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Mind Ecology and the Path

Apr 07, 2006 12:08 PM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline





Having information is not the same as having consciousness.

Our age is an age of excessive information -- and lack of consciousness. Radio, television, newspapers, magazines and internet are all sources of both information and pseudo-information which often turn it more difficult, and not easier, for citizens to make the right decisions in life.

In the esoteric community, the management of information is also an issue. It is not always easy to have the best information possible, in the right quantity, or to preserve our ability to manage and process informations independently, preserving inner silence and the intellectual liberty to be creative.

It is relatively easy nowadays to find lots of books on the spiritual path, both good and bad, in the Internet.

Yet -- what is the purpose of such an extraordinary amount of information around us?

Information is only useful when it serves a purpose in life. Information, in itself, is less important than the motives which make us search for it.

“Seek and your will find”, says the New Testament (Matthew 7:7.).

Such is the karma law. Exactly as we seek , thus we will find. If we look for information on esoteric philosophy with an open mind and a clean heart, we get the corresponding level of information. If we seek it with a superficial and vain curiosity, we will have the proper harvest according to the energy patterns with which we search.

On the other hand, it is important to see what we DO about the information. Do we carefully consider it? Do we meditate on it, and are we inspired by it? Do we act according to it in our daily lives?

In the New Testament, the Master says:

“Do not throw your pearls to the pigs -- they will only trample them underfoot.” (Matthew 7: 6) And this means that as we give information to others, we should take responsibility, at least in part, for the result of that sharing of thought and ideas. Are others prepared to hear?

Avoiding an excess of information is important to preserve one’s ability to actually live according to what he learns.

About the need to link our thoughts and words to actual actions, the New Testament says:

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and yet don’t do what I tell you? Anyone who comes to me and listens to my words, and obeys them -- I will show you what he is like. He is like a man who, in building his house, dug deep and laid the foundations on rock. The river overflowed and hit that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But anyone who hears my words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house without laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once -- and what a terrible crash that was!” (Luke 6: 46-49)

Of course for the student of philosophy there is no blind obedience here -- only an effort to act according to the ideals he freely chose to himself.

As one understands the direct, unavoidable connection between Theosophy and Ethics -- between Right Vision and Right Action --, one will naturally pay greater attention to the quality and to the rhythm in which one absorbs information about Philosophy or the Art of Living -- and other kinds of information too.

What’s the alternative, then, to the danger of excessive information becoming pseudo-information, and
actually dis-information?

The “World Goodwill Newsletter” says:

“Part of the answer may be the deliberate attempt to limit our consumption of media -- for instance, to go on periodic television and/or internet fasts. This right to be ‘uninformed’, at times of our own choosing, is important, if we are to reach a point of inner silence through prayer and meditation. It is this inner silence that allows us to receive subtle impressions from higher sources of light and love. Yet over-indulgence in this would carry the risk of cutting us off from humanity completely: spiritual visions that do not help create solutions to planetary problems are a luxury that we cannot afford. Somehow, the server must learn to stand poised between the two realms, of lower information that can confuse the mind and emotions, and of higher inspiration that clarifies and redeems; for it is only by acting as a bridge between the two that the higher light can dispel the illusions and confusions of the lower realm.” (1)

Best regards,

Carlos Cardoso Aveline


(1) “World Goodwill Newsletter”, Number 01, 2006. Website: “World Goodwill” is an worldwide citizen’s organization inspired by Alice Bailey’s philosophy. It cooperates with the United Nations system, stimulating universal brotherhood and planetary cooperation. Its Newsletter is edited by the Lucis Trust, New York.


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