In the early 1980's if you went to a specialist spiritual bookshop in London, like Watkins, to find books about angels, there were virtually none. Ten years later, there were whole shelves devoted to the subject. Some books were of value, and many were not. Often angelology and psychic experiences are mixed up, when the two are dealing with entirely different realms.
The idea of an angel is also often mixed up with the idea of a 'Master'. How a master has become a master is often not specified. There are some in the lightworker community that talk of physical angels, or the idea that we will become physical angels during the process of ascension (see here and here) which adds a further level of potential confusion.
All the major religions talk of angels. Hinduism has its devas and does Buddhism. These differ a little bit from the western view of angels, but with many similarities. The Fravashis of Zoroastrianism are akin to Guardian Angels. Judaism, Christianity and Islam not only all have an angelology, often they share the names of the key Angels as with Uriel and Gabriel and Michael.
Christianity has been hugely influenced by the insights of a mysterious writer named Dionysus the Areopagite, whose true identity is not known. It is from him that we gain deep knowledge of the three Choirs of Angels or the Celestial Hierarchies. The writings originate (it is estimated) in the 5th century CE. In Rudolf Steiner's lecture series Spiritual Beings, he suggests that Dionysus the Areopagite was an Athenian mystic alive at the same time as Jesus, which is an interesting proposition.
So what is an Angel? The meaning of the word (from its Greek roots) is messenger. Indeed the Hebrew word has exactly that meaning. So an angel bears a message from Divinity. A useful key to understanding the real nature of angels is that they are Intelligences. They are not part of nature. they are not advanced human beings. Quite simply they are divine.
It is helpful in seeking to understand the mysteries of Spirit or Soul to differentiate which chief category of knowledge it falls under. The Hermetic doctrine suggests there are three, and this classification is incredibly helpful in understanding many mysteries.
The Divine is Eternal and Spiritual. The Cosmos (which means 'beautiful order') is not Divine as such, because it is created. It is under the Divine Law, but also under immutable Natural Law. The Cosmos may be seen as the perpetual showing forth of Divine Life through endless creation. It is characterised by multiplicity. Finally Man* is a principle separate from both the Cosmos and the Divine, and yet participating in Divinity and Cosmogenesis.
* Man here refers to the Principle of Man (and thus includes the Spirit which is neither male nor female, the Soul which is both male and female and the body with is either male or female.)
Part 1 of this post is found here
Ancient Alexandria was home to one of the greatest minds to walk this planet, namely Plotinus. Although he is considered a 'pagan'*, his writings have been hugely influential on Christian thought. He is considered by certain authorities to be equal in stature to Plato and Aristotle in terms of the power of his thought and ideas.
*Pagan is an interesting word, that relates to the dwellers in the countryside (Latin paganus meaning villager or rustic). The towns adopted the official religion of Rome, namely Christianity, quicker than those who lived in more rural, and less accessible, settings. Hence the non Christians were referred to as pagan.
Plotinus developed the theory of Soul more fully than any of his predecessors. As he uses the term (he of course spoke of psyche) it can refer to a 'world', zone or state of being, as well as the individual identity of a human being.
One definition that can be applied to the Soul is
"that which has its centre everywhere and its circumference nowhere"
The soul is not something the body has, tucked away somewhere. Rather it is the limitless reality that is the source of all that the body can do.
Soul can be seen as midway between Spirit and Body. The body is limited in time and space. Spirit is eternal and without any limitation. Soul is the principle that connects the two.
In this sense, Man (women and men) live in what has been called, "The blessed station of the midst". Created with an individual Soul human beings dwell between the eternal heavens and temporal Earth and can participate in both.
The Soul is a mystery and will not reveal her secrets quickly or to those who are not prepared to make an effort to seek.
The Delphic Oracle rightly stated "Man Know Thyself", for that is the journey of the self-realisation of the Soul.
The Soul is free, but that freedom may be curtailed by the Soul's own choices. The more she immerses herself in the world, its ways and its multiplicity, the less she will be likely to experience the simple unity of her essential nature. Identifying with the world, dims the awareness of that that is - to use Plotinus's word - Yonder (the Realm of the Divine Life)
Taken at the level of the individual, certain things can be said about the Soul.
The Soul is self-consciousness, or is the quality of self-consciousness. It is the principle that enables awareness of the continuity of self, throughout all the changes in an individual's condition. It provides the sense of 'I am'.
It would be wrong, though, to say that Soul can be defined as 'self-consciousness' as it is more than that.
The Soul is self-motivity. It moves itself, rather than being moved by another force outside itself (remember we are referring to the Soul here, not the body). In an earlier post here we mentioned the book Meditations on the Tarot. In that book, the anonymous author points out that the symbology of the arms and legs (on the Tarot cards), often refers to the will. The legs carry us where we want to go, once we decide to go. The arms and hands enable us to manipulate our environment, by picking up and letting go. When we act consciously, then that action (or movement) derives ultimately from the Soul. It is at the level of Soul that we have free will, rather than the level of the specific body.
The Soul is self-vitality. The Soul is alive and cannot die. It is not Life as such (that is a superior and Divine Principle) but it enables lesser natures to have life. This life is expressed through desires, instincts, appetites and similar. This is true of the individual Soul as well as what is described as World Soul.
The Soul is self-subsistent. The body and its faculties, as well as its characteristics and personality, persist over time. This permanence indicates a quality that 'stands under or sustains'. This is subsistence.
These aspects of the Soul and how they interelate are dealt with a a very fine book, recently republished after a thorough revision, called Plotinus and the Path to Liberation.
The Soul and the Mind
The Soul is self-conscious. However, the Soul is not the mind. Plotinus and ancient Greek philosophers were clear on this point. We saw in an earlier post that Hermes is necessary for Persephone to be released from Hades. The same idea is represented when the same caduceus bearing god protects Odysseus from the enchanting ways of Circe. His crew have become like wild beasts, but Hermes gives Odysseus a way to remain clear thinking amongst her charms.
Odysseus can only free himself from the clutches of the endless cycles of life, if he uses his connection with Divine Mind. That comes through his soul and through the god Hermes (the power of Divine Thought). When Hermes aids Odysseus, then Circe has no direct power over him. Rather she can help him with his journey home, for through mastering her realm (she is Divine herself), wisdom is revealed that enables Odysseus to journey further.
The Soul is self-conscious but is not self-gnostic. In other words all knowledge is not within the Soul but must be found by experiencing all the realms above and below. The self-gnostic principle for Man is nous in the Plotinian system of thought. Nous is at one with Divine Mind, and knows All.
Just as Hermes guides Persephone home, and helps Odysseus in his return to Ithaca, the Higher Mind is companion to the Soul throughout its journey. These gnostic powers range from the senses and instincts shared with the animals, through the speculative powers shared with higher animals, to reason, that is Man's alone. But above the faculty of reason lies Intuition*, where truth is beheld as whole and complete. And above Intuition lies Nous.
The Soul on its path of return, has to master these different powers of gnosis. Each have their part to play. But the City of God (if we may put it that way) will only be revealed to the Intuitive vision. It cannot be simply reasoned about, as its origin lies above human reason. And dwelling in the City of God comes through nous. where the Soul is raised to the its Spiritual Essence.
*Intuition as used here, is different from hunches, gut feel and instinct, which are about specific things. Intuition, in this context, is always impersonal and about universal ideas in relation to the All. Some describe intuitions as 'wholenesses of truth'.
We have already suggested that Soul may be considered as an individual attribute or reality, but also it refers to a World or Plain or Zone of the greater Reality of All That Is. Soul, as World Soul is the true dwelling place of all individual souls. It is where they are truly at home. It is where we are seeking to return.
World Soul, as an idea, is represented by Dionysus and by Osiris, and the myths of these two gods explain much about the relationship of World Soul to the Mundane World analogically 'below'. For more on the Mundane World click here and here.
Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar, a Sufi, set off at dawn to climb a mountain. He left his trust steed, Aqil, tethered with food and water and set out as the sun peeped over the horizon.
He enjoyed the journey, following the single pilgrim path as it mounted past the Tomb of the Saint, and through the grove of beach trees, skirting the Lake of Tranquility, where he sat and ate his simple lunch, drinking from the lake's healing waters. He slept for a bit and then continued up, climbing the steps hewn into the rock-face, and stopping briefly to admire the view from the Great Cave with its wonderful frescoes of geometric designs. After reaching the top of the cliff he scrambled up the rock and stone strewn path till he reached the summit, exactly as the sun set.
He decided to spend the night on the mountain summit, meditating beneath the stars. This he did.
Abdul Hadi rose while it was stll dark, did his ablutions, and started his descent just as the sun peaked over the horizon. Again, during his descent, he stopped at various places, including the Buddhist Stupa, where he prayed briefly, the High Meadow, with its lovely mountain flowers, and once more, the Tomb of the Saint.
He reached the bottom of the mountain just at the moment the sun set.
The Sufi smiled to himself when greeted by one of his disciples. He explained that his journey up and his journey down the mountain had taken exactly the same time. The path was one, and he had never left it.
"Can you prove," he asked his disciple, "that there has to be one place, somewhere between the bottom and the top, where I was at exactly the same time of day, on the way up and the way down?"
His disciple thought for a moment, and then said, "No, it is not possible to prove that."
"Think again," said the Sufi, "it is certainly possible. It can be shown incontravertibly. What you or I cannot be sure of is where. But that it occurred there is no doubt."
The next day the disciple was very excited and said, "Yes. I can prove it."
And he could. Can you?
The proof offered by the disciple will be posted in about a week.
This problem was first posed by Arthur Koestler in his book, The Act of Creation.
For earlier problems posed by Sufi Abdul Hadi click on pictures below.
See the first post in this series here.
The Age associated with Elizabeth I has rightly been called brilliant. Her court had attracted people of extraordinary talent. The literary achievements of the Shakespeare plays is without parallel before or since. At the same time as all the turmoil between the principalities, kingdoms and republics of Europe, with their huge religious schisms, a great uncharted continent – the Americas – had been 'discovered' in the west. The sense of new possibilities was palpable, with men and women of outstanding intellect involved in both the arts and the emerging sciences.
One of the foremost amongst them was Sir Francis Bacon.
Manly P. Hall, mentioned in the previous post here, puts a strong case that Bacon wrote the Shakespeare plays. It is the view of the current writer that the plays emerged from the research and experience of a number of remarkable people, who had lived on the continent for a time when England was simply too dangerous for them. Bacon would have been associated with that group, as was the Earl of Sussex.
Even if we do not understand this history (which appears to have been obfuscated in so many ways) the idealism of the Founding Fathers is apparent. The role of Francis Bacon, Drake, Dee and Raleigh, in initiating this process in Queen Elizabeth's court can be read about here.
Raymond Bernard, writing in his Great Secret: Count St. Germain suggests the following:
Throughout his life, Francis Bacon's fondest hope was the, creation of a Utopia across the Atlantic, the realization of his "New Atlantis" in the form of a society of free men, governed by sages and scientists, in which his Freemasonic and Rosicrucian principles would govern the social, political and economic life of the new nation. It was for this reason why, as Lord Chancellor, he took such an active interest in the colonization of America, and why he sent his son to Virginia as one of the early colonists. For it was in America, through the pen of Thomas Paine and the writings of Thomas Jefferson, as well as through the revolutionary activities of his many Rosicrucian-Freemasonic followers, most prominent among whom were George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, that he hoped to create a new nation dedicated to his political philosophy.
In his Secret Destiny of America, Manly Hall, Bacon's most understanding modern scholar, refers to the appearance in America, prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, of a mysterious Rosicrucian philosopher, a strict vegetarian who ate only foods that grew above the ground, who was a friend and teacher of Franklin and Washington and who seemed to have played an important role in the founding of the new republic. Why most historians failed to mention him is a puzzle, for that he existed is a certainty.
He was known as the "Professor." Together with Franklin and Washington, he was a member of the committee selected by the Continental Congress in 1775 to create a design for the American Flag. The design he made was accepted by the committee and given to Betsy Ross to execute into the first model.
A year later, on July 4, 1776, this mysterious stranger, whose name nobody knew, suddenly appeared in Independence Hall and delivered a stirring address to the fearful men there gathered, who were wondering whether they should risk their lives as traitors by affixing their names to the memorable document which Thomas Jefferson wrote and of whose ideals Francis Bacon, founder of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism, was the true originator.
Bernard says the original flag agreed upon is as shown below!
So it appears that the country we now know as America had a destiny planned far greater than the current blood-thirsty Imperium, that has waged war 222 years out of the 239 since 1776! In another post we may explore the way in which America went from nation to corporation, and why that shift in status from a living entity to a dead one (corpse = dead body) is so significant.
We may indeed be living at the birth of what America, and the world, was destined to become, namely the New Atlantis.
Stephen J. Sniegoski writing in the Unz Review, questions the prevailing story that Russia hacked the DNC emails. he writes, in a thought provoking article:
"Like other common memes—such as anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism—used to silence debate, the exact meaning of Russian interference in the election is unclear—and Obama’s inclusion of a number of extraneous issues in his explanation for taking retaliatory action against Russia muddles the issue even more."
He points out that the misunderstanding, that the Russians actually manipulated voting results, simply cannot be true as voting machines are not connected to the Internet, and some counts were of paper ballots. He also confirms that the assertion that the Russians gained the emails from the DNC server is still unproven, even though widely asserted.
"Now to consider the ramifications of Russia’s hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the reception and release to the public of this Russian-hacked information by WikiLeaks. While this is assumed to be incontestably true by the mainstream media, neither one of these allegations is rock solid at the moment. "
Both Julian Assange and the former ambassador, Craig Murray, have made it clear the Russians did not feed the information to Wikileaks, but that it came from an insider. This has led to both being denigrated in the mass media, with one American cable news programme going so far as to say Assange was a Pedophile. They have since retracted that statement under threat of a huge law suit.
But the attack on Assange is interesting, as the leaked emails do contain some very peculiar content that has led many to conclude they are referring – in part – to paedophile activities. Indeed it was the main stream media that first spoke of the link to Pizzas and Gates.
No-one is suggesting the content of the emails is fallacious, although nods and winks suggest that the Russians would have manipulated the data. That said (and totally unproven) other data very damaging to Hillary Clinton has gone largely without comment.
"The information harmful to Hillary Clinton included the DNC’s behind-the-scenes support for her over Bernie Sanders (which included then DNC chair Donna Brazile’s feeding answers to Clinton before the latter’s debate with Bernie Sanders); Clinton’s unpublicized paid speeches—on foreign policy and the economy– to wealthy business executives and bankers revealing views diametrically opposed to her campaign positions; the collusion of mainstream media reporters with the DNC. For example, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank requested and got the DNC to do the research for a negative column he wrote about Trump."
The full article can be read here, and is recommended.
And the relevance of pizza?
This is a disturbing narrative that the current writer will not post about directly. But there is something going on that is deeply troubling, and not just in the minds of a few far right blogging sites. It has been rubbished as 'Fake News' but the factual data raises very real (if somewhat dark) questions.
To have these - and several other famous sites - fall on a geometric pattern suggested something other than chance. To Wilson and Flem-Ath it confirmed the hunch that there had, at one time, been a civilisation that influenced these position of each of these other places. They speculated it was the fabled Atlantis. They suggested that far from having sunk in the middle of what is now the Atlantic ocean, it was buried deep under Antarctic ice.
Their book is well worth reading, but you will need to buy a second hand copy (they are available here).
In his famous (some would say infamous) Channel 4 TV series (Quest for the Lost Civilisation 1998), Graham Hancock suggested a similar theory, that a world wide civilisation collapsed around 10,500 BC. He was roundly attacked for putting such an iconoclastic theory forward, challenging all of modern archaeology, but his programme and book remain full of really interesting material for which there are few explanations. Much that he found is simply ignored.
Anyone who has ever sailed will know the importance of good maps. And anyone exploring areas largely unknown or infrequently visited, will know the value of maps of those who went before. In the 1513 a map-maker called Piri Reis, drew on existing sources to put together a map for his Ottoman masters, If you look this up on Wikipedia, you can see the fragment that remains. What you won't learn through the Wiki site, is that the northern coastline of Antarctica is also shown. However, that coast is represented as ice free. The shape of that coast has only become available for study since ice penetrating radar/sonar could be used. The last time that this area was ice free was about 4,000BCE.
Charles Hapgood, a professor of anthropology was interested in this map and wrote to the U. S. Air Force in July 1960 about his theories. Here is their response.
Dear Professor Hapgood,
So we have an anomaly, that as far as we are aware has never been resolved sufficiently to make it into the history text books in schools. the implicatio that we have accurate maps of the Antarctic dating back 500 or more years, is simply mind boggling.
A full exploration of this remarkable map is offered here.
It is the belief of the current writer, that there have been a series of civilisations that have taken the name Atlantis. Just as New York is not built on the site of the York that persists to this day in Yorkshire, so the various Atlantis's were contiunuums of one civilisation, until it finally disappeared between wave or ice (or both).
There is a further complication put by the brilliant essayist and esotericist, Manly P. Hall. He writes about Plato's myth of Atlantis, explaining its various aspects. However, Hall points out that Plato seems to break off the story suddenly. He offers the opinion that Plato may have been using the myth of Atlantis as a symbol of some aspect of the Mysteries into which Plato had been initiated. He stopped at that point where he would have put his life in jeopardy by speaking further. It is an interesting theory that adds to the complexity of understanding exactly what and where Atlantis was.
There is interesting speculation here, that the electromagnetic grid for the Earth was different 70.000 years ago, and the equator was in a different position. At that time, is is suggested, the equator would have run in a different way, and crossed South America and Africa at a different angle (red line below)
Of course proving this would be very hard. However, there is interesting evidence when we look (again) at the position of ancient artifacts and spiritual centres across our globe.
As pointed out by world-mysteries.com, ancient sites like Giza, Siwa, Tassili n’Ajjer, Paratoari, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu, Nazca, Easter Island, Aneityum Island, Preah Vihear, Sukhothai, Pyay, Khajuraho, Mohenjo Daro, Persepolis, Ur, Petra are shown clockwise from Giza on the equal azimuthal projection. The projection is centered on the axis point in southeastern Alaska (emphasis delphic oracle)
Distances to any location from the centre of an equal azimuthal projection are equally scaled. Since all of the sites on the great circle alignment are equally distant from the axis point at one-quarter of the circumference of the earth, the alignment forms a perfect circle halfway between the center and the outer edge of the projection.
For those with a statistical turn of mind - what is the chance of these sites falling almost perfectly on a circle like this, by chance?
In some systems the Ka would be considered the etheric double, and that it persists for a time after death. It is the energetic matrix that sustained the body, and when the body dies, this matrix is released, until it tiself eventually disintegrates. If you visit Egyptian temples you will often see stone doorways where the symbol for the Ka is inscribed. these were doorways for this part of the departed individual to use after death (presumably). It is represented by two upraised hands (see below).
The soul is represented more closely by the Ba, a bird figure, that departs when the body is mummified with all due ceremony. Initially it was believed only kings had a Ba, but later teachings suggested it was part of everyone.
The teachings of the Egyptians influenced Greek thought profoundly. Both Pythagoras and Plato acknowledge their debt to Egypt. Pythagoras studied in Egypt, and Plato talks of his ancestor, Solon, having learned about Atlantis from the Egyptians.
The Egyptian belief system was woven into the totality of their existence. the genius of the early Hellenic thinkers was to represent these ideas in a way that could be grasped by the intellect. That is why the study of early Hellenic myths and hymns is so rewarding. Much is hidden that is of value to a spiritual seeker even today.
The myth of Persephone is a case in point.
Hades is brother to Zeus. He is king of the Underworld whereas Zeus rules in the Olympian Heights. Hades has taken a fancy to Persephone, who is daughter to Zeus and Demeter. When Persephone picks flowers on the Isle of Sicily, Hades swoops upon her and abducts her (abduct being a gentle synonym for rape).
In a recent post we looked at the possible relationship between the Nazis, the so called Secret Space Programme and the Antarctic. That article can be found here.
As usual, the tabloids are leading the way with what might be – or might not be – elements of disclosure, the pictures of pyramidal structures in the Antarctic. these are still not the remains of ancient civilizations that some 'insiders' are saying will fill the news in due course, but are intriguing.
The Biggest Secret Ever?
Oh! It's a conspiracy theory!
How many times have you heard that?
It applies to who killed Kennedy..
It is said to anyone who challenges the accepted explanation of 9/11, however much the official narrative comes apart at the seams.
But most of all, it applies to everyone who dares suggest that Extra Terrestrial existences have been in touch with Earth for millennia and that aerial phenomena may indeed originate off this planet.
Even more conspiratorial is the idea that such UFO phenomena may actually originate from groups on this planet. Yet there is compelling evidence that something of the sort is the best explanation for many strange occurrences, including abductions and mutilations and lights in the sky (the ones that are not weather balloons).
The story starts in the 19th Century
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote a number of rather good books that would now be described as Visionary Fiction or as Science Fiction today. He was very widely read in his time. In the book shown below, Vril and the Power of the Coming Race we follow an adventurer who tumbles into a world below ground. He finds that this realm is far advanced to the world on the surface, and has mastered science to a degree that gives individuals great power. But in addition, the society has developed morally and psychologically that they need not use this power, rather they give it to children, who use the power of Vril to keep huge subterranean wild animals at bay.
Clearly, the story can be seen as symbolic. Some suggest Lytton foresaw the coming of the power of nuclear fission.
The Vril Society
Germany had long been home to various exotic secret societies that had an interest in the Occult. After the disastrous consequences of the Great War, these societies flourished and were caught in the maelstrom of the political developments of the time. One, The Vril Society (Vril Gesellschaft), used young women who appeared to have particular skill with what is now called channelling. Foremost amongst these young women was Maria Orschitsch, an Austrian who became caught up in the pan-German nationalist movement.
Orsic (Orschitsch) produced copious writing through mediumistic practices. One was in an obscure 'Templar' script and contained detailed technical information. The other was in ideographs that turned out to be Sumerian. Her friend, also a young woman with long straight hair, worn in a pony tail (unusual at this time) helped with the translation.
There is good reason to believe that the information obtained by these young women and shared with the other Vril members and later with the infamous Thule society, proved to be practical.
Some argue at length that it gave rise to a craft known as the Haunebu and funded by members of the Vril and Thule societies.
In spiritual circles, there is much confusion over the use of the term ‘spirit’. With the word meaning very different things to different people, this uncertainty persists. Some suggest that this confusion has been deliberately fostered, using words for the understanding of our Journey back to our Source that have double or hidden meanings. It is helpful to go back to the root meaning of words, and also to find how the word was used in some of the earliest teachings that we cans till access today.
Spirit, as a word, has been in use since the 13th century. It relates to the Anglo-French word espirit and has a relationship with the word ‘breath’ and the Greek word pneuma. If you look at a Dictionary like Merriam-Webster you will see that they suggest spirit is a synonym of Soul and Psyche. This in itself can give rise to real confusion, as the principle of Soul (Psyche) differs from that of Spirit.
Then we have the concept of spirits. This use of the word refers to what remains behind when a person or animal dies, and also to ghosts (which is not quite the same thing) and to demons or occasionally, angels.
This after death state is explored in the Robin Williams film What Dreams May Come. The malleability of that realm is rather well portrayed, as is the effect of the consciousness of the one who has died upon what they experience. In addition, the truth that there are those who assist the newly transitioned, is also illustrated.
Without clarity in the terminology, then discussion of processes like ascension, salvation or even following a spiritual path, is really difficult to undertake, without adding to the confusion. This current brief article and other related posts on Delphic Oracle, will suggest how these terms might be differentiated. It is right that we should start with a consideration of Spirit, as this is the highest principle that may be applied to Man (men and women).
It is most helpful to differentiate between the terms Spirit, Soul and Mind. Mind is that which knows, and has been explored a little, already, here. Soul is the middle principle that falls between the corporeal (bodies and matter) and the incorporeal, (Spirit and Being). Spirit, in this context, is Divine.
The human being is very fruitfully considered as threefold, namely
Each of these are principles rather than ‘things’. As that is so, there is no state in which the human being does not have a body of some description, as that is the vehicle through which the Soul experiences. But the ‘body’ need not be a gross material body; it can be a dream body, an astral body or a body of light (referred to in some traditions as the rainbow body). There is an even higher idea that is of the self-shining body which it is said is the final Home of the Soul.
Spirit is always perfect for it is Divine. Spirit is not within time and space, being completely transcendent to time and space. Human Spirit has been fruitfully described as a ‘Spark of the Divine’; but any notion that the individual Spirit is somehow separate from Divinity, or the Supreme Unity, would be an error. Yet each individual can, in truth, rest assured that they are in their highest sense, an Immortal Spirit. Everlasting life is not something that has to be given through salvation (at least from this point of view) but is already our birth-right as Spirit. We are indeed a Divine Self. The Greeks, in their beautiful grasp of this paradox (our Divine Perfection amidst imperfection), used the term nous. For at the level of the Divine, Spirit and Mind may be considered as one. Nous, or the Divine Mind, is available to all, but has to be won on the journey back to our true Home. When in touch with nous, then there is no separation between Divine Mind and our awareness. We simply know as The Creator knows. This is the seat of the deepest mysticism and the highest revelation.
By mixing up the term spirit with that of ghost, or etherial being, real confusion sets in. In another post we have looked at the various levels of mind. Our everyday mind, the one that interfaces with our brain, and is our moment to moment awareness, is who we think we are, and that identity rests on our memories. Unfortunately, at this level of mind, memories are highly malleable. Our Higher Mind has a much fuller record of our memories, and these are less constrained by the limits of our body. Our Divine Mind, or Divine Awareness, has a perfect knowledge of all the has befallen us and all we have done.
When we die, that is when our physical body can no longer be the home of our ordinary awareness, an opportunity arises for our day-to-day awareness, who we think we are, to merge with our Higher Mind. Should that not occur, then this lower mind drifts around lost, and remains close to those places in or on Earth that are familiar. We could rightly say that this is our ghost.
Those who have read the Tibetan Book of the Dead (and no serious student of spirituality should skip that step!), will know that when someone dies, a monk will - under ideal circumstances - talk the consciousness through coping with the immediate after death state.
Spirits, in this context are lost (lower) minds, that gradually lose their identity. They include what we might reasonably term demons, but that is a topic for another time. What they are not is Divine. They are bound to the temporal, and the Divine is never bound in temporality.
The next part of this series can be found here.
Fascinating article by Ivan of Ancient-Code.com
Did you know that ancient sites like Easter Island, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Paratoari, Tassili n’Ajjer and the Pyramids of Giza are all aligned on a single great circle? There is a mind-boggling connection among ancient structures that is indicative of a far greater meaning than we were aware of.
Everything is awareness, from the smallest conceivable particle to the totality of all that is – The ALL.
This awareness is Divine.
For the Divine is Pure Awareness.
The Universe is the Divine Dream becoming aware of Itself.
In the human being, this awareness has various levels in terms of mind. There is no 'unconscious mind' because such a concept has to be an error when all is awareness. So the Sub-Conscious Mind lies beneath the Ordinary (or Lower Mind) Consciousness and influences it.
The Super-Conscious is above the Lower Conscious but is not directly accessible by it. This is also the Higher Self.
There is a consciousness above the Super-Conscious. This is the Divine Conscious Mind (nous) and is immortal. This is of incredible importance as an idea, as it establishes the immortality of each human being, in essence. There is nothing humans have to do to become immortal. They are immortal, and death is quite literally an illusion.
This view is found in part in many 'models', like the Buddhist or Trans-Personal Psychology. As human beings we cannot access our sub-conscious or super-conscious directly. We do so through what has been referred to as the Intra-Conscious. In other words our access to these 'higher' and 'lower' worlds is mediated. We experience them in our everyday consciousness, through feelings, emotions, images, imaginings and - for the higher aspects - the silent voice within. This Intra-conscious, in this writer's view, is the way Higher Intuition works.
The Divine Conscious Mind is only accessible through the Super-Conscious or Higher Self.
Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism was published posthumously and anonymously in 1985. It was originally written in French and it just so happens the current writer shared a flat in Brighton with the translator, Robert A. Powell, back in the day. At that time, Robert was recognised for his profound knowledge of astrology, especially the approach based on Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. Robert went on to translate this book from the original French into English.
The identity of the author is known, but he requested this book be kept anonymous, so it would be judged on its content and not on its writer. It was not published until ten years after his death.
Meditations on the Tarot is a simply extraordinary book. The profound esoteric knowledge of the writer is evident from the very opening, and the copy in the current writer’s possession is full of annotations for just about every page, as each element of each card is, in its own way, revelatory.
The sub-title of the book is ‘A Journey into Christian Hermeticism’. The author came from a background in Orthodox Christianity and also the creative well springs of late 19th Century Russian Esotericism. But his book dips deep into the river of Hermetic Lore, the wisdom stream of knowledge that traces its roots back to ancient Greece and Egypt.
In the foreword to the book the following statement is made.
'These meditations on the Major Arcana of the Tarot are Letters addressed to the UnknownFriend. The addressee in this instance is anyone who will read all of them and who thereby acquires definite knowledge, through the experience of meditative reading,about Christian Hermeticism.'
The author points out that France is unique in its tradition of study of the Tarot in French writings going back over centuries. Reading the Letters all the way through is designed to have a definite effect on the consciousness.
The illustrations throughout Meditations on the Tarot, are from the Marseilles Deck. The author trusted the symbology of this deck for explaining Hermeticism.
It is possible to find the book on the Internet, for free, but reading a book of this length on a screen would be uncomfortable and for those who are attracted to these excellent writings, your own paper copy is highly recommended.
This is not a book about divination. It is rather a book about the Divine and how Sophia (or Divine Wisdom) manifests in the World.
Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar, the Sufi, arrived at the palace and was ushered in to see the princess.
"Come sit with me a while," she suggested, "and we will talk of the mysteries of life." They had known each other since she was a little girl, and Abdul Hadi admired her mind and delighted, to a degree that was proper, in her beauty. She displayed great promise as a mathematician.
"I have a problem for you," she said.
She clapped her hands together and her slave girl came in. "Bring the casket," she ordered, which the shapely young black woman did.
The princess sat up on her divan, opened the casket and poured its contents into a bowl, which pinged to the sound of falling pearls.
The slave girl, who must have known what was required, brought a pair of scales.
"The problem is this," she said to the old man, "one of these pearls is false. They all look identical, but one is fractionally lighter than the rest, and is not so valuable. Using just the scales and the pearls, what is the least number of weighings necessary to find the false pearl every time?
The Sufi rubbed his beard, and let the pearls trickle through his fingers, one by one, back into the bowl.
"With luck, one weighing would do it, but to be sure every time, then ..."
So, using just the scales and the pearls, no weights, how many times must the pearls be weighed to get the false pearl every time?
Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar, a Sufi and mathematician, heard a ruckus ahead. Men were shouting at each other. “What ails thee?” he asked of one of the men, who was rending his clothing.
“Our father has just died,” said the man, “and left us with an insoluble problem.”
“What is the problem,” asked the Sufi, for he liked problems. They kept his mind nimble.
“Our father’s dying wish was as follows,” said the man, tears streaming down his face. “We were to divide our father’s horses as follows. I am the youngest, and I am to be given a ninth of the horses. My brother, Karim, is in the middle, and he is due one third of the horses. Our oldest brother, Malik is to receive one half.”
“How many horses do you have?" said the old Sufi, getting down of his own fiery steed.
Thirty-five,” said Nadir, the youngest of the brothers.
Malik, the oldest walked over and demanded, “Can you help us? If not, be on your way, and leave us to our misery, for we can see no solution, without butchering one or more of the beautiful stallions.”
“I think I can help you,” said the Sufi, “but first I must do something.”
He handed over the bridle of his horse to horse to Malik, who held it, frowning.
“Now let me see,” said the old man, while the three wives and numerous children gathered around. He picked up a stick and sketched some figures in the sand.
[If you wish to think about his solution, now is the time to do so … if not, then click on the link below to see Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar’s elegant solution.]
We are living through a time of unprecedented change. The Cold War Mark II is one symptom of this. The sudden furore about so called 'Fake News' is another. The move to prevent a duly elected President from being sworn in, is a third (first time in living memory and possibly ever).
One element of all this is the collapse of the Neocons.
In an excellent article, The Saker explores what is going on in America.
'The Saker' is a military analyst with a Russian mother, raised in Zurich. He has moved in the Intelligence world and undertaken strategic studies at two Americna Universities. His biography is given at the end of this intriguing post on The Saker, click here and scroll down.
It is pretty obvious that the Neocon reign is coming to an end in a climax of incompetence, hysterical finger-pointing, futile attempts at preventing the inevitable and a desperate scramble to conceal the magnitude of the abject failure which Neocon-inspired policies have resulted in.
The Saker is giving his opinion, but he is very well informed and his views are worth factoring in in these crazy times. To read his article on the current political debacle in America, click on the button below.
There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.
The home front
One the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House ... read on
Some years ago when the current writer worked as a consultant, We showed the image below to the directors of a construction company. So powerful was the illusion - that when it was shown on a projector (from a computer) they said we must have been cheating.
In the end I had to produce a version on paper for them to actually not believe what their eyes saw.
It is important to look twice at things.
Sometimes seeing is deceiving.
Are the squares A and B the same colour and tone EXACTLY? (This is not a trick question.)
Here is something remarkable ...
It is said that this secret story has a Sufi origin. It was first found Eastern Europe. Simple questions, taken in order, that reveal some remarkable things about yourself.
Try it and see. Click 'read more' below the picture
You may need a pen and paper handy. This will enable you to jot down notes on what you find. Do this when you have completed the five steps.
You will be given a story one line at a time. Take some moments to visualise what you actually see. Make sure you get it clear BEFORE doing the next part of the story.
The moment you have completed the FIVE STEPS then review them. Make sure they are clear. Make a few notes if necessary.
All Power ultimately originates in God and is good. All will eventually return to God and be good.
Power, can be distorted and man is the distorting lens. The endless perfection of the Divine Creation, is revealed in the beauty of the Cosmos, taken as a whole. Man, using the abundance of the Cosmos, produces civilisations and habitats that are less than perfect, as is self-evident. The task for mankind, for all time, has been to grow to produce a perfection worthy of his and her Creator.
The world into which men and women incarnate is perfect in its potential but imperfect in its actuality, because even the forces of nature are subject to mankind's rulership – for being made in the image of God, man is created just a little lower than the Elohim, or the Gods. This power men and women exercise, by virtue of their immortal souls, influences all aspects of nature, for good or ill.
We live in a world of naïve realism. In other words, reality – on a day to day basis – is is what we can see, touch, smell, taste and hear. But below the world of the senses, is a cryptic region – an underworld of powerful natural forces – that weaves our visible world in quantum silence. This world also has beings, including the nymphs, sylphs, salamanders and gnomes of the four elements. These cryptic beings are also known as Elementals and Elementaries. Like all of nature, they are subject to mankind's rule, eventually, and to his influence, always. All acts of individual men and women affect this realm, and can give to some of these hidden 'creatures' huge influence and power. When great wrongs are committed, the denizens of these cryptic realms gorge themselves on the horror and fear – they absorb it, because that is their nature. They are not evil per se, any more than an avalanche is evil. They just do what they do. They are part of nature. They can, however, have a powerful affect on mankind, and especially those who in any way, through hating or violent acts, link up with them.
Some of mankind, versed in dark arts seek to bend the will of these hidden creatures, to their will. By so doing, these men and women become enmeshed with the negative powers they seek to control, and find it next to impossible to break free. The illusion of great power over other men and women, plus the lust for blood, sex and possessions of all kinds, draws them further into the influence of those creatures they seek to control. This enmeshment has infected many aspects of human activity. It is as clear in the excesses of some religious movements and epochs, as well as the distortions of the institutions of finance, commerce and politics. As art always has to reveal some truth, aspects of this hidden world has always been illustrated in the monsters of myth and the symbols to be found in books and film.
The freeing of mankind from the Cell-Net of these hidden powers is the huge challenge of our age. Not to try, is to allow the lesser, essentially natural forces, to control mankind's future and would, without higher intervention, lead to destruction of life on this earth. These powers would only be doing what they have been directed to do. (They are no more evil than a typhoon or an earthquake is evil. But they are decidedly evil in their effects.)
Women and men who understand this hidden aspect of reality have worked tirelessly for generations to enable individuals and groups to free themselves from these nefarious powers. These groups within and outside religious and philosophical movements have always understood the nature of the challenge and have tended to avoid describing in too great detail the truly awful nature of the sub-human creatures distorted by mankind. It is clear that that era of deliberately not talking of these things is at an end.
A Note on the Archons
The word Archon means Lord or Ruler. In gnosticism (heavily influenced by the Christian commentators who saw it as heresy) the Archons are seen as sevenfold creators of manifested worlds. These worlds in themselves are under demonic power.
The higher teaching regarding the Archons, is more difficult to find. In this teaching the Archons are the Seven Spirits before the Throne. They are utterly good, with an emplacement above all the choirs of angels. They are the sevenfold creative powers summed up with these qualities: Piety, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Understanding, Wisdom, Reverential Awe.
It is not incorrect to use the word 'Archon' to denote the powerful occult complexes that 'rule' from the cryptic underworld. But these should not be confused with Eternal aspects of the Godhead.
Murray Morison is a novelist living in Crete
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