(Concluded from Part 1, yesterday.)
I want to cite just a few sages to anchor the point that….
… May I expand a bit?
… that life is a journey from God to God, a drama, a leela, a play acted out for God’s pleasure.
When one of us realizes our true identity as God, God meets God and for that meeting was all this created.
You think this is good for God? What about us!
Our enlightenments are like elevators taking us higher up in the building of Self-Realization.
Let me cite three stages of enlightenment, three floors in the building. You’ll recognize the Trinity. They are:
(1) Child of God, Christ, Atman – fourth chakra – sight of the Self, spiritual awakening, stream-entering
(2) God the Mother, Shakti, Holy Spirit – sixth chakra – cosmic consciousness, savikalpa samadhi, Third-Eye opening.
(3) God the Father, Brahman, Mahashiva – seventh chakra – God Realization, Brahmajnana, nirvikalpa samadhi, first transcendental experience, last stop before Ascension
Let’s look here at one example of spiritual awakening, skip ahead to Brahmajnana, and then fly ahead to the ultimate enlightenment.
The first is an initial fourth-chakra sight of the Self. This one is from John Ruusbroec:
“In the abyss of this darkness in which the loving spirit has died to itself, God’s revelation and eternal life have their origin, for in this darkness an incomprehensible light is born and shines forth; this is the Son of God, in whom a person becomes able to see and to contemplate eternal life.” (1)
What he means by that is that contemplating the Light of the Christ or Self will lead us to the Father. Ruusbroec tells us:
“It is Christ, the light of truth, who says, ‘See,’ and it is through him that we are able to see, for he is the light of the Father, without which there is no light in heaven or on earth.” (2)
The sight of the Self (as well as heart openings) is the open door in spirituality. Buddhists call it stream-entering; Hindus call it spiritual awakening. There is this sense of a real beginning.
This Self, the Christ that we see is child to the Father. Of course we are all that Self so we are all child to the Father. We are all God.
I had a truncated version of this fourth-chakra event on Sept. 21, 2018 while at Xenia Retreat Center. The Light was more translucent than brilliant. I was permitted however to experience my original purity and innocence. It lifted such a burden from me. (3)
We can have an enlightenment experience of love – such as a heart opening – or an experience of light – such as the sight of the Self – or another type of fourth-chakra experience. And, apparently, we can have them repeatedly.
In my view, Love is always in action or flow, a progressively-unfolding realization of the Mother; Light is stillness and silence, a progressively-unfolding realization of the Father. I think of them as my right and left legs.
Well, with the experience of my original purity and innocence with the sight of the Self, the cat was out of the bag. We’re not born in original sin? We’re born in original innocence? No holding the boy back after that.
Let’s jump ahead now to the seventh-chakra experience of God the Father. Sri Ramakrishna is discussing Brahmajnana when he says:
“The nature of Brahman cannot be described. About it one remains silent. Who can explain the Infinite in words? … Once a salt doll went to the ocean to measure its depth. But it could not come back to give a report.” (4)
The salt doll would dissolve in the sea. There’d be no one to return and report. The experience of Brahmajnana takes us into a world beyond form and we come back with no memory of it and no ability to put our experience into words. Our ego for the moment is quieted. If we come back at all.
But, exalted as it is, Brahmajnana itself is still within the Third Dimension. And it’s also temporary.
Fast forward through the entire life journey of an individual soul past the twelve Dimensions, on the doorstep out of the Mother’s domain of matter, completely.
We stand on the edge of renouncing our individuality, ending the illusion and becoming One with the transcendental Awareness, the One.
The small golden star is staring off into the distance at the large golden Sun (see graphic left). And then it leaps…. (5)
I’ll let St. Paul describe this last stage of enlightenment in metaphorical language:
“And when all things [all worldly desires] shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son [the Christ, the Self, the Atman] also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all [i.e., reunited].” (6)
The Self subjects itself to the All-Self, that God may be all in all. The little golden star merges with the large golden Sun. Now there’s only the One. There was always only the One.
The Mother, Maré, the Ocean of Love has baptized the seeker at the very beginning, with the opening of the heart or spiritual door. And the seeker journeys on in the realm of matter until it reaches a level of understanding where it leaves the material world altogether and rejoins the Transcendental.
Both the experience of higher-dimensional love and increasing awareness culminate in the realization and experience of our unity. We are one in love. We are one in awareness. We never were separate.
Free us of our bodies and we are points of awareness in a sea of love. The points of awareness gradually yield up their individuality to the One making it all in all again.
That is the basis for me saying that lightworkers are one.
(1) John Ruusbroec in James A. Wiseman, John Ruusbroec. The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works. New York, etc.: Paulist Press, 1985, 147.
Many more examples can be found in From Darkness Unto Light, “Enlightenment – (1) Spiritual Awakening – How has the experience of spiritual awakening been described?” at http://goldengaiadb.com/index.php?title=E#Enlightenment_-_.281.29_Spiritual_Awakening_-_How_has_the_experience_of_spiritual_awakening_been_described.3F
(2) Ibid., 74.
(3) See “Original Innocence,” Sept. 21, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/21/original-innocence-2/ and “Archangel Michael Explains What Happened at Xenia,” Sept. 22, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/22/archangel-michael-explains-what-happened-at-xenia/
(4) Paramahansa Ramakrishna in Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 218.
(5) See “The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment – Ch. 13 – Epilogue,” August 13, 2011, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/08/13/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment-ch-13-epilogue/
(6) St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:28.