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."

How to Discipline Your Psyche - Lesson 1

        "As you hold an idea in consciousness, others will pick up the wave frequency of that idea.  'Space' presents no interference to the play of these wave-frequencies, even around the world.  Somebody will pick up the frequency and respond to it.  But if others pick up the frequency of the idea and respond to and participate in the configurational process or in awareness in the field, their response will be voluntary and according to the natural order, and not the result of any mental persuasion.
       This respect for the integrity, the free moral agency, of each and every one must observed and we must lean way over backward in our observance of it.  We cannot violate the integrity of the individual, not even for what we may consider another person's welfare.  Perhaps his agonized sufferings, that we in our sympathy want to relieve, may be for his highest 'good', because he may not be able to learn his lessons in any other way.  We must never, never cross that line."


"When we consider the human level, the wave-frequency, or aggregation of wave-frequencies created, engendered, or set in operation by the Power-to-be-conscious at its basic point in Its individualizing process, becomes loaded with qualities of the psychic world.  The loading-on process continues until, in the developing flow, it becomes very difficult to penetrate the fog of desirings, feelings, emotional perturbations, and the mentalizations or cortical functions  The mental vehicle will try to justify, find alibies and excuses and manufacture reasons for  qualities of feelings, desirings, emotings, lovings and thinnkings in the psychic natures.  Eventually the mental becomes so crystalized that we cannot perceive the real motivating influences, and we censor our own perceptions, covering them up with mentalized values and false-to-fact images.  The accumulated qualities remain in the frequency world but are erased from our view by our own system of censorship."



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Life after Death

I want to talk about 'reincarnation' or as Vitvan prefers to call it, the palingenetic process.  It's a subject I used to be so fascinated by and seemingly proved for me everything else about the mystery teachings and just the purposefulness of life, yet now I rarely speak about.  A large part of the reason I don't talk about it anymore is because Vitvan threw a wrench in to the whole concept of reincarnation as it relates to my understanding.  For most people, speaking on reincarnation is partly an egotistical indulgence.  You get to think about your past lives and how important you were and what adventurous experiences you took part in.  Well Vitvan shuts down this whole notion by professing that the personality never reincarnates.  So when you take away that egotistical aspect of reincarnation, then many will lose interest.  And going further, it is a concept that is difficult to grasp.  I can think back to when I first read Vitvan's ideas on reincarnation.  I remember feeling a sadness.  I felt like something was taken away from me.  It goes hand in hand with his concept of there being no I am I in itself.  The personality is not retained.  Just as the physical body is shed at death, the astral body or personality is soon to follow.  And for me a neophyte newly initiated into the deeper teachings, I felt very proud of myself and my intellectual understanding of the teachings.  To think that when this life is said and done that this all will be returned to dust was a sad notion for me.  Well since then that type of egotism in relation to the personality reincarnating and building an ego has receded.  If that is the natural order, which I believe it to be, then what is the point in fighting it?  I would just be holding onto some phantom mental construct, just the things that through the help of Vitvan and General Semantics I was learning to rid myself of.

So if you were to talk to someone who had not studied Vitvan or any type of true mystery teachings, you would likely not on the same wavelength in regard to discussing the personality not creating.  It takes time to work that into the consciousness.  And that is a difficulty with Vitvan's whole system of teaching.  It is very specific and has it's own language and orientation.  You have no shot in getting it over to a pure aristotelian who has never studied metaphsyics or occultism.  And you'll likely have trouble communicating it to someone who has a foundation in metaphysics and occultism.  One could likely get oriented toward after 6 months to a year, but who blindly wants to commit all of that time and energy on some blind faith.  There seemingly aren't many who are willing to invest in it.  Not to mention most find their preferred teachers and doctrines and they stick with that for the long haul.  I'm not knocking it, thats just how it seems to work.

So going farther into the concept of reincarnation.  I was watching a Youtube video of a man who was into magic and spirituality.  He was leaving Youtube and posting his farewell video.  He talked of being withdrawn from the world.  He spoke of having visions of a unity deep within his consciousness.  In other words, he had entertained the idea of suicide to re-connect the oneness and unity of all things because of the bitter disappointment he was experiencing on this 'plane'.  That's obviously a monstrous semantic blockage.  If I could only leave this world I'd be better off in heaven.  There I would know true love.  And I'm not knocking it, I think many of us have entertained these ideas at some point or another.  But if we were to understand the true structure of things then I think suicides would be greatly curbed.  In reality, they will only be increasing as the years go by.  You have more and more people forced to interact and culture that becomes exponentially more decadent with the passing years.  There will be those who do not fit who are ostracized and outcasted who will see no other way out.

So the truth in my mind (and this is what Vitvan teaches and can be cross referenced through studying other teachers' writings) is that when one ends their life before it is their time that the archetype for the life or field of desire still exists, only now there is no material with which to go out and achieve those desires.  So you can kill off and divest yourself of the body, but you cannot rid yourself of the pattern that was yours and yours alone that you created upon entering into this world.  Thus it is that much worse to have the pattern remain yet have no means by which to fulfill it.  One would now suffer that much more in this experience than he was suffering when he exited the waking earth life.  It sounds hard to belief probably that one who found no other alternative and went against his Self and those inner desires would find a worse fate than he had when he decided to commit suicide, but that seems to be the case.  To go Aristotelian, your human will does not have the right to assume the position of God and make those choices from your personal desires.  But there is no condemning on my part, in that person's consciousness at that time, somehow they found the power to thwart the will of the Self.  That is the only decision that made sense to them at the time.  And so they will learn from that mistake and it will be a painful imprinting they will seemingly receive.  So the lesson is that any experience that we go through here on earth is better than having to experience life "on the other side" as a suicide.  And going further, either way the law or natural order process will find its balance.

Moving on, another aspect of death and a spiritualist's view on what is to come afterwards is that there will be exalted consciousness, heaven will be experienced in peace and love.  Vitvan teaches that this is not necessarily the case.  For instance, one might say that he now in this earth life through his studies, knows that he is a deathless, eternal, immortal being.  And in this knowing, when he sheds this gross, material body, he will experience that immortality.  This thinking is based in dualistic thinking.  It separates the world into two:  the 'material' and 'spiritual' worlds.  While in this life, a person who has this may put all of his energy into escaping this dross, material world in search of the exalted spiritual world.  So in essence, that would equate to searching for absolutism in dualism.  But in experiencing absolutism there can be no dual existence.  What I mean here is that when one reaches an absolute condition, the duality disappears.  What I mean and what Vitvan teaches is that there is no getting to some exalted state by trying to escape one circumstance for another.  At the core there is only one world.  You must manifest it here, bring heaven to earth here, to experience "after death."  So there can be no 'spiritual' world that is higher than the 'material' world.  These abstracted worlds can have no existence in reality because if you take one away, the other must fall away.

So in reality, according to Vitvan, when we pass out we will experience the same state of consciousness that we had in our "waking life."  So you could separate ones who functioned in the lower psyche, higher psyche and on the Mind level.  We'll just consider these arbitrary values or abstractions having no basis in the true structure of things.  But so if one were to function in the lower psyche in earth life, upon exiting the body or configuration, he would dwell in the lower astral world for a period.  At some point when it was time to move on to the higher levels and begin building the archetype for the subsequent life to be lived, that one would go 'unconscious'.  Why would he go unconscious?  Because he had not yet developed a body to function in the 'higher levels'.  One who functioned in the higher psyche in earth life, otherwise considered the mental body, would exit the body and find resonance with the higher astral plane and experience that state until he moved to levels that he was not able to consciously function on.  Now we make the line of demarcation at the Mind level.  Vitvan tells us that one who makes the second crossing over to the Mind level has obtained immortality.  This means that that one has continuity of consciousness.  Now so called death would not mean death at all.  This one on the Mind level would be just as conscious as he was in so called "waking life."  So expecting immortality because we believe in Jesus or have a conceptual understanding of how the cosmos works is pure stupidity.  It is not natural order.  I personally am not disparaging the belief in something higher or the intellectual understanding, but it is not commensurate with how we experience life after death.  That is based off of our basic point in development according to Vitvan. 

So it all sounds so bleak?!?!?!  We have to do the work.  No one can take in nourishment for us.  "Faith without works is dead."  So yeah, in my opinion when you put it all on the table it is difficult to accept and go forth and fight the good fight.  There is much working against us and most of the time we are at the forefront halting our own progress.  But this is why the process is so perfect.  One can't skirt around the duties of life by committing suicide.  One cannot go to "heaven" by simply believing in Jesus Christ.  It is about the work.  And that work becomes seemingly easier if we obtain a good road map, but the map is not the territory.  In my opinion the road map lays everything out on the table.  A good road map acknowledges that impurities must first be purged.  Otherwise we are only deluding ourselves that we can take our lower qualities with us as we expand our consciousness into the heights.  That's like saying the dark can exist in the light.  So it is not sweetness and light, it is a fucking hell of a job, work to do.  And when it is all put on the table, all the demons come out of their hole and you see yourself for who you are, the task seems even that much more difficult.  "Shit, I didn't sign up for all this".  "Oh yes, you did!" I guess it is a question of ignorance versus strife.  And I guess all comes to the light for a reason.  And if it came by accident a great lesson will still be learned anyways.  Bad or good, what do you mean?  All is for Good.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Seed

"Go to meditation.  In this process, one must direct all of his "first fruits" - that is, his forces or energies - to the Power with which he is conscious.  What is the "first fruit" anyone is conscious of?  It is the energy which is used in generation:  it is this energy which is offered.  That is what I call meditation.  And anything short of that I will not call meditation.  If, in oneself, he wants to complete the circuit, he must first make this offering.  I do not want to hold on to my objective self-conscious state and expect something to come to me.  I have to give myself first.  The seed is cast into the earth.  Unless it dies it produces no fruit.  "He who gives up his life for my sake shall find it."  The who point hinges on the surrender, giving up, offering in genuineness, in sincerity - almost in desperation - offering it all.  The conscious direction of generative energy and surrender of it is the positive attitude, as it requires sustained effort and will and is, therefore, not a supine relaxation.  In this directive way we say:  Release, renounce, let go.  Offer your force, offer your energy, give it up, surrender, let the energies or forces leap to the positive pole.  And...bang! The circuit is completed, the fire descends-the, Light."

Prior to this section of text, Vitvan used a rain cloud as an example or metaphor.  The cloud represents the positive pole.  There is negative energy stirring about the ground below the cloud and it moves along with the cloud and this goes on until a connection can be effected.  Bang!  The negative energy makes its offering and a circuit is created and you have what we label lightning.

The seed is probably my favorite allegorical symbol or metaphor.  What comes to mind is the concept of positive, negative, positive or alpha, omega, alpha.  In one word, a CYCLE.  The Power lowers itself or dies to itself on a 'lower level' so that it can go through a cycle and gain knowledge of Itself.  So on each subsequent or lower level, to exist on that level, it inherently had to die on the next highest level.  The catch is that it is guided by that "dead" higher level.  So if we look at reality as it is in truth, there are no levels, there is no separation.  The Power that supposedly died to Itself, still remains in Its same state only behind a curtain.  Like the Wizard of Oz it directs the play.  On these so called "lower levels" it has taken a lower state and so we could call it as Vitvan does, "the power to be conscious".  So we stay cognizant that this power to be conscious is attached to the Power and is in fact the Power in reality, yet it is now only in a potential state.  It now has the possibility to be conscious of itself.

Once it has died to itself, or planted the seed, it has now entered into a cycle.  It must 'lower' itself 'down' successive states of consciousness until it can focus itself in individual state.  It goes from knowing itself as the Father to becoming the Son.  The Son represents half the cycle, it represents complete potentiality being loaded into the consciousness.  'I am the way, the truth and the life.  None come to the Father except by way of the Son'.  We read this paraphrase from the bible and think about an objective person named Jesus, but to the masters it represented so much more.  To me this says that one must first individualize or load all potentiality into the seed that has been unconsciously created by the power to be conscious (going through the descending arc).  To begin the ascension back to the Father, one must make the full descension.  You can't go part of the way down and turn around.  The cycle must complete a full revolution.  Note:  One could seemingly devolve, but that would in my opinion result in oblivion.  One would return to the Father but yet have no self-knowledge.  And in fact, this is what occultists will tell you happens to races.  They reach a certain height of expression and then slowly fade away.  But then that relates to form or mother substance and we are looking at it from the standpoint of the Power or 'Spirit'.


So man is only a means to an end.  Man is not the completion by any stretch of our imagination.  But one thing I am trying to be more conscious of is that each moment is an end in itself.  If we acknowledge that time does not exist in reality, then where is the end?  If there is only eternity or the absence of time, then where are we going?  But going further we must acknowledge that we are not at that point in the development of the power to be conscious and that these are only abstractions.  We have to do the work.  And it seems that the work can be done by staying focused in the moment.  But if we are able to conceptualize and see that man is only a state between the animal and "the gods" then we can buckle down and have an idea of where we are going.  See the paradox never goes away.  There is a goal to attain, we have some level we want to reach but that level is not outside of ourselves.  It is always there and always has been.  Only the veil need be pulled back.  But it isn't an objective veil and simply having an idea of the future work to be done is no sure thing.

If we acknowledge that we must die to our current state and let go of the qualities that represent our psyche, then that seems like a good start.  The personal will can only take us so far.  We can build up that psyche or ego, but at a certain point, when it is time to ascend it becomes our nemesis.  So we must plant the psyche in the ground, plant all of our human values down into the darkness and have faith that this higher Power is guiding us.  That in fact this Power is who we are in essence and that the psyche is only an extension of the Power.  'Thy will be done, not mine'.  We can be grateful for the pysche in having brought to more conscious awareness of this reality, but if we are to fulfill the state in which we are conscious or complete the cycle, then we must let go of this level.

We find ourselves now in our current state on the threshold of the beautific states it seems.  Where in the past aeons the power to be conscious has continuously died to the higher levels and sank further down into unconsciousness as it built up the potentiality.  Now we are at the lowest point possible we could reach in the scheme of evolution or self-development.  We must now again identify with the higher state.  The Mind level is the throne that we seek.  We have the opportunity to rise up and identify the power with which we are conscious with, with the higher level that has been directing us.  And this is only a small step in the grand scheme that we find ourselves woven within.  Vitvan says that the Mind level is the lowest level in Light's regions.  It is all so vast that there is no point in contemplating it or abstracting any higher.  For me, I want to know where the next step is and the best possible means to achieve that state.  So according to Vitvan, the Mind level is our next home.  That is our boon for fulfilling this current state.  So right now if we are diligent and concerned with functional ability then it would be in our best interest to get control of the psyche, become conscious of all the wave-frequencies that we are now conscious of or need to be conscious of to take the forward step. 

The bible says that, 'none go to the Father except by way of the Son'.  Well in my opinion a good analogy in relation to this passage, is that none reach the next wave of the cycle except by fulfilling the current.  None go through to the Mind except by way of the psyche.  All unconsciousness must be brought to the light.  This means that we must be aware of all wave-frequencies that the psyche registers.  At this point there is no unconsciousness.  Being aware of all of our motivations, all that we register, we can now control our situations it would seem.  Unconsciousness is only relative to the objective level.  When one enters the psychic world then there would cease being an unconscious. 

When trying to make this functional, my question is when is it time to 'die'?  Vitvan tells us that the ego must be built up.  You must have something to give at the altar.  Eckhart Tolle mentions nothing about building up an ego.  He simply tells you to let go of your thoughts and be in the now, experience the bliss.  I guess one way of looking at is that experiencing life in the now builds the ego.  Both of their teachings correlate in the sense that they both tell us to experience the here-now.  There is no past or future, only the present moment.  And this is a practical teaching, it isn't something to simply mentalize about.  Vitvan would tell you to just keep winning small battles, this will build the ego sense.  The irony is that when one has lost the battles over and over again and has lost that confidence and sense of I am I, it is easier to die or at least the desire is greater.  And when everything is at 9's and 10's that ego sense puffs up and subtly one wants to attribute at least some of it to himself usually it would seem.  So I guess this is why the process is so perfect.  There is no cheating it. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dialetical Determinism

A meditation on a simple Chinese proverb:

The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of their meaning. Once you've got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?
(Chuang-Tzu)

This is an interesting proverb to meditate on.  At first I did not see the correlation or analogy he was making.  But I broke it down through dialectical determinism or simply by the understanding of circuit.  
"Once you've got the meaning, you can forget the words."  - So he is saying that the word is a symbol, it is a means to an end.  The word is the hollow shell that you use to arrive at the center, the meaning.  The word is a certain level of abstraction, we seek to experience the actual event, that which created the necessity for the word.  

So now how does this relate to a fish trap and catching fish or any other animal?  Lets find the positive and the negative in this event.  The desire or end goal (synthesis) is sustenance/food/energy.  How do we actually experience this achievement or realization.  We do so through the fish.  the fish trap (like the word in the proverb) is a means to an end.  So the fish trap must be the negative and the fish must be the positive. 

When we have created the circuit, i.e. we have caught a fish or obtained a synthesis, what use is the fish trap?  Yet the fish also dissolves, it returns to the zero dimension where it exists again only as an idea or essence.  The poles have balanced each other out and dissolved, there is harmony and balance in this moment.  

Yet we know down the road there will be another thesis, we will need more food or energy.  And so we will again call on negative pole so that we can induce the positive pole into a circuit. So it happens in the sequence of desire, pattern, configuration/manifestation.


It's interesting also, because you could look at it like this:  we use our ingenuity, the Mind which would be the positive pole to create a trap which becomes the negative, which in turn induces the animal to become the positive pole.  And before the Mind is invoked it would be considered as being in the zero dimension or in a state of balance.  We invoke it on our 'conscious' level which is where it takes the position of the positive pole.   And the cycle goes on from there.  Alpha/Omega/Alpha.  Rest/Action/Rest.  Synthesis/(Thesis-Antithesis)/ Higher Synthesis.  

Everything can seemingly be broken so easily while also being applied to daily life.  We should be teaching our third graders this stuff.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Meditation

This comes from the introduction to the Alice Bailey/Djwhal Khul book "The Externalization of the Hierarchy" which can be found at http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/externalisation/contents.html

Meditation involves the living of a one-pointed life always and every day. This perforce puts an undue strain on the brain cells for it brings quiescent cells into activity and awakens the brain consciousness to the light of the soul. This process of ordered meditation, when carried forward over a period of years and supplemented by meditative living and one-pointed service, will successfully arouse the entire system, and bring the lower man under the influence and control of the spiritual man; it will awaken also the centers of force in the etheric body and stimulate into activity that mysterious stream of energy which sleeps at the base of the spinal column. When this process is carried forward with care and due safeguards, and under direction, and when the process is spread over a long period of time there is little risk of danger, and the awakening will take place normally and under the law of being itself. If, however, the tuning up and awakening is forced, or is brought about by exercises of various kinds before the student is ready and before the bodies are coordinated and developed, then the aspirant is headed towards disaster. Breathing exercises or pranayama training should never be undertaken without expert guidance and only after years of spiritual application, devotion and service; concentration upon the centers in the force body (with a view to their awakening) is ever to be avoided; it will cause over-stimulation and the opening of doors on to the astral plane which the student may have difficulty in closing. I cannot impress too strongly upon aspirants in all occult schools that the yoga for this transition period is the yoga of one-pointed intent, of directed purpose, of a constant practice of the Presence of God, and of ordered regular meditation carried forward systematically and steadily over years of effort.


When this is done with detachment and is paralleled by a life of loving service, the awakening of the centers and the raising of the sleeping fire of kundalini will go forward with safety and sanity and the whole system will be brought to [19] the requisite stage of "aliveness." I cannot too strongly advise students against the following of intensive meditation processes for hours at a time, or against practices which have for their objective the arousing of the fires of the body, the awakening of a particular center and the moving of the serpent fire. The general world stimulation is so great at this time and the average aspirant is so sensitive and finely organized that excessive meditation, a fanatical diet, the curtailing of the hours of sleep or undue interest in and emphasis upon psychic experience will upset the mental balance and often do irretrievable harm.


Let the students in esoteric schools settle down to steady, quiet, unemotional work. Let them refrain from prolonged hours of study and of meditation. Their bodies are as yet incapable of the requisite tension, and they only damage themselves. Let them lead normal busy lives, remembering in the press of daily duties and service who they are essentially and what are their goal and objectives. Let them meditate regularly every morning, beginning with a period of fifteen minutes and never exceeding forty minutes. Let them forget themselves in service, and let them not concentrate their interest upon their own psychic development. Let them train their minds with a normal measure of study and learn to think intelligently, so that their minds can balance their emotions and enable them to interpret correctly that which they contact as their measure of awareness increases and their consciousness expands.

Students need to remember that devotion to the Path or to the Master is not enough. The Great Ones are looking for intelligent cooperators and workers more than They are looking for devotion to Their Personalities, and a student who is walking independently in the light of his own soul is regarded by Them as a more dependable instrument than a devoted fanatic. The light of his soul will reveal to the earnest aspirant the unity underlying all groups, and enable him to eliminate the poison of intolerance which taints and hinders so many; it will cause him to recognize the spiritual fundamentals which guide the steps of humanity; it will force [20] him to overlook the intolerance and the fanaticism and separativeness which characterize the small mind and the beginner upon the Path, and help him so to love them that they will begin to see more truly and enlarge their horizon; it will enable him to estimate truly the esoteric value of service and teach him above all to practice that harmlessness which is the outstanding quality of every son of God. A harmlessness that speaks no word that can damage another person, that thinks no thought which could poison or produce misunderstanding, and which does no action which could hurt the least of his brethren - this is the main virtue which will enable the esoteric student to tread with safety the difficult path of development. Where the emphasis is laid upon service to one's fellowmen and the trend of the life force is outward to the world, then there is freedom from danger and the aspirant can safely meditate and aspire and work. His motive is pure, and he is seeking to decentralize his personality and shift the focus of his attention away from himself to the group. Thus the life of the soul can pour through him, and express itself as love to all beings. He knows himself to be a part of a whole and the life of that whole can flow through him consciously, leading him to a realization of brotherhood and of his oneness in relation to all manifested lives.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Through the Gates of Gold

I have taken excerpts that provided the most insight to me (along with bolded text for extra emphasis) from the little book, "Through the Gates of Gold" by Mabel Collins and posted them below.  The full text can be found here:  http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/gategold/gategold.htm

Excerpt from Chapter 1
VI
Indolence is, in fact, the curse of man. As the Irish peasant and the cosmopolitan gypsy dwell in dirt and poverty out of sheer idleness, so does the man of the world live contented in sensuous pleasures for the same reason. The drinking of fine wines, the tasting of delicate food, the love of bright sights and sounds, of beautiful women and admirable surroundings, — these are no better for the cultivated man, no more satisfactory as a final goal of enjoyment for him, than the coarse amusements and gratifications of the boor are for the man without cultivation. There can be no final point, for life in every form is one vast series of fine gradations; and the man who elects to stand still at the point of culture he has reached, and to avow that he can go no further, is simply making an arbitrary statement for the excuse of his indolence. Of course there is a possibility of declaring that the gypsy is content in his dirt and poverty, and, because he is so,is as great a man as the most highly cultured. But he only is so while he is ignorant; the moment light enters the dim mind the whole man turns towards it.So it is on the higher platform; only the difficulty of penetrating the mind, of admitting the light, is even greater. The Irish peasant loves his whiskey, and while he can have it cares nothing for the great laws of morality and religion which are supposed to govern humanity and induce men to live temperately. The cultivated gourmand cares only for subtle tastes and perfect flavors; but he is as blind as the merest peasant to the fact that there is anything beyond such gratifications. Like the boor he is deluded by a mirage that oppresses his soul;and he fancies, having once obtained a sensuous joy that pleases him, to give himself the utmost satisfaction by endless repetition, till at last he reaches madness. The bouquet of the wine he loves enters his soul and poisons it,leaving him with no thoughts but those of sensuous desire; and he is in the same hopeless state as the man who dies mad with drink. What good has the drunkard obtained by his madness? None; pain has at last swallowed up pleasure utterly,and death steps in to terminate the agony. The man suffers the final penalty for his persistent ignorance of a law of nature as inexorable as that of gravitation, —a law which forbids a man to stand still. Not twice can the same cup of pleasure be tasted; the second time it must contain either a grain of poison or a drop of the elixir of life.

Excerpt from Chapter 3
I
Virtue (or what seems to each man to be virtue, his own special standard of morality and purity) is held by those who practise it to be a way to heaven. Perhaps it is, to the heaven of the modern sybarite, the ethical voluptuary. It is as easy to become a gourmand in pure living and high thinking as in the pleasures of taste or sight or sound. Gratification is the aim of the virtuous man as well as of the drunkard; even if his life be a miracle of abstinence and self-sacrifice, a moment's thought shows that in pursuing this apparently heroic path he does but pursue pleasure. With him pleasure takes on a lovely form because his gratifications are those of a sweet savor, and it pleases him to give gladness to others rather than to enjoy himself at their expense. But the pure life and high thoughts are no more finalities in themselves than any other mode of enjoyment; and the man who endeavors to find contentment in them must intensify his effort and continually repeat it, — all in vain. He is a green plant indeed, and the leaves are beautiful; but more is wanted than leaves. If he persists in his endeavor blindly, believing that he has reached his goal when he has not even perceived it, then he finds himself in that dreary place where good is done perforce, and the deed of virtue is without the love that should shine through it. It is well for a man to lead a pure life, as it is well for him to have clean hands, — else he becomes repugnant. But virtue as we understand it now can no more have any special relation to the state beyond that to which we are limited than any other part of our constitution. Spirit is not a gas created by matter, and we cannot create our future by forcibly using one material agent and leaving out the rest. Spirit is the great life on which matter rests, as does the rocky world on the free and fluid ether; whenever we can break our limitations we find ourselves on that marvelous shore where Wordsworth once saw the gleam of the gold. When we enter there all the present must disappear alike, — virtue and vice, thought and sense. That a man reaps what he has sown must of course be true also; he has no power to carry virtue, which is of the material life, with him; yet the aroma of his good deeds is a far sweeter sacrifice than the odor of crime and cruelty. Yet it may be, however, that by the practice of virtue he will fetter himself into one groove, one changeless fashion of life in matter, so firmly that it is impossible for the mind to conceive that death is a sufficient power to free him, and cast him upon the broad and glorious ocean, — a sufficient power to undo for him the inexorable and heavy latch of the Golden Gate. And sometimes the man who has sinned so deeply that his whole nature is scarred and blackened by the fierce fire of selfish gratification is at last so utterly burned out and charred that from the very vigor of the passion light leaps forth. It would seem more possible for such a man at least to reach the threshold of the Gates than for the mere ascetic or philosopher. 


But it is little use to reach the threshold of the Gates without the power to pass through. And that is all that the sinner can hope to do by the dissolution of himself which comes from seeing his own soul. At least this appears to be so, inevitably because his condition is negative. The man who lifts the latch of the Golden Gate must do so with his own strong hand, must be absolutely positive. This we can see by analogy. In everything else in life, in every new step or development, it is necessary for a man to exercise his most dominant will in order to obtain it fully. Indeed in many cases, though he has every advantage and though he use his will to some extent, he will fail utterly of obtaining what he desires from lack of the final and unconquerable resolution. No education in the world will make a man an intellectual glory to his age, even if his powers are great; for unless he positively desires to seize the flower of perfection, he will be but a dry scholar, a dealer in words, a proficient in mechanical thought, and a mere wheel of memory. And the man who has this positive quality in him will rise in spite of adverse circumstances, will recognize and seize upon the tide of thought which is his natural food, and will stand as a giant at last in the place he willed to reach. We see this practically every day in all walks of life. Wherefore it does not seem possible that the man who has simply succeeded through the passions in wrecking the dogmatic and narrow part of his nature should pass through those great Gates. But as he is not blinded by prejudice, nor has fastened himself to any treadmill of thought, nor caught the wheel of his soul in any deep rut of life, it would seem that if once the positive will might be born within him, he could at some time not hopelessly far distant lift his hand to the latch. 


Undoubtedly it is the hardest task we have yet seen set us in life, that which we are now talking of, — to free a man of all prejudice, of all crystallized thought or feeling, of all limitations, yet develop within him the positive will. It seems too much of a miracle; for in ordinary life positive will is always associated with crystallized ideas. But many things which have appeared to be too much of a miracle for accomplishment have yet been done, even in the narrow experience of life given to our present humanity. All the past shows us that difficulty is no excuse for dejection, much less for despair; else the world would have been without the many wonders of civilization. Let us consider the thing more seriously, therefore, having once used our minds to the idea that it is not impossible. 


The great initial difficulty is that of fastening the interest on that which is unseen. Yet this is done every day, and we have only to observe how it is done in order to guide our own conduct. Every inventor fastens his interest firmly on the unseen; and it entirely depends on the firmness of that attachment whether he is successful or whether he fails. The poet who looks on to his moment of creation as that for which he lives, sees that which is invisible and hears that which is soundless.

Exercpts from Chapter 4 
III
The first thing which it is necessary for the soul of man to do in order to engage in this great endeavor of discovering true life is the same thing that the child first does in its desire for activity in the body, — he must be able to stand. It is clear that the power of standing, of equilibrium, of concentration, of uprightness, in the soul, is a quality of a marked character. The word that presents itself most readily as descriptive of this quality is "confidence." 


To remain still amid life and its changes, and stand firmly on the chosen spot, is a feat which can only be accomplished by the man who has confidence in himself and in his destiny. Otherwise the hurrying forms of life, the rushing tide of men, the great floods of thought, must inevitably carry him with them, and then he will lose that place of consciousness whence it was possible to start on the great enterprise. For it must be done knowingly, and without pressure from without, — this act of the new-born man. All the great ones of the earth have possessed this confidence, and have stood firmly on that place which was to them the one solid spot in the universe. To each man this place is of necessity different. Each man must find his own earth and his own heaven. 


We have the instinctive desire to relieve pain, but we work in externals in this as in everything else. We simply alleviate it; and if we do more, and drive it from its first chosen stronghold, it reappears in some other place with reinforced vigor. If it is eventually driven off the physical plane by persistent and successful effort, it reappears on the mental or emotional planes where no man can touch it. That this is so is easily seen by those who connect the various planes of sensation, and who observe life with that additional illumination. Men habitually regard these different forms of feeling as actually separate, whereas in fact they are evidently only different sides of one center, — the point of personality. If that which arises in the center, the fount of life, demands some hindered action, and consequently causes pain, the force thus created being driven from one stronghold must find another; it cannot be driven out. And all the blendings of human life which cause emotion and distress exist for its use and purposes as well as for those of pleasure. Both have their home in man; both demand their expression of right. The marvelously delicate mechanism of the human frame is constructed to answer to their lightest touch; the extraordinary intricacies of human relations evolve themselves, as it were, for the satisfaction of these two great opposites of the soul. 


Pain and pleasure stand apart and separate, as do the two sexes; and it is in the merging, the making the two into one, that joy and deep sensation and profound peace are obtained. Where there is neither male nor female, neither pain nor pleasure, there is the god in man dominant, and then is life real. 


To state the matter in this way may savor too much of the dogmatist who utters his assertions uncontradicted from a safe pulpit; but it is dogmatism only as a scientist's record of effort in a new direction is dogmatism. Unless the existence of the Gates of Gold can be proved to be real, and not the mere phantasmagoria of fanciful visionaries, then they are not worth talking about at all. In the nineteenth century hard facts or legitimate arguments alone appeal to men's minds; and so much the better. For unless the life we advance towards is increasingly real and actual, it is worthless, and time is wasted in going after it. Reality is man's greatest need, and he demands to have it at all hazards, at any price. Be it so. No one doubts he is right. Let us then go in search of reality. 

IV
One definite lesson learned by all acute sufferers will be of the greatest service to us in this consideration. In intense pain a point is reached where it is indistinguishable from its opposite, pleasure. This is indeed so, but few have the heroism or the strength to suffer to such a far point. It is as difficult to reach it by the other road. Only a chosen few have the gigantic capacity for pleasure which will enable them to travel to its other side. Most have but enough strength to enjoy and to become the slave of the enjoyment. Yet man has undoubtedly within himself the heroism needed for the great journey; else how is it that martyrs have smiled amid the torture? How is it that the profound sinner who lives for pleasure can at last feel stir within himself the divine afflatus? 


In both these cases the possibility has arisen of finding the way; but too often that possibility is killed by the overbalance of the startled nature. The martyr has acquired a passion for pain and lives in the idea of heroic suffering; the sinner becomes blinded by the thought of virtue and worships it as an end, an object, a thing divine in itself; whereas it can only be divine as it is part of that infinite whole which includes vice as well as virtue. How is it possible to divide the infinite, — that which is one? It is as reasonable to lend divinity to any object as to take a cup of water from the sea and declare that in that is contained the ocean. You cannot separate the ocean; the salt water is part of the great sea and must be so; but nevertheless you do not hold the sea in your hand. Men so longingly desire personal power that they are ready to put infinity into a cup, the divine idea into a formula, in order that they may fancy themselves in possession of it. These only are those who cannot rise and approach the Gates of Gold, for the great breath of life confuses them; they are struck with horror to find how great it is. The idol-worshipper keeps an image of his idol in his heart and burns a candle always before it. It is his own, and he is pleased at that thought, even if he bow in reverence before it. In how many virtuous and religious men does not this same state exist? In the recesses of the soul the lamp is burning before a household god, — a thing possessed by its worshipper and subject to him. Men cling with desperate tenacity to these dogmas, these moral laws, these principles and modes of faith which are their household gods, their personal idols. Bid them burn the unceasing flame in reverence only to the infinite, and they turn from you. Whatever their manner of scorning your protest may be, within themselves it leaves a sense of aching void. For the noble soul of the man, that potential king which is within us all, knows full well that this household idol may be cast down and destroyed at any moment, — that it is without finality in itself, without any real and absolute life. And he has been content in his possession, forgetting that anything possessed can only by the immutable laws of life be held temporarily. He has forgotten that the infinite is his only friend; he has forgotten that in its glory is his only home, — that it alone can be his god. There he feels as if he is homeless; but that amid the sacrifices he offers to his own especial idol there is for him a brief resting-place; and for this he clings passionately to it. 


Few have the courage even slowly to face the great desolateness which lies outside themselves, and must lie there so long as they cling to the person which they represent, the "I" which is to them the center of the world, the cause of all life. In their longing for a God they find the reason for the existence of one; in their desire for a sense-body and a world to enjoy in, lies to them the cause of the universe. These beliefs may be hidden very deep beneath the surface, and be indeed scarcely accessible; but in the fact that they are there is the reason why the man holds himself upright. To himself he is himself the infinite and the God; he holds the ocean in a cup. In this delusion he nurtures the egoism which makes life pleasure and makes pain pleasant. In this profound egoism is the very cause and source of the existence of pleasure and of pain. For unless man vacillated between these two, and ceaselessly reminded himself by sensation that he exists, he would forget it. And in this fact lies the whole answer to the question, "Why does man create pain for his own discomfort?" 


The strange and mysterious fact remains unexplained as yet, that man in so deluding himself is merely interpreting Nature backwards and putting into the words of death the meaning of life. For that man does indeed hold within him the infinite, and that the ocean is really in the cup, is an incontestable truth; but it is only so because the cup is absolutely non-existent. It is merely an experience of the infinite, having no permanence, liable to be shattered at any instant. It is in the claiming of reality and permanence for the four walls of his personality, that man makes the vast blunder which plunges him into a prolonged series of unfortunate incidents, and intensifies continually the existence of his favorite forms of sensation. Pleasure and pain become to him more real than the great ocean of which he is a part and where his home is; he perpetually knocks himself painfully against these walls where he feels, and his tiny self oscillates within his chosen prison.

Excerpts from Chapter 5
I
STRENGTH to step forward is the primary need of him who has chosen his path. Where is this to be found? Looking round, it is not hard to see where other men find their strength. Its source is profound conviction. Through this great moral power is brought to birth in the natural life of the man that which enables him, however frail he may be, to go on and conquer. Conquer what? Not continents, not worlds, but himself. Through that supreme victory is obtained the entrance to the whole, where all that might be conquered and obtained by effort becomes at once not his, but himself. 


To put on armor and go forth to war, taking the chances of death in the hurry of the fight, is an easy thing; to stand still amid the jangle of the world, to preserve stillness within the turmoil of the body, to hold silence amid the thousand cries of the senses and desires, and then, stripped of all armor and without hurry or excitement take the deadly serpent of self and kill it, is no easy thing. Yet that is what has to be done; and it can only be done in the moment of equilibrium when the enemy is disconcerted by the silence. 


But there is needed for this supreme moment a strength such as no hero of the battlefield needs. A great soldier must be filled with the profound convictions of the justness of his cause and the rightness of his method. The man who wars against himself and wins the battle can do it only when he knows that in that war he is doing the one thing which is worth doing, and when he knows that in doing it he is winning heaven and hell as his servitors. Yes, he stands on both. He needs no heaven where pleasure comes as a long-promised reward; he fears no hell where pain waits to punish him for his sins. For he has conquered once for all that shifting serpent in himself which turns from side to side in its constant desire of contact, in its perpetual search after pleasure and pain. Never again (the victory once really won) can he tremble or grow exultant at any thought of that which the future holds. Those burning sensations which seemed to him to be the only proofs of his existence are his no longer. How, then, can he know that he lives? He knows it only by argument. And in time he does not care to argue about it. For him there is then peace; and he will find in that peace the power he has coveted. Then he will know what is that faith which can remove mountains.

II
Religion holds a man back from the path, prevents his stepping forward, for various very plain reasons. First, it makes the vital mistake of distinguishing between good and evil. Nature knows no such distinction; and the moral and social laws set us by our religions are as temporary, as much a thing of our own special mode and form of existence, as are the moral and social laws of the ants or the bees. We pass out of that state in which these things appear to be final, and we forget them forever. This is easily shown, because a man of broad habits of thought and of intelligence must modify his code of life when he dwells among another people. These people among whom he is an alien have their own deep-rooted religions and hereditary convictions, against which he cannot offend. Unless his is an abjectly narrow and unthinking mind, he sees that their form of law and order is as good as his own. What then can he do but reconcile his conduct gradually to their rules? And then if he dwells among them many years the sharp edge of difference is worn away, and he forgets at last where their faith ends and his commences. Yet is it for his own people to say he has done wrong, if he has injured no man and remained just?
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We each stand quite alone, a solitary unit, a pygmy in the world. What good fortune can we expect? The great life of the world rushes by, and we are in danger each instant that it will overwhelm us or even utterly destroy us. There is no defence to be offered to it; no opposition army can be set up, because in this life every man fights his own battle against every other man, and no two can be united under the same banner. There is only one way of escape from this terrible danger which we battle against every hour. Turn round, and instead of standing against the forces, join them; become one with Nature, and go easily upon her path. Do not resist or resent the circumstances of life any more than the plants resent the rain and the wind. Then suddenly, to your own amazement, you find you have time and strength to spare, to use in the great battle which it is inevitable every man must fight, — that in himself, that which leads to his own conquest.  
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Life among objects of sense must forever be an outer shape to the sublime soul, — it can only become powerful life, the life of accomplishment, when it is animated by the crowned and indifferent god that sits in the sanctuary. 


The obtaining of this condition is so supremely desirable because from the moment it is entered there is no more trouble, no more anxiety, no more doubt or hesitation. As a great artist paints his picture fearlessly and never committing any error which causes him regret, so the man who has formed his inner self deals with his life. 


But that is when the condition is entered. That which we who look towards the mountains hunger to know is the mode of entrance and the way to the Gate. The Gate is that Gate of Gold barred by a heavy bar of iron. The way to the threshold of it turns a man giddy and sick. It seems no path, it seems to end perpetually, its way lies along hideous precipices, it loses itself in deep waters. 


Once crossed and the way found it appears wonderful that the difficulty should have looked so great. For the path where it disappears does but turn abruptly, its line upon the precipice edge is wide enough for the feet, and across the deep waters that look so treacherous there is always a ford and a ferry. So it happens in all profound experiences of human nature. When the first grief tears the heart asunder it seems that the path has ended and a blank darkness taken the place of the sky. And yet by groping the soul passes on, and that difficult and seemingly hopeless turn in the road is passed. 


So with many another form of human torture. Sometimes throughout a long period or a whole lifetime the path of existence is perpetually checked by what seem like insurmountable obstacles. Grief, pain, suffering, the loss of all that is beloved or valued, rise up before the terrified soul and check it at every turn. Who places those obstacles there? The reason shrinks at the childish dramatic picture which the religionists place before it, — God permitting the Devil to torment His creatures for their ultimate good! When will that ultimate good be attained? The idea involved in this picture supposes an end, a goal. There is none. We can any one of us safely assent to that; for as far as human observation, reason, thought, intellect, or instinct can reach towards grasping the mystery of life, all data obtained show that the path is endless and that eternity cannot be blinked and converted by the idling soul into a million years. 

EPILOGUE


SECRETED and hidden in the heart of the world and in the heart of man is the light which can illumine all life, the future and the past. Shall we not search for it? Surely some must do so. And then perhaps those will add what is needed to this poor fragment of thought.

From The Path, March, 1887 (Commentary)

Spirit is the great life on which matter rests, as does the rocky world on the free and fluid ether; whenever we can break our limitations we find ourselves on that marvelous shore where Wordsworth once saw the gleam of the gold." Virtue, being of the material life, man has not the power to carry it with him, "yet the aroma of his good deeds is a far sweeter sacrifice than the odor of crime and cruelty." 
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The author here wishes to show that there is sweetness and light in occultism, and not merely a wide dry level of dreadful Karma, such as some Theosophists are prone to dwell on. And this sweetness and light may be reached when we discover the iron bar and raising it shall permit the heart to be free. This iron bar is what the Hindus call "the knot of the heart"! In their scriptures they talk of unloosing this knot, and say that when that is accomplished freedom is near. But what is the iron bar and the knot? is the question we must answer. It is the astringent power of self — of egotism — of the idea of separateness. This idea has many strongholds. It holds its most secret court and deepest counsels near the far removed depths and center of the heart. But it manifests itself first, in that place which is nearest to our ignorant perceptions, where we see it first after beginning the search. When we assault and conquer it there it disappears. It has only retreated to the next row of outworks where for a time it appears not to our sight, and we imagine it killed, while it is laughing at our imaginary conquests and security. Soon again we find it and conquer again, only to have it again retreat. So we must follow it up if we wish to grasp it at last in its final stand just near the "kernel of the heart." There it has become "an iron bar that holds down the heart," and there only can the fight be really won. That disciple is fortunate who is able to sink past all the pretended outer citadels and seize at once this personal devil who holds the bar of iron, and there wage the battle. If won there, it is easy to return to the outermost places and take them by capitulation. This is very difficult, for many reasons. It is not a mere juggle of words to speak of this trial. It is a living tangible thing that can be met by any real student. The great difficulty of rushing at once to the center lies in the unimaginable terrors which assault the soul on its short journey there. This being so it is better to begin the battle on the outside in just the way pointed out in this book and Light on the Path, by testing experience and learning from it.