In Christian mystical terms, sometimes development of consciousness is described as the Christ Consciousness, the inner is the basis of the external perceptions. For the mystical Christian, it seems that over time the Christ Consciousness pervades personal perception to the point that one sees all as infinite Christ Consciousness. Other traditions have a similar paradigm. Studying meditation for many years, the Upanishads speak of multiple levels of consciousness, beginning with simple waking, dreaming, and sleeping. The practitioner of meditation/yoga then develops a personal transcendental state, then an awareness of the transcendental state grows in all his life, and finally realization develops that the transcendent “self” is really the entire universal consciousness. In each stage of development of consciousness, the experience of the world differs, i.e. the truth is different in the different states of consciousness. On one level there are all the differences that the senses perceive, but on another the unity of consciousness is the prevailing reality. These states of consciousness apparently exist due to the subjective perception of the observer.
When Master Ou says that the Path of Life goes on forever, I think he is implying a similar developmental model. We practice some internal qigong, then we act differently in the world; then we practice more, and eventually as our state of consciousness develops, we express more compassion. After some time, we perceive greater compassion in the world and universe. Of course it must have been there all the time, but now we notice it because our consciousness is attuned to it. Here is a small example from the Path of Life (English edition p. 142). I had read the following lines without much reaction several times: “Yes: very soon extraordinary scenes appeared from all directions in succession. The north seemed an expanse of white snow, while the south was all bright red; the east was surging with rows of waves (later described as lakes), and the west looked like the green ocean.” As his vision allows him to look more closely, he perceives immortal fruit, and finally, “the earth was in the sky, and the sky was on the earth!” It seems that consciousness went from personal to divine, to infinite. As pleasurable as the description is, I now think that the colors and cardinal points are significant on another level. The ancient seers saw all in terms of the divine connections, even the colors and directions had a divine quality. Before practicing PanGu Shengong, I learned many of these things, but now, I am beginning to feel them. For that I am most grateful to Master Ou. Now, lets go and cook something!