Donald Michael Kraig | From “Inner Secret” to Minor Diversion

When Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he was initially impressed with the intensity and seriousness of the vows he took never to reveal any of the secrets of the Order. He quickly became disappointed, though, when those “secrets” were revealed to be relatively mundane—or at least well known—things like the Hebrew alphabet and the signs of astrology.  […]
Source:  Inner Secrets

Eastern Mystery Tradition | Ishi-no-Hoden: Japan’s Colossal Floating “Anti-epidemic” Megalith

Ishi-no-Hoden is one of Japan’s most mysterious and bewildering monuments, a gigantic stone structure in the shape of an old tube TV almost 6 meters (20 ft) high and 500 tons (560 US tons) in weight […]

Source: Ishi-no-Hoden: Japan’s Colossal Floating “Anti-epidemic” Megalith

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio | Encounters With A Living Cosmos

Gordon White materialized at the Virtual Alexandria to discuss his new book, Ani.Mystic. He shared what animism is (and what it’s not). How does animism relate to magic, and how can it provide a novel way of connecting with the renewing energies of the universe? It’s time for a new metaphysical language and vision of […]

Source: Encounters With A Living Cosmos – Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio

1=10 | Tarot Contemplation, Part 2: Minor Arcana

Wands – Work, sex and life purpose prompts:

Ace of Wands – When were you last really horny and what triggered it. Don’t be shy this is an ideal exercise for shedding any inhibitions.

2 of Wands – Describe the most irritating colleague you have ever had the displeasure of working with.

3 of Wands – Write about the last time someone flirted shamelessly with you (or your ideal flirting scenario).

4 of Wands – What sort of bed would you prefer to make love in? Have you ever made love in a really noisy/creaky bed? What happened?

5 of Wands – Talk about the last time you were forced to resist a temptation due to outside influences or the environment.

6 of Wands – Describe a time when you got promoted or recognised for an achievement at work/school.

7 of Wands – When was the last time you felt that you had to defend yourself?

8 of Wands – Write about the last time your received surprising/shocking news regarding someone’s sexual conduct.

9 of Wands – Write about someone at work who broke your trust and how you dealt with it.

10 of Wands – How are you at delegating work. Give an example of a time when you delegated work? How happy were people to help?

Page of Wands – When was the last time you did something really impulsive in terms of sex? What happened?

Knight of Wands – What’s your seduction style?

Queen of Wands – If you had your own business, what would you sell and who would you employ?

King of Wands – You are the boss of one of the largest corporations in the world – describe your office.

 

Cups – Relationships, emotions and psychic development prompts:

Ace of Cups – Describe your first kiss.

2 of Cups – Who was the first person to ask you out?

3 of Cups – Who was your first love rival.

4 of Cups – Write about the last time you cried.

5 of Cups – Describe the last time you experienced a deep sense of loss (does not have to be a person).

6 of Cups – What are your thoughts on soul mate love?

7 of Cups – When was the last time you were really confused?

8 of Cups – Talk about a time when you dumped someone or ended a friendship.

9 of Cups – The last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt. Who has this effect on you?

10 of Cups – How psychotic is your family?

Page of Cups – Describe your happiest dream – a dream that made you so happy that you tried to repeat it the following night.

Knight of Cups – How romantic are you? Talk about how you express romance in your life.

Queen of Cups – Are you psychic? Talk about how you discovered it and/or how you would like to develop psychically.

King of Cups – Who is the most caring person you know? Write about the connection you have.

 

Swords – Problem solving, intellectual pursuits and communication prompts:

Ace of Swords – Describe your best and shiniest idea at the moment.

2 of Swords – Discuss your (in)ability to fence-sit and postpone important decisions as if you were defending your tactic.

3 of Swords – Write about a time when you tried to reach out and communicate and got totally stonewalled.

4 of Swords – Explore how meditation has helped/could help you gain greater mental clarity.

5 of Swords – Talk about a time when cutting your losses was the only way to resolve a dilemma.

6 of Swords – Have you ever gone away to distance yourself from a problem/situation? Where did you go? Where could you go to gain clarity?

7 of Swords – That time you got away with it.

8 of Swords – A problem you never managed to solve and still puzzle over from time to time.

9 of Swords – A problem that kept you up at night and/or gave you nightmares.

10 of Swords – Have you been stabbed in the back? How did you deal with this problem? What did you learn from it?

Page of Swords – When was the last time you felt like asking lots of questions about a topic that piqued your curiousity?

Knight of Swords – What truth are you willing to die for or at least fight for?

Queen of Swords – How do you use your communication to nurture those you love?

King of Swords – Describe your problem-solving strengths.

 

Pentacles – Body consciousness and wellbeing prompts:

Ace of Pentacles – What gift are you giving your body this year?

2 of Pentacles – If your feet could talk, what would they tell you?

3 of Pentacles – Your right knee has a message from your father and your left knee has a message from your mother… What are they saying?

4 of Pentacles – Describe your favourite method for grounding and centering.

5 of Pentacles – What does your body need right now?

6 of Pentacles – Name six resources that you could start using regularly to feel better.

7 of Pentacles – Write about a health habit that you implemented in the past and how that worked out for you. What did you learn from this experience?

8 of Pentacles – Do you have any OCD tendencies when it comes to your body and health?

9 of Pentacles – Describe your ideal body and how it would feel.

10 of Pentacles – Talk about how your family has influenced your health habits and what you have done to break away from the dysfunctional aspects of them.

Page of Pentacles – What new aspect of wellbeing are you curious about exploring?

Knight of Pentacles – Write about the good stuff you already do on a daily basis and give yourself a pat on the back!

Queen of Pentacles – How do you nurture wellbeing in others?

King of Pentacles – In what area are you wellbeing expert and how can you share more of your expertise?

The 4 Worlds of Hermetic Qabalah

A Tarot Journey

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Just as from Kether to Malkuth there is a successive movement from the abstract to the manifest, so there is in the Kabbalistic worlds from Atziluth to Assiah:

AtziluthArchetypal World (World of Emanations) or Divine World
BriahCreative World or World of Thrones
YetzirahFormative world
AssiahManifest or Material World

Four Worlds (linear)Click images to enlarge

Four Worlds (traditional)

These four worlds can be considered as a linear hierarchy, with each world containing its own full Tree, in which Malkuth in one world becomes Kether of the world below, and Kether of one world becomes Malkuth of the world above (as shown to the left). Malkuth is seen as the complementary fulfillment of Kether: the first is Divine Immanence, the latter Divine Transcendence. (1)

To the upper right is the traditional view of the Four Worlds mapped onto the sefirot. Following the Kabbalistic holographic principle, each world maps onto the Tree, but each…

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Kaballah | 72 Names of G-d | Mem Yod Kaf

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One of the things that bothers me the most during this period is lack of knowledge, the inability to understand the big picture of what we are going through during this challenging period.

We have already talked about the fact that with all the difficulty, restrictions, spinning of systems, contradictory messages and uncertainties we are experiencing now, the massive change that takes over our humanity will be for the better.

At the same time, we often sink into despair …  And despair is the result of a narrow point of view imposed on us by the very fact that we are imprisoned in a material dimension, within a physical body.

We, the little ones, with our limited tools (mind – spirit – emotions and thoughts), are able to grasp only a tiny fraction of the great cosmic plan.  Because we live in a world of concealment, we are sometimes subject to the control of external forces that hide the roots of the difficulties we experience from us.
These forces instill in us an illusory and distorted view of reality.

In our physical reality, these external forces are embodied as what we hear in the media and on social networks.  It is difficult to know what is true and what is fake news is, who is working in our favor and what a worldwide conspiracy is being hatched against the human race (if there is indeed such thing …).  Confusing and disturbing messages wash over us every day.

If we could only know the truth behind the hallucinatory show we are immersed in …

One of the letter combinations from the 72 Names of God that can help us expand our point of view and see things from a different angle, is the letter combination Mem-Yod-Caf (מ.י.כ).

How does this sacred name help transform our consciousness?

It helps us to give up our fixed thinking, and thus – to remove the screens that prevent us from seeing the simple truth.  When we give up our agendas, we are actually rising beyond the limited human vision that is dictated by the ego.
We admit to ourselves that indeed, we are unable to understand the mysteries of Creation, thus allowing the power of our soul to get into the picture and guide us.

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A spiritual vision beyond the limited perception of the mind allows us to sober up from illusions, and see the great purpose behind what we experience in physical reality.  Imagine the feeling of relief when the broad knowledge of reality opens up to you …

What we are experiencing now is part of the process of preparing human consciousness for a brighter reality.  With all the pain and feeling of helplessness, the disillusionment and awakening we are going through, will help us move successfully to the next stage in our collective spiritual ascension (if we choose to wake up, of course …).

The letter combination of the letters Mem-Yod-Caf (מ.י.כ) speaks of disillusionment and unveiling the truth.

Kaballah | Hastening to the Sunrise with the 5th Pentacle of Mars

The darkest hours are those before dawn.

According to what is happening around us, this is the stage where we are currently on the personal and collective level.

We are at the final stretch in the process of great change towards the entry of humanity into the new dimension.

The great change is currently taking place in the spiritual dimension, but until we can feel it here, on the physical level, many of us are still experiencing pain, fear, limitations, confusion and quite a bit of frustration.

The spiritual lesson brought to you here, is conveyed by seal # 12 of the King Solomon seals, the 5th pentacle of Mars, and explains exactly what is happening around us now, and what can be done to pull ourselves out of the thick darkness:

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As we face a new stage in our spiritual development, our conscious vessels expand to absorb new lights.

The desire to absorb more and more filling light intensifies, but until we transform the vessels and get rid of negative thought and behavior patterns, the new light will not be able to fill them.

This is a critical and dangerous stage where we grope in the dark, and evil and harmful forces can befall us.

We are spiritually weak and exposed to dangers.  In order to pull ourselves out of the mud, we must bring light into our lives in a conscious and proactive way.
To act altruistically for the common good, to engage in giving and help the disadvantaged.

Even in times when we feel a reduction in light, we still have the ability to make a good impact in the world.

Notice the verse that appears on the seal:   “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” (Psalms 91 -13.)  Seal No. 12 helps to draw light to the person and fights the forces of darkness that want to cling to him.

On the magical level, the seal gives you magical and spiritual powers and helps you control evil and dark forces.

When we spread our unique light in the world, and act for the common good, we can defeat the toughest forces of darkness.  Therefore, dear friends – do not succumb to the darkness, and do not listen to the messages of terrorization and conspiracies that flood you from the media and social networks.  It is very easy to get carried away with hysteria and helplessness because that is what we have become accustomed to over years of controlling our consciousness. Control through fear.

 

All this is about to change, because we are waking up now.

Although at the moment everything seems muddled and chaotic, always remember that in our limited vision, we cannot see the whole picture, only sections of it, and these sections may seem threatening when our vision is partial.

Be assured that everything is in the hands of the Supreme Providence, everything is happening just as it should be.  When dawn rises (very soon), everything will be flooded with a bright light that will reveal to us the full story of what we are going through, and what enlightened reality we are entering.

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.

Kaballah | The Hebrew Letter Vav


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The letter Vav ו is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In the previous lectures we discussed the letters א Aleph, ב Beth, ג Gimel, ד Daleth, and ה Hei, which are the letters one through five and the numbers one through five. The ו Vav or Vau is the number six.

All of the letters have multiple levels of meaning and significance, but this is very apparent in the letter Vav ו.  The importance of this letter is underscored by its usage in the bible.  If you have in your possession a copy of the book of Genesis / Barasheet [בראשית] in Hebrew, you will be astonished to see that the first letter of nearly every sentence of the first five chapters is the letter Vav ו. There are only a handful of sentences that start with other letters. This is very important, yet is invisible in any translation of the Bible. Here are the first ten sentences:

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ׃

והארץ היתה תהו ובהו וחשך על־פני תהום ורוח אלהים מרחפת על־פני המים׃

ויאמר אלהים יהי אור ויהי־אור׃

וירא אלהים את־האור כי־טוב ויבדל אלהים בין האור ובין החשך׃

והארץ היתה תהו ובהו וחשך על־פני תהום ורוח אלהים מרחפת על־פני המים׃

ויקרא אלהים לאור יום ולחשך קרא לילה ויהי־ערב ויהי־בקר יום אחד׃ ף

ויאמר אלהים יהי רקיע בתוך המים ויהי מבדיל בין מים למים׃

ויעש אלהים את־הרקיע ויבדל בין המים אשר מתחת לרקיע ובין המים אשר מעל לרקיע ויהי־כן׃

ויקרא אלהים לרקיע שמים ויהי־ערב ויהי־בקר יום שני׃ ף

ויאמר אלהים יקוו המים מתחת השמים אל־מקום אחד ותראה היבשה ויהי־כן׃

ויקרא אלהים ליבשה ארץ ולמקוה המים קרא ימים וירא אלהים כי־טוב׃

The letter ו Vav is a connector; it makes a connection, a bond. Vav is a channel, the means through which forces go from one place to another. This is why aside from being a letter and the number six, Vav is also the Hebrew word for “and.” Of course, in any sentence the word “and” is a connector, a bridge. We say “you and me,” and what connects us is “and.”

In Hebrew, “and” is a ו (Vav).  This is very very important to grasp about the Vav, because the letter Vav is in the Holy Name of God. The four letter name of God (the Tetragrammaton) is יהוה (Iod Hei Vav Hei).

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That Vav is very important there. When you look at the Vav as the word “and,” you can discover new meanings in this name of God.  In our lectures, we have explained this four letter name in many ways because it has many applications. But when you see the Vav as “and,” then the name יהוה reads יה and ה: “Jah and Hei.” In other words, it means masculine divinity and feminine divinity. You see the two polarities in this name.

The ו Vav on its own is a letter י Iod extended downwards.  At the top of the letter Vav is a letter Iod, that small dot which is the tenth letter. If you extend a Iod downwards, you create a Vav. We will discuss the letter Iod in another lecture, but in synthesis the Iod represents many things. It is the man, a seed, a spark, and the covenant; it is many things.

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The Iod is related to the sephirah Kether, the first emergence of the light. When the light that emerges from the unknowable begins to descend into manifestation, the Iod (Kether) extends itself downwards; this is symbolized by the Vav. The Vav in other words represents the bridge, the “and,” the connection between above and below. It is how God creates. This is why in the book of Genesis nearly every sentence of chapters 1-5 begins with Vav. In the English you only see it a few times: Nearly every sentence of these chapters begins with Vav.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. – Genesis 1:3

Creation is synthesized in the first five Hebrew letters. The first five lectures of this course have been an attempt to explain to you something that is very elusive to the intellect.  The reality of how subtle energies gradually condense and become matter is something that the mind, the intellect, struggles to grasp because we make it a concept instead of perceiving the realities of it.

To review in synthesis, א Aleph the first letter represents the breath of God, which is unformed and subtle. The Aleph is three in one, represented as Aleph with the letters ב Beth (2) and ג Gimel (3). These three forces act through the letter ד Daleth (4), which relates to Daath [דעת]. Through the mystery of Daath is produced the letter ה Hei, the fifth letter, which represents the Divine Mother impregnated, fecundated, ready to give birth.

So the first five letters bring us to that moment represented in the letter ה Hei, where the Divine Mother, the Shekinah, will give birth.  All of this is synthesized in the holy name of God, יהוה, in the first two letters, Iod and Hei.

The Four Worlds

The letter א Aleph is really three י Iods, but the middle Iod is extended: it is a ו Vav.

When the letter א Aleph combines with its feminine aspect, which is represented by ב Beth (the unfecundated Mother), their union produces ג Gimel, the third letter. These three letters relate to the world of archetypes, or latent potentiality, that in Kabbalah is called Atziluth. All of this is represented in the first letter of יהוה.

When the trinity creates, the doorway of Daath, sexual knowledge, appears. All of that archetypal energy enters into the world of creation, called Briah in Hebrew. Briah is represented in the second letter of יהוה. The second letter is the first ה Hei.

The descent of archetypal forms into creation is the movement from Atziluth to Briah, which is always through the sephirah Daath. Atziluth to Briah are the first two worlds of the Four Worlds of Kabbalah. They are also represented in the first two letters in the holy name of God.  The first letter, Iod, relates to Atziluth, which is that very subtle level of matter and energy of archetypes, where nothing is created yet.  When the Divine Mother and the Divine Father unite in Daath, those forces enter the world of Briah, creation, where those masculine and feminine principles give rise to fecundation, creation. This is why the second letter of the name of God is Hei, the fecundated womb, the feminine principle, the Mother.  So the second letter of the four lettered name relates to the second of the four worlds.

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So you see, this is beautiful symbolism that the intellect will struggle to understand, but if you grasp it intuitively it is not that hard.

In the world of Briah, the light of the supernal forces condenses and creates a form: this is how we arrive at the third of the four worlds, the World of Formation, called Yetzirah, and related to the third letter in the holy name of God יהוה: the ו Vav.

To explain it a little more clearly or visually, you can write these names of the holy name of God vertically on the Tree of Life. If you put the Iod in the upper triangle, the first Hei in Daath, and the Vav in tiphereth, you start to see how the three worlds Atziluth, Briah, and Yetzirah relate to these triangles on the Tree of Life, and also to the sephiroth.  What we are looking at here is how these forces are descending and ultimately will create the final Hei, which is in Yesod.

This is a synthetic tool to help your visualization of these forces, and as we said before, these are not the only correspondences of these letters.  This is not the only way to look at the four worlds. It is not the only way to apply the three triangles on the Tree of Life to the four worlds.  The Tree of Life is very flexible and very intuitive.

In this process of the descent of energy, the forces of the light of Chokmah, the Christ, descend from the upper Hei, the first Hei, through the Vav, which is through the world of Yetzirah, formation.  This is where those subtle principles of masculine and feminine are poised to become materialized; they still not physical, but through the forces of all the Elohim (the angels, archangels, thrones, potentates), all of those beings who receive that light and deliver that light further through sexual transmutation.

Every level of the Tree of Life is a reflection of the level above. Just as the Ab-Am, the Abba Aima (Father-Mother) unite to deliver that light downwards, so do the angels. They receive that light, and through Daath in the level of Yetzirah, they deliver that light downwards in order to illuminate all the beings in their domains.  This is how the fourth Hei becomes Assiah, the world of matter, the world of action, the world of energy in action.

Adam Kadmon: The Upright Vav

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Assiah is the fourth world of the four worlds, and it relates to the physical world or a physical body.  It is really beautiful to see how these four letters stacked vertically illustrate the creation of Adam, the celestial man, Adam Kadmon. This is the archetypal man, the perfect man made into the image of God.  In his very structure he reflects all the worlds above him and contains within himself all of the archetypes.  This man in the image of God is a Vav, because you see he is vertical he is standing, he is upright; this is a Vav in synthesis.  Very beautiful. Unfortunately, we are not that. We have to become that perfect Adam, by recovering our Vav.

As written in the Bible, Adam was created male female and placed in the garden of Eden, which is an existence of beatitude, happiness, union with God.  Adam in Eden perfectly reflected his creator. But unfortunately, due to temptation after the division of the sexes, humanity fell, and the archetypes were lost.  When humanity fell into temptation, the Vav was removed.  You see, the Vav represents the upright man.  When the upright man falls from Eden, the letters are taken from him.  The knowledge is taken from him. The empowerment is taken from him.

The Hebrew word אדם (Adam) begins with א Aleph. Aleph is made by three Iods, with the middle Iod extended into Vav. It is a Iod that has extended into nature and become a Vav. When Adam falls, that Vav is removed because he is no longer perfect. That Vav becomes a Iod again which means that Aleph collapses. That Vav is no longer there to provide the structure for Aleph, thus the temple falls into ruin. Aleph represents the principle and forces of God, the archetypes, in Adam.  When that Vav is removed from Aleph, the temple falls, and Adam is outside, in exile.  This is our state. We as a humanity no longer perceive God. We no longer are the Vav, the “and,” the bridge or connection that unites the lower worlds with the upper worlds. We do not have that in our consciousness anymore. Nonetheless, we can recover it. The entire science to do it is hidden in the letter Vav itself.  This is why the letter Vav is at the beginning of nearly every sentence in Genesis. The Vav contains everything.

It is said in The Zohar:

Rabbi Shimon stood up and said, I observed that when the Holy One, blessed be He, planned to create man, the upper and lower worlds trembled. Why? Because they all depend on his actions for good or for evil. Therefore, the creation of man concerned them greatly and they were afraid that he might sin.

The creation of Adam affects all the worlds.

The Sixth Day

The creation of Adam is particularly concerned with the sixth day of Genesis. Remember, the Vav is the number six, and in Genesis on the sixth day through this process of all the forces descending, Elohim has put everything into place then puts the man who is male-female in charge of the garden.

And Elohim said, Let us make Adam in our image, after our likeness… So Elohim created Adam in his [own] image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them. And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it… And Elohim saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. – Genesis 1

It is very significant that the sixth day is the only day that Elohim says is “very good.” All of the others are merely “good.” In addition, it is the only day that is described as “the” day. On the previous five days, it says ‘a’ day, such as “It was a first day.” To say “the” in Hebrew, you write the letter ה Hei.  This is a very subtle kabbalistic mystery, because what is written there is וה: feminine, masculine.

The unique aspect of the words, “the sixth day,” is the letter ה hei (heb. ‘The’). The ה hei was used in reference to no day except the sixth. For the formula is not “the first day, the second day, and so on,” but rather “one day, a second day, and so on.” This is because now the world was finished. Which is Zeir Anpin and Nukva, who were combined at the end of the works of creation, as the female was united with the male into one unit, hei, with “sixth,” to be completely one. “Thus the heavens and earth were finished” indicates that the unification of the male and female was complete in every detail. The works of creation were completed in every way and were fully equipped with everything. – The Zohar

The letter ה Hei represents a womb, and the ו Vav represents an erect phallus. The sixth day is the only one written that way, and its because on the sixth day is when all of the matter and energy is manifested and perfected in the union of male-female.  Remember, this is before the fall from Eden.  When the fall happens, everything changes.

Adam first was created male-female, an androgynous being containing both principles within. In this context, Adam is represented by the letter ד Daleth. Daleth, the fourth letter, looks like a ה Hei (the fifth letter) without the little separate leg on its left side.

As we learned in the previous lecture about the letter Hei, the separation of sexes is hidden in the symbolism of the letters Daleth and Hei. The letter Daleth represents the Adam who has those two polarities within. When that polarity is split and the sexes are divided, Hei (the feminine aspect) appears. When the division is complete, the man who is singular masculine – no longer androgynous, but strictly masculine – is now a Vav, the sixth letter.

To repeat, the fourth letter, Daleth, represents the androgynous Adam who is male-female. When the female is separated from the male, the letter Hei emerges to represent the female. The male is represented by the Vav.

The Vav is the man, Adam, as single masculine force. The Hei is the woman.  This is why the sixth day is “very good.”  Even though its not written in Genesis literaly, it is symbolized here kabbalistically: the sixth day is foreshadowing the separation of sexes, saying the Daleth will split into Hei and Vav, male female, two beings, two polarities who stand side by side.

This is also hidden in the holy name of God, יהוה.  The Vav and Hei represent the man and the woman. Because the man and the woman are separated sexes, masculine feminine, the Vav also represents the phallus in a state of erection, the male sexual organ standing upright, energized and ready to serve.  The Hei represents the receptive feminine sexual organ, ready to serve.  So there is a very deep significance here, very profound, as long as the Vav and the Hei are contained in the holy name of God. Then there is something beautiful, something divine, something mystical in that sexual vibration. But unfortunately, as we have learned through the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve fell into temptation.

Now let us recall that Adam and Eve are symbolic. Most of the time in Gnosis, we are not talking about historical events. What we really need to know is how these symbols relate to us now, and how we can change.  When we talk about Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, then relate it to us now.

Adam and Eve Within

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Adam and Eve, the man and woman of Eden, relate to energetic principles within us; forces, energies.  Adam relates to our brain and spine. This is the other meaning of the Vav.  The Vav is a masculine principle, but it also relates with our brain and spine. If you superimpose the letter Vav over your body, you will see that the top of the Vav relates to your brain, and the length of the Vav is your spine.  This is Adam in you, whether you are in a male or female body. The Vav in this context is your inner Adam: your brain, spine, and nervous system.

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It is through your Vav that you receive and transmit energy. This Vav is your “and,” your connection to life. Life is chaiah, Eve. Without the Vav in your body, you would not be alive. Your Vav, your spine, your brain, is how your nervous systems receive, transmit, and manage so much energy. The very energy that is keeping you alive in this instant is because of your inner Adam: your brain, spine, and nervous system.  It is transforming a vast amount of energy inside of you.

Your nervous system is the connection to your inner God. Your nervous system is also your connection to your inner Heveh, your inner Eve, which is your sexual organs.  Your sexual organs are the most sensitive part of your nervous system. Your sexual organs, whether physically masculine or physically feminine, are your Eve: the most sensitive and the most powerful part of your nervous system.

חוה Eve (Chavah) means “the mother of the living.” Through your Eve you have the power to create chaiah, life. But: the power of creation is not just physical, it is also spiritual. Now you can see why every religion has always emphasized the importance of sexual purity, and not just physically.  First, we need sexual purity physically, but also in the mind, because the relationship between your sexual organs and your mind is the relationship between Adam and Eve.  When your sexual organs become hypnotized, become tempted by the sensations of desire, your sexual organs take that fruit to Adam and corrupt the brain, the nervous system. This is what is symbolized in Genesis.

We are tempted in this way everyday. Our sexual organs tempt us with sensation, with desire, with self-will. When we fall to that temptation, those energies are transformed, and results are transmitted through the nervous system to the brain. This is why our mental institutions are filled with lunatics who are addicted to sexual sensations.  This is why people who abuse sexuality develop severe emotional and psychological problems.  Because Eve takes the fruit to Adam and both fall from Eden, which in Hebrew means “bliss.” Yes, we are tempted by sexual bliss, but when we indulge in it, we are thrown out of it, into suffering.  This is all mystically taught in Kabbalah, in the same way it is taught in the heart doctrine of every religion.

In the kabbalistic tradition, it is said that there are fifteen forms of sexual misconduct.  If you have studied the ancient Tarot, you know the number fifteen relates to passion, the devil, temptation, Lucifer.  But kaballistically, fifteen is also 1 + 5, which is six: Vav.   That means sexual misconduct is always related with the letter Vav.

Why? Because the sixth commandment (when numbered according to Kabbalah) is:

Thou shalt not fornicate.

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The number six relates to Tiphereth, the Human Soul. Tiphereth is the center of the Tree of Life. It is the axis upon which our life rotates. Tiphereth is our human will. Our life is as it is because of our will, our actions, and their consequences.

Tiphereth is the way through the central column up to heaven, the superior worlds. Tiphereth is the conduit (Vav) between the upper and lower worlds. It is the path (Vav) between the upper Eden (Daath) and the lower Eden (Yesod). It all depends upon how Tiphereth uses the energy of life.

The fifteen forms of sexual misconduct are symbolic and are synthesized in the commandments: though shalt not commit fornication or adultery. In other lectures we have explained these at length. The synthesis of them is that to return to Eden and advance beyond, to heaven (Schamayim), we must take care of the divine sexual forces that we receive from God.  The sexual energy is the very power of the divine, whatever we call it.  In Sanskrit terms, that energy is called bodhichitta. In Tibetan it is called tigle. The Aztecs symbolized it as corn. The Christians symbolized it as water and wine.

The creative power in the sexual energy has many names, but it is a force or energy that is not just physical, it is psychological and spiritual.  From that energy is created a human being, and a human being is not just physical: a human being is spiritual, emotional, psychological, and all of that results from our sexual energy.

All of the potentialities, all of the archetypes from above, are hidden in the sexual seed.  When we abuse that force, when we misuse it, when we corrupt it with desire, that force is corrupted.

Everything in nature is managed by laws. The very existence of our physical bodies and this physical world is possible only because of laws that are immutable, infallible. There are laws that manage energy, such as the law of polarities.  Energies are polarized always, like light. Light is a great scale of vibrations. So is sexual energy. Sexual energy is polarized by our use of it.  If it is expelled, it is wasted, dissipated. Our creative power is dissolved. If it is retained and purified, it is maximized, amplified, and empowered.

In the perfect Adam, in any Buddha, the sexual energy is retained and transformed. It is not infected with desire.  In an Angel, the sexual energy is filled with fire and light. In the true Bodhisattva, the sexual energy is absolutely pure, without any lust, without any desire. Instead, that energy vibrates with a deep profound psychological purity. There is no lust in such a being, there is only the light of Chokmah, the light of Shekinah, the Divine Mother.  This is a beautiful, pure light that illuminates the mind. In that perfected Adam or Buddha, that light fills everything. It descends into the person through their nervous system (the spine, Vav, Adam) to their sexual organs (Hei, Eve) and because it is retained and refined, it flows back upwards through the nervous system again, illuminating the consciousness, illuminating everything.  In that process of transformation, the light is increased.  This is what it means to be fruitful and multiply:

So Elohim created Adam in his [own] image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them.

And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim 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 moveth upon the earth.

And Elohim said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. – Genesis 1

It is up to us to take that gift of creative power in our seed and grow it, expand it, through action. Action is the world of Assiah, the physical world. This is usually symbolized as “the earth.” In religion, the “earth” represents our body. We have to “subdue” our body and have “dominion” over it. This is why the greatest Buddhas, angels, and masters work through physical bodies, because it is in a physical body that the greatest power of transformation exists. That is because the physical body takes all the forces of the whole Tree of Life and puts them in a position where they can be transformed and sent back upwards greater then they were when they first descended.

Unfortunately, we have created a problem because we have succumbed to temptation; we allow desire to exist in our mind.  We allow desire to be there –  in fact, we encourage and feed our desires. So all these forces and energies that descend from above into our own Vav are corrupted by our psychological state.

But in Kabbalah, there is hidden a law, symbolically, that prevents our desire from making a mess even worse than the one we have now. It is symbolized in Genesis after Adam and Eve eat the fruit:

And Jehovah Elohim said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Therefore Jehovah Elohim sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So he drove out the man… – Genesis 3

The Elohim say. “They have become one of us, knowing good and evil,” and then they are cast out of Eden. Why is that? Because everything depends on our actions. Whether or not the upper or lower worlds will develop in their evolution in the right way depends on our actions in the physical world.  You see, the letter Vav, which is us, stands between good and evil. This is why in Hebrew the Bible says: טוב ורע (tob ve ra). Tob [טוב] is “goodness.” Ra [רע] is “impurity.” The “ve,” the ו Vav, the “and,” is between them.  That Vav is you and me. It is our inner Adam, the brain, the nervous system.

In an angel, a Buddha, the Vav stands upright, forming the Adam Kadmon, and retaining the Vav in the Holy Name of God: יהוה. An angel or Buddha walks on the middle path between the two Heis on the Tree of Life and in the Holy Name, between Tob (goodness) and Ra (impurity). Yes, the Elohim know good and evil, and are beyond good and evil. In the Elohim, the Vav stands upright and is the connection to the divine powers of creation. Yet, we fell from Eden. At this moment, the power of the Vav is lost. The Vav is removed from the Holy name. The Vav is removed from Aleph. Adam is cast out.

In us, our Vav is dark. Our nervous system is full of mysteries that doctors and scientists do not understand, even though they recognize that we scarcely use a small percentage of our nervous system, and only a fraction of the power of the brain. This is because the light, the force, that illuminates and empowers Vav has been lost. We have to recover it. We stand between two choices.

It is up to us to choose the path of goodness (tob) which leads to Chesed (our inner Being) or to choose the path of Ra (impurity, pollution). A casual observation of our planet reveals that the vast majority of people have chosen the path of Ra, impurity, because the vast majority of people prefer to indulge themselves in their desires as much as they can before they die, and that is all life is for them.  The result is that through through our actions we have created Klipoth.

The Cause of Suffering

Klipoth is a Hebrew term that means “the world of the shells.”  It is synonymous with any other religion or mysticism that explains the existence of inferior dimensions or lower worlds, also called “hell.”  Yes, Hell is a real place, but it is real because it is psychological.  We are in hell now, because of our actions. Is life now a heaven? Absolutely not! Everywhere on this planet we only see hell, Klipoth.

Hell exists because of cause and effect. Through our mind, through our inner Vav, we have created impurities.  God did not create them. The Buddha, the masters, the angels, did not create lust, anger, hate, violence, rape, or theft.  WE did it in our actions, here in Assiah, the physical world. And because we created those psychological elements, there is an aspect of nature that contains them.  That aspect is our own subconsciousness, which is called Klipoth, hell, the infernos. Those energies that should be positive but have polarized negatively create the shadow or the inferior aspect of the Tree of Life.

When we feed a desire – and by desire we mean any self-willed element in the mind, including pride, anger, envy and more –  we transform our psychological, physical, and spiritual energies and polarize them negatively. We take those forces that we receive freely from above, and we infect them with ego.  In that moment something is formed in our mind. In sanskrit, it is called karma. Karma just means “cause and effect.” It is just a law. It is not predetermined fate or destiny.  It is simply cause and effect.

…they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. – Job

When you perform an action there is a result. When you feed your anger, you create harm. When you feel angry you suffer, and that anger causes others to suffer, people around you, and especially the people that anger is directed toward. This is all karmic, in other words, cause and effect.  That anger is an expression of energies that have been polarized through pride, fear, envy, which are all selfish.  The result is pain and suffering.

All of that negative energy cannot be managed and processed in the superior levels of life, because it does not belong there. Anger cannot exist in heaven. Lust cannot enter into nirvana. Envy cannot ascend, because it is heavy, corrupted. All of these desires (egos) abide in the inferior dimensions, processed through hell, our own subconsciousness, infraconsciousness, and unconsciousness, which are very deep levels within us.

Most of the time we are not even aware of these levels of our mind. We are so asleep (consciously, spiritually) we do not even realize that our day to day existence is a procession of these kind of desires. One after another.  We feel a little afraid, we get a little stressed out, we start getting anxious, and then we suddenly become happy because we got something that we wanted, and then we get worried that we will lose what we acquired, so we become afraid and then we become hungry and want to eat, and than we become frustrated because we cannot eat what we want, perhaps because we are on a diet or it will make us fat, so we become frustrated, angry.  Or we see someone eating and we become envious of them because we want to eat what they are eating but we cannot, perhaps because we cannot afford it so we become bitter about our poverty… This procession of desires (egos) goes on and on and on within us, and strangely we believe it is normal. Listen to me: it is not normal. That is not life, that is not Eden, Nirvana. That is Samsara, suffering.  Sadly, we are so accustomed to our state that we do not realize that it is suffering.

All of those different elements are in our mind: in the intellect as thoughts, in our heart as feelings, in our body as impulses. In Gnosis we call them “I”s, as in ego, “I,” myself, me. We say, “I am angry, I am ashamed. I want, I don’t want.”  We do not realize that those I’s are not the real self. We are so hypnotized by these elements that we believe they are our identity.  In fact, they contradict one another; they fight with one another.  We are filled with conflicting desires, wills. And most of them are rooted in sex.  Most of the I’s have a sexual connection, even if we do not see it.

When Adam and Eve are cast out of the garden of Eden, it is to prevent them from taking the energies of God and creating more egos, more desires.  It is to put a harness on those forces, it is too take the connection (vav) away.  It is to protect the universe, to isolate Adam and Eve (the brain and the sex) from those divine forces so that that Adam and Eve cannot become a great devil. The power, the Vav, is taken away because of the compassion of the Elohim.  This is why all of us are in spiritual darkness.  You can say its a form of punishment, but it is self-inflicted.  We did it too ourselves, and we continue to do it to ourselves everyday.  As we persist in our desires, as we continue to inhabit the psychological house that we have made out of fear, pride, resentment, and envy, we have exiled ourselves from God.  With compassion, the divinities have taken the Vav away, in order to protect us. Otherwise we would take and eat from that fruit and become as the Elohim, but fully evil.  And we would do it.  With the mind that we have now, if we had access to the powers of God, we would be terrible devils, much worse than we are now.  Its similar to this urge that humanity has to go and inhabit other planets. How absurd is that! We think we are great angels who are going to walk to other planets and bring the glory of our light. We will not! We will only bring our disease!  We will bring our filthiness, our failing economies, our corrupt politics, our addiction to lust, to other planets. How arrogant, how blind!  We do not even see what criminals we are.  But God does, the Buddhas do, and to help us they took the the power of the Vav from us.  One day, if we realize our mistakes, we can correct them.

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In The Zohar it says very clearly that through sexual misconduct, the Vav is removed from the holy name of God.  This is to prevent the river that emerges from the upper Eden from reaching the lower Eden.

Those who commit sexual misconduct separate the upper hei of yud-hei-vav-hei from the lower hei of yud-hei-vav-hei, so that the vav of yud-hei-vav-hei may not come between them, as it is written: “You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter” (ibid. 17). The upper hei is the mother and the lower hei is her daughter. Because the vav cannot come between them and allow the abundance from the mother to reach the daughter, they are both harmed and dejected, because the acts of blocking and preventing this abundance from reaching the lower hei is considered to be her nakedness as well. And the mother and the daughter are the upper Shekinah, namely mother, and the lower Shekinah, namely her daughter.

During exile [from Eden], the reason why the vav cannot come between the upper and lower hei is that the mixed multitude [the ego]–which are the nefilim, the giborim, the amalekim, the refaim and the anakim (whose initials spell nega ra, which means evil infliction)–might come forth and receive the abundance from that vav. Thus, the Holy One, blessed be He, who is the vav, is not permitted to come between them. The secret of this issue lies in the verse: “And the river shall be wasted and dried up” (Yeshayah 19:5). The abundance of the upper hei, which is called the river, shall be wasted and the lower hei, which does not receive the abundance, shall dry up. And all this is for the purpose of not allowing the mixed multitude [the ego] to nourish themselves from the vav, which is the Tree of Life. Therefore, the vav is not permitted between the upper hei and the lower hei at the time when the mixed multitude is between them, during exile, at time of exile when they might come and draw sustenance from them. – The Zohar

This is very deep. The Bible is full of references to this. The Bible states

For your transgressions was your mother put away. – Yeshayah 50:1

Your Mother is that upper water, that upper Hei, the Goddess, who is Shamayim, which in Hebrew means “the fiery waters” but is usually translated as “heaven.” Those fiery waters are the Shekinah, the light of Chokmah, the Divine Mother, the Goddess.

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The Goddess and the waters are always related to each other. In India, the great Goddess Sarasvati is also the name of the great river. The Ganges is also a Goddess. The oceans are Stella Maris, “the virgin of the sea.”  You will learn more about this in the lecture about the letter Mem.

Through sexual misconduct, the Vav is removed from Adam and Eve, which is the connector that allows that river from the upper Eden flow to the lower Eden.  Psychologically, this means that the forces of the Divine Mother which in a perfect Adam flow from Daath to Yesod are taken away from the one who falls, from the one who sins. In other words, the bodhisattva, the initiate who sins, who commits a sexual misconduct, loses his Vav, he loses his power, which is sexual, which is spiritual, and as such those energies, those waters no longer connect the two Heis, the two aspects of the Goddess. In the Bible, they are symbolized as a mother and daughter.

In the Bible it says “and the river shall be wasted and dried up.” That river is the river of the power of the Divine Mother, Shekinah. Its a river of light, energy, that moves down our spinal column into our sexual organs, to give us the power of creation.

Jesus answered and said unto her, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” [Living water, Mayim CHayim, is Hebrew and literally means “living waters.”] – John 4

When we commit sexual misconduct (fornication, adultery, etc), the Vav is taken away, and those waters can no longer flow into us. The lower Hei (Yesod) dries up. That lower Hei relates to us and our own inner Divine Mother. She is the Shekinah in us.  This is why it says in the Bible when Israel sinned, the Shekinah abandoned the temple.  That feminine aspect of God leaves the temple, the ark, the aron.  Israel is left with nothing, and this is our state.  Spiritually, we have nothing. Spiritually, we are dried up, we have no life in us, spiritually.  We are dead.  We are a desert. The little bit of energy that we receive, we still use it for crime. That little bit of force that descends into us through our Adam, which gives us just barely enough to scratch out a living on the face of this planet, we still use it for evil.  We cannot even use that to honor the divine.  We do not use that energy and respect it.  Instead we use it and we disgrace it.  And we do this everyday.

Every tradition states clearly that when you utilize your energies and channel them into impurity the path of Ra, we dishonor God, the Buddha. The impurity of our mind takes those forces, which are divine, and corrupts them and fills Klipoth.

The Zohar says the Vav is removed so that force cannot be given to the mixed multitudes.  In the Jewish or Hebraic tradition, the mixed multitudes are five groups.  There talked about as ancient beings or creatures like the nephalim which means “the fallen ones.”  These five groups have a historical relationship with ancient races, but really they are a symbol of the ego.

…the mixed multitude [the ego]–which are the nefilim, the giborim, the amalekim, the refaim and the anakim (whose initials spell nega ra, which means evil infliction)… – The Zohar

The Zohar states that the force is stopped in its flow because otherwise it would feed the mixed multitudes. The mixed multitudes – our egos – would take it, use it, and make suffering worse.  And this is true.  If those forces and energies continued to flow from the divine into our mind as it is now, in other words if our inner, corrupted Adam and Eve were to still take the fruit from the tree, they would become terrible devils. Our mixed multitudes within – all those desires, those egos – would have the powers of God.  What would the world be like if humanity had the power of the angels and Buddhas? You think suffering is bad now? What if humanity had powers?  Such a thing could not be allowed.  This is why it is stopped by laws in nature.

Stated another way, remember the letter Vav represents your spine. The top of the Vav is a Iod, but of course your spine is made by 33 Iods.  Your spinal column has 33 vertebrae. 3 + 3 = 6, your Vav.  In other words, when we sin our inner Vav is not allowed to receive the forces from above. In other words, through sexual misconduct, our spine loses its fire.  That energy is arrested, blocked, stopped and what little energy we have is polarized negatively, and that energy feeds the mixed multitudes, the ego.

The fire, the light of Chokmah, which in an upright Adam fills the Vav, is called in Sanskrit “kundalini. ”  The hebrew letter Vav represents a channel in the center of the spine, that in Sanskrit is called shushumna.  It is that central subtle channel in the very center of the spinal column through which the light of Chokmah, the Shekinah, the Divine Mother, can rise and illuminate us.

Shekinah (Kundalini) is the river that brings life, chaiah.  In the upright initiate, the Buddha, the Master, that is only possible when Adam and Eve are in harmony. This has a whole range of meanings. Physically and energetically, it means the nervous system (Adam) and sexual organs (Eve) are pure and free of Ra (pollution). Energetically, physiologically, it means that the caduceus is illuminated. The Caduceus shows two serpents entwined around the spine. Energetically, these two serpents are Adam and Eve (in Sanskrit, Pingala and Ida; in Kabbalah, Od and Obd). In the Bible, they are called “the two witnesses which stand before the God of the earth.”  The “earth” is our physical body. The God of the earth is Chesed, our Being, who can descend into us through this fire in our nervous system, the kundalini.   Chesed only can do this through Shekinah, that river, the light, the Divine Mother.  Those two witnesses stand on either side of the spine. Symbolically, they are the letters Vav and Zayin.  Symbolically, they are Adam Heva.  This is all physiologically within us.  But to accomplish that, to arrive at that we have to work, physically, sexually, spiritually, as Adam and Eve.

Sexual Union and the Divine Mother

The Zohar says that the Shekinah, the Divine Mother can only emerge when male and female are united. did you know that?

And he asks: when does the Shekinah reside within him? And he said: when he marries, and this sign enters to its place, to the Shekinah. Then they are attached together, the male and the female, who are the sign of the covenant and the Shekinah, and are called by one name, and supernal Chesed rests upon them. – Zohar

This is the basis of Kabbalah.   The very basis of kabbalah is sexual union.  It says explicitly in The Zohar: when does the Shekinah reside within a man?  When he marries.  Sex is the clue, the key.

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We have told you that one name of God in hebrew is El [אל].  We have described the meaning of the word אלהים Elohim.  Elohim has many meanings, but it is a plural word.  The singular form of Elohim is אל El, God, masculine.  The feminine form is אלוה Eloah (Eloha). Eloah is a name of the Shekinah. Eloah means “Goddess.”  Yes, the Hebrew, Judeo-Christian tradition includes Goddesses, even though the Christians refuse to accept it.  The Bible is full of references to Eloah, the Goddess, but the translators put “God” instead of Goddess. In fact, as an example, the book of Job is filled with discussions and descriptions of Eloah, the Goddess, but you have to look in Hebrew to find it.

Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? For thou hast said, “My doctrine [is] pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.”

But oh that אלוה [the Goddess] would speak, and open her lips against thee; And that she would shew thee the secrets of חכמה [Chokmah], that [they are] double to that which is! Know therefore that אלוה [the Goddess] exacteth of thee [less] than thine iniquity [deserveth]. Canst thou by searching find out אלוה [the Goddess]? canst thou find out Shaddai unto perfection? [She is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? [She is] deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof [is] longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. – Job 11

Nonetheless, if we want our own inner Being, Chesed, to descend on us, to illuminate us, the clue is given in The Zohar: this happens through the Shekinah, the Divine Mother.  And this happens through the sexual union, the marriage, of male and female.  Let me show you something very beautiful, where this mystery is hidden. The name Eloha in Hebrew is spelled אלוה (Aleph Lamed Vav Hei).  The first two letters אל (Aleph Lamed) spells El, God; this is Chesed, our Being, our Innermost.  Knowing that, let us read from The Zohar:

…the name Eloha (El-Vav-Hei) is interpreted as follows: El is the Light of Chochmah, Vav is the male, and Hei is the female. Male and female are attached together and are called by one name, Eloha. So the holy soul [Shekinah] clings to this place, and everything depends on the sign of the convenant. – The Zohar

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This quote states precisely what Tantra explains. Tantra – whether Buddhist or Hindu – explains very clearly that the goal of the Tantric initiate is to awaken the force of the Divine Mother, which is called “kundalini. ” The kundalini is the energy or fire of the Divine Mother. That is why it is called “Divine Mother Kundalini, ” or Devi Kundalini, who is Kali Ma, Durga.  All these names refer to Agni, the fire, the force of all creation.  Creation is always through the Divine Mother. The Tantric seeks to awaken that kundalini within, and raise it up through shushumna, which in hebrew is the letter Vav.  The Zohar explains exactly the same thing, and that this can only be accomplished through the marriage of male and female.

When male (Vav) and female (Hei) are sexually united in the presence of God (El), they form this name of Eloah, the Goddess, Kundalini.   When Vav and Hei unite, the force of El, the light of Chokmah, descends upon them.

In other words, God is there in every sexual connection.  How else do you think that we have the power to create through sex? Because God is there.  The power to create life (chaiah) is the power that God has, even if we do not call God “God.” That power of creation is in the Mother: all creation emerges from the creative power of the Divine Mother, who receives the spark of life from the Father, but without fornication, without crime.

If we respect that power, if we obey the guidance that we receive from the Buddhas, from the masters which all guide us to: restrain the sexual impulse, do not spill the tigle, the bodhichitta, the “jasmine flower drops.”  Restrain it. When you do that, the light of Chokmah is the presence of the Shekinah or the Divine Mother who is there to create life, Chaiah. Restrained, purified, that light grows. This is the basis of Tantra.

This is how the light of that Iod, which is the sign of the covenant, descends through the upper Hei in Daath (the secret knowledge) through the Vav (the spinal column) into the lower Hei (Yesod).  This is how our own individual Shekinah, our own individual kundalini, can be awakened. It is beautiful, but not easy.  It takes a great deal of willpower, a great deal of self-knowledge.

If we fail in that moment of sexual union and we become tempted by desire, all of that force and energy is polarized according to our desire.  This is when the man (the Vav) stands at the Tree of Knowledge, and Eve (the sexual organs) is tempted to eat the fruit, and takes it to Adam (the brain). But remember: the Tree of Knowledge is Daath tob veh rah: the knowledge of good and evil, purity and impurity, and the Vav is in the middle.  You are the Vav. You choose in every moment between purity and impurity, but especially in your sexual life.  This is the main opportunity to choose your path. The Zohar states that if we fail, if we commit sexual misconduct, whether in the sexual act or during our day to day life, we unveil the nakedness of the Shekinah.  We use our energy to blaspheme.  We use the sexual force (whether emotionally or in the mind) to look at the nakedness of our Divine Mother.  We convert that energy of chastity into lust and the Shekinah becomes Lilith.   Then, The Divine Mother who gives life becomes Kali Ma, the mother of death, the mother of hell.  Those forces of the Shekinah, instead of creating in the positive way, in the upright way, create in the negative way.  Lilith is Medusa.

Therefore, because of the transgressions of sexual misconduct, the children of Yisrael were banished and the Shechinah was condemned to exile. This is the uncovering of the nakedness of the Shechinah, because the going of the Shechinah into exile is considered to be her nakedness, as it is written: “All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness” (Eichah 1:8). The nakedness of the Shechinah is Lilith, the mother of the mixed multitude. It is considered nakedness because the rule of the Shechinah, the mother of Yisrael, and her bounty passed to Lilith, the mother of the mixed multitude. – The Zohar

The kundalini is symbolized as a serpent. In the Bible, this serpent is called “nahash.”

God sent poisonous [literally: fiery] snakes against the people, and when they [tempting serpents of Eden] began biting the people, a number of Israelites died.

The people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned by speaking against God and you. Pray to God, and have Him take the snakes away from us.’

God [Iod-Havah Elohai (Binah)] said to Moses, ‘Make yourself [the image of] a snake, and place it on a pole. Everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’

Moses made a brazen [Hebrew nechosheth: brass] snake [Hebrew nachash] and placed it on a high pole. Whenever a snake bit a man, he would gaze at the brazen snake and live. – Numbers 21

To raise a serpent upon a pole is to raise the kundalini upon the Vav, to raise the Divine Mother Shekinah on the Vav. That power of life can heal.

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This is what we need to do in each moment by intelligent use of our energy: to raise the serpent on the rod (Vav).  This is why the sacred symbol of the Divine Mother is an upraised serpent.  This is why we see images of the Divine Mother with serpents, but particularly Athena, with a serpent who serves her and she always has a staff a spear which is the Vav, the rod.

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This is why every Master carries a staff. Aaron carries a staff, a rod, and when he strikes it, becomes a serpent and it consumes the serpent of the Egyptians.  This is why Herakles wrestles the serpents as his first task.  None of this is coincidental. It all emerges from that one truth, which is Daath, Gnosis.

Willpower and Initiation

By wrestling the serpent, which is the power of Samael, with strength like Herakles we can raise the serpent on the staff through willpower over sex.  But also willpower over mind, conquering our mind, dominating our desires with conscious will.  That conscious will to do the work is the Vav.  When you count six sephiroth downwards from the top of the Tree of Life, the sixth sphere is Tiphereth.  Tiphereth is the Vav. Tiphereth is the human soul. This is our human consciousness, but specifically related with willpower, conscious will.

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Tiphereth is always symbolized by a warrior, the knight who does battle with the dragon. Tiphereth is Perseus who conquers Medusa.  Athena, the Divine Mother whose symbol is the serpent, provides to her hero the mirror, shield, the helmet, the spear, and through her intelligence (Binah), he conquers Medusa whose head is a chaos of serpents.  Those serpents are the fiery serpents that bit the Israelites in the desert.  The hero can conquer the mixed multitudes which are represented in the Medusa.  This is how this initiate little by little, step by step, perfects himself.

There are many representations of this in the Bible.  In particular, we call your attention to “the three kings.”  Do you know who the three kings are?  Saul, David, and Solomon.  The Christians believe that the three kings, the three wise men, are the magi who came to see the birth of Christ.  They do not realize that these are the same three kings of the Old Testament, symbolically speaking. The story of Saul, David, and Solomon is a story of an individual initiate, who in the beginning is nothing.  He is Samuel, a prophet, but very low. Symbolically, in the Bible we see how that prophet announces the arrival of Saul (Shaoul) who becomes the king. But a low king, impure.  Then from him emerges a new king, David, who is better than Saul, more pure, but has bigger problems. Then from David emerges another king, Solomon, who is better, more pure, but has even bigger problems.  These “kings” symbolically represent stages of initiation.  All of it is with the Vav.  The name David is Daleth, Vav, Daleth.  If you write that name over the Tree of Life, you put that Daleth where that upper Hei is, the Vav is where the Vav is, and the other Daleth is at the bottom.  You see Iod Hei Vav Hei.  David fits there. See, David is only in Malkuth. David is in the beginning. David is a king, a malachim, but needs to become more than that.  In his name is the clue of what he needs. David is a letter Daleth, but he needs the Hei.  He needs Beth-sheba. When David finds Beth-sheba, he finds a big problem. Beth-sheba is his twin soul, his true love, but she is married to another man.  This is called “karma.” David, being impure, has to face the results of his actions. Through paying karma, we face psychological death. You see in the drama of David how beautifully this is represented. It is very painful, but by passing through that pain, that humiliation, David dies psychologically, and through his union with Bathsheba, Solomon is born. Solomon or Schlomo means “man of peace.”  Solomon is the Solar man who is on his way to invite the arrival of Christ.  You see, these three kings are traveling to greet Yeshua.

So the Vav has great significance, many levels of application and meaning.

Questions and Answers

Audience: You said that if we did not have God within us then we would not know how to create with sexual energy however if we are fornicating is the power still there or has the power left us temporarily because we are fornicating.

Instructor: Every sexual union is a transformation of divine forces.  All energy is divine, ultimately, all energy.  The animals, the plants, the minerals, all take energy, which is in its root divine. They take that energy and transform it.  That energy in itself we call Christ; it is just fire.  Life exists because of that energy.  Every atom in your body is active and energetic because it has that force in it.  If that force were removed, it would not be alive, it would be dead.  So that means any act is a transformation of Christic forces. Any act, even the cellular division in your body, is a sacrifice of fire.  Those cells go through a great transformation of energies and they are split and divided. It is a division of sexual forces. The same transformation happens in plants, minerals, animals, everything.  But the sexual act in the humanoid level is the greatest collection of forces that we have access to.  Whether its done in an animal way or an angelic way, the energy is the same; it is the result that is different.

Audience: Are the names meanings of God and Seth refers to keeping traditions because of the biblical animosity to each other?

Instructor: The names in the Bible in relation with Ra and Seth – especially in relation with the Hebrew tradition – is explained pretty fully in the lectures about Daath.  We gave three lectures about Daath where we talked extensively about Seth. Also in the lecture called The Sons of Samael we talked about Seth. But in synthesis, the word Ra is not spelled the same way as the divine name Ra. They are different.  We should not confuse them. Seth, as well, has multiple applications. Seth can be positive or negative, just like us.  We can be positive or negative. It depends how we use our energy.  Seth is the same; we are Seth.

Audience: In the engravings of paintings those with the holy spirit are pictured with a holy fire over the head is this like Vav or Lamed in the way that God raises in the kundalini?

Instructor: The question is about the Pentecostal flame that emerges on the foreheads of the apostles in the book of Acts, and it says that “the spirit of God descended upon them.”  That fire is the fire of Christ. It is the light of Chokmah, which is Shekinah, the Divine Mother.  That light can be represented in many ways. Most significantly, it is visible in the letter Shin which looks like a fire or a flame.  It looks like a flame with three points.  Nonetheless, that fire illuminates all the letters.  The Iod is like a spark of fire. The shin is three Iods.  So you can see that everywhere, in all the letters.  The Shin can also be three Vavs, because those Vavs are the upper triangle, the Aleph.  When those three Vavs descend and unite, that is shin, that is the process of involution from the Absolute to Briah and below.

Audience: You said that subtle energy can turn to matter; what type of matter? And can subtle energies build up into matter overtime provide a very powerful experience for a short period of time?

Instructor: Yes, i was talking about the transformation of energy into matter and matter into energy.  This is the basic postulate that Einstein revealed through his theorem.  This is not an unusual thing.  It is a basic fact of existence, that you really cannot destroy anything completely.  You can only change it from one state to another.  You also cannot create anything, you can only change some things into another state.  The importance of that understanding is that the sexual energy is subject to those laws.  When we have sexual matter in us physically, it is a condensation of subtle energies.  That matter is energy, and that energy is matter, and you cannot separate them, you can only transform them by will.  When you accumulate sexual matter, you are creating a storehouse of forces.  If you do not transform them, those forces will become destructive, they will polarize.  We can witness this all over the world in traditions where religious people teach others to save their energy but they are not taught how to transform it.  Those people become fanatics, abusers of children, homosexuals, masturbators, because that energy needs to work: it has too.  If they ignore it, the energy will go wherever it can.  When that person has a mind full of lust, that energy will power that lust.  It will drive it. So, they end up with a lot of problems.  Yet, if you learn how to transform that energy, it becomes a higher form.  The physical matter is transformed into spiritual matter, which we call kundalini.   There is a lecture called The Fire of Kundalini where we explain that.

Audience: Why are the sexual organs so sensitive and how does positive sexual stimulus affect the nervous system?

Instructor: The sexual organs are so sensitive because they are the prime transformer of energy in the physical body.  They need that degree of sensitivity in order to manage the intensity of the sexual force.  It sounds contradictory but it is necessary.  The sexual energy is extremely fine, it is extremely particularized, it is rarified.  If you do not have the subtlety of sense to perceive it, you will not see it . In other words, if your sexual organ has become desensitized, then you cannot perceive when there is energy that needs to be transformed.  If you are a tantric practicing tantra and you want to transform the totality of your sexual forces, to make them spiritual and divine, if your sexual organs are not sensitive then you cannot perceive those energies. You will not know they are there. In other words, those energies will become harmful, they will hurt you, because they are not transformed.  You need the sensitivity of the organs in order to completely transform all of the energy.  It makes it very difficult but its necessary.

When you are able to positively harness your sexual energies, this has a dramatic impact on the body, the nervous system, and the mind.  This is because the sexual forces are the hormones, the very force of chaiah, life, the force of being.  Our physical bodies grew and developed because of hormones.  From being a baby to being an adult, the whole process of that beautiful flowering is the result of sexual forces. When we become an adult, we can continue the unfolding of that beauty if we harness those energies and use them well.  Then our mind, our body, our heart, become more beautiful.  This is why the angels are so beautiful.  This is why the Masters and Buddhas are so beautiful and radiant, because they irradiate purified sexual fire.

The name Tiphereth in Hebrew means “beauty.”  Tiphereth is related to the letter Vav and the human soul. When our soul transforms the totality of our sexual force, it becomes an angel, it becomes the greatest creation.  This is why its stated in the beginning that when God said he was going to create man, the angels were worried.  They knew if the man became what the man should be, he would be more beautiful than the angels, and some of them became jealous.  Have you heard that before?  It is part of the story of the fall. In fact, those fallen angels sometimes are called “nefalim,” which are one of those five races of the mixed multitude.

Audience: Is playing a video game fornicating at some level is obtaining from playing a video game and then meditating that is better use of the sexual energy clearly.  But is playing a video game fornication.

Instructor: Any activity can be fornication when the energy that is passing through our three brains is infected with desire.  In the Gnostic tradition, we use this phrase “sexual abuse.”  Most people use “sexual abuse” to describe when someone physically sexually abuses another person as in rape, incest, or something like that.  But we use the term more broadly and more specifically at the same time.  In Gnosis, sexual abuse refers to any abuse of sexual energy. All of us abuse our sexual energy psychologically.  We might not do it physically, but we all do it psychologically.

Stated another way, any action we perform is a transformation of forces, whether we see it or not.  The forces of the mind are empowered from the forces of sex.  This is the relationship in us between Adam (brain) and Eve (sexual organs).  When you use your mind in the wrong way, you are taking forces from within you and directing those forces.  In the Bible, this is called “blasphemy.”  It is to use those forces in the wrong way and commit a crime, not only against ourselves, but against God, Christ in us.  So yes, you can fornicate by watching television, by watching movies, by reading books, by fantasizing, by daydreaming even if it isn’t sexual imagery. When you are using those forces to create desire, that is fornication psychologically.

To fornicate is to use the sexual fire to create in the wrong way.  You might fornicate physically, which is a wrong thing to do because it creates suffering.  You can fornicate emotionally when you use your emotional forces to create envy, anger, jealousy, lust. These are all forms of creation but they are fornication, because God does not create envy, anger, lust, fear, we do.  That is fornication psychologically.

Audience: Does transmuting sexual energy completely remove them from you in a gross state completely for awhile is there physically no semen left in you?

Instructor: The transformation of the sexual energies is not limited to physical matter.  A tantric who is working in the practice of White Tantra, restraining the sexual force and the mind, and transmuting that energy, will not necessarily have the physical matter vanish from the organs, but they will take the energy out of that matter.

Chastity is the duty of God in us to transform that matter into energy. That only happens through the lower letter Hei, which is in Yesod.  That represents our own inner Shekinah.  The purpose of the presence and existence of the Shekinah in us is to receive those forces from the upper letter Hei.  She needs to transform those forces and redirect them back upwards and illuminate the Tree of Life.  This is why that energy descends into the physical body and condenses itself as sexual matter, the sperm and the ovum.  That matter is there full of all the archetypes, the potentialities of God, but we waste it, physically, psychologically.  If we harness it, we extract those spiritual essences and send them back upwards.  We transform those forces.  There may not be a visible sign physically.

This is why we state when someone awakens the kundalini, you cannot tell physically.  You cannot look at a person and say, “Oh, that person has awakened their kundalini. ” No way! Because that energy is not physical.  In the same way, the forces of the Shekinah are not physical.  You cannot see the forces of God with your physical eyes.

When you transform your sexual matter, you are extracting energy from the physical level and bringing back to the subtle level, but transformed.  The physical vessel remains where it is.  Do not confuse the laws of physical matter with the laws of spiritual matter, they are different.

In the same way, when you leave your body, your body remains where it is.  You cannot tell physically if someone has left their body.  The body is just there.  This is why great masters can leave their body even while their physical body is active.  The spirit, the soul, can leave, and another part of the Being can use the body.

When we talk about sperm and ovum, the same rule applies.  The extraction is to extract the soul and the spirit of the mercury, which are the vital forces, not the physical aspect.  It is to extract the soul and spirit from the matter. That is alchemy.

Kaballah | The Hebrew Letter Hei


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Hei, “behold,” take this knowledge from God and receive it with your consciousness; the letter ה [Hei] represents creation.

The shape of the letter Hei ה is formed by the letters Daleth ד and Iod י.

The Iod י is the left line or foot that may become a Zayin ז, if we prolong that left line to the top by means of action. The horizontal line on the top and the vertical line of the right in the letter Hei ה form a letter Daleth ד, which represents the physical world, and the isolated left line is the lower part of a Zayin ז cut from the horizontal line, which represents its Iod, the world to come. Therefore, the letter Hei represents the combination of the physical and spiritual realms, all that is above and all that is below.

The isolated left line of the letter Hei shows the feminine aspect of the letter Daleth, which is to the right of it.  This Daleth represents the Adam of the lower Eden, Yesod.  This Adam or Daleth in Yesod, the lower Eden, is the outcome of the secret of Daath, the Upper Eden.

The letter Daleth of the name ADAM אדם is at the bottom of the middle column of the Tree of Life, exactly in Yesod, the lower Eden. From there, the letter Daleth ד embraces the letter Aleph א in the right column and the letter Mem ם in the left column of the Tree of Life, thus forming the name Adam in Hebrew.

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The three mother letters Aleph א, Shin ש, and Mem מ ם are related with the first triangle of the Tree of Life, namely, Kether, Chokmah, Binah, respectively.

The letter Aleph א represents the holy trinity that is commanded by the father (Kether), who in the physical body is related with the crown chakra, and with the atom in that magnetic center located at the root of the nose.  From that magnetic center at the root of the nose (esoterically speaking), the forces of Aleph א, the breath of God, descend through the right column of the Tree of Life, from the top of the head, in order to join Daleth ד at the bottom of the central column. According to esoteric human anatomy, the right column corresponds to the right cord, which isn Sanskrit is called Pingala.

As is shown in the graphic of the Tree of Life, in the human being the right column relates to the letter Aleph א, which represents the first triangle (Kether, Chokmah, Binah); this is why the first letter of the name Adam אדם (that represents the brain) begins with Aleph א.

The left column of the Tree of Life is controlled by the Sephirah Binah; this left column relates – in the esoteric anatomy of our physical body  – with the left cord, which is Sanskrit is called Ida. This Ida, this left column is related with the letter Mem ם, the feminine waters of Eve, since  the other cord (Pingala) is related with the letter Aleph of Adam א. This is why you find the letter Mem ם (final Mem) at the end of the word Adam.

Thus, the terrestrial man, the Daleth ד of the name Adam אדם, embraces the two creative polarities: Aleph א (representing the Father) on the right column, and Mem ם (representing the Mother) on the left column.  Thus, the Daleth ד in the middle of the name Adam relates to the central column of the Tree of Life; Daleth ד hides at the bottom of the Tree of Life all the forces from above. Daleth ד represents the terrestrial man, the human being.

Thus, the horizontal line of the Hei ה represents thought. The right vertical of the Hei represents speech. The short vertical line at the left of the letter Hei ה represents action. These are the three aspects represented by the three lines that form the letter Hei ה.

The joined horizontal and vertical lines of the Hei ה form a letter Daleth ד; the horizontal line represents the female and the vertical the male; both lines represent the primordial Adam that was made male-female. So, the Daleth ד in the middle of the word Adam encloses all the Archetypes that come from above into the physical world, which is Malkuth.

Therefore, the two lines of the letter Daleth ד represent male and female; in other words, we terrestrial humans are the letter Daleth, which Kabbalistically represents a poor man or a poor woman.

The Daleth ד of the name Adam אדם in the lower Eden at the bottom of the central column of the Tree of Life embraces the right and left columns: the letter Aleph א, at its right, Pingala, and the letter Mem ם at its left, Ida.

The right and the left columns, Abba and Aima, Aleph and Mem, become creative when the join the Daleth ד, at Yesod, the bottom sephirah of the middle column.

Adam therefore embraces the secret of all the 22 letters, since the Daleth at the bottom of the central column – which represents the central channel in the spinal columns, called Sushumna in the esoteric human anatomy –  receives the 22 archetypes of Chokmah.

Shem Hamphorash

Among the three mother letters Aleph א, Shin ש, and Mem מ ם, Chokmah is represented by the letter Shin ש (fire), who through initiations joins all the lower archetypes in Daleth to the three mother letters.

In Genesis, the verse, “And God said, let us make Adam” can be explained as follows. Through Vav ו (“And”), the spinal medulla, Elohim (Aleph) uttered:

Shem Hamphorash

…so that the 22 letters or archetypes can be established below in Malkuth, within Daleth, the terrestrial man by means of the letter Mem in Yesod.

Kabbalists utter “Shem Hamphorash” instead of יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei, that is translated in English as “Jehovah.” Shem שם (Shin Mem) means “name,” which in the Bible is also the name of the first son of Noah. Hamphorash means “to interpret” or “to expand.” What name are we interpreting or expanding? It is the Holy Name of God, which is יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei. So when you hear the words “Shem Hamphorash,” this is equal to יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei, which in Gnosticism we pronounce ‘Iod-Havah.’

The Elohim work through our spinal medulla, which is represented in the letter Vav ו, and is also represented in the right vertical line of the letter Hei ה, as well as in the letter Daleth ד; therefore the left short vertical line of the letter Hei ה is an unfinished letter Zayin ז, which in the Hei shows the feminine aspect of the letter Daleth ד. So, the left line of the letter Hei ה represents the feminine aspect of the letter. This is why it is separated, isolated from the other two lines of the letter.

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To understand how the hidden feminine aspect is represented in the letter Hei ה by this left short line, it is necessary to interpret the name Shem Hamphorash, that is the numerical value of the name יהוה Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei as follows: the letter Iod’s י value is 10; the letter Hei’s ה value is 5; the letter Vav’s ו value is 6, and again the letter Hei’s ה value is 5. By making the Kabbalistic addition in relation with the four worlds of Kabbalah, which represents the entire universe, we have the Kabbalistic value of 72, as follows:

  1. Atziluth, the world of the archetypes, is represented in the letter Iod י, which is equal to 10
  2. Briah, the world of creation, is represented in the letter Hei ה, and is equal to 5, plus the value of Atziluth (10) above it = 15
  3. Yetzirah, the world of formation, is represented in the letter Vav ו, and is equal to 6 plus the value Atziluth (10) and Briah (5) above it = 21
  4. Assiah, the world of matter and action, is represented in the fourth letter Hei ה, which is equal to 5 plus the value Atziluth (10) and Briah (5) and Yetzirah (5) above it = 26

Hei represents action in Assiah, Malkuth. So we find two Hei’s in the name Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei.

So when we make the Kabbalistic additions of these four worlds of Kabbalah, we find the following:

Iod  = 10

Iod-Hei  = 15

Iod-Hei-Vav = 21

Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei  = 26

Total =  72 = 9

Shem Hamphorash: by Kabbalistically interpreting or expanding the value of the name Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei, we have 72 that adds (7+2) to 9.

Notwithstanding, many Kabbalists state that Shem Hamphorash is related to Exodus 14:19, 20 and 21, where we find all the names of God that Moses utilized in order to form the pillar of fire that was guiding the Israelites in the wilderness. Moses was utilizing the magic of the word of God in order to hold the Egyptians who were coming after them, and thus with the word of God he opened the Red Sea. Moses uttered the 72 names of God in order to do it. Of course, there is something hidden within those verses of chapter 14.

The way to interpret the name of God is that Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei has the Kabbalistic value of 72  which is 9.  9 is the same value of Adam and the number of the Sephirah Yesod, which is Eden, where we always place the human being or the Man, Adam made into the image of God.

Remember that the lower Eden (Yesod) is one with Malkuth, so when we imagine the Garden of Eden in the Tree of Life, we have to understand that Kabbalistically such a Garden is Malkuth and Yesod together, one Sephirah. Of course, in us, these two Sephiroth (Yesod and Malkuth ) are separated because of the downfall; yet according to the Bible when Eden was established with Adam in it, Malkuth and Yesod were one single terrestrial paradise in the fourth dimension. Remember that we state that our physical body is tetra dimensional, four dimensions, thus the fourth dimension of the tridimensional physical body is the vital body, which is Yesod.

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Here in Daleth (Hebrew: Door), which is the terrestrial man at the bottom of the Tree of Life, is where all the archetypes are hidden, which we already explained in many lectures; that is, all the archetypes are in the vital body, the superior part of the physical body.  This is why we explain that the terrestrial man, Adam receives all the mysteries, all the archetypes of the Word of God in potentiality in the letter Daleth through Shin (the fires of Chokmah in the central column) through the Aleph, (the wind in the right column) and through the Mem (the water in the left column). As you can visualize, we are talking about the three mother letters: Aleph, Shin and Mem, which are related with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

These three mother letters are related with the two serpents and the central staff of the caduceus of Mercury, which in esoteric anatomy is represented in our spinal column with Sushumna, Ida and Pingala; Aleph is Pingala, Mem is Ida, and Shin is Sushumna.

In order for Chokmah or the letter Shin from above, to work in our Sushumna – which is in the middle of our spinal column or the middle column of the Tree of Life – he needs Daleth  at the bottom of it. Thus within Daleth (the Doors of the gate of the city of Gaza, and the two posts, that is, the cross, the vertical and horizontal lines of Daleth within the Hei) is hidden the Shin, the virile fires of Samson (שמש-און), the Sun,  the Son, which is Christ, Chokmah.

Kether is related with the letter Aleph through the right column of the Tree of Life and in the esoteric human anatomy with Pingala. Binah is related with the letter Mem through the left column of the Tree of Life and in the esoteric human anatomy with Ida. Chokmah is related with the letter Shin through the central column of the Tree of Life and in the esoteric human anatomy with Sushumna. This is how we have to see Aleph, Shin and Men macrocosmically and microcosmically in relation with the Tree of Life.  Remember that we always state that our spinal column is the Tree of Life and that in our spinal column is also hidden the Tree of Good and Evil.

In the word Adam אדם, Aleph א has the value of 1, Daleth ד the value of 4, and Mem ם the value of 40. If we make the addition of 1+4+40 we have 9, which is the same 9 that we get when we make the addition of 72 related with the name of God. This is how it is Kabbalistically explained that Adam was made in the image of God, that is, by Shem Hamphorash, by interpreting the name Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei, by expanding the name in the four worlds of the Kabbalistic universe.  This is how the name of God is hidden with the name Adam or this is how Adam was made in the image of God.

Thus in order for us to become the Daleth ד of the Adam made in the image of God, we have to have all the letters self-realized in our consciousness, since right now we have them but only in potentiality.  This is how we have to understand how the letter Daleth encloses all the 22 letters of the word of God.

The Creation of the Woman

Therefore if Daleth ד in Adam encloses all the 22 letters of the word of God within, this means that the letter Hei, the woman represented also in the letter Zayin, is inside Daleth, inside Adam.

Now in esoteric Kabbalistic anatomy we now that in our spinal column, the letter Vav represents the man, Adam, Pingala and the letter Zayin ז represents the woman, Eve, Ida. The letter Zayin ז is similar to the letter Vav ו, but the difference between the letters Vav and Zayin is in the vertical line that emerges from the Iod which is above in both letters; the vertical line of the Zayin ז is protruding from the middle of the Iod whereas in the letter Vav ו the vertical line is protruding from the right edge of the Iod. Vav ו is Pingala and Zayin ז is Ida which is related to the woman or to the feminine aspect.

Thus, if we utilize our imagination, we will see how the letter Zayin ז is at the left side of the letter Hei ה; by means of action, we continue drawing the left short line of the Hei ה until it touches the horizontal line of it, of the Daleth, thus forming the letter Chet ח, which hides the mystery of Vav and Zayin, positive and negative.

Notwithstanding, in the letter Hei ה the Zayin ז is severed from the top of the horizontal line. Why? It is severed in order to show us that Zayin was taken out of Daleth, which as we explained encloses the 22 letters, which were place by Chokmah from the world of Atziluth through the central column of the Tree of Life.

Daleth ד encloses all the 22 letters within it. This is why Adam represents the 22 Arcana. We have the 22 letters or archetypes in potentiality.

In order for Adam, the terrestrial man, to put the 22 archetypes into activity, there is the need to take the letter Zayin ז out of him. This is explained Genesis as follows:

And the Jah-Chavah Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam (Daleth went to sleep), and he slept: and he took one of his sides (one of his two ribs = Ida and Pingala, Vav and Zayin) and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the side (Zayin), which Jah-Chavah Elohim had taken from Adam, made he (a Hei) a woman, and brought her unto Adam.

So if Jah-Chavah Elohim took one of the sides of the androgynous Adam in order to make the Hei, the woman, it is obvious that God took Zayin ז out of Adam, since in the mysterious left side of the occult anatomy of Adam we find Ida represented in the letter Zayin ז. God made the Hei ה, the woman, by taking the letter Zayin ז out of Adam.

In the Bible when you read the Hebrew letters related with Eve, you find the following:

And Adam said, This [זאת] one [ז Zayin] is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called אשה Isha (Aleph, Shin, Hei), because she (Zayin) was taken out of איש Ish (Aleph, Iod, Shin = the Daleth is the terrestrial man in the lower Eden that conceals all the letters between Aleph and Tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew word for ‘The”).

In Hebrew we write ‘this one’ with the letters זאת Zayin, Aleph and Tav. So “this one” refers to the letter Zayin that is out from between the letters Aleph and Tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

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So God took Zayin ז from Adam, who encloses the entire Kabbalistic alphabet within, since Adam is represented by the letter Daleth that receives the 22 archetypes from Chokmah, from the Word of God, since Adam was made in the image of God.

This is why we find a gap between the horizontal line and the left line of the letter Hei, as if telling us, this left line was severed from the horizontal line which with the vertical right line form a Daleth in order to form the letter Hei. If the left line were joined to the horizontal line then it will not be a letter Hei but a letter Chet.

Nevertheless, many Kabbalists state that such an isolated left line is a letter Iod that forms a foot.

This can be also true since the androgynous human being has two feet; the right and the left, like the two serpentine legs of the rooster of the Abraxas, which represents Ida and Pingala. Thus, the left foot of the letter Hei is Ida, and if you visualize above the gap of the left of the letter Hei you can see with your imagination the letter Iod; thus when you sever the lower vertical line from that Iod of Zayin, then a gap remains between the Iod and the line.

Thus in order to show the feminine aspect of the letter Daleth, we just place the severed line from Zayin at the left of Daleth, in order to form the letter Hei. This is why the left line of Hei is isolated, severed, separated.

This is why when Adam – as a Daleth – saw the letter Zayin ז severed from him, he saw part of himself yet with the shape of the letter Hei and said:

This one “Zayin” is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Isha (Aleph, Shin, Hei), because she (the vertical line of Zayin) was severed from the Iod of Ish (Aleph, Iod, Shin).

This Ish is the androgynous man, the heavenly man above from the world of Yetzirah.

אישים

Let us comprehend this word with the heart with intuition: so, in Hebrew אישים Aleph, Iod, Shin, Iod and Mem form the plural word for Ishim, men; Yet, only איש Aleph, Iod, Shin is singular for man and only אש Aleph and Shin together spell the word for fire.

This אישים Ishim – in the world of Yetzirah, the world of Formation, the world of the angels – is the androgynous Adam, explained as follows: the male aspect of the word is formed by the letters Aleph and Iod that represent the right column of the Tree of Life; the female aspect of the word is formed by the letters Iod and Mem that represent the left column of the Tree of Life; these are the two polarities of the fire, which is represented by the letter shin in the middle of the word, the letter shin correspond to the central column of the Tree of Life; these aspects of the fire are hidden with the Daleth of Adam.

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In the world of Yetzirah, Ishim אישים is related with Malkuth. It is related with the self-realized Adam.

This tridimensional world is the world of Assiah. The Adam of this world is not self-realized. We are not self-realized. Yet let us comprehend that the Self-realized Adam is called Ishim אישים.

In the invocation of Solomon we say:

Ishim, assist me in the name of Shaddai!

Ishim is the name of Malkuth in the world of Yetzirah. Ishim אישים means men, it is a plural word that points at the human androgyne.

When we isolate the letters Aleph, Iod, Shin of Ishim we are left with the word איש Ish, the male, yet in order to write the word woman in Hebrew you take the Iod from Ish and add the letter Hei at the end of it: אשה.

This is why Adam said:

This one “Zayin” is now a “Hei”, bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called אשה Isha (Aleph, Shin, Hei), because she was taken מ out of איש Ish (Aleph, Iod, Shin).

It does not say that she was taken out of Adam, but out of Ish.

The terrestrial Adam is below in Malkuth-Yesod but in his spinal column is the mystery of Ishim; because the female aspect of the fire relates to the letters Iod and Mem of the phrase  “from man:  מאיש

In other words, we should say: And Jah-Chavah Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon the terrestrial Adam, and as Daleth slept, he took – from the heavenly man – the female fire; the Iod and Mem of the word Ishim and made the Hei of Isha.

In the letters מאיש of the word Ishim lies also the mystery of the woman.  The woman is not as many fundamentalist Christians or people who read the bible literally think, only flesh and bones, as it is symbolically written. Listen, the woman encloses the whole mystery of the letter Hei in Malkuth, the bottom of the central column of the Tree of Life. Let us see:

The word אישים Ishim relates to the fires of the central column of the Tree of Life, which relates to our spinal column and to our three brains as follows: Aleph א is the intellectual brain, Shin ש is the emotional brain and Mem ם the motor, instinctual sexual brain. The two Iods י of the word belong to the two creative powers: the throat and the genitalia. The word Ishim contains the three mother letters and two Iods, the two polarities of the fire which are also represented in יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei, the sacred name of God, synthesized in the number 72, all of the powers of Shem Hamphorash written with 22 letters.

The woman, the Zayin ז, holds within herself all the mystery of creation represented in the left isolated line of the letter Hei ה.

Because Zayin (Eve) was taken out of Adam, now Adam is incomplete, this is why it is written:

Therefore shall a man (Ish = Aleph, Iod, Shin) leave his father and his mother (the two polarities of Ishim) and shall cleave unto his wife (Isha = Aleph, Shin, Hei, the fire in Malkuth): and they shall be one flesh. – Genesis 2

The two polarities father mother are the two polarities of the fire represented in the plural word אישים Ishim; so in the beginning the terrestrial man Adam was androgynous as the heavenly man Ishim. But now the two polarities are separated and this is why it is stated in the bible that the androgynous man abandoned his androgynous state (father and mother, the two polarities of the fire), now the man or the woman holds only one polarity, therefore we have to cleave unto our spouse, which is the other polarity of the fire, and to become one triple fire in the flesh (sexual union) in order to become again the androgynous Ishim. This is the mystery of the separation of the sexes, which is Kabbalistically very well explained in the bible, and very well hidden within the Hebrew letters.

This is why we explain that the letter Hei ה hides the mystery of creation, because the mystery of creation is directly related with the two creative polarities of the fire and in the left short line of the letter Hei ה is hidden the letter Zayin, the power of Binah which is the feminine aspect of the forces of God related with creation.

The Hei ה, the woman, retains in herself all the powers of creation, although in order for the Hei ה, the woman, to create anything within her womb she needs the activity of the male, but the rest, that is, the whole of creation is made through her, as it is simply demonstrated in the word אלה Elah (Aleph, Lamed, Hei), which means Goddess.

“אלה (Elah), The Goddess’ generations of the heavens and of the earth when in her (in the letter Hei) were created, in the day that Iod-Hei Vav-Hei Elohim made the earth and the heavens.” – Genesis 2: 4

Hei ה also represents the terrestrial woman, this is why we state in many lectures that the word יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei means: Iod-Phallus Hei-Uterus, Vav-Man Hei-Woman. These letters represent the two polarities.

Now, it is written that the woman, the אשה Isha, the Hei was taken from the man איש Ish; this is explained as follows: when you take the middle Iod י out of the word איש Ish (Aleph, Iod, Shin), and by stretching it you make – with that Iod or dot – the short line of the Hei ה, that, without such a line, is just a Daleth at the very bottom of the Tree of Life; and this how the woman appears as a Hei ה with the feminine aspect represented with the short vertical line at her left side as a creative active force.

Haggadah

Let us now talk about the Hei of the word הגדה haggadah which means ‘to tell.’ This word has two Hei; one Hei at the beginning of the word and the other Hei at the end, united in the middle by the letters Gimel ג and Daleth ד, about which we have already talked. The letter Gimel ג represents the Inner Man, the Ishim. The letter Daleth ד represents the terrestrial man, the Adam, so the union of both letters make the word GOD, who is represented in the union of the two (Gimel and Daleth). In the Bible there is a tribe named Gad which is also written with Gimel and Daleth. The word haggadah begins with Hei and ends with Hei.  The first Hei is in the Daath, the throat and belongs to the Gimel, the heavenly man; the second Hei is in Yesod, the genitalia and belongs to Daleth, the terrestrial man; they represent the two Hei, the one above and the one below, which explains how GOD creates.

This is why when you read the first words of the book of Genesis, you read: בראשית ברא אלהים “Bereshith Bera Elohim” (in the beginning God created), then you read “the” which in Hebrew is the word את ‘AT’ (Aleph, Tav). Aleph is the first letter and the letter Tav is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet; so this short word is showing us that when it is written: Bereshith Bera Elohim At” the word את ‘AT’ is synthesizing the whole alphabet of the word of God, because without the  את AT’ (the alphabet) Elohim cannot create.

Then the next word is השמים ‘Ha-Schamayim’, the letter Hei appears in the beginning of the word, the translation in English is ‘the heavens’ (At Ha-Schamayim).  So such a Hei means that Elohim is placing the 22 letters hidden between ‘AT’ (Aleph, Tav) through it in order to make Schamayim (the heavens), so through the letter Hei above the Elohim created. This is why we stated that the letter Hei means creation.

Then ואת הארץ ‘And the Earth” appears, which is another mystery that you understand when you know the meaning of the Hebrew words ואת ‘Ve AT’ (And the), here appears again the letters Aleph and Tav but joined to the letter Vav (which symbolizes the spinal column). So Heaven above and the Earth below; ‘And the’ (ואת Ve At) means: from above, through ‘Vav’ the spinal column ‘AT’ (Aleph, Tav), the word of God (the 22 letters) created ‘Ha Aretz’ (the Earth), through the letter Hei below.

This is how in as simple manner the two Hei of the word יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei appear in the first words of Genesis. We are explaining the meaning of these Hei only at the surface level, because the depth of them implies a great deal of wisdom.

Moses wrote Genesis in synthesis in order to Kabbalistically explain a lot; thus when you meditate on it, you discover how everything was made, only by meditating in the first words of Genesis:

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

‘Beresheet Bara Elohim At Ha Schamayim Ve At Ha Aretz’, meaning, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

השמים Ha-shamayim: heavens; these heavens imply dimensions because the first Ha-shamayim (heaven) is Daath which is the beginning (Beresheet) in the world of creation which is the world of Briah—Ha-Schamayim of Briah. And thereafter it says

ואת הארץ Ve At Ha Aretz; “Ve At” (תאו) means ‘And The’; “Ve” is written with the letter Vav, the spinal column and “AT” with Aleph Tav. Again “AT” represents the twenty two letters within the “Vav” of “Ha Aretz”, the Earth

Or as Master Samael Aun Weor stated:

The Tree of Life is the spinal medulla.  This Tree of Wisdom is also the ten Sephiroth, the twenty-two creative Major Arcana, letters, sounds, and numbers, with which the Logos (God) created the Universe. – Samael Aun Weor

Likewise, through many lectures we explained how this is done; let us explain it again.

The earth itself is the letter Hei of יהוה Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei; it is the world of Assiah below Yetzirah, Briah and Atziluth.

Assiah is the world of action and matter, it is the outcome of three previous cosmic manifestations: Saturn—the Saturnian epoch, Solar—the Solar epoch, Lunar—the lunar epoch.

When studying the Tree of Life, we know that Saturn is related with Binah in Daath, and the Sun with Chokmah in Tiphereth, and Yesod-Binah with the Moon.

In the three Sephiroth (Daath, Tiphereth, Yesod) of the central pillar of the Tree of Life we can see how these three former cosmic manifestations were dimensionally manifested in םימשה the Heavens, and crystallizing the power of the 22 letters of “AT” through the “Ve” or the letter Vav of “Ve At Ha Aretz” ץראה תאו cosmically speaking. In other words these heavenly powers crystallized through the word.

This relates to the famous first verses of the Gospel of John:

In the beginning (בראשית Beresheet) was the Word (the letters את AT are in Beresheet), and the Word (את) was with (אלהים Elohim) God, and the Word (את AT, the beginning and the end of the 22 Hebrew letters) was God. The same (Hebrew ותוא = Aleph, Vav, Tav. Vav) was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1: 1-3

Remember, when we talk about the word we are talking about the twenty two letters, the twenty two archetypes that are hidden within “את AT’, Chokmah; they descend through the letter “Vav” in the same way (ותוא).

So when common people read ‘the heavens’, they think that Genesis is talking about the atmosphere: the clouds and all that that exists above this earth, “and the earth” is this terrain or the solid matter here. No, listen. Heavens relates to super dimensions; heavens also relates to previous manifestations because this is what we call involution. Do not mistake this word “Involution” with devolution which is different. To devolve is to return to the chaos. To involve is to descend, to involve the divine archetypical forces into the different densities of the matter.

These divine archetypical forces descend from above; this implies what we always state that God creates through the letter Vav ו. Through the Vav ו is how the divine archetypical forces descend. This is how the Bible explains it many times in Genesis:

And [ו] the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And [ו] the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And [ו] God said, Let there be light: and there was light, etc. – Genesis 1: 2, 3

‘And’ God said because God is the word, the Logos. ‘And’ means that through the letter Vav ו,—through it God is doing it.

“And the earth” ואת הארץ, as you see the “Vav” is always preceding the letter Hei in Ve At Ha-Aretz.  The letter Hei sounds like a deep breath through the throat. This is why the breath of God (Aleph) through the throat (Hei) are interrelated.

What is the letter related to the breath of God? You know that is Aleph א because this is the fifth lecture and the first was Aleph א which relates to the breath, the wind, the air. And as you can see here that the spelling of the letter Hei is הא Hei-Aleph. Can you see how beautiful this is?

הא Hei is the breath of God; it is Aleph א pronounced through the Hei ה, the uterus, the cosmic uterus, the throat of God, the Divine Mother.

Aleph א is the father represented only in the Iod. Because I repeat again, Aleph א encloses the three primary forces, the three Iods: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Kether, Chokmah, Binah. So, when through the “Hei”, the throat, we pronounce the sound “AH”, the Aleph, we are naming the trinity through the eternal feminine.

The Hei ה is the feminine aspect of that trinity because remember that Hei, which is the woman, was taken from the Iod of איש Ish, which is the man; and this is why the woman was called not Ish, but אשה Ishah—with the letter Hei ה at the end.

The letter Hei ה at the end of any Hebrew word always implies the feminine aspect; that is why the word אלה Eloah ends with Hei, meaning Goddess, the feminine divinity. So all the words, the suffix, the Hei which is always utilized at the end of the Hebrew words implies femininity. As אדמה Adamah (ground), this is another feminine word.

Are you getting this? Because it is very important for us to understand what the letter Hei ה is.

The throat relates to the Hei ה, and to the uterus, because Elohim created through the throat: “Hei” Ha Schamayim and “Hei” Ha Aretz, the whole universe. This is how we understand that people that think that God is only masculine are half atheists because they are separating the femininity of God from the masculinity; God cannot do anything by being only male. The male “El” needs “Elah” its female aspect which is very hidden in the mysteries of the letters of Elohim, the Hebrew letters for divinity.

A Sign from God

Moreover, the wrod “letter,” in Hebrew, is אות’.  אות (Aleph, Vav, Tav) is pronounced ‘Ot’. “Ot” Aleph, Vav, Tav also means sign.

The important thing about the word אות (Aleph, Vav, Tav) is that we again find in it Aleph א – the first letter of the alphabet – in it, aat the beginning, and Tav ת – the last lertter of the alphabet – and the end, together with the letterו Vav  in the middle. Again we find that the entire alphabet descends through the letter Vav, because the spelling of “letter” אות in Hebrew is Aleph, Vav, Tav. Thus, the whole alphabet (תא) is hidden within (ו) “the Vav” which represents Adam.

It comes into my mind – when talking about אות “letter” which in Hebrew also means “sign”—something from the Old Testament, from the book of Isaiah, the prophet:

Ask thee a אות sign (or a letter) of יהוה Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei thy Elohim; ask it either in the depth (the last Hei ה at the bottom of the word Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei), or in the height above (the first Hei ה of Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei). – Isaiah 7: 11

Isaiah says ask of Iod-Havah a letter a sign, an אות; as you see—the name of God is Iod Hei Vav Hei—if I am asking a sign, a letter, from Him, well, the letter “Hei” is above in (השמים) the heaven in Daath, and below in (הארץ) the earth, Malkuth: So, Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei Elohim has a “Hei” below and a “Hei” above.

ץראה תאו םימשה תא םיהלא

Thus “Hei” is the sign, the letter אות, which hides the mystery of the word את of Elohim in the heavens and the earth.

This is why in Matthew 12: 38 it is written:

Then certain of the scribes (the intellectuals, those who – at that time – studied very well the Torah, the Kabbalah) and of the Pharisees (who – at that time – were also doing the ritualistic works of Kabbalah) answered, saying, Master (meaning Jesus), we would see a sign from thee.

If you literally read that verse in the Gospel of Matthew – “we would see a sign from thee” —you might think that they are asking for a miracle, right? But they did not ask for a miracle they ask for a sign אות which means a letter.

But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign (a letter); and there shall no sign (letter) be given to it, but the sign (the letter) of the prophet Jonah (הנוי – Iod Vav Nun Hei): – Matthew 12: 39

Jonah in Hebrew is spelled with the letters יונה Iod, Vav, Nun and Hei—thus, in all of those letters or signs of the name Jonah, which Jesus is given, is hidden the whole secret of the self realization: the mysteries of the Iod, the Hei, the Vav and the Nun נ.

The Nun נ is the fish which is the symbol of ancient Christianity, Nun is related with the human seed; the letter Hei also relates to seed.

For as Jonah (dove in Hebrew) was three days and three nights in (the Hei) the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (which is Assiah, Malkuth represented by the letter Hei in Kabbalah) . – Matthew 12:40

So in other words Jesus is directly talking about the mysteries of the whole work that we have to perform.

The whale, the fish, is the letter Nun נ. And the Hei ה of the name יונה Jonah is precisely the heart of the earth; יונה Iod Vav Nun Hei—Jonah.

When people read these verses in the Gospels, they interpret them in different manners—because every symbol is interpreted in seven manners. But here, we are Kabbalistically speaking, since Jesus was talking to the scribes and Pharisees—and these scribes and Pharisees were Kabbalists—they were not like in this day and age where the scribes and Pharisees ignore Kabbalah.

If in this day and age, lay people (who do not know what a sign means) ask a sign of the Gnostics, we will give as a sign the letter Hei. Yet, the so-called “Christians” from any denomination or people from other religions, they would not know what sign to give, because they simply do not know. At the time when Jesus was in the Holy Land, the lay people that were around him did not know about these mysteries; only those people, who, in the beginning of his preaching, were Initiate Jews knew of these things. Thus, not all of them were Kabbalists and not all of them knew about the alchemical esotericism of the kabbalistic letters—such as when Isaiah said, “ask a sign of Iod-Havah”. — Isaiah 7: 11 said “ask a sign” why? Because ‘ask a sign’ means ask a letter which relates to “Hei”; as in Genesis 47: 23, “take seed”, the words ‘take seed’ are related also with the letter Hei (הא).

הא־לכם זרע וזרעתם את־האדמה (lo, take seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.)

Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, take seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. – Genesis 47: 23

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Gnostic interpretation:

And Joseph said about the ‘El’ (Chesed, the Ruach Elohim, the Abraham) of people, Behold, this day the (קניתי) ‘Kenyan’ (Gedulah, the Gimel from the land of Cush) for you, and your lands (Adamoth: physical bodies, your Daleth) for Pharaoh: “Take for yourselves your sperm (the seed of Abraham), so that you shall (become enlisted. or initiated by) sowing (your consciousness, that is part of Geburah, Neshamah in) the land (of Havilah, your physicaliity, that has the seed, the sperm where there is gold). – Genesis 47: 23

This is why when we talk about the letter Hei we always associate it with the Divine Mother, the feminine aspect of the Holy Name of God (יהוה Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei); “Hei” is the fifth letter of the Hebrew aphabet, thus, it relates to the number five.

In Gnosticism, we know that the Divine Mother Kundalini unfolds in five aspects and that the shape of the letter Hei ה is formed by a letter Daleth ד and a letter Iod י; Daleth 4 and Iod 10 = 14, 1+ 4 = 5. We are not going to talk about those five aspects because there is already a lecture related with those five aspects of the Divine Mother Kundalini. Nonetheless we are just going to name Her five aspects:

  1. The Divine Mother Space, the first Hei;
  2. The Mother Nature, the second Hei;
  3. Our own particular individual Mother, the third Hei;
  4. The Divine Mother Death which annihilates the egos within the womb of the earth, which is hell—whether through initiation if we enter into the path or by the forces of nature in the eighth centre of the earth which is called Inferno, Hell.
  5. And the fifth aspect is that Hei related with our sexual energy—the instinctual force that initiates that energy, sexual force in us is called the Elemental Divine Mother, related to our instincts.

All of us have these five aspects.

So the Divine Mother is five and these five are also related in Kabbalah with the five souls.

The Mother of the Living

In the lecture of Gimel we talked to you about Nephesh, Ruach, and Neshamah—the three souls that all of us have. Nephesh is the animal soul which is very strong in us; it is that animality that characterizes us, that donkey on which Jesus was riding when entering into Jerusalem. Jesus was riding the donkey, and this is what we have to do; to ride on Nephesh, which is the first soul. The second soul is Ruach, the intellectual emotional soul that all of us have within our intellect and emotions. And Neshamah—we have just part of it, this is the Essence, the Consciousness that we have within; that is part of Neshamah.  We have to develop those souls that we have within in a positive manner, in order to develop the human soul.

Chaiah

Now, there are other two souls related with the letter Hei. The fourth soul related with the letter Hei is Chaiah (חי). This Chaiah is life. In Hebrew when you toast “to life!” you say, l’chaim, to life! —Chaiah: life. עץ החיים Otz Chaim is the Tree of Life, which we always address here. So חי Chaiah relates to the feminine aspect of divinity. The Divine Mother above, who we call Kundalini; it is that soul that is above, which we said is the Divine Mother inside.

That Chaiah we explained in other lectures relates with the four creatures of Ezekiel we call the Chaioth or the four manifestations of Chaiah, the Divine Mother Nature. Remember the sphinx in Egypt; the sphinx in Egypt represents all of those forces of Mother Nature which Ezekiel talks about: the lion, the eagle, the ox and the man—the face of the sphinx is the man—those are the four aspects of Chaioth and relate to the soul, Chaiah, which is related to all the forces of nature.

Why do we state that Chaiah is the feminine aspect of God? Chaiah is the feminine aspect of God and it is related with the letter Hei—yes Chaiah (חי life) in Hebrew is alternatively spelled with Chet, Vav and Iod (חיה life). The meaning of this alternative spelling is hidden, in the Book of Genesis; it is stated that when Adam was going to give a name to his wife, to his Ishah, he named her חוה [Chavah]:

And Adam called his wife’s name חוה [Chavah]; because she was the mother of all חי [living]. – Genesis 3: 20

And if you ask what does חוה Chavah (Eve) have to do with life? Adam answers for you, “because she was the mother of all living חי.”

So the letter Iod of Chaiah (חי life), stretches and becomes the letter Vav of Chavah (חוה). So Chavah – Eve in English – the wife of Adam, encloses the mysteries of Chaiah (חיה) life.

This is why if we want to self realize ourselves, we need a woman—because the womb of a woman encloses all the mysteries of nature, the mysteries of Chaiah; life develops within her and she shows that practically by making in her womb a physical life. So God works through her.

Thus, if we want to work in the path of self realization as men, we need a woman. Well, the woman might say, “yes, I have all of those forces within me”. But if a woman needs to put into activity all of those forces within her, she needs the activity of the man inside her; in other words, she needs the phallus of the man—because by herself she cannot do it because the man has the seed and the woman has the life-ground, she is the Hei. You see how beautiful this is?

This is why we state that Chaiah (חי life) is the Divine Mother in her higher aspect, because there are many types of Chaiah (חי life) within us, but the higher aspect of that Chaiah (חי life), is that soul of the world, the Divine Mother Kundalini above that should incarnate or, better said, should swallow us because Chaiah (חי life) is one of the mysteries of self realization.

When one makes an equilibrium in the three lower souls—Nephesh, Ruach and Neshamah, when Neshamah incarnates in us as the Father, the inner Chesed within you, you become then a master, a reincarnated master.

What is a reincarnated master? A reincarnated master somebody who has Neshamah within. That Neshamah is that breath that is written in the Bible:

“And (God) breathed into his (Adam) nostrils the ‘breath of life’ (neshemah: נשמת חיים); and Adam became a ‘living soul’ (nephesh chaiah: נפש חיה).

God breathed Neshamah inside of Adam and Adam became a living soul. The breath-Neshamah is precisely the incarnation of Chesed and Geburah, the Master, the Monad.

In the initiation, when you enter into initiation, you start working with Nephesh, with your animality. As Paul of Tarsus states:

And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul (נפש חיה); the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural (Nephesh); and afterward that which is spiritual (Neshamah). 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. – 1 Corinthians 15: 45-49

There are many people who want to start working with Neshamah and to have ecstasies—and to self realize the Neshamah within them without working with Nephesh—it is stupid to work like that. First, to make of Nephesh – that animal soul – human—means transmute your seed, to be chaste, to transform your emotions and your mind (Ruach) in a positive manner; this is done through initiations, meaning the creation of the Solar bodies, the annihilation of the ego, etc. When the egos are annihilated and the creation of the bodies is completed, then Neshamah – who is your Inner Being – enters into you; he is the Monad, your master. Such is an incarnated master. Understand, somebody with ego is not an incarnated master; the ego has to be annihilated. The incarnation of a master has always been celebrated in Tibet— the incarnation of a master is a great thing; to be an incarnated master is not an easy thing, it is a great work.

The incarnated master, who has taken the direct path, has to be swallowed by Chaiah, the Divine Mother. Comprehend the Divine Mother does not eat garbage. The Divine Viper cannot swallow you if you are filthy. She only eats holy things; she does not eat refuse. So therefore Neshamah has to be purified; this is what, in alchemy, is called to transmutation of the lead into gold. When all of the bodies of the true man – the physical body, the vital body, the astral body, the mental body, the causal body, the Buddhic body, the Atmic body – are very well purified, made gold, the Divine Mother swallows each one of them and then the master becomes a Chaiah in the earth; or, in Sanskrit terms, a Naga (serpent). This is the process, of the letter Hei; when the letter Hei swallows the man then that man is endowed with all the powers of the Divine Mother, because she is one with him, she is the Chaiah with him.

Yechidah

The last process is to be swallowed by Yehidah.

Yehidah: from masculine yahid the one, the only, the unique from the verbal root yahad oneness, union; cognant with the Hebrew ‘ehad one

Yehidah is another soul, the fifth. First you incarnate the three souls – Nephesh, Ruach and Neshamah  – and purify them, but the process of the other two other souls Chaiah and Yehidah,…. they do not incarnate in you, instead, they swallow you. And that is why most of the rituals in ancient times, said that the Lord does not eat garbage, does not eat refuse; it means that we have to purify and to be worthy to be swallowed by God, that is, to be taken as Enoch into heaven.

How does this happen? When Yehidah (which is the one, singular, the unique in Hebrew) which is that Aleph, Kether, symbolized by the eagle, comes and swallows Chaiah.

This process of the eagle swallowing the serpent, meaning, Yehidah swallowing Chaiah is symbolized in the flag of Mexico, and thereafter the initiate becomes a feathered serpent—this is the whole work of the Hei, the whole work of creation, with the five souls: Nephesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chaiah, and Yehidah. All of that is the mystery of the letter Hei. But, how do we start doing that?

Take Seed for Yourselves

Concerning Hei, many Kabbalists always point at the verse in the Book of Genesis that states: “take seed for yourselves.” The word “take” is related with the letter Hei, which reveals charity. When Joseph was sold to Egypt, he became the interpreter of dreams for the Pharaoh.Following that, the Pharaoh had that mysterious dream of the seven fat cows, and the seven malnourished, ill cows. Joseph told the Pharaoh, “The seven good cows will be seven years of abundance; and the seven poor and very ill cows will be seven years of famine in Egypt, my advice” said Joseph, “is the following:

Let them gather all the food (seed) of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. – Genesis 45: 35, 36

And this is how Joseph, who symbolizes that archetype IO-Cephas which is in Malkuth—starts working in the initiation—because seven is initiation, i.e. the seven days of Genesis, etc., etc. So when the other archetypes related with the world of Israel descend into Egypt – Malkuth, as it is written in Genesis, they are looking for seed which they know, Egypt has, since Mizrahim gathers all the seed of Yesod—that Egypt is Malkuth.

Then in Genesis 47: 23, it is written that Joseph told them:

הא־לכם זרע וזרעתם את־האדמה (lo, take seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.)

So, within the words, “lo, take seeds for yourselves” in the Hebrew Bible, is hidden the spelling of the letter Hei (הא) the letter Hei together with Aleph spells Hei in Hebrew.

“Lo, take seed,” Joseph says.

Thus only by seeing הא, the Kabbalist states, “Lo, take,” is the spelling of the letter Hei, thus, the whole mystery of the seed is there. Thus, take seed for yourselves.

Kabbalists interpret this Hei (הא) in different manners. But when you are an initiate, when you have intuition you know that “lo take for yourself seed” means transmute for yourselves your seed because the seed is the sexual sperm, yes that is the meaning of seed.

“Lo, take for you seed” means, transmute for yourselves your seed; it is a reference to the sexual act for self realization which is the godly way of giving, which in Hebrew is called kosher. Are you familiar with the word kosher? You find it in many labels at the supermarket; many products have it, i.e. some salt is kosher, meaning it is ritually pure, sacred.

Listen, the salt of the earth is the semen; if you want to make it kosher, you must transmute it into energy. Nevertheless, if you reach the orgasm, you then spill the salt of (Ha aretz) the earth, you spill it from the Hei of God, then, it cannot longer be kosher. To eat kosher, as it is demanded in the Bible, implies to transmute the sexual energy to make it holy through the sexual act.

In the Hebrew language the letter Hei denotes femininity. So therefore, you have to know how to take that seed; take seed for yourselves. You have the seed, you are physically the letter Hei, Mizrahim, Egypt and that seed is in Hei (הא) the earth, Malkuth. Thus, if you transmute it, you then attain the creation of the Adam into the image of God within you.

How do you achieve it? The letter Hei ה hides that mystery; why? Simple, when you use your intuition, when you study with your heart; listen. Hei is in the throat and it is accompanied by the letter Aleph, which is the wind, which is the air, which is the breath of God. The letter Hei encloses the mysteries of nature, of the four creatures that we have spoken about in other lectures; the lion is the sight, the ox is the ear, the nose, related with the eagle, Tiphereth… When we go to Tiphereth, which is the nose, Tiphereth is related with Ruach. Ruach in Hebrew is wind, which is Aleph; and Tiphereth breathes the Ruach; Tiphereth is precisely the soul, the human soul.

Now, how do we do it? The Hei ה, the seed, is in the sexual organs, you know this; the seed is  זרעTzara or zera in Hebrew, and also means, semen, sexual seed, either in the sexual organs of the woman or the man.

So, how do you take that seed? how do you feed yourself with that seed? how do you take your seed for yourself and make it kosher? In other words, how do you feed your soul with it? Listen, you have to understand this very well, our nose, in accordance to the animals of Ezekiel, is related with the eagle. Why? because in the root of my nose I have Aleph which is the wind, the atom of Kether, the Father.

So therefore when I breathe, I take the breath of God into my lungs, the Aleph of God into my lungs. So Tiphereth takes the breath, meaning, that you have to do this during the sexual act; this is why the whole realization lies in the human soul—because you as soul have to breathe, to inhale your seed, you have to transmute your seed, you have to place all the seed-elements in your head and in your body by means of the sexual act. So the clue of sexual transmutation, of the taking of the sexual seed, which is the godly given of God in our body, is in the respiration. When you breathe through your nose remember that occult anatomy teaches that the nostrils are connected to the testicles and to the ovaries—so when you breathe through your nostrils the breath of God is taking or is giving you (the soul) the seed from your ovaries and testicles—through Ida and Pingala.

Without the breath you cannot transmute whether as a single or married person—when you do your sexual transmutation you do it through Pranayama or sexual alchemy, through respiration—knowing that through the nostrils, Tiphereth, the eagle of Ezekiel, is there connected to Aleph (the wind).

Indeed, Adam is precisely the outcome of the combination of Aleph (the wind) and the seed through the respiration. This is how you perform Kosher, you make your seed Kosher; this is how you eat the life of your seed. This is what is called kosher; remember that. It is not just to eat through your mouth; it is to know how to breathe and to take the seed in order to receive the blessings of God.

You take your seed from your Hei—the lower Hei of  “Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei” that in your body symbolizes the sexual organ—remember that Chavah, Eve symbolizes the sexual organ, the physical body and also the woman.

This is why the woman was honored and respected in ancient temples because without the Isis, without the priestess, without the woman, it is impossible to create. So, when married men and married women unite, they breathe and through their breath they take the seed into their souls; this is how that Nephesh is transformed into human, that Ruach is transformed into human, and this how we perform the whole process. This is why we state in Gnosticism that the whole path is sexual. But we have to make sex holy and this is done only when you take your seed for yourself, that is, not to spill the seed through the filthy orgasm of animals; the orgasm was the sin of Adam and Eve, who, instead of breathing and taking the seed from their own bodies, they reached the orgasm and thus they threw away all the seed that God was giving to them for the puposes of feeding their souls. This is how they separated themselves from God, and did not become kosher—but filthy, Rah, polluted in other words.

Do you follow this? Are you getting this, the mystery of the letter Hei? Because in itself Hei implies five aspects related in ourselves with: thought, speech and action:

Thought is represented in the horizontal line of the letter Hei; there are two types of thoughts: subjective and objective—you know this; thought is in relation with the mind in us. Objective thoughts are those that come from God and subjective thoughts are those that come from the ego.

Speech is represented in the right vertical line of the letter Hei is also subjective and objective. We are not talking about subjective things here. Most of the time people talk about subjective things related to the ego. Understand, objectivity is related with objective reasoning – things that come from the heart (Tiphereth), when you receive (Kabbalah) from the heart. When you receive from the heart, you then give Kosher, symbolized in that letter Hei (אה), this is to give from God—to give that which is divine.

All of these four aspects that you see; two types of thoughts and two types of speech are accomplished through action, which is represented in the isolated left vertical line of the Hei which is Chavah.

The isolated left vertical line of the Hei is action—because when you transmute your seed, you then unite the left rib (Chavah) with your head (Adam) which is your Iod; and this is how through your actions, you perform religare, re-ligate (religion), that is, you reunite, re-ligate (rejoin) your soul to God. Thus, you do it through your actions, this is why you see in the letter Hei, that the left vertical line is separated, severed because either you unite that line to the top of the letter Hei or you keep it as it is, disjoined, and project it down to hell by spilling your seed through the orgasm.

So action means whether you do it or not. So that is why when we talk about action, it is just one—either above or below—it should be only one, not two. Either you do it or not. If you do not do it then you just speak subjectively, you just talk subjectively—Yet, if you do it then you develop objectivity within you, in both thought and speech.

Questions and Answers

Audience: I was just relating with the verse that says “be fruitful and multiply,” how people use it as a pretext to spill the seed…

Speaker: Yes, people have many excuses to spill the seed, they say, God said “be fruitful and multiply,” and therefore, if we do not spill the seed, we do not multiply. But remember very clearly and understand that the Bible does not say be fruitful and fornicate, it says multiply. In order to multiply it is not necessary to fornicate. In the animal level, yes, because the animal is irrational, instinctual. The animal loses the seed in the very brute way because he does not reason. But reason was given to us in order for us to choose between to spill it or not.

So when we learn how to transmute the seed we also learn how to release only one sperm in order to fecundate the woman. Because in order for the woman to become pregnant in the physical plane, she needs only one sperm, not millions. If you go into a field, for instance, and you open a little hole and you say I am going to plant corn, then you put a few seeds, but one is enough—you do not see the people that are doing that work putting millions of seeds in that little hole, since they know that the seed will be wasted.

The truth is that in the level in which we are right now, we multiply as beasts because we use Nephesh in order to multiply. So in other words we do not know how to take seed for ourselves. If we learn how to take seed of ourselves, then we make of the sexual act kosher, a sacred thing, a holy thing—then we learn how to take the seed and transmute it into energy.

Listen, easily, by the will of God, a sperm can be released from the gonads and the woman can become pregnant. There are many couples who become pregnant in that way. When you ask, you also can have that privilege. But in this case Binah, the Holy Spirit, is the one that does it. This is not your will. This is not like saying, “Oh I want a child”… No; you ask of your Inner Being for a child, because you respect his will; thus you say, “My God, I would like to have a child in the physical world,” and then he says, “I will give it to you just perform the sexual act and I will take one sperm from you so that your wife will be pregnant.” That is the way, the human way; remember the sentence “be fruitful and multiply” in the Book of Genesis was uttered by God. To be fruitful is, as the Master Jesus said, “for their fruits you will know them,” meaning that we have to develop the fruits of the Tree of Life and the fruits – in the positive way – of the Tree of Good and Evil, Knowledge. So when we are fruitful, when we are very developed and adult then we can multiply. It does not say multiply and then be fruitful; first be fruitful. How are you fruitful? You are fruitful by transmuting your sexual energy, by inhaling the seed, there is no other way.

In this day and age, as you know, a lot of people have one two three four five six seven eight children—thus they do not care about being fruitful; they just want to multiply—and this is why this society is a chaos—because everybody is multiplying without caring a bit about being fruitful.

Audience: Could you explain the death of the ego in order for the transmutation…

Speaker: To explain the death of the ego…? The animal ego has to die in order to make the sexual act holy and for this it is important for us to meditate every day, to comprehend every day our Nephesh, our animality. Remember that, in accordance to evolution we come from the animal kingdom, thus, if you observe the animals they fornicate, they adulterate; that is normal for them. But now that we are in this human level we have to learn how not to be an animal and for that we have to control Nephesh, the donkey, our animality; this is what Jesus taught by riding a donkey and entering into Jerusalem: if you want to enter into Jerusalem, the higher levels, you have to tame your donkey and for that of course you have to comprehend your donkey because your donkey works through your mind, through your heart and through your sex. Your donkey is lust, anger, pride, envy, vanity, laziness, gluttony etc., etc.; that is your donkey. Those animal aggregates that we have within have to be annihilated and the way of doing it is by meditating, comprehending them in meditation. And of course, in the sexual act, is how you destroy them by knowing how to utilize the sexual energy of the Divine Mother Death.

Audience: …We have to work with our Nephesh first, then what is the next step?

Speaker: The next step is emotion. Well we have to work with our three brains. Remember that emotions and intellect are related with Ruach and Nephesh is related with the flesh, with the bones, with the sexual energy, with all those elements that we have unfortunately in the sub-consciousness, unconsciousness, and infra-consciousness, which we call ego; that is Nephesh—trapped—so we have to purify that Nephesh through the transmutation and by the annihilation of the ego and then the Ruach develops in the superior manner and of course that is when we create soul—the soul has to be created by the transmutation of the energy—our Solar Bodies or electronic bodies that we have to develop. The culmination of the development of Ruach ends in Tiphereth. Ruach is a thinking soul. But remember that we have two types of mind: abstract mind, which is Tiphereth and concrete mind, which is Netzach. So when your reach Tiphereth, the abstract mind, the complete development of Ruach in the superior manner is ended; then you reach the level of mastery. Then you have to work more with your Ruach and your Nephesh to purify them more in order to incarnate Neshamah which is Geburah and Chesed, the Monad. And when you incarnate Neshamah, which is Chesed and Geburah, inside of you, then you prepare yourself working higher and higher and higher in order to be swallowed by Chaiah. Then Chaiah swallows you—and thereafter Yehidah has to swallow you—when that happens, the five souls are already there. And then we have the Tetragrammaton within the Pentagrammaton, the five pointed star—do you see that?

The Pentagrammaton, the five pointed star, is precisely the symbol of the perfect man, made into the image of God. Why? Because in the right arm of that pentagram is written Adam, which sums nine and in the left is Iod Hei Vav Hei the Tetragrammaton which as we explained also makes the addition of nine; so 9+9 = 18, 1+8 = 9; that is the Adam Iod-Chavah—the perfect man (9) made into the image of (9) God.

A single person can annihilate as much fifty percent of ego—this is in accordance with the teachings of the Master Samael Aun Weor; because the Divine Mother receives more weapons, strength in the sexual act; there is no ego that can tolerate the fire in the sexual act in order to be destroyed. But a single person with patience and a lot of prayer can annihilate 50%; ..like Paramahansa Yogananda for example: Paramahansa Yogananda is one of those yogis that came to the United States and was teaching Kriya yoga; Yogananda was single all his life but worshiping the Divine Mother. All the songs, all the writings of Yogananda are to his Divine Mother. Of course he awoke a lot—he is an awakened elemental—not a master—maybe a master of minor mysteries but not major mysteries because he did not create the internal Solar Bodies. But for him, if he returns, or if he already returned, to create the Solar Bodies will be an easy task because he is awakened 50%. So like him, many single people can reach that level, if they dedicate themselves – as Yogananda – seriously to the work. But remember, Yogananda was worshiping the Divine Mother, Hei—the letter Hei, inside of him, and was respecting his sexual energy—as a single. The best thing for him now is to worship the Divine Mother with a wife.

Audience: Are there mantras related with the letter Hei?

Speaker: Well there are many mantras. “Ha” is a mantra related with the ether; it is related with the throat. The mantra related with the mental body is written in the book of Occult Medicine, the mantra of the mental body.

Do you have another questions? I hope that the seed “Hei” will be in your consciousness. You might say that this lecture is very cryptic. It is, but it is a seed; if you inhale and meditate in it you will have all the knowledge that we are pointing at here, because I was just giving you the tips of the whole knowledge that encloses the letter Hei. When you really meditate and see that in you, I could say more. But I do not know if you can take it…do you know what I mean? With other Kabbalists it is easy; but when you are learning Kabbalah it is difficult. That is why I always cite the Bible in order for you to understand. Look in the very beginning at the Hebrew letters; the letter Hei is there in the moment when God is creating the heavens and in the moment when he is creating the earth: Hei is in Ha-Schamayim and Ha-Aretz –because without the Hei there is no creation. That is why Hei encloses the mystery of creation.

Kaballah | The Hebrew Letter Daleth

Daleth ד is the fourth Hebrew letter.  In the previous three lectures we have discussed א Aleph (1), ב Beth (2), and ג Gimel (3).  In order to understand the letter ד Daleth we need to remember the first three letters and have at least an elementary understanding of them because Daleth, the fourth letter, is an intermediary between the first three and all the rest.  

The letter ד Daleth is shaped with two lines, one horizontal and one vertical, and the simplicity of its form belies its incredible depth.  Like all the Hebrew letters, ד Daleth has many levels of significance and conveys a type of spiritual wisdom that will escape the intellect.  To comprehend ד Daleth you have to approach it intuitively because just like the three letters that come before it, it can mean many things depending on the context and where it appears.

The shape of ד Daleth is two lines, one horizontal and one vertical, which is a reflection of its root.  The letter ד Daleth is related to many other ancient letters, like the Arabic Dal which looks similar at a slightly different angle, and the Phoenician letter Dalt which looks like the Hebrew ד Daleth but with an additional line connecting the two ends of the horizontal and vertical lines.  Significantly, this Hebrew letter ד Daleth is related also with Δ Delta, the fourth Greek letter, which also looks like a Daleth turned, with those two lines connected.  It looks just like the Phoenician Dalt.  All of these letters in their respective languages are the root of our English letter ‘D’, the fourth letter, and all of them carry significant importance.  

daleth-arabic

In Hebrew, this fourth letter has the numerical value of four.  Daleth also represents a doorway.  In other words, when the letter is placed in a word, you have to keep in mind that not only is it the letter ‘D’, it is the number 4 and symbolizes a door.  For example, in the name אדם Adam – A D M – Aleph, Daleth, Mem in Hebrew, Daleth is the central letter, between the Aleph and the Mem.  This has incredible importance symbolically and spiritually.  Daleth has the numerical value of four; when you add the values of the letters of the name Adam, the result is nine, which is also very significant.  

These levels of meaning are important to understand because when we start studying the Bible or any scripture, the names, the symbols, the places, the words have a numerical significance.  They have a symbolic significance, e.g. the word עדן Eden.  The word עדן Eden has ד Daleth in the middle of it; that ד Daleth is the doorway to Eden.  It is the door through which Adam and Heve left Eden. Guarding that door is an Elohim, a great Angelic intelligence who guards the entry way back to Eden.  To return to עדן Eden is the purpose of this knowledge.  

Eden has two levels or aspects:

  • Daath, the upper Eden, also called shamayim
  • Yesod, the lower Eden, also called mayim
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In Hebrew, this knowledge (Gnosis) is called דעת Daath; the first letter of דעת Daath is Daleth.  The first letter for “knowledge” is a doorway.  דעת Daath, knowledge, is the doorway back to Eden.  What is exceedingly interesting about this word דעת Daath beginning with Daleth, a door, is that every door is twofold: you can pass through it in two directions: in or out.  The same is true of Daath, Gnosis, knowledge.  This is why the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of דעת Daath, is called the Tree of Knowledge “of Good and Evil” because from that door are two potential outcomes.  

Knowledge is not a plaything or a toy. Sadly, we treat it as such, and the results show in the state of our world and the awful suffering that knowledge has produced. Knowledge is power, and power entails a terrible responsibility.  If we utilize knowledge without consciousness of that knowledge, we create harm.  We create destruction.  This is abundantly evident in this day and age.  Humanity has been bestowed with great knowledge, but also is afflicted with terrible ignorance, and utilizes its knowledge for destruction.  This is why the single largest expenditure in the world today is to create weapons to kill.  We do not spend most of our money on food or on the welfare of others.  We spend the majority of our countries’ budgets on weapons, on death.  This is because we use knowledge ignorantly guided by the animal instinct, the Nephesh, desire, passion and all of the egotistical elements that infect us due to our karma.  

You see, knowledge is a doorway of cause or effect.  Every action that we perform produces a result. When that action is empowered through knowledge, the result is multiplied, and there is an exponential scale that unfolds.  The greater our knowledge, the greater power we have for either good or evil.  

Daath does not refer to materialistic knowledge or anything you can learn in books. Daath is a very special kind of knowledge that relates to superior levels of consciousness. Before the fall from Eden, the ancient humanity represented by the symbolic Adam and Eve were to be instructed in Daath, but they failed to abide by the instructions. Unfortunately, we continue to make the same mistake now. That is why we are spiritual ignorant: from in (not) + gnarus (knowing).

In the ancient past, humanity was in “Eden,” which is both a place and a state of consciousness. As a place, Eden is represented in the Tree of Life as the Sephirah Yesod, which means “the foundation.”

In Hebrew the Tree of Knowledge “of Good and Evil” is:

עץ הדעת טוב ורע

Knowledge is דעת Daath.  The English “good” and “evil” are translated from the Hebrew טוב Tob and רע Rah.  Good is טוב Tob.  Evil is רע Rah.  But רע Rah is not just evil like a guy in a red suit with a pitchfork, or some man in black in a movie.  Rah really means impurity, pollution, but it implies a force, an intelligence.  You can translate רע Rah as “impure spirit.”  This is why when Heve, the woman, is tempted in the garden to eat of the fruit of knowledge, that symbolic Tree, her desire corrupted her action and the result was impurity, רע Rah.  Thus, she passed through the doorway of Daath, knowledge, and left Eden because she failed when facing her desire.  The last letter of the word Yesod is Daleth. Eve used that daleth to leave Eden. Yet, that doorway is still there should she decide to return. In us, Eve is our sexual organs.

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Through a sexual mistake, Adam and Eve left Eden.  Adam / Heve, Ish / Isha, the man and the woman in Hebrew terms, are symbolic.  The man, the masculine force, represents our brain.  The woman, the receptive force, represents our sexual organs; the relationship between the two is how we create.  We create through the doorway (Daleth) of Daath (knowledge).

Adam and Eve are symbols related to creation, not only in the past, but in the present.  The root of our forces of creation reside in our brain and our sex, which are Adam and Heve, in us.  We are tempted by the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, Daath. That fruit is sexual.

That knowledge that is within us and we fail when our desire clouds our judgement, and we leave Eden.  Of course, none of us are in Eden now.  We are all in the wilderness.  We are in suffering, we are subject to death, decay, pain, uncertainty, anxiety and spiritual darkness.  When we look for God, we do not find God.  Adam and Eve walked and talked with God.  We are not at that level.  We are out of Eden.  If we were back in Eden, we would walk and talk with God.  We would personally commune with the Innermost within us.  This is a state we can recover if we walk back through that door, Daleth, and return to Eden by redeeming ourselves of the mistake.  

We have to remove the causes of the mistake which are within our mind.  Those causes are anger, pride, envy, jealousy and most especially lust, the chief amongst them.  The most powerful force, psychologically, that we struggle with is lust.  Daleth has a special significance in relationship with sex, with sexual energy, because it is through that force that God creates.  The Elohim, the Buddhas, the Yab Yum, Shiva Shakti, whatever religion, whatever terminology we utilize, the creative power to gestate a universe, to create a Sun, to give birth to a planet or even just an insect, is always sexual.  We in our arrogance think that the universe happens by accident, but this is a foolish point of view.  

When we observe nature we see sex is the cause of every form of creation, without exception.  Even the great composer who creates a beautiful symphony does so through the harnessing of his own inner Adam/Heve, the sexual power that is uplifted through the brain and expresses itself musically.  The same occurs in an artist, who takes that same creative power and expresses it through his hands, words, paint, or any format.  All of those are Daleth, doorways through which something is expressed.  This is Daleth: a door.  When we study these letters we have to realize that.

We talk about how the letters relate to certain Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.  For example, we have mentioned that Aleph, the first letter, is related with Kether, the first Sephirah.  Aleph is also related with all the spheres.  Daleth, also, has relationships with different Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, but is related also with all of them.  In the same way, when you breathe, you take in Aleph, air, the breath of God, but that air is circulated throughout your body: through the lungs by means of the heart into the blood, and from the blood into every cell.  That is the power of Aleph, but that power comes through Beth, Gimel, Daleth, and Hei.  All of these letters are involved symbolically and explain the transformation of air.  Similarly, the letter Daleth applies in many levels, in many ways to us.  

Daleth is a doorway.  We ourselves are a door.  Adam/Daleth is the door in the midst of Adam, and each of us is an Adam.  We are an Adam who is out of Eden, who is in the wilderness, who has given birth to Cain, the mind that murders the Soul.  We are that Daleth.  Through us pass creative forces, the power of Daath.  But how do we direct those energies?  Who is in charge?  Who manages what passes in and our of the door?  Which way do those energies flow in our life from moment to moment?  We actually do not know because we do not have control over our own psychological house.  We are a chaos, a multiplicity, a legion of conflicting desires.  In one moment we are in love with our spouse, passionately, and in the next moment we are completely indifferent to them, and in the next we hate them.  We go through cycles of conflicting desires, contradictory I’s, egos.  We are not one, we are many.  Because of that, our doorway is always in flux: the doorway of our mind.

Furthermore, the energies that flow in and out of us as a Daleth, flow through multiple doors.  You see, our body is a Daleth, it is a doorway for energy.  Our mind is a Daleth, because it is a doorway for energy.  Each of our eyes is a Daleth.  Each of our nostrils, our mouth, hands, feet are Daleths  

Our mouth is a doorway. In Hebrew, to speak is dabar, which begins with Daleth, because to speak, the air has to emerge from our throat, which is where the Sephirah Daath (knowledge) is hidden.

דבר Dabar [Talk] no more so exceeding proudly; let [not] arrogancy come out of your mouth: for Jehovah [is] a God of דעת Daath, and by him actions are weighed. – 1 Samuel 2:3

All of our senses are doorways: ד Daleths. They are all doorways to transform energy, and yet, who is in charge of them? Is God directing us in our envious efforts to “succeed” or “beat” someone else? Is our Innermost guiding the proliferation of lust that constantly pulls at our attention? Obviously, God is not the one guiding us. We are unable to hear the voice of God. We only hear the voices of our many desires.

This is extremely significant.  This is not merely fun and games, or an entertaining theory to debate. In each moment of your life, you are creating.  The human organism is a transformer of forces, and according to your will and your action, those forces are transformed, and those forces produce consequences, results.  This is called karma in Sanskrit, from the word karman, which means “to act.”  Karma is simply the Law of Cause and Effect.  

We are not here on this planet to do whatever we want, to do just do whatever we please, even though this is the philosophy that our media loves to promote.  Our culture loves to tell us that life is just about enjoying all of the pleasures we can, as much as we can, until we die.  This is a very convenient lie for those who are benefiting from us behaving in that way, but we do not benefit from this behavior, neither does God, neither does humanity.  The evidence is all around us.  Because of our behaviors we have created this society.  Because of how each of us behaves individually on a day-to-day basis, we have created this world, not God.  We have created starvation, poverty, rape, war, nuclear weapons, chemical weapons.  We are the ones who created all kinds of cunning ways to cheat one another.  We have made all of that because of desire.  To change this planet, we have to change ourselves.

In mathematics, when you use the Greek letter Δ Delta, which relates to ד Daleth, it means change.  It is a symbol in math that indicates change.  It is a door through which things change.  We need to become a conscious Δ Delta: We need to consciously (with knowledge, Daath) utilize our precious opportunity of having a physical body, of having a few moments to breathe and live, and to use them for the benefit of others, not ourselves, not our own conveniences, not our own desires, but for the good of others.  We know this is true because it is the core teaching of every great religion: charity, sacrifice, conscious love, selflessness.  As we are now, we are a Δ Delta / Daleth that is not enriched with conscious knowledge and a living visible connection to God.

This is why ד Daleth represents a poor man or woman. This poverty is not financial or materialistic. True poverty is to be spiritually poor.

We are spiritually impoverished, very poor, because all we have is this legion of desires which can never be satisfied.  As much as we feed them, as much as try to we satisfy them, we are never satisfied.  I don’t care how rich you will get, you will still not be happy.  No matter how many sexual partners you get, you will never satisfy that lust.  

In one of the most ancient scriptures known publicly, The Laws of Manu, it states:

Through the attachment of his organs (to sensual pleasure) a man doubtlessly will incur guilt; but if he keep them under complete control, he will obtain success (in gaining all his aims).

Desire is never extinguished by the enjoyment of desired objects; it only grows stronger like a fire (fed) with clarified butter.

If one man should obtain all those (sensual enjoyments) and another should renounce them all, the renunciation of all pleasure is far better than the attainment of them.

Those (organs) which are strongly attached to sensual pleasures, cannot so effectually be restrained by abstinence (from enjoyments) as by a constant (pursuit of true) knowledge.

Neither (the study of) the Vedas, nor liberality, nor sacrifices, nor any (self-imposed) restraint, nor austerities, ever procure the attainment (of rewards) to a man whose heart is contaminated (by sensuality).

That man may be considered to have (really) subdued his organs, who on hearing and touching and seeing, on tasting and smelling (anything) neither rejoices nor repines.

But when one among all the organs slips away (from control), thereby (man’s) wisdom slips away from him, even as the water (flows) through the one (open) foot of a (water-carrier’s) skin.

If he keeps all the (ten) organs as well as the mind in subjection, he may gain all his aims, without reducing his body by (the practice) of Yoga.  – Laws of Manu 2:93-100

The more you feed desires, they just get hungrier.  That’s because those desires are the vehicle of the tempting serpent.  Yet we become addicted to sensations.  Physical sensations, emotional sensations, mental sensations.  We are impoverished because our desires have stolen everything of value from us.

Many of us have jobs and careers and lives that we (our soul) did not really want anyway.  A lot of people choose careers and directions in their life because they want to impress other people.  Or they are trying to do something to impress their parents or their family, not because they wanted that.  In the end they end up being disappointed, discouraged.  Many times we follow our desires only to discover we did not get anything of value out of it, or when we got something, it was painful.  

As much as we seek and seek and seek in this external world, as much as we think we need something outside of us to give us happiness, we are fooled, we are suffering a delusion, because nothing external to you will ever give you lasting happiness.  Happiness is a quality of consciousness.   It is a vibration of the Soul, which is internal, psychological and that vibration can only emerge when that Soul is free of desire.  

When there is no desire to cage the soul, then happiness is natural, normal.  Joy is the natural state of the mind.  Joyfulness, happiness, contentment, peace are normal in the free consciousness.  

A tranquil heart, a joyful heart, is the natural state of the human being.  The anxious heart, the fearful heart, the lustful heart, is unnatural.  It is unnatural; it is not normal. Yet, this is the most common state we find amongst humanity now. That is because we are abnormal; we are sick, we are fettered, we are diseased, and we are dying.  This humanity is dying.  We are observing the death throes of this humanity.  Humanity is a dying patient who refuses to accept the cause of our illness, and we keep trying to find external things to fix it – like economically, politically, materially – but none of these external conditions can solve the problem, because the problem is psychological; it is inside.  

The letter ד Daleth represents a poor man or woman.  In Hebrew, the word for poor is דל dal.  In Arabic, the letter ‘D’ is Dal.  In Sanskrit, the basic food eaten by poor people is called dal.  “Poor” is where we get the word “porridge” in English.  We all look at such food as if we are above that. Thus, we want to eat expensive, rich food, as if it proves our value. But the truth is that as rich as we may be in the physical world, and no matter how good our food is, if we do not have God within, then we are poor spiritually.  We do not have God within.  What we have within is desire, ego, fear, resentment, attachment.  We are a poor man, darkened, burdened with terrible karma:   This is why we suffer.

There is a way to change this, because the ד Daleth is the doorway, and every door goes two ways.  We have the potential to change if we are serious, if we are humble, if we put ourselves in the hands of our Innermost Being, our own Yidam, which is an Asian term referring to the Innermost, the Being, God, the Buddha:

He raiseth up the דל dal [poor] out of the dust [the dust Adam is made from], [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory… – 1 Samuel 2:8

Our inner Father (Chesed / Gedulah) is symbolized by the letter Gimel.  Gimel (3) represents the rich man, and Daleth (4) represents the poor man.  The rich man, Gimel, is our Innermost. He wants to bestow his riches upon us, but will not if he knows we will squander it on stupidities. We are only poor because we are stupid. If we prove ourselves to our Innermost, he will lift us up from our dunghill.

Come and see the water of that river which comes out and flows from the Garden of Eden, Binah [the third sephirah], never stops flowing. It supports the poor by giving the light of Chassadim through gimel [the third letter] which is Yesod to Malchut, which is dalet [the fourth letter], that is “poor” (Heb. Dala) and needy. Hence, hosts and legions wait here for sustenance from Binah, the secret of the said river. This union is therefore called by the name of גד gad [gimel + dalet], the ג gimel taking out from Binah to give, and ד dalet accepting and receiving from it.  – Zohar

This is why The Zohar states ג Gimel can never be separated from ד Daleth.  They need each other. That is, our Innermost cannot be separated from the terrestrial man. This sounds strange to westerners.  Those who have a religious bent may accept that we terrestrial people need God, but to us it sounds sacrilegious to hear that God needs us.  Gimel, our Innermost, the Son of God in other words, in Christian terms, needs the Son of Man, his Soul, to become perfect to receive his inheritance, to receive his treasures from Heaven so that that terrestrial man can become a doorway of the Light: a Prophet, a Bodhisattva, a vehicle of Christ, a transmitter of wisdom who is selfless but radiates the Light of the real Being, who is a non Being, who is beyond any kind of ‘I’ but is the perfect individual.  

To become Daleth, one has to become a perfect expression of the Inner Being, ג Gimel.  Gimel and Daleth together spells God.  In Hebrew we would say גד Gad. גד Gad means “to tell,” “to speak,” and how else does God “create” but through Daleth in the throat (Daath):

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

On the Tree of Life, Daath, knowledge, is at the level of the throat.  The Elohim creates through the Word, which in Greek is Logos. The Word of God comes from the throat.  Let there be Light.  Aur is Light.  That creation occurs only when Gimel and Daleth are united.  

When the poor man is divested of his spiritual poverty, meaning his ego is destroyed and he has been cleansed, then ד Daleth is united with Gimel. Gimel and ד Daleth together, גד GD, (GOD), cause the Word (Christ) to emerge from the throat. When those two parts are united, then the Being can say, Gad, speak, tell. Then the Prophet can speak the words of God.  This is how John the Baptist performed his mission.

For this [John, IEAOUMS] is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, “The voice of one crying [גד gad, through Daath] in the wilderness [outside of Eden, calling the souls to return], ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” – Matthew 3:3

All of the prophets represent the union of Gimel and Daleth: גד.

The letter ג Gimel (3) and the letter ד Daleth (4) both relate to the Sephirah חסד Chesed.  If you count downwards from the top of the Tree of Life you will reach the fourth Sephirah: חסד Chesed. Chesed is related to our Innermost.  Daleth is the fourth letter and it also relates to חסד Chesed.  The word חסד Chesed ends with ד Daleth.  Chesed is also known as גדולה Gedulah, which is spelled with both Gimel and Daleth.  In the Sephirah Chesed / Gedulah the union of Gimel and Daleth is manifested.  

In Sanskrit terms, Chesed is Atman, the Self.  What Atman emerges from, what the Self emerges from is Anatman, the non Being, the Father of the Father: אהיה אשר אהיה Eheieh Asher Eheieh.  In Hebrew, He is that He is, or better said, He shall be which he is becoming.

And Moses said unto Elohim, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The Elohim of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say unto them? And Elohim said unto Moses, אהיה אשר אהיה [Eheieh Asher Eheieh] I shall become what I am becoming: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I shall become hath sent me unto you. – Exodus 3:14

Eheieh means, “I am becoming.” Through the prophet, He is becoming. That which will become is That which is Not Yet: the archetypes in Atziluth. That is symbolized in the process of the Light emerging through the first three letters of the Hebrew alphabet: Aleph, Beth, Gimel.  In the first three lectures of this course, this process was explained to some degree of how that Light (Ain Soph Aur) emerges through processes of creation, through Trinities.  

The upper Trinity of Kether, Chokmah, Binah in the world of Atziluth, in the world of archetypes, is the blueprint of the Soul that is not yet formed. That Light needs to descend and create a Soul.  Binah (the Holy Spirit, Shiva Shakti) descends by means of Daath (knowledge) into the world of Briah, the world of creation, and it is here that that Three in One of Atziluth becomes Two, and each of those Two contains the Three within.  The Trinity expresses as Father-Mother: the Yab Yum, Shiva Shakti, God and Goddess, El and Eloha, Abba and Aima, the Divine Couple, the Divine Parents.  Each Parent contains the Trinity (Δ Delta) within. In other words, the upper Trinity (Δ) expresses as a unity of two Trinities: ✡.  This forms ✡, the Seal of Solomon, the Star of David.

Tibetan star

The Hebrew word גד Gad, Gimel Daleth, means “to tell” or “to say.” To “say” is the means of expression of something archetypal; in other words, a word is the expression of a thought. Spiritually, our Being longs to become. Eheieh Asher Eheieh, He that is becoming, will become through Daath, the power of knowledge, which is symbolically related to the throat. The power to “say” (גד Gad) the words of God is the power of a prophet. That is in the epic symbolic story of initiation written by Moses about the Kings Saul, David, and Solomon, the prophet who guides David is named גד Gad: “to say.” What God has to say is realized through the process of initiation, symbolized by Saul, David, and Solomon. The middle king, David, is spelled with two Daleths, between which is vav, the spinal column.  These three kings symbolize the process of initiation, which is how the archetypes from Atziluth are molded into a perfected soul.

The unfoldment of the Light from Atziluth to Briah is how God creates. God creates sexually. God is not male only.  God is male/female. God is Elohim: El (masculine) plus Eloah (feminine).  Creation through sexual cooperation is mirrored in every other level of nature.  Creation is always sexual because everything mirrors how God creates. Yet, sexual creation changes from level to level. Creation is always sexual, but sex changes from level to level.  Nonetheless, God, the Elohim, the Yab Yum creates through purity – through Tob, not Rah, not impurity, not lust.  There is a profound difference.

The Star of David, ✡ the Seal of Solomon, is two triangles united.  Those two triangles are two Δ Deltas united: two Beings, one male, one female; one projective, one receptive.  So look at the mathematics here, intuitively.  One male, one female, that is two; they unite, and the force that unites them is the third factor, the third force.  This is why in ד Daleth we have two beams, one vertical, one horizontal.  The vertical is the male, projective, erect: the phallus.  The horizontal is the female, receptive, passive: the uterus.  The force that unites them is invisible.  This is why in the ד Daleth these two lines touch, but do not cross.  They connect, but do not yet merge.  This is a beautiful symbol, and you will grasp why when you comprehend the letter Hei in the next lecture.  

Why is this significant?  The third force that binds them, that connects them would be drawn between the two ends of the horizontal and the vertical lines.  When you imagine that line, that invisible force of love, that mystical, beautiful force of love, you form a  triangle, a Trinity: you form the power to create.  

The power to create is the Law of Three.  To create anything, there must three factors, three forces – projective, resistant or receptive, and the one that conciliates, equilibrates, balances.  The easy way to understand, but the most mystical, is the relationship between husband and wife.  It is sacred because it is a reflection of how God creates.  The man is the projective, active principle, who chases the woman. The woman is the second principle, who is receptive or resistant. The only way they can be united is if a third force magnetizes them.

The male and female represent Shiva and Shakti, and the third force that unites them should be love, but in these times it is usually lust, greed, envy, fear, etc.  Therefore, modern unions are often destructive.  When lust is the binding factor, what is created is pain.  The sexual force, which should create positively in the upper Eden, Shamayim (Ouranon, Heaven), instead creates in Hell. This is how Eve left Eden.  Because, you see, Heaven and Hell were both established by Divine Laws as conduits for energy.  Everything in nature is polarized: positive/negative, black/white, night/day, hot/cold, acid/alkaline.  Every energy is polar, including sexual energy.  

Sexual energy is polarized according to our actions.  Sexual energy is polarized when it passes through our Daleth, our door: our mind and our sexual organs, which are intimately related.  When we enter that door of Daath, sex, then these two parts of ד Daleth merge and connect, the vertical male, the horizontal female and we form a cross, the most ancient and sacred symbol in the world.  

When the Europeans arrived in Latin America in Mexico, they found crosses in every temple and they were outraged so they destroyed them.  In every Buddhist temple there are crosses.  Amongst the Assyrians, the Babylonians, even amongst the Jews, the cross is an ancient and sacred representation of Daath, knowledge, because it is the crossing of the Father and the Mother.  That crossing is creation.  The entire power of religion is in the cross – not in belief, theories, schools, groups, movements, any Master, or any person outside of you.  The power of religion is your sexual power.  When that sexual power is put into the hands of your own Innermost, with it he can create a Prophet of you, he can make a Buddha of you, he can make of you an Angel, he can make of you a Vajrasattva: a Diamond Soul, a perfect Soul.  This is why the Law states “Thou shalt not fornicate”, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”.  This is why in the scriptures of every religion the orgasm is forbidden, sexual abuse is forbidden, because that energy is Divine.  It is the very power of God to create.  We utilize it for selfish purposes and the result is destruction and pain.  This is why Adam and Eve entered the wilderness to suffer and die.  

גד Gad, “to say,” is also the name of the twelve tribes of Israel. The twelve tribes symbolize the twelve astrological signs of the zodiac. גד Gad is Scorpio, which rules the sexual organs. Our legacy is created by what we “say” (גד Gad) through our use of sex: either physically, through children, or spiritually, through our Word. Even the shape of the scorpion is revealing: it is triangular, with the longest point being the stinging tail. That triangular shape is present in our sexual organs, too:

adam-and-eve-triangles

Obviously, when man Δ and woman Δ unite, the result is the same symbol: ✡.

This is why all the religions have chastity as the first requirement to enter the Daleth.  To really enter religion and become a serious practitioner, a person always takes vows.  In every religion, the traditional vow includes to not spill the sexual energy.  In Buddhism even lay practitioners take this vow “I vow to cease sexual misconduct”.  If you have been initiated into Kalachakra Tantra, then you take the vow “I will never emit the Jasmine flower drops”, which is the Thig-le, the sexual energy.  Interestingly, in the Tibetan language, the word for door (sgo, which looks like a daleth) is also the first letter for egg and for testicle.

daleth-tibetan-sgo

Every monk, nun, Lama, and priest is required to restrain their sexual energy.  All of these traditions still have vestiges of this ancient knowledge but most have forgotten why.  This is why priests all over the world now are secretly having relationships, masturbating, or abusing children because they do not remember why they have to keep that energy, and how they are to use it correctly.  In order to return to Eden, it is the sexual force that empowers it. We left Eden because of sex, and we return to Eden by means of sex.

The Hebrew word עדן “Eden” literally means “pleasure, bliss, delight.” Yet remember, every energy is polarized. There is sanctified, pure delight in heaven, and there is also destructive, damaging pleasure in hell. The most intense energy in us is sexual energy. There is no doubt it can produce pleasure, but humanity ignores the polarization of that pleasure. Humanity only knows the Rah side of the Tree of Knowledge. Yet, if we respect the command of Jehovah, we can experience and return to the Tob side of Daath.

The energy that explodes through the orgasm is the very energy that can create the Soul.  When we abuse that power we are caste out of bliss (Eden), but if we retain it, if we respect it, if we harness it, that power is delivered into the hands of our own Gimel, God.  When divinized, the sexual energy illuminates the mind.  In Sanskrit, they call this Ojas.  

“Sublimation is not a matter of suppression or repression, but a positive, dynamic, conversion process. It is the process of controlling the sex energy, conserving it, then diverting it into higher channels, and finally, converting it into spiritual energy or Ojas Sakti. The material energy is changed into spiritual energy, just as heat is changed into light and electricity. Just as a chemical substance is sublimated or purified by raising the substance through heat into vapour which again is condensed into solid form, so also, the sexual energy is purified and changed into divine energy by spiritual Sadhana.” – Swami Sivananda, Brahmacharya

Ojas is the fire of the sexual waters that rises up the spinal column into the brain and awakens the full capacity of the human being.  Such a person is different.  There is an energy, there is a presence, a force that is different.  Ojas is transmuted sexual energy. It is the Light of the Shekinah, the Divine Mother.  In alchemical terms, that energy is called sulfur.

The tradition of Alchemy was a game in a certain way, because it was a system of encoding and hiding this knowledge.  Most of us have heard about the Philosopher’s Stone or turning lead into gold.  Most of us think this was silliness, and that was intentional.  By thinking it is silly, we ignore it.  Those Initiates were able to practice in peace, to transmit their teachings under the guise of foolishness or obscurity.  The real alchemists were Kabbalists, mystics, yogis, who were creating the Soul. They were transforming the lead of desire, that heavy metal which burdens us, and creating from that the gold of the spirit, the awakened consciousness.   The gold is To Soma Heliakon, the Solar Bodies, the bodies of gold, the Sahu in Egyptian terms, the Merkabah in Hebrew.  Those are the bodies of gold that withstand the flames when Nebuchadnezzar put the men into the fire, into the furnace; they were not burned.  Those are the Solar Bodies that were not burned by desire, by the flame of passion.  They are pure; they belong to God.  

Sulfur represents fire.  There are many kinds of sulfur, if you have studied alchemy in the western tradition.  In alchemy, the symbol of sulfur is a triangle from which hangs a cross.  This is a sexual symbol.  When we look at the Tree of Life we can see why: the upper triangle, which is the creative power of the Law of Three, expresses itself through the Cross.  The ‘Crossing’ of male and female.  This is why we see in this symbol for sulfur the Triangle with a Cross below it.  We see how this power of the Trinity manifests through Daath as a Cross.  This is incredible knowledge that has been hidden right before our eyes for thousands of years.  We just have not paid attention.

daleth-athena

Even more amazing is that among the Greeks this exact symbol represents Athena, Minerva, the Divine Mother, because her power is sexual.  The power of the Divine Mother is her womb, her uterus, her sexual power.  The woman creates through this vehicle, this vessel, this door.  Athena, Minerva, Diana, Durga, whatever name you apply to this force, is Eloha, the Goddess, the Shekinah whose power to create is through Daath by uniting with her husband, her spouse.  

athena and her serpent

The symbol of Athena, Minerva, is the serpent. Her antithesis is the Medusa, the inverted Goddess, a diabolic polarization of the divine feminine; the single serpent of Athena becomes the many serpents on the head of Medusa: desire, lust, ego, pride, vanity.  This is the same symbol of Pandora (Eve), who opened the sexual box and released all the evils into her psychological world.

medusa

Athena can deliver unto her hero the weapons to kill Medusa. We have to become that hero, to take that fire of sulfur and harness it through sexual work: transmutation, scientific chastity, white pure tantra. That work demands there be no lust, only love – cognizant, conscious, pure.  

When the sexual fire is harnessed and utilized through prayer, creation happens.  The most beautiful, the most amazing, the most spectacular doors, Daleth, are opened: the doors of the consciousness.  

By this method has arisen every Buddha, Angel, and Saint, without exception.  It has always been secret, it has always been protected because humanity would abuse it, in the same way we have misused every other kind of knowledge we have received.  Throughout our sad history we take knowledge to feed our lust, our pride, to satisfy our anger, our resentment.  

The time has grown short.  The age is drawing to a close, so the door of the temple has been opened.  The sacred knowledge has been revealed, just as I have opened it to you in this lecture, because the time is short.  

We do not have time now to play games, to keep trying to cheat each other, lying to each other, stealing from each other, abusing one another, subjecting this humanity to so much pain.  

A great doorway has opened.  It started in 1950, and in stages has opened further and further because we have moved into the very beginning of a new era.  Humanity is passing through a great doorway, a huge Daleth.  

The result will depend upon you, and no one else.  It does not depend upon any Master, movement, group, book, or school.  It depends upon you.  What you do today, from moment to moment, will determine what happens tomorrow.  How are you using your energy?  How are you using your Daleth?  Will you continue to hide your desires, to protect them, to feed them, to nurse them?  Or will you conquer them?  Can you become Δ Delta, the agent of change? That change is not outside, it is inside.  We have to know ourselves.  The entrance into Daath, knowledge, is inside of us.  It is sexual.  It is psychological.  It is spiritual. The entrance into Daath, knowledge, does not come by accident.  It comes by cause and effect.  The whole work is cause and effect.

Daleth is very important, but Daleth cannot be understood by itself.  You have to see it in context, especially with Gimel.  When you hear the next lecture on Hei, even more is revealed about Daleth.  

Questions and Answers

Audience: We see a lot of people wearing symbols of the cross in one way or another.  By now we know the symbolism of the cross, the true symbolism, how blasphemous is it for a person to wear the cross right side up and not work on his or herself? Is that blasphemy?

Instructor: The blasphemy that we perform is through our use of energy.  Whether we wear a cross or not or how we wear a cross is pretty much irrelevant.  It is the same as having beliefs or theories.  You can have all the beliefs and theories you want.  You can dress like a priest if you want but it does not make you holy.  Remember what Jesus said:

Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. – Matthew 15

What comes out of the throat, Daath, is what makes us perform blasphemy.  What is blasphemy?  Nowadays we associate blasphemy with the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain,” but we forget that “to speak” is Gad.  Gnostically, spiritually, Gad does not mean physical speech, Gad means “thou shalt not treat this force from Gimel” lightly. Gimel represents the gifts from our Innermost. Do not take those gifts in vain.  Do not ignore them.  Do you see that?  To take the name of God in vain means to not value Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei, which is what we do.  We are the poor man, Daleth, because we do not recognize the value of what comes to us from God.  We only value material things and physical sensations.  We do not value the qualities of the spirit – chastity, humility, charity.  These all come from God.  We take that name in vain, we speak blasphemy when we do not perform this work Gad, Gimel Daleth, to say, to tell.  Instead we exchange our birthright for a plate of porridge, dal, lentils like Esau.  Esau represents our animal passions.  Esau was fiery and red.  We need to become Jacob, his brother, who took that birthright and valued it.

Audience: You mention that God has a need for the human in order to transmute.  How does that relate to the Being being self-realized within us?

Instructor:  The Being, God, is a very sophisticated intelligence.  It has many levels, many aspects.  We tend to think of the Being or God as a man in Heaven with a beard on a throne.  This is not the case.  Our Being is more like an army of intelligences or sparks that need to be united in one thing.  To be self-realized is to have complete cognizance of oneself.  This refers to the Being.  

In the writings of Samael Aun Weor you will often seen this phrase “the inner self-realization of the Being”.  We do not read that carefully.  What it is actually saying is the realization of the inner self.  We are not the ones who become realized.  It is the One (Gimel, Chesed, Gedulah) inside of us who becomes perfect.  When we perfect ourselves, we reflect that inner perfection, but we are not that.  We are just a mirror.  We, here terrestrially, are just a terrestrial man, nothing more.  God is perfect, we are not.  Even a Prophet, even a Bodhisattva, is just a man or woman, and should be treated as such.  No man is better than any other man because every man, every woman has God within.  It is that Divinity that should be respected.  

No person deserves to be worshipped.  To worship a terrestrial person is to perform a crime against them.  When you worship a terrestrial person you infect their pride, you support mythomania, you create an obstacle for that soul.  You commit a crime.  This is why Jesus stated very clearly

Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master: Christ. – Matthew 23

He did not call himself a Master, and he was a beautiful example of a Master.  He never called himself anything but a man, and when he spoke in terms of  “I am” he was speaking in terms of Eheieh Asher Eheieh: He is that which is becoming.  But nowadays this has been corrupted by translations.  It is no longer clear in the teaching.  Nonetheless, God needs us.  Our Innermost needs us because we are a part of that.  We are only a part.  We are a servant.  We think we are kings and queens.  We think God should serve us and so we pray, “God give me this and give me that.”  That is blasphemy, because that fails to recognize what God has already given to us.  We do not want what He gives us.  We want other things.  We want money.  We want security.  We want comfort, and we want these things even when we have not provided them to others.  What we need to do is to be grateful for what God has given us.  This is why Paul wrote in his writings:

Let every man receive with gladness what God has apportioned to him.  

Not to say, “On no, I don’t want that God, thanks.  I’d rather have a new car.  I’d rather have a nicer apartment or a big house or a wife.”  We have a list.  This is blasphemy, because we fail to receive the gifts that our own Gimel can bestow upon us, our patrimony, our inheritance.

Audience:     Is the D of the devil, the Rah, the evil of Daath?

Instructor:     The D of the devil related to the D of Daath, Daleth, yes of course.  Just as the D of Deus, the Latin word for God.  The D is related, of course, because that doorway is twofold.  It is a polarity.  You see, Deus and demonius are reflections of each other. We choose through our actions which we prefer to be aligned with.

Consecration of Golden Dawn Temple Tarot deck and box …

What I am doing is utilizing an interpretative Four World painting scheme.

The inside of the box — White for Kether/Atziluth — as Archetypal Imagery, and the outside Citrine/Olive/Black and Russet for the manifestational aspect of Assiah/and the Active principles of practical applications of the Wisdom that the cards present…

Source:  http://darkmoonmojo.blogspot.com/2014/02/consecration-of-golden-dawn-temple.html

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.

laboratorum-Heinrich-Kunrath-alchemist

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. 

laboratorum-Heinrich-Kunrath-tenttop

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. 

laboratorum-Heinrich-Kunrath-alembic

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. 

An Ancient Isis Method of Divination

Isiopolis

I have something old/new for you this time.

A Coptic magical papyrus

It’s old in that it is an ancient method of divination that is specifically connected with our magical Lady Isis. It is (a bit) new in that it is a new translation of the ancient text in which the divination is found. The new translation doesn’t really change things much but it does, perhaps, give us a slightly better understanding of the original. And that’s always good.

The other new thing is that we can try it for ourselves.

This Isiac divination is found in the Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri. You’ll usually see them just called the Greek Magical Papyri (Latin:Papyri Graecae Magicae, abbreviated PGM) because they are written in Greek, but the scholars who worked on them tell us that they reflect, in large part, Egyptian magical techniques, so I prefer Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri. What’s more…

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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.

three forces

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.

three brains

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.

wheel.of.life-center

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.