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Excerpts from the Constantinople Notes of Boris Ferapontoff

Attitude to Psychology Everything is from outside. The system is purely practical. Everyone who begins to study it must ask himself what he wants. We have in us a possibility of a higher, finer knowledge. Study of man is useful only in connection with study of possibilities. The emotional centre Even for it distance no longer exists. Feeling cannot be permanent in man, unless it is connected with consciousness. nverse unwinding of impressions. There is no control of emotions, even apparent control does not exist. Spino!a" emotion can only be con#uered with emotion. $ategories in emotional centre" fear, curiosity. Fear and lies. %nly they can con#uer emotions in sleep. Work has other methods. &ying to oneself. $alling the bad good. 'ou cannot help lying and you will not help it. (istribution of time is such that no time is left for self)observation. What a tremendous number of fears* This emotion should only be studied+ all the manifestations of so)called bravery are fear. ,eal bravery is something #uite different. t is hard to give up suffering. We like to dream about unpleasantnesses. -revailing emotions may become the negative force. The emotional centre can be moved by different motors, different accumulators. %ften the accumulator of emotions takes part in intellectual work. Emotional centre can understand the work of formatory apparatus. The principle of passionlessness in religions. The emotional centre solves problems #uicker but it is impossible to remember. .ll pleasant sensations are useful. For, instance, smoking in a given form is balanced. /iological meaning of an unpleasant sensation is a warning of danger.

Work in relation to centres n the domain of moving centre" 01observation of pulsation. -ulsation must be mastered, otherwise many experiments will be impossible. 21 sensation of parts of the body, 31 relaxing muscles. For the thinking centre" concentration, stopping thoughts. For the emotional centre it is first of all necessary to free oneself from unnecessary unpleasantnesses. .ll pleasant sensations are useful. The emotional centre is the starting point. %nly after ac#uiring the second emotional centre can one ac#uire the thinking, making it connect with the others. -erspicacity. t should be stolen from another centre which has it. Work of Centres ncomplete work. %nly formatory apparatus works to its full capacity. 4an works with a very small part of his energy. . cultured man is a man who is being cultivated, who has deve0oped all that is possible. 5ncultured man is divided into three categories. 4an 6o 2 and 3 is usually the result of work. The outpouring of energy from one of the centres. t is as though the driving belt has been taken off. We do not know how to use the emotional apparatus, we do not know how to set tasks for our thought. With incomplete work of the factory not all the substances are produced. (ullness with a chronic cold in the head. Each organ has several functions, even the stomach. Matter of Centres Each centre produces its own substances which spread out like a cloud. t also spends. Theory of hormones. Each function re#uires a definite substance. To possess all substances. 6ot only to wish, but to be able, and to have the wherewithal to awake.

Fa 78 also feeds the organism by collecting radiations. Some throw away the ends of rays, others absorb them. magination and worry throw them away. %ne can be more tired after an hour of dreaming than after a day of work. We dream more of unpleasant things. The matter of formatory apparatus is more coarse, that of the moving centre is finer and that of the emotional still finer. We are too fond of being tired. We have huge reserves. What he0ps and what hinders. The apparatus proves to be stronger. To add #ualities by accumulation of matter. Excess 6ormal work corresponds to accumulating matter. We must have excess. %nly then is the work of higher emotional centre possible. There are means of increasing accumulation. Man No Each centre does its own work without interfering in the work of another. Work without superfluous expenditure of energy. 6o 9 is not produced by life. /roadening knowledge only by perfecting the apparatus. The first task is to balance the centres. t is necessary to find the memory of each centre. Which centre is working now: (oes it work rightly: .s a rule the work of centres is automatic. 6ote worthy moments. To catch and to continue. To seeks means of awakening. %nly when you know the taste of each centre is it possible to ;udge whether a given work is right. $oncentration is at present impossible" ad;usting the apparatus. %bserving separate centres is the beginning of self)study. t is the first step. To begin from the central point with the representation which evoked the thought. $ramming. Saturation. The organism has to be saturated with substances. 6ew organs may result from deposits of substances. $onnection with the emotional centre as a result of a deposit. 6o driving belts. $rystallisation after saturation. %nly with saturation. /ut there is too little of some substances, a special effort is re#uired. Fusion %ur usual consciousness is consciousness of what is on the surface. <essel with powders. -owders change place. 6o fusion. 4an 6o 9 is a man who always understands in the same way. 5nderstanding depends on what one understands with. Fusion means a whole. -ersonality as one whole. 4agnetising the alloy. mbibing the substances. .c#uired #ualities can be lost. Fixing is ac#uisition of the fourth body. Fire can be due to many causes. Fixing by means of fire. Fire as the result of friction. Friction as the result of struggle between =yes> and =no>. . long process. f one con#uers at once there is no struggle. Fire as result of effort.

Struggle to create some kind of unity. nimical attitude to oneself" one begins, another ends. f all struggle is concentrated on increasing consciousness there can be no wrong fusion. Struggle with the unconscious. Wrong fusion can result even from arduous work. 6ecessary to break up. Wrong fusion may make the formation of the second body impossible. Wrong fusion can result, for instance, in connection with understanding what is good and what is evil, or on the basis of some fear. Wrong crystallisation in sleep when a mask is being formed. .t first struggle is only to accumulate material. The method is individual. %ne needs one thing, another another thing. .nother may need not only not to destroy his small ? @s but to ac#uire new ones. %ne should begin with some very small habit. Sometimes it is very difficult to con#uer it, for it is connected with others. f one struggles with one habit several disappear. %ne can increase energy only by the struggle between =yes> and =no>. f one wants one thing, to do another. .wakening needs energy. The most difficult thing is to see one@s preponderant desire. ntentional and unintentional lies, fear, greed. 5sually the chief feature is the best hidden from man. 5ntil one begins to dissect oneself. .ll other features are also bad. We do not reali!e that we have never once made an effort in our life. /ut effort influenced by necessity or desire is no effort. To remember oneself is an effort, because no external shock can force us. Effort for the sake of consciousness. -assive life. Struggle with habits gives a taste of effort, inner effort. Effort of the whole mass of shocks. f there is no struggle, there is no fixing. Struggle between different #ualities. %nly that which con#uers can become fixed. 4uch will be thrown away. nner struggle and struggle between centres.