The purpose of this glossary is to provide the meaning of terms as they are used in this book. The definitions below are not exhaustive, nor are they meant to replace certain commonly-held usages of the terms. To gain a more complete understanding, study the concepts as they appear throughout the book and allow the full meaning to unfold inside of you, as you continue to grow on your path toward illumination.
Anticipation is a state of being that recognizes potential and keeps one open to the possibility found in God. Anticipation is different from expectation, which is built on presently held ideas and is typically linked to desire, attachments, and specific outcomes. Expectation is often an impediment to spiritual growth, whereas anticipation reflects an advanced state of spiritual awareness.
An archetype is a primordial form of energy (e.g., a pattern of thought, an image) that is universally present in the psyche of human beings (e.g., mother/father, healer, prostitute, victim).
With attachment, one’s identity or happiness is conditional upon or inseparably linked to someone, something, or some result. Attachments are the result of memories of events that were signified as pleasurable by the ego. Any stimulus to the system that instigates the memory results in conditioned behavior that is used to acquire, or attempts to acquire the same pleasure or the same results.
Chakras are energy centers in the body that correspond to various aspects of consciousness.
A channel is a pathway created within a person’s interior being wherein the person receives information and/or healing presence from higher states of consciousness. A channel may also refer to a person who channels.
Channeling is the process of going into an altered state of awareness, receiving information (or healing power) from other states of consciousness, and sharing the information (or healing) with those present. At the highest level, the information that is channeled comes from Christ or God consciousness.
Christ consciousness is the highest stage of consciousness available to human beings in the material plane, prior to God consciousness, in which the being enters union with God. This process was embodied by Jesus during his lifetime on earth. Through the process of growth in consciousness, Jesus was transformed into “the Christ.”
The collective unconscious is the realm of consciousness that contains every thought, action, and intention that exists in the universe.
Pure consciousness is an awareness of presence and the meaning of that presence while existing in a state of complete freedom (freedom meaning there is no sensory or external stimulation that creates an awareness of presence, so that the being is aware of presence solely through its own interior state). This pure interior state is unconditioned reality, and as such is unconditioned love and truth.
The cultural unconscious is the realm of consciousness that contains all of the thoughts, symbols, and actions that are specific to a culture into which a person is born.
Death is a transition from one state of being to another state of being that signifies the end of a person’s purpose in this material world.
Duality is the belief that we are separate from God. Dualism can be expressed in a number of ways, but it is most commonly experienced by seeing things as either good or bad/evil.
The ego is the part of the being that exists to protect the “false self.” The ego uses fear to control, manipulate, and to keep the person in a state of ignorance and illusion.
The false self is a mental construct created out of fear, which contains false ideas and false understandings of God, primarily the false understanding that we are not spiritual beings living in a spiritual creation. A person who has not learned to distinguish the false self from the source of truth often sees the false self as the source of what is good and true.
God, the essence of all being and existence, is love and truth. Everything is created out of God’s being.
God describes God’s own being to Moses in the third chapter of Exodus, verse 14: “I am that I am.” This statement is a statement of truth that recognizes presence. The voice that Moses hears is the manifestation of presence indicating there is awareness of presence (consciousness). Moses understands the meaning of what is happening and is allowed to respond and even to challenge God while in a state of freedom. He ultimately acts out of faith and trust in his conscious awareness of God.
The Hebrew language also captures the essence of God in the way that the verb “to be” is understood. The context expresses when the verb is an imperative command like “be good,” or when the meaning can be situated in the present like “I am,” but the verb can also express a future condition, “I will be.” With the above definitions and the statement from God about God’s own being, we understand God as the unfolding of being, an immediate presence, and the potential that can exist. God as truth and love will manifest according to God’s own divine order. There is so much to learn when we begin to see that God will not be pinned down, fixed inside a chronological system of time, or required to conform to human understanding, yet, at the same time we can experience God through God’s presence, through acts of love, and through the potential that can manifest in an infinite variety of expressions.
God consciousness is the highest state of consciousness. In this state, all things exist in a state of oneness.
The human unconscious is the realm of consciousness that contains all experiences that human beings share (life, death, motherhood, fatherhood, etc.).
Ideal (and Christ ideal)
The ideal is an understanding of perfection that a person can hold in his or her awareness (during meditation, for example) to help move the mind toward God consciousness. By using the ideal, the personal journey ventures inward rather than outward and seeks what is at the foundation of life and what is beyond personal needs and desires.
The Christ ideal represents the highest ideal of conscious and awareness within a person and is exemplified in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Ignorance is the state of believing that the physical being represents one’s true identity. There are two forms of ignorance: pure ignorance and conditional ignorance.
Pure ignorance happens when the being is not exposed to correct knowledge, and the lack of knowledge is not the fault of the being. The consequences of pure ignorance remain neutral until the person gains the knowledge or wisdom to choose according to their freedom, and then also has the opportunity to acknowledge the previous lack of understanding.
Conditional ignorance is chosen by the being in response to life circumstances with the full knowledge that the correct knowledge and wisdom are known or are available.
Illumination is the final stage of consciousness in which the person experiences oneness with God. Illumination is the result of spiritual practice, proper intention, and a commitment to spiritual understanding.
Imaginal realm is the part of the collective unconscious in which a person can experience the archetypal and primordial aspects of God’s being. The mutual experience of the imaginal realm can be expressed in the following way: the part of us that is God recognizes God, and God recognizes us.
Imagination is a human faculty that develops out of higher forms of consciousness in combination with the will, with the capacity to creatively express God using symbols, experiences, language, images, and information stored in the collective consciousness.
Instinct is the life force or energy of consciousness that flows through a person and results in a special kind of feeling or knowing.
The intellect is a part of the being that processes information using the faculties of the mind. The bound intellect only sees or uses information produced by the senses and is functional in the lower levels of consciousness. The unbound intellect functions when higher levels of consciousness are active, which allows the being to discern when to ignore the ego’s attempts to control or influence the being’s thoughts or actions. Higher realms of consciousness are available to the unbound intellect.
Intuition is a human faculty with its origins in the life force and the energy of consciousness, just like instinct, but it is of a higher order of awareness and can be used or accessed by the awake mind.
Karma is the result of living in a state of ignorance and illusion resulting from the choices (conscious and unconscious) made by the being. Karma must be “worked off” on the path toward illumination.
A karmic sheath is a metaphor that represents the manner that karma manifests in the person, analogous to a coating that distorts to some degree our ability to function with awareness. The different levels of karma are depicted in The Map of Consciousness and described in the sections of the book on karma.
Love is a state of being that embodies presence (God presence) and fully embraces truth as it is experienced within oneself and others. When we love someone, we bear witness to truth as it is manifest in the person. Love also represents the act of love, doing loving things.
Active memory is the realm of consciousness in which we access stored information. Typically, we can recall this information fairly easily, sometimes through a process of discursive thinking.
The awake mind is the part of us that experiences the material world primarily through the senses. The awake mind experiences the constant stream of thoughts that spontaneously arise and pass through the mind during the day.
Perfection (wholeness) is a continuous process of being and becoming, and is the dynamic realization of potential.
The personal unconscious is the realm of consciousness that includes everything that has ever happened to us, and everything we have learned from both explicit teachings and implicit understandings.
Presence is the embodiment of eternity, perfection, love and truth in a human being: God’s presence.
Prophecy is the act of speaking as a representative of God; God’s voice.
Repentance is the turning of the full being toward God. It is the means by which the interior orientation of the person—their sight, their hearing, and their mind—is attuned to God.
Revelation is the process of disclosing content, information, or an experience from higher consciousness (at the highest level, this would be God).
Sin is actions, thoughts, or intentions that result in an ordering of human love contrary to divine love. The results of sin turn us away from God. Examples of sin include selfish intention, attributing to oneself what belongs to God, self-love before love of God or neighbor.
Synchronicity is an independent event that occurs when two things (or people) come together in a moment according to their purpose (the events are connected by a convergence of meaning).
Truth is an instance of presence. Truth occurs when what is manifest and its meaning are recognized and understood within a person. Truth is not fixed or static. An example of material truth is when you have an object, a cup, for example, and the meaning of that object (e.g., how it’s used, what it’s used for) is recognized and understood by those who use the cup. A non-material example of truth is love. When there is a manifestation of love, like an act of giving to someone, and the meaning of that giving is recognized, received, and understood by both parties, there is truth. In cases where one person believes they are performing a loving act, but the receiver does not perceive the act as loving, the person receiving can become a “witness to the truth” by acknowledging the other person, even if they have a different understanding of love and truth.
Truth can be acknowledged and understood, but the human being does not own truth. Human beings can only bear witness to the truth. Remember Jesus standing before Pilate when he says that he came into this world to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37).
The will is a life force or energy that moves through us and finds expression according to our decisions and the intentions behind those decisions. The will is consciousness—as a life energy or force— applying itself to a process.