The Nature of Consciousness

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Summary: A collection of statements by the Tibetan

     "We shall now consider our last question, and I shall indicate to you, in general terms, - necessarily limited by the inadequacy of language, - the significance of the outstanding soul qualities :
a. Sentiency, or sensitive response to contact, and by that means the subsequent growth in knowledge.
b. Consciousness, awareness of the environment, and the development of instruments whereby consciousness may be increasingly developed.
c. Light, or radiation, the effect of the interplay between the life and the environment.
The Soul is that factor in matter (or rather that which emerges out of the contact between spirit and matter) which produces sentient response and what we call consciousness in various forms; it is also the latent or subjective essential quality which makes itself felt as light or luminous radiation." ( Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, p. 130/1)

     "The development of the human being is but the passing from one state of consciousness to another. It is a succession of expansions, a growth of that faculty of awareness that constitutes the predominant characteristic of the indwelling Thinker. It is the progressing from consciousness polarised in the higher self, ego, or soul, thence to a polarisation in the Monad, or Spirit, till the consciousness eventually is Divine."(Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 7)

     "We can do no more than sense a fraction of some wonderful whole, utterly beyond the reach of our consciousness -- a whole that the highest Angel or Perfected Being is but beginning to realise. When we recognise the fact that the average man is as yet fully conscious only on the physical plane, nearly conscious on the emotional plane, and only developing the consciousness of the mental plane, it is obvious that his comprehension of cosmic data can be but rudimentary. When we recognise the further fact, that to be conscious on a plane and to have control on that plane are two very different conditions, it becomes apparent how remote is the possibility of our approximating more than a general trend of the cosmic scheme." (Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 4)

     "Evolution, as we understand it, and as it must be studied by the human intellect, is the story of the evolution of consciousness, and not the story of the evolution of the form. This latter evolution is implicit in the order, and of secondary importance from the occult angle." ( Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 57)

     "In the total evolution of the spiritual man through physical incarnation during untold hundreds of lives, the entire process is simply one of expanding consciousness, and of training -- sequentially and stage by stage -- an ever more inclusive awareness." ( Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, p. 194)

     "The objective of each aspirant is to expand his consciousness to include that which lies beyond himself, to attain to the more elevated states of consciousness in the life of the group and of humanity, and to integrate himself consciously into the Hierarchy, eventually into Shamballa, and occultly to "know" God in His many phases of all-inclusive extension and perfection." ( Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 766)

     "It is the expansion of consciousness and the production of increased sensitivity and perceptive awareness, which is the goal of all divine and hierarchal effort. The goal is not for betterment of material conditions. These will automatically follow when the sense of awareness is steadily unfolded. The future of humanity is determined by its aspiration and ability to respond to the idealism which is today flooding the world." ( Education in the New Age, p. 103)

     "These realisations, or apprehended expansions of consciousness, are under natural law, and come in due course of time to every soul without exception." ( Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 176)

     "One point you all need to grasp is that the progressing disciple does not move into new fields of awareness, like a steady marching forward from one plane to another. What must be grasped is that all that IS is ever present. What we are concerned with is the constant awakening to that which eternally IS, and to what is ever present in the environment, but of which the subject is unaware, owing to short-sightedness. . . . The Kingdom of God is present on Earth today and forever has been, but only a few, relatively speaking, are aware of its signs and manifestations. The world of subtle phenomena (called formless, because unlike the physical phenomena with which we are so familiar) is ever with us, and can be seen and contacted and proved as a field for experiment and experience and activity, if the mechanism of perception is developed as it surely can be.
     It might be said that consciousness itself, which is the goal -- on this planet -- of all the evolutionary process, is simply the demonstrated result of the Science of Contact. It is likewise the goal in some form or other, and at some stage or other, of all planetary existences within the solar system itself. . . . Step by step, the forms of life upon the physical plane, down through the ages, have unfolded one sense after another; one form of sensitive response after another becomes possible as the mechanism is produced, until the human being can receive impressions from the physical plane and rightly interpret them; can respond to the emotional contacts of the astral plane, and succumb to them or surmount them; and can become telepathic to the world of the mental plane, thus sharing -- physically, emotionally and mentally -- in the life and contacts of the three worlds which constitute his environment, and in which he is submerged whilst in incarnation."( Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 53/5)

     "That ancient occult truism remains accurate: "Consciousness is dependent upon its vehicle fro expression, and both are dependent upon life and energy for existence." This remains an immutable law." ( Esoteric Astrology, p. 527)

     "You must always bear in mind that the consciousness remains the same, whether in physical incarnation or out of incarnation, and that development can be carried on with even greater ease than when limited and conditioned by the brain consciousness." ( Esoteric Healing, p. 417)

     "Each expansion of consciousness is preceded by a period of testing in some one of the three bodies, and in some aspect of the lower nature . . . Such tests produce inner unfoldment which may be more apparent to those who teach than to yourself. This testing and its results constitute a responsibility, and open up avenues of approach to the central reality of the soul, hitherto not employed." ( Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 545)

     "Every expansion of consciousness, resulting in increased scope of service, is to be taken at a cost, and for this you will have to be prepared." ( Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 245)

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