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The breaking of the veil on Christ ‘ s death which gave man sight and led him to the knowledge of God .

Any experience of inner transformation should aspire to put the higher mind, not the lower mind, in control of the personality. The process involves the consciousness ceasing to identify with the lower mind and instead do so with the soul through the higher mind. So the inner transformation occurs when our consciousness harmonizes with the Being/Self instead of with the ego.

On the other hand, if consciousness identifies with our ego through the lower mind, we end up with an inadequate perception of reality, live in ignorance, and depend on automatisms from the past. Our life experience becomes difficult and limiting both for ourselves and for others.

On the contrary, when our consciousness manages to identify with the Being/Self through the higher mind, your understanding is correct and accurate at any time, we have a joyful experience of the world and an enormous sense of mastery and freedom. Our very behaviour and quality of our life experience depend directly with which of the two aspects our consciousness identifies.

The task of changing our consciousness’ point of identification is, therefore, essential for this transformation process. To understand our present difficulties, in our attempt to live in a permanent state of peace and harmony, we must understand both the process of identification with the ego —which the consciousness has to undergo for the ego to be built— and the opposite process, namely de-identification, to which we must submit to regain our freedom.

The natural order of things is that consciousness has to first identify with the ego to build it. During this construction period, in the absence of knowledge of the Being, the ego develops an operating mechanism, the lower mind

Nowadays, many people do not need to reinforce their personality because it is already well built. Burning within these people’s consciousness is a desire to break free from the shackles of their lower mechanism.

Right now, the fact that we identify with our ego mechanism is not only not appropriate, but instead has become a source of suffering and limitation. What was useful at a certain point of our evolution has become an obstacle. It is a question of perfecting an imperfect ego and then releasing it. You can only let go of a perfected ego.

Depending on each person’s level of development, one can find many human beings who still identify with the ego, while a few others have managed to identify with the Being/Self in varying degrees. In this context, what come into play are two different dynamics that depend on whether the consciousness identifies with the ego or the Being/Self.

While it is true that we must aspire to cease feeling attached to this world, this should not be taken in the sense of trying to escape from this relationship, but rather in the sense of trying to gain mastery over it.

Identifying with one’s personality is not a mistake. It remained necessary for thousands of years, to permit the construction of a physical, emotional and mental instrument and so allow God to appear in this world, and for spirit and matter to come together. When that instrument is sufficiently well built, it is time for the consciousness to let go and become less attached to matter; i.e., for separation and identity at the ego level, so as to put the instrument under the control of the Being/Self.

So “negating” the ego is not bad, one just has to adopt the right perspective. Many people today are willing to change their operational approach to the soul, but the old mechanisms remain active in our consciousness, so we keep on experiencing both approaches depending on the circumstances.

Then we come to a crossroads where we have to make a decision: either we let our consciousness keep on identifying with the ego and open ourselves up to possible harmful consequences, or we shift our consciousness’s identification to the reality of the soul through conscious internal work to reconnect with our true nature, with the deeper meaning of this life and the joy and freedom of being.

What do we have to do so that, over time, our personality can be considered fully built and receptive to the will of the soul?

Some general recommendations in this regard:

⦁ Become familiar with the mechanisms of the instrument (ego), its components, how they work at this point in time; become fully aware of these unconscious mechanisms (i.e., knowledge of oneself in terms of both the conscious and unconscious mechanisms of our personality); recognize the fact that one is NOT the instrument, but is responsible for building it, and through this knowledge, start to stop identifying with the instrument (the ego).

⦁ Weigh up the needs and improvements lacking in the current structure, so that the instrument can manifest the qualities of the Being/Self, such as healing, the ability to rid oneself of past complexes etc.).

⦁ Recognize the need to develop the higher elements so as to activate the full potential of the instrument: development of the higher mind, intelligence, the heart and all the qualities of the Being/Self; strengthen direct contact with the Being/Self, and increasingly identify consciousness with the soul.

All we have to do is simply avoid considering these life courses “personally” at the ego level; these different lives do not belong to our current personality but to our soul, as part of the material that it has to work with.

The fact is that, as far as the soul goes, we are not separate from one another, nor can we really say that these lives are ours. Yet on the other hand, it is “my” soul.

Once again, it’s the paradox that something is not individual “or” collective but individual “and” collective. Both approaches finally converge in what seems a paradox, as is always the case when trying to describe reality at the soul’s level, rather than at the level of the ordinary mind, with its obvious limitations. It is almost impossible to describe the reality of the Self/Being/soul through personality—related concepts.

However, once we have assimilated the paradox, what remains is the fundamental reality that the soul is building an instrument through successive experiences in the world of matter. These lives are “not us”: they are simply experiences of the Being/Self. On the other hand, humans have a responsibility to do something with such experiences.

As everyone knows, at the end of any life, the physical body dies, and its substance or matter breaks down completely. That, according to materialistic science, is when we disappear forever. And, indeed, the fact is that the physical body has done so.

However, the consciousness that inhabited that body has not ceased to exist. In fact, after leaving the physical body, the soul’s consciousness continues having experiences on the emotional plane —also called the astral plane— and on the mental plane.

Therefore “we” continue to exist, for a time, in the astral world, with all the thoughts and emotions that we had throughout the physical life that we have just left. The body of its personality is then only made up of emotional and mental matter. Then ifs time to leave the emotional world, after having done what was needed at that level.

Now we are -dead” in the emotional world, we move away from our emotional body, which then bonds with the universal astral matter, and the physical body merges with universal physical matter after its physical death. Furthermore, the Self/Being/soul only exists in the mental field. The process is the same as for the previous levels: after some time having experiences at this level, we depart from our mental body, which in tum merges with universal mental matter and at last we are at the soul’s level.

Our personality, which the Self used as a means of experience, has now dissolved altogether. The ego has died and will not reappear as it was before. So what remains after our journey through this life that just ended? Where, and at what level, is there some form of continuity?

The explanation is that when our consciousness leaves the physical/etheric body, all the information about this body’s experiences in the life that has just ended is recorded in a unit of consciousness known as a permanent atom or consciousness archive.

So when our consciousness departs from our astral and mental bodies, it takes away permanent atoms that contain the essence of our experience at the emotional and mental levels.

When our personality completely disintegrates and the consciousness inside us has returned fully to the Self, what are left are these permanent atoms in which the Being can access all the information about the experiences acquired during this life in the three worlds. This is added to the experiences gained during previous lives.

That is when the Self lakes stock”, so to speak, both of what it possesses and what it has failed to master; of the ability or inability of its instrument to express its will in the three worlds. On this basis, it also decides what lessons” have yet to be learned, selects an appropriate date and establishes the conditions for recreating a new instrument in a context suited to further learning.

So it is not the form or shape —be it physical, emotional or mental—, nor is it our last lived personality that is “reincarnated”, as it no longer exists. The Self is simply another instrument, in the light of past experiences, another “personality” to undergo a new set of experiences. Yet it is not entirely independent of other previous personalities, because it is based on what has been learned to date, in all the aspects of consciousness that have already been developed, in all the lessons that have been learned or remain to be leamed.

Therefore the physical birth of a being comes with a relatively well-defined mental, emotional and physical potential, through the integration of all the past experiences that we have yet to encounter in this life.

This potential encompasses all conscious understandings, the positive wealth of knowledge acquired in terms of physical, emotional and mental proficiency, and the Being can use all this proficiency directly to express its will on the earthly plane. This is the part of the ego that is flexible, intelligent, creative, free and serene, and that makes it an effective tool.

Moreover, since the evolution process has not been completed, this being also carries the “fragments” of the ego that are still relatively undeveloped or have become solidified or blocked as a result of past experiences.

What all this means is that we now have a number of positive experiences in terms of knowledge and wisdom, and that give us a degree of proficiency in the three worlds Yet we still shoulder a heavy burden of material we have yet to understand, together with psychological garbage generated during the construction process itself. Our lack of proficiency stems from these parts of the ego, as does all our suffering and the limitations that we experience throughout our lives.

Think as we may that each individual evolves separately from all others, the truth is not so simple. Ultimately, all human beings are connected and each individual history will eventually play a larger role in the evolution of a more universal consciousness. Actually, Mankind is progressing collectively.

This feeling grows as an individual evolves. The pressure in our soul seems to grow stronger and forces us to continue with our quest, using all the means at our disposal. Until recently, the people who had felt this inner calling so clearly were very few and far between. Yet nowadays, the collective spiritual pressure of the soul, driven by all those who have already started out on paths to self-realization, has reached a level of such intensity that a growing number of people are feeling that inner calling to a more or less clear extent.

That is why we are seeing this ‘awakening of consciousness’ throughout the world, as it gradually appears in all fields of human activity, be it in politics, social issues. the economy, medicine. or education, and in the growing public interest in a broad valley of activities that, to some extent, deal with personal growth and subtle realties.

That ‘awakening’ is experienced with varying degrees of consciousness, of course, but it is a sure sign that all Mankind is looking for a way out of the constriction of materialism. We’re about to find the path to a higher level of consciousness and freedom. When we do, we might notice that we feel less and less motivated by our own personal interests.

When we access and connect with our soul’s energy, the desire to contribute becomes our deepest and natural motivation to carry out that intemal process. Spontaneously we strive to help others, create work in an original way. manifest love in a concrete way, through service to Mankind.

We even do so at the cost of great personal effort. but with a free and joyful spirit of dedication, which lets the soul play a far more active part in manifesting the ‘Kingdom of God’ on Earth. This perspective is important, because it allows us immediately to avoid the danger of ‘spiritual selfishness’, which could be expressed more or less thus: ‘I am concerned with my own growth, and all that matters is my own spiritual self-realization’.

This would contradict the very process of evolution and would hinder any further work. Yet we also have to take care to avoid ‘spiritual pride’: ‘I am spiritually at a more advanced point than others, and have a great mission to fulfill to play in the world’: or ‘spiritual guilt’: 1 should be a better person’.

These distortions stem from the ego. However, even these wrong attitudes contain some truth. In fact, working on our own spiritual transformation is, in a sense, the only path that we can take: you cannot take someone else’s place and do their work for them, because everybody has their own path to follow. and the spiritual responsibility they have chosen for themselves.

We can be an inspiration, an example and a model of support for others, but each individual has to move forward through they own personal efforts. The time has come to underscore that all kinds of candidates are conditioned by the first and foremost principle governing true spiritual growth: the purity of intention.

The degree of purity of our intention and the righteousness of our personality’s motivation will attract the attention of our soul, which in tum sends a wave of healing, transforming energy to our personality. This fact has been mentioned frequently by different Masters, when reminding in their teachings that we must clarify our reasons for finding the “right purpose°.

A “pure” purpose is none too frequent but, when it occurs, it always leads to success. Our motivation may be selfish and personal or altruistic and spiritual. As far as spiritual candidates are concerned, it is a more or less intermingled motivation.

Thus, power depends on the purity of intention and the intensity of our approach. In fact, no matter what level we might have reached, or in what field of activity we might be involved, it is our intention, rather than our outward actions, that ultimately determines the outcome.

This is true both of the material actions we take in our ordinary world and of the steps we take on our spiritual path. We can meditate ten hours a day, but if what we want ultimately is to obtain certain powers and feed our pride, or withdraw from the world, all we are going to do without realizing it is to intensify our unconscious patterns.

Enlightenment will not come just because we have meditated; it is essential that we develop true self-knowledge lest we lose our Being in the illusion of “good intentions”, which in fact stem directly from the unconscious part of our ego.

The same applies to all the disciplines and techniques for inner transformation, and all methods of personal development and spiritual practices. Unless we strive, from the very outset, to understand how our ego works, we run the risk of reinforcing the wall of illusion and getting further caught up in the mechanisms of our lower nature.

Finding out how our ego works is a very demanding task, but sooner or later we have to face the facts, if we really want to gain access to the freedom and power of the soul. Clarifying our purpose as far as possible will give us the strength to tackle any task, but this clarification will be a conscious effort. Acknowledging our unconscious patterns of defense is a very useful way of recognizing the motivations that flow from the mechanisms of our ego.

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