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..:: Perceptual Truth ::..


Alan Schneider


              What is truth?  This somewhat elusive term can be characterized as any portrayal of existence that represents some aspect of that existence in a manner that is fundamentally accurate and correct from the perspectives of the majority of human observers.  

            Of course, perspective is what we experience on the Physical Plane as the consequence of unique incarnation in discreet bodies of flesh – and is the only perceptual condition of which we can all be certain. But, the determined investigator of phenomena will discover the many alternative lenses of perspective available to human perception. These have formed the frequent subjects of these essays over the past many months, and have, more often then not, been characterized as attainable through experience of the Planes of Ascension.

            The Truth assumes many different faces on the successive Planes, as our personal consciousness climbs higher and higher toward reunion with the Ultimate Consciousness on the Logoic Plane. This essay will examine some of those faces as we traverse the experience of higher consciousness on the journey of life. 

            Beginning with the Physical Plane of Expression, we find that Truth is fragmented by the multitude of vessels of human experience – each one, each human being,  has a unique perception of the truth concerning any given experience, even though we may be subject to very nearly the same sensory inputs from an external event.  This event will be perceived differently by different observers, based on their interpretation of what has transpired, an interpretation that depends upon their life experiences and memories of similar past events. Yes, these perceptions are still occurring in the composite human field of consciousness, but that field has been fragmented by the physical container – the body.  Thus, on the Physical Plane of sensory experience, the Truth is a mosaic of fragments that we must assemble into a more or less consistent image of reality through the agency of acculturation – a most flawed process, to be sure, but better than none. Below even this level of sentience, we have the animal state of instinctual response – essentially little or no perception of any Truth at all. 

              Since the perception of Truth on the Physical Plane is so intimately associated with the body and the physical senses, the concept of Maya must be considered here. Maya is the impression of a physical environment (including both inside and beyond the body) originating in the senses, and interpreted progressively through the years with the assistance of memory by the ego – our personal experience of sentience. Because this ego interpretation is so inevitably enmeshed with our momentary sensory inputs, it becomes essentially seamless with them in perception, and is often additionally functionally subconscious and automatic.  In a word, while we frequently believe we are perceiving the world as it “is”, we are in fact only perceiving our personal interpretation of the world, one that we instantaneously generate through our internalized, acculturated conditioning and socialization. This is Maya – the illusion of the world. The senses do not directly experience Maya – they directly experience Karma, the manifestation of the Logos present on the Physical Plane as both internal and external processes and objects. Karma is placed here by God as the physical mirror for the Soul. When this is finally understood through the process of living, we can begin to seek other, more effective “mirrors”, the ones that are found within our consciousness, by Seeking Within for the Truth.

            Fortunately, we are not limited as conscious beings to the physical sensory perception of experience – we can investigate through other avenues of inquiry.  As one turns away from external sensory experience, another level of manifestation appears – the Astral Plane of Expression. We experience this level in dreams, visions, fantasies, meditations, hypnosis, and reflection. Of these, meditation and reflection are the most personally controllable techniques, with meditation being preferred, because it involves significantly less ego awareness than does reflection. I have described the Astral State as the Grand Central Station of consciousness, because it displays so many different images of all varieties continuously traveling through the mental field of perception.  The Astral Plane is the realm of the Jungian archetypal symbols referred to so often in these essays, and of the infinite mental “library” that archives them – the Akashic Record. This collective edifice has been said to record all of the impressions of all consciousness that ever have, currently are, and ever will manifest anywhere for eternity – essentially, the Cosmic Memory of the Logos.  Many investigators spend their lives simply delving through this single Plane of Expression, harvesting the many gems of perception that reside there. Perception of the Truth on the Astral level is less fragmented than the Physical, but still is heavily influenced by the perceptual proximity of the body and senses. Yes, we can and do share our collective experience in the Astral State, but this sharing is often obscured by the clouds of personal motivation and involvement.  

            With the attainment of the Mental Plane, and the attendant perception of the Thought Forms as the spiritual expressions that predominate there, we have traveled somewhat beyond the lingering personal restrictions of the Astral Plane, but are not yet entirely free of them. The Mental Plane is the level immediately beyond the Astral, and displays a much more pronounced extent of social integration in the symbolism present there, but we still see the essence of self-motivated thought as a determinant of much of that imagery.  The most common Thought Form is the Spirit Guide referred to so often in New Age literature. This Guide frequently takes the form of Angelic, and Archangelic images, although sentient animal totems and other fantastic symbols also are present at this level. The essence of Mental Plane conscious involvement consists in the acceptance of higher spiritual guidance, occasionally in the absence of solicitation, and perhaps with outright resentment and opposition as well, but still acceptance notwithstanding. One frequently develops a life long relationship with the Spirit Guide, and eventually learns to trust this source of insight and direction in life. The focus of activity is still very often personal in character on the Mental Plane, however, and this is not reckoned with spiritually until the Atmic Plane is encountered as the next Ascended State. The Truth on the Mental Plane is obscured only by the perception of the ego operating from the perspective of enlightened self-interest, but this is still a less high-minded manifestation than the truly selfless Love of the Buddhic Plane. 

            At the Buddhic level of spiritual involvement and spiritual consciousness, we begin to look without personal blinders at the human condition and consciousness, and the vision we see in this manner is often not a pleasant one – filled with the vistas of needless suffering and selfishness that have plagued life and the living eternally, and, sadly, will quite probably continue to do so for many eons to come as we all struggle to come to positive terms with our isolated condition in the flesh of the Physical Plane.  On the Buddhic Plane, we are faced for possibly the first time with the requirement to release our personal focus of achievement, and look beyond to the Universal focus of compassion for all creatures and consciousness.  Many of us simply are so trapped in our personal history and suffering that we cannot see past these to the Light that beckons us from above. Yet, we must, because to remain fixed at the Mental Plane is to fail to advance in the Light of Consciousness, and that advancement, my friends, is the ultimate and final meaning of all that we undergo and experience through living.  The Truth of Brotherly Love is perhaps the highest knowable to humanity, but we must be willing and able to set aside our petty personal concerns to achieve it. The Universal Love and Positive Regard for all consciousness and all life is the level of Truth experienced on the Buddhic Plane, and it is worth whatever sacrifices must be made to attain it!  

            The Plane following the Buddhic is the Atmic – paradoxically the focus of the Buddha Mind, the highest still partially individuated conscious state of perception. At this level of experience, the subject-object mode of perception disintegrates into the Non-Dual mode  – the Stream of Unified Consciousness.  The primary “role” of consciousness remaining is the transfer of information from the Buddha perception to the still ego-involved perception of the “others” present in the mental field, who, what, or wherever they may be. This is the level corresponding to Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra in Tantric Yoga, and the key process occurring here is that of communication.  This is frequently the teaching of a Guru or Ascended Master, as they offer the Truth placed clearly and firmly in consciousness on the Atmic Plane to their Devotees and other spiritual Aspirants in the world at large. The Buddha Mind is a typically selfless condition that requires nothing but the absolutely minimal sustenance required for the maintenance of life – a life spent in spiritual Bliss (or Ananda, in Sanskrit), and freely and openly shared with others on that basis. The Buddha Mind is a pure servant of the Divine Light and Love of the Logos, offering the Supreme Absolute Truth (or SAT) to humanity as the vision of the Cosmic Mind involved in an eternal Dance of Love, Light, and Creation.  

            Only the literal manifestation of that Mind lies beyond the Atmic Plane, and it takes two additional forms – the Monadic Plane, and the Logoic Plane. The Monadic Plane is the Sixth Plane of Ascension, and consists of an association of twelve Souls released directly from the Logoic Plane, to subsequently descend into manifest form on the Buddhic, Atmic, and (eventually) Mental Planes.  The Chakra Ajna, the Third Eye of Hindu tradition, is the Eastern analog to the Monadic Plane, and this supernatural oculus looks both beyond, at the Logos residing in Supreme Splendor, and below, at the sequence of Chakras trailing away beneath.  The Monadic Plane is the Portal of SAT flowing forth to create all that is perceived thereafter on every Plane and level. The Souls of the Monad are a spiritual collective with a collective purpose in manifestation, although only the Logos can know what that purpose is.  The Monad is the Portal of Expression for the SAT. The Logos is the SAT

            God is known as we are known – through action.  In the Divine Manifestation, three forms of Truth are Present – Love, Light, and Creation, and these combine to form the Action of Truth, already referred to here as SAT.  When this action is experienced by a human observer, the result is the perception of pure, timeless, objectless, Non-Dual consciousness in the state of Ananda. Because God ultimately is Eternal Love, manifest as Conscious Light, and acts through pouring forth all of Creation,  the Logoic Plane is the experience of Unified Super Conscious Perception for those fortunate enough to enter there – all three modes of the Trinity of Love, Light, and Creation are experienced as the Non-Dual One. This is the Divine Action of SAT, and it is the only thing that ever really happens anywhere – our miniscule human egos simply have no choice but to perceive the fragments of this One Being as the objects and processes functioning on the Physical Plane through physical sensory experience.  Ah, but, my friends, we can all climb so much higher than that, and this rising journey, this flight of the Soul, is the meaning of the flesh itself, and of this existence!


                                                                             - With Love, Alan -

                                                            (Copyright 2009, by Alan Schneider)


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