A favorite childhood verse of mine by Ibn al 'Arabi goes like this:
God sleeps in the rock (1st kingdom)
Dreams in the plants (2nd kingdom)
Stirs in the animals (3rd kingdom)
Awakens in humans (4th kingdom)
I believe that it is time to add another line:
And Shines in the realm of Souls (5th kingdom)
There is a magnificent spectrum of divine expression stretching from the dense physical plane all the way to the highest fiery frequency of Divine Will to which we give the name ‘kingdoms’.
Much of this Spectrum goes unregistered by our human senses and so it is not surprising that we are unaware of these ‘invisible realms’ in our everyday activities. So what is the nature of this 5th kingdom, the Realm of Souls?
It has been referred to by different names, such as the Communion of Saints, the Hierarchy, The Masters of Wisdom and the The Illumined Ones. My dear friend Donald Keys called this sphere of consciousness the land of ‘post-graduate humans’. I like his description as it hints at the story of what it takes to inhabit this neighboring level.
A resident of this realm might be described as one who has cleared away all blockages and distortions from within their field so that the personality is fused with the Soul and the Light of the Inner Sun radiates unhindered as a blessing. For me, the 5th kingdom represents the full flowering of the promise held within the heart of humanity.
Meanwhile back on Earth, we inhabitants of the 4th kingdom struggle to master those skills that will help establish right human relations, cultivate non-attachment to form and generally clean up the un- illumined personal patterns and unhelpful behaviors that constitute ‘the shadow’ - the unredeemed aspects of the Self.
We are each enrolled in a vast planetary graduate program and, thankfully, have the guidance of mentors from the Realm of Souls who have successfully traveled the same challenging paths that we presently find ourselves on.
The Ageless Wisdom indicates that a major task for humanity is building a path of consciousness - a ‘rainbow bridge’ - to connect the 4th and the 5th kingdoms so that through this living link a flood of much needed light and love can enter our earthly planes.
It is the power of this Soul light that will dispel the darkness caused by fear and ignorance gripping so much of humanity today. Collectively, we are being called to be ‘Suns of God’ and shine our light in the darkness.
Cooperation and ‘right relations’ with Nature is usually seen as the way in which we wisely use the resources of the planet, how we respect the plants and animals as well as how we treat each other. Maybe it is time to expand our concept to include how we commune and cooperate with the Kingdom of Souls as partners in a great Plan of Light.