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Spiritual Mind: the Superconscious

“Spiritual Mind has been styled by some writers ‘The Super conscious Mind,’ which term is a fairly good one, as it distinguishes between the lower subconscious mind or instinctive mind, the conscious mind or intellect, and itself, which later; while outside of the realm of ordinary human consciousness, is still a very different thing from the lower or instinctive mind.

“While the actual existence of the Spiritual Mind has been made manifest to but a limited number of the human race, there are many who are becoming conscious of a higher ‘Something Within,’ which leads them up to higher and nobler thoughts, desires, aspirations, and deeds. And there is a still greater number who receive a faint glimmering of this Light of the Spirit, and, though they know it not, are more or less influenced by it. In fact, the entire race receives some of its beneficial rays although in some cases the Light is so bedimmed by the dense material obstacles surrounding the man that his spiritual twilight is almost skin to the blackness of night. But man is ever unfolding, discarding sheath after sheath, and is slowly coming home. The light will eventually shine full upon all.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Spiritual Mind

Yes, there is a higher level of mind that is spiritual and may well be called the Superconscious. That seems like a good name for it since it operates at a higher frequency than the conscious mind, and much higher than the subconscious mind. Given those facts, it is hard to understand why so many spiritual people want to lower their frequencies instead of raising them, but that is another story.

There is one important reason why we in Cosolargy do not call the Spiritual Mind a mind at all. We have come to associate the term mind with the brain, and they’re certainly is a connection between the conscious and subconscious minds, and the brain. The Spiritual Mind is not connected to the brain or the lower minds at all. That is because it resides, in a sense, in the Soul, not the brain. And that explains why it is functional in so few individuals.

Because we enter this world with our spirit and soul in a dormant state, and few are taught of this fact, let alone how to awaken those faculties, they remain dormant throughout the short lives of most of humanity. While an occasional “faint glimmering” may shine through, it is usually not much, not comparable to a fully awakened and developed Spiritual Mind of the Soul. Continue reading “Spiritual Mind: the Superconscious”

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Spiritual Mind and Physical Mind

“Nearly all of us … have had experiences which will enable us to comprehend something of the Sixth Principle – have had glimmerings of consciousness which helps us to understand something of the Spiritual Mind. A tendency toward the occult – the hunger of the soul for more light are indications that the Sixth Principle, Spiritual Mind, is beginning to shade into our consciousness, and, although it may be ages before we awaken into full Spiritual Consciousness, we are still being influenced and helped by it.

“This spiritual unrest often causes us great discomfort, until we find ourselves on the right road to knowledge, and even thereafter we feel more or less unsatisfied by the few crumbs that drop to us from the table of Knowledge. But despair not, seekers after the truth; these pains are but the travail of spiritual birth – great things are before you – take courage and fear not.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Spiritual Mind

The first thing we all have to understand is that Spiritual Mind, or Spiritual Consciousness, is not a part of the regular mind of the physical being and world. Spiritual Mind is spirit, not physical at all. It is not an offshoot of the body or the brain. In fact, it existed long before the body and brain. It can, under the right circumstances, communicate with the brain-mind, but it is completely separate.

Hints of Awakening

Mr.Atkinson mentions interest in the occult, a hunger for more light – meaning spiritual, not physical light – is an indication that you are beginning to become spiritually awake. Beginning, but not their yet. In Cosolargy, anyway, this awareness that there is more to reality than matter and materialism is but the first step on a long path to spiritual awakening. We don’t consider a person to be awakened until the spirit and soul, which are in a dormant state when we arrive in the physical realm, wake up and become conscious. Anything less than that is not full awakening.

There are other hints of awakening besides the two mentioned by Atkinson. In my case, as with many others, it was a feeling, and finally a realization, that the teachings of my conventional church were not entirely true, nor complete. The traditional churches teach us something about God, but do not teach us how to develop our own spiritual faculties. Yes, they do teach us to be moral and good citizens – social teachings, not spiritual.

Another common trigger that sends people down the path of spiritual enlightenment and the awakening of the spiritual mind is death. Not death of themselves, but the death of a friend or a loved one. The best known example of this is Nostradamus, the physician who became a seer after the plague took his family from him. That didn’t happen overnight, but the tragedy of his life triggered his change of paths. Other tragedies such as disease, natural disasters, and wars (St. Francis of Assisi) can do the same. Continue reading “Spiritual Mind and Physical Mind”

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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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Palace of the Soul, Ruins in the Mind

“suppose there were a very great palace, and this were deserted, and became full of every evil smell, and of many dead bodies. Well the heart is Christ’s palace. And it is full of uncleanness, and of crowds of many wicked spirits. It must be refounded and rebuilt, and its store-chambers and bedrooms put in order; for their Christ the King, with the angels and holy spirits, come to rest, and to dwell, and to walk in it, and to set his kingdom. I tell you it is like a ship furnished with plenty of tackle, where the captain disposes of all, and sets them their tasks. … The heart has a captain in the mind, the conscience, which is ever judging us. … The heart contains many natural faculties bound up with it, and it is the mind and conscience which chides and guides the heart. …

“From the time that Adam transgressed the commandment, the serpent entered and made himself master of the house, and became like a second soul beside the soul. For the Lord says, Whoso denieth not himself and hateth not his own soul, is not my disciple. … Sin entering into the soul has become like a member of it, and is united with the bodily man, and therefore many unclean thoughts spring up in the heart.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

A Ruined Palace

Ruins

Heidelberg Castle

Decades ago, when I was in the Army and stationed in Germany, I visited with friends several ruined castles. It was sad to see these ancient buildings that undoubtedly took much work to build, crumbling and being the homes now of bats, snakes and worms. But there are other castles there, such as the one in Heidelberg, that have been kept up and are still functioning in one way or another. Some have been made into museums. Others are public buildings such as libraries. One of my army friends was married in Heidelberg castle, and I attended a fasching party there. Some smaller towns and cities are making an attempt to restore these old castles and palaces. But no one would hold a wedding or a party in ruins full of snakes, rats, and bugs. The vermin and filth have to be cleaned out first. Continue reading “Palace of the Soul, Ruins in the Mind”

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