Exercises involving the Five Being Obligolnian Strivings are hard to pin down as they relate to our personal outlook on life and the Work. Tasks involved in fulfilling these responsibilities will vary according to our Essence characteristics and capabilities, our natural talents and interests. In many cases they presuppose not only a good deal of self-knowledge but also skill and education in the areas concerned. Traditionally, tasks in these areas are often assigned by a Teacher who has an insight into areas of our Being that we have not yet developed but are necessary for our well balanced growth. Quite often, of course, we already know what is necessary but are too identified with the habitual manifestations of our personality to take the necessary steps, so a little encouragement is necessary. If you haven't got contact with a Teacher, the onus is on you to be cognizant of your deficiencies in these areas and take appropriate action.
First Striving: "To have in their ordinary being-existence everything satisfying and really necessary for their planetary body."
The first striving is easily accomplished by most of us, or we wouldn't have the time, resources or inclination to pursue the Work in the first place. Failure in this area will immediately disqualify anyone from membership in a group.
Second Striving: "To have a constant and unflagging instinctive need for self-perfection in the sense of being."
The second striving has to do with ones sincerity and drive to Work. Many people merely dabble in the Work for ego gratification or intellectual curiosity. This area requires complete dedication and honesty. Obstacles are overcome and not avoided for personal comfort and ease.Third Striving: "The conscious striving to know ever more and more concerning the laws of World-creation and World-maintenance."
The third striving requires the development of the intellectual center and a genuine desire to understand the theories and processes of our universe and self-development. If you are a feeling or physical centered person, you need to make extra efforts in the intellectual area.Fourth Striving: "The striving from the beginning of their existence to pay for their arising and their individuality as quickly possible, in order afterwards to be free to lighten as much as possible the Sorrow of our Common Father."
The fourth striving requires compassion and impartiality in order to bear the suffering that is the natural lot of life. Work on putting oneself in another's shoes and in taking responsibility for those less fortunate. Settling accounts with those you have wronged is also necessary if possible, if not bearing the burden with humility is called for.Fifth Striving: "The striving always to assist the most rapid perfecting of other beings, both those similar to oneself and those of other forms, up to the degree of the sacred Martfotai, that is, up to the degree of self-individuality."
The fifth striving may be one of the hardest as it places us in the position of a Teacher. Teaching can take many roles, from being a good parent, to sharing in a group, to being a guru with hundreds of disciples. Listen to your conscience and find your niche. As with every path of action, ego presents the greatest obstacle. Ego is like a stick with two ends. One end is the arrogant self-aggrandizing character, and the other is the meek self-deprecating character. What they have in common is their focus on the egoic self : "I am so great" or "I am so nothing." True humility balances the two and is the only place where selfless action can occur. Most of those who avoid the responsibility to teach use the egoic "I am so nothing" excuse.
Do not underestimate your capabilities and do not be afraid to make a few mistakes. Teaching is the best way to learn. "When the Teacher is ready, the students appear."
Here is what Orage had to say about the Five Being Obligolnian Strivings...
Pondering on the Strivings
Who is striving?
Which striving am I reluctant to strive for?
Why am I striving?
What am I striving for?
Who am I trying to impress by my striving?
What Strivings do I avoid or dislike?
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