Climbing Jacob’s Ladder ~ Steve Beckow @ Golden Age of Gaia

Jacob's Dream by William Blake (c. 1805, British Museum, London)

ART : ‘Jacob’s Dream’ ~ by William Blake (c. 1805, British Museum, London)

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Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

Posted by Steve Beckow on July 21, 2014

Enlightenment is the realization of our true nature.

Ascension is the adjustment of our energies to a higher frequency so that the dimension of existence we’re currently aware of disappears from our experience and we find ourselves on a new and higher dimension.

Ascension happens within subplanes of a dimension and between dimensions. However, the word “Ascension” is usually reserved for ascension between dimensions. But we ascend within dimensions nonetheless. People are always ascending, except under exceptional circumstances.

What exceptional circumstances? Well, we chose this lifetime to descend, to come down from higher dimensions to assist our brothers and sisters on Earth to rise to a higher one. We’re the leaven in the loaf. The work of starseeds and lightworkers raises the vibration of the whole planet.

Enlightenment is usually the mechanism that causes Ascension. In our case, if we chose to leave the body, we’d return to our native dimensions as a matter of course. The experience of enlightenment would not be needed.

In the Third Dimension, enlightenment consists of the seeing of the Light of the One (or the Form of the One) in more and more refined ways.

If it were the Light, then the first stage of enlightenment for Third-Dimensional people would be the seeing of a discrete Light, the Light of the Soul or Self.

Christians call this the Son of God and the Christ. Hindus call it the Atman. It is the Light of our nature. But it’s seen first as a discrete Light. Jan Ruusbroec describes it here:

“In the abyss of this darkness in which the loving spirit has died to itself, God’s revelation and eternal life have their origin, for in this darkness an incomprehensible light is born and shines forth; this is the Son of God, in whom a person becomes able to see and to contemplate eternal life.” (1)

Why contemplate eternal life? Because meditating on the sight of the Light causes it to expand, as we’ll see below. The end of its expansion is “eternal life” in the sense that we need not be reborn. But we’re eternally alive already.

“It is Christ, the light of truth, who says, ‘See,’ and it is through him that we are able to see, for he is the light of the Father, without which there is no light in heaven or on earth. (2)

This experience occurs when the kundalini, the spiritual current that the Divine Mother is, reaches the fourth chakra. Hindus call it spiritual awakening and Buddhists stream entering.

The next stage of enlightenment is when that same Light expands to fill all of creation. Christians call it the vision of the Holy Spirit; Hindus the Divine Mother. It’s also called cosmic consciousness and savikalpa samadhi (or samadhi while seeing form).

Here is Wordsworth describing the experience of the Light in all creation.

“‘Such was the Boy — but for the growing Youth
What soul was his, when, from the naked top
Of some bold headland, he beheld the sun
Rise up, and bathe the world in light!

“He looked –
Ocean and earth, the solid frame of earth
And ocean’s liquid mass, in gladness lay
Beneath him:–
Far and wide the clouds were touched,
And in their silent faces could he read
Unutterable love.

“Sound needed none,
Nor any voice of joy; his spirit drank
The spectacle: sensation, soul, and form,
All melted into him; they swallowed up
His animal being; in them did he live,
And by them did he live; they were his life”. (3)

Sri Ramakrishna describes the seeing of a Form rather than a Light. This level of enlightenment still features the dualism of seer and seen.

“Then comes the sixth plane, corresponding to the centre known as Ajna. This centre is located between the eyebrows and it has a lotus with two petals. When the Kundalini reaches it, the aspirant sees the form of God. But still there remains a slight barrier between the devotee and God. It is like a light inside a lantern. You may think you have touched the light, but in reality you cannot because of the barrier of glass.” (4)

The next stage of enlightenment sees the Light transcend creation. We “see” the formless or the transcendental. It comes when the kundalini reaches the seventh chakra and is the first transcendental vision of what Christians call the Father and what Hindus call Brahman.

Jan Ruusbroec describes it here:

“There follows a third kind of experience, namely, that we feel ourselves to be one with God, for by means of our transformation in God we feel ourselves to be swallowed up in the groundless abyss of our eternal blessedness, in which we can never discover any difference between ourselves and God. This is the highest of all our experiences and can be experienced in no other way than by our being immersed in love.” (5)

It may be the highest of Jan Ruusbroec’s experiences, but it’s not the end of the experiences of God that await us. Sri Ramakrishna describes it here:

“Last of all is the seventh plane, which, according to Tantra, is the centre of the thousand-petalled lotus. When the Kundalini arrives there, the aspirant goes into samadhi. In that lotus dwells Satchidananda Siva, the Absolute. There Kundalini, the awakened Power, unites with Siva. This is known as the union of Siva and Sakti.” (6)

It is the first “seeing” of the formless God, but it will not even bring with it entry into the Fifth Dimension.

Nonetheless, now we see why the Trinity is so important: because we’re set the task in life of realizing while still in the body the Light of the Christ, the Mother and the Father, or of the Atman, Shakti and Brahman. The purpose of life is knowing our true nature and that true nature is God. And we see our true nature in broadening stairsteps by realizing each level of the Trinity in turn.

None of these levels represents the stage of enlightenment that we’ll realize some time after Ascension. Not upon Ascension, but in a later subplane of the Fifth Dimension.

That stage of enlightenment is called Sahaja Samadhi, the natural state. Interestingly, Jesus through John Smallman once called Ascension a “return once more to your natural state of Oneness with your Source.” (7) That’s a pretty good definition of Sahaja, in my view.

It represents a permanent heart opening, whereas the earlier stages represent a temporary heart opening. It brings liberation from the need to be reborn, what Ruusbroec called “eternal life.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi describes it here:

“[The] Heart is the seat of Jnanam [wisdom] as well as of the granthi (knot of ignorance). It is represented in the physical body by a hole smaller than the smallest pin-point, which is always shut. When the mind drops down in Kevalya Nirvikalpa [samadhi], it opens but shuts again after it. When sahaja [nirvikalpa samadhi] is attained it opens for good.” (7)

“The Sahaja Nirvikalpa is permanent and in it lies liberation from rebirths.” (8)

So this is the stairway to heaven. Why heaven? Because “heaven” is the Christian word for the Fifth Dimension. This is a part of Jacob’s Ladder of consciousness and we are the angels descending it and then mounting it again.

Sahaja in no way exhausts the experiences of enlightenment that beings go through on their return journey to God. But of the loftier levels of enlightenment, we know very little.

Footnotes

(1) John Ruusbroec in James A. Wiseman, John Ruusbroec. The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works. New York, etc.: Paulist Press, 1985, 147. [Hereafter JR.]

(2) Ibid., 74.

(3) William Wordsworth in Marghanita Laski, Ecstacy in Secular and Religious Experiences. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1961, 399.

(4) Paramahansa Ramakrishna in Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 499-500. [Hereafter GSR.]

(5) John Ruusbroec in JR, 176.

(6) GSR, 499.

(7) Jesus via John Smallman, November 27, 2013, at http://johnsmallman2.wordpress.com.

(8) Ramana Maharshi, S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 96.

(9) Ibid., 88.

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Archangel Michael on Ascension : Part 8/10 ~ Steve Beckow @ Golden Age of Gaia

Archangel Michael on Ascension – Part 8/10

Posted by Steve Beckow on July 21, 2014

We continue with our composite interview, this time with Archangel Michael about Ascension.

Post-Ascension Gaia

Steve Beckow: All life forms on Gaia must be integrating the new energies the Mother is sending us.

Archangel Michael: The integration of newly-distributed energies must occur on all planes: physical, emotional, spiritual, and material. And each and every cell of each organism dwelling on Gaia is to be prepared for even more of what is to come.

Now, understand what we are talking about. Gaia, your beloved Earth planet, has already begun her ascension. And we have said this repeatedly, but again we have had many confused looks or heads that have shaken and said, “Well, no, I don’t think that is possible.”

But Gaia has, and continues her Ascension into what you think of as anchoring in the higher dimensions. She has taken along with her the kingdoms. The only group or kingdom that has not fully begun this process ― but we are going to answer this question about some ascending ― as a group is humanity, is the human collective.

S: Will Gaia appear different to a person who has ascended, or will it not?

AAM: It appears more sparkling clean. The complete communication with the elements, the elemental, the kingdoms and Gaia herself is completely open. There is an understanding and a vision of the subtle cleansing and reorganization of what you can think of as the light body and the particles of Gaia herself. So yes, she does appear differently.

And so do the animals. So do the creatures. But it is not a different planet, and that is what so many are looking for. And then I would say to you, well, then, what would be the point? For the planet to appear completely different, to shift like in an ice age, is not desirable. It is not what she wants. She is tired of all the pollution and devastation. So the changes that you witness are the clean-up.

So, does she, and will she, and will you look different? Yes.

But will you be in form? Yes. (1)

S: What should we remember when the time arrives to ascend?

When you ascend, it is important that you anchor with and on Gaia. Otherwise your feet, quite literally, are not on the ground. So when people can experience and go, jump, to the higher dimensions available within the human experience, it is important in the Ascension, both individual and collective, that you stay connected with Gaia.

Think of yourself as a helium balloon and Gaia is holding your string. So, as you ascend you will be at this time within the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, brushing the Eighth, brushing the Third, but not really in those dimensions. So for people to think that they are going to ascend and simply go directly to the Eleventh or Twelfth would not be fully correct. (2)

S: Well, I have often said ― and I think I may be mistaken, so I need you to tell me whether I am or not ― that we’ll be entering the first sub-plane of the Fifth Dimension and we’ll move to higher and higher sub-planes over time. Is that part of what you mean when you say that Ascension is a process? And if we do move to higher and higher sub-planes of the Fifth Dimension, can you give us a little bit of a preview of what that will look like, what it’ll result in?

AAM: Yes. And you are correct that I also have need to emphasize that you will also be assisted inter-dimensionally because you will be free to access inter-dimensionally, but you will be at the beginning stages, yes ― that is a good way to put it ― the first planes of the Fifth Dimension.

What does it look like? Can I quote St. Germain and myself? It looks like freedom. It looks like restoration. And when I use the word restoration ― yes, Jesus Sananda has said that this is the year of rejuvenation, restoration, recovery and rediscovery. And that is the truth of what the Fifth begins to feel like.

But the Ascension process does not begin in the Fifth Dimension. It has already begun. You are already experiencing it. But when you reach there ― as you are about to, by the way; that is as close as I can come without breaking my promise with the channel.

S: Well, now, Lord, I think I need you to confirm that you’re talking about everyone and not just talking to me.

AAM: That is correct…

You will feel no pain. What you have thought of as dis-ease is gone. What you have experienced as financial strife or lack, gone. Because you know how to co-create. It is as if the light switch, the understanding of your place in the co-creation has been switched on.

There is an end to strife. There is an end to war. There is an end to murder and mayhem. Because you do not murder and have no inclination to murder yourself. So how can you murder your brother when they are connected to you on the grid? Because that is the equivalent of murdering yourself.

There is a knowingness that expands beyond your comprehension currently. And that knowingness is in your brain, in what you would think of as your mental body, your emotional bodies, your intellect, but primarily your heart. Because that is your anchor. It always has been.

Now, as you enter this, does that mean that everything is done? Well, might I be humorous, and ask you ― what fun would it be if you arrived at the party finally only to discover that everything was done? No. What it looks like is humanity coming together, not to cleanse the Earth. Gaia is taking care of that. You will help cleanse, and so will your star brothers and sisters, but you will cleanse the rivers, the streams, the oceans, the soil, the air. But Gaia is already busy at work.

But what about your piece? What do your communities, your cities of light ― that is one of your first, primary objectives, is the full anchoring in physicality of the cities and centers of light, of anchoring communities… and when we say cities of light we do not merely mean bustling metropolises. (3)

(Continued in Part 9.)

Footnotes

(1) “Archangel Michael: You are About To Reach Ascension,” channeled by Linda Dillon, May 15, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/05/18/archangel-michael-you-are-about-to-reach-ascension/.

(2) Loc. cit.

(3) Loc. cit.

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10 Buddha Mudras to Practice in Daily Life ~ Garima Roy @ Fractal Enlightenment

Buddha

Buddha

10 Buddha Mudras to Practice in Daily Life

Garima Roy July 20, 2014

Mudras or hand gestures is a practice to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. In the Vedic tradition, the fingers of the hand represent the five basic elements that make up the human body: air, wind, fire, mud, and water. Based on this understanding, finger tips of living beings have many concentrated nerve root endings which act as free energy discharge points.

On touching the finger tips together in different ways or to other parts of the palm channelizes and balances the flow of energy (Prana) within our body, and the energy traveling through the nerves stimulates the various chakras. In Sanskrit, mudra literally means a posture/seal and has been used in different religions, art and dance forms, yoga and meditation for a long time.

In yoga, using mudras in conjunction with Pranayama (breathing exercises), revitalizes the flow of energy to different parts of the body. While Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism broadly use mudras during mindful meditation.

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Let’s take a look at ten important mudras incorporated by Buddha on his journey to enlightenment. You must have come across a Buddha statue somewhere in one of these mudras. As mudras have healing benefits on the mind and soul, you can generally perform these to instantly energise yourself.

1) Karana Mudra

karuna mudra

This mudra keeps negativity at bay. To perform this Mudra, stretch your hand either vertically or horizontally. Turn the palm forward. Now using your thumb press down the two middle fingers and extend the index and little finger straight upwards. Energy created by performing this mudra helps in expelling negativity from your mind and soul.

2) Varada Mudra

Varada Mudra

This gesture signifies offering, welcome, charity, giving, compassion and sincerity. It is a left hand gesture in which the arm is hanging naturally at the side of the body and the palm facing outward, and the fingers extended.

3) Uttarabodhi Mudra

Uttarabodhi Mudra

It signifies supreme enlightenment as it charges one with positive energy and vibrations. The mudra helps one in staying connected with oneself and the divine universal energy. In order to perform this Mudra, both hands are placed at the heart; index fingers touching and pointing upwards and the remaining fingers intertwined. Try holding the Uttarabodhi mudra for a couple minutes and feel the subtle energy shift in your body.

4) Namaskara or Anjali Mudra

Namaskara or Anjali Mudra

Namaskara mudra is used in Indian culture to greet people and as a sign of respect. This Mudra is performed by pressing the palms together and holding it to the center of the chest or the heart chakra; fingers pointing towards the sky. The mudra evokes positive vibrations in the body teaching us the fact that we are all one and we must acknowledge/adore the existence of light in one another. This Mudra helps in staying grounded and humble.

5) Vitarka Mudra

Vitarka Mudra

This mudra evokes the energy of teaching and intellectual discussion, or argument. In this gesture tips of the thumb and index finger touch to form a circle that creates a constant flow of energy and information. All the other fingers are extended upwards. This Mudra gives us the energy required to attain clarity of mind.

6) Abhay mudra

Abhay mudra

Abhay is translated as fearlessness. In this Mudra, the right hand is brought to the shoulder level and the palm faces outward and fingers extend upwards. History says that when Buddha was attacked by an elephant, he used this mudra to stop the flow of negative energy (fear). This Mudra gives us the energy to stand strong.

7) Dhyana mudra

a Dhyana-mudra

This mudra depicts absolute concentration in the process of meditation. Place both your hands on the lap with the right hand placed on the left and fingers fully stretched, palms facing outwards; thumbs of both the hands will touch creating a triangle, cleansing of any impurities on an etheric level. Practicing this Mudra will fill you with deep sense of peace and serenity.

8) Bhumisparsha mudra

a Bhumisparsha mudra

Bhumisparsha translates to touching the earth where the mudra symbolizes the fact that the earth witnessed Buddha’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. This was the Hand gesture of Buddha when he accomplished Enlightenment. In this Mudra, the right arm hangs over the right knee with the right palm turned inward and the left hand is placed on the lap with the left palm faced upwards.

9) Vajradhara mudra

a Vajradhara mudra

In this mudra the wrists are crossed, over the heart, with the right forearm placed in front of the left one; this gesture symbolizes the highest energy and the union of compassion and wisdom necessary to reach enlightenment. In vajradhara mudra, one is free from judgement, notions, theories, fate, truth and any concept that defines enlightenment; as they say, enlightenment is not defining it.

10) Dharmachakra Mudra

a Dharmachakra Mudra

Depicts the continuous flow of energy in the cosmos. Here the hand gesture symbolizes the energy of the universe in the form of a chakra/wheel. Both the hands are placed near the chest, the left palm faces the heart and right palm faces outwards; index finger and thumb form a circle like Vitarka mudra. This mudra represents the whole universe in a nutshell. Dharmachakra As I mentioned before, these Mudras are used in the process of mindful meditation. But at the same time one can practice these mudras to gain the simple benefits of altering one’s state of consciousness and staying positively energized. “Our essential nature is boundless consciousness. We are rooted in it when the mind focuses and settles.” – Yoga Sutras

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