In Search of the Miraculous – P. D. Ouspensky – Notes

Pages 1 – 15

  • ‘Beyond the film of false reality exists another reality’.
  • Nothing could be found in Europe – a world of obvious absurdities.
  • Impossible that life led nowhere.
  • Attraction to India and the East – but secret hidden. Looking for a School.
  • Existing Schools: Half religious/ devotional; Sentimental/ Moral; Schools demanding too much.
  • Looking for another type – rational – where one knew where one was going/ existing on an earthly plane.
  • Meets Gurdjieff (G). Speaks. G ‘disguised’ – ‘completely out of keeping with place and atmosphere’.
  • gave fuller answers than expected.
  • describes work as ‘psychological…and chemistry plays a large part’.
  • G – 2 ways of using drugs: either to strengthen the functions of certain centres with the requisite drug; or to become clever/ strong for a time. The second often led to death or madness.
  • G’s pupils – ‘poor intelligentia of Moscow’.
  • G’s pupil reads a piece. Begins with the ballet ‘The Struggle of the Magicians’. The piece is called “Glimpses of Truth’.
  • wants to publish it, but it is too long.
  • wants to tell of impressions of a young man but stops himself.
  • wants to work with G. but it is 1000 roubles per month.
  • was not to spend his own money on the work.
  • ‘people weak in life were weak in the work’. Need to get house in order before beginning work.
  • ‘People do not value it if they do not pay’.
  • accepts O. anyway.
  • wonders if he can keep a secret as he is a journalist. Like on issues of time and space. G; says he must not talk too much: some things are for disciples only. Rule: only speak of an experiment if you can do it yourself.
  • No conditions for work – there cannot be. At the beginning, man does not knowhimself – he is not. A man who does not know himself cannot promise or commit.
  • A man must knowhimself – must be.
  • India is not the answer – everything can be found here.
  • Philosophical schools – India; Theory – Egypt; Practice – Persia, Mesopotamia and Turkistan.
  • You do not know what I mean by Philosophy, Theory and Practice.
  • Where are G’s companions: some dies; some working; some went into seclusion – monasteries.
  • threw me words which would interest me.
  • What O. wrote on India, G. gave to his pupils: to see what you are and therefore what you would be able to find out. You see what you are.

pages 15 – 30

  • O asks G about the Ballet, Glimpses of Truth; he says it is an interesting and beautiful spectacle.
  • The Ballet offers a mechanism of the Solar System. It includes Sacred Dance of the Struggle of Magicians. White and Black magic. The same performers must do both. They therefore see both parts of themselves.
  • Men are machines but we can work on this with the proper mind. Mechanisation is not dangerous – being a machine can be. People are machines.
  • Art, poetry, thought are of the same order.
  • O: people are different. G: all are machines but there is the possibility of ceasing to be a machine. Machines for machines; psychology for humans. To stop being a machine, you need to know you are one. A machine that knows itself stops being one. A man is responsible; a machine is not responsible.
  • O: Is it worth reading occult literature? G: Yes! But, you do not understand what the word understand means. To know something well: words have an ordinary sense and a wider sense.
  • G: There is nothing to do: first get rid of false ideas, conceptions.
  • G: Man’s first illusion is that he can do; everything just happens. External influences – impressions.
  • Man is a machine of words, thoughts, convictions, feelings, opinions, habits. It all just happens. To establish this, get rid of 1000 illusions.
  • Man does not love, hate, desire – it all just happens. People think things should be done differently. But, they cannot be. Everything is being done in the only way it can be.
  • People need to be different. Necessary to learn another language. One must learn to speak the truth. To speak the truth, one must know the truth.
  • O: Facts. G: There will be facts but other things are necessary first.
  • G: Man – people take advantage because he considers them. If he did not, they would be different. O: Consider has many meanings. G: No! only one meaning – consider – inner slavery/ dependence.
  • War happens because of planetary influences. If people become close, they become tense. Same with planets – if they come close, there is tension. The moon plays a big part. Everything is generated from outside. Impossible to become free of one influence without becoming influenced by another. We must choose our influence.
  • The planets are living beings: the Moon is not dead but growing. Sun is divine. The earth may die having attained nothing.
  • There are different levels even though they look the same.
  • G: I do not call art what you call art. In your art everything is subjective – the spectator perceives not what the artist intends/ wished to convey, but what the forms in which he expresses his sensations will make them feel by association.
  • In real art, nothing is accidental. Mathematics. Calculated. Known. Artist knows what he wants to convey. Here, everyone has the same reaction. Different impressions on people of different levels = Objective Art. Everyone sufficiently prepared has the same reaction.
  • O: Do such people exist? G: Of course. In such a figure, one grasps thoughts, feelings.
  • Subjective and Objective Art.
  • O: Everything G said is connected.
  • G: The group is the beginning of everything. To escape prison one needs the help of escapees. But, first, one must realise one is in prison.
  • Liberation = Labour, effort, conscious effort – Towards an Aim

pp. 30 – 45.

  • Difficulty in making meetings – held at last minute. The chief principle was not to make things easy. Ideas valued by overcoming difficulties.
  • Man machine has no life after death. For there to be afterlife, there has to be crystallization – independence of external influences. Not all men have an astral body. It may be reincarnated or live on.
  • People heard different things or completely misunderstood.
  • Inner unity: obtained by the friction of Yes and No. From this, permanent traits appear. Can go wrong. Then, things have to be ‘melted down’ again. Suffering.
  • Sacrifice is necessary – nothing is possible without it. With crystallization, sacrifice, etc. is not necessary.
  • : simple, no affectation, personal interest.
  • acting and carpets. Carpet design as related to music.
  • G: life: lived in Asia Minor in remote village. Met strange people. Passed years in legends and fairy tales. Journeys to the East. Tibetan monasteries. Mount Athos.
  • The knowledge is not concealed but it cannot become common property.
  • Knowledge is material – definite quantity. Obeys the law of quantity and effect. So, high concentration gives big results. If everyone gets it, the effects are small. Most do not want it anyway. Men can turn into complete automatation – eg. Wars. Collection of some depends on the rejection of others.
  • Slavery of man is based on fear. All cannot become intelligent even if they wish it. Still, no one conceals anything. Knowledge comes with effort.
  • Independent effort does not work – man must obtain from those that possess it.
  • Immortality? A word we ascribe for something most do not understand – like individuality, consciousness, will. To understand man, one has to understand what he can be/ attain.
  • Man as four bodies: Carnal Body (‘Carriage’, Body/ Physical Body); Natural Body (‘Horse’, feelings, Actual, desires); Spiritual Body (‘Driver’, Mind, Mental Body); Divine Body (‘Master’, consciousness, Causal body).
  • The consciousness manifested in the fourth body has full control over the first three bodies.
  • Man is not born with finer bodies and need to be cultivated. Astral body is a luxury.
  • The physical body works with the same substances of which the higher bodies are composed. Only they are not crystalised in him/ do not belong to him.
  • With a man operating only at the physical level, everything emanates form here; with a higher man, things emanate from the higher body.
  • Automation depends on external influences only: I want, I like, etc. Thinking is mechanical – Will is absent. In the higher man, there is one ‘I’. Individuality. Will issuing from consciousness. Free Will. The second body fuses individual elements so there is no separateness. This happens through friction.
  • With further work, new properties are given to what is formed. The Third Body. New Knowledge and powers.
  • The properties of the three bodies can be fixed and made permanent. This gives the fourth body. This is the ‘true man’. He possesses immortality.
  • Three ways generally to gain immortality: the way of the fakir, monk and yogi – struggle of physical body (here, emotions intellect are undeveloped).

pp. 46 – 60

  • The fakir is the way of struggle with the physical body: Physical will – power over the body. But, the emotional and intellectual remain undeveloped. He acquires knowledge but not enough for self-perfection.
  • The way of the monk: faith. Religious emotions. Feelings. Developing unity. But thinking and physical body remain undeveloped. Monk has to become a fakir and a yogi – few get that far.
  • The way of the yogi: knowledge. Mind developed but not body or emotions. Knows everything – can do nothing.
  • Fakir – No teacher; Monk – duty to teach – duty to love god; yogi needs a teacher.
  • All renounce life to follow their path. Die to the world.
  • Difficult to develop; necessary against the world and against god. Opposed to everyday life.
  • Man does not see that development requires effort. Possibilities remain undeveloped.
  • Fourth Way: Acquired in everyday life. But, first, has to be found. Conditions – the man himself. Easy at the beginning. Work on three rooms at once. Principle demand is understanding. Satisfy himself of truth.
  • Fourth way principle – doing something in one room and the other two simultaneously. 3 directions at once.
  • Will in fourth way is control of body, emotions and mind. It is the ‘sly’ way.
  • A fourth way person knows what substances he needs for his aims. These can be acquired – suffering.
  • People do not see the fakir, yogi and monk are on the way to evolution whilst developed western man is not. G says it is because people believe in progress. There is none. Modern civilisation is based on slavery and fine words. People are machines. Conscious effort is needed.
  • No unity in man – no centre of gravity.
  • Organ functionality consciousness exists but is relatively harmless. But, many ‘I’s.
  • Everyone must see it is useless to rely on others or console oneself with others’ thoughts.
  • Astral Body: can be seen under certain conditions; seen by its functions.
  • Must concentrate on the body; error to think it is all about the mind. It is controlled by several minds with separate functions and spheres.
  • Added instinctive and sex centres. All centres rob the sex centre of energy.
  • The three centres of the lower story – sex, instinctive, and moving – work as three forces: sex centre acts as neutralising force of other two (instinctive-active, moving-passive).
  • Centres: positive and negative parts. Each centre divided into 3 stories.
  • Evolution: development of powers and possibilities.
  • Evolution of mankind corresponds to the evolution of planets. Planets evolve in long cycles of time. Humanity exists on earth for the purpose of earth. We do not need the evolution of the masses – but of a small part. Beyond a  point would be fatal. If men were too intelligent, they would not want to be eaten by the moon.
  • Evolution has to take place in the interests of the man himself and against the interests of the planetary worlds. No compulsion – nature does not need it.
  • Consciousness cannot evolve consciously. Instinct knowledge of machine is not enough – it must be studied and known.
  • Man cannot have a single ‘I’. He changes as quickly as his thoughts. Thousands of ‘I’s. The many ‘I’s are the results of external influences. People make decisions and do not carry them out.
  • Man searches for a Master, and sometimes he has a temporary one. But, he must realise his possibilities, and have a strong desire for liberation. A willingness to sacrifice everything. To risk everything. For the sake of this liberation.

pp. 77 – 89

  • On why the Absolute does not reach us.
  • To understand, we must look at the transformation of the Unity into Plurality.
  • The fundamental way of doing this is the Law of Three. Three principles/Three forces.
  • Everything – from an atom to a cosmos obeys this law.
  • One or two things can never produce a phenomenon – a third force is required.
  • Active/ Positive: Passive/ Negative and Neutralising.
  • They appear like this only in relation to each other.
  • The third force is not easily seen by human because of the limitations of their perceptions.
  • Example: desire/ initiative = active, inertia = passive. The third force that enters is New Knowledge.
  • We cannot see the world in our subjective state, so we cannot see the objective world in terms of three forces. Things do not happen when the third force is lacking. *
  • The three forces are active in the Absolute, but as one whole: full and independent, full consciousness, full understanding.
  • The three create a series of worlds containing them to varying degrees. In each world, the three forces act. But, they are not now one will but three wills. Each of the forces contain within it the three forces.
  • In second order worlds, there is not one will but three wills. The absolute creates the second order wills but does not govern their creativity.
  • The forces of the second order create the worlds of the third order. Three forces – three world order. There are then six forces in the third world order which create the sixth world order. And, so on….
  • As the number of worlds increase, they are further away from the Absolute.
  • These worlds are reflected in the levels of universal being: ! – Absolute; 3 – All worlds; 6 – all suns; 12 – the Sun; 24 – All planets; 48 – earth; 96 – moon.
  • The number of forces in each world are the number of laws to which it is subject.
  • Each of these worlds feeds the lower world. So, the earth feeds the moon to become a planet; the sun feeds the earth to become a sun, etc.
  • In the Absolute, there is only one force/ law, will. On the moon there are 96 orders of law.
  • As orders of law increase, the Absolute has less and less opportunity to manifest itself. In world 3, a general plan is created for all the other worlds. As worlds increase, so does mechanicalness. The Absolute cannot manifest itself except according to this plan.
  • On the earth we are far from the Absolute – very mechanical – and subject to 48 orders of laws. If we could liberate ourselves from half of these laws, we would be in world 24 – Planetary. If we liberated ourselves from half of these laws, we would be in world 12 – starry.
  • **So, there is the possibility for man to free himself in stages from the mechanicalness.
  • One can only study the world 48 laws by studying them in oneself.
  • In our system, the end of the ray of creation – the growing part – is the moon. The energy for new growth and developments goes from the Earth to the Moon, where they are created in joint action with the Sun.
  • There is a giant accumulator of energy in the centre of the Earth. It is all organic life on earth which feeds the moon. The moon is a huge living being feeding upon the lives which grow on the Earth. The moon is also a huge electromagnet.
  • The growth of energy on the moon is thus connected to the lives and death of things on earth.
  • Souls that go to the moon with a certain consciousness, are put under 96 laws – mineral life: transformation then proceeds according to evolution.
  • The moon is at the extremity – the ‘Outer Darkness’.
  • Man cannot tear himself free from the moon – all his life and action are controlled by the moon.
  • **The liberation that comes from the growth of mental powers and faculties of liberation is liberation from the moon.
  • The mechanical part of our lives comes from the control of the moon
  • The next important point to understand is the materiality of the universe, which is taken from the ray of creation.
  • Everything can be weighed and measured – even the Absolute and God.
  • But, everything is relative: just as there is man number 1,2,3, etc. there are seven ‘planes of materiality – created by the ray of creation.
  • One needs to appreciate the difference between material and energy. The world exists in a state of vibrations and matter – or of matter in a state of vibration, of vibrating matter.
  • In the Absolute, vibrations are the most rapid and matter least dense. In the next world, vibrations are slower and matter denser – and so on.
  • The worlds consist of atoms according to their density: world 1 is one atom; world 3 is 3 atoms; world 6 is six atoms, etc.
  • So, seven worlds, seven orders of materiality. Each level, the materiality is different.
  • We tend to see materiality in terms of worlds 48 and 96 – even in world 24, the matter is too rarefied to be regarded as matter from a scientific point of view.
  • All these planes are not separate but intermixed. Matter is comprehensible, therefore, in terms of several states: density, solid, liquid, gaseous, radiant energy, light, magnetism.
  • Everything in the universe is permeated by all the matters of the universe.
  • Man is, in the full sense of the word, a ‘miniature universe – all the matters of the universe exist in him. But this is only really so if it is a ‘complete’ or ‘evolved’ man; otherwise, an incomplete man is an incomplete / unfinished world.
  • Therefore, the study of oneself must go with the study of the fundamental laws of the universe. They are the same everywhere. The study of laws and planes is the study of relativity.
  • Relativity is important: the place of everything in the cosmic order.
  • We are on the earth and depend on the laws of the earth: everything that comes by itself or is obtained easily in another place, is on earth only acquired through hard labour. It must be fought for.
  • Some get a legacy but not those in the work – we are all equal here – beggars!

pp. 89 – 104

  • Ordinary science does not know how to study matter taking into account cosmic properties;
  • Cosmic properties of each substance depend on its place and the force acting on it – at any given moment;
  • Any substance can act as any one of the three forces – active, passive, reconciling/ neutralising;
  • Every substance has a separate function;
  • The four aspects or states of every substance: Carbon (Active), Oxygen (Passive), Nitrogen (neutralising). No force = Hydrogen.
  • The forces are 1,2 3 and the substances are C, O, N, H.
  • They correspond to the alchemical elements: Fire, Air, Water, Earth. Also connected to Tarot – three into four. * Force and Matter. 3 is force and 4 is matter.
  • G promised to explain the names but never did.
  • One in the audience asked, ‘is man immortal?’ G: That depends – something of consciousness remains after death for a short while. That while depends on whether man has become real: what level he has reached: Carnal, Natural, Spiritual and Divine. But, even God is not immortal.
  • G spoke again about the analogy of man and carriage: horse (emotions), driver (mind), carriage (body) – and the Master of the Carriage. This time emphasising the connections between them: shafts, reins, and voice. The driver must hear the Master’s voice; must know how to drive the horse, the horse to obey the reins. Horse must be harnessed. Man must work on body and connections.
  • Work begins with the driver – mind. He must be awake. Driver must learn language of the mind. But, must also be able to look after the horse. Mind must learn to control the emotions. The emotions must learn to pull the body. Driver’s understanding unites him to the Master – must learn to act accordingly with the reins/ horse.
  • Things can be in order with a man with one body and still happen by accident – ie. Not organisation. A man with two bodies – physical and astral – is able to control the first by the second.
  • A man with a third body – the mental body/ consciousness – has power over both.
  • When there is a fourth body – it has control over the other three. I take it this system applies through the other ‘man’ levels: 5 – 7. Each is a different situation. The highest level body lives the longest – is ‘immortal’ at this particular level. The fourth body is 6 laws – all suns; 3rdbody – sun (12 laws); 2ndbody – all planets (24 laws); 1stbody – earth (48 laws). This means that a man possessing a fourth body is immortal within the limits of the solar system.
  • The moon is like a weight on a clock. It is the gravity of the weight which turns the hands of the clock. The moon is a colossal weight from which the organic life on earth hangs. The motion. Whatever we do depends on this motion. O interested in place: size and velocity determine place, and place determines size and velocity.
  • Universal language: depends on knowledge of language and being. 3 universal languages: 1. Can be spoken and written within limits of own language (people understand each other in it); 2. Can be spoken and written and the same for all – figures and mathematics – they speak in their own language and understand each other in ordinary language but not in the universal language; 3. same for all – written and spoken – difference disappears here.
  • Is this the same as the Pentecost? G explains the meaning of Last Supper. Ordinary meaning has been subverted by retelling. What actually happened is that Jesus shared his actual body and blood the way people do when they become ‘blood brothers’. In this way, something of the astral body is passed on and lives through generations. So, communication happens at a distance. So, the Last Supper was a magical ceremony.
  • Aim: it is important to have a good aim. Define your own aim. Man can only begin ‘to do’ when he has defined his aim. O: my aim was to know the future. Other aims: to know about life after death; to understand the teachings of Christ; to help people; to stop war. The only aim that G liked was to ‘be one’s own master’. To know the future all you have to do is know the past and present. What happens to us can depend on accident, fate, or will. Most of what happens is pure accident. We do not have fate or will. Fate actually corresponds to type. You cannot foretell the future of machines. Only real men can know their future through conscious work. To know the future you must first know yourself. To know the moments and act according to the knowledge.
  • Question about ‘how not to die’. For this, it is necessary ‘to be’: something that is independent of external influences. This can live by itself – see above. A permanent ‘I’ can survive death. A man who becomes Master of his life becomes Master of his death.
  • Question: how to become a Christian? To live according to Christ’s precepts. How to love enemies when we cannot even love our friends? To be a Christian is ‘to be’ – again, to be Master of oneself.
  • What is the relation of Christianity to G’s work? It is ‘esoteric Christianity’. Of all desires, the one most right is the desire to ‘master’ oneself. So, to help others one must first help oneself. If man looks at himself as he really is, he will be ashamed, he will not think of helping others.
  • To do what is difficult, one must first do what is easy.
  • Question: how to stop wars? Impossible. War is the result of slavery in which men live. If men were ‘real men’ and capable of ‘doing’, they would not relish killing each other. They would resist the influences. People have tried to stop war from the beginning of the world, and yet they increase. They cannot be stopped by ordinary means. Men do not want to think about themselves – about changing themselves – they want to change others. Men are what they are and cannot be different. Only if men become free can they be free of influences on them.
  • Freedom/ liberation must be the aim of men. Liberated from slavery. Man cannot free himself from outer slavery without first freeing himself of inner slavery. So, in order to become free, man must gain inner freedom.
  • The first reason of inner slavery is ignorance: above all of himself. Without understanding the functions of his machine, he cannot be free. Cannot govern himself. This is why all ancient teaching begin with liberation as ‘Know thyself’.

pp, 104 – 121

  • ‘Know Thyself’: ordinary man does not. One has to understand all functions – in relation to all the others.
  • To study yourself, you need the right method: self – observation.
  • The first thing to do is identify the right function.
  • Analysis and recording. Analysis is frequent but useless – necessary to record. Observation stops when analysis begins.
  • Self-observation must work with the fundamentals of the human machine: thinking, emotion, moving and instinctive.
  • Some find it difficult to understand the difference between thought and feeling, feeling and sensation, thought and moving. Sensation and emotion do not reason/ do not compare. Sensations can be indifferent. Some are instinctive. Feelings are always pleasant or unpleasant.
  • People differ: one man processes thoughts through emotion; individuals see different aspects.
  • We need to examine simultaneously with mind, feelings and sensations.
  • If someone sees something in them they do not like, they cannot change it. And, if they do, they often produce an equally unpleasant side effect.
  • On intellect, moving and emotion, man must refer impressions to each of these – with no doubt!
  • Each centre consists of three parts: thinking, emotion and feeling. One center cannot do the work of another. . Each must deal with its own duties. And, yet such substitution goes on all the time. EG. Emotions working for the physical centre leads to nervousness, feverishness. To have thought interfere with emotions, or sensation to movement leads to undesirable situations. A man can only understand from his experience. Having moving centre working on thinking centre produces only mechanical reading/ listening.
  • Imagination is a principal source of wrong work. Daydreaming is common and the opposite of useful mental activity. The motive for daydreaming lies in the emotional or moving centre. Observing imagination is an important focus for self-observation.
  • The next object of observation is habits: observe them and struggle with them. In order to see habits one must do things in a different way – like walking. Then, you can observe them.
  • The struggle with undesirable emotions is another way to break habits. All are the result of external influences. Nothing comes from himself.
  • Things to note: first, to observe in the right way; second, not to express unpleasant emotions; third, the idea of a moving centre; the relationship between moving and instinctive centres?
  • Conscious action and automatic. Instinctive actions and reflexes? For G, conscious action was not possible in normal man because nothing was conscious.
  • The same actions could originate from different centres.
  • Automatic action – actions performed imperceptibly to himself . Moving actions are distinct. Automatic actions in each centre; for example, automatic thoughts/ automatic feelings.
  • Reflexes are instinctive actions .
  • Misuse of words instinct and instinctive . Heart beat, breathing – these are instinctive functions. Reflexes are external functions. Moving functions are learned – behaviorist. Instinctive are inborn. Moving functions can imitate. Without reasoning. So, the existing order is reproduced. Instinct v. Behaviour.
  • Each centre is a motive and receiving apparatus.
  • The masses do not have will or automatisms but come under the influence of distant external stimuli.
  • The sex centre is the neutralising centre in relation to instinctive and moving centres. These are ‘lower story’ – emotion and thinking are not essential for life.
  • Cosmic consciousness – what we call ‘consciousness’ is fantasy. What is conscious we can only know in ourselves. Even a flash – you recognize it when it comes again. It is not present or absent all the time but changes and varies. It changes continually.
  • What is the most important thing to notice in self-observation? That we do not remember ourselves….you do not feel yourself – are not conscious of yourself. You do not feel: I observe, I notice, I see. Everything is Noticed!!! AFTER THE EVENT. SELF-AWARENESS IS MEMORY.
  • It is difficult to do. But, in self-remembering, there is divided attention. When I observe it is one line. When I remember myself, my direction is directed both towards the object observed and towards myself. There is nothing in common with self-feeling or self-analysis. It comes when in moments of danger.
  • O saw the wonderful experiences of self-remembering, but then also saw how quickly he went asleep again.

pp. 121 – 135

  • Work on oneself is towards a centre of gravity; through it, psychology becomes an exact science.
  • most live in ‘deep sleep’.
  • The approach is a ‘miracle’ – something new. Most do not understand it.
  • Observation with self-remembering is an apperception. It is hidden – even for the most intelligent.
  • Laws are everywhere: they apply in men and the world simultaneously.
  • The number of fundamental laws is very small – they govern man and the world.
  • The first fundamental law is the law of three; the second is the law of seven.
  • These need to be seen as vibrations: various sources and directions.
  • Continuity and discontinuity of vibrations: they accelerate and retard.
  • The original force becomes stronger and weaker. Vibrations ascend and descend. Vibrations can double or half in time.
  • There are two places – or intervals – when a vibration doubles in size – where there is a retard: one near the beginning and one near the end.
  • The increase can be divided into 8 unequal parts – an octave. Similar to music.  But, actually found everywhere – eg. The rainbow.
  • From one doh to the octave doh, the intervals are doh, re, mi, fa, sol, la, so, doh. Their ratios are:
  • Doh (1, 1), re (9/8, 1.125), mi(5/4, 1.25), fa(4/3, 1.3), sol (3/2, 1.5), la (5/3, 1.6), si (15/8, 1.9), doh(1.1).
  • All are 2 semitones except mi-fa and si-doh, which are one semitone. These are the ‘intervals’ in the cosmic sense – they imply deviation. A process runs in a straight line until it reaches a point of deviation: the intervals. Octaves can then move to a different direction, or even return unto themselves.
  • So, we begin to do one thing and end up doing something entirely different. The change of direction is caused by an accident/ hazard.
  • Law of octaves explains: the principle of deviation of forces; nothing in the world stays the same. Things develop, ascend, descend, speed up and slow down; fluctuations are taking place all the time.
  • There are two fundamental causes of self-deception: we do not see what is going on around and in us/ we do not allow for the possibility of descent when there is no ascent – or we take descent to be ascent.
  • Our division of time – the days in the week – follow the octave pattern
  • It is only in octaves of a cosmic order, both descending and ascending, that vibrations develop in a consecutive and orderly way, following the same direction in which we started.
  • Octaves look like they develop by accident – but it is octaves developing a freedom in its vibrations.
  • Passing through intervals produces an ‘additional shock’. Otherwise, it develops according to its original direction – without hindrance
  • Ascending octave: first interval is mi-fa. If the right amount of energy enters at this point, it carries on to si. But, si – doh requires a lot more energy. An additional shock.
  • In descending, the greater interval occurs at the beginning: after the first doh.
  • We can see the law of 7 – the octave – in the ray of creation:
  • The Absolute is the All: full unity, full will, full consciousness. It creates worlds within itself. Here, we have the descending world octave.  Absolute = doh; worlds are si; interval doh – si is the Will of the Absolute. Creation comes from the original impulse and the first accident/shock.
  • Si passes to la – the Milky Way; la passes to sol – our sun/ solar system; sol passes to fa – the planetary world; between planetary world and our earth is an interval – so the influences from the planets are not able to reach the earth. Something is needed to receive these force – organic life on earth. This makes the growth of earth possible. Mi of the cosmic octave and then re at the moon. After which is another doh – nothing
  • Between All and Nothing passes the Ray of Creation.
  • Additional shock to make possible the projected aim.
  • Shocks occur accidentally. It is an uncertain thing. But, they create the illusion of straight lines. That is, straight lines are seen as the norm, and broken ones the exception. This creates the illusion that it is possible to do – to attain a projected aim. In reality, man cannot do.
  • The man-machine is in the power of accident. He cannot do / attain what he wants. But, he has no control. How can he gain such control?
  • Octaves develop consecutively and continuously in the desired direction if additional shocks enter them at the necessary moments – when vibrations slow down. If additional shocks do not enter at the necessary moments, octaves change their direction.
  • Shocks do not come from somewhere on their own . Man can go with the flow even if it contradicts his inner inclinations. Or, he can learn to recognize the intervals in the lines of his activities. And, learn to create the additional shocks. In other words, learn to apply to his own activities the method which cosmic forces make use of in creating additional shocks at the moments necessary. It is only possible to learn this in a school.
  • Artificial shocks give a practical meaning to the study of the law of seven.
  • The man-machine can do nothing.
  • How a school is created conforms to the law of seven/ octave in union with the law of three.
  • In education, man is given examples of descending (creative) and ascending (evolution) cosmic octaves.
  • In Western thought, which neither knows the laws of three or seven, it confuses evolution and creativity. They are opposed.
  • Octaves – in relation to each other – are divided into fundamental and subordinate octaves. The fundamental octave is like a trunk of a tree giving branches as lateral octaves. The seven notes of the octave and the two intervals – bearers of new directions – give nine links in the chain.
  • The fundamental octaves are connected with the subordinate or secondary octaves in a certain way. Out of the subordinate octaves of the first order come the subordinate octaves of the second order. As with a tree, from the straight basic trunk there come out boughs on all sides which divide into branches – getting smaller and smaller. Then covered with leaves. The same construction goes on at each level: tree, branch, leaf..
  • The human body bears the same correlations. It has the same basic nine basic measurements. They vary between individuals but are still the basic nine. This is a full octave of the first order. By combining in a certain way, they pass into the subordinate octaves which pass into further subordinate octaves.
  • In this way, it is possible to obtain the measurements of any member or any part of the human body as they are all in definite relationship one to another.

135 – 140

  • You need to understand the law of seven and octaves as a feeling more than theorizing – but then you do need to understand the theory.
  • The law of seven can become a permanent centre of gravity.
  • It is necessary to understand about the ‘inner vibrations’ of the law of seven.
  • Each note in the octave contains another octave.
  • In world 48, there are 48 coarse atoms each of which consists of 48 primordial atoms. The vibrations in this medium are divisible into octaves, divisible into notes.
  • The limits of an octave proceed the vibrations of still finer substance.
  • The substance of world 48 is saturated with the substance of world 24; the vibrations in the substance of world 24 stand in a definite relation to the vibrations in the substance of world 48; namely, each note of the vibrations in the substance of world 48 contains a whole octave of vibrations in the substance of world 24.
  • It follows similarly with the substances of worlds 24 and 12.
  • If we begin with the vibrations of world 48, we can say that one note of the vibrations in this world contains an octave or seven notes of the vibrations of the planetary world.
  • The ray of creation like every other process which is complete as a given moment can be regarded as an octave – descending: do (World 1 – whole), si (world 3 – all worlds), la (world 6 – all suns), sol (world 12 – sun), fa (world 24 – all planets), mi (world 48 – Earth), re (world 96 – moon), do.
  • The first interval is filled with the Will of the infinite. It fills the interval space with a conscious manifestation of neutralizing force. The space between active and passive is filled.
  • However, in the second interval, something is missing – that is between the planets and the earth. Planetary influence cannot pass to the earth. An additional shock is indispensable to create new conditions – organic life on earth
  • Organic life was created to fill the interval between earth and the planets. Organic life is the earth’s organ of perception. It forms a sensitive film over the earth. Life takes in and transmits influences.
  • All great events in life are created by planetary influences. Taking in planetary influences. Tension in the planetary sphere can be reflected for years in one or other animation of human activity.
  • Organic life on earth is an organ of perception – but also radiation. It directs rays to the sun, planets and the moon. Every thing that happens on earth creates radiation – each different for planets and moon.
  • The additional or lateral octave in the ray of creation begins in the sun.
  • Every note in the cosmic octave may represent a Do of another lateral octave. Or, even, any note can be any other note of an octave passing through it.
  • Sol can sound as Do, thus passing into si. It then produces 3 lateral notes: la, sol, and fa – these constitute organic life on earth. . Mi of the parallel octave then blends with mi of the cosmic octave. The earth. And, thus, re with the moon.
  • Of organic life as represented by the three notes: there are two higher ones, one on the level of the planets and one on the level of the sun. So, it has begun in the sun.
  • Of mi and re of the lateral octave: connected to the idea of food for the moon. Some product of the disintegration of organic life on earth went to the moon. Re. With mi, organic life obviously disappeared into the earth: coral islands, earth surface, petrol, mountains, land, forests.
  • A rich and thorough thought-out plan emerged.

p. 141 – 154

  • We can only understand psychical and psychic states of man by understanding consciousness.
  • There are four states of consciousness: two higher, two lower.
  • The lower forms are real sleepand the waking state– but the latter is still ‘asleep’.
  • The third is self-remembering/ self consciousness.
  • The fourth state is objective consciousness. Enlightenment. This last state requires long hard work. Even educated people do not have it.
  • There is also the ‘higher emotional’ and the ‘higher thinking’ centres.
  • When we sleep, we are full of subjective images.
  • In ‘waking state’ all actions are reflected in man’s automatic responses. He lives in a subjective world.
  • How can man awake? He cannot do it by himself – he needs help or a shock.
  • Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples were asleep. The issue of being asleep is on every page of the Gospels but not seen.
  • A fully developed man has all four states of consciousness. He can govern his own life.
  • Self observation brings man to a realization of the necessity of self-change. It throws a ray of light into his inner processes. When a man realizes this, the character of his self-observation changes.
  • Our inner psychic processes (alchemy) have much in common with those chemical processes in which light changes the character of the process and they are subject to analogous laws.
  • Man must take mental photographs of himself: emotional moods, thoughts, sensations, postures, movements, tones of voice, facial expressions. He then sees that his conception of himself is far from reality. He must learn to divide the real self from the invented.
  • Man has his personality name – active – and an inner ‘I’ which is passive and only observes and registers. He always speaks from his personality: he takes not his real self for who he is.
  • He even speaks of himself in the third person.
  • In self-observation he observes his personality. He can feel this to be his enemy. From being the master, the personality must become the servant.
  • Man must learn sincerity. Even if he tries not to, he will lie to himself. He does not remember his decisions. So, he has no stability. He identifies with his automatic character. So, focuses on small problems and forgets big problems. Oddly, when people see identification in themselves, they call it: ‘enthusiasm’, ‘zeal’, ‘passion’, ‘spontaneity’, ‘inspiration’. Man can become the thing he observes and owns. Even identify with the words he uses.
  • Identifying is the chief obstacle to self-remembering. Man must learn not to identify with himself. Freedom is first freedom from identification.
  • There is also considering – several types:
  • Inner considering: what others think of him – not valuing him enough; society does not recognize his talents; there is injustice; even the weather is against him.
  • Requirements: man requires that others see how remarkable he is.
  • He is not considering another enough; he ought to do more; he ‘ought not’.
  • The sole difference is that in one case a man struggles with the outward expression of emotions and in the other case with the inner manifestation of perhaps the same emotions.
  • Fear of losing sincerity is self-deception.
  • Sincerity and honesty are different. What man calls ‘sincerity’ is simply man unwilling to restrain himself.
  • There is also external considering: adaptation towards people makes it easy for other people to like him; yet, he does not want to lie, pretend. He does not want others to think nothing is to be done with him.
  • When a man remembers himself, he will enter into the position of another, put himself in this place, be ready to understand and feel another’s thoughts and feelings.
  • Rightexternal considering is important for work. Ten times more external considering is necessary for work. Only this shows his valuation and understanding of the work.
  • Work cannot begin at a level lower than the Obyvatel– lower than ordinary life.

pp. 154 – 166

  • On the difficulties of our position….
  • You think you can do but you do not understand the complexity of the organization of people. Behind you stand years of wrong and stupid life. The machine is dirty and rusty.
  • There are ‘appliances’ which interfere with doing the right thing: ‘Buffers’. Such buffers soften the effects of our contradictions: opinions, feelings, sympathies, words and actions. So we do not see the contradictions – and we really are. Man cannot destroy his contradictions – but, with buffers, he can cease to see them.
  • Buffers are created slowly and gradually. They lesson shocks. With them, man can always see himself as ‘doing right’.
  • Conscience is often misunderstood. It is actually the emotional aspect of consciousness in the intellectual
  • Consciousness is a state in which a man knows all at once everything that he in general knows and in which he can see how little he does know and how many contradictions there are in what he knows.
  • Conscience is a state in which a man feels all at once everything that he in general feels. His contradictory feelings, fears, self-conceit, self-satisfaction, self-praise.
  • Man cannot live in this state so he destroys the contradictions or conscience.
  • This state of conscience is very rare. Awakening is only possible for those who seek it. For this, the ‘buffers’ must be destroyed.
  • Even with a moment of awakening, there are a thousand different ‘I’s. But, conscience can grow.
  • Morality consists of buffers. A morality common to all does not exist. Christian morality supports war. People like talking about morality but it is only self-suggestion.
  • He who desires truth will not talk of love or Christianity because he knows how far it is from that.
  • Morality and conscience are different things.
  • The idea of morality is connected with good and evil conduct; but, this is always connected with different things for man number 1, 2 and 3..
  • A subjective man can have no idea of good and evil. In fact, evil does not exist for subjective man; only degrees of good. Everyone thinks they act in the interests of good. So, they slay and kill.
  • Good and evil do exist apart from man – but this is within evolution through conscious efforts. Such efforts can only be found through a permanent aim. If he wants to ‘wake up’, what helps him is good and what hinders him is evil. So, good and evil only exist for a few. Acknowledging there is no aim and no direction is the first step to waking up.
  • The idea of good and evil is often connected to the idea of truth and falsehood. Permanent truth and falsehood only exist for ‘permanent man’. A subjective man never tells the truth because of the buffers. To understand the idea of truth and falsehood in life he must understand it in himself.
  • Self lies are created by buffers – they automatically control man’s actions, words, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Only a man that posses will can live without buffers – he can then avoid being controlled by another will.
  • A teacher can help him: but then he must give up is own will to find another. He cannot make his own decisions. Renunciation of his will and decisions may present problems for a man.
  • He must realize that he does not exist.
  • The consciousness of one’s own nothingness is the only way to conquer fear of subordination.Such fear creates the illusion that he really has principles.
  • The question of will: man does not have sufficient will to do – to control his actions and thoughts.
  • Most people are separated from their fate and live under accident. Fate corresponds to planet influence and personality type.
  • Man consists of two parts: essence and personality. Essence is who a man is; personality is how he is made in life. Education creates personality. Essence is truth; personality is false. Essence can stop growing early. ‘Reality’ is not his own. Culture creates personality. It is not their own.
  • Sometimes the essence is fully developed where the personality is not.
  • Man must see the personality and essence in him; to grow one and let go of the other.
  • A cultured man might seem to have a more developed personality – it is not so. He is just more educated. A cultured man lives far from nature, far from natural conditions of existence, in artificial conditions of life, developing his personality at the expense of his essence. Personality consists of rolls and buffers resulting from the work of the centres.
  • A successful beginning of work on oneself requires the happy occurrence of an equal development of personality and essence. An abnormal development of personality leads to the arrested development of essence.
  • Sometimes, essence dies before the personality. Already dead.
  • If we knew the number of already dead people, we would go mad with horror. If a man who can do nothing sees the truth, he will go mad.
  • Personality sees only what he likes to see and does not see what interfers with his view of life.
  • Does this mean that fate is favourable to accident?
  • Fate is better than accident only in the sense that it is possible to take into account that it is possible to know it beforehand. It is possible to prepare. It is possible to get away from individual fate: firstly, by getting away from general laws – collective fate.
  • Collective fate and collective accident are subject to general laws. Man must free himself from them.
  • Personality feeds on imagination and falsehood.
  • Some people in the group showed a negative reaction to the work; especially having to pay for it. found that it was the richer people who resented paying. The poorer people did not. In fact, no one was turned away because of money. Nothing shows up people more than their attitude to money. One cannot trade knowledge – it is free.

pp. 167 – 178

  • Processes taking place in the existing world.
  • The action of the Absolute upon the world: all suns on the sun; the sun on the planets; the planets on the earth; the earth on the moon.
  • Look at this in an abridged form: Absolute-sun-earth-moon. 3 Octaves: Absolute to sun; sun to earth; earth to moon.
  • First Octave (Absolute) – two notes: do and si
  • Then: la, sol, fa: then, the first shock (unknown to us), and then mi and re. Then, the next do/ si as the Sun.
  • Do, Si and la act as the Triad 1, 2, 3 –  therefore Carbon, Oxygen and Nitrogen: Active, Passive and Reconciling.
  • 3 – Nitrogen then becomes the 1 – Carbon of the next triad: la, sol, fa.
  • The first interval between do and si is filled by the influence of the sun’s mass upon radiation passing through it. And the third interval do-si is filled by the action of the earth’s mass upon radiations passing through it. Only the interval between fa and mi have to be filled by additional shocks. These additional shocks can come either from other octaves which can pass across the given point, or parallel octaves which start from higher points. We know nothing about the shock between mi-fa in the first Absolute-Sun octave. But the shock in the octave Sun-Earth is organic life on earth – the three notes la, sol, fa. The shock of the Earth-Moon interval is also unknown to us.
  • Each triad is a hydrogen. A point is space can be designated by the hydrogens which predominate there. The active carbon force creates the note do in the Absolute – it is the maximum frequency of vibrations or the greatest density of vibration (the less in matter)
  • Density of vibrations corresponds to frequency of vibrations and is the opposite of matter. The higher density of matter, the lower the density of vibration; the higher density of vibration, the lower the density of matter.
  • H 6 Triad: 1, 2, 3; 1, 3, 2; 1, 2, 3 corresponds to do , si, la –   C O  N   the nitrogen acts as the next Carbon.
  • Triads 2 -> 12 =  Hydrogens 12, 24, 48, 96, 192, 384, 768, 536, 3072, 6144, 12288.   That is the 12 energies.
  • BUT: at the place where we are situated within the limits of our ordinary powers and capacities hydrogen 6 is irresolvable; we can therefore take it as hydrogen 1  – giving the 7 triads/ energies/ hydrogens 1 – 7: 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96.
  • All matters from hydrogen 6 to 3072 are to be found and play a part in the human organism. Each hydrogen includes a very large group of chemical substances known to us, linked together by some function in connection with our organism.
  • Any simple element is a hydrogen of a certain density. Any combination of elements, which possess a definite function, either in the world or in the human organism, is also a hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen 768 is food – all substances which can serve as food for man; Substances which cannot serve as food – wood – are hydrogen 1536. Then matter poor as food will be 384.
  • Hydrogen 384 is water; 192 is air; 96 are rarefied gases.
  • Hydrogen 48, 24, 12, 6 are the ‘finer substances’ – unknown to physics and chemistry: psychic and spiritual.
  • So, the chemistry we speak of here is different from normal chemistry.
  • This is an alchemy which regards matter first as a point of view of the functions which determines its place in the universe and its relations to other matters and then from the point of view of its relations to man and man’s functions.
  • By an ‘atom of a substance’ is meant a certain small quantity of the given substance that retains all of its chemical, cosmic and psychic properties, because in addition to its cosmic properties , every substance also posses its psychic properties – that is a certain degree of intelligence.
  • The table of hydrogens makes possible to examine all substances making up man’s organism from the point of view of their relation to different planes of the universe.
  • As every function of man is a result of the action of definite substances, and as each substance is connected with definite substances, and as substance is connected with a definite plane in the universe, this fact enables us to establish the relation between man’s functions and the planes of the universe.
  • The ladder between earth and heaven: the micro and the macro.
  • tells the story of sleeping through a G lecture because he already knew what he was saying and then showing that he did not understand it two years later. G remembers and points out that he would have known the answer IF he had not slept through the lecture.
  • Man never wants to pay for anything; above all he does not want to pay for what is most important to him.