Category Archives: Philosophia Esoteriko

A correspondence between surfaces and lifestyle

Consider it a poem

Impervious surfaces are a man-made construct which disconnect us from the organic way of life. ‘Way’ in a literal sense; the way we flatten the surfaces we dwell on and the paths we travel by foot and vehicle is akin to the way we flatten our expected path and dwellings in life. The ground unaltered by man is irregular with various lumps and microclimates, and that varied terrain is more like the emotional terrain we encounter in our lives. We form expectations that the emotional terrain we will experience shall be level and predictable, like the paved surfaces we build, but this expectation is often unmet because it is not the true terrain of this world.
The analogy between physical terrain and emotional terrain has other examples too, however occulted, which can be revealed with further reflection.
One example is the terrain of learning. With our man-made constructs we learn through steps which lead to doorways; like walking along a path and turning to climb steps up to a door to enter a house. Within a man-made ‘house of knowledge’ there are various doors and maybe even different dwellings, like apartments that share the same floor or maybe take climbing further steps to access. With the terrain unaltered by man we see a different analogous ‘way’ of learning. In the wild our paths are much freer, likely to be irregular and progress in a very organic way unique to each individual’s conditions. There are certainly some points higher than others, but these high points on the path of knowledge are different than that of the man-made way. One may find a slope and climb it, persevering through all its topographic and other challenges. It is unlikely to find a ‘closed room’ in this wild space, yet as one climbs the mountains of knowledge, there will be precipices and plateaus one may peak at. If one climbs further, beyond the ‘false peaks’ that offer what some call ‘half-truths’ on the path of knowledge, one may reach a true peak with the highest view on that individual mountain; the mountain offers a 360 degree view freely from this point to all who earn it. As the mountain gives the view and the traveler takes it, we can remember that some things good alone are better experienced together, and this inspires thoughts of sharing knowledge and experience. A whole different set of analogous lessons is available on that point, by considering how conductance of power works in electrical engineering and how that may be akin to our own personal power and relationship with the force(s) of life in this world.

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The Human Race & The Human Being

Discussing ecological, economic, and social injustice, I noted “how can we do this to ourselves?” Through a dear friend’s response I was reminded that most in the movement don’t accept that the injustice is something we do to ourselves and instead feel the injustice is something a select, privileged few do to a disenfranchised many. We both thought and spoke for a little, agreeing that it is a little bit of both. To defend my point I shared that if I look at it as my privileged self and select few versus the vast many who suffer from my benefits (like having this computer and website to share information through), then there is a clear disconnection that challenges any sort of care and consideration. To truly care and strive for improvement with regard to my fellow human, however unseen and suffering-for-my-benefit they may be, takes empathy and connection – it takes seeing one another as fellow human beings.
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“Inner Fire” Poem

I like to learn
Something inside of me burns
It  yearns for life and longs for death
Like a freight train, right brain says to left brain “you complain too much, you’ve got to learn to love”
Left says to right, “Right, but we must find balance, for the day turns night.”
And like a flash of light, TRANSIT ION comes into site

I like to learn
Something inside of me churns
The world turns and the Sun races through Space
Who’s the winner?
Must be me as I enjoy a good dinner
Was it the dear as it enjoyed a good life? Or did all that disappear when its day turned night?

I like to learn
Weaving webs of Blue, Green, Red
Tredding lightly as in night I can’t see
I might get smacked by a tree, I might smack a tree
I might have to act a tree and just Be
The Tree of Life

Love,
I&I

cracks

Overcoming Drought – Recharge

We build sidewalks & impervious surfaces, concrete and asphalt, so far as we can
To help us move wherever we wish to go unimpeded.
If you look, you will see.
Nature sprouts between the lines and cracks
as if to give & create a gap
so the water can find a way
to enjoy more greenery in its day
and more time to live its fresh
Life before returning to the salty
Sea, as it would a life cut short
via our constructions of
Directly Connected Impervious Area,
carrying with it all the pollution it has accumulated
in its fresh life
(if only it had more fresh life to circulate;
infiltration into the inner Earth for filtration;
VITRIOLVM.)

& we humans are not so different
from the water from which we are composed

For in a world predominantly water
Surely, the way of the water knows
the Way. ∵.

So take more breaks
between the hardships
Like a tree does breathing with water
Uplift ∴

Demons & Dragons, Insight & Eagle Talons

Shamanism is a way of knowing from antiquity which survives to this day. It appears a feat of a unique individual in a far away community (through space, culture, and time) yet at once appears in workshops at self-help healing spiritual centers alike. It comes in different forms, and all share some unique features that can bridge its many manifestations (for more information on that, I recommend Micheal Harner’s book “The Way of the Shaman”).

Demons and devils are common to our more localized myths and the grand stories of the vast Abrahamic religions. How do we deal with them? Many do not, seeing that they are imaginative stories or creatures who dwell in distant, unseen realms. Shamanism has tools to deal with the unseen both directly and indirectly. The Abrahamic religions do as well – in the stories of old, heroes rise up and, in the name of Our Father, stand against the legions of evil which attempt to take control and assume the role of G-d for their own empowerment. These stories may read like a history book, and one that is difficult to support empirically. Another way these tales may be read is symbolically and analogously; each thread corresponding with situations in our internal worlds (realms of emotion and instincts, often subconscious and unconscious). Like the devils in stories of old, spirits of evil within us may tempt us as we struggle to ascend in service of HaShem. This is true too for the mythical creatures of good – angels and sages – who may live within us and be cultivated.

This correspondence between the outer world of myths and the inner world of experience we may find useful guidance and stories coming to life.

I remembered the tale of one holy hermit who, in the night, suddenly heard the bellowing of various wild beasts and shortly afterwards saw the shapes of all manner of creatures coming towards him, and could hear the howling of wolves, croaking of ravens and grunting of pigs all around him. The servant of our Lord armed himself with the weapon of Christ’s crucifix and, clasping it in his hand, he scorned the threats of the demons, shouting at them; immediately all the accursed spirits had fled away.

The words he had used, taught to us by Eappa, rang clearly in my memory: ‘Oh you wretched, perverse spirits, your power is seen and your might is made known. Now, wretches, you take on the form of wild beasts, and birds and serpents, you who formerly exalted yourselves when you aspired to be equal to G-d. Now I command you in the name of the eternal Lord, who made you and flung you from the height of Heaven, to cease from this disturbance!’

via Brian Bates’ “The Way of Wyrd”, Part 1, Chapter 2: A Forest of Phantoms

In this passage, from a novel documenting Anglo-Saxon indigenous spirituality through the tale of a sorcerer’s apprentice, we see an example of demons in myths and the way they are handled. What do we find if we consider these fabled demons as being internal aspects of ourselves which wreak havoc and hold the qualities of these beings? States of being they are, and imagine if one handled them a similar way as the servants of our Lord from a land of myth. For one, that one would appear crazy! Better kept as a personal practice; how do you think your bad habit would react if you uplifted a religious (ritualized) symbol of personal significance and Power, clasped such a device in the face of those ‘demons’, scorned their threats and shouted at them as did the hermit cited in the Way of Wyrd…

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Success & Succession

The Art of Listening and the Art of Interpretation manifests in Hermeneutics and Linguistic Mystics like Kabbalah et al. In English these exercises may be fruitfully explored & applied. Consider: what is the relationship between the words ‘success’ & ‘succession’?

One example of interpretation, which surely leads to further ones, is: Succession can be broken down into the first two and third syllable forming coherent words: success + ion.

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