The soul is an artificial object made by intelligences that exist far beyond the range of our senses, and serves as a link to them. This reality beyond the ordinary world is in you and everyone else, and you cannot go back from knowing it once you know. "It is useless to close one's eyes, since this sight does not occur through physical eyes."
"That it is necessary there should be a certain Subject of bodies which is different from them, is sufficiently evinced by the continual mutation of corporeal quantities; for nothing that is changed is entirely destroyed; since if such were the case there would be a certain essence dissolved into nonentity; and this persisting, there would be … Continue reading The Theoretical Basis of the Hermetic Art, According to Mary Anne Atwood
Tolkien and Boehme are part of a tradition that illustrates the nature of the world in modes of music, myth, and the identity of the creative process between art and nature.
The great benefit of solitude is that, in prolonged duration, dormant faculties of perception arise. An entirely new mode of being awakens. By solitude I mean not in a claustrophobic cage confined in a room, but a comfortable place in idyllic environs, like Thoreau's situation at Walden pond. I think there really is a noetic … Continue reading Idyllic Insight
One day, YOU will be in a world that you can no longer pretend to understand. Everything you once knew will either be gone or only bear a resemblance, and that resemblance will be like an echo that decays in value with each return. All of the changes, gradual or sudden, will finally result in a world … Continue reading Stranger in a Strange Land
As much as I love peak experiences, there is also the delicate joy that consists in the quiet delight of things rather ordinary. A crisp morning with no noise of industry, birds chirping, squirrels foraging, all along a splendid, illustrious, and tolerable sunshine. I am not one for being overly sentimental, too much sap spoils the … Continue reading The Quiet Delight of Things Rather Ordinary, and the Cost of Getting Scammed
There is a basic pattern underlying and governing the formation of bodies. This pattern is the expression of an abstract principle, the substance of this principle is information, deposited into objects. On the highest plane it is all the explication of one mysterious thing. It has a three-fold operation of Principle, Process, Product; Positive, Neutral, … Continue reading Information, Mediation, and Hierarchy
"Now, for my part, I have always honoured the magicians, their philosophy being both rational and majestic, dwelling not upon notions but effects. When I was a mere errant in their books and understood them not, I did believe them. Time rewarded my faith and paid my credulity with knowledge. That these Philosophers may be the … Continue reading Coelum Terrae
"He dwells in us, not in the nether world, not in the starry heavens. The spirit living within us fashions all this." - Agrippa von Nettesheim What is imagination? The common answer is that imagination is the ability to mentally reproduce visual images, sometimes other sensations like a sound or feeling, without external stimulus. As … Continue reading Imagination, Objectification, and Forbidden Knowledge