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The way we view our world

We take for granted this physical world which surrounds us and in which we’ve all grown up. But a study of Theosophy, especially what is written in The Secret Doctrine, reveals a basis to life that most of the time we’re just not conscious of.

An awareness and knowledge of this basis to life can make us view the world in a fresh and sensitive way. It makes us realise how we can be positive about the world around us while reminding us to be more responsible for the environment and ecology.

HPB writes:

It has been stated before now that Occultism does not accept anything inorganic in the Kosmos. The expression employed by Science, “inorganic substance,” means simply that the latent life slumbering in the molecules of so-called “inert matter” is incognizable. ALL IS LIFE, and every atom of even mineral dust is a LIFE, though beyond our comprehension and perception, because it is outside the range of the laws known to those who reject Occultism.  (SD i 248)

In the Summing Up towards the end of the first part of The Secret Doctrine she says:

(5.) Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is CONSCIOUS: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception. We men must remember that because we do not perceive any signs – which we can recognise – of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there. There is no such thing as either “dead” or “blind” matter, as there is no “Blind” or “Unconscious” Law. These find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy. The latter never stops at surface appearances, and for it the noumenal essences have more reality than their objective counterparts; it resembles therein the mediaeval Nominalists, for whom it was the Universals that were the realities and the particulars which existed only in name and human fancy.    (SD i 274)

Everything, then, is full of life and consciousness, and its implications of how we view and sense our place in the world are huge.

We become aware of things such as:

– the subtle devic forces continually building and maintaining the natural world around us;

– the cells of our bodies each charged with electrical energy and through which we can sense external influences through our individual energy fields or auras;

– the magnetic flow of earth energies which we can feel at locations such as standing stones and other powerful sites, where these forces have been recognised by the ancients and marked out or had centres of worship built upon them.

Awareness of all this emphasises the responsibility we have to care for this precious planet on which we live; to try to ensure that the energies flowing through and out of us remain as positive as we can make them; and to respect the earth energies and keep them as balanced and as clear as possible.

 Reference: Blavatsky, H.P. The Secret Doctrine (1888). Facsimile edition of Volumes I and II, The Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. 1964.

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Janet Hoult studied graphic design at Hornsey College of Art in London, where she also researched the work of the artist Kandinsky and the symbolism of the dragon. She has an interest in dowsing, ancient history, archaeology and Theosophy. In connection with these fields she co-edited 'The Essential T.C. Lethbridge' and has written and produced 'Dragons: their history and symbolism'. More recently she has been a speaker on Theosophical subjects, including 'The Secret Doctrine'.

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