Getting down to work


We all know that sinking feeling of waking to the alarm on a Monday morning—and having to face another week at work… and thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to be on permanent holiday retreat.

But if we look out the window, every living thing in nature is at work. The birds and insects, flying this way and that busily forage for food; the trees and flowers, are constantly expanding or contracting in accordance with the seasons.

Nature’s design compels us to work and actively participate in creation; if we don’t, we are soon submerged by the forces of disorder, degeneration, filth, starvation, disease, and decay.

These principle not only apply to the outer world, but also to the inner. Without a constant work on the egos within ourselves, degeneration takes hold, and our spiritual qualities and perceptions begin to atrophy like unused muscles. It is clear therefore, that we are here to work.

Ordinary consciousness in the human body is receptive by nature (as it’s here to soak up learning and experience to take with it through eternity). Therefore it needs to be engaged to be active, and creation provides the stimulus and impetus for it to do so. Those who don’t engage in an inner work, degenerate; we see this in action for example, when the great civilizations built by those who used disciplines and principles, are destroyed by subsequent generations who enjoy their benefits without labor.

It’s worth mentioning though that in the cycles of nature, there is not work alone, but both work and repose, waking and rest, action and contemplation, which each play their important role in creation and in our physical and spiritual development.

I don’t think nature had in mind the modern debt slavery which passes for “work” today, but I could imagine extra-terrestrial civilizations understanding the principles of action and putting them in motion so as to avoid the degeneration and atrophy of their societies and of the individual.

Follow the example of all the angels of the Heavenly Father and of the Earthly Mother, who work day and night, without ceasing, upon the kingdoms of the heavens and of the earth. Therefore, receive also into yourselves the strongest of God’s angels, the angel of deeds, and work all together upon the kingdom of God.

Follow the example of the running water, the wind as it blows, the rising and setting of the sun, the growing plants and trees, the beasts as they run and gambol, the wane and waxing of the moon, the stars as they come and go again; all these do move, and do perform their labors. For all which has life does move, and only that which is dead is still. And God is the God of the living, and Satan that of the dead. Serve, therefore, the living God, that the eternal movement of life may sustain you, and that you may escape the eternal stillness of death.
~ Jesus in The Essene Gospel of Peace, translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

By |2018-06-30T12:58:43+00:00October 17th, 2015|consciousness and personal development|72 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


  1. Alexandros February 28, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Such an inspiring article. I have seen many times myself trying to give excuses early in the morning not going to work, to postpone tasks…
    Some of them are very good to be honest lol, but as I read in this article and other similar too, we have to go against these excuses. And finally, going against these obstacles the day is better. Thanks a lot for sharing this article, its helpful and with smart motivations for the next time that I have to face excuses 🙂

  2. Alexis February 23, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I also had a look early in the morning at this article, while setting some goals at the beggining of the day. I find this perception of inner-outer work and exchanging between action and contemplation very inspiring. I see that the way we carry our work for living plays also an important role in our lifes. Starting the day with a lazy and defeatist attitude is a familiar feeling and if you let it go without resisting at the end of the day you become drained of energy and the mood is very low to do anything. I think it’s just as meaningless and harmfull as starting always an inner practice without strength or reflecting previously on the reasons you need to do it. When I make my choice to be active, it brings a feeling that I do participate in life.

  3. Fotis February 16, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Coming back reading this article was like breathing some fresh air, especially the whole passage from the Gospel of Peace

    the eternal movement of life may sustain you, and that you may escape the eternal stillness of death

    • Michael March 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      I agree this is a very inspiring article and a timely reminder of the need to be active, in order to bring about change, rather than passively waiting for ideal circumstances to occur, which will ultimately decay and be destroyed by time.

      Gabrielle’s observation below about the tree is also a great analogy of the need for resilience: “I felt so inspired by how adaptive that little tree was. It just found another way to get to the light that it needed”.

    • Craig March 9, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thanks Fotis for bringing this article back to the fore…. There are so many great and inspirational articles on this site that it’s easy to lose track of some of them!

      I too agree that it’s great to come back to this article. I particularly like how the Gospel of Peace passage very succinctly incorporates everything in Nature around us, from the water to the trees and to the sky. Everything is in motion.
      Even on the subatomic level, the electrons constantly buzz around and the quarks spin.

      It also serves to remind me how my thoughts seem contrary to this harmonious movement… It always has this never ending rant going on, trying to blind me to what the Gospel of Peace is describing.

      So, thanks Lara for this article!

  4. Gabrielle October 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks very much for this article, Lara. It has prompted a lot of investigation and insight.

    For example, this focus has led to examining the way I rest and take breaks so that it is a time to receive in better ways. This has led me to also be more productive and get much more out of the day, spiritually and physically.

    I also am starting to get more from this approach of studying universal principles in nature. This has brought challenges, as I tried to learn how to explore nature in this way. Insights have been coming more though, and often in unexpected ways.

    For example, I took a break in the woods the other day and sat to observe nature for a few moments. Before me was a large tree that had toppled over. It was dead, but because of its large branches, the main trunk did not lie flat on the ground, keeping it raised up several feet.

    There was another tree that had been in the line of the fall. This small tree did not snap under the weight of that falling tree. Instead, it grew perpendicular to the dead tree, with its roots and trunk starting on one side and its body growing under and out to the other side of the dead tree.

    The fact that it survived was amazing, but what really amazed me was that the small tree, which was in bad shape, had managed to grow one awkwardly large branch in just the right place. It had many smaller branches stemming off it, with lots of leaves. It somehow made this branch long enough to reach to a clear spot, among the other trees, where it could reach the sunlight coming down.

    When I realized what it had done, I felt so inspired by how adaptive that little tree was. It just found another way to get to the light that it needed.

    • Olga October 28, 2015 at 2:34 am - Reply

      What a beautiful observation you spotted on your walk Gabrielle. Thank you for sharing. So must we too, as awkwardly as it may seem at first, to reach out for that light, no matter the circumstances.

      • Gabrielle October 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Olga. Yes, I think so 🙂

        I think it was interesting to see how in nature, without thoughts or emotions getting in the way, if there is a possible solution, then it is found. The tree just had one goal, and importantly the conditions were there for it to reach that goal, if it took a precise course of action. Because it was the tree’s nature to try, it was able to find that small window of opportunity to reach the sunlight.

        If a human had found themselves in a comparable situation, I reflected on how we might respond. Would we even try to find a solution? Would we get caught up in thoughts, feelings, doubts, etc..? We may not try to find an alternative, even though there could be solution.

        This made me admire (and envy 🙂 the simplicity of the tree.

        • Olga October 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

          How inspiring.

          Imagine the tree, half way through, saying, ‘No, I can’t go on anymore, the world is against me!’ In fact, I don’t think I have ever seen this kind of defeatist attitude displayed in nature at all. Maybe if an animal is sick and in a lot of pain, while the body itself tries to regenerate. Instead, I have seen, animals, insects and all sorts of plants resilient to make things work, as best as they could.

          It is those darn thoughts and emotions that get in the way of a clear action and a path to take. Although they are so transient and without form, they can paralyze a person and keep them from growing.

          It is a true blessing to find these insights in nature and all around us. It must also mean that this willingness to take a clear path of action is innate within each of us, lest we fall into the grips of negative thoughts, feelings, worries etc.. a real danger zone for our spiritual life.

          • Paty February 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm

            Yes, Fotis, I totally agree.

            This is a beautiful excerpt.

    • K October 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing that story Gabrielle,

      I guess animals and plants need to find whatever ways to survive physically. And I guess we needt o find whatever ways to continue, survive and thrive spiritually.

    • Laura October 30, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing Gabrielle and Olga, that was really inspiring and true!

  5. Jon October 24, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I can definitely relate to the feeling of not wanting to work! I find when I’m faced with work-based challenges, or task after task (seemingly never-ending), there can be a massive internal resistance to getting them done, and I start to procrastinate or look for distractions. But when I just make the effort to start on the task or challenge, it eventually gets done, and then the reward of getting it done comes.

    However, not looking internally or working on egos when I go through these tasks, I wonder what I’m actually achieving, apart from just getting things done. I see that as the degeneration you mention Lara. When the egos feed in these situations, I get tired, depressed, frustrated, etc. I imagine if I could remove those states then these challenges and tasks I face would be a breeze.

    Very relevant article for me right now!

    • Shane October 28, 2015 at 5:07 am - Reply

      Interesting comments Jon, I can relate to your post a lot particularly when doing tasks I don’t believe in, or feel are wasting my time.
      I remember a long time ago when I used to do weight training at the gym nearly everyday of the week. Sitting at a desk, or watching a movie, relaxed and passive, to then think about getting up and going to the gym, squatting weights that felt impossible, was often difficult to overcome. Back then I recalled Schwarzenegger commenting in a magazine about discipline and will power to force himself to the gym. He was asked about laziness, and the times when he really didn’t feel like doing it. His reply was something simple but definite to the effect of: “As soon as I feel that feeling, I immediately force myself to get my gym bag, get out the house (or office etc) and get to the gym as fast as I can.” I have used this approach often over the years to overcome resistance from feelings that want to do nothing or avoidance. In the gym context, it was often those times when the following oxygen high was greatest, so the rewards became apparent and remembered for next time. Such efforts also coincided with amazing colorful and vivid dreams. I found overcoming those resistances developed will power. When similar ‘will power’ of essence kind is directed to spiritual/physical tasks it gives similar uplift but of superior type, as I feel myself stepping into a different source of energy or life stream that gives sustenance to the essence and awareness. So its a will power directed internally, rather than to weights at the gym or other ‘rubbish task’ we may feel we have to do physically. The trick is then to watch out for bride getting high from overcoming laziness and feeling chuffed about forcing ourselves to do something we didn’t want to do. The real high I want is peace.

      • Jon October 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the insight Shane. Yes, pride can happily sneak in when you get something done. I think the key you highlighted is directing the willpower internally in all tasks.

        • Matthew October 30, 2015 at 3:07 am - Reply

          Interesting points you raise, Shane and Jon.

          Something I really took away from this article is the need to have the aim clear to work on myself internally, as well as externally, and to do both together.

          It reminds me of this interesting experience I once had with a very simple task, where I had to dig a hole, and I was completely caught up in what I was doing, just focused on “getting the task done”. When I finished, I felt a sense of accomplishment, that subtle pride Shane mentioned. Then I looked at a nearby ant hill, and saw that the ants were digging and working too (probably more efficiently than I was). And in that moment when I was just caught up in the task, I realized I was behaving just like them. No awareness, just being driven to get something done. And the ants do that all their lives, and do their jobs well, but there is no development of consciousness.

          I can often see the same energy in myself and others when I go to work and everyone is rushing in the city, busy in their jobs. I find it is so easy to get caught up in that energy to get things done, with whatever I have to do. But then the pendulum inevitably swings the other way toward laziness and pleasure, where you want to indulge that to escape the physical work you have to do, or reward yourself for the work you have done.

          I find that to truly work internally, to get off that pendulum, is so much harder than to work hard on external things in the subconscious way, where I am subject to drives and the pulls of the egos, like any other animal, because it requires a real effort to come out of that, a fundamental change in approach, which I suppose is why they call this work revolutionary. But interestingly, I definitely perform external work better when I am not so driven by the mind and egos to do them, when I’m just clear and focused — and at the same time there is the hope of getting some real work done internally, and using my daily life for inner learning and development, and finding moments of peace.

          It seems applying the internal work through all the external work and tasks we have to do in life is so fundamental.

          • Jenny November 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

            I can really relate to your story, Matthew 🙂 Strange how it always feels like once you get that thing out of the way you can get on with other things, so you forge ahead to finish things, but then your life becomes a series of things to get through aimlessly… That “next thing” is the biggest illusion…

      • Ella October 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

        Thanks for sharing Shane, those are interesting experiences and reflections.

        “The real high I want is peace” …

      • Laura October 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

        That was helpful, thanks for sharing Shane. I really liked the quote from Schwarzenegger and can see how important this is, not to allow resistance, because the more time I spend procrastinating an activity, the more difficult it becomes to do it and the worse I feel about it. It is interesting how bad you can end up feeling about something simple!

        I can also relate to what you said about applying will power to do a spiritual task and stepping into a different stream of life. Love your poetic way of describing it. I feel that spiritual tasks whether they be internal or external are much harder to start doing, kind of like what Jon said, because once I get up from my comfortable seat and start doing something physical like cleaning it carries itself out if I’m not paying attention. The momentum of wanting something to get done can even feel addictive.

        • Laura October 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          Sorry, it was Matthew who said that, not Jon.

    • K October 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      That’s a good description Jon, I feel I can also relate to it.

      But even in seeing how it works and understanding it I still find myself too often not applying that understanding properly in action and losing strength and inner level, especially when doing computer based tasks. Yet I’ve seen that it’s very much possible with the right overcoming obstacles-attitude and concentrated work that we can come out with more strength even, and a job done.

      Shane that Schwarzenegger example is a good one. Mark has also described a similar thing I believe, about getting rid of laziness like any ego state, but also doing that thing you didn’t feel like doing, if it’s the right thing to do that is. It’s a good principle to apply to gain strength I find. A number of years ago when I used to go for many awareness walks, I also often found myself comfortably inside and not feeling like going, but knew that was exactly the time to get up and get out.

      Regarding physical exercise. I noticed that I would gain a lot of willpower by putting myself through difficult physical exercise and afterwards the petty obstacles or little resistances I had to tasks seemed like nothing. I used to be a bit extreme in pushing myself, but that’s no good and I wouldn’t recommend it. But I think some physical exercise, while applying this force against opposition principle, can be beneficial to lift us up.

      Something I’m doing now is whenever I know I’m going to spend many hours behind the computer. I set a timer every 30 minutes and take a 5 minute break, do some exercise, some stretches, a short mantra and make sure I’m clear and have stopped the thoughts continuing on about the task I was doing. When being more identified or already in a bit of a lower state I notice I just want to click away the alarm bell, similar to hitting the snooze button in the morning thinking I’m gaining something when I’m actually losing something. Anyway such breaks make a huge difference for me.

  6. Ella October 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for another thought provoking article, and for guiding reflection into another aspect of the inner work. I find these articles so helpful, as I’m sure many do.

    My experience has been that there’s a strange paradox when it comes to work … the more active you are the more energy you have … to be active! And the opposite is true too, when you’re heavied under a blanket of inertia, say as in when in a long-term depression, it’s incredibly hard to get anything done.

    The mystery to me, is when to do the right things at the right times, this rhythm of activity and repose, and how to make your activity the right kind. If I work until midnight on something on the computer I may be under the illusion of being active, but actually I am just being driven by the egos and in the end lose strength. Things that start seem to need a different activity to when they are finishing. This makes me reflect on of the law of octaves and how we have to find ways to increase the energy/activity given to anything if we want it to overcome the laws of entropy. Gurdjieff writes about needing to find ‘new alarm clocks’ to help us find this renewed activity to lift the octave, and I really liked that. On a Monday morning, if the alarm is too familiar, and there’s no will to actually get up, it’s possible to turn it off while still asleep and end up late for work!

    The ‘debt slavery’ as you so aptly put it, I see as a tool of the forces of darkness and struggle to find alternatives to the assumed ‘only way’ of living of a rent-pay cycle that grinds people down, and as people have mentioned, this is to be considered lucky in this world now. At the moment I’m embarking on an exchange, where I work a small amount in a role I really enjoy for accommodation. Finding ways like this has meant being more involved in a deal of service that relies on real personal relationships, trust and integrity, and not just the rules of contracts and wages.

    • Olga October 24, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

      ”the more active you are, the more energy you have”

      I really like your little comment here Ella, it spun a few reflections around my head how true it is. I wonder if its part of a force in nature that works when things develop and decay. I have recently embarked on a lot of activity at my work, and it seems I have a whole new amount of energy, whereas before, when I was inactive, confused, and stressed about many aspects of my work, so much resistance came up to stop me and keep me in a very low level of activity, whereas now, I almost feel unstoppable – the morning wake ups are much easier and I feel much more efficient as a whole then when I had less activity – hopefully saying that won’t undo anything! Thanks so much for sharing.

      • Ella October 25, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

        Yes Olga, that’s the kind of thing I’ve felt too, how sometimes we can be in a ‘flow’ of being active and efficient and this sort of ‘speed’ means you take hurdles with ease, then when you’re sluggish and slow a smaller hurdle takes you ages to get over. It’s an internal focus that allows this I feel, it’s different to the kind of rushing/chaotic activity of the egos driving you. Hope you keep feeling unstoppable, or maintain it as long as possible, or learn how to ‘raise the octave’ when it starts to show the telltale signs of fading!

    • Laura October 30, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

      I was also struck by what you said about activity Ella and have thought about it the past few days. It was a little revelation to me, so thanks for sharing! Having worked from home for a time and comparing how I feel now to when I used to work at the office, I marvel how I was able to go out so early every morning, commute and be active around other people etc. It seems next to impossible now that my level of activity is much lower.

      That’s really inspiring what you said about your plans to work by ‘exchange’. It feels right, like the ancient way of doing it, more life giving than the 9-5 office job with a salary. All the best with it!

  7. Tina October 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this as it’s something I’ve been reflecting on for a while. I tried to understated the importance of always working as the inner work requires constant activity inside and outside of us. And what stood out is that there should be no time of not working.
    Thank you very much for this reflection Lara, it helps a lot.

  8. Lucia October 21, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I thought I would share this beautiful poem by Khalil Gibran here, as it also speaks about the importance of work, but also stresses the importance of working with Love:

    • Anne Linn October 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lucia. I love that poem.

    • Zorana October 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Lucia for posting the poem. I really liked this part:

      “And what is it to work with love?
      It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,
      even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.”


      “Work is love made visible.
      And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

      The manner in which work is done seems equally important as carrying it out.

    • Daniel M October 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the poem, Lucia!
      Amazingly, it speaks of things my Mother used to teach us as kids! In her simplicity, she used to say we should put love in everything we did.
      I learned a lot, but far from all I need. I’m still working on it, especially in relation to the Inner Work.

  9. Jordan October 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this. I really like the part of the quote where it says, “…and do perform their labors.” So, we’re not getting out of it, whatever work it is that, that “Monday feeling” is trying to avoid – especially if it’s spiritual improvement that we’re after.

    • Fotis October 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      ​Thank you Lucia for sharing this! …and Lara for inspiring us! …again

      I’m trying to watch the driving force of my mind and how I act and move through out the day. And I noticed how a day can be as productive as can been wasted also. Depending on how I handle my energies and how often I manage to step out of the mud, the heaviness, like the feeling of depression, sickness, laziness may cause. And is like I train myself how to step out and strengthen this kind of will and action so next time it feels more easier and if I reduce the training this will becomes more weak.

      And that goes in circles with the ups and downs, for ages… I wish qualities of faith and love to be developed to everyone who is trying this work.

  10. Anita October 20, 2015 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Thanks Lara, this series of short blogs has been really helpful. Also, my thanks and gratitude to everyone that has posted comments and insights, I’ve gotten a lot of internal support for inspiration from them.

  11. SL October 20, 2015 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Yes. And I think it is safe to say that the fear of getting up to go to work is often an ego in itself, or at least a sign that you need to find a job which is more compatible. I have found that I often will spend a whole weekend dreading some menial detail about the coming week only to go to work on Monday and realizing that the problem did not even exist or was so trivial I had nothing to fear in the first place. So that fear of work is often a fearful ego which a lot of anger and inertia behind it.

    And there are other egos, too, such as the fear of being fired or the fear of never finding work again. After long periods of unemployment I have found myself asking the question “Will I ever work again!? Who would even hire me!?” And then the inner voice tells me that I must have faith. Things will turn out alright and I must just push through it because time will not stop.

    The fact is that everything has a cost. If we do not work we lose trust, especially if we squander our time off. We lose trust, we become groggy, more insecure, our conscience nags at us. So we must learn to accept work. After all, work is not all day. If we are balanced people work is, perhaps, eight hours a day, give or take. Then we have the evening to ourselves and a whole night of sleep. then we have weekends and vacation. So though our current economies may not be ideal, most of the people reading this are fortunate enough to have time to themselves.

    • Olga October 21, 2015 at 3:04 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing those insights on the feelings and egos that arise in the workplace SL. Working is an activity that most people have in common that perhaps propels each of us as a society to live life in activity as we are meant to. I have certainly had more then my share of ‘Monday mornings’, and I hope to clear off the feeling sooner then later.

      But I do appreciate that there is a virtue in being active with work, and overcoming the obstacles that arise in the workplace in order to get a certain job done. At the same time too often I have been caught up with the stresses of physical work that took over my inward focus, certainly wanting me to go off and take a holiday somewhere or look forward to an evening of relaxation and peace of mind. But when i am in the right inward state, fighting properly and cultivating an inward purpose within, it feels like like I am already on that vacation.

      I thought I would share this passage from the Hua Hu Ching that seems relevant with the topic:

      ”Does one scent appeal more than another?
      Do you prefer this flavor, or that feeling?
      Is your practice sacred and your work profane?
      Then your mind is separated:
      from itself, from oneness, from the Tao.”

      • James N October 22, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

        Great quote Olga thanks for sharing

    • Laura October 21, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hi SL,

      Thank you for sharing that. I can relate to the feeling of fear you describe developing over the weekend over something small at work and then finding it was nothing or easy to handle. Also to the ‘Monday morning feeling’ which can be there every day, dreading to even get out of bed. I have felt this for a long time and the best advice I had was to have a reason to get out of bed in seeking a spiritual connection first thing in the morning, watching the sunrise, absorbing the sacred, mystical energies, of course in addition to trying to understand and work on the negative states.

      With being unemployed or employed with work you don’t enjoy or find fulfilling, I believe there is a lesson and meaning in everything, also in not finding work for a long time or having to stick with undesirable work. What could it be teaching you or showing you, what qualities could it be encouraging you to develop and what egos to decrease? I like what you said about faith, to have faith you will be given everything you need when you do your best to correct yourself and be active both inwardly and outwardly and seek a connection with your Divine Parents.

    • Roy October 22, 2015 at 4:45 am - Reply

      If we are balanced people work is, perhaps, eight hours a day, give or take. Then we have the evening to ourselves and a whole night of sleep. then we have weekends and vacation. So though our current economies may not be ideal, most of the people reading this are fortunate enough to have time to themselves.

      That’s such a fresh perspective on the available time outside of our time spend at our job SL. Putting it like this highlights the available time we have, instead of demeaning it by comparing it to how much time we could have available when, for example, we work part-time. Surely, there are many people in less fortunate circumstances that work way more than 8 hours and still struggle to pay rent or buy food. Your post just highlighted the fortunate position most of us reading this blog are in and the importance of learning to accept work. Thanks!

    • Con October 22, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

      Laura and SL I hear you both.

      Worse than Mondayitis is not having work and the terrible ego’s that come with fear, doubt and the deadly demons of Sloth and Pride.

      I have been unemployed for a very long time and I have a nasty ex-employer who goes out of their way to thwart every chance they get. For example, every time I get close to obtaining work, they will provide a “reference” without my permission. It appears in today’s world recruitment companies will contact your employer via social media without your permission.

      I had a dream in the infernal astral in January of this year 2015 when I was actually told the following by a powerful demon.

      Demon – as you have helped two people find the path (esotericism) we will make your life a living misery and make you suffer in every way possible for the next few years .”
      The demon has not lied in this occasion. I have received terrible news regarding my (R) knee and to cut a long story short I have to hobble around and will require a walking stick as they cannot operate for another 5 years; am still unemployed; I have a $15k tax problem that was rectified the years ago but has reared its ugly head; I go through periods of sloth, laziness and malaise; spend to much time on the net and worse deliberately “fight” with fanatics who believe that they are the only ones who understand Samael Aun Weor based gnosis; doubt myself in the material world BUT I have faith in the spiritual.”

      FAITH is all I have …. faith along with this website, Mark and Lara’s articles and people’s comments have helped me. The real me that is my essence has slowly started to shine through. The most successful part of my year has been that myself, and a friend, have both helped his new partner find her way. We have tried not to mention the words gnosis and rarely mention Samael and Mark, but, I do disseminate Mark’s teachings and Lara’s articles. This person after not dreaming for twenty years has started dreaming and has recently seen and spoken to her divine mother.

      This person is powerfully clairvoyant and not far from entering the esoteric temples in the 5th and 6th dimensions. She will easily surpass myself and many others on this site as it is obvious that she is a latent master. I have helped her in small ways as this person listens and then actually does what she hears. As I do not want people to get the wrong idea I would only be 3% as she puts in 97% of the effort. She asked me, for example, “whom should I ask for forgiveness. My reply, the divine mother that resides within you. Her divine mother answered via a beautiful dream.

      Along with all your Comments the work and faith is all I have and realistically, all I need.

      Lara, once again what a timely and beautiful article

      • Andrew October 24, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

        That seems like a pretty rough stretch you’re in there. I work for myself and can certainly relate to egos of fear and doubt around work and having enough financial stability as projects seem to vanish sometimes or you get burned by clients and you have to balance the books and keep on trucking. And I can also relate to @Ella’s experience of overworking when under the spell of the egos when thinking you are being active or making good. But outside all the ups and downs of work the spiritual stays steady and as ready for our attention as always. That’s always helped me go through the challenging times and keep things in perspective. Doing that gives me faith that 1) everything is as it should be 2) I can do only my best to modify myself and my circumstances and 3) I will with Divine help and my efforts find the right way forward.

        This summer I brought the importance of dreams to a friend who had a traumatic brain injury and who hadn’t dreamed since the accident many years before. With some practice she was able to remember her first dream since her accident. She was soo joyful and I was so happy to have some part of letting her open up that part of her self once again.

        Good luck in your work and I’m glad you’re here.

  12. James N October 19, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Thank you for the article Lara, an excellent reminder & encouragement to do the inner work.

    I thought the quote was an inspiring one. I will try prayer to the angel of deeds for strength!

    I appreciate all that you, Mark & the team share thank you deeply.

  13. Maria October 19, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara very much for this beautiful and timely article again.

    It works for me too as a reminder and also as a support, giving inspiration and motivation towards my daily efforts.

    Thank you deeply for this precious help each week.

  14. Laura October 19, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I’m not sure how to describe the feeling I’ve got from reading your latest small articles Lara. Something like living freshness and strength, and a connection to something larger. A little similar to the feeling of consciousness manifesting through strong awareness.

    Thank you for putting out there this principle of work that needs to be done in our realm in order to combat the natural forces of death and decay. I feel like I can see it very clearly now and my confusion as to what I need to do is less. I love the way you so elegantly described it using the elements in nature in their unceasing movement and activity to preserve life. We humans can easily feel like we are people living on this planet but not really part of it, like the natural laws or seasons don’t apply to us because we are self-sufficient living in our houses with artificial light, warmth, comfort, food, appliances etc., let alone seeing how they would apply to us inwardly. I certainly was clueless about this before studying Belsebuub’s and your work. I’m also amazed at the readers’ comments because many bring more depth and insights to what you wrote and help me to understand it better.

    What I’m still confused about is how to balance my activity and rest having long term illness while there are things that need to be done. It isn’t as straightforward as temporary illness, where you just rest and recover until you are well and can get back to work full force. I have tried working full force anyway, which felt more harmful than good. It led to what Belsebuub talks about, forcing the body or the mind to do something beyond its capacity producing resistance that makes it harder and harder to go back to it later. Maybe it’s about understanding what your capacity is at any time and listening closely to your body to recognize when things get too much and stopping before you deplete yourself.

    • Layla October 20, 2015 at 12:31 am - Reply

      Hi Laura

      I know what you mean about distinguishing between rest of the body and the pulls of the egos, as even agitation can cause the sensation of being unwell and laziness can make you feel that you are very tired. The only way I find my way to see it for what it really is to look for the sensations in the centres where you feel them and clear them. In the emotional centre it takes me a long progressive effort to keep clearing it, as we can find that its been a way of life living with such egos and then it becomes difficult to spot it for what it is. This morning when I was washing up the dishes, I kept having this pull of tiredness as though I wanted to go back to sleep. In this feeling I didn’t want to do the dishes I just wanted to stop and rest and there was this resistance and uncomfortable feeling. Trying to just keep going, I realised that this feeling was the sensation of laziness, that is how it likes to feel and realising that I could see that all the sensations it brought up were not mine, but of that state, and when I asked for the disintegration of it, it became crystal clear that it was not me, but it.

      In illness, I find that there is alot to understand about ourselves, and like any event in our life, there is a lot to learn from what comes up. Experiencing the reality as it is, and using the self observation, there’s a lot of states, ideas, expectations, feelings of unfairness, etc that come and in that case we can work through our illness, and I find the healing comes in two ways, physically through getting well in the best way you can, and being free of the inner states that are attached to those illness events.

      Strangely we can get accustomed to our illnesses and create our identity around them, and I find that perpetuates the illness since it becomes another thing we get attached to, and that we tailor ourselves around it.

      I do wish you lots of good health and inner strength and peace in your healing, as being unwell is difficult, but it can also help us to learn a great deal and acquire a deeper love and understanding of ourselves, others and the Divine mercy that is always present.

      • Lili October 20, 2015 at 2:38 am - Reply

        I can relate to what you said Layla. Few months ago I had this pain around the stomach area..a sharp pain came and go randomly throughout the day. Whenever this pain came up, I started to worry..thinking I’m going to get this or that sickness and the mind going off.. feeling low, not wanting to do spiritual work..thinking again to do when I get better or just not in the mood etc. it was awful, it steers you away from doing anything. So the days gone by and the pain was still there.. went to see the doctor, they couldn’t find anything. I continue to worry more.. Then one day I started to die to the pain whenever it shows up and slowly after a couple of weeks it was gone.

        wishing you a fast recovery Laura.

        • Layla October 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

          Hi Lili, its good you saw your doctor because sickness is always best dealt by health practitioners and we need to approach life with commonsense.

          It’s interesting what you mentioned about worry; in summary – thoughts lead to low feelings which lead to low states and then we have resistance to our spiritual work. Goes to show the impact of ‘worry’ and how it always appears as justified to be there.

        • Laura October 21, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

          Hi Lili,

          Thank you for sharing your experience. I can relate to what you said about worrying, it being my first response to everything. You start imagining all these things that might develop from this small symptom which have no basis on reality, the worrying can even make you physically ill like nauseous, light headed, trembling etc., which makes you think you’re becoming more ill 😀 I’ve also seen that strong feeling of having to concentrate on worrying, not being able to do anything else.

          It’s encouraging to hear you were able to apply the death to it and make it go away. The best approach seems to be to nip the thoughts in the bud before they create an illusion of illness, keep to the facts and seek a professional diagnosis and help not to let it get out of hand physically or psychologically.

      • Laura October 21, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

        Hi Layla,

        Thanks a lot for taking the time to write a thoughtful reply to my comment. All that you said rings true with me. Thanks for sharing your experience of the feeling of tiredness which was actually laziness. There is another aspect I have seen in how low states especially as they are directed against yourself can cause you to physically feel unwell or keep you feeling sick.

        I know I need to watch out carefully not to be tricked by egos into thinking I’m more ill than I actually am and hanging onto the history of illness and what has caused it and not having the victim mentality, ‘I’m ill, therefore I can’t do this and that, I’m entitled to this and that etc.’. As you said, with illness which is always around more or less you get used to it and do start to consider yourself the sick person, which could prevent you from getting well.

        Thanks again for your well wishes and support.

  15. Olga October 18, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara, there is so much to reflect on here. Your posting also really brings the Essene quote to life as something very much in our reach.

  16. Karim October 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for mentioning this something that is important right now Lara.

    Funnily enough I did notice the birds outside acting very differently than normal, after a sudden change in temperature they seem eager to find and eat food from the ground, to store up fat for winter.

    It’s interesting that even in this community there’s a definite rhythm. Right now for example it might be a time of a lot of hard work to enable something weak to grow, clinging on to it wholly, and other priorities like closing myself up in a meditation room the whole day would feel out of place.
    I find it important to tune into this and work with it, or I might spend time and efforts on things that are fruitless and don’t contribute to the general movement in the right direction.

    Unpleasant ‘work’ or ‘homework’ were things that used to cause a great resistance in me and the lengths I took my procrastination were ridiculous. Hopefully I’ve been able to change this a bit since then 🙂 I guess that resistance to work came from finding some aspect of it unpleasant. Definitely that pendulum of pleasure and pain at work there. But I found that when my goal is to be aware then I don’t mind doing either ‘a’ or ‘b’ as I get my sustenance from being in the present moment.

    It’s interesting how this inner level is reflected in the outer world as well- are there dishes we left, has our room been in need of cleaning for a while etc.

    • Laura October 19, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Thanks for your reflections Karim about the rhythm in this community, that was very insightful. Also your comment about procrastination and resistance was helpful, I’m sure we’re all familiar with it to some extent, me definitely… Your solution of seeing what is causing it and having awareness/self-knowledge as the priority seems like a useful one 🙂

  17. Lucia October 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for the last paragraph – it really helps to become more aware of how precious our time in this physical dimension is. We definitely can’t do much in our subconscious dreams… so hopeless to even recall them. So if we are to chnge (and save) ourselves, its only here, in our daily life. I really hope to make a better use of it.

    • Lucia October 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      I must have pressed the wrong “reply” button it seems. 🙂 Just to clarify that I meant this as a reply to Lara’s reply to Mike below.

  18. Alexandros October 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Yes that’s it. ”Keep Calm and Carry on” as people say here in UK

  19. Paty October 18, 2015 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Thanks again Lara for a very timely article and remind of the basics.

  20. scott mac October 18, 2015 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara, Mark and the team at MLP, for always giving guidance and understanding with amazing timing. Its a real privilege to be in tune with nature and the world around us. To comprehend its subtle signs and respect its life giving principles allows for further development of the higher more esoteric side of life that governs all of creation and that includes us as human beings. Its a timely reminder of the importance of our place in the wheel of life and how crucial it is to remember to work on our inner development. Comprehending these principles is significant in the overall understanding of our own work toward enlightenment and the re connection to the Divine.

  21. Michelle October 18, 2015 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Hi Lara,

    I appreciate this article showing up today. I really like the part at the end where you mention the importance of both activity and reflection. I find that I tend too far onto one side or the other. I also find your article timely as today we had our first snow here in Syracuse, NY and I have been thinking about the seasons and how they reflect to us so much that happens internally. It is really quite a mystery to me, but one that I was oblivious to until you and Mark revealed them to me on this website and your books. Before I was totally unaware of the internal connection we have with the seasons, but now I can really feel the impact internally, especially around the time of the equinox. It is a true blessing to have these seasons, gifts of nature reminding us to come back to the work. I was just reading Belsebuub quotes and I don’t know why I don’t read them every day. I don’t want to waste this life. The seasons and quarterly reflections at ceremony time really give me a chance to start again. Your article is also a reminder, so thanks.

  22. Layla October 18, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

    When I look at our society, technology makes it appear as though our life is in constant progress, however in people and in our way of being I find the opposite is happening. things are getting worse on so many levels. This push towards pleasure and entertainment, gratifications of all kinds, seems to me part of a dark agenda to submerge people into ‘disorder, degeneration, filth, starvation, disease and decay’.

    It really is a battle within myself to fight against this drive of pleasure and trying to see how it operates and in what way. People confuse happiness for pleasure, so its very often defended as a right, but happiness for me is truly the ‘peace of the spirit within’ that Belsebuub writes about. That moment of peace I can’t find a word to explain it but it shows to me its powerful presence but it comes through action both inwardly and in what I do.

    I remember once on a walk home, I was working to be clear internally and just be there in the moment, and as I was walking I realised that life is a series of movement, and that I move from one event to another and even when I go to sleep it was part of that series of events I was going through. I see a lot of my tiredness related to egos, and its very much different from the tiredness of my body. Low states from low energies from inaction inwardly. Surprisingly its the ‘continual effort’ to be clear, the work, that uplifts, regenerates and renews.

    The pull of life is strong, but realising its a pull downwards helps me to push to work on my innerstates, to push up.

    I find ideas about life and the spiritual work to be the most harmful. Only the inner action to be clear is real and where I feel I have my feet on the ground.

    Thanks Lara for writing about this important aspect of life, you’ve put it in the context of life so beautifully and with so much meaning.

    • Laura October 19, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Thanks for your powerful and insightful comment Layla, I found it really helpful. Especially what you said about the inner effort being renewing and the egos producing tiredness. I find it hard to see where the egos’ effects on the body and psyche end and physical illness begins, and I suspect they are very much interrelated.

      “I find ideas about life and the spiritual work most harmful. Only the inner action to be clear is real and where I feel I have my feet on the ground.” How true, to boil it down to the inner effort, thanks for sharing.

    • Lucia October 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      I second Laura on that, as I also found that exact sentence ring true. The ideas about life and spiritual work can be really “mind-consuming” and lead nowhere in the end. Thank you Layla for pointing that out.

  23. Vadim October 17, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Yes, it is interesting to reflect how the spirit is beyond all constraints, even time itself, even the laws of duality, but “spiritual activities” are subjected to the laws of the place where they are carried on. So while ideally we would like to be always aware, always transforming the subconscious, always helping people, etc, – it is not always possible. It is more realistic to think in terms of “doing the best, wherever we are, with what we have”, rather than “dong things perfectly”.

    And doing the best must be actually doing the best – it really seems that we are given all what we need, to give to this fleeting moment of time, so it is not wasted. Spiritual efforts develop spiritual strength, and bring back all sorts of spiritual results and benefits.

    Also I found interesting your reflection about the extraterrestrials…There is a good book by Ivan Efremov called Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale (it is a bit like Star Wars, but much more deep and philosophical), where he described the ideal future of our humanity, where it became one big family, committed to the ideals of serving good…They were described to have numerous machines, doing all mechanical routine work and therefore allowing people of that civilization to have a lot of free time. And that free time was used for continuous inner development, perfecting the life on the planet Earth and spreading the light across the galaxies. There was a lack of darkness in that ideal civilization, so in order to avoid degradation and to be able to face and overcome darkness of the universe, they had to create artificial dark forces during the trials of their education system, and once people passed through it and reached maturity, their jobs were meant to provide them enough interesting challenges to keep perfecting themselves.

  24. Daniel M October 17, 2015 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Thanks for these insights, Lara!
    Indeed, it seems life of the spirit and of the matter manifests in different levels in the present moment within and outside. Even the cells of our bodies work non stop…

  25. Mike October 17, 2015 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Great article, and well worth a reflection. Seeing all the work that needs to be done externally and internally can be very daunting – especially the latter!

    I wonder if you could elaborate more on the repose, Lara?

    A physical repose – sleep, or a little time away from work (sometimes that’s a lot harder than other times) seems quite clear, but is there ever really a spiritual repose? There are always egos and it seems there’s never really more than a few seconds, at best, when that awareness can shine through. And as that quote from the Gospel of Peace would suggest, we should strive to work like our Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother, without ceasing…

    • Daniel L October 17, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

      “You can rest at the end of a mountain”

    • Lara Atwood October 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike,

      That’s an interesting question. My understanding is that there is never really a time of complete cessation for the body for example (except at death), because even when sleeping and resting the body is still carrying out functions. However, there are two clearly different states – one is mainly to do with expending energy, and the other with receiving it.

      In terms of spiritual repose, I understand it not as a complete ceasing either, but as listening is to talking, receiving is to giving.

      There are however times when we are not able to actively work on developing consciousness, which is when devolving through the inferior dimensions, just as we are unable when submerged in the subconscious in dreams. Having the opportunity of being able to work therefore is something very precious.

      • Mike October 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        Thank you for that perspective, Lara. Yes, I suppose even while sleeping, our body is up to something: receiving energy, repairing, etc. And I suppose spiritually, there is always something to do although the nature may change.

        Your example of the listening vs talking reminds me of a passage of the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna teaches “Those who see action in inaction and inaction in action are truly wise amongst humans. Although performing all kinds of actions, they are yogis and masters of all their actions.” (I got that from )

        Before, I had taken that passage to reflect that in choosing to confront a situation or to be passive, because our choice affects the outcome, we have effectively acted. Also, by acting through consciousness, our actions have a natural flow to them thereby making them almost a lack of action. I wonder now if there is also an element to the teaching pertaining to work and repose. After all, by reposing, we do recuperate our energy and while we may actively do something physically, we could be passive internally. It seems physical and psychological work and repose are blended and hard, if not impossible, to separate.

        I find this topic quite interesting because I’ve been ambushed by material work the past few weeks and I’m having plenty of occasion to reflect on work vs repose, and their importance both physically and spiritually.

        “Having the opportunity of being able to work therefore is something very precious.” – yes, I totally agree!

      • Olga October 20, 2015 at 12:15 am - Reply

        It seems that everything we do makes an imprint upon eternity. I remember Mark once writing about how at a certain stage of the path we need to make such constant efforts like (paraphrasing here) blowing liquid up a straw, once we release that effort, we lose whatever we’ve gained. Why can’t we then strive to live this way in preparation. Looking at nature, and how eager and focused it is to live out its purpose, human life when not dedicated in constant purpose is like an abnormality of nature. Everything around us has such a purpose to this earth, as though having a miniature mission. The pollination of plants and flowers by various insects and species, the cleaning of air from the trees, and a million other things… why couldn’t we be part of a constant devoted mission which would offer help to those living on this planet.

        • Laura October 20, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

          What a beautiful and poetic reflection Olga, thanks a lot for sharing. I especially like ‘miniature mission’ 🙂

          • Zorana October 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm

            I second that, Laura 🙂

        • Mike October 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

          That’s a beautiful reflection, Olga. It’s so true that the things and creatures of nature are there to fulfill their purpose, and we should do the same. It sure makes you inspired when you take a look outside and see nature hard at work…

        • scott mac October 22, 2015 at 3:54 am - Reply

          Hi Olga. That’s a great question ” why couldn’t we be part of a constant devoted mission which would offer help to those living on this planet?.” Something really worth considering, is yes but how? I think that every day we make small choices which effect the outcomes of all life on this planet. The first way we can contribute to this “mission of helping those living on this planet” (externally) is to realise that we need to eat and most of the food we eat is farmed. If we question how our food is produced and what effect this form of production has upon life and the environment, then that’s a start. Basically there are methods of food production that support natures life giving principles and processes. Then there are those that don’t. One of the best ways as an individual to get started in supporting these life giving principles is to choose food that is grown ethically, with life supporting ecology as the foundations of its production processes. Bio-dynamic is best, because this method of production also requires understanding of natures cycles and some understanding of esoteric principles on the part of the grower. “Bio” usually stands for Biological or to be more specific “micro-biology” Which is all life in the soil. So as individuals with the power of choice, if we can support these foundations and building blocks for life when we are shopping, then that’s one small step in the right direction. Of course (Internally) its to work on our inner development toward enlightenment and re connecting to the Divine at the same time. Keep up the good work everyone. Thanks Olga for asking the question and thanks Lara for writing this very deep little article.

  26. Rich October 17, 2015 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Lara thank you very much for this article

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