HUNDREDS of facts and thousands details in a book can be understood by any average analytical and reasoning mind.
But intellectual understanding does not usually come with directions for living our life, or correctly understanding the fine print.
Because, “the intellect alone,” as William Q. Judge wrote in the Ocean of Theosophy, “is cold, heartless and selfish.”
Backing this up, Blavatsky says in an article, that “Great intellectual powers are often no proof of, but are impediments to spiritual and right conceptions.”
Altruism, a power that is surely a blend of feelings and mind, exemplifies, Blavatsky wrote, “real Theosophy.”
The core heart power of Devotion, which underlies the whole universe, according to The Secret Doctrine (1:210), “is innate in us, and which we find alike in human babe and the young of the animal.”
“All of the skills and abilities you need to create a wonderful life and smoothly functioning relationships lie waiting somewhere else inside you,” empath and researcher Karla McLaren claims in her article “Welcoming Your Emotional Genius.”
And in her book, “The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You,” explains:
“I share these empathic skills to help you access the gifts your emotions bring you.”
That ‘somewhere else’ is your emotions, she says, and “if you learn their language, you’ll have all the energy, intelligence, intuition, empathy, integrity, and strength of character you need to create a healthy life for yourself, your loved ones, your colleagues, and the world.”
This may seem like a tall claim. Yet our emotional genius benefits our health through altruism, intention and intuition.
Spiritual activity apparently drives a higher aspect of our minds, capable of connecting whatever dots the game of life can throw at us.
Language of Emotions
For both children and adults, as this video report shows, calming the heart rendering its activity more congruent through positive emotions, has a marked difference on attitudes and behaviors.
Altruism Helps the Brain
Unselfish feelings have a protective effect, apparently reducing brain strain. “Even ignorance is better than Head-learning,” counsels The Voice of the Silence, “with no Soul-wisdom to illuminate and guide it.”
“Altruism is an integral part of self-development,” Blavatsky wrote in The Key to Theosophy.
Far from being goody-goody emotionality, altruism and unselfish intentions purify our underlying emotions.
Theosophists, Blavatsky says, are in “thorough sympathy and harmony with all true efforts in this direction.” Such training and development “is one of the express objects of Theosophy.”
Altruism, a clear indicator of a selfless motive and intention, purifies our emotions.
When we blend our mind and soul, as noted in a previous post Emotions of Truth, the hidden patterns of life’s puzzles are revealed— by feeling the feeling, and merged with reason, it gives certain knowing.
Developmental and Comparative psychologist Felix Warneken says that Chimps and young infants “both show that some level of altruism may be innate and not just a factor of education.” On a study of the surprising phenomenon, Warneken commented:
“This is the first evidence of chimpanzees helping somebody they don’t know. But we also found they helped other chimps.”
Elsewhere in the animal world there are many examples of apparent altruism. Dolphins, for example, will support sick or injured animals, swimming under them for hours at a time and pushing them to the surface so they can breathe.
He further noted that “People say we become altruistic because our parents teach us so, but that young children are originally selfish.
“This suggests,” he remarks, “maybe culture is not the only source of altruism.”
For centuries, the heart has been considered the source of emotion, courage and wisdom. The Institute of HeartMath (IHM) Research Center, is exploring the physiological mechanisms by which the heart communicates with the brain, thereby influencing information processing, perceptions, emotions and health.
By contrast, the desire for suicide, Blavatsky wrote, is due to “a morbid brain disease, or to most decided and strong materialistic views,” and is exemplified by certain radical fundamentalists today.
Living a pure faith and exemplifying an altruistic life, cannot always protect against outrageous domination by imperialism, as Tibet knows only too well.
“My true religion, my simple faith is in love and compassion,” the Dalai Lama declared.
“There is no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma.”
“Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple,” he says. “The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are – these are ultimately all we need.”
Intellect Not Enough
“Science is helping us understand (finally) that the so-called rational aspects of our brains aren’t able to hold enough conflicting information in working memory to organize a complex decision,” as quoted previously from Karla McLaren in The Language of Emotions:
“Emotions and sensations,” she says, “are an integral part of our capacity to think and experience the world.”
That energy flow is what Blavatsky often referred to as “Theosophy pure and simple,” and that
“It alone can furnish,” she says, “the beacon-light needed to guide humanity on its true path.”
It is something one realizes intuitionally, she said, “that the recognition of pure Theosophy” is experiencing it as “the philosophy of the rational explanation of things and not the tenets.”
“What About Really
“Good question,” McLaren replies, noting: “you may be recalling multiple images of highly emotional people making highly questionable decisions,” she says. “But that’s not the fault of the emotions.”
“Emotions are an integral part of our capacity to think and experience the world, and just like any other part of human nature, they can be used for good or ill.”
Author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, Michelle Schoffro Cook, reported on a study which finds that the higher emotion, gratitude, affects both the heart and our ‘genetic’ inventory.
“Biologist Glen Rein at the popular Institute of HeartMath, in Boulder Creek, California,” Cook reports, “conducted a study of people who entered a state of heartfelt appreciation or unconditional love, what he referred to as ‘heart consciousness.’
“He found that these people could actually alter the winding and unwinding of DNA (genetic material) in solution.”
“It did not matter whether the participants were holding the DNA in a test tube or not,” he reported. “By allowing their hearts to be full of positive and loving emotions,” “the participants in this study were able to affect DNA in a test tube!”
“That people’s thoughts and emotions can affect heart rhythms and genetic material may seem more like science fiction than reality to many people.”
“But more and more studies by leading scientists, quantum physicists, and world-renowned researchers are proving that our thoughts and feelings do have significant effects.”
“Thoughts are things — have tenacity, coherence, and life,” wrote a Theosophical Master: “They are real entities.”
“What’s more,” Cook explains, “when the same people held loving feelings in their hearts, their heart rhythms became extremely coherent. Their electrocardiograms (ECGs) were analyzed by sophisticated frequency-analysis software.”
“Whenever they held the loving, appreciative thoughts, their heart rhythms followed a more coherent rhythmic pattern.”
“That people’s thoughts and emotions can affect heart rhythms and genetic material may seem more like science fiction than reality to many people. But more and more studies by leading scientists, quantum physicists, and world-renowned researchers
…are proving that our thoughts and feelings do have significant effects.”
“What we think about matters. It can be difficult not to focus on our problems when we are faced with them, but taking some time out of each day to feel gratitude and appreciation for the positive people, influences, experiences, and things in our lives can go a long way toward healing our bodies.”
Praying for Rain
For over 22 years, Gregg Braden has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. Combining his discoveries with the best science of today, his original research crosses
the traditional boundaries of science, history, and religion offering fresh insights into ancient mysteries.
In doing so he has redefined our relationship to our inner and outer worlds, while sharing his life-affirming message of hope and possibility.
by William Quan Judge
(Co-Founder of the Theosophical Society)
“If we had five hundred members in the Society loving one another with true hearts, not criticizing nor condemning, and all bent on one aim with one belief we could sweep the whole world with our thoughts. And this is our work in the future, the work traced out for us by those Masters in whom so many of us firmly believe.”
“How would you feel if you had instant access to clear intuition, healthy boundaries, positive self-esteem,” writes Karla McLaren, “and the ability to focus, ground, and revitalize yourself effortlessly?
“And what would your relationships be like if you understood yourself and other people well enough to communicate even difficult messages with empathy and clarity?
“And what would you say if I told you that all of these skills and abilities come directly from your emotions?”
Yawn, Breathe, Stretch
The author of eleven books and anthologies, Mark Waldman’s professional papers have been published throughout the world.
He was the founding editor of the academic journal, Transpersonal Review, chairman of the Los Angeles Transpersonal Interest Group, regional coordinator for the Spiritual Emergence Network, and he holds a ministerial credential in pastoral counseling.
He coauthors a monthly column on “Science and Spirituality” for Science of Mind magazine. In this video, Mark introduces the study of how contemplative practices impact the brain.
Of particular interest is the “Inner Values” exercise at about 5 minutes and 30 seconds into the video clip…
We all would welcome some healing tools and strategies to help us overcome the destructive effects of repetitive negative behaviors and thoughts. Facilitator, Mabel Katz, helps us better understand the powerful, ancient Hawaiian healing mantra of Ho’oponopono below:
“Ho’oponopono teaches that we are created in the exact likeness of The Divine,” Mabel Says.
“…but the reason that we don’t experience this on a moment to moment basis is because we’ve got garbage (memories) replaying in our subconscious minds.”
“You don’t have to know what you are cleaning with,” Mabel believes, “because there is a part of you that knows everything. This part of you is only waiting for you to give it permission to help you with that problem.
“It has the perfect solution to the problem, and the perfect answer to all your questions.”
Science and Faith
“Thus faith and science are not enemies, but allies. They are two sides of the same coin. It had been true for hundreds of years, but in 1931 a skinny young Austrian mathematician named Kurt Gödel proved it.
“No time in the history of mankind has faith in God been more reasonable, more logical, or more thoroughly supported by rational thought, science and mathematics.
– Perry Marshall, “Gödel’s Incompleteness“
Fire of Mind
The Mind in Theosophy is always symbolized by fire, which also represents the heart quality— manifesting as empathy and aspiration, and altruism.
Researchers have discovered that animals do not “tutor” each other the way humans do, which may be the tell-tale development distinguishing them.
Without the unique stage of mind development which humans possess, our world could have easily evolved into a “planet of the apes.” Instead, evolution favored human beings, as the below video clip demonstrates.
The “triangle” spoken of in the video, the ability of “shared experience,” easily reminds the theosophical student of the “Atma-Buddhi-Manas” triad.
This triad, latent in the other kingdoms, is more coherent in the human being because the “manas” or mind point is more awake. And that’s the whole point of pointing — and why we have it, and ‘they’ don’t– yet.
“To an Occultist there is nothing surprising in the idea that the physical world should be developing and acquiring new faculties — a simple modification of matter, new as it now seems to science, as incomprehensible as were at first the powers of steam, sound, electricity.
“But what does seem surprising is the spiritual stagnation in the world of intellect, and of the highest esoteric knowledge.”
-H. P. Blavatsky, Occult or Exact Science?
“Theosophy: Its doctrines, if seriously studied, call forth, by stimulating one’s reasoning powers and awakening the inner in the animal man, every hitherto dormant power for good in us,” she wrote, “and also the perception of the true and the real, as opposed to the false and the unreal.”
“Tearing off with no uncertain hand the thick veil of dead-letter with which every old religious scriptures were cloaked,” Blavatsky writes, “scientific Theosophy, learned in the cunning symbolism of the ages, reveals to the scoffer at old wisdom the origin of the world’s faiths and sciences.
“It opens new vistas beyond the old horizons of crystallized, motionless and despotic faiths; and turning blind belief into a reasoned knowledge founded on mathematical laws — the only exact science.”
Charter for Compassion
The Charter brings together the voices of people from all religions. It seeks to remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule.
“It will change the tenor of the conversation around religion, and will be a clarion call to the world.”
Join the world at charterforcompassion.com to write the Charter for Compassion. (Film Director: Jesse Dylan, Producer: Priscilla Cohen, Theresa “Sparky” Pomeroy)
“It demonstrates to him under profounder and more philosophical aspects the existence,” Blavatsky continues, “of that which, repelled by the grossness of its dead-letter form, he had long since abandoned as a nursery tale.”
“It gives a clear and well-defined object, an ideal to live for, to every sincere man or woman belonging to whatever station in Society and of whatever culture and degree of intellect.”
“Practical Theosophy is not one Science, but embraces every science in life, moral and physical.”
“It may, in short, be justly regarded as the universal ‘coach,’ a tutor of world-wide knowledge and experience. An erudition which not only assists and guides his pupils toward a successful examination for every scientific or moral service in earthly life, but fits them for the lives to come.
“If those pupils will only study the universe and its mysteries within themselves, instead of studying them through the spectacles of orthodox science and religions.”
Is Theosophy a Religion?
“Thus, unity of everything in the universe implies and justifies our belief in the existence of a knowledge at once scientific, philosophical and religious, showing the necessity and actuality of the connection of man and all things in the universe with each other…
“… which knowledge, therefore, becomes essentially religion, and must be called in its integrity and universality by the distinctive name of WISDOM-RELIGION.”
Ebb and flow
“The second assertion of the Secret Doctrine is the absolute universality of that law of periodicity, of flux and reflux, ebb and flow, which physical science has observed and recorded in all departments of nature.
“An alternation such as that of Day and Night, Life and Death, Sleeping and Waking, is a fact so common, so perfectly universal and without exception, that it is easy to comprehend that in it we see one of the absolutely fundamental laws of the universe.“
The True Sun
– William Quan Judge
“Our Sun and the True Sun”
“…there is a true sun of which the visible one is a reflection, and that in this true one there is spiritual energy and help, just as our own beloved luminary contains the spring of our physical life and motion.
“Our own sun is, then, for us the symbol of the true one he reflects, and by meditating on “the most excellent light of the true sun” we can gain help in our struggle to assist humanity.
“Our physical sun is for physics, not metaphysics, while that true one shines down within us.
“The orb of day guards and sustains the animal economy; the true sun shines into us through its medium within our nature.”
“We should then direct our thought to that true sun and prepare the ground within for its influence, just as we do the ground without for the vivifying rays of the King of Day.”