Our connection with the spiritual dimension

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spirit-plane

In my previous post I discussed the esoteric idea about different levels to existence.  At the very top of these levels is the Spirit Plane.  This is something we are all familiar with.  Most religions divide existence into the physical world and the world of Spirit.  Spirit exists outside of the laws of time/space wherein God, the angels, heaven and the dead exist. 

Can we possibility have any knowledge of this spirit world?  We seemingly don’t have any direct connection to this realm, so all appears to be conjecture.  Religious scriptures have something to say about this spirit dimension.  Christian scripture tends to be a bit vague when it comes to the world of spirit.  At the opposite side, the ancient Egyptians had an elaborate map/guesswork of what they thought happened after death.

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel

Ceremonial magicians have long thought of the spirit dimension as the source of power for their craft.  They would invoke the name of God for just about anything including the most nonsensical objectives.  What is up with medieval mages trying to summon angelic powers to find hidden treasure or curse a neighbor?  I don’t get that at all.

It is suggested that a part of our being also exists in this Spirit Plane but is inaccessible to our daily consciousness.  This part of our being has been called our Higher Genius, or Higher Self.  In the grimorie “Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage” there is a technique given called the Abramelin operation which is supposed to bring the mage into direct contact their “Holy Guardian Angel” (another name for our Higher Self) who will reveal great magical secrets to the mage. The occultist Aleister Crowley famously used this method.  I never heard of anyone actually achieving the stated results.

tunnel-of-lightsOutside of religious and occult doctrines, we have the personal experiences of people who had near-death out-of-body experiences.  Very often they encounter a tunnel of light, and after passing through it they encounter the spirit world.  They report encounters with their departed loved ones, a feeling a transcendent joy, of understanding the meaning for everything, and have a life-review where in an instant they relive all the good or bad they ever did in their lives.

Is it possible for the living to have contact with this spiritual dimension?  What is the essence of spirit?  How does spirit reflect itself in our lives?  We don’t need any hocus pocus for the answers.

My personal answer is that the nature of the spiritual dimension is Love.   Love is a part of our everyday, mundane lives.  The love for one’s spouse, the love for your children, loving your friends and neighbors…the love of all humanity is our connection with the deepest level of existence.  When a parent is toiling at working two jobs to support their family, they may not realize it but they in harmony with the purpose for our existence. 

For me, the clearest statement on the nature of spirit and love is the famous bible quote about love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, which ends:
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

To achieve harmony with the cosmos is as simple as embracing love for all humanity. Easier said then done!  Religion is often in disharmony with the spirit of love.  Look at Islamic radicals killing people in the name of God.  That is not only disharmony but complete blindness.

loveAnother example, only a few short decades ago in the U.S., it was illegal for people of different races to marry.  People actually got arrested for it!  Why?  Because it was considered immoral and ungodly for the races to mix.  How could supposedly godly people believe in such things?  Maybe they were not in harmony with the spirit of love?  If people view other races as human beings like themselves, with love, they would not have had such views.

Today we have the controversy about gay marriage.  Again, religious people look at gays as abominations and gay marriage as an abomination multiplied.  I can appreciate people have cultural reasons for being against gay marriage, but decades from now people will look back and say, “What were those people THINKING back then??” when gay marriage is commonplace.  Just like we do today looking back at interracial marriage. 

Being in harmony with love and the spiritual dimension is not a religious matter but a personal one.  In my next post I will consider the next level of existence…the abstract level, or what might also be the anthropic principle.

9 Responses to “Our connection with the spiritual dimension”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    You asked if people really could communicate with the spirit world. I think they can (though I don’t myself) – but I tend to be doubtful with anyone who makes money from such proclamations. I suspect most genuine folks with the propensity to see into that realm prefer to keep it quiet.

    I like to think spirit is or is closely allied with love.

    Nor do I understand anyone who uses their spiritual/religious beliefs as an excuse to hate or dismiss ANYONE. Not saying they’re wrong, except I think they are and would be unwilling to worship a deity that would require that. Truthfully, it makes no sense to me nor does it jibe with my understanding of most of the original teachers involved in most major religions.

  2. David Says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    After I published this post, I thought to myself, I am commenting on a lot of stuff that is not going to make anybody happy. Gay marriage is controversial. A lot of people also don’t like the idea of associating the idea of interracial marriage with gay marriage. I quote the bible and then criticize traditional values. I cast a skeptical eye at the effectiveness of some magical practices. Add to that, who am I to imagine I understand the true nature of Spirit? What I firmly believe is that love is the ultimate purpose for existence, and love transcends physical life.

  3. Teresa Silverthorn Says:

    This is an excellent post, and you are an excellent writer. Thank you for this information, not only for myself, but for the world.

  4. Leo Says:

    This gay marriage topic. I don’t hate gay people, I don’t agree with the actions. These acts are not progressive to the development of man for one thing. Think about the nature of a living being. Should we reproduce? If two men live together and love each other but do not have sex, are they gay? I don’t think so. When people say ” you were born gay” I have to laugh. Is it not a sex act that makes a person gay. Just remember we are not all the same. We have the way to move beyond this unnatural act to each other.The human being exists in nature as a giver of life not a caretaker. All I ask is think about it.

  5. David Says:

    Hi Leo,
    I’ll have to disagree with you, but we are all entitled to our viewpoint. I know some gays and they are the nicest people I know. I think the best way to learn tolerance for those who are different from ourself is to have a diversity of friends. Then we discover that our differences are minor compared to all we have in common.

  6. Mzora Says:

    We all are souls who now have body to be able to have this human life experience.Science can not prove existence of the soul because Soul in not physical!And we can communicate with spiritual world because we never really left it!Our physical life span connects us to ALL THAT IS!
    We receive life energy not from the physical source ,we all ways connected with Cosmos even living here on Earth…This is out birthright !All our differences based on clashes between our egos…
    Peace.

  7. David Says:

    Hi Mzora,
    Thanks for the thoughts. Actually, there is increasing scientific evidence that the souls exists. There are studies on the near-death experience, and they are really interesting. Check out one of my favorite sites and their podcasts for information on this topic: http://www.skeptiko.com/
    Dave

  8. PAUL ARTHUR Says:

    Dear Father,

    I am very sorry that i wrote you more than five times email letters you refused to reply,please if i had any mistake against you please let me know because i am ready to work with you with serious dealing for spiritual work. I need some power that can help me to see the spiritual things and asking any questions if something is difficult for my mind. That spiritual side i need from you or if you also have some better than what i told you also let me know now.

    Hope to hear from you now i am on line.

    Paul and Samuel.

  9. David Says:

    Hi Paul,
    I’m sorry but I haven’t see your emails. I get a mountain of spam and spam blog comments, so it is possible I did not recognize something legit. However, your comment is a little weird…”Dear Father”? I am assuming this is a spam comment. However, on the odd chance it is not, I’ll keep an eye on my email for a message. Take care.
    Dave

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