When I speak of darkness, I run the risk of turning off those of you who have chosen to “live in the light,” because you might interpret any discussion of darkness as resisting or turning away. But, the simple reality is this: Earth is the intersecting plane between light and dark. That is what makes life here so extraordinarily complex while offering infinite possibility.
The many millennia-old Hermetic tradition sees Earth as the Third Realm. On Earth, entities from both above and below exert their influence. Entities from below hasten us to be taken over by fear, live a compromised life, and become easily exploitable. Entities from above tilt our hearts and eyes upward to a more fruitful, loving and creative reality.
Depending on our own emotions in any given moment, we can vacillate wildly between the influences of these dark and light entities. This is because our thoughts, emotions, and choices either raise or lower our frequencies at any given moment. This is a very profound dynamic, which each of us has to learn to manage in our own way.
That said, there are methods with which to gain mastery over our own vibrational field to keep us from ping ponging from highs to lows. I have spent decades learning how to refine this swing and stay as much as possible in the realm of peace and love, but I certainly have had my moments of spectacular failure!
My world changed significantly when, about 6 years ago, an acquaintance met with me to ask me if I would place a tiny thumbnail advertisement on my former website Conscious Media Network. Curious, I checked into this ad. It involved a mysterious invitation to apply to an Hermetic Order that appeared to be centered in England.
The ad stated that this Order had no leader, no personal identity, no contact with other people, just lessons that would arrive weekly. The lessons would offer classical Occult (or hidden) knowledge passed from Atlantean times through the high consciousness times of Egypt and into our times.
Like many of us, I objected to the word Occult as It has been so horribly misused. “Occult” simply refers to the hidden, or invisible, nature of reality. Hermetic occult subjects have spanned from the history of esoteric sciences and religions to metaphysics to art, sound and poetry. Most importantly, the Hermetic tradition engages how the realms of reality interface with one another.
I took the bait and applied.
I have been a student of the Hermetic tradition since that time. It has been an amazing, highly rewarding, and revealing journey. I have been exposed to world-changing wisdom. At the same time, however, I have noticed that the information can come off as austere, dogmatic and even exclusive. The language can be both alternately brilliant and overly emphatic in its certainty. Despite this, and maybe even BECAUSE of these thought-provoking contradictions, I have not regretted a moment of my learning.
Importantly, the Hermetics do not ask you to obey them, but to instead try and test things for yourself and draw your own independent conclusions. I don’t agree with everything I read in these lessons, and they do encourage students to seek answers everywhere possible. Hermetic study is grounded in science, history, and metaphysics. It has been a wonderful resource for helping me to develop a framework for some of my own thoughts and experiences.
The teachers of the Hermetic tradition are called Hidden Masters because they have no identity and they have gained mastery over their area of knowledge. Hermetic study goes on for many years – though you can drop out at any time. It is a highly personal endeavor that is not for everyone. There are no New Age platitudes and no easy formulas for enlightenment. It is a journey for the deeply curious and independent spiritual researcher.
It works like this. If you’re interested, write them a letter of application according to the instructions on their website. If you choose to move forward, they will charge a fee for the time and postage fee of mailing out the plain brown envelop like clockwork each week. You can add an additional gratuity for the trouble the teacher goes through to answer your letters, which are encouraged. There is no other fee.
I’ve been speaking of the need to bring back higher virtues and truth into this chaotic world. This is one path that works for me.