A man is a triune being, composed of body, mind, and soul. Wholeness of living requires expression of each of these components in a harmonious blend. To ignore one, or overemphasize another, is to create discord within our being, and set up the conditions for ill health. Indeed, our state of health is often a reflection of the degree of harmony among body, mind, and soul.
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A delicate relationship exists
between objective individuality, or self and soul personality, which when
balanced is experienced as bliss. Self-mastery is the achievement and
maintenance of a state of balance in the relationship between the self and the
soul personality through the course and stages of individuation and maturity.
In the perspective of the self-soul relationship we may come to a better
understanding of hallucinations.
For convenience, we may think of
the course of individuation and maturation in four phases. From the viewpoint
of the self, the first phase concerns the identity of self as object. The
objective individuality is concerned with the mastery of the physical
sensations and motivations. In the second phase the self develops its identity
as a social entity. It is concerned with the refinement of its relationship
with human beings and other creatures. The third phase involves the self with
determining its identity with the universe.
The self develops awareness of
the extended dimensions of personal reality into time and space. The fourth
phase concerns the identity of self as source. The experience of identification
and identity with the cosmic becomes the central issue.
Hallucinations in their content
reflect the self-soul relationship and the phase of individuation. The basic
ground of phase one and two is separateness. Communication between the soul
personality and the self will be experienced as if coming from another. In the
first place the signs and symbols communication from the soul will be in terms
of “miraculous” signs of strangely transformed objectives. Or in the second
phase, the communication may take the form of especially significant social
events or happenings.
The quality of the experience
will be colored by the emotions, thoughts, and attitudes characteristic of the
self-soul relationship at the time. In the instance of considerable immaturity,
of stress, irresponsibility, or fear and hostility, the experience of
communication with the soul personality will be highly distorted and will be
perceived as threatening. In the state of harmony and appropriate
responsibility for oneself, the communication may be experienced as a benign
and supportive partnership.
Too often, when drugs are used to
overcome the physiological mechanisms of consciousness, a person –either in
fear or ignorance –comes to experience the quality of separation more intensely
and to give greater reality to the belief that the power is in the drugs as
objects. Similarly, mystical practices may be abused to force an altered state
of consciousness, enhancing the intensity of separateness and the fearfulness
of objective reality.
The third and fourth phases of
individuation are more appropriate than the first two for the pursuit of higher
consciousness. Objective individuality will be established and well grounded in
its experience of objective and social relationships. Efficient management of
physical and emotional needs will be based upon mature understanding developed
out of practice and experience. Self-mastery in the experience of emotion and
thought will be well accomplished.
Objective individuality, as a
vehicle of experience, will be prepared to appreciate and translate
increasingly subtle universal experiences. The relationship between the self
and the soul will be ready to sustain the necessarily exquisite cooperation between
objective and subjective consciousness.
The basic ground of phase three
and four is unity. Communication between the soul personality and the self will
be experienced as if coming from a dimension of oneself. The communication has
the quality of deepening understanding and expanding the richness of meaning.
Physical objects and social events become contained in a context of meaning and
The sense of personal identity,
once shaded by fear and the question of survival, becomes illumined with a divine
partnership and the anticipation of an unimaginable future.
Socrates was a criminal in the
minds of the ignorant, and crazy in the eyes of the fearful. Socrates has
become great in the eyes of history for his courage to live life in truth. How
else should we come to know peace profound?