The Ladder of Consciousness: From Intellectuality to Experience to Realization – Part 3/5 – Steve Beckow

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Signs of Christ ~ Artist Nicholas Roerich

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The Ladder of Consciousness: From Intellectuality to Experience to Realization – Part 3/5

(Continued from Part 2, yesterday.)

The subject of the ladder of consciousness is basic to my own spiritual practice.

Frankly, I think it may be basic to anyone’s. Let me discuss how it surfaces in my own practice.

What is the awakening from intellectuality like?

Saul describes a person awakening from mere intellectuality to a trusting of the gut feeling; that is, from the intellectual to the experiential. I’ve italicized the change in the conversation, to feeling:

“These … are the first signs of an awakening – an awakening to the realization that their lives truly have a meaning and purpose beyond everyday reality. They are beginning to feel a deep longing for much, much more than life on Earth offers, and yet this makes no sense to them. They are confused and lonely and lack a trustworthy listener or guide.

But their intuition or gut feeling pushes them forward, insisting that something of great moment is happening, and they want to know what it is. As they search for answers they stumble upon books, blogs, web sites, and magazine articles covering these issues and with which they resonate.

“They meditate and pray, which may well be a new experience for them, and their sense that their existence does indeed have a meaning strengthens and intensifies, encouraging them to continue gathering information. As they do so they start to trust their gut feelings, their intuition, their inner knowing, which they find does not mislead them.” (1)

Some may not have meditated and prayed; they may have done something else, but chances are they’ll now be feeling a sense of awakening, in this case, to experience.

What is Realization itself like?

What then is realization?

I can offer you my opinion.

As a mere novice in the area, I consider realization to be a radical discontinuity in experience combined with a usually-temporary immersion in a divine state such as peace, love, or bliss and an explosive expansion in knowing.

What does it feel like?

I can only describe the first step. Let’s listen to folks farther down the road.

The Pleiadians through Barbara Marciniak: “This experience [of realization] involves raising a feeling inside yourself and then, one day, at one moment, in one afternoon, having an overwhelming sense of knowing: having a composition a thousand pages long come alive in five seconds of divine ecstacy.” (2)

Absolutely. She uses a knowledge-based metaphor to make her point.

The Arcturian Group: “There comes a time in everyone’s (teacher and student) evolutionary journey when he shifts into a realization of oneness. This may come in an instant after lifetimes of spiritual seeking, or it may be a slow and gradual process.

“This is ascension, the attainment of that state of consciousness that realizes everything Real is perfect and held in place by Divine law and that the ONE is ever manifesting ITSELF… ‘What you see is what you get’ as the saying goes… Your state of consciousness is interpreting for you the divine ideas embodied within the One.” (3)

So notice: Not an explosion of bliss; not a profound awareness of love, although both of these may come with it, but “a realization of oneness,” a knowing.

An inner knowing and a majestic certainty, for as long as it lasts.

Archangel Michael: “It is the feeling, the experience – and might I even say the knowing, the deep knowing – that you are not stuck, you are not limited, you are not confined by what previously has been informationally identified as time and space. You leave that behind and you enter into the flow of the universe, which is how we operate.” (4)

Again, with the knowing, the realization that we are not limited or confined comes our entry into the flow of the universe.

I emphasize this because so many superficial treatments of the topic of enlightenment emphasize other aspects of the experience but they don’t get across that enlightenment itself is an event that happens in the domain of knowledge, of certain, inner knowing. We realize the Truth.

We’ll look at Archangel Michael’s in-depth discussion of “true knowing” tomorrow.

(Continued in Part 4, tomorrow.)

Footnotes

(1) Saul, July 5, 2009, at at http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com

(2) The Pleiadians through Barbara Marciniak, Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians. Bear & Company, Santa Fe, 1992, 49.

(3) The Arcturian Group, Feb. 10, 2013, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/02/11/the-arcturian-group-message-february-10-2013/

(4) “Archangel Michael: I Come to Touch Your Hearts,” Oct. 20, 2016 at http://goldenageofgaia.com/?p=283272. Michael here identifies flow as the paradigm of the higher dimensions.

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Signs of Christ ~ Artist Nicholas Roerich

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The Ladder of Consciousness: From Intellectuality to Experience to Realization – Part 2/5 – Steve Beckow

Goddess Nataraj ~ Artist Annelie Solis

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The Ladder of Consciousness: From Intellectuality to Experience to Realization – Part 2/5

(Continued from Part 1, yesterday.)

The subject of the ladder of consciousness is basic to my own spiritual practice.

Frankly, I think it may be basic to anyone’s. Let me discuss how it surfaces in my own practice.

Intellectual knowledge is just a first step (continued)

Matthew Ward calls intellectual knowledge “beliefs” and realized knowledge” real knowing”:

“Beliefs are formed when the same information is repeated by one or more external sources—parents, peers, teachers, religious leaders, scientists, government officials, mainstream media—and, when you learn that information is not complete or accurate, your beliefs change accordingly.

“Knowing is within, a constant, pervasive, unquestioned ‘rightness’—the merging of soul-level truth and your consciousness.” (1)

I think most if not all of us have had some experience of this certain inner knowing.  It’s much stronger than our beliefs.

St. Germaine also lays out the difference between the two. He calls realization “spiritual” knowingness of truth.

“A spiritual knowingness of truth is very different to an intellectual knowingness of truth. It may often seem as if you are weak if you admit that you do not understand the truth and will of the Creator but this is a beautiful space that you can enter into, accessing a deep stream of freedom from within your being that offers tremendous expansion and connection with the Creator.

“In many ways it is as if you are letting go of any form of control that you may have upon the world, your reality or being, entering into a space that truly allows you to experience the truth of the Creator.” (2)

I believe St. Germaine is referring here to a very high space that Werner Erhard called “Not Knowing.” Others have called it “the Cloud of Unknowing.”

In it, we’re moved to drop all pretense to knowing what’s going on and genuinely relax into not knowing. The answer (the realization) has then the space to show up. Werner called the space of realization, “Natural Knowing.” Different names but all pointing to the same thing; in this case, the dynamics of realization.

The Arcturian Group called intellectual knowledge a first step out of the maze we’re in:

“An intellectual knowledge of truth is the first step out of this maze, but it must evolve deeper and become an attained state of consciousness. The ego or personal sense of self regardless of how educated or intellectually aware is only able to create change at that level. …

“Only through one’s conscious alignment with truth, spirit, and the Divine Self can that sacred portal within open and allow the flow of Light that dissolves the dark.” (3)

Intellectual knowledge only has enough power to it to take us so far. Experience and realization lie beyond it.

The “flow of Light that dissolves the dark” is itself realization.

We cannot substitute pretense for realization and hope to get away with it, the Arcturian Group tells us:

“Completeness and wholeness [are] the birthright of every soul, but must become the state of consciousness in order to be experienced. This is the evolutionary journey. To pretend wholeness and completeness without having attained a consciousness of it is to stick one’s head in the sand…

“Evolving into a consciousness of completeness is the evolutionary journey.” (4)

I’ve always found that I cannot fake a higher state of consciousness than I’ve experienced. And I assume the same can generally be said of others. To pretend to be somewhere other than where I am is to ignore how reality works.

Through the whole discussion runs the thread that realization is the goal of life – a realization of our Oneness with God. Realization is the mechanism and the destination and the reward.

Intellectuality is a first step towards it but not a place at which to stop. As it turns out, the fulfillment of life’s purpose impels us to move from intellectuality through experience to realization.

(Continued in Part 3, tomorrow.)

Footnotes

(1) Matthew’s Message, May 30, 2017, at http://www.matthewbooks.com/mattsmessage.htm.

(2) “Master Saint Germain: Revelations of Truth,” channeled by Natalie Glasson, June 30, 2013 at http://omna.org.

(3) “Arcturian Group Message through Marilyn Raffaele, 1/14/18,” January 14, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/01/14/arcturian-group-message-through-marilyn-raffaele-1-14-18/.

(4) Arcturian Group, November 9, 2014, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/11/10/the-arcturian-group-via-marilyn-raffaele-november-9-2014/
    

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Goddess Nataraj ~ Artist Annelie Solis

Gratitude to all artists. Any queries, please contact me, Shekinah