The Surface & the Subtle – Depths of Awareness
To understand the mystical World and travel to the realms of a more heavenly Earth requires an understanding of the nature of awareness and it’s relationship to the reality in which we live.
As we make the journey into the magical World, we move through layers of awareness. This is very much like digging for buried treasure within the self where the treasure is a deeper and more expansive version of your reality.
Spiritual truth always follows the patterns of Nature, for Nature is the very definition of our reality. In this context, the models we use to describe our reality can be used across the board.
As you can see in this illustration, we would describe the layers of the Earth in a very gross physical way, presenting the ‘surface’, the ‘crust’ and the various atmospheres leading to the core of the planet as we currently understand it. Such is a beautiful way of modeling part of the substance of our blessed planet.
As a way of looking at the depths of movement towards the core of the Earth, we can use this same idea to model the ways in which our awareness of our own self and the conditions of our circumstance may move from the surface to the subtle depths of our inner core.
In this case, we are presenting a movement of awareness, an ever-deepening perception of the subtle and then causal vibrations that make up our experience. As we do this, we gain an ever-brightening recognition of the real World of magick and wonder that is our birthright.
As we make the journey into the Mythica, we are learning to relate with the World on ever-deepening levels of subtlety. To understand and perceive that mystic octave, we must always remember that we are always looking at the same thing, only at different depths of perception.
You are always looking at the same thing, from different depths of perception.
Just as we cannot see the deeper layers of the Earth without actively digging down, we have no idea what lay in the depths of our potential. Like explorers searching for buried treasure, we must trust that there is more beneath the surface than we can currently perceive and do the work to transform our perception such that we may reach the Abundance within.
From the Surface to the Subtle
Just as the Earth has a surface layer, so does our perception. This is the most obvious layer of perception, to which all beings have consistent access. It is literally how things appear on the surface.
Beneath the surface of our perception lay the subtle realms of awareness. The vast territory of vibrational impressions that manifest through the ever-changing forms as they appear on the surface. Here, we see the archetypical energies that underlie our experience, the myths and divinities, the energies and spellworks that define our deeper human experience. At this level, we see, more deeply, the aspects of the Divine that embody through our selves.Just like digging towards the center of the Earth, there are many layers to the subtle perception of reality. It is a movement into our own Nature, which, like the Ocean and it’s unfathomable depths, is as vast as the Universe itself.
This is the entry to the Mythica. The real magical World.
From the Subtle to the Causal
As the Path continues, we go even deeper. Into the threads of our interconnection, the synchronicities of cause and effect. It is here we gain vision of the Great Story, the interweaving of our many Stories as the much larger tapestry of Life.
This is the depth in which we may view the World Tree, the interplay of relationships and sacred purpose which defines our shared journey.
From the Causal to the Primal
As we walk the Path deeper into the subtle realms, form itself dissolves into it’s component parts. At this depth of perception, The vibrational impressions within the substance of reality are seen as made of the five primal elements of Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Akasha.
From the Primal to the Akash
At the deepest level of perception lay the Akasha. The primal substance of form. That of consciousness itself, viewed as a sculptural medium. It is the most subtle of the elements, giving context to the other four. It is the context for form itself. That of which awareness is aware. The Akasha is known by many names, such as ‘Shakti’, ‘The Goddess’, ‘The Universe’, and others.
Formlessness, the Infinite
Beyond the dissolution of form itself lay the formless. The infinite emptiness of Source that gives rise to all form. Perceived as the embodiment of formlessness, this is the essence of God. As we make the heroic journey to unity with the Divine and the abundance that comes with that, this is our goal.