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Of course, true Art cannot be opposed to Nature, although all the rules of the musician are not the facts of Nature. Music, pure, natural, and harmonical, in the true and evident sense of the term, is the division of any key-note, or starting-point, into its integral and ultimate parts, and the descending divisions will always answer to the ascending, having reference to a general whole. The essence and mystery in the development of harmonies consist in the fact that every key-note, or unit, is a nucleus including the past, the present, and the future, having in itself an inherent power, with a tendency to expand and contract. In the natural system, as each series rises, its contents expand and fall back to the original limit from any point ascending or descending; we cannot perceive finality in any ultimate; every tone is related to higher and lower tones, and must be a part of an organised whole. It is well known how deeply the late Sir John Herschel studied this subject; and it was his opinion that there was some principle in the science of music which had yet to be discovered.[Harmonies of Tones and Colours, The Method of Development or Creation of Harmonies2, page 16]
"What is the difference between the soul and psyche? I am now going to explain the difference which your earthly psychologists may dispute, but nonetheless, this is the truth. The Soul is the 'Divine Flame' - a metaphor used to describe the essence of Divine Life which is drawn into individual being at the moment of conception. LIFE FORCE takes on personal form and releases the energy of 'electrical force of activity' and the magnetic impulses of 'bonding - rejection' to embark on the intricate work of construction of the body.
"Therefore, you have, at the core of your being,
this is Divine Intelligence / Divine Love Which is the powerful Divine Impulse to create, grow, nourish, nurture, heal, protect, fulfill every need, within a system of perfect law and order.
"This is the Reality which is your soul.
"Therefore, when you have overcome the ego impulses and invited the SOUL to hold dominion in your thoughts and feelings, you will be driven to express all of the Divine Impulses described above. You will be possessed by a desire to only promote the highest good of all living things and the universe itself. You will have become a true messenger from Divine Consciousness, expressing all Its qualities of Being.
"Until that time of soul re-unification with Divine Consciousness, the psyche occupies the deepest recesses of your human consciousness and draws its awareness from your soul. It is the hidden instinct within you which knows right from wrong." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 7, page 166-167, (12-13)]
Dialogue on Awakening
"It is not possible for you to transmit or take on anything other than that which is reflective of the essence of who you are and the essence of who you are is what I have described as being a flow of love. All things that seem to come to you or emanate from you which are not comprised of this essence, are those things which you have made up and chosen to experience apart from your experience of being the Christ. (underline added)
"The analogy I would offer you is this: if the essence of your Being were expressed by a cool lake, a stream of pure water, then all you would be able to express would be that which constituted the basis of what you were. That could be fog, or mist, or drops of water, or swirling water, or calm water, but in its essence it would all be an expression of that which comprised the basis of what you are. It would not be possibe for you to express yourself as being a twig of wood. If, however, you experienced yourself as being this pool of water and you chose to believe that you could express yourself as a twig of wood, then it would be your perception that wood was what you were expressing. You cannot alter that which makes up your Being. And you cannot, in truth, express other than that which constitutes the essence of your Being." Dialogue on Awakening page 127-128
"Most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form. Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in your perceptions, however, you can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life form, recognize it as one with your own essence and so love it as yourself." Eckhart Tolle