on praise to the Divine

Reading G.R.S. Mead’s Hymns of Hermes ‘Ecstatic Songs of Gnosis’, he asks the question of who is actually capable of singing God’s praises when it requires the whole universe and the countless universes of all that is, to sign the praises of God in any truly adequate manner?

Who, then, what man, has the understanding wherewith to praise God fitly, when through in his separated consciousness he knows not who he is, he yet begins to realise that “who he really is” must inevitably be God and no other?

In what manner can the Divine sing praises of itself as of some other than itself, when ‘I’ and ‘Thou’ must essentially be one, and the utterance of praise as of some other one seems to be a departure from the blessed state of that Divine intuition.

Give that some thought.

The Absolute produces Mind contemplating itself

It is self-conscious and from Mind proceeds the Soul of the World.

The One participates in all; souls, separate in space and time, being present to one another in the Soul of the Whole.

The Soul of the World is not in time, but, just as light passes by gradations into darkness, so does the Ineffable pass, without loss, through gradations of being; and, even as privation of light is darkness, so is the privation of God evil; though even in evil there is a rational order which issues in good.

Parts from Wiliam Boulting’s GIORDANO BRUNO ‘His Life, Thought, and Martyrdom’ Volume 1

Without Paganism the world would be empty and miserable

We are the heirs and propagators of Paganism …Happy is he who, for the sake of Paganism, bears the burden of persecution with firm hope.
Who else have civilised the world, and built cities if not the nobles and kings of Paganism.
Who else have set in order the harbours and rivers?
Happy is he who, for the sake of Paganism, bears the burden of persecution with firm hope.
Who else have civilised the world, and built cities if not the nobles and kings of Paganism.
Who else have set in order the harbours and rivers?
And who else have taught the hidden wisdom?
To whom else has the Deity revealed itself, given oracles, and told about the future, if not to the famous men among the pagans?
The pagans have made known all of this.
They have discovered the art of healing the soul.
They have also made known the art of healing the body.
They have filled the earth with settled forms of government, and with wisdom, which is the highest good.
Without Paganism the world would be empty and miserable.

Thabit ibn Qurrah (835-901) _ student of Harran’s university.

Cause proceeds action

“Nothing is free from change, all suffer it.”  …   “Action and the experience of change are the same thing.”  CH12.11

“For the essence of a spiritual power is its activity.” CH 16.13

Let us propose, for now at least, that the intrinsic nature of Intelligence, Consciousness, and Sentience is the practical contact with and observation of events.

Recently a group of researchers have suggested that human consciousness emerges due to increasing entropy, linking human consciousness to the Universe.  Statistical mechanics of consciousness

In hermetic thought the cause of change is found in the unmanifest, if we accept this then might we suppose the possibility that the cause of events can have an origin in the observer?  If so, does this support the idea that the All is the Cause observing its action?

 

 

‘Geomantic’ figures as fourth dimensional vectors

The fourth dimension is an abstract concept derived by generalizing the rules of three-dimensional space.  It has been studied by mathematicians and philosophers for almost two hundred years, both for its own interest and for the insights it offered into mathematics and related fields.

The figures are generated by applying the rules of vectors and coordinate geometry to a space with four dimensions.  A vector with four elements, such as the geomantic figures, can be used to represent a position in four-dimensional space.

Holy Art Thou

Holy art Thou, O God, the universal’s Father.

Holy art Thou, O God, whose Will perfects itself by means of its own Powers.

Holy art Thou, O God, who willeth to be known and art known by Thine own.

Holy art Thou, who didst by Word (Logos) make to consist the things that are.

Holy art Thou, of whom All-nature hath been made an image.

Holy art Thou, whose Form Nature hath never made.

Holy art Thou, more powerful than all power.

Holy art Thou, transcending all pre-eminence.

Holy Thou art, Thou better than all praise.

Accept my reason’s offering pure, from soul and heart for aye stretched up to Thee, O Thou unutterable, unspeakable, Whose Name naught but the Silence can express.

The Corpus Hermeticum