|| Theurgical Dialectic
|| Vanquishing Ignorance
|| Overcoming the Negative Energy Field
|| Perennialist Diagnosis
|| Life As Awakening
|| Locating Consciousness in the Higher Self
|| Creative Inspiration
|| Expanding Human Consciousness
The Ideology of Nastiness|
"Believe me, a person cannot even see the Divine Empyreal Fellowship without dying to this world and experiencing a new birth into the supersensible realm." 1Social programming--acculturation into whatever society one is born--inevitably produces a person who is almost totally possessed by his debilitating self. So he has very little awareness of who he is or what he might become. The person feels like the debilitating self is his true self--so comfortable and familiar it seems--that it's difficult to develop the sense of a separate center of consciousness: the Higher Self.
"For herein is the evil of ignorance, that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself: he has no desire for that of which he feels no want."
"The soul wallowing in the mire of every sort of ignorance and by reason of self-indulgence becomes the principal accomplice in her own captivity." 2
|Ignorance can only be overcome|
by an outside force of Higher Wisdom.
|| The Debilitating Self's Obstructions
|| Unity With the Divine
|| 1. Keeping the person ignorant of his own ignorance|
2. Encouraging the person to see his debilitating self
as his true self
3. Nourishing the person's feeling of self-
satisfaction, the sense that he's perfectly okay
the way he is
4. Bolstering the person's presumptuousness:
"I already know everything about myself and
"I am equal to anyone in terms of knowledge or
"I need not show deference to anyone."
5. Supporting the person's delusion that he already
knows how to think for himself
6. Sustaining the person's desire for mindless ease
and self-indulgent pleasure-seeking
"The lower self is an attribute which never rests save in falsehood--|
it never seeks the Truth."
|"Faults will turn to good, provided we use them to our own humiliation, without slackening in the effort to correct ourselves. Discouragement serves no possible purpose; it is simply the despair of wounded self-love. The real way of profiting by the humiliation of one's own faults is to face them in their true hideousness . .."|
"Esoteric knowledge can be given only to those who seek, only to those who have been seeking it with a certain amount of consciousness, that is, with an understanding of how it differs from ordinary knowledge and how it can be found. This preliminary knowledge can be gained by ordinary means, from existing and known literature, easily accessible to all. And the acquisition of this preliminary knowledge may be regarded as the first test. Only those who pass this first test, those, that is, who acquire the necessary knowledge from the material accessible to all, may hope to take the next step, at which point direct individual help will be accorded them. A man may hope to approach esotericism if he has acquired a right understanding from ordinary knowledge, that is, if he can find his way through the labyrinth of contradictory systems, theories and hypotheses, and understanding their general meaning and general significance. This test is something like a competitive examination open to the whole human race, and the idea of a competitive examination alone explains why the esoteric circle appears reluctant to help humanity. It is not reluctant. All that is possible is done to help men, but men will not or cannot make the necessary efforts themselves. And they cannot be helped by force." 3
|"Sincerity, avoiding base selfishness, obedience, detachment from hypocrisy, generosity. . . these are essentials. But. . . if the disciple tries to graft these on top of his unaltered self, they merely become mechanical, mimes, even hiding objectionable characteristics which wait to manifest themselves. Surely the real disciple is he who is not just . . . carrying on a charade of 'goodness.'" 5|
|"The position to be reached is that of the Self which knows Itself as transcendent as well as immanent. Observe that in its fullest conceivable development this is only an extension of the attitude which we must take up even now, if we are to be anything more than animals or automata. If we are to govern our lower nature at all we must take up a position or mental attitude in which we can say, ' I am more than the body, more than that in and through which I act, more than the animal.' Any mental position from which we act as something higher than that upon or with which we act, is a more or less transcendental position."|
|"The lower self is treacherous and hindering, and resistance to it is the best of actions." |
"Go and seek yourself, and when you have found yourself keep watch over yourself, for this lower self clothes itself every day in three hundred and sixty diverse garments . . . and leads men astray."|
|"The individual must be free from incorrect thinking before he can start to learn. Our . . . would-be disciple has to learn that he cannot bring his assumptions about his own capacity to learn into a field where he does not in fact know what it is that he is trying to learn."|
|"You do not understand either what you read or what you write. You do not even understand what the word 'understand" means. Yet understanding is essential, and reading can be useful only if you understand what you read."|
P.D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous
The fact that the student falsely considers himself to be the teacher's equal in all regards, proves that the student hasn't comprehended the material or the teacher. The person subconsciously realizes that the material has produced a super-normal effect on him and that the teacher who designed and conveyed the transcendent material must be exceptional. But egomania grips the student so tightly that he can't credit that the teacher is any more than unusual or extraordinary--certainly not of a type above him.
|"In order to approach the Sufi Way, the Seeker must realize that he is, largely, a bundle of what are nowadays called conditionings--fixed ideas and prejudices, automatic responses sometimes which have occurred through the training of others. Man is not as free as he thinks he is. The first step is for the individual to get away from thinking that he understands, and really understand. But man has been taught that he can understand everything by the same process, the process of logic. This teaching has undermined him."|
|"You have taken off your old self with its proclivities and have put on the new self, which is being regenerated through knowledge in the image of its Creator."|
Paul's Letter to Colossian Initiates 3:9