I'd like to know a little more about how this disablement of the self occurs; what is the process? [See The Communicative]
I can think of obvious things like drug abuse, being in an abusive relationship, etc. But can the erosion of the self ever be a permanent state if there is a flicker of spirit left in one's soul?
Even the tiniest ember of Christ's love still smouldering there? Can one permanently disable this flame?
THE wording here used is very exact and is appreciated! For to 'disable the flame' explains a condition which is not of extinction or of annihilation, but rather of inertia. There is no provision within Creation for uncreating that which is permanent.
Throughout the many layered panoramic schemes of manifestation, the exaggeration of being and the cosmic display, is for the main, transitory, changing and illusory. Those things which are transitory, changing and illusory must contain (or grow to contain) some real cosmic substance that they reach some kind of 'permanent status' to therefore remain. Spiritually speaking a cosmic substance of worth is a rarefied virtue.
Those things which are transitory, changing and illusory that are deficit in cosmic substance, disassemble and go back into the interior wardrobes from whence all 'stuff' comes from. If there were not the disposables such as these, then the 'uncreating' that occurs would extinguish the permanent and thereby disable all 'life' (in and out of manifestation).
So the worthy remains, the permanent remains; some actively being and being represented, being clothed, demonstrating, creating, etc., some in quiescence, in retirement, in repose, in dream activity from higher realms, and so forth.
Inertia is certain death. It is not death in terms of changingness and transitory conditions - moving from one condition into another - it is hollow representation, it is having no resistance and no response, no will, no empathetic resonance and no capacity to such humility as that which can take in the influences and charges of another.
These tendencies can carry on throughout lifetimes unfortunately, and poison the individual who has so 'fallen'. In the extreme, if his humanhood has been so relinquished, the soul itself is sloughed off and returns to its origins eventually. The man is dismembered and all that remains is his divinity of Christhood and his spark of Godliness from which all else did circumnavigate.
You see, one thing which never ceases, wherever it is, is consciousness. That flame, that spark which is often referred to, is just that ad infinitum, continuum. Yes, that consciousness will know what has occurred and where it is. It will feel its beingness. If its condition is a cold-blooded slime, living under some rock somewhere, it will know. If the waves toss over it in currents that rock its slippery veins backwards and forth, it will know. It might have forgotten its humanhood that it forsook, but it will still be conscious to the degree that it moved to. It will know.