I’ve had this book for two years and never read it.
Today I decided to read a book and do a review on it and I can honestly say that it was the most impactful 42 pages I’ve ever read.
Spiritual Centers in Man is meant to inform those who wish to pursue Occult studies; high levels of Yoga, Brahmanism, Pythagorean Mysteries, Hermeticism, and along those lines.
In other words, those who wish to attain the highest spiritual enlightenment.
I’m incredibly grateful that I took the time to read this book and I’ll tell you why: Occult study is perilous and difficult in many ways.
Manly opens by saying that growth isn’t just a natural process but also the unfoldment of the spiritual potential that all living things possess. Most will never fully realize this potential or even realize its existence.
“What must I do to unfold the divine powers latent in myself?”
Opening with this simple question Manly proceeds to give us 7 requirements occult students must meet, 7 considerations for occult study, the 7 chakras, and the 8 steps of Yogi school.
Seven Requirements for Occult Students
- Must Realize Value of Education
- Understands importance of continuity
- Recognizes debt to society
- Realizes importance of motive
- Shun psychism and phenomenalism
- Realize that with great knowledge comes great responsibility
- Maintains a constructive mental attitude
Some of these may seem banal but Mr. Hall’s explanation of each of these in concise detail is amazing. Pythagoras refused to allow anyone in his school unless they were well versed in Music, Mathematics, and Astonomy; so it would make sense why we need proper education before pursuing deep studies.
What really caught my eye was his explanation of why you shouldn’t skip steps and open your third eye early and wander about the astral plane. It hinders your spiritual development and you risk permanent damage to your mind if you haven’t reached a certain stage of purity.
Its mentioned that students of Mystery Schools often are put in a probationary period for five years in order to stamp out all character flaws and negativity. This explains alot about why so many “Spiritual” people are off their rocker, going to far into the occult without self-mastery is an invitation to destruction. You cannot harbor hate for anyone, embrace any of the Seven Deadly Sins and expect enlightenment, even after a lifetime of study.
I’m still processing a lot of the book but I will leave you with this quote:
“The true occultist realizes that it is not always how long we are at a thing, but how intelligently we pursue our labors that counts; and many who have spent an entire life time have achieved comparatively little.”
I wish you much love and peace on your journey.
From the heart,
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