The Influence of Man on the World

“Man must master himself before he can hope to exert an influence beyond himself. There is no royal road to unfoldment and power—each stop must be taken in turn, and each Candidate must take the step himself, and by his own effort. But he may, and will, be aided by the helping hands of the…

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Harmony of the Awakened Soul

“Every deiform soul is tripartite, according to Gregory the Theologian, Virtue, then established in the intelligence, he calls discretion, understanding and wisdom, when in the incensive power, he calls it courage and patience; and when in the faculty of desire, he calls it love, self-restraint and self-control. Justice or right judgment penetrates all three aspects…

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Polarity and Reconciliation

“The great Fourth Hermetic principle—the Principle of Polarity—embodies the truth that all manifested things have ‘two sides’; ‘two aspects’; ‘two poles’; a ‘pair of opposites,’ with manifold degrees between the two extremes. The old paradoxes, which have ever perplexed the mind of men, are explained by the understanding of this Principle. … “The Hermetic teachings…

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The Mystic Way and Life

“A discussion of mysticism, regarded as a form of human life, will therefore include two branches. First the life process of the mystic: the remaking of his personality; the method by which his peculiar consciousness of the absolute is attained, and faculties which have been evolved to meet the requirements of the phenomenal, are enabled…

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