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Of effort: Definition of the psycho-intellectual.
Of the law of swaying (continuation):
EVOLUTION IN RECTITUDE: Straight-forwardness, courage, humility, obedience.
EVOLUTION IN PLASTICITY: Suppleness, mindedness, mercifulness, kindness, tolerance.
INDIVIDUALIZATION: Formation of our being.
IMPERSONALIZATION: To put our being to the service of what is higher than us.
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We know the benefit to forge one’s beautiful individuality, to transform oneself and to grow in order to become in its fullest a true psycho-intellectual.
Psycho-intellectual means: As much developed in the soul and the psychic senses as in the intelligence, as much virtuous as rational and scientific, as much enthusiastic as logical, etc…
The psycho-intellectual is this very cell of the new collective and refined humanity that we have spoken about in the preceding chapter. Let’s admire, by the way, the straight nuance of this Cosmic philosophy which is truly the mid and balanced path. Therefore the word psycho-intellectual is a splendid application in its consequences of the law of swaying because it express continuously this evolution towards we must strive, in psychism as well in intelligence, in development of the soul as well as of the mind, etc.
This psycho-intellectual evolution indicates a double effort, to be done simultaneously, and this is here the opportunity to show how much all perfecting must be dual, in the harmonization of the opposites, so not to make the balance lean too much on one side or the other.
For instance, the Cosmic Philosophy says: “Evolution is in rectitude” and it adds “and also in plasticity”.
It says also: “We must individualize” and it adds “and we must also impersonalize”, etc.
Let’s review these terms:
Evolution in rectitude is a constant effort towards this straight-fullness, towards justice, towards the narrow path of wisdom; it is this effort that we are speaking today, to forge our being upon a noble base, in chiseling it, in increasing more and more what we see as desirable to acquire, by working on ourselves, by the study of knowledge, by sciences, arts, etc., by actions more and more beautiful.
To grow, we must love effort. Nothing great without effort, nothing great without work, nothing great without discipline.
How many beings, richly endowed and very intelligent who, by laziness, by neglect, by imprecision, don’t cultivate their gifts and see towering above them all those who, with lesser capacities, knew how to make the unceasing effort to grow, so to become!
This evolution in rectitude demands, not only the straight-fullness and courage that ensure perseverance of the effort, but also humility. Because, indeed, without this humility, how to see what is missing, all that we have to transform, how to accept (without at once seeking bad reasons to try to justify oneself) rebuke and good advices?
The proud like to influence their entourage, not to make them grow towards a higher impersonal light, to dazzle them by their own personality.
And they are, so to say, un-transformable; they cannot intensively and fully progress, because a part of their being is fixed with the admiration they have of themselves.
Many proud take humble poses, not only towards others but also, at certain time in their own conscience and because of that, few admit being proud.
But, true humility has no relationship with this sentimental mix of vanity and interior fixity; true humility is the one of intelligence, which always wants to expand but always strives to reflect the impersonal divine light.
Therefore, as proclaims this magnificent saying of the past: ‘Small individualities praise the great individualities, and the great ones praise what is cosmic’ (universal).
Splendid teaching! Too rarely put into practice in our unbalanced time, where some fall into an extreme individualism and some through simplistic social doctrines tend to annihilate the admirable collective force of individuality, when well regulated. That is to say, that the first, too individualistic, deny the necessity of forming groups, forgetting that ‘union creates strength’; when the others, neglecting this nonetheless simple idea that collectivity is composed of participating individuals, risk to annihilating the strength of this collectivity in forgetting the individuals; for instance, socially speaking, we will create a tax that meant to make the happiness of the masses, but inflicts discomfort and suffering to everybody, individually. We must never forget that society, in general, is composed of individuals, in particular.
Evolution in plasticity, which the Cosmic Philosophy speaks of, is like this opposite pole of this evolution in rectitude: The latter is effort, straight-fullness, severity towards our selves, obedience, work, humility, perseverance, etc.
Plasticity is the suppleness that is for rectitude like oil in the working of a machine, it is the faculty of adaptation, of transformation following the movement, the environment, the circumstances and it tells to the evolving being: ‘Don’t reject anything far from you from what is part of your being, don’t cut, don’t brake anything, only transform.’
We must learn to not fix anything and not narrowly limit ourselves because of a principle, even if it seems excellent. We must always discriminate our thoughts through the screen of reason, remembering that light is progressive and that the one we possess today is just the shadow of the own we will conquer tomorrow.
All our life we must stay supple and agile in our mind like the young child is supple and agile with his body limbs. The gymnastic of intelligence is useful to increase intelligence, like the gymnastic of the body is beneficial to the body.
And while evolving on this stable base and in the correct direction of straight-fullness we must learn to become neither narrow nor uncompromising, neither an ascetic nor a stubborn, we must learn to acquire everything everywhere that can be acquired. Also nothing limits the broadening of the heart and reason.
The best example of plasticity that nature is giving to us is that which of water, that takes the shape of the vase where we pour it, that penetrates the earth able to swallow it and that always knows how to find its level back.
This is why the Cosmic Philosophy often calls ‘plasticities’ some length of rarified matter, similar to water.
This is why the order of Plasticity was giving baptism of the water.
This is why one of the great initiates of the order of ‘Withdrawn of the Plasticity’ was known under the name of Moses, or ‘Withdrawn from the Waters.’
But water that takes the shape of its container has no stable shape by itself and is like the symbol of the substance that the spirit seeks to individualize.
And this brings us to speak of the individualization we spoke before.
To individualize ourselves, it is becoming an organized intelligence, clearly formed, it is forging our being through thought, effort, and action, as we have already explained when talking about evolution in rectitude.
To individualize ourselves, it is growing in becoming the reflect of a high idea, like the cloth of this high idea, like being ONE with it, because thought is the supreme reality, because thought alone is immortal.
We must unite with the most beautiful thoughts; the most elevated, and in order to unite to them, let’s live them in practicing them in our mind and in our deeds, reflecting them in our aura and in our life. Thus, we will incarnate this beautiful saying of Spinoza: ‘To live in the Eternal in eternal thoughts.’
And this is why individualization is not the contrary of impersonality, as it may seem at a first glance. And this is why the Cosmic Philosophy is right to say: ‘we need to individualize’ and is right to add ’and to impersonalize.’
Because one can help the other and not diminish it. To individualize, it is being. To impersonalize, it is to put this being in the service of the highest idea.
Indeed, he who graced to be a strong individuality just tastes his being and does not seek to unite his efforts with other efforts; this one is stopping the expansion of his work and even limits his very own progression. Because, if on one hand ‘Union creates strength’, on the other hand, there is much more to learn about the deep realities of life in working with other human beings for human beings and about human beings, than in isolating ourselves in an exaggerated individualism:
Life is based on exchange, and nothing is as fertile in teaching and in knowledge as life.
So, where is life and knowledge the most concentrated if it is not within humanity itself?
On the temple of Delphi, this beautiful saying was inscribed for many centuries: ‘Know yourself’ as the very base and the summary of Initiation.
Of the knowledge of oneself derives the knowledge of the world. But how to know oneself rightfully?
Let’s remind us here about Confucius words: ‘In knowing oneself we learn how to know others; and in knowing others, we learn how to know one self.’
It is obvious that man is a collective being, that is to say created to live in society. And he who isolates himself is separating himself of the strength of the universal world, and will dry out, like the branch that is cut from the tree cannot live.
But today, this collective life of modern civilizations and societies is similar to a rich chaos without order, without hierarchies, without discipline and even without love, without fraternity, without union because real love is in real union, and real union is of the union of intelligences and hearts.
The Cosmic Movement seeks to form a small world in order within the world in disorder, a balanced collective kernel that later can be like a seed of order for all the masses.
Impersonality consists to take for every individuality its place and role in order among the other workers, the very role that we are truly entitled due to our being qualities and not the role and place we would like, either out of ambition, or taste, or any other personal reasons.
Individualization lets our being to be able through its manifested talents to sustain his role, like a good musician is able to brilliantly and consciously find his place within the orchestra.
Impersonality accepts to take this humble part within a greater whole and under the direction of the orchestra leader to let it fulfill its role, through the manifestation of our personal capacities, sometime playing some solos, sometime within the orchestra, only seeking the collective success.
When men will understand that they must converge their efforts so to bring value and while evolving their being to its maximum possibilities, they must unite on solid bases to work together and harmoniously to the world progress, how much our life will change!
How wonderful an orchestra is the one that a spiritual group gathers under the banner of those who know better: ‘praising the higher individualities, themselves praising what is cosmic!’
Then truly, this will be the realization of this old prophecy: ‘no eye has seen, no ear has heard the splendor of what can be manifested.’