THEOSOPHY, Vol. 11, No. 2, December, 1922
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IF Consciousness is the only Reality, the Knower, Sustainer and Experiencer, then every condition or state is more or less a temporary appearance. All classifications refer only to actions of Consciousness -- the universe being "embodied consciousness," a creation of form through forms, a building up of the great from combinations of the small, so to speak. You will remember that H.P.B. says "It stands to reason that life and death, good and evil, past and future, are all empty words, or, at best figures of speech ... they are changes of state, in fact, and no more. Real life is in the spiritual consciousness of that life, in a conscious existence in Spirit -- not matter." She also said that she had in vain endeavored to impart this idea to Theosophists at large, and that with this basic idea all the rest becomes easy; yet thousands of Theosophists reading the statement and like statements, time and again, get no meaning from them.

Consciousness is the cause and basis of all states, whether the fact is realized or not. It alone is whether there are universes or none. If we take the idea that Sight which sees all things cannot see itself, and apply it to Consciousness, it would seem we must concede that Consciousness cannot know itself, although knowing all things. Is not Consciousness Knowledge itself as an abstraction? It is wisdom itself, the object of wisdom, and that which is to be obtained by wisdom; in the hearts of all it ever presideth. It is ever-present, ever perceiving the changing panorama of existence. "I establish this whole universe with a single portion of myself and remain separate."

Our form of consciousness is made up of various and differing contacts with other forms of consciousness. We base our modes of action upon these partial expressions, and get the reaction from them in constant repetitions. As the Self is all and in all things, and all things are in the Self, the Self is the Witness of all. The seeming separate view in us is not a separate Self, but the One and Same as appears separate in all creatures.

Self-knowledge comprises both Self and Knowledge; without Self there could be no knowledge; without being, there could be no knowledge of Self. "The Highest see through the eyes of the lowest." All are partial expressions of the One, seen by the One, known by the One. Individualization of being does not tend to separateness, but to universality of ideation and consequent action. What does it? Thought does it. All experience is by and in Consciousness; Ideation becomes more and more universal.

"And when unreality ceases to exist in the individual self, it is clear that it returns towards the universal; hence there is to be a rejection of the self-assertion and other characteristics of the individual self."

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(1) From notes of a talk by Robert Crosbie. Here published for the first time.--EDITORS.
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