Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Alignment of Truth and Being

The Organic Sense of Being.

One can never stop examining this quality, because without its whole and intelligent development, real Being isn’t possible. 

If it develops, Being ultimately arrives through feeling; and feeling manifests only in a balanced relationship between intelligence (not thinking, but active intelligence) and organic sensation.

The reason this is important is that truth can’t be sensed unless Being is unified. 

Truth is both dynamic and dimensional. It has elements of the physical, the intellectual, and the emotional, combined in an invisible and indivisible balance that extracts the wholeness of truth from every object, event, circumstance, and condition. 

Those of you who have been reading this space for a while can refer to my essays about The Perfection, which is about exactly this subject.

Truth, arising through and by these three conjunctive dimensions, exists in a fourth dimension of its own, through a complete and unique manifestation which can only be sensed by Being.

When I say sensed, I use the word in a comprehensive way which means the action of Being as understood within 

—An indelible stillness of the inner intellect, untouched by the world.
—the action of Being as understood by the molecular sense of Being, untouched by the world.
—the action of Being as understood through the organic development of Feeling, untouched by the world.

You can gather from this that there is a purity to this action which isn’t of the world, even though it’s in it.

 These qualities don’t develop all at once. A very fine level of vibration needs to be deposited throughout the organism over a very long period of time, many decades, and quite precisely between the various parts, in order for a harmonious vibration to slowly arise between them all. 

So the qualities I’m describing here — such as the indelible stillness of the inner intellect — begin to be sensed quite gradually, over time, and will generally appear as fleeting awarenesses for years before they establish themselves as more comprehensive entities. 

Impatience is not helpful in this matter.

 This action becomes important if we seek an alignment with truth, because truth cannot be sensed unless Being is aligned with it. 

Truth is never what we want it to be. It is what it is. 

The inward vibration of Being has to correspond to the rather complex vibrations of truth for the two to enter a reciprocal relationship. When this takes place, I see the difference between my inward and my outer parts, and I understand the difference between the outer parts, which must serve Caesar, and the inner parts, which must serve God. 

In both cases, my role as an intelligent being is to serve; do I understand this? And do I understand the difference between the outer and the inner?

I suppose one could ask why I should even wish for such an alignment; yet one cannot really know why one should have such a wish until the alignment exists. Until then, one works mostly in darkness, with a great deal of confusion about why one is doing anything at all in the first place. We set up a group of straw men during this period, ersatz beliefs which we think are the real thing. Ersatz truths which we think are the real thing. The chances of being deceived and misunderstanding everything during this process are, quite frankly, enormous; and although others may deceive us, it is much more likely we will deceive ourselves.

In the end, we are always responsible for everything.

Warm Regards,


Announcing the publication of 

The Reconstruction of the Soul is a wide-ranging investigation of symbolism in High and Late Medieval art. It includes detailed analyses of the Unicorn Tapestries at the Cluny Museum and the Cloisters in New York, as well as detailed examinations of the mysterious, erotic and bizarre symbolism in The Cathedral of St. Lazare in Autun.

Along the way, it traces the roots of Western esoteric art from Babylon to ancient Greece, revealing traditions that are still alive today, some 3000 or more years later.

The material is illustrated with photographs taken by the author on location in France and New York, as well as source material from various museums.

It will appeal to anyone interested in the symbolic transmission of the world's Western esoteric heritage.

All funds from your purchase of this book will go to support the translation of important historical documents related to the Gurdjieff tradition.

The author is currently at work on a second volume which will explore even earlier (!) influences on esoteric art and practice. Anticipated publication of this follow-up work will be late 2019.

Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.

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