students, of The Work, realize that once they understand (usually
in two centers) a law/truth, they can use the law towards their own
advantage. Let us take the Work principle that formatory mind works
by habits, associations as well as by attitudes. It is impossible
to travel in the Real Objective World of The Work path for very long
before the student realizes this sad truth for themselves.
is both sad and sobering to realize that what the student, used
to call intelligent thinking, is in fact nothing but a series of
mechanical happenings. On the other hand, it is encouraging to realize
is that the student can use the Law of Mental Associations towards
speeding up one’s own spiritual development.
used to be a TV game show called "Concentration". The
aim of this game was to match up pairs of statements. As each pair
was located, the pair was turned into a clue about a hidden truth
that lay behind all the paired up pairs. This form of something
appearing to be one thing while hiding another equally valid truth
underneath is the advent (calendar) principle.
Ark becomes a perfect metaphor for this Advent Principle. All of
the creatures in the Ark were paired up before they could enter
the Ark. Consider Noah’s Ark itself as an illustration of Real Objective
ordered Noah to build an ark (on his own, Noah would have done
created a vessel that was able to withstand future flood by
floating (walking on the water)
Ark was only created by Noah’s adhering to specific requirements
already paired up animals were allowed into the vessel
Work is an Ark in and of itself. Only people who wake up can catch
a seat on this specific Ark. But long before one is able to be awake,
one can use the Law of Association to turn up their own internal
time a Work student becomes able to spot some of the "triggers"
contained in the outside world, while also being able to observe
their own automatic response, the student becomes able to gain another
foot-candle of consciousness. This is one of the aspects of the
truth that becomes light. The question seems to be: does the sincere
Work student want to accelerate their associative process thereby
accumulating more wattage?
when we find that our everyday Work efforts are not producing enough
"alchemical" heat, we can decide to use our formatory
mind’s capacity to store knowledge though association. Making the
aim to go back to specific places in one’s past and allowing the
dormant associations to resurface allows the student even more internal
light along their own path of spiritual exploration.
best manna comes from the Real Self. Before anyone can access Real
I, they have to first become themselves. In order to become yourself,
you must resurrect your past. Your past is alive albeit dormant
within you. Once you consciously activate the triggers, your past
will come forward fully alive within you.
the first phase of this Advent Principle, the Work student must
become able to Self-Observe the external triggers which activate
the automatic associations. In the second phase, The Work student
actively and consciously seeks out past triggers in order to gain
the value of consciousness that putting two and two together always
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