I want to make one thing clear: as an esotericist or even as a regular person I do not suck up to Jewish people. I respect their traditions. It is only in the last year or so that I have come to realise the incredibly important role of Judaism in Western society and its influence. Jewish influence in Freemasonry in particular is of course huge.
Speaking as a Freemason I state categorically that Freemasonry stripped of its Jewish references would be totally unrecognisable as Freemasonry. Such is the importance of Jewish lore in the Craft. Of course the ancient mysteries of Egypt, Greece and Persia are referred to but not more so than those of the Jews e.g. Kabbalah. Also represented are Jewish characters such as King Solomon, Hiram King of Tyre, Hiram Abiff, Adoniram, Zerubbabel and Moses. King Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple are frequently featured in various rituals and especially in those practised in appendant Masonic bodies such as The Royal Arch.
Those interested in Jewish culture may only have that interest deepened and their knowledge of it enriched by becoming Freemasons.
And may God bless the Craft.
My darkest song “Lilith” from “Tears for Lucifer” was primarily a love song for the dark goddess. However, it was also a written for a person whose influence on me was so powerful it threatened to derail my long-term relationship. Of course there is such a thing as wanting to be influenced. Yes…she was and most likely still is a dangerous fire sign.
Learning. It’s all learning.
Recently I realised the wisdom of a comment which was essentially “I have given something holy to a dog”. I think it was Sivananda or some other Indian Yogi who uttered it. It has made me rethink giving Reiki initiations to people I don’t really know but who are nevertheless very keen to advance in Reiki. Of course Reiki energies bring out all sorts of hidden psychological complexes in order to heal them. However, I don’t have to put up with the bullshit of the recipients either and never will. So…from now on, caution is the watchword.
King James Bible
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
I don’t podcast as frequently as before. I haven’t blogged for 4 years. Why back to podcasting and blogging now? Inspiration from a band that has moved me spiritually is the reason for the return and that band is The Cambodian Space Project. After seeing them live at KULCHA in Fremantle Western Australia on Easter weekend I entered a world I never knew existed…and it was completely unexpected and nourishing to the soul.
Check out the podcast with founding member Julien Poulsen. c
The latest episode of "The John McNair Show" features an interview with groundbreaking magician and author Andrieh Vitimus, an important new contributor to the world of esoterica.
The SRIA Sanctum Testamentum College of Perth, Western Australia presented a lecture on the esoteric meaning of Punch and Judy on 14th June and it was videoed. It has now been put up in 3 parts at Dailymotion
As far as I know this is the first time that an SRIA lecture has ever been put on the Net. I decided to do this because there remain many Blue Lodge Masons who are curious about the philosophical roots of the Craft but still don’t know where to go to find out more. I hope this lecture serves to stimulate thought on our fascinating origins.
The John McNair Show Podcast features Dee Hebert in Part 3 of Special Edition 2.
– definition of terms “transsexual” and “transgender”
– persecution of transgender persons
– New Hampshire Paganism
– Christian fundamentalist views
– origins of PaganFM! radio show
– Dee’s spiritual path
– discussion of Pagan podcasts/radio shows
– pros and cons of opening up Wicca
– political discussion of left and right
– gay Anglicans
– caring for Pagan elders
The HIV/AIDS and HPV Issues – Manifestations of the Spiritual Conflict Between Evolutionary and Counter-Evolutionary Forces
As my next few podcasts will be with AIDS dissidents here is an esoteric perspective on this subject.
Spiritual evolution consists in raising human consciousness from its habitual fragmented state to an wholistic non-fragmented state. In the fragmented condition we perceive polar opposites interacting endlessly in a physical universe and in our personal psychological universe. This is the fragmented consciousness which sees ‘The Ten Thousand Things’ mentioned in Taoism. One who dwells continually in this state of being perceives and experiences the Hindu ‘Maya’ or Buddhist ‘Mara’, an illusory world dominated by the archetypal opposites; male and female, light and dark, good and evil. The ending of this illusory condition results in the direct perception of Objective Reality or ‘The Ground of Being’. It has been called ‘Nibbana’ by Buddhists, ‘Nirvana’ by Hindus or ‘Tao’ by Taoists.
How does this state come about? For a mystic the intense longing for unification with the Ultimate Reality leads his or her ego to become dissolved totally in a unitary experience with Divinity. The practising of various esoteric techniques also clears the way to allow union with Reality to take place. Of the many esoteric methods for bringing about the perception of Objective Reality, Magic, Yoga and meditation are the main methods employed.
That person who has achieved full union with Reality realises the ‘empty’ nature of existence but may nevertheless act as if the world is real and may do and say things which seem impossible for an ‘Enlightened’ being due to our limited understanding of their level of consciousness. Some examples of the behaviour of such a person may include swearing, criticising others or reprimanding them verbally or physically.
As most of us, however, are not enlightened beings, we are constantly subject to the archetypal opposites mentioned previously. Politically we have Left and Right philosophies, both with their good and bad points, just like the Taoist Taijitu symbol with a point of white in the black and a point of black in the white. Neither Left nor Right alone can provide a perfect political system and even various blends of the two never satisfy us for very long.
True spiritual growth is concerned with rising above the pairs of opposites. As the seeker moves along the esoteric path to unity he or she discovers the existence of two forces: one promoting spiritual evolution and one retarding it. The one promoting it can be recognised as an energy with a loving nature which seeks to benefit all, not just one individual and to unify consciousness. The retardant energy has a destructive nature and tries to benefit self and thereby fragment consciousness.
While we are strongly under the influence of the opposites, however, we are buffeted rudely by the effects of their interplay. A prime example of how we experience them is shown by the ‘Us and Them’ scenario. This plays out very much in the forms of ‘Mainstream Thinking v Independent Thinking’, ‘Haves and Have-Nots’, ‘Priestly Class v Congregation’ and ‘The AIDS Establishment v AIDS Dissidents ‘. Within these opposing groups we can recognise the forces promoting and retarding spiritual evolution although it is not always 100% clear-cut which is which.
The ‘Us and Them’ scenario portrays an assymetrical relationship between two groups with opposing views. Let us suppose that Group A has more members and more economic and political power than Group B. Let us also suppose that Group A enjoys a more prestigious position in society than Group B. This then creates a ‘Slave and Master’ situation to whatever degree in which Group B is not able to express itself with as much freedom as its dominant counterpart. It is exactly this predicament that AIDS Dissidents and opponents of vaccination against human papilloma virus find themselves in because they are Group B and the medical establishment plus most global citizens are Group A.
Possibly the strongest defining characteristic of the dominant group is its INABILITY TO FACE REALITY. Facing reality would mean it would have to change and if it changed it would lose its dominance and die. It is for this reason that people who comprise this group are instantly recognisable through their intense fear. It is actually fear of death and is their hallmark. It may take many forms but it is always fear. When people become fearful they lose emotional control and logic abandons them. This is precisely what we see when medical scientists are asked to provide material proof of the existence of HIV. This is exactly what we find when medical experts are asked to explain the negative effects of HPV vaccine Gardasil or are questioned about its efficacy.
This battle between mainstream thought and alternative thought is the battle between the evolutionary and counter-evolutionary spiritual forces, Osiris and Set, God and the Devil. One side seeks to contract, the other to expand. One promotes union with the greater, the other wants to parasitise its opposite. Though many ideals contained within the less dominant group reflect the nature of Divinity itself without the tension between the polar opposites we do not see sense in rising above them through the practise of spiritual disciplines. These disciplines, however, need to be carried out applying the best ideals of Group B whilst minimising the negative effects of Group A.
It is well to realise that even those who have risen above the opposites and “enjoy” the fruits of liberation still experience the duality of life and suffer life’s iniquities, in some instances even more so than those who are still not free. This was the point of the Buddhist reformer Nagarjuna whose Madhyamaka philosophy taught us that Nibbana is Samsara (ignorance or the world of duality) and Samsara is Nibbana.