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Planes of Existence
(excerpt from The
Journey of Your Soul)
Just as there are seven colors
in the rainbow and seven tones in a musical scale, each with a different
vibratory rate, there are seven levels of being on the spectrum of creation. The
slowest speed of vibration occurs on the physical plane; the highest, on the
buddhaic plane. From the buddhaic plane, energy returns to its source, the Tao.
The densest of the seven planes; where we presently reside.
The second plane of creation. Its medium is concrete emotional energy. It is
where our consciousness is focused between lifetimes and when we're finished
with the physical plane.
The third plane of creation. Its medium is concrete intellectual energy. It is
Michael's plane of existence.
The central, neutral plane of creation that interconnects the other six. The
distilled knowledge of the universe is recorded there.
is the records generated of
everything that happens in the universe as it occurs. The appearance is that all
matter and energy have a sort of built-in digital recording device, storing its
entire history in a photographic code, but the records are actually windows into
the past. The records show events exactly as they were experienced, so the
information in them begins raw-it is not clarified, understood, and assimilated
until a consciousness takes responsibility for doing so. Once it is fully
assimilated, it is stored on the akashic plane.
The fifth plane of creation. Its medium is abstract intellectual energy,
emphasizing truth. The infinite soul who incarnated as Lao-tzu taught from this
The sixth plane of creation. Its medium is abstract emotional energy,
emphasizing love. The infinite soul who incarnated as Jesus taught from this
The highest plane of creation. Its medium is pure or abstract kinetic energy. We
experience the buddhaic plane just before fully refocusing our awareness in the
Tao. The infinite soul who incarnated as Buddha taught from this plane.
PLANES OF CREATION
The Tao has created many
universes, or overall experiments. (I am not speaking here of parallel
universes.) Our universe is based in part on the law of seven. It permeates the
Michael teachings and many other teachings, as well as being applicable to
musical scales, colors of the rainbow, and so forth. Seven consists of two sets
of three connected by one.
Twelve is another significant
number in this universe, and it relates to seven. For example, the seven-note
musical scale is a series of whole and half steps. It is drawn from the
twelve-note chromatic scale, which is all half steps.
Apparently, other universes are
based on different mathematical ideas. Some of our previous grand cycles may
have been in other universes, especially if we have had a high number of them,
since this universe is relatively young.
Michael brought up the topic of
other universal schemes in relationship to the seven roles:
In this universe, the Tao
fragments into the seven roles, like white light bent into the seven rainbow
colors through the particular prism that this universe offers. A different
universe might have a different prism that results in something that cannot be
understood in this universe. Our system of seven is only one way a perfect
whole can be differentiated.
This universe has seven planes,
or dimensions. (A diagram later in this chapter illustrates them.) Three are
ordinal (concrete), three are cardinal (abstract), and one is neutral, providing
connection. The most ordinal plane is the physical, which is concrete energy.
Its position is mirrored by the most cardinal plane, the buddhaic, which is
abstract energy. The astral plane (concrete emotion) is the middle ordinal
plane. It is mirrored in position by the middle cardinal plane, the messianic
(abstract emotion). The causal plane (concrete thought) is the highest ordinal
plane. It is mirrored in position by the lowest cardinal plane, the mental. This
mirroring balances the universe. The higher planes are about pure energy, love,
and truth; the lower planes are about manifesting them. The fulcrum of the
balance is the neutral
akashic plane. It connects all the others through the akashic or record-keeping aspect of each plane, which feed into it.
There are etheric, nonsolid
levels of the physical plane both lower and higher in frequency than our
physical bodies. Some people with psychic skills can see them. The fact that
they can be physically seen indicates that they are part of the physical plane.
We cannot physically see what is nonphysical, although we may translate our
nonphysical perceptions into physical images. The etheric substance lower in
vibration than the solid physical connects it with the Tao. This is the realm of
devas, or nature spirits; it could be called the “lower physical plane.” The
etheric substance higher in vibration than the solid physical connects it with
the astral; it is in the realm of what could be called the “upper physical
plane.” It is the domain of “ghosts,” and some extraterrestrials. The
ethereal life form of the “higher sentients” who lived on earth before the
“fall of man” was also of the upper physical plane. What we consider solid
substance, as well as other vibrations that we can directly perceive such as
light and sound, exist in the “middle physical plane.”
It might be more accurate to
view the planes as being in a circle rather than a line. This is illustrated in
the following diagram. Each spiral loop is a plane of creation. The six spiral
loops that make one big loop, like a “Slinky” toy with the beginning and end
connected, are the planes we experience in a progression. The loop in the middle
is the akashic plane; it is not directly part of the progression because we do
not actually have a cycle of experience there—it is a resource for the
universe as a whole, and provides the Tao with a distillation of all that has
been accomplished in this universe. The point of beginning (“Entrance”) and
end (“Exit”) is in the Tao, the undimensional ground of all being—this is
where we start and finish the game. The pattern filling each loop representing a
plane matches that of the plane on the same axis; for example, both the astral
and messianic planes are on the inspiration axis, and both are filled with a
checkerboard design. The fill of the loop representing the akashic plane is a
darker version of the neutral gray pattern that fills the circle representing
the universe as a whole, signifying the akashic records that extend from the
akashic plane and interpenetrate all the planes of existence. The akashic plane
is directly accessible from the causal and mental planes, illustrated on the
diagram with straight lines.
Although this model
demonstrates the progression of sentient consciousness, it should not be
construed as meaning that only the physical and buddhaic planes have direct
contact with the Tao. The diagram illustrates this by showing the universe (the
inner circle) as being contained within the Tao (the outer circle).
Since the Tao is the ground
of all being, every plane has a direct connection with it. The Tao is inherent
in any vibrational frequency; those on any plane can “arrive” at it “coming
or going” through either increasing their frequency to “all frequency”
or decreasing it to “no frequency.”
On the physical plane, by
transcending the material illusions round about and entering into a space of
no space and a time of no time, you experience the Tao. You can get there by
descending through the earth vibration or ascending through the heaven
vibration. The solid roles generally find the former to be easier. The fluid
roles find the latter to be easier. However, any role can do both. This is
available only when balance and nonattachment are achieved.
Incidentally, Michael normally
uses the word Tao in place of God (depending on the beliefs of
those listening) because God is usually personified as a judgmental and
hierarchical male figure. They may also use the word God to signify the
overall consciousness of the manifest universe, as opposed to its source in the
dimensionless Tao. In that case, we are each part of both the Tao and God. As
microcosmic individuals, we are sparks or units of the Tao experiencing this
universe as separate essences. God could be seen as the macrocosmic individual,
the larger “chunk” of the Tao who, as a whole, inhabits this universe and
experiences the overall expansion and lessons the Tao seeks.
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readings, mediumship, past-life regression, healing, counseling, and channeling
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Michael teachings throughout the United States. His other books include the
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Creating Powerful Relationships, Meditations for Self-Discovery: Guided
Journeys for Exploring Your Inner Self, Opening to Healing,
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