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The levels of meaning are explained in [147:4] and some related thoughts are described here.
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The levels of meaning are explained in [147:4] and some related thoughts are described here. They were discussed in depth in the episode [[Episode:Jesus in Galilee—Early Public Work (Part 8)|Jesus in Galilee—Early Public Work (Part 8)]]
  
Don't just accept or believe these levels of meaning.  We each should personally ask why there are levels of meaning.  Answering "why" questions reflectively and philosophically is how you can approach truth.
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Don't just blindly accept/believe levels of meaning.  Critically ask ''why'' there are levels of meaning.  Answering "why" questions reflectively and philosophically is how you can approach truth.
  
Also note up front:
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As you study this page, bear in mind:
* Your superconscious will be in touch with the higher levels of meaning long before your ''consciousness'' is.
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* Encircuitment in the Holy Spirit potentially reforms animal mind into human mind, opening you to the levels of meaning. 
* Meaning is the [[superadditive consequence]] of things and values. So, it isn't like the first level of meaning is some primitive "thing-ness".  Only humans have meanings; animals have a hierarchy of adjutant mind energy only.
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** Perhaps only superconsciously for many of them, but still, you're immediately and forever better than an animal.
* Encircuitment in the Holy Spirit reforms your mind into human mind, and opens you up to the levels of meaning.  Perhaps only superconsciously for many of them, but still, you're immediately and forever better than an animal.
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** Indeed, your superconscious will be in touch with the higher levels of meaning long before your ''consciousness'' is.
* These build upward, yes, but not purely in a "build it from the bottom-up" way.  Throughout this, a top-down influence is casting a shadow down, drawing you upward.
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* Only humans can have meaning, no animla can.
* In-depth study: [[Episode:Jesus in Galilee—Early Public Work (Part 8)|Jesus in Galilee—Early Public Work (Part 8)]]
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** That's because meaning is the [[superadditive consequence]] of things and values.
* Animals don't experience any of the levels of meaning.  Because animals cannot relate to value (thus no superadditive meanings)
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** So even lowest levels of meaning are not some primitive "thing-ness".  Respect, don't despise, the levels for what they are.
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* the levels build upward, yes, but not purely in a "build it from the bottom-up" way.   
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** A top-down influence is casting a shadow down, drawing you upward.
  
  
 
==Level 0: (implicit) Fear==
 
==Level 0: (implicit) Fear==
  
* Mechanical mind and your basic foundational individuality.
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* The level of mechanical, non-teachable mind
* Non-teachable mind, or more precisely for us, pre-adjutant mind.
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** i.e., pre-adjutant mind.
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* The level of your basic foundational individuality.
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==Level 1: Flesh==
 
==Level 1: Flesh==
  
* We also could call this the level of selfishness.
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''A level every one of us should be very familiar with.  You probably resemble this level often an "get" its gist easily.''
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* The level of selfishness.
 
** It's where we all start.  God made this level; it is not inherently evil.
 
** It's where we all start.  God made this level; it is not inherently evil.
 
** The toddler shouting "MINE" is at this level, and age-appropriately so.
 
** The toddler shouting "MINE" is at this level, and age-appropriately so.
  
* This is fear transformed into ''anguish'' and ''dread''
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* Adjutants 1, 2, and 3 (short term).
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* The level of [[seven adjutant mind-spirits|adjutant mind-spirits]] 1, 2, and 3.
** Anguish is individuality likeDread is unity like.
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** The first three "short-term"adjutants are coordinated into this level.
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** These are individuality, associativity, and unity, respectively.
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** The "in the flesh", meaning-in-the-moment adjutants.
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* The level of love as sexual intercourse.
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** Sex love [68:2.4]Lust fits in here, as well.
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** But even this isn't purely animal fora human, because it is a level of ''meaning''.
  
  
* The first three adjutant mind-spirits are coordinated into this level.
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* The Golden rule level of "Do unto others what you want to have done that gratifies the flesh, in the moment."
** The in-the-moment adjutants.  The ones about the flesh functioning in the moment.
 
* That is, meaning that is in the moment.
 
  
  
* Sex love [68:2.4].  Lust fits in here, as well.
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* The level that transforms fear into ''anguish'' and ''dread''
** But even this isn't purely animal anymore ''because it is a meaning''.
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** Anguish is individuality like. Dread is unity like.
* Golden rule interpretation: Do unto others what you want to have done that gratifies the flesh, in the moment.
 
* You ought to resemble this level and "get it" quite easily.
 
  
==Level 2: Feeling==
 
  
* This is fear transformed into ''awe'' and ''reverence''
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==Level 2: Feelings==
** This is as high as fear can take you from the bottom-up.
 
* Adjutants 4, 5, and 6 (long term)
 
** Awe is individuality like.  Reverence is unity like.
 
  
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''Another level you should readily recognize and resemble.''
  
* Here, love is a feeling.  At least it's not just an urge on the level of flesh.
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* The level of adjutant mind-spirits 4, 5, and 6
* Sym- + -pathy: with + feelings
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** The long-term mind-spirits.
* Golden rule interpretation: Do unto others what you want to have done that gratifies my feelings
 
* "If I am feeling pity for someone, I will do something to assuage my feelings.  If the result is positive, I will subjectively declare it good."
 
* You ought to resemble this level and "get it" quite easily.
 
 
** These are individuality, associativity, and unity, respectively.
 
** These are individuality, associativity, and unity, respectively.
 
** They are not so in the moment.  A tiny measure of existentialization, a little less locked to the sands of time.
 
** They are not so in the moment.  A tiny measure of existentialization, a little less locked to the sands of time.
 
** Feelings would be impossible if you were just in the moment.
 
** Feelings would be impossible if you were just in the moment.
 
* And as humans, our feelings are inherently different from animals, as we are ''aware'' of our feelings.
 
* And as humans, our feelings are inherently different from animals, as we are ''aware'' of our feelings.
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* The level of love-as-a-feeling.
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** Well, at least it's not just an urge on the level of flesh.
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* The level of sympathy
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** Sym- + -pathy: with + feelings
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* The Golden rule level of "Do unto others what you want to have done that gratifies your feelings."
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** "If I am feeling pity for someone, I will do something to assuage my feelings.  If the result is positive, I will subjectively declare it good."
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* The level that transforms fear into ''awe'' and ''reverence''
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** Awe is individuality like.  Reverence is unity like.
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** Your feelings can take you no higher than this level, building from the bottom up!
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*** "[[Feelings,nothing more than feelings]]..."
  
  
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''Be honest.  Now we're getting into mysterious, hazy, mostly consciously unknown territory...''
 
''Be honest.  Now we're getting into mysterious, hazy, mostly consciously unknown territory...''
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* The level of human mind.
 
* The level of human mind.
 
* This is '''recognition''' in the context of getting about reverence [149:6].
 
* This is '''recognition''' in the context of getting about reverence [149:6].
 
* It isn't about flesh.  It isn't about feelings.  So what is this?
 
* It isn't about flesh.  It isn't about feelings.  So what is this?
* The key: self-respect (or self-regard).  The worthwhileness of your selfhood.
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* The level of self-respect (or self-regard).   
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** The worthwhileness of your selfhood.
 
** "No self respecting person would do that!" some are fond of saying.  What did they mean by that?
 
** "No self respecting person would do that!" some are fond of saying.  What did they mean by that?
* Recognize the innate nobility in yourself, and therefore in all others.  And act accordingly.
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** Recognize the innate nobility in yourself, and therefore in all others.  And act accordingly.
* The 7th adjutant (wisdom)
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* The level of the 7th adjutant (wisdom)
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* This is the highest level you ought to go with a self-orientation.  Above this you ought to focus on others increasingly.
  
  
 
==Level 4: Brotherly love==
 
==Level 4: Brotherly love==
  
* aka kindness
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* The level of kindness.
* Scientific consciousness
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** Which is "kin-like-ness", or "family love."
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** Ergo, this is "love your neighbor as yourself" level.
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** Golden rule interpretation: Do unto others what that which is kind, kin-like, brotherly.
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** This is much more than mutual '''self-respect''' as animal-origin beings.  This is grounded in the fatherhood of God.
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** Mere feelings are not a predicate for things such as this.
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* The level of mutual self-sacrifice.
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* The level of Scientific consciousness
 
* The logical level.  The first cosmic intuition
 
* The logical level.  The first cosmic intuition
 
* This is '''realization''' in the context of getting about reverence [149:6].
 
* This is '''realization''' in the context of getting about reverence [149:6].
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** Having coordinated the adjutants into one effective mode of spiritualized mind, you have a new foundation on which to stand.
 
** Having coordinated the adjutants into one effective mode of spiritualized mind, you have a new foundation on which to stand.
 
** (Spiritualized mind is not the same as spirit.  It's "unity-ized" mind)
 
** (Spiritualized mind is not the same as spirit.  It's "unity-ized" mind)
* Golden rule interpretation: Do unto others what that which is kind, kin-like, brotherly.
 
** Mutual self-sacrifice.
 
* This is much more than mutual '''self-respect''' as animal-origin beings.  This is grounded in the fatherhood of God.
 
* Feelings are not a predicate for this.
 
  
  
 
==Level 5: Moral level==
 
==Level 5: Moral level==
  
* Moral consciousness.  The ''wholeness'' of the cosmos.
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* The second cosmic intuition.
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* The level of moral duty.
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** Of moral consciousness.  In the ''wholeness'' of the cosmos sense of morality.
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* The level of the second cosmic intuition.
 
* This is '''appreciation''' in the context of transcending reverence [149:6].
 
* This is '''appreciation''' in the context of transcending reverence [149:6].
* This is where self-esteem can reside
 
** Which is a problem.  Better to have a moral consciousness of the cosmos than a growing individual self-righteousness.
 
  
  
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* The classic stoic aspired to this level with the "I was constantly strive to do what I ought to, regardless of what others think."
 
* The classic stoic aspired to this level with the "I was constantly strive to do what I ought to, regardless of what others think."
 
** But they got stuck here.  Religion as a glorified moralism.
 
** But they got stuck here.  Religion as a glorified moralism.
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* Uh-oh: this is the level where self-esteem can reside
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** Which is a problem.  Self-esteem is a growing individual self-righteous consciousness.
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** Far better to have a moral consciousness of the cosmos.
  
  
 
==Level 6: Spiritual level==
 
==Level 6: Spiritual level==
  
* Anchored in the inner life, not the external world
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* Reverence still is useful here -- it casts a shadow all the way back down
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* The level of genuine love.
* A personal realization of divine fellowship
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** '''Love''' as in transcending reverence [149:6].
* Spiritual consciousness
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** Wholly beyond selflessness, this is the level of God-likeness.
* Genuine love is on this level.  And this is '''love''' in the context of transcending reverence [149:6].
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*** The level of fatherly love (not level 4's brotherly love)
* The level of fatherly love (not just brotherly love on level 4)
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** A personal realization of divine fellowship
* This is beyond selflessnessThis is God-likeness.
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* Golden rule interpretation: Do unto others what that which is God-like.
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* This is remarkably removed from even the most sublime self-gratification you ever have felt.  Four levels above that! Ponder that.
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* The level of true friendship.
* Do unto others that which is genuinely loving.
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** That's because [[friend is a high word]]--it means "to love."
** Genuine loving service is possible here.  Not urge-ful service, self-service service, feeling-ful service...
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** It's one thing to lay your life down for your kin (4th level)Can you do so for friends?
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** Friendship is transcendent of time.
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*** That's how Jesus could lay down his life for his apparent (in time) enemies, for they were truly (in eternity) his friends.
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* The Golden rule level of "do unto others what that which is God-like."
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* The level of Jesus' new commandment: "love one another as Jesus loves us."
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* The level of genuine loving service.
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** Not urge-ful service.  Not self-service service.  Not feeling-ful service...
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** Loyalty-based service, not sacrifice-based or mututal self-sacrifice based service
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** "Do unto others that which is genuinely loving."
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* The level of Spiritual consciousness
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** A level anchored in the inner life, not the external world
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** A level remarkably removed from even the most sublime self-gratification you ever have felt.  Four levels above that! Ponder that.
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** A level of God-knowingness. Almost entirely known on our planet.
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* Someone observed functioning on this highest level will evoke one of two popular responses:
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** A) Wow, that's a unnatural, God-like person.
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** B) Wow, that person is beside themself.
  
  

Revision as of 21:56, 23 May 2020

The levels of meaning are explained in [147:4] and some related thoughts are described here. They were discussed in depth in the episode Jesus in Galilee—Early Public Work (Part 8)

Don't just blindly accept/believe levels of meaning. Critically ask why there are levels of meaning. Answering "why" questions reflectively and philosophically is how you can approach truth.

As you study this page, bear in mind:

  • Encircuitment in the Holy Spirit potentially reforms animal mind into human mind, opening you to the levels of meaning.
    • Perhaps only superconsciously for many of them, but still, you're immediately and forever better than an animal.
    • Indeed, your superconscious will be in touch with the higher levels of meaning long before your consciousness is.
  • Only humans can have meaning, no animla can.
    • That's because meaning is the superadditive consequence of things and values.
    • So even lowest levels of meaning are not some primitive "thing-ness". Respect, don't despise, the levels for what they are.
  • the levels build upward, yes, but not purely in a "build it from the bottom-up" way.
    • A top-down influence is casting a shadow down, drawing you upward.


Level 0: (implicit) Fear

  • The level of mechanical, non-teachable mind
    • i.e., pre-adjutant mind.
  • The level of your basic foundational individuality.


Level 1: Flesh

A level every one of us should be very familiar with. You probably resemble this level often an "get" its gist easily.

  • The level of selfishness.
    • It's where we all start. God made this level; it is not inherently evil.
    • The toddler shouting "MINE" is at this level, and age-appropriately so.


  • The level of adjutant mind-spirits 1, 2, and 3.
    • The first three "short-term"adjutants are coordinated into this level.
    • These are individuality, associativity, and unity, respectively.
    • The "in the flesh", meaning-in-the-moment adjutants.


  • The level of love as sexual intercourse.
    • Sex love [68:2.4]. Lust fits in here, as well.
    • But even this isn't purely animal fora human, because it is a level of meaning.


  • The Golden rule level of "Do unto others what you want to have done that gratifies the flesh, in the moment."


  • The level that transforms fear into anguish and dread
    • Anguish is individuality like. Dread is unity like.


Level 2: Feelings

Another level you should readily recognize and resemble.

  • The level of adjutant mind-spirits 4, 5, and 6
    • The long-term mind-spirits.
    • These are individuality, associativity, and unity, respectively.
    • They are not so in the moment. A tiny measure of existentialization, a little less locked to the sands of time.
    • Feelings would be impossible if you were just in the moment.
  • And as humans, our feelings are inherently different from animals, as we are aware of our feelings.


  • The level of love-as-a-feeling.
    • Well, at least it's not just an urge on the level of flesh.


  • The level of sympathy
    • Sym- + -pathy: with + feelings


  • The Golden rule level of "Do unto others what you want to have done that gratifies your feelings."
    • "If I am feeling pity for someone, I will do something to assuage my feelings. If the result is positive, I will subjectively declare it good."


  • The level that transforms fear into awe and reverence
    • Awe is individuality like. Reverence is unity like.
    • Your feelings can take you no higher than this level, building from the bottom up!


Level 3: Mind

Be honest. Now we're getting into mysterious, hazy, mostly consciously unknown territory...


  • The level of human mind.
  • This is recognition in the context of getting about reverence [149:6].
  • It isn't about flesh. It isn't about feelings. So what is this?


  • The level of self-respect (or self-regard).
    • The worthwhileness of your selfhood.
    • "No self respecting person would do that!" some are fond of saying. What did they mean by that?
    • Recognize the innate nobility in yourself, and therefore in all others. And act accordingly.


  • The level of the 7th adjutant (wisdom)


  • This is the highest level you ought to go with a self-orientation. Above this you ought to focus on others increasingly.


Level 4: Brotherly love

  • The level of kindness.
    • Which is "kin-like-ness", or "family love."
    • Ergo, this is "love your neighbor as yourself" level.
    • Golden rule interpretation: Do unto others what that which is kind, kin-like, brotherly.
    • This is much more than mutual self-respect as animal-origin beings. This is grounded in the fatherhood of God.
    • Mere feelings are not a predicate for things such as this.


  • The level of mutual self-sacrifice.


  • The level of Scientific consciousness
  • The logical level. The first cosmic intuition
  • This is realization in the context of getting about reverence [149:6].
    • The logical acumen, cause and effect, reveals the brotherhood of man following logically from the fatherhood of God.
    • "consequent recognition of the brotherhood of man." con- + -sequent, with + logical sequence.
  • The lowest level of meaning that is in the upper domain of the mind in the hourglass analogy.
    • Having coordinated the adjutants into one effective mode of spiritualized mind, you have a new foundation on which to stand.
    • (Spiritualized mind is not the same as spirit. It's "unity-ized" mind)


Level 5: Moral level

  • The level of moral duty.
    • Of moral consciousness. In the wholeness of the cosmos sense of morality.


  • The level of the second cosmic intuition.
  • This is appreciation in the context of transcending reverence [149:6].


  • There is an innate wholeness here on this level already, because the 2nd cosmic intuition already is a superadditive consequence of the 1st and 3rd.
  • This is not just what is kind (Level 4), but what is right.
  • The level of selflessness (imagine an impartial 3rd person), not just "mere unselfishness."
  • The classic stoic aspired to this level with the "I was constantly strive to do what I ought to, regardless of what others think."
    • But they got stuck here. Religion as a glorified moralism.


  • Uh-oh: this is the level where self-esteem can reside
    • Which is a problem. Self-esteem is a growing individual self-righteous consciousness.
    • Far better to have a moral consciousness of the cosmos.


Level 6: Spiritual level

  • The level of genuine love.
    • Love as in transcending reverence [149:6].
    • Wholly beyond selflessness, this is the level of God-likeness.
      • The level of fatherly love (not level 4's brotherly love)
    • A personal realization of divine fellowship


  • The level of true friendship.
    • That's because friend is a high word--it means "to love."
    • It's one thing to lay your life down for your kin (4th level). Can you do so for friends?
    • Friendship is transcendent of time.
      • That's how Jesus could lay down his life for his apparent (in time) enemies, for they were truly (in eternity) his friends.


  • The Golden rule level of "do unto others what that which is God-like."


  • The level of Jesus' new commandment: "love one another as Jesus loves us."


  • The level of genuine loving service.
    • Not urge-ful service. Not self-service service. Not feeling-ful service...
    • Loyalty-based service, not sacrifice-based or mututal self-sacrifice based service
    • "Do unto others that which is genuinely loving."


  • The level of Spiritual consciousness
    • A level anchored in the inner life, not the external world
    • A level remarkably removed from even the most sublime self-gratification you ever have felt. Four levels above that! Ponder that.
    • A level of God-knowingness. Almost entirely known on our planet.


  • Someone observed functioning on this highest level will evoke one of two popular responses:
    • A) Wow, that's a unnatural, God-like person.
    • B) Wow, that person is beside themself.


Practical application suggestions

  • In any circumstance you're approaching, reflect on which level you seem to most resemble
  • Suggest to others that there are levels beyond feelings. Most people are stuck there.