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The first stage is negative and preparatory. It is to get out of the animal-passional forces and lower emotional complexes which make him so largely a creature of this earth. Caught in the meshes of his lower nature as he is, he must free himself from them sufficiently to safeguard the work in mystical meditation from becoming a source of self-injury and social danger.

-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 1: Ant's Long Path > # 64

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