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Self-Forgetfulness

Theo. – I'll need some clarifications from you. We are now exploring the benefits of constant remembrance. How do you associate it with forgetfulness? The Elder – They are in fact two fellow travellers. Our quest is for the Ultimate, for God within our hearts. To be...

Like an inner music…

Theo. – It is a relentless job... The Elder – It can be compared with the constant attention a mother or a father pays to their dear child. Parents will provide all the care and food appropriate for the child's age and maturity. Theo. – So, our first steps in the...

From one dimension to the other

Theo. – I have understood that practicing meditation, cleaning and the prayer in a proper way would automatically lead to constant remembrance, and also that I could directly start with constant remembrance, which is the quickest and the most direct way. The Elder –...

Raja-yoga or the Way of Love

The Elder – Here we are dealing with a more advanced stage. The lotus of the heart is oriented upwards in order to receive the grace. Theo. – Do you mean we have reached Point 4, the point of fire? The Elder – As a matter of fact, that point does not exist anymore. To...

Yoga, part 2, spiritual yatra

Theo. – Last time, we have spoken about Patanjali’s Yoga, could you say more about it? The Elder – The eight limbs Patanjali described are to be considered as a whole, a whole that is as indivisible as the individual is. Yoga works on the three bodies and on the five...

Constant Remembrance

That morning Theo was apparently determined to ask his friend about constant remembrance. Sitting back, the Elder looked at him attentively. Theo. – Today, I wish you could clarify for me a particular element in our spiritual practice, the one you call 'constant...

Positive Psychology, part 2, Meditation and its effects on the brain

The Elder – Recently, modern humanities and social sciences have taken significant steps in the knowledge of human beings' psychology and how their brains work. The destructive effects of wars and of all the atrocities they entail have led Medicine to study human...

Sufism – Part 3: The heart, a mirror of the world

Today, Theophile the Younger and his friend the Elder went to Malik's place, since Malik had invited the young man to pursue his approach to Sufism. As they were walking, the Elder explained: – Our friend is a Muslim, and his way, Sufism, has succeeded in integrating...

Sufism – Part 2: The Universal Man

That day, Theophile the Elder came with his friend Malik, whom he wanted to introduce to Theophile the Younger. The Elder – Meet my young friend Theophile, who is very interested in spiritual research, and who would like to go deeper into the issue of extinguishment,...

Sufism – Part 1: Man as God’s mirror

Theo. – Jeanne told me about the Christian Way and she said you were going to introduce me to the Sufi Way. Can you say a few words about it? It is my understanding that we are very close to it. The Elder – We feel at one with all the Ways leading to God. Sufism is...

Advanced Practice – Part 6: An impulse of Grace

Jeanne and Theo continued sharing experiences on the following day. Jeanne – Yesterday, you have experimented a gentle way to approach God. Theo. – The way I prefer, in fact. I enjoy feeling transmission and feeling that grace is flowing over me. I like that silence...

Advanced Practice – Part 5: Oration

Today, as promised, Theophile the Elder and his friend Jeanne are helping Theophile the Younger in his approach of the Advanced Practice. The Elder – Hello Theo! Here is Jeanne, a long-standing dear friend of mine. She has accepted to speak to you about the Advanced...

Advanced Practice – Part 4: A non-practice

Theo. – I would like to make a summary of all that you taught me last week, and thus make sure I have well understood what the different phases of that spiritual journey are. So, during the first years of our spiritual journey, the raja yogis that we are will fight...

Advanced Practice – Part 3: The vertical

Theo. – After all you have explained concerning the advanced practice, I feel rather at a loss. I may be spiritually gifted, but I'm only a beginner. Did not you say I wouldn't cross the heart region before several years? So I'm just entering a period when I have to...

Advanced Practice – Part 2: Be less to become more

The Elder continues: – As soon as your soul has entered the cosmic region (cf. second star in the esoteric symbol) and has transcended all the elements that constitute the manifested dimension (earth, water, fire and ethereal air: i.e. the first star), it breaks free...

Advanced Practice – Part 1: Become what you are

The Younger – Will I have to practice meditation, cleaning, prayer and constant remembrance all my life? – You have just started and you already want to stop? the Elder asks jokingly. Theo. – I like practicing, and I particularly appreciate the unique benefits I get...

Spiritual anatomy

Most people have heard of chakras or points, which can be described as centres of concentrated divine energy located at different places within the human system. Associated with each of the points are sub-points, and in the intervening space between the points is a...

The soul’s choice and a mastered ego

Content The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 1, the Soul at the Earth school The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 2, how to tame one's ego The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 3, releasing space within one self The Soul's choice and a mastered ego,...

A mystical prayer with Abel

As usual, Theophile came to spend a moment with his friend Abel,at the end of the afternoon, at a time when the heat is less intense. Theophile the Elder (teasingly): – From our previous discussions I gathered that age had you turn more and more towards mysticism. You...

Death and meditation

Content Death and meditation, part 1, dying to oneself Death and meditation, part 2, NDE revelations Death and meditation, part 3, consciousness: heart or brain? Death and meditation, part 1, dying to oneself – Some people say that with meditation, “we die before...

Prayer

Content Prayer of alpha to omega Prayer and offering Prayer and faith Prayer and the Word Sankalpa The way of love Prayer of alpha to omega – I think that I caught the importance of transmission, of cleaning-rejuvenation also, is there anything else which could help...

The five

Content The five elements of the heart The five points of the heart The five elements of the heart   – I have now reached adulthood and I don't even know who I am. I feeI I have various roles to play, or that I am not really as it shows. Who am I, in my inmost...

Inner observation

– Good morning, Theophile. Today, I'd like to ask you a question: How about assessing my practice, the way I meditate? I know many persons who say: "I have been practicing for quite a long time and I don't even know where I stand, what is really happening ..." What...

How difficult is it to meditate?

– Today, I'd like to express some doubts I have, Theophile the Younger said. When I am with you, everything seems so easy; I readily plunge into the heart and I don't find it hard to meditate. But when I am by myself, it is completely different. Thoughts won't keep...

A friendly Relationship

That morning Theophile the Younger looked worried: – I find that human relationships are very complicated. Take friendship, for instance. It usually starts with a great impulse, but over the years, the relationship will often come apart. Theophile the Elder looked at...

Love and meditation

Love and meditation – Tell me more about meditation. What should one do after having meditated? asks Theophile the Younger. – One should never abruptly cut meditation. When back from the depths of the heart, one is delighted with this spiritual atmosphere. It is made...

The inner observer

Theophile the Younger went on asking the Elder about the Lyon seminar: – Please tell me something about the talk you gave on the inner journey. How did it go? – Spiritually speaking, I am quite satisfied.  As for the rest, it's only a matter of words ... – How is...

The qualities of the heart

Theophile the Elder was back from Lyon where an international seminar about meditation took place. – So, what was it like? What have you done there? Theophile the Younger asked. – I was with Kamlesh Bhai. He gave us some deep and beautiful meditations. He also spoke...

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Starting our journey (yatra) - heart region
Les cinq (The five elements of the heart – The five points of the heart)

The points of the yatraSpiritual anatomy

Le premier niveau du cœur,
dimanche 29-01-2017

Positive psychology – the Flow

Positive Psychology Part 5 – Positive Thought

Theo. – I have heard much talk about positive thought as a means to attract and obtain everything we can desire in our lives. Do you see in it any link with Positive Psychology? The Elder – Let us start with Positive Thought. The human beings have diverted the law of...

Positive Psychology, part 4, Love, empathy and compassion

Content Role of the Heart, Love and Empathy Empathy and Motherhood Empathy and Compassion Go to top Role of the Heart, Love and Empathy Theophile the Elder pursued his approach of Positive Psychology: –  To understand how compassion can take place, you must refer to...

Positive Psychology, part 3, Empathy

Content Heart to heart communication and empathy Emotional empathy, five points of the heart Go to top Heart to heart communication and empathy Theo. – I have observed the way you usually interview your patients. You always give the impression that you know all about...

Positive Psychology, part 2, Meditation and its effects on the brain

The Elder – Recently, modern humanities and social sciences have taken significant steps in the knowledge of human beings' psychology and how their brains work. The destructive effects of wars and of all the atrocities they entail have led Medicine to study human...

Positive Psychology, part 1, Self-Realization

Theo. – In life, most people search for happiness. But happiness seems to be of a difficult and transient nature. Could we share on that topic? The Elder – All the difficulty lies in combining a whole set of factors, so that, as a human being, we may attain personal...

The Flow, part 4, the optimal experience, the optimal being

Theo. – Could we return to the flow experience and take this approach further? I feel it allows access to one of the most spiritual states of being and, above all, to a way of life perfectly balanced between the material and the spiritual. The Buddhists think it...

The Flow, part 3, excellence

Theo. – What I can't easily understand is the discrepancy between self–erasing, which is advocated by high spirituality, and excellence, which is attached to the personality, if not to the ego. The Elder – Utilizing your ego and your personality in the proper way is...

The Flow, part 2, emotional intelligence

Theo. – Last time, we brought up the SQ and IQ topic, the spiritual and intelligence quotients. Do you really believe that the scientists care for spirituality and meditation? The Elder – They started doing so about ten years ago. Nowadays, Mindfulness and...

The Flow, part 1, IQ, EQ, SQ

Theo. – We have been sharing several times now on the Advanced Practice and on the being's divinization. Today, I'd like to talk about human nature, its qualities and its potentialities. The Elder – When I am connected to the divine essence, I get enthusiastic and I...

Exercises

The Heart in all its states

Transcription of the visioconference The Heart in all its states, Saturday 20 june 2020.   Depths of the heart Last time I gave a lecture on uniqueness (tawhid) and this time I wanted to go a little more in the direction of the heart, the heart in all its states....

Anahata-chakra, part 1, Realizing the Self

Chakra, in the human system, are often described as playing the role of centres where energy is concentrated. Traditionally, there are seven major chakras: the root chakra, located at the base of the spine - the sacral chakra, located below the navel - the solar...

Great Beings

Theo. – Last time you evoked the Great Beings who guide and accompany us through our journey to the Ultimate. You called them couriers for the souls. The Sufis mention the Masters of Wisdom governing the world. Many of them are said to live in the Himalayas. I found...

Some couriers for our souls

Theo. – As I understand it, any seeker, whether an aspirant or a disciple, may at any time join the Ultimate through his Master's divine heart? The Elder – That's it! The Master's heart is just as a gate opening onto eternity, and as I usually say to you, the best key...

An instant of confusion

On that afternoon, Theo was in a surly disposition when he arrived. The Elder said nothing and waited patiently as his friend was keeping his hands - and heart - warm with a cup of tea. Theo. – At times I feel so keen to achieve better outcomes that it makes me...

Theo becomes a trainer, part 16, divine resonance and spiritual resonance

Theo went on exploring the notion of resonance the Elder had introduced him to during their previous conversations. Theo. – What benefits are to be drawn from the method of resonance? The Elder – At its highest level, resonance is divine. The very core of the...

From one dimension to the other

Theo. – I have understood that practicing meditation, cleaning and the prayer in a proper way would automatically lead to constant remembrance, and also that I could directly start with constant remembrance, which is the quickest and the most direct way. The Elder –...

Good and Evil

Having heard the bleak current news about the situation in the world, Theophile the Younger felt depressed and filled with doubt. Theo. – Evil in this world has always outraged and disgusted me and I have never been able to accept it. I vainly tried to understand. No...

Yoga, part 2, spiritual yatra

Theo. – Last time, we have spoken about Patanjali’s Yoga, could you say more about it? The Elder – The eight limbs Patanjali described are to be considered as a whole, a whole that is as indivisible as the individual is. Yoga works on the three bodies and on the five...

Theo becomes a trainer, part 4, conducting meditation

Theo. I brooded over what you taught me last time and I understand perfectly how important it is for me to erase myself and leave room for the Divine within me. Yet, the fact of having to retreat completely is somehow disturbing to me: it makes me feel that I am like...

Theo becomes a trainer, part 2, Serving

Theo. – We have already talked about spiritual research and the difficulty to identify one's way. I'm interested in that, because I have noticed that the aspirants who come to see me are very confused about it. The Elder – They are searching for a meaning to their...

Positive Psychology, part 4, Love, empathy and compassion

Content Role of the Heart, Love and Empathy Empathy and Motherhood Empathy and Compassion Go to top Role of the Heart, Love and Empathy Theophile the Elder pursued his approach of Positive Psychology: –  To understand how compassion can take place, you must refer to...

Positive Psychology, part 3, Empathy

Content Heart to heart communication and empathy Emotional empathy, five points of the heart Go to top Heart to heart communication and empathy Theo. – I have observed the way you usually interview your patients. You always give the impression that you know all about...

Sufism – Part 3: The heart, a mirror of the world

Today, Theophile the Younger and his friend the Elder went to Malik's place, since Malik had invited the young man to pursue his approach to Sufism. As they were walking, the Elder explained: – Our friend is a Muslim, and his way, Sufism, has succeeded in integrating...

Sufism – Part 2: The Universal Man

That day, Theophile the Elder came with his friend Malik, whom he wanted to introduce to Theophile the Younger. The Elder – Meet my young friend Theophile, who is very interested in spiritual research, and who would like to go deeper into the issue of extinguishment,...

Sufism – Part 1: Man as God’s mirror

Theo. – Jeanne told me about the Christian Way and she said you were going to introduce me to the Sufi Way. Can you say a few words about it? It is my understanding that we are very close to it. The Elder – We feel at one with all the Ways leading to God. Sufism is...

Advanced Practice – Part 2: Be less to become more

The Elder continues: – As soon as your soul has entered the cosmic region (cf. second star in the esoteric symbol) and has transcended all the elements that constitute the manifested dimension (earth, water, fire and ethereal air: i.e. the first star), it breaks free...

Three levels of liberation, part 2 – Universal Man

Theo. – I can understand, as far as it concerns an ordinary man, but what about the 'extraordinary' man, the one who has reached the first level of liberation? The Elder – He becomes aware of his universality and of all the powers finally available to him. Theo. – So,...

The devotee’s condition

What is a devotee, his spiritual condition, his relation to the Divine to others?  Theophile reveals the transformation and the new perception of he who has totally surrendered and has realized God within himself. "He who has realized God is not only devoid of hatred...

Equanimity

Theo. – There are so many aspects to be mastered in our lives that sometimes I don't know how to deal with it. The Elder – It all begins with the heart, and it all ends with the heart. Theo. – That's a good start! It sounds like a Japanese koan. Once again, you don't...

About this site and the way to use it

Today, Theophile the Elder meets Elea. Elea. – Good morning, Theophile. I'd like now to review your site. For over eighteen months now you have been writing articles on it and readers do appreciate the freshness of those dialogues between you and Theophile the...

The soul’s choice and a mastered ego

Content The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 1, the Soul at the Earth school The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 2, how to tame one's ego The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 3, releasing space within one self The Soul's choice and a mastered ego,...

Dreading Death

Theo. – How is it that you have never been afraid of death? The Elder – I don't know. It was just the way I felt. Theo. – You must have thought about it, though? The Elder – For me, death is a fact, just like the fact that God exists. I believe it. It is by no means...

A mystical prayer with Abel

As usual, Theophile came to spend a moment with his friend Abel,at the end of the afternoon, at a time when the heat is less intense. Theophile the Elder (teasingly): – From our previous discussions I gathered that age had you turn more and more towards mysticism. You...

Death and meditation

Content Death and meditation, part 1, dying to oneself Death and meditation, part 2, NDE revelations Death and meditation, part 3, consciousness: heart or brain? Death and meditation, part 1, dying to oneself – Some people say that with meditation, “we die before...

Motherhood

Content Becoming a mother Motherhood, part 1, choosing his or her parents Motherhood, part 2, pregnancy and environment Motherhood, part 3, choosing one's destiny Becoming a mother Today, Elea seems to be upset: – You look worried and tired, Theophile the Elder says...

The esoteric symbol

Content The esoteric symbol, part 1, a vision of the Infinite The esoteric symbol, part 2, attraction of the Centre The esoteric symbol, part 3, Pure Love and Simplicity The esoteric symbol, part 1, a vision of the Infinite – Could you please tell me more about the...

Prayer

Content Prayer of alpha to omega Prayer and offering Prayer and faith Prayer and the Word Sankalpa The way of love Prayer of alpha to omega – I think that I caught the importance of transmission, of cleaning-rejuvenation also, is there anything else which could help...

The five

Content The five elements of the heart The five points of the heart The five elements of the heart   – I have now reached adulthood and I don't even know who I am. I feeI I have various roles to play, or that I am not really as it shows. Who am I, in my inmost...

Inner observation

– Good morning, Theophile. Today, I'd like to ask you a question: How about assessing my practice, the way I meditate? I know many persons who say: "I have been practicing for quite a long time and I don't even know where I stand, what is really happening ..." What...

About communication from heart to heart

– Today, starts Theophile the Younger, I would like you to talk about communication. In today’s Internet and mobile phones time, it seems out of step, but I know that you master a completely different way of communication; you practice it so often with me. Would you...

Conversations with Teresa

Theophile the Elder pays a visit to his very old friend. Teresa's mind is as lively as usual but her body is not so quick now. – I am so happy to see you, she says. So much ground has been covered, since your childhood! As for me, I can feel my body betrays me. What...

Our soul mate

Theophile the Younger looked preoccupied. – You have told me about heart to heart communication. But what about the relationship with one's soul mate? I'd like so much to make a success of my married life and lead a harmonious family life. – What I mentioned relating...

A friendly Relationship

That morning Theophile the Younger looked worried: – I find that human relationships are very complicated. Take friendship, for instance. It usually starts with a great impulse, but over the years, the relationship will often come apart. Theophile the Elder looked at...

Love and meditation

Love and meditation – Tell me more about meditation. What should one do after having meditated? asks Theophile the Younger. – One should never abruptly cut meditation. When back from the depths of the heart, one is delighted with this spiritual atmosphere. It is made...

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Heartfulness meditation

Tawhid (Oneness), in the light of Heartfulness, Part 2

Transcription of the visioconference, Tawhid (Oneness) in the light of Heartfulness, Sunday 17 may 2020, second part.In Sufism, reference is made to qalb, the heart, and then to ruh, the mind, that will come in a second stage. As we advance and penetrate into the...

Tawhid (Oneness), in the light of Heartfulness, part 1

Transcription of the visioconference, Tawhid (Oneness) in the light of Heartfulness, Sunday 17 may 2020, first part.Theophile the Elder sees Ramadan as an opportunity to approach the issue of Oneness (Tawhid), through Sufi mysticism. How I came to be interested in...

Transmission and Masters

Text from the visioconference of 4 April 2020.The notion of transmission can be found in many spiritual traditions, where it is known under different names: transmission, baraka or grace. Whatever the name it may be given, all these traditions agree that it comes from...

Spiritual anatomy

Most people have heard of chakras or points, which can be described as centres of concentrated divine energy located at different places within the human system. Associated with each of the points are sub-points, and in the intervening space between the points is a...

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Ego

Liberation of the Soul or How to give God scope within one self

How to achieve liberation? What different stages of liberation do we have to go through on the Initiation Path? How to approach Universality and achieve our union with the Divine? In this article, Theophile the Elder traces the soul’s progression towards perfection...

The role of the Masters

Theo. – When you told me I should rely on my inner Master, I had several options in mind: the heart and its source of light, the Master, or the Inner Master. As for you, you generally evoke the Master, the Lord or God. How to decide? Whom should I choose? The Elder –...

The soul’s choice and a mastered ego

Content The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 1, the Soul at the Earth school The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 2, how to tame one's ego The Soul's choice and a mastered ego, part 3, releasing space within one self The Soul's choice and a mastered ego,...

How difficult is it to meditate?

– Today, I'd like to express some doubts I have, Theophile the Younger said. When I am with you, everything seems so easy; I readily plunge into the heart and I don't find it hard to meditate. But when I am by myself, it is completely different. Thoughts won't keep...

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Inner Observation

The devotee’s condition

What is a devotee, his spiritual condition, his relation to the Divine to others?  Theophile reveals the transformation and the new perception of he who has totally surrendered and has realized God within himself. "He who has realized God is not only devoid of hatred...

Inner observation

– Good morning, Theophile. Today, I'd like to ask you a question: How about assessing my practice, the way I meditate? I know many persons who say: "I have been practicing for quite a long time and I don't even know where I stand, what is really happening ..." What...

The inner observer

Theophile the Younger went on asking the Elder about the Lyon seminar: – Please tell me something about the talk you gave on the inner journey. How did it go? – Spiritually speaking, I am quite satisfied.  As for the rest, it's only a matter of words ... – How is...

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