It is honorable to fight for what one believes in, for what one feels passionately about, what one loves and holds as an Ideal in a world that gives us freedom of expression. These may define what we like and enjoy, but to go so far as to say that they define who we are is inappropriate. It is a strange world where a person identifies him or herself with labels ranging from appearance, character traits, religion, or even sexual preference, saying, “This is what I am!” These are qualities, feelings and beliefs that surround the empowering inner force. Society reinforces this expedient process of identification that allows it to handle us as if we were brand names or a breed of cows. What is worse, far worse, is that we define one another and ourselves in exactly the same way.
A human being is not an object that can be defined. Psychology may observe the behavior of the personality and catalogue it, but it can never label a human being. A human being represents a vast space of possibility; a central focus, invisible and all-powerful, creates itself and its world. Through its will, it constructs all kind of forms, qualifies them, and directs them into the world to play and experience them. It is free to adhere to whatever form it conceives and is free to create infinite others. A human being is independent of its creations. This must be understood if we are to become powerful and happy individuals who can alter the world favorably.
“What Am I?” is perhaps the single most important question that a human being can ask. The answer determines whether it is free to create and live its creations fully, consciously, and ecstatically, or whether it remains captive to the styles, pressures and timing of the collective mind. Obviously, it is not in society’s interest that we discover what we truly are.
We are an electromagnetic Source that, by virtue of being immersed in matter, has the ability to use it. Our most important creations are our body and our personality. We modify them constantly and all our creations part from that basic perspective. Everything we do in this third dimension is a play of energies that we launch forth and receive, creating a dance of elements. We are constantly handling water, fire, earth and air through every desire, rejection, and project big or small, emitted or perceived. Each form obeys the will of the individual, and returns to sender with augmented force. This can be either a good or a terrible thing.
Our personality is composed of a multitude of smaller units or thoughts animated by personal attachment. These preferences, quirks, obsessions and trigger-points, conditioning and reflexes determine the behavior we exhibit. As sub-personalities, they take on life through our engagement, feeding off the energies released by the body, mind and feelings. They remain around us, its creator, until hungry, when again they demand we feed them. They produce such an intense experience of identification as skin, personal feeling, and subjective belief, that it is no surprise the subject comes to believe, “this is who I am!”
We are not aware of constructing our personality thought-forms; we merely respond to body urges, emotional appetites, and attractive ideas. Identification happens over a period of time. We respond to habits in the home or follow the crowd, trends, needs and conveniences of the time. Soon the behavior we demonstrate seems to prove that this is, indeed, what we are, and we have no sense of having allowed this to happen. Others’ thoughts and feelings filter into us and take their home within our body, mind, and emotions.
As long as humanity has existed, and perhaps even before that, thought-forms have been at the core of spiritual teaching in inner circles. A thought-form is the one unit that contains both kinds of power that a human being possesses. It requires the activation of our natural powers: vital, mental and emotional energy mobilization. It also requires undifferentiated Consciousness.
As above, so below; in our everyday world, we vest our creations with our own “substance” even if we are incapable of seeing it. Creations may be tangible, but also intangible, such as wishes, a desire, a small project. Every creation begins with a mold that we construct through visualization and feeling, in other words through a mental picture and an emotion. Each image projects vital energy. This is standard energetic knowledge in esoteric traditions. Thought-forms are the basic stuff of Creation.
Not all thought-forms are the same. A well-built thought-form is constructed by a focused mind, colored by emotional energy that is flexible enough to withstand the fluctuations of our libido and the influences of the surrounding world. It is a deliberate construction and not a vague desire, angry outburst, or wishful thought. If an emotion is strong enough, the thought-form conceived is likely to endure and reach its objective precisely. If the creation is built under an emotional impulse it will project that particular tone to its target.
The quality of emotion determines the thought-form and its range of activity. A thought constructed without emotion remains with the subject, surrounding him or her and often glued to the aura. A balanced, conscious emotion, when it dresses an intelligent concept, animates it and mobilizes it towards successful completion, bringing forth the same kind of return in increased measure. Personalized thought-forms, however powerful, take off with supersonic speed but effect journeys that are equally depleting to the subject.
To my great horror, Daskalos, the teacher who taught me about this, used to say that once a thought-form is created it can never be dissolved. As an extension of our own Being, or personality, it lives to reach its destination. No bouts of repentance or second thoughts can change that. The only recourse is to become aware and construct parallel thought-forms. These, to a certain extent, alleviate the harsh effects of automatically generated, impulsive, personal, emotional thought-forms or desires.
Whereas our society places tremendous weight on positive thinking and positive, harmonious appearance, it does not actually help us construct positive thought-forms. Little attention is given to the all-important and qualifying emotional ingredient. When a thought-form is accompanied by realistic, sensitive, intelligent and consciously generated emotions, the effects are far reaching, healing and restructure our world. The emotions generated must be as potent as the clarity of the thought. Together they map out a better human condition.
Luckily for all in our given condition, most thoughts are automatic, haphazard, ill formed, capricious, confusing, and lack the precision and strength of a well-honed mind, and the emotions do not amount to much. These splash and disperse themselves almost immediately, creating litter around us and in the astral world, irritating everyone who comes near us and weighing us down, instead of creating genuine cataclysms. As is, these unconscious vagaries contribute to much of the havoc in our world and climate.
So, what can we do? It is obvious that we need to become aware not only of the subject of our thinking and emotions, but most urgently of the energy qualities that we give off automatically. Removing ourselves from our thinking only suppresses thought-forms, burying them more deeply; thought-replacement merely impresses a more digestible form over an old one, without touching the base feelings that continue to act. Creating space in-between thoughts, as taught by Eastern meditation, helps to loosen the hold over them, but does not reach the cause within the nature of the meditator who continues to create more of their sort. Only observation as awareness, and the conscious handling of the different kinds of force as experience, will allow us to master the construction of thought-forms until they become positive vehicles that serve evolutionary purposes.
What we are, is wholly independent of our creations, but who we “think” we are, is wholly trapped by them. Unless we understand our power of creation, particularly how it applies to our primary vehicle of expression, the personality, we will continue to be controlled by them. This happens to each of us in apparently harmless, sometimes bizarre ways.
The difficult and darker issues of the subconscious that qualifies everything are constructed over negative and unconscious thought-forms. The next articles in this series, “Know Thyself” will illustrate how this works in anger, pride, envy and the other so-called Seven Deadly Sins that, directly and indirectly, influence “normal” personalities. We will see what we can learn and rescue from it.
Continuation of “Know Thyself II, IV, V”. Originally published 21 July 2013.