Have you ever been in the middle of a creative project and just felt the results flowing out of you? Maybe you’ve reached a mind-state that feels outside of yourself? Here at Sister Leadership, we connect that with a heightened state of consciousness. It’s an incredibly productive and powerful state to tap into if you can become aware of it. And that being said, let me introduce you to this week’s guest, Dr. Alexandra Ginty. Dr. Ginty is the perfect women to be chatting about state of consciousness; she brings this concept into her professional life as a family doctor and as Regional Lead of Primary Care for the Cancer Care Journey for Cancer Care Ontario, as well as her personal creative works and her writing. We were lucky enough to be able to have an interview and ask her some questions around this week’s Sister Leadership theme: Heightened State of Being.
Dr. Ginty blogs on www.FacingCancer.ca as Both Sides. At fourty-seven she was diagnosed with bilateral invasive breast cancer. She has experience both on the medical side of illness, and as the patient, hence the name ‘Both Sides’. As the diagnosis caused her world to tailspin, she found tools like her Positive Thinking Cards helped her move forward, which led her to the journey of realizing her heightened state of being.
Sister Leadership’s definition of Heightened State of Being: A developed state of consciousness associated with transcendence, spiritual enlightenment, and union with the divine (Super consciousness (Yoga), objective consciousness (Gurdjieff), Buddha consciousness (Theosophy), Cosmic consciousness, God-consciousness (Islam, Hinduism), Christ consciousness (Christian Mysticism)). Most humans are deemed to be asleep (oblivious to reality) despite engaging in daily activities; “waking sleep,” is a concept learned from ancient spiritual teachings such as those of the Buddha. However, all individuals have an innate ability to transcend and cultivate the awakening. We all have the ability to connect to higher states of consciousness (e.g. pure consciousness, cosmic consciousness, unity, oneness) and other states of trance at our own discretion (as in deep contemplation, meditation, prayer), with the help of teachers (e.g. Sheikh, Rabbi, Yogi), or by frequenting community centers such as ashrams and monasteries.
Let’s dive into this week’s interview, and learn how a busy lady like Dr. Ginty stays connected with that Heightened State of Being.
1. Describe a moment in which you felt fully awake to your union with the divine or any other heightened state of energy or spirit. What rituals help make the connection? How do you know you are connected?
I search for those moments—freeze frame them in my mind.
There is a place in your head where time stands still. I had never noticed it before, never recognized its existence until my spirit was so thirsty for life. I just knew that this place felt good at a time when I needed it most. When the ground falls away from your feet, when the next result was just not on the radar of possible, I needed to find that place in my head. It started with tennis—when I hit in singles, I am in a silent zone, only hearing the coaching inside my head, everything else is put aside—concentration reigns, effort takes over.
I also find this place in my head when up at my cottage. Just to look at a sunset and feel the warm rocks, I am physically in a healing place that feels heavenly and divine. I could dive into the water on my naked head in chemo and it cleansed the chaos and chatter of all the unknowns ahead.
After all my surgery, I had such painful physio on the scar tissue. The therapist said I must think of a beautiful place. I always took myself back to snowboarding. When I feel the speed and know that I am holding onto an edge and leaning out with the chatter of snow, I feel the moment of control that I crave—the one that cancer took away. I would focus on that feeling. There is a true spirit in the mountains too. They have massive size and excitement yet their hidden danger is soulful, yet daringly adventurous. I just want to put that feeling into a box. Meditation in movement is one of my phrases on the thinking cards. That’s where I find the place in my head where time stands still: tennis, art, snowboarding and just being at the cottage.
2. What is your belief about your heightened state of consciousness?
It was an amazing discovery for me. I am not sure what I would have done without it. Not everyone connects with it. As I started art therapy and writing therapy, I understood this place more. It is a place where emotions flow so deeply, sometimes painfully but it is so incredibly powerful that it is now the balance in my life.
I am passionate about my work in medicine, in particular, my new role in cancer care. I am now able to notice balance, which, for me is about nurturing my soul – going to the place where time stands still. It is about taking a time out and having quiet time – writing, art, baking, music, pilates, dancing, tennis. Most importantly, it is not about the outcome, not about the perfect picture; it is about what happens to you as you do these things that is so amazing – the state of consciousness that we are now aware of. By identifying this state of consciousness as necessary in wellbeing, it allows us permission to book it into our lives rather than use it only if there is enough time left over. This is what makes my attitude very different. In fact, I can feel myself needing it.
3. Has there ever been a moment when you were “asleep to reality” and what helped you to remember how to reconnect? What helped you to remember how to reconnect?
All the time. The deepest concentration is when I am in my little art cabin at my cottage and time is non-existent. My imagination is so creatively focused that I am simply imagining the next step or what it will look like next. There is a knock at the door and with a cup of tea, suddenly three hours have disappeared from reality—a beautiful thing. Now I don’t focus on the end product, I have many pieces of art in progress and when one works out, I love it and cherish it but it is all about the process—the state of consciousness that creates a beautiful balance.
When so many difficult hurdles have happened in the last few years with cancer treatment, I write down all the ways of going to the happy place in my head. I call them Positive Thinking Cards. Each phrase has movement forwards, ways to take me to a good place, forgive myself for being human and changing my attitude to go outside comfort zones when we tend to create barriers when things get scary. It is a way of finding an inner peace and always pushing to the good side of life reminding me of my resilience and attributes. Then a remarkable thing happens: Life makes sense backwards because we chose those doors that were right and learned from the wrong.
My Positive Thinking Cards head up each section of my upcoming new book, “Both Sides.” There are poems and writings on this balance we try to find and the cards are available on http://www.Etsy.com under Positive Thinking Cards.
I am taking a lengthy psychotherapy training course this year—an exciting opportunity to explore more about the power of the mind in wellness which I firmly believe is remarkable.
Sister Leadership would like to extend a HUGE #SisterNod to Alex for her candid responses and opening up about how she personally finds that place of pause and heightened consciousness. I hope it helps our readers (as it helps me) to find that space of flow in their life.
For this week’s look to the tool box, we’re going to point you in the direction of Dr. Ginty’s Positive Thinking Cards. They were constant reminders as she pushed forward through hard times, and so they may become reminders for you to also stop, pause and reclaim that better place in your mind.
Till next week,
Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, certified in EQi 2.0 and EQ360, a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has been coaching high-level women and men for over six years, and is now opening her expertise to those emerging in business. Camille pulls her blog topics from her unique coaching approach that combines her training as a EQi 2.0 and EQ360 certified facilitator with the dig-deeper tools of NLP.
Get in touch here if you’d like to talk with Cam about group or one-on-one coaching, and EQ assessments. With the miracle of Skype and telephones – distance is no issue!