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commented on Feb. 6, 2011
My intention in this post is not to detail the Great Work, but rather to briefly illuminate the path. I will begin with specific quotations, the source being of utmost importance. Read deeply:
"I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling stream which I have measured out. ... He who will drink from the bubbling stream which I have measured out.... He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."
“When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."
"Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you”
- Gospel of Thomas
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; [but] he that despiseth his ways shall die. – Proverbs 19:16
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. – John 12:25
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: -
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein]. –
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dwell in the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”
“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”
- Carl Jung
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dwelling within the dark, cavernous depths of our mind lies a mythical creature of powerful magic. This creature has been called many things including the Shadow, the Ego, Kundalini, the Serpent, the Phoenix, the Beast and of course, the Dragon. Confronting this creature strikes fear in the hearts of nearly all men, yet this Dragon must be slain. This event mimics the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, from the Hydra into the Quetzalcoatl. It is confronting the darkest reaches humanity, the nastiest, filthiest places in our subconscious minds that every man dreads ever go. Only once this darkness is illuminated can the power of the Dragon be tamed and harnessed and the Gateway to Jacob’s Ladder and the Rainbow Bridge unveiled.
This is the Path. It, like the Dragon, has been referred to in many ways such as The Eightfold Path, The Taoist Way, The Kundalini Path, Kabbalah, Numerology, Astrology, Tarot, The Great Work and of course Jacob’s Ladder. It is not doctrine, but rather experience: the experience of “Self”.
The Rainbow Bridge
Where suffering and separation end. Where male and female, above and below, matter and spirit, positive and negative unite.
In the present world, this demands that one leave the values, customs and ways of the world behind. It is a private journey that each must make alone. As a collective, the Human race is right now dwelling in the Dragon’s Cave. We are wrestling with the Hydra and if we succeed in slaying this beast, the Alchemical Lead, the Phoenix will Rise from the ashes once again to enable us to begin our ascent back “home”. This battle is the epic of age old mythology and it taking place –right now – everywhere around you because it is truly WITHIN you. Slay your Dragon and claim the Philosopher’s Stone.