HERMETIC - ESOTERIC - MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHIES
Kabbalah-Emanations from the Source: part 5
By Robert Green
We have been investigating the mysterious nature of self in our prior
lessons, and we will continue our investigation again in this lesson. Self
is so important to us in our Course of Mysticism. For as we stated before,
without self nothing exists; all is chaos and oblivion! Stop and think for
a moment; if you did not exist, would anything else exist. It is like the
Zen koan about if a tree falls in the deep forest with no one around to
hear it, does it make any sound…or taking the koan further, does the tree
even exist? The answer is that nothing exists without self-experiencing.
St. Germain, one of the invisible/formless masters, has said many times
“everything is personal”. He means by this, that for anything to be known,
understood, and experienced, self must be present. Therefore, all life is
personal and individual.
Let us go back and review some important things that we have brought to
your attention in these past lessons about the nature of self. You will
have noticed that we have not said or used the word “soul” very much. This
is because the whole mystical experience is based upon unity, and unity is
oneness of consciousness with the Absolute Reality. When we divide and
separate a thing to understand it, we have a tendency to think about that
thing as a totally separate and individual thing and as having a separate
life of its own, so to speak. To really know and understand something, we
need look at it as a whole, and study its various relationships within
itself. For example, if we want to understand totally our bodies, we can
explore its various parts, like the heart, the arms, the blood, and so on,
but we always know that these various parts of the body, are not
separated, but have functions and relationships with all the other parts
of the body. We know, that the body is one whole thing with many
functions. So in this light, we are studying self as the whole. Soul, ego,
mind, life force, matter, and so on, are all “functions” of self. You are
probably saying to yourself, “ I can see how soul, ego, life and mind are
functions of self, but I cannot see what matter has to do with self.” Do
you remember the lessons about space and time, and how they are illusions,
but are needed for self-consciousness, or mind? Ponder upon that lesson,
and meditate upon this fact: The whole material universe is but an
extension of self.
We also have been stating, that self is dual.” The realized self” is the
part of self that we are always aware of in various degrees. This
awareness consists of knowing that “we are”, and that we are separated
from our environment and from other self’s. This is the “subjective” level
of the realized self; consciousness of consciousness. The other part of
the self is the “no self”. The no self is the exact opposite of the
realized self, and in most people is unconscious to its other part. Its
main function in life is the storehouse of memory from the experiences of
the realized self. But within this no self, are many sub personalities
that have been imprisoned there by the judgment of the realized self. I
will not elaborate upon this, because Alice has some wonderful information
and exercises about sub personalities on the Plotinus site.
The no self is that part of self that we encounter when we dream and enter
into deep meditation. Our inspirations and intuition come forth from the
no self. The no self is also responsible for the unconscious functions of
vital life force in the body, like the beating of the heart, digestion,
elimination, breathing and so on. It is the sub conscious mind.
Through the no self flows all the consciousness of Absolute Being.
Therefore, it is thru the no self that we find oneness and unity with the
Divine; that which we call, “Cosmic Consciousness”, or Absolute Reality.
We could call the realized self, the light self, and the no self, the dark
self. They are the: Yang and Yin of Confucius. The Atman and Brahman of
the Hindu. The Ba and Ka of the ancient Egyptians. In the Kabala, the dark
self corresponds to Ain Soph, and the light self to Kether, the Father.
And on and on…
Let us look at self from the Hindu viewpoint.
Hinduism’s fundamental belief is that the nature of the Absolute Reality
is consciousness and that “Brahman”, which means true consciousness, is
the true nature or essence of all that exists. The human experience of
Brahman (true consciousness), is called “Atman” and is characterized by “satcitananda”,
which is the experience of being conscious, or self-consciousness.
Although, no distinction is admitted between the Brahman and Atman, using
the two distinct terms implies a difference. (Remember, what I told you
about the mystic philosophy of dividing and separating, and looking at
things as one whole thing? This is the key to understanding this
paragraph.) The Hindu goal in life is to realize that we are “Atman”, and
that Atman is our true nature. And since Atman is Brahman, realizing Atman
is no different than realizing that the ultimate reality of self is
Brahman. So if one distinguishes between consciousnesses calling one
Brahman and the other Atman, this is illusionary and causes the
recognition of a false or separate self.
Hinduism employs the term “pure consciousness” for Brahman-Atman, and uses
the term “reflective consciousness” for everything that man experiences as
an individual self.
This will conclude the lesson of this week. We are soon to end our
investigation of the nature of self, and will then turn our attention to
the “Genesis of Self” via the Kabala. Dianah and I have been studying the
Kabala thru various means for a long time and we will be sharing our
knowledge of it with you.
We talked about the no self in the lesson this week. So, we want you to
perform the following exercise to find your master within. The master
within will be your guide on your life’s journey to ONENESS WITH THE
ABSOLUTE REALITY . . .When you are ready to begin your journey, have
someone read these instructions to you or print them off and read them
with a pause at each step designated by . . .to allow the visualization to
present itself to you.
Close your eyes and relax . . . In your mind's eye see or sense yourself
projected into a natural scene . . . See a place unfold before you, as if
on a screen, a place which gives you a strong feeling of warm,
comfortable, peaceful, relaxed safety . . . It might be a setting at the
seashore, in the mountains, by a lake, in a meadow, etc. . . . Just get a
sense of what the general area is like . . . Keep your eyes closed and
take time to allow the details of this scene to pass through your mind . .
. Allow your awareness to encompass the colors, textures, shapes, spaces,
forms, sounds and general ambience of your place . . . When you have noted
the details of this inner sanctuary of the mind, get a sense of or begin
to see a pathway emerging near where you are standing. Notice that off in
the distance it blends with the scenery . . . Sense yourself walking along
this path . . . As you look down the path or off into the distance you
become aware of a radiant, blue-white glow which is moving slowly toward
you . . .As you approach it, it gradually becomes transparent . . . Now
the outline of a human form takes shape, although light continues to
emanate from it . . .
Slowly you see some garments covering the figure of this human-like form .
. . As you and this figure come closer to each other, the details of the
face, hair, eyes, bone structure and stature of this being become clearer
. . . You now are aware as to whether this being is masculine in
appearance and energy or feminine . . .In a warm, friendly manner this
being approaches you . . . When you are quite close, you reach over and
swiftly peel off the face as if it were a mask . . . Observe what is there
...If, under the mask there is a face which is frightening to you, step
back and demand that the being leave your sanctuary, then mentally let go
of it . . . Return to the path, walk along it and again see the radiant,
blue-white glow beyond you. Slowly move toward it, repeating this part of
the process . . . If, after the mask is pulled off, the face remains
essentially the same, this being is your guide who now approaches you and
placing an arm around your shoulder, leans close to your ear and whispers
softly, "I am“... Now hear the name being spoken . . .Receive the first
one that comes.
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