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It is tantalizingly hard to effect the passage from the lower to the higher state. For between them lies an intermediate zone of consciousness which possesses an ensnaring quality and in which the ego makes its last desperate effort to keep him captive. Hence this zone is the source of attractive psychic experiences, of spiritual self-aggrandizements, of so-called messianic personal claims and redemptive missions, of great truths cunningly coalesced into great deceptions.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 2 : Their Roots in Ego > # 49

-- Perspectives > Chapter 11: The Negatives > # 24