The Seven Spirits of God
The text listed below relates to the physically perceptible manifestations of the Spirit of God. The first citation is taken from the book of Jonah, where each of the manifestations is mentioned briefly. The text fragments listed lower down are taken from "The Spiritual Law".
Fragment taken from Jonah describing the seven fires:
2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. (Inner Wisdom stressing the emptiness of the body while experiencing it) 2:3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: (Outer Penance referring to the external feeling of the Spirit and water like pressure felt in hands) all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. (Union stressing the skin surface shivering sensation which passes like waves over the body) 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: (Outer Word stressing the water like filling of the body or a sensation of the second soul being present within) the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. (Inner Penance stressing the skin surface sensation beginning at the head of the recipient) 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: (Outer Wisdom stressing the bone related sensation) yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. (the Messianic accent relating to the rising from the dead) 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. (Inner Word referring to the internal fever like shivering)
Outer Penance ("The Spiritual Law" page 91)
The form and the gesture may be related to the physical experience of a person under the influence of the fire of the outer penance. As indicated before the fires may manifest themselves in a physically perceivable manner. A person who is under the influence of any of the fires may actually feel such manifestations. This feeling is very much similar to the feelings provided by the physical senses but still clearly distinguishable. In the case of the outer penance this feeling is mainly located in the area of palms of the hands.
The feeling is external in the sense that a person experiences a notion of touching of some outside of the body substance. The feeling is very similar to touching some fluid. Let us describe the sensation in detail so to make it very clear. Suppose a person fills a kitchen sink with warm water. Then places both hands within the sink palms facing each other and separated by some twenty centimeters. Then the palms may be moved closer and further from each other trying to imitate squeezing some invisible substance between them.
What one would feel is a form of external pressure on the surface of the palms and some form of tension between them. A very similar phenomenon is perceived by persons under a visible presence of the fire of the outer penance. The palms of the hands seem to be submerged in some form of a substance and whenever one tries to move them the pressure is perceived. This sensation may be correlated with feelings of warmth or coolness on the surface of the palms. On occasions a sensation of pricking may be also be experienced. The important effect of the above description is the fact that any other person who is exposed to influence of someone with the fire present may feel effect of such sensation on the skin.
Thus if a person with the fire present moves his/her hand over someone else's shoulder (at some distance say half a meter) then the second person would observe a sensation of pressure or even the warmth or the coolness. The above experiences are commonly observed by persons who perform healing by hand laying. A healer would refrain from touching of a sick person but by placing his/her hand at some distance would influence the sick person through the actions of the fire of the outer penance. How effective is such healing? It very much depends on some other factors but it would seem that some spectacular miracles often happen in this way.
The above method of healing works due to the ability of the outer penance to remove the unclean from the clean as described above. A priest performs a very similar action. The palm of his hand is directed toward the congregation when blessing and the fire of the outer penance present in his soul cleanses the persons present. The fire of the outer penance is also able to gather the spiritual resources in one place (this is the effect of concentration on which the spirit stands). The effect of such gathering is the strengthening of the abilities of the congregation thus being blessed.
Inner Penance ("The Spiritual Law" page 102)
When a person progresses on the road of the fire of the inner penance the fire may manifest it's presence in a physically recognizable way. As in the case of the other fires there are a number of bodily sensations that a person may experience when the fire is present. The most obvious is a form of skin numbness perceived on the surface of the head. The sensation starts from the top of the head and progresses lower with time.
A usual duration of such sensation may be up to few hours but half an hour is more common. The sensation may be limited to the skin on the head and the face but on some rare occasions it may actually progress toward the shoulders and even the entire surface of the body skin. The sensation is very much comparable to the feeling of the skin becoming numb.
There is nothing special associated with such sensation. No revelations or any special emotional states. Just the numbness of the skin. The above sensation may be experienced most commonly when a person is very still and contemplative although it is not a result of contemplation. An active person performing some mechanical task may experience the same sensation.
Outer Wisdom ("The Spiritual Law" page 123)
The main area of the body which experiences the manifestation of the fire is the bones. The fire enters the very bones and presses them from within with such a force that the experience is on the level of pain. One could risk a statement that there is a need for the experience to last at most for a second otherwise the person would not be able to withstand it.
The fire may enter through a part of the body in a very localized fashion. Such entry is observed by the recipient and could be compared to a point which with an incredible speed moves from the outside through for example the top of the head lower into the area of the torso. Then the fire moves from one set of the ribs to the other entering the structure of the bones. When the fire enters the volume of the bones (ribs) she pushes from the inside making them very painful.
After that the fire would leave through the same route that is through the top of the head. A person undergoing such sort but painful experience feels empty inside. That is there is no physical prevention for the fire to move in the fashion she moves. There are no additional sensations associated with such manifestation. There are also no revelations nor any form of information passing. Also, one is not moved emotionally in any special way.
Inner Wisdom ("The Spiritual Law" page 133)
The manifestations of the fire of the inner wisdom may last for a few minutes or even a few hours at a time. They are always very gentle and soothing. The physical manifestation is accompanied by the strong mental elevation and they cooperate in the process. The physical manifestation may be described as follows: A person perceives a form of a gentle zephyr (a very gentle breeze) moving through the torso. This movement is across the body (like from side to side or from front to back).
The zephyr is perceived as slightly cool but very pleasant. At the same time the mental state of the person is light and free from any form of stress. A form of a mental flying could be used as a similarity. An experience of this kind may result in some subsequent revelations or any other spiritual favor thus making the person richer spiritually.
Outer Word ("The Spiritual Law" page 108)
As with the other fires this one may also result in bodily recognizable sensations when present. Those sensations are usually very clearly identifiable even though at the very moment of the manifestation one may not be completely aware of them. A manifestation is usually felt within the entire volume of the body of a person. This manifestation may be extremely strong on occasions and is always of a similar type.
What one feels is that the entire body is filled with some form of a fluid of uniform density. One becomes like a large balloon where the skin forms the outer surface of such a balloon. The inside of the body is filled and a form of a uniform pressure within the volume of the body is felt. Such person does not feel any individual parts of one's own interior but rather the entire volume of the body seems to consist of the same liquid material. There are other strong sensations associated with the above manifestations. The most important one is the problem with keeping proper upright position. One may feel a bit like a drunk with the surroundings becoming unstable. The effect is so much similar to the situation alcohol intoxication that we need to expand on it a bit.-
Inner Word ("The Spiritual Law" page 115)
The fire when descending on a soul makes a very marked impression. The body of such a person may be so strongly under the influence of the fire that any of the onlookers may actually see the effect of the presence of the fire. A person under such influence would feel a bit like under a very high fever. This is not that there would be any high temperature of the body. On the contrary the body temperature of such a person remains normal throughout the entire experience.
However, the muscles of the body shiver in a fashion very much similar to that of a feverish person. The shivering may be so strong that such a person may have serious problems with speaking. The muscles of the chin become contracted and the entire body undergoes such feverish-like trembling spasms. The experience may last for couple of minutes or maybe up to fifteen minutes. The sensation is very much related to the words being spoken and is intensified when a person tries to speak. It may seem to be a bit like a contradiction.
A person under the visible influence of the fire tries to speak. When the words are being formed the fire makes the impression on the body making the pronunciation of the word difficult or even impossible. When the person resigns from the intention of speaking the sensation becomes less preventing so the person may try to continue the sentence. Again while doing this the sensation returns in the intensified strength making the uttering of the words more difficult.
Fire of Union ("The Spiritual Law" page 148)
When the fire of the union expresses her presence in a bodily perceivable fashion she introduces sensations similar to a skin surface traveling goose-flesh. The sensation could be compared to the one observed when standing near a see shore during a hot weather and experiencing the coolness of a breeze. The cool wind surrounds a person every second or so causing a wave of goose-flesh traveling along the skin. This is almost exactly how one feels it. The only difference is that the sensation provided by the fire is not related to the weather.
Thus sitting at home in a still position and without any form of air movement around one may experience those coming and going gusts of goose-flesh very much like the breeze effect. The traveling sensation usually moves along the body from top toward the legs and may be felt on the cheeks and the top of the head as well. This sensation may also be manifested on the surface of arms. The most common is along the torso though. There is also another sensation related to the fire of union. The goose-flesh on the body without any form of movement.
Under some emotional states provided by the fire one may observe the skin attaining such attribute. The sensations of the above type last from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the situation and are always related to the thoughts present in the mind of a person. The thoughts need to be such as to be in agreement with the fire so that the aspect of solidarity is underlined. Thus the fire joins the person in the force of solidarity.