Steve Beckow: Shifting Our Perspective from Being the Body to Being Consciousness

Spiritual Perspectives / Friday, September 11th, 2015

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By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia, September 10, 2015

There are so many shifts we seem called upon to make to prepare the way for the shift in perspective that Ascension will bring. I’d like to talk about one today.

I mentioned earlier that, while we’re pure Consciousness wearing a body, it’s hard for us to imagine what being pure Consciousness “looks like.” Are we like a cloud? Are we a point of Light? Are we nothingness? And if so how does knowing occur?

Bliss and Knowing

Spiritual experiences we have give us clues to the answers to these questions.

One that I had in 1987 gave me an important clue. I had a vision experience, lasting perhaps eight seconds, (1) in which I saw the entire life journey of an individual soul from God out into the world and back to God again.

Never mind what I saw during that time. The bliss that I felt was huge. Before I say what the impact of that bliss was, let me say that the vision was wordless. There was no one narrating it. There were no captions saying “God the Father,” “God the Mother,” etc.

There was no need to because the bliss I felt gave me the ability somehow to know intuitively who and what I was seeing. The vision opened with a large golden sun in the lefthand corner of my sight which I intuitively knew to be God the Father. Out from it shot a small golden star, which I intuitively knew to be God the Child. Then it disappeared into a cloud which I knew to be God the Mother.

The rest of the vision you can read in the source mentioned in footnote 1. The important things is that bliss brought with it a much deeper level of knowledge than I would ordinarily have had. It freed me from the density of this Third-Dimensional body. Jesus described its impact here:

“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (2)

Now combine that with what Paramahansa Yogananda has said: “Aum the bissful comforter is heard in meditation and reveals to the devotee the ultimate truth.” (3)

The Holy Ghost, the Divine Mother, is the primal creative vibration which we call “Aum.” She is full of bliss and brings all things to remembrance. Therefore one of the ways we have of knowing in a higher-dimensional, more-expansive way is through the experience of bliss.

We usually think we enhance our knowledge through study, conversation, listening, etc., and here we find we enhance it through the spiritual, internal, ineffable experience of bliss.  Does that not excite our curiosity about who we ultimately are? And does it not point in the direction of us being Consciousness rather than bodies and brains?

Experience and Knowing

When we hear someone like Archangel Michael or SaLuSa or Matthew Ward, is it not the gentleness with which they speak, the wisdom that comes through, and the love that their words convey what causes us to listen to them. Our experience of their words and what they convey is what causes us to feel we “know” them, is it not?

If a galactic being was standing in front of us, we might initially be afraid, but then, when they speak in soothing and loving tones, we’d relax, would we not? Our own experience of their vibrations and manner of conversing would awaken in us regard, attraction and love. That inner knowing that comes from experiencing them would assert itself and reassure us.

This is an example of our own inner knowing coming to the surface. There would be no substitute for this inner knowing. If they presented credentials from the Arcturian High Council or showed us their spaceship or did a jig before us, none of that would reassure us. But the love in their voices and their soothing tone would resonate with something deep inside of us and bring about an inner knowing. The fact that this inner knowing is what is ultimately persuasive points again to us being at essence Consciousness.

This effect is not only seen when meeting a stranger. When reading a spiritual master, the more that master – like Yogananda or Ramakrishna for instance – are able to access and talk about love, joy, and happiness – the more they’re like a magnet to us. Something in what they say resonates with us. This too should demonstrate to us that knowingness increases with our experience of their divine qualities.

Depth and Knowing

When I profess my love to my sweet angel (4) and she to me, we go deeper and deeper in our sharing. We don’t discuss what’s happening in China or how we like crepes but don’t like quiche (I’m making it up). No, we go deeper and deeper into professing our love for each other. And going deeper multiplies our love.

And the more love we feel, the more certain we are of various things; the easier it is to make large and important decisions; and the more love we have to give to others. The greater becomes our desire to serve as well. Going deeper also increases our knowingness.

Love is a property of Consciousness. The more we love, the more conscious we are. This again points one’s attention to the fact that knowingness is to be found inwardly, which itself leads us to encounter the fact that we are at essence Consciousness.

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These then are some ways in which we begin to experience or suspect that we are at essence Consciousness. Recognizing and acknowledging them allows us begin shifting our perspective from considering ourselves to be at essence this temporary wrapping we call a body, this means of experiencing physicality, to considering ourselves to be the bodiless, formless Consciousness that we truly are.


(1) Described here: “Ch. 13 Epilogue,” at

(2) John 14: 26.

(3) Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi. Bombay: Jaico, 1975, 144n.

(4) Yes, the Divine Mother has brought me a sweet angel. But I’m not willing to identify her yet (although I will write about my experience of sacred union). Please allow us that privacy and consideration.


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