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Higher Consciousness has Practical Value

“Here the practical man, who has been strangely silent during the last stages of our discourse [on spiritual development], shakes himself like a terrier which has achieved dry land again after a bath; and asks … ‘What is the use of all this?’
“’You have introduced me,’ he says further, ‘to some curious states of consciousness, interesting enough in their way; and to a lot of peculiar emotions, many of which are no doubt most valuable to poets and so on. But it is all so remote from daily life. … How… is it all going to help me?’
“Well, put upon the lowest plane, this new way of attending to life—this deepening and widening of outlook—may at least be as helpful to you as many things to which you have unhesitatingly consecrated much time;” ~Evelyn Underhill

The Practical value of Higher Consciousness

What Ms. Underhill wrote some decades ago is even more true today. While there are those who are beginning to recognize the value of spiritual development and achieving higher levels of consciousness, there are a larger number even more completely devoted to materialism who see no value at all in such things. While spiritual schools and spiritual teachers naturally want you to value such development for spiritual purposes, there is considerable value in it to be found in the mundane world of matter and materialism.

A little fact I read some years ago (I don’t remember where) says that while most of us expect business leaders and executives to act based on facts, studies, statistics, and other scientific methods, a large number of them actually rely in making their decisions on intuition. What’s more, those who rely on intuition to help them make their final decisions are more often correct then those who rely entirely on empirical science. And if you are not one of those people who has a strong intuition, you needn’t despair: developing your spiritual side will give you that intuition.

Underhill points out that we are willing to spend considerable time and money on other activities, particularly a formal education, yet we can learn more from spiritual studies and higher consciousness. Here is another part of that; developing our spiritual side and achieving higher states of consciousness can actually help us in those studies by improving memory, concentration, and the ability to distinguish truth from opinions, or complete nonsense. That spiritual development might also help you make better decisions regarding the fields of study you choose to engage in.

You may also find your physical health improving as a result of these studies; not because they improve your physical health directly (though they may to a small degree), but because they make you thing better. In thinking better, you will realize that eating should about supplying your bodies nutritional needs and change your eating habits accordingly. You may also feel a need to start exercising regularly if you hadn’t been doing so. If you think of the great spiritual leaders throughout the ages, you will find that few of them were lazy or significantly overweight (I know Buddha is sometimes depicted as such, but I think the real man was not fat).

In terms of success on the material level, the person who has developed higher consciousness may not be particularly wealthy, but they will rarely be poor. Those studies will intentionally turn you away from materialism, but you don’t need to give up all creature comforts. Psychic Edgar Cayce was known to tell his assistants not to worry about money, God would provide, and in his case, that attitude worked. Whenever he got to a point where his helpers and family were afraid bill payments would be missed, an unexpected check would arrive from someone Cayce had helped in the past.

So yes, development of our spirit, soul, and Higher Consciousness has practical value as well as spiritual.

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Confession to Men, Confession to God

“Men mistake in thinking that the only confession is that made with the voice before magistrates; there is another confession made in the life and conversation, by faith and works corresponding to the faith. The first confession may be made by a hypocrite; and it is one not required of all; … the other confession must be made by all. He who has first confessed in his disposition of heart will confess with his voice also when need shall arise and reason require.” ~Heracleon

Confession to Men

To the more materialistic person, or at least the Atheist, “confession” either means something you do in a courtroom, or to your parents, or to your spouse. To many other, you also confess to your priest, minister, guru, or congregation. The first type of confession is for those who have violated the laws of man and, as Heracleon points out, one can easily lie when doing so. One of the strangest things to me is when people will confess to crimes they didn’t actually commit in order to get publicity, but there are many more cases where the guilty will lie and claim innocence. It is often not quite so easy for a child to lie to his parents. They often develop a knack for recognizing when you are lying, or simply hiding something. And then there are the ego-boosting “confessions” that few people fall for: “Yes Jenny and I made out in the park last night,” or “Don’t listen to the experts, I’m worth $10 billion, not three.” The second confession is different. Continue reading “Confession to Men, Confession to God”

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Awaken the Soul With a Spiritual Fountain

“O enfolded sleeping soul, unaware of the life fountain within from which you may drink, unfeeling of the throbbing life all about us, now is your hour. Prepare yourself for the great awakening. The bright light of wisdom awaits to encircle you, as you stand before the awful door within the sacred Temple of Mystery.
“That the light of truth may be a sure guide amidst the dark gloom of earthly life, a certain aid enabling you to find the way of your eternal spirit. … O live my soul; awaken, hear me. …
“Man is a flame burning in water, as it is written on the pillars without. His soul is as the rosebud awaiting the kiss of the sun to awaken it to bloom.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SCL:25:1-4)

Awaken the Soul

The Kolbrin Bible, which appears to me to have largely been written by the students and teachers of some ancient mystery school, is just one of many sacred writings that teach that the spirit and soul are dormant when we enter the physical world, and must be “awakened” or activated if they are to function and do us any good. Like all such ancient (and modern) writings, The Kolbrin Bible is intentionally vague about how this awakening is accomplished. In various ways, and in various ages, different hints are given and in our present time, the desperate need for change has the formerly hidden schools revealing more than ever (though never the complete process, except to students under oaths of secrecy and responsibility). Continue reading “Awaken the Soul With a Spiritual Fountain”

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The Anchor of Materialism and the Lower Self

“In humanity, the lower is not supreme; it is an accompaniment; but neither does the better rule unfailingly; the lower element also has a footing, and Man, therefore, lives in part under sensation, for he has the organs of sensation, and in large part even by the merely vegetative principle, for the body grows and propagates; all the graded phases are in collaboration, but the entire form, man, takes rank by the dominant, and when the life-principle leaves the body it is what it is, what it most intently lived.
“This is why we must break away towards the High: we dare not keep ourselves set towards the sensuous principle, following the images of sense, or toward the merely vegetative, intent upon the gratifications of eating and procreation; our life must be pointed … toward God.” ~Plotinus

The Lower and the Higher

Plotinus is telling us that our lower self, our material self and the brain-mind that goes with it, is not supreme, but neither is the Higher Self. The Higher Self is supreme or it wouldn’t be “higher”, but Plotinus is saying that letting the Higher Self rule us is not an automatic thing. We have to work at awakening that higher self, and then getting the lower self to surrender control to it. It doesn’t just happen.

People who play the lottery are fond of telling those who don’t that you can’t win if you don’t play. Likewise, we are told that when our ship comes in, we need to board it without hesitation as we not get a second or third chance. The same idea applies to spiritual growth. Continue reading “The Anchor of Materialism and the Lower Self”

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