The Surface & Subtle – Depths of Perception

In Physics of the Quest (Publish) by mythica

To understand the magickal World and travel to the realms of Abundance requires an understanding of the nature of awareness and it’s relationship to the material plane.


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.


 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.


The Surface

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.

The Subtle

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.

The Causal

This is the depth at which one may view the Aka threads, the threads of the Akasha woven of the prime elements which form the threadwork of synchronicity and the unfoldment of cause and effect.  It is the place where the impressions of form are seen as threads of gravity and movement across spacetime.

The Prime Elements (The Deva Realms)

At this depth of perception, The vibrational impressions within the substance of reality dissolve into their component parts, made of the five primal elements of Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Akasha.

The Akasha

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 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

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.


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