5 bodies, 5 level of consciousness, and the fifth kingdom. When we achieve enlightenment, kundalini (a powerful type of subtle energy) which is stored in the base chakra rushes up the etheric spine and out the top of the head through the crown chakra. The kundalini burns away the etheric web and forms a new protective shield, but a finer one that allows our consciousness to objectively perceive the emotional and mental worlds. Tavistock Institute. Part 144
The Appropriation of the Bodies.The final definition which is given here, leads up to our consideration of the subject of the rays. The personality is the fusion of three major forces and their subjection (finally and after the fusion) to the impact of soul energy.
This impact is made in three different stages or in what are occultly termed “three impulsive movements”—using the word “impulsive” in its true connotation and not in the usual emotional and enthusiastic significance. These impulsive movements are:
a. The impact of the soul at the stage of human evolution which we call individualisation. At that time, the form becomes aware for the first time of the touch of the soul. This is called in the language of esotericism the “Touch of Appropriation.”
The soul then appropriates its vehicle. This stage is succeeded by a long period of adjustment and of gradual development and unfoldment. This takes place upon the way of experience, and during that period the soul tightens its hold upon its instrument, the lower form nature.
b. The impact of the soul is called forth by the dilemmas and through the emergencies of the later stages of the path of experience. During this stage, the urgency of the need, and the dilemmas brought about by the forces of opposition, lead the man to submit to a higher influence. He calls then in desperation upon the soul and upon the spiritual resources laid up in his divine nature and hitherto remaining unused. This impact is called the “Touch of Acquiescence,” and marks the acceptance by the soul of the demand of the personality for help and light.
The soul acquiesces in the plea of the personality for guidance. It is to be noted that we are here considering the attitude of the soul to the personality and of the soul kingdom not that of the personality to the soul, which is the attitude usually under consideration. We are dealing primarily in this treatise with the reactions and activities of the soul through its ray energy, and its response to the demand of the forces—focussed, combined and integrated—of the personality.
c. The impact disciple is at the time of the various and seauential initiations eventually subjected, as he transits out of the fourth into to the fifth which the in nature. This stage is called the “Touch of Enlightenment,” and through the bringing together of the forces of the purified personality and those of the “approaching” soul, a “light is engendered which fadeth not away.” In these three impacts,-
- The touch of appropriation on the physical plane,
- The touch of acquiescence on the astral plane,
- The touch of enlightenment upon the mental plane,
there is summarised clearly and concisely the attitude of the soul towards its rapidly preparing instrument. The great Touch of Appropriation lies racially in the past. The Touch of Acquiescence takes place upon the battlefield of the emotional nature, and the Touch of Enlightenment is effected through the mind.
The first three initiations are expressions of these three stages or impacts, and it might also be stated that the Lemurian, the Atlantean and the Aryan races are also expressions of man’s reactions to these three soul approaches.
1 The third initiation sees the soul and the personality perfectly blended so that the light blazes forth and the great Approaches between soul and form are consummated. Today, in this particular cycle and in this Aryan race, the Hierarchy (as an expression of the kingdom of souls) is recapitulating these three inevitable steps and making certain advances or approaches to the race. We can therefore divide humanity into three groups and relate humanity to the three major approaches.
a. The Approach of Appropriation will express the effect of the present stimulation upon the unevolved masses. Thousands and thousands of men and women are in process of awakening and during the next few years will come to soul consciousness, for the soul of each individual is intensifying its initial appropriation at the Lemurian crisis of individualisation, and the ancient enterprise is again being re-enacted as a needed recapitulatory endeavor. All this today lies almost entirely in the realm of consciousness. The great appropriation was made millions of years ago. Today, in consciousness, there will come a great awakening to the significance of what was, at that time, largely a physical event, and masses of men will become aware—in their brain consciousness—of that early appropriation. This is being brought about by a fresh approach by the soul and an advance towards its reflection, the personality, and it produces in time a consequent recognition upon the part of man.
b. The Approach of Acquiescence will be equally well recognised by the intelligent and more highly evolved sons of men. They will awaken to the relationship which exists between their personalities and the soul, and between the forces of the lower nature and the energy of the soul. It is with this particular task that the New Group of World Servers is primarily occupied,—looking at their activities from the ] standpoint of the Hierarchy. Their work is to facilitate the entrance of soul energy, which energy expresses itself in love and in good will. This in its turn results in peace—individual, racial and planetary—and the great group aspect of the approach will be brought about, and is today in process of being carried forward.
c. The Approach of Enlightenment carries the disciple through the gate of initiation, and is the effect of the same energy playing upon the personalities of the disciples of the world, and transforming their spirit of aspiration into the light of initiation.
It would be of use to us all to study these three soul approaches—individual or hierarchical—and to ponder upon them and put ourselves in training, so that we may make the needed recognitions. Let us also ponder upon the following triplicities:—
A comparative study of these stages and phases will reveal how the relationship of the ego and the personality emerges, and that the distinctive feature between the two, as far as the aspirant is concerned, is the focus or the concentration of the life aspect. In the personality the focus of consciousness is Form.
In the individuality, that focus is transferred to the Soul. It is all a question of where lies the centre of attention. The “approaches” which take place between the soul and the personality are the processes of relationship in the periods of transition. In connection with the race, these are called the Great Approaches of the Hierarchy, and they represent the soul of humanity within the racial form.
The New Group of World Servers is that body of men and women who have responded to one of these major approaches. As soon as they have done this, they become a bridging or a linking group between the Hierarchy and the race, thus facilitating the task of the planetary Hierarchy.
The revelation of these Approaches, during the time in which they are going on, is only now possible. At the first Great Approach in Lemurian days, when the race of men individualised, only the members of the approaching Hierarchy were in any way aware of the purpose. Those who were approached registered dimly a deepened urge to rise to better things. Aspiration was born—conscious aspiration, if such a word can be employed in connection with the vague yearning of animal man.
Today, such is the progress made through the effect of evolution that many people can and do consciously register the influence of the soul and the nearing approach of the Hierarchy. This ability to register the Approach, or the Touch of Enlightenment, is largely due to the successful work of the Christ when He came down to the earth some two thousand years ago. He accustomed us to the idea of divinity—an entirely new concept as far as man was concerned. He thus paved the way for the nearer approach, upon a large scale, of the Kingdom of Souls, through its agent, the Hierarchy and the hierarchical agency, The New Group of World Servers. This may convey something of an understanding of an aspect of Christ’s work which is frequently overlooked.
A human being is a unity of five beings – the five bodies. Each body has its own kind of consciousness and each is evolving (or involving) independently. Body consciousness is the collective consciousness of all the atoms and molecules within a body (subtle or physical). The human monad must leam to gain control over his five bodies and integrate them into a co-operative unity.
Personality disorders result if one or more of the bodies are damaged or out of balance from the rest. The consciousness of our five bodies is synthesised by the first triad into the unified consciousness that is our personality. The triad enables the monad to simultaneously perceive the activity within all of its bodies. The triad prevents us from acting like we are five separate beings. The monad utilises the mental molecule when it is focused on an intellectual matter, the emotional atom when it is caught up in emotion or desire, and the physical atom when it is focussed on physical activity.
The monad’s consciousness within a body makes it appear like it has intelligent consciousness, but without the monad our various bodies are just collections of secondary or tertiary matter, and possess only very basic levels of consciousness. Tertiary matter is able to learn basic and repetitive functions, which enable the physical-etheric body to perform routine tasks such as circulating the blood and digesting food without direct input from the monad. The secondary matter of the emotional and mental bodies possesses an even lower level of consciousness which can only respond to external influences. The emotional atom and mental molecule that control these two subtle bodies are tertiary matter, so they too can leam simple behavioural patterns. Many people react automatically to everyday events in their lives because their triad atoms have learnt how they normally respond in given situations.
They rarely take the time to lucidly think before they act, but instead allow their subtle bodies to respond automatically and so govern their behaviour. This is like living on autopilot, which is not really living at all because life passes them by while their self is half asleep. Most people don’t even realise they live like this because it has become their normal way of life. It takes a single conscious act of will to break a behavioural pattern once, but it takes repeated conscious acts of will to break a pattern of behaviour for good. This is the only way we can “wake up” and regain control of our lives.
Etheric consciousness is the consciousness of the physical atom (1:7) and the etheric body, which includes the etheric counterpart of the physical brain. The electrical activity that is measured in EEGs (brain scans) is actually the activity of the etheric brain. It is the nature of the etheric brain to actively seek out stimuli from the physical, emotional and mental bodies and present them to the waking consciousness of the physical brain. The etheric brain acts as the °middleman’ relaying thoughts and emotions between the waking conscious and the sub-conscious, and to a lesser extent the super-conscious.
As long as we are actively thinking or engaged in activity our etheric brain is content to perceive our own senses, thoughts and emotions. But when we stop all activity (e.g. when trying to meditate) our etheric brain and body heighten their sensitivity so that we notice every trivial thought that enters our mind and every itch or minor discomfort in our body. We find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time because our etheric brains are always being distracted by stimuli — internal or external. The vast majority of thoughts and emotions we have are not even our own; they are fragments of thought-forms cast off from other people’s subtle bodies.
Emotional Consciousness Emotional consciousness is the consciousness of the emotional body and the emotional atom. Emotional consciousness arises from the sells ability to perceive vibrations in emotional matter and convert them into consciousness. Different molecular types are stimulated by different emotions and desires: molecules are stimulated by negative emotions, e.g fear, hate, anger, desire, egotistical pride, guilt, grief and despair. molecules are stimulated by neutral emotions, e.g. willingness, courage, confidence hope and trust. molecules are stimulated by positive emotions. e.g. happiness, enthusiasm, love, forgiveness, admiration and optimism.
Emotional consciousness is not just about perceiving moods, emotions and desires. The emotional body can actually think but its thoughts are not rational since they are motivated by and influenced by emotion and desire. Most thoughts concerning yourself and others are emotional thoughts, as are those concerning faith, devotion and worship.
The vast majority of people in the world are at the emotional stage of development with their consciousness focused primarily in their emotional bodies. Their emotional bodies and mental bodies are entangled, operating as a single unit, so emotions colour their every thought, and desires initiate their every action.
They find it difficult to objectively assess a situation because their emotions distort their perceptions and blind them to reality. An emotional-level person is primarily concerned with the way something is said, whereas a mental-level person is primarily concerned with what is being said. Which are you? Emotional-level people find it difficult to control their emotions because only higher types of consciousness can control emotional consciousness. This means that most people’s emotions are at the mercy of external circumstances, like a ship adrift at sea.
Most people’s lives are a series of highs and lows, interspersed with periods of calm. If life is easy they are happy, if life is difficult they are unhappy, and if the periods of calm go on for too long they become bored. They identify their feelings as their true selves and thrive on the ups and downs of their emotional life. For some it is the passion and romance of a new relationship followed by the heartache of the break-up.
For others it is avidly following the successes and failures of their favourite team or passionately fighting for their cause. The emotional plane lies below the mental plane, so emotional consciousness is ‘below^ mental consciousness. Emotions, desires and passions operate below the rational mind and can therefore be irrational.
With a little reflection you will soon realise that all the troubles in the world are caused by, or fuelled by, uncontrolled emotions. Emotionality feeds conflict whereas rationality brings resolution. Until mankind learns to control his emotions there will never be a lasting peace.
Mental consciousness is the consciousness of the mental body and the mental molecule. Mental consciousness arises from the sells ability to perceive vibrations in mental matter and convert them into consciousness. There are four different degrees of mental consciousness, which correspond to the four molecular types of matter of the mental plane
They are activated sequentially as the monad’s mental consciousness develops over the course of numerous incamations:-
Deductive Thinking: The ability to make simple deductions and inferences. It is slow, methodical and limited to concrete thoughts. This basic level of mental ability is the only one that is activated in every human being
Associative Thinking: The ability to see common patterns and associations. It often sees things as black-and-white, makes generalisations, jumps to conclusions and gives rise to firm fixed beliefs. This level of mental ability is only activated in intelligent people. Many scientists and theologians fall into this category, which is characterised by their inability to see the other perspective.
Conceptual Thinking: The ability to understand a concept from many different perspectives and really see the big picture’. This more open-minded outlook avoids making cut-and-dry assessments and drawing rigid conclusions. This level of mental ability is only possible for a very small percentage of the population.
Universal Thinking: The ability to comprehend an entire system of thought from a single abstract concept. It is a kind of intuition that allows abstract causal concepts to be *translated- into concrete mental descriptions that anyone can understand. This level of mental ability is only possible for those on the verge of enlightenment.
Our thoughts and beliefs alter our perception of reality in the same way that our emotions do – by colouring or distorting our perceptions. All belief systems were constructed without us having all the facts, so they are invariably flawed. If you must have a belief system, make sure it is flexible enough to allow new information to be incorporated into it; otherwise you will never truly understand. If you encounter new information that contradicts your current belief system, consider the possibility that your current beliefs are wrong. Mental consciousness has the job of assimilating all of our sensory inputs, emotions and thoughts and combining them into a unified perception of our environment. As our mental consciousness develops, our emotions and desires are brought under greater control as our mental body disentangles itself from our emotional body and begins to form an association with our causal body.
Causal consciousness is, as its name suggests, the ability to see the causes of effects. Objective causal consciousness can see the cause behind any event in the physical, emotional or mental worlds, and therefore give insight into destiny and karma. Subjective causal consciousness allows the perception of information from the causal plane via intuition, which develops rapidly at the stage prior to enlightenment.
Objective causal consciousness develops after enlightenment, when the monad is centred in the mental atom of the second triad We have already discussed how unbiased perception is not possible on the emotional or mental planes because our own emotionality and belief systems colour our perception of reality, but things are different on the causal plane. Causal matter is not affected by regular thoughts and emotions, so ideas and concepts perceived by causal consciousness are not illusory or fictional but are the pure unadulterated truth. The causal plane is therefore an abundant source of knowledge which can be easily accessed by an enlightened person.
Regular human consciousness can either step back and see the “big picture” or focus in on a single detail, but it can’t do them both at the same time. Causal consciousness can see the big picture and every minute detail simultaneously, because rather than observing an object or a concept from an external perspective it merges and becomes one with it. For example, a normal person has to read every word on every page of a book, mentally digest the contents, decide what to believe and what to reject, and finally assimilate it into their own belief system.
An enlightened person with full objective causal conscious can know and understand the entire content of a book in an instant without even opening it. What’s more, they have no need to make judgement because they immediately know what is correct and what is not. There are three levels of objective causal consciousness which correspond to the three kinds of causal matter, and they develop sequentially after enlightenment.
Provides objective waking consciousness of the physical, emotional and mental planes. Objective waking consciousness of the etheric and emotional planes often develops naturally just prior to enlightenment. This should not be confused with regular clairvoyance which is the forced development of the ability by yoga or magic (often in a previous life).
Årovides clear access to knowledge and ideas from the causal plane.
Provides the ability to merge one’s consciousness with an extemal object and immediately know everything about it. This level of consciousness can learn more in one minute than a normal intelligent person can learn in a year.
The unity of everything and everyone becomes evident — it is the beginning of the end of duality.
Causal consciousness is above and beyond mental consciousness, i.e. it passes mental understanding. So, the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) refers to the peace of mind that is acquired at enlightenment when causal consciousness is acquired and mental consciousness is transcended.
Objective causal consciousness provides an uninterrupted continuity of consciousness between incarnations, which allows an enlightened person to remain fully conscious for the entire duration of the “afterlife” and to recall all their past human lives. Causal consciousness is independent of space and time, but its perceptions are limited to the past and the present (not the future).
Objective causal consciousness can view any event from history as if it was happening right here, right now. It cannot accurately see into the future but it can see causes that will take effect in the future. It is not possible for anyone in the human kingdom to acquire consciousness higher than causal consciousness (since the causal body is our highest subtle body).
Anyone who claims they can meditate themselves to Nirvana is probably mistaken. Only members of the fifth or sixth kingdom who are in human bodies can attain these higher levels of consciousness, because they have the necessary higher subtle bodies.
Unity Consciousness (Plane 4) Objective unity consciousness develops when the monad moves up from the mental atom (3:7) to the unity atom (4:7). The subjective unity consciousness that developed at the causal stage becomes objective as a unity body is formed. The acquisition of objective unity consciousness marks the monad’s entry into the fifth kingdom.
An individual is in a physical human body when this occurs (and usually remains so), but strictly speaking they have graduated from the human kingdom. As its name suggests, the sense of unity on this plane is even more profound than on the causal plane Causal consciousness can merge its consciousness with external objects and beings, but with unity consciousness there are no external objects. Everything within an individual’s sphere of consciousness automatically becomes a part of their consciousness.
The same applies to the consciousness of other beings, which can, when desired, become part of one’s own consciousness Unity consciousness is group consciousness; not individual consciousness but the individual always retains his own self-identity. Unity consciousness is the union of love and wisdom. Wisdom is the all-encompassing multi-faceted perception that comes from unity consciousness and love is the sense of inseparable unity that exists between all the members of the collective.
With unity consciousness the past, present and future all coexist in the eternal present because causes and effects can be perceived simultaneously. Unity consciousness can accurately foresee the future, by seeing how past causes will affect future events. Its foresight is 100% accurate only if no additional causes (influences) are introduced, so it really only sees the most probable future. Our guardian angels possess unity consciousness which allows them to see our probable futures based upon our past actions, personality type and level of development. This foresight helps them to plan our future incarnations and choose the most appropriate lives for us.
Spiritual Consciousness (Plane 5)
Spiritual consciousness and the levels beyond are almost impossible for humans to comprehend. The capacity of consciousness expands enormously with each higher plane. It assumes even greater participation in an ever-expanding collective consciousness which incorporates higher and more extensive fields of perception. Each member of a collective is a co-owner of their common consciousness. Each member of a collective is a very important cog in a well oiled machine and has a specific role to fulfil.
The type of role undertaken is determined by the individual’s interests, qualities, experiences and deficiencies. The role is always directly or indirectly related to helping less developed beings to evolve; for that is the whole purpose of existence. A developmental path similar to an apprenticeship is followed, whereby responsibilities increase inline with experience.
Eventually the master moves on to bigger and better things and the deputy assumes the master’s role. Collectives are not just composed of ex-human beings; they also include beings from other evolutionary paths. The nirmanakayas specialise in the energy aspect of existence, the ex-humans specialise in the consciousness aspect, and the devas (angels) specialise in the matter aspect.
Together these three groups of beings manage every aspect of existence. In the East they are known as Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, and in the West as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The matter of the higher planes is far subtler than that of the lower planes, so consciousness acquires a new sense of freedom and liberation as it advances The will/energy aspect is also liberated and comes into its own with spiritual consciousness. The word “nirvana” is a Sanskrit term meaning “extinction”, which refers to the blissful sleep-like state that monads rest in between periods of activity.
Between each incarnation humans sleep in their souls on the causal plane, but members of the fifth kingdom sleep in their spirits on the spiritual plane. Between cosmic cycles, all monads “sleep” in their spirits while the planetary chain they are evolving on is dissolved and reformed.
When we achieve enlightenment, kundalini (a powerful type of subtle energy) which is stored in the base chakra rushes up the etheric spine and out the top of the head through the crown chakra.
The kundalini burns away the etheric web and forms a new protective shield, but a finer one that allows our consciousness to objectively perceive the emotional and mental worlds. At that advanced stage our consciousness is sufficiently developed to deal with phenomena from the subtle worlds, but the average person is not. If we could all see the emotional world as clearly as we can see the physical world there would be no possibility of us ever evolving. We would be amazed by the “miracles” that emotional-world entities could perform and we would exalt them as “gods”. This would give these entities immense power over us; our lives would no longer be our own and we would have no possibility of developing our consciousness.
The concept that consciousness is both collective and individual is difficult to grasp until we achieve enlightenment, at which point we will be able to see beyond the seeming duality and actually experience the unity of life. Just as the universe has its collective consciousness, so does every galaxy, solar system, planet, country, species, etc.
A collective is a group of individuals who use their shared consciousness to work together to achieve common goals. Each collective of monads is led by one monad who is in overall charge. The one in charge has already graduated from the arena that he is now managing. The higher a monad advances the greater role he plays in the consciousness of the collective.
The human kingdom is the only one in which membership of a collective consciousness is not apparent, because we are somewhat isolated in our individual causal bodies. In the lower kingdoms monads share the consciousness of their group souls, and in the higher kingdoms monads share the consciousness of their collectives. We will only become conscious of our collective being when we enter the fifth kingdom.
The first triad (the personality) of a human being is isolated from the consciousness of other first triads by its lesser causal body, but our higher triads are not. Our second and third triads belong to collective beings, and our super-conscious is part of the waking consciousness of these collective beings.
Our higher selves are like individual cells in the “brain” of these collective beings. They can communicate telepathically with others in the collective and support the early stages of each other’s development just like group souls in the lower kingdoms. As we develop and eventually become our higher selves, we become conscious members of our collective. We maintain our individual consciousness but the collective consciousness of the group gradually takes on more importance.
The whole World of Mankind is kept trapped within the three lower planes as separated individuals, and tuned into the influencies of mass consciousness. The Archons controls the three lower planes and this represents the three lower chakras, and therefore is daily feeding the lower-ego-mind with mind control and brainwashing input thorugh the five senses. Everything on Earth is designed by the Archons who control the Ego-Matrix, to restrict the senses to expand or prevent them from fusion together into a higher sixth sense. To break free mean to break the chains to the lower worlds of the physical, emotional and mental plane. Everything on Earth is designed to limit peoples access to higher state of mind, and keep them tuned into lower vibrational frequencies. These keeping mankind tuned and stucked into a state of ignorance, and ignorance is their safety valve.
Rather than acting as individuals, the members of the collective work together like cogs in a well-oiled machine. As we evolve even further we realise that we are part of even larger collectives. This process of expansion continues until our consciousness achieves omniscience and omnipotence on a galactic scale. The final step of liberation is to leave the universe and re-enter the negative existence from whence we came. We are then free to create our own reality.
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The physical Plabe is also the first plane of mass consciousness and the three lower planes is the construct of the human EGO. People must break free from the three physical chaktas to reach liberation.