Let me make a brief note here about the difficulties that that presents.
I studied life after “death” in the composition of the database, New Maps of Heaven. At the time, I thought of myself as an “afterlife cartographer.”
I gave an interview to Michael Tims in which I expressed my frustration that there was really no agreement among people on what names to call the various “planes” or experiences:
“Different spirit communicators use words like the ‘borderlands,’ ‘Hades,’ ‘purgatory,’ ‘Kamaloka,’ the ‘misty region,’ or the ‘grey world’ for what we can only hope is the same region. …
“Some say ‘the Christ sphere’ and others ‘the God plane,’ but are they identical? Do they signify plane or subplane? Spirit researchers usually do not specify. Establishing residency and equating descriptions takes pain-staking research. (There must be a better way.)” (1)
Nowhere was this more confusing than in the discussion of the Transcendental. To look at that, let’s now change our focus from afterlife commentators to classical enlightenment sages and scholars.
If we keep in mind that the seven-chakra system is strictly a feature of Third/Fourth Dimensionality, here’s Swami Prabhavananda calling a sixth-chakra experience (or savikalpa samadhi) a transcendental one:
“[Savikalpa samadhi is] the first stage of transcendental consciousness, in which the distinction between subject and object persists. In this state the spiritual aspirant may have a mystic vision of the Personal God, with or without form.” (2)
By “transcendental” here, he probably means “formless” and “beyond conscious knowing.”
Here’s Brahmacharini Usha defining a seventh-chakra experience (also called Brahmajnana or nirvikalpa samadhi) as “the supreme transcendental state of consciousness.”
“Nirvikalpa samadhi. The supreme transcendental state of consciousness in which the spiritual aspirant becomes completely absorbed in Brahman [i.e., the Father] so that all sense of duality is obliterated.” (3)
It’s in no way supreme. It’s not even outside our present Third-Dimensional reality.
Only a later experience of sahaja samadhi is beyond the seven-chakra system. It lifts us out of this dimension and into Fifth. But even the Fifth Dimension is far removed from the Transcendental, which is beyond the Twelfth.
Now let’s leave afterlife commentators and classical scholars and turn to our own sources in the Company of Heaven.
After my heart opening in 2015, which was a fourth-chakra experience, I had lengthy tastes of higher-dimensional love and bliss and brief experiences of ecstacy and exaltation. I asked Archangel Michael what dimensions these were associated with:
Steve: The space that I call transformative love, what dimension is it?
Archangel Michael: It is the Seventh Dimension.
Steve: Then what dimension is bliss?
AAM: It is between Eighth and Ninth.
Steve: And ecstasy?
Steve: And what about exaltation?
AAM: Then you have moved beyond.
Steve: What is beyond? How many dimensions are there Lord?
AAM: Twelve. (4)
Well, of course, what lies beyond the Twelfth Dimension is … you guessed it … the Transcendental, in which most lightworkers, being angels, have their beings anchored, whether or not they also enjoy spending time on a planet in various of the dimensional environments.
While classical sages describe an enlightenment experience that is still within Third Dimensionality as “transcendental,” Michael reserves the term for experiences that are altogether beyond the dimensional ladder.
Entirely-different meanings are being given to things and events by afterlife commentators, classical sages, and the Company of Heaven.
This reveals the crying need for standardization in ways of referring to both the dimensions themselves and our experiences of them. If we’re to have a truly cross-cultural spirituality, the first task at hand is to standardize our use of terms.
After the Reval, I plan to fund research to standardize our spiritual language (just as Shakespeare was subsidized to standardize English). (5)
If we’re to be able to compare descriptions of dimensions and experiences in our Nova-Earth spirituality, the first thing we’ll need is standard terms that allow us to understand what our informants are talking about.
(1) “New Maps of Heaven,” Oct. 2, 2011, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/10/02/new-maps-of-heaven/. Originally published in The Searchlight, a publication for the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies.
Among the names given to the Fifth Dimension by residents of the afterlife worlds are Heaven, the Celestial Plane, the Creative Sphere, the Devachan, the Fourth Plane, Eidos, and the Plane of Color.
(2) Swami Prabhavananda, The Eternal Companion. Brahmananda. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1970; c1944, 299.
(3) Brahmacharini Usha, A Ramakrishna-Vedanta Wordbook. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1971; c1962, 52.
(4) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Jan. 20, 2016.
(5) Shakespeare: “It was part of my work – and I must say that I was encouraged a bit by patronage – to standardize spelling and grammar. That’s why you can recognize it now. … Almost every civilized country has had to ‘appoint’ someone to do this particular piece of work.
“After all, in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, language was in a state of chaos…. Had it not been for people such as me in English letters, it would be very difficult for an English-speaking scientist to write a technical paper about a scientific event. …
“It was thought best to do my work in a theatrical form -so it would help standarize the pronunciation. Now, this was not an effort that I was alone in – there were many people working on it.” (“Shakespeare Returns” in Robert R. Leichtman, M.D, From Heaven to Earth: The Dynamics of Creativity. Atlanta, GA: Ariel Press, 1998; c1978, 19.)