LECTURE 24 | Life and the Level of the Being

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Life

Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What do we live for? Why do we live?... Unquestionably, the poor “Intellectual Animal” wrongly called man not only knows not, but moreover, he doesn’t even know that he knows not... Worst of all is the very difficult and strange situation which we find ourselves in. Though ignorant of the secrets of all our tragedies, we are convinced that we know everything...

 

Let’s take a “Rational Mammal”, a person who in life prides himself on being influential, to the middle of the Sahara desert, leave him there far from any oasis, and then observe from an aircraft what happens... The facts will speak for themselves. Although the “Intellectual Humanoid” presumes that he is strong and believes that he is very manly, deep down he is frightfully weak...

The “Rational Animal” is one hundred percent a fool; he thinks the best of himself and believes that he can develop wonderfully in life by means of nursery, primary and secondary compulsory school, higher education, university, good manners or his father’s prestige, etc...

 

Unfortunately, we know all too well that even a stomach ache makes us sad, and that behind so much learning, good manners and money, deep down we continue to be unhappy and miserable... It is enough to read world history to learn that we are the same old barbarians of long ago, and that instead of improving we have become worse...

 

This twentieth century with all its spectacles, wars, prostitution, world-wide sodomy, sexual degeneration, drugs, alcohol, outrageous cruelty and extreme perversion, monstrosity, etc., is a mirror in which we should look at ourselves. There is no real reason to boast of having reached a higher stage of development... It is absurd to think that time means progress, but unfortunately the “Learned Ignoramuses” remain bottled up in the dogma of evolution...

 

Throughout the black pages of “dark history” we always find the same horrifying cruelties, ambitions, wars, etc... Nevertheless, our “super-civilised” contemporaries are still convinced that the business of war is something secondary, a passing accident which has nothing to do with their so called “modern civilisation”. Certainly it is the way each person is which is important; some people are drunkards, others are abstainers, some are honest, others are shameless. It takes all sorts to make a world...

 

The masses are the sum total of the individuals. The way the individual is, the masses are and the Government is, etc... The masses are then an the extension of the individual. The transformation of the masses, the people is impossible if the individual, each person, does not transform himself...

No-one can deny that there are different social levels; there are people from the church and from brothels, from business and from the country, etc... In the same way, there are different Levels of Being. Depending on what we are internally (lavish or stingy, generous or mean, violent or passive, chaste or lustful), we attract different circumstances in life... A lustful person will always attract lascivious scenes, dramas and even tragedies in which he will be involved...

 

A drunkard will obviously attract other drunkards and will always be found inside pubs and bars, that is obvious... What will the racketeer attract? The selfish? How many problems? Imprisonments? Misfortunes?

Nevertheless, embittered people tired of suffering want to change and turn over a new leaf... Poor people! They want to change and do not know how to, they do not know the procedure, they are up a blind alley... What happened to them yesterday will happen to them today, and will happen to them tomorrow. They always repeat the same mistakes, they never learn their lesson, not even with a gun pointed at them.

 

Everything repeats in their lives. They say the same things, they do the same things and regret the same things...This boring repetition of dramas, comedies and tragedies will continue as long as we carry within us the undesirable elements of anger, covetousness, lust, envy, pride, sloth and gluttony, etc...

 

What is the level of our morality? Or better said, what is our Level of Being? As long as our Level of Being does not radically change, all our miseries, unpleasant scenes, setbacks and misfortunes will continue to repeat...

Everything, every circumstance which happens outside ourselves in the scenario of this world, is exclusively a reflection of what we carry within. With just reason we can solemnly assert that “The exterior is the reflection of the interior”.

 

When someone changes internally and such a change is radical, then the exterior, circumstances and life, changes as well. In this time (1974), I have been observing a group of people who invaded someone else’s territory. Here in Mexico we give them the curious name of “Parachutists”. They are neighbours of the Churubusco rural colony which is very near to my house. That is the reason why I have studied them very closely...

 

Poverty can never be a crime. However, the gravity of the problem does not lie there, but in their Level of Being...Daily they fight amongst themselves, they get drunk, insult one another, become murderers of their own companions in misfortune and certainly live in filthy huts, where instead of love there is hatred...

 

I have often thought that were any of those people to remove hatred, anger, lust, drunkenness, slander, cruelty, selfishness, calumny, self esteem, pride, etc. from within, by the simple “Law of Psychological Affinities” they would be more likeable to other people and would mix with more cultivated and spiritual people.

 

These new relationships would be crucial for a social and financial change... This would be the means by which these people could leave behind the “pig sty” and “the filthy sewer”... Therefore, if we really want a radical change, we must firstly understand that each of us (whether white, black, yellow, olive; ignorant or educated, etc.) is at a certain “Level of Being”. What is our Level of Being? Have you ever reflected upon this? It would be impossible to move to another level if we are ignorant about the state in which we find ourselves.

 

 

The Wonderful Staircase of the Level of the Being.

 

We have to long for a true change in order to come out of this boring routine, from this merely mechanical, tiresome life... Firstly, we must fully understand that each of us is at a certain Level of Being; whether bourgeois or proletarian, well-off or middle-class, rich or poor.

 

The Level of Being of a drunkard is completely different to that of a teetotaller, and that of a prostitute to that of a virgin. This is irrefutable and indisputable... At this point in our chapter we lose nothing by imagining a staircase with many steps extending vertically upwards...

 

Unquestionably, we will find ourselves on one of these steps. On the steps below we will find people “worse” than us, and on the steps above, people “better” than ourselves... In this extraordinary Vertical, this Wonderful Staircase, it is clear that we can find all Levels of Being... each person is different and no-one can refute this...

 

We are undoubtedly not talking about beautiful or ugly faces; nor is it a question of age. There are young and old, elders who are close to death and new-born babies... This question of time and age, of being born, growing, developing, getting married, having children, growing old and dying, is exclusive to the Horizontal...

 

On this “Wonderful Staircase”, on the Vertical, the concept of time is not applicable. Only Levels of Being can be found on the steps of this staircase... The mechanical hopes that people have are useless; they believe that things will improve with time. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers thought in the same way. Facts, however, have proved the contrary...

 

It is the Level of Being which matters, and this is the Vertical. We find ourselves on one of the steps but we can go up to another step... The “Wonderful Staircase” we are talking about refers to the different Levels of Being, and certainly has nothing to do with a linear time scale...

 

From instant to instant a higher Level of Being is immediately above us... It is not found in any remote horizontal future, but in the here and now, within us, in the Vertical... Evidently, anyone can understand that the two lines—Horizontal and Vertical—are found in our psychological interior from moment to moment in the form of a cross... The personality develops along the Horizontal line of life. It is born and dies within its linear time. It is perishable, there is no tomorrow for the personality of a dead person. It is not the Being...

The Levels of Being, and the Being itself, do not belong to time. They have nothing to do with the Horizontal line, they are found within us now, in the Vertical... It would obviously be absurd to look for our own Being outside ourselves...

 

It is therefore necessary to establish the following: in the physical external world, titles, degrees and promotions etc. will in no way bring about the authentic exaltation, revaluation of the Being, the move to a superior step in the Levels of the Being...

 

The Psychological Rebellion

It is necessary to remind our readers that there is a mathematical point within us... Unquestionably, that point is never found in the past or in the future... Whoever wants to discover this mysterious point must look for it in the here and now within himself, exactly at this instant, not a second sooner nor a second later...

 

The Vertical and Horizontal posts of the Holy Cross are found at this point... Therefore, from instant to instant we find ourselves faced with two paths : Horizontal and Vertical... It is evident that the Horizontal is very “pretentious”. Along it go people who “keep up with the Jones’s”, who “jump on the bandwagon”, who “follow the herd”...

 

It is evident that the Vertical is different; it is the path of intelligent rebels and revolutionaries... When we remember ourselves, work on ourselves, and do not identify with all of life’s problems and sorrows, we are in fact going along the Vertical path... Certainly, it is never an easy task to eliminate negative emotions, to stop identifying with our way of life, with problems of all kinds, business, debts, payments by instalments, mortgages; telephone, water and electricity bills, etc.

 

The unemployed, those who for some reason have lost their jobs, evidently suffer for lack of money. It is in fact terribly difficult for them to forget their situation, to stop worrying and identifying with their own problems.

Those who suffer and those who weep, those who have been betrayed, who have been badly repaid in life, who have received no gratitude and have been victims of calumny or fraud really forget themselves, their real Intimate Being, and completely identify with their moral tragedy...

 

The work on oneself is a fundamental characteristic of the Vertical Path. No one could walk along the path of the Great Rebellion if they had never worked on themselves... The Work we are referring to is of a psychological nature. It deals with a certain transformation of the present moment in which we find ourselves. We need to learn to live from instant to instant...

 

For example, a person who despairs about an emotional, financial or political problem has obviously forgotten himself... If that person stops for a moment and observes the situation, tries to remember himself, and then makes the effort to understand his attitude... It is necessary to remind our readers that there is a mathematical point within us...

 

Unquestionably, that point is never found in the past or in the future... Whoever wants to discover this mysterious point must look for it in the here and now within himself, exactly at this instant, not a second sooner nor a second later...

 

The Vertical and Horizontal posts of the Holy Cross are found at this point... Therefore, from instant to instant we find ourselves faced with two paths : Horizontal and Vertical... It is evident that the Horizontal is very “pretentious”. Along it go people who “keep up with the Jones’s”, who “jump on the bandwagon”, who “follow the herd”...

 

It is evident that the Vertical is different; it is the path of intelligent rebels and revolutionaries... When we remember ourselves, work on ourselves, and do not identify with all of life’s problems and sorrows, we are in fact going along the Vertical path... Certainly, it is never an easy task to eliminate negative emotions, to stop identifying with our way of life, with problems of all kinds, business, debts, payments by instalments, mortgages; telephone, water and electricity bills, etc.

 

The unemployed, those who for some reason have lost their jobs, evidently suffer for lack of money. It is in fact terribly difficult for them to forget their situation, to stop worrying and identifying with their own problems.

 

Those who suffer and those who weep, those who have been betrayed, who have been badly repaid in life, who have received no gratitude and have been victims of calumny or fraud really forget themselves, their real Intimate Being, and completely identify with their moral tragedy... The work on oneself is a fundamental characteristic of the Vertical Path. No one could walk along the path of the Great Rebellion if they had never worked on themselves...

 

The Work we are referring to is of a psychological nature. It deals with a certain transformation of the present moment in which we find ourselves. We need to learn to live from instant to instant... For example, a person who despairs about an emotional, financial or political problem has obviously forgotten himself...

 

If that person stops for a moment and observes the situation, tries to remember himself, and then makes the effort to understand his attitude... If he reflects a little and thinks that everything passes by, that life is an illusion, is short-lived, and that death reduces all the vanities of the world to ashes... If he understands that his problem, deep down, is only a “will-o-the-wisp”, a flare up which soon dies down, he will suddenly see to his surprise that everything has changed...

 

The transformation of mechanical reactions is possible through logical confrontation and Intimate Self-reflection of the Being... It is evident that people react mechanically to life’s different circumstances...

 

Poor people! They usually become victims. When someone flatters them they smile, when humiliated they suffer. They insult when insulted, when hurt they hurt, they are never free. Their fellow men have the power to drive them from happiness to sadness and from hope to despair.

 

Each of these people go along the Horizontal path, resembling a musical instrument on which their fellow men play any tune they like... Those who learn to transform their mechanical reactions are in fact taking the “Vertical Path”.

This represents a fundamental change in the Level of Being, the extraordinary result of the “Psychological Rebellion”.

 

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