7 – Unifying Body, Mind and Feeling

The seeker will be greatly assisted in this subtle combat with himself by understanding the importance of uniting his body, mind and feeling. Normally, one is always divided within oneself. One must learn to be whole – at least at certain times – if there is to be any hope for crossing a certain threshold by detaching oneself from what one usually is.

From the Depths of the Mists –
lecture: The Unification of the Three Sides of the Human Being’s Nature Necessary for Meditation

The seeker must perceive the malfunctioning in his being of a trinity which, because of the conditioning he has undergone since his childhood, never works as one. Normally, this trinity in him is disunited without his knowing, thus preventing him from being “whole” in what he seeks to accomplish, whether it is a question of his spiritual practices or even his activities in external life
These are exactly his mind, feeling and body which, because of long habit, never manage to be sufficiently united and in accord to assist the seeker in what he has decided to achieve, and this, in spite of the fact that he thinks he is being serious in his spiritual approach.

His mind must constantly be occupied with the object of his concentration; his body must participate through overall physical sensation, which he must try and retain permanently; finally, his feeling must sustain him with a profoundly devotional attitude which he must continually create in his being.

Obstacles to Enlightenment and Liberation – Chapter 6

When, through serious study of himself, the seeker comes to know himself better, he will understand in what way this trinity within him practically never works as one. He will discover that at certain times, his mind agrees to take part in his efforts to remain concentrated during his meditation or his spiritual exercises carried out in active life, but that his feeling is occupied elsewhere by some sort of melancholy, an indefinable nostalgia or vague discontent with someone or something; and on other occasions, it is his body which refuses to take part in his spiritual practices, because of lassitude, fatigue, sensual desire or even, curiously, great physical well-being. However, it is principally his feverish mind which comprises the major obstacle which he must dominate to be able to remain concentrated. The mind is always moving, occupied by the memory of the past, anticipation of the future or by something which attracts him and of which he does not want to let go. Consequently, the aspirant never experiences sufficient inner tranquility to have the freedom to dedicate himself to his difficult task of remaining present and true in himself when he carries out his various concentration exercises.
Furthermore, he must understand that if one single side of this trinity in him agrees to participate in his spiritual practices whilst the other two demur, or comprise a clear impediment, he will have little or no chance of managing to stay concentrated, whether it is while he is performing a concentration exercise in his active life or during his meditation—or even of agreeing to commit himself to the combat with his rebellious attention ! If, on the other hand, two out of three sides agree to co-operate with his attempts to remain concentrated, he will then have more of a chance of dragging the last one in to carry out more effective work on himself.

Fruits of the Path to Awakening – Chapter 7

Taking into consideration the fact that the seeker is comprised of a trinity, namely his body, mind and feeling, it is vital for him to understand that, of these three elements, it is feeling which constitutes the driving force through which he will be able to keep the wheel of his spiritual work moving.
It is feeling which gives a great pianist the ability to play from memory, in front of a demanding audience, eminently complex musical works comprising thousands upon thousands of notes as well as countless changes in harmony and rhythm, without making any mistakes. The same principle applies to the seeker; he must realize that it is his feeling which can connect his mind and body in such a way as to enable him to carry out his meditation practices with enough intensity for him to be put in touch with another world in himself, a luminous world which he will not be able to avoid recognizing as sacred.

In the Silence of the Unfathomable – Chapter 9

If, one day, he manages to make this self-sacrifice as he really should, that is with all his strength and extreme sincerity, something inexpressible will suddenly be felt in him. However, it can happen that at the beginning of this so unusual and unexpected experience, which gives him the strange sensation of losing what he thought was his identity—and, as a consequence of which, no longer recognizing himself—he will be seized with apprehension ! Habit within the human being is so tenacious that the sudden feeling of not recognizing oneself anymore might make him extremely afraid to start with.
Nevertheless, if he manages to overcome this fear in order to discover his Higher Nature—which, as he will recognize, is Divine—and be metamorphosed into It, he will feel flooded with a mysterious peace, unknown to this world, added to by the inexpressible joy of having finally recognized the ordinary side of himself for what it really is: a tissue of lies which, due to its uncontrolled impulses and insatiable desires for sensual pleasures, is only revealed to be a source of suffering !