Super-consciousness with the founder of Woza Chi
Discussing meditation and delving into super-consciousness.
It was fun and enlightening to chat with Warwick Rautenbach, founder of Woza Chi, discussing his life changing meditation journey and how to access super-consciousness.
Q: Hello Warwick, please share some background on how you got into meditation?
10 years ago, I was in a bit of a dark space. My life on paper was pretty amazing – I had a flourishing career in advertising, was jolling hard, and I had a beautiful woman by my side. Everything looked peachy. Underneath all that, I was overworked, overstressed, and over-partied. At this stage, I had tried meditation a few times, but when I did do it (which was only when I was at breaking point – we call this “stress meditating”), I felt great.
Around this time, my wife found a Transcendental Meditation course (TM – a mantra-based meditation technique) and suggested we give it a go together to try and help us deal with the life stress that was wearing down our relationship. We did the course, started meditating twice a day, and have been doing that every day ever since for more than a decade. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that that was the turning point in my life.
Q: What happened?
We started noticing positive shifts happening in our daily lives, and we became calmer, less stressed, less reactive, and more compassionate – with other people, with each other, and most importantly, with ourselves. Meditation has become my happy place, and no matter what’s going on in life, good/bad/ugly, I make time for it every day because it helps stop the wheels from coming off.
Meditation is one of the greatest gifts I’ve gifted myself by making it part of my life – a gift I’m now passing over to my newborn son – we have been meditating with him every day since he was a little bean in my wife’s belly and every day since he was born two months ago. Aside from sharing meditation with my son, I’m also a certified Meditation teacher, so I’m sharing this beautiful life game changer that is meditation with the world. Meditation world domination.
Q: Why are so many people feeling lost, stressed, sad and overwhelmed?
We are “always on,” from the second we wake to the second we fall asleep. We are giving so much of ourselves to our jobs, careers, our friends and family, social media, we’re simply not taking enough time to look after ourselves.
Self-care isn’t selfish. You’re not going to be the best version of yourself or for anyone if you’re not prioritising taking some time for yourself, every day. The best way to calm an overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed mind is to meditate. Switching off by sitting by yourself in silence with your eyes closed for an extended period of time every single day will bring a calm and stillness into your life that will just help you deal with sh*t a lot better. It’s hands down the best survival tool I have in my arsenal to keep from going off the rails.
Q: Does lack of time stop people from meditating?
I’m often asked, “Who has time to meditate?” My reply is, “Do you have time to eat? Then you have time to meditate.” Both, I believe, are equally as important to survive as a happy, healthy human being. Going into stillness every day recharges you, resets you, and revitalises you – it gives your body and mind the regeneration it needs the same way eating and sleeping does.
Q: This month theSQUAD are talking about super-consciousness. Being a Medication coach, how would you define this concept?
I’d define super-consciousness as tapping into the source of all life. We live in a world of external distractions that take us out of ourselves and keep our minds occupied 24/7. This leads to us having that feeling of wanting more all the time – like nothing’s ever good enough.
Super-consciousness and being present in this moment right here and now bring our attention inward, help us connect to what our bodies and minds need, connect us to the source, and that’s the magic sauce right there!
Q: How do you work towards this state of mind?
If you can be fully present in these simple acts that we do every day or even have a pointed meditation while doing something, like moving meditation, you are winning at being mindful, and I fully endorse all alternative forms of meditation – with a BIG disclaimer that from my own personal experience, I firmly believe that to fully feel the benefits of meditation, you need to sit in silence for an extended period every single day.
Q: Do you think super-consciousness can make us less stressed and more creative?
1000%! When we make space for stillness, we get rid of all the background noise that’s making us negative and over thinking. And we can access that space and tap into this super-consciousness by quietening our minds with meditation. Breathing. Whenever I have a creative block or even before I need to create or solve a problem, I meditate and come out the other side with a clear mind, ready to create.
Q: What practices or techniques do you recommend for individuals who want to tap into their super-conscious mind?
How much time you got? Haha. My highlights reel is: Meditation. Being present in nature. Journaling. A gratitude practice. Being kind and compassionate. Moving your body in some form of exercise (whatever your jam is). Creating, which can be anything from ideas, music, art, or writing. Whatever feels good when you’re creating it. Even if you think you’re not creative, I’m sorry to burst your bubble – but you are – we are by our very fabric, creative beings, and when we allow ourselves to be inquisitive, to play and to love, we are tapping into our super-consciousness.
How can we differentiate between intuition and the chatter of the conscious mind?
For me personally, the differentiator between intuition and mind chatter is… body parts. If I feel myself struggling to make a decision about something, for instance, I think about the decision deeply, allow the thousand thoughts in my head to run wild. From here, my attention goes inward, and I break the decision down to like a yes or no (for example). When I focus on the heart/solar plexus or gut, then there’s a very clear physical and emotional feeling – like a thump or a flutter – of what the right call is because I’ve shone a light on that particular thing. That’s the old trust your gut vibe.
Q: What role do alpha waves play in accessing the super-conscious mind?
I’m a musician, so I’m ALL about the sound waves and frequencies. There is TONS of legit scientific research on how Alpha, Beta, Theta, delta waves can alter and enhance our moods, concentration, focus, and sleep.
Also, if you take listening to these frequencies off the table completely, there’s this lil’ gem: Your brain produces even more alpha waves when you meditate, which brings you to a state of rest and stillness.
Then in the same ballpark of Alpha frequencies and the like, I’ve recently stumbled onto something called Solfeggio frequencies, which, if you break it down, is the belief that the vibrational signature of certain sounds, ranging from 174 Hz to 963 Hz, can positively impact our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Here’s a cool article which unpacks it all. I’ve also made hours of Spotify playlists of Solfeggio, so if there are any nerds out on these frequencies – I’ll gladly hook you up.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
JUST. BE. LEKKER. With everybody, but most importantly – with yourself.
Thank you Warwick!
Find more of Woza Chi’s awesome vibes here:
Meditation Instagram page: @Woza.Chi
Personal Instagram page: @WickWasHere
Band Instagram Page: @HellcatsBand