The Soul should govern who you truly are and not anything else. Currently, we see the lower ego zipped up, in a protective mode, the ego is clearly the ruler of the majority of us. The first step is to recognize its attributes and then get to know ourselves.
To KNOW THYSELF is a science, i.e. systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. All of the great teachings have taught us to unzip the layers that are not truly us, to reveal our true Nature.
God Most Sublime, however, has given us not only our two eyes with which to perceive the external world, but also a third ‘eye’ which can scan the invisible realities which lie beyond the horizons of perception.* The only way to experience truth directly is to look within, to observe oneself. All our lives we have been accustomed to look outward. We have always been interested in what is happening outside, what others are doing. We have rarely if ever tried to examine ourselves, our own mental and physical structure, our own actions, our own reality. Therefore we remain unknown to ourselves. We do not realize how harmful this ignorance is, how much we remain the slaves of forces within ourselves of which we are unaware. The inner darkness must be dispelled to apprehend the truth. We must gain insight into our own nature in order to understand the nature of existence.
The entire universe and the laws of nature by which it works are to be experienced within oneself. They can only be experienced within oneself. The path is also a path of purification. We investigate the truth about ourselves not out of idle intellectual curiosity but rather with a definite purpose.**
The more we know, the more tools we have at our disposal to remove the excrescences that prevents us from governing our own states of consciousness.
*Book: Man Know Thyself By Maulana Waihiduddin Khan
**Paper: Self-Knowledge and Understanding,Author Unknown
We’re all familiar with the personification of death, the Grim Reaper! An imagined force as a skeletal figure, carrying a large scythe or sickle and clothed in a black cloak… which first arose in 14th century England. But there’s another analogy; death also represents being born a new person, being able to see clearly and to transform all the attributes that keep us from elevating our energies.
When the inquirer knocks at the door of the temple, get ready for reaping. Grain is cut-down when it is ripe, the VSL states: “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud,thrust in thy sickle, and reap:for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So, I ask again, are you ripe for Freemasonry? Are you ready and mature enough to face yourself? Are you ready for some action or effect to show itself to you? Are you willing to work on your own harvesting?