spiritual

January 3rd, 2016|

“There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.

The Story of the Chinese Farmer (Alan Watts version)

January 2nd, 2016|

“The old philosophers said, as the Kabbalah does, the Deity, the Infinite and Unmanifested, so concealed, that no conception can reach to Him, first limits Himself, to create, and it is His wisdom, producing a Thought, that is the beginning of things. The Thought is the creative Agent, the Thought expressing itself as the creative Word…“

– Albert Pike: The Book of Words

January 2nd, 2016|

“Man is himself the creator of his heaven or hell, and there are no demons except his own follies.”

– Eliphas Levi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

December 31st, 2015|

“You may delay, but time will not.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Time is flying never to return.”
Virgil

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin

“If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.”
Cyril Cusack

December 31st, 2015|

“Consciousness is all the feedback loops necessary to create a model of yourself in space, in relationship to others, and in time, especially forward in time.

This means that animals are conscious, and we can even rank them numerically by counting the number of feedback loops involved in each of these behaviors. So a thermostat would have one unit of consciousness that measures temperature.
A flower would have maybe 10 units of consciousness because it measure temperature, sunlight, gravity, moisture, things like that. A reptile would have even more, maybe several hundred, because it locates its position in space. Then monkeys are even higher than that because they have to locate their ranking in society via emotions.

We’re at the highest level because we daydream. We see the future, we predict the future, and animals do not. Animals, to the best of our knowledge, have no concept of our tomorrow. We are obsessed with planning, strategizing, and tomorrow. And that, I think, typifies human consciousness. We could also use this to measure intelligence. Intelligence, I believe, is not measured by IQ. To me, intelligence is again the ability to see the future.”

– Michio Kaku: The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

December 30th, 2015|

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” 

– Mark Twain: Wit and Wisdom

December 29th, 2015|

“If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.”

~Pythagoras: His Life and Teaching

December 28th, 2015|

“Balance every thought with its opposition. Because the marriage of them is the destruction of illusion.”

― Aleister Crowley: Magick Without Tears

December 28th, 2015|

Manly P Hall – The Love of Truth

“Truth alone can lead man to perfection. And this perfection he has to earn by giving his own life to truth.”

Manly P. Hall: Ten Basic Rules for Better Living

December 28th, 2015|

“The ancients counted seven planets, thus arranged: the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. There were seven heavens and seven spheres of these planets; on all the monuments of Mithras are seven altars or pyres, consecrated to the seven planets, as were the seven lamps of the golden candelabrum in the Temple.

That these represented the planets, we are assured by Clemens of Alexandria, in his Stromata, and by Philo Judaeus.

To return to its source in the Infinite, the human soul, the ancients held, had to ascend, as it had descended, through the seven spheres.

The Ladder by which it reascends, has, according to Marsilius Ficinus, in his Commentary on the Ennead of Plotinus, seven degrees or steps; and in the Mysteries of Mithras, carried to Rome under the Emperors, the ladder, with its seven rounds, was a symbol referring to this ascent through the spheres of the seven planets. Jacob saw the Spirits of God ascending and descending on it; and above it the Deity Himself.

The Mithraic Mysteries were celebrated in caves, where gates were marked at the four equinoctial and solstitial points of the Zodiac; and the seven planetary spheres were represented, which souls needs must traverse in descending from the heaven of the fixed stars to the elements that envelop the earth; and seven gates were marked, one for each planet, through which they pass, in descending or returning.We learn this from Celsus, in Origen, who says that the symbolic image of this passage among the stars, used in the Mithraic Mysteries, was a ladder reaching from earth to Heaven, divided into seven steps or stages, to each of which was a gate, and at the summit an eighth one, that of the fixed stars. The symbol was the same as that of the seven stages of Borsippa, the Pyramid of vitrified brick, near Babylon, built of seven stages, and each of a different colour. In the Mithraic ceremonies, the candidate went through seven stages of initiation, passing through many fearful trials–and of these the high ladder with seven rounds or steps was the symbol.”

~Albert Pike: Morals and Dogma: Of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

December 28th, 2015|

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” 

Aristotle

December 27th, 2015|

~ The Mind-Body-Self Deception

For the spiritual practitioner the goal is to separate the illusory from the real.

To ‘Know Thyself’ is the key to every mystical tradition and it’s called Realization or Enlightenment.

But first we should consider what the term ‘Thyself’ means here … don’t we already know ourselves?

Furthermore, we also have to consider why one would spend time on such an endeavor in the first place?

To quickly examine both questions; the ‘Thyself’ mentioned in this axiom is not the transient identity that you now use in everyday life.. And the purpose of making this discovery is to create a life of satisfaction, peace and blissfulness rather than suffering and torment and dissatisfaction.

So then, the next question should be how can we know for sure our current identity is not the real us? Is there really someone else behind the scenes that we haven’t met yet?

Well ask yourself this simple question, if every single memory you’ve every had was suddenly torn away, who would you be?

If you can’t answer that question then you can be certain you have not yet discovered your true self, your Essential Nature.

But first let’s discuss the subject of suffering.

All forms of suffering are caused by the mind and body. The body and mind each have their own form of memory or impressions.

Suffering is different from pain. Suffering is mind created. Suffering is caused by the anticipation or memories of pain or desire. Suffering is caused only by looking forward or looking backward, it is never about the present moment and therefore it is always illusory, it’s a creation of the mind. Suffering is a lacking, a wanting, a fear or a need created from this imagining of the mind.

For example, the mind creates an illusory projection of some future state that represents pain, like a bill that won’t get paid, physical damage from an illness not yet experienced, a spouse leaving you, etc.

As another example, the mind creates an illusory projection of some future state that represents pleasure, like a job promotion you haven’t been considered for, a marriage you wish happens, a lottery win, etc.

Both actually cause suffering and these examples can be made for past memories too. When you look back on a situation that has long passed and recall the pain or pleasure associated with it and identify with that memory – again this causes underlying suffering (lack, want, need, desire, dissatisfaction, etc)

this underlying program causes discomfort, lack of ease and the propensity to ‘take action’, ‘to move’, ‘to find comfort and safety’ – dissatisfaction with the present moment. This is a terrible way to live but most of us do it day in and day out – searching, longing, running around in a frantic pace in need, unconscious and unhappy.

This ego mind-program is in a constant state of reordering, of ‘selfing’ the identity in a process of boxing it in, the physiological body, from everything else. The mind tries to conclude ‘what am I compared to something else’ in a series of judgments through the constant, never-ending process of memory impressions and future projections influenced by the surrounding macro-cosmic environment and through it’s senses of cognition outwardly. The mind-machine is trying to assemble memories and projections to determine what it is.

Unfortunately, these memories, these projections and these senses are highly limited in accuracy and therefore the ego mind-machine instrument makes conclusions based on seriously limited (faulty) data. With this faulty data and erroneous conclusions, the ‘You’ is born which you then project out into the world. The ‘You’ is nothing more than a series of impressions, a program created by the system in which you live.

What we take in from the outside will never tell us who we really are on the inside.

Keep in mind, when you were born you had no residual influences in the body or the mind whatsoever. You were at ease, no stress, no problems, nonjudgmental, totally free from suffering in any form. As time went on, all of the societal influences that were passed into your mind-machine started to create conclusions called ‘the transient you identity’ – that person you project to the world and yourself.

But the descriptions of experiences and impression don’t really form the essence of something or someone, they’re simply desires and dislikes, experiences, etc. These are things that have happened or will happen, but they don’t form the real someone at all. The actual nature of someone is much deeper than just a series of experiences and memories, projections, desires and pains.

The essence or Essential Nature is outside of egoic mind-machine. It’s this Essential Nature, the true self, that spiritual practitioner is seeking to become aware of.

However, because the Essential Nature, that perfect observing consciousness, is sleeping or dormant, it gets entangled with this transient identity, the lower egoic mind-machine. Because of this entanglement, there’s a false belief that the experiences and influences that created these mind impressions are the real self. In other words, that the experiences are the real ‘You’ because they’re all you can identify with.

This is the true spiritual definition of an unaware or sleeping person. That they believe and associate totally with the transient identity which is completely temporal and vanishes at death. They invest in it, they cleave to it, they suffer through it.

This is why in our lifetimes we search for security, sex, money, power, control, fame, knowledge, etc and yet none of these things ever solve our problem of dissatisfaction no matter how great the mind projects that they will. Because of this outward mind created illusion we suffering intensely.

The Essential Nature is permanent, infinite and genuine. Although it can experience, no part of the experience (good or bad) sticks to it as It doesn’t rely on experience to determine what it is, it is the ‘I AM’ and eternally existent. Once realized, the Essential Nature sees through the transience of the ego mind-machine and realizes that just as it has been born it will also die. Here life become a game, not a trap. Life can be fun instead of cruel and scary.

The most important point is this: if we don’t discover this Essential Nature in this lifetime, then when death comes to take us away we’ll be lost as the mind and body dissolve and the essential nature is not recognized.

The world is only an incubation center for consciousness evolution. The only question you need to ask yourself is, is it time to finally evolve and ‘Know Thyself’ or continue to cleave to the illusory and transient?

– Raz Iyahu

December 26th, 2015|

“The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of
the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female
with the male, of the ego with the non-ego—or what not.”

– Aleister Crowley: Magick Without Tears

December 26th, 2015|

“Nature gives up her innermost secrets and imparts true wisdom only to him who seeks truth for its own sake, and who craves knowledge in order to confer benefits on others, not on his own unimportant personality.”

— H.P. Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine

December 26th, 2015|

“Life is a beautiful, complex layering of laws and interdependent movements of matter and energy. Kabbalah is a systematic overview of how existence functions, on every level, from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic.

Kabbalah provides an understanding of how the human being fits into nature, and how nature functions, from the lowest, most dense levels, all the way up to the most profound. Through this knowledge, a person comes to know where they are now in the scale of the universe, and how to traverse those levels and reach a better station in life.

Kabbalah is a universal knowledge that has appeared in many forms around the world. Although we use the Hebrew word Kabbalah to describe it, this knowledge is not the property of the Jews or any other group. Kabbalah is also known by other names, such as Kalachakra in Tibetan Buddhism. Modern science calls it “physics,” but they have not yet discovered the full range of this knowledge. For that, they need to use other instruments that reach far beyond the physical senses.

The word Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew language and can be spelled Cabala or Qabala, since it is derived from the Hebrew קבלה, from קבל which means “to receive.” (In the Gnostic tradition, the spelling with the “K” is preferred because the three arms of the letter represent the three primary forces, the trinity or trimurti). The root word is significant because real Kabbalah is not an invention or theory: it is the direct perception (reception) of the truth. When the truth is seen, there is no theory or belief needed. The truth simply is. Yet, the fundamental truth cannot be seen physically, because the fundamental truth is beyond the reach of the physical senses. Thus, the true investigator of Kabbalah knows how to perceive that which is beyond the physical senses.”

Glorian Publishing

http://gnosticteachings.org

December 25th, 2015|

“The Lesser Mysteries aim at giving an all-round preliminary training first in the purification and discipline of character, and then in the development of the intellectual powers, especially that of concentration. All candidates need to pass through this course, and many failures come from too early specialization. It is only after they have passed through the three grades in which consciousness is trained that the dedication is offered and accepted and they pass on to the Greater Mysteries.”

– Dion Fortune: Esoteric Orders and Their Work

December 25th, 2015|

“The technique of black magic differs in no way from that of white
magic; the same principles apply, the same methods are made
use of; the same training in concentration is necessary; the
difference lies in the attitude of the operator, the symbolism
employed, and the powers contacted thereby…”

– Dion Fortune: What Is Occultism?

December 25th, 2015|

“Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.” 

– Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

December 25th, 2015|

“Most aspire to be something.

But when we try to become something where does it end?

The one becoming something has imprisoned themselves to a boundary.

But the one who is nothing is limitlessly free.

If we let go of the mind’s need to create boundaries, to create ‘somethings’, then we’re absolutely free to be everything.

Let go.”

– Raz Iyahu

December 23rd, 2015|

“The greatest trick is not to make the physical, spiritual. Human beings are already inherently spiritual.

The greatest trick one can do is to bring the spiritual down into the physical.

Love is an energy that resides in the non-physical. But just by smiling at someone, you’ve drawn love down from the spiritual and giving birth to it physically.

That’s real magic … and the world is in desperate need of real magicians.”

– Raz Iyahu