Your world is a grand mirror, constantly reflecting your state of consciousness. The people you meet are telling you, by their behavior, who you are.
Often over time men have been overshadowed by divinity and inspired by God to accept positive leadership. Had they not responded to the available impression nor accepted the newly recognized responsibility, the course of world affairs and its events would have been different.
What Obscures and What Aids ‘The Process’?
Becoming impressionable to Divine Purpose requires a consciousness and willingness to cooperate. It is a positive collaboration and proceeds under law and for a specific purpose—in line with the Law of Synthesis, of unity and fusion. The motive is ever the greater helping of the race. Impression is one of the methods to be used by the Coming Christ* and His Great Ones to do just that for the helping of the world.
All attitudes, relationships and actions that are contrary to or impede realization of the One Life and violate the essential unity of humanity foster glamour and illusion. Fatigue, lack of focus and ‘busy-ness’ on the physical plane do much to obscure the process, also. Discipline enables one to achieve the alignment necessary to render oneself a fit vehicle for Impression.
Working in cooperation with the Masters of the Wisdom—the Hierarchy of Light and Love—we become the recipients of impression and of energy. The head center registers Purpose. The ajna center focuses intention. The energy of Will impresses us from the Ashram via the Antahkarana—a result of registration by the head center, which is then distributed through a focus on the ajna center. Impression leads to application in service. In a manner of speaking, this process proceeds to turn the disciple “inside out” as he/she begins to live in greater consciousness and expression.
The following disciplines, requirements and methods will assist in the process of becoming impressionable to Divine Purpose:
The master wears an amulet with a blue eye in the center. Before him, a candidate kneels in the candlelit room, surrounded by microscopes and surgical implements. The year is roughly 1746. The initiation has begun. The master places a piece of paper in front of the candidate and orders him to put on a pair of eyeglasses. “Read,” the master commands. The candidate squints…
The history of the origin of the Oculist society. Curiosity is the inheritance of mankind. Frequently we want to know something only because it needs to be kept secret.
The cracked Copiale Cypher can be found here
Allah, the Exalted, gave the angels intellect without desires, He gave the animals desires without intellect, and He gave both to the sons of Adam. So a man whose intellect prevails over his desires is better than the angels, whilst a man whose desire prevails over his intellect is worse than the animals.
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.60, p.299, no.5.
Browsing through the works of Raymond Lull (Alchemist, and Pre – Renaissance polymath) I stumbled across this little chapter from his ultra rare book, Ars Infusa (The Inspired Art) detailing the procedures of achieving Gnosis through rapture. Ultimately a method which boils down to the thorough permeation of ones soul with the living reality of God through contemplation. But don’t expect to be moved by a casual reading, Lull says himself….
…We want to give a method for the human intellect and will to ascend, with God’s help, to contemplating the divine reasons with all the power and strength of the soul, while the human body is well disposed through reasonable fasting so that all bodily obstacles are removed.
This isn’t the usual preamble one expects from writings, but it gives a clue to the total devotion and effort we need to fully achieve Rapture – transcendent Joy. But why then if we are in total control of our emotions and thoughts do we not allow ourselves to experience these states, instead stopping short at contentment? Lull gives us an Alchemysticaly flavored clue;
…While you, a human, keep your acts of understanding [through contemplation] and love raised to this lofty degree, take care that your intellect and will remain free of any dependence on anything from the imagination or the senses. Rather, strive to strip every corporeal thing away from your acts of understanding and love, so that the virtue that your soul exercises in your body can fold back upon itself and through its inner self remembering ascend more powerfully while the body can no longer resist it.
Our attachment to the sensory and phantasmal realms hinders the souls/Selfs natural course towards Rapture, always falling short. Rapture is of course not our destination, just the burning joy we experience leaving the stratosphere of our ‘mundane’ existence.
It is the Selfs desire to understand (literally, to place under) God, which fuels it’s ascent, this requires not conceptualization, but rather the direct perception of reality through Self, and Self through Divine Reality sometimes called Noesis.
The Ars Infusa like many of Lulls works is mind-blowing stuff, but the effort needed is total, and matched only by the reward of a thorough understanding.
Article adapted/abstracted from http://www.heartofbusiness.com/2010/six-sufi-teachings/
1. The aim is not to quench your thirst. The aim is to develop the perfect thirst, so that you never stop drinking.
There is a yearning for more, more, more that we often try to fill, in vain, by buying things and taking more action. Although misdirected, this yearning for more comes from a legitimate place in the heart.
At the same time, when our hearts are uncomfortable, we often just want to get rid of the discomfort. The Sufis say to focus that yearning for more internally, and develop it so that your heart is perpetually drinking in the love. What can you do to develop your heart’s thirst?
2. Neediness is the doorway to abundance.
This is a tricky one, and deserves volumes of study. But, put simply, it’s related to the first teaching. If you need more abundance, then you have to make room for your neediness.
Neediness is the empty cup, the human as a vessel. In our neediness, in our emptiness, is where we truly come to know our capacity to receive.
3. When we face the Divine we are all children, when we face the world we are all equals.
A big part of building a business involves networking, and sometimes that involves reaching out to people who intimidate you. There are also the critics and others who have less than flattering opinions about what you are doing.
The Sufis say that every human being is equal. We face the Divine and we are all just instruments of Source. We face each other as expressions of the Divine on equal footing. No one is above you or below you.
4. Comparison comes from the devil.
It is natural and fantastically helpful to learn from other people and their examples. But taking the next step and comparing yourself to someone else has grave consequences.
Each person is a unique expression of the Divine, with a unique path and history, circumstances, gifts and challenges. To compare your achievements or your struggles with someone else is to do a disservice to the uniqueness of both of you.
5. Truth without compassion is not truth.
Sometimes we have the urge to just “tell the truth.” Telling the truth is a wonderful thing, yet you can really hurt someone’s heart by telling them the “truth.”
The Sufis say that a truth isn’t complete if it isn’t born out of compassion. Often when someone does something less than perfectly, they are doing their best. Including empathy and insight into someone’s intention can go a long way in completing a truth so that the person can hear it in a way that heals and doesn’t hurt.
6. Everything starts with “No.”
When you are trying to get a business going, it’s easy to hoover up everything in sight: a million little detailed tasks, every client you can grab, whatever. And of course there is a lot to do. Yet you need to start with “No.”
The most important phrase in Sufism, “La ilaha illa’llah” means “No! There is nothing but Oneness.” That primordial “No!” is a refutation of illusion, of anything that distracts one from the truth of Oneness. Starting with “No” makes accessing the clarity and directness of Yes.