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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Stages of Spiritual Unfoldment: Seventh Stage, Cosmic Consciousness

 In the final Stage of Spiritual Unfoldment, which may be a cycle of stages, as we ascend in a spiral, We begin with The Chariot, the Key that is known as Receptivity-Will. There is a surrender of sorts, as we consciously allow the Higher Self to be the Actor in our life-drama. He/She/It is always the true Actor, but we frequently deny that and believe we are in charge at the lower level.  There is nothing but Victory once we let this change of identification become a conscious awareness, no matter what our personal circumstances may be. We know, at a very deep level, that this incarnation is only a small part of our series of incarnations, and that the events of this lifetime are for our good and the good of all Creation. 

The process of becoming identified with the Higher Self is brought about by the Holy Guardian Angel, who works on us through the subconscious mind, where our Animal Soul resides. He/She/It finds all the leftover scars from former incarnations and the earlier parts of this one, known as samskaras in Eastern philosophical terms. They are brought to conscious awareness as events, people, dreams, feelings, thoughts that require balancing. These are not all dumped into our consciousness at the same time, thank goodness! They are gradually and thoroughly dealt with. At the conscious level, we observe patterns in our thinking, feeling, and behavior that are unbalanced in some way, whether that be frequent irritation or frustration, or other fiery parts (the Lion), or emotional states and weaknesses (the Eagle). The Angel gives us the needed balance to the remaining "holes in our souls". A major part of this process is that these unconscious patterns become conscious. Then we can seek to develop the opposite qualities.

Finally, the end result is Cosmic Consciousness. Once again, I cannot lay claim to having attained this level of Spiritual Unfoldment. I only know what I have been told, which is that once this is attained, the human being lives life as a joyous, free expression of the Higher Self. Key 21, The World, is attributed to Saturn, which brings us full circle. We began with Key 15, Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, and symbolizing bondage, which is what we need to prompt us to work on ourselves and our lives. Now we have Saturn itself, which involves restricting the field of activity. True freedom always involves that kind of discipline. To be a good dancer, a person must dedicate themselves to constant practice and effort. In the end, the dancer can leap as if with winged feet, to embody freedom of movement. But an undisciplined or half-hearted attempt at learning dance will not bring that about. Therefore, spiritual unfoldment requires constant focus and what seems like effort. In the end, we know that all the effort was made by the Lord of the Universe, and we have simply responded to that Mind.

Stages of Spiritual Unfoldment: Stage Six - Realization

 The Sixth Stage of Spiritual Unfoldment begins with awareness of differences, in this system, termed Discrimination. It means becoming conscious of subtle differences in the choices we make. We examine the opposites, here shown as the masculine and the feminine sides of our nature. In my opinion, this Key illustrates the heart (the Sun), the breath and lungs (Archangel Raphael in his cloud), the diaphragm (the mountain), and the two sides of the nervous system, the hot fiery aspect (the man with his fiery tree), and the cooler moist aspect (the woman with the Kundalini and ripening Inner Senses).  With each breath, we can take in Prana, which is distributed through the bloodstream and delivered to each cell of the body. It is what is known in alchemy as the gold. "To make gold (to become enlightened) you must take gold (absorb Prana from food, air and water)." The amount of Prana absorbed can be increased by imagining sunlight in each breath you take. It then feeds the brain and changes it for the better.

The way the body is altered is through the Death of our cells. Every moment, cells are dying and new ones are being born. Movement and change require deaths. Through these physical changes we are gradually reborn into a new body and a new world. If we are consciously aware of how benign death is, we assist the process of change. We begin to be aware of the Higher Self in our hearts.

The end of this process of change inside the body, which changes the mind, is a Realization living in Eternity, Here and Now. This realization is impossible to describe in words, even for those who have experienced it, and I cannot claim to have experienced it. It is beyond the everyday level of human experience. Once this Stage is attained, there is no more fear of Death, because we know we live forever, though our bodies come and go. We build one, experience what we need to learn, then move on, to build another body, for another lesson in this physical plane, the plane of Change. Between incarnations, we absorb the lessons we have received, and prepare for the next ones.