The Chinese word “Mo” means silent or serene; “Chao” means to reflect or to observe.

Mo-Chao, therefore, can be translated as serene reflection or serene observation.

The difficult, laborious, arduous and painful thing is to achieve absolute mental silence in all the levels of the subconscious.

To reach stillness and silence in the mere superficial intellectual level or in a few subconscious departments, is not sufficient because the Essence continues bottled up within the submerged, infraconscious and unconscious dualism.

A blank mind is something too superficial, empty and intellectual. We need serene reflection if we truly want to achieve the absolute stillness and silence of the mind.

However, it is clear to comprehend that in pure Gnosticism, the terms serenity and reflection have much more profound meanings and hence should be comprehended within their special connotations.

The feeling of serene transcends that which is normally understood by calm or tranquility; it implies a superlative state which is beyond reasoning, desires, contradictions and words; it designates a situation which is beyond worldly noise.

Likewise, the meaning of reflection is beyond what is understood as contemplation of a problem or idea. Here it does not imply mental activity or contemplative thinking, but rather a kind of clear and reflexive objective Consciousness, always enlightened in its own experience.

Therefore, “serene,” in this context, is the serenity of non-thinking and “reflection” means intense and clear consciousness.

Serene reflection is clear consciousness in the tranquility of non-thinking. When perfect serenity reigns, one achieves true, profound enlightenment.

Samael Aun Weor. The Revolution of the Dialectic