Tuesday, December 1, 2015

When the Soul awakens by Nancy Seifer & Martin Vieweg

For millions of people around the world the year 2012 has become a signpost of “the end of the world as we know it.”  When the Soul Awakens looks beyond 2012 to the dawn of the Aquarian Age—the start of a new cycle of human evolution.   It points the way toward an era when the spiritual awakening now underway will flower into an enlightened global civilization.

Based on the Ageless Wisdom, the book sees the current worldcrises as birth pangs of a new age.  The rising tide of human suffering that has swept the planet since the start of this millennium has served to spark an expansion of consciousness among people everywhere.  This book was written for awakening souls who want to know what comes next on the evolutionary journey, and discover their role in the unfolding divine Plan.

In a time of fascination with secrets, this book reveals perhaps the greatest secret of all: the destiny of the human soul. A spark of divine consciousness exists within every human being, lying dormant until it awakens and begins the journey of return to its spiritual source. That momentous turning point, now within the reach of untold thousands, is the focus of this book.

A groundbreaking work, informed by modern esoteric teachings known as the Ageless Wisdom, this book unveils the evolutionary plan for humanity. It presents the transition to a new age as a passage from one stage of consciousness to another, beginning when the soul awakens and sets foot on the spiritual path. This path transforms the isolated personality into a conscious soul, aware of its oneness with all of life.

In darkening times, this book carries a message of hope. It holds the vision of a gathering wave of awakening souls with the collective power to manifest a higher reality on Earth.

Excerpts from the book

The Introduction:
“What you are searching for is what is searching.”
~Francis of Assisi
The opportunity now facing us is a spiritual one, involving a shift to a higher dimension of awareness.  With the daily shattering of illusions about the material world, growing numbers of people around the globe have felt impelled to search for higher truth.  For many, this search began in the 1960s and 70s, with the first wave of spiritual awakening sparked by the energies of Aquarius. But events unfolding since 2001 have accelerated and intensified a collective search for what is genuine and real.  Millions of people are now engaged in a spiritual quest that is, at its core, a quest for the Soul.

Inevitably, all who embark upon this journey are confronted with mystery, as reflected in Saint Francis’ paradoxical allusion to the soul as both that which is searching and that which is being sought.  The true nature of the soul, which Plato called “a divinity,” has been shrouded in mystery for millennia and remains so, despite the recent outpouring of popular books on the subject.  What informs most of these books is a consensual reality based on material science—a form of science that recognizes only the tangible, measurable, visible, concrete dimensions of existence.

A century ago, a new kind of science came into being—a “science of the soul.” Though little known in mainstream culture, it has served to fuel the spiritual awakening now occurring around the globe.  Esoteric in nature, this new science has furthered human understanding of the invisible, subtle, spiritual dimensions of existence that lie behind the dense material world.  It has been put forth in a set of teachings known collectively as the Ageless Wisdom, a blend of truths from East and West.  These teachings form a body of wisdom that holds keys to many of the great mysteries that continue to surround the human soul.

Chapter IV: Rebirth
“The body is merely a garment.
go seek the wearer, not the cloak.” ~Rumi
In the days of ancient Rome, Cicero (106–43 B.C.E.) recorded his observations of the signs of reincarnation in children.  After citing “the ancients” who believed in rebirth, including Pythagoras and Socrates, “the wisest of men,” he wrote:
It is again a strong proof of men knowing most things before birth, that when mere children they grasp innumerable facts with such speed as to show that they are not then taking them in for the first time, but remembering and recalling them.
There is a logic to the theory of rebirth that makes sense of otherwise inexplicable differences between human beings.  Science cannot explain, on the basis of genetics and environment alone, why there are both serial killers and saints among us.  Nor can it account for the extreme differences that exist between siblings—why one is a prodigy and another an ordinary student; why one is a materialist and another is drawn to spirituality.  Even among twins, there are marked differences in interests and capacities that can only be explained if we allow for the possibility that their souls have had different “histories.”

Often the question arises as to why, if we have lived before, most of us have no memory of previous lives.  The answer seems to lie in the very workings of the laws of conscious evolution.  The fact that awareness of past lives is connected to spiritual awakening suggests that a degree of wisdom is necessary before such memory can serve a useful spiritual purpose.  Plato hinted at this in his “Myth of Er,” which portrays what occurs after death in “the other world,” as souls choose their next life and prepare for rebirth.  Before returning, all souls had to drink from the river Lethe, the Forgetful River, “but those who had no wisdom to save them drank more than the measure.”

For incarnate souls who awaken to their true spiritual nature, the memory of having lived before gradually seeps into conscious awareness, though details of previous existences may not be recalled.  In presenting his arguments in support of reincarnation, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930), the British writer, mentioned “vague recognitions and memories which are occasionally too definite to be easily explained as atavistic impressions.”  In answer to “the natural question ‘Why, then, do we not remember such existences?’” he wrote:
We may point out that such remembrance would enormously complicate our present life, and that such existences may well form a cycle which is all clear to us when we come to the end of it, when perhaps we may see a whole rosary of lives threaded upon one personality.
Chapter VI: The Fruits of Suffering
"Call the world...‘the vale of Soul-making’
Then you will find out the use of the world."

~John Keats
Buddhism grew out of Hindu philosophy, yet the Buddha claimed to teach one thing only: “suffering and the end of suffering.”  His blinding insight had revealed to him the underlying cause of all suffering: tanha, usually translated as desire.  A more precise definition of tanha, according to Huston Smith, is “dislocation,” the result of selfish desire or self-seeking at the expense of others.  Acting instinctively, impulsively, and out of alignment with the natural order, one fails to recognize others as “fellow facets of the same Reality” and thus creates karma.  The Buddha’s antidote was the Eightfold Path, a path of intentional living aimed at reaching the state of selflessness that leads to Nirvana—the extinction of the separate self in the ocean of Supreme Reality.

Universally, in all major world religions, the root cause of all our woes is living in a state of consciousness in which we are separate from God or Supreme Reality.  In the New Testament, a sinner is one who is “cut off from the living God.” The wisdom teachings echo this idea, stating that the only real sin is the sin of separation, as all sins or errors spring from that single all-encompassing error.  In the Hindu Upanishads, this separative state is likened to a single grain of sand so encrusted with debris that it is oblivious to the infinitude of grains of sand in which it is immersed.

Pain is viewed as a caustic agent for removing that encrustation.  If allowed to seep into our consciousness, without being suppressed, suffering can serve to loosen the layers of debris that build up around the individual who has become thoroughly identified with the threefold personality existing in the world of form.  The Tibetan master explains its salubrious effect: “Pain has always been the purifying agent, employed by the Lords of Destiny, to bring about liberation...it tends to focus humanity’s attention upon the life aspect and not upon the form.”

Whether pain is experienced physically, emotionally, or spiritually, it has the effect of shifting one’s gaze away from the outer world and turning it inward to “the life aspect”—the spirit, the part of our being that is independent of the phenomenal world.  When suffering is acute, conditioned reflexes and routines of daily living give way to a deeper, more reflective mode of consciousness that allows the Self to emerge into the foreground and with it, the aspect of mind that relates cause and effect in the light of truth.  “The uses of pain are many,” the Tibetan master states, “and they lead the human soul out of darkness into light, out of bondage into liberation...”

Website: Ageless Wisdom for a New Era (http://whenthesoulawakens.org/)

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