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We must take the great beings of the past as our guides, but this does not mean that we have to conform to every detail of their teaching. It is the principles that must be preserved. The forms are subject to the laws of life and they can – indeed, they must – evolve and change. A great deal of conflict arises from a misunderstanding of this law. Some people, wishing to reject forms they consider obsolete, reject the underlying principles too. Others preserve the old forms because they confuse them with the principles. The result is that those who reject the principles no longer have a compass to guide them, while those who cling to the forms become ossified. You may wonder which principles have to be preserved– all those that emphasize the pre-eminence of the spirit, that is to... 

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Thought of the Day

When you feel distressed and tormented, do not just stay there struggling with these negative states of mind, for there is no guarantee that you will be able to shake them off. You must find other ways. You have seen what a bird does when it is pecking at seeds on the ground and a cat comes along. The bird does not wait to confront the cat; it flies away. You will say, ‘Yes, but how can we fly away?’ By using prayer and thought, you can travel to regions where peace, beauty and light reign. Certain books or certain pieces of music can help you to take wing, as can contact with nature or working with your imagination. The important thing is to move to another plane. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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Thought of the Day

When you feel distressed and tormented, do not just stay there struggling with these negative states of mind, for there is no guarantee that you will be able to shake them off. You must find other ways. You have seen what a bird does when it is pecking at seeds on the ground and a cat comes along. The bird does not wait to confront the cat; it flies away. You will say, ‘Yes, but how can we fly away?’ By using prayer and thought, you can travel to regions where peace, beauty and light reign. Certain books or certain pieces of music can help you to take wing, as can contact with nature or working with your imagination. The important thing is to move to another plane. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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If you want to taste true love, you must begin by restoring your bond with the divine world, for it is this bond that lends true flavour to things, even to love. Once you have re-established this connection, you will feel a stream of the finest energy flooding into you. Only the presence of these divine energies can impart an exquisite flavour to your love, as if you were in communion with the whole of nature, with the whole universe. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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On departing this earth, not only must we leave behind our material possessions; all the other kinds of things that we have received from people or books are also erased unless we have made them our own experience at a very deep level. And when we come back again in our next incarnation, we must painstakingly relearn everything. Just because someone can talk or write about all kinds of subjects does not mean that they really know them; they will have to start over again from the beginning. And look, people get married and have children, and many of them are as helpless and lost as if they were facing these situations for the first time. Yet they must have been in similar circumstances any number of times in previous incarnations! But since they have never truly sought to understand their... 

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The attraction we feel for certain people is something beyond our control. You catch sight of a man or woman, and without knowing why, you immediately fall under their spell. Something about their physical appearance, their face or their gestures, how they behave or an atmosphere that surrounds them has an effect on you, so you try to get close to this person. This is only natural. But the thing is, you have to realize that this kind of instant affinity does not mean that you have found your one true love, your soulmate. Except in very rare instances, the choice of the person with whom you can really build something harmonious and stable takes a great deal of time and reflection. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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In certain ancient initiations, the final test imposed on an adept who had come through all the preliminary trials successfully was the experience of death and resurrection. For three days and nights, he lay in a sarcophagus while his instructors watched over him, keeping him in a state close to death by means known only to them. His etheric and astral bodies were released from his physical body so that he could travel throughout space, and during those three days he would visit all the higher and nether regions. He would be astonished, terrified and amazed at what he saw, and he would touch truth. When he returned, the bonds that bound his etheric and astral bodies to his physical body were totally transformed. Because of this, all that he had seen and experienced remained in his consciousness,... 

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Very few people sense how important a spiritual Master can be in guiding their destiny, or how many aspects of their existence his presence can remedy, enhance and harmonize. The idea of having a Master does not appeal to them, because they know that he would never leave them in peace! He would point out all their failings and the dangers of the path they often follow, and they are not willing to accept the constraints this would impose on them. This is a pity, because with that attitude they will face suffering and limitations far greater than those they would have to endure if they followed the advice of a Master. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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For many people, the decision to change their way of life is rather like the decision to fast – they start by feeling acute discomfort. The palpitations, headaches, cramps and dizziness experienced by those who have never before fasted for twenty-four hours are also experienced, symbolically speaking, by those who decide to embrace the spiritual life. So, what should they do? Just give up? When you fast, your organism begins to feel somewhat freer and decides to wage war on all the impurities accumulated over the years. To begin with, this can be quite uncomfortable. But if you can put up with the disadvantages of fasting for a little while, you will realize that these soon disappear, giving way to a feeling of peace and well-being, which is then reflected in your physical and psychic health. Similarly,... 

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Each sign of the zodiac represents a stage in the slow transformation of nature throughout the year. The sun enters Aries at the beginning of spring, when life forces are in flood and buds are bursting open. This surge continues in Taurus and Gemini, as leaves and then flowers appear. With the constellation of Cancer comes summer, and seeds begin to form; with Leo fruit ripens, and when Virgo comes and the fruit is ripe, it is time for the harvest. After that comes autumn with the constellations of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius: the last fruits are gathered, leaves fall, and the vegetation dies and decomposes. Finally, winter appears in the signs of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces: seeds sink into the ground where they die and are assimilated by the soil – but it is from this death that... 

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For a student of Initiatic Science, the sun is not simply the star shining up in the sky. It is also the light of intelligence; it is love, an impetus towards all that is positive and constructive; it is life, spiritual life, pure life. The sun thus embraces a whole science, and it is this science that is the true universal panacea. That is why it is not enough to expose one’s body to the light of the physical sun; the important thing is to understand the three higher principles – heat, light and life. The universal panacea is not a potion concocted by some alchemist or magician. To obtain it, you have to understand and love only what is divine and never let any impurities enter you. We do not only nourish ourselves on a physical level; we also nourish ourselves on the level of our... 

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Atheists think they are highly objective and logical: they at least judge by what they see, hear, touch, measure, and so on, whereas religious believers are so blinded by faith that their judgments are false. How wrong they are! However intelligent people may be, if they do not believe in the existence of God, in the reality of the soul, or in the immortality of the spirit, they will always be missing an element that is essential if they are to perfect their observations and judgments. The lack of this element means that their perspective will always be superficial; they can see no further than the form, the surface of life. An atheist is like someone who looks at other human beings and sees only their anatomy. If identifying and describing their limbs and organs is all that matters, a knowledge... 

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The history of religion shows that human beings have rarely understood how much importance to give respectively to the body and the spirit. For some, only the spirit mattered, and they neglected their body to such an extent that they wasted away. But if the body is so vile and only the spirit matters, why do humans come down to earth? They should have stayed on high, in the etheric regions of space. The fact that they come down to incarnate on earth means that they have work to do here with their body. The mission of the spirit is to assume a physical body and come down to work on the earth to impregnate it with its qualities so that the earth may be transformed into a magnificent garden where the Lord and his angels will come to walk. When Jesus said, ‘Your will be done, on earth as... 

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Just because someone gets married and their family expands to include a father-in-law, mother-in-law, and masses of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins, and so on, it does not mean they become aware of what a family really is. In most cases, people merely add a few relatives to their family circle, but maintain the same narrow, limited, selfish consciousness. A truly expanded consciousness expresses itself in an attitude of magnanimity and unselfishness, in a readiness to accept certain inconveniences, even to suffer and to sacrifice ourselves for others. And that is not all: the greatest expansion of consciousness is when we know and feel that we belong to the vast, universal family of God’s creatures and rejoice in this knowledge! Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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If you have a good understanding of economic and financial affairs, you will know how to preserve the spiritual riches you receive from heaven. Everybody, however ignorant, knows that if their capital does not yield a profit they will end up with nothing, for capital that does not grow soon depreciates. But when it comes to the spiritual plane, even the most highly educated let their capital dwindle away. They forget that their supply of light, warmth, and inner wealth will soon be spent if they do not work every day to increase it. Through prayer, meditation and contemplation, we must constantly link ourselves to the divine, inexhaustible

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