I have met many creative people who were as satisfied as they could be, but still, something was lacking! Do not look for happiness or for the solution to your problems on the lower planes, the soul and spirit need an element that is not to be found on the lower planes. Go up to the heights and ask for it there, that is where you will find it.
Food and drink are all very well, but if you are not in good health, how will you enjoy them? Health gives savour to food, the slightest cold makes everything taste pale and insipid. Swimming pools, cars and money are all very well, but you must be in good health to appreciate them.
One element can change an angel into a demon
So you see, the element of health changes your point of view toward many things. In the same way, if you have no love, no intelligence, then your possessions, your activity will bring you nothing but a short-lived material satisfaction. Let us take love: when you love someone, the person is a genius, an angel as far as you are concerned; if you stop loving them, all at once they are a demon!
You see, it all depends on whether the element love is in you or not in you… that one element changes everything.
In Spiritual Chemistry the element of Faith can intervene to miraculously heal someone
People think they are chemists, but they don’t even know that spiritual chemistry exists, which is the answer to everything that happens to you. Chemists attribute these things to material elements, but it is the spiritual chemistry at the base, the origin of all phenomena that explains them.
No one knows this spiritual chemistry that produces miracles in cases where the other chemistry fails. Yes, cases where an element called faith intervenes and miraculously heals someone… that is the important chemistry!
The element above all others that allows us to enjoy what we possess
Another element beyond health, beyond love and light, exists that the others all depend on… an element that is part of God himself. How do we obtain this element? Only through sacrifice, abnegation, self-denial. I often tell you, you put the baby in the bathtub, but then instead of holding onto the baby and letting out the dirty water, you do the opposite, you hold on to the dirty water and throw out the baby!
Symbolically speaking, the baby represents everything that is alive and divine and the water, everything that is dead, stagnant, polluted. People throw out the baby and keep the dirty water! You long to possess certain things… very well… but what about making sure that you have the element that will let you enjoy what you possess?
So many wealthy people are sad and bored in spite of their wealth because they have lost the flavour: the joy of owning things is deadened by so much opulence. Everyone thinks possessions are the most important thing, but it is the sensation, the joy you feel because of them that is important. You may have a mansion filled with treasures but if you are dead, will you be able to enjoy them?
To be continued…
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Sèvres, 16th January, 1972
Complete Works Volume 7. The Mysteries of Yesod – Foundations of the Spiritual Life
The Mysteries of Yesod – Foundations of the Spiritual Life
Part 1. Yesod reflects the virtues of all the Sephiroth