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Connecting at a Distance: The Astral Matrix

Astral World

OCCULT metaphysics teaches the astral light is an invisible electromagnetic matrix or plasma field that supports all forms and beings in the visible physical world.

This active image-field is the mystical progeny of “the One homogeneous divine Substance-Principle, the one radical cause,” (The Secret Doctrine 1:273), sometimes related to “Akasa” in Sanskrit.

Also called: “The shining ether, cosmic space, the fifth cosmic element. The subtle, supersensuous spiritual essence which pervades all space.”  (The Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary)

One outcome of the effects of this universal substratum, as the psi researcher Dean Radin notes in his book Entangled Minds, is that “we occasionally have numinous feelings of connectedness with loved ones at a distance.”

“The idea of the universe as an interconnected whole is not new,” Radin says, “for millennia it’s been one of the core assumptions of Eastern philosophies. What is new is that Western science is slowly beginning to realize that some elements of that ancient lore might be correct.”

The Astral Light is the primeval storehouse and reflector of all the thoughts, ideas, feelings and acts uploaded from the Earthly doings of self-conscious humanity.

The spiritual substance supporting universal inter-connectivity is called Ākāśa in Sanskrit, a word meaning “aether” (in both its elemental and metaphysical sense.) The Ākāśa, with its alter-ego the Astral Light, are the raison d’etre of ‘out-of-body’ experiences, and support the entire spectrum from the spiritual to mundane psychic experiences (PSI).

The Matrix

The Global Mind

The ongoing scientific experiment The Global Consciousnesses Project  demonstrates that the simultaneous force of many minds focused on one event, produce measurable effects in scientific instruments—facilitated, Theosophists believe, by this same ubiquitous, universal mediating astral substance.

The Global Consciousness Project is an international collaboration of scientists, engineers, and artists. They maintain a global network that has been collecting data continuously since 1998 from sensitive instruments that produce random sequences. Their purpose is to examine subtle correlations and structure in the data that seem to reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world.

The Cosmic Architect

Nothing is exempt from this active, vital fluid, as it is the blueprint for everything that is, was or ever shall be manifested. It is the basis for memory, dreams, clairvoyance, body, mind and emotional fields, and the transmitter in each life of every person’s individual karma.

In its original presentment, the astral light medium was pristine and undefiled, but due to human nature has now a dual potency, and is both the friend and enemy of the unenlightened.

Clairevoyant Astral Reader

Clairvoyant Astral Reader

Similar to an electromagnetic field, and akin to plasma, it is difficult to describe. The ‘astral light’ surrounds, interpenetrates and, as said, is the underlying informational pattern for all the visible, objective forms in the universe.

In the article The Ether, But Not the One You Think, Reed Carson, creator of the website Blavatsky.net wrote that “Blavatsky could have taught that the word ‘vacuum’ refers to emptiness. She did not. Rather she explained that when the informed ancients referred to ‘vacuum’ they meant latent force.”

Electric Soup

“‘Nature abhors Vacuum‘ said the Peripatetics,” Blavatsky wrote, and “Democritus, with his instructor Leucippus, taught that

…the first principles of all things contained in the Universe were atoms and a vacuum. The later means simply latent Deity or force.

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Bubble of Consciousness Layers

Our Astral Body is closely related to the life force or Sanskrit “prana,” and is in continuous rhythmic flow. This life current, she says, “must be broken by changing the waking for the sleeping state. Ask a good clairvoyant to describe the aura of a person just refreshed by sleep, and he

…will be seen bathed in rhythmical vibrations of life currents—golden, blue, and rosy—these are the electrical waves of Life.

Cosmic mind, an electrical force, embedded in the latent Ākāśic Deity, is also the source of interconnected world consciousness. “We intend to prove that modern science, owing to physiology,” Blavatsky wrote prophetically, “is itself on the eve of discovering that consciousness is universal.”

Aristotle’s Peripatetic school

“We intend to prove that modern science, owing to physiology, is itself on the eve of discovering that consciousness is universal –

“We mean also to show that though many a man of science is soaked through and through with such belief, very few are brave enough to openly admit it.”

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The Tao of Physics

In his tour de force, The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra wrote: “The quantum field is seen as the fundamental physical entity —

… a continuous medium which is present everywhere in space. Particles are merely local condensations of the field

— concentrations of energy which come and go, thereby losing their individual character and dissolving into the underlying field.”

The Field is the Only Reality

In the words of Albert Einstein: “We may therefore regard matter as being constituted by the regions of space in which the field is extremely intense …

There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality.

Hard scientific evidence for this body field arrived when the Russian technician Semyon Kirlian discovered he could photograph the energy surrounding many objects, including our bodies.

The Field of the Hands

Known since as “Kirlian Photography,” everything from minerals and tree leaves, to living tissue, have been shown as being enveloped in this living matrix.

It can now be demonstrated that our bodies emit energy fields — which vary, depending on our state of health, feelings and thoughts.

Some researchers studying these emissions are even using Kirlian photographs as a diagnostic tool to measure states of illness and health.

Kirlian Healing

Do our bodies emit energy fields which vary depending on our state of health? Is it possible to photograph these emissions and to use these photos as a diagnostic tool? Kirlian photography has raised and begun to answer these two questions.

A ‘New Force

Electrotherapy really began with the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla, on electrical currents. A little-remembered fact is that Tesla, (the father of alternating current) worked with Thomas Edison (a Theosophist) to develop the electrical system we take for granted today.

Nikola Tesla

Blavatsky mentions Edison’s “new force,” (Isis Unveiled 1:126), “which force seems to have little in common with electricity, or galvanism, except the principle of conductivity. If demonstrated, it may remain for a long time under some pseudonymous scientific name.”

 Nevertheless, it will be but one of the numerous family of children brought forth from the commencement of time by our kabalistic mother, the Astral Virgin.

Edison in his laboratory in New Jersey, 1901

Electric Boy

“The electrical boy was a favorite eighteenth-century experiment, often performed as entertainment. Such experiments were in part pioneered by Hooke’s successor as the curator of experiments at the Royal Society.

“The second curator, Francis Hauksbee, was under the patronage of Isaac Newton, the Royal Society’s president.

Newton

Electrical experiments often referred to Newton’s late suggestions of a subtle conducting fluid of the ether.

“This engraving is taken from William Watson’s 1748 work. A rotating crank generates electricity which is transferred to the shoes of a boy suspended on silk ropes.

The boy in turn transmits a genteel shock to the girl who is standing on a tar-covered barrel.

Her other hand is probably extended to attract feathers or small pieces of paper.”

Morphic Fields

Recognition has also been gained, with the theory of “morphogenetic fields” or “morphic field”— a term coined by biologist Rupert Sheldrake, author of many books on the subject— including:

The Sense of Being Stared At

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home

Phantom Fingers

A short video presentation about Kirlian Photography, a precursor to Aura Photography, and a giant leap forward in the acceptance of the existence of the astral field or body.

Validating are reports of out-of-body experiences (OBEs), near-death-experiences (NDEs), and past-life memories, including those of children.

A Case from Dr. Ian Stevenson that shows what incredible detail some children remember from their past lives—check out: Sweet Swarnlata.

Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman, M.S. is an internationally known author, lecturer, counselor, past life regression therapist, and pioneer in reincarnation studies. She has been boldly dipping into the Ākāśic ocean for nearly two decades. Bowman is best known for her research into children’s past lives.

Carol Bowman, M. S. Website:
http://www.carolbowman.com/

Electric Man

Pioneers like Bob Monroe, Charles Tart, and others, tested the possibility of “astral travel,” getting outside the body. Workshops such as those offered by GlideWing, explore the energy body, and controlled states of consciousness.

Slavia Patjic has more going for him in a body, than out. He has a unique physical peculiarity, he is not affected by electricity. He is a big star in Serbia, and soon he wants to conquer America by trying the Electric Chair!

Taboos in Science

The question remains: how are any of these phenomena possible, without a supportive medium or memory matrix, and a transportation highway? Mainstream Science still does not recognize

the subtle human energy body that can escape from its physical prison, just as it doesn’t recognize a mind separate from the brain.

Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz

Materialist objections to energy phenomena like thought transference, clairvoyance, telepathy, psychokinesis, are being knocked down by the painstaking, scientific work of Dean Radin, at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. At the frontier of consciousness studies, Dr. Radin is challenging scientific taboos.

What’s Missing?

The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.

Out-of-Body Experience

The Mind in Nature

by H. P. Blavatsky 

“From the first ages of man, the fundamental truths of all that we are permitted to know on earth were in the safe keeping of the Adepts of the sanctuary; that the difference in creeds and religious practice was only external; and that those guardians of the primitive divine revelation, who had solved every problem that is within the grasp of human intellect, were bound together by a universal freemasonry of science and philosophy, which formed one unbroken chain around the globe. 

“In the Orphic hymns, the Eros-Phanes evolves from the Spiritual Egg, which the aethereal winds impregnate, wind being ‘the Spirit of God,’ who is said to move in aether, ‘brooding over the Chaos the Divine ‘Idea.’ In the Hindu Kathopanishad, Purusha, the Divine Spirit, stands before the original Matter; from their union springs the great Soul of the World, ‘Maha-Atma, Brahm, the Spirit of Life’; these latter appellations are identical with the Universal Soul, or Anima Mundi, and the Astral Light of the Theurgists and Kabalists.”

Subtle Energy

This subtle body may also be associated with an equally subtle but substantive electrical system that ancient acupuncturists understood very well. Bjorn Nordenstrom claims to have found a heretofore unknown universe of electrical activity that is the very foundation of the healing process.

“If he is right he has made the most profound bio-medical discovery of the century!”

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Distance Powers

Theosophical pioneer, William Quan Judge, explains in the Ocean of Theosophy that “all the instances of clairvoyance and clairaudience are to be explained by the astral body and astral light. The astral — which are the real organs — do the seeing and the hearing,

…and as all material objects are constantly in motion among their own atoms, the astral sight and hearing are not impeded…”

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Astral Body – Out of Physical Body

“Thus it was that the great seer Swedenborg saw houses burning in the city of Stockholm when he was at another city many miles off, and by the same means any clairvoyant of the day sees and hears at a distance.”

Phantom Effect

There have been many incidents, reported over the years, of people who have felt an amputated arm or hand, called “phantom limbs,” (now called SPL “supernumerary phantom limb.”)

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In her Transactions, Blavatsky says the brain “is such a complex thing, both physically and metaphysically, that it is like a tree whose bark you can uncover layer by layer.”

She adds that each of these layers is different from the others, and each has “its own special work,brain5 function and properties.”

Neuroscience today is able to verify that discrete areas of the brain are in fact associated with specific tasks. But these centers can also be shared throughout the brain.

Phantom Limbs

Approximately 50 to 80% of individuals with an amputation, experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful.

Phantom sensations may also occur after the removal of body parts other than the limbs, e.g. after amputation of the breast, extraction of a tooth (phantom tooth pain,) or removal of an eye (phantom eye syndrome.)

Astral Brain

Telekenesis

In the Ocean of Theosophy, W. Q. Judge explains the occult principles underlying the “apportation of objects without physical contact.”

The astral hand may be extruded and made to take hold of an object, drawing it in toward the body.

…the Hindu yogis make coffee cups fly through the air, and distant objects approach apparently of their own accord untouched by him or anyone else.”

“SPL”

An unusual, scientifically documented case was published 20 March 2009 in the Annals of Neurology, using fMRI scans of a patient who could actually “see” the supernumerary phantom limb (SPL): 

“Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated the multimodal nature of this phantom, which the patient claimed to be able see, use and move intentionally. The patient participated in a series of sensorimotor and motor imagery tasks involving the right, the left plegic, and the SPL’s hand.”

Phantom Limb Patient

Study shows brain activity associated with phantom limbs

For more details of this study, see the public release on EurekAltert! which “shows brain activity associated with phantom limbs … patients have reported seeing their phantom limb or feeling objects or body parts with it.” (Geneva, Switzerland – March 25, 2009)

Also see the Medical News Today report that brain activity was discovered with the movement of this patient’s phantom arm and hand: “When asked to scratch her cheek with the SPL,

areas of the brain associated with movement and vision were activated, which confirmed her report that she could see and move her SPL.”

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“In addition, a measurable sensory response was also detected when she scratched her left cheek with the SPL.”

Blavatsky’s Genius

H. P. Blavatsky

Helena Blavatsky was endowed from her childhood with remarkable psychic powers. Throughout her lifetime, she was adept in several psychic abilities that included levitation, clairvoyance, out-of-body projection, telepathy, clairaudience and materialization.

Theosophist Manly P. Hall writes of Madame Blavatsky in The Phoenix: An Illustrated Review Of Occultism And Philosophy: “Madam Blavatsky’s greatest ‘miracles’ are her books, and by her writings, she is elevated far beyond the reach of her calumniators.

Her literary accomplishments and not materialized tea-cups are the hallmark of her genius.”

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Pam Reyolds

Below is the video clip of Pam Reynolds who floated above her body during surgery. One of the best documentaries made about Near Death Experiences, “The Day I Died” produced by the BBC, featured many top scientists that have studied NDEs and other related incidents.


pim_van_lommel“That the mind is located in the brain is just a hypothesis. It’s never been proven.”
Pim van Lommel, M.D.

Accounts of NDEs, shared by the people who experienced them, are analyzed by researchers and skeptics alike, providing a balanced look at a theory of mind that, at least in scientific circles, has previously been all but unthinkable.” (Near-Death.com)

Last Word

Demonstrating a startling power of psychokinesis and mind reading, Gerard Senehi seems to be in touch with the subtle energies of the astral world.


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Floating Reminiscences: Amazing Discoveries in Mysterious Dreams

Floating in Dream

WHEN our thick brains get all heated up worrying about life’s complexities, that’s often the best time to kick off our shoes and give it a rest.

Faced with a critical decision, or stuck on a complex problem, researchers have discovered that sleeping or napping on them often lead to a right direction or decision.

“In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die,” Lewis Carroll wrote of children:

“Ever drifting down the stream— Lingering in the golden gleam — Life, what is it but a dream?”

As adults, the notes of a song, the smell of burning leaves, the babbling of a mountain brook, a day-dream — all may open doors to another realm of the poetic mind. They also arouse unexpected emotions and reminiscences.

In Wordsworth’s haunting poem “Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,” reveries opened for him an unexpected awareness of past lives, the realization he had lived before.

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Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting
And cometh from afar.

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There is “a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy,” the poet Edgar Allan Poe wrote in Marginalia, “which are not thoughts, and to which, as yet, I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt language.”

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The Evolution of Love: Many Chances to Get It Right

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Edgar Degas, Dancers.

EVOLUTION, as defined in the teachings of Theosophy, is a multifaceted venture, a vast, complex dance of spirit,  mind, and matter.

In recurring lifetimes our human experience runs the gamut of pain to pleasure, material to spiritual.

The Secret Doctrine asserts this inescapable dance is an individualized expression of life’s eternal “triple evolutionary scheme — three separate schemes of evolution, which are inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point.”

H. P. Blavatsky explains: “These are the Monadic (or spiritual), the intellectual, and the physical evolutions — the finite aspects or the reflections on the field of Cosmic Illusion of the ONE REALITY.”

“Each of these three systems has its own laws; each is represented in the constitution of man, and it is the union of these three streams in him which makes him the complex being he now is —’Nature,’ the physical evolutionary Power, could never evolve intelligence unaided.”

True and lasting self-knowledge is acquired gradually in both loving and often painful experiences, through a prolonged, yet ultimately finite series of reincarnations in human form, as we know it. Such transitions occur within the triple evolutionary plan and are, as Blavatsky maintained, “inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point.” Think of Ubuntu, an African Philosophy: ‘I Am Because We Are.’

Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are

The key to our spiritual development lies in recognizing the unity and continuity of life, Theosophy further teaches — and that for the soul, there is really no such thing as final heaven or hell. We are first and foremost spiritual beings, the mind, and its forms being our field of inexorable human experiences.

But what happens to our ‘human self’ after death? Does everything important, our consciousness, love, hopes, and dreams die with the body? Mme. Blavatsky, writing in The Key to Theosophy, assures her readers that love and spirit are immortal. And further, that:

Death comes to our spiritual selves ever as a deliverer and friend.

Self-knowledge evolves gradually out of the recognition, as the philosopher-mystic Teilhard de Chardin famously said, that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience,” not the other way around. And that “Self-Knowledge is of loving deeds the child,” as taught in The Voice of the Silence.

Mother and Daughter

Parent and child bonding.

Our afterlife, once the dissolution of the body and Earthly desire body is complete, is blissful. That state “consists in our complete conviction that we never left the earth,” Blavatsky writes in the Key to Theosophy, “and that there is no such thing as death at all.”

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A Cosmic Heartbeat: The Kinder, Gentler Universe

Kwan Yin

“WHAT if there was no big bang and we live in an ever-cycling universe?” a recent issue of the NewScientist magazine asks, suggestive of ancient Eastern teachings.

“There is no good evidence that our universe even had a beginning,” the article further states, “a startling proposition that means the cosmos could collapse in about 100 billion years.”

Theosophy has a very similar teaching: the “progressive development” of the universe, “worlds as well as atoms,” according to H. P. Blavatsky from a The Secret Doctrine 1:43 quote:

“… the progressive development of everything, worlds as well as atoms; and this stupendous development has neither conceivable beginning nor imaginable end. Our ‘Universe’ is only one of an infinite number of Universes.”

Again, to Initiated Seers our universe, while full of important information, is “only one of an infinite number of Universes, all links in the great Cosmic chain of Universes,” she insisted. (The Secret Doctrine 1: 272-3):

“The system in question is no fancy of one or several isolated individuals,” she wrote: “It is the uninterrupted record covering thousands of generations of Seers whose respective experiences were made to test and

to verify the traditions passed orally by one early race to another, of the teachings of higher and exalted beings, who watched over the childhood of Humanity.

Those “Wise Men”, she explained, “had passed their lives in learningnot teaching. How did they do so?

Initiated Seers

“It is answered: by checking, testing, and verifying in every department of nature the traditions of old by the independent visions of great adepts; i.e., men who have developed and perfected their physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual organizations to the utmost possible degree.”

No vision of one adept was accepted till it was checked and confirmed by the visions — so obtained as to stand as independent evidence — of other adepts, and by centuries of experiences.

See more: [The Secret Doctrine 1:43]

In this view, each individual cosmos and corresponding single human life is the result and the effect of its predecessor. Under the never-erring law of Karma, every universe becomes “a cause as regards its successor.”

Instead of one ‘Big Bang,’ as recent standard model science describes the origin of the universe, Theosophy postulates conversely an infinite number of recurring universes, each one an improvement on the last based on lessons learned. Now, a newly held view in modern theoretical physics suggests a similar idea.

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Cyclic Universes

“There was not just one bang,” assert theoretical physicists Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok in their book Endless Universe, postulating a groundbreaking “Cyclic Universe” theory. According to the theory, the Big Bang “was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution.” Very close to the Theosophical view, it turns out.

What these scientists seem to be proposing is the law of periodicity, the Second of Three Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine.

“In Endless Universe, Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, both distinguished theoretical physicists, present their bold new cosmology. Two world-renowned scientists present an audacious new vision of the cosmos that ‘steals the thunder from the Big Bang theory.'” —Wall Street Journal

The distinguished theoretical physicists propose that “the evolution of the universe is cyclic with big bangs occurring once every trillion or so.”

The Great Breath

Such a ‘periodicity’ is would be a new beginning for modern science. But unlike the speculation of an “infinite cycle of titanic collisions,” Theosophy offers a much kinder and gentler solution tied to the cosmology offered by numerous “generations of initiated seers.”

Those findings conclude that we exist in a living universe, where everything to its core is alive, sustained by an eternal, perpetual rhythmic breathing or pulsation.

(We may be asleep at night, but thankfully, we continue breathing.) The Universe, according to the occult dynamics of The Secret Doctrine, does the same.

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Piercing the Illusion of Reality

Alice in Wonderland

“WE assume our senses see reality as it is – but that could be just an evolved illusion,” the July 31, 2019 issue of NewScientist declared.

“What is the relationship between the world out there and my internal experience of it – between objective and subjective reality?

“If I’m sober, and don’t suspect a prank, I’m inclined to believe that when I see a cherry, there is a real cherry whose shape and color match my experience, and which continues to exist when I look away. 

“This assumption is central to how we think about ourselves and the world. But is it valid? Experiments my collaborators and I have performed to test the form of sensory perception that evolution has given us suggest a startling conclusion: it isn’t.” 

The author of The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes, pioneering cognitive scientist Donald D Hoffman, believes that evolution designed our perceptions “to keep us alive.” Our perceptions, he says, are “interfaces constructed by natural selection,” in a word randomly.

Real Cherries?

There are no random forces in Theosophy. The reality illusion is wholly subjective and beholden to our faculties of perception, and states of consciousness unique to our complex sevenfold human construction, according to Theosophy. But agreeably with Professor Hoffman, the world is nothing like what we see through our eyes. But for much different reasons than the conjectures of modern science.

“Every one of us possesses the faculty, the interior sense, that is known by the name of intuition,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in her article The Beacon-Light of the Unknown,but how rare are those who know how to develop it!

It is, however, only by the aid of this faculty that men can ever see things in their true colors.

“It is an instinct of the soul, which grows in us in proportion to the employment we give it, and which helps us to perceive and understand the realities of things with far more certainty than can the simple use of our senses and exercise of our reason.”

Alice Through the Looking Glass

“What are called good sense and logic enable us to see only the appearances of things, that which is evident to every one.  The instinct of which I speak, being a projection of our perceptive consciousness,

a projection which acts from the subjective to the objective, and not vice versa, awakens in us spiritual senses and power to act.

These senses assimilate to themselves the essence of the object or of the action under examination, and represent it to us as it really is, not as it appears to our physical senses and to our cold reason.” 

Disappearing into an illusion.

The Hindu poem, a dialogue between Master Krishna and his disciple Arjuna, in the Bhagavad-Gita, is set metaphorically on a ‘battlefield.’ This chosen venue symbolizes “the war within,” which each of us continually faces, and must eventually wage. (BlavatskyTheosophy.com)

In Chapter 11, Krishna challenges Arjuna to exercise his spiritual sight in a specially induced vision of “the Divine Form as including all forms.” To enforce the lesson, and in answer to Arjuna’s request, Krishna temporarily awakens his “Divine Eye.” The rest is history!

Read online:

The Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 11,
The Vision of the Divine Form as Including All Forms

Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield.

Temporary Illusions

“Gautama, the Buddha, only remained in solitude long enough to enable him to arrive at the truth, which he devoted himself from that time on to promulgate, begging his bread, and living for humanity.”

If, in the words of the dying Buddha, ‘all compounds are perishable,’ then all collections of atoms must be considered but temporary ‘illusions.’

They are such, according to The Secret Doctrine (1:329), because they are the very personal creations “of the perceiving Ego.” But this must not be considered a solipsistic argument. If we only knew how to get past our five senses we might very well contact the underlying ‘reality’ of physical things.

My Universe

The term “Ego” here must ultimately refer to a personal state, and as such must always relate to specific ‘states’ of consciousness.  But this is only from our plane of perception. According to The Secret Doctrine (1:330), once we have gotten past that plane, and scaled the “peak of Omniscience,” the “knowledge of things-in-themselves” is immediately available to us.

Illusions

Real motion or the illusion of motion?

One of the best ways to describe what Theosophy is, arts reporter Ali Snow remarked on a Utah Public Radio show, “is to think of it as a kind of fusion of religion and science.”

A desire to prove or to explore some of the mystical forces that made religion work and make the spiritual world work.

A striking example of this kind of fusion is H. P. Blavatsky’s description of how “the sense of sound is the first thing that manifests itself in the universe … in  correspondence with colors or sight.”

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Colors and Sound

About this sensory synesthetic power Blavatsky wrote:

If you could only see clairvoyantly a person playing a piano, you would see the sound as plainly as you hear it.

“You can even put cotton in your ears—you will see the sound and every little note and modulation that you could not do otherwise.”

Synesthesia

Making reference to this sensory merging (known today as “synesthesia”) she explained: “One would merge into the other. You can taste sound, if you like, too. There sounds which are exceedingly acid, and there are sounds which are exceedingly sweet, and bitter, and all the scale of taste, in fact.” 

There is no nonsense, I say it seriously, and you will find it so if you want to know about the super-physical senses.

(The Secret Doctrine Dialogues p. 86)

Alexander Scriabin, a Russian pianist and composer who was deeply influenced by Theosophy, visualized a grand magnum opus which he titled Mysterium.

Click the link here or the link below to listen to Nora Eccles, Harrison Museum of Art as three curators describe the exhibit, Painting Music: Enchanted Modernities, and who give us a personalized tour of the Theosophy promoted powers (click below the photo):

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Synesthete Elisabeth Sulser

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This interesting phenomenon is demonstrated practically by the multiple senses of a unique synesthete from Zurich, Switzerland named Elizabeth Sulser. A psi investigator writes:

Her particular combination of senses is so unique that she is the only person in the world documented to have it.

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The Pursuit of Consciousness and the Illusion of Time

EVER arguing for the existence of an invisible conscious world within the visible physical one, the writer of The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky, was consistent and insistent. 

She continually challenged the scientific materialistic beliefs of her day. For her monumental work, The Secret Doctrine, she wrote an introduction which included the following challenging declaration:

“The aim of this work may be thus stated: to show that Nature is not ‘a fortuitous concurrence of atoms,’ and to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of the Universe —

“To rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis of all religions and to uncover, to some extent, the fundamental unity from which they all spring.

Finally, to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilization.”
(The Secret Doctrine 1: vii Preface)

Underlying nature is a universal and intelligent medium, a matrix supporting the visible physical world. This “invisible physical” was critical to understanding The Secret Doctrine and the Occult Sciences it presented.

Recently a New Scientist article titled “We’ve Seen a Thought: The Secret Seven-Dimensional Life of Your Mind” proposed that “consciousness may itself be a shadow of a higher-dimensional structure” — i.e. the Theosophical principle of Universal Mind.

Mirroring Kosmic Mind

More intriguing in a recent post by journalist Kari Robinson in Hackspirit.net titled “Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to Light!” she writes that “one of the most exciting implications the discovery that

our brains can produce light gives, is that maybe our consciousness and spirit are not contained within our bodies. This implication is completely overlooked by scientists.”

The Double Slit Mystery

“Quantum entanglement says that 2 entangled photons react if one of the photons is affected no matter where the other photon is in The Universe without any delay. This can explain the phenomenon of why the state of a photon is affected simply by consciously observing it, as it is proven in many quantum experiments.

“Maybe our observation communicates something through our biophotons with the photon that is being observed, in a similar fashion as quantum entanglement, like light is just one unified substance that is scattered throughout our Universe and affected through each light particle.”

Ancient Thought in Modern Dress

(H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine 1:579)

“Light is the first begotten, and the first emanation of the Supreme, and Light is Life,” Blavatsky wrote in The Secret Doctrine 1:579, a critical teaching. “Both are electricity  — the life principle, the anima mundi  [The world soul] pervading the universe, the electric vivifier of all things.

“Light is the great Protean magician . . . and its multifarious, omnipotent waves gave birth to every form as well as to every living being. From its swelling electric bosom, spring matter and spirit. 

Entangled Photons

“Within its beams lie the beginnings of all physical and chemical action, and of all cosmic and spiritual phenomena; it vitalizes and disorganizes; it gives life and produces death, and from its primordial point gradually emerged into existence the myriads of worlds, visible and invisible celestial bodies.

“It was at the ray of this First mother, one in three, that ‘God,’ according to Plato, lighted a fire which we now call the sun,” and which is not the cause of either light or heat, but merely the focus, or, as we might say, the lens, by which the rays of the primordial light become materialized, are concentrate upon our Solar System, and produce all the correlations of forces.” 

A structure of stars and light.

Establishing this occult doctrine in her seminal work,  Mme. Blavatsky asserted that: “The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences

depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.” 

(The Secret Doctrine Vol 2, p. 149)

“The astral body is itself an aspect of the real inner body,” wrote Robert Crosbie, the Founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists, “which has lasted through the vast period of the past and must continue through the far distant future.”

Magnetic Fields

“This astral body is the prototype, or design, around which the physical body is built, and which, considered from the point of view of the powers, is the real physical body. Without it the physical body would be nothing but a mass of matter — an aggregation of smaller lives.” 

Everything in Nature
is Conscious

“We men must remember that because we do not perceive any signs — which we can recognize — of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there.

Healing Stones

“There is no such thing as either ‘dead’ or ‘blind’ matter, as there is no ‘Blind’ or ‘Unconscious’ Law. These find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy. The latter never stops at surface appearances, and for it the noumenal essences have more reality than their objective counterparts.

“The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards. As above so it is below, as in heaven so on earth; and man — the microcosm and miniature copy of the macrocosm — is the living witness to this Universal Law, and to the mode of its action.”

The Secret Doctrine 1:274

Is The Sun Conscious?

“It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

– Eugene Wigner, theoretical physicist  and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963.

“Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.” 

 H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine 1:274

The Non-Physical is Real

Scientists have been urging the mainstream scientific community, which today is littered with scientific fraud and industry influence as well as invention secrecy, to open up to a broader view regarding the true nature of our reality.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade that in all of the previous centuries of its existence.”

 Nikola Tesla

Physicists Say Consciousness Should be Considered a State of Matter: The “Non Physical” is Real. 

Read: Collective Evolution

astralbody

The Astral Matrix

Our Real Senses

“It is the astral body which contains the organs, or centers, from which the organs have been evolved in accord with the needs of the thinker within,” he continued. “The real senses of man are not in the physical but in the astral body. The astral body lasts a little over one lifetime. It does not die when the physical body dies, but is used as a body in the immediate after-death states.” 

-Robert Crosbie, (Universal Theosophy)

After The Secret Doctrine was published it would not take long before modern frontier scientists would begin to take up Mme. Blavatsky’s assertions in earnest using established scientific methods of inquiry. Seven important experiments suggesting the existence of an invisible astral matrix were initiated during the initial decades of the 20th and 21st century.

The Secret Doctrine

Even Mme. Blavatsky admitted in the 19th century: “It is gratifying to see how scientific imagination approaches every year more closely to the borderland of our occult teachings.” (The Secret Doctrine 2:137 fn)

Hence the subtitle of this blog Theosophy Watch, i.e. “Ancient Thought in Modern Dress,” is the same title used by Mme. Blavatsky in the presentation found in Volume 1, page 572 of The Secret Doctrine.

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The Self-Awakened State, a Visceral Knowing

Star Gazer

ASTRONAUT Edgar Mitchell’s epiphany struck when he looked out the window of his spacecraft at the Earth, Moon, and Sun, surrounded by an infinitely vast universe.

Suddenly it came to him that the molecules and cells of our bodies “must have had their origin in those faraway stars.”

It was at that moment an overwhelming realization of the interconnectedness of all life dawned on him.

It was a life-altering flash of insight — not an “intellectual knowledge,” he said, but a “visceral knowing:”

It was accompanied by a very blissful feeling that I had never experienced before.

This feeling is sometimes called the ‘overview effect.’ “The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.  It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, ‘hanging in the void’, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.”

This is doubtless the ideal evoked by the original First Object of the Theosophical Movement: (Objects of the Theosophical Society)

To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.

Indeed: “From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this ‘pale blue dot’ becomes both obvious and imperative.” (Wikipedia)

Sun, Earth, Moon, and Stars.

Dr. Mitchell describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness, in the below video excerpt from Renée Scheltema’s visionary film, Something Unknown is Doing We Don’t Know What.

Having had the life-changing experience of the Overview Effect, the former astronaut, along with parapsychologist Charles Tart, attempt to interpret the non-linear feelings and insights for the rest of us.

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