by Robert Wilkinson
Here's another gem from the remarkable The Magic of Space, one of the more fascinating books I've ever found. For your perusal and consideration, some thoughts on how to expand our consciousness and strengthen our connection to our heart's knowledge, the vehicle that helps us know the real from the unreal. From Chapter 7, The Self - Its Relation to Space and Matter.
The first thing to remember here is that you cannot confine the Beings from the spiritual plane to your methods. To begin with, you are not working in your accustomed medium; you are working in a higher creative form that you do not know how to use - except unconsciously and relaxedly. Do not strain to make a contact - keep the body relaxed, but free, and stimulate the emotions to respond. Let your spirits rise - let your heart dominate, and abandon yourself to its impulses. Learn to evoke your own inner vitality.
You must expand in spirit, and not intellectually. Of course it is almost like learning another language, so that you can communicate with the other planes of being with understanding - but otherwise communication is hopeless. The brain is the executive, and not the originating branch of our personal government. There is no substance in pure intellect; it is just a very fine shadow. Pure intellect is aloof and unrelated; whatever the brain is incapable of handling, it denies. Imagination is the very gateway of reality - it is the one thing you possess that connects you with the next substance.
Imagination is the transmuting chemical - the only way to get outside yourself. How else could you function beyond your fleshy limitations? Use your imagination masterfully, not as an onlooker. The whole trouble is in using too little, for a little imagination has no strength; instead of freeing you, it is captured. A mere passive willingness cannot help you - you must understand that communication with the higher Beings must be done by your own "heart desire," and not "mind desire." It is useless for any student to simply sit with only mental preparation. You must have soul preparation. And when you do not succeed, seek the reason within yourself. If there is no growth or corresponding demand from within, you are not truly seeking; you are apathetically making an appeal which has no power behind it.
By all means we do not wish to be misinterpreted as stating that it takes intense concentration, for a bodily or mental vacuum is unnatural and impossible. To check the flow of normal physical impulses is also unnatural. Whole living implies the simultaneous functioning of all of the parts of yourself. Only the sharp focus of your attention is shifted as desired to that portion of your being where it is important that it should function for the business of the moment. It is just as serious a mistake to concentrate wholly in the superconscious as it is in the brain-mind or the body. Give to each its balanced due of yourself, for that balancing is the art of life.