Theun Mares - The Book of Aphorisms [Tonal Section]

Author: Theun Mares. Link to original: (English).
Tags: Theun Mares, Toltec Teachings Submitted by Warriorskeep 13.04.2018. Public material.

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into Russian: Теун Марез - Книга Афоризмов [Тональ]. 96% translated in draft. Almost done, let's finish it!
Submitted for translation by Warriorskeep 13.04.2018


The tonal is like a physical island existing within the boundless ocean of pure being — the nagal. On this island is everything the incarnated individual needs for life upon the physical plane. 1

Man incarnates as a dual being, with two distinct polarities to his beingness; the one polarity—pure spirit — is eternal, and is termed the nagal, whilst the other polarity — purely physical — is transient, and is called the tonal. These two polarities become fully interactive at the moment of birth. 2

At birth man is a pure nagal being, for his tonal is, to all intents and purposes, undeveloped. But from the moment he is born man can feel that, in order to function within the physical world, he needs a physical counterpart. This sense of being incomplete forces man to focus his attention exclusively on the development and the functionality of the tonal, to such an extent that the tonal and its functionality become all-consuming, and the nagal is ignored. The result is that by the time the tonal is fully developed and he has achieved full functionality within the world, man is so utterly identified with the tonal, that he has become all tonal .Yet this causes him to start feeling incomplete again, for he now senses that an essential part of him is missing. 3

The tonal of man is the product of incarnation, for we only start to develop it at birth. Our very first breath upon the physical plane is an act of power that gives the tonal life, and brings it into manifestation. Until that first breath the tonal is a form which cannot exist independently of the womb in which it was formed. Therefore the tonal starts at birth and ends at death. 4

The tonal is everything we are. If we can name it, it is the tonal. It follows that, because the tonal is everything, including its own doings, everything also falls into the realm of the tonal. As a result, it is the tonal that organises the world into one coherent whole - a truly monumental task. If it were not for the tonal's ability to do this, nothing in the world would make sense. For example, it is your tonal which is reading this aphorism, and trying to make sense out of it; for unless your tonal were doing this, the aphorism would be an unintelligible collection of strange squiggles and lines on paper that would mean nothing to you. Therefore everything we know, and everything we do, is only possible because of the work being done by the tonal. 5

In a strange kind of way the tonal creates the world in which we live, because it creates the rules with which it interprets and comprehends the world. But to say that the tonal creates the world is not really true, for the tonal does not have the power to create or change anything; it can only witness, assess and judge according to the rules it has set up for itself. And yet, since the tonal assesses and judges the world, it does create it in a manner of speaking. 6

All of us have a personal tonal, and all of humanity has a collective tonal which, being dependent upon the collective awareness of humanity at any point in time is termed the tonal of the times. 7

The tonal of the times, that is, the collective tonal of humanity, makes us all alike, in the same way as the tonal of an inn-keeper makes all the tables in his inn alike. Yet each of these tables has its own tonal, just like every person has a personal tonal. But the important point to grasp is that everything, whether personal or collective, is still the tonal. 8

The tonal of our time decrees that everything pertaining to our thoughts and our feelings occurs privately within us. The tonal of the warrior, on the other hand, decrees that this is not true. But in the final analysis it does not matter who is right and who is wrong, for what difference does it make if our thoughts and feelings are private or not? The only real difference lies in how different tonals interpret these possibilities within the context of their rules. 9

The fact that the tonal constitutes everything we know and do makes it an all-consuming affair. 10

The tonal is an animal guardian — a guardian that is very much a protector, for it protects something that is priceless; namely, our true being. Unfortunately though, being a protector, the tonal has a tendency to be secretive and covetous about its doings, and because its doings are the most important aspect of our fives, it is inevitable that the tonal should gradually change from being a benevolent guardian who is empathetic and understanding, to a despotic guard that is petty, small-minded and thoroughly self-centred. 11

The tonal cannot operate efficiently without being able to talk to itself as well as to other tonals. It therefore constructed terms such as "I" and "myself" for the purposes of upholding its view of reality. 12

Every person's tonal has an objective and a subjective side to it. The objective side is the outer tangible form of the tonal, or what one may call the surface of the island, and which deals with action and re-action. This is the tough and resilient side of the tonal. The subjective side, on the other hand, is an inner and intangible complexity dealing with assessing, judging and decision-making, and which is not nearly as tough or resilient as its outer side. 13

A proper tonal is one in which its objective and subjective sides have been merged into a harmonious and balanced unity. 14

Only a warrior is capable of forging his tonal into a proper tonal. Average men and women can at best have tonals which are just right for them in terms of where their lives are at. 15

Understanding the tonal of any person implies that we must stop judging that person in a moral sense, and stop excusing him on the assumption that he is a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No-one is ever hopeless or helpless, and thus we can assess the tonal without either condemning or forgiving the person concerned. For example, a man’s tonal does not become weak if he becomes an alcoholic; instead, it is the other way round, in that the man becomes an alcoholic because his tonal is weak. It is therefore not incorrect to say that, because the tonal forces itself to follow its own judgements, it is the weaknesses within the tonal that force us into becoming what we are. This, however, is only a partial truth. It is far more true to say that we become what we are, not only because of our identification with the tonal and its judgements, but also because, as a result of this identification, we pamper the tonal into becoming pathetically weak. Such are the consequences of indulgence. 16

Any man knows when he is indulging, because he knows that if he is to maintain order he has to be a perfect tonal, and to be a perfect tonal implies that he is fully aware at all times of everything transpiring upon his island. But most people can't be bothered to be this aware, and therefore when they claim that they are arguing a point so as to maintain order, they are lying, for they are only making this claim to win an argument. 17

Man's biggest mistake is to insist upon remaining within the limited and boring restrictions of his comfortable island. This is the work of the tonal, and yet the tonal's rules should never be allowed to become the law. 18