Isha De Lubicz

A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on reincarnation and attachment

If you want to know why and how reincarnation happens, let us make an experiment.  Lie down, and see that the body, and above all the nerves, are completely relaxed.  Then repeat, slowly and with attention, these words, trying as you do so to convince yourself that they are entirely true;  “I abandon here and now all worry, all preoccupations, all personal will . . . I wash away all grief and regret, all spite and vengeance....I give up all personal love, all plans, all longings, and all hopes for earthly things.”

            If you really try to be sincere in making these assertions, I defy you to speak the words without misgivings.  Certain flame-hot fibers will revolt in you, will refuse such a surrender and contradict any such undertaking.  Those are the threads that will drag you back to earth.  Inevitably!

            Spiritual states have nothing in common with your memories, or with the imaginings and intellectual interests of your earthly being; but those memories impress their emotional attraction upon your Ego-consciousness, and this prevents its liberation and causes you to return to earthly existence, by attraction, by the yearning for completeness.  This is one of the most important aspects of the law of karma.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 145

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on individuality and diversity

The light that the sun casts on the planets is the same for all, but each planet reflects it according to its own color, and the radiation that it returns is determined by its constitution.  In this inevitable diversity of color there is no treachery or false transmission, but it does explain why no teacher, however great, can all himself the sole possessor of the Truth.  He can only teach according to the type and “color” of his own soul, and to his capacity for faithful representation.  Beyond this limit he would be exceeding or misdirecting his mission, and adding a heavy responsibility to his burden of karma.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 159

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on signs, actions, and abilities

What matters is not to apply a definition but to observe the characteristic signs of a disposition allotted by destiny or achieved by effort.  Among such symptoms are the tendency to sympathize with the sufferings of others, not in a sense of pity, but by opening the heart so that its radiation, without selection or discrimination, acts by itself as a balm of impersonal healing.  Other signs are material and spiritual generosity, as opposed to avarice and envy; the feeling of awareness of solidarity; an effective sense of responsibility; and the acceptance of all that makes for simplicity of thought and feeling, looking at all times for the essential point and rejecting perfunctory opinions and fashionable prejudices.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 163

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on pity, worry, awareness, and drama

Our physical organs (and this cannot be too often repeated) are animal forces, which will quite naturally obey a man who is prepared to command them.  They are there to serve him, not to enslave him.  But the ego is so lazy that it makes him quite glad to abdicate this power in return for the secret satisfaction of pitying his own sufferings, or attracting attention to his pathetic case.  Most of our pathological conditions are aggravated by this unconfessed indulgence.  The same applies to our personal dramas and daily worries; we should have the courage to admit that they feed largely on the pity of others, and on our own.  In most cases, what would be left of them if we passed them over in total silence?

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 106

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on cat, cats, self awareness, and self control

Other animals give us a lesson in self-control:  the cat, for instance, whose wisdom is a model because it combines the most intent passion with the calmest indifference.  Motionless it plans its leap, and performs it exactly; the strength of its muscles is matched by its relaxation in repose; in sleep it has the abandon of an infant, yet its instinct is ever alert; it can fall without danger because it does not resist; hunting and fighting are games of pure pleasure for it, it hunts with rancor and plays without an object; it is ever ready to attack without animosity, and to defend itself without apprehension; being indifferent to victory, it cannot feel defeat.

            Serenity comes from independence.

            This independence, to be created in oneself, is not indifference, but neutrality with regard to the impressions received from without – whether pretty or ugly, good or bad, happy or sad, pleasant or unpleasant.  It is one thing to observe these qualities and quite another to let them affect our moods.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 117

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on obstacles and growth

The obstacles to the growth of intuitive knowledge are:

            •   Eagerness for results
            •   Use of the imagination, whether intellectually or emotionally
            •   Intrusion of irrelevant thoughts during meditation
            •   Ingratitude and skepticism when intuitive perceptions cannot yet be understood intellectually
            •   Self-complacency and unwillingness to confess mistakes

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 121

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on desires, liberation, and enlightenment

To arouse oneself from the state of sleep and take the first step toward liberation, one must attain a thorough understanding of the meaning of the Permanent Witness (or Ego-Consciousness) and see in that it differs from mere brain-consciousness.

            We shall then be able to understand hoe this personal conscience, though it needs to be awakened, is nevertheless a part of Personality whose aims are in general opposed to those of the Spiritual Self.

            The Personality wants:

            •  Continuity on earth
            •  The relative values of this temporary existence
            •  Intellectual information put at the service of worldly interests (a social, scientific, or commercial career)
            •   Mediocrity – since rash extremes can never expect to win public approval and gain social and worldly advantage
            •   Utilitarianism, meaning everything that fits in with mundane computation and logical reason
 

            The Spiritual Witness on the other hand, desires:

            •   To unite with the human and thus transmute it into an immortal being
            •   Absolute values which are indestructible
            •   To open the “heart” to intuitive knowledge
            •   The sense of excess, as a springboard from which to overleap human limitations and convert the fall of man into an opportunity of evolution
            •   Unalterable love of reality
            •   Love of life for its own sake
            •   Love of impersonal Love

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 44

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on teaching and insight

Not even the best teacher can present one with consciousness, or fill one with knowledge; but in a man suitably disposed it is possible to arouse reactions which will lead in the right direction.

            Often it is useful to prepare the ground by clarifying essential ideas in order to get rid of prejudices.  But the most effective instruction is that which leads the seeker to put his problems clearly to himself so that then he can find he answer for himself in meditation.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 67

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on idol, idolatry, religion, god, and projection

Many are those who project their imaginings outside themselves and create gods “in their own image and likeness.”  The powers they would adore are those that can grant them all the boons they yearn for in this world and the next.  They are answered by Christ’s word:  “Ye know not what ye ask” (Mark 10:38).

            Their wish is for an idol to protect and favor them, or else for a divine being who can be loved possessively.  But the paradises, like gods, are made by men according to their desires, and their misfortune will be that they will often find what they have imagined.  But what we can imagine is no part of the inexpressible Divine.     

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 78

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A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on pendulum

Chapter 14  The Pendulum

            Spirit is the substantial source of “things”; but “things” become opposed dto spirit; “things” are passive and react.

            Man, in his Automatic Self, is a “thing”; he does not discern the source of his impulses, but submits to them passively like a reed in the wind; he is their plaything when unaware of them, and if he revolts against them he must suffer their resistance.

            Thus by the law of alternation he swings to and fro like a pendulum:  effort – impotence; hope – despair.

            And the law of reaction means that the higher the rise, the more grievous the fall.  Instead of this one can learn to “live” the pendulum; and therein van Wisdom be found.

            For the alternation is inevitable.  To recognize it is to abolish he anxiety that comes of ignorance; to have its measure is to be able to master it; not to resist it is to attain peace; and to use its impetus is to increase one’s vital force.

            The movement has four phases:

            First phase:  Will to power and mastery

            Second phase:  Lack of balance

            Third phase:  Absence of will

            Fourth phase:  Balanced serenity.

           

The will to power gives the impetus to mount, and pitiful indeed is the timid man who does not dare to use it.  False humility keeps his soul enslaved, taking a morbid satisfaction in his wretchedness.  This is the putrid virtue of mediocrity.

            The aim of every tradition of wisdom is to gain possession of the “inner kingdom,” for to hold that is the key to the “Kingdom of Heaven,”  which is a kingdom not of this earth.  But the man who seeks it has his feet on the ground, and his body is his instrument.  His personal form is the obstacle he must overcome, but the Will to the Light reveals from time to time the Secret Being within him.

            The true Name of that Being, though unknown to its bearer, is the thread that binds together all his existences, and its consciousness is the “divine kingdom” in which the human Personality becomes the servant of its Immortal Self.

            This victory of the suprahuman, being the highest aim we can have on earth, is not won without striking a blow; and the Lower Self is both the weapon to be used and the intended victim.  Its resistance therefore is inevitable, and its instinct of self-preservation classes the Individuality as its opponent.

            But the prospect of power will draw it like bait.

            The power is perfectly real Mastery of the physical body gives health and strength; mastery of emotions prevents one from being controlled by others, and opens the inward ear; mastery of the mind, by which the arising thoughts can be either formulated or abolished at will, makes possible intuitive vision.

            The prospect of such power as this should surely suffice to overcome inertia.  And we shall be wise to use it, for it will give us the impetus to mount.  Only we must remain alert to substitute the Will to the Light for the will to power; for thus at every upward step the quality of the power will be less personal and more altruistic, since it comes from mastery over the grasping instinct of our egocentric nature.

            The aim of the whole operation is to give the pendulum energy.

            The moment of success is critical, for the notion of reaching the limit restricts effort and leads to a falling back.  This is where wisdom should intervene; for, realizing the instability of the success obtained, it would accept the limit as the prerequisite of a new creative impulse – which will arise, but not before its proper time.  That is the secret!

            Worldy  persons dislike this game intensely, for if they make an effort they expect to enjoy the fruits of it; so to prevent the falling back they use their will power to insist upon a result – and the pendulum breaks.

            The third phase of the pendulum is, mystically speaking, the compensation for the proud effort of power, namely absence of will, which means acceptance, not of impotence but of the vital law of alternation.  It accepts the phase of descent without resistance, being certain that a new phase of energy will follow.  And in a similar way our understanding of the pendulum’s action can be enlarged from the merely personal field to the universal.

            The decisive moment is when the pendulum’s further movement is rejected by the proud man who refuses to accept descent, and justified in him who does accept it.

            For the humility of the sage is to understand that power is only knowledge of the law.

            He who accepts the descent will find at the bottom of it the fruit of his awareness of it, namely serenity and balance.

            Thus is that peace attained which gives renewed impetus for a further rise by means of a legitimate will to power.

            The amplitude of the pendulum’s swing us determined by one’s own stage of awareness; but without a fresh impulse it tends to diminish.  This is the justification of the means suggested to set it going, namely the arousing of a personal instinct in order to start the game which in the end will destroy the personal attitude by forcing it to acknowledge the law of alternation.

            Absolute cessation of alternation could only be the result of univeralization of consciousness.

            This path, which makes use of the contradictions in an individual’s nature, is the contrary of that which tries to abolish weaknesses by denying their existence; that only creates inhibitions.

            The pendular movement is continually exemplified in the alternation of dilation and contraction, and we should learn to make use of it.

            The air penetrates our bodies by the double movement of respiration; and, like our lungs, the earth itself expands and contracts.

            All things living on earth partake if this alternation between dilation and contraction, inspiration and expiration.

            Dilation is the happy moment of expanding into oneness.

            Contraction is the satanic function of materialization.

            Both are necessary, but to use them wisely one must understand their motive forces.

            Dilation is a gesture of union, of absorption into the Cosmos, without selection, opposition, or separation.  Its tendency is to expansion, to the breaking of bounds, to the fusion of all in All.  It is the absence of personal will, the opening of the heart without reserve, the attempt to escape into the Abyss beyond the frontiers of matter.  It is the upward movement of the pendulum; but the pendulum falls inevitably back, since its point of attachment is on earth.

            Its descent is the movement of expiration and contraction.

            All things except the Absolute Unity are subject to this alternation; it is the most inexorable motion in the becoming of the universe.

            For this reason Wisdom does not seek peace in continual “Good,” without ugliness and without a falling back, but rather in the skillful use of oppositions.

            Dilation is inevitably followed by contraction, and therefore all progress, all generous expansion is at once followed by a reaction.  If you wish to know what the reaction will be, consider your private motives for resistance, for it will take their character; and they will be your intellectual criticisms, your doubts and rebellions, your skepticism and pessimism.

            If you are not aware of this reaction, it will control you, and you may sadly conclude that the progress which you made in the period of expansion has been all wiped out in the period of contraction.  Thus do men of goodwill, if they are ignorant victims of this lamentable seesaw, proceed with their spiritual evolution at the speed of a tortoise.

            To attain victory quickly, one must be aware of the contrary rhythm and learn to take advantage of its movement in the antagonistic direction, just as a blacksmith uses the rebound of his hammer to diminish it’s deadweight; the anvil, by it’s resistance, throws up the hammer, and the blacksmith requires less effort to bring it down again.

            The rebound increases with repetition up to a certain number of strokes, determined by the fatigue of the metal, which also needs it’s interval of rest.

            Consider this law carefully, and draw the conclusion.

            The phase of contraction is a necessary evil; how can you make use of it?

            Every action increases in amplitude if encouraged by a reaction.

            Contraction is a satanic tautening of muscle in order to hold what one has grasped; it is the avarice of Matter storing up its nourishment in itself.

            It is the fear of losing oneself,  the turning in upon oneself, the need to know one’s limits in order to lock up the ego in an impenetrable shell.

            Contraction condenses and concretizes.  When you feel it coming over you, bring your progress down to the material level; act, execute, write down what you have learned in the period of exaltation.  This is the exact opposite of what the Automaton does; he submits to the phase of depression as a phase of impotence, and lets gloom and resentment torture him in vain.

            The expansive phase, on the other hand, the Automaton uses up in exuberant action, distracting and dispersing himself, in fact wasting and scattering the vitality that he receives in that phase.

            One should observe this ebb and flow attentively, and use the pendular rhythm to increase one’s strength.  In the period of expansion one should seek silence, lengthen one’s meditations, and stay quiet as much as possible in order to listen, to heat up the inner fire.  You waste your treasure if you yield to the temptation of externalizing your joy in talk and action.  Your ardor should expand not outwardly but inwardly.  For only calm and silence can give full power to the phases of impulse, expansion, and self-giving, which will revitalize your being.\

            Exterior action should be reserved for the dark period of contraction.  In this phase of harshness and cold assert your conquest, materialize your dreams, and bring to concrete expression that which you understood and assimilated in the phase of joy. Like the blacksmith, use reaction to assist action, to give form to what you have conceived.

            The astringent side of one’s nature can be used to give clarity and form to new knowledge.

            And if the combative mood prevails in spite of everything, set it an absorbing intellectual or manual task; this is much better than to let it impede your progress.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 95

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