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Secret Magic of the Mystics and Wisemen

“Many persons have endeavoured to investigate and make use of the secret magic of these wise men; but it has not yet been accomplished. Many even of our own age exalt Trithemius, others Bacon and Agrippa; for magic and the cabala – two things apparently quite distinct – not knowing why they do so. Magic, indeed, is an art and faculty whereby the elementary bodies, their fruits, properties, virtues, and hidden operations are comprehended. But the cabala, by a subtle understanding of the Scriptures, seems to trace out the way to God for men, to show them how they may act with Him, and prophecy from Him; for the cabala is full of divine mysteries, even as magic is full of natural secrets. It teaches of and foretells from the nature of things to come as well as of things present, since its operation consists in knowing the inner constitution of all creatures, of celestial as well as terrestrial bodies: what is latent within them; what are their occult virtues; for what they were originally designed, and with what properties they are endowed. These and the like subjects are the bonds wherewith things celestial are bound up with things of the earth, as may sometimes be seen in their operations even with the bodily eyes.” ~Paracelsus

Secret Magic of the Wiseman

The magic Paracelsus is writing about is not simple stage magic. Neither is it the use of healing herbs or putting spells on people to heel or harm them. He is talking about spiritual magic. It is secret magic because it is not taught in public schools, or even in universities. It is taught only in mystery schools and advanced spiritual schools. It is not about tricking or controlling others. The secret magic is about self-transformation and transformation of the world.

Secret Magic and the Kabbala

Paracelsus says that Bacon, Agrippa, and Trithemius were exalted by some for their knowledge of magic and the Kabbala (which he spells “cabala”). He then states that these are two “apparently” distinct disciplines. I think the keyword in that phrase is “apparently”. I believe he is wording it that way to tell us that they are not so different, and in some ways may be the same thing. He doesn’t seem to truly explain the statement, yet follows it with two sentences stating what each discipline is.

He says that magic is an art for understanding the physical world and the properties of the things in it, both obvious properties and hidden ones. Then he says the Kabbala is more about leading people to God by showing them the path to God and the higher dimensions where God and the angels and found. Hat sounds like they are two very different things, but not so fast.

By learning through magic the secret properties of physical things, we find that those secret properties are spiritual in nature. So magic is also a form of awakening to the spiritual. So secret magic may be thought of as an early stage of the Path to God and enlightenment, and the Kabbala is a further continuation of that training and discipline. So they are different, but only in the way that grade school is different from high school.

Things to Come and Things Present

It is understandable why someone would want to belong to a discipline or learn a secret magic that allowed them to know at least some future events and trends, but why the present? It is because while the present is all around us, we are aware of only a tiny part of it. Often the part we are aware of, the part we are dealing with on a daily basis is not the most important part, or the most meaningful part. On a personal level, we may feel perfectly healthy, but have a dangerous disease beginning to grow in us. Or we may think we are perfectly safe walking down a street, not aware that a driver has lost control of his car and is about to slam into us. The ones with secret magic on their side, or as Paracelsus says, the ones who study the Kabbala would know.

And in addition to knowing about personal things in the present and future, the secret magic can help us know how the world is changing, how our country is changing, and how the entire physical universe is changing (which it is!). Having that knowledge can be of great advantage. It allows you to prepare for what is coming, and even participate when it is something good.

Gaining Secret Magic

Fortunately, the secret magic is not something found only in the mystery schools of the distant past or in secret mountain monasteries in Tibet. It is available to nearly all of us with the right training and the right disciplines. The most important discipline is to practice spiritual sun-gazing. Not ordinary sun gazing, but a spiritual variation of it. That is the secret magic of sun gazing. One can do ordinary sun-gazing and get some physical benefits, but you can also go beyond that to spiritual sun gazing that awakens and nourishes the spiritual faculties. The secret magic comes to those who have awakened and developed those faculties with devotion and dedication.

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Kabbalistic View of Oral and Written Spiritual Law

“A traditional Kabbalistic view is that although the creation is in a damaged and imperfect state the Kabbalist, by virtue of his or her state of consciousness, can bring about a real healing. … When Moses first received the written law he also received certain laws orally. These were not written down but only ever transmitted down through the generation by word of mouth, and then only to the initiated. The oral law is sometimes referred to as Kabbalah. Incidentally, there are several different spellings of this word, because some letters in Hebrew have more than one representation in English and they have different magical vibrations with greater or lesser impact.

“Much of the magical language that we use today has come down to us from the Kabbalah. It was recognized that there were certain ideas that the ordinary layman was capable of understanding and others which only the initiated were capable of assimilating. … If anything was written down it was recorded in such a way that only those with the required knowledge would be able to decipher the true meaning. The writings were therefore in code.” ~Bernard Simon

Kabbalistic View

The Kabbalistic view is not unique. It is the same as that taught in the mystery schools of Egypt, Babylonia, Greece, and other places. The words used, the parables and allegorical tales may be different, but the meaning is the same. In other words, different codes were used in different places and times, but the actual meaning is the same. And it remains true today that discerning that meaning is nearly impossible except to the initiated.

It is because they are written in code that the traditional Bible, the Kolbrin Bible, the Vedas, and other scripture and sacred writings are misunderstood. A simple example would be the practice of mutilating male babies with circumcision. Scripture says to do that, but it is allegorical. It is a spiritual circumcision, a cutting off from materialism, that is meant. Even knowing just a little of the codes used helps one to understand the great spiritual wisdom found in these books.

Yes, that does include the Kolbrin Bible. This book ha been largely ignored because of its general interpretation of being about aliens from other planets, a mysterious “Planet X,” and so on. It is actually all about spiritual development and spiritual growth. You simply need that Kabbalistic view to see what it truly is. Continue reading “Kabbalistic View of Oral and Written Spiritual Law”

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Gnostic Kabbalah and Spiritual Growth

“By far the most potent contribution that has been made to Jewish thought by Gnosticism is provided by developments in the Kabbalah, a philosophical system which is said to predate any religion. In fact, it only became well known in the twelfth century AD. … In essence, it is thought to be a set of precepts that were provided by the good Creator God so that people could improve their lives and achieve fulfillment. …

“A wide variety of terms were used for those who studied the tradition of Kabbalah: children of faith; … masters of knowledge, masters of mystery; … those who know wisdom; …to name but a few. These all have a peculiarly Gnostic ring to them.
“a traditional Kabbalistic view is that although the creation is in a damaged and imperfect state the Kabbalist, by virtue of his or her state of consciousness can bring about a real healing.” ~Bernard Simon

Gnostic Kabbalah

The study of Kabbalah has become popular among spiritual seekers in the last few decades. Unfortunately, some of the schools and books on it touch only on the surface and not the roots of true Gnostic Kabbalah.

While it is certainly useful to study the Tree of Life as used in Kabbalah, and other symbols and ceremonies, the spiritual student must dig deeper to truly understand Gnostic Kabbalah.

Predates Religion

Mr. Simon says that some Kabbalists claim their system predates religion. But he then adds that is didn’t become known until the twelfth century. While that may seem like a contradiction, it isn’t. First, just because historical evidence of the Kabbalah only goes back to the twelfth century doesn’t mean it didn’t exist long before. Second, while the name Kabbalah may go back only to the twelfth century, he basics of it’s teachings go back long before that under other names.

It is much like the Essenes who claimed to have existed for over 100,000 years. They were not lying. While evidence of the group called Essenes can only be found in a brief period of history, the group existed under many names in many lands for many centuries before.

The Good Creator

Why use an expression like “The good Creator God?” There can only be one reason. There are other being known as god, or who claim to be god. What’s more, this false god must also be a creator of sorts, otherwise just saying “the Creator” would be enough to define the Good Creator God.

But there is a false creator god which is known to the Gnostics as the Demiurge. This false god, also known as the Fallen Angels, is a false creator because all he did is warp and bend existing spirit turning it into matter. That is a kind of creation, but not true creation. The true Good Creator God creates spirit not matter. And he creates it from nothing because nothing existed before spirit except God Himself. Continue reading “Gnostic Kabbalah and Spiritual Growth”

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Studying Mysticism and Spirituality

“Anyone whose natural mysticism impels him to seek for sympathetic contact with other minds, is astonished to find how large a number of persons are not only interested in Mysticism generally, but are actually themselves Kabalists. The river dammed during the Middle Ages has flowed since noiselessly underground. … Hundreds today study the Kabalah, where scarcely one or two could have been found some fifty years ago, … Unfortunately many are called but few are chosen.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

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What Blavatsky wrote in this section of her book about the Kabbalah is just as true if we replace Kabbalists with Gnostics, or just generalize it as Mystics. It is probably not as true today as it was for Blavatsky that people who suddenly become interested in studying mysticism, gnosticism, kabbalism, or other spiritual disciplines are surprised to find others are doing the same. With books considered spiritual selling millions of copies and major celebrities like Madonna and Ashton Kutcher studying the Kabbalah people are well aware that these spiritual schools and disciplines exist, though they may know little about what they teach.

Unfortunately, another problem that probably didn’t exist a century ago when Blavatsky wrote is that many spiritual schools and spiritual teachers of today are more interested in making money and selling books than is teaching truth. We see this especially in Yoga which the western world has degraded from a school of spiritual disciplines to an exercise system. I don’t really have a problem with someone who teaches a very partial system, as long as they make their students aware of that fact, but most do not. Continue reading “Studying Mysticism and Spirituality”

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