The Twelve Foundation Stones and the Portals
THE SEVEN LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SEVEN ELOHIM by Jeffrey Brackeen
Dear and beloved friends, as I sat down to write this article, I was at a loss as to where to begin. Let me begin by saying that the ancient Rabbis taught that at the time of Creation, as pictured in the 1st Chapter of Genesis, there were seven Elohim, who took part in the creation and renovation of our Earth. Each one of the Elohim performed a certain work on his day; therefore, we now have seven days in the week. We find this same teaching in the sacred Sanskrit writings of the Aryans and the Hindus. They called them the seven Rishias.
Before I launch into serious discussion about these, perhaps I should explain the chart on page 1. Several years ago, while I was doing research work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, I discovered a book, written by Doctor Roberto Assagioli, entitled Psychosynthesis, which explained his research on the subject of Mind, Consciousness and Self-Realization. I shall now attempt a brief outline of his hypothesis and then follow up with comments from my own studies.
1. The Lower level of Unconsciousness. This intelligence directs and coordinates the life and functions of the body. It supplies us with the most fundament and primitive urges and drives. It contains many complexes which are charged with intense emotion, dreams of the inferior kind and uncontrolled parapsychological processes, phobias, obsessions, paranoia and delusions.
2. The Middle or Subliminal Unconsciousness. In this level of Consciousness, our ordinary mental and imaginative activities are elaborated and developed , in a sort of psychological gestation before being born into our outer Consciousness.
3. The Higher Unconscious - Superconsciousness. It is from this level that our higher intuitions and inspirations originate. These include artistic, philosophical, scientific, ethical imperatives and urges to humanitarian and heroic actions.
4. The Field of Consciousness. It is that part of our personality which we are aware of. From it come sensations, images, thoughts, feeling, desires and impulses which we can observe, analyze and judge.
5. The Conscious Self or Ego (the ‘I’). It can only be ascertained by careful introspection and it is not identical with our sensations, thoughts or feelings.
6. The High Self. Dr. Assagioli did not have much to say about this level of Consciousness but I hope to show that this is synonymous with the Christ or Krishna Self.
7. The Collective Unconscious. Jung had much to say about the interaction between this level of Consciousness. It allows us to be united to our fellowmen through
Knowledge. In truth there is only one Mind, which is like a wall that admits of interchange through osmosis. I have used Dr. Assagioli’s diagram for a frame of reference, for all that is to follow.
IF TWO OR THREE WILL AGREE
There is a passage in Matthew, which I used to read when I was young. I imagined that it referred to gathering two or three people together in a kind of prayer meeting and that if you could get everyone
to agree on something, it would come to pass. It reads: "Again, I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by my Father which is in heaven." (18:19)
But after reading Max Long’s ‘Huna Code’, I believe he was right when he said that this passage refers to getting the Middle Self to agree with either the Low Self or the
High Self, when we are making a prayer to God It was his explanation of the Totem Poles of the Northwest Indians that helped me to understand this. The Indians understood the different levels of Consciousness in man and symbolized them in their Totem Poles.
Krishna, the beautiful teacher of India, taught Arjuna, "A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul
and his enemy as well. For he who has conquered his mind, it is the best of friends, but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy. For one who
has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquility. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same. . . .
A transcendentalist should always try to concentrate his mind on the Supreme Self: he should live alone in a secluded place and should always carefully control his mind. He should be free from desires and possessiveness. Vs. 5, 6, 7, 10, Chap. 6, Bhagavad-gita
When Arjuna replies, "The mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna and to subdue it is, it seems to me, more difficult than controlling the wind."
Krishna answers him, "O might-armed son of Kunti, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and by
detachment. For one whose mind is unbridled, Self-realization is difficult work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by
right means is assured of success. That is my judgment." . . . "I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul" - Vs. 34-36, Chap. 6; V.21, Chap. 7, Ibid
When Jesus said, "A man’s enemies shall be those of his own house", he was not necessarily referring to flesh and blood. It seems to me that he was referring to the lower levels of consciousness in our bodies and its false ego.
The Gospel of Thomas has some interesting comments of Jesus on the subject of bringing some of these levels of Consciousness together in unity. "If two shall make peace with each other in this house [our body] they will say to the mountain, ‘Move away’ and it will move away." . . .
"When you have made the two one, you will become the sons of Man, and you will say, ‘Mountain move away’ and it will move away. Where there are three in unity, they are gods." - Vs. 132, 133, 135 Chap. 8, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For our prayers to get answered, they must first pass through the first and second ceilings of our house. If our thoughts and desires in the basement of our house match those in the attic, then we have reached super Consciousness with its God-like power.
TECHNIQUES OF MEDITATION
Meditation is a powerful tool for the person wishing to fellowship with God, and who has purified his mind, heart and soul. Jesus taught
his disciples, "When I came, I opened a way: I taught the Rulers (Archons) the passage through which the Elect and the Solitary ones will pass, who have believed
the truth. The Rulers (Archons) will not be able to detain the Perfect Man, for they will not be able to see him. If they saw him , they would detain him. Now, there is no way to acquire this quality except by putting on the Light and becoming
Perfect oneself. Everyone who has done so will enter." . . . "The disciples asked him Where is the place to which we go? The Lord
answered them, The place where you reach, is where you will stand."- Vs. 231-237, 246, Chap 7, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ
The ritual of marriage is merely a symbol of that higher sacred union that we should aspire to. In the Gospel of Philip, Jesus said,
"Great is the mystery of Marriage! without marriage in this world, it would not exist. The existence of man depends on it. Think of the greater Marriage, whose image is
that of the fallen form. Human beings have intercourse with human being. Horses have intercourse with horses, the ass with an ass. Members of a particular race
usually fraternize with members of the same race. In like manner, spirit mingles with Spirit and thought consorts with Thought and light mingles with Light. As a human
being, it is human being who will love you. If you become a spirit, it is the Spirit that will be joined to you. If you become thought, it is Thought which will mingle with
you. If you become light, it is Light which will mingle with you. If you become one of those above, those who belong above will rest in you. If you become a horse or an ass or
a bull or a dog or a sheep or any other animal which is outside or below, then, neither human being, nor spirit, nor thought, nor light will be able to love you. Neither those
who belong above, nor those who belong within will be able to rest in you and you will have no part in them." - Vs. 137-146, Chap. 8, Ibid.
Over the years, I have used various forms of meditation. Each has it own end and purpose. There is such a thing as ‘speaking to the High Self’ and then there is ‘listening to the Voice’.
SPEAKING TO THE HIGH SELF
When we speak to the High Self, we use various methods, such as prayer, chanting and mantras. To speak to the Low Self , we use Self hypnosis Another technique is the
repetition of the mantra "I Am’. This must be accompanied by two actions: One is to simultaneously visualize oneself surrounded by the Light. If we visualize the Light
coming through the opening in our skull and circulating through the body, in a spiral motion and exiting through the soles of the feet. Then let the light within us intensify to a blinding brilliance, until it escapes the body as though it were made of glass.
This is a powerful meditation. It can also be accompanied by breathing exercises which are very beneficial. This involves inhaling slowly to the count of ten; holding the breath in to the count of ten, then exhaling while intoning ‘I Am’.
The constant repetition of ‘Om’ is another very powerful meditation, which speaks directly to the High Self (or God within us). The sound of this mantra will rearrange grains
of sand on a glass pane, so that they form the beautiful Sri Yantra (nine triangles in perfect formation). The mantra ‘Hu’ is not only the name of God, it is one of the most
powerful mantras ever given to mankind. It’s benefits are more than I can go into, in the confines of this article. I have used all of the above
over the years and encourage others to use them. I discourage the use of alcoholic beverages while using these as it fragments the aura.
LISTENING TO THE VOICE
When we speak to the High Self, we are speaking to God. When we listen to the Voice, we are listing to God. The Bible devotes a lot of
attention to those who had dreams, such as Joseph and Daniel. God spoke to Solomon through a dream and asked what kind of gift he
would like to have from God. Abraham, according to the ancient Rabbis, prayed for Sodom and Gomorrah while in a dream. But not all dreams are equal; some come for the lower subconscious and other regions. Some are of a divine nature.
The most advanced form of ‘listening to the Voice’ is a form of meditation which attunes our inner ear to the Sound Current of the Universe. Some get discourage with
this practice, because its full development may involve many years. However, I’ve seen a young girl who was able to listen to some of the more advance sounds.
Jesus said, "The wind blows where it will. You hear the Sound of it but you cannot determine where it came from or where it goes." This is the Voice of God, that sustains the entire Universe and upholds every realm of existence. "He that is born of God hears it".
S. T. Coleridge wrote, "Oh! the one life within us and abroad, which meets all motions and becomes its soul. A light in Sound, A Sound-like power in Light,
Rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere." Maulana Rumi, the famous Sufi, wrote, Enter ye the temple of the body and listen to the divine melodies. Those sitting
around thee shall not hear them." Amir Khustro, another famous writer describes these sounds, "First is the hum of the bees and second, is the sound of anklets.
The third is that of the conch shell and the forth is that of a gong. The fifth is a trumpet-blast and the sixth that of a flute. The seventh is that of a Bhir, the eighth , a mardang
(drumbeat) and ninth, a ‘Shahnai’ (Naferi). And the tenth doth resemble the roar of a lion. such indeed is the Heavenly Orchestra, O Khustro. In these ten melodies a
yogin gets absorbed. The senses get stilled and so doth the mind, saith Khustro. with the flourish of limitless Music within, all the lusts of the flesh and the deadly sins fly
off. A Master too has a wonderful world of his own, Khustro is now full engrossed within himself." - See Pp. 327, 328 Chap. 9, Forbidden Truths Revealed, by Jeffrey Brackeen, 1994.
AS ABOVE; SO BELOW
ON THE ORIGIN OF THE DEMURRAGE
"And Sophia of the Thought (Epinoia) [of the Invisible Spirit] conceived a thought from herself, with the reflection of the Invisible Spirit and Fore- Knowledge. She wanted to bring forth a likeness out of herself without the consent of the Spirit (who had not approved) and without her Consort (mate) and without his consideration. And Although her male personage had not approved, and she had not found his agreement, and she thought without the consent of the Spirit and the Knowledge of his agreement, she still brought forth. Because of the invincible power that was in her, her thought did not remain idle; therefore, a thing came out of her, which was imperfect different from her appearance, because she had created it without her Consort. And it was dissimilar to the likeness of its mother, for it had another form.
"And when she saw the consequence of her desire, it had changed into the form of a serpent with a Lion’s head. Its eyes were like lighting fire, while flashing. She cast it away from herself, outside that place, that none of the Immortals might see it, for she had
created it in ignorance. And she surrounded it with a luminous cloud, and she placed a throne in the middle of the cloud that no one might see it except the Holy Spirit, who is called the Mother of the
Living. And she called his name Ialdabaoth [which means ‘youth, move over here’ or ‘youth who moves from place to place’.]
"This was the first Archon (Ruler), who took a great power from his Mother, and removed himself from her and moved away from the places in which he was born." Vs. 336-348; Pp. 296, 297
"This Ruler, by being androgynous, made himself a vast realm, an extent without limit. And he contemplated creating offspring for himself, and
created for himself seven offspring, androgynous just like their parent." - Anonymous, The Reality of the Rulers, (written before 350 A.D.) from William Barnstone’s The Other Bible, P. 79, 1984
"Becoming potent, he himself emitted from the water a son without a mother; for he did not know Sophia. The second son emitted a son who was an imitation
of his father; this third one generated a fourth, and the fourth himself generated a son; from the fifth, a sixth son was generated and the sixth generated a seventh. Thus
the Seven was completed among them [cf. Gen. 2:1,2]; The Mother has the eighth place." - St. Iranaeus of Lyon, Against Heresies (written 180 A.D.) from William Barnstone’s The Other Bible, 1984
"Now since the First Father, Yaldabaoth, had great authority, he created for each of his sons, by means of the word, beautiful heavens as dwelling places and for
each heaven great glories, seven time more exquisite than any earthy glory, thrones and dwelling places and temples and chariots and spiritual virgins and their glories,
looking up to an invisible realm each one having these within his heaven; and also armies of divine, lordly, angelic, and archangelic powers, myriad's without number, in order to serve." - Anonymous, On the Origin of the World (written 350 A.D.) from William Barnstone’s The Other Bible, Pp 64-65, 1984
"Beginning with the first Power, he named them. The highest and first was Athoth, second was Eloaiou, who had foreknowledge. Thirdly, was Astraphaios, with whom was
divinity. Fourth was Iao, with whom was lordship. Fifth, was Sanbaoth (Tzabaoth), who is kingdom. Sixth, was Adonin, who is envy and seventh was Sabbateon, who is understanding.
THE THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE POWERS
"Each of the Archons then created from himself seven powers and six angels, bringing three hundred sixty five into existence. The following are the bodies for each of them:
First was Athoth, who had the head of a sheep. Second, was Eloaiou, who had a donkey’s head. Third was Astraphaios, who had the face of a hyena. Fourth,
was Iao, who had seven serpent heads. Fifth, was Tzabaoth, who had a dragon head. sixth was Adonin, who had the head of a monkey and seventh was Sabbeteon, whose face was shining fire. this is why there are seven days in the week.
"Each of these had a firmament (heaven) corresponding to his Aeon-heaven. They possessed names according to the glory which belongs to their heaven but which
also reflected the destruction of their powers. Thus they each had two names, which were given to them by their Originator, based upon the glory, which belonged to their heavens, which signified their destruction and powerlessness.
"Everything, which he brought into being, he organized following the model of the first indestructible Aeons. This was not because he had seen the original [higher] heavens, but rather, because of the animating power which he inherited from his Mother, which caused him to produce the likeness of the Cosmos.
"From that Aeon-heaven came a Voice saying, ‘The Man exists and so does the Son of Man. Ialdabaoth, the chief Archon, heard it and thought that the Voice had
come from his Mother, but he did not even know where she had come from. Then the Holy Mother-Father taught them the perfect and
complete foreknowledge, by revealing his appearance in a human form, even though He is the Invisible Father. The underside of the waters which are above matter were illuminated by the appearance of his image, which had been
revealed. Thus the whole Aeon of the chief Archon trembled and the foundations of the Abyss shook. When all the Authorities and the
chief Archon looked up, they saw the whole underside illuminated. And through that light, they saw the form of an image in the Water."
THE CREATION OF ADAM
"He said to his Authorities, which were attending him, come, let us make a man according to the Image of God, and according to
the Likeness of God, so that his image may become a Light to us. Each of the Authorities supplied a characteristic, according to what each of them had seen, in its
psychic form And so, he was able to create a being after the likeness of the first Perfect Man. They said ‘Let us call him Adam and his name will become a source of Light to us.’
THE JEALOUSY OF THE RULERS OVER ADAM
THE SEVEN LOWER PLANETS AND THE DEMIGODS
Krishna taught Arjuna, "O best among the Bharata, four kinds of pious men render devotional service unto me - the distressed, the desirer of wealth, the inquisitive and
he who is searching for knowledge of the Ablsolute. All of these devotees are undoubtedly magnanimous souls, but he who is situated in Knowledge of Me, I
consider verily to dwell in Me, Being engaged in my Transcendental service, he attains Me. . . .Those whose minds are
distorted by material desires surrender unto the Demigods and follow the particular rules and regulation of worship according to
their own natures. . . . Men of small intelligence worship the Demigods and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship
the Demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but my devotees reach my Supreme abode."Vs. 16, 18, 20, 22, chap. 7, Bhagavad- gita, by A. C. Bhaktivedanta
About the year 100 A.D. Celsus, a former Christian wrote a book entitled ‘True Account’ to expose the Christians, saying. "Christians get the power which they seem
to possess by pronouncing the names of certain daemons and incantations." He claimed to possess some of their secret books showing "magical formulas". He
regrets that they are being persecuted and adds, "Because of the . . . demonic words addressed to the Lion, that animal with double forms [body of a serpent] and the
one shaped like an Ass, and the other illustrious doorkeepers, whose names you hapless folk have wretchedly learned by heart."
When Origen, a few years later was asked to refute the writing of Celsus, he did so until he came to this part. Not only did he not deny it, he confirmed it. In another of his
writings, Origen says, "The first angel, lion-shaped, is called Michael; the second, bull-shaped, is called Souriel; the third, serpent-shaped, is called Raphael; the fourth, eagle-shaped is called
Gabriel; the fifth, bear-shaped, is called Thauthabaoth; the sixth, dog-shaped is called Erathaoth; the seventh, ass-shaped, is called Onoel or Thartharaoth. They are
taught to say after passing through the barrier of the Tree of Life and abandoned by the image after the likeness of the blameless one, ‘Let
Grace be with me, Father, let it be with me.’" - See Pp 59, 60 Chap. 2, Forbidden Truths Revealed, by Jeffrey Brackeen, 1994
On one occasion, when Jesus was about to make a great revelation to his disciples in the heavens, he placed the Apostles
around himself, facing the four cardinal points of the compass. "The rest of the disciples, including the women disciples stood behind
Jesus. Jesus made an invocation, turning himself to the four cardinal points of the world. The disciples were all wearing linen garments and
chanting IAO, IAO, IAO. The meaning of these letter is: I (iota) because the Universe went forth. A (alpha) because it will turn back upon itself again. O (omega)
because the completion of all completeness will take place. . . .. He cried, "O Father of all Fathers and of boundless Light, hear me for the sake of my disciples, whom I
have led before you, that they may have faith in all the words of your truth and grant all that I shall invoke of you, for I know the name of the Father of the Treasury of light. . . .
He entreated, Let all the Mysteries of the Rulers and Authorities and the Angels and the Archangels and all Power and the God
Agrammachamare and Barbelo draw near. . .. Vs. 120-127, Chap. 23, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, Edited and compiled by Jeffrey Brackeen
May God Bless You. J.O.B.