In the book, “The Coming New Man,” there is an idea of self-denial called Negation. On page 30 this idea is started with a reference to a Jack London story called The Jacket. In the story a man is in a straightjacket, in a prison, yet finds freedom beyond the capabilities of “free men.” His mind expands to the world outside and he is able to smell the flowers that aren’t physically present and he basks in a sun not in his cell. As his body dies, he is at peace, much to his jailers disbelief.
On page 31, this idea is further flushed out as Negation.
Negation is no exaltation or denial of dialectical reality, but an inward detachment from it. And this detachment means hastening towards a wonderful liberty. Is such negation an act of will as many people suppose? Is it a change of diet or something like that? Negation conceived like this would be a cultivation of the personality. No one can proceed to negation, as understood by the Spiritual School, unless he knows himself to be positively called by the infrared light impulses of the Divine Sun…pg 31
Infrared and Ultraviolet Light of the Spiritual Sun
In the text there is a reference to the ultraviolet and infrared energies of a spiritual sun. One light source builds up an individual, while another destroys that which needs to be let go. Resisting the destructive force, will only end in pain. The Pupil embraces change (which includes both the constructive and destructive forces… one to build the spiritual bond and another to dissolve the materialistic bond.)
However, there’s a ego based version of these light energies as well… In this other view, the ego infrared and ultraviolet build up the “I” and destroy those elements that encourage spiritual growth towards Oneness.
These two concepts/spheres of light energy are opposite and begin a separation one from another. The Light of Christ vs. the e energy of the ego. This polarization moves further apart, forcing a person to make a choice to abandon one or the other.
No one can proceed to negation, as understood by the Spiritual School, unless he knows himself to be positively called by the infrared light impulses of the Divine Sun.Ibid.