Thursday, December 20, 2012

we want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand...,


Let us review briefly what we can now understand about Essence and Personality at this stage of our study of the Work. There is first the teaching that Man is of two distinct parts called Essence and Personality. This is, so to speak, the first great mystery about Man (the second being that he is asleep). The next thing is that a man is born as Essence only and has no Personality. In this condition he is harmless like all very young things. The third thing is that Essence only grows a little and becomes surrounded by Personality. The next thing is that Essence and Personality are not under the same number of laws. Essence manifesting itself in the new-born child is under 24 orders of laws and Personality manifesting itself in the growing child is under 48 orders of laws. Man therefore has two lives possible to him, one belonging to Essence and the other to Personality. The fifth thing is that Personality becomes active and in consequence Essence becomes passive. The Personality and its life dominate the Essence which remains undeveloped. The sixth thing is that the object of the Work is to reverse this state in Man and cause Essence to become active and Personality passive. When this state is attained, the life of Essence dominates the life of Personality. The man is then from the Work point of view a developed or complete man as distinct from an undeveloped or incomplete man. The seventh thing is that life and the world act as neutralizing or third force to keep Personality active and Essence passive. It is only when the Work becomes neutralizing force that a reversal can take place and Essence become active and Personality passive.

Personality is developed by Life and has to be. But Life does not develop Essence. Why not? This is what the attention must be focussed on. Why should not Life bring Essence to its full development ? How is it that a man in whom Life has developed a full Personality cannot proceed smoothly to a full development of Essence ? Surely, if Life can do the first it can do the second equally easily ? Not at all: Life cannot. Life can provide the food for the development of Personality but not the food necessary for the development of Essence. The secret is that Personality and Essence need different foods for their respective development. They need different kinds of truths. For example, the education of Personality is developed by a knowledge of the truths of science, but Essence is not. A knowledge, say, of the world-markets and the political situation develops Personality, but Essence is not developed by knowing truths of this kind.

Essence, before it is manifested in a human body, derived from the parents on earth, comes from a much higher level than the Planetary World under 24 orders of laws. It is said that it comes "from the stars". Our Sun is a Star in our galaxy of Stars called the Milky Way. Whether you say it comes from the level of the Sun or from outside our Solar System does not matter for the moment. The point is that it has a very high origin, in vertical scale.  By comparison, Personality has a very low origin, whatever one's ancestry in the past in horizontal time.

Now Essence ceases to grow because it has not the right food from Life to grow by. But if a man, imbued with a knowledge of this Work (whose origin is the Conscious Circle of Humanity, which in the Gospels is called the Kingdom of Heaven) continually steeps his mind in its Truths and thinks and thinks again from them and perceives their depth and acknowledges them and applies them to his inner states, Essence will begin to grow. He is giving it the right food that the business of Life does not supply. His energies will cease to flow only downwards into his personal reactions but begin to flow upwards, like the mythical Jordan, to another level, where Essence lies.

For Essence and Personality are on different levels. We are also. One is under fewer laws than the other. This means it is on a higher level. Only the kind of Truth that the Work teaches develops Essence. If a man loves it, he eventually wills it, and if he wills it he does it. It is this willing to do this Truth of the Work that forms the New Will in a man—of which we have spoken recently. It is this willing to do the Truth of the Work that develops Essence. This is its right food, which it came down to receive. Essence is deathless. When the body of flesh and bones is laid aside it returns to the place from which it came, taking what it has received. This willing of the Work is not from the self-will, which comes from the self-love. The will of the Personality takes second place to this will. The will of the outer Personality obeys the Will of the inner Essence. It is content to say: "Not my will but Thine be done." Having made the Personality passive through the developed Essence becoming active, by the power that comes from doing the Truth of the Work, which is stronger than life, the man has now attained the secret end and hidden meaning of his creation. From being the semi-man that Life made him he is now a complete MAN.

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John said...

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CNu said...

Interesting images, welcome to the spot John! Are you familiar with Paul Stamets? http://subrealism.blogspot.com/2011/04/monolith-for-killer-ape-dominated.html

ken said...

I think the author would do well to read Ephesians 1 and 2, especially chapter 2 so he can make it even more clear what he is trying to say. If of course, again as you say, this is some sort of modern Christian message. However, I do wonder if it is more like a message Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 11: 1-15

CNu said...

lol, makes you wonder about those magi doesn't it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi

ken said...

Not really, it appears obvious from the magi's actions and their studies who they believe the king is. I don't think one comes away with that same understanding when reading the post here like we would observing what we understand about the these magi or with what Ephesians is saying; even though many truths announced in Ephesians are repackaged here, the direction is lost.

ken said...

Please don't take this wrong, I am only joking, but here is a Sunday morning worship follower of Gurdjieff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVeYKHhMIwE

CNu said...

lol, Ken, you know and understand nothing whatsoever about the Magi. You know and understand nothing about what Ephesians is saying. You know and understand nothing about the meaning of Ephesus or the seven churches http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_churches_of_Asia

CNu said...

po thang..., guess that goes to show anyone can buy a book. As I noted to Tomas the other day, even great minds and noble intentions are prone to epic failure if their examination is cursory and their practice non-existent. It's incredibly hard to be a Christian and takes a phenomenal amount of hard work over an extended period of time.

CNu said...

as you head out the door for church this morning, thank you so.very.much for the unintended self-disclosure which this comment entails. I couldn't have asked you to expose any more about the level of your "christianity" - simply priceless....,

ken said...

And then after a statement of assumption like this, it's generally followed by: here's why: .......

CNu said...

lol, no, you showed your hole card this morning Ken.

ken said...

Little nervous to test your assumptions I see; I can certainly understand. cute comeback though...

CNu said...

No, not interested in the imagining, philosophizing, and lying that you will put on display.

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