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The High Ideal
The High Ideal is a fundamental part of the Teaching of Omraam Mikhaёl Aïvanhov.
He has a booklet on it.
The High Ideal I like is modelled by the Sun.
The Sun shows: love. light, life, beauty, and more...
Here are some quotes on The High Ideal:
'Would you like to cure yourself of certain weaknesses and be able to control certain instinctual tendencies? You will only succeed if you nurture within you the love for a high ideal. And what is a high ideal? It is a longing for beauty, spiritual beauty, which consists of purity, light and harmony. You contemplate this beauty, and naturally, spontaneously, you become detached from everything that is unhealthy, dark and chaotic. This love of beauty protects you, like a garment you would not want to get dirty. When you wear new clothes or ones you particularly like, you do not launch into activities in which you are likely to tear or stain them. You instinctively pay attention to your movements and to where you sit. It is the same with the high ideal. If you decide to cultivate a taste for the world of beauty and harmony and the wish to draw closer to it, you will gradually feel a kind of subtle garment being woven around you that you will want to protect, and you too will be protected.' (O.M. Aïvanhov)
'Those who are truly directed by a high ideal never become discouraged. The mere presence of this high ideal within them, guiding and feeding them, gives them strength and hope. They know, they feel that they are walking on the right path, that nothing will ever hinder their progress. Even if they inevitably happen to stumble on this path, they never let doubt affect them. Deciding to walk on the right path does not in itself mean you will be able to stay on it without tripping; but falling is never a reason to stop walking. At the slightest mistake, at the slightest stumble, many lament and say, ‘Oh! I will never succeed, I am stupid, incapable, weak and despicable. I give up.’ These are the reactions of misplaced dignity, wounded pride. So, even if you make mistakes, even if you fall, do not stop; get up again and continue walking, despite your weaknesses, your falls, your failures and your mistakes.' (O.M. Aïvanhov)
'Learn to rally your thoughts, your desires and even all the tendencies of your lower nature to fulfil a sublime ideal. The sun can help you achieve this task of unification and harmonization. As you watch it rise in the morning, imagine that your consciousness is drawing closer to your own sun – your spirit, your higher self – to merge with it. When you have succeeded in pacifying and bringing together all the opposing forces that pull you about, to project them in a single direction, toward the light and the divine, you will become such a centre of power that you will be able to radiate out in all directions, like the sun. Those who have been able to solve their own problems are free and can begin to concern themselves with others. Thanks to freedom they have acquired, they expand their field of consciousness to include all of humankind, and like the sun, they send the superabundant light and love that overflows from them. But before they can do this, they must learn to bring together all the powers of their being and focus them in a single direction.' (O.M. Aïvanhov)
'Thought has an important role to play in our efforts to perfect ourselves. So, those who wish to become wiser, stronger, and more fraternal must set aside time to wish for and visualise these qualities. Imagine yourselves surrounded by light, sending your love across the whole world, and withstanding all difficulties and temptations. Little by little the images you form of these qualities will take on life. They will influence you, they will transform you as they work to attract the necessary elements from the universe and to establish them in your entire being. Of course, a good deal of time and work are necessary before any result is achieved. But the day this result presents itself, you can doubt no longer: you feel a living entity above you which protects you, instructs you, purifies you, enlightens you, and in difficult situations gives you the support you need. So you should begin by forming some ideal in the world of the spirit. Then, thanks to the thought this perfection will then gradually descend into your psychic matter where it will be realized.' (O.M. Aïvanhov)
'Daily life is like a current that sweeps you along, and you do not always have the time and opportunity to reflect and to see where it is taking you. Yet, all activity can be beneficial, as long as it is attached to a high ideal, a divine philosophy. As long as you maintain this link, each of your activities can bring you something beneficial.' (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Sun as Role Model
'Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.'