The final phase of conscious transmutation
This exercise enables us to deepen our understanding of other human beings’ outward appearance and sensitive perception, leading us to reach the threshold of the third stage of conscious transfer. In previous phases of plant and animal experimentation, the vast diversity of form and vital manifestation of the two kingdoms has made it difficult for us to comprehend an experience alien to our emotions in human terms. The practice outlined here enables us to overcome the existing barrier between perceiving the sensations of others and taking part emotionally and mentally in these same sensations. It involves becoming invisible observers of the interiority of another human being.
Accessing advanced hermetic practices can prove challenging, as with most spiritual pursuits. Indeed, such difficulties are a necessary aspect of the process; if this were not the case, the results obtained would not guarantee spiritual advancement. One notable obstacle involves the deception perpetrated by our conscience, which attempts to imagine the sensations of others rather than genuinely experiencing them. By practising mind emptiness, one can weaken the attachment to the train of thoughts that seeks to mimic the thoughts and feelings of others. Ultimately, each individual must discover on their own the approach that enables them to shape their perception to adapt to the unique soul atmosphere of another person.
Individuals with the innate ability to develop a spontaneous connection with another individual’s astral and mental body, known as natural empaths, experience a contrasting issue. The practice of empathising empowers their bond, which in turn exposes them to the peril of participating too deeply in extraneous moods without being able to control them. Hence, it is crucial for them to establish a screen or a distinction between their interiority and that of others, allowing them to maintain their mental state intact while establishing a safe, empathic connection.
The matter of ethics is of great significance when considering attempts to access and share another individual’s emotional and mental state. Successful attempts to do so will grant us access to their most intimate thoughts. However, it is essential to note that this does not imply direct control over their personality. Nevertheless, the knowledge gained from such an endeavour can be used to influence the individual indirectly. Recognising that such behaviour could have severe karmic repercussions and hinder one’s spiritual advancement is essential. In light of this, the rule of hermetic silence should be strictly observed. At the very least, any knowledge gained should only be utilised for the greater good of all, without any intent to manipulate the will of others.
- In the initial practice, one must focus on mastering the second transfer stage onto individuals either present or evoked through imagination. The individuals may be selected from one’s circle of friends, family, or acquaintances, with no distinction of gender or age. Working with a known individual allows one to develop a formal, mental and emotional perception more easily. Alternatively, using imagination, one can begin by practising with a static figure and then proceed to animate it when ready to experiment with movement. If working without distractions is preferred, one can proceed directly with the imagination.
- After successfully testing the first step, we can follow the same guidelines with unknown individuals. As we gain more experience, it becomes easier to interact with people in person, utilising day-to-day scenarios such as public transport, restaurants, etc.
- During the third stage of the transfer process, it is recommended to proceed in the same manner as the previous stages, with preference given this time to in-person interaction. It would be best to initially experiment with a known person before trying unknown individuals. Excessive efforts may result in counterproductive outcomes. If one manages to achieve awareness of the other individual, even briefly, it would be practical to pause and then resume with subsequent attempts while trying to extend the duration of the presence. The transfer can be considered successful if it lasts five minutes or more. The ability to perceive thoughts and emotions related to the person’s past and present is substantial evidence of a successful transfer.
- The exercises of transfer of consciousness in plants and animals can be revisited, with an aim to apply the experience gained from the third stage. While it is a challenging task, it is essential to make an attempt.
The practice of expanding consciousness aims to achieve a level of understanding and unity with the consciousness of others. It serves as a path towards unifying all beings, which can only be achieved by breaking down the barriers that separate us from the world. Despite its potential rewards, this practice can be challenging due to our fear of losing our attachment to our physical selves and our constructed identities. We may not even be consciously aware of this, but our survival instincts can subconsciously lead us to resist this practice. However, with persistence and determination, we can overcome these obstacles since developing an expanded vision of existence does not mean becoming lost but rather enriching oneself with the direct experience of the universal life that permeates all things.
This section concludes the fourth Step practices.