Lesson 9

Introduction to the Powers

In this discussion we looked at the lesson on powers in the context of sustaining soul consciousness and removing the heads of Raven.

What is the aim of this lesson?

To empower the soul against Raven.

The experience of this lesson has not been 100% positive in the past. There is a lot of information and it can come across quite theoretical.

Choose between 2-4 powers and focus on them. The other powers can be given to the students as a kind of self exploration.

I'm not sure that I even use 'the powers' as such... How can I be an authority on the powers?
There needs to be some homework by the teacher to recognise the powers that will already be being used by the awake soul in the daily drama. There will be practical experiences, but they need to be identified and valued.

What is the relationship between these powers and the understanding of winning over Maya, Raven?

It may be good to start from scratch with ones own understanding of what the powers mean within the context of ones working model. Then later, these powers can be matched to the traditional '8 powers'. For example:

-Power to see with the highest vision ones brother souls
-Power to not feed Raven
-Power to not cross the line
-Power to face the drama
-Power to keep the drama small
-Power to discern ones intention (if it is coming from Raven or the awake soul)
-Power to transform sanskaras
-Power to keep the angelic soul awake

Can / should the powers be introduced only now or before? Don't the students need to know about the powers earlier? Can they be introduced gradually? 
It feels like student should know about the vices and attachment from the first lesson and have some idea of the powers that are needed to overcome this. Aspects of the powers naturally get touched upon in the 'mind, intellect and sanksaras' lesson. 

What is the power that we are talking about?

One thought is that power is about breaking something, something needs to 'break' before something can grow. 
Power is needed to keep the soul awake. Power is needed to protect the divine intellect.
For the awake angelic soul it is natural, it is at the drama level that it appears to be 'a power'. The Angel doesn't tolerant, he is naturally beyond, but from a drama perspective it might be interpreted as tolerance.

Why is this lesson on powers at near the end? What is the purpose of having this lesson near the end?

It follows the Ram and Sita story which starts to talk about strategies for how to win the game.

What does this lesson on powers connect with?

In addition to the Ram and Sita story it connects with the whole topic of Spritual Intelligence. It also brings another angle to the Law of Karma. Expanding on how powers are used in different situations in drama.

How can the student feel empowered by the lesson? 

Recognising that students are already on a journey, acknowledging the process that has already started within them. For example, if they have already given up a habit such as smoking, recognise the powers that were used to change that sanskara. 

Can this be brought to clarity, i.e. be brought to the level beyond the drama?

Spend some time painting a mental picture of the sanskaras of the Golden Age or of the Angel. This gives the students the bigger picture and gives an aim. Start with the highest, then the powers are in the context of achieving that.

If the powers are naturally intertwined throughout the course, what makes this lesson an advancement on the powers?

There could be time taken to show how the yogi soul has powers to see problems in advance, as well as other deeper aspects. Inspiring the student by painting the picture of the highest elevated stage that can be created from the refinement of Gyan and Yoga. Reinforce the this elevated aim of being beyond influence of the drama.

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