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

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The Water We Seek

Not long ago I found one of poem by Rumi which I found to be inspiring and insightful.  It’s called The Water We Seek

The eye or the spirit that focuses on the transient
falls on its face wherever it goes.
Someone who focuses on the distance,
without knowledge, may see far,
but just as we do in a dream.

Asleep on the bank of a river, lips parched,
you dream you are running toward water.
In the distance you see the water of your desire
and, caught by your seeing, you run toward it.

In the dream you boast,
“I am the one whose heart can see through the veils.”
Yet every step carries you further away
toward the perilous mirage.

From the moment you dreamed you set out
you created the distance
from that which had been near to you.
Many set out on a journey
that leads them farther away from their goal.

The intuitive claims of the sleeper are a fantasy.
You, too, are sleepy; But for God’s sake,
if you must sleep, sleep on the Way of God,
and maybe some other seeker on the Way
will awaken you from your fantasies and slumber.

No matter how subtle the sleeper’s thought becomes,
his dreams will not guide him Home.
Whether the sleeper’s thought is twofold or threefold,
it is error multiplying error.

While he dreams of running through the wilderness,

the waves are lapping so near.

While he dreams of the pangs of thirst,

the water is nearer than his jugular vein.

Gnosis means knowledge

Gnosis means knowledge in Greek. I will say something about my understanding of Gnosis in the way I came to know this concept in the last several years.

“Know thyself and you will know the Universe and the gods.”

This is written on the entrance of the temple of Apollo in Delhi, Greece. This phrase in short says what Gnosis is about. It’s about attaining the knowledge of the Universe through the knowledge of oneself. It is not a type of knowledge that we can get by reading it in a book – that is not knowledge, it is information we read. Rather, knowledge is something we directly experience.

Self-knowledge is a knowledge we get by observing our inner world of thoughts, emotions, drives, impulses and all other subconscious elements that we can perceive. This is done by self-observation, a technique taught in Gnostic teachings. With it we start seeing things that are happening within us, things that are driving our actions and which we are not even aware of. We start seeing dark elements of subconscious, such as anger, jealousy, negativity, fear, greed, pride etc. Usually those aspects are thought of as being a part of human nature, something that we just happen to have and need to learn how to live with it. However, that is not so. These elements are not permanent part of who we are. The core of who we are is the consciousness, a spiritual spark.

When we are aware of the present moment, being free from thoughts and emotions, without any worry or concern, just being here and now and simply existing, then we get a glimpse on who we are. It is that awareness that is us.

So the emotions and thoughts are just things stuck to our psyche, and they are things that we can change. We can change the nature of our psyche by transforming those negative aspects of ourselves. Within them are parts of our consciousness, and by eliminating the negative aspects we set those parts of consciousness free and in this way the consciousness grows. That changes everything. The way we perceive world is different, our understanding increases, we see deeper into things, we see more, we get more power to detach from negative states when they manifest, we start seeing that same divine spark in others, we start feeling more compassion and love for others etc.

In this way then, by applying techniques such as self-observation and elimination of the negative inner states (and later on alchemy), we start getting self-knowledge. We start to know about the enslaving negative forces within us, and we also gradually know the core of who we are. And then, according to esoteric teachings,  we start to know “the Universe and the gods”, because all life in its core is of the same substance. But to truly know who we are is a great quest, and it takes a long time of dedicated effort to attain this great knowledge.

Enlightenment in ancient and modern world

Enlightenment today is a very famous concept.  More and more people in the world are becoming interested in that concept and want to find out what enlightenment entails.  When my interest in spirituality started to grow I didn’t really reflect on that word, or had any real interest to “become enlightened”.  It was just another popular word that was used. After a while I began to take that word more seriously, reflecting on it and trying to find out what it really is, if such thing even exists.

That was when I decided that I will start applying spiritual teachings, after I finished a course that was written by mystic teacher Belzebuub. The course was called “Gnostic Wisdom” and it was about what enlightenment is, what one needs to do to achieve it, as well as about life, death, karma and some other things pertaining to existence.  It was then when I got first concrete information on what enlightenment is. I was glad that the explanation about it was coming from someone who claimed that he actually achieved a concrete stage of enlightenment, rather then reading it in a book by someone who just wrote what he/she heard about it.

In that “Gnostic Wisdom” course, it was explained that enlightenment is a long process and requires a lot of hard work and complete dedication to that purpose. It is not a moment of realization that makes you enlightened, as it is commonly believed. According to him, one reaches enlightenment by practicing the 3 fundamental keys – elimination of negative inner states, alchemy and helping others spiritually.

By practicing those keys, one starts to walk along the spiritual path that is created and set by higher beings. It is a path of tests, hardships and spiritual rewards. It is an ancient path, known in many different cultures and religions. The Path is divided in three main stages known as mountains, and the first degree of enlightenment is attained when first mountain is finished. However the “ultimate” enlightenment, in the full  meaning of the word is reached when the entire Path is completed.

Belzebuub has walked that path for years, and has explained it to others who wished to walk along it. So the things I learned in that “Gnostic Wisdom” course serve as a map. A map set by someone who has gone through it.

Having also read other spiritual texts I realized that information about enlightenment is the same in every sacred texts. Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Moses, Rumi, Kabir, Gurdjieff etc. etc., all those individuals who are known for being spiritually developed, have explained what enlightenment is in the same way.  All of them have said that enlightenment is about achieving permanent peace, love, bliss and reaching to the Highest, to the Ultimate reality – by inner purification and transformation.

So there is a universal meaning of that very popular concept. It is something very specific and concrete, and those who have reached it have told us and are still telling us that it is a potential that human beings can realize.