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Month: May 2012

Nature Soul

Nature Soul

Today, instead of opting to tour a rich capitalist’s immense mansion here in Asheville for fifty bucks a head, I chose Nature at the North Carolina Arboretum. Parking cost me eight dollars for the entire day. It was a powerfully moving experience of Soul. The arboretum is just outside of town, nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in the surrounding area. If, indeed, there are vortices of energy in this area, this is certainly one of them. I’ve…

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Asheville Soul

Asheville Soul

  We’re hanging out in Asheville this week, taking advantage of all the good vibes. CBS did a piece in 1996 about this place, calling it a “New Age Mecca.” There’s a lot of good stuff going on in Asheville. The Anima Mundi is doing amazing things here. The Indie of Asheville provides a really good rundown on this amazing place. I’ve got to get a map or GPS or something! I got lost twice today! I guess I’m just…

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My Story

My Story

I began my spiritual/philosophical quest as a very conservative Christian in the late 1970’s. This was, of course, after the typical teenage tomfoolery of the early to mid-70’s. I suppose I was always a Truth seeker; I simply didn’t know where to begin. I had been fascinated with esoteric matters from the age of about 12, however. Around age 18, I began attending a very conservative Christian church, met my wife, and married at age 20. Coming from a working-class…

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The Principle of Gender

The Principle of Gender

Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on planes (The Kybalion). This seventh and last great Hermetic principle reveals the truth that gender is manifested in everything in the Universe.  The words “gender” and “sex” are not the same in this Hermetic teaching. The word “gender” is taken from a Latin word meaning “to beget; procreate; to create or produce.” According to The Kybalion, sex is merely a manifestation of gender on the physical…

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The Principle of Cause and Effect

The Principle of Cause and Effect

Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a  name  for  Law  not  recognized;  there  are  many  planes  of  causation,  but  nothing  escapes  the  Law (The Kybalion). I find myself saying, “This must have happened for a reason,” all the time. This is why. Things don’t just occur; there is no such thing as pure chance, just as there is no pure determinism. These kind of polarities are always paradoxical…

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The Principle of Rhythm

The Principle of Rhythm

The Principle of Rhythm states that Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right, is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates (The Kybalion). Like all of these principles, rhythm is ubiquitous in Nature. There is a rhythm to everything in our world. I was thinking the other day about planet Earth, how She breathes in and out…

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The Principle of Polarity

The Principle of Polarity

Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites  are  identical  in  nature,  but  different  in  degree;  extremes  meet;  all  truths  are  but  half-truths;  all paradoxes may be reconciled (The Kybalion). The best example I can think of to explain this principle is the flow of electrical current, which requires equal and opposite charges, positive and negative. Both charges are needed for an effective flow of current. Remember the principle…

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The Principle of Vibration

The Principle of Vibration

The Principle of Vibration states that all is in motion; nothing is at rest; the Universe is dynamic! The idea was known to Hermeticists centuries, if not millennia, before science finally confirmed it toward the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. We now know that everything in the Universe is energy and that everything has a rate of vibration. This is not limited to material things either. There is an entire spectrum of energy, from the…

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The Principle of Correspondence

The Principle of Correspondence

Pont de Maincy (Maincy bridge) by Paul Cezanne The Principle of Correspondence gives us the classic maxim, As above, so below; as below so above. This axiom is one of the most important ideas in all Hermeticism. According to the Hermetic Masters, there are myriad planes of existence, our material realm being the least subtle form of Reality. The Principle of Correspondence holds that there is always a concurrence between phenomena on higher and lower strata of existence. Higher planes…

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The Principle of Mentalism

The Principle of Mentalism

Creation of Light, by Gustave Doré (1832–1883) According to The Kybalion, The All is Mind; the Universe is Mental In other words, The All, what we think of as God, The Infinite, which is beyond all understanding, is all and is in all. We cannot really say what The All is; only that it is The All. We cannot say The All is Soul or Spirit because The All supersedes these classifications. For the sake of analogy, however, we can…

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The Seven Principles of Hermeticism

The Seven Principles of Hermeticism

I plan on beginning a series of articles consisting of my thoughts on the seven principles of Hermeticism. I’m really just delving into them in detail for myself, but I am a mere neophyte. These articles will briefly state what I have to say on these topics as I traverse through them. Usually, these short articles I write are simply musings and bits of thoughts. I began writing these small pieces in college. A philosophy professor of mine liked the…

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Practicum of Soul

Practicum of Soul

Now that we know a few things about Soul and her movements, what can we do with this knowledge? In my own journey, I try to keep in mind the Hermetic axiom, As above, so below; as below, so above. This keep me thinking about correspondences between Nature and the Higher Planes, the microcosm and the macrocosm. I try to think mythologically when experiencing the world. I try to “see through,” as Hillman called it. This makes for an interesting…

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Can There Be Only One?

Can There Be Only One?

A Paradox, by Frances MacDonald, 1905 Literalism prevents mystery by narrowing the multiple ambiguity of meanings into one definition. Literalism is the natural concomitant of monotheistic consciousness–whether in theology or in science–which demands singleness of meaning. Precisely, this monotheism of meaning prevents mystery (James Hillman, Revisioning Psychology, p. 149). In Western consciousness, we tend to demand an either/or. Perhaps it is our ideal of rugged individualism, that “all or nothing” attitude that we seem to have ingrained in us from…

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The Suffering Soul

The Suffering Soul

Ophelia, by John Everett Millais Journeying into the depths of Soul is not always full of good feelings and positive thoughts. We forget sometimes that the very nature of Soul is to pathologize. In social forums where we discuss the things of Soul, I think we tend to lose sight of the darker side. In an attempt to uplift others, we concentrate solely on the affirmative. In order to approach the psychology of pathology afresh, I am introducing the term…

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The Downward Gaze

The Downward Gaze

When I was ten years old, I had a map of the ocean floor hung on the wall of my room. I was always fascinated with things hidden beneath the surface. My mind has always gravitated toward the depths of things. Little did I know how significant this would later be in my life. I have always sought out the secret things the rational mind cannot explain. I was mesmerized by Jules Verne’s book, Journey to the Center of the…

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