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The Freedom of Consciousness – By John Gregor (Guest Teacher)

“Purification leads the way to experiencing freedom of consciousness. When the path of truth is clear of all obstacles then the seeing of truth, the hearing of truth and the feeling of truth becomes clear. This is the objective of purification, it is to clear the way for the experience of Enlightenment. So what is Enlightenment? Enlightenment is the true essence of all sentient beings. It is what is left when all illusion has been stripped away.” This is how . explained it to me when I first began to ask these questions. My main concern at the time was that I needed to take on the external and internal appearance of a spiritual man, to say the right things and to think the right things and so on. I slowly started to ‘click’ that it was impossible to find my true self if I kept hiding from the doors that led me to it. These doors so to speak had been popping up my entire life but because I was so attached to them showing up in a certain way I had rejected them for what they actually were.

It was the same with Enlightenment. I had heard so many stories about it that I was bent on making myself into a carbon copy of all these teachers and gurus at the expense of who I actually was. I lived in a monastery for over a decade, meditating and believing that this was what I needed to be and what I needed to do in order to achieve Enlightenment and awakening.

So why had it never come?

In all those years I felt no closer to Enlightenment than the day I asked the question. All I had was more questions. When I first talked to . I can honestly say I wanted to hit him when he said that I was rejecting the very answers I sought as quickly as I could ask the questions! I was angry because I knew that this was the truth and he seemed to see right through me. That night I cried in meditation for the first time in years – because I’d come back to that initial truth. All these years I’d rejected my self in search of a “higher” truth and in doing so I’d rejected that very truth that I’d been seeking from the start. I’d fooled myself into thinking that I’d somehow surpassed the need to heal those fears and hurts at the core of my being.

Over the next few days I practiced in a new and humble way. My whole body would shake at times as deep emotions were released and often I would cry for hours on end as deep pain and sorrow would arise from what seemed to be my very soul. Then on about the 3rd day I entered a deep stillness. I felt my entire body resonate with this stillness down to the smallest cell. Something shattered then and I felt the entire world around me shift into this stillness that I was enveloped in. I opened my eyes and it seemed like time had stopped. I saw a leaf hovering in mid fall as it was caught in this stillness.

A pinpoint of light appeared directly in front of my eyes and began to open up into a larger vortex which eventually encompassed me. This spread into a deeper stillness and with it the most profound peace and I could say happiness that I’ve ever had the pleasure to feel. It was then that I realized that I’d experienced this state because my consciousness had become free. In time I was to know that this was only the beginning of understanding the true state of Enlightenment.

John Gregor

Astral Consciousness – Exploring New Worlds and Dimensions

The Astral plane exists here and now simultaneously with the physical. Similarly, part of our consciousness is connecting to the astral right here and now. Understanding and experiencing this part of consciousness is all about training the mind to be aware of it. Deeper levels of projection simply require training of the mind to shift more energy into the aspects of consciousness that are already connected to the astral.

The ability of projection begins with the development of awareness. It is like the difference between being aware of a door or not being aware of a door. Awareness provides the opportunity to move through while ignorance hides the door completely.

It is necessary then to train the mind to first become aware that the astral exists right here and now. This must be achieved through experience. The mind must be observant to itself, to feeling for and noticing the aspects of itself which are tuned into the astral.

These openings are the keys to deeper travel.

Experienced astral projectors no longer require a deep level of relaxation to project. They simply tune into the astral plane and through focus and mind control, enter directly. The higher and subtler planes too, exist here and now and are accessed by tuning into the aspects of mind that are already connected. The subtler and higher the planes are, the ‘further’ or ‘fainter’ they will seem from our awareness.

Difficulties shifting into subtler planes or even astral projecting in the first place occur because the consciousness is attached to the densities of emotion, thought and the physical. The more that we get these under control, the ‘closer’ the subtler and higher planes will be perceived by our consciousness. A full shift occurs when we have control over the specific densities, those being emotions, thoughts and sensations that would prevent us from moving deeper. In could be compared in some ways to an air filled balloon resting on the ground. It may wish to go higher, but it is only when it is filled with a lighter gas such as helium or hydrogen that it will.

Various temples, monasteries and places of learning exist within the astral and these also can only be accessed if the right frequency is met. These frequencies cannot be bought or sold. They are simply requirements of consciousness that when met allow entry. If the frequency is not met then most likely these places will not even be perceived at all. The same requirements exist for meeting certain teachers and masters.

It is interesting to note that the same energetic shifts in consciousness required to project into and within the astral hold to the same principles required for emotional mastery, psychic communication and manifestation. The complexity lies within deciphering the unique laws of each plane and dimension. Just as in the physical however, we are fortunate that knowledge and teachings are always available – we simply need to be willing to seek and to ask.