"Ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first born, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the mew convent. --Hebrew 12:22-24.
WE PROMISED in the preceding chapter to tell you more about the soul plane, more about the Kingdom, and more about the lower planes of consciousness.
We will consider first the Kingdom, and refer you to the opening paragraph of the first chapter where was said, "These words are addressed to all those who are seeking the way into the Kingdom of God-the Kingdom where a Great Love and Wisdom, the serving and inspiring of others, and the utter forgetfulness of self is the natural life of everyone who dwells therein."
Think on these words that you may grasp their deep import, for in them lies the whole essence of the Kingdom consciousness. And the Kingdom of God, you now know, is a state or realm of consciousness.
You have learned that the way into that consciousness is the way of Love, or by following the Christ within the heart Who will lead us into the Kingdom there. You have found that by following and obeying Him, Love gradually expands and prepares the consciousness of the human mind so that the Light of Divine Mind penetrates through and illumines it, thus enabling it to see with His eyes and to know with His understanding.
Likewise you have been taught the true meaning of Service, and many of you have been led its way and have been used to inspire and heal and bless others, thereby learning to forget self and the real soul joy of selfless service. All such consequently are experiencing in their outer consciousness what their souls actually are living in their soul consciousness-that is, their souls are now living in the Kingdom and working from Its consciousness, else they would not be so serving in the outer.
But you must remember that there are many grades of Servers in the Kingdom. Note what is stated in the verse at the head of this article. All in the Kingdom are disciples as was shown in the article on "Teachers" in the last chapter. Always there are those above to teach and help their younger brothers on all planes up to the highest, our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, being the Supreme Teacher of all Teachers and Masters, of all Angels and Archangels, of Cherubim and Seraphim; for "He sitteth on the Throne with the Father and from thence He discovers himself in his state and glory, as the great Ruler of the world, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, our Saviour."
We have shown that the highest soul or causal plane, the plane of purified or re-born souls-of Disciples of Christ- is the first realm in the Kingdom. This implies that there are many realms beyond-realms or states of consciousness higher than that of disciples. This of course is so, as a higher state of consciousness is always enterable when the soul can comprehend in and be taught from it. You need only to look back a year or five years to the state of consciousness you were in then, and compare yourself then with where you are now, to see that then you were not ready to comprehend what you are being taught now, even as a year hence you may be in a much higher state of consciousness. We have stated that disciples are purified souls. Try to realize that we mean souls, and not personalities. For such souls may have much in their personalities still to overcome and bring into harmony with their soul natures. In fact, the Higher Self-a Son of God-now living in and actually being the soul of a disciple, having purified the soul consciousness and united it with the Higher Self's Christ consciousness, the soul's next immediate task is to bring the brain mind's consciousness-the actual disciple- into oneness with its soul consciousness, which is now one with its Father's-the Higher Self's-consciousness.
This accomplished-and we know it is accomplished only by purging the personality of all phases of selfishness, feeding it the "bread of adversity and the water of affliction" until nothing of self is left that can suffer-then the Great Consummation of the Three-in-One, the Divine Trinity, is effected,-the Higher Self, soul and human mind, or the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are now all one in consciousness, and hence are a perfect channel and instrument for the Father's use on the earth plane-the sole object of the present physical embodiment of a disciple. A disciple, therefore, is always taught and directed in all his activities from the soul realm in the Kingdom. From there either his own Higher Self or other Teachers and Masters of Wisdom teach and guide him in the work of the Brotherhood to which he has dedicated himself, or help him to overcome and perfect in himself the qualities still needing to be brought into harmony for the Father's use. The Higher Self calls upon others to aid in the technical details that require supervision on the lower planes-even as a workman in a factory is taught or directed by a foreman, rather than by the Factory Manager, although when something of special importance is required of the workman the Manager will give him personal instruction and advice.