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Love The Agape; Universal Love or the Love of God, is both the force of the Universe, and intimately connected with human Will. In the essay that we examine by Ralph Waldo Emerson, we find a strong Gnostic element that makes him a Gnostic Saint.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay: Love

    1. Agape – Love or Univesal Love is intimately tied to that essence of the self that we call the Will. On a greater scale, it si the force that moves the Univekrse; the planets & the stas. But, on the smaller scale of our individuality, it manfests the divine syzygy in the pairing us off with one another. This is a most potent Magick & Gnosis.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The introduction to this felicity is in private & tender relation of one to one, which is the enchantment of human life; which, like a certain divine rage and enthusiasm, sizes on man at one period, and works a revolution in his mind and body; unties him to his race, ledges him to the domestic and civic relations, carries him with new sympathy into nature, enhances the power of the senses, opens the imagination, adds to his charactr heroic and sacred attributes, establishes marriage, and gives permanence to huma society.”

    1A. As with all that is true, the Agape has an intimate relationship with beauty. And that found in another actually originate from the sel & one’s own intuition, as found in the ‘Doctrine of the Four Yods’ of our Rosicrucian Mass.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Only it is to be hoped that, by patience and the nurse’s aid, we may attain to that inward view of the law, which shall describe a truth ever young and beautiful, so central that it shall commend itself to the eye, at whatever angle beholden.”

    1A1. Love is the law, love under will. Love expands then, to the experinece & enchantment of beauty; even of awe.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    But our experience in particular what it may, no man has ever forgot the visitations of that power to his heart and brain, which created all things ne; which was the dawn in him of music, poetry and art; which made the face of nature radient with purple light, the morning and the night varied enchantments…”

    AL:II.51 “Purple beyond purple; it is the light higher than eyesight.”

    1A2. In light of this verse from Liber AL, we can surmist that deeper beauty that dwells in the interior of the soul. This is the Agape; Love tied in with one’s essence that is the Will. Mingled together they are inspirational & transformative.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The heats that have opened his perceptions of natural beauty have made him love music and verse. It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under any other circumstances.”

    2. The key to perceiving love & the experience of love is transformative of its perception & inspiring in its experince. But overall it is the measure by which one creates oneself as a liberated indiv idual; apart & distinct from the herd.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In giving him to another, it still more gives to himself. He is a new man, with new perceptions, new and keener purposes, and religious solemnity of character & aims. He does not longer appertain to his family and society; he is somewhat [removed]; he is a person; he is a soul.”

    2A. Liber AL starts with the Book of Nuit (Not-I), who bids us to give all to her; followed by the Book of Hadi, that is all about I. So that we can see in Emerson’s quote, ‘Not-I’ naturally flows to ‘I.’ We give forth to another in adoration, which is the transformation perception of beauty that inspires us to give, and to do so with such enthusiasm that is human love.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The ancients called beauty the flowering of virtue.”

    2B. Thus then, as Gnostics in our church, we have developed no moral code. This, as we have often stated, has been the bane for hte Gnostics, as we have been accused of being amoral or immoral. But codes provide restrictions that can be desructive & decadent, as we can clearly see with the religions in our society; holding to 15th century morals & customs that bring so much pain in their counter-libertine disposition.

    2B1. Virtue & moral behavior come from within oneself; we cannot procribe such wihout eventually creating our own current of restriction.

    AL:I.41 “The word of Sin is Restiction…”

    3. We can then ask is love or the Agape the same as the Will?–they are so intimately comingled. But really, love, the Agape descends onto us, as the grace of the Shekinah, from the Divine. So that we must say both: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. -and- Love is the law, love under will. For love binds us to the ALL, as the Will is the expression of the ONE.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    ” …we feel that what we love is not in your will, but above it. It is not you, but your radience. It is that which you know not in yourself, and can never know.”

    3A. But if, as Emerson says, the radiance of love, its L.V.X. remains as ineffable as the Divine, what is it that we can come to know? How is it that we can attain to that Gnosis of ourselves & even of the Divine? We must look for such an answer in beauty, as can be found int the other that is Nuit.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “And, beholding in many souls the traits of the divine beauty, and separating in each soul that which is divine from the taint which it has contracted the world, the over ascends to the highest beauty, ot hte love and knowledge of the Divinity, by steps on this ladder of created souls.”

    AL:I.61 “But to love me is better than all things: if under the night stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shall come a little to lie in my bosom…”


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