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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Spiritual Guidance, the Higher Capacity of Intuition, and Moral Sovereignty

As a student and teacher of Spiritual Sciences I have encountered numerous attitudes and methods around the idea of intuition and what it means to receive “guidance” from higher, spiritual beings of some kind. I’ve seen many confuse intuition with psychic abilities, which they often boast about with a fair amount of pride, or present as being a “gift” that’s designed to lure people in with a sense of mystery and intrigue, and still others who appear to be working with what they present as being a “team” of spiritual guides as “spiritual masters” who are available to assist them in making decisions for their life and walking their spiritual path in the best way possible. I won’t attempt to speak about these type of ideas and approach to interacting with the “spiritual world”, due to the fact that I’ve never been prone to this way of thinking nor have I found it meaningful or useful in the personal sense, and in all my experiences I have never found this to be true. In this article I’m only going to speak about what I know from experience and working intuitively with the higher spiritual faculties of our mind and soul in relation with a “higher state of being” that we’re always in a form of intimate conversation with inwardly, and which resides “above” this one in a fundamental state of polarity with the material world, which it ultimately serves to project and govern from within.  

One of the primary laws that form the very foundation for all thought and perception, is that we are sovereign beings fully responsible for creating our own life experiences through active use of the higher capacities of realization, choice, and will. The number one rule that operates faithfully throughout every single aspect of the cosmos, is that no being of a higher nature will ever violate choice and will of the individual, and never guides by “telling you what to do” and making decisions for you. While the lower plane of animal consciousness encourages and often works out of pure instinct and the herd mentality of the group mind, higher states of being work to foster individuality and require us to exercise our ability to think for ourselves.

As higher, intelligent beings, we’re never, ever expected to “obey” commands of any kind, but rather develop our “selfhood” from an independent state and develop our ability to govern and regulate ourselves. If we’re connecting with some power or “entity” that seems to exist “outside of us”, and we act as the vehicle for their will to utilize in creating, then we become regulated and governed by them. We remain slaves who are instructed and led along by a master. We become the “creation” of someone else rather than the “creator” of our self. We become dependent on someone or something else to tell us what to do, and we cultivate a dependency on it. We exist as a lower intelligence on a plane where we detach from our own ability to self-create.

True spiritual guidance only comes when we connect intimately with our “self” on a higher plane. It doesn’t come as a board meeting to discuss and come to a conclusion about something, or as a means of receiving instructions on what decisions to make as to what to “believe” and therefore do, it comes by “becoming one” in mind and spirit with God as your higher self. As we become one in mind with our guardian spirit, we form a unified mental circuit as a stream of consciousness where we literally begin “looking through the same eyes”. When we connect intimately with our higher source “it” flows into us “as” our awareness around things. It never tells us what to do in the direct sense or attempts to make our decisions for us; it merely heightens our awareness around the “deeper nature” of things that bring new realizations which serve to equip us in being able to make better decisions for ourselves.

Higher powers never require us to form a subservient relationship with them; they teach us instead how to exercise our divine powers in creating our own life. This is one of the main deceptions people have to overcome in being able to step into and fully embrace as the means of learning how to exercise their higher capacities of cognition. If something appears in your mind as “instructing you on what to do” or talking to you in a way that scares you into making a particular decision or plays to embellish and strengthen your insecurities and psychological issues, then it’s a form of self-delusion as a fantasy that intimately plants the seed for fanaticism. Due to the fact that we all share the same unconscious group mind, thoughts and feelings are also being transmitted telepathically through the atmosphere and can enter into the “inner conversation” you’re always in the process of having with yourself that sways it to one direction or another.

Your true higher self never works on your frailties to persuade, convince, or somehow entice you with a decision or specific possibility, but works instead to only increase your awareness around whatever it is you’re wondering or asking about in the silence of your moment-by-moment thoughts. As you pray and ask for guidance around something pay close attention to what proceeds out of it as a synchronized series of events that serve to increase your awareness around related ideas allowing you to form “new realizations” that provide you with the basis for making more calculated decisions. It always acts by removing the veil of illusion that’s obscuring the truth and hindering your ability to see clearly. Your higher source gives you thoughts and notions around things that require you to follow-up and investigate them. As you follow your intuition around something, which usually comes as a form of notion, a greater idea begins unfolding through a series of interrelated correspondences and analogies. We’re given clues about something that forms a kind of “treasure hunt” where one clue fully investigated unveils several other clues which require further investigation, and we’re led along a path of self-realization.

Just as the higher powers never violate your ability to choose your destiny and decide which path you take, you’re never allowed to violate other people’s ability to do the same thing. This means you shouldn’t ever try and control someone else or make their decisions for them, releasing them from responsibility for their own life, because you won’t be assisted from a higher level and will struggle in your own delusion around things that will come as a result. In order to create in a meaningful way you have to always work by ways of universal laws of the Soul and Will. If you attempt to influence another person’s destiny by trying to make their decisions for them or convince them on what they should do, you remain locked into a delusion of your own making, and you only act to hinder and weaken the other person spiritually, while incurring karma around your actions.

On the higher planes of being we are a “creator” and not the one being “created” by another. In order to advance our soul we have to exercise sovereignty as our natural way of being and thinking. We have to master our own mind and learn how to create in an intelligent and harmonious manner. We have to cultivate selfhood as a permanent union with our higher mind (Self) and never look outside ourselves or to another to give us the answers we seek. The master / slave relationship or need to depend on someone else is the tendency of a lower being that hasn’t realized their true identity and, as a result, lacks any true individuality and the ability to be self-sustaining. All guidance comes “through you” as increased awareness that expands your consciousness through being in direct contact with a higher source and provides you with the realizations you need in order to make new decisions about things. It nearly always involves a teacher / pupil or parent / child relationship where you’re being shown things you didn’t realize before, and it serves to expand your awareness as a result.

Intuition

While many people associate intuition with psychic abilities, the most basic form of intuition, which we all have, comes in our ability to correlate all aspects of life and reality as being interconnected and a part of a greater whole. Intuition is the complementary aspect that counterbalances analysis. As our rational mind abstracts a part out of a whole in order to discover its secrets, usually by making it into a whole itself as somehow independent of the whole it played an active part in, intuition connects all seemingly independent parts back into a cohesive whole. Rather than breaking things apart and viewing them as separate, it forms a natural chain-of-association that connects all correlated ideas as correspondences of each other. It’s a holistic way of perceiving all of life as a unified whole or holo-movement. Change any aspect of a whole, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, and the whole is adjusted accordingly through a ripple effect. Calculated decisions come as the result of carefully inspecting a whole system as it operates in unison, and determining what change will work to readjust the whole system so that it functions in a new and more beneficial way.

Intuition is the faculty of the mind that’s always tuned into the invisible energy that permeates, holds together, and animates material objects with specific personality traits as qualities. It “sees into” material forms and connects directly with the soul inhabiting and expressing through and “as” that form. It recognizes the character as qualities of consciousness being housed and hidden within the outer appearance of the form. Instead of perception being based on the outer appearance of things, it’s based on the inner feeling of things. When we tune into the energy and essence of an object or being we come into direct contact with the consciousness animating it as its soul (personal consciousness). We see it “as it is” rather than as it appears outwardly.

 Intuition is the highest form of intelligence not only due to its power to bring us into direct contact with the source and root cause of things, but also due to the fact that it operates according to the Law of Correspondences and Analogy. This process comes anytime we’re looking at an idea and we naturally form an immediate chain-of-association to that “same idea” being orchestrated through other material systems of the same “nature”. What we call laws are not about the material objects themselves that make up a system, they’re the energy expressing through numerous material forms as the same frequency, pattern and process, and quality of consciousness that expresses as an infinite number of variations.

Material objects themselves have no consciousness and life of their own and only possess what they act to “draw in” and serve as a vehicle for through resonance. Vibration has a pattern (set of instructions) and self-assembling mechanism (life-force) inherent in it that shapes light into the biological form that corresponds with the overall frequency being expressed as the environment it becomes a part of. The form something takes on always determines how it functions through a natural set of behaviors. Consciousness is the “organizing principle” that produces material form as movement between complementary poles of the same thing. It forms a ghost-like image as the bio-luminescence produced as an emanation, and magnetizes it with life-force as a personality that plays a harmonious part in the greater whole it’s born into.

We can always discern the unknown aspect of any system by how it exists in relationship with the larger whole (parent pattern) that’s it plays a direct role in as a co-creation. We can know if something is “true or not” by how it relates harmoniously to all other aspects of the same system. Truth and harmony are synonyms. When we use intuition as a primary means of perceiving things, we see everything in its spiritual form as it plays out and is connected to every other aspect of the same overall idea. It doesn’t come through how we think about things, but as a direct experience that forms ideas in our imagination as an internal vision that rises and plays out spontaneously through its own volition.

We actively reshape things to be “like us” by how we interpret them to give them meaning and what it is we compare and relate it to as a means of reshaping it. To develop intuition to a high level we have to cultivate a neutral and passive mind while tuning into the inner nature of things and allow a movie to rise and play out within us in a free-flowing manner without needing to control it in some way. As we interpret something to give it meaning, we reshape it to resemble us. All meaning is personal in nature and doesn’t exist separate from us. Reality in itself has no meaning. The most fundamental way we create as a personification that result in a basic form of illusion, comes through our natural tendency to make things “mean something” by how we interpret them.  

When contemplating an idea this is one of the best ways we have for knowing what’s true and what’s not, and what’s normally referred to as “common sense”. If an idea goes against everything else that we know to be true, or violates fundamental universal laws, then we know it to be false or a misconception. When we have to work to intentionally shape something into an idea instead of letting it rise naturally then unfold in our mind as a dynamic chain-of-association, we know that we’re the one who actually creating it to match our beliefs and preconceived notions about it. We have to teach ourselves to perceive everything in an objective and rational manner in order to see things as they actually exist without making them mean something.

Sovereignty

The material and spiritual plane exists in polarity with each other as a mirror (reverse) image of each other. On the lower plane, where the soul experiences itself within an animal body driven by primal passions and instinct while in an unconscious and automated state, we create our self and our experiences of life through a form of chronic and habitual emotional reactions, and by replaying (constantly thinking about) memories that were painful or traumatic in some way. As a child we’re shaped initially by outside forces as our formative conditioning and remain in that primarily unconscious state throughout our adult life. As we’re trained to create ourselves unconsciously through a constant reaction and anxiety driven negotiation with others, we become a product of our environment and fail to recognize who we really are in terms of our higher soul. On the higher plane of the human soul and spirit, we are the “creator” and the “only one” doing the creating. We have to cultivate our higher powers in truly becoming a sovereign, responsible, and self-determined being that thinks for ourselves and make all decisions for our life in a conscious and well-thought out manner.

The material world of Nature is operated through instinct that comes as automatic behaviors conducted without thought or the need to make a decision, and functions as a cohesive part of a group of some kind. We exist in a lower form of consciousness that operates without awareness through a herd mentality. We’re always looking for ideas on what to think or do from others who we imagine know better than we do. We attain what we imagine to be higher knowledge from the opinion of others that we adopt as our own. We accept and believe whatever it is that we’re taught, usually without ever questioning it because we don’t doubt or question what we perceive as real. While operating from an unconscious state we can easily fall prey to those claiming to “know for us” or who act as “psychic channels” for higher knowledge by lending their will to some unknown source, and forfeit our rational mind in favor of engaging in fantasy and sensationalism instead that simply plays on our vulnerabilities and exploits our lack of true “self-awareness”.

While locked into a lower mentality of our animal body we’re always looking for someone or something else to tell us what to feel, think, believe, and do, instead of engaging in a form of personal study of “true higher knowledge” as laws and principles that provide us with instruction on how to use our own mental faculties. All spiritual or higher knowledge only comes to us through an understanding of universal principles and the realizations that come through our ability to apply them in real-life situations as the means of creating. We can only become conscious creators when we learn how to operate our own mind and connect intuitively with our higher self and source. When we remain in constant union with our higher intelligence, we connect with our true power as our Will, and what it is that not only oversees but also organizes, orchestrates, and coordinates all events within the lower, material world. It’s only through our own internal realizations that we connect directly to the truth of things and provide ourselves with the opportunity to intentionally exercise our higher capacities for self-creation.

The lower plane fosters and works out of the group mind, the higher plane promotes and works exclusively out of individuality as a sovereign and self-contained being. It requires us to educate ourselves with higher ideals and skillfully employ universal laws in operating our own mind as the means of creating ourselves and our experience of reality (which are the same thing). The lower plane of manifestation is being created and maintained by our Self on a higher parallel plane. They’re an extension, projection, and continuation of the same idea on different scales and levels.

As we look to others to tell us what to see, think, and do, we reside fully in an unconscious state of being created by others. As long as we maintain this mentality, we’ll never be able to ascend to the higher planes of being the creator of our reality. As long as we render ourselves subject to the opinions and ideas of the group mind we remain a servant to them. As long as we engage in educating ourselves with what is in fact the opinion of others or a personal interpretation of the laws themselves, we keep ourselves in a position of not knowing who we really are in the higher sense of the idea, and never act to develop our higher capacities as an individual.

Knowledge doesn’t come by trying to decide who has the best or most realistic ideas about something, but by studying universal laws and learning how to apply them in the practical sense until they become natural and intuitive. It comes by connecting and “becoming one with” our true spiritual power as our higher self and allowing it to “become” our consciousness. As we allow a higher intelligence to come through us we begin experiencing our self in a much more aware and expanded state. We have to practice pacifying our lower, habitual mind in order to actively draw down and embody the consciousness we’re apart of on the higher plane of individuality. All true knowledge is knowledge of the “self” which is only attained “through” the self.

All guidance and intelligence only comes to us through direct experience that birth realizations and promote our ability to make more calculated and precise decisions. As we think and develop ideas in our imagination by defining them with sensory details, we simultaneously communicate those ideas to our higher Will as a form of request for that type of experience. All thought and feelings, whether conscious and deliberate or unconscious and habitual, are a form of “prayer” where we’re literally using one aspect of our mind to direct and program another aspect in what to create. Anytime we’re feeling confused around an idea and uncertain of what’s true or not, and we ask for guidance around it, we begin forming notions around things that are designed to lead us on a path of self-discovery. When we penetrate and explore different ideas that stand out for some reason or we feel compelled towards, a whole new idea begins unfolding that reveals hidden secrets. We’re provided with a glimpse into our true nature and the power of our mind that brings us into contact with our ability to exercise our higher capacities as a sovereign being.

Dr. Linda Gadbois  

The Archetypal Nature of the Spirit, the Creative Power of the Soul and the Nature of the Self

One of the most fundamental errors we make in how we think about things comes when we start from the premise of duality and separation. Any hypothesis that’s based on a concept of separation while referring to our essential self or spiritual nature is an illusion in the most basic sense of the idea. I can remember a few years back attending a conference with what we could clearly call new agers, and one of the main ideas being expressed at that time was that our soul is not our “self”, with the “self” meaning who we are in relation with our body, personality, and ego formed out of identification with the body. When asked who you were the “right answer” was to state that you were a divine universal being, or something of that nature, instead of saying your name. They were teaching duality in the most basic sense and didn’t even seem to be aware of it.

This is a common error created through a lack of understanding of the principles governing different planes of existence, illustrated through the Hermetic axiom “As above so below, and as below so above, in the miraculous workings of the One thing”, and the concept of “eternity as immortality”. When we fail to understand fundamental universal principles that apply to all life, that misunderstanding comes through and is equally reflected in everything we think and do. While the idea of universal principles forming the basis for all life may appear to be based on a “belief” because it seems to offer no real “facts” to support it, this is also based on what it is we’re referring to as “facts”, and how it is that we know if something is true or not, and therefore “real”. Within the invisible principles that accompany and serve to organize and give life to the material world resides one of the greatest paradoxes and pervading mysteries of all time. How do we “know” if something is real or not?

I have often found it amazing if not a bit bewildering how science is always on a group quest to find “the theory of everything”, as though it’s going to come through a mechanical model of some kind or as the result of some kind of measurement or mathematical equation, without seeming to recognize that all science and reality itself is only “knowable” through our ability to perceive it. Society itself is being trained to rely on some kind of scientific study conducted by an expert to tell them what can only really be known through direct experience. The common denominator to all life and the whole “cosmic mystery” is the “mind”. All science arises out of our ability to think about things while wondering about new possibilities. Reality is only real and therefore “knowable” through our minds ability to perceive it. Every single mind of every individual perceives a slightly different and highly personalized version of what’s called an objective or shared reality that’s common to everyone.

This amazing feat of infinite possibilities for a single idea is produced by a dynamic series of “filters” that are used to sort through a vast and infinite amount of information inherent in the invisible field of information that surrounds us. Our mental filters serve to bring out and accentuate some features inherent in the whole, while subduing and excluding others to form a “new field of organized information” which is as a “personal creation” formed as a mental construct. How we experience reality changes based on the formation of new filters and the ongoing transformation of existing ones. These mental filters, also called perceptual filters, are formed out of beliefs, values, preferences, and memory. These filters form our mental paradigm, which is what we use as the means of shaping our reality by how we select, interpret, and organize specific aspects of any situation in order to create how we “experience” it.

Our mental paradigm is comprised of a system of mental filters that form our “perceptual lens” which is what we “look through” as the means of experiencing reality. We only see, process, form as a conceptual image and therefore comprehend what can be constructed, explained, described, and confirmed using our paradigm. When we understand this idea in the most basic sense we realize that what we tend to call “reality” is formed as a mental construct and projection of our mind. Nothing “out there” exists independent of what’s “in here”. One is the continuation and extension of the other as a mirror image (polar opposite). Everyone takes what exists as a universal field of potential and through a process of natural selection, reshapes it into a personalized, subjective version as their “experience”. All reality is the result of perception, and all perception forms how we experience our self “as” a reality. We don’t necessarily “manifest” material reality itself, but rather reshape it through our mental model to resemble us, and serve as a primary means of self-expression that provides us with a mirror into all aspects of our mind, many of which are hidden from us in the ordinary sense.

Our mind, like the light that makes up reality, is invisible to the senses, and we typically only “perceive” and form an entire reality out of a very small part of the light spectrum. We only see a small fraction of what’s “actually there”. There are many aspects of reality being played out all around us, within the same space, which we don’t recognize or perceive directly with our physical senses. This is because our senses are what allows us to perceive the world around us. What this tells us is that like the individual reality created using our mental paradigm by recombining key elements inherent in the whole to form a new possibility, what we perceive at any given time is only a small aspect of a much, much greater whole.

What we commonly refer to as the “soul” is equivalent with the mind, both of which are invisible to our senses. We can look at the mind as being a universal principle and the soul as being what works through the mind to produce a material image of itself. Our soul is our personal consciousness built up through experiences of itself acquired through the body. The Soul creates reality as the means of experiencing itself as its own creation. We only gain knowledge of ourselves through direct experience. The soul utilizes the mind as a means of constructing a reality of itself, which it then uses in order to experience itself “as” as a material being. It doesn’t do this by simply designing the body that it then inhabits as a “personality”, but by creating the “whole reality” of the body necessary to experience itself in a specific way.

The entire outer reality of the personality is produced as a mental projection that’s naturally formed out of our formative conditioning. Our initial conditioning takes place as a child through a process of adaptation that modifies and adjusts our paradigm to match our environment. In this way we can produce a unique variable of the same core essence and evolve ourselves according to a specific set of conditions and circumstances. The soul isn’t comprised of the personalized version created through our body, personality, and identity within the body, but by taking the personalized experience created and returning it to a universal, archetypal state. The human soul is archetypal in nature and is comprised of unique combinations and potencies of different qualities to form a new and unique whole. The process of creation is represented by the infinity symbol as a perpetual movement between parallel planes that are complementary in nature.

 We draw on a universal archetype as the means of producing an experience of our self as an outer projection, and then reabsorb the experience created and turn it back into a universal state as our soul’s memory and essence. Our soul is comprised of universal memory that is metaphorical and thematic in nature, because this is necessary in order to be able to adapt it to any situation as the means of creating more of the same type of experiences. Our soul is universal in nature and is what’s creating the entire material plane of manifestation as an individual. It’s holistic in nature, and exists in a whole, unified form on its native plane.

Subtle Body

Our soul designs what we call the “light body” or “etheric double” of subtle energy which serves as the blueprint for not only constructing and animating the body, but for the entire reality produced “through the body” as a mental projection. It creates the world through which it experiences itself from the inside out. It’s in a constant state of transformation based on the energy its constantly absorbing from everything around it as the Earth’s soul. This is done through the principle of polarity as a form of electromagnetic pulsation and respiration. We’re always drawing in the energy from around us that’s of a similar nature to us, and metabolizing it to adjust our mental model. As we metabolize and assimilate new energies (information) we equalize ourselves in terms of energetic composition to match or be the same nature as the environment we live, grow, and experience ourselves through.

All creation that’s of an intelligent (highly organized) and complex nature requires a blueprint, model, or prototype in order to be systematically produced, reproduced, and maintained. Our light body, like our physical body which is a mirror image of it, is constantly undergoing a process of regeneration through the birth, maturity, and death process. The outer reality of organized light of the Earth’s soul (Nature) is mentally constructed by the individual as an emanation. Our energy field is not confined to the body, and extends quite some distance from our body in more and more subtle forms. While we tend to think that our “self” as our “I” (identity) is not formed as an individual by our soul, and that our body is somehow separate from our mind, soul, and spirit which give us life, it is in fact the creation of our soul, and is in a constant state of growth and transformation. This also forms the illusion that “consciousness” is somehow produced by the brain and nervous system, instead of what’s using it as a vehicle for traversing and working within the material plane, which exists fully “within it” as an essential part of it.

The soul is what gives life to the body and acts as the “organizing principle” of all material forms. Every single material form (light body made of photons) is an emanation of One Light. The Soul is the electrical force that “charges plasma” and organizes light (photons) into a distinct pattern. It coagulates light to form a ghost-like image of gases (astral fluid), which then becomes more densely concentrated as liquid-light (etheric substance), which is used to organize the entire lower material plane. It’s the life-force that operates and runs our body through electrical impulses that set a chain-reaction in motion as a neurological process of equilibrium. Our mind as an “energetic state” (frequency) works through our brain, nervous system, and endocrine system to adjust our body to the same state. Our brain and nervous system is what you can think of as our command center for operating our body.

All “thought” comes as electrical sparks that stimulate various parts of our brain to form a kind of encoded message system that’s translated into chemical messengers by various parts of our body. A spark ignites, awakening and setting into motion a mental function, which then follows a series of pathways, similar to how lightning propagates through the atmosphere, forming a whole orchestration of correlated activities. As consciousness is transmitted through the brain and nervous system as electrical impulses, it stimulates hormone production of the endocrine system where it’s translated into orders for organizing a synchronized event, flooding the bloodstream with the chemical instructions necessary to synchronize all systems of the body to produce a unified motion as activity of the whole being.

It’s the mind operating through the brain that creates our reality as a conscious state, and for this reason creates the illusion of consciousness arising from the brain. Spirit comes “through the body” and projects reality from within outward. In order to change the outer appearance of reality in terms of how we perceive and thereby experience it, we have to work to change our mental paradigm that ordering, organizing, and producing it as a mental projection. If we try to change our experience by working on the outer material manifestation we usually end up simply creating the same type of experience, only in a new way. This is where you get sayings like “no matter where you go, there you are”.

The outer reality only changes in exact proportion to the inner reality. Our inner reality, formed as a mental construct out of memory, serves to organize the substrata (energetic matrix) out of which all material phenomena arise as an emanation. We change the inner by studying and constantly taking in new information that we conceptualize as an inner representation that brings new realizations about the same thing, causing a paradigm shift. As we imagine ideas in detail, developing them the more we think about them, they become a set of instructions for our subconscious to produce as an outer experience of the same type and kind. As we apply knowledge to produce an experience of it as a reality, we absorb our experience and it becomes our soul’s essence. When we stop learning and growing, we become stagnate and complacent, and begin dying. We’re always both expanding and reforming, or we’re contracting and dying, becoming smaller and less capable of adapting.

 So to say that there’s “no self” is an anomaly that comes out of a fundamental misconception. The “self” is actually the creation of the soul necessary in order to experience itself in a specific way as a material being. The self isn’t fixed as the form itself in a completely limited state, it’s constantly fluctuating and morphing as a continuous growth process based on an overall plan as the life naturally produced by the soul. The entire material plane is the creation of the soul and is what provides it with an “experience” of a certain kind, necessary in order to “know itself”. What we call the spirit exists on a higher plane of vibration as archetypes in an ideal and potential (unformed) state, which are drawn down by the soul on a medium plane through sympathetic induction, and utilized to form an image of itself that is then projected into the lower, material plane in order to experience itself. The soul is comprised of a vibration that forms the lower frequency of the higher plane, and the highest frequency of the lower plane. It acts as a circuit or conduit for spirit to manifest in form as one of an infinite number of possibilities without being changed from its original state on the higher plane.

This is what’s meant by the idea that only what “descends” from heaven “returns” or ascends back into heaven. Universal archetypes are “ideals” (perfect) that are drawn into the mind of the soul where they’re blended and modified according to the nature of the soul and used to manifest in the lower planes as a personal creation. In their original state archetypes are “pure and unmixed”, and become an amalgamation when mixed with the consciousness of the individual soul. The experience created by the soul of itself in form is then reabsorbed as experience of itself, where it’s then translated into a metaphorical theme as a memory of the soul. The personal aspect is transformed back into its original universal state as archetypal essence as the memory of the soul that comprises its constitution.

All memories acquired while in a body are synthesized to form a new whole as the soul’s essence. The soul’s essence forms its character and moral summation as it’s “nature”, and is what enters into another body and restructures itself into a new variation based on all the elements used to form a new series of combinations as relationships. The same essence as well developed characteristics formed out of accumulated memory that’s built-up over time, undergoes another transformative process of adaptation and modification that forms a whole new expression of the same essence. Just as the soul structures itself as a “whole reality”, it also restructures and evolves itself from one incarnation to the next. Different genetic factors, living conditions, environment, race, culture, family, and era produces a whole new series of relationships that stimulate us in different ways, developing our personality accordingly.

The soul is in a constant and never ending state of transformation and evolution. It’s fluctuating energetically based on how the inner aspects and qualities interact with those same energies in the outer projection. We’re always acting “on ourselves” in and as everything else. What we perceive as a reality that’s separate from us is actually more of an extension and continuation of our mind and soul as the same idea being played out on different scales. Our outer world is created by our subconscious mind, which is also the group mind shared by all life on Earth. It’s constructed as a “whole mind” rather than a fragmented one, and contains aspects of ourselves that we’re normally unaware of (our shadow), which is why we don’t recognize them as being our own.

The object to life in recognizing our “true identity” as the creator of our reality and life’s story comes by the “inner and outer” becoming a unified whole that we perceive in a fully conscious way. This only comes by forming an awareness of our unconscious aspects, also referred to as our “shadow aspects”. These are the aspects of our self that we judged harshly for some reason, refusing to express them, and denying having them as a result . . . even to ourselves. This renders us unconscious in the most basic sense, because we perceive our shadow nature in our outer world without realizing it. As we form an image of ourselves in a split, fragmented way, as separate from ourselves, we also form our outer reality in the same manner. As we deny and repress our shadow aspects because we’ve judged them to be “bad” or “wrong” to have, we simultaneously begin forming an image of ourselves out of a fragmented state of only owning what we deem to be good, and admirable, forming what’s referred to as our false ego.

Our ego is an illusion of ourselves created out of a fragmented mind. We’re provided with a mirror into our hidden nature through our outer experience of reality, but don’t realize it because we’ve denied having those traits to ourselves, and as a result, don’t have a clear memory of them, so we don’t know they’re ours. We don’t realize that the reason we form a “reaction to them” is because we possess the complementary aspect in its latent state. We bring ourselves back into a harmonious and unified state of equilibrium by learning how to relinquish judgment of ourselves “in” others and harmonize them into our whole being as a result.

We judge the same traits in others to the exact same degree that we judge those same traits in our self, causing us to go unconscious while still projecting those traits onto others. We don’t “give people” those traits, so to speak, but rather perceive the same traits in them and react to them as a result. Once we realize that the outer world is a mirror reflection of the inner world in a whole and unified state, we can use it to self-reflect and follow our judgments back to their root. Once we recognize those same traits in our self and embrace them by harmoniously integrating them into our experience, and finding an appropriate expression for them, we act to heal ourselves and become whole again.

As we experience compassion as understanding of ourselves, our judgment of those same things in others fades away, and it becomes a harmonious part of our whole self and our perception of reality. This is what Jesus was elucidating when he said, “when the outer becomes the same as the inner, and the inner becomes the same as the outer, you’ll have entered the gates of heaven”. What we call heaven is the native plane of the soul where everything exists in a unified state of self-awareness and harmony. Once we identify our outer reality as a reflection and projection of our own mind, we touch on our true identity as a higher divine being that’s acting to create our entire worldly experience as an experience of our self.

All reality is formed as a manifestation of One Source. All reality is formed out of a cosmic seed of spirit that impregnates the individual soul as it also impregnates the soul of humanity as a whole. This is why the spirit is often referred to in masculine terms, and the soul in feminine terms. Reality as we’re capable of knowing it through our perception is the offspring of the soul and spirit. The Trinity is illustrated in mythological terms as the husband and wife, who together produce a child as their offspring. The spirit exists in a purely potential state as an ideal that’s drawn into the soul as a form of “seed”, and gestates it turning it into a “reality” as the combination of both manifested as a material matrix. In order to manifest as a new form, a new seed has to be drawn in through resonance and allowed to incubate as a process of adaptation that shapes it into a modified version that’s harmonious to the soul’s paradigm, where it can be incorporated logically into the whole structure of reality as a natural part of our soul’s perception of itself.

Form as material manifestation is the expression of spirit brought down the planes of density (destiny) by the soul. The spirit is the “ether” as the unified field of intelligence in its potential state that permeates the entire universe, informing it. The human soul is of the Astral Plane of Light and Formation, and the body-template produced through their copulation, forms the etheric double or subtle body, all of which are invisible to the physical senses. In order to work with our physical manifestation, we have to work through our subtle light body which is formed by our mind and spirit. This is what’s being referred to when it’s stated that we have to work by way of the laws that govern the higher planes in order to over-ride and work directly with the material plane. We have to work with the laws governing our mind, which are primarily the laws of mentation, vibration, and polarity, all of which are correspondences of each other.

Dr. Linda Gadbois    

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Forming a New Perspective, Personal Responsibility, and Developing Mental Fortitude

While many people are stressed out and engaging in the attitude of pointing fingers and blaming what’s happening on someone else, this world situation is in fact the culmination of our collective mindset as a whole. Instead of looking for someone else to blame, how about if we instead take an attitude of being responsible for our own destiny and what our responsibility is at a personal level of how we live our life. If people are falling apart and can’t handle the anxiety of what’s happening at the world level right now, they won’t stand a chance if things end up getting really bad. All of life exists for the purpose of allowing us to reap what we sow, and in doing so be able to perfect our ability to create. Life on Earth is a school for our soul where we learn the lessons our own self-created experiences have to teach us.

In times when we experience some of our greatest challenges, we’re also provided with the opportunity to develop our mental abilities to a new and higher level. It’s only when spiritual forces are “active within us” that we have the ability to work with them in order to transform ourselves to new and higher levels of self-awareness and mastery. The minute we feel as if we “know something” in terms of higher knowledge, we’re tested through a life experience that requires us to utilize it in the practical sense as a means of creating. It’s only through our ability to apply higher knowledge to create our experiences and how we handle ourselves in extreme situations that we truly “attain” knowledge. Real knowledge isn’t contained in the ideas themselves, but in the realizations that come from the experience of them as practice.

The only “belief” higher knowledge requires is a belief in our self in being able to utilize it as the means of growing and transforming ourselves by way of it. All actual knowledge comes as “knowledge of yourself” through realizations born out of your experiences. We only “know” what we can do and demonstrate naturally in how we’re being at any given moment. If extreme situations cause us to relapse and fall back into our usual way of thinking and acting, then we haven’t learned anything at all. Talk is easy and doesn’t require much from us in order to proclaim, whereas it’s our actions that truly define us while showing us in very clear terms who we really are.

If we look at what’s going on in the world right now as a phase or aspect of a much larger process, and we take our primary focus off the coronavirus itself, and look instead at what caused it in terms of worldly human activities, we can begin seeing all of the things that ultimately culminated to produce a global event. If we take an attitude of being willing, and perhaps even interested in not only listening to and considering opposing viewpoints, but seeking to actually understand them, it can broaden our perspective and provide us with new information on greater problems being denied by some sectors, while being passionately promoted by others. Most of our problems on both a personal and worldly level stem from constant forms of division, and the problem of division is not going to be solved by serving to create more division.

When we come together as a group, community, or society, and we choose to focus primarily on our differences, we set out to prove our point of view as being right by making others who disagree with us wrong, and of course that’s always a problem. Whenever we focus on what we imagine makes another person bad, wrong, or deficient somehow, allowing it to shape how we talk to and treat them, we actually act to “bring out those traits in them” and strengthen them through the nature of the interaction. If, however, we approach any situation by looking for what we have in common and what likes we share, and we work to connect and build our relationship through those, we create a sense of unity and teamwork that benefits everyone involved in the best possible way. Whatever qualities we work to keep in an active and expressive state, is what determines the type of reality that’s co-created as a group experience.

One of the most basic psychological facts that people can have a great deal of difficulty understanding is that “all” ideas are patterns that are called into existence through complementary opposites that oppose and thereby stimulate each other. Anything you actively “fight or argue against” you’re acting to antagonize and give life to by keeping it in an active and progressive state. When we refuse to see another person’s point of view on an idea, and consider it in a thoughtful manner in order to relate or recognize its validity, we steadily narrow our perception and become closed minded. We become pigeon-holed in our perspective and world view, and we close ourselves down to any new possibilities that might result from it.

The only way to “change a belief” is to introduce new information and way of seeing that undermines, contradicts, or disproves it. We seldom ever realize that the greater part of our outwardly perception is based on and formed out of our belief-system. Many people separate out beliefs as this belief or that one, imagining them to be independent of each other, when in fact beliefs, like the mind and reality itself, is an Eco-system that’s a part of a greater whole. Whatever our belief is about something is supported, validated, and confirmed in a congruent manner by our beliefs about everything. This is how they’re maintained, because they’re self-perpetuating, self-sustaining, and serve to prove and promote each other.

While many of us understand the idea of personal karma is, at least in the most basic sense of what it is and how it operates to create in our life, we can often fail to realize that personal karma is played out as groups, and is perfectly correlated with family, society, culture, race, and worldly karma. What’s now happening at the world level of humanity is allowing us to see what “our” karma is as a collective. While many profess “oneness” and post what seems like profound quotes around the idea that we’re all one in the essential sense of the idea, the moment pressure is applied and things appear to fall apart, they’re often the first ones to become defensive and lash out in anger and frustration, and begin neatly dividing people into sectors of “good guys” and “bad guys”, and then mercilessly engage in the stoning process. People can resemble rats in the sense that when a rat becomes overly stressed, it’ll begin chewing off its own leg. Being able to handle whatever stress and anxiety life brings is an essential practice in developing mental strength and fortitude. The weak minded begin falling by the way side pretty early on, and will probably need to be carried the whole way by someone stronger in order to survive.

If we step outside of this opinion or that opinion, and we look at the big picture from as many different perspectives as we can in order to understand it in a more in-depth manner, we can find the common ground in the global situation that’s similar for everyone. I’m not referring to the virus itself and the debate around whether or not it was man-made and intentionally set lose as an agenda of some kind, I’m referring to the effects it’s creating that are obvious to anyone paying attention, and how viruses originate to begin with. While many constantly argue as to whether or not humans are causing, or certainly speeding up global warming and climate change, due to the reduced human activity brought on by the virus, many parts of Nature are cleansing and healing from our toxic waste and selfish behaviors. This fact is self-evident throughout the world, and is not the result of someone’s opinion.

All viruses in the most basic sense, especially flu viruses, are contracted in humans due to consumption of infected animals. This virus, for example, is thought to have originated in bats, rodents, or reptiles, which are a natural part of the Chinese diet. We are currently in the process, as a worldwide practice that’s commonly accepted across the globe, of raising animals through an “industrialized process”. Industrialized food production mass produces animals through incredibly cruel and bizarre practices conducted in filthy diseased ridden conditions, as the means of meeting the “demands” of a grossly over-populated world whose primary diet is meat. Our Eco-system has been breaking down since the beginning of the “industrial age”, and is now on the verge of collapsing. People are currently dying in large numbers due to the diseases, illnesses, and multitude of cancers caused by the food we eat, consuming the flesh and blood of tortured, suffering, abused animals, while most people choose to completely ignore what’s going on. In many cases, even when they become aware of it, they’ll choose to keep doing it.

We’re all being saturated with dangerously high levels of electromagnetic fields of radiation and microwave energy, which is reshaping our neurology and molecular structure, while killing birds and insects by the millions, causing many to lose their ability to spatially navigate and migrate, yet only a few people are concerned enough about it to be actively doing something about it. We’re experiencing a worldwide surge in mass extinctions of both plants and animals while very few people seem to be paying attention, probably due to the fact that it’s not being shoved in our face by the media, or they simply don’t really care. We have passed the tipping point on using natural resources faster than they can replenish due to a grossly over-populated world of eager consumers, yet people are still having 3, 4, 5, or more kids while clinging to their constitutional rights to have kids. We’ve completely lost trust in our government and world leaders, and spend a great deal of time attacking, ridiculing, and belittling the very people trying to bear the burden of public gossip and hatred in order to try and remedy the problem for the very people attacking them.

The media has now become the greatest power in the world and has proven they can shape the reality and mindset of public opinion any way they deem necessary in order to serve their personal agendas. The people we see as culprits are often only puppets on the stage of life put there to distract us from what’s really going on right in front of us. There’s no more need to conduct business behind the scenes, it’s all taking place right out in the open while people are simply being trained to “not see it”. We’re literally being taught what to see and what not to by the media. People will usually support whatever idea circulating that allows them to maintain their beliefs and lifestyle, and will deny anything that will require them to make changes of some kind or have to give up something they considered valuable and enjoyable.

Honest citizens that come forth to try and make us aware of what’s really going on and the secret agendas playing out in a cover manner, are mercilessly persecuted by the very people they expose while the people they sought to free stand passively by in a dumbfound stupor, confused on what to “believe”. All without seeming to realize it’s not about “believing”, it’s about waking up to what’s going on right under your nose that you’re willingly participating in. People abandon those who serve to reveal the truth because in order to stand up for them they’d have to “give up” what they’re doing that’s participating in its creation. We all know what’s going on with all the surveillance and monitoring, we know everything we’re doing is being tracked and calculated, but we don’t want to give up use of the very devices that we’re paying for that’s allowing them to do it. The grand scheme is to produce the devices, fill them with little perks, charge a ridiculous amount for them along with an absorbent monthly fee so we can transcribe, record, and video tape ourselves for them.

The lesson to be learned from “martyrs” is that they’re never killed by the people they sought to expose, they’re ridiculed and discredited while on public display instead so that the very people they sought to enlighten are the ones that actually persecute them. They become scapegoats. You can’t depart knowledge to someone incapable of receiving it. There’s no such thing as trying to “wake someone up”, because all awakening only comes through the realizations born out of experience. The only responsibility any of us have in life is waking up ourselves. No one can do our work for us. It’s not someone else’s job to try and make us see what we refuse or are incapable of seeing. The process of awakening only comes through effort. It’s up to each one of us to save ourselves within our own life, and to save the life of the planet through the same activities. We can’t sit back waiting and expecting someone else to do it for us, we have to care enough to realize the changes we need to make and then decide with a sense of dedication to make those changes even when it means losing something we have come to value and depend on.

So the question that’s really at hand right now, is what it is you’re noticing about the world situation in its current state, and in what way are you acting to support it by participating in creating and sustaining it through your daily lifestyle? One of the most basic powers each one of us has at the world level is “consumerism”. Whatever we buy, we finance and make possible. These massive corporations only gain control and prosper because we’re buying what they’re selling. Whatever perverted practice a company is involved in as a means of producing a commodity, we also morally engage in the same practice by buying and utilizing that commodity. They only have power over us by working through our ignorance and lack of moral willpower. Select entities only gain control of the masses by appealing to their emotions and working through their weaknesses to cultivate dependency.

If we learn how to neutralize our emotions so we’re not affected by them and we work on ourselves to transform our weaknesses into strengths, we can no longer be controlled by the will of others. Sensationalizing and dramatizing ideas is a tactic that’s designed to stir emotions into activity while planting the idea you want them to continue developing in their imagination through the emotions. This is a very basic and extremely effective psychological tactic. All realities formed out of emotional states are illusions that become neurosis of some kind. All solutions to the global delusion being orchestrated right now will only come from the rational soul of higher consciousness. A problem can’t be solved by the same mind and perception that’s acting to create it.

Whatever we do on a personal level simultaneously affects the collective level, because we all share the same subconscious mind and destiny. The answer isn’t to go out and try to change the world or recruit people to your way of thinking and perceiving, it’s to form your own realizations from a sober mind that’s based on actual awareness around things, and make the necessary corrections to your own attitude and daily lifestyle. You have to cultivate your own consciousness through personal detachment and viewing things in as objective a manner as you can and use that mindset to direct all of your activities, regardless of what others are doing.

If you truly protest oil production, then reduce your use of petroleum products in as many areas of your life as possible, including plastics and pharmaceuticals, which are also petroleum based. Learn to walk your talk and practice what you preach. If you don’t like the severe animal abuse currently going on to provide “cheap food” for the masses, then raise your own, buy from local people where you can see the conditions they’re being raised in, or choose to quit eating meat altogether. If you’re against GMO’s and toxic chemicals being used to raise mass crops, learn how to grow your own food, buy only organic from trusted sources, or do business with your local farmers market. If you’re aware of the damage being caused by cell-phones and electromagnetic fields, reduce or eliminate as much activity using these devices as you can. If you’re truly aware of the fact that your  every move and conversation is being monitored, recorded, and tracked through the internet, go back to methods of living that don’t require or rely on these devices.

Whatever it is that you “see” as being the problem, regardless of what it is, be willing to make the changes necessary in your daily lifestyle to remedy it. Hypocrisy is a detrimental act that you’re spiritually responsible for. As a soul and spiritual being you are 100% responsible for what you create in your life through your actions. You can’t blame anyone else or think somehow that the solution to the world problem is someone else’s responsibility and not yours. You can no longer sit back scared waiting for someone else to do something about it. We have to cultivate the mindset of “being the change we want to see in the world”. Nothing changes until we change it.

Use this incredibly valuable wake-up call to become aware of everything that’s happening on a global level, instead of only focusing on what the media wants you to focus on. Comply as much as possible in order to deal intelligently with the virus itself, while also allowing yourself to realize what changes need to be made in terms of the bigger picture, and commit to making those changes personally. Everything in the world is only sustained through our willing participation in creating it. Every purchase you make is a statement about the kind of world you want to live in. Corporations can’t exist without faithful consumers.

Our soul’s destiny is determined by the consciousness we faithfully employ and consistently develop through our attitude and actions. What we “say” is meaningless if it’s not backed up in everything we do and stand for. Turn inward during this time of reduced activity and let the outer awareness correlate with your inner awareness, and let realizations about your self and what you’re acting to cooperate in co-creating through your daily activities, and commit to making the changes you deem necessary in order to align yourself with a higher ideal and more conscious way of living.

Dr. Linda Gadbois      

“17” – The Star, Hope, and Rebuilding after the Destruction of Illusion

In the Hermetic Arcane of the Tarot, the archetypal idea of the “star”, which is Key 17, follows the “the Lightning Struck Tower” (Key 16) which represents the destruction of illusion (Key 15) and is what prompts the “the dark night of the soul” as an identity crisis that comes as the “dissolution of the false ego”. The tower represents the material illusion that’s destroyed by the Light of Truth in a shocking revelation that frees the soul that was imprisoned by its own delusions, providing a clean slate on which a new reality can be built that’s based on higher Truth. Key 17 is represented by the Hebrew letter “TZADDI”, and has a value of 90, and like all spelling and numeric values of archetypal ideas, provides those initiated in the Mysteries with a form of secret code that acts as a set of instructions for how to undergo the process involved in a fully conscious manner.

Each letter in the spelling of the word indicates the Key associated with that letter, and also forms a numeric equation out of the value of the individual letters. This code is designed to help us gain deeper insights into its true meaning. All archetypes and symbols of the Tarot provide us with Keys for interpreting all other systems of Spiritual Sciences through a dynamic series of correspondences. It’s through the intuitive interpretation of the symbolic language that all of the Mysteries are written in that we discover “hidden operations” that provide us with a form of “instruction” for undergoing the process of personal transformation as rising out of the darkness of illusion and into the light of Truth.

The word Tzaddi means “fish hook”, signifying that which draws the fish (Nun) out of the water (Mem). Fish is the symbol of Nun (Key 13) which represents “death” as the process of spiritual transformation, and Mem (Key 12), symbol of the Initiate, represents a complete change in perspective and attitude. Water represents personal existence of the higher Soul as the reflection cast within the subconscious mind. It’s the ocean of subconscious mentality (instinctual plane) that projects the whole of reality as a reflection of the etheric body fashioned on higher planes by the Human Soul. The symbol of a fish represents death as the transformative and regenerative powers of the spirit. This idea symbolizes the “activity” which lifts us up out of the material relations of personal existence by utilizing the reproductive forces of the soul’s regenerative agency.

The fish hook is a symbol of “angling”, which is related to the idea of experimentation, research into new ideas, and the quest undertaken as the means of growing into something more. It’s the quest after that which hasn’t been realized yet, and a form of searching that’s often called “fishing for ideas”. This represents the journey into your own subconscious mind (water) where you investigate what can’t be seen in order to solve enigmas, realize what lies hidden within you, and begin forming new realizations that lead you along a new path for solving a mystery. The value of “90” indicates a 90 degree turn in perspective and how you go about things, where you draw on a higher plane (vertical line) for original ideas instead of the material (horizontal) plane of human activity. 9 is the number of completion as a perfected state (Key 9), which comes by learning how to program your own subconscious mind using your higher mind, represented by Key 18, which proceeds out of Key 17.

The image used to represent this idea shows a beautiful naked woman with golden hair (solar energy), knelled down with one foot on land and the other in a pool of water, holding a vessel in each hand, one gold and one silver, with water pouring out of one into the pool and being drawn back up into the other, in a natural landscape with a tree in the background that has an ibis perched on a branch, and a snowy mountain peak in the background. Overhead is a central 8-pointed star (higher octave) with seven 8-pointed stars surrounding it in a circular pattern (Monad). The ibis in the tree is a scarlet ibis, which is the symbol of Hermes representing higher wisdom. As with all glyphs that serve to communicate higher wisdom, every aspect and detail represents an idea or aspect of the greater whole. Every number, color, symbol, geometric shape, and definition articulated within the arrangement is pertinent in understanding the whole idea as a “process” based on the “relationships” necessary for undergoing the operation indicated by its entire composition. The part is always a direct correspondence to the whole.

Function and Mode of Consciousness

The Function associated with this idea is “meditation” as the unbroken flow of higher knowledge into an “appropriate object”. We tune into and receive higher knowledge from within through the agency of the subconscious mind. All manifestation as perception is produced by the programming of our subconscious, which is the “passive and receptive aspect” of our mind that’s operated by our higher will. This represents the “conception” of ideas into the subconscious that are reflected in our mind and serve as a form of guidance for manifestation as our personal existence. The germinal process of both plants and animals takes place in darkness. This represents the mental unfoldment of ideas that are not already fully developed as the “genesis of ideas”. This is the process of all new inventions and creative manifestations that are unique and novel in nature and don’t come through the reformation of personal memory. This comes as ideas that are mentally “tuned into” and “drawn down” from the higher regions of the “astral plane” (starlight) of cosmic memory.

The Mode of Consciousness represented by 17 is “Natural Intelligence”, which comes as intuition. Natural intelligence comes as the awareness of the “hidden qualities” in all things and is arrived at through an ongoing state of meditation. This is not the type of meditation popularized in Western society, but is referring to a state that’s cultivated on an ongoing basis as a constant connection to our Higher Self as our natural way of being. It comes by quieting the random thoughts that are constantly playing out in your mind based on personal memory, rendering your “thinking” mind passive while connecting to your direct source of higher consciousness, and acting as a circuit for “streaming” higher consciousness to form all of your perceptions. This is the true secret to occult power. All powers can only be developed by intense concentration as a prolonged state of meditation.

Numeric Code of Principles

Like all numeric combinations, the numbers used represent principles that provide us with a code for gaining deeper insights into their meaning. 17 > 1 + 7 = 8. Some only look at the sum as being the meaning, but this is a mistake, because numbers represent relationships. The sum of an equation shows us what principle is represented through the full manifestation of all numbers that comprise it. There’s no such thing as an independent idea, and everything exists as a part of a greater whole and serves to show us its hidden aspects. 8 for example, is the full manifestation of the numbers 1 through 7. Key 8 represents using the higher agency of the human will (Key 7) to tame the lower animal-nature (etheric body) used for casting the shadow of personal existence.

 The number 8 represents the principle of “strength” as the soul’s ability to tame and direct its own animal nature through concentration of will. This represents the secret to transformation comes by using our higher mind to introduce new ideas into our etheric-body, which serves as the energetic matrix for manifestation. We only change our outer world by making the necessary changes to our inner world. All manifestation as personal existence comes “through us” and “by way of us” as our perception. In order to change our experiences we have to reprogram our own subconscious and upgrade our mental paradigm.

Number 1 (Magus) symbolizes directed attention as an undivided form of prolonged concentration. As we concentrate on an idea we connect with it internally and “enter into it” as a stream of consciousness, and lose all awareness of ourselves as being separate from it. As we become an idea in mind and spirit through the faculty of our imagination, it moves us deeper and deeper into its essential nature and we experience it from within it, as it. As we look at it from the inside out, we experience our self in new ways that bring a flow of new insights and realizations that transform our way of being and perceiving. All powers are only developed by “becoming them” in mind and body as a unified whole or singularity. 8 is the number of the octave that forms a greater whole that’s comprised of 7 aspects, which when harmonized form a progression as “steps to a higher level of consciousness” on a higher plane of existence.

The number 7 represents the human will exercised as speech and the spoken word that works to organize light-essence into the form indicated by the meaning of the words. We all call forth our reality by how we think and speak. Sound is comprised of 7 primary notes that make up a whole scale, and directly corresponds to the 7 colors of the spectrum, which together form our sensory reality. Sound is vibration that has both a pattern and an organizing agency in it that serves to shape light into the pattern as a reality. It operates first through the power of the imagination, forming a kind of “metaphorical lens” that we look through in order to reorder the outer reality to be of the same nature and idea as the inner one. As we think, we imagine the reality of our thoughts, and the imaginary reality serves as a form of instruction and command for the subconscious to produce as a corresponding outer experience of the same type and kind. We exercise our will to create our personal existence through our thoughts, which form the basis for our outer speech and all of our activities.

The 8-pointed star overhead is yellow, like the hair of the woman, and signifies cosmic energy, and forms the geometric shape that’s similar to the 8-spoked “wheel of fortune”, symbolic of personal destiny. All of our material creations come by mentally using an actual force which has a definite physical form of expression. 4 + 4 = 8, represents the fact that the same physical form (4) exists on both the upper planes of spirit and the lower plane of material manifestation as correspondences and mirror images of each other that are mediated through the mind. Meditation transmutes and modifies this cosmic energy into a personal expression (7) through “nerve-force”. 8 represents an octave as a whole unit comprised of 7 levels of sound and color as a progression that builds upon itself in order to culminate into a higher vibration. The summation of one octave forms the base note for the next higher octave. This represents the process necessary to raise our vibration to a higher level by reprogramming our subconscious through meditation and concentration on a higher ideal.

The 7 smaller stars that orbit the central one, are white, and refer to the “7 inner stars” of our subtle body (Key 8), which also correspond to the 7 notes of the musical scale, the 7 colors of the spectrum, the 7 planets of the zodiac, and 7 metals of alchemy. Each one represents a level and quality of consciousness. By focusing our attention upon the centers themselves, we stimulate them into an active state. Attention (1) is both a stimulating and organizing force of the will. By meditating on these centers we enter fully into them and gain realization around their hidden nature as aspects of our own subconscious mind. The higher will works through the etheric-double of the subtle organs of the subconscious to instruct, direct, and express through them.

This idea doesn’t represent meditating on things that are already created and fully manifest, but rather meditating on “modes of operation” as qualities of consciousness that also recognizes natural laws as interconnected to the larger whole. 8 symbolize the 7 aspects of God (mental states) that make up a greater whole which can be used as the means for evolving the greater whole to new levels of self-realization. In all Spiritual Sciences, such as the Kabbalah, each sphere represents a “type of experience” as a mental state that’s necessary in order to “enter into” and understand the knowledge it contains. We have to cultivate the proper state of mind in order to be able to vibrate at the frequency necessary to be able to conceive its inner knowledge. All knowledge of the higher planes of the mind is attained through sympathetic resonance. We have to work using our own mind to “become like” whatever it is that we desire to merge into and attain for ourselves.

We can also access higher knowledge as a form of intuitive conception by meditating on symbols and glyphs that arouse activity in corresponding spiritual centers without any danger of energetic congestion. We can concentrate on the archetypes symbolized in the Tarot, the Zodiac, or in Sacred Geometry, which will also act to arouse the energies associated with them in our imagination where they’ll unfold to reveal their hidden secrets to us. This method of accessing hidden knowledge is called “mental angling”, synonymous with “fishing”, where whatever we bait our hook with determines what we intend to attract and ultimately attain. This is the intended use of the Tarot and other universal sciences where symbolic ideas come to life by meditating on them as an operation performed naturally through a “quality of consciousness” as a mental state.

When we remove all attention from what’s already manifest in our life and instead embody the proper state, relinquishing all need to try and control it using preconceived ideas and needs, we’re able to conceive of brand new ideas and truly begin creating our experience of reality from a whole new level of awareness. The Tarot provides the Keys to the liberation of spiritual powers by the same method as the Patanjali Yoga Aphorisms. Beyond their symbolism are practical secrets of occultism which can’t be put into words and can only be known through direct experience (Gnosis).

The snowy mountain peak in the background is the symbol of the “Great Work” of Alchemy which comes through concentration on an ideal, constant striving as a means of self-development, and by cultivating virtues in a devoted manner. The scarlet ibis, symbol of Hermes, and its long bill is a fish hook used for fishing. The tree it’s perched on represents the human brain and nervous system, and symbolizes bringing intellectual activity as thought processes to rest by concentration. We have to stop thinking in order to meditate, and in the silence of our mind, Truth unveils herself to us as a stream of consciousness.

The woman symbolizes Hathor as Mother Nature and is the same woman symbolized in Key 8 (Strength) who tames the lion, symbol of our lower, animal-like nature, by opening its mouth. Meditation is largely the utilization and direction of the powers of deduction and imagination peculiar to the subconscious. Knowledge gained in meditation is gleaned through the imperishable record of the memory of Nature known as the Akashic Records. We render our body and mind as passive and inactive in order to act as a receiver of knowledge that’s currently unknown to us. We create the proper state of mind as the means of “tuning into” the sympathetic quality in the astral field of cosmic memory. We have to let go of our personal memory, which is what generates all of our experiences as the shaping mechanism for reality in order to tap into and absorb new memory that’s universal in nature and provides us with the basis for genesis. Genesis means the “genes of Isis”, which corresponds with Binah of the Kabbalah and the High Priestess of cosmic memory drawn down as the means of seeding the subconscious to produce personal experiences of the same type and kind. Meditation (Key 1) is how we work with our own mind to develop specific powers by directing the animal forces in human personality, symbolized by Key 8.

The pool of water symbolizes universal consciousness as the reservoir of cosmic mind-stuff stirred into vibration by the soul through concentrated attention, represented by the stream flowing from the pitcher in the right hand (projection) that feeds and sustains the pool. The stream blends into the pool of the subconscious where it’s turned into sensory experience and is then drawn back up into the pitcher in the left hand (magnetic) through 5 smaller streams (physical senses) that unite into one as they ascend, representing projection and contraction as a full cycle that flows infinitely, represented by the number 8. This represents the direct modification of the cosmic mindstuff (etheric substance) apart from sensory experience, which also modifies sensation and unfolds higher types of sensory experience.

The right knee is bent at the 90 degree angle of a square, positioned over the pool, and her foot rests on the surface of the water. While her left leg supports her on the ground, her right leg balances her by water. The sensations derived from physical forms are the main support for meditation (grounding) these are balanced by experiences gained directly from the subconscious. All sensory experience is formed out of the ideas that populate the subconscious as memory. The key to all material transmutation lies in utilizing the powers of the subconscious in conceiving new ideas and translating them into sensory realities through the imagination.

The Third Stage of Spiritual Unfoldment

This idea represents the 3rd stage of spiritual unfoldment as the “calm that follows the storm”, depicted by Key 16 as the destruction of ignorance that bind the soul to a prison of its own making, represented by Key 15 of the Devil. It’s the process of rebuilding on a foundation of Truth after the slate has been wiped clean. It sends us on a spiritual quest and search for a higher existence. While stars appear as dim lights when seen from the Earth, they’re actually distant suns whose light illuminates the cosmic soul. Stars are what “guide us” on our search to know ourselves through higher Truth. The angle of the stars in their constellations at the time of our birth charts our soul’s destiny through time.

The 5 rivulets as separate streams of consciousness that form into One represent the microcosm of the human soul and universal consciousness as it flows into and through the path of least resistance. Higher consciousness only flows through us when we vibrate at the same frequency and there’s no longer any resistance. This idea is expressed in the saying, “When we have found the beginning of the way, the star of our soul will shine its light to guide us”, and the Hermetic axiom, “as above so below, and as below so above, in the wondrous workings of the One Thing”.

When the veil of illusion falls away, what will provide the seed for a new reality built of Truth? What source do we draw on when we realize that the world we built out of society and what we were taught by others proves to be false? This symbolizes the idea of no longer taking in ideas from the will of others in the manifest world, and instead aligning your mind with your higher self and acting to draw down the Will of higher consciousness, using it to seed your subconscious in order to give birth to nobility as your souls chosen expression, and transform your outer experiences of life accordingly.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

We Only Cultivate Spiritual Powers through Live Experiences

One of the greatest forms of self-delusion that we’re all prone to comes through our natural tendency to create a “false image” of ourselves as we’d “like to be seen” instead of as we truly are. This image starts in childhood and is set into place through our conditioning and how it is that we were judged and how we were taught to judge others in the same manner. While it can be easy for us to build up an idea about ourselves as being this way or that way, denying whatever it is about ourselves we deem unpleasant or unworthy of being loved and admired, we only truly know who we are when things fall apart and events that are somewhat shocking and intense begin playing out all around us, challenging us in the most basic sense by bringing us face-to-face with who we truly are. As the outer world that we built out of our false perceptions about ourselves and the way the world is begins to fall away, so does our ability to pretend. We can say whatever we like, and we can makeup stories about ourselves and how we are all day long, but it’s our actions and how we behave in the most critical moments that truly reveal our character.

All true spiritual knowledge is knowledge of ourselves that’s only attained through self-realization and direct awareness of universal laws and principles as they play out in every aspect of our daily life. Wisdom is cultivated through the practical application of spiritual knowledge as laws to a real life situation, where we actually “attain it” through the realizations it brings. It’s the realizations born out of experience that’s the “actual” knowledge. All knowledge as laws comes “through us” based on how we apply ourselves in those moments, however brief and fleeting, where the illusion fades to the background and we come into direct contact with the true reality of the subtle realm that’s being played out in secrecy and silence. When the “veil of illusion” that normally obscures our perception is raised, we momentarily get a glimpse of the truth that’s contained within it, and that same “truth” is awakened “within us” in response to it. This is because “like always begets and calls forth more of what’s like itself”.

Whatever we come into direct contact with in the outer world gives rise to its polar opposite in our internal world. This is what allows us to come into direct contact with that power so we can work with it deliberately and learn how to utilize it to develop that power into a moral strength as a natural part of our character. What we refer to as “integrating an idea in a way that modifies us” comes through and as “experience”. While the material world attempts to teach us that our souls purpose and means of developing ourselves comes through material ideas of various kinds, such as a house, job, relationship, car, role, position in society, possessions, and so on, in reality it comes as qualities we embody in a consistent fashion as the means of expressing our self. Whatever qualities we use on a regular basis as the means of creating our reality also serve to develop our character according to those qualities.

While we have a tendency to focus almost exclusively on the material reality involved, the outer world is simply a stage where ideas play out that brings us into direct contact with the qualities being expressed “through” that reality. This is because we can only work to develop our character through events and live situations that serve to awaken and bring out those same qualities in us as an experience of ourselves. It’s not the outer world of form that matters, but rather what it causes to come alive within us in response and relationship with it. The outer and the inner are a continuation of each other as an energy-field (greater mind) that takes the same information and organizes it to produce polar opposites of the same thing that serve to “arouse” each other into existence.

The Psychology of Polarity

While we have a tendency to see the world as a dynamic series of separate objects that often seem to exist independent of and unrelated to each other, it’s actually composed of a unified field that’s populated with complementary opposites necessary to create the illusion of both an inner and outer as the basis for creating “experience”. All experience comes as a “whole pattern” or idea comprised of varying degrees of intensity and opposing roles necessary to act it out. It’s only in moments of intense fear that we also come into direct contact with courage. It’s in situations that provoke a strong moral judgment that we also have access to compassion as understanding and relating. It’s in the moments when we feel the most insecure that we also gain access to our personal power in being able to remedy it.

A life that goes unchallenged goes unlived. We only grow in life when we’re being challenged in a way that causes us to willfully employ our higher capacities for transformation. Happiness is not something we attain outside of us through a situation, it’s something we cultivate within us by how we develop ourselves morally in relationship with life outside of us. The moments that bring us into contact with a weakness, allowing us to form realizations around it, is what also provides us with the basis as an opportunity to transform it into a strength by how we work “on ourselves” to change ourselves. All vibration as a state of mind is modified through employing the principle of Polarity, because the movement between opposite poles is what causes vibration.

Weakness and strength exist in polarity to each other as complementary opposites, and one is used as the means of working with the other, because proportionately they’re diametrically the same. When we’re feeling afraid due to something that happening outside of us or to us, we have a choice as to whether we’re going to be a coward and be overcome by it, or employ bravery in rising to meet it with a sense of confidence in our ability to overcome it. In every moment we exist in relationship with our self in everything else and make all of our decisions based on asking ourselves one fundamental question, and that is “who am I going to be in relationship with this”. Even when this doesn’t come as an actual question, it comes as a feeling inside of us that sets an entire conversation with ourselves into motion as a decision making process.

Life is a School that provides us with the Opportunity for facilitating our Own Growth

When we acquire knowledge in theoretical form, either by reading and contemplating, or through a teacher and instruction, it simply provides us with the basis for applying through experimentation. As we apply it in some manner, we produce reality as consequences that bring realizations around its true nature, which allow us to make constant adjustments until the inner and outer result in the same thing. If the inner can’t be demonstrated in the outer, then we need to reevaluate it in order to find where our errors are. Each time we make modifications based on realizations that come from practicing, we shape the theory that gave us the initial template into a personalized version that we can then develop as a form of self-mastery. Not mastery over others, but mastery over ourselves and our ability to self-regulate and create in an intentional manner.  

Once we really understand this, we can learn to not only perceive all things in a different light, but also see them as the true opportunity that they are for developing ourselves by way of them through the experience they afford us. Events and situations of an intense nature bring us face-to-face with our true nature, allowing us to see the aspects alive inside of us that we can’t readily see in normal circumstances. Many feelings remain latent within us until they’re awakened by outside activity. The outer world is always providing us with an absolute mirror into our inner world. Whatever we profess a belief in as a faint-hearted idea about ourselves and who we are, dissolves instantly in the light of truth. Life provides the stage necessary to play out the dramas needed to develop specific traits in us.

Transforming Weaknesses into Strengths

All ideas are whole and complete in nature and contain the potential for expression through polar opposites that are complementary in nature. The illusion of separation is necessary in order to create experience. What this means is that what we perceive as an outer and feel as an inner, act “on each other” to stimulate each other into existence as a joint reality. One aspect of a whole equation only exists in direct relationship with the opposite aspect of the same equation. They need each other as the means of defining themselves in relation and by contrast to each other. If we create a scale by drawing a horizontal line that’s a few inches long, and put fear on one side and courage on the other, with a series of gradual steps or degrees in the space between them, we can create a mental model of the process involved in transforming one into the other. In order to transform fear, which is a weakness, we have to choose to employ courage in its place in the moment when it’s happening.

In order to develop courage, we have to be in situations where we naturally feel afraid. As we feel the fear well-up inside of us with intensity, we can use our will as self-awareness to subdue and tame it, while evaluating it with a rational and non-reactive mind. Once we realize that it’s not a warning of an actual danger or immediate threat, we can decide to respond in a way that employs a sense of courage in its place. As we move into it with a sense of courage, the fearful feeling either immediately begins subsiding, or turns into a feeling of excitement and exhilaration, while also fostering and giving rise to a feeling of confidence. In this way, we dissolve the feeling of fear and transform it into one of power.

As we do this repeatedly we begin moving from one side of the scale towards the center of the scale. All transformation comes from “accumulating experiences” that are built-up through consistent steps. As we produce more and more experiences of being courageous we steadily move along the scale towards the opposite. We begin producing more and more memories of ourselves that change how we feel and naturally respond to things. The ideal isn’t one extreme or the other, but comes rather by balancing them in a harmonious state of equilibrium, where both come as a decision we make through a balanced state of mind, and then act out intentionally. The ultimate goal from a spiritual perspective is to be able to manage all of our emotions in order to be able to utilize them as tools for creating rather than allowing them to create us. It’s always a question of who’s in charge, you or your emotions, and acting to direct the situation.

When we learn how to see any situation or event that causes a strong emotional reaction as an opportunity for transforming ourselves by way of them, we learn how to value what is otherwise stressful and challenging situations that only serve to foster and give life to our weaknesses. When we allow our emotions to run away with us, we lend our will to our weaknesses and live a life of fantasy born out of hysteria as a result.  While we can picture ourselves as being brave in the midst of nerve-racking situations that normally freak us out, it’s only when we actually experience it that we have the opportunity to work with the fear and transform it in a deliberate manner. It’s only in the moments that we’re challenged to our depths that we not only get to see what we’re made of, but also have the ability to willfully create ourselves in a much more deliberate and precise manner by being able to take control of our innate ability to create our own experiences. We only transform the outer world by working first to transform the inner world that’s producing it as a mirror image.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

“16” – The Lightning Struck Tower, Destruction of Illusion, and the Dark Night of the Soul

The major Arcane of the Tarot, also known as the “Hermetic texts”, is comprised of 22 Universal Archetypes that operate simultaneously on multiple planes through the “creative process” conducted through the utilization of the 10 primary Universal Laws that govern all material manifestation. The first 11 principles involve the dissension of spirit into matter, and the second 11 illustrate the principles as “stages” in the process of transformation and ascension.  The principle represented by the number “16”, also called the “lightning struck tower”, describes the dissolution of the material world that we have falsely constructed as “delusions” based on our formative conditioning and unbridled passions.

As we create an illusion of the material world, we simultaneously produce a “false image” of ourselves based on how we “identify” with our own illusions. This false image as an identification with our body and life circumstances forms what has traditionally been called the “ego”, or more accurately the “false ego”, because our “identity”, which is synonymous with “ego”, is created by our higher soul. As we begin creating imaginary realities through a story we start telling ourselves about what things mean and why, we sense ourselves through the experiences we create, and shape ourselves to be of the same nature.

We’re always the main character and author of our own life story. We create our “self” by how we create our “life experiences”. This “false reality built as an illusion” is represented by the principle of the “Devil” and the number 15, which signifies our lower, passionate nature and our false belief in the “outer appearance” of things, which are actually a facade. 16 represents the destruction of illusions, which is traumatic in nature and comes as a form of “death of the false self” that was built out of and sustained by the illusion, because we’ve also constructed our “self” out of the same illusion. So without the illusion to sustain us, we don’t know “who we are” anymore. When the illusion we built our life out of becomes apparent, so does the illusion we built our identity out of.

The Lightning Struck Tower

16 is represented by the Hebrew letter “Peh”, has a value of 80, and is one of 7 double letters (pair of opposites), and is ruled by Mars. It’s portrayed symbolically as a tower (castle) that sits alone on a pentacle shrouded in complete darkness, with no doors, and three windows that are high up. The tower is being struck by a bolt of lightning and a man and woman are falling from it headfirst into the abyss of the unknown. The tower is topped with a crown, and so is the woman, representing physical reality and the subconscious mind ruling over the self-conscious mind. The tower is constructed of 22 layers (22 principles of the Tarot), and the windows are arranged in a triangular shape, representing the Triad as the 3 aspects of the mind, soul, and reality.

The power associated with Peh is the “organ of speech” (similar to key 7), and the “mouth” as the organ we speak with that calls forth and defines our physical world.  Like all double numbers, when we break it down to a single digit it provides us with a formula for not only understanding it more fully, but also for utilizing it in an intelligent manner. 1 + 6 = 7.  Key 7 represents the power of the spoken word as our “will” which is how we call forth and structure our outer reality (word > world). Just as our own words and thoughts structure our existing world, they are also what we use as the means of transforming it.

The tower being destroyed by “light” is the manifestation of a world based on illusion that became a prison from which there was no escape (no doors). 1 is represented by the archetype of the “Magus” and the “art and science of architecture” as the “house” of the soul formed by whatever we consistently concentrate on. It’s the will made manifest through the spoken word as directed attention. We’re always using one aspect of our mind to communicate with the other aspects. As we “think” with our self-conscious mind using words, we’re actually instructing our subconscious mind on what to create as an outer reality.

 The two figures falling from the top of the tower are the same ones represented in Key 6 of the “Lovers”, and represents the relationship between the subconscious and self-conscious in producing a unified reality. There’s no “door” in the tower, which is represented by Key 3 (Daleth), as the “fertile imagination”, and the means through which we transform our outer circumstances. It’s the doorway that connects the inner and outer as a continuation and extension of each other. We transform our existing outer reality by working on our inner representation of it using our imagination. The secret of the will lies in mastering our imagination.

On the Metatron Cube of Space, 16 represents a “place of darkness” (North) as ignorance maintained by a fear of the “unknown”. Mars rules Aries (Key 4), and Scorpio (Key 13), and is exalted in Capricorn (Key 15). When we put these together as principles that form a kind of “code for discerning”, we get the “death of an illusion that changes our constitution”. Our constitution is our character as our mental paradigm for creating our experience of our self as a reality. Mars signifies scientific observation (sight) and the force that destroys what is manifest in order to create something new in its place.

Words (as thought or speech) are “reproductive” and generate realities as their offspring. Our thoughts are expressed through our actions and form the basis for all of our activities. Thought is “action” on the higher planes, and as we think we become the manifestation of our thoughts. From a purely psychological application, this idea represents the destruction of habitual tendencies born out of our formative conditioning (subconscious training) and traditions as the activities that formed the initial foundation out of which we formed all of our illusions. The tower represents our “paradigm” (mental construct) which keeps us imprisoned by our own ignorance.

This is one of seven letters that have what’s called a “double pronunciation” as a “pair of opposites” that are complementary in nature. The pair of opposites active in 16 is “grace and sin”, or “beauty and ugliness”. All of the issues of life are directed by human speech as a manifestation of will, and ultimately result in one or the other. Sin = missing the mark, and results in maladjustment and ugliness, whereas Grace = hitting the mark, and results in the manifestation of that which is beautiful and harmonious. We form the basis for all of our life experiences through our thoughts, passions, and actions, and when used unconsciously our creation becomes our prison, whereas when they’re used with a higher form of self-awareness, become the means through which we liberate ourselves from our own delusions.

Red is the color associated with Mars, and is an “exciting intelligence” that produces change and facilitates transformation. In order to change our situation the illusion it was built out of has to be completely destroyed and its foundation reworked. When the structure we’ve built our life around become realized as delusions of our own making and fall apart, we become free of them through their destruction. As long as we maintain them on a false basis, we remain imprisoned by them. All material structures are organized, held together, and maintained through our continued belief in them and as what we give our life-force to in order to maintain them. When the physical form is destroyed, it “frees” our attention (consciousness) and will being used to maintain it, so it can be directed into other things.

This is the same process that liberates the soul from the illusion of the body at the moment of death. This symbolizes the “dark night of the soul” that follows the total destruction of an illusion that we built our life around and fashioned our identity out of. Its destruction casts us forcefully into the unknown where we “lose our identity” and no longer know who we are. This is the same process described as the “death of the false ego”, which is necessary in order to give birth to our “true self” in its wake. When we build our “self” as our soul out of material things, we render ourselves “mortal beings”, and our material identity “dies with our body”. The death of an illusion is the death of the false image created through that illusion.

The lightning represents the “Fire from Heaven”, and the tower is the “Tower of Babel” as the “house of God” that forms the exoteric structure of religious belief. Lightning destroys structures while electrifying and fortifying them. It charges water (the Primordial Substance) with new patterns as the seed of new life-forms. It symbolizes the spiraling force that “enters into” and energizes form from the inside in order to transform it into something new. The “Supreme Spirit” is the “god of the spiral force” that fertilizes the substance of life as an organized pattern based on the frequency of the charge emitted. It’s what “breaks down the material form” that imprisons the soul in order to liberate it from the ignorance of a false identity. This is the “shock” that “enlightens” the soul with the realization and connection to its higher power. This is the power that’s “drawn down” by the will of the Magus (Key 1) and to consciously create.

The power of will as the spoken word is represented by the “double edged sword” that cuts both ways. If we take the “s” off of the back of “words”, and place it on the front, we get “sword”. Speech as will is often depicted as a double edged sword coming out of the mouth as the tongue. The sword also represents the mind and the intellect as “thought”. The scepter or wand represents the “will” that’s used to direct the “spirit force”. This is analogous to the light streaming from the Hermits lantern as the “light of realization”, formed by a 6 pointed star. 6 represents equilibrium between the two minds of the material plane (Key 6) and between the higher and lower mind, symbolized by the guardian angel overseeing them.

 This electric force breaks down existing forms as the means of transforming them into new ones. The soul is commonly represented as a “shape-shifter”. In the Qabalah a lightning flash is the symbol used to represent the 10-fold emanation of the Light-power. The Tree of Life is a system based on universal principles descending into form, and then being liberated from form as a process of transformation necessary in order to ascend. A “flash of inspiration” is what allows us to clearly see the truth. It breaks down the structures built on ignorance and false reasoning. This concept is represented by the garden of the Magus (will), the throne of the Emperor (constitution), the field of death (transformation), and the turning of the wheel of destiny (fortune).

The 2 people that are falling are the same ones chained to the chest of gold coins in Key 15 (Devil), and in Key 6 (Lovers), and represent the subconscious (feminine) and self-conscious (masculine) aspects of the same mind. The subconscious is the “root substance” which takes form first as mental images, and then as physical things, and is being transformed from moment to moment based on whatever qualities it absorbs and integrates to reform its energetic constitution. The subconscious is the Prakriti of the Hindus, and true knowledge makes Prakriti disappear, first as containing Purusha (identity), and then as separate from Purusha.

The woman is wearing the “crown”, the same one that tops the tower, and symbolizes the subconscious dominating or running the self-conscious, represented by the male figure of thought and action. When we create based on our conditioning, habitual thoughts, emotional reactions, and as the fulfillment of physical passions and the pursuit of pleasure, we’re enslaved by our own creations. The subconscious is motivated by emotions and passions, and when they’re allowed to dominate and run our thoughts, create reality as the expression of ignorance. We’re often completely run by our feelings and emotions instead of bringing them under the direction of our higher will. People often fail to realize they’re acting out of ignorance by saying “I can’t help it because it’s how I feel”. When our feelings and emotions are the basis for our decisions and actions, we create our life out of a fantasy. The domination of our personality by emotion and the “telepathic invasion” through a shared subconscious, is overcome by right knowledge and true self-awareness. The most prominent form of ignorance we all fall victim to come as a belief in the division of the two minds of the material plane (6).

The crown is being knocked off of the top of the tower, representing the false materialistic notion that matter and form are the ruling principles of existence. The icon of a “crown” represents “higher will”, and is commonly misunderstood as being something that’s personal and can therefore be set against the impulse originating in the cosmic purpose of Divine Providence. We often mistake will with being a power of our personality instead of our higher, human soul, and as a result, we try and create by working against our self. This is the same tendency we fall victim to when we don’t even realize or acknowledge both aspects of our own material mind. We commonly pose one aspect of our mind against the other one, usually without ever realizing that that’s what we’re doing. This is demonstrated by sayings that are often portrayed as good advice that tells us to “follow our heart instead of our head”. To deny our intellectual capacities in favor of our feelings and emotions, or vice versa, instead of realizing that all manifestation of a higher order comes through harmonizing all aspects of our self in creating the same thing.

The tower has 22 layers of masonry, built with white bricks that resemble moonlight. Bricks are made of “clay”, just as the human body is. The human body is made out of the 4 Elements as the substance of material existence. The windows of the tower are shaped into a triangle, representing the 3 aspects of the soul, mind, and reality. All material structures are built-up by human speech through the 22 principles that correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It sits on an isolated mound, representing the illusion of personal isolation which forms the basis for false philosophies and moral belief systems. There are 22 Yods falling from the electrified sky, 12 on one side, representing the zodiac, and 10 on the other representing the Tree of Life, and the forces that are analogous to them. 12 represents the archetypal principles that form the material world, and the 10 universal laws as the process necessary for creation and transformation. They’re suspended in the “air”, which is symbolic of the mind that precedes and determines physical existence and has no physical foundation.

This process of the “death of the false ego” is the second stage of spiritual unfoldment, and transpires through a dynamic series of sudden “flashes of inspiration and insights” that bring deeper realizations which reveal the illusion of personal existence as separateness as being a “false science” that’s born out of a delusion. At this stage of awakening our whole former philosophy becomes known intimately as an illusion based on residing in a predominately unconscious state and misapprehension. This is reality formed as a superficial observation of surface appearances (Key 15), memories acquired from our ancestors (genes), false reasoning, and an erroneous theory of will. Structures we form out of an illusion serve as our own prison, and when we mistakenly identify with being a body confined to a set of circumstances, the illusion of ourselves “die” with our body. It’s our own lack of self-awareness as a higher, immortal being with creative abilities that condemns us to a life of ignorance created out of an unconscious state.

The “shock” which we often perceive as being a tragedy or crisis of some kind, is what actually breaks us free of our own self-constructed prison, and often comes as what seems like “fate” that ultimately serves to break us free from a situation that we couldn’t break free from on our own. It’s the creative force that’s always transforming and evolving itself by taking on different forms. We often become complacent and comfortable in physical circumstances of our own making, and stop growing and evolving as a result. What seems like a “tragedy” that’s destroying their house is actually what’s breaking them free of their own unconsciousness. The fear of change commonly keeps us in an unproductive state where we stay in situations way to long and become a “product of them” as a result. We begin using our imagination to call forth and create the very thing we fear and only work constructively within the limitations they impose on us. We “become one with fear”, and shape our life as the expression of our fears.

All single numbers contain the full summation of the numbers it’s constructed out of, because all laws are systematically birthed out of the one that proceeds it which lays the foundation necessary for it to naturally arise as a growth process. The summation of numbers 1-6 provides us with the principles as the process for bringing about change as transformation. 1 = directed attention and focused concentration; 2 = Memory and emotion that creates from an unconscious state through automatic actions; 3 = creative imagination where we form pictures out of words and memories; 4 = our constitution as our character and mental paradigm; 5 = the connection to our higher-self and power of adaptation; 6 = bringing our 2 lower minds into a harmonious balance with each other; 7 = will as action and the unification of the inner with the outer. The bricks that are used as building blocks for material forms that house our spirit, is represented by the Hebrew letters LBNH. Letters form correspondences to numbers, and how something is spelled gives us clues as to their hidden meaning. L = Lamed = as universal justice or karma (the basis for unconscious creation); B = Beth = concentration of the spoken word that impregnates the imagination; N = Nun = death as the transformation of form that frees the spirit from the form; and H = Heh = constitution as the word made flesh.

Mars represents “war” as the energy of destruction that’s led and directed by thought and speech. It’s the destruction of fixed form by fire (will). In terms of our mind and soul, which is the “builder of our reality”, we have to destroy the old in order to build a new reality in its place. We have to take it out its roots, so it won’t grow again. In the Hindu pantheon, Shiva is the destroyer, and is symbolized by the 3rd-eye which acts as the receiver and transducer for higher knowledge. Perfection is only found in “nothingness”, and all manifestations, no matter how fond of them we are, are merely garments. In order to attain perfection, all “things” that we identify with and use to build our self-image out of, must be destroyed. We have to “die” to our “false image” in order to transform our material existence. We have to work to emancipate our soul from the prison of an organized life, which is formed out of habits and rituals that we cling to as “ignorance of our self”.

When the “eye of Horus” (Shiva) opens, it destroys the created universe, and we emerge into a whole new dimension. This idea is represented by the 3 windows and the presence of total darkness. Opening this “single eye” allows light to shine in where we can bath blissfully in its radiance. This idea is commonly symbolized by a “dove carrying an olive branch” and the serpent. The symbol of the serpent is represented by the lion serpent (Key 8) as the Xnoubis or Abraxass, as two primary forms of desire, the will to live and the will to die, both of which are feminine and masculine impulses that drive our instinctual impulses.

Love is the primary law that unites us with our own creation, but its love under the direction of will, and not what we commonly think of as the love of emotion. In all forms of Initiation, the love of ordinary and profane things, which is what most of us think of as love, has to be given up as the first step towards a higher ideal. In order to transform and ascend the material plane of illusion (maya), we have to form a deep love for truth and the spiritual wisdom of our Higher Self. This idea is clearly understood once we surrender our belief in duality and the separation of things, and instead view life and death as a single manifestation of the same energy as a full cycle.

This stage of spiritual awakening comes as a major life crisis that transforms us from the inside out. The veil obscuring the illusion falls away and we see reality with a brand new awareness that has a traumatizing affect and overwhelms us with a feeling of insecurity and not knowing what to do. We can’t go back to living a lie, yet we don’t know who we really are or how to move forward in creating our life from an entirely new identity. The slate is wiped clean, and the painting we thought was completed is now a blank canvas in front of us, empty and bare. Everything that we used to create ourselves before is no longer within our grasp, and we’re forced to create our self and our life in a whole new way. This stage of transformation is a turning point where we are either overcome by what we perceive as tragedy and misfortune, or we rise to the occasion with a new sense of self-awareness about things that’s invigorating, wide open, and filled with the potential for new possibilities. Total destruction of an existing illusion clears the way for a new creation formed out of a clear mind, open heart, and by seeing the true light of our own soul.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

How to become Aware of Yourself through your Reaction to Everything Else

One of the easiest ways to gain awareness around the hidden aspects of yourself that are actively creating in your life is by realizing that all outer stimuli only serves to awaken what’s alive within you as correlated qualities. As inherent aspects of us are activated and brought out by others, they form the basis for what type of reality and experience we create as a result. This is because our psychological makeup is comprised of unconscious, semi-conscious, and conscious aspects that interact in relationship with each other to produce our perception of reality. All aspects of ourselves that we’re fundamentally unaware of (don’t own or acknowledge) still play an active part in creating our perception of reality and others, and can be known by learning to observe our own “reactions” to them. As we’re stimulated by something outside of us it activates the same qualities and patterns inside of us, and they start playing out as the means of creating how we experience whatever it is we’re reacting to. When we keep our attention focused on whatever it is that’s stimulating us instead of what’s happening inside of us as we’re being stimulated, our own unconscious complexes remain elusive and hidden from us. This idea is commonly represented in Esoteric Sciences as a “veil” that hangs between two pillars (aspects of the mind) and keeps the underlying reality hidden from us.

Once we realize that anything we form a reaction to outside of us is showing us hidden aspects of ourselves that are normally vague and feeling oriented, we can learn how to use it as a mirror for seeing our own soul. We can see it as a tool for working with parts of our self that normally operate in an automatic and unregulated manner to create in our life. The outer sphere of our conscious awareness is structured, held together, maintained, and animated by our mind as a “whole”. We can become aware of our unconscious aspects because they form a natural part of our outer awareness and what it is that we notice and react to. This idea is represented in philosophical mathematics (algebra) by the fact that we can realize unknown parts of an equation by how the exist in “relationship” with known aspects of the same equation.

Every “quality” is an “energetic vibration” that’s polar in nature, and forms all of our natural characteristics. A characteristic has both an active (aware) and passive (unaware) component that “act on each other” to stimulate each other into an active and expressive state. The passive and latent (feminine) aspect of our character is a “magnetic receptor” for its active and projective (masculine) counterpart. All vibration as a quality of consciousness has a metaphorical pattern inherent in it that produces the “type of reality” that’s analogous to the qualities being expressed. As we bring certain aspects of our character into active expression, they have natural behaviors inherent that “run” automatically to produce a specific type of experience as a form of theme.

When qualities that make up our character remain hidden from us we can’t “see them” as they truly are, but when they’re activated by their complementary opposite in our outer environment and rise-up in an active state, we can become aware of them by “observing” them as they play out within us. By removing our attention from the outer source causing it and placing it inward and watching our own thoughts, emotional activity, and what automatically starts running through our mind, we can gain great insight into our own psychological makeup. As we learn how to observe our own internal activities while in a reactive state, we can begin gaining awareness around how it is we came to develop them and what memories they’re associated with. The subconscious mind runs in an automated fashion through the patterns provided as memory that are married to an equivalent emotion.

The Nature of Judgment

One of the most powerful mirrors we’re provided with through introspection comes by way of how we judge others. We all judge others in the same way we were judged “by” others, and come to judge ourselves using the same criteria. In order to form a mirror into our own soul, we have to create as objective, neutral, and detached perspective and mindset as possible. We have to remove all “personalization” from the process and observe our own thoughts and tendencies from a neutral and detached perspective. Judgment, like all activities born out of perception, comes in two basic ways: one as a process of true evaluation that’s based on facts being demonstrated and used to make good decisions formed out of “sound judgment”; and the second comes as a “value judgment” formed out of a kind of classification as an opinion that assigns qualities to someone that are not readily being demonstrated by them.

Value judgments make something good or bad based on a biased opinion rather than an observable fact. Value judgments that are designed to tear people down, make them inferior, and make them into bad people by the story we tell ourselves about them, are the ones that provide us with the greatest insights into our own hidden nature. This is because we judged those same qualities in ourselves to be just as bad, which is why we denied having them and refused to express them. As we deny having certain qualities and desires or tendencies, we repress them, and lose direct awareness of them, while they still remain a fundamental part of our character and continue to operate in a subliminal manner. As we render ourselves unconscious of our own undesirable traits and tendencies, we continue to project them onto others and react to them in a pronounced manner.

 As you find yourself reacting to someone by judging them in a harsh and detrimental way, detach yourself from your own dialogue and the story that starts running through your mind, step outside of yourself momentarily, and witness it instead with a neutral attitude. As your story about it starts automatically running through your mind, don’t restrain it in any way, and allow it to play out while silently watching it. As you let it unfold without censoring or modifying it, see what it’s about by letting a natural chain-of-association to occur. As it plays out internally and you watch it from a detached perspective, you’ll start associating the same characteristics to other people, ideas, and behaviors of the same nature from your past, and you can begin to see how it originated through an event or series of events of the same kind where those traits and behaviors we’re actively expressing through a complementary dynamic of some kind.

As you tear someone apart and belittle them through what you tell yourself about them, notice how it makes you feel, and ask yourself what it is that’s “motivating” you to do this. What’s “in you” that’s somehow being fulfilled through this type of mental activity? What need is involved? How do you use this dialogue and perception as the means of shaping yourself to be the opposite? What does this judgment and story “allow”? What is it attempting to explain or describe or justify? Allow yourself to go fully into the feeling that’s motivating it and allow a free-flow of memories that are associated with it. As you penetrate the unknown aspects of your own psyche, a natural process of unfolding occurs as a synchronized series of memories that will eventually take you back to its roots. Once you can objectively see the root cause, you bring it out of the shadows and into the light of self-awareness. Once you’re actively aware of how and why you formed these judgments, they no longer operate subliminally in an automatic, knee-jerk fashion, and you begin resolving them.

All character traits, behaviors, and activities are “appropriate” when used within the proper context. Usually when we disown traits it’s because they’re expressed in an inappropriate way or through activities that bring us face-to-face with moral issues that cause a dilemma. By realizing that we disowned traits because of how they were being expressed in certain situations, we can ask ourselves what an appropriate use would be and in what way we could utilize those traits to create in a productive and desirable way. Once we associate the character trait to its appropriate use and expression, we can integrate the characteristic and behavior congruently into our paradigm through the experiences it brings, and we no longer project it onto others while reacting to it. All healing, no matter what form it takes, always involves returning to a “whole state of being” where we’re fully self-aware and conscious of our own actions and create consistently in a responsible manner.

Emotional Reactions

This same process as a tool for self-awareness is available to us anytime we’re forming an emotional reaction to someone or something. An emotion being outwardly expressed by someone acts to stimulate and bring out that same emotion in us. By realizing this and removing our attention away from what’s causing it and turning all of our attention to what’s happening inside of us, we can gain new forms of self-awareness. All memory is formed out of events that have a strong emotional impact on us. The emotion associated with an idea or activity is what shapes our experience of it through the story we told ourselves about it that gave it the meaning it has. Emotion serves as a triggering mechanism for memory that was produced out of that same or similar emotional state. In a like fashion, as we think about and replay memories in our mind, we activate and bring forth the same emotional state that we were in when we created the memory.

As we’re triggered by something emotionally we instantly search our memory bank for all memories of the same kind, and the memory selected based on the emotion associated with it is used as the pattern for producing “automatic behaviors” in the current event or situation. We form our reaction out of an unconscious state as the reenactment of the same idea of the past and use it to create more of the same type of experiences in the present. Emotion is the motivating force of the subconscious which creates in an automatic fashion by using the preset patterns of memory. As someone is acting angry with us or in the immediate area around us, it activates a sympathetic response in us and we either become angry also, matching it, or we become afraid, based on how we reacted to those same feelings in the past. All responses are ultimately pre-programmed in us through the memories of our childhood and continue to provide thematic patterns for creating consistent experiences of reality as adults.

Anytime we’re being stimulated inwardly with an emotion being expressed around us or projected at us, we’re provided with a mirror for examining the unknown (disowned) aspects of ourselves formed out of and as a result of that same emotion. By removing our attention from the cause and placing it on the effect it’s producing “in us”, and we simply witness the activity taking place, we can gain new realizations about ourselves and our life. We can see into the memories associated with the emotion and begin resolving its magnetic grip over us. We can resolve the issue by following it all the way back to its roots. Once we find the root cause of a tendency formed out of an event, we can gain new awareness from within the event that changes how we experience it. Most of what we call “core” memories were created out of an unconscious state while we were children and served to provide us with the thematic templates for creating more events and experiences of the same type as adults. By simply reviewing these core memories from a different (adult) perspective where we remain fully aware of what’s happening and why, we evolve them by learning how to tell a new kind of story about them that makes them mean something different.

Habitual Thoughts

Using this same process of introspection and self-reflection we can learn how to observe our own habitual, redundant and repetitive thought processes that run constantly in an automatic and spontaneous way. While we can do this with any of our random thoughts, whenever we’re feeling stressed, anxious, upset, irritated, annoyed, and so on, we can gain deeper insights into our own mental complexes. We can learn how to see the “type of story” we’re always in the process of telling ourselves about what may be the most ordinary things. Through a regular practice of self-reflection and observing our own mind, we can begin realizing the theme to all of our commentary and inner dialogue.

Another form of habitual thinking comes by having conversations as a means of playing out ideas to predict possible outcomes as a form of “preconceived idea”. Whenever we’re anticipating something, especially if it’s important or meaningful, we “rehearse” conversations and play out possible scenarios in our imagination. We do this as a way of being able to not only predict the future based on the continuation of the past, but also as a way of practicing composure in order to lead or somehow control what happens and direct how it transpires. By learning how to let habitual thoughts play out in an unimpeded way while simply watching and contemplating them, we can gain great insight into our formative conditioning. By recognizing our own conditioned tendencies we begin realizing our own insecurities, fears, motives, and relationship patterns. We can begin recognizing how we form our identity by the stories and dramas we’re programmed with and run in an automatic and fluent manner.

Summary

Anytime we form an instant reaction of any kind to an outside stimulus, it’s providing us with a mirror into the hidden aspects of our own soul. The reason an active force being expressed around and therefore transmitted through the air enters into us and causes an equal or greater reaction, is because we possess the same quality and trait in its passive and latent state. The active is projected outward and transmits through the atmosphere and seeks out its passive aspect of the same pattern. Complementary aspects seek each other out through a magnetic attraction, and when they meet, they copulate, and work harmoniously to produce the same reality as a co-creation. The passive component of the same pattern is “magnetic” and “draws in” the active by serving as a receiver and transducer for it. Once they’re connected as one, a pattern is activated and they produce offspring as a shared reality and joint experience of the same type and kind.

By removing our attention from the other person and whatever is stimulating us in any situation and placing it on the internal activity produced by it as a feeling and emotion, we can “see” the behavioral pattern associated with it as it begins playing out within us, and we can see things about our self that normally elude us. As we bring what’s vague, elusive, and hidden within us out into the light of direct awareness, and gain whatever realizations it provides us with as a result, we can own and fully embrace them. As we begin seeing them with full awareness and clarity, they’re integrated into our mental paradigm as an energy that’s brought into balance as a harmonious state, and we “heal” ourselves of it as a result. We know when we’ve honestly looked at our own reactive and habitual tendencies because they no longer affect us. We still see them as a normal part of our outer environment without reacting to them or being controlled by them. When we no longer form a pronounced reaction to them, we’re no longer serving as a magnet and an unconscious receiver for them. As we integrate fragmented and disowned parts of our self, we become “whole” and begin creating in an aware and conscious manner, and we transform our life as a result.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

 

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“15” – The Devil: Overcoming Weaknesses, Material Attachments, and Transcending Illusion

In all forms of Esoteric Sciences ideas are communicated in the universal language of Archetypes, numbers, and symbols. We’re given a grand formula as a composite image or idea that must be intuitively interpreted in order for its hidden knowledge to be apprehended. All actual learning takes place through our subconscious where we impregnate ourselves with a seeded idea that gestates and not only unfolds spontaneously in the imagination as a whole idea or process, but continues to unfold over an extended period of time, bringing us deeper and more relevant insights into the same idea. We know we’ve apprehended the knowledge inherent in an idea when we can relate to it in the activities of our everyday life, and when it becomes an inherent part of our outer reality as our “perception”. Once an idea becomes fully integrated into our mental paradigm, it becomes a fundamental part of our material matrix as the substrate that gives rise to it, holds it together in a cohesive manner, and animates it through a form of cosmic relationship.

All Archetypes represent principles that are a natural part of our cosmic consciousness. This archetypal principle, like the pentagram which is a key component of it, is probably one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted ones there are. This is perhaps due to the fact that the image used to represent it tends to elicit a sense of fear, apprehension, and disgust. This reaction is usually due to how it’s been grossly misinterpreted through Christian allegory. Christians perverted the idea represented by the god “Pan” as being witches that worshiped Nature and stole, sacrificed and ate children. This interpretation was formulated as a means of using fear to control by creating “illusions” that caused “panic”. If we look at each aspect combined to produce this composite image, we can not only gain a better understanding of what it’s showing us about our own nature, but we can also attain the “process” necessary in order to work with it in an intelligent manner. As with all archetypal images we want to look at the general overall composition while also identifying the “Keys” that reveal the laws involved.

The number 15 is represented in the Tarot by the archetype of the “Devil”, which is also the mythological god “Pan”. The basic composition is similar to those of Key 5, 6, 7, 14, and 19, which show a larger figure, usually of a divine nature (angel or priest) overseeing and governing 2 smaller beings that are male and female as a couple. This composition forms a “triangle” and naturally represents the higher-self or mind, working directly through the two aspects of the subconscious (female) and self-conscious (male) that manifest within the lower plane of materialism. In this depiction the divine principle is the “devil” presiding over a couple who are chained to a treasure chest of gold coins. Their chains are loose and can be easily removed, but they either don’t realize they can remove them, or they don’t want to remove them.

Pan-devil, ruled by Capricorn, is shown as half goat and half man, representing our lower, animal nature which is instinctively driven through emotional impulses and primal urges. The goat aspect of this character is the “lower half” that’s below the belly button and governs the lower body of sexuality, union, and reproduction. Only humans have belly buttons, and it signifies man inhabiting an animal body. The devil is symbolized by the Hebrew letter “Ayin”, and the letter “O”. It’s ruled by Saturn in Capricorn, where Mars is exalted. This image is the “polar opposite” of the one shown in Key 14, which it proceeds out of as a natural progression of what’s necessary in order to “change our vibration” as the means of “ascending” in spirit to higher dimensions. 15 lays the foundation for 16 to naturally emerge as a consequence, which represents being liberated from our own self-imposed material bondage.

The “sense” associated with the devil is “sight”, the most important sense of all in perceiving reality, and the one we’re most easily “deceived” by. Through sight we see appearances alone. Forming a visual image produces sensation, and the “eye” is used to represent “sensation” just as the “lion” serves to represent all “subhuman modes of life expression”. When we see appearances only we reside in the limitations of the visible world as a form of ignorance that forms spiritual bondage. Ignorance comes when we accept these limitations as being all there is. The most predominant form of sexual seduction as enticement comes through visual stimulation that causes arousal as heightened sensation. The most basic form of ignorance comes from believing what’s being presented, which forms our limitations and bondage to the world of illusions. When we remain ignorant of our true self we gladly succumb to the limitations being imposed on us by our lower self.

This idea represents indulgences that cause incongruity as weaknesses, character flaws, and shortcomings. The mental state associated with Ayin is “mirth”, which indicates merriment, laughter, and celebrating. It represents that which beguiles us through a state of enchantment. Laughter is a prophylactic and acts to purify the subconscious by dissolving mental complexes and internal conflicts. Laughter is a form of medicine that clears tension from the body caused by repressed emotions.

In the Metatron Cube of Space, 15 is the line at the lowest level as “west-below”, and connects NW (Key 11) with SW (Key 13), and South-below (Key 18) with North-below (Key 9). This provides us with further insight as a formula for understanding the faculties involved and the processes necessary to employ in working intelligently with them. Key 11 = Karma (universal justice); Key 13 = death (transformation); Key 18 = Moon (subconscious); and Key 9 = Completion and perfection. Key 15 also corresponds to Key 2 “below”, and Key 10 “West” as the “center axis” of the cube, representing the soul’s memory (2) as a cycle of creation (10). We’re initially programmed (conditioned) through an unconscious state that lays the groundwork out of which we continue creating ourselves in an unconscious manner throughout our life.

The number “15” gives us a primary formula of the laws involved and is calculated as 1 + 5 = 6. 1 represents focused attention (will), 5 = mind over matter as our connection with our Higher Self, and 6 (Lovers) as the intimate union of the subconscious with the self-conscious orchestrated by our Higher Self (Guardian Angel). The devil is shown with an inverted pentagram over his forehead (third-eye), which symbolizes the higher mind being controlled by the 4 Elements of material reality where it resides on a level that’s subhuman and instinctual. We experience incongruity, a lack of integrity, and internal conflict whenever our self-conscious stands in opposition of our subconscious, and we create in an inconsistent manner controlled by our passions, impulses, and sexual desires (addictions).

Capricorn is a cardinal earthy sign that governs the knees, which we’re brought to in crisis and kneel on to pray. We’re brought to our knees through our sense of bondage and personal insufficiency, and become subservient to our material existence. When we become identified with our personal possessions they act to determine us. All bondage comes from our failure to realize that we are meant to “rule Nature”, rather than being “ruled by it”. This idea represents our attachments to materialism produced by weaknesses and addictive tendencies that shape our morality to be “animal-like” and easily deceived and led astray through pleasure of various kinds. Mars is exalted in Capricorn, symbolized by Key 16, which follows sequentially, represented by the “lightning struck tower”, which destroys the form that holds us captive under the guise of safety and security. It’s our castle, title, and possessions that form our prison and bonds us to the lower planes of spiritual degradation. Whatever we “identify with”, we become one with in spirit and use as the means of creating experiences of ourselves.

 The mode of consciousness assigned to it is “Renewing Intelligence” as regeneration necessary in order to birth ourselves anew from a fully conscious and purified state that results from stepping back into our “identity” as a “divine being”. It’s through incongruities in our character that we unconsciously destroy what we’ve built. An incongruity is something that doesn’t fit and can also bring forth new ideas as adaptations (5). When we find a fact that doesn’t fit with our beliefs, we’re required to revise them to include the new information, upgrading them as a result. Whenever we let go of our attachment to things, we go through a period where we need to make adjustments and develop ourselves in new ways.

The icon of the Devil represents our “adversary” and that which refers to the ideas that relentlessly oppose our struggle for freedom. It’s our lower nature governing and utilizing the power of our higher nature in creating our soul and determining our destiny as a higher soul. It personifies the “serpent power” represented in Teth, Key 8, called “Strength”, which is the higher soul’s ability to tame the serpent power and use it for the motivating force of higher ideals. It’s the serpent of temptation that tempted Eve (subconscious), called Nachash (NchSh), whose letters translate into the numbers N = 50; Ch = 8, Sh = 300, for a total of 358 ( which equals 16 = 7), the same value as MShICh – 40 + 300 + 10 + 8 = 358, meaning the Messiah. This gives us a subtle correspondence of its meaning. It’s through temptation that we recognize our weaknesses, and are able to overcome them using Strength, and redeem ourselves as a result. The Devil is actually an aspect of God that’s usually greatly misunderstood by the ignorant and profane. Jesus, as the Messiah, was born in Capricorn, and both the devil and Christ were referred to as “the morning star”, and are polar opposites of each other.

If we break this formula down further and use the Keys of the Tarot to decipher their meaning, we get N = death, CH = Chariot, Sh = Judgment: and M = Hanged Man, Sh = Judgment, I = Hermit, Ch = Chariot, which equal 358. 3 = Empress, 5 = Hierophant, 8 = Strength. I’ll leave that for you to contemplate further on your own. 15 = 6 > represented by the “Lovers” as the sacred union of the two minds to form a harmonious whole. 15 is the summation of numbers 0 – 5 (1+2+3+4+5 = 15), the basic principles of the mind and its true relationship with matter. The word devil is “lived” spelled backwards and is ascribed to “wisdom” – we only learn by living and doing. All knowledge is obtained only through experience. Through self-realization and reason, we exercise our power of choice and will in transforming weaknesses into strengths.

The background of the scene is black, indicating the darkness of ignorance, limitation, and that which is hidden and resides within. Ignorance is the underlying cause of all bondage. The devil himself is a polar-image of the Angel in 14, which is also the caricature over the heads of the Lovers in Key 6. The man and woman are shown with horns and tail and represent the beast-like figures of the ones shown in the Lovers. The two horns represent a divided mind that’s set apart from and work to oppose each other. When human reasoning is based on surface appearances, we become like beasts, and reside in the darkness of illusion. The chain loops that yoke them (5) can be easily removed; their bondage is imaginary and self-maintained. The first stage of spiritual unfoldment comes as awareness of conscious bondage to material circumstances that personify the false conception that we’re bound by material conditions and the false notion that we’re a slave to necessity as chance.

The devil has bat wings, representing the powers of darkness. He has the face of a goat and ears of a donkey, representing obstinacy and the stubbornness of materialism. One side is masculine and the other feminine, he partakes in the characteristics of both sexes. The inverted pentagram, which is the sign of man, suggests a reversal of man’s understanding of his place in the cosmos. The Elements of materialism govern him. It’s only through a lack of using our divine abilities that we keep ourselves in bondage of ignorance and materialism.

The devils hand has all fingers opened with 2 fingers paired forming the sign of Saturn in the palm of the right hand. Saturn is the planet of limitation and inertia, and therefore ignorance. This symbolizes a failure to evolve to higher levels of self-awareness and keeping ourselves bound to the wheel of karma (10). In his left hand a torch burns downward, only lighting the ground. The torch is a phallic symbol and represents the transmission of life from generation to generation. The fiery quality refers to the active force of Mars. It’s the torch of revolution based on the material interpretation of experience. It’s symbolic of the torch of anarchy and terrorism which rule by fear and ignorance.

The devil has a naval (a human product) with the symbol of Mercury just below it. He is a product of faulty observation and superficial reasoning. His feet are the claws of an eagle, representing Scorpio as the misuse of reproductive power and it’s debasement in the service of sensuality. He sits on a half-cube (symbol of reality), and only sees half of reality, knowledge, and partial truth. He perceives only that which is visible and believes in disguises and false fronts.  

The fact that’s seldom realized is that the forces which appear to be our adversaries are always ready to serve us. It’s only through trial and temptation that we get to see into our own hidden nature. Once we realize our inner potential for freedom from being determined by our material conditions, we can begin taking control of our own urges and ability to create our experiences. When we bring higher spiritual knowledge into daily practice, we put forth the effort necessary to liberate ourselves from bondage that’s purely imaginary. The idea of the devil represents “sensation that’s divorced from true understanding”. He brings renewal, because we seldom make any real effort until we experience limitation. It’s only when limitations bother us that we put forth the effort it takes to overcome them through mental use of will, and we act to remove our own chains.

This represents the material elements that bind us to ignorance by controlling our mind to make us “like” them, and we become a beast instead of a divine being that’s wholesome and pure in character. When we live out of the ignorance of our lower, unconscious self, we indulge in physical pleasure without any regard for the consequences it brings, and we bring those consequences upon ourselves as a result, destroying our life, and becoming one with others that are of the same level of consciousness. In order to cultivate higher consciousness we have to overcome our addictions and the temptation to falter in favor of physical pleasures that destroy our virtuous character. This represents “vices” that directly oppose and prevent “virtues”.

Temperance (14), which precedes this one, represents the process of changing our conscious and chemical makeup by letting go of all behaviors born out of purely physical means that takes precedence over us and literally controls us by working through our lower nature. This represents learning how to use our ability to reason, make moral decisions, and use our will in order to neutralize physical impulses, passions, and cravings. As something appeals to our weaknesses and we indulge in them, we recombine our energies with them and they determine us as a result. Whatever we give into out of ignorance or moral weaknesses, we become one with in mind, body, and spirit. All actions require us to become one with an outside force or idea, and we become the “means through which” it expresses as a reality. As we become the expression of that consciousness by becoming one with it, we’re shaped by it accordingly. We have to let go of our weaknesses and transform our addictions in order to transform our lower self to become a clean vessel morally for our Higher Self to naturally inhabit.

This represents creative energy in its most material form. Capricorn occupies the zenith, the most exalted of the signs, and is symbolized by a goat leaping with lust upon the summits of the Earth. Saturn is symbolic of self-hood and perpetuity. It’s the divine madness of spring that has already been foreseen through the meditative madness of winter. His creative energy is veiled with the symbol of the Highest Initiate crowned with a winged globe and twin serpents of Horus and Osiris. Whatever we choose to become one with we use to shape ourselves and our destiny. By learning how to find ecstasy in every phenomenon, no matter how ordinary, we transcend all material limitations.

The devil represents the dumb animal of instinct and impulsiveness. It’s the blind force of instinct that destroys reason and poisons liberty from the lower planes. We alone are responsible for the evil it causes, because it only acts through us. In order to manifest the beast it has to first be allowed to enter into and take form within us, and then be projected outward. In order to create the beast we have to first destroy the man. In Black Magic the devil is the great magical agent employed for evil purposes by a perverted will. It’s the “old serpent” of legend that is the eternal fire of earthly life, the soul of the Earth, and the living center of hell. How we create ourselves by the energies we draw in and use to create ourselves either condemns us to a hell of our own making as the reality born out of our weaknesses and addictions, or it purifies us and promotes our ascension to higher levels of consciousness.

The blind agent of Life energy represented here can be used under different leadership as an instrument for good and evil alike. It’s the minister of angels and prophets and of fairies and sorcerers. It’s the Astral Light of the material plane that has strong magnetic properties, and when evoked and utilized by “reason” are produced harmoniously, but when evoked by madness appear chaotic, disordered, and hideous. It’s the Life force that can be commanded by will and used to create within the material plane in an intelligent and precise manner, and in the opposite manner, it can control us through passions, lust and desire, and utilize our will as the means of creating through and as us.

Dr. Linda Gadbois   

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Self-Empowerment – The Relationship between Choice, Will, and Creation

This idea can seem confusing in terms of being able to actually employ it at the practical level because it involves different functions of different aspects of our own mind working in harmony with each other to produce the same outcome as an experience of reality. We have to understand the nature of our own mind in order to use it in a masterful way to create our reality. All of what we call our “higher capacities” of creation come through learning how our mind works at different stages of the same overall process, and how to not only use it in a deliberate and intentional manner, but also how to “troubleshoot” problems through a process of self-reflection that brings deeper forms of awareness.

All of life exists as a form of “feedback loop” between the inner and outer, and the upper and lower. We’re always working within and interacting with three planes of existence simultaneously as the means of both creating our reality, and then experiencing ourselves as that reality, shaping ourselves accordingly. Our mind is our soul and is not only the aspect of ourselves that’s multidimensional, but also the means and instrument through which we create intentionally to produce experiences of ourselves. When we remain unaware of our “true nature” as a higher, creative being, we experience life as happening “to us” instead of “by us”. We feel we have no real power over what happens and what path our life takes as a result. This is because while we’re associated into the subconscious, we lack the ability to create, just like animals lack the ability to determine their reality which serves to create them instead.

In order to create in an intentional manner, we need to form an understanding of the 3-fold nature of our mind, how each aspect functions in creating a greater whole, and the significance of parallel planes of a higher and lower nature. In order to form a working understanding of something we have to use a model in order to conceptualize it. The model we form in order to “observe something in action” is not the knowledge or idea itself, but rather a demonstration of how spiritual forces serve to create through material systems that are of a complementary and corresponding nature. We have to understand what aspect of our mind plays what role in creating a unified experience of reality. Many errors come from not assigning the proper roles to the different aspects and planes on which they operate.

One of the most basic mistakes we make comes from thinking that our lower, animal subconscious is what possesses “will” and that in order to make something happen we have to produce it through some form of determination and working against what comes as purely natural events. Anytime we’re struggling to try and make something happen contrary to the current conditions and circumstances, we’re working “against” or in contradiction of natural laws. All universal laws correspond to natural laws, and all creation comes through purely natural processes. When we work by way of universal laws to create, everything comes into fruition through a process of synchronized events that seem to come naturally through their own volition. This doesn’t mean that no action on our part is required, but instead reveals the “type” and “nature” of the action required.

Three Aspects of the Mind Working on Two Parallel Planes

The 3-fold principle of the mind/soul is illustrated in Sacred Geometry by the Triad as a triangle or pyramid. This diagram illustrates how our mind operates harmoniously between two fundamental planes of existence, often referred to as the “higher and lower plane” of the same reality which acts to unify them into a single reality. If we draw a horizontal line about 3/4 of the way up the triangle, we form the “capstone” of the pyramid as the higher plane and the mind of that plane which exists in a unified (single) state. As the “one mind” descends into the lower plane, it separates from itself, dividing and regenerating itself to form two aspects of itself as polar opposites that are complementary in nature and necessary in order to create an “experience of itself” as another.

Duality is required in order to produce the “appearance” of a self and another, an inner and outer, and as the means of acquiring “knowledge” of yourself which only comes through experience. The Astral Plane represents the plane of “knowledge” that’s only acquired through experience. We descend into a body that’s located within time and in a specific set of conditions and circumstances, forming an inner self and outer world necessary in order to “experience” ourselves “as” certain qualities expressed through a specific personality. This law is represented by the primary Law of the Monad, which is represented as a dot within a sphere. The dot is concentrated energy that produces the appearance of an outer reality as a holographic projection or emanation.

All material manifestation is comprised of “light” as photons which exist simultaneously as “both” a particle and wave. Our entire outer reality is a projection of our own mind on a higher level, and is contained fully within our higher mind as a “mental construct”. What we refer to as the “mind” is the “organizing principle” that “charges” matter of the material plane with a “frequency” that has both a pattern and self-organizing mechanism inherent in it that acts to organize light into “coherent fields of consciousness” as a harmonious unification of polar energies.

The mind operates through a hierarchical structure as ordered planes of existence that vary in density as different frequencies that vibrate at different rates and modes, similar to a musical scale of octaves. The Human soul of the higher mind exists on a “higher” plane than the lower mind of the material body, and is the aspect that orders, organizes and animates the entire lower one, forming a “singularity”. It oversees and orchestrates all the activities of the “entire” lower plane, and is the aspect that causes new formations on the material plane through an act of “will”. All of what we call “willpower” as the ability to “create” is conducted by our self on a higher plane and comes by way of the “whole reality” through a natural sequence of correlated events. It brings change as a harmonious movement of the entire material reality by introducing new ideas into the subconscious of our own lower mind that’s also shared with all of humanity and the Natural world of the Earth’s plane. What we call “oneness” of the material world is due to the fact that we all share the same “group mind” of the subconscious.

Within the material plane of formation, the subconscious is the aspect that produces a material manifestation out of “ideas” that it’s given by the higher mind. The subconscious is the feminine aspect of the mind that conceives of the ideas projected into it by the masculine aspect, and gestates it through a process that adapts it harmoniously with the current conditions and circumstances and births it as a material manifestation. As an idea is formed internally and magnetized with sensation and emotion, it forms into a pattern used for organizing the outer sphere of reality to be of the same idea and produces a certain “type” of experience as a metaphorical correspondence of that idea.

As the unified mind of the upper, causal plane divides itself in order to regenerate in the lower plane, it still exists in a polar state of equilibrium, and comes into the material body as the subconscious pregnant with the self-conscious, which it births through a process of adaptation, growth, and development. The self-conscious aspect of the mind is latent within the subconscious as its potential for self-creation within the body. In our initial state as a child only our subconscious is active and creating and we develop naturally as a part of our family and immediate environment. We’re born into an unconscious state where we lack all awareness of our true self which is what’s creating our entire material reality as an experience of ourselves within a certain matrix of dynamic relationships. The self-conscious is birthed spontaneously as a growth process where we “come into ourselves” and begin forming our identity as we mature and become an adult.

It’s the feminine aspect of our subconscious that’s a part of the Earth’s Soul of material reality and is the aspect of ourselves that “manifests” an idea as an outer experience of reality. While the subconscious is the powerhouse of the material plane and organizes our outer reality to be metaphorically the same as our inner reality, it lacks the inherent ability to think rationally, make decisions, and intentionally “seed itself” with a “new idea” to create as a reality. It births the rational self-conscious aspect as its own masculine counterpart that has the ability to reason, analyze, and make decisions based on its own calculations. The masculine, self-conscious mind has the ability to “seed” its own feminine aspect with its decisions, but it’s often almost completely unaware of how to do it. The subconscious only “takes in” and manifests the ideas given to it by the self-conscious which it then communicates to the higher mind.

 Our self-conscious, which is the self-aware aspect that perceives the outer creation of our subconscious, draws all its ideas as thoughts from within the group mind of the collective unconscious and forms most all of our “thoughts” from whatever we’ve been taught, and acts out whatever “relationship dynamics” we’ve been conditioned to in an automatic fashion. Most of our thoughts come automatically and are formed out of memories of some kind. When we rely on this aspect of our conscious mind, we simply create by seeding our subconscious over and over with memories of the past, and we use our creative power to create more of the past in the present.

Our self-conscious perceives the outer world created by our own subconscious and creates experiences of ourselves through the reality of our own making. This aspect, which is birthed fully within the physical body and experiences itself as the “personality” of the body, doesn’t realize that it’s also an aspect of a higher mind and is bestowed with the ability to create itself and its reality in whatever way it wants, and instead usually lives out its entire life from within a primarily unconscious state. This aspect of the mind gains “realization” of its own creation as the outer correspondence to its own inner thoughts and has the ability to make “new decisions” about how it wants to experience itself. As we gain new realizations about ourselves through our self-created experiences, they serve the purpose of making us self-aware and we can learn how to modify them through the active decision to work with our own thoughts.

Both masculine aspects of the same mind require the feminine aspect they share in order to actively create in new ways. The active requires the equivalent passive component to act as a “receiver”. The subconscious is the “medium” through which the active components of the upper and lower mind communicate with one another. As we make a new decision for what we want to actively create and experience, we shape that idea into a possible reality in our imagination (womb), where it’s communicated to the higher mind of Will. As the higher mind receives the sensory image as a “metaphor” for creating, it then injects that idea into the subconscious of the Earth’s plane, where it’s organized into a sequence of correlated events that bring it about naturally as an inherent part of our outer reality. But when it begins formulating as a corresponding part of our outer reality we have to recognize it as such, and make more decisions to “act on it”. As the ideas that we “request” through decisions begin formulating we have to resist the habitual tendency to discount them or blow them off as not being what we wanted and enter into a metaphorical relationship with them by actively engaging in their continued creation.

In a similar fashion, our higher mind is always injecting archetypal ideas into our subconscious as a means of administering karma as universal justice. These come as mental impressions that form inner visions of a particular type of experience that don’t come from memories obtained in this lifetime. When visions come as an inner voice out of nowhere, where nothing externally served to produce it, we’re given insight into what’s coming so we can prepare for it. These events seem to come outside of or in spite of our conscious decisions sometimes, because they’re providing us with the flip-side of our own actions from a previous time and life. This allows us to realize that what we perceive as another is actually our “self” as an expanded version. Our perception of others and reality is actually an extension of our self as we exist on a higher level of unity. We’re always acting “on ourselves” through our perception of our self as another.

There’s only One of Us

As we begin realizing this, we start waking up to the true nature of things and begin creating in a more responsible and compassionate way. Whatever we “do to another” we’re actually doing to ourselves on a higher level. In a unified state all creation comes as “patterns” produced through a “cause and effect relationship” where we play every role in creating a “holistic experience of our Self”. Our entire outer reality is produced as a correspondence to our inner reality. Everything that we do in the outer world through activity of some kind, we first do inwardly by thinking about it and running the consequences it’ll produce through our mind, making a decision of some kind regarding it. When we act in a compulsive and automatic way without thinking, we’re then provided with the “realization” of what we created while in an unconscious state through the choices and actions we took. This provides us with feedback that allows us to modify our process until we produce the results we intended to.

By reflecting on our life and grasping the full ramifications of the “cause and effect relationship” between being and doing, we can begin making the adjustments necessary to create in a more conscious and purposeful way. Once we begin realizing that no one is actually doing anything “to us”, but are simply stimulating us in a way that causes us to do it to ourselves, first as our thoughts and emotions, and then as our outward actions, we can begin seeing and realizing that we are the ones who are in fact creating our life to be the way it is, and we can make new decisions for ourselves that we administer by how we seed our own imagination. We can begin learning how to create from a self-aware and awake state. As we begin realizing that our outer world is comprised of our own psychological aspects, most of which we’re unaware of, we can gain tremendous insights into our own psyche and unhealed aspects of ourselves, and act on ourselves in a precise and deliberate manner to correct our own errors.

 Once we understand the dynamic nature of our own mind and how we create experiences of ourselves, we’re provided with the tools as universal laws for turning an unconscious process into a conscious and fully self-aware process of creation. As we gain self-realization through the outer mirror of our own inner mind, we learn the lesson it provides, and we begin developing our ability to use our mind in a much more proficient and deliberate way. We can use all of our experiences to become aware of our unconscious tendencies, and bring them into a harmonious state as a result. Through self-realization of our outer awareness as a mirror of our inner self, we can become conscious creators of our own life journey. We can learn how to utilize every aspect of our mind to produce a unified whole as the harmonious synchronization of all aspects of ourselves. As we wake up to our true self and creative abilities, we enter into our higher consciousness and perceive reality as a whole conducted from a higher plane of “true” self-awareness and realization.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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