Esoterism and Symbol

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Pages : 96

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892810147

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : February 01, 1985

Format : Paperback Book

This is an initiation into the tone, structure, and mentality of Egyptian knowledge, the basis of all Western theology and science. The author explores the "process of becoming"; the kinship between man and the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms; the stages of awareness leading to "Cosmic Consciousness"; and the mystery of the formation of substance into matter.
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This is an initiation into the tone, structure, and mentality of Egyptian knowledge, the basis of all Western theology and science.  It is a redefinition of those concepts which are basic to the pharaonic transmission--the glory of ancient Egypt.  The author explores the "process of becoming" as related to consciousness and revealed in nature; the kinship between man and the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms; the stages of awareness leading to "Cosmic Consciousness"; and the mystery of the formation of substance into matter.
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1 Esoterism has no common measure with deliberate concealment of truth.

2 There is in man a cerebral intelligence and also an innate intelligence.

3 Cerebral intelligence depends upon the the recording of observed facts.

4 Intelligence--of--the--heart is purely a function of experienced innate consciousness.

5 Fundamentally, consciousness has two aspects: one is the result of comparisons, the other of identification.

6 Everything that lives, moves.

7 Appearance is the dualization of a single principle and defines nature, or living spirit.

8 Becoming, or formation of substance into matter, is the mystery of reflection.

9 When classifying becoming into kingdoms, genesis is time, matter or formed substance is space.

10 There are two possible functions of logic, one cerebral or mechanical, the other vital.

11 The definition of anything whatsoever in the natural or physical universe is innate consciousness.

12 The disaggregation of any being can affect its quantity through analysis or "mechanical logic."

13 Innate consciousness is inscribed in matter and is subject to all its transformations.

14 The faculty of "hearing" instinct and translating it in the brain is intuition.

15 Rational universe and metaphysical universe do not exist as essentially different entities.

16 Everything in the universe represents one of the possibilities immanent in the Source or Word.

17 The symbol is a conventional representation. The hieroglyph is direct, nonconventional writing.

18 The Kabbalah, as revelation of the esoteric meaning of the Testament of Moses, has given rise to a very false notion of' esoterism.

19 Esoterism is not a particular meaning hidden in a text, but a state of fusion.
Author Bio
R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) was one of the most important philosophers, mathematicians, and Egyptologists of this century. His elucidation of the temple at Luxor and his presentation of the Egyptian understanding of a special quality of innate consciousness form a bridge that links the sacred science of the Ancients to its rediscovery in our own time. 
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ANCIENT EGYPT / OCCULT

ESOTERISM AND SYMBOL initiates the reader into the tone, structure, and mentality of ancient Egyptian knowledge, the wellspring of all Western theology and science.

Schwaller de Lubicz makes the distinction between two kinds of human intelligence, one cerebral, the other innate. The symbol is a conventional representation of cerebral intelligence. The hieroglyph, on the other hand, is a direct, nonconventional form of writing with the unique ability to transcribe the innate “intelligence-of-the-heart.”

This intelligence is independent of the senses and belongs to the vast totality called life. To the ancient Egyptians it is the intelligence-of-the heart which allows man to move toward the divine.

All esoteric teaching is addressed to this intelligence. “Spirit is found only with spirit,” and esoterism is the spiritual aspect of the world, inaccessible to cerebral intelligence. It can be neither written nor spoken, nor consequently betrayed. It has nothing in common with deliberate concealment of truth. However, the preparation needed to grasp it is not a matter of learned knowledge, but of intuitive capacity.

ESOTERISM AND SYMBOL explores the “process of becoming” as it relates to consciousness and is revealed in all of nature; the relationship of “apparent life” and the life behind appearances; the kinship between man and the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms; the mystery of the formation of substance into matter; myth, Kabbalah, and the stages of awareness leading to “Cosmic Consciousness.”

DE LUBICZ shows us that esoterism is not a “particular meaning hidden in a text” but a “fusion” between the vital state of the reader and the vital state of the author. This fusion evokes the intelligence of the heart, our guide to the path of self-knowledge.

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