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.
Archangel Michael’s discussion of the ladder of consciousness
Archangel Michael and I discussed the three levels of consciousness on An Hour with an Angel in 2017:
Steve Beckow: Well, you talked about ‘truly knowing’ and I just wonder if we don’t need to clarify something here…, that when you say truly knowing you’re not talking about intellectual knowledge, not even talking about having a feeling or an intuition or a sense of something. You’re talking about something much deeper than that, right [i.e., realized knowledge]?
Archangel Michael: That is exactly what I am talking about. It is about the true, true knowing, wisdom. It has, well, I would say, nothing, but I will adjust that and say very little to do with emotionality or intellect or the mental body [i.e., experience or intellectuality]. It is heart-and-soul knowing, what you call realization, what we might even hint at in terms [like] enlightenment, or illumination. (1)
The true knowing will filter through to your feelings and to your intellect and to your beautiful mental body, and reassure the ego and delightful personality that you are [OK]. It is a heart-and-soul knowing. …
Truly knowing comes from the deepest and the highest part of yourself. It is where the union of your universal self, your higher self, your what you may think of as human self in your soul center comes together to inform you, if you wish to think of it as that, of truth. (2)
He’s saying what it is by saying what it’s not. I wouldn’t even attempt to talk about realization itself. I couldn’t speak a word about it because I don’t know how to describe it.
I despaired of getting my mind around some of his teachings and shared my feelings with Michael.
Steve: How are we going to understand these things? They are so much higher than we can get our heads around.
Archangel Michael: There has been this slow dawning that has been underway for some time. You’ve had this experience. There is this slow dawning so that expansion, expansion, expansion, expansion [occurs] and then you reach the point of that expansion – that’s stretching – but then you [become] capable of having that “aha” moment. And that “aha” moment is what many have referred to as “turning on the switch.”
Steve: Yes, realized knowledge….
Steve: Self-Realization is just a bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger realization but these “aha” moments are still realization, are they not?
AAM: That is correct. (2)
So far, Michael has confirmed the ladder of consciousness – Intellectuality, Experience, and Realization – and has shared that realization itself spans the range from the ordinary “Aha!” moment to merger with the One.
Tomorrow we’ll look at the relationship between realization and manifestation.
If we were students of the Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual, we’d never look at such a subject. But we’re what Indians would regard as householder servants of the Divine. We use manifestation in building Nova Earth. Hence we look at a subject that we’ll probably draw on years from now.
(Concluded in Part 5, tomorrow.)
(1) Just as I’ve been saying that transformative love has little to do with emotions that we associate with our ordinary states of love, Michael is here saying that realization has little to do with emotions or intellectuality. It exists in a higher domain of reality.
(1) Archangel Michael in “Transcript ~ Archangel Michael: Peace is Love, May 11, 2017,” Channeled by Linda Dillon, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2017/05/21/transcript-archangel-michael-peace-is-love-may-11-2017/
(2) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Sept. 23, 2016.