THE NATURE OF INNER CONSCIOUSNESS
Just as one ascends through the three Universes, from Asiyah to Ruah to Beriah, and even beyond, so the progression from the Outer to the Inner and finally the Innermost Being is also a mystical path to Divine Light, Truth, and Love.
The ordinary mundane consciousness and existence pertains to the Outer Being only. This is the usual state of the person who is ruled by the ego and considers him or her self seperate from the rest of creation, and so strives for his or her own needs alone, either not considering, or else subordinating, the needs of others. But once we enter the Inner Being we have a new phenomena, relative to ordinary existence; the transcendence of egotism. The yogi and mystic therefore tend to explore by going inwards, to the Inner Being. The further one progresses in this direction, the more selfless and truely spiritual one becomes.
Because the microcosm consists of a Physical/Etheric, an Emotional, and a Mental component, there are a number of different Inner Being experiences, each represented by a particular spiritual path.
The Inner Mental is experienced through meditation and one-pointedness, clarity and focus of mind. The most effective technique to access this dimensional of being is the Theravada practice of Vipassana meditation. Very similiar is the Soto Zen path of meditation and gradual Enlightenment. Eventually, through these techniques, one is said to break through to the transcendent dimension.
The Inner Emotional is the experience of wholesome positive emotions, or even Divine Love. On the Physical and Chthonic plane level we have phenomena like rebirthing and primal screaming, which temporarily clear out emotional blockages. On the etheric Emotional body level there is the approach of devotional mysticism, represented by the Sufi way of the Heart, Contemplative Christianity, and Hindu Bhakti-yoga.
The Inner Physical is experienced through the activation of the inner ch'i energy, as in Taoist Internal Alchemy yoga .
All these techniques pertain to the inner dimensions of the nefeshic faculties. On a more subtle (i.e. ruatic and neshamic) level, the Inner Mental corresponds to "the opening of the third eye", and the Inner Emotional to "the opening of the heart chakra".
Through continual occult development that part of the being that
is closest to the Augoeides or Higher Self becomes transformed by it, and
constitutes a sort of perfected Inner Being. This is more or less
the "vehicle of the (Divine) Soul" of Neoplatonism (sometimes called the
"astral body" - okhmea asteroides), and the "Causal body" of Theosophy.