What it means to be Ourselves: 3
Unwrapping the package
for the heavens and hope for the future,
for all that we might be and not just what we are.”
Eagle and the Hawk, John Denver
this series of articles we have been looking at attitudes and practices
which, although they may be adopted with good intention, stand to trap the
spirit of the aspirant, especially those working alone. The usual reasons
for this are that the idea has been taken out of context, that there is an
inadequate sense of perspective, or that the idea is anachronistic. We are
all the time changing and the spiritual slant has to change too if it is
to remain vital. This is becoming increasingly evident than as the
Aquarian Age begins to settle in.
line with the DK Foundation’s approach we are looking at this matter in
the context of the western, post New Age landscape.
article concludes the series What it means to be ourselves.
lifetime is a package of liability and opportunity.
is what we have to contribute to the ongoing task of
balancing the level of consciousness which is the human personality
and in which, by virtue of being in incarnation,
are all participants.
of us expresses some aspect of limitation or imbalance. This is the
liability, and by this means we pay our passage into incarnation. Through
the difficulty and suffering caused in our lives through this imbalance,
we may be able to detach from it sufficiently to understand its nature and
to recognize its working in our lives.
this happens we both pay our dues and make a contribution, because it is
through dealing consciously with our personal limitations that the
imbalance within the collective consciousness of the human personality
will be made into a moving point, into something supportive of evolution.
of us has the scope to remove a brick from the collective wall, by dealing
with the imbalance in our own field of consciousness. Our efforts will
broaden possibilities for the human personality, which, vis-ŕ-vis the
soul, will always be defined by its limitations but which can
be made progressive within that constraint.
the astrologer the liability is represented by Saturn.
Based upon a certain set of assumptions about life, it is a place of
restriction, difficulty and fear.
is what our personalities make available to us. Opportunity is not a
predetermined path; it consists rather in the development of certain
energies that will open up the personality to soul consciousness.
Developing these energies may recommend to the personality a specific path
or course of action but it is the shifts in perception achieved in the
utilisation and development of these
energies that are of significance to consciousness, not the path itself.
very fact of belonging to the human family means, however, that we pay our
liabilities and develop our opportunities within certain constraints. A
human being cannot make headway through negative emotions, thoughts and
deeds: the system in which we take our place does not allow it.
religious and spiritual systems enshrine the rules of the human
personality’s transactions with the soul. They deal with development in
a general way and provide the main highways.
opportunity can be pretty well defined as the total energy package of the
personality less the liability, it follows that the better we manage the
task of dealing with our liability, the more time and energy we have
available to invest in our opportunities. As we straighten up, we can see
further and clearer.
could all do with knowing what our liability is and understanding how it
expresses itself. If we
challenge this habit of mind consciously, we will change our lives.
DK Foundation’s approach to astrology serves this purpose. We use the
horoscope to define liability and to identify the keys to opportunity. In the
life of each of us, these keys will be different, involving different
combinations of energy principles and different areas of life.
at this level is a personal matter. It gives a point to knowing who we
are. This way we can walk in shoes that fit along a path that ensures that
we will call in on the experiences that we need in order to make shifts in
an individual may find that his path cuts across the grain of spiritual
orthodoxy, although never to the extent of transgressing the basic rules
of the personality’s transactions with the soul.
The Buddha defined these rules and they will not change.
variances between the path of the individual and the main highway will be
greatest at a time of a change in the spiritual tempo because individuals
are now capable of picking up on and processing new influences quicker
than the collectivity. If the disparity becomes too great then systems
upholding the old values fall into disrespect.
this particular time in our development there is conflict in the matter of
assertiveness. The general understanding is that assertiveness is an
undesirable expression of aggressive egotism. The refinement in
consciousness, brought about by submissive values associated with Piscean
spirituality, is inestimable in its effect but those values have done
their work. They are no longer dethroning self-importance.
On the contrary they are creating something very unpleasant and
neurotic in the western psyche that now has to be balanced out through a
greater assertiveness is the key to opportunity for many individuals now.
The collective consciousness of the human personality is trying to move
onto a more positive setting in order to be able to bring through
spiritual will. This will about through working through imbalances in the
consciousness of individuals.
should view this as a major opportunity. Time was when an individual could
not participate consciously in the matter of balancing himself, because
his liability controlled and used up life.
He simply paid his dues and died, refining his constrained being
with a greater or lesser degree of grace and acceptance and hoping to earn
rewards after death.
our understanding of individuality is strong enough to entertain ideas,
not simply about what we are, but about what we might be whilst we live.
Not all these ideas are constructive or relevant. Often times they will
not come down from the level of ideas into everyday life, but sometimes
they will help us create a strategy that will remove the obstacle and
release us to opportunity.
New Age assisted this process by supplying ideas but has not done so well
in turning them into workable strategies because, in the main, New Age
thinking focused upon opportunity and forgot liability, leaving people to
fall into its potholes.
we have personalities strengthened by a sense of individuality, then we
should put them work. This is the point of being ourselves. Everything
benefits. But without purpose they are monsters of selfishness,
unfulfilment and destructiveness.
the next few years the DK Foundation will be using horoscopy to identify
the liability and the keys of opportunities, and to develop programmes
involving body work and sound to create a strategy or path for the
individual. Indeed this work has already begun. But we know this approach
will not be for everyone; many people, even those who appreciate the
capacities of astrology will want to stay on the main highways, and that
is nothing that should ever be discouraged.