Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
Simply put, when you look out at the physical Universe, you look into one level of Universal Mind Consciousness or the Mind of God. And, through the physical instruments of today’s science, the further out into the farthest reaches of the Universe you look, the deeper into your own consciousness you can enter.
The Biblical words, “as above, so below,” can be taken quite literally. It is a mystical reality that speaks the eternal truth that all life is One and the Same, and that ultimately there is but One Life everywhere present—be it in the vastness of what appears as outer space or in the more finite existence of a human. From the appearance of the tremendous mass of a star to the appearance of a pebble or a droplet of water, each comes from One Universal Life Consciousness manifesting as us all.
Referencing the Bible again, the words, “within Him, we live, move, and have our being,” have a profound literal meaning when understood mystically. Quite literally, all that exists, lives, moves, and has its beingness comes from within the Mind of God, just as all that is visible—both in the seen physical world and the unseen dimensional worlds—exists in the Mind of God or Universal Consciousness.
All forms of existence are thought-form images existing in the Universal Consciousness or the Mind of God. The physical dimension is but one level in the Mind of God or Universal Consciousness. Just as there are structures of human consciousness (such as the conscious level, the personal subconscious level, and the astral level), in similar fashion there exists multiple levels in the Mind of God or Universal Consciousness.
The often-spoken words, “man is made in the image and likeness of God,” are mystical clarification to this reality. The words “image and likeness of God” are not referring to the appearance of human form and shape, but rather to consciousness as the miniaturization of Universal Consciousness and its working structures or levels manifesting as human consciousness. As above, so below: the microcosm is a reflection of the macrocosm.
Just as a person is self-aware, so, too, the Universe is Self-Aware, but as an all-inclusive Universal Self. The Universe is existent on so many levels of Self-Awareness: planets as they travel in their orbits; thoughts circling around a central theme; or any physical existence in the physically perceived universe. All are thought processes within the Mind of God or Universal Consciousness. Just as in the human mind, where central themes of thought are born and then pass away, so, too, stars or what might be described as star themes come into existence and then pass away in the Thought Process of Universal Consciousness or the Mind of God.
The words of the psalmist, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made,” refers to a reality that can only be grasped by those who have taken the mystical voyage into their own consciousness.
What has all of this to do with the human life of anyone? Can such awareness of reality serve any practical purpose in the life of a human being?
Life is a matter of awareness. The more aware we are, the more we are aware of what is taking place in our lives and, more importantly, our role—or soul’s purpose—within it. Meditation awakens one’s consciousness, and conscious awareness creates greater sensitivity to what is and what is not—both on a Universal scale and the individual’s role within it.
As individuals go through their days, it is to their practical advantage to be aware, for at least a few moments daily, of both who they are—a thought-form purpose according to the Will of God—and where they are—in the Thought Process of Universal Life Consciousness or the Mind of God. In such a state of awareness and recognition, access to God’s Guidance is not then a thing one seeks, but rather what one is a part of.
Therefore, live in Awareness of Greater Reality, that life may reflect such awareness to the glory and acknowledgment of God’s Mind, in whom all have been created.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Book, “Mystical Insights: Knowing the Unknown,” Pgs. 143–145.
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