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Monthly Archives : May 31, 2012

Nature Soul

Uncategorized / May 31, 2012 / 1 Comment

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 felt uplifted and full of energy the entire day. When we arrived, a very polite gentleman greeted us and gave us some basic information before we began our ascent up …..

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Asheville Soul

archetypal / May 30, 2012 / No Comments

¬†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 following the vibes. ūüôā We stopped in for dinner at Neo Cantina, a really great Tex-Mex joint in Biltmore Square. It was an amazing meal, filled to the brim with Soul. …..

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My Story

Uncategorized / May 27, 2012 / No Comments

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 background, I slaved in factories to make ends meet. This was a difficult life. Being always, a voracious reader, I began reading philosophy, first a Christian thinker named Francis Schaeffer. …..

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The Principle of Gender

archetypal / May 27, 2012 / 2 Comments

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 plane of organic life. Gender is concerned solely with creating and producing. Gender manifests on all planes of Being. Don’t think as much of positive and negative, or even male …..

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The Principle of Cause and Effect

archetypal / May 27, 2012 / 2 Comments

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 and are merely two faces of the same phenomenon. There is no pure causal determinism just as there is no pure indeterminism. ¬† According to The Kybalion, A careful examination …..

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The Principle of Rhythm

Uncategorized / May 26, 2012 / No Comments

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 just like we do. The ocean tides and atmospheric air currents are but two examples of how our planet breathes. The changing of the seasons are another example. Rhythm’s footprint …..

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The Principle of Polarity

archetypal / May 24, 2012 / No Comments

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 of correspondence, “As above so below; as below, so above. Just as electricity requires both poles for efficacy, so does Soul. Think of temperature. Where does heat end, leaving absolute …..

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The Principle of Vibration

archetypal / May 22, 2012 / No Comments

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 lowest form of matter to the Creator. Heraclitus saw this truth over two thousand years ago when he said, “Everything flows, nothing stands still.” The¬† Hermetic¬† Teachings¬† are¬† that¬† not¬† …..

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The Principle of Correspondence

Uncategorized / May 20, 2012 / No Comments

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 are sometimes unknown to us; by this principle we can at least glean some knowledge of what we would otherwise be totally ignorant of. As above, so below is a …..

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The Principle of Mentalism

Uncategorized / May 19, 2012 / No Comments

Creation of Light, by Gustave Dor√© (1832‚Äď1883) 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 say that The All has an Imagination, which encompasses all possibilities. Using infinite Imagination, The All imagines the Universe; the Universe exists in the Mind of The All and is …..

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The Seven Principles of Hermeticism

Uncategorized / May 19, 2012 / No Comments

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 Kierkegaardian idea of “philosophical fragments,” from the SK book of the same name. He required us to write, perhaps ten of these short pieces per term. The Danish word for …..

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Practicum of Soul

Uncategorized / May 19, 2012 / No Comments

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 day. One of my favorite natural phenomena to meditate on are trees. They have an amazing story to tell, if you will only listen. When I think about trees, I …..

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Can There Be Only One?

archetypal / May 18, 2012 / 2 Comments

A Paradox, by Frances MacDonald, 1905Literalism 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 childhood. Be a Charlie Hustle; give 110 percent!¬† In the context of religion and spirituality, most Westerners think that one is either a monotheist or a polytheist. I’ve heard religious people say …..

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The Suffering Soul

Uncategorized / May 13, 2012 / No Comments

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 pathologizing¬† to mean the psyche’s autonomous ability to create illness, morbidity, disorder, abnormality, and suffering in any aspect of its behavior and to experience and imagine life through this deformed …..

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The Downward Gaze

Uncategorized / May 13, 2012 / 1 Comment

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 Earth. To this day, it electrifies my imagination.¬† As a child, I devoured all the books I could find on unexplained phenomena. Of course, I now know why these things …..

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The Archaic Renaissance

Uncategorized / May 12, 2012 / No Comments

Most of us dream of a better world. Maybe not a utopia, but a better world than what we see today. It is possible because Imagination is without limit. The corollary example is our infinite universe. Propel your thoughts into space; imagine your are traveling at a very high rate of speed through the galaxies, past innumerable stars and planets. You travel on for several weeks, months, even years. Is there a limit to your trip, or would it take you on forever? Such is the journey of Imagination. There is a war being waged against Imagination. The advent of The Enlightenment in the eighteenth century brought a tide of …..

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Soul Building

Uncategorized / May 9, 2012 / 2 Comments

. . . a man prepares the foundation for a house; he gathers the material, stone, lumber, hardware, and whatever is needed; then, he proceeds to fit the separate parts together and, finally, he has a house for a home. Every experience the Neophyte passes through is like a piece of stone, lumber, or iron, used in building the “house.” The Soul he develops, i.e., builds, will be according to the experiences he has passed through; each experience becomes a part of the whole (http://www.denverspiritualcommunity.org/Wisdom/OccultLawChpt3.htm#anchor594072). Many people think of Soul as an objective entity living inside a body. This idea is a product of two thousand years of Platonic and …..

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The Infinite Depths

archetypal / May 5, 2012 / 2 Comments

He who is born in imagination discovers the latent forces of Nature. . . . Besides the stars that are established, there is yet another — Imagination — that begets a new star and a new heaven (Paracelsus) Gazing into the starry night sky is a peek into the infinite depths of Soul. The myriad stars and planets are but reflective metaphors for the living beings who populate the world of Soul. Without magnification, we can only see so far. We possess a tool that is far more valuable than the Hubble or Spitzer space telescopes. It is Imagination. The world of active imagination is called by the Sufis alam …..

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The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 8

Uncategorized / May 4, 2012 / No Comments

The final point of heresy brought against Giordano Bruno reads thusly: 8) The opposition to the doctrine of St Thomas on the soul, the spiritual reality held ¬†¬†¬† captive in the body and not considered as the form of the human body. Bruno, for most of his career, spoke out fiercely against the Aristotelianism that had gripped the Church. His ideas on Soul, heavily influenced by Egyptian thinking and Hermeticism, were far from what Christian Aristotelianism taught. Bruno, in contrast to St. Thomas Aquinas, believed that Soul was part of the body, since all material things are divine. Aquinas taught that¬† the soul is capable of existing apart from the …..

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The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 7

Uncategorized / May 3, 2012 / No Comments

Point seven, in the Inquisitor’s list of eight theses against Giordano Bruno, for which the cardinals turned him over to the secular authorities to be executed, reads like this: 7) The allocation of a “both sensory¬†and intellectual” soul to earth. ¬†This is an allusion to Thomas Aquinas’ ideas on the human soul. Thomas distinguished between the sensory, nutritive, and intellectual human soul: We must assert, then that the soul in man is one in number, at once sensory, intellectual and nutritive. The sense-soul does not owe its incorruptibility to itself but to the true fact that it is at the same time an intellective soul. Therefore when a soul is …..

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The Eight Theses of Giordano Bruno: Point 6

Uncategorized / May 2, 2012 / No Comments

¬† The sixth point in the summary of heresy brought against Giordano Bruno by Cardinal Bellarmine and the Inquisition reads: 6) The designation of stars as “messengers and interpreters of the ways of God”. Bruno, like Ficino, believed that one could draw down forces from the stars and planets. Since the heavenly bodies are living beings, and exert powerful influences on humans, one could, using the correct magical methodologies, attract the powers of the various planets and thereby change one’s circumstances. The classic example in this discussion is Mercury. The planet Mercury, named for the Roman god, was called Hermes by the ancient Greeks. The Romans called it Mercury because …..

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