Of course, Brahman doesn’t have stages. But we do typically experience stages in the unfolding of Brahman.
I’ve mentioned before how there are process similarities between the Brahman (BC) shift and Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness (CC)). (the stages) For example, people experience CC as a shift out of an ego or me-sense into cosmic Self (atman) or no-self. BC is experienced as a dropping of the cosmic Self into Brahman. Adyashanti has recently spoken of his “no-Self” shift, less commonly using it to refer to the BC shift rather than the CC shift.
What is shifting between CC and BC is quite distinct and there are various subjective varieties in both of them. But the similarities remain and a lack of language has lead many to confuse descriptions of Self Realization, Unity and Brahman. For example, thinking Self Realization is non-duality. But you’ll notice there’s much less confusion around God Consciousness because many don’t even recognize it.
Over the years, I’ve had several conversations with Jim F about his observation that the CC, God Consciousness, and Unity process in consciousness is mirrored post-Brahman. I describe (from the Yog Vasishtha) the Brahman stages as Brahman, refined Brahman, and ParaBrahman. There is certainly parallels, not to mention the tendency for processes to repeat in creation. We’ll confirm his observation over time.
On a recent retreat, Lorne Hoff mentioned how holiness is discovered in [refined] Brahman. Then beyond that is pure divinity. I confirmed pure divinity was ParaBrahman.
This is rarely spoken of as the subtlety required to recognize holiness in Brahman is a great deal more than the refined perception of the celestial and “heavens”. Yet even that is not so often recognized. But when it is, perceiving the mechanics of consciousness only works for Atman.
Lorne explained that the mechanism for Brahman was dissolving chhandas, the object aspect of the subject-object relationship in consciousness. While this distinction collapses in Unity, it takes some time for this hiding aspect of consciousness to fade from the habits of experience.
As chhandas fades, divinity is uncovered. I explored the stages of refinement here.
Rather remarkable the stages we go through to get from typical human waking state to ParaBrahman. But this also can be considered normal human potential in the larger arc of history.
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