Ordinarily we are so distracted by what we perceive with our senses, that we cannot see spiritual qualities. Everyone is manifesting spiritual qualities, whether they know it or not. Spiritual discernment allows us to perceive spiritual qualities in everyone leading us to the development of the faculty of beholding, being able to see the good of God everywhere. The prayer of beholding is the most powerful prayer there is. A beneficial presence is a focal point for harmony and healing. We cultivate personal mind power throughout our lives and we are reluctant to give it up. The more successful we have been, with personal mind power, the less likely we are to wish to give it up, the more insane we become. Heidegger distinguishes between calculative thinking and inspired thought. The human condition is inevitable, but it not necessary. We have to outgrow the illusion of a personal mind, in order to become a transparency for divine mind. The path consists of seven steps: perceptivity, cognition, empathy, telepathy, intuition, spiritual discernment, and beholding. What is the value of knowing these markers? If you have a clear understanding the process of spiritual development, you will not fall victim to ideas that distract us from the process of spiritual development. Man is an image and likeness of God, so the meaning and purpose of his life is to become a transparency through which God can manifest himself in the world, through the qualities of love-intelligence, creativity, and PAGL. The unseen is the real and the seen is the unreal. Spiritual discernment vs. Beholding. Spiritual discernment is a way to become a beholder. It is a way to become aware of God’s infinite presence. The problem with hypnotism is that we are susceptible to it. How do hypnotists work? How do we see the spiritual dimension, in contrast to the phenomenal world. Before I took on the study of Zen, mountains were mountains and rivers and were rivers. After I was deeply involved in the study of Zen mountains were not mountains any more and rivers were not rivers anymore. But, after I became enlightened mountains were mountains again and rivers and were rivers. This story speaks about the development of the capacity to see. We start naïve: we judge by appearances. What you see is what you get. We become sophisticated: intellectual, speculative, labeling and interpreting. We don’t see what is in a sensory way, but in terms of ideas, but this way is no more real. When we become enlightened, we see with an innocent eye: we see with purity of consciousness, we see reality in the context of spiritual values. Real art portrays what the innocent eye sees.
Seminar 063 – Learning to See the Unseen I – Track 2
Track 2 – “Learning to See the Unseen I” from Lecture 063 – with Dr. Thomas Hora.