What is life like in the spirit world? Mediums and Gurus talk about the Causal World – an etheric existence that transcends the physical and astral universes. By Craig Hamilton-Parker.
The Causal World
The Causal World is the Loka (spirit world) of pure thought. It is the afterlife sphere of existence that is closest to the absolute state of pure being. Some call it the third afterlife state, the other worlds being the astral world and the physical world. The astral world is the world described by Spiritualists where the soul goes after death. The causal world is the plane beyond the afterlife.
The descriptions of the afterlife that we have considered all relate to a world of form. In many ways, the states described are an exalted continuation of the experiences of earth. However, is there a state of being that goes beyond all of this? Could there be a last resting-place for the soul from which we return no more? A place where incarnations are no longer necessary?
Meditation to connect you to the realms of pure existence
To some people, enjoying existence in heaven is the highest aim of life. However, there is a state of being that transcends even the celestial pleasures and is eternal. It is without beginning and endless. The understanding of this can only come when you finally merge with the Absolute–into a state that may also be called God.
Cycles of Birth and Death
The cycles of birth and death help you to meet perfection gradually through experience. The positive karma accumulated during a lifetime secures your time in the afterlife. However, our experience in life shows that whatever we consider pleasure is always accompanied by some sort of pain. Pleasure and pain could not exist without one another. If pleasure were to continue forever, it would not be a pleasure at all. Without its opposite, we are unable to enjoy pleasure. Every kind of earthly pleasure is related to some form of pain or suffering. And so it is in the heavenly world.
On the earth plane, the duration of suffering is longer than the duration of pleasure. However, in the heavenly planes, the reverse is true: pleasure is long and pain is limited. However, an eternity spent in this state of being would eventually become monotonous, because the celestial pleasures are also limited by time and space. Because of this, pleasure cannot be eternal. Your good thoughts and good deeds will take you to the heavenly realms, but these by themselves are not enough to sustain indefinitely, and you are drawn back to be reborn.
Just as I spoke about how attachment to the material world and the body can stop your progressing up, so too does an attachment to the celestial worlds hold us back from our goal. A point will come when you will want to transcend even the joy of heaven. You will yearn to join a higher cosmic plane from which nobody returns, and you need never incarnate, or take physical form, again.
This higher plane of existence is often called the “causal planes;” called Brahmaloka by the Hindus. Eventually, you will even leave this blissful plane and unite forever with the omnipresent God.
The Second Death
In the causal plane, everything is reduced to its essence. Nothing is lost. Everything you are and has been being retained. However, the manifestation of a body or an environment will become less important. You will truly become aware that you are a being of light. You will not necessarily have a bodily form, but become as pure light. Your consciousness will no longer need a form.
These states of being are impossible for us to fully comprehend while we live in the world of form. Perhaps the best synonym is to liken the state to love. In essence, love is surrender. Love is a submission. It is putting others before yourself. A person who is filled with love may even give up his or her life for a beloved or to a cause. What draws us to these higher planes is a divine manifestation of love. It is like a billion-watt bulb. Love is so great that we merge with our beloved. We merge with the infinite.
Some describe this final entry into the last level as a second death. A point comes when you will leave the levels of the afterlife that have form and move forward into the causal planes. There is a demarcation between these two states because it requires a major impetus of the soul to move to the next plane. You surrender your self-importance and your ego once and for all. You allow your own free will to merge with God’s will. The lower self dies and the higher self is set free. It is definitely like a death and new birth.
The Seven Deaths
The spirit communications made by Myers to the members of the Society for Psychical Research tell of seven deaths before the highest level is reached. Myers communicants assert that we are housed in a sequence of bodies. The bodies in the life beyond are made of a lighter and more highly energized one than the physical body, with increasing content of spiritual energy as we progress.
Each entry into a higher level of the afterlife calls for spiritual preparation for the move to the next stage. Stage one is the earth plane and stage two is the Earth-like world that we meet immediately after death. Myers calls this simply the “life-immediately-after-death plane.” Also, existing are five other planes which he called “Hades,” the “world of Eidos” (the plane of color), the “world of Helios” (the plane of spiritual flame), and the final two planes which he calls the “plane of light” and “timelessness.” These final two planes are akin to the causal planes.
Causal Plane Personality
In the causal plane, personality becomes of little importance even though your sense of self continues. You will be in a state similar to an artist lost in his inspiration, or lovers lost in a moment of joy. In fact, nothing is really lost. Everything that is “you” is still there, including all of your personal memories and the history of your many lifetimes.
It is a little like putting sugar into the water. The sugar dissolves, but it is still there–you can taste it. Similarly, you will merge with these higher planes, and all that is you will still exist, but in a transformed state.
Spiritual beings from the causal planes can continue to manifest ‘self’ and may descend to other levels to teach and help others up the ladder of spirituality. These beings are the higher guides, the angels, the avatars, and the Bodhisattvas.
As with all levels of the afterlife, there are still different states of being created by different types of people. Many will feel the impulse to return to teach others, where others may be so enchanted by the glorious light of God that they spend their time in a blissful state of rapture. They say that if you listen very carefully during your meditations, you may hear the angels singing.
Tuning in to the Causal Worlds
You may feel that the states of being I have described here are very remote. They are beyond this earthly life, and beyond the afterlife. How can we possibly understand them, and what relevance can they be to our life here and now?
The truth is that, even on this earthly plane, we can occasionally have a glimpse of the higher states of existence. Often, these experiences happen at a time of great emotional or spiritual tension, but they can also spring up suddenly, without any discernible reason. Could it be that, at such times, you are somehow linked by a mystical thread to the causal world? Even the highest of the highest is reflected in every atom of this world.
This experience cannot be induced but rises spontaneously. However, sometimes a scene of great beauty or a magnificent piece of music can momentarily link you with such an overwhelming surge of feeling.
References and Works Cited
Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2010) What To Do When You Are Dead Sterling imprint Barnes & Noble ISBN 978-1-4027-7660-1 (Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese) BUY THE BOOK HERE
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