I came across a quote the other day which describes what many of us are searching for, but many in vain. Each of us has their own individual system, and they differ as far as you can imagine. I know people pursuing: Zen Buddhism, Hermetic Science, Islam, Christianity, and Gurdjieffs Fourh Way too name a handful of available systems.
One has to be unhappy and disillusioned with life to begin one of these paths, and how this occurs takes place in many forms. But once you know what it is you desire out of life, and find a way to attain this desire, you can begin to make efforts towards your aim.
The quote that embodies all of the above information is;
“People are throwing water onto wood and expecting fire, and when fire does not catch, they denounce the idea of fire altogether. It is the system which is to blame, and not the individual.”
If you want ‘fire’ to be present in your life. And I mean fire in a way that is your own idea of what it represents. All that is left is to find a system that will bring this ‘fire’ more abundantly into your life. Then all that matters is how much efforts you make towards this goal.
Please don’t throw water onto wood and expect fire.
Note: there is an introduction and parts 1-5 that precede this.
“I challenge you above all to a deeper life, and I implore you for the sake of your fellow men to strengthen your contact with your own soul, so that you will have done your share in making revelation possible; so that you will have served your part in bringing in the light, and will therefore be in a position to take advantage of that new light and new information, and so be better able to point the way and clear the path for the bewildered seeker at that time. Those who are not ready for the coming events, will be blinded by the emerging light, and bewildered by the revealing wonder they will be swept by the living breath of God, and it is to you that we look to fit them for the event.”
Quote from Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology Vol 1.
Note: there is an introduction and parts 1-4 that precede this. You can read them as a series, but each one on its own is significant.
“If you cannot yourself teach or preach or write, give of your thought and of your money, so that others can. Give of your hours and minutes of leisure, so as to set others free to serve the Plan; give of your money, so that the work of those associated with the New Group of World Servers may go forward with rapidity. Much time you waste on non-essentials. Many of you give little or nothing of time. The same is the case with money. Give as never before, and so make the physical aspects of the work possible. Some give of their very need, and the power they thereby release is great. Those on the inner side are grateful for the giving by those who can give only at great personal cost. Others give what they can spare, and only when it needs no sacrifice to give. Let that condition also end, and give to the limit, with justice and understanding, so that the age of love and light may be more rapidly ushered in. I care not where or to whom you give, only that you give, – little if you have but little time and money, much if you have much. Work and give, love and think, and aid those groups who are building and not destroying, loving and not attacking, lifting and not tearing down.”
Note: there is an introduction and parts 1-3 that you can read
“I also ask you to sever your connection with all groups which are seeking to destroy and to attack, no matter how sincere their motive. Range yourself on the side of the workers for constructive ends, who are fighting no other groups or organisations, and who have eliminated the word ‘anti’ out of their vocabulary. Stand on the side of those who are silently and steadily building for the new order- an order which is founded on love, which builds under the impulse of brotherhood, and which possesses a realisation of brotherhood, which is based on the knowledge that we are, each and all, no matter what our race, the children of the One Father, and who have come to the realisation that the old ways of working must go, and the newer methods must be given a chance.”
Note: you can also read an introduction, as well as part one and two.
“I challenge you also to make sacrifices; to give of yourself and your time, and your money, and your interest, to carry these ideas to those around you, in your own environment, and to the group in which you find yourself, thus awakening your associates. I call you to a united effort to inculcate anew the ideas of brotherhood and of unity. I ask you to recognise your fellow workers in all the groups and to strengthen their hands. I ask you to seal your lips to words of hatred and of criticism, and to talk in terms of brotherhood and of group relationships. I beg of you to see to it that every day is for you a new day, in which you face new opportunity. Lose sight of your own affairs, your petty sorrows, worries and suspicions, in the urgency to the task to be done, and spread the cult of unity, of love and of harmlessness.”
Note: there is an intro and part one to read as well.
“I ask you to drop your antagonisms and your antipathies, your hatreds and your racial differences, and to attempt to think in terms of the one family, the one life, and the one humanity. I would remind you that hatred and separateness have brought humanity to the present condition. I would add to that reminder, however, the fact that there is in the world today a large enough number of liberated men, to produce a change in the attitudes of mankind and in public opinion, if they measure up by an act of the will, to what they know and believe.”
Note: there is also an introduction.
“I challenge the thinkers of the world to drop their sectarianism, their nationalism, and their partisanship, and in the spirit of brotherhood to work in their particular nation, regarding it as an integral part of a great federation of nations,- a federation that now exists on the inner side, but waits for the activity of the world thinkers to bring it to materialisation on the outer side. I charge them to work in the cause of all religion, and in the field of that particular religion in which they, by accident of birth or by choice, are interested, regarding each religion as a part of the great world religion. They must look upon the activities of their group, society or organisation, as demanding their help, just in so far, as the principles on which they are founded, and the techniques which they employ, serve the general good, and develop the realisation of brotherhood.”