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Mystical Wisdom Revealed to Spirits and Souls

“We speak the hidden mystical Wisdom of God, which God ordained before the world unto our glory; Which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. But, as it is written; eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man to conceive of things which God has prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of man, save the spirit of a man which is in him? Even so, the things of God know no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of this world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

“The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” ~Jacob Boehme1

Mystical Wisdom of God

The wisdom of the ancients mystics is the wisdom of God, and that is the only true wisdom. True wisdom comes from truth, and only that truth which comes from God is absolute truth. Yet this wisdom, as Boehme notes, is hidden to most. There are many reasons for this, but the two primary ones are simply this; some people would use such knowledge in a way that is harmful to themselves and others ( Think Hitler and Roman Emperor Nero), and the forces of darkness hide it as much as they can from all of us.

Princes of the World

Sadly, we are seeing much of such princes these days, even in countries that are supposed to be democracies. In a representative democracy, the elected officials have taken an oath to uphold the will of the people. That is what makes them representatives. But we are seeing in several countries that they very quickly forget that oath and act like the princes and despots of days gone by. They do what they want to do and what their wealthy supporters want while ignoring the desires and needs of the majority. So it should not be a surprise that such princes know nothing of the mystical wisdom and truth. They wouldn’t know how to use it if they did. Continue reading “Mystical Wisdom Revealed to Spirits and Souls”

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Gnostic Mysticism and the Teachings of Jung

“By developing his system of depth psychology, Jung incorporated certain aspects of the Hermetic tradition. The progressions from Gnosticism and alchemy were seen by him as ‘manifestations of unconscious archetypal elements not adequately expressed in the varying forms of Christianity’. … He saw one of the most important aspects of of the individualization process (the journey toward Self) as the union of opposites. …

“Such a union. Leading to androgyny, would also account for the Gnostic stories about the love and union between Christ and Sophia. … The unions are ‘sacred marriages’ in the drive towards perfection. G. S. Mead makes the point that:

‘Hermes … is practically one of the very numerous permutations and combinations of the Sophia mythos—one of the many settings-forth of the mystic lore of love of the Christ and the Sophia, or Wisdom., of the Son of God and his spouse or sister, the Holy Spirit. … But when we say Gnostic we mean much that is also Hellenic mysticism, and therefore much that is also Hermetic.” ~Bernard Simon

Jung and Gnostic Mysticism

Carl Gustav Jung is one of he most famous psychiatrists and psychologists. He was also a philosopher and student/teacher of mysticism. Especially Gnostic and related teachings. Any student of mysticism or spiritual growth would do well to read some of his books. He coined the word “Synchronicity” for apparent coincidences that are not coincidences at all, but meaningful.

Your cleaning out a drawer and come across an unusual type of battery that you don’t even remember having. Your tempted to throw it away, but decide to put it aside for a while. An hour later, the battery in some device dies, and it needs the battery you just found. That’s an example of synchronicity.

Jung was also big on archetypal symbols and their meaning. I used to write often about the spiritual meaning of symbols, but I don’t do it much anymore.

Gnostic Mysticism and Alchemy

Yes, Gnosticism and alchemy are related, just as Gnostic mysticism is related to the ancient mystery schools of Egypt and Greece. Real alchemy wasn’t about changing base metals into gold. It was about changing the dull consciousness of the average person into the golden Christ Consciousness of the fully awakened. This is what all the Gnostic groups and mystery schools were doing. Continue reading “Gnostic Mysticism and the Teachings of Jung”

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Mystical Techniques for Spiritual Growth

“Let us remember this fact: that the siddhi follow automatically from success in the ascetic and mystical techniques undertaken. If we take account that, in yoga as in Buddhism, liberation amounts to an actual surpassing of the human condition—in other words, that one has to ‘die’ to the profane ‘natural’ existence constituted by the law of endless ‘conditionings’ (karma) and be reborn into an ‘unconditioned’, that is, a perfectly free and autonomous existence—we recognize here again the same archaic and universal symbolism of an ontological mutation through the experience of death and resurrection. Yoga and Buddhism, with the ascetic and mystical practices related to them are continuations … of the immortal ideologies and techniques which endeavored to change the condition of man. … At the end of long and painful exercises in mystical physiology, the Indian apprentice attains a radical modification of his ‘sensibility’.” ~Mircea Eliade

Mystical Techniques

One thing that seems to be surprising to many is that a close study of the ancient mystical schools all over the world find a strong consistency in what they taught. This will not seem true if one tries to interpret everything literally since most of their teachings, if written at all, were always written in allegory. Eliade says that he cannot go into details on those techniques, and neither can we. But there are some things that can now be said in public.

First, it must be noted that Eliade write of “techniques”, with an “s”. It is not just a simple matter of engaging in basic meditation. It never was. Meditation isn’t even necessary except as an aid to calm the mind. But it does not make one spiritual. It does not awaken the soul. It is that light of the spiritual sun that does that.

Surpassing the Human Condition

I wouldn’t say that spiritual development through the use of mystical techniques allows us to surpass the human condition. We may have forgotten our spiritual selves of many centuries ago, but that self is very much a part of us, very much human. When we engage is mystical techniques, we surpass the mundane human, the material human, but it is still human. We may become, according to some, “supermen,” but that is still human. It is like the tales of a boy raised by wolves. He may act like a wolf, and in many ways, think like a wold, but he remains human. The fallen man (us!) may have lost much of his greatness but that greatness is still there for us to claim. We only have to awaken our spiritual faculties and develop them to make that happen. That is the purpose of those mystical techniques. Continue reading “Mystical Techniques for Spiritual Growth”

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Mystical Life and the Steps to Follow

“Here, then, is the classification under which we shall study the phases of the mystical life.

  1. The Awakening of the Self to consciousness of Divine Reality. …

  2. The Self, aware for the first time of Divine beauty, realizes by contrast … the manifest illusions in which it is immersed, the immense distance which separates it from the One. …

  3. When by Purgation the Self has become detached from the ‘things of sense.’ and acquired the virtues which are the ‘ornaments of the spiritual marriage.’ … It has awakened to knowledge of Reality. …

  4. … The final and complete purification of the Self, which is called by some contemplatives the ‘mystic pain, or ‘mystic death,’ by others … the Dark Night of the Soul. …

  5. Union: the true goal of the mystic quest. In this state the Absolute Life is not merely perceived and enjoyed by the Self, as in Illumination: but is one with it.” ~Evelyn underhill

The Mystical Life

There are many ways of breaking down the mystical life or mystic’s path into steps, and no one of them is necessarily true or absolute. They are simply a convenient way for a particular school of teacher to judge where the students are along the path. Whether you have five steps, seven, or eight doesn’t matter. Like the division of the rainbow into colors, they are somewhat arbitrary.

Not only is there overlap in the steps of the mystical life, but they are not always followed in order. There are, for example, cases where one goes through the Dark Night of the Soul to bring about the Awakening of step one. But for now, lets look at the path described by Ms. Underhill.

Awakening

This step of the mystical life means a spiritual awakening, not a physical one. While the mind may be involve, it is primarily a thing of the soul. We come into the world of matter with our spiritual faculties alive, but in a dormant state. It is as if they are in a deep coma. Making those spiritual faculties active is often called “Awakening.” It may also be called “rebirth”. It is this awakening that Jesus and the apostles meant when they said we needed to be reborn. Continue reading “Mystical Life and the Steps to Follow”

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