The Mind and Intuition
We will be discussing, in the esoteric sense, the nature of psychology, particularly in relation to mind, its definition and its relationship to our interior psychology, and what exactly mind is and why it is important for us to study mind within these type of teachings. There are many misconceptions about mind that need to be addressed if we wish to advance and to experience the real teachings found within religion.
Samael Aun Weor states in The Revolution of the Dialectic, his formidable psychological work:
In Mental Dynamics, it is urgent to know how and why the mind functions. We can make of the mind a useful instrument only by resolving that how and why.
We often state in these teachings that mind is the obstacle to genuine spiritual realization and actualization of divine principles. Our definition of mind is specific in these studies. When many people in modern psychology hear the term “mind,” they think of the physical brain. But we know from esoterism as well as direct experience, such as out of the body within dreams and by awakening our psychic faculties, we realized that the mind is something else, and that the physical brain is merely an instrument. It is merely a vehicle through which mind can express.
So in this in this lecture, we are going to talk deeply in relation with the book known as The Revolution of the Dialectic by Samael Aun Weor, as well as The Revolution of Beelzebub, in which he discusses the nature of mind and intuition, but also the teachings of the Venerable Master Morya, who is a great resurrected initiate, author of The Dayspring of Youth, from whom we also quote in this lecture.
The Mind, Energy, Brain, and Nervous Systems
The brain is merely a machine that processes energies. It is not mind. We have our physicality, our physical organism, which is a marvelous machine. It is merely a transmitter of forces and spiritual principles. We find this primarily within our nervous systems and the health of the nervous system is essential to esoteric practice, which Master Morya covers very beautifully in his book.
We find here in this image a picture of the cerebral spinal nervous system, which is the physical brain and its spinal medulla. Master Samael explains that the spinal medulla is the throne of the spirit, meaning the throne in which the energies of the Being manifest. Therefore, those who have a healthy nervous system, a healthy physical brain, likewise have a healthy psychological interior, because our nature is psychosomatic, meaning, it is psychological and spiritual. Likewise, it is somatic, since in Greek soma means “body.”
Our nervous system is literally the transmitter of forces from our physical to our internal worlds. These energies manifest in many ways which we are going to be discussing. This nervous system circulates energies and forces which are necessary to comprehend if we truly want to achieve dominion of the mind within ourselves and to achieve the awakening of the consciousness, the experience of divinity.
From science, we know the physical brain relates to many chemical, biochemical, and subtle processes. In esoterism, we know that we circulate atomic forces in relation to our nervous system. These atomic forces are spiritual and psychological at the same time.
We find in this image the nervous system which Master Morya explains is the central system. It is the center of our body. In Kabbalah, the spinal medulla is literally the Tree of Life. It is what holds up our body and unites us with God. We have to understand that the nerves, being sensitive organisms within themselves, transmit vital forces which are essential to yoga and which we actualize through our many practices of mantra and pranayama, and especially in the science of sexual magic.
In this excerpt from The Dayspring of Youth, Master Morya states the following:
In our central system we observe a thin membrane covering the organs that intermittently registers the finer currents of Nature that pass through them during day and night. These organs are sounding boards held together by their atomic structures. Each one registers a different wave-length and their vibrations emit an audible sound. Our different physical nerve cells are similar to these and are also attuned to receive certain vibrations. To evoke the activity of our latent atomic centres we use the seven vowels of Nature, called mantras. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
We know that in our spinal medulla and from esoteric teachings of yoga that we have seven chakras, seven vital centers which we activate through the seven vowels, sacred vibrations and words.
The vowel “I” [pronounced as “ee” within “tree”] vibrates in the pineal gland in between the eyebrows, which is essential to the nature of perception both physical and psychological. The vowel I also relates to the crown chakra and the peak of the skull.
We also have E [“eh” as in “bet”] in the throat, the chakra of the larynx, which relates to clairaudience. Clairaudience is the capacity to hear psychic sounds within meditation or even out of the body within the dream state.
The vowel I and the pineal gland relates to our clairvoyance, our perception. The vowel I also vibrates the pituitary gland between the eyebrows, which is the chakra of clairvoyance.
The vowel O [as in “boat”] in the heart, the cardiac chakra, awakens the faculty of intuition.
The vowel U [as in “you”] in the solar plexus relates to telepathy, the science known as transience, the interchange of messages of a psychic nature between sentient beings.
The vowel A [as in “ah”], the pulmonary chakras in the lungs, gives one the capacity to remember past lives. The first sound that child makes is “Ahhh!” when it is born. In those moments that child remembers how he or she got there and it is unpleasant to remember that fact.
The vowel M [as in “Mmm”] is related to the prostate or the uterus. It sounds like the noise of a bull.
The vowel S [as in “hiss”], which is the sacred fire, is related to our coccyx at the base of our spine.
These mantras help the aspirant to activate these latent centers and those energies charge our nervous systems. This is why mantra every day is essential in order to fully control and comprehend the mind.
The Tree of Life and the Upanishads
In these studies, we talk about mind and how it is an obstacle for us. Again, we make the distinction that it is not the physical brain. In order to explain what mind is and how to work with those powerful energies through mantra, we discuss the Tree of Life, the Kabbalah.
In this diagram you have ten Sephiroth, ten spheres of consciousness. These are different modalities of being relating to the most elevated energies of the cosmos. At the top is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We also have the most condensed forces and energies present within our physical body.
We are at the bottom of the Tree of Life. Our consciousness ranges in depth and complexity in terms of energy in relation to these Sephiroth.
We talk about the need to control the mind and that the mind is really our worst enemy. The mind in itself in Hebrew is Netzach on the right pillar. To the left we have Hod, which is emotions, the astral body, or better said, the lunar astral vehicle, an animal body of desire. These are vehicles, or better said, Sephiroth representing different vehicles of consciousness. When in different realms of matter and energy, we subsist in those types of bodies, material vehicles. The mind, Netzach, Hod, emotions are really the habitats of desire, the animal ego, whether we call those egos hatred, pride, vanity, lust, etc.
Below these we have Yesod, which means “Foundation.” It is our vital energies, those forces which give life to our physical body and govern our biochemical, neurological, metabolic and catabolic processes in our body, and our body is Malkuth, “the Kingdom,” at the bottom of the tree.
So, notice we have this lower quaternary, the lower four spheres: Netzach the mind, Hod the emotions, Yesod our vitality, and Malkuth our physicality. We call these the four bodies of sin because they are the expression of our ego. Our ego, animal desire, uses these vehicles represented by the Tree in order to act, whether physically or in the dream state. We call these lunar bodies, meaning, they belong to nature. We received these vehicles as a gift of nature in order to be able to subsist and to act within the internal planes. We do not call these bodies the genuine solar bodies of the Being, which is something separate. Animals have lunar vehicles, and we have these vehicles as well. But the truth is that we do not have solar bodies, typically. We are not conscious of this fact specifically.
Now it is important to note that above this quaternary, we have what is known as the middle triad. We have Chesed, the spirit, which is God, our real Being, what we call the Innermost. We have Geburah on the left, which is the divine soul or consciousness. Geburah never mixes with ego nor is it contaminated by desire. We have below, Tiphereth, which is willpower. It is the human soul, which is really in our Essence. It is what we are. We are an extract or a fraction of that soul which emanated down to these different levels of dimensionality until reaching our physical plane.
Now our willpower can either serve God or the devil. The problem is we choose the devil, meaning our own animal pride, vanity, hatred, gluttony, etc. This fraction of Tiphereth, the soul, has emanated into this lower quaternary and it has entered into or has developed desire, ego. Our mind is a vehicle of nature, the process is thought, the experience of thought.
In relation to this lecture, Tiphereth relates to what grants us access to intuition.
Tiphereth, our will, typically follows animal desire, animal ego. We have to remember that these are vehicles that can express either the Being or our animality. Since we have lunar vehicles belonging to nature, they only know how to fulfill the will of desire. We need to create what we call the solar vehicles. This is the process of alchemy, described in The Perfect Matrimony and The Mystery of the Golden Flower. Our goal is not so much to speak about the solar bodies, but to help us comprehend the nature of our mind as it is.
We have the spirit, Atman. This term is from Hinduism, the Self who needs to control the mind. We have a very famous scripture called the Katha Upanishad, which teaches us how the mind is merely an instrument which can either serve God or the devil.
Know the Self, Atman, as one sitting in the chariot, the body as the chariot, the intellect (in Sanskrit is called Buddhi, which is consciousness, the divine soul) the charioteer, and the mind the reins.
Victory in Hebrew is Netzach, which is the mind. The Chariot in Arcanum 7, of the gnostic tarot (The Eternal Tarot), is how the spirit controls the mind through the four horses, or the four horses literally are four bodies. We can say four horses because we have Netzach, the mind; Hod, the heart; Yesod, our vitality; and we have our physicality (Malkuth).
This explains to us that the mind is merely an instrument. If we know how to control ourselves, through meditation, through self-observation and restraint of our desires, we can march on the path that leads to the Being.
Now it is important to understand that, again, these are vehicles. They are not our legitimate identity. When we drive a car, we do not say, “This is me.” We say, “It is my car. It is my vehicle. It is something I operate in.” The same thing with our internal bodies. The problem, in our condition, is that we have so much ego and we have developed so much desire that our lunar vehicles are integrated with the ego. Therefore, it has a very dark appearance when we awaken in the dream state to perceive the lunar bodies as they are.
What is important to grasp in this lecture is how, in order to understand the mind, we need to understand occult anatomy, and especially occult physiology. So, when we talked about the physical brain, the spinal medulla, it is merely the transmitter of forces from the Tree of Life into our body. Those nerve filaments, the axons and neurons of the brain, transmit electrical forces. Scientists know this as a fact. What many ignore is that there are psychospiritual forces that are active and present, which we need to harmonize and to actualize in our practice if we want to regenerate our brain, to acquire health in our internal bodies.
The Mental Body
We are going to talk about the mental body specifically. In this next image we find a very famous glyph or a graphic available in The Dayspring of Youth. This is the image published originally with that text. This is drawn by an initiate, who was very clairvoyant, demonstrating the ultra-physiology and ultra-biology of the mental body.
When we talk about internal vehicles, we have to understand that these are not vague things. These are not concepts. These are living, breathing, material organisms, just as much as the physical body.
In this image we find that the mental body is a material vehicle. It has its own organs, its spinal medulla, its own brain, its own methods of acquiring energy, of consumption, of metabolism, of eating. It is not like the physical body, but it has its own physiology, which is demonstrated by the fact that with a healthy brain, we have a healthy mental body. Those who have an unhealthy mental body eventually crystallize those illnesses into the physical brain and develop dementia or schizophrenia, many severe illnesses relating to this physical body.
In this image we find the aura of the mental body and the specific senses of this vehicle are depicted in this image. What is most notable is the aura, as I mentioned. In this image, we have the mental body of an initiate. This is an image of a student who is developing him or herself on the path.
We have around the initiate what is known as the Silver Shield in esoterism. When we begin to work with divine spiritual forces, by channeling them through our physical brain and our spinal medulla, we in turn attract these types of atomic forces into our aura. The mental body begins to develop what is called the Silver Shield. It is like a sounding board or a barrier that protects one's mind from negative forces from the exterior. If we seek to harmonize ourself with the divine and to reject the negative impulses or energies present in our society and our cities, we need to work with our Silver Shield. The Silver Shield is built on atomic energies relating to our seminal tract, which we’re going to be explaining.
What is not really visible in this image are the senses of the mental body, which are developed by truncated cones. These are called modules, which transmit and receive thoughts. Thought is a substance. It is an energy. It is something very material, and has already been measured by, I believe, Russian scientists many decades ago, but this doesn’t really readily get publicized because it is disturbing to many. The truth is, the mind is a type of matter and energy, and that thought is a substance.
Therefore, if we are negative in our thoughts, we attract those type of atoms to our mind and they pollute our atmosphere, as Morya describes in his book. Atmospheres are auras or psychological predispositions. These cones attract atoms and forces which, if we direct our own mind, we can attract the solar, divine, Christic forces, which are most prevalent in our seminal energy.
What is also notable is that this figure is surrounded by what seems to be clouds, which look like sperm. These are the seminal currents of the body, born from the physical body which are transmuted forces which, when we harness them, can strengthen the mental body, heal it and guard it from negative influences.
We talk a lot about atoms and energy in the science, which Morya again explains in this text.
The atmosphere of the mental body is controlled by the atmosphere of this world, but by breathing in the energy manifesting in the new age through Yoga we can throw off this control. By aspiring when breathing we attract atoms of this new energy into us and slowly conform to their wave-length. These atoms bring us a sensation of joy similar to a morning in Spring… ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
We talk a lot about in this teachings about pranayama, of mantra, and exercises with breath. This is what Morya means by aspiration. Through the breath, to inspire the life force in the air, the prana, we attract those atoms, those forces which are pure. They enter our lungs, our blood, through our circulatory system and are eventually condensed into what is known as our semen, our seminal energies, our seminal matter.
We are literally assimilating the atoms of Christ in the air, and when they enter in our organism, they activate our seminal forces. This is represented in the book of Genesis when the Rauch Elohim, the Spirit, floats above the surface of the waters, and then then the rest of that chapter explains the creation of the human being. This is symbolic. The way that we create the real human being made into God’s image, the image of the Spirit, the Innermost, is by working with these atomic forces specifically.
Aspiration is the science of breath, to inspire and to elevate through aspiration, and Morya explains this more in depth.
…Within and about us are highly developed atoms, and in our breathing exercises we attract them into our bodies. They then supply our nervous systems with their energies, and as man is the result of his own type of atoms and atmosphere, he is judged by the quality of atoms he attracts, just as he is judged by the kind of people with whom he associates. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
Our atoms determine how we are judged. Our aura is very readily seen by clairvoyance, or angels more specifically. Therefore, we seek to clean our mind, our mental atmosphere, our mental body. We do that through the science of aspiration or the science of Mercury.
Mercury in alchemical science is sexual energy. The symbol of Mercury is even found in this image, where the man is holding in his left hand that Caduceus of Mercury. It represents the spinal medulla, the central system with two cords that ascend upward and inward to the brain. Through aspiration, those forces from the seminal tract rise up our spinal medulla and saturate our mind with Christic forces, Christic atoms.
We also find in this image that the mind relates to Mercury. There are occultists who made the mistake of attributing the mind, Netzach, with Venus, but we find as taught by Morya, Samael Aun Weor, and other initiates who were very awakened, the mind, Netzach, relates to Mercury. The health of our mind depends on the health of our energies specifically, which Morya explains very beautifully and clearly.
Every person is different in their range of passion and desire, and the seminal system responds to them. If we are animal in our passions, we collect such atoms. Therefore, we should aspire for purity and seek the greatest intelligence within our central system. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
Our seminal track attracts either pure energies, pure forces, or animal, lustful elements. Those pure, divine, Christic atoms we assimilate through pranayama, through breath work, through mantra, are called transformation atoms as well as aspiring atoms. These atoms elevate our level of being, our way of consciousness. These atoms saturate our aura in the mental body and form the Silver Shield, which become a protective sounding board between our own mental atmosphere as well as the atmosphere of the world, and it allows us to read many mysteries in nature. Netzach relates to elemental magic in which we work with the souls of plants, minerals, etc. A healthy mind helps us to be in greater communion with those intelligences.
Self-Mastery: Conserving the Sexual Energy
This is why, as the foundation of all genuine esoteric discipline, we state that our sexual behavior completely determines the state of our mind. Those who are lustful, who engage in acts of prostitution, masturbation, fornication, or any abuse of that vital divine force which we have in sexuality, will disturb the mind. It pollutes the mind with negative substances. As the foundation of all religion, it is really the beginning of the path, learning how to restrain our animal impulse while taking the energies of sexuality, our seminal tract, and aspiring with purity, with divine forces, pure forces. It is important never to indulge in the lower animal nature of our mind, which is expresses through pornography as well as any abuse of the sexual force, which is fornication.
The word fortification relates to furnace, to burn with that passion which is never satiated and which is culminated in the orgasm. That sexual pleasure is strictly prohibited within occult science because the expulsion of the sexual fluid, the expulsion of our seminal forces, literally takes billions of Christic atoms that we have in our body, and in our seminal track, and expels them, wastes them. This is why in the Book of Leviticus it says that “any man who shall have an emission of seamen, shall bathe in water and be unclean (until evening).” This has a physical component, but more importantly it is psychological, because the psychological atmosphere of the mental body becomes charged with atoms of a lower nature. Just as there are divine forces in the cosmos, there are also lunar animal forces relating to the inverted diagram of the Tree of Life, known as Klipoth, which is hell, the world of the shells.
Morya teaches us if we wish to enter into occult science, we must work with that sexual energy, which he calls determinative energy. Why does he call it determinative? Because this energy determines our very way of being. If we use it for a selfish will, we then destroy ourselves, but if we use that energy with the determination to change, then we can strengthen our spiritual being with these forces.
Many occultists are told to conserve their creative energy: to master their lower sex nature. Atoms always find their own level. It is the vapour that rises from the surface of our seminal fluid that gives us this determinative energy in Nature. The demand for personal power will not bring these higher forces into operation. But we can evoke a force that binds us to our lower animal nature, and this gives the black magician his power. ―M, The Dayspring of Youth
He is talking here that selfish will does not achieve aspiration, but that is acquired by silencing the mind and remembering the Being. The demand for personal power will not bring these higher forces into operation, but we can evoke a force that binds us to our lower animal nature, and this gives the black magician his power.
We talked about white magic and black magic. White magic is to follow the will of God, Christ. Black magic is to follow one’s selfish will, animal desire, ego. The primary demarcation is in sexuality and how we use sexual force, because this determines our life, whether for suffering or for genuine elevation into to the realms of God. This is why Morya taught us that spiritual discipline and ethics is mandatory and that this relates to the sixth commandment of Moses, “Thou shall not fornicate,” not to expel that force, but to conserve it, to retain it, to transform it, to take those atoms and to raise them into our interior being through aspiration.
Morya says in The Dayspring of Youth:
It is also imperative that the moral character should be above suspicion; for the student has to demand the use of the Solar force in his work, and if he is immoral or sexually weak he will soon befoul himself with the lower substances of the world’s atmosphere. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
We may not be familiar with this image, but this is Merlin and Nivien in Arthurian legend. The downfall of Merlin and his eventual death was because he gave in to his lust. He followed his desire for this woman. I believe her name is Nivien. Some traditions say Vivien.
Merlin was someone who practiced this teaching. As a symbol, he represents any disciple that is developing their mental body, that is developing these atomic forces. It can be interpreted that he did create the mental body (being a magician, a priest), but he gave into his lust for this woman and that led to his destruction, or he was buried in a tomb, which has other meanings.
We find that the nature of the sexual force is fundamental, especially in relation to the study of mind. Our nervous system, our physical brain, known as the central system, is nourished by seminal transmutation. There’s a study I believe by Dr. Kellogg. We had the article available on one of our websites, where he explained that individuals who are continent, meaning, they did not ejaculate their energies, had tremendously seminally-nourished brains. There is a direct relationship, physically, with the semen to the physical brain, and that the semen has many nourishing vital principles which are essential to the health of the pineal gland.
The pineal gland relates to our perception. When we observe with our consciousness, we activate our pineal gland as well as the pituitary gland in between the eyebrows. The gonads, whether in the man or woman, the testicles or ovaries, channel those forces up the two energetic channels of the Caduceus of Mercury to our brain. The health of the brain, our nervous system, depends on that conservation. Individuals who are overly sexed, who expel their semen―whether from men or women, since the seminal fluid or energies are either masculine or feminine―they degenerate their brain. It was long held as a notion that schizophrenia was the result of masturbation (or at least exacerbated or contributive towards it). We need to understand that the mind in its physical component, as well as the energetic component, the mental body, is fortified by these seminal currents.
Black Magic and the Intellect
It is also important to note that in these studies we make the demarcation between white magic and black magic. Both white magicians and black magicians use the mind, but for very different purposes and results. The white magician submits his mind to his Innermost. This is the meaning of Islam, to submit to Allah, to God. The black magician fortifies his mind, or her mind, in order to acquire power over the elements in nature. But if it is not followed under the direction of God, there is an imbalance, because Christ, God, only respects the balance of nature and does not violate karma, which is a fundamental law, cause and effect.
When we study and we enter these teachings we hear a lot about black magicians and sorcerers and demons and the need to protect ourselves from these influences. It is important to explain what is the fundamental method that any sorcerer or magician black magician uses in order to divert students from the path. Morya explains the following in relation to entering to the lower regions of the Tree of Life or better said, the tree of death, the shadow of the Tree of Life known as Klipoth:
When we enter these spheres of intensified intellect we are told that we shall be given great power and their highest secret wisdom if we will but surrender our souls to them. The student is probably aware that there are schools of mental Yoga on earth teaching systems of logic that will eventually impress and direct minds as they wish, and such schools are like the schools of these magicians whose processes of logic will prove that black is white. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
Any type of hypnotism, suggestion, manipulation of the mind, mind control, trying to control the mind of other people―that is sorcery. We have and we will explain how we also have certain atomic forces which cannot be manipulated by negative forces. We are emphasizing that the schools of sorcery use the intellect in order to manipulate others.
We never discuss or argue over spiritual things on the higher planes, but the lower spheres bring us in touch with scintillating intellect―not intelligence―that is almost overpowering, and we feel drawn to this magnetism which these sadistic and brilliant schoolmen possess. By argument they will show how beautiful evil is, that the world is ruled by evil, and that eventually we must succumb to their master’s direction. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
Notice in this image we have a vampire which is painted very beautifully and depicts this type of diabolic psychology. We have to understand that the intellect can be a useful instrument for the Being. But if it is directed by the animal will, ego, then the intellect is really our worst enemy. We do not pronounce ourselves against study, profound intellectual spiritual culture, scientific analysis, nor profound comprehension of the mind. Instead, what we reject is intellect devoid of spirituality, as evidenced by the atomic bomb.
Many times, whether in our dreams, or even physically, we may encounter people who attempt to divert us from really what we know is best, and they do it through the intellect. They try to convince us that what we are doing is wrong, that this practice of sexual transmutation, sexual magic, pranayama, that these things are harmful for us. They have many reasons and intellectual speculations for why it is good to orgasm. They have many justifications and use the intellect to try to convince and to mislead.
An Experience of Black Magic in the Mental World
Personally, I am going to explain an experience of one of my students where he woke in the mental world in the internal dimensions. He had a mental projection from his physical body, and he was immediately confronted by a demon in the mental world. Samael Aun Weor explains that the worst demons are not in the astral plane where they openly attack and then we have to fight and defend ourselves, to conjure with prayer. The worst are in the mental plane where they come to you friendly, complimenting you, saying “You have such spiritual values, but you’re going the wrong way and you need to change.” They use the intellect, supposedly in a kind way, in order to divert the student.
So, this student who was in the mental plane, he didn’t object. This demon had a sign with him, which intuitively he recognized that this was a very hypnotic suggestion, telling him that he should use his intellect and that this is the right path. He didn't put up an affront. He didn’t try to conjure, which was a mistake.
Afterwards he awoke in Klipoth, where this magician awoke his consciousness within the ego, fortified his desire, and he had an experience, but in hell. Fortunately, the student was being guided because his Innermost came to him and warned him to not associate with these types of individuals.
This is an example of how demons use the intellect. They will say that you are going the wrong way: “You shouldn’t be doing this,” or “this is not good for you.” The sign that the demon showed the student―the way my student explained it to me―was like a billboard sign. The demon was holding it up and it was very convoluted, very intellectual, with complicated and convicted arrows pointing in many directions towards the center. But it was devoid of any spiritual meaning. He knew right off the bat it was wrong, because he listened to his intuition, which is what we need to develop.
Intuition vs. the Intellect
The intellect is balanced precisely by our connection with God. Intuition is the direct cognizance of divinity without the need to arbitrate or deliberate, without the need to think. It is direct perception of the divine without theorizing, debating, accepting, rejecting. It simply is comprehension. It is a type of cognizance which knows God and does not need to theorize or debate.
This is represented in the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. We have in this image, the Master Aberamentho, the sacred name of the Lord Jesus, representing Christ. Christ is a type of cognizance, the consciousness that needs to control the mind. His own mind is Satan. It is the mental body with the ego pointing down with the intellect, saying, “I will give you all the kingdoms of this world if you will bow to me.” As Morya said, they try to hypnotize through suggestion, saying, “If you just surrender yourself to me, you will have everything you want. You will have everything you need.” Christ doesn’t even contradict him, but just points up, “I only follow the will of my Being.” This is intuition.
Samael Aun Weor differentiates between abstract mind and concrete mind. Going back to the Kabbalah, Netzach represents concrete mind, whereas abstract mind represents Tiphereth. It is abstract mind, sometimes known as superior manas, superior mind, which needs to follow the will of the Being. Christ represents that in this image, as he is Tiphereth, Christ-Will.
Samael Aun Weor, in his book Tarot and Kabbalah, emphasizes what Morya taught:
We must warn the Gnostic students that the most dangerous potion that the tenebrous ones use in order to take the student out of the path of the razor’s edge is the intellect. They use it in order to invite us to ejaculate the seminal liquid, or in order to shift the direction of our path by showing us other schools, theories, sex, etc., etc. ―Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
Many times, people come to us to tempt us, whether internal or external, whether in the physical plane or the internal planes, always with the intellect, never from intuition. They justify their theories and beliefs, saying, “What you are practicing is wrong and this is why my system is better.” They are always comparing and rationalizing and analyzing with the intellect. Meanwhile, the intellect cannot know God. Christ, the Being, can only be known through the awakening of the consciousness, which is not mind.
As we mentioned in the beginning, consciousness is Geburah, Buddhi. The consciousness is the divine soul, the daughter of the innermost Being. That is the type of intelligence we need to activate, pure perception that does not rely on the intellect, the mind. It simply knows. The intellect is an instrument that can be used for good, but we must not depend on it as our foundation. If we take this type of science as a theory, saying, “This is very interesting. Maybe I will practice it,” comparing it to other traditions with the intellect―we will discover that these things are transient. The mind only knows how to store information and to compare. That’s it, whereas intuition directly perceives the fundamental nature of Christ and knows God directly.
The Mind Divorced from Divinity
It is important to understand that the mind, or the mental body, is a vehicle of thought, the vehicle of the ego, and that really, when we talk about mind and ego, we usually talk synonymously, that our mental body is the expression of our ego. That mind is ego and ego is mind. I would like to quote for you Samael Aun Weor from Tarot and Kabbalah, where he explains the difference between reasoning and intuition:
The process of reasoning divorces the mind from the Innermost. A mind which is divorced from the Innermost falls into the abyss of black magic. ―Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
I would like to interject and say that black magic refers to how certain individuals use the mind to impress themselves on nature. They use the intellect, desire, in order to influence others. Desire has the power to influence others, through the ego of others, and this is a violation. This is a negative act because God respects everybody’s will and does not force others to conform with His plan. He helps others as an act of grace and benefaction and blessing. When the mind is infected with reasoning, constant churning of the mind, he divorces himself from God. That is what we call a demon, a being that is divorced from their own spiritual divinity. Samael explains the nature of intuition here:
Many times the Innermost gives an order and the mind reveals itself with its reasoning. The Innermost speaks by hunches, or thoughts, but the mind reveals by reasoning and comparison. ―Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
You see in this graphic Christ riding on a donkey. The donkey represents the mind. In order to enter the Heavenly Jerusalem, our inner Christ must dominate our mind so that we can enter the heavenly city.
Also, in Pinocchio, the main character becomes a donkey, an ass, an animal that represents a fortification of intellect. Notice when Pinocchio goes to the Land of Play and doesn’t work on himself (he doesn’t meditate), he becomes a mule. He becomes a victim of the forces of nature, the atmosphere of the negative mental influences of this world.
The Dynamics of Thought
We talk about the nature of thought. It is important to realize that not all thinking is negative. Not all thought is bad. However, the great majority is due to the conditioning and abuse of our mind. Samael Aun Weor explained that 97% of human thoughts are negative and harmful, and that correlates with another number relating to how much ego we have, which is 97%.
We are like an iceberg of the depths of which we do not comprehend. This is verifiable by the fact that if we close our eyes in meditation and observe ourselves, that we see darkness. We don’t have connection with God. We do not communicate directly with God. We do not know the Being, neither when we physically go to sleep do we have astral experiences, when we’re awake out of the physical body. Eight hours go by and we do not remember anything, even if we had dreams. This shows us that we really are asleep, that we’re ignorant, without knowledge, Gnosis.
To be ignorant doesn’t mean to not have book knowledge. It means to not know God. Therefore we are all ignorant. Out of that 97%, we have the capacity to receive messages from the Being which can come in the form of thoughts. This is a form of intuition. It is not a result of the churning and mechanicity of the mind, but it is a shock of lightning which strikes the mind and illuminates our understanding in the immediate instant.
I would like to quote for you Sufi doctrine, who are the mystics of Islam, from a book called Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism by a master named Al-Qushayri. He explains the Sufi doctrine and the nature of thought:
Thoughts (khawatir) are declarations that arrive in one’s awareness. This may result from the dictation of an angel or from the dictation of the devil, or from the operations of the ego or may come from the Truth, glory to Him. If thoughts come from an angel, they are called inspired suggestions, ilham. If they are from one’s ego, they are called notions, hawajis. If they are from satan, they are called imaginations and anxieties, waswas. If they are from the Truth, glory to Him, and His dictation to the heart, they are called true thought, khatir haqq. And all of these are a kind of talking. ―Al-Qushayri, Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism
The word Al-Haqq in Arabic is “the Truth,” one of the names of Allah. God is the Truthful, the Real, the Omnipresent. It is our Innermost. The Hebrew word for Innermost is El and in Arabic it is Allah, the same teaching, same meaning.
We have to understand that if we are in meditation, if we have a silence of our mental experience, we can receive the messages of the Being, the superior influences, which can come as khatir al-haqq, “thoughts of truth.” This is a type of understanding or concept in the mind which is superior. Again, this is very different from our negative common churning of mentation throughout the day. The mind needs to adopt a receptive state in order to reflect the images of God as well as the message of God.
Al-Qushayri elaborates on this teaching about the different types of thought:
When a thought comes from an angel, its reliability can only be known through corroboration to be found in religious knowledge. Because of this the Sufis have said, “Every thought unattested by a point of outward practice is in vain.” When a thought is from the Devil, the greater part of it will be a summons to disobedience. When it is from the ego, for the most part it will be a call to the satisfaction of a desire or the indulgence of a feeling of vanity, or some other characteristic particular to the ego. The shaykhs (masters of Islam) agree that whoever eats what is forbidden will not be able to distinguish between angelic and demonic suggestion. I heard Abu Ali al-Daqqaq say that when someone receives his food from a worldly source rather than depending directly on God, he will see no difference between inspiration and fantasy. But when true effort silences the ego’s notions, the testimony of one’s heart grows articulate by virtue of one’s suffering. ―Al-Qushayri, Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism
This is exactly what Samael Aun Weor taught, that knowledge must be balanced with being. Although the Being must be harmonized through study, we need to study and to practice. We need to cultivate the mind but also to comprehend the mind in meditation. We always have to confirm our internal experiences with external facts. This is the only way to arrive at reliability of our experiences. If we have an experience that doesn’t coincide with scripture, if It is just gibberish or has no real symbolism or connection, we have to disregard it. But if it is in line with the scriptural teachings of whatever religion, then we can be sure and certain that we have arrived at direct knowledge.
When a thought is from the Devil, the greater part of it will be a summons to disobedience. When it is from the ego, for the most part it will be a call to the satisfaction of a desire or the indulgence of a feeling of vanity, or some other characteristic particular to the ego. The shaykhs (Masters of Islam) agree that whoever eats what is forbidden will not be able to distinguish between angelic and demonic suggestion. ―Al-Qushayri, Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism
What does it mean to eat what is not lawful? We typically think it means to not eat pork or drink alcohol. We have what is called the transformation of impressions.
There is more than one way to eat. The physical body needs its nourishment, so we feed it. Also, the heart feeds, whether on good music, classical music, the great composers, mantra, prayer. Or it could feed on garbage like heavy metal, rap, a lot of just negative garbage in terms of what kind of food one can eat in one’s heart. The mind also consumes information. We can read a telenovela or watch a soap opera and destroy our mind by ingesting those type of impressions. This is what the Sufi initiates are talking about when we eat something that is unlawful. To eat what is lawful means to take the written impressions of life and we use it for our benefit. We nourish our mind, our heart and our body with pure substances, good influences, without any negative type of influence. They continue:
I heard Abu Ali al-Daqqaq say that when someone receives his food from a worldly source rather than depending directly on God, he will see no difference between inspiration and fantasy. But when true effort silences the ego’s notions, the testimony of one’s heart grows articulate by virtue of one’s suffering. ―Al-Qushayri, Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism
This means that if we are really obeying God, we will experience the type of suffering which is the recognition that we have distanced ourselves from God or that we have separated ourselves from our Being. To realize this fact is heart wrenching, and it is this type of recognition that grants us the courage and the will to aspire. Once we recognize our own interior nothingness, we recognize that we are really ignorant and that we do not know God. Then, we make the effort to study and to practice.
Discernment vs. Reasoning
Therefore, as Samael Aun Weor stated, this work is accomplished through conscious works and voluntary sufferings. It does not mean we go look for trouble. It means that we accept our karma, our everyday life, and we transform it willingly. We do not object. We do not negate it. We do not complain. We accept our sufferings, and we transform them through comprehension.
This is synthesized in this image of Virgin Miriam holding the Christ child. This child represents the Christ within the initiate or an individual who has incarnated the Lord. We teach that Christ is not a person, but a force. The mind needs to become like a child if we really want to incarnate Christ. In order to dominate the mind, we need to develop intuition.
Going back to the beginning of this lecture, we talked about atomic forces. We possess in our physiology atomic intelligences that connect us to our Being. We have what is known as the Atom Nous, which is a particle that is our direct connection and communication with the Innermost. We have this in the left ventricle of our heart. This atom receives the impulses as well as teachings from our Being. We receive intuition through this atomic force, this atom. This atom also has many characteristics which are very well explained in The Dayspring of Youth. We have the necessity to follow intuition, the cognizance of the heart, and not to obey the mind.
Samael Aun Weor states in Tarot and Kabbalah:
One has to change the process of reasoning for the quality of discernment. Discernment is the direct perception of the truth without the process of reasoning.
The mind is the Holy Grail which can receive the blood of the Lord. It is a chalice which needs to learn to receive the influences of the Being, of Christ. The way that we develop this intuition is precisely through meditation. Only in the silence of the mind can we receive the messages of God, whether they are khatir al-haqq, meaning the thoughts of truth. They are impulses, insights, ideas, concepts, profound understanding. We may be meditating on a scripture and then we immediately know the meaning. That only arises when we are silent in our mind, and then we receive that knowledge from God. A mind that is serene can reflect the Being. A mind that is distraught with the battle of the antitheses, belief and disbelief, faith and doubt, one idea and another idea, thesis and antithesis, pro and con, cannot comprehend. The constant churning and conflict of the mind in argument against itself produces confusion. Reasoning cannot take one to the meeting with God. The mind has to be serene and innocent like a child if we are to know God.
Comprehension vs. Exertion
It is important to note that we should not repress the mind. Comprehension replaces exertion. When you comprehend the mind, there is no need to repress. We have to allow the mind to let it speak. Let it talk, but do not identify with it. Do not invest your energy into it. It is going to talk no matter what. In order for it to be silent, you have to observe it and realize that you were not these thoughts. When you comprehend these thoughts, they start to slow down. They have less force. They have less influence. Following our heart and comprehending our mind, moment by moment, we develop a genuine sense of intuition.
Comprehension is intuition. It is how the mind is equilibrated. If we are constantly thinking and we are full of lustful thoughts, angry thoughts, violent thoughts, it is good not to shun it away and say, “I don’t want to look at this.” Neither should we feed it, but see it as it is, to comprehend where it is coming from, what it is doing. The more that we observe and stop feeding it, it shuts up.
If we force the mind to be silent, we create more antagonism in deeper levels of mind. We know in these studies there are 49 levels of the mind. Comprehension replaces exertion. Exertion is the mind fighting against the mind and that produces more antagonism. Comprehension silences the mind.
Samael Aun Weor states in The Revolution of Beelzebub:
The reasoning person believes that he can attain the truth through the struggle of antitheses, but this struggle only divides the mind and incapacitates its ability to comprehend truth. The intuitive person knows how to listen only to the voice of the silence. Thus, within his serene mind, the eternal truths of life are reflected with splendid beauty. ―Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
Notice this image of the stars. Our Being emanates from the Milky Way and is a reflection of that beauty. The physical galaxy in which we live is the manifestation of Christ. If we are serene in our mind, we will reflect and have the images of the Being through His teachings, and we will experience the real glory that is Christ, the Being, only if the mind is serene. We cannot force the mind to be silent.
This is a further elaborated by a Sufi initiate. He states the same thing:
The key to success and worship lies in meditative reflection (fikrat)... whoever persists in such reflection in the heart will behold the invisible realm in the spirit.
Intuition is precisely that immediate flash or hunch that we’ve grasped something different. It is an alert state, an alert and novel perception. It will strike our mind and the mind silences. It is literally a vibration from the Innermost which shocks the consciousness and the mind silences. This is accomplished through following the intuition or the hunches that come from our heart, which relate to the Atom Nous. As we demonstrated in this image with the stars, the wisdom of all the galaxies resides in our heart. That atom, the Atom Nous, can teach us about the many mysteries.
There is also another atom, relating to the mental body, which I did not mention. It is called the Master Atom. This atom resides in our seminal tract. When practicing sexual alchemy, which we will not go further into depth, that atom rises in our spinal column and enters our mind. This atom can teach us about the wisdom of the stars. So, our mental body has the capacity to teach us many things when it is illuminated.
Insight: The Flash of Comprehension
Intuition is a spark, a flash which is very sudden.
Insight is the first flash of intuition that comes to you, not accompanied by an opposing notion. If an opposing notion comes to counter it, then know that [the first notion] is only a stray thought and the chattering of the mind. ―Abu Ja’far al-Haddad in Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism
The mind starts a debate about what we have experienced. Typically, we can be assured that what we thought was something genuine is probably subjective, because the mind is constantly churning and reacting. Intuition is a shock, as I keep mentioning. It is a lightning strike. It amazes the consciousness and it is distinguished by the fact that the mind cannot comprehend it. It is a different type of understanding.
The Mind of God
This type of understanding synthesized in this graphic. We have been talking about the mental body, the mind, the nature of thought, as well as intuition. Here we are going to explain a little bit about the mind of the Innermost.
We have our own mind, our mental body, but there’s another type of mind, to put it loosely, a type of consciousness relating to Christ, which is developed in the highest stages of initiation. It is important to note that gods have mind, but not animal mind. They have what is called Brahma-Vidya. Brahma-Vidya means “knowledge of Brahma,” or highest knowledge of God. In that first scripture I mentioned to you the Katha Upanishad. It is from the Brahma-Vidya, the ultimate teachings on the nature of Brahma, the Self.
Samael Aun Weor explains the following in The Revolution of Beelzebub:
The Brahma-Vidya is the mind of the Innermost.
This is an image of the Innermost represented by the seven wicks of the menorah, and again, what’s interesting to note is that the menorah is a compound Hebrew word. Minah is sex. Orah is light. The light of our mental body, the creation or the elaboration of the Brahma-Vidya, the Christ mind of the Innermost, is a result of working with the energies of sex to create that light. We mentioned that there are seven Sephiroth, seven spheres, represented by this menorah, the seven wicks. Sometimes it is nine, relating to Yesod in Kabbalah, which is the foundational energies we base ourselves on. This is precisely the determinative energy or the sexual force.
What is this “aureole body of victory”? Victory is Netzach, mind. We have here this image of Christ crowned with glory, representing the mind of the great masters. Morya states the following about this type of mind:
The Great Illuminate Crown of Victory is that consciousness that we are to reach when we have evolved beyond the instruction of the Master Atom. It is a directing force of the mind about which we know little, as it is beyond our comprehension. Yet we know that it guides and governs our Innermost, and is a universal body of substance, and that the Great Initiates are of its nature, who, though seldom heard of, can suddenly appear in a material body when needed; for they can clothe themselves when they wish. They sometimes speak through the Silver Shield to the student if necessary. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
This refers to the mind of resurrected masters such as Morya, who wrote The Dayspring of Youth when he was already resurrected. A powerful book, everything we’re teaching here comes from that text. That mind is a what defines a resurrected master when it has conquered death, through initiation. It is a very elevated mind. We mentioned this in brief to emphasize that we need to transcend our current level of being. We need to aspire to the height and we do that precisely through our practices of aspiration, working with mantra, silencing our mind, and meditation. The way we develop our mental body is by nourishing it with transformative atoms, aspiration atoms, Christic forces, which are performed through mantra, vocalizing the sacred vowels, the seven vowels of nature.
How to Be a Master Mind
To conclude or to emphasize the main points of this lecture, I would like to quote for you again from The Dayspring of Youth. This is a section from the text called “Masters.” Morya describes the requisites for developing a mastermind: a mind that is in control of one’s internal universe, or a psyche that has controlled the mind. This encompasses everything we have been discussing in terms of atoms, forces, the mental body, our relationship to the atmosphere of this world, how we relate to others, how we relate to ourselves.
The following are some of the principles needed for a master mind:
Meaning, do not identify with the thoughts or energies of other people, but be observant. Do not let your mind be controlled by other influences.
(2) Be above the mastering thoughts of evil and master the composite bodies of your own evil thought-creation. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
Meaning if there are sorcerers and witches working against us, we control our mind so that we do not identify or feed into those attacks specifically.
(3) Be always master of your own mind. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
Dominate the mind. Do not let the mind be the ruler of our kingdom. Christ needs to ride the donkey, not the donkey on us. We need to control the mind, be its master, through comprehension.
(4) Be above the minds of the masters who create mastering thoughts of evil, and make your mind master of them; for above the minds of evil thoughts your master’s stand ready to aid you. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
If we are afflicted because we were attacked in the internal planes by black magicians, we control our mind and we do not let ourselves identify with those type of encounters. Neither do we let ourselves be influenced by negative forces outside of us because our inner master, our Innermost, is always ready to help us.
(5) Be walled about by the good minds of the master’s spheres. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
These spheres are the ten Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. To be walled about by those influences means to work with our prayers, to invoke those forces, to assimilate them.
(6) Attract about you men with master minds; their forces will protect you. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
How do we do that? This means we invoke the angels to receive their help. We do that through many prayers, such as in the Gnostic Prayer Book, but also on our website, such as the Invocation of Solomon (See Basics of Spiritual Defense).
(7) Command the forces of your master’s higher spheres, for they are able to master the minds of the men of evil who are ever near a master of magic; for these can dominate the minds above and below the spheres of man. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
We need to manifest and be guided by our Innermost so He can express His force. In that way we will never be manipulated or diverge from the path of our Being. The Innermost has power over heaven and hell. Black magicians only control hell. They do not know anything about heaven.
(8) Be master of your soul; for the soul has power over matter.
Again, when we work with the determinative energy, our thoughts become fortified. Meaning, if we know how to direct our mental body, we can direct those energies through the benefit of others.
(10) Be alert for your master’s voice as he is alert for yours. ―M., The Dayspring of Youth
That is the most important of them all. As it says in Islam, “If you turn to Allah He comes walking. If you go to Him walking, He comes to you running.” He said, “If you remember Me, I will remember you.”
A way that we can remember God is precisely through this mantra, the mantra of intuition:
Pronounced Om Masi Padme Hum.
Om can also be pronounced as Aum.
It literally means “Oh my internal God.”
If we vocalize this mantra even for just for 10 minutes a day, we will awaken our intuition.
If you wish to develop intuition, we can work with this mantra. Focus on the heart. Visualize a brilliant white light or blue light saturating your heart and your body. Pray to your Innermost to guide you. It helps to silence the mind and helps to transmute the energies of our seminal system. As we work with these forces, they nourish our nervous systems, specifically the grand sympathetic nervous system relating to the heart. These are the nerve filaments related to our emotional center, which Morya called the secondary system.
In conclusion, if we want to control our mind, we need to develop intuition. Whoever follows the intellect only, goes to the abyss. Whoever follows their heart, God will guide. As Dhu’l-Nun Misri said in the scripture I mentioned:
“He who observes his thoughts, God will reward in all his outward deeds."
Questions and Answers
Question: This is pertaining to the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were kicked out because they spilled the sacred semen? You are talking about the sexual energies. So, are they literally not having sex? Or they are literally having sex but they were not spilling the seed?
Instructor: Yes, sexual alchemy is to connect with one’s partner with chaste intentions: pure mind, pure heart, and to never expel that seminal fluid. We need the erotic element. One thing is eroticism, another thing is lust. Eros is love, is Christ. Christ in man and women, when they unite, they form the cross, which is present in every religion. When that sexuality is pure, it is divine, but if we fill it with our lust for sensation, then it pollutes the sexual act.
We could say we need to steal fire from the devil. That is the saying we have in this tradition. When we work in alchemy in that way, we saturate our mental body with tremendous forces. When the fire of sex illuminates the mind, the mental body, up the 33 vertebrae, relating to the higher paths of initiation, the Silver Shield of the mind becomes illuminated, gold. Those who have a solar mental body, meaning, the vehicle of Christ, in that level, they emanate a lot of light in the mind. There is a lot of power there.
So, alchemy is the method by which we take those energies, conserve them, never waste them. It doesn’t just mean sex without orgasm. It means control―not too much movement, not lustful, not too much indulgence in sensation―but a conscious harnessing of those forces which can only be learned through practice.
Samael Aun Weor stated that the descent into the ninth sphere is the greatest ordeal and maximum trial of the hierophant. So it is to be or not to be, to spill or not to spill, to control that energy or be dominated by that energy. We return the Eden precisely through working with those forces. In relation to this lecture, we can re-enter Eden when we only have the mind of an infant. If our mind is full of desire, if we are literally like a library of books that are without understanding, that creates a lot of congestion and constipation, spiritually speaking. So, we need a mind that’s childlike in order to really take advantage of working in the matrimony.
Question: You mentioned before the idea of a particular individual that had an encounter with a demon like force in the individual? Isn’t it possible they are mutually repellent? I mean I think that all of us here have probably been around something like this…
Instructor: What is ironic is that demons are attracted to the light, but they are repulsed by it, like a moth to a flame. I remember Morya explaining in his book that white magicians and black magicians revel in that struggle between good and bad because it fortifies their own intentions. But we seek not so much to struggle against other people, but really control our own mind. Naturally that helps us to radiate greater communion and happiness and relationships to others.
Even though Morya’s talking about the need to dominate our own mind and to be above the minds of others, it doesn't mean we control other people's minds. It means we control our mind, and that we elevate ourselves above the clouds. Typically, there is always this battle between angels and demons, and it is eternal throughout the cosmos. There is constant repulsion between both sides…
Question: Don’t black magicians, or any of these negative angels, don’t they realize that this is the pit? They’re going the wrong way! Has it never entered their minds among any of these highly intellectual lecturers and black magicians and groups, is there no light in them that says, “This is the wrong way”? There’s a train coming at them and they’re not raising red flags. They’re on a one way track looking at them. What is it that keeps them in that group?
Instructor: Acquisition of power, and particularly the lust for power and intellect, fortification of the intellect. They don’t think they are doing wrong. The only way for us to know the difference is to develop our intuition, because then we see clearly that “this is negative; this is harmful.” There are cases of certain demons who repented like Beelzebub. There is a book I was quoting from called The Revolution of Beelzebub by Samael Aun Weor. He explains this difference between white magic and black magic, intuition and intellect. He explains through experiences how he saved a prince of demons, someone who was very far down in hell, and helped this individual rise, to change. So, it is possible. When I encounter people who are particularly negative, I have faith that the Being can change them, but not to force my way upon them. However, if they choose to follow, that is their path. If they do not, hopefully they will not spend too much time there.
Question: So, you can, you can fall to the lowest depths and you can still come rise back up?
Instructor: Yes, if God forgives that soul and if there’s still a spark left, meaning, the Being hasn’t completely divorced him or herself from the soul. For all of us who are here, we were following our intuition and we have an opportunity. If we have a physical body, it means we have an opportunity to practice. If we continue to behave in mistaken ways, then we will pay the consequences. The difference lies in whether we develop intuition or intellect.
Comment: There are millions of people who say they are religious. They are in these conventional religions. But they can only go so far there and feel, “I am on the right track.” “Well I did things but I will get the last rites,” or what do they call them in church… absolution or something like that. When we study these metaphysical philosophies, that’s not enough! It never dawned on them to open their minds and take an eclectic approach. Every time they pass a cemetery they should reflect. But between every now and then, they should ask, “Have I done enough?” There must be something more there than what they tell me from the pulpit, or some of the things that are going on in the Vatican, you know?
Instructor: The development of those beliefs are precisely intellect, mind, not the cognizance of divinity. We make a stark differentiation in terms of esoteric studies. We choose to experience, not to store information in the intellect.
Comment: But in other words people… we try anyway… through soul-searching! But they say, “This is enough!” They really believe that “you too can be saved.” You know, they really want the soothing syrup of instant salvation.
Another Comment: They want the easy way.
Comment: The easy way!
Instructor: Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life and few there be that find it. But wide is the gate and broad is the way unto to Gehenna, destruction, and many go in there at (Matthew 7:14, 13). The way that one falls into destruction is precisely by following intellect, not intuition.
Comment: But these are well intentioned people too. But they just felt, “This is enough!” You know what I am saying. No light came to them and said, “Wait a minute… there has to be more than this.” Rudolf Steiner said it, I’ll never forget, in one of his books, “There’s much more to this universe than organized religion will tell you.” You read those words and you say, “Yeah…” It really makes an impression. He was a past adept. No question. Steiner, the Waldorf School, organic farming, he had a PhD in agriculture, which they say helps a lot. You mentioned that a lot of those people educated in the ways of the world, material science , wake up and say, “Wait! There’s forces behind the material.” Steiner said that Emmanuel Swedenborg, I’m sure you’ve heard of him, he was a scientist, but at least they say there’s more to it. Some of these people get really fanatic in those groups, “Why don’t you go to church on Sunday?”
Instructor: So the main difference in our studies in relation to the study of mind pertains to comprehending the function of the mind and not being hypnotized by it, because people are hypnotized by the intellect, theories and beliefs. But we choose to walk a different path, which is developing that intuition. Only the mind that is young like an infant will truly comprehend the mysteries of God, because “Be ye as little children if you wish to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Comment: Yep! It makes sense.
Another Comment: That’s what it means!
Comment: Before you would think that before when I was a kid… but the more you look at it, “Become ye as a little child,” there’s a reason why Christ said that.
Instructor: So if there are no more questions, we will conclude. I thank you for coming!
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