Getting Real

What is Spirituality?

How are we to understand the soul?

What is the purpose of Spirituality?

What do we need to live Spiritually?

What does Spirituality Involve?

Why is it we fail?

What is going on in my life?

What kind of work should I be doing?

What I am supposed to be doing?

Will I ever be happy?

Will I ever meet someone?

Where are we all heading?



                  The DK Foundation

                                      Getting Real 6

                                          Why is it we fail? 


Perceived failure is one of the major causes of disillusionment and turning away from a spiritual path. It is worth trying to understand what happens to our intentions and inspiration after we consider that we have committed ourselves.

There is something intoxicating about new beginnings. To be committing to something, be it a decision or course of action is usually a good place in which to find oneself. It is to be in a place of possibility and, as yet, free from direct experiences of the difficulties and sacrifices involved in the realising of possibility. It is a place of creative freedom and making resolutions tends to give the comforting sense that we have control in our own lives and that we can make our lives different, more in line with the way we think they should be.

Yet we should be aware that the forces of resistance are lying in wait because they have been lying in wait since the world began, and we will experience their most serious challenges during the 3rd-4th hour after commencing the course of action, and then again on the 3rd-4th day; the 3rd-4th week; the 3rd- 4th month and in what will prove to be the 3rd-4th year - if we can still remember when we began. These challenges will either defeat our intention or they will draw from us a renewed commitment and effort.

Everything in manifestation is subject to the Law of Vibration or the Law of Octaves, which we readily recognise, in the musical scale, if not in daily life. It will be either descending (creative) or ascending (evolutionary). The vibration from the original impulse whether that of God or that of man, proceeds uniformly for a while and then is subject to retardation before resuming a uniform rate once more. During retardation our plans undergo challenge. Retardation occurs at the mi-fa interval. It is the reason why there are no straight lines in Nature and why courses of action all so frequently produce the very reverse of their intended goal.

The Ascending Octave
1 do
2 re
3 mi


4 fa
5 sol
6 la
7 si
8 do

The Descending Octave
1 do
2 si
3 la
4 sol
5 fa


6 mi
7 re
8 do

The phenomenon, which is our solar system, is on the descending octave; the consciousness of man is on the ascending octave. The Law of Vibration works through time and those units of time with which the human brain is cognisant.

One might say that the purpose of spirituality is to get human consciousness passed the mi-fa interval, to build the causal body, which is the bridge between the soul and the personality, and then to function as a personality under the control of the soul.

               The Personality                    The Soul

do       - the physical body                     sol          - the first aspect (personality in toto)

Re       - the emotional body                   la           - the second aspect

mi       - the mental body                        si           - the third aspect

                      fa - the causal body                       do -  integrated man

Any course of action to which we commit ourselves or any decision made becomes a manifested, evolving entity and, therefore, subject to the law of the ascending octave and subject to time. We will encounter the retardation of vibration in all our plans and we always will because it is a fact of life in the world of manifestation.

Where plans and intentions are concerned, the retardation of vibration will manifest as loss of enthusiasm for the project, external resistance to the intention or confusion about the purpose or the validity and value of the original plan. Retardation is one of the givens of any situation involving new beginnings. It challenges us to raise the stakes of our own intentions and to review and revise our own efforts and strategies. Consider the role of spiritual crises: they are a challenge delivered by the soul, a higher level, to the personality, the aim of which is to get the personality functioning with a higher level of awareness.

The best that we can offer in the way of a response to the process of retardation is acknowledgement of its existence, preparedness for it, an acceptance of the creative potential contained within it, if we can bring in the right kind of action to supplement the slowing vibration, and a realisation that we can pick up and if necessary start again. Awareness of the workings of the Law of Vibration should not remain a theoretical consideration. The workings of this law need to be recognised in our daily lives. It is easy enough to recognise when we know what we are looking for: it is omnipresent. We will help ourselves greatly if we can involve other people who can deliver to us the reminders we need at the time when the retardation of vibration is in evidence. Whether we perceive it as coming from within ourselves or from the external world, we will meet resistance internal or external. Of that there is no question and so we may as well organise ourselves to meet it.

Where there is not preparedness then there is all too often confusion and disappointment. Spiritual thinking, which focuses only upon the positive experience and upon attainment, usually of some advanced goal, does not prepare us to recognise and to deal with inevitable loss of momentum and changes of mood. In such circumstances, the appearance of challenge is frequently experienced, as failure to attain what, in all probability, is an inappropriately high standard - nothing short of an altered reality. Thus, the place of new beginnings becomes the place of an all too familiar sense of failure unless we learn how to keep things going - whether it is a diet or a practice because we have decided that they have a value, regardless of whether we feel like it. Losing weight, exercising and keeping up to date with correspondence do not lose their intrinsic value.

What changes is the degree of enthusiasm we feel for the undertaking. This usually diminishes. We have to learn first, therefore, to dissociate our plans and decisions from our fluctuating emotional reactions to them. We have to learn first how to keep a show on the road, regardless of how we are feeling. We have to learn first how to work with a familiar reality and, in doing this; it helps greatly to be aware and prepared for the retardation intervals.

What matters is not how many times we fail by our own standards; what matters is that we pick ourselves up and continue to work towards what we consider to be important. Failure is a perception, created by a focus upon the destination and placing insufficient value upon the journey. When we are focused on attainment we are too selective; we do not see what the struggle itself is achieving or what it is teaching us for future reference. What is true in reference to a specific goal is true with reference to our lives as a whole.

It is egotism and self-dramatisation that makes us make a big event out of our perceived failures. Breast-beating and despondency serve no useful purposes whatsoever. They simply dramatise the situation. Why not pick up quietly and go on, wiser now about ourselves and more aware of what our plans need from us? This way we save our own energy and other people’s time.

Spirituality is about journeying. It involves taking wrong turnings, losing the way, falling and running out of steam. Spirituality also provides the reasons why we keep on struggling, the motivation to pick ourselves up and the means to learn from our mistakes. Spirituality is always about awareness, effort and application and only sometimes about a sense of achievement. Its concern is to provide the goals and the sense of purpose, which keep us struggling against the forces of resistance in order to achieve something more than mere survival. Challenge is the warp, and the efforts of the human kingdom to meet this challenge, are the weft of evolutionary achievement.

To evolve in his consciousness, man, individually and collectively, has to go up the down staircase provided by Nature. Nature does not need humanity to evolve beyond a certain point. Nature does not need us to bridge the mi-fa interval in consciousness because she has her own ways of getting what she needs from mankind and her means are epidemics, wars and mass destruction.

To evolve in consciousness and to become what we can be, all of us, individually and collectively, have to have goals and targets, which provide us with criteria for discernment and consistency. Without a sense of purpose and without goals we become simply consumers, grabbing greedily and indiscriminately at whatever comes our way, changing our minds, losing faith and enthusiasm and turning round on the same spot until we sink exhausted and unfulfilled.

It is in struggling to arrange our time and energy in order to achieve what we consider to be important that we make a contribution. We process energy, we live more intelligently and we keep hope and, therefore, possibility alive. Spirituality is working with what we know and taking the responsibility to pick ourselves up and carrying on with what we still consider to be important after the forces of resistance have challenged us and knocked us off course and made us reconsider.

The greatest betrayal of all is to persuade ourselves that something is no longer important when we know that it is, and to side-step the challenge in order to avoid making an effort and to avoid the possibility of failing. That is to put out our own light and sabotage our own potential. That is probably the only real failure.

Working with the Law of Octaves is the subject of other website articles: Harnessing Spirit.

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