Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists. She has a Masters degree from Kings College, Cambridge, and has written numerous bestselling dream, angel, afterlife, ritual, and spiritual titles and Encyclopedias, including two Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers. She has been a guest on Russell Brand’s Under the Skin and Coast to Coast AM and featured in numerous newspapers and media.
Main points discussed:
Theresa’s bio and background
Movies can be a powerful means of popularizing spiritual knowledge.
Supernatural experiences are part of the human experiences. We should not idolize those who have them but investigate the possibility of having them ourselves.
Dreams inspire interest in spirituality.
The pandemic “lockdown dream phenomenon”.
“Dreams are your intuition, your internal therapist”
The inner guide is switched off in the modern busy world, but the pandemic switched it back on.
Night visions and how they may be much more than dreams.
Confronting difficulties in dreams can prepare one to deal with difficult situations in waking life.
Theresa’s investigation of mediumship.
Discussion of cults and the importance of spiritual integrity.
The importance of humility on the spiritual path.
We’re all ordinary people who have extraordinary experiences from time to time.
Everyone’s path is unique.
It can be tempting to follow a teacher and intoxicating to amass followers.
An extensive discussion of angels.
The importance of kindness and caring for others.
The importance of a scientific approach to spirituality.
The importance of open-mindedness and not knowing all the answers.
When someone dies, there is a relationship in spirit not limited by space and time.
Heaven on earth. The life we live here determines the quality of the afterlife.
The importance of forgiveness.
Theresa mentions that ‘forgiveness’ is somewhat neglected in contemporary spirituality.
The Imaginal Realm is an objective reality belonging to the spectrums of consciousness within the Great Chain of Being which transcend, surround, and penetrate the denser realities. “Imaginal” does not mean “imaginary”.
Heaven and Hell represent opposites on the spectrum of consciousness which runs from freedom and connectedness on one end to constriction and alienation on the other. Both are experienced here, too.
Our important task is to become cosmic servants integrated into earthly reality.
Our work done in this realm feeds and informs the subtler realms which then process it and pour it back into our realm so that all realms evolve as a single reality.
The Kingdom of Heaven can be interpreted as seeing ourselves as wormholes that act as portals into the wholeness of the cosmic matrix. Encountering the Kingdom of God opens us up to the holistic nature of reality that informs and invites us to walk within the congruity of our individual will and the will of the Wholeness that seeks to become manifest.
Developing discernment requires equanimity and open-heartedness grounded in humility so that the ego doesn’t take the lead by creating roles that toxify and stagnate the path towards love and understanding.
Remaining teachable while being willing to risk self-exploration is essential to balanced development.
Creation is God’s way of communicating Love that gives, receives, sees, and is seen. This relational field has as its telos the eternal generation of diversity held together and protected by Love.
The great work is to fully show up in the laboratory of our lives and awaken into higher stages of consciousness. We courageously and graciously accept the presence of “tough grace” which comes to us packaged as apparent obstacles and even suffering.
From the depth of humility and spiritual maturity, we learn how to appreciate pinnacle spiritual states without getting attached to them.
Our emotional transactions have an energetic signature. We can learn how to “sniff the odor” of the energy in events, places, the dynamic between people, and even in concepts and ideas. This “sniffing” is an encounter with the Imaginal Realms.
We are in the birth canal of the collective emergence into the integral but the labor is difficult due to divisions between the “structures of consciousness.” We need to honor and re-engage with the magical and the mythical, ritual, the spirit of repentance, a lifestyle of moderation, and heart-centered living in order to create the spaciousness needed for global metanoia.
Jesus came to “line the anguish [of our human experience] with love.” The entire cosmos, from the dense to the subtle, is set up to experience burning restlessness—which becomes the driveshaft propelling the whole thing forward. Through Jesus, God tells the universe that love reaches all, forgiveness is eternal, nothing is lost, and the Universe is for you.