The Gnostic Esoteric Work
It is urgent to study Gnosis and to utilize the practical ideas which we give in this book in order to work seriously on ourselves.
Nonetheless, we cannot work on ourselves with the intention of dissolving this or that “I,” without having previously observed it.
The observation of oneself permits a ray of light to penetrate within our interior.
Each “I” manifests itself one way through the head, another way through the heart, and in another way through the sexual center.
The Permanent Center of Gravity
It is impossible to have continuity of purpose without a true individuality.
Therefore, if the psychological individual does not exist, if many persons live within each one of us, if there is no responsible person within, it would be an absurdity to demand continuity of purpose from someone.
We know well that many persons live within a person. Hence, the full sense of responsibility does not really exist in us.
We cannot take seriously what any particular “I” affirms at any given moment because of the concrete fact that any other “I” can affirm exactly the opposite at any other moment.
As one works on oneself, one comprehends more and more the necessity of radically eliminating from one’s inner nature all that which makes us so abominable.
The worst circumstances of life, the most critical situations, and the most difficult deeds are always marvelous for intimate self-discovery.
The most secret “I’s” always surface in those unsuspected, critical moments, and when we least expect them. Unquestionably, if we are alert, we discover ourselves.
The most tranquil moments of life are precisely the least favorable for the work upon oneself.
The “Great Work” is, first of all, the creation of the true Human Being by dint of our will, based on conscious labors and voluntary sufferings.
The “Great Work” is the inner conquest of oneself, of our true liberty in God.
Therefore, if in reality we want the perfect emancipation of our willpower, we need, with a maximum and unavoidable urgency, to disintegrate all those “I’s” that live in our interior.
Nicholas Flammel and Raymond Lully were both meager men, yet they liberated their will and accomplished innumerable psychological prodigies that caused astonishment.