The Game Plan in The World of Mind

A simple seeker seemed to be rapidly slipping into concepts of cosmic reality beyond her depth. Why was she considering the concept of a trinity, but not in the generally accepted vision of that image. The trinity in her mind was telling her that there were only three players in the game of Life; Rational Intelligence, represented on The Tree of Life as Form; Emotion, represented as Energy; and Awareness,  as Consciousness. Now, a vision seemed to tell her that each of these three basic concepts had infinite scope. It was too much. I’m too simple to understand that.

How do you know?

What?

Anything  about anything.

By daring to question what it might mean?

Yes. So why don’t we play that game with the seeming relationship between Chockmah and Malkuth on The Tree of Life in The World of Mind?

How to begin, and where, when there seems to be no clear beginning?

There’s always a shadowy beginning that emerges from some earlier experience.

Okay. I was developing a sense of harmonizing the different aspects of The World of Consciousness; the world that gradually merges into Mind.

Yes. You reached a tipping point that became the densest form of mind, which, in Kabbalah symbolism is referred to as Malkuth.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve come this far, unless you’re testing my ego.

What difference would that make to today’s lesson.

What is today’s lesson.

To visualize your individual mind as Malkuth – dense matter; the densest of matter and the lowest point on the Tree of Life, compared to the most abstract form of energy, represented as Chockmah, high on The Tree.

Do you represent Chockmah?

For the purpose of this lesson, yes.

So, then, according to the literature, we are opposite extremes of each other?

In many more ways than one.

Then how can we possibly learn to communicate, let alone harmonize with each other?

Desire and intention to do so; which is also the only way for any two or more individuals, groups, or nations; regardless of differences, to learn to communicate and harmonize with each other.

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High and Low Interact Because

A simple seeker seemed to be lured by her Spirit teacher
to believe that she could possibly learn to understand
the deeper meanings of the interconnection between
the Kabbalah Tree of Life and Tarot symbols through
studying each of these mystery systems separately and
then integrating them.

She protested that she just didn't seem to have the mental
capacity to go much beyond a surface awareness of life,
as the mysteries taught.

Not past tense, He insisted. There has always been a
continuum of teachers in every age, who adapt what has
been shared, as a sacred trust, with them, to the culture
they live within, and are, at least to some extent, a
product of.

She drew three Tarot cards to express:
1. Ego, or her personal relationship to herself and her
perceived needs and level of satisfaction.
2. Higher Self, or what a higher self might inspire her
to reach for, if she could and would believe in it.
3. Harmony between the two; not a balance, but synthesis.

1. The King of Wands; the most powerful card in the deck.
Was her ego that inflated?
2. Eight of Cups; expressing leaving the past behind.
How could a higher energy ask so much of her, knowing
how much she had experienced and cared for what that
experience had helped her to become. And now, to let go?
3. Five of Wands; a struggle between competing forces.

Spirit's reading: If you dare to test the strength of
differences and similarities between Ego and Higher Self
you will discover that they each reflect the other.

 

Living in Three Worlds

A simple seeker of enlightenment had been accepted into

Grass Roots Spiritual Philosophy 121, and was meditating on

Stage 16 of The Tree of Life.

Spirit’s lesson for today: How to live in three worlds

while planted in a fourth?

How can I possibly exist in four worlds at one time?

We simply, or otherwise, do.

It isn’t simple for me.

Why?

How can I feel a sense of home if I live in four places?

“Place” suggests form.

How can anything not have form?

When it becomes formless.

How can that happen?

It is, was, and always will be.

Kabbalah, Taoism, and Education

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom
with me. Why? I don’t know, but I’m very grateful that He does.
I’ve always enjoyed studying but I’ve usually chosen my own
time to do it. Now it seems to begin and end with Spirit.

What do Kabbalah and Taoism have in common with today’s
education system?

A transmission of knowledge.

Knowledge of what?

Wow? You expect me to explain that?

Yes, and explain it simply and clearly.

Now?

Now.

Well, the Kabbalah Tree of Life represents seeking ever higher
levels of integration and transformation of an individual’s
intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development.

A basic understanding. Now, Taoism.

Lao Tzu explained the core structure of all life as Tao,
The One that divides itself into two and then the two
together create the three, and from the three come the
ten thousand things, meaning everything else.

How are these two systems of thought similar, and how
different?

Wow! You didn’t prepare me for this.

I prepared you very well, all things considered. Carry on.

Wow! Taoism encourages simplification of one’s lifestyle,
as if moving from clutter to a sense of oneness with Life.

And Kabbalah?

From my very limited understanding, the symbolic message is
one of awareness of the Absolute that is boundless, and of
our capacity and destiny to seek to develop and express ever higher levels of thought, emotion, wisdom, understanding, and
creativity, as a reflection of the qualities of God.

Acceptable, for now. And, finally, how are children being
educated today.

Where?

Yes.

Another Way to See The Tree

“Existence comes before essence”. Who said that?

Likely an existentialist.

Our simple seeker was aware that her Spirit teacher
did not seem to approve of assigning names as credits.
Ideas come to us; we do not go to them, or create them
from nothing, He kept reminding her. What we do with
them is our choice.

Perhaps His position on this and other matters is
intended as a gentle or otherwise put-down, she thought,
on her tendency toward hero-worship.

You don’t call your parents by their personal names.

That’s different.

How?

Calling them mother and father or, more casually, mom
and dad, is a cultural tradition; perhaps a step toward
learning to respect authority and those who have
earned it, one way or another.

Our simple seeker suspected that Spirit was intentionally
distracting her from her focus on Kabbalah and The Tree
of Life.

The Kabbalah has much in common with your own cultural
traditions.

In what way?

The Tree of Life represents needed structure in our lives.
We develop from the bottom up. The Tree helps us to focus
on form before essence.

Why?

The letter of the law must be accepted and respected
before attempting to understand the spirit of
whatever law.

Even if the particular law seems to make no sense at all?

Even if the particular law seems to make no sense at all?

Yes.

Why?

Laws represent order and even if it is time to change
a law, one must attempt to understand what purpose
it might have served at an earlier time.

Then, it should be accepted without necessarily
approving of it?

Yes. Law as form is structure and a foundation, while
essence has potential to expand and deepen, after
the form is acknowledged, and then, perhaps, adapted
to meet changing circumstances.

Our simple seeker felt blessed to have Spirit share
his insights with her, but she had been developing
some of her own; a deeper awareness of …

Humility?

Pain is not Suffering, Unless

A simple seeker is recovering from yet another
fairly minor surgical procedure.

It hurts.

Yes.

Why do you say, “Yes”, as if my pain was
a blessing?

It is.

A blessing?

Yes.

How is that possible?

Are your wounds healing?

They seem to be, this time.

How do you know?

The nerves in the area are active.

Do they indicate healing?

I don’t know.

But, they live?

Yes.

That in itself is a blessing.

Yes, but they hurt.

Are you suffering?

Where are you going with that question?

Where might I be going?

Pain versus suffering?

Yes. We feel pain with physical senses,
while suffering is an emotional response
that can be controlled, if we choose
to control it.

Perhaps my suffering comforts me
in my time of pain.

Is that a healthy situation?

Healthy?

Yes.

In what sense?

Life enhancing.

Surely rejoicing in pain would suggest
an unhealthy mental attitude.

How so?

I am aware of feeling pain and my awareness
seems to activate self-compassion.

Yes. Go on.

You’re leading me down one of your paths
again.

Yes.

So, I feel compassion for my suffering
and not for my pain?

Yes, and in the deepening awareness
that it is your suffering that attracts
your compassion, healing gradually
takes place.

My suffering is reduced?

Yes, and more. When your natural
healing energies are released from
their focus on your suffering they are
then able to cope with the source of pain.

Learn to relax and feel the pain
without self-pity?

Yes.

A Higher Infusion of Energy

Our simple seeker was meditating on the concept of
reverse transcendence.

How did that idea get into your mind?

I don’t know. Perhaps you put it there.

For what purpose?

Perhaps to inform me of the topic of today’s lesson.

How would you explain reverse transcendence?

In traditional yoga practice the mind of the student
and that of her teacher become interconnected.

Where does reverse transcendence fit into such
a situation.

As the student absorbs more and more of her teacher’s
understanding …

Understanding and not wisdom?

Are they not the same?

Yes. Go on.

Then her own wisdom or awareness expands, as she
absorbs some of his.

Does she transcend her own mind?

No. An overlap, as in the process of paradigm shifts,
develops between the student’s mind and that of
her teacher’s.

Duality becomes one?

Not totally.

So, she absorbs his energy without losing her own?

Perhaps our unique energy could never be in danger
of being consumed by another.

It could be weakened or strengthened. Is this
the result of a student attracting and absorbing
her teacher’s energy?

Perhaps neither happens.

Then, what does or might happen?

The student may become increasingly aware of her own
vibrating energy through a more relaxed and trusting
association with his.

Very good. But, where does your concept of reverse
transformation come in?

I’m still vague about it but transcendence suggests
going beyond, and if her Guru’s energy is
strengthening her own then the flow of higher energy
is from without to within – a reverse flow from
the generally accepted view of transcendence
as going beyond, or from within to without.

Does the teacher lose anything in this transfer of
energy?

Is there a transfer?

Yes.

Then the high energy the teacher transmits to his
student would be replaced by an even higher infusion
of energy from His source of enlightenment, as a
pressure gradient system might work.

Is that all?

For now, yes. Did I do well?

For now, yes.

What is Feng-Shui?

Our simple seeker was fascinated in what
she had discovered in a Book Warehouse
store. She seemed to know she was meant
to find something of special interest
to her, if to no other.

What is Feng-Shui?

Yes. That’s the title of this incredibly
interesting, nineteenth century classic
interpretation by Ernest J. Eitel.
And it was marked down to $3.99.
It hardly seems fair.

Did you want to pay more?

Perhaps, if I had know how interesting
it would be to me, but that would mess
up their bookkeeping. People don’t do that.

You do.

Not in a book store. And not often.
But there are times when waiters
seem to go out of there way to be
helpful that I would not feel
comfortable not expressing thanks
with a higher tip than usual.
It’s just too easy to simply say,
thank you.

Don’t tell me; show me?

Yes.

What impressed you most with Feng-Shui?

The author was as interesting as his book.

In what way?

You know. He is, or was, so knowledgeable …

Is he not, now?

I don’t know.

Could he be less knowledgeable now
than he was 150 or so years ago?

That would depend …

On what?

On how well he kept himself informed about
new studies and insights on his subject of
interest, as they became available.

Yes, or whether he was content to rest on
his current awareness, in the false belief
that he had contributed as much as he could,
and so stopped what he had been doing so well.

But, surely we have to stop sometime.

Why?

Otherwise, the book would never be finished.

The book is never finished.

What book?

The story of our life.

One?

One.

No Such Thing as Just a Dream

Our simple seeker was half asleep when Spirit
began to lecture to her on Freud’s concept of
ego.

Perhaps he didn’t think to use the term of
outer personality.

Ego as personality? That makes sense.

Actually it develops around our essence,
or soul, if you will, and it’s unique
personality.

She tried to focus with her weary mind
on what he was saying, and at the same time
wondered why He would choose such a moment.

Perhaps so your resistance to new ideas …

I don’t resist new ideas, at least not
just for the sake of resisting them.

Then why are you resisting the concept of
an inner or original personality and a mask
or protective energy that interacts between
the inner personality and the outer
enviroment?

Like a coat?

A living coat.

I don’t understand.

What?

Why we would need an outer personality
to protect our essence when surely
our physical body does that.

The physical body is a structure,
even though it is a living one.

Okay, so we have two personalities

Of course, we may have several.

I’m trying to accept two.

Okay. For now, think two.

Inner and outer?

Inner and outer.

The outer is directed by the inner?

When?

They take turns?

Not by design.

Then how?

The inner develops an interface …

As an aura?

Yes.

And the aura serves to provide
a sort of protection …

Go on.

I can’t think. I’m tired.

So, You’re not interested in learning
about the function of the outer
personality as it develops into ego,
and forgets, or denies that it’s role
is to …

You’re losing me.

That’s not possible.

Is this just a dream?

There is no such thing as just a dream.

or protection

Spirituality Requires Thought and Emotion

Our simple seeker was overwhelmed with the power
of what she was reading on a web site she had
connected to via a Twitter tweet. She could not
pull herself away, to wind down.

So, now you’ve discovered depth psychology?

You know that I studied that many years ago,
but this goes beyond a simple review.

Jung as a spiritual thinker was not part of
your formal studies?

As far as I can remember, spirituality
and thinking were not even considered …

Compatible?

Something like that.

What is your take on this new ethics?

It isn’t new in the sense that it would
replace the old.

Then, how can it be considered as new?

You’re setting me up.

Yes.

Then, please explain how the two can
merge, and why they now must.

They have never been separate.

As in the letter and the spirit
of the law?

Yes.

Then the old and new ethics of Spiritual
Depth Psychology refers to developing
an inner awareness of the purpose of
outer forms of ethical conduct and social
expectations, and why these serve us all?

Yes, and more.

What more?

The process of increasing awareness requires
and stimulates intellectual development.

And emotional development?

No.

Why?

When we each start to develop an inner
perspective of how and why to express
compassion toward ourselves and others,
in a way that honours both the past and
present, and possible future rules of
interacting with others, then our
emotional development will be
the stimulus to intellectual awareness.

They develop separately?

Yes and no.

How is that possible?

We each are usually more mature in either
thought or emotion, but each is
continuously, even if very slowly,
developing and influencing the other’s
growth.

Then,