Experience of the subtle realms: Contents
2. Passive hierarchies of the second kind
'hierarchy' I mean a social system in which one set of persons makes decisions
for another set of persons. Those
who make the decisions may or may
not consult, seek representation from, or be representative of, those for whom
the decisions are made: so a hierarchy as I have defined it, can be either
democratic or autocratic.
'passive hierarchy' I mean a hierarchy experienced by those for whom
the decisions are made, over whom influence is exercised. Correlatively, an
active hierarchy is one considered from the standpoint of those who are making
the decisions for others, exerting power over them.
that I am the passive one in a hierarchy is only to say that I am the one for
whom a decision is being taken by the active person or persons in that
hierarchy. It does not
necessarily mean that I go along with the decision made for me.
A young teenager may be in a passive hierarchy with their active
parent, but may reject and rebel against the parental prescriptions.
'passive hierarchy of the first kind' I mean a social system in this world, in
earthly human society, as experienced by those for whom decisions are made by
the active persons in the hierarchy. By a 'passive hierarchy of the second
kind' I mean a social system between the two worlds, in which human beings in
the physical world experience
decisions being made for them, influence and power being exerted over them, by
intelligent beings in the other world. A
hierarchy of the third kind would be a social system exclusively in the other
world. Figure 2.1 shows the three kinds.
2.1 Passive hierarchies of three kinds
this figure the recipient passive person is in bold print to indicate that to
call the hierarchy passive is to refer to it from the standpoint of the
recipient's experience of it. This implies that passive hierarchies are
consciously known by those who are subordinate within them. In the sections
that follow, I describe some ambiguous, 'as if' experiences that incline me to
believe in passive hierarchies of the second kind, where I have some sort of
awareness of what is going on. These only occur occasionally. But they may be continuous and unconscious
passive hierarchies of the second kind, of which I simply have no awareness at
all. This raises fundamental issues in two world politics and I discuss these
further in section 10 later in this chapter.
about to make a critical decision that radically alters the existing pattern
of relationships with important other persons in my life, or that inaugurates
a new pattern of interactions. Quite
outside my personal feelings and thoughts on the issues involved in the
change, it is as if an unseen mentor
is commenting on my plan by some kind of thought transmission. And it is as if that mentor is 'speaking' for and out of a network of unseen
others who have taken a decision about, or at least have a chosen view upon,
the current pattern of my social life.
course I can apply Occam's razor and insist to myself that this unseen mentor
is in fact nothing other than a dissociated bit of my own thought process -
whose content is suspect precisely because the thought is dissociated.
And I always need to be ready to wield the razor in case I dress up
bits of my own psyche in other world disguises.
equally I can grow Heron's beard, in which case I may get a sense of a whole
pattern of relationships among intelligent beings in another world, which I
call the subtle world; and a sense that this unseen pattern has some critical
points of interaction with the network of human relationships in my life.
so good. But what am
I to do with this notion
of interacting social
patterns in two worlds? If I
become too preoccupied with divining and following dimly felt intimations from
the beyond, I become neurotic, superstitious and a slave of unseen hierarchs.
If I ignore totally all such promptings, I cease being true to the
authenticity of my subtle experience, and lose sight of the vigour, richness
and liberaton of living awarely in two worlds at once, in two kinds of
interacting social systems.
answer is to say that I will use the hidden comments as a device to check over
the validity of my purely human thinking about the issues. And conversely, I
can use ordinary rational thought to test the status of the unsolicited
hunches. So the hunches can be used to examine my reason, and vice versa.
And normally this relation of mutual scrutiny and validation seems
sometimes it is as if the
intimations of the unseen mentor hint at issues that are beyond the range of
my human awareness. I then have a
choice. Either I can apply
Occam's razor and cut out the guidance on the grounds that it is of dubious
origin and that in any case to follow it would involve a dangerously
irrational loss of human autonomy. Or
I can take an experimental risk, and see whether adopting the proposed course
initiates me into a grasp of its rationale, in terms either of this world
issues or other world issues.
mentors, if they exist, and if they are responsible, have a tricky task. On
the one hand they are not being responsible either to their own interests or
to human interests if they do not try to alert human beings to critical ways
in which social systems in the two worlds interact. On the other hand, they compromise human autonomy and human
learning through trial and error if they bring too much subtle psychic and
mental influence to bear upon the decision-making process of human beings.
such mentors may be both well-meaning and in error. Their perspective on two world issues may be limited by false
or outmoded assumptions, even though they are genuinely committed to human
welfare. Finally and unpleasantly, there may be nasty hierarchies of the
second kind, in which unseen mentors are ill-meaning and malicious, seeking to
set up corrupted interactions between social systems in the two worlds.
all these possibilities, in the world of
as if, unceasing vigilance and
discriminating awareness are minimal attributes of the inquiring human. One
thing is certain: if we human beings really are in hierarchies of the second
kind, we are going to have more control over our response to them if we
practise being aware of their influence.
full responsibility for what I write, but there are clearly and frequently
times when it is as if thoughts, words and phrases are popped into my mind from
someone nearby in subtle space.
Sometimes whole sentences and paragraphs will have this quality of
being taken down as if by silent mental dictation from an unseen other.
I am doing the thinking, but supervenient upon this exercise of my
autonomous intelligence, there is a regular injection of ideas and words
from I know not whom.
novelists, scientists, creative writers and thinkers of many kinds have
reported the same sort of as if
experience (Harding, 1942). It
may, of course, be nothing more than a phantasy projection of the
psycho-neurological processes whereby a new idea arises in consciousness.
On the other hand, it may be that when I write and think, I am part of
a creative passive hierarchy of the second kind, and that my work is done in
the context of a field of thought generated by one or more persons in the
if this is so, nothing follows about the validity of the ideas I may receive
in the context of such a hierarchy. How
ideas are generated, where they come from, does not entail or guarantee
anything about their truth or
falsity. I must be careful not to
commit a two worlds version of what logicians call the genetic fallacy -
which supposes that the origin of an idea determines its truth.
genetic fallacy has frequently been committed by those who have believed they
have been receiving ideas from the other world.
They have improperly supposed that the source of the ideas in the
beyond provides a self-evident and sufficient guarantee of their truth.
But of all fallacious criteria of truth, an exclusive appeal to the
authority of a higher world is probably the worst.
done a great deal of group work over the last few years. And in many of the groups that I run, such as co-counselling
training, I will be working with one person in front of the rest of the group,
facilitating regression, catharsis and insight, positive growth and change.
Very frequently it is as if there
is an unseen counsellor over my shoulder in subtle space, feeding
interventions into my mind which I immediately express and 'pass on' to the
client with whom I am working.
distinguishes these over the shoulder interventions that I seem to receive is
their light, surprising, elegant, often 'outrageous' form. This is
particularly so in what in co-counselling we call direction-holding, in which
a form of words is offered to the client to contradict their ingrained
compulsion to be self-deprecating. Both
the choice of words and the meaning light upon my mind unexpectedly. They are startling and usefully shocking to the client too.
the same kind of over the shoulder prompting seems to occur with many other
kinds of interventions when working with an individual in front of the group.
And it is as if the context provided
by the human group, the energy of attention focused on the client and myself,
greatly facilitates the ease, intensity and clarity with which this phenomenon
interventions thus apparently received still seem to me to be
characteristiclly mine, part of my style, expressive of my distinctive
imagination. There is here the
classic paradox of receiving inspiration while at the same time exercising a
high degree of creative autonomy. This
paradox applies, too, to the previous as
if experience which I called 'Taking it down'.
in a creative passive hierarchy of the second kind is to discover your own
distinctive capacities at the same time as you receive promptings from some
person or being in the other world. This hierarchy-autonomy paradox is, I
believe, central to the validity of the experience. What is given is already
mine. The inspiration is a catalyst of my personal power.
sceptic, using Occam's razor, may say: Why
should these ideas and interventions come from unseen persons or intelligent
beings in another world?
Why not from the activity of re-arranged neurological circuits; or from
pre-conscious associative mechanisms; or from the collective unconscious; or
from some kind of telepathic interaction within the field of purely human
culture and society; or from God direct; or from personal imagination; or
from psychotic delusions; or from dissociated thought processes; or from some
physiological upset or bodily disorder; or from lack of self-confidence and
indeed, why not? My only answer
is a phenomenological one. It is as
if there is a discreet, companionable presence - a ka soul as the ancient
Egyptians would have said - maintaining
a high degree of anonymity and unobtrusiveness, such a remarkable degree
of tact and patience that it almost goes unnoticed, who is busy from time to
time priming the pump of my creativity.
making plans for the future, in relation to professional work, I have often
had the feeling as if I am thinking
and planning within a much wider scheme of things - which reaches out from
this world into the other. Part
of what I am doing in designing and refining a plan, is testing it for its fit
in this wider scheme, whose broad configuration I can divine, but of whose
precise details I have very little idea.
other part of what I am doing, and the more important part, is entirely to do
with this world. I am devising a
project that accords with my beliefs and values, that is appropriate to the
social context to which it is to be applied, that affirms the true needs and
interests of all those involved in it, that is politically realistic,
financially viable, and so on. Yet
above and beyond all this is the clear sense of a jigsaw fit with the planning
of those in another world who are concerned with the development of culture in
extrasensory dimension of planning is bizarre since my notion of the wider
scheme is inchoate, unfocused. But
the sense of fit is
unmistakable. It is like a nod of hierarchical agreement from beyond.
And if there is a sense of misfit,
I will work away at the purely human parameters of the plan, trying out
different valid possibilities in terms of this world, until I feel that
it slots into place with what I dimly divine is going on in the other world.
sense of a wider scheme of things stands out in my professional experience,
since for years now I have only done work that I believe in, that expresses an
ideology and a set of values which I have thought out and to which I am
internally committed. Once I had
established a position in our social system in which I could work in this way,
it became clear that there was an overwhelming abundance of different
possibilities for creative planning.
the future started to pour into the present in terms of so many possibilities,
the criteria of this world, while central and pivotal, did not seem enough.
Intimations of the wider scheme became critical in deciding between
what appeared to be equally valid this world options.
razor could be applied here. It could cut the wider scheme notion down to size
and say that it is a delusion born out of the anxiety of choice.
The delusion serves both to defend against such anxiety and to displace
it into pseudo-ESP. Perhaps so; but once again that is not quite the way it seems.
interesting to note that the two worlds decision-principle particularly
applies when I get into abundance motivation on the work front.
And in terms of two worlds politics, this means that to be in a
passive hierarchy of the second kind is to be a subject in the politics of
abundance. It is both liberating
and reassuring to be, by choice, politically subject in the midst of of one's
own creative excess.
it is as if there are dimly felt
persons or presences around in subtle space, yet also near at hand as it seems
within physical space. They are
not doing anything, or imparting anything, or seeking to intervene in any way
from their world into this. They
seem to be bearing witness, noticing, maybe systematically observing, or maybe
discreetly lending silent support. What
more can I say? Either they are there or they are not.
they are there. Then noticing
them already starts to feel like being in a passive hierarchy of the second
kind, even though they are not apparently
seeking to exert any influence on my decisions or thinking. But
to see them thus as potential hierarchs could be to misrepresent them.
perhaps they are wanting dialogue, parity, reciprocity. Maybe they are tired of the role of active hierarch, however
beneficent. Maybe that role is
only a necessary consequence of human beings being unaware of them.
But these are only speculations. They
do not form part of any as if
felt presences may, of course,
just be projections of dissociated or unfulfilled bits of my own psyche.
So I have to be careful, discriminating. I also have to allow for the
fact that not all projections are just
projections. For I may project a
bit of my own psyche onto a
presence in subtle space, just as I can onto another human being.
fact that a psychological mechanism of projection is at work, does not of
itself mean that there is no dimly felt presence.
Indeed, if a presence is dimly felt, then this sensing of it is quite
likely to trigger off the projection of some psychological material.
On a two worlds view, it is just as plausible to hold that a presence
elicits a projection, as it is to hold that a projection explains away a
I wake up in the night and for a second or two in that psi corridor between
sleeping and waking I am aware that some persons are gathered around me in the
other world ministering to my subtle body in the mode of healing.
They are applying something to it, or injecting something into it, or
doing some kind of psychic surgery, or administering energy.
The glimpse is too brief for me to get a clear understanding of exactly
what is going on. But
unmistakably it is as if some therapeutic or medical event is afoot.
is a healing passive hierarchy of the second kind.
It is a surprising event, each time it happens. It is also agreable and
reassuring to be so cared for, even though the treatment is quite unsolicited
and unexpected. I did not ask for
it, and did not know I needed it. It
seems as if someone is taking unilateral decisions about my welfare - yet
it also seems as if I am giving my tacit consent.
simple criterion for distinguishing this happening from a dream is that I am
awake when I notice it. Only just
awake, but still awake. Nor is it
a recollected dream. Rather it
has the urgency and immediacy of brief clairvoyance. Of
course it could also be an hallucination induced by the anxiety of
hypochondriasis. But the
experience is too unusually matter of fact for this kind of reduction.
treatment I receive in these healing episodes is not administered directly to
the physical body. It seems,
rather, to be applied to what I call the subtle matrix, the other worldly
double out of which the physical
body emerges. Nor am I aware of any particular physical affliction at the
times when these treatments are given. They may relate to my stamina under severe stress.
frequently find myself staring at the physical horizon, the line between the
physical earth and the physical heavens, as
if I am also gazing into the subtle space of my own origins, a long way
away in the other universe.
as if I am dimly aware of where I have come from in that other universe, and
of those whom I have left there, and from whom I am now separated.
And it is as if I have temporarily become a willing subject in a
special hierarchy of the second kind, in which the active hierarchs are
people I know very well indeed. There is a sense of profound, yet deeply
hidden and occluded, intimacy.
relation to this group, it is as if I am my own hierarch too. As though there
was and is a time and space and world in which we agreed and agree upon what I
am about in this world.
activity can create a very powerful experience as if one is in a dynamic passive hierarchy of the second kind, with
energy and influence streaming from presences active in the other world.
participated in several kinds of ritual activity over the years, with
different groups of practitioners of the craft.
Without exception, these groups each had their own version of a
doctrine of communion with powers and presences in the other world, for
purposes of introducing helpful and healing influences into human society.
the different rituals used had certain basic components. There was the
opening up of a protected subtle space within the physical space of the room
being used: this was a psychic zone close to this world, a zone that once
protected and energized could receive presences from more interior spaces,
whose powers could then be sent forth on their facilitative mission.
was the use of invocations and chanting, of movement and gesture, to create
this working psychic zone, to fill and protect it with human energy, to invoke
presences from the beyond, and to facilitate the emission of their
power. Such work can create
intense psychic and spiritual conditions.
conducted several formal pieces of research into altered states of consciousness,
using the method of co-operative inquiry, many of which included elements of
ritual activity, and I have written about these elsewhere.
I also conducted a very informal inquiry with a small group of
friends in London just a few years ago. And
this merits a short report.
composed an invocation of several stanzas, the whole not more than a page in
length. It began 'Invisible friends and living people, open to adventure and
inquiry, unbound by rigid rules and concepts, we invite your co-operation...' -
and then went on to seek support and empowerment, from those in the other
world and in this, for the creation of what we called a self-generating
culture whose members would live
intentionally in both worlds at once.
were opening and closing procedures and between these a variety of motions,
dances, chants and gestures. We did the ritual once a month.
also met to discuss what impact the ritual seemed to be having, if any, upon
the outer world - as evidenced by events and encounters which any one of us
had experienced. This became a
baffling and at times bizarre exercise in decoding ambiguities. If we believed
that the ritual had some impact on the flux of social events, then it was
reasonable to suppose that some of these events would come our way, and that
they would have some bearing on our notion of a self-generating culture.
But while events that came our way and that had such a bearing were
easy enough to identify, how to pick out the ones specifically stirred up by
like trying to chart the influence of an imperceptible wind, with no clear
criteria to distinguish the signs of its passing.
At our meetings, as we sifted through the different events
that had any possible claim to be ritual-induced, we always had a sense
that some of them had a valid claim, but were never really sure which.
The task of specific discrimination was quite beyond us. We may also,
of course, have been congenially deluded about the whole business. Yet it
was impossible to get away from the sense that something was going on. An
interesting sort of inquiry, to be sure.
seems to me there are a few basic political points - supported by some
psychological and epistemological ones - to make about passive hierarchies
of the second kind.
If there are active hierarchs in subtle space, then they have no claim
to authority other than what my human autonomy chooses to confer upon them.
there are passive hierarchies of the second kind, then any conscious
involvement in them can be disabling and distracting unless I have an
autonomous set of beliefs, norms and values in this world.
there are passive hierarchies of the second kind, then discrimination, inquiry
and unceasing vigilance, are wise when dealing with them.
as if perspective is an important
aid to this discrimination, together with the judicious growing of Heron's
beard balanced with the proper application of Occam's razor.
Given all these caveats, then it is as
if passive hierarchies of the second kind can be exciting, liberating,
exhilarating, enriching autonomous human interests with wider dimensions and
ancient societies, of course, have seen themselves as part of a passive
hierarchy of the second kind, with the shaman, priest or priest-king as the
intermediary between the human race and active hierarchs in the beyond.
However these were societies with no concept of independent human inquiry,
and with no grasp of personal and political autonomy. Hence they were
frequently riddled with dogma and superstition, with conventionalism and
was a grasp of the two worlds reality of the human condition.
But with no theory of knowledge, they lacked discrimination in
handling two worlds ambiguity, and seemed to have little grasp of distorting
refraction effects between the worlds (see Chapter 14).
And with no sense of personal and political autonomy, they were too
on assumed guidance from the beyond. All this was ultimately their undoing.
modern approach to passive hierarchies of the second kind calls for a great
deal of inquiry into all aspects of interaction between social systems in
the two worlds. I address some of the issues involved in such inquiry in the
next section. There are also major political issues. For if you believe the
accounts given of it in a great deal of occult literature, there is
benevolent autocracy of the most far-reaching kind going on in the relations
between developed persons in the other world and people in this world.
The discarnates are taking all kinds of complex and subtle decisions
over humans for their welfare, but without any formal consent at all.
long as human beings do not acknowledge the existence of the other world, and
are unaware that a great deal of their psychological, social and moral
stability may in fact depend upon the influence of its spiritual
administrators, then there is no real alternative to the model of benevolent
autocracy. But it does reduce our
highly sophisticated modern societies to kindergarten status, when seen in the
context of the great sweep of cosmic politics.
happens, of course, if and when human beings do become properly aware of this
discarnate influence, is an important and valid question.
Will unseen beings of great moral and spiritual stature, and
transcendental political acumen, seek the formal consent of earthly persons
for the exercise of their overshadowing power?
Or when we have beings of radically
different attainment, on very different levels of existence, are there
principles of hierarchy which simply override such democratic notions?
is clear is that two worlds politics is a deeply interesting, entirely
unacknowledged and unexplored field of study. It brings us face to face with
the reality and dynamics of theocracy. If high-raised beings in the other
world are in some sense commissioned by the divine to exercise subtle
beneficent power over us, where does this leave our right, if there be one, to
encounter the divine on our own terms and in our own way, or through
intermediaries of our own choice? Or to put it in another way, if God has a
right to appoint guides over us when we are in ignorance of their work, does
that theocratic right continue when we become aware of what they are doing?
is a bizarre note of unreality about such questions. Is this simply because the whole language of political
jurisprudence is quite inappropriate at this level of being?
Or is it, rather, that at a deeply unconscious level we have become so
conditioned to political impotence in the theocratic arena, that we are
uncomfortable at the thought of claiming our rightful power?
Tart wrote an important paper years ago (Tart, 1971) on what he called
state-specific science. Special conditions attach to researching altered
states of consciousness, because you have to enter the state to do the
research, and that state may start to redefine what constitutes research
into it. Thus research into the other world has certain other world protocols
attached to it. I will discuss these as a set of issues.
The traditional approach to other worlds was authoritarian. It
prescribed initiation through a set of procedures laid down from on high. The
neophyte was guided on a hazardous journey into unfamiliar terrain, and
required faith and dedication. The
element of inquiry was always there in rudimentary form as watchfulness and
discrimination. But in the last analysis the final court of appeal was
established authority within the tradition - the high priest who was guided by the gods.
inquiry is self-directed and is at odds with the benign authoritarianism of
traditional initiation. Finding out what the other world is like is very
different from being told or being shown. Finding out may be dangerous and
being told or shown may be restricting. How to resolve this dilemma? The modern
protocol, I believe, is that some element of initiation is wisely accepted.
This proceeds not through a priestly hierarchy, but directly by psychic
prompting from the subtle realms. This also has its own difficulties, mainly
the validity of the prompting.
sort of map is also needed. In Cosmic
Psychology (Heron, 1988), I distinguish between the realm of the
recently deceased and the realm of presences and powers. The latter is the
of those with a mastery of the divine powers of creation. Prompting from
presences of this order is characterized by a fiery energy that kindles the
subtle body with its stimulating force, and is evidence that they are
enter the other world with enough thoroughness to inquire into it is to be
presented with this basic geography, to differentiate between these two
realms and to seek the prompting of the higher rather than the lower.
and inquiry. This is a closely related point. Those in the realm of powers
and presences have their own important agendas in relating to this world.
These include clearing up past confusions, and preparing for the emergence of a new order of earthly life. When
approached they will invite you to share this concern with them, so that what
you initiate as an inquiry process may turn, through their influence, into a
clearing or preparatory ritual. But some balance needs to be kept between
these two kinds of claim. Too much inquiry protocol and the other world is veiled off
by excessive pedantry and caution. Too much ritual work in
attunement to the risen, and an enervating lack of discrimination
data. In the
light of the former two points there are certain basic data that present
themselves from the outset. They are the state-specific preconditions of
other-world inquiry, its inalienable
first fruits. (1) There are
benign and powerful presences in a luminous world of their own. (2) When
invoked they will signal their response with a rush of fiery psychic energy
to the subtle body of the inquirer. (3) Their domain is other than, and
to, the realm of the recently deceased. (4) They will initiiate you by
means of direct psychic prompting into paths and conditions for inquiry.
(5) They have their own clearing and preparatory agendas which may cut across
too much preoccupation you may have with inquiry as such. Already in these
statements there are a mass of embedded inquiry issues.
of mind. Approaching
the other world involves certain fundamental attitudes. The first two
seem to me to be aspiration and faith. Aspiration is a moving of the soul
toward a more enriched awareness of what and who there is; an orientation
of the will and the emotions toward a deeper acquaintance with the universe
in all its modes. Faith is a buoyancy of belief that is sustained by
hunches, intimations and intuitions which far transcend the inquirer's
current range of experiential evidence. Without these twin supports the
of inquiry has little chance of taking off and being upheld.
inquirer also needs a continuously discriminating awareness, the exercise of
a subtle critical subjectivity, an
inner alertness that makes appropriate distinctions and boundaries. This,
in turn, is allied with self-determination, the commitment to find one's own
way, to take in idiosyncratic journey, to create the inquiry out of personal
imagination and ground it in personal experience.
final pair of attitudes needed are the social ones of co-operation and
The inquirer needs to co-operate with peers at various stages of the
inquiry. And in this context of co-operation, be willing to give and receive
critical confrontation, by which I mean consciousness-raising feedback
which helps to correct the delusions and aberrations that can beset purely
cosmic and the mystical.
The other world resonates closely to its creator. An inquiry into the
former will climax in an inquiry into the latter. Elevated souls in the
realm of powers and presences carry with them an aura of divinity that
potentizes the human inquirer with a zeal for the holy and the sacred.
Aspiration and faith can take the inquirer to the very nub of personal
experience: its source. It
follows that there are two dynamically related poles of the inquiry. One is to
do with the unseen universe and its inhabitants. The other is to do with the
divine source of all that is, and centres on the fields of theology,
eschatology and religious psychology.
In ordinary inquiry it is appropriate to make a distinction between the
poles of thought and experience. An ordinary state co-operative inquiry
moves to and fro between immersion in relevant experience and reflection on
it. The distinction starts to break down when inquiring into the other
world. Thinking itself becomes a mode of experiencing the other reality.
Changes of thought, like alchemical processes of the mind, become ways of
entering the subtle domains. The inquirer starts to encounter and do
energetic business with what he or she thinks about in this fashion.
It is as if the experience emerges out of such transformations of
thinking. The processes of reflection and experience converge upon each
other-world experience transcends and transforms the thought processes
out of which it emerges, any subsequent reflection which is not at the same
level of transcendence and transformation, is not going to be much use
in generating illuminating theory. So valid theory starts to merge
into revelation. To put it crudely, you have to talk the language of the gods
to show their existence. There is
here a validity of declaration that has to be taken into account: a higher
experience reveal its content validity through a transformation of the
thought processes that led up to it. This idea has to be handled with care
otherwise we get a return to archaic, traditional intuitionism, which was
dogmatic and authoritarian. Yet it clearly has an important claim
upon the inquirer who cannot depend solely on ordinary state notions of
Too much use of this declarative canon would become suspect and ungrounded, but
no use of it at all would suggest that the inquirer is still earth-bound,
plodding round the treadmill of falsification, corrective feedback and all
the rest of it.
declaration and communication.
Subtle presences contact humans primarily by communion. This is a felt
intimacy of soul, a distinctive celebration of spiritual togetherness,
by a rush of refined energy that carries a strong, invigorating and
exalting charge. Such communion declares the existence of an integrated group of presences
inhabiting their own luminous domain, who manifest through fiery subtle
energy which they can project as a transcendental embrace or inclusive field.
It also declares that in some essential way I participate in their
personhood and in their world, and that love is an ecstatic union without loss
of personal distinction. The communion declares
these basic ontological data, which I can translate into my own language, but
it does not communicate anything.
There is no use of any ordinary kind of language, any agreed set of symbols
which convey information and which are transferred by signs or sounds from
their minds to mine.
distinction between declaration and communication is quite fundamental.
Declaration, as I use the term, is
the language of being. It is experienced through resonant
communion with and participation in what there is in any dimension. It is
grounded in the life of feeling. Declaration reveals a fundamental set of meanings about
creation which is prior to and the foundation of any system of communication.
And by communication I mean an exchange of symbols between persons by means of
which they convey information to each other.
Experience of the subtle realms: