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.
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.
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.