Some believe this esoteric work contains the knowledge of real magic. Is it possible that all the great Sages were teachers of this knowledge? Is it available? If so, where can we find it?
History tempts us with glimpses of an ancient body of esoteric knowledge called Hermetics. Sages talk in riddles about it. Many teachers and sects claim to hold the secrets to this wisdom.
There are hints of this ancient wisdom in the traditions of many cultures. So is this a type of universal knowledge? Could it have been discovered independently by many cultures? Or does it result from one significant discovery that later made its way to the elite thinkers to preserve the knowledge?
The Teachers of Hermetics
The name for this hidden knowledge comes from Hermes Trismegistus’s writings (“Thrice Great”). These ancient writings are a powerful influence in all Western mystical traditions. These esoteric teachings became prominent during both the Renaissance and the Reformation.
Furthermore, this knowledge claims to trace its genesis to Prisca Theologia, a doctrine that asserts a single, true theology. It is this philosophy that is supposedly the basis for all true religions inspired by the Creator. Hence, the question. Is it possible all the great sages were teachers of Hermetics?
To see if there is any truth to this idea, we search for connections between all great spiritual teachers. Are there connections of philosophy and symbolism between many modern religions and heremtics? There are some philosophical links, and we can trace these back through the mystery religions of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian. These mythologies are the bedrock of modern Western organized religion. The thread of philosophy and superstition from these earlier systems is still present within Western thought. However, Western theology lacks any methods or processes that would achieve its mystical goals. If these traditions hold Hermetic knowledge, it is not in the public versions, nor does it exist in their holy texts.
“The Christian cross comes from Egypt and India; the triple miter from the Mithraic faith; the shepherd’s crook from the Hermetic Mysteries and Greece; the immaculate conception from India; the transfiguration from Persia; and the trinity from the Brahmans. The Virgin Mary, as the mother of God, is found in a dozen different faiths. There are over twenty crucified world saviors. The church steeple is an adaptation of Egyptian obelisks and pyramids, while the Christian devil is the Egyptian Typhon with certain modifications” ― Manly P. Hall, Occult Anatomy of Man; Occult Masonry
So, was the Jesus of the Bible a conglomeration of earlier Sages? What about Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu? Is it possible that all the great sages were teachers of Hermetics? The philosophical principles of the public texts contain a similar theme. They all claim that having this knowledge is the only way to go beyond philosophy and religion. The popular versions of their sacred books are absent from any processes or methods to apply these principles.
That means, if this knowledge exists in written form, they are not available to the public. But it is more probable that the crucial aspects of the knowledge were communicated orally from teacher to student.
What Are Hermetics?
This knowledge must be more than a philosophy, and it must contain methods that affect change. The philosophical elements point to the goal or results. The core of Heremtics must be more concrete. Some believe it must be methods and processes which affect a change in reality. Tradition says that this knowledge is the essence of alchemy and the home of real magic. Could this knowledge be more prolific than we think? We find methods of altering and changing consciousness all over the world.
We find the philosophy of Hermetics in Gnosticism and Neoplatonism. And its namesake Hermeticism. Interestingly, this is the thread from the earlier mystery religions of Egypt, Persia, Assyria, Summaria, and Babylon.
The fundamental process for salvation comes from the dying-god cult sects of Egypt and Persia. Here we see the process for salvation in Christianity is the shadow of a more productive model known as “mystical mental appropriation.” It’s an esoteric process whereby one reaches out mystically and mentally with the mind’s power and appropriates a mystical membership.
It is membership in an exclusive club that the Christians landed on as its primary tenant. Selling the afterlife became more important, the knowledge of altering consciousness perhaps because they did not know or kept it for the elite.
Restricting this kind of powerful knowledge is a frequent practice. In this way, only those who are “worthy and ready” can learn the secret knowledge. It makes sense on several levels. One of the first learning theory principles is making sure you are the learner is “ready to learn.”
If you are not ready, then trying to learn any powerful technology is ineffective. It can be harmful; this, too, is a common element found in many cultures. Additionally, if you have this powerful knowledge, you want to limit it to those who will not misuse it. One of the best ways to restrict access is to disguise it and then hide them in plain sight—more about this technique in a moment.
You can trace the philosophical remnants to many cults and religions. All the great sages spoke of the importance of keeping the knowledge pure. They warned against allowing the Secret Doctrine to become part of religious dogma. When we study history, the wisdom of this caution is clear.
Questions about the Esoteric Knowledge
When poses the question, what are Hermetics? We know for sure what it is not. It is not the philosophical remnants we find in the mythology of Western organized religion. It must be more than contradictory doctrines and superstitions. It must be something more concrete, something with substance. If it is a tangible form of magic, it must produce results. The knowledge must be actionable, repeatable, and provable, but this level of information missing from the texts? What happened to the actionable part? We think it does exist, but not in the holy books of Western religious mythology.
When people ask, what is Hermetics theory? They are asking, how does this stuff work? It’s a good question. The idea behind this technology gave rise to the principle of alchemy. What is needed is some tool that connects the dots between philosophy and the fragments of data we find in documents like the Kybalion.
Dilution of Knowledge
India and Persia were once gardens of this knowledge. However, most of the Hermetic wisdom from these cultures is lost. Many of the ancient teachers became priests and prefects of religions. They mixed religious mythology with Hermetic wisdom to preserve the knowledge. Unfortunately, this dilution made the wisdom ineffectual. Those that still possess it are much more selective and secretive in teaching this knowledge.
We see the same dilution in Greece and Rome cultures. The Hermetic Teachings of the Gnostics from Persia did not make it to the Roman Catholic Church’s public version. Some people believe the Church still holds and practices these esoteric methods, but they are only available to a select few.
The masterful social architect Constantine is responsible for this loss. His unification strategy combines the mythologies of the dying-god cults into one religion. He could achieve higher cash flows with religion and lower costs than keeping an army in the field. Thus, reducing any risk of an insurgency while ensuring control of the region through faith.
This dilution resulted in the loss of real alchemy; they replaced effectual knowledge with mythological, religious superstition, cults, creeds, and gods. It became the universal religion, the Christian Church. Its blunder set back humankind on many levels. Its mythology is blotting out the very essence and spirit of the knowledge that could have elevated humanity. It was necessary to make its customers dependent upon the Church.
The Abrahamic religions’ counterfeit teachings do not provide tools for the path of enlightenment. It does not satisfy the individual’s hunger for spiritual knowledge. But, it gives these regions control and cash flow. They will defend their position through increasing fear.
Requires Personal Instruction
There are always a few faithful teachers who keep alive the Flame. They are tending it carefully. The ancient knowledge is still with us thanks to a few teachers.
Most interesting is that attempts to document this esoteric knowledge always seem to fail. What we find is nothing more than philosophical ramblings. Perhaps this is why all the great sages teach their students through personal instruction. A knowledgeable teacher is necessary to assess the student’s readiness. It’s the only way to provide the correct teaching at the right time. It requires the right Mantra, the right Sutra, at precisely the right time.
The meaning of this knowledge is powerful and dangerous in the hands of the person who is not ready to handle it. So, instruction is often shrouded in parables and analogy. In this way, only those who understand can use esoteric knowledge. It is the difference between seeing a picture of someone kissing and kissing someone you love.
Maintaining the secrecy of the oral tradition is a practical necessity. It is required to avoid the persecutions of the dying-god worshipers. The god worshipers seek to destroy the Secret Doctrine by any means. It is hard to find any reliable books on Hermetic Philosophy. Even though there are countless references to these works, it seems more probable that this information is given one-on-one through personal instruction.
Kybalion Principles and Meaning
The Kybalion is the name given to one of the early oral traditions of Hermetics. We have lost the exact significance and meaning of the term. The writings that exist contain a collection of mantras, sutras, maxims, axioms and precepts, and parables.
These writings contain analogies that are guideposts for those who understand them. It requires a level of understanding of someone already familiar with the underlying knowledge. The esoteric and poetic form of the Kybalion principles and meaning is not exact. The writings are absent the key that would allow us to understand them.
The work “The Art of Hermetic Alchemy”, is a part of this tradition. But, it does not talk about the transformation of Material Elements. It deals with the mastery of Mental Forces and Opening Doors of Consciousness.
Likewise, the legends of the “Philosopher’s Stone” is understood as an analogy. It does not refer to turning base metal into Gold. Instead, it is an allegory relating to Hermetic Philosophy. All students of true Hermeticism would understand this. Many of the ancient parables and allegory find their roots here.
The later writers of the Abrahamic texts plagiarize these works to bolster their credibility. The Church appropriates these stories and parables to reinforce its authenticity. Even the Abrahamic tell that authentic spirituality is not available in any religion. Jesus was not a Christan; he was Jewish. The wilderness is where he finds enlightenment.
Common Knowledge of all the Great Sages
Are the secrets closer than we think? Is this a universal body of knowledge? Is it available from other sources? Or, can we reveal these secrets in some way? Perhaps the key to solving the mystery of Hermetics lies in processes rather than philosophy. Some believe this is so. That means this ancient knowledge is hiding in plain sight.
The dimensions of time and space are not barriers to our consciousness. We do not exist between our ears. The real you, the person you talk to inside your head, have no limits. Our consciousness has a foundation of pure awareness, enabling us to access higher states of consciousness. All we need are methods to opening these doors. We call these tools spiritual technologies.
Everyone has their way of awakening the unique spiritual gifts sleeping in their DNA. Awakening is a process. When we open them, it sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
The research of consciousness and learning to access these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. The investigation of consciousness is something many ancient cultures thought was necessary, and we enjoy the benefits of generations of research. These early pioneers give us several tools for exploring consciousness.
We call the processes of these early explorers spiritual technologies. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable methods that produce measurable physiological changes. These tools enable us to reach higher states of awareness that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
We use a blended learning model incorporating those processes which are safe and reliable. We are not the first to use this eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s strategy was to adopt techniques proven effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
What are Hermetics? Our investigation leads us to the methods and processes of spiritual exploration. That means the esoteric knowledge of the ancients is hiding in plain sight. You can find it if you know what to seek. It leads us through the virtues of the spirit to our truth. Learn as many spiritual technologies as possible. You’ll find the right one which will open these doors. So, were all the great sages teachers of Hermetics? You decide.
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