1 Qualities and abilities of the human spirit
"The power of the spirit is the essence of life."
Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384 - 322 B.C.)
1.1 Spiritual light and spiritual warmth
In order to understand what you are as being a spirit, you must start from the origin of yourself as spirit. By exercising self-reflection as a spiritual exercise, you can be moved up to the spiritual world. That spiritual world is a ethereal world, which, invisible to us, permeates this material world completely and is at the same time the foundation of it. That spiritual world is your eternal home and in that world you can be reunited with your spiritual origin.
During the reunification with it, I experienced that the spirit is essentially a conscious force; the spirit is the force of life that is conscious. This conscious force of life occurs in this spiritual world as spiritual light and spiritual warmth, where consciousness presents itself as light and power as warmth.
In your origin, that conscious force presents itself as an omnipresent, infinite sea of that spiritual light and warmth, while you experience yourself as a spirit as a spherical cloud of that same light and that same warmth, originating by condensation from the universal spirit, which lives as a focal point, as a spark of self-burning 'fire', in that sea. I was also allowed to experience that an intimate love of the universal spirit goes out to myself as the human spirit.
Lovingly I am thought as a spirit by God's spirit,
lovingly I am being flooded, with God's force of life.
In this material world nothing can be seen of all this and to be able to make a representation of it, I can say that the image of the human spirit as that focal point in that sea, corresponds to the image of the slowly breaking sun in the sky of a foggy day.
1.2 Formable and self-forming working
During reunification with the universal spirit you experience that both the spiritual light and the spiritual warmth can be in two opposite states, namely: in a female, receptive state and in a masculine, penetrating state.
In the feminine, receptive state of the spirit, the light and the warmth are formable from the outside; in the male, penetrating state the light and the warmth are from the inside self-forming active.
This formability consists of the fact that there are currents of light in yourself as that shining sphere. As a result, condensations and dilutions of light can occur in yourself, so that certain places in the light can be brighter than others. As a result, a light image can be formed in the light that you are yourself as being a spirit; which can happen both from the outside and from the inside.
1.3 Perceiving, thinking, feeling and wanting
With these shapeable and self-forming properties of light and warmth, your spiritual abilities are connected: the ability to perceive, to think, to feel and to want.
Acting as being a spirit, you are in a state that your light - in yourself as that spherical cloud - is formable externally into an inner experience image;
while thinking you are in a state that you form your light from within yourself into an idea, an image of inner light;
while feeling, you are in a state that your warmth is formable into a feeling from outside;
and if you are willing, you are in a state that you form your warmth from within yourself to willpower.
Perceiving and feeling are the feminine, receptive abilities of the spirit, thinking and wanting the masculine, self-forming powers; all four abilities are equal and indispensable for inner, spiritual balance.
1.4 Spiritual light images and warmth states
What are the abilities to be recognized of in material existence? A characteristic feature of your abilities is that of formation.
When you perceive, by watching and listening, you let the events make an impression upon you as being the spirit. As a result, a light image, an image of experience, is formed in yourself as the spirit, so that you become aware of your experiences. Because you incorporate the outside world into yourself, you get an idea of it.
If you think, you are able to form light images yourself, which then form your ideas.
When you feel, you also allow your experiences to become spiritual. As a result, your warmth state, which is your state of mind, your mood, is shaped by the nature of your experiences, so that you can have compassion with your fellow human beings.
If you want, then you yourself form such a warmth state in yourself, which is then a state of force, that you are able to express the thoughts and feelings that you have thought and felt within yourself, externally and to form them into a certain behavior, in a statement or act.
1.5 Awareness of your own spiritual activity
This happening: perceiving things, thinking about and feeling about them and then doing something with them, is the controlled spiritual activity. This allows you to process consciously, intelligently and emotionally your experiences; therefore you can come to accept your experiences and then adapt appropriately to the constantly changing conditions, that come to you in time as the flow of daily events.
The activity of these abilities is the only thing in which you can immediately recognize the spiritual in this material world; and by which you can also get to know yourself as being a spirit, namely, as that conscious force of life that you are yourself and that in itself perceives all things, thinks and feels them through and then decides to do something with it.
Your act of will is the expression of an answer formed by your thinking and feeling to an event, for example a certain incident or problem that you have observed first. By processing them by meditation and compassion, and by the subsequent return to the event by your act of will, something is changed: you influenced, changed the situation in the environment.
Your inner activity with your abilities therefore also depends on the changes you have made by intervening in the outer events and circumstances. This change then necessitates a new perception to be able to reassess the effect of your action with thinking and feeling. In this way, in addition to the cycle of your inner spiritual activity, a second cycle is created in connection with the outside world.
By every expression of will in the form of a statement or action, you make a certain change in the environment that you want to perceive again. You always want to see (to perceive) and evaluate (to think and to feel), what you have done (to want). You want to stay there and want to continue to see whether your thinking, feeling and wanting have been meaningful and in accordance with your own intentions and with the demands or needs of the circumstances in your environment.
By this interaction, your perception 'lives' as it were of your expression of purpose and vice versa, because your statements and actions themselves also cause changes in the flow of events. Although observing and wanting are the beginning and the end of the inner processing, they are connected to each other in the cycle of your abilities and are constantly working together. Because of the properties of the abilities they form a cycle that does not end ... by their properties they form the eternal life of the spirit.
It is these abilities that will be constantly discussed in spirituology.
1.6 The personality
These abilities are also the qualities of what we call the personality, personality as: the whole of personal characteristics of the person. That person is the human spirit. The only thing you can do and can be characterized as being a spirit is that you can perceive, think, feel and want, directed on yourself or on the other person, introverted or extraverted. You can direct the activity of your abilities outwards, to the world around you or inwards, to yourself in your own inner world.
The personality is thereby determined by the characteristic way in which you perceive the events, process them by thinking them through yourself and feeling them and, as a result, want to behave yourself outwardly in a specific, characteristic, personal way. In that behavior, in your personal way of doing, the degree of conscious control of the abilities is expressed. The conscious control of your abilities is therefore a measure for the assessment of your personality.
1.7 Development of personality and self-realization
Moreover, these abilities can go through a certain development, they can be brought up. By learning to use them in a conscious and controlled way, they are transformed from a state of unconsciousness and uncontrolledness to a state of consciousness and control, of instinctual to enthusiasm, which characterizes your personality. Eventually your abilities are developed to the conscience and the virtues. The balanced development of those abilities is that which is called spiritual development, self-realization, or development of personality.
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