– The higher degrees of clairvoyance
Have you ever thought about the fact that we can only see the people and things around us if they are lit by rays of light falling on them? The sun has sometimes been called ‘the lamp of the universe,’ and this expresses the idea that it is thanks to the light of the sun that the world is illuminated and that, as a result, man can see the things around him.
Objects are visible, therefore, only when light falls on them and lights them up; this law is valid in the physical world and also in the spiritual world. In the spiritual world, however, there are no lamps for us to switch on as we switch on the light on the stairs or in our bedroom; if we want to see something, it is we who have to shed light from ourselves.
This is why so few people are capable of seeing anything on the spiritual plane: they expect things to be lit up for them. They don’t know how to project the rays of light that would enable them to see.
As a matter of fact, everything that exists on the subtle planes – astral, mental, causal, and so on – actually emits rays of light, but of a kind that cannot be seen by our physical eyes. This is why we have to develop our subtle organs and switch on our inner lamps so that we may project beams of light onto the surface of beings and objects and make them visible.
There are several different kinds of vision to which we give different names depending on the plane on which they apply. On the highest level is the vision of the spirit; that which we call intuition. This is not a material form of vision, of course; very often, in fact, a person is unaware that he is actually seeing something. When a person suddenly receives the revelation of a higher, divine truth, it means that they have projected rays of light from themself and that these rays have reached to a great distance and a great height and enable them to see some laws or correspondences, some of the structures of the universe. It is the light of the spirit that lights up the divine reality and makes it possible for humans to understand it.
On another level, vision goes by the name of sensation, for sensation is also the result of a kind of light that a person projects onto objects and living creatures. When you feel things, you vibrate in unison with them, you are conscious of their existence and of their closeness; it is as though you were seeing them.
And, finally, there is a third kind of vision which consists in an awareness of glimmers of light, colours, objects and entities coming and going on the etheric and astral planes. Generally speaking, though, those who see these things don’t understand what they are seeing and don’t know how to interpret them without help. If they do venture to interpret them themselves, they are often wrong. This kind of sight is not very useful, therefore; in fact, it can often impede a person’s evolution.
There are different degrees of sight, therefore. The highest degree is that of intuition which is both an understanding and a sensation of the divine world, and it is on this level that we should begin. Once armed with this higher degree of understanding and sensation we can move back to the vision of the etheric and astral planes and begin to explore and study them.
To be continued…
Omraam Mikahel Aivanhov,
Izvor Book 228, Looking into the Invisible, Intuition, Clairvoyance, Dreams