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Philosophy, Physical and Spiritual

“The philosophy of psychic, spiritual, and mental relations with man’s physical functions is in almost inextricable confusion. Neither the old Aryan, nor the Egyptian psychology are now properly understood. Nor can they be assimilated without accepting the esoteric septenary, or, at any rate, the Vedantic quinquepartite division of the human inner principles. Failing which, it will be forever impossible to understand the metaphysical and purely psychic and even physiological relations between the Dhyan-Chohans, or Angels, on the one plane, and humanity on the other. No Eastern (Aryan) esoteric works are so far published, but we possess the Egyptian papyri which speak clearly.

“Occultists will demur to this statement, for it is based on the erroneous conception that Prana and Atma or Jivatma are one and the same thing. The author supports the argument by showing that with the ancient Hebrews, Greeks and even Latins, Ruach, Pneuma, and Spiritus – with the Jews undeniable, and with the Greeks and Romans very probably – meant Wind; the Greek word Anemos (wind) and the Latin Anima ‘Soul’ having a suspicious relation.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Confusion in Spiritual Philosophy

There is little doubt that there is a great deal of confusion in spiritual and religious philosophy. There are a number of reasons for this. Perhaps the primary one is that languages designed to describe the physical are inadequate to explain the spiritual. As a result, the prophets and others who have spiritual visions can only give them an approximate description using the written or spoken word. Another is the tendency to interpret everything according to what you already know or believe. A good example of this is the way that members of certain Christian churches see the face of Jesus in any shape that vaguely resembles a bearded man. The interesting thing is that if you compare a number of these images, you will see that they don’t look very much alike, yet all are assumed by those people to be Jesus. The same thing happens in interpreting words and phrases that can have several meanings. Continue reading “Philosophy, Physical and Spiritual”

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Elohim and the Creation of the Universe

“In the Mysteries the seven Logi, or Creative Lords, are shown as streams of force issuing from the mouth of the Eternal One. This signifies the spectrum being extracted from the white of the Supreme Deity. The seven Creators, or Fabricators, of the inferior spheres were called by the Jews the Elohim. By the Egyptians they were referred to as the Builders (sometimes as the Governors) and are depicted with great knives in their hands with which they carved the universe from its primordial substance. Worship of the planets is based upon their acceptation as the cosmic embodiments of the seven creative attributes of God. The Lords of the planets were described as dwelling within the body of the sun, for the true nature of the sun, being analogous to the white light, contains the seeds of all the tone and color potencies which it manifests.

“There are numerous arbitrary arrangements setting forth the mutual relationships of the planets, the colors, and the musical notes. The most satisfactory system is that based upon the law of the octave. The sense of hearing has a much wider scope than that of sight, for whereas the ear can register from nine to eleven octaves of sound the eye is restricted to the cognition of but seven fundamental color tones, or one tone short of the octave.” ~Manly P. Hall

Mysteries of the Elohim

The seven Creative Lords, Logi, or Elohim are aspects of the creative power of God. This is the true God, the God of spirit. The god of matter, the false god, is called the Demiurge. Do not be confused by Hall calling them the fabricators of the “inferior spheres”. They are inferior only to the highest sphere, the one usually called Heaven or Paradise. They created the lower spheres (or dimensions), but they are still spiritual, not material. They had nothing to do with the creation of the fallen world of matter.

Elohim Rainbow

Because the Elohim traditionally number seven, they are often associated with the seven colors of the rainbow or the spectrum of Light. But we need to remind ourselves that they are spiritual beings so they create with spiritual Light, not physical light. While I haven’t read any details on the different Elohim and what each one created, I think we can assume that the highest dimensions were created by the ones represented by the colors blue, indigo, and violet. The lowest dimensions of spirit were created by the ones who use red and orange energy to create. Continue reading “Elohim and the Creation of the Universe”

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Archetype of Man: Ideal and Not Ideal

“We have to examine the question whether there exists an ideal archetype of individuals, in other words whether I and every other human human being go back to the Intellectual, every (living) thing having origin and principle there.

“If Socrates, Socrates’ soul, is external then the Authentic Socrates—to adapt the term—must be there; that is to say, the individual soul has an existence in the Supreme as well as in this world. If there is no such permanent endurance and what Socrates may with change of time become another soul and be Pythagoras or someone else—then the individual Socrates has not that existence in the divine.

“But if the soul of the individual contains the Reason-Principle of all that it transverses, once more all men have their (archetypic) existence there; and it is our doctrine that every soul contains all the Reason-Principle exist in the Cosmos: since then the Cosmos contains the Reason-Principles that exist in the Cosmos: since then the Cosmos contain the Reason-Principles not merely of man, but also of all living things, so must the soul. Its content of Reason-Principles, then, must be limitless, unless there be a periodical renovation bounding the boundless by the return of a former series.” ~Plotinus

Ideal Archetype

For most spiritual people and in most spiritual schools there is no question that there is indeed an ideal archetype Man (which include women). This archetype is what we were originally, that is, before the Great Fall. It is what we desire to be again. Becoming that archetype Man is possible if we are willing to work at it and develop ourselves. Michelangelo didn’t create David or any of his other great statues by just wishing and hoping for it. He formed the idea in his mind, then worked to make it reality. And he didn’t expect to get his projects done overnight. He knew it took time to get good results.

Intellect and Consciousness

One difficulty with trying to understand the philosophy of Plotinus is that he doesn’t distinguish between intellect and consciousness. As a result, he relates both mind and soul to intellect. In reality, intellect is purely a mind thing and the soul deals with consciousness, which is not the same. The intellect deals only with the physical world. It can speculate on things beyond the physical, but can’t really know them. The soul, on the other hand, connects to universal consciousness that exists in all dimensions, spiritual as well as physical. And the principle of everything living comes from consciousness. Only the physical body is a product of intellect. The realization of the ideal archetype means fully developing both intellect and consciousness, with the emphasis on consciousness. Continue reading “Archetype of Man: Ideal and Not Ideal”

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Works of Sinners and Works of God

“Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labor: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish. Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter? Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter? In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity. For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways. The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered. Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children. Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains. Like as a partridge taken and kept in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall: For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee. Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot. Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Works of Sinners

What Ecclesiasticus means by “the works of sinners” is those things made by or deeds done by man, which are not done in accordance with the Law of God. Such creations may seem like wonderful things to materialistic people, but they are not. When are done without taking God’s Law into account, they may harm the environment, waste natural resources, give off harmful radiation, or otherwise cause damage to the world.

Obviously, things like murder, rape, and theft are the works of sinners, but Ecclesiasticus is talking about the less obvious ones. The buildings we build, the statues and monuments, the labor-saving devices that make us fat and lazy.

So he advises us to trust in the Lord, meaning let God guide us in all our endeavors and we will then not be doing the works of sinners. Continue reading “Works of Sinners and Works of God”

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