The Path of the Higher Self

The Path of the Higher Self

To You Who Would Climb the Highest Mountain:

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Truth is the summit of being.” We have called that summit God—indeed, the God of all Truth—and it is to that Summit that we would direct your consciousness through the writing in this book.

All Paths Lead to the Summit

“No matter what our religion,” observed Lecomte du Noüy, “we are all like people at the bottom of a valley who seek to climb a snowy peak that dominates the others. We all have our eyes fixed on the same goal, and we agree that there is but one summit to reach. Unfortunately we differ on what road to take. Guides come forward and we follow them. Some go one way, others choose different paths. All are convinced that their trail is the best, and all are sincere. By following them we approach the one goal, but when the groups which started from different points meet, instead of uniting, they seek to convince each other mutually that it is they who have discovered the best road, and they sometimes end by throwing insults and stones at each other. Yet they know that one day, provided they never stop ascending, they must all meet at the top of the mountain and that the road to reach it matters little.”

A Hand to Help on the Upward Climb

We uphold, as God does, the right of every man to choose the path he shall take to the Summit of his own being. Although we cannot make the journey for him, we would offer a hand to help him on the way. The climber will need ropes and picks to scale the jagged heights. These we have provided, together with maps and charts to assist him in avoiding the pitfalls and unmarked ways where danger lurks and where those who have “words without knowledge” may perish.

Before you embark upon your expedition to the top, it is advisable that you practice the techniques and test the equipment. The helps we present in the following pages have been successfully used by the summiteers who have preceded you. The experts, who are familiar with the markings on the trail, also recommend that you employ a trained guide who is qualified to show you how to overcome the unmerciful elements of wind and cold, ice or broiling sun that greet the climber sphinxlike, unyielding.

Authentic Ascended Master Guides

No matter what his faith, his creed, or his religion, the seeker can profit from the experience and the know-how of those who have gone before him on the Path. Many look to Jesus as the wayshower; others follow the Eightfold Path of the Buddha or the law of Moses. In the West they have pursued the calling of Saint Francis and Clare, of the Little Flower of Jesus and the Virgin Mother; in the East they hail Maitreya, Lord Krishna, Lao-tse, and Confucius. These and countless others have demonstrated the principles of Truth and left a record of exemplary lives.

But whomever the seeker follows, it is results that count! If a man’s philosophy does not make him a better man, capable of contributing something of worth to his friends and to his society, then either he or his philosophy has failed.

We may well ask as we look at the world around us, Has Christianity failed or have men failed the Christ?

Our answer would be that men have failed because the complete teachings of the Master of Galilee, of John the Baptist, and of the prophets who preceded them have not been made available to the multitudes. These we must make plain. These we must free from the shroud of dogma. These we must set forth that the day might come which Micah foresaw when every man should sit “under his vine and under his fig tree” to be self-taught by the Great Mediator of the Word.

Practical and Scientific Explanations

In your hands is a key—a key that will unlock many doors. No work has ever contained the practical and scientific explanations on the workings of your self and your universe which are to be presented in the volumes of The Everlasting Gospel. You will discover how you can work out your salvation not only with “fear and trembling,” as Paul said, but also with the love and dominion of the Christ.

Once you have put together the cosmic jigsaw puzzle—the pieces of which you will find one by one in the thirty-three chapters of the total work—you will possess not only the hieroglyph of living Truth but also the blueprint of your fiery destiny. If you take the Teaching apart piece by piece, making it a smorgasbord of concepts and ideas, you will deprive yourself of the magnificent comprehension of the whole. But if you dare to pursue the totality of the Teaching, you will soon realize the full value of the key.

Some of the facts contained in the writing will be familiar to you; others will not. The elimination of what is known to one reader and not to another would jeopardize the worth of the instruction. The concepts unfold “precept upon precept, line upon line”; and if carefully followed, they will lead you to your life’s destination. This is your destiny: to realize the divine gnosis, the universal saga of your Being, and to become one with all Life.

By following the most up-to-date road map to the Summit of your identity, you will see rising before you the foothills of your own Everest and behind you a cosmic panorama never before beheld by humanity in any age.

You Will be Shown Mysteries

You will be shown mysteries that will no longer be mysteries—secrets of the ages that will nevermore be secrets. You will find a linking-together of the whole tapestry of Truth in each multiform part. The glossing over of these parts may well abort the embryonic ideas that are intended to germinate in your consciousness until they unfold the magnificence of your own soul’s comprehension of the laws of Cosmos. These laws are made known in signs from far-off worlds, from the Pleiades as well as from the sun of our own solar system, from the sands of the Sahara and the tall pines of Darjeeling.

You will find herein the wisdom of the ages, the thoughts of a Christ, a Buddha, and the many savants and servants of the Word-all of whom are one in the Lord who said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

You will find knowledge of a different kind—knowledge that has been withheld from the masses, knowledge that has been guarded in the retreats of the Masters for thousands of years. In the words of the Apostle, “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”

The Vanguard of Light

We are concerned with the coming of the vanguard of Light upon the planetary body, “kings and priests unto God” who have heard the whisperings of the universe in heart and soul, who have brooded with the Great Spirit over the rites of creation—those who have been cast in the cosmic drama, reenacting the ritual of a cosmos, a rose, a cell, or a conception in the Mind of Christ. These are they who are unafraid to involve themselves in Reality and thereby secure the mastery of self, of destiny.

As Diogenes with his lantern roamed the streets in search of an honest man, so we invite you, the reader, to raise the torch of your mind and without bias seek Truth within these pages; for here you will learn the code of your identity, of Nature, and of Life itself. And in the process you will find the power of the Holy Spirit by which each man becomes the king of his own kingdom and the priest of his own temple in response to the fiat of the Logos “Take dominion over the earth!”

Esoteric Classic – The Messengers Speak the Unspeakable

Please recognize that we, as Messengers for the spiritual Hierarchy, have been commissioned to speak the unspeakable, to utter the unutterable, and to set forth in writing what no man has written. We have had to make plain in earthly tongue what heretofore has been penned in the tongues of angels. Words consisting of the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, concepts boxed in by the dictionaries of men-these we have formed into sentences and paragraphs in an attempt to make plain the eternal precepts of Love.

At times feeling inadequate to the task, we have stood before the burning bush and asked our Lord as Moses did: “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” As God revealed himself to Moses saying, “I AM THAT I AM,” so he has said to us, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

And so we have sought to spell out the pathos of a cosmos even as God has sought to create in you the awareness of himself. Not by our own authority, but by the power of the living Word have we spoken the words of the Son of man who said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

Within these seven hundred pages you will discover mandalas of Truth, conceptions from the heart of the Solar Logoi who declared to John: “I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of Life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

What is Said and What is Not Said

Through the written word you will be made aware not only of the intellectual concepts of Truth but also of the feelings of those concepts. As the positive and negative aspects of self, as mind and heart, these spell out the whys and wherefores of man’s need both to understand and to devote himself to the divine plan and to his reason for being. It would be folly to make the claim that these concepts are confined to these pages; for these were in the very breath of Life itself which in the beginning God breathed into man’s nostrils when “man became a living soul.”

Your newfound freedom will come not only from the formed but from the unformed as well, not just from what is said but from what remains unsaid. For words are but cups into which the mind must pour the substance of experience and devotion, the distillations of soul-knowing and the formulations that are idling just beneath the surface of awareness waiting to be energized by the Christ Mind.

If by living up to the full measure of your active understanding of Truth you “show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth,” you will expand mankind’s consciousness of the Law of Life and serve as an avant-garde messenger of hope to all generations.

The Key of Knowledge is Yours for the Knowing

The Christ, whom so many proclaim and so few understand, is not confined to a nation, to a people, or to a person. Christ is the Light emanation, the Solar Logos, the living Word by whom all things were made and without whom was not anything made that was made. You are a fragment of the Lord’s Body, a measure of his attainment, destined to be a chalice for his Light that you might give a cup of living water to a humanity waiting to be filled.

The “key of knowledge” which was “taken away” is yours for the knowing. As the scribes and Pharisees lay in wait for Jesus and sought “to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him,”so some will analyze this work with one purpose in mind: to destroy it. Others will take the key and open the door to the Christ who calls: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Inevitably, the profitable servant will enter into the joy of the Lord and the unprofitable servant will be cast into outer darkness. Those who forsake dogma for Christ, bigotry for love, and ignorance of the Law for wisdom (wise dominion) will find the answers to life’s questions which they have long sought. And they will know the dominion of the overcomers: “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Words of The Everlasting Gospel are Hieroglyphs

As the word of God was spoken by Jesus in parable, so the words of The Everlasting Gospel are hieroglyphs charged with both an inner and an outer meaning that can change your life and your world into the beauty and perfection which God intended you to manifest. You must take these hieroglyphs and eat them up—assimilate them into your consciousness—as the angel told John to take the little book and eat it up, warning him that it would make his belly bitter, but that it would be in his mouth sweet as honey.

If the prejudices and precepts of the world have kept you from the divine design, then these must be set aside, at least temporarily, while you explore this virgin forest where Truth lies waiting to be acclaimed in towering oak and tiny acorn, in bubbling brook and nodding flower. Instead of comparing each joyous burst of Life you find with the relics of civilization that you have left behind, savor each new concept for its own intrinsic worth; ponder and absorb a new comprehension and a new freedom.

Give God the Opportunity to Lead You

To property discern Truth, you will have to lay aside your preconceived ideas—even your most cherished beliefs—and give God the opportunity to lead you “in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Above all, remember Jesus’ words “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

The enemy of righteousness may seek to impress upon you the need to immediately accept or reject our instruction. Be not mocked! True progress always manifests to those who in patience possess their souls. Therefore, reserve your judgment until you have read the last word of the last chapter.

Purpose of The Summit Lighthouse

The purpose of The Summit Lighthouse is to publish the Teachings of the Ascended Masters, to shed light on the lost or distorted Teachings of Christ, and to provide humanity—every man, woman, and child, bar none—with the knowledge of Cosmic Law which, when applied, will lead him to freedom, to self-mastery, to the fulfilling of his divine plan, and to the reunion of his soul with God.

The Summit Lighthouse is not out to capture souls for membership, to tell people what to do and what not to do, or to confine their worship of the one God within the narrowness of man-made doctrine and dogma. The Masters who sponsor this organization seek not to bind men through fear and ignorance, but to lead them through enlightenment on the true path of discipleship where each man gives answer solely to his God.


Pearls of Wisdom® are letters written by the Ascended Masters for their disciples throughout the world, dictated to to the Messengers appointed by the Lord. The are sent “without money and without price” to all who ask for them.Those who desire systematic and graded instruction in Cosmic Law and who at the same time are willing to dedicate themselves in the service of humanity may receive the Keepers of the Flame® lessons sponsored by Saint Germain, the Knight Commander of the Keepers of the Flame® Fraternity, together with the Maha Chohan, the Representative of the Holy Spirit, and the Seven Chohans of the Rays.

This is the Reader’s Welcome from the book The Path of the Higher Self, by Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. It is the first book in the 9-volume series, Climb the Highest Mountain.

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