Sunday, July 29, 2012
More notes on Conscience
Conscience is not a property of man. It is a property he expresses. Man only expresses, he does not ever own. Ego mistakenly thinks it owns, but it does not. What it is is essentially a mistaken expression.
Conscience, like every other property in the universe, circulates. Everything is a play of forces, and, as Jeanne de Salzmann said, everything is always going up or down. Properties, including both material and immaterial properties such as consciousness and conscience, are always in movement as well. They either ascend, or they descend.
When a property of the universe such as conscience flows downward, if it encounters a conscious receiving source, that is, someone capable of receiving it and taking it in, under the right circumstances it doesn't dissipate; it retains its sacred properties. On the other hand, if the receiver isn't properly prepared, capable of holding a property which emanates from a sacred source, it leaks out. That is to say, instead of developing through a full octave within the being that it reaches, it "plays a few notes" and then collapses. The energy spends itself and is lost.
If a property such as conscience is fully expressed in the complete development of an octave in man, we call him a saint. This is because his vessel is intact—he has practiced containment. Containment does not mean an inner holding back; it means, rather, that the octave is complete, that it isn't leaking. The energy doesn't flow outward through other notes on the way to the completion of the octave.
To be intact means to be untouched (that's the original root of the word.) That is to say, the higher quality is not touched by the coarse outer qualities of the lower world—it maintains its integrity. Much more could be said about this, but readers ought to do some of their own thinking on the matter.
When Gurdjieff described the two rivers, he was actually describing this exact situation. In the one river, water from a higher level either evaporates water seeps down through cracks in the earth and is lost. In the other river—the one serving as an analogy for the octave—the water returns to the source. This is exactly the reason that octaves need to be completed; when this happens, the energy reconnects the receiver with the higher principle that sent it in the first place.
I respectfully hope you will take good care.