Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ethics

I think that a much needed element at this time to help us achieve liberation in the fastest way possible is to bring back ethics to our attention. In recent decades, especially since 1996, the energies have been more intense which tends to push people into survival mode, and in these conditions the mere idea of ethics often has been "flung to the winds". However our well-being is very much connected to ethics being applied personally and collectively. I of course am not claiming to have always acted perfectly. However what really matters is to recognize a better way and practice it, so I will suggest a few points that I find important :


1. Respect the free will of others. This is most important, and should be done in all contexts, for small or big things, for every sentient being. We have learned that the Light forces always respect free will seriously in this way, for example they will only assist us personally if we request it with our free will. Even our own Higher Self only connects with us if our lower self cooperates. They may invite us, but will always leave us the choice. This is a behavior that should really be adopted by all, and includes also criticism, small or big, outspoken or silent. Let us all leave people to live their lives, and make our own choices for our own life, it is not our job to manage what other people do, we can never be responsible for somebody, the best service to do them (and ourselves) is to fully respect and allow them their own sovereign will. This doesn't mean we become 'doormats', we maintain our own will, discernment and way of life, simply we only apply that to our own selves. If what somebody does affects us negatively, we can just move away. Let us simply do the best we can and show what we believe to be the best by our own example.

2. We are One. Yes, this sentence has become cliché in some contexts, and that is because it is sometimes spoken without applying what that really means. We do not exist in an isolated reality, we are all part of one organism. Living an isolated way of life, only ever thinking of personal survival, personal benefits, personal enlightenment, imagining that we can just save ourselves and forget about the rest, has driven individuals and communities to ruin time and time again. Some of the most enlightened beings such as Buddha who have attained high levels of consciousness, will not go further towards Source until all sentient beings are liberated, they remain at this level to help. The suffering of some has a real impact on the whole since we truly are all one organism. I am not talking about sacrifice, I am talking about understanding that helping the whole is helping all including ourselves, and that is where energies should be directed. One of the best questions to ask is, 'What is the most beneficial thing I can do ?'. In such times we are in now, such questions bring answers very quickly, because there are many beings of Light looking for some humans who are willing to help.


3. Correlation is not causation. In other words, do not draw conclusions too hastily. Just because two elements appear connected doesn't necessarily mean that we can establish a link of cause and effects. For example, you may observe that the number of ashtrays in somebody's house tends to increase the more they smoke, so we could be tempted to say, the more ashtrays, the more the house owner smokes, but this doesn't work, somebody might not smoke at all and use ashtrays for guests or discarding fruit seeds. This would be good to keep in mind when out in the world to discern things. This world of duality is very much subject to illusions, many who are sensitive to energies are falling for dark astral/emotional, etheric or lower mental tricks, for example certain 'channelers', 'healers', 'psychics', 'medium', etc. Somebody may really perceive things, but just because something we see or hear is beyond the physical, doesn't mean it's automatically and absolutely true. One may be able to see or feel the etheric or astral or lower mental, and these planes can appear very magical compared to the physical, and one can get distracted by all that is happening there, forgetting that these planes are not the Higher Self, they are still subject to illusions, and guidance or information coming from there, whether it's coming consciously or subconsciously, isn't necessarily originating from the world of Higher Self, no matter what it may appear. Through self-purification, training, self-honesty, bringing all aspects of self into balance, and above all connecting with the inner presence of the Higher Self, then much better understanding comes.

4. Tune into the inner presence of the Higher Self. The following can help : if you observe your senses, your desires, your emotions (in other words the astral body), you may notice that they can tend to rule your actions. But you may also notice that there is another aspect within you, who is beyond this and is the observer who can control your actions, for example if your senses desire something but you know inside that it is not the right thing to do, then you are able to stop yourself, and in that process distinguish your astral body (what the senses desire) from a higher aspect of yourself, realizing that you are not the senses but the observer, and if you choose to do what the observer/higher aspect is saying, then you are evolving and connecting more with the Higher Self. One may think at first that it is the mind, the thoughts, who can make a better choice despite what the senses are saying, and while that is true to some extent, the mind is yet another vehicle and not the Higher Self presence. We can see this by observing our thoughts, and therefore realizing that there is another presence within who can observe the thoughts, and if there are thoughts we know aren't beneficial then we can discard them, and choose better thoughts, and we can mould the mind however we choose in this way. And then we can realize that we are the observer, the one who can choose to mould the mind, and not the thoughts/mind itself.

This process can help to tune in more and more with the real Higher Self, de-identify with the vehicles, and by choosing to follow what the Higher Self says, and always bringing our attention back to it, we get a real inner sense of differentiating right from wrong, as the Higher Self is the only presence who can ever truly know right from wrong, the personality alone (lower mind, emotions, desire, physical body) is by definition selfish and needs to be merged back with Higher Self. Then our actions will be much more positive, and we will be more and more available for receiving the powers coming from the Higher Self to work in our lives.


5. Discern and know for yourself. I will quote here Buddha according to HP Blavatsky : "we must not believe in a thing said merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by sages, because sages wrote them: nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in presumed spiritual inspiration); nor from inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption we may have made; nor because of what seems an analogical necessity; nor on the mere authority of our teachers or masters. But we are to believe when the writing, doctrine, or saying is corroborated by our own reason and consciousness. "For this," says he in concluding, "I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly.". 

Let us not let our minds atrophy, waiting for little drips of understanding handed to us by a few people, because no definite liberation can ever come this way. Let us study and practice things for ourselves as deeply as we can and then we will be able to do much more as a collective.

6. Self honesty. One key here is to learn to dissipate astral/emotional and lower mental illusions. These are sometimes called glamour, and it is important to understand that the emotional/mental idea of a quality is not necessarily the same as the quality itself. I will quote here Alice Bailey's book, 'Discipleship in the New Age volume 1' : 

"I will enumerate a few of the more general glamours for you, leaving you to make any needed application and expansion of the idea from the individual to humanity as a whole. 
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2. The glamour of aspiration. Those thus conditioned are completely satisfied and pre-occupied with their aspiration towards the light and rest back upon the fact that they are aspirants. Such people need to move onward on to the Path of Discipleship and cease their preoccupation and satisfaction with their spiritual ambitions and goals. 

3. The glamour of self-assurance or of what might be called the astral principles of the disciple. This is the belief, in plain language, that the disciple regards that his point of view is entirely right. This again feeds pride and tends to make the disciple believe himself to be an authority and infallible. It is the background of the theologian. 

4. The glamour of duty. This leads to an over-emphasis of the sense of responsibility, producing lost motion and the emphasis of the non-essential. 

5. The glamour of environing conditions, leading frequently to a sense of frustration, or of futility or of importance. 

6. The glamour of the mind and of its efficiency and its capacity to deal with any or every problem. This leads inevitably to isolation and loneliness. 

7. The glamour of devotion, leading to an undue stimulation of the astral body. The man or woman thus glamoured sees only one idea, one person, one authority and one aspect of truth. It feeds fanaticism and spiritual pride. 

8. The glamour of desire with its reflex action upon the physical body. This leads to a constant condition of fighting and of turmoil. It negates all peace and fruitful work and must some day be brought to an end. 

9. The glamour of personal ambition. 

There are many other glamours, both individual and world-wide, but these will serve to indicate a general tendency." 

A good way to discern, is to check whether we have a mental and/or emotional attachment to the quality or situation, or if we are able to let it go if needed. If there is an attachment, it is likely an illusion/glamor, because the lower mental and the astral have to be detached and in calm receptive state for the true quality or situation to occur, simply because the lower self can not generate it, it can only receive it from the Higher Self. The lower self is like a lake reflecting the landscape on its surface, and the Higher Self is the real landscape. If the waters of the lake are agitated, the landscape can never be seen properly.
Illusions are usually maintained by the personal self to hide suppressed emotions, so by letting go of the illusion we then can become aware of the emotion, release it and choose a better way. This is especially important at this time because the dark use all unresolved emotions and thoughts, make them bigger, use them to create conflicts and use them as magnetic attractors for negative situations to occur in people's lives. Purifying ourselves is always the best and the only definite protection, and a much needed preparation for a more evolved life. If the situation is not an illusion, we will then be compelled into clear detached constructive action by the inner presence I was mentioning in point 4. 

7. Seek to merge polarities. Avoid thinking, talking, feeling, acting, etc, in ways that polarize situations, pushing further apart opposing points of view and energies. Separation of opposite polarities is a product of anomaly, while Source presence brings them in Oneness, therefore by our behavior we fuel either one or the other. In time, when properly purified, all opposites complete each other and unify. If the situation is not ready for this, then it's better to put it aside and at least to not push it further. 

For example, replace :

"serving others vs serving yourself" by "serving the One/Source/Light/Love/Life"

"taking care of yourself vs receiving help" by "playing your part in the orchestra of life"

"saving the world vs healing myself" by "healing the One/Life"

"getting rid of the dark and we will be happy" by "all who have lost their way will heal and all will return to the Light"

"the wounds of somebody vs the wounds of somebody" by "unique insights and contributions we can bring together" 

"the desire of somebody vs the desire of somebody" by "win win solution" 

etc 


This is not an exhaustive list, but I believe these few key points, when really practiced, can be very helpful to manifest a reality of Light individually and collectively, our ethics thus manifesting aest-ethics.

Victory of the Light

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Identifications


When we understand the differenciation between the true/Higher Self, and its reflection the personality (lower mental, astral, etheric, plasma and physical bodies), we then can understand the importance of proper identification of the consciousness.
Mistaken indentification with personality aspects, the lower bodies in the world of forms, increase darkness and disconnection between higher and lower self, while identification with the Higher Self increases Light and connection between higher and lower self, leading to the Higher Self taking full control of the lower, which means that Light and Source redeem matter and heal creation on all planes.


There are two main types of mistaken/dark identifications.
The first type is a mistaking of the light received from the Higher Self as being from the lower self. The lower self receives some kind of higher inspiration or life force, small or large, and wrongly assumes that this is coming from the personality, lower separated self down here. This also occurs because of forgetting that the Higher Self who is emanating all Life and all Light is not a separated self but a part of the One which is the same present in all, in the same way my hand is a part of my physical body. This kind of dark identification will manifest as a 'chosen one' complex or various other superiority or righteousness complexes. The lower identification will delude itself into thinking it is doing good by its actions, such as focusing on the personality, trying to force people to do things, criticizing others, etc.
The second type is unfortunately potentially even more dangerous, and occurs usually after traumas, when the consciousness identifies with the anomaly, the chaos and fragmented aspect of the personality. The personality self is a mixture of Light from the Source and anomaly. The anomaly fragments, separates, disconnects, disorders various aspects of creation represented in the personality. Different persons have different degrees of anomaly and Source presence in their personality, depending on the journey the personality has followed and choices being made. This second type of dark identification will cause the consciousness to think it is the anomaly, the fragmentation and the chaos in itself, and will then act, consciously or subconsciously, to defend the survival of anomaly and actively block Light. Depending on the degree of identification, this may only manifest as inferiority complex or depression, or develop further into deluding itself that it likes darkness which we can see for example in horror type movies, fashions, etc, or develop even further into various actions of intentional harm against oneself or others. The most extreme cases of such misidentifications are the dark forces.

These mistaken identifications can occur in various contexts and attach to various internal and external elements, and accumulate in the energy field until cleared by the energy of the Higher Self.

The only real, non-mistaken, truthful identification that leads to all the good qualities of life, is identification with the Higher Self who is the original emanation from the One Source present in all, who has remained connected with it.

It may be helpful to visualize the difference between Higher and lower selves with the following metaphor, which may be blurry and over-simplified in the details, but helpful to understand the basic idea and the big picture :
Our Higher Selves on the highest spiritual planes are all areas on the surface of one big sun, each of them emanating rays of Light which are the lower spiritual planes (Atmic, Buddhic and higher mind), and our personality are only the Light from these rays shining inside a house through a curtain.

The nature of various activities will be largely defined by how the consciousness that initiates it is identified. The essence of black magic is to use power from the lower world of forms directed towards the lower world of forms without control being made from the world of Higher Self. The essence of white magic is to bring the presence of the Higher Self down into the lower self, and bring the world of Higher Self to take control of the world of lower self. For example, sexuality is actually a natural, innate and powerful form of magic. When it is done in consciousness identified with the form, identified with the lower separated individual self, it is black magic. When it is done with the consciousness actively identified with the Higher Self, with the awareness of the One presence, with the intention to align with this, it can then become white magic. This applies to any and all activities.

Here is a powerful tool to help heal identifications, bringing them back to the Higher Self.
We can invoke in words, out loud and/or silently, the identification with the true Self, by saying this (or similar) invocation, while focusing on the Soul Star chakra :

I am the Soul
I am Divine Light
I am Divine Will
I am Divine Love
I am fixed design (by me, the Soul)

The words in parenthesis are optional, they are meant to clarify what is meant by 'fixed design', which is that the design for the Self on all planes including lower planes, is fixed by the Soul/Higher Self only.
This is a powerful invocation which has been used by many disciples for a long time and has proven very effective. As we say the words, we may feel the Light pouring from the Soul star chakra down through the central channel of the body along the spine, down into the Earth Star chakra. This channel, when properly opened, connects all planes together and is used by the Higher Self to control the lower vehicles. It is highly beneficial to start any spiritual (or other) practice by doing this invocation or a similar one. We can then do the activity 'as if' we are the Soul which will strengthen the connection and greatly increase the effectiveness of anything we are doing. 

And in truth, we really are the Soul and Higher Self, for example when we go to sleep at night, we may put the physical vehicle aside and go do things in the astral vehicle, but the self operating both of the vehicles is the exact same, and when we leave the vehicle when it dies (whether physical, etheric, astral or mental), all life and consciousness disappears from it, the vehicle exists no more but the Self is eternal and moves on elsewhere. The only Self who remains, who drives life forward, is the Higher Self.

To go deeper in transmuting the lower self and bringing it back under control of the Higher Self, we can work on the astral body in the following way :
The astral body is the energy of the Self pouring outwards seeking unification with the world. It reaches outwards and makes contact with various elements and registers this contact as sensations. The sensations are registered and made conscious in the physical body but they are actually occuring in the astral body. These sensations when positive are pleasure, pleasure for example of taste in the mouth, of feeling on the skin, of presence of somebody. Or when they are negative the sensations are pain. Over time sensations accumulate and group together forming feelings, which are attractions or repulsions. When registered and understood by the mental body, mental and astral matter connect and form together emotions, love or hate. This is the way the astral body is formed and composed, by the energy of the Self making various contacts with its environment.
However the astral body is actually, in a sense, a reflection of another body in the Higher Self, the Budhic body, which is the plane above the mental. This body also is the energy of the Self reaching outwards making contact with the environment, but it is doing so in a world of Oneness, beyond form, beyond duality, therefore it does so from a point of view not of separation but of recognizing the One in everybody and everything. Therefore the budhic consciousness manifests as reaching outwards not simply for the pleasure of the lower self from a selfish point of view of separation, but in consciousness of Oneness, which manifests as compassion, as desire to help and serve, and desire to manifest Budhic reality of Oneness in the world. Another name for Budhic consciousness is Christ consciousness.
As consciousness evolves and Higher Self takes progressively control of the lower self, the budhic body actually takes control and supersedes the astral body in the lower self, and astral energy reaches outwards with budhic energy and consciousness. This process can be greatly accelerated with conscious intent, and heals mis-identifications and anomalies in the astral body.


A similar process also occurs in the mental body, in which the lower mind is part of the personality, and higher mind part of the Higher Self. The lower mind gets ideas and understanding and thoughts simply by analysis of conditions in the experiences of the lower self, in the world of forms. The higher mind is a translator of impulses of will coming from the Higher Self, it translates the will into a thought, giving it its first archetypal form. As consciousness evolves, the separation is bridged and the lower mind becomes more of a transmitter for the higher mind, it retains its understanding of the world of forms and transmits the impulse of will from the Higher Self down into the lower bodies.

As purification progresses, more impulses and Light from the Higher Self reach the etheric body via  the mental and astral, the etheric then follows and develops and becomes more strong and able to transmit prana. As the etheric body is the blueprint of the physical, if the impulses are followed by physical actions and discipline, changes in the physical normally quickly follow.

Victory of the Light