The wisdom says:
Through prayer and invocation, individuals are able to access and communicate with the wisdom of advanced spirits in the higher levels of the spiritual plane.
Let us look at how we set about using this guidance. A spark of the Divine is within each individual – this is the eternal Spirit, the vehicle by which the individual is able to access the divine. By raising his level of consciousness, the individual is able to access ever-higher levels of the Wisdom. The spiritual world contains a range of entities, with levels of consciousness extending from the most mundane to the most spiritual, many of who are committed to helping the individuals on their journey. Thus a person, at any level of development, is able to find a spiritual entity with whom he can be in harmony, and whose guidance he will understand. How does he do this ?
An esoteric saying is:
‘When the pupil is ready, the Master appears’
The concept is that the guide will find the one to be guided, if and when he is ready to receive this guidance. When the time is right, the master will make contact in any one of a number of different ways. It may be through a Mystery School, a book, a lecture, a lecture, wise words from a friend or intuitive ideas whilst meditating, Whatever the method, the appropriate spiritual entity will make contact. Guidance may change as the individual grows in consciousness. A stage may be completed, and a different teacher may be appropriate. Throughout this process, the need to be open-minded, to listen, and use discrimination continues to be necessary. Who are these guides and what is their purpose ?
This guidance is twofold - helping the individual to grow spiritually, and providing an understanding of the part to be played in the divine plan. The guide, a benign being, has the interests of the growth in awareness and consciousness of the whole human race, and the instruction of the individual will always be within the context of the broader interests of humanity as a whole.The concept of divine entities guiding humankind to an ever more loving and fruitful world can sometimes be difficult to accept. We appear to be living today in a world growing in selfishness and ruthlessness rather than compassion and love. Nonetheless, the Wisdom holds all is for the best. If this indeed be so, then maybe we are going through a time of trial, which will lead to an ever-clearer understanding of the inevitable negative results of a materialistic society. From this may come realisation of the fundamental changes needed, if society is to move towards a more loving and compassionate world.
What form will be taken by these helpful guides?
Dis - incarnate Guides
Guidance is always available at a level, and in a form, appropriate to the state of consciousness achieved by the individual. Disincarnate guides are found in a wide variety of apparent guises including Tibetan Masters, Chinese emperors, Native American Indians, Goddesses, Shamanic teachers and priests of every sort.These guides exist in a non-material spiritual form incomprehensible to an incarnate being. They therefore appear in a guise recognizable to the one they are seeking to guide. It is held that it takes considerable effort to generate such a shape.
A guru is a living personality who is held to be of great wisdom and sanctity and able to provide positive guidance to the devotee. The guidance comes whilst in the presence of the guru, but is not always in the form of spoken words. In recent years, Eastern gurus such as Sai Baba, the Maharishi and Mother Meera have gained significant following in the West.
Once the appropriate guidance has been contacted, the next step is to learn how to communicate. This is achieved by developing the intuition, the subtle part of the mind able to contact the universal consciousness. This ‘Still Inner Voice’ delivers concepts and ideas, often without prior intellectual thought. Awareness, understanding and acceptance of the intuition are available to all, but we need to develop and enhance these faculties, if the intuition is to become a useful and powerful tool.
Our present paradigm tends not to value intuition, often looked upon as ‘merely imagination’. This is surprising as every scientific discovery, invention and creative work, started with a flash of intuition. Whilst the intellect may be used to develop the initial spark, the intuition remains behind the original idea. Poets and writers speak of their ‘Muse’ inspiring them. The Greeks had a variety of specific muses, each specialising in a particular type of poetry, writing or music. Contemporary musicians speak of the work ‘pouring through them’ from some unknown source.
We need to be able to accept our intuition as the means through which we receive the voice of the entity seeking to guide us. Inspired ideas may reach us through our minds, but may also be triggered off by situations or the words of others, all of which are possible vehicles for the message. The unusual nature of this communication requires a different approach to ‘listening’.
There are a number of ways in which we can develop and enhance our intuition and our ability to contact the divine.
Meditation and Prayer
Mentioned in the section on Practice.
Being in Nature
One of the most effective methods of accessing the divine is walking, or sitting in nature and opening the soul to attunement with the world of the spirit. This should be in some beautiful place - sitting by the sea and watching the gentle breaking of the waves, on a hill with distant vistas of rolling countryside, or in a forest, observing the dappled sunlight, and listening to the movement of a multitude of living creatures in the undergrowth.
This is the process of accessing the divine by using some form of device. A number of tools are available, including quasi-scientific instruments such as Radionics and other instruments of this type. Most recognised is the practice of dowsing - a rod or pendulum is used to enhance the sensitivity of the individual’s reception. This is a productive way of using a device to enhance the intuitive faculties.
These are methods used for help in accessing the divine. They include the ‘I-Ching’, a forecasting method of casting coins or yarrow sticks in a sequence of six, noting results and interpreting these by using the ‘Divining Book of the I-Ching’. Tarot cards belong to this category. The tarot reader deals out and read cards in the presence of the client. Interpretation of the fall of the cards, combined with the sensitivity and intuition of the reader, can lead to a perceptive and useful result. Included is the whole world of astrology. This is a field of knowledge, supported and attested by thousands of years of research and findings. In the hands of an experienced and skilled astrologer a reading can produce perceptive and helpful insights.
Channelling is a method of hearing and recording the voice of what appears to be a third person. This is recognised in books such as ‘Seth Speaks’. It is also a useful tool when used to access personal guidance. This requires the acceptance of valid guidance being available and the ability to ‘hear’ and record what comes through.‘Hearing’ guidance is an interesting process in itself. This is not received as an aurally recorded sound coming through the ether. Rather awareness in the mind of words being spoken. The ability to accept the validity of these words as coming from a third party is the essence of channeling. The process is to sit in a quiet place, ask a specific question, and wait for the answer to start flowing.
A number of practical methods are used including:
Automatic writing – as with all methods of accessing the intuition, practice is needed. What seems to work best is to write the first word that comes into the mind, and then to continue with the flow that comes through. There may be a tendency to dismiss this as a figment of the imagination but faith is needed in the reality of the guidance being received.The secret is to keep the practical, logical, everyday mind out of the way during the session.
Verbal Channelling – For many people, this is a simpler and more effective way of working than automatic writing. In this case, a decision is made on how best to record the message. This could be with a voice recorder, later transcribed in writing. Now, with the availability of voice-recognition software, the simplest way is to dictate the whole session straight into a computer for printing printed later.
Intuitive Sparks -Once the intuition is developed as a way of accessing guidance, the individual will begin to recognise the sparks and ideas, received throughout the day. Ideas flash into the consciousness and disappear again. Even without setting up any formal apparatus for accessing these thoughts, they, nonetheless, arrive of their own volition. These ideas are often valuable and should be kept in mind or recorded. It is worth carrying a small notebook in which to note these sparks of intuition.
Synchronicity - A synchronous experience is a fortuitous but meaningful occurrence, i.e. meeting the person you want to see, feeling drawn to enter a particular bookshop and finding the perfect book waiting on a shelf. This is a way for the intuition to pass on information. Accepting synchronous events as having a meaning encourages further similar communication.To help this process flow we need to accept that there are no accidents. Every event is significant, although it is not always easy to understand the meaning.
Dreams- For millennia the interpretation of dreams was accepted as useful. This appreciation gradually disappeared but depth psychologists have increased our awareness of the value of understanding dreams and a wide selection of books is available on the subject. Dreams are a way of accessing the unconscious and could be said to be closer to the intuition and the spiritual world than the conscious awakened mind. Only the individual dreamer is able to understand the real meaning of his dreams, but experienced professionals can help with the interpretation. An excellent practice is to make a point of recording dreams and endeavouring to interpret them. Recalling the dream in a notebook on waking is best, as dreams tend to disappear rapidly after waking up.
Keeping a Journal - An essential part of the process of hearing and accessing spiritual messages is to keep a journal. A loose-leaf notebook is best as handwritten thoughts, automatic writing notes, transcribed notes of every sort and other significant experiences can all be included. One of the intriguing things about a spiritual journal is how the words, when first recorded, often appear to be banal and obvious. Upon reading the journal again, in a week or so, it is then found that these notes have given an accurate forecast of how things would develop and contained words of extraordinary wisdom. We should not be surprised if these words appear to be wise, inspiring and constructive, as the whole object of the exercise of the journal has been to access the divine world of infinite beauty and truth.
Like everything on the spiritual journey, learning how to access guidance is an individual business. Each person has to explore and find the ways that work best for him. .