Postponing the Inner Work

If we would talk to people who have spiritual longings about the need for the inner work, many would agree that it would be beneficial and even necessary to reach self-realization. At the same time, however, many feel that they are not ready due to their circumstances in life, that they need to place their full attention on their family, job careers, or some projects that they are working on. It’s also not uncommon for those who have been doing the work for some time and have failed in it, to decide to step back and resume it when they will be stronger. Continue reading

“Watch and Pray” – A Gnostic Meaning Behind Jesus’s Words

“Watch and pray” is something that Jesus said several times in the Gospels, and many people have reflected on the depth of what he meant by it. In itself, this is a profound teaching, because it explains what in the Gnostic system of teaching is known as the “First key to awakening”. Jesus said: “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (from Mark 14:38) Continue reading

A Practice Connecting to Beings of Light

The practice that I will describe here is a simple one, though quite powerful and profound. It is using principles of prayer, but it enhances it because it also involves invocation, visualization, pure intention, and sharp focus, in order to connect to beings of light. Such beings have through history been known by many names, such as angels, divine beings, seraphims, archangels, devas, higher beings, etc. People from many different religions petition to them when they are praying, though mostly wanting their help when they have problems in life. But we can also reach out to them in a more profound way, and that is through a meditative practice. Continue reading

The Way of Nature and the Way of Spirit

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There is a popular thought that the path of nature and the path of spirit are one and the same; that if we follow the natural ways of life, we will be on the right track towards the divine. I have also seen similar things mentioned in some ancient texts, though without clarification about its meaning, which probably contributed to how this is thought about today. Even though the way of nature is ‘overseen’ by the way of spirit, the way of spirit is different than the way of nature. Continue reading

Levels of Understanding Through Consciousness and Inner Work

It has been often said that teacher comes when student is ready. This readiness of the student depends on his level of understanding. In the beginning he finds the work and teachers, and then as his understanding increases he is able to understand more and more of the esoteric subjects. This increase of understanding is directly related to his own inner work. If the work is not taking place inside him, the level stays the same, and sometimes it can even disappear (if we go backwards), though I think this loss of understanding is temporarily taken away. Continue reading

Looking for Spirituality and Guru in the East

I noticed that it is very common for people to turn towards the East when they start searching for ways to develop spiritually. In a way this is understandable, because if we take a look at religions that are prominent in the world today, the ones that are more related to the progressive growth of the soul, at least on exoteric level, are the ones from the East. So in this way then, people start researching about religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Many make far journeys to Asia in order to search for a school or a teacher that would help them reveal the path that leads out of suffering and to liberation, feeling that it is only in those far lands that they could find true spirituality. Continue reading

Allegory on Humanity and the Light

Recently I came across a text that also contains an interesting allegory, written by one of the founder of Theosophical Society, William Judge. The allegory is a dialogue between a student and his teachers, and the whole situation is taking place “inside the student’s heart”. It goes like this: Continue reading