What a most interesting and sobering Chapter. I wonder how many decisions we have made in our life during unconscious moments. I think especially the "I am going to leave you" decision, that causes so many marriages to end in divorce. Or, when the student becomes blinded with the fires of his ego and vanity, turning against the Teacher and his/group, making the decision to leave, obeying the elements of his subconscious mind. "Be careful in making any important decisions when you are not 100% conscious because, once you have made the decision, you will be forced by your subconscious mind to obey and actualize your own decision." (p. 121)
"Months or even years pass, but if such a decision in your subconsciousness is restimulated, you feel the tendency to leave… . " And when the stimulation reaches it highest degree, you have no choice but to obey your decision." (p. 121-122)
"Once you lose your sanity in difficult conditions, not only do you hypnotize yourself, but you also take wrong actions. No right action is possible under conditions in which you are not 100% awake.
"The astral plane and the subconscious mind must be bypassed if we want to make healthy decisions, ones that for a long time will be a source of happiness, success, prosperity, and expansion of consciousness." (ibid) Remember, the astral plane is only a reflection of our own imaginative creations. The astral world is a kind of cloud formation upon an emotional energy around our bodies which has a certain range of vibration that attracts and retains the waves of desire and glamor; figments of our imagination, based upon our cravings and negative emotional reactions to people.
"Most of the decisions people make are forced on them by their fear, anger, hatred, and self-interest. These elements are mostly related to the subconscious mind and the lower astral plane." (p. 122)
"Decisions must be the conclusions of the mind plus the Intuition." "The Intuition will see the decision in the long-range plan, in the light of higher events and available energies." (p. 122)
"Most of the pain, suffering, and destruction are the result of wrong decisions, decisions not based on co-measurement." (p. 123)
Co-measurement "The power of co-measurement is the gift of psychic energy which helps a person to consider all possible viewpoints and approaches to any object or problem, then reach a conclusion that synthesizes the best answer." (Commentary On Psychic Energy, p. 65)
Critical point: "The critical point is: "the boiling point when the past fights against concepts related to future transformation." "This critical point is often so strong that many souls become lost and cannot stand in the whirlpools of inner conflict. Ego, vanity, selfishness, separatism, and greed exercise a tremendous pressure upon the victim, and, in the meantime, his soul cries out for help from his vision."
How does one get through this critical point?
"The most decisive factor is a person's karma. Those who have lived a life of selfless service, pure motives, inclusive love, and purity of mind have accumulated a good result in their karma and can usually cross the other shore in a relatively easy way. But those who were involved in selfish, manipulative activities with greed, slander, and self-interest fall into the tides of the bad results of karma and disappear. The Teaching says that pain and suffering follow their steps to prepare them for another chance in future lives." (p. 123)
The part the Teacher plays in this critical point: "When such crises come into our life, we must firmly establish ourselves in our faith and principles. We must get closer to our Teacher and ask for [her] direction based on [her] wisdom and experience." (p. 124)
TWO MOST CRITICAL POINTS: While the soul is in the birth process. The first one is the moment when all is ready for the birth in the cave of the brain as a new human soul. The next is the point when the developing human soul begins to cross into the higher mind and tries to locate himself within the Spiritual Triad.
Pictures which represent the "cave of the brain":
The subject of forgiveness is an action that almost everyone in the entire world has engaged in at some point in his or her life. However the motive underlying the action of forgiveness is usually not totally understood, and thus, rarely heals the person who is doing the forgiving and the person who is being forgiven. Forgiveness must occur with right timing, right understanding, and right motive.
The Chapter says, "Forgiveness prevents things from going into the subconscious mind and sinking there. Before painful events become a part of the subconsciousness, forgiveness eliminates them.
"In the New Testament there is a very interesting story about a servant who owed many debts to his rich master. The rich man's other servants brought him the servant who owed him 10,000 talents. As he could not pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all that he had, so that he could pay. The servant then fell down, worshipped the rich master, and said, My Lord, have patience with me and I will pay you everything."
"The master of the servant had pity, so he released him and cancelled his debt. But the servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him 100 pennies, and he seized him and tried to choke him, saying to him, "Give me what you owe me."
"His fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay you.' But he would not wait and he had the fellow servant put into prison until he could pay him what he owed him.
"When the other servants saw what happened, they were sorry and came and informed their master of everything that had happened.
"Then the master called the servant and said to him, 'O wicked servant, I cancelled all your debts, because you begged me to. Was it not right for you to have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'
"His master was angry and he delivered the servant to the scourgers until he pain everything that he owed…"(See Matthew XVIII:24-34)
In Challenge for Discipleship the story is explained in this way: "It is very interesting to note that the rich man did not foresee the future action of his servant when he forgave him, but karma caught the servant later. The mast did wrong in forgiving the servant without educating and disciplining him. One may also wonder why the master allowed the servant to accumulate such a huge debt. There was some weakness in the master, but he corrected himself by giving the servant over to the karmic scourgers.
"Here we see that forgiveness, punishment, and karma are related to each other. " (p. 463)
"Forgiveness has no intention of encouraging people to continue hurting others… The forgiving one must know intuitively that the debtor will not continue his former actions." (Ibid p. 464)
From experience, I finally learned this "truism." For three years I continued to forgive a member of the group who consistently engaged in inappropriate behaviors that led to inappropriate actions toward her co-workers. Each time she would come to me and ask for my forgiveness. Each time I forgave her. Finally, one day, after she took a most rotten action toward one of her co-workers in the group and like clockwork she came to me asking forgiveness, I told her, "No. I cannot no longer forgive you of your actions for you are not changing yourself. Your actions continue to harm your co-workers and your group. You must prove to me you are sincere in your forgiveness before I can forgive you this time." She left the group.
This Chapter is bringing us deeper insight into the law of forgiveness. It is telling us how important it is to forgive before the painful event becomes part of the subconsciousness. "That is why Christ said, 'Before sunset, make peace with your enemies.'"
"When people do not solve their problems before sleep, they take them into the Subtle World and involve many people with their problems. Also, since they did not solve their problems before sleep, the problems sink into the subconscious mind…' (The Subconscious Mind and the Chalice, p. 112)
"Like an iceberg, only the visible part of each problem stands in the conscious mind. This is also a problem because many other elements in the subconscious mind can come in contact with the conscious mind through the visible part of the iceberg. When you discover the problem and dissolve it, the iceberg comes to the surface and melts away. But if the problem is left for months, the iceberg increases in size and power.
"There is a method that you can use so that eventually you get rid of the iceberg. Let us say that the iceberg is connected or related to a man who seems ugly and criminal to you. Using your creative imagination, you change the image of that man in a gradient scale to an image of a man whom you can respect, relate to, love, and even adore.
"Your subconscious mind cannot guess what you are doing, and the ugly image changes in the subconscious mind which then accepts such a change and cooperates with you. When you are able to change the ugly image of the man into a grad image through our creative imagination, the corresponding ugly image dissolves." (p. 112)
"In another example, let us suppose that you have been afraid every night that someone will enter through the door and hurt you. This is an image in your subconscious mind. Try for a week to imagine yourself going to the door and finding an angel there instead of a thief. When you make this image strong enough, the computer of the subconscious mind will change the imagery and slowly dissolve it, and you will no longer fear that a thief will enter your room." (p. 113)
Your physical, emotional, and mental automatic reactions can be controlled through creative imagination. Creative imagination stops the leakage on the astral plane , which as you learned in last week's class: "The subconscious elements in our lower mental body affect our astral body as a whole through the etheric body. This is why most of the subconscious elements first appear in our emotional moods or emotional states before they are formulated into thought. If we closely follow the changes, fluctuations, stimulation, and excitement of our emotional body, we can have a fair idea about the contents of our subconscious mind.
"Our emotions reveal the secret of our subconscious mind, but we do not pay attention to them. The emotional body often acts as a safety valve to relax the pressure accumulating in the subconscious mind." (pp 89-90)
"But whatever you create through your creative imagination, decide to use the result for the service of others. When you are using your creative imagination, always build images with the elements of Beauty, Goodness, Righteousness, Joy, Freedom, gratitude, and service. If your creative imagination is based on these elements, you will never build subconscious glamors. (p. 113)
"Some people, instead of building beautiful images in their mind, do the contrary. They gossip, slander, and complicate the situation. Before you condemn and criticize, it will be helpful for you to discover why you are doing it. Most probably you are condemning, criticizing, and slandering people because you feel that it is the only way to feel secure, free, and pure. [We will also include in our discussion paragraph four on page 113.]
"Such a feeling is based on a wrong foundation because the more you criticize others, the more miserable you become; the more you condemn and slander others, the more fuel you add to your subconscious elements.
"The quickest way to lose yourself is to attack others because of your subconscious commands." (p. 114)
"The subconsciousness has a very close relation with our astral body. The etheric body is controlled by our lower mental plane, namely by the seventh, sixth, fifth, and fourth levels of the mind (please see diagram on page 32 of our textbook.), but our etheric body also has a close relation with the astral body through the seven centers in the astral body." (p. 89)
"The subconscious elements in our lower mental body affect our astral body as a whole through the etheric body. This is why most of the subconscious elements first appear in our emotional moods or emotional states before they are formulated into thought. "If we closely follow the changes, fluctuations, stimulation, and excitement of our emotional body, we can have a fair idea about the contents of our subconscious mind.
"Our emotions reveal the secret of our subconscious mind, but we do not pay attention to them. The emotional body often acts as a safety valve to relax the pressure accumulating in the subconscious mind." (pp89-90) "In the Fifth Race, the Aryan Race, our consciousness is focused now in the fourth level of the mind, and the fifth, sixth, and seventh levels act as the subconscious mind. "
"As disciples and initiates advance, they enter into the third level or the abstract level of the mind, and, in the meantime, clean the fifth level of the mind and make it part of the fourth level of the mind, the conscious mind." See diagram on page 77. (p. 90-91) Please continue to read the balance of p. 91.
CHAPTER 14 (P. 93)
The Chapter lists ages during which time the subconscious mind releases itself, in some degree. Please make a mental note of your own age in relation to the age cycle listed on p. 93. Do you fall into this age-cycle?
Note the pattern. The first cycle 14-18 lasts 4 years. Then there is a 9 year rest.
The second cycle: 27-35 lasts 8 years followed by a seven year "rest."
The third cycle 42-49 lasts 7 years followed by a four year rest.
The fourth cycle 53-62 lasts 9 years followed by a three year rest.
The fifth cycle 65-70 lasts five years followed by a two year rest.
The sixth cycle 72-80 lasts 8 years.
"During these years you feel a subconscious surge and are challenged to take action in order to control it. If you do not control it by age 49, as you get older, especially after age 62, your subconscious mind may release itself in your dreams, and awaken you at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and release so much fear and ugliness from your past life that you are bathed in sweat." (p. 94)
"The subconscious mind can travel with you in the Subtle Worlds and create many difficulties on your journey. Then it burns away in the Fiery World.
"Age seven." Upon your next incarnation, the subconscious mind begins to "rebuild" itself from the three permanent atoms once again." (p. 94)
"The difficulty of knowing when you are acting under the subconscious mind is magnified when you are identified with your subconscious mind in a large percentage. That is where its strength lies. Once you are identified, you think that whatever you are thinking, saying, or doing is done by you. [But] is you hesitate to do what you want to do, or after you do it you hate yourself….we say that there is hope for you…" But if you cannot make a breakthrough, you fall under the dominance of th subconscious mind even more than you did before. Realization makes you have power over it, and with the help of the Teacher you can conquer it." (p. 95)
Glamors and Illusions. "There is a layer in the subconscious mind that collects many kinds of philosophies, religions, and traditions that were given to the person when he was not ready to understand them, or when he was in some degree unconscious or sick or desperate. This is the origin of what are called glamor and illusion.(p. 96)
"Many, many lives are ruined by planting in them such glamors. This is why in some esoteric schools you can attend a class only if you are really awake so that the Teaching does not become part of your subconscious mind." (ibid)
- Thing in the subconscious mind are not part of your beingness. When you are under its influence, you are imitating and pretending…p. 96
- 2. If you are not ready for the role you are going to play, you put yourself under severe stress. Your glamors use and direct your energies without any good results. … You act like a soldier, a teacher, or a president. You are cosmetically built; you are artificial. (ibid)
- Glamors and illusions. Because they are associated with the subconscious mind, eventually wear down and degenerate. It is a form which sometimes decays and pollutes all your approaches to life. Most of the degeneration of the Teaching is due to this. Glamors act both in the astral and mental levels. A glamor can be mentalized and become a mental glamor. Illusions come into being when a fact is missed up with glamors. (ibid)
- It is very difficult to break a glamor, which is built during your unconscious moments by your wishes and desires. Greed is a terrible glamor. Love of possessions of every kind is almost an evil urge. (97)
"The subconscious mind has thousands of cards to play with and win. We call them rationalizations, justifications, and legalities. (p. 98)
Chalice. "The more you unfold your Chalice, the less subconsciousness you have, and eventually you become 50% conscious and 50% subconscious. Which one is going to grow and wins? That decision will come from your karma. (ibid)
"Acting under the subconscious mind perpetuates your karma and results in a vicious circle. Someone must stop it and act under the conscious mind to break this vicious circle." This is one of the reasons that having an earthly Teacher is your gift.
"The subconsciousness has a very close relation with our astral body. The etheric body is controlled by our lower mental plane, namely by the seventh, sixth, fifth, and fourth levels of the mind (please see diagram on page 32 of our textbook.), but our etheric body also has a close relation with the astral body through the seven centers in the astral body." (p. 89)
"The subconscious elements in our lower mental body affect our astral body as a whole through the etheric body. This is why most of the subconscious elements first appear in our emotional moods or emotional states before they are formulated into thought.
"If we closely follow the changes, fluctuations, stimulation, and excitement of our emotional body, we can have a fair idea about the contents of our subconscious mind.
"Our emotions reveal the secret of our subconscious mind, but we do not pay attention to them. The emotional body often acts as a safety valve to relax the pressure accumulating in the subconscious mind." (pp89-90)
For example, some who were at one time considered an alcoholic but are no longer drinking, still exhibit the same behaviors as when they were drinking. This is called the behavior of a "dry drunk." Why is this? We are told it takes 12 years to eliminate alcohol (and drugs) from the system. This means it is going to take twelve years to eliminate the desire for alcohol from the subconscious mind. Even though the person may no longer be drinking, none the less, the desire is there and the behaviors are there, lurking in the subconscious mind. The reasons for the unhealthy behaviors, (anger, cheating, lying, jealousy, use of foul language, touchiness, and this or that) is due to the elemental spirits from the subconscious mind; they are not yet under the control of the soul. Thus, for a period of time, "the emotional body often acts as a safety valve to relax the pressure accumulating in the subconscious mind."
"During the period of time my husband (wife, boyfriend, girlfriend) was drinking, he had an anger management problem. Now that he is no longer drinking," says his wife, "his anger has increased, with major outbursts of uncontrolled behaviors." Or, "Even though I stopped smoking ten years ago, I still have a craving to smoke." Do you see now why these things happen? Why the desire to smoke continues even after a person ceases smoking ten years hence? Why the alcoholic still acts like an alcoholic? It is because the elemental spirits or elementary spirits, depending on the situation, have not yet undergone purification. The person is still striving to gain control over the obsessions of the elemental spirits, etc. Mental health issues are similar, but more difficult to transmute.
"….by exercising mastery over our emotions we consciously affect our subconscious mind and body. Consciously changing our emotional states changes or annihilates many subconscious elements in our nature, which in turn introduce changes in our physical body as well." (p. 90)
This is why we must not give up. This is why the word "gradual" is so pertinent to the process of change. As the process (yes, the process) of change occurs, we are intelligently increasing the fires within us. As these fires increase, we are increasing mastery over our emotions and annihilating many of the subconscious elements in our nature. These changes bring changes into our physical body as well.
This is why therapy can help people, to a certain degree, if they engage in positive spiritual therapy each week until they begin to change negative ways of feeling, unhealthy desires, and desires all found in their astral body. But the therapy must keep the person focused on the future and not on the past. This is why hypnotherapy or regression is so dangerous, it by passes the mental unit creating more problems for the recipient. Rather than gaining control over the elemental spirits, they are giving more control to them.
(Again, look at the diagram on page 32) "At the beginning of human evolution, we had only the seventh level of the mental body active. Our subconscious mind and conscious mind were one. We were mostly mechanically controlled. The impressions collected in the seventh layer were factors to put us in motion.
"As we advanced, the sixth level of the mental body began to be active, and twenty-five percent of our active mind detached itself from the seventh layer of the mind. As we advanced more the whole seventh layer and one fourth of the sixth layer began to act as the subconscious mind, and the fifth layer of the mind began to be our conscious mind.
"In the Fourth Root Race, the sixth and seventh layers or the mind became our subconscious mind, and we penetrated into the first level of the mind." (p.90) [What is a root race? During evolution on our Earth, mankind passes through seven evolutionary stages called Root-races. We are at the present time, in the fourth sub-race of our present Fifth Root-race. The seeds of the sixth root-race will appear largely in the Americas, according to the Secret Doctrine, and will become fairly numerous towards the end of our kali-yuga. Torkom believed the end of the Kali Yuga began the year 2000.] Each Root-race is divided into seven minor races. You can learn more about this process by reading Cosmos in Man by Torkom Saraydarian, or The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky.
"In the Fifth Race, the Aryan Race, our consciousness is focused now in the fourth level of the mind, and the fifth, sixth, and seventh levels act as the subconscious mind.
"As disciples and initiates advance, they enter into the third level or the abstract level of the mind, and, in the meantime, clean the fifth level of the mind and make it part of the fourth level of the mind, the conscious mind." See diagram on page 77. (p. 90-91) Please continue to read the balance of p. 91
Dear Friends. It is my hope that we can discuss the entirety of Chapter 12 tonight and Chapter 13 next week.
We touched into Chapter 12 last week, taking a brief look at the subconscious elements that come to the surface. What we need to focus on during class, of the 12 points listed on how the subconscious elements come to the surface, are points 1, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12. In order to create a good discussion around these six points, please begin to think of some good examples of when, for example, certain subconscious elements came to the surface of your subconscious mind during the time of certain full moons. How did you recognize these elements? How did you behave? Were you able to take control over the elements? Also, what does point number nine mean: "During sudden explosions"? What kinds of explosions? A bomb, or is he talking about emotional explosions, mental explosions, etc. etc? How do you gain control over such explosions?
There is a most valuable instruction found on p. 84, "To be free from stimulation and to act consciously in our life means to be less limited by our subconscious mind and to be awake." How do we free ourselves from subconscious stimulation?
"The elements of the subconscious cannot stay very long under the pressure of the logical mind, under rules, orders, and regulations. The will often erupt like a volcano, destroying all the protective walls of the logical mind and customary and traditional behavior." (p. 84) Let's discuss this. Do you think this is why some teenagers are so volatile, acting against authority? What about yourself. I recognize in many disciples that they absolutely abhor any kind of obedience to a greater light. They see such behaviors of the more "obedient student" as a lamb being led to the slaughter; of people who are sheep, unable to think for themselves. They are unable to recognize that until a person thinks independently from his or her subconscious mind, they cannot have a Teacher, one who is a greater light. Why? Because the leading light reveals their darkness; in other words the elementals of the subconscious mind. A true group is made of people with integrated personalities who are aligned with their own Soul and the Soul of the group.
Okay, I just received a phone call which lasted for 2 ½ hours. A lovely and important phone call, but it did interrupt my plans a bit in what I wanted to say. So, let me end with this, if we have time I think it would be very good to discuss from page 86 the following "There is a strange mental law: opposites draw each other. As we spoke more about beauty and spiritual values, heroism and striving, the more these elements drew the opposites that were sleeping in that boy. He felt uncomfortable and quit."
"And pausing a while, he added, "The moment when our subconscious elements begin to come to the surface, we need a Teacher. He lost the opportunity to be free of his subconscious burdens. During the boiling out of the subconscious mind, there is also the danger of possession. Dark forces occupy negative, destructive thoughtforms and strongly affect the life of the person. At that moment he cannot see the issues. [Joleen: there is a veil that covered his consciousness.] A Teacher is needed to lead him out of that turmoil….but he escaped without giving us an opportunity to explain the situation to him." (p. 86)
This week Valarie will be facilitating the class, continuing where we left off from last week. I had not planned to write a Blog for this week, but then I changed my mind for I found a short and lovely Chapter in the book Cosmic Shocks about the subconscious mind related to our discussion from last week. This discussion will help to extend this week's dialogue.
"A time comes in the life of a person when the subconscious storage no longer holds the things that have accumulated in it. They boil over and create great pressure – which is sometimes encouraged by outer associations – causing the container of the subconscious mind to crack under the strain.
What occurs is this…many elements gradually come together to form chains, which then builds pressure. Or the mind weakens due to sickness, worry, and anxiety. These subconscious elements are characterized by:
- fear chains
- sex chains
- crime chains
- drug and alcohol chains
- chains of separatism, greed, revenge and jealousy associated with hypnotic suggestions
- chains of suppressed desire for position, possession, fame and reputation
- chains of associated fear, pain and joy.
"When an eruption occurs, all of these chains flow out like a stream of boiling lava, flooding the mental body. The effects of such an eruption are depression, vanity, rebellion, denial, aimlessness, and confusion.
"Sometimes it is like a flood which carries away all that was valuable, all that served as a foundation for one's aspirations. It sometimes leaves on in total darkness. There may be sudden flashes of light to help, but they do not last long. During such times we are advised to take a long vacation in nature, to rest, to eat well, to abstain from sex and alcohol, to avoid the news from television, the radio and newspapers, to stay away from others, and not to read religious or abstract materials. Direct sun must be avoided, and the head must always be kept cool. Gardening, digging, or hard physical labor is recommended. Cold water is also very healing for the body and mind. A daily swim can be of great assistance.
"Such eruptions cause great shocks to one's beloved ones, family members, and business associates.
"It is better to know the nature of the eruption, and to take a long vacation so that one's own condition is not worsened due to the reactions of those in the immediate circle. Their criticism, suspicion, pity and judgment further erode one's condition and it will be harder to find the balance. It would be helpful to stay as far away as possible, alone or with an experienced person who can help."
Question: Please define "conscious mind."
Question: Define conditions where the conscious mind falls into sleep or is absent. How does this occur? Give some examples. When such events occur, and the impressions enter into the subconscious mind, what then takes place?
Question: What are the conditions in which the human soul can be "pushed away?"
Question: How can obsession or possession occur?
Question: According to this Chapter (only) define "obsession." Define "possession."
Question: What happens in the situation where the conscious mind is "absent?"
Question: What makes a person prey to posthypnotic suggestions?
Question: Explain the "restimulation" of the subconscious mind process. (p. 72)
Question: How do restimulated elements express themselves?
Question: What sometimes occurs in this release process?
Question: How does the termination of the subconscious mind occur?
Question: What are the benefits of the annihilation of the subconscious elements?
Preparation: Please prepare yourselves to discuss p. 74-75 on the discussion of subliminal suggestions. This is such a vital subject, especially for the more naïve person who listens to subliminal meditation CD's, etc. etc.
Question: What is the effect of marijuana on the consciousness mind?
Question: There are two sources of posthypnotic suggestions. What are they?
Preparation: Prepare yourselves, the best that you can, to discuss "expansion of consciousness" as explain on pp 76-77.
"It is known that if a person is loaded with subconscious elements he is not considered a good candidate for advanced spiritual work…." (p. 79) This is so very important for us all to acknowledge at some point along the way, right? The key word in the sentence is "advanced spiritual work." In one's desire to bring everyone he knows onto the path, many mistakes are made, for not everyone is suited for advanced spiritual work. What occurs if one enters spiritual work that is not suited to him? There is danger of obsession and possession, depression, astral attack, subtle and not-so-subtle illnesses which they believe is part of the process of spiritual advancement. Some will think "I am under psychic attack because I am such an advanced soul." When in fact, it is their own darkness that is attacking them because they did not do their basic purification work in the beginning stages.
"Advanced spiritual work demands that one come in contact with higher centers of force and with fiery energies. As these fires and energies flow into his mental field, they may cause what is called esoterically, 'destruction of the subconscious dam.' The strong and suppressed urges and drives find opportunity to be released, and they flood the life of the person and make him do things he never imagined doing." (p. 79) I also would like to discuss the effect this work has upon your spouse and those close to you if there is time. "Invoking higher energies and forces, or being close to those people who are charged with a great amount of fiery energies…can cause cracks in the 'dams"… p. 80
Question: What are the seven major dams in our subconscious system?" What happens if these areas are "restimulated?"
"A newborn baby inherits all the shocks that a mother receives from physical, emotional, and mental realms. The baby receives all the effects of the subconscious eruptions of the mother." (p. 81) This is a point for personal contemplation.
First and upfront – please do not go to the public (exoteric) stream of dream literature and think this level of one's dream life is what we are talking about in tonight's class. This is the true Teaching about dreams, and, very deep. Please stick to the Chapter, and the lineage of our Teaching, and try to empty your thinking about what you have read from those other books. Of all the reading I have done, there was only one book that was what I considered "valid," but it didn't even compare to what we have learned about dreams from AAB, H.P. Blavatsky and Torkom.
Okay, so let's take a look at what Helena Blavatsky (founder of the Theosophical Society) had to say about dreams:
Q: What are the "principles" which are active during dreams?
A: The "principles" active during ordinary dreams—which ought to be distinguished from real dreams, and called idle visions—are Kama, ["kama is the fourth principle of man through which desire is expressed. There are two aspects of "kama – which is kama-rupa and kama-manas. Kama-rupa is the desire body (lower astral). Kama-manas is the lower intellect." (higher astral/lower mind)] the seat of the personal ego and of desire awakened into chaotic activity by the slumbering reminiscences of the lower Manas.
Q: What is the "lower Manas"?
A: It is usually called the animal soul. It is the ray which emanates from the Higher Manas or permanent EGO, and is that "principle" which forms the human mind—in animals instinct, for animals also dream.† The combined action of Kama and the "animal soul," however, are purely mechanical. It is instinct, not reason, which is active in them. During the sleep of the body they receive and send out mechanically electric shocks to and from various nerve-centres. The brain is hardly impressed by them, and memory stores them, of course, without order or sequence. On waking these impressions gradually fade out, as does every fleeting shadow that has no basic or substantial reality underlying it. The retentive faculty of the brain, however, may register and preserve them if they are only impressed strongly enough. But, as a rule, our memory registers only the fugitive and distorted impressions which the brain receives at the moment of awakening. This aspect of "dreams" however, has been sufficiently observed and is described correctly enough in modern physiological and biological works, as such human dreams do not differ much from those of the animals. That which is entirely [hidden] from Science is the real dreams and experiences of the higher EGO.
Q: How do these differ?
A: The nature and functions of real dreams cannot be understood unless we admit the existence of an immortal Ego [Joleen: Divine Spark] in mortal man, independent of the physical body, for the subject becomes quite unintelligible unless we believe—that which is a fact—that during sleep there remains only an animated form of clay, whose powers of independent thinking arc utterly paralyzed.
But if we admit the existence of a higher or permanent Ego in us—which Ego must not be confused with what we call the "Higher Self," [Joleen: Chalice or S.A.] we can comprehend that what we often regard as dreams, generally accepted as idle fancies, are, in truth, stray pages torn out from the life and experiences of the inner man, and the dim recollection of which at the moment of awakening becomes more or less distorted by our physical memory. The latter catches mechanically a few impressions of the thoughts, facts witnessed, and deeds performed by the inner man during its hours of complete freedom. For our Ego lives its own separate life within its prison of clay whenever it becomes free from the trammels of matter, i.e., during the sleep of the physical man. This Ego it is which is the actor, the real man, the true human self. But the physical man cannot feel or be conscious during dreams; for the personality, the outer man, with its brain and thinking apparatus, are paralyzed more or less completely.
We might well compare the real Ego to a prisoner, and the physical personality to the jailer of his prison. If the jailer falls asleep, the prisoner escapes, or, at least, passes outside the walls of his prison. The jailer is half asleep, and looks, nodding all the time, out of a window, through which he can catch only occasional glimpses of his prisoner, as he would a kind of shadow moving in front of it. But what can he perceive, and what can he know of the real actions, and especially the thoughts, of his charge?
Q. Do not the thoughts of the one impress themselves upon the other?
A. Not during sleep, at all events; for the real Ego does not think as his evanescent and temporary personality does. During the waking hours the thoughts and Voice of the Higher Ego do or do not reach his jailer—the physical man, for they are the Voice of his Conscience, but during his sleep they are absolutely the "Voice in the desert." In the thoughts of the real man, or the immortal "Individuality," the pictures and visions of the Past and Future are as the Present; nor are his thoughts like ours, subjective pictures in our cerebration, but living acts and deeds, present actualities. They are realities, even as they were when speech expressed in sounds did not exist; when thoughts were things, and men did not need to express them in speeches, for they instantly realised themselves in action by the power of Kriya-Sakti, that mysterious power which transforms instantaneously ideas into visible forms, and these were as objective to the "man" of the early third Race as objects of sight are now to us.
Q. How, then, does Esoteric Philosophy account for the transmission of even a few fragments of those thoughts of the Ego to our physical memory which it sometimes retains?
A. All such are reflected on the brain of the sleeper like outside shadows on the canvas walls of a tent, which the occupier sees as he wakes. Then the man thinks that he has dreamed all that, and feels as though he had lived through something, while in reality it is the thought-actions of the true Ego which he has dimly perceived. As he becomes fully awake, his recollections become with every minute more distorted, and mingle with the images projected from the physical brain, under the action of the stimulus which causes the sleeper to awaken. These recollections, by the power of association, set in motion various trains of ideas.
Q. It is difficult to see how the Ego can be acting during the night things which have taken place long ago. Was it not stated that dreams are not subjective?
A. How can they be subjective when the dream state is itself for us, and on our plane, at any rate, a subjective one? To the dreamer (the Ego), on his own plane, the things on that plane are as objective to him as our acts are to us.
Q. What are the senses which act in dreams?
A. The senses of the sleeper receive occasional shocks, and are awakened into mechanical action; what he hears and sees are, as has been said, a distorted reflection of the thoughts of the Ego. The latter is highly spiritual, and is linked very closely with the higher principles, Buddhi and Atma. These higher principles are entirely inactive on our plane, and the higher Ego (Manas) itself is more or less dormant during the waking of the physical man. This is especially the case with persons of very materialistic mind. So dormant are the Spiritual faculties, because the Ego is so trammelled by matter, that It can hardly give all its attention to the man's actions, even should the latter commit sins for which that Ego— when reunited with its lower Manas—will have to suffer conjointly in the future. It is, as I said, the impressions projected into the physical man by this Ego which constitute what we call "conscience"; and in proportion as the Personality, the lower Soul (or Manas), unites itself to its higher consciousness, or EGO, does the action of the latter upon the life of mortal man become more marked.
Q. This Ego, then, is the "Higher Ego"?
A. Yes; it is the higher Manas illuminated by Buddhi; the principle of self-consciousness, the "I-am-I," in short. It is the Karana-Sarira, [the Divine Spark – or human soul born in the Chalice] the immortal man, which passes from one incarnation to another.
Q. Is the "register" or "tablet of memory" for the true dream-state different from that of waking life?
Since dreams are in reality the actions of the Ego during physical sleep, they are, of course, recorded on their own plane and produce their appropriate effects on this one. But it must be always remembered that dreams in general, and as we know them, are simply our waking and hazy recollections of these facts.
It often happens, indeed, that we have no recollection of having dreamt at all, but later in the day the remembrance of the dream will suddenly flash upon us. Of this there are many causes. It is analogous to what sometimes happens to every one of us. Often a sensation, a smell, even a casual noise or a sound, brings instantaneously to our mind long-forgotten events, scenes and persons. Something of what was seen, done, or thought by the "night-performer," the Ego, impressed itself at that time on the physical brain, but was not brought into the conscious, waking memory, owing to some physical condition or obstacle. This impression is registered on the brain in its appropriate cell or nerve centre, but owing to some accidental circumstance it "hangs fire," so to say, till something gives it the needed impulse. Then the brain slips it off immediately into the conscious memory of the waking man; for as soon as the conditions required are supplied, that particular centre starts forthwith into activity, and does the work which it had to do, but was hindered at the time from completing.
Q. How does this process take place?
A. There is a sort of conscious telegraphic communication going on incessantly, day and night, between the physical brain and the inner man. The brain is such a complex thing, both physically and metaphysically, that it is like a tree whose bark you can remove layer by layer, each layer being different from all the others and each having its own special work, function, and properties.
Q. What distinguishes the "dreaming" memory and imagination from those of waking consciousness?
A. During sleep the physical memory and imagination are of course passive, because the dreamer is asleep: his brain is asleep, his memory is asleep, all his functions are dormant and at rest. It is only when they are stimulated, as I told you, that they are aroused. Thus the consciousness of the sleeper is not active, but passive. The inner man, however, the real Ego, acts independently during the sleep of the body; but it is doubtful if any of us—unless thoroughly acquainted with the physiology of occultism—could understand the nature of its action.
Q. What relation have the Astral Light and Akâsa to memory?
A. The former is the "tablet of the memory" of the animal man, the latter of the spiritual Ego. The "dreams" of the Ego, as much as the acts of the physical man, arc all recorded, since both are actions based on causes and producing results. Our "dreams" being simply the waking state and actions of the true Self, must be, of course, recorded somewhere. Read "Karmic Visions" in [the Theosophical magazine] Lucifer,* and note the description of the real Ego, sitting as a spectator of the life of the hero, and perhaps something will strike you.
Q. What, in reality, is the Astral Light?
A. As the Esoteric Philosophy teaches us, the Astral Light is simply the dregs of Akâsa or the Universal Ideation in its metaphysical sense. Though invisible, it is yet, so to speak, the phosphorescent radiation of the latter, and is the medium between it and man's thought-faculties. It is these which pollute the Astral Light, and make it what it is—the storehouse of all human and especially psychic iniquities. In its primordial genesis, the astral light as a radiation is quite pure, though the lower it descends approaching our terrestrial sphere, the more it differentiates, and becomes as a result impure in its very constitution. But man helps considerably in this pollution, and gives it back its essence far worse than when he received it. Q. Are so-called prophetic dreams a sign that the dreamer has strong clairvoyant faculties?
A. It may be said, in the case of persons who have truly prophetic dreams, that it is because their physical brains and memory are in closer relation and sympathy with their "Higher Ego" than in the generality of men. The Ego-Self has more facilities for impressing upon the physical shell and memory that which is of importance to such persons than it has in the case of other less gifted persons. Remember that the only God man comes in contact with is his own God, called Spirit, Soul and Mind, or Consciousness, and these three are one.
But they are weeds that must be destroyed in order that a plant may grow. We must die, said St. Paul, that we may live again. It is through destruction that we may improve, and the three powers, the preserving, the creating and the destroying, are only so many aspects of the divine spark within man.
Q. Do Adepts dream?
A. No advanced Adept dreams. An adept is one who has obtained mastery over his four lower principles, including his body, and does not, therefore, let flesh have its own way. He simply paralyzes his lower self during Sleep, and becomes perfectly free. A dream, as we understand it, is an illusion. Shall an adept, then, dream when he has rid himself of every other illusion? In his sleep he simply lives on another and more real plane.
There were other points Blavatsky made over the years about dreams, but I think this is enough to give you some insights as to how Torkom's writings parallel Blavatsky's. How he has updated the subject matter to present day disciples. Chapter Eight of our textbook says: "Our subconscious mind manifests itself also through dreams. Most of our dreams dramatize the elements we have in our subconscious mind. Studying and analyzing such dreams help us partially to know the contents of our subconscious mind." (p. 59)
"…we also have certain elements that are not the recordings of past events but are our desires, daydreams, and wishes dramatized by our imagination while we were not 100% awake. … a day comes when the subconscious mind can no longer be imprisoned. Our desires, daydreams, and wishes come to the surface, either through dreams or through strong blind urges and drives. This is Nature's way of reducing pressure that is building in the subconscious mind." (p. 59-60)
"It is very interesting to note that all our daydreams, wishes, and desires accumulate in our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us actualize them. But such an actualization carries certain dangers with it, due to various associations with unpleasant subconscious elements which act without consideration for the state in which the person lives." (ibid)
"For example, suppose you desire another woman while you are married. This desire goes into your subconscious mind and slowly increases in strength and makes you find the ways and means to fulfill your desire. You fulfill your desire, but you see that certain complications emerge in your consciousness and conscience. The subconscious mind releases elements that make your romance powerful. AT the same time it remind you of past associations and their results. And if you continue your romance, you complicate your situation even more. .. Some people decide to stop before it is too late, but the process of separation creates abundant subconscious elements which sink, recycle, and come back to the surface of their mind any time they think about the woman. This is why the Sages advise us not to put ourselves in situations which, because of negative emotions, anger, and fear, increase the contents of our subconscious mind. (p. 60)
"…the recordings in the subconscious mind are mixed with many kinds of contradictory materials." (p. 61)
"The contents of the subconscious mind are different from the thoughtforms of our aspirations and good wishes in that the latter are of a higher caliber. Such thoughtforms are pure and progressive. But the conflict between the contents of the subconscious mind and the thoughtforms that are pure and progressive can sometimes be very painful because, when the thoughtforms try to actualize themselves, the subconscious recordings interfere and 'whisper' to the conscious mind that 'the actualization of these thoughtforms may bring pain and suffering with them…. Hesitation and confusion are fruits of such situations." (Ibid)
The interesting point is that nothing stays separate in the subconscious mind. Anything recorded in it is immediately related to something else that has a certain relationships with it." (ibid)
CHILDREN/MOVIES/PROGRAMS/… "Some of the movies and programs that children are watching on television are fabrications of people who are under the influence of their subconscious mind. Ugliness, violence, murder, and horror are mixed with happy moments and wise words and are put in almost all our movies. People enjoy this subconscious trash and support the people who make such films so that the dumping of this subconscious trash into our lives is continued. (p. 62)
The Chapter says there are four kinds of elemental spirits that are evolved from earth, water, air and fires. These spirits act under the power of the law. We can use these spirits for good or bad (motives); they do not care for they have no power to discriminate.
What is amazing is that these elemental spirits can be drawn to our subconscious dramatizations and even ensoul certain parts of the subconscious materials. (p. 39) Once this occurs, then the elemental spirits force the conscious mind to follow blindly what they present. This is how the conscious mind becomes controlled and rules our life and why such people become "sleeping fools who live by 'pushbuttons.'" It is the elementary spirit that creates the drama.
In the book Psyche and Psychism, it tells us that elementals can be roughly divided into four groups: elementals of earth, of air, of water and of fire. The earth elementals are related to our physical body; air elementals are related to our mental body; water elementals are related to our emotional body; and fire elementals are related to our etheric-electrical bodies."
In Talks on Agni we are told that "these elementals want to have a master who tells them what to do. They are craving for a willpower to obey. When they see that there is no willpower, they become like dogs with no master and do anything they want. But when you show them that there is a strong willpower, they say, 'Yes sir,' and they do whatever you tell them to do."
In The Subconscious Mind and the Chalice, Chapter Four it reads, "The elemental spirits are four kinds. They are evolved from earth, water, air and fire. They act under the power of the law. People can use them with good or bad motives. This does not matter for them, as they do not have the power to discriminate motives."
This is very interesting esoteric information. In the past the word "occult" would have been used for such information very much a part of the ancient knowledge that the Freemasons studied (freemasons included many of our country's great one's like Einstein, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison and many many others. Today's Freemasonary is not as connected to the Freemasonry of the Middle Ages – for during the 16th and 17th Century the Freemasons were also considered to be "a brotherhood of builders created under the aegis of the Benedictines and Knights Templar – all of which have contributed to the transmission of a sacred tradition from pre-Christian times to the modern era." (from: The Secret History of Freemasonry by Paul Naudon). But back then Freemasonary was a brotherhood, a secret society. Secret for they were studying ancient knowledge that they felt would be misused and/or misunderstood by the general public. Later Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, brought forward such information as "elemental spirits and elementary spirits."
C.W. Leadbeater, [1847-1934] a well known Theosophist wrote a book entitled Freemasonry and its Ancient Mystic Rites in 1926, which is still available today. "During his lifetime, Leadbeater used his rare capacity for clairvoyance or 'seeing' beyond the physical plane for many purposes. He observed and recorded the subatomic structure of a number of elements before science had the capacity to determine such things. He described the forms and colors created as a result of our thoughts and the shapes and colors of the human 'subtle body.'
Okay, let's move back to our textbook and Chapter Four. In this Chapter Torkom describes a what I believe are elementals at certain level, or "phase" ….calling them "elementary spirits." He says, (p. 41) "Elementary spirits are astral corpses which are left in the astral plane to decompose. Astral corpses are of two kinds: those which are clean but not evolved enough to burn away immediately when the human soul leaves them and those which are soaked with evil thoughts, emotions, and acts and stay for a long time on the astral plane. These latter become the most dangerous ones when attracted by people who have similar thoughts, emotions, and actions. Sometimes these corpses attach to a person for his entire life, vampirising him, sucking the vitality from his body, emotions, and mind. A time comes when the corpses become the subconscious mind of the person himself and use the contents of the subconscious mind as their nourishment."
So we must distinguish between elemental spirits and elementary spirits.
"…elemental spirits can be drawn to our subconscious dramatizations and ensoul certain parts of the subconscious materials. Then they force the conscious mind to follow blindly what they present" (p. 39) So, in other words, elementals "ensoul subconscious thoughtforms and like to see them dramatized." (p. 40) "If love is present, elementals do not involve themselves with destructive activities." (ibid)
"Elementals often dwell in our lower mental body and create total chaos there…." They especially love blood, and they do not miss an opportunity, using the hatred of people, to make people shed blood." (p. 40)
"Elementary spirits are astral corpses…left in the astral plane to decompose." (p. 41)
What happens when an entity possesses a person and that person passes through various stages of consciousness?
- He yields himself to all destructive tendencies fond in his own subconscious mind and in the nature of the astral corpse and its occupant. Unless he obeys totally the command of the possessor, he will risk his own life because if he opposes for some reason the commands of the possessor, the possessor will destroy the person's mental, emotional, and physical vehicles. The only way to free oneself from such a possession is to live close to a powerful Teacher who will slowly neutralize the entity and cast it away. (p. 42)
- The possessed one becomes an instrument through which many such entities are drawn into his environment and are spread to those with whom he is in contact. Generally, those who live as prostitutes, alcoholics, and drug uses, or those who are charged with revenge, hatred, and treason, fall into such a trap. Often these entities follow them life after life, making them miserable during their whole journey.
Of course when we learn these things, it can become frightening, but to me, I believe such knowledge enlightens us as to the nature of some human beings; it reveals to us the why's of such people's behaviors.
I do find it interesting that even when holding such knowledge, some people will set the knowledge aside as preposterous, or pretend that such things do not exist. Yet they become quite perplexed when they themselves observe such outrageous behaviors found in an acquaintance or even a family member. When I remind them of these "occult" facts, they are still unable to "compute" such information. Others very naively believe "I can save the disturbed individual" and in such an attitude they will marry the person, bring the person into their close circle of friendship, engage in spiritual counseling with the person and so forth, only later to find themselves way over their head in difficulties and problems as a result of such people for typically what happens these possessing entities will turn on you; attack you in various ways, including those you love. I encourage you not to think you are one of those "powerful Initiates…" I have had enough experiences with elementary spirits to know that you are playing with a very dangerous force of nature if you think you can "save" the person they are possessing. Leave such things to the experienced person and meanwhile follow the advice of this Chapter, "be filled with love, gratitude, forgiveness, and humility" when you find yourself going "head to head" in such an encounter. Then "run, don't walk, to the nearest exit."
"In order not to attract any such elementals and elementaries, the best attitude to have is to be filled with love, gratitude, forgiveness, and humility. These four virtues attract the benevolent forces of Nature and shield us from any attacks by the unconscious forces of Nature.
"Elementals can be controlled and used by powerful Initiates Who have tremendous psychic energy. [Such as H.P. Blavatsky] They use these elementals as electrical currents or forces or energies for constructive purposes." (p. 42)
"We are told that some elementals are used by Saints to bring food, to clean rooms, to take messages, and even to discipline some evil people. It is even possible to use them as guards for your windows, gardens, house, or property. They can guard your home better then electrical currents." (p. 42)
"….However, being the neutral agents of Nature, they become destructive if they are used for destructive intentions. No one can escape the damage when he uses them for destructive purposes. In such a case they destroy the agent using them…"
"It is a pleasure for elemental spirits to play with the contents of the subconscious mind." (ibid)
"Elemental spirits are controlled by many psychics to gather certain secret information that people have. Elemental spirits can read the mind and discover things that were forgotten for decades." (ibid)
"Arhats or Masters seldom use elemental spirits. They use Their own psychic energy to do things they want to do, but always in harmony with the Supreme Laws of Nature." (p. 43)
Because of the deep layer of snow we received over the weekend , parking this evening for our meeting is going to be limited. For this reason we have decided, in adjunct to meeting at the Center, we will also be broadcasting the Aquarius Festival "live" through Go-To-Meeting via a webinar. Instructions on how to "tune in" to the webinar will be sent to you via email and also announced later on this Blog site. From what Shary tells me all that you need is a computer and headphones to see and hear the lecture and participate in the meditation.
If you want to attend the meeting in person, parking for our meeting tonight is going to be limited to those who have four-wheel drive or compact cars. Those with four-wheel drive can park up on the street side, across from the Center, and those with a compact car can potentially fit into the "parking lot" of the Center. But even the Center's parking is limited due to the snow drifts left from the shoveling.
There is still snow and rain predicted for today…but, we'll see what happens. Meanwhile, Shary is busy setting up the equipment for the webinar – which should be a wonderful experience for us all.
If you are out-of-town and want to participate in the Webinar; you are most welcome to do so. The gathering begins at 7 PM Mountain Standard Time; 8 PM Central Time; 9 PM Eastern Time and 10 PM Atlantic Time.