Ralph Waldo Emerson; an American Trancendentalist and one of the most influential Americans to have ever lived. His essay on Self-Reliance feeds into the work of Carl Jung and his development of ideas on individuation and the creation of personality. And most importantly, of concern to the Gnostic Church of L.V.X., the nature of human genius.

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  1. Sermon Notes:

    Quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson & his essay: Self-Reliance

    “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart, is true for all men–that is genius.”

    Gnosis is knowledge of the heart. And when the heart chakkra is open, we find identification with all people.

    Nuit says in Liber AL:
    “Let no difference be made among you between one thing an danother, for thereby cometh hurt.”

    “Speak your latent convicion and it should be the universal sense; for always the inmost becomes the outmost–and our first thought is renderd back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment.”

    In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says that which you have within you must be brought forth. If you do so, it will save you. But if you do not, it will destoy you.

    Liber LXV, Cap. 1
    “Intoxicate the inmost, O my lover, not the outermost.”

    Note also‌ in our Doctrine of the 4 Yods, we talk about the Intuition as the ‘latent conviction.’

    “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.”

    The mind is the soul & the capture of these independent thoughts, is the start of formulating your soul & develoing your own voice.

    Read the holy books, but find your own commentary on them, and record these thought that will emerge, as you ruminate over them. A true holy book will come alive inside you.

    “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”

    We sense the genius of others when something in their work strikes us as both obvious & profound. That indicates to us that their work has found an identical place in ourselves.

    When I first came upon Liber AL, and as I read it, I kept saying to myself, I have always thought this. But I couldn’t tell you so before having read it. It’s as if the thoughts were there, but I couldn’t hear them until reading the book.

    “Accepting the place the divine Providence has found for you; the society of your contemporaries, the connexion of events. great men have always done so and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the Etenal was stirring in their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.”

    Be who and what you are, but address the nature of the times in which you live; accepting life on life’s terms. Perhaps even as you feel the Divine stirring in yourself, as you become, you will then produce that which transcends your time & become a co-creator of life & living in this world.

    But be warned:

    “Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of everyone of its members. Scoiety is a joint-stock company in which the members agree for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It covers not realities and creators, but names and customs. Whoso would be a non-conformist. He who would gather the immortal palsm must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind.”

    Critical thinking & a challenging approach to cultural norms is at the start of creating your own personality; building your own soul.

    “No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.”

    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

    “Character teaches above our wills. Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions and do not see that virute or vice emit a breath every moment.”

    Through the development of strong character, our personality emergs and our will feeds on the reigning influence of the Divine. In this way, the will evolves to greatness and genius.

    “Greatness appeals to the future.”

    Genius is rarely recognized in its own time. But for the person of genius, the Will transcends itself & genius becomes timeless unto generations to come.


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