The senses of external perception can only reach a fraction of what is perceivable. - Samael Aun Weor
Many people seek to learn to meditate to have some kind of ecstatic experiences or to become better than other people - or to seek out some kind of sensation that we do not get from life normally. Many people approach meditation with these goals in mind and naturally they become frustrated. When one is seeking to have a need filled through sensation, one will always be disappointed. The reason for this is that sensation is subject to all the laws of nature.
One of those primary laws is called "life and death." Every sensation is a vibration of energy that is born, it arises, and then it dies.
You hear the sound of someone's voice. There is birth and death in that vibration. The sound hits you and there is a birth, there is the sensation of that sound, and then the sound stops, it dies, it goes away. That is all merely sensation. But upon receipt of that sensation, something is provoked. That is what we call a REACTION. So right there we see Karma, we see life and death. Karma is action and consequence. When we receive that vibration there is a reaction that is produced. So there is an action and then there is a consequence. The consequence is determined by how that sensation is interpreted.
So a very simple example would be, if I said the word, "Stupid," your brain, your personality, would struggle for a minute to translate that... Am I saying "You are stupid," or am I just saying the word? There is a translation that happens. All sensation, when we receive it mechanically, is translated. It means that we receive the information with the mind, and we translate that sensation in accordance with our own idiosyncrasy - how our personality has been formed, how our psyche has developed, etc., which means that we translate it subjectively. We translate it according to our own psyche. Understanding the phenomena of translation is absolutely critical to working effectively in the Gnostic Work.
Every perception passes from the senses into the mind. The "I" translates all the information that is collected by the mind in accordance with its own prejudices, desires, fears, remembrances, preconceptions, maliciousness of a certain type, fanaticism, hatred, envy, jealousy, passion, etc., etc. - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology
Now when we talk about meditation, really we are talking about how to transform this whole process, how to change it. Meditation is really about sharpening perception, deepening perception. Everyone who is alive has some level of consciousness. The nature of the consciousness is to perceive, but perception can be subjective or objective. Perception can happen mechanically or it can happen consciously. There are superior levels of consciousness that are superior levels of perception. And the lower levels of consciousness are lower levels of perception. So, it is a matter of degrees.
Now, the nature of the consciousness is quite profound, and even in modern materialistic science, common and conventional science, the physicists and other types of scientists are beginning to discover that consciousness is in everything. It is not merely limited to the physical body of a human or an animal. They have discovered that light itself has consciousness, that it is able to make decisions - we are talking about light, raw energy.
Therefore it is easy to recognize that consciousness is in everything, thus everything is interdependent, everything is connected, nothing is separate. We have consciousness in us because we have the capacity to perceive. But - here is where the distinctions begin to arise: How do we perceive? Do we perceive mechanically or consciously? This is a very deep question. Most people would automatically answer, "Consciously, of course." But no great master ever said that, no real teaching ever said that - they all said the opposite... We are asleep; we are hypnotized. We are hypnotized precisely because our perception is deluded, meaning we operate under delusion, what in Sanskrit is called Maya, Illusion, Ignorance. To have a delusion is to have an image that is false. When we understand that the nature of the consciousness is to perceive, we can say, "Yes, all of us perceive." There is consciousness functioning on some level of Being, but what do we perceive and how do we perceive it?
In truth, from understanding these simple things that we have set up so far, we can understand something very important. The perception of images has a very fancy name that everybody is using to make money now. It is called clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is simply the perception of images; that is all. It is the capacity to perceive imagery. And the fact of the matter is, everyone can perceive images; all of us perceive imagery. Even a blind person perceives imagery, just in a different way, because they still perceive sensation. All sensation is a form of imagery. Thus we can understand that all sentient beings are clairvoyant. Everyone and everything is clairvoyant. Everything that lives perceives imagery, thus everything is clairvoyant.
For the wise, to imagine is to see. - Samael Aun Weor
But there are different types of clairvoyance. There is positive clairvoyance and there is negative clairvoyance. Positive and Negative. Quite simply, positive clairvoyance perceives conscious imagery, objective imagery, meaning "images without delusion." Negative clairvoyance, mechanical clairvoyance, perceives the imagery of delusion, and perceives them to be real; it is subjective.
Clairvoyance was a term that was invented by some occultists, people who were interested in mysticism. And it was invented to hide what they knew; that is all. They invented the term to confuse people, because clairvoyance is simply Imagination. So when you hear somebody saying that they have developed clairvoyance, it may be that they do not understand that everyone is clairvoyant. Or if someone wants to charge you money to make you clairvoyant, they are ripping you off, because you already are; yet, there are many forms of clairvoyance.
We use clairvoyance 24 hours a day. That is no exaggeration; because 24 hours a day we are perceiving sensation. We are perceiving sensation consciously some of the time, but mostly we are perceiving it subconsciously or unconsciously or infraconsciously - meaning, in levels of the mind that we do not perceive directly. That running chain of chaotic thoughts and images is clairvoyance. Intuition is clairvoyance. Feelings are clairvoyant. It is the ability to perceive sensation, not necessarily simply visual sensation.
So, imagination has two sides: positive imagination is consciously directed imagination, meaning that there is consciousness present and that the conscious will is directing it.
Negative imagination is fantasy, daydreaming, and this is what I refer to when I say that we are using clairvoyance 24 hours a day. We daydream, we fantasize, we imagine, we wonder, we suppose, we assume, we worry... All of these involve negative clairvoyance because all of them rely on subjective imagery.
Conscious imagination is the clear means through which is reflected the firmament, the mysteries of life and death and of the Being. Mechanical imagination is different. It is formed by the debris of the memory, and it is fantasy.
We are very imaginative. We use our imagination constantly, yet we use our imagination through delusion most of the time. We fantasize ad nauseam. We worry about our son or our daughter, and we imagine terrible things happening to them - "Oh what if they get in a car accident; what if somebody takes advantage of them; or if they are out of money and they are homeless or sick..." We are producing a lot of imagery in those worries; and that is unconscious clairvoyance. There is no consciousness there - there is only delusion — anxiety, worry, fear, attachment.
We worry about our spouse: "What if they leave me; what if they do not really love me; what if they are cheating on me; what if he gets sick and dies; what if she leaves me; what if she hurts me..." All of these are related to images, and all of these images are negative clairvoyance. They are actual entities that we create.
We have to understand that our physiology is not limited to physical matter, that all forms of energy have some material existence. A thought is a form of energy, yes, but Einstein himself said energy is matter, and matter is energy. Thus from Einstein we know that thought itself is also matter, but it is matter in the Fifth dimension, the Mental Plane, the World of the Mind, which in Kabbalah is called Netzach. Every thought that we produce is related to an actual formation of matter; it has form and it exists in the World of the Mind.
The same is true of emotions, yet in the World of Emotions, which in Kabbalah is called Hod (this is also in the Fifth dimension).
Generating emotions and responding to and reacting to events with emotion is producing energetic results: karma, in the world of emotions.
Action and consequence related to emotions and thoughts affects protoplasmic matter, or matter that is subject to different laws than what affects physical matter.
The way we live now, we think and feel without consciousness of the matter or forms of thought and feeling. We are producing actions and consequences in the worlds of the mind and emotion, yet we do not realize it.
So, in meditation what we want to learn is to take the consciousness that we have worked to develop through concentration practices, the ability to hold the consciousness steady (thus we have some achievement of Shamatha), and we learn to direct the consciousness in order to observe the mind itself, to observe everything that arises in the mind, all those thoughts, all those images, all those feelings, and to be able to distinguish what is real and what is not, what is illusion and what is truth, to be able to discriminate. That discrimination really must be active all day during the day, long before you sit to meditate. This is what Self-remembering is all about - learning to direct the consciousness in order to cut through the illusions of our own mind. In meditation we do that as well, but without the addition of more sensations coming in; we isolate the consciousness from external sensation in order to focus 100% inside.
This is where Vipashyana comes in. Remember the term Vipashyana (vipassana) means "special insight," and that means insight into phenomena, all phenomena, all forms of energy and matter. Vipashyana is the in-sight, sight, perception, vision... being able to perceive the nature of sensation, the nature of imagery, the nature of phenomena, everything - but to perceive it without attachment, without pride, without fear, without worry, without anxiety - to learn to perceive it with Shamata, which is that clear bliss, that dwelling in peace, that stability, and peacefulness of the consciousness.
So long as we do not enter into this type of practice, we will live life burdened by our mechanical imagination and by the karma that it produces. So, learning to Self-remember and learning to meditate is really learning to recognize the illusion of the "I," the false sense of self, the deluded perception of "me," who I think I am, who I want to be perceived as. All human beings have built their own prisons in their own minds, and the prison is a false sense of self. And we live walking along the Line of Life always pursuing sensations that support our notions of our identity. We want our hair to reflect who we want people to perceive us as. We want our car to demonstrate who we want people to think we are... our clothing, our education, our way of speech, our job. We want all of these things to project a particular sense of self, a particular concept that we have developed in the mind. We want to believe it is true, and we want others to believe it is true. But the whole circus is an illusion. It is not real, and yet day after day 100% of our energy is spent trying to make it real - This is the illusion that keeps humanity hypnotized and asleep.
Who is the greatest promoter of this way of life? American culture. American culture, through its advertising, through television, through movies, through music, is pushing with tremendous force, this concept - that "You can only be happy if you have money, you can only be happy if you are pretty, you can only be happy if people are jealous of you. You can only be happy if you know people are not as good as you are. You can only be happy if you have sex, if everybody wants to have sex with you and you have power over everybody through sex."
This is the American ideal, and it is true for both men and women, and it is false; it is a lie, because all of it, that whole machine, is relying on sensation, which is impermanent. It is relying on the appearance of the body, which will age and die, and is thus impermanent, etc.
We are relying on our friends to give us the emotional sensation that they love us. We are relying on our families to give us the emotional sensation that we are a good person. And if they do not give us that, we get really mad, and we seek revenge.
If someone criticizes us, we receive a sensation that is contrary to this beloved sense of self. And thus we hate that person who criticizes us and we seek revenge.
If our society is projecting an image that to be successful you must be blonde, of a certain height, with a certain breast size, and if we do not have any of those things, we feel humiliated, we feel worthless... and many people commit suicide for these types of reasons, and it is all an illusion, it is all a lie. What a tragic situation we sit within! And yet, who sees the truth of it? How many countless millions live day after day hypnotized by the programming of our culture, and die in loneliness, feeling ashamed, dissatisfied, lonely, or resentful...
There is no fundamental better or worse about our appearance, and yet we believe quite strongly that our appearance is very important. It is a lie. And we all are participating in the myth, because we go along with it. And we encourage it in others. All of this is mechanical clairvoyance, unconscious illusion that is not real.
We believe it is real because we allow our ego to translate the impressions we receive from others. We allow our ego to interpret everything we see and hear, thus we believe what the ego tells us through the images it produces in our minds and hearts. And the ego, quite obviously, is a brilliant liar.
We have Three Brains:
- action: the motor-instinctive-sexual brain
24 hours a day we are receiving energy in the form of sensations. All the impressions of life from the five senses are bombarding us, and we are receiving that information and translating it in accordance with this false sense of self.
So when someone is coming to us and saying we must have "success," we must be successful, we either succeed or we die - and we develop this kind of ethic, this type of lifestyle, that success must come at any price. There are many people living this way, that will sacrifice their families, their own health, their own well-being, in order to achieve what they call "success." What they are receiving is sensation in the Three Brains. And that mechanical imagination translates all the impressions of life and compares it with that ethic.
So, they have a particular car, say a Volvo. And according to the experience they have, a Volvo is a good car to have if you have this ethic because all of their friends who support this ethic say that a Volvo is a mark of success, it says you are moving up, you are "making it." Then one day this guy goes to a meeting with someone that he really wants to do business with. And this person says, "Really the best car to have is a Jaguar. That is the mark of refined sensibility. That is the mark of succeeding in life." This person will then immediately be in conflict, will immediately be in pain, anxious, and embarrassed if this new client wants to take a ride or go for lunch. There is going to be a huge conflict because he now believes that the new ethic is that the Jaguar is the better vehicle. "Now what am I going do?!!!" Tension, stress, anxiety, worry, fear, shame... all because of one impression that was received mechanically and translated in accordance with this "I" of success.
This is happening in every one of us all day long; we simply do not see it. It is subtle; we cannot see our own face. The face that we have is false; it is not real. And we have developed a life that supports our belief in a false self. This is mechanical imagination.
In every case, in every desire, there is a related set of imagery. Throughout the depth and breadth of our subjective ideas about life are images: subjective, mechanical images which are processed repeatedly by the mind. All of these images are translated images produced by the subjective interpretations of the ego. When we review those images in the mind (through fantasy, through daydreaming) we are really just revisiting the sensations related to those images.
When the mind encounters any given situation, and we are without the presence of the consciousness (meaning we are in a state of Self-forgetting) all of the sensations (related to the five physical senses) are received mechanically, by the ego, and are translated.
Those sensations, translated by the false sense of self, by the mind, are added onto the psyche. They become another complication in the mind; they produce suffering.
It is undeniable that now the person of our example is going to be desperate to sell the Volvo and get a Jaguar at any cost. Thus is how we all sink ourselves into debt, into owning lots of things that we never really wanted anyway - getting an education, building an entire life, all to please someone else's idea. How many people can really say that the life they have lived up to now has been entirely because they know it is what they needed to do? For their own well being, for the glory of their own inner God? Most of us probably cannot say that. And if we were sincere we could see how in certain times of life we were influenced, maybe when we were quite young - parents would say, "You cannot be an artist, son, you will not make a living; you have got to be a doctor." So we go study, and we live conflicted for the rest of our life. This is very common. At its root those impressions of the words that the person spoke, little notes, were just sensations that were translated improperly. If this person had been learning how to remember themselves and how to meditate - they would see those words and feel them and experience them - "the Jaguar is the best car to have" - but if they were observing themselves, remembering themselves, then right there they could cancel the translation. "To cancel" means to see the other side, to perceive the truth, to recognize that the statement was an opinion based on vanity, based on that other person's point of view.
So, it becomes our choice - we accept the impressions as the truth or not - we act on it or not. The one who cancels impressions receives all the impressions of life consciously choosing how to act, never reacting mechanically. And the first rule of learning how to cancel is to never, ever, ever, ever, ever express negative emotion - Ever! That is the first rule - and if a person is continuously expressing negative emotion, then they do not cancel.
Canceling is an art and it is the art of the consciousness - to be present and to receive all impressions directly. Meditation is built upon this foundation - because when you learn to meditate properly, you learn to sit and observe all the impressions that are in the mind -- thoughts, feelings and sensations that are occurring inside - and the consciousness must be there to cancel those impressions. This is how we begin to clear the mind of delusion - just as we have learned to perceive external sensations consciously and we learn to cancel those sensations - we also have to learn to perceive internal sensation and cancel, cutting through delusion. This is not impossible, but it takes a lot of discipline.
When we do not know how to cancel, we show that through our expression of negative emotions. We complain. We criticize. We are sarcastic. We are vengeful. We are resentful. We are afraid. We are proud and vain or we are ashamed and hate ourselves; all of these are negative emotions, because they express the desires of the false sense of self. If we are expressing them, living them, believing in them, then we are not canceling, we are not Self-remembering, and thus we cannot enter into true meditation.
We need to recognize how externally and internally we live our life pursuing sensations, that this sense of self is founded on the desire for sensation. We want success, we want to be famous, because we want to have the sensation of people loving us, praising us, envying us, or even resenting us - we want those sensations in our heart, in our mind, in our body. All we want is sensation.
We want money because we want to feel the sensation of security.
We want sex because we want to feel those sensations - partly physical, yes, but mostly it is emotional. We want to feel loved, we want to feel connected to somebody else, we want to feel like we belong, or safe.
We want people to admire how attractive we are because we want the emotional sensation of being envied, of being loved, of being admired.
In truth it all comes down to wanting emotional sensations. We want to have an education so that we feel smart, so we feel like we know what we are doing, so we feel like we have accomplished something. It is all sensation.
The illusion is precisely there - that we believe that sensation is real, when in truth the sensation rises and passes. No sensation is permanent. Success does not last; neither does poverty. Life does not last because we will all die. Everyone is free to pamper themselves as much as they want, to pursue desire as much as they want... and in the end we will die, and what will we have accomplished? - with all of that sensation, what are we left with? - one thing: the longing for more.
This is the meaning of the Greek myth of the Satyr who is half man and half goat - the Satyr is never satisfied. He suffers from insatiable desire, and that is the nature of all desire - it is insatiable. In truth, Universal Gnosticism teaches very clearly that the desire for sensation is an animal instinct. To enter into the Real Human kingdom, one must completely conquer our animal nature. Thus the satyr, as half-animal, symbolizes this current humanity: a people who are consumed by the desire for sensation.
No one can ever, ever, ever satisfy their desire. In the Hindu scriptures it says this:
Desire is never satisfied, just as surely as fire will never go out the more you give it fuel.
Desire will never go out so long as you continually feed it. Likewise, the false sense of self, the "I," which depends utterly on sensations, will never die so long as you continually feed it.
The "I" is the source of all suffering, without exception. The freedom from suffering is the freedom from the false self, from the "I." And that is objective, conscious freedom. It is called Satori, it is called Samadhi, it is called ecstasy, it is called nirvana, it is called liberation, it is called enlightenment. Those are all terms that describe the experience of being free from the ego. As long as we do not dissolve our fantasies about life and about ourselves, we will suffer. As long as we continually feed our sense of identity we will suffer.
When we really examine the truth about our lives, we see that we have always perceived our lives through fantasy. We have always perceived it through this false identity - what I think I am and what it is that I think I want. When we examine that, we see that in reality we have built this false self because we are terrified of the truth. We cannot bear to see the contradictions that we have in our own minds. That is why we all say, "I didn't do that; it wasn't me." "I didn't mean to do that; it wasn't me." "I didn't mean to hit you; that wasn't me." "I didn't mean to betray you; I didn't mean to lie. It wasn't me." "I didn't mean to steal; it wasn't me." "I didn't mean to kill the guy; it was an accident; I am innocent; it wasn't me." "I suffered because of my parents - it wasn't MY fault." "My husband was such a jerk - he really made me suffer."
We all consist entirely of contradictions - 97% - and we build the image of the false self in order to avoid seeing our own contradictions. In order to comfort ourselves, to put a band-aid on our fear, on our shame, on our humiliation... We cannot bear to see our own responsibilities for our own suffering and the suffering we have created for others.
We all desperately want to believe that everything is going to be OK, that we are going to be safe, that nobody really gets hurt, that nobody really suffers, and when we die we will all be together happy someplace. We desperately want to believe these things -- and yet none of them are true - people suffer terribly, right now, all over the world. The suffering is unimaginable: psychic, mental suffering, physical suffering, emotional suffering - Unimaginable. And yet, we have the arrogance to ignore that and to pursue our desires, to act as if nothing is going on that is wrong. We ignore the truth.
We want to believe that we will not die for a long time. So, we cultivate a lifestyle that helps us believe that, and we cultivate friends that help us to believe that. Yet the fact is, everyone who dies does not expect it, and there are people dying right now who are really shocked to be dying - And they all say the same thing, "I didn't think it was going to happen to me!"
Illusion, self-created illusion. Ignorance. It is a denial of reality. Meditation is about perceiving reality, the truth, what is, without changes, without qualifications, without dumbing it down. It is perceiving reality as it currently and objectively exists. And if you want that you can have it, but you have to start with seeing the truth of yourself - that is where it begins, and you cannot avoid that step. You cannot perceive the objective truths of the universe unless you have seen the truths of your own mind, your own psyche.
The Three Types of Dreamers
We want to believe that we are going to get to do all the things that we want, that everyone is going to love us, that we will leave behind a wonderful legacy for mankind, a beautiful family, lots of money, lots of happiness in our wake - and the truth is, none of us will probably do that - because we are living the illusion that we will. Talk to people who are older than you and ask them these types of questions, and you will see that it is universal.
Every human being feels these truths in their heart and runs from them, avoids them. And who is the great example of our culture? The one we admire the most? It is always the dreamer. We want "people to live their dreams." This is our great ideal, to "live your dream." According to Gnosis, the person who seeks to live out their dreams is called a sociopath - and let me explain why.
There are three types of dreamers. The First Type is the most common - we all have our dreams about what we think life should be. We dream about our way of living, who we think we are, who we dream that we are. Every one of us has this ideal in the mind. "I, so-and-so, am patient, good, loving, honest, sincere, and I am going to live a long time and everybody is going to love me, and I have got some problems but I am going to get through them just fine." We all have that. The First Type of dreamer has that, but does not talk about it much. This person may dream that one day they will be a ballerina, maybe one day they will be wealthy, maybe one day they will travel to Italy, or be married, or have children. Sadly, in some countries they dream that maybe one day they will actually have enough food in the house to make a full meal, that one day they will not have to worry about going out on the street and being killed - some people have simple dreams like that. Here in this country, we have very elaborate dreams: one day we are going to be on "American Idol" and we are going to win, that everybody is going to love us and we will be very famous. We will get to do commercials and travel and wear lots of nice clothes, we can date whoever we want, and all of our friends from the past will be jealous...
The First Type of dreamer ends up wasting their life, because they lived their life dreaming about what could be and never really living life as it is. This type of person typically does not like their work, they do not particularly love the person they live with, they do not feel particularly strong about anything, but just goes along. This is the most common type of dreamer.
The Second Type of dreamer is a little more dangerous - because they talk about their dreams to everybody else. "Oh, I want to go and have a rock band, and be famous, just like Michael Jackson, or Britney Spears, (or somebody)... and travel. You and me let's go!" and they get their buddies all worked up. They do is they infect the psyche of others. The Second Type of dreamer encourages dreaming in other people. "You can do it! You can be the best veterinarian in the world!" It is very dangerous - because they are spreading the illusion and encouraging it in others. They may or may not act on it; most spend their lives making plans and never really getting anywhere. They say, "Let's move to Costa Rica!" And they get their family or friends involved with a big idea, but inevitably it goes nowhere, and then a new dream surfaces. "Let's open a restaurant!" And on and on with dreams, fantasies...
The Third Type of dreamer is the worst and the most dangerous of all, and they are very common now. The Third Type is the one who wants to make their dreams become reality. This type of person, for example, may have a dream to be famous - and they spend all of their energy to make it real. They infect others; they delude others, they manipulate others. They struggle and fight to make their own mental creations become physical. This is the dreamer that our culture loves so much. And the reason is that this level of dreaming keeps people deeply asleep. As long as we all believe that we are going to be famous, as long as we spend all our energy on that - we are harmless sheep. As long as we pursue something that does not exist, then we can be controlled; we can be manipulated. As long as the media and the entertainment industry keeps us focused on these dreams, these ideas, these fantasies... we will not really realize what is going on in the world. And we will keep buying Coca-Cola. And we will keep buying The Gap and Versace and all of the kinds of things that they want us spending our time and energy on. Notice this; we now spend most of our free time shopping or watching advertising about shopping. We go shopping for clothes to go shopping in. We are so deeply hypnotized by the program of our materialistic culture that we honestly believe it is the life that we want. And thus, we will never change. And those who are taking advantage of us will continue to take advantage of us. And humanity will suffer.
Each of us has all three types of dreamers inside. They are different types of egos. We may have one or another that is predominant - but all three types have their main tool in mechanical clairvoyance. It is called fantasy, and it is not real. We live our lives dreaming. We dream about ourselves, how we are, how we want to be perceived. We dream about the future and we dream about the past - and none of it is real. This is part of the reason that Samael and other teachers of the tradition have said, "Gnosis is revolutionary." We have to 100% revolt against our own psyche. We are our own worst enemy; our own mind is the one who hypnotizes us.
The Five Types of Clairvoyance
Some wish to awaken their clairvoyance while disregarding imagination. If they disregard imagination, then they will fall into the same absurdity as those who wish to practice meditation without the sleepy state. These people fail to develop their internal powers. These people break the laws of nature and inevitably failure is the result. - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book
As mentioned earlier, there are different kinds of clairvoyance. There are two main types: conscious and mechanical. But in reality these divide into certain grades. Mechanical clairvoyance, mechanical imagination, has three subtypes: subconscious, unconscious and infraconscious. The way they work depends upon what elements of the mind are producing the images.
Something that is subconscious means that it is just below the consciousness; "sub," like submarine - "just below consciousness." That means these are elements that we do not see, but they are influencing us all the time. So they produce behaviors or stimulation that in turn produce a reaction in us. So, an example would be perhaps we have a real problem making money. We lose our job. A long time ago, our own father was in the same situation. And our dad went and robbed a 7-11 to get some money. We do not remember that consciously - it was traumatic and we blocked it out. But now we are broke and we get the impulse, the sensation, to go and rob a store. We do not know where it comes from, but we feel it. This is subconscious clairvoyance. The subconsciousness in us remembers the images of our father and it produces the impulse, pushing us to act. All of us have this. We can receive that information from movies, television, from books, from stories - these are impulses, reactions, fear, anxiety, all of these things that are pushing us, that we do not perceive - Sub-conscious, below our conscious attention. This is one of the main reasons we need to learn how to Self-remember. When you learn Self-remembering, you are learning how to question all thoughts and feelings and impulses... to look at them and say, "Why do I feel like I should go and make a problem with this person, to go and have an argument? What is pushing me to do that?" And you learn to question those things, to never act mechanically, on impulse. Because most of the time those impulses are driven by elements that we do not perceive in the mind.
As mentioned, we learn these types of behaviors from television, movies, books, etc. etc. All of these forms of information give examples to our egos, examples that egos want to imitate.
How do we learn when we are children? By imitating. How did we all learn to do drugs? By imitating. Sex? Imitation. Betrayal? Adultery? Murder?
Another example of a subconscious form of clairvoyance are some types of dreams -we can dream the same type of thing. We have the same situation: a man is desperate for money, and he has a dream that he goes and robs a store - So, he takes it as a sign that this what he is supposed to do. So, you see the clairvoyance is working both when he is awake and when he is asleep. When the man is physically awake, he does not necessarily perceive the images of himself robbing the store; he may just feel the impulse. He may just feel the sensation to act, but it is still clairvoyance. He may perceive images in the mind. He may perceive sensations in the heart, but these are mechanical impulses.
100% of homicides are produced by negative clairvoyance. - Samael Aun Weor
100% of murder is produced by people who do not know how to distinguish what is arising in their own mind.
An unconscious influence is something that happens "without consciousness."
For example: We hear a rumor about our friend, that this friend of ours is sleeping with another person's spouse. We then go and talk about it. We know it is wrong on some level, but we enjoy the gossip. This is unconscious, because we are willingly going against what we know is right. We want to experience those sensations. So, we hear the story, and we produce images in our own mind. We imagine the infidelity. It is very fast... these images just appear; it seems spontaneous. They just show up; we see it; we see the image... we go and talk about it; we go and describe the images that we have created. This is how stories get adulterated. One person tells a story and each person repeats it and by the time it gets back around to you it is totally different... It is because of mechanical imagination. It is because of negative clairvoyance; each person who hears the story imagines it, but that mechanical imagination is produced by the "I" which translates and changes the story. Every translation is an interpretation; it is not objective. It is not literal; the story changes. So when we proceed to gossip about this person, we are promoting images that are false because we do not even know if that happened. Then we dream about it, and we may even act on it. We may tell the spouse, "Oh, you know your spouse it cheating on you," and it might not be true at all. This is unconscious because we are doing something knowingly. We know it is wrong, but we want that sensation of gossip and betrayal to get revenge.
Adultery is caused by unconscious clairvoyance. We know it is wrong, but we do it because we want to experience the sensations that we have already imagined.
Infraconscious influences come from the very depths of the mind. We do not even perceive it. The way we can perceive things that are infraconscious are when we have nightmares. Nightmares are the realities of your own infraconscious mind. When you have nightmares about monsters and demons and being chased and raped... all of that is your own infraconsciousness. Those are aspects of your own mind that exist in the negative aspect of the 5th dimension. So, all that is real. It is not showing up in an obvious physical form, but it is real.
The ‘I' of the clairvoyant traps all of the suprasensible representations that arrive into his mind and he interprets them in accordance with his hatred, jealousy, mistrust, maliciousness, passion, remembrances, pride, envy, arrogance, etc. The subsequent reactions of the clairvoyant are the outcome of his ‘I.' - Samael Aun Weor
The majority of spiritual seekers fail to make progress because they do not see this. We may hear a story, for example, that someone has committed an act which contradicts our moral values. When we hear the story, if we translate that, if we do not cancel it, we build a representation in the mind about that person. We build a picture: "Oh, that person is bad!" From then on we treat them differently. Then, we dream about it. We go home and have a dream that the person is committing that act. Then we feel convinced. "I knew it! They are bad! We have got to do something!" The whole thing is mechanical clairvoyance. And it all began when the person did not cancel the rumor. Thus many schools, many religions, fall into huge problems, because they never recognized the influence of the subjective mind, and they betray each other and they commit crimes. It is a very serious and very common mistake.
The clairvoyant has to learn how to contemplate all imagery, physical or non-physical, without the influence of the "I." That is the bottom line of this entire course, and it is the bottom line of everything you will ever study in Gnosis. You can spend 10, 20, 30 years in Gnosis, and that is the point: you have to learn to receive ALL impressions without the Ego, without the "I." The one who does that learns to perceive with Objective Clairvoyance.
Conscious and Supraconscious Clairvoyance
Above the lower forms of clairvoyance, we have conscious and supraconscious clairvoyance.
The conscious clairvoyant is someone who has developed the capacity to perceive imagery without the influence of the subjective mind.
The supraconscious clairvoyant has no ego at all. That means the supraconscious clairvoyant has no anger, no fear, no lust, no pride. They have a sense of self, but it is True. It is not false. This type of person has absolutely no attachment to anything or anyone. That type of person is obviously a Jesus or a Buddha or a Krishna - a very sanctified soul. To be sanctified means to be purified, to have nothing impure. That does not arise by any mechanical means anywhere in the universe. The complete sanctification of the soul is a conscious work and requires voluntary sacrifice, and there is no other path but through the complete elimination of all forms of desire.
What is the source of all misery? Deluded perception based on ignorance of our true nature. Since the very heart of ignorance is the innate grasping of an I, anyone who wishes to attain full liberation from all forms of suffering should try to abandon this subtle, inborn ego grasping by discerning and meditating on the emptiness of all inherent existence. - Tsong Khapa
This work begins in this moment. From this moment, for the rest of whatever period of time you have in a physical body, if you can learn to perceive all phenomenon as inherently empty, meaning without good or bad, without attachment, without grasping, without avoiding, if you can learn to do that, you can learn to see yourself as you really are, without fear of seeing the truth, and you can overcome your own mind. Then you can begin to taste what life really is. You can only begin to access objective clairvoyance when you begin to remove mechanical clairvoyance.
Let me put it another way. Given the percentages of consciousness that we have, we have 3% potential conscious clairvoyance, and 97% mechanical. Potential clairvoyance means, if we learn how to use it, then it works. If we do not know how to use it, it does not work. You have to learn how to use conscious clairvoyance, and you have to stop using the unconscious clairvoyance - which means, quite simply, we have to eliminate all forms of fantasy, without exception. The serious meditator must cease fantasy - Completely! Fantasizing about anything - the past or the future. It includes fantasizing about being a Buddha or being a saint or being awake or having the Astral Body. You must not fantasize, because that is mechanical imagination, even if you are fantasizing about something that you think is good. Fantasy must stop, daydreaming must stop. From that place you must learn how to use Conscious Imagination.
The imagination is the natural capacity of every sentient being, and in that imagination, if it is conscious, you can perceive anything that exists anywhere in the universe. Any person can perceive that. I think it was Da Vinci, or Michelangelo, said,
It is the gravest of ironies that the perception of the imagination is more real than our physical perception.
And yet, these days, most of us do not see that truth because the imagination he is talking about is conscious. And the Conscious Imagination perceives the superior and inferior worlds directly, and that perception is more real than what you are seeing now - it is MORE real. It is hard to understand that with the mind, but anybody who is actually perceived it knows it. When you learn to perceive through Conscious Imagination, nothing in your life will ever be the same.
So through this course we are working with some basic principles to help us learn how to direct ourselves toward Conscious Imagination.
In these modern times, aspirants are lukewarm. They do not work on themselves in a continuous, ardent manner. This is precisely due to the concrete fact that they have never really experienced that which is beyond the body, the affections and the mind, that which is the truth. - Samael Aun Weor
The conscious clairvoyant begins to perceive the 4th dimension, the 5th, the 6th, and even the 7th, the zero dimension... to see the truth of that, and to see the inferior worlds... to see it as it is and to know that it is true - that is Gnosis. And meditation is the only door that can show you that truth. And by meditation I include getting out of the body, and developing that is up to each person. Nobody can do it for you. There is no magic pill. You can pay somebody as much as you want and they cannot do it for you. You can only develop it by changing how you pay attention all day long, all the time.
All the images that you perceive in your mind are clairvoyant. When you are falling asleep they become stronger. When you are falling asleep or coming out of sleep you can see things very vibrantly. It is because you are starting to walk in or out of these worlds. While the physical body is sleeping, the consciousness, maybe in the ego or out of the ego, is walking around in the 5th dimension.
What you dream are the images of the 5th dimension. That is what dreams are. It is the astral world or the mental world.
When you fantasize, you are projecting images in the astral world or the mental world, but not the positive aspect, you project into the negative aspect, which belongs to these worlds: the subconscious, the unconscious and the infraconscious. So when you are fantasizing about having money, this is your greed, your fear, your pride, projecting imagery in the Klipoth. So you are perceiving the infradimensions. We have just never had that name to put on it. When you are having a nightmare, you are perceiving the imagery of your fear, your lust, your pride, in the infradimensions, in the Klipoth. The Klipoth means the "world of the shells," and by this is meant "something that contains nothing." A shell is empty; it is pretty, but there is nothing in it. All of the images of our mind are shells - they are pretty, but they have no inherent existence.
So, I am going to leave you with one last quote which wraps up all five classes up to now, so I want you to study this very carefully.
To understand it, you must understand that Samsara is the wheel of suffering; Nirvana is supposed to be like heaven, it is bliss.
Samsara and Nirvana have no difference than that between the moment of being unaware and aware, since we are not deluded by perception but by fixation. Liberation naturally occurs when we recognize that fixated thoughts are only mind grasping at its own empty manifestations. - Padmasambhava, Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness
This quote summarizes the five classes we have had so far. The mind is continually grasping at illusion, and through the use of attention we can begin to cut that, to see that truth. That was said by Padmasambava, who was an Indian tantric master who brought Tantra to Tibet.
Question: I am trying to understand how I reconcile fantasizing with the creative mind... for a writer, a singer, an actor?
Answer: All the really great geniuses, the great ones: Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven... these types of people, knew Gnosis - most of them were Masons. And most of them had this tradition. What they knew is that there are two ways to create: you can create from mechanical imagination or conscious imagination.
An example: how many symphonies did Beethoven write? 9, yes, but there was a 10th; 9 that were finished... Ten Sephiroth. Nine related to the Heavens, and the 10th is unfinished: because man is unfinished, at least until we are Self-realized. Then we are finished. The way he did that? He knew how to use conscious clairvoyance. He meditated, and in that meditation took that music and wrote it down. It was the same with Mozart... if you look at his music there are no corrections. He wrote one draft and that was it. Mozart was a Mason, and he worked from the exact same process.
Botticelli, who did all of those beautiful paintings that we love..."The Birth of Venus"... the beauty of those figures is beyond comprehension, especially if you look closely at those paintings, it does not seem possible that a human hand could create those images. And the fact is he was an Initiate. He observed those forms with his conscious clairvoyance and painted them as he was shown.
Most people nowadays, when they create, they are using fantasy (mechanical imagination, or imitation based on the ego) and we are trying to create out of our false sense of self. So most art and most "creative" work these days is born from the mechanical or egotistical aspects of the mind. Very few people are creating with conscious clairvoyance or conscious imagination. And it is just a skill to develop. So, if you learn to meditate properly, then you learn to perceive in that way.
All of the books by Master Samael were written from meditation. He sat down at the typewriter, closed his eyes, and waited. He meditated. He silenced the mind, separated from the ego (when he still had ego), and began to observe. And he prayed and he waited. And his Being gave him the words, and he simply wrote them. So they are not simply words on paper, but are conscious information. That is why you read it and read it again and it is a different book and again it is a different book. I have read some of these books maybe 10 times, and every time I find something that I did not know was there. And I am doing a lot of effort to read it consciously and I still find new things. No human being can create works like that, only God can do that, and God can do that only through the consciousness. That is why really great works of art are immortal because they have divinity infused within them. Greek sculptures, Egyptian art, both have the same thing - They are incomprehensible to the mind. And modern replications just do not have that energy. They can look the same on the surface, but they do not hit you in the heart - and it is because the conscious element is not there.
Question: How does prayer... you use this word prayer, and a lot of people pray in different ways... prayer can be looked at, depending where you are coming from, can be looked at as a form of desire... then there is affirmative prayer, praying from that "I Am" space, which means if I am praying from my Essence then I have everything that I need, so let me just affirm that is so. What is the difference between that and desire?
Answer: The real Essence, the real self, has no desire. It has longing for God, to reunite with the Intimate, with the Being, with our Divine Mother and Divine Father. That is longing. But the desire we are discussing is desire for sensation, desire that is a form of attachment; it is craving based on sensation. So when we pray, "I really want that boat, please God give me that boat." It is obvious. But when we pray, "I love my life. I am in pain, but I have such joy in my heart." That is real prayer, that longing for God, the crying out of the soul. The best prayer is very simple and comes form the heart. It may not even have words, but may just be that longing to transcend all of this garbage of life. Real prayer is wordless. Real prayer is meditation because in that is communion with Spirit. There is direct perception of that. That is real prayer and that is something that everyone can learn to do.
Answer: I just encourage prayer, period... to learn to feel comfortable with that expression, because many people do not. Many people feel really weird about praying, and that has to change. Prayer is something that is very natural to the heart. So, in whatever form we use prayer, use it. And as we comprehend the psyche more and more that prayer will change.
Question: "I feel kind of gapped out... like we are here and this is an ideal, but I need a bridge to get from this swamp...
Answer: OK, I have got a real simple answer for you. We were not going to get into this until later, but maybe this will help. There is a difference between these two worlds - conscious clairvoyance and mechanical clairvoyance. When we fantasize, when we daydream, we imagine, we worry, we speculate... all of these are mechanical imagination. And what's behind them is self-will, attachment, an "I" - could be worry, could be fear, could be pride... the way that it works is that it is projective.
Conscious imagination is receptive, it is feminine in nature. So, when you imagine, perfect imagination receives the images of objective reality. What that means is that the meditator simply opens themselves up. If you look at us right now, we are a chain of thoughts that never stops - constant barrage of thoughts and images. To be able to meditate you have to be able to sit in an empty space. True meditation starts there. Real meditation starts in that place where there is no interference, there is emptiness, openness. That is real sham at ha, dwelling in stability. And in that dwelling the meditator simply opens up their inner perception to receive images. That is clairvoyance, but it is imagination because it is using that tool of visualizing, but it is not visualizing by projecting a desire. It is receiving what we are given. What we have to watch for, however, is that we have such an active mind; we can think that we are being receptive but we can still be receiving projections of the ego. Start to distinguish between images because this is a really key thing - how to discriminate between mechanical and conscious imagery. You are going to have a barrage and it is going to be mixed. You will be meditating and seeing all kinds of stuff and learning how to see what is what takes skill.
God searches the Nothingness in order to fill it. - Samael Aun Weor
We have seven primary chakras. The body has many chakras, but there are seven primary ones that we need to develop in order to move ahead in these studies. There are two in particular related to clairvoyance. They are the top two chakras, one related to the crown of the head and one related to what is called the Third Eye, between the eyebrows. These chakras, both of them, have a key note. They have an energy that can stimulate them properly. That note is the sound I, like the vowel in "tree" (in the books of Samael Aun Weor, this note is written I, as it is pronounced in Spanish). So, it is very helpful to vocalize that sound. EEEEEEEEE at whatever note is natural to you. Concentrate on these two chakras for then to be filled with light, to spin properly. The positive rotation of the chakras is clockwise; in other words, if we observe a clock on the wall, the chakra (as we see it from within ourselves) spins in the same direction. If we observe the chakra of another person, it would appear to spin counter-clockwise.
The chakras are either dormant or stagnant in us most of the time. They spin negatively (in to opposite direction) when they are stimulated by the energy of the ego, for example when we are identified with a negative emotion or when we are fantasizing about any particular desire. Most spiritual groups teach people to awaken the chakras negatively, through the visualization of desires and through various practices that stimulate then chakras with egotistical or animal energy.
The complete restoration of the powers of the chakras is only possible by restoring the fires of the Holy Spirit in our spinal column. This is accomplished by entering into the practice of Alchemy.
If you vocalize 10 minutes a day, you will begin to heal them. If you do it an hour per day, you will heal them much faster.
This practice only works if you vocalize and you place your attention there. "Where the attention goes, the energy flows." If your attention is in your anger, you are feeding your anger. If your attention is in your past, you are feeding your ego. If your attention is in your chakras, you are feeding the chakras. So, vocalize 5 or 10 minutes before you meditate. Vocalize while you listen to the classical music and you will stimulate them even more. And when you do the vocalizing always pray to your Divine Mother to help you, to help you to see.
A third chakra, which is very important, is the chakra of the heart, which is called Anahata in Sanskrit. This one is related to the vowel O. O awakens intuition and it helps with Astral Travel.
In this culture, Westerners are nearly completely disconnected from their heart. We need a lot of this vowel, this mantra. The heart in western culture has become nearly inoperative; we have become so cold as a people. As individuals our heart is nearly dead. That is part of the reason our movies are so intense because we do not feel anything otherwise. And the music is so intense because we do not feel anything. Classical music typically is dealing with real subtleties. If you have an open heart you can feel those things and they are all emotions, different qualities and sensations of the heart. That is why nowadays most people do not like classical because they do not receive the subtle emotions anymore; they do not feel it. We have to return to that; we have to cultivate it in ourselves.
One supreme fact which I have discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy-imagination that creates. Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality. - Richard Wagner
For this practice, you will need a plant or tree that you can easily observe from your place of meditation.
Prepare yourself to meditate by relaxing your three brains in the manner previously described.
Vocalize the vowel O for five to ten minutes, while visualizing a warm flame in your heart. Make the images real; enjoy the visualization, but stay focused on your heart and the sound.
Now vocalize the vowel I ("e" as in tree) while imagining a gathering of energy in your forehead, between your eyebrows. Do this for five to ten minutes.
Now pray in whatever way you are comfortable. Pray for help, for assistance, for guidance, for strength.
Begin by observing the plant with complete attention. Concentrate yourself 100% upon the many details of the plant. Study it so that you can recall everything about it in your imagination. When you feel that you have arrived at a strong degree of concentration and relaxation, and have well-examined the plant, close your eyes. Now visualize the plant in your imagination. Do not allow the mind to rearrange the image, or interfere in any way. This requires subtlety of attention: the mind will try many ways to distract or divert your conscious efforts. Maintain the visualization of the plant for ten to fifteen minutes.
It can happen that with a proper balance of concentration and relaxation that you will begin to receive images of a new type: images that are not produced by the mind. This is what we need to learn: how to distinguish between images that are produced by the mind, and images that are received by the consciousness.
Be consistent. Do this practice everyday for at least one week.