Know Thyself

KNOW THYSELF XXI – TO STEP ASIDE

KNOW THYSELF XXI

TO STEP ASIDE 

Knowing when to step aside requires social maturity. Knowing how to step aside from oneself requires development of Consciousness. It’s not about pushing someone or something aside. It’s not about distancing, adjusting a focus, or imposing artificial neutrality. It entails putting aside all references in order to “see” and “know”.

We use verbal language to think and to evaluate what and how we feel. We compare and remember through images that convey thoughts qualified with feelings. Everything passes through the conscious process of the concrete mind. Even abstraction is based on conceptual units of thought. Observation of every sort goes through the coding and decoding process of the linear mind that uses vocabulary, perpetually seeking fixity and definition.

Our identity is based on impressions and evaluations, as are our relationships, our values, our ideals and our code of ethics. Everything we do goes through this filtering process to be catalogued on a scale. From light to dark, from 0 to 100, from good to bad, there are infinite “relatives”.

Personality is [...]

KNOW THYSELF XX: THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN BEING AND THE PERSONALITY

KNOW THYSELF XX

THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN BEING AND THE PERSONALITY

Identity

Being (spirit self, I AM) is a state, a resonant experience of wholeness as quality, subjective, and intimate. Pure perception without content; I simply Am.

This is difficult to grasp or appreciate in our everyday reality.

Intuitively we fall into this state when in love, reverie or meditation; all fine perception is heightened. Millions of delicate, invisible, and receptive antennae spread into infinity, highly sensitive of space itself. It is about motion and quality.

However Being is not equipped for three-dimensional existence. In order to accumulate experience in energy management of different sorts, a form is required, a structure that enables it to connect with and distinguish itself from its surroundings. The body provides such a form, and through it personality develops. These are almost the same thing, manifesting both the visible and subtle structure that surrounds Being.

In the same way that Being needs a form, Consciousness requires a focal point of awareness through which to manage vitality as it weaves its innumerable textures of experience in matter. Usually, [...]

KNOW THYSELF XIX – OUR DAILY ALCHEMY – Part III

KNOW YOURSELF XIX:  OUR DAILY ALCHEMY – III

Transmutation and Sublimation

Inadvertently, we accidentally practice a kind of alchemy in our daily life, directing visual, mental and emotional faculties towards manifestation. Imagination is like a memory-fantasy that visually conceives and orients thought-forms with the speed of lightning; the highly malleable atmosphere accepts it as a command, imprinting molds that await material expression.

We are multidimensional beings. We have access to all form and kind of intelligence, since our physical and intelligent structure is compounded of the same substance and possibilities. Everything is within us. We imagine what we in a way already know as part of our subconscious or supra-conscious history. We may conceive of the angelic state or of a time in history because we “feel-remember” and thus we can evoke or manifest it. Of course this also works negatively. Access is restricted to our level of experience and the frequency of our activated Consciousness.

We compare, contrast, separate or fuse with conditions all too easily. We identify with people and situations in real life as in movies and books. Sometimes we even [...]

KNOW THYSELF XVIII – OUR DAILY ALCHEMY – Part II

KNOW THYSELF XVIII:  OUR DAILY ALCHEMY – II

The Emerald Tablet

Of all the formulae and alchemical treatises that have been bequeathed to us, the most synthetic, broadest, and precise is “The Emerald Tablet”, mother of all keys. It reveals the wide potential of Alchemy in depth, addressing itself to the human being as creator, and to Creation, as beginning and end of all things. Its emerald colour is one of the symbols for knowledge or gnosis, and refers to the philosopher’s stone of the alchemists. It evokes the Grail.

It is said to be imperishable and resistant, immune to the material laws of ionisation, created through chemical transmutation. On it are impressed the basis of the Mysteries in ancient Atlantean language. Typical of divine alchemy, its vibration awakens a resonance in the innermost wisdom of the human being. It is not “understood”, it is “known” through a process of affinity with the soul.

The Emerald Tablet dates from around 36,000 AC. With time, the particular group of priests who cared for the Tablet emigrated to South America, where they found a flourishing race, [...]

KNOW THYSELF XVI: First Aid II

KNOW THYSELF XVI

FIRST-AID II: Discovering Knowing-Being

There are two kinds of reality: authentic and artificial. Normally we only acknowledge the artificial kind with its focus on building, preserving, and restructuring. Subjective, psychological reality appears as a shadow of this constructed world, replete with memories and all sorts of desires. It stands in stark contrast to authentic reality in the inner realms of non-psychological experience. “What” we are is an untranslatable state of being, experienced and known only in deepest sensibility.

Authentic reality revolves around our experience of Self as a formless power that transmits firmness and inner stability where we feel whole and safe. It yields a space of certainty, suffused with intangible permanence. It is strongest in childhood, where it assumes the protective glow of angelic influence. Secretly, it persists through adolescence and adulthood, if we allow ourselves to intuit, as the voice within that reminds us of what is truly possible. Its language is feeling-knowing.

It is strange that when we are confused, melancholy, irritated or disturbed in any way, recreating a condition over and over in our mind, we can [...]

KNOW THYSELF XVII: OUR DAILY ALCHEMY – Part I

KNOW THYSELF XVII:  OUR DAILY ALCHEMY – Part  I

The Discipline of Vibration:  Hermetic Principles

In our time, Saint Germain is known as the father of modern Alchemy, including ritual, ceremony and diplomacy.  It is said that in a past life he was Paracelsus, the celebrated Renaissance reformer who inspired humanity to value direct intuition of the sensitive world. If we go further back we find him as the mythical person of Thoth, who was also known as Hermes, a priest-king from Atlantis who founded a colony in ancient Egypt after the sinking of the homeland. During 16,000 years the one to whom we own the legacy of “hermetic science”, basic guide for all metaphysical and esoteric learning, governed the ancient race of Egypt from 52,000 AC approximately, to 36,000 AC.

Hermes, called “Trismegistus” for the work that embraces the three worlds of manifestation, defined the foundation of occult procedure. In the following pages we will speak of his legacy, the principles, premises, and the symbolism of his formulas, applying it to ourselves as Inner Alchemy. This is the way the universe functions [...]

KNOW THYSELF XV: Discovering Feeling

KNOW THYSELF SERIES XV

FIRST AID I: Discovering Feeling

If we find ourselves with a locked door, we search for ways to open it. If a pipe is blocked or leaking, we look for a plumber. In our lives, the solution is always external. When we are sick or hurting we go to a doctor or to some other professional to give us a remedy. There is always a locksmith, a plumber, a doctor, or a first-aid kit somewhere.

Transferring the mechanical way we handle object and situations onto the way we deal with subjective issues seems natural, and yet it is the most contrived thing that we can do. The so-called “inner” world transforms into a secret fiction, another version of the outer world with logically imposed linear causes and presumed effects. We approach our psychological discomfort by searching among familiar routes and devices in order to “fix” it. We force the locks open, patch up leakages, poke the blockages, and systematically impose “positive” thinking upon our mind-body complex. We break the combination, replace the tubing, and pretend to do the same [...]

KNOW THYSELF XIV: Personal Energy Management

KNOW THYSELF XIV – PERSONAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Life is about giving and receiving; but humane contact is not a question of quantity, but quality. Rather than trade, giving involves the transmission of a quality of Consciousness that is seldom appreciated or returned. Our love and care occurs largely at a level of material benefit.

We need other people to define ourselves and survive. As Consciousness, however, we are unique beings, and need only quality space and time to experience inner reality without pressure or influence from others. If we do not balance these two very human needs, we risk degenerating into a mechanical specimen utterly depleted of physical energy and intelligence, and absent of authenticity and inspiration. Unfortunately, we do not discriminate between real need and fabricated need, opening a zone of exchange that shortchanges the one who cannot make the distinction.

The most abundant and freely used source of personal energy is emotional, appearing always in combination with physical and mental elements. The nature of emotion is to engage others, circulate, and reflect back to sender. As élan vital it is wholly [...]

INNER ALCHEMY: SUPERCONSCIOUSNESS

INNER ALCHEMY: SUPERCONSCIOUSNESS

I have been training people in Inner Alchemy for thirty years and it is always a challenge to describe its methods without using terms that imply “doing” and the acquisition of knowledge. Inner Alchemy cannot be compared to ordinary instruction or any form of therapy. The training is not about information and abilities but about a catalytic process of transformation that begins within the individual and extends into reverberations that affect the universe.

Human transformation is a difficult process. No amount of understanding or traditional learning can qualitatively alter ego-structure because restructuring does not involve a decision or the activation of the linear mind; on the contrary. Alchemical transformation occurs by grace of soul and spirit involvement beyond the rational mind. The individual must separate itself from its identifications and stand firmly in an energetic identity that is formless. Unless the personality is under the conscious command of higher will, and its connection with spirit is clear and firm, alchemical operations are impossible.

Only a human being in alliance with planetary and cosmic forces can execute an alchemical operation. The [...]

KNOW THYSELF XIII

Making Peace

(Final Part of “Know Thyself X, XI, XII”)

 

Alex Grey

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If you have been following this series, you might not yet understand why our personality should be associated with such a negative manifestation as vice.  Of course none of us is overtly “envious”, “greedy” or “lustful”.  We are far too well behaved and socially adapted for that. 

I have exaggerated the characteristics of behavior to focus on the mental habits that use key energy attributes. The purpose of my study is to understand clearly how, for example, anger contains leadership potential and envy the ability to sense configurations at a distance and measure them, because they develop and employ basically neutral faculties.  Does everyone who exerts leadership or gauges phenomena abstractly need to be angry or envious? No. 

If we are to acquire mastery over our selves, we need to be aware how thought-forms respond within and around us.  Most of all, we need to learn how to alter their possibility as the forces arise, without losing the precious momentum they produce.  Censorship and vigorous repression do not work favorably for human [...]

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