And the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple (better said: his mind, the representations of) those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords (symbol of willpower), he drove them all out of the temple (better said: out of his mind), and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, “Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.” And his disciples remembered that it was written:
“For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches (representations) of them that (in thy mind) reproached thee are fallen upon me.” - Psalm 69: 9
Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou do these things? Jesus answered and said unto them: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But Jesus spoke of the temple of his body.” John 2: 13-21
Well, my dear brothers and sisters, we have been studying different aspects related to the mind, and I believe that we must continue to delve into the practical field, let's say, of interesting facts that consist of the elimination of psychic aggregates, which is actually quite difficult, however, it is not all; there is something else that we need to watch out for: I want to refer emphatically to the representations of the mind.
For the world of the senses there are physical representations, such as the objects that surround us, living creatures, etc., but there are also representations of the mind.
In the mind there are many representations that we must take into account. Suppose we have in mind the representation of a friend whom we esteem; someone very important speaks against that friend; all kinds of gossip, slander, etc. are raised against it; we “give ear” to all that gossip, then the image we have of our friend, the representation, is in fact altered.
We no longer see, in him, the kind subject that we used to see (full of harmony, etc.), but this image assumes, in our understanding, the figure that others have given him: possibly that of the bandit, the thief, the false friend, etc, etc.
At night, it may happen that we dream of our friend. In no way will we dream of harmony; we will see that he attacks us, we will see that we attack him; we dream that we kill him, we dream that he wields weapons against us, etc. That is, the image of the friend is completely altered, a representation that has been altered.
It may be the case that those who spoke against our friend wrongly judged him, consciously or unconsciously slandered him, etc., but the representation of the mind is altered, and this is very serious, because that representation becomes, in fact, a demon that comes to hinder our esoteric progress. A demon that comes our way, it is a demon that is an obstacle to our deep inner development. Here then is the serious error: paying attention to gossip, slander, gossip, what is said, etc.
Obviously, within our minds there are thousands of representations that can be altered if we take part in negative conversations, if we heed the slander, if we listen to what is said, etc.
For all these and other reasons, it is never a good idea to listen to people's negative words (this is serious, and deep down it is a mistake).
So not only do psychic aggregates (a living representation of our psychological defects) constitute a burden that we carry within ourselves. We must never forget the question of the representations of our understanding.
The walkers of the path, by paying attention to negative conversations, by being in groups where only negative phrases are heard, they tend to deform not one, but many representations of their understanding, and in the world of the mind these become true demons that make an obstacle, or a series of insurmountable obstacles for the awakening of their consciousness.
Thus, we can explain the case of many Gnostic brothers and sisters who at night always tend to have countless negative dreams: sometimes they dream that they kill another person, or that they kill themselves, etc.
The most serious thing is to carry such enemies within oneself, in one’s own mind. Obviously, the best thing to avoid having representations of a negative type is to appeal to the serpentine, annular power that develops in the body of the Gnostic ascetic; it will be necessary to invoke devi kundalini shakti, so that she eliminates those representations of a negative type...
Undoubtedly, we should not have such negative or positive representations in the mind. The mind should create certain serene attitudes available to the Being. This would require the human personality to become passive...
A passive personality is a receptive personality (it receives the messages that come from the highest parts of the Being). Undoubtedly, such messages pass through the higher centers of the being, before entering the mind. (That's the advantage of having a passive personality).
But it would not be possible to have a passive personality either, when this, unfortunately, is controlled by very heavy elements or very difficult aggregates related to the world of 96 laws, that is, the region of Tartarus.
The personality of people is active because it is controlled by aggregates of hate, pride, envy, of abominable jealousy, of frightful lust, of selfishness (which wants everything for itself and nothing for others); of conceit before our fellow men (unfounded, because in truth, we are nothing but miserable worms from the mud of the earth).
If we manage to eliminate such heavy psychological elements from our psyche, our human personality becomes passive and the mind becomes receptive to the messages that descend from the highest parts of the Being, through the superior centers of our psyche.
Now you are comprehending, my dear friends, the need to eliminate those elements that I have mentioned, which in themselves are heavy.
With devi kundalini shakti, that is, the igneous serpent of our magical powers, we can actually eliminate these "heavy elements". This is how we triumph! Because in this way we would receive the direct message that comes from the highest parts of the being.
For all this, I tell you that you have to work on yourselves, in order to create a unitotal, integral, receptive mind. A mind that does not project, but always receives instead of projecting, obviously, would not have the bad taste of accepting representations of a positive or negative type in the different backgrounds of our understanding; a mind like this, and only like this, would bring the messages that come from the highest part of our Being.
As long as we continue to feed the different representations of understanding, it is obvious that the mind will never be serene, it will be a projecting mind, and a projecting mind, in reality, is conditioned by time and by pain.
So, analyzing this in depth, we will see that not only do we have to eliminate undesirable psychic aggregates, but that we have a very difficult problem with the question of representations. The problem that I see as difficult for interior illumination is that we carry so many representations inside, in addition to the inhuman psychic aggregates.
If the life of dreams is carefully studied, we will find in them so many vague and incoherent things, various subjective aspects and so many absurd things, people, facts that have no reality, and that in themselves become incoherent, and for such a reason they have to invite us to reflect.
As a Gnostic, one wants to have conceptual clarity, lucid ideas, radical illumination, without inconsistencies, without vagueness, without subjectivism of any kind.
But unfortunately, the representations that we carry in our interior and our various aggregates condition our consciousness in such a way that they keep it within the track, not at all pleasant, of the subconsciousness and even of the infraconsciousness and unconsciousness.
I invite you to reflect, I invite you to comprehend these essential things...
In the Eastern world it is spoken very briefly. For example: Zen-Chan Buddhism only says that one must reach the stillness of the mind, the silence of the mind, with the purpose of achieving, one day, the irruption of the illuminating void.
We are told that in Satori there is true happiness. It is wanted in the meditation rooms to achieve the stillness of the mind (inside, outside and in the center); we are told that the mind must remain like a wall: absolutely still.
Well, I realize that in Japanese meditation halls it costs a lot to get Satori, but Satori lasts only a few minutes, at best an hour or more, after which the mind keeps as agitated as ever...
One comes out of that state of happiness to present himself to the guru (blissful, intoxicated, by Samadhi); Of course, the guru intervenes to give him a few slaps, to get him out of that state, to get him to balance. Otherwise, it is said in pure Zen, one would fall into the disease of Satori. Of course it is a state, let's say, of mystical exaltation and he would be in it at all hours of the day and night, and he would forget that he exists, he would lose his balance in relation to the things of existence, but, surely, that with a few "slaps" well given, because it takes one out of that state and balances it.
Well, this has an interesting aspect, but I repeat: when returning to practical life, people are again in that incessant battle of antitheses, in that terrible fight of opposites, characteristic of the dualism of understanding.
There is no peace in such a mind. In a mind that is not integral, unitotal, there can be no peace. In a mind that is not strictly receptive and non-projective, there can be no peace or continuous enlightenment.
If we want something more, something more than what can be achieved in a Zen or Chan meditation room, if we also want an awakening of the mind, of the mental center, if we want a receptive mind for the intuitions that come from there above, from the sky of Urania, an enlightened mind, would this be possible if we allowed the psychic aggregates to continue existing in our psyche? Would this be possible if we listened to gossip, to alter the representations we carry in our understanding? Would this be possible (I say to myself and I share it with you by thinking out loud) if we continued to give hospitality to negative or positive representations?
Helen Petrovna Blavatsky in "The Voice of the Silence" has a phrase that I liked a lot, it says:
“Ere the gold flame can burn with steady light, the lamp must stand well guarded in a spot free from all wind. * Exposed to shifting breeze, the jet will flicker and the quivering flame cast shades deceptive, dark and ever-changing, on the Soul's white shrine. [*Bhagavadgîtâ.]”
That phrase of Blavatsky's in her marvelous work titled “The Voice of the Silence” is portentous, it's wonderful. Only then, I say, would it be possible for the mind to truly remain still and silent (inside, outside and in the center), not for a while or inside a meditation room, but continuously...
What is a master of samadhi? Someone who enjoys continuous consciousness, someone who achieved stillness and silence of mind always...
As one is studying the different folds of the mind, one is also comprehending that the stillness and the total silence of the understanding are not possible as long as the mind is occupied by the psychic aggregates and by the representations.
One could object by saying that there are praiseworthy, clear, magnificent representations, all of that is acceptable, but it is not what is important in us, what is important is the Being...
I don't see why we have to have things inside our minds that are not of the Being. I don't see why we have to carry intruders in our minds.
I have comprehended that in the mind, only the Being must be, that the mind must become a temple where the Being officiates and nothing else but the Being, that is all.
But, as long as that temple is full of strange elements, things, furniture, animal showcases, representations, aggregates, it can be said that there is a deep sleep in the consciousness.
If there is unconsciousness, there must be vague, morbid, fatuous, foolish, incoherent, imprecise dreams, etc.
"Man (manas, mind) is known by his dreams," Plato said in his book. I have studied Plato's work in two volumes, and it seems wonderful...
Really, the life of dreams is very important, because the dreams of each one say what each one is...
Blessed is the day when we stop dreaming, then the "cockroaches" that we carry in the brain turn to dust, that all those absurd inconsistencies do not exist, that all those amorphous, vague, imprecise, insipid, insubstantial, odorless states do not have existence of any kind; blessed is the day when we no longer dream, when we stop dreaming; when a man (manas, mind) stops dreaming, he has succeeded!
As long as dreams exist in the mind, as long as one goes to the psychological space to project imprecise and absurd dreams, this tells us that we are doing very badly, this tells us that we have a mind full of a lot of garbage, a lot of "junk", as I told you in my last lecture.
The truly enlightened person has no dreams. Dreams are for the asleep person. The truly enlightened one lives (in the superior worlds, outside the physical body) in a state of intensified vigil, without ever dreaming; the truly enlightened one after the death of the physical body, is awake in the psychological space. So let us reflect on the need to reach the stillness and silence of the mind.
What shall we say tonight about the three types of nourishment?
I already explained last time how it is that one nourishes oneself with the first food, the food of the physical body. I am not going to add any to that today. We have already talked to you about the second food, which is breathing, more important than the one that goes to the stomach. But there is a third food that I told you, which is that of impressions...
No one can live without impressions even for a minute. Knowledge come through impressions. You are listening to me here, I am talking, and what is coming to your mind? A series of prints; you see my figure dressed in a “sacred vestment of the order of the knights of the holy grail”, etc. All this comes then through the impressions or by means of the impressions; all this is impressions for you.
Unfortunately, you already know how the human beings are... they do not know how to select their impressions. What would you say, for example, now that we are here in this room, if we opened the door here to some thieves to come in?
I ask you who are with us in this talk: would it seem right to you that the guardian opened the door, for example, to vandalism? Obviously, the guardian would commit an absurdity, and everyone would accuse him of that...
However, we do not do the same with impressions: we open the doors to all the negative impressions in the world. Impressions penetrate our psyche and cause damage inside and become psychic aggregates and develop in us the negative emotional center. And in conclusion, they fill us with mud, but we open the doors to them...
Is that correct? Is it correct that a person who comes, for example, full of negative impressions (which emanate from the negative emotional center), is welcomed by us? That we open the doors to all the negative impressions of that person?
It seems that we do not know how to select the impressions. That is serious! We have to learn to open and close the doors of our psyche to impressions: open the doors to noble, clean impressions; close the doors to negative and absurd impressions. Yes, negative impressions cause harm, they develop the negative emotional center in us, they harm us. Why should we open the doors to negative impressions?
You see what one does being in a group, in a crowd: I assure you that none of you, for example, right now, would dare to go out into the street to throw stones at anyone, right? However, in a group, who knows?... Someone may walk into a large public demonstration and is already fired up with enthusiasm, and if the crowds throw stones, he also ends up throwing stones, although later he says to himself: “Why did I throw them? why did I do that?
I remember one of those demonstrations, a few years ago, when the schoolteachers rose up in many strikes and protests, and demonstrations. So here we saw unusual things, here in the federal district, about ten or fifteen years ago... What did we see? Very decent teachers, very educated, very dignified, who once in a crowd, grabbed stones and threw them with force against glass, against people, against whoever they could. Those schoolteachers would never have done it alone, but in groups...
In groups the human being behaves very differently, one does things that one would never do alone, why is one doing that? Well, to negative impressions: one opens one’s doors to negative impressions, then they make one angry and one ends up doing what one would never do alone. That is why it is necessary for us to learn to be careful with impressions.
When one opens the doors to negative impressions, one not only upsets the order of the emotional center (which is in the heart), but also makes it negative.
If you open your doors, for example, to the negative emotion of a person who comes full of anger because someone caused them harm, then you end up allied with that person against the one who caused the damage; and one ends full of anger and without having a part in the matter, either.
Let's suppose that one opens the doors to the negative impressions of a drunk who is in a party, and one ends up accepting a drink from the drunk, and then two and three, ten... Conclusion: one ends drunk too!
Suppose that one opens the doors to negative impressions, for example, to a person of the opposite sex, one also ends up fornicating with all kinds of crimes...
Let's suppose that we open the doors to the negative impressions of a drug addict, we also end up smoking marijuana (and with the seed and everything we take a puff), conclusion: failure!
This is how human beings infect each other within negative environments: drunks infect drunks, thieves turn others into thieves, murderers infect others, drug addicts infect each other...
In short, drug addicts multiply, murderers multiply, thieves multiply, usurers... why? Because we always make the mistake of opening the doors to negative emotions, and that is not correct.
Let us select emotions! If someone brings us positive emotions of light and harmony, of beauty, of wisdom, of love, of poetry, of perfection, let us open the doors of our hearts to him; but if someone brings us negative emotions of hate, violence, jealousy, drugs, alcohol, fornication and adultery, we do not have to open the doors of our hearts to them. Let's close, close the doors to negative impressions!
When you reflect on all this, you can perfectly modify yourself, make your life something better...
Why do we alter the representations?
We have the representation of a great friend who has always served us (kind, charitable, wonderful); Suddenly, someone emotionally altered, full of negative impressions, comes to speak against our friend, we open the doors to those negative impressions: he is muttering, he is saying that our friend is a thief, a bandit, a bank robber, and fifty thousand things of the sort. Thus, the representation of our friend that we have in the mind, with those negative impressions is altered.
Within our mind, such an altered representation becomes a true demon that hinders the work on oneself. For all this and many other things, you will see that cleaning the temple of the mind is quite difficult, but not impossible.
We need to have a clear mind, a clean temple, without dirt, without abominations of any kind. Thus, one has to know how to live, it is necessary to know how to live...
In practical life, unfortunately, people do not know how to live, everyone blames others for their suffering, their bitterness, and the only one who is truly to blame is ourselves.
Let us see the case in which someone, then, steals an amount of money from us: suppose that one of you has stored, for example, $50,000 in a piece of furniture, in any box in your house, and a relative of yours steals that $50,000. Of course, you would suffer horribly, right?
$50,000... Losing money like this is not pleasant, it would cause us a lot of pain, we would cry, we would go to the police, we would file a lawsuit even if the thief is a family member... Maybe we would not proceed like that because the thief was a family member, but we would not carry the suffering within.
But why suffer like this for $50,000? Ah, because it took us a lot to work on it! So we suffer... If we didn't have the “I” of attachment to things, not even to money, we would lose those $50,000 and would be left laughing, we wouldn't suffer...
Suppose a man suddenly finds his wife with another man (a serious case, especially if he finds her, let's say, in the middle of adultery). There is no doubt that confused by the pain, he can take out the gun and shoot him. But why does he do that? He would justify himself before the authorities: "no, it's that I found her in the very bed of adultery and of course, I was right"...
That's crazy, complete crazy! Because if that man does not have the “I” of jealousy inside, if that man does not have the “I” of attachments or jealousy, no one will suffer. Simply, he turns his back and withdraws, he leaves: “She is who she is...” He feels free from that home because she replaced him, he retired him. If he is not jealous there is no pain.
Suppose an insulter insults us, he hurts our self-esteem. We suffer horribly and we respond to insults with insults, but if there is no one to be hurt within, who answers? Let's suppose that the insult has words that would hurt him in his self-love, but if the “I” of self-esteem does not exist, who suffers? Suppose the words were intended to slander us, that is, "that we are thieves." Let's suppose that we don't have, truly, really... In the first place we are not thieves and, secondly, well, we don't have the “I” that loves itself so much, that of self-esteem, who would suffer?
Many times, someone suffers because he sees a friend who has a nice house and a beautiful wife, and he is penniless. That's called envy, right? But if he does not have the ego of envy, why would he suffer? On the contrary, he would be glad to see his friend well.
So, others cannot cause us pain, we cause pain to ourselves. That is the harsh reality of the facts.
When the ego is disintegrated, the pain ends. The root of pain is in the ego, and when the ego ends, only the beauty of the Being remains in us; that beauty is transformed into what is called love and happiness.
Then, when reaching these heights, the mind is still, in silence, it is no longer a mind that projects, it is no longer a mind that is offended, it no longer reacts to anything, it receives the messages that come from the higher parts of the Being. It is a mind full of plenitude.
I repeat: not only must the psychic aggregates be eliminated, of course, it is also necessary to eliminate the representations of the mind, both positive and negative.
We need to cleanse the temple of the mind of all this rubbish; we need the lamp to burn within the temple of the mind, we need the golden flame to be able to burn with serene light within the ambit of the temple. When the mind is still, when the mind is silent, the new comes...
To say that this path is very beautiful and everything, but… what do we do with worries? What do we do with the suffering that others cause us?... That it is impossible to have a quiet mind, in silence, when we live in a world full of problems and difficulties... that is absurd! By disintegrating the inhuman aggregates that we carry in our interior, problems and difficulties end.
So, what we need today is to stop mental laziness, to work very hard on ourselves.
So end my words for tonight. If any of the brothers or sisters has something to ask in relation to the subject, he can do so with the absolute freedom.
Disciple. Master, about the stillness of the mind and to still the mind by force?
Samael Aun Weor: Well, naturally you have to distinguish between a mind that is still and a mind that is stilled; between a mind that is silent and a mind that is silenced.
In the name of truth, we have to say emphatically that the true stillness and silence of the mind come when the ego and the representations of the understanding have died. Then comes absolute stillness and silence of the mind; the mind becomes receptive, it remains in the hands of the Being, and only the Being can do.
Any other question?
Disciple: Master, what is the most practical way to be able to open, to accept or reject impressions?
Samael Aun Weor: The most practical thing is to have common sense, which although many say “it is the most common of the senses”, I would say that it is the least common of the senses.
Of course, if a thief arrives here and the guard opens the door for him to enter, then he commits an absurdity; but if a brother arrives and gives three knocks (timed and rhythmic) on that door, well, the guardian gladly opens the door for him.
Likewise, if “John Doe" comes and brings a bit of negative emotions, he is excited because it turns out that he found a person of the opposite sex (for his lust, for his fornication), and he starts talking about pornography and I am very happy I open the doors, I am opening my doors to a negative emotion.
If a drug addict comes smoking marijuana, he tells me that it's very good... ...that he, through marijuana, has had such and such and such perceptions, that he has even achieved messages from beyond, I don't know what and excitedly he tells me to give me a taste, and I give myself a taste, I'm very stupid, right? I've opened my doors to a negative emotion.
So, this is clear; no need to complicate things... any other questions?
Disciple: Does this mean, venerable master, that one commits an error when he speaks of a second person, either well or badly, knowing that the interlocutors do not, in reality, transform these impressions?
Samael Aun Weor: Well, yes; one does not have to comment about people, neither for better nor for worse. One is who they are. So, it would be better to respect other people's lives and not open the doors to negative emotions, that's absurd.
Is there any other question?
Disciple: Master, instead of positive or negative representations, what must we have within us to act?
Samael Aun Weor: For now to work (psychologically)! There is no other choice but to work! Dedicate yourself now to working on yourself. The day that you have eliminated the psychic aggregates and the day that you have eliminated the representations of your mind, that day, then, things will change; that day a light bulb will light up here, that day you will receive the sparks that come from the superior parts of your Being, you will be a different individual. Now to work!
Do you have another question?
Disciple: Venerable master, when you are at (the psychological) work, let's say, and you manage to have certain perceptions (without identifying with them), is it a product of the development of self-observation?
Samael Aun Weor: The sense of psychological self-observation develops as one uses it. Obviously, you need to use it, because "organ that is not used atrophies."
As one carefully observes oneself, that wonderful sense of psychological self-observation becomes active, but one has to be, let us say, in constant “mystical stalking”: self-observing one's own errors. Be on the lookout for your psychological flaws.
Thus, as one self-observes, the sense of psychological self-observation develops...
Let's see, brothers, is there any other question?...
Disciple: Definitely, should we do, intensely, practices to awaken faculties being one like this without "dying"?
Samael Aun Weor: The most important thing is the psychological self-exploration of oneself in order to discover oneself. In all self-discovery there is also self-revelation.
When one admits that one has a particular, individual psychology, one begins to self-observe one’s own errors; when one discovers that one has a error, well, one must try to comprehend it, deeply, on all levels of the mind.
When one has comprehended the error, one can allow oneself the luxury of reducing it to cosmic dust with the help of the igneous serpent of our magical powers (I am emphatically referring to devi kundalini shakti, which develops and unfolds in the dorsal spine of the Gnostic ascetic).
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6: 33
Any other question? Everyone can ask. I do not want anyone to be left with doubts here, in this room.
Disciple: Could a mental representation be the origin of a psychic aggregate?
Samael Aun Weor: “Let us not confuse gymnastics with jinn-gnostics”. Mental representations are one thing and psychic aggregates are another. Mental representations exist from instant to instant, from moment to moment.
You yourself, at this moment, are here, full of mental representations, but those representations of the mind can be altered, become perverse demons, but they are not (those representations), the aggregates. Distinguish between aggregates and representations and between representations and aggregates.
No representation could give rise to a new aggregate. Representations are of one kind and aggregates are of another...
Disciple: Venerable master, then that demon that results from the representation, the method to eliminate it is the same as that used to eliminate the “I’s”?
Samael Aun Weor: Obviously, that's right! If one appeals to the igneous serpent of our magical powers to eliminate certain representations, we can receive help from her, and those representations will be reduced to cosmic dust.
The mind must be clear, clean, it must be a solitary and luminous temple, where only the flame of Prajna burns, that is, the flame of the Being. Any other question?
Disciple: Master, then the representations are the product of the “I’s”? Aare they caused by them?
Samael Aun Weor: What did you say?
Disciple: ...the representation can originate an “I”?
Samael Aun Weor: No sir! I already said that “gymnastics should not be confused with jinn-gnostics”, thus, representations are one thing and “I’s” are another. Just as in the world of the senses the objects are fundamental (because the objects are really located within the world of the senses), so also, within the world of the mind there are representations.
The temple of the mind is usually invaded by multiple positive or negative representations. We are in favor of eliminating such representations, so that within the temple of the mind, there is only the Being and nothing more than the Being.
For that you have to have a still and silent mind, and the mind can only be still and silent when we eliminate the ego. But, as we eliminate the ego, the mind will become more and more still, in silence, until finally, stillness and total silence are achieved.
Disciple: Master, please forgive me: so, the representations that come to us when we are trying to do a meditation, even if they are of characters that are very sacred to us, what happens?
Samael Aun Weor: When you are in meditation, many representations usually come to mind, but if you analyze the matter, you discover that such representations are inside the mind, that they have always been there.
What is needed is to free ourselves (in a certain sense) from the mind. The mind must be clean, so that instead of representations, the messages that come from the Being, through the superior centers of the Being, reach us.
One thing are the messages that come from the Being and another thing are the vain mental forms that come to mind, which are the representations. Distinguish between the Being and the messages from it, and the simple forms of the mind or representations that come to the mind
Disciple: So, should we take note of the messages?...
Samael Aun Weor: Representations are one thing and messages are another. The messages come, I repeat, through the higher centers of the Being and reach the higher mind, the inner mind, but they have a new flavor, they are not from time, they are beyond time (we have to open ourselves to the new). On the other hand, representations never have a new flavor because representations are of time...
Disciple: Venerable master, when a representation is presented within the dream field, but the person does not identify with it but studies it, how could that be explained? What result is obtained?
Samael Aun Weor: Well, it just happens, it has a representation, during the dream state. Usually, they are subjective, incoherent, vague, imprecise representations...
If the person does not identify with, or is not invigorated by, such representations, and only studies them, that is all: by studying them, one understands them, and knows what kind of such representations they are (usually they are related to many errors of the past). But we must clearly distinguish between representations and aggregates.
One can have in mind representations of all his lustful friends; those are representations that sooner or later have to eliminate them; the aggregates are something else: the aggregates personify our psychological defects...
Let's see, brother.
Disciple: Can representations be formed by the different concepts that populate our inner world?...
Samael Aun Weor: Well no. I say that the representations are simply mental forms: the representation of a stone, the representation of a man, or the representation of an animal (they are not worth it, they are useless). We must always have a free mind; the temple of the mind must be clean, pure, that's all...
Disciple: Venerable master, speaking of positive representations or positive and negative impressions, can we do the same work that you taught us in relation to the "digestion" of impressions, in relation to representations?
Samael Aun Weor: Well, it is good to try to comprehend a representation before eliminating it, in a similar way to what is done with psychic aggregates.
When one comprehends that a representation is nothing more than a form of the mind, then it must be eliminated, but it has to be comprehended in order to later eliminate it, and it eliminates it with the power of the igneous serpent of our magical powers.
Disciple: Master, when there is digestion of impressions, can there not be representations?
Samael Aun Weor: One can digest certain impressions, but cannot prevent the representations that one has stored in one’s mind from ceasing to exist; one has to try to comprehend them and then eliminate them... any other questions?
Samael Aun Weor: ...of course, it is obvious that a clean, pure mind can perceive, let's say, the archetypes of nature: the... ...spiritual archetypes, let's say, of a mountain or a valley , of a hill, or of the ocean, or of a flower, but those archetypes that flood the mind are no longer mere representations; they have not been extracted from the world of the senses. The representations, in the sense that I am telling you, become, directly from the world of the spirit, someone who has entered very fully into the temple of the mind.
Well, my dear brothers and sisters, I think that for tonight is enough... Over there I see a sister who wants to ask a question.
Samael Aun Weor: While the ego subsists, one is not suitable for investigations in the psychological space. No one could know the internal worlds of the planet earth if one did not first know their one’s own internal worlds; no one could know the internal worlds of the solar system, if one did not first know one’s own internal worlds; no one could know the internal worlds of the galaxy in which we live, one’s do not previously know their own particular, individual internal worlds.
One cannot be suitable for “psychological research” (within the psychological space in which we live), as long as the ego has not been disintegrated and finished with the representations that emanate from the mystical-sensory world.
Disciple: Master, now that you touch on the aspect of the astral world, someone comments on going out consciously in the astral body... The question is this: if one has only 3% of free consciousness, with that free 3% can one go out into the astral world? But not for that, does it mean that one has left fully conscious, to the astral world with 3%? Am I wrong?
Samael Aun Weor: I have clearly said that with 3% of awakened consciousness, no one can become a “competent investigator” of what happens in the psychological space. People need, first of all, to increase the percentage of consciousness, in order to become true suitable researchers of the psychological space.
Thus, we need to be psychologically self-exploring, on a daily basis, to discover our errors and reduce them to cosmic dust, only in this way is it possible to achieve, in reality, self-awakening. We need to put aside so many theories, so many vaguenesses, so many inconsistencies that are useless, in order to become awaken individuals...
Disciple: Master, is this lecture authorized for Central America and South America, the fact of being a third chamber, and giving the anointing?
Samael Aun Weor: Well, over there, in Central America and South America, they should first come to Mexico, to receive the third chamber teachings here (so they know how the third chamber works), because there are many elements from over there (especially from South America), who have never been in a third chamber, and so what they do, they do it wrong. When some missionaries come, we can update them, little by little...
Disciple: So, master, since we already have cassettes with your third chambers and we plan to study them very, very conscientiously, with well-understood missionaries (such as those of the summum superior sanctuarium), then, that is why I ask you, in case later on, are we ourselves authorized to give these lectures to those of third chamber, along with the gnostic unction?
Samael Aun Weor: As long as there are suitable individuals, capable of providing the third chamber, I have nothing to object to. But they have to be suitable instructors. The teachings given in third chamber are teachings of a higher order... The third chamber textbooks are the "Christmas messages" of each year, and the teachings that are also given on these tape recordings...