Saturday, April 12, 2014
An inner energy
The self—the parts of me that function in ordinary life—are on their own unless there is a relationship to something higher. Left to their own devices, they have no real feeling, and do any old thing they please. It can already be seen from the general results of ordinary life—which are nothing more than the state of the world around us as it is today—that this is a bad arrangement. Many ills come forth.
If, however, there is a relationship to this inner energy—this inflow, which is not an abstraction or an imaginary force, but, rather, something quite substantial—then the self can have an intention towards the good. The inner energy is formed, you see, from the inward flow of the divine into mankind's Being, and as such represents the good—it is a positive and creative force which contains the power of transformation. The ordinary self contains no power of transformation whatsoever, yet it appropriates the ideas of transformation and the actions that it supposes might be those of transformation. Without the inner energy it can do nothing but think about stuff; and that occupies far too much time in us.
The inner energy isn't a tangible thing at first. There are a series of stages in its development, which are not spoken of often, but I will try to explain them for readers.
First, one must become familiar with the inner energy. In order to do this one must open to it, usually during work with others and meditation (sittings.) There is a long period during which this inner energy is supported only through these collective, or, conversely, very quiet private, methods.
Eventually, however, the energy must become organic. This means it must arise voluntarily from within the very marrow of the bones. At this point an individual becomes responsible towards it in a quite different way. That can't be exactly explained, but we can say that this is the point at which one must form an inner intention to bring the energy together with the self. This is the beginning of an intention towards the good.
Over many years, the energy must then become durable, that is to say, it must become strong enough to resist the efforts of outside life to deflect it. Intention helps in this.
Finally, the inner energy must become permanent, that is, it must always be present within life as a support. At this stage it ought to accompany an individual during all their waking hours, and, often, even in dreams, because the energy must eventually penetrate and recruit every aspect of Being.
Many other processes take place alongside this; it's impossible to catalog them all here. But without this presence of inner energy and a repose within sensation, Being cannot develop.