Transformation of Impressions

We need to recognize how the Chief Feature works with our personality to mis-translate the impressions we receive in order to cause us to react mechanically to External Events.

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The States of the Egos

“The states of the ego are classified in the following manner:

1) Sensory or STEREO-PSYCHIC: Are the identifying states which are intimately related with the exterior perceptions which are received through the five senses and which are connected with the world of impressions. Stereo-psychic or Sensory egoic states are related to how we receive information with the senses. Example: How sounds, colors, smells, sensations seem to us.

2) Interpretive or NEO-PSYCHIC: Are the data processing states, in other words, those which properly interpret or misinterpret all the multiple situations which the intellectual animal lives. Our bad secretary, the personality, works in these states. Neo-psychic or Interpretive egoic states are related to how we process information and specifically how we mechanically interpret situations or events through our false personality. Example: “when someone does not have the money they owe me, they do not respect me, they think I am soft or weak, and that I am going to let it slide…”

3) Memorial or ARCHEO-PSYCHIC: Are the regressive states -memory of the ego- which are found in the 49 levels of the subconscious. They are the memories of the past which are filed in a photographic and phonographic manner. Archeo-psychic or Memorial egoic states are related to associations we have to certain: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensation, etc., from the Stereo-psychic or Sensory egoic states and the Neo-psychic or Interpretive egoic states. Example: “in the morning my father or grandfather always used to drink a cup of coffee and read the newspaper”. So the smell of coffee and the smell of the newspaper have a certain association for me with something – my father or grandfather, mornings, adulthood, etc.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.39 (The States of the Ego) of Revolution of the Dialectic

The Transformation of Life

“We are going to talk about the transformation of life and this is possible if one profoundly resolves to transform oneself. Transformation means that one thing changes into another different thing. Everything is susceptible to change. Sugar is transformed into alcohol and alcohol is converted into vinegar by means of the action of fermentation. This is the transformation of a molecular substance.

The alchemists of the middle ages spoke about the transmutation of lead into gold. However, they did not always refer to the mere metallic physical matter. Normally, they wanted to indicate the transmutation of the lead of the personality into the gold of the spirit.

In the Gospels, the terrestrial man is compared to a seed that is capable of growth, and has the same meaning as the idea of the rebirth of the man who is born once again. If we study biology, then we know that if the grain or seed does not die, the plant is not born. Death and birth exists in every transformation.

In Gnosis we consider man to be like a factory of three floors which normally absorbs three foods. Ordinary food corresponds to the 1st floor of the factory related to the stomach. Air corresponds to the lungs and the 2nd floor; And impressions, are associated with the 3rd floor or brain.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

“Impressions, air, and physical food enable the organism to live to the end of its normal term of life and to produce the substances necessary not only for the maintenance of life, but also for the creation and growth of higher bodies.”

– From Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

The Economy of Energy

“The food which we eat suffers successive transformations. The process of life, in itself and by itself, is transformation. Each creature of the universe lives by means of the transformation of one substance into another. The plant, for example, transforms water, the air and salts of the earth into new vital vegetable substances, into elements which are useful to us, such as nuts, fruits, potatoes, lemons, etc. Therefore, everything is transformation.

Through the action of solar light, the ‘fermentation’ of nature varies. The sensitive film of life, which normally extends over the face of the Earth, leads every universal force towards the very interior of the planetary world. But each plant, each insect, each creature and even the human being, absorbs, assimilates specific cosmic energies and then transforms (as well as unconsciously transmits) them to the inferior layers of the planetary organism. Such transformed energies are intimately related with the whole economy of the planetary organism in which we live.

Every creature, according to its species, transforms specific energies which it then transmits into the interior of the Earth for the economy of the world. Therefore, each creature that has existence fulfills a function.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

The Food we Eat and the Air we Breathe

“When we eat a food necessary for our existence, it is transformed, clearly, from one phase to another, into all of those elements which are so indispensable for our existence. What carries out those processes of the transformation of substances within us? Obviously, the Instinctive Center. The wisdom of this center is really astonishing.

Digestion, in itself, is transformation. The food in the stomach (in the inferior part of this three story factory of the human organism) goes through a transformation… This is why the food we eat needs to undergo a transformation.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

When something is not transformed properly it is called indigestion and we are not able to extract the vital nutrients from it. The Air we breathe also undergoes a certain process of transformation in the lungs related with the blood. The de-oxygenated blood comes to the lungs, which is then oxygenated through respiration. The waste products are exhaled and new air is inhaled in order to provide the necessary elements to the lungs, which (in turn) passes them to the blood which is then circulated around the body thanks to the heart.

The Impressions we Receive

“It is clear that physical Foods are transformed and that Air is also transformed, but there is something which invites us to reflection: Does an educated transformation of impressions exist within us?

For the purpose of nature itself, there is no need whatsoever for us to transform impressions. But we can transform impressions by ourselves, by comprehending the reason for that necessity through gnosis. It is magnificent to transform impressions.

The majority of people believe that the physical world will give them what they yearn for and seek. Really, this is a tremendous error. Life, in itself, enters into us, into our organism, in the form of impressions. The first thing that we should comprehend is the significance of the world of impressions and how this is intimately related with the esoteric work. One can not really transform one’s life unless one transforms the impressions which reach the mind.

We are talking about something very revolutionary, because the entire world believes that the physical is what is real, but if we go a little deeper, we see that what we are really receiving at each moment, are merely impressions. If we see a person that pleases or displeases us, the first thing that we obtain are impressions of them.

Life is a successive series of impressions, and not as is believed by the learned ignoramuses, a physical thing of an exclusively materialistic type. The reality of life is its impressions! It is clear that this may not be easy to grasp at first.

Most people feel that life exists as it is and not as its impressions. They are so influenced by this physical world that, this is how they think. The person that we see seated, for example, on a chair; the one who greets us, the one who smiles at us, etc., are for us, really true. But if we meditate profoundly on all of them, we arrive at the conclusion that what is real are the impressions.

These impressions arrive at the mind through the windows of the senses. If we did not have senses (for example, eyes to see, ears to hear, mouth to taste the foods which the organism ingests) would what is called ‘the physical world’ exist for us? Clearly not, absolutely not. Life reaches us in the form of impressions and it is there, precisely, where the possibility of working upon ourselves exists.

We have to comprehend the work that we should do. How can we achieve a psychological transformation of ourselves? By carrying out a work on the impressions that we are receiving at moment. This first work receives the name of First Conscious Shock and is related with these impressions (which is everything that we know of the exterior world).”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

The Work with Impressions

“We need to transform ourselves internally each day. When we want to transform our psychological aspect, we need to work upon the impressions which enter into us. Why do we call the work of the transformation of impressions “the First Conscious Shock”? Because the “shock” is something that we could not observe in a merely mechanical manner. This could never be done in a mechanical manner, one needs an self-conscious effort.

It is clear that when one begins to comprehend this work, one begins to cease being the mechanical person who only serves the purposes of nature. If you now think about the significance of everything that you are taught here, by means of your own efforts, beginning with the observation of oneself, you will see that on the practical side of the esoteric work everything is intimately related with the transformation of impressions and with what results from this transformation.

The work, for example:
• on negative emotions,
• on angry states,
• on identification,
• on self-consideration,
• on the successive “I’s”,
• on lying,
• on self-justification,
• on excuses,
• on the unconscious states in which we are,
is all related with the transformation of impressions and what results from all of it.

It will be convenient for the work upon oneself to be compared with dissection. It is necessary to form an element of change at the place of entry of impressions. By comprehending the esoteric work, we can accept life itself as work and then we will really enter a constant state of self-remembering.

The transformation of impressions will lead us to a better life and untransformed impressions will no longer act upon us as they did before. But as long as we continue thinking in the same manner, receiving life in the same manner, it is clear that there will be no change in us.

To transform the impressions of life is to transform oneself. This totally new manner of thinking helps us to carry out such a transformation. If one does not transform oneself, nothing is achieved. Life continuously demands that we react or adapt to it. All of those reactions [or adaptions] form our personal life. To change one’s life is to really change our own reactions.

Exterior life reaches us as mere impressions which incessantly force us to react in a stereotypical manner. If the reactions which form our personal life are all of a negative type, then our own life will also be negative. Life consists of a successive series of negative reactions which happen as incessant responses to the impressions which reach the mind.

Therefore, our task consists of transforming the impressions of life in such a manner that they do not provoke this type of negative response. But in order to achieve this, it is necessary to be observing oneself from instant to instant, from moment to moment. It is urgent, therefore, to be studying our own impressions.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

The Transformation of Impressions and the First Conscious Shock

“One cannot allow impressions to reach us in a subjective and mechanical manner. We cannot give ourselves the luxury of allowing impressions to be received mechanically. By acting in this manner, we transform impressions and then, we begin to live consciously. The First Conscious Shock consists in transforming the impressions which reach us.

If we manage to transform the impressions which reach the mind at the moment of entry, we obtain marvelous results which benefit our existence. This Gnostic esoteric Work should be taken to the point where the impressions enter, because they are mechanically distributed to wrong places by the personality in order to evoke old mechanical reactions.

If we throw a stone into a crystalline lake, impressions are produced in the lake and the response of those impressions produced by the stone manifest in the form of waves which go from the center to the shore.

Now, imagine the mind as a lake. Suddenly, an image of a person appears, that image is like the stone of our example, which reaches the mind. Then, the mind reacts in the form of impressions. The impressions are those which the image that reaches the mind produces and the reactions are the responses to such impressions.

If a ball is thrown against a wall, the wall receives the impressions, then the reaction follows which is the return of the ball to the one who sent it. The ball bounces back and that is the reaction.

The world is formed by impressions, for example: The image reaches our mind through the senses. We cannot say that the table has arrived or that the table has entered our brain, but the image of the table is inside us, then our mind reacts immediately by saying: This is a wooden or metal table, etc.!

There are impressions which are not so pleasant, such as the words of an offender… But we can transform the words of an offender, right? Words are as they are, therefore, what can we do? Transform the impressions which such words produce in us.

The Gnostic Teaching teaches us how to crystallize the Second force, the Christ in us, through the postulate which says: “One has to receive with pleasure the unpleasant manifestations of our fellowmen”. In the previous postulate we find the way to transform impressions which the words of an offender produce in us. Receive with gladness the unpleasant manifestations of our fellowmen.

This postulate will naturally lead us to the crystallization of the Second Force, the Christ within ourselves; it will cause the Christ to come and take shape in us. If we only know the impressions from the physical world, then, in reality, the physical world is not so external as people believe.

With just reason Immanuel Kant said: “The exterior is the interior”. If the interior is what matters, we should therefore transform the interior. The impressions are interior, therefore, all objects and things, everything that we see, exists in our interior in the form of impressions.

If we do not transform impressions, nothing will change in us. Lust, covetousness, pride, hatred, etc., exist in the form of impressions within our psyche which vibrates incessantly. The mechanical result of such impressions have been all of those inhuman elements which we carry within and which we have normally called “I” which in their mass, constitute the myself, the oneself.

Let us suppose, for example, that a man sees a provocative woman and that he does not transform those impressions; the result will be that the same impressions, of a lustful type, will produce in him the desire of possessing her. Such a desire is the result of the impression received and it crystallizes, it takes shape in our psyche and becomes one more aggregate, in other words, an inhuman element, a new type of lustful “I” which adds itself to the sum of inhuman elements which in their totality constitute the Ego.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

The Egos and Impressions

“Anger, covetousness, lust, envy, pride, laziness and gluttony exist in us.

Why Anger? Because many impressions reached us, our interior, and we never transformed them. The mechanical result of such impressions of anger form the “I’s” which exist and vibrate in our psyche and which constantly make us feel angry.

Why covetousness? Indubitably, many things awakened covetousness in us: money, jewels, material things of all types, etc. Those things, those objects, reached us in the form of impressions. We committed the error of not having transformed these impressions into different things, into an attraction for beauty, into happiness, etc. Such non-transformed impressions naturally became the “I” of covetousness which we now carry in our interior.

Why lust? Different forms of lust reached us in the form of impressions, in other words, there surge in the interior of our mind images of an erotic type whose reaction was lust. Since we did not transform those lustful waves, that unhealthy eroticism, naturally new morbid “I’s” were born in our psyche.

Therefore, today we have to work on the impressions which we may have in our interior and on its mechanical results.

Within, we have impressions of anger, covetousness, gluttony, pride, laziness and lust. We also have within, the mechanical results of such impressions, a bunch of quarrelsome and vociferous “I” which we now need to comprehend and eliminate. The work of our life consists in knowing how to transform impressions, and also, in knowing how to eliminate the mechanical results of impressions which were not transformed in the past. The exterior world does not exist the way many people think it does.

What does exist are impressions of the external world and these impressions are interior, and the reactions of such impressions are completely interior. No one could say that they are seeing a tree in itself. They may be seeing the image of a tree, or smelling the scent of a tree, but not the tree in itself. The thing in itself, as Emmanuel Kant said, is not seen by anyone; one sees the image of things, in other words, the impression of a tree, of a thing, surges in us and these impressions are internal, they are of the mind.

If one does not carry out one’s own internal modifications, the result will be: the birth of a new “I” is produced which comes to enslave our essence, our consciousness, even more, which increases the intensity of the sleep in which we live.

When one really comprehends all that exists within oneself related to the physical world, and that they are nothing but impressions, one also comprehends the necessity of transforming those impressions, and upon doing it, the transformation of oneself is produced.

There is nothing that hurts more than the words of an offender. If one is capable of transforming the impressions which such words produce in us, they then remain without any value, in other words, they remain like a check drawn against insufficient funds. Certainly, the words of an insulter do not have any more value than that which the insulted person gives them.

Therefore, if the insulted person does not give them any importance, they remain like a check drawn against insufficient funds. When we comprehends this, we then transform the impressions of such words into something different, into love, into compassion for the insulter and this, naturally, means transformation.

Therefore, we need to be continuously transforming impressions, not only the present ones but also the past and the future ones.

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

Transforming Impressions and Transforming our Lives

“Within us exist many impressions with which we committed the error of not having transformed in the past, and many mechanical results of the same impressions which are the so-called “I” which we now have to disintegrate, annihilate, in order for the consciousness to remain free and awake.

Things, persons, are nothing but impressions within us, within our minds. If we transform those impressions, we transform our life radically. For example, when there is pride in us, it has ignorance as its basis.

A person, for example, who feels proud of their social position, or of their money can be transformed if this person thinks that their social position is a mere mental matter, that it is a series of impressions which have reached their mind, impressions about his social status, when they think that such status is nothing but a mental matter or when they analyze the question of their worth, they come to the realization that their position exists in their mind in the form of impressions.

Those impressions which money and social position produce, are nothing but impressions of the mind. With the simple fact of comprehending that they are only impressions of the mind, there is transformation of the oneself. Then, pride, decreases and collapses by itself and humility is born in us in a natural manner. By means of comprehension, we can transform the impressions which emerge in the mind.

The exterior world is not so exterior as people normally believe. Everything that reaches us from the world is actually interior because what reaches us are nothing but internal impressions. No one could put a tree, a chair, a palace or a rock into their mind. We must transform impressions through comprehension.

If someone greets us, praises us, how can we transform the vanity which this or that flatterer could provoke in us? Obviously, the praises, the flattery are nothing but impressions which reach our mind and the mind then reacts in the form of vanity; but if those impressions are transformed, vanity becomes impossible. How could the words of a flatterer be transformed? By means of comprehension.

When we really comprehend that we are nothing but an infinitesimal creature in a corner of the Universe, we immediately transform those impressions of praise, flattery, into something different; we convert such impressions into what they are: dust, cosmic dust, because we comprehend our own position.

We know that the Galaxy in which we live is made up of millions of worlds. What is the Earth? It is a particle of dust in the infinite. And if we were to say that we are just some organic microorganisms belonging to that particle, then what?

[This is related to the Ray of Creation in Descent]

If we were to comprehend this when we are flattered, then we would carry out a transformation of the impressions related to the praise and flattery and as a result we would not react in the form of pride. The more we reflect on this, we will see the necessity of a complete transformation of impressions. All that we see as external is interior.

If we do not work with the interior we are treading the path of error because we will not modify our habits. If we want to be different, we need to transform ourselves integrally, and we should begin by transforming impressions. By transforming the animal and bestial impressions into elements of devotion, sexual transformation, transmutation then surges forth in us. This aspect of impressions deserves to be analyzed in a clear and precise manner. “

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

The Personality (the Bad Secretary) and Reactions

“The personality that we have receives the impressions of life but does not transform them. If the impressions fell directly upon the Essence, it is obvious that they would be transformed because the Essence would immediately deposit them exactly in the corresponding centers of the human machine.

Personality is the term that is applied to everything that we acquire. It is clear that it translates impressions from all sides of life in a limited and stereotypical manner in accordance with its quality and association. This is why, in the gnostic esoteric work, the personality is sometimes compared to a terrible secretary who is in the front office, who is occupied with all the ideas, concepts, preconceptions, opinions and prejudices. It has many dictionaries, encyclopedias of all types, reference books, etc., and is not in communication with the centers, in other words, with the mental intellectual, motor, emotional, instinctive and sexual centers, according to its unusual ideas.

As a result it almost always encourages the wrong working of the centers. This means that the impressions which arrive are sent to wrong centers, in other words, to places which do not correspond to them, and this produces, naturally, incorrect results.

Example: Let us suppose that a woman attends to a gentleman with much consideration and respect; it is clear that the impressions which the gentleman is receiving in his mind are received by the personality which sends them to wrong centers.

Normally, it sends them to the sexual center and this gentleman firmly believes that the lady is in love with him, and as is logical, it does not take long before he rushes to ask her out, or buy her flowers, etc. But, if that lady has never had that type of caring for the gentleman, with much reason, she cannot, but feel surprised. This is the result of untransformed of impressions. Here we see how much of a bad secretary the personality is.

Unquestionably, the life of the human being depends on this secretary who seeks transformation in its reference books without comprehending at all, what the event means, and consequently transmits incorrect conclusions, without preoccupations for what could happen, but feeling only that the secretary is fulfilling its duty. This is our interior situation.

What is important to comprehend in this allegory is that as the human personality is acquired, it begins to take charge of our lives. It is useless to imagine that this happens only to certain and specific persons; it happens to everyone no matter who it is. One finds out through observation that numerous characteristic reactions exist which are produced by the impressions which we receive. These mechanical reactions, unfortunately, govern us.

It is clear that each person is governed by their reactions to life. These reactions constitute our own life. And because our reactions are based on our personality’s pre-determined way of processing impressions we can say that humanity is completely mechanical.

Any person has formed for themselves an enormous quantity of reactions, which come to be the practical experiences of their existence. It is clear that every action produces its reaction, actions of a certain type and such reactions are called experiences. The important thing is for us to get to know our actions and reactions better, to be able to relax the mind. This “mental relaxation” is magnificent. To lie down on one’s bed or on a comfortable armchair, to relax all the muscles patiently and then empty the mind of oil types of thoughts, desires, emotions, memories.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

Relaxing the Mind and Knowing Ourselves

“When the mind is still, when the mind is in silence, we can know ourselves better. In these moments of stillness and mental silence, is when we really come to experience in a direct manner the crude realism of all the actions of practical life.

When the mind is in absolute repose, we see the multitude of:
• elements and sub-elements,
• actions and reactions,
• desires,
• passions, etc.
as something foreign to us but which awaits the precise instant to be able to exercise its control over ourselves, over our personality. This is the reason why the silence and stillness of the mind is worthwhile.

Obviously, the relaxation of the mind is beneficial in the most complete sense of the word because it leads us to personal, individual self-knowledge. So it is that all of life, in other words, exterior life, what we see and live, is for each person, their reaction to the impressions which arrive from the physical world.

It is a great error to think that “life” is a fixed, solid thing, and the same for each person. Certainly, there is not a single person who has the same impressions which (with respect to life) exist in the human species, because they are infinite. Life, certainly, are our impressions of it and it is clear that we can transform such impressions (if we so resolved to). This is an idea is very difficult to understand or comprehend because the hypnotism of the senses is very powerful.

Although it may seem incredible, all human beings are in a state of “collective hypnosis”. Such hypnosis is produced by the residual state of the abominable Kundartiguador organ; when it was eliminated, the different psychic aggregates or inhuman elements which in their mass constitute the myself, the oneself, remained. These elements and sub-elements, in turn, condition the consciousness and keep it in a state of hypnosis. This is how collective hypnosis exists. The entire world is hypnotized!

The mind is engrossed in the world of the five senses and does not manage to comprehend how it could become independent of them; it firmly believes that it is a god.

[To understand the ‘Sensual Mind’ (one of the 3 Minds), see Ch. 12 of The Great Rebellion]

Our interior life, the true life of our thoughts and feelings, continues being confused for our mere reasoning and intellective conceptions. Nonetheless, at the same time we know very well that the place where we really live is our world of thoughts and feelings; this is something that no one can deny. Life is our impressions and these impressions can be transformed.

We need to learn to transform our impressions, however, it is not possible to transform anything in us if we continue attached to the world of the five senses. As it says in the “Treatise of Revolutionary Psychology” experience teaches us that if the gnostic esoteric work is negative, it is our own fault.

It is from the sensorial point of view that this or that person of the exterior world whom one sees and hears through the eyes and the ears, has the blame; this person in turn will say that we are the ones to blame, but really, the fault is in the impressions that we may have about people. Many times we think that a person is bad when in reality the person is a humble lamb. It is very convenient to learn to transform all the impressions which we have of life. “We have to learn to receive with pleasure the unpleasant manifestations of our fellowmen”.”

– Paraphrase from Ch. 1.43 (The Transformation of Impressions) of Revolution of the Dialectic

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