Georgi Alexandrov Stankov, July 02, 2019
translated from the German book “Gnostic Tradition of Western Philosophy“, Part 1, 297 pages, 2004, into English by the author
Feelings and Human Cognition
The human psyche, that is, the sum of all feelings of an individual, is a preformed construction of the soul that consists of different archetypal modules and can be infinitely varied. It is determined before incarnation and birth and forms the individual core of the incarnated personality.
Each individual psyche contains some basic patterns of low-frequency astral energies, which manifest themselves as basic fears during the incarnation and decisively determine the personality in its development and behaviour. Greed, avarice, power instinct, arrogance and a feeling of inferiority, such as the feeling of “having missed something in life”, are such basic fears.
As an open system, the psyche, in this pure form, is shaped and changed in the course of a lifetime by external circumstances and by one’s own mind. The energetic interplay between psyche and living conditions is thus the central research goal of the soul during an incarnation. The psychic matrix of the incarnated personality, as conceived by the soul, contains energetic patterns, one could also speak of energetic “traps”, which must be solved by the mind as incarnation tasks. With the incarnation one has, so to speak, his soul tasks in the luggage, which he has to master during the current life.
Basically, this introspective activity concerns the dismantling of patterns of fear, which the human being initially regards as immanent characteristics of the personality and from which he distances himself only with increasing experience by transforming them into higher-frequency patterns of love. This is accomplished through constructive interference between the higher-frequency mind and the psyche, which is mainly composed of low-frequency, astral (4th dimensional) anxiety patterns.
The solution of this task can be through the mind or through the heart: In esotericism one speaks of the “path of knowledge” and the “path of love“. Fear can be reduced by logic – the new Gnosis of the Universal Law is a valuable support in this regard – or by unprejudiced, loving intentions. The individual destiny, largely predetermined by the soul – we have seen that it is a function of the soul matrix – is always a mixture of both possibilities. To the extent to which the incarnated personality recognizes herself, i.e. explores her psyche, she evolves to higher frequency ranges. At the same time her fears are reduced and her medial skills grow.
The knowledge of the incarnated personality can be conveyed through reflection, observation of the environment, painful or joyful experiences and strokes of fate. Such experiences are an important part of human Gnosis, although very little of this experience has found its way into the gnostic scriptures handed down to us (10).
Hence fear patterns are low-frequency patterns of the psyche that form destructive interferences and prevent human consciousness from gaining access to the higher frequencies of the 7F-creationary realms. The latter are carriers of love and all-embracing knowledge, where love promotes knowledge and vice versa: knowledge – love. Both the ability to love and to acquire knowledge grow in the course of an incarnation cycle.
Love is the sensual and mental perception of an emotional state that conveys information to man about the all-encompassing constructive resonance of the 7F-creationary realms. In its highest intensity, love is experienced as ecstasy. In this case, all chakras open to the energies of the 7F-creationary realms that flood the body, psyche, and mind, while largely eliminating the latter.
At the present stage of spiritual evolution of mankind, the mind must be eliminated during ecstasy in the incarnated state. The reason for this is that conventional thinking, which is currently unanimously praised as “rational”, is in reality a conglomeration of anxiety-induced, inadequate beliefs that energetically stand in the way of an unadulterated, unbiased perception of the higher-frequency astral energies. If, on the other hand, the mind evolves to higher, fear-free frequencies, i.e. if the mental comprehension of the environment and the personal identity consists of loving, fear-free and enlightened thoughts, then the mind need not be switched off during ecstasy. He can now actively participate in the energetic events of the astral worlds and consciously perceive the ecstasy (read also integration of the divine mind).
Love and ecstasy delimit consciousness and convey the oneness with the astral worlds. The same applies to sexual orgasm, which is a limited experience of ecstasy in the body, so to speak, a substitute of the incarnated soul for the lost ecstasy of its astral existence.
It is important to note that although love is a common theme of philosophy (e.g. Eros in Plato or love in Hegel) and Gnosis (Plotin), its actual experience cannot be adequately conveyed either in writing or verbally. This also applies to other feelings, impulses and insights that the soul whispers to the incarnated personality. Here we reach an incarnation-specific boundary of human cognition – the limitations of language as the universal medium for the exchange of information among humans. I will discuss this linguistic aspect in more detail in Part 3 (see also the article “What’s love“).
In this context, feelings prove to be prefabricated frequency patterns of the psyche, which provide the mind, the human spirit, with unambiguous and direct information about the energetic, inner-soul events. From a physical point of view, the emotional plane is the astral plane which is closest to the human body and its three-dimensional environment and thus has the lowest frequency spectrum of all astral planes. All actions of the incarnated personalities take place, so to speak, in an astral sea of emotions: they are triggered by emotions or trigger emotions that have to be processed mentally.
Since all events and occurrences experienced by humans are threaded and played through in the astral realms before they take shape, the feelings provide important information about forthcoming events and their outcome, as well as about their fateful meaningfulness. If interpreted correctly, they provide valuable information about interpersonal relationships, e.g. why certain experiences are made again and again and how to deal with them, or how to overcome them when they are associated with unpleasant feelings. One cannot avoid constantly dealing with one’s own feelings, questioning them, experiencing them to their full extent or transforming them: In other words, to deal with them playfully and to evaluate their results continuously.
In this sense, the creative handling of emotions is the key to understanding the individual destiny and the environment in which it takes place, as well as the lever for its change. If, for example, the incarnated personality has problems with the adequate processing of certain negative feelings, such as hatred, distrust, inferiority, greed and envy, then she will repeatedly experience situations that trigger these feelings until it learns to deal with them and gain positive, loving insights from them, with which she can reshape her behaviour and her environment. If the task in a specific emotional area is satisfactorily solved from the point of view of the soul, then the experience of the incarnated personality changes and she moves on to deal with and learn from other, new psychological or mental problems.
The insight that feelings can convey important knowledge and effectively change human fate is not really familiar to modern man. Questions of destiny are considered a major domain of free human will, which in turn is a major theme of Western philosophy. Since antiquity, Europeans have been extensively concerned with the question of free will and have endeavoured to explore the limits of this divine gift.
While the ancient Greeks believed that the fate of the individual depended on the goodwill of the Olympic gods, in modern times free will is regarded as an inviolable, absolute good, even though it is routinely suppressed in society. In reality, man is free to make decisions: Above all, he can decide to love or to hate, to understand or to remain blinded by traditional beliefs. Being human means making decisions first.
At the same time, the soul makes decisions that always come true and decisively determine the fate of the incarnated personality. These decisions are not made by the soul at will, as most frightened people who deal with such questions fear from their limited anthropocentric perspective, but after careful consideration of the psychological and mental state of the incarnated personality. The decisions of the soul are played through as innumerable probability alternatives before the optimal solution for soul and incarnated personality is found.
Modern man is wrongly suspicious of his soul. This skepticism arises from the seeming self-sufficiency of the mind, which has emancipated itself a little bit from the guiding power of the soul, especially in young souls, and has immediately become overconfident. The mind of the young soul, which currently dominates social life, insists on its independence like a defiant child tired of the paternalism of its parents and denies the intimate knowledge on the omnipotence of the soul that created it. Since the mind is at the same time afraid of being left alone, but cannot admit this fear to itself, he fears above all that his self-sufficiency will ultimately prove to be an illusion and that it will have to return to the care of the soul again. Since the young soul mind has no experience in inner-soul dialogue, it derives its fear of being taken over by the soul in a hostile manner exclusively from its negative experience with interpersonal relationships which are based on dependence, manipulation and coercion. It must inevitably overestimate the role of the free will in order to protect itself from such relationships.
The collective self-deception regarding the existence of free will in the sense of absolute self-sufficiency of the human mind towards the soul is thus a central aspect of the amnesia of the incarnated personality and the source of many unconscious fears and patterns of behavior. The widespread fear that man is a plaything of unfathomable cosmic forces (11) – this explains why many people resort to various esoteric games such as tarot and horoscope – is an archetypal fear pattern that reinforces the amnesia of the incarnated personality in a negative feedback.
In order to counteract this amnesia, the soul actively interferes in the fate of her incarnation and creates conditions that gradually lift the veil of forgetfulness. Ultimately, the soul is only concerned with promoting the ability of the incarnated personality to love, which can only be achieved by breaking down her patterns of fear. In this process, the human mind must also be developed and expanded peu á peu, without losing its independence and freedom of choice. This process of development is aimed at the ultimate, conscious recognition of the eternal validity of the soul and the acknowledgment of her concerns in the earthly 3D life for the benefit of the incarnated personality.
To this end, the soul resorts to various events: fateful encounters, accidents, illnesses, difficult historical conditions, such as wars, migrations of peoples and extradition create living conditions that trigger intense feelings and serve as a means of developing the consciousness of the incarnated personality. Feelings are, so to speak, the repertoire of the soul with which it makes herself felt in an effective way: the soul can articulate herself in incarnated form mainly through the psyche.
This crucial insight, to reiterate it one more time, is not really familiar to European philosophy. It is a serious failure of Occidental Gnosis. Especially in the light body process the correct handling of stubborn emotional patterns caused by fear is crucial for the successful energetic transformation of the biological body into crystalline light body.
The human psyche only came into the focus of European philosophy at the beginning of the 20th century, when psychoanalysis was developed, even though it was already known as a concept to the ancient Greeks: they called the soul “psyche” and described it as the beat of a butterfly’s wings or as a charming girl loved by Eros. I have explained in the new Gnosis why Freudian psychoanalysis is a blatantly wrong methodological approach to an understanding of the human psyche and why its function as a manifestation of the soul is misjudged in psychology (read also here and here).
The role of the human psyche, including the realm of the Unconscious, which is at the centre of Freudian psychoanalysis, as the medium of communication with the soul has not yet been properly understood, although the ancient Greeks have provided us with valuable clues with the development of drama. Rather, the unconscious is still regarded today as a Pandora’s box, out of which “evil” flows, in the form of instinctive, uncontrollable thoughts and actions, out into the world and affects innocent people like a pandemic. Previously, this seducibility of the human mind was attributed to the devil; this resulted in such gruesome practices as exorcism and witch burns at the stake.
In this respect, psychoanalysis, in which the patient lies on the couch and chats in a relaxed manner about his intimate thoughts, represents nevertheless a significant progress in civilization, if one considers that the generation before Freud witnessed the last burning of witches at the stake in Europe and especially in Germany, and that even today exorcism of devils, in which even people die, are common in church circles and are officially tolerated. The mastery of the unconscious as the source of all spirituality has been reduced in the known history of mankind almost exclusively to the destruction of the flesh. This attitude is indicative of the degree of primitiveness of humanity today, which has developed little psycho-mentally since then, considering the many wars and military clashes among dissenters that are currently taking place on Earth.
Unfortunately, feelings are currently seen more as a curse than a blessing, so that they contribute little to Gnosis and the evolution of the incarnated soul. The people of today generally do not know that they can become conscious creators of their own destiny through a meaningful way of dealing with their feelings and emotional actions and hardly use the potential of free will in dealing with the psyche. Far too often, free will is interpreted as a blank cheque to ignore feelings and experiences, not wanting to learn anything from them and be allowed to make the same mistakes over and over again. This, too, is undoubtedly an aspect of the freedom of choice that the soul grants to the incarnated personality.
Such decisions that are made out of lack of love or insight, usually lead to a dialectical increase of negative experiences and create conditions that restrict the scope of free will decisions. Man is forced by external circumstances to change in order to survive. Such existentially threatening experiences promote in a very effective manner the evolution of the psyche and the mind, which are inherently very inert and designed for safety: Incarnation means to gather all possible experiences in the 3D space-time. This explains the extremely difficult living conditions on earth in the last 2000-3000 years.
In the spirit of the new Gnosis, human emotions and their interpretation will very soon play a decisive role in interpersonal relationships. People will become more conscious about them than is the case today, they will deal with them and use them purposefully as instruments for soul evolution. The interpersonal relationships will benefit mostly from that. They will become much more joyful, open, diverse and satisfying than they currently present themselves. The correct handling of emotions is an indispensable prerequisite especially for the progress of the light body process. Already at this point we can see in which direction the expansion of the new Gnosis will progress (12).
As already mentioned, the analysis and interpretation of feelings as important carriers of transcendental knowledge have so far received little attention in Western philosophy. Many philosophical currents are extremely hostile to human emotions and preach their suppression as a prerequisite for abstract philosophical achievements. Especially in Christianity this trend is not to be underestimated since Paul, regardless of the fact that this religion speaks incessantly of love, but rarely practices it. Asian religions, such as Buddhism and Confucianism, on the other hand, concede the feelings a central importance in life and strive for a binding ethic that promotes emotions and refines them to virtues.
With the exception of Plato, who sublimates and transcends feelings into philosophical Eros, and the Epicureans, who strive for a balanced synthesis between the emotional world and reason, most Western philosophers reject feelings as an obstacle on the path to knowledge. They are regarded as enemies of reason. This is only the case when the rational mind cannot interpret the feelings correctly and is overpowered by them, i.e. when the thinking is distorted by the fear-related patterns of the psyche.
This fear is the source of the philosophers’ general rejection of their own and alien feelings. Obviously, most European philosophers did not really trust their feelings for various reasons. Their emotional abstinence led to considerable intellectual deficits and is a prominent characteristic of European philosophy; it represents an artificial boundary of Gnosis.
On the other hand, the diversity of human feelings and how to deal with them is the main theme of Western literature, although emotions are described there as the result of tragicomic experiences and fateful coincidences and not as Gnostic modules for self-recognition and cognition of other people (13).
As a “plaything of emotions”, man, at his present stage of evolution, is not yet in a position to playfully deal with his feelings and consciously use them to promote interpersonal relationships and transcendental experiences. This is related to the emphasis on the lower three body chakras and the extensive blockade of the 4th heart chakra in the current population of incarnated souls. In the current stage of his soul evolution, man has to deal mainly with existential problems, which emphasize the survival instinct of the 1st chakra, the sexual instinct of the 2nd chakra, the power instinct and the expansion urge of the 3rd chakra.
The vast majority of people are still guided by lower instincts; in energetic sense, they do not yet have the psycho-mental powers to think about their base instincts and negative feelings and to distance themselves from them. At the same time, the negativity of such feelings frightens modern man so much that he wants to avoid at any price any relentless confrontation with his psychic being: one does not like to dig in the abysses of his own soul.
For this reason, the negative characteristics expressed mainly by the lower three chakras prove to be extremely resistant and resilient. As individual manifestations of fear, they possess an astonishing mimicry and appear as various pseudo-virtues, e.g. as “bourgeois virtues”, which have already been disregarded by Plotin, the founder of Neoplatonism. Many unreflected ethical ideas and institutions in today’s society are based on such false virtues. The church is a prime example of that. At the same time, the ability to love, which is imparted by the 4th chakra, is largely blocked.
The overemphasis of the lower three chakras corresponds to the soul age of the currently incarnated population, which consists predominantly of baby, child and young souls. The collective mental patterns of the world’s population expressed through these chakras determine decisively the social norms and living conditions that we currently find on earth and are anything but pleasing.
The upper three chakras, which convey intellectual (5th chakra), inspirational (6th chakra) and ecstatic (7th chakra) qualities, are predominant in mature and old souls. In these incarnated souls the 4th heart chakra opens, which energetically separates the lower three body chakras from the upper three chakras. Until a unified chakra is formed, the fear patterns, which are mainly stored and transmitted by the lower three chakras, have to be transformed by the harmonious energies of the astral worlds, which manifest as love, intellect, inspiration and in the last incarnation also as ecstasy. In this process, the fear patterns temporarily rise up and are perceived by the people as psychological phenomena that are immanent to the personality structure. This self-awareness can be very unpleasant and exhausting – hence the tendency of most people to avoid such self-reflection at all costs (This explains why the light body process is so difficult and exhausting and why only a few humans are capable of mastering it.).
As mentioned in the Gnosis, adult and old souls are called to experience fear on behalf of the young souls and to serve them as a role model, even if the latter do not yet appreciate it. Many masterpieces of literature and philosophy are dedicated to the important theme of the experience of fear and how to overcome it, which young souls can build upon (e.g. Dostojevsky’s novels). Since mature and old souls are in the minority, they cannot properly develop their qualities and insights and translate their valuable experience of fear as collective wisdom into relevant social forms. They exert their influence predominantly in a close family or private sphere. The fearful resistance of the young souls is enormous in this respect.
A current example of this is the global response to the war in Iraq. While the European public, which is dominated by the world view of adult souls who have had valuable experiences with war and fear, rejects the Iraq war as a means of solving the problem of terrorism, it is vividly supported by the majority of the young souls who currently live in the USA. Against every reason and fact, they imposed their ideas with brute force and forced a senseless war on the world community.
The minority of mature souls could not help but experience their full political impotence. After having bitterly experienced their collective defeat in conflict with the fear-induced aggressive mentality of the young souls, demonstrated in an exemplary manner by George Bush and his neo-conservative government, it is now the turn of the young American souls to experience their impotence in a hopeless direct confrontation with the antagonistically minded young souls of the Islamic world. These events prepare the Evolutionary Leap of Mankind on the collective psychological level, as I explained in detail in the Gnosis and in the essay “Astral Dynamics of the World Economic Crisis on the Eve of the Parousia” (It is amazing how farsighted this statement from 2004 is, now that we know what fiasco the Iraq war is and how many people died and suffered and continue to die and suffer 15 years later; read also this pivotal essay on the topic).
In the course of the light body process, the seven human chakras undergo a tremendous transformation – they unite into a unified chakra, so that the future humans will practically be another, new living being. This transformation only affects old souls. I have discussed this topic in detail in the new Gnosis.
Beyond Human Gnosis
This brief introduction into the central philosophical question “What is a human being?” or “What am I?” shows us the complexity of the energetic system “human being”, which I also call an “incarnated soul” or “incarnated personality”, as well as the limitations of the human mind to adequately grasp this complexity. This fundamental limit of human cognition is clearly and unambiguously defined in the new Gnosis, just like Planck’s constant in physics. It does not open up irrational, metaphysical abysses, as one would have to fear from the positivist point of view, but postulates the infinite expansibility of the human mind to the all-embracing awareness of the 7F-creationary realms. This awareness goes beyond the imagination of the human mind and cannot be a gnostic topic in the conventional sense.
The process leading to the attainment of the absolute awareness of the 7F-creationary realms takes place as a culmination at the end of the light body process. The situation is similar to that after death, but in this case the deceased personality needs more time to get used to the conditions of the higher dimensions. While death has so far been considered the ultimate limit of human Gnosis, the light body process overcomes the biological death of the body and allows the earthly personality to reside both on earth and in the astral realms.
After this transformation, it is no longer possible to maintain the apparent amnesia of the incarnated soul. For it to be completely dissipated, all fear patterns that are local destructive interferences on the psychological level must first be erased or transformed into higher frequency patterns of love and knowledge. This transformation is inevitably accompanied by a collapse of the previous materialistic-empirical worldview and a total disillusionment of the individual who seeks his salvation in the manipulation of the outer world. These mental processes are a difficult hurdle that must be overcome in the course of the light-body process before the body can open up to and absorb the energies of the 7F-creationary realms.
This process represents a harmonization of the psychic and mental energies of the incarnated personality with the astral energies of the 7F-creationary realms in order to enable their energetic convergence. This convergence can only be achieved individually at the beginning: In concrete terms, the frequencies of the biological body are raised step by step to the frequencies of the light body, so that a phase transition can take place. This can only be achieved by an old soul at the end of her incarnation cycle, for with the “ascension” of the personality – hence the term “Ascended Master” – the present incarnation is ended and the personality is no longer subject to the limitations of space and time. It becomes a “multidimensional personality” that can reside both on Earth and in the 7F-creationary realms (14).
The phase transition from biological body to crystalline light body and the simultaneous attainment of the all-embracing awareness of the soul represent a qualitative quantum leap of the species “man”, with which also the traditional Gnosis and philosophy come to an end. Only the prospect of attaining this awareness and the implications of this process for earthly life can be partially anticipated by the new Gnosis. The actual renewals that will come go beyond the limited horizon of human knowledge and will remain mere assumptions.
The starting point of such a gnostic foresight, which would serve only the purpose of satisfying human curiosity, is still the Primary Term of the new Axiomatics: each U-subset contains the Whole as an element. This is a fundamental axiom of the new Axiomatics of the Primary Term. In other words, all local manifestations of Spirit like the souls who incarnate on earth are never really separate, but part of the Whole, the 7F-creationary realms. In principle, the knowledge and insights of the astral worlds are fully available to them.
After attaining the all-embracing consciousness of the soul (as oversoul), the human mind will be able to recognize and control the structure and complexity of his body, its psyche and, in a comprehensive self-reflection, also himself as a thinking identity, as the soul continuously does from the position of its perfect awareness. In addition, the “Ascended Masters” will gain access to novel technologies stored in the astral realms and will realize them for the benefit of the incarnated souls on Earth (read also this latest energy report).
With this brief outlook into the not too distant future, we have at the same time explored the limits of Human Gnosis. This was the main task we set ourselves in this chapter. This boundary will be now clearly delineated in dealing with other important aspects of human cognition.
(Fifteen years later I can observe with a deep sense of satisfaction that when I wrote these lines in 2004 I had no idea that I was an Elohim soul and a creator of whole galaxies, including the new 5D Gaia, and still got it right, guided by my soul and I AM Presence. Little did I know at that time that I would also assume in 2011, seven years later, the role of the captain of the Planetary Ascension Team, the PAT, and would take full personal responsibility for the ascension of Gaia and large part of the incarnated human souls on this planet. This website, which is a living history of this ascension process, gives testimony to the reader of some of the most dramatic moments of this unique cosmic adventure, not only on this planet, but also in the entire multiverse, about which humans will learn much more when they expand their consciousness and then they will be in awe.)
10. Spinoza makes a laudable exception in this respect in his treatise “On the Perfection of the Mind” (see my treatise on Spinoza in Volume IV of the Tetralogy).
11. The science fiction genre makes extensive use of such anxiety-laden themes.
12. See essay “Astral dynamics of the world economic crisis on the eve of parousia” in the Gnosis.
13. A notable exception in this respect is Robert Musil. In his novel “The Man Without Features (Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften) he provides individual treatises of human feelings that reveal their significance as information modules of the soul. This unique, formal-functional approach to human feelings of a writer is due to the author’s sound scientific and philosophical training. Without wanting to be a philosopher, Musil deliberately disregards the prose tradition of conventional narrative of the 19th century, despite the plot of his novel, which takes place in the bland time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and discusses transcendental, gnostic themes, which the author presents as essays in the individual chapters (read also the book “Gnosis as a Personal Experience“).