“As man’s Spiritual Consciousness begins to unfold, he begins to have an abiding sense of the reality of the existence of the Supreme Power, and, growing along with it, he finds the sense of Human Brotherhood f human relationship gradually coming into consciousness. He does not get these from his instinctive mind, nor does his intellect make him feel them. Spiritual Mind does not run contrary to intellect – it simply goes beyond intellect. It passes down to the intellect certain truths which it finds in its own regions of the mind, and intellect reasons about them. But they do not originate with intellect. Intellect is cold – Spiritual Consciousness is warm and alive with high feeling.
“Man’s growth towards a better and fuller Idea of the Divine Power does not come from intellect, although the latter reasons upon the impressions received and tried to form them into systems, creeds, cults, etc. Nor does the intellect give us our growing sense of the relationship between man and man – the Brotherhood of Man.” ~William Walker Atkinson
The two things we have to get straight to understand this are, (1) consciousness and intellect is not the same thing, and (2) spiritual consciousness is not part of the brain-mind or material mind. Atkinson is not talking about a part of the brain or a part of the Intellect, but something completely separate. The Spiritual Consciousness is very real, but is associated with the spirit rather than the body or mind.
Reality of the Supreme Power
One of the things that we learn through Spiritual Consciousness is that the Supreme Being, or Supreme Power as Atkinson calls Him, is very real. The mind can speculate on it. The mind can even believe in God. But it does so without proof, without evidence. The Spiritual Consciousness goes beyond speculation and links one directly to the Supreme Consciousness which is God. Consciousness is a complicated thing and it’s likely that no one understands it completely. What is known is that consciousness exists at a number of levels and the goal of any real spiritual discipline is to raise ourselves to higher and higher levels until we reach the levels where Angels, and eventually God Himself, dwell and can be connected with. In some of the true tales of near-death experiences, it is clear that some of these people had a brief and temporary connection with those higher levels of Spiritual Consciousness. Those brief connections often change their lives forever. Fortunately, it is not necessary to have a near-death experience to have those connections. It can be done through diligent practice of tried-and-true spiritual disciplines. Continue reading “Spiritual Consciousness and Mental Intellect”