Reflection: To Be Given Another Chance

In one of his online talks about spirituality and the inner Work, Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub), mentioned a specific scenario that, I believe, has put many people to thought. The recurring theme was the importance of the inner work in the context of this life that we have on this planet, how valuable such existence is, and how precious is our time here. He mentioned the hypothetical situation of imagining ourselves at the end of our life reflecting back. The following meditation is inspired by what he said.

Imagine that you are 85 years of age, lying on your deathbed. You don’t have much more to go, but enough time to reflect on your life. You see how things went, the ups and downs. You see yourself at one point of your life doing the inner work. Perhaps the memory of happiness and joy overwhelms you, the happiness that you had when you were living a spiritual life and when you were walking towards your Being. You then see yourself getting pressured by life, perhaps by some strong emotions of excitement, of pleasure, of the mundane flow of life that swept away the innocent joy that you have previously found in the Inner work. And little by little, you lost an interest in that which previously uplifted your soul. Continue reading

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Heroes, by Rumi

HEROES

Does any artist paint for the sake of the picture itself, without the hope of offering some good?

No, but for the sake of  the viewers and the young who will be drawn by it and freed from cares.

Or does any potter hastily throw a pot or a bowl without any thought of what it will hold?

Does any calligrapher write for the script alone without any regard for the reader?

The external form is for the sake of something unseen, and that took shape for something else unseen.

Just as the moves in a game of chess reveal the results of each move in what follows.

They make one move to conceal another move, and that for something else, and so on and on.

So move on, aware of reasons within reasons, one move after another, to checkmate.

One step is for the sake of another, like the rungs of a ladder, to reach the roof.

The hunger for food produces semen; semen is for procreation, and the light in the parent’s eyes.

Someone with dulled vision sees no further than this: his intelligence has no movement; it vegetates.

Whether a plant is summoned or not, it stays planted within the soil.

Don’t be deceived if the wind bends it.

It’s head says, “We obey the zephyr’s request,” while its feet say, “Leave us alone!”

Since he does not know how to move, he advances on trust like the blind.

Consider what acting on trust means in a war: it’s like a gambler trusting the throw of the dice.

But if someone’s insight is unfrozen, it penetrates the veil.

He sees with his own eyes in the present what will come to pass in ten year’s time.

In the same way, everyone perceives the invisible future, whether good or bad, according to the measure of his insight.

When barriers in front and behind are removed, the eye penetrates and reads the Tablet of the Unseen.

When he looks back to the origin of existence, the beginning and all the past display themselves, including the argument between the angels of earth and Divine Majesty, their resistance to recognizing our Father Adam as God’s steward.

And when he casts his eye forward, he sees all that will come to pass until the Gathering.

Therefore he sees back to the root of the root, and forward to the Day of Decision.

Anyone, to the degree of his enlightenment, sees as much as he has polished of himself.

The more he polishes, the more he sees, the more visible do the forms become.

If you say purity is by the grace of God, this success in polishing is also through that Generosity.

That work and prayer is in proportion to the yearning: People have nothing but what they have striven for.

God alone is the giver of aspiration: no rough brute aspires to kingliness, nor does God’s gift of good fortune preclude one’s own consent and will and choice.

But when He brings trouble upon some ill-fated person, he ungratefully packs off in flight.

Whereas when God brings trouble upon a blessed man, he just draws nearer to God.

In battle the cowardly, from fear of their lives, have chosen their means of escape.

But heroes are borne forward by their fear and pain.

From fear, too, the weak soul dies within itself.

Tribulation and fear for one’s life are touchstones to distinguish the cowardly from the brave.

– Rumi

(translated by Kabir Helminski)

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.

Life changing benefits of Belzebuub’s teachings (part 2 – Experience)

When I made the decision that I will practice spirituality seriously, I started exploring more the Self-discovery course. I started practice exercises that were taught there, such as awareness, self-observation, detachment from thoughts and emotions, exploring what consciousness is and general study of my subconscious. The main objective of this course was to gain knowledge of oneself, of inner drives, thoughts and emotions, all of which influence our actions and hence our lives. I also learned that those negative subconscious elements (in Gnosis referred to as egos) manifest in five centres of the body. Around that time I started with Esoteric Wisdom course. In this course we learned about main 3 keys of awakening, spiritual path, karma and dharma, dimensions of life, what happens when we die and more. The main 3 keys for awakening are

–  elimination of subconscious elements (egos) – those are things such as anger, greed, fear, jealousy, pride, gluttony, lust etc.

–  alchemy (also known as white tantra), a sexual practice between husband and wife with purpose of using sexual energies to build higher energy bodies

–  helping others spiritually

I started applying the first key (elimination of egos) as soon as I learned it. This is a technique that utilizes higher force to eliminate inferior elements of ourselves. Within every of those elements is trapped a piece of our consciousness, and once we apply the elimination technique to that inferior defect (such as for example anger), tiny percentage of our true self (the consciousness) returns back to the main consciousness that we have available and in this way we wake up from our psychological sleep. Then our true self is literally growing in size, we start feeling superior emotions and much more.

During the first several months of my journey I was having very vivid and significant dreams, with lots of conscious astral experiences, all of which were telling me that I am on the right way and that I should continue. In one of such occasion, on Friday during the dawn, I was taken to a place for which I knew it is a Gnostic church, even though I never heard before that such exist. In it there was a gathering and discussion was about helping humanity. Some two months after this experience I was reading one of Samael Aun Weor’s book called The Three Mountains, and he wrote that there is a specific gathering where higher beings gather on Friday during dawn in Gnostic church with intention to help humanity. Fortunately I had such experiences early on through which I saw that there is indeed something more to Belzebuub’s teachings

As time went by I started applying the first key more fervently. Then after a year of applying it I noticed that I start to perceive things differently; entire environment was bigger, I could perceive more then usual and I was more centered in the present moment. It was unusual at first though I liked this new change. It was a sign that I am on good track and that this technique works. It also gave me first hand experience on how it is to increase consciousness. Over years this change in perception started to intensify and I started to see more of reality. I learned that the more consciousness I rescue, the more of reality I can see. And this is something really amazing.

Since that point till now I experienced and managed to overcome a lot of things through applying the first and the third key of Gnosis. Through astral I verified that Belzebuub is a higher being which energy is of love. The teachings I was applying and am still applying are universal teachings of spiritual development, also taught by great masters that once walked the Earth, such as Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Lao Tzu, Rumi and many others. It was Samael Aun Weor that unveiled this universal teachings in last century, but Belzebuub clarified them to the detail and made them more revolutionary.

This teachings are very direct and bring deep change. Through them I managed to overcome addictions that I had and have overcame lots of low states in which I was very often dwelling before I found Gnosis. I learned how to detach from my emotions and thoughts and be centered in what I really am – the consciousness. Through practices of awareness, self-observation and the first key I learned what is consciousness (the real me) and what is subconscious. I found joy and peace in simplicity and by increasing my consciousness and decreasing egos I started having love, compassion and understanding for people, not just for my family and friends but also for strangers.

I saw that when I am clouded by negative state such as anger or fear that this filters how I see the world and distort reality, and that when I am clear of those states that I am objective and see reality as it is. In this way, as I was trying to be clear as much as possible throughout the day, my relationships and communication with various people improved drastically. I learned how to be detached in a situation when someone is angry at me and how to tackle with situations of similar kind.

It’s hard to put in words how precious this teachings are, and to enumarate all the benefits it brough to my life. I would recommend everyone who found this teachings to give them a try.