I spent quite a bit of time the last few days looking deep within. Looking into my story. Finding nothing there to grasp hold of. In trying to clarify it, I’m refining my basic “levels” of spiritual development…
In Fading Toward Enlightenment, I defined three levels of spiritual development, Solid, Liquid, and Ethereal. My current model adds a new level and renames the levels entirely. Nothing really changes, but I hope it helps clarify things.
- “Person” – was “Solid” : Identifies with the ego (thought and emotions).
- “Mystic” – was “Liquid” : Identifies with the ego story. Ego no longer feels as real, but the story of their life still has a tight grip. Often experiences magical and mystical events.
- “Sage” – new level : Identifies with the Soul. Most social and people-centric concerns no longer hold much sway. Sees the ego as a quality, not an identity. Sees the ego story as unimportant. Sees personality as habitual conditioning.
- “No One” – was “Ethereal” : Identifies with the Source. No sense of an individual self. Just awareness experiencing a life.
I have been at the “Sage” level for awhile. Recently, I’ve been practicing dropping even this simple identity.
It a wonderful feeling – a free, boundless, empty/full radiance – but it hasn’t stuck yet.
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