Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hermetical "Symbols" are charged cells in the magical matrix

 
For the Hermeticist, and also for the student of the Golden Dawn, the analogies and correspondences connecting the various levels of reality are expressed by symbols.

Hermetical Symbols, like sounds, letters and words in Egyptian and Hebrew are repositories of energy - they work like cross stitches in the fabric of reality (the matrix). These symbols-cells can be ACTIVATED using particular rituals learned from our studies in the Golden Dawn.

From that can we conclude that Hermeticism is not only theory but a concrete methodology of practical magic? A methodology including mental disciplines (meditation, memory training and breath control) and Astrology and Alchemy?



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Monday, October 19, 2009

Rose Cross Trice Great (Trimegistus)

 
Investigating the origins of the Rosicrucian “Perennial Philosophy” I found that during the public manifestation of the Golden und Rose Cross in German, the Order included the 3 main areas of mystical and magical thought and practice: Hermeticism (including Mysticism, Magic and Theurgy), Alchemy and Astrology.

The mastering of these ancient sciences made Hermes to become legendary called the “Trimegistus” or 3 times great.

Despite of the original Rosicrucian corpus was a mixture of these 3 sciences we are witnessing some kind of specialization in the various modern “flavours” or manifestations of the Rosicrucian orders.

AMORC - Chose to teach Mysticism without Magic or Theurgy, little of Alchemy and less of Astrology.

B.O.T.A. – Selected the Tarot (part of the Hermetic philosophy), Kabala and Astrology as their main stream of teachings.

Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - Have a full mix of all the sciences, making emphasis of each at their grade levels and orders.

Why that phenomenon is happening? Those ancient sciences were undivided and fully integrated in the past, because they preached the wholeness approach to the Divine. So what is happen when they are taught separated? Fragmented initiation into the Mysteries? Is that fragmentation of the knowledge mirroring the fragmentation of knowledge we found in modern science? Are we trying to apply new concepts of knowledge to the ancient wisdom? Just now that we are experiencing a convergence in science; that the Quantum physics show us the need of a whole approach to knowledge; are we trying to break the ancient and whole wisdom apart?



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Monday, October 5, 2009

AMORC & Golden Dawn (ordens) tem suas origens em uma Tradicão mais antiga e maior que ambas?

Pesquisando fontes históricas eu estou chagando à conclusão de que estas duas linhas de ensinamentos tem suas origens historicas em Chirstian Rosencreutz e nos manifestos R+Cs do inicio de 1600.

Daí eu me pergunto: E se ambos os movimentos, mesmo que aparentemente diferentes em expressão, fossem aspectos complementares de uma mesma tradição?

Mas, temos algums argumentos para sustentar esta conclusão?

Vamos considerar os fatos abaixo, coletados atravez de anos de experiência e estudos na AMORC (40 anos) e na Golden Dawn:

1. De acôrdo com os ensinamentos, ambos vizam guiar o estudante dos mistérios para contactar seu Eu Interior (Eu Superior ou Genio Superior).

2. De acôrdo com os ensinamentos, ambos convidam o estudante a elevar suas vibracões para atingir a Maestria.

3. Ambos usam rituais para permitir o estudante contactar com a egrégora (ou as correntes) de sua Tradicão.

4. Ambos usam rituais para permitir o estudante contactar com os planos mais elevados e obter inspiração e orientação para sua vida mundana e mística.

5. Ambos usam técnicas teúrgicas como clarividência (com bola de cristal), meditação em símbolos, assunção de sêres e materiais, etc., como recurso de atrair energias psíquicas e conhecimento dos planos superiores.

6. Ambos usam técnicas respiratórias, visualizações e mantras (palavras sagradas) para desenvolver os centros psíquicos (chakras) dos estudantes.

7. Ambos usam exercícios psíquicos para desenvolver as capacidades mentais dos estudantes, tais como telepatia, clarividência, radiestesia, projeção astral, etc., permitindo que eles operem nos planos superiores.

8. A Golden Dawn se diz Teúrgica e não Mística, enquanto a AMORC se diz uma organização essencialmente Mística. Porém, nós que as praticamos, sabemos que a para praticar a Teúrgia é necessário que o praticante atinja aquêle estado Místico apropriado para a cerimônia. Assim, a base é a mesma.

9. Ambos procuram contacto com os Mestres para guiar os estudantes ao longo do Caminho.

10. Finalmente, e mais importante, é que ambos admitem que eles estão subordinados a uma Ordem Rosacruz superior (invisível), chamada pela AMORC de "Manções Secretas da R+C", e pela GD de "Os Chefes Secretos". Alegan que os ensinamentos propagados por ambas organizações tem sua origem nesta Ordem superior (sem organização visível) assim como uma orientação geral sobre a divulgação destes ensinamentos por elas.

Assim, qual é realmente a diferença? É uma diferença de abordagem no mesmo caminho da iluminação? Ou elas apenas estão propagando ensinamentos em diferentes níveis sobre o mesmo Ensinamento?

Se esse é o caso, a AMORC pode estar realisando a vizão de Émile Dantinne (Sâr Hiéronymus), de uma Rosacruz Universitária, aberta à uma vasta audiência de não iniciados, trainando-os a suportar os elevados níveis de energia requeridos num trabalho mais avançado, como o da Golden Dawn.

Em minha humilde opinião, isto é exatamente o que está acontecendo. Acho que os dois Caminhos não declaram explicitamente sua estratégia para não desmotivar o iniciante na jornada (particularmente a AMORC). Entretanto, mesmo assim, eu acho que uma maior informação a respeito da Golden Dawn deveria ser disseminada entre os estudantes mais avançados da AMORC, de modo que eles possam decidir se estão preparados para atingir um nível inteiramente novo de estudos e exploração neste Universo Mágico oferecido pela Golden Dawn.
Para àqueles estudantes que procuram os Portais da GD, mas que não possuem prévio estudo e experiência, poderiam ser orientados para que procurassem a AMORC como escola preparatória. Assim, teríamos assegurado uma sólida fundação de preparação para aquêles que querem chegar ao desenvolvimento da Alquemia Hermética ensinada pela Terceira Ordem da Ordem Hermética da Golden Dawn.

Assim, em nossa vizão, a mútua colaboração entre estes dois poderozos movimentos contribuiria para trazer ao mundo maior sabedoria e unificação do desenvolvimento espiritual da Humanidade e não um constante ressaltar de diferenças entre meras organizacões, que são nada mais que o aspecto externo de mais vasto plano de evolução da Ser humano.  



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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Are AMORC & Golden Dawn off-shots of an older and greater Tradition?



Resourcing to historical sources I came to a conclusion that both paths traced their origins back to Chirstian Rosencreutz, to the Fama and related Rosicrucian manifestos.  



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What if we consider the possibility that AMORC and GD are complimentary paths towards the same goal?

Are there arguments to support that conclusion?

Let’s consider the facts related to both paths:

1. According to their teachings, they seek to guide the student to contact their Higher Self (Genius).

2. They exhort the student to perfect their inferior vibrations to achieve self mastery.

3. They use rituals to allow the student to connect themselves with the egregore (or currents) of the Order.

4. They use rituals to develop the student’s ability to attune themselves with higher planes or sources knowledge and wisdom.

5. They use theurgist techniques such as scrying (crystal reading), meditation on symbols, assumption of forms, etc to draw on psychic energies and knowledge from higher planes.

6. They use breathing techniques, visualizations and mantras (sacred words) to develop the student’s psychic centres or chakras.

7. They use psychic exercises to develop student’s mental abilities such as telepathy, clairaudience, radiestesy, astral projection, etc to develop their abilities to operate in the higher planes.

8. Their claimed “differences” of being “theurgistical” rather than “mystical” organisations (that’s the case of GD claims), which is not a real difference, since theurgist magic has the mystical atunement as pre-requisite for work.

9. They claim contact with high Masters to have guidance on their path.

10. Finally and most importantly, they claim that they are subjected to a higher Order, the Invisible Rose-Croix (or the Secret Chiefs), which provide their teachings and guidelines so they can act upon the world.

So what is the real difference? The difference can be found in their approach to the path of illumination? Or they were guided to deliver the same teachings on different levels?

If so, can we see AMORC as fulfilling the Émile Dantinne (Sâr Hiéronymus) vision of a Rosicroix Universite (a Rosicrucian University) open to a wide audience, training them to be able to handle high levels of mystical and magical work, preparing them to the admission into the Golden Dawn tradition?

In my humble opinion, that’s exactly what is happening. I think that both paths do not explicitly state that implied strategy avoiding de-motivating their neophytes early on the Path (particularly AMORC). Therefore, I think, more information on that subject should be given to AMORC advanced students, so they can progress along the Path, if they decided that they can handle an entire new level of understanding and exploration of the magical Universe.

Also would be equally good for the GD seekers to know that they need to prepare themselves to get the best GD can provide; and AMORC may be right choice for beginners. For those who want to build a solid foundation for their Hermetic Alchemy studies in the Third Order.

The best of both worlds however, would be that both organizations recognise the value of each other’s work, credit each other achievements, resources and common goals working with wisdom towards humanity’s development and not regarding their own organization as means of differentiation but union toward the Path of Return.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

O Processo de Illuminacao segundo Paul Foster Case



Paul Foster Case, Adepto da GD e tambem fundou sua propria order chamada Builders of the Aditum (Os Construtores do Templo). Eu considero este autor um dos maiores e mais profundos rosacruzes dos tempos modernos. Ele, em seu livro sobre a Verdadeira e Invisivel Rosacruz ele traca uma coneccao entre o misticismo rosacruz e a cabala revelando os mais profundos significados velados nos simbolos rosacruzes.

Por exemplo, na parte dedicada a Tumba de CR+C ele nos da' um informacao da maior importancia como resultado da decodificacao do simbolismo desta camara: O Processo de Iluminacao. Ele diz que a verdadeira fonte da Luz Interior (como e' explicado na Fama), provem do nosso Sol, o astro central de nosso sistema solar e reponsavel por toda a vida na Terra. Segundo PFC, quando analisando a Camara de CR+C, o processo de iluminacao e' resultado de uma conversao de energias captadas de uma maneira especial.

Ele afirma que o processo da iluminacao requer aspectos fisicos e metafisicos para sua ocorrencia. Este processo envolve mudancas na constituicao do sangue do Adepto, mudancas no cerebro, e alteracoes na estrutura e funcao das celulas do seu corpo, culminando com a criacao de um novo "Corpo de Luz" ou "Corpo Solar". Com este novo "corpo" seremos capazes, depois da morte do corpo fisico, nos integrar com as mais altas consciencias que residem no Sol, na estrela do nosso sistema planetario. Este e' o mais elevado estagio da transformacao da Alquima Espiritual.

De fato, eu tenho experimentado, com varios exercicios (rituais assim chamados na GD) e particularmente com aquele denominado Pilar Central (ou do meio) uma ativacao energetica de todos os meus centros, energizados apartir daquele acima da cabeca (vamos chamar de oitavo centro) fluindo energia para todos os demais atravez do corpo ate atingir aquele abaixo dos pes, causando uma profunda vibracao em todo o meu corpo e estabelecendo um fluxo continuo de Luz Divina atravez do universo criando em nosso centro a verdadeira R+C.  



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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Illumination Process acc to Paul F. Case



Paul Foster Case an Adept of the Golden Dawn and also founded his own order called The Builders of the Adytum (http://www.bota.org/). I consider this author one of the greater and most advanced Rosicrucians of modern times. In his book "The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order" (http://www.amazon.com/True-Invisible-Rosicrucian-Order-Interpretation/dp/0877287090), he makes the connection between the Rosicrucian mysticism and Caballa revealing the deeper meanings of the Rosicrucians old and obscured symbols. For example, from the CR+C Vault, he gives us information of the utmost importance as a result of the de-codification of the Vault symbolism: The Enlightment process.

He says that the true source of the Divine Light (such as Interior Light as explained in the Fama), is drawn from our Sun, the central star of our solar system and responsible for all life on Earth.

According to PFC, the Enlightment process is the result of an energy conversion using a particular and secret alchemical knowledge. He says that the process of Enlightment requires physical and metaphysic aspects to happen. This process involves changes in blood constitution, changes in the brain, and change in the structure and function of the body cells, culminating with the creation of a new "body light" or "Solar" body. With this new "body" we will be able, after the death of the physical body, to commune with the highest consciousness who reside in the Sun, the star of our planetary system. This is the highest stage of alchemical spiritual transformation.

Which comes in accordance with the information provided by the HOGD as taught in the 3 degrees of the third Order of HOGD (http://www.hermeticgoldendawn.org/) (8, 9 and 10 degrees).

The HOGD says that the stars are the environment in which highest planetary consciousnesses evolve.

In fact, my initial experience in the initial grades of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn seems to support these affirmations. As I recall, the work I have experienced with AMORC (http://www.amorc.org/) is particularly related to the psychic centres (Chakras) confined to the head and the thorax. It turns out that, as expected, the HOGD works with these centres but extends the development work beyond the body, using centres like the one below of feet (our connection with the planetary energy) and the one above our head (the seat of the “Higher Self” or our “I inside”).

What I have experienced with various exercises (so-called rituals in GD) and with a particularly one called the Middle Pillar ritual is that all my body centres have been energized from that one above the head (let's call it the eighth Centre, Kether) flowing energy for all others until riching the one below the feet, causing deep vibrations throughout my body and establishing a divine Light connection to the stars (the deepest structures the universe) creating the real manifestation of the R+C.

Each time I'm more confident that the lessons of the GD were designed for advanced students in the path and not for beginners. This is also confirmed by the testimony of HOGD when they say that they accept in the Order those who already have a history and practise of mystical study.

That also rings the bell when I read AMORC’s 11 degree (written by HSL) saying that advancements in Rosicrucians studies can only be found in the GD...  



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