Magick is a trap for the ignoble and immoral. It presents itself to us in a glamour-laden package that attempts to seduce our prurience and power-lust. People approach it in the hope of producing miracles in their lives that will bring to them money, lovers, fame and power over others. Yet, Magick is a word that is synonymous with wisdom and is all about one’s spiritual development. You can read books on how to evoke spirits and begin the practice of Magick and you will become beguiled. Or you can read books on philosophy and the ongoing quest of the human soul and find yourself counted upon the nobility. Mercury the trickster god offers you this choice.
The Gnostic Church of L.V.X. has a plan; a dream of life and living that wants to leave more than a philosophical mark on the world. We want to enhance the lives of our congregants in practical ways that will underpin our quest for nobility in this life. The formation of community, as Plato states, frees us from the tyranny of nature. And in the present life, we also hold out for liberation from the tyranny of time. For a spiritual life is impossible without the time to pursue it.
Genius is the Holy Spirit indwelling your body. And it is wrong to say that it is trapped there; though it longs to be free. Inherently, it then works with the body to create your soul. From there, you simply have to express yourself; bringing out that which is within you into the field of human history and society in general. So go thou forward and speak, write, build, mold, construct, sing, paint, dance and compose; play…play and play. This is the beauty of life and that which we bring to enhance the collective beauty of our culture. It is no coincidence that Sefira at the center of the Ruach; the center of our soul is called Beauty.
We emerge from the unconsciousness of our birth to the development of a sense of self. But as we live in the modern world, the struggle is for overcoming the alienation that comes part and parcel with living. In order to do this, we need yet, to develop ‘a sense of life’–that feeling of beingness that informs us of our inherent divinity. Mythology has always been the key to this for all cultures and in all times. Both Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung have shown us that despite the apparent differences in the stories in each of these cultures, they have all produced parallel ideas; the collective unconscious being that which intimately connects the whole of the human race.
We shape our identity and our role in the world, both from within and by way of our interaction with the world. The world becomes a field that we act within in order to shape that which is within us. So that as we bring that which is within ourselves forward into the world, we are both creating ourselves and the world itself.
We are delighted to be able to introduce James Citron for this month’s Rosicrucian Mass service and sermon. James comes to our congregation with a strong, knowledgeable background in the Western Mystery Tradition. And he is finding his own inimitable path to Gnosis. We congratulate him on his performance, as Acolyte for our mass service on December 17th. Despite all the technical problems we’ve experienced; almost a comedy in how much went wrong for us, James delivered a magnificent sermon.
In a pantheist world, everyone and everything is possessed of spirits. Some serve us and others lead us astray, and yet others are entirely indifferent to us. Some we can consume and imbibe, others leap forth from us in our interaction with the world. There are spirits in every breath we take, that we transform into a eucharist of mind and awareness; feeding our very soul.