Geburah is the most dynamic and forceful of all the Sephiroth, but it is also the most highly disciplined. Indeed, the military discipline, presided over by the god of war, is a synonym for the sternest kind of control that can be imposed upon human beings. The discipline of Geburah must exactly equate with its energy; in other words, the brakes of a car must bear a relationship to its horsepower if it is to be safe on the road. It is this tremendous Geburah discipline which is one of the testing points of the Mysteries. We speak of an iron discipline, and iron is the metal of Mars.
You need something sacred in your life, something that can’t be defiled, something you can return to in difficult times, something that gives you solace and inspiration.
One of the first spiritual truths an aspirant learns is that all the power that ever was or will be is here now. And that the limitless light is at the aspirant’s disposal. He has access to a magical spirit of Biblical powers that can move mountains and eclipse the universe if he so wills. It’s the stuff of which the heavens and earth were made.
That magical power complies to our thoughts and feelings. It does everything we ask it. And we don’t need to learn how to use it. It works automatically, just like our body. The thing is, we don’t always use it for good. Why? Because of our wrong thoughts and negative feelings. The all-power responds to those by creating negative experiences. Hence, dissolution is the secret of the great work, the dissolution of negative mental patterns.
The soul agenda isn’t the only agenda we need to consider. In fact, there are three, the soul agenda the ego’s agenda and the universe’s agenda.
The ego’s agenda is obvious. That’s family, career, and fun. Karma rules that agenda. Societies have somewhat soothed the karmic impact on the ego’s activities. That’s what laws, regulations, and institutions are good for. The con: social structures limit freedom of choice and action. People who lack the talent to work with restrictions can have a hard time coping.