Symphony Of Love: Excerpts from Essay on Friendship by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s Art that brings the infinite into the finite, by which the Divine extends its holy hand to touch the soul of humanity. Through its lens, whether that be a camera lens for a film or a picture; the lens of our mind’s eye or even the eyes in our head, we are virulently brought to apprehend the ineffable. And through art, we are conveyed forward, onto a path with heart.

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  1. Sermon
    Art, Part 1
    Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay

    1. One thing we hear from many of our heroes and leaders that they first, seek to join something larger than ourselves.

    1A. In this even, we form the community of our church.
    1A1. That still great individual of renown emerge from, as the genius and artists of our time.

    2. Such singular individuals bring the community to us, as they convey its beauty and worth to us.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What is that abridgment and selection we observe in all spiritual activity, but itself the creative impulse? for it is the inlet of that higher illumination which teaches to convey a larger sense by simpler symbols.”

    2A. So that these individuals that bring their own fresh fever from the skies; the hand of the divine to touch all our lives.

    2A1. They become the conduit or channel for such a spark of light and inspiration to work through them for us all to regale.

    2A1a. In this way, new Gnosis is ultimately made plain to us all.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Now that which is inevitable in the work has a higher charm than individual talent can ever give, inasmuch as the artist’s pen or chisel seems to have been held and guided by a gigantic hand to inscribe a line in the history of the human race.”

    2B. It is that which is new that is so vital to us, as it is for us in our generation to make our own contact with the Divine.

    2B1. Singularly and collectively.

    2C. The vitality of each our own soul and of the collective soul in our church must be forged with great intent.

    2C1. Indeed, we start out as fractured beings an d a factured, off-balance community, instinctively seeking a conscious composition.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole.”

    2C1a. This insincet, as we state at the end of our Rosicrucian Mass, becomes omniscience.

    3. The artist becomes the Shaman; the spiritual leader of our community.

    3A. The Shaman is the revealer; the one who exposes the L.V.X. of the Divine into the Darkness of our unconsciousness.

    3A1. He or she may then, not appeal to us at first; but soon enough, we become those who have eyes, and can see such great wealth in the Spirit Vision.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Thus, historically viewed, it has been the office of art to educate the perception of beauty. We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision. It needs, by the exhibition of single traits, to assist and lead the dormant taste.”

    3B. The Spirit Vision being evoked, shows the production of art to be a direct appeal to the soul that flows through each of us and through our community.

    3B1. Our individual souls are whole replicas of our collective soul; the Adam Kadmon.

    3B1a. So that when more than one gathers together, the image of the Divine shines bright.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The reference of all production at last to an aboriginal Power explains the traits common to all works of the highest art,–that they are universally intelligible; that they restore to us the simplest states of mind; and are religious. Since what skill is therein shown is the reappearance of the original soul, a jet of pure light, it should produce a similar impression to that made by natural objects.”

    3C. It is through that appeal by the artist in both each, ourselves and the Shaman that emerges in our community that we become whole and obtain that resurrection called Gnosis.


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