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Unity of Will for Spiritual Success

“Use only one vessel, one fire, one instrument.

“The door to success lies in the unity of will and purpose and the proper adaptation of the means to the end. There are many roads leading to the celestial center. He who follows the chosen path may succeed, while he who attempts to walk on many paths will be delayed.

“If the molten metals are allowed to cool off before they are transformed into higher ones, they will become hard again, and the whole process will have to be recommenced from the beginning. Use the inextinguishable lamp. Its light will not go out unless it is driven away by force.

“Recognize the true Prima Materia. It is to be found everywhere, but if you do not find it in your own house, you will find it nowhere. It is a living substance that can be discovered only in places inhabited by man. It is the only substance from which the Philosopher’s Stone can be prepared, and without that substance no genuine silver or gold can be made. In thirty pounds of ordinary mercury, there is usually not more than one pound of the true substance, and a hundred pounds of ordinary sulfur usually contains not more than one pound of that which is useful. It can only be found above he earth, not below it. It is before everybody’s eyes; no one can live without it; everybody uses it; the poor usually possess more of it than the rich; … it can be perceived by the sense of feeling, but it cannot be seen with the material eye.” ~Franz Hartmann

One Vessel, One Fire

Hartmann is saying that if you are seeking true spiritual growth rather than just studying the teachings out of curiosity, you must choose a particular school or discipline and follow it completely and regularly. If you find at some point that you made a bad choice, move on to a different school, but don’t just jump willy-nilly from one school to another, one method to another. Let’s consider the issue with an analogy.

A man who is by profession a home construction engineer wants to build himself a house. He starts by laying out a few boards and making a partial frame. But then decides a brick house would be better. So he starts laying bricks but does only a few dozen before he decides stone would be better than brick, so he tears down the brick and starts again with stone. If he continues on like this, not only will he not get the best home possible, he won’t get one at all! He has to make a firm decision and stick with it. The same for choosing a spiritual school or spiritual discipline to follow. Continue reading “Unity of Will for Spiritual Success”

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Don’t Fret, Keep Moving Forward

“Don’t be over anxious because you do not learn or advance in any art or calling as fast as you wish. Don’t fret in mind because attempt after attempt fails. Don’t hurry. When you feel in the mood of hurry and fret ,stop! That is the state of mind most opposed to learning. That is the mood which wastes your strength.

“You can learn anything if your mind be persistently set upon it. Then wait in peace. The art will come to you.

“If you will, for fifteen minutes or half an hour daily, sit down with a box of colors, and idly daub and make play of trying effects in color by painting one shade over another, you will, if you desire to paint, see skies, mountains, and forest coming in these alternations of light and shade, as one coating of color is placed over another. … You will have it suggested to you how easily tree trunks can be simulated by a few straight or curved lines. A splash od blue will serve for a pond or lake, green marking on its edge will represent shrubbery; and ere you know it, there is a landscape. … This is the foundation of art. … Th more free the mind is left to follow its own teaching, its intuition, the guidance of the spirit, the greater the inspiration.” ~Prentice Mulford

Don’t Fret

It is difficult to not worry and fret when we are having difficulty learning something, or are simply not learning as fast as we would like to. But fretting over it doesn’t solve the problem, it makes it worse. That is because when you fret and tell yourself things like; “I’ll never learn this,” “I’m just not good at this,” etc., you are programming your subconscious mind with those thoughts.

Sadly, we even see this problem in education and in government. All students are expected to achieve a certain skill at essentially the same pace. If they are too slow, they fail or at least get a bad grade. They continue to ignore the fact that many great artists, scientists, engineers, and creative people of all sorts often did poorly in school because they couldn’t keep up with the pace. The thing is, sometimes they are moving slowly because they are grasping the subject thoroughly rather than superficially, and that takes more time, also. As Mr. Mulford points out, rushing often produces poor results. Continue reading “Don’t Fret, Keep Moving Forward”

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Persistence in Spiritual Practice Brings Results

“There is no creature, either in heaven, or in this world, wherein all the Three Principles stand open, as in mans; and if his soul be born in God, he excels the angels, in the wonders, as I will show you hereafter. But if this text happens to be difficult for the reader to understand, we would have him admonished to read it patiently and diligently. … For the mind does not leave off searching till it comes to the innermost ground, which is here shown. But if it reach not the ground, it sinks down to the ground, and cannot apprehend it; and then comes doubting, unbelief, and contempt, into the mind therefore we would have the reader admonished not to jest with the high hidden mysteries: for thereby the spirit of God is blasphemed.” ~Jacob Boehme

I’m not sure Boehme is correct in saying that man, even a fully awakened and enlightened man, can exceed the angels, but certainly we can reach the same level as those advanced spiritual beings. He is correct in saying that matters of spirit are difficult to understand. Continue reading “Persistence in Spiritual Practice Brings Results”

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Spiritual Growth is a Process

“Enlightenment proceeds from very simple processes. Here, too, t is a matter of developing certain feelings and thoughts which slumber in every human being and must be awakened. It is only when these simple processes are carried out with unfailing patience, continuously and conscientiously, that they can lead to the perception of the inner light-forms. … The student gradually learns, by their means, to see something like soul and spirit colors. The spiritual world with its lines and figures remains dark as long as he has attained what has been described as preparation; through enlightenment this world becomes light.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Meditation illustrationWhether you think the process is simple or complex, easy or difficult, lengthy or short may depend on who you talk too but one thing is certain with all real spiritual teachers: there is a process that needs to be followed to achieve enlightenment. The ridiculously simplistic idea that you have become an enlightened person just by joining a particular church, buying a sparkly crystal, or declaring Jesus your savior just doesn’t work. And as more and more people are becoming aware that these popular approaches don’t work, they turn, unfortunately, to atheism. What they should be doing if they really do want enlightenment is to seek out a real spiritual school.

Just as a doctor, lawyer, carpenter or plumber needs to start with learning from experts and to use the proper tools, so too must the person seeking spiritual growth. If the lawyer carried a hammer and a screwdriver while the carpenter had a law book, they could not do their jobs properly. Continue reading “Spiritual Growth is a Process”

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