In The Angels of Secrets, Beth has to grapple with the idea that visions and dreams can deliver messages that need to be taken just as seriously as messages delivered by ‘real’ human supporters. Across the long arc of her quest, Beth encounters several wise guides who support her journey, going deeper and deeper into the question of her own potential, her own destiny. The idea of invisible or inter-dimensional wise guides is very ancient and we do read about them in biblical and other scriptures. Some of the prophets and teachers ‘ascend’ to heaven, but from that ‘place’ they can instruct human beings searching for truth.
I carefully avoid the term ‘ascended masters’, because I don’t want you to get the impression I’m talking about the New Age concept, as popularised by dubious American guru Elizabeth Clare Prophet, and marketed across the US and Europe by Doreen Virtue, before she subsequently became a Born Again Christian. The mystical masters and mistresses I’m talking about here won’t get their portraits on commercial oracle cards!
I think the term ‘ascended’ suggests these spiritual teachers have gone somewhere else – somewhere over and above our present, everyday reality. Most likely, somewhere ‘better’. My own understanding does fit with the notion that human souls are evolving over many lifetimes, not necessarily all in the human domain, not necessarily in the same dimension. All human souls have the capacity to help someone else along their evolutionary journey, even if they haven’t become ‘enlightened’ themselves. Just the desire to help your fellow souls puts you in the position to learn even while you are explaining what you have already discovered for yourself – the teacher learns by teaching: the teacher discovers and uncovers insights and truth just by engaging with the process of teaching. So, in this sense, we are all ‘mystical masters and mistresses’, we don’t need to ‘ascend’ to anywhere.
When someone is learning a skill, say acquiring musical knowledge and learning an instrument, they will work with someone who knows enough to get them started, then they will progress to a new teacher, someone with more ‘mastery’. In the same way, we can look for teachers and guides who have acquired sufficient experience and wisdom to help us at our level of understanding. As we progress, we may find there are fewer guides who have travelled the paths we find ourselves on. Some of those few may have died to this earth-bound life a long time ago. In this case we may have to converse with invisible guides, through meditation and inner journeys. There is are long-standing traditions in Judaism and Hinduism for revering long dead sages, and seeking to communicate with these earlier gurus through meditative techniques. When a twelfth-century kabbalist claimed The Zohar was written by a second-century sage, perhaps we should not jump to the conclusion this was trickery, but assume the wisdom was channelled.
Madame Blavatsky (1831–1891) who wrote the Secret Doctrine, a magisterial treatise that describes how all world faiths derive from a single source, claimed to have encountered a group of spiritual adepts, the ‘Masters of the Ancient Wisdom’. They sent her to Tibet and trained her to develop a deeper understanding of the synthesis of religion, philosophy and science. Whether she encountered these teachers in the ‘real’ world, or in visions, may not be important. If the content is valuable, we might want to take the claim seriously. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say.
In more recent years, Jane Roberts (1929-1984) ‘channelled’ wisdom from a discarnate guide calling himself ‘Seth’. In 1963 (when Jane was 33 years old) she had a dramatic experience:
Between one normal minute and the next, a fantastic avalanche of radical, new ideas burst into my head with tremendous force… It was as if the physical world were really tissue-paper-thin, hiding infinite dimensions of reality, and I was flung through the tissue paper with a huge ripping sound. When she ‘came to,’ Roberts found herself scrawling the title: The Physical Universe as Idea Construction.
At that time, Jane and her husband did not believe in the reality of extra-sensory experiences and she had a hard time convincing herself that Seth was a useful ‘being’ who could deliver information beyond her own understanding.
Beth is in a similar position to Jane. She has no interest in the paranormal or the supernatural, or religion, or angels. Spiritual language is not on her radar. She is rational and sensible, focussed on a career that requires her to use left-brained logical approach to problem solving. Then she gets a message:
I am the Angel of Secrets; find me!
How can she compute this? Will Dan Cohen help her? Is she willing to follow clues left by her grandmother, who has died? Read Sigil I to discover whether Beth can untangle her resistance to mystical wisdom… coming soon!