Liberation through Ressonance in the Bardo

coexistence skull in universe in mind
This series of 9 contemplative illustrations
Is reverently dedicated to Swami Sri Yukteswar

Introduction
It is with great joy we hereby present our meditation-series, “Liberation through Resonance in the Bardo”, based on a series of 9 pictures. Originally these pictures were introduced as part of a seven month`s course in 2004 at Starbridge Centre, about how to help a person who has died or who is dying.

The purpose of these pictures is to reach out with help to those loved ones who have died, but also to whoever that have died that we feel compassion for. The pictures can be used by one person or by a group, meditating together.

The descriptions and instructions are kept ‘to the point’.
The pictures, the insight behind them and how to use them, are explained in the following, so here we will just add that we feel it a great privilege – and a great urgency – in being able to present this practical manual in how to help someone who otherwise would be beyond our reach, These pictures and their contemplations can be of help not only for those who are already dead, but also for the rest of us who are well and alive.

The pictures are painted meditatively in watercolour during 2003 by Ulla Sandersen in close cooperation with her husband Erik Sandersen.The text is written, likewise meditatively, by Ulla and Erik together.

Ulla is a visionary artist and a psychologist (M.A.Psych.) MAPS, and Erik is a teacher, counsellor and clairvoyant. We are from Denmark, and have been living in Australia since 1987. We have both been working professionally with people for more than twenty five years.
Over the last couple of years we have increasingly included in our work, the spiritual significance of the process of death and dying. In 2002, the first booklet “Our Cosmic Home, A Manual for the Dying”, also with comtemplative water colour illustrations, was released (Also available as e-book).


cymatic the voul
The voul A as it affects sand on a plate
see music and development

the zodiac picture
A sound produces a pattern a form a picture
A picture produces a pattern a form, a sound

The reason why looking at art affects us is the same reason why listening to music affects us
- it produces vibrations within us



It is a pivotal point to make it clear how, by contemplating a picture, one can affect another person. Reality is that for example art affects us, via a number of laws, the law of aesthetics, the law of harmony and the law of resonance.
We all know that aesthetics and harmony affect us. This is probably because our own existence is based on laws that create harmony and aesthetics.
It is therefore obvious how we can affect a living person and other living beings. That we can affect someone who is DEAD is difficult to comprehend for a Westerner, with our materialism and strong attachment to our bodies. But the reason is that we all – living or dead, share at least some “bodies”, then the astral, mental and spiritual auric bodies, or “sheaths”, and therefore the law of resonance can work through these bodies, we can affect and guide a dead person via resonance.
Why can a person who is dead hear someone who is reading Bardo Thodol for him loudly?

“The simple reply is that the consciousness of the dead person, when it is invoked by the power of prayer, is able to read our minds and can feel exactly whatever we may be thinking or meditating on. That is why there is no obstacle to the dead persons understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead or practices done on their behalf, even though they may be recited in Tibetan. For the dead person, language is no barrier at all, for the essential meaning of the text can be understood fully and directly by his or her mind.
This makes it all the more vital that the practitioner should be as focused and attentive as possible when doing the practice, and not merely performing it by rite. Also, as the dead person is living the actual experiences, he or she may have a greater capacity to understand the truth of the Tibetan Book of the Dead than we do!”
Sogyal Rinpoche “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” p. 305
Here from Certificate Course: Death and Dying

This also explains how working with pictures of the stages
Between death and a new birth may help

How to use the 9 pictures

The following pictures are equally relevant for the dead as they are for the living. As we have illustrated via the different teachings about what happens after death, the ancient Egyptian “Book of Coming Forth By Day”, the Tibetan Buddhist teachings in”The Bardo Thodol”, Rudolf Steiner, and Paramahansa Yogananda and their accounts of the astral universe, and numerous others, all agree that there is a life after death, and that at least in parts of the after-death-life, the individuals who have died are not necessarily aware that they are “dead”.

To sum it up, with The Dalai Lama’s words:
“Everyone dies but nobody is dead”. (From “Advice on Dying”)
A tool to help the dead must inevitably be equally relevant for the living – and vice versa! Obviously the pictures only work when someone is looking at them – the discarnate, astral individual can only see the pictures if the pictures themselves are astrally charged. This is a well-known esoteric truth. This is why a picture in its own right is not enough, but someone needs to meditate on it for it to work. The lasting effect that contemplating these pictures may produce in the (living) person who is contemplating it, will also continue to affect the person who has died as long as a resonance exists between the two.


“Liberation through hearing in the bardo”, after death, as stated by Tibetan Buddhism, is slowly becoming a seriously considered possibility in the West. The same level of liberation (or, to use a word from Christianity which is close enough, salvation,) is possible through resonance in the bardo, by contemplating this series of nine pictures.
The pictures will help both the person who has died and the (living) person who is contemplating them become more flexible mentally, and to consciously and safely expand beyond the physical dimension and into the astral.
These pictures are meant for those who are dying or have died, and for those alive, who are attracted to help by this way of working. The series of pictures in “Liberation through Resonance in the Bardo “can be used by those who can neither surrender fully to the Buddhist teaching for example in the book “Bardo Thodol,” to the Christian teaching about Heaven, Purgatory and Hell, nor to any other particular teaching or faith.
It is important to state, that the nine pictures presented here are NOT in disagreement with any of these religious teachings. The nine pictures are offering an alternative way into the essence of the same eternal truths.
As mentioned before, the purpose of the pictures is to help the mind face issues and train flexibilities, within the various unusual and often scary events during the bardos .These “bardos”, the “gaps”, the moments of truth that we all have to encounter whether we like it or not, throughout life and in death, may also be described as “dimensions”. Quantum physically speaking: a bardo is one of the worlds in the “many- world” school. The individual, who has died, exposed to the often dramatic experiences in the bardo without the physical anchor of the body, will essentially only have his or her inner integrity to rely on during these experiences. The resonance from a physical person contemplating these pictures can be of tremendous support.
The 9 pictures fit into the bardo-descriptions in Tibetan Buddhism; they convey the same understanding of the events. It is important to emphasize, however, that the pictures are NOT depicting the bardos.
The pictures relate to all stages in the process of death and rebirth, helping the mind to be open for change, to let go of the known reality, and to transcend polarity thinking. The approach of the pictures is thus psychological, working with symbolisations of the psychological challenges we meet in the bardos. They do not attempt to describe how the experiences literally may look in the bardos, even though some pictures are similar to some of the descriptions of the bardos (as for example “Nothing Solid” (picture 4), and “Home” (picture 5)). The pictures are, in other words, not attempting a description of where we are after death, but are focusing on creating beneficial resonances in the person who is contemplating them, as well as in the one who has died.
Accordingly, there is NOT a set order in which these pictures should be contemplated, as for example is the case in the descriptions of the stages in Bardo Thodol.

Bardo Thodol is linear, describing a stage by stage process, while these pictures are multidimensionally interconnected.; All 9 pictures may be recurring as relevant in the same or in a different order, throughout the bardos.The order of the pictures is given, simply because this successive order is pleasing for the mind, The order is in fact not real, as everything happens simultaneously and quantum physically.
Let it be emphasised again – these pictures offer a way of helping the dead, AND they are a developmental tool, a spiritual path that ultimately includes enlightenment, similar to the Tibetan book of the dead or “Bardo Thodol”.

It is also important to keep in mind, that the deceased are in no way forced to respond because of our effort to help them. Contemplating these pictures works through resonance, inviting, not forcing the deceased to participate.

A literal interpretation of Bardo Thodol, describes six different “realms” in which it is possible to achieve rebirth. A symbolic understanding of these realms will see different “classes” or different mindsets in humans, rather than different ‘species’ or beings, as the options.The 9 pictures in the following focus on rebirth in the human realm on planet Earth. A persistent and successful contemplative work with the pictures may well correspond to rebirth in the higher realms, understood symbolically.

When, and for how long, should we try to help someone who has died?
There are particular periods in which it is important to focus on helping the dead person:
  • The first 24 hours
  • The first 7 days
  • The first 40 days

It will always be a help to contemplate these pictures whenever you have someone in mind who is dead, no matter how long ago this person has died.
Related to the discussion of time is the notion of the astral world as timeless, or at least with another way of measuring “ time” than ours. The way ‘time’ is translated in the astral after-death states may be more connected to the degree of meditative training of the deceased.
This means that the individual stages in the bardo can last anything from the time it takes to snap your fingers, to a year.

From the point of view of the (living) person contemplating the pictures - regardless if it is as a development tool - or as a help for a deceased, we recommend anything from 5 minutes per picture to one hour per picture!
Contemplate the pictures regularly, for example once a week, or at least once a month, and contemplate all the pictures every time.
When you have meditated regularly on all the pictures, you can consider two ways of continuing:
Continue using equally long time to contemplate each picture until you know them well, and then consider honestly which one of the pictures you have troubles with (which may likely be the one you don’t like), and use more time on that. Always meditate on all the pictures!
After having contemplated these pictures or in other ways given support and healing to the dead, there may for some be a feeling that some of these discarnate beings still linger around. This is NOT dangerous or a problem as such, but if you feel you want consciously to be free of them, just shift your “frequency” and think of something pleasant.


First and foremost – no tool helps unless it is used

Used with sincerity and reverence for the wisdom behind.


How to use the 9 pictures

If a large group of people is killed by natural disasters, disease, for example epidemics, by terrorism, wars, or by accidents – an event that is brought to your knowledge via the news media, you do not have to feel powerless or disheartened, because it IS possible to reach out and help. You can help others through the final transition in life, being it friends, relatives, clients, or someone you have never met in your life.
“Do not ask for whom the bells tolls, it tolls for me!”
John Dunne, (seventeenth-century English poet and clergyman) says that because we are all part of mankind, any person’s death is a loss to all of us: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”.



If you want to help someone who has died or someone who is dying via these contemplative pictures, we recommend the following 3 steps:

1. Centring:
Imagine that you sit upon a “square”; this will help you to stay grounded and to build up an atmosphere of deep contemplation. .
You can also center yourself by feeling your entire physical spine inside your body. Both physically and symbolically, the spine represents your “backbone”.
Simultaneously, imagine Christ or another enlightened Master you feel affiliated with (your guru if you have one), above your head. (If you want to be precise you may link in to”the point of idendity” an arms-length above your head). If you have difficulties imagining Christ or another spiritual Master, you can link in to the highest principle you trust, or the highest spiritual experience you have had.
Take your time to prepare yourself in the described way, and then, with compassion, open yourself up for the person who has died, or if you have a collective event in mind, for the individual, or the group of individuals who have died, and whom you want to help.
There are two ways to continue:
Address the deceased person or persons face-value, along the lines suggested in the following invocation.
The alternative approach is more demanding for yourself, but may also be more effective in helping the person who has died to let go and move on:
Ask yourself, in the light of the dead you want to help: What in YOU died when you learned about these deaths?

2. Say the invocation.

3. Look at all the pictures, one at a time, while you are aware of your spine, with a clear audible voice read the contemplations, and then spend at least 5 minutes per picture contemplating these.


Before contemplating the pictures,

Start with an invocation

It is best to address the deceased directly, respectfully and audibly, not emotionally, using his or her name if you know it, or any other description that helps reaching out and connect with the deceased.


An Example:
O honourable son(s) or daughter(s) (name(s)
I know (believe) you are ‘dead’
I also know, that even if your body may be dead,
You may not be unconscious
I am your relative/
I am a human like you
I was a witness to your death/
You came to my attention in the news
(/state how you learned about them)
My heart goes out to you in compassion
You are in what is called a bardo state
I will now contemplate nine pictures describing Liberation through resonance in the bardo
You will learn how to let go, and to make your mind flexible so that you better can deal with whatever happens for you
Listen, and relate to the resonance.




I. Picture
LETTING GO

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
The left behind: “What should you have said?
“What should you not have said?”
The deceased: “You must let go. You must let go.
“You must let go”. (Three times!).

The sparkling sky blue colour, is the background-colour of the mental aura, when there is nothing else filling the mind. The blue colour aids a connection with the pure, unpolluted mental aura, and can aid an acceptance of “we are only visiting”.
“Letting Go” relates to all aspects of the passage through the bardos, but most intensely in the beginning of the process, when one is forced to let go of the whole of the well-known reality, loved ones, relatives and friends.
Later, during the displays of especially the positive aspects of the mind (“the positive deities”), and later still, in the sidpa bardo state, where the person who has died often becomes conscious again and may have forgotten, or not realised, that he or she is dead, the need to be able to let go of attachments is also crucial.

A peron contemplating Letting Go picture may clairvoyantly see a moving vision of astral spheres, where hundreds or maybe thousands of dead people are sitting, some alone, some in groups, all crying inconsolably.

A compassionate help to guide these souls to let go can be of immense help. Most may be faced with the demand to let go of husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, in short loved ones. All will be faced with almost more than they can bear.
Most of us living will also have numerous situations where the letting-go were the central point, and where, if we are honest, we never did really let go, just suppressed the issue, pushed the pain out of our mind and continued our lives.
This picture is maybe the most difficult to contemplate honestly.

Contemplating the picture, done rightly – Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine, first say loudly, then contemplate:– You must let go” 3 times, help the deceased by strengthening integrity and centring, enabling the deceased to pass through the transition. It is important to repeat “You must let go” 3 times, because if you can repeat this loudly with presence of mind (!) then you mean it, and then there IS a letting-go.

Contemplating “Letting Go” is difficult.



II. Picture:
ARE YOU READY TO MEET YOUR MAKER?

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
You cannot go back, you can only go forth.
Where do you go?
Are you ready to meet your maker?

If the deceased manage to pass the first phase, “letting go” conscious, the next phase is meeting with “astral doorways”. This picture depicts such a portal.
When one looks into the triangle, one looks into a “corner” of space. The green colour is the colur of hope. The purpose of the picture is transformation of fear, and is meant to heal or at least diminish the impact from the extremely lonely experience in picture 1 “Letting go”, where ones reality has been shattered.
The white and black triangle of the portal reflects astral balance, precision and sincerity.
The inner “space” inside the triangle is arching away relative to the spectator, reflecting a dimensional shift towards eternity. The question is asked: “Are you ready to meet your Maker?”
ARE YOU READY TO MEET YOUR MAKER?
Green is a mixture of blue and yellow The green background colour for the portal relates to the heart. Yellow colours relate to our earthy nature, blue to our spiritual nature. “Spirit and nature dancing together” is in essence what we as physical humans embody.
“Are You Ready to Meet Your Maker” relates to whenever one believes oneself to be physical, and is challenged in ones belief-system or sanity. Such a challenge happens whenever we are in a bardo.
The triangle is drawn with sharp black and white lines, because it relates to polarity-thinking.
Contemplating the triangle is healing, because essentially the only way one can be ‘healed’ is by opening oneself to the Divine, ones “Maker”.
If someone contemplating this picture will not, or cannot, go through the portal while in a bardo, one of two things will happen: either this person will meet the content of his or her own consciousness, the “deities” etc. Or he will faint or fall asleep - not uncommonly only to wake up again in a new, tiny physical body.
If one goes through the portal, but is not quite ready, the outcome may well be fear; if one goes through, and is ready, the outcome is JOY. If one succeeds in moving through the portal, into the inner space of the triangle, one is ready to receive enlightened guidance, and thus be on a path towards what in Buddhism is described as “enlightenment” and in Christian terminology “salvation”.
The picture “Are you ready to meet your Maker” can help alliviate the limitations of the ego in working with fear, when reality has broken down and there is nowhere to hold on to.
If there is enough presence of mind to contemplate the picture sincerely, it will help you to cope with your own fears.
This is a good contemplation in its own right!.



black and white, seperation between light and dark in the moment of death painting
III. Picture:

ADVENTURE

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
Focus on the sun. In your mind’s eye,
let the black and the white meet. Thunder.

The yellow sphere in the middle symbolises the Self, joy. The black colour below symbolises “the Mother”. The white colour symbolises “the Father”. It is only in the ordinary consciousness black and white are opposites. On the spiritual level there exists unity.
The white colour, “the Father”, the “positive”; and the black colour, “the Mother”, the “negative” is the simplest way of describing the basis of the dual reality that enables movement and physical existence.
The “sun”, in the middle represents the Self. Contemplating the sun has a direction from the mind to the Self. This is in reality an illusion, the illusion of becoming. In reality there are no other directions.
Contemplating the picture, will lead to centring and direction towards the next picture, “Nothing Solid”, sometimes directly to “Home”.
The astral Sun is in the centre to bring it in focus in the contemplation helping the meditator in a balanced way to seek the Self. The picture is meant for someone who has not yet realised his Self, so subjectively there is still a movement from where he or she is, to the Self, which will continue right until he surrender.

Someone experiencing the astral sun may see it there, but more probably he will see it maybe down in a corner, behind something, etc. reflecting the “Yes-but” that is the reality of the human mind.
The multicoloured dots in the middle band relates to the heart. The chaotic looking, but orderly arranged, multicoloured patterns or dots represent the confusing experience of “what-is-real”. The disappearing last remnants of normal known life will be experienced in this way.
When the black and the white meet the door opens to the astral world.
As mentioned befor, this picture is potentially fear-provoking, because of our little understanding of our own minds, but the picture has the reassuring title “Adventure”.
This picture invite an experience of the freedom generated from going beyond the mind. What we probably do not appreciate, is that going beyond the mind is the condition for any new experience. Only if the letting go of polarity has happened, is the opening there for something new to be experienced, regardless if this is in the after-death states or in everyday life.
Three colours are esignificant in the middle part. Ochre-yellow, blue and crimson red. The ochre-yellow represents ‘earthiness; the crimson, suffering, development through suffering, and the blue represents the human realm. The movements of the black and the white are both towards each other and away from each other. This seems different from the instruction of the contemplation, because the instruction focuses on training the mind to let go of itself.
The movement of the black and white away from each other, enabling an enlargement of the multicoloured band, is the movement into the ego, into everyday consciousness.
The movement of the black and white colours towards each other is the movement out of the ego. The moment the black and white touches each other, one is in a bardo. This tension and flux is the constant condition of the ego, the known predictable world in the one end, and the openness to the new, unknown in the other end.
When the black and the white meets – Thunder!
This is because of the opening to the astral that happens when we transcend polarity. There is a sound at that moment. If one is not in balance, it will be a discordant, loud ‘thunder-like’ sound.
If there is deep balance, it is the OM sound one hears.
The notion of balance is not easy – most if not all of us will have trepidations when we meet our extremes, the divine and the evil, in whatever form we individually may see that.

Liberation through resonance in the bardo: If the contemplation succeeds, surrender to the Self will happen, and one will find oneself Home, (picture 5.)

vibrating cosmos, starry background,water colour painting

IV. Picture
NOTHING SOLID

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
Look at the Sun.
Everything else, the zodiac, everything else, is waving. Open up to the Sun.

This universe-picture, the sun in the middle, the stars surrounding it is a process. It is like a drop falling into still water, ripples. At the same time we understand the ripples as “standing waves”, not moving outwards, but making the universe waving and expanding.
There are 5 ripples or waves, they are all equally strong. The stars are also waving; that is the way it looks in this condition!
It is a blissfull experience.
The physical universe is only a mirror of the astral (not the other way round). So when we die, we expand out in the astral universe, to which the physical is a mirror. The physical and the astral universe occupy the same space, but different vibrations, so it is in a sense true, that we after death expand out into the physical universe


“Looking at the stars while strolling one evening with a group of disciples,
the Master [Yogananda] said: “Each of you is composed of many tiny stars of atoms! If your life force was released from the ego, you will find yourself aware of the whole universe. When great devotees die, they find their consciousness spreading over infinite space. It is a beautiful experience.”
Paramahansa Yogananda: Sayings, p. 97


NOTHING SOLID
When we die, the situation we find ourselves in, can to some extend be described quantum physically as the reverse of “the collapse of the wave function”, that we harvest what we sow. Whatever we invested in, and coloured with our subjective understandings now must loosen up, balance itself.
The transition from picture three: “the black and the white meets – thunder”, which is opening the doors to the astral, and thus to the reality in this picture “Nothing Solid” represents expansion into higher and multidimensional consciousness.
The expansion after death goes way beyond the ego and towards the zodiac. The zodiac. In spiritual cosmology, the zodiac is the blueprint for dharma, which with Paramahansa Yoganandas words is “the eternal laws of righteousness that upholds the universal structure and the very existence of human beings (A World in Transition p. 128).
The meeting between the dead person’s ‘mind’ and the blueprint for dharma (which is the zodiac), regardless if this meeting is harmonious or inharmonious, is where the often described experience of judgement takes place.
The zodiac is superimposed on the outer ripple, our present aim of expansion. The ripples are all past stages of development (The 5 root races, all integrated in modern man, representing deeply rooted, archaic aspects of our mind, which we must pass when we expand into the astral cosmos after death.)
This picture represents the stage just prior to when the mind either surrender to the Primary Clear Light, or just is re-emerging after the primary clear light, (“Home”) moving towards the secondary clear light, or dharmata.

Eriks meditation routine


The red star is POLLUX in Gemini, one of the twelve star signs of the zodiac,and it is the only coloured star shown. The colour symbolises “desire”. As the human realm is the realm of desire, this star guides us towards reincarnation on planet Earth. The red star Pollux can therefore be seen as a projection of our own desire for our higher Self, spiritual desire.
Human beings are dual, a mortal and an immortal aspect, as depicted in the star sign Gemini, and its myth about the twin brothers Castor and Pollux. (See the myth about “Leda and the Swan”, traditionally connected with Gemini).
Pollux represents our higher astral aura or body. It is cosmic in nature, and even though most of us do not have a conscious connection with our astral body, there is a deep bond, a ‘friendship’. This means that our astral body, at home among the stars, help us to soar, to let go when we die, and thus disconnect from the past life.

Castor represents our physical body, the corpse.




primary whjite light painting
V. Picture

HOME

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
Home.

This picture is depicting the Light, the meeting with God.

HOME
The light is depicted as myriads of balls or spheres, because that is how someone in a state of mind, clear enough to see the Primary Clear Light, will perceive it. Every “ball” or “sphere” is absolutely white, but no two balls have exactly the same white colour.The light balls are all painted while chanting OM, AMEN and AMIN.
The picture “Home” represents the closest one can come to God while seeing oneself as separate from God, while maintaining a subject-object relationship to God. It is showing a state of being, in ever-new bliss.

The description of this state corresponds to how science describes the first moment after the Big-Bang, the theory of how the universe started.

In Tibetan Buddhism, some teachings indicate a distinction between the Mother Clear Light and the Child Clear Light (The Dalai Lama); and between the Ground Luminosity and the Clear Luminosity of the mind (Sogyal Rinposche). As far as we understand, these distinctions are conceptual “nuances”.The picture “Home” is not differentiating between these states, but attempts to help the meditator, via resonance, to reach as high as he or she can.





person planets background return of personality picture
VI. Picture

THE RETURN OF THE PERSONALITY
Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
The task ahead.

The planets are depicted in the order they appear astronomically. In the subjective condition of being in this state, the order may be perceived differently, reflecting the individual degree of balance between aspects of the personality.
The name and the vibratory resonance for each of these planets, and for the Sun and the star Sirius, are shown below.
The Sun is traditionally a symbol of our Higher Self; similarly the Moon symbolises the mind; the planet Earth represents the physical body; and the star Sirius, which is the highest celestial body in this hierarchy, is honoured with the title: “the Mother of the Higher Self”.
According to spiritual cosmology, and supported by recent scientific research in relation to Earth precession, the Earth and Moon, the Sun and the star Sirius are interconnected in that the Moon circles the Earth that circles the Sun that together with its planets and moons, circles Sirius. In symbol language: all stars or suns orbiting Sirius belong to this family of higher Selves with Sirius as the “Mother”.
The excact alignment between Sirius, the Sun, the Moon and Earth, depicted here, is the perfect condition from where to influence ones destiny.



Sirius, (Situated in the forehead): Clarity towards the goal
The Sun: The joy felt in creating: Joy, joy, overwhelming joy.
1. Mercury: Fickleness
2. Venus: Affection
3. The Earth: Desire
4. The Moon: Mind.
5. Mars: Strife is the embodiment of ego
6. Jupiter: Joy, quiet joy
7. Saturn: The inevitability of time
8. Uranus: Void
9. Neptune: Unlimitedness, unending spaciousness
10. Pluto: Hidden Key

This picture helps towards a reincarnation on Earth. According to esoteric teaching, the Earth is a good choice to incarnate on, since the Maya-play with duality, and the realm of desire, together makes for a fast development.
This picture is closely connected to dharmata and the Primary Clear Light, “Home, which is visible as the white background.
The star in the discarnated individual`s forehead is Sirius. The star Sirius focus on clarity towards the goal; the goal embedded in the coming incarnation.
The individual who has died is, at this high level, a cosmic being rather than identifying with a gender. “He” stands in front of the Sun, with his hands folded in humbleness, aware that he is at the mercy of higher powers.
The Moon is in alignment with the medulla point, located in the grove of the neck, in the back of the head. The Moon is sterile, so is the mind, The Divine can only come in, if the mind is ready to give way. A rigid mind will sit as a cork, preventing the Sun, the Self, from shining directly through “the mouth of God”, medulla.
The three-dimensional body of the man consists of the twelve star constellations in the zodiac. He represents the level of consciousness, gracefully possible for Man, where he calmly can embody his cosmic nature,. He utilizes, but does not identify, with his personality, the planets.
It may be worth mentioning, that a discarnated individual who actually is out there in cosmos in this state of mind, will not see it as depicted here! Here we look at the person who has died - who in turn looks out towards us. The order in which the planets will be perceived, is also subjective.
The picture acts as a resonance of the most ideal condition in which to affect ones destiny.
It is both true and not quite true, that we expand out into the physical universe after death, since we in fact expand out into the astral universe that fills out the same space as the physical, but with another vibration.
At death we expand from being in a body, confined by normal physical proportions, to the opposite extreme, to be cosmic in proportions, expanding right out to include the zodiac and sometimes beyond. After the meeting with the Primary Clear Light (“Home”), the process back to reincarnation starts. The outbound journey is guided by “Pollux”, by our ‘friend’, the higher astral aura (picture 4.).The inbound journey towards reincarnation accordingly to our karma is guided by our Higher Self - ultimately Sirius “the Mother of our Higher Self”.



square squaring of the circle water colour painting
VII. Picture

THE SQUARING OF THE CIRCLE

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
In your mind’s eye, place the super-ellipse in the medulla,
while you with open eyes look at the picture.

The deep blue-violet figure in the centre is a super-ellipse., It is not a circle or a square – or it is both. There are 5 circles and 5 squares, each pair corresponding to the 5 auric layers or “sheaths” of humans. The picture shows “the squaring of the circle”, the (hitherto) unsolvable mathematical quest, which at the same time is an esoteric symbol for the final goal of the inner journey. It creates a resonance of the two basic archetypical building blocks - the male and the female.
The super-ellipse in the core is the causal body. The deep blue-violet colour reflects spiritual penetration.
The super-ellipse is a transformation figure; it can be understood as the point of creation.The squares and circles around it are “ripples”, gradually solidifying as standing waves.The super-lipse is a higher truth of our essence, and the circles and squares are reflections of this truth. When truth “falls” to a lower level, it is translated to either circles or squares.
The red background is maya; divinely ordained maya. The red colour represents suffering and passion, samsara, the attachment to the dual world, which is in its essence passion and attachment.

THE SQUARING OF THE CIRCLE
The effect from contemplating this picture over a longer time is a balancing of the masculine and feminine, and of the right and left brain hemispheres; in other words: less polarisation between the male and female qualities within the person, whether man or woman.The stages in the process of realignment will likely be felt as balancing, provoking, and stabilising.
The deep- blue super-ellipse is also a portal, potentially leading back to the vibrating cosmos in “Nothing Solid” (picture 4), and maybe further to “Home” (picture 5), in other words, to Liberation.
As mentioned before, the 9 pictures are all interconnected, the order in which we suggest them to be contemplated makes sense for the mind. In the actual states of consciousness they lead to, their interconnections are multidimensional, not linear.
The geometrical form of the square, is traditionally connected to the physical world, the male principle and logic.The geometrical shape, the circle, is traditionally connected to the principle of wholeness, the creative, the feminine.
If a discarnated soul through resonance succeeds in containing the balancing pattern from this picture the whole way through to rebirth, this soul will be reborn as a high soul or as a Buddha or Christ.

The picture relates to the medulla point in the back of the brain, “the Mouth of God”. This is the point through which God, when He wishes to create, contacts the human through the male and female principle.“The Mouth of God” is the highest point, is where God enters.



black siluites white background people solidifying painting
VIII. Picture

SOLIDIFYING.

Contemplation
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine.
First say loudly, then contemplate:
Hold on to your task.


The deep-blue figure is one person, the male and female aspect, bodily interconnected, and mentally separated. The figure is an archetype without any facial features, and we can project ourselves onto it.
The originally androgynous individual is being split into two. One half will be the physical, solid body, the other will be the etheric double, or “sheath”.
The balance or not-so-balance between the two will determine how able this individual, whether a man or a woman, is to create a harmonious relationship with a partner of the opposite sex.
The task for the two sexes is to stand firmly each in their own right, and still maintain the ability of being a unity.
The question is –WHAT separates them?
The yellow ‘spear’ stretches from the identity point, (situated an arms length above the head), on the upper fringe of the mental aura, and straight down to the heart chakra at the back.
The separating impulse, ‘the spear’, originates in ID, because it is from our highest essence that the purpose of our incarnation, our task, is projected into the physical. One of the factors in our purpose is our gender.
The figure is standing on a cream-white background. This is an echo of the Primary Clear Light, a reminder, “Memento Mori, remember you are mortal”. The white background is the fabric of ether, the fifth element (not the etheric). The ether is the screen on which (among numerous other things), our deepest gender-attachments are projected.

SOLIDIFYING
At the moment of death, one finally meets the other half of oneself, the etheric aura, or sheath. At the last stages between death and a new rebirth, the two sexes are again separated, so that we, when born, are established in identification with one sex, the sex we embody physically. The etheric aura is of the opposite sex than the physical body.
We understand it is possible to be liberated by contemplating this picture, to reach the inner ultimate state of Unio Mystica, to melt into “Home”, and achieve complete balance between the physical and etheric aspects of one self, of complete unity between the male and female aspects.
From the quantum physical perspective, the picture shows the state where the energy field is ‘collapsing” either into the masculine or the feminine. “The collapse of the wave function”, is here the very point where the androgynous state splits up in a physical pole and its etheric double.
The gender-separating impulse reaches down to the heart at the back. This is because it is the mental that separates. If our thoughts and attitudes were not separating, even the physical body would start to look more androgynous.
The message of the yellow “spear” is to choose side. This does not mean that one can decide consciuosly what gender it would be handy to incarnate as this time. On the contrary, it means, that the separating factor is the idea that one has to choose sides.
If the individual about to being reborn rests in a conscious all-encompassing containment, a knowing of, but not identifying with, the masculine and feminine aspects within him or herself, the rebirth will be very high. If the individual about to being reborn in reality is indecisive about the likes and dislikes embedded within his two gender-aspects, the possibility is that this soul develops a confused gender-identity in the next incarnation, maybe homosexuality.
The male principle is deep commitment to being. This is interesting, since the male energy is traditionally characterised as the dynamic, the doing force.. The reason is that it takes an active, dynamic, commitment for the male energy to achieve ‘beingness’; there needs to be “a Hero’s Journey”. The feminine energy, magnetic in its essence, already harbour the “beingness” in its nature.
It is essential for the feminine energy to be fruitful. This means that for the magnetic energy to feel fulfilled, “children”, something created from the beingness, needs to be born. If it feels ‘provoking’ to accept ‘to be fruitful’ as the goal for the feminine energy, it is because we still think in separating terms. This is not about women, but about the magnetic or ‘feminine’ aspect in all of us, regardless of our gender
The female principle is the energy-field; it contains the purpose with the life in question. The male principle contains the “spearhead”, the strength to manifest the purpose.To be fruitful means that whatever the purpose is in a particular life, comes to fruition.
It is sadly obvious in our times why the contemplation therefore must be “hold on to your task”. Today most people are more than enough occupied with relationship issues, with little or no energy left to explore the spiritual reason for the relationship, the shared task.
The spiritual task was easier to recognise in “the Return of the Personality” (picture 6), Now, at this level of consciousness which the Bardo Thodol would describe as Sidpa bardo, close to the new incarnation, the solidifying and “the task ahead” begin to clash.The spiritual task begins to loose its imminence, and the personality-issues come in the foreground.



coexistence skull in universe in mind
IX. Picture

CO-EXISTENCE.

Contemplation (to be said loudly):
Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze, feel your entire spine, and contemplate:
Enjoy.

The face looks at the Sun, the source of Light. This person is more aware of the Sun than of what the Sun reveals. This is the perpetual dilemma and right of a human, are we going for the play of forms and events – samsara – or are we going for the Source – the Self?
This is a fully conscious human who is not physical. A discarnate can form his ‘body’ as he wishes, and this is a good iapproximation of the mental body. This is close to the new incarnation, just before conception. It is an astral prelude to physical birth, to the first of the perinatal matrices.
The astral Sun here is bigger than the physical Sun.The picture is related to the incarnation process, preparing a welcome visit to planet Earth with her green, rolling hills. A scenario like this can bee percieved by the incarnating soul, now at the end of the sidpa bardo.

CO-EXISTENCE
The physical and the astral Sun are strangely intermixed. The physical Sun is a portal to the astral world and vice versa. The Sun is a good analogy for the birth canal. Someone being born with their consciousness intact will feel it as if they are being born into the Sun.
The skull in the middle of the head, surrounded by cosmos with its beauty and dharma – which is the same thing - is reflecting a pure mind, open for the fact that we are cosmic beings, who are visiting Earth. This mind comprehends everything`s interconnectedness; which is the same as what Buddhism calls ”the inherent emptiness of existence.”
This mind recognises that we as humans belong to two worlds, an outer physical and an inner, spiritual world.
The skull containing cosmos, visible in the third eye of the individual soon to be reborn, is revealing a quality of humans: cosmic consciousness. Also, the explicitly depicted parts of the brain, pons and pituritary gland, are included, because they are necessary to give the human being the possibility to consciously experience the cosmic connection.
A closer look at the nondescript adult face will reveal that the bone-case of the skull, with its relative lack of solidity, is visible in order to underline that we as incarnated humans in a sense have nowhere to flee. Humans are vulnerable, regardless if we are living in the astral or in the physical world. This is a reminder, since it is a common human trap to idealize where we are not, believing that “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”
A skull is an essence of what it means to be human; the symbol is seen throughout esoteric literature. It is a profound symbol, at the heart of our fear of mortality, our worst fear, so an ability to contain this fear is an measure of centring.
At physical birth, an individual, who is in the state of mind depicted here, will feel himself drawn into a funnel or maelstrom. Most individuals will loose the ability to experience the state of co-existence, existence in both worlds, it will become unconscious. In order to manifest his spirituality in the physical world, he must be centred enough to be able to contain, but not drown, in the fear of the outer and inner world.



The Lord is my shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”.
David’s 23’ Psalm

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