by Robert Wilkinson
Who Are You? Do you know why others can make you lose your equilibrium and you find yourself doing strange things? As you know, dispassion, detachment, discrimination, and genuine Goodwill toward others are the antidotes to the sources of suffering. In today’s offering from the venerable Magic of Space we are offered words of wisdom about how to deal with the part of us that gets confused, angry, whirled around, or spun out.
From The Magic of Space, Chapter VII, “The Self – Its Relation to Space and Matter:”
The waves of outward life affect the inner man from all sides, and instead of controlling the outward life, he is controlled by it. The outer forces cannot develop the inner man; it can be developed only by the inner calm of the soul. Outer circumstances can affect only the outer life; they never can develop the spiritual man. One must awaken the new and higher man, the subjective mind, from within. Once the inner self is awakened it becomes the “Ruler,” the “Master Within,” and directs the circumstances of the outer man with sure guidance. As long as the inner self is unawakened, one’s power cannot be developed.
If another than yourself has the power to make you angry, then you are not the master of yourself. This means, of course, that you have not found the ruler within you. You must develop the power within, and then let the impressions of the outer world approach you as you choose, for only after striving for and attaining this power can you reach the desired state. You must learn control of temper, so that you feel no anger or impatience. You must learn control of the mind itself, so that the thought may always be calm and unruffled; and (through the mind) you must learn control of the nerves, so that they may be as little irritated as possible.
This last is very difficult, because when you try to prepare yourself to follow the Path, you cannot help making yourself and your body more sensitive, so that its nerves are easily disturbed by a sound or a shock, and feel any pressure acutely. The calm mind also means courage, so that you may face without fear the trials and difficulties of the Path you have chosen; it means steadfastness, so that you may make light of the troubles which come into everyone’s life, and avoid the incessant worry over little things, with which many people spend most of their time.
It must not matter to you what happens to you from the outside; sorrows, troubles, sicknesses, losses – all of these must be as nothing to you, and must not be allowed to affect the calmness of your mind. They are the results of past actions, and when they come you must bear them cheerfully, remembering that they are transitory. They belong to your previous lives, although some are directly traceable in this life, and you cannot alter them; therefore think rather of what you are doing now, which will make the event of this life and the next life, for that you can alter, and also mitigate the present, if handled correctly.
It will require a good deal of practice to possess always the inward calm, but the greater the effort needed, the more important the achievement. Everything depends upon the inward truthfulness and sincerity with which we think of ourselves and the actions of others. But after the Higher Being is awakened, something else is still needed. If a man thinks of himself as a stranger, it is only himself that he contemplates; he looks at his experiences, to which his mode of life subjects him, and he must rise above them and aspire to a purely impartial point of view, no longer connected with his own individual circumstance.
He must think of those things which concern him as concerning another person, although he himself may swell in entirely different conditions and circumstances. By doing this, he rises above the personal point of view and becomes objective about himself. His attention is directed to higher worlds than those he know in his every-day life. Then he begins to long for those higher worlds, about which his senses and his daily occupation tell him nothing.
In this way he becomes more conscious of the inner part of his nature. He learns to listen to the voices within him, which speak when all is calm; and inwardly he is able to converse with the spiritual world. During this time of meditation he is, for the time being, withdrawn from the everyday world, and no longer hears its voices. All around him is silence. His entire soul is filled with inward calm and contemplation, and converses with the purely spiritual world. This calm contemplation is necessary – he must develop an earnest desire for such calm thinking.
Many highly developed students state that they are unable to communicate with higher Beings, or to converse with the spiritual world, and we would remind them of Jesus’ word, “unless ye become as little children ye cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven” – and His explanation – “…for the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” Some intellectual students, we fear, feel that all they need do is arm themselves with several books, adjust their glasses, and sit and wait – and the Beings of other planes, thus notified, will enter the room and introduce themselves.
You can go to the section that immediately follows this part of the book in this post, so if you want a little more, click on the link and read more. One hint - how and when the Masters or any higher Being appears to us is NOT subject to our demands and desires.