KNOW THYSELF XI: Recalibration

Sequel to “Know Thyself X: Thought-Forms”

by Carmela Tal Baron

Image through courtesy of Carmela Tal Baron

The elements fire, water, earth and air, constitute the substance of life.   They create different qualities of movement that act as Intelligence in matter.   Life forms respond to them as an imperative.   Our Consciousness, as Source, has always been and always will be free, but our bodies are constructed of the elements.  These provide the roadmap for creation as evolution and expansion of consciousness by providing experience.  Everything in Creation is about experience.

Whether through choice or accident, we are born into a configuration of elements.  It is not the configuration that matters but the benefit we derive of it as we learn to manage willpower.  This complex offers lessons in management and creation of seven predominant types of activity.

As Consciousness we dress ourselves in each type and predisposition; our free will does the rest.  Essentially there is no blame or guilt as, eventually if not immediately, we are our own makers.  Everything, from the moment we leave Unity to the moment we return, is a dance that defines our uniqueness and the process of individuation.

Each of the seven basic combinations of elements has power to formulate substance and compose a peculiar personality. They are neutral forces of Creation, all parting from the one cohesive ingredient in the universe: Love.  In the same manner as they have the power to build under the mandate of Oneness, they also have the power to generate negativity under the ego.  In this latter modality they are known as the Seven Deadly Sins.

Human behavior is not about psychology but about management of force and balance.  Spirituality is about learning to neutralize, sustain equilibrium, and about understanding the law of energetic return.

Energies differ only in vibrational rhythm.  Elemental energies that compose the egoism of the personality under a highly personal will reinforce the separatist, competitive, selfish purposes of the ego.  If egoism is rescued by Consciousness, the re-qualification process that follows refines the nature of what has been created. In order for this to happen we must make a clear distinction between the thoughts that accompany elemental force and the forces themselves.  We must identify Self as the directing Intelligence.

Our ordinary “little” automatic and negative thought-forms hook into a resonant body of awesome and sinister collective formations corresponding to humanity’s lowest instincts and desires.  They sprout a particular brand of egoism based on one or a combination of mis-qualified elemental force.

Together with sensory pleasure and feelings of specialness, these transgressions promote suffering instead of spreading joy, and inject decay and decadence instead of multiplying life and consciousness. They mar life’s beauty, life’s sanctity, life’s oneness, abundance and love, while giving the individual a sense of power and belonging that binds them deeper into density and isolation.  They consume huge amounts of energy.  In anger as in lust, proportionate levels of brute inertia invariably follow to compensate for the energy dissipated in bouts of almost ecstatic engagement.

Vortices of collective sub-conscious thoughts charged with emotional pressure, abound in all public places and surround a growing number of ordinary persons.  Any intense assault on the senses creates an opening in the aura through which they may enter and loom over the thinking-process.  We are continuously subjected to massive environmental stimuli that gradually weaken our natural defenses.

Much of humanity is clearly conditioned by negative thought-forms that succeed in possessing part or the entirety of the body and personality, disconnecting it from direct access to Source.  A negative thought-form is defined by the degree of obsession, addiction, and loss of control experienced by the subject.


At the base of the edifice of the egoism of the personality there are two foundational stones: fear and deceit.  At the height of all human achievement there are, similarly, two columns:  Faith and Truth.  They illustrate two distinct patterns of perception and behavior, bred in environments that foster them.

Fear sets in when the individual is wholly identified with the body, matter, and some kind of loss is implied.  It has very little, if any consciousness of Self.  A fearful person, whatever the reason, follows people, rules and regulations blindly in order to feel “safe”.  Its perception is defined by emotional fluctuations and an active imagination.

In its crude form, fear constructs both an overly inflated as well as an extremely deflated image of self, defending itself or accusing others.  Fearful people are acutely sensitive and indirect, always preparing for the worst and projecting danger.  Their nervous system is susceptible to slightest alterations; on the other hand, fear anesthetizes itself under inordinately complex precautions.

When a fearful person becomes conscious of the “mechanism” of fear, it is capable of building on its foundational faith.  It learns discernment and discrimination.  It cultivates qualities of beauty, warmth and affection based on profound sensitivity.  Its experience knows of human frailty and therefore honors it, becoming deeply compassionate, highly observant, and tolerant.  At the base we find courage as the attitude of spiritual victory that enables the conviction of the heart to manifest.

“Deceit” hides.  Its behavior springs from a sense of self-insufficiency.  Its perception is limited to exploiting opportunities. Obsessed with performance, it develops a remarkable ability for “faking it”. Compulsively competitive, it seeks success and prestige at whatever social level it finds itself. Unlike the fearful person, it doesn’t feel emotion very easily, compensating instead with a multi-tracked mind that can lie and be as careless as the fearful person is careful.

By being multifaceted, the spiritual person of this type develops great competence and confidence.  It already knows how to generate enthusiasm and inspiration, flexibility and now, honesty. It knows the price of truth, hope and appreciation.

Upon this foundations, or erected over the apex of the two columns, we find all the qualifications of human expression.  Either fear or deceit, or conversely courage and truth are the cornerstone of every vice and virtue in the human dictionary.  They are part and parcel of the human experience as a personality.

To the detriment of the other two and a standard of balance necessary for spiritual advancement, behavior characteristics lean towards one attribute exhibited by the elements, be this physical, emotional, or mental.  Physical types are most prone to abuse the nervous system through an over-excitation of the senses.  Emotional types are unable to discipline themselves enough to harmonize the feelings that sweep over them and damage the tender ventricles of the heart and viscera.  Mental types confuse themselves continuously with doubt, overstressing the thinking faculties and adding insult to their own injury.

In a better world we will all become aware of our personal tendencies to negativity under whichever guise characterizes us.  In turn, we will know how to bring out the best that there is in us, given our experience in the management of forces under our command.  Similarly, we will bring out the best in one another without punishment or blame.  We understand beyond all doubt that our own experience of the trap we lived in was suffering enough.


Original Published 23 July 2013.  To be continued in “Know Thyself XII.

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