HERMETIC - ESOTERIC - MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHIES
HERMETIC - ESOTERIC - MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHIES
About the Mystery of Man
Part : I
Logia 5: The Gospel of Thomas:
Before starting to examine the overall meaning related to the mystery of man, one must turn ones attention to what is called the PURE UNMANIFESTED CENTER OF BEING that influences and governs his Soul Entity..
One has to meditate and let intuition be ones guide so as to discover and come to KNOW the mystery surrounding pure Being and the SOUL ENTITY behind each individual soul.
However, for the moment, we must turn our attention to the ESSENCE of man, to this energy incarnating life in him; from where does this invisible and mysterious substance giving him his unique individuality, his creative powers and courageous impulses come from?
All these questions will be answered gradually.
Whence does CONSCIOUSNESS come from? Is it not a part of the mystery of man? Consciousness enhances and expands through one's life. As we know, no two men are the same, each man experiences life differently since experiences are the result of different conditions, in unique and suitable circumstances, created just for him. We can observe this phenomena, even amongst brothers and sisters who have received the same education. We say, that even under those conditions, one observes the uniqueness and variance of each sibling. Why is it so? Is it solely based on the intelligence, ambition and will of man alone? Or is there some other reason...We do think so. Therefore, where does the secret behind this mystery be?
One indication is, as we have just said, that this mysterious element that makes us unique is closely linked to CONSCIOUSNESS. Why do we say this? Simply because consciousness in itself remains a mystery, and no two persons are conscious of the world and of themselves in exactly the same way; therefore, we could say that consciousness affects the thought and emotional processes of each person, transforming in him the ways of experiencing and understanding his world. Consequently, depending on man's level of consciousness, it will accordingly unfold in him correspondent and analogous experiences so as to help him understand himself and give meaning to what goes on in his life. However, these inner processes do not modify or affect the mystery attached to Consciousness Itself, nor to the Uncreated Soul Entity...
From what has been said until here, we understand that to prove the PRESENCE of the Soul Entity one has to look at "being-ness", and turn ones attention within oneself, with a purified mind and heart, since consciousness affects and is in its turn affected by our thoughts and feelings. Therefore, Consciousness could be compared to a MIRROR, a mirror that reflects and manifests everything that is projected and that emerges on its screen. Consequently, to come to know man's mystery, one has to go beyond the reflections and projections seen as realities on the surface of this mirror, and instead, let intuition be the real guide. Intuition is the Intelligence of the Heart of the Soul Entity. As a guide, intuition leads one beyond the mirror of consciousness, taking him into the centre core of Consciousness, where resides the PRESENCE of pure unmanifested BEING, or the center of his UNCREATED SOUL ENTITY.
The mirror of consciousness has many layers, each one revealing a level of consciousness existing within man, each level imparts and projects knowledge and wisdom on a corresponding astral plane; hence, we could say that each astral plane existing within the consciousness of man manifests itself on a certain level of consciousness, and in return, every deeply felt thought and emotion is created on a parallel astral plane corresponding to its impulse...
Man in general remains unconscious and captive of his own reactions. Why? The answer is simply because most people remain unaware of the different levels of consciousness slumbering within them.
So, what can one do to change this situation? Firstly and most importantly: one has to learn to OBSERVE one's own thoughts and emotions, so as to understand why he is behaving and reacting the way he is; and through this kind of inner work and self analysis unfold and develop his spiritual intelligence, which is his INTUITION. Hence by these processes man comes to "know" himself; indeed, through these subtle operations and transformations, he gradually awakes in himself refined psychic and spiritual faculties; they are his INNER SENSES and "tools" opening for him the inner gates of CONSCIOUSNESS where pure KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM resides. The goal of man, is to reach his own mystery; the core and heart centre of his own BEING, or put it differently, he has to unite with the PRESENCE of the UNCREATED LIGHT within himself. This means that man has to go beyond the "mirror" of reflections of consciousness, to a place where his ordinary level of consciousness is transmuted and transformed into the Light of the Soul Itself. This is the centre from where the subtle impulses concerning the mystery of man are revealed and KNOWN. The mystery of man cannot be understood or explained, it can only be LIVED in a fully awakened Consciousness in the PRESENT MOMENT; in other words, when man's self-consciousness is fully AWAKEN and lives in the NOW! This means that it has successfully united his self-conscious state with Soul Consciousness or Cosmic Consciousness in ordinary every day circumstances; put this idea differently, we could say that Cosmic Consciousness transforms the ways one experiences life. Therefore, it is through the effects of Cosmic Consciousness that the Permanent SEED of the Soul within man awakes and unfolds its spiritual qualities. However, together, they both energize in him the PRESENCE of our Soul-Entity; they make known and clarify for us our inner archetypal models, our blue prints; the parts in us that can never be manifested independently, since they are divine Ideas and ideals that man must learn to integrate and manifest them within himself here on his ordinary level of consciousness.
What are these spiritual qualities? and where do they come from?
We could use symbolically the SEED as the centre from where emerges these qualities; however, the Power and Intelligence behind it, is the PRESENCE of unmanifested BEING or as we have called it the unmanifested Soul Entity. The Soul Entity projects the Light and Love of "Being-ness" in man's symbolic "Seed" from where unfolds a mysterious spiritual process of awakening. This process concerns the guidance that the Soul Entity offers to man. We are going to use here symbolic images to explain the unexplainable abstract process that unfolds Cosmic Consciousness in an individual. So, let us put this in plain words: the Soul Entity or pure Being activates the two parts within the "Seed" or "blue-print" of man, in which two complementary energies co-exists, one active and one passive. To facilitate our task, we are calling these two energies our two "Inner Witnesses". The active one is called "masculine" and is a positive energy because of its specific qualities and expressions, and the other passive or feminine energy because of its particular qualities and nurturing expressions - however, both are complementing and complimentary to each other, since together they form the "Seed" and are components of our Soul Entity. Man must "awaken" these two sacred Witnesses in himself; he must incarnate their respective qualities in his individual consciousness, so as to harmonize and "marry" them in his own mind and heart. This is indeed the only way for him to reach enlightenment and finally be re-united with his SOUL ENTITY - the PERMANENT PRESENCE and IMMANENT WITNESS behind man's Mystery...According to various traditions these two aspects of the SOUL ENTITY are recognised by man's intuition as his SOUL and SPIRIT .
As we have said, these two elements of our Entity, being spiritual, are asexual, but they behave in relation to each other, as two complements that can differentiate themselves like the Father-Mother archetypes from whom they come, and they do that without abandoning their unity. Spiritual psychology has proven without any shred of doubt that man has to come to know his inner nature; his feminine and masculine aspect within himself, so as to harmonies them and become WHOLE again.
We could say that consciousness, in its purest and simplest form has to disconnect and disassociate itself from transitory preoccupation, mundane teachings, and indoctrination of all kinds, opening itself to higher and deeper levels . These states could be best described as peaceful and silent levels of consciousness, unveiling and revealing what lies hidden, behind at the center of the SOUL ENTITY. In other words, reaching this level of consciousness means that man has no more reflections on the mirror of his consciousness, no more shadows involved in objective consciousness, but instead a fully awaken consciousness filled with the bright LIGHT of the PRESENCE - the level of PURE CONSCIOUSNESS of the SOUL ENTITY...