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The True Adept and the Pain of Growth

“The true Adept, the developed man, must, we are always told, become—he cannot be made. The process is therefore one of growth through evolution, and thus must necessarily involve a certain amount of pain. The main cause of pain lies in our perpetually seeking the permanent in the impermanent and not only seeking, but acting as if we had already found the unchangeable in a world of which the one certain quality we can predict is constant change. …
“Again, the idea of growth involves also the idea of disruption: the inner being must continually burst through its confining shell or encasement, and such a disruption must also be accompanied by pain, not physical but mental and intellectual.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The True Adept

I would call the true adept the developing man rather than the developed. An adept has reached a certain level of consciousness that is higher than that of the initiate, but is still on the road of spiritual growth with every expectation of achieving more. Ms. Blavatsky is correct, though, in saying that such an adept cannot be made, by which she means that someone else cannot make you an adept. If you become an adept, is through your own effort. Others can guide you, and probably should, but they can’t make you an adept like an artist carving a statue out of a lump of rock. It is mostly up to you. Continue reading “The True Adept and the Pain of Growth”

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Traveler’s Journey to Spiritual Knowledge and Truth

“The Traveler’s journey to God is complete when he attains knowledge of Him—’Illumination,’ in the language of European mystics. The point at which this is reached is called the Tavern or resting-place upon the road, where he is fed with the divine mysteries. There are also “Wine Shops” upon the way, where the weary pilgrim is cheered and refreshed by a draft of the wine of Divine Love. Only when the journey to God is completed begins the ‘Journey in God’—that which the Christian mystics call the Unitive Way—and this, since it is the essence of Eternal Life, can have no end.” ~Evelyn Underhill

The Traveler’s Journey

This road to enlightenment that Ms. Underhill calls “The Traveler’s Journey” is divided into two parts.. The first part is finding God, the second is becoming united with Him. We could also say that the two parts, or two directions of the journey, is outward and inward.

Knowledge of God

If you follow any Gnostic groups on social media, you will find that there is considerable confusion about what constitutes Gnosis. Many seem to promote the idea that knowledge of any kind, on any subject, is a part of achieving gnosis. But knowledge of how to build a rocket is not gnosis. Knowing how to operate a computer is not gnosis. Even learning how to plant and grow vegetables is not gnosis.

Real gnosis is knowing God. Nothing less is true gnosis. We can claim to have partial gnosis, we can claim to have some spiritual knowledge, but until we truly know God, we haven’t achieved true gnosis. Continue reading “Traveler’s Journey to Spiritual Knowledge and Truth”

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Spiritual Student: The Duties and Responsibilities

“The student endeavors to live in conformity with both nature and spirit. Never overhasty, he is also never indolent. Excessive activity and laziness are equally alien to him. … He attempts nothing beyond his powers, yet seems to omit nothing within their scope. On the other hand, he sets himself aims that have to do with the ideals and the great duties of a human being. …
“Nothing passes before the student without giving him occasion to accumulate experience which is of value to him for life. If he has performed anything wrongly or imperfectly, he lets this be an incentive for meeting the same contingency later on rightly and perfectly. … He tries to gather a rich store of experiences.
“Finally, … the student must from time to time, glance introspectively into himself, sink back into himself, take council with himself, … and reflect upon the content and aim of life.” ~Rudolf Steiner

The Spiritual Student

The spiritual student does have many duties and responsibilities. It is not a game, or a hobby, or a leisure activity to kill time; it’s a lifestyle. Many popular churches give the impression that you can do whatever you want most of the week, as long as you attend a church service once a week. Serious spiritual students and spiritual schools do not agree with that. The student must practice here spiritual growth techniques regularly, but that is not all. The spiritual student must also live a life that is conducive to spiritual growth.

Conform with Nature and Spirit

The first thing of note with this statement from Steiner is that nature and spirit are two different things. While they are related and connected, they are different. Nature is all on the third dimension, the dimension of matter. Spirit is in the higher dimensions, especially the fifth and above.

The spiritual student must conform with, and work with, natural law if he is to make progress. This does not mean nature worship, as the spiritual student must also recognize the higher dimensions of spirit. He must also recognize that the higher laws of spirit (God’s Law) takes precedence over natural law when there is a conflict. There seldom is, however, since nature itself conforms to those higher laws. Continue reading “Spiritual Student: The Duties and Responsibilities”

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Science and Religion: Together for Peace, Separate for Chaos

“Take what I have said kindly; I wish only to induce your religious part to have more charity for your scientific self, and the reverse. Both religion and science are working towards the good of man, although their devotees are human and by human error, bring privations, sufferings, and sorrows to men. Neither can fill the place of the other; each should extend a helping hand, and have charity for the shortcomings of the other; they are not antagonists, but workers in one field; both must stand the criticisms of mutual antagonists, and both have cause to fear the evils of fanaticism within their own ranks more than the attacks of opponents from without.” ~John Uri Lloyd

Science VS Religion

Science and religion was once a single thing, but for several centuries, we have operated in much of the world as if science and religion are enemies, and those who are followers of one cannot be true devotees of the other. The result is a world that is a complete mess with both groups blaming the other and accepting no responsibility for it themselves.

The Science Side

Recently, we are seeing memes on social media coming from the spokesmen for the scientific community saying things like “A scientific truth remains true, even if many refuse to believe it.” While that statement by itself is true, it has problems. First, it sounds way to much like the priests and ministers saying that if you don’t belief what they preach, that doesn’t change the truth. Second, it accepts no responsibility for the lack of acceptance by a large part of the public.

Lets look at some of the reasons people have stopped blindly accepting everything the scientific community pushes. In the 1960s and 1970s we had a number of studies done by scientists who showed that cigarette smoking caused health problems. The tobacco companies fought back by hiring scientists of their own who debunked those studies, insisting they were poorly done, not large enough to mean anything, and so on. These bought scientists then released studies of their own that proved that cigarettes were completely harmless. It took decades for enough evidence to come out to convince every one of the dangers of tobacco and force governments to take action. Continue reading “Science and Religion: Together for Peace, Separate for Chaos”