We are all spiritual beings.
We are all of God.
We are all of Spirit.
There is nothing that is not of God.
There is no one who is not of Spirit.
The spark of God individualized within each human being is the Soul. That is the basic element of our existence. The Soul is forever connected to God, perfectly and intimately. It is the source from which we draw our life.
The nature and the essence of the Soul are joy. The Soul is joyful because it is of God and knows it.
The human consciousness is somewhat different. It is made up of elements other than the Soul and these elements–the body, imagination, emotions, mind, subconscious, and unconscious–can cloud the clarity of spiritual vision and interfere with our ability to perceive Spirit directly.
The inner elements of human consciousness, most of which are invisible, are actually microcosms of greater, outer levels of existence. Within each of us is a rich world of feelings, imagination, thoughts, etc. We could spend an endless amount of time exploring these inner realities. And yet, they are only a reflection in miniature of what lies outside of our own consciousness. The beginning of the film “Contact” is a great visual for what I’m describing. You see seemingly infinite worlds and universes, which slowly reveal themselves to be within the eye of a young girl.
Some realms, both within us and around us, are of a positive nature, and others are of a negative nature. Not “good” and “bad,” which is how we tend to categorize things, but like the positive and negative polarities of a battery. The two together create movement and action, the dynamics of life. One is a more inward pull, the other a more outward movement.
The physical world is one small part of our outer reality. The imagination and other levels of consciousness are not so obvious, yet we know them. Our physical body lives and moves in the physical world. Here we have experiences, from which we hopefully learn and grow. The human consciousness is intricate, however, and also exists on many other levels. The physical world and all our levels of consciousness, including the mind, emotions, imagination and unconscious, are only 10-percent of our total existence.
For every level within us, there is an outer level through which we can experience our creations–and eventually learn and grow. Our inner, personal imagination works in the “astral” realm outside of us where we give reality to our fantasies and imaginary scenes, often creating our own “monsters,” illusions and delusions until we realize that there are better ways to guide our imagination.
The causal plane of existence reflects to us the emotional quality of our consciousness. On this level, we can experience our emotional creations and their power. The mental realm corresponds to the mind, with all its confusions and doubts as well as its clarity and dynamic thrust. The etheric realm is the area where the power of our subconscious and unconscious manifests. This is often where we store “incompletes,” things that we do not want to handle and put into the “back of our minds.” They don’t go away, as we might hope. They surface, usually in unpredictable ways and timing, giving us the opportunity to face and complete what we have started.
All of these levels, as intricate and demanding as they can be, are only a small part of our consciousness. They are the “negative” pole of the battery. Their influence and power is designed to keep us closely involved with them.
The Soul is positive in nature. The realm of the Soul and the realms of Spirit above the Soul are designed to lift us and bring us freedom. In the positive realms, the lower worlds lose their influence. The plan and purpose of the lower worlds becomes clear and in that clarity is freedom.
As an analogy of how the negative worlds function, suppose you are walking on a path in the mountains, and “home” is about ten miles away. You set off on your journey, feeling good. Everything seems fine. Then you come to an area where the terrain gets rough. Trees are down across the path, and it’s muddy, rocky, and steep. Fog rolls in and it starts raining. You’re having a hard time finding the trail. As you look for a way through, you scrape your leg or turn your ankle. Your physical body gets cold and your muscles start aching. You feel tired and lose your enthusiasm for this journey.
In your imagination, you start seeing the possibility that the entire ten miles is going to be like this. You start creating the image that it’s never going to get any better, and you don’t know how you’ll ever make it home. Your emotions start reacting to this imaginary scene, and you start feeling discouraged and depressed. When you come to one more big tree down across your path and you can’t find an easy way around it, you start to cry.
Then your mind comes into play and, based on what you’ve created in your imagination, it starts you thinking that maybe there’s another way to get home; maybe if you go in another direction entirely, you’ll find your way. You follow this new “direction” and turn away from the path that leads home.
The unconscious level takes in all the information from your mind, emotions, and imagination, but doesn’t have any tools to express on those levels. It just stores the information and then feeds it back to you, so that every new turn in the path becomes an aspect of the last turn, and all sorts of vague fears and illusions surface in your consciousness. They frighten and confuse you and prevent you from seeing clearly what is really present for you in each moment of your journey.
All of these aspects play back and forth in your consciousness, often so rapidly that you aren’t aware of what you’re doing inside yourself. You find yourself lost, sidetracked, confused and frightened as you move through your experience, trying to find your way home.
When you can reach beyond all these negative levels and perceive from the Soul, from the positive aspect of yourself, you can lift up in consciousness, see where your home is and see which path will lead you there. And whether the rough terrain lasts for ten miles or only a half mile, you can see what to do to traverse the path.
At that point, you can go back into your journey and use all the levels of your consciousness as tools to your advantage. You can use your body to move you along the path toward your goal, your imagination to create the image of safely reaching home, and your emotions to keep you happy and joyful. You use your mind to decide on a good direction and keep you focused on completing that direction. And you use the areas of the unconscious to strengthen you as you learn to discern reality from illusion.