Awakening

By Anurag Shantam
(With R. J. Doucette)
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The Veils

Before exploring the nature of the three centers of consciousness, we must first introduce those things that hold the Spirit, Soul and God centers from each other. These are the veils of separation. Each center within you looks into the world through a different veil. The veil determines what you see, and how you interpret your experiences. This is where we enter the ego experience of separation. The veils are the roots of the ego illusion. As such, they are the most fiercely defended part of the ego structure. Think of the ego as a parasitic plant attached to your tree of life. It siphons off your strength, aliveness, and as it grows, denies you the light and recognition of existence, leaving you feeling that no one sees you. You are correct. You are veiled by an alien ego growth pretending to be you. Therapy can help prune the ego growth to make you more functional and socially acceptable, but the ego continues to grow - nourished by event patterns established in childhood. This alien is full of hot buttons and boundaries, all linked to and protecting its roots - the veils. The veils are the place where the ego attaches to you and feeds off your centers of consciousness, denying you life and fulfillment.

Before exploring the Spirit, Soul and God centers in depth, let us look at the relationship of the veils to each of the three.

The veil that surrounds and cripples the human Spirit is the veil of fear.
The first center of consciousness is Spirit. It is located in the solar plexus, where you experience what is called your "gut feelings". The center of human Spirit is masculine. The veil that surrounds and cripples the human Spirit is the veil of fear. When you are in a fearful state, you are in your Spirit center looking at the world through fear. This fear distorts reality. In such a state you react to an illusion that your fear has projected onto reality. You give the fear your power, and in return, the fear promises to keep you safe. Herein lies the decep-tion of the ego illusion. Fear is telling you, Spirit, that you need it to keep you safe. This seems logical, but it is not. By asking yourself a simple question, you will discover the fallacy. When you are caught in the fear, do you feel most safe or most unsafe? How often has fear told you something that in the end turned out to be a lie? And you, Spirit, do you really need fear to tell you when there is danger? If you can understand how often your fear has been wrongly placed, it would be obvious that however flawed your perception might be, reality cannot be worse than the lies perpetuated by your own fear.

The veil that surrounds and tortures the hu-man Soul is the veil of pain.
The second center of consciousness is Soul. It is located in the area of the heart. The Soul center is feminine - the seat of love and intuition. Our perception through this center is neither logical nor rational. From our Soul center comes a longing to feel whole - to find a Soul mate. The Soul frequently believes she has found him, only to see her hopes dashed. She will never feel complete until she is freed from this quest to find a mate. Unknown to her, her true Soul mate, Spirit, is hidden right beside her. All Soul mates outside are at best imperfections of the perfection hidden within. Of all the centers, the descent of the Soul into the darkness of the ego illusion is the most tragic, for she is helpless. When you feel helpless, you are in your Soul center. The ego distortion of the Soul's light illuminates the hopeless romantic. Without the ego, Soul is neither hopeless nor romantic. She simply is. The veil that surrounds and tortures the human Soul is the veil of pain. The veils separate us from the world - but for the Soul this is especially onerous, as it is her very nature to connect.

God is hidden behind and blinded by His own veil - the veil of anger.
The third center of consciousness is God. Its physical location is the third eye, and its essence is truth. God is masculine. Because God contains all potentiality, when you feel powerful you are in your God center. You are not held back by fear, which is Spirit's problem. Spirit is not there. You are not held back by concerns about hurting someone. This is Soul's problem, and Soul is not there. Only God is there, constrained by neither fear nor pain. The tragedy of this God is that his essence is good, truthful and perfect, but He finds himself possessed by evil - forced to perpetrate ugliness that He invariably regrets later on. He longs to be looked up to, to be respected and loved. But He is not, for He is hidden behind and blinded by His own veil - the veil of anger. All He sees is what the angry ego shows Him. All He wants to do is what the angry ego is urging Him to do. Made deaf as well by the anger veil, He is unable to hear what anyone is saying to Him. All He hears are the words of the angry ego illusion.

Inside of each of us is both the most obvious place and yet the last place where anyone would look for an angry God, for who wants to be the home of such a being? Nevertheless, He is indeed in each of us - in six billion beings - all of whom are angry, blaming, and destroying the world.

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