An exercise of retrospection is a powerful tool. With it we gain self-knowledge, insights, and understanding about our behavior and subconscious defects or egos (things such as anger, fear, pride, lust etc.) that have manifested during the day but have gone unnoticed, and as they go unseen they are controlling our lives. As it is said, ‘Life is a series of events’. The flow of the day sets out various events that we go through, most of which bring about egos within us, regardless if we notice them or not. Sometimes we go through difficult or intense situations, a chaotic development of events where it is very hard to be in the present moment and detached from our egos. These types of events can easily pull us in and drag us along, which means that we act unconsciously. Even if the flow of events is ordinary, there are still emotions, thoughts, and/or impulses that manifest within us.
From an outburst of anger, to a subtle surging of envy, in the retrospective exercise we can see all of that and get knowledge about the egotistic state (ego) and how it controls us. This then can change our lives, simply because, in the exercise of retrospection, we are looking at the events from the perspective of the observer, rather than the participant. Continue reading
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
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
Vocalizing mantras is a great way to activate that which is spiritual within us, such as our chakras and consciousness. Vocalizing sounds of the mantra has the power to make our chakras vibrate, and our consciousness to temporarily wake up. Maintaining our consciousness (our true self) awake, is another story – it requires persistent efforts and a change in our way of being.
There are many mantras for many different purposes: there are mantras for astral projection, for ESP ability development, for countering low states, for protection, etc. The mantra that I am going to describe here is for connecting to the aspect of our Being known as Divine Mother. In the Gnostic teachings, each person has their own spiritual Being (also known as the Higher Self), of which we (the essence or consciousness) are a tiny part. Furthermore, that greater Being consists of many parts, the largest of which are Divine Father (masculine) and Divine Mother (feminine). It is said that this greater Being is separated from us, and that it incarnates within a person part by part on the spiritual journey to awakening.
Nevertheless, we are still connected to it, and It knows us thoroughly, yet we do not know It. With practices such as awareness of the present moment and a certain type of meditation and mantras, it is possible to get to know it a little bit more. And then if we take up the path to awakening, we can get to know it fully. Continue reading
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:
“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.
Intuition is a useful skill that can benefit everyone. We can use it in all spheres of life, from small daily activities such as knowing in which cue to stand in the supermarket, to tackling difficult situations, to avoiding danger, knowing which path to take, interpreting dreams and symbolic teachings from the Astral plane, and much more. It has infinite number of uses, and it can be developed and sharpened to the point of becoming a clear “sixth sense”. It is said that this ability is coming from our higher nature, from our Being. That’s why listening to it is in our best interest, regardless of how small or big the thing presented before us is.
The faculty of intuition is connected with the heart chakra, and there are techniques that we can practice to develop it. I will describe some of those practices, coming from the teachings of Gnosis, or more specifically from a spiritual master Samael Aun Weor.
According to his teachings, each chakra reacts to its own corresponding sound. Also, each chakra has one or more psychic faculties, also known as non-physical senses. It has been said that human being has five physical senses and seven non-physical ones (because there are seven main chakras in the body). These are the senses like intuition, telepathy, clairvoyance, polyvision, remote viewing, and more.
Intuition is intimately related to the chakra of the heart, that reacts to and can be activated by the vocalization of the sound O. The sound should be elongated like this: OOOOOOOOOOO
There are many mantras that contain the sound O within themselves and that are good for developing the chakra of the heart, such as mantras OM, ON, and ONRO. In this entry I will write on how to stimulate the heart chakra with mantra OM, and how to actually put the intuition into practice. Continue reading
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:
“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