Conditioning and other artificial arts...part 3 of 3
Jun 16, 2003 10:39 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen
Hi all of you,
The following will almost only
interest the more earnest students of Theosophy.
Part 3 of 3:
The true Theosophists contention is that, traditionally, there was a clear-cut
method, widely if not universally applied by 'those who know'.
This involved (1) indoctrination of the people (or some of them)
to remove superseded ideas which had begun to operate as
blinkers; (2) removal of the indoctrination to restore flexibility
of viewpoint and consequent enlightenment; and then (3)
application of stimuli to help make this enlightenment effective in the
There are fairly close parallels in the mundane educational
process. if, for example, everyone believed firmly in alchemy. The
fixation on the alchemical goal would have to be weakened in
certain people before they could profit from chemistry.
This perception of conditioning end flexibility, can be used to
examine virtually every human system of thought or action in
the spiritual field. indeed, until it can be applied by someone it is
not possible to hold a meaningful discussion with him or her.
Nowadays, few people contest the importace of knowing
about conditioning in order to examine belief-systems. Why,
therefore, s it so difficult to communicate with so many people
alon these lines? the answer is very simple. We are at a stage in
understanding human behavior analogous to that which obtained
when people began to try to talk of chemistry to those
who were fixated upon the hope of untold wealth (or, sometimes,
spiritual enlightenment) through alchemy. Like the alchemist
or those or those who want easy riches, people want dramatic
inputs (emotional stimuli, excitement, reassurance, authority-
figures and the rest) rather than knowledge.
It is only when the desire for knowledge and understanding
becomes as effective as the craving for emotional stimulus that
the individual becomes accessible to change, to knowledge, to
more than a very little understanding.
So learning must be preceded by the capacity to learn.
THAT, in turn, comes about at least in part by right attitude.
And THAT, again, is where the would-be learner has to
So where are Blavatsky on this ?
Has Blavatsky ever made any statements like this ?
Feel free to comment or do your best
M. Sufilight with peace and love...
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