The Dialectic of Consciousness
In the esoteric work dealing with the elimination of the undesirable elements that we carry within, annoyance, weariness, and boredom sometimes emerge.
Without question, if we truly yearn for radical change we must always return to the original starting point and re-evaluate the basis of our psychological work.
To love the esoteric work is indispensable when we truly want a complete inner transformation.
Unless we love the psychological work that is conducive to change, the re-evaluation of principles becomes impossible.
It would be absurd to presume that we could be interested in the work if, in fact, we do not come to love that work.
This means that love is essential when, time and again, we attempt to reassess the basis for the psychological work.
Above all, it is urgent to know about that which we call consciousness, for there are many people who have never been interested in knowing anything about it.
Any ordinary person knows that when a boxer is knocked out in the ring, he loses consciousness. It is quite clear that when the unfortunate boxer comes to, he regains consciousness. Consequently, anyone can understand that there is a clear difference between personality and consciousness.
When we come into this world, all of us have three percent of our consciousness free. The other ninety-seven percent is divided into the subconsciousness, the infraconsciousness, and the unconsciousness.
The three percent of awakened consciousness can be increased as we work on ourselves.
It is not possible to increase consciousness by exclusively physical or mechanical procedures.
Undoubtedly, the consciousness can only awaken through conscious work and voluntary suffering.
Within us there are various types of energy which we must understand:
First, mechanical energy;
Second, vital energy;
Third, energy of the psyche;
Fourth, mental energy;
Fifth, energy of the will;
Sixth, energy of the consciousness;
- Seventh, energy of the pure Spirit.
No matter how much we might increase our strictly mechanical energy, we will never awaken consciousness.
No matter how much we might increase the vital forces within our own organism, we will never awaken consciousness.
Many psychological processes take place within us without any intervention from the consciousness.
However great the disciplines of the mind might be, mental energy can never achieve the awakening of the diverse functions of the consciousness.
Even if our willpower is multiplied infinitely, it can never bring about the awakening of the consciousness.
All these types of energy are graded into different levels and dimensions, which have nothing to do with the consciousness.
Consciousness can only be awakened through conscious work and upright efforts.
The minute percentage of consciousness that humanity possesses—instead of being increased—is usually wasted in life in a futile manner.
It is obvious that when we identify with all the events of our existence we are pointlessly squandering the energy of the consciousness.
We must view life as a film, without identifying ourselves with any comedy, drama, or tragedy, thus saving energy of the consciousness.
Consciousness itself is a type of energy with a very high frequency vibration.
We must not confuse consciousness with memory, which are as different from each other as are the headlights of a car from the road upon which we drive.
Many actions take place within us with no participation whatsoever of that which is called consciousness.
Many adjustments and readjustments take place within our organism without the participation of the consciousness.
The motor center of our body can drive a car, or direct the fingers that play piano keys, without even the most insignificant participation of the consciousness.
Consciousness is the light which the unconscious does not perceive.
A blind person does not perceive physical solar light either, but it does exist by itself.
We need to open ourselves so that the light of consciousness can penetrate the terrible darkness of the me, myself, the “I.”
Now we can better understand the meaning of John’s words when he said in the Gospel:
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” - John 1:5
But it would be impossible for the light of consciousness to penetrate within the darkness of the me, the myself if we have not previously used the marvelous sense of psychological self-observation.
We need to clear a path for the light to illuminate the terrible depths of the psychological “I.”
We would never observe ourselves if we were not interested in changing. To be interested in changing is possible only when we truly love the esoteric teachings.
Now our readers will understand the reason why we recommend constant reevaluation of the instructions concerning the work on oneself.
Awakened consciousness allows us to experience reality directly.
Unfortunately, the intellectual animal—mistakenly called a human being—fascinated by the formulating power of dialectical logic, has forgotten about the dialectic of the consciousness.
Unquestionably, the power to formulate logical concepts certainly becomes terribly poor.
From thesis we go on to antithesis, and through discussion to synthesis, but the latter remains in itself an intellectual concept which can never coincide with reality.
The dialectic of consciousness is more direct, permitting us to experience the reality of any phenomenon in and of itself.
Natural phenomena never coincide exactly with concepts formulated by the mind.
Life unfolds from instant to instant, and when we capture it for analysis, we kill it.
When we try to infer concepts on observing this or that natural phenomenon, we in fact stop perceiving the reality of the phenomenon. We only see in that phenomenon the reflection of theories and stale concepts which have nothing at all to do with observed fact.
Intellectual delusion is fascinating and we want to force all natural phenomena to coincide with our dialectical logic.
The dialectic of consciousness is based on true life experiences and not on mere subjective rationalism.
All of Nature’s laws exist within us, and if we do not discover them within, we will never discover them without.
The human being is contained in the universe and the universe is contained in the human being.
That which we experience within us is real. Only the consciousness can experience reality.
The language of the consciousness is symbolic, intimate, and profoundly significant. Only those who are awakened can understand.
Those who want to awaken consciousness must eliminate from within themselves all the undesirable elements that constitute the ego—the “I,” the me, myself—within which the Essence is trapped.