The Hermetic Axiom: Know Thyself is said to have existed over the entry door to Pythagorus’ ancient mystery school. And it sits as the central idea in the Western Mystery Tradition. Unfortunately, today, all too many mystery schools have just about forgotten this completely. And Hermetic practices have become more about prurience and vice, rather than virtue and nobility. Worse, it’s been made to seem like one has to become some knight-monk before one can hope to access this knowledge of the self. And yet, it can be a simple practice that when incorporated into your daily life can bring a great reward by just becoming more and more conscious of your thoughts, as you go through your day.
Righteousness from the Gnostic point of view is about developing your own relationship with the L.V.X. (Light); being willing to receive such from that which informs your being and opening yourself of to a greater awareness of yourself and the world around you. And then, learning to give the L.V.X. to others by finding the Divine in everyone and everything.
The unsure and those afraid to face themselves can easily be convinced to adopt an ego-loser metaphysical viewpoint in order to escape the pain of one’s neurosis. But when a spiritual teacher is telling you to do this, it sets up an hierarchical power structure between the two of you. The result is that the student is then placed in a subservient position and becomes co-dependent; a dysfunction situation. You must come to know yourself; who you are and you must learn to derive your own meaning from your sense of being. So in other words, you must face your neurosis in order to become whole.
In order for any being to find life both viable and worthwhile, that being must find meaning and build the determination ‘to be.’ The same can be said for the beingness of the GCL. Our church must facilitate a wholesome and intentional community that seeks to bring out the genius in every individual in that community. Otherwise the church has can find no meaning and is not viable in itself. Community must define our church, as our church must define our community; and they both bear a direct relationship with each and every one of our identities.
The caring for humanity involves addressing man’s perception of the Universe and his place in it. In molding how people think, one can influence the tide of human thought and the egregores we build into our personal and social structures. The most influence one can really have is a very subtle affect cast into the human psyche that is in part, what is meant when it is said the Master of the Temple cast his star into the heavens.
So don’t underestimate the large affect such can have on the body politic. There are those that have defined their age in history. And all has come from an idea and the drive one person has to promulgate that idea.
That we have the capacity of being filled with awe ties in so perfectly with our capacity to become inspired or filled with spirit. Indeed, they are two aspects of the same component of the human psyche. We tremble with joy in the same manner that we tremble with fear; trembling being the key physical response to that which can be evoked within our consciousness.
The Gnostic Process is something easily applied, as you go about the tasks of your daily life and apply them to the overall strategy of your life in striving for the goals you’ve set for yourself. You’ll meet the world of contending forces and discover those contending forces in yourself. This will create a struggle the births experience and maturity. All of this informs you of who and what you are and serves the ends of heightening your awareness of the world. So that the intuitive relationship you build with both becomes your personal key to enlightenment.