“To a true renunciate, who is free from subject/object duality, belief is an impediment” …………………… Shankaracharya
Belief systems thus can be broken down into three broad categories.
1. Ordinary dualistic experiences
a) Experiences that totally dominated by a imposed rigid belief system so that any new experiences and which does not conform to the tenets of the imposed belief system is totally rejected. This is the common situation of arrogant, closed minded, bigoted, prejudiced, dogmatic, stubborn, ideological, or fundamentalist people.
b) Experiences are allowed to condition one’s imposed belief system; they are taken into consideration and are capable of expanding one's vision of reality. But these are still limited, because the nature of the experiences is based on our dualistic perception (separation from all things) rather than one's intimate inter-connection. Thus although the imposed belief system and one's own experiential conditioning is a two way street, such status still severely limits our vision of reality. This is the experience of the true scientist, true searcher, or beginner's mind of open-minded people.
2. A second mindset type uses their spiritual non-dual experiences to inform their belief system. But in these individuals there is a constant iteration between their background of inherited belief system and their non-dual experiential take on reality.
3. A third mindset type is informed directly through sustained or continuous non-dual experience where there is no need for any preordained belief systems because one is rooted through an innate guidance in an absolute reality. Here the self operates through integration of being (sat) and consciousness (citta). That merger brings a state of ecstatic joy (ananda). This is actually is a state of transpersonal and transcendent Being (Satchitananda).
The Tower Tarot card is the only card in the Major Arcana that refers to a total restructuring of one's belief system. The Tower brings disruption, instability, transformation and truth. With the Tower card, one can expect a total deconstruction of one's beliefs and thought patterns. The Tower often indicates that one’s faulty perceptions have caused the creation of an unstable foundation.
The corresponding number to The Tower is sixteen. In numerology, sixteen is reduced to seven, which represents authoritative power and positive action. All given-belief systems come through the diktats of authoritative power. However, in the case of the Tower card, seven refers to a unyielding force that collides with the blinded journeyman. He has lost sight of his true path and he has no choice but to look the choices that he has made in the past.
A positive element to the Tower Tarot card is freedom.
The true meaning of God’s destruction of the Tower of Babel is closely linked to the significance of the Tower Tarot card. Both in Akkadian and Hebrew language ‘Babel’ means ‘Gate to God’. In the Summerian and Egyptian spiritual tradition, a gateway was assigned to a portal for elevation of consciousness and Babel is the portal to Divine consciousness. The people of Shinar who had one language, denotes a collective consciousness rooted to the humanly ordained belief system which is socially and culturally conditioned through a uniform code.
The portal of Divine consciousness cannot be approached through this means and the innate Divine action scatters the people so that they can approach Babel through their individual experiential consciousness; through an individual state of Satchitananda.
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