Altered State


THEOSOPHY isn’t in the world solely for the spiritual benefit of its member groups. It aims to reach far more than helping a few individuals.

The Theosophical Society’s most important aim, William Q. Judge head of the American Section wrote (Letters, p. 71), is to “change the buddhi and manas [Sk.] of the human race,” – i.e, its heart and mind.

But there are powerful, unavoidable barriers to inner change, all of our own making. They are our physical senses, habits, emotions, thought sensations, embedded worldviews. They compete for our time and attention, keeping us glued to the outer surface of an ever-whirling wheel.

It’s a puzzle for the brain mind, because like an iceberg, the bulk of our nature lies below the surface, and only the tip is visible — just as an actor’s outer image, her costume, makeup, tone of voice, etc., sets our opinion of her.

But, in spiritual terms, the merry-go-round of personality is a trap.

The word personality itself derives from “persona,” a Latin word meaning “mask,” the appearance we present to the world — a marketing device also used by artists and musicians. Persona is also a the Jungian psychological term. 

Updated and republished at:

The Rise of
Modern Mysticism

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3 responses to “Altered State

  1. Hi Gisela, we apparently took the quote from the following website: http://www.in5d.com/top-10-edgar-cayce-predictions.html
    Please let us know the results of research which contradicts any of their information.

  2. In your post from Jan. 16 2012 was a prediction from Edgar Cayce, which is very disturbing. I checked with a E. C. study group, who has not heard about these 12 predictions For December 21st 2012. What is your source?
    Gisela Klos

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