The Meaning of Sahaja Samadhi – Steve Beckow

Samadhi Painting by Wei Ying-wu @ PaintingHere.

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The Meaning of Sahaja Samadhi

Sri Ramana Maharshi

I want to write an essay on Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi, partly because I promised the Divine Mother I would, partly for my own clarity.  I’m going to need to get spiritually technical; specifically, to use some Sanskrit terms.

I’d advise anyone who doesn’t want to follow an intellectual conversation to skip this post and go on to the next.

Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi means the following. “Sahaja” means “natural.” “Nirvikalpa” means “without concepts.” “Samadhi” means “a state of fixed concentration, trance.”  Functionally it refers to a full and permanent heart opening, beyond the third-dimensional chakra system, as we shall see below. (1)

My knowledge of Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi for the most part comes from Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Sri Ramana was the first person I consciously heard say:

“The yogis say that the current rising up to sahasrara (brain) [Seventh Chakra] ends there. That experience is not complete. For jnana, they must come to the Heart. Hridayam (Heart) [actually heart aperture] is the alpha and omega.” (2)

In other words, seventh-chakra enlightenment or Brahmajnana is not enough. The cycle is not complete. We do not move from Third/Fourth Dimensionality to Fifth after attaining it.

This came as a great revelation to someone who grew up in a spiritual culture that considered seventh-chakra enlightenment as the end of this cycle and liberation or moksha. Now I was hearing that it was not.

For liberation to happen, the spiritual seeker must come again to the heart, which then permanently and fully opens in Sahaja Samadhi. Sri Ramana tells us:

“Great souls have declared the state of sahaja nirvikalpa (the natural state without concepts) alone to be the ultimate state. (3)

“The Sahaja Nirvikalpa is permanent and in it lies liberation from rebirths.” (4)

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In kevalya nirvikalpa samadhi [seventh-chakra enlightenment] one is not free from vasanas [core issues] and does not, therefore, attain mukti. Only after the samskaras [impressions] have been destroyed [in Sahaja] can one attain salvation.” (5)

And how is Sahaja attained?  Sahaja is attained when the heart fully and permanently opens, as Sri Ramana discusses here:

“Heart is the seat of Jnanam 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 [hridayam], which is always shut.

“When the mind drops down in Kevalya Nirvikalpa [samadhi], it opens but shuts again after it. When Sahaja is attained it opens for good. (6)

As to the process, for that you’d have to read a spiritual master. I’d recommend Sri Ramana. Search on “Ramana” here: http://goldengaiadb.com/index.php?title=FDL_Bibliography

Have I sought validation of these assertions? Yes, I have. I asked the Divine Mother about Sahaja being the culminating experience of Ascension and she agreed that it was and that the third-dimensiopnal chakra system was nor final or permanent.

Steve Beckow: I’m trying to understand what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to. And I think it’s beyond the normal seventh-chakra enlightenment. I think it is what is called — and I’ll make this clear to readers — sahaja samadhi. Am I correct?

Divine Mother: Yes, it is beyond what you think of with your seven chakras. … We have emerged from the Third-Dimensional realm, which is that reference point for the chakra system, into the new. So yes, you are correct, in this question and in this statement.

SB: It’s wonderful to have that confirmed. Thank you very much, Mother. (7)

So, for there to be complete clarity on the event that will signal we’re home, it’ll be experiencing a full and permanent heart opening. It’ll be being swept clean by a tsunami of love and immersed in an Ocean of Love, one that does not subside, forever and ever.

Look again at the photograph of Sri Ramana. It’ll be like that.

Footnotes

(1) The highest level of enlightenment in the third-dimensional chakra system occurs when the kundalini enters the Sahasrar or crown chakra. That enlightenment is called Brahmajnana or God-Realiation.

Sahaja is beyond the third-dimensional chakra system. The kundalini opens the heart completely, which is liberation from the Third/Fourth Dimension.

(2) Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Three Volumes in One. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanashram, 2010, 65-6.)

(3) Sri Ramana Maharshi, Spiritual Instruction of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Eighth Edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1974, Chapter 4, Question 6.

(4) Ramana Maharshi in S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 88.

(5) Sri Ramana Maharshi in Ramananda Swarnagiri, Crumbs from His Table. http://www.ramana-maharshi.org. Downloaded 10 September 2005, n.p.

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

(7) “The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part 1/2,” Oct. 17, 2012, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/17/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/.

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Spilling Ink on the Subject of the Heart – Steve Beckow

Awakening to Love painting by Radha Flora Cloud @ Fine Art America

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Spilling Ink on the Subject of the Heart

Why do we suppose so much is written about the heart? Archangel Michael said to me on two occasions:

Archangel Michael: So there is forward thrust and movement into this higher-dimensional understanding of who you are. And, yes, it begins and it ends with – it always comes back to – the heart. You know this. (1)

Steve: The heart is another one of those things that is very difficult to define or understand or communicate.

Archangel Michael: But you will keep trying.

Steve: I know – I’ll write a thousand words – and keep trying.

AAM: Because it is the essential work. It is the essential message for humans to truly come to understand who they are. (2)

Yes, it truly is. And so I spill more ink on the subject of the heart, knowing that next week I’ll do it all again.

All we really seek in life is contained in the treasure chest that the heart is.

A treasure was buried in the field of the heart. What is it? Abide for any amount of time in any of the divine qualities of love and you know right away what the ultimate treasure of life is. Call it love; call it by the name of one of its divine forms – bliss, joy, peace, etc.

It turns out that all we ever wanted was to feel the flow of this tranforming love inside us, causing us to blossom.

Ordinary love is like Tang compared to the freshly-squeezed, real Florida orange juice of higher-dimensional love.

While we’re in the space of it, nothing else matters. We’re at the top of the pyramid of life. We’ve achieved all that’s worthwhile. Everything has contributed to this moment.

Experience higher-dimensional love for any length of time and all our questions disappear. All our concerns are swept away. All our fears vanish.

In the space we then occupy, it becomes immediately apparent why the Buddha would recommend giving up kingdoms in three dimensions for it.

Eckhart Tolle represented it as the gold in the box the beggar was sitting on (i.e., the heart).  (3) For sure it makes the world go round and it turns out to be all we’ve ever wanted.

Feel the best you can feel right now. Feel inspired. Feel blessed. Feel innocent. Now multiply that by 100 and you approach what higher-dimensional love feels like. You have to have had a breakthrough of some sort to feel it – a strong realization, transformational moment, peak experience, or heart opening.

There I go with another pot of ink.  But you can’t stop thinking about it or talking about it once you’ve spent some time in it.

Matthew Ward once said: “Your heart [is] the seat of the soul.” (4) Now that is an entirely different matter. I’ll spill a pot of ink on that one soon as well.

Footnotes

(1) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Sept. 21, 2018.

(2) Ibid., Dec . 5, 2018.

(3) A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap.

“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you are sitting on?”

“Nothing,” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.”

“Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger.

“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.”

“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.

The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold. (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now. Downloaded from http://www.inner-growth.info/power_of_now_tolle/eckhart_tolle_chapter1.htm)

(4) Matthew’s Message, May 21, 2008.

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Awakening to Love painting by Radha Flora Cloud @ Fine Art America

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Now or Never – Steve Beckow

faces 2 artist Aaron Paquette

Artist: Aaron Paquette

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Now or Never

I continue to focus my attention on how I am with other people, especially in conflict.

I still spark and turn the other person into the enemy. I go out of relationship with them and break the connection over issues that arise.

Recently Fedex lost a parcel of mine and I could have used the occasion to blame and get abusive. And I didn’t. (I’m immensely proud of myself, by the way.)

There is marked improvement. But nowhere near where I need to be to carry out my later, post-Reval responsibilities on the blog and in humanitarian philanthropy.  I can’t afford to fall asleep during this precious time and not use it to prepare.

Among my noticings from observing myself, I can now see how fear underlies anger. I’m afraid of being criticized. So I make that into a fearsome weapon for those who use it and a dreadful fate for those against whom it’s used.

Then at some point I get mad at someone else, feel justified, and use the weapon on them. And so the cycle persists. Intergenerational transfer.  Which stops here, by the way.

As I said in an earlier article, the process of being triggered through to responding happens in a microsecond.

I have to be vigilant just to see it and very strong, very much in self-command not to resort to it. I have to stop resorting to that process. Without putting anything in its place. Just stop.

This is where the rubber meets the road in self-reconstruction. Yes, I’m taking apart the constructed self, the mask, the self-image I built up over decades.

But I’m also reparenting, reprogramming the Child in me who resorts to habitual behavior which is destructive. I’m getting the habitual behavior pattern to stop.

If you’re looking for a description of how a person can “change,” I’m giving it to you as we speak. This is change. This is what it looks like. This is the level at which a person has to go to – short of going through a life-threatening experience – to effectively make a change in our self-presentation – the who we present ourselves as being. Are we in integrity? Are we even close to being transparent? Or not?

A car outside my window plays rap music much louder than I’d like to hear. My ire mounts.

I get constant opportunities like this these days to ask myself: Am I going to potentially jeopardize my mission over this issue?  Am I going to risk bringing disrepute on the Company of Heaven by my actions? No, I’m not.

To have the space to approach things like with this degree of concentration, I have to bring all other calls on me to a standstill. I have to concentrate. There is no way I’ll be able to do this after the Reval. It’s now or never.

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When is the Wounded Child in the Driver’s Seat? – Steve Beckow

face child female owl art by Lucy Campbell

Artist: Lucy Campbell

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When is the Wounded Child in the Driver’s Seat?

My beloved brother Paul on the right

Whenever I feel guilt or shame or dismay, I can say with certainty that my Wounded Child is in the driver’s seat.

I can say this with certainty because of what I saw and felt in a meditation I did at Xenia Retreat Center on Sept. 18, 2018.

I saw the Self in the depths of my heart (1) and the feeling that totally took me over was that of being a pure and innocent individual.

We’re all pure underneath this overburden of guilt, shame, etc. It was clear to me in that moment that this purity reflected our being a spark of God.

I had arrived at one destination on the endless journey – our future and our past – and it was blameless.

Surely that says – among other things – that I, who was so much blamed in my early life, was here being given the knowledge that the being we’re unveiling by our efforts is in fact not reprehensible.

We used to call the reprehensible being we were the “deeper self.” Our “dark side.” We had very little knowledge of vasanas or core issues (3) back then.

In my experience at Xenia, I saw that the vasanas were only skin deep.

The me that was shaped by early-childhood events (4) – my personality, shall we say – is vasana-driven. It’s a reaction machine, on autopilot, following instructions that were out-of-date decades ago.

I must look crazy when my vasana is triggered and off I go, acting out the generational pattern.

Gosh, it takes a lot of digging (self-observation) to get below the vasanas in everyday life rather than just in a quiet state of meditation.

Footnotes

(1) Here’s a description of that experience:

“At Xenia Retreat Center, I dove deeply into my heart, in meditation, to find out what the origin was of the feeling of dismay I was experiencing. I thought I’d get to the original incident and experience it through to completion. Instead I went way past the level of the vasanas and kept on going.

“I finally reached what resembled a tunnel and at the end of it was the Light of the Self. And in the presence of the Self I felt innocent and pure.

“I had penetrated through the hridayam, the heart aperture, into the open heart and down, down, down to “the seat of the soul.” So I can vouch for the fact that the seat of the soul is in the heart. That no longer sounds like a far-fetched notion to me, but something I’ve experienced and realized.”  (“The Heart is ‘the Seat of the Soul’,” December 17, 2018, athttp://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/12/17/the-heart-is-the-seat-of-the-soul/. )

I thought of the depths of my heart as “the seat of the Soul.” On the Xenia experience, see “Original Innocence,” Sept. 21, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/21/original-innocence-2/

“I Now Know How the Play Ends,” Sept. 22, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/22/i-now-know-how-the-play-ends/

“Archangel Michael Explains What Happened at Xenia,” Sept. 22, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/22/archangel-michael-explains-what-happened-at-xenia/

I had this conversation with Archangel Michael about the Xenia experience. He said things about enlightenment that I wasn’t aware of, after ten years of reading the works of enlightened masters:

Steve: Was the sight of the self at the Xenia retreat a fourth-chakra event?

Archangel Michael: Yes, it was.

Steve: So it’s possible to have two fourth-chakra events or maybe even more possibly?

AAM: It is possible to have multiple chakra events throughout your lifetimes, sweet one. Again, what you are thinking of is a limitation. Something is activated or not activated. Think in terms of open, open, open, open, bigger, bigger, bigger. So yes, you might have several events. You should have several events! (Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, June 12, 2019.)

(4) On one occasion, when I was yelled at from inches away from my face, I shattered into a million pieces. It took a little more than fifty years to become whole again, so to speak. Once I knew I was dissociated, I used to call myself the “Humpty Dumpty Man.”

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What We Call Ascension – Steve Beckow

Art by Carlos Quevedo via art motion M Alina

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What We Call Ascension

My original assignment was to go up with everyone else, passing from Ascension milestone to Ascension milestone – and write about it.

I regard what I write as an Ascension ethnography, warts and all, to be read by other civilizations planning their own Ascensions. As Sanat suggested back in 2011:

“What takes place here, of course, has tremendous impact throughout.” (1)

What have I done so far in my own journey and writings about it?

I’ve spent decades finding out how to rid myself of the causes of upset. Why am I not happy? Why is there so much turmoil in my life? Why do my relationships always end?

Finally, when I identified vasanas or core issues as the culprit, I spent decades completing – or trying to complete – some of my mine.

One spiritual experience after another happened in parallel. (2) I incorporated all the new knowledge learned from them – for instance of the nature of love from the heart opening and knowledge of my inherent innocence and purity from the Xenia experience.

I now knew increasing amounts about higher-dimensional consciousness – particularly love – and it was changing my views on many things. Gradually that knowledge combined with that of eradicating vasanas.

At this point the call of service in the outside world put a new perspective on all of this. Now I was preparing to  bring what I learned into the world of finance. It was time to apply what I’d found and fill in any gaps that could be identified.

That is leaving out all the things I’ll need to learn in entering an altogether-new field – finance.

During all of this there’s been a progressive disclosure to me from Michael and the Arcturians about what my mission is and what I can expect to draw upon to help me accomplish it.

My confidence is growing as I see Michael perform one miracle after another backstage. I find that I can leave certain operations to him, like almost everything financial in my life.

And I know some things are happening internally that will greatly benefit me. But just the same, I’ve agreed to board the train last so I’m not looking for enlightenment. That’s not to say I don’t encourage you to. (3)

As the vasanas lift, I find everything I need in the space thus created. Love arises; so does bliss, peace, happiness. When I feel those divine states, I want nothing else. Being in those states represents the end of a long climb and a pinnacle of experience (there are always more pinnacles).

Yes, I know the experience of those states will deepen and deepen. But existing in these states at the level I’m pointing at would still be having left the wheel of birth and death and having won mukti or liberation. That is a milestone and what we call “Ascension.”

Footnotes

(1) Sanat Kumara in a personal reading with Steve Beckow et al through Linda Dillon, Dec. 7, 2011.

(2)  Experiences of the space of mastery and abundance, anchoring myself to the world before open hostility erupted in my family (before age seven), a heart opening, the truncated sight of the Self at Xenia, truncated Brahmajnana, a truncated seventh-dimensional experience of the oversoul, the sight of my Higher Self as a knight on horseback, etc.  I certainly cannot complain about the spiritual wealth the Company of Heaven have provided me with.

(3) Ascension is equal to an advanced state of enlightenment called Sahaja Samadhi, which is a full and permanent heart opening.  Sahaja signifies our entry into the Fifth or higher dimension, which the Buddha called the end of the wheel of birth and death.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/07/07/what-we-call-ascension/

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Art by Carlos Quevedo via art motion M Alina

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Blue Angel Update 2 – Steve Beckow

City of Angels painting by Bernadette Wulf

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Blue Angel Update 2

Blue Angel will be a member of one of the delegations, meeting the galactics at some early point in time.

I got the impression that I had passed another marker.

I was asking rather than assuming, being respectful of the differences between us, and being aware that I bring a lot of human vibrational ‘garbage’ that can drain the Galactics’ energy.

The elder turned to me and signalled me to lift my arms, into a surrender position with my palms facing forward. He put his palms to mine and I felt the new energy flow through my physical body, especially down my legs.

We then entered a room, where I assumed there were only male Galactics, but I couldn’t make anyone out clearly. As I wondered where the women were, a woman wearing robes and a turban emerged from nowhere, with gleaming eyes that shone with the warmest welcome.

Then the vision ended. I am struck by how similar this process seems to be to Genii Townsend’s visits to the Light City in Sedona.

Several days later, I’m still aware of this new feeling of light and spaciousness within that I have never had before.

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Layer Upon Layer of Constructed Self – Steve Beckow

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Layer Upon Layer of Constructed Self

A friend called me the other day on not acting very compassionately. And she was right.

There is a side of me that’s superficial, uncaring, unconcerned. I’m incredibly shallow about the world and I actually don’t know what to do about it.

Seeing how shallow I am brings up fresh, new levels of constructed self and a whole new raft of vasanas.

Of course, only my patterned behavior will be noticeable to other people. They won’t feel my feelings or think my thoughts. But they may intuit them.

The pattern of not caring has to stop.

And the interests that support this kind of coping mechanism or survival strategy will have to be raised to aware

The other day, when I considered the extent of the ground to be covered to emerge from the constructed self and just be the natural Self that I already know I am, I nearly felt like giving up.

But if I did, many others might as well, I thought. We need just the opposite so on we go.

To mastery of the self, the ego. To restoration of full confidence and competence, restored deficits and disabilities, ready to serve.

Krishnamurti said over and over that knowledge of the ways of the self, the ego, the constructed self, whatever you want to call it is what leads to liberation. I’m certainly getting to see mine.

Jesus added that the truth will set you free. Revealing the truth of the upset is the basis of my own method of  purification of the vasanas. (1)

At some point, completing the vasanas and releasing them should get easier. Perhaps they can be eradicated for society….

Footnotes

(1) See “How to Handle Unwanted Feelings: The Upset Clearing Process” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/on-processing-vasanas/how-to-handle-unwanted-feelings-the-upset-clearing-process/

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Recoil from Perceived Criticism – Steve Beckow

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Artist: Keith Allen Kay at Quantum Fractal Energy Mandala

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Recoil from Perceived Criticism

I notice that, when my personality, my constructed self is in the driver’s seat, any action that goes wrong stands as an indictment of my whole personality – so conditioned have I become to criticism.

Let me exaggerate a bit to make my point. This is the emotional truth for me, not the actual truth – how it seems or feels.

Any credible allegation that something has been screwed up, a ball has been dropped, etc., causes me to go into a tailspin, internally.

We say that a person in my position has been “triggered.”

And I react by going into attack mode. I’m fully mobilized without knowing what hit me.

It’s both the vasana and the conditioned pattern of behavior that go off.

The vasana is like a crew member ringing the alarm bell on a ship. All hands on deck! But it’s internal to the person.

The behavior pattern is external. The crew is now projecting the vasana externally, firing on other people, causing harm.

I know of no other valid approach to patterns than experiencing the vasana through to completion while not acting on the pattern born of the vasana.

Experiencing the vasana through to completion is a wholesome action; refraining from acting on it is also a wholesome action so we’ve satisfied the Buddha’s precept. (1)

Meanwhile I have my susceptibility to criticism to deal with. I know its origins. I don’t have to trace it back.

Here’s the thing. Someone being critical of another breaks the bond of connection, even if slightly. When my Dad criticized me, he took his love from me. For whatever reason. It really doesn’t matter.

He had an uncivil tongue. He’d dig the knife in so deeply (although Michael says I was a sensitive child) that I still cringe when criticized by another.

This family was mired in intergenerational transfer. That’s the process of passing a vasana along from parent to child, repeatedly.  The elder males seem to revel in lording it over their wives and children.

I cited the Divine Mother recently on dictators. Forgive me if I cite it again here because it describes some of my relatives (not all by any means).

“It is painful for a being that seeks power for themselves or power over another, whether it is a parent over a child, a husband over a wife, a man over an army. It matters not.

“The yearning [for], the exercise of control never gives joy. The pain simply grows. And so the actions become more grotesque, larger, until the breakdown is and has [been] and will be occurring.” (2)

A long and slippery slope.

Meanwhile, there’s no one else who can heal my wounds than I. And it’s no one else’s responsibility to do it either.

I’ve forgiven my Dad for passing this way of being along from his father. I probably need to forgive the family line as well, going back to the origin of the pattern.

Seeing these things does help me let go of them. I invoke Sanat Kumara and the Law of Elimination to take away whatever residue of resentment is left.

I feel a sense of peace. I have no idea how lasting it’ll be. But it feels better than the recoil from perceived criticism.

Footnotes

(1) Do only wholesome actions; refrain from unwholesome actions; and purify the mind. (Dhammapada.)

“To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to purify one’s mind—this is the teaching of the Buddhas” (Dhammapada, 183) at http://www.vipassanadhura.com/buddhism.htm

“Refrain from unwholesome actions, do good, purify the mind. This is the teaching of all the Buddhas” (Siddhartha Buddha, Dhammapada, at https://beherenownetwork.com/joseph-goldstein-insight-hour-ep-28-ten-unwholesome-actions/.

(2) “Transcript ~ The Divine Mother: Take Up Your Divine Authority, AHWAA, February 23, 2017,”  February 28, 2017, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2017/02/28/transcript-divine-mother-take-divine-authority-ahwaa-february-23-2017/.

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How I See Myself – Steve Beckow

Angel of The Presence ~ Aeoliah’s Visionary Art

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How I See Myself

From observing myself, I’m becoming convinced that the most important factor in how I feel, how my health is generally, and how I feel about myself is how I see myself.

I’ve sifted through everything – thoughts, feelings, vasanas, patterns, and interests – and what I see as the prime  architect (1) of every action is just that – how I see myself and what I do with what I think I see.

If I see myself as a “lazy no-good good-for-nothing,” then my whole life is skewed thereby.

If I see myself as pure and innocent, as we all are at essence, then my life takes a different direction.

In intergenerational transfer, we imbibe some of the attitudes of our parents. I feared that my parenting attitudes would all come,holus bolus, from my Dad and so I didn’t want to be a father.

All of this was happening way below conscious awareness but the battle raged on between me and my Dad for decades.  Always I was proving him wrong: “I am not a lazy, no-good good-for-nothing.”

Many of our issues – vasanas, patterns, and even interests – are also subject to intergenerational transfer.

Then there’s the slice that I created newly. My vasanas, mypatterns, my interests. I start owning it. Reparenting is my latest strategy to ease myself out of those.

I’ve been working away at that, again, for decades.

But all of these are so many news stories of a life. Read all about it. Steve still battling with his Dad. Blames all on Father.

We all know that news stories change every day. If we want to stop the stream of them, we need to look behind them and find the one who is pulling the strings, the puppet master, the creator of the stories.

We use the word “ego” to refer to a cluster of things. I’m going to choose a different way of referring to it, calling it a quality of mind – the survival instinct of a mind convinced that it is only material, subject to death, alone in a competitive, cut-throat world, etc. As the Buddhists do, let me name it “worried” mind.

My worried mind thrives on conflict because it sees itself coming out on top. This is its coping mechanism or survival strategy.

It has no hesitation in criticizing me – whether the last generation did so or not is not a consideration.  It does so to spur me to action.

It sees things from a Social-Darwinist perspective: Life is a struggle for existence in which only the fittest survive. Wealth betokens fitness.

It also sees them from an Empirical-Materialist perspective: Life is only what we see, hear, touch, taste, etc. If we cannot detect life in this way, what we’re conceiving doesn’t exist. So goodbye archangels, galactics, and the Internet. (2)

In this case, the news story – the issue – is me blaming Dad for all my ills. The next moment it may be my poor performance in this area over here. The puppet master pulls one string after another and sees what develops.

It engages in a self-serving dance aimed at ensuring its own survival in a competitive and worrisome world.  What it gets from the dance is reassurance of its own survival: someone is protecting me; I have enough money to get by; I’ve come out on top, etc.

It’s that puppet master that we need to notice. Not in a critical way. (Been there. Done that.)

But in a loving way. It has, after all, helped keep us alive all these years.

Remember the scene in Men in Black, where the man’s face was removed by the coroner, revealing a tiny spaceman inside, just about dead, manipulating all the little levers in the head?

Well, that’s about the situation with the worried mind. Whether it comes early or late, someday we realize all the wasted energy we poured into worrying. And we just let it go. Que sera sera. What will be will be. Just like the little spaceman.

It’s all mythic anyways. I’m not going to die when this body falls away. Give me a break. (3)

This world is not run on competition. That’s what’s brought us to the brink of destruction – mutual,  assured, and mad.

It’s run on cooperation.

On and on the myths go, associated with Social Darwinism and Empirical Materialism.

The puppet master can now step down, with a grand round of applause for a job well done, keeping me alive all these years.

Thank you. You’re on vacation. Heaven knows when I might need you again. When judgment has transformed into discernment? (4)

Footnotes

(1) Not prime motivator – that’s how we feel.

(2) A galactic invention, as is the computer you’re reading this on.

(3) See New Maps of Heaven at http://goldengaiadb.com/index.php?title=New_Maps_of_Heaven

(4) Judgement is biased, subjective; discernment is neutral, objective. Judgment is based on values; discernment is based on facts.  (This sounds like a strange reversal of Empirical Materialism.)

Judgment is associated with the worrying mind, trying to ensure its own survival by judging others. It is hierarchical and in service to self.

Discernment is based on a soul-level love of fairness and justice and a wish to see it extend throughout the world, in service to others, the collective.

Discerning discussion is in Perro: It’s neutral, shorn of attachment to any interest save establishing the truth.

Discerning decision-making arises out of calm reflection after a review of all the documentary and testimonial facts. It’s aim is to make a compassionate ruling arising out of reflection on the credibly-established facts.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/28/how-i-see-myself/

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Angel of The Presence ~ Aeoliah’s Visionary Art

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That’s My Target – Steve Beckow

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That’s My Target

The Arcturians asked us to master every thought and feeling.

I’d like to talk about mastering feelings for a moment.

I watch myself and I see myself talking about things in a way that reflects how I feel – gloomy, depressed, elevated, happy.  I “come from” the context of the feeling I’m presently experiencing.

If I feel gloomy, I might be hard to rouse when you’re talking about something happy. If I feel happy, I might be hard to shut up.

But I speak out of the context of the feeling I’m going through at that moment – most times.

All the time I’m doing this, I’m unaware I’m doing it. And sometimes I’m aware and hoping no one notices – when everyone does.

Is this not the wicked web we weave when first we practice to deceive? In the growth movement, we just owned it and got off it or continued on with awareness. It very soon disappears as a problem in an atmosphere of transparency.

I don’t want to add suppression to unconsciousness.

Again it calls on me to reparent myself – to get into, underneath, and over top of unproductive feelings and give myself better directions.  Mastering my feelings is a job for my Adult.

If I’m to do the job(s) I’m asked to do, I feel the need not to be subject to the sway of negative feelings (positive feelings don’t present a problem).

Rewiring myself, reprogramming myself – because habitual behavior won’t disappear; we just need to be wise in what we choose to make a habit – reparenting myself seems the best way to find my balance point, my centerpoint in  responding to my feelings.

In that center resides tranquillity. That’s my target.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/27/thats-my-target/

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Three Windows into Vasanas – Steve Beckow

Study – by Trungbui42 @ DeviantArt

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Three Windows into Vasanas

I’d like to post three discussions which are very relevant to anyone studying or processing core issues or vasanas.

They tell us why it works to process them, how persistent vasanas are, and why there is no need to process beneficial vasanas.


Why should we process our vasanas?


Steve: The work we do in completing our old business and upsets, that makes for a smooth transition? Is that right?

Archangel Michael: Yes, it does. Think of it in terms of when a baby, a human baby is birthed, sometimes it is a very easy delivery, sometimes it is 30 hours of labor. Sometimes the mother decides to birth in the fields; sometimes she births in the ocean. Sometimes she goes to a beautiful room; other times she goes to an operating room and has a C-section. But the birthing still occurs. So this is what happens.

It is a feeling of complete and utter surrender and bliss. It is a sensation — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — of union. So there is a moment where you feel, oh, I have died. Because that is the sense of such release and reconnection. But of course you are not dying. Quite the contrary. Now, in much of your history or literature — and I do include sacred books in that — ascension is also related to a keeping of some kind of physicality and form. Now, some will choose not to do that, and that is fine. But that is a choice.

But let us talk about you. Let us use you as an example. Because you have done your very deep work, and your heart is committed to this path for many, many years. There will be that sense of blissful connection that you have experienced a couple of times, but it will be even more so.

The sense will be that you are flying upward. It is a physical sensation of movement. And a remembering, or a sensation of remembering, that you have wings, or the ability to fly. (“Archangel Michael on NESARA, Opposing the Cabal, and Ascension – Oct. 1, 2011 – Part 2/3,” at http://the2012scenario.com/2011/10/archangel-michael-on-nesara-opposing-the-cabal-and-ascension-part-23/.)


Vasanas don’t simply disappear of their own volition; we need to “clean them up.”


Archangel Michael: The reason why I speak of this is that many of you – and you, beloved, included – look at situations and you say, “Well, how can it get much worse?” And that is because you, and many, come from a place of love and purity of intent. But you also know that everything that has need to be eliminated, everything that has need to be relinquished, everything that needs to be healed in this cesspool that we call “chaos” has need to come to the surface.

Otherwise – and this has happened many, many times in human history – what happens is there is a belief, there is a healing, an accommodation, a remedy, and then the human collective tends to think, “Okay, now it is cleaned up, now it is healed, now it is done.” But the core – the core issues – of the collective, and of course of the individuals, has not been addressed, and therefore it simply settles in and it festers.

In this part of the infinite, eternal unfoldment of our Mother’s Plan, it all has need to be surfaced so that this subtle and actual festering, until it again boils over, cannot happen. It is simply, in your time and in the Mother’s time, the juncture at which this has to be healed. So it continues to rise to the surface.

You see, those who are even deeply engaged in, shall we say, dark deeds, erroneous behaviour, false beliefs or paradigms which are all components of the chaos – very often, what has happened is that the chaos doesn’t bother them, and they thrive upon it. But the level of chaos that has come to the surface, that is being exposed in every quadrant of the planet – in every society, in every institutional structure, in every political and financial structure – it’s exhausting!

So not only is it exhausting because of the tumultuous nature, the sullied nature, of the energy that is being brought to the surface. It is also beginning – in fact, very significantly – exhausting those who have been engaged in the errant or aberrant behaviours. And that is a significant improvement. It is a significant departure.

It is anticipated – and what you would even think of as natural – that those that are of a higher vibration, those that are carrying the love and the purity in their hearts, those who are of the lightworker and loveholder community – of course, when they look at it, it is exhausting to them. That is to be expected. In many ways, it is as if, as lightworkers, you have been sitting on the edge of a volcanic waste dump for years. Of course, it is exhausting!

But it is important that those who you think of as having been neutral, and those who have actually been the perpetrators of violence – because it is all of violence – are also becoming fed up, exhausted, overwhelmed. It is no longer simply a foray into the darkness and then a retreat to the comfort of home. This is exactly what has need to transpire.

It cannot be simply the lightbearers who are holding the light, and shining the light, and beaming the light, and being the light – it cannot simply be them doing all the heavy lifting for the entire planet to go forward.

Now, we are not saying that those recalcitrants will fully embrace the light. Even those who have been in strict containment continue to argue and fight! However, when they reach the point of exhaustion where they are fed up, that is victory – and that, my beloved friend, my brother, is what is at hand!

And you are being assisted not only by the Mother’s legions but by your Star Family, increasingly apparent and present – and will be very clearly present upon the planet very quickly – not simply as boots on the ground but in the full splendour of a delegation. (Archangel Michael in a personal reading with EBSS through Linda Dillon, January 2019, athttps://counciloflove.com/2019/01/archangel-michael-victory-is-at-hand/.)


Finally, Ramana Maharshi once said:


In Yoga Vasistha two classes of vasanas are distinguished: those of enjoyment and those of bondage. The former remain even after Mukti (1) is attained, but the latter are destroyed by it. Attachment is the cause of binding vasanas, but enjoyment without attachment does not bind and continues even in Sahaja [that is, after Ascension].” (2)


I too have noticed that all that’s needed to create space is to process the vasanas that contribute to our denseness and gloom; the vasanas that contribute to our upliftment and happiness present no problem and can be left alone.

Those vasanas that tend towards these divine states are in line with the Divine Plan; their role is to lift us up closer and closer to the Godhead and final reunification.

It’s only the ones that drag us down that we need to get to the bottom of, re-experience completely, and let go of.

Footnotes

(1) Mukti is liberation from birth and death, something that occurs after entry into the Fifth Dimension. Hence Ascension is liberation or mukti.

(2) Ramana Maharshi in S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 89.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/26/three-windows-into-vasanas/

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Study – by Trungbui42 @ DeviantArt

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Ascension through Terrestrial Eyes – Steve Beckow

Lord Brahma by Manjari Sharma @ Artspace

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Ascension through Terrestrial Eyes

If we were to look at Ascension with terrestrial eyes, where would we find discussions of it?

Well, all discussions in the Bible of salvation, resurrection, being made a pillar in the temple and going no more out, etc., are discussions of Ascension.

We are saved (salvation) from needing to be reborn and die again; there is none of that on the Fifth Dimension and higher.

We’re resurrected (resurrection) from this realm of birth and death, this old Third Dimension, and raised to a higher dimension, beyond death.

We need no more leave the temple of our everyday, higher-dimensional life and enter into the realm of death and destruction. We’ve ascended to a realm in which one is drowned in love and bliss, where harm and destruction are forgotten and non-existent.

Arriving at this place in consciousness is such a radical break with our everyday experience that I’m tempted to draw a line here and say, a new chapter will have opened up for us.


Ramakrishna used to advise us to run into the Lake of Bliss, jump into it, fall into it. Just get into the Lake.

Yes, any entry into higher dimensionality, as far as I’m aware, is as good as any other. Once in – no matter the motivation, accidental visitor or a lifelong seeker – the realization of higher dimensionality is the same.

The strength of the experience, I believe, is what differs between a temporary and a permanent heart opening.

The task at hand is to get ourselves into that Lake of Bliss, that Ocean of Love that the Mother keeps signalling us that she is. Whenever she says, “I am Maré,” she’s hinting at being the “Ocean” of Love. (Maré in Latin = Ocean.)

I’d say this is a foolproof test of whether you’ve reached the end of Third/Fourth Dimensionality: Are you drowned in an Ocean of Love and are you there fully and permanently? If yes, then you sound like you ascended.

If not, I’ll trade you seats. You’re still closer to the fire than me.

Unlike all previous levels of enlightenment, Ascension, or Sahaja Samadhi as it was known to Sri Ramana, is not connected to the kundalini reaching one of the chakras. It’s beyond the seven-chakra system of the Third Dimension.

Realization evidently starts and ends with a heart opening. Entry into spiritual life (stream-entering, Buddh.; spiritual awakening, Hind.) attends a fourth-chakra heart opening, which quickly closes.

But Ascension sees the spiritual heart – or more accurately, the hridayam or heart aperture – open fully, forever. No more slipping back. No more disappearing experiences.

Never again must one be reborn into the world of matter. This is moksha, mukti, liberation.

One leaves the wheel of birth and death behind, said a man who had, in my opinion, ascended while alive: The Buddha. (1)

Ascension was known to Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists and probably many other spiritual traditions.

While the sages did not discuss dimensionality, they had ways of indicating it, pointing at it. To be welcomed into the temple and go no more out is one way of talking about ascending to the Fifth Dimension.

Footnotes

(1) Arahantship, it seems to me, betokens seventh-chakra enlightenment. Buddhahood betokens a full and permanent heart opening, Ascension, beyond the chakra system.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/25/ascension-through-terrestrial-eyes/

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Lord Brahma by Manjari Sharma @ Artspace

Serving the Mother – Steve Beckow

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Shakti ~ Artist Kimberly Webber @ Fine Art America

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Serving the Mother

If you’d allow me, I’d like to discuss my own point of view on serving the Mother, since most lightworkers are here to serve her Plan for Ascension.  I’ll have to backtrack a little and work up to my main points.

The Company of Heaven uses the terms “Father God” and “Mother God” to distinguish between two phases of the One – stillness and activity.

The Father is silent and still, in material terms; (1) the Mother is movement, sound, and light. (2)

She builds the dream world for the third member of the Trinity, the Child of God, to fulfill its purpose in life.

What is that purpose?

Again, I need to backtrack even more.

The Child of God enters the Mother’s world as a divine spark, a “fragment” of the Father, which the Mother gives form to.

This is the meaning of Proverbs: “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn her seven pillars.” (3)  Solomon called the Mother, Wisdom and the Holy Spirit. The Mother’s house is this body and the seven pillars are the seven chakras of the Third-Dimensional chakra system.

Now what’s the purpose in the divine spark leaving the Transcendental realm and entering the Material? Who in their right minds would do such a thing?

As my vision showed me in 1987, (4) God created this world and everything in it so that God could meet Itself. God is the One and All, everything, One without a second, so how can it meet itself?

The answer is by creating illusory divisions within Itself and an illusory sense of separation. When the illusion is rectified in a lightning flash of our enlightenment, for a brief moment, God meets God. And for that meeting was all of this created.

The Father is the divine spark. (5) The Mother, who is also the Father (they are not two), creates the vehicle for the divine spark.

She also creates, preserves, and transforms the dream world, the school of experience, in which we spiritually evolve. It can thus be said that spiritual evolution is the purpose of life. That’s another way of phrasing the matter.

The sparks live in the world according to universal laws designed to draw them ever onward to the moment of their enlightenment and God meeting God.

Since there’s only One, when God meets God, we’re fulfilling the Plan we ourselves devised. We are that One God as is everyone and everything else so God’s Plan is and always was our Plan.

Eventually, we reunite with the One and the dream of separation ends.

Paul describes that moment, metaphorically. The Son, the Christ, the Self, having passed back to the Father everything he or she was given, bends the knee and surrenders itself, ending separation:

“Then cometh the end, when [the Self, the Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power [within him or herself].

“… And when all things shall be subdued unto him [the Father], then shall the Son [the Christ] also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (6)

Thus, the Self is only the penultimate reality – high but not ultimate. This is why Buddhists emphasize the No-Self, which would be the One, beyond the Self.

The Self merges with the ultimate reality, the All-Self or One, and for a time disappears.

I’m told that it ultimately re-emerges and leads an existence of service from that moment on.

In the meantime, we all serve the Mother. Serving the Father is still serving her. Besides, you can’t see or speak to the Father, but you can see and speak to the Mother.  (7)

Surrendering to her service is a watershed event in our lives, a line drawn in the sand.

Certainly, when I surrendered to her, (8) my life began to untangle and I began to relax more, even as I contemplated ever larger responsibilities.

Footnotes

(1) Love flows in the Transcendental. It is empty only of material objects.

(2) See “On the Nature of the Divine Mother or Holy Spirit,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spirituality/the-nature-of-the-divine-mother/on-the-nature-of-the-divine-mother-or-holy-spirit-2/

(3) Proverbs 9:1.

(4) See “The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment – Ch. 13 – Epilogue,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/08/13/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment-ch-13-epilogue/

And The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment, at http://gaog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Purpose-of-Life-is-Enlightenment.pdf

(5) “God the Father remained hidden as Christ Intelligence [the Divine Spark] in all matter and in all living beings in order to bring all things, by beautiful evolutional coaxings back to His home of All-Blessedness when they should overcome all mortal tests, and should reincarnate in matter no more; i.e., ‘go no more out.’” (Paramahansa Yogananda in Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ. Dallas: Amrita Foundation, 1979, 1, 28.)

(6) St. Paul in I Corinthians 15:24 and 28.

The names all refer to the third member of the Trinity. The Trinity is: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Brahman, Atman, and Shakti; Father, Child, and Mother.  The most common way the third member is known is as “the Self.”

(7) Many devotional people find it difficult to be devoted to and realize what amounts to a Void, but they have no difficulty in worshipping the many forms of the Mother – Mary, Mother of Joseph; Maria, Our Lady of Guadaloupe; Quan Yin, etc.

(8) It happened in progressive stages each time I talked with her on the radio (Hour with an Angel)  or in a personal reading. I felt more and more reassured that “this” was really happening and began to trust and relax more, until I finally surrendered.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/23/serving-the-mother/

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Shakti ~ Artist Kimberly Webber @ Fine Art America

Personality & Behavior – Steve Beckow

Romance Echo Painting by Dorina Costras @ Artmajeur

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Personality and Behavior

Everything about me that could be called a “personality” or a “character” I create. And I have to create it again and again, daily, hourly, because if I don’t create it, to all effects, it isn’t there.

There are things that I was emphasizing yesterday which I’m not emphasizing today.


This is a good time to mention: My articles are not all in chronological order. Sometimes red-hot news interrupts the publishing schedule. That can throw off the ability to schedule.

So please don’t approach my articles as if they are an unfolding narrative in tight chronological sequence. That’s the case about 70% of the time; in 30%, I’ve had to juggle.

Thank you. I feel lighter having communicated that.


If I don’t emphasize those things today, it’s as if they cease to exist until I re-create them again in some way and connection.

I think we think that “personality” and “character” are continuous. I don’t think they are. Creatures of habit that we are, we buy, just as if we were at a department store, certain lines of behavior. Ironically, those, I think, prove to be more enduring than our “personality,” which changes from day to day.

Lines of behavior persist but the reasons for resorting to them vary.  It’s as if we search around for any convincing reason – a value, a principle, a trauma – to justify the behavioral response we decided on long ago. We just keep reacting and reacting and reacting in the same habitual way – and justifying it.

That is a vasana, for sure; a core issue, a deeper motivation.

We think of our “personality” as a repository of traits and values. I think that’s what it should be.  I’d like to see it become our spiritual resume – like our aura is – again.

Our 3D thinking pays no attention to the personality and it gets what it wants by relying on lines of behavior, approaches, strategies.

It has the moves. It knows what to say. It knows how to close the deal.

The values of the personality are bent, after the fact, to the service of habitual behavior patterns.

Our 3D thinking is almost-exclusively concerned with its own survival and the survival of everything with which it identities.

Its 3D view is that life is a struggle for survival in which only the fittest survive.  Historians and Sociologists call this view  Social Darwinism.

On the one hand, the lines of behavior, strategies, and approaches, insofar as they are bent in the service of manipulation of others and gratification of the self, need to be let go of. We need to just stop. There’s no need to put anything in their place.  Just don’t keep doing them.

On the other hand, acting according to divine traits invites enlightenment.  And divine values won’t lead us astray. So I have no objection to “personality.” I do have on objection to behaving as if life is a struggle for survival.

I’ve spent time on higher dimensions. (1) Never have I encountered such an idea as Social Darwinism. I think they’d be mildly amused if I asked. Only love, bliss, and peace are being shared in those environs. No hatred or even mild displeasure.

When you float on your back in a pool, all your attention goes to seeing that water doesn’t go down your mouth and nose, right? When you’re immersed in an ocean of love, all trace of care and concern disappears from you. Everything dissolves in love – worry, hope, and fear; vasanas and ego.

AND that kind of love satisfies every need and want.  There’s no downside to it and no end to the upside.

When you exist in an ocean of love in which no thought of harm could possibly arise, you become very much aware that you co-created this environment.

And so have – and are – numberless others, co-creating this very 5D atmosphere in which all want and need disappear.

Being permanently immersed in this higher-dimensional ocean of love is total release. (2)  It is mukti, moksha, and Ascension.

Footnotes

(1) In the spiritual experiences I call the Silver Bullet, 7th-Dimensional experience of doing without doing at Vipassana meditation retreat, the 1987 vision, 2015 4th-chakra heart opening, 2018 sight of the Self at Xenia, etc., all temporary  glimpses only.  In the Silver Bullet, a moment of love collided with a realization about the nature of light. The crossroads of light and love. I ended up knowing without the shadow of a doubt that I was God but could not remember the name of the body.  The experience faded within an hour.

(2) I just spent some time in it and then lost te connection, which is normal before Sahaja Samadhi.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/21/personality-and-behavior/

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Romance Echo Painting by Dorina Costras @ Artmajeur

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About-Turn – Steve Beckow

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Seraphim Art by Lily Moses

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About-Turn

The combination of processing my vasanas, patterns, and interests and exporting these gains to the outside (by interacting with people rather than fleeing from them) is revealing things to me.

For instance, this morning, I re-connected with my happy self. I was about to shave and I remembered my Christmas as a shaving-cream Santa.

In that instant, I recognized my sense of humor and my love of laughter, long left in the dark.

Glee, connection, and a love of sharing is arising in me. I’ve utterly neglected my happy side all the years I lived in dismay and dejection. My predominant mood then was gloomy, not happy.

I’ve mentioned how I used to awaken each day feeling dismayed. “Am I still here?” I’d say to myself, thinking about life with my Dad.

My happiness would surface on rare occasions, but so often I ignored it by concluding that its appearances were aberrational.

Given that I created so much in my lifetime, you’d wonder how a person mired in gloom could do it and be optimistic at the same time.

If I were to ask Michael, I bet he’d say: The spirit is irrepressible. It can make itself felt through the thickest of fogs. And the nature of the times empowers that spirit to make itself felt all the more. And I’ve been feeling the inner push of the spirit.

It’s as if my happy side was in jail until now. From time to time someone would take notice of it, perhaps pass it a scrap of food (affirmation, usually perfunctory). I the personality was too mired in gloom to take serious notice of my imprisoned happy self.

But now that I’ve cleared my field of awareness of at least some vasanas, the space is there for things to arise. Consequently, my awareness has sharpened. My interest in life has increased. My adventurousness has as well: Instead of guarding my space at a coffeehouse, I’m now a welcoming presence. Total about-turn.

We might feel disappointed that space itself lacks bliss.  Let me address that if you would.

I credit the existence of space as playing a critical role in causing what arises to arise.

Without clearing my mind of vasanas, it’s as if I’m producing smoke that fills up the room.  There’s no breathing space.

When the smoke has cleared, what we’re left with is pure air, which was always-already there.

When space arose in my quiet mind, I felt neutral and normal. I didn’t feel blissful.

Bliss arose later. Space is just space and not inherently blissful, but bliss does arise in it, like a guest entering the house; like the wind finding any crack to enter the building. Bliss will not arise in the mind in which there is no space.

Space actually exists unto itself, outside our minds. But our minds are too busy to notice it.

I filled up my mind with worries, hopes, and fear so that I had no awareness of space.

That doesn’t change space itself. It only blocks me off from any of the good things that arise in it – like love, bliss, and peace – when I still my mind. (1)

As long as one is in gloom, however, even if one stumbles upon space and it lacks bliss, one might ignore it as I ignored my happy side all these years.

I think there are people who pass their entire lives in gloom, relying on medications and professional help where, if they processed their vasanas, they might get at the root of the problem.

Footnotes

(1) Through eradicating vasanas and patterns and raising interests to awareness.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/20/about-turn/

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Raising Our Interests to Awareness – Steve Beckow

Samadhi by SachiiA @ DeviantArt

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Raising Our Interests to Awareness

I could, if I wanted to, get very excited about Reval news. It seems genuinely close but somehow a deeper layer of me is telling me not to.

I keep telling myself: All I need is the 800#.  All the rest is optional.

What seems more important at this particular moment is to take back the power that I’ve given away to others, to redeem what Michael calls my “divine authority.”

I want to stop the bleed-off of energy that comes with my felt victimization, a game I play which masks my giving away my power in some respect.

I become irritated, but I’m in the position I’m in because I put myself there.

So right now, it isn’t as important to me to live life as normal. I want to spend a moment taking back my power, my energy, my freedom.

Here’s an example of giving away my power. The self-serving side of myself covers up how I want to be seen as a generous person. It’s a make-wrong of my Father and Grandfather, but it looks good, so I don’t get called on it.

But any interest, even if it lies outside consciousness, will pull us from the middle, which the Arcturians said they wanted us to occupy.

We talk about vested interests, competing agendas, conflicts of interests, deep motivation, etc. All of these point to the same thing: The desire for possession or actual possession of something, with the attendant desire to hold on to it.

I believe that all our interests will be raised to our awareness, from which point we can ask the archangels to remove them, invoking the Law of Elimination, if we wish. Or just raise them to awareness if they are interests that we want to hold onto, from a point of awareness.

There can’t be any pulls upon us from sources we don’t recognize. Just as our vasanas and patterns are being surfaced right now, so may our interests be.

When the Reval does hit, we’re going to be deciding on the disbursement of very large sums of money. We don’t want to be tossed from one side of the room to the other by our unconscious vested interests, what William Ury calls our “deeper motivations.”

What served my interests last year doesn’t serve them this year. I want to temper my generosity with wisdom now, to take back my power in this area. I don’t want my generosity to be on automatic pilot and I surrender the desire to look generous; i.e., look good.

All of it is in response to my Father and Grandfather. They used money to manipulate. It left a very bad taste in my mouth. It’s a simple vasana, but you can see how far its tentacles can reach.

Later….

I hereby nullify all contracts I have with anyone in which I give away my power for any consideration or service.

From this moment on, I will re-negotiate any contracts that involve a giving away of power.

Footnotes

(1) Arcturians: You will be called upon to master EVERY thought and feeling. …

Hence any thoughts or feelings that cause inner conflict of any form are best pulled into your conscious mind to be displayed as an experience. In fact, in 5D this will occur with your EVERY thought/emotion.
 [All thoughts and feelings are visible in the Fifth Dimension.]

Hence our leaders are having to totally hone this mastery of energy NOW.  (The Arcturians through Sue Lie in a personal reading with Steve Beckow,  Nov. 8, 2013.)

Arcturians: You have to be the master of your consciousness at all times. (The Arcturians, ibid., July 22, 2014.)

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/17/raising-our-interests-to-awareness/

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The Lord Arcturus on the Delegations – Steve Beckow

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The Lord Arcturus on the Delegations

Most of us have dual natures. We probably don’t think about it much, but we do.

We’re both angelics and galactics. We have both a life as an angel and a life on the Pleiades, Sirius, Andromeda, or Arcturus.

As an angelic, I serve Archangel Michael. As a galactic, I’m from Arcturus and serve the Lord Arcturus – as a communicator.

I spoke to him through Linda Dillon recently.

I wanted to post his discussion of wanting starseed Gaians to be Gaians, rather than starseeds and of their excitement about the delegations, which are already underway.

Michael also commented on the latter topic in the same reading, which I’ll post as soon as the transcript returns.


The Lord Arcturus in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, June 12, 2019.


Lord Arcturus: Gaians need to examine themselves. Yes, there is great help and [there are] many, many missions (1)  from around the omniverse there (2) to assist [you] at this time.

Not only to assist, but then to participate, on planet and off, with humans, with Gaians.

But the focus for humans right now needs to be on themselves because they … now I do not mean this in a judgmental way; I say this as a kindred spirit to my brother with clear thinking, critical thinking … humans are easily distracted.

And very often, even with the best of intentions, they can get distracted with thinking about off-planet things so that they deny their Gaian self in favor of saying, “I am Pleiadian” or “I am Arcturian” or “I am Hussian” when the entire purpose of their life is to be Gaian.

So we don’t want to distract.

Steve: Aha. It’s kind of a mixed thing in the sense that we do want to keep people informed of news of the delegations, etc., which generates excitement.

A: Absolutely.

And there is great excitement, not only on Earth, but throughout the galaxy about the delegations, let me be very clear about that.

But understand what we say: The delegations are coming to you.  We didn’t invite you and give you the science and technology – which is actually very simple – to come and visit us.

So again all the focus is on YOU! We are coming to you! We are coming to your house!

We are not saying that we want you to be insular. Not insular in the slightest. We most certainly don’t want you to be xenophobic. But we want it to be clear. Where the party is being held, where the celebration is being held is upon Gaia because THIS, this grand event, this unfoldment of the Mother’s Plan is on your planet.

It is spectacular and it has been awaited for so long.

So, yes, that is what I mean insofar as we want Gaians to pay attention to not only currently what is going on, which is very disruptive, but what is possible to be achieved on this planet of light, on this planet of love.

It is extraordinarily exciting.

Steve: Will this happen soon?

A: The delegations are already underway. You will be hearing about them shortly.

Footnotes

(1) Delegations? Fleets?

(2) He is speaking from Arcturus, so Earth is “there.”

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/13/the-lord-arcturus-on-the-delegations/

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Ultimate Enjoyment – Steve Beckow

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Ultimate Enjoyment

I awoke at 2:45 this morning in the second of my two days off.

And I asked myself, “What now?”

It usually takes me two hours to fall back to sleep. What do I do with the time? Meditate? Write? Organize?

And I realized that what I sought at that moment – if I was to put it in a single word – was enjoyment. And then I flashed on the thought that enjoyment is what all people seek.

What then gives ultimate enjoyment all the time? Why, both higher dimensional love and bliss.

Why then am I thinking of getting enjoyment from eating things or seeing things or doing things?

I go direct to the Source. I seek ultimate enjoyment in the form of bliss.

All I have to do to experience that bliss (granted that my heart has been opened) is draw it up a long, slow breath from my heart.  It comes. Where I drop out is I don’t do the exercise (or any exercise) often enough. I should be focusing on it.

One and a half hours to go before I fall back to sleep. What will I do? Draw up bliss from my heart.

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Possible Confusion around Sudden and Gradual Aspects of Ascension – Steve Beckow

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Letting Go Ballerina Art by Sascalia @ Etsy

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Possible Confusion around Sudden and Gradual Aspects of Ascension

Some people still express confusion around Ascension as a sudden and a gradual process. Which is it? What mix of each? Does it vary per human?

They can’t quite wrap themselves around the idea that the two can go on as part of the same process. Past that point, yes, Ascension is an individual matter. And even that is not true because some events – such as our gradual heart opening – are happening for the whole planet.

But to look at the sudden and gradual nature of Ascension, we accept that volcanoes are mountains that erupt periodically. In between those eruptions volcanoes are silent.  Then there is a gradual or sudden buildup of magma and an eruption occurs again.

We can point to any number of processes that are both gradual and sudden.

In the main, Ascension has to be gradual. Our bodies couldn’t take the strain of the higher levels of enlightenment (seventh-chakra Brahmajnana or God-Realization and open-heart Sahaja Samadhi, the culmination of our Ascension). We’d die and this is designed to be the first physical Ascension.

We’re intended to take our bodies with us – unlike Jesus or the Buddha who ascended upon shedding theirs.

So we have to pay attention to how much the physical body can take.

But that’s not all. Then there’s the understanding of the operator of the body. That too has to be seen to.

Some people may not know what’s happening if they experience a stage of enlightenment – a heart opening, cosmic consciousness, Brahmajnana, or Sahaja. They may freak and think they’re going nuts.

Did someone put LSD in their orange juice? What planet are they on and how come no one else here seems to know what I’m talking about?

We’re looking at a mass Ascension here, not just a physical one. The planet decided at the level of the collective consciousness to go en masse rather than with only a slim number as would have ascended on Dec. 21, 2012. Only a fraction of the planet would have had the requisite light then to make the jump.

We decided to ascend as a whole and that I believe that that required an entirely-different process. Now we have to slow things down and go up in stair steps.

And stair steps brings us to the sudden part of Ascension. There are actual enlightenment events that happen as the kundalini rises in the sushumna canal.

It reaches trigger point at the 4th chakra, 6th, 7th and spiritual heart beyond the Third-Dimensional chakra system. When it does, a sudden experience occurs. It creates a radical break, a discontinuity in thinking, feeling, and experiencing.

Everything about us feels elevated and expanded. We have realizations and remembrances. For a brief period of time, we experience life on the higher dimensions – usually Fifth to Seventh, when our hearts open and the inner tsunami of love sweeps us away. (1) The memory is indelible and, as Krishnamurti once said, we cannot help but work for it ever after. (1)

I was going to make this a footnote, but, no, it proves a point.

I had a truncated experience of Brahmajnana. I watched the kundalini sweep above me and descend into the seventh chakra. But there was no bliss and bliss is an inseparable part of the full experience.

Without bliss, it was like watching a horror flick of Mauna Loa erupting. A great river of gold roaring by you.

I asked Archangel Michael about that experience, and he commented:

Steve: Ordinarily you would experience Brahmajnana at that point but I felt that it had been muted, toned down.

AAM: Completely toned down. We want you very physically present. (2)

Can we not deduce from his answer that too much enlightenment can cause physical or spiritual symptoms, such as not being physically present. Too much enlightenment and I will hang up my keyboard and go for a Himalayan cave.

Again, I went to make this note a footnote, but it too is too central to the point being made here, that too much enlightenment too fast will cause complications. I stood in sight of the Self at Xenia Retreat on Sept. 18, 2018. That experience too was truncated.

Instead of being a light brighter than a thousand suns, the Self was more translucent. I wondered at that and had occasion to ask the Divine Mother abut it.

Steve: The experience at Xenia, Mother, was that truncated?

Divine Mother: Slightly, yes.

Steve: I had the thought [it was]. … The Light I saw should have been brighter than a thousand suns. The fact that it wasn’t suggests to me that the experience was truncated.  …

DM: It was not as brilliant as possible, let us put it that way.

Steve: Alright… And again, the reason is to keep me in sync with my readers?

DM: It is to keep you in sync with your readers…  But let me be very clear about that. If you had seen the light as it actually is, yes, a million, billion suns… You would have simply departed. …

We don’t mean die but you would have departed the life that you have designed – yes, with us, for yourself, for the service you are providing – you would have departed and simply said, “I do not need to do this. I will just simply sit in the bliss of love and good luck, everybody!” (3)

That would be the likely future for me if I went too far too fast: a breaking of my soul contract and the loss of a communicator.

Many other people would be disoriented and some might panic.

So, yes, there are sudden spiritual eruptions, interspersed with long periods of assimilation and integration. And preparation for the next spiritual eruption of consciousness and love.  Think of these as stair steps on the stairway to heaven. (4)

No process I can think of is constant at a screamingly-high energy and neither is Ascension.  It unfolds both gradually and suddenly watched over and moderated by our guides on the other side.

Footnotes

(1) “The really important thing is … the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution. When once a man has seen that and really knows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself one with it, because it is so glorious, so beautiful.” (J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master.Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1974; c1910, 17.) [My emphasis.]

(2) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Sept. 30, 2015.

(3) Divine Mother, ibid., Oct. 26, 2018.

(4) My understanding is that, in early Christian terminology, “heaven” referred to what we’d call the Fifth Dimension, what the afterlife would call the Mental Plane. “Going to heaven” or “being saved” is the same as saying “ascending.”

For detailed descriptions of the higher-level enlightenment experiences, including Sahaja, the culmination of Ascension, go here: http://goldengaiadb.com/index.php?title=E#Enlightenment_-_Enlightenment_is_the_purpose_of_lifeand following sections.

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Gender in the Higher Realms – Steve Beckow

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Gender in the Higher Realms

People may wonder about gender in the higher realms.

Higher-dimensional star brothers and sisters don’t experience gender the same way we do.

The way the Arcturians through Sue Lie describe it, “we are neither male nor female, rather we are the integration of male and female.” (1)

Diane of Sirius explains that biological differences are unnecessary in the higher realms. That isn’t what gender means there.

“Even in the highest levels there is still a feminine energy. Not as you may use the terminology to distinguish male and female, which is more for the physical attributes. Such differences are unnecessary as you go into the higher levels.

“The Beings of Light are androgynous, and only use form as you understand it when it is deemed necessary. You have seen them as your glowing godly Beings from which beautiful light radiates in all directions.” (2)

She goes on to discuss the Divine Plan for Gaia as it relates to gender.

“I come to bring the feminine energies to a world that until recently was dominated by the powerful influence of the male energies, and reflected his often aggressive approach to life. In fact as an intentional plan to bring a change of direction for mankind, women have been helped to take their place alongside men.

“In ages past there were times when women ruled, but they carried more of the male attributes that meant they were warriors. However over time, a balance has come in and the male and feminine energies have come closer together. For example the role of mothers and fathers is no longer strictly defined, and there is sharing of family responsibilities.

“As you approach Ascension, so each of you will experience a softening of the extremes of personality as normally defined by gender. The gentle touch and caring of the female will also be found amongst the males, and it signals a closure of this period of duality amongst the sexes.” (3)

We’ve been talking about remaining in the center; Diane’s “softening of the extremes of personality as normally defined by gender” would be a welcome development.

Biology is different, but I don’t have time within the confines of this article to go into it.

The subject however does lead one to wonder whether they make love and if so how. Ashira addressed this question on Heavenly Blessings with Suzi:

“When we procreate it is through ‘conjoining’, and I am not trying to be prudish here because many of you think, “Well, how do they do it?” Do you think I do not know? Let us say that we have the equipment, but to truly have – and you have touched upon it – Sacred Union is a meeting of the Souls, and this is what you are truly beginning to experience in your own evolution on Earth.

“Before, you used to think – I do not mean you, sweet One – but you collectively often felt that Tantra was the highest form of prolonged union, or heightened ecstasy and union. Take it twenty-two steps further – it is a union of the heart, the mind, the body – and the Soul. (4)

“And when you are in that form of Union – not only is it profound joy – it can sustain you for thousands of years. When you join with another like this – and that is what we do – the bond very rarely can or would be severed.” (5)

If only we were lucky enough to experience the same forms of love and union. And we will.

Footnotes

(1) The Arcturians through Sue Lie, “The Next Octave of Service ~ Goddess Series Today & Gift,” Nov. 4, 2015, by email.

(2) Diane of Sirius, Feb. 2, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm.

(3) Diane of Sirius, Sept, 25, 2009.

(4) After my heart opening, I experienced tremendous love for another and can get just a glimmer of what Ashira may be pointing at here.

(5)  “Transcript: Heavenly Blessings ~ Commander Ashira on Galactic Life, March 18, 2014,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/03/21/transcript-heavenly-blessings-commander-ashira-on-galactic-life-march-18-2014/.)

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Ashtar Describes Life Beyond the Dimensions – Steve Beckow

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Commander Ashtar by Glenn Lewis @ Ascension Healing

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Ashtar Describes Life Beyond the Dimensions

Ashtar told me in 2012 on An Hour with an Angel that he’s from beyond the twelve dimensions. In fact ascended masters don’t come only from the Fifth Dimension but from all dimensions and beyond.

He’s willing to come down to the Fifth but no lower. He discusses his life on ship and on planet, in the dimensions and beyond.


“Transcript of Ashtar on An Hour with an Angel, April 23, 2012,” through Linda Dillon, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/04/25/transcript-of-ashtar-on-an-hour-with-an-angel-april-23-2012/.


Ashtar: It is difficult — well, I will use that word — it is difficult enough to step down our vibrations and holding that in the fifth dimension. So, we certainly do not want to go really much lower than that. And in that reality, in that place, some of these other channels are very clearly not of that vibrational frequency. …

Steve: With the fleet, with people coming from the higher dimensions and living on the fifth, how does it work? Do you, too, lose your remembrance? (1) Can you see each other? How does it work to have people of higher dimension working side-by-side with people of another, perhaps lower dimension?

A: We don’t lose a single thing. That is part of the deal. It is really only in your density, because we would not even call the third dimension that you are experiencing the real third dimension experience.

So, you are in the density of a construct, an illusion, that you think is the third dimension. So, you are not even fully in the third dimension. You are gaining ground, yes, and you are experiencing moments when you are in the fourth or the fifth.

But no, once you have gained access to the higher dimensions, you are not stuck there. It is not like a brick wall or a veil is dropped in between dimensions. Because, for us, that would be unbearable. It would. You, of Earth, who are breaking free of the old third, you have the toughest job. You have the hardest line to toe, and yes, of course, the greatest opportunity of service. But no.

So, for example many who are serving with the fleet are from the ninth. But that does not mean that they cannot travel to the eleventh and be with the ascended masters, or the ascended masters travel into the fifth so that the vibration can be filtered down in an acceptable way to the human race, or to us. So, no.

Think of it as molecules, as atoms of water, or molecules of water in a jug, or in a bucket. These are free flowing. So you can flow with all your qualities intact from the twelfth to the seventh to the fifth. And even to the third. But that has been what we would refer to almost as a no-fly zone, as you are well aware of.

S: I think it’s interesting what you just said … to be with the ascended masters on the eleventh dimension. I think many of our listeners may think that the ascended masters are on the fifth, and helping us to join them. But in fact many of them exist on a much higher plane than that. I don’t think that’s generally known.

A: No, it is not generally known. And what happens — think of it this way — is that we can take your hands from the fifth — because that is where you learn to manipulate change, to be able to begin to create in different ways — and we can take your hands, gladly, joyously, and show you the way to the higher realms.

It is not that the fifth is in any way incomplete. And you are quite correct, because many of the ascended ones come [from higher dimensions], and they will be with us on board ship, and they will talk with us. We will plan, we will guide, we will formulate. Because even within the unfoldment of the plan, the restoration of the Earth, there are plans within plans within plans. And one of the things that you may have already learned about us is that we do love to communicate.

Now, our communication is seldom verbal the way that I am speaking to you this day. But let us say the advantage of that is that volumes can be spoken in an instant. And very often, when the ascended ones are with us, and we are maintaining — can we say that? — our fifth-dimensional vibration, and they arrive, it is like a blast of sun, until they adjust.

No, we do not put them into adjustment chambers or anything like that, because they are welcome to come however. But the modification, the modulation that takes place is so that we can be with you!

And once we are, once we are on this what you can think of as a similar playing field — and there are many delightful qualities of the fifth dimension; do not get us wrong! — but what it does is it opens the doors to new possibilities, new realms. …

If you were to think of me as a man — because in many ways, as you know, I am Adam Kadmon, Ad-man, hu-man — we share this. … (2)

The place that I feel most at home, above and below, is in the new Jerusalem. Failing that, where I feel most at home is when I return to the heart of One, when I sit with my beloved brothers and Father, our Mother. Yes, like you, of course, I do that daily. But the time will come when all of us will return to Source, to that pure light.

In the meanwhile, I am known from many places — Arcturus, Venus — for I have been part of the Kumara effort, shall we say. The Pleiadian sector is one of my favorite playgrounds. I thank you for asking who I am, because not many do. …

I am a working man, albeit different, although I appear in human form, often. So, I am like you.

I cherish my family. I cherish my workers. I cherish my friends. …

I am a commander of an entire fleet, and that is a sacred honor and a trust that has been given to me….

You can tell when I am channeling, because of the connection with Lord Sananda. And so anything that I bring forth has need to be in alignment with those that I serve, with the mission that I have chosen. So when it feels as if I am laying down the law, that I am ordering anybody to do anything, then you can trust that this is not me. …

What we have done is we have brought our vibrations to the fifth dimension in order to be at a place where we can meet you. If you are to think of the human realm and what is available currently to you, if you were looking for me, I would be out of the realm of human experience. So, let us make that clear as well.

SB: That means above the twelfth dimension, is that correct?

A: That is correct.

Footnotes

(1)  Steve: What does one give up by agreeing to be human that I’m not aware of?

Archangel Michael:  Huge portions of memory. (Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, May 30, 2013.)

(2) We share the Adam Kadmon template or form of humanity.

The Adam Kadmon Template (above)
https://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/04/the-adam-kadmon-template-common-in-the-multiverse/

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What Accounts for This Generation’s Ease of Access to the Divine Mother? – Steve Beckow

Pia Mater -Tender Mother – is a painting of the Divine Mother by Artist Kimberly Webber presented to Pope Francis @ the Vatican, February 2019

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What Accounts for This Generation’s Ease of Access to the Divine Mother?

In ancient times, sages would have fasted for long periods of time to be graced with a vision of the Divine Mother – or a word from her.

Today, in this generation, she speaks through numerous channels. Never have we had such unhindered contact with her. In 2014, on An Hour with an Angel, I asked her what accounts for this. Here is her reply:


The Divine Mother: My Desire is that Every Being on the Planet Falls in Love,” channeled by Linda Dillon, Sep. 26, 2014, http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/10/03/divine-mother-my-desire-is-that-every-being-on-the-planet-falls-in-love.


Steve Beckow: Ancient sages would have fasted for a month to hear what you just said. And here we are, everyone who wishes, listening to you on the radio. I can guess at the answer, but here’s the question. What is the significance of us being able to hear you like this with such unrestricted access?

Divine Mother: It is a combination of what you can think of as spiritual evolution and my desire that you hear me in this way right now.

And you are correct. In older times, in ancient times, there was a stratified belief that one must cleanse themselves physically, spiritually, in order to hear my voice. Now, I will not nay-say any of these brilliant sages, for their hearts were pure. But even before they began the fast, their hearts were pure.

Now, let me use this example, because it is a timely and an important one. You have this gathering that I have organized coming up [Linda’s Lake Tahoe gathering]. Ten years ago, I would have asked all the participants to fast for at least a day, or preferably for 48 hours prior to receiving the activations, to truly be in a place of somewhat altered consciousness in order to receive.

Now, whether it was a thousand years ago or ten years ago or last year, it is not that the heart is not pure. What the fasting does — and it is the same as, in some ways, retreat, and very often we have recommended that these two go hand-in-hand — it is to take your mind off of the physical.

So it is not that the purity of your being is at question. It is the removal of yourself from what you think of as the habits or the ritual of feeding your body, paying attention to the externals, and quieting the mind and the soul to simply receive.

Now, am I asking that of you? No. Is it an excellent practice? Yes. When Yeshua was in form on planet, on planet Gaia, he would go off. You think you know of one situation, but this was a regular occurrence, and it has been for mystics throughout time. He would go off and fast and pray, for 2 days, for 20 days, for 40 days.

But what he was doing was not merely entering into a sacred space to hear me, but getting away from the hubbub, from the busy-ness, from people tugging on his sleeve, to enter into the quiet, to replenish and listen. And the listening, the quiet is essential to divine union.

Now, is the union constant? Of course it is. But what we are asking is for you to bring your awareness, the totality of your awareness, to this union. And you can’t do that driving a car or feeding the kids, or shopping at Walmart, or engaging in war, or working on Wall Street.

What you do is you fortify the union so that as you go to do those things you are fortified, equipped, filled, renewed energetically. You take vitamins and supplements. You drink power drinks and green drinks. But you do not always fill yourself with the most essential energy. And that is the love. That is what is going to keep you going.

I’m not suggesting not to attend to your body, because as important as fasting and retreat are, it is equally important to honor your vessel — program your water, program your food, bless your food, cook with love, work with love. But the starting point is to take time to be in union.

Now, why can you hear me this way? Beloveds, I have been telling you, Michael has been telling you, Sanat Kumara has been informing you that you are flying in and out of the ascension portal. Many of you are firmly anchored in the higher dimensions.

You can hear me because you have decided to anchor, because you are anchored in a higher vibration and because I declare it; because this notion that you are not worthy unless you undergo enormous preparation, that you cannot hear me, that you are not worthy to hear me … that is not so. I have always, since the very beginning — which you have no concept of — I have spoken to you. That is why my vibration, my voice is so familiar. It is why you yearn for it.

It is necessary for you to know this, to accept your value and worth. There are some of you who would say, “If I was in a crowd and the President was there, I would never simply go up and speak to him” — Secret Service aside. And I would say to you, “But, child, why would you not gift him with your grace? Why would you not reassure him that he is loved and supported and that his star family acknowledges him?”

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/06/01/what-accounts-for-this-generations-ease-of-access-to-the-divine-mother/

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Pia Mater -Tender Mother – is a painting of the Divine Mother by Artist Kimberly Webber presented to Pope Francis @ the Vatican, February 2019

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Both Sides of the Veil and All the Dimensions – Steve Beckow

Earth Mother (close-up) by Mara Diop

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Both Sides of the Veil and All the Dimensions

A friend came over who doesn’t like the language of Ascension. So I put the matter to her in what I hoped were good Buddhist terms.

According to me, Ascension in Buddhist terms is nirvana, buddhahood, escape from the wheel of birth and death.

“Nirvana,” like the Christian term, “heaven,” refers to the Fifth Dimension and higher.

The Third/Fourth Dimension is a dimension in which we need to be physically born. On higher dimensions this need to die and be physically reborn isn’t a feature, probably to everyone’s relief!

Seventh-chakra enlightenment, called Brahmajnana or God Realization, is the end of chakra-based enlightenment. But it’s not the end of Third Dimensionality. It’s not liberation or moksha.

Buddhists would call it arahantship and point out that it’s preliminary to buddhahood

Only at Ascension – which, in Hindu terms, equates to Sahaja Samadhi – is there a full and permanent heart opening, beyond the seven-chakra system. Only the full and eternal opening of the heart ends the need to be reborn by destroying all the seeds (vasanas) of future action.

Christians would call it “resurrection” and “salvation,” the Bible’s words for Ascension. Jesus ascended. Now all of us, at the end of the age, are following in his footsteps, except – mercifully – we need no longer die first. As the Arcturian Group said recently:

“Up to now individuals had to physically die in order to ascend to a higher dimension, but at this powerful time mankind is ascending while in physical body” (1)

What the discussion with my friend showed me was that we need a common language to discuss matters like Ascension and Disclosure. “Arahants” and “aliens” won’t do a globally-connected generation.

We need an awake and aware cross-cultural spirituality, covering both sides of the veil and all dimensions, and making sense to all ages, genders, and races.

It needs to explain the mysteries such as the nature of the Trinity. (2) It needs to explain the purpose of life. (3)

It needs to lay out the various pathways to the knowledge of God – past the level of our Ascension. (4) And it needs to explain the various experiences we encounter along the way so those who haven’t studied enlightenment know what just happened to them.

It needs to connect the dots among the Earth’s existing paths and show how spiritual realities are changing as we ascend dimensionally.

It needs to somehow take into account the various ways the Divine communicates its message of understanding and encouragement.

And it needs to do all this without judging other paths, placing one above another, or creating new hierarchies.

Footnotes

(1) “Arcturian Group Message via Marilyn Raffaele, April 21, 2019,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/04/21/arcturian-group-message-via-marilyn-raffaele-april-21-2019/

(2) The terms Father/Son/Holy Ghost and Brahman/Atman/Shakti refer to levels of Reality, rather than “persons.”

(3) To know who we are (God). God meets God in a moment of our enlightenment  (“O Thou I!”).

(4) The path Home goes past the twelve dimensions.

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Earth Mother by Mara Diop

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Ascension: A Flowering of the Consciousness – Steve Beckow

Artist ~ Keith Allen Kay @ Quantum Fractal Energy Mandala

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Ascension: A Flowering of the Consciousness

What does Ascension mean? Many people will have differing viewpoints on the subject; I can only offer mine.

For me, Ascension means a deep and continuous relaxation of inner tension and the assumption of a permanent and complete experience of life as love. Not the love that we commonly experience, which is “weak meat soup” compared to higher-dimensional love. But rich, red, living love as flows continuously in the Fifth Dimension and higher.

And not a love that’s vanilla in Fourth Dimensionality, chocolate in Fifth, and strawberry in Sixth.

But the same love we experienced when our hearts opened; just deeper and deeper and deeper.

There is only one love.  Only our experience of it deepens.

Ascension is complete when we live in a full and permanent experience of higher-dimensional love and/or the divine qualities, all of which are forms of love. That implies a full and permanent heart opening.

As it happens, there’s an enlightenment event that closes off our Ascension cycle. It’s called Sahaja Samadhi. And it is in fact and reality a full and permanent heart opening. When we know our heart to be forever open, we can know that we’ve ascended.

Ascension as a process is both gradual and sudden. It’s gradual in that we’re integrating and assimilating each enlightenment event after it happens and preparing for the next one, over sometimes long stretches of time.

It’s sudden in that the process consists of several sudden, enlightenment events (1) spaced in between times of assimilation and preparation.

It’s necessary to divide up the enlightenment experience, and not to skip stages, so as not to burn out the human body.

In the past, people ascended after the death of their physical form. In this first mass, physical Ascension ever, people will ascend with their bodies. It’s a first in the universe, being eagerly watched by all.

When we say “ascend,” all we’re really talking about in the final analysis is a flowering of the consciousness.

We come alive in ways we didn’t even imagine we could. And our experience of love, bliss, joy, etc., leaves us wanting nothing.

Footnotes

(1) Radical breaks in continuity of experience, accompanied by an inspiring, empowering, and ennobling expansion in our consciousness, knowledge, and ability to love.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/05/25/ascension-a-flowering-of-the-consciousness/

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Two Words for It: Just Stop! – Steve Beckow

Buddha ~ Mixed media art Samui Art Gallery, Koh Samui, Thailand

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Two Words for It: Just Stop!

I went through an amazing process this morning. And I went through it sitting at my computer, in the midst of writing something else.

I switched over and began recording my thoughts after each had happened. The results were quite remarkable for me.

I’m in the course of writing an article and I got up off my chair to get something.

As I did so I felt random fear. In the background of my consciousness but always there.

Big Steve slid into the driver’s seat and said to Little Steve, in the most affectionate tones: “Don’t be afraid, Steve.”

Little Steve is my Wounded Child and Big Steve is my Adult, my Higher Self. Neither is my everyday consciousness (1) but either can take control of it and be in the driver’s seat for a time.

You’re watching my Adult mend the wounds of my Wounded Child. Only “I” can do this and this is it happening: Reparenting in progress. Neurosurgery.

I (Little Steve, Wounded Child) was so glad to be reassured by someone.  I found myself relaxing from an undetected but constant background state of fear that I’ve been living in since forever. Peace returned. Or, more precisely: I returned to peace.

Almost immediately, I had a second thought:  I can no longer afford a hateful thought.  Where it came from I don’t know. But perhaps a hateful thought is what brings conflict, after which I live in fear. Perhaps they’re all connected. That would make sense to me.

And the answer to having a hateful thought was, once it was noticed, just stop. Again where this answer came from I know not.

Just stop.

That’s the solution to all our negative thoughts and actions, is it not?

Have we as a society lost our self-control mechanism? Our suppression button altogether? Have the many massacres engineered by the dark side to discourage us caused us to give up hope?

Supposing you have that thought. Then, just stop. Let it go. Experience any feelings that come up, which is the equivalent of saying “listen” to them, and let them go as well. And drop any ideas of hateful action. (2)

The default you fall back into ends up in original innocence so you’ve nothing to fear from letting negative thoughts go.

Hard-core reparenting. Emotional boot camp for myself, intransigent kamikaze that I’ve been.

I paused and looked back on what had just happened. I noticed how contrived it all was.

I was the one creating the hate and fear – Little Steve, my Wounded Child – and I was the only one capable of taking it away – Big Steve, my Adult, my Higher Self.

Am I not the sorcerer’s apprentice? Can anyone trust me with the creative wand after all the hate and fear I’ve created for myself? Maybe not.

Has not the entire population of this planet become a collective sorcerer’s apprentice in a way?

Let’s look at one collective item only: Take the islands of plastic garbage floating on the high seas, washing up on islands like the Cocos, and being found in the Challenger Deep (is nowhere too deep?)? Are we all not implicated?

Have we not run amok in many fields as a human race – pharmaceuticals, drugs, GMOs, pesticides, toxic vaccines, chemtrails, deforestation, weather warfare, etc.?

And the answer for all of it is? In my view? Just stop.

Footnotes

(1) I know. I know. That IS the Self.

(2) The Buddha: Do only wholesome actions; refrain from unwholesome actions; and purify the mind.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/05/24/two-words-for-it-just-stop/

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Buddha ~ Mixed media art Samui Art Gallery, Koh Samui, Thailand

Reclaiming My Authority – Steve Beckow

Buddha’s Teacher – Water Color Artist Meganne Forbes

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Reclaiming My Authority

Most people would encounter the lessons I’m learning over a gradual period of growing up. The process would be called “maturing.”

But, because of dissociation at an early age due to domestic violence, I “matured” only slowly and incompletely.

Like many others, I built a constructed self around my disabilities. Scrapper, activist, etc.

The only time there was someone in the driver’s seat was when I got angry.

So now, having re-discovered self-command, which to others may have come naturally, I’m having to “mature” quick, to catch up with my age, so to speak.

It’s no longer acceptable to behave like a child or do any of the other things I did to camouflage my intentions and plans. And now that someone is in charge, someone who knows how the will operates and has taken on responsibilities large enough to provide the motivation, it’s time to act.

That someone is now sitting in the driver’s seat and is buckled up.

That someone simply intuitively knows that it is the final authority on all matters concerning me. It doesn’t require proof. There’s no one it’s attempting to satisfy but itself.

That someone does not need inspiring, advising, replenishment, directing. Whatever powers it, it’s hooked into an independent source.

I know these distinctions must sound basic to most people, but I’m just learning them, as the space opens up for me take this next step in reclaiming – and understanding the bases of – my authority.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/05/21/reclaiming-my-authority/

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In Quiet & Stillness – Steve Beckow

Buddha’s Mom by Visionary Water Color Artist Meganne Forbes

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In Quiet and Stillness

This transition that I’m going through continues. It’s like a snowball – decades of slow work on vasanas and now gathering speed.

I spent nearly six decades healing dissociation. Now I’m using a dissociative fantasy to provide leadership to myself, to assume command over myself.

I’m imagining that “I” am an older brother (Big Steve) and “Steve” is a younger brother (Little Steve). And I’m taking care of him, protecting him, organizing things, etc.

If I were to use other people’s terms for what I’m doing, I’m presenting myself through my Adult side (1)

In the course of this fantasy and with the consent of “Little Steve,”  I assume the mantle of command over the joint enterprise of him and me. Especially at key moments of emergency or crisis.

Whether “I” am a new face on the scene – it certainly feels as if I am – or just an adjustment to a pre-existing mix, I feel a part of me being supplied that has heretofore been missing – a note of self-command.

Remember that the Arcturians gave me the challenge of mastering every thought and feeling. This is me doing that. (2)

Not command over others, which is interimly and ultimately unsatisfying.

But command over oneself, over one’s ego primarily. And I now am starting to have that. It feels satisfying.

Self-command is an important missing piece in the healing of the Humpty Dumpty Man. (3) Command over myself has always been missing. I drift. I please. I follow other’s leads. Seldom do I experience myself as actually and satisfyingly leading in my life.

Again, as I said yesterday, this is all brand, new territory for me.  The path starts at the trailing edge of my leading foot.  Turn around. You can see the path behind you.  Look ahead. Nothing.

I’ve assumed command over myself, the only appropriate person I have the right to command.  That means command over my ego, my mind, my body, everything.

The ego is the only part of me that would contest the will. I’ve assumed command over the ego and I’ve been successful.

I’ve been riding the bucking bronco of a dissociative state for sixty-five years. Is this where it leads? A resumption of self-command, of command of the will over the ego? A taming of the buckaroo in me?

Well, if it is, there’s nothing more to say.  Endless chapters follow. But this is a fine plateau to have reached.

Let me experience the space of self-command in quiet and stillness – Or I may dance.

Footnotes

(1) Eric Berne in Games People Play set out three “ego states.” I’d prefer to call them “consciousness states.” They are Parent, Adult and Child.  “Big Steve” is my Adult consciousness state. Another name for it would be “Higher Self.”

(2) “You will be called upon to master EVERY thought and feeling.” (Arcturians in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Suzanne Lie, Nov. 8, 2013.)

(3) Enter the search term “Humpty Dumpty Man” in the site’s search box and “Categories.” Me in the later years of  my dissociative state I called the Humpty Dumpty Man.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/05/16/in-quiet-and-stillness/
Buddhas-Mom-by visionary Water Color Artist Meganne Forbes - female face child

Buddha’s Mom by Visionary Water Color Artist Meganne Forbes

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From Sad … and Mad … to Glad – Steve Beckow

The Last Song by Ina Wong @ DeviantArt

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From Sad … and Mad … to Glad

As I reparent myself and make my transition from sad … and mad … to glad, my sensitivity to my feelings increases.

I become more aware of feelings that would have just been my “normal” back then. I was one compacted, compounded person.

At the same time, I’ve been looking through the scrapbook Dad prepared for his Mastery Class in the est Network. It’s helping me understand him.

One thing that communicated to me loud and clear was a cartoon near the front page. A frightened baby says, “What did I do now?”

I think that about sums up the contours of my Father’s upbringing, as he’s revealed it to me, and it certainly reflects how he was with me – supercritical, violent, disempowering.

This was all generational transfer, behavior that was handed down from one generation to another, time out of mind.

Time to put a stop to it.

The traits in myself are so hidden and automatic as to be almost invisible to me. They’re “just me.” But they exist just the same.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean I have to like what was done. It just means that I let the other person off the hook for it because I now understand what the other person was dealing with.

Maybe studying my Dad’s scrapbook as a means of flattening this vasana will do me good. I’d like to rid myself of every vestige of father hatred.

Every vasana I take with me into post-Reval work will become magnified. It’ll become like velcro, snagging me, if anything is going to.

Hence my great incentive to work through as many of them as I can now.

Along with a heightened sensitivity to my feelings, the thought of the work down the road gives me strong incentive to be free of my vasanas and resentments, so I can begin afresh – with myself and others – in the midst of great challenges.

The amount of suppression and withholding I did in years gone by I could never stand doing today. I’d go insane if I tried to act the way I did several decades ago – unconscious, controlling, automatic. Oh my.

I don’t think I was ever as bigoted and undiscerning as Jared Yates Sexton portrays in “The Trauma of Toxic Masculinity.”  (1) I was more of Jared’s nature. And I can also be self-serving.

Dad had very few of the benefits I had in early manhood to pull himself out of his vasanas. He had the benefits later but not in his formative (young-adult) years.

I had the benefit of advanced schooling, the freedom to wander in the halls of Anthropology and Psychology, the benefits of wonderful growth-movement workshops throughout the Seventies, and an atmosphere in which personal responsibility was valued, (2) until the jobless Recession of 1982 killed the growth movement off.

But even after that, I had the benefit of enlightenment intensives (I took 23 within a short span of years).

I have the equipment and information I need to pull out of these family ways and strike out in new and (what the Buddha called) “wholesome” directions.  (3)

And I have the motivation.

Footnotes

(1) See Jared Yates Sexton, “The Trauma of Toxic Masculinity,” April 28, 2019 at http://goldenageofgaia.com/?p=300540

(2) Though the dynamics of working with personal responsibility could sometimes be different than today and could be considered offensive by some.

In encounter groups, we called each other on behavior. When called, the other person tried it on, tested it out, and owned it if it was true. After a while this procedure became routine. After a while as well, we called ourselves without waiting for others to do it

But today this procedure would be looked upon as blaming and a valuable tool is lost.

(3) The Buddha is reported to have said: “Do only wholesome actions, refrain from unwholesome actions, and purify the mind.”

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/05/17/from-sad-and-mad-to-glad/

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Transcending – Steve Beckow

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Transcending the Invalidation Monster

I felt wretched today – all my friends are away at the moment. I felt lonely, sad, forlorn.

Then I wrote a stimulating article and found myself at the end of it saying “Yes!”

I immediately saw that what was present in the situation as it existed at the moment was unconscious invalidation (Happy? “Not me. I don’t deserve it”). And what was missing was conscious validation (“Yes! Yay, Steve!”).

I grew up in a circumstance of more invalidation from my Father than I could hold out from. Over time I came to feel undeserving, incompetent, you name it.

When in present time I added self-validation to the mix (by self-prescription), my whole outlook changed. The feelings of sad and mad instantly evaporated and I felt not just glad but magnificent.

When I feel dismayed and forlorn, I need to remind myself that Big Steve (my Higher Self, my Adult) is not present. Call him back. Let him organize me and get me moving with lots of validation and encouragement.

I have to take responsibility for this process if I’m to do what’s lined up for me. There’ll be no room for excuses later. If I don’t take responsibility for keeping me going, keeping my spirits up, who will?

The shift I’m looking at is from being other-validated to being self-validating.

I have to call myself on something and acknowledge that my Father actually did validate me. At my baseball games, if I hit a home run, he’d shout, “Atta boy, Stevie! Good show!”

In my resentment towards him, I used to characterize this comment as coming from the dog training school of parenting. But when I put my reviling of my Father aside, I get that he really did mean it, as much as he meant anything.

Dad was horribly abused as a child. Compared to his upbringing, mine was lenient. He was thoughtless and cruel at times, but I always had a roof over my head – whereas he didn’t.

So he did validate me. Time to stop saying otherwise and get off it.

Validation is like water to the plant. Looking to others for it is depending on an unreliable source. Let me look to myself and seek validation from someone who knows and loves me.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2019/05/14/transcending-the-invalidation-monster/
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On the Nature of the Divine Mother – Steve Beckow

female face art by Helga Helleborus - light circle - DeviantArt

Artist ~ Helga Helleborus @ DeviantArt

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On the Nature of the Divine Mother

Happy Mother’s Day to the Divine Mother and all mothers!

I’ve been asked who the Divine Mother is. Let me reproduce an article written many years ago on the subject, for that reader and for other readers new to the blog.

God has two aspects: Our Heavenly Father, who is passive and silent, and our Divine Mother, who is dynamic and sonic. We cannot “know” him; she is all we can know.

Sri Ramakrishna used many metaphors to suggest what the situation with the transcendental Father was. In one, a man sits atop a wall. Suddenly his face lights up; he goes into ecstacy; and he jumps down off the wall, never to return. Who is there then to tell us what he saw?

A second metaphor is a doll made of salt who wants to measure the depth of the ocean. But when he wades into it, he dissolves. Now who is there to tell us the ocean’s depth?

If the transcendental Father cannot be “known,” the material or phenomenal Mother (mater, matter) can. But I’ll leave the rest to this article.

The article is long and may best be read in parts.

If I were to change one element of this article it would be the equation of the Mother with Aum, energy, Shakti. When I spoke to her on An Hour with an Angel, October 15, 2012, through Linda Dillon, she had this to say on the subject:

“When I have spoken about … Shakti, I have spoken about a part of me. As I have said, I am the bridge, I am the clasp between the Father and the universe and your world.

“And Shakti has been experienced — yes, inter-dimensionally for eons as you well know – but she is not the totality of my being. My being is bigger than you can fathom, dear one.

“So I do not simply mean that [Shakti or energy] is an aspect manifesting. But it is simply larger than any of you can imagine, particularly at this point.” (“The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part 1/2,” Oct. 17, 2012 athttp://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/.)


Last revised: 19 May 2009

The spiritual Phenomenon called the Divine Mother has always been deeply interesting to spiritual seekers.

Known to sages and saints throughout history, it is the Divine Mother whom we in the West address as the Holy Spirit and Mother Nature. In India, Hindus address Her as Shakti, Maya, Kali, and Durga. She is also known as Wisdom, Aum, Amen, the Word of God.

By whatever name we refer to Her, She is an actual Entity that exists and can be directly experienced. In this paper, I present a number of conjectures about Her identity based on the recorded experiences of these saints and sages.

The Mother’s nature is one of the unfathomable mysteries of life. Nothing can be said about Her directly or positively. Almost everything that can be said of Her must be couched in metaphors; She is described in terms of waves, clouds, lights, fire, voices, music, though She is none of these. I know of no other way to discuss Her than metaphorically.

Her existence preceded language. Therefore it stands to reason that She operates without recourse to or dependence on words. As I am led to believe, no amount of intellectual understanding can substitute for a direct and personal experience of Her.

The subject of the Mother’s identity can be very dense. Even arriving at the generalities presented here required the matching of many pieces of a large and complex spiritual puzzle. In the end, all of it must remain guesswork on my part.

If we mean to follow the case as set out here, we will have to suspend disbelief, at least until the full argument has been stated.

Every name used in this essay, unless otherwise stated, is a name by which the Mother has been known to an enlightened master. Towards the end of the essay, a list of these names is given. Because all refer to the same Entity, I could have chosen any one of them as definitive. In fact, I have chosen to follow Sri Ramakrishna’s practice and refer to this high power as the “Divine Mother.”

 

If, after finishing this article, you wish to pursue the subject further, the best source to turn to is the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, the recorded conversations of the Mother’s greatest devotee. While most sages knew a single facet of the Mother, the Avatar of Dakshineswar scaled the lofty peaks of enlightenment by several routes and displayed a sublime, multi-faceted knowledge of the Mother which offers a standard of comparison for other accounts.

The Mother is neither a female nor a person

To arrive at a notion of the Mother, we must first put aside our anthropocentric ways of thinking and realize that She is not a person, and not a female either, but an agency, a power in the universe which can only be understood as it is.

Avatars and enlightened saints and sages, who refer to the Holy Father and Divine Mother, find themselves in a position of needing to speak about entities which are one at the absolute level of existence and apparently two at the relative. To differentiate between them, they draw upon a metaphor of gender, as Kabir and Lao Tzu illustrate:

Kabir: “The formless Absolute is my Father, and God with form is my Mother.” (1)

Lao Tzu: “Nameless indeed is the source of creation [i.e., the Father],
But things have a mother and she has a name.” (2)

Both Kabir and Lao Tzu are differentiating between an absolute realm where name and form are not to be found and a relative plane where they are. The former is designated the Father; the latter, the Mother.

However, down through the centuries, using the gender metaphor has given rise to a difficulty. We ordinary people, lacking the knowledge that accompanies enlightenment, project onto these two high powers stereotypes and conclusions, likes and dislikes proper to actual males and females and improper to these genderless sublime entities. The Divine Mother becomes anthropomorphized into a woman, leading us to distort Her true nature and enmeshing us in a web of imprisoning thoughts.

Not a female, the Mother is nonetheless the necessary cause of gender; not a male, the Father is its sufficient cause. Not a person Herself, the Mother is the source of personhood; not a person Himself, the Father is the source of existence itself.

If we truly wish to approach an understanding of Her Nature that may help us realize Her, we must be vigilant against taking the gender metaphor farther than its usefulness permits.

The term “Mother” refers to the relative plane of existence; the term “Father” refers to the absolute

Understanding some basic distinctions about Her will require us to think in vast terms. Sri Ramakrishna hinted at this to his devotees: “The macrocosm and microcosm rest in the Mother’s womb. Now do you see how vast She is?” (3)

One of Sri Ramakrishna’s translators and biographers, Swami Nikhilananda, explains: reality has two levels, one of which may be called the absolute, acosmic, or transcendental level and the other the relative, cosmic, or phenomenal. (4) It was these two levels of Reality that saints and sages wished to speak about by using the metaphor of a cosmic male and female.

According to Swami Nikhilananda, at the phenomenal level, one perceives the universe of diversity and is aware of one’s own individual personality or ego, whereas at the transcendental level, differences merge into an inexplicable non-dual consciousness. Both these levels of experience are real from their respective standpoints, though what is perceived at one level may be negated at the other. (5)

Thus, the Mother, coterminous with this relative plane of existence, includes all things, all creation, all manifestation, all matter. The Father, the source of creation, remains ever no-thing, un-created, un-manifest, im-material.

On the relative plane, the Divine Mother creates all there is, preserves it for a time, and then dissolves it into the formless Father again

According to the saints and sages we shall hear from, it is the Mother who operates the world; that is, who creates, preserves, and destroys everything there is.

As Swami Nikhilananda observes, She is “Procreatrix [cf. Prakriti], Nature, the Destroyer, the Creator.” (6) His remarks echo ancient texts. Of Her the Upanishads declared: “Thou art the creator; thou art the destroyer by thy prowess; and thou art the protector.” (7) In the Bhagavad-Gita, Sri Krishna addresses Her as Maya.

“Maya makes all things: what moves, what is unmoving.
O son of Kunti, that is why the world spins,
Turning its wheel through birth and through destruction.” (8)

This knowledge is not privy to Hindus alone. The avatar Zarathustra taught that the Mother was in sole charge of “the management of the bodily and spiritual worlds.” (9) Solomon also knew that Wisdom “operates everything.” (10)

Swami Nikhilananda used various metaphors to suggest how She operates:

“She projects the world and again withdraws it. She spins it as the spider spins its web. She is the Mother of the Universe, identical with the Brahman of Vedanta, and with the Atman of Yoga. As eternal Lawgiver, She makes and unmakes laws; it is by Her imperious will that karma yields its fruit. She ensnares men with illusion and again releases them from bondage with a look of Her benign eyes. She is the Supreme Mistress of the cosmic play, and all objects, animate and inanimate, dance by Her will. Even those who realize the Absolute in nirvikalpa samadhi are under Her jurisdiction as long as they live on the relative plane.” (11)

She is metaphorically called the Voice in the Wilderness in the Bible because no law, no principle of organization, no structure can apply to the formless God. Only the Mother has form; as such She gives Voice to God and cries in the “wilderness” that the Father is.

The Mother made the body

Having created the universe, the Divine Mother dwells within it, as King Solomon, an enlightened devotee of the Mother, suggests: “Wisdom [Solomon’s name for the Divine Mother] … penetrates and permeates everything that is, every material thing.” (12) Sri Ramakrishna agrees: “After the creation the Primal Power [the Mother] dwells in the universe itself. She brings forth this phenomenal world and then pervades it.” (13) The Avatar of Dakshineswar confided to his devotees that “the Divine Mother revealed to me that it is She Herself who has become man.” (14)

She made the five material bodies (or pancha kosas) by which we act and know. Solomon cryptically comments that: “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn her seven pillars.” (15) It is my impression that the “seven pillars” are the seven chakras. St. Paul too was referring to Her role as the body’s creator and in-dweller when he said: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God [the Mother] dwelleth in you?” (16) In Sri Krishna’s words: “Every human being is essentially a soul [the Child of God or Atman, one with the Father], covered with a veil of maya [the Mother].” (17)

Let us pause with this mention of the immortal soul. We now have three eternal actors in our divine play. We have the Father without form, the Mother with form, and the immortal soul, their offspring, which the prophet Amos called “a firebrand plucked out of the burning.” (19) What is the divine drama in which all three are engaged?

If we look at events from the standpoint of the immortal soul, then it could be said, as I have done elsewhere, (18) that the purpose of life is enlightenment. The purpose of life is that the undying soul should travel out from God, into the world, where, after eons of spiritual evolution and enlightenment, it will learn that it and God are one.

The purpose of life, viewed from the Creator’s standpoint, is that God should meet God, and, through that meeting, enjoy His own bliss. (20) The Father created the Mother, who went on to create trillions of forms – prodigal children, embodied souls – which left the Father and travelled in the realm of matter, until every form comes to know itself as God.

These three actors could be called the Transcendental (the Holy Father), the Phenomenal (the Divine Mother), and the Transcendental in the Phenomenal (the immortal soul or Child of God). If we alter their order, we have what Christians call the “Trinity” – the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

We explore the Father and Mother in this article. The immortal soul is the unrealized “Son of God,” (21) the treasure buried in a field, Pearl of great price, Prince of peace, and mustard seed that, upon realization, grows into a great tree. (22) The point at which Christianity and Hinduism intersect is right here, at exactly this same Trinity, which Hindus know as Brahman, Atman, and Shakti.

The Divine Mother made the body and the Holy Father hid a fragment of Himself within its heart (the Child of God), which the Mother has raised and educated until the divine spark realizes its true identity.

The Mother arises from the Father and merges in Him again.

The Mother arises from the Father and falls back into Him again. She is like the clouds in the sky; the Father is the sky from which the clouds emerge and into which they melt again. Sri Ramakrishna tried to convey Their relationship by using the metaphor of impermanent waves forming on the ocean of Satchidananda:

“These waves [arise] from the Great Ocean and merge again into the Great Ocean. From the Absolute to the Relative, and from the Relative to the Absolute.” (23)

“It has been revealed to me that there exists an Ocean of “Consciousness” without limit [i.e., the Father]. From it come all things of the relative plane [i.e., the Mother], and in it they merge again.” (24)

Paramahansa Yogananda also used a wave metaphor to describe the Mother: “The storm-roar [the Mother] of the sea [the Father] creates the waves [materiality] – preserves them for some time as larger or smaller waves — and then dissolves them.” (25)

While the great ocean of consciousness is formless, the waves, which are a part of it, have form. Nonetheless waves and ocean are one. “That which has form,” Sri Ramakrishna asserted, “again, is without form. That which has attributes, again, has no attributes.” (26) “Water is water whether it is calm or full of waves. The Absolute alone is the Primordial Energy, which creates, preserves, and destroys.” (27)

Sri Ramakrishna describes how the relative plane emerges from the absolute and falls back into it again.

“Brahman [the Father] may be compared to an infinite ocean, without beginning or end. Just as, through intense cold, some portions of the ocean freeze into ice and formless water appears to have form, so through intense love of the devotee, Brahman appears to take on form and personality. But the form melts away again as the Sun of Knowledge rises. Then the universe [the Mother] also disappears, and there is seen to be nothing but Brahman.” (28)

She is energy, movement, vibration; the Father is an inactive,
unknowable void

According to Swami Nikhilananda, the essence of the Divine Mother is shakti or energy; in fact, adyashaktior the primordial energy. “Maya, the mighty weaver of [the mysterious garb of name and form],” he said, “is none other than Kali, the Divine Mother, She is the primordial Divine Energy, Sakti.” (29)

What is Shakti and what is Brahman? What is the Mother and what is the Father? Sri Ramakrishna says the distinction between the two is the same as distinction between the static and the dynamic:

“When inactive He is called Brahman, the Purusha [i.e., the Supreme Person]. He is called Sakti, or Prakriti [the Primordial Energy], when engaged in creation, preservation, and destruction. These are the two aspects of Reality: Purusha and Prakriti. He who is the Purusha is also the Prakriti.” (30)

He equates the static Father with the impersonal God, Nirguna Brahman (or the Father without attributes), and the dynamic Mother with the personal God, Saguna Brahman (the Father with attributes):

“When the Godhead [the Father] is thought of as creating, preserving, and destroyinq, It is known as the Personal God, Saguna Brahman, or the Primal Energy, Adyasakti [the Mother]. Again, when It is thought of as beyond the three gunas [the three qualities of the phenomenal world – sattwa, rajas, and thamas, or balance, energy, and sloth], then It is called the Attributeless Reality, Nirguna Brahman, beyond speech and thought; this is the Supreme Brahman, Parabrahman.” (31)

Sri Ramakrishna revealed the secret meaning behind the statues of Shakti and Shiva that show Shiva lying recumbent while Shakti dances on His body.

“Kali stands on the bosom of Siva; Siva lies under Her feet like a corpse; Kali looks at Siva. All this denotes the union of Purusha and Prakriti. Purusha is inactive; therefore Siva lies on the ground like a corpse. Prakriti performs all Her activities in conjunction with Purusha. Thus She creates, preserves, and destroys.” (32)

Thus the Father is “immoveable and actionless” (33), a profound stillness in which we discover Sat-Chit-Ananda, or Being, Awareness, and Bliss Absolute. The Mother is the movement in this stillness, the voice in the silence, the primordial, active energy in the eternal tranquillity of the Father. It is this relationship between the dynamic and the static that Jesus hinted at when he called the totality of God “a movement and a rest.” (34)

Bernadette Roberts stressed the Father’s stillness when she called him “the ‘still-point’ at the center of being.” (35) Lao Tzu emphasized it when he asserted that: “The Way [the Tao or the Father] is a Void.” (36)

Empty of name and form, qualities and attributes, and quintessentially tranquil and still, the Father is in the end inconceivable. “What Brahman is cannot be described,” declared the Godman of Dakshineswar. (37) Because ego is subdued for a time upon attaining the Father, leaving no observer to observe, no thinker to think, “no one has ever been able to say what Brahman is.” (38)

The essence of the Mother is a universal creative vibration,
symbolized by the sacred syllable ‘Aum,’ which calls matter into being, sustains it for a while, and then releases it back into the general dissolution of the Father

Hindus symbolize the primal power – the Mother as vibration or energy – by the sacred syllable – or rather vibration – ‘Aum.’ Sri Ramakrishna makes this connection when he equates Aum with the Divine Mother, exclaiming: “O Mother! O Embodiment of ‘Om.’” (39)

Paramahansa Yogananda identifies “Aum,” or “Amen,” with the Holy Spirit: Christians are familiar with the Amen from Revelation: “These things saith the Amen [the Mother], the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” (40)

“The ancients, not versed in the polished language of modern times, used ‘Holy Ghost’ and ‘Word’ for Intelligent Cosmic Vibration, which is the first materialization of God the Father in matter [i.e., the Mother]. The Hindus speak of this Holy Ghost as the ‘Aum.’” (41)

Holy Ghost, Aum of the Hindus, the Mohammedan Amin, the Christian Amen, Voice of Many Waters, Word, are the same thing. (42)

Yogananda links “Aum” and the “Holy Ghost” to the primordial energy:

“The Bible refers to Aum as the Holy Ghost or invisible life force that divinely upholds creation. ‘What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?’ (I Corinthians 6:19.)” (43)

Now we know the Mother, Shakti, the Holy Ghost, as Aum. Aum creates, preserves and destroys.

“The cosmic sound of Aum creates all things as Nebulae, preserves them in the forms of the present cosmos and worlds, and ultimately will dissolve all things in the bosom-sea of God.” (44)

Nature is an objectification of Aum, the Primal Sound or Vibratory Word. (45)

Sage Vasistha made the same point in the Yoga Vasistha. The form of his teaching is similar to Sri Ramakrishna’s, that waves or vibrations arise out of the Ocean of Sathchidananda.

“When the infinite vibrates, the worlds appear to emerge. When it does not vibrate, the worlds appear to submerge, even as when a firebrand is whirled fast a circle appears. And when it is held steady, the circle vanishes. Vibrating or not vibrating, it is the same everywhere at all times.” (46)

Theosophist Annie Besant propagated this view as well:

“The source from which a universe proceeds is a manifested Divine Being, to whom in the modern form of the Ancient Wisdom the name of Logos, or Word, has been given. The name is drawn from Greek philosophy, but perfectly expresses the ancient idea, the Word which emerges from the Silence, the Voice, the sound, by which the worlds come into being.” (47)

Have we any representations of the birth of the Mother? A recent article in What is Enlightenment? magazine relates a vision of the author, Maura O’Connor, a student of the Kabbalah. In it she was taught by a rabbi, Moses de Leon, the following:

“Emptiness, what the kabbalists call ayin, exists far beyond concepts or language. It is like a pure ether that can never be grasped by the mind. … Emptiness is the ultimate mystery, the secretof the Cause of Causes, and it brought everything into being. …

“I must tell you of the great rabbi, Isaac Luria. Luria was a visionary like none other: he lived during the fifteenth century in the holy town of Galilee…. He spent his life ceaselessly contemplating the source of the universe, the primordial emptiness we call ayin…. He recognized that in order for the latent divinity of ayin to manifest its glorious potential for life, a cataclysmic contraction had to take place. …

“Luria understood that the absolute nature of this emptiness meant that it was so pervasive, nothing else but it could exist. In order for life to become manifest, a seismic contraction of emptiness in on itselfhad to occur, creating a space in which divine emanation was possible. …

“Following this immense contraction, God’s first cosmic act was the emission of a single perfect ray of light. This beam pierced through the void and then expanded in all directions. Think of it as God’s first breath [‘spirit’ = ‘breath’] exhaling into the abyss after eons of slumber and filling it with His divinity. This is how the universe was born.” (48)

This first perfect ray of Light is the Holy Spirit or Divine Mother. Its expansion in all directions is the birth of the universe. What we may be hearing is a vision of the creation of the universe — what scientists call “the Big Bang.”

Ultimately, She is one with the Father

This Light, this vibration called “Aum,” the Divine Mother, is one with the vibrationless Father. Patanjali states: “The Word which expresses [God] is “Om“ (49) “Oh, Lord, dweller within,” says Shankara, “ “Om is your very self.” (50) Or the Upanishads: “Om is Brahman, both the conditioned [Mother] and the unconditioned [Father], the personal [Mother] and the impersonal [Father].” (51)

Krishna, speaking as God, declares:

“I am …
Om in all the Vedas,
The word that is God.” (52)

Three Hindu masters – Swami Yukestwar Giri, Swami Sivananda, and Paramahansa Ramakrishna explain the relationship between Brahman and Shakti, or Father and Mother, by using a fire metaphor.

Swami Yukteswar Giri, guru to Paramahansa Yogananda

“[The] manifestation of the Word (becoming flesh, the external material) created this visible world. So the Word, Amen, Aum [the Mother], being the manifestation of the Eternal Nature of the Almighty Father or His own Self, is inseparable from and nothing but God Himself; as the burning power is inseparable from and nothing but the fire itself.” (53)

Swami Sivananda

“Just as one cannot separate heat from fire, so also one cannot separate Sakti [Mother] from Sakta [Father]. Sakti and Sakta are one. They are inseparable.” (54)

Paramahansa Ramakrishna

“Brahman and Sakti are identical. If you accept the one, you must accept the other. It is like fire and its power to burn. If you see the fire, you must recognize its power to burn also. … One cannot think of the Absolute without the Relative, or the Relative without the Absolute.” (55)

“Sakti is Brahman itself,” concludes Swami Sivananda. (56) Sri Ramaskrishna agrees: “Brahman is Sakti; Sakti is Brahman. They are not two.” (57) “[Brahman and Sakti] are only two aspects, male and female, of the same Reality, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss-Absolute.” (58)

When we speak to the Divine Mother, we are speaking to the Holy Father. Sri Ramakrishna teaches: “It is Brahman whom I address as Sakti or Kali.” (59)

She plays a central role in enlightenment

As we have seen, the Mother is portrayed as leading the Sons and Daughters of God to a final meeting with the Father, in what is the culminating event of many lives. As Jesus did, so have we all come from the Father into the world. We are all prodigal children wandering in the domain of matter (mater, Mother), until we realize our true nature. Many metaphors are used to suggest how this realization of true identity happens. The Mother is depicted as withdrawing Her veil of phenomenal reality and revealing the Father. She is portrayed as leading the Child of God to the Father.

Hindus, like Swami Sivananda, advise us to beseech the Mother’s help in our attempts to reach the Father.

“It behooves … the aspirant [to] approach the Mother first, so that She may introduce Her spiritual child to the Father for its illumination or Self-realization.” (60)

The knowledge of God as the Child, the Mother, and the Father constitutes three discrete levels of enlightenment. When we know this Trinity in full, we have completed the human leg of our journey back to God.

Let us examine the Mother as bringer of enlightenment and object of enlightenment.

There is a passage in Proverbs where the Mother (as “Wisdom”) is represented as speaking directly. Her words are consistent with what we’ve learned about Her so far:

“Doth not wisdom cry…
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting [that is, before time], from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.” (61)

Why are they blessed who keep Her ways? Because God the Mother will enlighten those who follow Her commands.

We see evidence of this throughout the Bible, as the Mother enlightens those who “keep Her ways.” Hebrew kings and prophets were baptized with the Holy Spirit . Here She brings enlightenment to the disciples of Jesus upon the Day of Pentecost, after his death.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all of one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. “(62)

Sri Yukteswar explains the significance of this event. “Being baptized in the sacred stream of Pranava (the Holy Aum vibration)” the spiritual aspirant “comprehends the “Kingdom of God.” (63)

For many years I believed that Islam recognized only Allah, the Father. But recently I have found a passage in the Koran which demonstrates that its author acknowledges the Mother or Holy Spirit as well. The passage concerns the Holy Spirit enlightening the worthy in the penultimate experience of illumination, immediately prior to God-Realization, symbolically preparing the Child of God for meeting the Father. The Koran says:

“Exalted and throned on high, [Allah] lets the Spirit descend at His behest on those of His servants whom He chooses, that He may warn them of the day when they shall meet Him.” (64)

The Divine Mother or Holy Ghost enlightened the 12th-Century German saint Hildegard of Bingen, who testified:

“When I was forty-two years and seven months old, a burning light of tremendous brightness coming from heaven poured into my entire mind. Like a flame that does not burn but enkindles, it inflamed my entire heart and my entire breast, just like the sun that warms an object with its rays.” (65)

Hildegard-22 via Steve

 

Following this experience, Hildegard could not stop from singing the praises of the Holy Spirit or Divine Mother:

“Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is a Burning Spirit. It kindles the hearts of humankind. Like tympanum and lyre it plays them, gathering volumes in the temple of the soul. The Holy Spirit resurrects and awakens everything that is.” (66)

The Mother manifested to Sri Ramakrishna as clouds of consciousness and bliss:

“Suddenly I had the wonderful vision of the Mother and fell down unconscious.” (67)

“It was as if houses, doors, temples, and everything else vanished from my sight, leaving no trace whatsoever. However far and in whatever direction I looked I saw a continuous succession of effulgent waves madly rushing at me from all sides, with great speed. f was caught in the rush, and panting for breath I collapsed, unconscious.” (68)

“I did not know what happened then in the external world — how that day and the next slipped away. But in my heart of hearts there was flowing a current of intense bliss, never experienced before, and I had the immediate knowledge of the liqht that was Mother.” (69)

And She appeared to Ramakrishna’s doubting non-dualistic guru Totapuri, who until that moment refused to accept Her reality:

“Suddenly, in one dazzling moment, [Totapuri, saw] on all sides the presence of the Divine Mother. She is in everything; She is everything. She is in the water; She is on land. She is the body. She is the mind. She is pain; She is comfort. She is is life; She is death. She is everything that one sees, hears, or imagines. She turns ‘yea’ into ‘nay,’ and ‘nay’ into ‘yea.’ Without Her grace no embodied being can go beyond Her realm. Man has no free will. He is not even free to die. Yet, again, beyond the body and mind She resides in Her Transcendental, Absolute aspect. She is the Brahman that Totapuri had been worshipping all his life.” (70)

She is the kundalini energy in the body and, when that energy rises from the muladhara chakra to the sahasrara, Shakti is said to merge with Shiva. This is another way in which the Mother can lead the aspirant to the Father. Swami Sivananda says: Shakti “leads the individual from Cakra to Cakra, from plane to plane and unifies him with Lord Siva in the Sahasrara.” (71)

Sri Ramakrishna and his disciples used to sing a song whose aim was to invoke the kundalini to rise, so that Shakti would meet Shiva at the sahasrara.

“Awake, Mother! Awake! How long Thou hast been asleep
In the lotus of the Muladhara!

“Fulfil Thy secret function, Mother:
Rise to the thousand-petalled lotus within the head,
Where mighty Siva has His dwelling;
Swiftly pierce the six lotuses
And take away my grief, O Essence of Consciousness!” (72)

As each chakra awakens under the influence of our growing spirituality, the Mother is heard to “knock at the door,” in Paramahansa Yogananda’s words.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock (sound through Om vibration): If any man hear my voice (listen to Om), and open the door, I will come in to him. (Revelation 3:20).” (73)

Many aspirants, prominent among them Franklin Merrell-Wolff and Da Free John, were led to Brahmajnana (or God-realization attendant upon the spiritual energy reaching the seventh chakra) by the kundalini. Here is how Dr. Wolff described it:

“The Current is clearly a subtle, fluid-like substance which brings the sense of well-being already described. Along with It, a more than earthly Joy suffuses the whole nature. To myself, I called It a Nectar. Now, I recognize It under several names. It is … the ‘Soma,’ the ‘Ambrosia of the Gods,’ the ‘Elixir of Life,’ the ‘Water of Life’ of Jesus, and the ‘Baptism of the Spirit’ of St. Paul. It is more than related to Immortality; in fact it is Identical with Immortality.” (74)

Da Free John called it this “current of immortal joy.” (75) His energetic experiences with the Divine Energy or the Shakti are unusual. His process, which ended in God-realization, began one day when:

“I could feel and hear little clicking pulses in the base of my head and neck, indicating the characteristic Presence of the Mother Shakti.” (76)

The Mother knocks at the door and Da Free John hears Her and invites Her in. Meditating in a Vedanta Society temple in Hollywood, which he found to be a very powerful centre of Shakti:

“I felt the Shakti appear against my own form. She embraced me, and we grasped one another in sexual union. We clasped one another in a fire of cosmic desire, as if to give birth to the universes. Then I felt the oneness of the Divine Energy and my own Being. There was no separation at all. The one Being that was my own nature included the reality that is all manifestation as a single cosmic unity and eternal union.

“The sensations of the embrace were overwhelmingly blissful. It exceeded any kind of pleasure that a man could acquire. And soon I ceased to feel myself as a dependent child of the Shakti. I accepted her as my consort, my loved-one, and I held her forever to my heart.” (77)

This proved to be his penultimate experience before God-Realization, the “harbinger” of the Father. He returned to the temple the next day but nothing happened. He simply sat in the temple. In a moment, he became aware of his true nature.

“In an instant, I became profoundly and directly aware of what I am. It was a tacit realization, a direct knowledge in consciousness itself. It was consciousness itself without the addition of a communication from any other source. I simply sat there and knew what I am. I was being what I am. I am Reality, the Self, and Nature and Support of all things and all beings. I am the One Being, known as God, Brahman, Atman, the One Mind.” (78)

Withdrawing Her veils, moving us onward by her evolutionary coaxings, teaching us in Her school of matter, liberating us through the rising of the kundalini – there are many ways that the Mother leads the prodigal child to the Father.

No other spiritual agency has received the attention She has, under such a variety of names, and yet has been so little understood

The Divine Mother has been known to sages throughout the centuries, around the world, in religions from Advaita to Zarathustreanism. But the myriad names She has been called and the lack of integrated studies of Her have sometimes proved confusing.

I’d like to summarize the names I’ve found linked to the Mother. I’ve given one or two references for each use, though many more could have been given. This list has been derived by starting with undoubted epithets like “Holy Spirit,” “Divine Mother,” and “Shakti,” and then noting what other synonymous terms are used by the same enlightened source.

These are full or partial synonyms for the Divine Mother:

Adyasakti (or Ancient Power) (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 218 and 460.)

Ahunavairya (Zarathustra in GZ, 8-9.)

Amen (Revelation 3:14; Shankara, CJD, I; Sri Yukteswar Giri, HS, 23 and 24; Paramahansa Yogananda in AY, 237n and 363n and SCC, 1, 17 and SCC, 2, 22.)

Amin (Paramahansa Yogananda in, 237n.)

Aum or Om (UPAN 50 and 53; Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 299; Sri Yukteswar Giri, HS, 24; Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 143-4, 237n, 363n, 484, and 487n and SCC, 1, 15-6 and 19 and SCC, 2, 22.)

Breath of God (Job 33:4; Solomon in APO, 191.)

Comforter or Comforter Spirit (Zarathustra in GZ, 217; Jesus in John 14:16 and 14:26 and 15:26; Hildegard of Bingen in IHB, 9; Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 144n and 363n and SCC, 1, 19.)

Cosmic Power or Energy (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 116; Paramahansa Yogananda, SCC, 2, 22; Swami Sivananda in KYW, 25.)

Cosmic Sound (Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 237, SCC, 1, 15 and 17 and SCC, 2, 22.)

Cosmic Vibration (Paramahansa Yogananda, SCC, 1, 15-6, 17, and 56 and SCC, 2, 22.)

Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer (UPAN, 37; Zarathustra, GZ, 187, 227 and 240; Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 32, 107, 135, and 653; Paramahansa Yogananda, SCC, 1, 15-6.)

Divine Mother (Lao Tzu in WOL, 53, 72, and 105; Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 32, 107, 136, 200, and 299; Swami Sivananda Sarasvati in KYW, 25; Nikhilananda in VIV, 24; Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, LAS, 1, 15, 21, 22, and 28; Da Free John in KOL, 132; etc.)

Divine Power (Sister Vandana, NJ, 190-1.)

Durga (Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 216.)

Embodiment of Om (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 299.)

The Fashioner of all things (Solomon in APO, 191.)

Holy Ghost (Jesus in Matthew 12: 31-2; John 14:26 and 20:21-2; Paramhansa Yogananda, AY, 143-4, 363n, and 487n and SCC, 1, 15-6 and 19 and SCC, 2, 22.)

Holy Spirit (Solomon in APO, 195; Zarathustra, 217 and 227; Luke 11:13.)

Holy Vibration (Paramahansa Yogananda in SCC, 1, 56.)

Hum (Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 237n.)

Kali (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 107 and 634; Nikhilananda, “Introduction,” to GSR, 9-10; Nikhilananda, “Vivekananda” in VIV, 24; Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 10, 40n, and 41.)

Kundalini (Swami Sivananda in KYW, 25 and 30; GSR, 182.)

Logos (Annie Besant, AW, 44; Vivekananda in Nikhilananda, VIV, 422.)

Matrix (Lao Tzu in WOL, 105; Sri Aurobindo, SOY, 3.)

Maya (Sri Krishna in BG, 80; Shankara in CJD, 49; Sri Aurobindo, UP, 27; Nikhilananda, HIN, 42-3 and 45; Swami Sivananda in KYW, 26.)

Mother – See Divine Mother.

Mother Nature, Mother of nature (Swami Sivananda in KYW, 26; Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 10 and 41; Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, CML, 19; Nikhilananda in GSR, 9-10.)

Mother of the universe (Nikhilananda, “Vivekananda” in VIV, 24.)

Natural Law (Solomon in Proverbs 1:8-9, 3:1, and 6:20; Jesus in
Matthew 12:31-2; St. Paul in Romans 8:2; Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, CML, 18-9; Krishnamurti, AFM, 25.)

Nature (Paramahansa Yogananda, AY,40n and 41 and SCC, 1, 33; John Redtail Freesoul, BI, 11-2.)

Noise of many waters (David in Psalm 93:3-4; Ezekiel 43:1-2.)

Personal God or Saguna Brahman (Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 32, 149, 218 and 277.)

Power of God, Power of the Lord (Solomon in APO, 191; Swami Sivananda in KYW, 25.)

Prakriti/Procreatrix (Sri Krishna in BG, 103, 104, and 106; Sri Aurobindo, UP, 27; Ramakrishnananda, GDI, 1 and 8: Swami Sivananda in KYW, 26; Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 32 and123; Nikhilananda, “Introduction” to GSR, 9-10; Paramahansa Yogananda, SCC, 1, 33.)

Prana (UPAN , 35-8; Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 484; Swami Sivananda in KYW, 26.)

Primal Energy, Primal Power (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 116 and 135; Swami Sivananda in KYW, 25.)

Primordial/Primal Energy (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 107 and 242.)

Relative Plane (Sri Ramakrishna, GSR, 653.)

Saguna Brahman See Personal God or Saguna Brahman.

Shakti Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 116; Swami Sivananda in KYW, 25-6.)

Sound-Brahman, Shabda Brahman, or Pranava (PR in GSR, 263; Swami Vivekananda in Nikhilananda, VIV, 422; Sister Vandana, NJ, 190-1.)

Sound of many waters (Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 267-8.)

Sphota (Swami Vivekananda in Nikhilananda, VIV, 422; Usha, RVW, 74.)

Spirit of the Bridegroom (St. John of the Cross, CWSJC, 580.)

Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord (Genesis 1:2; Exodus 35:31; Isaiah 11:2; Ibn Arabi, KK, 15-6; Paramahansa Yogananda in AY, 142 and 143.)

Spirit of Truth (Jesus in John 14:17.)

Spirit of Wisdom (Zarathushtra, GZ, 13 and 187; Exodus 28:3 and 35:31; Deuteronomy 34:9; Isaiah 11:2; St. Paul in Ephesians 1:15-7.)

Spouse (St. John of the Cross in CWSJC, 75.)

Syama (Sri Ramakrishna in GSR, 271.)

Voice in the Silence (Annie Besant, AW, 44; Mabel Collins, LOP, 22.)

Voice of many waters (St. John in Revelation 14:2; Paramahansa Yogananda in AY, 17n and SCC, 1, 19.)

Voice of one that crieth in the wilderness (Isaiah 40:3.)

Wisdom or Sophia (Zarathustra, GZ, 187 and 227; Solomon in Proverbs 3:19 and 9:1 and APO, 191 and 195; Isaiah 11:2; .Jesus in Matthew 11:19; John of the Cross in CWSJC, 75.)

Witness (St. John in Revelation 3:14 and Paramahansa Yogananda in AY, 143-4 and 237 and SCC, 2, 22.)

Womb of God, Womb of Brahman, womb of wombs; Brahmayoni (Sri Krishna in BG, 106; Sri Ramakrishna, GSR, 870; Yogeshananda in VSR, 41; Sri Aurobindo, SOY, 3.)

Word (Hermes, DPH, 8 and 17; Zarathustra in GZ, 8-9; John 1:1 and 1:3; Annie Besant, AW, 44; Sri Yukteswar Giri, HS, 23 and 24; Paramahansa Yogananda, AY, 143-4, 237n, and 363n, SCC, 1, 19 and SCC, 2, 22.)

The Mother will always be incomprehensible and Her significance will remain immeasurable

One day we shall be able to say with Solomon: “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom… She is more precious than rubies; and all things thou canst desire are not to be compared with her.” (79) But though we merge with Her and reap all the rewards of doings so, we can never know Her as long as we are human.

Only those who have achieved what Jesus called everlasting life, the immortality that the experience of vijnana, (80) or stable and permanent realization, confers reach a high enough vantage point even to begin to inquire into, let alone understand, Her mystery. Even then, they can only marvel and say, with Shankara:

[The Mother] is neither being nor non-being, nor a mixture of both. She is neither divided nor undivided, nor a mixture of both. She is neither an indivisible whole, nor composed of parts, nor a mixture of both. She is most strange. Her nature is inexplicable. (81)

Footnotes

For full details on these sources, see Bibliography here: http://goldengaiadb.com/index.php?title=FDL_Bibliography.

(1) Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 150. [Hereafter GSR.]

(2) Lao Tzu, The Way of Life. The Tao Te Ching. trans. R.B. Blakney. New York, etc.: Avon, 1975, 53.

(3) GSR, 106.

(4) Swami Nikhilananda, Hinduism. lts Meaning for the Liberation of the Spirit. Madras: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1968, 29; Swami Nikhilananda, trans. Vivekananda: The Yogas and Other Works. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1953, 24. [Hereafter HIN and VIV.]

(5) HIN, 29.

(6) GSR, 9-10.

(7) Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans., The Upanishads. Breath of the Eternal. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1957; c1948, 37. [Hereafter UPAN.]

(8) Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., Bhagavad-Gita. The Song of God. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1972; c1944, 80. [Hereafter BG.]

(9) Duncan Greenlees, trans. The Gospel of Zarathushtra. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1978, 187.

(10) Edgar J. Goodspeed, trans., The Apocrypha. An American Translation. New York: Random House, 1959; c1938, 192. [Hereafter APO.]

(11) GSR, 30.

(12) APO, 191.

(13) GSR, 135.

(14) Ibid., 231.

(15) Proverbs 9:1.

(16) Corinthians 3:16.

(17) BG, 103.

(18) See ”The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment” at http://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/purpose.html.

(19) Amos 4:1.

(20) See “The Divine Plan” at http://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/divine1.html and “Is There a Plan to Life?” at http://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/plan.html.

(21) “If you will know yourselves, then you will … know that you are the sons of the Living Father.” That is, if you were realized, you would know that you are Sons of God. (Jesus in GATT, 3.)

(22) See “Christianity and Hinduism are One” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/28/christianity-and-hinduism-are-one/.

(23) GSR, 353.

(24) Ibid., 359.

(25) Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ. Dallas: Amrita Foundation, 1979, 1, 16. [Hereafter SCC.]

(26) GSR, 271.

(27) Loc. Cit.

(28) Sri Ramakrishna cited in Nikhilananda, “Shankara’s Philosophy of Non-Dualism,” CJD, 18-9; cf. GSR, 191.

(29) GSR, 30

(30) Ibid., 321.

(31) Ibid., 218.

(32) Ibid., 271.

(33) Ibid., 104.

(34) A. Guillaumont et al. The Gospel According to Thomas. New York and Evanston: Harper and Row, 1959, 29.

(35) Berandette Roberts, The Experience of No-Self. A Contemplative Journey. Boston and London: Shamballa, 1985, 10.

(36) WOL, 56.

(37) GSR, 102.

(38) Loc. Cit.

(39) GSR, 299.

(40) Rev. 3:14.

(41) SCC, 1, 16.

(42) Ibid., 19; HS, 24.

(43) Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi. Bombay: Jaico, 1975, 363.

(44) SCC, 1, 16.

(45) AY, 155-6.

(46) Swami Venkatesananda, ed., The Concise Yoga Vasistha.Albany: State University of New York, 1984, 45.

(47) Annie Besant, The Ancient Wisdom. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972; c1897, 44.

(48) Maura O’Connor, “A People’s Revolution of Enlightenment: Kabbalah,” WIE, Issue 27, Nov.-Feb. 2004, 86-7.

(49) Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., How to Know God. The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali. New York, etc.: New American Library, 1969; c1953, 39.

(50) Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher lsherwood, Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1975; c1947, i. [Hereafter CJD.]

(51) UPAN, 40.

(52) BG, 71.

(53) Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, The Holy Science. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1984, 24.

(54) Swami Sivananda Radha, Kundalini Yoga for the West. Spokane: Timeless Books, 1978, 25. [Hereafter KYW.]

(55) GSR, 134.

(56) KYW, 26.

(57) GSR, 271.

(58) Loc. cit.

(59) Ibid., 734.

(60) KYW, 25.

(61) Proverbs 8:1, 22-4, and 32.

(62) Acts 2:1-4.

(63) Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, The Holy Science. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1984, 15.

(64) N.J. Dawood, trans. The Koran. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964; c1959, 160.

(65) Matthew Fox, Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen. Santa Fe: Bear, 1985, 9.

(66) Loc. cit.

(67) Swami Yogeshananda, The Visions of Sri Ramakrishna. Madras: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1980, 13.

(68) Loc. cit.

(69) Loc. cit.

(70) GSR, 31.

(71) KYW, 26.

(72) GSR, 242.

(73) Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, Number 29, 3.

(74) Swami Yogeshananda, The Visions of Sri Ramakrishna. Madras: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1980, 31.

(75) Da Free John,The Knee of Listening. Original Edition. Clearlake, CA; Dawn Horse Press, 1984; c1973, 157.

(76) Ibid., 132.

(77) Ibid., 134.

(78) Ibid., 134-5.

(79) Proverbs 3:13 and 15.

(80) Sri Ramakrishna: “There is a stage beyond even Brahmajnana, After jnana comes vijnana.” ( GSR, 288.) Ramana Maharshi calls it turiyatita and sahaja [permanent] nirvikalpa samadhi:

Sahaja [samadhi] is also Nirvikalpa. You are probably meaning [Kevalya] Nirvikalpa, which is temporary, while the Samadhilasts. The Sahaja Nirvikalpais permanent and in it lies liberation from rebirths. (S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 88.) [Hereafter GR.]

[The] Heart is the seat of Jnanam 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. (GR, 96.)

This is the final goal. (Ramana Maharshi, Self-Enquiry. Trans. T.M.P. Mahadevan. http://www.realization.org/page/namedoc0/self/self_0.htmDownloaded 1 August 2005, answer to question 40.)

This is the “final goal” in the sense that it frees an individual from the need to reincarnate in physical matter again, but it is not the final goal in terms of subsequent enlightenments. See “The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment – Ch. 11 – Enlightenment is Virtually Endless” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/08/11/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment-ch-11-enlightenment-is-virtually-endless/

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