What is Consciousness?

Like all words that represent ideas and concepts, the term “consciousness” can mean something different based on who’s using it and in what context they’re using it. One of the most fundamental ways that we miscommunicate without even realizing that that’s what we’re doing is by assuming that words mean the same thing to everybody. The true meaning of words are what image or idea forms in the imagination of the person speaking and using it to communicate an idea, and the person hearing or listening to it. We like to think that the dictionary gives us a standardized interpretation for words, yet this is still only meaningful for those who actually learn language from a dictionary. The dictionary states that consciousness is “being awake and self-aware”, yet we are also “awake and self-aware” in unconscious states of our dreams, though upon awakening and changing states, we can’t remember our dreams. Yet dreams, like all reality is created by our consciousness.

So consciousness can be more accurately described as a “state of mind” that produces the very reality that it’s then aware of. There are many different states of awareness and the realities they produce, so in the ultimate sense, these terms are relative to each other. What we call our reality is based on our state of mind, and varies according to our state of mind. We have what we call 3-minds (or 3 aspects of one mind) as a way of classifying not only different fundamental states, but also as the different functions that are a natural behavior of that state, which exist simultaneously on three different dimensions (levels of awareness), which are all an interwoven part of a greater whole, and function as a “single being” while remaining somewhat “unaware” of each other. The subconscious mind is continuously active (never sleeps) and runs all of biological processes of the body from the moment of conception until the death of the body. What we refer to as the “conscious mind”, which is attributed largely to “brain function”, doesn’t even become active as “individual thought that forms our concept of ourselves and the world” through our own thinking and perceiving until adolescence, yet we are fully “awake and self-aware” as children and as a baby, and even as embryos still in the process of developing in the womb, all of which are simply different “states of consciousness” and different “types” of awareness.

What we think of as memory is the product of consciousness and is also “state based”. This is very easy to understand when we simply realize that when we fall asleep (change states) – the self-conscious (awake) mind is the only aspect of the mind that sleeps (loses awareness) – making the subconscious the only aspect that’s still active and therefore dominant, and the only aspect creating reality. We dream by moving in and out of a variety of realities all night long with vivid and intense sensations and emotions, yet as soon as we change states and move from a relaxed state to an “active” state, we steadily lose memory of our dreams. Usually, once we’re up and moving around for an hour or two, even the dreams we initially remember fade to the point that we can’t vividly recall them, and we completely forget our dreams. So we live in whole realities as parallel dimensions that we’re basically unaware of in our “waking state”. Likewise, when we meditate, and we calm and subdue the conscious “thinking mind”, again making the subconscious dominant (because it’s always active) , we can have all sorts of insights and realizations that are very clear and vivid as a form of “direct experience”, and as soon as we change states and move from inner awareness to outer awareness, they slip away and we have trouble remembering them. When frightened, scared, overwhelmed, or having a traumatic experience of some form, though it’s intense and very vivid at the time we’re having it, as soon as it’s passed and we calm down and relax or change states, we forget the actual events that took place and only remember the feeling it gave us and the story that we began telling ourselves because of it. It’s not the actual events that traumatize us, but what we tell ourselves about what they “mean” that traumatize us.

Because what we call the “conscious mind” (awareness of an outer reality) is our waking state, the aspect that’s largely a function of the brain, and what forms our identity “as” our body and the outer material world, we tend to think that consciousness is a product of the brain and the result of the material world. Yet consciousness is what forms the brain (and the whole body) that it then acts to operate. All life forms, the human body and the brain, are designed and constructed out of primordial intelligence as information that has a “self-organizing mechanism” inherent in it that constructs life-forms from a seed of encoded information. This level of consciousness literally constructs the body that it then inhabits and performs all the “natural and automatic” biological functions of the body, which are attributed to the subconscious mind. It’s called “subconscious” because it operates fully without our direct awareness, and forms all of our conditioning as a form of training and development, laying the foundation out of which the self-conscious, brain aspect of consciousness as “thinking in verbal terms as a form of internal dialogue” begins. This memory, from conception till about four or five years old, which most adults have very vague or no memory of at all, can be tuned into and recalled fully through various state of hypnosis, which delves into the memory of the “unconscious mind”.

The subconscious mind, which is fully dominant up until the age of 7 or 8, then predominant from 7 to 14 (we develop in 7 year increments) establishes our formative conditioning which becomes the “perceptual lens” the developing self-conscious mind “looks through” to perceive the outer world as an “awareness of it”. How we perceive and interpret the outer world as a way of making sense of it and fitting it into what becomes our “story about things” is a direct result of the subconscious mind which “projects onto the environment”, or forms the energy field around our body (extending several feet away) that we literally use by “looking through it” to perceive outwardly what remains hidden from us (we have no direct awareness of) inwardly. So what we call an “outward awareness” is actually a reflection that’s allowing us to see what’s “in us” as our mental paradigm. Because we’re unaware of the subconscious mind as our paradigm or “mental model of the world”, we don’t realize that it’s what’s producing what we call the outer reality that we’re then using to classify the self-conscious mind as being “conscious and aware of”.

This becomes easier to understand when we realize that our perception of the outer world is based on our paradigm as a belief-system, where we can only “see” and cognitively recognize as being “real”, whatever matches our belief-system, and can be explained, described, and validated or justified using it. Whatever can’t or doesn’t match our belief system (model), we honestly can’t see, and so it doesn’t exist as “real” to us. It’s only by changing our mental model of the world (subconscious mind) that we’re able to perceive new and different aspects of reality, which of course were there all the time, but we simply weren’t cognitive of them. Again, all “reality” is a projection of our paradigm which is based on our state of mind as a vibratory frequency that creates a “filtering system” as a means of reorganizing the outer reality to make it appear a certain way as the expression or vibratory match to our ingrained or programed patterning.

Our belief system also acts as our primary mental filter, which edits all incoming information by comparing and contrasting the information to it, only allowing in or being willing to consider what matches it and can be logically, rationally, or reasonably incorporated into it. Because of this editing feature of the conscious mind, radical paradigm shifts can be difficult if not impossible to produce, and evolution as a form of transformation which only comes by way of a paradigm shift (change in the vibratory structure of the mind), can be an arduously long and slow process (as all natural evolution is). Many people, especially those who quit studying and learning after graduating from school and live out of the same knowledge base for the rest of their life, fail to grow at all in the real sense of the word, and live primarily out of their own opinions and the opinions of others that they accept an adopt as their own.

So when we look at it in this light and from this perspective, consciousness has as its vehicle the mind as a specialized field of information, and the mind has the physical body as its vehicle in order to express by creating personalized versions of reality within what we call the material plane. Consciousness is the primordial intelligence that forms all of life and the Life-Force Energy that activates and animates it with a systematic growth process and personality. It’s the very information that becomes the building blocks for all of life, that’s often referred to as the “unified field” of archaic ideas or the Akashic field populated with ideas in their potential form and the memories produced by all minds as the personalized expression of those universal archetypes that creates experiences out of the “reality” they create. We know that energy and matter are equivalents of each other and therefore exchangeable. Energy as consciousness is the same thing as matter, but in different states as “degrees of consciousness”. All of life, on all planes of existence, exist in a state of polarity as opposites that form extremes of the same thing, separated only by degrees of vibration. There are four primary “states of matter”: charged or electrified plasma (invisible energy field); gaseous (atral light); fluid (etheric); and solid (material body). Again, all are simply different states of the same thing. So the consciousness that “charges” or programs matter, organizes it into a living form that self-expresses forming an outer projection as a reality that’s actually an inner reflection. All forms as archetypes have an inherent “story” in them as the reality they naturally produce through activity of some form, which is what “Mythology” is based on. Mythology is a system of classification that correlates states of consciousness with a personality, identity, and destiny as the type of story (outer reality) it naturally produces and lives out of as a means of self-expression that’s also self-creative.

The information contained in a seed (a code for a design), is activated by an invisible Life-Force energy that stimulates and causes it to begin growing  through self-regeneration by duplicating itself (cellular mitosis), by absorbing and assimilating elements from the environment (earth, water, air, and sunlight), accompanied by a etheric hologram as a form of spatial map that not only “locates the cell within the body”, but also switches off some information in its DNA code, while switching on other information, causing the cell to become specialized as a certain type of cell necessary to become the heart, liver, or some other aspect of the overall body that it’s an inherent part of. The body is completely generated as a construction, organization, and living entity out of a mysterious invisible force. This same invisible force then inhabits it (exists as one with it) and gives it life as the mind. The mind of the body, which is an invisible force that both surrounds and encapsulates the body while permeating it, forms an egg shaped energy field that extends several feet from the body, interacting with (while ultimately producing) the outer environment in which the body forms its experience of living through an “outer awareness” of itself in everything else. The consciousness of the body, which we are both aware and unaware of at the same time, is what produces the reality of the body as a projection.

All reality as we know it is a creation of the mind and consciousness. All matter is organized into various forms and given life as varying levels and degrees of consciousness. It’s only through consciousness that we experience ourselves within the outer world of what we call reality. The outer world is formed (or reformed) as a reflection or creation of the inner (invisible) world. The subconscious mind, the level of consciousness just below direct awareness of the conscious mind, is the perceptual lens we look through that makes the outer world take on the appearance that it does. The same outer reality appears different to every mind that’s perceiving it. Perception is a personal creation as the unconscious projection of the individual mind. Out of a universal consciousness comes the individual consciousness as an archetypal matrix that forms one possible variation out of an infinite number of possibilities. The universal consciousness exists in a state of infinite potential, in which one possibility is expressed an made into a 3-D virtual reality by the individual mind, which by turning off some information while turning on other information, forms a specialized function in a greater living whole.

So consciousness is not a product of function of the brain, although the “self-conscious aspect” does arise out of the brain as a “brain-function” that’s really a state of consciousness “operating through the brain” to regulate and animate the body through the spinal cord, nervous system, endocrine glands, and major organs of the body. Consciousness is the universal intelligence as vibration that structures all matter as a dense aspect of itself into a living form as an avatar that creates a dynamic living matrix that we call the objective outer reality. Consciousness in various states as a dynamic interwoven system of vibratory frequencies all interacting in the same living matrix, is ALL there is. Everything in the material world is contained within the Universal mind as its creation. All of reality exists only through our ability to perceive it and conceive of it through our mind. In this sense, perception truly “is” reality.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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The Self-Conscious Mind, the False Ego, and the most Basic Form of Ignorance

What we call the “mind” is three-fold in nature, as three aspects that systematically birth each other as outgrowths, all of which perform different functions as a unified being within a multi-dimensional reality. These three aspects of the mind are what we call the Higher-mind, the lower or subconscious mind, and the self-conscious or conscious mind. The Higher mind exists in a primary unified state and contains both lower aspects of the mind in their potential state. The Higher Conscious acts to birth the subconscious mind as it descends into material reality as the intelligence that constructs and then inhabits the body, which then births the self-conscious mind as a natural growth and development process. We are born into life with a subconscious mind that contains the latent potential of the self-conscious mind, which doesn’t begin forming until the age of seven or eight, and becomes fully active between fourteen and twenty eight. The self-conscious mind is what most think of when we use the term “mind”, and is the brain (grey matter) consciousness as the “thinking mind” that thinks in verbal terms as our internal dialogue. The conscious mind, for the most part remains almost completely unaware of the subconscious mind, which thinks in “experiential” terms as imaginary, sensory realities, and is the aspect of the mind that is fully awake throughout the entire life span of the body and operates all the biological systems of the body, without ever resting, sleeping, or turning off, unlike the conscious mind. The self-conscious mind is the brain aspect of the mind that’s fully identified with the body and forms our basic identity as what we call our “false ego”, and is what forms the most basic form of ignorance as a form of mis-identification. It’s self-aware in terms of body image and it’s perception of the outer world, and thinks almost exclusively in materialistic terms, but remains predominately unaware of the subconscious mind as its true nature and what serves to sustain it. The subconscious mind, which is the primal consciousness that fully manages the body while interacting energetically with the outer environment, is what structures and develops the brain and births the brain-consciousness giving it life, yet the conscious mind fails to recognize this fact because it doesn’t have a direct awareness of the subconscious mind, and so perceives itself as being independent of both the subconscious and higher consciousness of the soul. This aspect of the mind, being of the brain, is mortal and temporary in nature, because it’s identified with and dependent on the brain as an organ of the body, existing only as a concept of itself “as” the body, and so it “dies” with the body. This is the aspect of the mind that’s often referred to as the “ego”, when it should more accurately be called the “false ego”, because the soul develops and bonds itself to whatever it associates and identifies with, and is not only what spawns the body-brain identification, but has developed and formed through many identities and multiple lifetimes. Just as the subconscious mind is the same aspect of the mind we share with the plant and animal kingdom as a form of mass, shared, or collective unconsciousness, in humans, we have a higher capacity through the conscious mind that imbues us with the ability to shape our own identity by creating an “image” of ourselves, and thereby determining our own destiny as a form of co-creation within the material world. Through this ability to self-create and become an individual, we also form a part of the mass or shared consciousness of the creative, spiritual realm. Ignorance is formed from the basic sense of a lack of awareness that doesn’t comprehend its other, immortal aspects, and perceives itself instead as independent of its subtle, spiritual, or unconscious aspects which actually served to create it by birthing it, and sustain it throughout its lifetime. When we identify with our body and material existence through a basic form of a lack of awareness, we perceive death as an annihilation of the “self”, because it’s the death of our brain consciousness of the body as our outer awareness. If however we recognize the other aspects of ourselves that are subtle and subliminal in nature, and we identify with our spiritual nature that created and gives life to our body, we become immortal because this aspect of our consciousness is actually independent of the body and simply exits and “sheds” the body, which is what causes it to die. The body is only “alive” (operating as a biologically active system) when the soul is inhabiting it. The subconscious is birthed into the material body by the higher consciousness (from a purely spiritual plane), and is the immortal aspect of the self, and what forms the “life” of the body, and expresses through the body in a completely natural and automatic fashion as the most prominent use of will, that’s the natural expression of the Higher Will, being acted out without resistance of any kind, and is what establishes the personality of the body as the accumulated experiences acquired through various identities from previous lifetimes, as the souls “karma” that forms the “paradigm” of the mind and gives it all of its natural perceptions and tendencies. Karma is the natural paradigm of the soul as the mind (vibratory frequency), and forms our natural disposition, temperament, talents and developed abilities, tendencies, thematic perceptions, and natural behaviors as our personality, which are reactivated, brought out and expressed through our formative conditioning that sets the outer stage and mental state to continue creating our life through the same patterns as we left off in the previous life. The soul develops through accumulated experiences (which are all self-created) through many perspectives and life conditions, circumstances, and situations, that are integrated and harmonized to modify, develop, and reform the paradigm of the mind, and becomes the memory we continue living out of as a means of creating ourselves by way of our own self-created experiences (interpretations) that form the evolutionary growth of our soul as our eternal and immortal self. The conscious mind is simply the identity formed and taken on in this lifetime as a body within a certain set of conditions and circumstances that form the basis for our life situations, which we use to create our experiences out of. The conscious mind is the “material mind” in terms of its limited awareness (located within space and time) as the body. When it “wakes up” and recognizes that it has multiple aspects as states of being, and the subtle, intuitive communication as feelings and mental impressions coming from an internal and invisible realm of pure consciousness that its always engaged in “talking to and with”, it can then choose to align itself with its “whole self” as the expression of the divine will that created it. Through alignment with all aspects of ourselves we can become aware of why we’re the way we are in terms of our karma as tendencies and psychological patterns that we’re always in the process of repeating, we can act in our own life to resolve patterns by first becoming aware of them, gaining self-realization around them as our own creation, and then act willfully to transform perceptions, direct our thoughts and become conscious of our behaviors, in order to break old patterns, and form new ones that are more creative, productive, and healthy. Through self-awareness and active use of our will, we can become conscious creators and act to facilitate our souls growth in an intentional and deliberate manner, instead of continuing to live out unconscious patterns that are degrading to the souls evolution and keep us attached to lower forms of expression that ultimately prevent us from ascending to higher levels of self-expression. The conscious mind, through its current identity has the power of choice and free will to actively make changes and reprogram the subconscious mind by embodying new qualities that create new types of experiences of itself, but of course it has to realize it has this ability and begin actively participating in its own development instead of living its life in a predominantly unconscious, disconnected and haphazard manner. Dr. Linda Gadbois Integrative Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor  

The Law of the Mind – Our Character, Nature, and Quality of Consciousness

The Law of Mentalism, which is the first principle of the seven primary principles of Hermetic Sciences, basically states that all of life and reality as we know it is a product of the mind. That Mind is all there is. Everything exists as a mental construct or dynamic concept contained within the mind. The outer reality and world of appearances is produced as an expression of the mind as its nature and character. It states that Spirit is the mind or invisible creative intelligence, as the substance we call subtle energy, matter, material form, and the phenomena of life. All material life forms are accompanied by an invisible electromagnetic energy field that organizes its form giving it distinct qualities and characteristics, and animates it with natural biological processes and behaviors as a means of using it as a vehicle for expression of different levels, degrees, and qualities of consciousness.

Thought, like the mind that produces it, is invisible and acts to shape (astral) light as substance into forms, images, and living scenarios through the faculty of the imagination. What we think and imagine determines how our outer reality “appears” to us as the expression and correspondence of our inner nature or character. Our mental paradigm is formed as a result of thoughts and experiences as we go along in life, all of which are created as the expression of our mental paradigm, and so it acts as a feedback loop of cause and effect, or action that produces a reaction, and we’re always acting “on ourselves to create ourselves”. All perception of the outer world is a projection of our mind, which then forms “how” we experience (interpret) the events of our life, which in turn forms our memories which are systematically integrated to modify the structure of our mind.

Our character as our inner nature is our mind as a paradigm or mental model as a quality, degree, and level of consciousness. All feeling sensation and thought arises from our mind as the invisible electromagnetic energy field that envelops, inhabits, and gives life to our body. Our body serves as a vehicle for our mind to create within the material world. Thoughts form as the demonstration of our inner nature, and is the natural expression and projection of our mind, and what acts to shape us by way of the experiences we create through our perceptions. The mind works “on itself” through outer projections that are then reflected back to it, stimulating those same qualities in our inner nature, and developing us by way of them. The outer is formed as a correspondence to the inner, then acts to stimulate the inner with the same qualities being expressed through a form of return, reaction, or self-reflection. What we put out as an outer expression, stimulates its polar opposite in everything and everyone else, and is returned to us in its polar state, which acts to give us more of the same feeling as an inward experience, that’s actually a response to our own mental projections.

All laws and principles are given as a “system of laws” that produce a systematic operation or creative process of a larger, unified process, and are given in a specific order to demonstrate the nature of the creative process involved as an unfolding, and so they should never be looked at or analyzed individually as though they’re independent of each other. Each one systematically emerges out of the preceding one which serves to activate it as a part of or natural function of the same creative process. All actions and operations of the Spirit-Mind are creative in nature, and all creation comes from a form of growth process of self-regeneration. The primary law contains all the other laws as latent potential that are activated and spontaneously emerge out of each other as the function, operation or set of behaviors of the one birthing it. So the order in which laws and principles are given is important to the understanding of the preceding one as its function, as well as contains all the preceding ones as an accumulative process that initiates and lays the foundation, or provides the necessary means for it to emerge in a spontaneous fashion, while containing all the ones proceeding out of it in their potential state.

Laws emerge from each other as they move between planes of existence in a descending movement from higher, purely spiritual or invisible planes, to a lower material plane as a form of coagulation, organizing and solidifying, or building process, and then enfold and return back into each other through an ascending movement, disintegrating the material form and existence back into a spiritual, invisible one. There’s always a dynamic and self-perpetuating unfolding and enfolding, expansion and contraction, outward breath and inward breath, an electric and magnetic polar component to the same movement. So when contemplating principles they should be seen and interpreted as a dynamic process of creation and disintegration, of life and death that moves from one state to another, transcending multiple planes that are all dynamically connected and the outer growth of each other.

The first principle of the Mind, is actually the unification of three principles into one. There are 10 primary principles (numbered 0 – 9), but the first three form the mind as three-fold in nature and is what gives birth to or makes possible the other seven. All principles form correspondences with numbers, letters, and symbolic images, and the Dyad, the first principle, is actually a combination of zero, one, and two, which form the Vesica Pisces as the “womb of the Universe”, and is considered the “parent number” because it gives birth to the other seven which spontaneously emerge out of it as offspring. The Dyad is the three primary principles, also called the supernal or trinity which originate on a higher plane, that form the material or individual mind, also symbolized by the triangle or pyramid, because it spans two dimensions as the One that enters into the lower material realm where it divides into polar aspects of itself as masculine and feminine, forming an electromagnetic field that’s self-perpetuating. Out of no-thing (zero) comes everything. The One divides and becomes dual as complementary polar opposites that serve to balance each other as a form of perpetual motion, or stimulus – response, cause and effect, being and doing, and passive and active.

The first of the seven is the Principle of Mentalism, the second is the Principle of Correspondence, the third, the Principle of Vibration, the fourth the Principle of Polarity, Fifth the Principle of Rhythm, the sixth Principle Cause and Effect, and the seventh, the Principle of Gender. The Mind is the ALL because everything emerges out of it as its expression and creation. The Mind exists as both the Micro and the Macro, or the Universal Mind that produced what we call the original creation as the Natural world or what we can call our “shared reality”, which is objective and neutral in nature, and the individual mind that then acts to reshape the objective reality into a personal creation as a subjective reality that’s formed as a correspondence to their mental paradigm as a basic form of self-expression.

The mind exists as a mental paradigm or model that forms our individual reality as a correspondence, or to be of the same nature and with the same likeness (qualities as polar opposites) as we are. The movement between extreme poles of the same quality of consciousness, forms the Principle of Vibration as perpetual motion between positive (masculine) and negative (feminine) poles, or from the center outward to an invisible parameter as a range or frequency, that projects outward, then folds back into itself and returns to the center, in a cyclical, rhythmic movement, or as a form of stimulus that produces a response between the inner and the outer, as a form of cause and effect through resonance and sympathetic induction that forms coherence by balancing the inner with the outer. The mind forms a relationship as perpetual movement between polar opposites of the same quality, character, or idea. Polarity provides a range of movement as a gradient scale between opposite aspects of the same idea that together forms the contrast and relationship necessary to create a common or shared reality as a joint experience that requires different roles in order to play out the same idea as a story-line or joint-experience.

The Principle of Rhythm is the back and forth movement between poles, the inward creating the outward by stimulating it into existence, and the outward complementary expression as a response stimulating the inner creating an experience of itself through the other. This back and forth interaction of cause and effect or an action that causes a like reaction, and the reaction becomes the action as a causal force that produces a like effect, and it goes back and forth. The Principle of Cause and Effect describing the reality of resonance as perpetual motion between extremes of the same frequency that “excite” each other into existence. The masculine and feminine aspect of the same dynamic or thematic reality necessary to create it as a joint experience, is born out of a form of passion and excitability for each other. This forms the Principle of Gender, everything, every living form, quality of consciousness, and reality has its masculine and feminine aspects, and in the plant, animal, and human kingdom, one is dominate as our sexual gender. Though each sex still has both aspects within their nature, and their sex doesn’t necessarily determine which energy is dominant emotionally and psychologically. A man can have strong feminine qualities, and a woman can display dominant masculine qualities.

This creative process forms the Principle of generation, regeneration, and creation that takes us back to the first principle as the One that exists in dual aspects, which act on each other to stimulate each other into existence by external forces activating internal forces of the same nature that become outwardly expressed as a shared or unified reality. Latent and passive internal states are made active and “brought out” by exciting or vibrating them. The masculine and feminine of the same vibratory frequency “resonate” with each other, and their energy enters into and effects each other, as a form of energetic sex or procreation, that alter each others vibration and together form a new vibration as a variation (relationship), that’s created by combining aspects that they share in common as polar opposites of the same quality and character, into a unique version that serves to modify and adjust the vibration of both. Forming relationships as new combinations that modify our existing vibration is the most basic way we grow and develop new aspects of ourselves.

The mind as a vibratory frequency moves between two poles as extreme opposites of the same overall pattern as a thematic reality, taking on opposite and complementary roles necessary in acting out the same idea as a drama, joint reality, or co-creation, as the substantial reality that underlies and serves to orchestrate the outward manifestation, producing the phenomena of Life as Reality. As we project onto others and our environment, we don’t act to attract or stimulate the same role or quality that we ourselves play, but the opposite role in the same dynamic necessary for producing the same reality as a joint experience that we play the complementary role in. For example, a person who is imprinted with the role of “victim”, doesn’t attract or serve to stimulate other victims, but rather attracts “victimizers” that will play the opposite role in the same dynamic that they’re identified with (vibrate at that frequency). Abused people attract and act to agitate those who will abuse them so they can play the role they’ve built their identity around. Our identity is created and expressed by the story we tell about things, about ourselves and what happened to us, about others and what they did to us, and about the way life is, which we act out unconsciously through natural behaviors that we employ. Our story forms our pattern as a vibratory frequency and mental paradigm that perfectly attracts and stimulates the person who’ll be ideal for playing the opposite role in the same life theme. We’re always the star of our movie and attracting or looking for our ideal co-star. We naturally enter into relationship with those of the same conditioning and mind-set, the same vibratory frequency and behavioral dynamics as we are.

We “see” in others what’s of the same quality (dynamic) that we ourselves possess that’s the complementary opposite, or that can play the co-star in the same drama as a certain type of experience or reality. All of life is a co-creation between the inner and the outer, and between ourselves and others. Life as a reality forms a correspondence to our mental model, which is what’s creating it by perceiving it and interpreting it to give it the meaning it has, which is what we build our story about it around. All vibration forms patterns as a self-organizing feature that acts as a cause that’s forever stimulating the effect as a return or reflection of the complementary aspect that we serve as the outward expression for that we’re largely unaware of. This reality that we’re imprinted with as a story-line, reflects back to us opposite and unconscious aspects of ourselves in others, that we act to create by stimulating, though we can’t see or realize what we’re doing, because we’re not aware of our own projections and behaviors. We think that projection means we see in others (and react too) the same qualities that we possess, and while this is true, we see and stimulate the opposite aspect of the same quality, it’s polar opposite or what serves to stimulate it into activity where we form an illusion around it as our perception of reality and what’s really going on.

Whatever role or drama as a story-line we’re identified with and always playing out as our natural behavior, we attract, stimulate, and enter into relationship with those who are imprinted with the same patterns – of the same vibratory frequency as a quality and mode of consciousness – that will cooperatively participate in acting it out and co-creating the same type of reality with us. We always attract and are attracted to the perfect co-star for our movie. Whatever dynamic and role we are identified with and use to form our basic perception out of as our life story or consistent type of experience, we vibrate at that frequency, and resonate with the opposite and complementary role in the same reality. Our reality is a product of our mind as our perception and interpretation, and an expression of our vibratory frequency as a quality of consciousness that forms our basic personality.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Integrative Mind-Body  Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor     

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The Axis Mundi – Black Holes, Wormholes, and Stargates to Parallel Dimensions

Throughout Spiritual Sciences the Axis Mundi has been portrayed as a tunnel or portal that connects higher dimensions to lower dimensions, or Heaven and Earth. This concept of a portal between dimensions has also been called the cosmic axis, world axis, world pillar, center of the world, world tree, rod of Hermes (symbol of medicine) or caduceus, and in Shamanic Arts the means of traversing to other realms in order to bring back spiritual knowledge. This same idea is what’s referred to as the “tunnel of light” that we move through after death of the body that takes us into other dimensions that are correlated to this one as a natural transition from one form to another. Anyone who meditates deeply while focusing their attention or forming identification with the higher spiritual realms, or often simply fully relaxing and removing consciousness from the body, experiences moving through a form of spiraling light that has a pulsating, rhythmic movement to it. We enter into and move between dimensions not through a physical vehicle, but through the vehicle of the mind, which is our spiritual essence as a state of consciousness.

In many spiritual and religious allegories this same idea is symbolized as Buddha finding enlightenment while sitting under a tree for forty days (40 being a symbolically significant number). Jesus died on a cross, another symbol of the rod, vertical pathway, or shaft to a higher dimension. The Kabbalah Tree of Life is represented as spheres of consciousness as “mental states” or principles, which move between dimensions as “levels of being” through three pillars, one representing the feminine energies, one the masculine, and the central the perfect balance of these as equilibrium. This same idea is conveyed as “Jacobs Ladder”, which is a spiraling stairway from earth to heaven that the angels descend and ascend from. The gods of mythology were described as descending from the heavens through pillars or beams of light. In astral travel, this idea is perceived as the silver cord or umbilical cord that keeps us attached to our physical body as a etheric connection or pathway of return. In other legends and myths it’s referred to as a rope, staff, or Maypole. But in all of these traditions and symbolic concepts, it represents the tunnel or passageway through which the soul moves freely between invisible, yet parallel dimensions, purely by means of the mind or astral body that accompanies and inhabits the physical body.

In Spiritual Sciences this idea is most prominently formed as the souls ability to move between subtle and dense dimensions through a form of star-gate that’s represented as the astral body and its energetic composition as the spinal cord and nervous system, the charkra’s and nadis, the Meridians, and by utilizing or willfully directing (polarizing) the Life Force Energy cradled at the base of the spine up to the brain to produce the necessary “state-of-mind” through which transition to a higher dimension is natural and spontaneous. This whole process is given as a “symbolic formula” in the Caduceus, which is a rod (spinal column), with polar serpents (Life Force of Masculine and Feminine energies), whose movements from the base of the spine upward in a spiraling motion that “spins” the chakras simultaneously in opposite directions forming equilibrium at each level while also forming polarity with the next one in a hierarchical structure, stimulating it into a state of equilibrium, and so on, through all the chakras until it reaches the higher three, which exist as a single, higher plane that’s still fully within the body as the medium that connects us to the lower region of still higher realms in a hierarchical structure. The neck, as the fifth chakra, is symbolic of a microcosm as a shaft that connects the brain and senses to the lower body through the nervous system, through which it “operates” the body.

The Pentad, also represented as a Pentacle, represents the “star-gate” of the body (5th chakra of the throat), the Pentacle itself forming an actual star. The sixth chakra, also represented as a star, as two interlaced triangles (symbolic of the higher and lower minds on the same level) superimposed over each other in opposite orientation, represents the actual transmission, connection, or movement into a higher dimension of universal consciousness, also symbolized as the Merkabah. The seventh chakra, symbolized by the central pillar through which the soul enters and exits the body through a “spiraling light shaft”, and the eighth chakra, which exists outside the body and encapsulates it as a sphere shaped energy field, forms an octave as a unified whole that forms the bottom or beginning vibratory frequency (level of consciousness) of the next higher octave that takes us into a higher dimension. We move between parallel dimensions by utilizing the Life Force energies of the body to ignite and elevate our state of mind, by withdrawing our consciousness from the body and moving it into the higher spiritual realms, completely detaching from identification with the body, and experiencing ourselves instead as purely spiritual beings born of and essentially a part of a higher dimension.

In modern sciences of cosmology and quantum physics, this same idea is being identified as what we now call “black holes” that reside in the center of galaxies that run parallel to the spiraling motion of galaxies as more of a rod or vertical shaft that forms a cross or a form of “spinning top”. All heavenly bodies that are a part of a stabilized system, are spherical masses that spin on an invisible axis in a balanced state. Black holes have extreme gravitational properties (are magnetic) and draw or suck matter into it (black absorbs), where it vanishes and seems to disappear completely. Through a fundamental understanding of natural laws, we know that if black holes exist, then white holes also exist (which project), which is where matter comes into our universe form out of nowhere (a parallel universe), which is what explains the basic theory of the “Big Bang”, where our universe formed as an expansion out of nothing.

In a similar idea, we now theorize Wormholes as a form of light tunnel or vortex that produces a “shortcut” of sorts where we can move instantaneously to distant locations in the universe, or to completely different universes altogether. We don’t really know where wormholes lead, which is a bit of a problem when considering them as a real means of travel, and they seem unstable, appearing briefly, then collapsing and disappearing. So these supposed portals to other dimensions could possibly leave us stranded there with no means of reconnecting through the same wormhole in order to return to the place and time that we left. This is thought to be one of the most basic forms of actual “time travel” which runs by what they call “timelines”, which can be thought of as connecting us to dimensions or realms of being through our “memory” of them. What we have a memory of we form a mental and energetic connection to, and movement in higher dimensions doesn’t require a physical body that moves through space and time from one location to the next, but is instantaneous manifestation of reality as “thought” itself. The mind doesn’t exist “in” a material reality, but is what “produces” that reality as a mental construct or imaginary projection.

All we’re ever really doing in life is rediscovering the same ideas while viewing them through different models and giving them different names. It’s science that going to lead us to God, or reveal the existence of what we have come to call “Heaven” as a parallel world, because spiritual traditions (not religion) are the most basic form of scientific investigation into the nature of “God” as all of Life and the phenomenal world of dense matter. In ancient societies the priests were the scientists, and the basis of “spirituality” was the science of the soul, or the science of the mind, which are synonymous to each other. Modern religions consider many Eastern Philosophies to be “atheists”, yet, the real difference isn’t a “belief in God”, but rather how we’re defining the idea of “God”, which can in fact be “known directly” through experience and therefore doesn’t require a belief in it, but rather a firsthand “knowledge of it”.

When we use the term “God”, it’s a kind of metaphor that represents an invisible idea, and so it’s left largely to the imagination as a belief formed by the individual instead of coming by way of a direct experience, which is what the Spiritual Sciences are based on. Scientific investigation into the phenomena of life, like all sciences, is conducted and formed completely out of the human mind, as is all religions and spiritual traditions. So the science of the mind is the fundamental science that births and forms the basis for all other sciences. The mind being the vehicle of the soul, brings us to the only “real science”, which is the Science of the Soul. Only the soul and mind are eternal and live independently of the material body and natural world as we know it. So the Science of the Soul is the only “true science”, and is the only one that’s transcendental (multidimensional) in nature, and is therefore our only true “vehicle” for moving spontaneously between parallel worlds by learning to develop, manage, and operate our own consciousness and moral nature as our state of mind and vibratory frequency, through which we form sympathetic resonance with realms that exist at a higher frequency, and spontaneously merge into them.

Dr. Linda Gadbois 

Learning how to Self-Reflect and gain Self-Realization

Lessons for Spiritual Development

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The primary process of spiritual development is self-realization that allows for self-mastery. Self, in both of these cases means coming to recognize and understand the intimate relationship between the body and the soul spirit. One of the most natural tendencies we have as humans, is we live the better part of our life in a primarily unconscious and dis-empowered state that tends to focus on trying to change other people and external situations as a way of being alright with things, instead of working with the only thing we truly have control over, which is ourselves. By working on ourselves, we won’t need to change other people and circumstances. By working with ourselves and learning to control our own mind, we completely lose the need to change anything outside of ourselves, because we’re no longer controlled or affected by them.

The most basic way we begin gaining self-awareness is by learning how to become aware of your reactions to everyone and everything else, while refraining from outward action, and simply turning your attention inward and begin observing what’s happening inside of you, and why. Completely remove your attention from whomever or whatever caused the reaction, and realize what the cause set into motion within your body and your mind. Notice where you feel the sensation in your body (chest, heart, stomach, sexual organs, throat, etc.), and what kind of sensation it is (sinking, pressure, tingly, sharp stabbing, fluttery, queasy, arousing, etc.). Then notice what thought or memory starts automatically running through your mind in response to it. Some kind of imagined reality as a memory will probably start playing out automatically that may be a picture, a scenario, hearing something being said or that’s happening, an emotion may swell in you that feels overwhelming, and so on. Simply observe it without trying to repress or stop it.

As you observe a form of chain of association take place as an inner unfolding or systematic process, stay with it for awhile, without needing to suppress it, hold it back out prevent it, quit thinking about it, or justify your right to feel that way, and simply watch and relive the experience of it. Become aware of what you tell yourself about it as a kind of story that narrates or explains it. See the connection between the emotion and the memory that produces an automatic pattern as an instant, unconscious reaction to that same emotion or characteristic (tone, attitude, demeanor, actual words, etc.) in the present situation.

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You don’t have to try and work through it, correct yourself, forgive anybody, or do any kind of therapeutic work, all you have to do is observe it fully from an objective perspective that’s not judging anybody or anything in the memory, but simply bringing what was previously unconscious into full conscious awareness. It’s realizing something about yourself that you’re only partially aware of in the general sense. Just the awareness alone, forms a kind of healing by moving you from a helpless and dis-empowered position, to one of self-awareness and empowerment. What this means is that from this point on, whenever you’re triggered in the same manner, you’ll catch yourself before the reaction takes hold, realize what’s happening, and it no longer acts to control you, and in that moment, you’ll realize, you can now choose how you want to respond in a thoughtful manner, because you see the cause itself in a new light, and you no longer relate the present to the past, but see it instead for what it actually is.

This practice alone is the basis for dissolving karma, which is the habitual repetition of unconscious patterns that keep you creating the same effects and reactions in your life through the cause and effect relationship that keeps you living out of past memories as a way of creating in the present. It allows us to remove our focus from other people and outer circumstances, and keep our focus instead on what’s happening inside of us and how we’re being in the situation. It reverse’s the cause and effect relationship where other people “cause” us to react, and instead puts us in a position to be the cause of our own actions by use of choice and will to control and determine our perception and behaviors.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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Dr. Linda GadboisAbout the author:
Dr. Linda is an expert in Spiritual Sciences and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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