The Light Body

Augoeides (Greek, “shinning image”) is a term that has had various definitions within Western occult tradition over the past two thousand years. The Greek Neoplatonic writers of the late Roman period first used it to refer to the Body of Light or the transformed spiritual body worn by the initiate who had overcome the materialism of the physical world.
It was during the period in China, 1906, Aleister Crowley was performing his Sammasati meditations to explore the causal roots of his karma, even though he acknowledged that “cause” itself was an illusory concept, that the term “Augoeides” came into Crowley’s thoughts as the name of the central god-form of his Abra-Melin. Augoeides signifies one’s Higher Genius in the Golden Dawn teachings, and in classical Greek “glittering” or “self-glittering one,” employed in the third century in De Mysteriis by the Neoplatonist Iamblichus. Hence, Augoeides became Crowley’s new name for his Holy Guardian Angel.
In current occult literature augoeides is used as a synonym referring to the Holy Guardian Angel, and shares in all the ambiguities of the term.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    1. In Vedanta meditation, there’s an exercise where one is instructed to listen to one’s thoughts as they stream through the mind. You will come to a point where you discover the Silent Self that is doing all the listening.
    1A. Whether or not this Silent Self is the creator of this stream or that this stream has an organic
    cause makes no difference.
    1A1. What we find is two minds.
    2. When we speak to the knowledge of this second mind; the Silent Self, we open up communication with it.
    2A. This “conversation” is w/o words—a pre-verbal dialogue that seems connected to the cerebellum; rather than the more intellectual cerebral cortex.
    3. This Silent Self; called the Augoeides or Holy Guardian Angel is found through a phenomenal investigation into one’s consciousness & by the Vedantic method we’ve described.
    3A. It is as if the stream of thoughts negated any access to this when we focus our consciousness on the stream. But if we negate the stream, we find this place of silence.
    3A1. The attention then is driven inwards, deep into one’s mind or soul—one’s being.
    3A1a. This is the realm of intuition & functionally, where life’s choices are made.
    3A1a1. Dysfunctionally, it is the realm of compulsion.
    4. There are two approaches to communication w/this Silent Self or Augoeides.
    4A. The first is a Bhakti Yoga; a whole devotion to the Augoeides, as a God; Adonai in Liber LXV.
    4B. The second is a magickal process that anthropomorphosizes this as a praeternatural intelligence to be interrogated.
    4B1. The danger here is that one can come to believe in the being & will begin to take verbal direction from the being.
    4B2. A sign of success is found w/the opening of the heart chakra & the feeling of interconnectedness w/all beings of nature.
    5. A more mystical approach is to examine how this inner beingness that listens, also ‘moves the soul’ and generates a sense of inspiration.
    5A. The prolific genius is the result of this expression.
    5A1. It motivates from within & is unaffected by circumstances from without.
    5B. Synchronicities become happenstance.
    5B1. The feeling of an invisible hand seems to be @ work in one’s life; often attributed to luck.
    6. The state of mind that develops is often called the Christ Consciousness, and those that display their prolific genius are often hailed as being touches by god or being a god.
    6A. Holy men & heroes are anointed or crowned as saints.
    6B. Great scoundrels & villains can become romanticized; i.e. Bonnie & Clyde—a syzygy, or Al Capone.
    6B1. The romanticization shows beauty (always connected to truth) in their persona; despite their hideous behavior.
    6B2. But it can be shown that often, great men are not ‘nice.’
    7. Beauty & the heart are connected to genius—one who’s consciousness has become attuned to the Augoeides is said to have his or her consciousness seated in Tiphareth or Beauty on the Tree-of-Life.
    7A. Works of aesthetic beauty are the by-product of this connection.
    7A1. Even the ‘evil genius’ captures the imagination with its wicked beauty.
    7B. This connection w/the Augoeides or H.G.A. is a process of self-revealing that integrates all facets of the psyche.
    7B1. One is then called an Adept or is said to have perfect Gnosis.
    7B1a. For the soteriologist, this is called the salvation of the self.
    7B1b. The soul is said to be ‘congealed;’ that it can transcend death.
    7B1c. The actual transcendence of death is attained at a deeper realization of self; after the Augoeides has been abandoned.
    7B1c1. This is where it is said that one must lose one’s life in order to save it.


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