Do Higher Beings Exist?
There are a number of varieties of higher beings that interact with humans. Contact with light beings, angels, and other immortal creatures are reported by millions of people each year. A religious group called the Gnostics believed that mankind possessed the innate ability to contact the gods directly. They were at one time a very large and powerful movement, but with the advent of the Christian church, their ranks diminished. Direct conscious contact with higher levels of reality is the major founding tenet of the world’s great religions.
If the world assumed that all of the experiences of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Socrates, and many others were mere figments of the imagination, there would be no churches. There would be no Holy books. There would be no temples. The very bedrock and moral fabric of our society would be vastly different. For the most part, modern man has assumed that these experiences have been relegated to the distant halls of antiquity. Our gods are different now. We look at the universe through the eyes of contemporary scientists, politicians, businessmen, athletes, journalists, singers, and writers. They are our new priests. University research facilities, sports arenas, movie theaters, shopping malls, concert halls, and luxury resort complexes have become our new places of worship. Research studies, television newscasts, magazine articles, newspapers, and political spin doctors have dampened our ability to think for ourselves. The numinous experience has been consigned to the ranks of ancient holy men and philosophers. At least, that is what science would have us believe.
According to a recent survey of more than 40,000 people conducted by prominent author and researcher Brad Stieger, a large percentage believed that they had experienced the supernatural. Thirty-seven percent believed that they had seen the form of an entity they can identify only as a Light Being. Thirty-eight percent believed that they had witnessed the physical presence of an angel. According to a Gallup Poll of over one thousand Americans, 41% believed in the physical existence of the Devil. If one extrapolates those numbers to the population at large, we can only assume that millions of American believe in something more than the dogma, hard data, and statistics provided by science. In numbers that defy simple explanation, American are experiencing reality in a manner that more closely parallels the miraculous.
In a survey of 321 people, British psychologist Susan Blackmore reported that 12% of her study group reported out of body experiences. Most of the experiences occurred when the respondents were resting, but not asleep. The respondents were likely to report the experience as lucid dreams, flying dreams, hallucinations, body image distortions, psychic experiences, and mystical experiences. Gertrude Schmeidler, a researcher and emeritus professor at the City College of New York, reported that 12 surveys showed a wide range of Yes answers between 4% and 98% when people were asked whether or not they have ever had an out-of-body experience.
Everyday, millions of people in America, and probably around the world, were experiencing their own personal version of the supernatural. To deny the existence of a higher reality is to deny the possibility of something greater than the mind. The human ego does not handle this possibility very well. We tend to rationalize and explain away that which does not vanish with the evening news. In truth, the higher levels of reality and consciousness are probably just as strong and active today as they were during the time of our ancestors.
Talking about our contemporary experience with these levels of reality, however, is simply not fashionable. Be that as it may, the entities that we call gods and angels from mythology and legend seem to have an uncanny way of sticking around. Let us examine some categories of these entities.
Angels are perhaps the most categorized of all avatars. There exists a hierarchy of angels which seems to transcend the different pantheons. All avatars that are not saints, mortals, or deific incarnations (gods in physical form) are considered angels.
Angels are immortal, eternal beings (although, in principle they can be slain), like the gods, themselves, but created by the gods. Angels are primarily beings of spirit capable of assuming physical form. Various religions have, in fact, commented on the noted similarity between angels and demons. In fact, there is a great deal of similarity, even in terms of mortal descriptions of these beings. Heretical individuals might even go so far as to suggest that the principle difference between demons and angels is that angels are in the service of the gods and demons are not.
Obviously, however, there is much more to it than that. Angels are generally benevolent towards mortals, (at least towards those of their deity’s faith) and most reports indicate that they are beings of great beauty and magnificence. The obvious counter to this is that the angels of the darker gods are not necessarily beautiful, and are certainly every bit as dangerous as any demon. The gods are beings of the higher Worlds that create angels for the purpose of carrying out their will. Many humans have difficulty with this concept, god, Gods, and God.
Angels have been classified by many religions and many sects within religions. An objective classification scheme for angles is much more difficult than with demons. However, most religions will agree in principle to a classification scheme of between seven and nine levels of hierarchy in the angelic structure. Nine often seems to work best to meet the observable hierarchy; however, seven has the benefit of being symmetric to the demonic hierarchy. The names of the hierarchies are still pretty much open to debate.
What is known is that the members of the foremost rank, the Seraphim, are indisputably the most powerful. The individual Seraphim are, in turn, the leaders of the various other ranks of angels and thus also have dual classification in some schemes. Further, it is clear that the Seraphim are nearly as powerful as some of the more major gods, certainly as powerful as the lesser gods. The Seraphim are acknowledged to have taken part in the creation of the multiverse.
If one were to persist in trying to gauge or classify angels in a power level scheme, one might like to compare power levels to those of the demons (strictly in theory, of course). Lower class angels are far more powerful than lower demonic entities. The average angel is far more powerful than the average demon.
While it is extremely difficult to classify angels, it is even more difficult to classify saints. Saint is a generic term used only in this treatise to refer to a divine servant of mortal origin. Saints are unquestionably beings who were once mortal (or quasi-immortal like the Sidhe) and who have, by the grace of their deity, somehow transcended this state. The powers and abilities of such individuals seem to be highly random, and vary from saint to saint. In general, saints are granted their power by the Creator.
Some saints have the ear of their deity, others do not. What exactly their powers and abilities are is highly varied and spans the entire spectrum of existence. In some cases, the sainted being has actually gone on to become a deity in his or her own right. Relationships between saints and angels are not predictable. Saints are no longer mortal in the traditional sense and are usually only partially fulfilled in the process of outer enlightenment. Most saints lack proper training and guidance in the process of fulfilling the entire process. Generally, they move on to the Higher Worlds after passing from their mortal lives.
Once they have incarnated into a Higher World, usually a fifth dimensional world, they are born to Fully Enlightened Parents. Imagine the boost you would have had in your spiritual path to be born to two fully enlightened parents! Some saints choose to return to the mortal world in order to continue their enlightenment process. In this case, they are reborn as partially enlightened beings. Typically, they will try to be reborn into families that are supportive of a path leading to enlightenment. A good majority of them are reborn into Far Eastern families, Tibet, Malaysia, Singapore, India, etc. It is rare for a partially enlightened being to be reborn in the West. The West consistently fails to support the energies necessary for the full completion of the process.
Another form of avatar is the mortal agent. Sometimes, deities will use their followers as instruments of change or action. These individuals are often no more than pawns, but can go on to become very powerful and influential individuals if their deity wills and things work. Otherwise they usually end up as a Blessed Martyr to the Cause.
While some mortal avatars can go on to become saints, it is generally not the preferred way of doing things, because the gods do not usually consult with the mortal in question. The initial contact with the mortal in question is usually telepathic. The mortal is often totally unaware of the contact on the conscious level.
In this way, the deity will usually work with the mortal, preparing his/her mind and body for the task ahead for many years. Sometimes the process may continue for several lifetimes before the mortal is ready. The process is greatly accelerated once the mortal becomes aware of deity’s presence. Once this happens, the deity will typically send the mortal a series of visions and telepathic communications. These actions are designed to train and guide the mortal onto a certain Path. This Path includes the work that the deity has planned for the mortal to complete.
Sometimes the deity will appear to the mortal in a vision or dream state. This type of communication is rare and tends to occur only if the mortal has made himself ready for the contact. Meditation, use of mantra, stones of power, solar exercises, and initiatory spiritual work are often necessary prerequisites. Once the mortal has completed the appointed task(s), the deity will usually reward them in some manner. This may include the granting of wealth, power, social status, wisdom, and even instant enlightenment.
There have been cases where mortals have been granted full enlightenment and immortality through their service to a deity. The process of service may continue for several lifetimes on many worlds before the deity decides that it no longer has use for the mortal. During this process, the mortal is not a slave to the deity.
This is true however only in the case of Sephirotic Entities. The mortal may be assured that in the case of Sephirotic Entities, they will be handsomely rewarded through the agency of their service. At the completion of the mortal’s service, they will tend to incarnate in the realm of the deity as an exalted or fully enlightened being.
The final form of avatar is that of the deific incarnation. In other words, on extremely rare occasions, deities will embody themselves upon the planes of men to enact their plans. These individuals are extremely powerful, as they are gods and are only moderately hampered by physical form. This ‘hands-on approach’ is very rare and generally only used in either very grave situations. When this happens, the body is the result of a spontaneous creation, formed instantly by the deity for the task at hand. The body is self-created and is dissolved back into its constituent parts after its service is complete. During the time that it is incarnate in a physical body, only a tiny fraction of the deity’s power is confined to the form. In no way should one consider that the full essence of the deity ever takes a physical body. It would be far easier for the Sun to inhabit the body of a flea than for a deity to fully inhabit the body of a human.
This extraordinary survey has evolved to its present state from its beginning in
1967 as an effort by Brad Steiger to form a pattern profile of paranormally-talented individuals.
In 1968, Steiger developed the questionnaire further, and it became
associated with the worldwide phenomenon known as ‘The Star People.’
In 1987, he combined elements from the research of Sherry Hansen,
who had developed a similar questionnaire in 1970 as a counselor
at the State University of New York at Stoneybrook.
Both Steiger and Hansen found that their interviewees were often the ‘helpers’
here on Earth, and they found such individuals in all
ethnic groups, all social strata, all occupations and professions.
The number of respondents to the questionnaire number
over 40,000, from nearly every part of the globe.
Protestant church background: 40%
Roman Catholic orientation: 39%.
New Age spiritual expression:12%
An “Eastern” religion: 3%
Other/Free Form: 4%
94% have experienced a sense of oneness with the universe.
67% report an intense religious experience.
82% claim an illumination experience.
91% have experienced telepathic communication with
another entity, material or nonmaterial, human or alien.
68% have seen a ghost.
72% have perceived the spirit of a departed loved one.
71% accept reincarnation as reality and have experienced prior-life memories.
83% believe that they have lived a prior existence on
another planet or in another dimension.
91% report out-of-body experiences.
62% claim the ability to perceive auras.
68% have experienced a white light during meditation.
85% believe that they have received some form of communication
from a higher intelligence.
69% have perceived spirit entities.
75% have experienced clairvoyance.
Interaction with Light Beings, Angels, and Guides
78% report the visitation of an angel.
77% reveal the manifestation of a Light Being.
52% feel that they have been blessed by the appearance of a Holy Figure.
89% are convinced that they have a spirit guide or a guardian angel.
83% admit to having had an invisible playmate as a child.
41% state that they once spotted an elf, a “wee person.”
73% have perceived devas or nature spirits.
84% are certain that they have encountered alien entities
of an extraterrestrial or multidimensional nature.
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