Saturday, September 27, 2014

Soul Age Determines One's Understanding of God

God -- the Infinite beyond all forms and attributes – is the ultimate and only Reality, best expressed as Nirguna Brahman. God is spirit and all that emanates from spirit is spirit. Different rates of vibration are perceived as different planes of existence. Conscious awareness focuses on one plane of existence even though being in the form of pure consciousness continues on all planes. Senses designed to provide a finite awareness of a limited range of vibrations gives rise to the illusion of separateness.

The Michael teachings present seven broad levels of soul or spiritual development: Infant Souls; Baby Souls; Young Souls; Mature Souls; Old Souls; Transcendental Souls; and Infinite Souls. Souls at different levels of spiritual development have different degrees of understanding of God. As a soul matures, its perception of existence enlarges and its understanding of God increases.

Awareness of higher dimensions, of the presence of God, and of the connection of all things comes from awakening the function of intuition. When trying to comprehend the higher dimensions from the lower dimensions, we can never get it all right. A lower state of consciousness cannot completely conceptualize a higher state of consciousness. As we grow, we learn more, but the finite can never completely comprehend the infinite.

Very young souls imagine God to be the incomprehensible forces of nature. They find comfort in Polytheism. Older souls see God as the “Lord” and “Creator” of the manifest universe – Ishvara. Ishvara (Elohim, Jehovah) is often seen in the creation myths of primitive peoples who imagine God as a superhuman being.

Three concepts of God have emerged: God without attributes of the worlds of form (Nirguna Brahman); God with attributes of the worlds of form (Saguna Brahman); and God the Lord of the Universe (Ishvara). Young souls worship Ishvara. Mature souls worship Saguna Brahman. And old souls experience Nirguna Brahman.

Whether Ishvara, Saguna Brahma, or Nirguna Brahman, the finite universe exists within God since God is infinite and everywhere and contains all things. The number of possible universes is infinite, all existing within God. And God exists infinitely beyond all the finite universes.

Life After Death on the Various Planes of Nature -- A Brief Synopsis

The following is a brief synopsis of my synthesis of all of the teachings I've studied, of all of my personal experiences, and of all the experiences that others have shared with me concerning death, life after death, and rebirth. Remember that when trying to comprehend the higher dimensions from the lower dimensions, we can never get it all right. As we grow, we learn more, but the finite can never completely comprehend the infinite.

In most Wisdom Traditions and tribal or aboriginal religions, the newly deceased individual remains in the etheric plane (the higher dimensions of the dense or physical plane (the etheric double)) and the lower astral planes for a while from which they can view, communicate, and influence the physical plane.

Most people leave the etheric plane after their funeral. A few get stuck there due to various types of problems. A few people reincarnate within 10 years or so after their physical death if they died young and have some very important business or strong ties to certain loved ones.

The average person or soul remains in the various astral planes for hundreds or even thousands of years. Once they complete what they need to do there, they experience the second death and move on to the mental planes. Buddha reportedly experienced 39 planes, but most traditions stick to seven planes with seven possible subplanes in this particular universe.

Despite all this “fragmentation” we are always connected to everything in and out of the universe. We may become aware of these connections in many different ways and to many different degrees. No matter where someone is among the higher planes, they are forever attached to their loved ones or certain situations either by cords of energy (modern Western occult teachings) or “dents” (samskaras) in their being (Major Indian religions).

In time the deceased dies on the lower mental planes. The Self rests on the higher mental plane called the causal plane. Eventually, the causal self or causal body creates on new mental body, astral body, and physical body (The etheric body is part of the physical body) that carries on accumulated characteristics of the deceased. These new bodies are the reincarnation of the deceased and they carry on where he left off.

Most people do not change much after death. Therefore, they have many similarities to their previous lives. They do not become worms or other lower forms of life. They can only become what they carried with them. The changes between lives are miniscule. Some animal souls who have demonstrated higher qualities may move on to human form.

Spiritualism, Spiritism, Swedenborgism, and recent teachings talk about how higher intelligences on these planes guide us and help us prepare for reincarnation. These guides and teachers may continue to be with us in various forms after birth.

Not everyone reincarnates. They may be ready to move on to some higher plane in some higher form. Moving up is a gradual process like any other change on all planes.

Also, the causal self may create other persons on the physical plane that may or may not be carrying on the spiritual or karmic influences of the deceased. They may create personalities in other time frames, both the past and the future.

And the causal self is part of a higher self (the Buddhic/Christ/Krishna body/plane or level of the Master). Each Buddhic Self gives rise to many other causal bodies. The Buddhic Selves are connected to the Atma, which is connected to the Monad, which is connected to the Adi -- the First, the Infinite, or God.