So you’re saying tuning into subtle communications requires us to be in a state of permanent imbalance. But who wants to always be uncomfortable? It’s a recipe for psychological disaster. To answer my own question, I guess you’re suggesting we need to replace everyday stasis with spiritual openness. But how do we do that? How do we even tune in in the first place?
We’re not suggesting you abandon your current life and commitments. Let’s clear that up right away. To explain what we mean we need to introduce a new idea here, that each person lives in an inner world and an outer world. Consequently, you have an inner life and an outer life.
It will immediately be clear to those who have closely followed our previous answers that the king of your inner world is your spiritual you, while the king of your outer world is your human you. We deliberately use the antiquated term king because it sheds light on an important aspect of how your inner and outer worlds are ruled. In ancient times a king had a chief minister, a vizier, who advised him on decisions. Similarly, you have your own principal advisor. In fact, two. The chief minister who advises your spiritual self is the store of wisdom you have accumulated over multiple lifetimes, while the chief minister for your human you is your gloopy self.
The way these advisors function differs significantly. In your inner world, the wisdom you have accumulated during all your prior lives exists as a store that contains experiences and life lessons you can draw on when you need guidance. This especially happens between lives, when you are considering what situations you should select for your next incarnation and what will best provide the lessons you need to develop both your human you and your spiritual you. Advice on what to select is also offered by mentors, much as an ancient king had secondary ministers who filled out what the vizier didn’t know. However, all the decisions on what you do in your next life ultimately remain in your hands, at the level of your spiritual you. It is for this reason that we say your spiritual you is king of your inner world.
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The situation with your human you is quite different. As we are all well aware, human existence is an arena of contesting demands. Where, between lives, your spiritual you exists in a calm, supportive environment, your human you is buffeted on all sides by competing forces. It is attacked, has to defend itself, is cut, and makes cuts of its own. Some of these cuts are deliberate, many are accidental. As a result, human existence is full of impinging situations that demand a response. When your human you is on top of those demands—which most commonly occurs in adulthood after you have worked your way into a life situation where the daily cut and thrust remains at a level you can cope with—then you achieve a state of relative happiness and contentment. But when the demands are more than you can cope with, your life becomes chaotic and unhappiness reigns.
Of course, your spiritual you initiated its descent into this demanding human situation in the first place. It did so in order to learn. But as the complexities of human life multiply, and as the demands of everyday existence require more and more of your attention, the voice of your spiritual you becomes lost in all the noise and ends up buried deep inside you. As a result, the store of wisdom your spiritual you has to draw on, wisdom that is there to bolster you and guide you during tough times, becomes not just inaudible among everything else shouting at you, it effectively becomes inaccessible.
In this situation, the one voice that is able to cut through the clatter is the voice of your gloopy self. It can do so because this is its world. As we pointed out earlier, the gloopy self is a psychological coping mechanism that starts forming in childhood precisely to help you deal with the vicissitudes of life. It grows in the human world of cut and counter-thrust. It learns how to duck and dive, deny and equivocate. The bread and butter of its existence involves pretending. It lies while seeming to tell the truth, stares down attacks, and runs away or attacks when all else fails. As a consequence of having to cope with tricky life experiences, the gloopy self has learned what side its bread is buttered on. It knows how and when to butter up others, when to barter its butter for personal advantage, and when it is best to simply surrender its butter to others.
Of course, the gloopy self is only one aspect of your human you. Your human you has multiple layers. There is your body and its genetically inherited physical traits. You also have genetically inherited emotional and intellectual traits, embodied in your limbic and cognitive systems, which provide innate abilities along with innate weaknesses—potential weaknesses include a genetic disposition to suffer from certain diseases and a psychological potential to experience certain forms of psychosis. You also have what could be termed a learning self, the part of you that learns skills, as well as a creative self that adapts those skills to your own delight. You have a thinking self that tries to make sense of life situations and experiences, which may grow through talking and reading, or be overtaken by dogma or by others’ revelatory, dumb or destructive ideas. All these layers, and much else, contribute to your human you. So your gloopy self is only one among many competing presences that shape your current human you.
The problem is that where your store of wisdom awaits your spiritual you’s enquiry, and so maintains a passive relationship to you, your gloopy self actively dominates your human you. In part this is a necessity, because you have to socially interact with others and it provides a set of attitudes and behaviours that facilitate interaction. Where your gloopy self is detrimental to you is that it has grown out of a fear-based relationship to the world. Basically, it is a psychological defense mechanism. It also wants stability, because that is a safer state for it than imbalance. So the gloopy selfs natural propensity is towards stasis. As such, it inhibits growth. Because it naturally dominates your psyche and your interactions with others, in order to grow you need to diminish the gloopy self’s dominance within you. The only way to do that is by engaging in psychological self-transformative work. There are many ways to carry out this task. We have made recommendations in the Channelled Spirituality series of books. Numerous other effective sets of advice are also available. You just need to seek them out.
To recap then, for individuals who have not worked on themselves psychologically, their inner world is naturally dominated by their stasis-promoting gloopy self, and the subtle voice of their spiritual self is buried deep beneath the clatter generated during the course of daily living. For those who wish to become sensitive to subtle communications, the relationship existing in your inner world—in which the active gloopy self dominates the quiet spiritual self—has to be changed. Psychologically, you need to reverse the relationship and make your gloopy self passive and your spiritual active. To do this, you need to eradicate many of the gloopy self s traits and replace the fear at its foundations with positive qualities. This is, literally, the work of a lifetime.
In practice, the change in inner relationship occurs incrementally. The good news is that at any time you can create an inner clearing within your psyche, where your human you’s awareness can set up camp for a period of time free of the everyday clatter and free of the daily demands that spark the gloopy self into defensive action. In effect, meditation situates you in a low stimulus environment. Deliberately mentally disengaging from the outer world allows you, in your inner world, to direct your attention towards your spiritual you and hear what it has to say. When you wish to address life problems or gather information on a particular topic, your spiritual you can draw on its store of wisdom and communicate it to you. So, very straightforwardly, meditation provides a means for you to start changing the way your inner world functions. It enables your spiritual you to actively provide input into your daily existence. And it helps you create a new balance between your spiritual self and your human self. Of course, working on your psychology will speed up this rebalancing a hundred-fold.
At this point we wish to comment on an insufficiently discussed aspect of the inner and outer worlds. Each contains many levels. In your outer world, the first level you have is the immediate environment in which your body moves. It is filled with your tribe, which consists of family, friends, work colleagues and all those you interact with regularly. This portion of the outer world dominates your attention. It is from there that the most urgent demands in your life originate. However, this immediate level is itself dominated by much larger social, economic and cultural forces. This second level of the outer world provides the rules you and those you immediately interact with live by. It is communal and national in nature. It dictates how relationships may occur and how people may live. Beyond this is a third level. It is international and intercultural. In the past this level had very little direct impact on people’s lives, but today, with the internet, the activities of multinational corporations, and easy access to international travel, the third level has a major impact on everyone’s lives. With linked banking systems, the ability to shift economic activity quickly from one country to another, and the drive to generate profits without regard to the cost to others, this third level commonly over-rides second level communal and national forces and agreements, to the discomfort of many. The fourth level is that of the planet, within which the first three levels exist. Certain fundamental inputs into your existence come from this level, such as gravity, the air you breath, and the biological processes that have evolved within the biosphere that provide you with a body and its nutrition. So, these four levels provide the environment for your wider immediate existence.
We use the phrase wider immediate existence because the planet, in turn, exists within the solar system, which constitutes the fifth level, the solar system has its place in the local community of solar systems in this region of the Milky Way galaxy, which is the sixth level. The seventh level consists of the galaxy itself. Human beings know very little about the forces and identities that exist on these outer levels and have an input into your existence.
We could keep expanding outwards, noting that the Milky Way is part of what is called the local group of galaxies, that the local group is part of a wider group, and so on. There are many, many more levels to the outer world. But given humanity is currently limited to living on this planet and is only able to use mechanical devices to observe and listen to a narrow range of the innumerable frequencies that ripple through the universe, there is no need to list them further. It is enough to make the point that your existence in the outer world is sustained and shaped by a vast series of levels. Moreover, these levels are not just physical. They involve practical, emotional, intellectual, social, cultural, economic, and intentional decision-making—because human beings are far from the only conscious beings existing in the universe.
To turn now to your inner world, its first level consists of the bodily level attention that all animals possess and utilise to survive. As you are a human being, your animal attention is augmented by your brain’s neocortex and its limbic and cognitive systems, which enable you to make complex observations of the world around you and to respond in equally complex ways. Beyond this first level is that of your socialised self, which is shaped by upbringing and cultural inputs. As we noted earlier, in those who have not worked to counteract its influence, this level is dominated by the gloopy self. The third level involves higher human activities, which are practical, emotional and intellectual in nature. They are intended and creative. We are referring here to such activities as horticulture, animal breeding, architecture, astrophysics, religion and the arts. They exist beyond the animal level, given none are required to ensure the human species’ biological survival. The next inner level is energetic. It encompasses what is known as the aura, plus other kinds of subtle energy that facilitate communications between awareness at the physical and spiritual levels. The fifth level is the spiritual self.
These five levels provide the immediate inputs into your inner as a embodied human being. It can be seen that functioning at the third level—of the higher human capacities—with any kind of sophistication is beyond the capacities of most of the world’s population. This is why individuals reincarnate so many times. Learning how to function effectively as a spiritual consciousness inside a human body, using all that body’s physical, emotional and cognitive capacities, is a complex and very difficult task. The task involves the requirement to develop an inner psychological balance that manifests in socially considerate behaviour. This includes learning how to navigate through challenging social situations and to act considerately towards all creatures on the planet. Added to all this is the need to develop higher human capacities that are creative and contribute to the betterment of all, learning how to perceive and manipulate the aura and other subtle energies, and, the cap on everything, establishing your spiritual self as the king of your inner world. It takes multiple lifetimes to learn how to do all this.
Beyond these five inner levels are others. The sixth level is your multi-incarnational self, which contains all the personalities you have developed during all your incarnations. Then there is the larger spiritual entity of which you are a fragment. And the even larger entity of which it, in turn, forms a part. At each of these levels more spiritual environments become accessible. Just as the physical universe is vast and contains uncountable galaxies, each containing startlingly diverse worlds, so the spiritual realm contains uncountable levels and regions and is filled with an unimaginably diverse range of identities. As you evolve, and so become an increasingly wise fragment of an evolving spiritual entity, these realms and identities will become available to you —assuming, of course, you wish to engage with them.
What we are attempting to do here is indicate the extensiveness of the outer and inner worlds in which you exist. The fact you are largely unaware of them in no way diminishes their impact on your life. Initiating spiritual development involves starting to become aware of them. You can only do this progressively. Accordingly, we recommend you pay attention to the four levels of the outer world that constitute life on this planet, and to the biological, social, higher human, energetic and spiritual levels that constitute your inner world.
A final significant aspect of your inner and outer worlds to which we draw your attention here is that they do not exist separate from one another. There is no great divide that has severed your inner world from your outer world. They are a continuum. We commented earlier that prior to incarnation you, at the level of your spiritual you, selected the major situations and relationships you are occupied by during this life. This preselection process included selecting a particular body along with its genetically defined capacities, selecting a family and social environment to be born into, and deciding what higher human capacities you would seek to develop this time round. So the immediate outer world in which you currently live is not accidental. It has been chosen by you. As a result, it offers favourable circumstances for your continued growth as a spirit occupying a human body. In this way, your outer world reflects the intent of your inner self. Your outer life provides what you need to grow your inner life. This especially applies to the key relationships, the key activities, and the key choices that drive your life. Your outer world reflects the needs of your inner self.
The question has been asked, how do you tune into the subtle communications that whisper within your inner world? Meditation is certainly effective on a day-to-day basis. It helps you create a quiet space within, as it holds the everyday clatter at bay. This adds to the conditions required for subtle communications to be heard. However, the question uses the term tuning in. This term implies that, just as a radio tunes into one station at a time, so there is just one level for you to tune into inwardly. This isn’t the case. As we have just explained, multiple levels function within you, so more than one spiritual level is available to you. As a result, the term tuning in doesn’t quite capture the process involved. We’ll explain.
Your overriding task is to evolve spiritually. This includes making full use of all your personal inner and outer levels. Doing so isn’t so much a matter of tuning in as requiring what may more appropriately be called realignment. Human awareness is naturally caught up in the first levels of the outer world’s demanding physical and social activities. Inwardly, it is dominated by biological urges and socialised psychological behaviours. All these activities are skin deep. Spiritually, what is required is for each individual to become aware of what is occurring in the outer world at the physical and social, cultural and national, international and planetary levels. At the same time each individual’s awareness also needs to expand inwardly, so it encompasses the bodily, socialised, higher human, energetic and spiritual levels.
This involves a multi-faceted realignment of your sensibility. Again we emphasise, achieving realignment is a multi-life assignment. Each life involves putting one small piece into place. Eventually, a realigned human you will come into existence, a you that is entirely your creation. This is the permanent you that will not only blossom in this human realm, but that will contribute to the evolution of the greater spiritual identity of which you are a vital part.