If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace. If peace mattered to you more than anything else and if you truly knew yourself to be spirit rather than a little me, you would remain nonreactive and absolutely alert when confronted with challenging people or situations. You would immediately accept the situation and thus become one with it rather than separate yourself from it. Then out of your alertness would come a response. Who you are (consciousness) not who you think you are (a small me), would be responding. It would be powerful and effective and would make no person or situation into an enemy.

The world always makes sure that you cannot fool yourself for long about who you really think you are by showing you what truly matters to you. How you react to people and situations, especially when challenges arise, is the best indicator of how deeply you know yourself. The more limited, the more narrowly egoic the view of yourself, the more you will see, focus on, and react to the egoic limitations, the unconsciousness in others. Their “faults” or what you perceive as their faults become to you their identity. This means you will see only the ego in them and thus strengthen the ego in yourself. Instead of looking “through” the ego in others, you are looking “at” the ego.

Who is looking at the ego? The ego in you.

Very unconscious people experience their own ego through its reflection in others. When you realize that what you react to in others is also in you (and sometimes only in you), you begin to become aware of your own ego. At that stage, you may also realize that you were doing to others what you thought others were doing to you. You cease seeing yourself as a victim.

You are not the ego, so when you become aware of the ego in you, it does not mean you know who you are—it means you know who you are NOT. But it is through knowing who you are not that the greatest obstacle to truly knowing yourself is removed.

Nobody can tell you who you are. It would just be another concept, so it would not change you. Who you are requires no belief. In fact, every belief is an obstacle. It does not even require your realization, since you already are who you are. But without realization, who you are does not shine forth into this world. It remains in the unmanifested which is, of course, your true home. You are then like an apparently poor person who does not know he has a bank account with $100 million in it and so his wealth remains an unexpressed potential.

—  Eckhart Tolle
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"Make your life a work of art" — Tom Campbell

Energy follows Thought: Visualization

Once you understand how you can feel energy, then you can start to work on visualization. 

Visualization is when you can create a picture in your mind’s eye of what you want to happen. There is a magical idea that “Energy follows thought”
       What this means is that if you create and see something in your mind, that image attracts energy and whatever you’re picturing begins to become a reality. 
Visualization is more like using affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat over and over to yourself to impress them on your subconscious (this works also for lucid dreaming right before bed say “I want to remember i’m dreaming” until you fall into the hypnagogic state and eventually into dreamland :)  ) mind, the subconscious works to make the idea a reality. 

Unlike your conscious mind, which is tied more closely to your everyday life and probably has a healthy dose of skepticism, your subconscous mind believes everything it’s told. It’s very literal. It’s the ego talking basically. It questions everything. The subconscious has no such analytical barriers, it works purely on intuition.

But the subconscious - Enigmatic thing that it is - works better with pictures than it does with words, basically spacial thinking of the right hemisphere of the brain is dominated by visualization rather than words and thoughts. IMAGES

So if you learn to visualize what you want to happen, it will be easier for your mind to grasp what you’re aiming for than if you just say it out loud. When you form an image in your mind - even your conscious mind - it begins to become a reality for you. The more often you visualize something, the more real it becomes in your mind. And the more real it becomes in your mind the more real it is elsewhere too. This is the true key to manifestation.

When you try to visualize, get in all the details, look closely at it,  feel the object, feel the atmosphere, feel the texture, feel the emotions, feel everything about it, visualize it as if you were creating it from a novel inside your head. Visualization can be very easy once you get the hang of it, you won’t even realize it but you’ll start doing it with everything! 


The true power is within the thought
always remember this
The power is in the mind
and it has always been
So start visualizing all your hopes and dreams

Namaste  

Consciousness: The Hubble Telescope, The Cosmic Perspective, And the Transcendent Environments, Beings, and Aliens

"We are but a grain of sand on an infinite beach."

This picture is a very important image. The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the farthest reaching devices that mankind has ever sent out into the cosmos. This is the furthest photograph Hubble has ever taken of the universe. All the grains of sands in the world doesn’t amount to how many stars there are. Like really think of that, all the millions and millions of grains of sands that do exist on this Earth, doesn’t even amount up to the amount of stars that exist. This image has like over ten thousand galaxies! It’s fucking mind blowing that every single light smudge and dot is a galaxy with gajillion stars in it! Every star has the possibility of planets around it with a possibility of civilization. We are tinier than a speck of dust compared to the reality of the cosmic scale! Were like microcosmic born from the cosmic sea, we are microscopic in comparision to the universe but are made from the cosmos. Specks of conscious dust.

Now thinking about the galactic scale, anything could happen. What if there are other dimensional planes that are all around us? That no matter where you are in the universe, the dimensional planes exist past time and space and in infinity, in, through and beyond our current vibrational states that our minds just can’t perceive at this moment. It wouldn’t matter where you are in the cosmic scale and the physical universe, other dimensions might exist within other portals of other vibrational frequencies where other consciousness and civilizations exists. And instead of the UFO’s and aliens out in space, the other aliens are actually within other conscious vibrational dimensional planes that aren’t physical, but are vibrational. Instead of just the way we perceive the world through the five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch… what if there are other things beyond those senses and is all around us. And a way to travel to those places aren’t in the physical, but within vibrations and attuning in into those frequencies. Instead of the physical, the other dimensions are just “is”. It is like the matrix of “all”, in, through, and beyond and surrounds us every moment in between space and time. It could be coinciding at all times.

What if spirit molecules like DMT (dimethyltryptamine) that is in our third our (pineal gland) is the portal to these other dimensions? (Read more about it here). What if there are chemical doorways that change the resonance in the way you interface with the universe through the introduction of chemicals into the mind which help you tune into the universe that doesn’t exist without it?

Like how do we know what’s beyond this? Like how sea life doesn’t know what’s beyond above the ocean… How would they ever know what’s above if their imagination and brain machines doesn’t allow them to. It’s like a singularity of thought for them, so unimaginable. But like what if that’s us too, like our space is actually just an ocean to another species and we have absolutely no idea because our perceptions in our brain doesn’t allow us to currently.

And now, not just considering existence from frequencies, but what about “The Transcension Hypothesis” by John Smart? Basically it’s about after our technological adolescent and expansionist explorations, we turn from outer space to inner space. STEM (Space, time, energy, and matter) compresses until our non biological minds live inside of virtual worlds at the nano and femto scales where we compressed compressed complexity until we created a black hole and disappeared from the visible universe where other advanced civilizations have met those dimensions through there technology advancements. Look at the technological progress as we head toward the singularity. (STEM) Space, time, energy and matter; technology takes less space, less time, less energy going through that matter as technology gets more complex. Space, time, energy and matter COMPRESSES as technology PROGRESSES! More energy per second per gram than the surface of the sun. So much density, complexity and information as we go smaller which would create a rapture through space and time! A universal computer black hole! Complexity gets smaller as the computer chips get faster. In a hundred years imagine the complexity of something smaller than an atom. 

I believe that there are other worlds and civilizations (aliens and consciousness) within other dimensions that are all around us, doesn’t matter where you are physically placed in the universe, but are vibrational in higher dimensions and we can’t perceive it because of the way our brain extrudes this reality from the external information, but there are transcendent places beyond your five senses right now.

Maybe there’s more deeper understanding of just the visible physical. It all comes down to the conclusion that the substance of the universe is not matter, and material things, but the substance of the universe is consciousness. 

Other great videos to watch and deepen your understanding:
Consciousness Drives The Universe

The Most Important Image Ever Taken

The Transcension Hypothesis

The Evolution of Reality

Parallel Universes BBC

The Most Astounding Fact

Facebook, Twitter, the phone, Skype, and meeting IRL — each are a different level of communion. There’s the Twitter-level of communion, the phone-level with the intimate medium of the voice, and so on. Then there’s face-to-face, which may be the most pure form of communion. For it is in real life where the depths of our psychoemotional realities and even deeper into the spiritual dimension of our common conundrum (that being the wakeful sharing of this inferno of existence) is most immediately accessible, most immediately exchanged. There may be no more eclipsing onslaught, no higher peak experience, than another human face, another human presence, truly noticed for what it is.

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Imagine a situation like this: a man comes to work, preforms his duties like a robot, doesn’t ask anything, knows exactly what to do and like the same robot goes home. This is not possible, right? A man has to bring a certain creativity and individuality in order to change the atmosphere. He has to spoil the morning coffee at least…

This is the way a signal has to pass within a human: CLAA-Consciousness-Body. All the signals received by CLAA have to go through the consciousness first, and then they make it to the body. That’s why consciousness exists in the first place – to understand CLAA and implicate its signals to the body. In this step, mistakes are being born, viruses. This step is necessary for revolution and evolution. The entire Universe contains such categories that make mistakes and unpredictable steps. Translated to the simple, human language – we make stupidities. Like Christianity, for example, that was initiated and based on one man only. It was a virus that started revolution, and right after that the evolution.

So, for me to invent a new stupidity, a quality one, I have to get to know my CLAA, this virtual me. To familiarize with my CLAA, I have to be in a certain state where there are no conflicts and my thoughts are turned off. I should be very passive and at the same time intensely active and sharp. In this state there are no emotions. And this state is the state of Faith. It is the exact state you need to assume in order for the body to figure out CLAA. In other words: the state of Faith helps you to reach yourself.

Let’s answer the question from the beginning of this lecture about faith, why do we go to church? In reality, we go there to avoid the outer world, but we don’t know what are we searching for. You call it God. OK. But in fact, you just want to listen to your CLAA.

  The Debilitating Self  

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     In the Perennial Tradition the terrestrial domain is viewed as a training ground in learning how to die to the elements in us which keep us from ascending through rebirth to a Higher Consciousness. The negative tendencies and aspects of the ordinary personality are referred to as the “debilitating self.” If allowed or tolerated, this entity possesses the individual, doing everything it can to keep the person in an enfeebled condition. 

Novices must develop a center of consciousness independent of their enervating ego with which to carry out the process of spiritual transformation.

    As long as persons are totally identified with their debilitating self they have no capability to build the understanding, desire, and power required for personal metamorphosis. Perennialist savants teach that persons must literally die to this false ego or debilitating self before they can even “hear” about or “see” a new way of life.

     The Perennialist teacher named Jesus, for example, taught:

"Believe me, a person cannot even see the Divine Empyreal Fellowship without dying to this world and experiencing a new birth into the supersensible realm.” 1

      Social programming—acculturation into whatever society one is born—inevitably produces a person who is almost totally possessed by his debilitating self. So he has very little awareness of who he is or what he might become. The person feels like the debilitating self is his true self—

so comfortable and familiar it seems—that it’s difficult to develop the sense of a separate center of consciousness: the Higher Self.

      As long as the individual identifies with his destructive self, he remains in the worst possible state: what Plato calls ignorance of ignorance. The person not only doesn’t know what he is and what the world is, but he’s unaware that he is ignorant. Controlled by the debilitating self, he presumes that he fully knows himself and external reality.

      The worst feature of ignorance is self-satisfaction, Plato tells us in theSymposium:

"For herein is the evil of ignorance, that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself: he has no desire for that of which he feels no want."

      Possessed by his debilitating self, the individual presumes his ignorance is wisdom so he seeks no cure:

"The soul wallowing in the mire of every sort of ignorance and by reason of self-indulgence becomes the principal accomplice in her own captivity." 2

The Quintessential Intervention

      Lost in the quagmire of their own unrecognized ignorance, individuals cannot and will not seek the truth about themselves or their world. Left to its own devices, humankind would be in a hopeless state: an accomplice to its own enslavement. The state of ignorance—with its attendant suicidal blunders—would soon mean the end of the species.

Ignorance can only be overcome
by an outside force of true wisdom.


     The clearest proof of Divine Guardianship over humankind is the presence of genuinely transformative teachings throughout human history. The continuing presence of this Transcendent Oversight is evidenced by the ingression of an updated re-interpretation of Divine Wisdom to each human generation by the Perennialist Teacher for that age.

The Debilitating Self Sustains Ignorance

      At every step of the way, the debilitating self attempts to sabotage the individual’s struggle against ignorance and his attempt to realize his unity with his Higher Self.

Person The Debilitating Self’s Obstructions Unity With the Divine

1. Keeping the person ignorant of his own ignorance
2. Encouraging the person to see his debilitating self
   as his true self
3. Nourishing the person’s feeling of self-
   satisfaction, the sense that he’s perfectly okay
   the way he is
4. Bolstering the person’s presumptuousness:
   ”I already know everything about myself and
    the world.”
   ”I am equal to anyone in terms of knowledge or
    capability.”
   ”I need not show deference to anyone.”
5. Supporting the person’s delusion that he already
    knows how to think for himself
6. Sustaining the person’s desire for mindless ease
    and self-indulgent pleasure-seeking


      Not only does the debilitating self foster laziness and self-satisfaction, it encourages the individual to form all sorts of wrong ideas and beliefs that contribute to his ignorance and self-slavery. 

Most of these delusory concepts are deliberate perversions of true Perennialist teachings.

     For example, the Perennialist concept of the debilitating self is undercut by the fundamentalist Christian chimera of “the Devil” trying to keep a person in his power. That’s a ridiculous distortion used by organized religions to keep their “penitents” in their power. But there is a negative psychic element and force which works to keep persons from achieving anything genuinely transformative or regenerative.

      This negative elemental energy makes it appear that personal difficulties reside entirely in one’s external life circumstances: trouble with your job, your relationships, your health, your computer, world oppression, evil political forces, etc, when the real battle is going on inside the person.

      One of the most destructive delusions is sacerdotal Christianity’s dogma of “salvation.” According to this deceit, a person need only “believe” in a supernatural 

"savior" to have his "sins" forgiven by a vindictive deity. This scam encourages a person to presume that he need "do" nothing to achieve "righteousness," that everything has already been done for him by a savior’s murder on a cross; a barbarous human sacrifice placating an angry, revengeful god.

      Completely contrary to this deception, the individual must be an active agent at every step of the way to realization of unity with his Higher Self. The only things that can be done for the person are the provision of genuine teachings and ongoing transformative prescriptions by a Perennialist teacher. The seeker’s striving is the primary impetus.

"The lower self is an attribute which never rests save in falsehood—
it never seeks the Truth.”

Abu Yazid Bistami, Perennialist teacher

The Essential First Step

      Before a person can even start on the ascent to unity with Higher Consciousness, he must have gained a feeling of divine dissatisfaction with himself and his world—a sense of his ignorance, self-satisfaction, lethargy, and need for betterment. Without some sense of need for improvement the individual has no incentive to search for information and procedures for self-correction and reformation. When a person experiences a sense of disappointment and disapprobation of himself, he begins to experience “death to self” which can place him on the path to rebirth into his Higher Self. If this occurs, he thereby becomes a seeker. 

      Ignorance and self-indulgence inevitably lead to personal crises, which can provide the occasion for awakening and dying to his old self. This is a perilous circumstance for the debilitating self; its manipulation of the individual is in danger of exposure and defeat. So the enfeebling self first tries to delude the person into thinking that his crisis is not his fault—that the evil broker talked him into a subprime mortgage, the credit card companies made alluring offers that bewitched him into getting six cards and charging them to the max, and the 2008 election campaign made him believe that Obama was a new messiah, when it’s clear from Obama’s actions that he nothing but another cabal puppet.

      If that ploy doesn’t work and the person happens to remember that he didn’t actually read the fine print on his subprime mortgage, that he really wasn’t forced to go into debt by borrowing on his home equity, and that he willingly drank the Obamamessiah kool aid, then the enervating self encourages the person to feel depressed and hopeless. As long as the individual is incapacitated he’s under the control of the debilitating self.

     The enfeebling self may promote a counterfeit identification of oneself with a baleful psychic center, leading to a deleterious splitting of the psyche. The person then begins to hate himself, plunge into paroxysms of self-castigation, and end in despair.

      Perennialist teachers provide teaching material, exercises, and prescriptions which nurture positive, divine discontent and honest awareness of oneself and one’s world. True knowledge is attained through a spiritual guide prescribing enlightening experience for a seeker. The guide must thoroughly understand the learner’s personality and provide the precise kinds of experience which will facilitate understanding and probity. Some of the material and exercises will involve an opportunity for the seeker to come face to face with his own ignorance and negativity.

     A Perennialist teacher knows how to lead the novice into a positive identification with a 

higher center of consciousness, encouraging self-discontent and a positive control over enervating desires and habits. The teacher provides exercises which allow a novice to experience—not just read or think about—the deadly nature of his debilitating self. These exercises bring the novice to full awareness that his enervating ego will keep him in the death-stupor of his ordinary state of somnolence unless he makes a decisive break from its murderous embrace.

      The novice must be provided specially designed exercises that will shake him awake for a period of time—allowing him to feel the horror of being literally possessed by an alien and deadly force—as in this elementary illustrative exercise.

"Faults will turn to good, provided we use them to our own humiliation, without slackening in the effort to correct ourselves. Discouragement serves no possible purpose; it is simply the despair of wounded self-love. The real way of profiting by the humiliation of one’s own faults is to face them in their true hideousness, without ceasing to hope in God, while hoping for nothing from self."
Fenelon, The Inner Life

      Once having begun to recognize his deadly faults and having set out on his search for self-transformation, the novice experiences the challenge of discovering, recognizing, valuing, and using transformative material.

"Esoteric knowledge can be given only to those who seek, only to those who have been seeking it with a certain amount of consciousness, that is, with an understanding of how it differs from ordinary knowledge and how it can be found. 

This preliminary knowledge can be gained by ordinary means, from existing and known literature, easily accessible to all. And the acquisition of this preliminary knowledge may be regarded as the first test. Only those who pass this first test, those, that is, who acquire the necessary knowledge from the material accessible to all, may hope to take the next step, at which point direct individual help will be accorded them. A man may hope to approach esotericism if he has acquired a right understanding from ordinary knowledge, that is, if he can find his way through the labyrinth of contradictory systems, theories and hypotheses, and understanding their general meaning and general significance. This test is something like a competitive examination open to the whole human race, and the idea of a competitive examination alone explains why the esoteric circle appears reluctant to help humanity. It is not reluctant. All that is possible is done to help men, but men will not or cannot make the necessary efforts themselves. And they cannot be helped by force.” 

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The Life and Death Struggle Against the Debilitating Self

      As a student in the Perennial Tradition engages in the transformation of his being, the first stages of effort constitute a literal struggle for his soul. His debilitating self—the old, familiar, lazy, “take-it-easy, I’m-trying-as-hard-as-I-can,” “let-me-alone, this-is-difficult” adversary or vampire—does its best to keep him as he is and has been. He must push himself—through supernormal effort—to break through this first gigantic barrier, dying to the old self completely.

     The novice’s struggle against his debilitating self is so intense that at first the Perennialist teacher may appear to be “pushing” the person beyond what is within his capacity. What the teacher is really doing is working with the inner aspect of the seeker’s being, literally “being present” with his Higher Self in struggling against the forces of debilitation, confusion, and destruction.

     The student must make what he will feel to be an impossible effort to master everything he’s being given to do, so he can escape from the impeding, backward-drawing force and move ahead to the new dimension where he’ll be able to make significant changes in himself and his life-situation and fulfill responsibilities effectively. The teacher assists him to see just how serious and momentous his present “work” is—and how much he needs to expend every effort he can with appropriate alacrity.

     At the beginning of the transformative process, the student must recognize that the ways he is used to doing things are not only not the best, but are evasive pretexts that will “kill” him if he persists in those stultifying patterns. At the beginning it’s necessary for the person to continually step out of his ruts and approach things from a completely different angle and a heightened tempo. Once he does, he finds an extraordinary power: the ability to do more, more rapidly, with what feels like less effort. 

The Debilitating Self Strikes Back

     When the debilitating self feels threatened, it tries to fasten a tighter death-grip on the personality, frightening the individual with bogus alarums of annihilation. What the false personality doesn’t realize is that at this stage it really has no authentic being, so it couldn’t possibly lose an existence it doesn’t possess. For example, presumptuous applicants to a study program sometimes ask: “Why should I decide on this particular program when I don’t know if it will benefit me?” The would-be illuminate doesn’t realize that he totally lacks the capability of deciding anything—including this. His state of non-being involves his fooling himself into believing that he makes decisions when in fact all that happens is that some habit, predilection, or unconscious tendency forces him into acting or thinking as these unknown forces determine. The only answer to the aspirant’s question is to point out his condition to him—which he will likely not take kindly. 4

     One of the many noxious tricks the debilitating self contrives is to make the personality believe that it’s making progress in self-transformation when it is in fact merely engaging in pretence. It deludes the person into believing he is a “serious student” in higher knowledge, but the person’s behavior proves that this is merely a fabrication. The person allows his debilitating self to distort, co-opt, twist, and misuse almost every facet of his encounter with higher knowledge to increase the debilitating self’s hold on him. Instead of the material having its designed effect, the person allows his debilitating self to short-circuit his encounter with wisdom. 

"Sincerity, avoiding base selfishness, obedience, detachment from hypocrisy, generosity… these are essentials. But… if the disciple tries to graft these on top of his unaltered self, they merely become mechanical, mimes, even hiding objectionable characteristics which wait to manifest themselves. Surely the real disciple is he who is not just … carrying on a charade of ‘goodness.’" 5

     A powerful controlling mechanism the debilitating self uses in this regard is to get the personality to repeat seemingly positive incantations which actually protect the person from learning, change, or transformation of any kind. 

The novice is heard chanting with great pride the incantation: “I am eager to learn and change. I am eager to learn and change.”

     The counterfeit student reads transformative material, but he doesn’t take it seriously. For example, the material explains that the seeker must experience what Esoteric Christianity calls metanoia: literal rebirth into a new world, the adoption of a completely new and different feeling for, approach to, and view of life. The person’s new world is no longer just a place where he can hang out and loaf his life away. He now sees that he must work to change himself and later, when he’s able (not before, as he may assume) to assist others.

     A Perennialist teacher is able to see through the self-deceptive tactics of the debilitating self and provide the “strong medicine" of transformative exercises which will awaken the novice from his deadly coma.

"The position to be reached is that of the Self which knows Itself as transcendent as well as immanent. Observe that in its fullest conceivable development this is only an extension of the attitude which we must take up even now, if we are to be anything more than animals or automata. If we are to govern our lower nature at all we must take up a position or mental attitude in which we can say, ’ I am more than the body, more than that in and through which I act, more than the animal.’ Any mental position from which we act as something higher than that upon or with which we act, is a more or less transcendental position."

William Kingsland, Scientific Ideal

Uniting with the Higher Self

     If the seeker is going to have a chance, he must develop a relationship with his Higher Self. That requires that he use those brief glimpses he has of his debilitating self—of how hideous it is, of what a death-grip it has on him—to develop the beginning awareness 

of a stable self that he can work to keep as the focus of his consciousness The “self” that is able to genuinely discern and acknowledge his faults is the Higher Self.

     The teacher then guides the novice to the next positive steps: self-control, the desire for increased understanding, the building of personal effectiveness and force, and an awareness of his responsibility to others.

     Increasing contact with his Higher Awareness is something the student must carry out continually. This is not something that happens to a person automatically as he works with his teacher; it’s something he must work to gain increasing understanding of and realize progressively. The student is made aware that no aspect of a Perennialist program of personal transformation is a form of occultism that does something to the person as an external force impinging on his being. All transformative efforts are made by the student under the direction of his teacher. Very often, people come to a study program with fantasies of magical effects being imposed on them, Sunday School tales of some Great Teacher appearing and laying his hand on them and their suddenly being transformed through some kind of alchemical magic.

     The “curative effect” is not automatic, so it does no good to “wait” for it inactively. This is a metaphysical kind of “medicine” that requires that the person “sense” the curative effect for it to take place, becoming fully consciousness of the catalyst that activates the entire process. The student must work assiduously to gain an understanding of how to discern the “curative effect.”

     A person’s noxious self wants him to think he’s powerless or stupid, that he can’t master or overcome enervating ideas or tendencies that he misinterprets as uncontrollable impulses. The Perennialist teacher will have dealt with—and continually deal with—debilitating elements possessing students, so he will be familiar with their nature and tactics. The teacher also understands the destructive self through his own efforts at self-examination and self-discipline. The concept of the debilitating self is totally different from the conformist Christian belief in exorcism of “evil spirits”—“casting out of demons.” The Perennial Tradition views the noxious self as something the person is responsible for—not an alien, external entity over which he has no control.

     The student is taught that there are no elements in one’s psyche (personality and mind) that operate independently of his will or intellect. He can allow the enfeebling self to take primary control and make him think that it is beyond his power, that forces outside him are “directing” ideas and energies “at” him.

      However, even during verbal interchange or in the thought process of the person, his rational mind recognizes that the enervating ideas are foolish and absurd. An individual can allow his enervating self to get control and fill his mind with imponderable—and absurd and useless—questions and anxieties, leading to a sense of helplessness. But the student is constantly encouraged to take responsibility for the negative aspects of his enervating self and gain increasing control through identifying with his Higher Self.

     The student is taught to recognize the first hints of the debilitating self trying to take control of him. These are some of the characteristics the student is taught to watch out for:

  • You’ll feel powerless, anxiety-ridden, mentally confused and impotent.

  • You’ll begin to feel “weak” and “overpowered” by some external force.
  • You’ll feel that you can’t possibly ever gain or do anything real in life.

  • You’ll dislike yourself and berate yourself for the least thing.
  • You’ll feel superior to most other persons and indulge in senseless criticism and condemnation of them.

  • You’ll feel you’ve been duped by Perennialist teachings and a Perennialist teacher to disrespect yourself by forcing you to believe in a chimera called the debilitating self.
  • You’ll believe you’ve regained your real self and repossessed your intelligence to have found huge, previously unrecognized character flaws in your teacher, justifying your rejecting him and everything he espouses.

  • You’ll find comfort in allowing yourself to believe that you’re hopelessly in the grip of your debilitating self.
  • You’ll become an expert in finding excuses for every weakness you have or failure you allow.

"The lower self is treacherous and hindering, and resistance to it is the best of actions."

Abu Sulayman Darani, Perennialist teacher


     While learning to identify the characteristics of the debilitating self, the student is taught to recognize the signs of being in touch with the Higher Self:

  • You sense positive control over your thoughts and actions

  • You recognize the “debilitating self” when it’s operating and stop it immediately
  • You take charge of your overall being, identifying with the Higher Self (Soul) and disallowing the “debilitating self” from taking over

  • You gain an awareness of the ability to discern subtle elements in persons, objects, and events
  • You experience new, creative thoughts, ideas, and actions coming through you in a way that you can feel and use: inspiration and intuition

  • You experience instances of a positive sense of oneness with all persons in a timeless, spaceless moment of eternity: everyone and everytime being here with you

     The student learns to recognize when his Higher Self is more in charge of him than his debilitating self. For a while he can’t be sure if his enfeebling self is merely fooling him and thinking “positive” thoughts to make him believe that he’s making great strides. However, he learns to recognize the unmistakable elements of his Higher Self and the counterfeit elements of his destructive self. He gains the awareness that he doesn’t stop the debilitating self by remonstrating with it, arguing with it, or condemning it. He learns to overcome it by filling his life-space with positive content that comes from his Higher Self.

"Go and seek yourself, and when you have found yourself keep watch over yourself, for this lower self clothes itself every day in three hundred and sixty diverse garments … and leads men astray."
Ibrahim Khawwas, Perennialist teacher


    A major part of the student’s “work” in the beginning is gaining intellectual astuteness: acumen, penetration, sharpness, creativity, perception, discernment. Not only does this enable the student to overcome the elements that have kept him in an enervated mental state, but it becomes one of the major ways he is later able to contribute to others. This capability of discernment allows him to penetrate to the essence of transformative teaching material, allowing it to affect him in ways it is designed to do.

     The beginning student gains the increasing awareness that “things” and events don’t create his feelings, he does. Instead of focusing on feelings and a sense of failure, he learns to sense what transformative elements (small though they may be at first—or may appear to him) he’s already experienced and is continuing to experience: increased self-awareness, a new conception of honesty, a stabilizing of his persona (not jumping from one extreme to another as much as before), how he’s able to move more quickly in dialectical interchange than before (the next step will be to learn to “let go” as he “pushes forward” [which may seem contradictory] so the “flow through” of higher ideas begins to occur), how his “work” is already contributing by “serving” as an example of how persons overcome important elements, and so on. It’s best if the novice discovers as many of these elements as he can by himself.

"The individual must be free from incorrect thinking before he can start to learn. Our … would-be disciple has to learn that he cannot bring his assumptions about his own capacity to learn into a field where he does not in fact know what it is that he is trying to learn."

Idries Shah, The Sufis


Deadly Presumptuousness

      Given the current pandemic of egomania that has most persons in its death-grip, self-aggrandizement is one of the most difficult afflictions for people to overcome. An individual will read Perennialist material which he recognizes is genuinely transformative and much beyond his own powers to conceive or produce. Yet in the next breath he will presume that he’s somehow on an equal par with the Perennialist teacher who created the material, relating to him in a completely “familiar” manner. Or, going to the other equally ridiculous extreme, the person may pretend to be inferior, obsequiously fawning over the teacher in a caricature of a disciple venerating his guru.

      The brassy reader will expect to be complimented for telling the teacher how brilliant the teacher is, assuming that the savant is as desirous of praise as the reader is. If the teacher doesn’t thank him for his fatuous adulation, he will assume that the savant is egotistic and full of himself.

"You do not understand either what you read or what you write. You do not even understand what the word ‘understand" means. Yet understanding is essential, and reading can be useful only if you understand what you read."

P.D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous

         

A clear manifestation of the Egomaniacal Persona controlling most persons

               The fact that the reader falsely considers himself to be the teacher’s equal in all regards, proves that the reader hasn’t comprehended the material or the teacher. The person subconsciously realizes that the material has produced a super-normal effect on him and that the teacher who conveyed and designed the transcendent material must be exceptional. But egomania grips the reader so tightly that he can’t credit that the teacher is any more than unusual or extraordinary—certainly not of a type above him.         

"In order to approach the Sufi Way, the Seeker must realize that he is, largely, a bundle of what are nowadays called conditionings—fixed ideas and prejudices, automatic responses sometimes which have occurred through the training of others. Man is not as free as he thinks he is. The first step is for the individual to get away from thinking that he understands, and really understand. But man has been taught that he can understand everything by the same process, the process of logic. This teaching has undermined him."

Idries Shah, The Sufis


      A person approaching a Perennialist teacher usually assumes that his current attitudes, behavior, and assumptions are unquestionably correct, so he proceeds to tell the teacher—in torturous detail—what he plans to do and how proud he is of what he’s been doing. It doesn’t occur to the self-obsessed individual that he has just come upon a treasure trove of information, teachings, and processes—of which he was previously totally unaware—which would provide the opportunity for understanding and transforming himself if he approached it in the requisite manner.

      He’s oblivious to the fact that he has effectively no genuine understanding of or skill in spiritual development—and that his fatal egomania is about to destroy any chance he might have for personal enlightenment. At the very least, an intelligent reader would want to stop doing what he’s doing—since there’s a very great possibility that his current behavior is incorrect—and wait until he receives guidance as to what he ought to be doing.

      The asinine reader often regales the teacher with his interpretations of what he presumes the teacher is doing and the “true meaning” of what the savant is teaching. He tries to prove to the teacher what a smart fellow he really is for having figured everything out and wrapping it all up in a few simplistic aphorisms. Presupposing that he truly understands what the teacher is saying and doing, the reader assumes that this places him on a first name basis with the teacher and that he can initiate an equal-to-equal dialogue that will benefit the teacher no end.

      A Perennialist teacher does not herself “need” the respect or esteem of a seeker; it is the applicant, rather, who needs to feel respect for someone who is far superior to him in spiritual understanding and achievement. Unless the seeker can approach Perennialist teachings in the correct way, he has no chance whatsoever of proceeding on the Way.

      A first test of a person applying for entry into a Perennialist study program is whether or not he can approach the teacher in a “middle” way: neither docility nor arrogance, but rational esteem. He will realize that he must follow the prescriptions of the Perennialist teacher if he is to advance, and greet any teaching, exercise, or assignment with gratitude and enthusiasm to follow through as best he can.

      All humans, including Perennialist teachers, must work throughout their lives to discover and extirpate negative elements in their personalities. Therefore, all individuals may be found to have some negative elements in their personalities at some point in their experience. The essential question is whether or not these persons work to discover those negative elements and then eradicate them from their lives. We identify persons as possessed by their debilitating selves who not only evince negative elements in their personalities, but retain those negativities throughout their lives.

      Persons overpowered by their debilitating selves are those who relish discovering errors in other persons’ judgments and actions that they made earlier in their lives, and assuming that the others have made no discovery of these negative elements and have not extirpated them from their personalities. We can identify a debased person as one who delights in seeing faults in others and relishes a sense of self-righteousness, assuming that the other person has never changed or improved—and assuming, quite erroneously, that they themselves are above such defects. The person who allows himself to be overcome by his debilitating self gains a false sense of superiority through exposing faults in others in an irrational and self-righteous manner.


The Higher Self

     As the student’s identification with his Higher Consciousness increases, the debilitating self is felt as a kind of underlying element which is always ready to rear its ugly head—if allowed—but no longer in control of his life and being. The major focal point of his consciousness is now with the Higher Self and his activities are directed toward continuing self-transformation, the overcoming of oppressive forces in the world, and assisting others in their spiritual ascent.

"You have taken off your old self with its proclivities and have put on the new self, which is being regenerated through knowledge in the image of its Creator."

Paul’s Letter to Colossian Initiates 3:9





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1 John 3:3, author’s translation from the koine Greek; the words of this passage are frequently mistranslated as “Kingdom of God.”

2 Plato, Phaedo

3 P.D. Ouspensky, A New Model of the Universe

4 An interesting exercise is to reflect mindfully on what you just felt as you read the paragraph above. How you reacted to the words and ideas will allow you to gain increased awareness of who and what you are. For example, some persons will respond: “Who is this author to assume that students are as stupid as he’s trying to make them out to be?”

5 Idries Shah, A Veiled Gazelle, “Master of the Option”

 

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"We’re standing at the 21st Century stuck with individuality because we believed in it so much.  It seemed so important that we should all be distinct.  What happens if we stop being distinct?  And what happens if we think of individuality as something that was actually just scaffolding for where we are now." — Grant Morrison, DisinfoCon

The following excerpt is from Grant’s essay Pop Magic! which “lifts the 7 veils and shows you the tits of the Infinite.”

HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 1
Simple.  Declare yourself a magician, behave like a magician, practice magic every day.

Be honest about your progress, your successes and failures.  Tripping on 500 mushrooms might loosen your astral sphincter a little but it will not generally confer upon you any of the benefits of the magic I’m discussing here.  Magic is about what you bring BACK from the Shining Realms of the Uberconscious.  The magician dives into the Immense Other in search of tips and hints and treasures s/he can bring home to enrich life in the solid world.  And, if necessary, Fake it till you make it.

HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 2
Read lots of books on the subject to get in the mood.  Talking about magic with non-magicians is like talking to virgins about shagging.  Reading about magic is like reading about sex: it will get you horny for the real thing but it won’t give you nearly as much fun.

Reading will give you a feel for what’s crap and what can be usefully adapted to your own style.  Develop discrimination.  Don’t buy into cults, aliens, paranoia, or complacency.  Learn whom to trust and whom to steer clear of. 

HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 3
Put down the books, stop making excuses, and START.

MOAR!

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for instance take up any resposne like this that is attempting to apologize for and defend reactionary conservatism?

http://batr.org/reactionary/112105.html

This is childs play at this point at my true level of development to tear asunder.

"  Consequently, let’s get the term correct.  A Reactionary is a rational moralist combating cultural and political insanity.  A Reactionary is not a power elite seeking to coerce skeptics to accept reason.  Reason applies free will to accept voluntary limits upon personal excess, social deviance and political compulsion, is the true objective of a rational reactionary. Restraint on the reach, range and scope of government is its core political principle”

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What does he meant by “Rationality?” what does he define as “morally correct?” Reason? posh. most of their criticism aren’t reasoned. they’re based on flawed understandings.

how does he define “political insanity” none of these terms are even defined. all he’s doing is launching a polemic against people who nailed him fair and square. it’s pathetic.

worse is that the paper is riddled with undefined words that are essentially meaningless due to extreme subjectivity

it seems to me that capitalist have more or less not assumed for everyone that they are “Rational”

and we aren’t.

if we aren’t Objectivist in essence we’re lying to ourselves or you OR we’re stupid

funny how that works, isn’t it?

there's a huge problem when people just assume everything they do is governed by consciousness and not the hypnotic state of biological determinism

it’s only our highest essence i consider to be truly conscious. us at our best. the whole reactive rather then proactive self is a hypnotism to me. I can’t take reactive phenomena very seriously because the response is in essence a hypnotic trance for me which in essence makes it impossible to take to heart. 

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