The Hermetic Principles and Changing the Ruling Paradigm

I consider myself to be an initiate of the Mystery Schools and know in my heart of hearts that these teachings hold the key to unlocking the true potential of the human race. Religions of all different types around the world will espouse that their way is the only way and that the others are deceived and doomed.  While I believe that some of this bias comes from ignorance, I also believe that some of it is by design. If we all live in one collective consciousness and all derive from the same Mind of the Creator, how can one group be right, while the other is wrong? The truth is is that there is no one correct path. The idea that there is only one path is one of the most damning and dangerous falsehood ever concocted that has already caused so much pain, death and despair. We have all seen the effect of religious wars over time, and still feel their effects to this very day.

Being an initiate of a Mystery School has always required taking a solemn oath to not divulge the secrets of the order. While I believe that this is mostly symbolic, it is meant to test the will of the initiate, but it may serve an even deeper purpose.  I believe that the secrets (which are usually deeply veiled) that an order holds must be pondered upon at great lengths to understand. These teachings hold great truths that are inherent to unlocking our true potential.  They hold truths about the nature of our reality that science is constantly confirming (albeit hundreds, if not thousands of years later). They hold truths about the nature of our minds and of consciousness itself, which the initiate will come to understand IS reality. These teachings hold the sublime truth that we are all part of the One and that we always have been and always will be. They hold the truth that we are Spirit that has descended into Matter, but are capable of reattaining that Spirit by living within a moral code that inspires us to help the destitute and downtrodden.  I also believe that these teachings hold the key to saving the world from this dark path that we are currently on.

The modern church system has taken the lessons of Christ at face value and has presented them to the public in a watered down, non-symbolic manner. Whether this has been done out of ignorance, or by design, has stripped the true meaning from the Word and has drawn the veil over it’s power. The modern Christian teachings have also taught us that we are sinners and flawed and the only way to be saved it to accept Christ as our personal savior. This teaching is flawed and is used to demean the individual. I truly believe that these teachings were intended to control people and keep us locked in fear and servitude. As we all derive from God, and are a part of God, how can we be eternally flawed? At one point in time, Hermeticism was considered on-par with Christianity until it was squashed, along with other non-Christian religions during the late reign of Constantine the Great. This continued on, with brief periods of time where paganism was tolerated, until the reign of Theodosius, when paganism was wholeheartedly banned and pagans were persecuted, temples were destroyed and there was an attempt to destroy all remnants of pre-Christian religion.  It is imperative that we look at religions in a different light, and approach them with equal attention. We must also look at them allegorically, as opposed to treating them as historic fact and understand that each tradition holds important moral lessons for humanity.

The Hermetic teachings as presented in the Kybalion present a very different way of looking at our bodies, our minds, and our souls than contemporary Christianity. As I have previously discussed in my series on the Seven Hermetic Principles, these seven immutable laws govern the natural and supernatural world as we know it. The seven principles in and of themselves have an exoteric and esoteric meaning, and like the mystery schools of antiquity can be understood on multiple levels. One of the most striking revelations that an individual can take away from studying them is the concept of all things existing within a singular mind, or consciousness.  Science is confirming the concept of “infinite, living mind” as it uncovers the science of consciousness and the true nature of our existence. We all derive our being from vibrations and atoms that science has yet to fully understand, but we do know that we all come from the same origin. Not only every human, but all life as we know it (and some that we don’t currently think of as life, but will in time). In coming to terms with this concept the Hermetic student realizes that despite our subtle differences in appearance and belief system, we are all truly “One”. The Principle of Polarity teaches us that though things may seem opposed, they are truly just varying degrees of one another. Applying this to our thought process can help dismantle the “us versus them” mentality. It can help us understand our adversaries and can help them understand us as well. The Principle of Mentalism informs us that we are all created by and have our being within the infinite living mind that is the Universal Mind, therefore, as we are all made of and by the same substance we are all technically one.

Living our lives with the Hermetic Principles in mind can change the way we look at other people and their belief systems. It can help us overcome the prejudices that we have lived with our whole lives and help us see the greater picture. It can help us see that we are in-fact part of God and  In a time where we are all divided, we need these Hermetic Principles now more than ever.

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Meme Chaos Magic and the Age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump is still baffling to many of us, to this day. How could an obvious con man get elected to the highest office in the land? How could so many people still support him after watching him speak or learning of his countless controversies? The answer to this question is not simple. Some of it was due to low voter turn out. Some was due to people being sick of politicians. They wanted to go with an outsider. Some considered him to be a great businessman (despite his many failed businesses, etc.), and some actually like the hate-filled rhetoric that he was spewing at his rallies. Of course, there was the Russian infiltration as well. Was there more than that, even? According to author Gary Lachman, there was.

In Lachman’s book “Dark Star Rising-Magick and Power in the Age of Trump”, he theorizes that the Alt-Right used site like 4 Chan and Reddit to spread propaganda in the form of memes. They used this propaganda that was target toward young, white men to steer them towards right wing causes and Donald Trump. We have now seen what Russia did on Facebook and Twitter to spread misinformation to tilt the election in the favor of Trump, but not many people realize how potent this “meme magic” was.  Most people scoff at the Alt-Right as being a bunch of mis-informed, young white men, and it may be by-and-large. However at it’s core, there are some people that are educated and understand the power of propaganda.

Meme’s are a powerful way to stir up emotions, without even needing much thought or content. Place an anger-inducing image with a short slogan, and it causes emotions to be triggered. The information on the meme doesn’t have to be accurate (and often isn’t), but it will have the desired effect on the viewer. In a sense, the will of the viewer is focused in a certain direction by the meme and a certain outcome can be the end result of this. Many young men were steered toward voting for Trump that probably wouldn’t have even bothered to vote in the election at all. It may have very well been the straw that broke the camel’s back. ]

The internet has given us a gateway to unlimited amounts of information that used to take time and effort to obtain. In this, the internet is a powerful tool for good. The other side to this, however, is that it has also provided an extremely powerful tool for propagandists and for spreading misinformation. Like esoteric symbols have an effect on the viewer regardless of whether or not the viewer understands what they are looking at, memes have an effect on our subconscious, whether the information they contain is true or not. Herein lies their power of the memes and their chaos magic. The end result of this magic was the election of the most unpopular president in the history of our country. For more information on this topic, check out the linked articles below.

 

Donald Trump’s “chaos magic”

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Here is an example of meme magic that the Alt-Right uses for propaganda. Here we see a whole cast and crew of right wing, conservative personalities. The word “Deplorable” has been co-opted and converted into a badge of honor. The faces of Trump and his cohorts have been added to the bodies of super heroes, thus transforming their humanness into something superhuman. The people in this image are made to appear cool, powerful, and fierce, and front and center is Donald Trump as the leader.

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Freemasonry and the Nazi’s

Among the many different types of victims of the Holocaust, there were many non-Jewish people that met their demise. Among them were many Freemasons. Why were the Freemasons a target of the Nazi’s? It comes down to bizarre conspiracy theories. Hitler believed that the Jews and the Freemasons owned the media and were plotting against him. Hitler also thought that Masons were secretly training men to be “Jews”. The Nazi’s used the book, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as propaganda and as supposed proof of the Jewish plot to conquer the world. This work has been proven time and time again to be a hoax, but it is still being propagated by antisemitic groups to this very day. Freemasons were rounded up and put into concentration camps. They were tagged with an inverted red triangle  , the Nazi symbol for “political enemy”, which was also bestowed upon social democrats, socialists, trade unionists, communists, and anarchists.  In the linked article from The Laudable Pursuit, the history of this persecution is examined. Many good men were murdered for simply taking part in a fraternal organization. This is a tragedy that not many are aware of. Make sure to read some of the other great articles that The Laudable Pursuit has to offer as well.

Freemasonry and the Holocaust

 

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The Point of a Sharp Instrument-Top 10

Number 1

This is the moment you’ve all be waiting for, right? Many of you may already know which one I am going to choose as the number one post on this blog. I have linked to it multiple times as a kind of over-arching theme and though my studies have revealed some holes in my original ideas, I still stand by it. Hope you all enjoy this one and are enjoying your own journeys as much as I am enjoying mine. Thanks for reading and keep an eye open for new exciting articles coming soon to The Point of a Sharp Instrument!

The War on Human Consciousness

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The Point of a Sharp Instrument-Top 10

Number 2

This post may be my second favorite post that I have made on The Point of a Sharp Instrument, but the event itself is by far my fondest memory. In this post, I recounted and discussed the birth of my daughter, which was done at home. Home-birth is a natural and safe event that has taken place for centuries. It is only in modern times that we have been lead to believe that birth is a dangerous event that must be handled by doctors in a hospital setting. Taking the hospital aspect out of birth allows for less stress for the mother and the baby and in the long run, helps to contribute to the peaceful well being of both individuals. It’s also beneficial for the family as a whole, since the home environment is comfortable and an experience midwife can offer the necessary post-birth health care and support.   Enjoy!

Birth-A Natural, Peaceful Approach

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The Point of a Sharp Instrument-Top 10

Number 6

In this post, I discuss how Sacred Geometry has been suppressed by modern religion and the powerful elite throughout history. It is my belief that before the before the Roman Catholic Church did everything in their power to crack down on other religious traditions, Sacred Geometry was known and revered. Elements of it can be seen in ancient cathedrals and symbolism. Some symbolism even made it through to Christian symbolism, though it has been obscured through time.

Sacred Geometry, Modern Religion and the Mystery Traditions

 

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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