“Let your Will be strong, but without anger, and your Thoughts be pure from that which infects the lower strata of the earth’s atmosphere. Let the Fire of the Divine Will penetrate deeply within your soul and elevate your mind to the highest regions of thought.
“It is not of man’s making; it cannot be bought, but it is given for nothing to those who deserve it.
“Weigh all things with the scales of justice, and measure them by the rule of reason.
“No substance can be made perfect without long suffering. Great is the error of those who imagine tat the Philosophers stone can be hardened without first being dissolved; their time and labor is wasted.
“Nature must be aided by art whenever she is deficient in power. Art may be the handmaiden of nature, but cannot supplant her mistress. Art without natue is always unnatural. Nature without art is not always perfect.
“Nature cannot be amended except in her own self. The nature of a tree cannot be changed by trimming the branches or by the addition or ornaments; it can be imp[roved only by improving upon which it grows, or by graft.” ~Franz Hartmann
In order to accomplish much of anything in life, you need to have a strong will. That goes for spiritual accomplishments just as much as for physical ones. Some think that suppressing the will and the ego is the path to spiritual growth. They think that floating through life going wherever the currents take you like a piece of driftwood is spiritual living. No great spiritual or mystic school ever taught such nonsense. Spiritual development has to be worked at just as much as any other kind of development. In fact, it may require more effort because we live in an age when spirituality is undervalued and materialism is king.
As Hartmann notes, however, we need a strong will without “anger”. I think that is the wrong choice of words. He should have said we need a strong will but without egotism. Egotism may often result in anger, but it isn’t the same thing. We need a strong will and we need our ego in order to function in the realm of matter, but we need the ego to be under the control of the spirit and soul, and not the other way around. Continue reading “A Strong Will is Needed for Spiritual Growth”