‘You should understand that you are all divinities. Yes, divinities, and you live on a high plane free of limitations, shadows and darkness, sorrow and suffering, in the midst of abundance and joy.
We are like radios that cannot pick up all the stations
Do you want to know what prevents you from manifesting the splendour of those higher regions here below? The personality. Your personality is too unadaptable, too self-centred to capture the subtle messages from those regions… like a radio that cannot pick up all the stations.
The waves and vibrations released by cosmic Intelligence in the higher spheres are swift as lightning, and the matter of the personality is too dense, too hard of hearing to vibrate in tune with them, and so it cannot seize the divine messages. They flash by without making an impression and we continue to live in ignorance, far from knowing or experiencing the wonderful joy of our higher Being.
You will receive occasional revelations, but they do not last
There are ways of changing this situation. If you choose to lead a pure life and become once again a child of God, then your heart will open and become generous, your mind will clear and your will become indomitable. The personality will become the willing instrument with which to express the divine life of the individuality more and more fully and correctly. The day will come when both the personality and the individuality become fused with each other, the personality ceases to exist and becomes one with the individuality.
Until you can bring about that unity, you will go on receiving occasional revelations, but they are momentary, you will have intuitive glimpses of the dazzling reality, but they will not last, the clouds will return. Then again whilst reading a book or contemplating a landscape, whilst praying or meditating, you suddenly are aware of living a great moment. Again it does not last.
Start immediately, don’t waste time
Our lives are made up of such alternations between light and dark. When at last we become a true expression of God, a divine manifestation of Reality, then we embark on the new life, we are reborn. Someone will object, ‘What nonsense! There is neither rhyme nor reason to all that… I don’t believe any of it.’
Well, let them go on leading the life of the personality! Sooner or later they will realize how much time they wasted. Far better to make a break immediately, yes, and believe, and start at once to practise self-control, to learn to dominate your instincts. Then you will go forward!
You will have moments of discouragement but they will pass, as winter is followed by spring
But this does not mean you will be divine at once. No. You try and you fall, you try and fall and get up, you alternate between discouragement and confidence, until finally you allow the divine impersonal consciousness to take over and install itself inside you. Sometimes we are weary and begin to doubt. There are so many bizarre philosophies in the world, ideas that are contrary to divine tradition, and sometimes we feel like forgetting it all and going back to the ordinary way of thinking.
Those are times during which we must be very careful, very vigilant; we must realize what is waiting for us if we do slide back, and say to ourselves, ‘I feel this way because I am tired, that is why I have lost my appetite for praying and meditation and even reading… but it will pass, I will wait for this moment to pass.’ Everything passes.
After the spring comes summer, and after summer comes autumn, followed by winter… and then spring again! Why wouldn’t it be the same with us? Tell yourself to let the wintry moment go by, because spring will follow in no time.’
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Complete Works Vol. 11, The Key to the Problems of Existence
Chapter 1, The Personality