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New free online-program October – December 2018: Mysteries of the soul – Becoming a spirit inspired person

20-10 Living from a sense of unity, spiritual text 1, reflection 1
27-10 Transcending dualities
03-11Connecting the three grades of the soul
10-11 Development in the four worlds
17-11 Controlling the five states of mind
24-11 Renewal through the six emanations
01-12 Using the seven golden keys
08-12 Conveying the eightfold path
15-12 Working with the nine spiritual gifts

Humanity en masse neglects the soul. Many problems we encounter are directly or indirectly the result of denying and ignoring this most essential aspect of ourself and our fellow human beings. There are many forces in the world that keep us away from caring for our soul. 

Yet there is every reason for hope. During our recent era, the human personality has developed in such a way that the soul aspect has been awakened in many people and is indeed growing and becoming more active. Do you know that you live on earth because you are Continue reading

Mary and Martha, symbols for contemplative and active life

Rembrandt, Christus bij Martha en Maria, 1669. Teylers Museum

Rembrandt, Christus bij Martha en Maria, 1669. Teylers Museum

The touch of the Holy Spirit, its radiative activity, leads the pupil right to the heart of real life, to an intense activity — for the salvation of one child of man means at the same time the calling and awakening of many others.

You will be on the path as soon as the Holy Spirit has touched you with its radiation-power, when you have become receptive to it and react to it. And if you do react, the result will always be that you are led away into the desert by the Holy Spirit. This means a task in one’s own being and a task in the world.  Continue reading

What is Initiation in gnostic sense?

By Initiation we understand the entrance, step by step, into the Hierarchy, and the sacramental sealing of powers and faculties pertaining to the original man, in the reborn, new man.

These powers and faculties, this new state-of-being, are preserved and guarded by the Hierarchy as mysteries. We shall divide them in seven aspects: Continue reading

Long quotations from ‘The admonition of the soul’ by Hermes Trismegistus’

You ought, o soul, to get sure knowledge
of your own being, and of its forms and aspects.
Do not think that any one of the things
of which you must seek to get knowledge
is outside of you;
no, all things that you ought to get knowledge of
are in your possession, and within you.
Beware then of being led into error
by seeking elsewhere the things which are in your possession.
Many men forget where these things are to be found,
and look for them outside themselves,
and are thereby led into error,
but afterwards remember, and become aware that these things are within them, and not outside of them.
The things of which you have to get knowledge exist Continue reading

The brazen and the fiery serpents of the staff of Mercury or the Caduceus replaced by the golden serpents of the tree of life

Each of you carries a serpent within your being. This serpent coils in and around your tree of life. The head of the beast is clearly visible to the ordinary physical vision. In the Holy Language the serpent is designated symbolically as ‘the brazen serpent’. It is your soul being, the radiation of your consciousness, the soul-potential filling your entire serpent-fire system, that is your head-spinal system. It is this brazen serpent that creeps over the earth with a deadly venom in its head.

Why is it referred to as a brazen serpent? The hebrew word ‘copper’ may also be translated as ‘serpent’. Then we must realize that copper — ergo the serpent — is a female principle. The Venus metal is copper. The generating principle, the female principle, lies in the soul, in the serpent-fire potential.

But the creative principle, the male soul-aspect lies in the same system. In every soul system, in every serpent-fire system there are two aspects, the brazen serpent and the fiery serpent, or respectively the female and the male aspect within us. Continue reading

Transfiguration: replacing the mortal man with the Spirit man — an excerpt from ‘Transfiguration’ by Catharose de Petri

Transfiguration is a gnostic method of accomplishing the endura, which is the process of completely replacing the mortal, separative, earth-born human being with the original, immortal, divine being — the true Spirit-Human-Being intended by the divine plan of creation.

It could be that some people cannot help feeling a sense of disappointment at this statement, because in a little corner of their minds they still harbour the thought that, through transfiguration, they might somehow be able to preserve their own selves. This is because they put their own interpretation on the words of Jesus the Lord, which they think mean: He who is willing to lose his life through the endura shall keep it through transfiguration. However, since transfiguration and the endura go hand in hand, what will be kept according to Jesus’ words cannot possi­bly involve any aspect of the dialectical being. Continue reading

Spirit and Holy Spirit — an extract from ‘The Seal of Renewal’ by Cathatrose de Petri

In the first chapter of the gospel according to John (1:32-34) we read:

“And John bore witness, saying: I saw the Spirit descending as a dove from Heaven and it remained on Him. I myself did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me: He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

In these words you will notice that a distinction is made between Spirit and Holy Spirit. Spirit becomes Holy Spirit only when it can descend upon a human being and remain upon him. This is an exceedingly instructive and remarkable evangelical fact and it is completely endorsed by the modern universal doctrine. Continue reading

The law of karma and remission of guilt, ‘what you sow you will reap’, and the redemption of mankind

All microcosms that are not yet able to participate in the process of the first resurrection remain bound to the law of reincarnation and also to that other emergency law — the law of karma, the law of cause and effect; the law that teaches: “what one sows one will have to reap”.

This means that, quite logically and scientifically, the life of the next personality will adapt itself to this life. Whatever man takes up he has to fulfil, whatever he unchains he has to accept. So a new phase of existence begins where the previous one ended.

No one receives a task that is too heavy, every life brings not only a burden but also a potential. Bondage to the past does exist, but at the same time a path to liberation is shown. Even though the past cannot be revoked, the law of karma keeps open the possibility of using the present Continue reading

Reincarnation of the microcosm and liberation of the wheel of birth and death

The dialectical stratum consists of two spheres: the earthly sphere and the hereafter. Death does not liberate man from the dialectical stratum, but he passes from one sphere to the other.

And just as it is certain that death catches up with us in the physical sphere, the development in the other sphere compels (necessitates) us – that is, as a microcosm – to the inclusion of a new personality, because on the other side the human being merely disposes of an incomplete organism.

In esoteric circles one speaks in this context usually of reincarnation or re-embodiment, thereby suggesting that there would be such a thing as a continuation of existence after death. Totally incorrect!

When you later on die of your nature-being, your entire personality-being will fade over time, and only the fundamental fire-principle that gave you life, will return to Continue reading

New book available: Spiritual Easter and Pentecost – Guidance for contemplation and inspiration concerning the resurrection of the inner man

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SPIRITUAL EASTER AND PENTECOST – GUIDANCE FOR CONTEMPLATION AND INSPIRATION CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION OF THE INNER MAN

By André de Boer and Tanja Rozema

The resurrection of the inner man is the very reason for our life on earth. The resurrection is the essence of man and brings lustre, strength and inner courage to his life. However: man must find it for himself and man must wish for it himself.

This book is based on selected chapters from The Gospel of the Holy Twelve. The reflections on these chapters can be seen as signposts for spiritual awakening and renewal. The new atmosphere, in which the Holy Spirit creates in accordance with the divine plan of creation, exists and is omnipresent. This atmosphere is always present and constitutes your birth right as a human being. Sometimes you sense its energy like a spring morning in the Easter season: fresh, refreshing, shuddering with restrained life. Then you know from within that this sensation holds a promise. You know it as inner experience and knowing. That is Gnosis.  Continue reading