In another life our heart must have known them
27. Inside the Walls of dense energy, man has lived for a long time cut off from the Source of his Existence and has forgotten who he really is.
Closed inside a floriculturer's
under glass the flowers forget
how the sun shine looks
and how the cool breezes blow when they pass by.
There comes the moment, though, when the work of his evolution brings him to the point of acquiring the inner certainty and understanding of the Law of reincarnation or regeneration, meaning of successive incarnations of the soul, until its reunion in the divine Body.
When eyes open in order to face the real dimensions, man realizes that the seeking of the truth* constitutes, literally, a course of inner recollection, a process of the memory's restoration.
(* The Greek word for "truth" is "alethea", consisting of the negative prefix "a-" and the word "lethe" which means forgetfulness. Therefore "alethea", the truth, is whatever is brought out of forgetfulness and into knowledge.)
He then unites his voice with that of the Poet, who "asks" the extension of his hand and his heart, his holy, honest inkwell, - from whence a world emerges and that when every form draws near it, / returns with some new grace – where did its ink find the mythical riches… And the answer now comes to his mind from another memory of the Self, the soul’s memory: in another life our heart must have known them.
Who taught you the words that you send forth
into the world's midst, and enthuse us;
and our children's children will read them
with the same emotion and ardour.
Where did you find these words which to our ears
while sounding as if heard for the first time
don't seem totally strange-
in another life our heart must have known them.
Places inexplicably familiar, "unknown" people and yet known, familiar emotional atmospheres, special periods of History which strongly attract him – in particular he feels as if he had lived on Earth in the olden days, in some specific geographical length and breadth – memories and pictures, buried in the depths of the subconscious, whatever the soul in wonder and vaguely / feels amidst barren emotions, rise in his consciousness and are interpreted within himself.
During that era I feel free; I have made it my own, said the Poet about ancient Greece. The previous lives almost coexist with the coming ones; they interact, converse with each other aiming at evolution.
The hand, though, on the clock of the soul, turns in people, while life cycles bring us close chiefly to already familiar and beloved fellow human beings: people whom we chose so we could give each other whatever we had not managed to exchange before or to give them the love and tranquility we once deprived them of, or simply to enjoy their warmth and love. The aim of our mutual return here is the exchange of energies and emotions.
More handsome he appears to me
now that my soul recalls him from Time.
From Time. All these things are very old –
the sketch, and the boat, and the afternoon.
The souls return together, on a common course, until we people become able to familiarize with the "we", to experience all-embracing love. This is the secret power, which keeps us close to some people, regardless of the external events. He, who remembered, ceases placing his relationships on a mental level; they do not constitute a subject for study for him any more, but a source of life and light; they do not constitute a link of security, but a link of mutuality. He accepts the gift of the return of his beloved ones and does not waste a single moment.
Inside my heart are written
many poems; and I love
those buried songs of mine.
Man is destined to create himself through the oblivion of conscience, just as poetry creates on the basis of oblivion. Oblivion is an unavoidable necessity, which the Universe has foreseen in order to help man walk his path with greater ease and security.
When man goes through experiences of failure or intense horror or pain, he develops a defensive attitude, which makes him avoid any similar experience. The memory is "cleared" precisely in order to spare man from such ties each time a new life starts. Nevertheless, there are no few cases where subconsciously the denial of repeating the experience is so powerful, that it acts without even mental – logical – coherence. These are the well known phobias, which may have roots in one or more previous incarnations.
Lives that were stigmatized by losses, which mark the rest of the way and cultivate insecurities within him; scenes from unpleasant experiences in the distant past, which shadow his present effort to walk in the Light; present sensitivities and fears, due to remnants from the cycles in which the experience caused the trauma, will come back to memory in order that he recognizes them and manages to eliminate them.
a source of ineffable,
fragrant memories is offered to me.
Man is freed as long as he manages to return to painful experiences. Repetition makes him realize that pain gradually lessens. In that way he acquires power over any situation he previously considered insurmountable and painful.
The loss of memory of previous lives, which wipes out the marks of experience and gives the ability to create new, "clean and healthy" associations is the most important opportunity given to man so that he manages to efface wrong choices of previous incarnations and invalidate their negative result.
That is why man should not stir up his old memory out of curiosity or coerce its recall. Memory returns little by little, as long as man is released from the necessity of serving time in set life patterns. That is why it is possible that images may return during the moment of death-passage.
It counts and determines the minutes of emotions,
It counts and changes the hours of the soul.
The more man advances in Esoterism, he realizes that fear has lost every power upon him now. This happens because fear is unbreakably connected to the unknown. The unknown ceases to exist as long as the eyes of the Soul start distinguishing the coherence of Physical and Metaphysical Laws, the union of the known and unknown Dimensions of Life, the Fullness of the World, and as long as man starts feeling the Kinship with the divine Plan. The moment certainty floods over man, every fear disappears, because everything acquires a meaning, everything is perfectly settled, and thus it becomes clear that everything follows a course of convergence towards the final realization of the will of God.
Moreover, we realize that the events, the relationships and the bonds of the present incarnation are none other than small tiles in a huge mosaic. The present incarnation, which we perceive as final and eternal, in reality constitutes a simple "passing" through a space, for specific reasons, in an "instant" of Eternal Time.
We no longer need to seek the reasons that have made us suffer in this earthly cycle. Some are already known to us, but the most important is that there is no use in concerning ourselves with the past any longer. We look for the positive in any phase of life we happen to be in, and however difficult the problem we face may be. We look for the good elements and when we find them, we focus on them, consolidating our present in the way we have already structured it.
My joys and woes
and everything I have down here
will hastily pass.
Just as the Prodigal Son left the Father in order to get to know his self, in the same way the Soul detaches from the Ethereal Planes and comes to Earth in order to get to know its self. It ties itself to Matter and tries its limits and endurance. And at some point in time, after many wanderings – successive reincarnations – it returns to its primary state having by then chosen this state. From the moment man has consciously chosen this destination, he will face his life as a course towards eternal Light.
Remembrance is a gift and guide for one to fit the pieces together, which otherwise have no meaning at all.
No matter how great the exhaustion in his life was,
he retained one good thing, he didn't lose his memory at all.
The man who has remembered, cuts the earthly umbilical cord completely and opens up to the World. He lives the Joy of Creation together with its Creator. He forgets death, because the voice of Life is now echoing in his ears.
28. The role of people is to create and this means to transmute energies, according to their will, from non-conscious into conscious ones. The recall of memory helps man understand the internal meaning of the roles, which he has been called upon to interpret in his present incarnation and completely disidentify with them, as he realizes that he is none other than an impersonal co-worker in the Deed of God.
The light is good; and those coming are also good;
their words and deeds are also good;
And let us hope that all will go well. But
Argos can do without the Atrides.
Houses are not for ever.
Many of course will have much to say.
We should listen. But we won't be fooled by
Indispensable, Unique, Great.
Right away, someone else indispensable,
unique and great is always found.
knower accepts the conditions of his life with absolute consciousness and composure, and willingly undertakes every new role life entrusts him with: When Kleomenis the Third asked for the help of Ptolemeus the Third in order to fight the Macedonians and the Achaick Confederation, the second one demanded as a guarantee of their agreement an extremely humiliating, outlandish thing; Kleomenis' mother to be sent to Egypt and be kept there. And she …
As for the humiliation – well, she was indifferent.
A Lagid, born only yesterday, certainly was unable
to understand Spartan pride;
therefore his demand could not
really humiliate a Lady
as Eminent as her; the mother of a Spartan king.
A Lagid, born only yesterday, meaning a young soul in its initial incarnations, who is still an earthly material human, certainly is unable to understand the pride of the Eminent Lady, of the old soul who has realized the inner meaning of its work. The wonderful lady … laughed … And was even pleased she could still be, in her old age, useful to Sparta. The consciousness of non personification and non identification with the roles life entrusts her with, makes her ready to resign from any earthly position when the Deed demands it of her. She can also be useful from any position, since she knows the only important thing : regardless of positions and roles, the soul is alive and its word comes to fruition only when the spirit is committed to the divine Deed.
Gradually, man will divest even his own people of the form of their role: he will feel them as souls who undertook to play the role of his father, his mother, his companion etc. in his present incarnation. "Holding the position of a merchant prince" and not "was" a merchant prince, the Poet writes when referring to the profession of his father, phrasing his embraced knowledge on the notion of the roles.
So, we now have the opportunity to heal ourselves, since we no longer confuse the love of humans with security. Most of us have lived painful lives, that is why we seek power through the power of love – but human feelings cannot achieve this. Only the Eternal and Absolute Love of God can heal our old wounds. Let us turn to God and let us forgive the people who cannot respond to our quest, without distancing ourselves feeling hurt, because we do them harm.
There are many people willing to offer every single moment, and to them we should address ourselves when we ask for something, and not those who cannot or do not want to offer us whatever we ask at that specific moment. This is the biggest mistake that occurs in human relationships: we ask from the one we, ourselves have chosen, without having thought whether he is offering himself at that moment, instead of looking for the true offers that always exist around us. This happens because we assign roles to people with air-tight and fixed duties in our minds. In that way the role comes to the point of determining our demands from the man and not his real capabilities.
The mistake pertaining to us is that we connect a certain specific enjoyable activity or simple mood with only one person, and we ask exclusively from that one, to cover our need. We must know that nothing depends exclusively on one person or thing only, and feel free to seek elsewhere whatever the "source", which we initially addressed, temporarily denies us.
This helps us to neither oppress other people nor our self who may possibly have demands because our needs are real. Let us relieve the congestion of pressing dependence in our minds, and let us engage ourselves in discovering creative ways to please our self with the certainty that the sources being offered to us are many and abundant. It is suffice to experience this certainty within ourselves, to deny the syndrome of deprivation, which fear implants in our minds.
Finally, these people, who are trustworthy friends of ours in this life, may appear in another one as tough and strict instigators of difficult experiences for us. But then, they will still love us just the same, because they will have accepted to receive our rejection in order for us to be able to learn the lessons that our path demands. When we realize this, we will love "enemies" as closest and most trustworthy friends and will facilitate their difficult task of becoming "bad" for us in this earthly phase, because they sacrificed their love temporarily so that we get to know our self.
29. When the barrier of Time breaks and Memory is awakened, man will return to the Sources, the ones he always had next to him, which he read again and again without, however, seeing the obvious. He will turn his sight to the great Masters of humanity, and the Initiations they gave to mortal people in order to guide them to immortality.
He will contemplate how many times he has read these very same texts, at some time in the past when his ignorance convinced him of his "sure" conclusions, when he was saying "I read, I understood, I condemned" - like another empty-headed Julian, who "read, understood, condemned". But now he will admit to himself: You read, but you didn't understand: because if he had truly understood, he would not have condemned.
So, he will return to Plato ("Meno") in order to find Socrates’ knowledge again: "...They say, therefore, that the human soul is immortal, and at other times it reaches its end, and in that case they say that it dies, whereas at times it is reborn, without ever being lost; they also say that for this reason man should live his life according to the divine law as much as possible. (…)
Therefore, because the soul is immortal and has been born many times, it has seen everything, both here and in Hades, and there is nothing that it has not come across. Hence it is not at all peculiar for it to be able to remember about virtue and about other things which it previously knew. Therefore, because the nature of all things is related, and the soul has known everything before, nothing prevents it, from the moment it remembers just one thing – something people call learning – to discover all the rest in the same way, if, of course, it is brave and does not get tired of the quest; because the quest and learning is in general recollection."
He will even unite his thinking with Pythagoras, who knew that he had lived before as Ephorvus and indeed he recognized, in some temple, his shield, the one he had used as a warrior in Troy. He will associate this memory of Pythagoras with the age-old knowledge of the East: The Dalai Lama reincarnates and since his childhood remembers and recognizes his personal belongings, the ones he used in his previous life.
He will also stop at Loucian to reread from the first of his "Mortuary Dialogues", Diogenes saying to Polydefkes: "I give you an order Polydefkes, when you quickly ascend (because it is your turn, I believe, to live again tomorrow), if you see Menipus … tell him …". But Empethokles' verse too: "I was a young man, a young woman, a small tree, a bird and a mute fish that jumped out of the sea", will acquire a new meaning for him.
Neither will he omit later bright souls like the one of Jordano Bruno, who sacrificed his life in order not to renounce his truth: "Because the soul is not met without a body, but it is not a body either, it can be found inside a body or in another one, and pass over from body to body". He will, however, also stand by the positive mind of Pascal, who sought truth through Physics and Mathematics, and who asked himself: "What reason have the atheists to say that we cannot rise from the dead? What is more difficult, to be born or to be reborn; that which has never been should be, or that which has been should be again? Is it more difficult to come into existence than to return to it? Habit makes the one appear easy to us; want of habit makes the other impossible…"
His quest will reach its peak in the Word, and the even greater worlds in which he will be brought by his contact with the spirit that hid for so many centuries in the deeds and words of Christ. Behind the Scriptures, remaining concealed for centuries, within such a despairing silence or despairing garrulousness, Jesus how gravely wounded he came to us!
Many beautiful things lie here in piles
here the latest fashion is found.
Yet how much was missing from the papyruses:
how often a fine iambus
became prey of disgusting worms (…)
The close friends of the poet Temethos read his love verses, which the people in Antioch believed were dedicated to Emonides, and they think:
The poem expresses a love of Temethos
beautiful and worthy of him. We the initiated
his close friends; we the initiated
know for whom the verses were composed.
The ignorant Antiocheans read, Emonides.
The interpretation of the Word will continue as long as people exist on Earth. It will continue until we become initiated and close friends of His, until His Word floods the soul with relief and we find Unity, Power and Joy in it. And as long as we are still ignorant, in our effort to find the love "of Temethos", the beautiful and worthy of Him, we shall continue to read "Emonides" and ignore what is really hidden within the written and unwritten verses of His High Poetry.
I appreciate the remarks of great men more than their conclusions. Ingenious minds observe with accuracy and safety. So when they set out the pros and cons of a matter we, ourselves, are able to draw the conclusion. Why not them? they are going to ask me. Simply because I do not have much confidence in the absolute value of a conclusion. From these given facts I form a certain judgment while another person would form a different one. Moreover it is possible for both of them to be contradictory and both correct as far as each person is concerned, because they are dictated by our particular circumstances and idiosyncrasies or comply with them. With the above I do not mean to render the writers completely irresolute. Such a thing would be an exaggeration. I only want to say that I do not love excessive dogmatism.
The role of truth may often be ambiguous. Truth does not always help, when it is revealed prematurely, when it is said with cruelty or even with the intention to hurt or belittle the person. A violent revelation of the truth can lead to the opposite results, just like sudden exposure to the sunlight for someone who comes from darkness can put his vision in danger. After all, the role of the Master is not to make decisions for people, but to guide them little by little to the Light.
Jesus gave His teaching on many levels, touched every single soul separately and opened the way freely for all kinds of "disciples". Most importantly: He gave all people the requisite time and the way so as to learn to communicate with their self, to decipher its signs and comprehend the needs of their soul, as they are dictated by their life cycles so far and present experiences. Then, they will not need any outwardly imposed system of ideas, because they themselves will know much better than anyone else what they should believe. Any inflexible system of "faith" can keep man under "discipline" and in agreement with the "moral principles", but it creates characters which are far away from enlightened man. Every educational system ought to create in people, the capabilities and competence to be able to judge each time, by connecting with their higher self and in accordance with the Universal circumstances, and of course not thoughtlessly repeating the same pattern that they once happened to learn.
Since so many others, more barbarous than us
write it, we shall write it too.
Truth exists anyway, to find or to ignore. Truth makes us feel good, calm; let us give it time and it will assure us of itself; sooner or later, everything appears in its true dimensions, without provoking or compelling it.