The transformation from ego-consciousness to higher, expanded
consciousness levels can present challenges or be caused by
necessity, especially when a certain plateau of consciousness has
been reached and a person wants to take his/her life in a
The current spiral of destruction too presents us with the need to
change ourselves and to contribute to peace on earth, in whichever
In order to provide a brief overview of specific spiritual
development processes I will refer to Transpersonal Psychology,
Zen Buddhism and Religion Psychology of the mystical and religious
These three fields all use some type of phased development of
ego-consciousness in people into higher spiritual levels, whereby the ultimate goal is: inner
experience of the level of God Consciousness and Unity
The transpersonal vision of Wilber, for instance, distinguishes a
layered consciousness with “prepersonal, personal and
These transpersonal phases constitute the higher consciousness
levels that fall outside basic sensory perception and of which we
can become totally aware.
These transpersonal fields carry significance for this article.
When does a person really experience the transition to a deeper,
or higher, reality in her/himself and what could be the purpose of
Wilber points in this context to the necessary condition of an
“integrated sense of I, in which body and spirit are one in a
harmonious way”, in other words: in balance. Without this
condition, the possibility of the ego-consciousness to reach a
higher, expanded level of consciousness will generally not be
possible, but there are exceptions.
This means we have to work on ourselves, become slowly aware of levels at
which we function, and grow from there.
essence, this is about the age-old task imposed on people by the
ancient Oracle of Delphi: “Know Thyself”, which is still just
as valid in modern times.
We call this: Know Thyself, an inward path to really get to know
Know Thyself does not mean we have to distance ourselves of the (laboriously)
the contrary, knowledge of oneself in this sense leads precisely
to awareness of the Divine in ourselves, or to a very deep inner
awareness and experience about a person’s own real Divine Self.
After experiencing the important phase of an integrated self,
having more or less stabilized this experience, and having opened
up for the All, for spiritual life visions, for meditation,
symbols, dreams, etc., it becomes possible, in a moment of
surrender and deep relaxation, to become completely disclosed to
reach a wider, higher level of consciousness.
What follows next is an overwhelming experience of Peace,
Happiness and Love in the consciousness..., of a perceptable
breakthrough and flow of energy, of a broader functioning of the
senses, (illuminations, seeing lights), of heightened spiritual,
mental, and physical activity, of balance, health, deep intuitions,
and (for example) a sense of wonder about the beauty of every-day
From this moment, a person can recognize The Self, God, as The
Cosmic Source of All that exists, from inner experience, and learn
to listen to It, to identify with It and live in accordance with
It. (The 5th consciousness level in The Path to Peace).
This first level/stage of spiritual experience sometimes is
called: “Spiritual Awakening” or “The first Mystic Life” (so
called for instance In the Mystical Tradition of Christianity:
see for instance books by Evelyn Underhill
the Path to God Consciousness and Unity Consciousness
Consciousness development can further progress e.g. through
meditation, surrender processes, mental discipline, control of the
emotions and the body.
This is a time of progression, of experiencing an ever greater
balance of emotion and reason, of rest and activity, of allowing
general, this is about a process of deepening knowledge of oneself,
of greater inner and outer awareness, of further identification
with The Source, to some day grow to the level of Prophet
Consciousness (the 6th consciousness level in the Path to Peace).
This stage involves living based on Divine Wisdom and Universal
Love, subordinating one’s own life and will.
Consciousness development can continue further.
this “last” stage people want to reach complete Unity and
Identification with the Source of all existence. It is best to
Long for Unity with The Divine Source of All Life (or with a
Goddess: Isis for instance, who says about Herself : “I Am The
One That Is All”, or with a God: Vishnu for instance) in a
Mostly after a (long) time of deep knowledge of oneself, of
deepest surrender and silence, of complete identification with The
Source, can the highest experience of God Consciousness and Unity
Consciousness become aware in ourselves, and lead to the
ultimate experience of complete Unity with God. (The 7th
consciousness level in the Path to Peace.) This experience is a
gift from God.
It involves a Unity that foremost rises above all contradictions
(e.g. above the contradiction of “depression and ecstacy”(2)
This highest level of Being is called Absolute, in contrast to the
previous levels of consciousness that are relative.
Buddhism calls this experience “Satori”(3); Christian
mysticism calls it “Unio Mystica”, and Transpersonal
psychology speaks of the “Ultimate Level of Consciousness”.
Experiencing God Consciousness in ourselves is very specific.
During earlier experiences like intuitions and revelations, a more
or less distinguishing sense of I is still present.
During the stage of God Consciousness however, the sense of I is
completely drowned into the Self.
(God), into The Void/ The Emptiness/The Nothingness THAT IS
All “ !
We don’t have a conscious experience of The Void in this “last “
stage of the Mystical Path, because our sense of I
–consciousness has dissolved into The Self for a shorter or
longer period. That’s why I speak of an “Experience without
Experience “.You do not know that you have dived into The
But…After a while we “awake”, and we KNOW that our spirit was
completely One with The Great Spirit of God, and we are silent
and speechless or we can only say: I AM…
(Below is an example of one of my Poems of such an “Experience”:
This is what we call the moment of Rebirth, of a spiritual, mental
and physical Renaissance.
person dances, if you like, top of a Pyramid or on top of a mountain.
is an indescribable and unspeakable experience, initiating a time
of great joy in life, pure Bliss, great vitality, health, creativity and
deepest knowledge of oneSelf, that in many different ways can be
passed on to others to the benefit of the world.
You have truly found the Divine Self in yourself, you have truly
Becoming aware of all levels of spiritual consciousness during
one's lifetime is very special.
It shows the possibility for development, a starting point
where one can begin, especially in times of destruction and
threats to peace, because this inner transformation leads to peace in
oneself and in the world.
The development continues, until one slowly becomes more and more
anchored in God Consciousness.
As a person progresses, she/he will develop more and more
experience to achieve the inner Self, for instance by deep
in complete balance with the Self, there is no longer any
difference between the Divine Self and I, between heaven and earth.
Reaching this stage, the so-called State of Unity, is the ultimate
destiny of humankind.
I disappear in the Silence
The Silence of All Time in
In The Unknown
Only Spirit now
My body is no longer
So is my soul
I know no longer
Only Spirit AM I
Eternal Enclosure of
Eternal Being in Eternal Sleep
“Sleeps” The Silence of All Time
Until The Endless End
I am not
I am not.
For some time.
Later time and space
And I too will Be
Mystical Poetry by Marianne Raemaekers.
In: “Paradise Consciousness”.
(Original Language: Dutch).
By: Marianne Raemaekers
Bulletin 2, August 1990 of the
Interdisciplinary Society for
Analytical (Jung) Psychology (IVAP)
Adapted: April 2005/December 2014
Wilber, W., Eye to eye: The quest for the New Paradigm. Lemniscaat,
2. Jan Weima : “Reaching for Eternity. Introduction into the
psychology of Religious Experiences” (In Dutch.Not translated
into English). University of Nijmegen. The Netherlands.
3. Suzuki : Zen Buddhism. Ankh hermes Deventer, The Netherlands.
4.Elizabeth Haich : Initiation . Amazon.com
5.Erik van Ruysbeek, Mystic. “ Facets of a Diamond. Conceptions
and Approaches of Mysticism” (In Dutch. Not translated into
English). Leuven Belgium.