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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”


Resurrection of Spirit After Physical Death

“Some ask whether one will be saved immediately, if the body is left behind. Let no one doubt. The visible parts of the body that are dead will not be saved. Only the living parts that exist inside will rise. What is the resurrection? It is the revelation of those who have risen. … It is no illusion. It is truth. It is more proper to say that the world is illusion, rather than the resurrection. …

“What am I telling you now? The living will die. How do they live in illusion? The rich become poor and kings are overthrown. All changes. The world is an illusion. Why do I seem to shout? The resurrection has nothing of this character. It is truth standing firm. It is revelation of what is, and the transformation of things, and a transition into freshness. Incorruptibility floods over corruption. Light rivers down upon the darkness, swallowing obscurity. The pleroma fills the hollow. These are the symbols and images of resurrection. They establish its goodness.

“Resurrection is here, O Rheginos, do not lose yourself in details, nor live obeying the flesh for the sake of harmony. … Though you have lived many years, why not look at yourself and see yourself risen now? You have the resurrection, yet you go on as if you are to die when it is only the part destined to die that is moribund. …

“These words I have received from the generosity of my lord, Jesus the Christ. I have taught you and your brothers and sisters, who are my children, about them, and have omitted nothing that may strengthen you.” ~The Treatise on Resurrection

No Resurrection for the Body

This Gnostic treatise makes it quite clear at the beginning. There will be no resurrection of the physical body. Not now, not ever. It is the spirit and soul that survives death and can, potentially, go to Heaven. It is the spirit and soul that can experience resurrection.

Living Parts

The treatise says that only the living parts will experience resurrection. This can be considered in two ways. First, if the physical body is dead, it is what is left alive, namely the spirit and soul, that will “rise”. Or to be more accurate, the spirit and soul will survive. Whether or not they rise to a higher dimension with you along with them depends on what you did to prepare for the eventual death of your body. If you followed the teachings of the ancients and awakened your soul and became a completely integrated being before death, then you complete being, minus the physical body which, after all, is not really a part of your true being, then you will rise along with the spirit and soul. If you haven’t done that, then you will fall to even lower dimensions before eventually returning to Heaven. Continue reading “Resurrection of Spirit After Physical Death”

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Cayce Cosmology and the Purpose of Life

“SHM: Tell me, Mr. Todeschi, what is the nature of reality as revealed by the Cayce readings?

“KJT: Well, in a nutshell, what I call the Cayce cosmology is that we are here in the earth to essentially bring spirit into the third dimension. I mean, it’s not that somehow we just came into the earth and our job is to get back to heaven. From the Cayce perspective, our job is to bring the spirituality of God into the earth and transform it in the process by growing and expanding ourselves. Cayce often pointed out that Jesus was really the embodiment of what every soul’s destiny was, not that every soul need to become a Christian, because Jesus wasn’t a Christian. He was Jewish. But instead, that every soul needed to perfectly manifest the divinity of God in the earth, which is what Jesus did. And that is our destiny.

“SHM: So, there is a purpose to life, and it is to become like Jesus, to serve?

“KJT: To become like Jesus, to somehow become aware of yourself, and to manifest what Cayce called the ‘Christ Consciousness’ in the earth in service toward other people, to become all that you have as potential within your being, and to become aware of your relationship to God and to all others, during that process.” ~Stephen Hawley Martin in “Edgar Cayce, The Meaning of Life and What to Do About It”

Edgar Cayce Cosmology

Mr. Todeschi was the head of A. R. E., the Edgar Cayce research association, at the time of the interview quoted above. Keep in mind that what he says was the cosmology of Cayce is his interpretation of it. What Cayce actually believed may be slightly different.

Martin asks, “What is the nature of reality?” This is a very wide-open question that one can take many ways. Todeschi answers as if the question was, “Why are we here on Earth?”

According to Todeschi, Cayce believed that we are on earth to bring to “bring spirit into the third dimension.” That statement seems to me to imply that there is no spirit here already. That is not the case. There is and always has been spirits on Earth. In the very early days, at least according to some spiritual teachers, Man was far less dense then he is now, and could probably have been said to be more spirit than matter. But over the ages, we sank deeper and deeper into matter. Now there is not much spirit left, but there is some. Whether we were sent here to specifically bring more spirit is debatable, but there is little doubt that as we are here, we need to do that. It is God’s Plan to transform the planet and the entire universe of matter back into spirit from which it descended in the event called the Great Fall. We are to aid God in this effort by first transforming ourselves as much as is possible while still living in the third dimension of matter, second, help others to do the same, and raise the vibrations and consciousness of the whole planet. This takes a great deal of energy, especially spiritual energy, which we take in from the Spiritual Sun. Continue reading “Cayce Cosmology and the Purpose of Life”

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Below and Above, Within and Without

“It is, beyond any doubt, most certain and true, that the Below is like the Above, and thereby can be accomplished the miracle of one only thing. As all things are derived from one thing, by the Will and the Word of the One who created it in His mind; likewise all things result from this unity by the order of nature. Its father is the sun, its mother te moon; the air carries it it in its womb; its nurse is the earth. Thus thing is the origin of all perfections that exist through the world. Its power is most perfect when it has been reduced to earth.

“Separate the earth from the fire, and the subtle from that which is gross; act with prudence, understanding, and modesty. It rises up from the earth to the heavens, and returns again to the earth, taking unto itself the power of the Above and the Below. Thus you will obtain the the glory of the whole world.

“Therefore, discard all ignorance and impotency. This is the strongest of all powers, for it overcomes all subtle things, and can penetrate through all that is gross.” ~Franz Hartmann

Below and Above

Almost everyone who has studied spiritual teaching is familiar with the Hermetic teaching that what is above is like that which is below, what is outside is like that which is inside. But most seem to have a limited understanding of this confining it to the material level of existence. They compare the structure of the cosmos with that of the brain, the branches of a tree with those in the lungs, etc. This is fine as far as it goes. It does show that this law applies within the levels of the material universe. But the hermetic teachings were about spiritual growth, not studies of the physical world. So when Hermes said “As above, so below” he was talking in terms of dimensions. So what he really meant is that the things that happen in higher dimensions, spiritual dimensions, trickle down to the lower dimensions of matter. We must remember, though, that things roll downhill easily, but need to be pushed uphill. The same applies here, in a sense. What happens in higher realms of spirit easily affects the lower dimensions of matter, but what happens in the world of matter has little effect on the higher realms. So then why “as below, so above?” Because Hermes is trying to tell us that we can get some idea of what is happening in higher realms by noticing what changes are taking place in the lower ones. Below and Above are mirrors to some degree. Continue reading “Below and Above, Within and Without”