The beginning of a person’s development starts with the activation of the magnetic center. Typically, this occurs during the period of sexual maturation when sexual energy triggers more intensive functioning of the centers, revealing karmic predispositions. However, often with the establishment of a family, where sexual energy finds another outlet, the realization of the magnetic center weakens its work.
The power and duration of the magnetic center’s influence vary depending on one’s past life experiences. As a result, for some individuals, it is limited to youthful infatuations, while for others, it is sufficient to become a churchgoer who attends services and prays before bedtime on Sundays. With a stronger magnetic center at work, a person may become a dilettante, joining the ranks of charlatans. Only strong and sustained work on the magnetic center can lead a person to serious development.
The magnetic center begins to seek spiritual influences from which, in turn, the spiritual personality is formed. However, this personality does not necessarily have the opportunity for real development. If a person was not mature enough for development in a past life, they may develop into a personality such as a ufologist, a follower of a healthy lifestyle, a healer, a fortune teller, a psychologist, an astrologer, a psychic, a parapsychologist, and so on. However, this may not lead to serious self-work and may remain just another hobby.
Furthermore, the magnetic center can only operate in one center; it is always connected to the emotional part of the center. If it is the motor center, then the person will be drawn to hatha yoga, Ushu, or sacred dances. If it is the emotional center, they will strive for exalted emotions. If it is the intellectual center, they will be passionate about philosophy.
However, it is important that development occurs in all centers, not just one.
So how should development proceed? The spiritual personality must take control of the entire being to guide it on the path of perfection because besides the spiritual personality, there are many false personalities within a person that lead them in different directions.
To control something, one must first understand how it functions, and for this, there must be an observing Self within a person that will explore the workings of the human being. This observing self resides in the intellectual part of the intellectual center, and it must be actively awakened by constantly reminding oneself of its presence, as this is a new and unfamiliar action. Humans are accustomed to doing everything in a state of sleep, without comprehending what they are doing and why, without understanding the processes occurring within them.
At the outset, this should involve an impartial, silent observation of consciousness without drawing conclusions, as there may be limited material for conclusions initially. The awakening of the observer is facilitated by the intellectual part of the motor center when we engage in new, unfamiliar movements, such as practicing Ushu dance or mastering a new profession.
As the observer, or alternatively, the deputy manager, develops, a person will begin to be horrified by themselves. They will realize their multiplicity, the absence of a unified Self, the lack of willpower, their state of sleep, and how external influences control them, making everything in their life seem random. Presently, sleep and buffers like self-soothing, self-justification, self-satisfaction, and the like obstruct the perception of these truths. However, observation dismantles them, and then a person’s conscience awakens in the intellectual part of the emotional center, which is already the real manager and capable of bringing order to a person.
Conscience and exalted emotions constitute the second conscious impulse that connects a person to the Higher Centers, where the Higher Self, Atman, a fragment of God, resides as the true master. However, for the master to arrive, order must be established within the human being. This occurs when a person lives according to their conscience for an extended period, overcoming sleep and negative emotions, and bringing their centers into harmony.
Conscience awakens through repentance when a person bravely acknowledges their weaknesses and flaws and ceases to justify themselves or try to ignore them. Instead, they confront these aspects and distance themselves from them, not allowing them to take control through identification and deception.
Sins and vices manifest in 99% of cases in the imagination because people often fear or feel ashamed of acting them out in real life. In their imagination, they may commit murder, rape, curse, steal, and so on. Therefore, the first step is to overcome these sins within one’s own mind. Consciousness and conscience assist in this by not allowing lies and evil to manifest in the imagination.
Real self-awareness can be unpleasant and induce horror in a person, causing them to want to justify themselves in every way possible to remain in self-satisfaction or to blame others for everything while dwelling in negative emotions. However, it is precisely the horror and discomfort from a real self-awareness that act as the driving power for awakening and self-change. One should collaborate with pangs of conscience, as they provide the power for self-improvement, no matter how unpleasant it may seem, because development occurs through this process.
It is essential to remember that conscience and exalted emotions are a connection to God, whereas negative emotions represent a connection to the devil.
However, conscience is not related to societal morality. Conscience leads to development, while morality serves to make a person a slave to society, to suppress them in various ways, and to compel them to sacrifice themselves. Moral standards vary from society to society, but conscience remains constant. It is God’s gift to humanity so that individuals can recognize the truth.