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Solitary Watcher at Heaven’s Gate

“The ‘Being’, which has to remain nameless, is the Tree from which, in subsequent ages, all the great historically known Sages and Hierophants, such as the Rishi Kapila, Hermes, Enoch, Orpheus, etc., have branched off. As objective man, he is the mysterious (to the profane—the ever invisible) yet ever present Personage about whom legends are rife in the East, especially among the Occultists and the students of the Sacred Science. And it is he again who hold spiritual sway over the initiated Adepts, throughout the whole world. He is, as said, the ‘Nameless One’ who has so many names and whose very nature are unknown. He is the ‘Initiator,’ called the ‘GREAT SACRIFICE.’ For sitting at the threshold of LIGHT, he looks into it from within the circle of Darkness, which he will not cross; nor will he quit his post till the last day of this life-cycle. Why does the solitary Watcher remain at his self-chosen post? Why does he sit by the fountain of primeval Wisdom … neither on this Earth, nor in the heaven? Because the lonely sore-footed pilgrims on their way back to their home are never sure to the last moment of not losing the way in this limitless desert of illusion and matter called Earth-Life.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Solitary Watcher

It seems from the quoted description, and other sources, that this solitary watcher is not a single being, but a type of being. This is the guide along the path of enlightenment. He is the soldier who protects the initiates as much as possible from attack by dark beings. He is the archetype of man, who we all wish to return to, even if we don’t know it. It is the being we wish to become.

Archetype of Man

To Carl Jung, archetypes were universal patterns or images that are part of the collective unconscious. They are potentials, goals. He believed that the subconscious or unconscious mind had layers. He called the second layer the “collective unconscious.” This layer is common to all. In it is found instinctive thought and universal concepts and patterns. Among these patterns are the archetypes. There are actually four archetypes for man. The one that represents the Solitary Watcher is called the Magician. Robert Moore says, “The magician is the knower, He knows secret and hidden knowledge of all kinds”. This sounds, not surprisingly, like a description of Gnosis. The magician is powerful and unafraid.

Or it may be that the Solitary Watcher is more like a combination of the sage, the Soul, and the Magician. Three different, yet related archetypes. He represents the ideal of the spiritual seeker. He wants to better himself, better the world, and learn the truth. He has escaped the illusion. Continue reading “Solitary Watcher at Heaven’s Gate”

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Heavenly Spheres and Nested Dimensions

“’My father, yesterday you promised me you would take my mind to the eighth heavenly sphere and after that you would take me to the ninth. You said this is the sequence of the tradition.”Yes, my child, this is the sequence, but the promise was made about human nature. I said to you when I first made the promise, ‘If you remember each of the stages.’ After I received the spirit through the power, I established the action for you. Clearly understanding dwells within you. In me it is as if the power were pregnant, for when I conceived from the spring that flows to me, I gave birth.’Father, you have spoken every word rightly to me, but I am amazed at what you say. You said, ‘The power in me.’’ He said,’I gave birth to it as children are born.’Then, father, I have many siblings if I am to be counted among the generations.’ ‘Right, child. This good thing is counted . . . always. So, child, you must know your siblings and honor them rightly, since they have come from the very same father. For each of the generations have I addressed. I have named them, since they are offspring like these children.’ ‘Then, father, do they have a day?’ ‘Child, they are spiritual, for they exist as forces that nurture other souls. That is why I say they are immortal.’ ‘Your word is true. From now on it cannot be refuted. Father, begin the discourse on the eighth and the ninth, and count me also with my siblings.’ ‘Let us pray, child, to the father of the universe, with your siblings, who are my children, that the father may grant the spirit of eloquence.’” ~The Discourse On The Eighth And Ninth

Heavenly Spheres

What this Gnostic discourse is calling “Heavenly spheres.” is what most of us call spiritual dimensions. These spheres are nested like layers of an onion or a Russian nesting doll. Contrary to what you might think, the highest spiritual level is the outer sphere. Each sphere deeper and deeper within it is less spiritual and more material than the one outside of it. At the very center is the great void where there can be nothing, not even matter.

This nested concept is for our understanding. Since the higher heavenly spheres are made of spirit, they occupy no space or time but are within all space and time. It is a symbolic concept to help us understand the structure of the complete universe.

Eighth and Ninth Heavenly Spheres

As you travel upwards to higher dimensions from our third dimension, you hope to eventually reach the highest of them, the eighth and ninth. The eighth is what we usually call heaven. It is the highest level of beings with form.

The ninth is the Godhead. It is the place where God is one and All. There is but one being there, and that is God. But at the same time, all spirit beings and souls are a part of that Godhead. But this is the place where God is undivided, one, pure and whole.

Heavenly Siblings

This discourse says that the spiritual beings that dwell in higher dimensions are our siblings since they come from the same father. In other words, as they are all creations of God, as are our spirits and souls, we are all brothers and sisters.

But even the material beings of the fallen realm of matter are our siblings because we are all descended from the realms of spirit. When the Demiurge (fallen angels) created the material realms in the deepest levels of the heavenly spheres, they didn’t create from nothing. Only the true God could do that. They created matter out of spirit. That is why all material beings have some spirit in them. Therefore, they are all our siblings.

Power in Us

The student in the discourse is told by the teacher that he has the power in him. This is not political power or business power. He has the power to visit these higher realms. He can travel throughout the heavenly spheres if he learns to understand himself and his true nature. That is true of all of us. We can all travel to higher spheres, higher levels of consciousness, if we study and learn how and apply the lessons diligently. We do have to work at it. Just wishing for it isn’t enough.

 

For more about the dimensions of the universe, See these earlier posts.

See you in the Heavenly Spheres!

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Heavenly Radiance of the Highest Heaven

“God has created the highest heaven, a pure and simple Radiance, which enrings and encloses all the heavens and all bodily and material things. …. It is an outward dwelling-place and a kingdom of God and His saints, full of glory and eternal joy. Now since this heaven is an unmingled Radiance, there is here neither time, nor space, nor movement, nor any change; for it is unmovable and unchangeable above all things. The sphere which is nearest to this glowing heaven is called the First Movement. For here all movement arises from the highest heaven, by the Power of God. From this movement the firmament and all planets derive their courses. And through it, all creatures live and grow, each according to its kind.

“Now understand this well: so likewise the essence of the soul is a ghostly kingdom of God, full of Divine Radiance transcending all our powers, except they be in that simplified state of which I will not speak now. Behold, in regard to the essence of the soul, wherein God reigns, the unity of our spirit is like in the First Movement; for in this unity, the spirit is moved from above by the power of God.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Heavenly Radiance

God did create the highest heaven. He created the other heavens as well, if you think of the spiritual dimensions as being heavens. And this highest heaven does indeed have great radiance. In fact, this heaven is pure light, nothing else. This is, of course, a spiritual light. Spiritual light is not the same as physical light, although the two are related.

When the prophet Malachi wrote about the coming age of the Sun of Righteousness, he said this sun would shine seven times brighter than the normal sun. Physical science tells us that would be a very bad thing. If the sun became seven times brighter, it would burn up the Earth and everything on it. Fortunately, that is not what Malachi meant. He was talking about the spiritual sun, not the physical. The spiritual sun is linked to, and fed by, that highest heaven. More of that heavenly radiance is being sent into our spiritual sun. That is making the spiritual sun brighter and brighter until it will be seven times as bright as before.

The physical sun will not be seven times brighter, but it will be affected. Scientists already know that certain types of radiation coming from the sun have increased in recent decades. They don’t know why. They say it has no connection with global warming. They are wrong about that. The important thing is that the heavenly radiance reaching us through our spiritual sun is helping people awaken to their spiritual self. At the very least, it is making many people aware of the Great Illusion of matter, even before they are truly awakened.

Neither Time nor Space

Ruysbroeck says this highest heaven has no time or space. It has no movement and no change. All of that is true. This highest heaven is also called “the Godhead”. It is the place where God is totally united.

The next dimension below this one is the first one where change and movement can happen. Still, this level has no time or space. Some would say that there can be no movement without time and space. It is possible, however, to have a kind of movement that exists purely on a spiritual level. This is the highest level in which beings other than God can exist. I have covered dimensions more thoroughly in previous posts, so I won’t dig into that here. If you wish to read more about the dimensions, click here.

Unmingled Radiance

Ruysbroeck says this heavenly radiance of the highest heaven is unmingled. By that, he means that this dimension is one of pure light. It has no darkness at all. Not ten percent dark. Not one percent dark. It isn’t even one tenth of one percent dark. It is all light. That is what we need to return to.

Some people argue that spirituality is about accepting darkness as well as light. In a sense they are correct. But only in a sense. We have to acknowledge that darkness exists. We should not hide from it. Neither should we embrace it. We know it exists, but part of the work of spiritual people is to get rid of the darkness. Not by destroying it, but by helping God to transform it into light.

Ghostly Kingdom

Ruysbroeck says the human soul is “ a ghostly kingdom of God.” This seems to us to be a strange thing to say. We think of a ghost as something dead, and the soul is not dead. The soul is eternal. It cannot die.

What he is saying is that the soul is a pale reflection of that heavenly radiance of the highest heaven. This is made clearer when he says that it is full of divine radiance that transcend all our powers. It transcends all our Earthly powers, for spirit, being eternal, has far more power than anything physical. It may not seem that way when you have not awakened those spiritual faculties, but it is. We can know that even on the level of matter by looking at what effect an awakened soul has on people. Jesus, Buddha and St. Francis of Assisi are good examples of those changed and made far more powerful by the heavenly radiance.

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Region of Bliss, Knowledge and Truth

“The place or state wherein the true Rosicrucian lives is far too exalted and glorious to be described in words. When we enter the vestibule of the temple of the true Rosy Cross, we enter into a region of unalloyed bliss and happiness. There is an effulgence f super-terrestrial light, where all laborious thinking and exercise of the imagination for the purpose of drawing logical inferences about the unknown, ceases, for in that light is the realm of pure knowledge; to live there is to perceive, and to perceive is to know. Into that paradise of celestial consciousness nothing impure can enter. No room is there for terrestrial flesh and blood; but the spiritual beings which inhabit that realm are made of the flesh and body of ‘Christ,’ in other words, of the substance of the spiritual soul.” ~Franz Hartmann

True Rosicrucian

I won’t get into Rosicrucian beliefs and whether or not the order of today can be considered “true”. Instead, I suggest substituting spiritual enlightened person for Rosicrucian in the quote. That is what the message really is about. Not something exclusive to a particular school or order, but the realm that opens to all devoted spiritual students.

Region of Bliss

A lot of beginners wonder about this. Why is this spiritual realm one of joy and bliss? It is because most of the problems that exist in the lower levels where matter rules don’t exist there. Because that high level of being and consciousness has no matter, there is no death , no disease, no poverty, no greed. It is a place where even the blind can see and the deaf can hear. But more important than physical sight and hearing, your spiritual sight and hearing are used there. Our spiritual senses see and hear only truth and reality. They are not fooled by the illusions of matter. And there are no illusions in this region of bliss.

Super-Terrestrial light

It’s an odd choice of words here. Why call this light “super-terrestrial” rather than simply spiritual? I can’t say why Hartmann used that term. I prefer to say spiritual light. And yes, the region of bliss is full of spiritual light. You might even say it is made of spiritual light. And since light carries information, this spiritual light in the realm of bliss carries only truth and real knowledge. That kind of knowledge that is the true Gnosis. Continue reading “Region of Bliss, Knowledge and Truth”

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