following shocks, diverse traumas and social
pressure, consciousness enters into the emotional
and its "being-in-the-world" begins to struggle in
action/reaction to external stimuli. This is the
second consciousness level on the journey of the
Next, once the memory and profound energies of the
body have been awakened in the course of various
initiations, consciousness tears itself away from
the sphere of emotional manipulations and enters,
in the course of an experience of "illumination",
into the world of direct "perception". From that
time on, the being is fully linked with the world
surrounding him. He leaves the sphere of illusions
and begins to see himself as he truly is, allowing
others to do the same. A painful time, in which
consciousness finds itself neither here nor there.
The old foundations have become obsolete, and the
ones to come are yet unknown. It is the third level
of awareness: perception.
This transforming event closely resembles a
near-death experience, but differs in that
consciousness, which accompanies the process, is
placed in the situation of an
In it, the consciousness escapes from the body, as
if "breathed in" to a spiral of expansion in which
it first becomes fully aware of its body, then of
its near environment, then its village or district,
then its region, its country, its continent, then
its entire planet, its galaxy and suddenly enters
into a circle of white light of fusion with the
divine. Then, situated at the source of all time,
it sees the round of galaxies and all the modes of
energetic incarnation. It perceives the worlds
incarnated on the elements of fire, earth, and air.
It is then, because the hour of its definitive
fusion in this light has not yet arrived, that the
consciousness is thrown back from this white world
and surfs on the wave of our own world's
incarnation, based on the element of water, back to
its body's here and now.
The individual has been transformed by this
immersion in white light, and returns with two
gifts: the fear of death has disappeared and a
growing confidence in his unconscious has
established itself. The volume of human,
all-too-human that remains to be dealt with has
gone below the fatal bar of 50%, and the slow
progress towards wisdom can begin.
In the everyday life of compagnon Re-né, new
responsibilities are at hand.
image was published in 1888 by Camille Flammarion in L'atmosphere:
meteorologie populaire, with the caption: a Medieval
missionary tells how he located the place where earth and
heaven meet. It was also used by the compagnonnage, which
attributed the following legend : The compagnon "Re-ne", initiate
passing during his lifetime into the other world.of reality.
The wood engraving is variously dated as mid-16th century,
late 16th century, late 18th, and even late 19th century.