Introduction to the Hidden Side of our Psychology

“It is necessary to understand that there is (we could say) in ourselves, a hidden part of ourselves that is never visible.

Just as the Moon has two faces, one that is visible and another that is hidden, in the same way, we have a dark, hidden or occult side of ourselves that is not visible to us…

First of all, we want you to understand that just as there exists a physical Moon, there also exists a Psychological Moon.

That Psychological Moon is carried within us; it is the Ego, the “I,” the myself.

The visible face, with some observation (self-observation), can be seen by everyone.

But there is an unseen face of our Psychological Moon that cannot be observed easily.

Unfortunately the Essence has not illuminated the hidden part of our own Interior Moon.

…we live in a small region of our Consciousness.

We have created a portrait of ourselves (an image of ourselves).

When the Consciousness, like a ray of Light, penetrates that invisible side, then the hidden side of ourselves, the portrait that we had created of ourselves, is disintegrated, it is reduced to cosmic dust.

It is unfortunate that we only live in a small part of ourselves and we ignore many things about ourselves.

The hidden side of that unknown part is normally very profound, but we need to know it.

This will be possible if we project the Light of our Consciousness onto it.

That hidden face is important because it is in this part where we find the origin of our errors, the innumerable mechanical reactions, our stinginess, etc.

Obviously, so long as we have not illuminated that hidden side with the rays of the Consciousness we will relate incorrectly not only with ourselves but also with our fellow human beings.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

We Project onto Others what we carry in that Hidden Side of ourselves

“When one illuminates the hidden face of our own Psychological Moon then it is possible to know our own errors; only then is it possible to see our fellow human beings correctly.

However, when one does not illuminate that hidden part of oneself with the Consciousness, then one mistakenly projects all of one’s psychological defects onto others.

If we are stingy, we think that everybody is like that.

If we have plenty of hatred, we will see everybody in that same way.

If we are envious, we also believe that the others are envious.

If we are violent, we do not understand others’ violence; we believe that we have reason and that others do not.

When we feel antipathy for somebody, it is obvious that the defect that we have internally is in that person and that we are incorrectly projecting on them.

Why do we feel antipathy for somebody? Why do we see a defect in them that annoys us?

Although it seems incredible, even if we would not accept it, the truth is that we also have that defect and we are just projecting it on our fellow human beings.

When one understands this, then it is obvious that one will want to eliminate the element that has been discovered.

When we observe some defects in our fellow human beings, then it is certain that those defects can be found in the hidden face of our Moon.

Therefore, it is unfortunate that we are incorrectly related with the others.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

We relate incorrectly with our fellow human beings

“If we relate incorrectly with ourselves, then obviously we will relate incorrectly with others.

If we relate correctly with ourselves, then we will relate correctly with others; that is obvious.

Accordingly, once one understands this, one realizes how one mistakenly walks along the path of life.

We protest because others are not careful and we believe this is the reason why others are not doing well; just because they are not careful.

The one who is careful feels annoyed observing someone who is not.

If we observe carefully, we will realize that we are not careful; we will realize that the defect that we see in others also exists in the unknown face of ourselves.

The one who believes they are very careful can discover that they are not as careful as they believe and that there is a disorder in themselves that they ignore, do not accept, do not believe and do not understand.

So, it is worth knowing that unknown face of oneself.

When one projects the Light of the Consciousness on that unknown face, one changes completely.

…When one understands that in reality one is unjust within oneself, then one learns to tolerate the injustice of others.

It is said in Gnosis that we have to learn to pleasantly receive the unpleasant manifestations of our fellow human beings, but it would not be possible to really do so, if one does not know those manifestations.

In order to know those manifestations, we have to project a ray of light onto that dark side of ourselves, onto the side in which all the unpleasant manifestations that we have exists and that we project onto others.

Therefore, when we know our unpleasant manifestation, then we learn to tolerate the unpleasant manifestations of our fellow human beings.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

The Work and the 3 Primary Forces

“Obviously, in order to crystallize the Cosmic Christ in oneself, one inevitably needs to learn to pleasantly receive the unpleasant manifestations of the others; only in this manner can the Lord of Perfection crystallize little by little.

It is necessary to understand that the Lord of Perfection only crystallizes in us through the force of the Holy Denying (the Second Logos).

There are three important forces within us. The first one is the Holy Affirming (+), the second is the Holy Denying (-) and the third is the Holy Reconciling (=).

In order to crystallize, for example, the Holy Reconciling (the third force, the Holy Spirit, the neutral force), it is necessary to transmute the creative energy; this is how that marvelous force crystallizes in the Superior Existential Bodies of the Being.

In order to crystallize the second force, the force of the Lord of Perfection, of the blessed one, of our Lord the Christ, it is necessary to learn to pleasantly receive the unpleasant manifestations of our fellow human beings.

And in order to crystallize the first force in ourselves, the Holy Affirming, it is necessary to know how to obey the Father on Earth as in Heaven.

All life emanates from the Sacred Absolute Sun, and it wants to crystallize in each one of us those three forces of nature and the cosmos: the Holy Affirming, the Holy Denying and Holy Reconciling.

Analyzing the Holy Denial, the Christ, we understand that we need “to deny ourselves” (see Matthew 16:24).

Again; we need to learn to receive with pleasure the unpleasant actions of our fellow human beings.

But how is it possible to do so if we do not know our own unpleasant actions?

For example, if we have anger and we know that it exists in us, if we have become conscious of it, then it is obvious that we will excuse that defect in others and, as a result, there will be better relations with our fellow human beings.

When we have envy and recognize that we have it, that it exists in the hidden side of our Psychological Moon, then we learn to forgive the unpleasant manifestations of envy in others.

If we are full of pride and we know that we have this defect, that we are vain and we recognize it, then we learn to see the vain person with more comprehension.

We do not want to criticize because we know that within us we have the same defects.

If a man thinks that he is honest and unable to lie and suddenly somebody calls him a liar, obviously if he has accepted that the liar exists in the dark part of his Psychological Moon in an unconscious form, then he will not feel offended and he will know how to be more tolerant with his fellow human beings.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

Exploring our Hidden Side

“…It is very important to observe that hidden side, the side where the critic, where the one who wants to censor, exists.

Let us be sincere, let us self-explore, let us illuminate that hidden side of our psyche and we will see that the defects that we criticize in others also exist within ourselves.

The censor and the critic exist because of a lack of comprehension.

What do we want to censor others? What do we criticize others for? Our own defects; this is what we are criticizing.

It is sad to know that we project our psychological defects onto others. It is sad to know that we see others as we really are.

This is something that we have to understand.

We all have the tendency to believe we are perfect, but we have never had the idea to observe the other side of the Moon, our Psychological Moon, that side that is never visible.

The time has arrived to seriously self-explore ourselves, to illuminate the hidden side of oneself in order to really know the unseen side.

When we illuminate that side, we discover (with horror) the psychological facts that we normally would not accept, facts that we believe we do not have.

For example, if an honest man is called a thief, that is an offense.

However, why should he feel offended?

The offended one could even react violently.

The fact that an honest man could feel offended when he is called a thief shows that he is not honest.

If he were really honest, then he would not feel offended.

If that man illuminated the dark side of his Psychological Moon with the Light of the Consciousness, then he would discover the “I’s” of a thief.

Impossible! How horrendous! But it is the truth.

They exist and we do not even remotely suspect it.

…When observing with the sense of psychological self-observation, it is possible to see their faces… (like the thief that steals and escapes, horrible faces of thieves) and this is horrifying to find in ourselves.

…Yes, friends, inside, in the hidden side, one has unspeakable, indescribable monstrosities.

Therefore, when somebody washes their hands saying: “I am a good person, I do not steal not even five cents, I have done so many charitable actions, I am a good spouse, good parent, good child, I do not kill, I do not steal, I do not adulterate, thus I am a Saint,” then you can be sure that they are a candidate for the abyss and the Second Death.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

We need to Recognize our own Defects

“None of us should believe that we are a saint because in the hidden side of oneself, on the invisible side, one has unspeakable, horrible monstrosities.

Unfortunately, people live in a small part of themselves and do not see the general picture, they only see an small piece of it.

Everyone has created a portrait of an honest, charitable person. We have adapted our existence according to that portrait and from that portrait we act and react constantly.

…one thinks that one is perfect. Therefore, it is worth reflecting about all of this.

Everybody suspects it, but no one dares to look at face to face at the hidden side of oneself, where there exists the facts that produce discord in the world: the censure, the critic, violence, envy, etc.

Envy, for example, has become the axis of this civilization.

If somebody has a small car and then sees a beautiful car passing in front of them, and says: “Man, I want to be in a better situation, I will see if I can get a better car.”

Why do they want a better car? Because of envy, the envy that lives in the hidden face of that person’s unseen Psychological Moon. Unfortunately, envy has become the secret spring of action and this is really unfortunate.

Accordingly, with our progress in the psychological self-exploration, we will become more and more conscious of ourselves.

The time has come to understand that if we do not know that hidden side of ourselves, we will be incorrectly related with our fellow human beings.

It is necessary to learn to relate in a better way with ourselves in order to have a better relationship
with others.

How can we relate correctly with others if we do not even relate correctly with ourselves?”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

What happens when we Change ourselves?

“In the work on ourselves there are very difficult steps.

It happens that when we work on ourselves, we change.

Obviously that transformation is misunderstood by our fellow human beings.

Our fellow human beings do not want to change; they live trapped in time, they are the result of many yesterdays, and when we change then they mistakenly judge us.

This is something that the Gnostic student has to know.

In the world, many moral codes are written.

However, what really is morality? Are moral codes useful for the elimination of the ego? Can they illuminate the invisible side of oneself? Can those moral codes help us achieve sanctification? They can do none of that.

Morality is a fruit of custom, of a place and of an era.

What is moral in one place is immoral in another; what was moral in one era was not in another.

Therefore, what do you think? What really is morality?

In ancient China it was correct to kill the father when he was old and unable to take care of himself.

What could we say when a man kills his father? Patricide, no?

Morality is a slave of place, custom and era.

Then, how useful could the moral codes … be? Can those codes eliminate the Ego? Can they illuminate the hidden side of our Psychological Moon? No! They are not useful.

In the path of the elimination of the ego we may look “immoral” at first glance.

What is the kind of morality that we have to follow? What is moral if the codes are useless?

There is a type of ethics that one day was condensed by the Tibetans…

…A real ethic; who could understand that ethic? Maybe you could, maybe not.

If you change, it can happen that people will turn against you.

If one of you changes, it could happen that all of us will point to them as “immoral”, as a bad person, “look, what he has done!”

That is to say, the censors appear and it is because people want to see the initiate trapped in the past and in no way do they want to see the initiate changing, developing something new.

When the initiate changes, they are misunderstood and mistakenly judged.

The ego is time and the egos of others cannot accept that someone could escape time; they do not accept it in any way.

Samael Aun Weor was expelled from his parent’s home because he resolved to change.

They tormented him a lot: the rules of the teachers, the pinches in the ears, the knocks on the head because he did not dominate those teachings that were fundamental to them.

He was expelled from his own house, from the school, from everyplace.

Their conclusion was that he was a nuisance and all of this because he was changing; He did not want to remain trapped in time.

So he was condemned as heretic, as wicked.

They even persecuted … as “enemy number one” of the official religion.

He put himself “out of the wave”; they could not forgive him for the fact that he did not want to follow their beliefs.

If one of you changes, you can be sure that others will criticize.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

How do we see Others when they Change?

“We are studying Gnosis but we want to see even the Instructor walking according to some conditions pre-established in time.

Would you be able to look at others with pleasure if they were to get out of those patterns?

Do you not have your codes and if others escape those codes, then what would happen?

You would not like that, and perhaps you would say, “Look at what he is doing…”

Well, that is what happens. Why? Because that person does not want to blindly accept those moral codes, because they do not want to remain trapped in time, because they do not want to be trapped in those cultural restrictions.

Some of you follow the Ten Commandments and from there you do not exit.

Some others follow codes more or less established by your relatives in time.

Some of you follow rules of behavior that were learned in different pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occult schools.

When someone does not behave according to these codes that you have established in your minds, then they are an indignant, bad person.

Therefore, let us see how hard it is to achieve the Inner Self-Realization of the Being.

According to one’s use of Self-observation one is able to know that hidden side, to know that inside there are facts that we did not realize, elements that we not even remotely suspected.

When we eliminate those facts, this starts psychological transformations that obviously are reflected in our fellow human beings.

Those changes are misunderstood by them because they do not want to accept somebody who does not behave according to the pre-established norms, or codes.

What happens that in the work, is that many times we have to be “immoral”.

When we say this, it is necessary to understand it.

We are using this word not in the sense that you know it, in the negative sense.

We want to use this word in the positive, constructive sense.

We mean that we have to avoid the expired codes of some moralities that do not have a solid foundation.

For example, the instructor warns somebody because they have arrived at the end of the class, “That is not correct, look at all the noise that you have made, you have to arrive always on time, the class begins at six o’clock, etc.” ”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

We have to be Intelligent in order to stay on the Path

“Well, the path is normally very difficult, it is narrow and straight.

On each side there are horrible abysses, but also marvelous ascensions and fearful descents.

There are many paths; some of them bring the domination of determinate zones of the universe, that is to say, one becomes a Deity or Cosmocreator (as it is sometimes called).

Some others go to various heavens.

There are paths that escape from the central path that have a marvelous appearance of sanctity but that go to the abyss and the Second Death.

It is hard not to get lost, and the norm is to get lost many times because of certain moral codes.

Then what do we have to do? We must self-explore ourselves in a constant manner and censor ourselves before censoring somebody else.

…we must self-explore ourselves in order to know our own violence, that inner violence that exists even if we think that we do not have it. If people could live in a more conscious manner, everything would be different.

Unfortunately, we have created many portraits of ourselves because we live in a small part of ourselves.

But, when we project our Consciousness onto that unseen part, then the portraits are reduced to cosmic dust because we are changing.

How small and deformed are those self-portraits we have created? How far are those portraits from what we really are!

How stingy we are, nevertheless we do not suspect, even remotely, that we are stingy, that in the hidden side of ourselves we have stinginess!”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

The Gnostic Esoteric Group in the context of the Work

“Sometimes we think that if the Gnostic Esoteric Groups were better, then we would feel happier.

We even want an ideal world to work in.

We think that if we could go to the mountains or to the profound valleys we could work in better way.

Yet, this is not useful.

How useful would it be to be in a cave, when inside of us we have all those facts such as envy, lust, hate, etc., etc., etc.

We, the ones who are present in a Gnostic Esoteric Group, are not yet perfect, we are not tame lambs.

We are not perfect, only the Father is perfect. That is obvious.

In the Gnostic Esoteric Groups, we see many ‘friends’ together in the meetings…

If you are among the brethren in one of those Groups:
Are you sure that you form part of a nucleus
of fraternity, love and beauty?

Is there anyone who never criticizes the others?

And when you are together in an assembly, are you sure that you never gossip amongst yourselves?

You sit there like little saints, but deep inside of you there are envies, fights, hatreds, incorrect criticisms, etc., and you know it,
but everyone sees the faults in others and not in themselves.

No one realizes that the fault that they are observing in the others exist inside of themselves.

Very few are the brethren who know how to reflect on these things, few are those who know how to understand.

Why would we want something ideal, an ideal world, where no one could hate, in which everyone could be a brother or sister, in which everyone wanted wisdom and love?

Is there a reason to wish that?

…You know that life, the train of existence, humanity in general, is full of terrible defects; you know that the multitudes are full of anger, greed, lust, envy, pride, laziness and gluttony, etc., etc., etc.

It is not an ideal humanity. Then why do we want our small Gnostic Esoteric Group to be ideal?

This small Group represents humanity, those multitudes, those millions of people that exist in the world.

Here, in this small Gnostic Esoteric Group are the same errors that the multitudes have.

Therefore, in this small Group there is a marvelous school, there is an extraordinary psychological gymnasium.

Did a friend say something critical to someone else? The one that spoke should investigate themselves to see that occult part of themselves, that unseen side, in order to observe and to know why they criticized their fellow human being.

Did a sister say something about another woman? Well, instead of criticizing her, it is better to self-explore that part of the Psychological Moon that is unseen.

Then, for certain, she will realize that the error that she is observing in the other woman also exists in her own hidden part, in the part that is normally invisible.

In that way, it would be more useful to stop criticizing and to use this gymnasium for our self-discovery.

In a small group, all of humanity is represented (which is marvelous, extraordinary), and there is a precious gymnasium necessary for self-discovery.

If a group were perfect, then there would not be any necessity for this group.

What for? If everybody was perfect, then why would we have such a group?

The group exists because we are not perfect.

Our errors, the errors of all the brothers and sisters added together are the errors of humanity.

This is the representation of humanity.

Therefore, let us make good use of this school and instead of criticizing somebody, let us find the error in ourselves that we are observing in others.

That error has to be used as an example for the Consciousness, it will allow us to know that we have that error on our hidden side.

Observe how useful an esoteric school is, a school of regeneration.

This is a school of regeneration and we are foolish when we leave the school and we try to find the ideal humanity.

Where will we find it? In what part of the cosmos?

There is a Divine Humanity, yes, but it is not the common humanity.

The Conscious Circle of Solar Humanity, the circle that works in the Superior Centers of the Being, that is the unique humanity that we could call ideal.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO

 

Taking Advantage of our Psychology

The errors of the neighbor are very useful to us. We can use them as indications.

If I discover such and such person is full of envy, then I must be a little reflective, I am criticizing the life of that person, and this indicates that I have it deep inside of my Consciousness, in that invisible part.

It is necessary to know who is the censor, who is the “I” of the critic.

It is worthwhile to reduce that “I” to cosmic dust.

 

Question: When you mentioned the code of morals, I think that there can exist the danger to want to transform Gnosis, the Gnostic teachings into a moral code.

If we are living in accordance to the teaching but we do not understand it, then we are not living according to the real meaning of the teaching. Is this possible?

Samael Aun Weor: Yes. And I observe that there is a strong tendency in our friends of the Gnostic Movement to write moral codes, and everybody has the tendency to want those codes to be respected.

Everybody wants to establish moral codes in the Movement so all the brothers and sisters will adjust to them.

In the end those codes are absurd, rancid, backward, and they become bottles in which the mind remains trapped and then the work in the elimination of the Ego fails.

It happens that in this work it is necessary to do things that could seem like “immoral”, that sometimes one has to get out of that norm in which everybody is submitted.

It happens that when one thinks that all is going well, one is doing badly and precisely when one is doing well, others think that one is doing badly.

This is the nature of this path; there is a lot of virtue in the wicked and a lot of wickedness in the virtuous.

There are tremendous dangers.

It could happen that one can go down an alley and that one thinks that it is the correct one but it happens that one leaves the real path.”

-paraphrase of “LAS OCULTAS FACETAS DE NUESTRA PSICOLOGÍA LUNAR”
translated as “THE HIDDEN FACE OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL MOON”
or “The Occult Side of our Psychological Moon”
Lecture 018 in EL QUINTO EVANGELIO