Astral Adams

I am as sick as you are of hearing “present moment awareness” paraded around as some tepid mantra. But the reason is that maintaining “present-moment awareness” leads to something deeper, where you’re perceiving the present moment before it physically happens — before it is reflected in the mind. Like, deep present awareness dissolves the sensory and physical boundaries of time-space perception.

The place where demons and other astral beings dwell is often in those gaps between our present-moment awareness. Every time we have a distraction or are manipulated by something, we become prey to outside entities or influences. When we project our own illusions or desires somewhere else, outside of the present moment, external forces can work their way through our actions and willpower. And many religions identify external beings and individuals which surround our sphere of existence.

But it seems when you achieve some sort of awareness and dissolution of the self, there is not that concrete division between oneself and others. However, “others” can still think there is such a thing, even though this unaware other is another reflection of the interconnected cosmic self. These kinds of avenues of perception can be of benefit in regards to knowing how things work in the astral (simply that deeper awareness is able to evade the chaotic attentions of malicious beings).

The big mystery to me, is how there are cosmic beings of all kinds (real or imaginary — it doesn’t matter what you think) but they’re all just the same material. They’re all another manifestation of the self. So even if your god of choice is real, it’s just another manifestation of the cosmic self that you are. Which makes me consider the veneration of divinities within a different light than mere subservience. We’re just praying to ourselves, no matter what (and yeah, I know monotheistic religions are supposed to bypass that, but I don’t buy it).

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2 Responses to “Astral Adams”

  1. You’re right: the veneration of divinities is not mere subservience.
    But I would develop this discussion a bit to include the psychological aspect of this phenomenon.

    Imagine your average person in the Middle Ages, for instance – most likely a peasant – poor, uneducated, taxed by the aristocracy, prone to periods of starvation and perhaps ill treatment. For this person, the safety, the quietness and peace of a church makes it the safest place to be.
    In those times, if a simple toothache could signal death, if you were not sure whether you would be alive the next day or some foreign people wouldn’t invade the land, burn your house and kill your family, then isn’t the peaceful harmony of the church along with its icons, sculptures, candles going to assert itself on you, becoming an object of veneration? Veneration brought about by desperation, by uncertainty…

    The illusory existence of all those cosmic beings would thus become a necessity. In the realm of the church, those people would seek and find a brief, fleeting moment of harmony in the world of chaos which surrounds them. We live in relative security now – our harmony rests precisely on the realisation that practically everything, including those cosmic beings, is a manifestation of the self.

  2. Hi Ipchuk!

    I have no direct idea what the medieval peasant’s mindset was like, but I am sure there are many people living like that today.

    But I also don’t think just because the various beings of the universe are expressions of self makes them fake or concocted. Illusion is the pure expression of reality!

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