The three great trials are connected respectively to the stomach, the heart and the head. That is to say, the physical plane, the astral plane and the mental plane.
During their lives, every human being passes through these three phases – the stomach, the heart and the head. When they are ‘children’, they live constantly at the level of their stomach: they just eat, and their desire to taste makes them put everything in their mouths.
When they become older, it is the heart that wants to manifest itself. They live in love and faith and impulsively pursue ardent passions of the heart with the faith that God will send his angels to protect them. And even if they fall, that these angels will wash them and care for them. Thus, young people believe that God will protect them despite all their foolish behaviour.
We also meet people who believe that they can think or do anything they want, and that they will always be protected because they belong to a religion, to a Brotherhood. It is not so.
The only ones protected are those who resist the impulse to throw themselves down, because if they do, another law will apply. Before throwing ourselves from the top of the temple we are free, but if we do so we will be subject to another law, and we are no longer free. Imagine a block of stone or a rock on a mountain: if you dislodge it, it’s over, you are no longer free from its movement.
Before saying a word, you are free, but as soon as it is spoken, it takes a life of its own and you have no power over it. There is freedom until an action is taken – but not after. As soon as the action is taken, we enter an area where a law – favourable or unfavourable for us – takes over. The second temptation therefore relates to acting wisely and in harmony with the opportunities life offers.
When they reach adulthood, people think and reflect, they have the benefit of experience, knowledge and authority. They are mature, at the top socially speaking, and they can often become hard and severe. They want to be obeyed and they are tempted to believe that the entire world must recognize them as their superior, as a master. They face the third temptation that comes from the head, the top of the mountain.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Paris, January 28, 1939
To be continued…
Compete Works Volume 4, The Mustard Seed
Chapter 6. The Three Great Temptations