I’ll freely admit to being particularly biased in my views, but the study of astrology has filled me with a continuing awe of how those distant planets can effect we mere mortals on a daily basis. I also know that it takes a type of obsessive personality to want to dig so deeply into a very complex discipline that incorporates the science of astronomy, rudimentary geometry, human psychology, ancient archetypes, universal theologies, etc., and still come away with a consistent marvel of how it all works, but I was born with that particular natal design in my birth chart. Other folks in other fields of fascination would probably ‘fess-up to their own equally obsessive personality traits, but I digress.
Regardless, here’s why astrology keeps me going, it’s the Law of Correspondences that rules astrology, as well as every other mystic tradition – every other spiritual path – I know of. It states, “As above, so below. As within, so without. As the Universe, so the Soul.” In these brief statements lie too many truths to get into here, but essentially, what goes on “out there,” goes on “in here” as well. It’s the Universe effecting our Souls, but also vice versa. It’s the spirit of spirit itself, instructing and reflecting stuff we already intuitively know – stuff that we’ve necessarily forgotten about as part of our pledge to return to this Earth plane after one or many incarnations here. If your mind can grasp any of these simple, yet highly profound truths, that level of fascination can easily turn our five senses into an acknowledgment that a “sixth sense” actually exists.
In this regard, simply by asking your question signifies that you are already fully in possession of a sixth sense. In other words, there’s something beyond your five senses that has alerted you to a sixth sense, something that may have been triggered by something as simple as perhaps the movie of the same name. Run with whatever has first gotten you to this point. There will surely be spiritual dead-ends along the way, but if you keep up with it, retreat whenever confusion sets in, rest for a while, and then dig into something else that keeps your fascination level up – you’ll be all set in your own personal spiritual path – your own sixth sense.
Here are a couple of short-cuts I’ve rediscovered lately. Emmet Fox’ “The Sermon on the Mount,” the “Nag Hammadi Library,” and either of the last two books by Eckhart Tolle. Although they all espouse a Christian view of the spiritual path, the wisdom in these books goes way beyond anything the Bible has to say about the way things truly are. Being “Christian” merely means fully knowing the Christ Consciousness, known in other cultures by different names. For instance, this same level of Divine consciousness can be found in a disciplined study of the experiential shamanic drum, the teachings of Buddha, a complete understanding of Rumi’s poetry, or anything else that gets you “there.”
Always remember though that it’s your own spiritual path – your own sixth sense – that will get you to where you intuitively know you need to get to. Many others have already been there though, and these are the short-cuts we all need to remember and reawaken to.
Read and explore, read more and explore more, re-read and re-explore. We eventually begin to know that we’re standing on the shoulders of giants, and can see horizons our ancestors – even the great Masters – never knew existed!
Peace on your path, Phil