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Divine Treasure of Knowledge, Wisdom and Love

“Think about the Divine and accept the Divine in you. Whoever accepts the Divine will easily progress; who does not accept it will enter a street with no exit.

”If you believe, think, and work, something good will come out of you, but if you don’t, nothing good will come out of you. …

“In the materialistic world, people look for logic and proof in order to get things clear and understand, and then they believe in them. In the Divine world, the process is the opposite. First comes the belief, and then things become clear to you.

“The most valuable treasure we may have is Knowledge, Wisdom, and Love.” ~Biensa Douno

Accept the Divine

No matter how much you study, you will never be a good doctor if you don’t believe you can. You will never be a good singer if you don’t believe it possible. And you will never experience much spiritual growth if you don’t believe in yourself. Part of that belief must be accepting the divinity within you. That does not mean you should start thinking that you are God—that is a path of egotism. You think instead that you are a part of God and are destined to rejoin with the Father/Mother when you have grown enough.

Spiritual Progress

Accepting God and our connection to Divinity does make it easier to follow a path of spiritual growth and enlightenment. It may be possible to make some progress on that path without recognizing Divinity, but not much. Failure to accept Divinity also makes it easier for dark forces and beings to send us down a false path, a dead-end path that, as Douno puts it, has no exit. You just keep going around and around in circles, not really making any progress at all. No different from those hooked on the teachings of most popular churches.

Opposite Process

Douno says that is the material world, people use logic and their senses to understand the world around them. They believe in something only after they have evidence of it through the physical senses. While that is often true, there are exceptions. We do believe in some things without any real proof and little evidence. Things like aliens, Bigfoot and fairies. But even when we limit that to the physical realm, the sense can easily be misled. Optical illusions are examples of that.

With spiritual things, they are generally unseen by materialistic people. They can only be seen if you believe they exist, or at least that they are possible. When you disbelieve, your own mind is blocking them. So Douno is partly correct in saying that it is the opposite with spiritual things and you have to believe before you can experience it. What you really need is an open mind that accepts sch things, not more belief in things without proof.

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Thought, Observation, and Thought Principles

“Observation and thinking are the two points of departure for all the spiritual striving of man, in so far as he is conscious of such striving. The workings of common sense, as well as the most complicated scientific researches, rest on these two fundamental pillars of our spirit. Philosophers have started from various primary antitheses: idea and reality, subject and object, appearance and thing-in-itself, “I” and “Not-I”, idea and will, concept and matter, force and substance, the conscious and the unconscious. It is easy to show, however, that all these antitheses must be preceded by that of observation and thinking, this being for man the most important one.

“Whatever principle we choose to lay down, we must either prove that somewhere we have observed it, or we must enunciate it in the form of a clear thought which can be re-thought by any other thinker. Every philosopher who sets out to discuss his fundamental principles must express them in conceptual form and thus use thinking. He therefore indirectly admits that his activity presupposes thinking.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Thought and Creation

A basic premise of creation is that a thing must be thought of before it can be created. This seems logical and obvious to most, but many forget it. They ignore the creative power of thought, except on certain occasions when that want to create something. But the creative power of though cannot be turned on and off light a light bulb. When you are thinking, you are creating, period. Just as it is impossible to create without thinking, it is impossible to think without creating. But when we are thinking without the intent to create, what is the result? What is created under those conditions?

Observation and Thinking

Another side of this is the relationship of observation and thinking. Steiner says that we have a chicken-and-egg relationship in observation and thinking. We can look around us at any time and unless you are in something like an isolation chamber, there will be many things to observe. Steiner is saying that there is two level of observing. Level one is just seeing the thing and recording it in our memory. The second level is to really think about what we are seeing. Why is it there? What is its relationship to other objects? On a more spiritual level, what is it behind the mask it is wearing?

Some think that the first level of observation doesn’t involve thinking at all, but it does. It may be entirely subconscious thinking, but that is still thinking. Yet some will argue that the thing was there without us thinking about it, and we could not think of it if it didn’t actually exist. Many disagree with that philosophy. Here’s why.

Remember the old question, “If a tree falls and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a noise?” In a more general way, that question is really asking, if a thing exists without being thought of by man, can it actually exist?” The answer is yes. The tree does make a sound which Nature hears, and Nature can create without the thoughts of humans. But here is where it really gets complicated. Some would even say weird. The Gaia mind that control Nature on Earth is made up mostly of the thoughts of humans, both dead and alive. Therefore, Natures mind is also a form of human thinking. Continue reading “Thought, Observation, and Thought Principles”

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Opinions and Beliefs can be a Help or a Hindrance

“Use thine opinative faculty with all honor and respect, for in her indeed is all: that thy opinion do not beget in thy understanding anything contrary to either nature, or the proper constitution of a rational creature. The end and object of a rational constitution is, to do nothing rashly, to be kindly affected toward men, and in all things willingly to submit to the gods.

“Casting therefore all other things aside, keep thyself to these few, and remember withal that no man properly can be said to live more than that which is now present, which is but a moment in time. Whatever is beside either is already past, or uncertain.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Opinions With Honor

It isn’t wrong to have opinions. There are some things we should have opinions about. But those opinions must be based on logic and/or spiritual insights. When they are based on fear, jealousy, or are otherwise illogical, they harm us more than help. Take political elections, for example. If you vote for a politician out of fear you will almost certainly learn that the politician does not have your best interests at heart. The kind of politician who encourages fear in people, then prays of their fears to control them and manipulate them is never trying to help anyone but himself. Sir Winston Churchill was correct when he said that the only thing we need fear was fear itself. That is the kind of politician the rational person votes for. It is also the kind the spiritual person will vote for.

The real problem with having opinions about everything is that that often evolve into beliefs. Then when we are faced with something that doesn’t fit that belief, we ignore it. It has even been proven that people will sometimes not see something that is right in front of them because they don’t believe in it. Beliefs that are only partially true, or completely false, prevent us from learning truth. Our own subconscious mind blocks out anything that will conflict with out beliefs.

Rational Constitution

Aurelius says a person with a rational constitution does nothing rashly. He thinks before he acts. That is good as far as it goes, but we need to go further. We need to get our spiritual faculties involved in our decision making as well. Not just in matters that are clearly spiritual in nature, but in all decisions. Our opinions and decisions will be much better if we do.

Let me give some examples from personal experience.

  • When I was a teenager, I took driver’s Ed in High School, but failed the behind-the-wheel exam. There was not enough time left in the school year to take more lessons and try again. I graduated two weeks later. For a while, I really didn’t need to drive, so I didn’t bother to try again. When I was twenty-one and in the Army, I reenlisted to get into a college program that I wanted. I wanted to use my reenlistment bonus to buy a car, but I still didn’t have a license. So I began taking lessons, now in a different state. I planned to buy a car right after I passed the exam. I took the exam and again failed. But my intuition told me to go buy the car anyway, so I did. Four days later I passed the test. I couldn’t have a new car and not be able to use it.
  • Some years after that, I was looking for a job. The company I had been working for had to cut staff on the project I was on. I looked at what was available on other projects within the company and didn’t like any of the openings that I qualified for. My intuition told me it was time to look for a new company to work for. When I did, my intuition told me I should accept one particular job offer. I took the job. Less than year later, the company I had been working for was bought out by another and about one-third of the employers were laid off. Ten year later I retired. I stayed with the new company that whole time. As a result, I was eligible for their pension plan which I now collect from. They were probably the only company in the software business offering a pension plan and two years after I started working for them they discontinued it for new employees. If I wasn’t getting that pension check, I would be living in poverty now with just Social Security.

So intuition and spiritual insights can even help us on the material level. Awaken yours and find out.

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Purification for Enlightenment and Spiritual Growth

“No one can be enlightened unless he first be cleansed or purified and stripped. Purgation, which is the remaking of character in conformity with perceived reality, consists in these two essential acts: the cleansing of that which is to remain, the stripping of that which is to be done away. It may best be studies, therefore, in two parts. …
“These than are the branches into which the subject will be split. (1) The negative aspect, the stripping or purging away of those superfluous, unreal, and harmful things which dissipate the precious energies of the self. … (2) The positive aspect: a raising to their highest terms, their purest state, of all that remains.” ~Evelyn Underwood

Purification

Purification is a word that scares many people away from spiritual development. It shouldn’t. Real spiritual purification doesn’t involve self-flagellation. Nor does it require hanging weights from our bodies using fish hooks like some in India do. As Ms. Underwood explains, spiritual purification is not a physical thing, but a mental and spiritual one.

There may be some physical aspects to it, but it is nothing as drastic as flagellation. It may mean changes in diet to a healthier one. It may mean changes in behavior so we don’t waste our energy too much.

Purging

The purging part of it is to rid ourselves of false beliefs and limitation that prevent spiritual growth. Actually, we should purge ourselves of all false beliefs and limitations, but our primary interest is the spiritual.

The first is our concept of God. Whatever religious or spiritual background we have, almost all of us have a concept of what God is and how he functions which is far from the reality. Proof of this can be seen in the way we like to declare holy men to be God. Only a servant of God would ever descend to the physical realm to help us out. God doesn’t do that. He might put His presence in the spiritual sun, but God Himself isn’t in there.

Our ideas of Heaven are another one. The way many people talk about their dead friends and relatives, it sounds like all we have to do to get to heaven is drop dead. That is about as far from reality as you can get. Even most holy people don’t get to go directly to Heaven after they die physically. They enter lower spiritual dimensions and spend many more years working their way up to heaven.

The Oriental mystical teaches say we must empty out cup before it can be filled again. That is their allegorical way of saying we must first get rid of false beliefs before our cup can be filled with truth. This is not something most of us can do in a day. We have to work for years to purge ourselves of false beliefs. But the more veils re remove, the more clearly we can see beyond them. Purification may not sound like fun, but removing veils of falsehood actually is. Continue reading “Purification for Enlightenment and Spiritual Growth”

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