ANALYSIS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
What is the difference between God, Christ, Cosmic, Buddhic and Krishnic consciousness? By examining the evolution of consciousness from the primordial pre-manifestative state to present, I believe we can find a simplified understanding of what is otherwise a complicated and difficult subject, fraught with a morass of varied interpretation and emotional bias.
The definitions contained in this Excerpt and those that follow in this series, supersede all other definitions contained in the Course. By this I mean if a contradiction occurs in the definitions found in earlier Excerpts and those now being presented, defer to the later definitions. This is because a more exacting examination of consciousness produces a more exact definition and, hopefully, a more precise understanding of the underlying mystery of the nature and structure of consciousness.
Consider our earlier examination of primordial consciousness when we saw that the void contained a substance *(Ether) with the potential for life, which was capable of producing all that we experience today. We further saw that this substance was subject to continuous inherent vibration which produced polar opposites.
*(Ether, an all-pervading, infinitely elastic, massless medium formerly postulated as the medium of propagation of electromagnetic waves. The void, or that which fills the void. Einstein's "fabric of space".)
At one pole (negative pole) was the primal void, which was the "Ether" devoid of all motion or vibration. At the other pole was the void experiencing maximum motion or vibration of the "Ether" which produced "white light" as a natural consequence. (Remember that these "poles" exist in the same space at the same time.)
The nature of vibration dictates that there is a stair step process of ascending vibration from the void to white light, and descending vibration back again to the void. Each of these four states, (the void, white light, moving from the void to white light, and from white light to the void) is the beginning of a different kind of consciousness, i.e., Cosmic consciousness, Christ consciousness, Buddhic consciousness and Krishnic consciousness, respectively. These, all together, form something called "God consciousness", which is a grand gestalt beyond these individual kinds of consciousness. In other words, God consciousness exists in a way so unified, as a whole, that its properties cannot be derived from a simple summation of its parts.
The void is the birthplace of what, according to "TT tenets", (information contained in "A Course in Time Travel"), is called the "Sagittarius principle", which in its most extended state is called "Cosmic consciousness".
The white light state is the birthplace of what, according to TT tenets, is called the "Leo principle", which is the beginning of "Christ consciousness".
The action of going from white light towards the void is part of the nature of what we, again according to TT tenets, call the "Aries Principle".
Ascending vibration upon the Ether (from the void to the white light state), is, according to TT tenets, called the "Buddhic Principle", while descending vibration upon the Ether (coming from the white light state to the void), is, according to TT tenets, called the "Krishnic Principle". (Note that the Buddhic Principle is part of the nature of the Sagittarius Principle, and that the Krishnic Principle is part of the nature of the Aries Principle.)
Below is a chart showing the various components of "Christ consciousness" in terms of the colors of the spectrum and the "Signs" of the zodiac.
|Note that the white ball symbolizes Christ Consciousness, and although the subdivisions are shown as being parts of it, these subdivisions are the property of Cosmic Consciousness, (which includes the void), as a polar opposite to Christ Consciousness. God Consciousness, in its simplest form, is the simultaneous awareness of everything shown on the chart, including the void.
The white light state shown is static in that it is without motion. We have seen this state before as the goal of Buddhic consciousness. In that context it is called "Nirvana". It is also thought of, by many, as highest "Heaven" in the western world, and, by many others, as God. What is found here, as emotional content, is called bliss or ecstasy when compared to any other state of being. It is interesting to note that Christ consciousness in this primal state does not exhibit that which we term "love", so predominately associated with this consciousness. This ability, or quality, which is so characteristic of Christ consciousness, does not appear until we experience it in its subdivided descent into duality. (This is simply because of the necessity of reflected selves, not possible until the planes of duality.) It is important to note that Christ Consciousness, at this master level, is composed of all other components of manifestation and potential kinds consciousness, (not shown), including all component levels of what is exclusively considered as various sub-levels of Christ consciousness. The two exceptions that cannot be included as sub-divisions of Christ consciousness are, Cosmic consciousness, which is a polar opposite of Christ consciousness, (which contains both the subdivisions of Christ Consciousness, and the void), and God consciousness, which contains both Cosmic and Christ consciousness as integral parts of itself.
We have stated that all other kinds consciousness, with those exceptions stated above, are derived from Christ consciousness as sub-components. It is for this reason that many think that the "Christ" is in fact God. We can understand why many would also believe in this state-of-being as the ultimate goal for humanity.
It should be pointed out that Christ consciousness, within human beings, exhibits motion as an "outward expansion", (from a fixed centralized position), which impinges upon others as love. Cosmic consciousness, on the other hand, exhibits motion as an "inward expansion" (or contraction), (from a fixed position that is the opposite of centralized), which manifests as enlightenment and bliss.
It is important to understand that those who seek God consciousness have chosen a much more difficult course of action than those who seek to simply "return to the Christ", and must have, as a prerequisite, already progressed through the lessons of Christ consciousness. This is not to deride the latter, for Christ consciousness is a critical, vital and necessary choice to each and everyone of us in our spiritual progression. However please note that, as I understand it, many Christians believe the direction of creative intent of Christ consciousness, is "returning to the Father", through Christ, to reside in "Heaven". (i.e., that of returning to where we originated.) On the other hand, the direction of creative intent of God consciousness, as concerns human beings), from all indications, is one of manifestation into the Third dimension as "Heaven on Earth". (These are diametrically opposed directions and intentions.) This would suggest that those who simply seek refuge in the Christ will at some time feel the urge to re-descend into matter as a necessary continuation of spiritual evolution.
I feel that the above spiritual dichotomy is at the heart of much unnecessary spiritual confusion and subsequent lack of unity. For this reason, I believe that it is obviously prudent, in order to help to alleviate this confusion, for us to endeavor, by all available means, to understand the structure of consciousness and its rules of engagement.