Monday, December 06, 2004

the essential oneness of being

toda_v strikes again.
yet another couple of good e-mail forwards from the man from the land of white sands.
The Essential Oneness of Being

"The basic teaching of mystics, dressed in the garb of many traditions, is
essentially this simple message. There is only One. All multiplicity of
beings and their sense of separateness or distance from one another are
either illusion or represent a less than ultimate truth. This is especially
the case, in the language of Western mysticism, in the great alienation or
sense of distance that humans feel between themselves and God.....

Kabbalah teaches that there is a secret unity of all Being, hidden within
the multiplicity and diversity of life as we experience it. God and universe
are related not primarily as Creator and creature, which sounds as though
they are separate from one another, but as deep structure and surface. God
lies within or behind the facade of all that is. In order to discover God -
or the real meaning or the essential Oneness of Being - we need to turn
inward, to look more deeply at ourselves and the world around us. Scratch
the surface of reality and you will discover God. The path to God is thus
more like peeling off the layers of an onion than climbing a ladder to the
sky. The 'journey' of the seeker to God is only a metaphoric one. We, in
fact, discover the Oneness of Being by staying right here, paying as close
attention as we can to the present in which we live. But if we are to speak
of journeys, the mystic offers us a journey inward, an inner opening rather
than a vertical ascent."

- Arthur Green (Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow)

and this one too...

Caution On the Magical Path

"We are all familiar with the 'awful warnings' given out darkly against
occultism and magic of any kind. Such vague threatenings do rather more harm
than anything else, merely arousing apprehensions without supplying any
means of avoiding hidden pitfalls. The facts are that magical practices
bring out fairly rapidly the normally hidden side of any person. Their
latent characteristics will objectify. If these are good, then results are
said to be beneficial, but if bad, then the opposite. All that happens, is
that once a channel of communication has been established by magical means
between Outer and Inner Self, a kind of short-circuit occurs, and surges of
energy take place from one state to another. Objective and subjective
energies coming directly together without adequate control cause tensions
liable to result in serious explosions or erosions. Spiritual, mental, and
even physical diseases are likely to be an outcome. So are opposite
conditions of improved health, strengthened mind, and the greatest benefits
of soul. It all depends on whether our circuit was properly arranged before
the power was switched on.
For these reasons, the reputable Mysteries, whose operatives were deeply
concerned with human welfare, instituted a large number of controls between
Inner and Outer life. They established Deity-figures of benignant aspects
and attributes. They personified the worst and most undesirable qualities of
humanity as demons to be controlled and directed into useful service. They
tied up magical practices with disciplines and training programmes
calculated to bring out the best in the practitioners. One way or another,
they did everything possible to ensure that their Initiates came to no
lasting harm nor were able to inflict serious damage on others. At the same
time it was necessary to provide means of development so that Initiates
became capable of handling powers which might be used with considerable good
or evil effects. The position was rather like that of the modern problems
concerning the selection of suitable people for controlling atomic energy.
Those individuals likely to benefit through magical Mystery practices
will be well-balanced, healthy, sound-principled, intelligent, patient,
hard-working, and creatively imaginative people. This may sound like an old
fashioned character reference, but moral qualities are of greater importance
to humanity than magical abilities. Unstable, easily excitable people, with
unsound principles, erratic impulses, nervous dispositions, or inadequate
health and stamina, can injure themselves still further by magical means
unless they seek to use these for making good the deficiencies of their own
natures. In no sense is this intended to imply any type of Divine
retribution, but simply the natural outcome of using an inadequate
individual for function beyond their ability to deal with."

- William G. Gray (Magical Ritual Methods)

i'll post more of my own words soon. i think i just needed a little break :^)

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