About Matthew

About Matthew

What would you do if you woke up and found yourself floating in midair with your nose pressed against the ceiling?

When it happened to me I thought I was dreaming. I reached out and felt the rough wood ceiling. It felt solid and cool to the touch. So I pushed off it like an astronaut floating inside a space capsule. I drifted backwards a foot or two and simply hovered there.

Matthew JoyceThen I rolled over in midair and looked around. Light filtered in from a street light outside the window. In its wan glow I could see my night stand with my lamp, notebook, and clock radio. The clock read 2:09.

Up to this point I might have accepted my circumstances as a very vivid dream, but what came next completely wiped that idea from my mind.

Because there upon my bed lay a body. My body. Eyes closed. Bare arms resting on top of my down quilt. I knew immediately that this was no dream.

A Spiraling Journey

That initial spontaneous out of body experience changed my outlook on life. By the time the experience ended a few minutes later I knew there was far more to my existence than I’d previously considered. This new perspective started me on a 20-year spiritual journey of self-discovery that has spiraled back upon itself.

When the journey began I was fully immersed in my life, experiencing my day-to-day existence as a dream without waking. At 2:09 that night I awoke in more ways than one. I grew curious about who I am and why I’m here. I began seeking answers to these questions through direct experience and from teachers who’d traveled the path ahead of me.

Life Is a Learning Opportunity

I never found a single teacher or a particular path that spoke to me. Instead I treated my journey like an all-you-can eat buffet. I tasted small samples of many things, and heaped my plate with those I liked best. Over time I studied world religions, history, philosophy and science, skimming the surface of topics like particle physics and delving deep into the practical applications of meditation, prayer, and astral travel.

In time I learned to send my awareness to realms far beyond this physical reality, finally attaining the ability to walk in other realities that are as real and fully-immersive as this one. In those realms I interact with spirit guides, angels, nonphysical friends, and spirits of the “deceased,” from whom I’ve had the privilege of learning as much as I have from my living teachers.

We’re All Students and Teachers

Eventually I came to realize the distinction between teacher and student was not what I thought it was. This sense of commonality propelled my awareness into direct unity with all-things. There are many names for this ecstatic union with the divine, and yet words cannot describe that immersion in light and love.

Despite the all-encompassing nature of that ineffable experience, even this was not the end of my journey. After I learned to access that state of being at will, I had yet another realization-that there is no need for seeking at all. I realized that divine awareness simply is, and our consciousness is its expression.

Full Circle

Even more importantly, I realized there is no better way to express yourself than to joyously immerse yourself in the processes of life-just as I’d done so long ago.

Thus my journey has come full circle. And having done so, it’s my desire to help you to recognize that you too can be fully immersed in the joyous creation of daily life, while simultaneously enjoying an awareness of your unity with all that is.

I Want to Hear from You

While my spiritual explorations take me far and wide, my favorite stomping grounds are in the Rocky Mountains, just outside my door in Boulder, Colorado. When I’m not involved with spiritual teaching, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife Janet and our two daughters. Sometimes you’ll find us on the trails or swimming in the creek. Other times we’re happy sitting by the fire playing games or eating popcorn and watching a movie.

At Higher Self Guides we believe Your Success Is Our DestinationTM. So if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let me know.

I’d love to hear from you,
Matthew Joyce