Psychic balance is one of the most precious and most difficult qualities to acquire, for it is the result of two contradictory motions
The only way to remain young and lively is to always be learning something new and making efforts. Despite the immense advances in medicine in our time, previously unknown illnesses are appearing in industrial and prosperous countries. Why? And why do so many people suffer from depression, anxiety and nervous problems? Because, even if they are willing to make some effort, they always seek a life of comfort and pleasures and do not lack the means to satisfy them. But nowhere in nature do we find this programme for an easy life, because comfort and pleasures introduce the germs of sickness into humanity. The cells become lazy: they no longer eliminate toxins, they allow themselves to be poisoned, and the person loses his or her powers of resistance both physically and psychologically. So dismiss from your mind this ideal of an easy life, for in reality it brings death.
After a time of great spiritual intensity, why do you have such a feeling of fulfilment? And yet, outwardly, nothing has happened to you; nothing has changed, but you feel satisfied, as if you have eaten and drunk your fill. Ignorant people, of course, will say it’s an illusion. So, when they suffer, when they are unhappy for no apparent reason, are those times of anxiety or depression also illusions? No, for them they are real; suffering is a reality, but spiritual joy is an illusion. What a way to think! Try from now on to rise to the regions of the soul and the spirit, to eat and drink, and you will know what plenitude is. Then it will no longer be as it is on the physical plane, where each day you have to eat in order not to be hungry and weak. The food you take in, in the sublime regions, satisfies you for days and days. The divine world is made up of elements of such richness that, if you get to taste them only once, the feeling of plenitude they give will never leave you. Nothing will be able to take this sense of eternity from you. Obviously, before you can reach this place, you will have to practise for a long time and look for nourishment every day, as you do for your physical stomach. But if you seek to take part in the feasts of the soul and the spirit, one day nothing will take this feeling of plenitude from you ever again.
There are always new things to learn, new efforts to be made; it’s the only way to stay young and alive. Today, in spite of the immense advances medicine has made, illnesses that were unknown in the past are appearing in prosperous, industrialized countries. Why? And why do so many people suffer from depression, anxiety and nervous disorders? Because, for most humans, even if they work, their ideal is to live a life of comfort, ease and pleasure. But nowhere in nature is there a blueprint in place for an easy life. Comfort, ease and the pursuit of pleasure introduce the germs of illness into humans and annihilate life itself: cells become lazy and no longer eliminate impurities; they allow themselves to become toxic, and the organism loses its capacity for resistance. Be wary of ease, comfort and pleasure; banish this ideal from your mind, for in reality it is the bearer of death.
It is true that medical science is making great progress, but this is no excuse for people to live imprudently. If they fail to educate themselves in the science of life, medicine will remain powerless in spite of all its progress. While it is trying to cure certain diseases, the disorders people continue to produce in their organisms by their unreasonable lives will cause new ones to appear. When you puncture a rubber ball, a depression forms in it. You may try to correct it, but the depression will appear elsewhere. I can tell you that even if medicine has made enormous advances and continues to make even greater ones, this does not give human beings license to live however they please, without taking certain principles into account. Nor will any psychologist, psychiatrist or psychoanalyst ever manage to restore balance in someone who believes he can transgress with impunity the laws of the moral and spiritual worlds.
Human beings are not always so very closed to others; they would really like to understand them and help them - so why do they find it so difficult? Because, in spite of this, they remain too self-absorbed. It is as if they were blinded by the veil of their lower nature, which is selfish and self-centred and prevents them from perceiving what is happening in the heads and hearts of those around them. Even their love doesn't allow them to see through this veil. And sometimes they are quite taken aback when they suddenly discover their wife, husband, children or friends behaving differently - they hadn't seen or felt anything coming! Only those who have brought their lower nature under control and are able to disregard its points of view or its preferences are capable of really understanding others.
All that exists in heaven and on earth, but also in the depths of the earth, all that exists in the different kingdoms of nature, exists within us as well. This explains why, from the very beginning, man has always felt driven to study and understand the world around him: unconsciously, he wants to study and understand himself. Unfortunately, as long as human beings do not know the profound reasons for this tendency, they will be content to look outside themselves: to observe, to note, to record, without ever understanding what is essential. Scientific investigations designed to better understand the prodigious riches of nature are magnificent. But initiates have gone much further by carrying out these investigations within themselves, thereby extending the frontiers of their consciousness into the infinite. We must follow them on this path.
Everything you experience in your inner life has consequences. Why? Because the nature of each thought, feeling and desire has the ability to attract corresponding matter from space. Thus, good thoughts, good feelings and good desires that are supported by a strong will, attract particles of pure, eternal, incorruptible matter. Work each day to attract this subtle matter from space. All the particles you attract will find a home in you, and at the same time they will chase away all the old dull, sickly particles. This is how you regenerate your physical, etheric, astral and mental bodies. And as each particle of matter is linked to a corresponding energy, the purer the matter the more it vibrates and attracts forces of a spiritual nature. So, as you replace the ageing particles in your body with new, purer particles, you attract currents and forces from the heavenly regions.
The psychic universe of human beings is inhabited by invisible creatures. Their feelings of wellbeing and joy as well as suffering and sadness are brought to them by entities attracted by their thoughts, feelings, desires and activities. If those who suffer from anxiety or fear were clairvoyant, they would see grimacing beings stinging, biting, clawing and tormenting them in every possible way. These beings are known in the esoteric tradition as ‘undesirables’; they come to humans, thinking, ‘Ah, this good woman and that fellow are interesting! Let’s be a bit nasty to them; it will be fun to see them shouting and gesticulating.’ Yes, indeed, that is what happens when you are unhappy and upset. And when you feel great joy, if you were clairvoyant then also, you would see a crowd of winged creatures hastening toward you, bearing gifts of light… And they dance and they sing, leaving in their wake trails of shimmering colours and the most delightful perfumes.
Our physical body has a stomach to digest physical food. In the same way, our astral and mental bodies also have stomachs – the astral stomach’s function is to digest feelings, the mental stomach’s to digest thoughts. We must look after the health of these psychic stomachs, just as we look after the health of our physical stomach. Those who swallow any old thought or feeling or overindulge get indigestion, giving rise to an accumulation of waste, which they then have to eliminate just like the waste from physical food. Those who have an excess of unrefined thoughts and feelings defile everything with their foul emanations wherever they go. So there are rules to be observed for psychic food just as there are for physical food, and it is up to each person to find these within themselves.
Even though there are all kinds of writings encouraging the public to embark upon psychic experiences, do not do so. Do not try to make contact with the beyond until you have acquired mastery over your thoughts and desires. That is the only kind of mastery that can make you strong and protect you from danger. For you should know this: the risks you run in the psychic world are as numerous and formidable as those of the physical world, if not more so. If you are neither informed nor practised, you will be vulnerable, and your only recourse will be to search around for someone to free you from your anxieties and your obsessions. So many people who claim to be on a spiritual path end up being the victims of entities and forces they have unwisely provoked! They feel they are being pursued by monsters, they experience all the torments of hell, and of course they don't know how this could have happened to them. And yet it's simple: through seeking to enter the astral world out of curiosity, an attraction for the fantastic or a desire to acquire powers, they have attracted entities that really make their life hell. For that is what hell is - the lower astral world.
To understand how psychic energies move and function in human beings, you have to observe how energies move and function in nature. Look at a tree: the higher the trunk and branches rise, the deeper the roots reach down into the soil. It is a system of compensation, of balance, that exists on all planes – the physical, psychic and spiritual. So, the higher human beings aim in consciousness, the deeper they descend into their subconscious. Many who decide to embrace the spiritual life make the great mistake of neglecting the reality of the dark world they carry within. They believe that wanting to work for the light, to be wise, fair and impartial, is enough to make it so. Unfortunately, that is just not the case. Each level of consciousness brings with it particular currents, forces and entities, and those on a spiritual path must be careful to maintain a balance between these two inner worlds.
Every day we hear people talking about air pollution, every day they complain about fumes from factories, car exhausts. But they themselves, as individuals, what do they often do? Don’t they sometimes poison the psychic atmosphere by their toxic emissions: their thoughts and feelings of hatred, jealousy, anger? Be aware that all the unhealthy thoughts, feelings and desires fermenting in human beings produce foul-smelling and suffocating exhalations. If there were laboratories equipped with sufficiently sophisticated equipment, we would be able to verify that some human emanations are so dirty and impure, that in the psychic world, they have an influence just as toxic as suffocating gas. And we could also come to the opposite conclusion: that the emanations of spiritual beings are extremely beneficial for all creatures. Because such beings have overcome their weaknesses, their presence has a positive effect on all those around them. If the psychic atmosphere of the earth has not yet become completely unbreathable, it is because of the selfless and loving men and women who have dedicated their lives to peace and light.
A few specks of dust get into a piece of apparatus, and it no longer works. The apparatus is intact, all parts are undeniably present, but the slightest thing has been enough to stop it from working. And there you are, with your head, your arms, your legs and all your organs, nothing missing, but your neighbour has walked past without greeting you, or you haven't received the answer you were hoping for, or a friend has said something hurtful to you, or you have had to wait longer than expected at the dentist's or the hairdresser's (the list of all the petty inconveniences of daily life is endless!)... and you are in a bad mood all day. It's just a few specks of dust, but look at how they bring the cogs of your psychic centres to a grinding halt. So give it some thought: is it really worth ruining a whole day for such trifles? Learn to blow away all that dust, and you will feel so much lighter and more peaceful!
Psychic balance is one of the most precious and most difficult qualities to acquire, for it is the result of two contradictory motions. You see some people talking, walking and busying themselves as if nothing were any effort for them, and you may think they are balanced, but no, actually they are stagnating. Day in, day out, they are always the same as ever, showing the same impassive face, replaying yesterday's actions, repeating yesterday's words, and so on. That is not the kind of balance that will make them evolve. A certain imbalance is necessary for our progress, provided we remain watchful and are able to put things right when the pans of the scales begin to register too great a difference in level. Balance consists therefore in still allowing some inner fluctuation to take place. The day both sides are perfectly in balance, you cannot call it balance anymore but death. Life is found in the measured fluctuations of the scales.
How many people speak of mystical love while their life is full of sensuality and chaotic passions! And others imagine they have been devoting themselves to a spiritual ideal, when in reality they are only serving their vanity, their need to control others, and so on. You will say, ‘But why? Isn't that hypocritical?’ No, they may well have real spiritual aspirations. Only it is not enough to ‘aspire’ when it comes to achieving something. Those who are not able to understand the structures and mechanisms of the human psyche in general, and of their own psyche in particular, can anticipate worse contradictions. Just as, in the macrocosm, the universe is represented symbolically by the white head of God reflected in the water as a black head, so, in the microcosm of the human being, the lower nature is a reverse reflection of the higher nature. And just as the black head cannot exist without the white head, so the higher and lower natures in human beings cannot exist one without the other. It is the task of human beings to be clear-sighted and learn how to get their lower nature to serve the development of their higher nature.
If we explain to people what is right, they are perfectly capable of understanding. But it is not enough to give them explanations, even the most convincing ones, if you want to steer them in a better direction, for the powers of the mind are limited. We must touch their heart too, because if their feelings and desires push them in a different direction, we should be under no illusions that that is where they will go. And even for those who love the light, who long for the light, the hardest part is yet to come. For they must make their psychic matter give in to the light. One moment it is docile and lets itself be shaped, then suddenly it resists, rebels and throws up obstacles, and they have to start all over again. But they shouldn’t become discouraged, because over time this stubborn psychic matter will give way. One day, when there is understanding and love, it is bound to happen. In any case, one thing is for sure – without the participation of the heart and mind, in other words without love and understanding, there is no point hoping for the slightest improvement.
Everything that is registered on our body and our face today was first prepared and formed in our psyche. For there is an absolute, implacable law, according to which each thought and each feeling triggers currents of energy, which produce effects right down to the physical level. Of course, these are not immediately visible. During the course of a day a mass of emotions and fleeting sensations passes through us, and even if these states of consciousness are instantly registered somewhere in our subtle matter, they are not deeply etched on our physical body or even on our face. In ordinary life, our face expresses our capital in action, in other words, what we are currently experiencing, like ripples on the surface of water. The only movements that are deeply etched in us are those that were set in motion a long time ago and that are repeated often. Knowing this, you can understand the power you have to fashion your body and the features of your face.
The significance of the Sun: Sun rays' cure.
Our Sun gets its energy from the Central Sun of our visible Universe, the greatest part of this energy being absorbed by our Sun and a comparatively small part of it reaching the planets. The energy, which the Earth gets from the Sun, is considerably transformed. Penetrating the Earth layers this energy absorbs from them all the nourishing elements and there are left only those that could not be used. Thus transformed this energy is no longer useful to the development, that is why it is sent back in the space and thence by some known means back to the Sun. The Sun transmits it in its turn to the Central Sun for further processing for it to acquire its initial rhythm.
The Sun energy descends toward the Earth under the shape of a big stream and envelopes it from the North pole to the South one. When the plants detect the presence of this energy and its swelling towards the Earth, they begin to put forth leaves and then flourish and knit, trying to gather all this energy and to fructify themselves.
We have to consider the following rule: we are a part of the earth system and when the latter absorbs the energy, the human system absorbs it too, and vice versa. That is why the first sun rays are the most active. Then the human system is most receptive towards the sun energy. There is always more prana or vital energy in the morning than at noon. At this time the system absorbs the biggest quantity and the most powerful positive energy.
As a physical being, man has to do exercises – nothing more. He has to get up early in the morning, to go for a walk and breathe fresh air, to greet the first sun rays. He could stay as long as he wish in the sunrays at noon, it would be of no use to him.
The sunrays do not act in the same way during all seasons. The earth (in a given place) in the beginning of the spring is mostly negative, and it mainly absorbs energy. That is why in spring the sunrays possess the strongest healing effect. From March 22-nd onwards the earth gradually becomes positive. In summer it is positive and absorbs a smaller quantity of energy. The summer sunrays operate an influence too, but they have a weaker effect.
In spring and summer there is a high tide of energy towards the earth and in autumn and winter – there is a low tide. For this reason the most favourable effect of the sun begins after March 22-nd. In spring and summer, after March 22-nd each year, it is recommended for one to go to bed and to get up early and to welcome the Sun in order to gather one's share of its energy, like the bees, which gather nectar from the flowers. Every one has to make experiments for years to become convinced in this truth.
Each day the sun energy has 4 periods: from midnight to noon there is a high tide of energy and from noon to midnight there is a low tide. The high tide comes to its maximum at sunrise. This high tide is the most powerful and invigorating. It gradually diminishes until noon. Then the low tide begins, which is most powerful at sunset.
The most negative the Earth is, the greater its capacity of absorbing the positive sun energy is, and vice versa. From midnight to noon the earth (at a given place) is negative and absorbs more energy, from noon to midnight it is positive and radiates more energy. From midnight the earth begins to radiate negative energy in the space and absorbs positive energy from the sun. In the afternoon the earth radiates in the space positive energy and gradually becomes negative. At sunrise, early in the morning, the earth is most negative, i.e. it absorbs the biggest quantity of energy. This fact is of great importance to estimate the significance of the sunrise.
One of the hardest questions is whether you can control your energy. It comes from the Centre of the Earth, it is going along the backbone and as a large stream it penetrates the central brain system. The contemporary world has lost his control over this stream. There is another stream, which comes from the Sun. It goes in the opposite direction – from the brain to the sympathetic system or to the stomach. Before sunrise the rays that are refracted by the atmosphere operate a greater influence on the brain. At sunrise the sunrays that are coming in a straight line are influencing the respiratory organs and our sensibility. With the approach of noon the same rays influence our digestive system. That is why the healing effect of the sun energy is different: before sunrise – to stimulate the brain nervous system, from 9 to 12 – to strengthen the stomach. In the afternoon, generally the sunrays possess an insignificant healing effect. The reason for such a difference lay in the different absorption capacity of the Earth and of the human system.
The sunrays are most healing in the morning from 8 to 9 o'clock. At noon they are too strong and are not good to the human system. The early sunrays are very good to anaemic people. You can expose all your body in the sunrays. You should do sunbaths in the morning – from 8 to 10. They have a good influence on the backbone, the lungs and the brain. The brain is like a pile. When this pile begins absorbing, if the charging with sun energy is correct, later it transmits this energy towards all parts of the human body and this energy begins healing.
The more energy you absorb in your body, the greater softness and magnetism you will develop. When studying the influence of light you will notice that there are hours during the daytime when the Sun sends to the earth beneficial rays, mainly in the morning up to noon. And there are hours when the sunrays do not operate a healing effect on the organisms. These are the so-called black or negative rays. One can expose his body in the sunrays all day long but his spirit needs to be concentrated and positive so as to absorb only the positive sunrays. You should concentrate and watch not to fall asleep. Along with the black, negative waves from the Sun, some waves of the earth are coming too, that are harmful to the human system.
Until you learn the rules of enclosing in order to protect yourself from these waves, it is recommended for you to stay in the sun during the early hours of the day, up to noon at latest. You must protect yourself from the sunrays in the afternoon. When you want to take a cure with sunrays the best hours are from 8 to 10 in the morning.
The energy that comes from the Sun brings with it a store of life forces, of healing energy. If one wants to use reasonably this sun energy, he must stay with his back in the early sunrays, even before the sunrise. The energy that he can absorb during this time is equal to that which one would absorb if he should stay in the sun all day long. Even in a cloudy weather you can go for a walk before the sunrise and to concentrate your thoughts towards the rising Sun. The clouds only prevent you from seeing the Sun, but its vital energy passes through. There is no outer power that could counteract to the sun energy. That is why I recommend to all anaemic and lean people to go out for half an hour before sunrise in any weather, in order to absorb the early sun energy. The daybreak gives one such energy that no other power is able to give him.
Stay with your back turned towards the Sun no matter whether you are in good or bad mood and observe what would be the effect in the first and in the second case. Moreover, one should know in what hours of the day to stay in the sunrays in order to absorb its beneficial rays.
When one has to stay in the sun all day long, to protect himself from the harmful sunrays he should wear a hat with the form of polygon to refract the harmful sunrays.
If you can endure staying in the sun from the morning to noon you are in good health. But if you can not endure staying for a long-time in the sun, you are not in good health.
When you want to take a cure, stay with your back turned towards the early sunrays. When you want to have peace of mind, stay with your back turned to the sunset.
I have often said that one must talk with the light. If your back is aching, turn it towards the sunrays, expose it to the light, think about it, about what it contains, and your ache will disappear.
The best months to renovation are from March 22-nd onwards, during the whole month of April, to June 22-nd.
The sunbaths in the mountain are to prefer because the astral cloud of thoughts that envelops the city does not disturb the rhythm of the sunrays.
Many diseases could be healed with sun energy. Moreover, it is proved that for each disease there is a favorable time to be healed. Some diseases could be cured with more effect in May, others in June, and so on, during all the year.
I recommend you to go out in the sunrays every morning, turning your back first to the East, then for a while to the North, then to the East again, and staying in this position for an hour, from 7 to 8 o'clock in the morning. Turn your thoughts toward God and say: “My Lord, open my mind. Give health to all people and to me too.” Then begin thinking about the most beautiful things you have ever seen. Make this experience during all the year. You will see that in 99% your experiment will be successful. When making sunbaths, your conscience has to be concentrated, you should not think about other things. You can use the following formula which to pronounce often during your sunbaths. “Lord, thank you for your sacred energy of Divine life, which you send us with the sunrays. I feel can it to penetrate all my organs and to bring everywhere power, life and health. It is the expression of Divine love towards us. Thank you.”
To be healed, a neurasthenic has to go out early in the morning, during the sunrise and to turn his back to the East. That who is healthy and does so will strengthen his nervous system.
The tuberculosis is cured with pure air and sunrays, too. The diseased have to stay with their back and then with their chest turned to the sunrays for at least 1-2 or 3-4 months, and they will see what a change the sun will produce in their system. During this time they have to concentrate their mind. They have to repeat periodically the formula: “My lord, help me to accomplish your will and to serve you.”
If you have eczema, a hair loss, rheumatism of the joints or some swelling of the abdomen, you have to build a veranda or a balcony facing the sun and closed with glass panes. Then undress your shirt and stay naked to the waist, lay on a bed with your head turned to the North and your legs to the South and turn your chest towards the sunrays, protecting your head from them. Stay in this position for half an hour, then turn your back towards the sun for half an hour, then the chest again, and the back again etc. until you begin to perspire strongly. If you make 20-30-40 sunbaths of this sort you will be healed of everything – eczema, loss of hair, rheumatism, everything will disappear.
When you are making sunbaths it is recommended to dress yourself in white or light green clothes – these colours are good. The most important thing is the perspiration. If you are in the open air envelop yourself in a thin waterproof. When curing yourself this way you have to concentrate your thoughts in order to heal yourself directly from nature.
The sunburn acquired from the sunrays shows that the sun has extracted from one's system all sediments, all the dirt and all the dense matter. If one doesn't take sunburn it means that this matter remains in his system and provokes a number of diseases. If you take sunburn in the sunrays it means that you have accumulated their energy.
Peter Deunov on the Cycles of Solar Energy - Part 1
Peter Deunov, the master teacher of Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov, taught how the sun's energy could heal various parts of our physical bodies and increase our overall health. He taught that the sun had different qualities, depending on the seasons and daylight hours, and the changing levels of sunlight affected different parts of the body. He also explained why it’s better to sungaze at sunrise and to do it from Spring till Autumn. He said:
“The sun is a source of living energy for the whole solar system. In relation to the earth, the energy of the sun is positive. This energy develops into positive and negative electricity, and into positive and negative magnetism. The energy of the earth in relation to the sun is negative (the earth has two kinds of energy, but the negative is predominant, while of the two kinds of energy, which the sun possesses, the positive is predominant). By the contact of these two kinds of energy, life is produced on Earth. The powerful mediator, which unites and transforms these two energies, is called ether by the scientists. It penetrates all space and the whole earth. The occultists call it vivifying plasma; the mystics call it spirit. In the book of Genesis it is said: ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’
“The structure of the sun is the same as the structure of the cells. The sun is composed of three regions: one of them prepares the energies; the second one accumulates, collects and transforms them; while the third directs them to the earth. These three regions exist also in the cells: an outer region which receives the solar energy; a second one which accumulates it within itself; and an inner region, which works it over and transforms it into a vital force. These three regions are found also in the organism in a more developed form. In the embryo, one can recognize them most easily. The first, outer, visible envelope is called ectoderm; the intermediary one is called mesoderm, and that which is in the center, the most internal, is called endoderm.
“The energy which our sun receives from the central sun of our visible universe is positive at first, but afterwards it is polarized into positive and negative. There exists an important law that the more negative the earth, the greater its capacity of receiving the positive solar energy; and inversely, the more positive the earth, the lesser its receptive capacity.
“Every celestial body receives energies by its negative pole and emits them by its positive pole. When a center is positive, it gives, but when it is negative, it receives. The positive energy creates, while the negative constructs.
“The greater part of the energy, which our sun receives from the central sun, is consumed by the sun itself. Comparatively a very small amount of it is transmitted to the planets. The energies, which the earth receives from the sun undergo a considerable transformation, for as they penetrate the earth layers, the latter absorb all their nutritive elements and only that which is not of any more use remains. Thus the earth throws into cosmic space those energies, which are of no more benefit to its development and growth. From there, by certain special ways, these energies return to the sun, which, on its part, redirects them to the central sun for further modification and transformation, until their primary rhythm is achieved.
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HEALING RECIPES: HERBS, FOOD, WATER
Try to heal yourselves with the power of faith, when you feel pain: “In the name of my Lord, in whom I have great faith, I command this disease to go out of me!“ Every disease is alive and it understands what you tell it. If your stomach aches, this means that its cells are somewhat individualized, they have become more active and do not want to subdue to the entire body. I, knowing that, tell them: “You have gotten too conceited, you make a lot of fuss, now I will give you some food, but be silent, and do your job“. Some stomachs may be given some wheat water, some others – two tablespoons of olive oil. You can live perfectly only on olive oil or wheat broth. A spoon of olive oil contains enough solar energy, a lot of condensed, pure food.
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Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno) & Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov