Spirit, humanity’s Seventh Principle, is the Divine Spark. It is our most precious inheritance from the Divine Power, a ray from the Central Sun, the Real Self.
It is the soul of the Soul. Spirit is a drop from the Spirit Ocean, a grain of sand from the shores of the Infinite, a particle of the Sacred Flame. It is that something within us which is the cause of our evolution through all the ages. It was the first to be and yet it will be the last to appear in full consciousness. When we arrive at a full consciousness of Spirit we will be so much greater than our intellect can currently comprehend.
Confined in many sheaths of matter, it has waited through the long ages for even a faint recognition, and is content to wait for ages more until it is fully brought into consciousness. Humanity will ascend many steps of development, from human to archangel, before Spirit will fully claim its own. The Spirit is that within us which approaches most closely the Centre of the All That is. It is only in an occasional precious moment that we are aware of the existence of Spirit within us and in such moments we are conscious of coming into the awesome presence of the Unknowable. These moments may come when we are engaged in deep spiritual thought, while reading a poem bearing a precious message from soul to soul, in some circumstance when all human aid has failed us and when human words seem meaningless, in a moment when all seems lost and we feel the need for a direct word from a being higher than ourselves. When these moments come they leave us with a peace which never entirely escapes us, and we are changed forever.
In the moment of Illumination or the dawn of Spiritual Consciousness we also feel the real presence of the Spirit. In these moments we become conscious of our relationship with and connection with the Centre of Life. Through the medium of the Spirit The Source reveals itself to us. Those who have felt the impulses of the Spiritual Mind have been made faintly conscious of the abiding sense of the Spirit, although they cannot grasp its full significance. More cannot be said as this is something that will be experienced by each of us eventually in our own unique way. The desire to be brought into a closer communion and contact with this, the highest part of Self, Self itself, is what leads us to it.
Illumination or Spiritual Consciousness
With many Spiritual Mind unfolds gradually and slowly. While one may feel a steady increase of spiritual knowledge and consciousness, he or she may not have experienced any marked and startling change.
Others have had moments of what is known as “Illumination” when they seemed lifted almost out of their normal state. They seemed to pass into a higher plane of consciousness or being. This left them more advanced than ever before although they could not carry back into consciousness a clear recollection of what they had experienced while in this exalted state of mind. The following information may be helpful:
These experiences have been generally associated with some feature of the particular spiritual or religious belief system of the person experiencing the illumination. Advanced occultists recognise all of these experiences as different forms of the dawning of Spiritual Consciousness, the unfoldment of the Spiritual Mind. Some call it “Cosmic Consciousness” as the illumination in its higher forms brings people in touch with the whole of Life, making them feel a sense of kinship with all Life, high or low, great or small, “good” or “bad:”
These experiences vary according to the degree of unfoldment of the individual, previous training, temperament and so forth but certain characteristics are common to all. The most common feeling is that of possessing almost complete knowledge of all things, almost Omniscience. This feeling exists only for a moment and often leaves the person briefly in an agony of regret over what has seen and lost.
Another feeling commonly experienced is that of a certainty of immortality, a sense of actual being and the certainty of having always been and of being destined to always be.
Another feeling is the total slipping away of all fear and acquiring of a feeling of certainty, trust, and confidence, which is beyond the comprehension of those who have never experienced it. Then a feeling of love sweeps over the person. It is a love which takes in all Life, from those near to the person in the flesh to those at the farthest parts of the universe, from those whom the world holds as pure and holy to those whom the world regards as vile, wicked, and utterly unworthy.
All feelings of self-righteousness and condemnation seem to slip away, and the person’s love, like the light of the sun, falls upon all alike, irrespective of their degree of development or “goodness.”
To some these experiences have come as a deep, reverent mood or feeling, which took complete possession of them for a few moments or longer, while others have seemed in a dream and have become conscious of a spiritual uplifting accompanied by a sensation of being surrounded by a brilliant and all-pervading light or glow.
To some certain truths have become manifest in the shape of symbols, the true meaning of which did not become apparent until, perhaps, long afterward.
These experiences, when they have come to people, have left them in new states of mind and they have never been the same afterward. Although the keenness of the recollection has worn off, there remains a certain memory which long afterward proves a source of comfort and strength to them, especially when they feel a loss of faith and are shaken by the conflicting opinions and speculations of the Intellect. The memory of such an experience is a source of renewed strength, a haven of refuge to which the weary soul flies for shelter from the outside world which does not understand it.
These experiences are usually also accompanied with a sense of intense joy. The word and thought “Joy” seems to be uppermost in the mind at the time. But it is not a joy of ordinary experience. It is something which cannot be dreamed of until after it has been experienced. It is a joy the recollection of which will cause the blood to tingle and the heart to throb whenever the mind reverts to the experience. As we have already said, there also comes a sense of a “knowing” of all things, an intellectual illumination impossible to describe.
From the writings of the ancient philosophers of all races, from the songs of the great poets of all peoples, from the preachings of the prophets of all religions and times we can gather traces of this illumination which has come to them, this unfoldment of the Spiritual Consciousness. One has told of it in one way, the other in another way but all tell practically the same story. All who have experienced this illumination, even in a faint degree, recognise the like experience in the tale, song, or preaching of another though centuries may separate them. It is the song of the Soul, which when once heard is never forgotten.
This great joy of Illumination will be yours when the proper time comes. Live on reaching ever upward toward your Real Self and opening up yourself to its influence. Be always willing to listen to the Voice of The Silence. Do not fear for you have your Real Self, which is a spark from the Divine Flame, with you always and it will light your way.
Peace be unto you.