"Neither money nor worldly possessions, neither science nor authority, will bring to you the sweet rest of paradise, at which you can arrive only by the noble knowledge of self. In that you may clothe your soul; it is the pearl which is not eaten by moths, and which no thief takes away. Seek it, and you will find a noble treasure." (Three Principles, ix. 1.) [Jacob Boehme]
"The immortal EGO is an entity of which man can become thoroughly conscious while here on earth, but to arrive at this consciousness necessitates the entire abandonment of all the petty considerations involved in the transient and subordinate EGO, which is the only self of which the unenlightened man is conscious. Let him who desires to reach this inner consciousness enter his inner sanctuary, wherever that sanctuary may be; it matters not whether it be his own chamber, the open field, the mountain top, the seashore, the stately cathedral, or the humble village chapel. Let him realize fully the transient character of his own personality and contrast therewith his eager longing to know the immortal. Let him concentrate his whole consciousness upon his personality, fully arousing all his personal conditions as a distinct individual; then with all the aspiration of which this personality is capable, let him beseech of the immortal EGO - which is eternal and does not incarnate, but overshadows all incarnations, waiting until one is formed capable of illumination, to whom it may reveal itself - to consider him worthy of illumination, and according to his preparedness to receive illumination will it then be granted. He who asks this, knows not what he asks; for were the prayer answered, life henceforth for such an one would be a weary round, as Hamlet says: "to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow brings in this weary round of life"; for, having seen the glory of this immortal EGO, all else seems so base, so commonplace and mean, so inglorious, that oftentimes the personality has utterly collapsed when thrown back from the radiant vision of this glorious immortal entity possessed by all alike, though scarcely dreamed of by any save the very few who, discontented with the ignorance and emptiness of terrene existence, aspire to know the great reality of the supernal. As the incarnations of every entity, passing through certain orders of experience through numerous lives, inevitably culminate in this moment of conscious realization of the immortal entity; the Buddha says: "All shall reach the sunlit snows." [Amplitude of Force]
"As long as man continues to think of his body as being his individuality he will think individually, rather than universally. When he, at long last, discovers his eternal Self to be the projector of his own body, and is making himself in his own image, he will then know his universality, his Oneness with all Creation. He can never thereafter think of himself as an individual and will so act in all of his transactions in relation to his Oneness with all other men." [Atomic Suicide, page 265-266]
The only Truth is Love. It has many faces, and sometimes it is confusing when one attempts to discern Love and its expressions in one’s life. Such confusion can be dispelled through the power of the Good Heart. Your Heart is naturally good. The energy which surrounds you, swirling in response to your outlook, emotions, actions, thoughts, dreams and illusions, filters the Love that comes from you and that which comes to you. Your quest for Truth must begin with the Beauty of the Self. That is the Good Heart. The Good Heart is one that sees itself as a Center to and from which blessings flow in abundance. If this picture is desired, the heart will open to accommodate its full power of Love, bringing peace to the Self and others. We stand by to assist your unfolding, and the clarification of your beauty and Light. [Jesus, Good Heart]
Ralph Maxwell Lewis
"The Rosicrucian philosophy delineates that there are two points of knowledge which arise as a result of the practice of the evolving of consciousness. Both of these are personally beneficial in our everyday life. The first point of knowledge which we may gain is an understanding of the hierarchy of selves of which we consist. We come to know, through evolvement of consciousness, that there is no fixed self which we must assume and which remains the same all through life, with its fixed point of view or objective. The self depends upon points of reference to what is related, just as our concepts of the world vary according to the extent that we study, read, travel, and meet people. If we tie our consciousness to the world of the senses, relying exclusively on them, we shall, then, manifest one kind of self, a purely mundane objective self. On the hand, if the self is related to the rational side of our being, to contemplation, to the evaluation of experience, then we have still an other of the selves of this hierarchy.
If the self is referred to the emotional inner responses, to a wandering about our behavior and why we are motivated as we are, we come to a different type of self. Also, if the self is referred to intuition, to the subtle sensations of our own being, to a responding to them, we have a further enlargement of self. The self, then, is an aggregate of the scale of personal consciousness. The whole self is a hierarchy of this variable consciousness of our own being." [Ralph Maxwell Lewis, F.R.C., (1904 - 1987 ) - The Conscious Interlude]
"What spirit do you entertain? Truth, justice, mercy, love, patience, brotherly kindness? Or self, self-praise, self-glory that you may be well-spoken of materially?" [Cayce 257-238]
"In service to mankind, is first gaining the understanding, the knowledge of self... for acorns are not timbers, neither is the electron the large dynamo; neither is the stone the center of the building—yet these added to, grown in grace, in knowledge, in understanding, become the basis for all things." [Cayce (520-2)]
(Q) "Advise as to improvement and further spiritual development."
(A) “Study to show thyself approved unto GOD, a workman not ashamed, rightly dividing the words of truth, keeping self unspotted from the world, keeping self unregenerated in that there are no making of experiences for which the body will be sorry. For remember, it is self meeting self.” [Cayce 257-166]
"Know that if the expression of others is only of the self, or for the gratifying of the individual vanity, or the individual ego, they as individuals are NOT to be trusted (and a very large not!) - in material things." [Cayce 1823-1]
"Thus as we find in the experiences in the earth, one only meets self. Learn, then, to stand oft aside and watch self pass by - even in those influences that at times are torments to thy mind." [Cayce 3292-1]
"Faults in others are first reflected in self. When such conditions arise in the experience of an entity, there should be first those considerations of that in self that has produced such a reflection..." [Cayce 452-3]
"If ye would find self, look within. Know what is thine own ideal - spiritual, mental, material... For judge not if ye be not judged - this is the law. When ye judge, the same judgement ye are passing to thyself." [Cayce (3457-1)]
"Thus ye may find in thy mental and spiritual self, ye can make thyself just as happy or just as miserable as ye like. How miserable do ye want to be?" Cayce (2995-3)
"All believe, yes; all know, yes; all understand that those things that hinder each and every soul are only self-centeredness, selfishness in self, that present even the dawn of that concept of what love means in their experience.” [Cayce 262-44]
"Keep the heart singing. Keep the face toward the light, keeping self in attune to that Oneness wherein all power, and all force, is at the command of the entity in applying those forces known within self to meet the needs of each and every condition." [Cayce 39-4)
"To thine own self be true and thou wilt not be false to anyone." Cayce (1406-1)
" ... those that seek to know self may find the way. Those that find the way become content, and find joy, peace ..." Cayce (352-1)
"'In all thy getting, my son, get understanding' (Proverbs 4:7). That of Self. When one understands self, and self's relation to its Maker, the duty to its neighbor, its own duty to self, it cannot, it will not be false to man or to is Maker." [[Cayce (3744-4)]
"Then, in choosing for self, and the manner of conducting self in the way to find the WORLD most interesting, ASSUME responsibilities and live up to those in service for others, for in such one may find all that will give the answering of that within that makes self, one WITH that Whole that FILLS the ALL." [Cayce 78-3]
". . . there is no urge in the astrological, in the vocational, in the hereditary or the environmental which surpasses the will or determination of the entity . . . it is true there is nothing in heaven or hell that may separate the entity from the knowledge or from the love of the Creative Force called God, but self." [Cayce (5023-2)]
"Each entity is a part of the universal whole. All knowledge, all understanding that has been a part of the entity's consciousness, then, is a part of the entity's experience. Thus the unfoldment in the present is merely becoming aware of that experience through which the entity, either in body or in mind - has passed in a consciousness." Cayce (2823-1)
"This is what was meant by the command to the individual Soul to be fruitful, to multiply, to subdue the earth. Too oft does the individual apply this only to secular or sexual associations, when it has nothing whatsoever to do with such in the spiritual or mental self, but has to do with the spiritual and mental in controlling, in governing self, self's appetites, self's desires, self's impatience, self's willfulness. Thus does one multiply. Thus does one SUBDUE the influences of materiality." Cayce (1056-2)
"Know in self, first this: Thou art body, mind and Soul, a three-dimensional individual in a three-dimensional consciousness. Hence ye find the Godhead, to a consciousness of an individual in the earth plane, is three dimensions: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each are individual, and yet they are one. So with the body-consciousness: the body, the mind and the Soul. Each have their attributes, each have their limitations, save the Soul. Nothing may separate the Soul from its source save the will of self." Cayce (5089-3)
"Know that the answer to every problem, to every joy, to every sorrow, is within self." Cayce (2581-2)
"Do not trust in forces other than those that are within self." Cayce (3384-1)
"The beginning of knowledge is to know self and self's relationship to God! Then the relationship to the fellow man; then material knowledge to any entity, any Soul, may become valuable, worthwhile, aggressive advancing - success!" Cayce (1249-1)
"Know, self is the only excuse. Self is the only sin; that is, selfishness- and all the others are just a modification of that expression of the ego. But so close is the Ego, the I Am, to the Great I Am, That I Am, that the confusions of duty and privilege and opportunity become so enmeshed in the experience of the entity. And so great are the abilities of the entity to make of this experience a glory for the living God, that to fail would be indeed calamitous in the experience of this soul!" Cayce (1362-1)
"For he that contributes only to his own welfare soon finds little to work for. He that contributes only to the welfare of others soon finds too much of others and has lost the appreciation of self, or of its ideals." Cayce (3478-2)
"Show due consideration as to how much ye owe the world, rather than as to how much the world owes you! The world owes every individual only an opportunity to express itself and its ideal of the Creative Forces - which will find expression in the manner we treat our fellow men." Cayce (2172-1)
"The study from the human standpoint, of subconscious, subliminal, psychic, Soul forces, is and should be the great study for the human family, for through self man will understand its Maker when it understands its relation to its Maker, and it will only understand that through itself, and that understanding is the knowledge as is given here in this state." Cayce (3744-5)
"The self is constantly meeting self. And as ye may learn to stand aside and watch self pass, there may come more and more the knowledge and the comprehension that it is earnest, it is real; and that the real is rather the unseen than that which is so material as to cause disappointments, fears, and those things that make the mind of man afraid. There may be circles at times, but NO standing still for the development of a soul. For it is in movement, in change, that we find awareness have and do come, and ever will be. For it is the divine law." Cayce (1771-2)
" ... ye are to fulfill the purpose for which each Soul enters the earth - which is to manifest to the glory of God (that is, to love) and to the honor of self." Cayce (3333-1)
"For, whatever the entity chooses to do may be accomplished; provided that the Ego does not get ahead of the I AM in the entity's experience. For, if self is placed first and foremost, this is as the "little book" which when eaten turns to gall within the experience of the entity. Using the abilities in any direction to the glory of the Creative Forces may bring honor and fame, as well as much of this world's goods. Allowing self to become self-centered, the best friends may be as outcasts from the entity, and peace and harmony within self be as naught." Cayce (3126-1)
"As to whether circumstances or environ is to rule an entity's being or experience, or WILL, depends then - the most - upon what the entity or Soul sets as its standard of qualifications to meet or measure up to, within its OWN self; or as to how well self may be guided by its standard in making decisions in those directions." Cayce (590-1)
"Keep thine own self from condemning in others that thou doest in thine own mind or heart, for that one sows in the mind is reaped in the action of another toward self; or self measures self by the action of self's mind builded toward that of another. So make thine own paths straight." Cayce (5459-2)
"If the experiences are ever used for self-indulgence, self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, each entity does so to its own undoing, or creates for self that as has been termed or called karma - and must be met. And in meeting every error, in meeting every trial, in meeting every temptation - whether these be mental or really physical experiences - the manner and purpose and approach to same should be ever in that attitude, "Not my will but Thine, O God, be done in and through me." Cayce (1224-1)
"No fault, no hurt comes to self save that thou hast created in thine consciousness, in thine inner self, the cause. For only those that ye love may hurt you." Cayce (262-83)
"Until individuals are in their thought, purpose and intent the law - that is constructive - they are subject to same.
Hence those injunctions that have been so oft given "When ye know the truth, the truth shall indeed set you free" (John 8:32). Free from what? That of SELF." Cayce (1538-1)
"There's no feeling quite like the one you get when you get the truth: You're the captain of the ship called you. You're setting the course, the speed and you're out there on the bridge, steering." Carl Frederick
(Q) In regard to the entity's life reading (295-1), just what is it that is innate in the entity that would lead to unhappiness in marriage?
(A) Mistrust of men!
(Q) Does this mean the entity should never consider marriage in this life, but go through life never expecting to have a home of her own, for which she has yearned since a child?
(A) Be well to choose, or to take that one - if she so desires - and bear the consequences! Make her a bigger and a better woman! but those conditions as we have outlined are as we have seen them!
(Q) How can the entity best overcome the loneliness that so often besets her?
(A) Fill the life with the interests of others, and not so much of self - or belittle self, or condemn self for the conditions. Fill the life in the interests of others." Cayce (295-2)
"In the application of self as towards will's influence: This the factor through which one develops or retards in the earthly experience." Cayce (97-2)
"Then do thou that thou knowest to be the constructive experience in thy field, and trouble not thy mind or heart as to others. For the very thought of there becoming turmoil is opening the way for turmoil." Cayce (816-10)
"What ye do to others, ye are doing to thyself." Cayce (3198-3)
"First, know self. For if ye know self, ye know thy fellow man." Cayce (3006-1)
"Condemning of self is as much of an error as condemning others." Cayce (3292-1)
"Remember, the Lord thy God is One! Thy experiences through the earth then are one. The activities of thy body, thy mind, thy Soul should be then as one. And each experience to thine self comes as those influences that make for regeneration, uplift, the experience which if taken into the activities of self becomes as the means for bringing harmony and peace in the inner self." Cayce (1183-1)
"For, as ye analyze thyself and thy relationships with thy fellow men day by day, ye realize the fact, the truth, that "Inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of thy brethren, ye do it unto me.
"Then ye realize with what manner of judgment ye may expect, ye may desire to be judged by that part of thyself which IS to be glorified ONLY in thy daily application, use, or the admonitions in the use of same towards others.
"Then as ye realize and apply that, it does not become a matter of what one professes to believe, or what one says with the mouth, but what one does in secret, in the mind, in the self, TOWARD that it professes and admonishes and insists that others believe!
"And such activities - of thy inner mind and of thy outer expression - are to be wholly CONSISTENT one with another!" Cayce (2174-2)
"KNOW that the Creative Energy called God may be as personal as an individual will allow same to be; for the Spirit is in the image of the Creative Forces and seeks manifestation. It may take that personality, that personal activity that will be allowed by the individual itself; for we are co-laborers, co-creators with that Energy we call God, that Energy we call Universal Forces. While this may appear to be the Whole, if we will understand that 'The Lord thy God is ONE' and all power, all force emanates from that One Source, we will get an understanding of ourselves and our abilities. KNOW SELF! Be TRUE TO SELF and ye will not be false to anyone!" Cayce (391-4)
"In the first was given man and mind (to) subdue the earth in every element. As given, again all manner of animal in the earth, in the air, under the sea, has been tamed of man, yet the man himself has not reached that wherein he may perfectly control himself, save making the will One with the Creator, as man makes the will of the animal one with his. The control then in trained animals being the projection in man." Cayce (900-31)
"But impress upon self, and upon all, that the body is associated or affiliated with not a goody-goody attitude but being purposefully good for something!
"Parade not thy ideals. Be humble. Be gentle. Be kind. Be sincere.
"Be true to self, to self's obligations, to self's promises; that there may be within self the purpose to meet all factors - good, bad, indifferent - in such a manner that the experience may be for betterment of every nature, for every member of the family - as well as those ye meet day by day." Cayce (934-6)
Q. "How may I find ease in the presence of others?"
A. "By creating ease first within self. Make self right by that determination that others may do as they may, but the self will serve the living God, the creative forces, the hopeful energies. The love, the experiences that will come to the entity and those about it in such a work will bring such an awakening that the entity may blot out those things that make afraid. For, remember, as He has given, "though ye may have wandered far afield, if ye call I will hear," and will answer thee speedily." Cayce (2181-1)
"...put self in the other fellow's place ... Then may the life be the more joyous, the more at peace, the more in accord." Cayce (930-1)
"There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls." Howard Thurman
"Each one who has a Soul has a psychic power; but remember, brother, there are no shortcuts to God! You are there - but self must be eliminated." Cayce (5392-1)
"First big job is to conquer self! Know the ideal. Do apply it in self. Learn to live with self and you'll learn to live with others. People are not different from yourself. They have ideas also and they may be just as near right as self. But there is an ideal way. How? Living with others." Cayce (5392-1)
"In the care of self, selflessness is great. But be more mindful of the little niceties about self and you will find a pride in self - not a false pride. But as nature manifested in its Maker, it does the best it can with what it has and looks the most beautiful with what it has to do with. Thy body, too, is indeed the temple of the living God. Keep it beautiful. Be mindful of the care of same, and you - too - will think more of it. So will there be more of the abilities to be conscious of His presence meeting with thee in thy temple; forget it not." Cayce (3179-1)
"For as in the manner ye treat thy fellow man ye treat thy Maker. And ye cannot do that which is questioning in thine own heart and soul to thy neighbor, to thy wife, to thy child, without it bringing turmoil, without it bringing discontent, without it bringing confusion. For these are the children of confusion, questioning thine own self." Cayce (417-8)
"Faults in others are first reflected in self. When such conditions arise in the experience of an entity, there should be first those considerations of that in self that has produced such a reflection, so that the God shining through any activity is lost sight of by self in the fellow man; especially one that is seeking for the spiritual activities in a material plane, and he that would gain the world and lose self's own soul has lost all." Cayce (452-3)
"And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge. And he answered, saying: Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge...
Man has to lose himself before he becomes the truth. No one moves into truth without paying this price. One's very existing is the barrier. One's very self veils the truth. The only obstruction is this vision. . . this seeing the world from the confined vision of "ego." Except this "Ego vision," nothing separates man from the truth. Becoming the "I" is man's downfall. He falls down only in the gravitation of the "I", and only in losing the "I" does he rise above, into this blessed existence. To be the "I" is to be lower. To become the "no-I" is to rise above.
But what appears like losing "I" is in reality not losing - it is gaining. The identity which you will lose is not your identity - it is only a dream, and the identity you find when you lose it is the truth.
"You are not accidental. Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it. Thats what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you. The stars and sun and moon, the trees and birds and earth - everything in the universe will feel a small place is vacant which cannot be filled by anybody except you. This gives you a tremendous joy, a fulfillment that you are related to existence, and existence cares for you. Once you are clean and clear, you can see tremendous love falling on you from all dimensions." Osho
"God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed." Bambara Proverb
"Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. If you do this, you will be impervious to coercion and no one can ever hold you back. You will be truly free and effective, for your efforts will be put to good use and won't be foolishly squandered finding fault with or opposing theirs." - Epictetus
"The moment you are willing to change, it is remarkable how the Universe begins to help you. It brings you what you need. It could be a book, a tape, a teacher or even a friend making a passing remark that suddenly has deep meaning to you." [Louise L. Hay, "The Power Is Within You"]
"When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing, when your activities and actions become gratifying and purposeful, when what you do serves both yourself and others, when you do not tire within but seek the sweet satisfaction of your life and your work, you are doing what you were meant to be doing. The personality that is engaged in the work of its Soul is buoyant. It is not burdened with negativity. It does not fear. It experiences purposefulness and meaning. It delights in its work and in others. It is fulfilled and fulfilling." [Gary Zukov, "The Seat of the Soul"]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"I asked the Creator - 'Universal Consciousness' - why mankind endured so much suffering and evil.
I was then shown very clearly that all the problems experienced by humans arose from the 'central point' of the self, (science now calls this the 'ego').
It manifested itself in the 'personality'
as a DRIVING NEED to defend the self from criticism or emotional/physical attack
and a similar DRIVING NEED to push aside other people, in order to arrive first in the race of life.
It also manifested itself in the 'personality'
as a DRIVING NEED to take all that was best for the self, despite the opposition of others and a similar DRIVING NEED to hold on to personal possessions, be they relatives, friends, material goods or achievements, despite any opposition.
I was also made to understand that without these TWO fundamental, eternal, undeviating 'impulses of creative being' there would be no creation.
"By working together as a team, separately but inseparable, in the visible world, these twin impulses were the means by which the substance of 'matter' itself has been created out of the sublime 'UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS'.
One impulse of creativity is: the 'I'ness of ACTIVITY.
This impulse of activity is universal and stems from only one source.
'Activity' is a movement in CONSCIOUSNESS, and CONSCIOUSNESS in movement.
The other creative impulse possesses (figuratively speaking) two faces looking in opposite directions.
BONDING - REJECTION
Pull towards>>>>>>>> the self<<<<<<<< Push away otherwise known as
These are the ONLY means by which earthly existence has been achieved.
The entire universe is a manifestation of the 'Creative Power' active within these Twin Impulses of PHYSICAL BEING - creating 'matter' and individual form.
This is one of the fundamental 'secrets' of the universe.
I saw that the 'core' of the 'Personality' or 'ego' as it is now called, had been created
'GUARDIAN of PERSONALITY'
and was irresistibly imprinted with the magnetic impulse to ensure
PRIVACY and SURVIVAL.
For the protection of the individual 'I'ness
This was accomplished by using the two faces of the second Impulse of Being
Ralph Maxwell Lewis
"The Rosicrucian philosophy delineates that there are two points of knowledge which arise as a result of the practice of the evolving of consciousness. Both of these are personally beneficial in our everyday life. The first point of knowledge which we may gain is an understanding of the hierarchy of selves of which we consist. We come to know, through evolvement of consciousness, that there is no fixed self which we must assume and which remains the same all through life, with its fixed point of view or objective. The self depends upon points of reference to what is related, just as our concepts of the world vary according to the extent that we study, read, travel, and meet people. If we tie our consciousness to the world of the senses, relying exclusively on them, we shall, then, manifest one kind of self, a purely mundane objective self. On the other hand, if the self is related to the rational side of our being, to contemplation, to the evaluation of experience, then we have still another of the selves of this hierarchy.
If the self is referred to the emotional inner responses, to a wondering about our behavior and why we are motivated as we are, we come to a different type of self. Also, if the self is referred to intuition, to the subtle sensations of our own being, to a responding to them, we have a further enlargement of self. The self, then, is an aggregate of the scale of personal consciousness. The whole self is a hierarchy of this variable consciousness of our own being." [Ralph Maxwell Lewis, F.R.C., (1904 - 1987 ) - The Conscious Interlude]
"Nature is one great living whole, and the spiritual power acting within her is omnipotent and eternal. He who desires to know Universal Nature and the Eternal Spirit, must rise above personal and temporal considerations, and look upon nature from the standpoint of the Eternal and Infinite.
He must, so to say, step out of the shell of his limited and circumscribed personal consciousness, and rise up to the top of the mountain, from which he may enjoy a view of the wide expanse of the All. He who lives at the periphery sees only a part of the All; only from the centre of the circle can we survey the actions of light in all its directions as the beams radiate from the centre.
Therefore, the Rosicrucians say that he who knows the One knows All, while he who believes to know many things, knows only the illusions of the shadow produced by the light of the One.
The small cannot embrace the great, the finite cannot conceive of tbe infinite; if men desire to know that which is immensely superior to their personal selves, they must step out of those selves and by the power of Love embrace the infinite All." [Cosmology, c. 1888, by Franz Hartmann]
As a Man Thinketh
Dialogue on Awakening
Know Who You Are
nucleus of consciousness