Self-Observation

We become responsible for what we see. The moment I witness a manifestation of my sleep, my conscience cannot remain clear without my attempting to work on that manifestation. Therefore, aims rooted in self-observation are accompanied by the desire to change, an...

Heart and Mind

This tutorial invites a sincere observation of our efforts. Circumstances within us and outside of us continually change. So must our efforts. With each change, a new key must be found to a new lock. The mind (intellectual center) is responsible for finding the key,...

Difficult Groups of “I”s

The avenues through which we are accustomed to expel sex energy form our “habits.” These are “I”s fueled by a particularly strong energy, which means they come with a stronger sense of identity, a stronger sense of “I.” In other...

Deviation

Mara tempts Siddhartha, just as the Genesis serpent tempts Adam and Eve. Like the serpent, Mara uses subtlety. He lists the earthly riches that Siddhartha is about to foolishly renounce. The lesson of this episode is in its timing: Mara appears only when Siddhartha...

Small Aims

In the tutorial on “Consciousness,” we listed the three parameters by which consciousness can be measured: frequency, duration, and depth. In the tutorial on “The Many “I”s,” we studied our multiplicity, and created external shocks to remind us to Be, in effect...

Transformation

True identity is neither in Buddha’s discipline nor in Mara’s army; neither in the gods nor the demons; neither in affirmation nor in negation. True identity resides in the part that witnesses the struggle. We are what observes, not what we observe. Once you verify...

Higher and Lower Self

As we verify the functions of our Micro-cosmos, we begin examining each of them from the point of view of consciousness. Which of our functions can aid our aim to “Be,” which is indifferent to it, and which opposes it? In this tutorial we will explore this question....

Master

Where does this work lead to? What would happen if we succeeded in prolonging our efforts to “Be” so that our consciousness became a constant flame? If we became more consistently conscious, then we would access two new functions called “higher emotional” and “higher...

Four Lower Centers (Part 1)

This teaching divides our thoughts, emotions, movements and sensations into four sharply defined groups, each of which is controlled by a separate mind or “center.” In this tutorial, we will explore these four centers, their location in the Micro-cosmos, their...

Positive Attitude

There is a paradox in this work: When I am in a higher state of consciousness I know exactly what I must do in order to “Be,” but I don’t need that knowledge because I already “Am.” When I am in a lower state of consciousness I forget...

Identification

If I cannot see the thoughts, sensations and emotions of this moment as a small part of me, as something separate from the rest of myself, then they become all of me, I fall into what in this teaching is called, a state of identification. In this tutorial we will...

Heart and Mind

Each moment is a lock that has a key. First, I must remember my aim to “Be.” This, in itself, is difficult, because I am not unified, I forget. But even then, when I do remember, there remain two more elements that determine whether I can unlock the...

Separation and Naming

We bite on the temptation of the moment. Our minds, our bodies and our hearts get carried away and cast our Micro-cosmos into chaos. We call this state identification, because it is characterized by a misplaced sense of identity, by mistakenly calling the impulse of...

Micro-Cosmos

What is a cosmos? Why may a human being be considered a cosmos? And what are the implications of this special status? In this tutorial we see that one of the important implications of this status is that we can learn by seeing ourselves reflected in other cosmoses....

Negative Emotions

What is the transformation that this teaching points to? What actually happens when I reach the top of the pyramid? In the tutorial on “Knowledge and Being” we examined how learning proceeds step by step, one step of knowledge followed by a step of...

Payment and Effort

In the Fourth Way, knowledge goes hand in hand with verification. Knowledge can be given, but verification is only earned through payment. In this tutorial, we will go deeper into the principle of payment; we will weave it into the non-expression of negative emotions;...

Knowledge and Being

In this tutorial, we examine the role of knowledge in this teaching. Knowledge must go hand in hand with first-hand experience if it is to help us climb the pyramid. We draw from the story of Prince Siddhartha, who sets out to explore his surroundings and gradually...

Self-Observation

How does the appearance of light manifest in the Micro-cosmos man? In this tutorial, we will take the dramatic image of the rising sun internally. We will look at it as self-observation, in the sense of directing a ray of light within. We will draw from the Genesis...

The Many “I”s

In the previous tutorial, we set an aim to increase the frequency of our consciousness by changing the ring-tones of our phones and using them as reminders to “Be.” But why do we need external reminders? Why can we not remember to “Be” simply because we want to “Be”?...
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