January 2, 1986
Responses To Questions Often Raised
"Holy-Affirming + Holy-Denying = Holy-Reconciling" >
"Transubstantiate in me for my Being."
This is a prayer given to us. In it I have found what I call the
Holy Equation which provides us with a basic pattern for most of our
work. Holy Denying equals our inherited mechanical "myself"
manifested by our habits, traits, thoughts, feelings and actions in
sleep. Holy Affirming is our conscious effort to accept, endure and
to meet with objectivity all our Holy Denyings. Holy Reconciling is
the resultant of them both leading automatically to a
Transubstantiation. By self-observation we learn to recognize
accurately our Holy Denyings to which we then eventually apply our
We are "harmonized" when our three centers are coordinated in unison
rather than "in chaos" when each center acts independantly of the
others (our usual, normal, mechanical condition). We approach
harmony when the three centers are each relaxed because then they
are comfortably related to one another. In meditation we try to be
as physically relaxed or loose as possible, to which is added a
neutral emotional condition, to which is added a quiet mind (no
thought). A goal is to do everything with the three centers
Conscious Labor includes the performance of all recommended
exercises requiring conscious effort, gradually leading to Holy
Affirming in our daily activities.
Intentional Suffering is the intentional acceptance of all suffering
which is a part of all existence. To prepare us for this type of
Holy Affirmation in our daily lives we are assigned special
exercises including seeking out or welcoming suffering in all its
forms, especially those forms which are overlooked or moved into
different categories, such as "anxiety", "fear" or "depression". It
is sometimes useful as a preparation to induce self-imposed
suffering but this is to be abandoned when we learn how to meet the
normal lot of humanity's suffering.
We must work toward a constant state of self-observation where we
become more and more connected with the observer who is objectively
observing "it" (the observed). Self-observing requires conscious
effort; the observer is the rememberer, who becomes the doer, who
The Sarmoun Monastery is now underground in what is now Russia.
Their existence is threatened and must be protected from exposure.
Along with other isolated (secret) monasteries of the 3rd way, they
are already being replaced by the 4th and 5th ways. While we are
grateful for the discoveries made in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd ways, we
must recognize that in the course of evolutionary change the burdens
of development have been passed onto the shoulders of seekers in the
course of ordinary daily life.
We understand the ordinary pursuits of our lives responding to
desires to be educated, well thought of, useful, admired, superior,
wealthy or spiritual, as examples of Holy Denyings. We try to meet
these denyings with our conscious efforts in our search which we
call Holy Affirming. Both are of equal substance and importance.