It’s Sunday today, Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012 and I’d like to return to a theme that I promised the Divine Mother in my interview with her on May 7, 2012 that I would properly undertake. It may be a dense subject to get through but I need to do it at some time. I apologize for its density.
For those who feel they must read the entire series at one sitting, this version provides the complete two-part series: http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/enlightenment/an-introduction-to-enlightenment-and-the-trinity/.
The exchange with the Divine Mother follows. I’d just asked her a question on her identity that employed a bit of jargon and she replied:
Divine Mother: Many who listen do not understand this [relationship that you have described] or these terms [that you have used].
Steve Beckow: Yes, I realize that.
DM: And part of my desire is to make very clear, that people do understand. So, ensure, beloved, that you do make these terms very clear for your readers and listeners.
SB: I will. But if you would just confirm for me that you are speaking about the conditioned Brahman rather than the Transcendental Absolute, I can do the rest.
DM: Yes, that is exactly what I am speaking of. (1)
I also have come back from a meditation retreat, spent a great deal of time pondering this subject in my mind, and felt the need to write about it. The Boss said (2) that I’d feel the desire to write more on spiritual topics and indeed I do. But not everything to be written will be as dense as this, I promise.
Perhaps I can excuse its density by saying that this discussion needs only to be gone through once but once completely. This article is one I’ll be referring back to often so you may want to print it off or bookmark it.
I have to add, always, that I’m not an enlightened man (although like all Starseeds I presume I’ve been enlightened in other lifetimes and wear the blindfold in this one). I’m not a spiritual teacher and have no desire to be. I’m simply an avid writer on spiritual themes.
What I’d like to do is to provide you with a cross-correspondence of three levels of reality and the enlightenment experiences I believe are associated with them. What are my reasons for doing this?
First, because I wish to fulfill my promise to the Divine Mother.
Second, because I believe that we as human beings have been assigned a task the completion of which constitutes “full enlightenment” and allows us to graduate from the realm of human dimensionality to whatever is next. And that task is the full realization of these three levels of reality.
Third, because it’s useful to see the whole of the human assignment to know where Ascension fits into it.
Fourth, because a full explanation of the self-awareness path requires the knowledge of these three levels of reality and the enlightenment experiences associated with them. They are all aspects or levels of the One Supreme Self.
Fifth, because an understanding of these three levels of reality and the enlightenment experiences associated with them allows one the key, I believe, to understanding the cross-cultural equivalents of all the world’s major religions.
What I’m about to say arises from the vision I had on February 13, 1997 (3) and the many years of research into enlightenment and the Trinity that I did after it to try to unfold its meaning.
It’s my contention that, to graduate from human experience, we are tasked with knowing completely the three levels of reality called by Christians the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and by Hindus Brahman, Atman, and Shakti. I prefer to call these three levels, altering their order somewhat, the Self, the Mother, and the Father.
I’d now like to provide cross-cultural descriptions of the three, after which (tomorrow) I’ll review the enlightenment experiences I think are connected to them.
The Self is the individuated soul, called by Jesus the only begotten Son of God, the Christ, the Savior, the Prince of peace, the treasure buried in a field, the pearl of great price, and the mustard seed; called by Hindus the Atman and Brahman-within-the-individual.
It’s known to other religions as Fire the Son of the Lord, the firebrand plucked from the burning, the God-spark, the flame in the heart, and the lamp always burning on the altar.
I’ve often spoken of the Self as the Transcendental in the Phenomenal, the Transcendental itself being the Father and the Phenomenal being the Mother. This is equivalent to saying the God-spark within the heart of the individual, the treasure (the Self) buried in the field (the Body), the Father in the Mother’s womb as the Child of God, etc.
No matter what name is used for the Self, the same phenomenon is being pointed at.
The Mother was called by Jesus and his disciples the Holy Spirit, the comforter spirit, the spirit of truth, the Logos, the Word of God, and the Amen; by Solomon and the Old-Testament prophets, Wisdom, the Voice of one crying in the wilderness, and the noise of many waters; by Hindus Shakti, Kali, Aum, the Sound-Brahman, Sphota, Prana, primordial energy, the universal creative vibration, Prakriti (Procreatrix), and the creator, preserver and transformer of matter, mater, Mother.
The Mother has form and the Father in “his” original nature is formless. When the Mother is coupled with the Father in form, they are often spoken of as the cosmic male and female, Shiva and Shakti, the yin and yang. I have often spoken of the Mother as being the Phenomenal, which means all of matter, the whole of the created world, anything apart from the formless and immaterial Father.
The Mother is created; only the Father is uncreated. She can be realized as the light in all creation, the highest enlightenment short of the Father.
No matter what name is used for the Mother, the same phenomenon is ultimately being pointed at.
The Father, when manifest or given form by the Mother, is called the Personal God, God in form, or the conditioned Brahman. The Father, when in its original and unmanifest state, is called the Impersonal God, the formless God, or the unconditioned Brahman. It is also called the Transcendental Absolute when unmanifest or formless. It is further called Mahashiva, Parabrahman, Paramatman, the Supreme Self, the All, the One without a second, all that is, etc.
It’s spoken of as Sat-Chit-Ananda or infinite wisdom, being and bliss. It is transcendent, supreme, unchanging, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, with and without form, with and without attributes, and altogether unfathomable.
All of the Father’s manifested states and unmanifest nature share the same attribute: namely, stillness. When movement stops, the manifest dissolves back into the unmanifest. The Father is formless, permanent, but beginningless and endless. And no matter what name is used to point at it and no matter the deficiencies of the pointer, the object pointed at remains the same. Only the names differ.
Those who wish to read the entire series as one article today can go to http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/enlightenment/an-introduction-to-enlightenment-and-the-trinity/.
(Or you can go to Part 2/2 now.)
(1) “Transcript of the Divine Mother on An Hour with an Angel,” May 7, 2011 at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/the-nature-of-the-divine-mother/transcript-of-the-divine-mother-on-an-hour-with-an-angel-may-7-2011/
(2) Archangel Michael in a reading through Linda Dillon some time last year.
(3) “Chapter 13. Epilogue,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/16244-2/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment/ch-13-epilogue/