Dei Gloria Intacta

Chapter 1

J. Van Rijckenborgh discusses the mysteries of initiation through the Christian backdrop. More specifically he writes about the need for a change in dynamic solution. Rather than work to perfect the personality self, he outlines why he feels the personality is lost already and that the real work needs to be focused on transcending into a new soul. A soul vehicle that births the sleeping spirit spark (the True Self.)

In chapter 1 he brings up several points to ponder on the nature of historic paths to liberation.

Specifically, he writes directly to this point, “workers who brought the Ancient Wisdom to the Occident by the number of those who actually attained structural liberation, the numbers would be greatly disappointing… The ancient systems have completely failed in the Occident as schools of initiation and no different result could have been expected.” (pg. 6) For those unaware, Occident refers to areas of the West (Americas and Europe.)

The reason to the failure of the systems of the past are related in the view that “atmospheric and cosmic conditions, the endocrine glands, which play such an important part in occult matters, can no longer react to methods of the ancients.” (pg. 7)

The new method, outlined by the author, is through the transmutation of the personality. This he calls the secret evangelical rebirth (pg. 8). In other words, the present personality (also referred to as the 4-fold personality as it includes the body, mind, auric and etheric layers) is lost in death. Quoting the Bible, he asserts, that “He who loseth his life (that of the old personality) shall find it, (the life of the new personality).” (pg. 9) Rebirth is then defined as a process of the new personality.

Described in greater detail on the next few pages, Rijckenbourgh discusses how the new personality is formed from above: 1) first through the mental faculty 2) then through the astral body 3) then the etheric body 4) and finally the physical body.

How is this process started? Through complete renunciation of the old “I” or ego. (pg. 10) Through a self-chosen Patmos (neutrality), the pupil doesn’t force outcomes or results, but craves a mystical renunciation of the old earthly nature. This is what Paul the apostle meant by “dying daily.”

What is given up? This is an individual discovery, but in general this daily death refers to the giving up of “self-maintenance and one’s lower and speculative desires, disappearance of all animalistic functions.” (pg. 15)

As the old self is pulled back, a space is created where the True Self can manifest in a new way within the pupil. One could think of this as the true resurrection of the Self. “That which is spiritual can only be liberated by severing the bonds which keep us tied to the being of nature.” (pg. 16)

Quoting the Bible once more, Rijckenbourgh writes, “‘Now this I say that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, neither does the corruptible inherit the incorruptible.’ Therefore it is necessary, to hammer as it were, into the consciousness of those who seek liberation that the means of resurrecting the dormant heavenly man is through transmutation of the personality….” (pg. 17)

A bit of time is spent on the subject of Revelations. The book in the Bible is discussed with some esoteric interpretation. Unlike many who interpret it to be a reference to the communities in Asia Minor, the author interprets this as Ashiah. (pg. 36). This is given greater depth when he speaks to the 7 churches mentioned in Revelation as a reference not to specific churches on earth, but to seven aspects of the heavenly figure (our inner spirit spark.)

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