Mark Stavish | Assumption of a Godform

Introduction

The technique known as Assumption of the Godform is among the most impressive, as well as challenging techniques in esotericism. A careful study of a chosen pantheon in depth is often required, along with the willingness to spend a great deal of time in extended meditation and devotion each of the pantheon’s deities. Yet, if done carefully and in a progressive and step-by-step manner, Assumption of the Godform can offer practical occultists insights into the depth and power of ancient cults, practices, and ideas that simply reading about them can not.

Background on the Technique

“Think of a place and thou are there. Think of a thing, and thou are it.

The fundamental idea behind “Assumption of the Godform is that within each of us there are power that lie in potential for awakening, and that by identifying ourselves with those idealized expressions of those power from ancient times, in the form of ‘gods’, we can awaken through resonance, similar powers and wisdom within our own psyche.

The multitude of deities, gods, and heroes of ancient mythologies represent the various means of expressing the highest human ideals of those time. Surprisingly, they also seem to do the same for modern practitioners as well, in that the Western world lacks a cohesive and comprehensive modern mythology that answer life’s questions in the same fashion as those of Greece or Egypt.

Modern mythologies, such as Star Wars or Star Trek, exert a strong influence over our collective psyche, but lack the coherent veneration, sacred status, or social-political position of the ancient cults. Modern churches, as survivors of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, also lack any appreciation for the techniques of direct experience, although some methods have managed to survive in Roman Catholicism, and some minority Protestant sects. In short, if we are to have a technique that offers us direct experience of an ideal in our lives, a veritable means of incarnating an aspect of deity, then we must turn our attention to the ancient cults for some guidance.

Variations on the Technique

Assumption of the Godform as a practical technique exists on at least three different levels. The first level of the practice is the easiest, and consists of little more than sitting in a chair and imagining that you are your chosen deity – Thoth, Ptah, Jesus, etc. This is fundamental to success in the advanced levels, and it is suggested that this practice be undertaken until competency and familiarity with the practice is developed. Much in the same way we move from simple to complex assumptions when going, from minerals, to plants, to animals, and finally humans, in the previous technique.

On the second level, it is important to study the deity you’ve chosen, in fact, you might want to study the entire pantheon to some degree. When picking a godform, it is not uncommon to pick one for each of the planetary powers, and when possible, have them come from the same pantheon. In many instances, the Egyptian gods and goddesses are suggested for several reasons. One, they have been, and are still in use among esotericists, and as such, have an inherent power that makes success easier. Second, they are abstract – neither too human, as the Greek deities, yet, not too unattainable as others.

When this is done, and you’ve picked the god you wish to assume, and have studied its appearance, gestures, and mannerism, you begin to build a small likeness of it in your heart. One you feel comfortable with the image you’ve built, you may begin to ‘grow’ the image until it almost fills your being. Stay at this level for some time.

According to Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Assumption of the Godform can create a tremendous amount of pressure on your endocrine system, presumably as it stimulates the psychic centers on a very physical level, and should be undertaken slowly and with patience so as to not create psychic or physical imbalances.[1]

The Next Level

In the next level, you grow the god within, and allow it to expand beyond your body, growing to immense height. You may want to also sense it merging, or ‘clicking’ with it corresponding image in the cosmos. That is, your god grows to meet or become one with its exact corresponding image in the cosmos. Like to mirror images becoming one.

In Liber O Crowley describes the practice of Assumption using Qabalistic Divine Names. The following description is taken from the PON Qabala Course.[2]

According to the lesson, there are three fundamental techniques in Western magical-qabalistic ritual:

  1. Rituals of invocation and evocation.
  2. Vibration and vocalization of Divine Names.
  3. Identification of the operator with a chosen deific form.

Of which, “The mastery of these three points leads ipso facto to the mastery of ritual, either in personal practice (solo, as it were) or in a group (an orchestra, as it were). [3]

After performing a banishing pentagram ritual, and then, perform an invoking pentagram ritual to first cleans, and then stabilize the area of working.

The technique assumes a familiarity with the gods of Egypt, or some other chosen pantheon. However, for reasons states, as well as being seen as the most ‘magical’, Egyptian deities are preferred.

After preparing your oratory ritualistically, sit in a chair in the Pharaonic or Egyptian God posture, or with feet flat on the floor, palms down on thighs, and back straight.

Imagine that the god you have chosen envelopes your entire being, slightly larger than you, and that you are in complete identification with it. Do not rush this part, but take your time before proceeding to the next step.

Once identification is established, stand up, extend arms to your sides, and breathe in deeply through your nostrils, imagining that the name of the god is being inhaled in flaming white light. Let the name descend to your lungs, heart, solar plexus, abdomen, genitals, and feet.

When it touches your feet, quickly place your left foot forward (about one foot), while thrusting your body and hands forward (at eye level), into the posture of “the Enter or of the god Horus. As this is done, image the name ascending with force, power, and brilliance, from your feet while exhaling out of your nostrils.

Feel as though your voice carries the Name to the edges of the Universe.

Pause for a moment, and them place your left foot besides the right one, and place your left index finger on your lips, so that you find yourself in the position of Harpocrates – the god of Silence.

Success is hard to describe, but a definite sensation will be felt. If a single vocalization exhausts you, it is considered a sign that it has worked. A sensation of intense heat, onset of sweating, and possibly even trouble remaining standing will occur..

If you hear the name of the god resounding, “as if carried off by a thousand thunders; this sound will seem to come from an enormous voice coming from the whole universe and not from him is also considered a sign of efficiency.

The more time it takes to return to normal awareness, the better the experiment.

Other modern Golden Dawn authorities suggest inscribing the name, and/or sigil of the entity in your heart prior to the vibration of its name. Then to formulate the image in the “East’ of the temple area you are working in, and to move towards the image and into it, with your back towards the ‘East’ and facing the ‘West’.[4]

The Assumption of Harpocrates

The first and most important of the godforms used in Assumption in the Golden Dawn is that of Harpocrates – the son of Osiris, and Lord of Matter. Harpocrates is “the god who is the cause of all generation, of all nature, and of all the powers of the elements’ and as such he ‘precedes all things and comprehends all things in himself.’[5]

After having immersed yourself in the imagery and symbolism of Harpocrates, begin your experiment with a brief period of relaxation. You may, if you desire prepare your working area with a ritual, such as the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, or simply imagine yourself surrounded by a brilliant sphere of blueish-white light.

Then, imagine Harpocrates emerging from the primordial darkness, on a lotus flower. When the image is real to you, step forward, and assume his classical pose, of the left foot about six inches in front of the right, and raise your right forefinger to you mouth in the sign of silence. Imagine, feel, that you are becoming Harpocrates. Then vibrate his name – Hoor-po-krat-ist, while you imagine yourself emerging from the primordial waters of creation.

This visualization can also be made more potent by employing the following affirmation:

“Hoor-po-krat-ist, Thou Lord of the Silence. Hoor-po-krat-ist, Lord of the Sacred Lotus, O Thou Hoor-po-krat-ist (pause and contemplate the force invoked), Thou that standest in victory on the heads of the infernal dwellers of the waters wherefrom all things were created, Thee, Thee, I invoke, by the name of Eheieh and the power of Agla.

Behold! He is in me, and I in him. Mine is the lotus as I rise as Harpocrates from the firmament of waters…For I am Hoor-po-krat-ist, the Lotus throned Lord of Silence…I am Ra enshrouded, hephra unmanifest to man. [6]

If you are successful, a period of bliss, and extreme elevation may be experienced.

Divine Names

“A rose by another name…

It is often stated that the Egyptians had two names for their gods: one public and one private. It was these private names of the gods that gave the priesthood of Egypt power over them, and could invoke them to visible appearance in their temples. According to tradition, if you know the ‘name’ of a god, deity, person, or thing, you can control or influence it.

So then, what is in a name? Roche de Coppens states:

“Names are symbols and psychic media which convey and elicit the various units of human consciousness we call intuitions, thoughts, feelings, and vital energies. As such, Names are the true units of human consciousness, acting as streams of focused thoughts, emotions, and “bundles of energy. They are the mental lenses that focus out whole attention upon one aspect of reality, one power, or one being. Names also function as catalysts to awaken, invoke, and evoke certain energies and states of consciousness in the Psyche. In short, they are the psychospiritual means at our disposal to invade a certain Presence and induce a certain state of consciousness by focusing our awareness. Names are the intellectual tools by which we can recreate in ourselves an image or facsimile of that which is without, or below, or above our consciousness… [7]

Esoterically speaking, a Name is the means by which we can know something, by becoming its temporary channel and by recreating it or allowing it to express in our consciousness and in our being. [8]

Synthetic Approach

The following technique is a bullet point synthesis of the above techniques, so as at avail ourselves of the various ‘tricks’ used by the various authorities in the technique.

  1. Perform a pentagram, or such ritual, to prepare your area of working.
  2. If suitable, perform an appropriate hexagram ritual.
  3. Offer an oration, of your construction, or a classical one, such as the Orphic Hymns, or from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
  4. Imagine the deity perfectly in your heart.
  5. Imagine in the deities heart, its sigil, or other sign.
  6. Imagine this image growing to match your body is size, enveloping it, masking its appearance with its own.
  7. Stand upright, and intone the name, and or the name and Divine Name appropriate to the godform chosen. “In the Name of YHVH Aloah Va-Daath, I am Osiris, the Risen Lord! If the deity doesn’t easily fit into the qabalistic Tree scheme of things, invoke it “In the Name Eheieh, and by the Power of AGLA, I am….. This utilizes the principle Names of Spirit from the Supreme Ritual of the Pentagram. In either instance, it is important to ‘inhale the names’ as previously described, and to exhale them with great force, and visualization.
  8. Allow the image to grow to immense height, carrying you with it, for it is you.
  9. Offer another oration is you like, or simply experience the results of you invocation.
  10. When the moment is right, perform the Sign of Silence. Rest and absorb the energy.
  11. Banish, and stamp your foot, return to normal consciousness.

“By way of conclusion, let the aspiring Candidate always keep present in his or her consciousness that the WORK must first be KNOWN BY THE HEAD, then FELT BY THE HEART, then CHOSEN BY THE WILL, to be LIVED BY THE BODY, SO THAT ONE CAN MAKE THE “WORD BECOME FLESH OR BECOME THE IDEAL ONE IS NURTURING. [9]

Psychological Support for the Technique

Assagioli’s ‘Ideal Model’

“We must become aware that each of us has within himself various self-models or models of the ego, or – more exactly, using our terminology – of the personality. Such models are not only diverse in nature, origin, and vividness but this constitutes not only one of the major difficulties but is also one the most useful fields of application of a right psychoanalysis. [10]

Assagioli points out that there are three kinds of models which obscure and prevent our realization of what we actually are in the present tense.

1) What we believe we are. Either in over-evaluating, or under-evaluating ourselves.

2) What we would like to be. Often idealized, unattainable models.

3) What we should like to appear to others. Each model reflecting each relationship.

Of course, there are also the models that are projected onto us, thereby affecting our relationships with others:

4) What others believe us to be.

5) What others would like us to be.

6) Images of ourselves, evoked by others.

Assagioli states that the rational behind ‘ideal models’ is in “the utilization or taking advantage of the psychological law that every image has a motor-element which tends to be translated into action – which is a rather dry, objective way of indicating the creative power of imagination…The model must first be static and then “manifesting in motion. The stages are: first the idea, which if seen as desirable becomes an ideal, and then ardently sought after emerges or expresses itself in form and function. [11]

Assagioli further points out that ideals, or traditional ‘hero worship’ should not be confused with modern ‘idol worship’ such as is applied to sports players, movies stars, business men and women of dubious morals, or celebrities.

The ideal should be the model we chose, and the external form of the living person, or the person themselves. “It should be an idea, an image, introjected, and not a personal attachment to the inspirer of the model. [12]

In advanced work, an entirely new, and integrated personality can be ‘imagined’ and brought into being this way.

Peter Roche de Coppens describes his use of the technique of an ‘Ideal Model’ in his work, The Invisible Temple, and combines it with the traditional use of “Assumption of the Godform and use of Divine Names.

“Let me give you an example of how I have used (and still use) the Name of one of my teachers, who is an 85 year old woman still alive in Paris, whom I have known and been inspired by for over 25 years….

In her presence, I have become transformed: being more myself in its higher sense, more alive, more creative, generous, and functioning at a higher level of consciousness. When I invoke her Name…I immediately feel her presence there and no longer feel alone, but instead connected to God, to Humanity, to Nature. All that I know about, and have experienced with her immediately returns to me and is present with me as her Spirit is connected with mine, and I become transformed again with powerful motivations and urges to become the better person I can be. [13]

Assumption

In his work Invisibility, Steve Richard’s discusses the technique of “Assumption of the Godform in relationship to the practices of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and their ritual for invisibility. The godform used for this practice is the Egyptian god of Harpocrates. However, the technique is not limited just to idealized personalities or anthropomorphized archetypes. In fact, it is used in a much more practical manner: to progressively attune with the many facets of creation, or to other human beings.

“Once you have selected your object, sit quietly, close your eyes, and visualize it in front of you. Now gradually increase the size of the object in your visualization until it becomes quite large, large enough, in fact, that it we were an open door you could walk through it. Then imagine that you are merging with your object, that you and the object are in fact becoming one. Once you feel that you have been successful, and that you have in fact merged psychically with whatever you are using, try to become sensitive to any feelings or sensations that may come to you. How does it feel to be a piece of steel? What does it look like? Are there tactile sensations that come to you? How cold is your object? What are its textures?

If you are successful with this experiment, the first thing that will happen is that you will actually feel that you have in fact merged with whatever you are trying to merge with, if not physically, then psychically. Then as you progress with it, you will begin to have actual sensations, intuitions, even thoughts that come to you as you do the experiment, and which proceed directly from this sense of merging that you will produce. [14]

After working your way up the chain, from mineral, to plant, and animal life, you can begin to experiment with human beings.

“You will now be able to merely visualize the animal or the person standing in front of you, and then, as before, imagine that you are merging with it, so that your consciousnesses are merged together and you become one with it.

In this case, you may wish to visualize yourself standing directly behind the person you are assuming, then, in imagination, reach out and put your hands on the sides of the other person’s head. Now, imagine that you are putting his head on, in other words, that you are slipping his head over yours, just as you would a ski mask. After you have done this, try to see with his eyes, hear with his hears, and think with his brain. His thoughts will become your thoughts, and your thoughts will become his. Using this method you can communicate with another person telepathically and implant thoughts in his mind without him being consciously aware where they came from. [15]

Elsewhere he states:

“It is a very versatile technique, and it would not be too much to say that an ingenious student can derive all the benefits of any system of psychic culture from this one technique alone, without the benefit of any other. [16]

Alchemical Applications

From Richard’s comments we can see that the theory and practice behind ‘assumption’ is in no way limited to qabalists and their myriad of pantheons and mythologies. Practicing alchemists can, and some would say do use it, even it unconsciously, when working with laboratory materials and their enigmatic picture books.

Through constant contemplation of the Work, its components, and their realizations that an energetic exchange is taking place on some level between their inner self and the outer materials, an experience of assumption is inevitable for the alchemist. This experience of ‘oneness’ could even be said to be a benchmark sign of some degree of interior success or initiation in the Work at hand.

Through a conscious application of the technique, it becomes possible to have an interior awakening regarding the various manuscripts, their authors, the time and culture in which they lived, and in short, to view their Work through their soul.

Even if the great alchemists such as Christian Rosencreutz, Flammel, or Saint Germain, were more legend than reality, the use of Assumption allows us to touch the archetype that they have become. To, in short, ‘assume’ them in the same fashion the qabalist ‘assumes’ Thoth, Osiris, or any other deity they chose.

The advantage of this technique over many others is in its directness. When it works we are aware of it. The knowledge and experience we gain is often very clear, although powerful. The often confusing array of subconscious symbols that qabalists wade through in interpreting psychic experiences, dreams, or meditation insights, is avoided. An intuition is often the fruits of this work, signifying a more Briactic level of experience. We get a glimpse of the powers of Tiphareth – the powers of direct experience.

Summary

The uses of the techniques of Assumption, be it of a godform, a plant, mineral, piece of laboratory equipment, or a mythic hero is limitless. When combined with a direct and real desire to perfect ourselves and to unfold those hidden potentials buried deep within, be it through an ‘ideal model’ of a mythological character, we come closer and closer to being a ‘whole’ and ‘holy’ being.

Maybe there is nothing better to quote on this point than the Hermetic text which reads:

“If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot approach God: for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself grow to an expanse like that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise up above all time, and become eternal, then you will apprehend God.

Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in your thought, to know every craft and every science; find yourself at home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights, and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, and that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave: grasp in your thoughts all this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God.

But if you shut up your soul in your body, and abase yourself, and say, “I know nothing, I can do nothing, I am afraid of earth and sea, I cannot mount to heaven; I do not know what I was, nor what I shall be, then what have you to do with God? Your thoughts can grasp nothing beautiful and good, if you cleave to the body and evil. For it is the height of evil not to know God; but to be capable of knowing God, and to wish and hope to know Him, is the road which leads straight to the good; and it is an easy road to travel.


[1] The Sacred Cord Meditations by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire, 1990. P. 107.

[2] Lesson 67, p. 5.

[3] Ibid.

[4] The Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple by Chic and Sandra Cicero. P.374.

[5] Ibid. p.130.

[6] Ibid. p. 132.

[7] Ibid, p. 84.

[8] Ibid

[9] The Invisible Temple by Peter Roche de Coppens. Llewellyn .p. 17.

[10] Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assangioli . p. 166.

[11] Ibid, p. 168.

[12] Ibid, p. 169.

[13] Roche de Coppens, p. 93.

[14] Invisibility – The Art of Vanishing by Steve Richards, Aquarian Press, Wellingborough Northamptonshire, 19 . p. 125.

[15] Ibid, p. 126.

[16] Ibid. p. 124.

Meditation | The Pathless Path 

Practice in a comfortable position, sitting on a cushion, chair or meditation bench and make sure your spine is straight. Rest your hands in whatever position you like. Once you have found a comfortable position, make an intention to stay in that position for the whole meditation without shifting or moving. The eyes can be open or closed. If they are too open you may become distracted, and if fully closed your meditation may become foggy or dull. So adjust your practice accordingly so that your meditation is vivid and lucid.

Alchemy | The Alchemist’s Laboratory

In the previous two lectures, which were called “The Elements in Spiritual Growth” and “Transmutation,” we were talking about how spirituality is based on the transformation of energy. One of the emphasized points of those lectures is that every given element and every given existing thing is composed of three components: 

  • energy 
  • matter 
  • consciousness

All things have this trinity, from the tiniest to the largest. We ourselves are composed of these three components. Only by working with these three in conjunction with each other can we fulfill the purpose of spirituality.

We also described how those three components relate to the five basic elements that make up all manifested things. 

  • Akash
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Earth

The five elements are sometimes simplified to just four: air, fire, water, and earth. Those four elements in spirituality do not refer merely to physical elements. They refer to spiritual and psychological elements as well. The elements also are composed of those three primary factors: matter, energy, and consciousness. 

The four elements are ultimately only manifestations of one element. They are particularizations, condensations, or crystallizations of a more primordial, raw matter-energy-consciousness. In Hinduism, that fundamental source is called Prakiti. In Hebrew it is Shekinah. In English terms, we would call it “Divine Mother.” In Latin, it is mater, and it is where we get the word matter. This word has in its construction the root term or phrase ma, which is universally the word for mother. 

The four elements, air, fire, water, and earth, are particularizations or condensations of the body of the mother nature, Ma, mater, Amma, mother, matter—these are all the same thing. 

Our physical body is a very gross level or dense level of the condensation of these four elements that emerged into existence (because of a physical mother). But that ability for that physical body to exist, even though it is composed of these four elements and they came through a physical mother, is only possible because of a cosmic mother, our individual inner mother, she who gave us these forces and energies to work with. 

That primordial source can also be called Kundalini in Sanskrit. But we have to understand the use of that word “Kundalini,” because in us, it is not active. It is latent, it is asleep. This is why Kundalini is depicted in ancient religions as a sleeping serpent, a force that is not yet activated, not yet awakened. But it is the very power or energy of the Divine Mother, and this is why She is always represented with a serpent. My particular favorite representation of that force is the Divine Mother Athena or Minerva whose symbol is the serpent; she wears a serpent, and she commands the serpent, and often times you see here with the serpent in her hand. That serpent represents the power of nature—Her power, that in us is asleep, not yet activated. That power is the Ouroborus, the serpent eating its tail: it is the cyclical power of nature, which, as the root of all things, can be found in all things, but particularized in different ways.

Unfortunately in us, that energy has been dispersed, misused, and has elaborated what in Greek symbolism is represented as the opposite of Athena. In Greek mysteries that opposite is called Medusa, which still begins with M, Ma. Medusa is a woman who fell from purity because of pride, vanity, and lust, thus that single serpent becomes many.  The same duality of the serpent force can be seen in other religions, such as related to Moses in the book of Numbers. Because of the ego, the single serpent of the Divine Mother becomes multiplied, symbolized as the serpents on her head.

medusa

Her horrible power is to turn her victims into stone, into earth. In other words, the power of the Medusa is to crystalize the ego. The power of Medusa is the same power of the Divine Mother, but inverted. She turns the heroes into stone, into earth, just like the wife of Lot in the Bible, who looks back at the degeneration in her past (Sodom and Gomorra), and turns into a pillar of salt. Alchemically, this is the same symbol. Salt is a mineral, it belongs to earth. Looking back to the past represents how the ego is attached. All of this is represented in the Arcanum Six.

Tarot Arcanum Six

The Divine Mother, as the root energy, can be called Prakriti, and another word for that energy is Akash, the root vibration or prana, the energy that vibrates in all things. So it is in us, it is the core or heart fire in every atom within us. Physically, and psychologically, we have that prana within, we have the power of the divine mother. The problem is that we have misused it and crystalized the ego; we have turned that power into something negative. The power of Medusa is very strong in us. 

That is why in the previous lectures we were describing how to transmute, how to reduce elements back to their essence, and to reform them into something pure. What this essentially means is that we take that very power of the Divine Mother and harness it. And we pulverized everything that is within us in order to reform it. To create something new, something pure, something better. In other words, we withdraw the energy of the four elements in order to bring them back to their original source, which is Akash. In the tradition of alchemy, that force is called Quintessence, which means the fifth power. It is the fifth element. Is is the Kundalini, it is the energy of the Divine Mother. 

In order to do that work, we need a laboratory. Without a laboratory, it is impossible to perform that type of work. We need a place within which we can bring the needed elements, focus on them, pulverize them, purify them, extract the essence, cast aside what is unneeded and unnecessary, and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. The four elements, through the process of heat and pressure, gradually, with patience, become pure. This means that the power of the Divine Mother grows in us. Awakens. Emerges… And instead of being a latent and static power, becomes an active or kinetic power, something that moves, something that acts. 

This illustration represents the laboratory that we need.

Laboratorum of Heinrich Kunrath

This illustration was designed by an Alchemist-Kabbalist from the 16th century named Heinrich Kunrath. He was a great Alchemist and a great Kabbalist, a Christian Kabbalist. He was a European, not a Jew, but a Christian, who applied the principles of Kabbalah and Alchemy to his Christian faith. He taught his principals through these type of drawings; he hired artists to create them. They are all beautiful, and there is a series of these types of images. This one in particular is important for our work, because it represents in symbolic form the teachings that only now are being taught publicly in lectures like this. The teachings that he was working with and protected were completely secret. He utilized these images both to communicate to other initiates who were practicing this science, and also to fish for students, to attract souls who were prepared, who worked with the science, which were very few, and even now are very few. The science was not stated explicitly or given explicitly but was given in symbolic form which only the trained could penetrate. Only those who were trained, only those who were given the keys or clues could understand the meanings hidden in these types of drawings. 

This drawing belongs to the Western tradition of alchemy. If you go to a university or a school where they study Alchemy in a scholarly fashion, as history, they will tell you all kinds of inventive theories about alchemy, but it is all garbage, because they are not initiated into the tradition of alchemy. Everything the university and library books, and websites, tell you about alchemy is just theories invented by people who have no idea what they are talking about; they are just spreading their ideas and theories about Alchemy, but none of that is what Alchemy actually is. Only the ones who have been initiated in the science, who have been brought into the actual tradition and experienced first hand know what alchemy actually is. There are many famous books, websites and movies that claim to teach alchemy and that talk about many beautiful and fantastic things, yet they are all wrong. Their theories can be very beautiful, very compelling, and move your heart, but be completely wrong. 

Alchemy is a science to access the power of the Divine Mother Herself, which is a divine power. It is not given to the profane. It is not given to those who simply are curious. Ever. Even now, in these times in which the teachings are being openly revealed, the actual access to the power is still restrained, it is only given by one being: God.

Only the divine bestows the power of alchemy on the person. No school, no book, no instructor bestows that power. They may open doors, but to actually become an Alchemist is a power given only by God. It can only be that way. To understand that we need to know what alchemy means. We need to understand the real meaning. Not the meaning that we see in movies and in popular books, but the actual meaning. So to understand that we will study this drawing. 

Lead into Gold

Regarding real alchemy, Samael Aun Weor said, 

“We need to transmute the lead of personality into the gold of Spirit. This work is only possible in the laboratory of the Alchemist.”

Probably the most popular statement that people make about alchemy is that its supposedly was just a farcical belief of a bunch of clowns running around Europe claiming to have the ability to transform crude metals into pure gold. Without question, there were many such clowns. There were people who dressed themselves up to look fantastic, to play the part of an Alchemist, who were tricksters, who were only trying to get attention or money. Without a doubt, there are many such people even today. 

The truth is that the concept of transmuting lead into gold was merely a symbol of the actual work of alchemy, which was to transform the base metals, the earth, into pure metals. Symbolically speaking, that earth is us. In Kabbalah, the earth is represented by the sephirah Malkuth, which represents you and me. Our metal, our earth, is very impure. It is very corrupted, very weak, susceptible to many illnesses and dangers, very impermanent, very unreliable. We do not know when we will die, we are very susceptible to illness, weakness, and pain. We have no real power in the world. The tiniest thing can lay us flat. A microbe can make us sick, and kill us. This does not equate to strength. This is not a sign of strength or power in nature. It is a sign of weakness. 

To transmute the lead into gold refers to transforming the psyche, the mind, the heart, the personality, everything, into spiritual gold, a vessel through which the Divine Mother can operate without any obstacle. 

Samael sais this work is only possible in the laboratory. Naturally, over the centuries those who have been curious about alchemy, who have wanted to make gold so they could become famous and rich, have made themselves many laboratories and tried to reproduce the teachings of the alchemists physically, by crafting all sorts of fantastic vessels and objects and ovens and limbics and many type of tools that they’ve gathered together, and as a result we have now our modern science of chemistry. What we have now today as chemistry came from alchemy; you see the words are similar? But the difference between chemistry and alchemy is that chemistry has lost the first two letters “Al”. If you know Arabic, you know what that means. If you know Hebrew, you know what that means. “Al”, “El” means God. Al-kimia means “to fuse with God.” To bind, to merge, to become one. Modern chemistry renounces divinity, “Al.” Modern chemistry has created some useful things, we do not deny it, but no chemist is an alchemist. 

We see here in this image the typical representation of alchemists laboratories that have been mimicked and celebrated for centuries in the West, as many foolish, greedy people have wasted their lives attempting to create gold from lead, studying ancient texts, pouring their fortunes into futile pursuits. 

alchemists workshop

What we need as a laboratory is not this type of laboratory. The type of laboratory we need is revealed in this next image.

alchemist's work

This painting is also a painting of alchemy, and it represents the great difference between those who are initiated into actual alchemy and those who are not. This image shows an alchemist in the center, in his robe, who is observing an angel, a woman. She is seated in a very strange looking tree, and behind the alchemist is a building, and inside the building we see one of those alchemists laboratories filled with all sorts of strange vessels in an oven. This image shows the difference between the materialists, the curious, the skeptics, the chemists, who play with physical matter as they pursue their greed, as they pursue their lust, envy, and pride, attempting to play games with the matter of nature, the energy of nature, while ignoring its consciousness. That is represented in that mechanical laboratory in the back. That is why at the bottom of it says “Opus Mechanicus”, the mechanical work, physical work, literal work, the spiritually useless work. 

On the left we see a woman, an angel, a cherubim, who has on her head a seven pointed crown and has under her hips a fire. That is the fire of the Divine Mother Nature. That is prana, Akash, Kundalini, She represents nature, who here is revealed to the eyes of the alchemist who looks here directly in the face and knows who She is, and bows his head. But you see that his hands are hidden from view, because the work that he is performing is not visible to the uninitiated; his right hand is hidden, his left hand is hidden, enclosed in black. The work of alchemy has always been done in darkness, hidden from the eyes of those who were uninitiated, in order to protect it and in order to protect the uninitiated, because those who play games with this type of teaching can cause great harm if they are not properly prepared. The tree that She sits in represents the Kabbalah, the structure of nature, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge, and as one works with nature that is what precisely is elaborated and protected: our own inner tree of life. This tree has three roots, a trinity, which are united in one as a fire. That fire is the Kundalini, the fire that gives the power to create life. Naturally, it is the sexual power. 

So this image shows us that we need proper instruction, and we need to understand that the work is in our relationship with our Divine Mother. No where else. 

mutus liber

This image is from an ancient book called Mutus Liber, which means “the mute book” or “silent book,” and it illustrates the principals of alchemy. It shows a typical representation in alchemy: a couple, man and women, working with difference devices in the process of purifying, heating and breaking down, purifying, heating and breaking down, purifying, heating things up, breaking them down, purifying, constantly working until new things emerge, many symbolic forms that are hard to understand, that are very dream like. At the bottom, we see the Divine Mother as Luna / Selene, the Moon, with Saturn. The Moon represents procreation, birth, gestation, life-giving. Saturn represents death. Alchemy is that: the death of the old and impure (the “lead”), in order to give birth to the soul, the spiritual gold.

Alchemy:

  • Al / El: “God”
  • Khemia / kimia (Greek χυμεία) which means “to fuse or cast a metal.”

Here we see the meaning of alchemy: to fuse with God, to make our metal, our body, our heart, our mind, one with the divine. This is the real meaning of alchemy. 

And what about the laboratory? Of course, nowadays we take this concept of a laboratory for granted, and we immediately think of people wearing glasses running around in white coats, and usually have a bunch of pens in their pockets, and we think they are very smart. Nowadays, we treat scientists like priests, as if somehow they are better than other people, or holy, as if they know more than the rest of us, but really, the so-called “scientists” did not invent science of the laboratory. In fact, the whole concept of science and the laboratory came from the tradition of alchemy. Furthermore, all of the historical scientists were alchemists: Newton, Gallieo, even Einstein knew what real alchemy was. 

“Because the way by the Mercurial principle may be impregnated has been thought fit to be concealed by others that have know it, and therefore may possibly be an inlet to something more noble that is not to be communicated without immense damage to the world if there be any verity in Hermetic writers. There are other things besides the transmutation of metals which none but they understand.” – Isaac Newton

The word laboratory actually means something different from what we think it means. It comes from Latin: laboritorum. 

The first part, labor, means “to exert with hardship, pain, fatigue,” a work of labour, something difficult, something that is not easy… Without question, that applies to the Gnostic work. It is very tiring work, a very exhausting work. It requires great exertion, toil, it engages much hardship, and causes much pain. It is not pleasant. But it is worth it.

The second part is oratorium, which means “a place of prayer.” 

So the laboritorum is a real laboratory is “a place of prayer and work.” Without prayer or labor, there can be no alchemy. 

alchemist-nature

This image shows a woman representing nature, but she’s removing her mask, meaning that he’s seeing her true face. The veil of Isis is being lifted. Remember Isis states: “No mortal can see past my veil,” which means that in order to see the face of Isis you have to become more than a mere mortal. You cannot reach that state by means of devices in a physical, common laboratory. That is only possible by appealing to the divine, and through the application of a very specific and exact science. Thus: labor-oratorum.

The Laboratorum

Laboratorum of Heinrich Kunrath

This image of the Alchemists’ laboratory was drawn by an artist for Heinrich Kunrath; he did not draw it himself. He gave instructions to the artist, who drew this based on those instructions. It is filled with cryptic messages, and we do not have time in the context of the lecture to explain all of them, but I want to point out some of the important ones because they help us understand the teachings of alchemy.

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In this image, before a tent is an alchemist on his knees, with his hands out, praying. The tent is very much like the tents used by the Israelites when they were out in the wilderness. Inside the tent we see a table, and on it are many sacred books, but of great significance here is the posture of the alchemist. Nothing in this image is accidental. It is all purposeful. The alchemist is on his knees, as is a sign of humility, obedience. It is a representation that in order to engage in the real work of alchemy, we have to bow before the will of God. Not acting from our own will, but doing what is required of us by God. His outstretched hands form a crucifix. This is a complete relinquishment of personal will. This represents the full and complete sacrifice of oneself on the cross. This is to be crucified on behalf of others. This is to die in order to serve. The alchemist here is representing that the basis of the work is prayer, obedience, devotion. 

That side of the image, the left side, is the prayerful aspect, the emotional aspect of the work. On the right hand side, we see the logical, labor aspect: all the tools that are arranged in the laboratory, and in the middle, we see a table, that is also with many instruments, especially musical instruments.

Of particular significance here is that the entire image is topped by a seven pointed lantern. It is a candelabra with seven flames.

laboratorum-Heinrich-Kunrath-lights

Those seven flames hang from a trinity, so there you see the tree of life: the law of three and the law of seven. Those are the forces at work that we need to harness: the three and the seven. We need to light those fires in our own inner heavens, in order to succeed in this work of alchemy. 

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On the left hand side we see the alchemist in prayer, kneeling on his cushion; on the very top of that tent we see a cross, which always represents the four elements in activity. 

The cross represents the crossing of man and women. The vertical pole represents the active principal, the male, while the horizontal pole represents the passive principal, or receptive principal, the woman. 

The cross is also the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. 

These aspects are all always engaged in any practice of alchemy. Moreover, they are the pinnacle, they are the most sacred, and they must be held very high. 

Below that it says, “oratorium,” which means “A place of prayer.” 

Below that it says in Latin and Hebrew:

Felix cui יהוה a consilis

“Happy is he who follows the counsel of יהוה Yod Hei Vav Hei.”

That יהוה Yod Hei Vav Hei, or Yod Havah, is our Inner Guide, our Inner Divinity, the four forces of the Tetragrammaton that work in us. That is our Master. No one else. No one outside, anywhere, should be our counsel. Our counsel should be God. We should seek out the guidance we need through prayer, not the internet, not e-mail, not the phone, not over coffee, not in groups, churches, or temples, not at retreats or conferences, but through prayer. Everyone talks about wanting guidance from the Divine, but few have the determination to actually acquire it. This is the message at the pinnacle here, below the cross. We must follow the guidance of our Inner Master. To do that we need to pray, constantly.

Under that in Hebrew is says הכמהאל ha-kama-el, which means, “the longing for God.” That should be our motivation: longing for Divinity. Not the longing for fame, recognition, security, comfort. The longing for God, at any price, at any cost. We can withstand any suffering if we hold fast to that longing for God. If we remember our Being, constantly, focusing our attention on that Divinity, we can withstand anything. The problem is that we forget. We become distracted by our desires, by the eight worldly poisons, name and fame, gain, all of the things that we long for and desire, the comfort, the security, the recognition, the revenge, the redemption… That is why we suffer. If we really hold fast to our prayer, to the remembrance of divinity, to that devotion, we have a place of solitude, of solace, which is here, this area of prayer. 

Burning inside of this tent is a single flame. That is the flame of the heart. We all want that flame to be enlivened through romance, through the love of our friends, or our children. We want the respect of our peers. But all of those are mistaken cravings. Those types of flames in the heart are completely impermanent and unreliable. They do not last, they cannot last. The only flame that can burn in your heart that can last, and can actually give solace to the consciousness, is the love of divinity. A reciprocal love… That love is always coming towards us, but because we do not pay attention, we do not feel it. If we learn to pay attention, to listen in to the heart, to sense divinity in our presence, that becomes a real living thing, a fire, a flame, that you can feel. That can sustain you…  But it requires exertion on your part… to reach out and to feel it. 

The alchemist kneels before a table that represents the four bodies of sin: the physical body, the vital body, the astral body, the mental body. We call them the four bodies of sin because with these four vessels we commit mistakes and create suffering for ourselves and others. The physical body is the vessel through which we transmit all our energy, we transmute it improperly. The vital body is the body through which energy goes in and out of our psyche. The astral body relates to our emotions; unfortunately in us it has become Kama Rupa, the body of desire. The mental body relates to our inner Judas, our betrayer, the liar, the mind, the Pontius Pilate within, the part of ourselves which refuses to accept any responsibility for our crimes and always sees ourselves as innocent, just a victim of circumstances. “We are not really at fault.” That is what we tell ourselves…

Those four bodies have to be transformed, transmuted, in order to become a proper table of prayer, so that table of four legs becomes the solar bodies. That transmutation is what creates the alchemists table upon which the real alchemist can work. 

Arcanum One of the Tarot

The real alchemist is our inner Being. The real alchemist is God. The one who really performs the work of Alchemy is the Innermost, the Magician the first card of the Tarot. If you study that card you see that he stands before a table, and that table represents us. But in us that table is unsteady, impure, weak. It needs to be transformed and made strong. That is why underneath the table in this drawing we see an arch, and inside that arch is a skull. It is in darkness. Written in Latin, it says Disce bene mor (spelling), if you know Italian you know what that means, it means “Learn to Die Well”. 

Learn to die well. This is not talking about physical death, it is talking about psychological death. The death of those four bodies of sin, so that they can be recreated, made into something pure, something strong that the Being can use for his work. Learn to die well. 

The pose of the alchemist represents the same thing, that is why they are close together. His crucifixion, his obedience, his humility, his prayer, all represents the attitude that we need in order to die well. That is an attitude of submission. We do not like that. Our pride does not like that. We do not want to submit. We want God to submit to us. That is why when we pray, we say “God, give me this and give me that. God, I want this and that. I’ll make a deal with you, God. If you give me ABC, I will do this little thing over here for you; I will do this little favor for you, if you give me A, B, and C.” We want God to submit to us. This is why we cannot feel God. This is why we hear silence when we pray. God will NEVER bow to the ego. This is not a matter of pride, it is a matter of how things work. The ego is the devil. Our mind is Satan. 

The alchemist here shows the proper attitude for prayer. It is submission to Gods’ will. This is why Jesus taught his prayer: “THY will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” That “earth” is the body. That earth is Malkuth. That earth is us. 

On the right side of the drawing, we see two pillars, and behind that in obscurity is a collection of tools. These two pillars have great significance in all ancient esoteric traditions. In the Bible they are called Jakin and Boaz. Anyone who has been a freemason knows about these two pillars. The two pillars represent the two sides of the tree of life: the pillar of severity and the pillar of mercy. These are the two sides of the tree of knowledge: Tob and Rah. These are man and woman. The two sides of all creation. You cannot create with just a man, or just a woman. Life emerges when you combine man and woman. Thus, all life is founded on two pillars. 

Behind the two pillars hidden in the back is an oven. There is incense burning. There are tools scattered around: a lute, bellows, tongs. These are all tools for working in the fire. There is a feather hanging on the pillar. 

Wisdom and Method

Pillars in the laboratorum of Heinrich Kunrath

What is particularly interesting are the inscriptions at the base of the two pillars. One on the left says Ratio, which is a Latin word that means “reason” in the sense of logic, method. If you think of ratio in terms of method, it becomes very interesting when you look at the other pillar which says, “Experentia.” Naturally in English we would say it means experience, and yes it does, but not the way we use it now. Experientia means wisdom. So, these two pillars are method and wisdom. Anyone recognize that? Any Buddhists here? Those are the two pillars of Buddhism: Method and Wisdom. 

“…there are two main aspects to the Buddhist path: method and wisdom.” – The 14th Dalai Lama, Training the Mind

Images of Samantabhadra, or any great Buddha, show them in a sexual embrace of masculine and feminine. If you ask any monk what it represents, they say it is the union of Method and Wisdom, which is how the dharma is performed…

samantabhadra

We see the same teaching given here in alchemy, a tradition from the other side of the world, from a totally separate culture. 

The two pillars, method and wisdom, mean that we need a combination in order to build our temple. We need theory and practice. We need a strong intellectual culture. We need to know the teachings VERY WELL, but we also need to be doing it. These two need to be in perfect harmony, perfect balance with each other. There are many people who read a lot of books, study a lot of theory, study all the methods, but do not actually do it. There are many others who do a lot of practices, and a lot of techniques, but never study. Both camps of people will fail.

The path of alchemy is extremely precise, more than anything else in the world. It is extremely precise. Our understanding has to be razor sharp, and guided by divinity, not our intellect, not our habits. You see, those who lean towards the method side like to pick up different practices that appeal to their habits, and those who lean towards the wisdom side, the experientia side, like to read and study those things that feed their intellectual habits, that lean towards their habits of believing or disbelieving. So the intellectual types like to read and study a lot of intellectual things, but they do not like to practice. The believers like to study a lot to build up their beliefs and make them feel secure, but they do not like to practice, and do not like to study and remember things, because we are all lazy. We need balance, and we need to be very critical with ourselves, and if we see we are lazy about practice then we need to practice more, and if we see we are lazy about study we need to study more. This is not a game. The future of your soul depends on it… Everything is at stake. Laziness will take you to hell. Laziness and old bad habits will cause you to fail. So these two pillars are very important. 

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In front of the pillars, the very front of the image, we see an alchemists collection of tools that we can call an oven or a furnace, comprised of different vessels that are connected together in a strange way. By appearance alone it does not make a lot of sense. Written on the center vessel, which is quite tall and very phallic, we see written Festina lente, which is Latin and means, “Hasten slowly.” Kind of makes your brain skip, doesn’t it? It is supposed to. It is supposed to get you to pay attention, to be present, to be here and now. Its written on a phallic symbol, a sexual symbol, for a reason. It is saying “pay attention, be present, use your energy wisely, do not waste it. Be persistent, work constantly, but do not rush, work with great caution and care.” So this symbol at the bottom front is representing the main mysterious tool of the alchemist that was never revealed publicly, but today we are going to talk about. 

Looking at the entire image, we understand that all of these symbols together hide a great secret, but it is very hard to penetrate it. It can be hard to see. Yet this is a very purposeful drawing, and I am going to show you why and how right now. 

If you study art, you will understand that the genuine artist creates every little detail with a purpose. Not like so-called art nowadays, where the so-called artists merely vomit their psyche on canvas, making a chaotic mess that only manages to display their lack of anything useful to say. That is not art. Real art is communication, conscious, that delivers knowledge that otherwise is incommunicable. This drawing is a great example of that. There are many messages here that you will gather if you meditate on the image. But I am going to give you a hint towards once that has real significance, and is quite surprising. 

Laboratorum of Heinrich Kunrath

If you study the image you see that there are many converging lines; it is a very architectural type of image. All of the lines are converging on a single point. We call this “perspective.” Most of us do not pay attention to that, we do not think anything of it. But if you look closely, you see all the lines of the perspective of this image are converging on the very center of the image, passing through an arch of four pillars. These four pillars are the four elements, the four bodies, the cross, the four letters of the holy name of God. That has a great deal of significance. The arch above it is the Akash, which comes from this trinity at the top. Here we see the tree of life. All the lines ultimately point towards an open door. And what is behind the open door? A bed! 

The bed in the laboratorum of Heinrich Kunrath

Why would an alchemist’s drawing have ALL of the lines and everything in it converging on a bed? Well, now we know why, but for the last five hundred years, no one knew why. The bed is where the sexual act is performed. The bed is the heart of the laboratorium, where the work and prayer must be performed: on the bed. Laboritorium, the place of prayer, where the work is performed is in the bedroom. That work is between man and woman. If one is single, one works within oneself, with ones own energy, and with ones’ Divine Mother, through prayer. 

alchemists tools

These images represent the furnace, oven, athenor, that the alchemist has to use. This is the heart of the alchemists’ laboratory. The furnace of the laboratory represents a sexual secret.

For hundreds and hundreds of years, people have been trying to build these ovens in their workshops and basements. They are wasting their time, and you know why? Because everyone of us is carrying this oven around with us all the time. This furnace is your body. The laboratory is your mind, your heart, your body. The laboratory of the alchemist is this here and now, working with your energy here and now. That is the laboratory. 

The Laboratory of the Alchemist

The furnace, the tools, are here in the body. The fire burns in sex, in the sephirah Yesod. It is the fire that creates life; it is the sexual energy. That fire burns us if we do not know how to control it. The fire can destroy us, and consume us, if we do not know how to use it wisely. That fire must be kept “with a gentle heat, with much attention.” This is the instruction that Hermes gave in the documents that formed the foundation of alchemy, that gentle heat is to keep that fire burning but low and controlled; not inflamed with lust, not within inflamed desire, not overwhelming, but low and controlled, with much attention. In that context, that fire heats the vessel, the sexual organs. 

king-sun

In Alchemy, our vessel represented as a clear glass vessel. Within it burns that fire or the water of mercury. Mercury is a symbol of sexual energy. And inside of this we see a man and a woman forming a cross, and the holy spirit as a dove putting the other element which forms a six pointed star. That of course is very deep, significant symbol: it is the rune Hagal. 

This man and woman represent Adam and Eve within us. Physiologically, psychologically, they are the channels Ida and Pingala, Od and Obd, Rasana and Larana, the red and white channels. These are energies or forces that move within us in preparation for the Advent of the Fire, the awakening of the Kundalini. 

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The fire of sexuality heats up the waters of the mercury and causes steam to rise up the central column of the spine, to the brain. That is what is represented in all these images: the awakening of the Kundalini, the energy of the Divine Mother. 

That energy rises up the spine and awakens the seven lights on that candelabra of seven flames, the chakras or churches that are written about in the book of Revelation. Those lights give us the ability to see spiritually. They restore us to the state of Eden, to have the ability to talk with God directly. That does not come when we are seeking only material gold, or material success. That ability to see God and talk with God comes through prayer and work.

On either side of this oven we see a man or woman with deep red faces, wearing green clothing. These represent the forces of divinity. We can call them Shiva and Shakti; these are our Inner Being and Divine Mother. They are the guides who oversea the process of transmutation within us. In other words, no matter what fantastical ends you may pursue in your physical life to achieve the ends of alchemy, if you do not work in harmony with your Innermost, you will achieve nothing. The one who performs the work in you is your inner divinity. That work is performed by satisfying the Will of God, and the first Will of God is for you to die, as an ego; for all of your impurity to be purged. That is what the fire does. This fire boils the water to remove the impurities; the steam rises, not the impurities. What is steam? Water and air heated by fire. 

Yeshua answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit [air, wind], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

“I [Christ] am come to send fire on the earth [you]… Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth [your body and mind]? I tell you, Nay; but rather division [between the pure and impure]…” – Luke 12

The “steam” rises up through the earth to awaken and enliven the brain (Adam), the glands, the chakras in the head.

So that is in synthesis the process of alchemy or the work in the laboratory. It is to work with these forces in ourselves, in harmony with the Will of God. 

If you are transmuting your sexual energy, studying these teachings, and trying to put them into practice, you are learning how to practice alchemy, whether you are single or married. Your sexual scenario is just circumstantial, the nature of your karma, and that is what you need to work with. That is what God is giving you to work with, so work with it. Either way (single or married), your Innermost and your Divine Mother bring into the laboratory the elements that need to be transformed. Then there we are in the laboratory saying “No, God, I do not want to work with that. That is not the spouse I want. That is not the job I want. I need more money than this. I need better clothes. I need to be living somewhere better than this. I need some respect from my friends. I need education, I need money in the bank. I do not want these things you are bringing into my life. I want A, B, and C, then I will do what you want, after that.” This is a big mistake. 

Who in the universe knows better what you need for your spiritual growth than your own Innermost? It is time for us to trust our Innermost, to submit to the Will of our Innermost, to accept what our Innermost puts in our lives, and to learn to transmute them. This is the basis of alchemy. 

Oftentimes, we talk about alchemy as something materialistic: we think that we merely take the sexual energy, transform it, and then we awaken consciousness. It is not that simple. You cannot get anywhere with just that attitude. The real process of alchemy is to transmute your entire psyche. Where is all of your sexual energy anyway? It is trapped in your ego. It is all trapped in lust, anger, pride, and envy. So to free it, to redeem it, to free yourself from suffering, you have to transform those elements. And how will God do it? He will put it in your face, by making you suffer. So he says, “You see, here is the bed of roses that you made. It is filled with thorns.” The life that you are living is the life that you made by your own worksl if you want to make that better, accept the guidance of God, the counsel of God. That counsel is: “You want to do the work? You want to be an alchemist? You want to be liberated from suffering? Here. Deal with this mess that you made. Here is your life, here are your circumstances, here is your situation. You made it. Fix it.” We do not fix it by changing everything in our external circumstances; we change it by fixing our attitude, changing how we deal with other people. How we deal with God. How we deal with ourselves.

Those who are focused only on changing their physical circumstances will always end up disappointed. We can never modify external circumstances to our liking, because the cause of them is inside of us. If the cause remains the same, the effects will remain the same. 

Why do we suffer? Because of who we are inside. 

Our Innermost is bringing us our situation, as painful or as difficult as it may be, because we need it. Because that is what we need to work on, that is the most important element that we face. We always hear students pray, “God, please give me what I need to work on myself. But change this and that! Give me a better job, give me a better place to live, I need a better apartment, etc, etc”. 

We do not realize that what our Innermost is already giving us is exactly what we need. 

In the book “Tarot and Kabbalah“, Samael Aun Weor wrote,

“Salamanders keep the fire; Undines are within the raw matter, which is enclosed within its receptacle. The Undines can help us if we dominate them; if we do not, then they do what they want because they are very whimsical. The sylphs make the steam that escapes from the raw matter to rise. The Gnomes are in charge of the distillation of the raw matter, in order for it to be converted into gold within the brain.” 

That quote is describing how the four elements in ourselves are managed by conscious elements that we call elementals. The process of alchemy is the process of working with the elements. Those elements are not just physical matter, they are energy, and they are also consciousness. The fire, the air, the water, and the earth, all have consciousness in them. And traditionally, in alchemy, they have these names. The elements of the air we call Sylphs, the elements of the fire are called Salamanders, the consciousness of the fire. The consciousness of the water is called Undines, and the consciousness of the earth is Gnomes, dwarfs, pygmies. These are not invented or made up things. They are the consciousness of the elements, they are inside of us. Moreover, as we explained in the first lecture, all of the ordeals that we face in life, all the difficulties and problems, ordeals of air or water, of earth or fire, are the activity of those elementals in our life. When we are facing difficult psychological challenges, our old habit is to complain, and complain, and complain. In our mind, in our heart, and verbally. What we are failing to realize is that those problems are exactly what we need. Those problems are the activity of those elementals within us and outside of us that are bringing a great deal of energy, that if we are smart, we will harness that and transmute it into something beneficial.

I will give you an example: if you are in a circumstance when you have to be very close to someone who is criticizing you behind your back, this can be very frustrating, and it can build a lot of resentment in you unless you learn how to transform it. What would be the right way to transform that? Firstly, you can only transform it if you are cognizant of it, aware of it. If you are just being mechanical, the way you always are, you will just build a lot of resentment, you will become angry with the person, you will start treating them badly, you will ignore them, you will intentionally do things to create obstacles for them, you will speak badly about them, you will do all these things mechanically because we are alseep. But if you become cognizant, aware, and pray and remember God, you will remember, “God is giving me this for a reason. This person is talking behind my back all the time, they are telling all these people bad things about me. What do I do, God, help me. Help me learn to die well.” Then what do we do? We have to learn to treat that person with love, because they are helping us. They are showing us our pride. We do not like to see that! Wwe do not like the one who makes us see it. But really, we need that! That person is actually the most important person in our life at that moment. They are doing a service for us that can never be repaid, because they are giving us the keys to liberation from suffering. They are saying “Here, let me show you your pride. Here is your anger. Here is your resentment.” If we act mechanically, we will indulge in the pride and in the anger and the resentment; we will hate that person, and we will deepen our suffering, and waste the opportunity. If we are cognizant, prayerful, learning to die well, then we can see this person and say, “they are really doing me a favor. Look at my pride. Let me feel that, let me see it. Let this be the last time that I suffer with this pride. Let it die.” And then we can respond to that person with kindness, with gratitude, with love. 

What will happen to that situation? It will be transformed. Completely. And this is the type of attitude we need to generate in all of our circumstances. This is how we take advantage of the energy that the elementals put into motion. 

Our Innermost Being is orchestrating all the circumstances of our life, in order to put these things in our face, and that happens with the help of the elementals, inside of us, and around us. So we need to learn how to transform that energy, to have a better attitude. Learn to accept with gratitude all of the unpleasant manifestations of our fellow men and women. Receive them gratefully, because they are the keys to awakening. The problems of our lives, the adversities, the obstacles, the pain and suffering are exactly what we need in order to see why we suffer, and to change. If God gave you what you wanted, a totally peaceful life, rich, living in your castle with all your servants, whatever it is that you dream of, not only would you not become liberated from suffering, you would become worse. Really contemplate that. Really think about that. When those desires are emerging within you, really think about that, “If I got that, really, honestly, would I become better?”, No! If you won the lottery, would you really become better? I do not think so. I really doubt it. You have to be your own judge. 

Questions and Answers

Audience: [inaudible]

Instructor: Her leg is being revealed because she is the Divine Mother Nature. So as the work of alchemy is proceeding, the identity or reality of the Divine Mother is revealed. And its something intimate, so that leg being exposed is that: something intimate. 

Audience: [inaudible]

Instructor: The process of alchemy is broken down into many different stages by different alchemists, and there are a variety of terms used to describe those stages, and it depends on which alchemist you are studying and which stage of the work they are addressing in order to interpret those symbols. Sometimes those steps are broken down to 7, 10, 12, 14, many stages, and they all apply to different parts of the work. In general, though, we talk about a process called putrefaction or blackening. This is a process in which, through the heat of the fire, the ego becomes blackened, the fire accelerates the decomposition. So when we look in the context of our ordeals in life, before you were transmuting your energy, you suffered a lot, we all suffered. And we suffer from many psychological and circumstantial problems, but when you begin to transmute your sexual energy, your suffering seems to intensify. And that is the process of the blackening, putrefaction. That happens because when the power of the sexual energy, when it is being harnessed and directed towards the ego, it intensifies all of the experience of the suffering of that ego. So the suffering seems to get worse because it is, but that is needed in order for those elements to be completely eradicated, eliminated, and broken down. We need that; we need the pressure and heat to crush it, so we can extract the diamonds and gold. So again, it depends on which particular alchemist and which stage, becomes that comes in many stages, there are stages in the beginning, middle and end, there are many stages of that. 

Audience: [inaudible]

Instructor: We are going to talk about that in additional lectures, specifically about that. The process of the work in the laboratory is a gathering together of energy in order to direct that energy. Our primary purpose is to completely pulverize all the impure elements that exist within our psyche. The only way that process can succeed is if we are cognizant of it. In other words, you cannot change your anger if you are unaware of your anger. You cannot change your pride if you are unaware of your pride. So that process of becoming cognizant comes in your daily life through self-observing and self-remembering, and transforming situations in the way I explained. But secondly, you cannot succeed in that completely if you are only doing it during the day. At night, you need to meditate on those events, and really investigate them more deeply, abandoning the physical body, so that you are not distracted by any physical senses, and you can go deeper into the examination of those elements, in order to pulverize them more accurately, in order to completely, completely reduce it to dust. So that is a process of meditation, and that is a long process. We will get more into the details of that in a later lecture.

Audience: [inaudible]

Instructor: In this image, above the bedroom, we see written in Latin: Dormiens vigila, which means, “While sleeping, watch.” This means that we need to be vigilant at all times, conscious of ourselves.

The bed in the laboratorum of Heinrich Kunrath

We need to do this while the physical body is sleeping. That is one level of meaning of the bed in the back, and some people who have studied this image have realized that it relates to the tradition of dream yoga. This is easy to see. But the deeper meaning is that we are always sleeping, because our consciousness is asleep; we have not awakened our consciousness yet. So we need to become vigilant. That vigilance is not at one time or another, it is all the time. Dormiens Vigilia (spelling) means: watch how you sleep. Become aware of how you sleep. Awaken! And that is what it says in the gospels:

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” – Matthew 24

Audience: How do the Runes fit in with Alchemy?

Instructor: Everything about Alchemy is based on the runes. If you have studied any of the symbols of alchemy, you will see that all of the symbols are runic, and I gave you a clue here. When you look into the vessel here that shows the man and the woman and the holy spirit or bird, between them all they are holding the Rune Hagal, which we talked about in the previous lecture. Every alchemical symbol, every alchemical stage is based on the runes.  

Audience: Is this process the process of Moses leading the Israelites to Jerusalem?

Instructor: The process of alchemy is hidden throughout the Bible. Moses is an alchemical symbol, his name is Moshe, which means “born of fire and water.” That is what we see here. The fire is below, the water is in the vessel. The one who is born of that is our divinity, our own inner Moshe. So the entire process, every stage of the work of Moses or Moshe, is a symbol in alchemy. All of the plagues, all of the works that he performs, all of the magical events that happened, the parting of the waters, the coming of the frogs, all of those things represent stages of working in alchemy. The Israelites are a symbol of the consciousness that is trapped in the ego (slavery) and must be redeemed by the guidance of Moshe, our willpower guided by Divinity.

Audience: Is Alchemy something for beginners, and if so, what is the first stage?

Instructor: Truthfully speaking, alchemy is for all human beings; all of us need alchemy. In order to become a true human being, we need it. We are all beginners, without exception. 

The thing that we need in the beginning is to study. We need to study the teaching, we need to study it very well. Without a strong foundation and understanding in the teaching, in a very comprehensive way, we will very easily be misled by very clever people and very mischievous people. So it is essential in the beginning to study relentlessly, and at the same time to begin to incorporate practice at your own level. We can say in some way, in the beginning, those two pillars (Method and Wisdom) are a little bit out of balance. We do not know how to practice in the beginning, we do not know the method. We do not even know the teaching. So in the beginning we have to first start by learning the method, by learning the teaching itself, learning how it works, the theory, concepts, word, language, how it works. Little by little, we need to add practice as well so that they nourish each other. This is very important. Establish that equilibrium between the two. Part of that is to learn to recognize the realities about yourself, to be sincere, be honest with yourself. 

This type of work is not social and has nothing to do with any group. Unfortunately, some people make it into something social. They believe their spirituality can only succeed if they have a social group. There is a need for the sangha or spiritual community. It is one of the three fundamental jewels or aspects of any real spirituality. But ultimately, the real community is not in the physical world. The real community or sangha is in the internal worlds. You do not need to be too worried about the physical part. We should not be focused on the social aspects of our spirituality. We should be focused on the psychological aspects within ourselves. Be honest. Be sincere. Look at yourself, and see what you really are, and do not hide from yourself. It is painful to see our impurities, it is very painful, do not avoid it. If you avoid something painful, you let it get worse, and it will kill you, and the same is true spiritually. Especially spiritually. If you avoid looking into your psychological and spiritual pain, you will never succeed in this work. Thats’ why the phrase on that drawing says, “learn to die well.” We need to look into the face of those things that hurt us, so they won’t hurt us anymore. It is not an easy thing to do, but it must be done.

Audience: [inaudible]

Instructor: Where is Lucifer in the laboratory? Lucifer is everything in the laboratory. He is the laboratory itself. Lucifer is a Latin phrase that means the “Carrier of Light.” Lucifer is the one who makes its possible for this work to be done. Lucifer in other words is the heat of the fire, lucifer is the boiling of the water, lucifer is the rising of the steam.

Audience: [inaudible]

Instructor: When you look into the symbolism of alchemy we see that always that the stages related to the disintegration of the ego are a process of putrefaction, decay. So we see many images of corpses, and of a black raven, and animals eating corpses, things like that. Lucifer is that process. Properly said, Lucifer is the one who orchestrates the ordeals around us so that we see ourselves for what we are. So in the early part of the lecture when I was saying that the Being is the one who is giving you your ordeals, it is that aspect of the Being, Lucifer. Nowadays, we think Lucifer is evil, Satan, but that is inaccurate. That was a misinterpretation made by the Catholic churches centuries ago that they never corrected, but it is easy to see, because in ancient times even the Bishops and Popes were named Lucifer! It was not always a negative name. They made it into something negative because of a political squabble. A translator of the Bible, Jerome, was fighting with a bishop named Lucifer, so he changed the bible to say, “Oh thou Lucifer, how thou art fallen,” because he was talking about a bishop that he did not like. Ever since then we have been hearing that “Lucifer is Satan,” but it is not true. Lucifer is an aspect of Christ. 

Audience: Which alchemical book is the best?

Instructor: Well, honestly, the best alchemical book is yourself. Everything you need to know about alchemy is in your psychological makeup. 

But you cannot learn about that unless you have guidance and instruction. The best place you will find that is the book of Genesis, the Bible, but not in English. In Hebrew. The second place is the book of Revelation. But not in English, in Greek. 

The other places that you will find it are in all of the scriptures of tantra, such as Kalachakra. Tantra is just a Sanskrit name for alchemy. It is the same tradition. In fact, if you investigate the secret writings of the great tantric masters, you will finally use the same terminology. Tsong khapa spoke often of the foundation stone, transmutation, and the philosopher stone. These traditions from the east and the west are actually one tradition. 

In this tradition [the six yogas of Naropa] the expressions “the inner heat, the foundation stone,” is well-known. This is because in the completion stage yogas one uses the inner heat technology from the very beginning in order to collect the subtle life-sustaining energies into the central channel and thereby arouse the innate great bliss. This is the actual basis upon which all practices rely and upon which all later completion stage yogas are founded. This inner heat doctrine establishes this basis.

The practice of the inner heat doctrine entails directing the life-sustaining energies into the central channel. Here the energies enter, abide, and are dissolved. When one trains well in this technique, the strength of the experience has the power to give control over the loss of the bodhimind substance [i.e. the sexual drops]. Then, based on this power, one can rely upon a karmamudra [sexual consort] as a conducive condition to arouse the four blisses. On this foundation, innate bliss is aroused. Arousing this innate bliss is the purpose of the practices of the inner heat yoga and karmamudra. – Tsong Khapa

The other important book in the tradition of alchemy is the Emerald Tablet, which was presented to humanity by Hermes, the God Thoth of Egypt.

So those are the most important treatises of alchemy, and below that there are hundreds more, and they are all interesting. But let me point out something important: the truth about alchemy is that you will not find it in the past. The past is dead. The past is gone. The past is a rotting corpse. Do not waste your time sifting through dusty, mistranslated books. The truth of alchemy is found here and now in your heart, by prayer to God, and in your life, by practicing the principles that are now openly available. That is where you will find it. The texts are interesting, and we need to study the teaching, and we need to understand the principals, but do not be distracted longing for the past, or trying to uncover secrets from the past, because you will not. Everything in the past was hidden, and is already dead. Why dig up an old corpse just to pick through the bones? The living truth of alchemy is burning inside of you, now… It is the fire of your Divine Mother who is waiting to awaken, if you have the courage to do it. That is the courage to face yourself as you are, and to change, to take your energy and use it better, to awaken, to transmute yourself. Then you will find the reality of alchemy, you won’t need all those old books. You won’t need dusty papers and stale concepts, and to memorize old terms and theories and images, because you will see that its all just dust. The living vibrating reality of alchemy is waiting for you inside of your heart right now. But you have to have the courage to look, and to use it. 

Kabbalah | The Hebrew Letter Gimmel and The Empress Card

Gimel

Hebrew Letter Gimel

Verses 17 to 24 from Psalm 119 begin with Gimel:

גמל על־עבדך אחיה ואשמרה דברך׃

גל־עיני ואביטה נפלאות מתורתך׃

גר אנכי בארץ אל־תסתר ממני מצותיך׃

גרסה נפשי לתאבה אל־משפטיך בכל־עת׃

גערת זדים ארורים השגים ממצותיך׃

גל מעלי חרפה ובוז כי עדתיך נצרתי׃

גם ישבו שרים בי נדברו עבדך ישיח בחקיך׃

גם־עדתיך שעשעי אנשי עצתי׃

17. Endow me, your servant, that I may live and keep your Word.

18. Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your Law.

19. I am an alien on this earth; hide not your commandments from me.

20. My soul (Nephesh) is crushed for the longing of your judgments in every season.

21. You have rebuked the proud, who are cursed; they go astray from your commandments

22. Remove reproach and shame; rid them from me, for I have kept your testimonies.

23. Princes sat in council speaking against me, but your servant meditates on your laws.

24. Your testimonies are also my delight and my counselors.


Arcanum 3

Tarot 3

Remember that the Sepher Yetzirah marvelously describes all the splendors of the world and the extraordinary play of the Sephiroth within God and the Human Being through the thirty two paths of Wisdom. The entire science of the Sephiroth is hidden within the sexual mysteries.

The soul has three aspects:

  1. Nephesh, the Animal Soul.
  2. Ruach, the Thinking Soul.
  3. Neshamah, the Spiritual Soul.

The Sephiroth are the substratum of these three aspects of the souls. The Sephiroth are atomic. The Zohar insists on these three “principle elements” which compose the world. These elements are: Fire (Shin), Water (Mem), Air (Aleph). These elements are the perfect synthesis of the four manifested elements.

The powerful Mantra I.A.O. encompasses the magical power of the triangle of these principle elements:

  1. I – Ignis – Fire
  2. A – Aqua – Water
  3. O – Origo – Principle Spirit

I …. A … O … is the Supreme Mantra of the Arcanum A.Z.F.

Whosoever wants to raise the soul of the world through the medullar canal must work with the Sulfur (Fire), with the Mercury (Water) and with the Salt (Philosophical Earth). It is only in this way that one can be born in Spirit and Truth.

The Twelve Secret Keys of Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus), the Benedictine of Erfurt, are found within the Arcanum A.Z.F.

The entire secret of the Great Work is enclosed within the ‘Azoth’ series of Basil Valentine. AZOTH is the sexual creative principle of Nature. The Magnum Work has been performed when the Rose of the Spirit blooms upon the Cross of our Body.

The three Principle-Elements are the Three Mother Letters of the Hebraic alphabet. When one is practicing the Arcanum A.Z.F., one is working with these three ‘principle-elements’ within the Great Laboratory of Nature. One works with Mercury, Sulfur and Salt when one practices the Arcanum A.Z.F.; this is how the lead of the personality is transmuted into the Gold of the Spirit; this is how we create the Golden Child of Alchemy within us.

These three ‘principle-elements’ become manifested within the four elements of Nature. There exists the heat of Fire and Air, the humidity of Air and Water, and the dryness of Fire and Earth.

These are the three ‘principle-elements,’ the I.A.O., the Sulfur, Mercury and Salt contained within the four elements of Nature. The Elemental Paradises of Nature are found within these ‘principle-elements.’ The Kabbalist-Alchemist must learn how to use Sulfur, Mercury and Salt.

The larvae of the astral body (incubi, succubi, basilisks, dragons, phantoms, etc.) are destroyed by putting sulfur powder inside of our shoes. Sulfur originates invisible vapors that rise in order to disintegrate these types of larvae.  Malignant forms of thoughts and larvae enclosed within any room are disintegrated when one burns sulfur upon a flaming piece of charcoal. Mercury serves in order to prepare Lustral Water; the Great Astrologer Nostradamus spent many nights before a copper container filled with water. This is how, by looking within these waters, this great Seer saw the future events that he left written in his famous prophesies.

If we add Mercury to water and place a mirror at the bottom of the copper container, a marvelous ‘Clairteleidoscope’ is formed. We advise the use of any copper container with the exception of the so called cauldron (a symbol of Black Magic).

Copper is intimately related with the Pituitary gland and has the power of awakening clairvoyance.

Salt is also used often in White Magic. Salt must be combined with alcohol. If alcohol and salt are placed within a container and if this mixture is then ignited, a marvelous smoke offering is obtained. This type of smoke offering is only done when invoking the Gods of Medicine, when a sick person needs to be healed. Thus, they will assist your call.

The sulfur (fire) totally burns without leaving any residue. Sulfur is the Shin of the Zohar. The Water (the Ens Seminis) is the Mem of the Zohar. By means of successive transmutations, Fire and Water are reduced to the Kabbalistic Aleph (which the Alchemist calls Alkaest). This is how the I.A.O. is performed, and this is how the twelve faculties of the soul are opened. The Soul is Christified, “the Kundalini blooms upon our fertile lips made Verb.” The ternary is the Word, plenitude, fecundity, nature, the generation of the Three Worlds.

The third Arcanum of Kabbalah is that woman dressed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and crowned with twelve stars. The symbol of the Queen of Heaven is the Empress of the Tarot. She is a mysterious, crowned woman, seated with the Scepter of Command in her hand. The globe of the world is on top of the Scepter. She is Urania-Venus of the Greeks, the Christified Soul.

The man is Arcanum number one and the Woman is Arcanum number two of the Tarot. The Christified soul is the outcome of the sexual union of both (the secret is the Arcanum A.Z.F.). The Woman is the Mother of the Verb. Christ is always the child of Immaculate Conceptions. It is impossible to be born without a mother.

When the Initiate is ready to incarnate the Verb, a woman appears in the superior worlds as if with child, having labor pains in delivery.

When Yeshua therefore (on the cross) saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said unto his mother: Woman, behold thy son! Then he said to (John) the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. – John 19:26, 27

The word John can be rearranged as follows: I.E.O.U.A.N., the Verb (the Dragon of Wisdom). Indeed, the Woman is the Mother of the Verb and the Woman officiates upon the altar of the Blessed Goddess Mother of the World. Now Brethren, know that the Venerable Priestess of your Divine Mother Kundalini is your spouse.

Brothers and sisters, pray and meditate a great deal to your Divine Mother Kundalini as follows:

Isis Maat

INVOCATION

Oh Isis! Mother of the Cosmos, root of Love, trunk, bud, leaf, flower and seed of all that exists; we conjure Thee, naturalizing force. We call upon the Queen of Space and of the Night, and kissing her loving eyes, drinking the dew from her lips, breathing the sweet aroma of her body, we exclaim: Oh Thou, Nut! Eternal Seity of heaven, who art the primordial Soul, who art what was and what shall be, whose veil no mortal has lifted, when Thou art beneath the irradiating stars of the nocturnal and profound sky of the desert, with purity of heart and in the flame of the serpent, we call upon Thee!

Pray and meditate intensely. The Divine Mother teaches her children. This prayer must be performed while combining meditation with the state of slumber. Then as in visions of dreams, illumination emerges; thus the Divine Mother approaches the devotee in order to instruct him in the great mysteries.


The Hebrew Letter Gimel

The Hebrew Letter Gimel

… which in Kabbalah symbolizes the Innermost

Gimel is the third letter, symbol of stability and balance. It is the equilibrium between the three primary elements of Creation: air, water, and fire.

The Letter Gimel emanates from ‘Beth,’ the House of God; it symbolizes the Inner Man ‘Chesed’ bestowing through Neshamah his will, his teachings upon the Human soul, ‘Daleth.” Chesed, through Neshamah, grants charity or punishment to the human soul.

Both Dharma and Karma have the same essential objective, which is to teach the consciousness (soul) how to develop comprehension (understanding) in order to receive the light of the Ain Soph Aur to its fullest extent.

Only in the Sexual Act and in the here and now do we receive the opportunity to choose between good and evil. Thus, according to our choice, with our will, we as souls define the Dharma or Karma.

Good and evil, evolution and devolution are finite phenomena, so is Karma and Dharma. The Ain Soph is beyond Dharma and Karma, beyond good and evil, evolution and devolution.

The human soul is free to choose between good and evil, evolution and devolution, Dharma and Karma by the use of the sexual force.

From moment to moment, the soul needs to feel regret and remorse from animal lust; it needs to change its animal conduct in order to return to Gimel (human conduct). This is the secret to the exertion of true repentance and charity in this world in order to acquire life in the spiritual world. Those who die in their animal egos acquire serenity, peace within and towards the physical and spiritual worlds.

The Yod as an erected phallus on a Vau (spinal column) makes the letter Gimel which expresses the will of Chesed who (through the cerebral-spinal-nervous system, his throne) bestows good through Nephesh upon the terrestrial man by means of the sexual act of transmutation. Gimel expresses the power of will and freedom of choice between chastity and fornication. The Vav (man) penetrates his Iod (phallus) into the Earth (Malkuth, the Woman) thanks to ‘Shin’ the Fire in Mem (water, the Ens Seminis), the ‘Mikvah Minit, (Baptism)’ in other words. The Yod or phallus, the will ‘Fire’ of Kether, is firmly in contact with the earth through the sexual act. The sexual fires of the animal soul ‘Nephesh’ directly affect physical, emotional and mental reality through the sexual act. By the dominion of the animal soul, the human soul attains the ultimate revelation of the Essential light of lights, ‘Kether,’ its utmost reward, which is justly bestowed upon it through the sublimation of the sexual force from Yesod.

The movement of the sexual energy in the process of sexual transmutation expresses the expansion and contraction of the Solar Light; this is how Divine Wisdom constantly progresses within the Initiate who transmutes his primordial matter, sexual force.

Through the sexual act the soul is nursed, it is born again from Shaddai El Chai, the creative source of Yod-Havah, Yesod. The soul needs to transmute her sexual animal impulses into light and fire. This is the process of making treasures in heaven in which the Monad through its souls learns independence in heaven, in other words, self-realization.

The process of sexual transmutation expresses the Kabbalistic Tzimtzum, which is the continuous bestowal of divine attributes of the Elohim ‘Cosmocreators’ unto the Initiates.

The obligation of any Initiate is to imitate God; this is only possible by annihilating the ego. This is how the souls give to other souls from the Being and not from the Ego.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48

Lecture

The Law of Three is the law which creates.

The first Arcanum, related to the projective masculine force, unity, projects, but it is balanced and equilibrated by the second factor, or the second Arcanum, which is duality.  So then we have these two forces in a dual relationship, but for creation to actually occur, for the world of Daath to actually blossom and manifest existence, manifest creation, there has to be a third factor.

This Law of Three is that profound and deep equilibrium between forces.  We have this symbolized in many of the structures of the Tree of Life.  We have three columns upon which hang three triangles, and each triangle is made of three spheres.  The Law of Three is the very structure of our Tree of Life, both within us and outside of us.

The Law of Three becomes something very foundational for our understanding of the Kabbalah, as it does provide the very foundation of the Tree itself.  More than that, the Law of Three provides a vital foundation for the work that we have to perform in order to self-realize all the Sephiroth.  The self-realization of the Sephiroth means perfect comprehension of all the laws that manage the Sephiroth.  So when we look at this Law of Three, we are actually looking at something that we have to embody.  We have to learn how to work with the three forces of creation.

In the symbolism of many religions, we have at the root of creation certain forces or factors.  Water is a very common, universal symbol related to creation.  We also find air, or Spirit; we also find fire.  These three root elements are also symbolized in the Zohar and in the Sepher Yetzirah, which is an ancient book of Kabbalah.   And these three forces, which underlie all of manifested creation, are called the Three Mother Letters.  They are AlephMem, and Shin.

Aleph, of course, as we talked about in the first lectures, is related to the first Arcanum.  This character of Aleph symbolizes air.  Mem is coming up in a future lecture.  It is closely related to water.  And Shin, with its three points as the embodiment of those three factors, represents fire.  So air, water, and fire are these three root factors, or principles, which when combined in a certain balance, produce creation.

Synthesized, the explosion of those three forces brought together is light.  It is the light which illuminates.  We know very well that if we bring together fuel, air, and ignition, a spark is produced; fire erupts.  And those three factors are the forces that are present in all of creation at different levels.

These three are one.  These three are two.  But these three factors have to be managed under will.  Creation is a process of the expression of will.  This is the key factor.  In the creation of our own internal, personal Tree of Life, the structure of our very psyche, there was a will which caused us to come into being.  And now that we are here and in manifestation, we have to learn to exercise will in order to create.  But the distinction comes when we understand that there are different forms of will, different kinds of will.  So what is the will in us which is producing creation in us?  This is, in fact, the root question of this entire wisdom-the definition of our alliance of will, what kind of will we are aligned with inside.

The Light that creates is really the Divine Mother itself.  That Light is also the Christ itself, in synthesis, but particularized. When we look in the details, the Light of creation is specifically related to the Third Logos, because the form and force of creation, the actual action, is an act of the Law of Three, which of course is related with Binah on the Tree of Life, the third sphere.  And that sphere of Binah, that factor of creation, the Law of Three, is represented in this Arcanum, the Empress.

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Binah, of course, is the Third Logos, or the third aspect of the Word.  Binah is in Sanskrit, or in Hinduism, called Shiva.  And Shiva in Sanskrit has many attributes, but he is often called the Creator and the Destroyer.  This is a very important quality of Shiva to understand.  In fact, when we look into the Bible we see that the Holy Spirit, which is also Binah, also has the powers of creation and destruction.  The creative and destructive power of God resides in Binah as its pure expression.

Tarot 3

In this third Arcanum, in the graphic, we see a woman seated on a cubic stone, and over her head are twelve stars.  In Kabbalah, everything is reduced to numbers and all the numbers contain significance, so twelve is related to the Apostle, to the Law of Sacrifice, which we will talk about in the lecture Arcanum Twelve.  But the number twelve can be reduced kabbalistically by adding the one and the two, which becomes three.  So there is a deep relationship between the Divine Mother as depicted in the Third Arcanum and the number twelve, which is sacrifice, which is, of course, related to the Christ.  These twelve stars also relate to the Zodiac, which is in the macrocosm, the universe itself, and within us, in the microcosm.  The Law of Twelve is another law which modifies that solar light in order to engender influences on our psyche.

This woman depicted in the third Arcanum is called the Empress.  She is the ultimate authority over an empire.  And what is that empire?  This image symbolizes our own, individual, particular Divine Mother.  The Divine Mother as a force has many attributes, has many aspects.  In Gnosis we talk about five primary manifestations, or faces, of the Divine Mother, which, of course, we will talk about in Arcanum Five.  But in this particular Arcanum Three, we are seeing our own individual Divine Mother.

The empire is that which we have to become the ruler of.  We ourselves have to become the Emperor, which is Arcanum Four.  But we do that, we achieve that goal of becoming fully self-realized by having perfect dominion over our own empire, our own kingdom.

Kingdom in Hebrew is Malkuth.  Malkuth is the lowest sphere, the tenth sphere, on the Tree of Life, which represents us.  To become an emperor, to sit at the side of the empress, means that we have to have perfect dominion over our own psychological country.  We arrive at that dominion by learning what is in our country, how does everything work, and by putting everything into order, by keeping order.

Within us, we have many aspects, many factors.  We have our physical body, and we have many other vehicles through which we act.  In this kingdom of Malkuth, if we start where we are today, we look at ourselves; we see that we have the capacity to think, which is related to our intellect; we have our emotions; and we have the impulse to action.  These are our three brains.

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We say three brains because each of these aspects of our own psychology is a machine.  Each one has its own functions; each one has its own duties; each one has its own capacities.  Each one is a brain that is a center, or a machine, within which certain processes are performed.  These three brains are a reflection of this Law of Three.  These three brains are vehicles, or machines, through which action is performed.

In Gnosis we overstand that action is not limited to the movement of physical matter.  This is one aspect of action, of course.  When we walk, when we talk, when we speak, when we move something from one place to another, we are performing action physically.  And this kind of action is related to this third brain, the motor-instinctive-sexual brain, which involves the use and function of the physical body.

But that brain has other functions.  We have action which occurs in us due to our motor abilities, to move around; action that we perform in relation to our instinct, instinctive forces which drive us, which much of the time we have no conscious awareness of; and then we have a third part of that brain, which is sexual, and there are impulses that drive us from that sexual center and whose activities we often have no knowledge of, because that force, that influence, is deep within our psyche.

In our emotions, we also perform action.  The feelings that we have, we act upon.  We nurse them.  We have feelings about past events or desires for the future.  When we nourish those feelings, when we think about them, when we indulge in them, when we are feeling them and stirring them and stimulating them, that is an action, which produces consequences.  And further, in the intellect, when we think, the thoughts we think are a performance of action.

In each level, there is a function of action and consequence, one of those dual laws of nature.  There can be no action that occurs without a consequence.  This is a law.  We know this law is reflected very well in Newtonian physics, that in three-dimensional physics related to material, physical matter, we see that if we perform an action, there is a response.  If we perform an action, there is a reaction, or a consequence.

What we do not realize is that the same essential duality of action and response is occurring on other levels.  That occurs emotionally, and it occurs in the mind.  When we feel, when we stimulate feeling, we are producing actions related to the emotional plane, related to the emotional body, the Astral body; likewise with the mind, with thought.  Thoughts are real in the sense that they are a form of matter, but not physical matter.

Innerstanding this makes us realize we have a great responsibility.  One of the fundamental problems that humanity suffers from is this great illusion of the mind that we are independent.  We believe in a subtle level within our own mind that we are separate; that I, myself, and me, that I am separate from everyone else, and I have my own little world within which I do whatever I want.  This is an illusion.  It is not the Truth.

When we analyze and understand the nature of our three brains in combination with this Arcanum, number three, we have to begin to grasp that our thoughts are creative, our emotions are creative, our impulses to act are creative.  Through each of these three brains flows energy.  Those energies are directed by will, but what will are they directed by, and what are those energies creating?  This is something that we have to grasp and understand-very practical, very immediate.

Three Types of Soul

When we refer back to the Kabbalistic mysteries, we understand that in the ancient Kabbalistic scriptures, there are three types of soul that are attributed to us.  These three aspects of our own psyche, when we look at them and understand them, we can gain a little more insight into how our own psyche functions.

When God wants to extend Himself, rather, needs to, in order to manifest into the world, He does this through a vehicle, and that is, of course, us.  But the process of doing that is symbolized in the scriptures.  And the symbol is that God breathes into the man and gives him life.  That breath is the Hebrew word Neshamah.

Neshamah, in one of the Kabbalistic examples that are traditionally given, is the breath that we take into the mouth as we begin to blow.  So when we fill the mouth with air, this is Neshamah; this is the breath that is prepared.  When the breath is sent and delivered, this is Ruach, which is the second aspect of our soul.  And when that breath arrives, it is called Nephesh.

These three components symbolize different functions, different aspects, of our psychology.  When we look at ourselves, we have to understand there are many levels, many aspects, of our own soul that we don’t know.  The process of self-realization is to know those parts directly, not just with the intellect.  And to arrive at that knowledge is a process of action in our three brains.  So the descriptions that we study, these symbols, these ancient traditions, are given not just to play with in the mind.  They are given to us so that we can better understand ourselves.

Neshamah, or this breath, is also called the Spiritual Soul.  Ruach is called the Thinking Emotional Soul.  And Nephesh is called the Animal Soul.  All of the animals have Nephesh.  We have Nephesh.  This is the level of consciousness within which we have animal desire, animal instinct, animal intelligence.  And this Nephesh develops as the soul, the essence, processes through all the lower kingdoms of nature.  From its very entry into manifestation in the mineral kingdom, and as that essence evolves and ascends up through the mineral kingdom into the plant and animal kingdoms, it is all along elaborating the Nephesh.  When that soul, the essence, graduates from the animal kingdom, it enters into the human kingdom and receives the intellect, receives the capacity to reason.  This is related to Ruach.

Ruach and Nephesh, in us, are inserted into the lunar bodies, the lunar mental and lunar astral.  They are within those bodies.  The initiate who is studying himself in order to realize himself is given tests and ordeals.  The tests and ordeals are given to Nephesh and Ruach, which are trapped inside of the egos.

The central factor for us to grasp is that we receive Ruach in order to control Nephesh, but humanity does not do this.  Humanity uses their Thinking Emotional Soul, Ruach, to feed Nephesh, to feed the Animal Soul, and this is our problem.  This is where the work of Gnosis, the work of any real spiritual tradition, begins.  The aspirant to the Path who seeks to escape suffering, who seeks to transcend Karma, the law of cause and effect, does so by learning how to control Nephesh.  This is the basis of any real work.

Nephesh, the animal soul, is the instinct of the animal within our mind, within our psyche.  When we observe an animal in nature that goes into heat, this is Nephesh which is vibrating with the instinctive, lunar forces being applied to it by nature.  The Nephesh belongs to that; it is the force and power of the animal instinct.  It is lust.  It is desire, passion.  It is a level of intelligence, but very inferior, because it belongs to the instinctive, mechanical functions of nature.

When the soul enters the human kingdom, the soul is given the rule, “You shall no longer be as you were when you were an animal.  You are now an intellectual animal, and in order to stop being an intellectual animal, you have to stop being an animal.”  Only by conquering the animal instinct do we become human.  As long as the Nephesh rules our psychological country, we remain as animals, driven by instinct and desire.

Three Causes of Suffering

When we examine this famous painting, which was made many, many centuries ago in India and given to a king, a painting that is called the ‘Wheel of Samsara,’ the ‘Wheel of Life,’ in the very center of this wheel we find the axle.  And the axle of this wheel has three animals which are biting each others’ tails, forming a chain of causality.

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The Wheel of Life is related to the Arcanum Ten, which we will talk about in another lecture, but the Wheel of Life, or the Wheel of Samsara, depicts the cyclic recurrence of nature, the cycle of suffering, the cycle of Karma.  The axle upon which the wheel of suffering turns is symbolized by three animals, which are related to Nephesh.

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The first animal is a rooster.  When we analyze the qualities and characteristics of a rooster, we see an animal that is proud, vain, and driven by instinct.  The rooster is the one who dominates the chickens.  And why does he do that?  For sexual reasons.  The rooster symbolizes craving, desire, passion.  The rooster represents an aspect of our own Nephesh, which is the animal instinct, the craving, the desire to reproduce, to experience the sensations of sexuality as an animal.  So this is something vital for us to grasp: that at the very basis, the very center, of suffering, the whole wheel of life and death upon which all creatures are trapped and suffer due to karma, the very root of that, can be found in lust, in this rooster that we have within, proud and vain.

The second animal is a snake.  The snake symbolizes aversion, hate, fear.  So now we have craving and aversion, the great pendulum of our own egotistical mind.  And the point from which these two swing back and forth between craving and aversion is symbolized by a third animal, which is a pig.

The pig symbolizes ignorance.  Ignorance, in this context, is the ignorance of our true nature, the ignorance of God, the ignorance of the Absolute, emptiness.  When we do not have the direct, experiential knowledge of Sunyata, the Absolute Abstract Space which underlies all manifested things, then we persist with this illusion that we are real, that we are “I”, “Myself,” and that “I” am separate and have my own little universe, and “I” can do whatever I want.  This is ignorance, this is avidya, ignorance.  The pig ignores, and wallows in the mud of life as an animal.

These three factors-craving, aversion, and ignorance-perform the Law of Three.  Because of these three forces within our own psyche, we create destruction, we create suffering.  This is how the Law of Three processes in us, according to the laws set up by God.  But, because we remain enslaved to our animal desire, to our own Nephesh, when we use our own capacity to reason, to think, to analyze, we use that in service of our animal instinct to feed our lustful desires, our proud and prideful desires, our vanity, our fear.  We remain enslaved to the Wheel of Life, we remain in suffering, we remain in Samsara.

The work begins when we learn how to use Ruach to listen to Neshamah.  Neshamah is the Spiritual Soul.  Our own essence, our own consciousness, is an aspect of Neshamah.  The essence that we have, the free consciousness that we have within, is very small; it is just a spark.  It is symbolized in that famous children’s story of Pinocchio as the cricket.  The cricket is very small and it is hard to hear him.  And we, of course, are Pinocchio.  We want to be a real man, right?  We want to become a real person.  But we do not listen to our guide, we do not listen to our own Neshamah, our own consciousness.   Thus, we remain as Ruach enslaved by Nephesh, animals.

Neshamah is the channel through which our own Innermost can deliver His wisdom, can deliver His knowledge, His guidance, to Ruach.  It is only when we learn to listen to the voice of our own Inner Being that we can receive the guidance necessary to control Nephesh and to become real human beings.

This work to control Nephesh is also based in laws and in a practical science.  Nephesh contains forces that have to be directed by will.  When we look at the Tree of Life, we see that the center of the Tree is Tiphereth.  Tiphereth is the human soul; it is will.  It is what we must become.  Tiphereth is will under the Being, will guided by Neshamah, the Divine Consciousness, who is the soul of the Innermost.

Tiphereth, in this case, represents to us the pathway to Kether, the pathway to full knowledge of our own Being.  Tiphereth, being in the center of the Tree of Life, is that direct path, is the equilibrium of the Tree.  But the fuel, the force with which Tiphereth rises, is the Foundation upon which Tiphereth rests, which is directly below in Yesod.

Yesod, of course, is related to our vital body, to the etheric, or energetic, aspect of our physical body.  Yesod is the foundation, and of course, it is related to the sexual forces, the Ninth Sphere.

Nephesh is the animating principle of the body, the animating principle that gives force and vitality to our physical and etheric bodies.  It is that force, those factors, that Tiphereth has to control under the guidance of Neshamah.  This is symbolized in alchemy by three elements: I, A, and O.

‘I’ is related to fire: Igneous.  ‘A’ is related to water: Agua.  And ‘O’ is related to the spirit, to the air: Origo.  Fire, water, and air-three elements.  These three symbolic elements are the foundation of the four elements of nature.  So you start to see some correspondences from the one, to the two, to the three, to the four.  There is a progression that occurs.

But these three letters, IAO, encompass and embody a vibration.  They are a sacred mantra: I-A-O.  And in this combination of sounds is the science of alchemy.  So the alchemist, when working in the laboratory-the laboratory of the Ninth Sphere-which of course is related to the sexual matter, chants this sacred mantra, these three sounds, in order to dominate, by will, the forces of the Nephesh.  These three vowels form a vehicle through which divine will can be exercised.  And these three vowels are, of course, related to those three elements: fire, water, and air, or spirit.

By means of these three factors, these three forces, the alchemist learns to dominate himself or herself.  The entrance into the human kingdom is a work of will.  Entrance into the Kingdom of God is not acquired by being nice.  It is not acquired by adopting different moral codes or certain superficial kinds of behavior.  The entrance into the Kingdom of God requires that we are born into that Kingdom.  Birth is creation.

To be born again is to have a physical body and yet be born once more, but inside-internally, spiritually.  Birth is one aspect of the process of being on the path to self-realization.  And of course, birth in itself requires the Law of Three.  For us to be born physically, we needed a man and a woman and sex.  Our mother, our father, and the sexual act, when brought together, produced a spark.  And that spark, of course, was our birth, our conception.  That is the first factor of the three factors for the revolution of the consciousness: birth, but birth inside, as a soul.

The forces of Nephesh, those sexual forces that vitalize our very existence, are placed within our physical body by God.  The physical body itself is a gift.  Within it circulate forces and factors which have tremendous power.  When we learn to listen to our Neshamah to receive the guidance of our Inner Being, and we are led to this sacred science of Gnosis, we are given the key to transform the forces of the Nephesh and to make ourselves into something better, to be born again as a soul, to be born of the spirit.

But we also have to learn how to die.  The second factor in the three factors for the revolution of the consciousness is death.  We have to die as an ego.  Everything that is imperfect in us has to die.  This is symbolized in all the great religions by the symbolic death of the various initiates: the beheading of John, the martyrdom of the various saints.

Death also is a process of three factors.  In the same way that the combination of the man and the woman and the Holy Spirit, or the sexual forces, produces birth, that Holy Spirit, which is the creator in the process of birth, is the destroyer in the process of death: Shiva.  Death, then, requires the same combination of elements: three factors, three forces, three principles in equilibrium.

The key to understanding these first two factors is that when you combine the three elements to create something, you are working within an enclosed space.  When the man and the woman join sexually, they are producing a vibration, gathering energy, because this dual nature, projective and receptive, push against each other, which elevates the overall vibration and accumulation of forces.  And those two are equilibrated in the sexual act itself.

However, the equilibrium has to be managed under the guidance of Neshamah.  If Nephesh interferes, it wants to act as an animal to satisfy its desire.  Therefore, that conjunction of forces in the Ninth Sphere, in sex, becomes animal.  It becomes the axle of the Wheel of Life, the axle of the Wheel of Samsara.  The ignorance of our true nature in combination with the craving for sexual sensation becomes destructive.

Yet, if Neshamah, the guidance of our Being, is present, we learn how to contain the forces of that union to direct it by conscious will by the use of mantra: I-A-O.  And those sexual forces are not released.  Those forces are built, gathered, accumulated, and redirected, harnessed, stored.  This is the door to return to Eden: by controlling Nephesh and learning to gather the forces of sex and use them under divine will.

Those forces still are creative and destructive, but on an ascending arch, an evolving arch.  When we perform the sexual act as animals, those forces are creative and destructive as well, but on a descending arch.

The animals who perform the sexual act create new physical bodies.  The intellectual animals, meaning us, dominated by Nephesh, perform the sexual act under the desires of Nephesh, and that act is creative and destructive.  It creates more lust.  It creates physical bodies.  It creates more attachment.  Desire, when fed, produces more desire.  Desire is like a flame: the more fuel you give it, the bigger it gets.

The fire of sex is creative and destructive.  Nephesh, which circulates in our blood, as passion, creates the ego, creates karma, creates suffering.  Those forces, those fires, circulating in the blood, in the sexual act, under the control of Nephesh, destroy the essence, because with each new packet of desire that we create, we trap consciousness.   That is why humanity is now so dark, lacking light, so blind, so ignorant.  Humanity is overwhelmed with karma.  Humanity is overwhelmed by Nephesh.

In the Ninth Sphere, under the guidance of Neshamah, the divine will, the guidance of the Being, the forces of sex create and destroy.  But when those forces are controlled, guided, by the Divine Mother, by the Arcanum Three, our own particular, individual, interior Mother, then those forces create consciousness, illumination, light, the soul.  And those forces destroy attachment, desire, fear, loneliness, emptiness, doubt.

The third factor in the revolution of the consciousness is sacrifice.  Sacrifice also embodies the three forces in our three brains.  In order for us to walk the path of self-realization in equilibrium, in psychological balance, we have to balance the three forces in every level.  We have to balance the three forces of our three brains by enforcing conscious will over our thoughts, over our feelings, and over our impulses to act.  We have to work with three forces in the management of our sexual energies, whether we are single or in a couple.  And we have to manage consciously the three factors: birth, death, and sacrifice.  In synthesis, the work with the Third Arcanum is a work of service to the Divine Mother.

The achievement of psychological balance is a work that is accomplished by the guidance of our own particular, individual, Divine Mother.  Every step of the Path is achieved because of Her mercy, because of Her love.  She is the Path itself, in us.  She is the perfect embodiment of love, and everything that we could ever hope for, She has; everything that we could ever need, She is.  We fall into ignorance and craving and aversion because we forget our own Divine Mother.  We forget Her.

At the base of matter, at the base of nature, we study these aspects of the Divine Mother.  When we look inside of an atom, we see that atom is mostly empty space.  And that empty space correlates to the emptiness, to Sunyata, which is the essential impermanence of all matter.

When we become identified with ourselves, with “me,” with “myself,” my thoughts, and my desires, and my needs, and my fears, we are forgetting that the self is impermanent.  The self is interdependent, and we have forgotten our Being.

Creation and destruction, birth and death, are happening right now.  The ancient sages said the instant we are born, we begin to walk towards death.  Each moment of life is a step towards death.  The very process of thought is a process of birth and death, that duality.
The self that we so firmly grasp in our ignorance is not fundamentally real.  The desires that push us through our instinct, through our emotions, through our thoughts, are illusions.

To comprehend the science of numbers requires that we see how the numbers relate to one another.  We understand the Law of Three by understanding how it relates to the number two, to the number one.  And we understand our own selves in the same way.  We have to analyze the process of thought and learn to discriminate between the processes of the intellectual brain and the processes of the emotional brain, because they are different.  We confuse them.  We have to learn to compare and understand the differences between the impulses that drive our motor-instinctive-sexual brain and the impulses that drive our emotions.  And we have to grasp and understand that all of those psychological processes that are ongoing in us are impermanent.  They rise and fall.

When we become agitated, anxious, angry, nervous, afraid, happy, the base of those instinctive feelings, the base of those sensations that stimulate our three brains, is the Nephesh, animal sensations which are arising and stimulating us energetically.  We have to separate from those experiences and analyze them with the Thinking Emotional Soul, Ruach, to recognize that sensation is impermanent.  To be a slave of sensation is to be a slave of sin.  Sensation has to be dominated, and controlled, and understood.  We approach knowledge of our own God as we separate from identification with sensation.

Sensations that process in us, when we analyze them in their depth, we see that there is nothing there.  It is a vibration.  The sensation, or pleasure, of the sexual act is a vibration which arises and then passes away.  The sensations that we receive from eating a particular food arise for a brief moment and then pass away.

Our ignorance is demonstrated in our attachment to the sensation.  We see that sensation, we want it, and we want it to continue.  This is ignorance.  Nothing continues.  Nothing lasts.  Everything is impermanent.  But because we have this belief in ourselves as an existing entity, and we have this belief in sensation as something that can persist, we suffer.  We think, “If I can just make more money, I will be happy.  If I can just learn a little bit more about this or that, I will be happy.  If I can just move to a new place, I will be happy.”  There is a failure to recognize that these desires are founded in the belief that they will be permanent.

The whole conception of our own self is false.  All the desires that push Nephesh, that our Ruach is enslaved by, are false.  The sensations of sex which drive us to perform the sexual act as an animal, those sensations are impermanent.  They cannot be sustained, but we want to repeat them, and repeat them, and repeat them, and sustain them.  And so people become addicted.  And because the sensations do not persist and cannot persist, they become habituated, addicted, to keep trying to repeat the sensations.

And the problem is the sensation becomes less interesting the more it is repeated, because that is the nature of the Nephesh-desire.  So as the sensation is repeated and becomes less interesting, the person who is enslaved by those desires has to make them more extreme.  The person has to add new elements in order to continue to stimulate the Nephesh.  This is why people enter into sexual degeneration, entering into activities and behaviors which become gradually more extreme and more harmful.

The same is true of everything else in life: food, careers, education.  Some people believe that they will only be happy once they get married, and have a family, and have a house, and have a boat and a car.  Then they get all that stuff; they are still not happy, so they start looking for something else.  They start to commit adultery.  They start to try drugs.  They may become addicted to making money.  They may become addicted to evangelizing.  All of these things, in their root, are sensations which stimulate Nephesh, the Animal Soul.

Comprehension occurs when we analyze very wisely, in meditation, the nature of phenomena-when we comprehend that sensations are impermanent, that matter is impermanent.  This is where real self-observation begins.  We have to comprehend and understand that self-observation has in its essence the recognition of impermanence.

If you really comprehend impermanence, then you will really understand the need for self-observation.  But when you fall into the illusion that “I” am “me,” and “I” am just this way, then you will not self-observe in the right way, because the “I” is impermanent, and everything that arises in us is rising and passing.  We are not in a continual state.  There are always things changing and moving in us.  This is why we need to be mindful of what we are doing.  We need to be watchful of our mind.  And we need to guard our heart.

All things, outside and inside, are impermanent, are subject to change.  True self-realization, in the depth, is the discovery of that which is real, that which is beyond impermanence.  But we cannot find that in the intellect.  We cannot find that in the emotion, in any sentiment, in any theory.  We have to find that in practical facts in our own psyche.  Therefore, we learn how to meditate, to analyze phenomena, in order to see what is real and what is not, what is impermanent, what is illusion.

To observe oneself is a process of these three factors as well.  When we observe ourselves with the consciousness, we are opening a channel, a connection, in ourselves, to perceive without illusion.  But that perception is a force of will.  It cannot happen if we are passive.  It cannot happen if we have a mechanical routine.

Many people think self-observation is a mechanical routine, a repetition of particular steps that they keep repeating.  It is not.  Self-observation is an active, highly dynamic, highly flexible, spontaneous, intuitive process that constantly changes.  This is because we ourselves are constantly changing, and if we form a routine, a mechanical process of observing ourselves, then we become mechanical, and the consciousness is not mechanical.

In self-observation we have birth, we have death, and we have sacrifice, but to really open up comprehension we have to also have self-remembering.  To remember the Self is to remember our own Inner God from moment to moment; to remember our Divine Mother from instant to instant; to always be aware that in the heart of all of our atoms, all of our molecules, all of our cells, all of our organs, is an animating fire, our Divine Mother, our Inner Being.  The remembrance of God opens us to receive the guidance of God, which comes through Neshamah.

If we do not remember ourselves, if we do not remember our God, then who is influencing us?  If we do not remember our Inner Being, what will is pushing us?

We have to learn to self-observe-this is clear in Gnosis– to learn to observe the self, to observe the mind, to observe our actions.  But who is guiding the observation of ourselves if we don’t remember our true selves: our own inner Being?

Gnostic students who learn to self-observe need to learn to combine self-observation with self-remembering, and this is an ongoing act of will from moment to moment.  Self-remembering and self-observation have in their heart the recognition of impermanence of oneself, the recognition that all of this that I think that I am is constantly changing, and I as I am cannot change for the better without God, without the influence of my own, inner, Divine Mother.

We enter into arrogance when we try to change without the help of God.  We enter into pride when we try to change on our own.  We have to appeal to our own, inner, Divine Mother, the root of every life form, the root of every force and power which sanctifies the soul.

The Third Arcanum is a very profound, very deep, penetrating law which applies to every aspect of real esoteric knowledge.  But it is easy to become lost and confused in the intellect when we over-analyze and over-theorize about these laws.  The Third Arcanum, for us, can be very practical when we rely upon it in this way: knowing it is our Divine Mother, who is that third factor, that third force.

The teacher Gurdjieff said, “Humanity is third-force blind.”  It is true.  We love duality, good versus evil, positive versus negative.  But we always forget the third factor.  This also applies in our endeavors.  When we endeavor to enter into some new activity, this is the first force, projective, the Arcanum One.  But as soon as we desire that, as soon as we intend to act, the second force appears, which is the resistance.  These are the first two notes of the scale, Do and Re.

Most of the time (we will use, for an example, studying this kind of teaching) we become inspired and interested, that is the note Do, the first force.  So we become very enthusiastic.  We begin to study, to read, to go to class, to do all the things that our religion invites us to do.  But then we immediately are confronted by the resistance, which the first force conjures.  It is natural; it is a law of nature; it is unavoidable.  If you begin an activity, an opposing force will appear-that is the way nature works.  So for most people, not being aware of the third force, they stop.  “It is too hard.  I cannot do it.  It is too much.”  Many students approach Gnosis and have this experience.  They begin to study and try to practice, but the resistance appears.  The resistance is their own ego.  The resistance is the egos of other people.  We have to utilize the third force, the third factor, the Arcanum Three.

To overcome the resistance is an act of will, willpower.  But who provides the will?  That is the key question.  We have to be sincere in ourselves on a psychological level.  Is that will coming from our ego, and does not want to quit and look like a quitter?  Is that will coming from our fear, which is afraid of what will happen if we quit, so we stay?  Or is that will coming from our consciousness, who knows that this knowledge is real, and we have to change, we have to do this work.  Spiritually, energetically, the will to overcome resistance is either provided by the ego or by the Being.

gimel

The character in Hebrew related to the third Arcanum is Gimel.  Gimel is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  And in this character we see quite clearly the Vau, the Vav, which we talked about previously, which is related to the human soul and to the spinal column.  But this Vav has a Iod, the masculine principle, projecting from its base.  And of course, the Iod is related to the phallus.

The Being provides us the will, the source of will, necessary in order for us to overcome the second factor, the resistance.  And that force of will is the sexual energy itself.  The Iod is the channel.  The sexual energy is the means by which the Human Soul, the Vav, conquers and enters into equilibrium.

In some traditions they describe Gimel– there is a little story that talks about Gimel, that it represents a rich man chasing a poor man.  This is symbolic and grossly misinterpreted in most cases.  The rich man in this example is the Innermost, our Inner Being, God, who is chasing the poor man, who is us.  These two men are described by Paul as the Terrestrial Man, who is us-the poor man-and the Heavenly Man, who is the Innermost.

The rich man chases the poor man, our Being is chasing us, otherwise we would not be here, studying Gnosis.   But the Being, the Innermost, needs to deposit within us His riches, His wealth.  He does that through Neshamah in terms of spiritual guidance and understanding.  But he also does it through Nephesh, through sex.

When the Human Soul, through force of will, as Tiphereth, as the Vav, as will, dominates the Nephesh, he extracts from the Nephesh all of the riches that the Holy Spirit has deposited there, and uses those forces in order to receive the riches of Neshamah, the wisdom of the Being.

Questions and Answers

Q:   When you talk about remembering your Divine Mother, or even your Divine Father, to me it seems a little bit unnatural.  I mean, I might think in terms of remembering God, but then thinking in terms of a mother, or even a father, I can’t relate to that.

A:   The question is about: Remembering the Divine Mother or Father can feel unnatural, and it is hard to relate to.

There is an aspect of our own idiosyncrasy which comes into play in self-remembering.  Self-remembering, in itself, is an act of awareness.  It does not necessarily mean that we have an image in the mind of a celestial mother, like a form, or a celestial father, as a form.  What self-remembering means is to be aware beyond our own little space of the self, of “I.”  It is to open up our conscious attention, to be aware that there are other forces at work, divine forces at work.  In truth, we know the Divine Mother has no form, neither does the Being.  But both take form in order to communicate with us.

In different traditions in the east and west, there are practices of meditation which rely on the visualization of form.  Typically, these practices are bridges to lead us towards meditation without form.  In fact, the experience of Sunyata, or the emptiness, is an experience absent of form.

So the self-remembrance of the Being, to remember one’s Being, or God, is simply an act of conscious awareness that extends outside of our own, ignorant sphere, and to be aware that who we are and what we are is one small piece of something divine.  It is like we open a door in ourselves to receive something more.

Some students do imagine the presence of a person, and there is nothing wrong with that.  It can be very effective to actually imagine that with you, wherever you go, is your own Divine Goddess, your own Divine Mother, who is a splendor of divinity.  And with the activation of that imagination, we stimulate superior aspects of our own physiology related to the vital body and related to our consciousness.   And this can open us up to the perception of that which is real.

Some students are not comfortable with the imagination of the Divine Mother as a form, and that is fine.  The key is to activate the consciousness to be receptive, to perceive something beyond what we perceive in our normal mode of being.

Another question?

Q:   When you say the foundation is true action first…

A:   The foundation in what sense?

Q:   You know, the sexual will, even.  Your actions have to be upright actions that would say… say someone is just beginning, you need to go through the spiritual aspect of it?…

A:   The question is: Is the foundation first in action?

Yes, of course.  Gnosis is a matter of action.  The entirety of Gnosis is a matter of action, not thought, and not belief.  But an action of what?

You can enter into Gnosis, your own direct experience, without performing any visible external action.  You see what I am saying?  The action to enter Gnosis is an action of consciousness.   It has nothing, really, to do with physical behavior.  Our physical behaviors could look terrible to other people, and often they do.  The core of real Gnosis is learning how to act with the consciousness, and the consciousness then guiding all of our other actions: in the mind, in the heart, and physically.  The point there is you cannot use your physical action or another person’s physical action as a measure for their understanding of Gnosis, because physical things are illusory; appearances are illusory.

The real measure of comprehension in Gnosis is in actions of the consciousness, which, incidentally, can only be perceived by the consciousness.   This is a very subtle thing for us to remember.  We, as asleep intellectual animals, judge others by their appearances, by how they behave.  We judge them without really knowing what is inside of that action.  We may be judging someone who is doing conscious action, who is doing what they should do.  The only way for us to know that is to be conscious of it, to be awake.  This is part of the reason why it is so important for us to not judge-because we don’t know.  However, someone who is awake will know whether an action is a proper action or a wrong action.

Q:   You said the five senses have nothing to…

A:   The five senses are illusory.  The senses, in fact, are vitalized by Nephesh.  Nephesh is the animal mind.  The very interaction with sensual data and sensual information is facilitated by Nephesh.  So when you are looking at and examining sensual information, related to the senses, the Nephesh is the transmitter and receiver of that data.

In Gnosis, we also call this, ‘Sensual Mind.’  That level of mind is the lowest, and crudest, aspect of the mind, and it can only know what it sees with the five senses.  It does not know anything about the spirit, about God, about consciousness.   To really know something you have to look at the root of it, which is beyond the physical world.

Q:   You say everything is impermanent?  Isn’t there some part of us, though, even if it is just the ultimate observer, which is more or less permanent?

A:   The question is: Is there any part of us that is permanent?

In the teachings of Samael Aun Weor, he says that there are three things which are permanent: space, Karma, and Nirvana.  By that understanding, we see that the manifestation of matter occurs in cycles, ages, in great processes.  And the same is true of our own microcosm.  We arise into manifestation and we fall out of manifestation.  We have cycles of birth and death.  We also have the same type of cycle on the level of the spirit, where the spirit enters into manifestation and then is retracted.

Immortality, in that sense, is no longer absolute.  When all of nature is withdrawn with the great in-breath of God, it all enters into a passive state of existence, or nonexistence.  And yet, Nirvana is sustained.  So there is a portion of consciousness which is withdrawn into that space while the universe is in repose.

What is interesting is this: the work to self-realize is the work to realize all of the Sephiroth within oneself.  When the spirit is extracted from nature and condensed back into the Cosmic Night, all of the creations of the soul, all the bodies, are reduced to an atomic essence, very subtle.  So there is a kind of existence there, but it has nothing to do with what we think of as we are now.

Q:   When you talk about self-observing, who is the observer?

A:   That is exactly the question.  The question is: When you talk about self-observation, who is the observer?  Precisely.  You have nailed it.  “Who is the observer” is the question we have to answer.  That is the necessity for the practice.  Who is the observer?

We have to learn, and teach ourselves, to observe, because we do not.  We are trapped in subjective points of view, the subject in this sense being “I,” who wants something.

Q:   So the observer should be Neshamah.

A:   Exactly.  The observer, truly, is Neshamah, is the Divine Consciousness.   But we have to learn to open that capacity in us.  It is dormant.  The essence that we have, that spark of consciousness, is an extension of Neshamah, the Divine Soul that we have, but it is asleep.  We have to awaken it.  We have to awaken ourselves to learn to self-observe, to learn to pay attention.  That is something energetic and palpable.  It is not theoretical.  It is something you can taste, something you can feel.  It produces a change when that spark is active, and it is present and working.  You can only find it in yourself, and the root of it is in the consciousness, being conscious, being aware.  How do you pay attention?  Learning to discriminate in yourself.

When a desire is pushing, there is consciousness there, but trapped in desire.  When you are angry, your consciousness is there, but trapped in anger.  The real self-observation occurs when there is no desire modifying it, and that is the difficulty.

That is why we have to learn how to meditate.  Meditation is the science that teaches us how to know the difference between the taste of free consciousness and the taste of conditioned consciousness.   Meditation is what teaches that.  It is the path to comprehend self-observation and self-rememberingmeditation.

The reason is: when we are walking around and we are in our normal life, we are being buffeted by impressions, a constant stream of sensory data which is coming from the outside.  Then, we also have a constant stream of data being produced by the mind itself.  So we have states and events; we have a vast chaos of information that is buffeting the consciousness all the time.  In that chaos it is extremely difficult to maintain self-observation and self-remembering unless you have been trained.  And no one outside can train you.  You have to train yourself.

The way you train in self-observation and self-remembering is by removing some of that information that is always coming in, by meditation.   You isolate the consciousness.   You sit, you relax, you close your eyes, you relax your physical body, you relax your emotions, you relax your mind.  In each level of that process of relaxation, you are extracting consciousness from another world of data.  So you are no longer overwhelmed by physical sensory information; then you are no longer overwhelmed by emotional storms, or emotional desires; then you are no longer overwhelmed by intellectual processes, so that in the end, just the consciousness is there, present.  Then you can learn what it tastes like, what it feels like, how it works.

From that, then you take it outside.  That bit of understanding that you gather in meditation, you begin to apply during the day, and there is a cycle that begins with effort, with will, with gathered energies transmuted through the sexual processes of alchemy.  Transmutation accelerates the whole process; the consciousness is fed and developed rapidly when we transmute the sexual energy.  And little by little, self-observationself-remembering, and transmutation become natural.  But that is something that has to be learned.

Q:   Remember how you said that sometimes we think, “Well if I had more money then I would be happy”?  What if we think something like, “If I just could learn how to meditate I would be happy; if I just could learn how to self observe, it would cure all my problems”?

A:   Well, learn to meditate anyway.

Eventually you start to grasp the ego is rooted in desire, and desire can manifest in different forms.  There are many who enter into spiritual study guided by desire, and influenced by desire, and they never grasp that.  So they remain in suffering.

In some sense, what I would recommend to you is to learn to not think about it.  When the desire arises, “If I could only learn to meditate,” let it go.  You will learn as you practice.  The desire can become an obstacle.

I will give you an example.  When you desire something, when you have a craving, there is an energy, a vibration, that is manifesting in that instant.  So the desire for the experience of meditation is a desire of the Nephesh, is a craving of ignorance, a craving related to the ego, that wants something, to experience something; it is a craving for sensation.  You see that?  You want to experience the sensations of meditation, or you want to experience the sensations of having knowledge about something in particular.

So long as you persist in that desire, it will create a problem for you.  The reason is, meditation, real meditation, arises when no desire is present.  The entrance into Samadhi occurs when the consciousness is fully extracted from the ego.  So if you are meditating with the desire to meditate, you will not achieve it.  If you are meditating with the craving for Samadhi, you will never achieve it.

We have to perceive in ourselves the nature of desire, to separate from that, to have no desire.  Now this does not mean that we ignore the longing to know God.  That is important.  That longing is from Neshamah.  That is the longing of the soul.  But that is not a desire, in terms of sensation.  And to distinguish between the taste of those two requires experience.  But if you persist, you will see it.

Q:   You said we have to transform Nephesh into a human being.

A:   Yeah, the point is made that we have to transform Nephesh into a human being, and that is the point, that is the work.

Q:   I was just thinking, aren’t desire and willpower very similar?

A:   The question is: Are desire and willpower similar things, are they the same?

They are in us, because our will is trapped in desire.

The consciousness is a vessel, a vehicle.  It is an energy.  The root of consciousness itself, we find within the Monad, related to Tiphereth and the Divine SoulBuddhi and Manas.  This is will and consciousness, and that is what is in us as the essence.  But when our consciousness becomes trapped in the ego, the will is trapped in the desire for sensation.  So the work becomes extracting the consciousness out of the ego in order to have pure will, which is guided by the spirit.  That is what it means to become a hu-man: mind, Manas, will, under the guidance of the spirit, rather than being dominated by Nephesh.

Q:   You talked about everything being reduced to atomic structure.  I don’t quite understand that, how you relate, what we think of at least, our physical atoms to spiritual essence.

A:   The question is about how we reduce spiritual things to atomic, or scientific, matter.

Who created the atom?  God.  All the laws that function in nature and in the universe are spiritual.  The structure of the atom itself is a structure of the spirit.

Part of the difficulty that scientists are having in these times is that they are not able to bridge the gap between the two realms of science that have emerged in the last couple hundred years.

A couple hundred years ago, everyone become very satisfied with the elaboration of Newtonian physics.  So we had the understanding of how matter behaves in the physical world, and all the scientists were very relaxed and very content with the way science was describing things.  And so they were very opposed to religion and spirituality.  And then Einstein came along, and Einstein pointed out his two famous theories.  And what came out of that revolution in the world of materialistic science was the realization that we perceive matter in a certain way, and matter behaves in a certain way, but when you investigate into the depth of matter, it is totally different.  This is the difference between Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics.

Now, because the scientists in the mainstream are no longer able to understand what they perceive, they are appealing to religion.  They are going and studying Buddhism, and studying the doctrines of the Madhyamaka schools, or the doctrines of the middle way, the Mahayana.  They are trying to understand emptiness, because in quantum mechanics, they are seeing the scientific basis of emptiness.  In quantum mechanics, they are seeing what the Buddha taught 2500 years ago.  And those scientists are confused.  So it is curious that you see now in this field of endeavor that scientists are having to recognize the plain and obvious fact that you cannot divorce the study of nature and the study of the soul.

Sure, you can study physical matter and forget about the world of the spirit, but if you really want to understand what is at the base of physical matter, you have to understand the laws that God has put into place.  There is no other way.  That is why when we talk about atomic science, it has relevance.  It has relevance because we believe that this body that we have will persist.  We believe that this self, this I, that we have will persist.  But when we look at atomic science we see this body is not at all what we think it is.

On the level of conventional truth, the physical body has its functions and processes.  But when we only see that side, we remain in illusion.  To awaken is to learn to see and comprehend the absolute truth, the truth that underlies the conventional truth, and part of that is mirrored in atomic science-the atom itself is not just physical matter.  It is a combination of three elements: matter, energy, and consciousness– the Law of Three in the base of any atom.

The scientists of this day and age are reluctantly having to recognize that truth, because they are observing phenomena that they do not comprehend.  I will give you an example.  They are performing tests-this is a common test among quantum mechanic physicists-they are performing tests now with particles that make decisions, particles that choose, that demonstrate consciousness.   And the scientists do not get it.  They do not understand.  What they are also noticing and finding in their experiments is that the observation of things at the subatomic level cannot occur without the influence of the observer.  So they are seeing the Law of Interdependence at the subatomic level, that they as a scientific observer are not separate from the phenomena that they observe.

This has been a huge wave of upset in the scientific communities, because the idea has always been, “We, as scientists, are distinct and separate from nature.”  And we have this idea in society nowadays, that somehow we as human people, whatever we are, are different from nature, we are above nature, we are separate from nature.  We like to think that.  That is wrong.  We are slaves of nature, and intimately involved with the processes of nature, and we have to step out of that through a work of conscious will.

The scientists who are performing these experiments are really agitated, and it has created all kinds of ethical and scientific debate in their communities.  Gnostics have to do the same thing.  People in religion, people in spiritual studies, need to recognize that spirit is at the base of nature.  We ourselves exist because of laws that God has put into place, and to ignore those laws is to ignore the truth of ourselves.  That is why in Gnosis we study things from a scientific point of view.  We could call it scientific mysticism, and that would be pretty accurate.

Alchemy | Transmutation

Continuing with the theme that we established in the previous lecture about the elements in our spiritual growth, we will advance our understanding of those elements, and see how they apply to practical use.

In every spiritual tradition, we talk about basic elements that are material and energetic, but since we know that every manifested thing is a trinity of matter, energy, and consciousness, then we have to understand that the basic elements are also elements of consciousness, not just matter and energy. The four primary elements—air, fire, water, earth—make up everything that we are, on every level.

The important question we need to answer practically in our lives is how the four elements relate to the fifth element. How are we working with the fifth element? That is what we talked about in the previous lecture. The fifth element, literally “the quintessence,” relates to the Akash, the ether. In Sanskrit terms, we can also say that it is Kundalini. It is the Prakriti, the root energy that in some religions is symbolized as the Divine Mother.

The Divine Mother is that creative force or intelligence in nature that gives life to everything. If we want spiritual life, we need to know our Divine Mother. Her active agent is the quintessence, which is an energy in us. We need that energy to be active, and right now it is not. In us, it is passive, latent, what in science we could call “static, non-kinetic energy.”

Venus / Aphrodite Urania

Aphrodite Urania, the pure light of the Divine Mother

The method to awaken that energy, to activate it, has been hidden in every religion and mystical tradition. In the West, it is most famously known in the tradition we call Alchemy.

The entire tradition of Alchemy is a symbolic presentation of a practical science. Alchemy hides the knowledge of how to elaborate the full potential of the human being, which is hidden in all of our atoms and cells. To do that, we need to know about transmutation.

The Divine Mother is the fire of the Tree of Life

This word transmutation gets utilized a lot in esoteric traditions, but it appears as if it utilized without much knowledge of what the word really means. So it is important that we analyze this word and understand what it means, where it comes from, and what it implies. The word transmutation came into use because of the tradition of Alchemy, and is derived from Latin roots. The implications of the word transmutation are far beyond what most esoteric traditions attribute to it. Trans means “thoroughly,” and mutare means “change.” To transmute means to completely change something. In the modern Gnostic movement, for example, most students use this word transmutation exclusively in relation to sexual energy, which is a valid use of the word, but it is not its full meaning and not its original use.

The word transmutation originally applied to our entire being, to everything about us. Really, to transmute comes from that famous phrase from alchemy, “to transmute lead into gold.” It means to purge the lead, which is a dense, heavy, and impure metal, and reduce it into its quintessence—in other words, to reduce it to the most basic components that originally made it, and from that, to perfect it.

Everything that exists is constructed out of the basic elements that we explained in the previous lecture. First is the Akash or ether, and that becomes particularized into air, fire, water, and earth. Those four basic elements, which are physical, energetic, and conscious, become everything that exists. Everything that we are is made of four elements arranged and particularized into particular sequences. Physically, we call this encoding DNA, which is not merely physical chemicals, but also encodes energetic and spiritual data, as combinations of elements. Those elements are physically sequenced in series combinations of molecules that are arranged in infinite combinations to create everything that we are. Those sequences of four are reflections of the four elements.

Similarly, the four subtle elements are reflected in the four basic components of physical matter:

“For the most comprehensive and lucid exposition of occult pneumatology (the branch of philosophy dealing with spiritual substances) extant, mankind is indebted to Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), prince of alchemists and Hermetic philosophers and true possessor of the Royal Secret (the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life). Paracelsus believed that each of the four primary elements known to the ancients (earth, fire, air, and water) consisted of a subtle, vaporous principle and a gross corporeal substance.

“Air is, therefore, twofold in nature-tangible atmosphere and an intangible, volatile substratum which may be termed spiritual air. Fire is visible and invisible, discernible and indiscernible–a spiritual, ethereal flame manifesting through a material, substantial flame. Carrying the analogy further, water consists of a dense fluid and a potential essence of a fluidic nature. Earth has likewise two essential parts–the lower being fixed, terreous, immobile; the higher, rarefied, mobile, and virtual. The general term elements has been applied to the lower, or physical, phases of these four primary principles, and the name elemental essences to their corresponding invisible, spiritual constitutions. Minerals, plants, animals, and men live in a world composed of the gross side of these four elements, and from various combinations of them construct their living organisms.

“Henry Drummond, in Natural Law in the Spiritual World, describes this process as follows: “If we analyse this material point at which all life starts, we shall find it to consist of a clear structureless, jelly-like substance resembling albumen or white of egg. It is made of Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen. Its name is protoplasm. And it is not only the structural unit with which all living bodies start in life, but with which they are subsequently built up. ‘Protoplasm,’ says Huxley, ‘simple or nucleated, is the formal basis of all life. It is the clay of the Potter.'”

“The water element of the ancient philosophers has been metamorphosed into the hydrogen of modern science; the air has become oxygen; the fire, nitrogen; the earth, carbon.” – Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

For us to become something new, we need to unzip the sequence that makes who we are, and reconnect it in a superior way. But how are you going to disarrange everything about yourself, and rearrange it? Especially when you are the one trying to do it. Not easy! But this is what to “transmute” really means. It means “to thoroughly change.” Gnosis is a science of transmutation. Yes, it begins with sexual energy, that is the root energy that makes the full and complete transmutation possible, but we do not seek to only transmute sexual energy. We want to transmute all of our matter, all of our consciousness, our psyche, our soul: everything. We want to thoroughly change: to transmute.

Interestingly, the result of that transmutation is a mutant. A mutant is someone who is different, who is changed. This word “mutant” has a negative connotation nowadays, but in reality every existing creature is a mutation, a mutant. What we want is a conscious mutation, a change for the better. We want a change towards something beneficial and positive, something useful, something that will bring harmony and peace, not discord and violence. We want a change that will bring about goodness, equality, harmony, love. For that type of change, we need to thoroughly change the causes of discord, the causes of suffering, and those causes are within us, in our matter, our energy, and our consciousness.

A genuine transmutation requires that the causes or the origins of problems and pain, suffering, are changed thoroughly, so that new effects can emerge. That change is not easy. If you consider how anything in nature changes, fundamentally changes, its a process of birth, growth, decline, death, rebirth, growth, decline and death. This is how evolution advances, through small mutations over time. If you have ever studied biology or evolution, you can see that this is how species grow. They grow because of the pressures put on them by their environment. They change, and adapt, and hopefully improve. We need the same thing. Unfortunately, we are not responding properly to the pressures that are upon us. In response to the psychological, material, social, and physical pressures that are on us now, we are not mutating ourselves properly. If we were, we would be transcending the problems. We would be adapting and overcoming them so that they would not be problems anymore. Instead, we see that the problems are deepening, that we are not changing fast enough, and in the right way. We need to know how to do it, how to transmute.

Samael Aun Weor said:

“No one can Self-realize without transmutation.” – Samael Aun Weor,  Tarot and Kabbalah

In this context, he was not talking about sexual transmutation, he was talking about transmutation of the psyche, the mind, the heart, and the body: to change thoroughly.

Stated in another way, you can transmute your sexual energy, but if you do not transmute your mind, you will not self-realize.

three-pillars

When we study the Tree of Life, our primary interest is how it applies to us here and now. The Tree of Life maps all of the levels of existence. But those levels of existence are meaningless if we cannot access them. Studying and memorizing scriptures and teachings mean nothing if we cannot experience what they point towards. We need to examine this Tree of Life in relation with ourselves, and understand that these ten sephiroth relate to levels of being within us. Here on this graphic we see not only our physical state but our psychological state, so on this image while we see a physical body to remind us that this relates to us here and now, really all these spheres or levels show our levels of psychology. Symbolized here are two divisions, two sides. The superior part is related to the heavens or superior aspects of being. The inferior part that hangs below is called Klipoth or hell, and this aspect relates to the inferior or inverted aspect of our psyche. Everything on this map is composed of elements: air, fire, water and earth. All of this is suspended in or supported by the Akash.

So in this context, if we use our imagination and we look at how this applies to us here and now, everything about us is encoded, in elements. Here physically, we can sense those physical aspects: our physical body is an encoded series of elements, which is reflected in our DNA. But as well, our entire psychological make up is encoded in us. Sadly, we only hazily perceive it. We hazily perceive it as thoughts and feelings, and certain types of sensations physically. But we do not perceive or comprehend that all of the thoughts, feelings, and impulses are driven by matter and energy that is not physical. This is a real problem that we have.

Really, open up your imagination, and analyze yourself: look at how you have a physical body here and now. This body is composed of a trinity of elements: matter, energy, and consciousness. The consciousness here is not awake, it is very asleep, but there is some degree of consciousness or perception. Thoughts, feelings, and other impulses are more subtle than physical matter, but still we can perceive that they have some level of manifestation. We can verify that they are there, somehow. They also have matter, energy, and consciousness, but not in the physical dimension. Those thoughts that you sense, and the feelings that you sense, are modifications of consciousness that have matter and energy associated with them, but not physically. What we experience physically is their reflection, like light being bounced through a mirror. We have the mirror of our mind, which reflects the contents of our thoughts and feelings, but where are the thoughts? Where are the feelings? They are not in the brain, because you can experience thoughts and feelings when you are out of your body. So where are they? This is the problem we have: we do not know.

The problem is compounded because we need to change. Rapidly. Otherwise, we are threatened with grave problems, even worse problems then we have now. We need to transmute all of these psychological elements, very quickly. How, if we cannot see them? If we cannot sense them, how can we change them? How can you work in the dark? How can a blind person create a piece of art if he cannot even see what he is doing? This is our fundamental challenge. Psychologically, spiritually, we are blind. How then can we create a perfect soul, if we cannot see what we are doing? How can we transmute ourselves into something better, if we cannot even see who we really are?

For this, we need help. We need to understand how these elements work, in all of the levels of nature. So to remind you, these are the five elements.

  • Space
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Earth

All things are composed by these elements; understanding that, we need to look at how those elements manifest in us. We need to analyze our psychology, to see it for what it is.

Let me remind you of the previous lecture: these elements do not refer to the literal physical aspects, they are psychological.

  • Expansiveness
  • Mobility
  • Temperature
  • Fluidity
  • Solidity

In order to transmute yourself, you need to know what you are working with, you need to see yourself, you need to see how your mind and heart functions, how all of the sensations you experience flow. You need to see what parts of your psyche are expansive, what is the relative mobility of your thinking and feeling, what about its temperature? Its fluidity and solidity? In this way, you can analyze the elements that are involved. You can understand how to manage the elements in your experiences, psychologically.

As we explained in the previous lecture, we get help with that process through what we call ordeals, psychological challenges that are given by our own Innermost, through our psychological trainer, who presents us with scenarios designed to bring out those parts of ourselves that we need to work on. If we are not prepared to see it, we will respond poorly, the way that we have been doing previously, and we will make our situation worse. If we are not psychologically trained to watch ourselves and look for the patterns in our psychology, we will not see what is really happening to us, and we will make mistakes.

When you enter into this type of work and the process of starting to transmute yourself, you are given challenges, opportunities to see yourself as you are, and those opportunities will come every day. If you are really attentive, you will find that those opportunities are continually arising, all the time. We do not call them opportunities physically, we call them adversities, problems, suffering. We have all of our complaints.

We have an old psychological habit that is a very serious obstacle in this type of study, this type of work. That is the habit of self-esteem. Its an old habit that thinks we deserve things that we do not deserve, and that wants things to be ideal, the way that we want it, and we get very frustrated and upset when things do not go the way that we want or expect. I am curious: what percentage of people listening to the lecture today are very disappointed they did not win the lottery last night? I would like to find that out, but I do not think anyone would tell me.

We all have this self-esteem, and it is in direct conflict with the Innermost, with the Being, because this “self” of self-esteem is the egoThe Being wants the ego dead. Dead. Dissolved. Transmuted…

But we do not want to transmute it. We want things the way we want them, and when we do not get things the way we want them, what do we do? We complain. We complain in our mind, and we complain with our mouth. Many of us complain all the time. That is a sign, a very significant sign, that we are not transmuting. Another word for transmutation is transformation. We use that in a very important phrase in this teaching: the transformation of impressions. Someone who is transforming impressions has serenity, acceptance. In other words, they have no complaints.

So if we have a lot of complaints, we need to analyze the desires that are complaining: the complaining pride, the lust, the envy, the greed, the gluttony, the fear, the avarice, the laziness, all of those egos. And we need to analyze them in relation with the elements: space, air, fire, water and earth, to understand how they are made, how they work, how they function. In this work, we need to learn to not just go with the flow of our psychological river, but to fight it. The psychological river of our mind is flowing into hell. It is not taking us to God. To reach God, divinity, purity, you have to fight against everything that comes up in yourself that is impure, that is selfish. That fight is not easy.

four-ordeals

The four elements are the basic tools that our psychological trainer uses in order to show us ourselves, to show us what we’re made of—literally, what we (as a psyche) are made of. Not physically, psychologically. The physical part is impermanent and irrelevant. Spiritually speaking, we have had so many physical bodies in the past and may have more in the future, thus in the long term perspective the physical part is not as important as the psychological part, because the psychological part lasts, and is the determining factor as to whether we get more physical bodies, and what kind, and in what circumstances. Focusing on physicality is foolish. Focusing on psychology is wise.

In the psychological point of view, what are we made of? We are made of these elements in different combinations, but unfortunately corrupted with desire. In order to transmute these elements, we have to break them down. Imagine if you were a weaver and you got really drunk and wove something, using up all your good cloth, your good fibers and materials; then you sobered up  and realized that what you wove was a complete disaster and wouldn’t do anybody any good, in fact it was a waste of all that material, but it was the only material that you had, and you need clothes… What do you do? You have to take it apart. You have to go back to zero. You have to be naked, and start again. We need to do that psychologically; we need to strip our identity completely: this self-esteem has to die. We have to renounce everything except God. To only hold fast to divinity. Nothing else. This is the only way that you can fully and completely transmute. Remember: transmute means to throughly change—thoroughly, not partially. Thoroughly, from the ground up, from zero. It is the only way to build something properly.

This is why what Yeshua told us that we need a new wineskin.

“No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was [taken] out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.” – Yeshua, in Luke 5

We need a new garment. A new mind. A new heart. A new body. That transmutation comes through these elements, so we are tested, every day, constantly, by our trainer, through these elements, to pull things out psychologically so we will see them for what they are. This is not for fun or games or just to punish us and humiliate us, it is not to make us suffer, just because we deserve it. It is to help us. It is the medicine we need; we are sick.

To be healed, we need a very profound surgery, very deep, very painful. It is not easy. It is not easy to die psychologically. It is not pleasant. It is not something that you will enjoy. You will be in pain. You will cry. You will have regret. You will have remorse. You will be ashamed of yourself. And you should be. Don’t avoid it. Embrace it, yet do not attach to it. Look squarely at the facts, accept them, and change. This is how you become spiritually mature. You do not avoid the facts. You look them in the face, you see them for what they are, and you change them. Thoroughly.

When you are getting your psychological challenges every day, look them square in the face, accept them, accept responsibility for yourself, do not blame others, do not blame God, accept it, look at it and say, “I deserve this, I created this, now I’m going to change it”. This is what a Master comes from. Everybody wonders, “How do the Masters become so beautiful? How do they become so humble, so pure?”… because they are honest. That is how. Because they are honest. They do not avoid the facts. They work hard to change, to become worthy of reflecting God.

The way that this is done is through this fifth element. Everything that we are is constructed of these basic elements. So our pride for example is constructed of the four elements. The humility of an angel is constructed from the same elements that your pride is made from. Isn’t that odd? Its constructed of the same light, but arranged differently. The “pride” of an angel—that element, that light, that has to do with virtue of esteem or self nature—is not corrupted by desire, whereas ours is corrupted. What we call “pride” is a modified light that comes from the sun. It is the same light that shines in an angel, but in an angel it shines as humility. Its the same light, but in us, it is modified, corrupted. What shines in that psychological component is the quintessence. But in us, it is impure. In an angel, in a master, it is pure. The word quintessence comes from a root word  which means: “To be”:

esse “to be.” Sanskrit asmi, Hittite eimi, O.C.S. jesmi, Lith. esmi, Goth. imi, O.E. eom “I am”

The quintessence hidden in each element within us is the Being, the light of the Being, that shines through any psychological element. Everything that we are as a psyche is the light of the Being, but in us that light is trapped in corruption. If you want that light to shine pure, you need to break apart the lens and reform it to make it perfect, clean. This is the basic science of alchemy: to purge the metals and make them pure. We could remove the word metals and instead use crystals or lenses, and it would mean the same thing.

The quintessence is that light, what in Hebrew is called Shekinah, the light of the Divine Mother. That light shines through everything that we are, psychologically and physically. It shines as all of those elements arranged in all of those different patterns that make up all of the different people and things and plants and animals and minerals and everything that exist; everything is that light, but modified. What we are as a person is a huge complication of all those lights.

“And אלהים Elohim said, Let there be מארת ma’owroth [lights] in the firmament of שמים shamayim to divide the day from ליל layil [night]. And let them be מאורת ma’owroth in the firmament of שמים shamayim to give איר owr [light] upon ארץ erets [the earth]…” – Genesis 1:15

We do not see the lights for what they are. We need to analyze ourselves physically, energetically, emotionally, intellectually, and consciously.

This graphic shows the basic psyche that we can perceive here and now, if we look. All of the psychological elements that we can perceive here and now are related to other forms of matter. Physically, we perceive our physical body. If you pay attention, you will recognize that this physical body has energy that allows it to be active and move, the energy of digestion and the circulation of blood, and the energy that flows through the muscles, in the senses and nerves.

five-bodies

We also have energy that flows through the psyche, that let’s us have imagination and memory and thought, feeling. All of those energies are related with the vital body, what in the Tree of Life is called Yesod (“foundation”). The vital body reflects the contents of thought, emotion, and will into the physical body. Everything we perceive physically is reflected, either through the five physical senses, or through the internal senses that we perceive inside. The vital body reflects those contents into our brain, into our heart. This is important to understand so that we have a clear perspective on how to analyze ourselves. When we are feeling emotions, those emotions do not originate in the physical body. They are not just imaginary. They are reflected forms of light. They are light that we feel and sense emotionally in the physical body, but is being reflected to the physical body from our astral body, through the vital body. The light of emotion originates in the astral body. That means that if we are feeling a negative emotion, full comprehension and elimination of that defect is only possible by working on it at that level, with the astral body in the fifth dimension, where its originating. But how many of us have clairvoyance? How many of us are awake in the astral plane, in the fifth dimension, to work on that discursive negative emotion? None of us, we are asleep! Moreover, when we sleep at night and we are dreaming with those emotions, we do not remember them when we come back to our body. So our trainer has no choice but to give us ordeals in the physical world so that we can see and experience what is happening in that astral body, so that it is reflected here physically, so that it can come up and we will work on it. Internally, consciously, we are asleep and enslaved, so to help us, our trainer gives us ordeals. Our trainer puts us in circumstances where we feel those emotions, so that our consciousness, our willpower, can see it, and can respond consciously, not mechanically, but can comprehend and free itself. This is why we have ordeals. We need them. Do not complain about your problems. Learn from them. They are your path to liberation.

In several places of the Bible it states very clearly:

“For whom יהוה loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.” – Proverbs 3:12

The chastisement or ordeals are given as help to help us and aid us, otherwise we will not see who we are, and what is stopping us from reaching God. So this applies to all of our emotions, all of our thoughts, all of our problems, all of our situations, all of our circumstances, everything that’s bothering us or that we think is limiting us, or is a problem for us, is actually something that we need to take advantage of.  We must learn how to take advantage of the worst adversities. The worst adversities bring us the best opportunities. We must learn to smile before all adversities. People protest because of the difficulties that interaction offers them. They do not want to realize that those difficulties are precisely providing them with the necessary opportunities for the dissolution of their “I.”

So why are all the spiritual students, including the so-called Gnostics, looking for easy lives? Students are trying to win the lottery, longing to retire in the countryside and grow sunflowers, longing to retreat from their problems. Listen: if you have an easy, laid back life, you will stagnate spiritually. You will rot. If you want to grow spiritually, you need to die psychologically. The only way you will do that is by seeing the garbage in your mind and in your heart. That is why we are given ordeals.

“During times of rigorous temptations [ordeals], discouragement and desolation, one must appeal to the intimate Remembering of the Self.

“Deep within each one of us is the Aztec Tonantzin, Stella Maris, the Egyptian Isis, God the Mother, waiting for us in order to heal our painful heart.

“When one gives to oneself the shock of “Self-remembering,” then indeed, a miraculous change [transmutation] in the entire work of the body is produced, so that the cells receive a different nourishment.” – Samael Aun Weor

That is why Samael said:

“We can disintegrate our defects and dissolve the psychological “I” only by means of this science of transmutations. We can modify our errors, transmute the vile metals into pure gold and command only by means of the science of transmutations.” – Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

In The Gnostic Bible, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled, he said:

“It is possible to crystallize the Soul within ourselves by dissolving the animal ego.

“We need to dissolve the undesirable psychological elements in order to crystallize the Soul within ourselves.

“We must convert ourselves into pure Soul. With patience you will possess your Soul.

“This is possible based on conscious work and voluntary sufferings.

“The Souls of the people reside in a superior level of the Being.

“The Soul is the conjunction of all the forces, powers, virtues, essences, etc., that crystallize within us when the entire animal ego has been dissolved.

“Each time that a psychological defect is dissolved, a virtue, a power, etc., crystallizes within our interior.

“The complete dissolution of all the defects implies the integral crystallization of the Soul within ourselves.

“If the water does not boil at one hundred degrees, that which must be crystallized does not crystallize, and that which must be dissolved is not dissolved.

“In similar form, we say that it is necessary to pass through great emotional crisis in order to dissolve psychological defects and crystallize the Soul.”

Firstly, this is accomplished based on conscious work and voluntary suffering. Voluntary suffering means that we accept our suffering, we do not fight it, in the sense of resisting it or denying it or trying to change our physical circumstances all of the time. Instead we accept it, we do what we need to do in order to survive, and care for our responsibilities, and that’s enough. The rest of our effort should be focused on changing ourselves.

The soul is the conjunction of all the powers, virtues, etc., and they crystalize within us when the animal ego has been dissolved: that is transmutation. Each construction in the psyche is made of the elements. We dissolve each ego in order to liberate the light in each of the elements that are there, then automatically, spontaneously, the light emerges as the soul. In other words, the quintessence is freed. From there is a great range of potential. What happens with that energy next depends on the nature of our path. But whatever the nature of that path, it will be positive, since the light has been liberated.

The other important point here is “if the water does not boil at one hundred degrees, that which must be crystalized does not crystalize, and that which must dissolve does not dissolve.” What is that water? Water is one of the elements. Where is the water in us? What water is it that must boil? Anybody know? Well, this is a sort of trick question, because everything about us is based on water. There is no exception.

In the Hebrew letters are the three mother letters that we mentioned previously.

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The element of water is represented by the letter Mem. The element water and the letter Mem are related with the vital body. That is the lower Eden or Mayim in the book of Genesis.

“And אלהים Elohiym said, Let the מים mayim (waters) under שמים shamayim be gathered together unto one place…” – Genesis 1:9

yesod-body-cropped

The sephirah Yesod, the ninth sphere, is our creative waters, from which we create everything, physically, spiritually, psychologically. Those are our creative waters, the waters of Genesis within us.

From Yesod, the sexual organs, was made our earth, our physical body.

“And אלהים Elohiym said, Let the מים mayim (waters) under שמים shamayim be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so. And אלהים Elohiym called the dry [land] ארץ ‘erets [earth, our body]; and the gathering together of the waters called he ים yam [seas]…”  – Genesis 1:9-10

The physical body is mostly water. Without it we cannot live.

The emotional body (astral body) is very strongly influenced by water. Our emotions are a sea.

The mental body also is constructed with the element of water.  The causal body is made from the waters.

Water is in everything. Everything that exists depends on water. Physically, energetically and consciously. So when the water must boil, that means that our entire psyche must boil. What is the boiling? The problems, difficulties.

When you study how physics works, when you study how nature works, you find that crystallization and dissolution are very closely related. The entire science of alchemy is based upon this understanding. This is why if you study any of the old alchemical texts, they always talk about the need to dissolve and coagulate or crystalize. The entire science of alchemy is based upon that. One short example is from the Bosom Book of George Ripley (circa 1476):

“Then mingle with this white calx [dusty residue remaining after a mineral or metal has been calcined or roasted] the fiery water [שמים shamayim], and distil it with a strong fire all off as before, and calcine the earth [ארץ ‘erets] again that remaineth in the bottom of the still, and then distil it again with a strong fire as before, and again calcine it, and thus distil and calcine it seven times, until all the substance of the calx be lifted up by the limbec: and then thou hast the water [מים mayim] of life rectified and made indeed spiritual; and so hast thou the four elements exalted in the virtue of their quintessence. This water will dissolve all bodies, and putrefy them, and purge them: and this is our Mercury and our Lunary; and whosoever thinketh there is any other water than this is an ignorant and a fool, and shall never be able to come to the effect.”

This is only one example of hundreds of writings like it. This excerpt explains that the process of purification and the elaboration of the quintessence is a process of dissolution and crystallization.

For centuries, foolish people lacking initiation into the actual science read these things literally and thought they were talking about literal water, literal physical mercury, literal physical elements. That is wrong. These scriptures are about the psyche, the mind. The dissolution is psychological, and it is accomplished through ordeals, through analyzing and dissolving impurities in the mind.

Symbolically, we analyze the elements of the mind as having seven fundamental qualities, related to the seven lights that organize all things.

The Light of the Moon

In relation with the moon (which The Bosom Book of George Ripley calls our Lunary), we have a light in our psyche, a psychological element, that unfortunately we have corrupted. That light that the moon or Gabriel gives us freely, we have converted to avarice. We have converted it into selfishness, attachment. That light should be altruism or generosity.

In Western esotericism, we study seven basic components of the psyche, seven symbolic components, and it is interesting to me that these seven begin with altruism, because in Eastern traditions, if you study the Parimitas, which are conscious attributes of Bodhisattvas, they also begin with generosity. Generosity is the first parimita. So, both traditions agree: without altruism, you cannot advance spiritually, you cannot create the soul. That is why Samael Aun Weor repeated many times:

“Give and you shall be given. The more you give, the more you shall be given, but whosoever gives nothing, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.” – Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

Altruism, generosity, is the very basis of the psyche of a Master. A true Master does not ask, they only give. If we aspire to become a Master, that is where we must begin: working with altruism, and to do that, we have to find our avarice, our greed, our attachment, and dissolve it, and rebuild it into generosity.

How do we do it? Well, our trainer will help us. Our trainer will help us every day. Our psychological trainer, not a physical teacher. Our trainer is part of our Being, who will present us with circumstances in which our attachments will be tested… all the time. This type of generosity applies to everything! We always immediately associate generosity with money. It is related with money, but it is also related with time, with energy, with attention. We are very attached to our time, to our attention, to our energy. Not just the physical things, but psychological things.

Avarice does not apply only to material things. It also applies to knowledge, to the teachings. There are many people who have been given great teachings, like Gnosis, but they are very greedy and only give it to others with a little spoon because they want to retain their power. They are greedy with knowledge, and they want power. They are greedy with attention: they want attention from others and they know the only way they can keep that attention is if they only give a little bit of the knowledge, just enough to keep people coming. That is greed. We all have this kind of tendency, in different ways.

To become truly generous we have to transmute our avarice into altruism. That means that we have to see our avarice first; only then can we destroy it.

The Light of Mercury

Related with Mercury, we find that the light of Christ reflects through mercury as diligence: great conscious activity. Mercury is a very active planet, and so is its influence. Mercury is the messenger of the Gods. It is stated in esotericism that without mercury there cannot be any self-realization, and this is true. It is true in relation to mercury as a psycho-sexual component, and it is also true as a psychological-spiritual component because the light of mercury reflects in our psychology as the diligence of consciousness, diligence of soul. It is the diligence of the Being working through the human soul, and a Master has that: great diligence of consciousness. A Master works diligently on behalf of their Innermost doing the work of their Innermost for others, through generosity.

So, there are these two elements that are very active in Masters: they diligently act through the will of their God, on behalf of others, through generosity towards others…

But we have laziness instead. The light of Mercury in us is conditioned by egotistical desires, thus spiritually, we are very lazy. Consciously, we are VERY lazy. Even those who call themselves “serious Gnostics” are VERY lazy. Just having the thought that “we are serious” is a sign of laziness. That itself proves laziness, because the one who is really serious knows that they are not. If the ego is alive, we are not serious. If any shred of ego is alive, its enough to take us to hell. That shred, that atom, is enough to cause the ego to reemerge in completion, completely, totally. Its a seed.

So, the only ones who are truly serious are Resurrected Masters. Even great Buddhas, Nirvanis, Shravakayanas, Pratyekas, Devas, Jinns, at higher levels of consciousness than ours, still have ego; they are not fully realized. Thus, they are not serious, because the ego is alive in them, at their level.

So, we cannot call ourselves serious about spirituality or God. We have to realize that we are very lazy, until the ego is completely transmuted. One hundred percent. When the ego is completely dead—that is, when only God shines in us—then we have proven that we are diligent, serious.

The Light of Venus

Related with Venus, the light of Christ, the light of the Being, reflects through Venus as chastity. Obviously, we do not have the light of chastity shining in us. We have converted the light of Venus (Aphrodite) into lust.

Venus is the Latin name of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, who has two primary symbolic forms:

  • Aphrodite Urania: “heavenly Aphrodite,” the pure, unadulterated light of Aphrodite / Venus
  • Aphrodite Pandemos: “Aphrodite of the people,” how the light of Aphrodite / Venus has been converted into lust

Mythologically, Venus / Aphrodite has this duality. If you study the myths of Venus or Aphrodite, in some cases Venus is represented as a great virgin, very pure, and in other cases is represented as a prostitute. This duality is reflected in our psyche. We have converted the Venusian light in our consciousness into a prostitute.

I make you this solemn promise: the day you see that in yourself, you will weep bitter tears. When you see your own inner Venus / Aphrodite and what you have done to her, and how her purity has been smeared with filth, you will weep.

The Light of the Sun

The spiritual light of the Sun provides to our Being the dignity of the Gods. The dignity of the Gods is a kind of humility that we do not understand. That light should be shining in us as a profound humility, but we converted it into pride.

As I mentioned in the beginning, that pride is self-esteem. Because we are ignorant of what virtue really is, we do not see our pride for what it is; to our eyes, it is very subtle.

Pride is not only visible in the person who boasts about himself. Pride weeps over its misfortunes. Pride complains about life, about everything. When we complain about anything, it is because of our pride, self-esteem. Pride is the one who feels abandoned, mistreated, misjudged. In our sorry state, pride accompanies us in every moment. When we walked away from divinity, we embraced pride. Now we depend upon it, mistakenly believing it is what protects us, when in fact, it is leading us into the abyss.

Pride orchestrates the rest of the ego. It is our pride that prevents us from being honest with ourselves.

The Light of Mars

The light of Mars is the light of the Being that reflects as love, but unfortunately we have converted that love into hate, which is anger.

Anger is hate. Hate is anger. We do not like to think of anger as hate, because we like to protect our anger and use it as a shield in our defense, but anger is hate; it is a crime. Anger is not a virtue. Anger is demonic.

The Gods have ferocity, but we mistake that for anger. The ferocity of the Gods is represented in many myths, for example when Yeshua threw the merchants out of the temple—this is an example of Christ purging our mind of attachment. But people always interpret that scripture as Yeshua being angry like us, which is a wrong interpretation. In reality, he was displaying the wrathful aspect of God, which we see beautifully displayed in Buddhist and Hindu mysticism. That is not anger, it is ferocity.

Anger serves pride. Anger serves fear. Christ does not have anger, neither pride nor fear. The ferocity of the Gods is the protective impulse of the parent towards the child.

Mars has ferocity. Mars can be very ferocious, but it is a sign of love, not pride or fear. It is the love of the mother protecting her child, it is very ferocious, not angry. Its ferocious. Virtuous. We need the ferocity of Mars in order to protect the innocent, reject the impurity of our mind, and restore the presence of the divine in ourselves. This is love: the love of the Divine for the innocent child. This is the virtue of Mars.

The Light of Jupiter

The light of Christ that reflects through Jupiter radiates as the virtue of happiness for others. We have converted that in ourselves into envy. Instead of being happy for the successes, health, and benefits that others enjoy, we want them for ourselves. When someone wins the lottery, we envy them, even resent them. When a co-worker gets a raise or a promotion, it is not a cause of happiness for us, instead, we burn with envy, feeling we should have received the benefit. We might even act against that person or our employer, by speaking negatively of them, or sabotaging things.

Its very rare for us to feel happiness for others, unless we are benefitting from their gain. In such a case, we are only happy because we are getting something.

Nowadays in this contemporary era, envy is very active. We do not even realize it, but the entirety of our modern social structure is based on envy. In fact, one hundred percent of our media is based upon stimulating our envy. The movies, commercials, magazines, books, are all using our envy to manipulate us, to use us, to get our money, and to get power over us.

Oftentimes, we only want what we want because we want to be envied by others.

The virtue of being happy for others is a sign of conscious love for others. If we truly loved others, we would want them to have the best of everything, even giving them what we have. Sadly, our case is the opposite. We want to take from others so they will envy us, fear us, etc.

The Light of Saturn

The light of Christ that reflects through Saturn should be temperance, but instead we turned it into gluttony. We often think of gluttony just as related with food. It is not just with food. We are gluttonous with tension (yes, many people are addicted to being tense). We are gluttonous with our intellect, stuffing ourselves with the internet, TV, theories, books, music, etc. We are gluttonous with soap operas, shopping, reading, talking, gossiping, with getting attention from others. We are gluttonous with anything that feeds our inner emptiness. Some of us are gluttonous with profit.

Temperance is the virtue of using only what we need, not more. Temperance is a sense of balance. Temperance is the virtue of sensing when to stop, when to restrain and when to expend.

Some people think gluttony refers only to consuming, eating, but it also applies to those who spend, who distribute money, energy, etc. Someone who is addicted to spending money is very gluttonous, indulging in the sensations of spending. The money is flowing out, but they are stuffing themselves as gluttons with the sensations of spending money.

Anytime we overdo anything, we are being “gluttonous,” in the sense that we are wasting energy.

Anything that we use to try to put a bandaid over our lack of fulfillment, lack of belonging, lack of security—anything we use to fill that inner psychological hunger is gluttony. Even lust. Many people are very gluttonous with their lust, or gluttonous with their pride, or gluttonous with their hyperactivity (which is a sign of laziness).

How We Experience the Seven Lights

The ordeals that we face pull these seven elements, but not one at a time. We are not in kindergarden, psychologically. We are in a very complex state, psychologically. When we get ordeals, all of these forces will be active in us.

Observe an audio meter that displays the different wavelengths of sound, from the bass to the treble; as the music plays, all the levels constantly change: our psychological state is like that.

When you have a problem at work and someone is gossiping about you, clearly it is going to affect your pride, but it is also going to affect your envy, because you are going to wish that you were like “that other guy” that nobody talks about or criticizes, who everyone loves. So you are pride is engaged, your envy engaged, but also your laziness is engaged because you are not observing yourself, you are not remembering yourself or God, you are not transforming that adversity into benefit, so you are asleep. That is laziness. And, your gluttony could be active, because you want the attention that you were getting before when people were praising you. And you are doing everything you can to get that attention back, to feed that hunger psychologically. And what if the gossip is about you and a co-worker that you were flirting with? So, lust is involved, too.

You see, it is complicated. In your self-analysis, you cannot just relax back in your chair and say to yourself, “yeah, that situation is just my pride.” It is not that simple. The mind is very complex.

Moreover, all seven of these defects we discussed are just symbolic. There is not just one ego of lust, one kind of lust, we have many lustful egos: some of them are very proud, some of them are very shameful, some of them are envious, some of them are gluttonous, some are lazy, some are very arrogant, even hateful, angry.

Moreover, all defects are made of the four elements, so some are grounded, earthy, fixed, they want things a specific way. Some are airy and capable of great changes and diversity. Some are watery, and some are fiery. This is true of any of these defects. We tend to think of lust as just being fiery. It is fiery, and so is anger, but no ego is made of one element, just like the body is not made of one element. It is a combination of elements. The egos are the same way. Some lust is airy, some is fluid, mobile, some is rigid and earthy.

Our egos are not vague. They only appear vague to us because we do not see them where they are, where they originate. They originate in the psyche, in Klipoth, in the soul that has been corrupted. They are corrupting the protoplasmic body (mind/heart), what we call lunar bodies.

If you objectively watch your lust, you will see that lust can be very gluttonous, arrogant, envious; we call it “lust,” but it can also be proud, angry, and envious lust.

Each ego is not something vague. It is an entity that has a face and a body. It has matter, it has energy, and trapped inside of it is consciousness, and all of that is in the fifth dimension, inside of you. You made it. You need to see it to kill it. A blind person cannot aim a gun, cannot wield a sword, cannot craft a painting. You have to see it. So it will come up, in your life; your trainer will bring it up. If you do not see it in your dreams, in your meditation experiences, he will bring it up in the physical world for you to see it in your heart and mind and body. Our obligation then is to see it. Not avoid it, not justify it. And in fact, not condemn it. See it. See it for what it is.

The problem is that we tend to jump between craving and aversion. We like to blame things, and judge things, without seeing them for what they are. The ego is bad, of course, yet you do not need to judge it; your judgment changes nothing. You need to analyze it, study it, understand it, how it behaves, what stimulated it. What it is pushing you to do, what are its thoughts, what are its feelings, what are its tastes. Then, in the evening, you meditate and visualize all of that, and you relax and you get drowsy, and you meditate, visualize, relax and pray. With patience, you will start to comprehend, that the pain, desire, longing, does not come from God, will not produce benefit, will not solve your suffering, will not give you health or spiritual insight, and so it must be destroyed. Little by little, gradually, you will start to see it for what it is. Not only physically, but internally. Through dreams, through visions, through comprehension.

In other words, when you start to see these things that are in your heart, mind, and body for what they are, they start to lose power. You stop feeding them, thus they get weaker. When they weaken, they can be destroyed. They can be dissolved. This is what it means “to boil the water.” That boiling is caused by the tension of the energy.

How do you boil something? You apply fire. So we have a mixture here of fire and water. And what happens in the boiling? When you apply fire to water, what happens? Firstly the water changes its constitution, its temperature. Remember the elements? They all have these qualities, right? Fire affects temperature. When you apply the fire to the water, you affect its fluidity, it boils, it moves, and what happens in that boiling? The water begins to mix with the air. Steam: the water is escaping, the water is being freed. What else is happening? The water is separating from the solids (earth). You see how all the elements are engaged here? This is psychological. This is why we need ordeals.

The ordeals help us dissolve, to take apart the psyche, to see its components, and to rearrange them in the good way, but you can only do that if you are working with space, Akash, the fifth element, which is what allows these things to be reorganized, and that is God. The quintessence, the kundalini, the prakriti, is the Innermost, the Divine Mother. In other words, you need to be consciousness, cognizant, present, utilizing your energy to awaken, observe, comprehend: to learn about yourself. This is the process of dissolving and coagulating, and dissolving, and coagulating, and dissolving, and coagulating, continually, again and again, every day. It is not fast, it is slow, but that is how anything immortal is made: slowly, with great care.

“By the omnipotent God, and on the salvation of my soul, I here declare to you earnest seekers, in pity to your earnest searching, the whole Philosophical Work, which is only taken from one subject and perfected in one thing. For we take this copper, and destroy its crude and gross body; we draw out its pure spirit, and after we have purified the earthy parts, we join them together, thus making a Medicine of a Poison.” – The Stone of the Philosophers

People read texts like this and think they were talking about physical copper, physical water, physical fire. It is not about physical elements, but psychological, spiritual elements.

What is copper, psychologically and spiritually? In Alchemy, copper is not referring to the physical element. The symbol of copper looks like this:

Venus / Aphrodite / Isis

This is the sign of Venus, Aphrodite. Its also the sign of Isis, from the Egyptians. It is a very ancient symbol. It is the secret of alchemy. It has many levels of meaning.

Firstly, you should know that this sign is feminine. Its related with the womb (the circle). Hanging below the circle is a cross. A cross represents the four elements. The circle is the fifth element. The circle is the Divine MotherKundalini, the serpent biting its tail. The cross is the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. All together, this is Venus / Aphrodite, the Divine Mother, the Kundalini itself, the Akash, the prakitri, which makes possible all creation. The four elements (the cross) hang from the Akash (the circle); they depend on it. They are born from the womb of the Divine Mother. Moreover, that cross is sex: the union of the vertical phallus with the horizontal vagina. So we see here a very sexual, psychological, spiritual symbol with levels and levels and levels of importance. But that quote said:

“For we take this copper, and destroy its crude and gross body…”

The copper is feminine, and represents the two potential states of Aphrodite:

  • Aphrodite Urania: divine, pure sexual energy
  • Aphrodite Pandemos: sexual energy corrupted by lust

When we destroy the corrupted sexual matter, we liberate the pure energy.

This symbol also represents our entire psyche.

tree-of-life-venus

If you superimpose this symbol over the Tree of Life, you see that the circle, the Divine Mother, envelops the soul, the spirit (the monad), and the trinity above. It encircles all that is pure. A circle is a shape of wholeness, something perfect.

Below that you see the four bodies of sin—the terrestrial person—who hangs in dependance upon the circle above.

But what is the part of this that no one sees? That we ignore, even if you know this much, what is the part that we ignore? What do we not see? The emptiness inside the circle. It is the Ain Soph. The Absolute. What is in the center of that circle? Daath. Knowledge. The knowledge of how to transmute. To transform. So when that scripture says “destroy its crude and gross body”, it is saying “we need to destroy the tree of death” and to make it a Tree of Life. That is, we, Malkuth, the feminine sephirah, needs to be destroyed, and purified. That is why we get the four ordeals, related to the four elements. We need that in order to be dissolved.

So, success in that effort is not complicated. Success in that effort comes from applying the science daily. Working with it. Consistently. Purifying ourselves of impurities. Working with ordeals. Using our energy wisely. No longer providing energy to our egos, to our defects, to our vices, but redirecting those forces, through willpower.

Now, I know this is all pretty heavy, and maybe discouraging, but I want to read you a beautiful poem that shows you that it is worth it. This is from Rumi, the great Sufi poet, and this poem is about what happens to the faithful ones who retain their faith in God and perform the work they were born to perform and this is on the last day when they are approaching their divinity, what happens to them.

The faithful will say on the last day, “O King!

Was not Hell on the route all of us travelled?

Did not faithful as well as infidels pass through it?

Yet on our way we perceived not the smoke of the fire;

Nay, it seemed Paradise and the mansion of the blessed.”

Then the King will answer, “That green garden,

As it appeared to you on your passage through it,

Was indeed Hell and the place of dread torment;

Yet for you it became a garden green with trees.

Since you have laboured to make hellish lusts,

And the fire of pride that courts destruction,-

To make these, I say, pure and clean,-

And, to please God, have quenched those fires,

So that the fire of lust, that erst breathed flame,

Has become a holy garden and a guiding light,-

Since you have turned the fire of wrath to meekness,

And the darkness of ignorance to shining knowledge,

Since you have turned the fire of greed into bounty,

And the vile thorns of malice into a rose-garden;

Since you have quenched all these fires of your own

For my sake, so that those poisons are now pure sweets;-

Since you have made fiery lust as a verdant garden,

And have sowed therein the seed of fidelity,

So that nightingales of prayer and praise

Ever warble sweetly around this garden;-

Since you have responded to the call of God,

And drawn water out of the hell of lust,-

For this cause my hell also, for your behoof,

Becomes a verdant garden and yields leaves and fruit.”

Questions and Answers

A:  Yes, the lion has many important meanings in esotericism. The lion is related with the astrological sign Leo, which is a fire sign. Lions have a long history in the esoteric traditions. In ancient times, the lions were quite peaceful and served human beings as attendants and protectors. But because we became so corrupted, the lions became enraged against us. Symbolically, the lion can symbolize Christ, specifically as the law of karma. So that is why in traditional Christian symbolism, Christ is represented as a lion or as calming the lion. In some of the more ancient traditions, we see how Christ “causes the lion to lie with the lamb.” The lamb is a symbol of Christ / Mercury, showing how Christ can calm the forces of karma on our behalf, in order to aid us. That is further symbolized in the Arcanum Eleven in which we see the Divine Mother gently restraining the forces of the lion, which is our karma. Yes, the lion is an important symbol. In alchemy the lion is symbolized in a number of ways, primarily as a green or red lion, and these are primarily states of consciousness related to the level of being. In alchemy there is many symbols related to lions.

Q:  Is there an ordeal related specifically with the fifth element?

A:  All of the ordeals are related with the fifth element. Every ordeal tests our state of conscious awareness, which is a measurement of the quintessence. To be awake, we need the quintessence active. The fifth element fuels the awakened state. Without the quintessence, we cannot awaken. Therefore, every ordeal tests our awakened state, thereby testing the fifth element in us. Stated another way, if you retain constant watchfulness, you can overcome every ordeal, because you are harnessing the element that is superior to the other four.

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  If you are asking about “morning dew” in relation with alchemy, in certain alchemical texts the symbolism of dew is related in many ways and has levels of meaning. The beginning-level meaning is related with the sexual energy that settles into the vital body every day and is delivered into the physical body. That “morning dew” is related to fresh, psycho-spiritual-sexual energies that need to be harnessed and transformed daily. That is the most superficial level of meaning, but there are many other levels, such as in relation with manna, but that is too deep for us to discuss today.

Q:  How do we work in the astral body in order to progress as a soul?

A:  If you have the capability to awaken consciousness in the astral plane, then you can work with these ordeals more directly. Originally, these ordeals are applied to us internally in the astral plane. So, the ones who awaken in that level and consciously transform those ordeals move more rapidly through them, because they are able to comprehend things more directly, faster. But most of us do not have that capability. If you do, if you can awaken in the astral plane, take advantage of that: pray to your Innermost and say, “What do I need? Show me what I need and help me work on it.” Do not waste your time investigating other peoples lives, and going around and being curious. If you can awaken in the astral plane, then use those moments to transmute yourself. Your Innermost will guide you in that process.

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  The planets also correspond to the elements.

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  The entirety of our experience of life is driven by karma, because we are so trapped in our karma. Whether we are working on ourselves or not, everything is karmic. Our karma is managed by our Innermost. Sadly, although we think our life is hard right now, the truth is that we are not facing all of our karma right now. Our Innermost is managing our karma, to keep us in a physical body, with hope that we will work on ourselves. If all of our karma was applied to us right now, we would not be physically alive, because our debts are too great. We would be in hell, recycling. All of the circumstances that we are within right now are managed by the limitations and forces being pushed through that karmic influence. What that means is that whether we are working on ourselves or not, everything that is happening to us is made by our own hands, guided by our own Inner God. So if we complain we are making a big mistake.

“Karma is a medicine that is applied unto us for our own good. Disgracefully, instead of bowing with reverence before the internal living God, people protest, blaspheme, they justify themselves, they stubbornly excuse themselves and wash their hands like Pilate. Karma is not modified with such protests; on the contrary, it becomes harder and more severe.” – Samael Aun WeorTarot & Kabbalah

Furthermore, if we are working on ourselves, that karmic scenerio that we face from day to day is further manipulated by our Innermost, in order to more directly bring up the things we need to work on. He manages our karma, to help us. Sometimes it is by giving us more problems, and usually its like that, because we need that in order to grow.

There is a very interesting quote that I just saw from the book “Dayspring of Youth“, that says:

“The Innermost will not reply to an ordinary question, for It does not interest Itself in the personality’s world of illusion.”

Most of the things that we pray about and we are so worried about and so upset about are—spiritually speaking—completely meaningless and inconsequential. Their value spiritually is that we think they are important and we are so hypnotized and confused by stupid things. That is why we are put in those situations. God does not care about the situation itself, only that it can provide us with a way to see ourselves as we are. If God wanted us to have a million dollars, we would have it. If we deserved it, we would have it. If God wanted us to have a different physical body, we would have it. If we earned it, if our karma determined it, we would have it; if we wanted it or not, we would have it. So, from that point of view, we can see that the one who is really working on themselves realizes that everything that is happening in life is guided by God. That is pretty humbling. It is pretty amazing.

This is a point of view that is expressed in tantra, in which the student is taught how to “transform all poisons into medicine.” That is symbolized in asian traditions by a peacock. Tantric traditions state that the peacock eats poison and turns it into medicine. That poison is the poison of our own mind. It is the poison of lust, pride, envy, hate. Those comes up in our daily lives, in the circumstances we face. We need to take those situations and “eat them.” Meaning: transform them. Transmute them. Turn them into medicine for ourselves and others.

We have to realize that God, the Innermost, is orchestrating everything around us to give us that food, so that we can transform it into medicine, not only for ourselves but for others. This is a really beautiful thing to see in your life. It is really humbling when you become conscious of that, when you start to see every tiny detail of your life is being managed without exception.But we are so forgetful of the presence of God, that we think we are abandoned, and that we are lost, and that everything is happening by circumstance and randomly, and that we are on our own. We only feel and see that because we are so asleep. But when we start to really pay attention and awaken, you realize that you are never alone, and every single instant, God is there, trying to slap you and wake you up. We just need to realize it.

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  When you perform pranayamas through the day, pranayama should be performed physically. The purpose of the pranayama is to harness the vital energies that are in the physical body and vital body. So, that practice should be done physically, not mentally. You can do it very quietly, you do not have to do it in an aggressive way. You can do a pranayama silently, but be attentive to what you are doing.

Furthermore, it is not necessary to feel physical sensations with pranayama. You might feel something, and you might not. Do not use physical sensations as a measure for success. Your measure should be your state of consciousness. The qualities you observe in your consciousness should be your measure.

If you are doing pranayamas properly and effectively, you will find that it calms your mind, calms your heart, and strengthens your ability to retain mindfulness of yourself. That is the measurement. If it is helping you to remember yourself, to retain presence, here and now, then you are doing it right.  If you are doing pranayamas and you are becoming more sexually agitated, you are doing it wrong. You need to manage your mind.

Pranayama takes the steam off the boiling water. The water is boiling because of the fire of lust, and we do the pranayama to harness the wind, to take the energy out, and to let the water settle. That is the purpose of pranayama. It is not to stir up a big fire, it is to take the energy and use it for benefit, so that we are not burned by the fire.

Have you ever seen what happens if there is a fire burning and raging and you take all the air away? What happens? It goes out. Pranayama does that. Pranayama literally means “harness the wind.” With pranayama, you “take the air from the fire,” so the fire becomes calm. And then that energy becomes used by the consciousness, as it should be. That is how its supposed to work.

Q:  [inaudible] They have also heard the statement that when the student is ready then the teacher appears?

A:  Well, people interpret that saying physically, believing that when the student is prepared physically, that a physical teacher might appear. That might happen. But the real meaning is psychological and spiritual. The real meaning is that when your Innermost has prepared you through lifetimes of ordeals, there will come a moment when your soul is so sick of suffering that you are ready to die. Then your Master, your Innermost, will “appear,” and guide you to die psychologically, so that you can be reborn spiritually. That is the real meaning of that aphorism. The appearance of the Innermost is not before your physical eyes; physically, you might not be aware of it. Physically, it may come up just as you are finding the teachings and starting to practice, but that is the sign that the Master has “appeared,” because you have been given the door and the key. If you want to know if your Master has shown up, then notice: you have found the teachings. The Master has called you. So then, its up to you. Transmute yourself.

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  In order to learn astral projection, there are several key factors that you need to learn.

The first is that you need to learn how to be here and now. To awaken in the astral world is not possible if you are asleep in the physical world. If you want to awaken in the astral plane, you have to awaken in the physical plain first, because your state of consciousness is continuous through these planes. If you are asleep here, you will be asleep there. So awaken here and now, make that your priority, and then naturally, spontaneously, you will awaken internally as well.

The second part is, once you are working to awaken here and now, then you need to start saving energy, especially emotional energy. The astral plane is an emotional world. If you are wasting all of your emotional energy through violence, lust, pride, envy, gluttony, greed, avarice—all of your old habits—then you will have no energy to awaken in the astral plane. You need to save energy. That means transforming impressions and dying in your desires, renouncing them, understanding them, comprehending them, and walking away from them, and saving that energy.

For example: you become tempted by your lust; you want to look, you want to engage, you want to feel the sensation of lust. If you do it, you expend energy. That energy is used to fortify that lust and deepen that karma. If instead, you do not expend energy there, you save energy, in fact you might be extracting energy out of that lust that was tempting. That is how the soul becomes crystalized in us, and that energy then becomes available to the consciousness, unless we waste it five minutes later. It is a tight rope. It takes a lot of balance, psychologically. It is very delicate. You have to be very attentive and cautious, especially with how you use energy psychologically. If you conserve psychological energy, you will awaken.

“We constantly hear complaints from many students who suffer because during the slumber of their physical bodies they live unconscious within the superior worlds. Many of them have performed esoteric practices in order to achieve Astral projection, yet they do not succeed. When we study the life of these whiners, we discover within them the Fool of the Tarot; these people are full of desires.

“We kill desire only by comprehending sensations. Only by annihilating desire can the mind that is normally bottled up within desire be liberated. The awakening of the consciousness is produced only by liberating the mind from desire.” – Samael Aun WeorAlchemy and Kabbalah

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  If you awaken consciousness in the astral plane, the most important thing you can do is pray to God, your Divine Mother: pray. Speak your heart. You need to develop and cultivate that relationship, it is the most important thing you have. If you awaken consciousness anywhere, anytime, physically or internally, this is the most important thing you can do: remember God. Otherwise, you will awaken in the astral plane and only be thinking of yourself, which is pride, and you will go around feeding your pride, investigating other peoples lives, seeing “how cool it is” in other dimensions, having different kinds of experiences—for your pride. In other words, you are deepening your suffering.

If you remember God, if you remember your Buddha, your Innermost, then you can take advantage of that experience and transmute yourself. Learn. It won’t always be easy, but it will be fruitful.

I have a friend who in the first few years of his practice in Gnosis was able to get out of his body easily, any time he wanted, and he became the “go-to-guy” when anyone wanted to know anything. They would go to him and ask, “Can you check out this and that for me in the astral plane,” and, “Can you go find out such and such a thing,” and he loved it; everyone relied on him, and thought he was a big shot, and he would go off in his astral body and investigate all these different kind of things. This went on for a little while, then one day the switch of his astral experiences was flipped to the “off” position, and his Innermost took that away from him, and it shattered him. I do not know if he ever recovered. There is a great danger in pride. So beware of it.

Q:  [inaudible]

A:  The Ankh cross is the same as the sign of Venus. The ankh cross is the sign of Isis, who is Venus / Aphrodite. The ankh is the sign of life, the sign of how the light of Christ (Ra), reflects into the universe and creates all existing things. That is the role of Christ, with the Divine Mother Isis.

Alchemy | The Elements in Spiritual Growth

Today we are going to talk about the elements in spiritual growth. To understand what the elements in spiritual growth are, we need to understand what we mean by spiritual growth.

There is a lot of misinformation about spirituality in the world today, in modern culture, that causes us to have misconceptions and misunderstandings about things that, unfortunately, we take for granted as “correct,” but can gravely harm our spiritual growth. To understand what spiritual growth means, we need to understand what is “spirit.”

This word spirit in English has been terribly abused, especially in the last one hundred years. Nowadays, no one can give an accurate or consistent definition to the word spirit. We use it for things ranging from the feeling of a certain kind of music or art to descriptions of ghosts and phantoms to discussions of god, and even alcohol (spirits). So, our definition of spirit is very imprecise, and not founded in the ancient, accurate, specific knowledge regarding how to awaken consciousness.

If we look at what the Gnosis teaches us about spirit, we can look at any of the ancient traditions and the etymologies of the words used for spirit and they all agree.

spirit: mid-13c., “animating or vital principle in man and animals,” from O.Fr. espirit, from L. spiritus “soul, courage, vigor, breath,” related to spirare “to breathe,” from PIE *(s)peis- “to blow” (cf. O.C.S. pisto “to play on the flute”). Original usage in English mainly from passages in Vulgate, where the Latin word translates Gk. pneuma and Heb. ruah.

The true meaning of spirit is “animating principle.” So, ultimately, what has given us life?

William Blake adam

The Pneuma and the Psyche as depicted in Genesis, as Ruach Elohim and Adam

The Hebrew word ruach can mean “breath, wind, spirit” and refers to our inner Spirit, or in Christian terms, our “Father.” In Kabbalah, this is related with the sephirah Chesed, and is represented in the Bible by Abraham, the patriarch (“father”) of the tradition.

The equivalent symbol in Hinduism is Atman. Directly translated, Atman means “self,” but refers to our inner spirit, the essence of ourselves, the ultimate sense of where we come from.

In Buddhism, it is simply the Buddha, “the awakened one.” We are not that, yet.

The Natural Man

tree-of-life-bodies

So in genuine mysticism when we talk about spiritual growth, we are talking about the emergence of our Innermost. It is the growth of the Being. It is the emergence of the Buddha within us. That Being is not the terrestrial self. We here are what Saint Paul called in his writings the psychikos soma, usually translated as the natural man or the animal man, which is the terrestrial person. The Being, on the other hand, is related to πνευμα pneuma, the spirit.

“There is a ψυχικός [psychikos, psyche] σῶμα [soma, body], and there is a πνευματικός [spiritual] σῶμα [body]. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a ψυχή psychē; the last Adam [was made] a quickening πνεῦμα pneuma [spirit]. Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is ψυχικός psychikos; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven. As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” – Paul, from 1 Corinthians 15

When we talk about spiritual growth, we are not talking about the spiritual “person.” We are talking about the growth of our InnermostAtmanChesed, our inner Buddha.

Real spiritual growth is the empowerment, growth and expansion of our Innermost, and through that growth we as a terrestrial person also benefit. It is a reciprocal relationship. That is why Paul in his writings talked about the relationship between the heavenly man and the earthly man. They are two parts of one being.

Physically, terrestrially, we are what Paul called a “natural” human being, meaning in the natural world, in the physical world with an earthly body, with a physical body. We are in what the Alchemists called the “philosophical earth.” This body is built up out of the earth as it says in the Bible, from the dust of the earth. Our earth houses spiritual attributes or archetypes.

“And the Spirit of God [Ruach Elohim] moved upon the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:2

“But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

“And יהוה Elohim formed אדם adam [of] the dust of the אדמה ‘adamah [ground], and breathed into his nostrils the נשמה nĕshamah [breath] of life; and man became a נפש חיה [nephesh chaiah, living soul].”
– Genesis 2

That spirit or vivifying energy is what gives us life. It is the Ruach [spirit, breath] that causes this body to have existence, life. Our consciousness is an agent of the Innermost. It is an agent of the spirit. It is related to the spirit, but it is not the same thing as the spirit.

So this title “the elements in spiritual growth” really requires that you understand that spirit is the Being, our inner Being, our inner Father, our inner Mother, our inner Buddha, whatever names you want to use. It is that root of our inner experience as a self, as a soul, where our soul comes from: our spirit.

Real Spirituality

We need to understand that, because until we clearly grasp that the terrestrial person is not everything and that we are just an extension of something more, something that we ignore, we cannot understand genuine spirituality. This is the problem in this day and age. People think that spirituality is about “me” and spirituality and religion have become all about “me” and “myself.” Nowadays, people really just want to adorn themselves with whatever “spiritual” elements comfort their ego; they want to dress themselves in robes and in different garments psychologically to give of a certain appearance or to feel certain things. They want to feel comforted; they want to feel secure because, as they say, they are “spiritual.”

The real spiritual person is in connection, in dialogue with their inner being. This connection is not vague, invented, or fantasized. It is experienced. True spirituality is the direct connection between the terrestrial person and the spiritual man, Atman, our inner Buddha.

Real spirituality begins when that connection is established. So, spiritual growth can be defined in that way. First, by accessing and acquiring that connection, so that we no longer believe in God or theorize about our inner Self, but we know it. We can experience it, we can taste it, we can touch it, we can talk to it, we can get information from it. We know what it is from experience. That is the beginning of real spiritual growth.

We need to know the elements that cause that to occur.

The reason we do not have spiritual growth now and the reason we do not know our Innermost now is because we do not know the elements, and we do not know the Spirit. We are in a deep state of ignorance. So we have a lot to learn.

The Elements

In an ancient scripture from Hinduism, we find a scripture that explains the elements for spiritual growth. This is in Taittirīya Upanishad which is a very ancient writing. This Upanishad states:

“From Atman did space come into being;
from space, air;
from air, fire;
from fire, the waters,
from the waters, the earth;
from the earth, plants;
from plants, food;
and from food, man…” – Taittirīya Upaniṣad

This ancient scripture outlines the unfolding of elements in the spiritual sense. Unfortunately, people read this in the literal, physical sense, and think that is its meaning. It does have some application to physical matter, and how matter is created literally and physically, but this not why the Upanishad was written. The Upanishads and the Vedas and the other scriptures of ancient religions were written for the growth of spirit, not the growth of physical matter.

From the spiritual point of view, physical matter is the lowest, most unimportant aspect of life. We need physical matter, and that is why we have physical bodies, but physical matter dies. Physical matter is impermanent and unreliable. So, scripture is not written for physical purposes, it is written for spiritual purposes.

This scripture explains that “from Atman did space come into being.” I explained to you that Atman is a Sanskrit word that literally translated means “self,” but  it does not mean our terrestrial self. It means our spiritual self, what some people call our real self. We can say that it is our real Being. We can say that it is our Innermost, or in Christian terms, our inner Father. In Buddhist terms, it is our Yidam, our inner Buddha.

The space referred to here is not physical space. It is not the space outside of this planet. It is a psychological and spiritual space. This phrase, “from Atman did space come into being” is in the first few lines of the book of Genesis:

“And ארץ arets [“earth”] was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Ruach Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.”  – Genesis 1:2

That formless and void is the Absolute, what in Hebrew is called the Ain, the Ain Soph, and the Ain Soph Aur. In Sanskrit terms, this is Sunyata. In Buddhist terms it is called Samantabhadra or Adi-Buddha. It is the level of beingness that is empty, ultimate, the repository of all potential. It is not nothing, but it is also not something. That is this “space.”

As it comes into being, it becomes what we call Akash in Sanskrit terms. Akash is the root vibration of the pure potentiality that is entering into manifestation. It is the root energy or root substance of everything. We can also call it mulaprakriti, the seed root of all things, the root energy.

From this space came air, from the air came fire, from the fire came the waters, and from the waters the earth.

Here we see the classic four elements; air, fire, water, and earth. Anyone who has studied philosophy knows about these four elements. We find them in every major tradition in the world. They were known in Babylonia, Chaldea, amongst the Greeks and Romans, amongst the ancient Chinese, the Taoists, amongst the Hindus, and the Buddhists. In every tradition in the world, these four elements have been described in varying ways.

Once again, humanity has made the foolish mistake of believing that these four elements are literal. So, our modern so-called “scientists” and “philosophers” read these ancient texts and laugh at the ancients, and say it is ridiculous that all the ancients thought that literally everything was made from physical air, from physical fire, from physical water. and physical earth. The fools are not the ancient philosophers. The fools are the modern ones who do not know how to read, who do not know how to understand what was written.

These four elements do not refer to physical elements. If you have studied the writings of Paracelsus, Aristotle, Plato, Lao-tzu, Krishna, Buddha, all of them talk about these four elements. They talk about them in every religion, but they are not talking about physical elements. They are talking about subtle energies, psychological, spiritual forces in nature, in everything, in every level from the Absolute down.

The space, the Absolute, comes into being. That is the manifestation. In the four worlds of Kabbalah, this is the movement from the world of Atziluth into Briah, where the archetypes move into creation. That process of creation is where the space becomes air, fire, water, earth; everything that exists emerges out of the space.

So, all the way at the top of the Tree of Life is the sephirah Kether, “the crown,” the Father of the the Father. Kether, the Ancient of Days, comes into being through air, fire, water, earth but at the level of Kether. It is in a very high dimension that is extremely subtle; physically, we cannot see it; it is in the seventh or zero dimension. From that root archetype, everything emerges and elaborates into different combinations of these four vibrations. Really, that is what they are.

This term “air” uses what we experience physically as air as an archetype, as an allegory, as a metaphor, as a way of understanding something that is not physical. What is the quality of air? Movement, something subtle, something not fixed and solid. So air in this scripture and all the ancient scriptures refers to a vibration of energy, a vibration of Prakriti that is very subtle and moves rapidly.

The elements represent qualities, not physical matter.

  • space represents expansiveness
  • air represents mobility
  • fire represents temperature
  • water represents fluidity
  • earth represents solidity

Fire has the quality of temperature: heat and cold. Air also has a temperature. It also has fluidity related to the waters. It also has the potential for solidity related to the earth. So we see these four elements really relate to qualities of matter and energy. Not literal air, not literal fire, not literal water and not literal earth but qualities.

Now you can better understand what was written:

“From Atman [Spirit] did Expansiveness come into being;
from Expansiveness, Mobility;
from Mobility, Temperature;
from Temperature, the Fluidity,
from the Fluidity, the Solidity…” – Taittirīya Upaniṣad

In this way we can understand that these four elements are just a deeper condensation of the three qualities [gunas] of Prakriti, which we talked about in a previous lecture. That primordial space when it emerges into manifestation does so with three descriptive attributes, which in Sanskrit are called gunas. The Triguna [three gunas] are three different attributes or qualities of matter and energy. As those descend and become more complicated, they become four. Those four descend and create all the worlds that exist.

Our Descent into Matter

So, where this affects us is in how we have come into being. Our inner consciousness, our true nature, enters into manifestation in the way that is described here.

At the ultimate root of our self is space. Inside that space is Atman, our true self. That is the Ain Soph, and what emerges out of that Ain Soph is a ray of light, the Ain Soph Aur or the ray of okidanokh, the ray of creation. It passes through that space. That space in Hinduism is called at the highest level Prakriti. At the highest level it becomes Akash. That Akash is space, which becomes “air, fire, water, earth.” These are the differentiating qualities of the consciousness as it enters into manifestation.

A long time ago, when that spark of light descended out of the Absolute, when our spark first came into matter for the first time, we did not come into matter as a human being; we came into matter as a simple spark of light that needed to learn, grow, and develop, so it starts at the lowest level: as a simple mineral element. We started at the bottom, as an elemental, a simple spark of consciousness in nature. Slowly, we developed through many aeons through the kingdoms of the elementals.

The Elemental Kingdoms
  • Minerals
  • Plants
  • Animals

“…from the earth, plants;
from plants, food [animals];
and from food [animals], man…” – Taittirīya Upaniṣad

Each kingdom has these four elements (air, fire, water, earth) developing as qualities. That is why the sparks that evolve there are called Elementals.

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Gradually, while simple sparks in the mineral kingdom, we evolved, becoming more sophisticated, and eventually we began using plant bodies. After a long period of time where that consciousness was growing in the existence at the level of plants, we graduated and became animals, what here is called “food.” Really, all the elementals are food in the cycle of nature. Even we are food for nature.

Gradually, after many aeons of development, we became more knowledgeable and experienced with the inner relationship between consciousness, matter, and energy, so we then entered into the humanoid kingdom. That is, we are elementals who are in humanoid bodies. We are animals who have intellect. Now we find ourselves in a mess, because being in the humanoid kingdom for a while, we have made a lot of mistakes, and we have forgotten where we have come from. We have forgotten who we are. We need to learn.

The Fifth Element

Here are the five elements outlined in that scripture.

  • space: akash, vyom, shunya
  • air: vayu, marut, pavan
  • fire: tejas, Agni
  • water: apas, ap, jala
  • earth: prithvi, kshiti, bhūmi

Space is the first element to emerge out of the being. In Sanskrit it is called Akash, vyom, and Shunya, which related to Shunyata (the Absolute).

From space comes the air, which in Sanskrit is traditionally called vayu, but can also be called pavan or marut.

From the air comes the fire, tejas or agni.

From the fire comes the water, which is called apas, ap, or jalal in Sanskrit.

Finally there is the earth, which is traditionally called prithvi but can also be called kishti and bhumi. (It depends on the scripture that you are reading).

These are the five elements that we find in every religion. In many cases the lower four are specified, because the fifth is the secret. The lower four come from the Akash, space, but this element is usually left unexplained. It is called the fifth element because from the “earth” going upwards towards more subtlety, the akash is fifth. The fifth element is the one we need. In most written scriptures and documents about the secret tradition, the fifth is left undefined. The fifth is left unspoken. If we study the scriptures of Alchemy, for example, in the West we can find a lot written about these four elements, which some Alchemists, such as Paracelsus, even condensed as three. Yet, the fifth is always there, and we may talk about that in future lectures.

These five elements are not physical. We are not concerned with the physical aspects. They relate to physical matter. Obviously, our physical fire is a reflection of spiritual fire, but we are not concerned with the physical aspect; we need to be concerned with the spiritual.

Attributes of the Five Elements

We need to understand what these five symbolize.

  • space represents expansiveness
  • air represents mobility
  • fire represents temperature
  • water represents fluidity
  • earth represents solidity

Space represents the attributes of the Absolute. Psychologically and spiritually it represents expansiveness. If you have ever studied Chinese Taoism, it is all about the fifth element, space. The way of the Dao is the way of being expansive, all embracing, all awareness, all encompassing, nonreactive, capable of receiving anything and not being disturbed, because there is so much room in oneself.

Air symbolizes the psychological and spiritual quality of mobility, flexibility, movement.

Fire reflects the spiritual and psychological characteristic of temperature, our psychological temperature, our spiritual temperature. This relates with our temperament.

The fourth is water, which relates to fluidity, the ability to be spiritually and psychologically fluid or flexible.

Finally, the element earth is solidity, firmness, to have a strong conscious foundation, a powerful strength, willpower.

These five elements in any scripture symbolize these psychological and spiritual qualities that we need to develop and understand.

Of primary importance to us is how these elements relate with the nature of our consciousness, not our personality; not our mind either, but consciousness. This is where these five elements are most important: in qualities of consciousness. They do reflect into our qualities of our ego and personality, because the ego and personality are created through misuse of consciousness. Yet, since ego and personality are impermanent and not trustworthy, what we really need to grasp is how to utilize these five qualities with the free, awakened consciousness.

Mantric Value

When we study these five elements in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosis, we find that there are many attributes related to them. So this graphic shows you these many attributes and they are all important and they have practical value.

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However, we are not going to spend a lot of time on this graphic. These attributes and relationships are really important, and they become more important to you the further you go along in your spiritual process. Briefly, what I want to point out on this chart is that every element also has a mantric value, a sound that stimulates that quality.

By working with mantra or vibration—conscious energy—these qualities can be developed, invoked, and nourished. Some mantras are related to all the elements, for example, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, about which we gave an entire lecture.

hagal

For today’s lecture, the mantra of specific importance is related with the fifth element, the Akash or ether. That mantra is Ha. The rune Hagal, a very ancient rune that is at the heart of every language is depicted, above. The Hagal is shaped as an X with a line through it. In other words, it is somewhat like a six pointed star. Interestingly, Hagal begins with the sound “Ha,” and if you put a circle around that rune Hagal, you make the esoteric sign of ether, the Akash.

The rune Hagal is the root creative force in all runes. From Hagal come all the runes. All the runes are hidden in the Hagal, in that shape. So you see, the “Ha” is the fifth element from which all the other elements come. Remember the scripture stated:

“From the space comes the air.”

So from the ether, Akash, comes the air, then the fire, then the water and then the earth. All of the other elements come out of Akash or ether, and that makes this vibration “Ha” the most important.

Tattvas and Spiritual Power

In Hinduism, these five elements are called tattvas. This word tattva means truth, thatness. The term is used to describe the fundamental forces at work throughout nature. There are innumerable forces at work, thus there are innumerable tattvas. For simplicity’s sake, we use this basic system of five tattvas.

All five tattvas are vibrations of the same root energy, but are differentiated by the quality of their movement. The earth, water, fire, and air all come from the Akash, the ether. They are just modifications of ether. Vayu, the air, is the mobility of ether. The earth or the Tattva Prithvi is the solidity of the ether, Akash.

This might seem theoretical or unimportant to you, but if you want to have any real impact in changing your life or helping to influence the lives of others, this will become the most important thing you know. Why is that?

Most everyone who wants to be spiritual wants to be a priest or a priestess. That is the goal: to be someone who has power. Where does the priest or priestess get their power? The ancient word for priest is “mag.” If you have ever heard of the three magi or the three kings (which is malachim in Hebrew), those were three priests. From mag we get the word magician. A priest or a magician is someone who knows how to work with the forces of nature, both outside and inside.

What was Moses? He was a great priest, a great magician. He commanded the water, the air, the fire and the earth. He commanded them outside of himself, literally, physically. What about Nicholas Flammel, Basil Valentine, Paracelsus, Galen, Hermes Trismegistus, Jesus of Nazareth, Krishna, Milarepa, Quetzalcoatl? They were all magicians, priests.

The power that they had and still have is derived from the tattvas, from these elements, not from anywhere else.

The power to command nature is the ability to conquer, command, and control these elements: akash, air, water, fire, and earth.

That begins not outside of oneself but inside. We have to first command these elements inside of ourselves, to control our own kingdom, our own earth. When we can command those forces in ourselves, then by the laws of nature we can also command them outside. The ancient axiom says:

“As above, so below.”

If you can control the forces here in your own earth physically, psychologically, spiritually, you can do it outside also. This is accomplished by understanding that these elements are not matter in the form we think matter exists, which is as dead matter.

Matter, Energy and Consciousness

We have the very mistaken idea that matter is inert, lifeless, dead. We are wrong.

We observe a cup of water and we think it is dead matter, lifeless, lacking consciousness. We think the water and the cup are just a bunch of atoms, molecules, and minerals sitting there, and are nothing more. We are wrong.

Similarly, when we read any scripture, and we read about the elements, we think of physical elements, and that physical elements are dead matter. We are wrong.

Every atom in nature is a trinity of matter, energy, and consciousness.

Every atom in nature has matter. Every atom in nature has energy. Those we can verify easily. What we do not realize is that every atom also has consciousness.

Nowadays, fortunately—even though it may be too late—finally the scientists are beginning to recognize that this is a fact: that all atoms have consciousness. As they are performing experiments with quantum physics, they are discovering that the consciousness of the scientist affects the experiment. When the consciousness of the scientist is observing the behavior of a quanta of light, the light changes its behavior. If that quanta is not being observed, it behaves differently.

All atoms are like this. Every atom as consciousness at its level. All atoms have a spark of consciousness, an essence, just as we have. Obviously, the consciousness of an atom is not the same as the consciousness of a humanoid like us. Atoms are much simpler than we are because they are at the beginning of their manifestation, whereas the human organism is far more advanced than a simple atom of hydrogen. Yet, millennia ago, we were evolving at the level of atoms: as a spark of consciousness that was just beginning to develop. All the atoms here and now are like that: beginning a long process of evolution. Only a few will reach the level we are at now. Similarly, only a few of us will go beyond this level to higher levels.

Everything has consciousness at its own level. We can compare the consciousness of a humanoid to the consciousness of a hydrogen atom in the same way we can compare the physical body of a humanoid with the physical body of the sun. The scale is simply too huge to conceptualize accurately. Nonetheless, we need to understand this similitude, and that all atoms have consciousness.

All atoms have consciousness in relation to these elements, and not only the atoms, but all of the matter, all of the organisms, all living things. The magician, the priest, knows that, and knows how to use it.

When Milarepa was able to fly, how did he do it? He commanded the elements of the air, not only inside of himself, but outside of himself. When Moses parted the waters, how did he do that? He commanded the elementals of the waters. But, it was not the terrestrial body of Moses that did it. It was the Innermost of Moses, the spirit, the inner Being, the pneuma, the Ruach, that worked through the human part, the psyche.

Our consciousness enters into matter, into energy, to become that trinity, in order for that trinity to grow. Our purpose is to become a “god”—a being with power—filled with knowledge of how all things work. That knowledge should give rise to a great love for all beings. To be a magician, we need to learn how these five elements work in ourselves physically, psychologically, spiritually, and be able to control them and command them. This is not an easy task. This is a task that requires an enormous amount of self-knowledge and a lot of study and training.  So, we are introducing these five elements to you so that you will understand how to start seeing them in yourself and in nature.

These five elements are living forces, not dead. They are not inert matter; they have consciousness inside of us and outside of us.

Even merely on the physical level, everything about us physically is a process of the interaction of these five elements. When we eat, drink, walk, talk, we are using energy, and all that energy has been made available to us through a process of transformation through our eating and drinking and breathing and through the energy of the consciousness that is active in our bodies.

All of that motion of energy inside of us—we do not do it consciously. We are not digesting our food consciously. We are not transferring to oxygen into the bloodstream consciously. We are not managing the forces and fluids in our glandular system, in our endocrine system, consciously. It is happening on its own. How? Well, we may have a lot of scientific explanations of what is happening in the matter, but as I explained, all matter is a trinity of matter, energy, and consciousness. So what about the consciousness of your stomach, the consciousness in your blood stream, in your heart, in your lungs, in your liver? There is consciousness there, but not your consciousness, because we are asleep, unaware of what the liver is doing right now; somebody is aware, but who? The elementals in the body. An uncountable number of monads serve us physically. Our physicality is constituted by atoms that are not as developed as we are, but who are growing and learning. They are in the process of growing and learning. These are atomic intelligences. If you want to know more about this, read the book Dayspring of Youth by M. The whole book is about this. Within us is a hugely complex and beautiful system that we all ignore.

Those atoms are related to the elements. Those atoms are intelligences in nature. Moreover, everything we eat and drink is related with elementals. When you eat a plant, you are eating the physical body of an elemental. You are killing it so that you can live; that is the plants role in nature, to die for you, so that you can live, so that you can grow. Are you using that well? Do you respect the plant? Are you grateful for the plant? Are you grateful to the animal? Do you express gratitude? Do you express that understanding and knowledge, consciously? Every single thing you eat and drink and breathe has consciousness, and you are killing it, and that you have to, and that is nature.

Spiritual Nourishment

All the elements we ingest and breathe in we incorporate, we transform, with the help of other elementals that are in our body. All of that effort is just to sustain our physical life. If we want spiritual life, we need to take that same phenomena of transformation to another level.

The incorporation and transformation of energy is the basis of spiritual life. We know that the incorporation and transformation of energy is the basis of physical life; we can see that. We have to take in and transform energy everyday, all day, to stay alive. If you stop breathing, you will die. If you stop eating, you will die; if you stop drinking water, you will die.

Your spiritual life also requires nourishment. If you have no spiritual life now, if you are spiritually dead, it is because you have not been nourished. You need to know the nourishment that will grow your spiritual life.

What is that nourishment? It is to take the elements in consciously, and to transform them consciously. It is to be awake in everything you do. If you eat consciously, not only do you nourish your body better, but you take in nourishment for your consciousness.

Even more specifically, there are certain sources of nourishment that are more potent in relation to the elements. But if you ingest them unconsciously, you will transform them unconsciously, resulting in nothing different from the rest of mechanical nature.

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To bring into our spiritual health atoms related with the Akash or ether, we see on this chart the letters A.Z.F.; this is an Alchemical equation, three elements in harmony that relate to the trinity. These are three elements that relate to forces in nature that are transformed in one way, which is chaste sexuality, White TantraAlchemy. These are the basic three forces in nature, the three gunas, the three elements that here we are calling four but are transformed specifically through the retention and transformation, the transmutation, of sexual forces.

Related to the tattva of the air, we can ingest grape juice to get atoms of the vayu tattva to nourish our consciousness. In the physical juices of the grape are hidden spiritual atoms. These atoms are not only in grape juice, it is just a primary example that we utilize. There are other elements in nature that have those atoms.

Related to the fire, we can consciously ingest red meat; that is because in the physical matter of the red meat are spiritual atoms, and if you take them in consciously, you will nourish your spiritual growth and life with spiritual fire.

Furthermore, with apas or water, we can consciously ingest fish.

For atoms of Prithvi or earth, we can consciously ingest grains.

So we see here there are five types of food specified as sources of atoms related to the tattvas. It is not to say these should be the only foods you eat or that you have to eat them all. What this is saying is that related with these five elements, the most potent spiritual atoms related to these five elements are in these five foods.

Yes, we are calling sex a type of food, because if you use sexuality in the right way, it does not deplete you of your forces, rather, it gives you forces. Most people use sex to deplete themselves, to exhaust themselves, but that is not the right way. Upright sexuality or chaste sexuality utilizes sex in order to nourish the body, the heart, the mind, and the spirit, the soul.

In transmutation, spiritual atoms are absorbed physically, psychologically, and spiritually. The clue to do this is: every time you eat or drink or engage in any type of sexual activity, you should do it consciously, with full awareness of what you are doing, with full attentiveness, being there, present, and paying attention to what you are doing. Being conscious, present, here and now, is how you nourish the consciousness. If you are distracted, you are not feeding your consciousness.

So, you can just simply eat an apple, and if you eat it consciously, the atoms from that apple are transformed and nourish the consciousness as well as the body. But if you eat the apple while thinking of somethign else, like daydreaming or wandering in memories or fantasies, you only give the body a little nourishment, and nothing to the soul, the consciousness. It remains asleep.

To facilitate the nourishment you receive from being conscious, here and now, and to make it more powerful, you can use a sacred mantra, which is from Sanskrit, and which we spell Krim but is pronounced Kreem (“e” pronounced like the “e” in the word “tree”). Pronounce it mentally as you eat, drink, breathe, and have sex.

The mantra Krim is related to the Divine Mother Kali, who is “the destroyer.” When you use the mantra Krim, you are invoking the power of the Divine Mother to pulverize those elements, and separate the bad from the good, and to absorb the goodness in yourself consciously. This is how you nourish yourself consciously. This is on all levels: physically, spiritually.

We recommend that students try to have these elements in their diets—not necessarily everyday, but to at least try to incorporate them.

It is especially useful to use these resources when you are dealing with the particular tattvas that these foods are related to. For example, observe someone who has a lot of fire in their psychological temperament, who is a fiery person. If they eat a lot of red meat, they will become even more fiery. So, to reduce the intensity of their temperament, they should eat less meat. Similarly, a person who is very irritable or very listful should eat less red meat.

An airy type of person, who is very mobile, very swept about by life, can counter that by eating more grains. It will give them more solidity and firmness. It will help them settle down.

In this way we can see that there are subtle influences that we can work with in relation to these foods.

Nevertheless, all of us, without exception, need the elements of the akash that we derive from sexual transmutation, whether we are single or in a couple. This is the most important element we need.

Rituals of Priesthood

To become a magician (a priest or priestess), you need these forces in your body, in your atoms, because in order for you to command the forces of nature outside of you, first you have to be able to command them inside of you. We are going to talk about that in detail in a moment. The way it is accomplished is important for you to understand. These four elements in conjunction with Akash all have specific relationships psychologically, spiritually, with everything in life.

Any goal that you want to achieve will have a relationship with the tattvas. So if you have a goal to help someone, you can work with the tattvic, elemental forces in order to help that person. There are specific priestly activities, rituals of priesthood, that harness these forces. I will give you an example. Most people know about the catholic Mass. The function or purpose of the mass can be found in other religions but with different names and symbols. The exact same function with different words and different structures exists in Buddhism, in Hinduism, etc. In Buddhism, instead of taking what the Catholics and Christians call the Eucharist or the host, the Buddhist take tsok. In each religion, we find the “body” (wheat, rice, corn) and the “wine” (grape, barley, beer, etc).

In those rituals in every religion there are symbolic elements related to these tattvas. The tattva of the air is sometimes represented by grape juice or wine (it should be non-alcoholic, but in many traditions alcohol is used, unfortunately). The tattva of the fire can be represented literally by a fire, a candle, while in some traditions it is present as meat. The tattva of the water of course is usually given as water, and sometimes by fish. The grain in the west in the Eucharist is wheat (bread, wafers), while in Asia it is rice. The ancient Americans used corn (maize). In every case, these foods are symbolic in the rituals, but when properly consecrated, blessed, and ingested consciously, with great awareness and cognizance, they can have spiritual atoms of high value.

If you have participated in any religious tradition, you will find the same ritual elements, where the congregation will receive blessed food from the priest. That food is really symbolic, and if it properly blessed, it will convey spiritual atoms that have been blessed and consecrated through the consciousness of the priest. This is the important point.

The priest, the magician, is the one who consecrates that event, and through the purity of his or her psyche brings those divine forces into the foods. How can that priest do that unless they themselves are pure? They are the vehicle of the force. If the priest or priestess is a fornicator, they are incapable of delivering spiritual atoms to the congregation.

In the Bible, we see this established in very ancient times by Melchizedek who blessed wine and bread and gave it to Abraham. He was a priest to Abraham, and Abraham was a great magician. Yeshua was a priest after the order of Melchizedek. That is how we got the Eucharist of today from Abraham, from Melchizedek, who got it from others. It is very ancient.

That is a symbolic ritual, in which spiritual atoms are brought in through these elements for the blessing of the congregation in order to give spiritual nourishment. That is the value of those sacraments.

So the priest performing a ritual has to command the elementals. The atoms that are placed in that bread are brought there by “pygmies” and “gnomes.” We do not mean literal pygmies or gnomes in the physical world. We are talking about the consciousness of the elementals related to the tattva Prithvi. All the elements have consciousness, their conscious value. We need to know what they are and how to command them.

The Quintessence

Everything about us is derived from the elements, and the elements are derived from one source. To understand this, I want to read to you a quote from Paracelsus. Paracelsus is one of the greatest doctors this planet has ever seen, and is also a great alchemist, and is one of the teachers of Samael Aun Weor. Paracelsus wrote:

“The Magi in their wisdom asserted that all creatures might be brought to one unified substance, which substance they affirm may, by purifications and purgations, attain to so high a degree of subtlety, such divine nature and occult property, as to work wonderful results. For they considered that by returning to the earth, and by a supreme magical separation, a certain perfect substance would come forth, which is at length, by many industrious and prolonged preparations, exalted and raised up above the range of vegetable substances into mineral, above mineral into metallic, and above perfect metallic substances into a perpetual and divine Quintessence, including in itself the essence of all celestial and terrestrial creatures.” – Paracelsus, The Aurora of the Philosophers

In synthesis, when the descent of forces into nature occurs, in all of those forces remains the seed of their sources. In all of our atoms is a connection back to their roots in the Ain Soph. In other words, in every atom of earth, there is a connection back to Akash, which in turn connects back to the root of all things. The root of all things in that scripture was called Atman or the “self.”

Paracelsus was stating that it is possible through purification to return the creature back to that ultimate root and thereby acquire all the power of the magician. That root power, the perfection of that energy, is called quintessence. In English, we use this word quintessence a lot now, but its roots and true meaning come from Alchemy.

The Tree of Life

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Here we see an image of the Tree of Life on a physical body. This represents us. We are a Tree of Life, physically, spiritually. Once again, it is not the physical component we are concerned with. We are really more concerned with the psychological, spiritual aspect, of how this Tree of Life functions in ourselves.

Every single portion of the Tree of Life is a combination of Tattvic elements in varying degrees of subtlety, and with all of the huge variety we see in all of existence. Everything about us is rooted in the elements, both in the positive, free, unconditioned consciousness, which is symbolized as the upper portion of the Tree of Life, and also in the conditioned consciousness that is symbolized in the lower portion, which we generally call “hell.”

Hell is our subconsciousness, unconsciousness, and infraconsciousness. We have our own hell. Hell is the blackness that we see when we look into our hearts and minds. It is what we see in our nightmares. It is all of those elements that surge and fill our psyche with desires that manipulate us and motivate us to perform all the mistaken actions that we perform physically, emotionally, and mentally. Hell is a condensation of elements, the five elements but through mistaken action. So we can see that hell is a karmic (“cause and effect”) condensation or crystallization of those elements. That is our ego. That is our karma.

So here we are, caught between two worlds.

It is possible to take that quintessence and perfect ourselves. On the other side, we see that which traps us. To become one with the quintessence and become the perfect magician, priest, or priestess, requires that our inner hell be purged, purified, destroyed, so that all the energy that is trapped there is liberated. That energy is what creates the quintessence. It is what liberates the forces that raise us up to heaven.

This is the essential foundation of spiritual growth. In order for our Innermost to grow, we have to free ourselves from our conditioned state, our state of ignorance. In other words, our pride traps the spiritual atoms of our Being. Our Being cannot grow because of our pride. For our being to grow, our pride must be destroyed so that those energies, those Tattvic forces, can be freed, and so that that consciousness can grow. If we do not free the consciousness trapped in pride, destroy pride and free the consciousness from crystallization, nature will do it for us, and natures way is very painful and very long.

This is what all religions have traditionally represented as hell. It is a process in which we are purified of pride, anger, lust, laziness, gluttony, greed, envy and all of the other discursive factors that cause us to behave in the wrong way. Nature will purify us, and we will not enjoy it. This is the law, and this is how nature functions. So our choice is to let nature do it and suffer, or to do it ourselves.

To do it ourselves requires that we learn the science. In this science, we analyze ourselves and appeal for divinity for help, but divinity will not make you feel good about it. Purification is not easy. To be purged of lust requires that you see the lust, that you confront it, and that you deal with it. If you avoid it, you cannot deal with it. We have to become conscious about everything about ourselves, and remove that which is impure. This is the only way to grow spiritually. If you ignore your anger or your pride or your envy, then you are in ignorance, and thus you are spiritually stagnant or dead, not growing, and maybe, even getting worse. Most likely, we are getting worse.

Spiritual growth—the growth of our Innermost—comes through cognizance, knowledge, and that is knowledge of ourselves.

The Three Mother Letters

To understand that, we will back up one step and talk about how those forces work in us. I explained that Prakriti is that first root level of existence, raw matter that becomes differentiated into different forces. At the top level, it has a trinity, three aspects, that we talk about as Gunas or root forces in nature.

In Kabbalah, those root forces are called the three mother letters.

Aleph א is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and its shape is a trinity. It has all three forces in its self. It relates to air—not physical air, but the mobile quality of that root energy. It is highly mobile, flexible, and incorporable. It has the value of the number one.

The second mother letter is מ Mem, which relates with water, fluidity. It is the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It also has a trinity in its shape. It has a dot, a curve and a line. You see the three elements are starting to differentiate. Mem relates with water. To water in Hebrew you say mayim, which is spelled with two Mem’s and a Yod in the middle.

The third mother letter is ש Shin, which is also a trinity. Shin is related with fire, temperature, and is the twenty-first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

It is stated in the kabbalistic book The Sepher Yetzirah (The Book of Formation) that these three mother letters were the first emergence, and from them came all the other letters. Again, the letters are not literal. The letters represent spiritual archetypes, forces in us, spiritually. The letters are runic symbols of archetypal spiritual aspects of the Being. These three letters represent the trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. Air, water, and fire.

These three forces are behind all creation. Anytime there is a creation, there are three forces at work.

When we look at the Tree of Life we see these three forces at the very top. Aleph is with KetherShin is ChokmahMem is with Binah. These three forces or the trinity above express to create through Daath, which is the hidden sephiroth hidden below the upper trinity. That shape of Daath is the rune Hagal. The rune Hagal in Judaism and Hinduism is represented as a six-pointed star, two interlocked triangles. In other words, the upper triangle divides itself into a duality (two triangles), and unites with itself, forming Daath, Hagal, Shiva-Shakti, Yab-Yum, Elohim. From that comes everything else, all the letters, all the tattvas, all the forces in nature.

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In us they create our inner trinity, our three brains. These three letters rule the three triangles of the Tree of Life spiritually and in us psychologically.

Aleph is related with the upper trinity, with our head, with our intellect. Aleph is the air. The mind, the intellect, is related with air.

Shin rules the second triangle of the Tree of Life, the triangle of ethics. Shin is related with our heart. Shin is fire. This is why we feel fire in our hearts; temperature is related with the heart; coldness and warmth. Some of us have a warm temperament; some of us have a cold temperament. It is related with the movement of shin in our hearts.

Finally, Mem, the water, rules the lower triangle, the triangle of priesthood, which relates with the motor/instinctive/sexual brain. Mem is related with water, and water is sexual. All creation comes out of the water. We create through sexual waters. Every universe, every sun, is born through sexual waters. Mem or mayim is in sex.

Here we see these three mother letters, spiritual archetypes working through us energetically in our three brains. The question then becomes, how do we use them? How do we use the powers of the air? Have you ever observed how your mind is very mobile, always darting around, and the thoughts just come and come like a great wind that you cannot stop? The intellect, the mind, is related with air.

The heart is related with shin, with fire, and here is were we feel the temperature that is always changing in us as we react to our circumstances. We feel the heat of anger in our heart. We feel the warmth of love in our heart. We feel the coldness of resentment. All emotions have a temperature.

In our bodies we feel the waters of sex boiling. Sometimes they are calm, sometimes they are not. Sometimes they are icy and frozen. Other times they are a raging storm.

Purification

These basic elements function in our psychology, and we can learn about them through self-observation. What we need to understand is that for spiritual growth to occur, these elements are used to test us, to purify us.

Observe the three mother letters—AlephShin and Mem: air, fire and water. What is the fourth element? Where is the earth? It is your body. So here you are, spiritually, psychologically, as the four elements incarnated;

  • your body: earth
  • your mind: air
  • your heart: fire
  • your waters: sex

Obviously, this is a simplification, because remember, all of the elements have the other elements within. We are just describing the basic flavors.

If you want spiritual growth, all four elements need to be purified so the quintessence can emerge.

How does it happen? Are you going to do it on your own? Can you do it on your own? If you observe your mind, and you observe the density and strength of your psychological tendencies, and you compare that to the strength of your free consciousness, you will quickly come to the realization that it is impossible to do it on your own. It is impossible, it cannot be done. It has never been done. You can only do it with the help of divnity within, with the help of the divine.

The one that showed us how to do it is David. In the myth of David, we see a young shepherd, powerless, with no training, no weapons, just a boy, but by circumstance he has to face and defeat the greatest warrior of the Philistine army, who is Goliath. The only thing David has to help him is his faith. Armored only with faith in divinity, he approaches his enemy and he picks up a stone, and kills Goliath with it, and then chops off his head.

That stone in Alchemy is called a Sophic Hydrolith. Sophic comes from Sophia, wisdom. Hydro is water. Lith is stone. So “the wise water stone.” The water is in your earth, in sexuality. So the Sophic hydrolith is sexual energy being utilized by Sophia, Christ. Wisdom is Chokmah. Wisdom is Christ. That trinity above will aid us by stimulating these elements in us so that we will see them for what they are. That is why those who begin to transmute their sexual forces, to work with the stone, which is centered in Yesod, the sexual energies, begin to receive ordeals, difficulties, psychological tests.

The Four Ordeals

Someone who is genuinely transmuting their sexual energy will also begin to face a lot of psychological difficulties, because this is how the work progresses. People enter into these types of studies and believe because of their training in pseudo-occultism that everything in the spiritual path is an ever-increasing ecstasy, and as soon as you become spiritual, life just becomes rosier and rosier. Spiritually, this is true, but psychologically it is not.

A genuine aspirant for full awakening has to face the entirety of their ego, all of it, step by step, and facing that is not something we do willingly. We do not want to face ourselves. We do not want to see how foolish we are, because we want to feel proud. We do not want to see that we are animals, psychologically. That we are beasts, filthy, we are not divine. We want our religion to tell us how divine we are. We want our spirituality to make us feel good. That is all lies. The truth is that we are dirty and we need cleansing. The cleansing comes from our own inner Being.

When we begin to transmute our sexual energy, we begin to nourish our spiritual growth, and the most important place that energy can be used is to clean us, not to give us experiences in the astral plane. We might get that from time to time, but that is not what is important. What is most important is that we become pure.

So our Innermost, our divinity, is the one who takes that energy to bring the ego up, to show the ego to us, so that we will face it and change. That comes through what we call the four ordeals. These four ordeals are related with these four elements. Do you get what I am explaining here?

When you transmute the sexual energy, you are transmuting Akash, the fifth element, and from that fifth element come the other four. When you transmute sexual energy, you give rise to the ordeals that you must face. Expect it. Don’t avoid ordeals. You need the ordeals. It is only through psychological tests that you will see what you are and be able to change. So you need to know how to use the four elements to your advantage in order to conquer the ordeals, to know how to face ordeals and overcome them. The four ordeals are related with the four elements.

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The four ordeals, from Atalanta fugiens, by Michael Maier, 1618.

This image was crafted by an alchemist named Michael Maier. This image is four hundred years old. It shows the alchemist facing himself, one against four. Those four are the four elements. Who is the one? It is Akash, Ether, willpower, transmuted sexual energy. That is why he is raising the club over his head. That club is his will. It is the club of Heracles from the Greek mysteries. Heracles represents willpower, the Christic force, the Christic energy of willpower. That is how you overcome the four ordeals: christic, conscious willpower.

Each of these four is an element: one has fire, one has air, one has water and one has a stone, and they are all coming to get him, but they all are him. If you look closely at the drawing, you see that it is five of the same person. These drawings are of one man. You see, it is all the same person. He is facing himself. This is the psychology of Alchemy.

Our Being will give us these ordeals. We are going to describe them briefly so we can understand what to expect.

What are these ordeals? They are psychological tests, circumstances that cause your ego to be visible. Let me talk about what these ordeals are, then we will talk about the specifics. Samael Aun Weor wrote in The Revolution of Beelzebub:

“In the White Lodge, the four ordeals are given in order to examine the white disciple’s morals. For instance, in the ordeal of fire, the disciple is attacked by crowds of enemies who insult him. Instead of returning insults, the disciple offers love towards his enemies. This is how he triumphs in this ordeal, when, with serenity, he passes through the fire without being burned. {…}

“Therefore, the four ordeals of earth, fire, water, and air are presented simply for the moral examination of the disciple. All of our defects and moral faults are precisely the negative aspects of the four elements of Nature, and we have to convert ourselves into kings and queens of it.

“In the White Lodge, the four ordeals are accompanied by a verbal test in order to know what level of purification the disciple has reached.

“All of these ordeals occur in the Astral plane. The prepared disciple, that is to say, the disciple who has spiritual maturity, brings the memory of all of this to the physical plane, just as if he would have had a dream.” – Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

When we begin to transmute our sexual energy, we begin to receive these types of ordeals, and we receive them at our level. The beginners receive them for beginners, at their level, so they can see their ego and be tested.

These ordeals continue throughout the entire path until you are finished. In the beginning, we face four symbolic ordeals that represent how each ordeal functions throughout the rest of the path. Those four symbolic ordeals occur in the astral plane. Most beginners do not remember these experiences.

Every initiate faces these ordeals throughout life, both in the astral plane, and in the physical plane. We have to face them physically because we create the ego physically. We have ego physically, here, now, therefore we need to deal with it here.

Ordeals get harder if we continually fail them. Ordeals also get harder as we succeed and go deeper into the ego. It is especially happens when we are failing ordeals constantly in the internal worlds, that those tests can happen physically. So if you have a dream related with one of these ordeals, and you fail, be prepared: the ordeal might come physically, too.

In every case, all ordeals are given to us in relation with our karma. We face our karma, our ego, through ordeals. This means that the ordeals I face will be determined by the content of my egos, and will be different from yours.

The Ordeal of Air

Ordeals of air are situations given to us by our Innermost.  Remember every ego is a consequence of and a stimulator of karmic consequences. When we have attachments to things, when we depend on material things for our security, when we are attached to money or to people or things or environments or places or status, we have egos created in relation with that circumstance. So in order to see that ego, that circumstance needs to be shaken by a wind, by the air, so that we will see it in ourselves. So in relation to air, initiates face ordeals related with the loss of what they love. You might find out that your company is going to be closed and you are going to lose your job and if you are going to lose your job, you can lose your house and everything else. That would be an ordeal of air. You can especially see this is an ordeal because you heard a rumor and your whole reaction is all in your head. It may not even be actually happening, but you hear the rumor, and you begin to think about it and your mind gets upset. The mind races; the mind is very airy, and that ordeal becomes quite intense. All of this in relation with the mind (air).

The reality is that we have a lot of conceptual or intellectual obstacles because what we perceive as our security or what we love is often just intellectual, just concepts in the mind. So in these ordeals we are being tested for our psychological mobility, our attachments, our capacity for withstanding adversity, and our detachment from material things. It is painful.

You can see this in dreams when you have dreams or visions of falling, or you are on the edge of a cliff, or you are on a very high place and you feel like you might fall, and you become afraid. You do not want to lose were you are or what you have. These types of dreams relate to this type of ordeal. How do you conquer an ordeal of air? With willpower. With remembrance of God. With the fifth element.

The Ordeal of Fire

In ordeals of fire, we will be attacked with fire, persecuted, we will be wronged, criticized, blocked or obstructed, betrayed, in order to rouse our anger, our passion, our emotion, our resentment. This ordeal tests our temperature, our sweetness and serenity. We all have our own flavor of fire in our psyche, different types of egos that are fiery.

In dreams, we can see big fires, flames, or the threat of being burnt, and all different forms. Also, criticism can come in the form of arrows and bullets in dreams. So if someone is shooting at you, that is criticism. Also, someone stealing your wallet or your I.D.: they are doing that to steal your image, to gossip about you, to criticize you, to spread negativity about you. That can also be an ordeal of fire. Remember, these ordeals can also happen physically.

The Ordeal of Water

The ordeal of water is where our circumstances change radically, and this tests our fluidity and adaptability. It also tests our altruism and philanthropy. The reason is that generally we consider our circumstances only in regards to our well-being, not others. The inclination of the water element is to give life. So, when we have an ordeal with water, it is usually in relation with our happiness for others, or our generosity, or lack thereof.

With this ordeal, we can have dreams of drowning, raging waves or seas, floods, we can be trapped out on the ocean or trapped out on a great water. You can also have dreams of rain. Rain specifically symbolizes karma is coming, something difficult and painful. If you dream of a big rain storm and you are getting soaked, you are going to suffer some kind of karmic scenario that will be painful. Yet, if you dream of having an umbrella, that can be your Being, or your psychological work, or some protection. So if you dream that you have an umbrella and the rain is around you and your are not getting wet, that means you have protection. That is a good dream.

The Ordeal of Earth

Ordeals of earth are where we are obstructed, have no way to proceed with our goals, we are restrained or weighed down. If you have had a dream were you cannot walk, you are trying to run but are so slow, you cannot get any speed, then you are weighed down, either by being asleep, or by attachments or by psychological habits, ways of seeing things that make you stuck, you cannot move the way you need to. That is an ordeal of earth.

Ordeals of earth test our solidity, perseverance, and ability to deal with inconveniences. Ordeals of earth can also be like where we feel like we are being crushed. So if we see in a dream that we are being crushed between giant rocks, or we are being buried alive, or somehow we are doing something in relation with a mountain or a cliff, these can be related with ordeals of earth. If you have a dream of an earthquake, and everything is changing, it is related with all your circumstances: everything is going to change. This is an ordeal related to change.

Astrological Influence

You can see that these four ordeals are difficult, not easy, but they also become a little more difficult for us depending on our astrological influences. We all have a personality that was born at a certain time and at a certain place, and because of that, that personality has influences in its formation, and also the body, because they were born at the same time.

The astrological influences affect how we see things, and affect what we feel is our natural inclination, but really, it is just personality.

There are twelve signs in the zodiac, so there are four groups of three.

  • Air: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
  • Fire: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
  • Water: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
  • Earth: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Every astrological sign is related with an element.

Related with air are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Air signs have a tendency to behave in an airy way. They like air, mobility, movement, but it is also their weakness.  An air sign tends to be highly mobile, thrives on change, and so in that sense they do not have much earth, fire, or water. It is hard for them to be fixed and firm, to be solid, to be consistent and when things are not changing, they get frustrated, because they want rapid change.

Fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius; these have a great range of temperature. They tend to be hot, quite dynamic, and quick to move from cool to hot. They can get angry easily, but they can also cool easily. They tend towards the dramatic.

The Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces; these are very fluid, but they have to do it “their way.” They like change if it is according to their taste and interest, but if they do not like it, they suffer a lot.

Finally, the earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn; they do not like change. They like things to be solid, fixed, decided, done, not changing. When things change, they struggle and suffer to adapt.

By understanding your astrological sign, you can start to understand how to deal better with ordeals.

Bear in mind that your astrological sign only corresponds to this lifetime, to this personality, to this body, not as much to the ego. The ego is much older than this body. We have made egos in this life, so those egos were made through the filter of this astrological influence, but the majority of our ego we made in many lives in which we had different astrological influences. So when you are studying yourself, do not look at everything as if it is astrological with your current astrological sign. You have to go deeper.

We need to understand how these elements function in us psychologically, how they work. These attributes are most important in our consciousness. Ordeals come to test these qualities in us. Ordeals come to test these qualities in us, to see how they manifest in us.

We have a lot of egos related with earth, that want things solid and decided, and we have a lot of egos related with fluidity, a lot related with temperature, and a lot related with mobility. Just because you are a Gemini (air) it does not mean that all your egos are airy; they are not. We all have egos related with all of the elements.

How to Conquer Ordeals

The way to conquer the ordeals is to use the other elements. If you are getting an ordeal of fire and your temperature is being tested, does any one have an idea what to do?

Q:  Use water?

A:  Water, of course. So if you are getting hot, angry, you need to cool it, and you cool it by being fluid, with a consciousness that is flexible. That is an easy way to counteract the other elements: use the other elements against it.

Yet, if you really want to transform an ordeal completely, and never have to repeat it, you need to use the fifth element, the Akash, which is expansiveness, which is self-observationself-remembering, the remembrance of the presence of God, and an attitude in the psyche that does not become identified with any of the other movements of energy or matter.

Be fully present and cognizant. In that state, if you receive criticism and gossip, if you are really cognizant and conscious, the gossip will pass right through you, and will not disturb you at all. You will not react with fire, with anger, because you have that expansive quality in your consciousness in that moment. So that ordeal is seen as it is: nothing, just a modification of elements that arose and passed away. So in that way, you can pass ordeals easily. Even when your ego is reacting inside, you do not allow it to express itself or influence the situation. Thereafter, in meditation, you can dissect that ego and eliminate it.

The reason we fail ordeals is because we become identified, fascinated with the perspective of an ego, and we forget the perspective of the consciousness.

The Quintessence

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This is really important, because the fifth element summaries everything about the work with consciousness.

In the Greek mysteries, the fifth element is symbolized with this curious sign, which looks like the upper part of an “S”. It is also where we get the number five. Do you see how that shape looks like a number five? It is the origin of how we write the number five. This is a very ancient sign. It also looks like a serpent.

In the Alchemists tradition, the fifth element is called the quintessence, from Latin quinta, quintus “fifth” + essentia (essence) “being, essence,” an abstract noun formed in imitation of Greek ousia “being, essence,” from ontos, einai “to be”, from essent-, esse “to be”.

So quintessence means “the beingness,” “the essence of a thing,” “the synthesis of a thing,” or its root, and comes from the Greek “ouisia” which means “being” or “essence” from “ontos” which means “to be” from “essi”, which means “to be”.

The fifth element is related with consciousness. Remember I explained earlier that the fifth element is related with Akash, ether, and it is that element that all the elements come from.

“ÆTHER, in esotericism, is the very quintessence of all possible energy, and it is certainly to this universal agent (composed of many agents) that all the manifestations of energy in the material, psychic and spiritual worlds are due.” – H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

This is what Paracelsus was pointing out. The potential to become a magi, a priest, a magician—in other words a Buddha, a master—is through the perfection of this Quintessence, the fifth element in ourselves. It is the root of everything; it is the synthesis of everything. Where is it in us? It is in everything in us, because every atom that we have comes from this quintessence, but is differentiated, it is not perfected. We need to work with it. Where is its root value, where do we find it? In every atom, of course, but specifically, we find it most concentrated in the sexual energy.

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The mantra of the Akash is “Ha,” that rune Hagal. Here we see an image from Tibetan Buddhism, an image that was hidden in the Lu Kong, the ancient secret temple of the Dalai Lamas. The Lu Kong is a secret temple that was filled with paintings of Tantra. This image shows a yogi performing an exercise called pranayama, a Sanskrit word which means “to harness the wind.” That wind is not the wind of air, it is the wind of Akash. It is the “Ha,” the ether. Pranayama is an exercise to harness the Akash, the wind of Aleph, and the mantra for this is “Ha.” We see on this image that was hidden in Tibet two mantras. One is in the sky, which is the Tibetan letter “Ah,” and one at the mouth of the yogi, which is the Tibetan letter “Ha,” which is the same mantric value you find in Hinduism and the Greek mysteries and all the ancient mysteries around the world. The ether, the Akash, has the value “Ha,” the rune “Hagal.”

This yogi is transforming all of his forces to raise it in his spinal column. In other words, the Akash, the ether, which is prana, becomes kundalini. It is the same thing. The kundalini is the ultimate synthesis, the ultimate energy within all things, and when we work to transform sexual energy, we awaken kundalini, the power of the Divine Mother, who is Prakriti. Her name is Prakriti, that rises in the spinal column.

When we work with that energy, successively, through the process of our spiritual growth, we create what are called solar bodies. Instead of creating physically, outwardly, we begin to create inwardly, through Tantra, through a specific science where those energies are raised in us physically, vitally, emotionally, intellectually, and in our body of will, and we create solar bodies, not lunar bodies, solar. These are bodies created by the Akash in the fifth and sixth dimensions.

In other words, the kundalini begins to manifest those three forces in us through these bodies. We see here how these Hebrew letters are related with these bodies and those solar forces. That is a long work, but what that represents is the power of the magician.

This triangle HodNetzach, and Yesod is the triangle of magic. The magician is the one who has created those bodies, therefore created perfect vessels for the expression of the Akash. The Akash works through those four forces, through the four elements, through these bodies. The Akash works through Tiphereth, through the causal body of the Boddhisattva who commands the power of the air in the mental body, the power of the fire in the astral body, the power of the water in the vital body, and in the physical body.

All of that is kundalini raised and awakened and empowered. It is the power of Akash. To acquire that, you have to first conquer the elements in your psyche, and that is not easy.

Questions and Answers

Q:  You mentioned that these bodies that we create are solar bodies, not lunar bodies…

A:  What we have now are lunar bodies, because they are bodies that are created under the influence of the moon, physically and spiritually. The moon is the divine mother, Luna or Selene. Our physical bodies were created under the influence of the moon, as were the bodies of our mind and heart. Our psyche is a child of the moon. Those lunar bodies will be returned back to nature. We did not create them. In order to become immortal, you need immortal bodies, and those bodies are created by the sun, by Christ.

“All flesh [is] not the same flesh: but [there is] one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, [and] another of birds. [There are] also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of selene [the moon], and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory.” – Paul, from 1 Corinthians 15

That is why Yeshua said we must be born again.

“Yeshua answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” – John 3:1-6

That spiritual birth is the creation of the Chariot of Ezekiel or the Merkabah of the Kabbalists, and that is this, the golden body of the solar man that is hidden in the Greek and Egyptian mysteries. It is the creation of what in Hinduism or in Buddhism is called the subtle body or the illusory body. That is a different type of body that exists in the internal worlds and which is immortal. It is a body of an angel. It is created through the highest and most perfect atoms that we have access to. The creation is not physical, it is internal. It is a long process. Someone who has that has developed a vehicle to be conscious in the internal worlds and to use that to further redeem themselves from their mistakes. So it is something that is not vague, but very real. It is something that you would experience if you had it.

Q:  About Jachin and Boaz and the four bodies of sin:  is that related, is there a direct connection with all this?

A:  The four bodies of sin are the lunar bodies. It is the same thing. Those four bodies are the four lower sephiroth: the lunar mental body, lunar astral, lunar vital, lunar physical. Those are the “four bodies of sin,” because these are bodies through which we have created that which is called in Hebrew Rasha or Rah, “impurity, sin.”

The word for sin in Hebrew is Rah. The so-called “tree of knowledge of good and evil” from the Bible does not say “good and evil” in Hebrew, it says “purity and impurity,” and that impurity is Rah. So the four bodies of impurity are those four lunar vessels that we have infected with our ego. They were not that way when they were first made. We infected them with desire and made them sick, so we made them into bodies of impurity, through our mistakes.

Q:  So they are the same vessels?

A:  Yes. We have had lunar bodies since we have entered into manifestations. The ones that change are the vital and physical bodies, because we take new ones with each incarnation, but the mind-heart or astral-mental is the same one that you had when you were a plant, an animal, and a mineral. This is a lunar vessel that is given to us by the moon and taken away by the moon. So at some point, we need to redeem ourselves from that lunar aspect. It is a difficult work.

Q:  In the Taoist or Chinese Alchemy there is first the Wuchi, and Prakriti, then there are five elements being fire, metal, wood, earth, water. So does Wuchi make the sixth element? Are wood and metal different types of elements?

A:  So the question is about how Chinese Alchemy or Daoism breaks down the manifestation and expression of these images. In Daoist Alchemy if you study how it is laid out it is exactly the same as Kabbalah. It is only slightly different and it is mostly a psychological point of view, but it is expressed essential in the same way. The way we decided to explain it today is slightly simplified, because it is already a lot to understand. It is complicated. We are trying to present it in a way that we can use practically in our moment to moment work.

The reality is that the expression of the Absolute into manifestation is far more complicated, and there are many more levels. Chinese Alchemy or Daoism conceptualizes those complexities, but again it is a little out of context to go into all the details.

Q:  You mentioned Michael Maier in his Atalanta Fugiens; there is one of the plates shows there, they’ve got these screens and they are collecting the dew, the rose, and there are two Alchemists that are bringing out one of these into and you can see the dew coming into this vessel; and my understanding is that it is sexual Alchemy, but one of those sheets is in the form of a lozenge which is the quintessence. As I’ve read through whenever you see water in these images its, I’ve always understood it that you’re working in the astral. From what your saying here is that the water is very different. It is a very deferent different to that. Am I just misinterpreting?

A:  I have seen the images that you are referring too from Atalanta Fugiens and that same images is also in the Mutus Liber, where you see the couple gathering the dew and purifying the dew. That meaning of course is symbolic. It is related with sexual energy. It is also related with emotional energy. As I have explained, all of these elements are in all of the levels. Even in Kether, you find these in that level. So at every manifestation you find these elements have different correspondences according to that level. In every level of manifestation you find these elements.

Specifically, in relation with water or Mem, we see that its primary mode of expression is in the vital body—it is a sexual water, but at the same time, Mem, water, is emotional. Sex without emotion is dead. Sex is an emotional process. Emotion is what empowers it. So, Mem, water, is also emotional.

I mentioned in dreams that if you see a raging ocean, that can represent the churning of sexual waters in you, but it can also represent your emotions, and it could be both meanings simultaneously. You need to look into your circumstances to see how the dream should be interpreted. In that sense, we can see that mem is in Yesod related with the forces of the vital body, sexual forces, but that Mem is in the physical body, too. The physical body is mostly water, and that water is stimulated through all these forces. Likewise, in the astral body, as the emotional body, is very influenced by the tattva Apas, that watery element.

This is partly what the intellect struggles to grasp, is that symbols are multi-dimensional and multifaceted, and this is the beauty of Kabbalah: you cannot put a single definition to anything, because everything is interconnected and interpenetrating. So in order to understand your dreams, in order to understand Alchemy, in order to understand Kabbalah, in order to understand these symbols, you need the consciousness that has these qualities.

Especially intellectually, we want things to be very fixed and solid, because here in our physical bodies, in our earth, we want that. The mind that we have here in this earth (body), it wants solid definitions, for things to be either black or white. That is why today we love a politician, and then they make a mistake, and then we hate them. We do not understand that is just a human being and he is not perfect. We cannot stand that in-between place, and we are that way with everything. When we see a symbol, we want it to be one thing, and we do not want to grasp that it is more than one thing. So this is why these other elements can be important in our interpretation of things. Samael Aun Weor said a very useful thing about interpreting dreams. He said:

“The interpretation of symbols is very delicate. Symbols must be analyzed coldly without superstition, maliciousness, mistrust, pride, vanity, fanaticism, prejudgments, preconceptions, hatred, envy, greed, jealousy, etc. All of these factors belong to the “I.”

“When the “I” interferes by translating and interpreting symbols, it then alters the meaning of the secret writing and the orientation which symbolically the Being wants to give us in relation with our own internal psychological state.

“Interpretation must be tremendously analytical, highly scientific and essentially mystical. It is necessary to learn how to see and how to interpret in the absence of the loose cathexis, that is, the ego, the “myself.”

“It is necessary to learn how to interpret the symbols of the great Nature and those of the bound cathexis in the absolute absence of the “I.” Nonetheless, self-criticism must be multiplied because when the “I” of the Gnostic believes that he knows a lot he then feels himself to be infallible, omniscient, and wise, he even supposes that he sees and interprets in the absence of the “I.” – Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

Dreams should be analyzed without desire, with wanting a particular result. What he was saying is that we need to analyze our dreams from the point of view of Akash, with a totally open mind, without any preconceptions, but to see it for what it is, and use intuition. The same is true when we study Alchemy and we study those old paintings. There are levels and levels of meanings, especially in the genuine Alchemical writings and images. There are levels and levels and levels.

Q:  How should we breathe and guide the breath towards the spinal column?

A:  Well, there are specific techniques and breathing that we teach in this tradition. Especially in regards to harnessing sexual energy, we teach techniques called pranayama. Also runes, mantras, and other types of exercises to harness that energy, and they depend on the quality of breath that we have. We need a type of breathing that is very relaxed and is very cognizant or conscious.

Most importantly, in order to harness that energy and direct it, we need to be working on our psyche. We need to work on being here and now, and stopping harmful thoughts, feelings and actions. This is the most important way to redirect energy.

The truth is that we are so asleep, and we are so beginners that we cannot be trusted with the powers that are in the Akash. If we look at what we have already done with our energy, we have committed a lot of really harmful actions against ourselves and others. For that reason, depending on your karma and your situation, it is most likely that your Innermost—through the auspices of your Divine Mother—will snatch every atom that you manage to realize or purify. So if you manage to overcome an ordeal and free consciousness from an ego, your Divine Mother will immediately take the liberated energy so that you cannot abuse it. She knows that we are like little children in a kitchen filled with sharp knives. She has her eye on us, and she does not want us to get hurt or to hurt someone else. So my advice to students in the beginning is: learn the exercises, but keep your focus squarely on changing your behaviors physically and psychologically. Let your Divine Mother manage your spiritual energies. Let her take those forces and use them for your benefit, and pray to her in that regard, constantly; always pray to your Divine Mother, as she is the one who guides us along the path and leads us back to where we should be and beyond that.

So in the meantime learn the practices, learn the visualizations, mantras, and techniques so that you understand how they work, but keep your attention on working on your psychological defects.

Q:  How do matter, energy, and consciousness relate to affirming denying, conciliating or creator, preserver, destroyer?

A:  The interrelationship of the trinity in all its levels is expressed in the Tree of Life. So to understand how the upper trinity [creator, destroyer and sustainer] manifests in creation, look at the Tree of Life. The trinity is the expression of how the one law creates. So if we look at the shape of a triangle, we see three points. What is the most important part of that triangle? It is the space inside of it. Those three create definition. They establish a firmament, which was explained in a recent lecture. The way those three express and work changes through all the levels of manifestation. It is always different. We have three brains. We have three nervous systems. They relate to each other. To create sexually, we need the power of three—man, woman and sex. To have electricity, we have three aspects of that energy—positive, negative, or grounding, neutral. So in every case, we see the forces of three, but we would not be able to make a chart that connects force number one with force number one with force number one with force number one, because in all those cases, what is making that power possible is that empty space in the middle. It is the ether, the Akash, it is the Prakriti. Those three are one. Those three are none. They are empty, yet they are active as three. Moreover, each one acts as the three. Within Kether are Chokmah and Binah, etc. The three are always together.

In other words, instead of trying to connect the corners of each triangle to all the other corners of all the other triangles, look at what connects them all together, which is that space in the middle. It is the power of Akash. The intellectual connections between those corners are often not existent. Sometimes it is and sometimes it is not, but ultimately, it is more or less irrelevant to see the intellectual connections. What is relevant is to understand the principles that make it all work. That principle is not the three, it is what allows the three to create, destroy, and sustain.

In this case, however, let us realize that each of the three basic elements of an atom (matter, energy, and consciousness) can create, destroy, and sustain. In other words, all three are one, and each one can perform all three. Consciousness can create, destroy, and sustain. Energy can create, destroy, and sustain. Matter can create, destroy, and sustain. But for one to do it, it needs the other two.

Q:  Is it possible to have built the solar bodies and still be asleep and not know that we have done work in the past, or would be know we have these bodies by our dreams?

A:  So the question is how will we know if we have created solar bodies before, will we see some sign? Well, my question to you would be, if you woke up in a hospital bed having been in coma, how would you know what you did before, where you were, who you were, what type of life you had, who your family were. The answer is the same. You have to awaken, and you have to wake up and recapitulate your memory, in order to know if you created solar bodies before, or if you reached some level of development in a previous existence. You have to awaken. It is the only way to find out.

If some one comes into the hospital room and says, “You were really bad,” or “You were a king, you were a pharaoh.” Naturally, your pride will say, “I knew it, I suspected as much,” but honestly, you will not know if it is true. If you are lying there in your hospital bed and you dream that you are Tutankhamen and all your slaves are feeding you grapes, honey, and wine. You wake up in your hospital bed and you say, “I was Tutankhamen.” The reality is that you have no idea if it is true, because you are sick, delirious, comatose, in a hospital bed.

That is in our state spiritually. We are in a spiritual hospital. It is called Gnosis. We are all sick, spiritually. Near death, spiritually. There are doctors trying to help us. I am not a doctor, I am just a nurse. The doctors are the masters of the White Lodge. Your own being who is the doctor who can give you the medicine you need.

Your memory will be recovered as you work on yourself. As you are lying on your hospital bed and you are observing your psychological qualities, you are seeing what you were in the past, because what you were in the past created what you are now. Everything is cause and effect. If you are lying there asleep, with no intuition about anything, with no knowledge about anything, chances are you never did anything. Chances are you are no one, just like the rest of us.

Generally, that question comes up, “did we create the solar bodies in the past” because the ego is saying “Maybe I am better than everybody else, maybe I did it before.” That is pride. So, that is where you should work on yourself. Maybe you did the spiritual work before and created the bodies, but let me tell you something: if you did create the bodies in the past and now you are asleep, fallen, then you are actually worse than everyone else, because you had that development and you threw it away. So as to that pride that is looking to be better than others? You need to see that, and see that, actually, you are worse. So, be careful what you ask for, because you might find out that you are actually worse than others, not better.

Q:  How can we overcome spiritual lethargy or laziness that prevents us from working?

A:  The best antidote for spiritual or conscious lethargy is to try and comprehend the teachings based on your own experience. Look from a day to day experience at your suffering and the suffering of others, and look to see what causes it. You have to become convinced about karma. You have to become convinced. You also have to become convinced about the inevitability of death.

In other words, you need to start from the beginning. I have explained in many lectures now about the three levels of instruction that are given traditionally in Asian traditions but are also visible in the Western traditions. The first level for instruction in Classical Buddhism is in the Sutrayana level, and those are the two focuses that students go even for lifetimes: comprehending karma and comprehending the impermanence of the physical body, the inevitability of death. If you have a strong spiritual laziness, it is because you have not fully understood that you are going to die, and you do not know when and you do not know how, and you have no control over it.

If you really focus on that from moment to moment—the impermanence of the body and its weakness—and you combine that with how your behaviors and how the behaviors of others produce suffering, you will develop natural spiritual motivation, the recognition that you must change, and that change has to come from psychological changes in order to change the trajectory of your life. That is the antidote, and the way you empower that is where you can and how you can, applying the techniques.

Generally, people have spiritual laziness because they have not been able to use the techniques effectively, so they have not been able to get any fruit from them. People who do not meditate, do not meditate generally because they have not gotten anything out of it, or they did not learn how to get anything out of it. If you learn how to meditate properly, you will want to meditate because you will get fruit, you will get nourishment. It will help you. You will want it. The same way you want to eat a meal because you have hunger, you will have spiritual hunger that can only be satisfied by meditating. Until someone gives you that first bite of food and shows you how to eat it, you will never know its taste or its importance. So you have to learn how to practice.

Meditations, mantras, vowels, runes, and the other types of exercises all provide nourishment that strengthen our spiritual motivation. So you need all that. If you do not have it, find a way to learn. We have many books, we have many lectures, we have many courses, there are retreats, there are schools, there are many ways that you can acquire that type of training and you need that. If you feel that you need more spiritual motivation, that is motivation in itself. If you feel that you are spiritually lazy, you are recognizing what you need, which is nourishment.

Q:  Does the Innermost suffer in ego or is it just the ego?

A:  In hell, we only find those atoms of our consciousness that have been trapped through our mistaken behaviors, physically and psychologically. All those atoms of our consciousness belong to our Innermost, so by extension, our Innermost suffers because we are in hell. Anyone who has been a parent would suffer if that child was imprisoned or sick with a fatal illness. We would suffer. Our Divine Mother and our divine Innermost suffer in the same way, but far more profoundly for us, because we are their child and we are suffering in the consequences of our mistaken behaviors. We are trapped in our anger, pride and lust, and are suffering in the consequences of those actions. So our Innermost suffers in that way, not in hell, but suffering because we suffer.

Q:  How is the Akash related to time?

A:  There is no relationship between Akash and time. Akash emerges out of the Ain Soph, which is timeless. There is a progression of change, because things move and change, so from our point of view we could call that “time,” but in that place, it is timelessness. What we experience as time is strictly related with the third dimension, to physical matter. When you move out of that dimension, and you have your consciousness awake in the fourth, fifth, sixth and the zero dimensions, you find that there is no time there. It is an eternal moment, an eternal now, even though there is change. What I am explaining sounds conceptual but it is something that you can experience.

A simple example that illustrates that reality: If you have ever taken a nap for ten minutes and felt like you were out for hours. You lie down and you sleep and you have dreams and dreams and dreams and then you wake and think “I am late for work” or “I am late for this and that” but you look at your watch and it has only been ten or fifteen minutes. That is an illustration of that. There is no time there, and dreams happens just in the fifth dimension. The difference is even greater in the higher dimensions. In those realms, we can experience change and things happen, but it is not with that impression we have of time. The impression we have of time is produced by the physical brain in relation with the senses and the body.

Q:  Is the symbol for the quintessence a serpent?

A:  Yes the symbol for quintessence is a serpent, the Kundalini. It is the nahash.

Kabbalah | Arcanum 2: Beth and The High Priestess

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Hebrew Letter Beth

Verses 9 to 16 from Psalm 119 begin with Beth:

במה יזכה־נער את־ארחו לשמר כדברך׃

בכל־לבי דרשתיך אל־תשגני ממצותיך׃

בלבי צפנתי אמרתך למען לא אחטא־לך׃

ברוך אתה יהוה למדני חקיך׃

בשפתי ספרתי כל משפטי־פיך׃

בדרך עדותיך ששתי כעל כל־הון׃

בפקדיך אשיחה ואביטה ארחתיך׃

בחקתיך אשתעשע לא אשכח דברך׃

09. By what means shall a young man purify his path to keep it according to your Word?

10. I have sought you with all of my heart; do not let me wander from your commands.

11. I have hidden your Word within my heart that I might not sin against you.

12. Blessed are You Oh Iod-Havah teach me your statutes.

13. I have declared all the judgments of your mouth with my lips.

14. I have rejoiced in the path of your testimonies as over all riches.

15. I will meditate on your precepts thus I will respect your ways.

16. Upon your statutes I will delight myself, I will not forget your Word.

Psalm 119:9-16

Arcanum 2

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Now let us study the magical equilibrium of the second Arcanum of the Tarot.

The physical body is organized by the elements. The Innermost emanated from the Inner Star that has always smiled upon us; He is positively polarized. The Physical Body is the negative shadow of the Innermost.

Spirit and Matter live in eternal combat. When the Spirit defeats the matter, the Spirit then becomes a Master. Maya (illusion) could not exist without the duality. Force and matter are two modalities of the same thing – energy. Matter is determined energy and a determiner of new undulations. Evolution is a process of complication of the energy whose outcome is the Macrocosmos and the Microcosmos. The universe is Maya (illusion). The universe exists because of Karma and it is a mass of floating shadows.

When the Spirit (the Innermost) liberates himself from Maya, it returns to the Ain Soph of Kabbalah. In the last synthesis each Being is just a super divine atom from the Abstract Absolute Space. That atom is the Ain Soph.

The ineffable gods from the Ain Soph are beyond any comprehension for us. The human mind is for the gods of the Ain Soph what the activities of the mineral kingdom are for us. Within the Ain Soph only the unity of life reigns; that is supreme happiness. The universe is duality, Maya/Pain. We need to liberate ourselves from the Binary and to return into the unity of life. It is urgent to pass beyond the painful manifestations of Maya. A science exists; with it we can tear the veil of Maya and return into the Ain Soph; that science is Alchemy.

Dr. Arnold Krumm-Heller stated: “A chemist just happened to forget about an emerald ring that was close to a little test tube containing radium. After few weeks he saw that the emerald had absolutely changed into another unknown stone for him. Thereafter he purposely left other stones like rubies, zephyrs, etc., in contact with the radium: his surprise was great when he discovered that after a little time such stones had absolutely changed their color; the blue ones had turned into red and the red ones into green.” Doctor Krumm Heller continues saying, “Gentlemen, do you know what the former statement that I just mentioned means (since I do not consider that it is scientifically established)? It means that Shakespeare was right when he said that ‘many things exist between heaven and earth that our scholastic consciousness does not even suspect,’ and the science of alchemy is reborn when corroborating the transmutations of metals.” Man and woman must equilibrate their forces; they must become alchemists, so that they can return to the Ain Soph. Circe offers the tempting cup and Ulysses rejects her with his sword. The sacred sign of the infinite represents the brain, heart, and sex of the Planetary Genie. This struggle is terrible, brain against sex, and sex against brain, and what is even more terrible and more painful, heart against heart. You know this.

The Masters used to place three cups of Glory, three cups of Alchemy upon the Altars of the Temples of the White Lodge. Each one of these three Sacred Cups of the Temple contains a precious balm: the Red Balm is the Fire, the Blue Balm is the Water and the White Balm is the Universal Spirit of Life.

Ida and Pingala are the canals through which the atoms of Fire and Water ascend; the Spirit grasps the cane with seven knots (that cane is the spinal medulla). When man and woman learn how to avoid the sexual spasm and the ejaculation of the “Ens Seminis,” then the Igneous Serpent of our Magical Powers awakens. If you want to return to the father who is in secret, you must first return to the bosom of your Divine Mother Kundalini. You need to raise the Serpent of Life through your medullar canal. This is Alchemy.

Alchemy: You have forgotten your Divine Mother Kundalini. You need to worship the Divine and Blessed Mother Goddess of the World. You have been ungrateful to your Cosmic Mother; She is the Virgin of all religious cults; She is Isis, Mary, Cybele, Adonia, Insobertha, etc. The Stone of Grace is surrounded by nine delectable mountains; that Stone is Sex. If you want to return to the bosom of your Divine Mother, you need to work with the Philosophical Stone – Sex.

The Mayans stated that in the first heaven God, the Verb, had held his stone, had held his serpent, and had held his substance. Only with the Arcanum A.Z.F. can the Verb become flesh in order to grasp his stone, his serpent and his substance anew. Then we will return into the Ain Soph; we will return into the Unity of Life. You are the children of the Widow, your Divine Mother is now a Widow, but when She rises through the medullar canal, she is betrothed with the Eternal Beloved. Your Divine Mother is the second Arcanum, the Popess of the Tarot. She is crowned with a Tiara. The head of the Divine Mother is surrounded by a veil. You must be courageous and lift the Veil of Isis. Our Gnostic motto is Willpower.

The Mother carries her son (the Verb) within her arms; and she is seated between the two columns that symbolize man and woman. Worship the Virgin of the Sea brethren of mine.The Divine Mother appears in the second Arcanum making the priestly esoteric sign with her hand. Study within the Sacred Book of your Divine Mother. “Ask and it shall be given to you. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7: 7) Your Divine Mother can grant the longed for occult powers. Pray to your Divine Mother; practice your esoteric exercises; you can ask your Adored Mother for Clairvoyance, Telepathy, Clairaudience, the faculties for Astral Projection, etc. You can be sure that your Divine Mother will listen to your beseeching. You must profoundly meditate everyday upon your Divine Mother, praying, pleading. “You need to be devoured by the Serpent.” One (1) is the man, two (2) is the woman; the man is one column the woman is the other column of the temple. The two columns must not be too close or too distant; there must be enough space so that the light can pass between them.

It is necessary to transmute the Lead of the Personality into the Pure Gold of the spirit, this is Alchemy. The moon must be transformed into the sun. The Moon is the Soul; the Sun is the Inner Christ. We need to be christified. No human being can return to the Father without having been devoured by the Serpent. No one can be devoured by the Serpent without having worked in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan (Sex). The Key of Christification is the Arcanum A.Z.F. The mantra for the Arcanum A.Z.F. is I.A.O. – I (Ignis), Fire, A (Aqua) Water, O (Origo), Principle, Spirit.

Remember this formula from our last discussion: Fire + Water = Consciousness.

Mars descends into the Flaming Forge of Vulcan in order to retemper his sword and to conquer the heart of Venus, Hercules descends in order to clean the stables of Augias with the sacred Fire and Perseus descends in order to cut off Medusa’s head. Remember beloved disciples that our Divine Mother is Nut and her word is (56) fifty-six. This number is Kabbalistically added as follows: 5 + 6 = 11, then 1 + 1 = 2. One is the Father; two is She, Nut, the Divine Mother Kundalini.

PRACTICE:

1. Lay down on your bed, facing up and with your relaxed body.

2. Achieve the state of slumber by meditating upon the Sacred Serpent that dwells in the Coccygeal Chakra.

3. Thereafter, pray with all of your heart, meditating on the following Sacred Ritualistic Prayer:

INVOCATION

Be thou, oh Hadit, my secret, the Gnostic mystery of my Being, the central point of my connection, my heart itself, and bloom on my fertile lips, made Verb!

Up above, in the infinite Heavens, in the profound Height of the unknowable, the incessant glow of Light is the naked beauty of Nut. She reclines, she bends in delectable ecstasy, to receive the kiss of secret fervor of Hadit. The winged sphere and the blue of the Sky are mine.

O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA

O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA

O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA

These mantras have the power of transmuting our sexual energy into Light and fire within the Alchemical Laboratory of the human body. This prayer with its mantras can be utilized in Sexual Magic. This prayer with its mantras is an omnipotent clue in order to meditate upon our Divine Mother.

The Master Dr. Krumm-Heller stated the following in his Rosicrucian Novel: “When the man joins the woman in the secret act, he becomes a God since he converts himself into a Creator in this moment. Seers state that in those precise moments of love, the two beings are seen enveloped by a brilliant burst of light; they are enveloped by the most subtle and potent forces that are in nature. If man and woman would know how to withdraw without the spasm and retain such a vibration, then they can operate with it as a Magician in order to purify themselves and obtain everything. However if they do not know how to retain such light, it will withdraw from them in order to set out into the universal currents, yet leaving behind the open doors so that evil can introduce itself to them. Then love is converted into hatred, their illusion is followed by deception.”

With the mantric prayer that we have taught in this lesson, we retain that brilliant cosmic light that envelops the human couple in that supreme moment of love with the condition of avoiding, by all means, the ejaculation of the Ens Seminis. The mantras of this invocation have the power of transmuting the creative energies into Light and Fire.

The bachelor and bachelorettes can also transmute and sublimate their sexual energies and carry them to the heart with this prayer and these mantras. You must know that in the Temple of the Heart, the creative energies are mixed with the forces of Christ and thereafter they elevate to the superior worlds. The Inner Christ lives in the Heart Temple. The Cross of Initiation is received in the Heart Temple. This mantric prayer is also a formula of priestly power that the Magician utilizes in his practices of internal meditation in order to arrive at the feet of his Divine Mother. If the meditation is perfect, your Adorable Mother will hear your call and she will come to you; then you can converse with her about ineffable, Paradisiacal things. She is Devi Kundalini; She is the Popess of the Tarot. The Divine Mother always listens to her devotees. In the sacred land of the Vedas, Ramakrishna was one of her most greatest devotees.

Do you want to reach the heights of Nirvikalpa-Samadhi? Do you need to develop Anubhava (perception of your Inner God in meditation) ? Do you want the Jinn Science? Remember that you have an Adorable Mother.

“Ask and it shall be given to you. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Matthew 7:7

The Letter Beth

letters ref beth

Which in Kabbalah symbolizes the house of God

Beth, number two. Beth means house. The meaning of creation is to build a house for God, because a man without a house is not a man, thus we have to build consciousness or the soul (astral, mental and causal solar bodies = three letters Vav), which is the house. This allows us to incarnate the human soul so that we can marry the divine soul within which the divine fires of our innermost God shine!

“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”

Exodus 25: 8

“For mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.”

Isaiah 56: 7

According to Kabbalah, the souls of the righteous are 36 – 3 plus 6 = 9 (the ninth sphere, Yesod) which means that in Yesod, Sex is where the Holy Spirit receives the Ruach of the Elohim in order to create the human being into the image of Aleph! The souls of the righteous are all those chaste souls who transmute their sexual creative energies into light and fire, are those who transmute the very essence of Christ (which is the cosmic energy of the Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Absolute, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the constellation of Leo).

My house (the physical body) shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Matthew 21: 13

We heard him (the Solar Christ) say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

Mark 14: 58

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of (Beth) the temple of His body.

John 2:19-21

Aleph (the three Akashic Breaths) said:

Let them (man and woman) make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Thus, in Briah, Binah induced by the Divine motivation of Aleph (the Ruach Elohim) created Man by means of Daath into their own image, so that they can have their dwelling place in matter (the Mother). Aima Elohim, Maha Kundalini fulfilled his command and rose through the spinal column of both man and woman and created the Astral Body, Mental Body and Causal Body, thus the human soul entered within their “Beth” physical bodies. “And Elohim blessed them, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

Genesis 1: 28

When Christ-Chokmah descends with Tiphereth (the Human Soul) into the physical body, this is when the Son of Man descends to judge the sins of the world (the physical, vital, astral and mental bodies of the terrestrial man); this is the descension of Christ-Chokmah into Klipoth or Hell in order to purify the passional waters of the terrestrial man and to make of him a perfect “Beth” temple for Kether, the Father of all the Lights.

And here the Son of Man cries:

Save me, Oh Elohim; for the (passional) waters are come in unto my (animal) soul (Nephesh). I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters (of desire), where the floods overflow me.

I am weary of my crying: my throat (in Daath) is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

They (my egos of lust) that hate me without a cause, are more than the hairs of my head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Oh Elohim, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you.

Let not them that wait on you, Oh YHVH Tsabaoth, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek you be confounded for my sake, Oh God of Israel.

Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

For the passion of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen upon me.

Psalm 69: 1-9

The Merkabah, the Egyptian Sahu, To Soma Heliakon, the Solar Bodies are built and purified when the terrestrial man becomes absolutely dead in his egos; here is where the will of God (Kether) reaches its fulfillment.

Egyptian Sahu

Only resurrected masters can bring Kether and the Ain Soph to dwell in their house (Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body) and enjoy Paranishpana, Absolute Happiness. Only resurrected Masters become vehicles of Kether, Chokmah and Binah. Only resurrected Masters can bestow the blessings of the Ain Soph (Aelohim) to humanity. They become the Head of any House (meaning the Head of any Authentic Religion whose doctrine vibrates with the great reality of life free in its movement) and thereby bestow true happiness to all souls.

Philosopher's stone

Stone of Philosophers

Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock (the Philosophical Stone of Yesod – sex). And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand (of beliefs and theories): And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7: 24-27

Lecture

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We are going to talk about the second Arcanum of the Tarot, called the Priestess, related with the letter Beth of the Hebrew alphabet, and with the number two. This is the great Arcanum related with the Divine Mother Aima Elohim. The Divine Mother Kundalini, which is also called Prakriti, Mahaprakriti, is the womb from which everything emerges. Here we have to explain about the binary or the duality, which emerges from the unity. When we look at the picture of the second Arcanum, we clearly see that all of it is related with the duality, beginning with the Priestess, which symbolizes the Divine Mother Aima Elohim.

It is good to remember that in the last lecture the speaker explained very well that the magician and the priest is the same thing. The meaning of magician is priest, the meaning of priest is a magician; the one that exercises dominion of nature, internal and external nature. And obviously, when we study the Priestess we are studying the female aspect of that magician, which is the priestess, the woman. As above, so below; as below, so above.  You see that there are two columns which represent man and woman, and we are going to explain for you to understand how this card is related to the universe and to the human being.

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The letter Beth is the first letter that you find in the book of Genesis. Remember that Genesis comes from “generation, generate,” and “Bereshith,” which is the first word of the book of Genesis in Hebrew, begins with Beth. And the World of Creation, which is the world of Briah, starts with Beth. And Binah, which is the Holy Spirit or the third sephirah, begins with Beth. This really invites us to reflect, because really, Binah is in relation with creation, Briah, with Bereshith, because it is the beginning or the way in which the universe develops.

When we explain the nature of God, we always arrive at the conclusion that God has no form, but we have to study that which people call God, because remember that in Hebrew, the first word that you find in the Bible for God is Elohim.Many times, we have explained that Elohim or Eloim is a feminine word, Eloah, with a masculine plural ending (-im). So when we say, “Elohim” we are saying “Gods and Goddesses.” But El itself is masculine, so when the word Elohim is written in the book of Genesis, many translators interpret that as merely “God.” But the real translation should be “Gods and Goddesses,” because Elohim is a plural word, which encompasses feminine and masculine together.

The number one is masculine and the number two is feminine. The number two emerges from the unity, which in reality is within the unity. But the number two, the duality, is the way in which divinity multiplies or creates. It is impossible for the unity to create by itself; it does not, it unfolds into two. And That is why in many ways in Kabbalah, you find that there are different names related with different entities, different forces, that always show us the duality, or the two aspects, two polarities; masculine, feminine. And this is because in order for creation to exist we need always the two polarities. Those people that believe in God as masculine and reject the feminine aspect of it, are half-atheists, because God is male-female. So in order for us to be a complete theist we have to understand that we have to worship not only God as masculine, but the Goddess, the Divine Mother, its feminine aspect, in order to be complete. Otherwise, I repeat, we will be half-atheists, because God is male-female.

This is how you find that the fire, which is God, unfolds into another fire which is the Goddess. That is why Kether of the Tree of Life, which is the first sephirah, is symbolized with the letter Iod. The letter Iod is related with the phallus. Iod means phallus, or signifies phallus, thus in everything when you find the letter Iod, you find to be the creative potential of the masculine aspect of divinity. 

The first sephirah, Kether, is related with the first card of the Tarot, the Magician. And the second sephirah Chokmah, which means “wisdom,” is related with the feminine aspect. But we have to comprehend that in this way, in order to understand that in every sephirah of this triangle that we call Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Kether, Chokmah, Binah; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (different names in different religions). They always take possession of the three triangles that we see in the Tree of Life in order to organize that which is the universe.

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The second triangle is controlled by Chokmah, the second sephirah. Chokmah is wisdom, and in that sephirah we find for the first time on the Tree the name of God as Iod He Vav He, which is translated into English as Jah-Hova. But the real translation should be Iod-Havah. Iod indicates the phallus and Havah the womb, because Havah is the way in which you say in Hebrew “Eve.” Eva is how you say it in Spanish, but in Hebrew if you want to refer to that name, it is of course “Havah.” So when you say Iod-Havah in Kabbalah, you are indicating “masculine-feminine.” Therefore, the name Jah-Hova is also masculine and feminine.

The word “Jah,” you hear that many times; Christians repeat that word many times: “Hallelu-JAH,” which means “worship or praise Jah.” And who is Jah? Jah is Kether, the first, the Father, that is Jah, that is his particular mantra. So when you say “Hallelu-JAH,” you say, “Praise the first one, the number one, who is Jah,” right?

In the word Jah-Hova, Hova is the feminine aspect. Jah masculine, Hova feminine. So that word that always we repeat “Jah-Hova,” doesn’t point to a masculine entity, it is an androgynous entity. People that think that the masculine name of God is Jah-Hova are wrong, because the name Jah-Hova is not masculine, it is masculine-feminine, together. That is why in Kabbalah we say not Jah-Hova, we say Iod-Havah, and Iod is pointing to Adam, and Havah is pointing to Eve. From Adam comes Eve, as it is written in Genesis, that Eve was taken from the body of Adam. If Eve was taken from the body of Adam, it is because Eve was within Adam before. So Adam was male-female. That is why it is written, “God created man into his own image.”

Now this is something very important to understand, because God has no form, but God needs form in order to abide in matter. That form, that matter within which God needs to abide is called Human Being or Man. But here we have to explain that the word Man is androgynous. We are not taking the word Man as the dictionary, that is always pointing to the male.  When we say the word Man, we are naming the female and the male together. This is something that we have to understand because this is how it is written, that the Man was made male-female.

Obviously, after that comes the division, when Eve was taken from Adam, and then we find that Adam is called Man, and the woman Wo-Man, which, between parentheses, “Wo” in Sanskrit means “no” – “no man” – or the negative or the passive aspect of the man, the feminine aspect, the Wo-Man.

So here God is fire, I repeat. And that is why in the Bible and many other books, when they refer to God they always refer to fire. But God is not the common and current fire, because the fire itself has two aspects: the visible and the invisible. The visible aspect of the fire is this that we call “matter,” as forms. In other words, matter is only the crystallization of fire, or as we say scientifically, matter is just the complication of the energy. Remember Einstein, he says: Matter transforms into energy and energy into matter. So in the last synthesis, matter is energy. As an example we say that the physical matter that we know is a compound of cells, the cells are a compound of molecules, the molecules are a compound of atoms. If we make an explosion of an atomic bomb we liberate energy, so in the last synthesis all of that matter is energy. So whether it is water, whether it is air, whether it is earth, it is the same fire. In the last synthesis, everything is fire, energy. The crystallization of the fire or the energy into many forms is the visible aspect of the fire. Obviously, with the physical sight or with the physical senses we only capture the physical aspect of the fire. But there are other dimensions where you find other crystallizations of that fire that we call “God.”

It is important to overstand that, as we said in other lectures, in order for the invisible fire to crystallize into matter, it needs the second aspect; that second aspect is what we call the Akasa. What is the Akasa? It is that feminine aspect of the fire, an unfoldment of the fire, but it has no form. The Akasa is diluted in the space. That Akasa or fire, we will say, is what the Hindus call the Prakriti, the Mulaprakriti, which is in the universe. From there, from that substance, emerge the worlds, planets, moons. That is precisely what in Kabbalah we call Daath, and that we were talking about in the previous lecture: the upper Eden. Paradise. It is called paradise because it is the place where God is abiding, as male-female. That is why the sephirah Daath, which is a Hebrew word for “knowledge,” Gnosis, is the place where God abides. Everything is possible within Daath, because there is where we find the activity of Chokmah, Yod-Havah, wisdom, in Briah. And you know, Briah is creation, the World of Creation, where Binah is acting, where the Divine Mother creates. 

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Mary

The great Rabbi from Galilee, Yeshua of Nazareth, was a Rabbi who knew Kabbalah, and he founded Christianity. Kabbalah is the root of Christianity.  And obviously, he knew about creation, and about Aima Elohim, the Divine Mother, which was represented in his physical mother that we know of as Mary, or Miriam. The physical mother of Master Yeshua is a great Master, a great female Master, a Goddess related with the elements of nature. And 2000 years ago, when Christianity began, she took the responsibility of representing the Divine Mother in Christianity. Being a priestess of the temple of Israel, she received that honor. That is why we call her Mary, the mother of God. We innerstand very well that Mary, the mother of God, has no form. But Mary, the mother of Yeshua that came 2000 years ago, yes, she is a Master, as Master Yeshua is a Master who represents the Christ. But Christ is universal, the Divine Mother is universal and has no form, but is represented in Mary, the mother of Yeshua.

Jah-Hova, the great Master of the past Mahamanvantara or cosmic day, is a great Master too. He is an individual, but he represents in us our own particular individual Jah-Havah, which is inside. So then we have to understand that in Gnosticism, we do not deny these Masters, they exist, but they represent something inside of us. That is the way to understand how to develop, because Christianity is unfortunately stagnant and worshipping the personality of Jah-Hova, the personality of Yeshua, the personality of Mary. They are Masters, they deserve our respect, but we have to love our God above all things, and the neighbour as thyself. That is the commandment. The neighbour, Masters like Yeshua, Jah-Hova, like Mary, Krishna, many other Gods, Masters that exist: we respect them. But first we go inside, because each one of them represents something within; this is how we innerstand.

Mary is the representation, the symbol, of the Divine Mother, of that fire which is called Akasa.  When it crystallizes (thanks to the activity of the masculine fire that we were studying in the first Arcanum, the Magician, which is Kether, Chokmah and Binah together), the Akasa enters into activity in Briah. Briah is the world of creation. That is why the Divine Mother, which is the duality, is depicted in the Arcanum between two columns, because she needs to work. She in herself is one column. But if we see two columns there, it is because her house is within Briah, within Daath. Daath is her house. Only in her house is creation.

There can be no creation without the mother. If a man has a sperm and wants to have a son, he needs the womb of the woman, and it is the woman that is going to take nine months in order to develop that seed, not the man. Of course, the sperm is necessary, which is the seed, but the woman is the one that takes all of her creation. That is why in Latin mother is called “mater.” When you said mother, mater, and mater you know in English is “matter,” which is mother, because she is the origin of the form. The woman, the feminine aspect, is the origin of the form, because that sperm takes form in the womb and becomes what we are. So the woman takes all of that within her womb in order to create what we call the human being, physically speaking. The same thing occurs above, in Daath, in the space. The Divine Mother Maha-Kundalini takes the fire of the creator and molds it in her womb, which is the space, and creates a planet. That is why in other lectures we talked about the Divine Mother having different aspects.

The first aspect of the Divine Mother is the unknowable. Even the Unknowable Divine needs the Unknowable Feminine aspect in order to exist. The Unknowable Divine is masculine and feminine. That is why the Ain Soph receives from this point of view the name of “Sephirah.” The word Sephirah is a feminine name that alludes to the Divine Mother, the Ain Soph from which all the Sephiroth emerge, which is the universe. So then you find that the Unknowable Divine in its feminine aspect is Sephirah, the Divine Mother, who creates the universe, the sephiroth.

The Divine Mother as a visible aspect is called Divine Mother Nature, because from the space Mother Nature creates different planets; She is in nature. The Divine Mother is everywhere. So the Divine Mother Nature as Eden is the fourth dimension. It is in the fourth dimension that we find the Divine Mother Nature, which is the feminine aspect of God in every single planet that creates life, different forms of life that crystallize in the physical three-dimensional world. That is why we said that paradise, Eden, is in the fourth dimension. And when we talked about that, we pointed to the sephirah Yesod, which is the sexual force. Shaddai El Chai, the almighty power of God, is in Yesod, but the Divine Mother needs to be there in order to create that. That is why in the beginning God said: “Let there be light!” And the Divine Mother said: “And there was light!” Because if she didn’t say, “And there was light,” there is no light, right? It is like the man says: “Let there be a son!” And the mother says: “And here is your son!” Same thing. The light is the son of both. That is why it is written that Mother and Father are Darkness, and Light is their son, and this light is Christ. You see the beauty of all of this.

We always emphasize that whether the Father or the Mother are fire, they have no form. That is why it is said that the devotee, when he is worshipping the Divine Mother, the Divine Mother can appear before him or before her by taking the shape of any religious feminine aspect of God. If she or he is a Christian, she will take the feminine aspect of Mary. But if he’s a Hindu, she will take Saravasti or any other, because in Hinduism we find many feminine aspects of the Goddess, God. If he or she is a worshipper of the ancient, in this case the Tarot, then she will appear as Isis. But after she appears as Isis and talks with her devotee, and the devotee receives the blessing of her Divine Mother, or his Divine Mother, she dissolves the form because she doesn’t need it. But she is the origin of forms. That is why it is written that when God, the masculine aspect Binah, talked to the devotee he says: “I am the one that formed you in the womb of your mother.” The Holy Spirit really creates within the womb of our mother. If it wasn’t for our mother, whether any religion that we follow, we wouldn’t be here. So don’t forget the Divine Mother, because her mystery is occultism.

Everything related with the number two is occultism, hidden. That is why the Divine Mother is covered with a veil, which is called the “veil of Isis.” You need to lift the veil, to have the courage. In order to lift the veil of Isis, you need Thelema; that means “willpower,” because She hides the secret of creation. Only by being a creator can you lift that veil. And here is the secret.

In the previous Arcanum, the speaker talked about God as air; Aleph is air, so God is air, the origin of air, that fire and air. But so is Shin, which is fire in Kabbalah, and so is Mem, mother, matter, within which the fire abides, because the Mem, the matter, Aima Elohim, is the house above, the house above in space of God. So God has a house, and that house is the Goddess, Aima Elohim. There he abides in order to create. Fire within fire. That is why when God wants to create his habitat, or wants to appear before anybody or in the universe, he makes the human being.

The human being is precisely the last, the utmost goal of God, because in him or in her – we said in him, but really the real human being is both, masculine and feminine – because if God wants to abide in the human being, he first enters as feminine and then as masculine, and this is how you discover the mystery of creation. So behold here, the whole secret in order to become the house of God; Beth means the house of God, Beth itself. Even in Arabic, Beth is house.

It is written, “A man without a house is not a man.” If you do not understand the meaning, you think you need to buy a house, and then you will be a man; no. You will be a man in many ways. A man without a woman is not a man, because Beth is the woman, that is the meaning of it. Also, a man without a house is not a man, meaning, a man without the creation of the vehicles in order for God to abide within, is not a man. So it has many meanings, you see? But of course, people that do not understand Kabbalah take just the literal meaning. A man without a house is not a man, so he has to fight all the time, making money in order to buy a house. He says, “Now I am a man, I have a house, I have a wife.” Everybody does that. But the real meaning is different.

And behold, the womb is the symbol of that Beth, that house within which creation is made. In other words, the womb of the woman is paradise. We came out of paradise into this physical world to suffer, but that womb is related with the fourth dimension as well, symbolically. But look, observe how the fetus is developed in the womb of the woman. It is floating in the water, receiving through it all the elements needed in order to be developed. We are talking about the physical body that has the shape of the human being. But the physical body really is a great creation, a great organism, that needs different forces, elements that the woman attracts to her womb. And this is how it is being created. Elements from the Megalocosmos, elements from the Macrocosmos, elements from nature, in order to create the Microcosmos, the human body.

The human body is called the negative aspect of the Spirit, because the Spirit has no form, but the physical body has form; when we talk about the Spirit, our own individual particular Spirit, which is Chesed, we find that his negative aspect is Malkuth, the physical body. Malkuth, from this point of view, is feminine, whether you are man or woman. That is why in Malkuth we find the Queen. And the physical body is polarized negatively, that’s why we have to work, this is the work of the Spirit.

Chesed, the Innermost, has to command nature, has to command the Holy Spirit, but it is written that the physical body, the house of God, the temple of God, has become a den of thieves; this is what Jesus says. Obviously, the physical body was created by the powers of God, because only God can create. But we have transformed the temple of God, the physical body, into a den of thieves, and that is why Jesus, 2000 years ago, symbolically, when he entered into the temple, he took a whip and drove out all the merchants. Those merchants are the ego that we have within. The temple of God is called a house of prayer, but we have transformed the temple of God, the physical body, into a den of thieves, merchants. The writer of the Gospel is not referring to the temple there in Jerusalem or any church of any other place, or any synagogue, or any mosque that Jesus was talking about, he was talking about the temple of the body. That body was made in the womb for a purpose.

The fetus floats in Mem, in that liquid within the womb. But it also needs the air, and that’s why the navel, the umbilical cord has four arteries within, four channels. Two are for the air in order for the fetus to breathe, because the fetus cannot breathe through his nose, if he does he will be dead, because then the liquid will enter into his nostrils. So the air that will nourish his lungs enters through the umbilical cord. And then blood through the other two arteries. So the umbilical cord has four arteries, two for blood and two for air. Aleph is air and the blood is fire, Shin.

So behold here the three aspects of Alchemy: Shin, fire; Mem, water; and Air, Aleph. These three create Adam, physically speaking, the physical body, which is Malkuth, because the Three Primary Forces of these three letters always create. That’s why we said that from upper Eden came a river that was nourishing paradise, Eden. That is why we insist always that the physical body is paradise as well for us, coming from paradise.

Unfortunately, we have transformed paradise into a hell, because we don’t know how to take advantage of it.
The blood that enters into the organism at the end with all the transformations that we already talked about in other lectures, becomes sperm. So that fire that comes from above through the blood becomes sperm in the man and ovum in the woman. But the blood also becomes milk in the breast of the woman; that is why you see that the Priestess that represents the Divine Mother has the Tao Cross pointing to her breast, showing you that you have to be nourished with wisdom, the virtues. As the fetus needs the milk of the mother, we also need milk, that wisdom which is the Divine Mother too, in order to develop. But in order to develop, we need to work with the Divine Mother, we need to worship, and the science of the Divine Mother is called Alchemy.

The great mystery of the Great Arcanum is precisely sexual transmutation, because in the duality abides the Divine Mother. Man is the positive, woman the negative, or masculine and feminine. In order to create, we need the two polarities, sperm and the ovum: that is called Alchemy. We are not going to teach here how to create physically, because everybody knows about that. We teach how to create inside, within, or as Jesus of Nazareth said 2000 years ago, to be born again, by the fire and the water, or by the water and the Spirit. Water is Mem, the feminine aspect; the Spirit is the masculine aspect. It is an alchemical statement; it is not something that we merely believe in, because nobody comes into this physical world by believing.

Christians ignore the mystery of the immaculate conceptions. Tradition says that Mary was conceived by the grace and action of the Holy Spirit; that is Alchemy. It does not mean she did not have sex. It means that she had sex, but in mystery, an immaculate conception without impurity, because immaculate means “purity.” The sexual act in itself is necessary for creation to exist, but Mary gives us the mystery there, the example, that in order to become a twice born, a Christian, in order to beget Jesus, she needs to be fecundated in the immaculate way. We are the outcome of the fecundation of our father and mother, but that is not immaculate; unfortunately, we were born through fornication, which means through the animal generation.  

Fornication is the sexual act with spasm, or orgasm. That is fornication. No matter if we believe in anything. If  the couple reaches the spasm or the orgasm they are fornicators, so all of us are children of fornication. But to be born again as an immaculate conception means that we should take advantage of the duality, Binah, Beth, the house of God. In this case, the man has to penetrate in the house of God, which is the woman, and not damage or pollute the house of God.

Animals pollute the house of God, because they are irrational, they do not know. But the human being knows how to transmute the sexual force, and that’s why the Master emphasizes: “Do not forget, you man, that your woman is your priestess, who represents your Divine Mother.” Of course, our physical mother also represents the Divine Mother. Of course, our sister also represents the Divine Mother. Of course, our female friends also represent the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother has different aspects, so the feminine aspect of God is the woman, made into the image of the Goddess.

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To be born again, to make the house of God, is to create the internal bodies, to enter into the world of Briah, the mystery of creation.  That is why the letter Beth is made of three Vavs. One horizontal, which descends into another Vav, which is vertical, held by another Vav which is horizontal at the very bottom. Three. Why three? Because we need three Men inside of us. The three Men are the three Solar Bodies that we need to create, because a man without a house is not a man.

In our house are the vehicles within which God has to abide. The Solar Astral Body is the house of the Son. The Solar Mental Body is the house of the Holy Spirit. And the Solar Causal Body is the house of the Father. When somebody has a Causal Body he can do the will of God, because the Body of Willpower, or the Causal Body, is the body through which we learn how to do the will of the Father.

So behold, Causal Body: the Father. Mental body: the Holy Spirit, because in the Solar Mental Body we have all the powers of the Holy Spirit. And the Solar Astral Body is the Son in us. So those three Men or Vavs are the three internal bodies that we have to create in order to become a Man, a Human Being. Then we will become a righteous man.

In Kabbalah, it is said that there are 36 righteous men in the earth, but that is a symbol. Three plus six is nine (Chokmah from bottom to top: Beth, the house; Yesod from top to bottom: the Ninth Sphere, the sexual organs), meaning that in order to become a righteous man, a right human being, we have to create the bodies, the three bodies of the letter Beth, and to make a house of God. Then, we are ready to incarnate God.

When the house is ready, Jesus has to come, which is Christ, which is also fire, and incarnates in the Bodhisattva, and with the whip takes the ego, little by little, out of the house of God, in order for that Bodhisattva to become a resurrected man. Only a resurrected man could be really the house of God, because the many aspects of divinity have to incarnate; that’s the meaning of creation, God needs a house.

Why does God need a house? Because he needs a form in the universe, he needs to know his qualities, and for that he needs the house, to adorn that house, to make that house according to his own idiosyncrasy. That is why each of us, spiritually speaking, has a different idiosyncrasy. Then we develop that idiosyncrasy, which is spiritual, psychological etc., our own inheritance. And we become Masters. Masters of our own house. And then we become vehicles of divinity.

In Kabbalah such vehicles are called the Sadikim.  The Sadikim are those who have Solar Astral, Mental and Causal Bodies; but the real Sadikim is the one who is a Resurrected Master, who is a vehicle of divinity, and who can express divinity and give the blessings of God through himself. Moses is a Sadikin. Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Zoroaster and many other Masters are vehicles of divinity. That is why they are the heads of houses, but in this case, big houses, that people call “religions.”

Christianity is a big house, and the head of that house is Yeshua, because he is a resurrected Master. Mohammed also made a big house called Islam, because he is a resurrected Master. Buddha also made a big house. Other initiates come and make small houses, because they are not resurrected. So they do not succeed like the great Masters, the resurrected Masters. They have a little hut. There are different kinds of houses, or we will say, organizations. A resurrected Master is the only one that can channel the Holy Trinity and bless anyone who enters into his house.

Each one of us has to make his own house, too. He, as an engineer or architect, is teaching you: “Okay, this is my temple, but you have to make your own. I will teach you here, come anytime.” And that is why Solomon calls Hiram Abiff to make his temple, because he knew how. And then after he had his own temple, he taught others to make their own temple. To begin to make your own temple, you have to create the solar astral, mental and causal bodies. And for that you need the mystery of the Great Arcanum, which is the secret of the Divine Mother.

The two columns represent the two polarities, because the Divine Mother as fire who creates, rises in the spinal column, and that is why any temple entrance always has two columns. When you arrive at any temple, whether the temple of Samael, or Raphael, or any temple in the galaxy, in the universe, you find always at the very entrance two columns: Jakin-Boaz, the man and the woman, the two polarities. For any temple to exist, it requires two columns, not one; two, for creation. This is Binah, Briah, creation, Beth. The man and the woman. And it is precisely in the sexual act, by taking advantage of Paradise, Eden, which is the sexual force, how the Divine Mother emerges from Eden, because the Divine Mother is in Eden. Eden is a word which means “voluptuousness,” sexual voluptuousness. So in order to create something divine you need to enter into Eden, and the entrance of Eden is the sexual act. Man and woman united in the sexual act are in Eden. That is why they are in Paradise.

The sexual act is the most beautiful gift to the human being. But unfortunately, people do not take advantage of Eden; they enter into Eden and they leave Eden all the time. To remain in Eden is to keep the sexual force, to not spill it like the animals. We need to transmute it in order for the Divine Mother, who is the creator that needs to be fecundated by the Holy Spirit, to rise in your spinal column, which is the two columns. That is why we said two columns, because the woman has her spinal column and the man has his spinal column.

Below the Priestess you see two columns, in the waters. Those two columns are in the waters because we need to bring them up. And obviously those columns have four levels. The four levels represent the four Bodies of Sin, which everybody has: the physical body, the vital body, Kama Rupa and inferior Manas; all of those are animal aspects. First, the physical body is the negative aspect, or lunar aspect. The vital body as well. Kama Rupa means “body of desires,” which is inside. It’s that emotional aspect. And the inferior Manas, the mind, which is animal mind, is also inferior. So you find those four levels there on each column, because man and woman both have four Bodies of Sin, or four animal lunar forces that we have to transform into Solar. We transform them into Solar when we know how to take advantage of the Solar Light in the sexual alchemy, and then we create the internal bodies. And this is how we need the forces of the womb. The woman needs a man in order to take advantage of her forces that are in her womb, and to be born again.

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It is coming into my mind Madame Blavatsky, the great Yogi. She wrote “The Secret Doctrine,” and she developed a lot of powers, because she was a yogi, and was guided by the Masters. But at a certain age the Masters called her and said, “Madame Blavatsky, you are a great seer, you have developed a lot of spiritual powers, but you need to be born again, you need to develop you house, your internal bodies.” And then she was married with the Colonel Olcott in order to perform the duality. And thanks to the Colonel Olcott, Madame Blavatsky became a Master of Major Mysteries, and created her Solar bodies. So there are many groups in this day and age, many organizations that teach you how to develop this or that spiritual force, psychological force, which is good. But if they don’t teach you how to build your house, it is worthless. God needs to abide within you. God cannot abide within you if you do not have Solar Astral, Mental and Causal bodies. That is why you see that the two columns with the four levels of the Bodies of Sin are below. Only the columns above can hold the house of God. And that is the mystery of the Second Arcanum.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: What about Bethlehem?

A: Bethlehem begins with Beth. Beth means house, and lehem is bread. So when you say Bethlehem you say “the house of the bread.” But of course this “bread” is not referring to the physical bread that you make with wheat, which is a symbol, because even the wheat is a symbol of that grain which encloses the fire. That is why the Eucharist is related with this occult or hidden wisdom, because within the wheat is hidden the fire of God, which when the priest and the priestess know how to transform, they free the energy in order to feed their souls. That is the mystery of the Eucharist, in which the priest together with the priestess liberate that fire from the bread and the wine; that is the mystery of sexual alchemy. That means that a priest without a priestess is not a priest. For a priest to be really a priest, he needs a priestess. For a man to be a man, he needs a woman, for a God to be a God he needs a Goddess. This is the duality, you cannot escape from it. That is why in any ritual in the Beth or house of God, which will be any church, any Mosque or any place where you celebrate the Eucharist, the priest has to be together with the priestess in order to perform that, because God is not only half, you have to bring the whole entity of God within, and that is the “Bethlehem,” the wisdom. The lehem, bread, also represents wisdom. Remember that the Master Samael Aun Weor talks about the supersubstantial bread of heaven, the manna that comes from heaven in order to feed you. That wisdom is the bread, the energy of God that descends from above in order to feed you, and that’s precisely the meaning of Bethlehem.

Q: Is there a practice related to this lecture?

A: There are many beginners that ask us, “How do we transmute the sexual energy?”

Of course, any single bachelor or bachelorette that transmutes their sexual energy worships their Divine Mother, but the utmost way to worship the Divine Mother is in the sexual act, because that is where she is. In that moment, she is acting, active. And of course, the practitioners of sexual magic should memorize this prayer and transmute and utter this prayer during the sexual act. Then the Divine Mother will take all her energy out of the sexual organs and raise it in the spinal column, the column of Jakin and Boaz, and begin the creation of the house of God.  

A man without a house is not a man, but that man when entering into the house has to obey his woman. A man that says, “Oh, I am the man of the house,” well, I always see that the woman is the boss. The man creates it, but the woman commands there. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth (laughter).

So let me now read for you the way you have to intone this invocation while in the sexual act or if you are single, transmuting, you have to do it as well. It works whether single or married. You have to say, concentrating of course in your Divine Mother Kundalini:

Be thou, oh Hadit, my secret, the Gnostic mystery of my Being, the central point of my connection, my heart itself, and bloom on my fertile lips, made Verb!

Up above, in the infinite Heavens, in the profound Height of the unknowable, the incessant glow of Light is the naked beauty of Nut. She reclines, she bends in delectable Ecstasy, to receive the kiss of secret fervor of Hadit. The winged sphere and the blue of the Sky are mine.

O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA (OH-AH-OH. KAH-KOFF NAH. KON-SAH.)

O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA

O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA

These mantras have the power of transmuting our Sexual Energy into Light and fire within the Alchemical Laboratory of the human body. This prayer with its mantras can be utilized in Sexual Magic. This prayer with its mantras is an omnipotent clue in order to meditate upon our Divine Mother.

Iif you do that, you will receive the blessings of Havah, Aima Elohim, the Divine Mother Adonia, because each one of us has their own particular individual Mother. Nobody can be here without a mother, to exist without a mother is impossible.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: You said that in the beginning when Eve was created she was taken from Adam, right? But you also said that that was really when they were androgynous, they were both male and female, so couldn’t it be said that Adam was taken from Eve?

A: The feminine aspect comes from the masculine aspect. That is why it’s written that Eve came from Adam. That’s the point, because in order to create we need the feminine aspect, but your question is “Why doesn’t it say that the man was coming from the woman?” The reality is that Adam is not a man from the masculine aspect, Adam is here androgynous, so the idea that the woman was taken from the male: no. The male didn’t exist until the woman was taken from the androgynous. Adam, in other words, is the name of the androgyne, male-female. So in the beginning when Aima Elohim and God created the Human Being, the Human Being was androgynous, and the name of that androgynous being was Adam. So from that androgynous being, Eve, Havah, was taken out. So then when Havah was taken out, then you find the two polarities, masculine-feminine. So it’s not like, people say “Oh, why was the woman taken from the man and why not vice versa?” No, because if you see physically, literally, all of us come from a woman. Whether a man or a woman comes from the womb of a female that is the mother, right? So that’s the reality. So we have to understand that, that Adam, that is written in Genesis, was not a masculine person, but an androgyne with two polarities, masculine and feminine at the same time. That’s the answer.

Q: What is that piece of paper that she’s holding?

A: That is not a piece of paper, but a book that represents wisdom, that is Kabbalah. That means, in order to receive Kabbalah you have to enter into the mysteries of Daath, of Binah, Briah. So in this case we have to state, there are two types of kabbalists: intellectual kabbalists who memorize the sephiroth, and they talk about and write books; and intuitive kabbalists, which are the ones that enter into the womb of the Divine Mother in order to receive the true Kabbalah. The word Kabbalah comes from “kabel” which means “to receive.” In order to receive the wisdom – that’s why she’s there with the book – you have to enter into her house, and her house is Eden, the sexual voluptuousness. You have to transmute that energy in order for her to give to you, and then you receive, you take, Kabel, Kabbalah, the real wisdom, the real knowledge, Gnosis. Of course, in the beginning you need to know about it, that’s why we’re teaching this.

The first type of Kabbalah is first intellectual; you learn it, you study it, but then you have to practice it. That is why this course of Kabbalah is given together with practices. The first practice that we gave in the last lecture was the sign of the infinite in order to enter into the astral plane. Once there, in the astral plane, you pray to your Divine Mother: “Divine Mother of mine, take me to your home, to your house. Teach me.” There she is, and then you receive knowledge, because the real knowledge comes from her; she is the Kundalini that develops in the spinal column, she has the powers, she has everything. We need to be devoured by the serpent, the serpent is one of the symbols in Hinduism for the Divine Mother.

But remember that the negative aspect of the Divine Mother, because she is feminine, is the harlot that we have to defeat, that is called lust. The fire of lust which is in each one of us. In other words, we have to defeat the mechanicity of nature which works in the animal, because animals follow lust. In certain periods of time when they are in heat, they multiply. But they are irrational, they just obey their instincts. Now we are intellectual, but we have to overcome that nature and to create another one, to be born again, in other words. Because right now, we are still animals. Intellectual, but animals. And remember that animal comes from Latin, anima, which means “soul.” Intellectual souls.  We have a body that belongs to nature, but we have to create something more. That is to transform the moon into a sun.

Q: Can transmutation occur without love? You’re talking about the sexual alchemy, but it is not a mechanical process, is it?

A: It is not mechanical. The Divine Mother is guided by the fires of the heart, and obviously we have to love. At least in the beginning we have three percent of love; that is why we’re always saying the couple should be united physically, meaning that they should like each other physically. Emotionally, they should also be emotionally united. Mentally, to have the same beliefs, the same mind. There are couples where the woman has one religion and the man another religion; they are not united in the mind. But when both follow the same, they are united. And another one is for instance in the will, in the world of Will. Both of them have to have the same will, the same goals. Together they have to work with the same objective. In this case, for instance, the objective is to be born again, because remember very well that willpower expresses in the sexual act as sexual potency. That why we said that our motto is Thelema, willpower. But that works exactly in the sexual act, because in the sexual act is where man and woman with Thelema, with willpower, transmute the sexual energy, and then they are being born again. And for that, this is how love develops, because the Divine Mother is love. In this case we will say, the Father as Father is wisdom, and the Mother as Mother is love. So of course, the Divine Mother enjoys the couples that love each other, and when true love exists in the four worlds; physical, emotional, mental, causal.

Q: You make it sound like it is almost a desperate situation. You know, a man cannot build his house without a woman, a man cannot be a man without his woman. I mean, the good majority of the students are single, right? And to me it sounds like you need that spouse in order to do any of the work. It’s always emphasized in every lecture.

A: We always emphasize that, because without a spouse we cannot create. But it does not mean that we are helpless without being in a couple, because there are a lot of students who are single, bachelors and bachelorettes, who are working very hard with their Divine Mother. The fact that we do not have a spouse does not mean that the Divine Mother is not there; you have a mother whether you are single or married, right? Physically speaking. As well, internally, the Divine Mother is always there and blesses her children whether they are single or married. But obviously the Divine Mother takes her children to a certain limit when they are single.

When they reach that limit, the Divine Mother will tell her children, “Okay, my son or my daughter, now, if you need to keep ahead, you need to marry down there, in order for me to keep helping you.” That is why that invocation that we pronounced is good, whether we are married or single, in order to transmute the sexual energy. But of course, the Self-Realization of the Being is only possibly with the duality, the couples, man and woman. As a single person, you just advance to a certain level. Into my mind comes in this very moment Yogananda. Yogananda is a great disciple of the White Lodge, he worked a lot with his Divine Mother. If you read his writings you will see how he worships his Divine Mother all the time. And he developed a lot and annihilated a lot of ego and awoke. And after death, that he died in a Maha-Samadhi, after death he was in Limbo, awakened. He thought that he was Self-realized because he was fully awakened and with powers. The Master Samael said, “No, you are not Self-realized, you need to be born again. You are awakened, that’s good, but you have to build your bodies.” As you see, it is possible to develop a lot being single. And he developed so much that he thought that Self-realization can be attained as a single. Now he has to be born again in order to create his internal bodies, which will be easier for him of course, because he’s awakened, he has annihilated a lot of ego. So for the single people, good to annihilate a lot of ego and to advance, but of course, it’s better to be married.

Q: What if that time never comes?

A: It will come, sooner or later, because there is always a couple for everybody. If you are single now it’s because you need to be like that, but when you need to be married your spouse will be there with a whip, and then you have accept it. You have to accept it, accept her, or accept him.

Q: It’s karma, I mean, I’m sure the majority is karma too, you know.

A: Everything is karmic, even the marriages. Karma is karma, the universe exists because of karma, you see? There is not a single thing that doesn’t exist because of karma.

Q: It seems like we should wait for a gnostic woman or man for us to have that spouse.

A: That’s the wrong idea, we need of course a partner, but that doesn’t mean that forcedly the partner has to be from gnosis. Obviously, when you meet a woman, you have to talk about gnosis, etc, and if she accepts the doctrine obviously you are done. Right? But she does not forcedly have to come here.  If you find her here in Gnosticism, it will be good, right? But there are many women out there that will like this knowledge, and they have not heard about it yet. But they will, and maybe it will be through your lips.

Q: Conflict comes like, take when you say that, in that if they try to oppose you in it. That’s where the conflict comes. For example if you’re in a relationship with someone and they don’t want to help you in any way or they try to stop you from your own beliefs, that’s where two different religions really conflict.

A: Yeah, That is the problem.

Q: I mean, you can have two different religions and if they respect your beliefs, that’s where the bottom line comes in.

A: Listen, when I said different religions, I said in the sense that they think that they are different, but there is no difference between religions. Because in this sense we can say, gnostics, we understand all religions. For me it’s not a problem, a catholic; a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist, for me it’s the same, but for them it’s different.

Q: It’s a big difference in fornication.

A: Well, that’s the difference, that’s the difference. Fornication and chastity, that’s the difference. The internal religion transmutes, the external, they have problems because they fornicate. They have their own habitat, they defend their own territory like animals. But a real initiate understands everything, and comprehends that all religions are pearls on the great necklace of divinity. But outside, there are problems. Obviously, I accept all religions, I love all religions, but when I talk with religious people they think there is difference. They said “No, if you want to be saved you have to be Muslim.” I said, “Why? Christianity is the same thing.” – “No it’s not the same.” The same with the Jews, the same with Buddhists. A true gnostic understands that all religions are good, because all religions are coming from Aima Elohim, Adonia, the Divine Mother. I would like to know if any of you comes from the air, you know? Everybody came from a womb, and that’s why we have to worship Mary, Isis, Isoberta, Rhea, Sibeles, Tonantzin.

Kabbalah | Arcanum 1: Aleph and The Magician

Aleph

Hebrew Letter Aleph

Verses 1 to 8 from Psalm 119 begin with the letter Aleph:

אשרי תמימי־דרך ההלכים בתורת יהוה׃

אשרי נצרי עדתיו בכל־לב ידרשוהו׃

אף לא־פעלו עולה בדרכיו הלכו׃

אתה צויתה פקדיך לשמר מאד׃

אחלי יכנו דרכי לשמר חקיך׃

אז לא־אבוש בהביטי אל־כל־מצותיך׃

אודך בישר לבב בלמדי משפטי צדקך׃

את־חקיך אשמר אל־תעזבני עד־מאד׃

1. Blessed in the straight path are the undefiled, who walk according to the law of Iod-Havah.
2. Blessed are they who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.
3. Such who walk in his path do no iniquity.
4. You have commanded to carefully keep your precepts.
5. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!
6. Then shame shall not be on me, when I look at all your commandments.
7. I will thank you with integrity of heart, when learning the judgments of your righteousness.
8. I will keep your statutes; do not forsake me utterly.

Psalm 119:1-8

Arcanum 1

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This Arcanum is represented by the Magician. The Holy Eight, symbol of the infinite, appears above the head of the Magician; the Holy Eight encloses, defines, and joins the magnetic currents of the mind that deals with dream consciousness with the mind that deals with vigil consciousness. This sign joins or separates all of the elements which are controlled by the atomic energy, if it is traced with the middle finger, index finger and the thumb over the surface of the cardiac plexus.

PRACTICE: According with the former description the following exercise is suggested: Withdraw all type of thoughts from your mind, now imagine the Holy Eight as it is represented in the following graphic:

Holy Eight

Allow the figure itself to submerge within your consciousness and thereafter, while falling asleep, empty your mind, without thinking in anything. Thus, after a while, you will awaken your consciousness in the Astral Plane.

If we consider the formation of this symbol, we see that it illustrates the continuity of only one arm that encloses a double circuit in the beginning of the stroke, while enclosing only one circuit in the continuation of the stroke. Thereafter, the stroke divides the sign at the point where it centrally crosses it and it then continues into the other circuit in order to project itself towards the exterior. One circuit closes and the other opens.

This is the required key in order to open all the doors and to cut all the currents formed by the atomic energy, beginning with the one that we have imagined and placed within the depth of our consciousness and ending with the one that originated the rest, which circulates in the same manner in the center of the “Ninth Sphere.”

Now then, to overcome by means of these requirements the risks per se of every astral experience and thus to obtain a fast and also perfect astral projection is more than enough reason, among other things, in order for the Sacred Order of Tibet to affirm in its motto: “Nothing can resist our power.”

Thus, moments before lying down in order to perform this practice, the disciple must invoke with all of his heart and with all of his soul, the Great Regent of the Sacred Order of Tibet. The name of this great Guruji is Bhagavan Aklaiva. This Order, that we have the honor of representing here in Mexico, is the most powerful Order of all the Oriental traditions. This Order is formed by 201 members. The major rank is formed by seventy-two Brahmans.

Papus in his “Treatise of Occult Science” stated that the true initiates from the east are the ones who belong to the Secret Sanctuaries of Brahmanism, since they are the only ones who can give us the royal clue of the Arcanum AZF, thanks to their knowledge of the Primeval Atlantean language “WATAN,” the fundamental roots of Sanskrit, Hebrew and Chinese.

The Sacred Order of Tibet is the genuine owner of the real treasury of Aryavarta. This treasury is the Arcanum A.Z.F.

Bhagavan Aklaiva will help you to consciously travel in your astral body. Invoke him when you are meditating on the sacred sign of the infinite. On any given night, you will be invoked from the Temple of the Himalayas; there you will be submitted to “Seven Ordeals.” There you will be taught the Secret Science.

Now then, after this digression, let us continue with our initial point. The Holy Eight symbolizes the Caduceus of Mercury and represents the two ganglionic chords that esoterically are entwined around the spinal medulla, these are: Ida and Pingala; the two witnesses, the olive branches, the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

The solar atoms rise through the cord of the right and the lunar atoms rise through the cord of the left.

These solar and lunar atoms rise from our seminal system the fire of Phlegethon and the water of Acheron cross in the Ninth Sphere, sex, and form the sign of the Infinite.

F plus A equal C – Fire plus water equal Consciousness.

Whosoever meditates on the sign of the infinite will utilize the Fire and the Water in order to awaken the Consciousness. Now we understand why the two witnesses of revelation have the power of prophecy.

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And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. As we said: “These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Revelation 11:3, 4

Now then, the quantity 1260 (a thousand two hundred and threescore days) is Kabbalistically added as follows:

1 plus 2 plus 6 plus 0 = 9; this is the symbol of the Ninth Sphere.

The Ninth Sphere is sex. The two witnesses have their root in the sex. These two witnesses Ida and Pingala are two fine ganglionic chords through which the solar and lunar atoms of our seminal system ascend to the “chalice.” The chalice is the brain.

Fill your chalice, brethren of mine, with the sacred wine of light.

Now you comprehend why the sign of the infinite appears above the head of the magician, and why the sword, the cup and pantacles are before him, and why is he grasping the magic wand that symbolizes the spinal medulla.

When the solar and lunar atoms make contact in the coccygeal bone, the Kundalini, the igneous serpent of our magical powers awakens, then we are devour by the serpent and we convert ourselves into excellent divine magicians.


The Letter Aleph

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Which in Kabbalah symbolizes Air

Aleph, number One. “God is triune.” Aleph symbolizes the absolute unity of the three primary forces of God which contain the secret image upon which man must be created.

Aleph is formed by two Iods (letter symbol of Kether). One stands on the upper right and the other hangs on the lower left, joined by a diagonal Vav. The two Iods represent the creative power of God in the higher Eden in Daath and the lower Eden in Yesod. The letter Vav between both Iods is man made into the image of the Spirit of God that moves within both Iods (the creative power of God). So, the Spirit of God that moves in the upper waters of Daath and the Spirit of God that moves upon the lower waters of Yesod is the source from which the heavenly man, which is the firmament in between them emerges.

The upper Eden is first mentioned in the first day of Genesis: “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” These waters are the Akasha Tattva that belongs to upper Eden.

Within the true magician, the Innermost, the fire of the Holy Spirit (the spirit of God, the Ruach Elohim that hovers upon the face of the waters) within the higher and lower Edens are interchangeable by means of the priesthood of Yesod, Hod and Netzach. This interchange is made when we separate the waters from the waters through initiation, the innermost performs this in the second day of Creation; he separates the two superior ethers from the Akasic waters and creates the second living creature, the consciousness of the man that develops in the firmament or Sephiroth between Daath and Yesod.

The higher Eden contains the superior Akashic waters of the Holy Spirit, which grants the soul the experiences of Samadhi (to be one with God) while in the lower Eden the inferior Akasic waters of the Holy Spirit are mingled with the fires of desire, here the soul experiences independence or being far from God.

In Gnosticism, the waters are the symbol of the creative sexual energies. The waters of transmutation have the fire of the Holy Spirit that give us the feeling of being one with God, while the waters of fornication give us the feeling of separation and frustration because we experience the separation from the happiness of God.

The awakened consciousness is the outcome of both Akashic waters. The greater the concentration on God, the greater the activity of the Akasic waters of Daath, which give us the experience of oneness with His Absolute Being. From the perspective of the lower waters, the greater the transmutation of the Akashic waters of Yesod is, the greater the realization of the reality of God is.

Spiritual elevation can be reached only through in-depth meditation and sexual transmutation.

Aleph also symbolizes the solar waters of outer space (Hydrogen), and the lower the oceans and humanity located in the middle.

The True Man (Vav) is the multiple-perfect-unity, which expresses the Infinite Will of God between earth and heaven.

Aleph: the Ain Soph Aur, the Ray of Okidanokh, the Great Breath of the Absolute talks to itself about itself in order to become Aleph, the Wind, the Elohim, the Holy Trinity within the Unity of Life, because “There is none, other than Iod Hei Vav Hei.”

The Ain Soph Aur is the Ray of Okidanokh, the Great Breath of the Absolute. It is the Cosmic Christ that manifests in the World of Atziluth as the Whirling Aleph of Light; it is Kether the Whirlwind of Light that shines in the world of Atziluth.

The Ain Soph Aur, the Great Breath of the Absolute, is the life that whirls about through Aleph in the center of any atom and every Sun.

The Life of the Ain Soph throbs in Atziluth within the trinity of Shin, the Fire. It is the vital energy that flows within the profundities of Mem, the Water, and the Light that whirls about within Aleph, the Wind.

The Ain Soph Aur manifests as life within Fire, Air and Water. Matter cannot exist without the Breath of the Absolute that whirls about within Aleph.

Aleph is the Father, Mem is the Mother and Shin is their Son and the Ain Soph Aur throbs within the three of them. They are Iod, Hei Vav Hei.

The Light of the Ain Soph enters into the world of Atziluth and Whirls about within Aleph, this Light enters into the body within the Air that we breathe through the nose and this Air (oxygen) through the lungs blows the Fire into Mem, the Blood, thereafter, the blood becomes Nun (zoosperm or ovum) within Eve, the sexual organs (Yesod).

The Tzalem, of the Elohim, throbs within Nun (zoosperm or ovum) which hovers upon the sexual waters, the Semen of Yesod.

Therefore, when seminal energy is transmuted and totally sublimated to the heart, the three nervous systems become saturated with the effluvia of the Light of the Ain Soph. This Light is Christ which illuminates the brain (Adam); it is the Wine of Light at the wedding of Canaan, a miracle of the Christic energy when Adam and Eve become one flesh. This is the secret relationship of the fires of the heart, the breath and the semen.

We attain dominion over the sexual energy by means of the breath, which must be controlled by our will which is under the powers of the fires of the heart.

Therefore, people who spill the sexual energy (through their bestial orgasm) breathe out the breath of God, thus, they can never receive the blessings of Iod-Havah within their Souls. Their efforts to attain Self-realization, salvation, will undoubtedly fail.

People who control their breath can attain sexual control and consequently can also attain control over their mind, soul and spirit. These kinds of people are true human beings who attain immortality.

Those who absorb the Light of the Ain Soph, the Cosmic Christ through the Whirling Aleph of Light, become immortal Divine Christs that can preserve their physical bodies for all of eternity. This is what supreme chastity can grant us when we attain control over the fires of the waters of life by means of the wind, the breath.

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The “Great Wind” is the Ancient of Days, the root of our Being, the occult of the occult, the mercy of mercies, the goodness of goodness.

The hair of the Ancient of Days has thirteen ringlets. If we add thirteen among itself we will have 1 + 3 = 4

1 is the masculine principle, fire.

2 is the feminine principle, water.

3 is the Son of creation.

4 is the unity of life.

This is the holy Tetragrammaton. This is the name of the Eternal One, Iod Hei Vav Hei.

The hurricane, the four winds, the breath, the Word is represented in the beard of the Ancient of Days. This beard has thirteen locks.

The four winds are Iod Hei Vav Hei.

The 13th Arcanum is the Ancient of Days. Only by defeating death can we incarnate the Ancient of Days. The funeral ordeals of the 13th Arcanum are more frightful and terrible than the abyss.

In order to achieve the realization of the Ancient of Days within ourselves, we must totally accomplish the 13th Arcanum within ourselves.

We need a supreme death and a supreme resurrection in order to have the right of incarnating the Ancient of Days. Only the one who incarnates him has the right of internally wearing the hair and the beard of a Venerable Elder.

Only in the presence of the Angels of Death, after becoming victorious in the funeral ordeals, can we incarnate the Ancient of Days. Whosoever incarnates Him becomes another Elder in Eternity.

The mantra PANDER permits us to reach unto the Ancient of Days. This is possible within profound meditation. In the world of Atziluth there is a marvellous temple where the majestic presence of the Ancient of Days is shown unto us.

The Ancient of Days dwells in the world of Kether. The chief of that world is the angel Metatron. This angel was the prophet Enoch. With the help of this angel we can enter into the world of Kether. The disciple who wants to penetrate into Kether will beg to the angel Metatron during his states of profound meditation and he will be helped.

The Aztec goddess of death has a crown with nine human skulls. The crown (Kether) is the symbol of the Ancient of Days.

The skull (letter Reish) is the microcosmic correspondence of the Ancient of Days in the human being. Indeed, we need a supreme resurrection in order to attain the self-realization of the Ancient of Days within ourselves.

In the world of Kether we comprehend that the great Law controls all that is created. From the world of the Elder of the Days, we see the human multitudes as leaves hurled by the wind.

The Great Wind is the terrible law of the Ancient of Days. “Vox Populi Vox Dei”. A social revolt contemplated from the world of the Ancient of Days is a law in action. Each person, the entire multitudes look like leaves detached from the trees, hurled by the terrific wind of the Ancient of Days.

People do not know about these things. People are only preoccupied by acquiring money and more money. This is the poor, suffering humanity, who are only miserable leaves hurled by the great wind, miserable leaves hurled by the great Law.

Our authentic Being, in his essential root, is the Ancient of Days. He is the Father in us. He is our true Being. Our disciples must now concentrate and meditate very deeply on the Ancient of Days. The ecstasy, Samadhi, must be induced during meditation.

May peace reign in all hearts; let us not forget that peace is light. Let us not forget that peace is an Essence emanated from the Absolute. It is light emanated from the Absolute. This light is the light of the Ancient of Days. Christ said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.”

John: 14: 27
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I am in the Father and the Father is in me!

John 14: 11-31:

Believe me that I (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) am in the Father (in the Cerebrospinal Nervous System) and the (wind, oxygen, that is the will of the) Father (that enters in the bloodstream is) in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works (within the bloodstream) themselves.

“Verily, verily, I say to you, (the Three Nervous Systems of) he who believes in me (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) will also do the works that I do (through the bloodstream); and greater works than these will he do, because (by means of White Tantra) I go (as Solar Fire) to the Father (throughout the Sushumna Canal).

Whatever you ask (with your heart) in my (fiery) name, I will do it (through the Sushumna Canal), that the Father (the Innermost) may be glorified (in Hod) in the Son (the Astral Body); if you ask anything (during Sacred Transmutation) in my (fiery) name, I will do it. “If you love me (the Ain Soph Aur), you will keep my (22) commandments (with Tiphereth your Human Soul). And I (in the stone of Jacob, Yesod) will pray the Father (through the ladder to heaven, the spinal medulla, the Cerebrospinal Nervous System) and he will give you another Counselor (in the spinal medulla), to be with you for ever, even the (Holy) Spirit of truth (Nachash, the Kundalini) , whom the world cannot receive, because (of fornication) it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he (through White Tantra) dwells with you (in the stone of Jacob, Yesod), and will be in you (when it rises the Sushumna Canal).

“I (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) will not leave you desolate; I will come to you (by means of White Tantra) .

Yet a little while, and the world (of the senses) will see me no more, but you will see me (with the eyes “Ayin” of the Spirit); because I live (within Ruach, the Essence of God, Kether), you will live also (by means of death). In that day (when Nachash, the Kundalini awakens and reaches between the eyebrows) you will know that I (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) am in my Father (the Wind, the Ruach, the Innermost hovering in the waters of Yesod), and you in me, and I in you (through the fire of Chastity) . Whosoever has (comprehended) my (22) commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me (through the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart); and he who loves me will be loved by my Father (the Wind, the Ruach, the Innermost hovering in the waters of Yesod), and I will love him and manifest myself to him (through the Venustic Initiation).” Judas Thaddeus (the power of the sacrum, where the fire of the Holy Ghost abides, precisely in the Church of Ephesus) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us (as Fire in the Triveni, in the sacrum, in the Chakra Muladhara or Church of Ephesus, close to the coccyx), and not to the world (of the senses)?”

Yeshua answered him, “If a man loves me (by means of the mysteries of Daath, White Tantra) , he will keep my word (or FIAT, the Ruach that is my Tzalem that hovers upon the Raw Mercury of the Great Work), and my Father (the Glorian) will (pour his) love (in) him, and we will come (from the Sacrum all the way up to the brain) to him and make our home with him (in the heart). Whosoever does not love me (the fornicator) does not keep my words (Logoi); and the word (Logos) which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me (the First Logos).

“These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you (as fire of Love in the left ventricle of your heart). But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name (in the shape of the Serpent of Bronze, Nachash), he will teach you all things (through fire), and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Peace (the substance of Kether, the Father of all Lights) I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world (of the senses) gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (since I dwell as fire in left ventricle of their hearts). You heard me say to you (through the initiation) I go away, and I will come to you (totally transformed). If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I (as fire) go to the Father (through the Sushumna Canal); for the Father (the Wind, Kether, the Ancient of Days) is greater than I (the Nous Atom).

And now I have told you before it take place, so that when it does take place, you may believe (in the metamorphosis of the fire). I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world (the intellect of Fornicators) is coming. He has no power over me (the Nous or Superior Mind); but I do (by means of the Grand Sympathetic Nervous System) as the Father (the Innermost) has commanded me, so that the world may know that I (the Nous Atom through the bloodstream) love (perform the will of) the Father. Rise (your Nachash, the Sacrum Spirit, as Moses did in the wilderness), let us go hence (within the Sushumna Canal to the Father of all Lights).

John 14: 11-31

Lecture

The term ‘Arcana’ is plural. The singular aspect of this term is ‘Arcanum.’ ‘Arcanum’ refers to a type of knowledge, which is for the initiated, or a kind of knowledge that is mysterious for the average person. It is a science or understanding that one has to be introduced to. When we study the twenty-two Arcana, we are studying twenty-two laws, or twenty-two mysteries, that we have to be initiated into experientially in order to understand them.

The twenty-two Arcana of the Kabbalah are twenty-two laws. We know in the Judeo-Christian tradition that we he have ten primary laws, or Ten Commandments, that are discussed very commonly. But there are twelve more. These twenty-two laws, or twenty-two Arcana, contain the entire process of religion, or in other words religare, which is Latin for “union.”

The twenty-two Arcana are steps, or clues, which illuminate religion itself, or this process of union. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, and of course in the Gnostic tradition, these twenty-two laws have been symbolized in various ways. We have already mentioned the Ten Commandments, which are the first and most obvious representation of these twenty-two steps. But there is another less commonly recognized aspect, or symbol, of these twenty-two Arcana: the Book of the Tarot.

The Tarot cards, or the images of the Tarot, form a book of twenty-two images. These twenty-two images symbolize and represent twenty-two Arcana, steps, laws, mysteries, which the initiate needs to understand and know in order to understand and know the Path to self-realization of the Being.

These twenty-two Arcana are also symbolized and represented in the twenty-two characters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each character of this alphabet symbolizes and represents different laws and aspects of the Path to the self-realization of the Being.

So for us who aspire to comprehend and understand that Path, to enter that Path, to make it manifest in us, it is vital that we understand the nature of these twenty-two laws. Within them is the Path itself. More than that, the foundation upon which we work in Gnosis is direct experience. The term ‘Gnosis’ itself indicates that. Gnosis is not a mere belief or a theory; it is a science of direct experiences, or a scientific method which leads to one’s own direct experience of the Truth. The Truth itself is the twenty-two Arcana, so to experience directly the nature of Truth, we study these twenty-two Arcana in order to help us organize our own experiences, to understand them.

When we study the Judeo-Christian tradition, and we look into the book of Genesis, we see that there is a great symbol at the very beginning of the book, in the first few chapters. We find two trees in the Garden of Eden. The first tree is the Tree of Life. This is a symbol of the Kabbalah, or the science of numbers, which we will begin to analyze today.

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The Kabbalah is a map of our own consciousness. It is also a map of the universe. The universe and our consciousness are reflections of one another, and the Kabbalah encodes that, it symbolizes that. So the Tree of Life in the Bible is a symbol of this science of numbers. And of course, as anyone who studies the Bible knows, numbers play a huge role throughout the Bible. There are always seven of this and three of that—we see in all religions that numbers have a huge importance; this evidence of the universal presence of Kabbalah, even if it is not called by that name. The twenty-two Arcana introduce us to the science of understanding the symbols of those numbers in order to help illuminate our own path.

The second tree is the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, or Good and Evil. This tree is the source of the forbidden fruit. In the Bible, it is clearly stated that we should not eat of the forbidden fruit. In order to understand what that means, we need to know what the Tree of Knowledge is; it is symbolic of something within us. The term ‘knowledge,’ of course, is the word ‘Gnosis. ’ Gnosis itself is the root of the term knowledge. But in Hebrew, it is the term Daath.

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The Tree of Life, which is the first tree that I described, is the Kabbalah, is symbolized in its most common representation as ten spheres. These ten spheres are organized as a structure of three columns on which hang three triangles. So already we see numbers. The Kabbalah, these ten spheres, or Sephiroth, represent levels of consciousness, aspects of our own inner psychology.

The Tree of Knowledge, or Daath, is one more sphere, which is hidden within the Tree of Life. These two trees are said to share the same roots; they are closely interrelated.

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When we study Gnosis, or study any religion, it is important for us to understand we have to study both of these trees together. The Tree of Life is the study of our own consciousness, the study of our own psyche, the study of our own Inner Being. And the Tree of Knowledge is the science of Alchemy; it is the secret wisdom, or secret knowledge, which illuminates the Tree of Life.

The sphere of Daath, or the Tree of Knowledge, has always been hidden, has always been esoteric; it is something that one must be “initiated” into (or introduced into). Daath is the Great Arcanum, it is the Truth of truths, the Secret of secrets. It is what has always been veiled in the Temple. It is the Ark of Noah, and the Ark of the Covenant—the great ARC-anum. The Twenty-two Arcana are mere elaborations of the one Great Arcanum.

In the course of these twenty-two lectures, we will be examining these two trees continually, comparing them, understanding them, side by side. This is Kabbalah and Alchemy. These are the two columns of the great hierarchies of God: Wisdom and Love. Daath, this secret knowledge, or esoteric knowledge, related to alchemy, is wisdom; and the Tree of Life, the Kabbalah, is love: the two columns which form the foundation of the Temple, or the support of the Temple.

That temple, of course, is our own soul, the Temple of our own Living God. To construct and perfect our own inner temple is the purpose of religion, or religare (Latin for reunion). And the construction of our own inner temple is supported by and made strong by the study of these two trees together.

The Tree of Life in ourselves must become fully illuminated—that is Self-realization. But the illumination, the light, is provided by the Tree of Knowledge. So these two trees, these two columns, are in themselves the science to self-realize the Being.

The twenty-two Arcana, as I stated, are esoteric, or hidden laws. They are symbols. So in the beginning we always begin with the number one. Today’s lecture is about Arcanum one, which is the Magician.

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When you observe the first card of the Tarot, you see the Magician. But who is the Magician? We have to understand that. This card is symbolic and imparts to us a vital understanding upon which the basis of the entire set of Arcana rests.

The number one is the number which begins; unity. It is initiative, the beginning. But the number one emerges from nothing. Really, the number one comes from the zero.

When we study the Kabbalah, and look at our map, we see that the Tree of Life unfolds from the Absolute, or from the womb of the Divine Mother. That Womb is the Zero. It is Primordial Potentiality.

Zero is a profound and ancient symbol. It is potentiality, creation, the ocean from which life emerges. The womb of the Divine Mother gives birth to One, which is why we accord it to The Fool tarot card. So if we see a one and a zero, we see the beginning, the start. We also see the number ten – one and a zero. We also see ‘IO,’ which is the core component of the name of the Divine Mother.

The one in this case is the projective force, the masculine principle, which initiates, which begins. And the one on the Tree of Life, in this context, is representing Kether, or the first Sephira. That one, in its emerging from the womb, is truthfully the first Trinity, or Three in One, which is Kether, Chokmah, and Binah. The Three in One is the Cosmic Christ, the radiant force which illuminates all of life. He is one, but He is three, and He emerges from the zero, from nothing.

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This manifestation we call Yod-Hevah, or in other words, the Tetragrammaton – four letters in Hebrew, which represent the Father-Mother with the characters Yod He Vau He. These four letters contain a vast amount of symbolism, but the emphasis that I want to place at this moment is a relationship that exists between the zero, the one, and the Yod, the first character of this Tetragrammaton.

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Yod, as a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is actually the tenth letter. So you see we have the number ten here—the one and the zero, the womb and the Father, the Mother and the Father. The Yod is the tenth character. The Yod in itself represents the man, masculine, the phallus, the creative force. It is indicating the number one in a very strong way. And if you Kabbalistically take the number of Iod, which is ten, and you reduce it with Kabbalistic numerology, it is a one, because one plus zero is one.

The Yod is the impulse, the masculine force which initiates, which drives, which pushes.

When this Three in One, the Trinity, the Cosmic Christ, unfolds itself in order to create, it divides itself. It does so in it’s third aspect: the sephirah Binah.

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Within the sphere of Binah, we find the Holy Spirit, or this creative impulse, this fire, which wants to give rise to manifestation. Binah divides itself into male-female, into Abba-Aima, Shiva-Shakti, the masculine-feminine manifestation of the One. This is Yod-He-Vau-He, this is Yod-Hevah, Adam-Eve, the primordial couple, Shiva-Shakti of the Hindus, Osiris-Isis of the Egyptians, Abba-Aima of Judaism, the Yab-yum of Tantrism. Shiva-Shakti (Osiris-Isis), in their union, form Daath, the Tree of Knowledge.

Shiva, or Osiris, is the masculine manifestation of this first Trinity who is One. Shiva is the Three in One Himself, but polarized masculine.

Shakti, his wife, is the feminine polarization of the Three in One.

These two polarizations, male and female, unify themselves; they join once again in order to create, and this is Daath, this is the Tree of Knowledge.

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The creation that Daath unfolds (or in other words, that Shiva and Shakti unfold) is their son. Their son is called Horus in the Egyptian pantheon. Osiris and Isis join and produce a son, who is Horus in Egyptian symbolism. This son is Chesed on the Tree of Life, the fourth Sephira.

Chesed is the Magician. Arcanum One is Chesed. Chesed is called Atman in the Eastern traditions. He is our own, individual, personal Father. He has his own Father, who is Kether. So you can see that this Arcanum One, which is singular, which is one, which initiates, has depths, has levels, because our own intimate, inner Father has his Father. Our own Being has his Being.

The Being of our Being is, of course, the Cosmic Christ. The Being of our Being is Kether, but Kether is Three in One. Our Intimate, our Innermost, Chesed, is manifested in order to perform a certain duty, in order to become a perfect magician. Now it is necessary for us to understand what is a magician, what is magic.

The term ‘magician’ has been grossly degenerated in our modern time. It actually comes from a very ancient root. When I pointed out this term ‘Atman,’ this has a relationship with the term ‘magician,’ with its roots. You’ve probably heard of a Mahatma: this is a compound word. It is Maha-atman. Atman, of course, is our own Inner Father, our own Inner Spirit. ‘Maha’ means ‘great’ in Sanskrit: Maha-atman—great spirit, great soul.

In Sanskrit, an H can also be a G: so maha can also be read as maga, mage, magi. A magi is a priest. We know the three magi from the stories of the Bible, the New Testament, which were three kings, or three priests, who came from the east to worship the Christ. But the term magi, or mage, actually comes from ancient Sanskrit and an Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian term, from ‘mag’ or ‘maha,’ and the magi were worshipers of the sun, priests. The sun, of course we know, is a symbol of the Christ. So the real magician is a priest. And working with magic, real magic, is actually a sacred priesthood, a sacred office. Most importantly, the real magician is not the terrestrial person. The one who really works with magic is our own Inner Father, our inner maha-atman.

When we look at the symbol of the card, the image of the magician, we are looking at a symbol of our own Inner Being, our own Inner Father. We see the magician with a serpent on his forehead. The serpent is a symbol of mastery, a symbol of illumination. He carries in his hand a staff, or a rod, which symbolizes power, and that rod, that vertical column is the spinal column. He has one hand up and one hand down. The one hand up is raising the rod, pointing to heaven. The hand down is pointing to the waters beneath his feet, which is an instruction to his son, to his child, which we’ll come to. But the form of his figure, one up, one down, and his body between, forms the character Aleph, which is the first character of the Hebrew alphabet.

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Aleph, of course, is number one. It is that first character which initiates, which begins. He is, in himself, that character Aleph. The Being is the Aleph, the Alpha, the first. As far as we are concerned, He is our number one. We are in suffering because we have forgotten Him. We are in pain because we neglect our duty to Him. When our Being becomes once again our number one, first, and we perform our duty in accordance with his directive, we achieve religion, religare.

Before the magician is a table. The table has four sides, it forms a cubic shape. The four here represents a number of things. It represents the four elements that the magician has to command. Anyone who has studied anything of what we call magic knows that the magician works with the elements of nature: fire, water, air, and earth. And the great magician is the one who commands those elements in order to perform his will. Moses, for example, was a great magician. Jesus was a great magician. These were initiates who developed the capacity to command the elements of nature, to calm storms, to raise tempests, to rattle the earth, to have power of the forces of life and death. The terrestrial person is not the one who can do those things, it is the Inner Being, God. But God, that Father, works through the initiate, works through His son, His child.

The four sides of the table also represent the vehicles through which the Being works. So returning to the Tree of Life, we see the sphere of Chesed, who is one part of a trinity with three spheres, Chesed being the first, or highest part. Next to that is Buddhi, Geburah, which is our Divine Soul, Divine Consciousness, which is a feminine aspect of the Being. And next to her is Tiphereth, or Manas, which is a masculine aspect of the Being. So our Innermost, our Atman, our Chesed, has two souls, one masculine and one feminine. But these three are one. The Magician perfected is these three aspects perfectly unified. The number one is unity. That is the goal of the Magician—unity. But that unity is in the soul.

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Below this trinity of the Monad, we have the four vehicles that the Monad will work through. The first, in descending order, is Netzach, or the mind, the mental body. The next is Hod, emotion, or the emotional body. The third is Yesod, the energetic body, the vital body, the etheric body. And last is Malkuth, the physical body. These are the four bodies of sin—the four bodies with which we either create problems or create the soul. These four bodies are the laboratory of the Magician. The Magician works with these four aspects of Himself in order to command the elements and reach perfection.

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For the Magician to accomplish this goal, for our Inner Being to fulfill His own duty, He needs these four vehicles to be perfected, to be perfect vehicles for His purposes. In other words, the terrestrial person has to work. We, of course, inhabit our physical body. The physical body that we have is made possible, and is alive, because of the Being, because of our own Inner God. We have this physical body because He gave it to us to serve Him.

The body is able to live, digest, function, perceive, and act because of these other vehicles which reside within it. The etheric, or vital, body is the basis of our digestion, all chemical processes, all of the energetic processes. Everything that occurs inside of us that gives us life is based upon the vital body, Yesod. That is one reason why Yesod, or the Ninth Sphere, is called ‘The Foundation.’ It is the foundation of life.

We also have the astral body, which is related to our emotions, and this is the body we use when we dream. When we have a dream, when we fall asleep physically, we begin dreaming, we are actually traveling in our astral body. The physical body rests, the vital body gathers energy in order to restore the physical body, and the rest of us escapes and begins to wander within our own mind. But that wandering is occurring with a vehicle, a vessel. That is the astral body.

We also have the mental body, related to our intellect, or mind, the process of cognition, thought, reasoning. These four parts are the four wheels of the chariot, the four horses of the chariot, the four aspects of the soul that the Magician needs to command.

But what is commanding our intellect now? What is it that is driving our emotional well-being now? Who is in control of our emotions? Who is in control of our thoughts? Who is in control of our actions? Why is it that when we do something wrong, we always say, “Oh, that wasn’t me”? When we lie, when we steal, when we cheat, and we get caught, we say, “Oh, I don’t know why I did that. That just wasn’t me. I’m not like that. I’m not that kind of person.” Then who did it? Who is it that is bringing up all the thoughts and feelings that we are having now? The last time we got really angry, who was in charge of that anger? Who was driving and bringing that anger? Was it your Being? Of course not. This is where the work begins. Anger is related to the element fire: if we cannot dominate our own anger, then we cannot dominate the element fire. We need to be Kings and Queens of nature, controlling all the elements in ourselves.

We, as an essence, as a consciousness, as the son of that Father, as the child of that Father, have to gain control over ourselves. Our consciousness is a portion of the Being. It is a spark, it is an embryo, that He can work through, but we have to control it. We are a spark of this Monad, called the “essence.” The spark is that little bit of conscious will that we have. Sometimes we call it conscience. It is that part of us that knows what is right and what is wrong—just knows it, does not reason, does not rationalize, does not need anyone to tell it, “Yes, this is right; no, this is wrong.” We just know. That is part of the Being. The Being speaks through that voice of the conscience.

Our job, in order to comprehend and enter into the science of the twenty-two Arcana, is to make that conscience strong. It is made strong by listening to it; by doing what is right; by stopping wrong actions, wrong thoughts, wrong feelings. This is an effort of will.

In the Kabbalah, in the Tree of Life, we look at the trinity of the Monad, we see this sphere Tiphereth, which I mentioned is Manas, the human soul. Really, Tiphereth is the center of will for us. Tiphereth is the knight, the warrior, who fights on behalf of the Magician-King.

The Master Yeshua said, “Ye must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” We are not perfect. Many people nowadays believe that this was a symbolic thing that He said, that we become perfect by believing in Him. But it is not said that way. It is said very clearly, “Ye must be perfect.” This is a very direct statement, and part of a talk in which He is discussing, anyone who has adultery cannot enter heaven; anyone who criticizes, who kills with their words, cannot enter heaven; murderers, fornicators, adulterers, cannot. The reason is heaven is, in levels, the realm of perfection, of perfected beings. How can we, who are imperfect, enter there? We cannot. We enter there by becoming like them, perfected in ourselves, which is a work of will.


The Innermost, the Magician, needs to dominate nature, to control nature, to be a king, to be a priest, who dominates the elements. But in order for Him to do that, he has to arrange the elements on the table in front of Him. The sword is a symbol of will. The sword is the weapon that the initiate must use in order to conquer himself. The vase, the jar, the chalice, has two aspects. It symbolizes the mind, which must be cleansed. It also symbolizes the feminine sexual organ, the yoni. In like manner, the sword represents the masculine sexual organ. And third on the table is a moon. The moon has to be converted into a sun. What this means is that our lunar psychology, lunar being mechanical and belonging to nature, belonging to the realm of the animal, has to be converted into solar, being part of the kingdom of the sun, Christic. The moon in us, the lunar forces, have to be conquered and transformed into solar forces. These are the works that are performed on the table. All of this is empowered, and made possible, by the Holy Spirit, who is symbolized in the card by a bird under the table.

Now all of this work is occurring on top of the waters, the lowest aspect of the card. And inside the waters, we see a perfect stone, a perfect cube. This is pointing to masonry, and the work of the mason is to perfect the stone. The stone resides in the water; it is the Sophic Hydrolith, the Water Stone of Wisdom.

What is a stone and a liquid? What is both stone and liquid? Mercury. Mercury is the symbol of alchemy which indicates the sexual energy. The stone that we have to perfect is our own sexual matter, it is the foundation stone of the temple. Those columns of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge are founded upon this stone, the foundation stone, which the whole temple is built upon. The foundation stone is here in the waters, the lowest part of this card. This corresponds to the Ninth Sphere, Yesod, which is of courses related to our vital, etheric body.

If we place the Tree of Life as a diagram over our physical body, Yesod points to and indicates the sexual organs. Yesod, the Ninth Sphere, is the root of the Tree of Knowledge. It is where we work with the science of alchemy, learning how to transmute our sexual matter, to transform our animal, instinctive sexual forces, lunar forces into solar, perfected, divine, and heavenly sexual forces.

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Sex is natural to the human being—part of the creation of God—but sex performed under divine will, under the auspices of the Magician, who needs to manage those forces in order to realize Himself. The Magician, then, standing in the form of the Aleph, this Hebrew character, is that force which initiates. He has the prayer to become that perfect Aleph.

When we analyze this character of Aleph, and we disarrange its parts in order to understand it, we see it is actually made of three primary aspects. And of course, when we see that it has three aspects, we are reminded immediately of the Trinity, three in one, the Trinity which is the basis of the Being. These three aspects are in fact two Iod’s and a Vau, Hebrew characters.

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The Iod is the masculine, projective, creative principle.

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The Vau is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. When we count the spheres, we see that the sixth sphere is Tiphereth, the human soul.

The Magician has to work with the two Iod’s and the Vau in order to form the perfect Aleph. When we understand that, then we can see how He does it. The first Iod, we understood, to be in Daath, that hidden sphere between Binah and Chesed. That first Iod is the upper Eden. It is Daath, but related to the Being. It is the potential for the Being to create and manifest. This is that first Yod, the upper Eden. The second Iod is in the lower Eden, in Yesod, in our own sexual waters. So we see that the Yod, this masculine, projective force, is the fire, or the potentiality, which exists within the waters.

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In the Book of Genesis we read that the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters. These waters represent the upper Eden, in Daath. These are the waters of Genesis from which creation emerges as an act of magic. This magical creation in Daath is a creation that our own Being performs in order to begin His manifestation. The Inner Christ, manifest as Shiva-Shakti, works in these waters of Genesis. This is that first Yod, the Yod of Yod-He-Vau-He. The creation that emerges from that is Vau. Vau, we know is related to the human soul. That Vau is the spinal column, the human soul. And the last, or the second, Iod, is in Yesod, in the waters of sexuality.

So the Magician, the Innermost, has to work with the will of his human soul to bring together the two Yod’s, the lower Eden and upper Eden, in order to reach perfection. The combination of those elements produces the Aleph, which is the perfect Magician, and this is all an act of will. This can only be done when we as the terrestrial person cooperate. We have to work with the waters of Genesis; we have to work with the two trees; we have to transmute the waters of the lower Eden; we have to comprehend the waters of the upper Eden.

The Magician performs his ritual, his priestly duty, by managing the forces arranged on the table, these four elements. He performs his magic, or his works, upon this altar. And these works are Hermetic Magic, which are works related to the mind in Netzach; He performs his works of Natural Magic, or ritualistic magic in the sphere of Hod, related to the astral plane, or the emotional body; and to unify them and empower them, He works with the process of Sexual Magic in Yesod. You can say in other terms the Hermetic Priesthood, the Natural Priesthood, and the Sexual Priesthood. These are sacred duties—sacred duties that the terrestrial person performs on behalf of the Intimate, the Innermost, empowered by the Innermost, for the benefit of the Innermost.

What this means for us, we have to begin to enforce will, to develop our own willpower, to have the capacity to command our own inner nature. And this begins right now. This is not some theoretical or extremely complicated numerical idea. In order for your own Being, your own inner Magician, to arrange the items on the table and to achieve religion, He has to have a vehicle through which He can work.

If our own will is trapped in our pride, is trapped in our anger, is trapped in our lust, the connection to our Innermost is lost. It is not present. When we remain a slave of our envy, we are not serving the Being. The Gospels state very clearly you cannot serve two masters. We have to analyze ourselves. With each action that we perform, we need to analyze. On whose behalf am I doing this? On whose behalf am I acting? When we feel the impulse to speak to another person, do we consider why we must speak? On whose behalf? Is it because we are angry and we want to express our anger? Is it because our feelings are hurt and we want revenge? We have to question and analyze our every activity in every moment. This is a work of will, conscious will, exercised over our three brains: our intellect, our emotion, and our motor-instinctive and sexual aspect.

This work of will is a work of attention. In synthesis you can say the work of the twenty-two Arcana is a work to perfect attention, to perfect consciousness, to perfect conscience. The work of the Magician is to perfect Himself. But He can’t do that if we remain enslaved, enslaved by our own pride, our own self-justifications, our attachments, our desires.

The Innermost, to become that perfect Aleph, to become that Maha-Atman, that perfect Magician, needs us. Some say that this sounds strange, that God needs us, but it is true. We are a part of Him. We do not exist here just by chance, or just for entertainment. We exist to fulfill a specific role, a defined duty, towards our own Innermost, our own Inner Father. And He in turn has His duty. For Him to perform His work, we have to do ours, and ours is to become His will. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we see Jesus gives us this great example, great prayer of tremendous power, “Thy will be done.” “Thy”—my Inner Father. May the will of my Inner Being be done on earth (in me in my physical body) as it is in heaven.

That is a process of conquering all of the wills that we have inside which are opposed to the will of the Innermost. My lust does not want what my being wants. My pride wants to be noticed, wants to be admired, or envied. My Being does not want that.

So in moment to moment analysis of ourselves, we conquer and comprehend each discursive will that we have inside. Every ego that we have, every psychological aggregate, has its own will, and all of these different wills are not the will of the Innermost. To know the will of the Innermost, we have to separate ourselves from the ego.

When we look back at this card of the First Arcanum, we see in the superior portion a pair of eyes, always watching, always looking. These are the eyes of the Father. Every action we perform, every thought we think, every feeling that we entertain, is not just ours to observe. Our Being is inside of us. Your own Inner Father is the root of your existence. He knows every atom that you inhabit. So obviously He knows your thoughts and feelings as well.

How is it that we can allow negative thoughts and negative emotions to flourish in our mind? How is it that we can allow them to continue to express themselves, with their resentment, their criticism, their desires, their accounts against other people. “So and so did this to me. So and so did that to me. I didn’t deserve that.” We allow all of that to persist in our interior, and from time to time we take a little break from our inner song to pray. Somehow we think that the moment we stop to pray, then God is there. God is only there when we pray to Him, is what we think. So we are going all day long imagining scenes of lust, imagining scenes of getting vengeance against our enemies, real or otherwise, and then we take a little break and say, “Oh, God, I remember you.” And we think somehow that that is the only thing He sees, somehow that moment of prayer.

Well I’m sorry to point out to you, as painful as it might sound, that He is there all the time, so those twenty-three hours and fifty-nine minutes that you were lost in fantasies about the past and future, dreaming about making money, or dreaming about becoming famous, your Being is there too. These eyes are always watching inside of you.

Will needs to be there all the time in us, the will to change; the will to fight against our own, stubborn, animal nature. Never forget the presence of your Being inside. If you maintain the continuity of the awareness and remembrance of your own Inner God, you are establishing Self-Remembering, the remembrance of the Inner Self, the remembrance of the Being. This is to treat every moment as a moment spent inside of a temple, to feel within yourself that in each instant, you are in the presence of the most unimaginable divinity. And when you are confronted with the impulses of your own lust, your own fear, your own hate, recall and remember the presence of your own Inner God, and exercise the will of your consciousness to remember Him, and to observe yourself through His eyes, as He sees you.

That effort is the foundation of the entrance into the direct understanding of the twenty-two Arcana. These eyes are always watching, always present, always observing, and you see in their shape, the symbol of infinity, the symbol of the infinite. That infinite, of course, is the Being of the Being. When we look at the way nature unfolds on the Tree of Life, we see that this first triangle of Kether, Chokmah, and Binah is related to the infinite, that is the Being of the Being, the infinite manifestation which comes out of the unmanifest.

When the Being is working, when our own Innermost is working, to unify Himself as Aleph, to work in the waters of the upper Eden, which are the Akashic energies, the Akashic Tattwa, and working the lower Eden, in the waters of Genesis, of transmutation of sexual matter, the Innermost is doing that as a work of will as His son or daughter, the human soul, is entering into initiation. The process of initiation, as a soul, is a process of working with these waters, working with the psyche, and working with laws.

In this process, the initiate is trying to work with these two waters directly. In relation to the upper, the initiate has to meditate in order to comprehend the Akashic Tattwa, the higher aspects of energy related to the Being. Meditation is how we become closer to God. By concentrating on God, by remembering God, by focusing on our Inner Being, we are working with forces to bring us closer to Him. If we forget Him, we will not become closer to Him. But the more we remain in Self-remembering, the more we meditate to comprehend the nature of the Being, the more we are working directly with the waters of the upper Eden to penetrate and comprehend Him, to understand Him who is inside.

At the same time, we have to work with the waters of transmutation through the magic of Yesod. And in this way by transmuting our sexual forces, we are gathering the energies and forces of the Holy Spirit, which brings us closer to God. When we reject that, when we fornicate, when we abuse our sexual forces, we become further and further from God, more and more emptiness in our hearts, more and more loneliness, more of a spiritual vacuum, this void, painful void that we feel in the heart when God does not fill us.

To become closer to God, then, we work in these two ways: transmutation and meditation. This creates a dynamic exchange, the center of which is the human soul, as a work of will. That human soul is the Vau, that character Vau which symbolizes the spinal column upon which those fires of Yesod must rise. That constant flow and exchange of energy produces a current fueled by meditation and transmutation, and that current is what draws together the two Iod’s to the Vau to create the perfect magician.

The waters of the upper and lower Edens merge in the perfected Vau, or the human soul. And that Aleph, or the Innermost, as the transformer of that energy, moves. The Aleph spins.

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That spin is produced by will—will over desire, will over nature, will over the four elements. That is the work to arrange the elements on the table; that is the work to create the perfect Aleph.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: The books say that ego and Being cannot coexist, yet you stress that the Being is always present. How is that possible?

A: Because you still have an essence, you still have a consciousness. Your Being is in you, because you still have a connection with Him. But He’s only in you to a certain point, a very small percentage relative to the amount of consciousness that you have free of ego.

If you became completely absorbed in your ego, one hundred percent, your Being becomes divorced from you and you fall from the Tree of Life like a leaf falling off of a tree. And then the Being is not there. You just become dead matter—a leaf tossed by the winds of Karma to be recycled by nature.

So long as you maintain some percentage of free consciousness inside, you maintain the connection to your Being. The more consciousness you free, through performing the Work, the stronger your connection to your Being becomes. And of course, the Work in the end is to eliminate all the ego, so the Being can completely inhabit you and incarnate in you. But it is a process of steps to reach that.

Does that make sense?

Think about that.

Q: Say you wake up more percentage of the consciousness, but you still have that much more ego. You said the Being is always present in your lust, in your anger—He’s always present.

A: Okay. It is true that the Being is present even when your ego is there, and the reason is because your consciousness is trapped inside of that ego. Your consciousness belongs to the Being.

Your Being is the animating fire in every cell of your body. Your Being is the animating fire of everything that you are. He is also in your ego, but as Lucifer. So He knows you inside and out.

Q: Can you explain why the Sephiroth work in three’s?

A: The Law of Three is one of the fundamental laws that nature is based upon. The Trinity is a form of balance. You have a first force which initiates, which begins. You can also call them notes. This would be the note ‘Do,’ the note that begins something.

But any time you have a projective force, you immediately imply a receptive force, you have projective and receptive. So then you have two forces that are opposing one another. In order to create balance, you have a third, which creates harmony. So that is just a fundamental structure which you find everywhere in nature. And that is one of the things that indicates and shows the intelligence that resides in all matter, in all phenomena.

So when we study Kabbalah, we are just putting in a symbolic form something that you can directly perceive in almost any aspect of nature that you look at. Make sense?

Q: Something is missing.

A: Yeah. It is a symbol of how things work in nature.

Q: In terms of the three dimensions…

A: No, it is not so much related to that. That is a different point of view. The Trinity in this sense is the law of creation, how things are created. So when we look at groups of threes, we are looking at how certain forces working in harmony create.

When you talk about dimensions, this is another thing. So there are dimensions within dimensions, but within those, the Law of Three is functioning.

Q: Is it dangerous to practice transmutation without meditation?

A: The question is very interesting. One can practice transmutation and not meditate and certain results will occur. To transmute means to harness a force and change it. ‘Trans–’ is the basic prefix there, which indicates ‘from one thing to another.’ And ‘mutate’ means ‘change’—to transmute.

But, firstly we have to grasp who performs the transmutation. Who is it that is the Magician that changes lead into gold? Who is that alchemist? It is the Being, the Innermost.

The one who performs magic is the Inner Being. The one who transmutes the energy is the Inner Being. The one who performs the ritual, or empowers the mantra, is the Inner Being. We as a terrestrial person are just a vessel, a vehicle.

We can perform the exercise of a ritual and it will have no effect. We can perform the exercise of transmutation and it will have no effect if the Being is not there, if the will of the Being is not within it.

To know the will of the Being requires that you speak His language. The language of the Being is symbolic, and it is very sophisticated. That language is the Kabbalah; that language is numbers; that language is in the images of the Tarot and many other symbolic forms that the Being will speak through.

If we perform an exercise of transmutation, that is good, because this is what the Being needs. But the fruit of that exercise is given out by the Being himself. The Magician, the one who has that power, will not give the fruit to someone who does not deserve it.

The Divine Mother never rewards treason. And, there is a story given of a person who was a famous Gnostic instructor who spoke beautifully about the teaching, who was practicing alchemy and transmuting his sexual forces, but was not rewarded by his Divine Mother. Why? Because he did not meditate, he did not comprehend himself. The Divine Mother could not reward him the fruits of transmutation because he did not understand how to use it. He was remaining trapped in egotistical desires.

Said another way, Gnosis is not mechanical. Self-realization is not mechanical. The process of awakening the Kundalini is not a simple theorem that says “If you take A and add it to B, you will get C.” It does not work that way.

Gnosis, or the realization of the Self, is an act of will of the Innermost, of God. For us to receive illumination, understanding, power, transmutation, comprehension, any of the fruits of these practices, all of that is given by the Innermost. So yes, you can transmute, but if you do not meditate, if you do not comprehend yourself, your Being will give you nothing, because your Being needs you to become perfect, and perfection is achieved through comprehension of error, comprehension of oneself, comprehension of phenomenon.

If you do not understand why you have your anger, and how your anger makes you behave, then you will remain angry. If you do not understand why pride is a sin, you will remain in sin, and your Being, God, will never give power to a sinner. The Magician will not give power to a fornicator or an adulterer. The Christ cannot free someone who remains identified with their own selves.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: What you were just referring to, when you say meditation, in this sense is there any particular technique or…

A: Okay, meditation in this sense, what I am referring to, is conscious comprehension without the interference of the ego. ‘Conscious,’ meaning with the consciousness. Self-observation is the basis of it, yes, but real meditation is the activity of the consciousness free of ego.

‘Consciousness’ has to be understood in this case to know what that means. That means that to be in real meditation there is no “I,” there is no “Me,” there is no ego, there is no pride, there is no anger. You have to learn the science of meditation, how to separate from the ego, how to observe the ego as a free consciousness. In other words, you have to learn how to enter into the state of Dhyana, or Pratyahara, which is a silent mind.

And from that process of Dhyana, Dharana, and Samadhi, we then learn how to activate the consciousness and be free from the animal mind. In that state, we are Will. We are manifesting and experiencing the two aspects of the Being as soul, Divine Soul and Human Soul, Divine Consciousness and Human Consciousness. That is what meditates. And to access that you have to separate yourself from intellect, from emotion, from sensation, from all these lower parts. And this is a discipline.

There are many techniques that can lead you to that experience, whether from Zen, or from Buddhism, or from Hinduism, even Christianity, many techniques. But the essential experience remains the same: we have to become free of the ego in order to comprehend the ego itself. The ego cannot comprehend the ego. My pride cannot comprehend itself, only my consciousness can, because my consciousness is part of the Being.

Another question?

Q: On the card, there is a symbol above the eyes. Can you explain what this represents?

A: The symbol above the eyes is a magical glyph, which is a kind of encoding of a Kabbalistic principle. You see three lines, but they are unified, so it is a symbol of Kether. Kether is three in one.

Now, in the supporting materials for today’s lecture there is a practice which is given. The practice is to meditate and visualize the symbol of infinity. There are accompanying steps and prayers related to this, to ask for assistance, to meditate and pray on the symbol of the infinity.

The beauty of this practice is that it escapes the intellect. It is a kind of koan. If you analyze the practice intellectually, you do not necessarily see why this practice is given in the First Arcanum. What does the eight have to do with the one? How does this practice work? The intellect wants to understand things in a very factual and rigid way. But this practice, the Holy Eight, is quite potent. If you relax yourself totally (relaxed physically, relaxed emotionally, relaxed mentally), allow yourself to become a little drowsy, and you perform this practice, you are working with Hermetic Magic, related to the mind. You are working to exercise the will of your consciousness to maintain attentive awareness, to maintain concentration.

Q: Do I want to perform the actual meditation on the eight?…

A: It is up to you.

So this practice teaches you in practical terms things that the intellect cannot grasp, so I encourage you to work with this practice. Do not think about it. Do not analyze it with the intellect. Do not try and figure it out with the intellect. Just do the practice. Do the practice. Use your own natural inquisitiveness in the consciousness to investigate it, to explore it, practically speaking, not just as an idea, but actually do it.

And the more you make the effort, the more will you put into that effort, the more benefit you will receive. If you do it once kind of half-heartedly, you probably will not get anything. The work to activate and realize the twenty-two Arcana in oneself is a work of great will. The Arcanum One is that which initiates, and any beginning is very difficult. To start anything is hard. To start a project, to start a life, to start a new marriage, to start a new job, is hard. The same is true of this type of work. It is difficult. But you have to persist. You have to keep trying. It is a matter of willpower. Relax and make the effort. Your Being is with you. Your Innermost will help you. But to do that, you have to listen to Him.

Any final questions?

Q: What do you think the difference is between intuition, will, and consciousness?

Difference between intuition, will, and consciousness?

Is intuition part of the will, is will part of intuition, is consciousness part of… I mean, you get intuition, you say you have to know whether you are doing right or wrong. Obviously it is intuition that is going to tell you that. Now is that part of the will? Is that part of the consciousness?

A: That is a good question.

What are the differences between will, consciousness, and intuition? In their heart, they are the same. In their essence, they are the same. Consciousness is a continuum of energy. Really, it is the sign of the infinite. That is consciousness. But in us it is discontinuous, right? We are paying attention one minute and we are totally asleep the next.

So, will comes into play as an effort to contain, and focus, and direct that consciousness. Will is the effort to keep that consciousness flowing in the right way. But intuition is knowing how to direct it. You see? They are one thing. When you have an intuition, you know how to direct your consciousness by will.

For example, you are walking down the street—he is always walking down the street—and you see an old friend, and you know from past experiences with this person that this person is very negative and loves to gossip. You have consciousness in that moment because you are working to be aware of yourself. So you are working on focusing and directing your consciousness. So right there you have conscious attention, where you observe that person. You are enforcing your will in that moment. Your mind tells you “This person always wants to gossip with me. I should avoid them.” But your heart tells you, “I need to talk to them.” Which one do you do?

Most of the time you probably listen to your mind. “No, I shouldn’t talk to them. They’re just going to do this and that. It is going to be terrible. Why should I even bother?” But if you listen to your heart, you are listening to intuition. You might go and find that something happens in the exchange between the two of you that you needed. It could be painful, it could be pleasant, whichever.

But the distinction has to be in from moment to moment, if you are paying attention, if you are conscious, you are manifesting will. You have to listen to intuition to give you guidance how to direct that will, how to direct that consciousness through will. And it is always changing. And the mind will always try to interfere—always.

So the will is ‘control consciousness, control mind.’ Keep consciousness active, keep mind passive. It is not easy, but the more you make the effort, the more you maintain continuity of observation, and the more you maintain the continuity of the remembrance of your Being, the more familiar you become.

Another question?

Q: What about the symbols, the birds, the bird up top?…

A: The birds represent aspects of the Holy Spirit. So in this case we can say that the Holy Spirit is that bird which is part of that upper trinity, Binah, the Holy Spirit. So we have the Holy Spirit above and below. It is in both aspects. The bird is present there.

In the same way, we can relate this to the two Edens – upper and lower – because the forces of the Holy Spirit are the fires in the waters of the upper Eden, or those Akashic forces. And the fires of the Holy Spirit are in the waters of the lower Eden in our sexual forces. So here we see the presence of that divine force everywhere.

One more?

Q: What is the difference between the Holy Eight and the circle in terms of infinity?

A: The symbol of the infinity is showing an exchange, movement, back and forth. So you are seeing how in the upper aspects of the Tree of Life, you have unmanifest moving to manifest, and back, this flux back and forth: manifestation, unmanifestation; cosmic day, cosmic night. That is what the infinity is showing. But that symbol is penetrating all the way through the Tree of Life. The presence of that exchange, back and forth, of forces.

The symbol of the dot in the circle is, for me, more of a picture of one instant. It is capturing the one little photograph, one little frame, of that manifestation out of the womb, that in truth, when you look at how the tree functions, it is in constant motion. The manifestation into manifestation is movement. So that is how I understand the distinction between them.

Introduction: The 22 Arcana of Kabbalah

There are two types of Kabbalists, Intellectual Kabbalists and Intuitive Kabbalists. The Intellectual Kabbalists are Black Magicians, whilst the Intuitive Kabbalists are White Magicians.

Many times the sidereal Gods answer our questions by showing us a tarot card; we must intuitively comprehend the answer that is given onto us. Intuitive Kabbalists comprehend what destiny held in reserve to them by just seeing any card of the tarot.

“The Kabbalah is the science of numbers.

“The author of the Tarot was the Angel Metatron. He is Lord of the serpent wisdom. The Bible refers to him as the Prophet Enoch.

“The Angel Metatron, or Enoch, delivered the Tarot, in which the entirety of divine wisdom is enclosed. The Tarot remains written in stone.

“He also left us the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

“This great Master lives in the Superior Worlds, in the world of Atziluth, which is a world of indescribable happiness. According to the Kabbalah, this world is the region of Kether, a very high Sephirah.All Kabbalists base themselves on the Tarot and it is necessary for them to comprehend the Tarot and study it deeply.The Universe was made with the Law of numbers, measurements and weight.Mathematics forms the Universe, and the numbers become living entities.”

Gnostic Kabbalah is the doctrine of practical Christification. We do not theorize here. This is a one hundred percent practical work. Many students long for their Christification but they do not know where to start, because they do not know the clue, the secret.

Here we give away the clue, the secret, the key to every student.

Here is the clue, thirsty lovers of the truth, practice now, you are not alone. We love you profoundly, thus when you tread on the path of the razor’s edge, you will be internally assisted by the brethren of the temple. In this course we deliver the clue of resurrection. We have torn the veil of the sanctuary. Here you have all the secrets; here are all the clues of Christification. Here is written the doctrine that the Adorable taught in secret to his humble disciples

The Adorable One will remain with us until the end of times. This is his doctrine. Here you have it, study it and practice it.

Children of man, do you want to enter into the ineffable joy of nirvana?

Do you want to become as Gods? Do you want to convert yourselves into Christs?

Do you want to liberate yourselves from the wheel of birth and death?

kabbalahHere we will give you the clue of sexual magic! What else do you want?

Let us start seeing the existing relationship of the 10 Sephiroth with the first 10 cards of the Tarot.

The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth. And the Thrice-Spiritual Sun is the Sephirothic Crown.

These Sephiroth live and palpitate within our Consciousness and we must learn to manipulate and combine them in the marvelous laboratory of our interior universe.

The Ten Sephiroth are:

Kether – Crown; The equilibrated power; the magician, the first Arcanum of the Tarot whose primeval hieroglyph is represented by a man.

Chokmah – Wisdom; the Popess of the Tarot; occult wisdom, the Priestess. The second card of the Tarot; the moon, primeval hieroglyph is represented by the mouth of man.

Binah – Intelligence; the planet Venus; third card of the Tarot, the Empress, primeval hieroglyph is represented by a hand in the attitude of grasping.

These three Sephiroth are the Sephirothic Crown.

The other seven inferior Sephiroth come in the following order:

Chesed – Mercy; Jupiter, the Divine Being, Atman, primeval hieroglyph is represented by a breast. The four card of the Tarot, the Emperor.

Geburah – Severity; the Buddhic body of the Man, the Pope or the Hierophant of the Tarot, Mars, the warrior of Aries.

Tiphereth – Beauty, Venus of Taurus, love of the Holy Spirit, the Causal Body of the Man, the sixth card of the Tarot, the Lover.

Netzach – Victory, Justice of the Arcanum, the seventh card of the Tarot, the chariot, Saturn.

Hod – Glory, Mercury of Gemini, the eighth card of the Tarot, the Eternity of all.

Yesod – Foundation, the Sun of Leo, the ninth card of the Tarot. The Hermit, the Absolute.

Malkuth – Kingdom, the entire universe, Mary or Virgo, Nature.

These ten Sephiroth live within our Being and are our inner solar system. The Tarot is intimately related with Esoteric Astrology and with Initiation.

Now we start the course of Kabbalah. Let us study the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot. 

The Inquisition, Alchemists, Astral Projection, and Jinn Science

We are in a time when, fortunately, one can publicly talk about esoteric issues, in the light of day or in the darkness of the night. However, it has not always been this way. For example, consider the Middle Ages with its famous Inquisition, which some attribute to Gregory IX and others to Saint Dominic. In any case, the Inquisition was awful. This does not mean that in the Middle Ages there was no esotericism; indeed, there was, and it was extraordinary. Let us recall Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Phillippus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (Aureolus Paracelsus) and also, not the least, the famous Dr. Faust (enchanter and magician).  […]

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THOTH’s PROPHECY read from the Hermetic Texts by Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is a British author who specializes in theories involving ancient civilizations, Earth changes, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical or astrological data from the past. He has become recognized as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. Learn more at https://grahamhancock.com/

Isis, Lady of Crocodiles

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Sobek, the Crocodile God
A beautiful image of Sobek, the Crocodile God

We don’t usually think of Isis in relation to crocodiles or to Sobek,the Crocodile God. Ahh, but wait. As with so much in Egyptian religion, it’s complicated. And there are more Isis-croc connections than we might at first think.

Let’s start with a bit about the crocodile itself. ANile crocodile can reach up to twenty feet in length—and itdoesn’t care what iteats.In addition to theirusual diet of fish, the Nile crocodileis happy to feed on birds, wild and domestic animals—and human beings. Estimates are that as many as 200 people a year are killed by crocodiles. Crocodilescatch their prey in huge, toothy jaws and drag it underwater until the struggling stops. It is no wonder Egyptians ancient and modern fear the beast. Perhaps that fear explains why the Nile crocodile was hunted nearly to extinction in the 1940s through 60s. Today, however…

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All Grades | Kabballah | The Four Worlds: Atziluth

The word Atziluth derives from the Hebrew word “Atsiloth” that means literally, “nobility, aristocracy, upper classes.” It is also related to the Hebrew verb, “to emanate.”

Atziluth is the first created world that comes from the Unknown which is the Ain Soph, the original seed of the universe.

Atziluth, the Archetypal World, is pure deity, the Divine World related with the different elements of God in which we find Divinity related to the Tree of Life.

It is the World of Divine, Splendorous, Archetypal Emanations.

We have to analyze and comprehend that which is before Atziluth.

Atziluth emanates from the Absolute, the Ain Soph which is the origin of Spirit and Matter.

The Ain Soph is a Negative Existence, not similar to anything we (can) know. It has its existence for itself.

Therefore the Tree of Life is that which exists, that which emanates from the Ain Soph.

The Absolute, the Ain Soph, is that which is. It has no center or circumference. We have to use our intuition in order to comprehend it.

Ain:
Nothingness.
Motionless space.
Abstract space.

The Verb:

In the beginning God geometries (in order to create). Form is related to geometry. Everything that exists has different geometrical forms. The Microphone records, prints on an audio tape the sounds of the words in geometrical forms. This is a proof that the sounding word is geometrical. The word is geometry.

The Current of Sound, the World of Sound, is Music that is always played in the higher dimensions. Beethoven and other great Master of Music brought these to paper.

When in the Internal Worlds one hears music, one also sees the music. The music forms like a river or flow of sound with geometrical forms.

The Elohim create with the Verb – but if we compare the Elohim with the Ain Soph they are not perfect.

Everything in the universe longs for perfection. All creation is imperfect; this is why they have different forms.

The only one who is perfect is the Unknown, the Absolute; this is why it has no form.

Time and Space:

Space is between created things. (Interstellar space is another analogy for the Absolute.)

Created things exist in different dimensional times (which is not chronological time) in order to acquire knowledge and become perfect. Time only exists in dimensional way.

The Ain Soph, the Absolute, is absolute perfection; therefore it has no form, and does not need time in order to be.

Time exists only for those things that are imperfect.

Absolute Individuality is Ain Soph (in Ain). It is Absolute Repose and Movement, Motion, Limitless.

The Elohim are like Atoms or Monads within the Ain Soph.

If Ain is like an ocean, then Ain Soph are the drops composing that ocean. Not all of the drops know themselves. They are perfect but without consciousness of that perfection. Perfection with consciousness of it exists only in Ain.

All of the Monads of the Ain Soph have a longing for knowing their own absolute perfection.

When one atom of the Ain Soph attains knowledge of its perfection it acquires “Paramartha.”

Para = Absolute
Martha = Consciousness

Paramarthasattyas are Beings with absolute consciousness of their own perfection.

How is this absolute consciousness of its own perfection achieved? It cannot be done within the Absolute. This is why creation exists.

When any of the atoms of the Ain Soph wants to achieve absolute consciousness of its own perfection, then its unfoldment appears as the Tree of Life.

The Ray of Okidanock is a Stream of Light. It is the first emanation. It is also called Ain Soph Aur.

Ain Soph is the Eternal Cosmic Common Father, within which is the Unmanifested Cosmic Common Mother.

From it emanates everything. It is not spirit or matter, it is nothingness.

Adi Buddha is the name for it in Sanskrit. The Adi Buddha does not exist, the Adi Buddha IS.

Ain Soph has no beginning and no end.

Everything from it has a beginning and an end.

Ain Soph Aur = Ray of Okidanokh

The first Creation in the same Absolute. Also perfect, but not abstract.

The Ain Soph Aur is a Circle of Light, with its center everywhere, and circumference nowhere (use intuition!)

The Ain Soph Aur is the Solar Absolute. It is a type of creation within the Unknowable Divine.

The Ain Soph Aur is a Spiritual Sun; it has a light, but it is creative light, not like that which we know; this uncreated light emerges from the unknown. It is spiritual light, Christ.

All Ain Soph projecting all rays form the Solar Absolute = Christ

In Latin, this ray is called Lucifer, meaing Light and Fire (Fire bringer/carrier). This is Spiritual light, not like that which we know. It emerges in the universe and descends through the Tree to the bottom.

We study the descent of that pure light as the Ray of Creation; this Ray represents the different unfoldments of Christus-Lucifer.

This Ray of Creation emanates from the Ain Soph to Kether and ends in the infernos.

Kether

Kether is symbolised by a point in a circle.

Kether is the Father of all the Lights. The Light from the Unknown. The Crown.

The First Becoming.

The First Existent between the universe and the Absolute.

Kether only shows us his right side. His left side is to the Absolute.

Each one has his own Kether. Also each one has his own Ain Soph.

When through meditation we experience the Ain Soph (we enter a space that is beyond the Infinite, the nothingness) and from nowhere appears something and takes the shape it wishes to. Thus the Ain Soph will tell you mathematically what you need to do in order to perfect yourself.

The first emanation of the Ain Soph is Kether; Kether appeared in front of Moses (Mount Sinai).

We have to climb to the top of the Tree of Life to see Kether. Through meditation, we climb through different ecstasies and go and talk to our own particular Elder.

It is not possible to see our own Kether without having died (in ourselves, psychologically). We have to eliminate a lot of ego for this privilege.

From Kether emerges Chokmah, which is that Sephirah that allow us to comprehend the Father. Chokmah means Wisdom.

Chokmah has the most beautiful atoms of the Ray of Okidanokh, Christ. Chokmah has no personality; it is universal. It is Christ in the Universe. It is in the foundation of any type of matter. It is in the center of any atom, sun, and galaxy.

From Chokmah emerges Binah, Understanding; here we find the force of Christ in evolution within any type of matter. Binah is the intelligence that multiplies each form that exists.

Atziluth is related to the three first Sephiroth. The Three Supernals, the Sephiroth of the Triangle of God: First Logos, Second Logos, Third Logos (Word). The Three forces in One; the Holy Trinity.

These three primary forces have their center of gravity in the first emanation, Kether.

Kether governs the world of Atziluth; the World of Divine, Splendorous, Archetypal Emanations of God.

When in the Astral Plane, Samael Aun Weor was teaching the Great Arcanum. The yogi Sivananda said to Samael that he was vulgarizing the knowledge, the doctrine, by publicly explaining in the physical world. Let us read about it in The Gnostic Magic of the Runes, by Samael Aun Weor:

“Many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists read the literature of Sivananda. There is no doubt that this man was truly a Guru-Deva who worked intensely for this suffering humanity. I truly confess that I never liked his Hatha Yoga. This type of acrobatics always appeared to me to be quite circus-like. I never found that someone could Self-realize by converting himself into an acrobat.

“Nonetheless, it is well known that this said Yogi profoundly worked and in strict secrecy with Sex Yoga. It seems that Hatha Yoga was only a bait in order to fish within the rivers of life.

“I am glad to communicate to our beloved readers that this Guru-Deva Sivananda, while being in a Maha-Samadhi (Ecstasy), joyfully disincarnated.

“I met him in the parallel universe of the fifth dimension. My happiness was tremendous when I witnessed that this man had built his Solar Bodies in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan.

“My surprise was extraordinary when I verified that this Master had already died within himself before physically dying.

“Sivananda intensely worked in the Great Work of the Father. Thus, he is a Guru-Deva in the most complete sense of the word.

“Our meeting was very special, it took place inside a precious precinct where I was accomplishing the obligation of teaching. Suddenly the Great Yogi entered and as if wanting to recriminate me he said, “You are vulgarizing the Doctrine.”

“It is obvious that he referred to the spreading of the knowledge of the Maithuna (Sex Yoga) among profane people.

“I was in no way speechless, my answer was strong and sincere since I belong to the virile fraternity, thus it could be in no other way. I expressed myself in an energetic way when saying, “I am willing to answer all the questions that will be asked unto me before anyone within this precinct.”

“However, the Guru-Deva Sivananda, being an enemy of any discussion, preferred to sit in the sacred buddhic posture, and thus submerged himself into profound meditation.

“I felt the mind of this Yogi inside of my own innermost Self. This man was diving, inquiring, exploring within my most intimate profundities. There is no doubt that Sivananda wanted to converse with my Real Being whose secret name is Samael, and this he achieved.

“Astonished, I could do nothing but exclaim: “Sivananda you are a true Samyasin of thought!” Filled with ecstasy, this Guru-Deva stood up and hugged me.

“He now comprehended the revolutionary statement of our Doctrine, and exclaimed, “Now I agree with you and I will tell the whole world to read your books.”

“Afterwards, he added, “I know your Mother (referring to my particular Divine Mother), I saw Her very well dressed, She wears a white mantle which reaches to Her feet.”

“This meeting was formidable. Many other things happened that I now omit because they are not suitable for this chapter.” – from The Gnostic Magic of the Runes, by Samael Aun Weor

Through meditation we can interview the Being of anyone.

Elohim = Gods and Goddesses, many male and female masters.

To interview the Monad of Joan of Arc one needs to go into Atziluth. This requires a lot of skill in meditation. There are many levels and levels.

When the Ain Soph achieves Self-realization of Itself, it does so through Kether and all the parts of the Being represented by the Tree of Life. Thus Kether is transformed into a Cosmocreator, a Being capable of creating a planet, a world.

Consider the planet Earth. Where did the life of this planet come from? Through meditation you can go into the heart of the planet. There is a Temple in the world of Atziluth. The creator of this planet is Kether, but not yours or mine. It is the Kether of an Ain Soph that Self-realized in the past Cosmic Days. The Name of that God is Melchisedec (Sorochotorah Melchisedec).

We live in the planetary body of Sorochotorah Melchisedec, the Planet Earth is his body. He allows other Monads to be here.

Elohim means Gods and Goddesses; they are Ancient Initiates who were in contact with the creators of other planetary bodies.

The Cosmocreators not only govern a planet, but have influence in the whole solar system.

This is Monistic Polytheism, it is Polytheism within Monotheism. But all the Elohim, Gods and Goddesses, come from one source, the Ain Soph.

From Kether emerges Wisdom in order to sustain creation, and from Chokmah-Wisdom emerges Binah to multiply creation.

Holy Eight (8); this sign is the symbol of the infinite, it contains the 3 primary forces in creation, the Head, Heart and Sex of the planetary genie of that cosmic unit.

The 3 primary forces work in Atziluth in Kether.

In Atziluth we find the Gods and Goddesses longing for more perfection in order to get into the Abstract Space.

These Divine Beings have to perfect the Trikayas: 3 glorious bodies.

Those beings in Kether in Atziluth are called Dharmakayas. They have created the Body of Law, and are under only one law.

In Chokmah we find the Sambogakayas possessing the Blessed Body.

In Binah we find the Nirmanakayas possessing the Body of the Holy Spirit. Those are the Bodhisattvas who are sacrificing themselves for humanity in this physical world.

Dharmakayas and Sambogakayas are preparing to enter the Abstract Space. They do not manifest any more.

The Adhikayas are other beings close to the Dharmakayas.

The 3 primary forces related with the Law of Triamazikamno or Triamazicamno have their foundation in the first triangle. Every religion has the Trinity.

Christianity came from Judaism as Buddhism came from Hinduism.

Brahma with 3 faces represents: Kether, Chokmah and Binah: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the Triamazikamno.

Brahma with 4 faces represents: Kether, Chokmah, Binah and the Ain Soph, the Tetragrammaton.

Different images of Brahma symbolize something unknown, which has no form because nowhere in the universe you can find a person with three or four faces. But the Initiates used these images to get an understanding of Divinity. Ignoramuses thought the Brahmans were idolaters.

Trinity of Buddhism: Kether: Amitabha; Chokmah: Avalokitesvara; and Binah: Buddha Shakyamuni.

Every religion symbolized the trinity in different forms.

Hebrew: God is the Holy Tetragrammaton -> the four letters of God: Iod Hei Vav Hei.

The four parts of that which is Divinity.

Hebrews say that Jehovah is the sacred name of God. Some initiates said the God of Moses was IAO, and had only three letters. These three letters are the manifest God.

Iod = I

Hei = A

Vav = O

The fourth “He” at the end of the Name is the Ain Soph = the cosmic uterus.

The most powerful mantra, which represents the three primary forces is IAO. IAO emerges from Unknown. IAO is the God among the Gnostics.

Each one of us has his own particular IAO.

Christ is universal. He is everywhere. He has no individuality.

God in Chokmah is everywhere. Kether is individual in each one of us. Binah is individual in each one of us. But all 3 are 1. We need to grasp this with our intuition.

IAO. Is Elohim in everything, in different levels.

In Atziluth, the Tree of Life is manifested as Arikanpim, the “Vast Countenance.”

On the Tree of Life, God has different names in Atziluth. These names can be used in meditation in order to access particular levels of consciousness. For example, to penetrate into the Causal Plane (Tiphereth), vocalize Eloah Va Daath, in order to understand what is happening in that level.

Names of God in Atziluth:

Kether: Eheieh Asher Eheieh.

“I am the one that I am.”

When Moses asked Kether, “What is the name that I should tell the people?” Kether answered: “I am the one that I am.” However we have to say “He is the One that is.”

Chokmah: Iod Heva.

Translated as Jehovah (in the Old Testament). Christ itself as the Son.

Binah: Jehovah Elohim.

The name of God in the 3rd Sephirah. Some translations in the bible just changed all divine names to Jehovah. Adam and Eve were created by Jehovah Elohim, the Holy Spirit. It is the sexual force manifested in God.

Chesed: El. Love. Mercy. El = God; our own particular Spirit, our Innermost who emerges from the Holy Trinity. Within the Monad are the 3 atoms (of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit). El, the Monad has Cosmic Consciousness that is:

Geburah: Elohim Gibor. The Might of the Gods and Goddesses, which is Severity. When Elohim Gibor is in the Initiate, he is a warrior.

Tiphereth: Eloah Va Daath. Name of God in Tiphereth is Eloah Va Daath Iod Hei Vav Hei: “Goddess in knowledge.”

Netzach: Jehovah Sabaoth. Iod Heve Sabaoth. Heve is written with the Hebrew letters: Hei Vav Hei. Sabaoth means “host or army.” Jehovah Sabaoth is the “Army of Jehovahs.” Jehovah of Hosts in the Bible. Book of Ezekiel = that book in relation to the Solar Mind.

Hod: Elohim Sabaoth. “Army of Gods and Goddesses.” Elohim Zabaoth is the name of God in the Astral Plane.

Yesod: Shaddai El Chai. “The Almighty Living God.” The sexual force. Chai is a singular Hebrew word for “creature.” Chaioth is plural, it means: “Creatures.” When God spoke to Moses, “When I made my pact with Abraham, the pact with man, I appeared as Shaddai El Chai, but to you I appear as Jehovah.”

Malkuth: Adonai, “The Lord.” There is no name of God below the physical plane because the Tree of Life is inverted when we study Hell.

Klipoth: Baalim. Baalim is a Hebrew word that means “Misters” or “Sirs.” This applys to Demons, the names of the beings below. From the Conjuration of the Seven:

“In the name of Gabriel may Adonai (the Lord) command thee and drive the hence Baal (mister).”

Baal is singular of Baalim. Many worship Baalim, the “Sirs” of Klipoth.

We worship God in the physical plane as Adonai, the force of God in this physical plane (Malkuth).

Now we can understand the Bible, and know which Sephirah is being referred to.

The One who governs the whole of Atziluth is Kether.

Atziluth is a Divine plane unknown to us, but it helps us to know that it exists. We can experience it if we enter into ecstasy. There are many types of Samadhi (ecstasy) in all of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, as for instance the Astral Plane (Hod), the Mental Plane (Netzach), etc.: Maha Samadhi, Mahakalpa Samadhi, Nirvikalpa Samadhi.

We can experience God in different levels.

We try to go up and up like a bird… but we are heavy with the ego.

The opposite of Samadhi is a nightmare, going down to Hell to experience the Baalim.

We can enter into all of these worlds through meditation.

The name Jah is a Hebrew mantra.

HalleluJah = “Praise Kether, the Father of the Lights.” (Kether = our own particular, intimate God).

Here the image of Adam Kadmon, the Archetypal Man

Right brain – Left brain

Feet

To meditate we need willpower and to feel drowsy. Concentrate and remember God.

Gate Gate ParaGate ParaSamGate Bodhi Swaha .”

(the meaning of this mantra is as follows: Proceed, Proceed, Proceed Beyond, Thoroughly Proceed Beyond, be founded in enlightenment )

By pronouncing this mantra mentally, we are put into contact with Kether through the pineal gland.

“Gone, gone, gone beyond, there goes the goer, to the Other Shore.”

This puts into activity the lotus of 1000 petals, and we escape as soul from the pineal gland.

The legions of egos are our own Baalim within us. They stops us from conversing with Kether.

Willpower is the Holy Spirit in itself; it is pure energy.

In the beginning when we practice, we start with transmuting desire into willpower.  So when we start, we still have lust.  Later, as we eliminate lust, we can work without desire.

Thoth’s Master-plan of Secret Teaching – Hermetic Tablets Recovered Info

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Retort Issue 4 And More

The fourth issue of the Green River Retort is up on the Newsletter page. This week, we take a look at crypto-currency and continue our look at the strange world of monatomic elements. This issue also features an essay and thought experiment on Brainwashing. This essay will be posted as a podcast in the next day or two as well, and I will likely podcast the crypto article, so that I can expand on the topic. Nest week, we will take a deep look into the weather phenomena occurring world-wide and their possible relation to some Agenda 21 issues. And look for more on natural law this next week, as I have not been really keeping on that subject with all that is going on in the world. Lastly, you may want to start stocking up on food, just be prepared.   […]

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Alchemy | Alchemy, The Great Work, with Avery Hopkins

Avery Hopkins is one of few humans on the planet engaged in the art of Operative Alchemy. Alchemy is a fascinating and misunderstood practice. Avery does an excellent job demystifying The Great Work and educating the public on how consciousness relates to matter. His Company Kymia Arts is available for you to check out online were he offers a variety of high quality alchemical products. available for you to check out online were he offers a variety of high quality alchemical products. We discuss the nature of the philosophers stone , Saturn, giving , psychotropic compounds amongst many other things.

The Hermit’s Lamp: The Continuing Tradition of the Modern Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

by Aaron Leitch (Frater O.C.)

Originally published in the Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic: The Hermit carries in his lamp the flame of the Divine Light. It is merely a small spark of the infin […]

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