Self-Love: The Conditional, Unconditional, and Universal Love for Others

The idea of what it means to “love yourself” can often seem confusing, because the very concept of “self” is used in a vague manner without being accompanied by a description of the “principles” involved. What is typically called the “self”, is a creation as a concept or image produced by the mind and soul of itself, and like the mind, exists on 3 planes or levels of consciousness simultaneously, while still operating as “One”. As we create our perception and experiences of reality, we simultaneously associate with our experiences and get a “sense of our self” through our experiences, identifying with them as a result. Our concept of our “self” is shaped as our identity (the “I am”), which is formed on three levels simultaneously as our personality (identification with our body), our universal identity or ego, created through numerous incarnations (Higher Soul), and our true Higher Self, which is comprised of an archetypal matrix of universal qualities and ideas that we draw on in creating on the lower levels of manifestation. This is further complicated by what it is we refer to as “love”, due to the fact that most people perceive love to be an “emotion”, when in fact it’s a universal principle of “union”.

To love yourself doesn’t mean to love yourself as the personality of your body (lower self) and all of its tendencies and perhaps inappropriate or harmful behaviors established through your conditioning, but rather loving that part of you that actually warrants love because it’s pure in heart, and is what bestows the only true form of “unconditional love” upon you through all the phases and activities of your life. The idea of self-love is referring to the “Self” that’s also known as your “Higher Self” which resides on a higher plane of conscious awareness and is what’s actually conducting and administering the events and activities of the entire lower plane, used for exercising and developing your ability to create meaningful experiences. You’re not defined by the experiences themselves as objective and random events, but are in fact the one creating all of your experiences as a means of creating yourself. Love, in the higher sense of the idea is not an emotional state, it’s a “universal principle” of how we form “union” with different aspects of ourselves (notice this is always plural) in order to become whole and fully conscious on multiple planes simultaneously. Whatever we love, we desire, and whatever we desire we seek to become one with. It’s not an emotion we display as a pleasant form of attention, affection and encouragement, as many believe, it’s a principle that provides us with explicit instruction on how to create based on what it is we combine with and become the same as in mind and spirit.

To love our self is referring to our “true self” which is our Higher Self and what we call our eternal Soul. It’s not pampering yourself, sticking up for yourself, attending to petty needs, or accepting yourself in all your faults and self-induced dilemma’s, as many portray it to be. By connecting intimately with the part of us that we’re always in communication with that acts as a “parent” who guides us through things intuitively as a form of education administered with an all-pervading patience and understanding, is the “self” that’s being referred to, and not the lower self as the personality of your body, which resides in a predominantly unconscious state and unaware most of the time of the consequences of its actions. Our body and personality is simply what our Soul uses as a vehicle and instrument in being able to create experiences of itself as a reality, and is not our true Self. The most basic delusion of our material existence is that once we enter into an “unconscious-animal body”, we “forget” who we really are, and so come to believe that we are our body and the reality being projected through our body, rather than the one who’s creating and orchestrating it.

Love as a Universal Principle of Union

Love is a “principle” that operates as “desire” and is the means through which we enter into and become one with something. Whatever we form a union with in mind and spirit, we become one with in bodily form. The body itself doesn’t possess a “consciousness mind” (creative), it’s formed and operated out of the subconscious of the astral-body, which serves as a mediator and reservoir of the conscious mind, which resides on a higher plane and oversees and governs the lower plane of manifestation. The body is a passive receptor for consciousness, drawing it down and grounding it as an outer reality that brings experience of the “self” through the outer appearance of itself “as” another. Separation is an illusion produced by “being within” what actually exists as a greater, singular whole. We don’t use our body and the emotions produced by our body as primal instinct to “love ourselves”, but by forming a love for our “Higher Self” as a divine fully conscious and self-aware being, and as a result, cultivate the desire to “unite” with it in mind and spirit. As we unite with it mentally by cultivating deep feelings of reverence in relation with it, we act on our self to “draw down” the consciousness of our Higher Self, where it blends with us in and becomes our conscious awareness within our material body. Through mental union with our Self on a higher plane, we perceive ourselves from within a fully conscious state, and thereby create ourselves “as” we really are.

Due to the fact that our body works to generate emotion in response to our thoughts, which in turn motivate all of our activities, it will have a tendency to resist forming union with the Higher Self unless it’s represented to it in a way that inspires the emotion of admiration and adoration. We have to shape our thoughts as a representation and present it to our subconscious as an “image” that elicits an “emotional desire” for it. We’re always using “one aspect” of our mind to work with “another aspect” of our mind so they can work in cooperation with each other. We work on our subconscious by developing ideas as an “internal representation” within our imagination that naturally invokes the proper emotions necessary to motivate the behaviors necessary to manifest it. Within the lower plane all manifestation comes about as the harmonious union of thought as an idea that’s married to a corresponding emotion, which is the energy that determines how the idea expresses to become a whole reality as their offspring.

Due to the fact that the Higher Self is not manifest as the body within the lower plane of physical reality and exists only as a mental state as the “conscious aspect of our mind” that operates from a higher plane, a “representation” of it has to be formed and presented to the lower self that naturally invokes emotions of love and desire in regards to it. This “art” is demonstrated for us in how the “gods of mythology” were portrayed as being perfect, beautiful beings that inspired worship, with the idea of “worshiping an image of god” as a deity being formed in the imagination in order to inspire cooperation of the lower self. This is because it’s a part of the material plane and doesn’t have the ability to “perceive” what doesn’t exist as a material form. When working on any “plane” you always have to work from within the principles that govern that plane. The subconscious doesn’t possess the creative capacities of the higher mind and is “always present” within it’s immediate reality, and only responds to ideas that are “formed” in the imagination as physical entities. When we create an idea of our Higher Self that represents it in a way that inspires emotions of love and desire for it in our lower nature, it acts to “draw it in” while allowing it to take hold as a natural part of our normal awareness.

To love your Self is referring to loving yourself as a “god” who resides in a state of perfection on a higher plane which is only “drawn down” into the lower plane of unconsciousness through an overwhelming love for it and a desire to become one with it in mind and body. The lower self of the body is primarily instinctual and emotional in nature and it’s cooperation is only attained by shaping an idea as an internal representation in the imagination, which is the willful faculty of the higher mind, that elicits the emotions necessary to perform the joint operation. You only work effectively with your subconscious by first eliciting and working through its emotional state, which always comes as a natural response to our thoughts formed into an imaginary representation of an idea. As we think and picture an idea in our mind, we emote, and our idea ensouled by corresponding emotions produce all of our natural behaviors and the activities we engage in, manifesting the reality of our thoughts as an experience of our Self.

As long as we reside in a primarily unconscious state of our body and the material reality being produced by our mind in cooperation with our body, and we identify exclusively with being our personality, the principle being illustrated through the idea of “loving our self” eludes us, and can cause us to engage in what amounts to even more frivolous indulgences as a form of selfishness. All of what’s referred to as “vices”, which are ultimately destructive in nature, upon closer examination, comes as selfishness, whereas “virtues” are actions of selflessness. This doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with pampering yourself every once in a while, or setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with others, and not beating yourself up as a way of “loving yourself”, it simply means that we start off this idea from the correct foundation of who we really are as a Higher Soul, and we learn how to work with Universal Principles as a means of utilizing the creative ability of our Higher Mind in truly “creating our Self”. It’s only when we approach this idea from the right orientation that we also realize that we can only love another by first loving ourselves.

Loving Yourself as the Means of Loving Another

This idea can seem even more confusing because it’s perceived as taking place from the “same plane”, and with the same interpretation of love being an emotion that prompts a certain type of perception and behavior. When we form a love for our self on a higher plane of conscious awareness that resides outside of and above the lower plane of the subconscious, we become the embodiment of that consciousness and begin taking on a more “universal awareness” which sees the entire material plane in its “wholeness” where we’re no longer separate and apart from others. Due to the fact that we’re no longer getting our “sense of self” from our personality “located” within the material plane as a finite being, where we’re invested in and determined by the activities and conduct of others, we no longer have “needs” that are being fulfilled by and through others. All of our needs are being met from “within us” where we draw on our own conscious awareness as an intimate and all-pervading connection with our Higher Self.

When this shift in awareness occurs, we come into any situation or relationship without a need for something specific to happen or the need to try and control the perception of others and manipulate it to a specific means, and we only look to “give” and participate in a way that serves the greater good of everyone involved. We truly become an instrument for higher consciousness to work within the lower plane. Because our Higher Self is not “of this plane” but the guiding force and administrator of its activities, we begin always looking at the bigger pattern playing out in any situation, and we leave people to their own creations without needing to change or direct them by imposing an influence on them. The Higher Self is the administrator of karma as universal justice that allows people to experience the reality of their own making and the consequences their actions render and draw back to them as experience.

This form of universal justice is the only true form of unconditional love that breeds sovereignty as the realization that we are the “only one” who is always fully responsible for creating our own reality through the Law of Cause and Effect. People only learn through self produced experience that brings self-realization around the consequences of their own thoughts set into motion by their actions. Karma is only resolved through self-realization that provides the basis for us to exercise “will” in correcting our own errors. All pain and suffering comes by way of our own hand and how it is that we’re always “acting on ourselves” to create our experience of reality. When we try to interfere in someone elses life by trying to impose our will on them in making their decisions for them, or by trying to influence and control them, we cripple them morally and hinder their spiritual growth in becoming fully self-aware of and through their own creations.

As we form union with our higher consciousness we begin perceiving from a higher, unified level of the larger patterns and dynamics being played out in any situation, and we begin participating with life as it is instead of trying to contradict it or control it somehow. It’s only when we begin perceiving others in a selfless manner where we don’t have any needs to try and somehow fulfill through them, where we don’t give only as a means of trying to get something in return, that we “become” unconditional love itself as a state of being. When all of our power comes from within us and we begin creating ourselves as a sovereign being who’s truly self-reliant, we begin building our identity out of a more universal perspective. When this happens we no longer incur or play out karma as unconscious creations, but resolve it instead by transcending it all together.

When we no longer feel a need to try and control others by getting them to comply with us in a way that satisfies a need of some kind or that validates us as being right somehow, or need to fell loved and desired by others, and we begin expanding our awareness to the bigger picture being acted out by a group of people as a joint-reality, we also begin realizing that when we try to interfere in other people’s lives we’re only acting to take their power away from them in being responsible for creating their own experiences, harming their spiritual progress as a result. To love someone doesn’t mean to do everything for them in an imaginary attempt to help them, or to smother and impose your will on them as a means of trying to protect them by telling them what to do, it comes in honoring their spiritual journey and the karma they have incurred and are now acting out as a means of redeeming themselves by waking up in the midst of their own imaginary drama. To love another is to “empower them” in being able to create their life and themselves from a fully conscious and self-aware state of moral sovereignty. We can only do this for another when we first do it for ourselves.

In this way, and only in this way, do we become the demonstration of unconditional love that’s administered across the board in a just and unbiased manner. All judgment of others is formed through a judgment of the same unconscious aspects of ourselves that we share with them while continuing to remain unconscious of them. When we unite with our Higher Self and embody a higher form of self-awareness that no longer fosters our unconscious projections by administering self-criticism, we no longer see those traits in others through our reaction to them. As we no longer judge ourselves for our perceived imperfections and undesirable traits, and we embody the divine aspect of our Self, we begin connecting with and seeing the divine nature in others, and act to demonstrate it as a normal part of our presence.


This is what it means to have to first “love yourself” in order to “love another”, with love representing a principle as union with a higher consciousness, and your self being your Higher Self as a fully conscious, self-aware, and divine being. Love on the lower plane of manifestation comes about as an emotional state and is always “conditional” in nature based on an interaction of “give and take”, where people only really love through compliance. Whereas love on a higher plane of universal consciousness is a state of being as “Universal justice” that empowers others in becoming their “Higher Self” rather than remaining in their lower unconscious self. This idea is represented by sayings like “love comes as giving without a need for return”, and the only true form of love is to “love without judgment”, because on the higher plane of conscious awareness we’re cognoscente of the fact that we’re always creating others in our own image and with our likeness, and all of what we perceive to “be out there” is but a projection and mirror image of what’s “in here”. Reality is a product of our own making that’s being projected by our mind from within, and as we begin loving our self as a higher, more universal being of a divine and creative nature, we simultaneously begin realizing that we “are” the entire lower plane of manifestation.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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The Pineal, the Sexual Principle, the Fall of Humanity, and the Law of Polarity and Self-Regeneration

I gained profound insights into the idea of the true function of the Pineal and 3rd eye of the subtle body, and how it relates to our sexuality by concentrating in a meditative state on a dream I had just woken up from regarding the Principle of Polarity and the significance of how it functions, not only within the material body and the lower plane of manifestation, but as a “movement” between “planes” that only comes through “blending” in mind with the consciousness of that plane. So much confusion has been bred into our ideas about our spiritual nature through a fundamental misunderstanding of the principles involved, which was then “taught” as if it were fact, leading many astray and hopelessly caught up in an even deeper illusion of which there often seems no escaping. How our “paradigm” is initially formed and established through our “formative conditioning”, becomes the “seed of potential” as a basis that we can only grow out of and use as the means of filtering ideas through it in order to comprehend them so we can build them into our outer reality in a way that makes sense. Naturally, this is due to the fact that we are actually the one creating our perception of reality with our “mind”, which, while in the lower plane of material existence, is blended with our lower, instinctual body, which is operated primarily through emotions as an unconscious, habitual state of repetition that operates exclusively out of memory of the past.

While I have studied, explored with an awe-inspired mind, investigated through practices that became skills, and seriously contemplated both the true significance and operation associated with both our pineal and sexual organs, as well as universal laws that operate them, it wasn’t until I let go of both and only concentrated on the function of polarity itself with a passive mind that a very simple idea was shown to me. I began thinking about polarity as the process or activity for moving between planes of existence as levels of consciousness that vibrate in different, yet complementary states, when suddenly an image of a menorah appeared, and as I began thinking about it I related it to the seven chakras of the subtle body, with three on one side and three on the other joined by a single central one, representing the union of the higher triad with the lower one, and suddenly it was rotated at a 90 degree angle, producing more of a “mirror image” of the higher with the lower, where the top spheres were connected to the lower ones through the same line as an arc. This seemed to symbolize how they were polar opposites of each other (operated out of the same principle), and therefore “functioned” in polarity to each other. They represented the same principle as an operation that functioned in a similar way on different levels of reality. As I began forming realizations based on this configuration, the connection between the pineal and sexual organs stood out and was highlighted, and as I continued to concentrate on it more and more realizations about their significance began forming.

I realized that the pineal performed a similar function to our sexual organs, not only in terms of it’s receptivity, but also in terms of it’s ability to generate the living reality of whatever it acts to conceive. The symbol that’s commonly used to represent the pineal as our third eye is a yoni or vagina, also represented by the Dyad or “womb of the universe”, capable of connecting with and drawing down ideas from the higher plane as a fluent communication with our Higher Self. I then thought about the similar function of sexual union, which works through attraction where we not only take in the “seed” that generates a new human being as a “combination” of two people, but more importantly, where in spirit and mind we actually “fuse” our energy field, i.e., “essence as our mind” with another and become enmeshed with their consciousness. We begin vibrating in a coherent state with them.

The same process takes place on different levels as the mind on the higher, and the physical body on the lower, which are naturally being operated by the same soul-essence. The Higher Soul doesn’t exist as a finite being on the lower plane, but as more of an energetic “tincture” where qualities as influences are introduced from the environment, and act to change the vibration as a “state” that’s in a constant state of flux and influx based on what “properties” it absorbs as new qualities, that initially creates an imbalance as a new emphasis, which then begins vibrating in harmony to form a coherent state as a unique variable of the same mixture. Only the physical, outer form of the body creates the appearance of the soul being stationary and finite. The mind however, is in a constant state of change based on what it encounters and resonates with, blends into and becomes one with in mind, that constantly alters and modifies it to form a new energetic matrix. This process is almost identical to procreation in the physical sense, and both function by way of the same principle as a process of creation.

The Blending of Complementary Opposites to Form a New Whole

This is what the principle of “polar opposites” indicates as a creative process. Two complementary aspects of the same nature combine through sympathetic resonance and synthesize to generate reality as a new whole that’s of an expanded and evolved nature. Every new combination of energy brings a new and slightly different expression and experience of reality. The entire motivation and activity of the Higher Soul is to “evolve itself” through it’s own creations. It does this by constantly forming new combinations as a form of energetic uptake and synthesis with everything around it that’s of a similar vibration (pattern), to produce new offspring that brings a slightly different type of experience of itself. The Soul is in a constant state of dynamic movement as an evolutionary flow, while the body is stable and maintains the same basic appearance and personality throughout life, because it’s merely an instrument and means through which the spirit creates itself as experiences. The soul is of the higher mind and it creates itself through mental and emotional activity of thoughts formed in the imagination as a physical reality. The physical body is a passive receptor for the “mind”, which ensouls it in order to experience it’s thoughts as an outer reality.

Many people don’t have a direct realization around this process because it’s an interaction of the subconscious, and when we blend energetically with another through sexual union, it’s experienced more as feelings and attitudes that are like seeds planted that take hold and begin gestating within us, altering our perception of our self and reality accordingly. Sexual union is the process through which we become “one” with another in mind and soul and produce offspring as a “unique combination” of qualities and traits. Due to the fact that this is an “unconscious process”, the change comes gradually over the course of time, or in the case of marriage and consistent sexual intercourse and intimacy with the same soul, the change comes quite rapidly and tends to be intoxicating (love as an emotion is a drug). When this happens, our soul as our higher mind becomes enmeshed with the physical plane, and we use our mind to cooperate in creating our “self” as a physical being. We lose touch with our spiritual nature as our Higher Self, and begin identifying almost exclusively with being our body. This idea is commonly symbolized as “purity” of the soul that hasn’t been “contaminated” by blending with inferior substances that alter its core essence. Symbolically speaking, whenever a figure is shown with decorations on it’s “outer garments”, it represents a blended outer nature, and when shown in a pure white or solid color garment, it shows it’s unmixed, and therefore “pure nature”.

The Fallen Angels and the Myth of Prometheus

This same idea is communicated through the allegory of the “fallen angels”, where, if we move outside of the Biblical depiction and into the mythology of other historical accounts of the same thing, we find two ideas being symbolically presented using different terms; one of the angels, which represent pure beings of a higher mind that resided on a higher level of consciousness and in a sovereign state with God, assigned to “watch over and aid us in our evolutionary development”, who fell from grace, so to speak, when they “bred with the daughters of man” and became beast-like themselves and imprisoned in the material realm of the unconscious mind of instinct, losing memory of themselves as divine beings and clouding their conscious ability to use their mind in determining their reality and their true station within that reality. They entered the “realm of experience” where instead of residing above the world of illusion (maya), they were consumed within it and lost touch with who and what they actually were. Because they “forgot” who they were in mind and spirit, they continued to breed and blend even more with the lower realm of unconsciousness as a part of the group mind of animal instinct.

This same idea is told as the story of Prometheus who created man by “giving him a higher mind” (stealing the fire from heaven and giving it to man). Mankind was created originally through genetic modification that designed a human-like species that was devoid of a “conscious mind”, so they would take orders and could be trained to work without complaining or requiring more than their basic needs. But due to their “sexual instincts” that couldn’t be managed through the conscious realization of laws and principles (a function of the conscious mind), and the ability to control impulses, they began having sexual intercourse with a large variety of people, and this eventually developed into having sex anyway they could, whether it be with the same sex or with animals that they tended to. This led to hybrids of humans and animals and a “spiritual essence” that became grossly contaminated with vulgarities and lower aspects of unconsciousness, that bonded them even more with their animal nature.

The Nature of the Higher Self

In order to remedy this problem, Prometheus decided to give man a higher, conscious mind through which he could “think”, reason, and rationally contemplate ideas in order to “decide” on how to create himself as a higher, moral, and intelligent being. Prometheus, as the story goes, “stole the light from heaven” and gave it to man, with the term “light” referring to the higher capacity of the mind to form realizations, learn from experience, make intelligent decisions, and willfully act in creating himself through the reality of his decisions. This way, we could act to facilitate our own growth and development in an intelligent and calculated way, and return home by dis-integrating mentally and morally from attaining our “identity” with a lower material existence, and ascend willfully to higher planes of consciousness from whence we originally came. In order to “give us” a higher mind, the god-angels had to enter into a passive state on the higher plane, so their active mind could be drawn down into the body of man as his conscious awareness and ability to willfully self-create.

This is the relationship we have with our “self” on a higher plane, which we have the ability to connect with in mind and spirit, and with whom we’re always in communication with that serves to teach, guide, and instruct us in our return home. When we engage sexually with others and the material world, we blend with it energetically and over time become mentally and emotionally “fused with it”. We share our substance while acquiring the substance of another, blending them together in a coherent state as a frequency, and form our “sense of self” out of our identification with our lower animal body, which is driven instinctively through a desire for pleasure and emotional impulses that render us unconscious in order to fulfill and satisfy them. The angel-gods “fell into darkness” (unconsciousness), because they violated, or decided to sacrifice themselves in order to bring light to humanity by bestowing us with a higher, “conscious mind”. Through active use of our conscious mind while in the lower planes of unconsciousness, we’re able to develop ourselves in an aware and deliberate manner using our higher mind to subdue and bring our lower subconscious mind under our command. We’re able to form a practical understanding of the Universal Laws of the higher mind and apply them willfully in order to create ourselves and our reality.

When we move away from the idea of sex as being a physical function and view it instead as a “principle”, we can realize that this same “function” is performed by the pineal of the third-eye, which not only acts as an antennae and tuner for vibrating and drawing in correlated energies, but also shaping the ideas drawn in into whole realities as representations in the higher faculty of the imagination, which become the basis for manifesting as a material creation. What confuses many people is that the term “self” isn’t referring to our physical body or existence, it’s our mind and spirit that’s used in creating an “image of our self”, and we create our self by whatever it is we “become one with” in essence as an idea, thought, sensation, and emotion, all of which culminate harmoniously to produce our “perception”. Out of our perception all of our behaviors and activities are formed as what initiates and calls forth the reality of our thoughts.

Love, Desire, and Union with our Higher Self

When we form a desire for our higher existence over our lower one, we shift the energy from our sexual desire to procreate on the material plane to a desire for “union with our Higher Self” (God) on a higher plane. Through a desire for union with a higher power, we render our sexual desire passive, and activate our pineal, which acts as a “receptor” for ideas (as ideals) from the higher plane. As we connect in mind with the higher spiritual plane, ideas are drawn in that “impregnate our mind” with original ideas of a higher nature and those ideas manifest “within us” as our own creations. We take in the “seed” of a whole idea in it’s potential and latent form, and as we place our attention on it and begin thinking about it, we begin shaping it in sensory terms by imagining it as a physical form. Our imagination works through the principle of synthesis where we form an idea as our offspring by adapting it to match our mental model and current set of circumstances as a means of being able to express it in a logical and congruent manner. As ideas manifest on the inner planes by being developed into representations for reality in our imagination, they become the “perceptual lens” we look through (light is reflected on the outer crystalline structure of the pineal as a transparent image) in perceiving that same idea as an outer reality.

The lower soul is always described in feminine terms and the higher in masculine terms because the lower mind “conceives the seeded idea” of the higher plane, and through a process of gestation, forms it into a new possibility and births it within the material plane as an “outer reflection” of the higher plane. Whatever we associate with in mind and spirit, we become like in nature. When we identify with and build our essence out of our material existence, we bond ourselves as a higher soul to the lower plane of the subconscious, and create ourselves out of an unconscious state. When we identify with and build our essence from the higher plane of morality, we bond our soul to that plane, and begin identifying with it. Whatever it is we use as the means of shaping our “identity” by associating with it, we become one with energetically (in essence), and “reside” eternally on that plane and level in mind and spirit.

The reason all true adepts and spiritual masters reside in a state of celibacy, is because when we’re sexually active, our lower sexual center is active rendering it higher polar opposite of the pineal passive and inactive. We can’t have both active at the same time, because they’re complementary opposites of each other and operate according to the Law of Polarity. The entire relationship between the higher and lower plane is based on polarity, and this relationship is directly reflected in the higher triad of the mind and lower triad of the body, bound together at the heart center, which is the neutral bridge between the two, and is symbolic of the subconscious aspect of the mind. Whatever we “love”, we desire, and we seek union with whatever we desire. Desire is a magnetic force. The “purification of the heart” comes by shifting our desire from union with the material world to that of the spiritual world. We can’t have both, because in pursuing one, we render the other passive and inactive. The soul as the higher mind becomes “contaminated” with lustful thoughts that begin propagating in an uncontrollable manner, and we combine our spirit with the material world through emotional impulses that are very magnetic and compelling, yet animalistic in nature. As we draw in the energies of the material world and begin building our identity out of them as our offspring, we become a product of the unconscious mind.

The Mortal and Immortal

If we move away from belief that our sexual energy is only “about” sex, and we view it as it really is, a fundamental universal principle, we can see this as building an image of ourselves as a part of the material world, whether it be through a desire for pleasure, power, status, money, success, or anything that we use as the means of experiencing ourselves, and building an image of ourselves out of our experiences. Whatever it is we relate to, we become like. The soul isn’t the body itself, the body is the engraved image of itself that the soul forms in the astral light of the imagination. Whatever we lust after and seek to become one with as a means of creating our “sense of self” out of, we simultaneously shape our identity out of, and we bond ourselves mentally with that idea, becoming dependent on it. This is what forms what we call the “false ego” as a mistaken identity with our body and the physical world that’s projected by the body, both of which are “mortal and temporary”, and dies along with the physical body. Our “immortal” aspect is the “mind itself” as the creator of the material world which exists within the higher plane of pure consciousness, and therefore doesn’t suffer a physical death because it’s not physical in nature.

At death, through the same principle of polarity and resonance, our spirit separates from our body, and through a process of disintegration, what was formed out of the lower plane as an image of ourselves, stays within that plane, and continues to populate the Astral Plane of the Earth as “thought-forms”, also referred to as the “collective unconscious”, which means the creations native to that plane. Only the aspects of our “self” created through identification with our Higher Self as a divine, universal being, ascends in mind and spirit to that plane. This is why chastity as a “principle” that indicates not blending with lower energies in mind and spirit is considered a virtue and necessary for our spiritual advancement and ultimate ascension to higher planes of consciousness.

The sexual center, like all chakras, doesn’t indicate sex or sexual activities, but the “principle” of self-regeneration which comes by “combining with forces” through a desire and love for them, and using them as the means of creating yourself through the experiences they bring. Whatever we associate with we become like in spirit. Our spirit is the creative power that creates by combining with complementary elements to form a new, functional whole. It’s not acquiring physical substance that transforms us, it’s how we associate with and build our identity out of the “experience” it brings. All creation comes through how we experience ourselves. As long as we nurture and cultivate a desire for the physical world as attachments to it that are necessary in order to “know who we are”, we cut ourselves off from our spiritual development as a universal being. As long as our sexual energy is operating on the lower arc of the material world, our pineal is atrophied on the higher arc. The only way to “activate” our pineal is by shifting our desire away from the material world and concentrating it in the spiritual world. As long as we desire sexual union, power, money, the acquisition of material excess, and so on, we allow those ideas to occupy our mind, and we “become them” in spirit, shutting the doorway to the higher planes of a virtuous and universal identity, which is our “true nature” as a higher spiritual being who creates itself fully from within itself as a sovereign and self-sustaining being.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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The Right Understanding of the Subtle Body and how to Work with the Chakra System of the Etheric Double

The most common way the subtle body is represented in the West is through the chakra system where it’s viewed as a chain of vertical energy centers that are aligned along the spine and divided into separate compartments as different aspects of our “self” and how those aspects are associated to different areas of our life. I came into contact with this idea after years of study and concentrated practice in Esoteric Sciences through exploring various methods being used in the “Healing Arts and Hypnotherapy community”, which are based primarily upon “certification programs” that are designed to provide the “credentials” necessary for practicing as a Healing Arts Practitioner. In the general sense there’s no educational prerequisites required for these courses which lay the foundation necessary for developing a skillful practice, and they don’t involve any form of in-depth study or testing upon completion of the course.

Most of these certification programs were often achieved in a weekend or four-day course, or through the study of the ‘method’ itself (whatever that may be) without any background knowledge, usually taught with very little “actual practice” to see first hand what the long term effects were that it actually produced, and without any formal study of the actual principles involved. Not only were these healing practices usually not effective, outside of the placebo effect, but often served to produce more imbalances than they resolved. This was usually due to the fact that they had very little, if any, comprehensive understanding of what the subtle body as our etheric double ‘is’, and how it operates on the Astral plane as a bridge between the Higher Soul and the lower soul of the personality, orchestrated through the harmonious interaction between the instinctual and intellectual spheres of the higher mind.

The Hierarchical Structure of the Spiritual Planes

What we refer to as the “spiritual world” (energetic and invisible) exists as a hierarchical structure of seven planes or levels of consciousness where ten spheres or principles operate in a rhythmic movement of descending down the planes, and then ascending back up the planes to complete a cycle of manifestation as an incarnation. The entire structure of seven vertical levels operate on three columns or pillars within each level, with the left column representing the negative aspect, the right column the positive aspect, and the central pillar that of equilibrium between the two. The entire structure is formed out of three Triads where each Triad represents two levels of the same plane, as the three-fold nature of the mind. The complementary aspects of the mind are represented as the parallel points along the base and function as an interaction on a single level, and are brought into equilibrium on the central pillar as the “functioning aspect”, forming a triangle. The Triad represents the fundamental principle of the Mind as being threefold in nature, where three aspects function as a single unit or unified whole.

Movement between upper and lower planes, as well as the interaction of complementary aspects (positive and negative) on the same plane occur through the “Law of Polarity” (also a fundamental universal principle) as active and passive components of the same thing. This is the activity of what’s referred to as the Monad or Mind as the “three in One Law” of the Triad (Trinity), which ultimately manifests as a “fourth aspect” within the lower planes of physical reality as a subtle-energetic body. This subtle body provides the “holographic blueprint” (culmination of all aspects) for organizing, vitalizing, and generating the physical body as a mirror (polar) image of itself. These same principles of the Dyad (polar opposites) and Triad (three aspects of the same thing) operate consistently on every level of the unmanifest and manifest world (universal) as not only it’s “structure”, but also how it functions as a unified whole.

Triad - 3 levels /aspects of the mind

The hierarchical structure of the spiritual planes is represented in detail in the Kabbalah as the “Tree of Life” and is “reflected” as a mirror image in the lower physical body as the “spiritual centers” of the subtle body, represented by the chakra system. The subtle body is constructed of “essence” (vitalized matter) that’s finely differentiated yet still in a unified state, and is “not” the true nature of the Soul itself ,which always exists in unity. Due to the fact that it serves as a “spatial blueprint” (subconscious) for the material body as it’s essence, and the reality that’s projected “through” the body (as it’s life plan), it’s energetically bonded to it, and remains in the lower regions of the Astral Plane as an “astral shell” (phantom) when the body dies, and disintegrates over time along with the body. The etheric-body “is” the subconscious mind and is programmed from conception with the entire life of the soul in the lower realm as it’s personality, character, predisposition, and karmic plan, and is the “medium” through which communication takes place between the higher and lower Self.

Coherence as a Unified Whole

What’s represented as separate centers within the body, actually exist in a unified and coherent state within the subtle body, where each center operates equally throughout every aspect of the subtle body as an influence. Just as the brain and the nervous system which extends from it are structured along the spinal cord and function as a “single unit” to operate every aspect of the body, the subtle organs serve to operate the endocrine system, of which the largest complex of “master” glands exist within the brain, and serves to keep the body in a coherent state with the mind, which uses the brain as an instrument for creating. Through coherence, the brain and nerves of the subtle body operate as “currents”, and ramify from the physical brain spreading throughout the entire system. They move as inner currents in relation to the complementary centers and organs of the outer (physical) body. The “inner state” acts as the blueprint (organized information) for constructing, consistently regenerating, and operating the “outer body” as it’s mirror image or polar opposite. Again, the inner and outer operate in harmony with each other as polar opposites that work together to produce a unified whole as a single unit. Our perception of “separation” takes place from “within” a greater unified reality, as the means necessary to “experience” ourselves as others and as a fundamental part of Nature.

This same threefold structure as complementary principles are represented by the three channels of energy within the subtle body referred to as the Ida Nadi, associated with the moon (negative-feminine), and operates the parasympathetic nervous system, regulating emotions, feelings, and memories; and the Pingala Nadi, associated with the sun (positive-masculine), governing the planning and activities of the rational intellect; and the central and main channel of Sushumna, which runs from the base of the spine to the top of the head and extending out of the top of the head into the sphere of the Higher Mind as a connection to our Higher Self. This energy flows as a current when both aspects of the mind are functioning in balance. Energy moves up and down these channels, causing certain forces to “act on” the polar aspects of the material body in a corresponding manner in order to keep it in a coherent state with the higher mind. The three channels are what magnetic fluids circulate through and their balance is necessary for a sane state of mind. This subtle fluid is what’s referred to as “akasha” which is the subtle form of matter that’s imprinted with memory. The memory of the body is what acts as the “organizing principle” for both the inner and outer reality. The astral centers of the subtle body are similar to “nerves”, in which the central one passes out of the top of the head and forms a connection with the luminous principle of the Higher Soul, represented by a sphere of beautiful white light positioned directly above the head.

Coherent (white) light enters the top of the head through the crown and is refracted to form seven plexuses (colors of the spectrum), as the seven hidden aspects that exist within the One Ray. The central column acts in a similar way to a battery, where the crown chakra functions as the positive pole and the root chakra functions as the negative pole. Energy from the higher plane is “drawn in” and circulates down through the system by “grounding” it to the Earth’s energy. We operate the energy system of the body through the Law of Polarity where the “active principle” is drawn in to it’s complementary “passive principle”. The only way to effectively work with this is by withdrawing all consciousness from the body, and placing it in in the sphere of your higher self, and concentrating on it while “identifying” (associating) with it. This renders the body “passive” so it can act to conceive the “active” consciousness of the Higher Self, where it’s metabolized through the spiritual centers of the subtle body which function as “principles” of a “unified whole”. This forms a “circuit” through which consciousness flows as an alternating current, in much the same way electricity can only be directed and utilized by grounding it to the Earth forming a pathway for it to flow.

Spiritual Principles that Operate as a Whole

Each center represents a “principle” as a characteristic and function of the whole, and can’t be utilized in a meaningful way by handling them as if they’re separate centers. Energy only flows in an unimpeded manner through a closed circuit. You don’t attempt to “clear a chakra” by working with the chakra itself as a single unit, but by properly grounding energy by making the body a “passive receptor” as a “circuit”, forming a coherent state. As long as any part of the body is being worked with through a process of visualization while concentrating on it, makes it “active” and serves to block the flow of energy which comes in through a connection to a higher plane. In order to “transform” any part of what has already manifest as a material reality, we have to work through the “higher plane” which is what’s “causing and orchestrating it”. We can’t work with a manifestation from within the manifest plane, which is merely an “effect”, by trying to manipulate it in some way. We have to work at the higher level of the mind which is “causal” in nature and is what serves to manifest ideas on the lower plane as a “whole coherent reality”.

The seven principles of the subtle body is how an idea is brought down the hierarchical planes of the spiritual world and developed through a process of adaptation and modification to manifest in a specialized way as a natural part of both our inner and outer reality. Just as the “Tree of Life” as seven levels comprised of Triads are reflected down into the lower plane of the body, the chakra system is actually comprised of a higher Triad (conscious mind) that’s reflected down into the lower plane of the body to produce a lower Triad (subconscious mind) as it’s polar opposite, combined and mediated through the middle center of the heart. The higher Triad forms the lower as it’s shadow or mirror image on a lower plane. The lower three chakras are directed and utilized as a “response” to the higher triad of the conscious mind, and the higher triad is what shapes and develops an idea in the imagination that’s acts to elicit a corresponding response in the lower triad, with the heart acting as the mediator between them.

The lower quaternary (four chakras) doesn’t possess any ability to create on it’s own, and represents the subconscious, which has to be “given a pattern” as a well-developed sensory idea that mimics a memory, which it then combines with and vitalizes with life-force as activity, causing it to manifest as an outer experience of the same kind. The lower self doesn’t possess the mental ability to shape an idea in a new and unique way, and when left to operate without guidance from the higher conscious mind, it functions to manifest based solely on memory that has already been established as conditioning and produces thought processes that run in an automatic and habitual manner. Due to this, when we don’t utilize our will in directing and shaping our own thoughts and what it is we focus on consistently, we simply draw on the akasha of our etheric-body as our storehouse of memory, and recreate the same patterns of the past over and over by replaying their memories as habitual “thought-forms”.

This system is not operated from “within” the system itself as individual centers, but as the circuit (axis mundi) that connects the upper plane of the conscious mind with the lower plane of manifestation which allows a “current” to flow unimpeded. There’s no such thing as being “blocked” or having “congestion” in only one chakra, because they all operate in correspondence to each other to produce a coherent reality. When we concentrate on the individual centers themselves, we actually cause an imbalance within the system, because concentration is a principle in itself that penetrates, expands, and increases whatever quality or idea is being developed in the mind through concentrating on it. By concentrating on the idea of a “problem”, we’re actually acting to “produce” the problem by instructing the body to manifest it.

The Principle of Concentration and Meditation

Concentration and meditation “is” a principle of the mind through which we enter into a passive state while focused on an idea, and enter into the “current” of that idea on a higher plane and “draw in” knowledge associated with the idea as a natural consequence. As we concentrate on an idea we “enter into” the idea as a “stream of consciousness” or mental flow. This is how we attain knowledge without “learning it” through study or being taught by an outside entity. While you may be able to gain insight into the emotional nature of an existing manifestation by focusing on the symbol associated with the solar plexus and meditating on it, at the same time you’re streaming vital energy into the insights gained, amplifying and multiplying them, because your not working at the level of “cause” in terms of identifying what idea you’re actively expressing that the emotions are being invoked by as a natural response. The body of the subconscious always responds to the thoughts being envisioned in the imagination of the higher mind, where it forms corresponding feelings, emotions, motivation, and activities that serve to “manifest” it as an experience. The upper and lower Triads work together to produce a unified reality through a “cause and effect” relationship.

The only purpose of the lower four centers is to energize the idea being presented to it as a “representation” built in the imagination through concentration that they form a natural response to. To change the response you have to change the representation producing it. As the subconscious animates the imagined idea by blending with it (sympathetic induction) and motivating the activities it takes on (emotion as an arousing force), and therefore determining how it expresses, it simultaneously connects with the energies in the outer world associated with that same idea as a pattern, and through electromagnetic impulses (resonance) organizes them to form our “perception” of an equivalent outer reality. Just as the subtle body as the subconscious mind serves to spatially organize and animate the physical body with specific characteristics and activities, it also organizes the outer reality in the same way, because they’re not separate things. The inner produces the blueprint for constructing the outer as an expression of it, and together they’re formed into an experience, which is then translated back into the same type of memory that initiated it, where it’s “built up” as the means of “evolving the whole” by way of the part (holographic principle).

The Law of Polarity and the Relationship of Complementary Opposites

Energy as consciousness operates systematically through complementary (opposing) spheres on the same level, and as correlated movement between upper and lower planes of a hierarchical structure through the Law of Polarity. The passive always serves as a receptor for the active. What’s active on the higher plane is only “drawn down” into the lower plane by making it’s complementary aspect a passive receptor for it. The subtle body itself is the culminated energies of the higher planes formed into a cohesive whole where it serves as the energetic blueprint for organizing our perception of the entire lower plane of manifestation, which comes “through” the energy center of the mind while being housed by the body. The etheric-double itself never changes and remains consistent throughout our lifetime. This principle of the mind is represented by the Monad, where the center expands outward through an electromagnetic pulsation to produce both an inner and outer reality of a corresponding nature. The same organized field of information as a “metaphorical pattern” expresses equally on different “scales” of manifestation as a whole.

In practical terms we can realize this organizing principle of the mind as “perception” which operates through a harmonious correlation of “filters” that serve to separate and order the information available in the whole of reality through polarity by “activating” and bringing forth some qualities and aspects, while simultaneously deactivating and subduing other aspects, causing them to recede into the background in a latent state, and re-configuring the “selected” aspects into a “new whole” that’s of the same nature and structure (patterning) as the mind producing it, bridging the inner with the outer as a unification or continuation of each other. The outer is shaped by the inner, it’s only a question of whether or not we’re aware of it, or if we’re doing it while in a primarily unconscious state where we’re detached from our own creation, and therefore unaware of how it is we’re creating it.

On the material plane of manifestation the subconscious and conscious, as the inner and outer, are polar opposites and therefore complementary aspects of the same thing, and act “on each other” to stimulate each other as a kind of “feedback loop”. This function is represented by the infinity symbol (8) as a self-perpetuating and self-sustaining system of self-creation. The idea developed on the inward planes expands and projects outward, exciting only correlated aspects within the outer light of the group mind, ordering and organizing them into a corresponding construct as a personal creation of the individual mind, then, once it reaches the end of our visual perception, switches polarity and returns back into the center from whence it came, where it’s translated into an “experience” and formed into a memory (representation). A memory is formed out of the “experience” created based on the feelings and emotions that came as a response to an event, and the meaning it held for us as a result, and not as a historical account of the event itself, as many believe. A memory is created as a “representation” of an event, which serves as a kind of “metaphor” that forms a perceptual lens for creating more of the same type of experiences that are easily translated into the same type of memory, where they’re built up over time, strengthening and continuously developing them as an evolutionary process.

This is easy to understand when you self-reflect on what you perceive as “memories of the past” where you acquired the same type of “feelings about yourself” through numerous experiences of a similar kind, which, based on how you interpreted them to make them mean something, ultimately served to form the “story” you began telling yourself as the means of experiencing “yourself”. An event of an emotionally intense nature was translated into a memory based on the type of feeling it gave you, as a “representation” in your imagination that didn’t represent the event itself as an objective occurrence, but as a metaphorical representation of the “meaning” you gave it that set the basis for a “theme” as a perceptual lens used to interpret all events of the same kind to make them mean the same thing, and as a result, built up and evolved the representation over time through an accumulative process of creation. You took and initial representation and used it to both “perceive and conceive”, first projecting it and then absorbing it, producing more of the same type of experiences that you built into the memory itself as a means of evolving it through different stages and areas of your life as what became a central theme as your life story.

The Holographic Principle

This accumulated memory as a representation constructed on the inner planes is transformed and evolved by forming unique variations of the same idea produced through different situations and circumstances that somewhat altered the meaning it has through new combinations that served to grow it through the acquisition of new qualities that served to modify the “parent pattern” being used. This idea is represented in the “holographic principle” and the concept of “fractal patterns”, as well as the “Golden Mean”, Particle-Wave Duality, and Entanglement, all of which operate to form new variations that still hold true to the central theme through the Law of Polarity. We alter vibration, which contains a living pattern as an idea by working with complementary aspects as “functions” of a greater whole. The subtle body exists as the function of the polar aspects of the instinctual-emotional and the intellectual-rational aspects of the same higher mind. These two complementary aspects, commonly referred to as the subconscious and self-conscious aspects of our physical being work in harmony to produce the subtle body as their offspring which operates as a “functioning whole”. When we take an attitude of working directly on the etheric-body itself through manipulation of the subtle organs and energy centers themselves by separating them into categories of a coherent state, our efforts are futile at best, and harmful at worse.

The body itself doesn’t have the ability to heal or transform itself from within the subconscious mind, but acts only as a vessel and vehicle of the higher conscious mind of the Soul which operates “through it” as a coherent state of consciousness. The only way to change the state of the body, is to ground the lower chakra as the “negative pole”, while opening the crown chakra to connect with the upper plane as the “positive pole”, in order to act as a receiver for the ideas of the Higher Self. We do this by withdrawing all of our conscious awareness from the body and spiritual organs of the subtle body, and concentrating all of our attention on the sphere of our Higher Self, which exists directly “above” our head in the immediate space around us. Our Higher Self is represented by a sphere or globe of beautiful white light (coherent state as whole) that only fragments into the colors of the spectrum when it enters into the crystalline structure of the third-eye and liquid cells of the body, revealing it’s inner, hidden aspects. The Higher Self exists in a coherent state as a harmonious whole that’s reflected in the lower plane of the physical body as aspects that function as a cohesive part of a dynamic whole. The subtle body is a hologram as a “medium” through which the energy of higher consciousness expresses as a “whole” on the physical plane of manifestation. Our tendency towards duality and separation of what exists in a unified state, is a fundamental error in our thinking, and everything that comes out of it expresses that same error.

The subtle body can only be worked with using the intellect to guide and direct the instinctual by giving it a “pattern”” as a representation defined and shaped with sensory detail that acts to “alter it’s state” as a whole. It’s the higher mind that orders and organizes the four Elements of the material plane into a coherent state. This is represented by realizing the crown and root are positive and negative poles of a continuous circuit, and the five chakras in between are represented by the Pentagrammaton, where the top, fifth chakra represents the ether as the 3rd-eye, which conceives ideas as representations from the Higher Self and uses them as a blueprint for ordering and organizing the 4 Elements (lower 4 chakras) of the physical body into a functioning matrix that expresses the idea as an inner and outer reality. The 5th principle resides above and in the center of the lower 4, symbolized by the star of the Pentagram, encircled by the mind of the Monad.

Putting it all Together

The etheric-body is operated through the etheric principle of the Higher Mind, where all ideas as representations (archetypes) are conceived in the receptive organ of the 3rd eye, and reflected on the outer lens, where it’s “looked through” and perceived in its whole form as a possible reality (imagined), and forms the basis for all our thoughts as inner dialogue (throat chakra), vitalized with feeling sensations (heart) that invoke correlated emotions (solar plexus), which forms the motivational force (sexual center) that animates them with life as activities and actions (grounded in reality), causing them to manifest as an outer reality, which is then used to create an experience of it. Thought is made manifest “through” the body by completing the circuit through which the current of higher consciousness flows abundantly as an alternating current. This circuit is made by making the body a passive receptor of the Higher Self.

When we concentrate on the individual centers themselves we “activate them” and cut off flow as a result. Whatever we concentrate on we make active and expressive. By activating the subtle centers, we not only cut off the flow of consciousness from our Higher Self, we expand and grow the energy itself causing an imbalance as an exaggeration and amplification of that energy. Concentration causes energy to proliferate. The body needs to be made passive as a circuit for the active forces of the mind to flow into and harmonize as a “whole creation” born out of a coherent state. We don’t work on the manifestation as an “effect” from “within” the manifestation itself that we imagine to be neatly divided up into separate compartments, but by operating on the higher plane of pure mind that’s acting as the “cause”. We don’t clear energy from each center by visualizing it as expanding and contracting, because they don’t exist as “separate and individual centers”. The symbols used to represent them are not the centers themselves but “principles” that perform different functions of a greater whole.

We draw down higher consciousness through our subtle body which serves to operate our physical body through a working understanding of the primary Law of Polarity and Correspondences. Vibration is formed as a correspondence of ideas formed in the mind as visual thoughts. Vibration is movement between two opposite poles or spheres that generate “light” as a phantom image or hologram of the idea that set it in motion. Vibration forms a rhythm that repeats as cycles on different scales through the reciprocating relationship of “cause and effect”. Thought formed on the inner plane through concentration while in a meditative state sets vibration in motion and contains a whole idea which manifests (serves as the cause) outside of us as an outer reality, and then switches polarity on the same plane and becomes the “cause” for stimulating a corresponding inner effect (output and uptake), and repeats as a rhythmic pulsation that’s self-perpetuating and self-sustaining.

This same process of polarity operates between upper and lower planes, and the subtle body as the unification of instinct and intellect forms an energetic medium through which higher consciousness flows into the lower planes as “thoughts made flesh”. The only meaningful way to work with the subtle body itself to facilitate this natural flow, is by grounding it in a passive state while opening the crown chakra to the upper plane and concentrating your full attention into the sphere of your higher consciousness, which resides above and outside of the body itself (enveloping it), and thereby drawing down the energy and grounding it in the the material world as a whole reality that brings a certain type of experience.

Dr. Linda Gadbois


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The Right Understanding of the Kundalini – The Path to Enlightenment or Insanity

What’s referred to as the “kundalini” energy of the body, often symbolized as being dormant until “awakened”, is a primal electric force that gives life to all of Nature. It’s the power that generates an inner light in those who meditate and concentrate on their spiritual and moral development. This natural force is the “cosmic electricity” that fills and animates form, commonly referred to as the “Fohat” or Fohatic Energy in Esoteric Sciences. It’s the fiery-electrical force which underlies everything visible and invisible, also referred to as “World’s Mother”, or “Mother of the World”, symbolized as the Vesica Pisces (Dyad) or “the Womb of the Universe” in Sacred Geometry, through which all life emerges as a birthing process. It’s the Universal Life Principle that works to animate the Universal Logos and brings life to all material forms.

The Kundalini is a power that moves in a circular, spiraling motion, symbolized by a “serpent”, which is often shown wrapped around and egg (thought in it’s potential state). This Universal Life Principle is a single force that’s comprised of two polar forces of attraction and repulsion, and manifests as electricity and magnetism, which are two aspects that perform opposing functions of the same force, and is what generates movement as expansion and contraction. What we call “electromagnetism” is a manifestation of this power, much like the aura of the body is but an emanation of the subtle body, yet is not the subtle body itself. While it’s usually thought of as an “electric force”, it’s actually electro-magnetic in nature, and as it expands, it simultaneously magnetizes with an attractive force. It resides in a dormant state until it’s “stimulated” and “rises” in an active state to “fill and vitalize” an astral form (imaginary thought) of some kind shaped in the higher faculties of the mind.

Kundalini is the active principle of the Universal Logos, and is what fills and brings life to universal archetypes that manifest throughout Nature, forming the various kingdoms and the species of conscious beings that populate them. In the mind of man this force is what gives life to our thoughts. It’s the Universal Life Power, symbolized by the element of Fire as the electrical force that enters into and animates ideas, causing them to expand and manifest as a three-dimensional reality. This power is natural to man, who is bestowed with the higher capacities of thought in creating reality, and is NOT worked with through calculated methods or as mechanical processes. There’s really no such thing as engaging in a supposed process of attempting to “raise the kundalini power” from the lower self of the body to the higher centers of the mind through a meditative process of “visualization”. This idea is born out of a misunderstanding of the Universal Principles involved and an incorrect conception of how the spiritual centers (chakras) of the subtle body function as a cohesive whole. Most attempts to do this are formed for selfish reasons out of the desire to somehow attain special psychic abilities, achieve elevated levels of consciousness through a form of shortcut, or to experience inner sensations of bliss, which are the promises used to lure people in. All true spiritual development only comes by way of consistent effort put forth in learning how to develop skill in mastering our own mind-body system.

This is the reason why “kundalini” is hardly ever mentioned in most ancient spiritual doctrines or texts on occult sciences, outside of the modern “New Age” movement. Like all great truths that are misunderstood by those who lack true knowledge which is only attained through years of devotional study of higher spiritual principles, practices are developed and promoted that can be outright dangerous in the development of the soul, and usually only lead to spiritual degradation, and oft times even various forms of mental illness. I’m sure that most who have taken the time to thoroughly investigate the idea of “raising the kundalini” from the sacral chakra to the crown or third-eye, have also been warned or heard stories of people who experience intense anxiety, hard to control emotional outpourings, disturbing hallucinations, and an almost overwhelming intensity of passions, emotions, and sexual arousal. This is due to the fact that they are working by completely artificial means to raise the energy of the lower, animal instincts through the lower chakras where it culminates in the higher mind and fuels our thoughts and imagination. As animal instincts begin animating and controlling our thoughts with an addictive intensity, they simultaneously govern our behavior through emotional impulses that we find overwhelming and difficult to retain, and ultimately result in psychotic behaviors that are destructive in nature.

Understanding and Working by Way of Universal Principles

If we contemplate this idea through the spiritual principles at work in the relationship formed between the mind and body as our higher and lower nature, we can gain great insights into how this process actually works. This idea, like so many others that result from a fairly significant misunderstanding of the Universal Principles involved, came about largely through the “New Age Movement” which attempted to infiltrate Eastern religions with Western ones as a means of forming a new one that encompassed them both into a single idea, and through the Principles of Yoga being introduced into western society which was primarily conditioned through various forms of Christianity, which of course are based on entirely different paradigms and models of behavior. They tried to interpret occult philosophy through a profane model born out of ignorance of Universal concepts, and the results were often disastrous, if not outright dangerous.

I came into true knowledge around this idea through an adverse intuitive reaction I formed when studying the psychological process involved, and through contemplating the controversy that was generated around the symbol of the “caduceus” as being “mistakenly” used to represent healing and medicine, as opposed to the single serpent staff of Asclepius, along with the realization that the “original” images of the caduceus was always shown as “3” (thrice great) revolutions around the rod that began (with loose ends) in the fourth chakra and ended at the crown, represented by the winged sphere of the higher intellect and rational mind. The modern day depictions of the caduceus have been redesigned to reflect the belief formed by those who only possess an elementary understanding of the chakra system and how it functions. Many don’t realize that in symbolic representations used as a concept for understanding universal principles numbers have a significant meaning. Modern depictions have a tendency to show the dual serpents passing through all 7 of the chakras, starting at the root, which significantly changes it’s meaning.

While the staff of Asclepius may be seen as representing medicine of a physical nature, and actually isn’t related to the chakras at all, the caduceus represents “transformation” of the Soul by subduing our lower nature and bringing it under the full command of our higher nature, and the spiritual regeneration that results from it. Mercury, as I’m sure many realize, is the archetypal symbol of the higher mind of intellect (rational thought) and will (imagination), referred to as “universal wisdom” that works through deep forms of concentration, and is the aspect of the mind used to “program” the subconscious with “visual thoughts” as seeded suggestions, which it then produces (gestates and births) as a corresponding outer reality that allows us to “experience” our thoughts, and then translate them into “memories”, which are “internal representations” of a metaphorical nature that are used by the subconscious to produce more experiences of a similar kind. My intuition on this idea was then verified and confirmed when I took up a thorough study of the principles taught in the Bhagavad Gita, the Qabalah Tree of Life, and Patanjali (Raja) Yoga (which is the only form of ancient yoga that forms a correspondence with all the other scientific systems of Universal Laws).

While many have been taught that there’s only one kundalini, which lies dormant in the root chakra, associated with the sexual organs of the body, there is in fact two kundalini energy centers within the subtle body, with the other having it’s residence in the “heart center”. As human beings we are essentially “dual in nature” while in the lower planes of physical reality, and have within us both a higher, divine nature, and a lower, instinctual nature that’s driven almost exclusively by passions and the emotions that naturally rise out of them. When we allow passions and intense emotions to run our thoughts, delusions result that we mistake for truth, because they appear to us as a coherent reality. The 7 primary spiritual centers of the body (chakras) are represented by the 7 colors of the light spectrum (3 primary and 4 complementary) which vibrate at different frequencies (wavelengths) and represent different modes of consciousness that perform different functions of the greater whole, represented as an octave (8).

The “mind” is represented on the higher planes from which it originates as Triads, which are symbolized as triangles. A Triad is formed by two complementary forces (2 lower points that form a straight line as the base) which are combined through synthesis to produce an “exalted state” as a functional third, represented by the central point that resides at an equal distance above them. When this same principle is represented as a vertical movement between higher and lower planes, it’s symbolized as three interlaced spheres, where the upper sphere is is brought into near proximity with the lower sphere through the medium of the middle sphere which acts to combine and bring them into balance through a process of equilibrium. All physical manifestation results from combining two complementary (polar) aspects to form a working third as it’s offspring. This is a fundamental principle referred to as the “Three in One Law”, also known as the Trinity, which contains all other laws in their “potential state”, each of which naturally propagate out of it as it’s offspring through a natural growth process. This process of creation born out of thoughts shaped into images in the imagination operates on every level of consciousness to form the substrata as an energetic matrix out of which all “physical reality” naturally arises as an emanation or reflection. The physical body is formed by the blueprint of the etheric-double (subtle body), which is comprised of both the instinctual and intellectual aspects of the mind, commonly referred to in psychology as the subconscious.

The Seven Main Spiritual Centers of the Subtle Body

One of the ways we can gain new insights into an existing idea is by changing the model we’re using to conceptualize it. The seven spiritual centers of the subtle body can be organized in a couple of different ways as the means of understanding the principles involved and how they work as a dynamic relationship. We can view the top 3 (crown, third-eye, and throat) as a triad, and the lower four as a Quaternary or square, which when the triad is placed on top of the square, it forms a “house,” representing the temple or dwelling place of the spirit; or we can see them as a higher triad and a lower triad (root, sexual, emotions) joined at the heart center, which serves to harmonize them. This merging of the higher and lower triads is represented symbolically by the “Merkabah” (the light body we use to ascend to higher dimensions), and by the Hexad, formed in the shape of a star (Star of David), which represent the merging and blending of the higher with the lower as the harmonious marriage of the conscious with the subconscious, represented in the Tarot by the “Lovers” (6), as the alchemical marriage of the masculine and feminine aspects to form a “whole”, orchestrated and overseen by the “Holy Guardian Angel”, which represents our Higher Self or Soul.

When we work to create by way of Law, everything in the physical world comes in a completely natural way. We don’t have to try and force anything or engage in some type of mechanical process or strategic method for commanding and directing natural forces, but instead “create the conditions” in which a desired manifestation naturally occurs. All manifestation is a result of how we use our mind and imagination, what ideas we embody and become one with in spirit, and what “mental state” we naturally cultivate as a result. Our mental state at any given moment is what works to naturally direct and regulate the energy of our body. When we try to “command” a force of Nature through a visualization process that performs an operation that’s not occurring naturally of its own volition, we work “against law”, which usually simply doesn’t work, or if it does, it produces unexpected, and often destructive results.

When we try to make something happen that’s not occurring naturally as a result of our mental state, we engage in a form of “black magic” which works by drawing up the energy of our lower instinctual nature and merging it with the higher centers of our mind as its “motivating force”. It’s not the images or what’s being visualized that’s the “creative factor” in manifesting material effects, they simply serve as the “vehicle” through which the “motivating force” works. Creation doesn’t come necessarily as the outer appearance something takes on, because the manifestation itself is simply the means through which our soul acquires a “feeling”. What we act to create in any situation is the expression of what’s “motivating our actions”, and not the actions themselves, which merely produce an equivalent effect as the reality of our motives. So before you engage in any form of process or attempt to create in a direct manner, it would be wise to stop and self-reflect on what it is that’s motivating your decision to do so. Always become clear on what your intentions are going into any situation or before engaging in a creative process of some kind. Selfish desires for personal gain never result in anything valuable or meaningful, and ultimately cause extensive set-backs in the evolution of our Higher Soul.

Our lower nature is what contains the effects of our conditioning in terms of “issues and complexes” repressed before being resolved through reasoning, our sexual energy which arouses and excites, and our emotions and passions, all of which are memories stored in the body due to the fact that they haven’t been balanced and resolved using the rational aspect of our higher mind. When this energy is combined with our higher capacities of thought, discretion, and imagination, which “is” our “will” in creating, we can become overwhelmed with the fantasies of our emotions, causing hallucinations that are commonly associated with schizophrenia and hysteria. When you hear of people “going mad” and becoming anxiety ridden due to this process, it’s true, and this is why. It causes the lower, instinctual nature of emotions to merge into our rational intellect, where they begin running our thoughts and polluting it with anxiety stricken illusions formed out of the unresolved issues of our formative conditioning.

As a spiritual psychologist I have dealt with many who have undergone this process with unfortunate success, and it transformed their consciousness in ways that ultimately destroyed their life. Others, failing to be able to actually do it, formed a fantasy around having done it, and began imaging themselves as enlightened spiritual beings who resided in a constant state of bliss as a form of low grade sexual arousal that lent their mind to fantasies of a similar nature. The unfortunate thing that many don’t realize before they began experimenting with many magical practices, is that once a “door is opened”, and the Elements are allowed in with free reign over our mind, it may be difficult, if not impossible to close it. Once we invite the elementals of our lower nature to set up house within the higher levels of our intellect, they become a natural part of our thoughts and aspirations, often leading to insatiable sexual appetites, self-grandization, lust for power and pleasure, uncontrollable fantasies that are delusional, excessive greed and selfishness, highly intensified and unruly emotions, and dark or perverted thoughts that lead us into the hellish lower rungs of society.

Our Two Selves and the Nature of the Heart Kundalini

Once we understand the Universal Principles we can realize that just as we have two-selves, which are distinctly different from each other in terms of their essential nature and how they function together in the natural sense, we can equally realize that we actually have two centers of Kundalini energy within the body, the second of which resides in the inner chamber of our heart. While many perceive the heart as being a muscle that pumps blood, it’s actually a generator for electromagnetic energy, and produces the largest electromagnetic field of any organ within the body, including the brain, which produces the second largest. The heart represents “feelings” as sensations, and “love” as the principle that connects us in spirit with what we love. The desire born out of love, serves to draw together and harmoniously merge polar opposites (two halves) to form a coherent whole. It’s the mediator between the upper and lower, and the inner and outer. When we experience a love for something, we form a desire for it, and desire is a gravitational force that brings us together with what we love. Whatever we love we naturally seek union with. Love and desire are a gravitational force that works to unite spirit and matter in a harmonious state of matrimony as a functional third, or fully conscious being.

The Life-force in the heart center is naturally aroused and drawn up through concentrative study of Spiritual Principles that invoke a magical feeling of excitement, wonder, and awe. When we form an internal representation (thought-forms) of spiritual ideas in a way that naturally elicits feelings of reverence, admiration, adoration, respect, honor, and benevolence for the miraculous nature of life and creation, we awaken the heart by “falling in love” with them. As we feel a deep love in response to our own thoughts, we draw up the heart’s energy, merging it with our thoughts as the representations molded in our imagination, filling them with life by electrifying them with a dynamic power that awakens and vitalizes the other spiritual centers located within the brain (which had been semi-dormant), bringing them into full function. As we energize our third-eye with the dynamic power love which “connects us” to those same “ideals” in the greater field of consciousness, we begin cultivating the power of spiritual clairvoyance. On the higher planes of pure consciousness all “ideas” exist in their perfect and “ideal state” (archetypes), and we only connect to the higher realms by creating correlating thought-forms as “representations” that are powered by natural feelings of reverence for our own creations. Higher Truth can only be known “through” beauty. Once we vitalize our higher spiritual centers through beautiful thoughts that naturally invoke a feeling of love and euphoria in response to them, they act to subdue and bring the lower centers of our body under the control of the higher mind.

Raising the Heart Kundalini

The true process of “raising our kundalini” is not achieved through a mechanical-visualization process, but through meditating on an idea in a single-minded fashion as concentration. When we concentrate on an idea, we penetrate the outer appearance and connect with the inner, hidden nature (soul) of the idea, and it begins unfolding and expanding in our imagination forming a sensational reality, where we’re no longer on the outside looking in, but inside as “one with it”, where we gain true “knowledge of it”. We enter into a magnetic current as a flow of correlated ideas expanded to form a whole reality, and lose all sense of ourselves as being outside and separate from it. We create a sense of our self “through it” and begin “identifying” with it. When we “experience ourself as a whole reality” (instead of just a body) we connect with and enter into our true identity as a Higher Soul. As we concentrate on and fill our mind with spiritual ideals (archetypes) formed as representations in our imagination, we feel a deep love for them, and shape our identity around and out of them as a result.

Once we begin using our intellect as our rational, discriminating, and willful mind, instead of our emotions, to operate our imagination, and we begin skillfully converting profane “ideas” into spiritual “ideals” that naturally give rise to feelings of love and devotion, we’re able to bring our lower nature (body consciousness) under the direction of our spiritual soul. We use the higher powers inherent in spiritual principles and our ability to reason and make intelligent decisions regarding how we “create ourselves” based on what we blend and merge with in mind and spirit, and faithfully employ our will in directing the instinctual passions of our lower nature. If we unknowingly contaminate our higher mind with the vulgarities of our conditioned issues and unresolved complexes and the impulses they produce that prompt unconscious and destructive behaviors, then we use the creative power of thought and imagination (will) to create the reality of our animal instincts, and we delude and degrade our Higher Soul as a result.

Summary

When we begin the process of creating by first connecting with higher spiritual ideals through concentrative studies where we build “internal representations” that invoke natural feelings of love and admiration, we work “through” law and use our mind to facilitate natural processes that come in an effortless and automatic way. We don’t contaminate our mind and imagination with lower energies that act to run our thought processes and cause us to engage unconsciously in instinctual behaviors driven by erratic emotions. Whatever it is we “blend with” in mind and construct with sensation, we become “like” in nature. The whole purpose of the soul is to use the higher powers of the mind as “thought” to direct and command the forces of Nature, instead of allowing them to direct and command us by becoming the motivational force that drives our thoughts. This Principle is also illustrated in the Tetragrammaton (4 Letter name of God) as choosing an ideal (perfected idea), that’s conceived and developed into an internal representation as a thought-form, that naturally gives rise to feelings of love (sensations) as natural response to the representation constructed, and manifests as the outer reality of our thoughts. We are always constructing and projecting the reality of our thoughts as the means of “experiencing them” as a whole (inner and outer) reality, that we then associate and identify with, and shape ourselves by way of them. It’s the higher mind that works to stimulate and call forth equivalent natural forces as a “response” to our thoughts, and not the other way around.

What’s referred to as the “New Age Movement”, which originated as an attempt to reinvent spirituality through a fundamental form of ignorance as to the true nature and function of Spiritual Laws, is designed to satisfy those who who never engage in any formal study of spiritual doctrine, and instead look for other people’s interpretations and ideas about things to adopt as their own, and mistake opinion for fact as a result. Many of the practices being professed by what seems like well-meaning people, have rendered powerful methods inept and ineffectual, and led it’s followers to engage willingly in what usually amounts to elaborate fantasies born out of an excited imagination. Our entire “reality and self” (which are the same thing on different scales and planes) is created and maintained out of our thoughts and how we form representations of ideas in the faculty of our imagination that serve to naturally call forth and give rise to correlated forces of Nature. We don’t work with our mind and reality by trying to act directly on these forces by guiding them through imaginary mechanical processes, but by using our mind and imagination in a masterful way that naturally calls them forth in creating the reality of our thoughts. This “process” naturally occurs through devoted study of spiritual principles and the contemplation of archetypal ideals as a “natural” way of thinking.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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