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World of Becoming Mystical and Spiritual

“We have seen that a vast tract of experience—all the experience which results from contact between a purged and heightened consciousness and the World of Becoming in which it is immersed; and much, too, of that which results from contact set up between such a consciousness and the Absolute Itself—is included in that stage of growth which the mystics call the Illuminated Way. This is the largest and most densely populated province of the mystic kingdom. Such different visionaries as Suso and Blake, Boehme and Angela of Foligno, Mechthilde of Magdeburg, Fox, Rolle, St. Teresa, and countless others have left us the record of their sojourn therein. Among those who cannot be called pure mystics we can detect in the works of Plato and Heracleitus, Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Walt Whitman indicate that they too were acquainted, beyond most poets and seers, with the phenomena of the illuminated life. In studying it then, we shall be confronted by a mass of apparently irreconcilable material: the results of the relation set up between every degree of lucidity, every kind of character, and the suprasensible world.” ~Evelyn Underhill

World of Becoming

The World of Becoming is all about achieving higher and higher states of consciousness. It is also about awakening and developing the spirit and soul. Those are not really two different things. The awakening and development of the spiritual faculties is the only way to really reach higher states of consciousness and enter the world of becoming.

Between Consciousness and the Absolute

Contact between our own conscious and the Divine Consciousness of the Absolute (God) is indeed the goal of the world of becoming. Real spiritual development isn’t about self-interest or education. It isn’t about making ourselves better than others so we can lord over them. Neither is it a panacea that will make us happy and wealthy without having to work for it. It is all about awakening the spirit and soul, then developing them into higher and higher states of consciousness until they become linked to the Divine Consciousness of God. This absolute consciousness may be looked at as a massive temple of consciousness in which each of our individual consciousnesses is but one small stone. Individually, those consciousnesses are not much, but when billions of them are working together, you have a very powerful force. Continue reading “World of Becoming Mystical and Spiritual”

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Group Thinking Makes Complex Lifeforms Possible

“Each atom is to the yogi a living thing, leading its own independent life. These atoms combine into groups for some end and the group manifests a group intelligence, as long as it remains a group; these groups again combining in turn, and forming bodies of a more complex nature, which serves as a vehicle for for higher forms of consciousness. When death comes to the physical body the cells separate and scatter and that which we call decay sets in. The force which has held the cells together is withdrawn, and it becomes free to go its own way and form new combinations. Some go into the body of the plants in the vivinity, and eventually find themselves again in the body of an animal; others remain in the organism of the plant; others remain in the ground for a time, but the life of the atom means incessant and constsnt change. As a leading writer has said: ‘Deat is but an aspect of life, and the destruction of one material form is but a prelude to the building up of another.’” ~William Walker Atkinson

Living Thing

I’ve discussed this before, but it’s worth repeating for this post. When we say that a life form is living, we know what we mean, yet we cannot locate the life in that being. Life exists in it at the cellular level for sure and probably at the atomic level. I’ve also discussed that we are a hierarchy of life, at least on the physical level. We are not a single living entity but a conglomeration of billions of living beings. And that is true of all complex beings.

Start of Life

On the physical level, we know that single-celled lifeforms came first. At least that is the prevailing theory of science. That theory doesn’t explain how and why non-living atoms came together to form those living beings, but we will accept the theory at this point.

The next level of complexity in life came when some of these single cells began to cling together and form a multi-celled being. That most primitive form of multi-celled life

Sponge near diver

is the sponge still found today in the oceans (and bearing little resemblance to Spongebob Squarepants). In a sponge, there are no specialized cells of any kind. Each cell is the same, like bricks in a brick wall. And yet the spange is able to function as a true multi-celled animal in many ways. It serves as a good example, though, for the point that even in the most complex of beings, each cell is an independent lifeform.

Group Thinking

Each of those cells thinks independently, yet they are also engaging in group thinking an multiple levels, as Atkinson notes in the quote. Group thinking has been given a negative connotation today. That is because many see it as the same thing as herd mentality and crowd mentality, but each of those things is slightly different and the first two have more positive aspects than negative ones.

One of the best examples to illustrate positive group thinking is to watch a large flock of birds in flight. The leader of the flock can make a turn and all the others follow with collisions being very rare. In essence, their tiny bird minds are linked together while in flight so the thoughts of one are the thoughts of all. You might call it flock consciousness.

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While crowd mentality can certainly be a negative thing, the type of group thinking, or group consciousness, Atkinson is talking about is a positive thing. But whether positive or negative, it is a reality. Individual cells of living beings are conscious on the most basic level. When they group together for a specific purpose, they have a group mentality that is generally useful. We would not live long, for example, if each of our blood cells decided on its own what it was going to do. The fact that all red blood cells carry food and oxygen to all cells in the body makes living possible. The fact that all white cells fight disease, among other things, helps us stay alive and healthy. So even though the cells remain separate, they still engage in a primitive group thinking that allows them to function as if they made up an organ of the body.

Group Thinking in Man

In other cases, different cells form organs like the heart, liver, and longs in more complex beings. Each organ has a group mentality that allows it to perform its function. And all the organs and other parts of a complex lifeform like a human engage in group thinking as a total being so when we want to walk forward, we don’t have one leg trying to go forward and the other going in reverse. While it might be argued that the brain is controlling all of this, there is growing evidence that the mind, especially the subconscious mind that handles such thing as walking and breathing, is not completely in the brain but is spread out and may function separate from the body entirely. In other words, the complete consciousness of a person is not just the brain-mind, but also the group thinking of every cell in the body.

Group Thinking of Spirit and Soul

Is group thinking limited to the physical world? Probably not. In fact, most spiritual and mystery schools have taught for ages that a form of group thinking does function in the spiritual realms. The primary goal of spiritual development is to unite the soul with God or the Universal Consciousness. Forst, of course, we have to awaken the soul. Then we can start developing group thinking on the spiritual level as well as the physical. Then one day we may again be a single Consciousness of All mad up of many individual bits of consciousness.

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Spiritual Beings Before Matter Existed

“When all was as yet Chaos three spiritual beings appeared on the stage of future creation: (1) Ame no ani naki nushi no Kami, ‘Divine Monarch of the Central Heaven’; (2) Taka mi onosubi no Kami, ‘Exalted, Imperial Divine offspring of Heaven and the Earth’; and (3) Kamu mi musibi no kami, ‘Offspring of the Gods,’ simply.

“These were without form or substance (our arupa triad), as neither the celestial nor the terrestrial substance had yet differentiated, ‘nor had the essence of anything been formed.’

“In the Zohar, which, as now arranged and reedited by Moses de Leon, with the help of Syrian and Chaldean Christian Gnostics in the XII century, and corrected ad revised still later by many Christian hands, is only a little less exoteric than the Bible itself. …

“Ain-Soph, the ABSOLUTE ENDLESS NO-THING, uses also the form of the ONE, the manifested ‘Heavenly Man’ (the First Cause) as its chariot or vehicle to descend into, and manifest through, in the phenomenal world. But the Kabalists neither make it plain how the ABSOLUTE can use anything, or exercise any attribute whatever, since, as the absolute, it is devoid of attributes; nor do they explain that in reality it is the First Cause (Plato’s Logos) the original and eternal IDEA, that manifests through Adam Kadmon, the second Logos, so to speak.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

When All Was Chaos?

According to Merriam-Webster, Chaos is a state of utter confusion. Business Dictionary says it is random and unpredictable. I don’t think such a state was ever found in the All. Before there were forms, before there were beings, there was organization. It wasn’t random. It was intelligent, pure consciousness. It would be more accurate to say it was unformed or undifferentiated rather than calling it chaos.

Three Spiritual Beings

The Total Consciousness that most of us call God is so complex that we attempt to understand it better by looking at parts or aspects of Him, rather than the whole. Most of us know the Christian trilogy of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the quote, Blavatsky is giving an example of an older, yet similar, triad. Others have more than three gods that are actually just aspects of the one God, or false gods. We can easily equate the three spiritual beings given in the Secret Doctrine to the Christian Trilogy. Divine Monarch is clearly the Father. Imperial Divine Offspring is the son (or child). But how does “Offspring of the Gods” relate to the Holy Spirit?

It may be that “offspring of the Gods” is not accurate. It is more accurate to say this “being” is the power that creates the offspring of the Gods. The Holy Spirit is the power of creation.

Spiritual Beings Without Form

Blavatsky says these three spiritual beings were without form or substance. This sounds impossible to most of us, but it is true nonetheless. God originally existed without a form. It makes sense, therefore, that the three spiritual beings that are aspects of God also were without form or substance. They were like nodes of consciousness, concentrated areas of thought energy. Over time, they condensed into actual forms and substances. Spiritual form and substance, not matter. Spirits do have a form, though it is much more flexible than a physical one. It is something like a liquid that takes the shape of the container it is in. A spirit can take the shape and size of the entire universe or any part of it. But at the same time, spirits do not take up any space or time.

Absolute No-Thing

While the three spiritual beings eventually took form, the original Absolute with no form or substance remains at the highest level of reality. Blavatsky finds it confusing that this absolute could “use anything”. I can’t see why that is a problem. Perhaps she hadn’t yet realized that the absolute is Consciousness, all consciousness. The Absolute merely had to think of something and the appropriate spiritual being would do it. It isn’t like the absolute had to pass its desires on to them. The absolute consciousness and the nearly absolute consciousness of the triad are completely linked. When you decide to pick up an object, your arm doesn’t have to be talked into moving, it just does. The same idea applies here.

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Christ Consciousness and the Spiritual Sun

“It is imperative that human beings regain our reverence of the Christ consciousness, at least part of which is the Sun and the light coming from the Sun. We need to turn ourselves away from darkness and toward the Light of Christ again in every way that we can. One thing the Father God has expressed to me is that “time is short”; I don’t know how long that is in God’s years, but it was made clear to me that dark spiritual forces are doing everything they can to overrun the positive, loving nature of Christ, whose body contains the Sun and the Light emanating from it. Most of the time we take the daytime and sunlight for granted, and things like moon phases and eclipses may seem somehow exotic and interesting to us. However, the moon has no light and can only reflect, and astronomic bodies that have no light have nowhere near the loving nature of our star, apparently; though some are benevolent, many are not. It is a mistake to worship any planet or planetary satellite. …

“I only know that Christ and God are in charge of things, loving humanity and seeking to guide us during our soul’s journey on this planet, hopefully back to the heavenly realms to be with them after we pass from this life. They are the guides that humanity should seek to follow.” ~Kerry Wells

Reverence of Christ Consciousness

It is interesting that Ms. Wells says we need reverence of Christ Consciousness. She doesn’t say Christ or Jesus, although she often refers to both, but Christ Consciousness. It is that highest level of consciousness that we need to revere and seek for ourselves, not worship of Jesus or Christ. Christ is the source of Christ Consciousness and Jesus achieved that level of awareness and became a Christ. Nonetheless, we should not worship Jesus or Christ, but instead, seek to achieve higher levels of consciousness until we also achieve that level.

Sun and Sunlight

In a sense, it is true that Christ Consciousness can be found in the sun. More specifically, it can be found in the light of the spiritual sun. Of course, Christ Consciousness can be found everywhere, but just as with a furnace that heats the whole house, there are always locations that it heats better than others. Since all higher levels of consciousness are associated with spiritual light, it is only logical that concentrated sources of spiritual light are the best sources of Christ Consciousness. Our spiritual sun, the spirit of our material sun, is one such source.

Why is that important to you? It’s important because if we want to raise our own consciousness level, we should turn to that light as the best source of the energy needed to make that happen. It is also this light that awakens the spirit and soul. We need to awaken the spirit and soul because the highest levels of consciousness can only be achieved by an awakened soul, not by the brain-mind.

Turn from Darkness

It is good to turn to the light. But it is also important to turn away from darkness. This, however, does not mean what most people think it does. It doesn’t mean we should not go out at night. It doesn’t mean we must avoid walking in the shadows. It means we need to avoid those things associated with darkness. Anger, jealousy, and greed are things of darkness. Materialism is a concept of darkness. This does not mean that we cannot have material possessions. It means that we can’t be owned by material possessions.

Most will say that they are not owned by their possessions. That is an understandable attitude. But it isn’t always true. If you refuse to evacuate your home when a fire or storm is approaching, you are owned by possessions. If you stand in line for three days to get the latest cellphone model, you are owned by possessions. When you can let go of things with little regret, you are not owned by them.

Time is Short

Yes, time is short. The so-called End Times have started. Likewise, the Day of Judgment. But as Wells correctly notes, this is all in God’s time, not human time. The Day of Judgment and the End Times are not measured in Earth days. They may take several decades, or even a century or more. But since we don’t know, we should operate as if it could be over any day. That means we should not put off awakening and developing our spiritual faculties until it is convenient, or until we are old and ready to die. And that doesn’t mean just pretending you have awakened those faculties, but actually doing it. Pretense doesn’t work in the realm of God.

The Moon Has No Light

Again, Ms. Wells has it right. It always amazes me when I read posts in spiritual groups on social media that someone is looking forward to a full moon, or a harvest moon, or some other special moon, so they can recharge their crystals, or themselves. The moon has no light of its own. It is only reflecting sunlight and doing that poorly. It isn’t, after all, a highly polished mirror. So why deal with a poor reflection of sunlight when you can turn to the sun and get it full strength? And the moon reflects little, if any, spiritual light. That makes it worthless for gaining spiritual energy. That makes it worthless for gaining Christ Consciousness.

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