STAGE 3 MEDITATION
The Christian meditation system presented on this site differs from other meditation systems in that we strive to be consciously still and clear in the Light, Love, and Spirit of Christ and to keep this inner holiness ever-present within so we feel love for God and for others. As Christians, it is our goal to be clear within so we can know the Light and Spirit in our body, heart, mind and soul, and to experience oneness with the Divine Presence. We achieve clarity by resolving and transforming our personal weaknesses, fears, lower desires, unstable emotions and psychological pain. In this purified and renewed state we can know stillness and peace in our service to God and humanity.
A brief summation regarding transformation in the previous stages of meditation is: the first stage is about purifying and managing the lower desires, animal impulses, and vital energies of the physical, instinctual body; the second stage is about purifying, blending and balancing the psychic energies of the psycho-cognitive nature until they are capable of merging with the sacredness of the heart; and the third stage is about purifying these Life and Light energies in the “crucible of the heart” until they are refined into Spirit which merges with the Divine Presence.
The conscious experience in the Stage 2 heart meditation is the highest awareness experienced by the personal self. This experience awakens a sense of wholeness within our Self and is literally the experience of the Kingdom of Heaven within; this experience becomes the foundation or “departure point” for selflessly entering into Spiritual Knowing. In Stage 3, the union of the heart-brain becomes the center and highest impersonal or selfless meditation experience.
In this spiritual consciousness, we “let go” of the personal self so we can experience stillness and knowing within the Divine Presence. To use an analogy, it is the flame in the heart which sends warm currents of inspiration to the brain; and these currents sync with the brain to establish a link between the heart and divine knowing in the spiritual consciousness of Stage 3. Without the heart being in resonance, synchronicity and coherence with the brain, higher consciousness would be elusive and beyond our ability to discern.
Stage 3 Meditation does focus on the most subtle of the spiritual energies in the pineal/pituitary glands and the ventricles of the mid-brain which act as transmitters of these divine energies. In order to be appropriately sensitive to these divine vibrations, one has to properly align and subdue the denser levels of consciousness in the body and body-mind. Thus, the transformations and realizations in Stages 1 & 2 must be completed since Stage 3 is about listening and receiving subtle inner knowledge from the Divine Presence, and this is not possible if the chattering mind is actively involved. At this level of meditation, it is imperative to identify and understand the difference between the energies of the body-mind, the serenity of the heart, and the promptings of Spirit. These three systems of meditation are best understood by looking at them through the levels of consciousness which are associated with the nature of the body (diagram below).
3 Bodily Identities & Their Minds
In our contemporary world, we now understand God as the Macrocosm and the human body, or the individual human universe, as the Microcosm. God is Consciousness and we know humans were created in His image and likeness, thus humans are consciousness also. However, in a given lifetime, when one’s consciousness enters into a physical body and experiences life, what is manifested is consciousness as mind in the triune-nature. Initially, all humans experience life through their body-mind, but the different aspects of mind in the nature of the human body are the means for understanding the spiritual journey through meditation. (See diagram above)
All humans integrate with worldly experiences as they pass through the 4 developmental stages from infancy to maturity (discussed below). The mature human self experiences life primarily through the body-mind (the lowest level of consciousness) and for the vast majority of humans, this sensually-oriented body/body-mind is the highest experience they will ever know in life. The elemental physical body and sensual stimulation are what consciousness experiences on the physiological level; sensation through the nervous system “creates” the body-mind experience by means of the urges, impulses, appetites, emotions and desires of the instinctual body and the 4 senses of the head (eyes, ears, nose, mouth) plus touch. The body-mind sensations become the primary medium of our experiences in this third-dimensional world, and after a time, we identify with the body/body-mind and begin to think that this is who we are.
The instinctual body is driven by the primal urges of self-gratification (sexual drive), self-preservation (survival drive), and self-image (drive for personal power). These drives motivate humans to seek out experience in the material world, and these various experiences often cause uncertainty and instability in an individual’s self-perception which creates emotions. The self-perception is what people know as their ego-personality (or persona) which works in conjunction with the rational mind. These two aspects of mind carry on a non-stop conversation (the chattering mind) about what is happening to them in life and which of these experiences are: good/bad, right/wrong, happy/sad, attract/avoid, liked/disliked, favorable/unfavorable, etc. The sum of these “emotional impressions” gets imprinted on the soul and programed into the autonomic nervous system which defines one’s future preferences and responses to life in general.
For the majority of humans on the planet, this configuration of body/body-mind experience comprises the circumference of their life experiences and their personal self-identity. Many people are satisfied with this sensual/materialistic experience of life, and as a result, they are unable, unwilling, and/or uninterested in comprehending consciousness above this level. Thus, from this limited experience in life, people formulate an image of who they are by what they identify with in the world around them, and they come to the conclusion that this “self-image” is who they are. This identity of the personal self-image is comprised of all the energies of the body-mind, the psychic or emotional mind, and the rational thinking mind. This limited illusory reality of the ego-personality and its narrow worldview is the totality of the personal self for most people. In reality, there is a much greater expanse of unawakened potential which lies just beyond the boundary of conscious awareness.
All the sensual input of the body-mind keeps the individual hypnotically entranced, sensually stimulated, and thoroughly entrapped in the illusion of the material world. Everyone remains trapped in this worldly illusion unless they awaken and realize how frightening it is to be dragged downward into the darkness of unconsciousness and uncertainty; and how detrimental it is for one’s soul to be lost in the world. There are a small percentage of this group who do awaken to higher levels of consciousness which is noted by their pleasant demeanor, their ability to self-reflect, and their sensitivity to conscience. However, these nice folks are still trapped in the world because they continue to be victims of their chattering mind and their unresolved shadow issues; even though they go to church and believe in Jesus Christ. The door to higher knowledge is always open to those who feel that there is something more to learn. If they will simply seek and seek and never quit, they will find the truth within.
The ONLY way people can escape from the worldly illusion and the darkness of unconsciousness is to consciously disentangle themselves from those past experiences in which they were victimized, or from those experiences they consciously or unconsciously allowed to entrap them in the world. Transformative meditation is the process through which this is accomplished because everyone must personally unravel the fetters by which they are bound to their: lusts, appetites, mistakes, fears, guilt, insensitivity, weaknesses, selfishness, disappointments, and/or greedy ambitions, etc.
The meditation system explained on this site is not designed to relax and relieve stress; it is for liberating souls from the darkness of unconsciousness and awakening people to the potential of their true divine nature as revealed to us through Jesus Christ. What has been discussed in the preceding paragraphs regarding the body-mind (meaning the instincts, urges, impulses and desires of the body, the emotions, the ego, and the rational mind) encompasses the work involved in Stage 1 Meditation. This work involves confronting, managing, mastering, and freeing oneself from the lower instinctual nature of the body.
When Stage 1 work is accomplished, the psychic nature reveals itself. This is comprised of: the dual-nature of the male-female, electro-magnetic body; the lower emotions which includes the personal unconscious or shadow self with its dual psychic nature of anima/animus; and the power of the solar plexus which must be comprehended. This level is the first part of Stage 2 Meditation and is referred to as the work below the diaphragm (explained in Stage 2).
In the second part of Stage 2 Meditation, the work focuses on uniting the dual-reality of feeling-desire in the heart above the diaphragm. Feeling and desire are consciousness experienced in the body below the diaphragm as our dual psychic nature (lower emotions & base desires). The goal of part 2 is to transform and purify emotions into pure feelings, and sexual urges into pure desire controlled by the reasoning mind. These transformations will open the heart to the experience of the Holy Self (diagram below) which is the Kingdom of Heaven within.
In order to have this experience, Stage 1 work mentioned above must be accomplished as well as both parts of Stage 2, which includes confronting the shadow and making the personal unconscious conscious, purifying the lower emotions and desires, and uniting pure feeling/desire in the Sacred Heart. Entering into the heart consciousness above the diaphragm is entering into the Kingdom of Heaven which is the center Jesus Christ and Mother Mary are pointing to on the SC homepage.
A Brief Perspective of Consciousness
In the early history of humankind, the collective consciousness of humanity began in archaic consciousness (a moving background of indistinct images; one dimensional) in which the tribal storyteller spun fascinating tales of creation’s beginning. At this point in humanity’s evolution, there was only collective consciousness; no one realized that they were in a body. Their experience was more internal than external; they actually perceived these creation stories as happening in real-time. Their conscious experience was like having a lucid dream which we now know as the consciousness of the plant kingdom; archaic consciousness is also experienced by newborn infants. (See: Perceptions)
As time progressed, humanity evolved into the magical structure of consciousness (emerging two-dimensional with fantastical interaction with objects), gradually awakening to the wonders of nature and the mystery of the external world. Their conscious experience was mostly internal astonishment at the natural world, but they were still not fully conscious of being in a body because their attention was primarily fixated on the physical realm. Their communication with other humans would best be described as a subjective knowing. Humans were so enthralled with the things of the elemental world that this was likely the beginning of pantheism and the worship of nature. This connection with nature is also the instinctual, elemental consciousness of the animal kingdom. The magical structure of consciousness is the developmental phase experienced by young children which we identify by their imagination, excitement, and admiration for the natural world.
As the human psyche awakened, the mythological structure of consciousness (two-dimensional; recognition & interaction with others and nature) merged with the presence of mythical gods and beings which were actually a projection of the collective human psychic energies onto the etheric background of surrounding nature. The fascinating tales of human encounters with the mythical gods and monsters were eventually understood as representing various complex psychic states within the human psyche.
Humans were now conscious of their bodies, but consciousness was more clan or tribal than individualistic. The mythological phase was just the external dawning of the individual psychological nature humans know today. In today’s world, this particular structure of consciousness is experienced by all humans in the adolescence phase of development. However, it would not be until the Renaissance period around 1500 C.E. before the mental structure of consciousness (three-dimensional; individualistic awareness) merged with the psychological; this ushered in self-conscious individuality or ego-consciousness that we know today. This mental structure of consciousness is the logical, rational, scientific consciousness experienced by mature adults; at present, in the general population, it is the most advanced mind-state we experience in humans.
Mythological consciousness was the global structure of consciousness at the time of Jesus Christ, which means the Apostles and Disciples of Christ were not yet fully self-conscious individuals; they were still in collective or tribal consciousness and not fully aware of their own individuality. As life progressed forward about 1,000 years, the mythological gods of old were understood and “absorbed” into the psyche of human consciousness. The “mythological” story of Christ remained alive and continues to endure because humanity has not yet grasped the fullness of this story, or awakened to the next structure of consciousness. In fact, the people who are consciously awakening to Christ consciousness within themselves today are the vanguard for the awakening of the next structure of consciousness humanity will experience.
At present, there are a number of books which predict and describe the “coming of Christ consciousness or the Cosmic Christ,” but the majority of these books only describe an intellectual, idealized version of today’s world in which everyone is getting along, not hating or killing each other, and we are no longer polluting the planet. This is a nice ideal, but it is not the experience of Christ consciousness! Imagine for a moment how impossible it would be for a caveman to conceive of what a civilized world would be like unless he somehow experienced it. Imagine those living in the mythological world of gods and monsters, who believed that there was no distinction between what they experienced in their world and in their personal selves (like dogs and thunder), and now have them describe what individual ego-consciousness throughout the world is like. It just can’t be done. The reason for this discussion is because the only way a person can know a future global structure of consciousness, like Christ-consciousness, is to personally experience it firsthand. The following story describes a brief, spontaneous encounter I had of Christ consciousness:
The experience I am referring to occurred several months after I returned home from Vietnam. One day, friends in the neighborhood called to let me know that there was going to be a party. The party was in the backyard of a close friend who lived on the lake in our neighborhood. It was a pleasant evening with a bonfire by the lake which seemed surreal to me after being in a war. As the evening wore on and people gradually drifted away, I laid back in the grass looking at the stars and dozed off. I was used to sleeping outside in the jungle so this wasn’t a stretch for me, but waking up was always intense. It took me about 4-6 months before I could wake up without being on high alert with a weapon nearby. This time was different; I woke up alone and saw lights twinkling on the water from the distant houses on the lake; the fire was burning low and the stars were in the sky; it all seemed magical and somehow different.
I slowly sat up and looked at my surroundings; I remember this as if it happened yesterday. I immediately felt a transparency in the world, meaning that although there was no one present, I could feel the people of the world and I could feel that we were all of one mind and we all felt the same about each other. That is, we all had a selfless love for one another that was as equally intense as the love we had for ourselves; there was really no distinction in this love, it was one love for self and others. In this love, there was absolutely no possessiveness about anything material, including one’s personal space. Everyone was welcome at any time of day or night because there was no such thing as privacy; why be concerned about privacy when meeting a part of yourself.
Since we were all one, when we met someone, it was as if we were meeting a new part of our self for the first time. There was no thinking, just a knowing/feeling of life; it was like humans were participating with God in Christ-consciousness. There was no darkness, negativity, fear, hate, crime, anxiety, sin, insecurity or uncertainty anywhere in the world. There was zero concern for: food or nourishment, the world, the environment, community or group gatherings; these things were not even on the radar because there were no problems or concerns in these areas; personal gatherings were unnecessary because we were always connected. Our conscious experience was way beyond worldly matters; it was as if our oneness-consciousness was real and substantial, but the physical-type experiences we are accustomed to in this world were meaningless, irrelevant and insubstantial. It seemed like the worldly surroundings were a mere backdrop, like the background in a lucid dream.
At the time, I did not realize what I was seeing and it soon faded away; I did not know about structures of consciousness until decades later. Christ consciousness and the oneness of humanity is the fourth structure of consciousness which a small percentage of people are presently awakening to within themselves. Christ consciousness is the fourth-dimensional structure of consciousness meaning transparent, timeless, selfless, a knowing of Jesus Christ and the conscious presence of Love in the Holy Trinity. We, the Children of Light are told to “prepare for the bridegroom” and I believe that transformational meditation is the way this is accomplished. I also believe it will take an infusion of Divine Light and Spirit from above/within to ultimately consummate this awakening. The preparation for the coming of the Christ consciousness within all of us who are ready is the mission of this website and the purpose of these teachings and this system of meditation.
Adam: The Divine-Human Matrix
God created Adam, the divine-human matrix with masculine and feminine characteristics and polarities, in the physical, psychic, mental and spiritual image and nature of God’s own being. As for the physical form, it was created from the “dust of the ground,” that is, from the 4 elements which comprise the physical universe. Since the Adam matrix is androgynous or male/female, Adam represents the masculine right-side of the body and Eve was “created” from the left-side, (not from the dust of the ground). In this unique configuration, the male/female principles of the species would be one, that is, intertwined and attracted to each other; they would need each other to feel whole in the world. In this configuration, it is intended for humans to first “find themselves” by uniting both the masculine and feminine (animus-anima) principles within their own nature so as to become a whole and harmonious being. The experience of wholeness enables us to know who we are, and from this awareness, we are able to recognize our opposite-gendered and complementary counter-part in life.
The Adamic divine-human matrix which resides in the higher regions of consciousness, in its perfection, is an eternal Omega being representing the fulfillment of humanity at the end of the sixth day of creation. In our quantum universe, the divine-human Adamic form is always present and its God-like perfection continuously beckons for us to awaken to the fullness of our inner potential and Self-realization of who we truly are. Two-thousand years ago Jesus Christ fully embodied this divine-matrix on the earth and demonstrated for us what our God-like potential looks like fully manifested. Not only did He give us a preview of our future, but He also opened the door through which we may follow His path to Eternal Life. To complete His mission, He had to die, resurrect His body, and ascend back into the Eternal Light so humanity would unequivocally know that we too can embody the eternal God-like Image our Creator has prepared for us. Learning to embrace and embody the Divine Human image God has prepared for us is the goal of Stage 3 Meditation.
The perfect Alpha-Omega divine-human radiant matrix of the androgynous Adamic body guides humanity toward its fulfillment at the end of the sixth day of creation. There, we will manifest a spiritual state resembling the ascended Jesus. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus manifests as the embodiment of Holy Wisdom or Christ/Sophia and teaches his disciples about experiences of knowing the self and experiencing creation as one’s own story. In the verses of Logion 18, the disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how will our end come? Jesus said, “Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.”
The community of John also regarded Jesus as an embodiment of Holy Wisdom which was present in the beginning as we well know from his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” A number of the Aramaic texts identify the “Word” of God with Holy Wisdom. Jesus Christ is considered as the second Adam, and in His divine mission two thousand years ago, He embodied the divine-human matrix which He manifested in its fullness on the Mount of Transfiguration. As He said, “I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end.” We are to follow Jesus in this transformational journey and evolve our body by freeing ourselves of all darkness, weakness and apathy so we can be clear, focused and filled with Light as He was and is.
Through the sacrifice Jesus Christ made in the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of His body, He established the Way of Life for us to follow by revealing His Divine-Human Omega body of Light. He meant for Christians to embrace this mystical vision of Christ so we would embody and evolve the divine-human matrix within ourselves as we journey through the remaining days of creation. Humanity was carefully designed and crafted knowing that one day the archetypal human form would be able to receive the Christ Spirit, redeeming humanity, and preparing the way for those of humanity who are able to receive the Christ Light within. The Christ/Sophia is the image and likeness of God, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (Genesis 5:2). Christ/Sophia consciousness (Intelligent Light-Creative Life) is the inevitable destiny for the children of Light – the perfect blend between masculine intelligent Light and feminine creative Life i.e. Divine Beingness.
Note: It is extremely difficult to explain in words the subtle spiritual energies in the third stage of meditation. This makes it difficult to present instructions because words are inadequate and everyone is different. The insights below are the knowledge I have gained in this meditation, which I hope, will help you in achieving your meditation goals. I continue to get insights as I meditate each day and I will be posting any and all helpful information which will bring all of us closer to the Christ consciousness. I am on the same journey as those of you who are practicing this system of meditation. Remember the verse, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
~The third stage of meditation is a continuation of stage 2 based on the attainment of certain states of consciousness one has experienced and mastered in stage 2; mastered means being able to hold steady a certain state of consciousness. The foundational conscious state in the heart center is purity, serenity, stability, and virtue; that is, a sense that one has risen above the lower emotions. This means there is no more of the emotional turbulence usually experienced on a daily basis by most people, like: anxiety, worry, fear, anger, sadness or even happiness. On the level of the heart one feels the higher feelings of joy, gratitude, peace, and inner love – not the up and down swings of emotion. This state of serenity needs to synchronize with the rhythmic breathing as described in Stage 2. Slow the breathing, slow the heart, feel the peace. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
~ Maintain the serenity, stillness and smooth breathing in the heart; this is purifying the vital light of the psycho-cognitive energies. Impurities in the physical, psycho-cognitive mind will cause disturbances: like mind-chatter; unresolved emotions which grab one’s attention by reexamining the emotion or pain; and attentional drift from the lack of focus. Also, perceive of the body as spirit-energy instead of matter. When the heart meditation is serene and steady, open it to experience peace, joy, gratitude and love. Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”
~ In the diagram below, notice that the heart is the center or seat for the Holy Spirit. When the heart is peaceful and still one is experiencing joy and gratitude, open it to the presence of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is spoken of throughout the Aramaic bible as “she;” it appears in the KJV as “he.” It doesn’t matter as it will be whatever a person needs it to be. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of love which comes from the Father’s heart; it is the love of the Father for the Son and the love of the Son for the Father as well as their love for us. This is an important step in the meditation process and is the beginning for awakening the divine-human, omega image of Christ within. Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
~ At this level of conscious experience, allow for the Holy Spirit to guide, teach and reveal to you the gifts which reside in the spiritual centers of the brain. John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Have faith that you will receive the divine gifts which the Father has ordained for you to receive. 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
~ At some point, when it feels right, let the Christ Light/Spirit envelop your entire body, heart, mind and soul and begin the regeneration process. Imagine this Light, Life and Love as the divine-human matrix transforming you physically, psychically, mentally, and spiritually into the Christed-divine being we are destined to be. 1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
~ Let go and let God. Become one with the Christ Spirit and just BE! John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
Meditation insights (3-21-20): There is a flickering light in the heart, like the flame of a candle. In meditation, when the heart becomes still, peaceful and one with the Christ Spirit, this flame burns steady without flickering, and this Holy Light is transmitted to the brain. Smooth conscious-breathing and holding the sacred heart-light steady begins to illuminate the center of the brain in the area of the pineal/pituitary. This is the opening of the door to higher consciousness; allow for the Spirit to guide you and be receptive to intuitive insight.
Continued (3-25): When the “brain” in the heart is illuminated, it illumines the “heart” in the brain. From the saying “teach your heart to think and your mind to feel;” I say, “teach the heart to will (stillness) and the mind to feel (the Awe of God’s Presence). Holy Spirit/Holy Breath, breathe the holy breath in this meditation.
(6-16-20): Perfect stillness in the heart and in the center of the head will bring unique insights which will illuminate your understanding. The heart must be still, pure and free of personal disturbances in order for this holy light to illuminate our spiritual consciousness. One needs to be completely selfless to enter the supernal realm.
(7-26-20): When the heart chakra connects with the center of the head, currents of love stream from the heart through the throat chakra and light up the brow chakra like a flower in the sun. In the mental faculties (See diagram in Divine Human), the throat chakra represents the motive (intention or will) faculty; it also the organ of formulation for spiritual wisdom from which the word is spoken.
Correct breathing is important in all meditation systems. The SC meditation system is a bottom-up process which means it is necessary to first get the body relaxed through focused-connected breathing. Place the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth at the location which is comfortable for you: on the ridge of skin above the front teeth; in front of the bump on the roof; or behind the bump where the tissue is soft; this is closing a circuit so the regenerative vital energies flow smoothly down into the body. In the case of Stage 3 meditation, where the breath is cycling in and out of the heart chakra, there is a tendency to “chest breathe” which is a shallow, insufficient and unhealthy breath. A healthy breath pushes the diaphragm downward which massages the internal organs; establishing this breathing cycle is the first step in this meditation.
As this breath begins, focus on the area behind the navel (see embryonic breathing in Stage 1) and feel the vital energies being drawn into this area. As the breath reaches full capacity it will begin to rise upward through the center of the body. Follow the tingling energy of the breath upward from the navel center to the solar plexus chakra, on to the heart, throat, middle of the head, and finally to the crown chakra on top of the head; imagine these nerve centers as being perfectly aligned as the breath moves to the top of the head. During the exhale, it feels as if the vital energies shower down on the body; they also passively descend through the vagus nerve, stimulating and nourishing the organs of the body. (diagram left, below)
The diagram (right) of nerve ganglia,* which includes the vagus nerve, shows the path of how the vital energies rise and descend in the body; the breath follows one’s attention and the vital energies follow the breath. This diagram shows the spinal column rising to the brain and the vagus nerve or front nature-cord descending and vitalizing the organs. In the future, the nerve ganglia of the body will be connected at the “bridge,” but for now, we guide the breath and vital energies across the bride and back up the spine.
When the navel breathing cycle is firmly established, put it on “auto-pilot” and release it. While this breathing cycle continues, focus on the heart and gently inhale and exhale in sync with the big breath, somewhat like a breath within the breath. All breathing should be smooth and relaxed. Now focus exclusively on the heart and let go to the Spirit; let the feelings in the heart become one with the Holy Spirit so it can begin to enlighten you.
If this breathing and meditation are being done correctly, one should feel a deep serenity. This state will feel like the selfless oneness with Christ consciousness I described in my experience above when I felt this higher structure of consciousness. In other words, Christ consciousness becomes so pronounced and alive within that the external surroundings seem to fade into the background, yet one is fully conscious. This state is preparation for opening new doors of perception.
* Diagram from Thinking and Destiny by Harold Percival; Word Foundation Publishing
THE POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBLE
At first I saw just a glimmer, and then the wind rippled the surface of the deep well of life,
Into which I dove down willingly and began swimming as quickly as I could to the light.
I only had one thought then, to cross to the brilliant other side,
But I soon found myself passing through the deep place where all my real shadows hide.
Then, I wanted to turn around, but suddenly the way was narrow and the light grew dim;
And I had no other way to go but onward; and I was kicking as the walls closed in.
Holding my breath with all my might, until there was nothing left of me but heart,
As stroke after stroke, I drove through the darkness, guided by the fire of a distant star.
Then, just as my body disintegrated, the Christ reached out for my life,
Drawing me gasping through the eye of the needle as a brilliant thread of light;
And though I leave everything behind, to be stretched in the rare air of heaven above,
I rejoice to breathe in eternity, reflecting so clearly in the light of love.
The terminology of the Triune Self, the 4-fold body and the breath-form are taken from the book Thinking and Destiny by Harold W. Percival. Basic terminology regarding the instinctual body, the shadow and the psychic nature come from Analytical Psychology and the writings of Carl Jung. The application of these terms to the different stages of meditation is based on my own meditation experiences.