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The Little Disk Goddess Dream

June 6, 2017

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I had an amazing dream experience last night that woke me up at 3:03 AM. The most unusual aspect of it is how clearly I remember so many of its details.

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As for setting, I was in my typical dreamscape that involves my traveling (usually at night) through some town or city that I am supposed to be familiar with but within which I find it impossible to orient myself in the dream. As so often is the case, I ended up on some school campus—I think it was a college rather than a high school—as I was wandering around in the hallways and stairways of some institutional building. Usually I am searching for a way out of the building, but this time I was looking for the office of an old teacher of mine (not anyone in reality that I am aware of at the moment) in order to pick up an old paper I wrote or to pick up a paper for one of my children or simply to talk. I’m not exactly sure what I was in search of.

officeWhen I arrived at the teacher’s office (who kept shifting from female to male and back), he/she was already meeting with someone, so I was waiting outside. The office had glass walls allowing people to see inside from the halls. As I was waiting, another student came by and seemed in a rush to speak with the professor, so I let her go first, which lengthened my waiting time to an hour, allowing me time to meditate.

Once my turn came up, I sat down in a chair across from the professor’s desk. His/her office had moved without my being conscious of it (I only am now in retrospect) from its original spot completely internal to the building to one adjacent to it, now with a window to the outside. I underwent some kind of massive psychic experience, somewhat traumatizing and liberating simultaneously, and I slowly came back to consciousness with no memory of what I had just experienced other than that my skull seemed to be closing back into its normal configuration after having been opened like a cardboard box to whatever beings or forces had been rearranging the insides of my skull.

lionThe first thing I was conscious of was staring down into my open right palm and seeing that I was holding a little 1 cm-diameter disk, which clearly had been excavated from inside my head. I somehow knew that it had been lodged in my pineal gland and had been serving as a block to my visionary gateway. The disk looked like a small ceramic ancient coin with the impress of some ancient goddess’s head. Her head kept shifting from human to lion form as I stared at it. I somehow knew that the disk was Sumerian in origin but was since then associated with the Oracle at Delphi, and that the woman’s head was that of the Oracle, Astarte, Sekhmet, and Medusa all simultaneously.

sekhmetI knew that the disk had been blocking my visionary capacities and somehow was disorienting my Astral energies, causing emotional complexes of all kinds throughout my life. I now stood the chance of gaining some insight and stability in my emotional and visionary capacities.

Upon recognizing the face of the goddess on the disk in my palm, I said, “Well, THAT explains it.” The professor asked, “Explains what?” and I answered, “That’s the same face that I see in a vision three or four times a day.” The professor seemed moved or surprised by this and sat up, saying, “Well, then, our conversation is not ending but only just now beginning!”

Realizing that we would be entering into a deep therapeutic discussion and analysis, I texted my wife Anna that I would be a few hours later than expected and then readied myself for the healing conversation.

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Awaking from the dream, I went downstairs, arranged my meditation cushions on the mat, and entered into a long conversation with Gabriel. Most of what I learned came by way of internal self-recognition, glimpses of deep self-truths that Gabriel only guided by little interjections and questions. The bulk of the understanding came from deep within my psyche as a process of recognition.

Throughout this meditative conversation with Gabriel I was still highly aware of the little Medusa Disk in my palm, even though I was now fully awake. (I can feel it there even at this moment as I type these words.) I slowly realized that the disk was not made of porcelain or marble as I had assumed but was, rather, a small disk of bone remaining from my son Dylan’s cremated ashes. As morbid as this might sound, I found (and still find) great comfort in sensing the liberating potential of my son’s bone disks, liberated in my palm just as I had seen them when I released his ashes into Massachusetts Bay just off the northern coast of Provincetown. Here was and is my own bit of sacred scrimshaw from a source that could not be more personal unless it were from my own skeleton.

I initially thought that the blocking function of the disk, having been lodged in my pineal gland, had been serving some malicious function. I knew that the goddess associated with it had been regulating my consciousness and my emotional state for much of my life. But Gabriel assured me that her role was more as a guiding and protective source of moderation rather than some malicious blocking of awareness. Now I hear that the disk’s function was more like training-wheels on a bicycle than like a chain on the wheels themselves. It served as a capacitor of sorts, helping to channel the intensity of the electro-magnetic discharges from my inner visionary chamber.

In a nice moment of synchronicity, when I went to the university library later this morning to see what book had come in for me through inter-library loan, I was pleased to see that it was Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols. I opened the book randomly to page 81, a page right in the middle of the chapter devoted to exploring the archetypal significance of the Popess or High Priestess card. “There she sat as she had done for centuries, immobile and serene, knowing whatever she knew and apparently secure in that wisdom.” On the previous page I then read, “The creative act of memory is the special province of the feminine principle. It is always colored by emotion.” The visionary aspect of the Third Eye blended with the serene control of the Astral energies.

I understand this (I FEEL this) as a moment of liberation from my own self-boundaries (to be followed by others, I’m sure) into an expanded mode of consciousness and psychic capability. Interestingly, this awareness does not produce some gleeful ecstatic state but rather a sense of calm self-control. It all feels so “normal” and so much like the real me—my actual goddess state—that I am calmly self-assured and stable for probably the first time in this life. Now I recognize that this Delphic Oracle and I have much freer access to one another—at last.

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Gabriel and the Angelic Intelligences

Jibrail[Introductory note: What follows is a segment from the transcript of a telephone conference I participated in on February 6, 2017 between the Learning for Life Center in Topeka, Kansas and the multidimensional collective entity known as Monitor (channeled by Harvey Grady in Sedona, Arizona). I should mention here that I have been reluctant up to this point to pursue the significance of my acquisition of the name of Gabriel in the Fall of 2011. My troubled upbringing within what would today be called a Christian fundamentalist home had led me to be suspicious in adulthood of anything apparently related to that tradition. So I was quite surprised and even disturbed to have been presented with the name of Gabriel by the Spiritual Hierarchy at that time, although I did accept this (at the friendly urgings of a group of Crop Circle explorers in Avebury, England in early December 2011) and quickly grew into this new awareness of Self. The conversation that follows is one of my first attempts to gain some objective understanding of this presentation of a Higher layer of my Being. While in addition I am generally uneasy in devoting time to writing about myself, I believe that my experiences offer other Seekers confirmation of their own experiences in a culture that works against such understandings. I have been even more reluctant to claim some direct inspiration from the Angel Gabriel, not wanting to pose myself as seeking attention to myself, but I now feel it is time that I do so in as open, responsible, and detached a way as possible.]

MONITOR ON MY CONNECTIONS WITH THE ANGEL GABRIEL

GABRIEL:      Thank you, Monitor.  It is my turn now.  I was going to ask a question about recent ET interactions.  But I feel moved to ask about Gabriel and angelic intelligences, unless you think otherwise.  So I will go on the Gabriel question.  In a New Year’s divination exercise, I was presented with the following line from Henry Corbin’s book, The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism.  “We have learned that this red Sun and these reddening orbs announced the presence of the angel, Logos, or of one of the angelic intelligences.”  This message resonates deeply with me and is consonant with many of the prods that suggest that I have a destiny of some sort now with the angelic intelligences, not only with my High Self, but also with Gabriel.

In my work with Sufi gnosticism, I keep finding myself meditating over the role Gabriel plays in various theosophical circles, but even more specifically in my own life, not the least of which involves my receiving the name Gabriel in 2011.  For the highest good, is there a direct connection between my High Self, Samuel, and Gabriel?

How should I envision the nature of my Soul relationship and mission with Gabriel?  And how coincidental is it that these urgings most recently have come from within a Sufi context, one that – when withdrawn from its Islamic context – feels the most applicable to my own experiences so far?  Thank you.

man_of_lightMONITOR:    We note that you have been associated with the Spiritual Hierarchy and angelic kingdom in past lives, one of which involved a lifetime in a Sufi enclave situated in the mountains in northern Iran.

GABRIEL:      Yes.

damavandMONITOR:    Your personality’s relationship with angels represents a personal ability within the personality structure to accept angelic presence.  The Mental Judge Self component of the subconscious mind typically is fearful of angels and other high spiritual beings.  The Mental Judge Self typically creates a crisis to prevent or distract the Outer Self from angelic communication or contact.

In your personality, that encounter took place initially in the Sufi enclave.  The challenge was resolved when, through repeated fasting and prayer activity, your Mental Judge Self was assisted by your High Self to assume a more neutral role after having experienced an almost uncontrollable outburst of fear.  With your Mental Judge Self in a more inactive state, it was able to observe the activities of angels associated with that group and lose some of its fear of that form of superluminal contact.

In this lifetime, your High Self gave you opportunities, even in childhood, to sense the presence of other beings, benevolent beings, and that included the presence of angels.  You have had several angelic encounters to save your personality from harm in this lifetime, and so you have sensed that angelic connection.

Your Female Self has considerable angelic qualities.  And your Male Self has been able to accept those and respect the clarity and strength that the Female Self presents.

Your personality’s relationship with Gabriel denotes a relationship as a worker who at times assists in the accomplishment of certain tasks that Gabriel performs for the planet.  One of those major tasks involves communication among different Life forms and species.  Your life pattern has given you considerable curiosity so that you are able to explore different cultures, different times, and different beings beyond the physical realm.

Angel_GabrielYour connection with Gabriel involves your participation in communicating those experiences of greater insight and awareness of your “neighbors” to the public, to those prepared to accept what you share.  Not all are willing to consider what you share.  Yet by the act of sharing in writing and presentations, you are able to confirm the awareness of many others that benevolent beings exist that positively affect humanity and the planet.

Your role in communicating such experiences is still in its initial stages, yet shall develop into a much more informative sharing so that others who also share to some degree your innate awareness of neighboring species will be able to open their awareness productively and with security.

Henry Corbin, Shaikhism, and the Spiritual Light Body

From Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth Chapter Two, Part 4

  1. Hūrqalyā, Earth of Resurrection

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The specific nature of the doctrine is already indicated in the terminology that leads Shaikh Aḥmad to make a strict distinction between two terms currently used to designate body: there [91] is the body considered as organic, animated body (jasad), and there is the body considered as corporeal mass or volume (jism).54 In our Shaikh’s anthropology it is established that the human being possesses two jasad and two jism; they represent a twofold accidental body and a twofold essential body, according to the following schema:

(1) There is the first jasad, which we shall call jasad A, and which is understood as being the element body, material and perishable. It is the apparent body of each one of us, the one that we can see, touch, weigh, recognize. It is an accidental and perishable formation, a com und of sublunar physical elements.

(2) There is a second jasad, which we shall call jasad B; it is hidden and occult from our sight in jasad A; it also is an elemental formation, but differs from the first in that it is not composed of perishable terrestrial elements—those, that is, of our material Earth—but of archetypal elements, the subtle elements of the “Earth of Hūrqalyā.” This second jasad is, there­ fore, a formation belonging to the intermediate world, the world of the barzakh; consequently, it has dimensions, but, unlike the first jasad, it is not an accidental body but an essential and imperishable body; it is the subtle elemental body, the body of “spiritual flesh,” caro spiritual.

(3) There is the first jism; let us call it jism A. Unlike the two jasad, it is not an elemental body; it belongs neither to the terrestrial Elements nor to the subtle Elements. It resembles jasad A for, like it, it is accidental, not everlasting. It resembles jasad B in the sense of being, like it, a formation of the intermediate world. However, it does not arise from the subtle elements of the Earth of Hūrqalyā (from the region, that is to say, which corresponds there to the terrestrial climate of the cosmic Occident); it originates from the celestial matter and Heavens of Hūrqalyā (from the region, that is, corresponding to the Spheres, to the celestial climate of the cosmic Occident). It is the subtle celestial body, the astral body, destined to be reabsorbed.

(4) There is the second jism, which we shall call jism B, and this is the essential subtle body, archetypal, eternal and imper-[92]ishable (jism aṣlī aqīqī); the spirit is never separated from it, for it is what constitutes the eternal individuality. One can say of it that it is the corpus supracoeleste in man.55

At first sight, this schema strikingly resembles what we find in the writings of the Neoplatonist, Proclus. The idea of these different bodies, in which the soul is clothed, and which correspond to different levels of being, reproduces the concept of the oxaTa (okhēmata) or “vehicles of the soul” which the Neoplatonists were so prone to meditate.56 The doctrine of the astral body (soma astropoiedes) or okhmata-pneuma is so fundamental in the spiritual family to which Neoplatonism belongs that it immediately calls for many other references, notably the “perfect body” (soma telion) of the Mithraic liturgy, the “immortal body” (soma athanaton) of the Hermetic Corpus,57 and finally, for this is what it suggests, this is its aim and object of aspiration, the idios daimon or oikeos daimon,58 the personal divinity or guardian Angel to whom the adept is entrusted on initiation, and which makes the terrestrial human being the counterpart of a celestial being with whom it forms a whole. This, in terms of Mazdean theosophy, is Fravarti, Daēnā, the transcendent “I,” the celestial alter ego.

We know the terms of the question in the case of a Proclus: a compromise had to be found not only between Plato and Aristotle, but also between the Peripatetic tendency of Neoplatonism and the Stoic psychology of the pneuma.59 Besides, two traditions concerning the “astral body” had to be reconciled, both alive in Neoplatonism. Of these traditions, one represents the astral body as attached permanently to the soul, the other represents it as acquired or assumed by the soul during the soul’s descent from the upper regions, and as having to be abandoned by the soul in the course of its reascent.60 Proclus succeeds here in achieving a synthesis, the homologue of which is found in the Shaikhite doctrine; for him it consists in accepting the existence of two ox a okhema (okhēma). These are:

(1) the higher okhēma which is original, congenital (sumphnes), the one that is called augoides (luminous, auroral) or astropoiedes (astral). It is the proton soma (original body) in [93] which the demiurge has placed the soul. It is immaterial, impassible, imperishable. What corresponds exactly to it in Shayikh Aḥmad Aḥsā’ī’s terminology and concepts, is the jism B, which is called the archetype original, essential (jism aṣlī ḥaqīqī): it is the real or essential human being, man in the true sense (insān ḥaqīqī).61

(2) The okhēma pneumatikon, or lower “pneumatic” vehicle, which is a temporary adjunct, composed of four elements: it is the subtle body or vehicle of the irrational soul; like the latter it survives the death of the body, but is destined to disappear or be reabsorbed. What corresponds to it is jism A, an accidental formation issued from the Heavens of the barzakhī or hūrqalyī intermediate world.

light bodyThis question of the subtle body, of the vehicle of the soul, (Macrobius’ luminosi corporis amictus, Boethius’ levis currus)82 has persisted and will persist, will always be meditated, so it seems, as long as Neoplatonic thought survives. It reappears among the Byzantine Neoplatonists (Michael Psellos, Nicephoros Gregoras) , the Cambridge Neoplatonists (Ralph Cudworth, seventeenth century) and, let us now add, among our Neoplatonists of Persia.

But in Shaikhism, the themes of meditation grow more complicated. While Proclus was able to reconcile the two traditions—of an original and imperishable okhēma and of an okhēma which will end by being reabsorbed or detached from the soul—it can roughly be said that Shaikh Aḥmad Aḥsā’ī proceeds simultaneously to affirm the existence of a twofold imperishable okhēma (jism B and jasad B), and of an okhēma pneumatikon (jism A), a nonpermanent subtle astral body. The complication of this schema can, it seems, be attributed to the need to safe­ guard the exegesis of Qur’ānic data concerning eschatology in general.

These data taken literally, as they were understood by the literalist “orthodox” of Islam, presuppose that the body of terrestrial flesh, jasad A, is resurrected, or “returns” just as it was. For philosophical meditation, this material identity has always represented an insurmountable contradiction, all the more fruitless in that it stems from an insufficient understanding of the [94] problem. For the physical impossibility to be proven, the question demands that one rise above the realm of empirical sensory evidence and the corresponding mode of perception. At that very point, the work to be done is to transmute the latter into its spiritual truth; it is not to find a way of escape into allegory and its abstract residuum, but to establish a “hūrqalyī physics.” This is the very thing that makes possible the schema of the fourfold body we have just outlined. In effect, though jism A, the accidental astral body, is finally to disappear (like the okhēma pneumatikon of the Neoplatonists)—for, while being a hūrqalyī jism, it is nevertheless accidental—it will be replaced by another “vehicle,” subtle and permanent, which is a body at the same time elemental and essential, a body of “spiritual flesh,” constituted by the subtle archetype—elements of the celestial Earth of Hūrqalyā. In this way, the state of wholeness, homo totus, always comprises, as in Proclus’ system, a twofold okhēma. This concept is properly that of the Iranian Neoplatonists and in a way reinforces that of the Greek Neoplatonists.

khidrHere then, very briefly, is the Shaikhite conception of the eschatological process: everything which is accidental body (jasad A and jism A) will eventually disappear. Everything which is essential body (jasad B, and jism B) is assured of survival. Jasad A is the coarse elemental body in which the descending soul clothed itself on reaching the terrestrial world. It is not essential, merely an accidental coating. It perishes and is decomposed, each element returning to its source and blending with it—a fact of ordinary observation. Now, what leaves this perishable body at the moment when the Angel of Death comes to gather up the soul is a twofold thing: the essential original body (jism B, okhēma symphyes), which is the permanent basis of the eternal soul (ḥāmil li’l-nafs), but at this point enwrapped in that accidental subtle body (jism A, okhēma pneumatikon) in which the soul had clothed itself in the course of its descent towards the terrestrial Earth, on passing through the intermediate world of the barzakh. This also is a formation of the intermediate world; however, as we have already said, it is constituted not from the subtle matter of the elements of the [95] Earth of Hūrqalyā, but from the subtle matter of the Heavens of Hūrqalyā. It likewise is an accidental formation. These two jism (A and B) survive, together forming the state of eternal human individuality and experiencing in the interworld either the joy and sweetness of the “Occidental Paradise” (the flavor of this expression unexpectedly recalls the “Pure Earth” of Buddhism) or, on the contrary, the despair of a Hell immanent in itself. This applies to individual eschatology as such. But what enters at this point is an extremely complex interpretation of general eschatology, that is, of the events closing our Aeon and preluding a new cosmic cycle.

A verse in the Qur’ān (39:68) tells of the two “blasts of the trumpet” which are to be sounded by the Angel Seraphiel. This verse gave full scope to the speculative impulse of the Shaikhī theosophists. The Angel’s “trumpet” is, of course, a cosmic instrument. Each of its orifices represents the “treasure,” the original matrix from which each being has come forth, in this case the jism aṣlī, the subtle, essential, congenital body (jism B), the archetype of human individuality. The first sounding of the trumpet heralds the total reabsorption of the cosmos; each being reenters its source and sleeps there during an interval whose length is expressed as four centuries of our terrestrial duration (this of course does not refer to chronology or quantitative time). The second sounding of Seraphiel’s trumpet proclaims the Renewal of Creation (tajdīd al-khalq), a new cosmic cycle that assumes the character of an apokotastisis, a restoration of all things in their absolute, paradisic purity.63
In what then does the Event of this Resurrection consist? How can it be that the Earth of Hūrqalyā is at the same time the instrument and the scene no longer of the individual eschatology alone (the entrance of subtle bodies into the “Occidental Paradise”), but of the general eschatology? What they tell us is this: when the trumpet sounds for the Resurrection, the essential, original body, which is the support of the eternal individuality (jism aṣlī, jism B), reappears in its unchangeable wholeness (verus homo, insān ḥaqīqī). As for jism A, okhēma pneumatikon, which had merely lent a degree of opacity to the perfect [96] subtleness of the jism B, it does not reappear, or rather, it is completely reabsorbed into the all-luminous subtlety of jism B. As we have seen, these two jism departed together, at the moment of death, from the perishable, terrestrial, elemental body, jasad A. But what of the imperishable subtle elemental body, the body of “spiritual flesh” made of the elements of the Earth of Hūrqalyā, jasad B or jasad hūrqalyī?

alex greyHere Shaikhism introduces a highly original concept. This body, likewise essential, is made up of the subtle matter of the archetype-elements of the Earth of Hūrqalyā and is also a receptacle of the influences of the Heavens of Hūrqalyā; this means that it possesses organs of perception that are seventy times more noble and more subtle than those of the body of elemental flesh in which it is hidden and invisible. It has shape, extent, and dimension, and is nevertheless imperishable. Whereas the terrestrial elemental body, jasad A, perishes in the grave, jasad B, or jasad hūrqalyī does not depart from it at the moment of death in company with the essential man (insān ḥaqīqī), who is made up of the original subtle body enveloped in his other, provisional, subtle body. The jasad hūrqalyī survives, they tell us—survives “in the grave.” But at this point we should refer to a striking feature of one of Maeterlinck’s dialogues expressing the esoteric meaning of death, when the Shadow, a few moments before becoming the Angel of him whose death it is, declares: “They look for me only in the graveyards, where I never go. I do not like corpses.”64 The “grave,” that is, the place where the jasad B continues to be, is not the “graveyard,” but exactly the mystical Earth of Hūrqalyā to which it belongs, being constituted of its subtle elements; it survives there, invisible to the senses, visible only to the visionary Imagination.

Vision of this mystical subsistence is, therefore, itself a pre­eminent example of a psycho-spiritual event “taking place” in the Earth of Hūrqalyā. Here the difference between the schools of thought becomes apparent. Proclus held that the inhabitants of the high places of the Earth in Plato’s myth, the Phaedo were souls still clothed in their lower okhēma and awaiting their [97] complete apokotastisises. In a way peculiarly his, Shaikh Aḥmad also rises above the dilemma which would leave no choice except between the idea of completely disembodied souls (in contradiction with the idea of soul) and the idea of complete immortality of the irrational soul (Jamblichus). But when we come to Shaikhism, the doctrine of apokotastisis is amplified. It is affirmed, not only that the lower okhēma is stripped, but further affirms the reassumption of this other essential body, which is also a subtle vehicle, an imperishable, paradisic body, sleeping in Hūrqalyā, the Earth of Light whence it came. That is where the Angel took it in order to “hide” it in the terrestrial body of flesh, at the moment of conception.

Therefore, at the second sounding of the trumpet, this jasad B or hūrqalyī body, the body of “spiritual flesh,” is the body which the eternal, individual soul, conveyed by its original, essential, or archetypal body (jism B), again puts on its transfigured terrestrial raiment of glory. Now, this reunion and transfiguration take place in and through the Earth of Hūrqalyā. This celestial Earth, this “eighth climate,” is, indeed, what preserves the future “Resurrection Body,” since this Earth is its source; and for that reason also it plays the same role in the general eschatology, namely, that of “Earth of Resurrection.” It goes without saying that “orthodox” Islam has never been able to find its way in this theosophical physics; the Shaikhīs had to face difficult situations, a mass of objections, on the feebleness of which we need not dwell, since the premises remained on the very mental level which the Shaikhīs’ meditation aimed to surpass.66

Let us enter still more deeply into this Shaikhī meditation, which transmutes things into the substance of Hūrqalyā by contemplating them in that “Earth” and thus evolves a physics and physiology of Resurrection. We notice, then, that in this process meditation on the alchemical Work plays a capital part, and that the spiritual practice of alchemy continues in a discreet fashion even to our day in Iranian Shaikhism. The work of its founder reveals the need he exemplifies to interiorize the true practice in order to obtain from it the psychic reactions which are resolved in a mystical psychology of the Resurrection body.

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The basic idea of alchemy for the Shaikhīs67 is that it alone makes it possible to conceive the resurrection of bodies as a consequence or corollary of the survival of Spirits. It makes it possible to pass from the one to the other and gather them into a single concept. To make this transition is to make at the same time a transposition (an “anaphora”) and a transmutation, which invalidate the rationalist philosophical arguments against resurrection, because these arguments are carried on on a level lower than the level on which the question in fact arises, just as, and for the same reason, the “literalist” concepts of orthodox theologians concerning the resurrection of bodies are equally weak.

From the beginning, let us remember Shaikh Sarkār Āghā’s beautiful and forceful maxim: one’s first concern is to become a Hūrqalyāvi oneself; one must be able and one must have been initiated to see things and beings, processes and events, “in Hūrqalyā.” The organ of sight is the active Imagination, which alone enters into the intermediate realm, makes the invisible within the visible visible to itself. It is thus the quinta essentia of all living, corporeal, and psychic energies. We hear Shaikh Aḥmad insisting strongly in his turn on the essential function of the meditant, active Imagination; as he says very definitely: the Imagination is essential to the soul and consubstantial (jawharānī) with it; it is an instrument of the soul, just as the hand is an instrument of the physical body. Even sensory things are known only by means of this organ, for it is to the soul what the Soul of the Heaven of Venus is to the Soul of the Heaven of the Zodiac.”68 One can therefore also say here in Paracelsist terms that the Imagination is the “astrum in homine,” “coeleste sive supracoeleste corpus.”69 And one can add likewise that the alchemical Work, because of the psychic effects it produces in him who meditates and interiorizes it, is essentially carried out “in the Earth of Hūrqalyā.” So in that sense, it can be said of alchemy that it works with the elements of the Earth of Hūrqalyā and “transmutes” the terrestrial elements into these subtle elements.

But for this to be true, the alchemical Operation must be really perceived and mentally actualized in Hūrqalyā, and it is [99] for this purpose that the appropriate organ of perception is necessary. This is why the alchemical Operation (‘amal al-ṣinā‘a al-maktūm), literally, that is, the operatio secreta Artis, is called the “Wise Men’s Mirror” (mir’āt al-ḥukamā’). “Of the Operation of the Elixir (‘amal al-iksīr),” writes Shaikh Aḥmad, “the Wise have made a Mirror in which they contemplate all the things of this world, whether it be a concrete reality (‘ayn) or a mental reality (ma‘nā). In this mirror, the resurrection of bodies is seen to be homologous to the resurrection of spirits.”70 The postulate is that one and the same spiritual Energy of light is just as much the constituent of the essence of what is qualified as material as it is of the essence of what is qualified as spiritual.71 Briefly, how it should be expressed is by saying that “Spirits are being-light in the solidified state (nūr wujadi dhā’ib) whereas bodies are being-light but in the solidified state (nūr wujadi jāmid). The difference between the two is like the difference between water and snow. Proof confirming the resurrection of the one is valid in respect of the resurrection of the other.” Now, the final result of the alchemical Operation is exactly this coincidentia oppositorum: once a body has been treated and perfected by this Operation, it is in the state of “solid (or ‘congealed,’ ‘frozen,’ miyāh jāmida) liquid.”72

Here, then, are some themes for meditation which, amongst others, are suggested to us with a view to interiorizing the alchemical Work. Let us, for example, take silica and potash, opaque, dense substances corresponding to the state of the terrestrial, elemental body (jasad A). In the first place, having been boiled and liquefied, these two substances lose their opacity and become glass (potassium silicate), which is transparent; in this state the outer allows the inner to be seen through it; the hidden spontaneously shows through the apparent. Certainly it is still the lithoid substance, and yet it is no longer that. This state should be meditated as corresponding to the jasad B, which is the subtle, diaphanous body composed of the elements of Hūrqalyā. In refusion with the addition of a certain chemical, glass becomes crystal; crystal with the addition of the white Elixir turns into the “crystal which sets on fire” (a “lens”). At [100] this stage it corresponds to jism A (okhēma pneumatikon), that is, to the astral body which envelopes the essential original body (jism aṣlī, jism B), or eternal individual, and which, together with the latter, enters the “celestial Earth” at the moment when death separates them from the perishable elemental body (i.e., from jasad A). When the crystal is fused a second time with white Elixir, it becomes diamond. This is the same crystal, the same silicate in which the crystal was hidden, the same compound of mercury and sulphur, and yet it is no longer any of these. “And diamond, freed from crystal, freed from glass, freed from stone, corresponds to the believer’s bodies in this absolute Paradise.”78

This operation is confirmed by others. That, for instance, which is performed on pewter. Pewter treated with white Elixir turns into pure silver, the stage of jasad B. Treated with red Elixir, the silver becomes pure gold, the stage of jism A, which enters the earthly Paradise or celestial Earth. Treated again with red Elixir, the pewter-become-gold itself becomes Elixir, the stage of jism B, which, reunited with jasad B (the hūrqalyī body) and having assimilated the latter to its own subtlety, enters into the absolute Paradise.74

bodiesBriefly, the meditation that interiorizes the transmutations accomplished in the course of the real operation engenders the spiritual body, which also is a coincidentia oppositorum. It enters into the intermediate realm, into the psychic realm of subtle bodies through the active meditant Imagination, which, by transmuting sensory processes or events into symbols, itself activates psychic energies which radically transmute the relationship between soul and body. There is then a state, says Shaikh Aḥmad, in which “bodies perceive through their very essence (bi-dhātihā) the thoughts which are thought in the celestial world, as well as angelic Forms. Reciprocally, the Spirits dependent on these bodies perceive bodies and corporeal realities through their own essence, since their bodies, when they wish it, become spirit and their spirit, when they wish it, becomes body.”71 Therefore, meditation on the alchemical operation or meditation operating alchemically reach the result the formula of which is precisely [101] the definition we have heard, given by Moḥsen Fayẓ, of the world of the barzakh as “a world through which bodies are spiritualized, and spirits embodied.” And this is the perfect definition of the Earth of Hūrqalyā, as well as of the Events which are accomplished there and to which this mystical Earth lends its very substance.

But, of course, this “substantiation” occurs only through the presence of the adept to this mystical Earth where spiritual bodies alone can be present. That is why the constant principle here again is: solve et coagula. The Wise, writes Shaikh Aḥmad, dissolve and coagulate the Stone with a part of its spirit and re peat the operation several times. When they have treated it three times with the white Elixir and nine times with the red Elixir, the Stone becomes a living spiritual Mineral (or metal) (ma‘dan ḥayawānī ruḥānī), which exactly translates our Latin alchemists’ idea of the living Stone (lapis vivus)76. It is a body, but its operation is spiritual: it gives life to those “metals” which are dead. Meditate and understand this Sign, says the Shaikh, for such a body is precisely the Sign of the dwellers in Paradise, “for they have bodies in which exist all the attributes, laws, and actions of bodies, but such bodies enact the actions of Spirits and pure Intelligences; they perceive what the celestial Souls and angelic Intelligences perceive, just as the latter perceive through their own essence what Souls and bodies perceive.”77 Bodies such as these are made from the original clay (al-ṭina al-aṣlīya) of the emerald cities Jābalqā and Jābarsā, and they receive the influx, no longer of the Heavens of the physical cosmos, but of the Heavens of Hūrqalyā.18
Shaikh Aḥmad Aḥsā’ī’s own words have, we believe, conveyed what is essential in the doctrine. At some future date, we shall publish a study of the amplification by his successors of the theme of the spiritual body which is the body of resurrection. In so doing, we shall discover the constants in what might called the “metaphysics of ecstasy” common to all the Spirituals, and which bears witness to the permanence and identity of this interworld on which their similar experiences converge. The Shaikhs emphasize the idea of an essential archetype body (jism [102] aṣlī ḥaqīqī) which simultaneously possesses dimension, shape, form, and color like bodies in general, but which differs from them in one radical respect, namely that the appearance of the essential body depends on actions fulfilled and the inner states manifested by these actions.79 In our terrestrial world, our inner states are invisible and the aspect of what we do is limited to the outer, observable appearance, but in the celestial earth the same actions assume another form and inner states project visible forms. Some take the form of palaces, others the form of houris, or of owers, plants, trees, animals, gardens, streams of running water,80 and so on. All these forms and figures are seen and are real “outside,” but they are at the same time attributes and modes of being of man. Their transfiguration is the transfiguration of man, and they form his surroundings, his celestial Earth. Hence it can be said that the action is its own reward and the reward is the action “itself.”81

The ontological status of this celestial Earth is thus defined in terms comparable, to take but one example, to the fundamental doctrine of Swedenborg, who constantly reminds us, in formulations which vary very little, that “things outside the Angels assume an appearance corresponding to those which are within them.”82 All things that come into the Angels’ field of vision correspond to their “interior” and represent it; “they vary in accordance with these inner states, and this is why they are called ‘Apparitions’ (apparentiae), but because they issue from this source they are perceived so much more vividly and distinctly than the way in which men perceive terrestrial data, that they must rather be called ‘real Apparitions’ (apparentiae reales) since they really exist.”88 And the following formulation is perhaps the essential one: “the body of each Spirit and each Angel is the form of its love.”84 A Shaikhī saying echoes this fundamental thesis: “The paradise of the faithful gnostic is his very body and the hell of the man without faith or knowledge is likewise his body itself.”85 Or again, this saying which condenses the fruit of Shaikh Aḥmad Aḥsā’ī’s meditations on the “diamond body”: “Every individual rises again in the very form [103] which his Work (in the alchemical sense) has fixed in the secret (esoteric) depth of himself.”86

One can also understand how the idea of the celestial body or resurrection body expresses the idea of the human being in his totality, homus integer. By representing the human person in its transfigured state, it is henceforward far more than the physical organ of personal subjectivity in opposition to the world, since it is “its” world, its “true world,” that is, not a foreign, opaque reality, but a transparency, the immediate presence of itself to itself. From that point also we can understand how the representation of the original, spiritual body, the okhēma aymphyea of Neoplatonism, came to be connected with the idea of personal divinity (idios daimon) , the guardian Angel or archetypal “I” from which the terrestrial “me” originates. This again recalls an odd detail: Shaikh Aḥmad, when asked about the origin of the name Hūrqalyā, which has as strange and foreign a sound in Persian as in Arabic, answered that it was a word which came from the Syriac language (sūryānī) in use amongst the Sabeans of Baṣra, or more exactly, the Mandeans.87 Now the Earth of Hūrqalyā, the intermediate world of exemplary Real Images, is the homologue, both in Suhrawardī’s “Oriental theosophy” and in Shaikhism, of the Paradise of the archetypes of Yima, and it so happens that the close resemblance between the Var of Yima and the “second world,” or world of archetypes, of Mandeism (Mshunia Kushta) has more than once been pointed out.

And in all cases it refers to that same world in which the liberated soul, whether in momentary ecstasy or through the supreme ecstasy of death, meets its archetypal “I,” its alter ego or celestial Image, and rejoices in the felicity of that encounter. This reunion is celebrated in a Mandean text as follows: “I go to meet my Image and my Image comes to meet me, embraces me and holds me close when I come out of captivity.”88 Recently also, our attention was drawn to the a nity between the central hero of Mandean gnosis, Hibil Ziwa, and the young Parthian prince, the hero of the “Song of the Pearl” in the Acts of [104] Thomas.89 In this ancient gnostic book we find again the rapture of a similar encounter, when the young Prince, on returning to the East, his fatherland, discovers the luminous raiment he had left behind: “The garment suddenly appeared when I saw it before me like unto a mirror of myself. I saw it altogether in me and I was altogether in it, for we were two, separate one from the other and yet but one of like form.”90 And the Gospel According to Thomas declares: “When you see your likeness, you rejoice, but when you see your Images which came into existence before you, which neither die nor are manifested, how much will you bear!”91

Now we must return to that which is the archetype of the individual eschatology, and which was clearly described to us in the last part of the preceding chapter. The figure of the Angel Daēnā, the celestial “I,” as the daughter of Spenta Armaiti, the feminine Archangel of the Earth and of earthly existence, led us to make a connection that has seldom been pondered. It became clear to us that the filiation of the celestial “I” is verified as and when man assumes Spendarmatīkīh, the very nature of Spenta Armaiti, who is Wisdom-Sophia. Hence the relationship of man with the Earth, defining his present existence, was seen by us to be a Sophianic relationship, the full actualization of which is destined to come about in a meeting of the Earth with the “Abode of Hymns” (Garōtmān, the Iranian name of the celestial Paradise). Going on from there, not in the “historical direction,” but according to the “polar dimension,” we heard in a higher octave of the harmony of the worlds, the theme of the supracelestial Earth in the person of Fāṭima the Resplendent, Fāṭima-Sophia, who is the Earth of the pleroma of the deity because she is its Soul. We have since learned at the flowering of the spiritual body, which is the awakening and birth to the celestial “I,” takes place in the form of a meditation that transfigures the Earth into a celestial Earth, because, reciprocally, it is said that “the clay of every faithful gnostic was taken from the Earth of his Paradise.” Perhaps then we can begin to see no longer only what is the celestial Earth, but who is the celestial Earth.

What does all this mean for us today? Nothing more nor less [105] than that very thing toward which we are going, which we shape, each one of us, in the image of our own substance. We have heard it expressed in languages both remote and nearer to us, in very ancient and also in modern contexts (we went from Mazdaism to Shaikhism). Very likely, the experiences of the Iranian Spirituals evoke in each of us comparisons with certain spiritual facts known from other sources. I would like to remind you here of the words uttered in the very last moments of his life by the great musician Richard Strauss: “Fifty years ago,” he managed to say, “I wrote Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung).” Then, after a pause: “I was not mistaken. It is indeed that.”93

At the boundary where the boundary ceases to be a boundary and becomes a passage, there comes the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence: realization does indeed correspond to the faith professed in the innermost part of the soul. One has only to remember the last bars of this symphonic poem, and one will understand the import of that realization in the present at the moment when the end becomes a beginning: all that was fore­glimpsed, all the struggle and secret hope borne as one faces a challenge—it is indeed that. The triumphal solemnity of the closing chorale of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony: “O my heart, believe! nothing art thou losing. What is yours remains, yes, remains forever, all that was thy waiting, thy love, thy struggle.” One thing alone matters in the night in which our human lives are wrapped: that the faint gleam, the fiery light, may grow which makes us able to recognize the “Promised Land,” the Earth of Hūrqalyā and its emerald cities.

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Corbin on Ibn ‘Arabī’s Theophanic Imagination

[The following is an excerpt from Henry Corbin’s amazing book Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sūfism of Ibn ‘Arabī, Princeton: Princeton UP, 1969.]

1 . The Creative Imagination as Theophany or the “God from Whom All Being Is Created”

aloneIt will first be necessary to recall the acts of the eternal cosmogony as conceived by the genius of Ibn ‘Arabī. To begin with: a Divine Being alone in His unconditioned essence, of which we know only one thing: precisely the sadness of the primordial solitude that makes Him yea to be revealed in beings who manifest Him to Himself insofar as He manifests Himself to them. That is the Revelation we apprehend. We must meditate upon it in order to know who we are. The leitmotiv is not the bursting into being of an autarchic Omnipotence, but a fundamental sadness: “I was a hidden Treasure, I yearned to be known. That is why I produced creatures, in order to be known in them.” This phase is represented as the sadness of the divine Names suffering anguish in nonknowledge because no one names them, and it is this sadness that descended in the divine Breath (tanaffus) which is Compassion (Raḥma) and existentiation (ījād), and which in the world of the Mystery is the Compassion of the Divine Being with and for Himself, that is, for His own Names. Or, in other terms, the origin, the beginning is determined by love, which implies a movement of ardent desire (ḥarakat shawqīya) on the part of him who is in love. This ardent desire is appeased by the divine Sigh.

By an analysis in which he discovers the mystery of being in [184] the experience of his own being, the theosophist avoids from the outset the theological opposition between Ens increatum and an ens creatum drawn from nothingness, an opposition which makes it doubtful whether the relationship between the Summum Ens and the nothingness from which He causes creatures to arise has ever been truly defined. Sadness is not the “privilege” of the creature; it is in the Creator Himself, it is indeed the motif which, anticipating all our deductions, makes the primordial Being a creative Being; it is the secret of His creativity. And His creation springs, not from nothingness, from something other than Himself, from a not-Him, but from His fundamental being, from the potencies and virtualities latent in His own unrevealed being. Accordingly, the word tan u s also connotes “to shine,” “to appear” after the manner of the dawn. The Creation is essentially the revelation of the Divine Being, first to himself, a luminescence occurring within Him; it is a theophany (tajallī ilāhī). Here there is no notion of a creatio ex nihilo opening up a gulf which no rational thought will ever be able to bridge because it is this profoundly divisive idea itself which creates opposition and distance; here there is not so much as a fissure capable of growing into an area of uncertainty that no arguments or proofs can ever traverse. The Divine Breathing exhales what our shaikh designates as Nafas al-Raḥmān or Nafas Raḥmanī, the Sigh of existentiating Compassion; this Sigh gives rise to the entire “subtile” mass of a primordial existentiation termed Cloud (‘amā). Which explains the following ḥadīth: “Someone asked the Prophet: Where was your Lord before creating His (visible) Creation?—He was in a Cloud; there was no space either above or below.”

angelThis Cloud, which the Divine Being exhaled and in which He originally was, receives all forms and at the same time gives beings their forms; it is active and passive, receptive and existentiating (muḥaqqiq); through it is effected the differentiation within the primordial reality of the being (ḥaqīqat al-wujūd) that is the Divine Being as such (Ḥaqq fī dhātihi). As such, it [186] is the absolute unconditioned Imagination (kayāl muṭlaq) . The initial theophanic operation by which the Divine Being reveals Himself, “shows Himself” to Himself, by differentiating Himself in his hidden being, that is, by manifesting to Himself the virtualities of His Names with their correlata, the eternal hexeities of beings, their prototypes latent in His essence (a ‘yān thābita) this operation is conceived as being the creative Active Imagination, the theophanic Imagination. Primordial Cloud, absolute or theophanic Imagination, existentiating Compassion are equivalent notions, expressing the same original reality: the Divine Being from whom all things are created (al-Ḥaqq al-makhlūq bihi kull shay’)—which amounts to saying the “Creator-Creature.” For the Cloud is the Creator, since it is the Sigh He exhales and since it is hidden in Him; as such the Cloud is the invisible, the “esoteric” (bāṭin). And it is the manifested creature (āhir). Creator-Creature (khāliq-makh­lūq): this means that the Divine Being is the Hidden and the Revealed, or also that He is the First (al-Awwal) and the Last (al- Akhir).

Thus in this Cloud are manifested all the forms of being from the highest Archangels, the “Spirits ecstatic with love” (al­muhayyamūn), to the minerals of inorganic nature; everything that is differentiated from the pure essence of the Divine Being as such (dhāt al-Ḥaqq), genera, species and individuals, all this is created in the Cloud. “Created,” but not produced ex nihilo, since the only conceivable nonbeing is the latent state of beings, and since even in their state of pure potentiality, hidden within the unrevealed essence, beings have had a positive status (thubūt) from pre-eternity. And indeed, “creation” has a negative aspect, since it puts an end to the privation of being which holds things in their occultation; this double negativity, the nonbeing of a nonbeing, constitutes the positive act. In this sense it is permissible to say that the universe originates at once in being and in nonbeing.1

Thus Creation is Epiphany (tajallī), that is, a passage from [187] the state of occultation or potency to the luminous, manifest, revealed state; as such, it is an act of the divine, primordial Imagination. Correlatively, if there were not within us that same power of Imagination, which is not imagination in the profane sense of “fantasy, “ but the Active Imagination (quwwat al-khayāl) or Imaginatrix, none of what we show ourselves would be manifest. Here we encounter the link between a recurrent creation, renewed from instant to instant, and an unceasing theophanic Imagination, in other words, the idea of a succession of theophanies (tajalliyāt) which brings about the continuous succession of beings. This Imagination is subject to two possibilities, since it can reveal the Hidden only by continuing to veil it. It is a veil; this veil can become so opaque as to imprison us and catch us in the trap of idolatry. But it can also become increasingly transparent, for its sole purpose is to enable the mystic to gain knowledge of being as it is, that is to say, the knowledge that delivers, because it is the gnosis of salvation. This occurs when the gnostic understands that the plemulti successive forms, their movements and their actions, appear to be separate from the One only when they are veiled by a veil without transparency. Once transparency is achieved, he knows what they are and why they are; why there is union and discrimination between the Hidden and the Manifest; why there is the Lord and his vassal, the Worshiper and the Worshiped, the Beloved and the Lover; why any unilateral affirmation of a unity that confounds them, or of a discrimination that opposes their two existences as though they were not of the same essence, is a betrayal of the divine intention and hence of the Sadness which in each being yearns for appeasement in the manifestation of His secret.
The Creature-Creator, the Creator who does not produce His creation outside Him, but in a manner of speaking clothes Himself in it as the Appearance (and transparency) beneath which He manifests and reveals Himself first of all to Himself, is referred to by several other names, such as the “imagined [188] God,” that is, the God “manifested” by the theophanic Imagination (al-Ḥaqq al-mutakhayyal), the “God created in the faiths” (al-Ḥaqq al-makhluq fi’l-i‘tiqādāt). To the initial act of the Creator imagining the world corresponds the creature imagining his world, imagining the worlds, his God, his symbols. Or rather, these are the phases, the recurrences of one and the same eternal process: Imagination effected in an Imagination (takhayyul fī takhayyul), an Imagination which is recurrent just as—and because—the Creation itself is recurrent. The same theophanic Imagination of the Creator who has revealed the worlds, renews the Creation from moment to moment in the human being whom He has revealed as His perfect image and who, in the mirror that this Image is, shows himself Him whose image he is. That is why man’s Active Imagination cannot be a vain fiction, since it is this same theophanic Imagination which, in and by the human being, continues to reveal what it showed itself by first imagining it.

This imagination can be termed “illusory” only when it becomes opaque and loses its transparency. But when it is true to the divine reality it reveals, it liberates, provided that we recognize the function with which Ibn ‘Arabī  endowed it and which it alone can perform; namely, the function of effecting a coincidentia oppositorum (jam‘ bayna’ l-naqīḍayn) . This term is an allusion to the words of Abū Sa‘īd al-Kharrāz, a celebrated Ṣūfī master. “Whereby do you know God?” he was asked. And he replied: “By the fact that He is the coincidentia oppositorum.” For the entire universe of worlds is at once He and not-He (huwa lā huwa). The God manifested in forms is at once Himself and other than Himself, for since He is manifested, He is the limited which has no limit, the visible which cannot be seen. This manifestation is neither perceptible nor verifiable by the sensory faculties; discursive reason rejects it. It is perceptible only by the Active Imagination (Ḥaḍrat al-Khayāl, the imaginative “Presence” or “Dignity,” the Imaginatrix) at times when it dominates man’s sense perceptions, in dreams or better still [189] in the waking state (in the state characteristic of the gnostic when he departs from the consciousness of sensuous things). In short, a mystic perception (dhawq) is required. To perceive all forms as epiphanic forms (maẓāhir), that is, to perceive through the figures which they manifest and which are the eternal hexeities, that they are other than the Creator and never­ theless that they are He, is precisely to effect the encounter, the coincidence, between God’s descent toward the creature and the creature’s ascent toward the Creator. The “place” of this encounter is not outside the Creator-Creature totality, but is the area within it which corresponds specifically to the Active Imagination, in the manner of a bridge joining the two banks of a river. The crossing itself is essentially a hermeneutics of symbols (ta’wīl, ta‘bīr), a method of understanding which transmutes sensory data and rational concepts into symbols (maẓāhir) by making them effect this crossing.

An intermediary, a mediatrix: such is the essential function of the Active Imagination. We shall have more to say of it further on. The intellect (‘aql) cannot replace it. The First Intelligence (‘Aql awwal) is the first determination (ta‘ayyun awwal) that opens within the Cloud, which is itself the absolute theophanic Imagination. The intermedia between the world of Mystery (ālam al-ghayb) and the world of visibility (ālam al­shahādat) can only be the Imagination, since the plane of being and the plane of consciousness which it designates is that in which the Incorporeal Beings of the world of Mystery “take body” (which does not yet signify a material, physical body), and in which, reciprocally, natural, sensuous things are spiritualized or “immaterialized.” We shall cite examples to illustrate this doctrine. The Imagination is the “place of apparition” of spiritual beings, Angels and Spirits, who in it assume the figures and forms of their “apparitional forms” ; and because in it the pure concepts (ma‘ānī) and sensory data (maḥsūsāt) meet and flower into personal figures prepared for the events of spiritual dramas, it is also the place where all “divine history” is accomplished, the stories of the prophets, for example, which have meaning because they are theophanies; whereas on the plane of sensory evidence on which is enacted what we call History, the meaning, that is, the true nature of those stories, which are essentially “symbolic stories,” cannot be apprehended.

Frequency Attunements: Music, Mosquitoes, and Sonic Weapons

May 15, 2016

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Last night I had a dream that I remembered vividly upon awakening and I feel moved to share it here.

From out of the misty preliminary moments and places of my dream I found myself standing outside a large metal industrial building of some sort. (I now recognize the location as Lancaster, Ohio.) I could tell that inside were massive machines, turbines spinning at great speeds, and from these spinning machines I could detect a sub-audible or infrasonic “hum.” I couldn’t “hear” it with my physical ears, but the hum was quite “loud” to me on another supersensory level. And I quickly recognized that the frequencies emitted from this machinery were being used as a kind of population-control device.

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I knew, again on an intuitive, superconscious level, that I was perceiving a device used for controlling the people within a square mile of the plant by affecting their bodily consciousness with the infrasonic frequencies of this machinery. These frequencies led to a kind of intellectual and perceptual dulling or dumbing-down of the people in its vicinity, and I was aware that this was only one of a great number of such plants.

I then became conscious that I was standing next to a worker from the facility, so I asked him if people reported any odd qualities related to the building. Nervous at my question, he attempted to side-step the seriousness of the issue by joking that yeah, some weirdos claimed that there were negative vibrations released from the building. I asked him if he himself had ever experienced anything like this, and he suddenly became more involved and seriously excited, saying, “Yeah, now that you mention it, I have noticed feeling quite worn down and distracted when I’m at work here. I always wanted to believe it was my imagination.”

I assured him that this was no imaginary effect, and that I was attuned to frequencies in ways that many other people are not. I told him what I could detect about the population-control intentions of the facility, and this reality began to dawn on him with greater clarity and intensity as we continued talking.

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Next—in one of those sudden dream transitions—I was no longer with the factory worker but with two other guys who seemed curious about the frequency emissions from the building. We were standing on a platform of some kind, like you might find on some ship decking or on an oil rig, and we were slowly admitting to one another that we each perceived the same thing: that this building was designed to emit infrasonic frequencies that have a profound effect on people within a certain radius of the turbines inside.

We began talking about ways of countering this effect and commented on how important this would be, given the wide-distribution of other such infrasonic frequency weaponized plants we knew to exist throughout the world. We each recognized that humans have, as a basic component of their constitution—one that has been fine-tuned over the past few years on a planetary level—the capacity to grasp, quite literally, such frequencies with our energy bodies and to convert these frequencies to more beneficial ranges. We saw that the human body is capable, when guided by intensely-focused attention, of turning these frequencies around, so to speak, much as one might redirect sunrays away from harmful positions (that might cause sunburn, for instance) to more beneficial ones that might better foster the growth of garden plants or solar energy grids.

I suddenly became aware of a curious collection of PVC pipe vents coming out of the wall of the plant, carrying exhaust and air currents to the upper platform we were standing on. I began to “play” these pipes as musical instruments, banging away in a profound rhythm and melody that I did not consciously recognize but that nevertheless seemed to well up from some deep core within me. I played like a mad improvisational jazz musician for several minutes before my song naturally slowed down, reached a powerful crescendo, and then came to a natural point of completion.

I was just as shocked as my companions at my sudden inspiration, but what we all recognized was that this type of musical response, this diversion of the energies emitted from the vent pipes curving out from deep within the machinery, provided us with just the example we needed in our quest for a counter-frequency response to this weaponized sound complex. In other words, music—inspired music welling up from deep within our souls—carries the key to converting the frequencies from their harmful to their beneficial dispositions.

Music is the answer!

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As soon as I woke up, I heard a voice tell me that a very effective way of producing such beneficial frequencies was to produce a digitized symphony of insect sounds, of mosquito music and bee buzz, of cricket chirp and cicada song. By weaving these various natural sounds together in an inspired and directed manner, we could create a musical frequency that could undo any sound weapons deployed against the good of the planet.

So now I look forward to the day when that otherwise-annoying mosquito hum plays in symphony with the rest of God’s creation as the healing wave of sound that awaits our participation. It’s time to tune our instruments.

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Angel of Self Healing

November 7, 2015Healing Angel

Last night I woke up at around 3 a.m. (no surprise there!) and realized that for the first time in at least three weeks I was moving my left knee, now doing so while sleeping. My first reaction was panic—“Oh no, I’m gonna really hurt my knee by moving it like this!” But I realized very quickly that I was in fact being led through an important lesson in Self Healing.

On Sunday, October 18, I believe it was, I twisted my knee while gathering firewood with my wife, Anna, and her mother, Irma. I was tossing a cut log down a hillside when I lost my footing. I quickly dug my left heel into the dirt and leaves, but my wildly spinning body kept spinning wildly towards the left leg, wrenching my knee out of place. I didn’t feel much pain immediately, but I could tell I had injured it pretty seriously. Even so, given the macho dude that I can sometimes be—when I’m not sitting in bed reading books for work—I continued throwing the rest of the logs with Anna and Irma down the hillside and retrieving the ones that had rolled into our sacred creek.

So needless to say, I paid a visit to Urgent Care the next morning, got a diagnosis of a sprain and a knee sleeve to try to hold it in place, and continued working all week on crutches while waiting for my Friday appointment with the orthopedic doctor. By Friday my knee hurt even more, my doctor was not pleased with my situation, and so after several X-rays, an MRI, a CAT scan, and several other exams, the doctors determined that I had pretty serious tears in my meniscus cartilage. So I then went into surgery on Thursday, October 29.

As others who have experienced such surgeries had predicted, my healing has been slow and relatively painful. I slowly grew more depressed as the two weeks after surgery passed and I saw no real healing at all. “Damn, when is this gonna happen?! I want to go for hikes right now! What if I never get better? What if this means the rest of my body will start deteriorating now that I’m a year and a half from turning 60? What if I don’t get to climb Wheeler Peak in New Mexico on my 60th birthday as I’ve planned since I was about 25? What if I never heal?! Waaah!”

I think those who know me will attest to the fact that I rarely sink into self-pity like this. So by now I was getting depressed simply because I was getting depressed. “What’s wrong with me? I’m tougher than this! I’m a damn meditating expert, for Christ’s sake! I’m bigger than pain and self-doubt and despair!” And given that our car radiator had blown out the night before and we now had no car for a few days at least, I was beginning to slip into despair and self-pity. Deeply. (Another stroke of luck, by the way, was the offer from my friend and boss to borrow her car until ours is ready.)

And yet at 3-something a.m. I awoke to find myself slowly but decidedly rotating my legs from front to back—I was lying on my right side, with my hurt left leg on a pillow that was on top of my right leg. I found that I was slowly rubbing the bottom of each foot with the toes of the other foot, again in what seemed to be a very deliberate and purposeful motion. So pretty quickly the seemingly-deliberate nature of this motion made me stop panicking and to pay attention to what I had started doing in my sleep.

As soon as my panic ended, I realized that this motion was in fact very deliberate and very comforting, not threatening further harm at all. As soon as I recognized this, I realized that I was being led through this exercise by some entity hovering over our bed. I asked who it was, but knew even beforehand that it was Shamuel, my Higher Self (what popularly would be known as my Guardian Angel or, less popularly, my Daimon). Shamuel, a Solar Angel (as all Higher Selves helping humans are), continued speaking his instructions to me, but it was only at this point that I realized I had been hearing his instructions all along, even in my sleep.

Probably the most important instruction was one he kept repeating in a very soothing and reassuring tone: “Relax. Acknowledge that you’ve got the power to heal yourself whenever you need to. But you have to accept this in order for it to work. So relax and ease into this process. Feel the warm, soothing energy that is flowing through your legs from toes to hips and back down. This is a very healing energy that you can call on at any time you need.” energy flower

So I relaxed into the exercise, let myself sink into consciousness of the soothing, water-like flow of the energy, and let myself slowly let go of my previous despair, doubt, and depression and flow into a beautiful state of easy, releasing glow. Almost immediately I realized that my left leg felt immeasurably better than it had during the days before. For the first time in weeks I felt not only that I was actually healing, but doing so rapidly.

I asked Shamuel about the significance of some things. One was about the bicycle-riding-like movement of my legs. His answer was manifold. One point was that I was synching the energy of my “good” leg and my “bad” or my “healthy” and “hurt.” As each leg slowly rotated, my left leg grew in strength simply by identifying with the cycling motion of the right leg.

A second point involved the rubbing of the bottoms of my feet with my toes. Shamuel’s answer was that this motion was methodically and regularly stimulating the hundreds of acupressure points in my feet and, by extension, the energy points throughout my body, providing a total-body state of equilibrium. The cycling and the rubbing together sent waves of healing energy throughout my body, importantly beginning with my toes and the bottoms of my feet and traveling up through my legs. In this way, my hurt leg became the conveyor of healing energy for the rest of my body and not just for itself. It became the vehicle of healing extension and thus acted in a unifying way towards healing of myself and, ultimately, the entire cosmos. I was told that this “instruction” was not simply for me but for me to pass on to others as my own contribution to the awakening of self-healing consciousness in all humanity and beyond.

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Throughout the exercise, each time I felt a bit of pain in my leg or my hip (which has been stressed as a result of the stress to my leg) I was urged to send my consciousness to the points of pain and discomfort. Through such focus I was then to identify with the pain, make it my own, allow it to express itself fully, and then let it simply melt into the warm fluid flow of healing energy throughout my body until it disappeared like sugar in a full bathtub. Then still with the bathtub vision in mind, I was told to simply let my entire body float and melt into the warm water flow of healing energy.

The results of all of this were stunning. I awoke with the same warm glow flowing throughout my body. And miraculously I could bend my left leg at the knee up to about a 70º angle with no pain at all. I found that I could take four or five steps at a time before needing to brace myself again with my crutches. And most miraculous of all was that for the first time in weeks I was able with assistance from my crutches to climb up to the top of our upper meadow. The late afternoon sun felt so gorgeous on my face, and the landscape was simply electric! What a breakthrough day.

The key is that this particular healing regime is a simple aspect of being human. We all have these capabilities and simply need to awaken them, as various people have done throughout human existence. But given that medical care has in our culture become the provenance of specialists, hospitals, and pharmaceutical corporations, we have been led to forget our own self-healing capacities.

It is now time to wake up to our own powers within.

I thank the divine powers of the universe for this wonderful and sacred experience.

Peace, Love, and Healing,

Gabriel (with help from Shamuel)

THE MANATAKA LESSONS ON THE CAUSAL PLANE

By Gabriel Hartley

October 5-7, 2015

Last Tuesday night (September 30, given that it was after midnight) and again this Tuesday night (October 7) I was awoken at about 3 a.m. and spent a little time tossing and turning in bed before I decided to get up and converse with the spirits who woke me up. I went into the yoga room, sat on my meditation cushions, and did my tuning-in Pranayama, what I call the Kyy Breath. Almost instantaneously I saw and felt the presence of some new beings whom I had never consciously met before. So after grounding myself in the Golden Light of Grace and the Highest Good of All Beings, I joined them in conversation.

FORGING UNITY AMONG THE BODIES AND PLANES OF EXISTENCE

As usual in these kinds of spirit encounters, I felt the electrical charge of the merging of our Mental Bodies. Yet with these beings that charge was many times more powerful than my normal experience. And in many ways this experience itself was the content as well as the effect of their message to me.

They began by having me focus on the intensity of this super-charged connection, relaxing as it surged throughout every fiber of my body—or, more appropriately, bodies. For my physical body was not the source of these feelings but simply the last layer of resonance. What I quickly learned was that in this moment my Physical, Etheric, Astral, Mental, and Causal Bodies were simultaneously engaged in this charged merger of their bodies with mine. And this experience of my Causal Body, which to my memory was the first time ever for me on a conscious level in this lifetime, became the focus of the entire message.

image002Before going into more detail about these body mergers and charges, however, I thought it important to find out who they were and what their intentions were. When I asked, they immediately told me that they were known as the Manataka and—as many other a being has done—told me that I could look them up later on Google if I wished to, but I might not find much there.

I should mention here that I was receiving a lot of this information through various means other than through conscious verbal telepathic communication (although there was plenty of that, too). Much of what I “heard” or “saw” was presented to me in energetic bundles. I can only compare these bundles to warm, almost-molten balls of wax that carried immense amounts of information being released as the wax balls melted into my energy body and then spread throughout my other bodies. I realized then that the electric sensations I had felt during our Mental Body mergers were themselves transfers of dense charges of information. In other words, while I could actually “hear” them in their telepathic linguistic gestures, at least ten times as much information was simultaneously “melting” into my system.

I then came to understand through means that I cannot describe that they were beings who in part are associated with the North American continent’s river systems. I could see them hovering like a spirit fog just feet above the Missouri River as it winds its way through the state of Missouri on its way to the Mississippi River. I asked them if they were responsible for the flow of traffic in and over these river systems and they said yes, but not in the exclusive way that that might sound. In other words, they are not the only ones responsible for such traffic and at the same time they are responsible for far more than simply river traffic. In fact, they oversee the coordination of the efforts of other classes of beings who themselves oversee the atmosphere (such as the Matakin), the subterranean realms (such as the Kachinas), and the surface of the planet itself. In some way that I don’t yet understand, their work as conductors of all of these strands of energy and information takes place primarily through the energetic streams of the rivers, and especially through the river vortex systems located at all conjunctions of other rivers and streams.

After telling me about their relationship to the energetic expressions of the planet’s geographical systems (such as rivers, underground channels, atmospheric passages, and much more), the Manataka then turned my attention to my own bodies. They explained that there is an important parallel structure that marks both the planetary and the individual system of bodies. In other words, the question of proper alignment of Mental to Astral to Etheric to Physical Bodies involves the relationship between individual beings and the planetary being at large. If humans are out of alignment, to a certain extent so is the planet.

RISING INTO THE CAUSAL PLANE

After letting this parallel between human and planetary bodies sink into my consciousness, they began demonstrating this individual-planetary alignment by having me focus my attention simultaneously on the physical plane of the planet and the physical plane of my own body. I could feel in my own body the physical flows that they were engaging the planet; I could feel in my own energy body the etheric flows that they were engaging the planet; I could feel in my own astral body the astral flows that they were engaging the planet; and I could feel in my own mental body the mental flows that they were engaging the planet. And, most importantly, my conscious bodily experience of these individual/planetary alignments was in itself the synchronization of my own causal body and the causal body of the planet. This conscious experiential harmony of individual and planetary bodies is itself the causal body. In other words, the causal body involves the recognition from a higher plane of conscious experience the total integration of the part-to-whole expression of the planet as experienced, for example, through us (as through any being who arrives at such a higher level of consciousness).

At this point I realized that before now I had had no real idea what the term “causal” might refer to. I simply understood it as a higher, more-rarefied level of energetic and conscious existence—which it is—but I had no idea how this higher level might come into being as an object of conscious understanding through this totalizing kind of energetic alignment. Now I knew the reality of this concept through my own deepest experience, which is what real knowledge is anyway. Abstract concepts are important way stations, but they do not rise one up onto a true plane of knowledge until they become concrete experiential concepts. In this way, G.W.F. Hegel was right on target in his Phenomenology of Spirit in his description of the dialectical process mocing from the Abstract to the Concrete.

The Manataka then drew my attention to the fact that this unifying multi-body energetic experience they had led me through was in fact a very important aligning exercise for humans to practice on a daily basis. With this totalizing causal encompassing relationship of bodies in mind, any physical activity could function as the vehicle for allowing this causal alignment to ground itself in all of our bodies. Qi gong, yoga, t’ai chi, hiking, swimming, and so on, when engaged from such a unifying perspective, each become a “proper” physical vehicle for manifesting the causal body in our conscious experience. And one very important end result is that through such multi-body exercises, we clear all of our various bodies of harmful energetic blockages. This is what disease is after all—an energetic block; and healing is the process of freeing this blocked energy back into its proper flow and circulation. The conclusion the Manataka left me with last week was that it is crucial that we keep all of our bodily, planetary, and cosmic circulatory, emanatory, and receptive channels cleared by engaging them on a daily basis.

As for the physical body, their suggestion was that we be sure to maintain a practice that includes bodily, respiratory, and mental exercises. In this way, we prevent systemic blockages of many different kinds and maintain the energetic equilibrium we were designed to engage.

THE MAHADEVAS AND THE YOGIC PLANE

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Image by Duane Carpenter

Last night, as the Manataka reiterated last week’s lesson for me, I learned that these beings are a class of Mahadevas, that is, a higher grade of devas, whose primary role is that of coordinator or conductor of the activities of all other beings in relation to the Causal Body of the planetary being. They suggested that they operate on the Buddhic Plane, but that for the moment I should continue to focus on the Causal Plane at this point in my conscious development and alignment.

The Manataka, I learned, are in league with the particular class of Elves who function as the overseers of planetary portals and with whom I have been working since my first night in our house three summers ago. In fact, last night’s “communicative event” began with the Elves making initial contact with me, confirming and validating the information I had received last week so that I could relax a bit more and take in the information I was about to receive on this night without the paranoiac blockages that rightly arise when I am not sure of the nature and intentions of the beings I am interacting with. Then the elves cleared the Elfin Portal of any encumbrances or distorting beings so that I could maintain a clear channel to the Manataka.

One further crucial element of the lesson for last night was my recognition that it can be helpful to see the Causal Plane as equivalent to what could be called the Yogic Plane. In this sense, the causal plane stages the conscious unity of the host of bodies I have been referring to here. And this higher mode of union is, after all, what the term yoga refers to. As such, the causal body itself serves as a portal bridging the lower and higher realms of being. The causal body is the hinge-point, the gateway through which we can pass as the causal body wraps all elements of the lower bodies into one yogic field staging our lift-off into the higher spheres of consciousness.

AFTERWORD

Following their advice, I did look the Manataka up on Google. I have found references to work done by others related to Manataka as a place name: the Place of Peace, the Sacred Mountain, and Valley of the Vapors. [See, for example, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1lKmmepoFA.] I have not had the chance as yet to work through this material and meditate on what if any direct connections I might find between these beings who identify themselves as the Manataka to me and this Sacred Mountain revealed to Lee Standing Bear Moore. I leave that for future exploration.

I have found, however, that everything the Manataka have told me is verified in many places on the internet. Again, I do not have the time as yet to lay these connections out other than to say that these finds through Google are very satisfying.

I welcome any comments and anecdotes that might clarify, strengthen, and expand upon the information I have received thus far. Thank you.

And thanks to the Manataka.

 

The Matakin Sky Spirits on the Euphoric Sublime

June 28, 2015

[I am finally getting caught up with my backlog of audio recordings of conversations with the Matakin Sky Spirits. In my opinion, this one is especially powerful. I was recording this material while driving on I-70 and, due to various traffic conditions, the message was interrupted three times. For my own records, I indicate which recording files I am drawing from. — Message channeled by Gabriel Hartley.]

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The view from where we live in Athens, Ohio

Of course you know that we are with you in Athens as well as here [in the glaciated prairies of western Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois], although the topology of the sky frame is quite different in Athens than it is here, in part because of the difference in terrain. You are in a hilly landscape and have a much smaller slice of the sky, so to speak, at your availability.

But one reason you feel a greater presence, a greater energetic impulse when you come through this region is that first of all there is the fact of a wider skyscape, a wider horizon, so you can take in a lot more of the atmosphere in one particular bodily relationship. It’s not simply an intellectual, cognitive relationship but very much a bodily relationship. Your body—the various layers and planes of your bodily identity are in communication on all those levels with the various beings in the atmosphere. As you visually can take in more at once, you become more conscious—“conscious” isn’t the exact word—you become more receptive to the communications of different beings on these different planes in the atmosphere simply because you have a wider scope of vision. That wider scope of vision makes way for a wider scope of perception, given the dominance of the visual input that marks human relationships to many things.

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The Spindle of Heaven near Pocahontas, Illinois

This particular aspect of your relationship to the skyscape here is so keyed in to the visual that it becomes sublime. It becomes overwhelming to your sensory system, but in a very positive way. It’s a “giddy” sublime, you might say. It is not at all the painful sublime that Immanuel Kant talks about. This sort of Euphoric Sublime doesn’t have a lot of history behind it in terms of human attempts at understanding. Humans have, perhaps understandably, been more drawn to the traumatic elements of the painful sublime experiences.

Even the Mathematical Sublime is taken to be painful because we are confronted with such scope of reference that your cognitive capacity simply falters, falls apart in trying to take that information in.

But the Euphoric Sublime is something quite different. The Euphoric Sublime is the recognition once you’ve given up on the sense that your cognitive capacities are the predominant ones for your coming to terms with what it is you take in as experience of things outside yourself as well as within yourself, you can no longer feel that as pain. And it’s not simply because you now trust in a God that can see what you cannot see—that certainly exists, that’s certainly a part of the experience—and that was about as far as Kant could take it. But what is available to those who are able to step out of that Mathematical Sublime as well as the Dynamic Sublime is to simply open up into the expansiveness of the human sensorium. It is far more capable than Kant was able to take in.

There is so much more that humans are capable of than they’ve given themselves credit for. Much of this gets attributed to angels, and to a certain extent that is right. Angels are obviously capable of this. But a lot of what is proper to the human is parceled out to various other levels of being, including the Sky Spirits. There are certain cultures for whom the Sky Spirits are the ultimate. And as we suggested the other day, we are not here for you to worship; we are not here for you to surrender yourself to and offer up prayers as if to the gods. We are made up of many different beings who are at many different levels of evolution in terms of spiritual path, and as Monitor has made clear, some of us are directly in contact with the Adic Plane of existence. That does not mean that all of us are by any means.

In any case, there is no cause for you as a human being in your particular path, at your particular stage of development, to render office to any being outside yourself in that sense. The recognition that some being, including other human beings, might be much farther down the path than you as an individual have arrived at is inconsequential in the end. Certainly a sense that here is a place where you yourself can go, here’s a path for you to follow in terms of a recognition of opening, a recognition of potential and capacity that is available to you as a human being, as a Soul at this particular point in your development. But at this point we simply want to say that humans are suffering from a lack of self-confidence.

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Gabriel, as we were saying before, humans are capable of so much more than they give themselves credit for. But this cuts more than one way. This gives you a sense of the expansiveness that is available to you. Just imagine what you yourself have experienced! Imagine the kinds of beings you’ve been able to contact, the messages you’ve been able to hear, the kinds of experiences you’ve been able to draw to yourself and step outside of the normal bounds of space and time experience for humans, and to realize so much more.

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As we were saying, this recognition cuts both ways. The infinity of extension that is available to you as a human being means that you are capable of such positive and uplifting evolutionary experiences.

On the other hand, if you think of the other information we’ve been giving you up to this point, humans are capable of exerting a considerable negative influence on the connections that they come into contact with, that they are constantly in contact with for as you are now learning, Gabriel, about the wider and wider expanse of the human bodies and the planes of existence and the ways in which all of these different dimensional levels interact, you can well imagine how, with the old dictum “As Above, So Below,” the negative experiences, the negative actions, the negative thought patterns, the negative energies that humans send out into the universe travel quite a distance and affect quite a few other beings in this extended cosmic continuum. So in addition to the capacities you have before you for good, you have a great responsibility for being aware of what you send out into the universe.

as-above-so-belowIn this sense, the significance of the other old dictum, “You reap what you sow,” is that when you send these negative patterns out, you often draw negative patterns back in your direction. This is not a moralistic statement. It is basically a recognition of the patterns of existence. On the other hand, you are also learning of the notion of the Golden Light of Grace, a Divine Light extended to all creatures in existence that allows them to overcome their karmic hindrances if they truly open themselves up to these moments of Grace that are shed in this Golden Light. This is another way you can make something possible for yourself in this great continuum of existence and ways you can hinder your development and the development of others.

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Gabriel, now that we’ve gotten through that confusion on the highway we can come back and repeat the message that was getting a little garbled previously.

The point was and the point remains that this recognition of the expanded capacity of humanity is an element of the human condition that cuts in many directions. On the one hand, it is very important and very uplifting for humans to realize exactly how expansive their being is and how connected they are to an infinite number of rays, of grids, of networks, of planes, of different levels of existence. In short, humans are multidimensional beings who are taking time to pass through a three-dimensional existence.

This is more or less a cliché these days among what is called the New Age, but it is still a very important point to always keep in view. You are here taking a ride, a short ride in terms of the expanse of the Soul, through the three-dimensional existence of this Planet. And it is in particular your recognition as Souls when you come into this plane of three-dimensionality on the primary conscious level that you choose to come here in order to participate in the evolution of the Planetary Being. That is why humans came here in the first place. And it is through the development of their own Soul resonance that they are best able to contribute to the Soul resonance of the Planet.

So to return to the question of the infinite expanse of human resonance that we were mentioning in the earlier part of this message, this is a very critical element to understand for human development, for human evolution, for human uplifting. But again it cuts both ways, and this means that humans also have a great deal of responsibility. Their actions can lead to upliftment; their actions can detract from the evolutionary movement of the Planetary Being. The human energy goes out into the cosmos, and it is answered, it is reflected back to itself in terms of what was sent out in the first place. As Above, So Below. And this also means, of course, As Below, So Above. When humans participate in the celebration of the cosmic relationships of harmony, then those are the effects that they get resounding back to them. If they choose, on the other hand, to enter into activities that send out negative energies, then that is what is reflected back to them in the end. This is a simple element of truth. This basically the Law of Karma.

So to make a long story short: This infinite capacity of humanity allows for humanity’s expanse and simultaneously the expanse of the Planetary Being. But the negative energetic expulsions of human capacity also express themselves negatively throughout the cosmos and bring back negative cosmic return. So part of the task here is to find ways to encourage humans not only to become conscious of their expanded capabilities but to become conscious of ways to expand their capacity for simple happiness, for simple contentment, for love, for the positive radiances that they can contribute to the development of the Planetary Being.

In some ways to a certain extent this has been the task assigned to Buddhism. In particular, once that pacific component of Buddhism is developed, then as we were speaking earlier of the Euphoric Sublime, the meditative practices of the Tibetans, for instance, allow for the cultivation of this Euphoric Sublime, which is a step that comes after the ability to still one’s mind, achieve true detachment, and then to experience this ecstasy and this euphoria still without attachment. So this is a detached euphoria.

An attached euphoria becomes an addiction. Detached euphoria is simply the capacity to appreciate those elements of consciousness and existence that allow for the letting loose of the expansive capacity of humanity without addiction, without a need for that particular euphoric element.

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Image Source: http://sevennaturalwonders.org/aurora-borealis/

The Matakin on Time Portals

January 18, 2015

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This is the Matakin. It is Sunday, 11:25 A.M. on I-70 going east.

Feel that swirl! You are suddenly in this big sky country yet again. But that’s not all that it is. As we have said before, there is the Spindle of Heaven to your left, to the north, just north of the village of Pocahontas. And that is a vortex. It is a portal as well. And it is a beacon of a sort that draws lots of beings to this particular part of the continent. Cahokia was a kind of welcoming station in relation to this. But the energy here is in fact of a different sort than is at Cahokia itself.

We wish to get back to the point we were making yesterday as you drove through—that there are many different modes of frequency and radiation energy working their way through the atmosphere and reaching your Planet. Some of these are created by the Planet: they rise up from the deep core and through the surface into the atmosphere and then are circulated around in the stratosphere and dropped back in a kind of circulatory exchange much like the evaporation and condensation of water through mist and rainfall.

tesseractBut one of the aspects of energy-frequency-radiation that we drew your attention to yesterday and wish to reinforce today is that there are also frequencies, webs of energetic definition relating to time. There are Time Portals, in other words. There are temporal folds in the universe—a Wrinkle in Time, as Madeleine L’Engle put it in her amazing book—and these vortexes, these temporal vortexes that you can engage in allow you to travel first of all great distances in no time at all. It’s very much like the phenomenon of tesseract in the book you were having read to you.

wrinkle antBeyond this, these temporal portals are exactly that: Time Portals that allow you to travel in time, to go to what in your experience would be “back in time” and what from your experience would be “forward in time.” This means that you have at your disposal many ways of engaging with experiences past and future as well as present, and learning and reworking certain experiences.

You also had the notion that grew out of this particular idea yesterday that someone could be reincarnated not simply in the near future but perhaps in the far future, in the far past as well—you could be reincarnated in the Middle Ages or five million years ago (as you now experience time)—but also you could be reincarnated in the same body, so to speak, the same circumstances, the same parents and location. The body is actually an extension of what happens in those circumstances, so it is not correct to say that you would be in the same body because that body would grow in a very different way according to different contingencies and impulsements. So we were suggesting that you consider meditating on this notion of vortexes of time, these temporal vortexes, and what that might mean, because not only will this open up practical possibilities but, intellectually speaking, this will allow a greater expanse of your conceptual capacity. You can literally take in whole new universes and dimensions in temporal terms as well as spatial terms.

So that was our primary message yesterday and today.

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I’m Being Followed by a Moon Shadow

June 7-10, 2015

Last night I woke up at 3:30 A.M., as I do most nights now, and went downstairs in the dark. As I walked by our hallway window, I saw the glow of Luna shining through the trees. I stopped to greet her, and, as always, she greeted me in return.

As I was staring up at her and feeling that warm liquid glow flow through my body in response to her rays, I began to think about my recent post concerning my conversations with her and began to wonder how many people might be skeptical about the idea that the moon, like the Earth, is a conscious, communicative being.

I have the feeling that perhaps a few people have no difficulty imagining beings from or on the moon who might wish to communicate with me. But I also have the feeling that the idea that we might find ourselves actually speaking with the moon as an intelligent entity probably has even fewer adherents. Extraterrestrials—perhaps. Planets themselves—no way! But Luna herself had an answer to this objection, and this answer led her to present me with an expansive sense of Self—not just my own Self but the selfhood of all beings.

Part of the problem lies in our tendency to define life and consciousness in very limited terms that are more often than not anthropocentric. But even at the level of the human being, we tend to imagine the individual human to be the seat of consciousness and identity. What this view omits is that even on a strictly biological level, our bodies are composite entities. Our intestinal tract, for instance, is filled with microbes that carry out lives of their own while playing an important role in “our” lives by helping with digestion. (My recent bout with an intestinal flu provided me with a graphic example of such independence on the part of those microbial beings!) Our cells themselves each are tiny conscious entities carrying out their own jobs in ways that contribute to the functioning of the physical body as a composite whole.

The Earth, Gaia, works in just the same way, just as do all other planetary, solar, and asteroidal beings in our star system and beyond. The consciousness of the Earth is a composite consciousness that expresses itself as the conglomerate compilation of all earthly consciousnesses on, above, and below her surface. And we all have the innate capacity to tap into and communicate with that planetary consciousness.

And such is the case, then, with Luna, the moon. Her consciousness includes mental and energetic strains from all of the entities that exist on and within herself. Beyond that, given her particular gravitational relationship with the Earth, she is especially affected by all that happens on our planet. And we here are affected in turn by all that happens within her sphere of influence.

moon in clouds

This is what she tells me. And beyond that, growing out of such awareness, is a more complex notion of psychology, especially in the root sense of study-of-the soul. For we are not only composite consciousnesses on the literal physical level in terms of the host of entities that cohabit our bodies, but on the psychic level as well. Long ago Plato talked about the Tripartite Soul, talking about the complicated mix of souls that make us up—often translated as the Logical, Spirited, and Appetitive souls. Our job is to find the appropriate mix and balance among the three. Freud talked about the Id, the Ego, and the Superego. And Jung sought the integration or individuation of our inner selves—the Ego, the Shadow, the Persona, the Animus and Anima, the Wise Old Man or Woman, and ultimately the Self (the composite inner and outer whole).

Closer to my own active understanding of the composite nature of the soul is the description provided by the composite entity known as Monitor (most often channeled by Harvey Grady). According to Monitor, we are made up of three souls: Our Body Soul, our Basic Soul, and our Judge Soul. Our Basic Soul is made up of our Outer Self, Male Self, Female Self, and Higher Self. The two “hitchhikers” of the Judge Soul are our Mental Judge Self and our Astral Judge Self. The two Judge Selves are defined by their recent inhabitation of the lost planet Maldek. After the calamity that destroyed their planet, they were appended to our human souls in an act of grace and challenge to growth.

Monitor on the Soul

From the book Explore With Monitor, Book 1, p. 197

The overall point Luna has to pass on here is that while we are multidimensional composite beings, we nevertheless more often than not experience this complex nature of the Self through our ego consciousness. If we can take into account the interactions of all of these dynamic selves, however, we can begin to develop a more appropriate psychology, one that is open to all of the different voices in the choir of the Self.

And just as our Ego Consciousness is often oblivious to the existence of and interactions with our various other selves, it is also most often oblivious to our constant Soul communication with the micro and macro beings of which we are a part—including the moon.

Spending this time talking with Luna helps me maintain that open and practical awareness of the Hermetic slogans: As Above, So Below and As Within, So Without. I’m being followed by a moon shadow—and it has utterly transformed who I am.

moonshadow