Friday, April 27, 2007
Esotericism in Metaphysics
Nature holds bountiful undiscovered-as-yet secrets for humanity. Normally, we seek to unveil them through scientific means--through our laboratory equipment, processes and methodologies; however, the conventional, material methods of probing into Nature's treasure storehouse may only take us to a certain point beyond which it is difficult for three-dimensional apparatuses to record, and the physical senses and mind to follow and apprehend. And yet, humanity unconsciously feel that it is possible to wrest from Nature her many hidden arcana or esoteric secrets, laws and principles. Could it be that we are investigating the more subtle aspects of Nature through the wrong approach, through the wrong channels and processes? Could it be that we are being misled by our senses in regards to our perception and conception of time, space, and matter and that paradigm shifts from the old Corpernican, Newtonian and Einsteinian models are required in order to break through scientific humps? There are many brave scientists who are working out this problem to the ridicule of their more orthodox colleagues.
In order for Man and the Universe to be understood as well as all the phenomena that occurs therein, it is necessary to consider the so-called "abstract" and "occult" principles that was once in the domain of Magick, Religion and Philosophy--and this should be conducted in a scientific, systematic, rational and metaphysical manner. If Science is to discover the Ultimate Truth, it must not neglect its investigations into the subtle realms. By claiming that these realms or soul-phenomena do not exist for they cannot be perceived by the objective senses or monitored by instruments is prejudicial and scientifically irrational, as there are many things that we are unable to directly perceive and was once undetectable by instruments--things such as electromagnetic energies, certain gases, cosmic rays, etc. By restricting its probing and search for the Ultimate First Cause solely in the physical plane Science does itself an injustice, for life here and physical phenomena are simply a fragment of a whole. Our senses only perceive a limited range of phenomena in the energy-spectrum. Scientific devices may only extend our range of perception a little further and aid us to record a little bit more. What is beyond our perception vibrates in astronomical frequencies. What we are unable to detect physically may well exist beyond the range of our senses; some spiritual realities may even exist way beyond the perception of psychic senses. The investigation of Nature's more subtle aspects is not beyond the line of reason or scientific analyses if several principles are taken into consideration:
1) The higher realities must be investigated through the higher faculties of the soul, through a higher consciousness or through an altered state of awareness;
2) That which is not perceived does not imply its non-existence, even to the non-perception of "psychics."
3) That the diversities and inconsistencies of recorded paranormal phenomena do not indicate their non-reality as it may well be that the nature of the higher worlds reflects the influential instability or fluctuations of the investigators mind, thoughts, and feelings.
4) That the mind moulds reality, whether physical or non-physical out of the energies of its environment and of itself.
5) That cosmic or natural laws with possible mathematical formulation apply in the subtle realms as they apply here in the physical.
6) That the linear time-space continuum may not apply in the higher dimensions as they do here.
7) That the mind is not the sole faculty of knowing.
8) That some metaphysical phenomena go way beyond our earthly concepts and the apprehension of the mind and are difficult to explain through conventional language.
9) That metaphysical phenomenon is repeatable even in controlled laboratory conditions should all the natural laws involved in the phenomenon's manifestation be taken into account.
Science is aware that the physical world as we perceive it is an illusion and yet our senses delude us by informing us that it is real with the "power to affect us in some way." If this is considered to be a criterion for "reality" then the "imaginary" worlds too are real for they likewise affect us in some manner, as psychologists would undoubtedly concur. Metaphysically and esoterically speaking, one vital question emerges for the student of initiatory teachings: are the existences of these other so-called imaginary worlds, these other "realities," part of the "Gupta Vidya," the secret doctrine that spiritual preceptors sought to reveal to humanity?
Gautama Buddha once referred to the amount of teachings that he revealed to the world by comparing them with the few leaves of a tree that he had clasped in his hand. The bountiful leaves, that he pointed out, still clinging to the boughs of the tree constituted that which was yet undisclosed to humanity. Several centuries later, almost at the end of his exoteric ministry, the Master Jesus said to his disciples that he had further teachings to convey to them but that they were unprepared as yet for their reception. Why? What were these advanced precepts? These secret doctrines, if ever existed, are unrecorded in the New Testament. They would have been an oral-tradition--teachings for the selected few. Are these oral teachings still in existence or are they "lost"? Are they perhaps preserved in the consciousness of the Magi, the wise men of every ancient culture? Are they carefully guarded in certain temples and underground vaults hidden from prying eyes? Are they now being shouted from rooftops? Are they so spiritually scientific in nature that men unprepared with the proper spiritual and scientific training not able to fully grasp their principles and significance? It takes a great mind to know another; it also takes a great mind to understand the great principles and laws of nature. In the early days of recorded history only a few had attained to the desired level of mental and spiritual development and were prepared to further unfold the greatness necessary to grasp Nature's hidden laws and principles.
How does one attain greatness, how does one become great enough to apprehend the "higher" teachings that the spiritually enlightened have to offer? We have always been advised by spiritual teachers to walk with God; to tread the strait and narrow way or the ancient path; challenged to go where angels dread; or to go where no man (mortal) has gone before--in fact, esoterically being that "lost" sheep in one of the parables of the Master Jesus; and yet, most of us feel not up to the task. The one thing that prevents us from progressing is fear--fear that has been instilled in us by superstition, religious dogma, propaganda, and other false teachings.
What is the nature of these occult principles and doctrines that the spiritual teachers throughout the ages wished to convey to humanity but had to withhold for the lack of "preparation" on the part of man? Were these secret teachings eventually given out to select persons who subsequently became the spiritual pioneers and leaders, reformers, and prophets of future generations?
Life is a mystery, however, the more we partake of the higher spiritual consciousness the more we come to understand this "mystery of mysteries." This is the unveiling of the secrets of the Egyptian goddess Isis who declared truthfully that no mortal shall ever unveil her. Isis, as the personification of Nature, was right: no man has ever or will ever unveil her to behold her naked beauty. Only when the mortal mind--which is representative of man--is displaced in favor of the immortal God-mind will we ever come to be aware and understand All That Is, all that Isis, the Divine Mother represents. Is this concept strange? The Bible states that no man shall see God and live. Indeed, the spiritual Masters tell us that no man shall see God and live--as men. The experience of God's Essence entails embodying all that God is, all of His virtues, attributes, and consciousness. To truly understand a thing we must become that thing. This is the law of Empathy or Identification. This is what separates saints and prophets from the Cosmic gods and masters, or men made perfect. Saints may lead a pure and holy life, but by separating themselves from their fellow men by secluding themselves and maintaining a consciousness of duality, they do not advance to a higher spiritual awareness. In order for their consciousness to be raised to a higher evolutionary level, it is necessary for them to transcend all dualistic opposites, illusions and errors in mortal thinking. This we call "Divine Thinking." How shall this transition from humanhood to godhood be accomplished? Spiritual teachers have always been present on Earth to direct and help uplift humanity to a higher level of consciousness and awareness. Teachers but point the way. It is up to the aspirant or disciple to tread the Path that leads to enlightenment and illumination.
In every religion there is an oral tradition--secret doctrines given out to a few. These were called "esoteric teachings." The few were privileged to receive these wisdom teachings because their mental/spiritual capacity, and their morality far exceeded those of the average person and were spiritualized enough to comprehend and be receptive to abstract verities. The privileged few, having duly prepared themselves spiritually, had eliminated much of the egoistic tendencies that would cause them to misuse and abuse sacred knowledge. These secret teachings empower one. They give tremendous powers over the forces of Nature; this was the reason for the careful guardianship by the forces of Light over them. This is sometimes portrayed in classical myths as dragons protecting gemstones or other treasures in its lair. In esoteric teachings dragons often represent the wise, enlightened man. In Hindu tradition, these men were the Nagas who lived in their meditational caves and rock temples. They were called dragons or serpents for their innate energy coiled at the base of their spine, otherwise known as kundalini, were permanently raised and wed to its higher counterpart in the crown chakra. This counterpart is the dove, the Holy Ghost. The serpent is Shakti while the dove is Shiva. About two thousand years ago the Master Jesus admonished us to be as wise as the serpent and harmless as the dove. Esoterically, he was telling us to stimulate kundalini to ascend and to invite the dove of love, purity and the Christ-Consciousness to descend. When kundalini meets her mate she must crown him with the jewel that she ought to carry with her. Those who are familiar with esoteric and occult concepts will understand all that the above signifies. In ancient Egypt the Pharoahs wore headresses or crowns with the serpent, the sacred "Uraeus" protruding from the Ajna chakra, the etheric energy-center between the eyebrows. In those days it was a prerequisite for candidates to rulership to be spiritually enlightened before ascending the throne; the candidates had to undergo spiritual training that would prepare them for their exalted task; however, this practice was later neglected and it subsequently caused the degeneration and corruption not only of the Egyptian rulers but the priesthood as well.
In bygone days, sacred knowledge concerning Man, Nature, the Universe and God were taught in those institutions called the Mystery Schools. In these temples of knowledge and wisdom the candidates were initiated into the Ancient Wisdom that existed long before the foundation of this world. Before such occult teachings were taught the candidates had to undergo certain tests and trials to prove their worthiness. When these tests were successfully completed and certain trials overcome the candidates were initiated into the sacred Mysteries of Life. They were taught how to acquire the gnosis, or sacred knowledge through personal soul-experience. The control of the forces within man was taught to the novices by the Kheri-Hebs, the Hierophants, or Masters. These accomplished beings also instructed the novices how the subtle body of man may be exteriorized to experience the higher dimensions. Many methods were used to accomplish this by the Wise Ones such as the careful use of certain hallucinogens, hypnosis, acoustics, concentration, etc. The King's chamber of the Great Pyramid was particularly used as an initiation portal into higher worlds. The immortality of man and reincarnation were basic principles in the sacred teachings of the Mystery Schools.
In the early days of our unrecorded history, the creator gods, the Elohim, the Lords of Flame, walked with men in everyday life and nurtured the divine spark within them. The Spiritual Elders gave teachings to their disciples who eventually became the rulers of civilizations. These enlightened rulers were the God-kings and Priest-kings still talked about by students of occultism. They inaugurated our fabled Golden Ages. What we would like to mention here in passing is that these spiritual beings are back in physical incarnation in our present era spreading metaphysical teachings and a higher spiritual pragmatic Code of Life.
The higher laws and operations of Nature may be investigated through the utilization of one's soul-faculties. These inner senses of the soul must first be awakened and unfolded to a certain degree of efficiency before they may be safely applied. Metaphysics teaches man the way to personal development, to spiritual advancement, and occult unfoldment. Metaphysics broadly understood, is the modern repository of the ancient and ageless secret teachings. Its more sacred doctrines belong in the field of esotericism. There is much to be studied in this field and it offers something that Science, Philosophy and Religion when pursued independently fail to provide--soul satisfaction.
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