Beginning Here and Now: Gnostic Groups and the Mind Popular

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In his famous letter to the Corinthians, the Gnostic Christian Paul explained why divisions emerge in religions and spiritual groups. The Gnostic Movement founded by Samael Aun Weor is no exception, and splintered into a great diversity of factions. Learn why it happens, and how to overcome the strife and envy in spiritual groups. Includes an explanation of the collective mind and the individual mind.

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"When we observe the psychology of the animal kingdom, we see the animals have collective mind. They travel in herds, packs, and groups; the vast majority of the creatures of nature travel in this way. It is only at the pinnacle of the development of the anima (soul) in the animal kingdom, that the consciousness begins to start showing signs of the individual mind, and this is why at the apex of the various families of the animal kingdom, we see animals that act alone, solitary. This is how they begin to prepare their own anima (soul) for the entrance into the humanoid kingdom, and the subsequent development of the solar mental body, which comes through initiation.

"However, intellectual animals - humanoids like us who still have the collective animal mind - want to belong to a group. Those who are still in the level of the collective mind  seek protection, security, and safety in groups. This is why most spiritual aspirants want promises and guarantees. They want to be made to feel safe. They want to follow a person who gives a guarantee of spiritual safety. The intellectual animals attach themselves to whichever group or religion or teacher gives them a sense of security. This is because of the collective animal mind. And this is understandable when we grasp the nature of how the consciousness evolves in the mechanical kingdoms of nature, but it is also sad, because so long as mind of the intellectual animal grasps to that sense of security, it can never become and individual mind. Observe the chick who refuses to leave its shell. If the chick is to afraid to come out of the shell, the chick will die. The same is true for the soul. The soul must emerge, it must break free of that collective mind.

"A true human being has individual mind. Such a person is exceeding rare, because they can only emerge through a specific work."


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