The Rubik’s Cube – An Enlightenment Allegory
Once in a while, we cross chaotic, unchartered lands while walking the path of enlightenment.
To explain the technicality of this alternation of order and chaos, I’d like to compare enlightenment with solving the Rubik’s cube.
In the context of enlightenment, we don’t acquire anything, we evolve (hidden) faculties. We are puzzles that need solving.
Enlightenment goes through seven stages:
- The great work
- Cosmic consciousness
Awakening compares to the discovery of the Rubik’s cube – your personal enlightenment puzzle. This awakens your passion for enlightenment.
The first stage of solving a Rubik’s cube is fixing one side/row. That’s fairly easy and anyone can learn that by doing.
To solve the second row, you need to learn and apply a simple algorithm. Rubik cube algorithms are series of movements that move pieces from one place to another without changing the positions of solved pieces. This compares to the stage of revelation, during which we receive revelations and initiations that adjust our imagining, feeling, thinking, and action.
To solve the third row and the Rubik’s cube, you need to know four advanced algorithms. As you apply advanced algorithms, the cube enters – temporarily – a chaotic state. If you stopped in the middle of such an algorithm, you would mess up your progress.
Similar to that is the stage of the great work during which you practice things like meditation, mantras, visualizations, etc. Two things are essential for succeeding in the great work:
- A reliable teacher/organization that provides you with proper enlightenment algorithms
- The proper completion of enlightenment algorithms
Improper exercises open the mind to the telepathic noise – influences from below, other people, and discarnate entities. That is psychism, not enlightenment. Proper exercises open the mind to inspirations from the higher self.
Another danger is not completing enlightenment exercises, for example, practicing unconditional love. We are paradoxical beings and can think unconditional love during our meditations and our weekly hour at church and continue our eye-for-an-eye-attitude in the daily grind. As long as we don’t recapitulate our personal matrix and dissolve negative responses, we can always fall back to pride, hostility, and separatism. As Dion Fortune said: “Don’t leave unconquered fortresses in your back.”
Another issue: The integration of new/higher spiritual forces upsets personality and destabilizes – temporarily – the mind. Those who are still learning to solve the first side of the Rubik’s cube may look more stable and accomplished than those who are learning solving the third row because the latter – inevitably – mess up things a few times until they memorize the advanced algorithms.
The knowledge of the algorithms that work is wisdom. Wisdom yields faith in the work. Faith dilutes worry. A worry-free mind enjoys the ride through both trying and relaxing landscapes.
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