VxPoem ID: 40077
Posted: April 22nd. 2011 11:24:21 AM
Spiritual Traveler: The Microcosm
by Stewart Bitkoff
Age Group: Adult
Q: Man/woman is the microcosm. What does this saying mean, and what is its significance to the spiritual traveler?
He/she is Master
Who reigns supreme
In their own kingdom.
In relation to the macrocosm, larger cosmos and God/Absolute, each traveler is the microcosm, smaller universe. It is believed that when a traveler has mastered their own kingdom/universe (self) , they become master of the larger, as well.
Science has proven what the ancients have known for millennia. Each traveler is a small universe, with multiple factors working together. Made-up of billions of cells and trillions of atoms; each traveler is the product of millions of years of evolution and is a highly complex and sometimes contradictory being.
Mystically, man is consciousness and the coming together of three realms. The physical, mental (or psychic) , and spiritual realms all exist simultaneously within each traveler’s awareness. The term spirit and soul, in common use is often interchangeable and sometimes confusing. In this discussion, what is important is that we recognize and develop our latent spiritual capacity.
Additionally, it is believed each traveler simultaneously exists on these three planes; and the higher soul is always one with and connected to the Source, or higher impulse. This is termed our higher soul, which exists on the third plane, and is always one with Deity. In effect, the entire spiritual journey may be described as consciously uniting our lower and higher souls, so we might operate both aspects, together, in our daily awareness.
Usually, the higher aspect of consciousness is blocked by lower stimuli (physical, mental, and emotional) and the inner journey consists of learning to push aside lower impulses so the higher, might be heard. We are always in tune with the Source, but because of inner distractions have forgotten how to listen to this inner whisper.
These three realms coincide with our modern discussion about physical, mental (thought and emotional) , and spiritual awareness. Generally, each traveler is believed to have all three levels of consciousness and energy present and interacting. Additionally, when we feel something or have a moment of insightful thought, these thoughts/impulses register as energy on a variety of inner levels.
Generally, science has taught us, physical stimuli are felt in our body and mind (consciousness) . For example, pain is felt where the skin is pierced and registers in our mind; when injured, our whole being fills with a burning, tearing sensation. Similarly, emotions register in our body and consciousness. Our science has proven, chemically, tears of sorrow are different than tears of joys. Yes, emotions and thoughts have a chemical formula to them.
According to the mystic, all consciousness originates and begins in the soul. We are spiritual beings and this is our lasting self (aspect) . When the physical body decays, our consciousness will journey on.
As indicated, the soul has both a higher and lower center; these centers coincide with various physical, mental, and emotional stimuli. Higher stimuli, for example, are spiritual impulses to help others and lower stimuli are selfish thoughts which exceed are daily physical needs and requirements.
One who is able to submit to the higher impulse has become master of self or the microcosm; and because the microcosm is now aligned, through this process of spiritual development, with the macrocosm; the traveler is said to be master of all three spheres: physical, mental and spiritual.
In effect they have become a Hermes Trismygistus: The Thrice Great Hermes, Master of the three spheres- with extraordinary powers.
When I am no longer here
I will have become
A ray of Light
Traveling through the air.
I will dance and sing
Before the smiling King.
My body will be no more
And through the galaxy I will soar.
A spirit of radiant love
That will glisten on the universal seas
Reflecting God’s Light for all eternity.
When tomorrow’s children
Dance across the stars
And play from galaxy to galaxy
We will be there.
When tomorrow’s children
Join the sun
And travel to creation’s moment
We will share the joy.
Author's Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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