Epistemology and Gnosis

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?

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.

The Ten Invocations

  1. Silence
  2. Joy
  3. Self-Control
  4. Steadfastness
  5. Justice
  6. Generosity
  7. Truth
  8. Supreme Good
  9. Life
  10. Light


“For the rest, be still, O son, and Keep Silence; thus God’s mercy for us shall not cease.”  CH 13.8

Breathing into outer space

“Therefore Nous has taken the Soul as a cover and the Soul, being itself divine, uses breath as fire and the breath governs living things” CH 10.17

Breath as the vehicle of the Soul in the body, what exactly does this entail? Is there, for example, a specific molecule that embodies Soul (e.g. nitrous oxide _ refer William James) and if so is Soul conveyed/carried by such molecule, and if that is the case is it possible that the world soul is manifest as a particular element in the atmosphere? As this possibility is more exclusive than inclusive, and would restrict the presence of Soul in some areas and for some beings, I therefore consider it unlikely.

“The finest part of matter is Air, of Air, Soul, of Soul, Nous, of Nous, God” CH 06.11

If air is the finest part of material existence then the combination of the gases making up the atmosphere at any particular moment in time are representative of the status/condition of the Anima Mundi at that point?

What then is breathing, is it the continuous and active circulation of the World Soul through the body? The finer aspects of matter permeating the body and linking it to the planet, in which case are we as conscious beings separable from the planet?

Space travel, does our consciousness alter once we no longer breath the atmosphere of the planet. What are the effects of long period separation from the planets atmosphere, are we (mankind) separating our consciousness from that of the planet, does this mean that our Souls are sufficiently developed to take such a step? Or is the planetary consciousness of which we are a part, is ready to extend beyond itself and reach out into the solar system?

The daily Where and What’s

Where are we? Here

What do we bring with us? Memory

What time is it? Now

What do we invoke? Calm, slow breathing and mental quietude

What do we practice? WUBL (Will, Understanding, Belief and Love)

Willing: Steadfastness and conviction of the envisaged desire

Understanding: Acquired knowledge correctly applied

Believing: Unequivocal and unquestionable faith

Loving: Unlimited capacity for sacrifice and affection

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?