Archive | May 2012

The Power of Habit


Habits form the moment we decide to think or act. Every action we perform becomes more efficient, every thought more easily stirred, therefore it’s worthwhile being fully present at that critical moment where our Will emerges; Sorting the Coarse from the subtle, as Hermes once said.  Psychologist Charles Duhigg has this to say,

Habits create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

Habit is an ugly term, for what could better be named Learning Pattern [amended as per comment], which it’s self has made mankind what we are. The Secret to Liberation, so they say is enigmatically put thus:

The art of balancing forces so as to keep movement in equilibrium.

Eliphas Levi

We are ever battling with Spontaneity and Habit, Imagination and Memory. So the secret in this context is to achieve spontaneity [through mindfulness] during the day, and Learning through nighttime reflection. Or as it is put in Freemasonry:

The Worshipful Master rules and governs his ‘lodge’ as truly as the Sun and Moon rule the day and night. 

Otove

Versatile Blogger Award!?


Well, this is my my first Versatile Blogger Award courtesy of Ann Novek http://havehest.wordpress.com. I’m not quite sure how this works but sounds like fun…

If the below mentioned nominees feel moved to play the game, here are the rules:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 10 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award. 2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award. 3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog. 4. In the same post, share 10 completely random pieces of information about yourself. 5. In the same post, include this set of rules. 6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

I have chosen to nominate the following 10 people (in no particular order) as their blogs are eye opening, insightful and well crafted.

  1. Al-kemi
  2. Blue Willow Haiku
  3. Resting In Awareness
  4. True Love Junky
  5. Happiness Is Not A Disease
  6. The Liberated Way
  7. Rosy-Fingered Dawn
  8. Mercury Rising
  9. Space Noodles
  10. Dear Kitty
  11. Ann Novek – yes its 10,  i know….:D

So next, heres the 10 random factoids…

  1. Painting is my passion, here are the latest…1, 2, 3
  2. My first teddy was called, ‘Blue Bottle’, well, until i was told what a blue bottle was.
  3. My laptop takes 8 minutes to boot up. Grrrr.
  4. I cycle everywhere, sometimes 200 miles a week.
  5. An Allotmenteer!!!!
  6. Same blood Type as Jesus (if you count the Turin shroud, lol), AB.
  7. Work with travelers
  8. Cant live without Rain Alarm 
  9. Red Alert, Alan Partridge, Spaced and Black Adder are made of Gold.
  10. UUtterly Dyslexics

That’s it folks.

Otove

Gnostic and Greek Theurgy Manuals


Theurgy forms the basis of atonement, but is considered dangerous and usually never discussed in public. Thats why I was surprised to find this:

Gnostic Theurgy Manual

And

Pythagoras Theurgic Teachings

 

Otove

Gods Necklace – Symbolism


Many passages In the Old Testament speak of the Messiah, his coming and the circumstances surrounding his coming. The messianic prophecy is one of the elements we should consider the most in all the Scriptures.

If we imagine a pearl necklace whose string breaks and the pearls fall and scatter In all directions, then we will have an idea of the Fall, because now we no longer have a necklace; we must now look for   ‘the pearls.’

Most of the pearls will be lost in some dark place, under some furniture and it will take time before they’re recovered even if we look for them persistently. Others will be easily found because they would not have strayed far from the point   of   the   fall   or    from    the    eyesight    of    the    owner    of   the necklace.     Each   pearl carries within itself its own destiny.   Just as preexisting souls carry theirs within themselves.

When the owner of the pearls gathers them, he will string them anew with a new string just as they were prior to the break. When this has been done he can once again speak of “the necklace” instead of “the pearls.”

If they are any pearls missing, it would be due to the imperfection of the means utilized for the search, or the negligence of the searcher* But if our owner is a perfect being, if he has all the necessary means to search for his pearls, and if he has the time required and is without Impatience, he would gather all of them.

Let us replace “pearls” by “souls”, “necklace” by “Total Man” and the “owner” by “God”, then the problem of final restitution are resolved, and the Apo catastasis is justified.

Anonymous Martinist author.


Great Article on Plotinus

Frames /sing

I believe it is helpful when understanding how Plotinus viewed the degrees of Being, how the problem of how the production of the Many from the One is to be resolved (referred to here), it is helpful to picture to two, end-to-end comes often used to illustrate conic sections, above. For Plotinus uses two kinds of complimentary images. The first is that the Hen (The One, The Expressed) is comprehensive. It is the kind of totality which even transcends numericity, not even having Being predicated of it. It stands as a kind of outer limit, the widest circle which contains (gives birth to) all that is within it. In this way, most simply put:

1. The Hen is completely empty, so empty it overflows, producing something other.

2. This is the Nous (mind) which is born of looking at the Hen, in a kind of mirroring contemplation which constitutes its existence…

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Ancient Math Secret (Vedic Mathematics)


Vedic Mathematics allows even children to solve immense multi digit equations in seconds. Their are vedas (patterns) that can allow you to solve algebra, long-division and calculi using simple pattern recognition.

Here is one example.

Initiation, African fractals and Sand Divination.


Here briefly, is the Bamana Sand Divination process. Now whilst Geomancy may be familiar, the actual significance is made lucid in this TED talk, By Ron Eglash.

African Fractals

4)  The two newly generated symbols, now placed below the original four, are again
paired off to generate a seventh symbol.

5) After this, the original four are read sideways to create four more symbols, and the entire process is repeated, producing another group of seven. In the final step, the first and last from each group of seven are paired off to generate the final two symbols.

Eglash In his TED Talk, describes how he was initiated into a Priesthood,

I was to give seven coins to seven lepers, place a kola nut on a pile of sand next to my bed at night, and in the morning bring a white cock, which would have to be sacrificed to compensate for the harmful energy released in the telling of the secret. I followed all the instructions, and the next morning bought a large white cock at the market. They held the chicken over the divination sand, and I was told to eat the bitter kola nut as they marked divination symbols on its feet with an ink pen. A little sand was thrown in its mouth, and then I was told to hold it down as prayers were chanted. There was no action on the part of the diviner; the chicken simply died in my hands.

Eglash  further explains the complex underpinnings of  the Bamana Oracle system, which is based on mathematical recursion. Like a tree, a simple symbol (representing an Archetype)) is recycled many times, issuing 16 expressions, all representing the complexity captured in the the moment. The Art of The diviner is then to interpret the 16 newly generated Archetypes.

Agrippa has written of a very similar Geomantic system, where each of the symbols is given a house, much the same as in Astrology.

Each Archetype has a House, but rarely appears in it’s own house. So, symbol 16 “Desire” may align with the House of “Health”  or “Profit”.

Further information about Eglash’s Journay in Africa, can be found here:

Bamana Sand Divination: Recursion in Ethnomathematics