Know Thyself

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 evolution. […]

KNOW THYSELF XII – From Dark to Light

(Sequel to “Know Thyself X, XI”)

It is said that every virtuous act is inspired by a dark secret.  The good we do drags behind it a shadow of dark motivation. When all the guilt and shame for the bad we’ve done have run their course, it’s the good we did that redeems us.  Then, the secrets we kept and the motives we concealed creep up from their shadows to be dealt with within ourselves.

Thought-forms condition the personality in devious ways that cause suffering and abuse.  In many cases the addiction and intensity are such that only extreme versions of itself can, eventually, bring respite.  Therapy and chemicals barely assuage the darkness that clouds the conscious mind of the individual with weight and a sense of hopelessness.  Every step forward is met with a reminder of what was lost; insight towards something constructive is missing. Unable to control itself, the person often chooses isolation, secret indulgence, or suicide as the only virtuous act possible.  We all know what this feels like.

As we are able to switch from fear and a paranoid […]

KNOW THYSELF XI: Recalibration

Sequel to “Know Thyself X: Thought-Forms”

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 […]

Know Thyself X: Personality is a Thought-Form

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 […]

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 I

FEMININE FORCE

Several thousand years ago the light that enabled feminine consciousness was extinguished in all but a handful of sources.  Those of us who yearn for its return are here to once again ignite that flame, that we may arise, claim our birthright, and light the world.

A woman must cultivate her sensitivity in order to develop her full capabilities. It is easy for a woman to lose herself in emotional agitation and mental conflict.  Her body absorbs everything and then becomes a tangle of sensations and feelings, difficult to decode and control. If she is to attain to the mastery that is her birthright, she must be able to distinguish sensitivity from sensibility.

To counteract the natural confusion we live in, modern women develop the intellect as men do, in our common educational system and values, but this is not enough. Woman’s mind is a rich, complex kaleidoscope of simultaneous possibilities linked to a sensitive webbing that needs to be recognized, explored, and developed.  Devoid of her deepest impulses and delicate machinery, she becomes dry and brittle, incapable of reaching and […]

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 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 […]

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