Urgency of the Inner Work

Have you begun to observe yourselves in regard to the day, the ordinary ever- recurring day, miniature of the year and our whole life?

— Urgency of the Inner Work

Have you begun to observe yourselves in regard to the day, the ordinary ever- recurring day, miniature of the year and our whole life? You all know this saying: “Each day has enough trouble of its own,” these are words of the Divine Rabbi of Galilee. But have you ever thought about what this saying means, and have you considered the context in which Christ made this remark? For example, what does it mean when he says, “enough”?

Enough of what, it’s enough to work for the challenges of today? Begin to work, even a little bit each day, on your dislikes and sorrows, begin to work practically on yourself, but it’s necessary for you to know your day and that you know your relationship with your day. There is a certain ordinary day that every person experiences, except unusual events.

I am happy you are living with A., under the same roof, in your house, that is very beautiful. Because truly she is certainly your wife, there isn’t the least doubt about that. She is a soul of noble heart, very sincere.

The esoteric path is not so easy, you know it, that is why it is called “the path of the razor’s edge,” but with patience you are going to advance until reaching the final goal. It is not possible carry out advances in an untimely way, we could say, such an advance requires you to be methodical.

It is worthwhile for you to always reflect, reflect deeply about the body of the doctrine we are giving, mediate deeply on all of this, right? Before all else, this is about life itself, and undoubtedly you are very comprehensive and you will be able to understand everything we are saying.

Well, in any case my esteemed F., it is essential to work on yourself today. I want to tell you that every day is an epitome of our own life. Our life is certainly what remains in death. In other words I will tell you that a person is his life, and that is the meaning of what is said in the Scriptures about the book of our life, or the book of life that opens in death.

A man is his life and this you must understand: one day in our life, is a small replica of our whole life. It’s clear that if a man does not work one day of his life (I mean esoteric work, work on oneself, on the myself), he obviously cannot change his life. And if he says that he wants to work on his life and change it and does not work one day of his life, the work on himself remains purely utopian, my estimable Villa. In this case the subject is distracted believing that he will work on his life, and in fact does not start to work even a single day of his life.

I want you to reflect on all this, my dear F., that you comprehend it. Our life is divided into days and years, if a man does not work one day of his life, (I am referring, I repeat again, to the esoteric work) observing himself, by applying the ideas of this work, in which you and I and all of us Gnostics are engaged, then you fail. That is obvious, we must not leave for tomorrow what can be done today.

If a man says, “I’ll start working on myself tomorrow,” obviously my esteemed F., he will never work on himself, because there will always be a tomorrow and today he will forget it, that is clear. This, then, in our matters is sometimes called “the disease of tomorrow.” As long as a man always says “tomorrow,” in other words, the next day, he will never change, my esteemed F.

In order to work on oneself, it is necessary to circumscribe the field of work, not to think lazily about working in a future and an extraordinary opportunity, but to work today, that is what is important.

Have you begun to observe yourselves in regard to the day, the ordinary ever-recurring day, miniature of the year and our whole life? You all know this saying: “Each day has enough trouble of its own,” these are words of the Divine Rabbi of Galilee.

But have you ever thought about what this saying means, and have you considered the context in which Christ made this remark? For example, what does it mean when he says, “enough”? Enough of what, it’s enough to work for the challenges of today?

Begin to work, even a little bit each day, on your dislikes and sorrows, begin to work practically on yourself, but it’s necessary for you to know your day and that you know your relationship with your day. There is a certain ordinary day that every person experiences, except unusual events.
We have to observe each moment, every moment, to know ourselves better. As we continue knowing ourselves, we will really comprehend what this esoteric work is.
We need to work on our own daily lives. When we do this we will comprehend the meaning of the strange phrase: “Give us our day our daily bread.” In the Lord’s Prayer, the words “daily,” mean here the “super substantial bread” in Greek, or the “bread from above.” The ideas of this work give us the “bread for life,” in the double sense of ideas and forces to face the dislikes of daily mechanical life. It offers us the “super substantial bread” and indicates to us the new life that begins in oneself, because in the work everyone seeks is to be a new person.

We need to comprehend the need to work on our own lives to change it. It is not too much to remember, that when we die we take our own life into the astral world we relive it retrospectively. It is also certain and totally true that when we return, by reincorporating ourselves into a new human organism, we bring our own life and put it on the mat of the physical world.

So if we do not work on our own life, it is clear that when we return after death, we will have to bring this life that we have with all its bitterness.
If we thought of life like in a movie, it is clear that when every dying man takes his film. It is also true that when he returns he brings it back and projects it once again onto the mat of existence.

If we do not change our own life, here and now, if we do not work from instant to instant, from moment to moment, we will have to bring it again and again here to the world, to relive it incessantly in a painful way. And at last there will come a day when the cycle of existences will be overcome, then we will have to submerge ourselves with our own life into the bowels of the earth, in that famous Tartarus of which the Greeks spoke, in the infernal worlds, let us say, and that is pretty painful, right?

A man can take his life and bring it 108 times. Remember the 108 beads of the Buddha’s necklace, but the moment will come when the Lords of the Law will no longer admit his film, he will have to go descend with his film to the infernal worlds; this is not pleasant at all.

If we observe our own life carefully, we will see that it is not very beautiful; it is full of many sorrows, tremendous hardships. It is not pleasant to have to be carrying this life and to have to be bringing it back once again; it would be better to work on it, here and now.

If we work on our own life right now, if today we take advantage of it, if we fulfill that phrase of the Divine Rabbi of Galilee that says: “Each day has enough trouble of its own,” if we take advantage of the day, we will advance my esteemed F., we will die from instant to instant, from moment to moment.

We carry within the entire drama of existence, it is the ego, it is the “I,” the myself, it is the oneself. Remember that the ego is composed of innumerable elements and of all kinds. In the ego there are elements of anger, greed, envy, pride, laziness, lust, adultery, preoccupations, etc.

Each one of these “I’s,” each one of these elements that constitute the myself, the oneself, provoke the difficult circumstances in which we move daily. Such difficult circumstances will continue, of course, coming again and again to life, as long as we have not eliminated the spring that produces them. For each circumstance there are one or several springs, that is, one or more inhuman elements and that whole group of elements is what forms the myself.

There is no use deferring the error, my esteemed F., we gain nothing by delaying all our bitterness and unpleasantness for a future existence or for ten or twenty existences from now. We need to end all these pains today, but we could not really do away with these sorrows if we did not do away with the cause that produces them.

In our psyche there are many causes, many springs that cause the various sorrows that we know. Anger, for example, often leads to police cases, murders, and violence. Greed creates preoccupations and enemies. Envy corrodes our heart and our insides; it makes our life like bile. Lust causes us so many problems, you know.

So, if we want to change our life, the life we have today, we need to work on ourselves today, to eliminate those elements that produce the bad circumstances, which originate those terrible consequences or bad circumstances.

If today we do away with the elements, say, the originators of adverse circumstances, we will change our life, we will become less adverse, less painful, more beautiful, more lovely, because a man is what his life is, if a man’s life changes, then the man changes. So it is necessary to change, that is what is important, my esteemed F., that is what the people do not want to understand.

Let’s clearly observe, for example, the various social circumstances, observe the world, there is no doubt that the level of Being is definitive. The level of the Being of the people that originated the First World War was very grave. That same level of Being attracted, created circumstances as horrible as the First and even worse than those of World War II, and as people have not set out to change their level of Being, as everyone continues with their same level of Being, it is obvious that soon the Third World War will come and it will be even worse.

When we want to change the circumstances of life, we must begin by changing our own level of Being. We could not change our level of Being, become more elevated, if we did not die in ourselves, that is, if we did not do away with the psychological defects we have.

When one does away with the defects that he possesses, the level of the Being improves and when it gets better, the circumstances of existence change, because the exterior is nothing other than a projection of the interior, that is obvious. If the inside is bad, the exterior will be awful; if the interior is noble and dignified, the exterior will be magnificent.
So then, working on our own life is indispensable, but when contemplating our life, when thinking about one’s own life, when analyzing it, one discovers that it is based on decisive factors.

We are going to specify cases, my esteemed F. Suppose that an insulter hurts us with the word. If we are angry people, we will answer him in the same way, things will get worse, we will fly off the handle, or maybe even fall into crime, murder, etc. We already know the consequences: prison, codes, lawyers, etc. But if a man, for example, has done away with the defect of anger in himself, when listening to the insulter, instead of answering in the same way, he will bless him, and as a result or completely logical consequence, there will be no prisons, there will be no blood, there will be no wounds, he will look like a fool to others, but he has won one hundred percent, because you he will have freed himself from problems.

So let’s look at how external circumstances depend on the level of Being. Let’s describe another case: imagine for a moment a greedy person who wants to get money at all costs, greed can lead him to make very serious mistakes that can lead to failure, discredit, etc. If a man is not greedy, these adverse circumstances will not exist in him, that is ostensible.

So then, if we want to change our own existence, our own life, we must eliminate, then, those springs, those causes that produce errors, those causes are in the ego. Let’s eliminate the psychological defects we have and the circumstances of the physical world, instead of being worse, will become better. But if we do not eliminate our defects, the consequences will inevitably appear and we will embitter life miserably.

So it’s a question of changing, my esteemed F., and this is not a matter of postponing it for a future existence or for a thousand existences, no! If we want to change our own life, we must do it today.

I do not see, therefore, the need to postpone the error, my esteemed F. I see the better need to elevate the level of Being and this is possible by changing intimately, by eliminating the various defects that we possess. When we eradicate them from our psyche there is change, total change, not only in the causes but also in the effects.

The adverse circumstances that could arise cease to present themselves, conditions that would have been unfavorable may even become favorable, and in general, all life undergoes a complete transformation. It is, therefore, even a magnificent deal to change in oneself, because in doing so, ones entire life changes.

The fundamental thing, then, my esteemed F., is to work today on our own life and not to leave for tomorrow what can be done today.

This requires consecration, true dedication. If you do not dedicate yourself to work in earnest, you are doing poorly. If there is something that one should take seriously, my esteemed F., it is precisely his very life.

One must make of his life a masterpiece. I do not see why you could not make a masterpiece of your own life; it is clear that if you propose it you will achieve it my esteemed F., but requires that daily you are observing your own life.

If any circumstance provoked you to anger, that circumstance must be analyzed and the “anger factor” must therefore be comprehended, and once thoroughly understood, proceed to the elimination of that factor. If any other circumstance provoked lust in you, study the circumstance and eliminate that lust. And so on with each defect, my esteemed F.; but we need to become serious, very serious.

It is required that we comprehend that our lives are very important, we must understand that if our life does not change, then nothing changes. And to take our life in order to bring it back as ugly as it is, seems to me that it is not worth it, it will be better to change it, my esteemed F. This is how I understand it, this is how I have comprehended it, and I believe that you also comprehend it in the same way.

The Our Father says, “Give us this day our daily bread,” but it does not refer to the material and rough substance of the piece of a hunk of bread, of bread you are going to eat for breakfast, no! Let’s be more comprehensive, the Gospels are symbolic. That super substantial bread is spoken about; that bread which descends from above, that bread of wisdom.
The bread is truly eaten when one studies his own life, when he observes it, when one disintegrates the errors he has in his very existence and the causes that produce them, then, as a consequence inevitably comes the bread of wisdom, that bread which one should savor with pleasure.

So, my esteemed F., Gnosis is one hundred percent completely practical. I do not see why you should feel any disappointment; I do not know what you are thinking. Postponing the error for a future existence or for a future Mahamanvantara, as you say, does not seem correct to me.

If you study your life today, if you study every page of the book of your life from moment to moment and you propose to change it right now, well you will do something extraordinary my esteemed F., and finally, when you manage to make your life a masterpiece, you will be liberated one, that is obvious, my esteemed F.

Well, that’s all for now. This talk can be extended to all the brothers of our Gnostic Movement in the capital city of Bogota.

Tell them that I am writing a very important work titled, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac. In there, among other things, is the science of the elementals of nature, and I repeat that I will also send you duly transcribed the exorcisms of fire, air, water, and earth in the chapter entitled “The Elementals.”

Give my greetings to A., and a big hug for your little girl. My greetings go out to everyone in general, to all of you.

Today the other members of the family did not talk to you because all these people are busy; Master Litelantes is downstairs, engaged in her responsibilities.H. was here a moment ago, but then left, because one of my grandchildren was playing too much with the papers and making noise and could spoil this recording. I am sitting here alone, in this study that you know, in one of these chairs that you know. So, receive my sincere embrace through the aura of the Universe.

– Samael Aun Weor