When the sky is pure and cloudless you can see the sun, and when it is full of clouds, they hide the sun. But when you go up in an aeroplane to a thousand metres or more, you find yourself above the clouds, where the sun is always shining and never hidden. That is all very simple and obvious. Childishly simple, you may think, but you will soon see how this phenomenon can be interpreted.
From the esoteric point of view, clouds correspond to dark, confused, opaque thoughts and feelings, which drift through our hearts and minds, clouding the sky and hiding the sun. The sun is always there, always shining at the core of our being, a sun that is God himself, the source of all light and life. He is always within us, but he is hidden. We cannot see or feel him, and we go about in the dark and cold, shivering and nearly lifeless.
Yes, there are regions within you in which thick clouds gather and block out the sun almost every day, simply because you do not know how to rise to the clear, sunlit regions above. It is important for human beings to learn how to rise above the clouds and remain there. In this way they can be independent and free, for if they cannot rise above their clouds they will be obliged to wait a very long time for the clouds to scatter so they can know joy and warmth and light.
A true disciple knows that the atmosphere is sometimes filled with smoke, dust and thick mists, and is sometimes clear and transparent – as it was this morning, for instance – you saw for yourselves how brilliantly the sun shone. If you learn how to look at it, how to create a bond between yourself and the sun, how to open your doors and windows to it, you will be in a state of ecstasy.
Doing so provides an opportunity for you to understand how you have been wasting your time and affecting your health, becoming selfish and ready to quarrel with others. Little by little you will come to see how and why you have reached such a state. Deciding to change, starting to envisage things differently, to live differently, letting this divine light have its way with you, your whole life will begin to look quite different. Everything will become wondrously clear and limpid.
To be continued…
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Complete Works Volume 10. The Splendour of Tiphareth – The Yoga of the Sun
Chapter 10 Rise above the Clouds – The Sephirah Tiphareth