Consciousness in its totality, being similar to divinity, is itself motionless, yet it moves itself within its own stillness.
Consciousness is holy, uncorrupt and eternal and whatever can be named higher than that, if anything can be.
Hermes _ The Perfect Discourse
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.
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
Reminiscence is a natural consequence of the past. The Nous has had no beginnning, the present life is therefore a new situation for the spirit, it has experienced higher realms and conceives for the world of intelligibles.
Ecstacy is the consummation of reminiscence, it is not a faculty, it is a state. This state is not permanent until union with the One is complete, here on earth ecstasy is only attained in flashes.
Such flashes are a brief respite, Man can cease to become man and become God, but man cannot be God and man at the same time.
Forgive me Jules Simon
Jacob Slavenburg in The Hermetic Link tells us a very interesting story of how Pythagoras was granted the ability to remember his past lives by Hermes Trismegistus.
He recalled his earlier lives and said he first had been Euphorus, secondly Aethalides, thirdly Hermotimus, fourth Pyrrhus and now he was Pythagoras.
Porphyrius, The Life of Pythagoras
He tells us how this extraordinary story was confirmed by Diogenes Laertius, who writes that, according to rumor, Pythagoras seems to have said of himself that he had lived earlier as Aethalides, among others.
And who was this Aethalides? A son of Hermes.
Aethalides had been given permission by his father to wish for anything he desired, except immortality. He chose eternal recollection of everything that happened in this life, as well as the life beyond the grave and on into new incarnations.
This gave him precise memories of all previous lifetimes, and this included the life of Pythagoras, the reincarnated Aethalides, as well.
“Everything comes from heaven into earth, into water, into air.
Only fire, which is borne upwards, is life-giving.
What moves downward serves it.
Yet what moves down from on high is full of generative power; what moves upward gives nourishment.
Only earth of all the elements remains within itself and is the receiver of every kind of form, and what it receives it returns.”
Episteme is knowledge of the world seen through the reduced awareness of the brain and central nervous system, where Gnosis is the direct experience and knowledge of the living, intelligible Nous.
So I found myself asking the question, what role does N-Dimethyltryptamine have in Gnosis?