Share the Wealth: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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Avete Alchemists!

Usually I subject you folks to whatever word cage I’m exploring at the moment, so if ever you see a big “DUH!” posted on hgd, you know I’ve decided to read Decision Points by Bush the Lesser (insert laughing emoticon here).  Nah man, can neither stomach the masterful gloss on imperial aggression nor could I subject you folks to propaganda.  Truth be told amigos, I avoid advocacy of any position that doesn’t resonate with the indweller, which ultimately has to be reconciled with the Coincidence Control Office on a daily basis. While it does take some work, eventually one learns to refute the allure of the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, soon to be King of Scotland spiel.  Trading my soul for the illusory rewards of maya will leave me bankrupt.  And you can take that to the bank.

I wanted to share a real reward with you today however.  Same drill as the other shares in this series – free and short.

While popularized by Dr, King, Transcendentalist Theodore Parker originally wrote about the moral arc of the universe bending towards justice.   I like to think that this book can aid in bending the spiritual arc of a man towards virtue.  And at the end of the day partners, this is the objective undertaken by all Jedi.   I didn’t open this book until manhood and certainly would have benefited much from the ideas herein at the ages where impetuosity and rashness reign.  The chaotic waves of infinite time lie on either side of the present, and nowhere is a man more aware of this than when he cannot retire into his own soul.  The wisdom contained in this little gem can certainly help to still those turbulent waters of the past and future that perturb the present.

Meditations has the ability to transform one’s outlook on the world.  Twelve segments, twelve days.  Are you up for it? I think a reintroduction and popularizing of philosophical concepts in the instruction of the young would be profoundly beneficial to society at large.  And I don’t mean solely for children of privilege.  Can you imagine the potential of a society where a group of 12 year old kids openly discuss their place in the universal order?  Maybe a pipe dream, but maybe not. If you do decide to read this book, consider using the themes as the subjects of discussion with your kids versus subjecting yourself to the normalizing of neuroticism otherwise known as television.  It’s the duty of all people to inquire into the fundamental fabric of their lives.  I’m aiming for the stars here compadres and hoping for some societal level conditioning.

I’ll leave you with a few nuggets to ignite your interest:

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

“Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.  Short, therefore, is man’s life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.”

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul.”

Take heed not to be transformed into a Caesar, not to be dipped in the purple dye, for it does happen. Keep yourself therefore, simple, good, pure, grave, unaffected, the friend of justice, religious, kind, affectionate, strong for your proper work. Wrestle to be the man philosophy wished to make you. Reverence the gods, save men. Life is brief; there is but one harvest of earthly existence, a holy disposition and neighborly acts.

Link to the text : Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Time for Natty Bumppo to hit the hills.

One love,

HJ

 

Share the Wealth: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

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What’s shakin’ Soul Rebels?!

Before we get to the fun stuff, I’ve purposely procrastinated putting pen to paper to provide you any pot-luck pontifications as of late partners. The topics usually addressed by yours truly just seem like idle idiocy when you examine the state of affairs confronting people in every corner of the globe – Palestine, Chiapas, Africa, Brazil, and of course, the home of the hot dog eating contest. Billions for bullets while water is no longer viewed as a basic human right? smh  As Israel molds Manifest Destiny in its own image, I must wonder whether Benito Juarez and Sitting Bull were similarly branded as “terrorists” as the historical narrative unfolded. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as the saying goes. There’s a great essay on the current status of the Palestinian genocide that a fellow blogger recently brought to my attention, click here for more.

For all men, women and children that choose to die on their feet rather than live on their knees in the face of wretched persecution, your stories do not always go unheard amigos. Not everyone is interested in watching a mass debasing of the digestive facility while children go to bed hungry within earshot of the resultant retching from rapidly eating entrails wrapped in a bun and topped with relish and mustard.

Whew! I had to get that off my chest.

If some two millenia ago Juvenal had failed to urge the inquiry “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or “Who will guard the guardians?”, the timeless corruptibility of power seeking men may quite likely have remained somewhat obscure. Ergo, given the inherent corruption that plagues all systems of governance, one unfamiliar with such literature may likely posit that the reptilian shape-shifters really have seized control over the minds of the powers that be. This plot could be easily facilitated through a system of operant conditioning whereby anti–human values are positively reinforced via a brainwashing apparatus. Or as colloquially referenced, – an institution of higher learning.  But such fanciful postulates aside, ever peruse the curriculum of a random graduate school of management?

Trust me folks, the focus is squarely on reinforcing yield maximization and not facilitating the blossoming of human potential. The people aren’t necessarily bad, they’ve just been taught that humans are a resource to be used much like a AAA battery. Management training schools do not readily extol humanitarian values in the instructive process as these often cannot be readily reconciled with the pursuit of profit. Methinks that this doesn’t bode well for this human experiment as these institutions are the crucibles in which the decision makers of tomorrow are forged.  Hmmm, let’s see, poison the drinking water of an indigenous population or pay the costs of safe and appropriate waste disposal?

Well, it’s no secret how the fluffers of the corporate phallus align themselves on that and similar issues when the well being of people come into conflict with the profit motive. For you special people out there who reject this model and realize that you don’t manage individuated units of production but instead manage fathers, mothers and brothers, and that profound consequences arise from the decisions that you make, I sincerely admire and applaud your position (you know who you are, wink wink!). These are the folk I call the “Leaders of the New School” as the service model of leadership is definitely a monumental step in the right direction.

Before we progress any further I also wanted to express gratitude to my blogospheric kin who indulge my occasional Hyde Park soapbox routine. It’s nice to know that my ideas resonate with folks besides the Artful Dodger and the other Jedi here in Hyperborea. That being said, what I really wanted to share today was a little gem in the public domain I stumbled across while searching for a map to Shambhala. You know the drill peeps, always free and short. I thought about adding “impactful” to the list of criteria for this series, but it’s too subjective an abstraction for my liking. One man’s meat is another’s poison as they say.

This little book is a real treat especially when illumined by the suggested commentary. I’ll link to both at the end.  My position has always been grounded in the individual apprehension of truth thus any understanding I may share will only skew your reading of the text. So there’ll be no marring with my musings compadres. As with other parts of this series, I’ll provide a few brief quotes to ignite your interest.  If not your cup of tea, I wish you the utmost success on your journey of self discovery. Life after all is but a vehicle of interior transformation.

The Idyll of the White Lotus was written by Mabel Collins and published in the late 19th Century.  Esoteric symbolism aside (see Rao’s commentary), it‘s a fun narrative about an Egyptian hierophant and has been described by the publishers as:

“[A} story told in all ages, and among every people. It is the tragedy of the soul. Attracted by desire, it stoops to sin; brought to itself by suffering, it turns for help to the redeeming spirit within and in the final sacrifice achieves its apotheosis and sheds a blessing on mankind. It is a story of initiation written in tender and beautiful language, and bears on its face the stamp of verdicity in simplicity and dignity.”

From the text:

“There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.

“The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.

“The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.

“Each man is his own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.”

Pretty heavy stuff huh?

Links: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

T. Subba Rao’s commentary on the text, click here

Till we meet again, guide your lives by compassion and truth amigos, and remember -Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

One love,

HJ

Share the Wealth: Sadhana – The Realization of Life by Rabindranath Tagore

a-buddha-in-the-rain_lFacts are many, but the truth is one – Rabindranath Tagore

Kin of Kalki,

It’s been a while since our last installment of Share the Wealth so one is definitely due. To compensate for the prolonged delay however, I’ve decided to make today’s share a truly insightful spiritual discourse. I thought some wisdom grounded in the Eastern mystic tradition of the Upanishads would be a nice change of pace from our previous adventure with Christian Rosenkreutz. Same criteria apply as the other nuggets I’ve shared, free and short, well relatively short anyway.

The word “sadhana” is of Sanskrit origin and is literally translated as “a means of accomplishing something.” It can be considered as an ego transcending spiritual practice. In addressing the relationship with the infinitude from which all things proceed, this narrative touches on the virtues and failings of the human condition and makes a case for the merits of transcending the state of ego consciousness.  Topics like the problem of self and evil, the appreciation of beauty, and one’s awareness of soul consciousness are all eloquently addressed by the author. For fans of the written word, I suggest keeping a pen and paper handy as Tagore’s word-craft is the embodiment of flowery elegance.

I think this one will warp your reality tunnels amigos. The author really does conduct a deeply profound inquiry into the nature of our roles as mediators between the abstract and the concrete. Sadhana “found” me when an awareness of the ideas contained therein was necessary, and my genuine hope is that it serves as a beacon illuminating your path to realizing the grand pattern of universal procedure. It’s a brilliant little book that you’ll find yourself reading multiple times for a comprehensive digestion of its contents. Although less than 90 typed pages of legible font, its length is no indication of its profundity. I’ll also link to a Librivox audiobook download for your listening pleasure.

Here’s an excerpt of the summary provided by the Spiritual Bee site that shared the text:

“Sadhana – The Realisation of Life” is a breathtaking collection of spiritual discourses given by Rabindranath Tagore to the boys in his school, in Bolpur, West Bengal. A repository of the timeless wisdom of the East, Sadhana is one of the most profound books on spirituality that you will ever read! We highly recommend it as a starter book to any seeker of spiritual wisdom.

Compiled and translated by Tagore from his Bengali lectures, the book consists of eight essays, in which Tagore answers some of the most profound questions of life.

Sadhana is one of those rare books that need to be read slowly, as each sentence contains an immense amount of wisdom to be digested. In the end Tagore’s captivating and rational explanations will leave you feeling breathless, exhilarated and brimming with peace, happiness and joy, as you become aware of the tremendous unifying force behind this immensely diverse and awe-inspiring Creation!”

As usual, I think the authors’ own words will best help you to decide if embracing this vibe is a worthy investment of your time. So folks, here are a few quotes to gauge whether or not this is your cup of tea.

“True deliverance of man is the deliverance from ignorance. It is not in destroying anything that is positive and real, but that which is negative, which obstructs our vision of truth.”

“Facts are many, but the truth is one. The animal intelligence knows facts, the human mind has power to apprehend truth. The apple falls from the tree, the rain descends upon the earth – you can go on burdening your memory with such facts and never come to an end. But once you get hold of the law of gravitation you can dispense with the necessity of collecting facts ad infinitum.”

“When a man does not realise his kinship with the world, he lives in a prison-house whose walls are alien to him. When he meets the eternal spirit in all objects, then is he emancipated, for then he discovers the fullest significance of the world into which he is born; then he finds himself in perfect truth, and his harmony with the all is established.”

“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom. His desires are many, and madly they run after the varied objects of the world, for therein they have their life and fulfilment. But that which is one in him is ever seeking for unity – unity in knowledge, unity in love, unity in purposes of will; its highest joy is when it reaches the infinite one within its eternal unity.”

This world-song is never for a moment separated from its singer. It is not fashioned from any outward material. It is his joy itself taking never-ending form. It is the great heart sending the tremor of its thrill over the sky. There is a perfection in each individual strain of this music, which is the revelation of completion in the incomplete. No one of its notes is final, yet each reflects the infinite.”

I could go on, but I’ll leave the other gems for you to unearth as you progress through the work.  If you find this book at all useful in your journey, please pass it on to a fellow traveler who may also benefit in his or her own quest for understanding.

Link to the text: Sadhana –The Realization of Life

LibriVox audiobook download: https://librivox.org/sadhana-by-rabindranath-tagore/

One love,

HJ

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Share the Wealth: The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

CWCRDeep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. – Frank Herbert

Avatars of Avalon,

I like to define the “Good” as a perspective grounded in ecocentric holism etched over a scaffold of compassion, love and grace. I don’t think the “every man for himself” or “what’s in it for me” anthropocentric thinking espoused by the crafters of the Noble Lies are serving this human experiment well at all. Now in order for this experiment to progress towards the “Good,” every man, woman, and child has to realize the wondrous magic involved in turning avocados and apricots into art, music and philosophy – with equal admiration allotted for the avocado and the art. Sounds easy enough, but the catch is that you have to realize this majesty not only in yourself, but in every other expression of life.  My hope with this series has been to aid others in achieving this realization.

Now you’re always free to discount these shares as the unfettered idealism of a nutty sun-gazer with a web connection. But to my fellow Jedi, I hope that I’ve overcome the presumptive burden required to establish sanity. Or at least come as close to it as a dude with numbers in his name possibly can. The coincidence control office facilitated this gem some time back and another voyager recently returned it to the fore of my consciousness. I immediately thought it a great fit for the series. Though published in the early 1600s under an anonymous authorship, the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz contains motifs applicable today. I guess that’s a testament to its timelessness.

Esoteric contemplation aside, the Wedding is a fun narrative about a mystic who goes on a seven day adventure of self discovery.  The story is filled with intrigue, adventure, and mystic brushes with the tangential domain. I recommend that you give it a once over and then read the commentary of the text by Jack Courtis over at the Rosicrucian library. I’ll link to both at the bottom.

Here is the introduction provided by Mr. Courtis in his commentary:

“The Chymical Marriage is one of the seminal documents of the Western esoteric tradition. It has a depth and complexity that give it an almost infinite amount of meaning. This commentary represents only one attempt to understand that meaning. It is easier if we see the Chymical Marriage in its proper context.

For example, it is divided into “7 Days”. This is a clear reference to Genesis ch 1. The very first sentence refers to “an evening before Easter day”. Hence this is a reference to Christianity and therefore, the Gospels and other parts of the New Testament. Furthermore, the entire work is alchemical in character and it is therefore appropriate to consider the Emerald Tablet of Hermes. In the first chapter there is a clear allusion to Plato’s Cave and that brings with it by necessary implication, a great deal of Greek philosophy and metaphysics. There is much else but this is sufficient to demonstrate that the Chymical Marriage is to be understood in its particular cultural and historical milieu.

Technically, this document is one of the Rosicrucian Manifestos and they in turn, are part of the late mature phase of the Hermetic Revival of the Renaissance. But that does not assist the reader. What is the Chymical Marriage all about?

We believe that it is an allegorical description of the inner journey of personal transformation. This is our interpretation and we invite you to join us as we conduct this journey together.”

While it may seem tempting to jump right into the commentary, I believe you’ll only do yourself a disservice if you take that route. I think it beneficial to invest the time to read the text and get a sense of the protagonists’ musings as the journey unfolds.

Now for my fellow Matrix fans out there, pay attention to C.R.C.’s dream when he initially receives the invitation to the wedding. I think the scene in which Neo is unplugged from the Matrix and brought into the light regarding the truth of his existence was thoroughly inspired by this book.

Always remember to take the psychology of the time period into account when you read these old books amigos. In the 1600s, the idea of man as a fallen being was a commonly held notion. Ergo the dispensation of salvation has to come from an external source. Today, I think we’ve progressed to an awareness of the powers underpinning our own natures, but we need help to kindle our Divine Sparks. I sincerely hope you find this work both useful in that process and enjoyable at the same time.

Link to the text: The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

Rosicrucian commentary: http://www.crcsite.org/wedguide.htm

One love,

HJ

Share the Wealth: Gurdjieff Unveiled by Seymour B. Ginsburg

Gurdjieff1Greetings Bifrost Voyagers,

I thought another adventure into the arcane is about due. As with the other parts of the series, I share this with the sincerest hope that it benefits another seeker on the less traveled path towards self-knowledge.

When you begin to conduct an inquiry into the “indweller,” it’s only a matter of time before you’ll encounter the name Gurdjieff.  An Armenian mystic who lived at the turn of the last century, G.I. Gurdjieff travelled extensively teaching the Fourth Way to students throughout the world. The Fourth Way being a reference to the fourth or objective state of consciousness. The central premise of his work is that man is asleep, is unaware of his slumber and must awaken. His writings and teachings are essentially a blueprint for awakening from this somnambulatory state of life.

There are other great books exploring Gurdjieff’s philosophy such as Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous, but I promised free and short with this series. This is a marvelous little book in the public domain that provides a nice intro to navigating the far more complex writings of the esteemed teacher. As the story goes, Gurdjieff’s writing was purposely complicated to elicit a greater investment and effort from his students. When combined with the process of linguistic evolution over the last century, a modern reader is likely to find it quite a difficult undertaking.

Ginsburg does a nice job of simplification with Gurdjieff Unveiled.  He introduces Gurdjieff’s wisdom in a concise fashion making it easy for the modern reader to grasp.

Here are a few brief excerpts to help decide if this is your cup of tea,

“The Work, the name by which his teachings are most usually known, is drawn from alchemy, where the Great Work signified the refinement and purification of base metals into gold as well as the transmutation of the soul into a higher spiritual state. Gurdjieff’s teachings similarly aimed at the transformation of man’s inner substance. Through cosmological speculations, through lectures, manual work, communal life, and sacred dances or ‘Movements’ in successive phases of his life, Gurdjieff offered a practical form of esoteric instruction that could harmonize the microcosm of the
human being with the macrocosm of the universe and so reunite man with the Endlessness or supreme deity.”

“Behind Gurdjieff’s teaching lies the idea that human beings live and die in a state of sleep, but do not realize this. In this sense, all human beings are divided into two categories: those who realize they are asleep and who are attempting to awaken, and those who do not know. The idea that human beings live mostly in a kind of sleep state is not new. For example, we can find it expressed by Plato in his allegory of the Cave in The Republic. But Gurdjieff’s teaching brings us methods about how to awaken from this “waking sleep,” with all the freedom and cosmic benefit that this gives, because through the teaching we eventually awaken to who we are.

Because Gurdjieff’s teaching is a “how to” teaching, it is directed at the category of human beings who realize they are asleep and who are attempting to awaken. For the category of human beings who do not know that they are asleep, there is no need for this teaching. It is only when a person begins to recognize the sleep of his mechanicalness and looks for a way to awaken that this teaching becomes relevant.”

“In order to experience the highest state of human consciousness, objective consciousness, we must transfer our identity from the personality, which is what we mistakenly believe that we are, to essence, that which we really are. Because of our improper education or conditioning (Gurdjieff calls this our improper oskiano), we mistakenly believe that we are the personality. The personality is that tissue of memories, thoughts, emotions, and sensations that we have come mistakenly to call “I.” Yet we know that none of this existed before birth and that all of this will dissolve at death or shortly thereafter. In this sense the personality is impermanent and thus in Gurdjieff’s view, unreal. As long as we believe in the overwhelming importance of the personality we will never discover that which is real.”

I hope that you do decide to probe this little book further as there are some rather interesting ideas explored. Whether or not you decide to tackle Gurdjieff in depth, I do believe that you can definitely gain some insight into yourself from the introduction to the teaching. But enough rambling from me however, I’ll leave you to your own devices. Travel well amigos and remember, the miraculous is right outside your door, all you need do is look.

Link to the text: Gurdjieff Unveiled by Seymour B. Ginsburg

One love,

HJ

Share the Wealth: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

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Greetings Soul Rebels,

For the second installment of the series I seek to offer some insight into the human condition.  I like to describe this share as one of the rest stops on my continuing journey towards comprehending the Unity that transcends multiplicity. Truth is elegant and at just around 60 pages of some rather gracefully articulated poetic wisdom, I couldn’t do this series without including The Prophet.  The work is arranged in the form of a discourse between the beloved prophet Almustafa and the people of Orphalese just prior to his departure from the city.  I feel as though my thoughts on the work would only defeat the purpose of sharing, as truth must be individually apprehended. So travelers, instead of pontificating on Gibran’s illumination, I’ll provide two sections to help you decide if you’ll rest at this exit or journey further.

The Prophet on Joy and Sorrow:

THEN a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall

The Prophet on Self Knowledge:

AND a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

Here’s a link to the text: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Imho amigos, securing a hard copy of this masterpiece isn’t such a terrible idea. As you’ll hopefully soon discover, this work cannot be digested in a single reading nor will it readily depart from your memory. The Prophet’s wisdom is timeless.

For the fans of Napoleon Hill out there, you may be interested to know that this was to be read as a part of the course- The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons.

One love,

HJ

Share the Wealth: The Kybalion by Three Initiates

200px-Thoth.svg“The possession of knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in action, is like the hoarding of precious metals–a vain and foolish thing.”

For some time now I’ve had intentions of starting a series to share some brief books in the public domain that have been impactful in my life, with emphasis on the brief. Hey, with the demands already placed upon our lives, who has time for a treatise these days?  Free and short, can’t go wrong with that combo. What I’m hoping for is that these little nuggets would serve another wayfarer progressing along the less traveled path towards comprehension. Plus, I like to imagine a world where we all aspire to son of Jor-El consciousness. The internet has made it possible for seekers on all continents to share and facilitate the learning of their fellow Argonauts.

When the defining narrative that a man constructs about his life is erased while he’s relegated to the status of casual observer, he is often left grasping for straws. For the first time however, he becomes privileged to remove the mask of Maya that has long clouded his vision.  What he glimpses next transcends all, as for the first time, he has learned how to observe himself. Several years ago a little book found me at a time in my life when knowledge of the contents was necessary.  I write this to return the favor and share the wealth to aid anyone who may be experiencing a similar stage of conscious evolution.

This is not everyone’s cup of tea so to speak, as many would probably declare modern societal thought with notions of probability and string theory, to have progressed beyond these considerations. For the adherents of the Heart Doctrine however, I urge you to ponder the promulgations made by the authors. For those who have embarked upon the quest for cognition of the Arcane, travel well my friends.  Seek and ye shall find as the old saying goes, and use the treasures unearthed to advance the condition of all souls towards “The Good.” The redemption of Spirit from matter is difficult enough without the assault upon one’s consciousness by a ubiquitous glorification of violence and a culture that extols the virtues of degrading the feminine, wealth worship and the commodifying of integrity. Lo, I have heard that Truth is androgynous, incorruptible and priceless.

The initial share is The Kybalion by Three Initiates and I’ll include a link at the end. Though the authorship of the text is often disputed, the ideas originate from a much earlier corpus of knowledge thus rendering this issue inconsequential. The wisdom is attributed to the venerable Egyptian sage Djeheuty or Thoth, or as known by the Greeks, Hermes Trismegistus. For the skeptics and debunkers who would seek to assail any teaching that eludes empirical validation, until the collapse of Newtonian mechanics at the subatomic level and the source of zero point energy are irrefutably solved, the principles by which ancient cultures understood the mechanics of the Grand Pattern of Universal Procedure are still worthy of consideration.

For those familiar with alchemy, Freemasonic scholar Manly P. Hall taught that the etymology of the word “al-Khemy” can be traced back to the land of Egypt.  It comprises “Khem” an ancient word for Egypt, and the divine prefix “Al” or “El” as in the Supreme Creator of the Muslims “Allah,” and the elder gods of the Jewish tradition, the “Elohim.” The differentiation between “a” and “e” being a later linguistic evolution. Alchemy can likewise trace its roots to the Hermetic principles of Egyptian antiquity. Transmutation was originally a spiritual art later concealed as gold making to avoid the wrath of the Church. The Kybalion is an elaboration of the Hermetic principles underpinning transmutation. At under an easy reading 60 pages, its simplicity and length serve as no indicators of the profound wisdom concealed within.  Just as well, for the old patent clerk said it best, “If you can’t explain it to a five year old, you don’t understand it well enough.”

There are seven principles upon which the entire Hermetic philosophy is based. These are:

I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.

II. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE.

III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.

IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.

V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.

VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.

VII. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.

I’ll give you a line or two on each to shed a bit of light, but for a thorough understanding of the ideas, this probably won’t suffice. The text delves into much greater detail including how to fuse the principles to exert mastery over mental states and negative emotions.

  1. Mentalism – This primary principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that the ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances or “the material universe”) is SPIRIT, which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as an infinite, living mind. It also explains that all the phenomenological world is simply a mental creation subject to the laws of created things, and that the universe, as a whole and in its parts or units, is the mind of The All. This sounds like a holographic model to me.
  2. Correspondence –  This principle expresses the correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of being and life. Man and the cosmos obey common laws for the former is but a microcosm of the latter. There are no fixed limits of division. Or as colloquially popularized, “As above, so below.” Just as man is born, grows old and eventually dies, so do stars, galaxies and the universe itself.
  3. Vibration – Everything is in constant motion. Everything vibrates and nothing is at rest. This principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of matter, energy, mind, and even Spirit, result largely from varying rates of vibration. From corpuscle and electron to worlds and universes, everything is in vibratory motion.
  4. Polarity – Everything is dual as the Universe is a coincidence of opposites. Thesis and antithesis, heat and cold, Yin and Yang. Opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.
  5. Rhythm – This principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, a to and fro; a pendulum-like motion also representable as a sine wave with its crests and troughs. The ebb and flow between the poles exists in accordance with the Principle of Polarity.
  6. Cause and Effect – Essentially there is a Cause for every Effect and an Effect from every Cause. It explains that: “Everything happens according to Law”; that nothing ever “merely happens.” There is no such thing as chance and while there are various planes of cause and effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. This has often been articulated as for every action there exists an equal and opposite reaction or by various traditions as the Law of Karma.
  7. Gender – There is Gender manifested in everything–the masculine and feminine principles ever at work. This is true not only of the physical plane but of the higher dimensions of organization.  The principle manifests as sex in the physical plane, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but remains ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this principle.

Unless we’ve been privileged to receive instruction from an adept or master of meditation, our cognition is limited to three dimensions without the use of entheogenic compounds. Thus, any conclusive statements based solely upon our knowledge is rather like the misguided fella who filled a bucket of water from the sea and proclaimed, “There are no whales in the ocean!” However, I hope this text aids on your path to formulating your own conception of the nature of things. And as always- believe nothing amigos, merely entertain ideas.

One love,

HJ

Link to the text: The Kybalion – Three Initiates

Project Gutenberg free ebook

From the authors: “With the aid of The Kybalion one may go through any occult library anew, the old Light from Egypt illuminating many dark pages, and obscure subjects. That is the purpose of this book. We do not come expounding a new philosophy, but rather furnishing the outlines of a great world-old teaching which will make clear the teachings of others–which will serve as a Great Reconciler of differing theories, and opposing doctrines.”

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