Q. Could you explain something about what soul contact is like?
A human being is a triple conscious person or being. There is the consciousness of the personality. The personality is the physical self, etheric, astral, and lower mental. Those selves belong to the world of matter. Then we have the soul consciousness coming from the soul self – that is higher consciousness, the highest consciousness being that of spirit consciousness, God consciousness in its highest aspect.
A human being on this Earth very rarely has contact with soul and spirit, and makes a lot of mistakes for that reason. But it is a vicious circle, really – the more you are steeped in matter and the consciousness of matter, the more difficult it is for you to see clearly. The soul and spirit consciousness give you a clear consciousness and view of things. The personality is often deceiving you and giving you unclear images and understandings, and that is why we are told that we live in blindness on the physical plane, unless we have higher consciousness.
Now if a person lives a pure life, the astral body, the astral consciousness, will be quite clear and pure, and will give you right information and give you sort of a right image of life on Earth. In most people, it is a deceiving consciousness. You don't know what you are doing, and because you don't know what you are doing, you make many more mistakes than you should have made. And mistakes create karma, and so you incarnate with a karmic pattern that instead of getting smaller may get bigger and bigger.
How do we then get rid of that karmic pattern? That's when the soul consciousness comes in to the personality consciousness and that happens, even if people don't know it, when a human being is at an average stage of humanity.
When a human being starts to become a person of goodwill, starts to think about others and not only himself or herself, starts to work for others, not only for himself, herself, or perhaps the near family, the soul starts to be felt. And the soul gives a clear view of things, not always, because the soul does not stay in the consciousness – it sort of visits. It comes down and up, down and up. It's not a permanent consciousness.
The soul consciousness becomes permanent at higher degrees of initiation. At the third degree initiation, spirit comes into consciousness in the body. Again, fluctuating, up and down, up and down, giving an enormous understanding of life in all levels, on all planes. And the blindness that has prevailed becomes more vision of clarity. You start to live through visions that tell you the present and the future of your own actions and the actions of others.
You start to know that if you act like this, this will happen. You no longer walk in blindness, where you act and you don't know what's going to happen, and you often discover that you have acted unwisely. Soul consciousness is therefore a condition of the mind, higher mind, that we are actually working towards achieving. But you achieve it only through meditation and through service.
Meditation aligns the lower mind and the higher mind, so after a number of incarnations where you have meditated, the soul actually enters more easily into the consciousness of the personality. But you don't keep it, unless you continue to meditate and continue with your serving humanity.
You have to serve. The soul comes into action when you serve other people, when you serve the Earth. If you serve yourself only, it doesn't come, it won't live in you. So the soul, which is a much higher self of yourself, comes into manifestation when you live a life of goodwill and service.
Spirit comes in, as I mentioned, when you are an initiate. Then the higher bodies of your self come into manifestation. You start to become cosmic, and cosmic is another consciousness that is higher than soul, but works through soul – it's like a combination. But when you are cosmic, it is simply that you do not feel very much like a human being in certain stages. You feel that you are a being of Light, a higher being, and that you are able to communicate telepathically with other beings in the universe. Simply, you are no longer limited to the Earth at all, but you become a traveller in your mind. You are simply able to contact beings from other planets, Hierarchies from different planets – you are moving in cosmic worlds.
So what you have to do is, you have to find a meditation system that suits your personality. You can try different ones, and you do try different ones. It doesn't have to be a very complicated system at all; it just is a meditation system that works for you, and then you connect consciously with your higher selves, and you start to get flashes of insight, flashes of intuition. And those flashes and that insight come normally from the soul or some higher bodies. And they teach you what you must do to serve your own higher self and spirit and God.
So when we close off to that voice, which is very weak to begin with, we actually cut off the line to soul, and will again descend more into matter, and it might take several lifetimes to get into the same soul awareness again.
So it's difficult to explain, especially if you don't know about the different levels of consciousness, but because I am living in all three levels at times, either the physical being consciousness, sometimes soul consciousness, sometimes cosmic, I know the difference. And I know what it takes to get there, and it takes lives to get there.
But today, because everything is moving so fast on Earth, people are actually getting influxes from the soul where they didn't have it before. This is because Earth is progressing spiritually very rapidly. And this rapid development is opening the minds of people to higher worlds and to higher consciousness. So even if you perhaps shouldn't have had at this stage a higher consciousness or insight or intuition or influxes, you may have it. Whether you can interpret what you see and hear, whether you understand that it comes from a higher self, that is to be discussed.
Let me ask you now, who in this room have these flashes of insight, which you recognise have nothing to do with the physical self? And you have realised that those flashes of insight come from something higher in you. But are you able to do it on purpose, or do they just happen? Can you tune in on a higher consciousness when you want to, or do they only come when the consciousness wants to?
That's the case to begin with. You cannot on purpose tune in with your soul if the line is not open. It's like a telephone line. If the attunement is lacking and the line is not open, you will not be able to do it. Perhaps for a second or two, if you're lucky one day, but not as a regular thing.
So, when you have experienced higher consciousness, you really want to continue to experience it. And it is that which gives you drive to continue. When you discover that there are higher worlds, there are higher levels, there is higher consciousness, and you experience a little bit of it, then you really want to continue, because that's how wonderful it is.
People take drugs to obtain another consciousness, but you can obtain higher consciousness completely drugless, simply by a certain meditation – doesn't last long, fifteen, twenty, thirty minutes a day, and service, active service for a good cause. And you're simply just rapidly moving towards something higher.
It is different. It's different, but I would also like to say that if you had soul consciousness every day, all day, you couldn't live amongst human beings. You would have to isolate yourself completely, which is why higher disciples and initiates have to close off on purpose, and only link up, if you know what I mean, when they need it. In the outer world with human beings surrounding you, you can't live that kind of consciousness. They block you, and it feels like pain, but we see, therefore, that initiates and higher disciples often seek retreats for long periods each year if they are allowed to, and then they have the consciousness and they can live in it, but with other people, it would be very difficult to keep the consciousness for more than so and so long, half an hour, twenty minutes.