Spiritual Ways to Dealing With Worry

To worry is a common thing within the human being. We worry so much, almost all the time. Worry can be related to everything in life, but it tends to be strongest when it comes to things that are related to ones own survival. We constantly worry about so many things. For example, what others think of us occupy a strong place in the mind, and it is a worry directly related to pride. All of the worries have their roots in one ego (subconscious inner state, a defect) or another. Worry itself is an inner state/defect that pops up and manifest as an emotion, thought, or an impulse, and sadly often time it can consume the human being.

The best way to deal with it would be as with any other defect – observing it from the state of detachment. Once the defect is observed in that way, we gain an understanding of it, and can then eliminate it. This would be an ideal way to do it, a way also known as the First Key of the Path to Awakening. However, for those who are not yet ready for such technique, there are alternatives that could work.

Not long ago I’ve read a book by Annie Besant, a famous Theosophist. In it she says how a worry is a strong thought current, and if frequent enough, it digs for itself a channel by which it makes continuous impression on the mind of a person. She suggests that in order to counter it, a person should create a thought current and a channel of an opposite character. She says: Continue reading

The Power of the Heart and Its Guidance in Life

Recently I returned from a longer trip in South Asia. I wanted it to be a research into sacred sites of peace and power, and their influence on the consciousness and meditation. My intention was also to learn about myself and to get knowledge and wisdom I previously did not have. Spiritually, I found the trip very good, giving me lots of new understanding, situations to learn from, and breakthroughs into my inner work. However, it is beyond the scope of this article to write about what happened. I will only focus on one aspect of it – the role of the heart in that recent journey.

Many of us heard statements such as, ‘Listen to your heart’, or ‘It is important to connect to your heart’, and the like. For a while I didn’t properly understand these sayings, even though I was aware of intuitive hunches having its source in the heart area. It was only later in life, as I continued pursuing the inner work, and later on doing long travels, that I learned what that really means.

Ancient spiritual traditions have said that the heart is the temple of the Divine within us. It is the place where we feel the energy of love. The latter may not be bound to heart only, but it is the source where we feel it, and later, if sufficiently developed, it radiates outwards. The heart is multi-layered, which means that there are different aspects of it in various dimensions. Physical heart is the material aspect, or counterpart, of the heart center. However, this heart center is also present in higher levels. For example, it also exists as a heart center on the astral body, as well as other higher bodies too. In that case, people know it as the heart chakra. Continue reading

Everything passes

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If we do not make an effort, how can we change? The most important thing is not to identify ourselves with external circumstances. Life is like a movie that in fact has a beginning and an end. Different scenes are constantly passing through the screen of the mind. The most serious error within us is to identify ourselves with these scenes. Why? Simply because they pass. They are just scenes of a great movie and in the end they always pass. ~ Samael Aun Weor

Not long ago I have read a transcript of a talk of Samael Aun Weor in which he, among other things, writes about the passing of things in this world. Even though I already have a certain undertanding of how we shouldn’t react to things when we find ourselves in situations that seems endless, I was still touched by his childhood story:

“Our father forbade us from visiting our earthly mother. Nevertheless we were not so ungrateful as to forget her. I used to always escape from my house with a younger brother who would always follow me. We would go for a short visit, then return back home, but my little brother suffered a lot because when we returned he would be very tired and I would have to carry him on my back. While crying he said, ‘when we get home Dad is going to whip us.’ I would say back, ‘Why do you cry? Remember that everything passes.’ Continue reading

Meeting of Jesus and Judas From “The Flight” book

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The account of the meeting of Jesus and Judas from The Flight of the Feathered Serpent is, to me, one of the most beautiful part of that book, supposedly written by the Judas himself. The depth that it contains is profound. To give a context to the excerpt that now follows, Judas was a student of Nicodemus for many years, but after the latter have met Jesus he understood that he is not in the know, and that it would be better for Judas to study with Jesus. After Nicodemus told that to Judas, together they went to find him:

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“We went together, in silence, in the direction of the temple. And in arriving to the patio, it wasn’t difficult to find the Rabbi Nazarene. Multitudes were surrounding him, and amongst them were also some Pharisees.

The silence we found was full of threats.

Many of the multitudes opened the way so that my Rabbi Nicodemus could come forward, since everyone knew him and esteemed him as a man of virtue and knowledge.

And I saw the Rabbi Nazarene. Continue reading

The Meeting of Nicodemus and Jesus (from The Flight of the Feathered Serpent book)

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Weak was the light of the earth that night, great was the light of Heaven.
Great was the flame of love in the heart of the Nazarene, great was the longing for the light in the heart of the Pharisee.

The following excerpt is from a book The Flight of the Feathered Serpent, which describes a meeting of Jesus and Nicodemus, supposedly described by Judas Iscariot. One of the Pharisees whom Jesus encountered in his life was Nicodemus. According to narrations, Nicodemus was not fanatical and close minded as many other Pharisees of the time, but was searching for truth and had strong longing for the Spirit. At the time, Judas was Nicodemus’s disciple, but after that meeting Nicodemus has sent Judas to go and study from Jesus, realizing that he is a much greater teacher who actually knows about the spiritual matters and how to reach salvation.

The way Judas described the meeting gives a glimpse of enormous depth that the Jesus have had and his influence on others. Here also Jesus gives some very important elements for awakening, like for example the necessity for the Son of Man to descend down/incarnates into a person, and then (after it grows and develops) ascending with the person back to heaven. But in order to do that, first the serpent needs to be lifted up in the wilderness (the Kundalini serpent raised amidst the chaos of the egos). According to the teachings of Samael Aun Weor, to be born again is to create the higher bodies in which higher parts of ones own Monad are incarnated. But in order to be born anew, one first needs to die, and this refers to the death of the inner defects (egos).

Here comes the excerpt of the meeting of Nicodemus and Jesus, from the Flight of the Feathered Serpent book:

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“And there was a man amongst the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus, Prince of the Jews. Maya was his lineage, Maya was his heart, his thoughts were from the Mayab, they weren’t thoughts of clay, and he wept living tears. And he was austere in virtue in order to increase the treasures of the Lord and he tried to be just as his longing to make his faith living, was consuming him. Continue reading

Is balance between good and evil necessary when seeking spiritual awakening?

At the First Touch of Winter, Summer Fades Away - Valentine Cameron PrinsepLot of books on spirituality these days claim how it is important to maintain the balance between “good“ and “evil“ side on the path to spiritual awakening. Sometimes an author (who may claim to be a guru, a spiritual being, or even a non-physical entity passing on its message) may appear to be knowledgeable and can also use occult/esoteric terminology, and sometimes they may even say something with deeper meaning or something you could find useful. These bits and pieces of usefulness may mislead a seeker who is looking for depth if they make conclusion about the value of the overall message based on that. Unless of course they have enough of inner experience with esoteric matters that would help them recognize the superficiality. If a person has this ability to discern, then they won’t only notice problems with such statements, but will also feel that the book/message overall is missing depth.

It is very popular these days to believe in the need for balance when it comes to spiritual progress, and the strong purporters of such beliefs point at symbology such as Ying/Yang as their justifications, as well as to nature. It’s true that balance is strongly embedded aspect of our universe, and nature itself can be a great source of inspiration, strength, healing, and even spiritual instructions (some patterns in the trees, waves, plants, etc. in themselves hold a teaching of a higher creational aspect). At the same time though nature is cruel, mechanical, and enslaving, and it keeps all beings under its command, bound to the physical dimension through the robotic subconscious elements which all creatures of the Earth possess.

Spiritual awakening is something else. As spiritual masters and sages have said, when moving towards awakening one is in fact liberating oneself from nature, from the subconscious drives such as lust, pride, anger, fear etc., and that requires a decision to sacrifice these dark aspects for the light to shine in us. You cannot have half the light and half the darkness and expect to achieve spiritual freedom, which is the freedom from Samsara (wheel of life, continuous return to this physical plane), because in order to achieve such freedom one needs to sacrifice the darkness for the light. As spiritual teacher Belsebuub once said, the darkness of the egos and the light of the Being are two incompatible substances. Thus, if your goal is the complete spiritual awakening, the decision must be made about which of these two you want.

For most people interested in spirituality complete awakening is not the goal, or at least on the deeper level they are not interested in it, while on the surface they may have convinced themselves that they are. And then it’s easy to justify oneself with the ever present notion of the “importance to have good and evil side balanced“. Another issue is that people are so unbalanced in favor of the darkness within that it would take years and years of hard work to even reach the real balance. Yet people think that they already have it, and that the only thing they need to do is to meditate, keep calm, and indulge less in the things they know are animalistic. In this way the spiritual work never even starts for most people, because they are too afraid of replacing their dark side with that of light.

The full awakening means to transcend nature, to transcend the emotions, thoughts and desires that keep us chained to this physical reality. By working in that direction we slowly free ourselves from nature’s grip, and then knowledge, wisdom and higher inner states of the Being become our guiding star that pushes us in the direction of the spiritual.

Mysteries of the Universe Written in Nature

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Oldman by Gilbert Williams

Wise men and women often said how one can get incredible knowledge just by studying the most minute things in nature, such as a leave of a tree, or a plant, a flower, a snail, and so on. If you take one of those things and really try to observe it with consciousness, with intention to learn about its secrets, you may find yourself getting intuitive insights. That happened because you used your consciousness to get the answers, rather than the mind/intellect. And because of a high probability that on a higher dimensional level we are all One consciousness, you and the object of your study connected on the spiritual level. Imagine then what knowledge can be gained by studying larger objects, such as a tree, a mountain, a cloud, a sea, or the stars.

The following excerpt is from Rudolf Steiner’s lecture, called The Easter festival in relation to the mysteries:

“Much of what is now human wisdom was, in ancient times, enclosed in the Temple walls. It escaped the Temple walls, it is written in the Ether of the World and is visible there as soon as a man rises to spiritual Imagination.

This imagination is, as it were, the interpreter of the secret of the stars.

Thus we may say, within the Ether of the World are written what were once upon a time the secrets of the Temples and we can read them imaginatively.

But we can also put it differently and it still remains the same. We can also say: “I rise in the starlit night and look up to the heavens and give myself up to the impression of it all.”

And if I have the necessary faculty, all that is contained in the forms of the constellations and in the movements of the planets is transformed as it were into a great cosmic script. And when we read the cosmic script a real content emerges…

These things are to be read entirely in the cosmic writing, when the stars mean more to us than something merely to be calculated mathematically and mechanically, namely when they become for us the letters of the cosmic script.”