Describing post-consciousness stages is profoundly abstract. Even this article has been waiting over a month for it to “gel”. There is the hazard of people making odd concepts from this material. But some do find the pointing very valuable. When it’s the experience, pointing to other aspects brings out nuances that might otherwise not have been discovered.
With the Brahman shift, we move out of stages in consciousness and into an arena of great profundity the mind cannot fully grasp. We don’t know Brahman as an individual or Self (Atman). Brahman is known by itself. It combines opposites in one totality, resolving the greatest of paradoxes. There are many things we can say it’s not and yet it also is. It is not consciousness and yet consciousness is it, for example.
When Refined Brahman unfolds, we find the prior refinement process continuing but we’re now mostly exploring beyond perception. We’re refining knowing itself and the ability to know.
We say Brahman knows Brahman and yet it is already a totality of knowing. It is more a revealing of totality to what is here, to our current capacity.
And in that refinement of knowing, ParaBrahman becomes recognized and “moves in”. Then the totality of knowing is more obvious as pure Divinity. Brahman becomes known almost as a shadow of Divinity.
In Threads of Divinity, I touched on how pure Divinity is as if networked, interconnected by virtual threads of knowing. We experience these threads as the structure of the cosmic body, life, and consciousness. These are fundamental origins, deeper even than the dynamics of consciousness. (see Awareness and Foundations)
These threads arise from what is described as Shakti(s)*, the flow of pure power of the Divine as an uncreated impulse or intention.
However, it must be made very clear here. This is not an intention in consciousness that is creating. It has even less to do with a thought in your mind. This is not power as in energy or kundalini shakti. This is pure Divinity, beyond all creation, existence and consciousness. Divine Shakti(s) are uncreated. Pure totality. Pure power.
Yet these potent impulses “lead” to the appearance of all creations, the many universes in our creation, and untold numbers of beings. They are the source of all the laws of nature and cognition. They are grace itself.
*Sanskrit doesn’t pluralize by adding “s” to the end. But the “s” is needed to make sense in English.