XII - TRUE INITIATION
True and authentic initiation is always a profound, concrete,
objective, and material process. It is the barrier that can never be
crossed by those who flit around from school to school, and who do
not want to become free of their animal individuality; it is the
path which can never be traversed by theoretical initiates, masters
of symbolism, desk magicians, library rats, intellectual and
rhetorical crusaders, the self-satisfied, cowards, worshipers of
oneiric culture, or defenders of human mediocrity.
Many famous men
have used the title of initiate, but only a small minority have
reached initiatic fulfillment, rising above the limits of what is
generally spurious or mistaken theory. It is thus that we recognize
in Gurdjieff one of the great Masters of this century, who
unfortunately did not leave a Hermetic heir, perhaps because he did
not consider anyone duly capable of it. The same occurred with
Madame Blavatsky whose death signaled the beginning of the
dissolution of the Theosophical Society.
One of the great errors committed by followers of occult and
esoteric matters is to consider initiation as only an assembly of
practices, knowledge, or ceremonies, ignoring the transcendental,
cosmic, mystic, divine, and eternal nature of initiation. Initiation
truly represents a tremendously significant act from the point of
view of universal truth, as it is the transformation of animal
sapiens into Stellar Man. Such an immense achievement, surpassing
the highest dreams of sapiens, cannot be faced in the festive or
frivolous spirit of an interesting adventure.
should be evaluated in all its enormous dimensions as the most
noble and sublime undertaking human courage can aspire to; it is the
conscious abandonment of the Homo sapiens species to join an
immensely superior species: Stellar Man. In the history of mankind
there has never been, nor will there ever be, a feat comparable in
importance to the epic of the spiritual elevation of Homo sapiens.
However, many people talk of becoming an "initiate," the same way
one becomes a physician, engineer, electronic technician, member of
the Rotary Club, or a follower of the study of yoga or
parapsychology. It is necessary to state that however much the
student learns about esoteric theories or doctrines, if he has not
passed through Hermetic death in a real way and not merely symbolically,
he will never be a true initiate.
In truth, initiation is an act of renunciation and also a surgery
of the soul. One should not believe that such renunciation refers
only to abstaining from certain things. What it implies is the
absolute sacrifice of the animal individuality. Animal egotism must
disappear in order to let in spiritual impersonality. It is
necessary to renounce the pleasures of the human beast, replacing them with the pleasures of the
initiate, who, after attaining a perfect equilibrium, satisfies the
animal and spiritual hunger in equal proportion.
Ignorant people have the satisfaction of their animal appetites as
their only goal, and their productive efforts are intended mainly to
gather the gold which will enable them to obtain pleasure and
material benefits. Their center of gravity is located in the
corporeal mass. It is the body which uses the brain, inspires
emotions, and arouses passion. The body is the master, and the
individual himself is the slave.
When the corporeal matter decays
and dies, the individual suddenly finds himself freed from his
slavery. At that moment, he understands for the first time, and
without any benefit, that he never had life, thoughts, feelings, or
experiences of his own, and that he was only a servant who had to
toil to feed and satisfy the needs of a mass of protoplasm. That
life, which should have been used to evolve, to be happy, and to
progress, was instead converted into the mere memory of those things
he did or could not do.
In truth, the body is not the individual; the individual takes a
physical body in order to acquire experience, which permits him to
perfect himself and evolve. This purpose is generally frustrated or
is terribly insufficient and petty. In the final inventory of his
life, the individual will realize how little he gained for himself
during his existence, and how much he was obliged to give, just so
the sapiens circus could continue operating.
The initiate changes this situation completely, but far from
despising the body as some pseudomystics do, he strengthens it,
giving it further awareness and intelligence in
order to humanize the beast. This spiritualized and humanized
animal no longer experiences passional states, as it is subject to
the individual's higher consciousness. Nevertheless, it is
necessary to understand that the body itself has nothing evil or
dirty about it; on the contrary, it is a perfect biological
structure reflecting the master hand of the Great Creator.
It is the
individual himself who perverts the body and leads it to corruption.
It is thus that the animals we see in a savage state are completely
pure in their animal nature, and have no knowledge of perversity. If
they kill, it is because of fright or the need for food, but not
for the love of killing. Sapiens is the only bloodthirsty and impure
animal, as he is neither animal nor human, but a hybrid.
We could summarize the purpose of initiation in a short sentence:
"initiation is the conversion of a programmed animal into an unprogrammed and free Stellar Man."
There is only one way to
accomplish this: the destruction of the personality, since this is
the individual's program. Hermetically speaking, we may consider
that sapiens is composed of two basic forces: his cerebral
biological program (personality) and his spirit or divine spark,
which could be called the "Superior I."
The program contains all the
individual's robotlike elements, which connect him to the central
computer of the species. The spirit is the emanation of God, or the
primordial cause of life; it incarnates in a physical body to
acquire experience in matter. During the initiatic process, the student
must experience the death of the program, which naturally is a
gradual process. Nevertheless, it should not be thought that this is
merely destruction, but rather that the program dissolves upon being
absorbed and transformed by the "Superior I."
During this stage, the program loses its
inherent quality, and is converted into only an assembly of data
and information, which must pass through the filter of internal
judgment. It is here that it loses its compulsive and dreamlike
power and where it experiences a deep "pruning" and transformation.
All this is possible only if certain requirements are complied with,
which refer basically to the disciple's dedication and
perseverance, together with a deep understanding and close union
with the School and the instructor.
In order to understand this, it is necessary to have an idea of the
constitution of the human being—of his spirit, body, and soul. The
soul has always been an abstraction and a mystery, and all attempts
to define or explain it have been distinguished by their vagueness
and lack of content.
Hermetic tradition tells us that the soul of
sapiens is composed of four major systems: the procreative,
digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems, and that each one
of these is in charge of an elemental intelligence which corresponds
to one of the four elements.
Procreative system: Fire
Digestive system: Earth
Circulatory system: Water
Respiratory system: Air
Hermes Trismegistus, Master of Masters, would be horrified
to see the mysteries of the sphinx unveiled. In his times, this
knowledge was given only to those who had undergone many ordeals
and reached certain degrees. The
ancient alchemists maintained that everything in the Universe was
essentially composed of four elements.
This is one of the great
Hermetic truths. God too is made up of the four elements, and so
through his feminine aspect (Nature) he grants four virginal
intelligences to sapiens at birth which correspond to the four
elements. It must be understood that the "intelligences" we refer to
are "elemental beings" with their own intelligence and consciousness
according to their native element.
A fire being takes charge of our
procreative system; an earth being takes charge of our digestive
system; a water being takes charge of our circulatory system; and an
air being takes charge of our respiratory system. The initiate can
put himself in mental contact with these intelligences in order to
reinforce, support, or modify his work.
To avoid the reader from forming fantastic ideas regarding the
intelligences of our four systems, we must clarify that they should
not be imagined as human figures, but as the abstract concept of
"intelligent emanations of the soul of each element." Just as God
unfolds in man through the emanation of his divine spark, Nature,
in its feminine side, projects itself by incorporating the elemental
spark of its four "kingdoms" in man. Thus man is made up of a
visible and an invisible side.
The visible side corresponds to the
feminine side of God; the soul, and the invisible, to the masculine
side of God, that is the spirit. The Universe is similar to the
example we have given, as everything that we can see, the form,
structure and body of the Cosmos, is the feminine side of the Great
Creator (the Universal Mother). On the other hand, the Great Father
is the masculine essence that constitutes the vital nucleus, and
this side remains invisible.
The innocence of a young baby is due not only to the fact that he
does not yet have any knowledge of the reality of the world, but
specifically to the virginal purity of his soul, that is, the
ensemble of his four elements. When the infant grows, he himself
will corrupt his elemental intelligences by trying, through
imitation and contagion, to practice the same vices and bad habits
he sees around him. Freud, by claiming that the libido is the origin
of all the individual's problems, covered only the fire aspect of
the soul (very cleverly, we might add, since fire is the origin of
life), but he left the other three vital sources untouched.
child smokes for the first time, he will find the taste of the
cigarette very unpleasant and the smoke produces coughing,
dizziness, and headaches. This is due to the fact that the
intelligence of the respiratory apparatus reacts against this
"aggression" and thus shows its rejection. Nevertheless, its mission
is to serve the individual, and if, through an effort of his will,
he continues smoking, there will come a time when the air
intelligence yields and accepts the tobacco. This is its own
ruination. Just like a person, it becomes corrupted and is
converted into a nicotine addict.
Hysteria, self-pity, depressive
states, and emotional problems in general, are located in the
circulatory system. Rapacity, egotism, violence, hate, envy, and
jealousy reside in the digestive system, and complexes in general
reside in the procreative system. The individual's behavior soils
and corrupts his four intelligences, degrading his own soul and
distancing him from the possibilities of spiritual evolution.
Analyzing the symbolism of the four great systems, we will discover
the clear relationship that exists between the image of the
crucified Christ and the "Superior I" enchained
to the four intelligences, each one representing an extremity of the
cross. The words "I am the way" which must be understood literally,
refer precisely to the "Superior I."
To describe initiation through a parable, we would say that it is an
endeavor to "decrucify Christ." For this, there is only one path,
because if one meditates on the situation of the individual, one
will reach the conclusion that there is little the individual can
do, as he is programmed according to the interests of the central
computer. He cannot struggle against what is inside him and which
forms part of his instincts, emotions, and thoughts. His only
possibility lies in the sparks of awareness generated, for some
reason, when the program becomes weak.
In that instant, the
individual can clearly understand that there is a life superior to
his own, and that when he follows the path pointed out by his
teacher, he can evolve. Due to this, the student, upon starting
along the path, must limit himself to fulfilling ascetic practices,
which entail sacrifice and considerable effort. A sixth "I" is added
to the assembly of systems, transforming it into a septenary.
this, we will call the sixth "I" the "Volitive I," and our chart of
the constitution of the individual will be as follows:
The majority of people "function" only with the first four systems,
which combine to form an "infrabrain" through which the individual
ordinarily develops. People of a higher caliber of conceptual or
intellectual capacity act partly with number five, but only with a
fraction of its capacity.
The capacity and power of the spinal
medulla are not used or known by the common man. It should be noted
that the sixth system or the "Volitive I" is completely unknown to
sapiens who absolutely lacks it. On the other hand, all people have
number seven, but this "Superior I" neither manifests itself nor
intervenes in the individual's life in any way; it lives in "limbo"
and is only connected to the corporeal structure by a thin thread.
It is very important to consider the fact that the "Volitive I" is
created exclusively by man when he is converted into a true
initiate, as all the other systems are the work of God, the Great
Illustrated below are the different ways the human being may be
Figure 4 of diagram 6 represents the initiate, who, upon creating
his "Volitive I" by means of arcane theurgy, is converted into a
divine being with the attributes he himself wishes to transmit to
it. The "Volitive I," therefore, is truly the initiate, who is
converted into a mediator between the spirit and the "Psychological
Under normal conditions, the individual cannot raise himself to
divinity, nor cause divinity to descend to him. Through his "Volitive
I," however, (which participates in both worlds, physical and
spiritual) he is able to connect, when he so desires, with his
spirit, divine spark, or "Superior I." For this to take place, the
disciple must have
dominated and educated his four intelligences, placing them under
the absolute control of the "Volitive I." Naturally, this must be
preceded by the birth, growth, and maturity of the "Volitive I."
The first steps for the formation of the "Volitive I" must be along
the path of sacrifice. The individual must make intense efforts and
special sacrifices, beyond the usual level, which will have as their
goal the formation of a volitive force and his own spiritual
The reason or purpose behind this discipline is
important. If a person acted because he was impelled by ambition or
obligation, this would in no way lead to the formation of his "Volitive
I," as he would have acted under strong compulsion, a force beyond
himself (necessity or passion). In addition, the student must be
perfectly clear as to what he is doing and why he is doing it, so
that the being in formation will have a high degree of awareness
For this, it is most useful to look into a mirror
specially dedicated to this purpose, looking directly at the space
between the eyebrows, and after a short while quietly repeat several
times: "I am will power." The success of this exercise depends
exclusively on the individual's emotional state during its
execution, as well as the manner in which he pronounces and
emotionally vibrates when saying the words: "I am."
emphatically saying these words, the student should internally feel
"something" in the form of a strange emotion as he encounters or
contemplates a sublime interior presence. If these conditions are
not manifested or if the exercise is done mechanically, there will
be no effect whatsoever.
After the individual has been forming his "Volitive I" for
some time, he will begin to note interesting changes, observing
that a centripetal force has started to become a part of the
directing force of the human complex. What is really occurring is
that the "Volitive I" is converted into the supreme king of the
microcosm, having above him only the "Superior I."
When it is
observed that the "Volitive I" has acquired certain power, the
student can take the next step, which consists of trying to awaken
himself, freeing himself from the universal oneiric force. In this,
as in everything that refers to Hermeticism, it is necessary to
reach profound understanding in order to be absolutely certain and
clear as to the reason or purpose for doing certain things.
We recommend the study of a good scientific book on hypnosis in
order to understand the similarity between hypnotic and somnambular
sleep, which is the normal state of sapiens. The works of professor
Anatol Milechnin are extremely useful for getting a glimpse of the
mystery of sleep as it relates to what is being presented in this
There are five basic points that the disciple must keep before him
in order to "break" the phenomenon of hypnotic sleep. These do not
consist of an awakening technique, but are rather adopted methods of
behavior that will promote awakening. These points are as follows:
1. To stop lying
2. To stop dreaming
3. To learn how to think
4. To live in the present moment
5. To activate the physical body
Point 1: TO STOP LYING
Points 1 and 2 are closely related, as we will now see. Starting
with the problem of lying, it is necessary for the student to
realize that he constantly lies without realizing it. When a person
has lied for a long time, the time comes when he can no longer
distinguish between what is false and what is true.
themselves of their own lies, becoming victims of their own
inventions as they begin to direct their lives by standards of
behavior, ideas, feelings, or instincts which do not correspond to
their inner reality. What is truly serious in this matter is that
the individual loses all points of reference regarding what
comprises truth, and what comprises lies. He becomes used to
considering as true only that which is convenient for his personal
interests; everything that is in opposition to his self-esteem or in
conflict with already established prejudices, he considers false.
A person lies in order to avoid difficult problems, to evade
responsibility, or to avoid damage to his self-esteem. So the
individual constantly lies to himself and to others, and becomes
entangled in an illusory world born out of his personal fantasy. He
forms concepts, ideas, judgments, aversions, and attachments that
have no relation to actual events, but are only the reflection of a
life full of lies and listening to lies, since everyone lies.
One of the most powerful reasons for lying is to create a good image
of oneself, and to prevent others from seeing us as we really are
beneath the mask of appearances. Each mask is a lie, and there are
thousands in each individual's collection of disguises. It is
necessary to be conscious of this phenomenon of lying, and to
realize its magnitude and frequency, as well as the enormous damage it causes. One should have
the goal of neither lying to oneself nor to others, and in the case
of a "white lie," to be aware of telling it, and judging the need
for such a lie with one's own conscience.
Point 2: TO STOP DREAMING
People are always infused with all kinds of fantastic ideas about
themselves, the world, people, love, idealism, society, etc. Led by
his eagerness to evade a disagreeable reality, man gives free rein
to his imagination and is inclined to believe the first agreeable
lie he encounters along the way. The individual projects his
personal illusions onto a cold and immutable reality, and thus
deceiving himself, he endeavors to contemplate reality through
"Disillusion" is a painful process and can be
prolonged, depending on how much time the individual takes to
realize he is living artificially and that this condition is a
product of his internal dreams. Great courage is required to face
reality and to destroy the mirage of a pleasant dream.
On the other
hand, we must consider that sooner or later dreams fade. What is
dangerous for the human being is that these dreams are substituted
by others, which in due course also fade. This is the life history
of the human being: a succession of oneiric dreams. It is a vicious
circle which is extremely difficult to break.
Awakening from a
broken dream, and the frustration this causes, incites a person to
fabricate new and more agreeable dreams in order to combat
disillusion, loneliness, and disappointment. The lack of
communication between human beings arises from the fact that all
their dreams are
different, and therefore, psychologically speaking, they live in
If a person decides to seriously investigate the reason for his
various acts and reactions, he will realize how his behavior is
directed toward maintaining his personal fantasies. Great courage,
discipline, and determination are necessary to face the truth,
without any kind of adornment.
Such courage is lacking in the
immense majority of human beings. It is pathetic to see how people
cling to their petty illusions, generally a result of their oneiric
fantasies, while disdaining all that is truly valuable. Society is
organized in this manner; its scale of values is so disturbed that
it considers everything that enables the individual to enjoy passing
pleasures as most desirable, and then condemns its members to suffer
"eternally" for the price of a fleeting pleasure.
The Hermeticist proceeds to the contrary: he submits himself
voluntarily to suffering, self-discipline, and privation in order
to attain eternal peace and happiness. Each individual should
consciously judge what could be most desirable, and on the other
hand, determine if the one who seeks passing pleasure is really
happy, or if he is in truth profoundly unhappy in his eternal
The majority of people have a philosophy that tells them
"after this life there is no other; let us take advantage of this
and enjoy ourselves as much as possible." Those who have converted
this thought into their personal credo should ask themselves if they
are truly satisfied and if the innumerable playthings society
offers them are sufficient to quench their eternal thirst and
alleviate the anguish of their loneliness.
The world of today is perfectly organized, but for what?
By observing and meditating, we will discover that everything is
perfectly synchronized to maintain and feed the "dream," and the
"dreams" of sapiens. An individual will cease dreaming only when he
has understood and lived what we are explaining: when he proves to
his amazement that each person lives drugged by his personal dreams,
which are transformed into the rudder which directs his life.
useful to analyze all the projects one has had in life, everything
that one has desired and planned to accomplish, but which in
retrospect appear as a phantasmal unreality.
Point 3: TO LEARN HOW TO THINK
It is important to completely reeducate the thinking process in
order to make it really creative, because only when this function is
accomplished can the individual think clearly. Creative thinking is
not the act of "inventing" something, but rather consists of
thinking in an unprogrammed way.
One's intelligence should be used
to face each event as if it were really new, casting prejudices to
the side. This will enable the individual to create a result or
form a judgment that is truly impartial, as he has given up his
habitual sources and does not consider anything as a known fact.
Described symbolically, creative thought consists of dispensing with
the program in order to form a high level of judgment, which is not
affected in its genesis by the compulsive force of the information
stored in the cerebral computer. When people think, they do so
compulsively and in spite of themselves. This is as evident as the
fact that thought is not voluntary, for an individual cannot cease
thinking when he so desires.
On the contrary, it is impossible for
him to oust
ideas from his imagination or prevent unpleasant ideas from arising.
The organization and security of the modern world has created
conditions of life in which the individual has no need to make a
great effort in order to survive. He can subsist with little effort,
and in some cases practically none at all, especially when compared
to the harsh struggle for life in Nature's wilderness.
nothing which really obliges an individual to use his basic
intelligence; on the contrary, he has been converted into an expert
in evading or dodging all truly trying points presented to him which
question his intelligence. It is much safer and more comfortable to
not venture along the path of free thought, but to instead accept or
adopt already established and approved systems of thought and
behavior. Imitation and blind acceptance have become the easiest
road to satisfy sapiens' ever diminishing intellectual curiosity.
Hermetically, on this subject, we speak of "dead" and "living"
"Dead" knowledge is that which is known by its specific
meaning, but whose interrelation with the whole is ignored. It is a
single part of knowledge and it is not known how, when, or where it
fits in relation to the remaining pieces of the overall plan. In
contrast, "living" knowledge is obtained in a state of superior
awareness, and is always the product of perfect "mental digestion."
"Dead" knowledge is born solely from the intellect, while "living"
knowledge originates in the mind. Because "living" knowledge is
essentially understood by the awakened thinker, he is therefore
conscious of the position which this knowledge occupies in the
general context of the Universe.
Here we approach one of the most important points
which separate sapiens and Stellar Man. Sapiens thinks only with his
brain and his intelligence is therefore limited to the
intellectual cerebral source. Further, the average person uses only
a small portion of his brain for his intellectual functioning,
which is furthermore located in a sort of "prebrain" composed of
the four intelligences and the unconscious, which is the ancestral
soul of the animal of the species.
For this reason, even on high
intellectual planes, sapiens obeys the mandate of his animal soul,
the beast. In the Bible reference is made to the number 666 as the
number of the beast. Upon inverting this figure we find the number
of man: 999.
The Hermeticist, however, through his initiatic work, reaches the
formation of the "spiritual system," the mind, which is lacking in
the average person, who usually refers to it therefore, as a
symbolic abstraction of the psyche. In reality, the mind is the
superior integration of the human faculties into a whole, directed
by the "Volitive I," and manifesting the "Superior I," which is the
spirit or the individual himself.
Sapiens, making use of his rudimentary "prebrain," (the union of
one part of his brain with the four intelligences and the
unconscious) is able to make scientific discoveries thanks to the
transmission of culture from generation to generation and by taking
advantage of an assembly of collective experiences and knowledge.
Thus, a long list of geniuses have contributed with their
discoveries and investigations to raising the level of our
Without discrediting the extraordinary talent of these
men in any way, it must be stated that they have been only
"intellectual geniuses" and as such have worked on the smaller
picture. They have totally overlooked any relation to the whole,
having no knowledge
of the effect or reaction their work would subsequently have on
We must necessarily classify these intellectual geniuses as
"semi-sages" as they are monoconceptual, visualizing everything
through the prism of their specialty. It is interesting to meditate
on what would be the behavior, reactions, appreciation, and scale of
values possessed by individuals of great intelligence who do not
belong to human terrestrial culture. It would be interesting to also
know the thought process of superior beings who are high above
pettiness, egotism, prejudice, and sapiens' moral, cultural, and
The true sages are the "geniuses of the mind"—those who are able to
generate everything with their mind, those who can raise themselves
over opposite poles and reconcile all that is not reconcilable,
understand all paradoxes, penetrate into the essence of everything,
and be aware of the hidden cause of all that is manifested as an
These sages are the possessors of true wisdom, the kind
given to King Solomon; they are the ones who exist beyond good and
evil, who know the hidden threads which connect all things. These
sages demonstrate their knowledge in themselves, applying it to the
control and evolution of their internal nature. They possess the
"philosopher's stone" with which they produce spiritual, not
physical gold; with this noble project they help sublimate the
animal in sapiens.
Could it be possible that a group of men possess the secret of
converting the entire body into a brain? Would it be possible to
think with a foot, a hand, the stomach, or the lungs? The mind is
something very much like this: a kind of
superbrain which gathers the intellectual, emotional, instinctive,
and physical into itself.
One might ask where the discoveries of these great brains are? To
answer this, the reader needs to meditate on what he would do if he
were a superbrain. Would his interests be the same as before?
Would he persist in his egotism and anthropocentrism? Would he
continue being interested in temporal things or would he feel more
attracted to the eternal?
In answering this, it is sufficient to consider the position and
importance of the planet Earth in relation to the rest of the
Universe. Consider that the dead intelligence of the common man is
the intelligence of the Earth, while the mind or superbrain is
celestial intelligence. If one were an ant and suddenly changed into
a human being, would one retain the interests of an ant? (Be it
known however, that from the viewpoint of universal economics, the
ant is just as important as man).
Perhaps the highest interest of
the geniuses of the mind does not reside in great scientific
discoveries, or could it be that once aware of the "universal plan,"
these geniuses are not permitted to interfere with the natural
development of events within an already determined span of time?
illustrate this, we recognize in Leonardo Da Vinci a great genius of
the mind. We cannot comment on his intentions, which belong to the
secret of his particular initiatic work. Without being aware of his
motives, we cannot judge them.
In summary, sapiens possesses a
dead intelligence which only permits
him to be "specialized" and always within the human cultural scheme.
The Stellar Man has a live intelligence; he can transcend the terrestrial level and evolve his
"Superior I." It is thus that there exists dead knowledge (orthodox
wisdom) and a living knowledge (Hermetic science). One is a product
of the brain; the other, a product of the superbrain. Further on,
we will give instructions for the development of the superbrain.
Point 4: TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
To apply this point, it is indispensable to clearly understand the
previous chapter entitled "To Be or Not to Be?" where we explain the
absolute key which, together with unveiling the mystery of being,
illustrates the methods for overcoming sleep. That key is expressed
"The only reality is the present moment; there is no
past or future, both are illusory" (in the present moment there is
no past or future, the past existed and the future will exist).
also said that "the present is the exact point of union between the
past and the future."
There is a dividing line which separates fantasy or unreality from
truth or reality. This line is time. Reality is the coincidence
between the steps of the human being and his companion time. It is
thus that our physical body is constantly in reality; it is
objective and occupies space. On the other hand, the occupant of the
vehicle (the "Superior I") habitually lives in unreality, that is,
beyond the wall that separates reality from fantasy. The unreal is
something belonging to a natural reality X, which finds itself
projected into a different time from where it belongs.
For example, if a human being belongs to the reality classified as
"Delta-15," which has a time similar to an X clock,
but is then projected into X2 time, he evades reality, living in a
world which exists only in dimension B, which naturally his physical
body has no access to, as he cannot raise his body to X2 time.
Therefore, if there are so many different velocities of time, we
must ask ourselves how many realities exist? The logical reply is
that there are as many realities as there are velocities of time.
Nevertheless, as we are physically constrained to Delta-15 time, we
must adapt ourselves to this reality. If one lives in an unreal
world with respect to Delta-15 time, that is, with respect to human
reality, it is the same as not existing at all, for the body would
be that of a somnambulist, an empty shell without an occupying
spirit or "Superior I," an entity, a mere spectator of a fantastic
For example, what is the fourth dimension? It is a world that
actually exists, but only for those who possess a vehicle which can
manifest itself in the temporal vibration of the fourth dimension.
The aphorism which says "everything is illusion" refers to this
problem, which should be interpreted as follows:
"Nothing is real
for the one who is in absolute reality, as all that exists has
reality only for those who are on the same vibration or time, since
time is velocity and velocity is vibration."
It is due to this
principle that a "ghost" for us is just an illusion, and not a
physical being. By "ghosts" I mean the energy remaining after a
A thought has no concrete and physical reality: we cannot weigh or
see or bump into a thought. Nevertheless, for a man composed of
thought matter, thoughts would be visible and tangible. Why is it
that our body cannot collide with a thought? Because it has a
different speed and, therefore, a different reality.
As human beings we are the union of two forces of very different
This union has only one objective:
evolution. Evolution is cosmic
for the great human mass, and personal for the individual. The
object of having a physical body is to evolve. When the individual
does not evolve due to indolence, disinterest, or personal
incompetence, he does not fulfill the prime objective of his
individual life, and is only open to the possibility of becoming the
"sexual part" of God, being converted into an animated instrument
of physical creation.
He suffers greatly in this process: he has a
physical body, but pays the penalty of losing the only personal
justification for having it—individual evolution.
The body and spirit belong to very different realities, to two times
which are distant or apart from each other. As a consequence, the
spirit is not manifested on Earth, but remains in slavery or
chained to the physical body, and must suffer the fantasies and
dreams experienced by the "Psychological I." Not being able to
become located in the Delta15 reality, the spirit lives constantly
out of the present (outside of Delta-15).
It is thus that the body
loses its function as a vehicle of the spirit, remaining only an
instrument of the Archons of Destiny, with the object of becoming
one more worker at the orders of his owner. It should be explained
that creation is accomplished in the Universe by means of the
imagination of sapiens, which shapes all emotional, instinctive, and intellectual states. This energy condenses in a
remote future, becoming transformed into matter. This is why we can
state that God is the Great Architect of the Universe and that the
human mass forms his laborers' army who, as payment, receives the
gift of existence.
This would not be such a terrible thing if sapiens had access to
reality, although some think that the fact of being conscious of it
and of not being able to change it, increases suffering. The only
way to reach absolute reality, to destroy dreams, and earn the right
to one's own evolution is to make the body and the spirit coincide
at the same doorway or temporal communication so that together they
may face reality.
Upon accomplishing this, the individual lives in
two worlds as he has attained knowledge of two opposite realities:
that of matter and that of spirit. Both are reconciled in a third
reality, the one sought by the Hermeticist: the absolute reality,
which although still material, is part of that which is divine, and
being divine, forms part of that which is material.
This is what we
call being on this side of the dividing line (which separates
reality and fantasy), to have one's feet on the ground and one's
head in the heavens. This is very different from profane men, with
their feet on nothing and their head in oneiric fantasy.
In order to live in the present moment, the individual must have
reached not only the creation of his "Volitive I," but also its
complete strengthening, as the "Volitive I" can be weak or strong.
The "Volitive I" must oblige the "Psychological I" to concentrate
on the present moment. This is done with adequate discipline of the
imagination, a state of relaxation, and with the perfect
integration of our microcosm in an internal hierarchy under the
guidance of the "Volitive I."
It is important that our imagination should not wander, that we
should overcome nervous tension, and that our entire being is under
the control of the "Volitive I." Further on we will summarize the
practical application of this, as everything is related, and if
this were done in each chapter, we would have to digress many times.
Point 5: TO ACTIVATE THE PHYSICAL BODY
As the physical body represents the opposite pole from the spirit,
it is obvious that it represents an "obstacle" for communication
with our "Superior I." Nevertheless, at the same time it is
necessary to "raise the vibration of our corporeal matter," which is
done by making the body obey our will.
To this end, let us briefly
consider three principal elements:
We will not discuss these points in detail, as they are not part of
this chapter. We will only speak of them as some of the methods for
destroying dreams. Our recommendations will be very brief, because
in this case the only objective is to "activate the physical body."
Regarding food, we will only recommend abstaining from consuming
dense meats "of a low vibration" such as pork, as well as practicing
vegetarianism when the student must give special attention to his
ascetic side in order to purify his state of consciousness.
respect to alcohol, it is necessary to be very prudent in its use,
as it is a considerable
organic depressor, and its effect is only noticed after some time.
It acts as "super fuel" which unnecessarily wears out the organism
with no advantage whatsoever. If alcohol consumption turns into a
vice, it is a very dangerous element, as it breaks the individual's
etheric protection or "aura."
This exposes the individual to contact
with demonic creations which exist on the lower astral plane (one of
the vibratory planes; the lowest after the material) which is
clinically known as "delirium tremens."
Breathing should be considered in relation to absorbing more oxygen,
that is, by practicing complete breathing. Begin by expanding the
diaphragm until completely filling the upper part of the lungs and
expanding the thorax. Inhale by expanding the abdomen, projecting it
forward with some force until it is slightly bulged.
inhale until the lungs are filled, expanding the thorax and filling
it while the abdomen is naturally flattened. Upon exhaling, the
abdomen must be gently contracted to facilitate the elimination of
residual air. Ten minutes of morning breathing contributes much
energy toward activating the physical body.
Physical exercise is indispensable for the reactivation of our body,
but it is necessary to do those exercises which make our
cardiovascular system work, such as the various forms of aerobic
exercises. Added to this, each person can practice calisthenics
according to his age. Also, it is necessary to practice an exercise
of complete immobility every morning, which should be done as
follows: seated very straight on a chair, remain absolutely
motionless for three minutes.
Once this is perfectly carried out,
continue to the second stage, which is similar to the first but
starts by tensing all the muscles strongly, clenching the fists and thinking "I am
awake," letting this idea fill the organism. The muscular tension
must last one minute after which the muscles are completely relaxed
and loose, and then complete immobility is maintained for five
minutes, always with the fixed idea, "I am awake."
For this exercise
to be completely effective, immobility must be absolute, without
moving the muscles even one millimeter. The eyes should remain open
throughout the exercise.
During the process of true initiation, we have already referred to
two very important stages, which are the creation of the "Volitive
I" and the destruction of dreams. For the latter we pointed out
that it is necessary to fulfill five basic disciplines:
1. To stop lying
2. To stop dreaming
3. To learn how to think
4. To live in the present moment
5. To activate the physical body
We will now approach the third stage, which is "mental digestion."
Common man lacks a mental stomach (mind) and therefore cannot
effectively "digest" acquired knowledge. In spite of the fact that
we are speaking figuratively and symbolically, this simile closely
reflects the ideal work of the intelligence, as it is equivalent to
that of the stomach: to transform basic elements into "nutritional
essence." No matter how much a person eats, if he does not
assimilate it, the food eaten is of no use whatsoever.
occurs with the
intelligence of sapiens, who has become an intellectual glutton,
devouring knowledge, which becomes integrated into the cerebral
neurons without having been truly assimilated. In short, he is a
hoarder of mental food which he never uses.
this is equivalent to an individual who stores food he will never
eat. There is not only corporeal obesity but also intellectual
obesity, and it is curious that there are those who are proud of
this expansion of their intellect. Man is convinced that the more
he studies, the more prepared he will be to learn the truth. It has
never occurred to him that perhaps the opposite is true.
If we think
about this just a little, having understood the concept of
programming, we will realize that to study more means more program;
the greater the program the less the capacity for alertness; and
less alertness means more automatism, less humanity, more unreality
and fantasy. When an individual who lacks a "mental stomach" begins
to study, the result is always the same: intellectual inflation and
reinforcement and growth of programming.
On the other hand, when the
individual who has a mind studies, he genuinely digests his
intellectual food and therefore a real change and evolution is
produced inside him. We have already addressed stages 1 and 2, which
refer precisely to the formation of the mind; therefore, if the
student carefully fulfills these, he will be in a condition to study
and really assimilate knowledge.
The philosopher's stone has traditionally been the symbol of mind,
and as such always appears as the key element for transmutation.
When a student has perfectly formed his mind, not only will he be in
a condition to transmute him
self, but he will also be able to accomplish many other tasks of
great Hermetic value.
We must point out that orthodox science has completely failed to
address or even recognize the effects produced in a person who has
achieved a perfect process of understanding.
Psychology knows something about understanding, but is incapable of
evaluating its importance. This process, when perfectly
accomplished, constitutes a magical-alchemical operation which
produces a certain element in the body which is missing in sapiens,
and which could be called consciousness. It is necessary to point
out that in this stage of birth, conscious awareness is a material
element which is present chemically in the bloodstream, and from its
combustion spiritual gold originates, which feeds and enables our
essence to grow.
Alchemy represents an entirely corporeal work in
which the crucible is the body itself, the fire is passion, and the
lead is the raw material. Alchemical "sublimation" is the lengthy
work of transmutation of sapiens into a Stellar Man. There is no
prayer, no breathing exercise, no mantra, no magic formula, and no
mythological Master who can offer shortcuts or a substitution for
XIII - THE
One of the most frequent criticisms of the famous Hermetic novel
Zanoni concerns the terrifying nature of its theme, which vividly
describes the ordeals endured by Clarence Glyndon, one of the main
characters. It is thought that the author, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton,
exaggerated or over dramatized the difficulties which the neophyte
encounters on the path.
The fearful "specter on the threshold" is
no more for the reader than the fictional symbol of abstract or
subjective internal difficulties. For others, the specter is a
malevolent being which actually appears before the student,
submitting him to all kinds of torture.
The truth is that there are very few who understand that the
terrible specter is just one of the problems the disciple encounters
on the path, and that the others do not refer to situations so
spectacular as those presented in Zanoni. Neither adepts nor
Masters are represented by Zanoni and Mejnour, who were instead
chosen by Lytton as prototypes
to illustrate the two different paths the initiate may take upon
The ordeals are mostly those of daily life rather than fantastic
apparitions or magical rites. For this reason, they are even more
transcendental and difficult than if they were unusual or
spectacular situations. The ordeals exist and are terribly hard, and
this is something that candidates for initiation must not forget.
Naturally we are speaking of "true initiates" and not of those who
expect to reach high degrees within the peaceful tranquility of an
existence far from threatening, dangerous, or inconvenient
realities. The sooner the neophyte understands that it is necessary
to overcome tremendous obstacles and destroy powerful internal
barriers, the easier it will be for him to recognize the importance
of the initiatic process.
As we have already stated, sapiens is
programmed and depends on the central computer of the species and on
the collective animal soul. It is not difficult to understand that
if an individual tries to free himself from this bondage, he will
face strong opposition manifested through Nature itself, which will
react with great energy to bar the path of the candidate advancing
Thus, from the moment the individual starts on a true
path free from fraud or self-deception, and when he carries out
true Hermetic work on himself, all kinds of temptations, doubts,
difficulties, and problems will appear in his life in order to
dissuade him from persevering. This is not strange, as he is
attempting to overcome his internal nature which, like all savage
forces in Nature, responds with extraordinary vigor to all intent to
control or dominate.
To tame a savage beast is strenuous work. There
is a savage beast in everyone, and no one knows how far the savagery
may escalate at a given moment, in spite of culture and education. The
traditional Egyptian Sphinx, which has the head, neck, and bosom of
a woman and body and paws of a lion, is a symbol of the animal
nature of the human being. It is she who blocks the way to the
intrepid seeker of Hermetic light.
Nevertheless, the Sphinx has
wings to symbolize the fact that it is necessary to raise oneself
through one's animal nature, and not through the strength of the
spirit as many people believe. Furthermore, this corresponds
exactly to the image of Jesus Christ mounted on an ass, which
represents the beast that must be tamed by the "Superior I."
In truth, if we feel an impulse inside us to soar toward higher
planes, it is not due to the spirit, but rather the beast. The beast
is not bad in itself, but is only perverse in the measure in which
it has taken into itself this characteristic from the common pool of
human bestiality (collective unconsciousness) which forms part of
the central computer of the species.
To understand this, we show the
spirit and the beast depicted by two triangles, one descending and
the other ascending.
The spirit is the celestial power, which radiates toward the Earth.
It is the positive pole of life, and is attracted by the passive
pole, which in this case is material terrestrial existence. The
spirit is pure in itself and therefore seeks that which is unknown,
the only thing which can offer an experience different to its own
vibration, which is material sensations.
The beast, on the contrary, looks toward the heavens because,
knowing it is impure, it struggles to reach the purity that only the
divine can give it. This is why the six pointed star called the
"symbol of Solomon" is not a positive image, since it represents petrification or detention of the movement of life. It is very
different when the ankh, or "symbol of life," appears in its center,
for it then represents the "vital equilibrium" of creation, thus
being transformed into a highly positive figure.
The fallen angels represent "spirits" or virginal divine sparks who
descend to fulfill or perfect themselves through experience in
matter. We recommend to the reader the interesting book, The Revolt of the Angels by
Anatole France, in which
the author humorously and poetically exposes the mystery of the
The existence of these two forces, one ascending
and the other descending, allows us to understand in a deeper manner
the superior role which the "Volitive I" must perform in managing
spiritual energy, as well as the material force identified as the
Usually, those who arrive at an initiatic school make fun of the
ordeals, characterizing them as mere barriers. Nevertheless, as
time passes, they are rudely shown their different faults. In spite
of this, failure in some ordeals does not mean defeat, but rather a
lesson that the individual must learn; and until he does so, he will
remain blocked by the obstacle. The extreme difficulty of the
ordeals lies in their tremendous subtlety.
These ordeals are
generally based on the individual's internal failures which are
beneath the threshold of his awareness, and which remain unknown to
him. This is similar to what occurs with a person's defects;
generally, he is completely incapable of observing them.
The first steps taken by an individual who enters a Hermetic school
are decisive, as he is prone to be guided by false and capricious
impressions, arising primarily from a projection of his internal
problems. Many times, the individual looks upon the school as an
entity which is trying to use or pressure him in order to obtain
something from him. He craves salvation or a guide to success, but
at the same time he does not want to let himself be saved easily,
and he wishes to show that he is not easy to convince or handle.
individual does not realize that he himself is the only one
interested in his own salvation (freedom from being used by Nature)
and if he does not free himself, no one will come to his rescue.
Until he understands his real situation in the world, he will lack
the necessary motivation to fight for his own existence, as this is
what he is striving for after all. The only possibility of success
resides in being able to visualize his true position in life before
Nature and destiny, and in his ultimate use of the "Volitive I" as
an instrument for fulfillment.
We have seen the most incredible things happen to sincere students.
Sudden riches or love are often sufficient to make him stray from
his path. Other times, his loved ones turn into his worst enemies as
far as initiation is concerned; these loved ones are undoubtedly
controlled by the central computer of the species. This is very much
like some apprentices of sorcery who try to dominate Nature, but
end up as its slaves.
The difficulties which the student must face
just to reach the meeting place of the brotherhood on time,
sometimes take on tragicomic overtones. The oddest things occur
solely to prevent him from reaching the meeting, and the problem is
that it is the individual who is "sabotaging" himself. The ass is a
symbolic animal in Hermetic Art. It represents the negative animal
nature of the individual; its basic keynote is stupidity, inertia,
laziness, negligence, and irresponsibility.
It is due to this that
when an individual makes a harmful mistake, it is said figuratively
that he should not "think as an ass" or rather that "the ass should
not be allowed to think for him." Hermeticism also speaks of the
"path of the ass" to describe those who, after so much effort and
hardship, and after covering so much ground, always remain in the
In ancient times, asses were used to bring up water for
irrigation from springs or wells,
and the animal walked many miles per day, but because this was in a
circle, he always remained in the same place. Hermetic teaching
states that only after conquering the ass is it possible to conquer
the Sphinx and soar on its wings to cosmic space. The Sphinx is the
vehicle of the Stellar Man.
Regarding the candidate's gender, it is necessary to state that for
men the ordeals are mainly expressed through instinct, along with
all the related psychological and material situations and
conditions. On the other hand, the women's weak point is situated in
their emotional nature. It is due to this that the admission of
women into "initiatic schools" has been traditionally prohibited,
and this is the reason why the Freemasons only admit women on
"ladies' nights." In ancient times when women belonged to initiatic
orders, many brotherhoods were destroyed when one of the female
members, under the influence of passionate love, revealed the
secrets of the order to enemy organizations.
The Freemasons were originally a Hermetic brotherhood formed by high
initiates as a preparatory school for other higher-level work.
Nevertheless, with the symbolic death of Hiram, Freemasonry lost the
secret of the rites and symbols such as the true meaning of the
passwords. Hermetic tradition was extinguished and there remains
only the unknown language of the symbols. The light that existed has
lost its Hermetic meaning, and only the philosophical significance
The brothers have fallen "asleep" with the passage of time,
perhaps sung to sleep by their pride in having thirty-three degrees
of Masonic splendor. However, their symbols, inspired from ancient
rites, are truly beautiful. Without a doubt, entering into
Freemasonry will morally,
culturally, and philosophically benefit any clear minded person.
But between entering Freemasonry and becoming truly twice born,
there is a world of difference.
It must be pointed out that true Schools of Initiation have never
banned the entry of women into their ranks, and that women may also
work in the Temple.
The ordeals the candidate for initiation faces may be internal or
material. Material ordeals concern concrete situations, which arise
from the reactions of Nature. Remember that Nature is internal as
well as external, and tremendous internal conflicts are therefore
Two interesting events make a profound impression on the
disciple during the process of initiation.
One is the gradual vision
the candidate acquires of himself, seeing himself as he really is
without subterfuge, idealization, or hypocrisy.
Another is the
gradual contemplation of the truth, the world, and its people.
the first case, the student suffers a profound shock upon seeing
himself as he really is for the first time. This vision opens two
paths to him: he can either accept or reject his true nature.
rejects his true nature, instead of breaking through the shell of
his isolation from reality, the individual, terrorized by the naked
truth, builds up an impenetrable and indestructible shell of iron.
There are many illusions (in the sense of that which is illusory)
that the individual must overcome in order to evolve.
carefully stated in the well-known and beautiful book Light on the
Path by Mabel Collins:
Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the
ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice
can speak in the presence of the Masters, it
must have lost the power to wound. Before the soul can stand in the
presence of the Masters, its feet must be washed in the blood of the
Life's truths are so terrible in their nakedness, that for a
disciple to endure them in a well-balanced manner, he must have
adequately prepared himself. It must be realized that Nature is
completely cold and could not care less about the kindness of a monk
or the perversions of an assassin.
Within her bosom Nature conceives
equally wheat and hemlock, healing herbs and poisonous plants.
Neither the greatest idealism nor the most despicable evil alter
the immutability of the laws of Nature. There are truths that are so
dangerous, they are truly like "a razor's edge," for if the student
still retains the seed of egotism or evil, the vision of these
mysteries will traumatize him to such an extent that he will never
return to normality. Herein lies a great similarity with the case
of our neophyte in Zanoni, although reality is always more deadly
and less spectacular than the theme of a novel.
Many have gone
insane upon glimpsing a truth which was too unbearable for those
who have not been able to overcome their baser passions. Truth is
only attained by the absolute nakedness of the innocent purity of
those who "become little children." Truth is a
it raises up the pure and destroys the passional.
In an Initiatic School, hundreds of different situations arise which
test the integrity, purity, and decisions of the student. These
tests range from loss of confidence in the School and the Master to
a feeling of being used or cheated in one manner or another. Each
individual reveals his internal failings through his doubts and conflicts. Thus, the one who has no
honor firmly believes that they will oblige him to lose his honor;
the one who is not free believes he will lose his freedom of
choice; an immoral individual believes he would be obliged to
violate moral rules; and a thief would complain of "losing his
Many feel they are passed over and believe there is favoritism and
prejudice, or believe they are not being taught enough. Others,
especially the unfeeling egoists, accuse their companions of "having
lost all sensitivity." In brief, in a School, a series of vital
situations is reproduced, much like in a laboratory, so the student
can consciously observe the behavior of others and also take note of
In this setting it is also possible for the School to
profoundly understand the student in order to better help him. Naturally,
for this work to bear fruit it must be authentic, that is, the
student must not pretend at any time, but must be honest and
sincere, and his reactions must be absolutely authentic. It must be
pointed out that each ordeal that is successfully overcome raises
the disciple to higher states of awareness, allowing him to
understand that which was previously incomprehensible.
XIV - THE
In contrast to the ordeals, obstacles are not Nature's reactions
but ordinary barriers, which all people have to face in order to
evolve. The absolute rule of dreams over sapiens must be understood,
and that if sapiens wants to evolve, he must necessarily awaken. If
he does not awaken, he will remain static.
To awaken is difficult to do, as sapiens is submitted to a cosmic
hypnotic influence which is the universal energy of creation; and if
this were not enough, each individual, when he does not like the
reality of life or is not satisfied with himself, dreams of himself
and the world in a manner ideal for himself.
Hermetically, we call
this foolish romanticism, to differentiate it from the idealism of
the poets. Romanticism is the ingredient which enables the human
being to accept his dreams as an expression of reality, and his life
is limited to attempting to satisfy his own fantasies. Let it be
understood that we refer to an inferior and destructive type of romanticism, although people cannot differentiate this from its higher
In general the individual has the following obstacles along the way:
AN ERRONEOUS CONCEPT OF HERMETICISM OR ESOTERICISM AS A WHOLE
People's beliefs in this area swing between two extremes: those who
consider esotericism as something superstitious, evil, or
diabolical, and those who blindly believe. The latter speak occult
jargon and say that "it is necessary to unfold on the astral plane,
to open the third eye, or awaken the Kundalini," and due to their
tremendous naiveté are sincerely convinced of the truth of their own
THE DIFFICULTY OF SEEING ONESELF OBJECTIVELY
Each person wears the banner of the qualities he most appreciates
A person cannot avoid projecting his own image to others, and
judging everything according to his own concepts rather than in a
free and experiential manner. It is as if each day a person digested
part of the world, only to afterwards vomit all that did not
correspond to his image of what is pleasant, true, or positive. In
his self-protection, man has created a God in his image and
likeness, one he imagines as a kindly old man with a white beard.
DISINTEREST IN LEARNING THE TRUTH
People do not want the truth because they are not interested in it.
They prefer to sleep peacefully, even if it means tomorrow they will be devoured by Nature, a presentiment which exists in
all human beings from childhood.
CONFORMING WITH THE "FLOCK"
This conduct gives the individual the false sensation that all is
well simply because he is doing what everyone else does and accepts.
For the same reason, he does not dare to decide anything for
himself, least of all to study or accomplish something not approved
by "official science." In this respect it would be interesting to
verify whether hypnotism was any less effective before being
accepted by science, and whether its acceptance, in truth, made it
more respectable and effective. Following along this line, we see
that in most cases respectability and morals only reflect the degree
of conformity with the flock.
BEING DEPENDENT ON THE PASSIONS
Passions express the individual's baser animal tendencies, which
exist alongside superior animal tendencies. The baser tendencies are
manifested in the appetite of the corporeal mass, which seeks its
own satisfaction without considering the higher interests of the
Indolence, inertia, laziness, apathy,
bitterness, resentment, jealousy, envy, and lust, to name a few,
manipulate man as a puppet, and he will be unable to free himself
from this situation. Each state of passion takes control of the body
including its psychological components at a given moment, and the
individual completely forgets his previous resolutions.
PROJECTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS ONTO THE TEACHINGS
It often happens that people seek Hermetic Teaching not to evolve
spiritually, but to compensate for their yearning for power or their
inferiority complexes. People frequently project their unconscious
traumas, fears, ambitions, and desires onto the Teaching in order to
extract from it the same "food" they derive from these problems.
They in turn use the new knowledge they receive in order to fortify
their process of psychological rationalization.
FEAR OF FREEDOM
We know that sapiens fears freedom with the force of an irrational
anguish. Deep down inside himself he knows that the Hermetic path
will inexorably lead him toward freedom or salvation. But, does the
individual really wish to be free?
Generally, the greater percentage
of the sapiens species prefers mediocre slavery to the most glorious
and brilliant freedom. It is for this reason that people search in
life for something to become enslaved to, as they cannot stand the
sensation of liberty. There are those who "chain themselves to a
stone" even if they know that this rock will drag them into the
abyss of the sea.
What has been discussed here is a brief summary of the obstacles to
advancement encountered along the path to spiritual supremacy.
- INITIATIC PRACTICES
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUPERBRAIN
Our brain alone is not equal to the task of discovering the truth
and attaining spiritual evolution; it is necessary to form the mind,
a superbrain which will enable us to reach the condition of a
Stellar Man. The following is a brief summary of the elements
needed to form a superbrain:
1. The four intelligences (the soul of man): water, air, earth, and
2. The "Volitive I"
3. The Mind
4. Three basic objectives:
a) The forming of the "Volitive I"
c) Mental digestion
5. Three superior objectives:
b) Initiatory death
6. Three supreme objectives:
b) To be converted into a Stellar Man
c) To transcend Maya (cosmic illusion)
It is not possible to insist enough on the fundamental requirement
that the student must have a Hermetic Master who has already
traveled the path the disciple wishes to follow. Only those who
have consciously reincarnated are able to do without a Master, or,
if possible, have many Masters who will refresh the memory of the
reincarnated. The one who has consciously reincarnated certainly
knows this, but this happens infrequently.
The indications given here are of an elemental character, and their
object is to shed light on the path of the student toward the
truth, to guide him in his goals. Only a genuine Master is able to
transmit to the disciple the spiritual flame, the magical ferment
which becomes his occult power as an initiate. This is not a poetic
abstraction, but something material, a concrete process which takes
place between the Master and the disciple.
Naturally this power does
not free the student from his ascetic disciplines; on the contrary,
it obliges him to undertake them with greater perseverance.
EDUCATION OF THE FOUR INTELLIGENCES
To educate the four intelligences, the student must consider them to
be the seat of his bad habits and vices, and he must proceed to
cleanse them of all that is negative, giving them awareness and
intelligence, according to the model of desired behavior.
INTELLIGENCE OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
The earth element encompasses all corporeal matter, but its seat is
in the stomach. Its key word is absorption. To educate this
intelligence it is necessary to submit its functions, to a certain
extent, to the control of will, the "Volitive I."
The digestive system must be thought of as an intelligent being with
which we can communicate, to which we can speak, and control. For
this the following formula is used:
"You, intelligence of my digestive system, I order you to blindly
obey me in all I say. I give you awareness and intelligence so you
may perfectly fulfill your biological functions. From this moment,
my will shall be your will, as I am your God, master, and owner whom
you must respect and obey. When you are fed, it will be because it
is my will and when you fast, it will be because I want no food."
This formula must be repeated several times, endeavoring to
penetrate into the hidden forces of the digestive system.
Periodically it is necessary to fast for an entire day, and upon
initiating this one must say:
"You, intelligence of my digestive system, will abstain from all
food for 'x' amount of hours, as this is my will and I order you to
blindly obey this mandate."
If the student suffers from any hepatic ailment or any type of
digestive disorder, he must try to cure it by reinforcing the
intelligence of his digestive system with all his will power. The
reader will need to try to discover the cryptic
sense of these instructions, as occult laws prohibit saying more
INTELLIGENCE OF THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
The fire element is located in the sex, which is the seat of the
instinctive center. Its key word is irradiation. For the education
of this intelligence, the previous formula should be used. This
formula does not vary for any of the other systems. Only the name
and function of the corresponding element is changed. It is
necessary to regulate the sexual function, submitting it to one's
will power in order to have sexual relations only when the "Volitive
I" permits it, and at no other time.
We must remember that this
system is the seat of the libido, a fact we can make use of to
extricate all the complexes we may have by working on this center of
activity. For this it is necessary to make the respective
intelligence reason, so that it may abandon its infantile activity
and proceed in a more mature manner. This should be complemented by
the practice of controlling the imagination, which we will refer to
under the respiratory system.
INTELLIGENCE OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
The water element resides in our circulatory system, the seat of the
emotions. Its key word is unification. As in the above cases, the
formula already described for educating this intelligence is also
used. Together with this formula, it is necessary to practice
rigorous emotional hygiene to prevent the heart from receiving
harmful or destructive emotions.
This is achieved gradually, through the "Volitive I." Furthermore,
daily concentration on the heart (the brain of this system) should
be practiced in order to create a state of profound peace and
perfect submission of the emotions to the will.
INTELLIGENCE OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
The air element resides in our respiratory system, the seat of the
imagination. Its key word is vitalization. We must work with the
known formula and further establish an adequate control of the
imagination. It is necessary, at all costs, to suppress any morbid
imagination, only letting positive, harmonious, balanced, and higher
thoughts enter. The spoken word must be educated, cleansing the
language and always accomplishing that which is affirmed out loud.
The student who affirms something verbally and does not keep his
word is converted into a plaything of Nature, and it will be very
difficult for him to accomplish his personal projects.
Through breathing, we have access to the world of vibrations and by
sharpening our sense of smell, it is possible to capture any kind of
vibration through the inhalation and retention of breath.
We must insist on the fact that there are many secret keys in these
instructions, but whether or not they are discovered is left to the
interest and discernment of the reader.
For instance, and as an exercise, think about what occurs with the
union of the elements of air (respiratory system) and fire
(reproductive system) or, water (circulatory system) and earth