The questions before us are:
Keith gave an interesting answer:
"Remember the first Immortal Book; John the Beloved calls J.J. up to New Jerusalem. While in New Jerusalem J.J. notices a pyramid with an all seeing eye on top. John the Beloved tells J.J. that the pyramid represents seven levels of attainment. When on reaches the seventh level then one can move through the conduit of the eye into other realms.
"Now, my guess is that in order to reach the cosmic astral one would have to reach the seventh level of this pyramid and then leave through the 'Eye of God', which is a conduit to the 'Cosmic Astral' and many other places."
There's a lot of truth in this observation Keith, but how to get through the eye is the great mystery.
I'm glad to see the group stretching their minds in an attempt to discover something that even DK [Djwhal Khul] did not explain. Whether you are right or wrong is not so important as the fact that you are making an attempt to stretch yourselves.
When the seeker first attempts to discover the unknown he makes many errors, but if he persists he will learn through trial, error and soul contact to drop the illusion and go with the real until he becomes a seer, one who can see through the clouds of illusion.
To understand the cosmic physical and astral we must use the Law of Correspondences and first look at the physical and astral in which we live.
When we look at a solid object what are we really looking at?
The answer is empty space. If the basic building block of "solid" matter, the hydrogen atom, were blown up so the proton in the middle was as large as an orange and this orange resided in England then how far away would be the electron orbiting it?
The electron would be as small as a cherry residing in the United States. Outside of this orange and the cherry moving around it near the speed of light there is nothing in the atom but empty space.
In each atom then we have very tiny points circled by even smaller points. Even though each atom has vast regions of space, the points in motion give the illusion that the atom is a solid ball.
These atoms which are empty space with vibrating points do seem extremely vacuous when seen through scientific eyes, but on a higher level the solar system repeats this proportion making the idea of empty space even more amazing.
Let us suppose the sun was the size of a basketball. How big would the earth be?
Answer: the size of a tiny BB.
How far away from the sun would this BB sized earth be?
If the basketball sized sun were on one end of a 100 yard football field then the earth would be a BB on the 36 yard line. Those sitting in the bleachers would not even be able to see the earth.
Jupiter, the largest planet would be the size of a ping pong ball two football fields away (200 yards).
The furthermost planet, Pluto, would be the size of a grain of sand almost a mile away.
So we see the solar system is composed of the Sun and nine specks which are called planets, but there isn't much there. It is 99.99 percent empty space and the little that seems solid is also 99.99 percent empty space.
It doesn't end there. The amount of space between the stars is also mind boggling. Imagine again our sun being a basketball on one end of the football field and the earth being a BB at the 36 yard line. Where would the nearest sun of Alpha Centura be?
It would be another basketball over 5600 miles away.
You might ask, how can we see even the nearest star if they are so small in proportion?
The answer is because they are so bright. We do not see the actual orbs of the stars, but their light.
The truth of seemingly empty space could be expanded to looking at the vast space between galaxies and even larger bodies in the universe, but this is enough to make the point that this universe which is called the dense physical is not so dense. The percentage of empty space indeed boggles the mind.
So when we go outside and look up at the sky we are seeing what the ancient wisdom calls the dense physical. But the interesting thing is this dense physical is not very dense.
The second thing to note is that this dense physical we see represents the visible part of the seven planes which we are discussing.
The total of these seven planes composes the cosmic physical.
So where is the cosmic astral?
To find it we must again look upward at the night sky. The points of light we call stars represent the forms that come out of the six lower planes. The space around them represents the highest plane we call the divine, the Adi.
Space and the dots of matter it contains (and their emanating forces) represents the whole of the cosmic physical plane.
To go beyond the cosmic physical in consciousness we must realize that, from a higher angle of vision, space and the dots of matter within it, as a whole, are solid physical matter from the consciousness of the cosmic astral.
This is a different thought than matter alone being physical.
Let me repeat. From a higher vision that which is physical is not what we call solid matter, or even air, or the hydrogen clouds of space, but space itself with all the little points and circles within it is that which is cosmic physical.
So how do we go beyond the boundaries of space, matter and maybe time itself to obtain an awareness in the higher cosmic planes?
The answer is you cannot do such as thing through mere individual effort.The Molecular Relationship eventually leads us to the principle of identification. Through this process we learn to identify with life which resides outside of the cosmic physical and move up to the cosmic astral.
This is a great mystery and is beyond the comprehension of even the Masters. They receive influence from the cosmic astral but are not polarized there. The only resident of earth that we have been told that has done this is the Ancient of Days -- Sanat Kumara. He has his focus on the cosmic astral and receives influence from the cosmic mental.
Our Solar Logos has achieved identification with the cosmic mental and receives influence from the cosmic buddhic, but still has higher planes to master.
Are there planes beyond the cosmic planes?
Nothing is written about such planes, for nothing is known about them by any life which effects humanity. But the disciple is always prepared for the expected and unexpected.
"Whenever I'm around a little baby I always write down the noise she's making, so years later I can ask him what he meant."
-- Steven Wright
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