~ The Enemy of the Soul ~
Within the nomenclature of Esotericism, glamour is the term used to identify various distortions existing within human consciousness. Ingrained with the nature of the personality will be found a variety of illusory and inaccurate structures of perception and belief. These glamours hinder the soul from finding full and accurate expression in the outer world. Indeed, the spiritual transformation of consciousness has a direct correlation to the elimination of glamour. It is therefore fair to say that glamour is the enemy of the soul.
As you know, the personality is composed of three bodies of expression (mental, emotional and physical), and there are many glamours rooted in each of them. There are illusions of the mind that interfere with the soul’s capacity to find right expression though our thoughts. Most commonly, this form of glamour has to do with inaccurate mental interpretations of our sensed intuitions. There are glamours associated with the emotional dimension of the personality as well, such as the glamour of sentimentality. This type of glamour leads an individual to be unduly guided by the dynamism of the emotional body, as well as being overly influenced by a need to be liked. The physical dimension of the lower-self can also contain glamorous tendencies. Often called maya, they represent distorted perceptions around the appetites of the physical body, as well the belief that the circumstances of life “seem” to prevent us from following the soul’s guidance.
The sum total of the glamours that we experience is called The Great Illusion. When a person is consciously walking the spiritual path, the ultimate goal is to free oneself from the Great Illusion so as to truly see the Real. Indeed, a Master of Wisdom is one who has succeeded in doing so. There are specific techniques and processes advocated within the Esoteric Philosophy in this regard, and I will likely be addressing them in future writings. For now, I am simply providing you with an initial overview of glamour and the importance of eventually rising above it.