The Garden of Ecstasy in the Mind


Each layer of the mind is not finality in itself, but a link in a long spiral ascent; therefore, even the more primitive layers of the mind are linked with the soul. The last layer in this ascension to the soul is the fifth layer of the mind or Selfless Mind. It is a great mistake to think that the fifth layer and the condition of being a saint depends on any definite religious belief or system. It doesn’t even suggest a strict morality that is founded on the fear of God, a God that would take revenge and is prone to anger and harsh punishment. The peace and serenity found on the faces of the wise that have achieved Selfless Mind is built on the principle that being true to their path they are doing the will of the Father; they belong to all. This is the highest moral standard that keeps them free from any moral or mental corruption and any negative influence from others.

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Christian Mysticism Revelation of Inner Consciousness


Our great purpose in life is then to develop love and the enfoldment of our spiritual consciousness. For that purpose it becomes necessary for us to see ourselves not as body parts, but in a state of consciousness, appearing to others as a body. We cannot see love or consciousness, but we must understand that we exist as consciousness and become aware of this reality. Love comes to us through the enfoldment and revelation of our own inner being. This is what Christian Mysticism expresses. “Love your brother as yourself,” in this work we must first know and love ourselves. It takes the knowing of this truth to make pure consciousness evident. All harmony in our experience is the direct result of the activity of love in our consciousness. This does not consist in making statements or repetitions of love, but the awareness of love and pure consciousness in all things. The infinity of God appears when we see pure consciousness in God’s infinite forms and varieties, God as omnipresent, the pure consciousness of God in the individual consciousness and in our own. This love must be realized, we cannot just simply preach how to love God then strive to defeat other faiths or religions. When love touches our consciousness, it makes us one with all life. Love comes from the visible and invisible teachers within our own consciousness; therefore, we must open our consciousness to the infinite Power, the universal God and find it operating in our experience.


Our consciousness reflects both rationality and intuition because it has an external and an internal perception. The external perceptions are made with mental images while the internal perceptions are made through insight. With reason we form decisions, resolve, choice, intellect and purpose, while intuition elevates reason to a higher degree of efficiency because it is not confused with opinion. Intuition is knowledge in consciousness while opinion is the judgment of it so our intuition can be defined as an inner guiding light that is different from the rational attribute that focuses on appearances externally. It is grasped by developing our inner self or vision.

Consciousness


Our consciousness reflects both rationality and intuition because it has an external and an internal perception. The external perceptions are made with mental images while the internal perceptions are made through insight. With reason we form decisions, resolve, choice, intellect and purpose, while intuition elevates reason to a higher degree of efficiency because it is not confused with opinion. Intuition is knowledge in consciousness while opinion is the judgment of it so our intuition can be defined as an inner guiding light that is different from the rational attribute that focuses on appearances externally. It is grasped by developing our inner self or vision.