Of The Body and Soul
There are many Christians who would question why they need to meditate since Jesus said that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven all one has to do is to believe in Him. This is absolutely true! Nevertheless, upon entering heaven, souls will reside in the heavenly state which corresponds to the level of their understanding regarding the mysteries of Christ, their level of personal self-development, and the depth of their goodness. In this heavenly state, souls will be unaware of the higher levels of heaven, just as we are unaware of the higher levels of consciousness which exist in the present moment right now.
However, for the Spiritual Christian, this level of devotion is not sufficient to satisfy the hunger and thirst for Truth that simmers within. Disciples of Christ constantly yearn for the divine presence and pray without ceasing which means being conscious in the present moment with a quiet, open heart as much as possible. In order to fully be in the present moment, the mind, body, and emotions must be recognized, regulated, and focused so the physical inertia, emotional impulses, and the chattering-mind do not interfere with the effort to receive and perceive the Light of Christ so a conscious connection to the divine presence is maintain.
In this world, each one of us is a divine being having a human experience; this experience in the body is the reason we are here because it is only in this elemental world that such experience for the soul is available. We would not progress or develop our soul and conscious awareness if it were not for this experiential interaction we have with the nature-body through our many lifetimes. The phenomenon of intelligent-light integrating into a nature-body and a nature-body gradually transitioning back into intelligent-light is how the soul cycles in and out of life. The completion and fulfillment of this cycle was revealed to humanity in the life, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The regeneration and transitioning of a physical body into spiritual light is what the resurrection of Jesus Christ is about. As this was a singular and significant event in His life, it is likely that Jesus intended for the regeneration and resurrection of the body into light to be a part of the spiritual experience of the Way of Life. With the resurrection and ascension, Jesus Christ revealed the heavenly realm as our true home and taught that we are capable of living in the higher dimensions, but for us to make such a transition as He did, takes more than one lifetime to accomplish. Obviously, the disciple of Christ needs more knowledge, understanding, and perspective in order to ascertain what the message and purpose of the resurrection means.
The Fall of Humanity
This knowledge begins with the fall of humanity as represented in the Creation story. Although the story seems to be a childlike fable to modern humanity, there is truth represented in the symbolism of the story. One aspect of this story that has not been properly examined is the conscious state of humanity while in the Garden of Eden. The Garden represents the timeless, unconscious elemental universe in which all (active-passive) elemental-matter is balanced and united within itself so time is not experienced. Initially, for Adam and Eve, they were in a semi-conscious blissfulness, but they were not yet self-conscious.
Time in the earthly reality, is the change in the units of matter in their relationship to one another and is noticed as physical masses change. Time is recognized in units of matter solely by their active and passive alternations. In the Garden or heavenly realm, where the balanced units of matter do not change alternately between active-passive, there is no time or change as known to humans. For humanity, this was the experience of eternal happiness since there was no hunger, pain, aging, or bodily distractions as we now experience on earth. This same state of well-being is described in Revelation 21:1-8 referring to the New Heaven and the New Earth.
For humanity, the perfected state of our beingness was the experience of oneness with God in the Garden. In other words, our higher Self was one with God, in part, because the units of matter comprising our ethereal bodies were in perfect balance; this meant our ethereal body and spirit were united with the presence of God. Although in perfect balance, Adam and Eve, representing humanity, were given a test by God to “not eat of the apple of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” However, it was inevitable that this event would occur because Adam and Eve were not conscious that they were conscious; just as the fish is not conscious it is in the water. It was a blessing that we fell from this state of “unconscious bliss” so our eyes could be opened, as it says in Genesis 3:5, "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
In reality, the knowledge of good and evil “separated” us from God, forcing us to learn what NOT to do so we could recognize what we ought to do. Thus, humanity has fallen deeply into the pain, suffering, and illusion of the world so we could know good from evil. And miraculously, Jesus Christ entered into this worldly torment to remind us that we are Godly beings with divine powers and characteristics. The life of Jesus Christ was one of living symbolism which revealed the way to live, the way to be, and the path to follow to experience Eternal Life and oneness with God, our Father.
It defies common sense that Jesus Christ would: live the life He lived; do the miracles He did; sacrifice His life and be crucified; resurrect His tortured body; and ascend into the higher dimensions of reality and expect us to “do these things I do and greater than these” in one brief lifetime. As has been explained in Being & Soul and throughout this site, we are a conscious Self of intelligent-light and a living, breathing soul having a temporary experience in a 4-fold nature body.
The body is a physical expression of the soul or breath-form and the soul is altered in each life we live; thus our beingness and form distinctly manifest the incremental changes in growth and self-awareness we have gained from our previous life experiences. Though we part with the body and physical plane at the end of life, we are still present in our eternal Triune Self. Human beings will continue to re-exist until they regenerate the imperfect mortal body into a perfect and immortal Adamic body such as they originally had, but this time we will be conscious that we are conscious. The regeneration, restoration, and resurrection of the perfect body in conscious union with God is our spiritual duty and destiny.
Although humans identify with the nature-body, we are created from the intelligent side of the universe. Our consciousness is our presence; we are now conscious that we are conscious as a living being; and we are conscious of other conscious beings. We are dependent upon consciousness to know, to think, and to do; this is the “trinity-configuration” of our conscious intelligence. The Knower is knowledge of Self and our eternal, egoless Identity; the Thinker thinks as justice, duty, reason, and rightness (conscience & right-discernment), and the Doer experiences our psychic (emotional) life through feeling (not touch) and desire. Our “Higher Self” is present when these 3 conscious states are awakened, aligned, and consciously working together to express the highest qualities, characteristics, and actions of this divine spiritual experience, this gift of Life which Jesus Christ revealed to us.
Transcendence of Elemental Matter
Presently, we are here as fallen beings who are now conscious that we are conscious. It has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ that we are divine beings and our true home is not in this world. Each one of us is now responsible to awaken and realize our divine nature and begin the process of regenerating and resurrecting the physical body and “casting the scales” of delusion from our eyes; in other words, rising above our physiology and healing our psychology. There is no doubt in my mind that for the human being of today, resurrection is the incremental process of transforming our beingness so we can awaken to reality. The beginning of this transformative process is explained in the meditation system on this site.
The reality we are investigating in regard to the resurrection involves the transformation of the matter of the physical body as well as the purification, awakening, and reorientation of our psychological consciousness (discussed next). Keeping in mind that nothing in the physical realm is solid, resurrection of the body requires understanding the 4 elements and how these units of matter manifest and form the 4-fold body. The elemental-matter of the body is: earth, water, air, fire and essential matter of the breath-form which is refined matter on the unseen side of life.
The 4 elements have a unique relationship with one another in that they are contained within each other, that is, the least dense of the elements are contained within the densest; this is also how the body is formed. Earth has within it water, air, and fire (the light of life). Remove the inert matter or earth and water is the next dense element; remove from water the 2 hydrogen atoms and oxygen or air remains. Within air is the invisible fire or the radiant-matter of the body. Thus these elements are arranged in an order of the densest to the least dense and beyond the element of fire is essential matter.
The following text comes from a very old alchemical document called “The Turba Philosophorum” which explains the relationship of the 4 elements with one another. The elements represent levels of consciousness in the body all of which are involved in the process of resurrection:
“The stars are igneous (resembling fire) and are kept within bounds by the air. If the humidity and density of the air did not exist to separate the flames of the Sun from living things, then the Sun would consume all creatures. But God has provided the separating air, lest that which He has created should be burned up. Observe that the Sun when it rises in the heaven overcomes the air with its heat and the warmth, penetrating from the upper to the lower parts of the air. If the water did not nourish the air by such tenuous moisture, assuredly the Sun would overcome the air. The fire, therefore, extracts moisture from the water, by means of which the air conquers the fire itself. Thus, fire and water are enemies between which there is no agreement, for the fire is hot and dry, but the water is cold and moist.”
The air, which is warm and moist, joins these together by its concordant medium; between the humidity of water and the heat of fire the air is thus placed to establish peace. A spirit arises from the tenuous vapor of the air because the heat being joined to the humor issues something tenuous, which will become a wind. For the heat of the Sun extracts something tenuous out of the air which then becomes spirit and life to all creatures. The air is thickened and it is also made thin; it grows warm and becomes cold. The density of the four elements reposes in the earth; for the fire falls into air, the density of air received from the fire, falls into water; the density of water increased by the fire and air reposes in earth.”
“Fire is the rarest; that which is warm and dry is rarer than the warm and moist; water is cold and moist; earth is cold and dry. Air is a tenuous matter of water and it is not separated from it, but remains above the dry earth, to wit, the air hidden in the water which is under the earth. If this air did not exist, the earth would not remain above the humid water. The air which is hidden in the water under the earth is that which sustains the earth, lest it be plunged into the said water; and it, moreover, prevents the earth from being overflowed by that water. The province of the air is, therefore, to fill up and to make separation between diverse things, that is to say, water and earth; and the air is constituted a peacemaker between hostile things, namely, water and fire, dividing these, lest they destroy one another.”
What we experience in life as the matter of our physical body comes from the work of invisible units of matter which build the structure and maintain the form at the quantum level. What is unique about the matter of the body, is that these units of matter also progress in life from the denser elements, like earth, to the less dense elements, like water, just as consciousness transcends from the lower levels to the higher. In other words, when a unit of earth has reached its limit of experience in alternating between its active and passive sides, it becomes neutral and shifts to the unmanifested side of water, and eventually, evolves to become a manifested element of water.*
It will follow the same path of progress into the air and fire elements, and in time, when it is super-refined, it will become essential matter, like that of the soul (breath-form). The presence of consciousness as well as the natural breathing of the body keeps the elemental body in constant motion as it follows an unconscious impetus to return to the source from which it came, the Ever-Present Origin. God breathed into our nostrils the breath of life and God remains in contact with the seen and unseen universe through the breath in all living creatures. What we are experiencing right now as we breathe, is the “unconscious resurrection” of the body. In the next section, we will discuss conscious resurrection.
In the world of time, when an elemental unit is ready to be transformed, the active-passive sides cease to alternate and become neutralized at the quantum level referred to as the Sameness (or God’s Love), the “background” or unified field of the universe. The manifesting active-passive aspects alternately change until each is adjusted to the other by the unchanging Sameness so they are equalized and the unit is Sameness throughout. When an elemental-unit changes from one state or plane to another, the change is always made through the unmanifested aspect. The unmanifested portion of a unit is in and through the manifested active-passive part.
Being in a neutral or balanced state, the transition to the next higher state is made through the unmanifested which pervades the manifested. Thus, an elemental unit will transition from the state in which it was and reappear through the unmanifested as that which it will become. A unit of matter goes through the four conditions of transformation in the earth, water, air, and fire before it becomes essential matter; and eventually essential matter will become neutral units before transitioning to intelligent-light. All the units of matter in our body progress to the intelligence of a Triune Self when nature-matter crosses the neutral line which separates matter and intelligence. This is the pathway of resurrection for the body and consciousness.
Meditation and Conscious Resurrection
There is an old saying that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. This axiom holds true regarding life experience in the physical body. In the body, the most primal impulse “rules the day.” In other words, we have to satisfy the hunger, thirst, and well-being of the body before we can move on to contemplating spiritual matters. The physical and spiritual functions of the body are organized just like the elements are with the more primal at the bottom and the refined at the top. This is why Self-realization through meditation is a “bottom-up” process. Like the explanation above regarding the elements, if we remove the inert matter of earth, what becomes apparent is the element of water. So too in meditation, we must begin the process of conscious resurrection by confronting the instinctual nature of the body.
By engaging the instincts and impulses of the physical body in Stage 1 meditation, we are attempting to release the hold these primal forces have on our conscious self which resides in the physical nature. The cellular structure of the nature-body is at the mercy of the primal forces of instinct, sexual impulses, anger, greed, and selfishness all of which are driven by self-preservation, self-gratification, and the hunger for personal power; these are the auto-erotic drives of the lower nature.
In meditation, the subduing of these primitive forces is like removing the inert earthly matter from the elements so what remains is the element of water or in the case of consciousness, the psychic nature. The description above in which an element progressed to the next level by merging with the unmanifested or the Sameness and reappearing in the manifested of the next level, this is the same process we must follow in meditation, except, we experience the unmanifested as the stillness in meditation. Our means of transitioning to the next higher level of consciousness is through developing the ability to be STILL in the presence of the bodily instincts and impulses so these forces do not pull on the body-mind; thus, allowing for the psychic nature to reveal itself. This is the process of Conscious Resurrection in Stage 1 Meditation.
In Stage 2 meditation, the experience of transitioning to the next higher level is slightly different because we are dealing with psychological consciousness instead of the instinctual, impulsive influences from the elemental body. However, before being able to fully engage the psycho-cognitive consciousness above the diaphragm (see explanation in Stage 3), we have to confront the Shadow, below the diaphragm. In working with the psychological nature above the diaphragm, once again, the elements provide a clear example of the process for transitioning higher.
The active and passive qualities of an element alternately change until each is adjusted to the other by the unchanging Sameness so they are equalized and balanced. In the case of the psychic nature of the Doer, the active and passive aspects which alternate are desire and feeling respectively, and these are in a constant state of stimulating and agitating one another. In the case of conscious resurrection, these dual polarities of the psychological consciousness must be held in the STILLNESS until Oneness is achieved so they can merge into one another. Oneness and Sameness are slightly different in that Sameness is like the unconscious, passive background of Creation, whereas Oneness is a conscious uniting and balancing of dual polarities.
When stillness is achieved in the psychological nature so feeling and desire unite into one another, then the next level will be awakened. These transitions of consciousness correspondingly happen in the physical body as the elemental units of matter are quickened, refined, and changed as conscious awareness awakens on each new level. As explained above, when radiant-matter of the astral body is super-refined it will transition to become essential-matter. When essential-matter progresses to the next level, it will become neutral units and when these units transition, they become the conscious intelligence of the Triune Self.
It is because of the presence of God’s Consciousness that each unit of nature, each neutral unit, and each Triune Self is conscious in and as the different degrees of matter in which it is. Thus, the link connecting nature-matter to intelligent-light is kept unbroken. This continuity of consciousness is what makes resurrection possible; it was truly a miraculous event that Jesus Christ resurrected and ascended in a single lifetime. As we continue to raise our consciousness through meditation and become attuned to the Holy Trinity, we are gradually resurrecting our Beingness and “returning to Paradise.” (See: Stage 4 Meditation) This is the Way of Life Jesus Christ revealed to us and it is our responsibility to follow Him into the Kingdom of Heaven.
As I relax into the golden glow of the most peaceful inner fire,
I feel my heart and mind expanding as my body is growing lighter.
Just as I reach the outermost limits, my consciousness begins to swoon,
And I’m wakened in another cosmos, where my blossom begins to bloom.
The brilliant reception I receive here is even beyond my grandest, earthly dreams,
For my crown and soul are dazzled by an immense rolling meadow of em’rald green,
Where ev’ry true dream I ever dreamed is unfolding in glory before my eyes.
As I open my wings and soar away into the wildly blue, expansive sky.
See: Thinking & Destiny by Harold Percival