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HERMETIC - ESOTERIC - MYSTICAL


PHILOSOPHIES

By

Alice Ouzounian

HERMETIC PHILOSOPHY AND THE MYSTERY OF BEING


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CONTENTS

Introduction to Mysticism A Reflection On Duality Reflection on Reality and A Higher Aspect of


Consciousness Contemplation

About Spiritual Emptiness or the We are the Weavers of our Destiny Pilgrimage and Quest Mystery of Man
Void

Importance of Dreams in the Guidelines to Dream Interpretation Consciousness & Dreams Inner Quest
Mystical Process

Plato's Allegory of the Cave Alice's Interpretation of Plato's The Sixth and Seventh Senses of The Dark Night of the Soul
Allegory of the Cave Man

The Master Within Mystery surrounding the Black The Mystic Heart What are Subpersonalities?
Virgins

Reincarnation and the Psyche Reincarnation and the Soul The Subtle Bodies of Man Who and What is the Daimon/Daemon?

Raymond Bernard: Visualizing & List of Sacred Revelations: How to Work with the10 special Introducing the 10 special Exercises
Contacting Cosmic Masters: Starting point Exercises
part 1 - 2 - 3

Unfolding the "Perfect Model" a Consciousness & the Grail Perfect Model & Being Buddha & Christ as Perfect Models
List of 10 Special Exercises

Hermetic Jesus Christ Your Perfect Model as a Tool The Spiritual Teacher and the Jesus a Gnostic point of view
Perfect Model

Christ or Cosmic Consciousness Esoteric approach to the Holy The Pleiades Introducing Eastern Mysticism
Guardian Angel: "your Higher Self"

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Longchenpa a Dzogchen text (an Living as a Perfect Model Zhine Tibetan Dream Yoga Zhine Tibetan Dream Yoga Part 2
excerpt) Part 1

Dzogchen Dzogchen : Practice Healing Sounds : Exercise


The Six Vajra Verses Wei Wu Wei
Part: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Hsin - Hsin Ming Esoteric Meaning of the VOID What is Advaita? Questions & Answers Ramana Maharshii
by Seng - Ts'an

A Talk with Sri Nisargadatta What is Jivamukti ? Enlightenment Acceptance & Surrender
Maharaj

What is Subjectivity? Who is the Seeker of truth? Human Relationships Autobiography & Personal Coat of arms

The Mystery of Janus Mysteries of the Androgyny Mysteries of Eros Mysteries of Aphrodite

Myth of Cupid and Psyche Corpus Hermeticum The Kybalion - An Excerpt Who was Plotinus?
part: 1 - 2

Glossary of Terms used on this Autobiography Kabbalah-Emanations from the List of pages :The Kabbalah-Emanations
Website Source (to print)
by Bob Green

A Collection of Exercises on To Print all the Messages and Application Form for Secure Application Classes for Secure Forum
Spiritual Psychology and Hermetic Special Exercises in Black and Forum (free) (free)
Meditations White

A Hermetic Templar's Cloister in I AM NOT I AM THAT Classes on the Mystical Kabbalah. (Free)
Tomar - Portugal

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INTRODUCTION

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Dear Friend, I invite you to take a mystical Journey into yourself. This website is based on personal experiences and research into the Western and Eastern
Mysteries.

More than thirty years of involvement with mystical and esoteric traditions such as the Rosicrucian and Templar traditions have helped me discover a most
natural and direct way of unfolding Primordial Knowledge. My name is Alice Ouzounian, and I run a spiritual center in Cyprus based on Esoteric and Mystical
Traditions. The result of my research and personal experiences are published on this website. You can read more about who I am and what I do in the section:
“Autobiography”. The purpose of this website is to encourage interested seekers to discover the true Self which is the center of Absolute Being within oneself and
is linked to the same center as the Source of Primordial Wisdom. You will also find many essays on Gnosticism, Hermetic, Esoteric and Mystical concepts
concerning: the Ego, Consciousness, Being, Soul, Psyche, which are different and interrelated aspects of the same subject and which could help you the seeker
unfold your personal spiritual “seed ideas” and concepts.

You will also come across a collection of different types of exercises to help you as an ego personality to open up your horizon and experience Cosmic
Consciousness, named also as Buddha Nature or Christ Consciousness, the Source of which is the Real You. Thus, you will have a choice of many different
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types of exercises to choose from. These hermetic and mystical exercises and meditations have been specially chosen to accompany certain messages and
the intention behind them is to help you experience and realize your natural state of Consciousness, which is the pure level of Absolute Consciousness.
Furthermore, this website is dedicated to those of you who earnestly seek to explore the inner dimension of their own Mystery which is Absolute Consciousness
and cross the threshold of the unknown through the Portal of personal "Inner" Initiation where the words “Know Thyself” are inscribed.
May you be encouraged and inspired to let go of your old concepts and trust your intuition with an open mind to follow “the Intelligence of the Heart”, in order to
answer the ultimate question: “Who Am I?” and receive the simple answer: which is ( I = I.).. But what does this mean? The answer is that you will gradually
discover the answer...
Apart from my own writings on Transcendence and my perception of the mystery of Consciousness and its relation to Absolute Being, seekers will also find a
collection of philosophical and hermetic excerpts taken from the written works of Eastern and Western enlightened masters who have expressed their concepts
on the same philosophy of transcendence and of Absolute Consciousness and Being. (sometimes the name given to the unfathomable state of Being will be
different, but this should not upset anyone, since names are just names and concepts are just concepts, but the Transcendence remains the same).
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awaken and find our own truth.
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A Reflection On Duality

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What is duality? A natural law governing the whole of creation and life as we know it. Now life itself is an ethereal substance in search of a
vehicle of some kind to express its intangible and immaterial nature, and the invisible and unmanifested energy of life impregnates and
forms what seems to the naked eye to be solid matter.
We know that matter itself is condensed and compressed universal energy in spiritual alchemy, this energy is generally termed "primordial
matter." Science calls it "chaos," and sees it as a formless substance that permeates creation in its entirety. That is why primordial matter
incessantly waits to be energized and transformed by its unmanifested and intangible partner the unmanifested Light of Being.
Now, matter expects and anticipates to be transmuted into an infinite variety of multidimensional forms. By this ingenious method, the
incomprehensible and unmanifested Source of Life manifests itself in the comprehensible and tangible substance called primordial matter,
giving it an infinite and unimaginable variety of attributes and characteristics. Thus, together, the unmanifested Center of Pure Being and
primordial matter impregnate all animate and inanimate manifested creations alike with their ethereal characteristic.
Primordial matter fills the whole of creation, and yet, under the influence of spirit, it incessantly transforms itself into new shapes and
forms. Hence, through these two completely opposite and contrary poles that govern the whole of creation, the Law of Duality comes into
play, controlling the whole process of life and creation.
As individuals, we personally experience the effects of the Law of Duality on a daily basis, since it is part of creation itself. However, in
simpler terms, we could say that duality is based on the law of attraction and repulsion, and therefore creation itself is founded on the Law
of Duality. But why is this so?
First, let us clarify that the invisible complement of primordial matter is the unfathomable nature of unmanifested Being. Here is the
inconceivable and extraordinary paradox that demonstrates that an unmanifested essence, an essence that does not belong to creation
itself, and therefore does not exist as such for us, incomprehensible to scientific and rational minds alike, can somehow mysteriously cause
of all creation. Similarly, this inconceivable essence is also the source and cause of consciousness. Why? Because without consciousness,
we would not be able to understand the goal of creation, and the reason and cause for experiencing duality. Clearly, without the Law of
Duality, consciousness and creation alike would have remained formless and completely unconscious. Hence, we, as conscious beings,
would not be able to grasp our own mystery, let alone question our nature.
Why does this Law of Duality exist at all? Simply because if we didn’t have duality, we would not yearn and strive for wholeness and unity.
In other words, we would not be impelled to return to the unmanifested Source of Being.
Duality, therefore, makes us conscious beings, tying and binding the concrete and abstract parts of our thought processes and intuition. It
is apparent also that through duality, we can learn to harmonize our unmanifested essence with our incarnated body. Hence, it is clear
that both need each other to manifest the light of consciousness here on earth. Thus, we can conclude that, on an individual level of
consciousness, our physical body is the cup that receives and manifests the unmanifested spirit, and that and through their blending and
harmonization, duality dissolves into unity and wholeness. We can further say that duality governs creation and nature, since it is only
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through its action and workings that we are led to the unmanifested Center of Pure Being.

We could compare the physical body to a sacred toolbox in which are all manner of sophisticated functional and unknown psychic
processes, hidden within the duality of the body and psyche of all humanity, waiting to be awakened by Cosmic Consciousness.
This implies that when consciousness is awakened in being, it has the possibility and impelling desire to ascend to higher levels of
consciousness, and that these higher levels of consciousness are in themselves pathways taking incarnated beings back to their
unmanifest Source? However, consciousness can be awakened only gradually, and the Law of Duality comes into play here, since
consciousness is linked to eternity and infinity. Consequently, because, as human beings, we all belong to distinct and varied levels of
consciousness, then there exists a parallel plane of reality, since creation is governed by the Law of Duality, and duality itself is based on
the natural power of attraction between the unmanifested and the manifest.
We could also add that numerous planes and levels of consciousness exist, which explains why, say, the physical body of an illuminated
mystic differs from that of an athlete. One is more muscular but both are physical vehicles for spirit and soul. But, what can we say about
their levels of consciousness? Of course, both carry soul and spirit, but will they both be on the same level of awareness? Will they both be
conscious of the same things and understand them in the same way? Of course not, unless the athlete happens to be a mystic at heart,
meaning that he has also opened his consciousness to the realm of the abstract and spiritual.
Lastly, let us clarify that by the word "mystic," we mean any human being who knows how the Law of Duality can affect him or her, and
still chooses to pass through its heavy portals, learning from trial and error, which in turn harmonizes the poles of duality within human
nature. Consciousness, the harmonizing factor that blends the two extremes together, has, within its ethereal substance, the essential
component that unfolds what is called "mystical love." Hence a mystic is a human being who unites the two extremes within him,
transforming them into a rod of illumination that draws self-consciousness back to the unmanifested Center of Pure Being.

Reflections on Reality and Consciousness


What is consciousness, and what is the unconscious? Can we really judge who is conscious and who isn’t? Is it possible that a yet higher level of
consciousness, unknown and unfamiliar to our own, envelops itself around our unconscious selves? And could we venture to say that unconsciousness is a
necessary dormant and inactive state of consciousness waiting to be activated? Or, could it be that what we’re calling "unconsciousness" is, in fact, the other
side of consciousness, its antithesis? In other words, if consciousness is an active agent, does it not need a receptive and passive medium upon which to
operate that could, indeed, be called an "unconscious" state of being?
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Regardless, it is the function of consciousness itself that is important, for if we accept that consciousness is an attribute of Being, then it follows that it is also
that part of the psyche that makes us discover and reveal to ourselves and others our own truth and creativity. It does that by expanding and exhibiting every
minute detail on which our thoughts and feelings focus, and by helping us unravel our own ever-changing vision of reality.

Moreover, as well as helping us discover the meaning of our personal lives, consciousness also assists us in unraveling the profound mystery of our own
essence and our relationship with the infinite and eternal aspects of God, or the unmanifested Light of Pure Being. Indeed, consciousness is the guiding tool
that unravels this mysterious and amazing process. Hence, we could add that consciousness projects continuously on the screen of our receptivity (or
unconscious state) an ever-changing world, a world that mirrors back to us our own experiences of it. However, these experiences are always directly
connected to our own individual level of perception and understanding, both of which are connected to our level of consciousness.
Let us further propose that the unconscious state is also related to primordial matter. Now, we have already seen that the unconsciousness is inherent in
primordial matter and appears to be the antithesis of awareness and consciousness. In other words, it is its own shadow, a complementary and formless part of
Being that could be likened to a receptacle in which are subtly exposed the various spiritual archetypal ideas of the higher levels of consciousness. By this, we
simply mean that consciousness and unconsciousness are two sides of one unique essence. This essence, or awareness, is obviously related to Being, since
only Being can become aware, hence conscious.

Now, as conscious beings, we are part of creation itself and because of this, our center of consciousness is the same as the Center of Pure Being. Moreover,
we understand that we can only go as far as our level of consciousness allows, so to go beyond this level means that we must first have reintegrated with the
Center of Pure Being. This, in turn, means that our Center of Pure Being and that of the Unknown God (or unmanifested Light) coincide and unite absolutely,
merging and blending completely into the unmanifested Center of Pure Being.
Reintegration means the re-absorption of the self-conscious essence of our being into its own center, the unmanifested Center of Pure Being. But how many
could claim to have reached this Center that is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, and still be living? While still incarnated in a world governed by the
Law of Duality, we cannot possibly "know" about reintegration, so it is impossible for us to speculate about it.
We have seen that consciousness and unconsciousness are two opposite poles, and paradoxically, we could add that they need each other to project and
express the Divine qualities and attributes of Being. Thus we could say that consciousness and its counterpart, unconsciousness, complement each other and
belong together in the world of duality, which is the world governing all of creation.
What does this show us? That consciousness and unconsciousness are the two ethereal and invisible tools that the soul uses to imprint in us and reflect the
infinite and incredibly rich variety of expressions of its own unmanifested essence back to the Center of Pure Being. Hence everything that is not yet manifest
and that remains hidden or dormant in creation will be revealed at the appropriate moment through the light of consciousness.
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Gradually, consciousness is awakened in unconscious matter, and with the unfoldment of the spirit in consciousness, then consciousness awakens in
primordial matter. And when spirit is totally incarnated in matter, they both surrender all their powers, letting themselves melt into the ocean of the unknown
Void. Formless once more, but united again, they become one unique essence. And so, the Law of Duality has no further dominion over them. Having taken
the final leap, reintegration into the unmanifested Center of Pure Being is within reach eternally.

A Higher Aspect of Contemplation : Part I

God as a concept - The Seed Within - God Is the Consciousness of the Present Moment

A mystic once said, “If any one saw God and understood what he saw, then it was not God that he saw, but something that belongs to
Him.”(1) Some mystics contemplate the formless God and others meditate on the forms that God takes, but the wise mystic knows that
the unmanifested and unknown God is beyond both. Even the formless God is an “idea” created in our own mind as an archetypal ideal to
help us describe an unknown God, obscure, remote, and outside of us, that remains an abstract thought in our mind.

The last statement reveals that both the visible and invisible God take external appearances so that our own thoughts and feelings about
these irrational and abstract ideas are rendered more rational and concrete for our intellect. For these reasons, abstract thoughts acquire
different forms and remain concealed in various archetypal symbols in our conceptual world. Therefore, all philosophies and belief systems
may be nothing more than complex and interesting concepts created to help us understand our relationship with an unknowable God.
We should add that our conceptual world and everything in it help us to enliven our spirit. In fact, the language of our conceptual world is
an intuitive language coming from the psyche. These ideal models are indeed meaningful and significant to sincere seekers of truth since
all images and representations of an invisible and unknown God within their psyche serve a Divine purpose. In truth, these symbolic
images are designed to attract, enchant, enrapture and vitalize our passion and ardor towards our own source or Center of Pure Being that
is the unknown God.
God as a concept
Ruysbroeck, a Flemish mystic, once expressed a similar idea: “God devours us and feeds us at the same time.” Now, we could add, “All the
appearances that the unknown God takes on for us, with or without form, are still godly and holy guises, and thus are profoundly
significant and meaningful to the one receiving these impressions, since all of God’s expressions enliven and excite the soul of man.”
We could further add, “Any concept we have of God, even a most intricate and abstract one encompassing the idea of the Void, will still
remain personal and, therefore, even this idea of the Void will still reflect and externalize an idea we have of it. Hence, the concept of the
Void will, in itself, be a reflection of one of God’s faces or guises, compatible with our own level of understanding.”
So, what does this mean? Simply that any image or face that you may make of the Divine still remains a creation of your own thoughts
and feelings, and hence will be rooted in your ego. That is why all thoughts and ideas you have of an unknown God will always belong to
the world of duality, meaning that the world in which everything that you conceive and feel is first projected outside of you so that your
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intellect can recognize and absorb it. This is why projections of spiritual ideas are actually reflections coming from your conceptual world,
drawing you back towards your own inner center.
We can now better understand how God’s Divine guises reflect in our own being so as to harmonize, endear and unite our ego with God’s
own Center of Immanence and Presence. All the images and aspects that God may take in our imagination will be represented by a
multitude of symbols conceived psychically and mentally in the world of duality in which ego prevails. Through these inner attractions and
enticements, ego is also invited to join in, after its transmutation and absorption into the Center of Pure Being.
Consequently, we see that it’s impossible for us to jump suddenly from a world of duality into a world of Pure Being. We know that the Law
of Duality governs man’s daily life, which is the law of observer/observed. By keeping ourselves in that state of separation and division, we
persist unconsciously in keeping ourselves apart from our own Center of Pure Being. So, if we focus solely on the external rather than
going within ourselves to our Center of Pure Being, we will find it impossible to find that Center, since the presence of the unknown God is
the same center as our Center of Pure Being.

The Seed Within


So, what are we saying? Simply that any description we may have of God, be it contemplative or otherwise, with or without form, belongs
to a world of duality where object and subject, observer and observed, challenge each other incessantly. However, to help us overcome
this entrapment, God, with His unlimited wisdom, uses our imagination to open before us the gates of the conceptual world that serves as
a bridge to link the world of duality to the world of wholeness and unity.
However, these two opposite poles—duality and wholeness—harmonize in a neutral zone within our being, a state of peace and silence in
which the unknown presence of God resides as a seed within our psyche. All types of meditation guide us towards this zone, and teach us
to gradually blend our consciousness with the Cosmic Consciousness residing in the seed.
God Is the Consciousness of the Present Moment
When you are in touch with your Center of Pure Being, you learn to weave and surf via the subtle and sublime energies existing within that
intimate center. By this spiritual and subtle process, your ego is attracted to your Center of Pure Being. Then, an indescribable level of
consciousness opens up, harmonizing and blending your ego with your Center of Pure Being to fulfill Ruysbroeck’s, “God devours us and
feeds us at the same time.”
Your body is indeed your temple, so by blending your ego with your Center of Pure Being, your temple becomes holy. As a result of these
transformations, you are made a perfect witness to your own awakening since, from that moment, your consciousness enters a new
dimension, your ego no longer living a separate existence. You are reborn, twice-born, and your will effortlessly expresses God’s will in the
miracle of your ordinary, everyday life.
Please note that the words “He” or “Him” are not used to imply gender but rather to simplify the text. Gender exists only in a world of
duality, and Consciousness and Being are beyond them.

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A HIGHER ASPECT OF CONTEMPLATION : PART II


Hallow Faces - A Pythagorean saying - The divine Faces - The Center of pure Being - Thee role of Imagination

The tender and loving "Faces" or guises of the Divine that the Unknown God chooses to take for our understanding touch us deeply,
enticing and pulling us gradually inwards behind the invisible veils of our psyche, to give us the opportunity of bringing change and
metamorphosis in our consciousness with a whole range of pure and untapped energies. This is done to help us live life more intensely and
earnestly. Hence, ignorance and narrow-mindedness and bigotry gradually vanish from our minds. These specific mystical experiences also
bring about something different, something indescribable but crucial and important. We could even go as far as to say that the whole
spiritual process is to help us reach a certain level, and this level is a center within ourselves and yet it is also beyond ourselves since this
center is nowhere and everywhere at the same time… What do we mean.

The Hallow Faces of God


We are here, immersed in the heart of Omnipresence. These hallowed "Faces" are symbolic images reflecting the Unknown God’s Presence
in us, they often vary and take different expressions according to different religions. We could say, that they leave their imprints in our
psyche, and through them gradually we are shown our way back to the Center of God's Omnipresence. These "Faces" or "Guises" are
deeply personal infusing directly our soul with the intimate qualities of God’s infinite Love and Wisdom. Consequently, through this secret
and sacred "Face to face" encounter, a hallowed merging occurs, a union of man with God’s Image, which we can refer to as a "Veil".
Usually these divine "Faces" leave us with a strong impression that transform us for ever. With these intimate contacts, we are rejuvenated
and a new world appears in and around us. Things start to look quite different from all angles and yet nothing really changes from the
exterior.
We are the ones that change because only consciousness can move and change the energies in and around us. It is indeed consciousness
that harmonizes, blends and transforms our perceptions. Man on all his planes of manifestations and in all his different aspects, is made of
pure energy. Hence the same law affects his intellect and his emotions. In other words, it affects his ego self, and his individuality.
Different spiritual energies pour into our psyche all the time, but we remain unaware of them until a direct mystical experience brings us
"Face to face" with an aspect of the Unknown God, which reveals and reflects in us our own angelic nature. This is interesting since it
shows us that unless we look into the mirror of our own purified heart, we will never be sensitive and change into our own angelic essence.
A Pythagorean saying
A Pythagorean way of saying the same thing would be: it is only after we cooperate in the purification process of our psyche that the
muses pour upon us their gifts. Yes, indeed, it is only afterwards, that we can receive these ineffable and transcendent gifts. We should
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ponder on what this means, and consider that with each Divine "Face" emerging from within the darkness of our own unconsciousness a
new level of consciousness appears in the light of our conscious mind. A new "Face" manifests Itself within our heart. We are using the
word "Face" to emphasize the fact that to understand something spiritual, man must project or receive an image, even if this image
reflects an abstract idea ... he must be moved and excited from within by what he sees; be enthralled and aroused intellectually by it, so
as to attract to himself and learn to blend with one of the divine Faces.

The Divine Faces


What is meant by this statement is difficult to explain, since each divine FACE represents a level of consciousness. Hence, for a mystic such
an experience means that his psyche is about to, or has blended already with one of the Unknown God's, emanations. We could call the
Unknown God, "the Clear Light", "the Source", or use any expression or wording that expresses our own understanding of this unknown
PRESENCE within our own Center of being… we should allow ourselves to be magnetically pulled in by the divine FACE that attracts our
psyche. We are openly saying here, that no man can perceive the Unknown God "face to Face" simply because the God we are trying to
describe is the: UNCREATED LIGHT - THE IMMACULATE PRESENCE - OF PURE BEING.
There is a hidden Path opening up from within a disciple and this Path belongs to his inner and divine Self. To unfold the path of initiation,
and tread on it consciously, the mystic must desire with all his heart to succeed in his Quest and persevere until the end of the process.
This means until the end of his incarnation...and when the time comes and he is "ripe" to let the Divine Light appear in him, this Energy will
take the most appropriate Divine "Face" for him, to attract and transform him with LOVE from within his being. To receive such divine gift,
he must first learn to let go and discard his old ego patterns, his old "faces" and models, so as to be able to be reborn anew.
Indeed it is true to say that as personalities, we do change and with those changes our traits change too. As we purify our psyche from the
complicated "stories" and "excuses" that we make up, we enter slowly into a new-world, unveiling subtly a Divine "Face" - an appropriate
one that corresponds to our personal need of the moment. This Divine Face projects an imprint into our own face like a hologram… and in
this way our level of consciousness is affected by these subtle energies and as a consequence of these delicate operations, our traits and
attitudes soften and mature. They become more beautiful, and therefore more attractive and magnetic.
We also understand however, that there is an important spiritual work going on within our psyche. These are subtle alchemical operations
that must remain sealed in the darkness of an inner "cocoon" for our own protection. If we are to be called mystics or disciples, our first
step on this path is to learn to OBSERVE ourselves. Generally, man finds excuses to cover his own mistakes, faults, weaknesses. This is
disastrous to someone who wishes to call himself a mystic since it is only on that level of spirituality that a disciple will learn to let go of his
egotistic patterns and experience what is meant "to vanish completely into the Center of God’s OMNIPOTENCE, OMNIPRESENCE, and
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OMNISCIENCE".
The Center of Pure Being
This Center is the Center of PURE BEING and is also called the UNCREATED LIGHT. Consequently, we understand that one must desire to
climb the ladder of Light within himself so as to reach higher levels of Consciousness. One does that guided by the inspiration, impulses
and gifts given to him through the HOLY SPIRIT.

We understand therefore, that before one is able to acquire the appropriate level of consciousness which allows one to receive the
inspiration and guidance of the divine wisdom, one must first free oneself of all the chains and fetters of the ego. One must be prepared to
embrace the different emanations and qualities embodied: the divine "Faces" of the uncreated God... This means that each Divine Face
embodies in Itself a divine EXPRESSION, and QUALITY, as each "Face" purifies, and transforms the ego into a more refined expression.
However, to reach the center of the Uncreated Light one has to abandon at a certain point of his journey all the divine Aspects letting go of
everything including the most spiritual gift received by the Holy Spirit. Hence by first embracing one by one all the divine qualities of the
unknown God, the disciple has at the end of his Quest to "return" them back to the Source, to the Center of the Uncreated Light of BEING.
From that level of Cosmic Consciousness, he abandons them one by one releasing them into the Source. It is only then, that the Center of
the Uncreated God's Omnipresence in the disciple becomes active.. Ponder and contemplate on what is meant by this statement...
In the same context of what we just said, I would like to make a point on the importance of spiritual psychology since the world of the
"observer" and the "observed" belong to it. Spiritual psychology teach us to be Vigilant, Alert and Conscious of our own mistakes, faults,
and weaknesses. We all create around us a personal "STORY", meaning that we skilfully make up excuses for our own shortcomings,
accusing others, or blaming instead of looking objectively into our own cynicism. We should understand that faults are in themselves
distortions of qualities. For example: compassion and love can turn out to become jalousie or hatred, but what concerns us specially here is
the fact that spiritual awakening cannot happen unless we become conscious of our own patterns and have a strong need to change them.
The role of imagination
The role that our IMAGINATION plays in the creation of spiritual and sacred Ideas is very important. Through these ideas we create mental
images and sacred "Faces", giving form to the formless God. We could say that the role or mission that our imagination takes for us is to
make "visible" and "understandable" different manifestations of unknown, uncreated, unmanifested impulses
So, as we have said, before we can have an "idea" and give meaning to what God is for us, even if the idea is an abstract one it will still
remain in a world of duality where God and us humans remain separate. Hence, we understand by this statement that to approach the
Unknown God or the Clear Light we have first to recognize and be "penetrated" by His Divine "Face", in other words by His Divine
Emanations… His divine Qualities... and we receive these impulses only when we are ready and well prepared. However, this process is
indeed a life long spiritual project that demands our entire dedication. This project comprises the purification of our astral and mental
bodies and a simplification of the way we live. That is why a wise mystic knows that God is nearer to him than he is to himself… and
therefore, God is a better Judge of his personal needs…
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HIGHER ASPECT OF CONTEMPLATION : PART III

The "I AM" Presence -- The Center of Cosmic Consciousness

Though we speak of his form, the Eternal Buddha has no form but can manifest in any form. Although we describe his attributes, the
Eternal Buddha has none but can manifest in any and all attributes. So if anyone sees the form of Buddha distinctly, or visualizes his
attributes clearly without becoming attached to the form or to the attributes, he has the capacity to see and know the Buddha.

When we are touched by Grace, our ego unceasingly finds itself being purified of all past misconceptions and mistakes, and gradually
learns to integrate with its loftier and divine counterpart—the soul. This delicate and refined blending of ego and soul manifests in our
everyday consciousness as an unclouded, bright and clear presence, guiding our every step from within. This presence within our being is
the awareness of the I Am. The emergence of this I Am Presence within our consciousness makes us suddenly see life differently, so
clearly that it looks as if we have instantaneously entered a new world. From the moment the I Am Presence directly animates our
consciousness, our life is never the same, even though to others and the outside world, things seem unchanged. In reality, however,
nothing remains the same, as if a Divine hand gently pushes us forward, accompanying and encouraging us silently from within to adopt
the right and suitable path. When we learn to trust the I Am Presence absolutely and follow its directive to the point of letting God’s hand
lead us wherever He wants us to go, purification proceeds in earnest. From that moment on, we feel a sudden release of our burdens,
onerous duties, and obligations. We then become aware that we have become a rightful follower of God’s infinite love and will.

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The "I AM" Presence


.The I Am Presence within us is God in action in our world. Feelings of liberation and joy enter an "awakened" ego because, at last, it
becomes aware of its real function, which is to become an empty receptacle ready to be filled with the Divine Presence. When does this
happen? Simply when the desires and needs of the ego are unconditionally and completely drawn to, and attuned to, the vibration of the
soul. Then, God’s will becomes the ego’s will, too, manifesting fulfillment and happiness into our life. However, this transformation remains
a delicate and mysterious process, as it is not of our doing, but the doing of the soul and the Grace of God.
When God’s reflection moves in our individual soul, it enlivens our ego, too. Signs and evidence of this potent presence begin to appear in
our everyday life, impacting our consciousness as events become deep and meaningful, and affect the core of our being. These everyday
occurrences and incidences are initiated by the Divine hand of God and our receptiveness does the rest. However, we must experience for
ourselves the incredible and moving events in profound silence, awe, humility, and amazement. From then on, we know that we ourselves
have become the never-ending quest. Gradually, like a child entering wonderland, we begin to understand that these miracles originate in
ourselves, and are indeed projections of our own I Am Presence.
Real transformation sets in our being, shifting completely our sense of perception; our whole world is altered and yet nothing changes.
How can that be? The I Am Presence is responsible for these transformations, and we are changed forever. When the process of opening
up to the energy of the soul begins in us, our level of consciousness attunes itself completely with the I Am Presence and progressively
masters the method of embodying the loving and exquisite energy of integration and oneness. It lets itself flow and breathe through us,
bringing with it a new level of consciousness—egolessness—marked by a lack of personal judgment or reaction to anything of any kind.
Therefore, the ego becomes the vessel of the soul, allowing the I Am Presence to pour its qualities and powers into our consciousness. We
then become free of our past shortcomings, and become self-reliant in carrying our Divine mission. When we learn to live in the present,
we are awake, living and experiencing life through this transparent and magnetic presence. We are then guided and attracted to the right
places at the right times, and we live each instant with new wonderment and awe

Painting of Alex Grey


To go to the gallery - click on: Alex Grey

With the simplification and clarification of our life, a new kind of reality appears before us, and a new order of existence unfolds its truth in
our being. In a strange way, this new existence fills our whole consciousness with new kinds of vibrant perceptions and thus all
phenomena and events in our life are suddenly perceived as being new and yet friendly, surprising and yet humbling, moving and loving,
sad and joyous at the same time. We feel at home everywhere, and nothing seems foreign.
The Center of Cosmic Consciousness
The I Am Presence in us is also the center of Cosmic Consciousness in which the whole cosmos and creation have their foundation. This
follows since truth unfolds from within our being; from within the center of the I Am, hence, when we are in harmony with our own inner
center, then, the Divine Presence in us is also eternally awake. It is from this point of the I Am that our soul merges with the Universal
Soul.
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The more we are allowed to integrate and unify with the Divine Source, the more Cosmic Consciousness manifests in our life. As the center
core of who we really are is infinite, our ego becomes simply a tool, a limited and limiting one at that, but still an important vessel, as it
represents also the purified ego, the Grail and Eucharist Cup of our sacred communion with God. We certainly need the ego, for a
consciousness without ego means simply a purified one in which the soul and I Am Presence are completely living the ordinary and
extraordinary life of man.
We all strive for happiness and contentment, but few realize that we have a choice between two paths, one leading to the empowerment
of the ego, and the other to the empowerment of God’s Presence in us. We must choose. This is the law!
Generally our choice is unconscious, through karmic possibilities. Once the choice has been made, a set of energies unfold their powers
and qualities, influencing our tendencies and reactions in life that automatically lead us to one path or the other. The soul can guide the
ego only when the ego has made its choice, and has an unquenchable thirst and desire to unify with it. The choice is yours. Or is it? Are
you really free to choose? Esoteric teachings tell us that once on the path, there is no turning back and so, if some of us have trodden this
path in the past, is it possible to regress? Each one of us is unique, each a path to ourselves, and yet all individual paths draw towards one
unique point, a mysterious and invisible Center. The wind blows where it wants, so why question the direction it chooses?
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WE ARE THE WEAVERS OF OUR DESTINY.

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meaning and linking us to life. While observed from the outside world, these disparate and unrelated objects and beings take on for us their "usual" appearance
and separateness for us. However, seen from the level of our awakened awareness, they jointly develop a wonderful and harmonious relationship analogous to
the threads in a tapestry.

Worldly facts, events, memories, feelings and beings—or rather the ideas and symbols that we give to them—somehow change in value when seen from the
perspective of a weaver. We are the weavers of our own lives, in which each experience can become an important thread used by our consciousness to
connect with one another. Hence, when at a certain point in our lives, we decide to become the weaver, these entangled threads of our experiences and
knowledge blend into a beautiful and useful tapestry.

Cloth, thread, loom, spindle, and whatever else is used in spinning and weaving, all represent symbols of our future and destiny. They are used to denote all
that rules predetermine and join together our different and ever-changing realities, consciously harmonizing them in ourselves. They are also used to create and
make something of our own substance and essence, as the spider does in spinning a web.

Many fairy tales feature goddesses holding spindles or weaving instrument whilst presiding over the birth of a prince or princess. In other instances, they
represent time and the chain of cause and effect, or karmic laws. However, when man becomes the weaver of his own destiny, he naturally unfolds the qualities
of the creative artist, and becomes the sacred fool whose intuition is guided by the thread of his soul.

On the Symbolism of the Thread

Turning to the archetypal meaning of the thread, it symbolizes the agent that links all states of being to one another and to the First Cause. This symbolism finds
its best expression in the Upanishads, where the thread (sutra) "links this world to the other world and to all beings." The thread is both the soul (atman) and the
breath (prana). The thread must in all things be followed back to its source because it is linked to a main central point, often depicted as the Sun. This is
reminiscent of thread, the active ingredients of Theseus’ return to the light of day.

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ARIADNE'S BALL OF TWINE.

Ariadne’s ball of twine or rope stands for the spiritual assistance needed to overcome the minotaur. The minotaur is the creature with a man’s body and a bull’s
head, which king Minos imprisoned in the Labyrinth, built as tribute by Athens to Crete. The minotaur was regularly fed with seven youths and seven maidens,
and the king’s son, Theseus, offered himself as one of them. Thanks to a ball of twine that Ariadne gave him to escape from the Labyrinth, Theseus was able to
kill the beast.

The minotaur symbolizes the labyrinth of our unconscious, ignorant, perverted human nature, an ugly and soiled embroidery that is dominated by our ego,
symbolized by king Minos. Hence, Ariadne’s ball of twine, like the thread, stands for the guidance coming from our soul and our higher intuition to overcome the
beast of ignorance and selfishness. This myth symbolizes the spiritual struggle against repression. However, this struggle cannot be won without the weapons
of light and the presence of our soul, symbolized by Ariadne herself.

In a spiritual context, the thread also represents the energies and magnetic stimulation and intuition coming from the soul. Therefore, we become the channels
for the expression of our soul, and the threads linking us to it are a combination of our own thoughts and emotions blending with those of the soul. Together they
form the tapestry of our life.

We have already seen that the thread is one of the meanings of the word sutra of the Buddhist scriptures. It should be added that the word "tantra" is also
derived from the notion of thread or weaving.

Threading a needle is the symbol of passing through the gateway of the Sun and escaping from the cosmos. It also has the same meaning as the arrow
piercing the center of the target. In this context, the thread may be regarded as the link between the different cosmic levels (infernal, terrestrial and celestial) or
those of spiritual psychology, (subconscious, conscious, superconscious, or pure Being or Soul awareness).

All around the Mediterranean Basin, weaving is to woman what ploughing is to man—participating in the work of creation. Through myths and tradition, weaving
has an equal archetypal importance as ploughing, although the way they operate remains different. Both, however, are conscious acts involving all the qualities
necessary for creating and producing. Hence the thread of the soul links the weaver’s full awareness and qualities on his/her work, which becomes beautiful.
Similarly, the farmer ploughs his field with the same attention and devotion, also linking his consciousness to the thread of his soul.

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"As the spider weaves its thread out of its own mouth, plays with it and then withdraws it again into itself, so the external unchangeable Lord, who is without
form, without attributes, who is absolute knowledge and absolute bliss, evolves the whole universe out of Himself, plays with it for a while, and again withdraws
it into Himself." (by Bhagavatam)
The one who really sees this Truth, realizes his own nature as the Soul or pure Being.

PILGRIMAGE AND QUEST

Our consciousness or inner presence reflects the way in which everything in the universe organizes itself and exhibits a dimension of
subjective spontaneity. From the beginning of creation, from galaxy to planet formation, consciousness was always there, revealing an
extraordinary ability to unfold powerful forces and exquisite imagination in an incalculable complexity of forms, moving, expanding,
collapsing, exploding, and fulfilling through creation its own unknown and mysterious destiny. Man is a part of creation, and consciousness
in him takes another dimension, another level. Should this be called an evolution of consciousness, or better still, an awakening?
The journey into the depths of self begins with the adventure of consciousness, starting with a limited and narrow appreciation of our real
essence, and expanding our consciousness with our mind and imagination. We do that to experience and understand that we, as
consciousness, are mirrors reflecting the whole of creation. However, we are not just mirrors; we must also discover that we are also
centers of creation.
Consciousness in man has two functions. Firstly, it reflects our own understanding and interpretation of creation, which helps us to develop
our inner potential, innate wisdom, and individuality. Secondly, it shows us that consciousness will always remain a mystery—the
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inherent part of the Essence of the Unknown God Himself, consciousness can never be created. So, who is man? What purpose does he
fulfill, and what is his "mission" in creation?
Man is not consciousness itself, but consciousness grows and transforms him, so man is inhabited by consciousness. Henceforth, he is no
more mind, nor love. His role in creation is to be a vessel, a chalice, a grail cup, and to receive those mysterious energies that
consciousness bestows upon him—the gifts of mind and love. We are not the creators of these essences but the receivers of them, and our
mission is to incarnate and manifest them in our lives. When we become the center of these mysteries, then, we are no longer just human.
We become an awakened consciousness reflecting the whole of creation in ourselves, and when we experience that portion of
consciousness, then we realize that consciousness, through us, is also the source of this creation. Then we live on both levels of
consciousness at the same time. Different traditions use different names for such a person, such as the Son of Man, Christ Consciousness,
the Buddha, and the Enlightened One.
Initiations such as the one explained in Pilgrimage by author Paulo Coelho open in the seeker a genuine and true dimension of what a real
quest and initiation is all about. As seekers, we unfold the quest in ourselves, since we are both the quest and the path. The goal of
initiation is the direct awakening of our consciousness to a higher level. However, initiation also reveals to us that while we are awakening
a new level of consciousness in the world, we are also letting go of our previous one. "When the disciple is ready, the Master appears," so,
strange encounters and inexplicable events take place in our lives when we are open to receive initiation. It can happen suddenly in a most
ordinary and natural way, and rupture our consciousness, helping our soul to intervene and awaken us to our true Self.
Consciousness could be transformed by any event in our life. However, an initiator or catalyst is needed, an awakened, enlightened soul
who knows what kind of initiation each seeker needs, a master in whom the seeker has complete trust. Some seekers need to be "handled"
subtly, others more roughly, but what counts is the rupture, the opening that initiation brings.
Pilgrimage and quest are therefore levels of passage, levels of transformation, of dying and of being reborn. Although initiation can take
place anywhere, certain locations around the world have mysterious strong and powerful egregore due to the higher levels of
consciousness of millions of pilgrims of pure heart soul. These powerful energies give us courage and strength to continue and, in return,
we give them our love and gratitude.
So, the Light shines in darkness. Come along and follow the sacred Fool. There is nothing to fear.

About the Mystery of Man

PART : I

What is the mystery of man? - The goal of man's mystery - Unfolding Cosmic Consciousness

Before discussing the Mystery of Man, let us examine what is called the "unmanifest Center of Pure Being" that influences and governs the
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soul entity behind each individual soul. We must also address the essence of man, the energy incarnating life in us. From where does this
invisible and mysterious substance come that gives us our unique individuality, our creative powers, and our courageous impulses? From
where does consciousness come? Is that not also part of the Mystery of Man?
Consciousness enhances and expands throughout our life. No two of us are the same; each of us experiences life differently, since
experiences are the result of the various conditions and unique circumstances created just for us. Why are brothers and sisters unique even
though they have received the same education? Is it solely based on intelligence, ambition and will alone? Or is there some other reason?
And if so, what?

Logia 5: The Gospel of Thomas:


Jesus said: "Know Him who is before your face
and what is hidden from you shall be revealed to you,
for there is nothing hidden that shall not be manifest.

What is the Mystery of Man?


One indication is that this mysterious element that makes us unique is closely linked to consciousness. Consciousness in itself remains a
mystery, and no two of us are conscious of the world and of ourselves in exactly the same way. Therefore, consciousness affects the
thoughts and emotions of each us, transforming in us how we experience and understand our world. Depending on our level of
consciousness, it will unfold in us the experiences necessary to help us understand ourselves and give meaning to what goes on in our
lives. However, these inner processes do not modify or affect the mystery of consciousness itself, nor our unmanifested soul entity.
To prove the presence of the soul entity, we must look at "being-ness," and turn our attention to within ourselves, with a purified mind and
heart, since consciousness affects and is, in turn, affected by, our thoughts and feelings. Therefore, consciousness could be compared to a
mirror that reflects and manifests everything that is projected on to it. Consequently, to probe the mystery of man, we must go beyond the
reflected and projected outer realities on the surface of this mirror and, instead, let intuition—the intelligence of the heart of the soul entity
—guide us to the center core of consciousness, the presence of the unmanifest Center of Pure Being, and the center of our unmanifest soul
entity.
In general, man remains unconscious and captive of his own reactions. Why? Simply because most of us are unaware of the different levels
of consciousness lying dormant within us. So, what can we do to increase our awareness? First and foremost, we must learn to observe our
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own thoughts and emotions, so as to understand why we behave and react the way we do. This kind of inner work and self-analysis unfolds
and develops our spiritual intelligence, or intuition. Hence, we come to "know" ourselves; indeed, through these subtle operations and
transformations, we gradually awaken in ourselves refined psychic and spiritual faculties—our inner senses and "tools" opening for us the
inner gates of consciousness where pure knowledge and wisdom reside.
The goal of man's mystery
The goal is to reach our own mystery—the core and heart center of our own Being—and to unite with the presence of the unmanifest light
within. This means that we must go beyond the "mirror" of reflections of consciousness, to a place where our ordinary level of
consciousness is transmuted and transformed into the light of the soul itself. This is where the subtle impulses concerning the mystery of
man are revealed and known.
The mystery of man cannot be understood or explained; it can only be lived in a fully awakened consciousness in the present moment; in
other words, when our self-consciousness is fully awaken and living in the now! This means that we have successfully united our self-
conscious state with soul consciousness or Cosmic Consciousness in ordinary, everyday circumstances that transforms how we experience
life. Through the effects of Cosmic Consciousness, the permanent seed of our soul awakens and unfolds its spiritual qualities. Together,
they both energize in us the presence of our soul entity; they make known and clarify for us our inner archetypal models, our blueprints,
the parts in us that can never be manifested independently, since they are Divine ideas and ideals that we must learn to integrate and
manifest within ourselves here on our ordinary level of consciousness.
What are these spiritual qualities, and where do they come from? We could use the symbol of the seed as the center from which these
qualities emerge. However, the power and intelligence behind the seed are the presence of the unmanifest soul entity. The soul entity
projects the light and love of "being-ness" in our symbolic seed from where unfolds a mysterious spiritual process of awakening under the
guidance of our soul entity.
Unfolding Cosmic Consciousness
Let us examine the abstract process that unfolds Cosmic Consciousness in us. The soul entity activates within our seed or blueprint, two
complementary, co-existing energies, one active, positive, and masculine, and the other passive, nurturing, and feminine —our two inner
witnesses. These components of our soul entity are complementary to each other and together form the seed. We must awaken these two
sacred witnesses in ourselves, and incarnate their respective qualities in our individual consciousness so as to harmonize and "marry" them
in our own mind and heart. This is indeed the only way for us to reach enlightenment and finally be re-united with our soul entity. Various
traditions term these two aspects of the soul entity "soul" and "spirit."
While these two elements of our soul entity are asexual, they behave in relation to each other as two complements that can differentiate
themselves like the Father-Mother archetypes from which they come, and they do that without abandoning their unity. Spiritual psychology
has shown that we must come to know our inner nature—our feminine and masculine aspects within us—so as to harmonize them and
become whole again.
We could say that consciousness, in its purest and simplest form has to disconnect and disassociate itself from all transitory preoccupation,
mundane teachings, and indoctrination, opening itself to higher and deeper levels. These states could be best described as peaceful, silent
levels of consciousness, unveiling and revealing what lies hidden behind the center of the soul entity. In other words, reaching this level of
consciousness means that we no longer have reflections on the mirror of our consciousness or shadows in our consciousness, but instead a
fully awakened consciousness, filled with the bright light of the pure consciousness of the soul entity.

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PART II.

The Divine Inner Hierarchies

As we saw in the previous part, the two witnesses, being spiritual elements of our unmanifested soul entity, are asexual but behave in relation to each other as
two complementary parts of a same Unity. They were likened to the Father-Mother archetypes in each of us, since each activates separately masculine or
feminine Divine qualities.
Emanating from the one and unique spiritual entity of our Being, they gradually manifest and infuse in us some of those qualities. So we receive and are
transformed by them, but only when our psyche and ego are harmonized with the vibrational levels of those spiritual qualities. Hence, receiving and being
impregnated by these sublime qualities depends solely on our own level of consciousness and the degree to which we "attune" to them, come to know them,
and be one with them. In other words, our level of consciousness must "allow" the transfer from our level of understanding the spiritual quality, so as to embody
it in ourselves, and make the quality an integral part of us.

By this transfer of energy, we stop being the observer, the onlooker, since a spiritual quality cannot be apprehended in a world where the law of the observer/
observed still applies, as this law belongs solely to the world of duality. Instead, we must let our level of consciousness be assimilated into the spiritual one. All
the laws governing the spiritual realms belong to unity, i.e., to "know" a spiritual realm, consciousness must be absorbed and impregnated by it.
In part 1, we saw that we possess within ourselves all the hierarchies and spiritual worlds, each one of which is, in itself, a level of consciousness that awakens
more and more as it approaches the level of unity, where resides our unmanifested spiritual entity.
The divine Hierarchies within
All spiritual hierarchies within us represent degrees of purified and spiritual consciousness in potential, like seeds awaiting the right conditions to germinate and
vitalize our ordinary consciousness. However, to reach this point, the two divine witnesses have to guide our intuition before trusting us with important keys that
are necessary tools to open and enliven one of the parallel spiritual dimensions within our consciousness. By this process, our ordinary level of consciousness
gradually begins to reflect the qualities belonging to that specific level in our ego. However, these delicate inner processes of transformation must manifest in
our ordinary life before our consciousness is allowed to blend and merge completely with it. Furthermore, the awakening processes of consciousness become
more subtle, refined and purer as it approaches the Center of Pure Being
Part 1 likens consciousness to a mirror reflecting whatever is projected on its surface, so understanding a Divine quality makes it shimmer and reflect the quality
on the mirror of our consciousness. However, consciousness itself could never be affected since consciousness is a projection of Pure Being. Hence, it remains
an element of the invisible presence in us. And since the source of consciousness is not the mirror itself, we must let our consciousness go beyond the mirror,
letting itself plunge into the abyss of immaculate consciousness in our unmanifested soul entity.
Part 1 revealed that the two divine witnesses of the soul entity transform the mystic from within, when his ego is attracted to their energies. Spiritual psychology
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has validated the importance played by the masculine (Father archetype) and feminine (Mother archetype) energies within us. However, these two energies in
our psyche are usually shadows awkwardly reflecting their real spiritual counterparts. Because they are unconscious of their existence and are not yet in touch
with their own higher spiritual principles, most people usually mishandle and distort these archetypal qualities. So, our unconscious ego generally distorts the
projections of these two Divine witnesses, which is why our behavior in life reflects some of the same deformities and mutilations.
To get in touch with and harmonize with our ideal archetypes — Father and Mother, or the spiritual spouse and bride — we must first become conscious of how
we distort the pure emanations of our two Divine archetypal witnesses. We do that by observing how our masculine and feminine energies act and react within
ourselves, and by meditating and attuning to their archetypal ideals. Then we allow our intuition to guide and teach us how to open up to their spiritual qualities.
Intuition is a Divine gift granted to us by our two witnesses to help us restore our light of pure Cosmic Consciousness.
The trumpet blows. It is time to awaken, my friends, and let all the shadowy figures in your psyche dissolve, evaporate and disappear into the light of your soul
entity. Then, the mirror reflecting your different stages of consciousness is finally broken, nothing remaining but the level of pure consciousness of your soul
entity.
ABOUT THE MYSTERY OF MAN

PART III
THE TWO WITNESSES OF THE SOUL ENTITY.
The numerology of the soul entity.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Isha Schaller de Lubicz’ who wrote an inspiring and precious esoteric book entitled Journey
into the Light. Her inner wisdom and spiritual Knowledge have guided me in this discourse.
At the core of its essence, each human soul has a spiritual number, a very specific and unique number. This particular number gives the
soul its own entity. Moreover, every spiritual number originates in the absolute unity of the unmanifested source of the soul and is
contained in the Divine Totality. Consequently, all created souls have distinctive numbers, and are blessed with the characteristics inherent
in their particular number, characteristics that distinguish one soul from all other souls.

Painting by Rassouli
These numbers are seed ideas originating from the unmanifested Center of Pure Being. Esoterically, because they represent abstract divine
ideas, numbers allow us to understand what is beyond ordinary human comprehension. The meaning of numbers and the role that each
number plays is rooted in the esoteric meaning of sacred numbers and the fact that each number is the embodiment of a Divine idea.
By opening our intuition, we can distinguish their intangible and spiritual qualities. Numbers are interconnected with levels of
consciousness, so when we meditate and work with an esoteric number, we are working from a corresponding level of consciousness within
ourselves and allow the number to affect our own level of consciousness and intuition. Esoteric meditation and work with numbers,
therefore, helps us attain the meaning of existence and of causality.
Numerology is one of the oldest sciences of symbols. Plato called it "the highest level of knowledge" and Pythagoras regarded it as "the
essence of cosmic and inward harmony." No two numbers are identical, and as each soul is blessed with the characteristics of its own

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number, these distinctions make each soul different from all other souls.

Painting by Rassouli
Some traditions liken souls to stars. Now, a star emits its own light, but this visible star is only the physical body of the spiritual star.
However, the visible light emitted is not its only emanation. Our sun emits other types of radiation, differentiated by the number of their
vibration, the sum of which constitutes a vibrating sphere that embraces the planets of the solar system. That we can detect each type of
radiation individually (infrared, light, ultraviolet, etc.) shows that they co-exist without blending, due to their various vibratory states.
However, despite their diversity, all of these emanations are part of a single sun.
This image sheds light on the twin aspects of the soul entity that together constitute a unique essence: the characteristics of its number
called the permanent witness, which imprints its signature on the newborn, and that divine essence (pure eternal light, which is impersonal
and non-specific) termed the spiritual witness. Early Christian doctrine referred to the spiritual witness simply as spirit, and the permanent
witness as soul. So, what we call soul and spirit are both aspects of the soul entity that unfolds within us when our level of consciousness
allows us to attune and harmonize with these two aspects of the immortal soul, the two witnesses of man’s number-entity.

Unless we know who we are, how can we genuinely give ourselves to others? So, probably the most important journey we shall ever take
is the one inward. The quest can be long, but help is at hand, and we are never left alone. Our two witnesses are our divine guides and
they accompany us on our sacred quest to the core of our soul entity from whence they came. Therefore, approach the quest without fear,
look inward, and awaken your two witnesses within your soul entity and allow them to carry you to fulfill your destiny. And from two, you
will become three a trinity and a star is born.
It is important to recognize and understand the differences between the witnesses’ functions and roles. Our psyche is governed on a lower
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level by these two distinct energies, one masculine and the other feminine. Spiritual psychology tells us that the feminine energy, or the
passive part of the soul, cannot function properly without her masculine counterpart, and that in turn, the masculine element of the soul
cannot work correctly without its feminine counterpart. The feminine soul element represents the inner "womb" in which archetypal seed
ideas are allowed to germinate and grow; and the masculine executes and acts upon these archetypal seed ideas. So we must first create a
pure space within ourselves (the passive and feminine aspect of God or Pure Being) so as to be able to cultivate good thoughts and kind
feelings towards everything around us. Then, from that level of consciousness, our ego manifests and executes our spiritual seed ideas as
harmoniously and blamelessly as they are in their original state.

ABOUT THE MYSTERY OF MAN

PART IV

The Method of the Quest.

Diagram of the Soul Entity - The psyche and the Permanent Witness - The psyche & the mirror of Consciousness

A path has no value if it does not lead to a clearly defined goal. Similarly, no one can resolve our personal problems if they are not clearly
exposed in the mirror of our own mind that reflects, on the surface of our consciousness, everything that engages us. Consequently, the
mirror of consciousness is like a magnet that attracts all manner of energies, from the most positive to the most negative thoughts and
feelings. That is why as mystics, we must develop spiritual discipline, since without observing and mastering our own negative thoughts
and emotions, they will project on the mirror of our consciousness and disturb our inner harmony. As a symbolic image of self-
consciousness, the mirror also reflects what lies in a deeper part of our subconscious.

What is the difference between the psyche and the permanent witness? The previous three parts portrayed the permanent witness as that
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newborn child, or "engrained’’ in the child’s essence. In other words, it is the part of our soul that bonds and connects with our psyche as a
baby, and guides our developing psyche and ego for the duration of our incarnation. The permanent witness is the active part of our soul
entity since it possesses its unique sacred number, and therefore is the part of each of us that guides our psyche and ego through
intuition, insight, and dreams. In return, it participates in the purification and awakening process of its shadowy and sleepy psyche and
ego selves.
Diagram of the Soul Entity
Visualize soul entity as five circles, the innermost being the center of our unmanifested soul entity or Pure Being. The circles represent:
The Soul Entity comprises:
1 - The Uncreated Center of the Soul Entity.- the Presence of Pure unmanifested Being
2 - The Spiritual Witness. - Perfect Model - Christ - Buddha Consciousness
3 - The Permanent Witness - the blue-print - the SEED for a given incarnation
4 - The Psyche.- "the bridge" linking - "I Am"
5 - The Ego - Limited consciousness - self consciousness - ego - "I am, me"

These circles overlap and project their own qualities and light on to each other as the various energies and impulses circulate between
themselves. Thoughts and emotions are projected on the mirror of self-consciousness, revealing to us the light or shade aspect of each
circle.
From the undifferentiated unity of the Center of Pure Being to the circumference of the outermost circle representing self-consciousness,
we understand intuitively that the inner work awakens self-consciousness to the unifying level of consciousness called Christ
Consciousness, the self that is aware of breathing and being the consciousness of the whole.

The psyche and the Permanent witness


The psyche is the manifested part of the needs and impulses coming from the permanent witness, directed towards our developing and
spiritualizing ego. In other words, the psyche represents the soul personality in incarnation, unfolding our individual karma. However, what
goes on in our ego also influences our psyche. Hence, the psyche could be compared to a very sensitive instrument that registers all the
emotions and thoughts that affect our ego and the permanent witness. The psyche is also a bridge, since it attends to the exchange of
experiences between the two via dreams, intuitions, creativity, etc. Via the channels of emotions and thoughts, the psyche sends and
receives "messages" through strong or subtle impulses that leave their mark and make an impact.
How do we go about harmonizing the psyche and ego with the permanent witness? We must first purify the thoughts and emotions of our
ego and psyche so that the mirror of consciousness can clearly and perfectly register the impulses coming from the permanent witness.
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However, it is not so much the intellectual ideas and thoughts that impact our psyche or change our level of consciousness, but more our
personal intent, commitment, and understanding and intuitive knowledge of the transcendent meaning of our ideals. Indeed, we must
learn to concentrate and meditate as often as possible on them, since they are the leaven helping the rising and unfoldment of our
spiritual qualities and, consequently, of the manifestation of higher levels of consciousness in us.
These, then, are the materials that forge their way deeply in our psyche. However, our consciousness must also take part in these subtle
operations. Hence, our personal discernment and focus in our daily activities will also develop a deep and intimate method of working
reflecting our personal ideals and goals in life. This is a good and safe way of doing inner work since it guides us from within, showing us
how best to experience what needs to surface and become apparent on a conscious level. Of course, these delicate operations are always
tailored to our individual possibilities and level of consciousness.
The psyche and the mirror of Consciousness
Now, a strong link exists between the psyche and the mirror of consciousness because the psyche reflects the permanent witness
concealed and imprinted in the seed of man. Moreover, since, the psyche is also sensitive to what appears on the mirror of our
consciousness, it can also be influenced by the reflected images that our ego projects on to it. Hence, the psyche reflects the seed ideas of
our permanent witness to our ego but, at the same time, projects our ego’s thoughts and emotions to our Permanent Witness.

The Soul Entity comprises: (recapitulation)


1 - The Uncreated Center of the Soul Entity.- the Presence of Pure unmanifested Being
2 - The Spiritual Witness. - Perfect Model - Christ - Buddha Consciousness
3 - The Permanent Witness - the blue-print - the SEED for a given incarnation
4 - The Psyche.- "the bridge" linking - "I Am"
5 - The Ego - Limited consciousness - self consciousness - ego - "I am, me"

To Study the two Diagrams - Please click on this Line

Please remember that the use of symbolic words are to facilitate and explain as much as possible the unfolding spiritual process within a
seeker. Explanations about "the Spiritual and Permanent Witnesses" are given on this website. To find them please refer to:
"The Mystery of Man part 1-2-3-4".

(Remember that you can change terminologies and words, replacing them with your choice of symbols and wordings. What is important is
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the meaning and the understanding you have of them. By discovering "your" inner process, you unfold the path that is best suited to you.)

If you want to know more about this fascinating subject, it is suggested that you read the articles written on the subject of the "PERFECT
MODEL"

What is Christ Consciousness?

"The Hermetic Mystery of Christ"


In the context of hermetic and metaphysical philosophy, what do we mean by the words Cosmic Christ? In addition to this and mystically,
what does the essence of Christ represent? We have to understand that the essence and nature of the Cosmic Christ is universal and
beyond the scope of any kind of investigation because in itself it is not and never will be a personality, something that can be objectively
proven due to the fact that it has never been an individualized Energy. How could it be? The Essence of the Cosmic Christ is simply the
REGENERATIVE and RECONCILING aspect of the force of pure Being and the Soul Essence within each one of us. Hence in itself, it
represents the unfolding energy of wholeness in human nature. In other words, Christ Energy is a divine Energy that brings and blends
together the essence of Soul and Spirit within each one of us (to use a symbolic image, we could say that Christ Energy brings together
and "marries" the Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses within each individual – for more details on these two aspects, please refer to the
essays on "The Mystery of Man" parts:
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However, as seekers of Truth, we should make a distinction between the Cosmic Christ and the manifestation of the force that descends
and unfolds through the channel of consciousness in an enlightened being. In other words, we should differentiate between an
individualized expression of the Cosmic Christ and the Essence of the Cosmic Christ itself. To facilitate our task, we could begin by asking
this question. What do we mean by an individualized expression of the Cosmic Christ? The answer is simply that it represents an
enlightened and self-realized expression of pure Being. However, such a level of enlightenment can only manifest in a purified and well
prepared vehicle, in which consciousness is awakened fully. By purified vehicle, we mean the purified physical, psychic and spiritual bodies
in which the energy and characteristics of the Force of the Cosmic Christ become apparent. This Christic Force is an active and universal
power house that functions through "human vehicles" forever. Hence, nothing gets lost, and the vehicle and characteristics of Master Jesus
still continue functioning through all enlightened and realized human beings. The same principle is applied to all enlightened beings. Why is
this so? Simply because, purified vehicles are all molded from one specific Perfect Mold that is at the source of all traditions, Eastern and
Western alike. It is the power source that is inherent in Primordial Wisdom and in Nature. Thus, it is also inherent in human nature too.
However, it needs to be awakened and activated by consciousness . For Buddhism, all seekers and disciples of Buddha are known as
having Buddha nature inherent within their nature. In the same manner, for the hermetic and esoteric Mysteries of the Western tradition,
the essence of the Cosmic Christ is innate to all sentient beings and part of his spiritual blueprint, (the Perfect Mold), in the West and in the
East.

However, JESUS THE CHRIST represents a perfected vehicle that has existed, and still continues to exist eternally, since it represents one
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of the perfected Expressions of Primordial Wisdom. That is why, to a Western approach, Jesus or Jeheshua represents a process of
manifesting Primordial Wisdom to a Western approach. Since, the Perfect Model and Mold are themselves expressions of the Primordial
Wisdom. Hence, Jesus or Jeheshua represent a channel and a vehicle in which a high level of initiation takes place. He represents one of
the Perfect Mold in which the process of awakening and of enlightenment takes place. The Perfect Mold of a Cosmic Christ or of a Buddha
exists everywhere…and remains the same, for everyone, since they are made of the same pure essence of Primordial Wisdom and
therefore, all Perfect Molds and Models are ALIVE and ACTIVE expressions of the same unique source, which are inherent to Pure Being.
The meaning of the Perfect Mold and Perfect Model should be understood intuitively by the genuine seeker because these two symbolic
expressions should clarify the understanding that it is not the ego personality and the intellect as such that choose a Perfect Model and
discovers its corresponding Perfect Mold. The Perfect Model within each one of us is hidden within consciousness. When consciousness
"awakens" in a seeker, then the Presence of the Perfect Model appears. It is through the purification of the psyche and the unfoldment of
the inner process that the expression of the Perfect Model becomes clearer and is revealed.
However, we should also realize that the world of the psyche belongs to the world of duality, since the mirror of the psyche transfers and
projects, images, ideals, intuitions, which are reflections of the Perfect Model. The Perfect Model unfolds the process of awakening and its
vehicle, the Perfect Mold is the "ground" on which the awakening process takes place. It is the purified psyche - the mirror of the Soul in
which ideal "images" of Heroes and Heroines can still be projected like in the time of childhood. However, for seekers of truth, these faints
projected ideal models of heroes and heroines, of gods and goddesses are replaced by a direct impulse coming from the Presence of pure
Being. To begin with, this new impulse appears like a divine and complementary counterpart and gradually reveals the Presence of the
Perfect Model. Until such time that consciousness reveals that the psyche does not really exist...it was a perfect mirror reflecting purified
impulses that disappear leaving a silent space within... a level of consciousness in which the world of duality is non-existent and in its place
appears the Presence the uncreated and immortal Essence of Being, the "I AM" Presence and the sudden realization that :
"I AM ... WHAT I AM"

PART II
MEANING OF THE NAME JESUS CHRIST THE NAZARENE
The word "Jesus" represents an individualized level of enlightenment and experience. Christ, on the other hand represents an epithet, an
explanation of the quality of enlightenment reached by "Jesus". For this reason, and in the context of Western Mysteries, "Jesus"
represents the Perfect Mold, the inner workings of the purified "Substance" and the vehicle in which the path of AWAKENING the level of
Christ Consciousness takes place...

The word "Consciousness" (in Syriac means Messiah and in Greek Christos means the Anointed One).
As for the word "The Nazarene", the meaning is: "He who reveals what is hidden".
As for the word "Messiah", it has two meanings, "Christ or the Anointed One" and "The Measured One"
"Jesus" in Hebrew means "The Redemption" and the word "Nazara" means "The Truth". Thus, "The Nazarene" means "Truth". Jesus had
attained "Nazirutha", perfect spiritual enlightenment, and that he also taught that path to others. Hence, Jesus and his disciples were
Nazarenes or Nazoraeans: meaning, followers of the mystic path to God, or Pure Being.
The apostles before us used to employ the terms: 'Jesus the Nazoraean Messiah', which means 'Jesus, the Nazoraean, the Christ "The
Anointed One".
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Remember: The last name is "Christ", the first name is "Jesus", the middle name is "The Nazarene".
Hence the Name "Jesus Christ the Nazarene" means; The Anointed One, the Giver of Truth - The Bringer and Source of Redemption - The
Revealer of what is hidden - The Enlightened One who has the gift to Awaken others... .
In the language of the Christian mysteries, we could say that the Name IESHUA corresponds to Jesus's existence as a heavenly power in
eternity (the Perfect Model). The INITIATOR and SAVIOR in the Christian Mystical Mysteries... Hence it is the transcendent Spirit beyond
the realm of physical matter... On the other hand, Yeheshuah, or (Jeshua) - Jesus represents the immanent Spirit present within physical
matter. (the Perfect Mold).
In God (pure Absolute Being) we are born
In Jeshua we "learn" to die,
Through the Power of the Holy Sprit
and
the Redemption of IESHUA/YESHUA
we rise again!
This is a Mystery... and it involves the three levels of the unfolding inner process
(1) - Ego consciousness experiences and trusts the unfolding inner process of the Soul (2) - Divine Grace reveals the Cosmic Perfect Mold
in which the old self has to "enter" and "die" so that (3) - The Holy Spirit can descend to awake and manifest the Perfect Model, or Christ
Consciousness

In the Gospel of Thomas - 108


Whosoever drinks from my mouth
Shall become as I am.
I too shall become like him.
For him, the hidden will be revealed.
If the Teachings are truly understood and put into practice, we will become a "Jesus", meaning a pure "container" in which the Essence of
the Cosmic Christ will fully manifest, just as it did with the Master. Moreover, when the Spirit of Christ emerges completely in our level of
consciousness, we will have realized that the Christ Essence and Spirit are the REAL part of who we are... the silent Witness... the
Unmanifest "I" that belongs to the level of unity and wholeness... the level within us that has no reflection...
You have been given many hints and clues to unravel the unfathomable Mystery of your own spiritual Substance and Essence...!
The use of Christian symbolism in mystical practices may seem strange to modern eyes, but the inner process of the Western Mysteries
include psychic symbols that belong to the Soul and which are inherent of the early Christian Mystery teachings. For this purpose, they
remain an important element of the Western Initiatory tradition since ancient times. While the actions of some modern versions of
Christianity have succeeded in giving many mystics a bad case of "Jesus allergy", it's important to remember that the meaning and value
of a symbol is independent of the theology built around it or the atrocities committed in its name

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REINCARNATION AND THE SOUL

Painting by Daniel B. Holman


When the embryo of your physical body was forming within your mother's womb, and you were hovering near waiting to incarnate within the new "tomb" of
flesh, you brought down with you from the causal plane a "cloud of glory" which was attached to you and as much a part of you as the embryo which was to
become your physical vehicle. This auric cloud did not enter the physical form at your birth, but only attached itself to your psychic centers (chakras) and
remained as the vehicle of the Soul (Permanent Witness) above your head.
This auric cloud is the focal center of the real You. The "home" from where your intuition and superconscious mind unfold...This auric cloud is a "magnetic field"
in which your Soul (Permanent Witness), the all-wise, the god you will become resides. It is the "place" from where your "Perfect Model" appears... and from
where Primordial Wisdom unfolds its mysteries.
The question is often asked: Is the Permanent Witness or Soul an all-wise Being separate and apart from your self consciousness and ego self? Or is it simply
a level of consciousness manifesting on a higher plane of your inner life such as a sixth and seventh sense?
(To know more about the sixth and seventh senses click: the sixth and seventh senses of man )
The answer is that it is both. It is a great BEING of which you are a part and a small "being" of which you are also a conscious self...just a fragment of that
infinite YOU. This limited fragment of who you are operates on your waking conscious level as your everyday personality, aware somewhat of the
subconscious mind and its mysteries, and only vaguely aware, if at all, of the operation of the higher aspects of your Real Being (the superconscious levels of
the Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses)... the pure Being which is the real YOU expresses on four levels of consciousness: the waking conscious - the
subconscious - the superconscious - and the WISDOM MIND.
Your Spirit Self (Spiritual Witness) is often called the Parental Spirit in that you are its child. It exists in states of consciousness on the Causal Plane that cannot
be known or attained by anyone except initiates and invisible Masters. The Spiritual Witness (the Monad) exists beyond time and space in an impenetrable
dimension of its own...
(For more explanations on these two spiritual aspects of man look at : "Mystery of Man" parts:

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1 - 2 - 3 4 -)

The Spiritual Witness is your Immortal Spirit, it is immortal since it does never incarnate or take "form", that is why it remains "uncreated and "unmanifested".
On the other hand, the Permanent Witness, or your Soul is only now becoming immortal through its many and various incarnations in the field of matter. As a
substance and an essence the Permanent Witness is immortal, yes, in the sense that it does not die... However, the "role" and goal of the Permanent Witness
is to awake Cosmic Consciousness in the ordinary level of consciousness of man and reach the Cosmic level of its Spiritual Witness - the level of the Perfect
Model. Therefore, we could say that the Spiritual Witness is the truly immortal part of who you are... it is the subtle Presence of Being within...the part that you
call your Existence... the Being within you that cannot reflect because it simply "IS" and "EXISTS"... and remains fully conscious always, whether in incarnation
or out of it; whether you are asleep or awake.
The purpose and the object of the Soul or Permanent Witness is to perpetually evolve and awake consciousness through the creation of your various
personalities. It is through the experiences of these various personalities that the Soul ultimately completes its cycle of evolution, at the end of which it may
return to the exalted level of its Spiritual Witness (or Monad) and unite with it. That is when "you", uniting with the Divine Spark of your Perfect Model become
divine...In hermetic and mystical writings this divine accomplishment is called
"Union with the Beloved" and "Alchemical and Mystical Wedding".
To print: REINCARNATION AND SOUL
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WHO AND WHAT IS THE DAEMON/DA•MON?

Part I

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Painting by Odilon Redon


The most important injunction on the spiritual path of the ancient Mysteries was ascribed over the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi: Gnothi Seauton— "Know Thy
Self." The initiates of the ancient Mysteries were after Gnosis, which meant the knowledge of self knowledge, the knowledge of the “Who Am I?”.

They used to say: “Whoever has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved Gnosis about
the depth of all things. In an early Christian Gnostic book entitled the Testimony of Truth, Jesus advises a disciple to become "a disciple of his own higher
mind," and continues to say that one’s higher mind is "the father of Truth." Elsewhere, The Gnostic sage Silvanus encourages his disciples in this way: “Knock
on yourself as upon a door and walk upon yourself as on a straight road. For, if you walk on the road, it is impossible for you to go astray. Open the door for
yourself so that you may know what is.”

The Daemon and the Eidolon

But what is the Self? The ancient sages taught that every human being has a mortal lower self, called the eidolon and an immortal Higher Self (Soul) called the
DAEMON. The eidolon is the embodied self, the physical body, and ego personality. The Daemon is the Spirit, the true Self, which is each person's spiritual
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connection to God. The Mysteries were designed to help initiates realize that one’s eidolon is a false self and that one’s true identity is the immortal Daemon.

From the eidolon's point of view the Daemon appears to be an independent Guardian Angel. Disciples and seekers who still identify with the eidolon, therefore,
do not experience the Daemon as their own true Self, but as a spirit guide, whose job it is to lead them to their spiritual destination – hence it is a separate
entity that entices them to advance and awake to their true essence. Plato teaches: "We should think of the most authoritative part of the Soul as a Guardian
given by God which lifts us to our heavenly home."

The Gnostic sages of the past taught exactly the same Mystery doctrine. Valentinus, a gnostic sage who lived in Alexandria explains that a person receives
Gnosis from their Guardian Angel, or Daemon but that this angelic being is actually the seeker's own Higher Self or Soul. In ancient Egypt the Daemon had for
millennia been pictured as a Heavenly Twin of the eidolon. This image is also found in Gnosticism. The Gnostic sage Mani was said to have been conscious of
having a protecting angel from the age of four and, at aged 12, to have realized it was his Heavenly Twin, whom he called the "most beautiful and largest mirror
image of my own person. " In the gnostic version of The Acts of John, John observes that Jesus sometimes held conversations with a Heavenly Twin who
descended to join him: He says: “When all of us, his disciples, were sleeping in one house at Gennesaret, I alone, having wrapped myself up, watched from
under my garment what he did; and first I heard him say, "John, go thou to sleep," and thereupon I pretended to be asleep; and I saw another like unto him
come down, whom I also heard saying to my Lord, "Jesus, do the ones that you have chosen still not believe in you?" And my Lord said, " You say well, for
they are men."
As a comment, we could faintly enter into the mystery of the two complementary aspects of our pure Being, and understand the real meaning of the mystery of
Jesus Christ …in other words what the Acts of John is hinting…which is the TWIN aspects of the One and unique Essence of Being. Hence the One Essence
projects a part of Itself into the world of duality and seems to become two - A part incarnating as the consciousness of divinity in human beings – this means
that the initiate becomes a pure reflection and mirror “Jesus” in which the part of himself that never incarnates appears…that is the Presence of the Christ
Consciousness… a level of consciousness that goes beyond the world of creation and duality.

The Pistis Sophia relates a charming myth of the child Jesus meeting his own Heavenly Twin for the first time. His mother Mary recalls: “When you were a
child, before the Spirit had descended upon you, when you were in the vineyard with Joseph, the Spirit came down from the height, and came unto me in the
house, like unto thee, and I knew Him not, but thought that he was you. And he said unto me, "Where is Jesus, my brother, that I may go to meet him?"

Mary relates to Jesus that when his Twin finally found him, "He embraced you and kissed you, and you also did kiss him and you became one and the same
being."
The goal of Gnostic initiation was, likewise, to bring the lower self into union with the Higher Self or Soul, for it is when they are made one that enlighten-ment
occurs. Irenaeus relates that the Gnostic "believes himself to be nei-ther in heaven nor on earth, but to have embraced his Guardian Angel." The great Gnostic
master Valentinus writes: When the human self and the divine "I" are interconnected they can achieve perfection and eternity.

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THE UNIVERSAL DAÏMON

'The quest for Self-knowledge leads the ancient or Gnostic initiate on a remarkable journey of discovery. At first initiates experience themselves as the eidolon,
the embodied personality, and see the Daïmon as a Guardian Angel or Heavenly Twin. The more mature initiate, experiences the Daemon as a higher
manifestation of their own Higher Self or Soul. To those blessed with the final vision of complete Self-knowledge or Gnosis, the Daïmon is found to be more
awesome still. It truly is the "divine I,” the Essence that has no appearance and yet takes all kinds of appearances in the world of creation. Valentinus puts it
like this: “Although it appears as if each person has their own Daïmon or Higher Self, the enlightened initiate discovers that actually on the axial Pole of Being
there is one Daïmon shared by all, a universal Self, which inhabits every being. Each Soul is a part of the one Soul of God. To know oneself therefore is to
know God.
These mystical teachings are found both in the ancient Mysteries of Egypt, Greece and in the early Gnostic Christianity. In the ancient Mysteries the initiates
used to say: "I am Thou, and Thou art I" and it can also be found in the Gnostic text of the Pistis Sophia and in the New Testament in Gospel of John, we read:
" I in Thou, and Thou in me." (I in you and you in me.)
The Pagan sage Sextus writes: "If you would know Him by whom you were made, you would know yourself." Similarly, the Christian philosopher Clement
writes: "It is the greatest of all disciplines to know oneself; for when a man knows himself, he knows God." Clement taught his Christian initiates to "practice
being God" and that the true Gnostic had "already met God.
Gnostic means "Knower," but it is not some piece of spiritual information that Gnostic initiates know. They “know” because it is their Higher Self that Knows…
Hence they are conscious that they are not the ones who know, the ones who experience, it is the Soul, the Higher Self within, the divine "I," the Daemon who
KNOWS! The Daïmon communes on the Axial Pole of Being – the Pole of pure Consciousness. The true Gnostic, like the enlightened initiate of the ancient
Mysteries, discovers that the Daemon is actually the one Soul of the Universe — the pure level of Consciousness that inhabits each one of us. According to the
ancient Gnostic sages who have traversed the path of Self-knowledge and reached enlightenment, when, we finally discover who we are, we discover that
there is only one Perfect Being, one God.
To print : WHO AND WHAT IS THE DAEMON OR DA•MON
(some parts of this article are taken from the book of T. Freke & P.Gandy "the Jesus Mysteries" ) However, I have added my own way of experiencing the Daemon... Please read the articles
on this website that explores and explains the mystical role of the Daemon and Its relationship to the Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses

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ABOUT SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS OR THE VOID

What is Spiritual Emptiness, or the Void? To answer this, we must first find out if it is possible to discover its essence within our being. Since the essence of
Being is complete peace and stillness without reflection or any kind of manifestation or projection, could the essence of Being in of itself be called Emptiness?
We must turn to the language of symbols to convey what it means, since Emptiness is a level of mind and consciousness, a level of realization that belongs to
all traditions.
For example, in the Vajra, a ritualistic instrument used in Tantric Buddhism, Emptiness is represented by the central dot and symbolizes a focal point, the seed
of the spirit in which everything is in a potential but static state. It also characterizes the central axis and heart of the universe. Vajra literally means the diamond
scepter, or the thunderbolt.
Emptiness is also linked to the creative Void, meaning that it is a state of complete receptivity and perfect enlightenment. It represents the disappearance of, or
more precisely the merging of, the ego with its own essence, which in Western tradition is called the Universal Soul or the Unknown God, and in Buddhism is
called the Clear Light.
This merging of ego with its source could also be explained as the experience of infinite space, a frame of mind that confers us with the realization of the
interdependence of all phenomena in creation, an experience that bestows an incredible degree of being true to ourselves, in that when our ego merges with its
source, truth becomes impersonal, "being without reflection, personal opinions and judgments." Consciousness in such a case blends and becomes part of the
Unknown God, the Unmanifested Light of Being. In Western Hermetic tradition, this level of attainment is called the Philosopher’s Stone. So again, what do we
mean by Emptiness? In Christianity, it is represented by the center of the cross and the swastika, the basic principle at the center of the Wheel of the Universe,
from which all flows and to which all returns; the center that is everywhere and nowhere.
Has reality a connection with Emptiness? Reality changes all the time. It moves and is transformed incessantly by the interpretation and experiences of our
individual ego. Reality is part of life as it brings the necessary changes and meanings that we all need to express ourselves. However, with the incessant
changes that we all need, realities seem to change with the transformation of consciousness. It can never be fixed, never be constant, but remains limited in
time and space. Reality is as fluid as water, as ephemeral as air, and therefore, in itself, can never be rooted, anchored or possessed, since it comprises
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nothing other than changing appearances. So clearly, since reality is a projection of our own understanding of something, Emptiness is devoid of reality.

However, as the letters of the alphabet are "tools" to build and interpret the written word, realities are the tools that our psyche uses to interpret and understand
the world around it. Our psyche translates and perceives realities as symbols, but since this process of reading and understanding realities takes place in a
world of duality, then realities belong to the world of the ego, which interprets and understands them. Hence, realities have nothing to do with the level of
consciousness called Emptiness or the Void, since in the Void, there are no manifestations.
Emptiness designates a state of mind, an inner level of consciousness based upon the renunciation of what one believes to be real, beyond all comprehension
or lack of comprehension. Emptiness is, therefore, a higher level of the mind, an attunement with "nothing," i.e., with Pure Being that has no reflection at all.
This is the revelation that the abstract or higher mind of a spiritual man receives. He is called "spiritual" because his mind is open and in harmony with the whole
of creation, or the Unknown God. Hence, such a man is empty of a personal "interpretation" and is in touch with the world of spirit. As he manifests the world of
spirit within him, a new one opens up before him, giving him a new understanding of life. A spiritual man is a mystic at heart, and his mind mirrors the mind of
Pure Being. Therefore, his mind and thought processes are enlightened. And, since this transformation comes from the source of all knowledge, it automatically
opens the gates of Divine Wisdom for him. Such a man is devoid of personal feelings or opinions, unless it be the feeling of deep compassion for all living things.
Returning to the question of what we mean by Emptiness, it is difficult to explain because it represents a purified level of consciousness in which objects and
creatures are seen as transitory realities. Hence, we could say that Emptiness in itself is the source of Being and therefore formless. However, since it is the
source of Being, it nevertheless nurtures all realities. Symbolically, we could say that Emptiness is the dark womb of creation.

ABOUT THE MYSTERY OF MAN


Diagrams

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1 - Absolute Consciousness
2 - Essence of Pure Being-ness
3 - Divine Face of the Perfect Model
4 - Spirit or the Spiritual Witness, the "blueprint" of the Perfect Model

5 - Divine Soul or Permanent Witness

6 - The Perfect Model manifests in one's life when the psyche has been purified, then the psyche is "remodeled" in a new "Perfect Mold" that is the "spiritual
DNA" within each human being
Please remember that the use of symbolic words are to facilitate and explain as much as possible the unfolding spiritual process within a seeker. Explanations
about "the Spiritual and Permanent Witnesses" are given on this website. To find them please refer to:
"The Mystery of Man part 1-2-3-4".
(Remember that you can change terminologies and words, replacing them with your choice of symbols and wordings. What is important is the meaning and the
understanding you have of them. By discovering "your" inner process, you unfold the path that is best suited to you.)

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If you want to know more about this fascinating subject, it is suggested that you read the articles written on the subject of the "PERFECT MODEL" (You will find
them on this website) Remember also that both Witnesses are archetypal symbolic images representing two complementary expressions of the Absolute and
Perfect Being
IMPORTANCE OF DREAMS IN THE MYSTICAL PROCESS

PART I

tools of transformation 1 - Symbol of the Tiratna 2 - Different levels of dreaming 3 - Spiritual Alchemy 4

There is basically no difference between the waking state and that of dream, except that one seems more stable than the other. Only after there is awakening
in the form of enlightenment is it realized that the waking world itself is indeed nothing but a long dream resulting from mental disposition - a movement in
Consciousness in which what seems a solid body and its sufferings are really an illusion.
By Ramesh Balsekar
This chapter is dedicated to readers who have proven to themselves that dreams are more than just dreams, that they are indeed "tools" teaching us to look at
ourselves in an impartial and impersonal way.

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Painting by Marica S. Lauck & Deborah Koff-Chapin


Dreams are tools of transformations

Dreams are tools of transformation. Moreover, at a certain level of inner work, dreams stop being dreams and instead become spiritual levels of consciousness.
But, in the meantime, dreams open invisible doors to subtler levels of spiritual growth, awakening in seekers of truth and wisdom, our permanent witness or
soul within our conscious selves.
Let us first introduce the symbol of the trident, the logo of the sea-god Poseidon/Neptune. What connection does that have with the process of dreaming?
Poseidon, the god of seas and oceans, holds the trident as a mark of his command of the waters. In the context of dream work, he represents the king of the
subconscious levels of the psyche. In fact, with his trident, Poseidon also commands the monsters of the deep, which reminds us of the deep waters of the
subconscious and its own monsters and shadowy figures. The subconscious can therefore be compared to the abysmal depths of the ocean; the bottomless
deep waters symbolize the subconscious and unconscious parts of our psyche where emotions and instincts mingle and mix without purpose or direction.
The three menacing elongated prongs of the trident look like weapons and are used for penetrating, scratching and wounding, so in the symbolic context of
dream work, the trident is a penetrating device, effectively "wounding" and scraping what is useless and needs to be separated and removed from the virginal
aspect of the psyche. But this wounding opens three deep holes that allows the penetration by the spiritual light of the soul that nourishes and illuminates the
unconscious part in us. Through this purification, our unconscious becomes conscious of itself. Thus the trident symbolically opens these three "gates" to
higher levels of enlightenment. Let us examine these three "wounds" and three "gates."
The three wounds have the power of transmuting our self-consciousness from its dualistic awareness to its source, Cosmic Consciousness. In piercing and
perforating our "self-conscious" aspect, the prongs transmute the egotistic and lower psychic character traits into their spiritual perfect ideals. Thus the trident is
an awakening device a powerful symbol for our purification and spiritual advancement through dream work.
From a religious aspect, the trident and the net represent two symbols of Christ as "Fisher of Man." Furthermore, the trident’s prongs are of an equal length,
symbolizing the Trinity. Hence, the trident is an effective instrument of purification and purgation for awakening the inferior parts of the psyche and sensitizing
them to higher spiritual impulses coming from the psyche that are influenced by the permanent witness.
Moreover, the trident, as a symbol of Trinity, impregnates and penetrates with its triune spiritual energies the lower and higher aspects of our self-
consciousness. In Christian tradition, the trident is placed in Satan’s hands as an instrument of punishment. However, esoteric tradition and spiritual
psychology tell us that we need to go deep within ourselves to discover the blocked energies, and then, "fish" them out, as it were, so as to bring them into the
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light of consciousness. Turning our attention within subtly develops the intuitive faculty of our sixth sense to help us understand who we are and what we need
to do to reintegrate our perfect model.
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The symbol of the Tiratna 2


In Buddhism, the trident is taken as a symbol of the Tiratna, or triple jewel (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, meaning the Awakened One, the Truth expounded by
Him, and the followers living in accordance with this Truth). It may also be regarded as the triple current of energy in man. And in our own spiritual context, the
trident represents the instrument moving these same energies within our psyche.
Dreams help us look deeper within our own psyche, to discover the Mystery of Man. But unless we devote ourselves and allocate time to work with the
energies and meaning of dreams, they will always remain unsolicited and strange phenomena. That is why our psyche needs to dream, since dreams are a
source of knowledge helping us in the process of releasing unwanted garbage. Dreams are given to us to rescue us from lethargy and unconsciousness.
Previous chapters have compared the psyche to a mirror reflecting whatever preoccupies it. What is reflected in dreams are the thoughts and emotions of our
good and bad intentions and experiences. It is in the mirror of our psyche that real purification and understanding take place, since we must become conscious
of what appears on the surface of our psyche. The conscious impressions coming from a dream have an important role to play in the awakening process as a
whole, and each dream, each symbol enriches this process, since spiritual dream work takes into account the subtle purification process of the whole man.
Dreams about purification are given to those of us who want to awaken our permanent and spiritual witnesses. To do that, we must unite them in our "ordinary"
level of self-consciousness. Therefore, we must become aware of our unconscious traits that need transformation. Without this, our ego cannot continue on this
journey.
This kind of spiritual work in itself exposes the psyche to the influences and intuitions pouring in from the permanent witness (see About the Mystery of Man,
parts 1 – 4). This is the first important means of access, the "key" opening the door of Poseidon’s mysterious palace in which are gathered all the past and
present experiences, all the fears and stresses imprisoned since time immemorial. Those unconscious doubts and worries linger hopelessly in the depth of
darkness awaiting the right moment for the thunderbolt of consciousness to penetrate them and bring them to the light of understanding. As a consequence of
these delicate operations, the retrieved or "fished out" blocked energies float on the surface of dreams captured by our self-conscious ego. To help us
understand their meaning, they take, in dreams, the shape of potent personal and universal symbols and archetypes. The ego must process these with
subtlety, intuition and sensitivity, so that their meaning becomes clear and illuminating.
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Different levels of dreaming


At first, these types of dreams are usually experienced as nightmares since our consciousness has to reorganize and focus its attention on the inner dynamics
of dream work. With phantasmagoric, incomprehensible, and senseless dreams, we must try to focus our attention and use our intuition to grasp the irrational
within ourselves. So, we should not ignore dream sequences that might have nothing in common with each other or appear nonsensical. It really doesn’t matter
if the beginning of a dream doesn’t match what follows it. Analogous to a jigsaw puzzle, we should use our intuition to retrieve the "seed idea" and meaning of
each part of our dreams. The expansion of the "seed ideas" and "meaning" is important, and it doesn’t matter if our intuition reveals different symbols or
meanings to the dream. What counts is the effort exerted by our psyche to unravel a new dimension. Our ego must turn its attention to within itself, in the silent
space within Being, where the impelling magnetic presence of the intelligence of the heart reigns.
Thus, if dreams first appear confusing, it is because these types of dreams release the pressure and stressed energies blocked in our psyche. To release
stress in dreams, the symbols are magnified so as to make an impact and emphasize certain aspects of a problem. Another reason for disturbing dreams is to
help us become conscious of the nature of our stress or anxiety. We should use our intuition to look at the incongruous symbols in our dreams, trying to
"respect" their meaning. Intuition assists us in "reading" what goes on in our psyche, since like a mirror, it reflects what goes on within us. This is how, from our
permanent witness, we receive some practical solutions and interpretations. However, the exchange of intuitive ideas and feelings between our psyche and
ego occurs only if our ego is open to change. If we are willing to work with the symbols, then a special flow of energy streams from our permanent witness,
allowing us to understand what we must do to remove the problem, and transform what needs to change.
Spiritual psychology looks at the esoteric and intuitive aspect of dream work, and is based on inner guidance. However, psychology is based on the
interpretation and analysis of psychologists or facilitators. These two approaches may sound and even look the same, but they are not. The first is solely based
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on inner revelation and the second on feedback and outside guidance. The first is used by mystics, those guided by their soul, who seek a closer relationship
with their permanent witness. The second is used by those who are only interested in finding solutions to problems, new directions and meaning in times of
crisis.
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Spiritual Alchemy 3
Both are useful and important dream work tools to purify and transform the psyche. If we want to know who we are, then we should start with the psychological
approach, either alone, in a group, or with a therapist. We should also seek the guidance of the inner master, or presence within. Whichever way we choose,
our first step should always be with the psychological approach before starting any other kind of spiritual work, since, this approach takes us to the depth of our
psyche and is part of an alchemical process. This is our descent into the world of Poseidon where our unconscious self waits. The quest to awaken our spiritual
awareness can begin only after a certain amount of purification and transformation of the psyche. Our consciousness, having taken the downward journey, is
eventually drawn towards an ascending path. Then, what we receive becomes more subtle and enlightening since it comes without distortion directly from the
soul.
If we are serious in our work with the spiritual level of dreams, we must also realize that dreams are like seeds containing potential whole trees. Dreams,
therefore, contain the seed ideas coming from the permanent witness. Their purpose is to transform our ordinary levels of consciousness to higher spiritual
ones, since some dreams are in themselves examples of spiritual planes co-existing in our psyche that are the seeds waiting in our subconscious to be
recognized and awakened by our ego. In other words, they are our spiritual levels of consciousness that permeate into our everyday consciousness. This is the
grounding aspect of the whole process of dreams since, if we need to fathom the Mystery of Being and experience our own harmony and unity with it, then the
nature of our dreams changes. Moreover, the essence and meaning of our dreams take a more abstract and irrational quality that cannot be shared with
anyone, since they come directly from our permanent witness as a language of our soul, a language that can only be understood only intuitively. .
The spiritual dimension of dreams could be described, at best, as delicate and subtle experiences given directly by our permanent witness to our
consciousness in order to foster a healing and purifying, leading to a new level of consciousness in us, which we must allow to unfold in our ordinary lives.
What really matters here is our wish for inner transformation, since strong desire to unfold a higher level of consciousness is an illuminating catalyst that
energizes our psyche. This is an important element in dream work. The power of concentration and a strong desire to work with dreams as tools for our own
transformation opens naturally and directly the inner path to the permanent witness.
Dream work is comparable to learning a new language. First we must learn the alphabet. Dreams are a new symbolic world opening up in our self-
consciousness. Why do we say "self-consciousness"? Because, unless our self-consciousness awakens whilst dreaming, our dreams will have no impact and
we will not remember anything of great importance. Thus we must gradually stimulate and awaken our self-consciousness during dreams so that they can be
something more than mere stress release.
Later, when our ego or self-consciousness "awakens" to its true nature—the impersonal Cosmic Consciousness—then dreams and the inner process take a
new direction, and we see, understand and experience them in a totally different way since, from then on, our ego or self-consciousness realizes that it is just a
vehicle for Cosmic Consciousness. We then perceive all kinds of dreams and astral projections differently, since the veil separating them from Cosmic
Consciousness is no more. Our ego knows that it is just a reflection of the blazing light of the presence of God or Pure Being. When the veil is torn, and ego
and soul meet and merge, the true identity of the Creator and initiator of our inner process becomes even clearer. The impersonal Cosmic Consciousness
within us is the sole creator of dreams, and its limited self-conscious counterpart, our ego, it is seen at the other end of the process as the receiver of dreams.
The mission of Cosmic Consciousness within man is to enlighten man’s ego. In other words, Cosmic Consciousness actively guides the process of awakening
the ego to its true nature, hence it directs the inner world of dreams and astral projections during sleep. Cosmic Consciousness takes over and creates
whatever is necessary for our self-consciousness to understand and experience our ego. That is why prophets, saints and disciples of all religions and
philosophies have been enlightened and have received knowledge and wisdom through their dreams, visions and astral travels. The ways that our soul carries
out its initiatory course of action to awaken our ego and open up the "rainbow bridge to infinity" is a source of great gratitude and awe.

TIBETAN DREAM YOGA : PART I


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CALM ABIDING "ZHINÈ"

The practice - Concentration on the the Tibetan letter "A" - Forceful Zhine Natural Zhine - Ultimate Zhine - Obstacles

Concentration on the Tibetan letter "A"


An interesting way of unfolding the mysteries of the inner process is through dream yoga. A successful seeker in dream-work must be stable enough in
presence to avoid being swept away by the winds of karmic emotions and lost in the dream. As the mind steadies, dreams become longer, less fragmented,
and more easily remembered, and lucidity is developed.. Waking life is equally enhanced as we find that we are increasingly protected from being carried away
by the habitual emotional reactions that draw us into distraction and unhappiness. Dream -work can instead develop the positive traits that lead to happiness
and support the seeker in the spiritual journey.
All yogic and spiritual disciplines include some form of practice that develops concentration and quiets the mind. In the Tibetan tradition this practice is called
calm abiding (zhine). We recognize three stages in the development of stability: forceful zhine, natural zhine, and ultimate zhine. Zhine begins with mental
fixation on an object and, when concentration is strong enough, moves on to fixation without an object. (Same principle as working with the Perfect Model
presented to you on this website).
THE PRACTICE
Begin the practice by sitting comfortably on a chair or in the five-pointed meditation posture: the legs crossed, the hands folded in the lap in meditation position
with palms up and placed one on top of the other, the spine straight but not rigid, the head tilted down slightly to straighten the neck, and the eyes open. The
eyes should be relaxed, not too wide open and not too closed. The object of concentration should be placed so that the eyes can look straight ahead, neither
up nor down. During the practice try not to move, not even to swallow or blink, while keeping the mind one pointedly on the object. Even if tears should stream
down your face, do not move. Let the breathing be natural.
Generally, for practice with an object, Zhine practitioners use the Tibetan letter A as the object of concentration. This letter has many symbolic meanings but
here is used simply as a support for the development of focus. Other objects may also be used — the letter A of the English alphabet, an image of your Perfect
Model, or any other sacred Image , the sound of a mantra, the breath — almost anything. However, it is good to use something connected to the sacred, as it
serves to inspire you. Also, try to use the same object each time you practice, rather than switching between objects, because the continuity acts as a support
of the practice. It is also somewhat preferable to focus on a physical object that is outside the body, as the purpose is to develop stability during the
perception of external objects and, eventually, of the objects in dream.
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. Concentration on the Tibetan letter "A"


CONCENTRATING ON THE TIBETAN LETTER "A"
If you wish to use the Tibetan "A" you can write it on a piece of paper about an inch square. Traditionally, the letter is white and is enclosed in five concentric
colored circles: the center circle that is the direct background for the "A" is indigo; around it is a blue circle, then green, red, yellow, and white ones. Tape the
paper to a stick that is just long enough to support the paper at eye level when you sit for practice, and make a base that holds it upright. Place it so that the
"A" is about a foot and a half in front of your eyes.
The Tibetan Letter "A"
Many signs of progress can arise during the practice. As concentration strengthens and the periods of practice are extended, strange sensations arise in the
body and many strange visual phenomena appear. You may find your mind doing strange things, too! That is all right. These experiences are a natural part of
the development of concentration; they arise as the mind settles, so be neither disturbed by nor ex-cited about them.
FORCEFUL ZHINE
The first stage of practice is called "forceful" because it requires effort. The mind is easily and quickly distracted, and it may seem impossible to remain focused
on the object for even a minute. In the beginning, it is helpful to practice in numerous short sessions alternating with breaks. Do not let the mind wander during
the break, but instead recite a mantra, or work with visualization, or work with another practice you may know, such as the development of compassion. After
the break, return to the fixation practice. If you are ready to practice but do not have the particular object you have been using, visualize a ball of light on your
forehead and center yourself there. The practice should be done once or twice a day, and can be done more frequently if you have the time. Developing
concentration is like strengthening the muscles of the body: exercise must be done regularly and frequently. To become stronger keep pushing against your
limits.
Keep the mind on the object. Do not follow the thoughts of the past or the future. Do not allow the attention to be carried away by fantasy, sound, physical
sensation, or any other distraction. Just remain in the sensuality of the present moment, and with your whole strength and clarity focus the mind through the
eye, on the object. Do not lose the awareness of the object even for a second. Breathe gently, and then more gently, until the sense of breathing is lost. Slowly
allow yourself to enter more deeply into quiet and calm. Make certain that the body is kept relaxed; do not tense up in concentration. Neither should you allow

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yourself to fall into a stupor, a dullness, or a trance.


Do not think about the object, just let it be in awareness. This is an important distinction to make. Thinking about the object is not the kind of concentration we
are developing. The point is just to keep the mind placed on the object, on the sense perception of the object, to undistractedly remain aware of the presence of
the object. When the mind does get distracted and it often will in the beginning, gently bring it back to the object and leave it there.

NATURAL ZHINE
As stability is developed, the second stage of practice is entered: natural zhine. In the first stage, concentration is developed by continually directing the
attention to the object and developing control over the unruly mind. In the second stage, the mind is absorbed in contemplation of the object and there is no
longer the need for force to hold it still. A relaxed and pleasant tranquility is established, in which the mind is quiet and thoughts arise without distracting the
mind from the object. The elements of the body become harmonized and the prana moves evenly and gently throughout the body. This is an appropriate time
to move to fixation without an object.
Abandoning the physical object, simply fix the focus on space. It is helpful to gaze into expansive space, like the sky, but the practice can be done even in a
small room by fixing on the space between your body and the wall. Remain steady and calm. Leave the body relaxed.
Rather than focusing on an imagined point in space, allow the mind, while remaining in strong presence, to be diffuse. We call this "dissolving the mind" in
space, or "merging the mind with space." It will lead to stable tranquility and the third stage of zhine practice.
ULTIMATE ZHINE
Whereas in the second stage there is still some heaviness involved in the absorption in the object, the third stage is characterized by a mind that is tranquil but
light, relaxed, and pliable. Thoughts arise and dissolve spontaneously and without effort. The mind is integrated fully with its own movement.

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In the Dzogchen tradition, this is traditionally when the master introduces the student to the natural state of mind. Because the student has developed zhine,
the master can point to what the student has already experienced rather than describing a new state that must be attained. The explanation, which is known as
the "pointing out" instruction, is meant to lead the student to recognize what is already there, to discriminate the moving mind in thought and concept from the
nature of mind, which is pure, non-dual awareness. This is the ultimate stage of zhine practice, abiding in non-dual presence, rigpa (awareness) itself.
OBSTACLES
In developing the zhine practice, there are three obstacles that must be overcome: agitation, drowsiness, and laxity.
Agitation
Agitation causes the mind to jump restlessly from one thought to another and makes concentration difficult. To prevent this, calm yourself before the practice
session by avoiding too much physical or mental activity. Slow stretches may help to relax the body and quiet the mind. Once you are sitting, take a few deep,
slow breaths. Make it a practice to focus the mind immediately when you start the practice to avoid developing the habit of mentally wandering while sitting in
meditation posture.
Drowsiness
The second obstacle is drowsiness or sleepiness, which moves into the mind like a fog, a heaviness and torpor that blunts awareness. When it does this, try to
strengthen the mind's focus on the object in order to penetrate the drowsiness. You may find that drowsiness is actually a kind of movement of the mind that
you can stop with strong concentration. If this does not work, take a break, stretch, and perhaps do some practice while standing.
Laxity
The third obstacle is laxity. When encountering this obstacle you may feel that your mind is calm, but in a passive, weak mental state in which the
concentration has no strength. It is important to recognize this state for what it is. It can be a pleasant and relaxed experience and, if mistaken for correct
meditation, may cause the practitioner to spend years mistakenly cultivating it, with no discernable change in the quality of consciousness. If your focus loses
strength and your practice becomes lax, straighten your posture and wake up your mind. Reinforce the attention and guard the stability of presence. Regard
the practice as something precious, which it is, and as something that will lead to the attainment of the highest realization, which it will. Strengthen the intention
and automatically the wakefulness of the mind is strengthened.
Zhine practice should be done every day until the mind is quiet and stable. It is not only a preliminary practice, but is helpful at any point in the practitioner's life;
even very advanced yogis practice zhine. The stability of mind developed through zhine is the foundation of dream yoga and all other meditation practices.
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Once we have achieved a strong and reliable steadiness in calm presence, we can develop this steadiness in all aspects of life. When stable, this presence
can always be found, and we will not be carried away by thoughts and emotions. Then, even though karmic traces continue to produce dream images after
falling asleep, we remain in awareness. This opens the door to the further practices of both dream and sleep yogas.
Note: The extracts contained here are for personal use only, and may not be reproduced for commercial distribution.)
(These are excerpts from two different Dzogchen Dream Yoga books - "Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural light" by Namkhai Norbu and "The Tibetan
yogas of dream and Sleep" by Tenzin Wangyal Rimpoche)

ZHINE TIBETAN DREAM YOGA : PART : II


How can dreams help us - Cultivating our innate ability - Awakening within a dream The six yogas of Tibet
The spiritual benefit of Tibetan dream yoga - Dreaming - The practice of Tibetan dream yoga - Daytime practice -
Mirror practice - Partner exercise - Wake-up practice - Night-time practice - Deepening your practice -
The lifelong practice of Tibetan dream yoga - Some Sayings about dreams

Mandala" by Gage Taylor & Uriel Dana, & Copyright 2000 Uriel Dana .
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama said: "Tibetan Buddhism considers sleep to be a form of nourishment, like food, that restores and refreshes the body.
Another type of nourishment is samadhi, or meditative concentration. If one becomes advanced enough in the practice of meditative concentration, then this
itself sustains or nourishes the body."

Dreams are a significant part of our life. They are as real and unreal as life itself. Dreams are extremely personal - and transpersonal, too. Our dreams are a
reflection of ourselves: in dreams, no matter how many characters appear, we meet ourselves. Dreams are mirrors to our soul. They can help us to better
understand ourselves, our world, and the nature of reality. Dreams introduce us to other dimensions of experience. Here, time and space are much more liquid
and plastic; they can be shaped and reshaped almost at will. Dreams hint of other worlds, other lives. They are a glimpse of our afterlife. Everyone dreams,
although not all dreams are remembered equally. Fifty-six percent of Americans have had a lucid dream - that is, a dream in which one is aware that one is
dreaming. Twenty-one percent say they have a lucid dream once a month or more. Meditators report vividly clear, self-aware dreams weekly and even more
often.
How Dreams Can Help Us
Great healers have long recognized the power of dreams to inform and support us. Hippocrates said, Dreams are one of the most important ways to diagnose a
patients illness." Sigmund Freud's turn-of-the-century work. The Interpretation of Dreams, marked the beginning of the era of modern psychology and
psychoanalysis. Certain dreams can convey subconscious, valuable information to the dreamer. A week before the event, Abraham Lincoln dreamed that he
would be assassinated. The emperor Constantine dreamed of radiant Greek letters spelling the name of Christ and was converted, leading to the dramatic
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conversion of the entire Byzantine Empire. I, myself, have received messages, teachings, and blessings through my dreams from the spiritual masters I have
known and loved in this lifetime.
Some contemporary psychologists consider lucid dreaming a valuable practice for personal growth. This model is, however, different from Tibetan dream yoga.
The spiritual practice goes deeper, helping us work with the great passages of life and death. Tibetan dream yoga teaches us how to navigate the
groundlessness of moment-to-moment existence, which typically makes no intellectual sense. It is at this level that we cut through the illusory nature of mind
and truly experience our marvelous human existence.
Cultivating our innate ability

Cultivating our innate ability to wake up within the dream can:


• Increase clarity and lucidity, both waking and sleeping
• Help us realize the transparent, dream-like nature of experience
• Free the mind
• Release energy blockages and accumulated tension and stress
• Loosen habits and make us more open, attuned, and flexible
• Unleash and mobilize creativity
• Bring repressions and denials into consciousness
• Clarify and dispel confusion
• Solve problems
• Reveal the process of death and rebirth
• Heal and relax us
• Expose fantasies
• Unlock aspirations and potentials
• Facilitate direct encounters with our shadow nature
• Provide spiritual blessings, visions, and guidance
• Help open our innate psychic capacities
• Remove hindrances and obstacles
• Help prepare (rehearse) us for death and the afterlife
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Awakening within the dream
The seminal Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu dreamed he was a butterfly. Upon awakening, he wondered whether he was a man who had
dreamed he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man. Chuang Tzu's musings underscore a fundamental truth: life is like a
dream.

Spiritual life is about awakening from the dream of unreality. The word Buddha itself is from the word bodhi, "awakeful." Buddhist wisdom
and practice help us to awaken to who and what we truly are, and to recognize the difference between the real and the unreal in our daily
life. All of our spiritual practices are designed to awaken us from the daydream of illusion and confusion, where we are like sleepwalkers,
semiconsciously muddling our way through life.

Self-knowledge through spiritual awakening helps us become masters of circumstances and conditions, rather than victims. This is why the
Armenian spiritual master George Gurdjieff said: "Contemporary man is born asleep, lives asleep, and dies asleep. And what knowledge
could a sleeping man have? If you think about it and at the same time remember that sleep is the chief feature of our being, you will soon
understand that if man wishes to obtain knowledge, he should first of all think about how to awaken himself, that is about how to change
his being."

South American shamans call this awakening from the dream of life "shapeshifting": entering into a spiritual journey with the explicit
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purpose of transformation. Shapeshifting and other forms of conscious dream-work can, through regular practice, help us experience other
realms of existence, visit our dear departed, and achieve spiritual mastery.

Australian aborigines say we all live in the dreamtime: we are like dream characters, living out our lives beyond the illusion of being born
and dying. Tibetan masters call this dreamtime the bardo, or intermediate stage. Bardos exist between the ending of one state and the
beginning of another, such as birth and death - or death and rebirth. Dreaming, too, is a bardo, marking the seemingly unstructured zone
between waking and sleeping.

Tibetan Buddhism is unique among Buddhist schools in teaching us how to awaken within the dream and how to practice spiritually while
sleeping. This is the essence of Tibetan dream yoga, and the focus of all the practices associated with it. The Yoga of the Dream State, an
ancient Tibetan manual on the practice of dream yoga and lucid dreaming teaches that we can learn five spiritually significant wisdom
lessons through assiduously practicing this path of awakening:

• Dreams can be altered through will and attention


• Dreams are unstable, impermanent, and unreal — much like fantasies, magical illusions, mirages, and hallucinations
• Daily perceptions in the everyday waking state are also unreal
• All life is here today and gone tomorrow, like a dream; there is nothing to hold on to
• Conscious dreamwork can lead us to the realization of wholeness, perfect balance, and unity.

For centuries, Tibetan masters have taught their students how to use dreamtime and dream space to further spiritual progress by
increasing awareness during the dream state. Tibetan Dream Yoga brings you these same techniques for realizing the five wisdom lessons
and reaping the benefits of awakening within the dream.
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The Six Yogas of Tibet
Tibetan dream yoga is one of the renowned Six Yogas of Tibet, an ancient Buddhist teaching that originates with the enlightened yogic
adepts (siddhas) -of ancient India. These yogas (or practices), utilized for a millennium by all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, help us to
utilize the body/mind/spirit as a vehicle for awakening and enlightenment — by day, by night, and in the afterlife (bardo).

The Six Yogas are:


• Inner heat (mystic incandescence) yoga
• Illusory body yoga
• Dream yoga
• Clear light yoga
• Bardo yoga
• Conscious transformation yoga

The Six Yogas tradition was first brought to Tibet thirteen hundred years ago by the Indian tantric master Padmasambhava, founder of the
Ancient School (Nyingmapa) of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava himself received the teachings he codified as The Yoga of the Dream
State from a mysterious yogi named Lawapa. In ensuing centuries, as Buddhism grew and flourished in Tibet, Marpa the Translator and
other Tibetan sages made the grueling journey on foot to India to study from yogic masters, then brought the teaching back with them.
Through practicing the Six Yogas, we come to realize the infinite emptiness/openness, ungraspable quality, and luminosity that is the true
nature of reality. Dream interpretation, the use of dreams for predictions and healing, and the development of psychic powers and healing
abilities can arise naturally from the continuous practice of dream yoga and the related yogas (especially clear light, inner heat, and illusory
body).

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The Spiritual Benefits of Tibetan Dream Yoga

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has this to say about awakening our dream body and using it for spiritual progress and
development: "There is said to be a relationship between dreaming, on the one hand, and the gross and subdue levels of the body on the
other. But it is also said that there is a 'special dream state.' In that state, the special dream body is created from the mind and from vital
energy (prana) within the body. This special dream body is able to dissociate entirely form the gross physical body and travel elsewhere."

One way of developing this special dream body is first of all to recognize a dream as a dream when it occurs. Then you find that the dream
is malleable, and you make efforts to gain control over it. Gradually you become very skilled in this, increasing your ability to control the
contents of the dream so that it accords to your own desires. Eventually it is possible to dissociate your dream body from your gross
physical body. In contrast, in the normal dream state, dream-ing occurs within the body. But as a result of specific training, the dream
body can go elsewhere. This first technique is accomplished entirely by the power of desire or aspiration.

There is another technique that arrives at the same end by means of pranayoga. These are meditative practices that utilize the subtle,
vitalenergies in the body. For these techniques it is also necessary to recognize the sleep state as it occurs.

According to sleep researchers, we typically experience four stages of sleep.

1 - Hypnagogic sleep - the state of drowsiness we experience as we begin falling asleep


2 - Ordinary sleep- here, we enter a true sleeping state, but can still be easily awakened
3 - Deeper sleep - vital functions slow down, and we are more likely to sleep through disturbances
4 - Deep sleep - muscles are totally relaxed, and it would be difficult to wake us up (we only spend about fifteen percent of our sleeping
hours at this stage)

It takes about an hour to cycle through all four stages; then we go back in reverse order to stage 1. Before beginning the cycle again,
however, we experience rapid eye movements (REM) under our closed lids. Research shows that this is when we dream. We spend twenty to
twenty-five percent of our sleep time in this state. In order to practice dream yoga, we must introduce awareness during the periods of REM
sleep (which last from a few minutes to half an hour). If we can identify that stage while asleep -perhaps with the help of an assistant or a
dream-light device - we can further incubate, develop, and enhance the awareness practice of becoming conscious and lucid within the
dream state.

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Dreaming
Tibetan dream yoga texts teach us that, in general, there are three types of dreams: Ordinary, karmic dreams, arising mostly from the day's
activities, and from previous life activities, thoughts, experiences, and contacts.
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• "Clear light" dreams: spiritual visions, blessings, and energy openings


• Lucid dreams, which are characterized by awareness that one is dreaming
Under these three broad divisions, dreams can be divided into a further six categories:
• Dreams of events that occurred while we were still awake
• Dreams about other people, alive or dead
• Forgotten elements emerging from the subconscious
• Archetypal content, evocative symbols, and so on
• Extrasensory perceptions, profound dreams, and omens
• Radiant, luminous, spiritual dreams
Recurrent dreams, nightmares, dreams of death, and other kinds of commonly reported dreams all fall within the first four dream
categories. In the interests of developing deeper awareness of your dreams, you may find it helpful to identify the category that applies
whenever you recall a particular dream.
The Practices of Tibetan Dream Yoga
It is important to create a spiritual context for the practice of Tibetan dream yoga. Lucid dreaming can easily be misused to perpetuate the
problems we experience in our waking lives. For example, one might direct one's dream toward a gratifying encounter or a vengeful
fantasy. You will find that the techniques on Tibetan Dream Yoga somehow don't work as well when used for such purposes.
Tibetan dream yoga practice comprises three parts:
• Daytime practice, designed to help us recognize the dreamlike nature of all existence and thereby prepare us to experience our dreams
as vividly as we do our waking activities
• Morning wake-up practices that help us recall our dreams, and confirm our determination to recall more of them

. Night time practice, which prepares the ground for lucid dreaming and spiritual
Daytime Practice :
During the day, practice these four points:
• Contemplating the body as illusory and unreal
• Contemplating the mind and mental activities as similarly insubstantial
• Regarding the world and all phenomena and experience as dreamlike, insubstantial, impermanent, and unreal
• Recognizing the relativity and ungraspable quality such as time, space, knowledge, and awareness
Reminding ourselves of these four truths throughout our waking hours helps to dissolve the barrier between the dream of life and the
sleeping dream. As we become more adept at these practices, we begin to regard our nighttime dreams as continuations of our waking
dream and we learn how to bring habitual awareness to both.
Mirror Practice
The following mirror practice is an effective way of perceiving the dreamlike nature of “reality”, and especially of “self”. From time to time
during the day, take a few minutes to do it.
1 Stand in front of a mirror and look into your own eyes.
2. Hold up a hand mirror behind your right or left ear and look at its reflection in the larger mirror. Keep angling the hand mirror so as to
fragment and multiply your image as much as possible. Let your mind fragment along with the image.
3. After a few minutes, angle the hand mirror back until you return to the original, single image in the mirror in front of you.
The analogy of a mirror image is, like dreams, traditionally used to describe the insubstantial nature of our everyday experience. The
mirror practice helps bring that teaching to life. The fragmented image is the kind we might see in a dream; yet we are seeing it while
we're fully awake — or are we?
Allowing your mind to "fall apart" also helps ventilate the solidity we typically attribute to our world, and especially to our "self."
Partner Exercise

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Here is a traditional dream yoga practice you can do with a partner. This is an immensely useful technique, not only for challenging the
distinction between sleeping dreams and the dream of being awake, but also for applying your training to practical, everyday situations.
1 - Insult, blame, and criticize your partner. Your partner should listen to all of this as echoes; empty sounds.
2 – Trade places. Now have your partner disparage you, while you practice just hearing the sounds and not taking the words to heart
3 – Try doing this same exercise using praise and flattery instead of blame. In either case, the listening partner should practice not
reacting in any way, recognizing what is being said as a dream. At first, you may find it difficult to maintain equanimity while you do this
practice. Stay with it – you will find that doing so yields rich rewards over time.
Wake-up Practice
The moments immediately after waking are the most fertile for recalling dreams. The following practices are designed to support and
strengthen your recall. They will also facilitate a mindful transition between the sleeping and waking dream states. Upon waking in the
morning, practice:
• The lion's out-breath - breathing out with the sound "ah"
• The lion-like posture for awakening and purifying - sitting up in bed with raised head and gazing and emphasizing the exhalation,
repeating the "ah" out breath three times
• Raising the energy - standing up, reaching the fingertips to the sky, and repeating the lion's out-breath
• Entering into mindful reflection on the transition between the states of sleeping, dreaming, and waking reality - coming into the present
moment, recording dreams. Thus, you will enter the day recognizing that all things are like a dream, illusion, fantasy, mirage, and so forth.

Nighttime Practice
After going to bed, practice these four points in order to create the conditions for mindful, lucid dreaming.
• Chant the following prayer three times to remind you of and strengthen your resolve to awaken within the dream, for the benefit of the
ultimate awakening of all beings: “May I awaken within this dream and grasp the fact that I am dreaming, so that all dreamlike beings may
likewise awaken from the nightmare of illusory suffering and confusion”.
• Lie on one side with your legs together and knees slightly bent. Let your bent arm take the weight of your torso by resting your head on
your open hand. This is the posture of the sleeping Buddha, as he has been traditionally depicted at the moment of passing into nirvana
(death).
• Bringing your attention to your throat chakra, visualize your energy rising up out of your body. Feel it rise up from your heart chakra with
your breath and pass into your "third eye" or brow chakra: the point between your eyebrows. Visualize it as a full, luminous moon behind
your eyes. Go into the light.
• Visualize the letter "A" (symbolizing infinite space) on the surface of the moon.
• Notice whatever images begin to appear on the sphere of light behind your eyes.
Deepening Your Practice
To progress still further in Tibetan dream yoga,
• Pay careful attention to your dreams
• Record your dreams in a dream journal upon waking each morning
• Recognize recurrent images, themes, associations, and patterns
• Contemplate the archetypal, symbolic content and meanings of your dreams
• Reflect on the similarities and differences between night dreams, daydreams, fantasies, visions, ideas, projections, and so on
• Wake yourself up during the night to reaffirm your resolve to awaken within the dream and grasp the fact that you are dreaming
• Sit up in meditation posture while sleeping to maintain continuous awareness while inducing and incubating lucid dreaming
• Have a dream assistant at hand to guide you while asleep, helping you learn to retain conscious presence during dreams
• Meditate alone in darkness to develop the inner clarity of the Clear Light Mind - the mind unaffected by illusion
• During the day, maintain awareness that everything you experience is like a dream
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• Chant the dream yoga prayer by day and by night to help reinforce your intention to awaken within the dream. (if you want, or change
the wordings)

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THE LIFELONG PRACTICE OF TIBETAN DREAM YOGA
Like any spiritual practice, Tibetan dream yoga will reveal more substantial benefits the longer and more consistently you practice it. In the
Buddhist tradition, however, discipline alone is not enough to bring your practice fully alive. Motivation — the reason you practice in the
first place - is considered as crucial as technique and commitment.
You will have noticed that the Tibetan dream yoga chant includes an aspiration to help free all beings of their suffering. This intention lies
at the root of all Buddhist practice. The underlying teaching is that all living beings are interconnected: none of us can be completely free
so long as any of us is still asleep.
As you practice Tibetan dream yoga, recognize that the suffering you seek to alleviate through spiritual practice is, in fact, universal.
Recognize, too, that the more awake you are, the more helpful you can be to those you care about in fact, to, to everyone you come into
contact with. Practice with the intention of working with your own individual part of the whole, in order to bring all of human awareness to
a new level. In this way, you will derive the greatest possible benefits from your dream yoga practice.

Some sayings about dreams:


“Dreams are a reservoir of knowledge and experience, yet they are often overlooked as a vehicle for exploring reality”- Tarthang Tulku
Yoga Practice
“All that we see is but a dream within a dream”- Edgar Allen Poe
"A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read"- The Talmud
“Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?” – Henry Havelock Ellis

“You beings on earth who are deep in slumber… Stop sleeping! Wake up! What are you waiting for?”- The Zohar
“There are some who are awake even while asleep, and then there are those who, apparently awake, are deeply asleep” – Lalla
“Do not sleep like an animal that mixes sleep and reality” - Tibetan instruction for dream yoga practice
“Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been so also of necessity will be our dreams” – Saint Basil

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TIBETAN DREAM YOGA
Part : 2
Deepening Your Practice
To progress still further in Tibetan dream yoga,
• Pay careful attention to your dreams
• Record your dreams in a dream journal upon waking each morning
• Recognize recurrent images, themes, associations, and patterns
• Contemplate the archetypal, symbolic content and meanings of your dreams
• Reflect on the similarities and differences between night dreams, daydreams, fantasies, visions, ideas, projections, and so on
• Wake yourself up during the night to reaffirm your resolve to awaken within the dream and grasp the fact that you are dreaming
• Sit up in meditation posture while sleeping to maintain continuous awareness while inducing and incubating lucid dreaming
• Have a dream assistant at hand to guide you while asleep, helping you learn to retain conscious presence during dreams
• Meditate alone in darkness to develop the inner clarity of the Clear Light Mind - the mind unaffected by illusion
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• During the day, maintain awareness that everything you experience is like a dream
• Chant the dream yoga prayer by day and by night to help reinforce your intention to awaken within the dream. (if you want, or change
the wordings)

A
THE LIFELONG PRACTICE OF TIBETAN DREAM YOGA
Like any spiritual practice, Tibetan dream yoga will reveal more substantial benefits the longer and more consistently you practice it. In
the Buddhist tradition, however, discipline alone is not enough to bring your practice fully alive. Motivation — the reason you practice in
the first place - is considered as crucial as technique and commitment.
You will have noticed that the Tibetan dream yoga chant includes an aspiration to help free all beings of their suffering. This intention lies
at the root of all Buddhist practice. The underlying teaching is that all living beings are interconnected: none of us can be completely free
so long as any of us is still asleep.
As you practice Tibetan dream yoga, recognize that the suffering you seek to alleviate through spiritual practice is, in fact, universal.
Recognize, too, that the more awake you are, the more helpful you can be to those you care about in fact, to, to everyone you come into
contact with. Practice with the intention of working with your own individual part of the whole, in order to bring all of human awareness to
a new level. In this way, you will derive the greatest possible benefits from your dream yoga practice.

Some sayings about dreams:


“Dreams are a reservoir of knowledge and experience, yet they are often overlooked as a vehicle for exploring reality”- Tarthang Tulku
Yoga Practice
“All that we see is but a dream within a dream”- Edgar Allen Poe
"A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read"- The Talmud
“Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?” – Henry Havelock Ellis

“You beings on earth who are deep in slumber… Stop sleeping! Wake up! What are you waiting for?”- The Zohar
“There are some who are awake even while asleep, and then there are those who, apparently awake, are deeply asleep” – Lalla
“Do not sleep like an animal that mixes sleep and reality” - Tibetan instruction for dream yoga practice
“Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been so also of necessity will be our dreams” – Saint Basil
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Note: The extracts contained here are for personal use only, and may not be reproduced for commercial distribution.)

(These are excerpts from three different Dzogchen Dream Yoga books

Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural light by Namkhai Norbu - The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rimpoche -

Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying by the Dalai Lama )

GUIDELINE TO DREAM INTERPRETATION

PART: II

How do you relate to dreams? A framework for dreams

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Painting by Bob Venosa

All dreams work to accomplish one of two things:

1 To solve the problems of your conscious, waking life.

2 To present you with access to new potentials and creativity. Because dreams come from all levels of your being, understanding the
imagery and type of dream is the key to understanding and actualizing the messages you receive during sleep.
3 Symbols express those things for which we have no words. By working with them, we use both hemispheres of the brain and tap the
subconscious mind more fully, which in turn opens the doors to our intuitive self
A dream symbol could literally represent itself as well as its possible interpretations. The images and symbols may also represent aspects of
your personality. When you begin to reflect on the symbols, always start by registering your first impressions but don’t stop with the
obvious. Dreams are symbolic representations, not reproductions. The dream images always represent more than themselves, and so the
more you work with them, the more you will understand them.
Dreams do not come to tell you what you already know. Look at the dream images and symbols as pieces of a puzzle that you can put
together only by finding out what they mean to you.
How do you relate to the dream?
1 Start by looking at how the dream could be reflecting something going on in your daily life.
2 Then move on to the more subtle, free association with the dream images.
3 What’s the first thing you would normally think about in connection to that symbol or image, activity or person appearing in your dream
scenario?
4 doing more than representing themselves. They may also represent qualities or characteristics that you have "projected" on them. For
example, you may dream of your grandfather, a man who was very kind to you. The quality of kindness is therefore associated with your
grandfather, so dreaming of him could symbolize kindness. (You will know the difference between a symbolic representation of a quality or
characteristic and a real "psychic" contact with a loved one.)
5 Examine the emotions within the dream scenario. What is the predominant emotion associated with the dream? Remember that it may
be the emotion aroused that is the key and the scenario is simply a vehicle to deliver the message.
6 When you wake up, does a particular feeling remain? For example, are you frightened, frustrated, happy, excited?
Dreams often exaggerate emotions, qualities and situations to get a particular message across to you. This does not mean that you have
that quality or will experience that situation to the intensity you experienced within the dream. When this occurs, you are often being given
a strong thump on the head to pay attention! This is what nightmares do. They are dynamic calls for your attention. They show you your
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greatest fears, fears that must be confronted.


Dreams often come in a series. Various dreams in a single or successive nights may be different ways of saying the same thing. The
subconscious mind may be communicating the same message to you in different ways to make sure that you get it. Look for relationships
and symbols that reoccur and notice the similarities. Ask yourself what they have in common.
Proper dream interpretation leads towards greater understanding of yourself, but do not lose touch with your common sense in dream
work. On the surface, dreams may seem to predict futures events or alarming situations, but do not jump to conclusions. With practice,
you will be able to discern if a dream is precognitive (reflecting future events) or not.
Dreams use symbols to make you develop and understand your personal symbolic language. This language comes directly from your soul
and uses symbols and images from impersonal archetypes and from personal experience to make a strong or subtle impact on your psyche.
This symbolic language is unique, given just to you, in the hope that it will make you conscious of your real needs and problems. This
language of the soul also helps you to unfold your creativity and activates the spiritual dimension within your psyche.

Painting by John Vega

A framework for dream work might be:


1 Choose a dream.

2 Determine the dream type, issue, crisis, a block, a resolution already included in the dream.

3 Make a list of the symbols in the dream.


4 Find out the relationships between symbols.
5 Find out the relationships between the dream ego and the symbols.
6 Find out the similarities and contrasts in the dream.

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7 List what the dream ego is and is not doing in the dream
8 Find out about the ego’s relationships with other items in the dream.
9 Make a summary, and list what you have discovered.
This is a basic method of working with dreams that helps you develop self-analysis, observation, and a "conscious" and "lucid" state of
consciousness. You can follow it up with different methods.
Dream work helps those who want to know themselves, since like a mirror, it not only projects who we are but also displays what we need
to do. In other words, dreams are the best guides to reveal what you have on your conscience, what needs to be worked out in your life,
and how to become a better and happier person.
Finally, keep a dream journal that represents the "mirror of your soul" and helps you understand yourself better. Write your dream down as
soon as possible, even just a few words, to remind you of your dream, for the more importance you give to your dream work, the more
inner messages and intelligent guidance you will receive
It is during my Psychosynthesis training, in London in 1984, that I was given this Guideline to Dream Interpretation.
(Author Unknown) taken from a Psychosynthesis paper
IMPORTANCE OF DREAMS IN THE MYSTICAL PROCESS

PICTURES

Poseidon the God of the Sea with his Trident the Tool of the
Awakening process from the deep unconscious self...
The Inner Process awakens from within...

Tiratna, or triple jewel


Dolphin and Trident Keys for the inner process

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The Three Nails symbolic


Trident of Purification tools for the awakening process

1 2
1 - In the sealed vessel sits Poseidon/Neptune,
with his trident and the two Witnesses.

2 - Detail of the hermetically sealed vessel with the Sun and Moon
symbols of our Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses.

There is basically no difference between the waking state and that of dream, except that one seems more stable than the other. Only after there is awakening in the form of
enlightenment is it realized that the waking world itself is indeed nothing but a long dream resulting from mental dis-position - a movement in Consciousness in which what
seems a solid body and its sufferings are really an illusion.
Ramesh Balsekar
This chapter is dedicated to readers who have proven to themselves that dreams are more than just dreams, that they are indeed "tools" teaching us to look at ourselves in an
impartial and impersonal way.
Dreams are tools of transformation. Moreover, at a certain level of inner work, dreams stop being dreams and instead become spiritual levels of consciousness. But, in the
meantime, dreams open invisible doors to subtler levels of spiritual growth, awakening in seekers of truth and wisdom, our permanent witness or soul within our conscious
selves.
Let us first introduce the symbol of the trident, the logo of the sea-god Poseidon/Neptune. What connection does that have with the process of dreaming? Poseidon, the god of
seas and oceans, holds the trident as a mark of his command of the waters. In the context of dream work, he represents the king of the subconscious levels of the psyche. In
fact, with his trident, Poseidon also commands the monsters of the deep, which reminds us of the deep waters of the subconscious and its own monsters and shadowy figures.
The subconscious can therefore be compared to the abysmal depths of the ocean; the bottomless deep waters symbolize the subconscious and unconscious parts of our psyche
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where emotions and instincts mingle and mix without purpose or direction.
The three menacing elongated prongs of the trident look like weapons and are used for penetrating, scratching and wounding, so in the symbolic context of dream work, the
trident is a penetrating device, effectively "wounding" and scraping what is useless and needs to be separated and removed from the virginal aspect of the psyche. But this
wounding opens three deep holes that allows the penetration by the spiritual light of the soul that nourishes and illuminates the unconscious part in us. Through this
purification, our unconscious becomes conscious of itself. Thus the trident symbolically opens these three "gates" to higher levels of enlightenment. Let us examine these three
"wounds" and three "gates."
The three wounds have the power of transmuting our self-consciousness from its dualistic awareness to its source, Cosmic Consciousness. In piercing and perforating our "self-
conscious" aspect, the prongs transmute the egotistic and lower psychic character traits into their spiritual perfect ideals. Thus the trident is an awakening device a powerful
symbol for our purification and spiritual advancement through dream work.
From a religious aspect, the trident and the net represent two symbols of Christ as "Fisher of Man." Furthermore, the trident’s prongs are of an equal length, symbolizing the
Trinity. Hence, the trident is an effective instrument of purification and purgation for awakening the inferior parts of the psyche and sensitizing them to higher spiritual
impulses coming from the psyche that are influenced by the permanent witness.
Moreover, the trident, as a symbol of Trinity, impregnates and penetrates with its triune spiritual energies the lower and higher aspects of our self-consciousness. In Christian
tradition, the trident is placed in Satan’s hands as an instrument of punishment. However, esoteric tradition and spiritual psychology tell us that we need to go deep within
ourselves to discover the blocked energies, and then, "fish" them out, as it were, so as to bring them into the light of consciousness. Turning our attention within subtly
develops the intuitive faculty of our sixth sense to help us understand who we are and what we need to do to reintegrate our perfect model.
In Buddhism, the trident is taken as a symbol of the Tiratna, or triple jewel (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, meaning the Awakened One, the Truth expounded by Him, and the
followers living in accordance with this Truth). It may also be regarded as the triple current of energy in man. And in our own spiritual context, the trident represents the
instrument moving these same energies within our psyche. Dreams help us look deeper within our own psyche, to discover the Mystery of Man. But unless we devote ourselves
and allocate time to work with the energies and meaning of dreams, they will always remain unsolicited and strange phenomena. That is why our psyche needs to dream, since
dreams are a source of knowledge helping us in the process of releasing unwanted garbage. Dreams are given to us to rescue us from lethargy and unconsciousness.
Previous chapters have compared the psyche to a mirror reflecting whatever preoccupies it. What is reflected in dreams are the thoughts and emotions of our good and bad
intentions and experiences. It is in the mirror of our psyche that real purification and understanding take place, since we must become conscious of what appears on the surface
of our psyche. The conscious impressions coming from a dream have an important role to play in the awakening process as a whole, and each dream, each symbol enriches this
process, since spiritual dream work takes into account the subtle purification process of the whole man. Dreams about purification are given to those of us who want to awaken
our permanent and spiritual witnesses. To do that, we must unite them in our "ordinary" level of self-consciousness. Therefore, we must become aware of our unconscious
traits that need transformation. Without this, our ego cannot continue on this journey.
This kind of spiritual work in itself exposes the psyche to the influences and intuitions pouring in from the permanent witness (see About the Mystery of Man, parts 1 – 4). This
is the first important means of access, the "key" opening the door of Poseidon’s mysterious palace in which are gathered all the past and present experiences, all the fears and
stresses imprisoned since time immemorial. Those unconscious doubts and worries linger hopelessly in the depth of darkness awaiting the right moment for the thunderbolt of
consciousness to penetrate them and bring them to the light of understanding. As a consequence of these delicate operations, the retrieved or "fished out" blocked energies float
on the surface of dreams captured by our self-conscious ego. To help us understand their meaning, they take, in dreams, the shape of potent personal and universal symbols and
archetypes. The ego must process these with subtlety, intuition and sensitivity, so that their meaning becomes clear and illuminating.
At first, these types of dreams are usually experienced as nightmares since our consciousness has to reorganize and focus its attention on the inner dynamics of dream work.
With phantasmagoric, incomprehensible, and senseless dreams, we must try to focus our attention and use our intuition to grasp the irrational within ourselves. So, we should
not ignore dream sequences that might have nothing in common with each other or appear nonsensical. It really doesn’t matter if the beginning of a dream doesn’t match what
follows it. Analogous to a jigsaw puzzle, we should use our intuition to retrieve the "seed idea" and meaning of each part of our dreams. The expansion of the "seed ideas" and
"meaning" is important, and it doesn’t matter if our intuition reveals different symbols or meanings to the dream. What counts is the effort exerted by our psyche to unravel a
new dimension. Our ego must turn its attention to within itself, in the silent space within Being, where the impelling magnetic presence of the intelligence of the heart reigns.
Thus, if dreams first appear confusing, it is because these types of dreams release the pressure and stressed energies blocked in our psyche. To release stress in dreams, the
symbols are magnified so as to make an impact and emphasize certain aspects of a problem. Another reason for disturbing dreams is to help us become conscious of the nature
of our stress or anxiety. We should use our intuition to look at the incongruous symbols in our dreams, trying to "respect" their meaning. Intuition assists us in "reading" what
goes on in our psyche, since like a mirror, it reflects what goes on within us. This is how, from our permanent witness, we receive some practical solutions and interpretations.
However, the exchange of intuitive ideas and feelings between our psyche and ego occurs only if our ego is open to change. If we are willing to work with the symbols, then a
special flow of energy streams from our permanent witness, allowing us to understand what we must do to remove the problem, and transform what needs to change.
Spiritual psychology looks at the esoteric and intuitive aspect of dream work, and is based on inner guidance. However, psychology is based on the interpretation and analysis
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of psychologists or facilitators. These two approaches may sound and even look the same, but they are not. The first is solely based on inner revelation and the second on
feedback and outside guidance. The first is used by mystics, those guided by their soul, who seek a closer relationship with their permanent witness. The second is used by
those who are only interested in finding solutions to problems, new directions and meaning in times of crisis.
Both are useful and important dream work tools to purify and transform the psyche. If we want to know who we are, then we should start with the psychological approach,
either alone, in a group, or with a therapist. We should also seek the guidance of the inner master, or presence within. Whichever way we choose, our first step should always
be with the psychological approach before starting any other kind of spiritual work, since, this approach takes us to the depth of our psyche and is part of an alchemical process.
This is our descent into the world of Poseidon where our unconscious self waits. The quest to awaken our spiritual awareness can begin only after a certain amount of
purification and transformation of the psyche. Our consciousness, having taken the downward journey, is eventually drawn towards an ascending path. Then, what we receive
becomes more subtle and enlightening since it comes without distortion directly from the soul.
If we are serious in our work with the spiritual level of dreams, we must also realize that dreams are like seeds containing potential whole trees. Dreams, therefore, contain the
seed ideas coming from the permanent witness. Their purpose is to transform our ordinary levels of consciousness to higher spiritual ones, since some dreams are in themselves
examples of spiritual planes co-existing in our psyche that are the seeds waiting in our subconscious to be recognized and awakened by our ego. In other words, they are our
spiritual levels of consciousness that permeate into our everyday consciousness. This is the grounding aspect of the whole process of dreams since, if we need to fathom the
Mystery of Being and experience our own harmony and unity with it, then the nature of our dreams changes. Moreover, the essence and meaning of our dreams take a more
abstract and irrational quality that cannot be shared with anyone, since they come directly from our permanent witness as a language of our soul, a language that can only be
understood only intuitively.
The spiritual dimension of dreams could be described, at best, as delicate and subtle experiences given directly by our permanent witness to our consciousness in order to foster
a healing and purifying, leading to a new level of consciousness in us, which we must allow to unfold in our ordinary lives.
What really matters here is our wish for inner transformation, since strong desire to unfold a higher level of consciousness is an illuminating catalyst that energizes our psyche.
This is an important element in dream work. The power of concentration and a strong desire to work with dreams as tools for our own transformation opens naturally and
directly the inner path to the permanent witness.
Dream work is comparable to learning a new language. First we must learn the alphabet. Dreams are a new symbolic world opening up in our self-consciousness. Why do we
say "self-consciousness"? Because, unless our self-consciousness awakens whilst dreaming, our dreams will have no impact and we will not remember anything of great
importance. Thus we must gradually stimulate and awaken our self-consciousness during dreams so that they can be something more than mere stress release.
Later, when our ego or self-consciousness "awakens" to its true nature—the impersonal Cosmic Consciousness—then dreams and the inner process take a new direction, and
we see, understand and experience them in a totally different way since, from then on, our ego or self-consciousness realizes that it is just a vehicle for Cosmic Consciousness.
We then perceive all kinds of dreams and astral projections differently, since the veil separating them from Cosmic Consciousness is no more. Our ego knows that it is just a
reflection of the blazing light of the presence of God or Pure Being. When the veil is torn, and ego and soul meet and merge, the true identity of the Creator and initiator of our
inner process becomes even clearer. The impersonal Cosmic Consciousness within us is the sole creator of dreams, and its limited self-conscious counterpart, our ego, it is seen
at the other end of the process as the receiver of dreams.
The mission of Cosmic Consciousness within man is to enlighten man’s ego. In other words, Cosmic Consciousness actively guides the process of awakening the ego to its true
nature, hence it directs the inner world of dreams and astral projections during sleep. Cosmic Consciousness takes over and creates whatever is necessary for our self-
consciousness to understand and experience our ego. That is why prophets, saints and disciples of all religions and philosophies have been enlightened and have received
knowledge and wisdom through their dreams, visions and astral travels. The ways that our soul carries out its initiatory course of action to awaken our ego and open up the
"rainbow bridge to infinity" is a source of great gratitude and awe.

GUIDELINE TO DREAM INTERPRETATION

PART: II

How do you relate to dreams? A framework for dreams

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Painting by Bob Venosa

All dreams work to accomplish one of two things:

1 To solve the problems of your conscious, waking life.

2 To present you with access to new potentials and creativity. Because dreams come from all levels of your being, understanding the
imagery and type of dream is the key to understanding and actualizing the messages you receive during sleep.
3 Symbols express those things for which we have no words. By working with them, we use both hemispheres of the brain and tap the
subconscious mind more fully, which in turn opens the doors to our intuitive self
A dream symbol could literally represent itself as well as its possible interpretations. The images and symbols may also represent aspects of
your personality. When you begin to reflect on the symbols, always start by registering your first impressions but don’t stop with the
obvious. Dreams are symbolic representations, not reproductions. The dream images always represent more than themselves, and so the
more you work with them, the more you will understand them.
Dreams do not come to tell you what you already know. Look at the dream images and symbols as pieces of a puzzle that you can put
together only by finding out what they mean to you.
How do you relate to the dream?
1 Start by looking at how the dream could be reflecting something going on in your daily life.
2 Then move on to the more subtle, free association with the dream images.
3 What’s the first thing you would normally think about in connection to that symbol or image, activity or person appearing in your dream
scenario?
4 doing more than representing themselves. They may also represent qualities or characteristics that you have "projected" on them. For
example, you may dream of your grandfather, a man who was very kind to you. The quality of kindness is therefore associated with your
grandfather, so dreaming of him could symbolize kindness. (You will know the difference between a symbolic representation of a quality or
characteristic and a real "psychic" contact with a loved one.)
5 Examine the emotions within the dream scenario. What is the predominant emotion associated with the dream? Remember that it may
be the emotion aroused that is the key and the scenario is simply a vehicle to deliver the message.
6 When you wake up, does a particular feeling remain? For example, are you frightened, frustrated, happy, excited?
Dreams often exaggerate emotions, qualities and situations to get a particular message across to you. This does not mean that you have
that quality or will experience that situation to the intensity you experienced within the dream. When this occurs, you are often being given
a strong thump on the head to pay attention! This is what nightmares do. They are dynamic calls for your attention. They show you your
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greatest fears, fears that must be confronted.


Dreams often come in a series. Various dreams in a single or successive nights may be different ways of saying the same thing. The
subconscious mind may be communicating the same message to you in different ways to make sure that you get it. Look for relationships
and symbols that reoccur and notice the similarities. Ask yourself what they have in common.
Proper dream interpretation leads towards greater understanding of yourself, but do not lose touch with your common sense in dream
work. On the surface, dreams may seem to predict futures events or alarming situations, but do not jump to conclusions. With practice,
you will be able to discern if a dream is precognitive (reflecting future events) or not.
Dreams use symbols to make you develop and understand your personal symbolic language. This language comes directly from your soul
and uses symbols and images from impersonal archetypes and from personal experience to make a strong or subtle impact on your psyche.
This symbolic language is unique, given just to you, in the hope that it will make you conscious of your real needs and problems. This
language of the soul also helps you to unfold your creativity and activates the spiritual dimension within your psyche.

Painting by John Vega

A framework for dream work might be:


1 Choose a dream.

2 Determine the dream type, issue, crisis, a block, a resolution already included in the dream.

3 Make a list of the symbols in the dream.


4 Find out the relationships between symbols.
5 Find out the relationships between the dream ego and the symbols.
6 Find out the similarities and contrasts in the dream.

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7 List what the dream ego is and is not doing in the dream
8 Find out about the ego’s relationships with other items in the dream.
9 Make a summary, and list what you have discovered.
This is a basic method of working with dreams that helps you develop self-analysis, observation, and a "conscious" and "lucid" state of
consciousness. You can follow it up with different methods.
Dream work helps those who want to know themselves, since like a mirror, it not only projects who we are but also displays what we need
to do. In other words, dreams are the best guides to reveal what you have on your conscience, what needs to be worked out in your life,
and how to become a better and happier person.
Finally, keep a dream journal that represents the "mirror of your soul" and helps you understand yourself better. Write your dream down as
soon as possible, even just a few words, to remind you of your dream, for the more importance you give to your dream work, the more
inner messages and intelligent guidance you will receive
It is during my Psychosynthesis training, in London in 1984, that I was given this Guideline to Dream Interpretation.
PART: III

We live our life in a world that we have created for ourselves… each one of us live in "his" or "her" little world… we dream our life away…
and "think" that we are living in the "real" world… But there is no real world as such… we individually "dream our own world" and give it a
meaning… The same law applies to our night dreams… We "live" conscious dream states and call them "vivid dreaming" or "lucid dreams"
but what I wanted to clarify here is that we are not really the dreamers... we are not the creators of our dreams... it is only Being that is
the dreamer... and the creator of our dreams... we are the observers of what is projected from the source of consciousness. This
projection of consciousness we have been calling it "me" and "not me"…hence, dream psychology, dreamwork etc... are "inner teachings"
received by the consciousness of the dreamer. human consciousness is. which experiences our individual world and dreams are all
creations of Consciousness. Therefore, we could say that the only dreamer is Consciousness. So Consciousness is the part that awakes
itself through the "mirror" of the world of DUALITY… The "me" and "not me" syndrome… But for each one of us the concept of a "personal
me" is so strong, that we say, "I dream." But the truth is that there is no "me" which can dream. Consciousness shows the way to the
"me" to awake… So in this waking dream that is our world, as well as in our personal night dream, the real "dreamer" is only
Consciousness. Hence, what we have been saying until here seems like a paradox, but it isn't since, the "me" is a projection of
consciousness itself… therefore, if the creations in a dream are the products of the consciousness of a dreamer, then its objective and goal
are directed to the separated part of consciousness that is in the "me"…
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So, we understand that other than Consciousness, there is just nothing. The personal dream is created through the individual mind, which
is the identified consciousness.
So what we are saying is that there are no personal dreams what happens during sleep is that consciousness takes over and creates
whatever is necessary for his "other" limited part of consciousness, the part that has been projected in a vehicle called a human being to
react and gradually awake to its true nature which is a "shadow" and projection of Cosmic Consciousness or the unique consciousness that
pervades creation… Hence, we repeat, that in both the personal dreams of billions of human beings and this one that we live in this
physical world of our everyday life are both a big "living dream" and, in the case of both, the "dreamer" is as we have said Consciousness…
we are all "dreamed characters". The ego is a limited manifestation of consciousness it is the part of us that says "me" and "not me"…an
illusion and distorted function of limited consciousness… The mistake or the illusion is that we usually think that WE ARE THE DREAMERS."
But the truth is that we are not "dreamers," we are only dreamed characters.
To print: THE PROCESS OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN DREAMS

THE INNER QUEST

What is the quest? Who guides it? Is there an inner presence that truly guides you from within the inner planes? These are important questions that you do not
need to answer, because you already know and have experienced that such a presence really exists within you. This presence leads and unfolds the spiritual
dimension of your process from within the inner planes of your being. Indeed, for you, there is no doubt, since the presence is linked to you by an ethereal
"umbilical" thread. Thus, you gradually realize that this presence is a projection sent by the essence of your soul.

The thread joining you with your soul is an invisible one that directs you towards the beauty and mystery of the inner spiritual planes. In fact, the inner planes are
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levels of consciousness through which you travel and navigate as you discover new horizons and constant realities. In your long inner peregrinations and while in
search of your soul, you let yourself be bathed in a variety of rich, indescribable energies that purify your consciousness to such an extent that you are no longer
the same person, and you discover to your amazement that you are linked to this presence by a spiritual thread.

When you become aware of this process in your personal life, then the invisible presence comes even closer to you, infusing you with teachings of a different
kind, spiritual processes that awaken higher levels of consciousness within you. This enables you to experience for yourself that everything you see, feel, touch,
hear, and think penetrates and resonates in your own center of consciousness like a harmonious symphony. This center is the one within you that reflects the
rhythmic and melodious waves of energies inhaled and exhaled by everything that exists in creation.

When you realize this, you grasp the enormity of what has happened to you. You understand that your consciousness has merged and integrated into your
sacred Center of Pure Being. Having reached this enlightened center, you are granted a precious gift, a grace that permeates your being and bonds you forever
with your soul. Your consciousness, now integrated in the Center of Pure Being, casts no more shadows because it has entered the axial pole wherein lies the
center of pure consciousness. Therefore, the presence that accompanied you in your travels reintegrates into the sacred axial center from whence it emerged.
Why, and how? Because the presence is a beam of the purest light radiating out from the same Center of Pure Being.

Hence, once you have merged with this Center, you no longer speak about levels of consciousness since you have reached the place of pure Existence and
Being. However, this is by no means an unconscious way of existence. On the contrary, it is one that encompasses all levels of consciousness for within that
center is only Being. Thus the gift that you receive at this point resembles that of a weaver who works lovingly with the multicolored threads of life, weaving
different designs and patterns, blending the colors beautifully into a panoramic vision of life. This he does naturally, since his consciousness is now at the center
of all creation. Thus his nature becomes the nature of creation, and he is called the weaver of God, the weaver of beautiful patterns, driven by the Divine love
pouring out of his center. This love compels him to do his sacred weaving since the patterns of his weaving are made with his own substance, the substance of
everything that exists. The sacred weaver does his work so that each onlooker recognizes a part of himself in this tapestry.

The inner process of awakening your consciousness is a gradual thing that unravels the qualities of the soul while purifying your subtle bodies. Experiences are
in themselves linked to consciousness, since you cannot experience something of which you are not conscious. Thus, experiences, be they physical or spiritual,
have the same value. "Inner" experiences are no different from physical ones since both are realities that you experience and digest through your purified level of
consciousness. Hence, vivid dreams, intuition, altered states of consciousness, or acute awareness of the beauty and interdependence of everything in creation
are all experiences that converge in your heart center, where the intelligence of the heart radiates its everlasting presence.

The gradual process of awakening consciousness opens the doors of a new world to you. You are given to experience for yourself the interdependence of
everything in creation. This conscious realization reverberates in your heart, awakening the center from where the resonance between you and the world
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transmits and receives a new quality of information. When this new way of discovering the world takes place, you are no longer the same, and your way of being
in the world is transformed into one in which there is no longer an inner and an outer world. You no longer observe the world but simply exist in it. Or, should we
say that the world exists in you? There is no difference; the mirror and its projection have finally merged. And while you continue to live in the world of duality,
where continual change and movement are the law of nature, your level of consciousness remains anchored and fixed in the Center of Pure Being where the
essence of everything has its source.

What is the purpose of this message when none of this can be proven to others? Seekers are simultaneously compelled and bound to divulge as well as hide the
truth. One divulges truth by being subtle, whilst hiding it to allow others to search within themselves for their invisible thread, the thread that will lead them to their
own truth. Also Masters, visible or invisible, are here to help you cross the bridge from this world into the other beyond duality. This "other" world exists in the
Center of Pure Being from where the invisible presence casts its light. However, when you reach the "other" world, you come face-to-face with your own
presence and your own shadow evaporates and merges with the everlasting presence in the center of existence.

So, dear traveler, cease your outward, distracted and superficial way, and try to find Ariadne’s golden thread. When you find it within your being, hold it tight; do
not let it slip away, since it is a precious gift offered to you by your soul. It will lead you to the center of your inner labyrinth where lies the minotaur. Persevere
with courage, never give up hope, and follow this invisible thread carefully since it will help you resolve your own Mystery — the mystery of your death and
rebirth, just like the Phoenix reborn from its own ashes.

PLATO'S ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE

Plato's Allegory of the Cave


(4th c. BC.)
(From Plato, Republic, Book 7)

This excerpt from Plato’s Republic, Book 7: "Allegory of the Cave" conveys his wise observations and philosophy on the human condition.
This allegory has inspired my own research since it discloses a most exciting and mystical process that prepares and awakens man to his
true destiny.
Plato's Allegory of the cave
" And now, I said (Plato), let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: --Behold! human beings living in a
underground cave, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the cave; here they have been from their childhood,
and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from
turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised
way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over
which they show the puppets.
- I see.
And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone
and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.
- You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.
Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall
of the cave?
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- True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?
And of the objects which are being carried in like manner they would only see the shadows?
- Yes, he said.
And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?
- Very true.
And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-
by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow?
- No question, he replied.

To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.
- That is certain.
And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them
is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the
glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive
some one saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is
turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is
pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which
he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?
- Far truer.
And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the
objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?
- That is true.
And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he 's forced into the presence of
the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to
see anything at all of what are now called realities.
- Not all in a moment, he said.
He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and
other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves; then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled
heaven; and he will see the sky and the stars by night better than the sun or the light of the sun by day?
- Certainly.
Last of he will be able to see the sun, and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place, and not in
another; and he will contemplate him as he is.
- Certainly.
He will then proceed to argue that this is he who gives the season and the years, and is the guardian of all that is in the visible world, and
in a certain way the cause of all things which he and his fellows have been accustomed to behold?
Clearly, he said, he would first see the sun and then reason about him.
And when he remembered his old habitation, and the wisdom of the cave and his fellow-prisoners, do you not suppose that he would
felicitate himself on the change, and pity them?
- Certainly, he would.
And if they were in the habit of conferring honors among themselves on those who were quickest to observe the passing shadows and to
remark which of them went before, and which followed after, and which were together; and who were therefore best able to draw
conclusions as to the future, do you think that he would care for such honors and glories, or envy the possessors of them? Would he not
say with Homer,
Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner?
- Yes, he said, I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner.

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Imagine once more, I said, such an one coming suddenly out of the sun to be replaced in his old situation; would he not be certain to have
his eyes full of darkness?
- To be sure, he said.
And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the cave,
while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of
sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes;
and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch
the offender, and they would put him to death.

- No question, he said.

CONTINUATION:
PLATO'S INTERPRETATION
This entire allegory, I said, you may now append, dear Glaucon, to the previous argument; the prison-house is the world of sight, the light
of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the
intellectual world according to my poor belief, which, at your desire, I have expressed whether rightly or wrongly God knows. But, whether
true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when
seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world,
and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally, either
in public or private life must have his eye fixed.
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- I agree, he said, as far as I am able to understand you.


Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls
are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.
- Yes, very natural.

And is there anything surprising in one who passes from divine contemplations to the evil state of man, misbehaving himself in a ridiculous
manner; if, while his eyes are blinking and before he has become accustomed to the surrounding darkness, he is compelled to fight in
courts of law, or in other places, about the images or the shadows of images of justice, and is endeavoring to meet the conceptions of
those who have never yet seen absolute justice?
- Anything but surprising, he replied.
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either
from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who
remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that
soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to
the day is dazzled by excess of light. And he will count the one happy in his condition and state of being, and he will pity the other; or, if he
have a mind to laugh at the soul which comes from below into the light, there will be more reason in this than in the laugh which greets
him who returns from above out of the light into the cave.

- That, he said, is a very just distinction.

But then, if I am right, certain professors of education must be wrong when they say that they can put a knowledge into the soul which
was not there before, like sight into blind eyes.
- They undoubtedly say this, he replied.
Whereas, our argument shows that the power and capacity of learning exists in the soul already; and that just as the eye was unable to
turn from darkness to light without the whole body, so too the instrument of knowledge can only by the movement of the whole soul be
turned from the world of becoming into that of being, and learn by degrees to endure the sight of being, and of the brightest and best of
being, or in other words, of the good.

- Very true.

And must there not be some art which will effect conversion in the easiest and quickest manner; not implanting the faculty of sight, for
that exists already, but has been turned in the wrong direction, and is looking away from the truth?

- Yes, he said, such an art may be presumed.


And whereas the other so-called virtues of the soul seem to be akin to bodily qualities, for even when they are not originally innate they
can be implanted later by habit and exercise, the of wisdom more than anything else contains a divine element which always remains, and
by this conversion is rendered useful and profitable; or, on the other hand, hurtful and useless. Did you never observe the narrow
intelligence flashing from the keen eye of a clever rogue --how eager he is, how clearly his paltry soul sees the way to his end; he is the
reverse of blind, but his keen eyesight is forced into the service of evil, and he is mischievous in proportion to his cleverness.
- Very true, he said.

But what if there had been a circumcision of such natures in the days of their youth; and they had been severed from those sensual
pleasures, such as eating and drinking, which, like leaden weights, were attached to them at their birth, and which drag them down and
turn the vision of their souls upon the things that are below --if, I say, they had been released from these impediments and turned in the
opposite direction, the very same faculty in them would have seen the truth as keenly as they see what their eyes are turned to now.
- Very likely.
Yes, I said; and there is another thing which is likely. or rather a necessary inference from what has preceded, that neither the uneducated
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and uninformed of the truth, nor yet those who never make an end of their education, will be able ministers of State; not the former,
because they have no single aim of duty which is the rule of all their actions, private as well as public; nor the latter, because they will not
act at all except upon compulsion, fancying that they are already dwelling apart in the islands of the blest.
- Very true, he replied.
Then, I said, the business of us who are the founders of the State will be to compel the best minds to attain that knowledge which we have
already shown to be the greatest of all-they must continue to ascend until they arrive at the good; but when they have ascended and seen
enough we must not allow them to do as they do now.
- What do you mean?

I mean that they remain in the upper world: but this must not be allowed; they must be made to descend again among the prisoners in the
cave, and partake of their labors and honors, whether they are worth having or not.
- But is not this unjust? he said; ought we to give them a worse life, when they might have a better?

You have again forgotten, my friend, I said, the intention of the legislator, who did not aim at making any one class in the State happy
above the rest; the happiness was to be in the whole State, and he held the citizens together by persuasion and necessity, making them
benefactors of the State, and therefore benefactors of one another; to this end he created them, not to please themselves, but to be his
instruments in binding up the State.

- True, he said, I had forgotten.

Observe, Glaucon, that there will be no injustice in compelling our philosophers to have a care and providence of others; we shall explain to
them that in other States, men of their class are not obliged to share in the toils of politics: and this is reasonable, for they grow up at their
own sweet will, and the government would rather not have them. Being self-taught, they cannot be expected to show any gratitude for a
culture which they have never received. But we have brought you into the world to be rulers of the hive, kings of yourselves and of the
other citizens, and have educated you far better and more perfectly than they have been educated, and you are better able to share in the
double duty. Wherefore each of you, when his turn comes, must go down to the general underground abode, and get the habit of seeing in
the dark. When you have acquired the habit, you will see ten thousand times better than the inhabitants of the cave, and you will know
what the several images are, and what they represent, because you have seen the beautiful and just and good in their truth. And thus our
State which is also yours will be a reality, and not a dream only, and will be administered in a spirit unlike that of other States, in which
men fight with one another about shadows only and are distracted in the struggle for power, which in their eyes is a great good. Whereas
the truth is that the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in
which they are most eager, the worst.

- Quite true, he replied.


And will our pupils, when they hear this, refuse to take their turn at the toils of State, when they are allowed to spend the greater part of
their time with one another in the heavenly light?

Impossible, he answered; for they are just men, and the commands which we impose upon them are just; there can be no doubt that
every one of them will take office as a stern necessity, and not after the fashion of our present rulers of State.

Yes, my friend, I said; and there lies the point. You must contrive for your future rulers another and a better life than that of a ruler, and
then you may have a well-ordered State; for only in the State which offers this, will they rule who are truly rich, not in silver and gold, but
in virtue and wisdom, which are the true blessings of life. Whereas if they go to the administration of public affairs, poor and hungering
after the' own private advantage, thinking that hence they are to snatch the chief good, order there can never be; for they will be fighting
about office, and the civil and domestic broils which thus arise will be the ruin of the rulers themselves and of the whole State.
- Most true, he replied.

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And the only life which looks down upon the life of political ambition is that of true philosophy. Do you know of any other?

- Indeed, I do not, he said.

And those who govern ought not to be lovers of the task? For, if they are, there will be rival lovers, and they will fight.

- No question.

Who then are those whom we shall compel to be guardians? Surely they will be the men who are wisest about affairs of State, and by
whom the State is best administered, and who at the same time have other honors and another and a better life than that of politics?

- They are the men, and I will choose them, he replied.


And now shall we consider in what way such guardians will be produced, and how they are to be brought from darkness to light, --as some
are said to have ascended from the world below to the gods?
- By all means, he replied.
The process, I said, is not the turning over of an oyster-shell, but the turning round of a soul passing from a day which is little better than
night to the true day of being, that is, the ascent from below, which we affirm to be true philosophy.

And should we not inquire what sort of knowledge has the power of effecting such a change?
- Quite so.

INTERPRETATION OF PLATO'S CAVE

BY ALICE

Interpretation of Plato’s Allegory


For me, the purpose of this allegory defines clearly the process of enlightenment. For a man to be enlightened, he must above all desire the freedom to explore
and express himself. This urge has to become an intense need, a driving force that unlatches deep within him a necessity to discover a new way of
understanding and experiencing his relationship with himself and the world in which he lives.

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This driving force that pushes him to explore and search for something that he cannot initially define is the same one that pervades and operates in nature,
pushing everything within creation to transform itself continuously. Therefore, we understand that this force is a natural underlying energy permeating and
influencing the physical, psychic and spiritual substance of all created and living species, allowing them to continually transform and develop. Hence, we
observe, that this same process of transmutation and change also affects and influences man’s physical, psychic, and spiritual characteristics and attributes.
Indeed, these three aspects in man come under the same governing laws of nature, and there is no exception to the process. In other words, man is bound by
an unknown driving force that pushes his whole being towards an unknown goal and destiny.
This wondrous and unfathomable energy urges him to move on, and follows a specially designed path. This path unfolds gradually, subtly shifting his ways of
perception and understanding. However, man’s destiny remains a mystery to him for a long time to come; indeed, it stays concealed within his being through
many cycles of incarnation until consciousness within him is able to adjust and expose itself, helped by a new surge of universal influence. This influence is a
cosmic and Divine energy that pervades everything within creation and the center of this source is found within his own spiritual dimension
This energy is called consciousness, and consciousness unfolds in creation gradually. Why does it do that? Simply, to manifest, awaken and reflect back myriad
manifestations through the whole and unique Center of Pure Being.
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THE SIX AND SEVENTH SENSES OF MAN.

In this essay, we shall try to focus our attention on the Soul using some simple examples.
As we know, we live and develop self-consciousness with the help of our five physical senses. In turn self-consciousness gradually
develops an ego. From childhood the ego is the part in man that learns and separates itself from others. It teaches him to discriminate
between this and that, putting limits around himself and others, develops traits of character, expresses the impulses coming from the
Soul in creative and unique ways. However as part of his human inheritance there exists in him two more subtle senses. In some people
these two senses are awakening and in a process of development. We shall call them the intuitive and spiritual sixth and seventh senses.
Their role is to let our level of consciousness be influenced by the impulses coming from the Soul and Spirit levels of man. Nonetheless,
these two germinal centers within man will one day in the future manifest their qualities perfectly when the sixth and seventh sub-races in
humanity will have arisen.

The two subtle senses in man reveal a new and unique knowledge that influences and unfold in him corresponding qualities.

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Trying to activate these two spiritual senses in us depends entirely on our level of purification and of mastering the functions and impulses
coming from the ego. This means that we must first learn to master and transmute our animalistic instincts and stop over rationalizing
with our cerebral intelligence so that these two spiritual senses unfold their spiritual attributes and qualities in us.. The true sages of all
epochs have based their teaching on the seventh sense. This sense is based on the innate knowledge that belongs to the Spirit of man in
which dwells the sublime knowledge of the creation of the universe and of its Source. Moreover, it also includes the knowledge and
processes of the mystery of incarnation and of reintegration into the Absolute Uncreated Light. We therefore, understand that for us, this
knowledge is still incomprehensible, since, to be able to enter in its dimension, we must have first perfected the seventh sense and its
corresponding level of consciousness in our being.
The sixth and seventh senses function properly in man only when the Intelligence of the Heart is open in his psyche and is in harmony
with his two Divine Witnesses (Soul/Spirit) What is the Intelligence of the Heart? It is the awakened functions of the Soul in man. The
qualities which evolve gradually through intuition, and reveal the Soul’s divine gifts of an awe-inspiring quality. The seventh sense is of a
much higher spiritual nature and is not based on ordinary human understanding and logic. This is so, because its target is not the five
physical senses, nor the rational emotional and mental faculties of man, but rather the AWAKENING AND MERGING FACULTIES OF THE
SOUL AND SPIRIT IN THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF MAN HIMSELF. This is indeed the target and goal of the sixth and seventh senses.
Moreover, the aim of the sixth and seventh senses is to awaken two higher functions, which are for the time being still dormant in most
men. The mission of these spiritual functions cannot be revealed since they belong to the spiritual part in each one of us. The sixth sense
allows the Soul’s impulses to filter into the consciousness of man. As for the seventh sense it performs perfectly well when the Spirit and
the Soul blend and harmonize within the transfigured self-consciousness of man.
The manner in which one enters these very subtle levels of intuition cannot be explained or shown, since these refined senses are in
themselves levels of consciousness and inner Paths of knowledge and enlightenment. The only way we could describe and comprehend
their subtleties is through the development of our own personal and individual intuitive faculties. We get in touch with our Ideal Model and
learn to unfold our personal goals and ideals through the impulses and intuition received and under their direction and guidance look out,
and discover our personal goals and ideals in life.

Who, and what is this Ideal Model? It is an expression of our Soul. It is if you will, an appearance and the emergence in our consciousness,
of one of the Images and reflections of the Divine Presence and it is our Soul that selects it so as to attract us towards Itself. Thus, the
Soul selects a divine guise according to our karmic needs and attunements. At the beginning of this spiritual process, the Soul needs to
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take a certain appearance so as to attract our ego, and harmonize it to a specific spiritual level. And since the ego and the five physical
senses belong to the same physical world in which we live, they must first be magnetically attracted to something more ethereal and
spiritual than themselves in order to be purified. Consequently, the Ideal Model’s "Holy Face" must be attractive to our ego, and should
move us to the core of our being, so that it reverberates and energizes in all our subtle bodies. This means that our Ideal Model takes on
the aspect of our ego's spiritual complementary. We should understand that this Ideal Model or "Holy Face" is a symbolic expression
chosen to explain how the Soul attracts its shadow and unconscious counterpart, the ego. First, the Soul attracts and operates within our
etheric, astral and mental bodies whilst purifying and refining the limiting characteristics of the ego. It also takes the personal boundaries
and limitations of each person into account.
The sixth senses is the spiritual faculty of the Intelligence of the Heart. Basically, it is the part in us that gives us a sudden "hunch", an
inspiration, an intuition and our creative and artistic faculties. It makes us care, nurture and sympathize with people. Example, it helps us
to interpret our dreams. The language of the Soul is a spiritual faculty that can be developed only through the Intelligence of the Heart.
The seventh sense is something different. It activates, awakens and harmonizes all man's subtle bodies through the action of the HOLY
SPIRIT. It means that the Soul and Spirit of man have finally united and reintegrated their Pure Essence. This means that there are three
major processes in the complete transformation of man. The first phase consists of the PURIFICATION of the old process that involves and
uses our sixth sense of intuition with the help of our Permanent Witness. The second phase involves the process of RESURRECTION. The
Permanent Witness, having purified the mental and emotional bodies, ascend together with the regenerated conscious self of man.
Together they blend with the Soul's complementary partner: the Spiritual Witness. Finally, the third phase brings about REINTEGRATION
of the whole Essence of Being meaning that the three aspects have reintegrated back into the Source. Consequently each of the three
parts of man embody their unique SACRED NUMBER. Hence, they reintegrate back into the Source which is the Uncreated Light or the
Absolute Unknown God.
However, before all these stages can unfold their spiritual procedures in us, the sixth sense of the Soul must integrate and function
properly in man's ego. But even before this stage, the ego must have reached a very high level of purification. More explanations on these
very delicate operations are futile, as they do not help. What counts is the beginning of this sublime Quest. And what is relevant to this
Quest is how determined we are to follow it through. So the most important question that we should ask ourselves is this: are we ready to
open up the energy and impulses coming from our Ideal Model? If the answer is yes, then we have nothing to fear, since all these inner
phases and planes of discovery will open up their secrets to us in their own time. As we said, this sublime transmutation of our lower
energies into their spiritual counterparts can only happen through the development of our sixth and seventh senses. Knowledge received
through the seventh sense makes us participate instantly and fully with what is being received. In other words, the knowledge and the one
receiving the knowledge unite, and become one and the same thing. By the reaction of their union they become something altogether
new. In this case, it is the Intelligence of the Heart that is functioning as an instrument totally of the Soul and Spirit in man, since the
seventh senses operates only through the energy of Divine Love and Knowledge. When do we become aware of Divine Love and
Knowledge? This occurs when the ego, the Soul and Spirit of man unite in the acceptance of the enlightening Wisdom.
We hope that this is clear. The sixth sense allows the ego to take part in receiving a slice of pure knowledge and therefore it is knowledge
still tinted with the expression of the ego and Soul Personality of a person. Example an inspired artist like Leonard De Vinci. An
extraordinary genius like Einstein, or Jung the psychologist who brought changes in the ways we understand the psyche, or Soul
Personality of man. Or, we could take the example of a perfect athlete. Why take an athlete as an example? Because it is actually a good
one. An athlete focuses and concentrates himself on an IDEAL MODEL, and learns how to transform himself, gradually into this Ideal
Model. His talent resides in his trying to SURPASS his own limited possibilities, always attempting to better himself in his skills, patiently
devoting himself to his sport. Pleasurable habits take a second place for him, and this might look from the outside as if he is making a
great sacrifice. But to the athlete, it is not so. Through his athletic skills and performance his ego transcends its human limitations and
conditions, and during such moments his perfect model and his conscious self merge making them become a whole new Soul Expression.
Thus, our athlete becomes the physical expression, and the manifestation on this plane of the DESTINY that his Soul had prepared for him.
We could go as far as to say that " during his athletic performance" he totally incarnates the Ideal Model engraved in his Soul. What does
this example teach us? It shows us, two important things: firstly, that through the faculty of our sixth sense we can open our sensitivity to
the vibrations of the Soul and receive the necessary impulses to overcome our weaknesses, and transcend our limitations. Through this
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process, we discover to our amazement, a world of new possibilities. Secondly, what we learn from this example is the fact that in the
process of discovering our Ideal Model we are on the verge of discovering our real QUEST and GOAL in our life, and, even perhaps the
meaning of our incarnation.
Thus, by following our intuition, we end up discovering our Ideal Model. However, this happens only if we choose to do so. It is therefore
up to us to act now. Hence, the sixth sense takes us behind the veils of the illusions of the five senses and of the ego, helping us unfold
within the subtle planes of intuition that brings CHANGE and TRANSFORMATION. However, the path of those changes and transformations
entirely depends on our ego wanting to recognize its true Ideal Model. Thus, from the Ideal Model or Archetype of the perfect athlete to
the inspired scientist or the illuminated prophet, it is most crucial and important to allow the process of our sixth sense to unveil for us
whatever the Soul or Permanent Witness wants us to become. This is our destiny... Through the channel of our sixth sense of intuition our
spiritual development unfolds more subtle qualities in our ego. This process is based on the purification and transmutation of the lower
energies of our Soul Personality to their higher counterparts, so that the pure Knowledge and Divine Love of the Absolute can flow freely
and filter its intense and radiant Light through our transformed ego.

Recommended Exercises

It is recommended that you become the observer of your own actions and reactions.
That you keep a personal diary in which you write your personal observations and your dreams.

Find your personal way of COMMUNION with your Inner Self; that sacred space within, in which Silence reigns.

It is in that Silent Place that your Ideal Model will appear whenever you are attuned to your Soul or Permanent Witness.

The Intelligence of the Heart and its attributes begin to function from within this Silent Space...

The Dark Night of the Soul and the Mystic Way

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When we search for our real self, we must learn to release our ego from selfish and egotistic thoughts. To be able to do that, we must
attune with an ideal model that lies within ourselves. This search for the self is important because it helps us to unfold a different aspect of
being based on the ideal model that is, in reality, an image of our soul, a Divine archetypal image dormant within us. By focusing and
reflecting upon it, we energize our spiritual nature, which puts us in better touch with our intuition.
Iamblichus used the word daemon or daïmon to express an inner guiding presence that escorts and inspires our search for truth on our
spiritual journey. The daemon is an invisible presence linked to each one of us from birth, whose purpose and bond with us remains sacred
and mysterious, since it is linked to our spiritual awakening process. However, at the beginning of our spiritual quest, the daemon, as an
inspiring initiator, guides and attunes our consciousness towards our ideal model. Because the ideal model is our spiritual counterpart, our
ego needs to recognize it, and the daemon is that inner presence that shows us the way.
Through spiritual exercises such as meditation, contemplation, prayer, dream work, etc., the daemon’s presence is awakened and our
attunement with it animates the process of purification. Thus, when we become aware of this inner work, we gradually to let go of our past
ego identifications and cooperate willingly with the daemonic inspiration. Learning to let go of past ego identifications is a challenge, but
must be done. Thus, ego identifications such as "I am a teacher, a mother, a businessman, a mystic, or whatever" have no more meaning
to us, for we realize that these ego identifications are just "masks" and "subpersonalities" and transient illusions covering our real center of
Being. Moreover, we understand that they were necessary protections sheltering the elusive and hidden center of Being.
This realization marks the beginning of a turning point in our life, bringing with it various trials and tribulations. It is a self-inflicted and
salutary initiation that brings a high level of spiritual transformation. Likewise during this process of initiation, our ego, having no more
protective masks, opens up to a new dimension of being within consciousness that relates directly to existence.
The first step of letting go of our ego’s hold on life brings about a complete transformation in our psyche. The second step—immersion into
pure Being—brings about the revelation that our ego is itself just a limited projection of pure existence and being. This happens after we
pass through what has been described by mystics of all ages as the dark night of the soul. For some, this process lasts longer than others,
but there are different stages of this spiritual work, belonging to different levels of Cosmic Consciousness.
Cosmic Consciousness opens up the intuitive perception of our center of Being, which unfolds our own mystery and reveals a new way of
receiving knowledge. However, our ego personality does not disappear; on the contrary, by merging with the source of pure existence, our
ego becomes its receptacle, the sacred grail, the clear mirror wherein impulses projected from the center of Divine Intelligence and Wisdom
are reflected.
The dark night of the soul is a blessing in disguise because it saves us from the delusions and fantasies created by our ego. This is the
initiation that imprints the likeness of the ideal model upon our ego. Thus, we can see that the dark night of the soul is the passage that
takes us from a world of duality to a world of wholeness and unity, and makes us beacons of light for others to follow. We become living
models who inspire in others the same spiritual process that leads them to their own understanding of primordial knowledge and truth.
The dark night of the soul teaches us to look at the horrors and joys of the world, the cycles of birth and death, the wars and destructions
of nature and of the world economies with a quiet heart and a peaceful mind. On this level, our consciousness becomes a part of the center
of everything happening in the world since we empathize with all the pains and joys that humanity experiences. Together they are
transformed and united in the hallowed Holy Grail that, from here on, enlightens and illuminates our center of Being. The dark night of the
soul liberates our limited and limiting consciousness into one that is unlimited and universal, as Cosmic Consciousness makes us aware of
our true cosmic nature.
In Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta calls this level the "nondual" that contains everything and nothing. Christian mystical tradition refers to such
a state as Divine Apathy. Through this mystical and spiritual perspective, we observe that we are nothing and yet everything, and from this
central place of balance, we experience what meant by the words:
"To be in the world but not caught by a single thing in it."
A Reflection on Black Virgins
Intentionally hundreds of icons of Mary have black faces and hands. In France they are called "Vierge Noires" or Black Virgins. In other
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countries they are called Black Madonnas. Some call her "the other Mary". Jung said she is Isis whilst others consider her to be the iconic
remains of prehistoric Mother Earth worship. She is linked with Cybele/Demeter, Diana/Artemis, Isis and Venus/Aphrodite. Cross-culturally
she is associated with Kali, Inanna & Lilith. Historically she has ties to the Crusades and the Moorish occupation of Spain, to the
Conquistadors, who brought her to the New World and to the Merovingians and Knight Templars. For modern psychologists she is said to
express the archetype of the Dark Feminine. In other words, She represents our individual subconscious in which all the experiences,
qualities and distortions of past incarnations are kept, engrained and hidden. They are until such time when the bells of “salvation”
reverberate in one's Psyche and the time for transformation appears in one's life. The feminine Principle, like Marie Magdalene, manifests in
consciousness and like the essence that she represents, follows the guidance of the Inner Voice... the real Master, or the Cosmic Christ
within…

The Black Virgin of Rocamadour, France


Whoever the enigmatic Black Virgin may be, she holds a powerful attraction for her millions of devotees around the world. Her sacred sites
stand on highly charged earth energy centres, enhanced by megalithic ley-lines and sacred architecture. From ancient times to the
present, people have undertaken pilgrimages to her shrines as a way to explore her mysteries and to enable her to do her miraculous work
of healing, transformation and inspiration. France has more than 300 Black Virgin places of worship and over 150 Black Virgin statues still
in existence.
What does the Black Virgin represent?
In the context of esoteric tradition, she represents a collection of all the Feminine Qualities that are hidden but ready to express through an
individual. This kind of energy has the qualities of Demeter, Aphrodite, Isis, Marie Magdalena and so on, all in one. Thus, she corresponds
to the powers of transformation in each one of us. The hidden part of Nature's characteristics. These different qualities reflect through the
mirror of the PSYCHE. In other words the Black Virgin represents the AWAKENING SPIRITUAL PROCESS OF NATURE.

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A Symbolic Icon of the Black Virgin


painted by St Andre Rublev
The meaning of this important feminine symbol becomes obvious and we can relate and understand her power intuitively when the "inner
energies" unfold their varied characteristics allowing the possibility to become more intuitive and transforming grosser feelings and mental
processes to more refined and spiritual ones. The unfolding of these qualities, are inherent in the Soul. As for the location of these
venerated icons and statues, we should examine the places where they are found. The Black Virgins are usually placed in strategic ley-line
paths and points where the earth’s power radiates its most potent energies. Each one of these power points has a unique quality that
affects the subtle bodies of pilgrims. These specific energies of the earth penetrate and are activated in their subtle bodies, thus
harmonizing the chakras of the earth with that of prepared and sensitive pilgrims.
Hence, the Black Virgins represent the process of inner TRANSFORMATION. The transformation and changes that take place in an
individual. Transmuting his/her limited human nature to an unlimited and ever growing Spiritual one. The Black Virgin can be seen as the
awakener who manifest and brings to life the hidden qualities within each one of us. This means that a completely new level of
understanding of” being” in the world occurs. However, from my personal experience, I can say that those hidden spiritual qualities are
part of past spiritual experiences, an inheritance that comes from past incarnations.

If one believes or has his/her own proof of the existence of past incarnations, one should concentrate and focus on the inherited and
attuned qualities... and follow the trails, find the connections that guide to their source. In this source, one finds different qualities
coexisting within our Psyche... they send their impulses and energies as well as their varied tendencies through the impressions,
preferences and moods that we have in this one. These impulses and intuitions help us continue on our quest, a quest that never ends. It
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is the Soul’s mission that does not belong to just one individual, but to all the different soul personalities that have lived and are still living
in us… and through us. What does this means? It simply means that nothing is lost... and we reap now what we sowed in the past... The
reason for this quest is to awaken Consciousness. Awaken consciousness to its true Essence...beyond the masks of past incarnations…and
reach the bottomless source where lies pure Being. Beingness, is the source of all the manifestations of creation. The Black Virgin unfolds
Beingness through a secret process that unveils and unravels the mysteries of all our past and future incarnations. Symbolically, we could
say that she represents the “sign” of our Redemption.

The Black Madonna of Brazil


After reading this message on the "Black Virgin", a friend from Brazil send me the following picture and article.
The Brazilian legend of the Black Madonna is very interesting. It reveals the power and impact that all Black Virgins and Madonnas have on
the psyche.

She says:
" In Brazil, in 1717, 3 fishermen found a Black Madonna in the Paraiba River in São Paulo - Our Lady Aparecida, patroness of Brazil, venerated today in the city which has her
name. She is a small and beautiful black female figure supporting herself on a crescent moon. First her body was fished... then her head... and when she was made whole again,
fish could be fished again in that river. Says the legend that when she was discovered, this tiny figure became extremely heavy, preventing the fisherman to take her away from
that place. A small sentry-house was made for her there. Today there is a sanctuary city with Basilicas, numerous churches and the whole infra-structure of a city that has
already welcomed the Pope, and which all year round receives pilgrims from the whole country in a great happy and colorful religious celebration.
In the Afro-Brazilian tradition, the Black Madonna is the Orixá Oxum, Great Mother, patroness of pregnancy and of babies, of the Rivers
and of the Seas, of Gold, of Honey, of Laughter, of Beauty, of Seduction, of Shrewdness and Wisdom, the Supreme Ancestral Mother:
Iyami-Akko. "
THE MYSTIC HEART

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"Artwork courtesy of and copyright


by Daniel B. Holeman

In Sanskrit the name anahata was given to the fourth chakra, which literally means "unstricken" It refers to the subtle vibration that is the
creative energy of the Void and is chanted as the sacred syllable OM. It is said to be heard inwardly in meditation when consciousness
awakens in the heart or kundalini has reached this chakra. The fourth chakra is also, commonly referred to as the Mystical Heart in the
Christian mysteries and as the Intelligence of the Heart in the Egyptian Mysteries. When the heart center is awakened, then the impulses of
spiritual inspiration and altruistic love pour in and an ardent desire for all beings to enjoy the love and beatitude available at this level of
awareness is, felt. In the Buddhist tradition, this urge is, expressed as the vow to assist all sentient beings to reach Enlightenment. A
person who actualizes this vow becomes a Bodhisattva. All forms of romantic love are, motivated by this search for union with the source
of love. However, it is an unconscious distortion of the ego and a great misfortune that this search is directed outward and that the source
is misunderstood as being “a person” outside of oneself. This misunderstanding is due to the ego being divorced from its source, which is
its Perfect Model or, “inherent blueprint” - its complementary divine Self. It is in the heart center that the union of the female and male
(Yin/Yang) energies takes place. In other words, when the two opposite and complementary energies within each one of us occurs, then
Cosmic Consciousness awakens in the ego of a seeker – the bud becomes a rose… and unfolds the quality of unconditional love in his/her mystical
heart.
As for Buddhist Tantra, the fourth chakra has twelve bright red petals. Within this we find two smoke-colored interlocking triangles. Together they make the
Vayu mandala, which represents the harmonious rela-tionship between the male and female forces of the cosmos. Within the Vayu mandala, which also
symbolizes the air element, there is an antelope. Noted for its rapidity, the antelope is a good vehicle and symbol for the ancient God of the wind, Vayu. In
Buddhist Tantra, the fire element is associated with the heart center. Its symbol is a red triangle pointing upwards. Lama Govinda claims that this fire is not
physical but psychic. It is the fire of religious devotion and inspiration. He goes on to say that the heart center is the seat of the intuitive mind and transmuted
feelings (divine love and compassion), and that it is a primary focus in meditation because it is where the universal is realized in human experience.'
The Primordial Buddha Aksobhya sits on the throne of the heart chakra. His Mirror-like Wisdom dispels the illusion of the separateness of
things and reflects their innate Voidness. His negative passions are anger and aversion.
For the Christian Mysteries it is the place of the sacrificial God. The center where the "Perfect Model" dissolves (the Sephirah of Tipheret in
Kabbalah) completely in the Great Void of the seat of Being…

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The Tree of Life in Kabbalah


(Please note that you should look at this image from the point of view of the figure on the diagram in other words his right arm represents Wisdom and his left arm
represents the Feminine Principle or Understanding)
As the heart center begins to unfold, it attracts a teacher who serves as the embodiment of this level of consciousness. This happens on
both planes, the inner and outer physical planes of existence. In other words, it is the place from where the Perfect Model of a seeker
makes an impact on his ordinary level of consciousness. It may also open his/her level of consciousness to conscious communication with
the spiritual hierarchy of beings guiding the souls of this planet through intuition, vivid dreams, strange encounters and the like. Disciples
may in turn act in the heart of a group working to guide terrestrial evolution.

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Christian Kabbalah
Currently, the energies of the heart center are becoming more active as we collectively evolve beyond the stages of con-sciousness related to the lower, three
centers. One problem in this transition, so prevalent in the New Age movement, is the attempt to live in the heart without dealing with the repressions and ego
drives in the lower centers. If, for example, we are angry, arrogant, desperate, or emotionally insecure, love does not flow freely. A forced decision to be loving
cannot be the same as a spontaneous outpouring of deeply felt love.
Confusion also arises between romantic love and altruistic love. Romantic love is associated with the projection of the anima and animus and the desire for the
perfect relationship. Romance is an ideal that can only unfold from within, a projection of an ideal complementary that can only unfold from within.
Altruistic love, on the other hand, is an empathy and compassion that enables us to act in a deeply caring way. It is an unconditional acceptance of life and
respect of others. There is a depth of understanding and wisdom in this love that only comes from a profound experience of life, which includes suffering. It is
not a projection or a form of control, but a very sincere openness and surrender to what is. A seeker experience disappointments, but he/she will never be
broken hearted if he/she remains open to his/her potential for being in this state of unconditional love.
We might think that opening the heart center brings only peace and love. Aside from meeting with our own repressed grief and fear of being vulnerable, there
are many obstacles that arise as the chakra of the heart unfolds. The heart center invokes intense forces from the soul and inner spiritual realms. The activities,
or mere presence of a person with an enlivened heart center may either attract or create negative reactions in others, as the love vibration penetrates barriers
and stimulate the love that has been buried beneath untold pain and suffering. In Esoteric Healing, Alice Bailey points out that the difficulties accompanying the
opening of the heart center are some of the most problematic experienced on the spiritual path. These include reactions from others that range from wild
devotion to extreme hatred, causing much confusion and turmoil for the seeker. However, with time, the seeker learns to ignore these reactions and withdraw
personal attachments and expectations from this kind of love. With compassion and patience, he/she allows others to accept or reject the forces of
unconditional love in the heart center.
The process of unfolding the mystical Heart can be compared to a rose which starts off as a root beneath the darkness of the soil gradually emerging as a
resplendent rose with its delicate scent, as with the seeker whose heart has unfolded and experienced the subtle perfume of unconditional love.
ON SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY - WHAT ARE SUBPERSONALITIES?
One of the most harmful illusions that can beguile us is probably the belief that we are an indivisible, immutable, totally consistent being. And finding out that
the contrary is true is among the first tasks and
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possibly surprises that confront us in our research.

We can easily perceive our actual multiplicity by realizing how often we modify our general outlook, changing our model of the universe with the same facility
with which we change dress. Thus, life may appear to us at any time as a routine, a dance, a race, an adventure, a nightmare, a riddle, a merry-go-round, etc.

Our varying models of the universe color our perception and influ-ence our way of being. And for each of them we develop a corresponding self-image and a
set of body postures and gestures, feelings, behaviors, words, habits, and beliefs. This entire constellation of elements constitutes in itself a kind of miniature
personality, or, as we will call it, a subpersonality.

Subpersonalities are psychological satellites, coexisting as a multi-tude of lives within the overall medium of our personality. Each subpersonality has a style
and a motivation of its own, often strikingly dissimilar from those of the others. Says the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, "In the very corner of my soul there
is an altar to a different god."

Each of us is a crowd. There can be the rebel and the intellectual, the seducer and the housewife, the saboteur and the aesthete, the organizer and the bon
vivant, each with its own mythology, and all more or less com-fortably crowded into one single person. Often they are far from being at peace with one another.
As Assagioli wrote, "We are not unified; we often feel that we are, because we do not have many bodies and many limbs, and because one hand doesn't
usually hit the other. But, metaphorically, that is exactly what does happen within us. Several subpersonalities are continually scuffling: impulses, desires,
principles, aspirations are engaged in an unceasing struggle."

EXERCISE

1- Consider one of your prominent traits, attitudes, or motives in life.

2- With your eyes closed, become aware of this trait, attitude and motive. feel and focus on Its energy in you. Then let an image emerge representing it. It may
be a woman, a man, an animal, an elf, an object, yourself in disguise, a monster, or anything else in the universe. Do not consciously try to find an image. Let it
emerge spontaneously, as if you were watching a screen, not knowing what will shortly appear on it.

3 - As soon as the image has appeared, give it the chance to reveal itself to you without any interference or judging on your part.

Let it change if it tends to do so spontaneously, and let it show you some of its other aspects if it wants to. Get in touch with the general feeling that emanates
from it.

4 - Now, let this image talk and express itself. Give it space, so to speak, for doing so; in particular, find out about its needs. Talk with it (even if your image is
an object, it can talk back to you; anything is possible in the imaginary world).

You have in front of you a subpersonality , an entity with an energy, a life and intelligence of its own.

5 - Now, open your eyes, and record in a notebook everything that happened so far. (keep a special diary to discover more about the different subpersonalities
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that cohabit and form your ego)

Then give this sub-personality a name any name that fits and will help you to identify it in the future: the Complainer, the Artist, the Bitch, Santa Claus, the
Skeptic, "Jaws," the Insecure One, the Octopus, the
Clown, "I Told You So," the Judge, the Victim, the Rebel, the Mother, the Boss and so on. Finally, write about its traits, habits, and peculiarities.

6 - After you have identified and exhaustively described one sub personality you can go on to the others. But take your time and work on each one alone until
you feel finished. The process requires merely picking
a few more of your prominent traits, attitudes, or motives and going through steps 1 to 5 for each one.

You can also discover other subpersonalities by taking stock of the various ways in which you look at life, by reviewing your behavior in various situations, and
by considering your various styles of being you. Discovering our subpersonalities in these ways gives us a quick means to gain a relatively clear picture of our
inner life. In turn, this clarity can enable us to be more at home with all those unknown inner guests having
their own party or battle inside us.

When we recognize a subpersonality, we are able to step outside it and observe it. In psychosynthesis we call this process "des-identification." Because we all
have a tendency to identify with to become one with this or that sub-personality, we come implicitly to believe that we are it. Des-identification consists of our
snapping out of this illusion and returning to our self to the real Presence within and its level of consciousness. It is often accompanied by a sense of insight
and liberation.

At certain other times subpersonality recognition is also accompa-nied by a healthy feeling of dismay or alarm, as, for instance, when a woman who had
suddenly recognized her "Victim" subpersonality exclaimed: "If I stop complaining, what else can I do?" Still other people, after having recognized a sub-
personality, especially a very deeply ingrained one, suddenly feel naked and defenseless, as if their armor had
dissolved, which is exactly what .has happened. In all cases, however, no matter what the initial emotional response, there is more real awareness and,
therefore, more freedom. But let's look at a concrete example.

Andrew, a young doctor, is blocked by an inner rigidity, which interferes with his relationships and is otherwise a nuisance. A subpersonality is continuously
judging and criticizing whatever he and others do or say. It's like having a nonstop internal moralist preaching all the time.

When he deliberately evokes this quality and tries to let an image emerge, Andrew sees a respectable, old-fashioned priest, grim, stern, and dressed entirely in
black. As soon as he can see the image clearly, he also
discerns the outlines of the rigidity, which has been controlling him. While before he would feel this as a vague discomfort and merely endure it, now for the first
time he is able to shake it off.

We must remember that there are no good or bad subpersonalities. All subpersonalities are expressions of vital elements of our being, however, negative they
may seem to us at first. After all, the "Saboteur" or "judge"
may have a strong sense of humor, and the "Mystic" may at times only a boring moralist. The "Rebel" may come handy once in a while and even save a life.

Sub-personalities become harmful only when they control us. One of the aims of our workshops is to prevent us from becoming dominated and consequently
limited by them, and to aid us in identifying with and
des-identifying from them at will.

The ultimate aim in sub-personality work is to increase the sense of self or center of Being by deepening our awareness and acquaintance with our own
subpersonalities, so that instead of disintegrating into a myriad
of sub-selves at war with each other, we can again be one.

From the center of Being, we can get into this subpersonality or another one, we can regulate them, correct them, care for them. The skill to be learned is

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flexibility, so as not to be dominated by our subpersonalities, nor to suffocate their expression and ignore their needs. In other words, to have a sense of
compassion, playful mastery.

Working on each of our sub-personalities one by one is the first, essential step. Later we may become aware of the dynamic interplay between them and notice
the ways in which our wholeness is violated and stopped.

Although the possession of several sub-personalities makes us rich, their many different needs may also cause dispersion. Such an inner experience of
dispersion is especially likely to occur during times of
great outer changes and activity.

Before we work with subpersonalities they seem to us to be fairly


distinct universes, ignoring or misunderstanding each other. But as soon as
awareness penetrates them, their communication tends to increase. AWARENESS
not only liberates, it also integrates.

Often sub-personalities are degradations or distortions of universal qualities existing in the higher levels of the psyche. For example, the hyperactive sub-
personality can be seen as a distortion of the archetype of
energy. The compulsive seducer is a distant relative of love in its higher aspect. The obstinate subpersonality may be seen as a distortion of will, and so on.

Hence, we could say that subpersonalities are like exiled gods and goddesses - caricatures and degraded specimens of the original, luminous archetypes. But
there is a difference: while there seems to be little hope
for the exiled gods, subpersonalities are clearly susceptible to transformation. Instead of degraded archetypes, they can be regarded as psychological contents
striving to emulate an archetype, as a gross version of what is to appear later in a much more refined form.

If we keep this dynamic conception in mind, subpersonalities won't look to us like a bunch of nonsensical patterns anymore. On the contrary, they will reveal to
us the hidden potential they carry. However far a subpersonality may be from its origin, it may well come to serve us as a means for reconnecting ourselves
with it.
ABOUT EGO AND SOUL PERSONALITIES

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Painting by Alex Gray - http://www.alexgrey.com


The more we get involved in the process of discovering who we really are, the more we begin to observe our own mental and emotional patterns, the more we
accept who we are and begin working on our inner process, and as a result of this understanding we come to accept and respect the role and power of the ego
as a projection of our Soul Personality... Therefore, as a consequence of this knowledge and self acceptance we become compassionate and loving persons,
unfolding our inborn qualities and potentials.
Some people think that to be a mystic and attune to the Soul Personality is enough to awaken higher levels of Consciousness, and therefore they think that
there is no need to discover the hidden patterns that develop in our ego. While this perspective fits with some religious and exoteric Spirit-based spirituality, it is
totally inadequate for the new approach to pure Mystical Traditions in which Spiritual Alchemy and Psychology are the basis to ”Know Oneself”. Therefore it is
recommended that seekers from all traditions begin their journey and quest with the exploration of the “world within”...
What we should know first of all is that the Soul Personality reflects Its Divine qualities in the ego and It also uses the ego as a personality to express these
divine qualities. Therefore, it is important to understand how the ego functions... and what it does... developing subpersonalities which are mental and emotional
patterns. By knowing how these patterns develop we become co-workers with the ego and begin the purification process that will help us get rid and transform
some of the old patterns that are blocking the flow of our pure intuition and imagination....These two are important alchemical and spiritual tools of
transformation... So we could ask ourselves the question what do we mean by ego personality? As we explained it simply means discovering our inner
subpersonalities which are developed by our self protective instincts and the power of our imagination; together they form patterns and are colored by our
emotional patterns... together these subpersonalities begin creating "little stories" on everything... on oneself and others... and these "little stories" which are
fuelled by the power of our thoughts and emotions crystallize into these patterns and form what we call our ego personality... Thus, some of these patterns
which are subpersonalities block and distort the flow of impulses coming from the Soul.
How and why do they obstruct or distort the spiritual impulses? To answer these two questions, simply, we must again insist on the need to go within and
discover who we really are... ask ourselves questions on what are our spiritual needs? Why do we need to bring changes in some of our old patterns? When we
experience the fact that old patterns can obstruct or distort the flowing of the pure Energy of the Soul.... then we understand that we must begin to WORK on
ourselves and learn to meditate, keep a private diary... give importance to our dreams, observe our own reactions to ordinary circumstances and situations in
the world in which we live... in other words follow a mystical discipline, but this program has to be appropriate to our needs. Without this knowledge and self
discipline, inspiration and intuition are badly expressed and cannot help us grow spiritually. To be a mystic or a balanced and harmonious person one has to be
able to express Wisdom coming from the heart... if not, what he communicates and tries to share becomes shallow and superficial.... Thus, to learn about who

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we really are... means to ask ourselves the question "Who Am I?" this is the foundation for understanding who we are, and gives meaning to what we do in life,
it explains why we do things the way we do them, and most important, it shows us how and why we have to change old crystallized patterns that block the flow
of our divine energy and therefore cut short our spiritual growth.
As we have just mentioned, it is not possible to resolve our problems or issues in life unless we search within and begin to unfold our inner process. To repeat
what we already said many times, the inner process unfolds when we begin to analyze and discover the patterns of our ego personality and Soul Personality.
The more we know ourselves at these levels, the less we will be controlled by our old habits and patterns and be even less brainwashed into accepting other
people's ideas... without measuring them with our own truth.... some can resonate with our own truth but others may not... We are free to choose... when we
feel free... and open.
Moreover, we have to clarify one point and that is that we wrongly attribute our own mental and emotional patterns to what we call: “our lower nature” – I insist
that it is wrong to call our ego personality our “lower nature” because Nature is One...it is the Nature of BEINGNESS...the same in every sentient being... and
part of the one and only Great universal STORY of Creation... When we understand this to be truth and we accept that there is only ONE UNIVERSAL
STORY, THEN WE ALSO ACCEPT THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE NATURE, and that this NATURE IS DIVINE... then our own spiritual and divine impulses
which remained unconscious and inactive in our subconscious unfold their powers and qualities in our psyche in such a beautiful way that the ego feels inspired
to express and unfold their qualities in life... and as a result of this transformation we are less prone to project aspects of our own unconscious patterns onto
others, which means that we stop creating and imagining "little stories" about ourselves and others...
Thus, Self-knowledge is the basis of all knowledge and the foundation for being able to be of true value to others.
We must realize that all questions that we ask about the mystery of Being arise from this one fundamental question: Who Am I?
When we begin in earnest to work on ourselves, then gradually the mystery of "Who Am I?" unfolds its mystery.... and we begin the questioning by not knowing
how to answer it... but gradually, by repeating the same question, a time comes when Consciousness begins slowly to reveal its own secrets... which is that the
secret is not an object... it is not a thing to be discovered... the answer to this most mysterious question is that CONSCIOUSNESS ITSELF IS THE ANSWER
AND THE MYSTERY- the seeker who asks the question is also the one who has the answer within... which is revealed only when CONSCIOUSNESS
REACHES COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS.... But between this enlightening realization, the answers are diverse and change with our own experience and
different levels of Consciousness... and from self consciousness, we gradually evolve and mature into Cosmic Consciousness.
Find out more about Subpersonalities:
REINCARNATION AND THE PSYCHE

The Psyche is that part in man that unfolds his unique individuality and allows him to develop his particular characteristics. In turn, these characteristics helps,
in their turn make him observe the world in a personal and distinctive way. From one incarnation to the next, the way man observes and understands his world
changes and grows, along new experiences, his individual distinctive personality and characteristics change too. Moreover, these changes affect his level of
consciousness, unfolding within him unsuspected or unknown qualities. These new discoveries allow him to continue enrich his individuality. When does logic

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dictate that one develops and unfolds different characteristics and creative attributes only to loose them at the end of one’s life when death reclaims the ego
and body of man?
Thinking that the end of our life is the end of our existence goes against what nature teaches us… Nature demonstrates that everything created is destroyed
so as to be recreated. This follows the laws of change and the cycles of transformation that are necessary for the evolution of all the species. So, why should
we be governed by a different law? After death, were we to loose all our increased wisdom and with it the corresponding levels of consciousness, this would go
against the law of nature itself. If on the other hand we observe carefully our own nature and see how many cycles of transformation we have undergone – of
deaths and rebirths and of new patterns and ideas, we understand the complexity and richness of our own existence…the diverse and unique ways of
unfolding our individuality. Who we are, and what we are today has been based on the same law of death and creation…
We are born with implanted and engrained ideas, desires and thought-forms… these are particular to each one of us…If, as I am convinced, the law of
reincarnation exists, I would like to give you my way of experiencing this law. As an ego personality… I will at the end of this life be “destroyed” – and that is the
end of it…Here you will say, death exists… since I am claiming that I will not remember to have been “Alice” in my next life and therefore I will disappear into
oblivion… Yes in this case, if we think that the ego is the only thing that exists in life, then yes, after death it will not survive and death will bring an end to the
whole saga. However, I know for myself that this is not so. There is a misunderstanding of what reincarnation is… The ego does disappear…but it goes back to
the source, which is the Soul. The ego is a reflection of the Soul… and in each incarnation this reflection takes a new feature… a feature that corresponds to
whatever the Soul needs to unfold in this new incarnation… In each new reflection of the Soul, an ego will unfold and develop gradually what it had done in the
past. By this process there is a continual and changing cycle of destruction or death to create a new life and continue where one has left off…
Evolution for man means an AWAKENING process. So how do we rekindle our past developed characteristics, attributes and qualities? Where do they gather
since the ego of a new born is “virgin”, how can it rediscover the inborn qualities? The answer is simple – each child is different from another… each child
grows to become an adult and while growing he/she experiences inner impulses, gifts, likes and dislikes, temperaments, intellectual characteristics that make
each person unique. The environment in which we are born plays a part, so does the physical genes of our parents and the schooling we have received.
However, there is a subtle difference between the spiritual and psychic development that has no bearing to our environment or academic background.
The answer is simply this, the more one awakes the more one realizes that the ego is just an aspect of the Soul… and by opening to its resonance one begins
to find the thread that links one from incarnation to another.

However, we could ask why do we need to remember the past? The answer is that we do not need to do that at all! The important part of all this essay is to
make you realize that as an “ego” you will not survive, because the ego is just a convenient and necessary TOOL that gathers and stores useful experiences
this time around and continues to keep the torch of Life and renewal process ALIVE.
We may ask the question where do we find the “thread” that links our incarnations on our journey? The thread is the psyche… It is the reservoir of our past
achievements, “failures” qualities and faults… everything is in there… But as the ego is just a reflection of an aspect of the Soul, it cannot choose what it needs
to unfold and develop in any given incarnation. That task comes under the responsibility of the Soul. This is what karma means… The possibilities that are
available to the psyche and the ways it will present them to the ego.
The gathering “place” in the psyche is not physical, but an intangible part of the memory of the Soul. In other words, nothing is lost, all developed qualities and
characteristics gather in the Soul’s memory. The Soul uses its own memory to unfold Divine Wisdom and Knowledge. What does this mean? It means that from
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incarnation to incarnation the learned experiences and developed qualities in an individual Soul continue to develop manifesting and unfolding more of its
divine qualities and creative attributes. Hence, we can see that karmic law fulfils the necessary experiences to allow the manifestation of divine qualities in
one’s life. Moreover, if one accepts the law of reincarnation, then one understands that the Soul’s memory as part of the Soul remains hidden from
consciousness and the ego could never be able to explore it, unless the Soul wishes and allows it.

The Psyche is the mirror of the Soul and could be compared to a dual aspect mirror reflecting all kinds of impulses coming from the Soul and the ego at the
same time. This inner process allows consciousness to receive and understand the psychic and spiritual impulses that come from within, thus influencing our
everyday experiences.
However, there is another aspect of the Psyche that we have not explored yet. I feel that the time has come to impart these few ideas to help you reflect on the
importance of the psyche, which should not be confused with the Soul.
First of all, ask yourself this question… Why is it, that as human beings, we have to develop a psyche? What does it mean and what is its use? Most people do
not give any importance to the psyche, preferring to accept the fact that they have developed their own personal ways of dealing with problems and solving
them. They acknowledge however, the fact that they have personal likes and dislikes, phobias and things, that they love or hate, goals and ideals. However,
very few people, stop to ask themselves the question? Why is it that my interests in life, my goals and ideals are different from those of the rest of my family,
from the circle of my friends? Why am I the way I am, in certain ways unlike any other person that I am acquainted with. Why am I pushed to unveil the
meaning of my life, when my sister and brother with whom I have received the same attention are not? What is it that pushes me to inquire, search, explore, my
inner self? Physically, my physical traits could resemble those of my parents, I might pick up some external characteristics due to education and environment,
but why is it that I have an urge and a dream that is unique and belongs just to myself?
If reincarnation was not a logical explanation, if consciousness and the Soul essence and Personality did not continue from incarnation to incarnation, then,
what is the reason of developing such complex beings? Why are we so different and unique? We should all have been like robots, having no subtle spiritual
depth, acting and reacting mechanically…Why do we develop such an array of different tastes, moods and creativity? Why is there such a difference in the
intelligence, imagination and feelings of people? How can we accept the fact that one person is born a genius and another a poor idiot? Some people might
simply say that it is due to an accident of circumstance, or of parental genes and DNA, of the environment, of culture and education, etc… I personally find this
to be a simplistic answer to this crucial question. Other than that, let us imagine for a moment that the laws of nature are simple, but the result of their creations
very intricate.

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We shall gradually come to understand and appreciate these reasons. I have written a lot about consciousness, and science tells us that every animate thing in
nature has some kind of consciousness. We are told that mother earth is alive and changing and therefore everything that grows and manifests on her, lives
and vibrates to various degrees of consciousness. Everything changes and transforms through consciousness. From rocks to plants and from insects to
animals, from animals to humans and from humans to enlightened beings, everything belongs to a level of consciousness which “awakens” gradually by
passing from the same law of cycles of destruction and creation.
The Psyche gives us a clue… I have compared the Psyche to a mirror. A mirror reflects and creates a DOUBLE…For example, when you look at yourself in the
mirror, you will see your own PROJECTION…You will be able to see yourself physically when you see your own reflection in the mirror…Likewise, you know
that you exist when you compare yourself to others… when you make a separation between the world and you… This simply proves that to be able to
recognize your own existence, you must live in a world of DUALITY… and thereby experience your own DUALITY… What is the result of this realization? What
happens when you become conscious of your own image and reflection in the mirror? You instantly have a REACTION. You react and a flood of emotions and
thoughts rush into your consciousness. What happens next, is that MEMORY opens the gate of the subconscious and feelings and thoughts that are related to
that experience make their appearance in your psyche and affect the way you interpret and understand your own reflection. Hence what you see in front of you
in the mirror is based on your past experiences…the experiences that are gathered in your Psyche.
So the question arises, can you separate yourself from your Psyche and look at the image reflected in the mirror without being affected by it? The answer is
simply “No you can’t” because all experiences in life are lived in the world of duality, a world that functions and works through the projections of each individual
Psyche. The reservoir and mirror in which the Soul projects parts of its own memory… transferring the need to develop whatever needs to be continued.
However, when in the mirror of the psyche CONSCIOUSNESS reflects only pure CONSCIOUSNESS, then the world of duality is transcended… and Being
awakes through CONSCIOUSNESS
REINCARNATION AND THE SOUL

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Painting by Daniel B. Holman


When the embryo of your physical body was forming within your mother's womb, and you were hovering near waiting to incarnate within the new "tomb" of
flesh, you brought down with you from the causal plane a "cloud of glory" which was attached to you and as much a part of you as the embryo which was to
become your physical vehicle. This auric cloud did not enter the physical form at your birth, but only attached itself to your psychic centers (chakras) and
remained as the vehicle of the Soul (Permanent Witness) above your head.
This auric cloud is the focal center of the real You. The "home" from where your intuition and superconscious mind unfold...This auric cloud is a "magnetic field"
in which your Soul (Permanent Witness), the all-wise, the god you will become resides. It is the "place" from where your "Perfect Model" appears... and from
where Primordial Wisdom unfolds its mysteries.
The question is often asked: Is the Permanent Witness or Soul an all-wise Being separate and apart from your self consciousness and ego self? Or is it simply
a level of consciousness manifesting on a higher plane of your inner life such as a sixth and seventh sense?
(To know more about the sixth and seventh senses click: the sixth and seventh senses of man )
The answer is that it is both. It is a great BEING of which you are a part and a small "being" of which you are also a conscious self...just a fragment of that
infinite YOU. This limited fragment of who you are operates on your waking conscious level as your everyday personality, aware somewhat of the
subconscious mind and its mysteries, and only vaguely aware, if at all, of the operation of the higher aspects of your Real Being (the superconscious levels of
the Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses)... the pure Being which is the real YOU expresses on four levels of consciousness: the waking conscious - the
subconscious - the superconscious - and the WISDOM MIND.
Your Spirit Self (Spiritual Witness) is often called the Parental Spirit in that you are its child. It exists in states of consciousness on the Causal Plane that cannot
be known or attained by anyone except initiates and invisible Masters. The Spiritual Witness (the Monad) exists beyond time and space in an impenetrable
dimension of its own...
(For more explanations on these two spiritual aspects of man look at : "Mystery of Man" parts:
1 - 2 - 3 4 -)

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The Spiritual Witness is your Immortal Spirit, it is immortal since it does never incarnate or take "form", that is why it remains "uncreated and "unmanifested".
On the other hand, the Permanent Witness, or your Soul is only now becoming immortal through its many and various incarnations in the field of matter. As a
substance and an essence the Permanent Witness is immortal, yes, in the sense that it does not die... However, the "role" and goal of the Permanent Witness
is to awake Cosmic Consciousness in the ordinary level of consciousness of man and reach the Cosmic level of its Spiritual Witness - the level of the Perfect
Model. Therefore, we could say that the Spiritual Witness is the truly immortal part of who you are... it is the subtle Presence of Being within...the part that you
call your Existence... the Being within you that cannot reflect because it simply "IS" and "EXISTS"... and remains fully conscious always, whether in incarnation
or out of it; whether you are asleep or awake.
The purpose and the object of the Soul or Permanent Witness is to perpetually evolve and awake consciousness through the creation of your various
personalities. It is through the experiences of these various personalities that the Soul ultimately completes its cycle of evolution, at the end of which it may
return to the exalted level of its Spiritual Witness (or Monad) and unite with it. That is when "you", uniting with the Divine Spark of your Perfect Model become
divine...In hermetic and mystical writings this divine accomplishment is called
"Union with the Beloved" and "Alchemical and Mystical Wedding".
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THE DIFFERENT BODIES OF MAN

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The same level of experience found in the universe as a whole can be found within the human Soul as well. The same levels of "Being-ness", the same divine
Hierarchies found in the "immaterial" etheric, astral and higher planes of the universe as a whole can be found within the human Soul as well. This realization of
being a "MIRROR" of the Macrocosm is central to unfold the mystical process. This whole process circles around the magnetic axial pole of pure Being. The
principle of macrocosm and microcosm, which represents this mirroring of levels is the foundation of all the spiritual and metaphysical traditions. From the
formation of stars, to the collapses of galaxies, from our humble meditation practices, to world affairs... Everything in the universe affects and resonates with
everything else. In the same manner, our own spiritual practice and level of consciousness affect and resonate in all the Planes of existence in the universe...
This is also a reminder that, however strange the universe may seem to us, we and it share one nature and one life.
The individual human being, then, is understood in mystical terms as a reflection of the whole universe, and the same levels we have traced in the universe as
a whole can be traced in the Soul as well. This is another way of repeating what we have previously said, that our own level of consciousness projects
outwardly the way we "see" and understand reality.
The universe and the spiritual Hierarchy are mirrored in us through many subtle bodies. We have, the biological or physical body - the etheric body, which is
made of ether or life-energy - the astral body, which is the body of concrete consciousness shaped by the psyche (thoughts, feelings) - the mental body, which
is the body of abstract consciousness perceived by pure awareness, which opens on realms of experience not bounded by space and time; and the spiritual or
causal body named also the Light body, which is the root of consciousness and the inner-most essence of the Soul. As with the levels of the macrocosm, each
body can be seen as governing the body "below" it — that is, denser or more material than itself; thus, for example, the astral body is shaped and directed by
the mental body, and in turn shapes and directs the etheric body.

Each of these parts of the Soul has its own nature and functions, and its own role in the awakening process. The physical body, for its part, is the body known
to medical and biological science. It serves as the material foundation and instrument of the other parts of the Soul, enabling the Soul to perceive and act in the
realm of material experience. Traditional lore assigns each of its parts to one or another part of spiritual symbolism; thus, for instance, each of the five fingers is
assigned to one of the five elements.
The etheric body is usually divided, for clarity, into two parts. The first of these is the etheric double; this closely resembles the ordinary body of matter,
extending out perhaps an inch beyond the surface of the skin, and provides the framework of subtle formative energies on which the material body is built. It
contains a series of channels (the meridians of Oriental medicine) and energy centers, which have an important role in mystical work.
The second part of the etheric body is called the aura or, in another context, the Sphere of Sensation. This is a roughly egg-shaped field of energies
surrounding the etheric double, extending out several feet from the physical body. It serves as the interface between the etheric body of the individual and that
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of the cosmos, and all the forces of the universe are reflected on its surface.
The astral body cannot be so easily mapped out in this kind of spatial language. A body of consciousness, it comes closer to the modem idea of "mind" than to
that of "body," although neither of these too-rigid categories fits well anywhere in the mystical view of the Soul. The astral body can be thought of as a field of
energy occupying roughly the same space as the aura, but constantly shaped and reshaped by patterns of thought and feeling. All images, words, and
sensations affect this body, and are affected by it in turn; it interacts freely with the astral level of the cosmos, and with the astral bodies of other human and
non-human beings. It contains most of those parts of the self we normally think of as "mental" or "inner"— intellect, emotion, imagination, will, and memory, the
instruments of concrete consciousness — and it is also the basis for the individual personality.

The mental body can be thought of as the essential pattern of the Soul. It can be described as a subtle "body" only in a highly metaphorical sense, and cannot
be located in a spatial sense at all. This body is the instrument of abstract consciousness — that is, thought that does not involve forms and images of the sort
we perceive with our senses — and thus makes it possible to perceive the core ideas or structures of experience, which exist outside of space and time.

The Spiritual body, or Causal body finally, is the root of the Soul, the essence or "divine spark" around which all the other layers of the Soul are built up; it
represents the point of contact between the human microcosm and that unity of Being that, in theological terms, we may as well call the unknown God. It can
best be imagined as pure Being, without any other definition or quality.
In practicing mysticism, each of these levels of the Soul comes into play in one way or another in one's life, and specific aspects of these levels provide the
principal tools by which the powers of the macrocosm are directed through the Soul (Permanent Witness) and resonate in the subtle bodies of man. A seeker's
"role" is to become a pure vehicle, open to receive these high impulses and magnetically resonate with them. These impulses manifest in the bodies certain
spiritual qualities, which are inner states of realization. In order to make sense of this very abstract material, it is necessary to get a clearer sense of the
mystical and magical understanding of what is meant by the hidden potential qualities of the Soul. These qualities are inner states of consciousness that the
Soul unveils gradually to the consciousness of a seeker. These inner states appear during dreaming, meditation, or at any appropriate moment in a seeker's
life. They make a "rupture" in time - opening a gap to allow a higher level of resonance to impregnate the astral and etheric bodies of the seeker. Each one of
these Soul potential qualities vibrates and resonates in all the various subtle bodies of man. The result of this resonance within all the subtle bodies reveals
something too complex and beautiful to explain... One has to experience them to understand what happens...It is linked to the intangible Presence of "I"...
As we consider the different bodies and levels of the Soul and understand that their awakening process depends on our need to purify the psyche (etheric and
astral bodies) then, the spiritual purification and transformation process unfold and we increasingly come closer to manifest whatever is engrained and
inherent in our spiritual “blueprint” – the karmic plan which the Soul (Permanent Witness) has prepared for a given incarnation. The quest of how to unfold the
inner process is given to you on this website - It is explained through my personal experiences... My only wish is to help you find your own way... as each
seeker is a path to himself...The only most important thing to understand is that we all resonate to different rates of vibrations... What we must learn to do is to
resonate with the pure part of our psyche - the part that is open to the impulses coming from the Soul, so that the resonance of the Higher impulses are felt and
manifested in the lower astral, etheric and physical bodies as well. These divine operations are karmic "gifts" that are given to awake our subtle bodies and
receive sublime initiations.
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That which is Above, is as that which is Below
That which is Below, is as that which is Above
to perform the miracle of the One
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WHO AND WHAT IS THE DAEMON/DA•MON?

Part I

Painting by Odilon Redon


The most important injunction on the spiritual path of the ancient Mysteries was ascribed over the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi: Gnothi Seauton— "Know Thy
Self." The initiates of the ancient Mysteries were after Gnosis, which meant the knowledge of self knowledge, the knowledge of the “Who Am I?”.

They used to say: “Whoever has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved Gnosis about
the depth of all things. In an early Christian Gnostic book entitled the Testimony of Truth, Jesus advises a disciple to become "a disciple of his own higher
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mind," and continues to say that one’s higher mind is "the father of Truth." Elsewhere, The Gnostic sage Silvanus encourages his disciples in this way: “Knock
on yourself as upon a door and walk upon yourself as on a straight road. For, if you walk on the road, it is impossible for you to go astray. Open the door for
yourself so that you may know what is.”

The Daemon and the Eidolon

But what is the Self? The ancient sages taught that every human being has a mortal lower self, called the eidolon and an immortal Higher Self (Soul) called the
DAEMON. The eidolon is the embodied self, the physical body, and ego personality. The Daemon is the Spirit, the true Self, which is each person's spiritual
connection to God. The Mysteries were designed to help initiates realize that one’s eidolon is a false self and that one’s true identity is the immortal Daemon.

From the eidolon's point of view the Daemon appears to be an independent Guardian Angel. Disciples and seekers who still identify with the eidolon, therefore,
do not experience the Daemon as their own true Self, but as a spirit guide, whose job it is to lead them to their spiritual destination – hence it is a separate
entity that entices them to advance and awake to their true essence. Plato teaches: "We should think of the most authoritative part of the Soul as a Guardian
given by God which lifts us to our heavenly home."

The Gnostic sages of the past taught exactly the same Mystery doctrine. Valentinus, a gnostic sage who lived in Alexandria explains that a person receives
Gnosis from their Guardian Angel, or Daemon but that this angelic being is actually the seeker's own Higher Self or Soul. In ancient Egypt the Daemon had for
millennia been pictured as a Heavenly Twin of the eidolon. This image is also found in Gnosticism. The Gnostic sage Mani was said to have been conscious of
having a protecting angel from the age of four and, at aged 12, to have realized it was his Heavenly Twin, whom he called the "most beautiful and largest mirror
image of my own person. " In the gnostic version of The Acts of John, John observes that Jesus sometimes held conversations with a Heavenly Twin who
descended to join him: He says: “When all of us, his disciples, were sleeping in one house at Gennesaret, I alone, having wrapped myself up, watched from
under my garment what he did; and first I heard him say, "John, go thou to sleep," and thereupon I pretended to be asleep; and I saw another like unto him
come down, whom I also heard saying to my Lord, "Jesus, do the ones that you have chosen still not believe in you?" And my Lord said, " You say well, for
they are men."
As a comment, we could faintly enter into the mystery of the two complementary aspects of our pure Being, and understand the real meaning of the mystery of
Jesus Christ …in other words what the Acts of John is hinting…which is the TWIN aspects of the One and unique Essence of Being. Hence the One Essence
projects a part of Itself into the world of duality and seems to become two - A part incarnating as the consciousness of divinity in human beings – this means
that the initiate becomes a pure reflection and mirror “Jesus” in which the part of himself that never incarnates appears…that is the Presence of the Christ
Consciousness… a level of consciousness that goes beyond the world of creation and duality.

The Pistis Sophia relates a charming myth of the child Jesus meeting his own Heavenly Twin for the first time. His mother Mary recalls: “When you were a
child, before the Spirit had descended upon you, when you were in the vineyard with Joseph, the Spirit came down from the height, and came unto me in the
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house, like unto thee, and I knew Him not, but thought that he was you. And he said unto me, "Where is Jesus, my brother, that I may go to meet him?"

Mary relates to Jesus that when his Twin finally found him, "He embraced you and kissed you, and you also did kiss him and you became one and the same
being."
The goal of Gnostic initiation was, likewise, to bring the lower self into union with the Higher Self or Soul, for it is when they are made one that enlighten-ment
occurs. Irenaeus relates that the Gnostic "believes himself to be nei-ther in heaven nor on earth, but to have embraced his Guardian Angel." The great Gnostic
master Valentinus writes: When the human self and the divine "I" are interconnected they can achieve perfection and eternity.

THE UNIVERSAL DAÏMON

'The quest for Self-knowledge leads the ancient or Gnostic initiate on a remarkable journey of discovery. At first initiates experience themselves as the eidolon,
the embodied personality, and see the Daïmon as a Guardian Angel or Heavenly Twin. The more mature initiate, experiences the Daemon as a higher
manifestation of their own Higher Self or Soul. To those blessed with the final vision of complete Self-knowledge or Gnosis, the Daïmon is found to be more
awesome still. It truly is the "divine I,” the Essence that has no appearance and yet takes all kinds of appearances in the world of creation. Valentinus puts it
like this: “Although it appears as if each person has their own Daïmon or Higher Self, the enlightened initiate discovers that actually on the axial Pole of Being
there is one Daïmon shared by all, a universal Self, which inhabits every being. Each Soul is a part of the one Soul of God. To know oneself therefore is to
know God.
These mystical teachings are found both in the ancient Mysteries of Egypt, Greece and in the early Gnostic Christianity. In the ancient Mysteries the initiates
used to say: "I am Thou, and Thou art I" and it can also be found in the Gnostic text of the Pistis Sophia and in the New Testament in Gospel of John, we read:
" I in Thou, and Thou in me." (I in you and you in me.)
The Pagan sage Sextus writes: "If you would know Him by whom you were made, you would know yourself." Similarly, the Christian philosopher Clement
writes: "It is the greatest of all disciplines to know oneself; for when a man knows himself, he knows God." Clement taught his Christian initiates to "practice
being God" and that the true Gnostic had "already met God.
Gnostic means "Knower," but it is not some piece of spiritual information that Gnostic initiates know. They “know” because it is their Higher Self that Knows…
Hence they are conscious that they are not the ones who know, the ones who experience, it is the Soul, the Higher Self within, the divine "I," the Daemon who
KNOWS! The Daïmon communes on the Axial Pole of Being – the Pole of pure Consciousness. The true Gnostic, like the enlightened initiate of the ancient
Mysteries, discovers that the Daemon is actually the one Soul of the Universe — the pure level of Consciousness that inhabits each one of us. According to the
ancient Gnostic sages who have traversed the path of Self-knowledge and reached enlightenment, when, we finally discover who we are, we discover that
there is only one Perfect Being, one God.

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Visualization and Cosmic Attunement

Visualization and Cosmic Attunement


by
Raymond Bernard - Part I

• Who is Raymond Bernard? • Introduction • Visualization • Method • Cosmic


Contacts

How to contact Cosmic Masters and Attune to Sacred Egregores

An Introduction
Raymond Bernard is one of the leading esoteric philosophers and mystics of our time.
Now completely retired, he was formerly an international leader of a Rosicrucian
organization and a founder of sacred initiatory and traditional school of mysticism for
French-speaking countries. As an Elder Brother and mystic, Raymond has traveled
extensively all over the world, to initiate and encourage seekers from every kind of
background and denomination to find their own personal way of expressing the divine
goodness in human nature. His books have been translated in many different
languages.

In my autobiography, I describe him as "an Invisible Master" whom I refer to as 'John'.


John is actually a pseudonym that I gave to Raymond Bernard to protect his identity
from curious intruders. However, I am now allowed to use his real name.

According to the Tradition, there are invisible masters who appear when the seeker is
ready, attuned and in resonance with the master. An invisible master is an enlightened
person who gradually reveals himself to seekers. To the outside world, of course,
Raymond is simply the charming and good human being that he in fact is.

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I am grateful to Raymond for urging and encouraging me to write this book based on
my personal experiences and sacred knowledge that I have been receiving from the
inner planes, a process in which Raymond has also played a role.
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Visualization an Introduction
Before reading the messages which I transmit to you in these pages, an important
point must be made. As you will see, for myself, I give the appearance of a cathedral
to the Celestial Sanctum. You, yourselves, may adopt this visualized form or may well
choose another. Only the visualization is important, and I shall remind you of this as
often as necessary.
I must remind you also that the circumstances related in this work are essentially
symbolic. They are the condition and the result of the visualization I have adopted, but
the messages retain their importance nevertheless. They are the results of my own
Cosmic contacts, that is, the expression of the light which I have received at the level
of the Celestial Sanctum. The "Masters" to whom I refer designate the inner state
attained at the moment of a particular contact. If the realized contact concerns a
practical question, this inner state will be called "the Master of Experiments". If the
purpose of the contact is a question dealing with the law of Universal Love, it is called
"the Benevolent Master", and so on. Careful reading of the the way to commune with
the center of pure Being, our own spiritual center has been entitled "Visualization, and
Cosmic Attunement".
This message will permit you to understand the form taken by this work, so that you
can learn to reach the Celestial Sanctum easily, and to profit from its rays of Cosmic
Light. Your contact will vary in degree depending on the motive which determines it,
and this motive is up to you, yourself. Thus your inner state will be more or less
intense, more or less elevated, depending on the nature of the motive which you have
chosen, or the question which has led you to contact the Celestial Sanctum. The
intuition which you will experience, the Light which you will receive, the help which you
will obtain, you will be able to personalize for yourselves, attributing its origin to a
Master, giving it form, as it were, within the framework of all-powerful visualization.
Actually the greatest satisfaction that you will obtain in your contacts, the
comprehension which you will gain, originate solely from Cosmic omniscience in all its
impersonality.
To attune with this supreme wisdom and draw from this communion incomparable
fragments of Light, or assistance, there is no more efficient means than the method of
visualization explained at length in this message. It is by impregnating yourselves
intensively by a careful reading of it that you will be able to receive satisfaction from
the Cosmic for the valid questions that you will wish to have clarified, and for all your
needs and legitimate desires.

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After you have finished reading, it rests with you to put into practice what will have
become an integral part of your being, because each time that you feel the need for it,
you will know how to re-enter into yourselves to attain the Celestial Sanctum, (or your
chosen sacred place) the only state, the only focal point, the only place where man
may find the definitive and true solutions to his problems and the best answers to his
questions.
Raymond Bernard

Visualization

Visualization is a fundamental element in the search for contact with the Higher
Planes of Consciousness. It is an important tool that helps seekers to enter and
commune with their sacred center of Being. I have given a symbolic name to this
visualization and called it the "Celestial Sanctum". In mystical life in general, one
forgets too often that reasoning and speech are the faculties which man enjoys to
express himself on the physical plane only, and to communicate with others on the
same plane. One does not communicate with other planes and with the Inner Self in
this manner. The only means to do this, the only faculty given to man to achieve this,
is visualization. That is why, in every initiatory technique, mystical and even religious,
words and gestures, speech and movement, sound and ritual, have no other purpose
than to facilitate (in truth, to create) an inner visualization whereby attunement will be
established.
Chants, prayers, hymns, incantations, processions, statues, and images, and the
different forms adopted in all countries have no other aim. Also, visualization is of
prime importance in all spiritual life, whatever its form, and the most humble of the
faithful visualize without knowing it. The initiate and the adept, for their part, learn to
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pass successfully the various stages in their evolution.


To visualize means "to see inwardly", and it is evident that none may arrive at this
point without having first developed the faculty of objective observation. There are
many who look "without seeing". They go about like robots, completely withdrawn,
without observing their surroundings. That is why, when they want to construct a
mental "image" they encounter insurmountable difficulties. Observation is voluntary. It
is necessary, in the beginning at least, to want to observe and, with this objective, to
want to draw the attention from the inside toward the outside. It is necessary to look
around oneself consciously, to examine faces, people, and things, with the same
intensity as a photographer or a painter concentrating on every detail. In the
beginning, it is a difficult undertaking, but perseverance results in automatic reaction,
so that consequently, there is established an observation more and more rapid, a
memory more and more faithful, and a greater ease in effective visualization.
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Painting by David B Holeman


The Method
In visualization, the results of observation are linked with imagination. In the image to
be constructed, the foundations are built by observation. In my own case, I am in the
habit of visualizing a Celestial Sanctum, a place of worship, which has the appearance
of a cathedral. I could just as well choose a mosque, a synagogue, a temple, or some
other place, even secular, but a cathedral inspires me more, and that is why I have
chosen it as the foundation of my personal visualization. Certainly I have seen more
than one cathedral, and in each one "something" has greatly inspired me. Observation

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gives fundamental knowledge of the subject. The determining role of the imagination
will be to improve the effectiveness of the mental picture by adding whatever may
arouse inner emotion and spiritual exaltation.
In my own case, this is achieved by combining in the imaginary cathedral all those
"things" which have inspired me in the different cathedrals, which I have visited, down
to the last detail. First of all I must "see" the cathedral in its entirety, as if I were flying
over it; next, I examine the special exterior features, and finally I approach the central
doorway and go inside, continuing to use the same care in visualization and adding to
it, if possible, the impression of the fragrance of incense and whatever other particular
elements I wish. The necessary rule is, then, to "live" the visualization, to become part
of it as if it were our own actual conscious experience. This participation is comparable
to the state produced in watching a movie, which greatly interests us. At that time, we
actually "integrate" with the plot and the setting. We are entirely part of the film, and
this is exactly the effect, which must be produced in visualization. Visualization,
naturally, has an end, and is succeeded by the passive phase of experience, the most
important part.
Visualization is the means of attaining a determined state. Once having attained that
state, the means ought to be forgotten. The mental creation is achieved, and the time
to derive benefit from it has arrived. It is time, therefore, to stop the work of building
up, and to give way to the passive state, with its own pictures, thoughts, emotions, and
impressions. When has that time come? It is impossible to state, exactly. One can say
that, in a way, the transference works by itself-the active phase is transformed slowly
into a state of receptivity, and one knows that visualization is ended and that
attunement is taking place. Two questions are often asked: How long does this
communion last? And what impressions are drawn from it? The answer to the first
question is simple. This question is actually an error in itself. In the flowing life of the
objective consciousness, everything is evaluated with the idea of time. But in the State
of Cosmic Attunement, time does not exist. It is only after the experience, having
returned to the state of ordinary consciousness that one notices that the experience, in
its phase of receptivity, has lasted a second, a minute, or a quarter of an hour. One
will notice also, that the result obtained is identical, whether the experience has taken
place for a period of a second or even more, which leads us to the second question
and answer.
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During the attunement, there is knowledge in the most absolute sense of the term.
The being is completely immersed in omniscience and omnipotence. If visualization
has been conducted with a predetermined aim, such as the solution to a problem, a
health question, or a request for help or protection, the attunement works in such a
way that the goal will be reached in its universal context. If visualization has been
undertaken only to attune, without a definite purpose, attunement will take place as a
whole, and the being will draw from it whatever is profitable to it at that time. This is
without doubt the best form of contact; the Inner Self knowing better than all reasoning
what may be useful to the person in attunement. The point to remember is this: in
every case, attunement is made with the universal, that is, with the all, with this sole
difference-that in the case of a visualization directed towards a definite goal, the
response will arise out of the general context suitable for all forms of contact, without
exception.
It is important to remember that at the instant of attunement there is no perception.
Knowledge is unformulated. It is in the very brief time of one's progressive return to
objective consciousness, during the time between the attunement itself and full
consciousness on the physical plane, that the reply, or the expected help, or even the
possible message and the impressions properly expressed, take "perceived or
conscious form". In other words, it is as one progressively returns to the outer world
that "attunement" reveals a perceptible form, that it is clothed in human
comprehension. Naturally the attunement may be so short in relation to temporal

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ideas, and the "return" may be so rapid, that perception may seem concomitant with
attunement, but this is not the case. In some way it produces an inverse process to
that of visualization. Visualization has ceased just before attunement, and, after this,
knowledge takes "form" progressively and is "understood" in the particular aspect
desired by who ever has been searching for it. Frequently there is at the same
moment an impression of pictures, incense, or other things. Such manifestations vary
with each person, and are the evidence of realized contact, because this, on the level
of integrated knowledge, has made possible attunement with a Master, a mystic
assembly, or other adepts in attunement at the same moment. It is also possible to do
some particular "work" on this high plane under the direction of a being from another
sphere, or an initiate still on the earthly plane. These differing conditions may be felt
when the return takes place.
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Cosmic Contacts
This is an important point: do not hasten the return to objective consciousness. It is
advisable to let things take their course, in order to assist passively with this return, in
contemplating and observing the impressions, which, little by little, take form. It is
necessary to observe oneself. If the thought seems to wander, if the association of
ideas takes form, it is enough to follow it as it unfolds. The will should not intervene.
As soon as it does, the objective consciousness will take control of the being, and the
experience will end. It is also possible to have no particular impression, but that does

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not mean the attunement has been a failure. This may be due solely to the fact that
there has not been proper perception at the desired time. The objective
consciousness may have had to take up its activities again too quickly, or else the
return may have been accomplished with receptivity not being sustained, as it should
have been. In any case, comprehension has not had the opportunity of fulfilling its
role. But whoever has carried out the experience in the manner that I have just
described, will be convinced that attunement has indeed taken place, and that it has
been a complete success, which means that in every way one will draw benefit from it.
Whatever has been obtained will be retained, and the Inner Self will function in such a
manner that the objective comprehension will perceive it ultimately if it did not do so at
the time. That will take place in the course of a period of relaxation, before sleep, or
even at the moment of awakening. In every case the fruit of attunement will be
perceived as soon as the Inner Self encounters again the desired passive condition,
whenever the objective consciousness will be least active, including the moments of
emotion, fear, or surprise. Comprehension can even take place after the problem has
been solved, help granted, or health restored, because the result of attunement is
present in him who has achieved it, and this result works even without his knowledge.
Thus the appropriate response is adopted in the particular circumstance, the
necessary inspiration appears for the solution of a problem, and medical advice
produces rapid effects. A little reflection will then reveal that if one has been "guided"
in this way it has been as a result of the preceding attunement.

Thus each person measures the fundamental importance of visualization and the
Cosmic contacts it makes possible. Such contacts are helped and made considerably
easier in their ultimate comprehension if they have taken place in the sublime setting
of a sacred and sanctified place such as a Celestial Sanctum.

It is almost commonplace in our day to affirm the creative force of thought, and to
emphasize that this is a powerful and effective ally. The Celestial Sanctum has been
built with the help of this creative force, which means that it really exists. To be sure, it
is of such a nature that it cannot be perceived by the objective senses- but are
thoughts limited in this way? Now, each person is the reflection of his thoughts, and
his life, his happiness, and his actions are the result of them. This Celestial Sanctum is
also known by its effects on those who attune with it regularly, and on those who have
been helped through it. It is as real, as living, as the soul personality of which our body
is the Sanctum. It is as real as the building of stone where the faithful go to pray, but it
is more easily accessible, since it may be reached in the place where one is at any
time, which may be in the quietude of home, or in the uproar and excitement of the
street. It is necessary only to put into practice some very simple instructions, and if the
circumstances are against it, even to proceed with a brief mental purification.
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difficult, repetition will make it progressively so rapid and so effective that the Celestial
Sanctum will be attained almost simultaneously with the desire to reach it. It is almost
unavoidable for a seeker, not to profit each day by this marvelous creation. It should
be at the heart of both his mystical and his secular existence. It should become the
place to which, by a simple reflex, whenever the need arises, he/she can raise himself
in consciousness to receive a message, a directive, an inspiration, or help. It is
actually the Celestial Sanctum, which ought to preside over a seeker's spiritual
studies, his mystical research, and his experiences. It is under its guidance, in its
presence, that he should build his mystical life. His entire existence will then be bathed
in harmony and infinite understanding, and his interior evolution will then unfold in an
ambiance of high spiritual vibrations. Human difficulties and distressing experiences
will be illumined by perfect understanding, helping him to overcome them, to see and
to accept them as temporary burdens. In other words, he will constantly share in the
privilege of a wisdom always available to the degree of understanding he has attained
on the Path, and he will bathe in the Greater Light ready to manifest itself in him and
through him.

My most ardent wish is that this manuscript will encourage my readers, whether
mystics and seekers or not, to use more extensively the exceptional advantages
offered by Cosmic contacts. These advantages are not reserved for the author of
these pages, nor, is it for any particular person. They are for the use of everyone, and
in order to take part in them, as I do, it is only necessary, with a sincere desire, to
assume with confidence the path leading to the sublime meeting place of the Celestial
Sanctum.
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•A reminder that words like "The Celestial Sanctum" - "the Cosmic" and "Masters" are symbolic images
of an archetypal nature to help seekers get in touch with their own center of Consciousness. You may
choose to change these words, this is unimportant, what counts is the visualization and the getting in
touch with the sacred Center of Being and Consciousness within...
(To continue - see next page)

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Raymond Bernard
1923-2006
My Dearest Great Friend and Initiator Raymond Bernard who was the Past Grand
Master and former AMORC Legate to Europe and then the World went through
transition on Tuesday, January the 10th, shortly before noon, in Villeneuve-Saint-
Georges, near Paris, France. Frater Bernard served the invisible masters by
spreading light to Rosicrucians, Templars, Martinists and mystics of other initiatic
traditions, and to mankind in general, through his kindness and humility he was an
example to others... through his sublime and unique way of teaching the Knowledge
of Primordial Wisdom he knew how to point subtly the Way and be a catalyst to
others, guiding them diligently through the Gate of the NO-PATH ... Raymond
Bernard was an enlighten human being who with simplicity and his charismatic
Presence knew how to attract many seekers and disciples of different cultures and
disciplines... Together with him I have traveled much in numerous extraordinary
journeys and initiatory expeditions... Raymond Bernard, who is "JOHN" in my

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autobiography is now and will always be Present in my heart and consciousness...

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by Raymond Bernard - Part : II
The method Importance of visualization

Painting by Harold Klemp

ON A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE
No particular ceremony is anticipated today in the Celestial Sanctum. I have
participated in the period dedicated to prayer, and I have fulfilled the duties which are
my daily responsibility at the level of the Celestial Sanctum. After my usual activities
on the objective plane, I return for a period of contact and, this ended, I feel the need
to retire for some moments into my private sanctuary (in the Cosmic). On the way I
notice that some of the twelve sanctuaries of 'my' aisle are occupied and that those
who are there are meditating or working. I sit down immediately at my desk and,
abandoning myself to reverie, I contemplate, through the little window, in the distance,
the highest Mountain of Illumination where the greatest of all the Masters reside. A
little lower, in the compact mass of this unique spiritual mountain, I perceive other
summits; here is the permanent retreat of the 'Brothers in White'; there, a little farther
on, the Akasha Mountain. Farther yet, toward infinity, my thought flies from one valley
to another, recognizing truth and unity in the many paths climbed by an innumerable
throng of people who do not know that the goal is near and that it will be 'one' stage.
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paths, summits as high, and that all will be reunited in the final path leading to the
crowning height.... Then my glance comes back toward the Mountain of Illumination
where the Sublime Ones work. My heart intones AUM, filled with hope that the
particular Master, he who gives aid, will recognize it and respond to the particular
need of my soul.

In the Celestial Sanctum, which for me is the cathedral which I have described, the
call is always heard, and, as a result, in a more powerful AUM which reverberates
throughout space, striking the stained glass window near me with its extraordinary
vibrations, and enveloping me in an elating perfume of the purest incense, the Master
enters my private sanctuary. After making a benediction with his hand and
accompanying it with a look of his dark eyes, he sits down before me. I know
immediately that I must take my pen and prepare before me the fresh pages of my
memory. I am going to write these notes under the dictation of the Mater. I am ready,
and he speaks::

Today it is again to me that the duty falls to enlighten you further on one of the great
principles which you have had the privilege of learning through the Hermetic
teachings. I have already dealt with it, but I want to review it, since it is fundamental in
the mystic quest. It is about visualization that I want to speak again.

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The method
"The mistake which the seeker generally makes, and which tragically impedes his
inner development, is dissipation of effort in his search, even though it is conducted
with the best intentions. Now, dissipation is the exact opposite of concentration and,
consequently different from visualization. Anyone who dissipates his efforts in many
ways, such as thoughtless reading, or the study of various techniques, is certain to get
no result except the illusion of an over-burdened mind and the disappointment of
repeated setbacks in practice. That does not mean that he must adopt only one way of
knowledge, although this is evidently the ideal solution for effectiveness and success.
Knowledge may be obtained from many authentic sources, provided that these
sources do not teach different techniques, valuable in themselves, but generating
inner conflict and unproductive confusion if they are mixed.
Contrary to appearances, they are never complete and are radically different even if,
in the end, a similar result seems to have been attained. Consequently the first step
toward effectiveness in the initiatory life and, I repeat, today I am considering this in
the practical phase exclusively is the careful and definitive choice of a specific
technique. Thus will be avoided the danger which I have just stressed that of
dissipation. How many people are there yet who err in psychic matters! They are not
able to free themselves from the matrix of their dreams. The emotions which they seek
are imprinted with vague sentimentality and they take pleasure in a paralyzing
sentimentality. What they call 'knowledge' is made up of the fantasies of an intellectual
or emotional satisfaction in which all sorts of obscure sentiments are mixed in their
ignorance. And in an illusion which they believe to be truth, they search for similar
illusions, sometimes from disciples whom they would make pontiffs, the veneration of
whom will easily fill the consciousness submerged in false wisdom. Alas! How many
disciples having passed an important stage, are pushed by some childish nostalgia to
return to this stage of illusion, and how serious is their responsibility when the
knowledge acquired and misunderstood gives a false glow to the way supposedly
traversed, and catches unawares the guilelessness of an imprudent soul! In all this are
found illusion and the ineffectiveness of dissipation. Visualization, on the contrary,
assumes that a choice is made and a technique definitely adopted.

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If this is done, then the power of visualization will develop with each step
accomplished on the chosen way, and the results will be obtained with increasing
ease. However, from the first attempts, if the method is well followed, a success, even
partial, will reward the effort made and will be a great encouragement. The Master
that we are in contact within "KNOWS" and shows to the seeker which particular
visualizations and techniques are best suited for him. Subconsciously All thought-
forms in the seeker become conditioned by this voluntary adherence to a particular
initiative way, and the deep reactions of the seeker follow a precise direction toward a
goal at first uncertain, then more and more "defined' and distinct in proportion as
progress is made. This 'inner created atmosphere' may be further extended by the
method of visualization adopted and this, from certain basic elements, notably
observation and creative imagination, can be progressively developed in a personal
technique having as a framework the inherent characteristics of the individual.

Thus it is necessary to progress slowly; and, for a long time, a visualization including
the smallest details will be essential. Recalling the role of observation, no problem can
be solved until it proceeds to the mental picture. On the blank canvas, after the main
lines have been traced, each detail will take its place and each color will be in its exact
shade. The painter, he who is visualizing, undertakes an elating task. He creates for
himself the most magnificent picture possible, a picture which will arouse his
enthusiasm, his higher emotions, and finally his Soul. His picture is a 'mandala' which
he executes to its final phase, wherein lies the truth which he seeks. He appreciates
each step, but, having arrived at the goal, he will forget them all in ultimate
attunement, from whence he will draw power and the desired effect.
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Why insist so much on visualization? The reply is simple: visualization is the key to all
hidden things. It is the way of knowledge, it is the source of all abilities and all
realization—spiritual, mental, and even material. It is the fundamental principle on
which are dependent all the others, whatever they may be.

This key, which opens all doors, is the essential tool given to man for the realization of
his legitimate desires, and above all for his spiritual evolution. It is clear that a
visualization perfectly carried out will always produce the anticipated result, unless the
objective is in some way intended to be harmful to others, or is something which man
would achieve without weighing the bad consequences which his realization would
have for him. Only a visualization for spiritual evolution will always be effective, while it
is emphasized that the progress thus obtained will be determined by the degree
already attained on the Path. In every case it will always result in greater Light. No
realization is useless. If for some reason the desired realization has not been granted,
one will at least have the consciousness of the moment of realization, and if such is
not the case, inspiration will come sooner or later, in one way or another, to direct the
attention toward another way or another solution. "You now have material for useful
reflection, and the question of visualization, as I have dealt with it previously and in my
talk today, is clarified in all its details. If each one understands its importance, a big
step will be taken, but insist on practice! Knowledge of principles is useless if it
remains purely theoretical. May Peace Profound accompany your Way!"

•A reminder that words like "The Celestial Sanctum" - "the Cosmic" and "Masters" are
symbolic images of an archetypal nature to help seekers get in touch with their own
center of Consciousness. You may choose to change these words, this is unimportant,
what counts is the visualization and the getting in touch with the sacred Center of
Being and Consciousness within
Visualization and Cosmic Attunement
By Raymond Bernard - Part III
A mystical Technique

The Master rises. I do the same, and, the left hand on the heart and the right on the
left, with a last look he gives me his farewell. To the sound of AUM, which echoes
again, he leaves me alone in my private sanctuary and immediately I feel him in deep
meditation on the Mountain of Illumination, beyond, in the distant place which I gaze
on with faith, trust, and veneration.

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It is time to reenter my earthly domain and, curiously, I find it is accomplished by a


kind of inverse visualization. The 'descent' is done actually by degrees, and I notice
that it is possible to further slacken the grip of the objective consciousness in order to
analyze the steps, and in this case the 'vibration' of recall develops in more numerous
pictures, clearer, and more precise. This is a lesson to remember in visualization and
all its phases, slowly is a key word. The comments of the Master on the principles of
visualization lead me to think, at the moment of writing, that the fruit of an experience
may be useful to many, and I shall not hesitate, therefore, to record my own here.

Hermetic Traditions, teaches that anything may be requested from the Cosmic
(Absolute Consciousness - God) on the condition that the desire includes, in equal
part, personal interest and altruism. Now this requirement is a source of problems to a
great many people. Actually, where does personal interest stop, and where does
altruism begin? If someone needs money to meet urgent liabilities, how may it be
defined in the reflections (which precede visualization) on that which, in the request to
the Cosmic, is obviously useful to another? There is a reply to this question. In the
case mentioned, if the date of payment cannot be met, someone will suffer, perhaps
the one to whom the sum is due, and with him, perhaps, his colleagues and
employees, or it may be himself, the debtor, and the family which is dependent on
him. But how can one be sure? How be certain as to the manner in which this
particular request or some other should be made? There is a personal method,
developed while I was still a beginner, which I have used for a long time, and which I
still use on occasion, which has been of considerable help to me. Here is the method:
The mystical technique

The Cosmic, by definition, is the sum total of everything. It is the entire universe and
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its characteristics, the good and those which, for want of wisdom and understanding,
one 'judges' less good. The Cosmic is, then, you, me, and all the others. Consequently
if I make a request to the Cosmic it is, then, to the universe that this request is made,
but it is also to humanity — to you, and you, and all the others. Now my request, in
order to be understood by the Cosmic and be accepted by It, must be conveyed by
means of visualization. I have explained this in the previous message, and the Master
has brought new understanding to this subject. If I should present myself to you or to
some human assembly to make my request, and I must express it aloud, as if from a
stage, it is evident that if previously I have not fully considered whether or not my wish
is absurd, impossible to satisfy, or hurtful to someone, I should certainly realize it at
the moment of submitting it to you, or after the first words of the statement I should be
making to you. Light would dawn on me, and I should withdraw, realizing the futility of
my request.

Having meditated on this aspect of things, I resolved that in all my visualizations, even
those that my reasoning considered justified, I would act as if I were solemnly
presenting my request to a human assembly. And I state quickly that the means
employed helped me even to completely forget my wish after having visualized it in
this way, and every seeker knows that this is absolutely necessary in order that the
Cosmic may 'hear' the request which is submitted to it. I worked then, and I still work,
in the following manner, whatever the wish I have to express or the object of my
request:
I visualize a vast edifice which, at the time of my visualization becomes, for me, the
'residence' of the Cosmic. I ascend the high stairway leading to an immense door
which I pass through, and crossing a huge vestibule I approach an old usher dressed
in black, to tell him that I have come to 'express' a request to the Cosmic. He presents
me with a form on which I write my surname, my first name, and address. He
immediately gives the form to a younger usher who makes his way toward a wooden
double door, which he half opens to hand the document to a hand which takes it and
shut again the door. I have had time meanwhile to hear an orator present a request in
a loud voice to an assembly which I cannot see. I sit down on a bench to gather my
thoughts. The wait is not long. The wooden door opens and I am called. I rise and
enter a room of gigantic dimensions and, preceded by an usher, I advance the length
of the central aisle whilst thousands of heads turn to look at me attentively as I pass. I
recognize some of those who are going to hear my request — there are, especially,
my family, my friends, my relatives, my co-workers, and my departed ones, and
everyone looks at me with great benevolence. At the end of the room, on a dais, near
which I shall soon be, in a semicircle, are seated the Masters whom I venerate, and
above shines the cloud of the Sacred Presence. Then I am on the dais, faced with this
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around me those who are closer. I feel behind me the Sacred Presence....

Then in the absolute silence, having pronounced my name, I distinctly present my


request before the assembly, and I hear my voice reverberate to infinity under the high
arches. As soon as I have finished with the words 'with confidence, certain of the
answer, I convey to you my request (or my problem). So mote it be!', I leave the dais,
leave the room, cross the vestibule, and I descend the stairs and become objectively
conscious again.

Several points are to be emphasized with this visualization: First of all, as soon as my
request has been made, and I leave the dais, I immediately cease to think about it,
and I pay attention only to the assembly through which I pass, then to the door, the
vestibule, and finally the great staircase. Once again on the objective plane, I attend to
other things, and I wait for the reply with confidence. I know that it will come in one
way or another, by a sign, an intuition, or a suggestion perhaps. I do not doubt that my
request is in the best of hands, those of the Cosmic, and the Cosmic never leaves a
request without an answer. If, while on the dais, I am not seized with doubt, nor
perceive that my request is not valid; if I have completed it, sure of myself, I shall have
my answer.

Facing the assembly, my request has been complete, precise, detailed. Nothing has
been left indefinite. I have set out my problem in all its phases without exception and
without concealing anything which could risk making my request useless.

I did not at any moment suggest a solution to the assembly. I did not tell them how my
problem should be resolved, my request satisfied, or my wish fulfilled. If I knew the
solution, my visualization would have been useless. I conveyed my earnest request to
the all-powerful Cosmic, and my earnest request only. I have confidence because the
Cosmic knows how to work it out the best way for me, including the good of all, and it
will be realized.

Finally, in order to be effective, this visualization must be lifelike, vivid. It is necessary


to see the assembly, to feel it, to hear oneself speak, without losing sight of those who
listen to the request. It is necessary to live each phase of the visualization as if it were
real, and it is real, because the Cosmic, I repeat, is all, and in this visualization it is to
It that you address yourself.

I hope that a great many will adopt this method, which has been my own for a long
time. There is no reason why it should be unceasingly effective for me and not for any
others. Moreover, it contributes to the development of concentration, and if, at the
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lose its effectiveness. May it give you the intense satisfaction that it has lavished on
me! This is the ardent wish that I make for each of you in the presence of the Cosmic,
at the close of this first message received in the Celestial Sanctum.
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To print : Visualization and Cosmic Attunement : Part 3

• A reminder that words like "The Celestial Sanctum" - "the Cosmic" and "Masters" are symbolic images
of an archetypal nature to help seekers get in touch with their own center of Consciousness. You may
choose to change these words, this is unimportant, what counts is the visualization and the getting in
touch with the sacred Center of Being and Consciousness within..
Special Meditations to unfold the Higher Self as the Perfect Model
"THE LIPS OF WISDOM ARE CLOSED EXCEPT TO
THE EARS OF UNDERSTANDING"

Read first these special pages and then if you feel the urge to follow the
program of these mystical exercises click on "the list of the 10 mystical
exercises"
How to work 1

Sacred Revelation 2
Introducing the work 3
Sacred revelation 4
Sacred Revelation 5

Sacred Revelation 6
The List of the 10 Exercises
The Moral Code of a Modern Mystic

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CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE PERFECT MODEL -

Part : I
Visualizing, Imagining and Creating
A Perfect Model

"THE LIPS OF WISDOM ARE CLOSED EXCEPT TO


THE EARS OF UNDERSTANDING"
In these pages, I share my spiritual and mystical experiences with whomever can
attune and resonate with the messages and seed ideas contained herein. Those
readers will welcome them as confirmation of their own quest and inner discoveries,
while those who are not yet open to discover or understand their own mystery will find
them outrageous.
What I reveal on this part of my essays is a secret and sacred part of my life of which
even my closest family and friends know nothing. In the following pages, you will find
ways to unfold your spiritual self, this being your center of Being-ness. I demonstrate
how to become aware of seed ideas that are engraved in the soul of all human beings,
and ways to energize and awaken them.
These messages have been written to help you, the reader, discover how to approach
your own mystery. The search begins in earnest when the need to discover your real

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identity unfolds within you and a question reverberates and echoes in the center of
your heart: “Who Am I?”
Affectionately
Alice
Exploring Consciousness and the Essence of Reality
The theme of this website is the exploration of the nature of consciousness. The
problem, however, is that words, those limited expressions of the mind, cannot explain
the unchanging, unlimited nature of pure consciousness. All they can do is point to the
absolute state of consciousness that is the Center of Pure Being, the nature of which
cannot be described in words. What, then, is the purpose of writing about this subject
if words cannot convey the truth about it to others? What is the point of writing about
consciousness, when the result will not change anybody’s level of consciousness?
The point is that this website can potentially steer you in a new direction, show how to
proceed in your quest, and inspire those who are in harmony with the essence of
these messages coming from the Source of Being. The messages are intended to
harmonize you with seed ideas, signs and symbols scattered here and there in the
messages, keys that will open up for you the abstract world of hidden and dormant
knowledge that is inherent in your center of pure consciousness. These seed ideas
will resonate within you, become clearer, and fall into place in your psyche because,
through their essence and symbols, you will be prepared to intuitively pass through the
gateway to your own inner universe. Subsequently, your own Center of Pure Being
and the center of the Universe will gradually blend and harmonize, and consciousness
will have recognized its own reflection in the mirror of consciousness.

Our own consciousness creates the world around us that we take to be real. Why
“consciousness” rather than intellect or mind? Because unless we concentrate and
become conscious of things in which we are interested, our “thinking” and “emotional”
processes will not register their existence. We will remain unconscious and ignorant of
them since these things will not make an impact on us, therefore they will not exist for

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us and thus will not be created. If your mental and emotional creations are not in
harmony with mine, my creation will remain unknown and non-existent to you, and in
the same manner, your creations will not exist for me. From our own perspective,
none of us will be able to register our different visions of reality, unless I can show you
how you can be involved and interested in what I do, and how I see and live my
personal reality, and you do the same for me. Thus, at a certain point, if we want to
“meet” each other, we must go beyond our limited perception of reality and search for
common ground.
Unless we open up and become interested in each others’ way of being, and search
for common understanding of the essence of reality, life will remain a mystery to us.
So the first step in opening up and understanding our differences is to be aware of the
limitations imposed by our ego. It is our egos that separate “my” reality from “your”
reality. Fortunately, there are ways of interacting and respecting each others’ different
ways of “being in the world.”
The average person who is not a seeker identifies perfectly with his ego, and is not
worried about his ego or how others perceive truth and reality. The seeker, on the
other hand, knows that ego is the problem, that it must be under the control of the
soul, that it needs to loosen and open up, that it must be transformed so that the soul
can express the Divine qualities within the human psyche. For its part, the ego, the
self-consciousness in a human being, must understand and realize intellectually
through life’s experiences that it is only a distorted “image” of the soul, because the
ego “is” the identified consciousness of the center of pure consciousness. The goal of
the spiritual process is simply to make the ego realize that it has no independent
existence, that it is merely a reflection of the Divine Essence that is at the source of
consciousness. Thus, we can say that the ego, or limited consciousness of man, is a
restricted perception of creation.
What is creation, anyway?
The manifestation of consciousness itself. Since consciousness needs a vehicle to
become aware of itself, it can only do so by expressing itself in the world of duality. Is
this a paradox? Not at all! The impersonal level of consciousness, or Cosmic
Consciousness, the Essence of Being remains unchanged and does not create
anything. It is the Void, the center of inactivity, of silence and just being, the “stuff”
from which impersonal Cosmic Consciousness expands and enters vehicles that
become individual, limited reflections of it.
However, apart from the self-consciousness of the ego, which makes one aware that
“I am me,” there are two more important levels of consciousness. The second
awakening of consciousness still functions in the ego and the world of duality and
dualism and it says, “I AM conscious of being a direct individual expression of the soul
or God.”
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consciousness pervading everything that is created and uncreated.” The ego cannot
experience this third level of Consciousness because it belongs to the “neutral axial
pole” within being, in which the Law of Duality disappears. This level of consciousness
no longer takes “form” since it is the source of omnipotent and omnipresent
consciousness itself. Thus from this axial center of Being within man, limited
consciousness of the ego returns to merge into its own Uncreated Center of Absolute
Consciousness.

This is the key that will unleash the gates of your true Being. You will pass through
various inner processes that will, throughout your life, reflect different levels of
consciousness, until that moment when you become aware that you have an inner
“model” that follows each of your steps, a spiritual mapping showing you how to
proceed in your quest. It is a thread that you must follow to reach an inner purified
plane that leads to pure consciousness, in which your astral and mental bodies will be
ready to be “reshaped” in the Divine “mold.” In this Perfect Mold, your self-
consciousness will blend with the essence of your soul, encompassing within it its
divine ethereal features. This mold will chisel your Divine Face within all of your subtle
bodies, and in time, you will become conscious and know it well.
DUALITY VERSUS DUALISM
When you, the seeker, attune and connect with your Divine Face and express it here
on the physical plane, you will still have to “live” in duality. This means, that your
Divine Face manifests and is attuned to everything you do through your human
faculties. Hence, all your experiences and the work you do bear the imprint of the
essence of your soul and are therefore reflected in whatever you do, say or think on
this plane of existence. This is “living in duality,” and is completely different from the
world in which people “live as dualism.”

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Duality in this sense means that the Divine faculties in you express through human
attributes, here on this plane of existence, while the world of dualism means that self-
consciousness and soul-consciousness are separate and therefore in conflict. Dualism
is a world of paradoxes and extreme opposites that co-exist, yet are at war with each
other.
An obvious example:
I was given a name at birth, I am a married woman, and enjoy the company of family
and friends, yet I also know that I must share whatever my intuition and “intelligence of
the heart” dictate. Hence this website. On my journey, I discovered my Divine Face (a
symbolic expression) and entered the Perfect Mold, in which I am taking the shape
imprinted in my consciousness.
On one level, my name is Alice, yet it is a mask, a clever disguise. In truth, I am simply
energy coming from the unmanifested Presence of Being.
Through the essence of our Soul or pure Essence, each of us is impregnated by a
“Perfect Model”, the manifestation of the unmanifested and uncreated Spirit that
is potentially engrained in our Being and reflects in our psyche. As individuals, we
become conscious of its existence only when certain impulses and experiences have
been aroused and stimulated in the subconscious and subjective parts of our psyche.
This means that our quest to understand our own mystery, the mystery of the meaning
of life itself, begins just then and can never really exist before that crucial moment.
On this website, I encourage you to begin in earnest your search for the beloved
Presence within you that is your Divine Face. This presence will gradually reflect
itself back to you through dreams, insights and intuitions, slowly revealing the mold of
your pure Being in which you will have to enter so as to take a “new shape” and
receive the new features (qualities) of your Divine Face. That is indeed, my dearest
wish.

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One of the Perfect Models


"I will explain my nature: It is a unique Essence
that infuses consciousness in everyone.
It is the Presence of Beingness in consciousness"
Back
WHY USE THE PERFECT MODEL AS A TOOL?

How can we link the archetype of the Perfect Model with the idea of an Absolute
Being? The answer to this question is that even the most abstract idea of what is
Absolute Being remains a human concept. So, why do we have to create a Perfect
Model if it is a concept that we create in our minds? Each person be it a philosopher, a
mystic or an atheist has a certain perception of what the origin of creation of man is
and he will try to explain it according to his conditioning and understanding. Since it is
consciousness that creates and recognizes the world in which we live in, it is therefore
natural to say that anything that man imagines and creates is rooted and based on a
concept. Thus even the most profound truth can only be delivered to others through
ideas and words and these are only human ideas that originate in the ego of man.
Consequently, even when a mystic receives an insight or truth based on intuition, his
understanding and explanation of it will have to be expressed through a concept and
then be explained to others. Accordingly, intellectual understanding of a concept is an
important first step, as it helps unfold a resonance in the psyche of the listener.
Moreover, even enlightened masters must use concepts to explain away their
experiences and wisdom to others. Since the center of an enlightened person and that
of Absolute Being coincide and are the same, Divine Knowledge and Wisdom pour in
him as divine impulses. These impulses, however, are the living Presence of Being
and cannot manifest in the world of duality. To do so they should first be reflected in
the thought process of a sage before being transformed into words and communicated
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of Absolute Being before being interpreted and developed into concepts which he
simplifies to the level of understanding of his audience. We live in a world of duality,
meaning a world in which the ego plays the game of “this is me – and this is not me”.
Therefore whatever one receives from the depth of one’s being has to be projected
into the world of duality in order to take substance and be formed as ideas and
concepts. Therefore, no one can really prove anything to anyone else in a belief of an
Absolute Being because this has been created as a concept. The same goes for
believing in reincarnation, or in a Perfect Model. So why insist on explaining away the
concept of a Perfect Model?
For an unenlightened being, an enlightened person will look like an ordinary man,
someone just like him. Why and how can that be? The answer is because between
the two of them there is no resonance. On the other hand, for someone who
resonates with an enlightened person, even without knowing it, an enlightened person
will be a catalyst and a living model. The spiritual charisma and magnetic attraction
between the two cannot be explained, because it is not a physical attraction, but more
a spiritual one that is based on resonance. This is the way that intuition and divine
Knowledge unfold in a disciple. The psyche of such a disciple becomes a clear mirror
in which the wisdom of his physical master is projected and transmitted. Why is such a
divine transmission perceived only through the mirror of the psyche? The answer is
that whatever is perceived by a disciple has first to pass from his own psyche so as to
be experienced by him alone and make it his own. In the same manner a Perfect
Model, is an abstract archetypal model, a catalyst that awakens Absolute
Consciousness in a disciple. This Perfect Model is slumbering in our subconscious
and our innermost center of Being and when the right moment comes it manifests
itself to us so that we can become conscious and resonate with it in the world of
duality. The Perfect Model is a powerful symbol that is a key unfolding the Perfect
Nature of Absolute Being in our consciousness. However, it is important to understand
the process of its unfolding, because it is not the ego that chooses its Perfect Model,
but the guise that Absolute Being takes to appear in our psyche and this guise
becomes a reality that transforms us when we start resonating with it. Thus, it is clear
that we cannot choose the features of our individual Perfect Model. However, by
resonating with the Presence of Absolute Being within, the Presence gradually unfolds
its perfect Image in our mind and psyche. Therefore, we can say that it is the
Presence of Absolute Being within each one of us that activates the characteristics
and features of our Perfect Model and these are recognized and manifested according
to our conditioning and culture. Hence at the source of Absolute Being, the Perfect
Model remains unchanged, unique and whole as an uncreated Essence which
manifests in the psyche of a disciple in different ways and guises so as to blend and
become a reality in him. A similar question arises when determining whether it is the
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answer is simply that it is neither but the resonance between the two of them that
attracts them to each other and creates for one the role of master and for the other the
role of disciple… one mirrors Absolute Being and beams its Light through the mirror of
one’s impersonal level of Consciousness in the clear mirror of the disciple. Thus the
Light of the physical Master adds itself to the Light of the Perfect Model, both are
catalysts that awaken him to his true Self. One resonates from within the inner plane
of one’s Being and the other from the physical plane. Crisscrossing within his heart the
disciple identifies his true nature and recognizes himself in both Perfect Models that is
to say the immaterial and ethereal Presence of Absolute Being within and without.
THE PERFECT MODEL AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Your Divine Perfect Model
Explanations

"If you have followed the instructions and have done all the previous meditations with
the right intentions and a pure heart, you will then be magnetically attracted to your
Divine Perfect Model that is now resonating in you. This will happen because you
have entered its Perfect Mold and have energized its sacred number."

This part of your mystical work will rest on synchronistic happenings in your life, and
you will be given, from within the inner planes and the physical plane, an image and a
semblance of your Perfect Model. What is imprinted in your Perfect Mold will appear in
your life and together, you will vibrate and unfold within yourself the inner qualities that
belong to it. And as a Server of Light, you will, like many others, be one of the
expressions manifesting your Perfect Model. And like them, you will also have a duty
to serve and awaken other self-conscious beings, helping them to activate their own
Perfect Mold and Perfect Model.
This part of the work is personal and silent. By now, will have been given ample
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work will have also taught you that you are never alone, that you are really guided by
the invisible hand of your soul, your permanent witness
For more details on the Permanent Witness and the Spiritual Witness, see
the articles in the “Mystery of Man” series.

To go back to the list of these special exercises


Please click on the Triangle

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Part : 2

Contacting and creating the Perfect Model


About Free Will
We have free will only when our soul personality is not yet in touch with our ego
personality, in other words, when the soul and ego are not in harmony, when there is
no direct contact. Hence, the soul leaves the ego alone to experience whatever it
wants to experience. Pleasures, desires, strong emotions of all kinds, and compulsive
needs are all necessary steps that we have to take in the process of awakening.
However, things start to change when the ego ripens and needs to experience another
aspect of its own mystery. Then, a Divine image appears, a Divine face calls the ego
to awaken and look in the mirror of its true self. There, an invisible presence makes its
appearance and influences the ego. From that moment on, we are no longer free. A
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different source.
Where and what is this source? It is the inspiration and guidance coming from what
Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Plotinus and others called the daemon, which is a
reflected image and a projection, an extension and manifestation of the Energy of the
Soul, a guiding influence, a good invisible companion that accompanies each ego
personality towards its awakening process. In other words, the daemon is the
projection of our inner guide, a counselor and intimate friend, a teacher and advisor
who takes care of us while we are traveling in the inner and outer worlds of our
experiences. ("Deamon" should not to be confused with a demon).
If you choose to take this path, you should not be surprised to discover that
synchronicity follows you everywhere and directs your steps, veering you in
unsuspected and sometimes unknown directions. When this time comes, do not
hesitate. Follow your lucky star and allow your intuition to guide you. And when your
mind lets go, abandon everything, follow the intelligence of your heart, and let this
magic moment happen. Like the bouncing ball, trust and let yourself fall into the abyss
of your own being, for there, you will never be alone. An invisible hand will hold you all
the way down where sweet Eros (pure spiritual love) awaits you. Then, real life and
existence bounces back into your life and it appears in the form of a good friend, the
daemon, which is a projected image of your soul, that gradually manifests in your
inner life, directing your spiritual unfoldment until you meet with someone who is
enlightened being and with whom you will begin working. He or she will be your
physical initiator, the silent guide who will skillfully take you around the maze of your
psyche.
True initiation awakens pure consciousness of Being and has nothing to do with outer
rituals that are only the preparatory steps towards this end. The real awakening
process begins on this plane of existence but its goal is to reach another one that
belongs to the soul. Thus at the right moment, an enlightened person living on this
plane should show up in your life and guide you through the various realms that need
to be awakened within your being. This teacher will subtly show you that a physical
plane event could also open a passage to another dimension. In other words, the role
of such a wise teacher is to activate the dormant spiritual energies within you and
show you how to live on “two planes” at the same time.

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"KNOW THYSELF"
and the process of Spiritual Psychology
However, remember that it is your intuition that will tell you if you are resonating with it.
Your Soul will then do the rest and unveil for you the perfect MOLD in which as “self
conscious being” you will gradually integrate. meditate and resonate with the center of
beingness and allow an impression and a feeling to emerge. This process of
attunement to your Perfect Model can be a long one, or a short one. This does not
matter. Remember that within you exists your Perfect Model - The Essence and
Quality of the Perfect Model is one. It is omnipresent and Omnipotent in every human
being. What changes, is the reflection of its Image. For some it is the Cosmic and
androgynous aspect of Christ, for other it is an expression and quality of a Cosmic
Buddha (Samantabhadra), or of any other great avatar. Avatars are the expressions of
the unique and universal Perfect Model. The blueprint and image engrained in our
psyche. This is the key that invites the Perfect Model to appear and take "form" within
our consciousness and express itself in the world of duality.
Hence, this is my gift to you, dear readers. I am giving you the same opportunity as I
was given many years ago to work with a sacred icon, remembering always, that its
"magic" happens only if you can RESONATE with it and attune to your own Perfect
Model and enter gradually its consecrated MOLD. However, remember that your
Perfect Model can "look" different, but the Energy and Quality of its inner Wisdom and
Quality remain forever the same in your consciousness.
To unfold the "Perfect Model" is a step in the right direction... it helps you to
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may help you to merge into a state of openness and alert passivity, in which true
contemplation becomes possible, but on the other hand, it could result in some kind of
false, incomplete or confused contemplation... Just be aware that the divine Ground of
all being reveals itself only to those in whom there is no ego-concentration of any kind
of volition, thought or feeling...
This truth is summed up when Meister Eckhart says: " He who seeks God under
settled form lays hold of the form, while missing the God concealed in it. " The point
clearly is to seek God or the Source of Being provisionally under a form which from
the beginning is clearly recognized as merely a SYMBOL OF REALITY, a mere
signboard or a pointer that must some time or other be discarded in favor of what it
stands for : " To seek Him under a settled form - settled because regarded as the very
shape of Reality - is to commit oneself to illusion and a kind of idolatry."
Affectionately, Alice
SHIVA AS A PERFECT MODEL

One of the Perfect Models


"I AM ONE AND UNIQUE IN ESSENCE AND AM
THE SAME IN ALL PERFECT MODELS"
. I will explain my nature: It is a unique Essence
that infuses consciousness in everyone.
It is the Presence of Beingness in consciousness"
the single state of consciousness of the individual
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The Master of Wisdom and the Perfect Model


Part : 3

Master of Wisdom and the Perfect Model


1 - At the top of this diagram, we see a sun symbolizing Primordial Wisdom
and the source of our Perfect Model (which is also the center of pure
Being and Consciousness).
2 - The rays descending from the sun represent different individual paths
of enlightenment.
3 - These rays carry the Essence of pure Wisdom in enlightened beings and
incarnated masters of wisdom. (presented here by different colors).
4 - Enlightened masters of wisdom all represent the unique Essence of
Being and Consciousness. As role models and guides they show us the
way to unfold and awaken consciousness and wisdom.
PRIMORDIAL WISDOM IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MASTER OF WISDOM
The wisdom of a world avatar or of an enlightened being comes directly
from the source of Primordial Wisdom and the way to open up to its
influence comes by following a special path. A path that unfolds the Perfect
Model within. In other words, an avatar and a realized master are both
incarnated beings who manifest and incarnate Primordial Wisdom through
their chosen Perfect Model. In other words they activate the expressions
and qualities of their Perfect Model and its Wisdom through their
enlightened level of consciousness. Hence, avatars such as Jesus, or
Buddha , Krishna and so many other known and unknown enlightened and
realized human beings have all drawn their wisdom from the same unique
Primordial Source. However, each mystical and religious
tradition expresses the same Primordial Wisdom in a particular and
different way, according to the cultural background of its their religion and
philosophy.
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Primordial Wisdom and they vibrate and resonate incessantly with their
Perfect Model. Moreover, the essence of their wisdom and degree of
compassion reverberate for ever within the center of being in every
incarnated person. However, the seeker has to recognize and follow the
"inner Path" that unfolds the initiatory process of reaching the Perfect
Model. However, the seeker must take into account the karmic links that
have been forged in the past and discover the special requirements that he/
she must still develop and experience. Gradually, by attuning and merging
with the Essence of his/her Perfect Model, the seeker's level of
consciousness unites with the center of Primordial Wisdom. This explains
how the Perfect Model appears within oneself. It appears, when the
inherent qualities of the Perfect Model manifest and enlighten the
consciousness of a seeker.
For this reason, we understand that a realized person's level of
consciousness is a manifestation of the Primordial Wisdom. However, for
the rest of humanity enlightenment is hidden and inactive within the
psyche. For this reason the Perfect Model's reflection in consciousness
remains obscured and veiled in the subconscious of all human beings.
Inner Purification
When the seeker purifies his/her psyche and thought processes, this
means that his/her subtle bodies have entered the pure container or
"Perfect Mold" and that the qualities of the Perfect Model are gradually
revealed. However, we can ask, what is the Perfect Mold? It is the inner
purified space and the fertile ground in which the divine qualities of the
Perfect Model are revealed and expressed - "The Perfect Mold" or pure
container represents the field in which the alchemical transmutation of the
ego takes place. It is the space in which the limited and gross energies of
the seeker are transformed and purified. In other words the "Perfect Mold"
is used as a symbol to describe a "mysterious substance" in which the
mystery of the inner process unfolds and nurtures universal and divine
qualities - The Perfect Mold is the "fertile space" in which the
metamorphosis of consciousness takes place...It also represents the
"Nuptial Chamber" in which the ego enters willingly to vibrate, resonate
and unite with the Beloved - the Perfect Model.

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As an example: Visualizing a vortex of pure White Light or spiritual Fire


entering through your crown chakra and purifying the etheric and astral
bodies within you. This is a simple way of creating and energizing the
Perfect Mold
THE MASTER OF WISDOM AND COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS
SOME PICTURES OF ROLE MODELS
Due to the graphical nature of this page, please be patient while the photos load.
Here are some pictures of incarnated and realized masters of wisdom who
are perfect role models. Each one of them represents a human expression
of Primordial Wisdom and these expressions are infinite... to each realized
being exists a unique way of expressing Primordial Wisdom.
A FEW INSPIRING ROLE MODELS
1- Babaji
2 - Maharishi
3 - Master Kuthumi
4 - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
5 -Yogananda - 6 - Sri aurobindo

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15 - Mother Mirra (spiritual partner of Sri Aurobindo)


16 - Saraswathi 17 - Socrates 18 - Pythagoras 20 - Krishna 21 - Prakriti
and so many other known and unknown enlightened and realized
role models

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<Unborn though I Am, of changeless Essence! yet becoming Lord of all creation, abiding in My
own Cosmic Nature (Pakriti), I embody Myself by Self-evolved-delusion....> BhagavadGita IV:6,
VII:25
Buddha means "The Awakened One"
Christ means "The Anointed One"
"WHEN THE PERFECT MODEL BLENDS IN A SEEKER'S LEVEL OF
CONSCIOUSNESS, THEN HIS/HER LEVEL OF AWARENESS BECOMES IMBUED
WITH THE ESSENCE OF VACUITY AND PROFOUND SILENCE "

"I AM ONE AND UNIQUE IN ESSENCE AND AM


THE SAME IN ALL PERFECT MODELS"
. I will explain my nature: It is a unique Essence
that infuses consciousness in everyone.
It is the Presence of Beingness in consciousness"
the single state of consciousness of the individual
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A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

One of the Perfect Models


"I AM ONE AND UNIQUE IN ESSENCE AND AM
THE SAME IN ALL PERFECT MODELS"
. I will explain my nature: It is a unique Essence
that infuses consciousness in everyone.
It is the Presence of Being-ness in consciousness"
the single state of consciousness of the individual

(The following explanations are given to situate my inner process and show how I
came to recognize and gradually learn how to unfold "my" Perfect Model)
Who I am? I remain a mystery to myself, a mystery that I share with every incarnated
soul on this planet. For those with whom I come into worldly contact, I must look a bit
odd and mysterious. Why? Simply because I am empty and open, involved yet
detached from everything I do. I have fun and enjoy life, but I have no strong opinion
on anything, since intuition and contemplation make me see things in ever-changing
perspectives. I am a free traveler, a constant pilgrim, open to experience everything
coming my way. As a human being, the most important thing is to awaken the spiritual
dimension of consciousness and in so doing, experience a more profound reality that I
can share and pass on to whoever comes my way and has the same ideals.
My inner quest
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Since childhood, I had received meaningful teachings in my dreams. Through lucid


dreaming, I explored a very different world from my everyday reality in which one
moment I could be experiencing blissful and uplifting experience, and would suddenly
fall into a hellish and infernal one. From ecstasy and awe, I would plunge into pain and
distress. These inner states were no dreams but part of the subtle inner adjustments
that were necessary for my psyche to help awaken to its true nature.
I knew that my spiritual inner quest needed to be rooted in a psychological approach. I
had to ground these two different approaches and find a way to blend and harmonize
them. This was a much better way to heal and unblock the trapped subconscious
energies. Thus, I found that my training in Psychosynthesis was definitely helping me
to look at myself from a new perspective. This “new way” was emerging through my
process as a silent witness from within the center of consciousness. I was becoming
a silent observer of myself, and through this incredible transformation, a subtle
ethereal bridge was starting to link the two opposite energies within me, uplifting my
consciousness to new heights. In retrospect, this “inner” bridge was the link that
grounded me. Like Jacob’s Ladder, it was a channel opening new doors within myself.
I noticed, however, that bridging and harmonizing the two extreme energies within me
made me aware of some subtle qualities that were starting to emerge from my psyche.
For example, I noticed that when I observed my own psychological process,
something different was operating within me. My conscious self accepted whatever
was surfacing from within, with a kind of compassion and understanding, a peaceful
feeling towards my own ego. From the depths of my psyche, something was telling me
that everything was going to be okay. When negative things surfaced in my
consciousness during meditation, or dreams, rather than the old embarrassment was
a more loving and nurturing way.
My dreams were filled with vivid, powerful experiences that were initiations, doors
within doors opening and unfolding new levels of consciousness. At first, it was a
mixture of levels of consciousness coming from past incarnations that needed to be
purified. Other levels appeared, too, more uplifting and blissful. I saw the quickening
and awakening levels of consciousness as “seeds” that needed to be purified and
protected from the outside invading paradoxes that psychology was offering me. And,
while maturing in the silent darkness of my subconscious, these “seeds” were
impacting my dreams. So, without understanding how this inner process worked, I was
nonetheless starting to empty and purify an inner space within me in which these
experiences were delicately transformed as “new seeds.”
Through intuition and inner guidance, I realized that I had to transform the
psychological aspect of my ego into a pure empty vessel to be used by my soul. So,
everything that was hidden in my subconscious had first to surface gradually to the
level of my consciousness. I knew intuitively that I needed to find a “Middle Way,” an
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synthesizing and uniting them into something new, so that the ego became the empty
vessel for the soul to pour in its essence. However, I later discovered that by being
“emptied” of its past patterns, the ego transmuted itself into a vehicle of pure
awareness and consciousness. Yes! My ego was just starting to become a medium for
the soul.
This was how I discovered the “Middle Way,” which meant that the light of
consciousness was no longer trapped in a cloudy and opaque vessel, but started to
shine through a cleansed and clearer level of consciousness.

A DIVINE PERFECT MODEL

"Or The Consciousness of Pure Being-ness"


An Incredible Experience
The Ideal Model in these essays is the one that "appeared" to me as a real Living
Presence of pure dazzling Light during a sacred initiation that I received from within
the inner planes in 1985 whilst studying psychosynthesis in London. Strangely, nine
years later in 1994, while visiting my teacher Raymond Bernard at his home, in Paris,
(John in my autobiography) I received the shock of my life when, out of the blue and
unexpectedly, Raymond silently reached for a small mosaic painting out of a dark
corner behind a door of his office and handed it over to me. I could not believe what I
was holding in my hands …I was in total disarray. The impact that this image had on
me was one of, stupefaction, amazement and incredible awe. How could the Presence
of Christ that I lived and experienced during my extraordinary and important inner
experience, suddenly appear on the physical plane and how could I be holding the
Image in my hands…here, in the house of my Teacher?
Long after these two experiences, I passed a copy of this beautiful Perfect Model of
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harmony with it. These are members of different spiritual groups that I associate with
here in Cyprus and from different parts of the world. As a result, many have received
the same impulses and impressions that I had received. This Image has had an
amazing effect on seekers who attune and resonate with it, because it affects and
awakes their energy fields and consciousness.
( Remember that for your Perfect Model to "appear" and become part of your ordinary
level of consciousness, your ego must first let go of distorted "models" and let itself
"merge" with the center of pure Being.) .
An other advice, is that you cannot turn to God or your pure center of Being [or, the
Self] without turning away your attention from the little ego self, - from the "me" and
"mine"...
A REMINDER AND AN IMPORTANT ADVICE ON THE PRACTICE
To unfold the "Perfect Model" is a step in the right direction... it helps you to
RESONATE with the concealed Energy of your sacred Image.. your concentration
may help you to merge into a state of openness and alert passivity, in which true
contemplation becomes possible, but on the other hand, it could result in some kind of
false, incomplete or confused contemplation... Just be aware that the divine Ground of
all being reveals itself only to those in whom there is no ego-concentration of any kind
of volition, thought or feeling...
This truth is summed up when Meister Eckhart says: " He who seeks God under
settled form lays hold of the form, while missing the God concealed in it. " The point
clearly is to seek God or the Source of Being provisionally under a form which from
the beginning is clearly recognized as merely a SYMBOL OF REALITY, a mere
signboard or a pointer that must some time or other be discarded in favor of what it
stands for : " To seek Him under a settled form - settled because regarded as the very
shape of Reality - is to commit oneself to illusion and a kind of idolatry."

Thus the Sufi mystic Rumi writes in the "Sufi religious" vein:

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Love came and like blood filled my veins and tissues, Emptied me of myself and filled
me with the Friend, The friend has taken possession of every atom of my being. The
name is all that I have left now — all the rest is He.
Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in the types and images. It will
not receive it in any other fashion. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is fitting
for those who do not only receive the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, but have obtained them for themselves. If anyone does not obtain them for
himself, the name also will be taken from him. But one receives them in the chrism of
the fullness of the power of the Cross, which the apostles call the right and the left. For
this one is no longer a Christian but a Christ.
THE PERFECT MODEL AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Part: 4
A Program Of 10 Special Exercises
To Unfold The Perfect Model

INTRODUCTION
This section offers ten exercises and one of the Perfect Model, a diagram that

explains how this particular inner process works once you have put into practice

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all ten exercises. These exercises should be done on daily for at least five to six

months. However, intuition is the best guide and, if there is a need to prolong the

time you practice a particular exercise, or wait between two exercises, please

honor your intuition.

These exercises show you how this profound mystical process unfolds within your

psyche. It explains how the Perfect Mold, or spiritual DNA, transforms your self-

consciousness into a unity with the Cosmic Consciousness of your Perfect Model.

I can only hint at the process here, for your intuition will bring you answers that

are yours alone, each answer being a seed idea that will awaken a subtle energy

or vibration within your consciousness and, in time, these seed ideas will work

together to manifest their qualities in your life. The whole process begins and

ends with consciousness, starting with self-consciousness and ending with

Cosmic Consciousness.

The Sacred Chalice and Sacred Grail diagrams contain symbolic and potent
“keys” that explain the unfolding inner process of purification, illumination and
enlightenment.
These exercises are to be developed on your own with the aid of your intuition.
What follows is a general idea of the inner spiritual process that has worked for
me and brought me face-to-face with my ideal model so as to integrate my
conscious self into its Divine Mold, but please allow your intuition to customize
them for you. They are one way of unfolding this incredible process within you,
one that I hope will help you as much as it has helped me. Please read this entire
chapter and begin only when you are sure that you understand all the steps. If you
wish, you can tape them.
Each of the phases of this work will unfold your inner process and energize seed
ideas for your awakening and enlightenment, hence when performed in the right
frame of mind, they will develop in your psyche in a natural way. The symbols you
will be working with are universal “keys” opening to powerful subtle energies
within your being.
The exercises are:

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1. - Breathing meditation.
2. - Rainbow cocoon.
3. - Cave Meditation.
4. - Creating your Sacred Cell.
5. - Manifesting your Inner Guide.
6. - Attuning to your Soul.
7. - The Temple of Light.
8. - The Flame and the Divine Mold.
9. - Creating your Divine Mold. (Unfolding your spiritual "DNA" and template)
which means manifesting your Divine Perfect Model. - your divine Self
If pauses occur naturally between the phases, accept them for they represent
assimilation time. Also, keep a journal of your inner journey, as this will be helpful
later.

Before starting any mystical work:


1. A - Make sure that you will not be disturbed.
2. B - Sit comfortably on a chair or the floor with your back erect, or lie down.
Make yourself comfortable.
3. C - Close your eyes and relax as deeply as possible.
4. D - Always begin with the breathing exercise, inhaling the pure atmosphere
that you have created around you and exhaling all the stale air and stresses that
you carry within you.
Later you will learn how to visualize and create a consecrated atmosphere in and
around you
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List of Sacred and Mystical Exercises

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"Oversoul" a painting by Alex Grey


To go to the gallery - click on: Alex Grey

To Recapitulate

How To Work

Introduction

Consciousness and the Perfect Model

Master of Wisdom and the Perfect Model

THE MYSTICAL SACRED EXERCISES

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Breathing Meditation & 2: Rainbow Meditation

Meditation Creating your Inner Cave

Creating Your Special Sacred Cell

Manifesting your Inner Guide

Attuning to your Soul or Higher Self

Creating The Temple Of Light

Creating Your Divine Perfect Mold

Spiritual flame and the Divine Mold


Subtle Explanations On the Perfect Mold & Model

Working With The Sacred Chalice

Working With The Holy Grail

Comments On The Inner Process And The Grail

End Of The 10 Exercises

THE MEANING OF COSMIC CHRIST OR BUDDHA NATURE

Christic Essence

Buddha Nature & the Cosmic Christ

What is Christ Consciousness?

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Moral Code to Unfold the Perfect Model

A personal Experience

THE PERFECT MODEL AND CONSCIOUSNESS


Part: 4
A Program Of 10 Special Exercises
To Unfold The Perfect Model

INTRODUCTION
This section offers ten exercises and one of the Perfect Model, a diagram that

explains how this particular inner process works once you have put into practice

all ten exercises. These exercises should be done on daily for at least five to six

months. However, intuition is the best guide and, if there is a need to prolong the

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time you practice a particular exercise, or wait between two exercises, please

honor your intuition.

These exercises show you how this profound mystical process unfolds within your

psyche. It explains how the Perfect Mold, or spiritual DNA, transforms your self-

consciousness into a unity with the Cosmic Consciousness of your Perfect Model.

I can only hint at the process here, for your intuition will bring you answers that

are yours alone, each answer being a seed idea that will awaken a subtle energy

or vibration within your consciousness and, in time, these seed ideas will work

together to manifest their qualities in your life. The whole process begins and

ends with consciousness, starting with self-consciousness and ending with

Cosmic Consciousness.

The Sacred Chalice and Sacred Grail diagrams contain symbolic and potent
“keys” that explain the unfolding inner process of purification, illumination and
enlightenment.
These exercises are to be developed on your own with the aid of your intuition.
What follows is a general idea of the inner spiritual process that has worked for
me and brought me face-to-face with my ideal model so as to integrate my
conscious self into its Divine Mold, but please allow your intuition to customize
them for you. They are one way of unfolding this incredible process within you,
one that I hope will help you as much as it has helped me. Please read this entire
chapter and begin only when you are sure that you understand all the steps. If you
wish, you can tape them.
Each of the phases of this work will unfold your inner process and energize seed
ideas for your awakening and enlightenment, hence when performed in the right
frame of mind, they will develop in your psyche in a natural way. The symbols you
will be working with are universal “keys” opening to powerful subtle energies
within your being.
The exercises are:
1. - Breathing meditation.
2. - Rainbow cocoon.
3. - Cave Meditation.
4. - Creating your Sacred Cell.
5. - Manifesting your Inner Guide.

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6. - Attuning to your Soul.


7. - The Temple of Light.
8. - The Flame and the Divine Mold.
9. - Creating your Divine Mold. (Unfolding your spiritual "DNA" and template)
which means manifesting your Divine Perfect Model. - your divine Self
If pauses occur naturally between the phases, accept them for they represent
assimilation time. Also, keep a journal of your inner journey, as this will be helpful
later.

Before starting any mystical work:


1. A - Make sure that you will not be disturbed.
2. B - Sit comfortably on a chair or the floor with your back erect, or lie down.
Make yourself comfortable.
3. C - Close your eyes and relax as deeply as possible.
4. D - Always begin with the breathing exercise, inhaling the pure atmosphere
that you have created around you and exhaling all the stale air and stresses that
you carry within you.
Later you will learn how to visualize and create a consecrated atmosphere in and
around you
CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE PERFECT MODEL -

Part : I
Visualizing, Imagining and Creating
A Perfect Model

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"THE LIPS OF WISDOM ARE CLOSED EXCEPT TO


THE EARS OF UNDERSTANDING"
In these pages, I share my spiritual and mystical experiences with whomever can
attune and resonate with the messages and seed ideas contained herein. Those
readers will welcome them as confirmation of their own quest and inner discoveries,
while those who are not yet open to discover or understand their own mystery will find
them outrageous.
What I reveal on this part of my essays is a secret and sacred part of my life of which
even my closest family and friends know nothing. In the following pages, you will find
ways to unfold your spiritual self, this being your center of Being-ness. I demonstrate
how to become aware of seed ideas that are engraved in the soul of all human beings,
and ways to energize and awaken them.
These messages have been written to help you, the reader, discover how to approach
your own mystery. The search begins in earnest when the need to discover your real
identity unfolds within you and a question reverberates and echoes in the center of
your heart: “Who Am I?”
Affectionately
Alice

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Exploring Consciousness and the Essence of Reality


The theme of this website is the exploration of the nature of consciousness. The
problem, however, is that words, those limited expressions of the mind, cannot explain
the unchanging, unlimited nature of pure consciousness. All they can do is point to the
absolute state of consciousness that is the Center of Pure Being, the nature of which
cannot be described in words. What, then, is the purpose of writing about this subject
if words cannot convey the truth about it to others? What is the point of writing about
consciousness, when the result will not change anybody’s level of consciousness?
The point is that this website can potentially steer you in a new direction, show how to
proceed in your quest, and inspire those who are in harmony with the essence of
these messages coming from the Source of Being. The messages are intended to
harmonize you with seed ideas, signs and symbols scattered here and there in the
messages, keys that will open up for you the abstract world of hidden and dormant
knowledge that is inherent in your center of pure consciousness. These seed ideas
will resonate within you, become clearer, and fall into place in your psyche because,
through their essence and symbols, you will be prepared to intuitively pass through the
gateway to your own inner universe. Subsequently, your own Center of Pure Being
and the center of the Universe will gradually blend and harmonize, and consciousness
will have recognized its own reflection in the mirror of consciousness.

Our own consciousness creates the world around us that we take to be real. Why
“consciousness” rather than intellect or mind? Because unless we concentrate and
become conscious of things in which we are interested, our “thinking” and “emotional”
processes will not register their existence. We will remain unconscious and ignorant of
them since these things will not make an impact on us, therefore they will not exist for
us and thus will not be created. If your mental and emotional creations are not in
harmony with mine, my creation will remain unknown and non-existent to you, and in
the same manner, your creations will not exist for me. From our own perspective,
none of us will be able to register our different visions of reality, unless I can show you

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how you can be involved and interested in what I do, and how I see and live my
personal reality, and you do the same for me. Thus, at a certain point, if we want to
“meet” each other, we must go beyond our limited perception of reality and search for
common ground.
Unless we open up and become interested in each others’ way of being, and search
for common understanding of the essence of reality, life will remain a mystery to us.
So the first step in opening up and understanding our differences is to be aware of the
limitations imposed by our ego. It is our egos that separate “my” reality from “your”
reality. Fortunately, there are ways of interacting and respecting each others’ different
ways of “being in the world.”
The average person who is not a seeker identifies perfectly with his ego, and is not
worried about his ego or how others perceive truth and reality. The seeker, on the
other hand, knows that ego is the problem, that it must be under the control of the
soul, that it needs to loosen and open up, that it must be transformed so that the soul
can express the Divine qualities within the human psyche. For its part, the ego, the
self-consciousness in a human being, must understand and realize intellectually
through life’s experiences that it is only a distorted “image” of the soul, because the
ego “is” the identified consciousness of the center of pure consciousness. The goal of
the spiritual process is simply to make the ego realize that it has no independent
existence, that it is merely a reflection of the Divine Essence that is at the source of
consciousness. Thus, we can say that the ego, or limited consciousness of man, is a
restricted perception of creation.
What is creation, anyway?
The manifestation of consciousness itself. Since consciousness needs a vehicle to
become aware of itself, it can only do so by expressing itself in the world of duality. Is
this a paradox? Not at all! The impersonal level of consciousness, or Cosmic
Consciousness, the Essence of Being remains unchanged and does not create
anything. It is the Void, the center of inactivity, of silence and just being, the “stuff”
from which impersonal Cosmic Consciousness expands and enters vehicles that
become individual, limited reflections of it.
However, apart from the self-consciousness of the ego, which makes one aware that
“I am me,” there are two more important levels of consciousness. The second
awakening of consciousness still functions in the ego and the world of duality and
dualism and it says, “I AM conscious of being a direct individual expression of the soul
or God.”
The third level of consciousness can be defined as, “I AM the central source of
consciousness pervading everything that is created and uncreated.” The ego cannot
experience this third level of Consciousness because it belongs to the “neutral axial
pole” within being, in which the Law of Duality disappears. This level of consciousness
no longer takes “form” since it is the source of omnipotent and omnipresent

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consciousness itself. Thus from this axial center of Being within man, limited
consciousness of the ego returns to merge into its own Uncreated Center of Absolute
Consciousness.

This is the key that will unleash the gates of your true Being. You will pass through
various inner processes that will, throughout your life, reflect different levels of
consciousness, until that moment when you become aware that you have an inner
“model” that follows each of your steps, a spiritual mapping showing you how to
proceed in your quest. It is a thread that you must follow to reach an inner purified
plane that leads to pure consciousness, in which your astral and mental bodies will be
ready to be “reshaped” in the Divine “mold.” In this Perfect Mold, your self-
consciousness will blend with the essence of your soul, encompassing within it its
divine ethereal features. This mold will chisel your Divine Face within all of your subtle
bodies, and in time, you will become conscious and know it well.
DUALITY VERSUS DUALISM
When you, the seeker, attune and connect with your Divine Face and express it here
on the physical plane, you will still have to “live” in duality. This means, that your
Divine Face manifests and is attuned to everything you do through your human
faculties. Hence, all your experiences and the work you do bear the imprint of the
essence of your soul and are therefore reflected in whatever you do, say or think on
this plane of existence. This is “living in duality,” and is completely different from the
world in which people “live as dualism.”
Duality in this sense means that the Divine faculties in you express through human
attributes, here on this plane of existence, while the world of dualism means that self-
consciousness and soul-consciousness are separate and therefore in conflict. Dualism
is a world of paradoxes and extreme opposites that co-exist, yet are at war with each

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other.
An obvious example:
I was given a name at birth, I am a married woman, and enjoy the company of family
and friends, yet I also know that I must share whatever my intuition and “intelligence of
the heart” dictate. Hence this website. On my journey, I discovered my Divine Face (a
symbolic expression) and entered the Perfect Mold, in which I am taking the shape
imprinted in my consciousness.
On one level, my name is Alice, yet it is a mask, a clever disguise. In truth, I am simply
energy coming from the unmanifested Presence of Being.
Through the essence of our Soul or pure Essence, each of us is impregnated by a
“Perfect Model”, the manifestation of the unmanifested and uncreated Spirit that
is potentially engrained in our Being and reflects in our psyche. As individuals, we
become conscious of its existence only when certain impulses and experiences have
been aroused and stimulated in the subconscious and subjective parts of our psyche.
This means that our quest to understand our own mystery, the mystery of the meaning
of life itself, begins just then and can never really exist before that crucial moment.
On this website, I encourage you to begin in earnest your search for the beloved
Presence within you that is your Divine Face. This presence will gradually reflect
itself back to you through dreams, insights and intuitions, slowly revealing the mold of
your pure Being in which you will have to enter so as to take a “new shape” and
receive the new features (qualities) of your Divine Face. That is indeed, my dearest
wish.

One of the Perfect Models


"I will explain my nature: It is a unique Essence
that infuses consciousness in everyone.
It is the Presence of Beingness in consciousness"

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The Master of Wisdom and the Perfect Model
Part : 3

Master of Wisdom and the Perfect Model


1 - At the top of this diagram, we see a sun symbolizing Primordial Wisdom
and the source of our Perfect Model (which is also the center of pure
Being and Consciousness).
2 - The rays descending from the sun represent different individual paths
of enlightenment.
3 - These rays carry the Essence of pure Wisdom in enlightened beings and
incarnated masters of wisdom. (presented here by different colors).
4 - Enlightened masters of wisdom all represent the unique Essence of
Being and Consciousness. As role models and guides they show us the
way to unfold and awaken consciousness and wisdom.
PRIMORDIAL WISDOM IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MASTER OF WISDOM
The wisdom of a world avatar or of an enlightened being comes directly
from the source of Primordial Wisdom and the way to open up to its
influence comes by following a special path. A path that unfolds the Perfect
Model within. In other words, an avatar and a realized master are both
incarnated beings who manifest and incarnate Primordial Wisdom through
their chosen Perfect Model. In other words they activate the expressions
and qualities of their Perfect Model and its Wisdom through their
enlightened level of consciousness. Hence, avatars such as Jesus, or
Buddha , Krishna and so many other known and unknown enlightened and
realized human beings have all drawn their wisdom from the same unique
Primordial Source. However, each mystical and religious
tradition expresses the same Primordial Wisdom in a particular and
different way, according to the cultural background of its their religion and
philosophy.

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So, all realized beings vibrate and are in resonance with the Source of
Primordial Wisdom and they vibrate and resonate incessantly with their
Perfect Model. Moreover, the essence of their wisdom and degree of
compassion reverberate for ever within the center of being in every
incarnated person. However, the seeker has to recognize and follow the
"inner Path" that unfolds the initiatory process of reaching the Perfect
Model. However, the seeker must take into account the karmic links that
have been forged in the past and discover the special requirements that he/
she must still develop and experience. Gradually, by attuning and merging
with the Essence of his/her Perfect Model, the seeker's level of
consciousness unites with the center of Primordial Wisdom. This explains
how the Perfect Model appears within oneself. It appears, when the
inherent qualities of the Perfect Model manifest and enlighten the
consciousness of a seeker.
For this reason, we understand that a realized person's level of
consciousness is a manifestation of the Primordial Wisdom. However, for
the rest of humanity enlightenment is hidden and inactive within the
psyche. For this reason the Perfect Model's reflection in consciousness
remains obscured and veiled in the subconscious of all human beings.
Inner Purification
When the seeker purifies his/her psyche and thought processes, this
means that his/her subtle bodies have entered the pure container or
"Perfect Mold" and that the qualities of the Perfect Model are gradually
revealed. However, we can ask, what is the Perfect Mold? It is the inner
purified space and the fertile ground in which the divine qualities of the
Perfect Model are revealed and expressed - "The Perfect Mold" or pure
container represents the field in which the alchemical transmutation of the
ego takes place. It is the space in which the limited and gross energies of
the seeker are transformed and purified. In other words the "Perfect Mold"
is used as a symbol to describe a "mysterious substance" in which the
mystery of the inner process unfolds and nurtures universal and divine
qualities - The Perfect Mold is the "fertile space" in which the
metamorphosis of consciousness takes place...It also represents the
"Nuptial Chamber" in which the ego enters willingly to vibrate, resonate
and unite with the Beloved - the Perfect Model.

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As an example: Visualizing a vortex of pure White Light or spiritual Fire


entering through your crown chakra and purifying the etheric and astral
bodies within you. This is a simple way of creating and energizing the
Perfect Mold
Breathing Exercises 1 & 2

Exercise 1: Breathing Meditation


Begin by breathing deeply and fully, taking several deep breaths, connecting the
inhale to the exhale. On every out-breath, feel your body relax, allowing tension to
leave you.
As you breathe, become aware of the areas of your body where you feel tense and

breathe into those parts, imagining that the in-breath is loosening the tension and the

out-breath is carrying away stress and tension, creating space inside you to relax

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more and more with each cycle of your breathing.

Be aware of your body, of sensations and feelings, of the mood you are in as you
breathe, relax, and let go.
Notice your thoughts as they come and go. Simply observe, being aware, letting
thoughts and feelings flow, and as they flow, let go with every breath, relaxing and
releasing tension … relaxing … allowing the tensions to melt … to dissolve and
disappear with the slow, steady rhythm of your breath … becoming relaxed and aware
… calm.

Exercise 2: The Rainbow Cocoon


This exercise helps you create harmony between the various levels of your being.
Begin with the breathing exercise or another that you prefer. When you are fully
relaxed, imagine that your aura is being surrounded by a soft blanket of pure energy.
Visualize it taking the shape of a spherical cocoon. Let the space within your cocoon
become magnetic and let your intuition choose one of the pure colors of the rainbow.
Accept the first color that comes.
Visualize the color filling the cocoon. Let yourself bathe in its pristine clear light. Let
your whole being be immersed in it. Imagine that, like a sponge, your whole being is
absorbing light through the pores of your skin, penetrating, cleansing and healing your
etheric and astral bodies. You are now completely purified and sealed in your cocoon

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of pure light. Remain in it for a few minutes, breathing its purity.


Do exercises 1 and 2 daily for at least a whole week. Then add exercise 3 for the
following week, but always precede it with exercises 1 and 2.
THE PERFECT MODEL AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Special Exercise : 3
Cave Meditation

Remember that these exercises are to be developed on your own with the aid of your
intuition. What follows is a general idea of the inner spiritual process that has worked
for me and brought me face-to-face with my ideal model so as to integrate my
conscious self into its Divine Mold, but please allow your intuition to customize them
for you. They are one way of unfolding this incredible process within you, one that I
hope will help you as much as it has helped me. Please read this entire chapter and
begin only when you are sure that you understand all the steps. If you wish, you can
tape them.
Each of the phases of this work will unfold your inner process and energize seed
ideas for your awakening and enlightenment, hence when performed in the right frame
of mind, they will develop in your psyche in a natural way. The symbols you will be
working with are universal “keys” opening to powerful subtle energies within your
being.

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Exercise 3: Cave Meditation


Precede any inner work with exercises 1 and 2 as they will purify you from the
negativity and stresses that have been accumulated during your daily activities and
help you enter a higher spiritual plane.
When you are ready, invite your intuition to accompany you on your inner journey. If

you wish, you can ask your intuition to take a special symbolic “form” for you, allowing

your intuition to choose how it wants to appear for you. Always accept the first

impression that comes.

1 - Together, see yourselves enter a dark cave. Make the cave as real as you can,

and, like a hermit, put yourself in this atmosphere for a while. In this dark and humid

place, reflect on your life, on who you think you are, and what you have done with your

life.

2 - Look at the events in your life and relive the most important. Watch them play out

as if you were viewing yourself in a movie, observing from your impersonal center of

being, the ego patterns that you have created. At all times during your introspection,

remember to remain in touch with the center of pure consciousness and from that

neutral point, reflect on the qualities that you have developed and come to know well.

Rekindle your goals and aspirations. Let your guide be the witness of your reflections
and if you feel that you need its assistance, ask for it. You will find this period of self-

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discovery rewarding because it will bring up forgotten memories that need to be

consciously discarded.

3 - Try to spend time in your cave everyday, in the morning and at night before going
to sleep. Do not attempt to fantasize or imagine things happening around you. Try to
remain calm and meditative even in your visualization. You create the atmosphere
within yourself to invite the impulses coming from your soul to assist you in this inner
process. This inner space allows you to let go of everything you no longer need. You
are learning to get in touch with the energy of the archetypal Hermit, which means that
you are letting go of all the illusions of the world and entering a place within you where
your inner desire for purification will unfold. Hence your intent has to be real and
powerful.
This is personal work and you will need to create this astral place by yourself with your
thoughts and emotions. In this way, you will also create the astral body of the Hermit,
which your consciousness will inhabit whenever you are in your cave.
· By doing this kind of inner work, you are assisting your soul in pouring into your
psyche the qualities and power needed to unfold higher levels of consciousness. You
are also helping yourself to understand better the mystery of who you really are.
THE PERFECT MODEL AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Special Exercise : 4
Creating Your Sacred Cell

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Always precede exercise '4' by exercises '1' and '2'.


When you feel ready, visualize that the room around you is dissolving completely in an
ocean of high spiritual vibrations. Let the waves of energy of your imagination
transport you far away, say, to the top of a sacred mountain.
Within yourself, unfold the energetic qualities of the Hermit, a seeker of solitude and
rest from the turmoil of the world. Look around you and sense that you are a lone
traveler, seeking to find refuge. Try to get in touch with the feeling of being a traveler
who needs to create a sacred space. Your intuition will guide your search, and find the
perfect spot for you. As always, accept the first impression that you receive.
The place your intuition finds for you will be rooted in your ethereal and mystical heart
and will be your axial pole, the pillar of consciousness and your point of contact, which
will harmonize all the magnetic energies among your subtle bodies. This place will be
a consecrated and most holy inner space, where the energies of the earth and sky will
meet, where the temporal and transient part of your life will blend and transmute into
the infinity of Pure Being.
Let your intuition guide you in the construction of your holy place, the place you will
come to pray, meditate, contemplate, reflect and receive intuitive impulses from the
higher realms. It will be the place where you will make contact and commune with your
soul and higher intelligences. After finding the right place to construct your Sacred
Cell, in your mind’s eye, make your holy place as simple as possible, putting in only
what you really need, such as a bed, a chair, a table, a candle, a few books and a
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atmosphere will resonate in your mystical heart and consciousness. It will also prepare
you for the process that will put you in touch with your spiritual DNA.
Visualize light creating your Sacred Cell. It takes form as you watch, and as you begin
to experience the creation of your cell within your being, feel its vibrations blending
softly with the light in your aura, energizing your whole being with its blazing light.
Once you have successfully created your Sacred Cell, you can project yourself in this
holy place whenever you feel like it. It is a special space within you where you will
receive and exchange sacred knowledge and commune with the Masters of Wisdom,
each of whom represents a sacred mold, a characteristic type of spiritual DNA. By
visiting often this sacred place, you will become a consecrated being, and come to
realize that a silent presence resides behind your ego presence — your Perfect
Model, the mold that you will, in time, penetrate. The Perfect Mold is also called robe
of glory and the body of light.
After you have constructed your Sacred Cell and you feel in harmony in it, move on
to exercise 5.
To go back to the list of these special exercises
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Special Exercise : 5
Manifesting Your Inner Guide

Precede exercise '5' by exercises '1' and '2'.


Enter your Sacred Cell in your usual way and light one or more candles that are on
your table. Sit on your chair and close your eyes.
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self or guide to manifest in front of you and appear in your cell. Your inner guide can
take any shape—the ways it can manifest for you are explained in this book.
Remember that whatever shape it takes, it will be a projection and an extension of
your soul, and this will depend on the level of your attunement with it on the inner
planes. Always accept and trust the first impression that you receive.
Every time you visit your Sacred Cell, you may call upon your inner guide, and
sometimes, it may have a different appearance, aspect or quality representing your
soul. Pay attention to this because your inner guide is the invisible presence of your
Pure Being, veiled behind the symbolic expression that you see in your cell. Come to
know your inner guide well, and have intimate conversations and confessions. It is
important to develop a closer relationship with your inner guide because, with time, it
will help you unfold a mysterious inner process that will open for you the path of your
awakening to higher dimensions of yourself. This inner process will give you insights
into sacred primordial knowledge and wisdom that are engraved in your soul.
Journal your experiences and impressions, and record the intuitions, feelings and
thoughts that you receive from the inner planes.
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Special Exercise : 6
Attuning to Your Soul or Pure Being (Harmonizing Your Psychic Centers)

· Precede this exercise by exercises '1' and '2'.


Within your Sacred Cell, stand erect, arms at your sides, eyes closed. Relax and
breathe gently, deeply and slowly. Imagine that a glowing sphere of the purest white
light hovers above your head (crown chakra). The distance between you and the
sphere may vary, but accept the distance that feels right for you. For a few minutes,
feel the sphere’s warmth and dazzling rays surrounding the top of your head, until you
really feel immersed by its rays.
Now see the sphere of light moving down to the region of your third eye center,
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keeping your attention on the sphere and feel its energy expanding more and more
around your head.
Now see the sphere moving down to your throat chakra. Again, see it gradually
expanding, as the purest light emanates from your throat. Breathe slowly in and out a
few times, keeping your attention on this light. See its rays illuminating the whole area
around it.
When you are ready, visualize the dazzling sphere moving down to your heart chakra.
Take a few deep breaths, and keep your attention on it as you feel its energy
expanding more and more in your chest.
Next, bring your attention to your solar plexus, and visualize the sphere moving down
to the area of your abdomen. Once more, take a few deep breaths and focus on the
light glowing from that place. Feel the energy expanding gently from that area,
healing, discarding, purifying, ever-expanding, bringing vitality and goodness all
around it.
Visualize now the sphere moving to your pelvic area, and take a few deep breaths,
focusing on the power of the sphere in this area. Feel the energy expanding gently
from your pelvic region, discarding, healing, purifying and expanding vitality and life
force.
Finally, visualize the pure light moving down to your feet. See the brilliant glowing light
around your feet. Take a few deep breaths into that region. As you inhale, imagine
that this is your grounding place, your soul’s point of contact with the earth.
Having stimulated all the spiritual energies within your subtle bodies, feel that all the
projected lights of your soul are resonating in harmony with each other. Take some
time to experience the ethereal qualities that are pouring into your being. Let them be
activated and energized in all your etheric and astral bodies. Let them vibrate in
unison and harmony.
When this happens, it means that you, as a being of light, are attuned and resonating
with the vibrations of your soul’s sacred number. Your whole body is glowing and
resonating with the intent and goal of your soul. Inhale deeply, holding the image of
your mystical attunement with your soul and, as you exhale, imagine the energy of
your soul flowing in and around you. Now focus your attention on the rays of light
radiating and penetrating your entire body, from the top of your head to the soles of
your feet
Breathe deeply a few more times, imagining that the pure light energy of your soul is
flowing all around your aura. Make it circulate and flow clockwise, forming a sphere
around you. Let the pure energy flowing in the sphere penetrate through the pores of
your skin, let the ethereal energy of your soul immerse you from the top of your head
to the soles of your feet. Remain, empty, calm and relaxed.
If you can lie down, try to take a nap and be open to receive visions and lucid dreams.
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it will unfold a higher aspect of consciousness during sleep.

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Special Exercise : 7
The Temple of Light

Painting by Gilbert Williams


When the time comes to unfold another dimension of yourself, your inner guide will let
you know in an intimate way and will accompany you into a monastery or a temple
high on a mountaintop where you will be given a private cell. (This cell is not the same
as the Sacred Cell that you created in exercise 4.)
You are going to visit this place from within the inner planes to prepare yourself and
receive, when you are ready, an important initiation. Visualize this cell as simple and
as holy as you can, remembering that you are a pilgrim in search of the meaning of
your life. Learn to formulate your intent and express your deepest desire in here, so as
to energize your mental and emotional bodies.
Before reaching this place, you should have performed all the previous exercises to
purify your etheric and lower astral bodies since, from here on, your preparation
concerns someone who will become a Server of Light, and a Server of Humanity.
• Every morning and evening, try to spend about 10 minutes in your Sacred
Cell and begin your spiritual work from within that sacred place.
When you feel ready from within, your guide will conduct you to a temple made of the
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yourself to the vibration of these higher spiritual energies. Within your being, try to
manifest the ambience of this incredible place where pure spirit is alive.
After a period of visiting the Temple of Light or the Monastery daily, begin to include
other seekers who, like you, are preparing themselves from within the inner planes of
this sacred temple or monastery of light. Imagine and create a sacred meeting place
where you and the other pilgrims and candidates for initiation will gather, pray,
meditate and commune together. This part of the exercise is simply a change in the
focus of your visualization and meditation. Instead of focusing on your personal
mystery, you are including others who, like you, are attuning to the essence of Pure
Being. As your focus is centered now on the essence of “being” and “being-ness,”
other beings should be included in your meditations as they are also part of your
“being” and “being-ness.”
Do this for a month or more until your guide tells you that it’s time for you to receive a
sacred initiation. Follow your guide’s instructions, and allow your intuition to tell you
when it’s time to continue on your spiritual journey
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Special Exercise : 8
Creating Your Divine Perfect Mold

.
Precede this exercise by exercises 1 and 2
Perform this exercise at night, after your meditation period and just
before going to sleep.
When the day of your initiation arrives, your guide will give you a sign that
only you will recognize, in a dream, through a synchronistic event, a word
heard, an image seen. It can appear suddenly from nowhere, but you will
know when it comes because your intuition will tell you. When you receive
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cell.
After your inner preparation, follow your guide to a special place that you
have never seen before. It is a tower, a most sacred and holy place. In
silence, follow your guide into a small circular room. There, a Master greets
you and asks you to move into the center of the room. Then, he or she
stands close behind you and holds up your face so that you’re looking
straight ahead. He or she asks you to visualize your Perfect Mold with astral
matter. Focus your full will and love into the silvery-white radiant silhouette
that now appears before your eyes. This is your Divine Perfect Mold.
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Special Exercise : 8
Creating Your Divine Perfect Mold

.
Precede this exercise by exercises 1 and 2
Perform this exercise at night, after your meditation period and just
before going to sleep.
When the day of your initiation arrives, your guide will give you a sign that
only you will recognize, in a dream, through a synchronistic event, a word
heard, an image seen. It can appear suddenly from nowhere, but you will
know when it comes because your intuition will tell you. When you receive
the sign, prepare yourself inwardly and outwardly, and enter your sacred
cell.
After your inner preparation, follow your guide to a special place that you
have never seen before. It is a tower, a most sacred and holy place. In
silence, follow your guide into a small circular room. There, a Master greets
you and asks you to move into the center of the room. Then, he or she
stands close behind you and holds up your face so that you’re looking

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straight ahead. He or she asks you to visualize your Perfect Mold with astral
matter. Focus your full will and love into the silvery-white radiant silhouette
that now appears before your eyes. This is your Divine Perfect Mold.
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Your Divine Perfect Model
Explanations

"If you have followed the instructions and have done all the previous meditations with
the right intentions and a pure heart, you will then be magnetically attracted to your
Divine Perfect Model that is now resonating in you. This will happen because you
have entered its Perfect Mold and have energized its sacred number."

This part of your mystical work will rest on synchronistic happenings in your life, and
you will be given, from within the inner planes and the physical plane, an image and a
semblance of your Perfect Model. What is imprinted in your Perfect Mold will appear in
your life and together, you will vibrate and unfold within yourself the inner qualities that
belong to it. And as a Server of Light, you will, like many others, be one of the
expressions manifesting your Perfect Model. And like them, you will also have a duty
to serve and awaken other self-conscious beings, helping them to activate their own
Perfect Mold and Perfect Model.
This part of the work is personal and silent. By now, will have been given ample
personal proof of what happens during your spiritual awakening process. This inner
work will have also taught you that you are never alone, that you are really guided by
the invisible hand of your soul, your permanent witness
For more details on the Permanent Witness and the Spiritual Witness, see
the articles in the “Mystery of Man” series.
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Special Exercise : 10.A


Practical Work With The Sacred Chalice

This section offers a powerful symbol that you can use in your inner work, in addition
to the image of the Perfect Model of your choice (What appeared to me from within
was the Image of the Cosmic Christ). First try to attune with the sacred Image,
meditating on it as often as you wish. You can also combine this sacred work with the
ten specially prepared exercises. Attunement with the Cosmic Christ, or any other
Perfect Expression of Primordial Wisdom will cause its magnetic energy to pour into
your being, impregnating and purifying your aura. It will also resonate and transfer its
subtle soul qualities in your consciousness, until your Perfect Model’s Divine Face and
yours unite and become your 'Angelic Face'.
Symbology of the Sacred Chalice
The Sacred Chalice offers four important “keys” to work with: the trident, the word
'psi', ψ in Greek, the circle itself and the Holy Grail. However, their are many more
details that you may intuitively understand their meaning example: the triangles, the
central axis and the colors are also important keys.

Another important detail should be taken into consideration concerning this diagram
which is also a sacred pentacle and a crucial key to unfold the potential level of
Cosmic Consciousness that lies dormant in each one of us...
So let us understand a scientific and mystical discovery which is that for every
archetypal symbol exists its invisible counterpart... its double...its "soul'" or "essence".
The new sciences tell us that "positrons are the opposite and invisible aspect of the
electrons" ...Hence, we understand that for each material shape exists its invisible

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double... This is the law of matter and antimatter... (or, we could replace the word
antimatter and replace it with a more mystical one which is called the "void"... So,
when you meditate on this diagram- pentacle have in mind what we have just said
about the importance of its invisible "antimatter" aspect... the aspect that reveals its
pure ESSENCE....which is part and a projection of CONSCIOUSNESS...

ψ
The trident is the symbol of the god Neptune/Poseidon, and denotes his command of
the waters, which symbolically represent the emotions and the astral planes of being.
Hence the trident is the instrument that “raises” and “stills” the emotions. It is
therefore closely linked to the astral body and the way we act and react on all the
planes of existence.
In itself, the trident is a solar emblem and, with its prongs, it mingles and transforms
the “waters” of the astral plane within our being. The prongs are the fiery and purifying
tools that pierce, penetrate and transform all our mental and emotional patterns.
However, with the combination of the color gold and the circle and Holy Grail, it can
take a different meaning as well... and become also the RAYS of the SUN/SON...
In India, the trishula or trident is the emblem of the god Shiva, the transformer and
destroyer of energies. In Buddhism, the trident is a symbol of the triratna or triple
jewel. It may also be regarded as the triple current of energy in Tantrism - the
Sushuma in the center and the ida and pingala on either side.
The trident-shaped Greek letter psi ψ usually represents soul, but in this work, it
represents the psyche, the inner memory aspect of past and present experiences,
and is linked to the lower mental and astral bodies. It is the psychic part in humans
that receives both the impulses and reactions coming from the ego or self-
consciousness, and also the impulses and inspirations coming from the soul. Hence
the psyche is the “meeting place” where the limited and unlimited aspects of all our
experiences mingle. It is also, as we have just said related to memory, which is why it
must be purified so that the connection between the ego and soul functions properly.


In the same context, you can also see the Hebrew letter SHIN (it looks like three
flames but without the trunk and represents the Heavenly and Divine FIRE placed
on Daath)
On this website, the Cup takes two aspects beginning with a Chalice and then later it
becomes the Holy Grail. But to begin with the Cup represents the container, the
Chalice, the Perfect Mold into which the seeker of truth plunges, letting himself be
totally immersed in its purifying divine influences, leading to purification by Divine
Grace. It is the place where the seeker receives the Holy Spirit and undergoes the

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Baptism of Fire, which is why the Chalice represents the consecrated vessel for
transformation and rebirth into the Christ or Cosmic Consciousness. The Chalice can
be seen as the font in which flows the divine grace to nourish, nurture and finally
adorn us with the “garment” of our divine nature.
The Chalice represents many different things to many mystics. For example, it is the
vessel in which the Blood of Christ and soma, or the nectar and beverage of ancient
Gods, were kept. It is the sacred place “within,” in which all spiritual transformations
take place and, through self-consciousness, the seeker of truth enters into the realm
of Cosmic Consciousness.
The Circle the circle and the dot share certain symbolic properties, namely perfection,
completeness. While the primeval dot symbolizes immanent perfection, the circle may
also symbolize the results of creation. It is the development and manifestation of the
Spiritual DNA or Divine Seed.
The Grail in these essays represents the complete transformation of human nature
into its Divine counterpart. Hence the Grail represents Christ substance and
Consciousness. We could say that the Grail is the Perfect Model and the Chalice is
the Perfect Mold in which all inner processes occur.
I recommend drawing and coloring the diagram yourself (using thick paper) so that it

manifests and unfolds its potency and quality in your psyche. Use a brilliant and

dazzling gold color for the chalice, the four triangles and the tridents, and a paler gold

for the inside of the circle. Use the diagram as a mandala and meditate on it, as it

contains the whole process of unfolding Cosmic Consciousness. I recommend also

that you sit comfortably in a meditative position and place the diagram in front of you.

Concentrate on the diagram for a while. Then close your eyes and visualize it coming

alive in your mind’s eye. Make it vibrate with life and energy. Gradually, make it

become larger and larger and see yourself plunge into the pool of energies. Stay in

that state for a few moments and when you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, come out

of your meditation knowing that the blueprint of this sacred diagram is still working

within you. You can do this exercise as many times as you wish.

For more details of the Sacred Chalice, see “The Importance of Dreams in the
Mystical Process,” and the “Mystery of Man” on this website (part: 1,2,3,4).

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Please click on the Triangle

HOME

To go back to the list without frames,


please click on this line or the star below

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Special Exercise : 10.B
Your Divine Perfect Model

This is part two of the transformation of the Chalice into a Grail cup. The
symbols include:
A Grail cup
A Cross with four equal branched
Four equilateral triangles
Color brilliant gold
This diagram, which also serves as a mandala, is offered to be meditated
upon. We see here the Chalice transformed into a Grail Cup, which remains
the same purified vessel made of the purest gold. However the four tridents
of our previous mandala have transformed into four equidistant and

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equilateral branches forming a cross. This new symbol represents the


achieved wholeness in a seeker, and portrays what happens after the four
elements (fire, water, air and earth) within a seeker’s subtle and physical
bodies have been purified and transmuted from within the perfect Mold and
transformed into the Perfect Model. Hence, this diagram depicts the
integration and manifestation of the Perfect Model in the seeker’s everyday
awareness. However, because the seeker’s physical senses can never
handle or see this holy and sacred Grail, it will always remain an ethereal,
evanescent and immaterial substance within the seeker’s Pure Being or soul
entity. Nonetheless, this blessed substance will always remain anchored in
his/her Perfect Model and therefore will transmit to the seeker’s abstract
mind (or intelligence of the heart) all the divine and holy emanations and
impulsion that it needs.
An equilateral cross, the major channel of communication, represents the
Son of Man, the sign of the seeker’s awakened Perfect Model. It is not a
Christian symbol. The four branches or arms of the cross meet at the center
of the Grail, bringing and achieving the necessary balance and equilibrium
between all the planes and subtle bodies within a seeker.
The central point is an invisible one that remains unmanifested on the axial
pole of the world axis. Hence it prevails as the non-material center of the
Grail. It also represents the non-material core of Pure Being, or the
Absolute Consciousness or Divine Void within each one of us. This center is
where the Invisible Presence of the Divine Face abides unmanifested
unchanged and immovable forever, and yet its divine semblance and
reflection are activated and energized within each Perfect Model.
The central vertical branch represents the world axis harmoniously blended
within the ascending world axis in the seeker. It shows also that the earth
element, the Malkuth (the tenth Sephiroth in Qabalistic symbology), arises
and soars towards the Unknown God or Absolute Being through the vertical
arm of the cross, which is also the middle Pillar of Consciousness. That is
why this vertical arm of the cross becomes also the base on which the Grail
stands firmly on the ground. This base is formed by a triangle with its apex
facing upwards and represents two things:
The seeker’s consciousness has been transformed and spiritualized, so that
the self-consciousness of the ego ascends gradually from its physical and
material world surroundings into to the realm of Cosmic Consciousness. The
vertical arm of the cross shows us that consciousness of the self can open
up and become one with Cosmic or Christ Consciousness, since they both
belong to the same axis.
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not just matter but redeemed matter. Therefore both holy vessels are well-
grounded within the axis of consciousness, which allows this sacred work to
begin in earnest. Thus, we could intuitively say that when the hindrances
and limitations of the ego disappear, the vertical axis opens its horizontal
arms to form a divine cross.
The horizontal arms of this cross represent consciousness stretching itself
outwardly in ordinary consciousness to encompass the whole world of
creation. And, when both vertical and horizontal arms of the cross meet in
the center of the Grail, their meeting point enlightens and illuminates
Cosmic or Christ Consciousness in ordinary self-consciousness.
The Presence of our Soul Entity or pure Being resides in the hidden center
of the cross and this same Presence of pure Being resides in the mystical
heart of a seeker, whose heart is continuously nourished and filled with the
elixir and nectar contained in the holy Grail.
In spiritual alchemy, this inner work is called “the Work of the Sun.” In
Kabbalah, the Grail is the center of Tiphereth on the Tree of Life, which is
why it is made of the purest gold. The triangle that forms the base of the
Grail Cup is an equilateral triangle representing the element of fire, the fire
of Kundalini rising, purifying and transforming the heart and psyche in a
seeker. From there, it rises up towards the crown chakra.
The cross, too, is made of the element of “fire,” the fire that purifies and
unifies the different aspects within a seeker. This ”fiery” cross has been
created and manifested with the essence and substance of the Grail itself.
However, this “fiery” cross appears only after the purifications and
initiations are first completed in the sacred Chalice and its fiery “tridents”
have done their mystical work (see first Chalice diagram). The “fiery” cross
on this diagram is made of the purest gold, which represents symbolically
perfected matter and the fiery substance of the cross, transformed into the
purest Light of Being.
The above offers just a few hints to help you in your mystical work. Please
remain open to any other intuitive revelations that come.
The Process
Meditate on the sacred Grail Cup.
After having done all the exercises and the work with the previous Chalice,
meditate and reflect on the Grail in this section.
I recommend drawing and coloring the diagram yourself (using thick

paper) so that it manifests and unfolds its potency and quality in your

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psyche. Use a brilliant and dazzling gold color for the chalice, the four

triangles and the cross. Use the diagram as a mandala and meditate on it,

as it contains the whole process of unfolding Cosmic Consciousness. I

recommend also that you sit comfortably in a meditative position and place

the diagram in front of you. Concentrate on the diagram for a while. Then

close your eyes and visualize it coming alive in your mind’s eye. Make it

vibrate with life and energy. Gradually, make it become larger and larger

and see yourself plunge into the pool of energies. Stay in that state for a

few moments and when you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, come out of

your meditation knowing that the blueprint of this sacred diagram is still

working within you. You can do this exercise as many times as you wish.

Make notes of your reflections and contemplations.

Draw this mandala and color it so that its energy blends with yours and

becomes part of you, created and activated within your subtle bodies and

place the diagram in front of you. Concentrate on the diagram for a while.

Then close your eyes and visualize it coming alive in your mind’s eye. Make

it vibrate with life and energy. Gradually, make it become larger and larger

and see yourself plunge into the pool of energies. Stay in that state for a

few moments and when you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, come out of

your meditation knowing that the blueprint of this sacred diagram is still

working within you. You can do this exercise as many times as you wish.

Hence the powerful energy of the Word IESHUA " IN esoteric and hermetic

teachings the Savior of Christians Mystics... and as such this word of Power

represents the PERFECT MODEL, the transcendent SPIRIT beyond the realm

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of physical matter, while that of Jeshua or Jesus is the immanent Spirit

present within physical matter, THE VEHICLE - THE CONTAINER, which is

the PERFECT MOLD

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A Chalice shall you be, a Holy Grail
All emptied and receptive to my filling.

In the practical work that we have before us we shall regard the Grail as
our receptivity to the divine vocation that we are called to perform. In some
Eastern systems of yoga a small picture of the master or guru is visualized
in the heart center. Do the same, but instead of projecting an image
become your Perfect Model and then visualize the Grail. You may choose to
visualize the one that worked for me, but it can be any other cup or dish or
any form of container that your intuition and imagination suggests.
Remember that the Perfect Model represents - the lost Heavenly
Beloved - Your Divine Self..
Visualize, the Grail, before your heart. You may well find that it tends to
coalesce with your physical heart inside your breast. You may feel your
heart blazing or receive other reactions. This is a subjective test showing
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"Perfect Mold" - "your spiritual DNA" - and that you are entering a new
level of concentration and attunement with the Masters of Wisdom and the
source of Primordial Wisdom.
The building of this symbol of the Grail aligns one with the whole
Eucharistic tradition, going back to pre-Christian days of the sacrament of
bread and wine. In written tradition this goes back to the strange being
Melchizedek, whose effigy is to be found in Chartres Cathedral, to whom
Christ was likened in the Epistle of the Hebrews.
This Melchizedek, King of Salem, priest of God Most High, met Abraham
returning from the rout of the kings and blessed him; and Abraham gave
him a tithe of everything as his portion. His name, in the first place, means
"King of righteousness"; next he is king of Salem, that is, "king of
peace". He has no father, no mother, no lineage; his years have no
beginning, his life no end. He is like the Son of God; he remains a priest for
all time. Consider now how great he must be for Abraham the patriarch to
give him a tithe of the finest of the spoil. (So far, Hebrews Chapter 7. The
original reference to Melchizedek is to be found in Genesis 14.)
The use of this symbol of the Grail is in itself an act of consecration and
one's readiness to become aware of the Will of God or Pure Being in
one's own life and destiny. In this consecration to Destiny, one does well to
realize that one is never alone, however lone or long the furrow one has to
plough may seem.

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FINAL WORDS
END OF THE SACRED EXERCISES
1 – MEDITATE EVERY MORNING AND NIGHT for about 10 minutes to be in
harmony with pure consciousness.
2 – During your daily occupation and at work become the OBSERVER of what you do
and say. Remain positive – and if you have to make a negative remark to yourself or
others, try to find a positive way of doing it.
Remember that your present thoughts have arisen dependent upon past thoughts and
desires. Your future thoughts will arise dependent upon your present thoughts and
desires. It is no good for you to worry and think about the past or try to envisage the
future. That is the way to more suffering and unrest. You must learn to control your
thoughts now. You must bring your mind to peace tranquillity now – and you will be
sowing the seeds for like thoughts in the future.
3 – This preparation is a long process - do not be impatient. By following closely
these suggestions you will come closer to your Perfect Model, Your Spiritual
"other half" - unfolding your sacred "blueprint" or "Spiritual DNA"

To print CLOSING WORDS FOR SPECIAL PROGRAM

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A Chalice shall you be, a Holy Grail


All emptied and receptive to my filling.

CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS or COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS

The word Christ means "The Anointed One". The First Emanation of the
Essence of God, the Absolute - the Source of our Beingness - in Judeo
Christian terminology the Spirit of God is referred to as: The Father's Son
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referred to as: the first Blueprint of possibilities. This divine BLUEPRINT


when activated awakens Consciousness to its divine Nature, and allows It
to accomplish and complete the Divine Plan.

In terms of our physical universe, and the world in which we have our
being, the Christ or Cosmic Consciousness represents the healing and
REDEMPTIVE medium, the vehicle that sets in motion the spiritual
"blueprint" or spiritual DNA in our own limited level of consciousness,
healing the "wounds" created by the illusionary separation of the ego
personalities of man - thus, this Redemptive Power stops and brings to a
close the divine Hypnosis in which the ego was plunged. However, this
divine Hypnosis was a necessary step to help Consciousness create the
EGO of man; this was a necessary step in the evolutionary cycle of life....
from unconsciousness to self consciousness and from self consciousness to
Cosmic Consciousness... These are evolutionary steps on the ladder of
CONSCIOUSNESS - these steps unfold different stages and planes of
existence that allow Consciousness to take form and express whatever it
needs to commune...and manifest.

As we have just said, the ego is formed so that UNCONSCIOUSNESS of


BEING becomes CONSCIOUS of BEING... Reflect on this idea... To begin
with the ego needs to believe that it is a separated subject from the rest of
creation - it is still far from understanding its own function and remains
ignorant of its own Source... Later, as a seeker, the ego's level of self-
consciousness unfolds a inner process of inquiry into the nature of Being...
and gradually it discovers its own uncorrupted Nature, which is unveiled
with the appearance of the Seal of the "Anointed One" or Christ
Consciousness... This divine Nature gives rise to the "ego" the realization
that it is nothing more than a projection and a shadow of Christ or Cosmic
Consciousness functioning in duality - in other words the ego self
represents the stage when the Blueprint of Christ or Cosmic Consciousness
is still in its unconscious and ignorant state... So when Redemption
happens then self-consciousness is Baptized with Fire and Light and it
becomes the ANOINTED One, the One who knows that all forms of creation
are "God's dreams, thoughts, ideas and children". These are all creations
of the same Absolute Intelligence - the Source of our Beingness...

Thus, when by the Grace of God, the process of awakening happens in a


seeker, then Self-consciousness turns gradually into Cosmic Consciousness
and the seeker becomes an anointed Sonship of the Divine Light... Thus,

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the seeker becomes an enlightened being working from within the inner
Spheres where the Spirit of Christ Consciousness dwells. We, as self-
conscious seekers are living in a world of duality, a world created by our
mental and emotional patterns, a world in which we feel alienated and
divided between "me and you" - between "good and evil". This is called in
certain circles "the Fall", which simply means that at the level of the Fall,
consciousness is still slumbering and unconscious of its own Source...of its
own possibilities. Christ Consciousness comes to restore the Perfect IMAGE
- the PERFECT MODEL and the semblance that was lost, and this spiritual
BLUEPRINT or DNA unfolds in Intuition… New horizons... New
possibilities... New threshold gates - A new Initiation that reveals the
actual Garment of Light that was for eons inactive and latent in our
Spiritual Blueprint and DNA... When the hour of our Redemption happens,
then, this Garment of Light unfolds the SON of Man... the AWAKENED
ONE... in the flesh (which is the original Adam Kadmon).

And through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, awakened seekers are
transformed into Holy Grails- the purified vehicles for the Spirit of YESHUA
to function properly as Christ Consciousness in the world of duality. This is
a great mystery... but what can be said about it is, that it means the level
of the " ego self" assumes a new relationship with the Source of Being -
which is the Center of the Absolute God, the Father of us all.

Another esoteric and hermetic teaching is that CHRIST Energy unfolds the
BODY OF LIGHT: The sanctified body working and witnessing in
harmony with Christ or Cosmic Consciousness.
The Moral Code of a Perfect Model

Love that which is good


Ignore that which is evil
Be goodness, justice and compassion
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Never criticize
Be patient, calm and considerate
Never give way to anger or pride
Be pure, compassionate, and gentle
Never resort to sarcasm
Be confident, content, and open to others
Do not doubt and never be envious
Be moderate in all things
Avoid excess
Be humble, kind, modest, generous, and respectful of others
Never be spiteful
Be honest in words and in deeds; speak the truth
Never lie and never slander
Be helpful and considerate in everything
Never deceive nor betray anyone
Love and protect life; spread peace and harmony
Under no circumstances be aggressive.

THE PERFECT MODEL AND CHRIST OR COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS


A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

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One of the Perfect Models


"I AM ONE AND UNIQUE IN ESSENCE AND AM
THE SAME IN ALL PERFECT MODELS"
. I will explain my nature: It is a unique Essence
that infuses consciousness in everyone.
It is the Presence of Being-ness in consciousness"
the single state of consciousness of the individual

(The following explanations are given to situate my inner process and show how I
came to recognize and gradually learn how to unfold "my" Perfect Model)
Who I am? I remain a mystery to myself, a mystery that I share with every incarnated
soul on this planet. For those with whom I come into worldly contact, I must look a bit
odd and mysterious. Why? Simply because I am empty and open, involved yet
detached from everything I do. I have fun and enjoy life, but I have no strong opinion
on anything, since intuition and contemplation make me see things in ever-changing
perspectives. I am a free traveler, a constant pilgrim, open to experience everything
coming my way. As a human being, the most important thing is to awaken the spiritual
dimension of consciousness and in so doing, experience a more profound reality that I
can share and pass on to whoever comes my way and has the same ideals.
My inner quest
Since childhood, I had received meaningful teachings in my dreams. Through lucid

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dreaming, I explored a very different world from my everyday reality in which one
moment I could be experiencing blissful and uplifting experience, and would suddenly
fall into a hellish and infernal one. From ecstasy and awe, I would plunge into pain and
distress. These inner states were no dreams but part of the subtle inner adjustments
that were necessary for my psyche to help awaken to its true nature.
I knew that my spiritual inner quest needed to be rooted in a psychological approach. I
had to ground these two different approaches and find a way to blend and harmonize
them. This was a much better way to heal and unblock the trapped subconscious
energies. Thus, I found that my training in Psychosynthesis was definitely helping me
to look at myself from a new perspective. This “new way” was emerging through my
process as a silent witness from within the center of consciousness. I was becoming
a silent observer of myself, and through this incredible transformation, a subtle
ethereal bridge was starting to link the two opposite energies within me, uplifting my
consciousness to new heights. In retrospect, this “inner” bridge was the link that
grounded me. Like Jacob’s Ladder, it was a channel opening new doors within myself.
I noticed, however, that bridging and harmonizing the two extreme energies within me
made me aware of some subtle qualities that were starting to emerge from my psyche.
For example, I noticed that when I observed my own psychological process,
something different was operating within me. My conscious self accepted whatever
was surfacing from within, with a kind of compassion and understanding, a peaceful
feeling towards my own ego. From the depths of my psyche, something was telling me
that everything was going to be okay. When negative things surfaced in my
consciousness during meditation, or dreams, rather than the old embarrassment was
a more loving and nurturing way.
My dreams were filled with vivid, powerful experiences that were initiations, doors
within doors opening and unfolding new levels of consciousness. At first, it was a
mixture of levels of consciousness coming from past incarnations that needed to be
purified. Other levels appeared, too, more uplifting and blissful. I saw the quickening
and awakening levels of consciousness as “seeds” that needed to be purified and
protected from the outside invading paradoxes that psychology was offering me. And,
while maturing in the silent darkness of my subconscious, these “seeds” were
impacting my dreams. So, without understanding how this inner process worked, I was
nonetheless starting to empty and purify an inner space within me in which these
experiences were delicately transformed as “new seeds.”
Through intuition and inner guidance, I realized that I had to transform the
psychological aspect of my ego into a pure empty vessel to be used by my soul. So,
everything that was hidden in my subconscious had first to surface gradually to the
level of my consciousness. I knew intuitively that I needed to find a “Middle Way,” an
approach that would show me how to merge the two extreme poles of ego and soul,
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vessel for the soul to pour in its essence. However, I later discovered that by being
“emptied” of its past patterns, the ego transmuted itself into a vehicle of pure
awareness and consciousness. Yes! My ego was just starting to become a medium for
the soul.
This was how I discovered the “Middle Way,” which meant that the light of
consciousness was no longer trapped in a cloudy and opaque vessel, but started to
shine through a cleansed and clearer level of consciousness.

A DIVINE PERFECT MODEL

"Or The Consciousness of Pure Being-ness"


An Incredible Experience
The Ideal Model in these essays is the one that "appeared" to me as a real Living
Presence of pure dazzling Light during a sacred initiation that I received from within
the inner planes in 1985 whilst studying psychosynthesis in London. Strangely, nine
years later in 1994, while visiting my teacher Raymond Bernard at his home, in Paris,
(John in my autobiography) I received the shock of my life when, out of the blue and
unexpectedly, Raymond silently reached for a small mosaic painting out of a dark
corner behind a door of his office and handed it over to me. I could not believe what I
was holding in my hands …I was in total disarray. The impact that this image had on
me was one of, stupefaction, amazement and incredible awe. How could the Presence
of Christ that I lived and experienced during my extraordinary and important inner
experience, suddenly appear on the physical plane and how could I be holding the
Image in my hands…here, in the house of my Teacher?
Long after these two experiences, I passed a copy of this beautiful Perfect Model of
the Cosmic Christ to special people with whom I work and that I felt could be in
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here in Cyprus and from different parts of the world. As a result, many have received
the same impulses and impressions that I had received. This Image has had an
amazing effect on seekers who attune and resonate with it, because it affects and
awakes their energy fields and consciousness.
( Remember that for your Perfect Model to "appear" and become part of your ordinary
level of consciousness, your ego must first let go of distorted "models" and let itself
"merge" with the center of pure Being.) .
An other advice, is that you cannot turn to God or your pure center of Being [or, the
Self] without turning away your attention from the little ego self, - from the "me" and
"mine"...
A REMINDER AND AN IMPORTANT ADVICE ON THE PRACTICE
To unfold the "Perfect Model" is a step in the right direction... it helps you to
RESONATE with the concealed Energy of your sacred Image.. your concentration
may help you to merge into a state of openness and alert passivity, in which true
contemplation becomes possible, but on the other hand, it could result in some kind of
false, incomplete or confused contemplation... Just be aware that the divine Ground of
all being reveals itself only to those in whom there is no ego-concentration of any kind
of volition, thought or feeling...
This truth is summed up when Meister Eckhart says: " He who seeks God under
settled form lays hold of the form, while missing the God concealed in it. " The point
clearly is to seek God or the Source of Being provisionally under a form which from
the beginning is clearly recognized as merely a SYMBOL OF REALITY, a mere
signboard or a pointer that must some time or other be discarded in favor of what it
stands for : " To seek Him under a settled form - settled because regarded as the very
shape of Reality - is to commit oneself to illusion and a kind of idolatry."

Thus the Sufi mystic Rumi writes in the "Sufi religious" vein:
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me with the Friend, The friend has taken possession of every atom of my being. The
name is all that I have left now — all the rest is He.
Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in the types and images. It will
not receive it in any other fashion. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is fitting
for those who do not only receive the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, but have obtained them for themselves. If anyone does not obtain them for
himself, the name also will be taken from him. But one receives them in the chrism of
the fullness of the power of the Cross, which the apostles call the right and the left. For
this one is no longer a Christian but a Christ.
What is Christ Consciousness?

"The Hermetic Mystery of Christ"


In the context of hermetic and metaphysical philosophy, what do we mean
by the words Cosmic Christ? In addition to this and mystically, what does
the essence of Christ represent? We have to understand that the essence
and nature of the Cosmic Christ is universal and beyond the scope of any
kind of investigation because in itself it is not and never will be a
personality, something that can be objectively proven due to the fact that it
has never been an individualized Energy. How could it be? The Essence of
the Cosmic Christ is simply the REGENERATIVE and RECONCILING aspect of
the force of pure Being and the Soul Essence within each one of us. Hence
in itself, it represents the unfolding energy of wholeness in human nature.
In other words, Christ Energy is a divine Energy that brings and blends
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symbolic image, we could say that Christ Energy brings together and
"marries" the Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses within each individual –
for more details on these two aspects, please refer to the essays on "The
Mystery of Man" parts:
-1- -2- -3- -4-

However, as seekers of Truth, we should make a distinction between the


Cosmic Christ and the manifestation of the force that descends and unfolds
through the channel of consciousness in an enlightened being. In other
words, we should differentiate between an individualized expression of the
Cosmic Christ and the Essence of the Cosmic Christ itself. To facilitate our
task, we could begin by asking this question. What do we mean by an
individualized expression of the Cosmic Christ? The answer is simply that it
represents an enlightened and self-realized expression of pure Being.
However, such a level of enlightenment can only manifest in a purified and
well prepared vehicle, in which consciousness is awakened fully. By purified
vehicle, we mean the purified physical, psychic and spiritual bodies in which
the energy and characteristics of the Force of the Cosmic Christ become
apparent. This Christic Force is an active and universal power house that
functions through "human vehicles" forever. Hence, nothing gets lost, and
the vehicle and characteristics of Master Jesus still continue functioning
through all enlightened and realized human beings. The same principle is
applied to all enlightened beings. Why is this so? Simply because, purified
vehicles are all molded from one specific Perfect Mold that is at the source
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inherent in Primordial Wisdom and in Nature. Thus, it is also inherent in


human nature too. However, it needs to be awakened and activated by
consciousness . For Buddhism, all seekers and disciples of Buddha are
known as having Buddha nature inherent within their nature. In the same
manner, for the hermetic and esoteric Mysteries of the Western tradition,
the essence of the Cosmic Christ is innate to all sentient beings and part of
his spiritual blueprint, (the Perfect Mold), in the West and in the East.

However, JESUS THE CHRIST represents a perfected vehicle that has


existed, and still continues to exist eternally, since it represents one of the
perfected Expressions of Primordial Wisdom. That is why, to a Western
approach, Jesus or Jeheshua represents a process of manifesting
Primordial Wisdom to a Western approach. Since, the Perfect Model and
Mold are themselves expressions of the Primordial Wisdom. Hence, Jesus
or Jeheshua represent a channel and a vehicle in which a high level of
initiation takes place. He represents one of the Perfect Mold in which the
process of awakening and of enlightenment takes place. The Perfect Mold of
a Cosmic Christ or of a Buddha exists everywhere…and remains the same,
for everyone, since they are made of the same pure essence of Primordial
Wisdom and therefore, all Perfect Molds and Models are ALIVE and ACTIVE
expressions of the same unique source, which are inherent to Pure Being.
The meaning of the Perfect Mold and Perfect Model should be understood
intuitively by the genuine seeker because these two symbolic expressions
should clarify the understanding that it is not the ego personality and the
intellect as such that choose a Perfect Model and discovers its
corresponding Perfect Mold. The Perfect Model within each one of us is
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then the Presence of the Perfect Model appears. It is through the


purification of the psyche and the unfoldment of the inner process that the
expression of the Perfect Model becomes clearer and is revealed.
However, we should also realize that the world of the psyche belongs to
the world of duality, since the mirror of the psyche transfers and projects,
images, ideals, intuitions, which are reflections of the Perfect Model. The
Perfect Model unfolds the process of awakening and its vehicle, the Perfect
Mold is the "ground" on which the awakening process takes place. It is the
purified psyche - the mirror of the Soul in which ideal "images" of Heroes
and Heroines can still be projected like in the time of childhood. However,
for seekers of truth, these faints projected ideal models of heroes and
heroines, of gods and goddesses are replaced by a direct impulse coming
from the Presence of pure Being. To begin with, this new impulse appears
like a divine and complementary counterpart and gradually reveals the
Presence of the Perfect Model. Until such time that consciousness reveals
that the psyche does not really exist...it was a perfect mirror reflecting
purified impulses that disappear leaving a silent space within... a level of
consciousness in which the world of duality is non-existent and in its place
appears the Presence the uncreated and immortal Essence of Being, the "I
AM" Presence and the sudden realization that :
"I AM ... WHAT I AM"

PART II
MEANING OF THE NAME JESUS CHRIST THE NAZARENE
The word "Jesus" represents an individualized level of enlightenment and
experience. Christ, on the other hand represents an epithet, an explanation
of the quality of enlightenment reached by "Jesus". For this reason, and in
the context of Western Mysteries, "Jesus" represents the Perfect Mold, the
inner workings of the purified "Substance" and the vehicle in which the
path of AWAKENING the level of Christ Consciousness takes place...

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means the Anointed One).


As for the word "The Nazarene", the meaning is: "He who reveals what is
hidden".
As for the word "Messiah", it has two meanings, "Christ or the Anointed
One" and "The Measured One"
"Jesus" in Hebrew means "The Redemption" and the word "Nazara" means
"The Truth". Thus, "The Nazarene" means "Truth". Jesus had attained
"Nazirutha", perfect spiritual enlightenment, and that he also taught that
path to others. Hence, Jesus and his disciples were Nazarenes or
Nazoraeans: meaning, followers of the mystic path to God, or Pure Being.
The apostles before us used to employ the terms: 'Jesus the Nazoraean
Messiah', which means 'Jesus, the Nazoraean, the Christ "The Anointed
One".
Remember: The last name is "Christ", the first name is "Jesus", the middle
name is "The Nazarene".
Hence the Name "Jesus Christ the Nazarene" means; The Anointed One,
the Giver of Truth - The Bringer and Source of Redemption - The Revealer
of what is hidden - The Enlightened One who has the gift to Awaken
others... .
In the language of the Christian mysteries, we could say that the Name
IESHUA corresponds to Jesus's existence as a heavenly power in eternity
(the Perfect Model). The INITIATOR and SAVIOR in the Christian Mystical
Mysteries... Hence it is the transcendent Spirit beyond the realm of
physical matter... On the other hand, Yeheshuah, or (Jeshua) - Jesus
represents the immanent Spirit present within physical matter. (the Perfect
Mold).
In God (pure Absolute Being) we are born
In Jeshua we "learn" to die,
Through the Power of the Holy Sprit
and
the Redemption of IESHUA/YESHUA
we rise again!
This is a Mystery... and it involves the three levels of the unfolding inner
process
(1) - Ego consciousness experiences and trusts the unfolding inner process
of the Soul (2) - Divine Grace reveals the Cosmic Perfect Mold in which the
old self has to "enter" and "die" so that (3) - The Holy Spirit can descend
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In the Gospel of Thomas - 108


Whosoever drinks from my mouth
Shall become as I am.
I too shall become like him.
For him, the hidden will be revealed.
If the Teachings are truly understood and put into practice, we will become
a "Jesus", meaning a pure "container" in which the Essence of the Cosmic
Christ will fully manifest, just as it did with the Master. Moreover, when the
Spirit of Christ emerges completely in our level of consciousness, we will
have realized that the Christ Essence and Spirit are the REAL part of who
we are... the silent Witness... the Unmanifest "I" that belongs to the level
of unity and wholeness... the level within us that has no reflection...
You have been given many hints and clues to unravel the unfathomable
Mystery of your own spiritual Substance and Essence...!
The use of Christian symbolism in mystical practices may seem strange to
modern eyes, but the inner process of the Western Mysteries include
psychic symbols that belong to the Soul and which are inherent of the
early Christian Mystery teachings. For this purpose, they remain an
important element of the Western Initiatory tradition since ancient times.
While the actions of some modern versions of Christianity have succeeded
in giving many mystics a bad case of "Jesus allergy", it's important to
remember that the meaning and value of a symbol is independent of the
theology built around it or the atrocities committed in its name
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How can we link the archetype of the Perfect Model with the idea of an Absolute
Being? The answer to this question is that even the most abstract idea of what is
Absolute Being remains a human concept. So, why do we have to create a Perfect
Model if it is a concept that we create in our minds? Each person be it a philosopher, a
mystic or an atheist has a certain perception of what the origin of creation of man is
and he will try to explain it according to his conditioning and understanding. Since it is
consciousness that creates and recognizes the world in which we live in, it is therefore
natural to say that anything that man imagines and creates is rooted and based on a
concept. Thus even the most profound truth can only be delivered to others through
ideas and words and these are only human ideas that originate in the ego of man.
Consequently, even when a mystic receives an insight or truth based on intuition, his
understanding and explanation of it will have to be expressed through a concept and
then be explained to others. Accordingly, intellectual understanding of a concept is an
important first step, as it helps unfold a resonance in the psyche of the listener.
Moreover, even enlightened masters must use concepts to explain away their
experiences and wisdom to others. Since the center of an enlightened person and that
of Absolute Being coincide and are the same, Divine Knowledge and Wisdom pour in
him as divine impulses. These impulses, however, are the living Presence of Being
and cannot manifest in the world of duality. To do so they should first be reflected in
the thought process of a sage before being transformed into words and communicated
to others. That's why an enlightened person’s thoughts come directly from the source
of Absolute Being before being interpreted and developed into concepts which he
simplifies to the level of understanding of his audience. We live in a world of duality,
meaning a world in which the ego plays the game of “this is me – and this is not me”.
Therefore whatever one receives from the depth of one’s being has to be projected
into the world of duality in order to take substance and be formed as ideas and
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Absolute Being because this has been created as a concept. The same goes for
believing in reincarnation, or in a Perfect Model. So why insist on explaining away the
concept of a Perfect Model?
For an unenlightened being, an enlightened person will look like an ordinary man,
someone just like him. Why and how can that be? The answer is because between
the two of them there is no resonance. On the other hand, for someone who
resonates with an enlightened person, even without knowing it, an enlightened person
will be a catalyst and a living model. The spiritual charisma and magnetic attraction
between the two cannot be explained, because it is not a physical attraction, but more
a spiritual one that is based on resonance. This is the way that intuition and divine
Knowledge unfold in a disciple. The psyche of such a disciple becomes a clear mirror
in which the wisdom of his physical master is projected and transmitted. Why is such a
divine transmission perceived only through the mirror of the psyche? The answer is
that whatever is perceived by a disciple has first to pass from his own psyche so as to
be experienced by him alone and make it his own. In the same manner a Perfect
Model, is an abstract archetypal model, a catalyst that awakens Absolute
Consciousness in a disciple. This Perfect Model is slumbering in our subconscious
and our innermost center of Being and when the right moment comes it manifests
itself to us so that we can become conscious and resonate with it in the world of
duality. The Perfect Model is a powerful symbol that is a key unfolding the Perfect
Nature of Absolute Being in our consciousness. However, it is important to understand
the process of its unfolding, because it is not the ego that chooses its Perfect Model,
but the guise that Absolute Being takes to appear in our psyche and this guise
becomes a reality that transforms us when we start resonating with it. Thus, it is clear
that we cannot choose the features of our individual Perfect Model. However, by
resonating with the Presence of Absolute Being within, the Presence gradually unfolds
its perfect Image in our mind and psyche. Therefore, we can say that it is the
Presence of Absolute Being within each one of us that activates the characteristics
and features of our Perfect Model and these are recognized and manifested according
to our conditioning and culture. Hence at the source of Absolute Being, the Perfect
Model remains unchanged, unique and whole as an uncreated Essence which
manifests in the psyche of a disciple in different ways and guises so as to blend and
become a reality in him. A similar question arises when determining whether it is the
master who chooses his disciple or if it is the disciple who chooses the master? The
answer is simply that it is neither but the resonance between the two of them that
attracts them to each other and creates for one the role of master and for the other the
role of disciple… one mirrors Absolute Being and beams its Light through the mirror of
one’s impersonal level of Consciousness in the clear mirror of the disciple. Thus the
Light of the physical Master adds itself to the Light of the Perfect Model, both are
catalysts that awaken him to his true Self. One resonates from within the inner plane

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of one’s Being and the other from the physical plane. Crisscrossing within his heart the
disciple identifies his true nature and recognizes himself in both Perfect Models that is
to say the immaterial and ethereal Presence of Absolute Being within and without.

SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND YOUR PERFECT MODEL

As long as we regard ourselves superior to others or look down upon the world, we
cannot make any real progress in the spiritual life. As soon, however, as we
understand that we live in exactly that world which we deserve, we begin to recognize
the faults of others as our own — though they may appear in different form. It is our
own karma that we live in this "imperfect" world, which in the ultimate sense is our own
creation. This is the only attitude which can help us to overcome our difficulties,

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because it replaces fruitless negation by an impulse towards self-perfection, which not


only makes us worthy of a better world but partners in its creation. Some of the
preconditions and preliminary exercises of meditation for bringing about this positive
and creative attitude are to unite as much as possible with our Perfect Model which
will bring about unselfish love and compassion towards all living beings. This is the
first prerequisite of hermetic meditation, as it removes all self-created emotional and
intellectual limitations; and in order to gain this attitude we should look upon all beings
like upon our own mother or our own children, since there was not a single being in
the universe that in the infinity of time had not been closely related to us in one way or
another. In order to be conscious of the preciousness of time we should realize that
any moment might be the last of this life and that the opportunity which it offers might
not come again easily. Finally we should realize that what we learn from books about
meditation are not comparable to the direct transmission of experience and the
spiritual impetus that the Perfect Model within each one of us can give if we open
ourselves to its divine Essence in all sincerity.

MEDITATION
To this purpose, you should imagine your Perfect Model of the Buddha, the Cosmic
Christ, or any other Perfect Model in the form of your ideal spiritual Teacher, and
having done so to a degree that you feel his/her very presence, you should visualize
him/her seated in the posture of meditation above your head and finally merging into
your own person, to take his/her seat on the lotus or rose throne of your heart. For, as
long as the Perfect Model of the Cosmic Christ or the Buddha (or any other Model) is
still imagined outside yourself, you cannot realize him/her in your own life. The
moment, however, you become conscious of his/her PRESENCE as the light in your
innermost being, the Mantra which belongs to your Perfect Model such as (OM MANI
PADME HOM - or KYRIE ELEISON CHRISTE ELEISON – or any other mantra that
expresses the energy and essence of your Perfect Model) begins to reveal its
meaning, because now the “lotus or rose throne” is your own heart, in which the “jewel

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or divine “seed”, namely the Buddha,” Cosmic Christ or any other is present. The OM
and the HOM, however, represent the universe in its highest and deepest aspects, in
all its forms of appearance and experience, which we should embrace with unlimited
love and compassion like you’re own Perfect Model. Do not think of your own
salvation, but make yourself an instrument for the liberation of all living beings. This is
an inner attitude… Once the Perfect Model has become awakened within you, you are
no more able to act other than in accordance with his/her Law and become one with it,
which means that you become a unique resonance, a path and an expression of your
Perfect Model. In other words a “son or daughter” of the Buddhas or of the Cosmic
Christ.’
The Gnostic Jesus
The Invisible Sun Behind the Sun

by David Fideler

Painting by Daniel B. Holman


http://www.AwakenVisions.com
A Gnostic Point of View
In numerology, the number of the physical world is six, the number of the spiritual
world is eight. 600 is the number of "COSMOS", while 800 is the number of the lord of
the cosmos. Similarly, the sacred number of Jesus, 888, symbolizing the Spiritual
Sun, is contrasted with the number 666, that of the physical sun.
In geometry, it is the figure of the Cube, which unites the numbers six and eight. That
is because a cube has six sides and eight corners.
God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, which was a Saturday.
Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday, which for the early Christians became the
"eighth" day, symbolizing the new spiritual creation and the regeneration of time. The

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number 8, the Ogdoad, symbolizes the new order of Christianity, and Jesus, 888, was
known as the Ogdoad to the early Christian Gnostics.
In the lower illustration, a cube is shown in isometric projection. Six rays emanate from
a seventh inner point. These "seven stars" are the planets of traditional cosmology,
led in their choral dance by the central point of the sun.

Viewed from another perspective, as in the upper illustration, we can see that there is
more to the lower arrangement than meets the eye. Here, a seventh hidden ray is
revealed, as is an eight point, the hidden Spiritual Sun from which all things flow.

The Relation of the Spiritual Sun to the Physical Sun


According to the Gnostics, most people are asleep and do not realize that there exists
a higher spiritual reality; it is as though they see the lower illustration, take it at face
value, and assume that there is nothing more. Through the faculty of gnosis (intuition),
however, it is possible for the higher Mind (logos) to discern the existence of a more
inclusive reality. Jesus, the Ogdoad, the Sun behind the sun, is both a symbol and an
expression of this higher knowledge.
The literal-minded, like the proponents of materialism, see the world as through the
lower diagram and see no further: Literalism reads the letter of the law but does not
grasp its spirit; materialism holds matter to be the only reality, but does not see that it
is merely the effect of a higher cause. Those with the spark of the higher intuition or
gnosis, however, catch an occasional glimpse of the higher pattern — the Universal
Logos or (Perfect Model ), the Intelligent Pattern (Perfect Mold) of order and harmony
which informs all of existence.

According to the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria, God is the "Intelligible the
"Sun behind the sun." The early Christian symbolism of Jesus as the ogdoad, the

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Spiritual Sun, is both in keeping with this notion and with the geometrical shown
above. Likewise, there is evidence to suggest that similar views were held concerning
the solar divinity Mithra. As the Roman emperor Julian the Apostate points out, Mithra
is not to be identified with the physical sun and in his fifth discourse refers to Mithra as
"the seven-rayed god."

"Jesus the Sun behind the Sun" is an excerpt taken from the book written by David
Fideler entitled "Jesus Christ Sun of God" a fascinating and important book on the
subject!
ATONING AND ATTUNING TO YOUR HIGHER SELF OR YOUR HOLY
GUARDIAN ANGEL

The Function and purpose of these special guided initiatic meditations are to atone and
attune to the Holy Guardian Angel ( who is the Perfect Model or Daimon/Deamon portrayed by
Socrates and in certain ancient Greek mysteries)

The purpose and function of these guided meditations are to create and develop
psychic and spiritual inner "spaces" which become personal rituals and are preliminary
steps to unfold spiritual initiations that have their
source in the inner planes of being; furthermore, they are in reality used as tools to
give shape to a sacred spiritual science, a science that makes us discover the inner
planes of being... in addition, these guided
meditations have a spiritual and divine objective and are actually part of a mystical
system for training the mind and emotions of the meditator. We have to bear in mind
that whenever our thoughts and emotions are focused upon a specific symbolic object
full of meaning to us, or upon an ideal, or when we concentrate on an uplifting concept,
automatically our thoughts and feelings are energized and activated. At the same time
the level of consciousness is enhanced, because both thoughts and feelings are

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essential energies and elements that cannot be separated from Consciousness itself.
Thus, guided meditations of this kind give form and shape to the mediator's
understanding of archetypal and universal symbols which take for him very specific
and personal characteristics. For example, an object such as a chalice has within itself
an archetypal character. Other symbols such as an icon, an emblem, or an intuitive
idea that the meditator receives from within becomes for him consecrated and
energized objects and concepts because they have special meaning for him and
become helpful tools, releasing strong spiritual feelings and attunements... thus, these
symbols and intuitions trigger in the meditator personal powerful images and concepts
that come alive as an
invisible presence... the reason for this mysterious exchange of magnetic energy is that
for him such objects or ideas enfold subtle energies which are in reality his reflections
and projections coming from his Higher Self. In fact, it is the harmonization and
blending of his own concentrated thoughts and emotions that are the source of this
upsurge of spiritual energy, which grows to be an incredible magnet attracting to him,
higher
corresponding spiritual energies...We could say that when guided meditations are
deeply felt they become inner mystical rituals that open spiritual channels and have as
an objective the harmonization and communion of the meditator first with his Higher
Self and then with the invisible and divine Hierarchy...They also have another purpose,
which is to "train" and purify the thought and emotional process of the meditator, and
again they have the same objective which is of transforming and strengthening the
level of awareness and power of
imagination of the meditator.
The intuitive knowledge of symbols appearing in one's meditations and the correct
understanding of their meaning unfold in the meditator a high level of awareness which
is very important if he wants to transcend and commune with his divine Self...
However, what is vital is the acceptance that these special "symbols" become to him
real sacred "objects", so as, to enrich his psyche with enlightening meaning. Why is
that so important? Well, because they trigger and activate in him spiritual qualities and
powers... Therefore an exchange of energies takes place between sacred symbols and
the mind of the meditator since it is his own mind that has created the symbol and has
given it special meaning... and in return the same symbol reverberates back to the
consciousness of the meditator a corresponding energy which is the expression of his
own inherent spiritual force. Therefore a symbol that a meditator receives intuitively
and with which he feels attuned with is part of himself... the symbol is not separate
from his own level of consciousness, and that is why it takes such a special meaning...
because the function of a sacred symbol is to arouse in the mediator's level of
consciousness an automatic current of harmonious and inspiring thought and emotion
that will exalt his imagination and open his heart to new levels of spiritual realities...

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Hence, we understand that this type of guided meditation is in itself a mystical tool
helping to unfold the power of the Higher Self (or the Holy Guardian Angel - the
Daimon of Socrates or the blueprint of the perfect Model or spiritual DNA).

For this reason, we are offering on this website mystical meditations which are in
themselves sacred tools to unfold sacred spaces within the mediator's psyche to let
him discover with the help of different association of ideas and inspiring thoughts,
higher levels of Consciousness and Awareness... Moreover, these guided meditations
are personal preliminary initiations created to train the seeker in receiving real initiation
from within the inner planes of being. We could add another important point which is
that when such meditative "inner" rituals and initiations are performed with conviction
they help transcend the ordinary physical senses of the meditator which become
passive, and as a result the subtle senses of the seeker awake and are activated.
Moreover, when the seeker focuses his spiritual senses and powers of the mind and
heart while in meditation, then he is ready to invoke and evoke his Holy Guardian
Angel - which is also called the Daimon
or Higher Self... The Master Within...(the name given to this spiritual power and
Presence within is a personal choice...) Usually it is our preoccupation with the
separate requirements of the body, of our thoughts and emotions that are the cause of
blinding us to the Presence of our spiritual Self... hence these guided meditations are
humble tools for helping invoke and evoke the Powers and Qualities of the Higher Self.
Thus, in a sense the effect of such meditations are to keep the senses and subtle
vehicles engaged each with its own specific task, without distracting our higher and
mystical concentration... in other words Consciousness opens new doors for us to
discover the beauty of other Planes of being.... However, we have to remember that all
these "techniques" are just preparatory steps in discovering the "WHO AM I?", but
each step, has its own importance... the reason for it is that each step helps create in

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the seeker the required inner contact with his Higher Self and at the same time awake
a level of reality that was all the time within but inactive and
unconscious...
We could also add that guided meditations of this kind develop in the seeker the
correct use of his "imagination" because the power of imagination is really a part of the
inherent faculty of the Higher Self to communicate with us... helping us assimilate and
understand the images, symbols and different concepts and reflections received
through Its Guidance... In other words without imagination the Language of the Soul
would have been impossible to decipher.
Moreover, just take note that you as an ego personality will always remain an "object",
since your mind and emotions can only express themselves in duality... but your
Higher Self is your Perfect Model - the WITNESS WITHIN who is the SUBJECT
(because the Higher Self or Witness is beyond duality...) and their relation of mutual
dependence is the reflection of their absolute identity... usually we think that they are
two separate and distinct states of being, but BEING is pure unique Substance and is
indivisible
THE PLEIADES

The Pleiades: Source of Inspiration


The Pleiades consists of seven stars, to which certain seekers are invited to receive,
while asleep or in deep meditation, knowledge that is engrained in pure Being.
However, those who are attuned to the Pleiades must first have integrated their
Perfect Mold and should have started to consciously unfold the qualities that are
inherent in their Perfect Model. Prior to their invitation, the seekers invited to the
Pleiades have been purified and cleansed of the blocks to their astral and mental
bodies so that they can assimilate the knowledge received, which their purified mental
bodies will later translate and interpret into simple words for the rest of humanity.

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The Pleiades have a tremendous influence on our consciousness, and contact creates
a sacred “void” in seekers to allow them to integrate with a higher and more subtle
level of the Divine and Abstract Mind. The void is a “mental energy” that transforms
intuition into consciousness. How? Because receiving such a high dosage of Pleiadian
energy unites consciousness and mind so that both can simultaneously perceive
spiritual and divine knowledge. Moreover, such sacred receipt of Divine Wisdom also
resonates in the self-consciousness of these seekers, which helps them to harmonize
their mental and intellectual faculties with those of the Pleiades. This in turn helps
them to become powerful “transmitting stations” that broadcast, albeit on a lower level,
their own understanding and interpretation of what they have received.
The Pleiades, therefore, open a higher level of consciousness in seekers, unfolding
within them the potentials and gifts that are inherent and manifest on the higher planes
of Being. Thus, the Pleiades have the power to manifest and energize the qualities
that are inherent in the seed ideas of seekers by enhancing their intuitive and mental
faculties, or the intelligence of the heart.
The seven planets of the Pleiades thus represent a “school” of learning whose
influence awakens and transforms the rational mind into becoming a clear vehicle that
can receive and translate into simple words what consciousness experiences and
lives. In turn, seekers on that spiritual plane receive an enhanced level of
consciousness that overflows with divine seed ideas that must be expressed and
shared with others.
The Pleiades open up the intuitional intelligence of the seekers to a high level in which
consciousness and knowledge become one. This is the only way that Divine Wisdom
and Knowledge express themselves in seekers so that they may share them with
others. To be able to impart wisdom to others, seekers must first become that
wisdom.
The Pleiades’ role, then, is to help seekers become consciously aware of Divine
Knowledge and Wisdom, which is why their etheric, astral and mental bodies must be
purified before being able to integrate with that spiritual realm. The Pleiades represent
a spiritual “station” where the Perfect Model within seekers is energized and comes
alive on earth.
Seekers who resonate with their Ideal Model gradually integrate their consecrated
Perfect Mold so as to be assimilated and “remodeled” in it once they have dissolved
the illusionary creations of their egos. However, if we want to start the inner process
and enter our consecrated Perfect Mold, we must first consider it our “inner tomb.”
The first phase of the process involves great changes within yourself, dying to your old
patterns before being “reshaped” in it. Once you are in the mold, you will never be the
same, and will remain in it until you and the mold unite, manifesting your Perfect
Model in and around you. In due course, you will emerge renewed from the Mold.
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complete purification of your “old” self and purging of deceptive thought and emotional
forms, you will discover it to be your sacred “womb,” in which your Divine nature within
the Christ Child waits like a sacred seed for the right moment to germinate in your life.
That will be the day of your rebirth

EXCERPTS ON THE PLEIADES FROM THE BOOKS OF ALICE BAILEY


There is a saying in the Christian Bible concerning the Pleiades in which Job speaks
of "the sweet influences of the Pleiades," whilst some of the Oriental Scriptures affirm
that our connection to the Pleiades are made through sound and vibration. In Alice
Bailey, it is suggested that perhaps the Pleiades are the source of the atomic life of
our Logos, the active intelligent aspect, that one, which was first developed, and which
we might call electrical matter. Hence it concerns the astral and etheric aspects of
electric matter. We can understand therefore that the influence of the Pleiades
concerns the transformation of the vibrational rates of matter.
The word "electricity," may be traced back to the star Electra, which is supposed to be
one of the little lost sisters of the seven Pleiades. Perhaps the Pleiades are the source
of the atomic life of our Logos, the active intelligent aspect, which we might call
electrical matter.

Then there is the relationship of the Pleiades with the Great Bear. There is much that
is said about them in Oriental writings. The seven sisters are said to be the seven
wives of the seven stars of the Great Bear. Now what is perhaps the truth back of that
legend? If the Pleiades are the source of the electrical manifestation, the active
intelligent aspect of the solar system, and their energy is that which animates all
matter, the we might think that maybe they represent the opposite and complementary
aspect, the feminine forming

aspect, the negative pole of electrical energy, whose polar opposite, or the positive
aspect of the same energy is their seven husbands, the seven stars of the Great
Bear.. Perhaps the union of these two cosmic energies is what produces our solar
system. Perhaps these two types of energy, one from the Pleiades and the other from
the Great Bear, meet, and in their conjunction produce what we call our solar system.

Another type of energy reaches man from the Pleiades, passing through the Venusian
scheme to us. It has a definite effect upon the causal body, and serves to stimulate
the heart center.

Hence we begin to understand that the Pleiades are to the solar system, the source of
electrical energy, and just as our sun is the embodiment of the heart, or love aspect, of
the Logos (Who is Himself the heart of ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID)

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so the Pleiades are the feminine opposite of the Logos. Ponder upon this idea, for
much is contained in this statement. Hence we can say that the feminine aspect of this
electrical cosmic energy is the active intelligence that gives birth to
CONSCIOUSNESS. As far as man is concerned at present, the energy coming from
the Pleiades converges, and seeks to energize man's astral, etheric and physical
bodies via the seven etheric centers. (These centers receive the force in a threefold
manner, just like the Greek letter PSY does for our mandala number: 10, which shows
4 TRIDENTS around a Chalice. This parenthesis has been added and is in the context
of the Perfect Mold and Model) It Purifies... Transforms... and Protects... just like a
mother would to nurture her child. Hence, the Force that comes from the Pleiades
passes first via the Solar Angel or Soul of man.
Alcyone is the brightest star in the Pleiades and its energy impregnated the substance
of the universe with the quality of mind Therefore, we can understand that electric and
cosmic initiation affects the subtle bodies of man and are given from within the inner
planes. The result is that it affects the level of consciousness liberating the higher level
of intuition and abstract Mind. Most disciples and initiates go this way, and it is the way
of liberating humanity from its imprisoning condition. According to Alice bailey, the
seven stars of the Pleiades are the goal for the seven types of the Soul Rays, in other
words, the 7 Soul Rays receive the influence of the Pleiades, and this is hinted at in
the Book of Job, in the words," can you not see the importance of connecting with the
sweet influence of the Pleiades?" (Loose modem translation by me) In the mystery of
this influence, and in the secret of the sun Sirius, are hidden the facts of our cosmic
evolution, and incidentally, therefore, of own our solar system.

Being the feminine aspects of electrical energy, the Pleiades represent as the mothers
of the seven aspects of form life and the "wives" of the seven Rishis of the Great
Bear." They are connected with the Mother aspect which nurtures the infant Christ.
We can guess the importance of the role played by the Pleiades in the REBIRTH
process.

According to Alice Bailey through the divine center of intelligent activity, which we call
humanity, the fourth kingdom in nature, which is man will eventually act as the
mediating principle to all the three lower kingdoms. Humanity is the divine Messenger
to the world of form: it is essentially Mercury that brings light and life to all divine
manifestations it is the AWAKENING ENERGY of Kundalini and divine world Saviors
and Avatars are its eternal symbols.

Again according to Alice bailey, the energy of will—newly released by Sanat Kumara
upon our planet—emanates, via the head center of the planetary Logos, from the
Great Bear; it is stepped down in vibration via one of the Pleiades (hence its influence
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the solar system. It is there absorbed by that major center of our planetary life to,
which we give the name. Shamballa. Its effect is necessarily twofold. It produces in
certain nations, races and individuals, a welling up of the self-will or of the will-to-
power, which is characteristic of the developed lower nature, the personality aspect of
integrated selfhood. It produces—though less readily—a stimulation of the will-to-
serve the plan as it is grasped by the world aspirants, the world disciples and
initiates. Thus are the purposes of Deity materialized.
All the Masters (and not only Those upon the fifth ray) receive careful training in the
manipulation of energies, and hence the statement of the Master K.H. to His disciples
that the occultist has to learn to master and control the forces and energies within
himself; the disciple and the initiate work with hierarchical energies and with the forces
of the kingdoms of nature in the three worlds; the Master receives instruction in the
handling of the energies which are extra-planetary but within the solar ring-pass-not.
Those Masters Whose decision it is to tread the second Path are taught the control
and direction of systemic energies and of certain energies emanating from Libra and
from one of the stars in the constellation of the Great Bear. In the more advanced
stages of Their work, and when the Master is far more advanced than the word
indicates. He works consciously upon the cosmic mental plane; His activities will then
be concerned with the relation of the energies of the Great Bear to the Pleiades, and
their dual relationship (a higher correspondence to atma-buddhi) to the solar system
and only incidentally to our Earth. Great is the interlocking, the interdependence and
the interpenetration!
A TEXT FROM LONGCHENPA

Dzogchen Way of Living


Know the state of pure and total presence to be a vast expanse without
center or border.
It is everywhere the same, without acceptance or rejection.
Blend the nature of mind and its habit patterns into non-duality.
Because entities, whether subjectively conceived or directly experienced,
Are present as ornaments of one's own state of being,
Do not accept or reject them.
And, Because they are not divided into self and other,
The apparitional, spontaneously present objects are the play of pure
experience.

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Listen: this majestic awareness, freely transforming itself,


Displays the integrated structure centered around the inner reality of
form.(*1)
Everything that exists and appears
Displays itself in the space of unborn reality.
In this inner reality there is nothing to accept or reject.
All that exists is displayed by me, the supreme ordering principle.
Listen: this teacher of teachers, the majestic creative
intelligence,
Displays the integrated structure centered around the inner reality of
communication. Everything that exists and is designated
Displays itself as linguistic communication coming from the unborn field
And is gathered into this inexplicable inner reality of communication,
The supreme ordering principle's symphony.
Listen: this teacher of teachers, majestic creativity
Displays the integrated structure centered around the inner reality of
awareness.
Know everything thought or attended to
To be the substance of the unborn ordering principle itself.
The realms of form, communication, and awareness of the creative
intelligence
Are the three naturally occurring, uncontrived integrated structures of
reality.
One who understands the reality of these integrated structures as
complete in a moment without having been set up,
Has understood the core meaning of the spontaneously complete inner
reality.
Thus, because all that is present as form, sound, and thought ever since
they appeared in time has existed as these three unborn inte-grated
structures, from the start live this great natural non-duality without
going into any conceptual analysis. Through realizing beings and their
worlds to be these integrated structures, affirmations, negations,

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antidotes, and hindrances will definitely be freed in their own place.

(*1) This is the distinction between the path of self-liberation and the lower
paths.

Your Perfect Model as your real Master

A Daily Exercise

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Relax on your chair and after a few deep breaths enter into a state of quiet meditation.,
visualize the perfect, gracious and precious Perfect Model as your Master [the source of
divine power]. On the crown of your own head receive the blessing Lights. This unites
your own mind with the realized mind of your Perfect Model and Master. While you are
doing daily activities, see that all the appearing forms are the forms of the Master, All
sounds are the melodies of his/her speech, and All your good and bad thoughts are his/
her wisdom mind. This is the instruction on phenomenal existents arising as the virtues
of the Master.

While eating, visualize the Master in your throat and offer him/her the nectar of food
and drink. Then food and drink will create no defilements in you, and it will be turned
into a sacramental celebration. While sleeping, visualize him/her in the center of your
heart. The lights of his/her body illuminate the world and all beings. Transform them
into light and then dissolve them into yourself. This is the instruction on turning sleep
and dreams into luminous absorption.

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When you are leaving for the next existence [death], Without shuffling in too many
worries, Contemplate on the unification of your own awareness, and the enlightened
mind of the Master.
01/21/08

DZOGCHEN

THE SIX VAJRA VERSES

The nature of phenomena is nondual,

but each one, in its own state, is beyond the limits of the mind.

There is no concept that can define the condition of "what is"

but vision nevertheless manifests:

all is good.
Everything has already been accomplished, and so, having overcome the sickness
of effort,

one finds oneself in the self-perfected state:

this is contemplation.

In Tibetan:
"sNa tshogs rang bzhin mignyis kyang Cha shas nyid du spros dang bral ]i bzhin ba
zhes mi rtog kyang rNam par snang mdzad kun tu bzang Zin pas rtsol ba'i nad

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spangs te IHun gyis gnas pas bzhag pa yin "

(Personally I am not a Buddhist but have a great empathy with their philosophy. This
website is the fruit of my own experiences and reflections on the meaning of life and
my humble conclusion is that it remains a MYSTERY until one unfolds higher levels of
consciousness. Each one of these levels opens up a new way of experiencing the
"PRESENT MOMENT". Each new level of awakening makes us realize that there is
no mystery outside of our own Mystery - The Mystery of Being... Hence, Dzogchen
may be a Tibetan word that represents a sacred way of living life and yet we find the
same philosophy awaken in individuals that have never heard of the word Dzogchen.
Hence, as I feel a great attraction and resonance with their way of "Being", in my
humble opinion, Dzogchen is an "Inner Path of Initiation" a path linking the adept to
the Primordial Wisdom )

Some interesting books on Dzogchen, that I personally recommend..


1 - Dzogchen the Self-Perfected State by ChoGyal Namkhai Norbu
2 - Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Namkhai Norbu
3 - Dzogchen (hard cover) a new release. with the Dalai Lama, Geshe Thupten
Jimpa, Patrick Gaffney editor
4 - MIPHAM'S Beacon of Certainty - The view of Dzogchen - The Great Perfection
5 - The Golden Letters - foreword by Namkhai Norbu Rimpoche
6 - Namkhai Norbu The Cycle of Day and Night.
7 - Chogyal Namkhai Norbu The Crystal and the way of Light.

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AWAKENING THE INFINITE INNER ENERGIES OF HEALING


A DZOGCHEN PRACTICE

Taking one or two deep breaths, release all your stress and worries and
enjoy the relaxed feelings in your body and mind. Then slowly and calmly
go through the following exercises, taking a minute or two for each step.

1. When you wake up in the morning, or at any time of the day, feel
devotion to the source of power. (It could be the Buddha, Guru Rinpoche,
the Cosmic Christ, your Perfect Model, or any other source of power.)
Devotion wakes up your body and mind and makes them blossom.
Devotion brings warmth, bliss, strength, and openness.
2. Visualize and feel that your heart, the center of your body, is in the
form of an amazing flower of light, blossoming in the warmth of devotion.
As a result, from that devotional flower-heart arises your wisdom,
compassion, and power, the enlightened qualities in the form of the source
of power. The source of power, in the form of a light body with heat and
bliss, rises up through the central channel a spacious channel made of clear
and pure light of your body. Then the source of power adorns the stainless
and limitless sky, as if thousands of suns have arisen as one body.
3. Believe that the source of power is the embodiment of wisdom,
compassion, and power of all the divinities and of the universal truth. Feel
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energy by being in the presence of the source of power.


4. Then see that the whole earth is filled with various beings. Their hearts
are filled with devotion and their faces are blossoming with Joyful smiles.
Their wide-open eyes are one-pointedly watching the source of power with
wonder. Joining you, they are all expressing the power of their devotion in
prayers, singing harmoniously with various resonances, like a great
symphony. Sing the prayer with great celebration in which there are no
limits or restrictions.
5. Singing the prayers, imagine that the prayers have invoked the
compassionate mind of the source of power. From the source of power, its
wisdom, compassion, and power come toward you in the form of multiple
beams of blessing lights of various colors (or streams of nectar). These
beams of light touch every pore of your body. Feel the heat of their mere
touch. Feel the blissful nature of the heat. And feel the power of the blissful
heat.
6. Then the beams of light enter your body. Visualize and feel that all your
negative habits, mental ills, emotional conflicts, lack of fulfillment, fear,
physical sicknesses, and circulation or energy blockages are in the form of
darkness in your body. By the mere touch of the blessing light, all the
darkness is completely dispelled, without any trace, from your body and
mind. Your body is filled with amazing bright light, with the sensation of
heat, bliss, and strength. Then see and feel that your whole body is
transformed into a blessing light body. Feel that every cell of your body is
transformed into the cells of blessing light with heat, bliss, and strength.
7. Then think of a cell on your forehead (or any other place in your body).

The cell is made of bright blessing light. It is vast and beautiful. Slowly,

enter into the cell. It is limitless and boundless as the sky. Feel the

vastness of the cell for a while.

8. Then see and feel that your body is made of billions of the same kind of
vast, beautiful, blissful cells. Each cell is adorned with the presence of the
source of power. Be aware of the amazing display and energy of your
miraculous body. All the cells are Meditations in love and harmony with
each other. Feel the power of these billions of blissful cells in your body
adorned by the sources of power.
9. All the cells of the channels, organs, and muscles of your blessing light
body are breathing. They are breathing heat and bliss openly and
spontaneously like the waves of the ocean. Feel the waves of blissful

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movement. The waves caress, relax, and melt any place where we have
hardness or rigidity, any fixations of unresolved emotions and unhealed
wounds with their traces. Feel the energy aura. Feel the feeling. Be one
with the feeling.
10. Then you could sing om, ah, and hung, (or any other sacred mantra
which is sacred to you) as the healing movement generates strength and
openness in your cells, unite with them. You can sing your mantra loudly,
softly, or silently in your mind.
• As you repeatedly sing om (or your sacred mantra) slowly and
continuously, be aware of how the waves of sound powerfully
resonate in every cell, from your vocal cords through your whole body
like the waves of the ocean. Delight in the feeling of power and
strength, the qualities of the Buddha-body - Cosmic Christ or your
Perfect Model.
• In the same way, singing ah, be aware of the opening,
releasing, and blossoming energies, the qualities of the Buddha-
speech.

• Singing hung, be aware of merging yourself with the union of


power and openness, which is the boundless power, the qualities of
the Buddha-mind.
• In the same way, make a gesture of a blossoming flower at
your heart. Holding the fists upward, unfold the fingers of your fist
(one after another, starting with the little fingers) and open your
hands and arms and be aware of the delightful feeling of opening,
releasing, and blossoming, the qualities of the Buddha-speech.

• Make a contemplative gesture, placing your hands palms up


in your lap, the right hand over the left hand, with the thumbs slightly
touching, and be aware of merging yourself with the union of power
and openness, which is the boundless power, the qualities of the
Buddha-mind.
11. You could see an amazingly vast aura of bright blessing light filled with
energy power around your body. It is a protective aura that prevents any
negative effects from coming in. It is also an aura of transmutation that
transforms everything in the energy aura into blessing light, like
snowflakes falling into warm water
HEALING THROUGH BLESSED SOUNDS

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Buddhists Sounds Purifying Our Emotions Silently

The sounds om, ah, and hung (pronounced hoong, with a soft H) are
viewed as the "seed syllables" of the body, speech, and mind of the
Buddha, the fully enlightened nature. Because of the universality of these
sounds, anyone can benefit from them.
These three syllables comprise one of the most powerful chants in
Buddhism. They are pure and archetypal in nature, free from elaboration,
concepts, grasping, and rigidity. So just giving voice to these sounds allows
us to be more open.

Buddhists Sounds

For Buddhists, these sounds also embody special meaning in their


expression of all the qualities of the Buddha: om is the changeless strength
and beauty of the true nature we all possess, the Buddha body; ah is the
ceaseless expression and prevailing energy of reality, the Buddha speech;
hung is the unmoving per-fection of reality's primordial openness, the
Buddha mind. Long used in healing practices, these sounds have been
blessed by many Buddhas and enlightened beings throughout the ages.

Each syllable represents particular healing qualities. Singing om brings


peace, bliss, clarity, firmness, courage, stability, and strength; ah brings
energy, openness, expansion, and empowerment; hung is associated with
enlightenment, infinity, essence, and oneness.

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You can sing each syllable with equal emphasis. Or else emphasize and
repeat one syllable according to the particular healing qualities you need.
For example:
OOOOOOOOOOMMMM AHHHHHHHHHHHH HUUUUUUUNNNNNGGG

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM AHHHHH HUUUUNNNGGG

OOOOMM AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HUUUNNNGGG

OOOOMM AHHHHHHHHH HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNGGG

Sing the syllables however you feel is soothing in a tune that rises and falls
or on one note, quietly or loudly, with high pitch or low, with feelings, and
images. Feel as if sadness or painful emotion is contained within the sound
of om in the form of clouds, smoke, or mist. As you sing ah, let go of the
problems forever. With hung, feel the healing of peace and openness of the
sound.

You can work with these sounds to transform difficult thoughts, You can
also call forth your source of power with these syl-lables (or with the sound
of ah alone). Feel that the sound is invoking and generating all the healing
forces of the universe, and that the source of power emerges from and is
itself an em-bodiment of the sound. See and feel warm, bright light
radiating from the sound and the image. The light gradually fills your head
and entire body. As you continue chanting, take your time cele-brating the
sound and the light, which brings healing to every part of mind and body.

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Purifying Our Emotions Silently

Chanting can be silent too. An exercise called "threefold breathing" involves


saying the three seed syllables to ourselves in unison with our breathing.
This develops concentration and strength of mind, purifies negative
emotions, and can be a good preliminary to any other healing meditation.

In threefold breathing, mentally say om as you inhale. Say ah as you


pause, in the moment when the breath is about to begin moving the other
way. Say hung on the out-breath. Feel that you are breathing in unison
with the body, speech, and mind of the Buddha, all the Buddhas of all time,
or the Cosmic Christ or your Perfect Model. If you are more comfortable
with a secular approach, appreciate these syllables as the universal
embodiment of strength, openness, and oneness.

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Let your breath and the syllables flow naturally. Give yourself fully to this,
so that your breathing, the syllables, and your mind become one. Finally,
allow your silent chanting to dissolve into relaxed breathing, let go of the
syllables, and merge within the silence of your breathing.
Amid the noise of modern life, it is tempting to fall back on noisy
distractions that take us away from our true selves. Perhaps we are afraid
of silence, like children afraid of the dark. By giving ourselves wholly to
chanting or singing, produced by the body in union with the mind, we learn
to appreciate sound. Then it becomes easier to fully appreciate silence.
Why not try in your home or in your city, to chant or sing, even near a
busy, noisy street where no one will notice or care. Warm up slowly and
with your relaxed out-breath build to a loud ah or any sound that feels
natural. Really let go, it's your right to make a joyful noise.
This World of "Ours" : Page I
By Wei Wu Wei

Painting by Hayashi
Samsara is a subjective state.It is a see-ing whereby subjectivity projects
apparent objects by means of apparent subjects. This is called Duality.

These apparent subjects, negative as are all subjects, project apparent


objects, positive as are all objects, via a psychic mechanism known as
skandhas* whenever their subjectivity becomes identified with a
supposed aggregation of such skandhas.
The apparent subjects and objects, as objects, are in no way different but,
the subjects being negative and the objects positive, when they are
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"superimposed, " mutually fulfill one another (as do a photographic


negative and positive), and then present a blank uniformity. So regarded
they are no longer apparent as subject and object: they are one and void.
Nirvana is also a subjective state.
It is a no-seeing whereby subjectivity, since it cannot perceive itself, is
not manifest. This is called Non-duality.

Both states, which as subjectivity are identical, can only be differentiated


by the projections known as sentient beings, whose faculty of
apprehension is itself subjectivity, via the skandha-mechanism, and
whose objective appearance is a projection of subjectivity as Samsara.

Consequently, by a union or "superimposition" of the two states, negative


and positive, they mutually fulfil one another and become a blank
uniformity or void, which is represented by the term " pure
consciousness. "

This is the resolution of false dualities such as Non-duality and Duality, of


Nirvana and Samsara, of subject and object, and it is always void.

Note: There is no objective state, and there "are" no objects.


Consciousness, experienced as subjectivity, alone "is" and it is NOT.

Neti Neti
Samsara is not things, but a seeing of things. This seeing is the positive
counterpart of the negative which is Nirvana. Therefore Nirvana is also not
any thing, but is a negative seeing or a seeing of no-things (a seeing that
is a no-seeing, as Dr. Suzuki has put it).

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There are no things in either—any more than there are in photographs, but
light and shade only, distributed negatively as in Nirvana, then positively,
when reversed, as in Samsara. The photographic film, however, is a
projected object, whereas Nirvana is the subjective vision of the apparatus
itself. Where a positive photograph shows a dark tree against a pale sky,
the negative shows a pale tree-shaped hole in a dark background. The tree
is a product of the imagination, an interpretation projected on to a pattern
of light and shade.

Skandha*: Term for the five aggregates, which constitute the entirety of
what is generally known as "personality":. The are corporality or form,
sensation, perception, mental formation and consciousness. These
aggregates are frequently referred to as " aggregates" of attachment, since
(excluding the case arhats and buddhas) craving or desire attaches itself to
them and attracts them ot itself; thus it makes of them objects of
attachment and brings about suffering. (an excerpt from the Rider
Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion)

An Excerpt from the illuminating book of Wei Wu Wei: "Ask the


Awakened" - The Negative Way. Publishers: Sentient Publications.

For those of you who are interested in Advaita, Chan, Zen or Tao, this book
is a treasure to have and read - re-read again and again until subjectivity
unfolds its secrets.

Objets Perdus : Page II

By Wei Wu Wei

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Painting by Kield Tidman

Do you exist?
Noumenally I feel that I am, but I cannot find myself.
And the same goes for you and for every living being.
Why is that?
For the same reason that prevents us from seeing our own face.

But you can see my face, and I can see yours.


Nonsense, perfect nonsense! We see nothing of the kind. What we see
when we look at one another and at anything we can see at all, including
our own feet, is just our object. And our object is part of ourselves as its
subject.
Nobody else can see us, because we have no objective existence whatever,
and we cannot see anybody else because they have none. All of us can only
see our own - objectivisations whatever they may be.

We do not exist as objects?


Of course not! No thing exists as an object. That is why there is no such
thing as an entity. How could there be? Space and time are purely mental,
concepts in mind. Where else could an entity extend itself?

Then no object is independent?

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None is dependent either. 'Others' are yourself as whatever you 'both' are,
and their apparent otherness as your objects is entirely a part of your
phenomenal mind.
Phenomenal existence or being, noumenally is not-being. Absolutely, it may
be called as-it-isness.

I begin to understand!
Of course you do! 'Is that all it is?,' as the T'ang dynasty monk said,
laughing, to his Master when he suddenly understood, or 'found himself
awake', as they put it.

No thing is—in its own right? Not even us?


No thing. Therefore there is no 'us'—for 'we' are only one another's objects
as 'us'.

Then in what way are we?


Just total objective absence, which is the presence of that-I-amness, which
is what-I-amness, which is this-I-amness.

All of us are that?


All of us are not 'that', not 'this', not any concept at all. Nothing mysterious
about it. Nothing holy. Just phenomenal notness, and the absence of the
concept of that (notness).

Then we have no positive being whatever?


Positivity and negativity are phenomenal concepts. We are not conceivable
at all.
Then who lives?
You cannot find the doer of any deed, the thinker of any thought, the
perceiver of any perception. The unfindable is all that we are, and the
unfindable is the found.

If you still cling to the notion that something, even if it be as small as the
hundredth part of a grain, might exist objectively, then even a perfect
mastery of the entire Mahayana canon will fail to give you victory over the
Three Worlds. Only when every one of those tiny fragments is seen to be
nothing can the Mahayana achieve this victory for you.
- HUANG Po, Wan Ling Record 24, p. 86.

There is no 'self and no 'other'. There is no 'wrong desire, no 'anger', no


'hatred', no 'love', no 'victory', no 'failure'. Only renounce the error of

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conceptual thought-processes and your nature will exhibit its pristine purity
—-for this alone is the way to attain enlightenment.
- HUANG Po, Ibid. p. 88.
To print : Wei Wu Wei Part 2

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THE PURE LAND


Is IT possible to be rid of the concept of “other” without at the same time
being rid of the concept of “I”, or to be rid of the concept of “I”' without at
the same time being rid of the concept of ”other”?
• It is not possible.

With which should one begin?


• With neither. An identified subject cannot rid itself of either concept.
That is news, bad news! I thought that was what is required of us?
• As well be required to scoop up the moon by baling its reflection out of a
puddle!
What then?
• Until an identified subject knows what he is, he cannot be expected to
realize what he is not.

Cannot I say also that until he knows what he is not, he cannot realize what
he is?
• You can. You should. You must.
There seems to be no way out!
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not have done it long ago?


But there must be a way out!
• There is no 'way', and nothing 'out'. It is here and now.
Then what is it?
• What it is—is quite obvious.

Not to me.
• If you can't find it by looking—don't look, if you can't find it by thinking—
don't think! It is where there is no looking, and no thinking.
Because it cannot either be seen or thought?
• Not at all.
Why, then?
• Not because it cannot be seen or thought, but because there is no 'one' to
look or to think!
Then what does one do?
'• One' does not do. 'One' does not even cease to do.
And so?
• It is better for you to tell me. Is what your identified subject is—anything
he can know?
Surely not.
• Is what he is—anything he can not-know?
What he is—is not likely to be an object of knowledge.
• Can he see, know, or find what he is or what he is not?
I do not think so.
• Why is that?
Probably because what he is looking for, trying to know, seeking to find, is
what is looking, trying, seeking?
• Exactly. That is the answer.
But is it an answer?
• It is the only answer. Finding no 'thing', he finds that he is what he is,
which is also what he is not.
So that what he is not is what he is?
• In so far as words can suggest it.
But does that answer my question?
• You asked me how to be rid of the interdependent concepts of 'other' and
“I”. They have been mutually abolished.
So that. . . ?
• No 'other', no “I”.
And what I am is also what I am not, and what I am not is also what I am!

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No room for self, no room for other-than-self! Is that not a definition of


Nirvana or of the Pure Land?
• It is also a definition of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Is there a historical precedent for such an approach?
• There are many. For instance when Hui K'o had 'his' supposed mind
tranquillized by Bodhidharma, by being unable to find it—that was not the
result of his having no mind to find, but because there was no 'he' to have
anything. The mind was not missing: it was he that could not be found.
It was mind that was looking for mind and not finding itself as an object?
• And not-finding was finding!
An excerpt from the remarkable book: "Open Secret" by Wei Wu Wei
Hong Kong University Press
To print Wei Wu Wei part 3

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GENESIS : Part IV
By Wei Wu Wei

I move... Space becomes ( as the result of my movement),


Time is born (as a result of my movement in space),

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I have objects (because I have become the subject of space and time),
Dualism is established,
The Universe appears,
I identify myself with my objects (and there are illusionary egos),
I suffer illusorily (and suffering becomes universal).

METANOESIS

I repose
Space vanishes (for I have ceased to move),
Time ceases (for there is no movement to measure),
There are no objects (for I am no longer a subject),
Dualism is no more,
The universe disappears,
There are no illusory egos,
There is no suffering,
I am, but there is no 'me'.

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By Seng - Ts'an

Third Zen Patriarch

When you try to stop activity to achieve quietude,


your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain attached to one extreme or another
you will never know Oneness.
Those who do not live in the Single Way
cannot be free in either activity or quietude,
in assertion or denial.

Deny the reality of things


and you miss their reality;
Assert the emptiness of things
and you miss their reality.
The more you talk and think about it,
the further you wander from the truth.
So cease attachment to talking and thinking,

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and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

To return to the root is to find the essence,


but to pursue appearances or "enlightenment" is to miss
the Source.
To awaken even for a moment
is to go beyond appearance and emptiness.

Changes that seem to occur in the empty world


we make real only because of our ignorance.

Do not seek for the truth;


only cease to cherish opinions.

Do not remain in a dualistic state;


avoid such easy habits carefully.
If you attach even to a trace
of this and that, of right and wrong,
the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
Although all dualities arise from the One,
do not be attached even to ideas of this One.

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When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way,


there is no objection to anything in the world;
and when there is no objection to anything,
things cease to be—in the old way.
When no discriminating attachment arises,
the old mind ceases to exist.
Let go of things as separate existences
and mind too vanishes.
Likewise when the thinking subject vanishes
so too do the objects created by mind.

THE VOID OR EMPTINESS

What is the Void or Emptiness? in Buddhism it means "empty of a separate self" . The
word Emptiness or Void should not scare us. To be empty does not mean non-
existent. Emptiness is the ground of everything, thanks to it, everything is possible.
When we try to use symbols to understand and conceptualize the "void", we straight
away realize that it is impossible to do so. However, the 'I' tries all the same to
understand it, because after all, it is its Source. There is an Indian saying that goes
like this: "Listen, Shariputra, form is emptiness, emptiness is form, form does not differ
from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form. The same is true with feelings,
perceptions,. mental formations, and consciousness."
So, we could say that form is the wave and emptiness is the ocean. We could
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it, in the same way, 'form' does not differ from emptiness, and emptiness does not
differ from form. Therefore, we can understand that the Void or Emptiness
interpenetrates everything in creation. Let us take another example and consider a
circle... for some it will represent a zero, or nothingness... and for others it will
symbolize wholeness and totality... What is the difference between nothingness, zero
and wholeness and totality? The simple difference is that if one image of the circle
exists, then the other ones must also exist. The same is true with our feelings,
perceptions, mental concepts and consciousness, because these five contain each
other.
Therefore the notion of the Void, of existence and non-existence are just created by
our minds. Because we know that we are some of the time conscious and some of the
time unconscious. Modern science has perceived this truth that not only matter and
energy are one, but that matter and space are also one. Therefore Matter, space,
MIND or CONSCIOUSNESS are also one, because MIND or CONSCIOUSNESS is in
it. (Mind in the sense of Absolute Being or Absolute Self - Universal Cosmic Soul)
A good point to consider is the comparison that we made between "form" or
"mold" (look in some of my other articles on this website) which is considered to be like a
wave in the ocean of "emptiness", (which is Absolute Consciousness - the substance of
creation), therefore form like the wave changes forms incessantly (cycles of death and
rebirth) and this unpredictability is due to a Cosmic Law which is crucially important
because it allows Absolute Consciousness (or the ocean of Emptiness) to dwell in different
types and kinds of forms, however, each one of these forms manifests in the world of
duality a corresponding level of awakened Consciousness. In other words, we could
continue with the example of the ocean and the wave... we have all kinds of waves,
and no two are exactly the same, we also have different types of waves some are
small, others medium, and some are very large indeed... each according to their
characteristic quality contain more or less water... and so, in the same way we could
say that each "form" according to its quality and characteristic (according to its inner
programming in the psyche) has the potential and possibility to awaken more or less
Absolute
WHAT IS ADVAITA?
Advaita means in Sanskrit "non-duality"; a state that can be ascribed to God or the
Absolute alone. It is not accessible to reason, for the ego-bound mind in the waking
condition cannot step out of the duality of the subject-object relationship. The concept
of non-duality has acquired meaning in the West through the latest discoveries of
nuclear physics.
Advaita-Vedànta, (in Sanskript) represents one of the three Systems of thought in
Vedânta; its most important representative is Shankara. Advaita-Vedànta teaches that
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discovered that matter consists of continually moving fields of energy, so the sages
(rishis) of Vedânta recognized that reality consists of energy in the form of
consciousness (chit) and that human begins perceive a gross universe by means of
gross senses, because of identification with the ego-limited body. That which is real
and unchanging is superimposed in the mind (vikshepa) by the notion of an ever-
changing manifest world of names and shapes (nàmarùpa).

Shankara's best-known example is the piece of rope that in the dark is taken for a
snake. Anxiety, repugnance, heart palpitations are induced by a snake that was never
born and never will die, but that exists only in one's mind. Once the rope is recognized
under light as a rope, it cannot turn back into a snake. The initial error involves not only
nescience of what is, but also the superimposition (vikshepa) of a notion that has
nothing to do with what is. Advaita teaches that we in essence of the ritual, understood
beyond the mere enactment of the rite, which in reality serves to prepare and sustains
the practice of contemplation.
For more reading on this subject I would recommend books written by these authors
Ramana Maharshi- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj - Ramesh S.Balsekar.

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Ramesh Balsekar
Sayings of Ramesh from his daily meditation book: "A Net of Jewels"
The sage lives in complete apprehension of the fact that there is no individual doing
anything, whether it be writing, walking, talking or anything else. Thus, he may be said
to walk a thousand miles without setting a foot outside of his house or speak for forty
years without saying a word.
The human being as an entity is only the result of thought, of the accumulated and
constantly repeating conditioning that there is something in us which survives through
time. Thus our private identity has been established in each of us as our own personal
tradition.
Thought, desire and fear are all based on time or duration through memory - they are
not of the present moment. They dis-appear along with time itself when voli-tion has
been abandoned or surrendered.
The nature of Consciousness is such that it simultaneously pervades the past, pres-ent
and future and can experience infinite varieties of universes. But all is merely the play
of Consciousness itself.
Man frees himself from the world, its ills, its suffering, its chaos simply by seeing the
absurdity of it all.
The ultimate understanding can come neither by straining to hang on to the material
pleasures of the world nor by making efforts to seek and grasp the infi-nite Absolute. It
comes by recognizing that the universe is the objective body of the subjective SELF.
The only condition for the realization of Truth is that the knowledge of it be de-sired
with tremendous intensity. You can-not see IT, you cannot feel IT, you cannot feel IT
only because you do not really want IT - you are too preoccupied with enjoying and
sorrow-ing over your finite existence.
The sense of being alive, being present, is so intoxicating that one is enchanted by the
manifestation it presents and gets so involved as to forget to find out if the spectacle
really exists or is merely a hallu-cination, a dream, a mirage.

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Space and time, male and female, subject and object, being and nonbeing — all are
lost in the flood of Realization.
Intellect is what brings about the sense of fear, because it is the intellect that rejects
change and wants security.
It is the swallowing up of all differences that brings into light and points the finger at our
impersonal source - the true nature of what we ARE.
It is a curious fact that one's chances of survival are best when there is no anxiety to
survive. There is a special effectiveness or power of virtuality that is available to those
who do not exhaust and dissipate themselves with anxiety. The subtlety, however, is
that anxiety also includes any positive effort to eliminate anxiety and this is precisely
where true under-standing comes into its own by accepting wholeheartedly whatever
life brings without resistance or recoil.
The word "surrender" is used where there is a duality between "me" and God. When
this surrender happens, this will, which we think of as ours drops off, and there is total
acceptance that all that pre-vails is His Will.

However much we think and believe that we're living our own lives, the fact of the
matter is that our lives are being lived. It is impossible for the human intellect to
understand the working of the universe.

When you stop searching and let the impersonal consciousness take over, then it lets
you in on the mystery of its own source, and you will know that things have no
substance
When you stop searching and let the impersonal consciousness take over, then it lets
you in on the mystery of its own source, and you will know that things have no
substance
What is subjectivity?
Subjectivity is the manifestation of Consciousness

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We are told by Buddhist sages that samsara and nirvana, the manifest and the
unmanifest, being and non-being and all such interdependent concepts are not things
or objects created in a world filled with appearances and observable facts, but are two
different modes of seeing subjectively, in fact, both can only be perceived subjectively
and for this reason remain inseparable in Consciousness as pure Subjectivity. Hence,
the declaration of the Buddha that: "Nirvana and samsara are not two." Therefore, we
can understand that both aspects of subjectivity are ways of understanding and
expressing Consciousness. That is why, Nirvana and samsara are two different
modes of being conscious: one works through perception and the other through
gnosis or apperception. Hence, we realize that Nirvana and samsara can only be
experienced through Consciousness. However, Consciousness needs the tool of our
subjective self, without it nothing can be reflected, or experienced. Nevertheless, both
are inseparable and need each other, since they are both the two complementary
elements forming our subjectivity.
We could once more use the metaphor of a mirror and say that the mirror represents
Consciousness, but more to the point, it is the matter and stuff that makes a mirror. In
this example, we can observe that the polished surface of the mirror represents
subjectivity on which everything connected to Nirvana and Samsara reflects. However,
when viewed dualistically through the eyes of the ego, meaning through a subject-
object relationship, then, both "Nirvana and samsara" are seen as different and
conflicting. However, in reality they are both the two interdependent but opposite poles
of subjectivity and will remain so as long as we operate as separate ego personalities...
in this case, they will remain for ever separate and opposite to each other. What is the
reason for this separation and opposition? The reason is that they will remain an
opposite pair as long as we do not recognize that both poles are the reflections of
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"Subject" of everything we do is our SUBJECTIVITY and CONSCIOUSNESS. As we


explained, the Mirror itself symbolizes Consciousness and its polished surface
represents our subjectivity on which Nirvana and samsara reflect. Therefore, we can
see that the real subject and doer in life is our subjectivity. This is a crucial point that
needs to be meditated and well understood. Hence, we recognize that Consciousness
can only act through our subjectivity and on its turn, subjectivity needs the Presence of
Consciousness to manifest the Presence of Absolute Being in duality.
This is the reason why Raymond Bernard like so many other sages, tells us that
awakening means the sudden, instantaneous, intuitive (and therefore subjective)
perception that the subject-object relationship is totally illusary and a fantasy of our
imagination. In reality, subject and object do not exist except as illusions interpreted in
a dualistic fashion. Therefore like all products of the mind they are based on concepts
that can change. This is recognized by all sages and they agree in saying that in reality
there is neither a perceiver nor a perception – there is only the act of perceiving, which
is the subjective aspect of Consciousness, called sometimes Unicity, pure
Consciousness, the Presence or the Void.
Shen Hui a Zen Master says: “It is the absence of the absence of subject and object as
phenomena that is the ultimate Truth that awakens.” And Ramesh Balsekar continues
by adding: “there is only a subjective happening, never an action done by any entity.”

All thinking must necessarily refer to a person or anything and an event concerning
the person or thing. Therefore all thinking is necessarily based on the existence of
'space' and 'time'. But, surely, space-time does not 'exist' objectively. Therefore there
cannot be any phenomena or any thinking about anything in the absence of space-
time. And if space-time is not something perceptible or cognizable, it can only be the
SUBJECTIVITY - and that is what, surely, we must be: the Noumenon, the Source,
spaceless and timeless INTEMPORALITY.
The past is an impression, a belief, a memory. The 'future' is a presumption, a
conjecture. The 'present' is gone before we can recognize it as such. What is
'present', therefore, can only be 'PRESENCE', outside of horizontal time, in the
moment - INTEMPORALITY.
(These last two paragraphs are taken from Ramesh Balsekar's new book
'The Ultimate Understanding'.)
Eros and the Mystery of the Inner Process
The Two Aspects of Eros - Phanes / Eros - Tarot Card 6 Lover / Eros - Eros
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Eros is a mysterious energy inherent in the whole of creation, fascinating


seekers all over the world. Across the cultures, Eros takes different names
but still remains the same agent that has to be awakened from within,
since it is the only element that can transform the human psyche. Psyche
has to be pacified and Eros’ "fire" has to be transformed into "light" so that
he can become the mediator and guide that gently pushes and pulls the
seeker towards the source of divine love—Eros the Beloved—that awakens
from within, guides and accompanies the seeker from within the inner
planes. He is the inner witness, the agent within the seeker that unfolds
gnosis, or divine knowledge. This divine knowledge awakens higher levels
of consciousness within him and, in turn, these levels of consciousness
aroused by Eros lead the seeker back to the source of light.
The Greek mysteries relate that at the very beginning of creation, only
chaos existed, and from chaos was born Eros. Elsewhere, according to
mythology, we are told that amongst the gods, Eros was the most
handsome. This is how theogonia (the birth of the gods) begins and we are
assured that the poet Isiodos heard it from the mouth of the Muse herself.
According to Isiodos, Eros represents the driving force behind the entire
theogonia. The Orphics agree that Eros appears at the beginning of
theogonia and cosmogonia in general, and they tell us that his mother was
Night, the dark goddess, and his father the Wind. From their first cosmic
and elemental embrace, Eros was born from a silver egg.
For the Greeks, the essence of Eros is the unfoldment of human thought,
and in Greek philosophy, he is described as a liberating agent who releases
and activates the creative process of the mind. Eros inspires and opens the
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communion with beauty and truth. The myth of Eros and Psyche describes
in detail the inner process of transformation. In fact, Eros cannot be
separated from his beloved Psyche, since they are united by a secret and
sacred bond, invisible and unconscious in man. In fact, man’s psyche
remains filled with erotic, sensual, carnal desires that keep him and his
mind trapped on the physical plane along with his emotions and
consciousness. But a seeker must transmute the attraction of Eros and
awaken the bond with his psyche so that he can rise towards the "beloved,"
the invisible golden thread that links his consciousness to the universal
qualities of beauty and love.
The gifts of Eros affect the emotional and thought processes of humanity,
especially those of a seeker who has to learn how to open up and integrate
these gifts in his psyche. From the lowest and most physical levels of
consciousness to the most spiritual ones, Eros remains forever present,
gradually transforming the inner fire into pure light. Eros operates in every
living creature, and Greek poetry and philosophy describe how nature
partakes of the gift of Eros. Hence we could say that Eros’ contribution to
humanity is not only inherent in man’s psyche, but that it is also involved in
the process that awakens the ego to its true nature, the beauty and
unconditional love of the soul.
This awakening activated by Eros and Aphrodite reveals the qualities of
pure love and gnosis in the consciousness of the seeker. This level of
consciousness cannot be described, however, because it is itself a higher
aspect of intelligence in which abstract knowledge and impersonal love are
combined. We could simply call this level of awakening, wisdom. So, on
one hand, Eros can simply mean carnal love and desire for material
possessions, but on the other, it can also express the spiritual energy that
attracts and leads the psyche towards the Center of Pure Being, where the
beauty and love of the soul are revealed.
Many Greek philosophers, Plato and Pythagoras included, said the same
thing—that beauty and gnosis are inseparable and inherent in the essence
of Eros. Thus, we understand that in the psyche of man, Eros rules over his
carnal desires but also over his higher aspirations and longing for wisdom.
This is not the playful cupid, the winged son of Aphrodite and Mars, but an
elderly primordial deity, worshiped by the ancient Greeks as the first
element of the primordial creative cause, the element that binds and
attracts spirit and matter together.
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The Two Aspects of Eros


Greek philosophers saw the spirit of Dionysus penetrating the whole of
nature and binding together the two aspects of Eros, the penetration and
blending energy of matter with its counterpart and complement,
spirit. Esoterically, Eros is the leading force within a seeker that takes him
away from a level of duality to a level of unity and wholeness. Furthermore,
Eros is the key to transforming psychic vibratory rates. He does that by
placing a seeker on his axial center, the neutral and timeless zone within
his conscious self. This level of being brings about the integration of ego
with soul. Hence, Eros is the god or essence that gives us the possibility of
letting go of the past and living in the present moment, embracing
spontaneously everything within and without our reach.
Eros allows us to see everything as part of our own nature. He also shows
us how to transmute carnal and unconscious attractions and desires of all
kinds, and how to re-direct and reintegrate their energies back into the
center of pure love and wisdom. This inner process must be conscious,
because the ego and psyche must harmonize and unite before being
invited to enter into the higher realms, where the qualities and gifts of Eros
are awakened. On that level of achievement and realization, the seeker
receives more gifts from Eros who directs him towards his own invisible
and sacred Center of Pure Being, not really a "place" at all, but more a
level of being and attunement. This is a level of consciousness where the
essence of pure love and beauty manifest themselves through ordinary
consciousness and can be said to be a part of the undivided unique
consciousness of the whole of creation.
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the other intellectual, i.e., wisdom. He knew that they had to harmonize
and blend so as to transform ordinary men into heroes. According to
Empedocles, "Aphrodite is Eros himself," the immortal force that unites and
harmoniously blends together all the elements in nature, the "bringer" and
"giver" of life. He also said, "the path to knowledge can be achieved only
through Eros himself. The energy represented by Eros brings about a
balance between pleasure, delight and gnosis, and this harmonious and
enthusiastic search for gnosis comes not so much from the answers one
receives but more from the search itself."
Hence the quest goes on forever, since pleasure and gnosis go hand-in-
hand and cannot be separated. Eros questions everything because he loves
wisdom and is, therefore, the living source at the center of Greek
philosophy. So Eros teaches the Greeks how to become free and fearless in
the face of the unknown. He invites them to follow the path of knowledge
and apply the sacred principles of freedom and equality, qualities that
belong to Eros’ mother, Aphrodite, whom Empedocles identifies with Eros
for, without the freedom and courage to explore our inner nature with
imagination and intuition, we remain unconscious prisoners of conventional
ideas, routines and vicious circles. Hence, Eros is himself the "mixer of the
seeds and sperms" in creation, the primal cause, the bringer of life in the
womb of nature. Eros’s gift to the seeker, therefore, is the transmuting
energy of pure love, which is synonymous with the Logos.
The oldest mythology of Homer does not mention Eros. Apparently Eros
was not born out of a popular tradition but he is the creation of an abstract
philosophical conception.
In Greek esoteric philosophy, the Eros of theogonia took part in the
creation of life itself. Eros pulls the sexes together and rules over all living
creatures through the need for procreation and, for that reason, we see
Plato, Sophocles, Eurepides, etc., praise his irresistible influence along with
his mother, Aphrodite, as they both give life and rebirth.
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Phanes - Eros
Phanes Cosmocrator
An interesting picture shows us orphic firstborn god Phanes Protogonus,
known also as Eros, Pan and Phanes-Jupiter who sprang from the primeval
egg. In the picture, he seems to be emerging in flames from the sundered
halves of Phanes’ egg, above his head and below his feet. The symbolism
also includes solar rays and a lunar crescent behind his head and
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in his hands (the attributes of Serapis), while around him are the familiar
circle of the zodiac and the square of the winds. The inscription "Felix
Pater" and an erased female name suggests a Mithraic environment,
thereby identifying this picture also as Aion.
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Major Arcana: Tarot Card 6 — Lover/ Eros


Tarot card 6 is the Lover, representing an inner process. It portrays Eros,
the universal power of union and love, the agent that brings a new level of
consciousness to the seeker, and of "being alive" in the world. Eros is
shown pointing his arrow towards the seeker’s crown chakra, meaning that
the seeker is in a higher initiation that will unite the two opposites and
paradoxical sides within himself, and blend them on his axial level. In that
axial inner space within his being, the soul reveals itself to the seeker in
many subtle ways. The gifts of Eros are many and they manifest in the
ever-fleeting present as sudden bursts of enlightenment and intuition that
are part of a transcendent primordial knowledge that gradually unfolds in
his life.
I personally interpret this card as representing a high level of initiation that
corresponds to a baptism of fire, or the awakening in a seeker of a higher
level of the abstract mind that remains a grace and a sacred mystery.
Receiving the "wound" of the arrow of Eros illuminates the ego, or the
limited mind of a seeker, and opens it up to receive higher truth, from
where it unites itself with the source of the primordial tradition. The
conscious choice of the seeker to enter a new dimension of being comes
after his spiritual transformation and rebirth when the arrow of Eros opens
his crown chakra, and from that opening, spiritual love pours down and
inundates the psyche of the seeker who, from that moment on, transforms
from being a lover of self to a lover of God.

Furthermore, the color red on this card represents the color of spirit and
the green, the color of life. Hence Eros brings about conscious spiritual
transformation in a seeker, unfolding in him higher levels of consciousness.
Later on, Eros appears as a cruel, playful child who torments gods and
mortals alike, giving them more sorrow and misery than harmony and joy.
Cupid aims his arrow directly at the human heart, piercing it, but we
should look at this as purifying, as awakening and introducing the spiritual
element into the nature of psyche itself. It also teaches us how to escape
the entrapment of the lower energies
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Eros as seen In the Kabbalah


The imagery of love, or eros, is crucial for a discussion of Shekhinah. Eros
implies a yearning for unity, harmony, and completion. Shekhinah is the
aspect which receives an impulse from its masculine counterpart, Yesod,
and engages in the creative activity of harmonization. It is a mystical
marriage bringing balance to the world. This marriage is God’s call to
Himself in a transfiguration of His harmony in love. One important principle
in Zoharic thought is man’s role in maintaining the sefirotic balance. What
is found in heaven is found in transfigured parallel in the world. The actions
of man affect sefirotic harmony, balance, and wholeness. In following
Torah, one influences one’s sefirotic counterparts, thereby helping to keep
the divine realms in harmony
THE ESOTERIC MYSTERY OF APHRODITE IN THE INNER PROCESS
Aphrodite's Transformation - The One who Shows the Way - Hymns of Orpheus to Aphrodite
Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty emerged from the froth of the sea
in Paphos on the island of Cyprus in 3200 B.C. She was given many
names, one of which was Anadiomeni, which in Greek mean "the one who
emerges."

Most of the time, she was depicted as an innocent virgin with an


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invincible, irresistible and enthralling goddess, Aphrodite exerts her great


powers over human beings as well as animals and plants, maintaining and
sustaining life. Most of the time, she is portrayed in beautiful, alluring
clothes woven specially for her by the Graces. Sometimes, she is depicted
as a temptress because she excites human instincts, thoughts and
emotions.
Ancient Greek hymns dedicated to Aphrodite always praise her beauty and
splendour. She is also mentioned as a goddess of light, the "shining star
of Heaven," Ourania (daughter of heaven) and wife of Hesphastios /
Vulcan, the god of celestial fire, the lame and ugly son of Zeus and Hera,
who represents another symbol of the "inner process" in which the
qualities of fire, both celestial and terrestrial, work within human and
divine nature. Hesphastios is an embodiment of the flickering and
changing aspect of the flames that transform and transmute into the
"heat" of life.
Mostly known as Venus/Aphrodite, her most popular portrayal is as the
goddess of love and fertility, beauty and regeneration, who calms the sea
and pacifies nature, meaning that her qualities balance and harmonize
human instincts and emotions. The symbols associated with Aphrodite
include the swan, the dolphin, the rose, and the dove. Hence, she is called
Galinaie and Efrlia, meaning "the one who brings calm and the protector
of safe journeys and ships." She is also the goddess of spring and, each
spring, reunites with her Cypriot lover, Adonis, who dies at the end of
each summer only to resurrect every spring and reawaken nature from its
winter sleep.
As an archetype of beauty and love, Aphrodite always wore a beautiful
wreath (efstefanos in Greek). Through her attributes, she represents the
feminine aspect of Eros, the part of love and beauty that has plunged in
the darkness of matter and unconsciousness, awaiting her emergence
from the unconscious sea of the instincts. Her materialization signals the
appearance of her real uncorrupted essence pure love.

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Aphrodite's transformation
Aphrodite is the pure essence of beauty and love that redeems the dark
matter of unconsciousness and ignorance, for just like her son, Eros, or
the great Phanes/Eros, she represents the divine power within her
celestial virgin nature that attracts and guides human consciousness from
within back to its source. She represents the divine and transcendent
nature within humans as it emerges from unconsciousness. Eros, on the
other hand, represents the magnetic force that activates the soul’s
qualities of Divine love and beauty that extend and manifest in human
nature. Eros, the pure essence of love and beauty, descends from Heaven,
as Aphrodite, our divine Nature within, ascends. Both are part of the same
inner process and together they guide human consciousness back to its
source. Thus some myths portray Eros as the son of Aphrodite.
In her myths, Aphrodite rules over the heart of all humans and, according
to her will, she either saves people from their trials and ordeals, or
recklessly pushes them into adventurous love affairs that usually end up
disastrously, such as those of Helen of Troy, Medea, Phaedra, and Pasifae.
The hardships, ordeals and trials are those that every sincere and earnest
seeker must go through. Indeed, they are the purification trials and
initiations of the elements, (fire, water, air and earth) that each seeker
must experience in order to overcome his animal nature, as depicted in
the sixth card of the Tarot’s Major Arcana.
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Birth of Aphrodite/Venus

Venus the one who shows the Way


In Sumerian mythology, Aphrodite/Venus was called "she who shows the
way to the stars." She was the Moon’s daughter and the Sun’s sister and,
since she appeared at dawn and dusk (as a star), it was only natural that
she be regarded as some sort of link between the deities of light and
darkness. So, although the Sun was her brother, she had the underworld
goddess as a sister. The Sumerians knew her as the "Valiant One" and
"the Lady of Battles."
The Orphics called Aphrodite Pontogenis, meaning "born from the sea."
She was not seen as a goddess who rules over carnal love but rather as
the cosmogonic goddess who gives the irresistible urge to the Ether/Zeus
to create forms out of the substance of the Earth. In another tradition,
Aphrodite was born from a dove’s egg that fell from heaven.
Intuition tells us that Aphrodite is the mistress of thought-forms, who
governs human etheric and astral bodies. Hence, her inner process cannot
be separated from that of Eros as they both, through their individual
powers and essences, refashion the etheric and astral bodies of the seeker
according to a perfect archetypal model.
As part of the inner process, we know that Mars, the god of war, was
captivated by Aphrodite’s beauty and charm. In esoteric psychology, he
represents uncontrolled emotions and thoughts, and blind force and power
within human nature. Hence, at a certain level of the inner work, we
interpret this description of Mars as representing the uncontrollable
instincts within the psyche. He must let himself be attracted by
Aphrodite’s charm and be overwhelmed and tamed by her compelling and
magnetic appeal.
The myths concerning Aphrodite also show us that she has power over the
sexual and carnal urges of the energy of love, which is why she has
control over the instincts and emotions of the psyche, specially in seekers
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behaviour and reactions, she imprisons them in their animalistic instincts,


or transforms them into heroes, rewarding them with precious gifts.
According to Plato, love is attributed to Aphrodite, prophecy to Apollo, the
mysteries to Dionysus and poetry to the Muses. Plato tells us that the
most important of these divine gifts is Divine love for two reasons. Firstly,
without pure love’s impulse, the other gifts prophecy, mysteries and
poetry remain uncreative, inactive, and sterile. They need the vibrant,
pulsating impulse of Divine love so as to be constantly nourished and
sustained. Secondly, because only the essence of love can carry the lover
into the beloved, and as long as that love is directed to the sublime, it
unites the mind of a seeker more closely.
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HYMNS OF ORPHEUS TO APHRODITE

Hymns of Orpheus to Aphrodite

Child of Ocean
amazing beauty, we honor you.
You rule deep earth,
encircling heaven,
the stormy seas
and everything in them.
Mother of sweet marriage,
you join the world together
with laughter and harmony;
even the Fates obey you.

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Every eye seeks you.


Give us beauty and love.
Delighted by secrets
and lavish feasts
you are concord
and persuasion.
You are beautiful necessity
even in the frenzy of the shark,
delicate as sea foam of Cyprus,
fragrant as Syrian oils,
bright as golden chariots
on Egyptian plains
by the sandy bank
of the turquoise Nile,
a choir of the loveliest Nymphs
sings a hymn to your beauty.
With reverence we ask
for the gift of grace
CUPID AND PSYCHE
by Apuleius - The Myth
The Oracle of Apollo - Psyche and the Mystery of Cupid - Psyche's Doubts - At the Temple of
Venus -
The cave of pluto - Milton's Poetry on Cupid and Psyche

A certain king and queen had three daughters. The charms of the two elder daughters
were more than common, but the beauty of the youngest was so wonderful that the
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great that strangers from neighboring countries came in crowds to pay her that
homage due only to Venus herself. In fact Venus found her altars deserted, while men
turned their devotion to this young virgin. As she passed along, the people sang her
praises, and strewed her way with chaplets and flowers.
This perversion of homage due only to the immortal powers to the exaltation of a
mortal offended the real Venus, and shaking her ambrosial locks with indignation, she
exclaimed, "Am I to be eclipsed in my honors by a mortal girl? In vain then did that
royal shepherd, whose judgment was approved by Jove (Zeus) himself, give me the
palm of beauty over my illustrious rivals, Pallas (Athena) and Juno (Hera). But she
shall not so quietly usurp my honors. I will give her cause to repent of so unlawful a
beauty."
Thereupon, she calls her winged son Cupid (Eros), mischievous enough in his own
nature, and rouses and provokes him yet more by her complaints. She points out
Psyche to him and says, "My dear son, punish that contumacious beauty; give thy
mother a revenge as sweet as her injuries are great; infuse into the bosom of that
haughty girl a passion for some low, mean, unworthy being, so that she may reap a
mortification as great as her present exultation and triumph."
Cupid prepared to obey the commands of his mother. There are two fountains in
Venus’s garden, one of sweet waters, the other of bitter. Cupid filled two amber vases,
one from each fountain, and suspending them from the top of his quiver, hastened to
the chamber of Psyche, whom he found asleep. He shed a few drops from the bitter
fountain over her lips, though the sight of her almost moved him to pity; then touched
her side with the point of his arrow. At the touch she awoke, and opened eyes upon
Cupid (himself invisible), which so startled him that in his confusion, he wounded
himself with his own arrow. Heedless of his wound, his whole thought now was to
repair the mischief he had done, and he poured the balmy drops of joy over all her
silken ringlets.
Psyche, henceforth frowned upon by Venus, derived no benefit from all her charms.
True, all eyes were cast eagerly upon her, and every mouth spoke her praises; but
neither king, royal youth, nor plebeian presented himself to demand her in marriage.
Her two elder sisters of moderate charms had now long been married to two royal
princes; but Psyche, in her lonely apartment, deplored her solitude, sick of that beauty
which, while it procured abundance of flattery, had failed to awaken love.

The Oracle of Apollo


Her parents, afraid that they had unwittingly incurred the anger of the gods, consulted
the oracle of Apollo, and received this answer: "The virgin is destined for the bride of
no mortal lover. Her future husband awaits her on the top of the mountain. He is a
monster whom neither gods nor men can resist."
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abandoned themselves to grief. But Psyche said, "Why, my dear parents, do you now
lament me? You should rather have grieved when the people showered upon me
undeserved honors, and with one voice called me a Venus. I now perceive that I am a
victim to that name. I submit. Lead me to that rock to which my unhappy fate has
destined me."
Accordingly, all things being prepared, the royal maid took her place in the procession,
which more resembled a funeral than a nuptial pomp, and with her parents, amid the
lamentations of the people, ascended the mountain, on the summit of which they left
her alone, and with sorrowful hearts returned home.
While Psyche stood on the ridge of the mountain, panting with fear and with eyes full of
tears, the gentle Zephyr raised her from the earth and bore her with an easy motion
into a flowery dale. By degrees, her mind became composed, and she laid herself
down on the grassy bank to sleep. When she awoke refreshed with sleep, she looked
round and beheld nearby a pleasant grove of tall and stately trees. She entered it, and
in the midst discovered a fountain sending forth clear and crystal waters, and fast by, a
magnificent palace whose august front impressed the spectator that it was not the work
of mortal hands, but the happy retreat of some god. Drawn by admiration and wonder,
she approached the building and ventured to enter. Every object she met filled her with
pleasure and amazement. Golden pillars supported the vaulted roof, and the walls
were enriched with carvings and paintings representing beasts of the chase and rural
scenes, adapted to delight the eye of the beholder. Proceeding onward, she perceived
that besides the apartments of state there were others filled with all manner of
treasures, and beautiful and precious productions of nature and art.
While her eyes were thus occupied, a voice addressed her, though she saw no one,
uttering these words: "Sovereign lady, all that you see is yours. We whose voices you
hear are your servants and shall obey all your commands with our utmost care and
diligence. Retire, therefore, to your chamber and repose on your bed of down, and
when you see fit repair to the bath. Supper awaits you in the adjoining alcove when it
pleases you to take your seat there."
Psyche gave ear to the admonitions of her vocal attendants, and after repose and the
refreshment of the bath, seated herself in the alcove, where a table immediately
presented itself, without any visible aid from waiters or servants, and covered with the
greatest delicacies of food and the most nectareous wines. Her ears, too, were feasted
with music from invisible performers; of whom one sang, another played on the lute,
and all closed in the wonderful harmony of a full chorus.
Psyche and the Mystery of Cupid
She had not yet seen her destined husband. He came only in the hours of darkness
and fled before the dawn of morning, but his accents were full of love, and inspired a
like passion in her. She often begged him to stay and let her behold him, but he would
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his pleasure, for the best of reasons, to keep concealed. "Why should you wish to
behold me?" he said; "have you any doubt of my love? Have you any wish ungratified?
If you saw me, perhaps you would fear me, perhaps adore me, but all I ask of you is to
love me. I would rather you would love me as an equal than adore me as a god."
This reasoning somewhat quieted Psyche for a time, and while the novelty lasted, she
felt quite happy. But at length, the thought of her parents, left in ignorance of her fate,
and of her sisters, precluded from sharing with her the delights of her situation, preyed
on her mind and made her begin to feel her palace as but a splendid prison. When her
husband came one night, she told him her distress, and at last drew from him an
unwilling consent that her sisters should be brought to see her.
So, calling Zephyr, she acquainted him with her husband’s commands, and he,
promptly obedient, soon brought them across the mountain down to their sister’s
valley. They embraced her and she returned their caresses. "Come," said Psyche,
"enter with me my house and refresh yourselves with whatever your sister has to offer."
Taking their hands, she led them into her golden palace, and committed them to the
care of her numerous train of attendant voices, to refresh them in her baths and at her
table, and to show them all her treasures. The view of these celestial delights caused
envy to enter their bosoms, at seeing their young sister possessed of such state and
splendor so much exceeding their own.
They asked her numberless questions, among others what sort of a person her
husband was. Psyche replied, "He is a beautiful youth, who generally spends the day
hunting upon the mountains."
Psyche's Doubts and Trials
The sisters, not satisfied with this reply, soon made her confess that she had never
seen him, and proceeded to fill her with dark suspicions. "Call to mind," they said, "the
Pythian oracle that declared you destined to marry a direful and tremendous monster.
The inhabitants of this valley say that your husband is a terrible and monstrous
serpent, who nourishes you for a while with dainties that he may by and by devour you.
Take our advice. Provide yourself with a lamp and a sharp knife; put them in
concealment that your husband may not discover them, and when he is sound asleep,
slip out of bed, bring forth your lamp, and see for yourself whether what they say is true
or not. If it is, hesitate not to cut off the monster’s head, and thereby recover your
liberty."
Psyche resisted these persuasions as well as she could, but they did not fail to have
their effect on her mind, and when her sisters were gone, their words and her own
curiosity were too strong for her to resist. So she prepared her lamp and a sharp knife,
and hid them out of sight of her husband. When he had fallen into his first sleep, she
silently rose and, uncovering her lamp, beheld not a hideous monster, but the most
beautiful and charming of the gods, with his golden ringlets wandering over his snowy
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with shining feathers like the tender blossoms of spring.


As she leaned the lamp over to have a nearer view of his face, a drop of burning oil fell
on the shoulder of the god, and startled, he opened his eyes and fixed them full upon
her. Without saying one word, he spread his white wings and flew out of the window.
Psyche, in vain endeavoring to follow him, fell from the window to the ground. Cupid,
beholding her as she lay in the dust, stopped his flight for an instant and said, "O
foolish Psyche, is it thus you repay my love? After having disobeyed my mother’s
commands and made you my wife, will you think me a monster and cut off my head?
But go; return to your sisters, whose advice you seem to think preferable to mine. I
inflict no other punishment on you than to leave you forever. Love cannot dwell with
suspicion."
So saying, he fled, leaving poor Psyche prostrate on the ground, filling the place with
mournful lamentations. When she had recovered some degree of composure, she
looked around, but the palace and gardens had vanished, and she found herself in the
open field not far from the city where her sisters dwelt. She repaired thither and told
them the whole story of her misfortunes, at which, pretending to grieve, those spiteful
creatures inwardly rejoiced. "For now," said they, "he will perhaps choose one of us."
With this idea, without saying a word of her intentions, each of them rose early the next
morning and ascended the mountain, and having reached the top, called upon Zephyr
to receive her and bear her to his lord; then leaping up, and not being sustained by
Zephyr, fell down the precipice and was dashed to pieces.
Psyche, meanwhile, wandered day and night, without food or repose, in search of her
husband. Casting her eyes on a lofty mountain having on its brow a magnificent
temple, she sighed and said to herself, "Perhaps my love, my lord, inhabits there," and
directed her steps thither.
She had no sooner entered than she saw heaps of corn, some in loose ears and some
in sheaves, with mingled ears of barley. Scattered about, lay sickles and rakes, and all
the instruments of harvest, without order, as if thrown carelessly out of the weary
reapers’ hands in the sultry hours of the day.
This unseemly confusion the pious Psyche put an end to, by separating and sorting
everything to its proper place and kind, believing that she ought to neglect none of the
gods, but endeavor by her piety to engage them all in her behalf. The holy Ceres
(Demeter), whose temple it was, finding her so religiously employed, thus spoke to her:
"O Psyche, truly worthy of our pity, though I cannot shield you from the frowns of
Venus, yet I can teach you how best to allay her displeasure. Go, then, and voluntarily
surrender yourself to your lady and sovereign, and try by modesty and submission to
win her forgiveness, and perhaps her favor will restore you the husband you have lost."
At the Temple of Venus
Psyche obeyed the commands of Ceres and took her way to the temple of Venus,
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propitiate the angry goddess, feeling that the issue was doubtful and perhaps fatal.
Venus received her with angry countenance. "Most undutiful and faithless of servants,"
said she, "do you at last remember that you really have a mistress? Or have you rather
come to see your sick husband, yet laid up of the wound given him by his loving wife?
You are so ill-favored and disagreeable that the only way you can merit your lover
must be by dint of industry and diligence. I will make trial of your housewifery."
Then she ordered Psyche to be led to the storehouse of her temple, where was laid up
a great quantity of wheat, barley, millet, vetches, beans, and lentils prepared for food
for her pigeons, and said, "Take and separate all these grains, putting all of the same
kind in a parcel by themselves, and see that you get it done before evening." Then
Venus departed and left her to her task.
But Psyche, in a perfect consternation at the enormous work, sat stupid and silent,
without moving a finger to the inextricable heap. While she sat despairing, Cupid
stirred up the little ant, a native of the fields, to take compassion on her. The leader of
the anthill, followed by whole hosts of his six-legged subjects, approached the heap,
and with the utmost diligence, taking grain by grain, they separated the pile, sorting
each kind to its parcel; and when it was all done, they vanished out of sight in a
moment.
Venus, at the approach of twilight, returned from the banquet of the gods breathing
odors and crowned with roses. Seeing the task done, she exclaimed, "This is no work
of yours, wicked one, but his, whom to your own and his misfortune you have enticed."
So saying, she threw her a piece of black bread for her supper and went away.
Next morning Venus ordered Psyche to be called and said to her, "Behold yonder
grove which stretches along the margin of the water. There you will find sheep feeding
without a shepherd, with golden-shining fleeces on their backs. Go, fetch me a sample
of that precious wool gathered from every one of their fleeces."
Psyche obediently went to the riverside, prepared to do her best to execute the
command. But the river god inspired the reeds with harmonious murmurs, which
seemed to say, "O maiden, severely tried, tempt not the dangerous flood, nor venture
among the formidable rams on the other side, for as long as they are under the
influence of the rising sun, they burn with a cruel rage to destroy mortals with their
sharp horns or rude teeth. But when the noontide sun has driven the cattle to the
shade, and the serene spirit of the flood has lulled them to rest, you may then cross in
safety, and you will find the woolly gold sticking to the bushes and the trunks of the
trees."
Thus the compassionate river god gave Psyche instructions how to accomplish her
task, and by observing his directions, she soon returned to Venus with her arms full of
the golden fleece; but she received not the approbation of her implacable mistress,
who said, "I know very well it is by none of your own doings that you have succeeded
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useful. But I have another task for you. Here, take this box and go your way to the
infernal shades, and give this box to Proserpine (Persephone) and say, ‘My mistress
Venus desires you to send her a little of your beauty, for in tending her sick son she
has lost some of her own.’ Be not too long on your errand, for I must paint myself with
it to appear at the circle of the gods and goddesses this evening."
Psyche was now satisfied that her destruction was at hand, being obliged to go with
her own feet directly down to Erebus. Wherefore, to make no delay of what was not to
be avoided, she goes to the top of a high tower to precipitate herself headlong, thus to
descend the shortest way to the shades below. But a voice from the tower said to her,
"Why, poor unlucky girl, dost thou design to put an end to thy days in so dreadful a
manner? And what cowardice makes thee sink under this last danger who hast been
so miraculously supported in all thy former?"
The Cave of Pluto
Then the voice told her how by a certain cave, she might reach the realms of Pluto
(Hades), and how to avoid all the dangers of the road, to pass by Cerberus, the three-
headed dog, and prevail on Chiron (Charon) the ferryman, to take her across the black
river and bring her back again. But the voice added, "When Proserpine has given you
the box filled with her beauty, of all things this is chiefly to be observed by you, that you
never once open or look into the box nor allow your curiosity to pry into the treasure of
the beauty of the goddesses."
Psyche, encouraged by this advice, obeyed it in all things, and taking heed to her ways
traveled safely to the kingdom of Pluto. She was admitted to the palace of Proserpine,
and without accepting the delicate seat or delicious banquet that was offered her, but
contented with coarse bread for her food, she delivered her message from Venus.
Presently the box was returned to her, shut and filled with the precious commodity.
Then she returned the way she came, and glad was she to come out once more into
the light of day./
But having got so far successfully through her dangerous task, a longing desire seized
her to examine the contents of the box, "What," said she, "shall I, the carrier of this
divine beauty, not take the least bit to put on my cheeks to appear to more advantage
in the eyes of my beloved husband!" So she carefully opened the box, but found
nothing there of any beauty at all, but an infernal and truly Stygian sleep, which being
thus set free from its prison, took possession of her, and she fell down in the midst of
the road, a sleepy corpse without sense or motion.
But Cupid, being now recovered from his wound, and not able longer to bear the
absence of his beloved Psyche, slipping through the smallest crack of the window of
his chamber which happened to be left open, flew to the spot where Psyche lay, and
gathering up the sleep from her body closed it again in the box, and waked Psyche
with a light touch of one of his arrows. "Again," said he, "hast thou almost perished by
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and I will take care of the rest."


Then Cupid, as swift as lightning penetrating the heights of heaven, presented himself
before Jupiter with his supplication. Jupiter lent a favoring ear, and pleaded the cause
of the lovers so earnestly with Venus that he won her consent. On this, he sent
Mercury/Hermes to bring Psyche up to the heavenly assembly, and when she arrived,
handing her a cup of ambrosia, he said, "Drink this, Psyche, and be immortal; nor shall
Cupid ever break away from the knot in which he is tied, but these nuptials shall be
perpetual."
Thus Psyche became at last united to Cupid, and in due time, they had a daughter
born to them whose name was Pleasure.
The fable of Cupid and Psyche is usually considered allegorical. The Greek name for
butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means "soul." There is no illustration of the
immortality of the soul so striking and beautiful as the butterfly, bursting on brilliant
wings from the tomb in which it has lain, after a dull, groveling, caterpillar existence, to
flutter in the blaze of day and feed on the most fragrant and delicate productions of the
spring. Psyche, then, is the human soul, purified by sufferings and misfortunes, and
thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness.

Milton's Poetry on the Story of Cupid and Psyche


Milton alludes to the story of Cupid and Psyche in the conclusion of his "Comus":
"Celestial Cupid, her famed son, advanced,
Holds his dear Psyche sweet entranced,
After her wandering labors long,
Till free consent the gods among
Make her his eternal bride;
And from her fair unspotted side
Two blissful twins are to be born,
Youth and Joy; so Jove hath sworn."
The allegory of the story of Cupid and Psyche is well presented in the beautiful lines of
T. K. Harvey:
"They wove bright fables in the days of old,
When reason borrowed fancy's painted wings;
When truth's clear river flowed o'er sands of gold,
And told in song its high and mystic things!
And such the sweet and solemn tale of her
The pilgrim heart, to whom a dream was given,
That led her through the world,- Love's worshipper,-
To seek on earth for him whose home was heaven!

"In the full city,- by the haunted fount,-

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Through the dim grotto's tracery of spars,-


'Mid the pine temples, on the moonlit mount,
Where silence sits to listen to the stars;
In the deep glade where dwells the brooding dove,
The painted valley, and the scented air,
She heard far echoes of the voice of Love,
And found his footsteps' traces everywhere.

"But nevermore they met! since doubts and fears,


Those phantom shapes that haunt and blight the earth,
Had come 'twixt her, a child of sin and tears,
And that bright spirit of immortal birth;
Until her pining soul and weeping eyes
Had learned to seek him only in the skies;
Till wings unto the weary heart were given,
And she became Love's angel bride in heaven!"
The story of Cupid and Psyche first appears in the works of Apuleius, a writer of the
second century of our era. It is therefore of much more recent date than most of the
legends of the Age of Fable. It is this that Keats alludes to in his "Odes to Psyche"
"O latest born and loveliest vision far
Of all Olympus' faded hierarchy!
Fairer than Phoebe's sapphire-regioned star
Or Vesper, amorous glow-worm of the sky;
Fairer than these, though temple thou hast none,
Nor altar heaped with flowers;
Nor virgin choir to make delicious moan
Upon the midnight hours;
No voice, no lute, no pipe, no incense sweet,
From chain-swung censer teeming;
No shrine, no grove, no oracle, no heat
Of pale-mouthed prophet dreaming."
In Moore' s "Summer Fete" a fancy ball is described, in which one of the characters
personated is Psyche-
"...not in dark disguise to-night
Hath our young heroine veiled her light;-
For see, she walks the earth, Love's own.
His wedded bride, by holiest vow
Pledged in Olympus, and made known
To mortals by the type which now
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That butterfly, mysterious trinket,


Which means the soul, (though few would think it,)
And sparkling thus on brow so white
Tells us we've Psyche here to-night."

The Corpus Hermeticum II. To Asclepius

translated by G.R.S. Mead

This dialogue sets forth the difference between the physical and metaphysical worlds
in the context of Greek natural philosophy. Some of the language is fairly technical:
the "errant spheres" of sections 6 and 7 are the celestial spheres carrying the planets,
while the "inerrant sphere" is that of the fixed stars. It's useful to keep in mind, also,
that "air" and "spirit" are interchangeable concepts in Greek thought, and that the
concept of the Good has a range of implications which don't come across in the
English word: one is that the good of any being, in Greek thought, was also that
being's necessary goal.
The criticism of childlessness in section 17 should probably be read as a response to
the Christian ideal of celibacy, which horrified many people in the ancient world. - JMG

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something?
Asclepius: Assuredly.
H - : And must not that in which it's moved be greater than the moved?
A - It must.
H - Mover, again, has greater power than moved?
A - It has, of course.
H - The nature, furthermore, of that in which it's moved must be quite other from the
nature of the moved?
A - It must completely.
2 - H: Is not, again, this cosmos vast, [so vast] that than it there exists no body
greater?
A - Assuredly.
H - And massive, too, for it is crammed with multitudes of other mighty frames, nay,
rather all the other bodies that there are?
A - It is.
H - And yet the cosmos is a body?
A - It is a body.
H - And one that's moved?
3 - A: Assuredly.
H - Of what size, then, must be the space in which it's moved, and of what kind [must
be] the nature [of that space]? Must it not be far vaster [than the cosmos], in order that
it may be able to find room for its continued course, so that the moved may not be
cramped for want of room and lose its motion?
A - Something, Thrice-greatest one, it needs must be, immensely vast.
4 - H: And of what nature? Must it not be, Asclepius, of just the contrary? And is not
contrary to body bodiless?
A - Agreed.
H - Space, then, is bodiless. But bodiless must either be some godlike thing or God
[Himself]. And by "some godlike thing" I mean no more the generable [i.e., that which
is generated] but the in generable.
5 - If, then, space be some godlike thing, it is substantial; but if 'tis God [Himself], it
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God is first "thinkable" <or "intelligible"> for us, not for Himself, for that the thing that's
thought doth fall beneath the thinker's sense. God then cannot be "thinkable" unto
Himself, in that He's thought of by Himself as being nothing else but what He thinks.
But he is "something else" for us, and so He's thought of by us.
6 - If space is, therefore, to be thought, [it should] not, [then, be thought as] God, but
space. If God is also to be thought, [He should] not [be conceived] as space, but as
energy that can contain [all space].
Further, all that is moved is moved not in the moved but in the stable. And that which
moves [another] is of course stationary, for 'tis impossible that it should move with it.
A - How is it, then, that things down here, Thrice-greatest one, are moved with those
that are [already] moved? For thou hast said the errant spheres were moved by the
inerrant one.
H - This is not, O Asclepius, a moving with, but one against; they are not moved with
one another, but one against the other. It is this contrariety which turned the
resistance of their motion into rest. For that resistance is the rest of motion.
7 - Hence, too, the errant spheres, being moved contrarily to the inerrant one, are
moved by one another by mutual contrariety, [and also] by the stable one through
contrariety itself. And this can otherwise not be.
The Bears up there <i.e., Ursa Major and Minor>, which neither set nor rise, thinks
thou they rest or move?
A - They move, Thrice-greatest one.
H - And what their motion, my Asclepius?
A - Motion that turns for ever round the same.
H - But revolution - motion around same - is fixed by rest. For "round-the-same" doth
stop "beyond-same". "Beyond-same" then, being stopped, if it be steadied in "round-
same" - the contrary stands firm, being rendered ever stable by its contrariety.
8 - Of this I'll give thee here on earth an instance, which the eye can see. Regard the
animals down here - a man, for instance, swimming! The water moves, yet the
resistance of his hands and feet give him stability, so that he is not borne along with it,
nor sunk thereby.
A - Thou hast, Thrice-greatest one, adduced a most clear instance.
H - All motion, then, is caused in station and by station.
The motion, therefore, of the cosmos (and of every other hylic <i.e., material> animal)
will not be caused by things exterior to the cosmos, but by things interior [outward] to
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'Tis not the body that doth move the living thing in it; nay, not even the whole [body of
the universe a lesser] body even though there be no life in it.
9 - A: What meanest thou by this, Thrice-greatest one? Is it not bodies, then, that
move the stock and stone and all the other things inanimate?
H - By no means, O Asclepius. The something-in-the-body, the that-which-moves the
thing inanimate, this surely's not a body, for that it moves the two of them - both body
of the lifter and the lifted? So that a thing that's lifeless will not move a lifeless thing.
That which doth move [another thing] is animate, in that it is the mover.
Thou sees, then, how heavy laden is the soul, for it alone doth lift two bodies. That
things, moreover, moved are moved in something as well as moved by something is
clear.
10 - A: Yea, O Thrice-greatest one, things moved must needs be moved in something
void.
H - Thou sayest well, O [my] Asclepius! For naught of things that are is void. Alone the
"is-not" is void [and] stranger to subsistence. For that which is subsistent can never
change to void.
A - Are there, then, O Thrice-greatest one, no such things as an empty cask, for
instance, and an empty jar, a cup and vat, and other things like unto them?
H - Alack, Asclepius, for thy far-wandering from the truth! Thinks thou that things most
full and most replete are void?
11 - A: How meanest thou, Thrice-greatest one?
H - Is not air body?
A - It is.
H - And doth this body not pervade all things, and so, pervading, fill them? And "body";
doth body not consist from blending of the "four" <elements>? Full, then, of air are all
thou calls void; and if of air, then of the "four".
Further, of this the converse follows, that all thou calls full are void - of air; for that they
have their space filled out with other bodies, and, therefore, are not able to receive the
air therein. These, then, which thou dost say are void, they should be hollow named,
not void; for they not only are, but they are full of air and spirit.
12 - A: Thy argument (logos), Thrice-greatest one, is not to be gainsaid; air is a body.
Further, it is this body which doth pervade all things, and so, pervading, fill them. What
are we, then, to call that space in which the all doth move?
H - The bodiless, Asclepius.
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H - 'Tis Mind and Reason (logos), whole out of whole, all self-embracing, free from all
body, from all error free, insensible to body and untouchable, self stayed in self,
containing all, preserving those that are, whose rays, to use a likeness, are Good,
Truth, Light beyond light, the Archetype of soul.
A - What, then, is God?
13 - H: Not any one of these is He; for He it is that causes them to be, both all and
each and every thing of all that are. Nor hath He left a thing beside that is-not; but they
are all from things-that-are and not from things-that-are-not. For that the things-that-
are-not have naturally no power of being anything, but naturally have the power of the
inability-to-be. And, conversely, the things-that-are have not the nature of some time
not-being.
14 - A: What say's thou ever, then, God is?
H - God, therefore, is not Mind, but Cause that the Mind is; God is not Spirit, but
Cause that Spirit is; God is not Light, but Cause that the Light is. Hence one should
honor God with these two names [the Good and Father] - names which pertain to Him
alone and no one else.
For no one of the other so-called gods, no one of men, or daimones, can be in any
measure Good, but God alone; and He is Good alone and nothing else. The rest of
things are separable all from the Good's nature; for [all the rest] are soul and body,
which have no place that can contain the Good.
15 - For that as mighty is the Greatness of the Good as is the Being of all things that
are - both bodies and things bodiless, things sensible and intelligible things. Call thou
not, therefore, aught else Good, for thou would'st imious be; nor anything at all at any
time call God but Good alone, for so thou would'st again be impious.
16 - Though, then, the Good is spoken of by all, it is not understood by all, what thing
it is. Not only, then, is God not understood by all, but both unto the gods and some of
the men they out of ignorance do give the name of Good, though they can never either
be or become Good. For they are very different from God, while Good can never be
distinguished from Him, for that God is the same as Good.
The rest of the immortal ones are nonetheless honored with the name of God, and
spoken of as gods; but God is Good not out of courtesy but out of nature. For that
God's nature and the Good is one; one of the kind of both, from which all other kinds
[proceed].
The Good is he who gives all things and naught receives. God, then, doth give all
things and receive naught. God, then, is Good, and Good is God.
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The part of father is to make.


Wherefore child-making is a very great and a most pious thing in life for them who
think aright, and to leave life on earth without a child a very great misfortune and
impiety; and he who hath no child is punished by the daimones after death.
And this is the punishment: that man's soul who hath no child, shall be condemned
unto a body with neither man's nor woman's nature, a thing accursed beneath the sun.
Wherefore, Asclepius, let not your sympathies be with the man who hath no child, but
rather pity his mishap, knowing what punishment abides for him.
Let all that has been said then, be to thee, Asclepius, an introduction to the gnosis of
the nature of all things
THE KYBALION

CHAPTER VII.
" THE ALL " IN ALL

"While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in All. To him who truly
understands this truth hath come great knowledge."—

How often have the majority of people heard repeated the statement that their Deity
(called by many names) was "All in All," and how little have they suspected the inner
occult truth concealed by these carelessly uttered words? The commonly used
expression is a survival of the ancient Hermetic Maxim quoted above. As the Kybalion
says: "To him who truly understands this truth, hath come great knowledge. '' And, this
being so, let us seek this truth, the understanding of which means so much. In this
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philosophical, scientific and religious truths.

We have given you the Hermetic Teaching regarding the Mental Nature of the Universe
—the truth that "the Universe is Mental—held in the Mind of THE ALL." As the Kybalion
says, in the passage quoted above: "All is in THE ALL." But note also the co-related
statement, that: "It is equally true that THE ALL is in ALL." This apparently
contradictory statement is reconcilable under the Law of Paradox. It is, moreover, an
exact Hermetic statement of the relations existing between THE ALL and its Mental
Universe. We have seen how "All is in THE ALL"—now let us examine the other aspect
of the subject.

The Hermetic Teachings are to the effect that THE ALL is Imminent in ("remaining
within; inherent; abiding within") its Universe, and in every part, particle, unit, or
combination, within the Universe. This statement is usually illustrated by the Teachers
by a reference to the Principle of Correspondence. The Teacher instructs the student
to form a Mental Image of something, a person, an idea, something having a mental
form, the favorite example being that of the author or dramatist forming an idea of his
characters; or a painter or sculptor forming an image of an ideal that he wishes to
express by his art. In each case, the student will find that while the image has its
existence, and being, solely within his own mind, yet he, the student, author, dramatist,
painter, or sculptor, is, in a sense, immanent in; remaining within; or abiding within, the
mental image also. In other words, the entire virtue, life, spirit, of reality in the mental
image is derived from the "immanent mind" of the thinker. Consider this for a moment,
until the idea is grasped.

To take a modern example, let us say that Othello, Iago, Hamlet, Lear, Richard III,
existed merely in the mind of Shakespeare, at the time of their conception or creation.
And yet, Shakespeare also existed within each of these characters, giving them their
vitality, spirit, and action. Whose is the "spirit" of the characters that we know as
Micawber, Oliver Twist, Uriah Heep—is it Dickens, or have each of these characters a
personal spirit, independent of their creator? Have the Venus of Medici, the Sistine
Madonna, the' Appollo Belvidere, spirits and reality of their own, or do they represent
the spiritual and mental power of their creators? The Law of Paradox explains that both
propositions are true, viewed from the proper viewpoints. Micawber is both Micawber,
and yet Dickens. And, again, while Micawber may be said to be Dickens, yet Dickens
is not identical with Micawber. Man, like Micawber, may exclaim: "The Spirit of my
Creator is inherent within me —and yet I am not HE!'' How different this from the
shocking half-truth so vociferously announced by certain of the half-wise, who fill the
air with their raucous cries of: "I Am God!" Imagine poor Micawber, or the sneaky Uriah
Heep, crying: "I Am Dickens"; or some of the lowly clods in one of Shakespeare's
plays, grandiloquently announcing that: "I Am Shakespeare!" THE ALL is in the earth-

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worm, and yet the earth-worm is far from being THE ALL. And still the wonder remains,
that though the earthworm exists merely as a lowly thing, created and having its being
solely within the Mind of THE ALL—yet THE ALL is immanent in the earth-worm, and
in the particles that go to make up the earthworm. Can there be any greater mystery
than this of "All in THE ALL; and THE ALL in All?"

The student will, of course, realize that the illustrations given above are necessarily
imperfect and inadequate, for they represent the creation of mental images in finite
minds, while the Universe is a creation of Infinite Mind—and the difference between
the two poles separates them. And yet it is merely a matter of degree— the same
Principle is in operation—the Principle of Correspondence manifests in each—"As
above, so Below; as Below, so above.'' And, in the degree that Man realizes the
existence of the Indwelling Spirit immanent within his being, so will he rise in the
spiritual scale of life. This is what spiritual development means—the recognition,
realization, and manifestation of the Spirit within us. Try to remember this last definition
—that of spiritual development. It contains the Truth of True Religion.

There are many planes of Being—many sub-planes of Life—many degrees of


existence in the Universe. And all depend upon the advancement of beings in the
scale, of which scale the lowest point is the grossest matter, the highest being
separated only by the thinnest division from the SPIRIT of THE ALL. And, upward and
onward along this Scale of Life, everything is moving. All are on the Path, whose end is
THE ALL. All progress is a Returning Home. All is Upward and Onward, in spite of all
seemingly contradictory appearances. Such is the Message of the Illumined.

The Hermetic Teachings concerning the process of the Mental Creation of the
Universe, are that at the beginning of the Creative Cycle, THE ALL, in its aspect of
"Being," projects its Will toward its aspect of "Becoming," and the process of creation
begins. It is taught that the process consists of the lowering of Vibration until a very low
degree of vibratory energy is reached, at which point the grossest possible form of
Matter is manifested. This process is called the stage of Involution, in which THE ALL
becomes "involved," or "wrapped up," in its creation. This process is believed by the
Hermetists to have a Correspondence to the mental process of an artist, writer, or
inventor, who becomes so wrapped up in his mental creation as to almost forget his
own existence and who, for the time being, almost "lives in his creation." If instead of
"wrapped" we use the word "rapt," perhaps we will give a better idea of what is meant.

This Involuntary stage of Creation is sometimes called the "Outpouring" of the Divine
Energy, just as the Evolutionary state is called the "Indrawing." The extreme pole of the
Creative process is considered to be the furthest removed from THE ALL, while the
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the pendulum of Rhythm—a '' coining home'' idea being held in all of the Hermetic
Teachings.

The Teachings are that during the '' Outpouring, '' the vibrations become lower and
lower until finally the urge ceases, and the return swing begins. But there is this
difference, that while in the " Outpouring'' the creative forces manifest compactly and
as a whole, yet from the beginning of the Evolutionary or "Indrawing" stage, there is
manifested the Law of Individualization —that is, the tendency to separate into Units of
Force, so that finally that which left THE ALL as unindividualized energy returns to its
source as countless highly developed Units of Life, having risen higher and higher in
the scale by means of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Evolution.

The ancient Hermetists use the word "Meditation," in describing the process of the
mental creation of the Universe in the Mind of THE ALL, the word "Contemplation" also
being frequently employed. But the idea intended seems to be that of the employment
of the Divine Attention. "Attention" is a word derived from the Latin root, meaning "to
reach out; to stretch out," and so the act of Attention is really a mental "reaching out;
extension" of mental energy, so that the underlying idea is readily understood when we
examine into the real meaning of "Attention."

The Hermetic Teachings regarding the process of Evolution are that, THE ALL, having
meditated upon the beginning of the Creation—having thus established the material
foundations of the Universe — having thought it into existence — then gradually
awakens or rouses from its Meditation and in so doing starts into manifestation the
process of Evolution, on the material, mental and spiritual planes, successively and in
order. Thus the upward movement begins — and all begins to move Spiritward. Matter
becomes less gross; the Units spring into being; the combinations begin to form; Life
appears and manifests in higher and higher forms; and Mind becomes more and more
in evidence — the vibrations constantly becoming higher. In short, the entire process of
Evolution, in all of its phases, begins, and proceeds according to the established Laws
of the "Indrawing" process. All of this occupies æons upon æons of Man's time, each
æon containing countless millions of years, but yet the Illumined inform us that the
entire creation, including Involution and Evolution, of an Universe, is but ''as the twinkle
of the eye" to THE ALL. At the end of countless cycles of æons of time: THE ALL
withdraws its Attention — its Contemplation and Meditation — of the Universe, for the
Great Work is finished — and All is withdrawn into THE ALL from which it emerged.
But Mystery of Mysteries — the Spirit of each soul is not annihilated, but is infinitely
expanded — the Created and the Creator are merged. Such is the report of the
Illumined!

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meditation," of THE ALL, is of course but an attempt of the Teachers to describe the
Infinite process by a finite example. And, yet: "As Below, so Above." The difference is
merely in degree. And just as THE ALL arouses itself from the meditation upon the
Universe, so does Man (in time) cease from manifesting upon the Material Plane, and
withdraws himself more and more into the Indwelling Spirit, which is indeed "The
Divine Ego."

There is one more matter of which we desire to speak in this lesson, and that comes
very near to an invasion of the Metaphysical field of speculation, although our purpose
is merely to show the futility of such speculation. We allude to the question which
inevitably comes to the mind of all thinkers who have ventured to seek the Truth. The
question is: "WHY does THE ALL create Universes?" The question may be asked in
different forms, but the above is the gist of the inquiry.

Men have striven hard to answer this question, but still there is no answer worthy of the
name. Some have imagined that THE ALL had something to gain by it, but this is
absurd, for what could THE ALL gain that it did not already possess. Others have
sought the answer in the idea that THE ALL "wished something to love;'' and others
that it created for pleasure, or amusement; or because it "was lonely"; or to manifest its
power — all puerile explanations and ideas, belonging to the childish period of thought.

Others have sought to explain the mystery by assuming that THE ALL found itself
"compelled" to create, by reason of its own "internal nature" — its "creative instinct."
This idea is in advance of the others, but its weak point lies in the idea of THE ALL
being "compelled" by anything, internal or external. If its "internal nature," or "creative
instinct," compelled it to do anything, then the "internal nature" or "creative instinct"
would be the Absolute, instead of THE ALL, and so accordingly that part of the
proposition falls. And, yet, THE ALL does create and manifest, and seems to find some
kind of satisfaction in so doing. And it is difficult to escape the conclusion that in some
infinite degree it must have what would correspond to an "inner nature," or "creative
instinct," in man, with correspondingly infinite Desire and Will. It could not act unless it
Willed to Act; and it would not Will to Act, unless it Desired to Act; and it would not
Desire to Act unless it obtained some Satisfaction thereby. And all of these things
would belong to an "Inner Nature," and might be postulated as existing according to
the Law of Correspondence. Bat, still, we prefer to think of THE ALL as acting entirely
FREE from any influence, internal as well as external. That is the problem which lies at
the root of difficulty —and the difficulty that lies at the root of the problem.

Strictly speaking, there cannot be said to be any "Reason" whatsoever for THE ALL to
act, for a "reason" implies a "cause," and THE ALL is above Cause and Effect, except
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see, the matter is Unthinkable, just as THE ALL is Unknowable. Just as we say THE
ALL merely "IS"— so we are compelled to say that "THE ALL ACTS BECAUSE IT
ACTS." At the last, THE ALL is All Reason in Itself; All Law in Itself; All Action in Itself
— and it may be said, truthfully, that THE ALL is Its Own Reason; its own Law; its own
Act — or still further, that THE ALL; Its Reason; Its Act; is Law; are ONE, all being
names for the same thing. In the opinion of those who are giving you these present
lessons, the answer is locked up in INNER SELF of THE ALL, along with its Secret of
Being. The Law of Correspondence, in our opinion, reaches only to that aspect of THE
ALL, which may be spoken of as "The Aspect of BECOMING." Back of that Aspect is
"The Aspect of BEING," in which all Laws are lost in LAW; all Principles merge into
PRINCIPLE — and THE ALL; PRINCIPLE; and BEING; are IDENTICAL, ONE AND
THE SAME. Therefore, Metaphysical speculation on this point is futile. We go into the
matter here, merely to show that we recognize the question, and also the absurdity of
the ordinary answers of metaphysics and theology.
In conclusion, it may be of interest to our students to learn that while some of the
ancient, and modern, Hermetic Teachers have rather inclined in the direction of
applying the Principle of Correspondence to the question, with the result of the "Inner
Nature" conclusion,— still the legends have it that HERMES, the Great, when asked
this question by his advanced students, answered them by PRESSING HIS LIPS
TIGHTLY TOGETHER and saying not a word, indicating that there WAS NO
ANSWER. But, then, he may have intended to apply the axiom of his philosophy, that:
"The lips of Wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding," believing that
even his advanced students did not possess the Understanding which entitled them to
the Teaching. At any rate, if Hermes possessed the Secret, he failed to impart it, and
so far as the world is concerned THE LIPS OF HERMES ARE CLOSED regarding it.
And where the Great Hermes hesitated to speak, what mortal may dare to teach?

But, remember, that whatever be the answer to this problem, if indeed there be an
answer — the truth remains that: "While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE
ALL is in All." The Teaching on this point is emphatic. And, we may add the concluding
words of the quotation: "To him who truly understands this truth, hath come great
knowledge."

PLOTINUS - PART I

The Life of Plotinus - About the One - Nous the World Soul - Religion and Ethics - Some
Sayings of plotinus -
The Universe is a Living Being - The One Transcends the World

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NOUS

"Knowledge has three degrees: opinion, science, illumination. The means


or instrument of the first is sense; of the second dialectic; of the third,
intuition."
Plotinus, (Letter to Flaccus)

"Therefore must we ascend once more towards the Good, towards there
where tend all souls. Anyone who has seen it knows what I mean, in what
sense it is beautiful. As good it is desired and towards it desire advances.
But only those reach it who rise to the intelligible realm, face it fully,
stripped of the muddy vesture with which they were clothed in their
descent....Those who have witnessed the manifestation of divine or
supernatural realities can never again feel the old delight in bodily
beauty."
Plotinus
LIFE OF PLOTINUS
Plotinus was born at Lycopolis, in Upper Egypt in 204 CE, and died at
Campania in 270 CE. In the twenty-eighth year of his life he applied
himself to philosophy, and attended the lectures of the most celebrated
men of that time in Alexandria. After studying under Ammonius for some
ten years, he accompanied the Emperor Gordian in his campaign against
the Persians, in order to learn something of their philosophy. In this object
he failed, owing to the unsuccessful issue of the undertaking; he was even
obliged to flee for his life to Antioch. In 244 he went to Rome and won
numerous adherents to his teaching, among them the Emperor Gallienus

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and his wife Salonina. He conceive the idea of founding an ideal city in
Campania, with the approval and support of the emperor: this city was to
be called Platonopolis, and its inhabitants were to live according to the
laws of Plato. Gallienus was not disinclined to enter into the plan; but it
was thwarted by the opposition of the imperial counselors. He taught in
Rome until about 268, retiring then to the country estate of a disciple in
Campania. Plotinus did not reduce his doctrine to writing until toward the
close of his life, and then did not publish it. His pupil Porphyry, arranged
the fifty-four treatises of Plotinus in six Enneades, placing them in logical
order from the simplest to the most abstruse, as well as chronological
sequence. They were first printed in a Latin translation by Marsilio Ficino at
Florence in 1492, then in Greek and Latin at Basel, in 1580.

About the One


What principally distinguishes Plotinus from both Plato and his immediate
predecessors is the assumption of a principle higher than the nous. This
assumption proceeds from the requirement of unity as an attribute of the
highest principle; the nous, as at once subject and object of perception,
nooun and nooumenon is twofold. Therefore something higher must be
sought, which is absolute unity, the One, identical with the Godhead and
wholly transcendent-the first cause, the source of all thinking and being, all
the good and beautiful, and all activity. The utter transcendence of God
being was taught by Plotinus in a more extreme form than by any of his
predecessors. He admits the insolubility by human reason of the most
difficult of all metaphysical problems i.e. (how becoming arose out of
immutable being and plurality out of unity). The theory of Emanation,
which he accepts, also cannot answer the question. Following Plato, he
suggests that the explanation may be found in the goodness or
benevolence of God. All other beings produce yet others; and how should
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remain absorbed in itself as though impotent to produce? This, of course,


is rather an anthropomorphic-ethical than a metaphysical explanation. His
attempt to supply the metaphysical explanation is found in the view that
the highest being is over-full, and, as the higher, does not precisely
contain the lower in itself but allows it to flow forth from its superabundant
perfection. This doctrine may possibly show oriental influence; but the idea
of emanation occurs in the Stoic teaching, and still more in Philo, though in
neither so fully developed as with Plotinus.
NOUS THE WORLD SOUL
That which first issues from the One is the nous, which is conscious of
being a product and image of the One and receives from its relation to the
One its power to produce other existences. It is not mere thought but
actual being, comprehending all things as the genus comprehends the
species. Plato conceived of actual being as being contained in one idea,
that of good. Plotinus conceived of it as containing the ideas. Another
difference is that whereas Plato asserted the existence of ideas only for
such objects as had a common concept or name, Plotinus attributes them
to all single existences. From the nous proceeds further the soul, the third
principle. As the highest principle has neither thought nor consciousness,
so the nous, which is purely contemplative, has no reflective, logical
thought. This is the work of the world-soul, which is the link between the
intelligible and the phenomenal world, carrying on the process of
emanation down to its lowest terms. Matter is conceived by Plotinus not
exactly as an emanation from the world-soul, but rather (as with Plato) in
the guise of a receptive or passive principle in contrast to the formative or
active. What the world-soul sees in the nous, with that it is pervaded and
that it strives to reproduce. The content of the soul descends to lower
stages. This content is composed of the ideas; and thus in the image of the
nous and soul images of the ideas are also contained. These are the logoi,
concepts, whose sum, the Logos par excellence, like the world-soul itself,
is an emanation from the nous. These logoi are the essential factor in the
giving of form to matter, which is formed in an organic, not a mechanical,
manner. This formative process presupposes purpose, but not knowledge
or deliberation-just as in Heraclitus all becoming takes place on rational
principles, yet without any conscious foresight. If everything, therefore, is
formed and pervaded by rational powers, the world-soul with its content
permeating all, all must be rational or reason. Although the logoi are lower
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still, yet Plotinus finds in the world of phenomena traces of the highest; the
absolutely Good and Beautiful is visible even in the world of sense. The
spirit of Plato, as expressed in the close of the Timoeus, the idea that the
sensible world is a great and beautiful and perfect thing, dominates
Plotinus also, so that in spite of matter producing evil, he is far from
regarding this world as evil or hateful, representing rather in this point the
general optimism of Greek philosophy than the tendency of the early
Christian writers to despise the visible world. On the whole, in his
explanation of the existence of evil in the universe and his justification of
the higher powers in respect to it, he follows the Stoics.
RELIGION AND ETHICS.
From the world-soul proceed individual souls, but they are not parts of it.
Going down into bodies, they have forgotten the higher, the divine, from
which they came, and have believed themselves independent. Thus, they
have gone continually lower, and stand in need of a return to the better.
Plotinus does not make it plain whether this can be executed With freedom
by men. The ethical goal is sometimes represented, after Plato, as
approximation to the Godhead, sometimes in a more Aristotelian fashion
as operation in conformity with the nature of the operator, and again, with
Heraclitus and the Stoics, as obedience to reason. Among the virtues
Plotinus distinguishes first the "political" or social, which are the four
commonly accepted by the Greeks-prudence, courage, temperance, and
justice; but these can not make the soul like God. Above them are the
purifying virtues, which have that effect. They consist in freeing oneself as
far as possible from the body and from sin by an avoidance of what is
sensual, though without any exaggerated asceticism. Man, however, is not
to be satisfied by mere freedom from sin, but must strive actually to
become God. To this end serve the deifying virtues, which are the
reproduction on a higher plane of the primary or political virtues. Through
these the true nature of man comes to its fulfillment; and thus his
beatitude consists in the maintenance of his proper attitude toward
himself, undisturbed by external happenings or relations. The supreme
aim, indeed, with Plotinus as with Philo, lies not in the realm of thought (as
the detailed exposition of the deifying virtues might suggest), but in
ecstatic elevation to the highest good, to the Godhead. Logical knowledge
is only a preliminary to this, which consists in immediate knowledge of and
union with God. To this Plotinus himself, according to the testimony of
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with him. The reason why man on earth can not remain permanently in
this state is that he has not yet succeeded in turning wholly away from the
earthly; the time of permanent union will come when he is no longer
tormented by any restlessness of the body. On the immortality of the soul
Plotinus wrote a separate treatise, in which he follows Plato in the main,
especially emphasizing the fact that the soul, as incorporeal and
incomposite, is incapable of dissolution. A reunion of soul and body in the
after life is inconceivable to him, since the passage into this higher life is
conditioned by the desertion of the body, whose nature is in essential
opposition to that of the soul.

(From the Internet Encyclopedia of philosophy)

Some Sayings of Plotinus

Creation.
The One, perfect in seeking nothing, possessing nothing and needing
nothing, overflows and creates a new reality by its superabundance.
[5.2.1.]
The process is like the unfolding of a seed, moving from simple origin to
termination in the world of sense, the prior always remaining in its place,
while begetting its successor from a store of indescribable power - power
that must not halt within the higher realm . . but continue to expand until
the universe of things reaches the limit of its possibility, lavishing its vast
resources on all its creatures, intolerant that any one should have no share
in it. Nothing is debarred from participation in the Good, to the extent of
its receptivity. [4.8.6]

The One is omnipresent.


This All is universal power, of infinite extent and infinite in potency, a god
so great that all his parts are infinite. Name any place, and he is already
there. [5.8.9.]
It has not deserted its creation for a place apart; it is always present to
those with strength to touch it. [6.9.7]

Soul is present in all things.


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to its will. To all this vast expanse, as far as it extends, it gives itself, and
every interval, both large and small, is filled with Soul. . . Soul enlivens all
things with its whole self and all Soul is present everywhere. . . And vast
and diversified thought this universe is, it is one by the power of soul and a
god because of soul. The sun is also a god, because ensouled, and the
other stars, and if we ourselves partake of the Divine, this is the cause.
[5.1.2.]
Nothing is detached or severed from its prior, so that the higher soul
seems to extend as far as plants; and in a way it does so extend, because
the life in plants belongs to it. Not that soul is wholly within plants, but
only to the extent that they are the lower limit of its advance, another level
of existence created by its decline towards the worse. [5.2.1.]
Every participant partakes of the power of Being in its entirety, while Being
is unchanged and undivided. [4.4.8]
Soul in its unity is not extended by fragmentation into bodies, but is
entirely present where it is present, and omnipresent and undivided
throughout the universe. [6.4.12]

The universe is a living being


This universe is a single living being embracing all living beings within it,
and possessing a single Soul that permeates all its parts to the degree of
their participation in it. Every part of this sensible universe is fully
participant in its material aspect, and in respect of soul, in the degree to
which it shares in the World Soul. [4.4.32.]
A sympathy pervades this single universe, like a single living creature, and
the distant is near. . . Like parts lie not in contact but separated, with
other parts between, yet by their likeness they feel sympathy . . and in a
living and unified being there is no part so remote as not to be near,
through the very nature that binds the living unity in sympathy. [4.4.32]

Matter
[Matter] is an image and phantom of corporeal mass, a mere tendency to
substantial existence, static but without position; it is invisible in itself,
eluding all attempts to observe it, present yet unseen. . . Images of
intelligible beings pass in and out of it . . without cutting, as if through
water, or like shapes floating through the Void. [3.6.7.]
If evil exists, it exists in non-being . . . Such is the whole world of sense
and all experience of the senses. [1.8.1]

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[Matter] is the substrate which underlies figures, forms, shapes, measures


and limits . . a mere shadow in relation to real Being, the very essence of
evil, if such is possible. [1.8.2]

Rejection of the body and sense experience.


Sense-perception belongs to the sleeping soul, the part of the soul
immersed in body; and the true awakening is a rising up, not with the
body, but from the body. . . To rise up to very truth is altogether to depart
from bodies. Corporeality is contrary to soul and essentially opposed to
soul. [3.6.6.]
If life and soul survive death, then there will still be good, and the more so
now that soul acts purely according to its nature, unimpeded by body.
[1.7.3.]
What else could true moderation be but to avoid association with bodily
pleasures, and to shun them as impure affections of a thing impure? . .
The soul when purified becomes pure form and formative power, all
disembodied and intellective, and wholly within the Divine. [1.6.6.]

The One transcends the Universe.


The source is not fragmented into the universe, for its fragmentation would
destroy the whole, which would not longer come to be if there did not
remain by itself, distinct from it, its source. [3.8.10.]
The One is all things and yet no one of them. It is the source of all things,
not itself all things, but their transcendent Principle. . . So that Being may
exist the One is not Being, but the begetter of Being.

The ascent to union with God.


Intellect can veil itself from the world and concentrate its gaze within, and
though it sees nothing, it will behold a light - not an external light in some
perceived object, but a solitary light, pure and self-contained, suddenly
revealed within itself. . . We must not enquire whence it comes, for there is
no "whence". . . He does not come as one expected, and his coming knows
no arrival; he is beheld not as one who enters but who is eternally present.
[5.7-8.]
Our thought cannot grasp the One as long as any other image remains
active in the soul . . To this end, you must set free your soul from all
outward things and turn wholly within yourself, with no more leaning to
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objects of sense, and forget even yourself, and so come within sight of that
One. [6.9.7]

Beyond duality.
A bolder course would be to abandon the duality of seer and seen, and
count both as one. In that vision the seer does not see or distinguish, or
even imagine, two; he is changed, no longer himself nor owning himself
there, but belongs to God, one with him, center joined with center. [6.9.10]
If he remembers who he became when he merged with the One, he will
bear its image in himself. He was himself one, with no diversity in himself
or his outward relations; for no movement was in him, no passion, no
desire for another, once the ascent was accomplished. Nor indeed was
there any reason or though, nor, if we dare say it, any trace of himself.
[6.9.11.]

PLOTINUS : Part II

Plotinus and the Gnostics


What is Nous? - The Soul - Plotinus Psychology
In his Enneads 11,9, the Neoplatonic philosopher Plotinus (205 -270)
turned against the gnostics - in particular against the Valentinians - and in
this manner made a significant contribution, as a non-Christian author,
towards the survival of gnostic ideas. Ficino, who used Plotinus as a focus
with which he looked at the original Platonism, translated the Enneads in
the Renaissance.

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Painting by Barry Stevens


One of Plotinus's objections concerns the gnostic contempt for the world:
the Demiurge was regarded as a being of lower rank and in a cosmos ruled
by fate the power of evil plays an important role. Plotinus counters this
view by saying that the cosmos is a structured complex of divine origin, in
which the creative spirit manifests itself as Logos. This makes criticism of
the structure of the cosmos unjustified. In his opinion, evil is not a power
in itself, but a lower degree of good. Furthermore, Plotinus accuses the
gnostics of immoral behaviour, because they deny the moral law of the
creator through their contempt for the world. He also accuses them of
practising magic:

In yet another way they infringe still more gravely upon the inviolability of
the Supreme.
In the sacred formulas they inscribe, purporting to address the
Supernatural Beings - not merely the Soul but even the Transcendents -
they are simply uttering spells and appeasements and evocations in the
idea that these Powers will obey a call and be led about by a word from
any of us who is in some degree trained to use the appropriate forms in
the appropriate way.
Although Plotinus grants that the gnostics have philosophical pretensions,
in fact what they present is mythology only: they assume a great number
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form pairs, such as for instance Depth and Silence, Thinking and Truth,
and Sophia, who fell from Fullness (pleroma).

Plotinus recognizes the Platonic features in gnostic systems: the


immortality of the soul, the intelligible world, the first God and the
necessity for the soul to escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
However, he denies meaning to the gnostic additions. The essential
difference between the gnostics and Plato is that for the former, truth can
only be attained by 'pneumatists', whereas according to Plato, truth can be
attained by anyone.
(From the Internet Encyclopedia of philosophy)

NOUS
The beginning of each hypostasis constitutes a particular discontinuity in
the ontological spectrum. So The One is characterised by absolute Unity,
perfection, eternity, and creativity. The Nous is still eternal, creative,
perfect blissful, and totally spiritual, but it is no longer unitary. Rather,
this is the region of Plato's Spiritual Forms. This idea has its roots
ultimately in the Middle Platonic view of Forms as thoughts of God.
At the level of the Nous, the individual still has his own identity, but his
contemplation embraces the whole Intelligible world and everything in it.
And since on this level subject and object are identical, each member of
the Intelligible order is identifiable with the whole of that order, and every
other member thereof. So Universal Intelligence is a sort of unity-in-
plurality. This is an idea advocated earlier by the Neopythagorean
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Intelligence (Nous) is the level of intuition, where discursive thought is


bypassed and the mind attains a direct and instantaneous vision of truth.
The distinction between Soul and Intelligence corresponds to the difference
between discursive and intuitive thought. Discursive thought means
reasoning from premise to conclusion, or being aware of first one thing,
then another
THE SOUL

Painting by Barry Stevens


With the Soul there is the beginning of time, and therefore of Creation
(because Creation by its very nature requires sequence in which to occur).
Whereas the Nous embraces the whole of the Noetic world in one timeless
vision, the Soul's contemplation is forced to change from one thing to
another.
The Soul thus constitutes the Nous projected into Time. Although still
creative and spiritual, is no longer eternal, or perfect in its consciousness.
It cannot see things in a holistic and all-embracing way, but only
successively, imperfectly, moment by moment, in terms of past and
future. In keeping with Greek thought generally, Plotinus refers to an
original cosmic and therefore Divine World-Soul, which is the creator of the
visible cosmos, and the individual, for example the human, soul.
The Stoics conceived of individual souls as parts of the World-Soul. For
Plotinus in contrast, the World-Soul is herself an individual soul, albeit a
very large one, whose body is the cosmos which she forms and
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manifestations of the one Universal Soul. This is essentially the same as


the monistic Hindu philosopher statement that the individual soul or Jiva
and Ishwara or God the creator and ruler of the universe are both the
result of super-imposition or Maya over the one Absolute or Atman-
Brahman
As well as this "horizontal" division there is also a "vertical" one. Plotinus
and his successors integrated the Platonic distinction between the rational
and irrational souls with the Aristotlean distinction of vegetative, sentient
(animal), and rational soul-levels. They thus postulated a whole range of
levels of psychic consciousness.
Being an intuitive and inspirational rather than a systematic thinker,
Plotinus sometimes divides the Soul into higher/rational and lower/
irrational, and sometimes into three or even more levels, the various
classifications often being contradictory with each other. Sometimes the
rational soul as a whole is identified with the "unfallen" soul. Plotinus went
so far as to say that the soul, as an "intelligible cosmos", contains not only
all other soul-principles (or Logoi) but also the levels of Intelligence and
the One, and is therefore able to attain any of those principles; an idea
close to the Vedantic and Buddhist concept of Enlightenment or Liberation.
The Psychology of Plotinus
Plotinus' psychology is as follows:
• The summit of Soul is an unfallen level which does not descend
into this world; the Noetic Soul. It is in constant transcendent
contemplation of the eternal Nous.

• The Rational Soul is the highest level of the ordinary human


psyche, which is able to approach the spiritual.

The Irrational or Animal Soul, which is limited to the bodily or



animal passions and desires; the equivalent perhaps of the Catholic
"seven deadly sins". This is the bodily or "vegetative" soul
(phytikon) responsible both for physical growth and nutrition, and
also for the bodily appetites and emotions
The soul is thus an "amphibian", belonging to both the physical and the
intelligible (noetic) worlds.
This concept of "vertical psychology" was later to figure prominently in
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noetic element) in the Freudian psychoanalytical distinction of Ego (=


Rational Soul) and Id (= Irrational Soul). In modern Theosophy and
Occultism also, this gradation appears as the distinction between the
Mental and the Astral (or Emotional or Desire) bodies.
Sometimes Plotinus adds a further hypostasis, phusis or Nature, as the
lowest projection of Soul and the dim consciousness within plants, between
Soul and the Sensible World. The Theosophical version of this is the
"etheric plane".
The Soul is the lowest hypostasis, the lowest irradiation of the Divine.
Deficient as it is, it still retains a trace of the original on-tological
authenticity or Spiritual-Being-ness of the higher principles. Below the
Soul there is only non-conscious matter - hyle - which Plotinus equated
with "non-being" and total deprivation. Plotinus describes Matter as "non-
being", in view of its formlessness and utter unsubstantiality, although he
denies that this means absolute non-existence
Glossary of Terms

(Words in italics denote terms that are also defined in the Glossary. Aka means “also known as.”)
Absolute Consciousness: Consciousness that encompasses all levels of
consciousness and belongs to Absolute Being. (aka Pure Being, Unknown God,
and Unmanifested Being.)
Abstract Mind: A higher level of intelligence that is directly linked to intuition (or
intelligence of the heart.) It is called abstract because it cannot be comprehended
or rationalized by ordinary intellect. It is through the Abstract Mind (or Buddhi), that
we receive and translate higher realities and Divine knowledge into pure wisdom.
Antahkarana: An inner organ, an instrument with which we think, feel, remember

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and discriminate. It activates and functions properly with the unfoldment of the inner
spiritual process. It is the link between the personal and the impersonal, the ego
and the soul. Hence, it is the channel where the inner impulses, battles and
transmutations take place, and becomes a conduit for the impulses of the soul to
reach the psyche.
Archetypes: Archetypes are seed ideas that are engrained within the “blueprint” of
man. There are many types of archetypes: the Jungian types come from the
“unconscious” and are biological; the Freudian archetypes are also unconscious
but are personal and biographical. On this website, the term “archetype” represents
spiritual and initiatory “mediums” (or vehicles) and “keys” into which a variety of
divine impulses are poured so as to form a language of the soul. Archetypes are
universal symbols ingrained in the psyche of human beings, and are interconnected
to unfold a meaningful idea or a teaching. Archetypes are also linked to seed ideas
and are part of a subtle and refined spiritual teaching method that unfolds the
Intuition and Abstract Mind.
Astral Body: Emotional body that transforms with our feelings, emotions, desires
and higher ideals. It can be refined by our feelings and then register and become
part of the higher realms. This, of course, reflects our self-conscious part and is one
of the most important parts of the inner process because it is through the astral and
mental bodies that we can gradually enter our Perfect Mold.
Axial Pole: The central, immutable pole or core of being within human beings that
is Absolute Consciousness. It also corresponds to states of being, as in Dante’s
axial journey. Hence, those who have reached the mid-point (i.e., the edenic or
primordial state), may rise along this axis to higher levels of consciousness. In
Kabalistic terms, it corresponds to the Middle Pillar, the Pillar of Consciousness.
Being: The part in us that we perceive as the Presence within that pervades the
whole of creation. However, it needs consciousness to become aware of its being-
ness.
Chalice: Represents the place where the purification and transformation of the ego
occurs. (See Perfect Mold.)
Consciousness: The substance and intelligence that envelops, surrounds and
penetrates everything in creation to gradually make it aware of itself. However, to
do that, it needs spirit and soul as the vehicle to contain, unfold and manifest its
inherent qualities. There are different levels of consciousness, each with a
corresponding attuned “instrument” to express its own level. Hence consciousness
is the medium used by the impersonal will and unconditional Love of Pure Being, or
of the Unknown God. In different Traditions, Consciousness is referred to as MIND
or Universal or Cosmic Soul
Cosmic Consciousness: Consciousness of universality, of being in harmony and
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bestows knowledge and experience of being part of the infinite tapestry of creation
upon the one who has it. At this level of consciousness, we find the quality of “Thy
Will Be Done.”
Daemon (aka daimon): A manifestation of our soul’s intent and direct guidance,
such as, Pythagoras', Socrates', Platos', Plotinus'. It is made of astral and mental
matter and takes the bearing and aspect corresponding to our own level of
consciousness and purity. It is the projection of the inner master and guide that
opens for us the way of real soul initiation. It is also our witness, who takes us
through the various inner planes of purification and being. A Christian version of the
daemon is the guardian angel.
Duality versus Dualism: In the context of this website, we have chosen the word
"dualism" to express the world in which we live as a separate entity, in other words:
"I am me" separate from you". As for the word duality in these messages, it reflects
the fact that one can be enlightened and remain as the impersonal conscious Self
witnessing the world of duality.
Ego: A distorted reflection of Pure Being that says, “I am me” and differentiates
between “This is me and this is not me.” It is an important tool and a “looking glass”
for the soul. However, the “lenses” usually need a good cleaning so that the soul
can properly recognize and register what it “sees” through them and send the
appropriate impulse back to the ego via intuition. However, the ego is an important
functioning of Consciousness in the world of duality. We need an ego to interrelate
with each others...
Divine Face: The unmanifest “face” of Absolute Consciousness that remains
hidden behind the veil of Pure Being. Its presence arises gradually within the
consciousness of a seeker as a manifestation of Cosmic Consciousness and
reflects in the guise of his Perfect Model.
Essence of the soul: The foundation of the soul. (See Pure Being.)
Grail: On this website, the Grail represents a divine substance that transforms self-
consciousness into Cosmic Consciousness. It is a Divine Energy that leads the
seeker towards his/her complete regeneration. The Grail is linked with the Chalice,
with the latter representing the place where the purification of the ego takes place.
(See Perfect Mold.) Amongst its countless powers and qualities, the Grail grants
immortality and resurrection, signifying that the seeker of truth has entered his own
axial pole of pure Absolute Consciousness. The Grail also represents Christ
Substance. Thus, in this book, the Grail and the Perfect Model are firmly
connected, since in reality, when you enter your Perfect Model, you are
automatically in “touch” with the gifts and powers of the Grail.
Higher Mind: The permanent level of consciousness that remains forever
engrained in the soul or Permanent Witness. It is a higher faculty of intuition and a
more subtle way of forming concepts. Higher Mind or Abstract Mind expresses a

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different and transfigured level of comprehension and perception of truth. (aka


Intuition, Intelligence of the Heart.)
I AM: The state in which self-consciousness turns its attention from the outside
world to the inner, focusing and opening up to the impulses coming from the soul
and reacting accordingly. It is a level of consciousness that prepares
consciousness to unify and reach wholeness with Absolute Consciousness or Pure
Being.
I Am Me: Self-identification of the ego. A state of self-consciousness that is focused
and absorbed only with activities outside of itself.
Intelligence of the Heart): During the spiritual process, the ego opens itself to the
impulses coming from the soul, and intuition unfolds its intelligence and knowledge
in one’s consciousness. However, intuition needs the impulses of unconditional and
impersonal love to function properly since the knowledge that one receives on this
physical level is not for personal gain but belongs to one’s impersonal self. (aka
intuition.)
Intuition: The impact that the intelligence of the soul has on our conscious level of
being. The more attuned we are to the soul, the more deeply we resonate with
intuitive knowledge. (aka intelligence of the heart)
Invisible God: The part of the higher intelligence within us that can be
apprehended only through the functioning of higher mind, or refined intuition. (See
Visible God.)
Invisible Master: An enlightened person who has awakened Cosmic
Consciousness. He/she is a person who lives on the physical plane as an ordinary
human being, but remains in constant touch with the inner spiritual planes. Thus he/
she becomes a living “role model” for others who have recognized his/her gifts.
Seekers who need to unfold the same soul qualities are magnetically pulled
towards such charismatic persons.
jnana: Sanskrit, from the root 'jna' - 'to know' (1) general knowledge -
(2) spiritual wisdom and illumination; knowledge of the ultimate reality;
the transcendent realization that Atman and Brahman are one. (The Rider
Encyclopedia of Eastern philosophy & Religion.)
Lower mental body: The body formed by our thought-forms, the energy field that
registers and sends thoughts made of astral matter.
Noumenon: 1- object of intellect: something beyond the tangible world that can
only be known or identified by the intellect, not by the senses

Noumenon: 2 - independent object in Kantian philosophy: in Kantian philosophy,


something that exists independently of intellectual or sensory perception of it, for
example the soul in some beliefs

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conceive’.]
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Perfect Model: The manifested reflection and countenance of our Soul Entity (the
"Ba" in Ancient Egyptian Mysteries) within the inner planes of Being. It is our
perfected nature, i.e., the features that Cosmic Consciousness and enlightenment
take within our being.
Perfect Mold: The blueprint with which our subtle body energy fields must attune
and blend. It is the mold of the Perfect Model or archetype of our angelic prototype,
our original Divine pattern that becomes the vehicle of pure spirit or of Cosmic
Consciousness. In the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries it was called the purified "Ka".
Permanent Witness: The intuition that emanates from the Permanent Witness
becomes intelligible through our purified mind and heart, and is translated into
words through the inspiration coming from our Abstract Mind. In other words, the
impulses coming from the P.W. can be put into words to encourage and help others
do likewise. The P.W. is the part of the soul that is nearer to human consciousness,
the intermediary between the ego’s self-consciousness and the Spiritual Witness.
Hence the P.W. is our inner guide that initiates and opens the path to our inner
quest, and uses our psyche to send and receive impulses to the ego. It is the wise
teacher we meet when we focus on our sacred center within. In the Ancient
Egyptian Mysteries it was the "Ba"
Presence: The invisible part of Being that appears from the Center of Pure Being
and gradually takes different sacred Divine Faces to make an impression on the
conscious self. It is the immaterial, invisible part of our soul entity, or Pure Being
that attracts us through the inherent divine qualities within them. These qualities are
of unconditional and pure love and compassion.
Primordial Matter: The primary universal substance, the womb wherein all worlds
gestate, from which all are born, and to which all return. (aka prakriti)
Psyche: The bridge between ego and soul. The mirror in which impulses coming
from the soul (or Permanent Witness) and the experiences and memories of the
ego meet. The psyche can only be purified when the antahkarana has been
activated correctly.
Pure Being: (aka Soul Entity)
Sacred Cell: The archetypal place where we learn to become “intimate” with
ourselves. A holy space within which we encounter our Divine Face and that
reveals our own mystery.
Sacred Seed: The qualities ingrained in the soul. The spiritual DNA inherent to
man but dormant within him, awaiting the light of consciousness to germinate, grow
and manifest its inherent attributes and its angelic and divine nature.
Soul Entity: Essence of the soul, or of the Permanent and Spiritual Witnesses. It is
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of unfolding the two witnesses within the soul is to expand and manifest
consciousness to different levels and manifest it through the existence of human
beings. (aka Pure Being.)
Subjectivity: All thinking is based on time and space - must necessarily refer to a
person or a thing, an event or experience concerning the thing or the person. But
time and space do not exist objectively. Therefore how can any kind of phenomena
or thinking and experience about any thing be possible in the absence of time and
space. Therefore, if time and space are not objectively perceived because they
cannot be perceptible or recognized by the senses, but only through a different
knowledge - it can only be the SUBJECTIVITY - which is the evasive "I" , the
Noumenon, pure Beingness the Source - spaceless and timeless -
INTEMPORALITY
Spiritual Witness: The pure unmanifested Divine Light that is part of the Universal
Consciousness. When as individual consciousness, we are in contact with it, it
unfolds within us an illumination of the intelligence of the heart, which gives us a
state of beatitude, or a level of consciousness and an inner conviction that cannot
be explained in words, for the knowledge imparted by the S.W. can only be given
through, enlightenment and illumination of consciousness. It is as if the S..W.
opens for us a window to let sunlight into the dark recesses of our consciousness,
so as to illuminate it and unfold within us more subtle ways of perceiving the depth
and mystery of consciousness. Hence the knowledge received through the S.W.
cannot be put into words; rather, it is an enlightenment that becomes part of
consciousness itself.
Unknown God: The source of all creation. It is beyond human comprehension
since this Unknown Presence is immanent, omnipresent and omnipotent. It remains
latent in Pure Being and in the essence of our Sacred Seed. However, like
Unmanifest Being, the divine source that remains incomprehensible to human
intelligence, it can be intuitively felt through the impulses sent by the soul.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

PART: 1

My name is... - The Journey

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I have been asked by some friends, known and unknown, to write an autobiography.
How will I begin this difficult task is a mystery. I will let inspiration guide me and unfold
my "story" as much as I can. Nothing extraordinary happened to me in my life, except
for a turning point that changed my entire existence. This happened, when at the age
of 23, I had polyathritis of all the joints and had difficulty in walking. Specialists in
England, France and Switzerland told me that before the age of 30, I would probably
have to use a wheelchair. However, five years later I was miraculously healed through
a kundalini experience that projected and brought me face to Face with an incredible
experience that healed me completely... However, I will leave this episode of my life for
part 2 or 3 of this autobiography.
As I was saying, I don't know how I will present myself since I have nothing special to
say about myself... physically I do have a name and I do have a family that I love very
much, but to answer the question of who I am? That will be a tricky thing to do since I
remain a mystery to myself, a mystery that I share with each and every incarnated Soul
on this planet. Thus, for those with whom I come into worldly contact, I must look a bit
odd and mysterious. Why is this? Simply because I am empty and open, involved and
detached from everything I do... I have fun and enjoy life, but I have no real opinion on
anything, since intuition and contemplation make me see things in different
perspectives all the time. In reality, I am a free traveler, a constant pilgrim open to
experience everything coming my way. As a human being, the most important thing is
to awaken the spiritual dimension of consciousness and in so doing, experience a more
profound Reality that I can share and pass on to whoever comes my way and has the
same ideals. What is it that I do in life? Write, read, travel, give workshops, enjoy my
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Order AMORC, I was a conscientious neophyte for 22 years... I then met my spiritual
Master in 1984 at the Plaka near the Parthenon in Athens Greece...As a result of that
incredibly moving encounter, I left my family in Cyprus for 3 years and went to become
a psychosynthesis counselor in London. A new cycle started to unfold a painful but
redeeming experience. Even during these difficult years I always kept an inner contact
with my physical Master, and once I must confess I met him by "coincidence" in Paris...

Painting by Rassouli
My name is...
So What is my name? I am called Alice Ouzounian. I was born in Cairo Egypt on the
4th June 1939 and like all good "ancient" Egyptians, from a very early age (around 4) I
was yearning to understand the mystery of life and death. This was very important
because I distinctly remember that from the age of 4, I had vivid and conscious out of
body experiences that marked my life. Dreams and altered states of consciousness,
astral projections were part of my childhood experiences, and being very shy, I lived
and felt an incredible mystery surrounding me.
My physical spiritual Master is French and when I was only 4 my parents put me in an
English school in Cairo, I used to escape from it and go further down the street to a
French kindergarten... This went on for a while until my parents decided that I should
go to another English school. I also escaped from that second school and found myself
running home... As a result of my not complying with my parents' wishes, they wisely
decided that if I wanted to have a French education, so be it, I should. Thus at home,
my first language was Armenian and my second one French. So why did I want to give
myself a French education? is it because I had in later life to rekindle my disciple's
relationship with my Initiator who happened to be French? My answer is yes, no doubt
about it... So my childhood out of the body experiences and my giving myself a French
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I know that people say that we have free will... But are we really free to choose? do my
words sound like a paradox? I don't think so. Let me explain. From my experience, I
find that we only have free will when the Soul Personality or the DAEMON is not yet in
touch with the ego personality, in other words, there is no harmony between the Soul
and ego, thus no direct contact. Hence, both of them, the Soul and the Daemon leave
us alone to experience whatever we want to experience as egos. Pleasures, desires,
strong emotions of all kinds, and compulsive needs... All these are the necessary steps
that one has to take in the process of awakening. However, at a certain stage, things
start to change. This happens when the ego ripens and needs to experience another
aspect of its own mystery. Then, a divine Image appears, a Divine face Calls the ego to
awaken from its long slumber...so as to look in the mirror of its true Self. ...There, an
invisible Presence makes its appearance and influences the ego... From that moment
on, we are no longer free... a Higher Will guides our steps and we feel ready to attune
to the impulses coming from a different Source. Where and what is this Source? It is
the inspiration and guidance coming from what Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Plotinus
and others called the Daemon. Who or what is the Daemon? It is a projection, an
extension and a manifestation of the Soul, a guiding influence, a good invisible
companion that accompanies each ego personality towards its awakening process. In
other words, the Daemon is the projection of our inner guide... a REAL ONE, a
counselor and intimate friend, a teacher and advisor who takes care of us while we are
traveling in the inner and outer world of our experiences...

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The beginning of the inner Journey...


The inner Journey unfolds its mystery very subtly... Each step that one takes is a
discovery filled with painful and pleasant experiences... I know that consciousness
needs them all so as to grow ethereal wings and converse with the Soul's Daemonic
Presence... Each conscious step taken in one's life enriches the Soul Personality...
painful or pleasing experiences are all the necessary "fuel" that enflame and enliven
the mystic heart...
Is this really an autobiography? Yes it is one for me...From a very early age I wanted to
understand why I am here on earth... I wanted to know God... and like saint Thomas, I
needed to have my own proof and not the ones given by others. Well I do have my own
proof... and yet I must confess that the mystery continues... and this is wonderful...
because the mystery must always be there and continue... so that we expand...
embrace everything and become whole... Was I free really to be different? How could I,
since astral projections were awakening my childhood consciousness and intellect to
ask questions, and remain in awe. No I was not free to choose, I had chosen long ago
to be here on this path and I hope that I will have the opportunity to continue to do so
for a very long time.
Later on in my life, when I studied painting in Egypt and then Paris, the hidden beauty
of the soul and the mystery of life continued to fascinate and influence my artistic
work... However, I realized that my painting was just a tool and was used as a process
to discover my inner world.
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Introduction

(Please read part I first)

How will I continue with this autobiography? Should I follow the "normal" way of writing
my story, or should I follow my intuition and choose an unconventional way? I will
choose the second option since intuition has a strong link with everything that has
happened to me and for this very reason I feel it would be a more appropriate way of
telling my story. Accordingly, what I am about to reveal has its source here in the
meanderings of a confused and ignorant world. However, my hope is that through
these autobiographic pages you will discover with me, another parallel world that co-
exists in and around us all the time. This "other" world has links with this one and with
the ways we live our truths. Reality changes with our eagerness to discover new
realities. However, these new realities remain part of the physical world but they have
the ability to give us the impression that we are seeing them through a new pair of
eyes. To give you an example, let us consider a tree. We could say that a tree is
recognized by our conscious self to be a tree because we have previously seen many
similar trees... but what happens if we go beyond the appearance of the tree? What
reaction do we get when we focus our attention on a more profound aspect of our
intellect and contemplate the workings and affinities of all the different parts of the tree?
in other words, what takes place in us when we look at its roots, trunk, branches,
leaves, flowers and fruit and then let our intuition guide us to a different level from
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What do we learn from this experience and how do we feel then about the tree? Is it not
true to say that this kind of contemplation helps us enter into an attunement with the
tree's own essence? And when this attunement takes place can we not say this takes
us into a new level of reality? Therefore can we not see that this experience projects us
into a new level of consciousness? We could go further and add that by this example,
we are showing you that each time we discover and realize something, this means that
a new world opens up in front of us and with it a new way of looking at it. This is so
because our inner perception and understanding is then projected around us in the
world. To conclude, we could express the idea that this world is composed of as many
layers and planes of existence and realities as we can create that become visible to
man only when he is ready to plunge into his own mystery and from there awaken... to
this truth. And then, when he does that, it means that a new layer and part of this world
awakens with him...

When we feel that we are ready to take such a plunge and allow our consciousness to
follow the silent voice of intuition, then "things" start to change and happen around us.
It is as if we are knocking at the sacred door of initiation. This door is the entrance of
many inner worlds...and for each inner plane we discover a corresponding "perceptible"
reality. This is part of a process that activates around us parallel worlds that co-exist
within us and that manifest at the same time outwardly. Each one of these worlds leads
us to the same unique center of pure clear light which some like to call cosmic
consciousness. And like a rolling ball following the natural direction of the slope of a
mountain, each one of us resembles this rolling ball tumbling down the slope...and
karma teaches us to "bounce" and "jump" on our way down the slope, just like a ball.
However, to be able to do that, we need the help of a mysterious element, an inner
impulse, a power and a Will that directs us safely down the hill... This power within
shows us ways of counteracting the obstacles and also teaches us how to bounce back
into life, just like a ball, while sliding all the way down the hill to its resting "place".... The
point that I am trying to make is that the hidden path of initiation and of awakening
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life. How many changes do we wish to bring about. This inner desire is the fuel that
starts the whole process and quest and it unfolds for each one of us a unique way of
awakening.
Therefore, the inner path becomes clearer when we take the plunge and trust the
process to unfold itself in front of us. As we have said before, this world accommodates
and is overlapped by many other ones...So, we could add that the mystical path
becomes visible to those only who are willing to see with their "inner eyes" and "listen"
with their " Inner ear "... However, unfortunately, few people are ready to look and see
within themselves to find the other side of reality in life and fewer still have the courage
to trust the impulse that pushes them "down the hill" like a rolling ball, letting
themselves "spin" down towards the unknown but unifying center of existence and pure
Being.
The Daimon or Daemon - Projection of the Higher Self...
However, if one chooses to take this path, he should not be surprised to discover that
the law of synchronization follows him everywhere and like a roller-coaster directs his
steps through his entire existence, veering him towards unsuspected and sometimes
unknown directions. When this time comes, do not hesitate, follow your lucky star and
allow your intuition to guide you...And when your mind lets go, abandon everything and
follow the Intelligence of your Heart, just let this magic moment happen... and like the
bouncing ball trust and let yourself fall into the abyss of your own being... There you will
never be alone... An invisible hand will hold you all the way down where sweet Eros
(pure spiritual Love) awaits you... Then, Real Life and Existence bounces back into
your life and it appears in the form of a good Friend... the Daïmon or projected Image of
your Soul suddenly manifests in your life directing you to a particular physical place
where you will meet with someone who is enlightened and with whom you will be
working... He will be. your physical Initiator. The silent guide who will take you around
the maze of your psyche.

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What I have written up to now is the preliminary part of my story. However, my


intention in doing so was to prepare you to understand the whole process of initiation.
Real initiation awakens pure consciousness of Being and has nothing to do with rituals
and physical initiations which are only the preparatory steps towards this end. Hence,
the real awakening process begins on this plane of existence but its goal is to reach
another one that belongs to the Soul. Thus an enlightened person living on this plane
should at the right moment show up in our lives and guide you through the different
realms that we need to awaken within our being... We will subtly be shown by such an
enlightened person that an event taking place on the physical level could also open a
passage to another dimension. In other words, the role of such a wise teacher is to
activate the slumbering spiritual energies within each one of us.
So my spiritual quest started in 1968, but the "master appeared" only fourteen years
later. Here is that part of my real story and it started, one night at the Plaka in Athens,
Greece. This was triggered by an extraordinary man. A man who helped me awaken
and live on "two planes" at the same time. In due course, I hope to be able to explain
what I mean... but for the moment, let me just say that in this second part of my
autobiography I will reminisce and relate certain experiences and encounters that I am
allowed to reveal here. But let me start with the first encounter that I had with my
spiritual Teacher whose mission is to awaken Consciousness. This meeting took place
in Athens on Sunday April 29 1984. And if at a later date I am prompted to continue
with my story, then, I will add my experiences and initiations that took place in France,
England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Jerusalem, Cyprus and Peru.
Before beginning my story, I should give you a few preliminary explanations
concerning my psychic and spiritual condition and preparation that I went through prior
to my meeting in Athens. On Thursday 11 August 1984 and the following few nights, I
had a series of lucid dreams in which I was passing through purification processes
involving the four elements (earth, water, air, fire). From childhood, if you remember in
part 1 of this autobiography, I said that often during the night my consciousness
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and the esoteric opened up, dreams started to become very important again because
through them I began to receive meaningful teachings. By being awake during sleep
and through lucid dreaming I started to open up to a different intelligible world in which
a new kind of exploration and discovery was taking place. This awakening process
opened in me a mysterious path, a path that was taking my consciousness to
extremely contrasting experiences... One moment I was experiencing blissful and
uplifting experiences and the next I was suddenly falling into hellish and infernal ones.
From feelings of ecstasy and awe... I was being pulled down to painful and distressful
experiences.... These inner states were no dreams... but part of subtle inner
"operations" and adjustments that were necessary for my psyche to help awaken to its
true nature...This mystical "operation" will probably have to be explained thoroughly in
a new message, (to help you and give you a hint about what I am talking about, let me
refer you to the myth of Psyche and Eros). This painful period of my life with all its ups
and downs lasted for nearly four years: from 1984 to 1988.
So my story begins in Athens on April 27. 1984.

I had been invited to attend for the first time a Greek cultural convention in Athens as
the representative of Cyprus. The reason for this invitation was to present a slide-show
of my paintings and explain the mystical philosophy behind each one of them. With me
were two others guests, a French couple whose wife only spoke French. Being the
only available French speaking guest, I was asked if I would be kind enough to
accompany them around Greece.
Now how can I start this strange story...The French gentleman in question to whom I
will give a different name, to respect his anonymity, was known to me not in the "flesh".
I had lucid dream experiences with him in which he was teaching me certain things
about the process of "purification". But more than that, even before having been
involved with mysticism, I had often heard his voice just before waking early in the
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certain aspects of the lucid dream that I had just had. So you can imagine my shock
and surprise when I suddenly saw him and heard his voice... Was I dreaming? I could
not believe that such a thing was possible...This man was not a fiction of my
imagination, but really existed in the flesh... I was suddenly given the opportunity to be
with him and his wife in the flesh... I could not believe my luck and immediately
accepted this incredible offer. Having said that, I could not guess what was about to
happen next. The last time that I had visited Greece was when I was twelve years old.
So I was as much a tourist as they were, but fortunately we had two of our Greek hosts
accompanying us on our tour of Athens and its environment...
Here was I having to travel around Greece with the same person who had
accompanied me in a lucid dream. He was there with me when in 1970 this incredible
initiation took place. Suffice it to say that during this experience I was awakened
spiritually from within the astral planes as a "Being of Light" and realized that I was
baptized and transformed... awakening at the same time a level of consciousness
which made me recognize myself as a "Cosmic Being". During this episode, this
wonderful man was there with me, accompanying me to the place where the
transformation was about to take place...And now here he was in the flesh in front of
me in Athens... I did not expect anything special from him, the fact that he really
existed was enough to make an incredible "rupture" in my consciousness and this
contact made a breach, a crack in my perception and my way of looking at the world
around me and in myself... A strange exciting feeling started to operate in me, was I
really capable of understanding what was happening to me? Was I really worthy and
strong enough to face and open up to this person and would I be open and intuitive
enough to understand what was expected of me? Those were questions rushing to my
mind and they were being mixed with feelings of excitement, joy and wonderment.
What happened on Wednesday 21 January 1970 happened again on Sunday 29 April
1984, between the two, a gap of fourteen years had passed (7x7= two cycles of 7
years ). If in 1970 the awakening process activated a certain level of consciousness in
the inner planes, I still needed a long time to digest what had taken place on the inner
planes. So, the second phase which started on Sunday 29 April 1984 was about to
unfold for me in Athens, it was the actualization of what had happened on the inner
planes fourteen years ago, but I could not guess nor imagine this at the time. It is only
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After all five of us, (John his wife, two Greek friends and myself), had visited certain
important sites and temples around Greece over the period of a few days, on the last
day, in the afternoon of Sunday 29 April having come back to our hotel to rest around
six o'clock and before separating from the small group, I heard John (I will call him by
this name to respect his anonymity) turn and say to the two young Greek friends, who I
will call Harris and Andreas < "see you later to go to Plaka ". John's wife was tired after
the long journey and traveling, so she asked to be excused and said "a demain" (see
you tomorrow) and retired to her room. As for me, having heard what John had just
said to Harris and Andreas, a kind of anxiety and torment penetrated my heart. Should
I ask him if I could join them and go with them at Plaka? or will that be improper
because they are three men and I am a woman inviting myself to join an "all men
outing!" maybe I was going to spoil their plans... and be rejected... was I ready to take
the risk? Yes, yes I was and I jumped enthusiastically, like a little child and said to John
<Do you think that I can join you tonight?> I will never forget John's facial expression,
he turned around and in a gentle and amusing way said " but of course Alice you can.
meet us downstairs in the hall at 8 PM." That was all... I had invited myself to follow
them at the Plaka.
Plaka is the most touristic place in Athens, in 1984 there were much fewer souvenir
shops around and many more restaurants called "bouzouki" where Greeks and tourists
blended. Greeks are very friendly people and they love life, singing and dancing all
night with guitars, wine, broken plates and loud laughter are part of the soul of Plaka...
So my joining the group of three men was a "first" for me, because in those days, not
only was I very shy, but to top it all hated such ambiences...Full of noise, cigarettes
and sounds of all kinds. It was not an atmosphere conducive to deep thoughts , nor
could it help in listening to the wise words of John... No, I realized that nothing very
"deep" was about to happen. We were genuinely going out just to have a bit of fun, feel
the Greek "pulse" and penetrate the Soul of Athens. I should add here for those who
don't know, that Plaka is underneath the Acropolis where the Parthenon stands.

At five minutes to eight o'clock I was downstairs waiting in the hall, very excited but still
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Andreas, we waited for a taxi which was quite a problem to find even in those days.
After a short time, we managed to find one in front of our hotel and Harris gave the
direction in Greek to the driver. <take us to the Plaka>.

We alighted from the taxi and took one of the main streets in Plaka... and Andreas and
Harris were discussing about finding a good place to dine, but John was oblivious of
what was said, he was preparing something else... He was walking on his own, in front
of me, hands behind his back, looking straight ahead. Our Greek friends were following
behind me... John started chanting unintelligible words. Words which were
incomprehensible but very impressive and powerful... He was intoning them aloud, with
a strong voice... and at a certain place he stopped and staring at the window of one old
house, he turned around and looking into my eyes, said < Alice, regardes bien, c'est ici
que c'est passée la rencontre... *> translation in English: < Alice look, it is right here
that the meeting took place... *> I was shocked and embarrassed because I did not
know what he was talking about... No I knew what he was saying but could not believe
that John was making such a revelation to me... who was I to enter into his personal
confidence... Harris and Andreas were still disputing between themselves about where
to go for dinner and they were altogether living in a different world, not realizing what
was really happening...
* Les Maisons Secretes de la Rose-Croix - The Secret Houses of the Rose-
Croix
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The Kabbalah-Emanations from the Source


By Robert Green
List of Lessons

Painting by Francene Hart


INTRODUCTION TO THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH
THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART 1
THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART II
THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART III
THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART IV
THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART V
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THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART VII


THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART VIII
THE KABBALAH EMANATIONS FROM THE SOURCE - PART IX
THE CONVENT OF CHRIST AND TEMPLAR & HERMETIC DISCOVERY IN
TOMAR PORTUGAL (New)
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The Kabbalah-Emanations from the Source
By Robert Green

Introduction
Ein Sof part 1 - Ein Sof part 2

The Kabbalah is Jewish mysticism. It is a mystical system of thought that has been
synthesized by combining the corpus of hermetical thought that resulted from the
commentaries and the contemplation of the Emerald Tablet with the Torah, or the first
5 books of Bible, written by Moses.

One of the problems of studying the Kabala today is that so many other systems of
thought have been attached to it over the ages, making it very difficult to comprehend.
In other words, its pristine knowledge has been polluted and unnecessarily
complicated with everything from fortune telling to conjuring evil spirits. In these essays
we will cut thru all of the illusions and look at it with its original intent, thought and
concepts.

The original Kabbalah system was derived from three works. The 1st is the Torah, or
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Yetsirah, or Book of Creation, which came out of the Gnostic material of the Emerald
Tablet, and was written somewhere between the 3rd and 6th centuries A.D. It deals
with esoteric theories of cosmogony & cosmology and is very veiled and complicated
because of the use of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet as archetypes to explain
cosmic occurrences and laws. As maybe none in this class speak and write Hebrew,
we will use more familiar symbols and archetypes to explain these cosmic occurrences
and laws. The 3rd work is the Sefer Zohar, or the Book of Spender. It is
accepted by most scholars of the Kabala that the author of this monumental work was
Moses de Leon of Spain, who began to circulate editions of the book in the period of
1280 and 1290 A.D. He claimed that it represented some of the writings of Rabbi
Simeon bar Yohai of the 2nd century A.D. From what we can find out, Rabbi Simeon
bar Yohai was a great student of the corpus Hermetica and Jewish & Persian
(Zoroastrism) mysticism. The medieval environment is easily recognized in much of
writing of the Zohar, though. Historical references to the Crusades and to Arab rule in
Palestine after wars are put together with material based on laws and customs found in
the Spanish environment of the author, Moses de Leon. The Zohar is a monumental
work of 2500 published pages plus a gigantic oral tradition, and would take a serious
researcher several lifetimes to fully digest and comprehend. This book is primarily a
collection of allegorical stories and commentaries and has been written to hide and
discourage serious seekers of mystical truth, and requires studying with someone, a
master, to unveil its real truths hidden in its allegories, Hebrew letters, and strange
symbology.

So with this short introduction, let us begin our journey into the mysteries of the Kabala.

We will start at beginning.. before the creation and investigate the condition called the
Nothing, also called Ayn Soph, Ein Sof, and En Soph. But first, let us examine the
words, Ayn Soph, Ein Sof, and En Soph. Much of the original Kabalistic writings and
commentaries were written by Jewish scholars living in German speaking countries
and this was their common language. But in medieval times, most books were written
in Latin, and the words used by these Jewish scholars were a combination of German
and Latin. Ein is German for the, or a, and Ayn, En, are but corruptions of the German
Ein. Soph, or Sophia is from a Latin derivative for wisdom; Sof is a German form of the
Latin derivative. So we will use in these lessons, the uncorrupted original Germain
words Ein Sof, which means "The Wisdom".

According to the Kabalalistic scholars, Ein Sof is unknowable because it is nothing.


Therefore, as it is nothing, then nothing can be used to describe, or define it. There is
only one way to know something about nothing, and that way is to say what it is not.
So Ein Sof is not Absolute Being, for the word Being denotes a form and forms take up
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Being. Ein Sof is not mind, or thought, but is in mind and thought, and on and on. Ein
Sof has within it the potential for all things created and all things that are yet to be
created. If we look at the word Sof, as Wisdom, we will learn something about Ein Sof.
Wisdom is not understanding, nor is it intellect; it is not mind, either. Wisdom is innate
"Cleverness". It is something that cannot be learned; you either have it, or you don't.
We cannot will it as we do with reason and thought. We might say that it is a kind of
intuition, a consciousness, or part of the life force in each cell. By meditating on what
wisdom is, we will get a better feel for what Ein Sof is.

Let me just post some of the thoughts and commentaries on Ein Sof from some of the
medieval Kabalistic thinkers and scholars.

EIN SOf - Part 1

ANYTHING VISIBLE, and anything that can be grasped by thought, is bounded.


Anything bounded is finite. Anything finite is not undifferentiated. Conversely, the
boundless is called Ein Sof, Infinite. It is absolute
undifferentiation in perfect, changeless oneness. Since it is boundless, there is nothing
outside of it. Since it transcends and conceals itself, it is the essence of everything
hidden and revealed. Since it is concealed, it
is the root of faith and the root of rebellion. As it is written, "One who is righteous lives
by his faith." The philosophers acknowledge that we comprehend it only by way of not.

Emanating from Ein Sof are the ten sefiroth. They constitute the process by which all
things come into being and pass away. They energize every existent thing that can be
quantified. Since all things come into being by means of the sefiroth, they differ from
one another; yet they all derive from one root. Everything is from Ein Sof; there is
nothing outside of it.

One should avoid fashioning metaphors regarding Ein Sof, but in order to help you
understand, you can compare Ein Sof to a candle from which hundreds of millions of
other candles are kindled. Though some shine brighter than others, compared to the
first light they are all the same, all deriving from that one source. The first light and all
the others are, in effect, incomparable. Nor can their priority compare with its, for it
surpasses them; their energy emanates from it. No change takes place in it-the energy
of emanation simply manifests through differentiation.

Ein Sof cannot be conceived, certainly not expressed, though it is intimated in every
thing, for there is "nothing outside of it. No letter, no name, no writing, no thing can
confine it. The witness testifying in writing that there is nothing outside of it is: "I am
that I am." Ein Sof has no will, no intention, no desire, no thought, no speech, no action-

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yet there is nothing outside of it.

THERE MUST be a contraction of God's presence. For if we believe that Ein Sof
emanated the emanation and does not clothe itself within, then everything that
emanated is outside of it, and it is outside of everything.
Then there are two, God forbid. So we must conclude that nothing is outside of God.
This applies not only to the sefiroth but to everything that exists, large and small-they
exist solely through the divine energy that flows to them and clothes itself in them. If
God's gaze were withdrawn for even a moment, all existence would be nullified. This is
the secret meaning of the verse: "You enliven everything." So divinity flows and inheres
in each thing that exists. This is the secret meaning of the verse: "God's presence fills
the entire world." Contemplating this, you are humbled, your thoughts purified.

WISDOM is the end of what you can ponder in thought.

BEFORE THE creation of the world, Ein Sof withdrew itself into its essence, from itself
to itself within itself. It left an empty space within its essence, in which it could emanate
and create.

WHEN THE supernal emanator wished to create this material universe, it withdrew its
presence. At first Ein Sof filled everything. Now, still, even an inanimate stone is
illuminated by it; otherwise the stone could not exist
at all-it would disintegrate. The illumination of Ein Sof clothes itself in garment upon
garment.

At the beginning of creation, when Ein Sof withdrew its presence all around in every
direction, it left a vacuum in the middle, surrounded on all sides by the light of Ein Sof,
empty precisely in the middle. The light withdrew
like water in a pond displaced by a stone. When a stone is dropped in a pond, the
water at that spot does not disappear-it merges with the rest. So the withdrawn light
converged beyond, and in the middle remained a vacuum. Then all the opacity and
density of judgment within the light of Ein Sof-like a drop in the ocean-was extracted-
Descending into the vacuum, it transformed into an amorphous mass, surrounded in
every direction by the light of Ein Sof. Out of this mass emanated the four worlds:
emanation, creation, formation, and actualization. For in its simple desire to realize its
intention, the emanator relumined the mass with a ray of the light withdrawn at first-not
all of the light, because if it had all returned, the original state would have been
restored, which was not the intention.

To fashion pottery, the potter first takes an unformed mass of clay and then puts his
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amorphous mass, that is, a ray of light returned from above. As this light began to
enter the mass, vessels were formed. From the purest light, Kether; next, Hokhmah;
then, Binah; and so on through all ten sefiroth. Since Kether was the purest and
clearest of all the vessels, it could bear the light within it, but Hokhmah and Binah,
though more translucent than those below, were not like Kether. Not having its
capacity, their backs broke, and they fell from their position. As the light descended
further, six points appeared-six fragments of what had been one point of light. Thus the
vessels shattered. Their spiritual essence-the light-ascended back to the mother's
womb, while the shattered vessels fell to the world of creation.

When the light emanated once again-regenerated, arrayed anew- it extended only to
the end of the world of emanation. "Emanation" denotes this extension of the light of
Ein Sof during the time of regeneration. Emanation consists of five visages. These
visages are reconfigurations of the points of light, capable now of receiving the light, so
that no shattering occurs, as at first. Below these visages the light of Ein Sof appears
only through a screen. As when you sit in the shade: though the sun does not shine on
you directly, it illuminates the shaded area. In a similar manner, the light of Ein Sof
illuminates the world of creation through a screen, indirectly.

Ein Sof part 2

Ein Sof has no beginning, and is formless, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

It is so difficult for us, living in a world of sensual form and thought to conceive of
anything existing that is formless and cannot be sensed by our 5 senses, or by
scientific instruments.

One of the most interesting concepts of the creation is that of Ein Sof`s withdrawal or
retreat from a single point forming a space within it's center, and then the projection
and concentration of its essence into this space. This voluntary contraction on the part
of Ein Sof is the act that causes the creation of the universe. Remember, it is because
Ein Sof is limitless in all things & all places and is a plenum of divinity that it was
necessary that a primordial space be established, for there must be a space for worlds
of 3 dimensional form to exist in. The Zohar says, "But the space created was not
entirely empty. In much the same way that the fragrance of perfume lingers in an
empty bottle, so too did a divine presence remain behind in primordial space." Once
this space existing outside of and separate from the Ein Sof was established, the
second act of creation began to take place. The first act of creation was an act of
limitation and definition: the second, that of emanation. At this time Ein Sof rayed out a
single beam of light to form the first configuration ever fashioned, the Sefiroth, the
building blocks of light, life and love.

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Many Kabalists say that Ein Sof is not the creator God. Their logic is that God created
in his own image and that as Ein Sof is Nothing, its image would be nothing, therefore
it did not create, but supplied the potential, the energy and the sparks for the creation.
To me, Ein Sof is God and so is the space and the sefiroth coming out of Him that
manifested the creation and continues to do so. I leave it up to each one of you to
decide what you want to believe in this regard.

The original meaning of the word Sefiroth comes from the ancient Egyptian word
"sefer", which means a book or a scroll on which has been placed a seal that cannot
be broken except by authorized persons, which was usually a priest. This was done in
ancient times to "seal" certain secret and confidential writings from the unauthorized
and profane. The word Sefiroth denotes a plural, so, we could correctly define Sefiroth
as " sealed secrets".

Before the creation of days in Genesis, there were created 3 Sefiroth, the "Divine
Trinity", and from these 3, came the 6 days of creation and 1 day of rest. The first three
Sefiroth are Kether, Binah, & Hokhmah. They are called the Trinity; the Godhead; the
Creator. These 3 manifested as a lightning flash in the primordial space caused by Ein
Sof`s contraction, and although they manifested in a descending order, they pretty
much came into Being at the same instant.

Kether is known as the crown. Not a crown like a king wears, but He is called the
crown because He is at the top of the Sefiroth. All the other Sefiroth are below Him. He
is called the Father and is a masculine emanation. Next to Him is Binah and is a
feminine emanation.. Binah is called the Mother because she has the son of wisdom in
her womb. Binah is also known as the "Holy Ghost", and as the "Cosmic". Out of Binah
descended
the emanation, or the Sefiroth known as Hokhmah. Hokhmah is called wisdom and is
the universal soul. Hokhmah is called the "Son". Hokhmah, the son, is the self; the
universal I AM, and it is thru Him that the Father, Kether can be known. He is the only
path, for Kether is Consciousness in ONENESS, and cannot know himself, except thru
His reflection, Hokhmah, the Son. Binah, from the word "binary" is the beginning of
duality, but without the reflective self of the Son, or Hokhmah, cannot know herself,
either. Why is Binah the beginning of duality? It is because within her womb is the
unmanifest Son; Hokhmah. Hokhmah in mysticism is called the "Christ Consciousness".

You will notice in a lot of the Kabala literature, that some of the names of the Sefiroth
are spelled entirely different than what I am presenting in these essays. That is
because in the centuries over which the Kabala was written and added to by scholars,
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schools of thought changed some of the spelling of the words. I am trying always, as
far as I am able, to use the original words and spelling, so that we can determine the
original meanings of them, and thus determine the concepts that the mystic was trying
to impart. Also, some these different schools in the middle ages changed the order of
some of the sefiroth. An example of these different schools is in the concept of Ayin.
Some of these scholars were so certain that Ein Sof could not be known, that they
called Kether, Ayin, which means the "Nothing" in Hebrew. The Nothing originally was
Ein Soph. Then they changed the order
of Sefiroth coming out Kether to Hokhmah then to Binah, which they called Father/
Mother. Now there was one less Sefiroth by making Ein Sof into Kether, so another
was added that they called "Da`at".
The Kabbalah-Emanations from the Source Part: I
By Robert Green

The following passage is from an old copy of Kabbalah. It is explaining the emanations
flowing from God to the world of form. Kabbalah "conceals" with the terms it uses, so
here are some definitions to help you understand this passage:

En-Sof is a complicated term that means "potential in the center, or heart"...It also is
thought of as concentrated"...for the mystics, it's symbol is a circle with a dot in the
center. Also, some commentators of the Kabbalah call it the "Dark Waters". Put simply,
it is potential.

Shekhinah is the female essence of God. God in the Kabbalah sense is both male and
female. The emanations that flow downward from God and give the illusion of form
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COSMIC, the HOLY GHOST, or the MOTHER.

Sefirah are emanations, or we might call them waves, or vibrations. It is these waves,
or emanations that we sense with our 5 senses and give us the illusion of a unversed
that is separate from self.

With these definitions, this passage will make sense to you...

Sefirah is also symbolically representative of God's feminine counterpart, the Shekinah


to whom we shall devote several pages shortly. It is through her that the divine grace
of the En-Sof passes through into the lower world.

THE LAST few pages have concentrated on presenting the manner in which the En-
Sof made Himself known through the agency of his emanations the Sefiroth. The
Sefiroth should always be thought of as different aspects of the En-Sof, different colors
along a spectrum, and as intimate portions of His process. The greatest mistake would
be to view them as aspects of His creation instead of the result of His divine efflux.
Creation implies the establishing of something other than oneself, outside of oneself,
wholly capable of existing as an independent unit or entity. Emanation on the other
hand is an act of flowing (from the Latin, emanare, to flow), which implies not only the
existence of a source, but that the activity of flowing is dependent on the source if it is
to remain an activity. What flows through the Sefiroth is the light of the En-Sof which
they need for their existence. They are composed of that light in much the same way
as a bowl is composed of clay. The intimacy of the connection between the Sefiroth
and the En-Sof extends to the relationships between the different Sefiroth themselves.
Participating in a common reception of the En-Sof s emanations, they share also each
other's qualities. The nature of their differences is marked only by the degree of
predominance of the quality after which they are named. Apart from that they are equal
in both power and value.
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By Robert Green
Kabbalah -The Shekhinah
The Shekhinah - Kabbalah Balance and Harmony

Again the Kabbalah uses mysterious words to conceal, with some words meaning the
same as another, so here are some definitions to help understand the following pages:
Binah means understanding and represents the "self" on the "middle pillar".
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Cosmic. It is another name for the Shekhinah.

Tetragammation are the four consonants of God's name. God's name was always
written without vowels.
Neshamah is the soul. The soul in Kabbalah is divided into 3 qualities...Neshamah is
the highest, finest vibration.

Anything in ( ) are my comments.

THE SHEKHINAH

The saddest note in the whole fabric of the Kabbalistic theory of the soul is struck by
the idea that a man who is not aware of the precepts of righteousness may never see
the Neshamah until he has left this world. Only then may he understand that the
Shekhinah, God's bride, is the Neshamah and that he had for a brief time shared her
presence in him.

In terms of the Sefiroth, the Shekhinah, represents the middle pillar of the three pillars.
She is also known as the Superior Mother and the Inferior or Infernal Mother, the
mother and the daughter, the upper Shekhinah and the lower Shekhinah—all
appellations referring to the Sefiroth Binah and Malkuth respectively. She therefore
also figures in the figure of the Tetragrammaton, the upper (first) and lower (last) He. In
short, she is the anima mundi, the world soul who gives a portion of herself to each
man in the form of the Neshamah.

We mentioned in Part I of this book that the Shekhinah was originally thought of as
God's indwelling or presence. We also mentioned that the Kabbalists later took up this
idea of a presence and made of it A part of God, a feminine part.

What the Kabbalists are stating is that God in Man in His whole state (oneness) is
androgynous and that in His present condition He is incomplete. The Kabbalists assign
the statement 'Let us make man,' to the lips of the Shekhinah and go on to further
stipulate that because man was made in God's image he too is androgynous. It is for
this reason that one constantly finds statements to the effect that a man must always
be male and female. That is, in order for a man's faith to be firm( have confidence) he
must always remain in contact with the feminine portion of himself.

In an exceedingly beautiful passage in the commentaries on the “Zohar” the


“Shekhinah is likened to a lovely woman courting her lover:

“Truly, the Shekhinah releases a word and emerges a bit from her sheath, and then
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Shekhinah is like a beautiful and stately woman, hidden in a secreted chamber in her
palace with a secret lover...This lover constantly passes the gate of her house,
searching for her...She opens her chamber door and reveals her face to him but for an
instant...He alone sees it.

The passage continues to relate how the mystic is the one who haunts her house and
that he had been drawn to her when she once beckoned to him, revealing a portion of
her face to him, and he came at the first sign without hesitation. Then she begins to
speak to him, simply, within the range of his understanding, from behind a curtain until
“insight” (intuition) comes to him.

Then she takes up a veil through which she speaks allegorical words (symbols and
archetypes). Only by the latter may he become familiar with her, and only then does
she reveal her face. She tells him of all the hidden secrets contained in her, and only
then for the first time does he understand the true meaning of the soul.”

According to this passage, therefore, it is not impossible for a man to meet his
Neshamah face to face before his death, if he is a Kabbalist. The union of the mystic
with his soul, and therefore the restitution of the original divine order, may be
Ultimately, the whole of Kabbalistic speculation. Yet it is only a key to the chamber of
the sub conscious mind in which each of us may find the Shekhinah.

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In the Kabbalah the "Tree of the Garden of Paradise" is arranged into different
configurations to explain certain Cosmic Laws. To explain "harmony and balance" the
tree is arranged as 3 pilliars and the emanations, or "Sefiroth", are connected between
the three pilliars with a zig zag line in the form of stairs. These zig zag lines are
mathematical conclusions.

The pillar on the left is called the pillar of Judgement. The pillar on the right is called
the pillar of Mercy. The pillar in the middle represents SELF and is called
Understanding.

Everything in Kabbalah is mathematical. So, in Kabbalahian mathematics the left pillar


of Judgement has an emanation of Darkness; the right pillar, an emanation of Light,
and the Middle pillar, an emanation of Beauty. So in solving the equation of Kabbalah
mathematics of these 3 pillars, we have: By understanding the Darkness we
understand the Light and this equals Beauty to the Self. Beauty then is the balancing
point; Beauty is the harmony of dark and light, or of evil and good. We also see from
this arrangement of the pillars that SELF must Judge, it is the way that we
UNDERSTAND, but to balance or harmonize our Judging there must be
Mercy/"Tolerance" to have resonance or harmony within Self.

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Certainly there is ample scientific evidence of the fact that the five physical senses of
man do not perceive or apprehend the existence of all things in the universe, and,
therefore, are not dependable as complete and perfect messengers of information.
What purpose then do these five faculties serve in the general scheme of things? As
we examine the octaves of vibrations and look at those in which seeing, hearing,
feeling, tasting, and smelling occur, we find some other interesting facts. We notice,
first of all, that all of the mineral, earthly elements discovered by the scientists and
listed in the Periodical Tables are in frequencies related to the vibrations of human
seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. We notice that there is a relationship
between copper, gold, tin, iron, sulphur, the sodas, and all of the various minerals and
liquids. This relationship brings them all into the same octaves of frequency with the
vibrations that are registered by the five physical senses.

This leads us to realize that the five receptor senses were evolved for the sole purpose
of keeping us informed only of the existence of the gross material elements of the
universe. In other words, these five physical senses of man are a part of his physical
nature, of his material composition, and of his physical consciousness. They are the
result of the consciousness that is in all of the cells of material elements that compose
his body and these cells are connected to the brain thru the central nervous system. It
is our brain that makes us conscious of ourselves and of all other similar elements in
the universe. It is this consciousness in matter that makes human beings self-
conscious in a physical sense. The brain is a part of the physical body and is the
transformer or circuit board in which the impressions from the five physical senses are
received and translated into physical consciousness.

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beliefs about the reality of space that hinders us from being aware of events that are at
what we perceive with our 5 senses to be ‘great distances’ from the body. If you step
out of your home and look as far as you can see, you sense a space between yourself
and the distant objects. Yet if you put a telescope to your eye and looked at the same
objects, the space between you and the objects is cut down, and you have a new
perceptive of the element of distance. This experiment in and by itself proves that the
element of space is dependent upon the strength or weakness of the eye. Therefore,
space and distance are elements of a mental realization and not actualities.

In our next lesson we will examine the 4th dimension, which is time, and we will see
that it is the illusion of time that gives us memory. And memory is what gives us
understanding, knowledge, and experience.

EXERCISE

Your exercise for this lesson will be to continue with the exercise of the last week,
where you took deep breaths and held them for a comfortable time as you
concentrated on the various body parts to awaken them and to strengthen the psychic
body. But this week, we want you to do the following:

Now, please do not be frightened to perform this exercise. Nothing will happen to you.
You will need to do this exercise after it is dark, or in the evening or at night…After you
have concentrated on all the parts of the body from the soles of the feet to the top of
the head, while performing deep breathing, and you are tingling all over, place the tips
of your fingers together in front of your body, as if in prayer, between your solar plexus
and your heart. Do not touch your palms together and keep your hands a couple of
inches from your body with your fingers pointing up towards your chin. Now, slowly get
up and walk into a room where it is dark and you have a large mirror…like a bathroom.
Shut the door, turn off the lights and stand facing the large mirror. Now this is
important…. after you become accustomed to the darkness, stare at yourself in the
mirror. Try to relax your eyes and look beyond your image, like you were looking at
something far off…We are awakening your third eye, so you must not focus your
physical eyes…in a few minutes you will begin to see fog like images moving around
your body…again, do not be afraid…this is the psychic world…the astral plane…do
this exercise for a period of about 5 to 10 minutes and stop. Write down in your journal
what you saw and your feelings…. Do this exercise at least once each day for the
coming week.
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In our lesson last week we investigated the illusion of space and the limited functions
of our 5 senses, that causes this illusion. We also said that every human being has this
same illusion because we all have the same 5 senses and that the reception range of
each of the senses, for every person, is limited to the same band of frequencies, or
vibrations. It is like each one of us has a radio in our brains, and everyone’s radio is
tuned to the same stations. The reason for this sameness of reception of vibrations is
because the body evolved the nervous system and the brain to be unconsciously
aware of itself for the preservation of its cells and the elements that compose it. Also,
the body as an entity needs for its protection, preservation, and the continuation of the
life force, the eyes, ears, touch, the sense of smell and taste. These were created to
only be receptive to those same vibrations of consciousness that our bodies` cells and
our “outside environment” are composed.

We are aware of space and the material objects of our environment thru only 2 of our
receptor senses; they are sight and touch. The other 3-receptor senses, hearing, taste
and smell, were developed for the preservation and protection of the body. We must
realize, though, that consciousness of the illusion of space and objects does not give
us knowledge, or experiences. To have thought, ideas and imagination, there must be
another element present; and that is the element of time.

In this lesson we will examine the 4th dimension, which is the illusion of time. When the
subject of time is brought up, most people immediately think of the “measurement of
time”. For instance: what day of what month is it, and what is the hour of the day? Now,
of course, these measurements of time are not time per se, but are only arbitrary ways
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is; but it is this illusion of time that gives us the concept of Past, Now, and Future
events.

Science has discovered that our brain can only focus and perform one act at a time.
Therefore, consciousness in the body is linear; meaning that it follows a time line. All
thinking and all actions are of the “now”, and the split-second that the now is “realized”
it becomes the “past”. The “future” always entails “deductive reasoning”, whereby, past
events and experiences are projected into probable future events, or happenings. The
future is always in “potential” due to the Cosmic law of cause and effect. For instance,
if I see a flame and have an urge to put my hand in it to see if it is hot, my memories of
past experiences will flash a message to me, that if I do this, I will be burned and suffer
severe pain. If I do not put my hand in the flame, I will not be burned. Therefore, I am
aware of the future concerning this act. So the potential is there in the future as an
effect of a cause, based on my memories of past experience with fire.

The linear processing of sensual information by the brain gives us memory. If the brain
did not process this information linearly, or in a sequence, memory would not be
possible and we would not have knowledge, understanding, or experiences. Let us
take a simple example. We see an object lying on the ground by our foot. We pick it up
and say it is a rock. Now let us see how this happens that we know this is a rock. The
atoms of the “rock” are vibrating a certain rate. These vibrations affect the light that is
being deflected by the rock, and these light vibrations irritate the lens of our eyes. The
optical nerve attached to the lens sends these vibrations along nerves to the posterior
of the brain. This portion of the brain causes a picture to appear in the mind of the
physical attributes of the “rock” and at the same instant that the rock is “realized”, a
memory connection is made with the storehouse of memory in the sub conscious mind,
and we say this is a rock. We “know” that this is a rock because we have experienced
a rock before, in the past, and we have memories of it. If we had never experienced a
rock before, we would not know what it was. If we did not have memory, we would
have the same experiences over and over and each time we would consider it a new
experience. Memory gives us knowledge, understanding, and thought. And memory is
dependent upon the illusion of time.

Time, however, must also be related strictly to the functions of consciousness. What
we conceive as time or the relation of events to ourselves can likewise be explained in
relation to the duration of a period of consciousness. If there were a constant flow of
consciousness, all would be the present or the now to us, regardless of where the
event occurred. However, there are hiatuses of consciousness, momentary blackouts.
Further there is the oscillation of consciousness, a change from one conception to
another, from one idea to another. Time is the measurement of these periods of our
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perceiving of an object in space, so seconds and minutes are the determination of the
duration of our consciousness of an experience.

If it were not for memory and imagination we would not be able to divide
consciousness into sections of past, present, and future. We would experience
something and it would be of the now. Then our consciousness would perceive
something else, which might merge with it and likewise be the now at that moment,
and then our consciousness would be in chaos. It is memory and imagination, which
makes it possible to alternate between the impressions that are being newly received
and those being recalled and reassembled. They allow for the evaluation of the
difference.

Memory impressions, while being realized, are of course always of the now also.
However, there is the psychological process—not wholly as yet under-stood—by which
the normal mind can distinguish between the now of memory impressions and those
immediately perceived through the senses. The interval of now is purely relative to
units of time

Time does not exist when we dream. Thru many experiments in sleep laboratories,
conducted with people of all types, it has been found that a normal dream lasts for only
a few seconds, or a few minutes for a long complicated one. Yet for the dreamer to
describe the dream may take hours and if he was to “live” the dream it might cover
periods of several days. Also, when we are involved and experiencing interesting and
changing events, time seems to rapidly pass. Conversely, when we are bored, and do
repetitious tasks, time seems to move very slowly. This proves that time is actually the
duration of a conscious event, and the more experiences that a conscious event has,
the more rapidly time passes. This being the case, then our lives should not be
measured in the number of years we live, but by the number of experiences that we
have. An interesting life with many experiences would be more desirable than a
seemingly long and boring one of few experiences.

This concludes our investigation of the 4th dimension. Actually, the 4th dimension
should be the first and the dimensions of space should come next, because time, the
4th dimension, is what makes the self, conscious of itself; yet time is an illusion of the
brain and there is no time in the Absolute Reality of Being. Ponder on this over the
week until our next lesson.

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EXERCISE

Find a time that you can be alone and turn your thoughts and concentration of
consciousness toward a point in the center of your head. Think of your head as being a
perfect sphere and try to visualize the very center of this sphere. Next, think of a little
organ or body that is about the size of the elongation of the soft palate at the back of
the throat. Visualize it as having nerves going to and from it in all directions and as
being the center of consciousness of your physical and psychic bodies. As you
concentrate upon it, put yourself, your thinking self, into that little body as though all of
you were in it and thinking from that point. With five minutes of such concentration,
several times a week, you will be enlarging its consciousness and awakening it in a
manner that you will not realize objectively for some time. Never mind the name of this
center or what others have said about it. The name that science has given to it is only
man's attempt to label something that he does not thoroughly understand. You might
merely think of it as the mind of your psychic self.

The enlargement of this center and others as we go along with the classes will develop
intuition, psychic impressions, inner comprehension, and cosmic attunement.

You will soon come to know what was meant by the Master Jesus and by hundreds of
mystics of his time and later when they said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within; for
you will find that this psychic center is really the Portal or Threshold of the great
chamber of the Divine or Cosmic Kingdom. It is worth all of the time and effort required
during the next few months to stay on the path to the Portal, the Threshold of the
Kingdom.

The Kabbalah-Emanations from the Source: part 5


By Robert Green

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We have been investigating the mysterious nature of self in our prior lessons, and we
will continue our investigation again in this lesson. Self is so important to us in our
Course of Mysticism. For as we stated before, without self nothing exists; all is chaos
and oblivion! Stop and think for a moment; if you did not exist, would anything else
exist. It is like the Zen koan about if a tree falls in the deep forest with no one around to
hear it, does it make any sound…or taking the koan further, does the tree even exist?
The answer is that nothing exists without self-experiencing. St. Germain, one of the
invisible/formless masters, has said many times “everything is personal”. He means by
this, that for anything to be known, understood, and experienced, self must be present.
Therefore, all life is personal and individual.

Let us go back and review some important things that we have brought to your
attention in these past lessons about the nature of self. You will have noticed that we
have not said or used the word “soul” very much. This is because the whole mystical
experience is based upon unity, and unity is oneness of consciousness with the
Absolute Reality. When we divide and separate a thing to understand it, we have a
tendency to think about that thing as a totally separate and individual thing and as
having a separate life of its own, so to speak. To really know and understand
something, we need look at it as a whole, and study its various relationships within
itself. For example, if we want to understand totally our bodies, we can explore its
various parts, like the heart, the arms, the blood, and so on, but we always know that
these various parts of the body, are not separated, but have functions and
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thing with many functions. So in this light, we are studying self as the whole. Soul, ego,
mind, life force, matter, and so on, are all “functions” of self. You are probably saying to
yourself, “ I can see how soul, ego, life and mind are functions of self, but I cannot see
what matter has to do with self.” Do you remember the lessons about space and time,
and how they are illusions, but are needed for self-consciousness, or mind? Ponder
upon that lesson, and meditate upon this fact: The whole material universe is but an
extension of self.

We also have been stating, that self is dual.” The realized self” is the part of self that
we are always aware of in various degrees. This awareness consists of knowing that
“we are”, and that we are separated from our environment and from other self’s. This is
the “subjective” level of the realized self; consciousness of consciousness. The other
part of the self is the “no self”. The no self is the exact opposite of the realized self, and
in most people is unconscious to its other part. Its main function in life is the
storehouse of memory from the experiences of the realized self. But within this no self,
are many sub personalities that have been imprisoned there by the judgment of the
realized self. I will not elaborate upon this, because Alice has some wonderful
information and exercises about sub personalities on the Plotinus site.

The no self is that part of self that we encounter when we dream and enter into deep
meditation. Our inspirations and intuition come forth from the no self. The no self is
also responsible for the unconscious functions of vital life force in the body, like the
beating of the heart, digestion, elimination, breathing and so on. It is the sub conscious
mind.

Through the no self flows all the consciousness of Absolute Being. Therefore, it is thru
the no self that we find oneness and unity with the Divine; that which we call, “Cosmic
Consciousness”, or Absolute Reality.

We could call the realized self, the light self, and the no self, the dark self. They are
the: Yang and Yin of Confucius. The Atman and Brahman of the Hindu. The Ba and Ka
of the ancient Egyptians. In the Kabala, the dark self corresponds to Ain Soph, and the
light self to Kether, the Father. And on and on…

Let us look at self from the Hindu viewpoint.

Hinduism’s fundamental belief is that the nature of the Absolute Reality is


consciousness and that “Brahman”, which means true consciousness, is the true
nature or essence of all that exists. The human experience of Brahman (true
consciousness), is called “Atman” and is characterized by “satcitananda”, which is the
experience of being conscious, or self-consciousness. Although, no distinction is

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admitted between the Brahman and Atman, using the two distinct terms implies a
difference. (Remember, what I told you about the mystic