The Intellect is the seat of the Nous; Spirit or Absolute Freedom, as the philosophers would call it. For the modern Gnostic, it calls on us to learn how to think and straddle the free expression of our thoughts and ideas. From this, the beauty of abstraction and the divinity of the Self must emerge; the humanities, arts and sciences will then flow. It is all this that brings us to rapture and a sensibility of transcendence that is the key to our immortality.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Intellect Part 2
    Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay

    1. The ancient Gnostics divided people into three types; Hylic, Psychic and Pneumatic. And from experience, we can see how this is so today.

    1A. Essentially, this is a caste system that need not be frozen, as put upon any individual.

    1A1. We have but to listen to the stream of our thoughts and to make that stream conscious; and then to act on what we hear.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    How can we speak of the action of the mind under any divisions, as of its knowledge, of its ethics, of its works, and so forth, since it melts will into perception, knowledge into act? Each becomes the other. Itself alone is. Its vision is not like the vision of the eye, but is union with the things known.

    1A1a. In that, we must be decisive; only to judge those thoughts that may be dysfunctiomal against those more constructive.

    1A1a1. Other than that, we are not to seek reason, as all rationalization will hold us back.

    AL:II.27 “There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall make a great miss. He shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason.”
    AL:II.28 “Now a curse upon Because and his kin!”
    AL:II.29 “May Because be accursed for ever!”
    AL:II.30 “If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought.”
    AL:II.31 “If Power asks why, then is Power weakness.”
    AL:II.32 “Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise.”

    2. Ralph Waldo Emerson asks, “What is the hardest task in the world?” and he answers: “To think.” But we have to say this need not be so at all. The seeming difficulty in this is that it can be very difficult to listen to ourselves. The thinking seems to happen automatically with our stream of thoughts.

    2A. And in listening, we may ask as in Vedanta, who is listening, as we come to identify with our thoughts.

    2A1. But we may say that those thoughts are themselves the movement of the Divine within us.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    It seems as if the law of the intellect resembled that law of nature by which we now inspire, now expire the breath; by which the heart now draws in, then hurls out the blood, — the law of undulation. So now you must labor with your brains, and now you must forbear your activity, and see what the great Soul showeth.

    3. The god of the intellect, writing and Magick is Thoth/Mercury; the Trickster. And as the mind can fool itself, so it can be some work to manage the stream of our thoughts that our thoughts remain constructive, and wholesome; keeping us from all sorts of gruesome distractions.

    3A. The difficulty we can have in coming to ‘know thyself’ are the many clever ways the mind can fool itself and not develop a method for handling the rise of unconscious elements from within; nor to account for the many dramas that can come to us from without.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The intellect must have the like perfection in its apprehension and in its works. For this reason, an index or mercury of intellectual proficiency is the perception of identity.

    3B. So the construction or the building of the soul; the personality is a natural process that requires a skill in oservation and rumination.

    3B1. We may of course, deliberate on the projection of the course before us.

    3B1a. But what circumstances can produce can be its own surprise.

    AL:II.32 “Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Our thinking is a pious reception. Our truth of thought is therefore vitiated as much by too violent direction given by our will, as by too great negligence. We do not determine what we will think. We only open our senses, clear away, as we can, all obstruction from the fact, and suffer the intellect to see. We have little control over our thoughts. We are the prisoners of ideas.

    3C. So it is that there is a purity of thought that must be achieved, that the reception of the Divine L.V.X. be invoked into our psyche.

    3C1. The Master Therion advises us to invoke often.

    AL:I.44 “For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.”


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