You have to be alive to enjoy things! People are preoccupied with dead things; the more dead things they accumulate, the less alive they are and the less they rejoice! Do you long for cars, money, a swimming pool, a lover or mistress? Well, make sure you are capable of enjoying them, that you have the sensitivity inside to rejoice over them.
But no, all your time is spent looking for something more to possess. When you understand this truth, you will want to diminish the amount of things you own and increase the quality of your feelings. If you can do it, the little you have left will keep you in a permanent state of ecstasy!
Try to intensify and embroider each spiritual joy we experience
The boy who falls in love for the first time, anything the girl gives him, a rose petal, a little lock of hair, sends him into ecstasy! He may not have any money in the bank, no car, no job, but he is ecstatic because the girl he loves has given him something, he holds the rose petal in his hands, breathes its fragrance rapturously, puts it under his pillow at night and writes poems about it.
Because of it he possesses the entire world. This is a psychological fact well worth noting; psychological facts are a good source of information. Instead of running after physical pleasures and possessions, the disciple should try to intensify and embroider each spiritual joy they experience, which will cultivate sensitivity… and then they will be able to spend centuries gazing at the stars, a rose, a face!
Receive the subtle element that will give us a taste for life
There are so many things even here on earth that can plunge one into ecstasy, only the ability to feel is not vibrant anymore, people have lost the faculty of feeling deeply and only rejoice when they are indulging in physical pleasure. That appeals to them, but things that are beautiful, harmonious, musical and poetic, pure, mystic and divine, are of no interest.
That is why they encounter so much disillusionment and sorrow. ‘Take this, take that, and you will be happy!’say the advertisements on television, in newspapers and magazines, to make people want a comfort and pleasure that will never give them what they really need. The initiates say, ‘Climb, climb high in prayer and meditation, to receive the subtle element that will give you a taste for life.’
This element is no more than a little invisible atom but once you have it everything vibrates inside you and life becomes beautiful. Without that element, even if you own everything you ever wanted, you will feel empty and disappointed.
Without this atom, all the gold in the world will bring you nothing but misfortune
And if you say, ‘Ah, if only I could meet a great Master and learn from him!’ I will answer that you are not on the right track, for unless you already have acquired the element that will make it possible for you to appreciate a great Master and love him as you should, even if he were the greatest Master on earth, you would do nothing but argue and criticize and end up as ignorant as ever.
Do not say, ‘Well, if only I could marry a marvellous girl!’ or, ‘If only I could discover where the Templars hid their treasure!’ for without the element I have been talking about, the most beautiful girl in the world and all the gold in the world will bring you nothing but misfortune.
That is the way you should think, dear brothers and sisters, but you don’t realize the value of what I tell you because you are not used to thinking this way. Do you know, it would be worth working for thousands of years to obtain this one element that makes everything a cause for joy.
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