In this section we will transmit and share some knowledge, reflections and inspiration.

Some of the material comes from that Great Master that has contributed so much to the Awakening of the Consciousness of Humankind, and some has been written from our Instructors of the Gnostic Institute of Australia.

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The Advent Celebrations

 

In many traditions, churches celebrate the important moments that leads to Christmas.

The term Advent come from Latin Etymology means “the arriving, the coming” . 

This liturgic moments marks the double coming of Christ:

When Jesus Christ is born and his return on the Judgement day. Meaning, the Purification of oneself to receive the Christ who is coming.

What is the time of Purification we are referring to in terms of Gnosticism? We are going to talk in symbols, for the consciousness.

Purification has to do with Repentance. Repentance when one Repents about the existence of the Egos that cause suffering and pain to ourselves and others.

This is symbolized by the birth in the barn among the animals. Who are these animals? The Egos that we carry inside of ourselves and within which our consciousness, our Inner Christ, is trapped, inside of the egos, inside the "myself". By liberating the Inner Christ that is trapped He will be born.

Christ is born through a purified heart and through the Alchemical work.

A Purified Heart is a Light Heart, filled with the Virtues of the Soul.

In relation to the judgement day; a good example can be found in the Egyptian Book of the Death. When the Heart of someone deceased is weighed by the Egyptian Goddess Maat. Maat is the Goddess of Order and Justice and she has a feather upon her head.

On the day of the judgement, the feather is placed on the plate of the Scale, meanwhile on the other plate the heart of the deceased is weighed.

If the heart is lighter than the feather- the destination of the soul will be favourable, conditions for the development of the Essence without so many laws of Punishment.

However, if the Heart is heavier than the feather, filled with bad will, full of earthly desires and full of excuses, caused by the manifestations of the Egos, the Soul will be born with harsh conditions for the Development of Essence. A more complicated life will follow.

But if we work on ourselves in this lifetime, working towards the awakening of Consciousness, we may have an opportunity to leave the Life of hard density, related with heavy laws and return to the path of Self-Realization, like the Prodigal Son and do the Will of the Inner Father, instead of doing the will of the egotistical egos.

 We have decided that during this Advent period, to have a Reading, every day, from the "Imitation of Christ", by Thomas a Kempis, providing each day as we progress towards Christmas a good inspiration for those who are searching for nourishment for their Souls.

Thomas a Kempis was a great Being, who intentionally wrote this work of Art, to help the Consciousness of those who are searching for the Truth, for the Origin and Purpose of their Lives.

For those who want to go deep inside of themselves, to find what cannot be found from the outside. For those who known How to listen to their Voice of the Silence.

In the world full of distractions, with all of its worries and identification with the negative aspects of Society, we need to rescue our Essence from the bustle of Life.

The Imitation of Christ is a Reflection of what is the most important aspects of our lives, and indicates how and why to transform our life.

It is the Search for the Holy Grail, from the lost true Spirituality that once we had in abundance when our lives were lighter and in full connection with our Being and with our Inner Christ, with Respect and Great Veneration and Devotion.

We are in the times of the Kali Yuga, where Respect barely exists at all, and superficiality is the main topic of conversations. Where other people’s lives are more important then the cultivation of our inner own life.

So, we hope that you feel inspired to come to read the selections that we will put here on a daily basis, at least until Christmas.

We would like to suggest reading your own copy of the Imitation of Christ. It is of a great value for the development of ones Inner Life and to learn how to live our life in full, based on the development of our Inner Christ, which connects us with our Real Being, and to the reason that we are here, gaining experiences to Awaken the Consciousness.

 

DECEMBER 1ST

 

Of a good government in external things, and of having recourse to God in dangers 

1. "My Son, for this you must diligently make your endeavour, that in every place and outward action or occupation you may be free within, and have power over yourself; and that all things be under you, not you under them; that you be master and ruler of your actions, not a slave or hireling, but rather a free and true Hebrew, entering into the lot and the liberty of the children of God, who stand above the present and look upon the eternal, who with the left eye behold things transitory, and with the right things heavenly; whom temporal things draw not to cleave unto, but who rather draw temporal things to do them good service, even as they were ordained of God to do, and appointed by the Master Workman, who has left nought in His creation without aim or end.

2. "And if in any chance of life you stand not in outward appearances, nor judgest things which are seen and heard by the fleshly sense, but straightway in every cause enterest with Moses into the tabernacle to ask counsel of God; you shalt hear a divine response and come forth instructed concerning many things that are and shall be. For always Moses had recourse to the tabernacle for the solving of all doubts and questionings; and fled to the help of prayer to be delivered from the dangers and evil deeds of men. Thus also ought you to fly to the secret chamber of your heart, and earnestly implore the divine succour. For this cause we read that Joshua and the children of Israel were deceived by the Gibeonites, that they asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord,(1) but being too ready to listen to fair speeches, were deceived by pretended piety."

Joshua ix. 14.

 

DECEMBER 2ND

 

NOTE: While the "fourth way" of the Gnostic Work does not require permanent entry into a monastery, the following quotation indicates the psychological attitude that needs to be cultivated in life.

CHAPTER XVII

Of a religious life

1. It behooves you to learn to mortify yourself in many things, if you wilt live in amity and concord with other men. It is no small thing to dwell in a religious community or congregation, and to live there without complaint, and therein to remain faithful even unto death. Blessed is he who has lived a good life in such a body, and brought it to a happy end. If you wilt stand fast and wilt profit as you ought, hold yourself as an exile and a pilgrim upon the earth. You wilt have to be counted as a fool for Christ, if you wilt lead a religious life.

2. The clothing and outward appearance are of small account; it is change of character and entire mortification of the affections which make a truly religious man. He who seeks aught save God and the health of his soul, shall find only tribulation and sorrow. Now can he stand long in peace, who strives not to be least of all and servant of all.

3. You art called to endure and to labor, not to a life of ease and trifling talk. Here therefore are men tried as gold in the furnace. No man can stand, unless with all his heart he will humble himself for God's sake. 

 

DECEMBER 3RD

 

NOTE: In Gnosis, "the self" are the egos we carry inside.

BOOK 2: Considerations for interior life; (parts of) CHAPTER XI

On the small number of the lovers of the Cross 

… 3. Oh how powerful is the pure love of Jesus, when not mixed with self-interest or self-love!

Are not they to be called hirelings who always look for comforts? And they who think only of their own advantage, do they not show themselves to be lovers of self rather than of Christ? Where will a person be found ready to serve God without looking for a reward?

4. It is hard to find anyone so spiritual who is willing to be stripped of all things. Where will you find a person truly poor in spirit and free from all attachment to creatures? Such a one is a rare treasure brought from distant shores (Prov 31:14).

If we were to give up all our possessions, it is still nothing; if we did severe penance, it is but little; if we acquired all knowledge, still are we far from virtue. Even if we had great virtue and fervent devotion, we would be lacking that one thing necessary above all else.

And what is that one thing? That leaving all things behind, we should leave self, renouncing our self completely and keeping nothing of self-love. And then when we have done all things that we ought to do, let us think that we have done nothing.

We should not regard as great that which may be considered so by others, but rather let us in truth look upon ourselves as worthless servants.

As our Lord, the Truth, has said: “When you have done all you were ordered to do, say, “We are unprofitable servants”” (LK 17:10). Then will be truly poor in spirit and able to say with the Prophet: “I am alone and afflicted” (Ps 25:16). Yet there is no one richer or more powerful, no one more free than we are if we know to renounce ourselves in the lowest place. 

 

DECEMBER 4TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior considerations; CHAPTER XXV

In what consists firm Peace of Heart and true progress

Christ: My child, I have said:” Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you” (Jn 14:27).

All human beings desire peace; but not all will do what is necessary to obtain it. My peace is found among the humble and gentle of heart; you will find your peace by being patient. If you will listen to Me and follow My words, you will enjoy great peace.

2- Disciple: What, then, shall I do, Lord?

3- Christ: At all times pay attention to what you are doing and what are you saying, and make it your constant intention to please Me alone, neither desiring nor seeking anything apart from Me. Do not make rash judgements on what others say or do, and do not concern yourself about things not committed to your care.

If you follow this advice, you will be little or seldom disturbed. But never to feel any disturbance at all, nor to suffer any anguish of heart or bodily pain, is not the state of this present life, but of the life to come.

Do not think, therefore, that you have found true peace if you feel no grief, nor that all is well if no one opposes you; nor that you have arrived at perfection if everything goes the way you want it. Do not entertain any notion that you are a privileged person, particularly beloved by God, because you experience great fervour and devotion.

It is not in such things that a true lover of virtue is known, nor does a person’s spiritual perfection and progress consist in these things.

4. Disciple: In what, then, Lord, does it consist?

5. Christ: In surrendering yourself with your whole heart to the will of God, and in not seeking yourself either in great things or small, in time or eternity. If you remain constant in this attitude, you will continue to thank God whether things go well or otherwise, weighing all things in the one equal balance of His love.

And if you come to the state that, when inward consolation is withdrawn, you can move your heart to suffer still more, if God so wills - not considering it an injustice for you to suffer such great things, but acknowledging the justice of all My decisions- and still praise My holy Name, then you walk in the true way of peace and may hope without doubt to see Me face to face in everlasting joy in the Kingdom of heaven.

And if you can arrive at a complete contempt of yourself, you can be sure of an abundance of peace, as much as is possible, during your earthly exile.

 

 

DECEMBER 5TH

 

BOOK 1: Interior considerations; CHAPTER VII

Of fleeing from vain hope and pride

1. Vain is the life of that man who puts his trust in men or in any created Thing. Be not ashamed to be the servant of others for the love of Jesus Christ, and to be reckoned poor in this life. Rest not upon yourself, but build your hope in God. Do what lies in your power, and God will help your good intent. Trust not in your learning, nor in the cleverness of any that lives, but rather trust in the favor of God, who resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

2. Boast not yourself in your riches if you have them, nor in your friends if they be powerful, but in God, who gives all things, and in addition to all things desires to give even Himself. Be not lifted up because of your strength or beauty of body, for with only a slight sickness it will fail and wither away. Be not vain of your skilfulness or ability, lest you displease God, from whom comes every good gift which we have.

3. Count not yourself better than others, lest perchance you appear worse in the sight of God, who knows what is in man. Be not proud of your good works, for God's judgments are of another sort than the judgments of man, and what pleases man is oft times displeasing to Him. If you have any good, believe that other shave more, and so you may preserve your humility. It is no harm to you if you place yourself below all others; but it is great harm if you place yourself above even one. Peace is ever with the humble man, but in the heart of the proud there is envy and continual wrath.

 

 

DECEMBER 6TH

 

BOOK 1: Admonitions for a Spiritual Life; CHAPTER XX

On the Love of Solitude and Silence, part I and II

1. SEEK a convenient time to search your own conscience, meditation on the benefits of God. Restrain curiosity; read only those things that will move you to contrition rather than give you distraction.

If you will withdraw from unnecessary talk and useless running about and listening to the latest gossip, you will find the time to occupy yourself in devour meditation. The greatest Saints avoided the company of worldly people as much as possible, for they preferred to be alone with God.

2. One person has said: “As often as I have been among others, I have returned less a man.”

We know this from experience when we talk too long. It is easier to remain silent than not to say too much when we speak.

It is also easier to stay home alone than to watch what you say when you go out as not to offend. Therefore, those who intend to lead the interior life and to have the grace of devotion must, with our Lord, go away from the crowd. Unless you like solitude, it is not safe for you to appear in public.

No one can be in the lead who is unwilling to remain in the background, and no one can govern with safety who does not know how to obey.

No one is truly happy who is aware of an unclean conscience.

 

 

DECEMBER 7TH

 

BOOK 2: Considerations for interior life; CHAPTER III

The peaceful person

You must fist have peace in your own soul before you make peace between other people.

Peaceable people accomplish more good than learned people do. Those who are passionate often can turn good into evil and readily believe the worst. But those who are honest and peaceful turn all things to good and are suspicious of no one.

The discontented are easily troubled; they never know a quiet moment, nor will they leave others at rest. Many times they say the wrong thing and miss the chance of doing good. They are great for saying what others should do, but neglect their own duties. Begin by looking to your soul and then you will be better able to have zeal for your neighbor.

2- You are always ready and able to excuse yourself, putting the best possible construction on your own actions, but you refuse to listen to the excuse of others. The charitable way is to accuse yourself and to excuse your neighbor. If you want others to bear with you, then you must bear with them.

Look at yourself and see how far you are from real charity and humility, which cannot be resentful against anyone but oneself. It is no test of virtue to be on good terms with easy-going people, for they are always liked. And, of course, all of us want to live in peace and prefer those who agree with us.

But the real test of virtue and deserving of praise is to live at peace with the perverse, or the aggressive and those who contradict us, for this needs a great grace.

3- There are some contented people who can live peacefully with others; and some there are who can neither have peace themselves nor leave others in peace. They are a cross to others, but a heavier cross to themselves. There are also some who can remain at peace themselves and seek to establish peace among others.

However, in this mortal life, our peace consists in the humble bearing of suffering and contradictions, not in being free of them, for we cannot live in this world without adversity. Those who can best suffer will enjoy the most peace, for such persons are masters of themselves, lords of the world, with Christ for their friend, and heaven as their reward.

 

DECEMBER 8TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior conversation; CHAPTER XIV

On Considering the Secret Judgments of God, so that we do not become proud of our good works

Disciple: O Lord, your judgments sound forth like peals of thunder over my head and all my bones shake and tremble with fear, and my soul is seized with trembling. I am astounded when I consider that even the heavens are not pure in Your sight. You found sin among the Angels and did not spare them; what then will become of me?

Stars fell from heaven (Re 6:13); what hope can I have, who am but dust? Some whose works seemed worthy of praise have fallen to the depths, and those who were fed with the Bread of Angels I have seen delighted with the husks of swine, that is, in pleasures of the flesh.

2. There can be no hope of holiness, O Lord, if you withdraw Your merciful hand. No wisdom can benefit us, if You cease to rule; nor strength be any support, if You do not preserve us. No chastity is secure, if You do not defend it; no self-protection can avail us, if You do not keep watch over us; for if You abandon us, we sink and are lost.

But when You visit us with Your grace, we are lifted up and restored to life. We have no stability, but we are made firm by You; we are cold, but You stir us to fervor of spirit.

3. Oh, what a lowly and humble opinion I ought to have myself, and how little I ought to regard whatever good I may seem to have! How deeply I ought to submit myself to Your profound judgments, where I find myself to be nothing else but nothing!

O Substance, immense beyond all weight! O Sea to whose furthest shore no one can ever sail, where I find my substance to be nothing, absolutely nothing! Where is there any hiding place for pride, and where is the confidence I had in my supposed virtue? All self-esteem is swallowed up in the depths of Your hidden judgements upon me.

4. What is all flesh in Your sight? Shall clay glorify itself against its Maker? How can any persons deceive themselves with empty praises whose hearts are subject to truth in God?

All the world cannot move them to pride whom Truth has made subject to Himself; nor may they whose whole trust rests in God be deceived by flattering tongs. They see well that all who speak are nothing, for they shall fade away with the sound of their words, but the truth of the Lord endures forever (Ps 116:2)

 

DECEMBER 9TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior conversation; CHAPTER XV

On how we are to conduct ourselves in our desires

Christ: My child, in every circumstance this is how you should pray: “Lord, if it be Your will, so let it be, and if it be to Your honour, let be fulfilled in Your name. Lord, if this be for my good, give me the grace to use it for Your honour; but if You know that it will be harmful to me and not profitable for the good of my soul, then take away from me such desire.”

Not every desire comes from the Holy Spirit, even though it seems good to you. It is difficult to judge rightly whether a good or evil spirit urges you to desire this or that, or whether you are prompted by your own spirit. Many have been deceived in the end who at first thought they were guided by the Holy Spirit.

2. Therefore, it is with fear of God and a humble heart that you should desire and ask for whatever comes to your mind as desirable. With entire abandonment of yourself to God, commit all things to Me, saying: “Lord, you know what is best for me; let it be done according to Your will.

Give me what You will, whatever measure You will and at whatever time You will.

“Do with me what you know to be best, as pleases You best and as will best promote Your glory. Put me where You will and freely do with me in all things according to Your will. “Am I not Your creature, and in your hands, for You lead me about and turn me about as You will? I am Your servant, ready to do all things at Your command; for I do not want to live for myself, but only for You. If only I could do this worthily and perfectly!”

A prayer to fulfilling the Will of God

3. O most merciful Jesus, grant me Your grace, that it may remain with me always and persevere with me to the end. Grant me always to will and desire what is most pleasing and acceptable to You.

Let Your will be mine, and let my will always follow Yours in perfect conformity with it. Let my will and desires always be one with Yours; and let me be unable to will or not to will except as You will or do not will.

4. Grant that I may die to all worldly things, and that I may be despised and unknown for love of You.

Grant, above all things to be desired, that I may find rest in You, and that in Your heart alone may be my peace. You, O Lord, give true peace to the heart and perfect rest to body and soul.

Apart from You, all is difficult and never still.

In that peace, in You who are the one, supreme and eternal Good, I will sleep and take my rest (Ps 4:9). Amen

 

DECEMBER 10TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior conversation; CHAPTER III

The words of God are to be heard with humility; Many fail to reflect on them

Christ: My child, hear My words and follow them; for they are most sweet and far exceed the learning and wisdom of the philosophers and all the wise of the world. My words are spirit and life, and not within the scope of human understanding.

They are not to be adapted or applied to the vain complacency of the hearer, but are to be heard in silence, with humility and reverence, with deep affection and in great tranquility of body and soul.

2. DiscipleBlessed is the person you admonish, O Lord, the person you teach by means of your law, giving respite in times of misfortune (Ps 94:12-13), so that such a person may not be left desolate upon the earth.

3. Christ: Then our Lord answered: I have taught Prophets from the beginning and I continue to speak to all persons; but many have hardened their hearts and are deaf to My voice.

Many prefer to listen to the world than to God, and to follow the desires of the flesh than the will of God.

The world promises things of short duration and little value; yet with what great eagerness is it served. I promise everlasting things of great value, but human hearts are indifferent and unmoved.

4. Who is there that serves and obeys Me with the devotion and obedience such a one gives to the world and its rulers? Blush for shame, says the sea! (Isa 23:4). And why is this? For a small reward people will undertake long journeys, but for life everlasting they will scarcely lift their feet from the ground.

Often a thing of little worth is diligently sought after and sometimes they quarrel over a mere coin. Persons will toil day and night, for a trifling advantage, or the mere promise of it.

5. For shame! For the good that never changes, for the reward no one can rightly value, for the highest honor and glory that will never end, people are unwilling to make the slightest effort.

Be ashamed, you slothful and complaining servant of God, that there are those who are more ready for the works of death than you to win everlasting life; and that they enjoy the pursuit of vanities more than you do the pursuit of truth. Yet, they are often deceived in those things in which they hoped; but My promise deceives no one.

The person who trusts in Me is never sent away empty. What I have promised, I will do; and what I have said, I will fulfill, if only a person remains faithful in My Love to the end. I am the rewarder of all good people and the mighty tester of all devout.

6. Write My words carefully in your heart and often meditate on them; for they will be very necessary to you in the time of temptation. What you fail to understand when you read will be revealed to you at the Time of My coming.

There are two ways in which I visit My elect: with temptation and with consolation. Also, there are two lessons which I daily read them: in one I rebuke their vices and in the other I stir them to increase in virtue. Those who have heard My words and ignored them have One Who shall judge them on the last day.

A prayer to obtain the Grace of Devotion

7. Disciple: O Lord Jesus, You are all my good and the source of all I have.

What am I, Lord, that I should dare to speak to you? I am Your poorest servant, a miserable worm, poorer and more despicable than I can dare to say. Look at me, Lord, for I am nothing, I have nothing, and I can do nothing of myself.

You alone are good, just, and holy and can do all things. You give all things, and You fill all things with your goodness, leaving only the sinner empty and devoid of heavenly comfort.

Remember Your mercies and fill my heart with your grace, for You do not will that Your works become vain in me.

8. How can I bear the miseries of this life without Your grace and mercy to strengthen me? Do not turn Your face from me and do not delay to visit me with Your comfort; otherwise my soul will become like a parched land (Ps 143:6) to You without the water of grace.

Lord, teach me to do your will (Ps 143:10) and to live worthily and humbly in your sight. You are my wisdom and you know me as I truly am; You knew me before the world was made, and before I was born into this life.

  

DECEMBER 11TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior conversation; CHAPTER XIII

On humble obedience after the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ

Christ: My child, they who try to withdraw themselves from obedience withdraw themselves from grace. They who seek personal privileges lose those which are shared by all.

If people do not freely and willingly submit themselves to a superior, it is a sign that their flesh is not completely under their control, but that is often rebels and complains. Therefore, if you want to subdue your lower nature, first learn to obey your superior.

If the inner person is strong, the outward enemy is sooner overcome. There is no worse or more or troublesome enemy to your soul than yourself, as long as you flesh is not under the control of your will.

Therefore, it is an absolute necessity for you to acquire a true contempt of yourself, if you would prevail over flesh and blood. But because you still love yourself in a wrong way, you are afraid to resign your will entirely to the will of another.

2. But is it such a great thing for you, who are but dust and nothingness, to submit yourself to a man for My sake, when I, the Almighty and Most High God, Creator of all things, humbly submitted Myself to human beings for your sake? I become the lowliest and the least of human beings, so that you might overcome your pride through My humility.

You are but aches, learn to obey; you who are but the dust of the earth, learn to humble yourself and to bow beneath the feet of others for My sake. Learn to break your own will and to give yourself to all subjection.

3. Direct your wrath against yourself, and do not allow pride to rule over you; but show yourself to be so submissive, so insignificant, that all may walk over you and trample you underfoot like the mud in the streets.

What have you to complain of, vain person? O wretched sinner that you are, what answer can you justly make to those who rebuke you, since you have so often offended God and so often deserved the punishment of hell?

In spite of all this, My merciful eye has spared you, for your soul is precious in My sight; so that you might know My great love for you, and be ever grateful to Me in return, and give yourself to perfect and true humility, and suffer the contempt of others for My sake.

 

DECEMBER 12TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior conversation; CHAPTER V (partially)

On the Wonderful Effect of the Love of God

5. Love is ever watchful; it rests, but does not sleep; though weary, it is not tired; restricted, yet not hindered. Although it sees reason to fear, it is not dismayed; but like a spark of fire or a burning flame, it blazes upward to God by the fervor of its love, and through the help of His grace is delivered from all dangers.

Those who love thus know well what their voices mean when they cry out to God with all the ardor of their soul: You, Lord God, are my whole love and all my desire. You are mine and I am all Yours.

6. Let my heart expand in Your love. Let me learn to know how sweet it is to serve you, how joyful it is to praise You, and to be dissolved in Your love. Oh, I am possessed by love and rise above myself because of the great fervor I feel through Your infinite goodness.

I will sing the canticle of love to You and will follow You, my Beloved, wherever You go, and may my soul never weary of praising You, rejoicing in Your love. I will love You more than myself and myself

only for your sake; I will love all others in You and for You, as Your, Law of love commands.

7.Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful and glad; it is strong, patient, faithful, wise, forbearing, courageous, and is never self-seeking; for when people seek themselves, they cease to love.

Love is cautious, humble and upright; not weak, not flighty, nor concerned with trifles. It is sober, chaste, firm, quiet, and keeps guard over the senses.

Love is submissive and obedient to authority, mean* and despicable** in its own sight, devout and thankful to God. Love always trusts and hopes in God, even when it lacks fervor; for there is no living in love without some sorrow or pain.

8. Those who are not always ready to suffer and to stand disposed to the will of their Beloved are not worthy to be called lovers; for lovers must gladly embrace all hardship and bitter things for their Beloved, and never allow themselves to turn away from Him by adversity.

Note- Love is so great (humble) that on his own eyes he is unworthy*and  **understands when he deserves to be harshly judged. Love is sacrifice towards others, like Jesus was sacrificed for the love of Humankind.

 

DECEMBER 13TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior conversation; CHAPTER XLII

Our Peace must not depend upon Human Beings

Christ- My child, if to satisfy yourself and to seek the society of any person you place all your contentment in that person, you will become entangled and lose your peace. On the other hand, if you have recourse only to Me, the living and everlasting Truth, you will not be overwhelmed if friends forsake you or you lose them by death.

Whoever they may be, your friends must be loved for My sake, no matter how good they appear to you, or how dear they are to you in this life. No friendship can be profitable or lasting in this life, nor is it a true and pure love which does not have its source in Me.

Your affection toward those you love should be so mortified that you would be willing to be without friends at all. To that degree by which you withdraw from all earthly consolation, such will be your approach to God; and so much higher do you ascend to God, as you lower yourself and become despicable in your own estimation.

2. However, if you attribute anything good to yourself, you only impede God’s grace; for the grace of the Holy Spirit ever seeks a humble heart. If you only knew how to forget yourself and to empty of all created love, then would I pour My grace in your heart. The more you look toward creatures, the dimmer becomes the sight of the Creator.

Learn for His sake to overcome yourself in all things, and then you will be able to grow in divine knowledge. No matter how little it is, anything loved and regarded inordinately will keep you back from the supreme God and corrupt your soul.

 

DECEMBER 14TH

 

BOOK 1: Admonitions for a spiritual life; CHAPTER XXV

On the Fervent Amendment of Our Whole Life

BE ALERT and diligent in the service of God, thinking often why were born and why left the world. Was it not that you should live only for God and become a spiritual person? Certainly it was.

Therefore, set your heart on striving for perfection, for shortly you will be rewarded for all your labors and after that you will never experience sorrow and dread.

Your labor will last but a short time and then you will receive everlasting rest and peace. If you are faithful and fervent in doing good, there is no doubt that God will be faithful and generous in His reward.

Have a firm hope that you will attain the victory; but do not presume on this, for then there is danger of you becoming careless and proud.

2. Once there was a person who was anxious whether or not he was in the state of grace; one day in his sadness, he fell to his knees before an altar in the church, praying:” Oh, if only I knew whether I would persevere to the end of my life!” Suddenly he heard a voice with in him, answering: ” What would you do if you if you did know? Do now what you would do then and you will be secure.”

Immediately he was comforted and commended himself entirely to God’s will and all his doubts ceased. After that, he never speculated as to what would become of him.

Instead he applied to know what was the will of God for him and how he might begin and end all his good works to the honor and glory of God.

3. The Prophet David tell us: “Put your trust in the Lord and do good, that you may dwell in the land and be secure” (Ps 37:3). One thing holds many back from spiritual advancement and earnest amendment, and that is the fear and dislike of the effort and difficulties involved in the struggle.

Yet those attain surpassing virtue who struggle bravely against the very things which they find hardest and most repugnant to them. For a person profits most and gains the most graces precisely in the area where the difficulties are greatest and require the most mortification.

4. Certain it is that all persons do not have the same difficulties to overcome and mortify. Nevertheless, those who ardently love God, even though their passions are stronger than those of others, will be better able to grow in virtue than those with good habits and fewer passions, but who are less fervent in pursuing holiness

To things which you need to make real progress are: you must withdraw yourself from those things to which you are prone by nature and strive for the particular virtue you must need.

Especially be on your guard against and correct those faults which most annoy you in other people.

5. Use all occasions for your spiritual gain. If you observe good example, follow it; and if you see bad example, take care not do the same; if you have already fallen into this fault, work to correct it quickly. As your eye observes others, be sure that you also are observed by them.

What an inspiration to see religious persons devout and fervent in the love of God, courteous and self- disciplined!

On the other hand, how sad to see those whose lives are disorderly and who do not practice those things to which are called. How detrimental it is for us to neglect the purpose of our calling and to divert our minds to things that are not our concern.

6. Keep in mind your commitment. Place yourself before the image of Christ Crucified and see if you are not ashamed, when looking into His life, that you have done so little to model your life on His.

Those who will meditate devoutly on the life and passion of our Lord will find there all that is necessary for them and will not have to look further. If Jesus crucified were often in our hearts, how quickly we would learn all things we need to know!

7. Religious persons put up with the accept willingly whatever they are commanded to do; but the neglectful and lukewarm are always in difficulty and have great anguish besides, for they lack interior comfort and cannot seek it outside.

Undisciplined persons, who seek to be released from their duties, will always be in trouble, for nothing will ever satisfy them.

8. Consider the strict life others lead who are bound by the rules of the cloister. They seldom go out, live in retirement, eat sparingly, are poorly clothed, work hard, speak little, keep long vigils, rise early, pray much, read often and discipline themselves.

Look how the Carthusians, Cistercians and many other religious men and women rise in the night to sing the Divine Office! Aren’t you ashamed, then of being so lazy and lukewarm!

9. What a beautiful life would be if we had nothing else to do but lift our hearts and voices to praise Lord! If you never had to eat, drink or sleep, but were solely occupied in praising God and studying the way of perfection, you would be far happier than you are now when there is always some bodily need to be looked after.

If only there were not such needs and we could be wholly occupied with spiritual refreshment which, sad to say, we taste all too seldom!

10. When people reach that state where they seek consolation from no creature, then they begin to taste the sweetness of God and to be content with whatever happens.

They care for no worldly profit, however great, nor pine for the want of it, because they are wholly committed to God, Who is their all- God for whom nothing is ever lost or dies and to whom all things live and ever obediently serve Him.

11. Always remember your end and that time lost can never be regained. Without applying yourself diligently, you will never acquire virtue. The moment you begin to lukewarm, your trouble begins.

But, if you give yourself whole heartedly to fervor, you will experience great help from God and you will find the pursuit of virtue less burdensome than you did at first.

Those who are fervent and loving will always be ready to do God’s will. It is harder to resist vices and passions then to toil and sweat in bodily labors.

If you do not shun little faults, you will gradually fall into greater ones. If you spent the day well, you will be happy when night comes.

Watch yourself, stir yourself up, warm yourself; whatever your obligation to others, do not neglect your own soul. The more restraints you put on yourself, the more spiritual progress you will make and the greater your attachment to the will of God.

 

DECEMBER 15TH

 

BOOK 2: Considerations for Interior Life; CHAPTER V

On Knowing Yourself

We cannot count on ourselves much, for often through lack of grace and understanding our judgement is a limited one and we soon lose what we have through our own neglect.

Often we are unaware of our own blindness. Many times we do evil and, what is far worse, we justify it.

Sometimes our passions rule us and we mistake it for zeal. We are critical of the small defects in our neighbors, but overlook the serious faults in ourselves.

We are quick to complain of what we put up with from others, with never a thought of what others suffer from us.

If we would see ourselves as we really are, we would not find cause to judge others severely.

2. Those who are turned to God consider the care of themselves; and looking seriously to themselves, they find it easy to be silent about the deeds of others.

You will never be an interior person and a follower of Christ unless you learn not to meddle in the affairs of others and to look to your own.

If you are concerned wholly with God and yourself, you will be unconcerned with what goes on around you. Where are you when you are not recollected? And when you have been busy with other people’s affairs, what have you to show for it if you have neglected yourself?

If, therefore, you wish to have peace in your soul and to be united with God, set aside all else and focus the eye of your soul on your own deeds.

3. If you want to advance spiritually, keep yourself free from temporal anxieties. You will only lose ground if you set any value on material things.

Consider nothing great, nothing acceptable to you, unless it be God Himself, or of God.

Whatever comfort you derive from any creature counts as nothing.

Those who love God and their own soul for the love of God despise all else; for only the infinite and eternal God can fill our every need and desire, the solace of our soul and the true joy of our heart.

 

 DECEMBER 16TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior Conversation; CHAPTER XII

On Acquiring Patience in the Struggle against Concupiscence

2. Christ: My child, certainly this is true. It is not My will that you look for peace without temptations or difficulties; on the contrary, you must believe that you have found peace when you have been tried by tribulations and adversity.

If you say you cannot stand much suffering, how will you endure the fires of purgatory?

Always choose the lesser of two evils.

Therefore, try to bear the evils of this life patiently for the love of God, that you may escape greater pains in the world to come. Do you think that worldly persons suffer little or nothing? You will find this is not so, even among most privileged.

 

DECEMBER 17TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior Conversation; CHAPTER XLVI

On Putting our Trust in God When Evil words are spoken against us

“…Even if all the evils, which the worst human malice can invent, were said against you, what harm can they possibly do you if you pay no attention to them? They cannot take so much as one hair from your head.

3. But if you do not keep your eyes fixed on God, nor Keep Him in your heart, then you will be easily upset by the slightest rebuke. Those who trust in Me and rely not on their own judgment will fear no human. For I am the Judge and the Discerner of all secrets.

I know how everything is done, and I know both the one who inflicts the injury and the one whom it affects. Nothing happens without My permission and the power so to act, that out of hearts thoughts may be revealed (Lk 2:35). I will judge both the guilty and the innocent, but I will test them both beforehand.

4. Human judgement is often erroneous. My judgment is true; it shall stand and can never be overthrown. To many it remains hidden, and only to a few is it made manifest; yet it never errs, nor can it err, though to the unwise it may appear wrong. So when you need to make a decision, always come to Me and do not rely upon your own judgement.

Righteous persons are never dismayed by anything I permit to happen to them. Although they be wrongly accused, it will not worry them much; neither will they be overjoyed if they be reasonably acquitted. They know that I am the searcher of all hearts (Rev 2:23), Who judge not according to outward appearances or by the way things look to humans, but by what I esteem praiseworthy.

5. Lord, God, most just Judge (Ps 7:12), strong and patient, You know the frailty and the malice of human beings. I beseech you to be my strength and my guide, for my conscience of itself is not sufficient. You know what I do not know, and that even under reprimand I ought to humble myself and bear it meekly. For as often as I have not acted thus, in Your great mercy forgive me and give me the grace of greater endurance for the future.

The torrent of Your mercy is the surer and more profitable way for me to obtain Your forgiveness than my protesting the innocent of my inmost conscience. Although my conscience may not accuse me of my faults (1 Cor 4:4), thereby I am not justified. For if you withhold your mercy, no one living is righteous (Ps 143:2).

 

 DECEMBER 18TH

 

Dear Readers:

As these extracts are from the book “The Imitation of Christ”, are chosen to be put here after Meditation and Reflection and it happens that today 18th of December 2018, the reading is a  repetition of the day 4 (Book 3, chapter 25- what consists firm peace of Heart and True Progress), requires an extra reflection.

The fact that is a repetition of a previous reading indicates that is an important message to reflect upon our behaviors and Christmas.

The true meaning of Christmas is beyond our rational thinking. In the history of this planet, it really existed a Jesus Christ, his name Jeshua Ben Pandira, that through his temptations and sacrifices, he incarnates Christ, a cosmic transcendental energy. This Christic force was born in him when he was prepared. Jesus was not the only Christ, that this humanity has received. Many other human beings have become Masters that incarnated Christ. But Jesus, was and is exceptional among all the many others.

As we know, “as above so below”, and what happens externally, are a reflection of our interior. Christ is cosmic, and Christ is internal. The inner Christ can only born in a peaceful and pure heart. Reflect. Christ born in a manger surrender by animals. In Gnosis these animals are the egos, the I’s, our psychological defects. But he was also surrounded by the Love of his parents, the Angel Gabriel, the 3 Magi which were guided by the Star, represented by the star of Solomon. All different aspects, all different energies and different stages in our Alchemical work; different meanings representing different energies in us.

Christ was born through the grace of God, innocent and peaceful (as Mary give birth with the blessing of the Angel Gabriel. This requires introspection and open mind and heart to truly comprehend it; We explain these aspects more deeply and when appropriate in our Gnostic Centers), among our egos that want to manifest. We need to become serene and patience in the present of our egos and the ego of others. This is one of the times where many temptations will and are occurring in our lives. We are not talking just in terms of materialism, but also, about the temptations that others impose in our will as well. During this Christmas period there will be parties with excessive drinking, but there are also psychological temptations and manipulations. 

Remember that Birth is a struggle. Emotional and existential crises in general exist to help us to step higher in the ladder of the Being, e.g. represented by Jacob’s Ladder. We could not take a step higher if we did not have temptations to overcome.

In the time of birth, just before the waters of the Mother broken, the baby is protected by the amniotic waters. The baby is in darkness inside the Mothers body. Once the baby is born, he is surrounded by light. This requires new adjustments; physically, biologically, emotionally, in the immune system, etc, etc. The baby faces new circumstances for his growth to occur.  It starts a new journey, a new possibility for the Essence and human soul to gain consciousness through the experiences, pleasant and unpleasant, but nonetheless lessons that need to be learned in order to become stronger. Hopefully the work and sacrifices are directed for the growth of the Essence and our Inner Christ.

As he grows, he is giving the resources, including a Sword, which represents the inner fire, which he needs and learns how to fight against the egos; eliminate them and be robust to be united later on with The Father. That is also our purpose, why do we born, to one day we could have a possibility to be united with our Fathers. United in his will and becoming one with him.

To learn how, is what VM. Samael Aun Weor has been giving to us, through his own journey and his Christification. Born not just Physically, but also born from the Spirit.

 

BOOK 3: Interior considerations; CHAPTER XXV

In what consists firm Peace of Heart and true progress

Christ: My child, I have said:” Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you” (Jn 14:27).

All human beings desire peace; but not all will do what is necessary to obtain it. My peace is found among the humble and gentle of heart; you will find your peace by being patient. If you will listen to Me and follow My words, you will enjoy great peace.

2- Disciple: What, then, shall I do, Lord?

3- Christ: At all times pay attention to what you are doing and what are you saying, and make it your constant intention to please Me alone, neither desiring nor seeking anything apart from Me. Do not make rash judgements on what others say or do, and do not concern yourself about things not committed to your care.

If you follow this advice, you will be little or seldom disturbed. But never to feel any disturbance at all, nor to suffer any anguish of heart or bodily pain, is not the state of this present life, but of the life to come.

Do not think, therefore, that you have found true peace if you feel no grief, nor that all is well if no one opposes you; nor that you have arrived at perfection if everything goes the way you want it. Do not entertain any notion that you are a privileged person, particularly beloved by God, because you experience great fervour and devotion.

It is not in such things that a true lover of virtue is known, nor does a person’s spiritual perfection and progress consist in these things.

4. Disciple: In what, then, Lord, does it consist?

5. Christ: In surrendering yourself with your whole heart to the will of God, and in not seeking yourself either in great things or small, in time or eternity. If you remain constant in this attitude, you will continue to thank God whether things go well or otherwise, weighing all things in the one equal balance of His love.

And if you come to the state that, when inward consolation is withdrawn, you can move your heart to suffer still more, if God so wills - not considering it an injustice for you to suffer such great things, but acknowledging the justice of all My decisions- and still praise My holy Name, then you walk in the true way of peace and may hope without doubt to see Me face to face in everlasting joy in the Kingdom of heaven.

And if you can arrive at a complete contempt of yourself, you can be sure of an abundance of peace, as much as is possible, during your earthly exile.

  

DECEMBER 19TH

 

BOOK 4: Blessed Sacrament; CHAPTER XII

On How We Should Prepare and Receive Christ in Holy Communion

Christ: I am the Lover of purity and Giver of all holiness. I seek a pure heart and there I make My resting place. Make ready for Me a large upper room, furnished, and there with My disciples I will eat the Pasch with you. If you want Me to come to you and to remain with you, rid yourselves of the old leaven and cleanse the dwelling place of your heart.

Shut out the whole world and the clamor of evil passions; sit like a lone sparrow on the housetop, thinking over your sins in the bitterness of your soul. For every lover prepares the best and most beautiful place for the dearly beloved, since this is how the one who entertains the beloved shows affectionate welcome.

2. Nevertheless, you must realize that you cannot make adequate preparation for Me through your own merits, even if you prepared yourself for an entire year and with your mind on nothing else. It is through My generosity and grace that you are allowed to approach My table; just as if a beggar were invited to a rich man’s dinner and could only return him thanks for the kindness shown to him.

Do the best you can and as well as you can; not from habit or necessity, but with reverential fear and affection, receive the Body of your beloved Lord God, Who condescends to come to you.

I am He Who has invited you, and I have commanded this Sacrament to be; therefore, I will make up for whatever is lacking in you. Come, then, and receive Me.

3. When I give the grace of devotion to you, thank your God- not because you are worthy, but because I have taken pity on you. If you find yourself dry, with no devotion, persevere in prayer, sigh and knock at My door; and do not stop until you receive some crumb or drop of this saving grace.

You need Me; I have no need of you. It is not you who come to make Me holy, but I come to sanctify you and make you better than you were before.

You come in order to be sanctified and united to Me, that you may receive new grace and, incited anew, amend your life. Do not neglect this grace, but carefully prepare your heart and then bring into it your Beloved.

4. But it is not enough to prepare yourself by devotion before Communion; also you should keep yourself in a devout frame of mind after receiving this Sacrament. It is just as necessary to be watchful after as is the devout preparation beforehand; for careful guarding of devotion afterward is the best preparation for obtaining new grace.

You will not be well disposed to receive this new grace if you immediately turn aside to worldly pleasures. Beware of much speaking; remain recollected with your God; for you have Him within you Whom all the world cannot take from you. I am He to Whom you should give your whole being; so that henceforth- free from all care- you may no longer live for yourself but for Me.

   

DECEMBER 20TH

 

BOOK 4: On the blessed sacrament and devout exhortations for holy communion;

The voice of Christ

Come to Me, all you who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest (Mt 11:28).

The bread that I will give is My flesh, for the life of the world (Jn 6:551).

Take this and eat (Mt 26:26). This is My Body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me (1 Cor 11:24).

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I dwell in him (Jn 6:56).

The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life (Jn 6:63).

 

CHAPTER I - The Great Reverence with which Christ should be received (part 1)

Disciple: These are Your words, O Christ, Who are Eternal Truth, although they have not all been uttered at the same time, nor written in one same place. Nevertheless, they are Your words, and

they express the truth; that is why I receive them all with gratitude and faith.

They are Your words; You have spoken them. But they are also mine because You have given them for my salvation. I eagerly receive them from Your mouth that they may be permanently implanted in my heart.

These words are full of tenderness and gentleness, and they give me courage, But I am terrified by my sins, and my unclean conscience prevents me from coming near so great a mystery. Your loving words invite me, but I am weighed down by my numerous offenses.

2. You tell me to come to You with confidence, if I desire to have a share in Your life; and to receive the food of immortality, if I want to attain everlasting life and glory. “Come, You say, “to me, all you who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28).

These words are heartening to the ear of a sinner. To think that You, My Lord and God, actually invite the poor and needy to the Communion of Your Most Sacred Body! But who am I, Lord, to dare approach You? You, Whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain; yet You say to me: “Come to Me, all of you.”

3. What is the meaning of this humble compassion and so friendly an invitation? Since I am unaware of my good in myself and have so often grievously offended You, how can I receive You under my roof? Why, the very Angels and Archangels stand in awe of you; the Saints and the just tremble; and still You say: “Come to me, all of you.”

Lord, how could I possibly believe this, if You had not said these words? And how could I possibly venture near You, unless you had commanded it?

4. That just man, Noah, toiled for a hundred years to build the ark so that he and a remnant might be saved; how then can I, in just one hour, prepare myself to receive the Creator of the World with due reverence?

Your great servant and special friend, Moses, made an ark of imperishable wood, overlaying it with purest gold, to place the Tables of the Law in it; then how shall I, a corrupt and perishable creature, dare so lightly to receive the Maker of the Law and the Giver of life?

It took seven years for Solomon, the wisest of Israel’s King, to build a resplendent temple for the worship of your Name, the dedication of which was celebrated for eight days; a thousand peace offerings were sacrificed- and with great solemnity and rejoicing- and accompanied by the sound of trumpets, the Ark of the Convenant was carried in solemn procession to the place prepared for it.

And I, the most miserable and poorest of human beings, who can scarcely spend devout half-hour, shall I bring You into my house? If only I could spend just one half-hour as I ought! 

   

DECEMBER 21ST

 

BOOK 4: On the blessed sacrament and devout exhortations for holy communion;

CHAPTER I - The Great Reverence with which Christ should be received (part 2)

5. O my God, how much did those great persons of the Old Testament do to please you!

How little I do and how short is the time I give to prepare myself for the reception of Holy Communion! I am neither recollected nor free from distractions.

Certainly, no unworthy thought should arise, nor should my mind be occupied with any created thing. Indeed, it is not an Angel I am about to receive into my heart, but the Lord of the Angels.

6. What a vast difference there is between the Ark of the Convenant with its relics, and Your most precious Body with its incomparable virtues. For those sacrifices of the Law prefigured what was to come; while the Sacrifice of Your Body is the fulfillment of those ancient sacrifices.

7. Why, then, do I not seek Your adorable Presence with ardent longing? And why do I not prepare myself with meticulous care to receive this most holy Sacrament, since the ancient Patriarchs and Prophets, kings and princes, too, together with all the people, displayed such affectionate devotion for divine worship?

8. King David, that most devout ruler, danced before the Ark of the Convenant with all his might when he remembered all the favors bestowed on his forefathers. He made various Kinds of musical instruments and composed psalms.

These he ordered to be sung joyfully by all the people; and he also sang them himself to the accompaniment of his harp, when inspired by the grace of the Holy Spirit. He taught and exhorted the people to praise God with all their heart, blessing Him in unison every day.

   

DECEMBER 22ND

 

BOOK 4: On the blessed sacrament and devout exhortations for holy communion;

CHAPTER I - The Great Reverence with which Christ should be received (part 3)

If people of ancient times showed such reverence and devotion to God in the presence of the Ark of the Convenant, how much greater should be the reverence and devotion to Your presence in the Blessed Sacrament paid by me and all Christian people, as also in the receiving of the precious Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

9. Many people travel great distances to visit the relics of Saints and marvel on hearing of their remarkable deeds. They gaze upon magnificent churches dedicated to them, paying homage to their blessed remains, wrapped with silk and covered with gold.

But you, my God, the Saint of Saints, Creator of all things, and Lord of Angels, are here present on the altar before me! People are often excited by curiosity and novel sights, and so they return with little inclination toward amendment of life, especially when their pilgrimages are made hurriedly,

going from one place to another, and no thought is given to true contrition for their sins.

In the Sacrament of the Altar, you are wholly present, God and Man; and here also, in all its abundance, is the fruit of eternal salvation, as often as You are received worthily and devoutly.

To this Sacrament we are drawn not by curiosity, levity, or sensuality, but only firm faith, devout hope, and pure charity.

   

DECEMBER 23RD

 

BOOK 4: On the blessed sacrament and devout exhortations for holy communion;

CHAPTER I - The Great Reverence with which Christ should be received (part 4)

10. O God, the invisible Creator of all the world, how wonderful are Your ways with us! How kind and gracious are Your dealings with Your chosen ones, to whom You offer Yourself to be received in this most holy Sacrament!

Is far surpasses all understanding, drawing the hearts of the devout in a special manner and enkindling their love. Your faithful ones, who give all their lives to amendment, often receive from

this adorable Sacrament the grace of devotion and the love of virtue.

11. Wonderful and hidden is the grace bestowed by this Sacrament on the faithful of Christ, which unbelievers and those who give their lives up to sin can never experience! For spiritual grace is conferred by this Sacrament, lost virtue is renewed in the soul, and the beauty destroyed by sin returns again.

Sometimes the grace of this Sacrament is so powerful, that from the fulness of devotion granted, not only the mind, but also the frail body recovers its former strength.

   

DECEMBER 24TH

 

BOOK 4: On the blessed sacrament and devout exhortations for holy communion;

CHAPTER I - The Great Reverence with which Christ should be received (part 5)

What a pity, and how much we ought to regret that we are so lukewarm and careless, as not to be drawn with greater love to receive Christ, our Lord; for in Him is all the hope and merit of those who are to be saved. He is our sanctification and redemption; the comforter of pilgrims, and the eternal joy of the Saints.

Therefore, it is most regrettable that many have to little regard for this saving mystery, which fills heaven with joy and keeps all the world in being. How blind and hard are human hearts, when they pay such scant attention to so wonderful a gift, that even their daily reception of Holy Communion falls into mere routine!

13. If this most holy Sacrament were celebrated in one place only, and consecrated by only one priest in all the world, they know how great would be the longing of people’s hearts, and how they would flock to that place and visit that one priest of God in order to see the divine mysteries celebrated!

But now there are many priests, and in many places, Christ is offered up, so that as Holy Communion is more widely distributed throughout the world, the greater appears God’s grace and love for human beings.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, eternal Shepherd, that You have graciously fulfilled Your promise to feed Your poor exiles with Your precious Body and Blood, inviting us to receive these sacred mysteries with the words from Your own lips, saying: “ Come to Me, all you are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28)

 

DECEMBER 25TH

 

BOOK 3: Interior ConversationCHAPTER LIX

That all Our Hope and Confidence is to Be Placed in God Alone

Disciple: My Lord, God, what can I depend on in this life, or what is my greatest solace on earth? It is not You, my God, whose mercy is infinite? Where have things gone well with me without You, and where have things gone badly for me when You were with me?

Poverty for Your sake is preferable to riches without You. It would be better to roam this world as a pilgrim with You than to be in heaven without You; for, indeed, where You are not is both death and hell. Heaven is where You are, and You are all I desire, and this desire makes me cry out to You, and in prayer to beg for your help.

And so I come to the realization that I cannot fully trust in anyone to help me in my necessities save only You- my hope, my trust, my comfort, and my most faithful Friend.

2. All persons look out for their own interests (Phil 2:21); You seek only my salvation and my benefit, turning all good things to my good. Even though You permit me to be tested by various temptations and all sorts of trials, You do so for my profit.

It is Your wisdom which deals thus with those whom You love. And under this probation I ought to love and praise You as much as if You were filling me with heavenly consolations.

3. Therefore, in You, O my God, I place all my hope and fly to You for refuge. On You I cast all my troubles and anxieties; for all is uncertainty, weakness and instability outside of You.

Many friends cannot help me; influential people are of no avail; consulting the wise will not give me the answers I require; the books of the learned can bring me no inspiration; nor is there any precious substance to ransom me, no secret hiding place to shelter me. Only You Yourself, my God, can stand by me, help me, comfort, counsel, teach and defend me.

4. Everything that seems to be for our peace and happiness in this world is really nothing and contributes nothing to your joy, if You are absent.

You, Lord, are the end of all good things, the sublimity of life, the depth of all wisdom that can be spoken. Therefore, to trust in You above all else is the greatest comfort Your Servants can have.

To You, Lord, the Father of mercy, I raise my eyes, and in You alone, my God, I put my trust. Bless and sanctify my soul with Your heavenly benediction; may it become a holy place where You may dwell- the place of Your eternal glory. Let nothing be found in this temple that may offend the eyes of Your Divine Majesty.

Look down upon Your poor servant, Lord, exiled in the land of the shadow of death, and according to the greatness of Your goodness and Your manifold mercies, graciously hear my prayer. Defend and preserve my soul amid the many dangers of this corruptible life, and direct me by Your grace along the path of peace, to the land of everlasting light. Amen.

 

December 2018

Our conclusion and Synthesis about the Advent of Christ -The Advent of Fire

We conclude this series of Reading and Reflections with clarifications for those who are interested in their Inner Transformation, who want to Work with their Inner Christs and for the Self -Realization of their Beings.

These extracts from the book of Imitation of Christ, can help one to develop Superior emotions, gain Knowledge directed to the heart, where resides our Intimus.

Here we saw the requirements to become united with Christ, to became Christ, the importance to become pacific through trials and tests, to be focussed on what is really important to enrich our inner lives, etc, etc.

We would like to clarify that Gnosis is not just about religion, but Religion is an essential aspect that it needs to be better understood.

We need to develop True Love and with great need to purify our hearts, to reflect on our behaviours, the need to die in ourselves, to sacrifice our suffering to help others.

Religion means RE-LIGARE, to reconnect with our Essence, with our Inner Father, with our Divine Mother, with Masters of White Lodge, with our Founder and Master Samael Aun Weor and our Beloved Master Litelantes.

Return to Nature and comprehend that we are all interconnected, for that reason we need to awake consciousness , otherwise if we don’t work on ourselves we create more Karma and as  result more suffering.

Christmas it is an important time to reflect; to read mystical books and extract the knowledge contained between the lines. Only through Experience will we comprehend the bible, or Pistis Sophia, or Koran etc, etc, etc.

The real meaning of Christmas goes beyond Religions, because it is a macrocosmos and microcosmos event. Christ is an energy, that can be incarnated on the Adepts who work with Alchemy, in the Forge of the Vulcan, where Husband and Wife works in the Alchemical Laboratory, working in the hermetic flask, without losing energy.

Meanwhile, one is still single, we recommend working on the transmutation of their own energies, be dedicated to developing Inner Spiritual Life, creating virtues for the Essence, such as patience, serenity, comprehension; and with the right attitude you will find your dear beloved one.

Here are some extracts of the book For the Adepts, by Franz Hartman, where Franz is an apprentice from the Great Master Paracelsus (Theodorus), parts of chapters – the Alchemical Laboratory and Higher Worlds:

“…The true alchemist requires no ingredients for his processes, such as he could buy in a chemist's shop. He finds the materials which he needs within his own organisation. The highest processes of alchemy require no mechanical labour; they consist in the purification of the soul, and in transforming animal man into a divine being."

"But," said I, "did not the ancient alchemists treat real metals and transform them into others of a higher order?"

To this Theodorus replied:

"The invisible principles of which the constitution of man is made up are called his metals, because they are more lasting and enduring than flesh and blood. The metals which are formed by his thoughts and desires will continue to exist after the perishing elements constituting his physical body have been dissolved. Man's animal principles are the base metals of which his animal organisation consists; they must be changed into nobler metals by transforming his vices into virtue, until they pass through all colours and turn into the gold of pure spirituality. To accomplish this it is necessary that the grossest elements in his astral form should die and putrefy, so that the light of the spirit penetrate through the hard shell and call the inner man into life and activity."

"Then," I said, "all those alchemical prescriptions which we find in the books are only to be taken in a figurative sense, and have nothing to do with material substances, such as salt, sulphur, mercury, &c."

… Sohar the following passage, which I advise you to note down in your book, so that you will not forget it: Everything that exists upon the Earth has its ethereal counterpart above the Earth (that is to say, in the inner realm), and there is nothing, however insignificant it may appear in the world, which is not depending on something higher (or more interior ); so that if the lower part acts, its presiding higher part reacts upon it."

"It has been taught by the ancients," I interjected, "that man is a little world, constituted in a manner similar to the big world, which he inhabits."

"This is true," said the Adept; "but you should not merely know it as a theory, but realise it. Within yourself is contained the universe with all its powers, heaven and hell, angels and devils, and all the kingdoms with their inhabitants, and you may call them into life at your pleasure. You are the god and creator within your own universe. You continually people that world with forms, coming into existence by your thoughts, and you infuse them with your life by the power of will. In each human being are contained germinally the essences which constitute the mineral, vegetable, animal, or human kingdom…

… "If you practically understand the contents of this book," said Theodorus, "you will not merely know how to produce gold out of the baser metals, which is one of the lowest, most insignificant, and comparatively worthless parts of our art, but you will know the mystery of the Rose and the Cross; you will know how to come into possession of the Philosopher's Stone and the Universal Panacea, which renders those who possess it immortal. You will then not merely know how to direct the processes of life, so as to make pearls and diamonds and precious stones grow, but you will know how to make a man out of an animal, and a god out of a man. This last alchemical process is the one thing which is needed, and in comparison all other arts are merely playthings for children. What will it serve us to run after illusions, which will vanish in time, if we can obtain within ourselves that which is eternal and real?"

I asked the Adept whether I would be permitted to show that book to others, or to have it copied and printed; upon which he replied:

"There are at present few people in the world who would be able to comprehend this book to its fullest extent; but there are some who desire to know the truth, and for the sake of these few you may risk to throw pearls before the swine. The symbols contained in these pages must be not merely seen and studied with the intellect, they must also be grasped by the spirit. To make this plain to you, know that each occult symbol and sign, from a mere point up to the double-interlaced Triangle, to the Rose and the Cross, has three significations. The first is the exoteric meaning, which is easily understood; the second is the esoteric or secret signification, which may be intellectually explained; the deepest and most mysterious one is the third, the spiritual meaning, which cannot be explained, but which must be spiritually experienced within yourself. This practical, internal experience is arrived at by the power of intuition, or the faculty by which the soul feels the presence of things which one cannot see with the bodily senses. If a person once feels interior things with his heart, sees them by his internal sight, and understands their attributes, then such a person has become illuminated, and is practically an Adept.

From Higher Worlds Chapter: “God is God, and there is nothing beside Him. He is the All; matter and motion and space, consciousness, intelligence, wisdom, spirit, substance, energy, darkness, and light. The worlds are His outspoken thoughts; but there is nothing outside of Himself of which He might think, He being the All, including and penetrating everything. Thus everything exists within Him, who is the life and soul of all things. In Him we live and move and have our being, and without Him we are nothing.

"Man is the god and creator of his own little world, and therefore similar processes take place when a person, by the power of introspection, directs his thoughts towards his own centre of consciousness within his 'heart.' Now this activity going towards the centre could never of itself have created an external world, because the external world belongs to the periphery, and it requires a centrifugal power to call it into existence. The introspective activity of the Mind is a centripetal power, and could therefore not act from the centre towards the periphery. But you know that every action is followed by a reaction. The centripetal power, finding resistance at the centre, returns and evolves a centrifugal activity, and this centrifugal power is called Imagination. This Soul-energy is the medium between the centre and the periphery, between Spirit and Matter, between the Creator and His creations, between God and Nature, or whatever names you may choose to give to them. The Soul-consciousness is the product of the centrifugal activity of the Mind, put into action by the centripetal activity of the Will.

Thank you for your patience. Hope you find these Knowledge useful for your own development and if you are interested to know a little more about our Studies or classes in Brisbane, Perth, Wollongong and Melbourne, please contact us. The details are on this website.

May you find what you are looking for and you will be assisted in your Quest by your Inner parents

From all the Gnostic Instructors in Australia, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019.

 

 


 

To all the Mothers and Divine Mothers

 

Tomorrow we celebrate a Mother’s day here in Australia.

In the special day we would like to honor those women who gave life and sacrifice their lives for their children. Who are symbol of Love and Comprehension not just in the Micro cosmos but on the Macro cosmos.

As well, we have our physical mother who gave life to us, there are other aspects of this Feminine force in the Universe.

She is part of the creation of the cosmos/universe; she is our Divine Mother, who represents Nature; she is within us to guide all our way in our journey of this lifetime, but also who never left us meanwhile we were passing from body to body and she represents the Divine Mother Death.

May we all receive and perceive the need to appreciate our physical mothers or pray to the mothers who left us in our families! 

Referring to this special part of our Being, Samael Aun Weor gives us the following wisdom in Esoteric Course of kabbalah:

“If you want to return to the Father who is in secret, you must first return to the womb of your Divine Mother Kundalini. You need to raise the Serpent of Life through your medullar canal; that is Alchemy. You have forgotten about your Divine Mother Kundalini. You need to adore the divine and blessed mother of the world. You have ungrateful towards your Cosmic Mother. She is the Virgin from all religious belief systems. She is Isis, Mary, Cybele, Adonia, Insoberta…

Study from the sacred book of your Divine Mother. “Ask and you shall receive; knock and it shall be open unto you.” Your Divine Mother can grant the occult powers you long for. Pray to your Divine Mother. Practice your esoteric exercises; you may ask your adored Mother for clairvoyance, telepathy, clairaudience, the faculties for astral emergence, etc. You can be certain that your divine Mother will know how to listen to your supplications. You must meditate profoundly every day on your Divine Mother, praying and supplicating…”

Practice: 

Lie down in your bed, face up, with the entire body relaxed.

Lull yourself to sleep, meditate on the Sacret Serpent which is in the coccygeal chakra.

Pray with all your heart, meditating on the following prayer from a sacred ritual:

Invocation:

You are, O Hadit !, my secret, the Gnostic mystery of my Being, the central point of my connection, my heart itself, blossom on my fertile lips made Verb. There above, in the infinite heavens, in the profound height of the unknown, the incessant radiance of light is the naked beauty of Nut. She reclines, she arches in delightful ecstasy, so as to receive the kiss of the secret desire of Hadit. The winged sphere and the blue of the sky are mine.

O AO KAKOF NA KHONSA

O AO KAKOF NA KHONSA

O AO KAKOF NA KHONSA

These mantrams have the power to transmute our creative energy into light and fire, within the alchemical laboratory of the human organism. This prayer with its corresponding mantrams can be used during alchemy. This prayer with its mantrams is a omnipotent key for meditation on your Divine Mother.

From: "Esoteric Course of Kabbalah" V.M. Samael Aun Weor

 


 

Mary Help of Christians

 

 

O Mary, most holy, I greet you as my gracious Queen and thank you for the countless blessings you have been showering on all those who come to you for help [mention your prayer request] .

Mary, powerful Virgin, you are the mighty and glorious protector of the Church.

You are the marvellous help of Christians.

You are awe-inspiring as an army in battle array.

You eliminated heresy in the world.

In the midst of my anguish, struggle and distress, defend me from the power of the enemy, and at the hour of my death receive my soul in heaven.

I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 


 

The Great Void

 

When we go beyond body, beyond emotion, and beyond mind, we indeed experience an element that radically transforms us. In the Illuminating Void, people often experience fear, the terror of the annihilation of self. 

So it happens that in this Great Void we go beyond personality, beyond individuality, and beyond the ‘I.’ In this Great Void, one feels that one’s consciousness is in communion with all that is, has been, and will be. In such delicious moments, we are experiencing what really is: we are living in the flower; we are living in the mountain; we are living in the shy little bird flying amidst the treetops; we are living in the fish that swims in the depths of the water; we are living in the dew drop and in the sun travelling throughout infinite space... We are one with all things! 

VM Samael Aun Weor: CATEGORICAL DECLARATIONS BY THE PATRIARCH

 


 

Thank you Master Litelantes

 

Much could be said about the Master. Master Samael speaks to us about this Lady-Adept in his Work. There are testimonies from people who lived with the Master and who had experiences and still have experiences, both in the physical world and in other dimensions. There is no doubt that she still helps us and holds our hand when we deserve it.

The Master has Mercy even if she is a Master in the court of Justice, among the 42 Judges.

She helps, when with Faith we ask her for help. She is ready to hold our hands, but because we are asleep we do not perceive her help.

During an astral experience she could tell us: "Do you want help?" And because we are asleep we could answer: "No, thank you very much". And that's enough for her to go away from that place.

What a waste! Master Litelantes does not waste time saying: Are you sure? The Master is direct and very practical. She acts according to one's will and respects one’s  free will.

If one wants help, and asks for it with faith, the Master can help, but if one does not have faith and is proud in their attitude, the Master can withdraw, even if one has had the opportunity to be helped. She does not waste her time. So, let's have faith and humility to be helped by this special Master.

Today, February 5, is the anniversary of Master Litelantes. She  disincarnated on February 5th, 1998. And she left the responsibility of the Gnostic Institute of Anthropology to her son Osiris Gomez Garro, our beloved director of the World headquarters until February 20, 2015, when he disembodied. Leaving for the time being the responsibility to our esteemed Director and his wife, Mrs. Inmaculada Ugartamendia de Gomez.

May we have Strength, Patience, Serenity, and Love in our prayers to carry forward the responsibility that each member of the gnosis has. This is to help humanity that is so distant from the true path that leads to the true Revolution of Consciousness, and the true search for the Self-Knowledge of the Being and therefore of oneself.

May we have courage and motivation to work with the three factors of the Revolution of Consciousness:

1) Death: disintegrating our psychological defects;

2) Birth: just as in the physical world a body is born, so can one (whenever possible) create his superior bodies for access to the experiences of the Superior Worlds

2) Sacrifice: knowing how to suffer for this Humanity, providing the opportunity to the people so that they can access this Superior Knowledge.

Below are some phrases of Master Litelantes, taken from the book “Litelantes in Memoriam”. This book is not yet translated into English but that for this special occasion, we translate some phrases as homage to our Master.

Thank you very much. Whoever is reading this text: do not stop looking for what your Being seeks. Listen to the voice of your Heart and search. Look inside yourself and look for it outside, if you want to have access to this Knowledge. Search for a Gnostic Center or contact us as you wish.

Thank you very much

Cristina, Gnostic Missionary in Australia

 “The sacrifice was of Samael and my person. We were the ones suffering and carrying other people's problems. All those students who are in the Gnosis, have found everything already served, at the table, and still they have the audacity to say that Gnosis is theirs.

 Gnosis is for those of us who know how to respect and know how to live. And to know ourselves, and not care about others opinions, but the Doctrine. That is Knowledge."

"... if you like the teaching, then give the teaching of Samael, but you are not required to. If you do not, you will need to have patience. There should not be division, but if there is, what can we do? I do not make the division. Because it is more beautiful to work together, without ambition at all.

The only ambition that each one of us must have is to awaken conscience, to die in ourselves, to give the knowledge, that is the great work, and the Great Work of the Father, the rest is not important."

Responding to a letter: "... God in his infinite Mercy is always present to help and encourage us. Go ahead with your lectures and never become discouraged despite the setbacks. We must integrate the three factors of the revolution of conscience in a balanced way and we must march on the inner path that leads to the integration of the different parts of our Being. Any question or concern about the inner work, write to me and I will always answer your letters. Move ahead. May peace be with you. ”

Signed: Arnolda Garro de Gomez (Litelantes)

 


 

The Seven Rules of Paracelsus

 

In his rules, Paracelsus encompasses absolute health in a series of simple instructions. Breathing, eating, kindness, concentration and confidence in life and oneself as a method of virtuosity and discretion —as Socrates affirmed in his three sieves—, and to live a life free of excesses.These rules, which I find to be one of the most valuables guides for living, are a must to have a copy of in a place where you can see it as often as possible. I personally have my own copy.

1. Improve your health.

To do this we must breathe as often as possible, deep and rhythmically with well-filled lungs, outside or looking out a window. Drink in small sips every day two litres of water, eat lots of fruits and chew food as consistently as possible. Avoid alcohol, tobacco and medicine, unless for some reason you are subjected to severe treatment. Bathing daily is a habit you owe to your own dignity.

2. Banish from your spirit, despite the many reasons that may exist, any idea of pessimism, resentment, hatred, boredom, sadness, revenge and poverty.

Run away from every opportunity to deal with people who are vicious, vile, murmuring, lazy, and gossipy; also avoid people who are vain or vulgar and of inferior natural baseness of understanding or whose topics of conversation are sensualist topics. The observance of this rule is of decisive importance: it’s about changing the spiritual texture of your soul. It is the only way to change your fate because it depends on our actions and thoughts.

3. Do as much good as possible.

Aid any person that may be in need, but never have a weakness for anyone. You must take care of your own energy and avoid any form of sentimentalism.

4. Forget any offense, better yet, strive to think on the wellbeing of your greatest enemy.

Your soul is a temple that must never be corrupted by hatred. We are all great beings that have been led by an inner voice, but this will not speak to you suddenly; it requires preparing for it over time, destroying the overlapping layers of old habits, thoughts and behaviours that way heavily on the your divine spirit, which is perfect but powerless because of the imperfect vehicle that you have provided it for its manifestation, lean meat.

5. Seek shelter where no-one can disturb you. Sit as comfortably as you can with eyes that are half shut and a blank mind.

This fortifies the brain and the spirit energetically, and it will connect you with good influences. In this state of meditation and silence we usually come up with luminous ideas, capable of changing our entire existence. With time the problems that arise will be victoriously resolved by an inner voice that will guide you during those moments of silence, alone with your consciousness. That is the diamond which Socrates talks of. 

6. You must be absolutely silent about your personal issues.

Abstain yourself, as if you had taken a vow of silence, from telling others, even your closest friends and family, anything you think, hear, know, learn, suspect or discover. For a long time at least you must be a safe house or sealed garden. This is a rule of utmost importance.

7. Never fear men or what tomorrow might bring.

Have a strong, clean soul and everything will turn out for the best. Never think of yourself as weak or alone because there are behind you powerful armies that you cannot conceive —even in your wildest dreams—. If you raise your spirit there will be no evil that can touch you. The only enemy who you must fear is yourself. Fear and distrust of the future are the dire mothers of failure and they bring disaster along with them.

If you attentively study people who have good luck you will see that they intuitively observe a great part of these rules.  It is true that many people who enjoy great wealth are not necessarily “good” in the strictest of senses, but they do possess many of the virtues mentioned. On the other hand, wealth is not synonymous of happiness. It can be one the factors that lead us to it because of the power it gives us to partake in grand and noble works; but truly lasting happiness is only achieved by following other paths, that is where the ancient Satan of legends will never rule, his name is Selfishness. Never complain of anything, control your senses, run both of humility and vanity. Humility will take your strength away and vanity is so toxic it is almost a deadly sin against the Holy Spirit.