In the previous class we talked about the Two Rivers (Active or Passive Life), the Good Householder & the 3rd stage of Life (the possible growth of the Essence) and the Isolation necessary for the work (being “Hermetically Sealed”).

The Psychological Isolation (or being “Hermetically Sealed”) refers to what we need to do in order to not lose our psychic energy. Our energy is spent on what we do throughout the day: Thoughts, feelings, sensations, actions, etc.

If we learn to economize our energy, to become more strict with how we spend it, then we will necessary have a surplus of energy which we can use to do the more difficult parts of the Work.

One of the places where a lot of energy is spent is related with the Mind. The Mind, the way that it is, is something that very often creates problems for us. Within the Mind, we have images, values and many other things which we need to study, if we want to understand how those things play a role in our Psychology…

 

Mental-Dynamics and the Reactions of the Mind

“We need to know the ‘how and why’ the mind functions the way it does. We should realize that the mind is an instrument which we should learn to use consciously. But it would be absurd for such an instrument to be efficient if we first did not know the ‘how and why’ of the mind.

When one knows the ‘how and why’ of the mind, when one knows the different ways the mind functions, then one can control it and the mind becomes a useful and perfect instrument, a marvelous instrument through which we can work for the benefit of humanity. Truly, one needs a realistic system if we really want to know the potential of the human mind.

How would it be possible to make something useful out of the mind? Well, certainly, we need to know how it works… How does it function? Why does it function? This ‘how and why’ are definitive.

If, for example, we throw a stone into a lake, then we will see that waves are formed, these are the reactions of the lake, of the water, against the stone. Similarly, if someone tells us an ironic or insulting word, then this word reaches the mind and the mind reacts against such a word; conflicts then follow.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.15 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Conflicts Arise Because of Lack of Self-Respect

“The entire world lives in problems, the entire world is in conflicts. A careful observation of the debate panels of many organizations, schools, etc.; they do not respect each other.

Why? Because they do not respect themselves.

Observe a Senate, a Chamber of Representatives, or simply a school board: if someone says something, then another person feels alluded to, they become angry and they say something worse, thus, they quarrel among themselves and the members of the board of directors end up in a great chaos.

This reaction of the mind of each of them against the impacts of the exterior world is very serious. One has to truly appeal to introspective psychoanalysis in order to explore one’s own mind. It is necessary to know ourselves a little more, a little deeper, within the intellectual sphere.

For example, why do we react before the words of a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend or acquaintance? If we are allowing the mind to just react, then, under these conditions, we are always victims… ”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.15 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

In Our Present State, We do not have Internal Liberty

“If someone wants us to be content, [then] it is enough for that person to give us a few pats on the shoulder and to tell us a few agreeable words.

If someone wants to see us upset, then it would be enough to tell us a few unpleasant words.

Therefore, where is our true intellectual liberty?

We concretely depend on others, we are slaves. Our psychological processes depend exclusively on other persons, we do not rule over our own psychological processes and this is terrible.

Others are the ones who rule within us, in our intimate processes.

A friend (all of a sudden) comes and invites us to a party, we go to the friend’s house, he gives us a drink, we feel shy accepting it, we drink it, another drink follows and we also drink it, then another, and another until we end up drunk. The friend was the lord and master of our psychological processes.

Could a mind like that be good for anything? If someone rules within us, if the entire world has the right to rule us, then where is our internal liberty?

Suddenly, we are before a person of the opposite sex, we become very identified with that person finally, we end up in fornication and adultery. This means that the person we were attracted to had the upper hand and overcame our psychological process, that person controlled us, and subjected us to his or her own will. Is this liberty?”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.15 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

What Is Our Authentic Identity?

The intellectual animal, wrongly called a human being, has been educated to deny their identity, values and image.
What is the authentic identity, values and intimate image of each one of us? Is it perhaps the Ego or the Personality? No, clearly not!

By means of introspective psychoanalysis we can go beyond the Ego, and discover the Being. Unquestionably, the Being (in itself) is our authentic identity, values and image. The Being in itself is the K-H, the Kosmic Human.

Unfortunately, we have been educated and have educated ourselves to deny our intimate values. We have fallen into the materialism of this degenerated era. We have surrendered ourselves to all the vices of the earth and, thus, we have been walking the path of error.

To accept the degenerated culture of negativity, which has inspired in our interior in a subjective way, following the path of least resistance, is an error. Unfortunately, people of today enjoy following the path of least resistance and, by accepting the false materialistic culture of these times, they allow it to become installed in their psyche and this is how they arrive at the denial of the true values of the Being.

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.15 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

The Kosmic Human and Calculating Resistance

“The fundamental aim of every Gnostic student is to become a K-H, a Kosmic Human. All of us human beings live in a Kosmos. The word Kosmos means order and this is something that we should never forget. The Kosmic Human is a being who has perfect order in their five centers, in their mind and in their essence. Their interior Universe has been put in order.

For someone to become a Kosmic Human, it is necessary to learn to know how the Three Primary Forces of the Universe (positive, negative and neutral) manifest themselves. But on the path which leads to the Kosmic Human (which is totally positive) we see that every positive force is always opposed by a negative force. Through self-observation we should perceive the mechanism of the opposing force.

Whenever we propose to carry out a special action, whether it be: the annihilation of the Ego, the dominion of our sexual functions, a special work or the execution of a definite program, we should observe and calculate the force of Resistance; because by nature, the world and its mechanics tends to provoke resistance and this resistance is double.

The bigger the undertaking, the greater will the resistance be. If we learn to calculate the resistance, we will also be able to have a successful undertaking. That is where the capacity of the genius, of the enlightened, is found.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.03 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Resistance

“Resistance is the opposing force. It is the secret weapon of the Ego. It is the psychic force of the Ego opposed to us becoming Conscious of all our psychological defects.

With resistance, the Ego tends to leave on a tangent and seeks excuses to silence or hide the error. Due to Resistance, dreams become difficult to interpret and the knowledge that one wants to have of oneself becomes clouded.

Resistance acts upon a defense mechanism which tries to omit unpleasant psychological errors, so as not to have Consciousness of them and for us to continue in psychological slavery.

But there are mechanisms to overcome resistance, and they are:

1.- Recognize it
2.- Define it
3.- Comprehend it
4.- Work on it
5.- Overcome and disintegrate it (by means of Sexual Super-Dynamics).

But, take note, the Ego will struggle during the analysis of the resistance in order for the fallacies not to be discovered. These fallacies are how the Ego has dominion over our mind. At the moment of this struggle with the Ego, one has to appeal to a power that is superior to the mind, which is the fire of the Divine Mother.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.04 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Psychoanalysis and Counter-Transference

“A didactic exists in order to know and eliminate the positive & negative values which we carry within, and it is called Intimate Psychoanalysis. When one appeals to Intimate Psychoanalysis in order to know the defects of a psychological type, then a great difficulty surges forth. In Gnosis, that difficulty is referred to as the force of counter-transference.

Counter-transference is when we ‘transfer’ or ‘project’, what we have within, onto those we come in contact with.

“One can investigate oneself, one can introvert oneself, but when one attempts to do so, the difficulty of counter-transference arises or surges forth. But the solution is in transferring our attention inwards, with the purpose of exploring oneself, in order to know ourselves and to eliminate the negative values that psychologically harm us in social life, in economics, politics and even in the spiritual aspect.

Counter-transference is a force which makes introversion difficult. If counter-transference did not exist, introversion would be easier. We need intimate psychoanalysis and intimate self-investigation in order to really know ourselves.

Know yourself and you will know the Universe and the Gods.

When one knows oneself, one can change. As long as one does not know oneself, any change will have a subjective result. But before anything else, we need Self-Analysis.

How is the force of Counter-Transference overcome? Well, this would only be possible by means of Structural Analysis and Transactional Analysis.”

Structural Analysis means to look at the construction of the idea, concepts, beliefs, cultural standards, etc., that form part of the structure of the Ego.

“When one appeals to Structural Analysis, one knows those psychological structures that make intimate introspection difficult and impossible; by knowing such structures we comprehend them, and by comprehending them we can then overcome the obstacle.

But we need something else, we also need Transactional Analysis.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.14 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Counter-Transference, Egoic Transactions and Self-Exploration

“Psychological transactions exist, in the same way that bank or monetary transactions exist.”

The Egos make transactions with each other…

“The different psychic elements which we carry in our interior are subject to transactions, to exchanges, to struggles, to changes of position, etc. Those psychic elements are not something motionless, they always exist in a state of movement.

When one knows the different psychological processes, the different structures, then, by means of Transactional Analysis, the difficulty in Psychological Introspection ends. Afterwards, the Self-Exploration of oneself is carried out with complete success.

The one who achieves full Self-Exploration of such and such a defect, whether it is to know anger, or to know covetousness, lust, laziness, gluttony, etc., can progress in their psychological work. In order to achieve full Self-Exploration, one will have to first begin by segregating the defect that we want to eliminate from ourselves in order for it to be dissolved afterwards. A disintegrated defect liberates a percentage of psychic Essence.

As we disintegrate each of our false values, in other words, our defects – our Egos, the psychic Essence (which is bottled up within them) will be liberated, and thus, in the end, the totally liberated Essence will radically transform us. It will be in that precise instant that the eternal values of the Being will be expressed through us.

Unquestionably, this would be marvelous not only for ourselves but also for humanity. When we have managed to disintegrate or dissolve the negative values, then we will respect ourselves and others, becoming, we could say, a fountain of kindness for the entire world, a perfect, conscious and marvelous creature.

That mystical Self-Image of an awakened person will consequently (or as a corollary) originate the perfect image of a noble citizen. Their circumstances will also be beneficial in every sense, that person will be a golden link in the great universal chain of life. They will be an example for the entire world, a fountain of joy for many beings, an enlightened one in the most transcendental sense of the word, someone who will enjoy continuous and delightful ecstasy.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.14 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Self-Respect and INTEGRAL WELL-BEING

“We need Integral Well-Being. We all suffer, we all have bitterness in life and we want to change.

Integral Well-Being is the result of Self-Respect. This would seem quite strange to an economist, to a theosophist, etc. What could Self-Respect have to do with economic matters? With problems related with labor or with the labor force, with capital, etc.? Well, our level of Being attracts our own life…

What do we mean by Self-Respect, what does it mean to ‘respect oneself’? It means: To abandon delinquency, to not steal, to not fornicate, to not commit adultery, to not envy the well-being of one’s fellowman, to be humble & simple, to abandon laziness and become an active, clean, decent person, etc.

Upon respecting him- or her-self, a citizen changes their Level of Being and upon changing their Level of Being, that person attracts new circumstances since they relate with more decent persons, with different people, and, quite often, that type of inter-relations provokes an economic and social change in that person’s existence.

In this manner, integral Self-Respect provokes social and economic well-being. But if one does not know how to respect oneself, one will also not respect one’s fellow human beings and one will condemn oneself to a wretched & unhappy life. Thus, the beginning of Integral Well-Being is in Self-Respect.

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.12 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

How We See Ourselves: Self-Image and SELF-REFLECTION

“Let us not forget that the exterior is merely the reflection of the interior, (which has been mentioned by Immanuel Kant). If we carefully study his book Critique of Pure Reason , we certainly discover that “the exterior is the interior”…

The exterior image of a person and the circumstances which surround that person are the result of Self-Image.

We all have a Self-Image; this compound word, ‘Self’ and ‘Image’ is profoundly significant. Since the exterior is merely the reflection of the interior. So, if we do not respect ourselves, if the interior image of ourselves is very poor, if we are full of psychological defects, of moral filth, then unquestionably, unpleasant events will surge in the exterior world such as economic, social difficulties, etc.

Again, let us not forget that the exterior image of a person and the circumstances which surround them are the result of that person’s Self-Image. We all have a Self-Image and the physical image of a person exists outside which can be photographed, but within us we have another image. To clarify better, we will say that outside we have the physical and perceptible image and inside we have the image of a psychological and hyper-sensible type.

If outside we have a poor and miserable image and if this image is accompanied by unpleasant circumstances, a difficult economic situation, problems of all types, conflicts, whether at home, at work, on the street, etc., this is simply because our psychological image is poor, defective and horrifying and we reflect our misery, onto the environment into the exterior.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.13 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Change, Self-Image and Values

“Thus, if we want to change, then we need a complete and total change. Therefore, our Image, Values and Identity should change radically.

Each of us is a mathematical point in space that agrees to serve as a vehicle to a determined sum of values. Some serve as vehicles to amazing values and others could serve as vehicles to mediocre values; that is why each person is each person. The majority of human beings serve as vehicles to the values of the Ego, the “I”. These values can be optimal or negative.

Therefore, image, values and identity are a single whole. We should undergo a radical transformation and identity, values and image should be totally changed. We need a new identity, new values and a new image; this is the psychological revolution, the inner revolution.

It is absurd to continue within the vicious circle in which we actually move. We need to change integrally. The Self-Image of a man originates his exterior image. Self-Image refers to the psychological image that we have within.

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.13 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Self-Image or Our Psychological Image of Ourselves

“What could our psychological image be? Could it be that of the irate, of the covetous, of the lustful, of the envious, of the proud, of the lazy, of the glutton, or what? Whatever the image is that we have of ourselves (the Self-Image) it will naturally originate, the exterior image. The exterior image, even if it is well dressed, could be poor.

Is, perhaps, the image of a proud person a beautiful image? The image of someone who has become unbearable, who does not have a grain of humility?

How does a lustful person behave? How do they live?, what aspect does their bedroom present?, what is their behavior (in his or her intimate life) with those whom they are attracted to?, or maybe he or she is already degenerated?

What could the external image of an envious person be?, of someone who suffers because of other’s well being and who (in secrecy) causes harm to others out of envy?

What is the image of a lazy person who does not want to work and is dirty, cluttered, etc.?

And that of a glutton…?

Truly, therefore, the exterior image is the result of the interior image and this is something we must reflect upon.

If a man learns to respect himself, he changes his life, not only within the field of Ethics or that of Psychology, but also within the social, economic and even political field. But we have to change. That is why we insist that identity, values and image should be changed.

The present identity, values and image that we have of ourselves are miserable. Due to this, our social life is full of conflicts and economic problems. No one is happy nowadays, no one is joyful. But, could the image, values and identity that we have be changed? Could we take up a new identity, new values, a new image?

Gnostic Psychology clearly affirms that it is possible. But in order to do this we would need to disintegrate the Ego. We all have that “I”.

When we knock on a door we are asked, “who is it?” We answer: “It is I”. But, who is that “I”, who is that Myself?

Really and truly, the Ego is a sum of negative & positive values. We can disintegrate the Ego, put an end to those positive & negative values and then we could serve as a vehicle to new values, to the values of the Being. But in that case, we need a new didactic if we want to eliminate all the values which we presently have in order to provoke a change.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.13 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Image, Values and Identity

“So, as we were been saying, we need to know something about ‘how and why’ the mind functions the way it does. A realistic system is needed if we truly want to know the potential of the human mind.

We need to improve the quality of the values, identity and image of ourselves. This is fundamental.

In our present times, we have educated ourselves to deny our authentic identity, values and image. To accept the negative culture, subjectively installed in our mind, in our interior, following the path of least resistance, is absurd.

We need an objective culture. We need to undergo a total revolution and a definitive change in this matter of image, values and identity.

The exterior image of a person, and the diverse circumstances that surround them, are the exact result of their exterior image and of their psychological processes. The authentic Self-Image is different, it is the intimate K.H., the Kosmic Human, our divine prototype, the Real Being.

Image, values and identity, should be radically changed. This is integral revolution.

We need the identity of the Being, the values of the Being and the image of the Being. If we discover the reserves of intelligence contained in the mind, then we can liberate them. The reserves of intelligence are the different parts of the Being which guide and orient us in the Work related with the disintegration of the Ego and with the liberation of the mind.

The values of the Being constitute our real intelligence. Let us always make a differentiation between the mind and the Being. When someone accepts that the mind is bottled up in the Ego, it indicates that they have begun to mature. Thus, as we have said, in the matter of the dissolution of the Ego, it is necessary to combine structural and transactional analysis.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 2.01 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor

 

Negligence

As an example: of a value of the Ego, we have negligence.

“Negligence and carelessness lead every human being to failure. To be negligent is to not-elect, to surrender to the arms of failure.

Negligence is of the Ego and its opposite is intuition, which is of the Being. The ego can neither elect nor distinguish, but the Being can.

It is only by means of the living incarnation of the Revolution of the Dialectic that we will learn to ‘elect’ in order to not have any more failures in life.”

-Paraphrase from Ch 1.29 in The Revolution of the Dialectic [La Revolucion de la Dialectica]
by Samael Aun Weor