Table of content
- 1 An Integral Vision for a New Humanity
- 2 The Awakening of the World Soul
- 3 A New Map for New Challenges
- 4 Getting Started with Integral Meditation
- 5 Summary and Final Perspective
An Integral Vision for a New Humanity
Today a new consciousness paradigm seems to be emerging. More and more of us desire a greater meaning in life than what our consumer society can offer. We seek greater connections and wholeness. We look for happiness within, and books about personal and spiritual development sell like never before. We go to meditation retreats, embrace therapy, life coaching and other methods of self-help and personal development. At the same time we make new demands on our work and relationships, requiring that they are meaningful and relevant within a larger, spiritual context.
The Awakening of the World Soul
From a spiritual perspective we seem to be witnessing a worldwide awakening to the Soul. Around the world people who are well off materially are beginning to feel that something is missing. They feel a lack of inner wealth, an existential emptiness, and a longing for meaning and purpose in life – and this has brought them to a crisis. From an integral and energetic point of view, the human Soul is awakening to its freedom. In our hearts we are manifesting a living force for good.
Millions of people today are awakening to the Soul. This can happen through peak experiences, new humanistic values, or sudden feelings of universal love. We may experience the inter-connectedness of everything, feel a strong call to serve humanity, or desire a life of greater meaning, one in harmony with our planet. However we look at it, it seems that the World Soul is awakening.
Souls conscious of their calling seek their true purpose within the whole and through this the development of their talents. This global awakening takes place on two different levels of consciousness: through the abstract mental holistic mind and through the intuitive group consciousness.
Many people today are encouraged to think holistically because of globalisation. Our economic and ecological crises involve the entire world and force us to find solutions from a global perspective. However, many ignore the bigger picture and continue to think only in terms of short-term solutions motivated by self-protection. This happens with individuals as well as nations, but, nevertheless, many people are working together to find answers that will benefit all of humanity.
I believe we are witnessing the birth of a new integral consciousness that is being expressed through psychology, spirituality, sociology, and even a new politics. Holistic thinking unifies the discoveries of the rational and practical mind. The slogan “Think globally, act locally” expresses this consciousness. Thinking that works through the holistic mind enables us to identify with the greater world. We see that our personal well being is deeply connected to that of humanity.
It is as if we are living through a revolution. Identifying with humanity’s well being changes the centre of gravity of our consciousness, moving us away from self-interest towards a desire to embrace the entire world. Personal needs are secondary from a holistic perspective. When we understand the world from an integral perspective we recognise our place in a global reality – we see our own inner values reflect a universal consciousness; we see that our problems are not unique to ourselves but only individual stories reflecting collective themes.
This shift to a holistic consciousness is partly due to the problems caused by me-centred mindsets and partly due to the Soul’s call to awaken. Part of this awakening is the realisation that in essence we are the World Soul – we are not a part of it, but its living expression. Grasping this powerful insight can change a person forever. It may come to some spontaneously, or as the result of spiritual practice. But the thing to recognise is that it is happening all around us.
We tend to think of the Soul as an expression of ourselves; we talk about your Soul and my Soul as if the Soul is simply a finer version of our personality. But the Soul is something different. We can say it is an expression of the group consciousness, that is, humanity.
Group consciousness is not a simple awareness of the fact of inter-connectedness grasped by the rational mind. Rather, group consciousness is an identity we awaken to. Paradoxically, we recognise ourselves as one consciousness unfolding in time and space but also as an individual part of a collective expression of this consciousness, something we touched on in Chapter 2.
A New Map for New Challenges
We can no longer regard our individual development as separate from the larger reality to which we belong. We can see our relation to the collective and to ourselves as forming a kind of cross. The horizontal bar symbolises our social reality; the vertical bar represents our connection to the spiritual world. To orientate ourselves accurately, we need a map that covers both the horizontal and vertical aspects of life.
Søren Hauge and I have devised a map integrating our vertical and horizontal dimensions. We call it the Holo Map. But before I talk about this, let me first briefly describe the seven collective levels of consciousness that are an integral part of its perspective.
In many spiritual traditions we can find the idea that consciousness, or being, exists at several levels, from our own awareness of a material world to higher, more spiritual spheres. Traditionally this is known as the Great Chain of Being. We find it in Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah, Neoplatonism and Hermeticism. Some versions speak of three levels, others include many more. These levels of consciousness are real inner worlds that we enter through our feelings, thoughts and intuition. We explore these inner worlds as part of our journey from physical consciousness to unity consciousness. We have spoken of these levels in relation to Assagioli’s egg diagram, but here let me say a bit more about them.
Figure 20 shows how evolution proceeds through seven levels of consciousness according to Roberto Assagioli, each with its own experiences and opportunities. It is important to emphasise that these levels are collective. There are cultural expressions ranging from physical-emotional consciousness (primitive tribal society) to abstract mental consciousness (the globally-orientated intellectual avant-garde).
We locate the self at the physical level because consciousness is reflected in the brain. A mature adult’s consciousness is anchored in the mental zone. Higher levels both transcend and include the lower; in this way we can observe energies of a lower level from the perspective of a higher one. Through the intellect we can reflect on our emotional life and so on. Higher levels of consciousness are reflected in the brain and will actualise on the physical plane when the self has awoken to them.
The Jewel in the Lotus, or pure presence of the Soul’s core, is located above the superconscious, at the top of the egg-shape in the diagram. The Soul’s radiating consciousness penetrates the intuitive level, along with our unity consciousness. Our Soul’s core integrates energies from the abstract levels (holistic awareness), the higher imaginal worlds and the level of the will. The Universal Self and Spirit-in-Action, shown at the top of the chart, are an expression of true universal unity consciousness, which includes both the World Soul and the Cosmos.
Physical World: At the bottom of the chart we see the physical world and it is connected to the root centre’s body awareness, as expressed in yogic philosophy.
World of Desire and Emotion: Through our emotions the Self experiences humankind’s collective feelings and desires. We bring our own nuances to these collective energies, but the basic emotions remain the same. We can say emotions come in higher or lower frequencies. This, for example, is the difference between jealous possessive love and self-sacrificing devotional love; they are both love, but at different frequencies. (The same distinction regarding frequencies applies to the other worlds.) Through our emotions we can enjoy safety and security provided by our family and culture. The sacral, solar plexus and heart centre are all connected to the emotional world, each at their own frequency. Tribal consciousness is associated with the sacral centre, while the solar plexus fuels assertiveness at the level of self-awareness. The heart centre is related to the higher emotional life and in its higher aspect to pure intuition.
World of Higher and Lower Mind: Through the level of the mind the self gathers knowledge about itself through the family, society and culture. This is where the self forms its first ideas. The rational “I” awakens and we experience ourselves as individuals with our own needs. In the mental world it is important to be recognised for our individuality. This level is connected to the throat centre. Here we develop self-awareness and self-esteem based on our uniqueness.
World of Imagination: This is the picture-making faculty which, according to Assagioli, is a synthetic psychological function that can “operate at several levels concurrently; those of sensation, feeling, thinking and intuition”. In the above diagram, Assagioli emphasises the higher aspect of imagination and that is presumably why he places imagination above the mental level.
The personality is made up of a mental, emotional, and physical body. When the self discovers the abstract higher mind the need for self-actualisation arises. The desire to become whole and integrated focuses us on Self-realisation. People who achieve this are prominent in their field; they become pioneers because they concentrate their energies on their goals. The discovery of the lower frequencies of this level motivates the self to synthesise the personality. The brow, throat and heart centres govern the personality’s development.
The abstract field’s holistic level (higher mind) resembles the first layer of the Superconscious in Assagioli’s egg diagram from Chapter 2. Here we entertain universal ideas and first consider reality holistically. We see that everything is connected in different systems and contexts. Ken Wilber calls this field the “integral level” because here all levels are understood as parts of a larger, coherent whole. All philosophical or abstract thought draws from this field, but it becomes integral through integrating the evolutionary stages from body to unity consciousness. Our holistic perception is further enhanced by incorporating a sense of direction that is provided by our vertical, or depth, perspective. The brow centre is strongly linked to the development of a holistic consciousness.
World of Intuition: This level is also part of the superconscious and here a true group consciousness can develop. Group consciousness is not the same as solidarity; it is the experience of a common identity with all humankind. We experience a higher We, filled with an impersonal universal love. We gain insight into the inter-connectedness of creation expressed as true wisdom. Duality persists, and levels of development and functions of the Soul vary from person to person, but now all interactions are characterised by love and understanding. Love here is no longer subjective, given and received, rather we awaken to a love within and surrounding our being that we breathe and share. Our purpose is focused on life’s fulfilment and participates in its evolution. Here we recognise the world of the Soul, but we are not yet identified with the highest level of consciousness. To achieve the highest level of consciousness is the Soul’s natural harbour. The brow and heart centre are important in the development of shared consciousness.
World of Will: At this level we manifest purpose. We identify with the purpose of life and all its manifestations. We experience the One life of which we are all individual expressions. This One life is “being” on all levels of consciousness, since life expresses itself everywhere in the manifest universe. A sense of purpose, a powerful inner calling, speaks of the source of life and fills us with a purpose to unite with the One. Indeed, as we rise from the physical level up to that of Spirit-in-Action our longing for a deeper fusion with life increases. Beginning with a desire for physical well being, we reach for emotional happiness, then mental joy and intuitive ecstasy, and finally pure spiritual bliss. The centre most associated with the development of will is the head centre.
World of Transcendence: At this level, which is the highest spiritual level, we can attain non-dual consciousness through identification with the Universal Self. All dualisms dissolve. We come to understand that all existence, from the physical to the transcendent, is an expression of one consciousness and one life. We recognise this unchanging consciousness as a transcendent wakefulness. This consciousness is the perfect, motionless witness who is nevertheless responsible for all that exists. We are this witness and Creator.
This spiritual level is the first expression of Spirit-in-Action. It is pure essence.
We identify with the will of the Father, as Jesus does in the Gospel of John: “The Father and I are one.” This is our destiny: to unite with the evolutionary impulse, with Spirit-in-Action. The head centre relates to this achievement.
The Holo Map (Figure 21) brings together the different perspectives we have looked at in this book, and shows some of the main routes for the journey to the Soul and Spirit.
We can see how the central observer (the “I”) and active consciousness – the conscious self – develops along four cardinal pathways. The self occupies the centre of the diagram. Within it are the seven rivers of life and seven psychological functions. This means that the eight developmental lines unfold along all four paths.
In the diagram, each of the four developmental paths are divided into seven stages that trace an evolution from body consciousness to non-dual consciousness. The last non-dual, or transcendent, stage is not represented in the diagram (this is the seventh developmental stage). The four paths are called Identity, Creativity, Will and Love. Identity is about the self’s development of identity through different stages. Creativity concerns the manifestation of that identity. The will is about autonomy and the self-in-action. Love works with social skills, fellowship and communion. These four ways are summarised in the formula I, We and the World, which owes its inspiration to Ken Wilber’s AQAL model.
The left half of the diagram concerns individual expression at the inner and outer levels. The right half relates to the self’s social dimension, its interaction with the collective. The top half concerns non-physical realms of consciousness, while the bottom half is anchored in the physical world.
The top left charts the different “bodies” or the sheaths of Vedanta needed to perceive our inner worlds as they pass through the seven stages of development.
In the top right we find the seven levels of collective consciousness through which all Souls evolve. This is the inner worlds – the great chain of being. In the bottom left corner, we have the physical body, with which we manifest our skills and talents, from the rudimentary to the masterful – these talents are in fact our seven psychological functions. As psychological functions they unfold naturally, but in this diagram we focus on their development for a specific purpose.
The bottom right corner shows us the operational range of our talents, our capacity to actualise them in the world.
We can understand the Holo Map as an overview of all that is involved in integral meditation. All seven rivers of life, meditation roads, stages of development, psychological functions and energy types are represented, radiating out from the Self as it passes through the seven stages from body consciousness to non-dual consciousness. This whole process incorporates the four development paths and five integral life practices.
Identity is an important theme in the Holo Map. Achieving our true identity is in many ways a journey towards greater transcendence, as it is rooted in Spirit. This is our “heaven within”. Each stage is a step closer to the impersonal and universal consciousness that simply is. At the same time we also become more open to the transcendent will, which wants to manifest through our Soul on earth. It is a paradox that we lose our identifications while at the same time becoming more firmly rooted in the force behind evolution. It seems that in order to become someone, we must first become no-one.
The Soul has a dual nature, combining feminine love and masculine will. It is also creative. In the Holo Map we see these forces develop along the pathways of will, love and creativity. A fountain of these forces spring from the still centre of consciousness and life, and in turn these forces manifest as the three development paths that are universal to all people: Will-Love-Creativity.
The Path of Identity
As mentioned earlier, this path concerns the self-line. It consists of pure consciousness and will, as well as the identifications we adopt at different stages. I have called these our stage selves; they are not concerned with how we express ourselves in the outer world but how we understand our self in our inner world. This path is concerned with the level of reality our consciousness is able to embrace and identify with – how we anchor our experience of life. Our experience of identity will vary according to which of the five bodies is dominant at any one time.
The vertical identity axis is identical to the bridge of consciousness that links self/Soul to the universal Self. In Assagioli’s egg diagram this is represented by a dotted line connecting Spirit, Soul and personality.
Will, love and creativity are the guiding forces behind three of the development paths. Accordingly, the vertical identity axis can be understood as showing pure consciousness at various stages of development.
The Path of Creativity
This path concerns the Self’s manifestation in the body and the external world. It is controlled in particular by the development of the mental line, but the psychological functions of imagination, logic, passion and action are also significant.
Spirit-in-Action wants to manifest, and here we see its concrete expression through the seven psychological functions, which each have their core talents: leadership, empathy, innovation, harmony, knowledge, commitment and action. These talents provide us with creative skills in the context of our work and life. In this way, we create our own world in the same way that the eternal Spirit creates the universe. We can become masters of our skills and abilities, as we see with history’s great geniuses, athletes and artists.
We can disseminate our talents in the world. We must remember that the Soul wants power to manifest its creativity. Basically the will to do good is actualised through our various abilities.
The Path of Will
This path is about the self’s presence in the world as a sovereign, independent individual. Through this path, the personality develops authenticity and autonomy and the Soul follows its spiritual calling. Success generates the integrity and stamina we need to overcome challenges. The will governs this path and the development of the “I” through the stages. (It should be noted that although I speak of stages, this is not a rigid, step-by-step procedure, but something more fluid. Some stages can be entered earlier than one’s overall development suggests.)
We are not born as independent beings able to exercise our will. In early life, will appears as instinct, which relates to body awareness on the identity axis. At the role stage of development our will is expressed through our ability to imitate behaviour and find our place in the group, also internalising the will of the group and its values, which is a development connected to the herd instinct.
We only begin to see ourselves as individuals when we reach the intellectual development of the self-conscious stage. At this stage we learn to think critically, focus on values, and find our place in life through education, work and friends. We are able to adopt our own attitude toward life and the world.
At the integral stage, the conscious will becomes active in the personality. Our strength of character and leadership potential emerge and we assert ourselves and our points of view. At this stage we find an interest in personal development, for example we might consider a change of career. We are becoming independent and autonomous and start to have an impact in our chosen field. This can lead to ambition and self-serving values that may nevertheless be spiritually-orientated. In any case, a strong character appears and with it a kind of holistic consciousness, albeit a lower expression.
At the next stage of call the self hears the Soul’s call and comes under the influence of the transpersonal will, which is focused on humanitarian and spiritual action. Here we see the development of a dedicated personality able to achieve a balance between ethics and the will, exemplifying higher values and spiritual integrity. Such people are able to maintain their integrity, which is necessary if we are to realise the Soul’s vocation. Here, holistic awareness, shared consciousness and a sense of purpose also appear.
At the flow stage of development, the Soul enlightens the personality, forming an extraordinary human being who can stand as a role model for others. The love and wisdom of the Soul provides such a person with an unshakeable determination. Gandhi is an example of such a character, as are several other cultural leaders who have shaped our lives through their actions and being. Here shared consciousness and awareness of purpose find their full expression.
Those who achieve the transcendent stage of development become founders of religion and pioneers of new ways of living. They are living emanations of cosmic energy, currents of a river of life. We call them avatars, enlightened beings or mahatmas. Here the non-dual consciousness appears.
The Path of Love
On this pathway the self finds itself through its relationship with the other. Feeling and Love dominate and the focus is on our capacity to extend our love beyond ourselves to the cosmos. How many beings do we really care about and commit ourselves to? This is the question on the path of love. We all have a divine Self within moving toward non-dual consciousness, and we must learn to love our neighbour and all sentient beings.
Egocentric love is self-love. With self-love our relationships concern us only with respect to what they can do for us. This may be natural for a child, but it is not how an enlightened adult will live. The challenge on this path is that inner wounds from childhood can trap us and prevent us from learning to love selflessly.
Ethnocentric love concerns the groups we belong to: our family, friends and broader social networks. This sort of love is still characterised by likes and dislikes. There are those you love and those you don’t, and conflicts with those who think differently from you. Here ethnocentric consciousness dominates.
Pluralistic love is characterised by a sense of equality and tolerance. We tolerate others’ values and ways of life, regardless of race, gender or other differences. The European Convention on Human Rights is an expression of this. The paradox of this sensibility is the belief that such tolerance is an absolute value, which is therefore more important than any other value. Here the self-aware stage emerges which celebrates diversity.
Integral love recognises the previous stages as part of an ongoing process. As mentioned earlier, higher stages transcend and include previous ones. This should inform how we understand cultural development in an evolutionary context. For example, some societies may begin as a religious, authoritarian regime before moving on to something more democratic (Ken Wilber has written about this in the context of Spiral Dynamic Theory). Integral love is more differentiated than other forms of love because of its deep understanding of development. Integral love contains more wisdom than other forms of love and a holistic consciousness has taken hold.
World-centric love unfolds as a realisation of the World Soul. When this love manifests, we no longer see ourselves as separate from others. Instead, we are all global citizens working to make the world a better place for all. We make no separation between nations because we understand that humanity’s problems have no national boundaries. World-centric love is a global sensibility committed to humanitarian and spiritual work.
Cosmo-centric love opens the Soul to an awareness of purpose; through it we can attain a direct experience of the universe as one supreme living and evolving entity. This is the recognition of Spirit-in-Action and the community that exists between planets and galaxies. We are committed to a development that includes the whole universe; we each have a unique cosmic role within the whole. This love is not limited to earthly beings and includes the life that exists on the inner levels of consciousness.
Transcendent love is that which Jesus speaks of in the Gospel of John, where he identifies with the Father, which means the spirit of love, for God is love. Such love gives all to all. It embraces the marginalised and those who have been rejected or ignored. It is an omnipresent selfless love without object.
These lofty perspectives can be gained from the everyday practices. The Holo Map attempts to capture this great vision in a single image, making it easier for us to remember. Indeed, the motivation behind this book is my wish that as many people as possible become aware to their greatness through integral meditation. It is written for those who already feel this call but who need something more to develop this calling. Let me end this chapter with some ideas on how to begin the journey of integral meditation.
Getting Started with Integral Meditation
The first step for integral meditation is to know why you are doing it. Why do you want to meditate, what are your needs, what is your purpose? Most likely you have already meditated, otherwise you would probably not have picked up this book? What is it that meditation has not already given you?
Perhaps you have heard the call to greatness and believe that integral meditation offers a clear path. I hope this is the case, but I must comment that adopting a new meditation practice is not enough – you must also change your life! Meditation is but one of five integral life practices all aimed at the same goal. Certainly, meditation is an important practice, which can provide great joy because it meets a valuable need. But integral meditation as a holistic practice is more than simple meditation that will take us beyond our comfort zones. But my experience is that the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience and the discomforts that we might encounter. So, at the outset, it is important to understand that this is a serious undertaking. For this reason, it is helpful to define your objectives and goals, and perhaps to seek help in doing this so that you can have them clear in your mind. Perhaps write them down so that they are there as a constant reminder and motivation.
Two important goals to set yourself at the beginning are a determination to expand your consciousness and develop your personality. This will help you to hear the voice of your Soul. Expanding your consciousness will provide a wider perspective and a broader outlook on life and, as a result, many of your problems will dissolve in view of the bigger picture. And when consciousness grows, the personality and the basic unconscious will very often revolt. So supplement the work to expand your consciousness with shadow work and meditations designed to transform your personality. This transformative practice is essential for helping you to realise your vision and purpose. Without this practice, higher levels of consciousness will not be able to manifest (see the spiral development in the egg diagram in Chapter 2).
Throughout this book I have highlighted some of the benefits of integral mediation. Let me summarise these here.
- Physical benefits. These include relaxation, stress reduction, body awareness and increased vitality.
The meditations I have discussed are not directly concerned with the body, but most do have an indirect benefit in that the centring involved always includes relaxation. If you are looking for a more physical approach, then I would recommend meditations specifically designed for this. These can be found in most beginners’ books on meditation.
- Psychological benefits. These include the development of new qualities in your personality (through Creative Meditation), the healing of old wounds (Healing Meditation and Soul therapy), and fresh insights into the roots of your psychology (Reflective Meditation and Insight Meditation). Integral meditation can also strengthen your inner centre (Power Meditation).
- Spiritual benefits. We become open to superconscious levels of consciousness. The Soul inspires us (Receptive Meditation) and we feel universal love energy (Unity Meditation). For those seeking deeper meaning or purpose in life, Reflective Meditation will allow you to contact your inner guru who has all the answers. You may choose to surrender to one of the countless inner Buddhas (Creative Meditation with surrender). You can expand your consciousness from the individual level through to the universal (Awareness Meditation).
In Table 7 I have summarised the different benefits offered by the 15 types of meditation that I describe in this book. Remember, it is possible to combine different meditations in order to achieve what you desire.
Five Life Practices and I, We and the World
Once you have defined the purpose of your meditation, you need to make it part of the larger perspective of I, We and the World in the context of the five life practices.
You can use body work to strengthen yourself to respond to the new energies that are experienced as a result of the five life practices. For example, it is a good idea to look after your physical health by improving your diet and exercising more. Also, you could beautify your home environment. You could decorate your home with inspirational images, such as photographs of the universe taken from the Hubble telescope – this may help you to expand your consciousness into the cosmic realm. Meanwhile, plants and a fresh coat of paint may help create a more sensuous atmosphere.
At the same time, it can be very helpful to read about other people’s experiences of the cosmic. The literature on this is vast. If you want to develop greater empathy, study topics related to it. When resistances to your meditation practice arise, take these seriously and consider seeking out a therapist to help you with shadow work. In addition, service work is important: you must find a way to bring the new energies that arise into your daily life through your relationships, work and social life.
The new moon is the best time to start a new practice. A good way to test the effectiveness of your practice is to continue the work for an entire full moon cycle, then evaluate the results. Keeping a journal of your meditations helps. Keep alert for any imbalances that arise from your practice. Once your purpose is fixed, you should have a good idea of the dominant river that arises in your meditation – and then you can work to balance this river. The shadow side of the river will show itself through aspects of immaturity that you start to notice. Once this comes into awareness, you can start to work with it. This topic was covered in Chapter 3.
Integral meditation is a journey through seven universal energies and seven levels of consciousness, taken by seven spiritual types following seven meditation roads. We do this through four development paths and five integral life practices.
Summary and Final Perspective
We have reached the end of our voyage. At the beginning I stated that the essential message of this book is: “Meditate every day, love every day, and choose freedom every day.” I hope that through my writing you have seen how this can be achieved by using the practices I have described so that greatness can come into your life. The journey I have outlined requires adopting a new paradigm of consciousness. In the language of energy psychology, we come to learn that everything in the universe is made up of energy; we are each made of energy and our practice is essential a collection of techniques to help us to work in, with and through this energy. Meditation awakens universal energies, love develops them and freedom attunes us to higher perspectives. We awaken to the ultimate insight that we are the reason behind this universal presence. We are each Spirit-in-Action.
In parting, let me offer seven guidelines that will help you to be the captain on your voyage into the seas of energy. These keys will help you to master energy psychology and achieve greatness.
Energy centring anchors you in your essential being. It allows you to hear your life’s purpose, which the key to your innermost identity. This purpose lives in your heart and prompts you to face the person you have always been, your essence. Energy centring is achieved by recognising the river of life that runs within you as your vital source, which is your true self. This is the gift of the dynamic river.
Energy understanding brings love to everything you encounter. Love enables us to understand everything we encounter: people, animals, plants, nature. Love sparks awareness and uplifts every it touches because the keynote of the universe is love or unity consciousness. Energy understanding develops through the heart and is the gift of the sensitive river.
Energy reading interprets and communicates different energies, combining and synthesising them. Much knowledge and a wide perspective is necessary here. Reading the energy of a situation allows us to adapt to change and get the best out of our situation. Energy reading develops through studying energy and is the gift of the intelligent river.
Energy harmonisation reduces conflict through the imagination. A lack of imagination perpetuates conflicts and blinds us to the benefits of co-operation. Through beauty we can integrate darkness and harmonise the energies we meet. Energy harmonisation finds peace in the midst of strife and is the gift of the creative river.
Energy verification identifies what is happening around you. It is your love of truth, your need to know things for what they are, and the joy you feel when the truth is revealed to you. Discrimination is a bright light cutting through a dense fog of uncertainty. The ability to verify energy develops through analysis and is the gift of the scientific river.
Energy Transformation lifts us from one stage of consciousness to the next. Knowing that all energies are really One raises our experience of life to a higher frequency. By grasping the inner potential of everything that happens we can transform basic psychological energies into spiritual ones. This transformation develops through seeing the perfect in the imperfect and is the gift of the idealising river.
Energy manifestation allows for the creative expression of our purpose. It requires organisation, practicality and ingenuity. Through energy manifestation we can turn dreams into reality. Energy manifestation develops by balancing the head and heart through a purpose that serves the world. This is the gift of the manifesting river.
Let these seven keys help you on your voyage. No doubt this book does not contain all the answers. Indeed, it is possible that this practice will create many new questions. But life itself is a question and our only hope of finding the answer is to live it. In doing so, may we learn that we ourselves are the answer to all our questions.