“Such a process of development and unfolding is not accomplished at once, but requires time and patience; a neophyte cannot immediately understand the mysteries of initiation when he enters the sacred precincts. The soul must be gradually accustomed to the light until the power of spiritual thought is unfolded, and the latter being, continually directed towards the divine light, becomes at last united with it. If the soul is perfectly purified and sanctified she becomes free in her movements; she sees and recognizes the divine light and she instructs herself, while she seems to be instructed by another. … She is then no more subject to terrestrial conditions of time, but lives in the eternal.” ~Apuleius
Process of Development
It needs to be noted that virtually all of the great philosophers, seers, and prophets of the past talked about developing our spiritual faculties. No one taught the ideas that it could happen instantly. None of them said we would become spiritual simply by declaring ourselves to be so. We may be spiritual students, or spiritual neophytes, but no more. It takes time to develop into a truly spiritual person.
One reason it must take time to develop spiritually is that we need to understand the new truths we are exposed to. We would learn nothing by having thousands of new concepts and idea flash before our eyes in a few seconds. It would be like a person who has spoke one language all his lie trying to learn another in a few days. Even more because in the new language there would be words that have no equivalent in the language already known. The truth must be introduced gradually, and the resistance to it removed gradually.
Accustomed to the Light
we have probably all done the experiment at some time of sitting in darkness for some time, and then a bright light is turned on. You are blinded by it for a moment. And that is just physical light and physical darkness. Spiritual Light is much brighter than physical light. Likewise, spiritual darkness is much greater than physical. So one who has been trapped in a world of spiritual darkness must be exposed to spiritual Light gradually, just as he must be exposed to spiritual truth gradually. Then once accustomed to that great spiritual light, one can work to become united with it. Continue reading “The Soul Instructs Herself with Divine Light”