There are many indications in dreams that show you are becoming more and more aware of the reality of a multidimensional existence beyond the physical world. During our time spent on the fifth dimension/astral plane we are likely to be involved in a wide variety of different dream scenes and scenarios, many of which have a sense of ‘realness’ to them. For instance you may be dreaming of interacting with certain people when they actually are there in their astral bodies just as you are there in your astral body. They may not remember seeing you in their dreams and vice-versa as how much of your dreams you will remember each day comes down to generally how awake you are to not only the reality of the world but also to the reality of yourself and how you interact with, relate to and affect the world. The more awake someone is to reality and the higher their level of being, the greater their ability to remember these dream interactions and what they experience or see each night when they go to sleep. … Continue Reading
Nymphaea caerula (Sacred Blue Lotus)
Going back many years now I was very interested in experimenting with psychoactive plant derived substances that reputedly enhanced ones ability to experience higher dimensions or altered states of consciousness. One plant I was particularly interested in due to it’s historical use by Egyptian priests and depictions in Egyptian art was the Sacred Blue Lotus or the Blue Lilly of the Nile as I knew it back then. I was particularly drawn to this plant because I read that it could be used to help induce lucid dreaming experiences or if not taking one to that level of lucidity during dream states then to enhance dreams giving them an extremely vivid quality. I had experimented with a few different mind altering substances considered to be psychedelic in nature and found them to be interesting but did not feel that they particularly gave me anything spiritual. When I say spiritual I’m referring to higher feelings or mystical experiences that don’t involve huge changes in perception but I still feel in my heart that certain psychoactive chemical do have a place in the world through their use as a medicinal treatment and their potential to grant personal insight into ones own nature.
The Blue Lotus however proved to be different. Firstly I’d like to explain the two different ways in which I experimented with this plant. The first time I managed to purchase the plant material I was told the product was material from the Blue Lotus plant soaked in extract from the flower. I smoked this through a water pipe before I went to bed. It was on this occasion that I experienced one of the more profound vivid/lucid dreams I’ve had. This happened only a couple week after I had purchased a book on Astral Travel with an esoteric dream symbol guide in it for dream interpretation. The second time I experimented with the Blue Lotus I drank a glass of wine that had lotus petals soaking in it for a few days. On this occasion I had no significant dreams that night and in fact the drink was quite disagreeable with my digestive system. It made me feel very physically relaxed but mentally excited which essentially kept me from going to sleep immediately after ingesting it. My dreams that night were very mundane in content with no obvious symbolism present but rather just the normal everyday things in life. It was almost like I was living my daily life through my dream by going to work as usual with my daily routine. … Continue Reading
In today’s world opinions exist everywhere as I’m sure they always have. From religious opinions to political opinions to philosophical view points and because of this we find there is a never ending battle of opinion ranging from small scale disagreements within families or between friends to large scale disagreements between major religions and countries. For me, as an esotericist who seeks truth through personal experience I ask: “Where and how do people form their opinions? What is it that makes one believe one thing as truth and what makes another form an opposing opinion?” For me personally it is all about personal experience. This can be said to be the experience of ones physical world but in my view the experience of ones internal world is more important. The internal world within each of us contains that which is hidden from direct view. We may experience something to be good or right in the physical realm but what lies underneath is the driving force behind our experiences of life with all it’s pleasures and difficulties. In other words, just because something feels pleasurable doesn’t necessarily make it right. We all know it feels good to eat our favorite foods but that doesn’t automatically make those foods good for us. I have stated previously that I do not wish for people to just believe me or to follow what I have said and take it as truth. All I have wanted to achieve with my blog is to share my own personal experience and understanding with others so that what I have learned may help them in some way or inspire them to gain their own personal experience to answer the questions they ponder within themselves or to confirm something they believe to be true.
This is where mystical experience beyond the physical body can be the most powerful tool for someone to form their own opinions about themselves and the world around them. Truth is a subjective thing when it comes to humanity as we all look upon the world through ourselves. Objectivity comes when we can step outside of that nature, when we can detach ourselves from the confines of being an individual and peak into the realm where our consciousness has the ability to view things from a more objective stand point. This is not an easy thing to explain intellectually. As I have said before personal experience can only be felt, it cannot be explained and that is why esotericism will never have a solid set of beliefs through which it can define itself like institutionalized religions can. A Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Muslim or Hindu can say “I believe in this, that etc. etc. because it is taught by such and such prophets or written in such and such books that it is the truth” whereas a true esotericts will say “I believe what I have experienced for myself”. This does not mean that we cannot have insight into phenomena we have not experienced in the physical realm but rather it means that we can gain deeper information about these phenomena by traveling to a higher level of reality. Whether or not this reality exists is a question to be answered by each individual through their efforts to experience it for themselves. I like to think of higher realities as veils, where from one level we lift the veil to see what is hidden underneath our immediate reality and we continue to lift these veils as we awaken more of our consciousness.
On a personal level when trying to live spiritually, if I am unsure if something is suitable for me to do I will mediate upon it as through mediation we are able to access one of these higher realities to gain insight without the interference of the subconscious mind. With this type of meditative reflection one of the most powerful tools I have discovered lies in the power of asking. Asking the creative forces which underly all existence for answers to questions is the most powerful tool we have to enable us to gain knowledge. Much of the time I find there are many inner resistances to asking in a sincere manner. These resistances can be a sense of self sufficiency or personal pride, embarrassment, doubt or a lack of enthusiasm and I feel through my experience I have leant that all these things are elements within me that emanate from my subconscious mind. Imagine that within yourself there is a battle raging between the good you and the bad you – the little angel on the one shoulder and the little devil on the other. Even on the simplest level there are choices to make, choices to do good or to do bad, to give into the earthly pleasures of things such as lust and greed or to surrender these pleasures for the feeling of freedom from the dominance of our animal drives and the spiritual rewards that accompany this “animal sacrifice”.
No human being is perfect and we all make mistakes in life, including those who may seem to others to be quite advanced spiritually, many of whom have made terrible mistakes in their histories. I can definitely say that I have made many terrible mistakes in life and in my efforts to help others which were often driven by negativity, pain and attachment but this does not mean that we are doomed to repeat these mistakes as we have a choice, each and every day we have a choice. As the saying goes “Live and Learn” and this also applies to esotericism in a very profound way as being a seeker of knowledge through mystical experience you learn sooner or later of the laws governing our existences, one of which is the Law of Karma. One of my esoteric teachers Samuel Aun Weor made many mistakes in his time, he admitted these mistakes towards the end of his time and said that he was punished greatly for the errors of dis-compassion towards certain sections of humanity and his harsh judgments upon them. I have already seen in my life how this law of karma has also applied to me and my esoteric work. I have been punished for my complacency in the past, my recklessness and my selfishness all of which have come back to bite me very badly. I have seen this not only through my physical life but also through my mystical life where I have been denied certain privileges which if I had not committed these mistakes I would have been granted by now. In the end all I wish to do is help the world and humanity and I have a choice to walk away from this mission or to accept my punishments and continue on void of shame and regret for the past but with a sincere sense of remorse for the wrongs I have done and a commitment to redeem myself through my actions.
My personal experience is just that – it is personal, as it is for each and every person. What makes this experience a tool for knowing truth is by looking into what our actions bring – you reap what you sow. People often say things like “Instant Karma” when something goes wrong after someone may have done something deemed to be wrong and yet many people do not believe in the wider implications of karma and the fundamental eastern belief that karma is carried from lifetime to lifetime as a part of the process of reincarnation. To give an example of my own – each time in the past I have been challenged with difficult emotions and I have managed to overcome them I have been rewarded with a mystical experience on a higher dimension later on in the day when I’ve gone to sleep. Another is when I have overcome strong desires to obtain something material and I have made the choice to let go of this desire I have been rewarded with an incredible sense of inner freedom and peace – a deep realization that the pull to that thing was an illusion which had me trapped in a subconscious prison where I was convinced that the object of desire would bring me happiness. These experiences are what esotercism is all about.
When I am faced with difficult inner questions I ask for an answer. I ask the divine to help me, to show me something relevant, to point me in the right direction and often I am stunned at the synchronization and uncanny occurrences when I do this from a place of purity within my heart. It’s not an asking that comes from a desire for knowledge but is an asking that wishes to know how to be free, how to be at peace and what has to be done in order to achieve this. That is what I wish for others, for them to have a direct link to there own source of higher intelligence, an intimate relationship with the divine, a sense that a higher power is there for them to connect with whenever they need it and are willing to ask for this help with sincerity. We do not have to be religious to do this nor do we have to believe in God or believe in anything specific for that matter, what we need is a sincere longing to do whats right and a longing to be free of suffering and the inner obstacles stopping us from reaching peace within. Being open to what we can experience with this asking is also important along with developing intuition and following the heart even when what it tells us is seemingly illogical as when an individual moves to the more advanced stages of the Path much of what they experience will seem completely irrational to the outside world and this ability to follow the heart over the worlds expectations takes extreme courage and inner sacrifice.
How to ask for guidance, answers or help
Mediating upon a question
There are many methods of meditation which all seek to achieve different results. Many of these are very good and can bring much inner peace and a sense of tranquility but often this sense of peace is lost when we come out of meditation and we return to the same state we were in before we begun, although this may only creep up on us slowly, eventually we return to the same state unless we spend hours and hours in meditation in order to avoid returning to the physical world. It can also be very difficult to quieten the mind when we have troubles or worries swirling around in it so meditating upon a question can be a powerful practice not only to finding inner peace but also for gaining insight. Our question can be anything we wish to ask but a good reflection on what we are seeking to understand or on what we are feeling within and what exactly is it that is troubling us will help us to formulate our question. Often it can just be a feeling that we can’t shake and in those times I simply ask: “What is this feeling?”. I ask this over and over until I begin to feel, hear or see answers and insights into what is going on within. It’s very important that we let things come to us and do not formulate our own answers because we are wanting a specific answer. The way I think about it is that if I knew the way I felt about something was correct then I wouldn’t be troubled by it or by the opinions of others regarding it. This is a little bit similar to a Zen Buddhist Koan Meditation where we ask questions such as “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”. The difference is that the general aim of Koans is to silence the mind by exercising it and tiring it out as it tries to answer the question, whereas when we meditate to answer a question of our own we seek answers from within. The mind will naturally try to answer the question itself as that is it’s nature but when it tires and cannot come up with anymore answers that is when we can access this space of pure knowledge within us. You will know when you are accessing this by assessing how your heart feels as things come up in the field of your perception. When your mind is calm and still you will know what is truth and what is not. I find this meditation works best when I try to silence the mind before asking the question. I find Koans do this very well but my mind grows tired of the simpler Koans quite quickly and they lose there affect so I use the mediation upon the breath to quieten my mind before asking. This mediation is very simple – you simple focus upon your breath and the sensation of breathing. I like to focus on the sensation of air entering and leaving the tip of my nose and the sensation of my abdomen expanding and contracting but this is an individual thing – do what feels best to you. If my mind is particularly active I will try to maintain a count of how many breaths I am taking which enables me to notice how concentrated I am as losing count shows I have lost concentration. Don’t get into the habit of cheating yourself on this either – this defeats the purpose of meditation and you will be wasting your time. There’s no shame in only making it to 10 breath counts. In fact this is quite normal for an over active mind. What I do is set my meditation timer to ring in the middle of meditation and will begin asking on the bell after quietening my mind. This is actually my favorite meditation technique. It can become very productive when you get the hang of it and you will begin to look forward to it once you start to experience gaining insights into your questions. A mantra or chant that specifically helps in quietening the mind is ‘Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha’ mantra. There are different renditions on Youtube that you can discover. I have personally found the simpler styles have been the most effective in quietening my mind. I no longer incorporate this mantra into my questioning mediations as I prefer to lay down since if I’m able to fall asleep during theses mediations I can travel to a higher dimension and gain even more insight into my questions but the mantra is very good for stilling the mind none the less. Even if you can only find 10 minutes in your day to do this it will go a long way to helping you gain more experience both in the physical realm and on higher dimensions.
Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness? Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s? Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light? Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will? Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course? Can you step back from you own mind and thus understand all things? ~ Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu (Stephen Mitchell translation)
Prayer can be an extremely powerful tool for gaining experience. It’s the hurdles to asking sincerely void of our own inner judgments and resistances that can stop our prayers from reaching a higher power. There is also a clear difference between praying for ones desires to be fulfilled and praying for spiritual help. Prayer doesn’t necessarily means getting down on your knees and treating it as something ceremonial although this can help to create a scared space and is an act of spiritual begging or reverence for the divine. Prayer is simply the act of conversing with the divine. I pray each night when I get into bed. Sometimes when I have been feeling particularly low and I am asking to be granted help to reach higher dimensions with consciousness so that I may see what’s going on within I have found myself lifting out of my body as though there is a force pulling me out or reaching out to me to help me out of my body. Prayer is also a very powerful way of helping other people. Often as an esotericist, I have found that my focus is put solely on myself and my own inner development and gaining personal experience and I forget that by helping others I help myself. It’s easy to say that each person is responsible for their own state and therefor we should keep all our spiritual energy for ourselves but this type of attitude is completely void of love for humanity. The key to helping others is learning to balance the acts of giving to yourself and giving to others, which is a very difficult balancing act indeed. Intuition is the most powerful tool for knowing what and how much is appropriate to give and to whom. My advice for anyone attempting to experience higher knowledge is to ask for help. Even if it be in a moment during the day when you remember that you wish to experience something profound. Just take 10 second in that moment to sincerely ask for more experience within yourself. The more you ask the more your voice will be heard and the more your efforts will be seen as sincere.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
~ The Bible, Matthew 7:7
Seeking guidance through dreams
If you find astral projection difficult to achieve, which many people do, then you can always ask to be given help in your dreams. We may not become lucid in the night but we can still be shown signs and symbols that can help our understanding and development. I have often felt as though I have stalled in my progress and I have asked to be shown what I need to work upon to progress further, then in my dreams I have been in situations where I am acting badly and this has been given to show me what lies deep within the subconscious so that I can try and see it manifesting in my thoughts and emotions during the day and combat it from there with the help of the divine mother which is the feminine force that has the power to destroy the elements of the subconscious mind. This is what the Hindu goddess Kali represents with her necklace of decapitated heads. These are the heads of our egos that we decapitate within by asking our divine mother to destroy them when they come up within us to take us away from inner tranquility. If we are not willing to see our own ugliness then we can never change it. This is why it is taught in esotercism that Lucifer is the psychological trainer because it is through the darkness that the light is extracted, mystically speaking. Much of what you will see as you progress will be shocking. For instance someone who believes that they are living a fully celibate life may be performing all sorts of lustful acts in their dreams and worse still their consciousness may be so locked within their subconscious mind that they do not even remember their dreams when they awake. This is how the Path unfolds – as we go further and further we reveal more and more of our subconscious and as we move more toward revealing the core of the subconscious or the root egos, the more primal these elements are.
Your asking will be answered if you persist and you are sincere – this I can promise you. Finally, I wish all people attempting to gain personal mystical experience strength and vigilance in their efforts. Whether you be a parent, a politician, a scientist, a sportsman, an office worker, a manager, a teacher, a health professional, a businessman, an engineer, a tradesmen, a student, or an unemployed dude, whoever you are – Seek your own experience by asking for help to know the truth for yourself. Ask for guidance when you are faced with difficult circumstances or situations. We are all sparks of the greater creative force and we all have the potential to access the knowledge we need to fulfill our purpose. Usually what happens when someone attempts this esoteric work is outer darkness will oppose them along with their own inner darkness. In the end darkness uses our fears against us and it attempts to deceive us into believing things we have yet to confirm for ourselves. It’s a comfortable place to feel you know the truth of something you haven’t gained knowledge about through mystical experience and it can be a daunting place to be in when you open yourself up to receiving information from above but once this initial resistance is overcome you will literally open up a whole new world that will change your life for ever.
All the best to your spiritual journey to higher knowledge and inner wealth.
Recently I’ve been reflecting on the general attitudes of many within intellectual society toward those without tertiary degree qualification, such as myself, who claim to have some understanding and insight into the mysteries of nature. I’ve come to see that people doubt anything that is said about scientific subjects when it comes from someone with esoteric insight into subjects like biology, physics or chemistry. What these intellectuals fail to see is that esoteric knowledge gained outside of the physical body goes beyond the construction of the mind and is communicated through symbolism. This is why esoteric understandings about the inner workings of nature more often than not cannot be explained in conventional scientific language. People believe that in order to fully understand something we need to spend years studying the inner workings of the object of curiosity and they fail to realise that all the secrets and solutions to the puzzles are there for them to discover through mystical experience and esoteric learning. This isn’t to say that scientific study is not useful, as it is very useful for solving many of the problems we face as a species and is also useful for creating an understanding of the physical world where specialist education is needed, but to gain truths regarding scientific subjects such as biology for instance we do not need these academic degrees for personal insight. Academic degrees are extremely useful in the application of higher knowledge to the world but one does not need it to learn higher truths. Often what can happen is we can learn very basic information about these subjects and then can be taught the correlating esoteric information regarding them in higher dimensions. In this physical realm we are taught the complexities that exists in the world and life through academics whereas on higher dimensions we are taught the simpler version, that which goes to the core of the truth. As humans it appears to be our nature to complexify things by break them down into smaller and smaller parts, labeling each smaller part that we extract from the larger and continuing this until we have extremely specialised subjects and areas of study that if one wanted to understand the entire parent subject, which ultimately is the truth of everything, they would have to dedicate a large portion of their lives to this endeavor if not their entire life, to understand everything and even then they would probably tell you that they still have so much they need to learn in order to truly understand the bigger picture as knowledge is continuously expanding as time goes on. One subject will lead to another and another and another and so on if you really look at how complex the world and humanity is and wish to understanding it through academics. As the dimensions of reality go higher and higher the fabric of knowledge becomes simpler and simpler, where at the first spiritual level all things are brought down to a duality and at the highest level things are reduced to a unity, which is the place all creation emanates from. This I believe is the difference between knowledge and wisdom and is why it’s not a common thing that someone says they have gained wisdom through academic learning alone but rather more so through life experience of which mystical experience is included. I have not personally been to this level of complete unity yet but have come close to reaching the very first part and my brief feeling from it was that it is like entering the mind of the creator of all things, whatever you may interpret that to be – God, a type of energy or the random spark where creation began.
Many intelligent, educated people have contributed incredible things to the uplifting of the state of humanity but they could achieve so much more if they were to access this higher realm of learning. The truth, in my view, is that we simply cannot know the all of the physical world if we are completely bound to it and see academic knowledge is the pinnacle of understanding. Unfortunately, many people are stuck in this way of thinking. This is not to say that academics don’t understand anything, but rather that, without spiritual development they are confined to understanding the physical world whilst being immersed within it. It’s like living inside a house, never having stepped outside to see what it looks like on the outer and being asked to draw an accurate picture of what it looks like from the outside. If you could step outside the house you would be able to draw it’s exterior and would gain a better understanding of the materials the house is made of, the relation the external has to the internal and perhaps you would see things you never knew were a part of the house, like solar panels for instance, especially if you have never before seen a house from the outside. The sad reality is that we as humans are clouded by the intellect. Our societies to a certain degree worship the intellect and the potential it has to bring material wealth and recognition for academic achievement. This creates a culture of intellectual competition and is fuel to the fire of intellectual jealousy, criticism, and arrogance towards those without academic degrees. The funny thing about academic learning is that many people learn what other people have discovered through research and experiment and find immense pride in the fact that they posses knowledge handed down to them out of no personal investigation of their own. It’s like saying that because I’ve read and studied Shakespeare I posses the same level of understanding he did. These academic ventures certainly can be good when there is a driving spiritual force behind it. Often people have very good intentions, wishing to use their academic knowledge to help others and the world but I believe, on many of these occasions, these intentions go against the greater laws that govern creation and without realising people are inadvertently doing the wrong thing. Of course this is not as bad as consciously doing wrong but somehow I find it sadder because good people do not fulfill their life callings in the correct manner. Many people do not believe in laws of nature if they can be broken arguing if a law can be broken then how can it be a law. For this argument I like to think of the atom bomb. It is against natures way to break the atom and when we do look at what happens. Or take a rapist for example; if it’s in his nature to rape women does that then make it okay? Of course not, rape goes against the laws of nature and we recognise this as a society because it’s obvious but there are many things that are not so obvious which need personal mystical experience in order to understand. If academics could place greater focus on gaining information from higher dimensions they would learn what academic work can benefit humanities future and what cannot, no matter how well-intentioned it may be. The beautiful thing about people who strive for academic knowledge purely for the sake of knowing, void of any desire for riches or recognition, is that they strive to know the truth and this keenness to understand the world around them comes from the spiritual essence within which essentially, underneath the intellect, thirsts to know itself as it’s an expression of the creative whole and possesses all the secrets of the universe within it self.
Vincenzo Galileo (Galileo Gallilea’s father) wrote in his Dialouge of Ancient and Modern Music just when Galileo went off to university:
“It appears to me that they who in proof of any assertion rely simply on the weight of authority, without adducing any argument [that is, experimental evidence] in support of it, act very absurdly.”
Esotericism is not about beliefs or intellectual understandings. Esotericism is about personal experience, self-knowledge, inner peace and love between humanity. Everything else we can gain from it is a gift bestowed upon us so that we may help others and the state of humanity, since helping others is a key to reaching enlightenment and also brings some of the greatest inner rewards of becoming an earnest esoteric seeker of truth. We can pass knowledge to others to try to help them to investigate it for themselves or to see if their personal experience may resound true with this knowledge but it’s up to each person to seek the knowledge for themselves in order to know what the truth is. In the end academics can only go so far and as since we are all human we struggle with the daily struggles of being an animal with an intellect and experience all the difficulties human life. This is why esoteric learning is mostly used for self knowledge because ultimately you cannot bring peace to anyone but yourself. Although we do not need to astral travel or meditate to reach enlightenment these things are tools to help us get there and fulfill our unique purpose on Earth. It may be very difficult for a person who has been trained academically to understand this idea of gaining higher insight. When looking upon Esotericism with the critical, logical, intellectual mind we can easily see a multitude of contradictions as the nature of higher knowledge cannot be explained in the same language that is used to explain the physical world but we can attempt to correlate these two ways of understanding in order to cast light on many of the unsolved mysteries of science and academia. The language of the astral plane is symbolic and as the saying goes “a picture tells a thousand words” which becomes a gazillion times truer for someone who has experienced astral teachings. This is because words are used as descriptive tools but are not the thing being described. For instance, I could describe what a Grapefruit tastes like to people, but if they have not tasted the grapefruit they cannot know what it tastes like, they can only have an idea. Or I could describe what it’s like to be on acid but they would not know what it is like unless they have tried it for themselves, or I could describe what it’s like to wake up in a dream, call upon a spiritual master and be taught about the inner workings of physical science but this person would not know what this feels like. I could even describe the teaching but because these things go beyond mind the person would not be capable of understanding on a deeper esoteric level. This is not to say that by experiencing we then know that something is good or bad but rather we just know what the experience is void of judgment. There is also the experience of intuition. Intuition is an experience in itself and can lead to the discovery of truth but it can be hard to decide what is intuition and what is ego, as often egos such as fear and pride can cover the intuition and people mistake one for the other. To me fear and pride feel heavy and intuition feels weightless and ethereal, free of burden or defensiveness. Developing ones intuition is key to the esoteric work and much can be gained from this practice. By doing simply intuition tests like following the heart when it comes to which route to take in the car or a more credible way of testing is to follow the heart when choosing which line to line up in at a supermarket and seeing if you are compelled to stand in a line that isn’t the shortest if you end up passing through the check-out quicker than other lines can be a little bit of fun in the beginning of developing intuition. Another is trying to predict who is calling you on the phone before checking to see who it is. Or trying to intuitively sense what colour clothing someone you are going to see may be wearing that day can also be fun – these types of visual tests can also bring other psychic faculties into play. Although these may seem trivial and may have a lot to do with “chance” and expectation/prediction, simply trying to consciously use your intuition will strengthen this psychic faculty greatly as time goes by. Many people have strong intuitive faculties as they have developed these abilities previously. It’s no accident that some people are born with psychic abilities, just as it is no accident that others are born with other gifts such as creativity, comedic or athletic. The more one can access their intuition the more one can access higher knowledge as it is the knowing of the heart that understands spiritual teachings in higher realms, it’s not an intellectual understanding. I’m sure the vast majority of people in this world often feel that type of knowing and have not been able to logically explain why they know what they know. As said before pride and fear play major roles in diverting people from the truth so it’s very important to be able to distinguish between these and intuitive knowing. Intuition doesn’t strive to defend itself but rather one who possesses higher knowledge is compelled to share it with others so that they may be inspired to attempt to access it themselves.
The Lord: Do you know Faust?
Mephistopheles: The doctor? Do you mean—
The Lord: My servant.
Mephistopheles: Ah, he serves you well, indeed! He scorns earth’s fare and drinks celestial mead. Poor fool, his fervent drives him far! He half knows his own madness, I’ll be bound. He’d pillage heaven for its brightest star, And earth for every last delight that’s to be found; Not all that’s near nor far Can satisfy a heart so restless and profound.
The Lord: He serves me, but still serves me in confusion; I will soon lead him into clarity. A gardener knows, one day this young green tree Will blossom and bear fruit in rich profusion.
~ Faust, Goethe
People will always believe different things and there is nothing wrong with that. We can still act respectfully toward one another even if we do not agree on fundamental issues. We all have different experiences in life and therefore different beliefs, though these beliefs are often taken on from what we have been taught to be true and what information is available regarding our experience. Esotericists do not strive to convince anyone of any fact that they feel they know to be true although it may often appear this way. It’s the desire to help others that can lead to behavior that seems to be an attempt to convince people of something and spiritually this type of attachment goes to the core of the esoteric work. People should never be pressured to believe anything and everyone has their own free will to believe what they choose but when one has the experience to see something beyond the physical body they can learn things that cannot be learned in any other way. It’s just like trying to explain a personal life experience to another person. Often people can imagine what it felt like but there will always be that distance in understanding whether it be large or small. We can show love and care for suffering but that doesn’t mean we truly understand what it feels like to go through that suffering. If I were to say that people who experience night terrors don’t suffer that much and it’s not that bad compared to other fates since “it’s just a dream” and a fabrication of their minds, I think many would judge me to be extremely arrogant in my views. Just as if someone was to tell me that my experience of lucid dreaming and meeting with spiritual beings is “just a dream” when I feel I gained some of the greatest experiences available to me in these events they would also be extremely arrogant. Perhaps one would say that I’m arrogant in deeming others to be arrogant and here we can see the eternally cyclic and critical nature of intellectualism. It wants facts and figures to prove something instead of proving it through personal experience. I feel the mistake is forgetting that science is and has always been developing, so who knows, maybe much of what is considered psuedo-science now will one day be proven fact, just as magnetism was once considered magic.
The world being flat is a perfect example of an ingrained understanding making people incapable of seeing any other possibility. If many people in the past were able to astral project and view the Earth from space they would have been able to see for themselves that it is not flat but it is round. How do we know that what we see on higher dimensions is real or not? This is a very important question as our dream life is created by the subconscious and we cannot be completely sure that in dream what we see is truth, although possessing a strong intuition goes a long way to deciphering what’s real, what’s placed in a dream scene as a part of a higher teaching and what’s purely projected by our mind, sometimes it can even be quite obvious, but if we know we are dreaming and are as conscious in the world of dreams as we are here in the physical world then our experience speaks for itself. The bible possesses many examples of prophets receiving visions and teachings in dream states just to give one example of this occurring in history. An example of my own of receiving a teaching about the physical world through higher learning is when I was given an extremely esoteric teaching regarding the evolution of the human being from lifetime to lifetime and how the use of creative energies directly influences what physical state we are born into in future lifetimes. I was taught through the symbolism of letters which interestingly are used in biology but their shapes also have significant meanings both physically and esoterically; these correlations are very difficult to explain. This was an esoteric teaching about the workings of biology and how the state of higher dimensional bodies affect the biological development of a human being before it’s born. I may not be versed in the scientific side to understanding of this esoteric teaching and it’s correlations to the physical world or rather how it all works down to every last scientific mechanical fact but I do know something greater than all the little bits of the puzzle. I have seen the puzzle once it has been put together and is a complete picture, when it ceases to be a puzzle and is an image in it’s wholeness. Sometimes the simplest truths are those which contain the most understanding. Esoteric knowledge gained beyond the body can be the missing piece of the puzzle for people seeking academic truths and understanding. We can complete half of the puzzle with the mind and it’s observation of the physical world but the rest of it lay hidden in higher dimensions waiting for us to discover and complete the image so that we may use this knowledge to provide solutions to the problems of our world and the state of humanity. Academic study is good if done for the right reasons, but marry it with esoteric inner study and it can become magnificent – we only have to look at the first “Saint of Science” Sir Isaac Newton to see this may be true. Of course I can’t prove to you that Newton was an esotericist so I’ll guess you’ll just have to try to find out for yourselves :). That’s my personal plan for the future. I’m doing the esoteric inner work and now I’m looking to marry it with academic study so that I can help solve problems and do my best to “prove” things to the skeptics of the world so that perhaps these people can become less critical of esoteric information and eventually gain the courage to overcome their inner resistances to opening their minds and can begin experimenting with spiritual exercises just like a true experimental scientist would.
The Great Rebellion ~ Samael Aun Weor
“Intellect which is placed in the service of the spirit is useful, intellect which is divorced from the spirit is useless.”
“The Antichrist, fascinated by its own intellectualism, which is absolutely exclusive amongst know-alls, believes that it knows all of nature’s phenomena. The self-suffieciency, pride and arrogance of the Antichrist are unbearable.”
“Everyone bows before the Antichrist. Obviously, it has invented ultra-sonic aircraft, wonderful ships, brilliant cars, amazing medicines, etc. Under such conditions, who can doubt the Antichrist? Whoever dares, in this day and age, to pronounce against all the miracles and wonders of the Son of perdition, condemns himself to the ridicule of everyone, the sarcasm and the irony, to be classed as stupid and ignorant? It is hard work to try and make serious and studious people understand, they themselves react and give resistance.”
“The bottling up of the mind is such a terrible and serious a matter, that a humanoid will never even remotely suspect that the program is useless because he has been arranged in accordance with that program and to doubt seems like heresy, something incongruous and absurd. For a robot to doubt its own program is absurd, an absolute impossibility, because its very existence depends upon that program.”
“Unquestionably, nature deposits in the brain of the new born all the wild, rustic, cosmic and spontaneous information that is indispensable for the capture or apprehension of the truths contained in any natural phenomena perceptible to the senses. This means that a new born baby can discover by itself the reality of each natural phenomenon. Regrettably the Antichrist’s program interferes with it, and the marvelous qualities that nature places in the brains of the newly-born are soon destroyed.”
The past fortnight I’ve had a few interesting occurrences happen which were of a particularly mystical quality and involving uncanny coincidences… well I thought so anyway. These types of things haven’t happened to me for sometime and lately it has felt as though I’ve been getting into some sort of spiritual flow where I’m being thrown random messages left, right and center which really confirm for the fact that there is a subtle higher force guiding me and trying to remind me constantly of the things of greatest importance for me and my spiritual growth in the here and now.
the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection
The terms coincidence and serendipity can also be used to describe such occurrences but the quality that separates synchronicity from these terms is that the individual experiencing them describes them as being MEANINGFUL in their nature. This term was coined by the well know psychologist Carl Jung in the early twentieth century.
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