|| Platonic Dialectic
|| Spiritual Energy
|| Creative Inspiration
|| Dialectic As Transformative Interchange
|| Current Dialectical Interchange
"There exists in you, indefinitely developable, an engine of power, dynamically creative, capable of impressing and molding your material world according as you give out from your inner being in creative force."|
The constantly radiating Transcendent Power is instantiated in objects, persons, events, and ideas, relative to the purpose of the propagating force. A person, idea, or object must provide a stress point for the Higher Force to be embodied in a particular actuality. Manifestation of the undifferentiated All-Consciousness is possible only by the interposition of some form of resistance (purpose or object).
We have also examined the metaphysical elements of all creation, divine and human:
| "The gnostic being will take up the world of Life and Matter, but he will turn and adapt it to his own truth and purpose of existence; he will mould life itself into his own spiritual image, and this he will be able to do because he has the secret of a spiritual creation and is in communion and oneness with the Creator within him. This will be first effective in the shaping of his own inner and outer individual existence, but the same power and principle will operate in any common gnostic life; the relations of gnostic being with gnostic being will be the expression of their one gnostic self and supernature shaping into a significant power and form of itself the whole common existence."|
"Only by collecting a group of your dearest, going forth with your heart among them, cementing, as it were, a collective entity, and continually enlarging it, putting forth the substance among you, can you start toward comprehension of the Universal Consciousness."|
"The force we bring into the world, let us call it inspirational force for the sake of giving it a name, comes from a combination of conditions created by the person himself. We can only take advantage of that combination. Once a person of his own force establishes it, we can act on it. The initial step is your work. This force is, roughly speaking, emanations from you which meet complementary forces from this side. We utilize what you unconsciously possess." 2
"Your main effort must go into union with the supreme force or intelligence, not by just calling it down and isolating yourself in it, but by calling for it and uniting with it in such a manner as to transmute it into an available earth force." 6
"I must keep my energy lifted up, insulated. The minute it rests without insulation it gets into the vortex. . . You see, when I get within the power of that zone its action begins on me in spite of myself. It is like getting into quicksand; that acts on you, and you can't help it. That's a zone of action of a certain kind. It takes great, almost superhuman, spirituality to go into that lower form of life and hold your own. You can do it, if you have the right insulation.
"This, then, is the secret of maintaining our integrity: we must meet the problems of our world and the people of our world, not in their zone of action, but in ours. We must not go to them; we must get them to come to us."
One of the major areas of teaching within the Perennial Tradition is advanced instruction in how to understand, contact, accumulate, and utilize spiritual energy in self-transformation and in transforming the world.
The Perennial Tradition instructs in the esoteric application of higher configurations of energy possessing greater harmony, understanding, or power to improve and transmute lower energy fields--either locally or at a distance. Perennialist teachers use their advanced, more harmonized energy fields to assist in the development and transformation of the general populace and initiates.
We use spiritual energy to dissolve stubborn material, makng a saturated solution 8 of matter in spirit, then re-form the material as a sculptor kneads his clay, until it becomes through molding and re-molding more and more capable of divulging the Spirit. The absorbing power of the spirit transmutes. That is spiritual creation: the power to dissolve negative material and put it together again in a more positive form, first in Archetypal Form and then in terrestrial and supersensible substance.
"I'm making it out of myself somehow. It feels like hard physical work that is done by sweat and toil and energy. It's like breaking down cells in your body, pouring them out of you, making a deposit of concrete construction. Then you rest and accumulate more force, and then you make another projection and deposit of work."
Betty White, The Betty Book, 1937
"I should say it was the perfect ordering of all elements, an exquisite joy of participating in harmony. My own little joy of life is welded to that of every other harmonized being. I've forgotten my individual part. I'm in a great chorus." 9
"Look at an individual's personality . . . to see his inner potency and possibility compared to his surface representation. It makes it possible to ignore the misrepresenting agents of the man,--his habits, indulgences, dormancies--and insist on dealing with his possibilities: to regard, not what he gets snarled up trying to do; but what he has inside him that he wants to be." 10
"Do not forget how you do it: through strength of desire to serve, through vigorous encircling action, through overflowing faith, through vision of reality, through union with spiritual law and purpose, through understanding of temptation and resistance, through magnifying to each his own soul. Through all these you find your way to the comprehension of the divine life." 11
"It is necessary, in the first place, to turn our attention constantly and continuously to the higher ideal which we wish to realise; to the highest ideal
we can form of truth, goodness, and beauty. In proportion as we can do this we shall find truth, goodness, and beauty becoming realised in our
nature. The practical outcome of an intelligent realisation of the existence of our higher divine Self, is the opening up, as it were, of a channel of
communication through which the higher can flow into, and manifest in, the lower. There is an actual structural alteration in the physical body and
nerve centres. Every thought conditions a definite physiological change. We shut out the higher possibilities by thought alone, by thinking ourselves
separate. Just in proportion as we think of ourselves as divine, in proportion as we realise that the divine is within us, shall we come to a conscious
realisation of our divine nature and powers. Nor is there any other path by which this may be accomplished."|
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1 Betty White, The Betty Book, 1937
3 Plato, The Commonwealth, Book 7
4 Betty White, Op. Cit.
8 A saturated solution is a solution in which the maximum amount of solute has been dissolved. In other words, it is the maximum concentration of a solution. Any solute added to the solvent after the solution reaches its saturation point will not dissolve and will remain as a precipitate. The saturation point is dependent upon the type of solvent, as well as any variable that influences how substances dissolve, including temperature and pressure.
9 Betty White, Op. Cit.