried by grace

The first breakthrough from resistance to letting go is usually the biggest and most dramatic-feeling, but more of them follow. It never ends.

You get used to deep relaxation and it soon feels normal. Then you reach the next level. Let's say you've relaxed about money and it feels like a fabulous new world as money flows easily to you for the first time. But there's more to come as you let go and relax in other areas.

Bliss and rejuvenation usually happens byday 4 or 5 of the retreats, when virtually everyone feels it. Uncontrollable laughter can bubble up from your true joyful self. It's really fun and contagious, and soon everyone catches it.

How to receive enlightenment

Many people cannot maintain the initial bliss after an explosive enlightenment experience. Expert guides are helpful in any endeavor, and having a spiritual mentor is a blessing and an advantage. The conscious mind must be retrained to live in this world, with a wide-open energy field, even while the old mind tries to take control again.

One man joked that his first enlightenment episode lasted 6 months - until he visited his mother.

Divine Openings gives you a "practical" enlightenment that can withstand the challenges of the real world, including your mother! Most of us can't sit in a cave for years, and we don't need to. Portal 1 guides you to literally reprogram your mind to give more energy and attention to enlightened thoughts, and give less energy to low vibration thoughts and memories. 

You probably know that you manifest more of what you give energy to.

When you take a 5 Day Silent Retreat, your journey is accelerated. To maintain it, I include Portal 1 online and my book Things Are Going Great In My Absence and Portal 1 online for self-study.  You are gently and surely guided as you move through eternal evoluton. It's mostly pleasure as you enjoy the profoundly powerful Pleasure Practices.

All you need to do is commit to your happiness and freedom and stick to it! 

You may one day hit a wall in your relationship with your partner and realize how much you've been suppressing your feelings about relationship (compounded by suppressed, unresolved feelings about relationships going back to your childhood). Intimacy is one of the most longed for and feared experiences of all. The defenses can be deep and tender. But that wall you hit is a golden opportunity for your spiritual enlightenment.

I guide you to move through these feelings and you recover even more tied up energy. You feel a whole new, higher level of relaxation and vitality afterwards.

Your daily life and feelings present you with exactly what you need to feel in order to unfold your spiritual enlightenment and release more energy. On this path you'll come to know just what to do! And you grow .... forever. 

You don't need to constantly look for things to fix and work on with Divine Openings. Enlightenment comes when you put yourself in the right frame of mind and allow yourself to relax into it.

You simply cannot struggle your way into enlightenment.
You can't suffer your way into joy.

We know, darling, we know! That old part of you that doesn't really want to change says, "Oh, I'll think about it. I don't have time. I can't afford things for me." But those are excuses to keep you stuck. Old habits can be incredibly strong, blind spots are stubborn, and defenses are incredibly hard to break.

Simply committed to your spiritual enlightenment and joy, and I'll guide you there with pleasurable practices.

If you need help breaking through, come to a 5 Day Silent Retreat  where I can personally help you energetically.

Miracles happen here.

Once you open up and get rolling, life is a series of new openings, new openings, and more new openings. It stops being hard and starts being fun and joyful.... sometimes even blissful.

Isn't evolution wonderful?

now, what do you want in YOUR life?

It's all here for you. Reserve your retreat

Lola Jones
Spiritual Mentor

If you're feeling indecision or doubt...

I can't take the time...

That story could keep you in bondage to time forever. Keep doing the same old thing, and you keep getting the same old thing. You make time for everything else! Prioritize your own growth, make time for you. Read the book with the money back guarantee, begin the Online Portals that immerse you in Grace. If you can, attend a retreat. You'll find you have more time once you're living as your Large Self. You'll live in the timeless now.

This wonderful mantra opens you to Grace and new possibilities: Just be willing.

I have kids...

Yes, and you owe it to them to be the best you can be, so you can show them how to be successful and happy. You know they don't listen to what you say about life-----they watch how you live your life. What are you role-modeling for them right now?

Money is too tight...

It will remain tight if you don't raise that stinky low vibration about money! Invest in something that will raise your money vibration. That pays off. What else does that? Your Small Self wants you to buy meaningless stuff that makes you feel better for three seconds----to keep you in that little box where it's in charge. Starting with the book is an inexpensive, money-back, no risk way to get started changing your life, and your finances, permanently.

"Nothing works for me."

If you've tried things that didn't work, of course you question things! Lola was a frustrated seeker for twenty long years before her 21 days of silence opened her. She once felt fear, suffering, heartbreak, and powerlessness herself. Now she can lead you out of it quickly, as she's done for so many.

Divine Openings works, but you have to experience it, so if you're not clear, get the book with the money back guarantee. You will know if this is the path for you. If you're feeling it, dive in and immerse for faster results: enroll in the Portal 1 Online Course, or come to the bliss retreat.

Is this too good to be true?

If you've tried things that didn't work, of course you question things! Lola was a frustrated seeker for twenty long years before her 21 days of silence opened her. She once felt fear, suffering, heartbreak, and powerlessness herself. Now she can lead you out of it quickly, as she's done for so many.

Divine Openings works, but you have to experience it, so if you're not clear, get the book with the money back guarantee. You will know if this is the path for you. If you're feeling it, dive in and immerse for faster results: enroll in the Portal 1 Online Course, or come to the bliss retreat.

What if I still have questions?

Please contact us.

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