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.
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.
Outside 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.
Another 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.