Tree of Life – Level 2, Lesson 5: The Law 9
Psychic Phenomena and Immortality
“Psyche” means soul, the not Spirit-ism, and psychic phenomena are the phenomena of the soul. The soul, as we already have seen, is, really, the subjective part of us, that which we call the Spiritual sight.
An individual’s subjectivity is his use of the One Subjective Mind, and that makes it possible for a subjective unity to be maintained among all people.
Individual mentalities which are in sympathetic vibration with each other must, more or less, mingle and receive suggestions from each other. This mental influence, which takes place on the silent side of life, is a very real thing.
Each person has a mental atmosphere which is the result of all he has thought, said, done, and consciously or unconsciously perceived. We are instantly attracted to, or repelled by, another person according to his mental Atmosphere.
Children and animals, being mostly subjective, react immediately to one’s mental atmosphere, being drawn to those who are inwardly right and repelled by those who are wrong. You create personal charm by learning to love all and hate none. “If you want a friend, be one.” Emerson said.
Just as all people have mental atmospheres, so do places. The atmosphere of places is the result of the thoughts that have been created in them by the people who inhabit them. (Did you ever go into a place where you felt you were not wanted and became so disturbed that you wanted to leave? On the other hand, how often have you felt such a warm inner glow when you went to a new place that you wanted to stay?)
The atmosphere of the home should never be clouded with the uncertainties of the outside world; love should be the ruling passion, and harmony should reign supreme. Too often jealousy and deceit rob the home of its joy, while mistrust and doubting make it so unpleasant that it becomes an impossible place to live in. All this can be changed by reversing the wrong thoughts and by replacing them with thoughts of love and tenderness toward one another.
The atmosphere of the desert, the uninhabited mountains, the middle of a lake or ocean is wonderful, for it is free from the thoughts of men’s confusion and fear.
Anything that may have happened at any time on this planet is within its subjective atmosphere today, right now. The pictures of those happenings exist at any and every point within the Universal Subjectivity simultaneously. And any of us may contact at the point of our own subjective mind every incident that has ever transpired on this planet.
The requirements for success in psychic work are faith and expectancy; doubt is a barrier, and unbelieving investigators always fail to receive positive results, falsely charging as a consequence that the whole thing is a fraud.
A psychic may tell a person most of the incidents of the latter’s life, by reading the thoughts and the mental pictures that are hung on the walls of his memory. A psychic may go back several generations and tell you about ancestors whom you knew and/or thought about.
If a person with Spiritual sight tells you exactly what your mother looked like and says she is standing right beside you, that may not be exactly true. The medium may only be looking at your mental picture of your mother, a picture so vivid that your mother seems to be at your very side.
Sound, broadcast by radio, travels with the speed of light, and it seems to reach across a continent or ocean the instant it’s uttered.
Thoughts actually do: time, space and obstructions are unknown to Mind and thought. One can tune into our stream of consciousness, no matter where we are and where he may be.
A person with Spiritual sight can enter the thought of anyone whose vibration he can mentally contact, be that person in the flesh or out of it.
Many of the saints have seen Jesus because they have studied His works and words so much that they have completely entered His thought and thus have been able to see a picture of Him. It doesn’t follow that all of them actually have seen Jesus, but they have seen a vivid mental likeness of Him. This is aside from the select few who have seen Jesus Himself as a result of Jesus’ decision to present Himself to those select few.
Everybody radiates some kind of a vibration at all times; thus he is surrounded by a mental atmosphere called an aura, extending a few inches to a few feet, sometimes even farther, from the body. In moments of spiritual realization, the aura is bright yellow, merging into almost a pure white. In moments of rage, it is dark and murky.
Man can also truly materialize this atmosphere so that it will screen out any and all things he does not want.
There is a more pronounced emanation from the head than from any other part of the body, and that produces the halo which some people have been able to see around the heads of the saints. The face of Jesus, we are told, sometimes shone so brightly that the disciples could not look upon it without being blinded by its brilliance.
As for habits: A habit is first a desire, then comes expression of the desire, then the desire becomes subjective and the subconscious action of thought causes it to be performed automatically. First, we control thought; then thought controls us.
Mania, literally speaking, is a desire too strong to be controlled; it is the cause of most murders, suicides, and other violent acts.
Obsession, a preoccupation with desires, thoughts, ambitions, habits, suggestions, or other mental influence, is another form of mental control. Discarnate spirits, which seem to be all around us, may obsess us.
All of these influences — habit, mania, obsession, and others — may be destroyed by positive thinking; the statement that ONLY THE ONE MIND CONTROLS will protect us from any and all wrong mental influences of whatever nature, whether emanating from those in the flesh or out of it.
Insanity is the complete control of the conscious mind by the unconscious or subjective mind. Dwelling too long on one idea, or some sudden shock, seems to produce this state.
It is easily healed by knowing that THERE IS BUT ONE MIND, AND IT CANNOT FORGET ITSELF. THERE IS ONE MIND IN GOD, AND THIS MIND IS OUR MIND NOW.
The spiritual sight should always be under full control of the conscious mind; otherwise, all sorts of influences may be picked up, which, operating in the guise of seemingly real individualities, control the one who admits them. When the psychic power is under full control of the conscious mind, it furnishes a wonderful storehouse of knowledge.
A complete balance between the objective and subjective mentalities would give immediate access to all the wisdom of the human race; it even could give access to a higher state.
If one were in full control of his inner mentality, he could, at once, enter the Absolute, and his every word would bear fruit. Jesus was such a One.
To accomplish this, we do not have to come under control of any power other than of our inner selves and our higher selves. We are not dealing with spiritual power.
TELEPATHY: A silent communication which takes place between friends, when it rises to the surface of conscious intelligence, is called telepathy (which literally means “distant feeling”; the word “mental” before “telepathy” is redundant).
Telepathy would not be possible unless there were a medium through which it could operate. This medium is Universal Mind. We are always surrounded by all sorts of vibrations; but if we want to catch any of them distinctly, we must tune in on them, as we tune in a radio.
If there is a great deal of interference, we will not hear correctly or we may get the wrong message, and we can receive only those messages to which we vibrate.
CLAIRVOYANCE: This is a state of mentality wherein the medium is able to see things that the subjective eye cannot see under normal conditions. Time, space, and obstructions are swept away.
PSYCHOMETRY: A clairvoyant state wherein the operator is able to psychometrize — that is, read from the soul or subjective side of things. Example: an operator may take a piece of ore and give a perfect description of the place from which it was taken.
CLAIRAUDIENCE: The ability to hear another’s inner voice.
INDEPENDENT VOICES: Voices which speak, apparently from the air. So far, it has been impossible to determine their exact nature.
GHOSTS AND PHANTASMS OF THE DEAD: The forms of those who have passed from this life, although many sincere investigators don’t know what a ghost really is. Ghosts sometimes speak or convey some kind of message to the living. It is generally conceded that once a ghost has had an opportunity to speak, it is seldom ever seen again.
Immortality means to the average person that man shall persist after the experience of physical death, retaining a full recollection of himself and the ability to recognize others.
If his full capacities go with him beyond the grave, he must be able to think consciously, to reason, will, affirm, declare, accept, reject, know, and be known, communicate and be communicated with; he must be able to travel about, see and be seen, understand and be understood; he must be able to touch, taste, smell, hear, cognize and realize.
In fact, if he is ready to continue as a self-conscious personality, he can do so only to the degree that he maintains a continuous stream of consciousness and self-knowingness.
This means that he must carry with him a complete remembrance; for it is to the remembrance alone that we must look for the link that binds one event to another, making life a constant stream of self-conscious expression.
To suppose that man can forget and still remain himself is to suppose that he could cut off the entire past and at this moment be the same personality that he was a moment ago.
Remembrance alone guarantees personality. Individuality might remain without remembrance, but not so with personality; for what we are is the result of what we have been, the result of what has gone before.
Man, then, if he is to have an immortality worthy of the name, must continue, as he now is, beyond the grave. DEATH CANNOT ROB HIM OF ANYTHING IF HE BE IMMORTAL.
Where did man come from? All that we can say is that man is; he came from God, which had no beginning. As to why man is, there can be no answer on this plane of existence.
When man first woke to self-consciousness on this plane, he already had a body. Consciousness always clothes itself in some kind of form.
Matter, from which the body is made, is a fluent substance, forever taking the form that intelligence gives it; it flows in and out like a river; we yearly immortalize ourselves, so far as the body is concerned.
We are now being taught that the ether is more solid than matter. We know that the ether penetrates everything; it is in our bodies, at the center of the earth, and throughout all space.
This means that within our present bodies there is a substance more solid than the body which we see.
This idea is very far-reaching; for it shows that we might have a body right within the physical body, which could be as real as the one of which we are accustomed to think.
If Instinctive Man has molded the outer body in form, why should It not also hold the inner one into definite form? There is every reason to suppose that It does and no reason to suppose the opposite. In all probability, there is a body within a body to infinity. “In my Father’s house there are many mansions.” (John 14: 2)
The resurrection body, then, will not have to be snatched from some Cosmic shelf as the soul soars aloft, but will be found to exist already WITHIN: EVERYTHING IS FROM WITHIN, FOR LIFE IS WITHIN.
The resurrection body of Jesus shone so that it could not be looked upon, because it was a more spiritual one than the physical eye is used to beholding.
The facts are conclusive that we have a spiritual body now, and do not have to die to receive one. We now remember the past, and already have outlived the physical body many times during life. It looks as though we already were immortal and would not have to die to take on immortality.
If there are many planes of Life and consciousness, perhaps we only die from one plane to another. This thought makes a strong appeal and seems to answer the question completely.
Some think that death robs us of the objective faculties and that we pass out in a purely subjective state; but we are unable to follow the logic of such an assumption.
To suppose that the objective faculties die with the brain is to suppose that the brain thinks and reasons.
This is proved to be false through the experience of death itself; for if the brain could think, it would think on and on forever. No, the brain does not think; the thinker thinks through the brain, perhaps; but, of itself, the brain has no power to think or feel.
It is logical to suppose that we pass from this life to the next in full and complete retention of all our faculties. Jesus revealed Himself to His followers after His resurrection, to show them that death is but a passing to a higher sphere of life and action.
To know that we maintain an identity independent of the physical body is proof enough of immortality.
This, together with the fact that remembrance maintains a constant stream of recollection and the realization that mentality can operate independently of the body, performing all of its normal functions without its aid, and that the new theory of matter and ether furnishes proof of the possibility of a body within a body to infinity, and that Instinctive Man is constantly forming matter into the shape of a body — all this should prove to anyone that we are not going to attain immortality, but we are now immortal.