What exactly is Christ consciousness? Although it may not be so easy to attain, it can and should be seen as something practical. Many websites make it seem so spiritual that it becomes no earthly good, and therefore, Christians wash their hands of it. At the very least they look into it for the sake of curiosity, but once they dig in, it seems too otherworldly to give it a second thought. The New Age movement has been guilty of this. While a lot of New Age material contains some powerful truths, it can be confusing to the novice who is questioning the roots of orthodox Christianity in hopes for a greater understanding of God.
And then there’s that other thought process: Some Christians tend to get defensive and argue that the concept of Christ consciousness just isn’t Biblical. But the truth is it’s at the very core of the Biblical message. A lot of New Age terms—like Christ consciousness—seem so foreign to the traditional Christian mindset that it sends them into a state of agitation. Semantics can have a very negative impact. And that’s completely understandable. Anyone who mentioned “Christ consciousness” around me ten years ago would have been considered a New Age freak completely under the delusion of their own ego. But that’s really not necessary, so let’s see what we can do to rectify this problem, shall we?
Christ consciousness is simply a concept that brings together the complex relationship between spirit and matter. God created the universe through polarity, or positive and negative charges. Think of hydrogen. It is the most basic and fundamental element in the visible universe. It is the primordial substance from which all other atoms emerge. It consists of a positively charged proton and one negatively charged electron. After the big bang, helium was formed through the process of fusion. From the further fusion of hydrogen and helium in the core of stars, all the other elements of the periodic table can be produced. This is how galaxies, solar systems, and even planets formed—all made possible through the inherent qualities of one tiny atom.
In ancient times philosophers thought of polarity in terms of male and female. This was brilliant, because not only did creation happen through the existence of polarity, but procreation happens through the copulation of male and female. Combine the two concepts and you could say creation is the result of a love affair between divine masculine and feminine principles. The writers of the Bible and other religious texts have always conceptualized creation in this way.
It amazes me that so many Christians refuse to realize this esoteric teaching in Genesis. God himself is both male and female:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
Remember, the above verse is speaking esoterically. In other words, God (existence) is comprised of both consciousness and matter. Consciousness is the male aspect and matter is the female aspect of God. Consciousness impregnated matter to experience existence! And this is why you are a limited expression of the ONE God. Pure spirit needs a body or vessel to express itself through. That’s where you and the rest of creation come in. Essentially, you are a microcosm of God (the macrocosm) because you are made up of both consciousness (spirit) and matter (flesh), both male and female.
Notice how Genesis 5:2 clearly expresses this truth:
“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam…”
Did you notice how both male and female are called “Adam.” Obviously the Biblical writer intended to show you that the male (consciousness) aspect and the female (body) aspect are both in Adam. By the way, Adam wasn’t a literal person unless you refer to Adam as yourself!:)
Eve, the mother of all living, is the greater subconscious aspect of Adam (man) that split from the universal mind when God began expression through creation. That is why Eve is called “the mother of all living.” She is the mother (matter) of all conscious expression. Symbolically, she is the memory imprint of all that God has experienced. This aspect of God is also a part of your higher self, which you have access to through the development of Christ consciousness.
Let’s put it another way: you are but a limited (conscious) extension of all that is, which is Existence itself. Migene Gonzalez-Whippler has written in Kabbablah for the Modern World that a better translation of “I am that I am” for which God reveals himself to Moses is:
“…Existence is Existence.”
Interesting. Existence is God and God is existence. And we exist! You do the math:)
Let’s also compare existence to the hydrogen atom we discussed earlier. All other atoms come from this one primordial atom. Just like the many different elements in the periodic table are the many different expressions of the polarity in hydrogen, so is our existence one of the many different conscious expressions of the one Spirit, God.
Let’s face it; the reason why Genesis can state that God is both male and female, and Jesus can state that God is spirit, is because spirit and matter have always been two sides of the same coin. Anybody wanting to learn more about this simple truth can study it through Kabbalah and Theosophy. Once you get past the complicated lingo, the concept is quite beautiful.
Brief review of creation in Genesis
As creation unfolded, primordial consciousness went from experiencing hydrogen to eventually man. This entire process is unfolded in Genesis. In the beginning the earth (matter) was without form and void. And the spirit of God (consciousness) hovered over the waters (expanse of nothingness) and light came forth. This light represents the impregnation of consciousness into the void of matter to bring forth the creation. Did you know that light is mysteriously both a particle of matter and a wave?! And God is light! He is both spirit and matter. The light that we see with the physical eye is but a limited expression of the ultimate light (spirit and matter) of which God is.
As the creation continues in Genesis, man is the last person created on day six. Have you ever wondered why man is last, before the final seventh day of completion and rest? Let me remind you again of the great mystic and Sufi, Ibn al Arabi:
“God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.”
The above quote is just a simple summary of the first chapter of Genesis!
And man is the last experience of conscious expression in Genesis because man is the pinnacle of God’s conscious expression on planet earth! In other words, that which makes up man is the superlative of God’s experience here on this earth thus far (on planet earth). Through Christ (Christ consciousness), we must now enter into that seventh day rest of completion with God. This brings us to our next topic.
Enter the veil of the tabernacle and temple in the Bible
Let’s switch gears a little bit. Hopefully you have read my last three articles explaining how the tabernacles and temples of God represent the human body, specifically the brain. Just like there was a veil separating the holy place from the holy of holies in the tabernacle and Solomon’s temple, there is also a veil in your brain.
Many of my readers are familiar with Bill Donahue at Hiddenmeanings.com, but for those who don’t know about him, I want to introduce you to one of his brilliant Bible assessments.
Before I read Bill’s material, I knew that the third ventricle of the brain was unique in that it held a mysterious process whereby higher consciousness was reached. Once can’t help but to realize this through the Eye of Horus. But Bill unveils the Biblical passage that shows without a doubt that the third ventricle of the brain is the holy of holies in all the Biblical temples. Let’s look at a scripture to illuminate this mystery.
As Bill states, “The door references the right hemisphere of the brain. The winding stairs the serpentine DNA motion up the spine and the third speaks of the third ventricle of the brain.”
Interestingly, Bill then points out how even modern medical writings compare the third ventricle to an individual room. He quotes:
“The third ventricle is a narrow vertical cleft between the two lateral ventricles. It possesses a roof, a floor and four walls: anterior, posterior, and two lateral. The roof is formed by the tela choroidea.”
You can see all this on Bill’s website here: http://www.hiddenmeanings.com/Sermon665020609.htm
What Bill does not go into on that page is the union of the positive and negative charges that need to happen in this ventricle to cause the Christ consciousness experience. More on this in a moment.
Bill also states that the veil dividing the holy of holies and the holy place in Solomon’s Temple is the arachnoid, a web like structure in the brain separating pia matter from the dura matter. More on this also in a moment also.
The symbolism of the veil in scripture
The crucifixion and subsequent renting of the veil in the temple is an allegory for something that happens inside your brain. This makes the spirituality of Jesus and the cross practical.
Think of the cross itself. This is an ancient symbol for how consciousness inhabits the physical plane. Literally, the cross symbolizes consciousness being crucified in matter. The vertical piece of the cross is the consciousness / male aspect, and the horizontal part of the cross symbolizes the matter / female aspect. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, which means the “place of the skull.” Again, this is another clue that Jesus’ death and resurrection takes place in your body and brain, not on a literal cross. Naming the place “Golgotha” is an esoteric way of saying that it’s all about what happens in your head!
This veil is also symbolical of the division between your higher and lower self, the conscious and subconscious / meta-conscious mind. In other words, the veil represents the separation of our limited I-ness from cosmic awareness. The union between the two is known as “illumination” in Kabbalah. This process is part of the raising of kundalini from the solar plexus to the third ventricle of the brain where a union takes place between the polarity of your pineal and pituitary glands.
At the beginning of this article we discussed the positive and negative forces within creation. We also discussed how these polarities are in our bodies since we are both male and female. The pineal and pituitary glands are one aspect of the masculine and feminine energies within us.
The process of Enlightenment, then, is about uniting the polarities within us so that the mind can become whole again. This happens with the renting of the veil.
My regular readers are well aware of the pineal gland’s significance. It is referred twice in the Bible—Jesus calls it the single eye, and Jacob called it Peniel.
It is interesting that Jesus associates the single eye with light, because the pineal gland closely resembles the eye and is stimulated by light.
Esoteric literature affiliates this gland with higher consciousness, divine knowledge, and intuition. Rene Descartes stated that the pineal gland was the “seat of the soul.” Edgar Cayce agreed. I also believe this is the gateway through which our limited consciousness merges with the subconscious and meta-conscious, enabling us to access higher knowledge. It is the divine feminine aspect of polarity, and relates to the higher self and expanded consciousness. It is also connected with the seventh chakra, or crown chakra. Cyndi Dale, author of The Complete Book of Chakra Healing, has this to say about the pineal gland:
Recent research is associating the pineal with biochemical and electromagnetic properties that encourage good health, but also enable enlightenment. Biochemically, the pineal gland regulates the use of tryptophan, an amino acid, to produce hormones that regulate sleep, appetite, emotions, circadian rhythms, body temperature, consciousness, and mystical and psychic experiences.
Perhaps the pineal gland is related to our subconscious and meta-conscious selves?
Whereas the pineal gland is known as the “seat of the soul,” the pituitary gland is known as the “seat of the mind and intellect.” It contains the energy of the divine masculine. This is also related to the sixth chakra and our ego through emotions and thought. According to the same author referenced above:
“The pituitary gland is considered an important energetic organ, in that it contains magnetite, a magnetically sensitive compound that in birds, helps them find due north and maintain balance when flying. Science has discovered a cluster of magnetite crystals near the pituitary in humans, which suggests that the pituitary explains our sensitivity to magnetic fields.”
Interesting. I don’t really think science even begins to understand the depth and breadth of these amazing endocrine glands. But somehow ancient mystics did. How, we might ask? Because once these mystics attained Enlightenment, they had access to the higher knowledge detailing the purpose and function of all the bodily organs.
For those of you wondering if there really is any Biblical support for this, remember that Moses raised the brazen serpent in the wilderness and all the people who looked upon it were healed. The raising of this serpent, or “serpent energy” (kundalini) as it is sometimes called, is the process of bringing God’s divine energy into the Holy of holies (third ventricle of the brain). We already know that the pituitary and pineal glands contain magnetic and electromagnetic properties. It makes sense then that kundalini could cause the pineal and pituitary glands to vibrate in sort of a synchronized union, opening the third eye and illuminating the consciousness of the individual. The way ordinary consciousness happens in the brain has much to do with electrical charges anyway.
Could all this be the true meaning of the veil that is rent?
Thanks to Bill, we already discussed how the arachnoid in the brain is the veil in the temple. This was a brilliant assessment because the pineal gland is surrounded by pia mater, and the pituitary gland is surrounded by a thin layer of folded dura mater. To be more specific, the pituitary gland connects with dura mater on the anterior side of the third ventricle, and the pineal gland is connected with pia matter in the posterior end of the third ventricle. Since the arachnoid is the web or curtain in the brain that separates the dura and pia matter, we can say that it is a sort of veil separating the two glands as well. The vibrating of these two glands in unison represents the renting of the veil between the holy place (conscious self) and the holy of holies (access to meta-consciousness).
What can we conclude from all this?
At the very least, we can now say that some of the toughest passages in scripture aren’t so super spiritual. Not only do they have a lot in common with science, but biology as well. Maybe modern and science will soon learn what the mystics already knew thousands of years ago.
In my next post we are going to look more at the right and left hemispheres of the brain. As you’ll see, this is also an important part of the temple structure in the Bible.