Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Secret Chiefs or The Invisible Rosicrucian Adepts (Magis)


Seems that the Golden Dawn community is having a hard time to believe that the Secret Chiefs are real, or that exist a higher Order of Rosicrucian Adepts overseeing the entire R+C teachings and external manifestations of the Tradition over the Centuries. Also they seem not believing that someone, I mean someone which already have elevated themselves enough to get their attention from the Magi, can actually have met them in flesh.  



Sources or Testimonies

However, there is at least another person (apart from S.L. Matthers) who had reported just that. His name was Raymond Bernard (1890-1977), an advanced French Rosicrucian Adept with extensive works on the esoteric tradition. He was one of the leading esoteric philosophers and mystics of our time. He was formerly an international leader and Grand Master of the Rosicrucian Order AMORC, and a founder of sacred initiatory and traditional school of mysticism (Rosicrucian, Martinism, Templar) for French-speaking countries. As an Elder Brother and mystic, Frater Raymond has travelled extensively all over the world, to initiate and encourage seekers from every kind of background and denomination to help them find their own personal way of expressing the divine goodness in human nature. His books have been translated in many different languages. However, most of them have now been out of print . As a result I would suggest to peruse through this site built in his memory (use the link below). The site also provide all files for download and study offline.

In his book "The Secret Mansions of the Rose-Croix", Fr. Raymond tells us of his encounters with the High Adepts and his visit to their Rosicrucian Mansions, the Houses of the Spiritum Sanctum. He mentioned his visits to the secret mansions in Amsterdam, Vienna, Lisbon, and in Madrid. He also mentioned that there are 144 mansions all around the world and that their location may vary according to the world conditions. He said that apart from promoting and monitoring the development and expansion of the Rosicrucian Tradition all over the globe, the Adepts select a few high advanced students to be part of their secretive organization to help them with the Great Work of supporting humanity towards its spiritual unfolding.

Fr. Bernard's work includes plenty of detailed description of the visited locations, his initiations and rituals performed in the houses of the Spiritum Sanctum but their exact address and other details must remain hidden from the public.

Another current example is provided by Josephyne McCarthy and account of her contacts with Inner Plane Adepts, as part of her magic manuals series entitled Magical Knowledge I to III (covering the Neophyte, Initiated and the Adept). 

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I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics AU$20.00
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                 AU$20.00
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.       AU$20.00



Your comments will be appreciated. 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Magic of Harry Potter

 
 
 

I have seen them, all of them, I confess. They are so good! Particularly the last instalment, the Deathly Hallows Part II. 

So is the 'magic' of Harry Potter, delivering 'magic' or selling an Hollywood image of a school of wizardry to the masses? 

What kind of 'magic' we can see in Harry Potter franchise? 

What lies behind it's success, considering the prejudice we face in a society that reputes magic as something related to dark forces or evil? Do you know that here in Australia, some schools refused to allow their students to watch the first movie under the same allegations? 

Does do Harry Potter a disservice to the propagation of real Magic in the western society because use the Hollywood formulae to make it work? To resource to well know cliches like the battle of good against evil; to resource to violence in the battle to "evil", to materialise evil so it can be destroyed (!?). They even corrupted the sacred wands converting them into ray-guns! Like they haven't any other purpose than be used for attack/defence... and they seem only to obey their owner like a dog! Not to mention, that those wizards need a parallel world to live, because 'people will be upset if they discover that magic is real' as one of the movie character said. 

So what HP and his mates learned in the school of wizardry? 

May be they have learnt how to power up their wands (ray-guns and locker-breakers). Or how to confront wanders and get scared. Even how to solve puzzles presented by their masters. But where are the real lessons? May be to persevere no matter what! But what about the inner strength and balance? What about concentration and clear mind? And what about the development of the ability to get inner guidance from the inner Genius (Higher Self)? What about the role of human consciousness into the oneness of the Universe? Some hints on skrying in the pool of dreams? Using the Crystal Ball? Tarot in the school class? A bit of herbology and spells? Above it all they learned how to face the wonders of the Cosmos and survive and learn. Yes, they are all in the movie... 

And there is something else... if we recall, the last movie shows that the evil Valdermor's power grew as part of HP growth, inside of him, like his shadow... And that final confrontation with it to survive and evolve. That was advanced! 

Even at the end, after HP have conquered the evil Valdermor (his own Demon?) but he didn't get the place of his master (the dead Wizard), why I wonder... 

Anyway, the presence of Magic in our world will be imprinted in the mind of the young... may some of them will want to get further on that, like what happens to myself. 

Today I understand Magic as an a Path of a few, those who are willing to tread the hidden ways of the mind and the Universe. 

This reminds me Plato, when he said that if you know thyself you know the Universe, which immediately reflects the maximum of Hermes Trimegistus in As Above as Below, the works of the One. 

As defined by the Esoteric tradition, Magic is way to walk on the Path of Return, to your own Divinity manifested, thus being more than Human, being One with the All. That is my definition of Magic as well. Early in my life I realised that I was treading the Path of Light, which do not have a way back, only forward! Because? Because this is a transformative path, it is a transmutation path, and there is nothing behind where you can go back. 

I have this kind of fascination by the Divine Light that propel "myself", my middle self (ego) towards the unknown to fulfil my destiny, which I do not know yet to come. But it is irresistible and I am put myself totally into it, body and soul. That's my call. 

What I rationally do is trying to figure out my way toward that goal. I believe that there are clues left behind by those who already tread this Path. I want to heal myself enough to see them on my path and follow them. One of the big clues resides in the concept of the Higher Self or Genius. That's in my option is the first real step in this Path. Because this is a real unknown territory we need a true guide. Our minds are too limited to figure out those clues, which requires higher learning and perceptive skills. Those clues are out of time and space, a real cosmic riddle put before ourselves as the critical test of endurance and worth. We need to be conscious outside the limited mind frame, conditioned by the linear language and thought flow. 


I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics 
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                 
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.       



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reflections on the Path of Knowledge



A Frater, friend of mine, wrote: "My aim is to do my inner work to get in contact with the Cosmic Mind, doing things related to my spiritual development."

When I asked for clarification, he also explained: "What I did was to funnel (select) my sources from where I can seek knowledge instead of open myself to a wide range of sources as you do."

As my friend is a serious seeker of the Great Work, I started to consider his thoughts.

I think he got a point in saying that we need focus, as concentration is the main tool in the Rosicrucian Path of self-development. However, I think the main point is not the focus, but the contact with the Cosmic Mind, that is the real issue of his preoccupations. He thinks that through psychic exercises provided by the AMORC system of teachings the "contact" can be achieved. He also mentioned that he has a very disciplined routine of meditation and practices to achieve his goal of contact with the Cosmic Mind. During our conversation he mentioned that he is pretty happy with his results and that he considered himself enlightened somehow already.

Then I was considering to myself: We live in a reality of possibilities and opportunities and these only become concrete, real for us, when we choose among so many endless options given to us by the Cosmic Mind.

Besides, if we think a little beyond the distinction of 'inner' and 'out', and if we consider the Rosicrucian dito which said that ALL IS MIND, that is all we perceive and think is part of the Cosmic Mind, so what aspect of our life that is not related to our spiritual development? Is it possible that there is something that is not part of It?

My conclusion is that my enlightened Frater put himself apart from the Cosmic Mind when he thinks in terms of duality. What he must realized is that it all part of the show, we are never out of it. That he needs to seek not the Cosmic Mind but the Cosmic Consciousness, which is our perception of the whole, the continuum of energy and consciousness "between everything" that we perceived as individual things and beings. Those aspects that we consider 'outer' that make it difficult for us to contact the Cosmic Mind. That's why we need to overcome the Abyss between the dualistic perception and that of Cosmic Unity.

That's why we need to travel from our concept of 'out' to 'oneness' pushing the limits between the concepts of "exterior" and "interior". We can only established contact with the cosmic mind, when we become conscious of being part of it.