If only people had an idea of what physiological, chemical and psychological improvements take place in the presence of a divine idea! Yet it is precisely this presence they push away from themselves and, if they continue to do so they will never find the same opportunities to transform themselves. One day they will regret having acted in this way and will say, “How true, I chased away the light so many times because I was afraid of the Spirit within me!” I have often noticed that people are much more afraid of the Spirit and sublime states of consciouness than they are of hell and all its devils, of suffering, disorder, and all those lower states of being.
In a way they have a point of view because somewhere within them they are aware that they are not new wineskins and so, instinctively, they are afraid of being unable to bear this new life, this new expnsion of their consciouness, and also they still feel the need to life life at a lower level. Those who fear the life of the Spirit do not really know why they fear it but feel, instinctively, that there is something to fear: they will have to give up their old habits. In reality, there is nothing more beautiful than to be able to grasp the spiritual currents of life, strength and joy which come daily to us, to receive this love whcih constantly transpierces our souls. If we block these currents because of weaknesses, our thoughts and our negative feelings, it shows that our wineskins are not ready to receive the new wine. We have old skins and we must change them. The cells of the body are constantly renewed. Each day old and sickly cells are replaced by new and healthy ones.
This process of renewal works in a seven year cycle during which all the molecules and atoms of our bodies are replaced by others. In that case, I hear you argue, the renewal is complete! Not so, because even if all our cells have been replaced, you must realize that each cell has a memory and so is able to transmit etheric imprints of old habits onto new cells. Thanks to these imprints, thoughts, feelings and energies circulate in these old, well-traced furrows… which explains why the new particles inherit the meories of the old particles, and, despite the fact that seven years have rolled by, the cells still remain the same or, often, in a much worse condition.
If you are to achieve real self- transformation, you must change the memories of your cells. As fast as the new cells come in, you must impregnate them with new thoughts and with new feelings. Yes, if you are really conscious, you can renew the wineskins as fast as your pour in the new wine of a spiritual teaching. Otherwise, if you go on living in the same disorder and with the sme dangerous habits, fermentation will take place in the wine skins. For this reason, as we receive this spiritual teaching, we must at the same time transform the memory of our cells. This we do by consciously introducing new elements into ourselves, watching over the purity of the food, drink and air we take in and scutinizing all we absorb, both visible and invisible. Then, and then alone, we can receive a new philosophy and new spiritual currents without the slightest trace of fear,
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