I’m raising the topic again as this confusion continues. As group consciousness rises, the veils that separate these layers have fallen away. Far more people have noticed these values but often not very skillfully or very consciously.
This doesn’t mean seeing things necessarily. Rather becoming more conscious or at least semi-conscious of “energies” and “influences”.
While it is common for such things to become conscious on a spiritual path due to refinement of perception, practitioners in a tradition will have some training in these matters and know to avoid the traps. Or at least the instruction to avoid it altogether.
If you notice subtle beings or power or influence and you’re not ALSO aware of much deeper values, then what you’re aware of is astral – aka emotional and mental. This is the realm of dreams and illusions. It is the range that Eckhart Tolle refers to as the “pain body” because it’s where we store our unresolved experiences. These drive our noisy minds, reactive emotions, and less desirable actions. Giving power to that before we house-clean is not a great idea.
Many people have become addicted to “the subtle” as it can be more enticing than modern day-to-day living. They live more in the mind and emotions than in the world. This has been true to a degree for years – many a child lives in their imagination, for example.
But the hazards are greater now. Rising group consciousness is also leading to a descent of the divine. As this progresses, the astral entities who are not working with nature (without a function) have lost a lot of their territory. This has led to them taking an interest in human life and getting involved. (of course, the dynamics are vastly more complex than this)
This is not a scenario where the shadow is rising. Rather, as the light gets brighter, the shadows become darker and more defined. More conscious we could say.
Because the astral is dream-space, entities can appear however they wish. If we’re looking for saints or angels, they’ll appear how we expect them.
I’ve seen people in advanced stages of development in consciousness stumble over this one. When subtle awareness dawns, there are ample beings around seeking attention and happy to manipulate us for their own ends. Want to have a relationship with an ancient master? Your wish is their command. Only it’s all just special effects on this level.
If there is sufficient refinement of perception, we’ll be aware of both the divine and the astral. Then the differences are blatantly obvious. But without that experiential way to discriminate, we can be easy prey.
How does it feel? What are they appealing to? Our vanity? Our unresolved needs? The divine doesn’t manipulate or take over. They respect free will. The don’t appeal to the ego or our desires for control.
People in positions of fame or influence are apparently common targets, including actors, politicians and spiritual teachers.
But you have to buy into it. You have to click on the Yes button, so to speak. Like those nasty web sites, the offer may be wrapped up in an illusion of help, healing or wisdom. The carrots on offer may include greater power, charisma, ability, and so forth. Things that appeal to the ego like specialness or control.
However, they actually give you nothing. You give up some self-authority so they can take over. We give up our power so we can gain the appearance of more power? A fools game. A Faustian deal.
These are not powerful entities. However, for a major target, they work in “teams” to consolidate and give that appearance.
I’ve come into contact with people in extreme addiction who’s lives are run by such entities. In obvious cases, their lives have become seriously constrained. They rarely leave the house or have social contact.
The battle to take back control can be devastating. It can require a serious intervention. But ultimately it’s just an energy problem so can be healed.
Yet healing does not absolve our responsibility. It can be difficult karma if we lead people astray.
There is some indication the crisis may have peaked. The presence of the divine is certainly rising.
This is not to demonize the astral. There are many perfectly safe astral beings like guides and nature spirits. It’s perfectly safe to have dreams and emotions. But unless you have a decent range of experience and understanding, playing in the astral can be rather fraught in the current time. I struggled with it myself back in the day and then took a more circumspect approach. The challenge is deeper today.
Best to live your human life as best you can and stay out of the mud. The resulting rewards when we clean house and get past the astral are well worth it.
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