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R.R. Book

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Many thanks to Ilinda for referring us to this lecturer. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3WiuG6uTJQ

There's been a great deal of discussion in the Truth Community about potential benefits of calling upon names of other entities besides the Creator, or using the symbols of these other beings to call upon them (please see sample chart below).  While it's up to each individual to choose his own path, it might be beneficial to consider ahead of time possible consequences of using forces in the universe that are not well-known to us.


Symbols used to contact various beings are called "Sigils."
Lists of names of these entities are called "Grimoires."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_(magic)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimoire

Some highlights of the lecture:

*The approach to any spirtual discipline should be done with care, and based upon personal study rather than on someone else's recommendation

*Prayer should be used unselfishly, not for personal gain or for someone's else's demise.

*Prayer should not take the place of personal labor and vigilance.

*The purpose of prayer is to be in relationship with God.

*The Laws of the Universe should be understood as applying equally to all people.

*If we pray for the fulfillment of our own personal desires, they may end up bringing about our destruction.

*Only Heaven knows what we really need, as opposed to what we want.  When we attempt to get what we want by turning to lesser beings than Universal Love, we are circumventing the wisdom of the Universe / God to know what is best for us.

*Ancient prayers were hymns of praise and thanksgiving, rather than requests or demands for gifts from Heaven.

*Our individual prayers should all be beautiful works that we would be glad to have return to us.

*We need to remove the "self" from the middle of our prayers.  We remove the blackness from magic by removing the selfishness out of it.

*Prayer should bring us into the presence of our God / "Cosmic Consciousness"

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Man is in danger whenever he is selfish.  The greater the skill of his selfishness, the greater the danger he is in.

*Prayer should be in the spirit of "Not my will, but Thine be done."

*We should ask for nothing unearned.

*Buddha taught to ask only for enlightenment, and to desire only truth.

*True courage is living according to the truth.

*There are no safe shortcuts to spiritual growth.

*In ancient times, people who possessed knowledge were bound under obligation to use it for the greater good.  This no longer is universally practiced.

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The esoteric arts are just as dangerous as nuclear fission.

*Not all modern teachings of ancient mysteries are historically accurate.

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Every great system of enlightenment the world has ever known has accepted the essential inevitability of Universal Law.

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...All growth arose from the unfoldment of personal integrity.  The beginning of all mystical discipline was the purification of the individual's life.



What the great mystics of history had in common:

* Their spiritual growth unfolded slowly over time.

*They lived each step of the common life.

*They had grown skillful and wise in the underlying philosophy of their faith.

*They had dedicated themselves to the service of others over long periods of time.

*They had gained practical insights working with the sick and helping solve the problems of the burdened.

*They contributed to the arts, sciences and jurisprudence.

*Instead of leaving the common life to find Truth, the great spiritual truths were brought into the range of the common life, so that the whole family and community could become enlightened.

*They didn't practice their religion in the hope of a mystical experience, but because they believed that their religion was the proper way of life. 

*They grew in self-control before seeking to be taught mystical secrets.

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The more able they became in everyday labor, the more completely they were able to express their spiritual convictions.

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The reward of daily greater virtue is enlightenment.  There really are no tricks in this at all.

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There is no spiritual insight apart from character.
 
We can ask ourselves whether a particular spiritual pursuit involves practice in patience, thoughtfulness, and courtesy, or whether a shortcut bypassing those disciplines is to be sought in that path?

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We can only profoundly warn the individual, that when he starts dabbling with mysterious things, he must either have the consciousness to handle these things, or he should leave them alone.

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...Little by little it becomes a 24-hour vigil of psychic self-defense against the unknown.

Psychosomatic illness can then follow in a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

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If a situation seems to be developing (while dabbling in the esoteric), get out of it as quickly as you possibly can and get your feet back on the ground again.

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Truth is always bigger than our fears.
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Re: Manly P. Hall on "Secret Powers and Why We Should Not Use Them"
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 04:42:39 PM »
Many thanks to Ilinda for referring us to this lecturer. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3WiuG6uTJQ

There's been a great deal of discussion in the Truth Community about potential benefits of calling upon names of other entities besides the Creator, or using the symbols of these other beings to call upon them (please see sample chart below).  While it's up to each individual to choose his own path, it might be beneficial to consider ahead of time possible consequences of using forces in the universe that are not well-known to us.


Symbols used to contact various beings are called "Sigils."
Lists of names of these entities are called "Grimoires."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_(magic)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimoire

Some highlights of the lecture:

*The approach to any spirtual discipline should be done with care, and based upon personal study rather than on someone else's recommendation

*Prayer should be used unselfishly, not for personal gain or for someone's else's demise.

*Prayer should not take the place of personal labor and vigilance.

*The purpose of prayer is to be in relationship with God.

*The Laws of the Universe should be understood as applying equally to all people.

*If we pray for the fulfillment of our own personal desires, they may end up bringing about our destruction.

*Only Heaven knows what we really need, as opposed to what we want.  When we attempt to get what we want by turning to lesser beings than Universal Love, we are circumventing the wisdom of the Universe / God to know what is best for us.

*Ancient prayers were hymns of praise and thanksgiving, rather than requests or demands for gifts from Heaven.

*Our individual prayers should all be beautiful works that we would be glad to have return to us.

*We need to remove the "self" from the middle of our prayers.  We remove the blackness from magic by removing the selfishness out of it.

*Prayer should bring us into the presence of our God / "Cosmic Consciousness"

Quote
Man is in danger whenever he is selfish.  The greater the skill of his selfishness, the greater the danger he is in.

*Prayer should be in the spirit of "Not my will, but Thine be done."

*We should ask for nothing unearned.

*Buddha taught to ask only for enlightenment, and to desire only truth.

*True courage is living according to the truth.

*There are no safe shortcuts to spiritual growth.

*In ancient times, people who possessed knowledge were bound under obligation to use it for the greater good.  This no longer is universally practiced.

Quote
The esoteric arts are just as dangerous as nuclear fission.

*Not all modern teachings of ancient mysteries are historically accurate.

Quote
Every great system of enlightenment the world has ever known has accepted the essential inevitability of Universal Law.

Quote
...All growth arose from the unfoldment of personal integrity.  The beginning of all mystical discipline was the purification of the individual's life.



What the great mystics of history had in common:

* Their spiritual growth unfolded slowly over time.

*They lived each step of the common life.

*They had grown skillful and wise in the underlying philosophy of their faith.

*They had dedicated themselves to the service of others over long periods of time.

*They had gained practical insights working with the sick and helping solve the problems of the burdened.

*They contributed to the arts, sciences and jurisprudence.

*Instead of leaving the common life to find Truth, the great spiritual truths were brought into the range of the common life, so that the whole family and community could become enlightened.

*They didn't practice their religion in the hope of a mystical experience, but because they believed that their religion was the proper way of life. 

*They grew in self-control before seeking to be taught mystical secrets.

Quote
The more able they became in everyday labor, the more completely they were able to express their spiritual convictions.

Quote
The reward of daily greater virtue is enlightenment.  There really are no tricks in this at all.

Quote
There is no spiritual insight apart from character.
 
We can ask ourselves whether a particular spiritual pursuit involves practice in patience, thoughtfulness, and courtesy, or whether a shortcut bypassing those disciplines is to be sought in that path?

Quote
We can only profoundly warn the individual, that when he starts dabbling with mysterious things, he must either have the consciousness to handle these things, or he should leave them alone.

Quote
...Little by little it becomes a 24-hour vigil of psychic self-defense against the unknown.

Psychosomatic illness can then follow in a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

Quote
If a situation seems to be developing (while dabbling in the esoteric), get out of it as quickly as you possibly can and get your feet back on the ground again.

Quote
Truth is always bigger than our fears.
All the credit should go to Jordan Maxwell, who spoke so highly of Manly P. Hall, in fact, so highly, that I feel compelled now to begin a slow but sure study of his works.  He was apparently a prolific researcher and teacher, so reading and absorbing his teachings will go slowly.

 

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