The subject of
elementals cannot be exhausted. There was hardly a public Stoa
Lesson by Daskalos that did not at least touch on the
subject of the elementals. Daskalos considered the study of our elementals as
one of the most important for not just his students but for all
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thought, emotion and desire creates and transmits an elemental -
also called thought-form - that carries on an existence of its
own. We create and regenerate two types of elementals. When
negative emotion prevails over thought, we have created
emotional thought-forms, or desire-thoughts. When our ideas,
desires and emotions pass through reason and love, we create
reasoned thought-forms, or thought-desires. An elemental can
never be destroyed, only disenergized (when no longer fed with
etheric vitality). Elementals of a kind collect to form powerful
group elementals. If an individual, or a collection of
individuals, are vibrating at the same frequency, they will
attract such group elementals. Archangels also create elementals
(e.g. nature spirits and angels) in the service of the Divine
Researchers of Truth
understand the triadic nature of their subconscious. One chamber
of the subconscious contains all the elementals composing our
personality. The second chamber is the storehouse of life-giving
etheric vitality. The third, and most valued chamber, is that of
the Logos and the Holy Spirit.
With appropriate training, we
can project and direct etheric vitality from the etheric doubles
of the bodies and send it over vast distances, and perform
so-called miracles. To do this we can take part of the
Mind-substance of etheric vitality, give it form and project it
as a mental image, outside both our gross material body and our
This happens consciously when
we form what we call "thought-desires", but unconsciously when
we form "desire-thoughts". Jesus Christ called the latter "deaf
and dumb spirits" (Mark 9:25). These two types of thought forms,
because they are both living forms, we call "elementals".
Etheric vitality is
the "Bread" which comes to us from Heaven. It is the means by
which we build, when rendered into elementals, the present day
personality. It is also the means of cleansing and purifying the
character, which ultimately serves to assimilate our personality
into the Inner Self--our Self-aware Soul.
We will concern ourselves with
the way of using super-substance of Mind in the creation of
psychonoetical images. Such images arise from the shaping of
Mind into forms that we call "elementals".
Our present personalities, that
is to say the vehicle through which most of us experience and
interpret the worlds, are compositions of various elementals
born either subconsciously, self-consciously or
super-consciously. Elementals having once been created and
projected, gain a material existence of their own. Upon still
closer examination, we learn that each elemental owns a psychic
and a noetical counterpart, which inherits the intentions of its
Life as we know it in gross
matter is how we ourselves fashion Mind supersubstance coupled
with the communal and global environments that have been
pre-shaped around us.
this way we create different conditions in and around us, which
can approach the likeness of paradises or hells, or stand
somewhere in between, which is what Catholics call purgatory. We
each live in a shell, more or less permeable, of our own design.
Just as the gross material body
consists of many cells, organized into a working whole, so our
personality consists of a network of interdependent
psycho-noetical images. The cells of our personality, as we
might call them, are precisely, one by one, the elementals which
we create and project as a result of our desires and weaknesses,
strengths and virtues.
With every thought, each
glance, idea, distraction or feeling we create elementals. Even
as we sleep, we are emitting elementals that will affect us and
those around us.
The elementals are emitted with
an intensity corresponding to the strength of the desires which
gave birth to them. When they have reached their goal and served
their purpose, they return to their creator to be projected once
again with ever increasing power. This procedure is repeated
many times, creating within our personality, either a terrible
environment of darkness if the elementals are of low degree, or
a strong atmosphere of love if they are good thought-desires
In the same way we can poison
the material body by consuming harmful food, or can cleanse it
by improving the way we care for it, so we poison or cleanse our
personalities. This is how human character evolves.
But what is character and what
is its relationship with our personality? We have said that our
material body is something which is in constant state of
change. Substance enters it and other substance is discarded.
Orthodox science tells us that with the passing of every seven
years, not a single cell remains from the body of the seven
years prior. We have the opportunity to shape our bodies and
health in this constant process of renewal.
The same thing happens with our
personality. Substance is taken in and substance is discarded.
With the production and reproduction of elementals we build and
rebuild our personality. Here, too, we create health or illness,
contentment or dissatisfaction, and sow peace or unrest.
For most of us the construction
of our personality is performed subconsciously, as we let
desires and emotions dictate the character of the personality.
Let us recognize the gift we have, to create and to form the
holy supersubstance Mind, into heavens and hells. In a manner
not unrelated to the Archangels, we have been given the
authority and the responsibility to shape Mind into form. They
shape the heavens without, we the heavens within.
We can identify various types
of elementals. Some spring from inside the personality, others
are drawn from the outside environment. We either create
elementals with our desire-emotions and thought-emotions; or our
personality vibrates at a frequency common to a collection of
elementals of a like kind and then attracts these elementals.
The latter are the so-called "group elementals" that have been
cultivated over the centuries by the perpetuation of common
beliefs and actions. They can be either benign or malicious in
intent. Our personality, whether weak and ill-natured or strong
and compassionate, will activate these group elementals. Once
activated they will cling to the host personality, affecting
emotions, thoughts and actions.
When such group elementals are
particularly aggressive they can control our energy centers in a
phenomenon similar to possession. Conversely, should they be
benign and loving we might experience a sensation of great
inspiration or even ecstasy.
The majority of the elementals
we house are intelligent and demanding. They can force the
personality to act in a certain manner which creates the
conditions for the elemental to be satisfied and renewed. If we
are filled with elementals of greed, envy and hatred, these
elementals will dictate to our personality actions and
behaviors that will lead to great disagreements and brawls, not
to mention hellish inner dissatisfaction. If we are
compassionate and peaceful in nature, our elementals will lead
us into situations where we can be of some help and service.
Consequently, in spite of it
being accepted that we do not have always full control over the
condition of our material body, in the case of our personality
the responsibility is ultimately exclusively our own.
If we have constructed a weak
personality, we inevitably form centers of attraction which
draw to us the corresponding elementals that others have created
or are creating around us, which are hovering in the
psycho-noetical atmosphere. But, even in this case, it is we who
have the responsibility, because we attract and assimilate only
those vibrations which resonate with ourselves. We cannot accuse
other people, or the conditions which prevail around us, because
the acceptance and assimilation of these elementals is purely
our own choice and responsibility.
All around us there are human
beings who live in ignorance and darkness, as well as others
who make sensible use of Mind. There are, then, in our communal
psycho-noetical environment good and bad elementals. There are
angels - and demons too! It is for us to create the magnetic
pole which will attract the one and repel the other. No demon
can bother any human being who does not resonate with it.
On the other hand, someone who
is laboring under a particular guilt, can temporarily be helped
by an angelic being or through the meditation of other humans
who pray for him, or by the expression of Divine Mercy.
Prayer is the process of shaping and emitting loving elementals.
This help, however, is
relative, for if the person in question has not matured psycho-noetically,
the benefit derived will be temporarily. To be helped, the
person must use this beneficial intervention as the starting
point for right-thinking and development.
Let us not cast blame on our
surroundings. There are many elementals around us. There are
elementals, for example, of those we call alcoholics, many of
whom try to present themselves as victims of society. Such
people are responsible for their sorry state, since they have
created or drawn to themselves very strong elementals, which
take great will power to dis-energize. Yet the same elementals
surround us all.
A common misperception prevails
these days in popular psychology. Many psychotherapists believe
that in order for a patient to recover he must relive certain
emotions and events, venting memories and frustrations that have
been plaguing the personality. In this process of "letting the
steam out" more often then not the elementals surrounding a
memory, rather then being weakened, are revitalized by the
attention with which they are served. This method is
counterproductive - except in a few cases - to the client's
recovery as it lends only more energy to the problems.
Elementals cannot be destroyed.
Once an elemental has been created it will continue to exist in
either an active state --when filled with etheric vitality from
a personality-- or in a dormant state --deprived of thought
power, lying in the waiting in the Cosmic Consciousness--.
Inasmuch as our personalities are composed both quantitatively
and qualitatively of these elementals, in order to rid ourselves
of certain elementals we must be prepared to replace elementals
which are a nuisance, with more beneficial ones. When one
elemental is driven out a vacuum remains which can be occupied
by a new elemental of any nature. It is vital, therefore, to
fill such voids with elementals that serve a constructive
purpose within the personality.
We see why it is difficult for
personalities to change too much, too quickly as each
personality is composed of a relatively balanced and
interdependent network of elementals. Suddenly to remove either
large elementals, or a collection of elementals of a like kind,
can seriously de-stabilize an individual, leading even to
madness. The work of dis-energizing elementals must be slow and
steady with much resolve.
never be defeated in a direct struggle. We believe that in order
to move beyond the chains of the past it is best to recognize
their source - using reason - and then work to replace and
transcend them. We need to let go of, and not dwell on, past
events. In letting go of the past
-- which is behind us and unchangeable --, we dis-energize the
elementals that weigh us down, depriving them of their
life-blood. We can then live unfettered in the present. Let
today belong to today, and not the pull of yesterday, nor the
push of tomorrow.
Esoteric Teachings book by Dr. Stylianos Atteshlis
references are from the
Parables book by Dr. Stylianos Atteshlis (Daskalos) in which
he address the parables of Joshua Immanuel the Christ which
mention the elementals.
13 Unclean spirits are elementals (Matt 12: 43-45)
Elementals can only be de-energized, they can not be killed.
The study of elementals is a most important one in our life on
the planet (earth).
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