(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.)
(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/