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GNOSTICISM VS. AGNOSTICISM

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  • Royce Holleman
    From Dashed Against the Rock by W. J. Colville, 1894 (heavily influenced if not written by John W. Keely) Placed in the public domain on August 30, 1989 by
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      From "Dashed Against the Rock" by W. J. Colville, 1894

      (heavily influenced if not written by John W. Keely)

      Placed in the public domain on August 30, 1989 by Vangard Sciences, PO

      BOX 1031, Mesquite, TX, 75150:





      Comments by Aldebaran (pseudonym for Keely in "Dashed Against the Rock")







      I hold that ONE SUPREME FORCE, which we may term the
      incomprehensible, holds within itself all these sublime qualities, as an
      octave embraces its many tones.

      This force expressed in the human organism, in the varied impulses
      already designated, has what may be termed CONCORDANT CHORD-SETTINGS
      dominated by one or other of the above-named differentiations of this
      supreme force. Now let us ask what makes human beings differ the one
      from the other.

      The reason we give for this striking natural phenomenon is that in
      one individual these chord-settings are allowed full amplitude in
      action, while in others they are suppressed, and by suppression rendered
      latent.

      To illustrate : we will picture a beggar asking alms of a richly
      dressed gentleman, who passes by entirely oblivious of the suppliant's
      needs; but here the wonderful law of sympathetic action intercedes,
      making the wealthy individual comprehend the necessitous condition of
      the pauper.

      At this point the EGO enters the chamber of ordeal; here, in
      commonplace life, in every-day surroundings, man is tried; this is
      INITIATION.

      The well-to-do man goes on his way, not caring to stop, hurried
      perchance by the urgency of worldly affairs; the chord-setting
      representing that differentiation of infinite force called by us
      COMPASSION, acting upon its concordant chord-setting, loudly proclaims
      to the EGO what is right action, and the opportunity passing when it
      should be seized, powerfully exerts its force against the will of the
      personality that would suppress its action.

      Here is where the battle is fought; simple though the illustration
      may appear, it forcibly sets forth the actual conflict continually
      waging between divine wisdom and mortal error, carelessness, and
      ignorance.

      The man of wealth and position goes on, perhaps, for some distance,
      the battle all the while continuing; finally, he stops and turns back,
      he yields to the dominating influence of that chord-setting; he gives
      the beggar alms and goes on his way with the skies bright above him: he
      has won a battle he will not have to fight again.

      Understand that victory is won, not by the giving of alms, but by
      YIELDING to that divine force-differentiation.



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      If this chord-setting had not retained its dominance, it would only
      require a few instances of the above type to render it latent, and when
      latent the person is no longer amenable to influences calculated to
      arouse compassion.

      In like manner, other centres may be rendered latent by repeated
      suppression, until we find a person so dead to all appeals from the
      various chord-settings that his whole course in life is represented by
      the sum-total of the antagonisms internally produced: results proving
      this are seen every day.

      You ask why do people commit such blunders and perform such acts as
      they do, all the while seemingly unable to help themselves.

      The reason is that they have RENDERED LATENT these centres which
      otherwise would have given them the power to rightly control their deeds
      instead of being, as they now are, dominated exclusively by the forces
      of aggregated matter which we usually call the self-will of the outer
      personality, as distinguished from the distinctly humane individuality
      which always responds to a divine appeal.

      It can be readily seen from this example that a man can mould himself
      practically as he chooses; though he may have to encounter many
      obstacles erected by himself in past periods of earthly existence, as he
      comes to earth anew with these chord-settings latent, or developed to
      the extent they were so, at the conclusion of his last earth-embodiment;
      a man has therefore only to carefully examine the condition of these
      settings to learn whether they are latent or developed: if latent, he
      knows well that if he yields to the dominance of the chord-settings of
      the supreme force-and he needs no monitor other than these to instruct
      him, their voice being loud-toned, full, strong, deep, and high-to carry
      him on to the consummation of his highest ideal, their suppression
      leading him to the lowest condition in which we behold that section of
      humanity which is dominated by the action of the blind forces inherent
      in aggregated matter,-forces which are at all times powerfully and
      intimately associated with every one who possesses a material body.

      The work of arousing to activity the latent chord-settings is
      sometimes equivalent to giving birth to an entirely new condition in the
      person, the intellect and the imagination having to actively co-operate
      in the endeavor to produce even the minutest degree of activity.

      In such persons their hardest experiences may be of the greatest
      benefit to them, if rightly taken; for it is through certain orders of
      experience-not unattended with suffering-that these centres are
      powerfully acted upon. The fore-going illustration of the merchant and
      the beggar introduces one in whom the action of these centres is to a
      certain degree active.

      In experiences where the emotions are INTENSELY aroused their action
      is far greater, andwe may see the result of the conflict, inthe event
      of a person of hitherto unnoticeable traits being developed either into
      a person of crabbed, irritable disposition or into one of considerable
      moral beauty and attractiveness, and all because a centre hitherto
      dormant has been powerfully aroused or more completely suppressed.



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      Who knows but that all the varieties of disposition we see expressed
      every hour in the persons of those about us is due to HABIT; in the case
      of the sweet and lovable, to the habit of constant yielding to the
      dominance of what we may term super-celestial force, while on the other
      hand, the sour and morose are but the suffering victims of their own
      habitual suppression of these same divine centres of radiation, which
      are continually dispersing the divine energy focalized upon
      them throughout the eternal ages of unwasting life.

      Concerning CIRCUMSTANCES let it be most emphatically stated that they
      never need be permitted to suppress the upward tendencies of our nature;
      that they have, like ALL experiences, an opportunity contained within
      them, to act either for the more perfect dominance of the celestial or
      the terrestrial, none need deny; but it rests with every individual to
      EMBRACE or REJECT opportunities as he will, to accept the honors of
      initiation or undergo the regrets consequent upon failure.

      Only the keen, sensitive soul can understand when these opportunities
      come and go, for only such have won this right by successive victories
      gained through yielding to these celestial streams of force, and the
      conqueror over himself is the victor ALWAYS, though he may SEEM
      sometimes to yield obedience to a force greater than himself.

      Let the supreme desire of each one of us ever be that these
      resonating centres, permanent throughout measureless cycles of time,
      graduated by the all-wise builders of the universe to perfect
      concordance with the Divine Force which is in essence incomprehensible,-
      shall vibrate to fullest amplitude of action; so shall we each escape
      from the pains, sorrows, and disappointments associated with their
      suppression and INEVITABLY resulting from it."



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