Vol. 12 No. 35 - Lanto - August 31, 1969
Faithful Hearts Who Would Know the Truth and Be Free:
The swing of human moods is a predominant force by which the happiness and hopes of men are temporarily dashed upon the rocks. Therefore to understand and to control the moods that seize the consciousness is to understand and master the self in a most effective way.
First, let us show that the word mood is related to the word moon and that the lunar force that acts upon the tides also affects the feeling body of man and temporarily distorts his emotional nature. The interaction of people’s emotional bodies in the ebb and flow of positive and negative polarities and in the juxtaposition of good and evil creates lunar fields within the forcefields of those who are involved with psychic energies. The effect of these forcefields on those who come within their influence is similar to the effect of the moon in her cycles.
One of the problems involved in lunar influence is the tendency of people to identify with their moods. The student of the light must come apart from the world of moods. He must learn that by attuning his consciousness with the divine nature he can reverse the tide of his human moods and become the master rather than the slave of his feelings.
Unfortunately, those who practice self-analysis often lack the necessary objectivity when it comes to their own personalities. Even men of science—skilled in the practice of medicine and psychiatry and those who have been trained in psychology, philosophy, and the physical and social sciences—are seldom able to solve their own problems. This is because they plunge headlong into a subjective sense of their problems and lose all perspective in matters in which they are emotionally involved.
We therefore advocate the cultivation of a deliberate sense of detachment from the self, especially during those crucial periods when one must ask oneself the question “What is acting in my world?” When you can recognize any problem for what it is as though it were happening to someone else, you will find that it will have less hold upon you and you will be able to rise above the downward pull of mood moments.
Your own Holy Christ Self and your beloved God Presence are eager to have you become the master of your own world that you might be able to see just what is acting there when vicious forces, whether of your own or of another’s creation, seek to subvert the levels of spiritually progressive happiness that you desire to manifest.
The course of the highest love, as it meanders through the personal labyrinth where self-identification has created its own canyon walls, is naturally restrained to conform to the confinements of the self. Yet it must be borne in mind that the highest power is the highest power, the highest love is the highest love and it is able to overflow the banks of self-imposed limitation and to inundate the soul with the purifying energies of the Holy Spirit.
The tendency of people to identify with the lowest common denominator of human behavioral patterns, whether their own worst deeds or another’s, is contrary to divine principle. Therefore to dare and to do must still be the fervent cry of the man of the Spirit who would advance over all obstacles including his own self-woven shrouds of negation. Once and for all the soul cries out, “I want to be free!” But with each new challenge it seems to be confronted with an impenetrable door whose mysterious face will not yield to the hungry and thirsty traveler.
In reality, the time and tide that wait for no man are vehicles of divine opportunity. When a balanced understanding of divine love and life is maintained during periods of personal struggle and social upheaval, the fiery intensity of cosmic intention is able to burn through the obstacles in self and society without scorching the evolving consciousness of men. But this is true only when the disciple is able to stand aside. Carefully balanced on the razor’s edge of pure reason, he is able to keep the flame of life on behalf of many innocent souls. He is in the world but he is not of the world, and from this vantage point he perceives the need to defend his cosmic rights against the forces which would defraud him and all mankind of their divine inheritance. He knows that the strength that is sufficient for the day will be forthcoming through his simultaneous invocation of the assistance of heaven as a humble servant-son.
Man who dares to do the will of God ought not to dare without meekness. For the meek shall inherit the earth. <1> The type of meekness of which we speak is that quality of graciousness which is manifest in those who know the source of their strength and use their knowledge not against other parts of life, but for the emancipation of all.
I am well aware of the fact that all of these matters appear simple on the surface, and often individuals who read our instruction are so struck by its simplicity that they cry out, “But I already know that!” almost resenting our method of teaching mankind by repetition. But let me say again, It is not what you know that counts but what you do! And if you really have the knowledge of the law, it will not be just an accretion of knowledge, a weighty tome of words partially retained in the brain and computerized for instant playback, but it will be an active state of understanding—“With all thy getting get understanding.” <2> For it is divine understanding that makes possible the individual unfoldment of divine power in the domain of the conscious will of man. And it is divine understanding alone that assures him that he will be able to control and eventually free himself from tendencies that are destructive to the well-being of himself or others.
This doctrine of ahimsa or harmlessness toward life is truly the effulgence of the Christ nature in manifestation. However, even as Archangel Michael and the Lord Christ did not hesitate in their contentions with evil to say, “Get thee behind me...,” <3> so the student must not hesitate, when he is made aware of the fact that he is coming under the influence of moods, to rebuke those feelings which are foreign to his true nature and he must, if he would be freeborn, always control his moods before they control him.
Now, the students should be alerted to the fact that there is often a penetration of mood energies between the sheaths of the four lower bodies of man. This penetration can and does create great discomfort (both psychic and physical) because of the temporary polarization of the nerves to the astral plane. The commitment of the self unto the Holy Spirit through devout prayer, through the giving of intensive decrees, and through the visualization of the violet transmuting flame in, through, and around the four lower bodies will invariably produce a change in consciousness if such a change is truly desired by the supplicant.
Sometimes a change of pace is all that is necessary to prevent the further encroachment of the negative force of the mood upon the psyche. Often time is needed in order for the four lower bodies to recover from the influence of moods, for when the consciousness is overwhelmed by moods of anger, fear, grief, resentment, or a general feeling of irritation, there is an invasion of psychic substance that is completely foreign to the soul. The soul must, therefore, be given time to throw off this substance, and this is effected much in the same manner as the physical body expels toxins.
Those who are subject to moods are frequently labeled “moody.” Many are even proud of their moods, for they feel that in the name of freedom they have the right to express any quality which they choose. Cosmic law proves otherwise. And whereas they certainly can and do have the “right” to do as they will, the gift of free will is never abused with impunity.
The ascended ones, the elder brothers of the race, are always desirous of bringing the balance of the Christ to the students; for we know full well that all children of the light will at one time or another find themselves at odds with the world consciousness. When that time comes, it is well to have developed some degree of mastery over one’s energies that they be not lost in one unguarded moment. We earnestly believe that the ability to control one’s moods is a vital part of self-mastery that will bring the individual closer to an understanding of (hence dominion over) the self.
All too frequently, even students of the light think they can indulge themselves in moods or states of reverie simply because this is a habit they have learned to enjoy. Actually, this is a most dangerous indulgence, for the entertainment of moods can be confused with the creation of a spiritually receptive consciousness. Furthermore, prolonged involvement of the psyche in mood energies greatly diminishes one’s faculties of Christly discrimination.
It is recommended that the student entertain a receptive state of consciousness, a waiting upon the Lord which we might term “a receptive mood.” In this frame of mind, he can be drawn into a higher spiritual state. However, it should be borne in mind that human ideas as things in themselves are never enhanced by reason of their circulation in human consciousness. In order for an idea or a state of consciousness to change its polarity, it must be subjected to the higher will, to the higher love, and to the higher intelligence of the mind of God.
Lingering residual magnetism in the subconscious regions of the mind can be purified and changed without ever surfacing to the conscious level. This is accomplished through the use of the transmutative power of prayers and decrees as the supplicant invokes the violet transmuting flame. Those who have never experimented in the use of the flames of God for the purposes of self-improvement and the raising of the consciousness should not find fault with this method until they have experimented with it for at least six months. Even then, if they would give their spiritual teachers at least half the chance which they expect life to give them, they should consider that perhaps their technique is undeveloped or their own density too great to yield in so relatively short a time. Therefore, they should continue to learn and use God’s laws governing the scientific use of the flames.
Each day is an opportunity for the soul to attain an element of his eternal mastery. You do not pass in one moment from the human octave to the divine, but step by step you climb wisdom’s golden stairs.
Study thyself to show thyself approved unto God. <4>
Devotedly, I remain
1. Matt. 5:5.
2. Prov. 4:7.
3. Matt. 16:23.
The preceding text is taken from the book version, Understanding Yourself.
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