The Art of Living: Living within the Laws of Life

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In The Art of Living, Benjamin Creme considers the experience of living as a form of art, like painting or music. To reach a high level of expression requires both knowledge of and adherence to certain fundamental principles. In the art of life, it is through the understanding of the great Law of Cause and Effect, and the related Law of Rebirth, that we achieve the poised harmlessness that leads to personal happiness, right human relations and the correct path for all humanity on its evolutionary journey. Parts ...
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Overview

In The Art of Living, Benjamin Creme considers the experience of living as a form of art, like painting or music. To reach a high level of expression requires both knowledge of and adherence to certain fundamental principles. In the art of life, it is through the understanding of the great Law of Cause and Effect, and the related Law of Rebirth, that we achieve the poised harmlessness that leads to personal happiness, right human relations and the correct path for all humanity on its evolutionary journey. Parts Two and Three, ‘The Pairs of Opposites’ and ‘Illusion’, propose that it is man’s unique position in the evolutionary scheme-–the meeting point of spirit and matter-–that produces his seemingly endless struggle both within himself and in outer living. The means by which he emerges from the fog of illusion, and blends these two aspects of himself into one perfect Whole, is living life itself with growing detachment and objective self-awareness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789071484377
  • Publisher: Share International Foundation
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: SHARE INTERNATIONAL USA
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE ART OF LIVING
THE ART OF LIVING (TALK)
Moving into Divinity (by the Master)
The Art of Living (by the Master)
Intuition
Reincarnation and Karma
Equilibrium
The Laws and Rules of Life (by the Master)
Maitreya's Teachings on Awareness
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
The Law of Karma, the Law of Harmlessness
Conflict Resolution
Harmlessness and Harmfulness
The Law of Sacrifice
Conditioning
Leisure, Simplicity and the Art of Living
Nature of Intuition
Creativity and Art
The Reappearance Work and Transmission Meditation

PART TWO: THE PAIRS OF OPPOSITES
THE PAIRS OF OPPOSITES (BY THE MASTER)
COMMENTARY ON THE PAIRS OF OPPOSITES (TALK)
Aspiration
Meeting of Spirit and Matter
4th Ray of Harmony
Detachment
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Service and Co-operation
Conflict
Aspiration
Law of Cause and Effect
Spiritualizing Matter
The Dweller on the Threshold
The 4th Ray

PART THREE: ILLUSION
ILLUSION (TALK)
Recognizing Glamour and Illusion
Intuition
Clear Thinking
How to Get Rid of Glamour
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Soul, Personality, Intuition
Initiates and Illusion
Illusion in Relation to the Reappearance Groups' Work
Spiritual Tension
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Preface

In common with the two previous books, The Great Approach and The Art of Co-operation, The Art of Living is conceived as three separate but interconnected parts. Each part concludes with a range of questions and answers arising from the theme of the talk. In Part One, 'The Art of Living', a commentary on an article by my Master and published in Share International magazine, Volume 25, No 1, 2006, the idea is presented that living is an art, as is painting or music. Like painting and music or any other art, therefore, living requires the understanding of and adherence to the laws and rules under which the art can flourish. This essentially new concept of living relates it to the great Law of Cause and Effect (the Law of Karma in the East) and the connected Law of Rebirth, the basic laws of our planetary existence. The correct understanding and following of these two laws are prerequisites for the creation of harmlessness in every sphere of our lives and thus also for the creation of right human relations, itself the prerequisite for human happiness. It is by the outer expression of the indwelling human soul through the intuition that this is finally achieved. We are entering an era in which great new energies will become available to us for such a flowering of the arts of all kinds, above all the art of living. Part Two, 'The Pairs of Opposites', is a commentary on an article given by my Master and published in Share International magazine, Volume 22, No.1, 2003. Historically, the evolution of humanity would seem to be one of almost constant warfare, aggression and hatred. With the discovery of the atomic bomb we have perfected our ability to destroy each other in large numbers and at great distances. Is this destructiveness, then, the true, essential nature of man? And if not, why has he behaved so consistently as if it were? The answer lies in man's unique position in the evolution of the kingdoms on Earth, the meeting point of spirit and matter. Man, in essence, is an immortal soul, divinely perfect, immersed in matter. For long ages in the incarnational process, the inertia of the matter aspect precludes any significant expression of the soul's perfection. Eventually, the innate aspiration of man draws him upwards and onwards until the two poles of his nature gradually come together and are resolved in total union. Then the perfected man realizes that the dichotomy between spirit and matter--their apparent opposition--is only seeming, in fact, illusion. He sees that they are different aspects of one perfect, divine Whole. The long struggle to reach this revelation generates the friction and fire necessary for the journey, his aspiration lights for him the way. Thus does man fulfil his destined role on planet Earth: the spiritualization of matter. Unlike Parts One and Two, which are commentaries on articles given by my Master for the magazine Share International, Part Three is inspired by some lines on illusion, given through Alice A. Bailey by the Master Djwhal Khul (DK), and quoted by Aart Jurriaanse in his compilation, Ponder on This (Lucis Press, 1971). The talk reveals the unexpected fact that illusion is a soul activity, where the soul itself is blinded by the misinterpretations of ideas presented to it by the mental bodies of humanity. As glamour is illusion on the astral-emotional level, illusion per se is a condition of those who are more intellectually oriented. They flood the mental body with ideas and multitudes of thoughtforms that prevent the soul from experiencing reality. Part Three covers the illusions of individuals, nations, governments and groups of all kinds. Wherever and whenever people misinterpret reality, through ignorance and spiritual short-sightedness, they create a block to the soul's vision, and live in illusion. The use of the intuition, a faculty of the soul, is seen as the only instrument that can clear the mental body of illusion. This requires a deepening of soul contact which is developed by correct meditation, mind control and a more intelligent understanding and practice of the laws of life. These are now being engaged in by growing numbers of people, and will lead eventually, under the stimulus of the Masters, to the freeing of humanity from the fogs of illusion.
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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    The book was published in 2006 with the subtitle "Living in harmony with the Laws of Life" and it opens our eyes to the fact that beyond the Laws of Nature, which humanity has so passionately explored, also exist the Laws of Life. Mr. Creme describes these to be a functioning basis for a fulfilling and a felicitous coexistence. He describes life to be like a piece of art and in order to attain the highest beauty one needs a certain knowledge, which he here imparts.
    He conveys a knowledge that highly surpasses that which science offers: on the constitution of man, on man's special role within our planet, on our Divinity and on how we can shape our lives with greater joy based on the knowledge that man is both a material as well as a spiritual being.
    It is immaterial as to whether you experience yourself to be more a spiritual or more an earthly being, you will be able to read interesting facets that concern your personal daily affairs, the perception of your life, of humanity and of the planet. It is an enrichment and an inspiration to approach life actively and with joy. The book conveys the spirit of a joyful life that stands before us all.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Great practical advice on how to achieve a more balanced, spirit

    Great practical advice on how to achieve a more balanced, spiritually aware way of living in the chaotic world around us. The information helps to create awareness of what we currently do and how we can change ourselves and the way we relate to ourselves and others, that creates a new way of interpreting life. If you really want to work on yourself to be the best you can, then read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    A Tool of Self Discovery

    For me, this book has been instrumental in revealing basic laws (or principals) that we are all subject to. It outlines ways in which we can live in accordance with these laws, and suggests that a much faster rate of spiritual evolution will happen than if we were to remain unaware of these basic laws. It has been a great tool for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who has any questions about the greater scheme of things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    getting serious about life

    This book provides a rich philosophical background for those who wish to transform their mechanical, survivalist mode of living into one of spiritual poise and creativity. The author reminds us that this process involves the acceptance of and working within certain universal laws, like the ones of Cause and Effect (known as Karma in Eastern traditions), of Rebirth (allows the application of the former across successive incarnations), of Harmlessness (relating to the world from a position of equilibrium, away from the extremes of destruction and imitation), and of Sacrifice (evolution proceeds through giving up a lower aspect of oneself to attain a higher one). He also singles out psychological conflict and illusion as two fundamental problems we will need to address for this transformation to happen. The material is based on his public lectures and talks, and thus retains the immediacy of the spoken word. Its full impact, however, will be felt particularly by those moving away from fixed certainties and embarking on a journey of self-discovery.

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