What makes every newborn child beautiful and adorable is his Essence; the Essence in itself constitutes his true reality.
In all creatures, the normal growth of the Essence is certainly scanty, insufficient.
The human body grows and develops in accordance with the biological laws of the species; however, such possibilities in themselves are extremely limited for the Essence.
Unquestionably, without help, the Essence can only grow to a small degree.
Speaking frankly and bluntly, we will say that the spontaneous and natural growth of the Essence is only possible during the first three, four and five years of life; in other words, during the first phase of life.
People think that the growth and development of the Essence always occurs in a continuous way, according to the mechanics of evolution, but Universal Gnosticism teaches clearly that this does not occur in such a manner.
Something very special must happen, something new must be fulfilled so that the Essence may grow more.
I want to emphatically refer to the work upon oneself. The development of the Essence is only possible on the basis of conscious works and voluntary sufferings.
It is necessary to understand that this work does not refer to professional matters such as banking, carpentry, masonry, railroad repairs, or office matters.
This work is for any person who has developed his personality; it concerns something psychological.
We all know that we have within ourselves that which is called ego, I, me, myself.
Unfortunately, the Essence is completely imprisoned, absorbed inside the ego, and this is lamentable.
To dissolve the psychological “I,” to disintegrate its undesirable elements, is something unavoidable and non-excludable. This is the meaning of working upon oneself.
We would never be able to liberate the Essence without previously disintegrating the psychological “I.”
Religion, the Buddha, Wisdom, the particles in pain of our Father who is in heaven, and all the information we need for the realization of our Innermost Self, of our Inner Being, are within the Essence.
No one would be able to annihilate the psychological “I” without previously eliminating the inhuman elements that we carry within ourselves.
We need to reduce to ashes the monstrous cruelty of this day and age: envy which has unfortunately become the secret trigger of action, the unbearable covetousness that has made life so bitter, the disgusting slander, the calumny which gives rise to so many tragedies, the drunken revelries, the filthy lust that smells so hideously, etc.
Accordingly, as all these abominations are being reduced to cosmic dust, the Essence, besides becoming emancipated, will harmoniously grow and develop.
Unquestionably, the Essence shines within ourselves when our psychological “I” has died.
The liberated Essence confers upon us inner beauty. Perfect happiness and true love emanate from such a beauty.
The Essence possesses multiple senses of perfection and extraordinary natural powers.
When we die within ourselves, when we dissolve the psychological “I,” we can then enjoy the precious senses and powers of the Essence.
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