Karma - The Mechanism ► Application ► 14 Stages of Development ► A visual representation of all 14 stages of development (gunasthanas) ► Stage 1 - 4

Posted: 12.11.2014

Stage  1 - 4

Leaving the dense emotional envelope our everyday activities weave around our consciousness.

Discovering our ability to shift our attention to more advanced stages.

 

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In stage 1 we are still deeply caught up in all our emotions, activities and events. Yet we regularly experience unexpected, brief insights into stage 4.

This feels as if we all of a sudden wake up from a day-dream-like state. Though initially these insight are very brief, we experience them with great clarity and often remember similar incidences in our past. Encounters of this kind usually occur every 3 - 6 weeks. They are highly agreeable.

For the duration of this insight, we perceive stage 4. Our attention shifts directly from stage 1 to stage 4 without perceiving level 2 and 3.

We experience stage 4 in three phases.

In the first phase our insights are fleeting. As long as we do not direct our attention towards them, we only receive a brief impression, after which we fall back to the level of delusion (stage 1), passing stage 3 and 2 momentarily on our way down.

Yet once we direct our attention towards these insights, they automatically lose their fleeting character so we perceive them longer and clearer. We then become aware of stage 3, where the clear insight of level 4 and the delusion and prejudices of level 1 exist simultaneously. Here we become able to decide to either to fall back into the familiar hypnotic envelope of level 1, or to raise the energy to again reach the clarity of level 4.

It is the purpose of stage 3 to train us in this decision. Though initially not every effort to re-establish the clarity of level 4 might be successful, we create a momentum that eventually but unfailingly will permanently transfer our awareness from stage 1 to stage 4.

After we directed our attention towards stage 4 for some time, we exceed the maximum time we can stay in this phase and thereby automatically advance to phase two. Yet even in phase 2 we lose our clarity from time to time and fall back to delusion and prejudices. Depending on the strength of our emotions that draw us to stage 1, we may again become so involved in its hypnotic envelope that we completely forget the clarity of stage 4 or regard it too irrelevant to invest effort in regaining it.

Yet if we take every relapse into stage 1 as an incentive for renewed efforts to again reach level 4, we stabilize our awareness of the higher stage. We then proceed to the third phase, from where we cease to fall down to stage 1. This transition is not marked by a clear experience like our sudden ascent from stage 1 to stage 4. We only notice that the silver lining of awareness of our self never disappears again.

We can permanently shift our awareness from stage 1 to stage 4 within one year. This only depends on how seriously we want progress and how much energy we invest into this venture.

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