Common steps and sub-activities

Relearning

Relearning is part of the Purification stage of the spiritual path.

 The rebirth process removes ‘demons’ – analogously software viruses and bugs.  But it does not stop us recreating those same bugs and viruses again, or forming memories that are erroneous.  Relearning aims to stop us making the same mistakes again. 

There are two main sub-processes that form this stage, more details can be found by following the links:

  • Memory reconstruction – In this we review past perceptions and form a corrected interpretation and memory of the events  
  • Function relearning - In software terms this is the stage when we learn how to use the functions we were born with correctly

 Memory reconstruction

Perceptions are never erased.   Every thought you have is recorded – like a log of actions – everything we have endured, smelt, tasted, heard, seen and felt.    Nothing is left out, the log is continually working to keep a record of what happened.

We use the log to learn, but what we learn can be wholly destructive to us.   Even after rebirth the perception remains, so those perceptions can carry on working away and we may simply go back to form incorrect memories – the rebirth experience is then wasted.

What this stage involves is the chance to review perceptions, with the objective of forming a true memory of events, which one can use to constructively move forward on the path.

Events can be relived again and again as need be and the CAUSE and the EFFECT of the event then discovered.  By understanding cause and effect, old destructive patterns can be banished and not repeated.

In alchemy this stage is known as albedo -  whitening -  purification, the washing away of impurity.  Allegorically, this stage ‘washes away impurities using  aqua vitae’.

It is noteworthy that some people never go through a rebirth experience, but simply move on to a very robust whitening stage.  This can be marked by dreams which are full of water.

Numbers 31 - and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water

Function relearning

The functions we are given at birth are contrasting ones.  They include some which appear strangely destructive – anger, rage, jealousy, lust, envy…..But these functions are only destructive if we use them to hurt.  Many apparently negative functions can be used positively.  Our anger at apparent injustice can be channelled so that it does not erupt as violence [hurt], but as robust campaigning.

We may also have learnt functions, which we may also be using incorrectly.  In themselves, the learnt functions may be harmless, but we are in a sense misusing them to hurt.  An example.  We have learnt how to drive a car, but use it to go off-roading destroying wildlife and the beauty of the countryside – hurt.

Relearning is not achieved through direct spiritual experience [visions, out of body, hallucinations], but it may be helped by dreams and invisible input – inspiration and wisdom.  Analogously we may be helped via ‘downloads’ on an ongoing basis, much as Microsoft may send us new ‘help’ pages. But we have to be open to new downloads. 

Function Relearning is known in alchemy as  citrinitas, or yellowing.  The alchemists symbolically defined this stage using gold.

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