The Pythagorean mystery school seems to be where Sacred Geometry got its start in Western Thought. And this fact would not have been lost to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nor was it lost to St. Augustine or Aleister Crowley in his prophetic work, which we mention in this sermon. But it seems most significant is the Eastern metaphor of the mandala, which Jung connected to the human soul as a symbol of the self. Emerson captures this, as well; having mastered both Western and Eastern thought. And he brings us full circle back to the metaphysics of Pythagoras.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Circles: Part 1

    1. Sacred Geometry is a subject that can be touched upon in so many ways. But to start with, the circle is to begin to describe the cucles of our lives.

    1A. Yet the circle also is the start of a metaphysical inquiry, as its shape requires an understanding of the metaphysica naure of PI.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose centre was everywhere, and its circumference nowhere.

    AL:II.3 “In the sphere, I am everywhere the centre, as she, the circumference, is nowhere found.”

    2. By describing the Divinity with the Circle, we eneed to note that we are all gods.

    2A. Hadit, the center; Nuit, the circumference, ecomes each of us; Ra-Hoor-Khuit.

    2A1. We are of nature and all of nature is the body of the Divine.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth, that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

    2B. Not just that of our persons and of our bodies, but also that of the course of our lives; beyond cycles, our personal evolution.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The life of man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end. The extent to which this generation of circles, wheel without wheel, will go, depends on the force or truth of the individual soul.

    2C. This personal evolution can succeed ultimately, in the transcendence of the self; that to become ONE with the ALL.

    2C1. This we say makes one a Master of the Temple. Note Crwoley’s motta as an MT: V.V.V.V.V. (Vi Veri Vniversvm Vivus Vici)–By the force of truth, I have conquered the Universe while living.

    3. In each our personal evolution, we can say, as Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Men walk as prophecies of the next age.”

    3A. In this, we find another barbinger of the next age, Patti Smith, who writes in her peom, Birdland:
    “The mother standing in the doorway letting her sons
    No longer presidents, but prophets.
    They’re all dreaming they’re gonna bear the prophet,
    He’s gonna run through the fields dreaming in animation
    It’s all gonna split his skull.”

    3B. We begin then, our evolution, by finding the center of our soul, wherein dwells the divine self in each of us.

    3B1. Some call this Adonai or the Augoeides or the Holy Guardian Angel.

    3B1a. Most importantly, this is the Silent Self that forever observes and teaches.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Yet this incessant movement and progression which all things partake could never become sensible to us but by contrast to some principle of fixture or stability in the soul. Whilst the eternal generation of circles proceeds, the eternal generator abides. That central life is somewhat superior to creation, superior to knowledge and thought, and contains all its circles. For ever it labors to create a life and thought as large and excellent as itself; but in vain; for that which is made instructs how to make a better.

    3B1b. Hence, we call the experience of this center, the Knowledge & Conversation of Thine Holy Guardian Angel.

    3B1b1. This is all of the mind.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified.

    4. This dialogue between self and higher self, that we have in the past called the Gnostic Dialogue sets the occasion and standard, as well as the direction of Genius.

    4A. Yet even, just as we describe, define and create the Self, we immediately come upon the desire for a greater circle and the transcendence of the Self.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory, and to do something without knowing how or why; in short, to draw a new circle. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The way of life is wonderful: it is by abandonment. The great moments of history are the facilities of performance through the strength of ideas, as the works of genius and religion.

    4A1. In this way of life, we find Gnosis and can be called Gnostics.


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