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SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS Look for the flower to bloom in the silence that follows the storm; not till then. It shall grow, it will shoot up, it will make branches and leaves and form buds, while the storm continues, while the battle lasts. But not till the whole personality of the man is dissolved and melted, not until it is held by the divine fragment which has created it, as a mere subject for grave experiment and experience, not until the whole nature has yielded, and become subject unto its higher self, can the bloom open. Then will come a calm such as comes in a tropical country after the heavy rain, when nature works so swiftly that one may see her action. Such a calm will come to the harassed spirit. And, in the deep silence, the mysterious event will occur which will prove that the way has been found. Call it by what name you will. It is a voice that speaks when there is none to speak, it is a messenger that comes, a messenger without form or substance, or it is the flower of the soul that has opened. It cannot be described by any metaphor. But it can be felt after, looked for, and desired, even amid the raging of the storm.

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The silence may last a moment of time, or it may last a thousand years. But it will end. Yet you will carry its strength with you. Again and again the battle must be fought and won. It is only for an interval that nature can bestim the flower that blooms in the silence that follows the storm (and only then and there) is the flower of Spiritual Consciousness, for the production of which the Plant of Life has been striving, that which caused the sprouting of the seed, the putting forth of roots, the pushing of the plant through the soil of the material into the purer region above, the unfolding of leaf after leaf, the discarding of sheath after sheath, until finally the tiny bud of the spirit was visible, and the real unfoldment began. This appearance of the bud of Spiritual Consciousness, the first rays of Illumination, mark a most critical period in the evolution of the soul. And, as the little manual states, it occurs only after the storm, only when the silence has succeeded and replaced the rush of the winds, the roar and crash of the thunder, the terrifying incidents of the tempest. In the calm, restful period that follows the storm, great things await the soul. So, remember this, 0 soul, when you find yourself in the middle of the great storm of spiritual unrest, which is sweeping away all the old landmarks, which is tearing away all that you have been leaning against to support yourself, which causes you to imagine that all is being swept away from you, leaving you alone without comfort, or support.

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For in that moment of spiritual distress when all is being taken away from you, there is coming to you that peace which passed all understanding, which will never leave you, and which is well worth the stress of a thousand storms. The time of mere blind belief is passing from you, the time of knowing is at hand. It is difficult to speak of the higher spiritual experiences in the words of the lower plane. Emerson, who had experienced that consciousness of which we speak, says of it: "Every man's words, who speaks from that life, must sound vain to those who do not dwell in the same thought on their own part. I dare not speak for it. My words do not carry its august sense; they fall short and cold. Only itself can inspire whom it will. Yet I desire even by profane words, if sacred I may not use, to indicate the heaven of this deity, and to report what hints I have collected of the transcendent simplicity and energy of the Highest Law. It is a thing to be felt rather than to be intellectually grasped, and yet the intellect may partially grasp it, when the illumination of the spirit has raised it (the Intellect) to higher planes. Knowing what lies before it, the hand that writes these words trembles over its work. To attempt to put into plain words these experiences of the Higher Life seems futile and foolish, and yet we seem called upon to make the effort. Well, so be it, the task is set before us, we must not shrink from it.

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The three mental principles, the Instinctive Mind, the Intellect, the Spiritual Mind. The Sixth Principle, the Spiritual Mind, This Illumination, this flower that blooms in the silence that follows the storm, comes from that part of your nature. But, first, let us consider what is meant by "the storm" which precedes the blossoming of the flower. Man passes through the higher stages of the Instinctive Mind on to the plane of the Intellect. The man on the Instinctive Plane (even in its higher stages where it blends into the lower planes of the Intellect) does not concern himself with the problems of Life, the Riddle of Existence. He does not recognize even that any such problem or riddle exists. He has a comparatively easy time, as his cares are chiefly those connected with the physical plane. So long as his physical wants are satisfied, the rest matters little to him. This is the childhood stage of the race. After a time, he begins to experience troubles on another plane. His awakened Intellect refuses to allow him to continue to take things for granted. New questions are constantly intruding themselves, calling for answers. He begins to be pestered by the eternal "Why" of his soul. As Tolstoi so forcibly puts it: "As soon as the mental part of a person takes control, new worlds are opened, and desires are multiplied a thousand-fold. They become as numerous as the radii of a circle; and the mind, with care and anxiety, sets itself first to cultivate and then gratify these desires, thinking that happiness is to be found in that way” But no permanent happiness is to be found in this state, something fills the soul with a growing unrest, and beckons it on and on to higher flights.

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But the Intellect, not being able to conceive of anything higher than itself, resists these urgings as something unworthy, some relic of former superstitions and credulity. And so it goes around and around in its efforts to solve the great problems, striving for that peace and rest which it somehow feels is awaiting it. It little dreams that its only possible release lies in the unfoldment of something higher than itself, which will enable it to be used as a finer instrument. Many who read these lines will recognize this stage of terrible mental unrest, of spiritual travail, when our Intellect confesses itself unable to solve the great questions pressing upon it for answers. We beat against the bars of our mental cages, or like the squirrel in the wheel, rush rapidly around and around, and yet remain just where we were at the beginning. We are in the midst of the mental storm. The tempest rages around and about us, the winds tear our cloaks from us, leaving us at the matey of the tempest. We see swept away from our sight all that has seemed so firm, durable and permanent, and upon which we have found much comfort in leaning. All seems lost and we are in despair. Peace and comfort is denied us, the storm drives us hither and thither, and we know not what the end shall be. Our only hope is that reliance and trust in the Unseen Hand which prompted Newman to write those beautiful words, which appeal to thousands far removed from him in interpretation of the Truth, but who are, nevertheless, his brothers in the Spirit, and who therefore recognize his words:

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Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on. The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead thou me on. Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me.

To Be Continued..
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