Essence of the Lotus

On Essence & Presence – the Fourth Way and Other Traditions

Essence and Presence – What is presence, and how does it relate to essence? How do the Fourth Way and other traditions use these terms? From the Sufi Tradition – Zikar In Sufism, the word zikar means “remembrance of the Presence of God while losing oneself in a sacred experience.” Truly, it is the remembrance of a […]

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Self-Observation

A Right Basis for Observing Oneself With self-observation, as in everything, the beginning is important and needs to be on the right basis. One has to be very careful what one calls “I”. Basically, practically everything we can observe is actually not “I”. Of course, there is a real “I” in each person, but it […]

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Using Energy and Impressions for Self-Remembering

“What can we do to increase the reserve of energy needed for self-remembering and how do we use impressions?” First Conscious Shock – Being Present to Incoming Impressions Self-remembering needs emotional energy, hydrogen 12. According to Ouspensky, the first conscious shock involves bringing this energy of the emotional center to the point of incoming impressions. […]

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Being Present to One’s Sleep

“I have an aim to be present when opening doors. I’ve just opened a door and walked through the doorway. Was it presence when my hand was on the door handle? If I wasn’t or I’m not sure, then who or what is it that opens a door and walks through?” An experienced Fourth Way […]

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