The Great Breath


CONSCIOUSNESS is a living force, and like the law of conservation of energy, it can neither be created or destroyed.

The consciousness that wells up within us is our eternal core, says Theosophy, and it can be transformed, but never destroyed, only degraded or enlightened.

Man, therefore, is not just a blindly evolved animal, says Theosophy, but rather a self-aware spiritual entity using an ingeniously designed, glorious physical life form.

The outer material covering makes it seem to many that we are merely “carbon-based units,” as depicted in the popular sci-fi series StarTrek – (see “The Mysterious Builder.”)

H. P. Blavatsky wrote in her summation: “The Universe is the periodical manifestation of  [an] unknown Absolute Essence; everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious,” finally that “the Universe is worked and guided from within outwards.” The “consciousness which wells up within us,” she said:

“..is the impersonal reality pervading the Kosmos — the pure noumenon of thought.”

 

This means in reality all forms in nature are constructs of consciousness. As humans — as the lead pack of runners in evolution — we are described by spiritual teachers as ‘immortal perceivers’ having unlimited potential. We must seek our true centers, as long distance athletes, to engage and develop our potential — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. But in a world filled with distractions, it is never simple to stay focused on our goals.

Metaphysically, the conscious core of the universe is also the spiritual center of all manifested beings within it. It is the “symbolical circle of Pascal and the Kabalists,” says The Secret Doctrine [1:65], ‘whose centre is everywhere, and circumference nowhere.'” That center is “devoid of all attributes and is essentially without any relation to manifested, finite Being,” says Theosophy mystically:

“It is ‘Be-ness’
rather than Being.”

The “absolute Reality” of the universe, according to The Secret Doctrine, is also the central core of our ‘be-ness’ nature. That core which is “everywhere and nowhere,” is the universal source and witness, is unimaginably greater than anything we might mentally or emotionally feel, or think we know at any time.

Breath of Life

“The Great Breath expands from within outwardly, every atom being said to contain in itself creative energy of the divine breath.”

 (The Secret Doctrine 1:12)

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What is Consciousnss?

“Central to the Institute’s research has been investigation into the phenomenon of transformations in consciousness—significant changes in the way that people perceive and shape their reality,” the IONS website explains.

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“Such transformations often lead people to experience more meaning and purpose in their lives, becoming more compassionate and service-oriented and becoming agents for positive change in their communities and beyond.

How do these transformations happen? What are the facilitators? What are the barriers to transforming?”

Endless Design

“The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life,” says this doctrine. “There is design in the action of the seemingly blindest forces. The whole process of evolution with its endless adaptations is a proof of this.”

Einstein famously wrote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited,” and concluding: “whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

“It [imagination] is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”

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Magic in the Fields

“British photographer Steve Alexander flies on a helicopter most mornings in the summer season to shoot new crop circles that have appeared in the U.K. countryside.”

The following link is Alexander’s Temporary Temples collection of his images, some of which illustrate fractal patterns or draw inspiration from nature.

Discovered in June 2011, in a barley field at Kingstone Coombes in Oxfordshire, England. The circle spanned 150 feet.

“As we rise in the scale of development,” Blavatsky comments, “we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities.”

“and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached ‘reality.'”

“But only,” Blavatsky writes, “when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya.” (SD 1:40)

Investigator Steve Alexander does not claim to know how the circles are made — or who’s responsible, he says:

“We remain open minded about the whole question of who makes them.”

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Amazing Crop Circle

The Crop Circle season  is just beginning again in the U.K. Here’s a pristine beauty from last summer they only get more incredible and more mysterious every year. (For more of these breath taking wonders visit Karen and Steve Alexander’s wonderful website “Temporary Temples,” devoted exclusively to the phenomena for many years — and please consider joining the Editors of TW in supporting their costly helicopter flights over the formations each summer.)

Wake-up Call

“Progressive awakenings,” as described in The Secret Doctrine,  prove that we (as reincarnating souls) are clearly a work in progress.

As a correspondent recently remarked, this fact is “easy to forget” — and we suggest is profoundly humbling in the face of many even greater mysteries of nature and the cosmos.

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“…but it’s startling to remember that the inner man knows the ‘whole time’ that he is Hamlet for a few brief acts.”

“I think we always feel his powerful understanding of the soul and the doctrine of reincarnation,” TheosophyWatch.com reader Monica Pege commented.

“One can be so enmeshed in the personality and the business of life in the world, that it’s easy to forget if you ever felt you knew at all. [Yet] somebody in there always is and always knows.”

Supreme Genius

Deepak Chopra explores the mystery of your body in its growth from a single cell to a symphony of activities guided by an inner intelligence that mirrors the wisdom of the universe.

Divine Essence

Many now are coming to recognize the truth of Blake’s intuitive, poetic passion for conscious, living nature:

“… a world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower.”

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“The Buddhists maintained that there is no Creator, but an infinitude of creative powers, which collectively form the one eternal substance,” writes H. P. Blavasky in The Secret Doctrine (1:4)

“…the essence of which is inscrutable — hence not a subject for speculation for any true philosopher.”

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“Socrates invariably refused to argue upon the mystery of universal being, yet no one would ever have thought of charging him with atheism, except those who were bent upon his destruction.

Global Consciousness

The Global Consciousness Project, also called the EGG Project, is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers, artists, and others. Data has been continuously collected from a global network of physical random number generators located in 65 host sites around the world.

Silent Waking

“Upon inaugurating an active period,” says the Secret Doctrine:

“…an expansion of this Divine essence from without inwardly and from within outwardly, occurs in obedience to eternal and immutable law…”

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“…and the phenomenal or visible universe is the ultimate result of the long chain of cosmical forces thus progressively set in motion.

“In like manner, when the passive condition is resumed, a contraction of the Divine essence takes place, and the previous work of creation is gradually and progressively undone.

“The visible universe becomes disintegrated, its material dispersed, and ‘darkness’ solitary and alone, broods once more over the face of the ‘deep.’”

Eternal Breath

“To use a Metaphor from the Secret Books (SD 1:4) which will convey the idea still more clearly,” Blavatsky wrote, “an out-breathing of the ‘unknown essence’ produces the world, and an inhalation causes it to disappear.”

“This process has been going on from all eternity,” she concludes, “and our present universe is but one of an infinite series, which had no beginning and will have no end.” — (also see “The Days and Nights of Brahma” – Humanity Healing Network.)

The Presence

“One need not necessarily recognize the existence of any special God or a deity. One need but worship the spirit of living nature, and try to identify oneself with it. To revere that Presence, the invisible Cause, which is yet ever manifesting itself in its incessant results; the intangible, omnipotent, and omnipresent Proteus: indivisible in its Essence, and eluding form, yet appearing under all and every form; who is here and there, and everywhere and nowhere; is ALL, and NOTHING; ubiquitous yet one; the Essence filling, binding, bounding, containing everything, contained in all.”

(From H. P. Blavatsky’s article, What Are The Theosophists?)

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