In the processes of “re-traversing the ray” as is so beautifully illustrated on the cover of The Direct-Mind Experience, we are required to make some tough choices. By turning inward and asking if the path that you are currently on is working for you, eventually the mental computer has to come up with an answer. If you are intuitive and discerning enough to discard all the social illusions and honestly face yourself, you will discover your answer. In his book, The Albigen Papers, Rose listed obstacles to our transcendental efforts. These include those of: 1) External Nature – meaning visible, terrestrial life and planetary relationships; and invisible, or dimensions beyond our senses; 2) Internal Nature – the appetites, including sex, security, food, pleasures other than sex, curiosity; 3) Fears – including the fear of dying, fear of scorn or social harm, and fear of mental or spiritual harm; 4) Blocks – including the seven deadly sins*, physical limitations, and economic exigencies; and finally 5) Forms of Rationalization – that we will be able to do the thing better at a later date, that we will ride the tide of humanity into heaven, that social services or “good works” have spiritual gain, that the gods have ears, that the gods have noses and eyes, that positive thinking will make gods of us or lead us to liberation, that the guru will save us, that faith will save us, that spiritual paths may be evaluated by their popularity, that we can “feel” our way alone, that we can do it with our omnipotent reason, that God will take care of everything, that our present belief shall be our final evaluation of Truth, and that everything is hopeless or useless.
The Albigen System provides yardsticks with which we can measure our progress in eliminating the untruths, distractions and obstacles, both mental and physical, that cloud our observation mechanism. It does not cater to the masses, but instead provides the catalyst necessary to carry us through our quest to find ourselves and arrive at the realization of what action is necessary to take us in that direction.
* Referred to by Rose as the seven obstacles to understanding and published by the church long before the science of psychology was invented, these are listed on page 172 of The Albigen Papers.