Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's framework of seven dimensions of the mind divides consciousness into seven categories that range from gross to extremely subtle. The third dimension is mankindís normal level of consciousness, consisting of thoughts and emotions about our own and othersí lives. The fourth through the seventh dimensions can be described as the inner, mystical or higher realms of consciousness. They are within everyone but require training and practice to be accessed with continuity.
This unique framework is useful in two ways. Firstly, it helps us clearly understand the interrelatedness of states of consciousness that we experience. Secondly, it provides guidance in our efforts to access inner states of consciousness. This requires knowing which dimension of the mind the inner state is in. Like following a marinerís map, once we pinpoint a superconscious experience we are able to return again and again.
Gurudeva gives a helpful key to experiencing the states of consciousness in the fourth through seventh dimensions by relating them to the chakras. Specifically, he states that, while in meditation, to experience states of inner consciousness within the fourth dimension, look at the world from the chest area (anahata chakra); for the fifth dimension, look out from the throat area (vishuddha chakra); for the sixth dimension, look out from between the eyes (ajna chakra); or the seventh dimension, look at the inner world through the top of the head (sahasrara chakra).
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