Consciousness (7)

In this form the question is unanswerable, for it is founded on false premises. The Perfect is the All, the Totality, the Sum of Being. Within its infinity, as above said, is everything contained, every potentiality, as well as actuality, of existence. All that has been, is, will be, can be, ever is in that … Continue reading Consciousness (7)

Consciousness (5)

Consciousness dealing with a definite time, however long or short, with a definite space, however vast or restricted, is individual, that of a concrete Being, a Lord of many universes, or some universes, or a universe, or of any so-called portion of a universe, his portion and to him therefore a universe—these terms varying as … Continue reading Consciousness (5)

Consciousness (4)

To say this is not to materialise consciousness, but only to recognise the fact that the two primary opposites, consciousness and matter, are straightly bound together, are never apart, not even in the highest Being. Matter is limitation, and without limitation consciousness is not. So far from materialising consciousness, it puts it as a concept … Continue reading Consciousness (4)

Consciousness (2)

This leads us to our next point: the existence of consciousness implies a lion into two aspects of the fundamental all-underlying Unity. The modern name of consciousness, " awareness," equally implies this. For you cannot hang up awareness in the void: awareness implies something of which it is aware, a duality at the least. Otherwise … Continue reading Consciousness (2)

Consciousness (1)

The Meaning of the Word. Let us now consider what we mean by consciousness, and see if this consideration will build for us the much longed-for "bridge," which is the despair of modern thought, between consciousness and matter, will span for us the "gulf" alleged to exist for ever between them. To begin with a … Continue reading Consciousness (1)

The Mental Plane (11)

Let us now consider, in this light, the relations between the higher and lower mind and their action on the brain. The mind, Manas, the Thinker is one, and is the Self in the causal body; it is the source of innumerable energies, of vibrations of innumerable kinds. These it sends out, raying outwards from … Continue reading The Mental Plane (11)

The Mental Plane (10)

A very little reflection will convince anyone how little material, suitable for the growth of this lofty body, he affords by his daily life; hence the slowness of evolution, the little progress made. The Thinker should have more of himself to put out in each successive life, and, when this is the case, evolution goes … Continue reading The Mental Plane (10)

The Mental Plane (9)

A clear understanding of the nature of the mental body would much modify modern education, and would make it far more serviceable to the Thinker than it is at present. The general characteristics of this body depend on the past lives of the Thinker on earth, as will be thoroughly understood when we have studied … Continue reading The Mental Plane (9)

The Mental Plane (8)

(b) In the average man, the mental body is much increased in size, shows a certain amount of organization, and contains a fair proportion of matter drawn from the second, third and fourth subdivisions of the mental plane. The general law which regulates all the building up and modifying of the mental body may here … Continue reading The Mental Plane (8)

The Mental Plane (7)

We have seen that the mental body is so closely mingled with the astral, that they act as a single body, but the dawning mental faculties add to the astral passions a certain strength and quality not apparent in them when they work as purely animal qualities. The impressions made on the mental body are … Continue reading The Mental Plane (7)

The Mental Plane (6)

Let us now turn to the study of the Thinker and his vesture as they are found in men on earth. The body of the consciousness, conditioning it in the four lower subdivisions of the mental plane—the mental body, as we term it —is formed of combinations of the matter of these subdivisions. The Thinker, … Continue reading The Mental Plane (6)

The Mental Plane (5)

The student should familiarize himself with the fact that rising in the scale of evolution does not move him from place to place, but renders him more and more able to receive impressions. Every sphere is around us, the astral, the mental, the buddhic, the nirvanic, and worlds higher yet, the life of the supreme … Continue reading The Mental Plane (5)

The Mental Plane (4)

On the mental plane, in both its great divisions, exist numberless Intelligences, whose lowest bodies are formed of the luminous matter and elemental essence of the plane—Shining Ones who guide the processes of natural order, overlooking the hosts of lower entities before spoken of, and yielding submission in their several hierarchies to their great overlords … Continue reading The Mental Plane (4)

The Mental Plane (3)

The mental plane is that which reflects the Universal Mind in Nature, the plane which in our little system corresponds with that of the Great Mind in the Cosmos. In its higher regions exist all the archetypal ideas which are now in course of concrete evolution; in its lower these are worked out into successive … Continue reading The Mental Plane (3)

The Mental Plane (2)

Life on the mental plane is more active than on the astral, and form is more plastic. The spirit-matter of that plane is more highly vitalized and finer than any grade of matter in the astral world. The ultimate atom of astral matter has innumerable aggregations of the coarsest mental matter for its encircling sphere-world, … Continue reading The Mental Plane (2)

The Mental Plane (1)

The mental plane, as its name implies, is that which belongs to consciousness working as thought; not of the mind as it works through the brain, but as it works in its own world, unencumbered with physical spirit-matter. This world is the world of the real man. The word ‘‘ man ” comes from the … Continue reading The Mental Plane (1)

Astral plane: What it is

The astral plane, also called the astral world, is a plane of existence postulated by classical (particularly neo-Platonic), medieval, oriental, and esoteric philosophies and mystery religions. It is the world of the celestial spheres, crossed by the soul in its astral body on the way to being born and after death, and is generally believed … Continue reading Astral plane: What it is