–Concentrate on just a few methods, and practice them in depth
‘It will help you to understand my role as a teacher and educator if I compare myself to a rich man who invites many friends to a banquet. I want to be sure that all my guests have what they need, so I put before them a great variety of dishes so that each one may choose what suits them best. No one is obliged to sample every dish on the table. In fact, where they to do so, they would only make themselves ill.
And this applies to my teaching as well: I put a wide variety of methods before you, because I know that the needs of each one of you are different. Your characters, faculties, and capacity for work are all different, and only you can decide which method suits you best.
You must not try to apply them all. It would be dangerous to do so. Of course, you should keep in mind the numerous rules I have given you for your daily lives, for they will keep you from going astray and help to further your evolution. But you must not attempt to do every exercise or apply all the methods I have recommended. You would only give yourself a nervous breakdown. Be warned therefore: you are guests at a banquet; the table is laden with every imaginable variety of food, and you must be selective and not try to eat everything. Concentrate on just a few methods—four or five to start—and use them for a work in depth.
And now I should add something that is very important from a psychological point of view. You will sometimes find that a method that gave you great light, consolation, and courage yesterday is powerless to help you today, because you are not in the same mood, or your circumstances have changed. What should you do? Do not insist. Simply try to find another method that will help you today. In any case, it is up to each one of you to sense whether or not a method that helped you yesterday is what you need today, and, if not, to put it aside for the time being. You can always go back to it another day.
Cosmic intelligence wishes human beings to develop their full potential and achieve fulfilment. This is why you must not be content to do the same thing every day. If you want to advance you must continually experiment and discover new methods. Consider all the different acts you perform in a day. At different moments, depending on circumstances, you use your brain, your eyes or ears, your arms or legs, and in doing so you learn and make progress.
Your physical organs and members are always there and always the same, but you do not use them all at the same time. You use them at different times, depending on your needs and circumstances. And you should apply the same principle to the way you use the methods I give you. Learn to use them wisely, according to your needs.
To be continued…
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Complete Works Vol. 13, A New Earth – Methods, Exercises, Formulas and Prayers