To talk about the esoteric is in many ways a blasphemy – the very act of pretending knowledge of the divine is bad faith.
The intuitive finds its place in an inner hierarchy of will. I do feel sometimes that this kind of will should be capitalised – Will. When I think of the intuitive I think of the instinctive intelligence of a new born baby that turns its head and opens its mouth and begins to suckle on the mother’s breast. This is real intuitive intelligence – a balance between what is needed, what is possible, and what is beautiful. Today many in our Western “developed” world have lost the intuitive ability, to use one’s instinctive intelligence to create order in the world. The intuitive, I feel, is the circumference of the essential.
Esoteric to me means HIDDEN – nothing more and nothing less. The esoteric partakes of an energy rather than static conceptualisation. The esoteric current flows through all and everything – yes, there is the esoteric side of a stone and the esoteric side of rationality and a smile. The only way to convey the esoteric from one human to another is through presence or the ingestion of energetic – wisdom – texts. These texts are living organic IDEAS that act like yeast in the mind. There are certain Ideas which are larger than mere conceptualisation and these Ideas, I feel, partake of a life, they are angelic life forms. The purpose of these living texts / Ideas is not to stuff one’s mind with extra information but rather to change its constitution so that it can become receptive to the esoteric. This is an aspect of alchemy.
The discernment of the intuitive / esoteric is a function of that same hidden energy. These sacred esoteric texts serve as long koans, and if approached in an appropriate manner may open a mind to the hidden forces. The idea of text must also be enlarged in regard to the esoteric. In this context the Temple of Luxor in Egypt is a text behaving in the above manner (see R A Schwaller de Lubicz ), as are the various revelations of the world’s religions, and various dances, rituals and art. Gurdjieff coined a word for these “texts” – legominisms.
To someone who is imbued with an esoteric vision, the whole of life is one big hieroglyph waiting to be read and understood. Astrology from this perspective, is a form of life “language” and algebra. Dane Rudhyar called Astrology, the algebra of life. I like this, but I also see Astrology as a language with its own syntax and grammar.
I believe that the ability to discern the esoteric from the exoteric has something to do with one’s will. This something cannot arise without assistance from the hidden parts of one’s nature.
I don’t seek the esoteric, the esoteric seeks me.
“The purpose of these living texts / Ideas is not to stuff one’s mind with extra information but rather to change its constitution so that it can become receptive to the esoteric. This is an aspect of alchemy.”
You bring up many good points that are important considerations for people interested in learning more about the esoteric. Your blog is testament to that.
People can become overwhelmed with the abundance of information available. There is a significant difference between gaining knowledge and becoming wise. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for responding to my sharing.
Yes, there is a huge chasm between just knowing stuff and BEING. This is why of all the teachings available to us today, Gurdjieff speaks so loudly and clearly to me. He makes the distinction between Knowledge and Being very clear in P D Ouspensky’s “In Search of the Miraculous”. Gurdjieff states that UNDERSTANDING is not just acquiring information and knowledge. To make the “head” stuff into something meaningful in terms of BEING, we have to feel, sense and know all together and even then we need a little Grace from Above.
Stop by if you want to see more esoteric stuff. Good post.
Thanks. I like your blog and it has some interesting views from an esoteric angle.