Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Vitvan on Memory

From July-August Resonance send out by SNO:

Memory is the result of experience between what is called birth and death when the result of that experience is abstracted between what is called death and birth. One thing we must remember is that between what is called death and birth, memory is extremely keen, because memory in this sense belongs to the Mind (which again means the lines of force of a given field that we label Mind). This is in distinction to the refraction through the qualities of the psychic nature, which breaks it all up into the variegated colors or its spectrum. The psychic nature is like the prism through which the wavelengths and frequencies in Mind Substance become refracted. Outside or relatively ‘above’ the psychic nature there is no refraction; it is the pure Light. That pure Light represents memory. It is extremely keen, to the degree in which it is developed on a point on the timeline of an individual field (all that has to be put in because it cannot be verbalized). Because it is the pure Light relative to the field, relative to the timeline, memory is keen. Therefore the result of experience can be abstracted and incorporated.

If the experience has only been automatic repetition of the taboos, the mores, the customs and usages of the tribe, very little experience is gained. It is like chickens automatically picking up corn – peck, peck, peck. Similarly, the psychic nature automatically repeats the tribal usages. It all eventuates into mere suggestion on the psychic nature. Where the psychic nature reflects these suggestions, there is very little or no original experience. But variations upon it take place. That is, a member of a given tribe will question. If he questions any taboo too closely, a dichotomy will develop in the group, the cell will divide, and the questioner will pick up his supporters, withdraw (if he can get away with it), and form another tribe. So we have cellular division on the group level of a tribe. His question is that which will affect the field. In memory, he will build that quality into his pattern and it will show forth a little change; a little iridescent color will begin to form in his soap bubble. 1

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Excerpt from Commentaries on When the Sun Moves Northward

Pre-non Aristotelian teachings, but I think it paints a great picture.  Conceptually it is Non-Aristotelian in nature, but the language used to express the point is not.  It is very simple but I know for myself I want to hammer this in.  We are not trying to get away from anything, but diving into it and co-creatively (or creatively, depending how you want to view it) transmuting it.  I have one sticky note up on my wall.  It effectively, says, "this journey is not about what I'm striving to be, but about simply tuning into the frequencies" and then understanding what I Am and identifying with that or becoming One with that which is creating - which is Me and thus why it is a matter of tuning in and not changing something. 

This comes from page 48:



"The spiritual part of the man must so recognize the darkness and death of the physical, must so completely and willingly enter into it and transform it, the inevitable ill, into a thing desirable, that it shall dissolve away, and vanish in its character and quality as that which is ill or evil. So, in entering the Tomb, the Christ of the world, the Buddha of the world, the Krishna of the world, destroys the Tomb itself.

            Enter into it willingly and transform it and bring the kingdom of heaven to it. This teaching is sound, and I endorse it. It is not pulling yourself up and beyond objective consciousness into a transcendental state; it is not trying to reach something back of or other than the astral and physical substance, but it is entering the material conditions of consciousness willingly and dwelling there until the material view has been transformed into the release of the substance. This can be carried to such an extent that the divine precept of the Illumined One becomes literally true. “More uprightly and purely speaketh the healthy body, perfect and square-built; and it speaketh of the meaning of the earth.” This is Freidrich Nietzsche's doctrine of the meaning of the earth. The earth has a meaning — it is not a material concept, but it is divine substance, and he who touches the physical body touches God.

            That is the doctrine; stop running away from it and enter it until the material concept of it is dissolved away, until the character and quality which appears evil has completely vanished. You have not left it, but you are still there blended with it as the substance. Then think of the whole sidereal universe and of the orders of Beings embodied; think of all that as the body of God — and you have arrived! This is the significance of the resurrection. It is not pulling yourself out of objective consciousness and going on up somewhere; it is transforming it. When you can do that, you have resurrected yourself from material concept — the tomb — and there no longer is a tomb."

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Vitvan Q&A on affirmations

These two questions stuck out to me.  They come from "A Textbook of The Sacred Science".

Q: Why is it not desirable to use affirmations and denials in healing or self-help?

A: One only affirms that of which he is not conscious or does not possess.  If one is already in the consciousness of a thing or state he does not affirm for it-he is naturally at rest in the consciousness of it.  Therefore, to affirm for a thing or condition is to admit one's lack of it.  This is liable to make one more conscious of his lack than of the positive and natural sense of having the desired thing or condition.  If the affirmation is liable to suggest the very thing one wishes to overcome, it is much better not to us it.  All affirmations suggest polar opposites.  The effectiveness of the affirmation, then, depends upon the degree and strength of concentration of the one using it.  If the person affirming is negative or weak in concentration the adverse suggestion of the affirmation will be stronger.  So with the use of denials; there is a very subtle adverse suggestion attached to their use.  For instance:  If a thing or condition does not exist, never did and never could exist, then one could never be conscious of it in a sufficient degree to deny it, by this very process it becomes a something, even if that something is only a hypothetical nothing.  In short, to name a thing or condition definitely enough to deny it, is to affirm or recognize its existence.  This naming or declaration of a something (even a hypothetical nothing) with sufficient intensity to deny it, is to affirm it.  If negative or weak in concentration, this adverse affirmation to the denial becomes a subtle suggestion.  The strongest suggestions upon one are always the unnoticed or unconscious subtle ones.

Q: Is there a more effective method in healing, or in improvement, than the use of affirmations and denials?

A: Yes, indeed.  In the School of the Sacred Science [Vitvan's first school], it is called the law of association.  It is state thus: One partakes of the quality of that which he associates.  IN the study of this book it has been learned that imagination is a faculty of the Ego, and is a very powerful instrument in achieving results.  If one will, by the help of imagination, closely and constantly associate himself with that which he would be, completely ignoring that which he does not wish to be or to manifest, he will eliminate those qualities from his consciousness, together with the corresponding matter in his mental, astral and physical bodies which he does not want; and will build into his consciousness the qualities, and into his bodies the corresponding matter, which he desires.  This is called elimination by substitution through the law of association.  To the real student, let it be said directly: 1. Do not affirm for that of which you are not now conscious of being and thereby associate yourself with that of which you are conscious of being and wish to overcome; 2. Do not deny that of which you are now conscious of being, but ignore it completely; and, with the aid of imagination, merge yourself with or in the state or quality you wish to manifest.  If you hold this, resisting every temptation to slip back into the old habit-activity of consciousness, you will soon partake of the qualities of your ideal and will manifest them.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Natural Order Process - Lesson 36 Excerpt

"Don't play loose and fast with this study; don't flirt with it, because by doing so one does himself a grievous injury.  Seek, inquire and read in order to measure yourself for readiness for effort, but once entering the course, be sincere and genuine...

If students and followers of the School of the Natural Order were devotees of truth, lovers of wisdom, as a man of 'the world' is a lover of money, then that truth, that wisdom would be sufficiently valued to sustain effort; for only intense love of wisdom will carry a student or disciple on toward the goal.  If it were not for the fact that religious attitudes are, for the greater part, based in the emotional-psychic nature, we would think that a religious attitude born of faith, consecration, love and devotion would fortify the religious devotee and carry him on to the goal of perfected being.  But a higher level and therefore truer religious attitude would have to be maintained, separate and apart from many of the organized churches, on the grounds that association with an organized church (as here indicated) would bring the individual into the group influence thereof.  In the vast majority of such cases this influence would be concerned mainly with social problems, Aristotelian concepts of morality, efforts to increase membership, economic pressures and the raising of money for this and that to say nothing of the doctrines of blood atonement, objectified pictures of heaven, hell, etc. dogmas anent "resurrection of the flesh", the insistence upon "belief", the conception of 'revealed' knowledge as authoritative, showmanship, pageantry, etc., with its vulgar appeal, the hypnotic influence of hymn singing, etc.

For many, the true religious attitude could be better maintained outdoors in the open sky and air, in the presence of rocks and crags, in the woods, by running waters and with woodland creatures around and about, whereas it would be exceedingly difficult to maintain this true religious attitude in the gloomy confines of these brick and concrete structures called churches.

The object in view (union with the Master-self as an individualized field of Mother-substance activated by a Positive Power, with subsequent expansion of consciousness of Self into that state we label universalized Self of Logos) must be justly appraised, the necessity and reasons for its achievement correctly judged, and the results to be gained most earnestly desired.  A student must have an intense love and/or determination before he will make that sufficiently strong effort which will give him hold upon the method of leading to control of the modifications of Mind and, subsequently, upon his entire real nature.  A half-hearted attitude will not be sufficient to stabilize the effort.  We believe that where an individual is fortified by intense love or desire for true knowledge, the creative forces of will are aroused and become an irresistible urge to sustained effort.  When that urge is once developed or aroused, one may be able to relax from the intense love or determination required in the early stage of his development because the force of the awakened urge will carry him on.  When his appreciation is true and his ability is such that he goes forward with the work of direction and control without cessation, then the times will come when he will know consciously and increasingly the real meaning of restrain respecting modifications of Mind....


"One attached to the lower three worlds through identification therewith can only free himself from them by transforming his semantic evaluations and reactions thereto, not by withdrawal from them.  When one runs away from a 'thing' or 'condition' he has tied himself irrevocably to it; for he not only takes his state of consciousness with him, but he has intensified that state by giving such strong value to the 'thing', 'condition', etc which caused the running away.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Learning the Right Use of Will

A series of steps as provided in the Natural Order Process, Vol. 2 - Lesson 35:

Step one:  Be very careful about decisions.  Once a decision has been made do not change; or change most reluctantly and not until newly discovered factors have changed the original basis upon which the decision was made.  Avoid stubbornness, be reasonable, open and receptive to new factors, remain or stand always on extensional grounds, but hold fast to clearly perceived and valid convictions.  Superficially considered, this may seem contradictory, but study it carefully; a firm position is here described, yet a tenable one.

Step two:  When striving to achieve something--some plan, some work, some objective--dwell with it, quietly and alone; do not mentalize nor emotionalize about it, but sustain a quiet, steady feeling that it is coming into being.  Notice that the word thinking was not use.  The word feeling was used--"quiet, steady feeling".  This is because one must work in, with or through feeling until the apperceptive faculty of Mind has been sufficiently developed to be available.  Very few today have perceptive faculties of Mind developed, saying nothing of the apperceptive faculty; so let us work with that which we do have available; then in very reasonable times the other faculties will come into use.  A vivid imagination will help here if it is kept well under control, but allowing it to run free or loose is worse than not employing it at all.  However, keen, vivid imaginative feeling, as if the objectives sought were already enjoyed, describes the approach here intended.  Dwell with an idea quietly; do not talk about it.  When one tells another, no matter how close that other may be, the telling dissipates the stored up energy which should go forth as frequencies in creating and sustaining the matrix, web or field-pattern in the consciousness respecting the new creation.  The rule is this:  the more a feeling is repressed, the stronger becomes the force, energy-frequencies, etc. thereof.  So, to accomplish anything worthwhile, feel strongly about it; keep silent.  REMAIN STEADY; for here the turning point in the development of will may be reached.  Vacillation, wavering, fits and starts, can never develop will.  Hold steady like a rock.  Do not allow enthusiasm today and forget all about it tomorrow.  To hold steadfastly to the feeling that it now IS means success.

Step three:  Arouse the faculty of determination.  Lay down a law within the feeling-realm of your own being like a divine decree sent forth in your conscious realm.  (Remember no one else is concerned in this nor knows anything about it.)  Determine that it is so.  (The antecedent of it, of course, means that which a given individual may have as the objective of his will.) Determine it.

These three steps as given, culminate in the fourth and last step.  These steps operate on forces in the psychic-nature in a manner similar to that which takes place when a bar of soft iron is converted into a magnet.  If a bar of iron is wrapped with a coil of wire and an electric current is turned through the wire, or if a bar of iron is placed in a strong electro-magnetic field, the positive and negative poles of the molecules of which the iron is composed will become aligned--a positive pole of each molecule will be immediately opposite a negative pole of the adjacent molecule, throughout the bar of iron.  (Before the bar of iron was converted into a magnet the positive and negative poles of the molecules were at odds with each other, positive repelling positive; negative repelling negative, etc.)  The alignment in polarity of the molecules causes the force within the bar of iron itself to flow, the negative force flowing to one end of the bar, and the positive force flowing to the other end.  The force hitherto "locked up" now becomes available; the bar of iron attract to itself.

To accomplish these steps as given creates alignment of forces "locked up" in the psychic-nature.  The feel, the experience, the realization of this alignment in one's own consciousness leads directly to KNOWING.  This knowing or will is NOW available; only sense of separateness prevents immediate realization.  Right use of will becomes a serious and real responsibility accompanying its realization.  Francis Bacon never tired of reiterating, "Knowledge is power."  But he could have added that with power comes responsibility.  Many religious teachings and practices respecting goodness, morality, virtue, etc. with the expectation of reward in some 'hereafter' or 'other than' are ineffective because understanding and knowledge of karma has been left out.  It should be said here that to injure another is to suffer injury to one's Self.  To put another in bondage is to go into bondage.  Therefore:

Step four:  "The right use of will" is to use this power to further consciousness of Self; it is not to be used in or on the level of elemental-self, object-predicate manifold, for personal or selfish reasons, for acquisitiveness, etc.  In directing energies and forces out of one's own psychic-nature, development of will--this inflexible knowing--gives one a tremendous advantage.  The right use of will, therefore, is to control forces and energies in the psychic-nature and direct them to the level of the Master-self.  On this level one becomes a seer and the master of his own house.  Leaving these forces locked up in the psychic-nature, unavailable for the great work to be done, amounts to a crime against the Most High and constitutes the basic cause for individual and world-wide misery.

No one can develop will and escape responsibilities which come with it.  The warning and promise has been given:  "Whosoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whosoever though shalt loose on earth shalt be loosed in heaven."  Think of the responsibility of exercising such power!  Peter had this power of will, but he did not have realization of the responsibility which came with it; you know, of course, the story of Ananias and Sapphira.

"Ceasing from self-indulgence" is so self-explanatory that no comment seems necessary.  Be temperate in all things--in sleeping and eating, exercising, working, playing, the satisfying of natural hunger in sexual appetite, etc.  Treat sexual appetite just as you would any other natural appetite--no more, no less.  Be temperate in all things, because as you are temperate you can tread the path with greater facility.  But over-indulgence respecting any of the natural appetites results in over-stimulation which creates false appetite.  This counsel is given here for the reason that someone reading these words--ceasing from self-indulgence--might go into some form of asceticism and try to kill or drown out some natural appetite of the psychic-nature before he has outgrown it or directed the forces out therefrom.  It is just as deleterious to try to kill out natural wholesome appetite as it is to over-indulge it, if not more so.  The point here is one of direction, control, growth, etc., not a repression leading into psycho-somatic maladjustments, neurosis, etc.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Natural Order Process - Volume 2 - Lesson 27

I found the below passages very beneficial and wanted to capture them:

""Sin" can be described as the violation of the law of harmony, or transgression of the law of one's own being, by following sense when it is contrary to following the urge of Self.  Thousands of persons are living in sin when they think they are perfectly decorous and virtuous, perfectly in line and in order.  For many are outraging and violating the law of unity or harmony, called the law of their own being, by conforming to codes and standards arbitrarily created instead of cultivating the inner feel of harmonic urges of their own respective Selves.

Salvation therefore means liberation from the false values given to mental images appearing substantive and has been described as "freedom from sin and the sorrow which comes from sin."  No one can reach liberation and go against the law of his own nature.  Let one violate the law of his own being (which is called the law of harmony), the law of love, the law of unity) and, no matter how much that act may be justified by the outer codes, conventions, amenities and properties of organized society, he feels deeply unhappy; and even greater sorrow and remorse will follow if he continues thus against Himself.  One's first duty therefore is to get out of every condition which is not true to the heart and soul and law of one's own being.  Once free from the violations of this law, and the sorrow which comes with it, peace and eternal well-being obtains, where the soul partakes of the bliss of Self, called the glory of God."
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One must have a strong mental conviction that with the power of the real Self it is possible to dethrone or overcome this usurper (the psyche).  The deeper this conviction, the more immediate and constant the progress on the path.  One must not waver; he should throw all of the influence of which he is capable into the conviction that the Power with which he created this usurper IS (and WAS) before there was any creation.  With this strong mental conviction it is possible to contact that Power and manifest it, not only in daily life, but for the real battle necessary to dethrone this adversary.  More than this--in one's essential nature he is that Power, and it is possible to become conscious of being that Power.
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The goal is the full consciousness of the Master-self, the seer illumined by his own light.  Nothing except the obdurate resistance of the psychic-nature keeps one from this goal.  If the psychical powers are really "spiritual" powers (forces from the level of the Master-self) drawn from their proper channels, then the task is to regain control and restore these powers to their proper channels.  This requires sharp differentiation between energies or forces and forms of activities.  We therefore emphasize attention focused upon energies or forces, not upon activities or forms thereof.
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The FIRST STEP, therefore, on the ladder of development may be stated as a simple exercise in concentration.  If one is going to withdraw creative force from integrated desire-forms, thought-forms, etc., (called psychic-nature) he must concentrate thought or attention upon these forces as separate or distinct from the forms.  As a rule this is done by attending to and thinking only of the energies or forces and ignoring the activities or character, forms, etc. of expression.

It is this process which is called control of the psychic-nature.  Emphasis must be given to the lifting up of the creative forces; it is not sufficient to just direct them out of the desire-forms, etc.  With this accomplished, one has a possibility of controlling his thoughts.  Therefore, to establish union he has three things to do: 1) He must gain control of his own versatile psychic-nature; 2) he must prevent the thinking-principle from assuming the many forms it so easily does when creative-life-forces are functioning in the cortical aspect or phase of the psychic-nature; and 3) he must come en rapport or "make connection" with the Master-self.

Patanjali's Methodology as described by Vitvan

The Natural Order Process - Volume 2 - Lesson 1

Patanjali's methodology is summarized as follows:

1) Disentangle the psyche from the elemental, animal and animalized human desire influences by the superior mental powers;

2) Direct the forces by which the psychic-nature functions to the centers in which Mind contacts the personality in identity with the 'objective world', and thence into the Mind-level of the individualized Self or Master;

3) Through control and purification of the thinking-principle and the instrumentality of Mind, induce will to take charge of the psyche;

4) By conscious functioning in will, free and clear from all hindrances or modifications by the thinking-principle, liberate the seer or Master and enter the real world.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cosmic Giggle (documentary)

https://youtu.be/3lhOX1aY5DE

Four Somatic Divisions of Man - Lesson 5

"When we speak of structure we are speaking of pattern, Arche (the Greek word for structure).  Those who study Masonry could use the term Grand Architect.  The function of any Light-energy consciousness is determined according to the structure."


     "What one thinks, feels, and acts is motivated by forces organized into structures.  The force with which one forms rapports is the force which is focused in the individualizing field.  The force with which one registers frequencies is the same force which is structured into focalized centeres.  Fundamentally speaking, the structure of an individual may be understood in terms of foci of forces, functional forces.
     When we feel-know our way into this description we will come to the conclusion that no thought originates in the cranium.  Our brain is similar to a receiving set.  It picks up and registers frequencies which we unconsciously shape into the phenomenal world--i.e. music, sounds, etc.  According to the state, or structure, the individualized field functions through the foci of forces.


Regarding Reincarnation:
     "It is difficult for one to accept that the ensemble is destroyed with each cycle.  Nothing is left except the results and consequences in terms of frequencies.  It is analogous to a plant which infolds into the germ of a seed.  The stem, leaves, blossoms, etc., all die, but the life germ continues.  One cannot cut into the life germ and see stem, root, blossom, etc.  But, in the process of growth all will be revealed again.  The whole plant does not need to reincarnate, just the life germ.
     Similarly, that with which the average individual is identified in consciousness never reincarnates.  It disappears forever into the substance from which it is drawn.  As soon as the Power-to-be-conscious is through with it, it is discarded.  Then the Power is free to re-assemble and re-integrate new substance in order to learn new lessons."


"To one who is identified with the Power-to-be-conscious on Mind Level, the phenomenal world is illusory, mayaistic.  To one on that level the phenomenal world is simply a representation of the inability of the sense faculties to register Reality."


"Where do our reactions come from?  We direct force, reflected force, towards an image appearing substantive.  We give value:  and then that force rebounds against us.  Everyone gets the reaction exactly commensurate with the meaning we build into our phenomenal worlds."


"Now run your attention over all the reactions to all the things and objects of the past.  The accumulation, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day creates the psychic nature.  The psychic nature is developed out of the accumulation of reactions, feelings, thoughts, desires, sensations, etc.  The psyche is continually supplied by our semantic reactions to life;  the psyche is fed by our urge to give meaning to our experience.  When the physical body disintegrates, the most important 'thing' is gone from the picture.  The source of the deepest reaction is gone when the body dies, so the psyche also begins to disintegrate.  The psyche needs a constant stream of meanings given to images in order to renew itself.  When that stream of reactions ceases, so does the psyche.  As the physical body disappears, the world of sensations disappears, then the entire phenomenal world falls apart.  All of these factors must be remembered when studying the psychic nature."


"Our goal is to think clearly, evaluate more precisely, and predict with more reliability.  Predictability is entirely dependent upon proper evaluation."
    

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Four Somatic Divisions of Man - Lesson 4

"Ninety-eight percent of the troubles, worries, fears, etc. which seem to plague us are due to the lack of proper differentiation between levels of functioning.  We simply do not understand each other structurally."


"When a person is a real devotee on the path of development, he is more desirous of purification than any other thing.  To me that is the mark of a real devotee--to desire to be free from hindrances which prevent further advancement.  To one who is a devotee the practice of differentiation brings terrific advantages in seeking higher levels of attainment."
"By understanding the demarcations between levels, one can eliminate semantic blockages.  This one methodology is more effective than any other I know."


"You will see for yourself how valuable this teaching is when you begin to apply it for yourself.  When these levels become so real to you that you can apply them to every facet of your lives, then the value will become clear."


"I must begin by saying that it is absolutely impossible for me to describe this world of energy symbolized by Fire. (Is that a dogmatic statement?)  So far as my limited vocabulary is concerned the term remains forever on the unspeakable level."


"Each individual is an epitomization of cosmic forces, so when we learn the functional levels of the human state we are also learning the structure of the universe.  We are learning the four divisions of any sphere or field--whether it be a given culture as a whole, a civilization, or the cosmic process itself."


"The individualizing process is a drama which everyone will go through, if he has not already begun.  (There are exceptions, of course, but they only prove the rule.)  This process possesses the highest order of drama from rude beginnings in objective identification when the individual's consciousness first opens, to the sublime culmination when the individual becomes not only conscious of Be-ing, but attains a complete identification with the deepest essence of Self."
"In the initial stages we are dependent.  We tend to look outward to authority (the priest or preacher).  We are looking for someone to guide us and direct us.  That is appropriate at a certain stage."


"We use the tools and the helpers available.  But we make the grade on our own."


"John the Baptist symbolizes that force in the individual which lifts him above the waters."


""As we buried unto death, so we shall be resurrected in His likeness."  As we are buried, we are submerged in feelings, thinkings and desires of the psychic nature.  We strive to rise above the psychic waters and the character in the allegory that symbolizes the struggle is John the Baptist.  As that process is accomplished one gets above passions, desires, jealousies, reactions, etc.  It is like deliverance from the animal nature."


     "The qualities (gunas) which cannot be utilized in the new structure must be separated from the qualities that can be used.  Along with many beautiful desires for refined feelings and aspirations, we have also built in many desires and thoughts which are like chaff and should be thrown to the wind.  And we must fan out all that is not usable.
     But, we cannot lift ourselves up by the boot straps.  We cannot do the job alone.  We can invoke the latent powers, the potential energy, and once awakened, those powers and energies are like fire.  They burn off all the chaff.  Those powers are awakened in the 'higher' centers of our individualized selves.  That fire resides in the heart and core of each of us.  Once awakened, it throws all the elemental entities and forces to the periphery.  The desire forces, thought forces, and feeling forces, which cannot be utilized in the higher structure of the Real Self, begin to panic and burn.  They cannot tolerate the fire.  They fear incineration, so they move out fast, stirring up as much turmoil as they can.  That process is called purification.  John the Baptist warns us that after he is finished the purificatory process begins."


"The sweetest hours of your life, your most quiet moments, the times of ineffable peace are so fine and delicate that we soon put them out of our minds as unimportant.  For so long a time we have become accustomed to a more tempestuous and stormy frequency.  We are conditioned to coarseness, so we overlook subtlety.  But that refined frequency is Fire, and we have all felt it without giving it any value.  That is the most dynamic force which an individual can experience.  The power on that level is greater than on all other levels combined.  We cannot adequately describe it.  We only talk about it."


     "Eventually the dawn comes.  Sometimes we only notice the Fire by its strange effects in our lives.  Have you ever met a new person in your life, struck up an acquaintance, and then discover that the new person fears you?  That is one of the effects of the Fire.  You may feel kind and warm toward the person, but the effect he, or she, experiences is fear.  If that person is filled with destructive conditions the entities that are fed on that destruction will bolt and try to run away.  The entities which feed off negative conditions in the consciousness will not stay near the Fire very long. 
     When the Fire is kindled you will become a storm center, stirring up entities in everyone you meet.  If they only knew the value of the purificatory period they would stay and receive a marvelous healing.  But, fear comes in and drives them away."


"All hell breaks loose when a Teacher comes into our lives.  He does not willingly take on all that blame and fear.  The Teacher is a storm center beyond our comprehension.  The Teacher stands in the Fire and is quiet and still.  The Teacher becomes the eye of the storm."


     "If an individual understands nothing else about this teaching, about the structure and function of ensemble of forces, about the centers or the energy which functions in the centers, he can still accomplish the completion of his individualizing process.  The completion of the process is the awakening of the Fire.  Anyone can enkindle that Fire by learning to be still.  With no knowledge of the structure , of function, or the effect in his own members of the force he activates, an individual can accomplish his own awakening by remembering one simple rule:  ALL AN INDVIDUAL'S FORCES WILL FLOW TO THAT LEVEL UPON WHICH HE SUSTAINS CONCENTRATION.
   Once my son came to me and asked me to tell him a few words what the greatest secret was.  I replied in one word:  CONCENTRATION."
     Concentration is the secret of secrets, but do not overlook another word in our simple rule:  SUSTAINED CONCENTRATION.  We are not talking about fifteen minutes now and again.  We are talking about concentrating on a single focus week in and week out, month in and month out.  You must hold to your center like a dog to a root.
    If you need to demonstrate this rule in your own life, go ahead and focus on something you want to create.  Work up great confidence in yourself; it is justified.  Anything is possible within the range of your potentials.  Nothing can stop you, not the doubts and laughter of your friends and loved ones, nothing.  Even if everyone thinks you are crazy, you can do anything, if you focus your attention and hold it.  Your forces will flow into configuration and your desire will take form.  The only limit to what I am saying is your basic state and your ability to concentrate.
    This is not a mental formulation.  On the mental level this rule is worthless.  But, if you apply it on the feel-know level, nothing can stop you.  The amazing thing is that no knowledge of structure and function is necessary to accomplish your purposes.  Our mental pride balks at that, but we do not need intellectual understanding to accomplish this.  The mental understanding is helpful in preventing confusion, in restoring perspective, but follow the rule first, and then add the mental roadmap if needed.
    When we try to describe the symbol Fire we are forced to face the limitation of the intellect.  Practice and meditation are more valuable here than intellectual concepts.  If I want to leave you with the idea of Fire, I must leave you with a practice.  Be still.  Sustain concentration on the subtlety of the Real Self.  That is the way to understand the baptism by Fire."

The Secret of Secrets according to Vitvan

This is an excerpt from Four Somatic Divisions of Man - Lesson 4, and it need it's own post.  So powerful.


     If an individual understands nothing else about this teaching, about the structure and function of ensemble of forces, about the centers or the energy which functions in the centers, he can still accomplish the completion of his individualizing process.  The completion of the process is the awakening of the Fire.  Anyone can enkindle that Fire by learning to be still.  With no knowledge of the structure , of function, or the effect in his own members of the force he activates, an individual can accomplish his own awakening by remembering one simple rule:  ALL AN INDVIDUAL'S FORCES WILL FLOW TO THAT LEVEL UPON WHICH HE SUSTAINS CONCENTRATION.
   Once my son came to me and asked me to tell him a few words what the greatest secret was.  I replied in one word:  CONCENTRATION."


     Concentration is the secret of secrets, but do not overlook another word in our simple rule:  SUSTAINED CONCENTRATION.  We are not talking about fifteen minutes now and again.  We are talking about concentrating on a single focus week in and week out, month in and month out.  You must hold to your center like a dog to a root.


    If you need to demonstrate this rule in your own life, go ahead and focus on something you want to create.  Work up great confidence in yourself; it is justified.  Anything is possible within the range of your potentials.  Nothing can stop you, not the doubts and laughter of your friends and loved ones, nothing.  Even if everyone thinks you are crazy, you can do anything, if you focus your attention and hold it.  Your forces will flow into configuration and your desire will take form.  The only limit to what I am saying is your basic state and your ability to concentrate.


    This is not a mental formulation.  On the mental level this rule is worthless.  But, if you apply it on the feel-know level, nothing can stop you.  The amazing thing is that no knowledge of structure and function is necessary to accomplish your purposes.  Our mental pride balks at that, but we do not need intellectual understanding to accomplish this.  The mental understanding is helpful in preventing confusion, in restoring perspective, but follow the rule first, and then add the mental roadmap if needed.


    When we try to describe the symbol Fire we are forced to face the limitation of the intellect.  Practice and meditation are more valuable here than intellectual concepts.  If I want to leave you with the idea of Fire, I must leave you with a practice.  Be still.  Sustain concentration on the subtlety of the Real Self.  That is the way to understand the baptism by Fire.

Four Somatic Divisions of Man - Lesson 3

"All energy is characterized by wave and frequency.  The number of waves per unit of time is what we call frequency.  The longer the wave, the fewer the number of waves.  The shorter the wave, the higher the frequency, and the finer and more subtle the energy."


"We are breaking from our phenomenal way of thinking.  We are training ourselves to think of substance as a fine frequency functioning on innumerable levels."


     "Many pick up thoughts of others and simply broadcast what others feed them.  That probably does not take much energy.  But creative thinking involves a different process.  It involves weighing what we hear, putting it in the scales, reaching for an original synthesis.  That takes energy and quite a bit more of it than is necessary to register emotions. 
     Now, step up beyond feeling and beyond thinking.  Suppose that it also takes energy to know something.  We have left the energy which motivates the psychic nature and all of our feeling and thinking.  We are concerned here with the energy required to know something.  That energy would be more subtle and more powerful than any energy of the psyche."


"It is my opinion that if we can differentiate between the energy with which we feel, and the energy with which we think, we will grow into the awareness of the differentiation between thinking and knowing.  We will build the faculty to recognize the energy with which we know, and that energy will be characterized by a certain refined wave and frequency."


"One who is total identified with his feelings, desire and thoughts can sometimes get so discouraged and deflated that he gets a gun and shoots his brains out.  At that point he has lost his physical existence, his ability to act, but he retains all those thoughts and feelings, only now they are intensified.  All he has lost is the vehicle for taking action."


"There is a definite wave and frequency of energy which motivates all activity in the psyche.  It takes energy to react, to desire, to create storms of emotion.  That energy is characterized by a certain wave and frequency.  We call that level Water, and include all psychic functions on that level."
"Now, shorten the wave length and increase the frequency to reach the level of Air, or Akasa.  Compared to water, air is rarefied and subtle.  Tune in to the energy by which creative thought is motivated.  It is characterized by high frequencies.  Now we have approached Akasa from three angles to reach the same point."


"Sounds is the only attribute we can give the Air world in itself, distinct from all other levels with which it functions.  Akasa, distinct from Water and Earth, is characterized by sound.  By that we mean the resonance, the Logos, the reason for all other levels in the individual.  Akasa is that upon which reason, or Logos, rests.  And Aum, the sound, is the only attribute uniquely associated with it."



Four Somatic Divisions of Man - Lesson 2

"Words do not have different meanings; words represent different meanings.  (In mathematics, symbols often represent one and only one meaning.  Not so with language.  Words often represent various ranges of meanings, sometimes contradictory.  We need to ascertain the psychological situation in order to get the specific meaning which words represent.)"


"The state of consciousness can be described as a representation of the Power-to-be-conscious, and we have labeled that representation as a configuration of units of energy.  That state or representation is supported by a power, a sentient field differentiated in the undifferentiated Light.  That is one level on which we used the word representation:  Power plus configuration in Light."


"The 'physical' body is a representation of the totality of qualities in our feelings, thinkings, desirings, etc.  Those qualities (gunas) may range between the lovely, esthetic, harmonious feelings of heaven 'down' to hateful, destructive feelings of hell.  When a craftsman builds a home, he selects only the finest material.  What sort of material do we build into our configurations?"


     "Clarity on this essential point is prerequisite to understanding the basis of the future science of therapeutics.  Any disease of any description which attacks the configuration is due to prior and ignorant selection of material.  Our physical and emotional health represents the totality of our selection of finer and finer gunas to build into our physical organism.  Our configuration represents our state of consciousness.
     When a client comes to a healer for a treatment the healer is often in the embarrassing position of seeing clearly the years of prior, and ignorant, selection of material which has resulted in an unhealthy condition.  (The healer may even 'see' the incarnations as well as aeons of poor qualities which have been chosen by the state of consciousness throughout the palingenetic rhythm.)  Now, the client wants help, but the healer cannot wave a magic wand and make twenty years (or twenty lifetimes) disappear.  How long before we learn our role in this simple process and begin making intelligent selections?"


     "Eventually we wake up to the fact that we can select the material built into our representation of these lower levels, and we resolve to refine our choices.  Then we discover one great consolation.  I do not believe we need to put forth as much effort to re-create once we get on to the process.  It is my opinion that we do not need to spend eons and eons rebuilding according to the Natural Order.  Once we begin to function on a 'higher' level, our forces are more powerful.  We can undo the false structure we have built and rebuild more quickly than we might guess."


"That we suffer, or enjoy, is a representation of our creations on the psychic level.  We use the reflected force of consciousness to build our personality, which is capable of suffering and/or enjoying.  But, intrinsically, the representation of our peculiar state of consciousness can be described as a configuration of energy in the Light, and it remains autonomous to the present state of the psyche.  Eventually, when we learn to identify with the Power instead of with the tarnished qualities in the psyche, the basic state will be divested of all that pertains to the psychic level and the Light will shine through."


"To the degree that the person lifts his consciousness above the objective state, the more 'physical' existence declines in importance to him.  It is as if identity with the body just disappears and fades away.  At one stage the physical is all in all, then it disappears and the first level becomes all in all.  It is a reversal of values, a transvaluation of values."
"A further observation:  as a person lifts the force to the Noetic Mind level, where awareness of the Real Self is possible, the Real Self appears illimitable."


"If you accept that you have created the hell you live in, then you become motivated to create a more harmonious future."


"The psychic waters are not dependable, because under ordinary circumstances they cannot maintain the placid state so necessary for true perception."


"We can learn to polarize to the rock.  "Upon this rock I will build my church."  With higher forces we can learn to reflect the true structure-function of the universe."

Four Somatic Divisions of Man - Lesson 1

"We must avoid confusing the generative center with the forms of expression labeled sex.  The patterns of value-giving and reactions built up within the race psyche must be separated from the pure psychic force which motivates these patterns.  One is not ready for this work until he is aware that the same force which has motivated sexual expressions is the force with which he experiences love for man, woman, Jesus, God, Truth or Reality.  It is the same universal force, only the expression change from state to state."


"The central question in the expanding growth of the psyche is:  At what point does the quality of desire change from possession, acquisition, accumulation, control, domination, etc., to understanding, Light, wisdom, knowledge, self-control, self-transformation, etc.?"



Monday, December 19, 2016

How to Discipline Your Psyche - Lesson 6

"Here is the subtle trick, the key to the way out.  Turn your attention and hold it on the force in the heart center or above...don't do it for five minutes and forget it.  Keep steady attention in the quietness of the heart center, clear of mentalization."


"Don't try to stop mental activities by using the mental.  It cannot be done."


"You are motivated by invisible influences all the time, but you believe you are doing it."


"Stop thinking you can do anything, because you can't; you only think you can.  Separate your thinking from what is actual.  "Of myself I can do nothing.""


"So long as one does not give up, he will not be defeated.  But if he gives up, he will go down.  If he once goes down, he has to substitute by gathering the forces of darkness around him.  The Power-to-be-conscious in the man state will withdraw from him and he has to substitute by becoming one with the forces of darkness that war against the Light.  This is the most dreadful thing that can happen to anyone anywhere, because when he passes out of his configuration it will disintegrate and then his psyche will disintegrate.  Then, the next step is oblivion."


"This work that we are striving to teach and to practice has value infinitely beyond that loveliness, that beauty of life.  It has value infinitely beyond the karmic aspect-the way you are preparing for your next life by the way you live in this one.  It is not only the preservation of your individualizing process, the saving of your soul, of your status in evolution, but it is the crowning achievement of the whole evolutionary process itself-oneness with God."

How to Discipline Your Psyche - Lesson 5

"There is no knowledge involved in accumulated information.  To know an 'event' is to enter sympathetic rapport and feel like it feels, be conscious as it is conscious.  So even though we have no information about an event, we can know it.  We can have knowledge, even though we may not be able to describe one thing about it.  Real knowing, knowing without thinking, leads to knowledge.  Make no mistake, there is a faculty whereby we know and don't think.  In fact, any thinking would distort our ability to know.  There is an awareness, an immediacy of knowledge, knowing without thinking, that is born out of love."


"Look in your heart center for that sunburst of a force that has only one compulsion, to give.  It doesn't want a thing and we can't give it anything.  It just wants to give.  When that force is so strong that we want to give with no thought that we are going to get anything, God has arrived in our hearts, and according to the way I see it, love, or agape, is born."


"This is an important point, because when we are disturbed by the registry of someone else we must not blame that other person.  We must get that affinity out of our own psyches and then we won't register anything of that nature, of that quality.  This teaching cuts out all of the alibiing!"


"Remember this:  the intrinsic Self, the Power-to-be-conscious cannot function on any level unless we have a vehicle configurated of substances of that level."


"How do we improve ourselves?  First, by raising our forces above the lower levels and keeping our forces up until the affinities that have been cultivated on a lower level have atrophied and dropped away."


"We just elect what we want to be, elect what we want to do, elect the level upon which we would love to function all the time until we pull our forces to that level in our psyches and the other conditions will drop away from us and will be no more."


"Remember that no amount of sexual expression on the physical level liberates the repression, but instead, makes a bad matter worse.  This is said on the grounds that anyone who gives in to sensuality will attract to himself and around him evil forces, the imps and demons of Tophet.  Any unrestrained libertinism is the highroad to hell, by reason of the fact that one thereby opens himself to the influences of evil."


"When that release comes, the result of bring the force up to the heart center in the psyche, it becomes the universal solvent.  The substituted, compensatory forms of expression drop away because the force by which they were motivated has been taken out of them.  It has been brough to the heart center and expressed in love-agape."


"I challenge the keenest psychiatrist to search the world or review his case histories and find one person with the heart center open and the love-force pouring out who has any form of substituted expression."


"By opening the heart center and releasing the power of love, we begin to live in the north half.  What happens to the south half as we live in the north half?  We are ever free from eros.  Why don't we then go right on to functioning in the Christos power?  Because we have to build a vehicle to function in that world, and we have to build that vehicle before we reach the Christ-conscious state."

How to Discipline Your Psyche - Lesson 4

"But man has used his generative force and cultivated it for his own sensuous gratification until he has introduced into the pure creative stream all sorts of lower-vibrating qualities, gunas, and entities.  Consequently, it has become an obsessional thing because of the entities cultivated and identified with the generative force."


     "Many students who study Freud, Jung and others, get the idea that they are repressed and thwarted.  So they jump overboard in excesses of so-called expression and wind up more confused than when they started.  This problem of repression and of substituted and compensatory outlets, due to the damming up of force, can never be solved by physical congress, physical sexual relations or so-called physical expression.  I emphasize the word "never."  Nine times out of ten the repression becomes worse through reversion to an unnatural form of relationship.
     I am going to state this with a great deal of emphasis:  there is no release from repression except as the psychic forces which are involved are released and these same psychic forces are brough up from a relatively 'lower' to a relatively 'higher' level.  There are two methods for complete release, and neither involves damming up or compensatory form of expression.  The first method is more difficult.  It involves directing the force of will to drive out negative psychic forces.  These negative forces are very strong and will not leave without a struggle . Great power is need to drive them out.  If we choose the second method, we can direct the force of love into every aspect of the psyche until the negative forces leave.  Negative forces cannot stand the frequency of love.  If we can focus on the impersonal force of love, directing to each atom of our configuration, there are no negative forces that will stay in that atmosphere of love.  But it must be maintained consistently and firmly with no respite."


"Marriage should not be contracted between two persons, one of whom has no vibratory sensibilities and the other who is psychically awakened."


"What determines whether one is negative or positive?  The basic state of development in the individualizing process on the Mind level." (In the context of two people being friends or two people meeting each other, a circuit being created)


"One with his solar center open can take on the condition of anyone else and be molded by it, because he is not as yet in control.  If the solar center is not governed by a higher power, a higher influence, one will be whipped and molded by the forces he registers."


"But there is the negative side, wherein one can use the motivating forces of the pure side as a justification for the lowest 'objects' of desire.  Some at that level are even seeking teachers and teaching that lead to "God consciousness"  in order to make God a bellhop and demonstrate what they want when they want it.  They try to use the highest and the purest forces to gather up objects of desire and some develop a very subtle line to further their desires."



How to Discipline Your Psyche - Lesson 3

"    It is my opinion that if we devote our times and attention only to Light's Regions - no matter how idealistic this devotion might be, no matter how appealing-we will defeat the ultimate purpose.  To neglect the understanding of the functions of the psyche is to overlook the needs of the state in which we are now conscious, overlook the steps, the gradations and progress through which we have to pass to attain the Mind level.
    This factor is extremely important to remember, even though it may go against our myths, myths that only lead us deeper into obscuration instead of bringing us into the Light.  We must take the journey to Light's Regions.  So let us get a good road map, in order that we may take that journey with the least number of detours and blind alleys.  Those who have not entered upon the work of functioning (and consciously so) in this process can take all of this work that we are giving here and formulate a good road map, a good intellectual road map which they can hold in reserve until they are ready for the journey.  I do not mean until they think they are ready.  I mean that when the time comes, choosing not to take journey becomes impossible.  When we are motivated by a hunger and a love for Light and truth and perfection that is greater than all other urges, even the urge of the Genetrix, then we are ready."




"The time has not only arrived, but it is past due when we should understand the forces by which we are motivated.  Instead of abstracting mentally, justifying, manufacturing alibis and excuses, etc.  to keep the forces by which we are motivated covered up, we need to explore the psychic world.  I believe that the time has arrived when we should go into the psychic nature and get rid of all that which cannot be used in the higher phases of the evolutionary process, preserving that which can be used to further perfection of the individualized Be-ing"




When we don't want to face our basic needs, there comes about a conflict between our mental idealizations and the motivations to which we succumb.  There arises a serious conflict, and the result of that conflict is a breakdown, a breakdown not of the motivating forces, but a breakdown of the mental structure and organization, a breakdown of the opposition."




"We have synthesized it all and contain the qualities, the gunas, in our consciousness with the multiplicity that becomes One just that One has become many differentiations.  The process is not like a laminated "layer cake" wherein we occupy one plane, one level, and then destroy that one in order to move on to the next, or in order to get on a 'higher' plane or a 'higher' level."


"What is our next step?  To learn how we function in our personality self.  In this school we are asking you, "Do you want it?"  If you want it badly enough, walk three feet." (You don't climb a mountain all at once)


"Pure substance reflects Light's Regions and we live in that reflection when we perfect the steps that lead into full identification with that higher state.  That is the process, the next step in development."



How to Discipline Your Psyche - Lesson 2

"As children we were hushed up, every natural urge was put out of sight and choked down into the 'unconscious'.  The unfortunate part is that we hide our own urges from ourselves so that we can keep that mentalized good opinion of ourselves long after its usefulness has passed."


"Hidden and buried in our psyches, we will discover qualities brought over from past evolutionary states, qualities that attract like qualities."


"The psychic nature does not break down either, but the pattern of opposition, the semantic blockage must eventually break down.  It is not the structure of the psyche, but the semantic blockage that must be broken."


"We do not advocate dethroning any influence until the individual is ready.  When is a person ready?  Only that person can decide if he is desperate enough, and if he has a new pattern in process ready to replace the old pattern.  No one should rush into this process."
         I think this is such a key statement.  Having a new pattern in process before replacing the old - thus not rushing in.  Any type of change like this is going to take time and it depends on how many substituted outlets we have created throughout our years for not functioning in our basic state.  Do we have to first backtrack to the point where we got off the path, just to get back on the path?


"New affinities, new patterns of identification must be built, and we begin by getting positive and using autosuggestion to purify the psyche."