This journey through the seals is definitely opening up new vistas in my awareness and the fourth seal was no different. The fourth seal works at the level of the causal body, the home of our soul and of archetypes.
Those who have been following my blogs may remember that it is the Christian saints that have been predominantly showing up for me through this excursion, but this seal has been an exception. The Christian saint associated with this seal is St Paul, but he has not been showing up as other saints have.
During the week with that seal however, I kept coming across a buddhist saint in works that I was reading, Padmasambhava. Now, Buddhism is not something I have had a strong resonance with so far in my life and so I had not remembered who the buddhist saints of the seals are. And so I looked to see which saint was associated with the 4th seal, and of course it turns out that it is Padmsambhava.
Because he is related to the causal plane we see him mentioned in relation to collective phenomena. Richard Rudd often speaks about termas, gifts that are released into the collective at certain times. The Gene Keys is one such terma, affecting now thousands of people through its wisdom. Other things that could be considered termas would be the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Nag Hammadi in 1945, texts which have vastly altered our understanding of the conflicts in the early days of Christianity.
Not only can we speak of termas but we can also speak of any transmission that is entering the collective and they are collectively known as Egregores. The Catholic church would be one such egregore, Buddhism another. You can think of them as entities in the astral plane that are in need of human bodies to come into form, they are not something sinister by any means. Egregores may or may not be helpful to humanity though.
There are egregores that would be considered much more harmful, such as Nazism, communism or forms of propaganda use by certain media institutions. Egregores come from realms less dense than the physical and find their way into humanity through individuals or groups. Richard Rudd would be considered to be one of the first points of contact in the physical plane for the transmission that is the Gene Keys.
Another topic that works with our collective challenges and even evil, is something that has been named Wetiko. It is originally a native american name and it speaks to a disease of the psyche, so not relegated to one individual mind, but to soul groupings and takes us deeper into the work with archetypes. Wetikos may appear on the world stage as these projections of evil but it is in each of us as individuals that it is healed. I have the 12th Gene Key (Purity) as my Culture key and 2nd Gene Key (Unity) and am truly only interested in concepts and teachings that help resolve our separation.
It could be easy to see archetypal patterns of evil in the world outside of us, but with Wetiko we learn that the healing of it takes place within each of us, recognising at its core that we are interconnected. So Wetiko itself may make it seem like the evil actions are outside of us, but when we recognise that we are all interconnected and that the potential for evil exists within each of us, we bring an end to that separation. We take ownership of that projection. And when there are many people taking such responsibility, truly doing the work of the shadow then it offers great hope for us. Understanding what is called Wetiko could really help us bring more light into this world. Every shadow contains a gift and wetiko is no different.
But of course this does mean doing our shadow work, not intellectualising it, which can be easy in our desire to escape it. It means witnessing the 64 shadows of the Gene Keys within our being and bringing genuine presence to them to integrate them. When we dissociate from a shadow out of denial or repression we push it away. When we are half hearted in our shadow work the dissociation remains. When we fully presence it, in the presence of the light, we can truly transmute the shadow.
So as we navigate these fascinating times, when it is so easy to buy into the division and reaction, I am reminded to call in the guidance of great sages like Padmasambhava. Understanding of the causal plane can come through him, through merging with him in the unified field of consciousness. Though ideas like egregores and wetiko may seem outlandish, I am inspired by them, they make the great problems of our world something that I am not powerless in. It is like the work of collective trauma healing, which focuses not just on our individual traumas but the traumas we have experienced as nations.
The teaching of the 4th Sacred Seal is "We are the Epiphany." And as Richard says in the invocation, not you, or me, or I, or she, or him, but We, We are the Epiphany. Working on this plane of reality can bring a whole new approach to world problems, I believe it. The work of the Seven Seals is one such teaching that appreciates this, of course there are many others, but this is the one that I am immersed in deeply in these times.
I leave you with this prayer to Padmasambhava, may he, as a higher aspect of your own being, bless you as you journey through your work in the world.
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