Who can prove it to me...? An introduction to the work "In the Light of Truth", by Abd-ru-shin 1875-1941
Conclusive answers to key questions
Whoever knows me from BioMagnetic Healing sessions and seminars and training will understand that the basis of the explanations I give in order to explain how Healing Magnetism works comes from The Grail Message: In the Light of Truth by Abd-ru-shin (Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, 1875 - 1941).
On this basis I was and am able to offer my clients and students explanations and plausible answers to questions that are usually regarded as unexplained or at least controversial, but which, on closer examination, must be considered as indispensable for a meaningful life on earth!
To cite a few examples:
Who can prove to me......?
However, the objection could be raised and also is sometimes raised: "Who can prove to me that the work In the Light of Truth is really the truth and not again just one more opinion?"
Such an objection is partly understandable, since it would be unwise in precisely an age of information overload, the inflationary expansion of esoteric thought and the emergence of numerous "new prophets", to accept everything on offer without examination. On the other hand, such a remark also reveals a certain danger. Many of us, especially in affluent societies, have become accustomed to a phenomenon that can in spiritual terms have disastrous consequences. We are in almost all areas used to making a demand when we have paid for something. We are accustomed to being courted, since a huge market of goods and services awaits our money and, as customers, make us "king"! We therefore, needless to say, feel entitled to judge whether something is to our liking or not, whether, for example, a book we bought meets our demands and expectations. Yet the idea that this could be reversed and a work could make demands on us, demands that we then have to fulfil, might be very strange to most people in some cultures and often be perceived as an imposition.
But this is precisely what makes the Grail Message a refreshingly uncomfortable, and in its autonomy, an exceptionally valuable signpost. It demands of every reader to examine seriously what is offered, but to do so mainly with the intuitive perception, and not exclusively with the intellect. However, intuitive examination requires, what is for most human beings today, the most difficult thing. We cannot stand as untouched observers outside what is said, but must involve ourselves if we are really earnest about the Truth.
This is often uncomfortable, or even painful, but if it is really about the "Light of Truth", then even what is uncomfortable must also be illuminated. An all-embracing picture of world events also takes in the downsides and their causes. These especially must be given weight in any truthful consideration that will help a recovery.
It is in this regard not difficult to understand that we human beings are the ones who by our actions, thoughts and attitudes have poisoned the earth and its ethereal environment. All this will be readily acceptable to many critically thinking persons, but often with a single, crucial exception: the exception being they themselves! It is always only the others who are to blame for all the hardship, ills and adversity - (the politicians, business leaders, the unpopular boss, the obnoxious colleagues, the prickly or thick skinned spouse and the children spoilt by him, the hypersensitive friends)...It is always the others who make the desirable heavenly conditions impossible.
But herein the Grail Message clearly establishes that the basis for a better world can come only from the individual human being, from our willingness to change consistently for the good! It can be formulated even more uncompromisingly: every person can in reality change only one individual: himself or herself - and thus act as a good example that is "contagious" to those of his fellow human beings who are similarly willing!
It is this requirement for every reader that very quickly confronts him with the decision, either to make the necessary self-change with all the attendant struggles and often also take on initial pains, because only on the path of unrelenting contemplation of reality can a recovery actually take place - or else carry on with his life in the old, unchanged manner; which will, however, entail unpleasant consequences, regardless of whether we are willing to admit or repress it! But whoever is committed to a critical self-examination and is prepared to implement the necessary changes will find in the Grail Message, as the author writes, "light and staff" for his path.....and in his own experiences the proof that in this work he has really found the "Light of Truth".
A message to the human spirit
The author of the Grail Message was German by birth and bore the civil name Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, but wrote his work In the Light of Truth under the pen-name Abd-ru-shin, which among other things has the meaning, "Servant of the Light".
To contrast, especially refreshingly, with conventional promotional strategies nowadays that are geared more to the author than to the content, it should be noted that Abd-ru-shin pushes everything personal well into the background and demands that not the person but the subject be examined! He thereby also rejects decisively any personality cult!
The Grail Message is composed of three volumes with a total of 168 lectures.
A guiding theme prefaces each volume with a demand and a highly challenging task:
"Free yourself from all Darkness!
He who makes no effort to grasp the word of the Lord aright burdens himself with guilt!"
These two sentences already indicate that the Grail Message is directed primarily to our spiritual core, to the spirit, and only secondarily to the intellect. For only the spirit, thus the actual inner person, knows - beyond all philosophical debate - well enough that it is more or less still connected with the "Darkness"(whose species and origin is described in later lectures), and furthermore, that it has not yet rightly grasped "the Word of the Lord", thus the Will of God, and must exert itself if it wants to progress in its necessary development.
The proof that "the Word of the Lord" has in general not been grasped aright by mankind lies already quite simply in the fact that there are countless religious communities, many always claiming the only correct interpretation of the "Holy Scriptures", and often being the bitterest of adversaries. Where there is real truth and therewith logical consistency, such is impossible by the nature of things. Because where there can be disputes, there clarity is lacking and naturally also the truth!
In this personal effort the important Creation's Law of Movement, namely the personal movement, is also addressed, and like all the cosmic laws needs to be observed and fulfilled. Because only in the personal effort do we again find access to that entity in us that is connected with the truth and can therefore recognise the truth, thus access to our spirit, which has nothing to do with the brain and the intellect. Each person carries this truth principle within, and he is therefore also able to recognise the truth beyond all denominations and to distinguish it from the fallacies provided he seriously takes the trouble to do so.
"Belief becomes conviction"
The foreword to the Grail Message is divided into several parts. It begins with a great promise: "The bandage falls and belief becomes conviction! Liberation and redemption lie only in conviction!"
Nearly everything that has to do in our modern culture with questions of meaning, hereafter, religion and God, is commonly described with the term "belief". But what belief is actually all about is evidenced by the everyday use of the word: "I believe....", it nearly always has the meaning: "I guess or suspect so, I am speculating, I assume or I suppose so", which is far removed from knowledge and conviction. Is our belief in God actual certainty, conviction - or is it not rather more or less vague hope, perhaps even an unreflective adherence to the faith of our parents?
Does conviction not also contain knowledge? But do we know God's Will, His Laws and the meaning and purpose of our life? Can we ever get by without this knowledge if we want to make any progress in our spiritual development? Any seriously seeking person will have to answer in the negative if he is honest with himself?
And then we learn about the requirements that must be fulfilled by the person to whom the Grail Message is to bring any benefit: "I am addressing earnest seekers only. They must be able and willing to examine this matter objectively! Religious fanatics and irresponsible enthusiasts may hold aloof, for they are detrimental to the Truth. As for the malevolent and prejudiced, they shall find their sentence in the very words.
"The Message will strike only those who still carry within them a spark of truth, and the yearning to be true human beings. To all such it will become the shining light and staff. It will lead them unswervingly out of all the chaos of the present-day confusion."
Earnest seeking means among other things to be awake and mobile and to evaluate what has been read with the intuitive perception against life itself, but at the same time setting aside one's parcels of wisdom, prejudices, fixed ideas, and the jumble of other learned stuff, since it might very easily be wrong! Seen clearly, this is a life task that calls for our full commitment!
"I do not found a new religion!
"So that we do not immediately open a new drawer in our mind labelled "new religion", which would make vividly grasping what is said afterwards more difficult, there follows another important clarification:
"The following Word does not bring a new religion, but is intended as the torch to help all serious listeners or readers find the right path, which leads them to the longed-for height."
This is the second time the driving force is mentioned that can ultimately lead us upward: the longing to be a real human being, for the Light, the Truth and for ascent to our original homeland, to Paradise.
And since we have completely strayed spiritually and can no longer so easily find the way to our origin, the author of the Grail Message promises us the torch in the following, while 'what is necessary for development lies in our own abilities, not in the adoption of foreign, borrowed views at second, third or tenth hand!
"Only he who bestirs himself can advance spiritually. The fool who uses extraneous aids for this, in the form of the ready-made opinions of others, only walks his path as if on crutches, while ignoring his own healthy limbs.
"But the moment he boldly uses all the abilities which lie dormant within him awaiting his call, to help in his ascent, he is employing the talent entrusted to him in accordance with the Creator's Will, and will easily overcome all obstacles that seek to divert him.
"Therefore awake! Genuine faith lies only in conviction, and conviction comes solely through an inflexible weighing and examining! See that you are truly alive in the wonderful Creation of your God!"
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What is intuition and why is it so difficult today for many human beings to be open to their intuitive perception?
The Riches of the Intuition
It is said that an intuitive person is a person who, when faced with a decision, knows which direction to take, but is not necessarily able to explain why this direction is the right one. On the other hand, someone using his reason to make a decision will analyse the situation, will weigh the pros and cons through tedious reflection, and then will choose a direction or another based on these arguments. They will explain the reasoning behind their choice.
It is also said that a woman is more intuitive than a man, because a man relies more on his reasoning. Most of the time, much credibility is given to intellectual reasoning and little credit is given to the intuition, which is incapable of justifying its position by proofs and arguments.
Yet some people have observed that any decision based on an intuition, although unable to be justified with evidence, would have been the best choice. We prefer to be proud and to trust in our intellectual reasoning. We are wrong. And this is what most people know of the intuition. However, what they do not know is why the intuition is always right even though it is not based on proven evidence. What they also do not know is the true nature of the intuition, its origin, and what are the possibilities and riches that it offers.
It would be interesting to know more about the intuition. To do this, let us start with some observations, but more importantly with new knowledge drawn from the work of spiritual high value entitled: “In the Light of Truth – The Grail Message”.
This work gives us clear, logical and complete explanations of everything that concerns spiritual life, the evolutionary path we should follow, the attitude to adopt in Creation in order to find true happiness….and many other topics.
Discovering our intuition
Regarding the intuition, we learn that this precious gift exists in every human being, man and woman. In fact, being of the human species itself implies that we possess an intuitive perception. This perception is closely linked to the human race. When used as its optimum, a woman has a more refined and delicate intuition and that is why she can perceive and feel more than a man….on the condition that it is used well. It would be beneficial if man also listened more closely to this intuition; he would be surprised at the rich possibilities that this gift also offers him.
Unfortunately, many human beings, men and women, do not realize that they have this gift within them. Consequently, they do not use it at all. Others have heard of this gift but do not take it seriously. Still, others sometimes sense this intuition but due to ignorance or neglect, choose to ignore it. As a result, they feel burdened without knowing why. Rare are those who clearly sense this intuition and benefit from its guidance.
Why is this gift not accessible to all in the same way? Actually, this gift is available to everyone, as it exists within each of us. Unfortunately, not everyone gives it a chance to manifest itself at a conscious level. For this to happen, one must listen inwardly….which means to “pay attention” …..become aware of and more sensitive to one’s deep inner feelings.
This awareness however, is not easy for present day man to detect. This is because it is difficult for him to free himself from his daily routine, especially when the day is hard and stressful. As soon as he is ready to open up to the intuition or inner voice, he is bombarded with countless thoughts running through his mind and his imagination overwhelms him to the point where he cannot shut it off. This hinders him considerably in his efforts to pay attention to the intuition and be perceptive to its voice that is first felt in the solar plexus followed by living images, if the intellect could but yield its place a little.
Why is it so difficult today for many human beings to be open to their intuitive perception? To understand this, one needs to examine the origin of the intuition and also the evolution of humanity.
The origin of the intuition
The intuition is a faculty that is felt on the physical body in an area called the solar plexus. However, this gut feeling does not originate from either the brain or the nervous system, even though it manifests through them. The intuition originates in the spiritual being that inhabits the physical body. This is because the human being is fundamentally a spiritual being incarnated on earth in a physical body for a certain length of time.
In the beginning, we were all unconscious spirit germs who lived in a Higher World of the Beyond that we call “Paradise” or the “Heavenly Realms”. It is a world of extraordinary beauty and great perfection. In order to awaken and become conscious, the spirit germ had to leave this ideal World and descend into worlds much lower and further away from the Creator. In these worlds, the spirit germs must awaken to consciousness, grow to the full maturity necessary for our return to Paradise, this time as fully conscious spiritual beings. And from thereon, we can live an eternal conscious existence in this wonderful World.
One of the lower planes where the spirit germs must mature is the physical world in which we presently live. On this earth, evolving spirits like us must live through different experiences, which helps us reach maturity. This maturity, which we must achieve here on earth, cannot be attained in one earth life. For this reason, we must return to this earth more than once. Therefore, we reincarnate.
To mature on the earth plane, a human being has two types of abilities at this disposal. One originates from the intimate inner being, which is the spiritual core. On earth, this is manifested through the intuition, which should be felt much more clearly in each one of us than is the case today. The second ability, the intellect, is associated with the physical body, but more exactly to the sensory organs, the brain and the nervous system.
In his spiritual work “In the Light of Truth – The Grail Message, “ Abd-ru-Shin tells us that these two abilities should have been developed to the same degree. In this way, every human being would have had a well-developed intellect to cope perfectly on the earthly plane, as well as a clear intuition for easy contact with all that are beyond the material world. He would therefore have lived his life on earth as a well-grounded human being but also have maintained a direct link with the World of the Beyond, even with his place of origin, Paradise. He would have felt a far greater inspiration to ennoble and uplift his life on earth, to develop beauty and harmony around him and to further all that is good around him. His evolution and his maturity would have been attained much more easily and quickly than at present.
Unfortunately, during our evolution, spread over many lives, humans committed a huge error and maintained it. We made the mistake of developing a strong propensity for earthly values, material goods and intellectual knowledge. We forced an over development of their intellect, whose origin is in the frontal brain. This mistake was compounded by a bigger one by allowing our intuitive connection with the pure and elevated Worlds of the Beyond to progressively deteriorate; thereby letting go of our inner spiritual life. The result of these two mistakes was that over the course of our many incarnations on earth, human beings became more and more logical thinking beings, and less and less inspired and receptive beings. We lost the ability to let ourselves be guided and inspired by the numerous helpers from the Beyond.
Today, many are completely cut off from any real contact with the Beyond and with the influence of God. Their interests are uniquely directed towards all that is material and earthly.
This is the fundamental reason why the “voice of the spirit”, the intuition, is so hard for many to perceive. If now this is difficult, it is because the powerful intellect assails our mind with stressful thoughts and we only have a weak connection to a spiritual life. This does not mean that we cannot gradually re-establish this connection. This is possible even if it requires much effort in the beginning. In the same way that great effort is required to restore a path that has long been neglected and is now overrun by shrubs, we must do the same with our inner life to re-establish contact with our intuitive perception, the ability which opens a door to true spirituality, real life for an authentic communication with God.
Intuition and feeling
If we know now that the intuition manifests in the solar plexus, with deep inner stirrings, one must be careful not to confuse it with feelings awakened by thoughts and physical instincts. The intuition is independent of thoughts; it is spontaneous whenever it manifests.
For example: We say that the first impression is always right when we meet someone for the first time. So from the very first encounter, we form an impression of this person. It could be a spontaneous liking, indifference or even repulsion.
Why is the first impression always right and not necessarily other impressions about this person that might arise later! It is because the first impression was spontaneous; it was neither forced nor generated by a thought. Inevitably it is a manifestation of the intuition, which had instantly sensed the real nature and the real intentions of the person, even if he succeeded in hiding his true self.
Therefore, other impressions about the same individual follow that may contradict the first impressions. These new impressions are awakened by new opinions formed in the brain, maybe by observation of his outward appearance or through conversation. These new impressions will be nothing other than feelings influenced by thoughts. These feelings can take over and completely obscure the spontaneous intuitive impressions that arose initially and which would have continued to be felt if it was not for the appearance of the feelings. Thus we learn much later, perhaps days or weeks later that the first impression was correct:
According to Abd-ru-shin on this subject:
“It is absolutely impossible for the intuitive perception to err!”
“Whenever man is led astray there are two reasons for his errors – either the intellect or the feeling!”
“How often one hears it said: “In this or that matter I allowed myself to be guided by my feelings and got into trouble! One should only rely on one’s intellect.”
“Such persons have mistaken their feelings for their inner voice.
They praise their intellect and have no idea that it is just the intellect which plays such an important part in their feelings. “
“Therefore be on your guard! Feeling is not intuitive perception! Feeling emanates from the physical body. This generates instincts which, guided by the intellect, produce feeling. It defers from the intuitive perception……”
“The intuitive perception is spiritual and stands above earthly conception of space and time……”
“But the majority of people have closed themselves to this intuition by pushing their feelings in front of it like a dense veil or wall. Then they mistake the feeling for the inner voice, as a result of which they experience many disappointments…..”
A theory in psychology states that our feelings arise primarily from our thoughts and imagination. As such, a situation can awaken a certain feeling based on how we perceive the situation. But if we change the way we perceive, the same situation could bring about different feelings.
This is correct……as long as we are talking about feelings and the intuition is not taken into consideration.
But the intuition, this inner voice that spontaneously reveals itself in us, is quite different. The intuition is never influenced by our way of thinking, nor by habits or mentalities. Regardless of our mode of thought, our way of understanding events in our lives or the actions that we take, our intuition always remains the same, expressing the same values and aspirations and interpreting the same events and actions in its way. It is firm and unchangeable in this regard.
For example, the inner voice can never be reconciled with wrongdoing towards another even if one uses the best reasons in the world to justify his action. The intuition will always reprimand the wrongdoer when it is given the opportunity to be heard.
The only possible influence that an individual can exert on his intuition, is to prevent it from making itself known; thus to stifle it and bury it under troublesome feelings that are caused and awakened by mental ruminations.
The voice of the intuition is then driven back to the level of the unconscious. But even when overrun by feelings completely opposite to what it would like to express, the intuition remains true to itself. It broods in secret and waits for every opportunity to emerge again to the conscience, like a blade of grass that succeeds in piercing through the asphalt, which covered it.
Why are some people no longer truly able to understand themselves? It is because of the contradiction that exists between their inner voice and the thoughts and feelings that are produced through all their intellectual pondering. Therefore they are conscious of their thoughts and feelings but remain unaware of their deeply buried intuition that is often in disagreement with the lifestyle and values that these people consciously nourish. Harmony and peace of mind will return the day these individuals recognize their intuition – the voice of their spirit – and will allow themselves to be guided by it, which is always the right way.
To be able to finally recognize the intuitive voice, one must be able to distinguish between the intuition and feelings. From “The Grail Message” , Abd-ru-shin shows us how to recognize the difference between the two:
“ ……The pictures of the intuitive perception are genuine and full of living power, while the pictures of the feeling, i.e. the imagination are deceptions produced with borrowed power!”
“In the case of intuitive pictures……the pictures immediately appears first and only thereafter is it transmuted into thoughts…..”
“In the case of pictures produced by the frontal brain, the process is reversed. Here the thoughts must precede in order to form the basis of the pictures….”
(Volume II. Lecture 70 The intuitive Perception)
It is not easy for many of us to initially untangle all of this within ourselves. However, with effort and attentive observations through the indications given in “The Grail Message” one can progressively get there. In so doing, Abd-ru-shin says:
“ ……..the separating layer will soon become thinner and lighter again, till finally it disintegrates altogether, and the still pure untarnished spark bursts forth into a blazing flame.”
(Volume II. Lecture 7. The Inner Voice. )
Certain manifestations of the intuition
In concluding, I would like to mention certain manifestations of the intuition.
Perhaps at some point in your life, you have aspired to a pure and high ideal, an ideal of kindness, an unselfish love that seemed wonderful and grand, but had difficulty in defining it clearly: an ideal that seemed too beautiful to be attained here on earth. This ideal, which you had difficulty defining clearly, was an inspiration coming from the intuition. However if we had developed our spiritual and intellectual abilities to the same extent, it would have been easy to clearly picture any ideal that we seek. It would also have been much easier to find concrete ways to fulfil our ideals here on earth.
Have you ever experienced great pain or overwhelming joy after an unexpected event? At such moments, a strong urge arises within, filled with either gratitude to your Creator or a strong cry for urgent help. You could not even put such deep inner feelings into words, they were so powerful. These kinds of prayers are other manifestations of the intuition.
Also, have you ever been surrounded by nature in a beautiful place, with your heart overwhelmed by its beauty and purity?
Have you ever had a spontaneous urge to be kind or to simply love someone close to you unconditionally, and with this urge you desired nothing in return because the act on its own was a great source of joy for you?
All of these, are manifestations of the intuition, the voice of the spirit that gives the human being its value, nobility and beauty.
If human beings on earth would give their intuition its rightful place, meaning the first place, if we would make the intellect an instrument to execute orders from our intuition and not the master that stifles our intuition, then, not only would our earthly lives change for the better – becoming an image of the ideal life that reigns in Paradise – but also, the spirit within the human being would mature faster. This necessary and indispensable maturity would permit us to follow our path unhindered after this earth live in the Beyond to the Eternal Paradise, our true Home.
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