Sens­ing the spir­i­tual – by An­dreas N. Bjørn­dal

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To re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the spir­i­tual world, you need to be able to sense it with your own spir­i­tual sense. This sense needs to be awake and de­vel­oped to rec­og­nize the ex­is­tence of these realms, a process that goes through stages. Let us ex­am­ine how you can rec­og­nize these stages.

We will start with peo­ple that have not yet de­vel­oped this sense. Many of them are liv­ing with a deep con­vic­tion that there is noth­ing but the ma­te­r­ial world that ex­ists. Their fate in the phys­i­cal as­pects of na­ture and the ra­tio­nal mind can be so strong that they think any dif­fer­ent ap­proach has to be wrong. This kind of fun­da­men­tal­ism is called knowl­edge fun­da­men­tal­ism or sci­en­tism and hides be­hind claims of facts and ev­i­dence, dis­re­gard­ing any pos­si­bil­ity of a hu­man soul. With­out a soul, there is noth­ing but anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy and lit­tle left for the sub­tle as­pects of re­al­ity. This at­ti­tude is like hid­ing the head in the sand and say­ing there is noth­ing in the world but sand and any claim of fresh air here in the world (sand) is im­pos­si­ble.

The sci­en­tific ap­proach to re­al­ity has been dom­i­nat­ing but is al­ready peak­ing giv­ing space to the value of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences again.

This brings us to the first step, which is to turn in­ward and ob­serve your mind, think­ing and feel­ings; what we with one word can call the soul. You turn to your soul and per­ceive what it ex­pe­ri­ences. When you turn in­ward and start to ac­cept the in­ner re­al­ity, you be­gin the jour­ney to­wards the spir­i­tual world.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing things your­self gives you cer­tainty. Lets say you want to go to a con­cert. I am sure you would rather lis­ten to peo­ple hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the per­form­ers ear­lier rather than a sci­en­tific analy­sis of how many times they played each cord, note or how many times they used par­tic­u­lar words in their text.

The most im­por­tant things in our life are things we need to mea­sure with the aware­ness dor­mant in our hearts, not with phys­i­cal mea­sures. The same holds for the in­ner or spir­i­tual world. It can­not be mea­sured with any­thing in the phys­i­cal world only with our own spir­i­tual na­ture with the spir­i­tual sense.

As we start to sense the spir­i­tual re­al­ity it be­comes more and more real. The first step is open­ing up to phe­nom­ena that are im­pos­si­ble to de­scribe with the laws of the phys­i­cal world. Peo­ple start to say there is more be­tween heaven and earth, they start to be­lieve in the more sub­tle as­pects of re­al­ity. They open new doors to for­tune telling, look­ing into past or the fu­ture. In this stage, peo­ple feel en­thu­si­asm and in­spi­ra­tion and start to get sen­si­tive to is­sues of pu­rity. They might start to eat pure food, do some fast­ing, not ex­pose them­selves to things they feel hold them down, feels to heavy or dirty. The moral plane is de­vel­op­ing and this foun­da­tion of the spir­i­tual awak­en­ing is all about learn­ing the im­por­tance of pu­rity.

In­spi­ra­tion and en­thu­si­asm can be with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion and the fol­low­ing step gives that with what can be de­scribed as an in­creased clar­ity or il­lu­mi­na­tion. We now start to per­ceive the prin­ci­ples of the spir­i­tual world with in­creased clar­ity, the mind be­comes bright with an un­der­stand­ing of con­nected phe­nom­ena, it is a process of il­lu­mi­na­tion. At this stage spir­i­tual prin­ci­ples and pat­terns are rec­og­nized. You might have ques­tions in your mind that gets an­swered from within and you re­al­ize it is given to you from the spir­i­tual world.

What fol­lows next, is a stage where we start to per­ceive our soul as grow­ing. At this stage, we are also sens­ing the flow of time as some­thing com­ing to­wards us. It is al­most like see­ing around cor­ners, you per­ceive what is about to hap­pen in your in­ner jour­ney even which peo­ple you are about to get in touch with or meet. The liv­ing king­dom of spir­its in na­ture be­comes parts of your re­al­ity and you see their work as if they were col­or­ing a whole era or decades with cer­tain in­flu­ences that take hold on any hu­man ex­pres­sion.

This is fol­lowed by a stage where the pri­mary fo­cus is on the cul­ti­va­tion of spir­i­tual qual­i­ties in your­self and every­thing around you. Qual­i­ties that last for eter­nity, the virtues that can never be taken from you and that makes you in­cor­rupt­ible, that shows that you have ac­quired the Philoso­phers Stone and can turn what you want into gold.

Read about other senses here
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