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Spiritual Dimensions of Beauty and Happiness

“Please have mercy on us, generous ruler. The messenger of the father heals souls, draws joy in all of us, and carries away sorrow. Lofty and limitless, where darkness never comes, all the monasteries and the dwelling places are great in beauty, for they are happy in the light and know no pain. Those who enter remain forever. No blow or torture ever reaches them. The clothing they wear no one made by hand. They shine with light, and no ants crawl in them. The green wreathes on their heads never lose color. Their bodies are unfamiliar with dead weight and don’t droop. Their limbs are not paralyzed. Heavy sleep never overtakes their souls, and deceptive dreams and delusions are unknown among them. In that land hunger and anguish are not known. There is no thirst. The waters of all its lakes give out a wondrous fragrance everywhere. No one knows floods and drowning. Their walk is quicker by far than lightning. In their bodies there is no sickness. The actions of all the dark powers leave them completely alone. Fear and horror do not live in those lands, nor does destruction. The trees don’t shake down their fruit. Decay is foreign to their fruit. Within and outdoors it is replete with brilliance, the gardens aromatic and no stray bricks or thorns. Those who ascend to those precincts and have knowledge will extol his manifestation.” ~Parthian Songs

Heals Souls

While it is not an unreasonable thing to say that the messenger of God heals souls, I think it is more accurate to say that he awakens souls. That is to say, he helps us awaken our own souls when we are ready to do so. If we are not ready, to try teaching us how would be a pointless waste of time.

The soul cannot be injured. It cannot be diseased. But it can be dormant and is when we are born into the material world. Why is uncertain, but probably because being sent spiraling down into matter is a traumatic experience. The soul is protected from too much trauma by being in a dormant state, similar to a coma when we fall to Earth.

Joy and Sorrow

The messenger does bring us joy and alleviate sorrow. Those are things of the mind, however, not the soul. By giving us hope, hope in a future world, our sorrow is relieved. By letting us glimpse the truth of the afterlife, we are given joy. Those glimpses often reach only the subconscious mind, yet that is enough to have an effect.

Dwelling Place of Beauty in Spiritual Dimensions

The quote makes it sound like these dwelling places for advanced spiritual people are monasteries in the physical world. While such monasteries may be as close as you can get to such a thing in the physical world, I think the song is referring to something beyond the physical.

The song says this dwelling place is full of beauty. From that alone, it could be a place in the material world. But it goes on to say those who dwell there are happy, in the light, and know no pain. There are no places in the physical realm that meets all of those conditions, all of the time. Only the spiritual dimensions can meet all of those conditions.

We are then told that those who dwell there stay forever. That is definitely not a place of matter. All matter is temporary. All worlds made of matter are temporary. You cannot stay forever in a place that is temporary.

While it is possible, at least from our point of view, for a physical place to have great beauty, it is never as great as that found in spiritual realms. While it is possible to be happy in the physical world, it pales in comparison to the happiness of the spirit and souls in the spiritual dimensions.

Clothed in Light

The clothing worn in this place is, according to the quote, not made by hand. That is a way of saying it is not cloth of matter that such clothing is made from. Spirits are clothed in light. It is not really clothing in the usual sense at all. It is an integral part of what they are. Their bodies are “unfamiliar with dead weight” because spirits have no weight. In spiritual dimensions, we occupy no space, no time. Those things don’t exist there. So you have no weight. You never need to diet! If you wish to change your appearance, you simply think about it.

Dark Powers Leave Them

The dark powers (devils, demons) operate in the realm of matter only. They can only function in the lower four dimensions. They cannot enter the higher spiritual dimensions. They have no control over being in those higher dimensions.

Visiting Spiritual Dimensions

These spiritual dimensions sound so good, it makes some want to go their immediately. There are those who even contemplate suicide so they leave the troubles of this realm, and move up to spiritual dimensions. To do that would be a great mistake. Not because suicide is such a great error, but because premature death is. If we want to go to spiritual dimensions after physical death, we have to prepare for it while still here. We have to live a spiritual life. We have to practice the techniques that allow us to send our soul up into those higher dimensions and bring some of that light and knowledge back with us. Bringing light into the physical world will help transform it. The physical realm is an error that must be corrected. We need to help the higher beings that dwell in spiritual dimensions to do that. Eventually, the physical dimension will become spirit again and become part of the spiritual dimensions as it was before the Great Fall. Then we can all live in beauty, happiness, and without pain.

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Music of the Spheres Singing to the Soul

“Many early instruments had seven strings, and it is generally conceded that Pythagoras was the one who added the eighth string to the lyre of Terpander. …

“The Pythagorans believed that everything which existed had a voice and that all creatures were eternally singing the praise of the creator. Man fails to hear these divine melodies because his soul is enmeshed in the illusion of material existence. When he liberates himself from the bondage of the lower world with its sense limitations, the music of the spheres will again be audible as it was in the Golden Age. Harmony recognizes harmony, and when the human soul regains its true estate it will not only hear the celestial choir but also join with it in an everlasting anthem of praise to that Eternal Good controlling the infinite number of parts and conditions of being.” ~Manly P. Hall

Seven or Eight Strings

Halls gives credit to Pythagoras for added the eighth string to a lyre that had always, like several other stringed instruments, had seven. He gives no reason for doing so, however. Permit me to do it for him.

Hall does say that seven was standard because of the popularity of seven in other things, especially spiritual ones. Seven colors in the rainbow, seven chakras, or energy centers, in the body, and so on. In fact, most people equate the frequent occurrence of seven in the Bible to those seven chakras. But Pythagoras was correct in adding an eighth. There are four energy centers in the spirit. Each is divided into two when the enter the physical body. That gives eight, not seven. So there are eight primary energy centers in the body, not seven. So why do so many believe it is seven? Because when asked to publicly reveal the hidden information in the mystery schools, the masters of those schools always supply incomplete information to those who are not official students.

A Singing All

There is, in a sense, singing everywhere. Singing is just rhythmic vibrations of the right frequencies to register on our ears. There are many sounds in the world that we don’t think of as music or singing. There are sounds that we ignore entirely. We are unaware that many of those sounds even exist. Birds and crickets chirping, tree leaves rustling in the wind and so many other sounds that we generally ignore. But there are other sounds, such as the vibrating of rocks, that happen at frequencies we can’t even hear. Yet they are sometimes rhythmic vibration and therefore singing.

Music of the Spheres

Not only is everything on Earth singing, in a way, but the planet itself sings (or vibrates) as it moves through space. It is accompanied by its brothers and sisters, the other planets of our solar system, to create a celestial choir. Then so must the sun and the other stars sing to themselves and to each other. The whole universe is singing. This is called the Music of the Spheres. Some say that the common chant of “Om” used in meditation and prayer is an imitation f the music of the spheres.

But even beyond these sounds of the physical universe, there must be sounds found only in the spiritual universe. They would be much different than those of the realm of matter. While everything in the spiritual world vibrates, as does matter, there is likely no tension or friction produced in that realm. Perhaps for that reason, the sound of the spiritual realm would be purer, clearer. It would truly be singing to our ears. This is the true music of the spheres.

Some people report that when they are engaging in certain spiritual development techniques to bring them closer to that realm, they can hear beautiful music with no physical source. Others may just sense a beautiful harmony or feel a pleasant vibration without hearing it. They are all lightly touching this true music of the spheres.

I say this is the true music of the spheres because the dimensions of reality are generally depicted as spheres within spheres like the layers of an onion or a nesting doll. I think it can be reasonably assumed that the music of the spheres is at its purest and most beautiful at the highest of the spheres—that which we call heaven—and gets weaker, or less pure, as it drops to lower and lower dimensions. We can assume that at the lowest dimension, where not even matter can exist, there is also no sound, no music of the spheres. So let’s rejoice that we live in the third dimension where is does exist, and we have the ability to slowly climb to higher dimensions, where it is pure.

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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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