Tuesday, May 6

The Experience Of Awakening The Soul And Immortality

Awakening of the Soul

Some call it an awakening while others may define it as super-consciousness. Either way it is something akin to the Paul on the road to Damascus moment. It's as if all knowledge is known, a time of enlightenment that comes along often without any warning.

In Paul's case the Bible describes it thus (Acts 9:3–9)

"As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'

'Who are you, Lord?' Saul asked.

'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' he replied. 'Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.'

The men travelling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything." [Before his conversion, Paul, was known as Saul].

Someone I worked with once described his awakening as if someone had touched him on the shoulder and he was aware of what he should do with his life, in what he described as a flash of light occurrence - the road became suddenly bright and he was aware of everything at once and for an instant seemed to know everything. The light dimmed and he became 'him' again but for the fact that he now knew which path in life he should take and why.

Many people have described their awakening or Paul moment. Dr Douglas Baker writes:

"Whilst lying in a semi-recumbent condition after meditation, my whole body suddenly jerked into a condition of catalepsy and while riveted in this rigid state, a powerful force was thrust through me from head to foot. It was as if I had been catapulted into the dynamo of the universe. It resulted in the production of three principal manifestations which have been repeated again and again in various intensity ever since. I was initially aware of looking through into a new world even though fully conscious

The perception of a new dimension eventually produced in me the experience of inner radiance, a light that made the light of the sun as nothing compared to it. Accompanying that phenomenon was a feeling of ecstasy as I had never known before. And paralleling both new nouemena there was an accompanying sense of eternity. At first I was terrified that the experience would not return, but it did and has been mine ever since."

I've noticed that people often refer to a theme of eternity. Alfred, Lord Tennyson experienced this many times. This is his description:

"A kind of walking trance I have frequently had, quite up from boyhood, when I have been all alone. This has often come upon me through repeating my own name to myself silently till, all at once, as it were, out of the intensity of the consciousness of individuality, the individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being; the surest of surest, the weirdest of the weirdest, utterly beyond words, where death was an almost laughable impossibility."

From what I have read it's as if the knowledge is within us all and is waiting to be remembered. It's a reminder that we are spiritual beings. In the Expansion of Awareness by Arthur Osborn he writes: "... I always knew it - it is remembering an old thought - there is no death ..."

If we could unlock the door to awakening our fears would disappear and we would realise the truth about ourselves. Some will describe this as a union with the Christ principle but other religions have their own 'unions'. In the Upanishads it is written "Thou art That; That which is the finest essence - this whole world has that as its soul; That is Reality; That is Atman." So their union is with the Atman, the Higher Self within man, which is the same as the Christ principle in Christianity.

But whatever our beliefs there can only be one truth.

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1 comment:

  1. Suzie09:34

    Interesting post but I think I must still be asleep. I've never had an awakening.