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Number 8

In this installment, I presented the argument that modern science owes a lot to the Ancient Mystery schools and several esoteric schools of thought. The Royal Society was a group of thinkers/scientists/philosophers who joined together to research and present new concepts and inventions and was made up of individuals who were deeply connected with the ancient traditions of alchemy, Hermeticism, and Freemasonry.

Esoteric Wisdom and the Birth of Modern Science

 

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Number 9:

In this installment, I delve into the symbolism of the inverted triangle. This triangle is one of the most important mystical symbols there is. While most people are familiar with the triangle as a symbol, many don’t realize that the position of the triangle makes a major difference in it’s interpretation.

 

The Inverted Triangle

 

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The Point of a Sharp Instrument-Top 10

Wow! I have been busy lately. Sorry for the lack of posts and articles. Between work and raising a child, I haven’t had time for much else. Anyway, I would now like to present you with my top 10 personal favorite articles/posts that have been presented on The Point of a Sharp Instrument. In the meantime, I am going to keep researching so that I can present some new and exciting articles in the very near future. Thanks for reading!

Number 10:

In this installment, I describe the symbol of the spiral as it relates to the universal pattern and to Masonic symbolism.

Spiral Symbolism in Freemasonry-The Shape of Genesis

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The Lord’s Prayer-Hidden Esoteric Truths?

The Lord’s Prayer, which is familiar to all Christians and people of various faiths and traditions may hold deeper wisdom than most would recognize. The version that most of us know is as follows:

Our Father

Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On Earth as it is in Heaven

Give us this day our Daily Bread

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, forever

Amen

This appears to be a shortened and watered down interpretation of the original. Below is the Aramaic translation (link to the article is below the blog entry), which is much more detailed and seems to be perfectly aligned with the Ancient Mysteries and Hermetic philosophy.

(Abwûn)
Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,
(d’bwaschmâja)
who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.
(Nethkâdasch schmach)
May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.
(Têtê malkuthach.)
Your Heavenly Domain approaches.
(Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d’bwaschmâja af b’arha.)
Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates)
just as on earth (that is material and dense).
(Hawvlân lachma d’sûnkanân jaomâna.)
Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,
(Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna
daf chnân schwoken l’chaijabên.)
detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma)
like we let go the guilt of others.
(Wela tachlân l’nesjuna)
Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations),
(ela patzân min bischa.)
but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.
(Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn.)
From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.
(Amên.)
Sealed in trust, faith and truth

http://www.thenazareneway.com/lords_prayer.htm

 

As you can see, with this translation, there are many concepts that will be recognizable to students of The Mysteries. Here is some further analysis on the prayer:
-Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,

  • The Breath of Life or Spirit- this idea of breathing life into creation, or filling the material with the Spirit, is present in Eastern religion in the form or Prana and as exercised through the ritual breathing exercises  of Pranayama Yoga. In Western tradition, you can find it in Gnosticism as personified by the Pneumatics (Spirit). The Pneunmatics are the highest form of human, having elevated above the material aspect of being.

who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.

  • The Principle of Vibration in Hermetic Philosophy states that everything we experience, whether it be matter, or spirit is made up of varying levels of vibration. Sound and Light are also comprised of levels of vibration. Modern science knows this to be true of our material world, but has not yet completely embraced the idea that it makes up the entirety of the non-physical world as well.

May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.

  • This idea of the Divine Light within all of us is relevant to all Western Mystery traditions. We know that we are composed of the same base substance (atoms) as everything else in the Universe, but the profane and uninitiated have never been taught to understand, or connect with that aspect of the Creator within each and everyone of us. The Creator has endowed each of us with this divinity, but it is up to the individual to bring forth the divine from within. This is what the Mystery Schools and Esoteric traditions are trying to convey through the betterment of self and the overcoming of our animal-nature.

Your Heavenly Domain approaches.

  • One of the most predominant themes in all religious, and esoteric teachings is that of elevating our Spirit so that it overcomes the shackles of the material realm. Finding and activating the Divine Light within helps the soul to do just this and climb Jacob’s Ladder to the Heavens.

Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates)
just as on earth (that is material and dense).

  • “As Above, So Below.” The Hermetic Principle of Correspondence reminds us that what we have within us is a microcosm of the Universe. Our body is a universe within itself and is connected to the Universal Whole. We are made up of the same substance/vibrations that make up the whole of the material and spiritual universe and that which is above in the Heavens is in essence, the same as what we have on Earth. God’s will is within the universe and the earth and is within everyone of us.

Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,

  • In Freemasonry, Wisdom is one of the Three Pillars (Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty). These are said to be the attributes of the Great Creator and in His Omnipotent Wisdom, all things were created. In connecting with Divine Wisdom, we can bring forth the creative force within ourselves and bring it into manifestation to the betterment of the world.

detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma)
like we let go the guilt of others.

  • In finding true Spiritual Light, we must learn to forgive ourselves and others and find love for our fellow creatures. In forgiving those that have erred against us, we bring ourselves closer to spirit in that we have loosened the shackles of our lower, base-emotions.

Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations),

  • We are taught in Freemasonry to “Subdue our Passions” (common temptations) and are Divested of all Metals (materialism). These concept has been carried on through the Mystery Schools for millennia. Overcoming our attachment to the material and superficial, and learning to control our base-emotions are two of the most important concepts to finding Spiritual Consciousness.

but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.

  • Our true purpose is to bring forth the Divine Nature from within us that the Creator has invested us with. Our attachment to the material and emotional is what will keep us from bringing this forth.

From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.

  • Here again, we find Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. The Wisdom to bring forth the divine within ourselves, the Strength to act upon this divine will, and the Beauty that which with we will adorn the temple of our world with by living by the tenets of the Ancient Mystery schools and esoteric traditions.

Sealed in trust, faith and truth

  • The closing of the prayer, like all good religious ceremonies and rituals, indicates that we must live with trust in our Creator, faith in the love of our Creator, and in doing so, we will discover the Divine Truth that our Creator has bestowed within each and every one of us.

 

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Overcoming Fear-The first hurdle of many

As our freedoms are being ripped away from us, one by one by a ruthless, fascism-driven new administration, it’s easy to find yourself living in constant fear. There is an extra layer of fear that is being applied by this administration that we must rise above and defeat. That layer of fear is made out of the lies that we are being fed about Muslims all being terrorists, immigrants stealing our jobs, the state of our country in regards to lack of jobs and crime, etc. These are blatant lies told to us in hopes of dividing us further and to make more accepting of our rights being taken away.

This old-world view of racism and xenophobia is seeing a resurgence, but it is ultimately going to fail. The masses that are clinging to this way of thinking are falling more deeply under its spell, while the rest of us, who refuse to buy into the fear are the ones who are going to be ready for the new paradigm that is unfolding. Trump has done his best to reignite the fires of hatred and ignorance of this old-world view, but this fire will only burn temporarily and will be snuffed due to lack of oxygen.  This constant feeding of fear from this administration may cause many to buy into the hatred even more than they already have, but luckily, there are many out there who refuse to buy into this and will be on the front lines of the resistance.

The conquest that the current administration is using to divide and conquer, I believe, will ultimately unite those who would have otherwise remained at a distance from one another. The administration believes that what they are pursuing, is what America really wants. This “America” is only, in reality, a very small percentage of the whole. It is up to us, as the outliers of this group, to unite and join forces in bringing this fascism to it’s knees.

I challenge each of you individuals who stand against this current administration and its wave of fascism to unite with your fellow American. Reach out a hand of friendship to an immigrant or a refugee. Reach out to a Muslim. Help in any way you can with anyone that you know, who will be targeted by hatred. Let them know that you are on their side and that you will not let them be victimized. Every little action makes a difference. Sign petitions, call your local politicians, attend rallies and put your money into companies and charities that oppose this new administration. The most powerful protest of all to these elites is loss of profit. Rising above this fear-based campaign is our first hurdle as dissenters. It is a big task, but it will be overcome.

 

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The Emerald Tablet-What is it?

The legend surrounding the Emerald Tablet is that it is a tablet that was made/created by Hermes thousands and thousands of years ago and were said to be made of a crystalline substance that was indestructible . It is said to have existed before the great deluge and is also said to have contained the keys to the great Alchemical tradition. It was kept protected in the Pillars of Hermes or some say the Pillars of Enoch which also contained sacred items and manuscripts. These ancient teachings were stored in these pillars to protect them against disaster and were said to survive the great flood because of this. These same pillars can be found throughout the ages in various traditions. The pillars of Freemasonry (the pillars on Solomon’s Temple), the pillars on the High Priestess tarot card, and the pillars on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, to name a few. The contents of the tablet and other sacred manuscripts made their way into various esoteric and mystical writings throughout the ages and have been kept alive by various mystery traditions to this very day.  In the linked article, the author delves into the contents and history of the Emerald Tablet. Hope you enjoy!

The Emerald Tablet

 

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Consciousness Rising

Despite the seemingly bleak situation in America after the surprising victory by reality television icon, Donald Trump. Our collective consciousness is rising. Throughout Trump’s entire campaign, he made no secret of his bigotry, sexism, racism, and xenophobia. There is a contingent of Americans that unfortunately ate this up and found him fit to vote for. In an election year where there really were no good or viable candidates, the worst outcome was inevitable. The mass consensus was that everyone wanted change and wanted someone who didn’t have political baggage. They also wanted someone who was not a Washington insider. Disillusioned by the supposed “liberal” Democratic party and it’s failure to address many of the real problems that America faced, a lot of voters turned toward the outsider.

The great awakening of human consciousness has been happening for a couple of years now, but is really ramping up. People are hitting the streets and standing up for equality in the face of adversity and are finding a connection to the divine by supporting love in the face of hatred. The consensus is that people are not happy with the state of our world. Some are voicing their displeasure by rallying behind those that are being made victims of this horrifying presidential choice. They are standing in solidarity with the groups of people that have been targeted by Trump’s hateful rhetoric. Others, are choosing to celebrate in their own hatred, and are bringing their hatred out into the public eye. This, despite it’s horrific appearance, may actually be a blessing in disguise. It is much easier to fix the problem when it becomes visible and is no longer veiled from public scrutiny.  As humanity accelerates into this new age of Aquarius, there are bound to be some growing pains.

This shift into a new Golden Age will see an end of our old way of life and the beginning of a new way of life. One that promises great change in our world. It is up to the individual if they want to come along for the ride and embrace change, or if they want to stay trapped in their old-world way of thinking. Those who have decided to embrace positive change and are working to spread love in the world have ascended up the vibratory scale and are now dwelling on the cusp of a spiritual and humanitarian breakthrough. These individuals are still somewhat residing in their animal-nature, but are on the cusp of rising above it into spirit. This vibratory shift is the step in ascension right before the lid comes off and we enter the spiritual-based half of our consciousness. These individuals who are working to spread love in this time of chaos and hatred will not be left behind when the sweeping wave of ascension comes. On the flip side of this coin, however,  you have fear-based consciousness that this election and the state of the world have really brought into the light of day. Individuals who choose to embrace this way of thinking will remain stuck in their animal-nature, with little possibility of rising above it. They are in threat to be left behind and are will continue falling further into material consciousness and suffering. With their hatred and bigotry they are promoting materialism, and animal-passion that threatens to drag others down with them. They are being driven by ignorance and are powered only by their fear and a fight-or-flight mindset. This has created a great spiritual imbalance in our world.

All of the great Mystery Traditions teach the process of overcoming the lower-self and our animal nature, and embrace a return to our Divine Nature. Religious and mystical teachings allude to the fall of humankind from a divine, spirit-balanced nature to an earthly, material-based imbalanced nature, and the need for us to raise our collective vibration back up. By doing this, we can reunite with our spirit-balanced nature that we have lost touch with. The goal of the Mysteries and of all true religious teachings is to overcome this imbalance and to live in a way that is in harmony with natural law and is driven by love. This can be done with betterment of the self through self-mastery and taming of our animal nature. This is known as “The Great Work”.  Though it is easy for many of us to become angry and frustrated with the state of our world and those who promote hatred, we must overcome these emotions and counteract them with love and mutual acceptance of all types of people. We must cast out our judgement on others and know that everyone walks a hard road in life. The Hermetic Principle of Polarity states that everything is dual and is polarized. To counter-act the strong polarization of the animal-self that our global consciousness is pulling toward right now, we must put forth our Divine Selves. Anything we can do to help our fellow creatures and the less fortunate is a great first step. We must stand in solidarity with love and equality so that we don’t all get washed away in the coming wave of ascension!

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