Dec 15, 2018
Many people believe that spiritual development happens just because of beliefs, or can even happen without our direct experience, but they could not be more wrong. Spiritual development is a lived experience created by conscious action. How can a deaf person compose music they cannot hear, or a tongueless person sing? Similarly, you cannot develop the consciousness without knowing that you are developing it. The authentic development of the consciousness means that one is conscious of what one is doing: it is a lived experience, confirmable by facts. If the consciousness is awakening, then one experiences being awakened, not only in the physical world but in the internal worlds. One stops dreaming. One can speak face to face with divinity. One can meditate on a question and get a factual, truthful answer. Suffering reduces, and virtues flourish, bringing genuine happiness and understanding. Thus, if one is not experiencing changes in the consciousness through confirmable facts, one is not awakening; instead, we are just dreaming about being awake.
To truly awaken consciousness and become free of suffering, we need to know the precise science. All religions hint at the path to liberation from suffering, but none have taught the entire path openly. In this lecture, we outline all the stages of reaching our full potential, a process that is known internally as the Three Mountains.
To understand the fully developed human being, we need to know about the twelve bodies and the worlds they correspond to, and the exact science to create and perfect them. This is accomplished by experiencing and fulfilling a precise series of events, including:
Those who are genuinely walking the path know from factual experience, because it is a conscious work. Thus, if you truly want to awaken consciousness and conquer suffering, you need to be firmly established in the facts of what you are experiencing.
"...with the astral body [created in the First Mountain], we can move consciously and positively through the infinite space. One knows that one has an astral body when one can use it, as one knows that one has feet, because one can walk with them, or hands because one can use them; likewise, one knows that one has an astral body when one can travel with it. Having fabricated the astral body, one has not done everything. We will, indeed, have acquired immortality, yes, in the world of 24 laws, that is, in the astral world. People who have not acquired, who have not manufactured the astral body, are not immortal; at the time of their death their physical body becomes dust, and what continues in that astral world are the different elements that make up the “I”, the myself, self-will, in other words, their subhuman, inhuman, infra-human, bestial elements. That these elements return later... it is true! People, unfortunately, do not know how they are born and how they die..." —Samael Aun Weor, Gnostic Cult to Agnostos Theos