Wednesday, June 23, 2010
(More) Frequently Asked Questions
Q. You mentioned that meditation is a multi-level process. What are the levels?
A. The first level is to understand that you already know how to meditate, and have been able to accomplish meditation without any type of preparation or fan fair. Meditation is a natural result of focusing to one level of minds function. This happens as a matter of course when you are settled down and still for a while. This can be accomplished many ways. You need a focus to do this. Reading a book is an example of settling down and being still. As you become more settled into your physical space the text of the book you are reading becomes your total focus, if you are reading a novel, you can be transformed mentally into the scene you are reading from the book.
The next level is to understand the psychic connection between material mind and the psychic self.
The next level is devoted to stilling yourself and accomplishing complete silence mentally, physically and emotionally.
The next level is to understand the Unfoldment of the Spiritual self.
Q. What is the psychic connection between material mind and the psychic self?
A. The connection to the material mind and the psychic self is the Etheric body.
Q. What is the Etheric body?
A. Some disciplines call the Etheric body the soul.
Q. What is the Unfoldment of the Spiritual self?
A. The Unfoldment of the Spiritual self is a process of "Spiritual Unfoldment." Spiritual Unfoldment is a process that allows you to peel back the material conditioning you receive as a Spiritual being incarnated in material form of expression. It is much like the blooming of a flower, the petals folding open to reveal the center of the flower. It is a process of cultivation of our Spiritual nature in a truer sense of expression.
Q. What do you mean, "a process of cultivation of our Spiritual nature in a truer sense of expression?"
A. As we mature during our incarnation of the material plane, we have a tendency to lose site of the fact that we are Spiritual beings first and foremost. We allow our physicalness to take precedence over our spirituality. This is not an intended result of incarnation. It’s a natural propensity of "taking care of business" during incarnation. At some point of our material life we become aware that we seem to be missing something, something that is nameless, but very desirable. That desirable thing that we are missing is our connection and remembrance that we are Spiritual beings incarnated in flesh form, not a material body with a Spirit contained somewhere deep inside of us waiting to be activated.
Q. We make this connection to the inner self through meditation?
A. That is correct. Meditation is the key that unlocks the connection to the Etheric body. The Etheric body is the psychic body of man. The Etheric body is the connecting bridge between the material body of man and the Spiritual body of man. Meditation is finding the pathway to the inner Spiritual self.
Q. What is our connection to our Spiritual self?
A. The material connector to the Spiritual self is our psychic sensory system of function. The psychic body of function is our sixth sense and it is the completion of our material manifestation. The body that controls the psychic sense system is the Etheric body. The Etheric body is also the connector to the Spiritual body. You could consider the Etheric body as the bridge between the material body and the Spiritual body. Through ignorance man has tried to discredit his own intuition. Some religions call psychic function evil and work of the devil. Others just call it silly superstition. However the sixth sense of man has never stopped its functions and leads to the "Spiritual functions," the seventh level of our capabilities.
Q. Where does study of this type start?
A. This type of study has already started as it is an inherent quality of man to search for his Spiritual connection. This is the reason this type of Spiritual reading material is available, and the reason you are attracted to this type of information, so you are already on your Spiritual journey. So there really is no formal starting place, individually we all find our own starting place.
There are many types of study that have been developed into programs or pathways of study, yet there is not one specific place to begin, it’s all a matter of choice. I believe the first step to this type of study is to recognize you are already involved in a Spiritual Unfoldment program in a natural course of living. Reflect upon the type of reading you already do, the type of reading material that attracts you. Become aware of where, when and how you study this type of material. Where, when and how you study are as important if not more so than what you study. As you attune yourself to this information about what you are naturally attracted to teaches you that all life is a great lesson learned in increments or phases of life. You also become aware of your spirituality more fully. Once that information is in place addressing where, when and how, I would have to say becoming comfortable with psychic abilities would be then next phase. There are many misconceptions about psychic abilities, what they are, how they function and how they are used, so much so, people often have a distorted concept of the function. Before we can become comfortable with our psychic abilities, I believe we need to have a better understanding of the skills, and a general idea of how these misconceptions become prevalent on the material plane. Learning facts of truth about psychic abilities automatically dispels the myths created about the function. Because there are a vast number of misconceptions about psychic abilities, Spirit channeled a series of booklets many years ago addressing these misconceptions. Amazingly after thirty years of teaching Spiritual Unfoldment I still find these misconceptions to be prevalent.
For these reasons I begin every new class with the series that Spirit channeled entitled "To the Skeptics the Psychically Misinformed." The misunderstood principles and concepts outlined in that series are still prevalent in mans mind today.
Q. What type of misconceptions about psychic ability do you mean?
A. Many people believe that psychic ability is a skill that only some people have, not all people. Others believe if you use your psychic ability too often, it will dry up and disappear. My personal favorite is, whistles, bells and gongs will sound when somebody has a psychic revelation.
Q. These things are not true?
A. No, they are not. Psychic abilities are the sixth sense of man completing our physical manifestation, so psychic ability is a natural function. Psychic ability is not a function that works sometimes in a hit or miss process. It always works. Because it is a natural function, most people are not aware of how they use it, and everybody does use it consciously or unconsciously. Because most are not aware of natural psychic ability in action, these myths are easily created, and they are somewhat easily believed. After all, if you’re not truly cognizant of a function, how can you know your using it, or misusing it. For example, do you have to check with your sense of smell to know its functioning? It just works unconsciously. Suppose somebody or a group of people told you your sense of smell was not working correctly unless you heard a buzzing sound in your ears every time your sense of smell functioned. You might think that information is nuts, but in a natural course of events related to the information you would begin paying more attention to the ability of smell. And amazingly there would be many people who would suddenly begin to report that this information is true. They would report that it is a subtle sound, if you weren’t listening for it you would not hear it.
Q. So study of psychic ability is part of a Spiritual Unfoldment program?
A. Yes, it is important you recognize and understand psychic ability is a natural function all people use, and enjoy. It’s part of whom we are and how we function. Understanding and accepting the system of psychic sensory perception is the first step to reconnecting our material self to our Spirit self. Meditation is the key to the connection of our material and Spiritual selves, and the connection happens through the intuitive psychic sense system. When you have basic knowledge of the psychic sense system and how it functions will help you to meditate more easily. You have an understanding of the sensations you experience during your meditation period and the understanding allows you to relax more fully and go with the flow of the meditation period.
Q. How does the study of psychic abilities help us to meditate?
A. Meditation is a process of connecting to our Spiritual self. To connect to our Spiritual self we must be able to relax totally, mentally, physically, and emotionally. To be able to relax so completely without falling asleep we must have a basic understanding of our material self and how the material mind functions. Between the material functions of mind and the Spiritual functions of mind are the psychic functions of mind. The psychic function of mind is the connector between the material and Spiritual mind. So to connect to the Spirit mind we need to open up what may seem to be closed pathways. These seemly closed pathways are our reaction to our psychic abilities. These pathways have always been open, they are open at birth. Through much of our material training we become desensitized to the function of psychic abilities, so when we relax and feel them in action we interpret that sensation as strange, when in fact it’s a natural function. When we feel something we interpret as strange happening to us we automatically switch into an alert protective mode of safety. This safety mode is a stimulation of the physical mind sending alert messages to the physical body causing a rush of adrenalin and we are automatically taken from a state of complete relaxation to a state of combat defense readiness. Study of psychic ability helps to understand the sensations we experience during our meditation period allowing us to enjoy the sensations and reintroduce the sensation into or conscious mind. The acceptance of the "new" sensations allows us to unblock the pathways to the higher mind functions. Unblocking the psychic pathways through understanding what the blocks are or were is the key to helping us to relax and go with the flow of meditation gaining the highest and best from our meditation period.
Q. You mentioned the seventh level of ourselves, what is that?
A. The seventh level of our manifestation is our Spiritual self, the creative force within us that manifests our reality of life. The Spiritual self is the aspect of self that is bound to and controlled by universal law sometimes referred to as Spiritual law. Universal Spiritual law works in our lives constantly to bring into fruition our conscious state of reality. Some call the Spiritual self soul, others call it the higher-self.
Q. So the psychic body of man is the connector between the physical self and the Spiritual self?
A. Yes that is correct. Once material man can understand the connecting body of psychic function allows the connection to be made to the inner Spiritual self by bridging the "gap" between the two bodies of function. Some schools of thought call the Spiritual self the higher self.