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The Influence of Man on the World

“Man must master himself before he can hope to exert an influence beyond himself. There is no royal road to unfoldment and power—each stop must be taken in turn, and each Candidate must take the step himself, and by his own effort. But he may, and will, be aided by the helping hands of the teachers who have traveled the Path before him, and who know just when that helping hand is needed to lift the candidate over the rough places. “ ~William Walker Atkinson

Man’s Influence on the World

Mr. Atkinson has a lot of good things to teach us, but there are some things he says that I don’t agree with. When he says that man cannot hope to “exert an influence beyond himself” until he has mastered himself, he is only partially correct. It is true that man cannot have an intentional and beneficial influence on the world around him unless he first masters himself to a large degree, but we all influence the world to some degree. Thought is a powerful force. Thought is what created the universe, and our thoughts influence it constantly. Even if we are not trying to influence the world, we are. When we are angry and those thoughts are sent out from us like a radio broadcast, they affect to a small degree what the world around us is like. If millions of other people are sending out random thoughts full of anger, all that anger can have an effect on the world. It can result in storms, earthquakes, floods and other “natural” disasters. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen often because most of us send out random thoughts that tend to cancel each other out. Still, much of the undesirable things that happen on this planet can be traced to man’s transmission of large amounts of negative and destructive thoughts. Continue reading “The Influence of Man on the World”

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Harmony of the Awakened Soul

“Every deiform soul is tripartite, according to Gregory the Theologian, Virtue, then established in the intelligence, he calls discretion, understanding and wisdom, when in the incensive power, he calls it courage and patience; and when in the faculty of desire, he calls it love, self-restraint and self-control. Justice or right judgment penetrates all three aspects of the soul, enabling them to function in harmony. Through discretion the soul fights against the hostile powers and defends the virtues. Through self-restraint it views things dispassionately. Through love it urges a man to love all men as himself. … This is the harmony of the melodious organ of the soul.” ~The Philokalia

Tripartite Soul

I’m not sure the soul is truly “tripartite,” but it can be convenient to look at it that way. The Orthodox Christian Church names these three “aspects” the intelligence, the appetitive power, and the incensive [sic] power. The appetitive is about desire and the incensive is about striving, getting things done. In any case, the description of the desired properties of the soul are valid. We want the soul to be full of understanding and wisdom, love, restraint, self-control and a desire for self-development and a desire to help others and live in harmony with all men and all beings. This division of the soul into various “aspects” many actually be a matter of confusing the divine soul with the four spiritual energy centers that connect to the eight physical and psychic level centers usually called “chakras”. Continue reading “Harmony of the Awakened Soul”

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Polarity and Reconciliation

“The great Fourth Hermetic principle—the Principle of Polarity—embodies the truth that all manifested things have ‘two sides’; ‘two aspects’; ‘two poles’; a ‘pair of opposites,’ with manifold degrees between the two extremes. The old paradoxes, which have ever perplexed the mind of men, are explained by the understanding of this Principle. …
“The Hermetic teachings are to the effect that the difference between things seemingly diametrically opposed to each other is merely a matter of degree. It teaches that ‘the pairs of opposites may be reconciled,’ and that ‘thesis and anti-thesis are identical in nature, but different in degree’; and that the ‘universal reconciliation of opposites’ is effected by a recognition of this Principle of Polarity.” ~The Three Initiates

Polarity

I really don’t understand people who claim that this Principle of Polarity doesn’t exist. An electric circuit cannot function without a negative pole and a positive one and a magnet must have a south pole if it is to have a north pole. We cannot have hot without cold, dry without wet, male without female. I can’t think of any object or force in the world of matter where this principle doesn’t exist in a fairly obvious way, but if you know of some, send a comment about it. Continue reading “Polarity and Reconciliation”

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The Mystic Way and Life

“A discussion of mysticism, regarded as a form of human life, will therefore include two branches. First the life process of the mystic: the remaking of his personality; the method by which his peculiar consciousness of the absolute is attained, and faculties which have been evolved to meet the requirements of the phenomenal, are enabled to do work on the transcendental, plane. This is the ‘Mystic Way’ in which the self passes through the states of development which were codified by the Neoplatonists, and after them by the medieval mystics, as purgation, illumination, and ecstasy. Secondly, the content of the mystical field of perception; the revelation under which the contemplative becomes aware of the absolute.” ~Evelyn Underhill

A New Form

I’m not sure we can consider the mystic (or spiritual adept, as we prefer to call them) a seperate “form of human life”, yet it is true that becoming one does change a person in many ways, including physically and mentally as well as psychically and spiritually. A fairly obvious one is that, since the adept tends to lose the idea of greed as beneficial, they will rarely be significantly overweight. If they see other doing manual labor, rather than looking down on them the mystic will admire their hard work and very likely help out. Another way that they are different is they seem to age slower than the rest of us. This may partially be due to a lack of worry and the constant, and often aimless, struggles of the materialistic type of person, but that is not the only reason. It is said that when advanced spiritual adepts are in a trancendental state of consciousness and communicating with the spiritual realms, that he exists during that brief period outside of time, as do the spiritual beings he is communicating with. One that many people think is impossible is that the adept with brown eyes will often see a change in eye color to blue, green, or blue-gray (if you think that is impossible, I can show you the label on some eye drops a doctor once prescribed for me that warned that a possible side effect was that those with blue or green eyes might see the color change to brown). Continue reading “The Mystic Way and Life”

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