Man's Two Natures, Human and Divine By: Omraam Mikheal Aivanhov This book introduces two natures within a human being, the higher and the lower. People think that they do everything right but when in fact they are doing the exact opposite of their higher nature. On the other hand, some people do everything in their power to do what their higher nature would do to over power their human nature. Human nature is basically a stem from animal instincts. It is those instincts that we must learn to control, although it is not easily done. So we must learn how use our higher nature so we are not selfish all of the time.
The Personality (lower nature) and the Individuality (Higher Nature) both able humans to think, feel, and act but in opposite directions. The Individuality is closer to the Spirit and is always trying to influence the personality towards the good.
It is hard though because the personality wants to be free and do want it wants to make itself happy. According to Aivanhov we must try to become united with our individuality and deplete the personality so we can become closer to God.
It is hard to do this because people think they "want" (money), they "feel" (sick) or they "have" (a craving), what they do not realize is that it is the personality who wants, feels, and has to have. So in order to realize whom your true self is you must analyze your true self. Once a person begins to analyze themselves through meditation they will learn the truth, that one Being controls everyone.
The personality dominates the body. It always gets what it wants, but it is never satisfied so that is why people keep feeding its wants and desires. To control the personality is very hard, but if we take a moment before we react to a situation maybe we can think things through to see if this is what the personality wants. And see if so we can take a different route and go with our individuality and do the right thing.
Our individuality is like the sun. The sun provides for us; gives us warmth, light, growth. This is what out individuality wants to do for us. Let us be generous and providing for everyone. So we must learn to give as the sun gives and learn its generosity it provides for us each and every day when the sun rises so we can do the same for others.
The personality consists of three bodies, the Mental Body, Astral Body, and the Physical Body. These three bodies control us and prompt us to do things with out thinking about them. The individuality also consists of three bodies on the higher plane, the Atmic Body, Buddhic Body, and the Causal Body. Once the individuality is allowed to enter the body these two trinities form into one. Accepting God into our life so we can give to everyone just as the sun does.
Our two natures are in two forms, an angle that sits at the right side of us and a devil that sits on the left. They are sitting on either side at all times speaking to us, telling us what is right and what is wrong. Although it is only natural to listen to the devil, the personality, we sometimes hear that soft voice, the individuality, telling us to do right. It is hard to hear that soft voice because the personality makes a lot of noise, personality hates silence. Therefore we must sit in silence to get closer to our individuality, no thoughts or movements, the voice that we hear then is the Higher Nature.
During our lifetime and other lifetimes the personality and individuality will always exist but just when you would think you're inspired you are more than likely being misguided by you personality. The individuality tries to warn us about mishaps in your life but we tend to not listen and go for what our personality wants in life. We are basically working for some one else other than ourselves, this other person was not really described but it talked about how they exist in an invisible world. It's like how animals work for us and does not get any pleasure out of what they are doing; it is only for the humans benefit. We work for these creatures and get nothing out of it because we are only satisfying our personality.
To realize our finest aspirations we must use our imagination. If we imagine the invisible world, it's Being, and brings them to life we will capture the realities of that world and understand it more. It takes time though, but as long we are patient and concentrate on one splendid idea it will become visible and tangible and become a reality on our physical plane. Once obtaining this divine image of one self, wherever you shall go there will always be balance and harmony in life.
The personality feeds on things we ingest. When it is hungry it tells us what to do so it then can be satisfied. But we don't always have to listen to it, as long as we know how to summon our individuality, which as feeds once it is awakened but it turns what it takes in into positive energy, light. We must give into the higher bodies, the Causal, Buddhic, and Atmic. Once this is down man/woman will become a divinity.
While reading this book many insights were offered to me which I found quite interesting. I really liked learning about these two natures and what each one does. I came to an understanding about what the personality does, that it only wants to be satisfied. Now I realize when I am hungry, when I want a drink, or want to sleep I am only satisfying my personality.