Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Tree of Life III - Qabalah is the New Black


''Tis true without lying, certain and most true - that which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below 
to do the miracles of one only thing.'' 
from a translation of the Emerald Tablet by Isaac Newton

I remarked to a friend of mine last night about what an honour it is to be part of the noble tradition of esoteric practitioners which forms an unbroken chain from Hermes Trismegistus to the present day - Greek philosophers, Arab scholars, central European astronomers - the list of the great minds that have fertilized our tradition is both humbling and inspiring.  I see their achievements as a constant challenge to my own.

''He formed substance out of chaos and made nonexistence into existence

He carved great pillars from air that cannot be grasped.''
Sefer Yetzirah, 2:6, Gra Version


A particularly passionate subject of mine is the Sefer Yetzirah, this compact text from over a thousand years ago that has provided the fuel for so many of the intellectual fires that have burned brightly through the stories of alchemy and Kabbalah.   

Intensely cryptic and compelling, Aryeh Kaplan (the great Kabbalistic scholar and elucidator) remarks ''many of the commentaries upon it have shed more light upon the author's own philosophies than upon the text itself...'' - this little book has done more to inspire the fusion of alchemy and Kabbalah that lead us to the wonders of modern science than any other.


''This is a sign

[Alef with them all, and all of them with Alef]
He foresees, transforms and makes
all that is formed and all that is spoken:
one Name.
A sign for this thing:
Twenty-two objects in a single body.'' 
Sefer Yetzirah 2:6, Gra Version


As you can see from the above comparison Alef - the seed letter of the Alefbeit, the ''in-breath'' - shares many similarities with the X chromosome.  The idea that there is some association between the Alefbeit (the alphabet only arose *once* in history and then proliferated from ancient Canaan) and genetics is fascinating - a book called the ''Book of Formation'' used to create life (golems) based on letters which have a similar number to the number of chromosomes, or of proteinogenic amino acids - even beyond my own detailed studies on the subjects of Cellular Consciousness and the Metabolism of Time.  Is not a protein, a *word* spoken by the DNA?


In this fragment of Ch. 2:6 we see the notion that these letters must be combined in order to form a single name - is this not the same notion that the admixture and combination of amino-acid or chromosomal ''elements'' are arranged to form a unique individual, a ''one name''?  It is certainly possible to read the Sefer Yetzirah in the imperative as well - ''forsee, transform and make'' - an *instruction manual* for the creation of life.  What can we forsee with genetics?  What can we transform?

''Twenty-two Foundation Letters:
He placed them in a circle like a wall with 231 Gates.
The circle oscillates back and forth.'' 
Sefer Yetzirah 2:4, Gra Version

This moves beond a crude understanding of DNA lego bricks and into the deeper nature of these threads of life.  Many of you know of the work I have been undertaking with the 231 Gates (the 22 letters combined with each other)  at Edward Kelley's Tower in Malastrana - beginning under the auspices of my own work with the Ruach of the Maharal that brought me to Prague, influenced by (the late) Vincent Bridges and the accompanying spirits of Dee and Kelley, and finally in the silence of my own chambers. It is clear to me that the cycles spoken of in the passage about the 231 Gates are the cycles of time, that the true nature of our DNA, something in the underlying quantum code of that caduceus, is the substance of time itself.  All living things that were ever made were made from these ''letters'' and these ''letters'' form an unbroken link to the beginning of our life-line - that we may travel, have we the discipline, the courage and the knowledge of the ''names''.

By dividing the 231 Gates into 3 concentric circles, mothers at the centre, surrounded by the doubles (planets) and surrounded finally by the simples (zodiac signs) - it is a possible to create a ''horoscope'' for a particular time.  By whirling the Gates (oscilate) one can open a ''wormhole'' in consciousness for the purposes of exploration and experimentation.


These men of the Western Mystery Tradition today, with their fevered egoes and grand claims to material success, are not the giants upon whose shoulders Newton stood, they are not the Renaissance men of old with Utopian goals and far-reaching intellects.  Our tradition is clearly at the lowest ebb in history when these are the men that make the news, when these are the men that are discussed and celebrated as if they matter.  It is not that these men couldn't become those giants but they are not now. 


Those of you out there, who still believe in the quality and potential of our tradition, who believe infinity needs restoring to the heart of the manifest, our souls repairing, our Earth healing, plunge deep into the ocean of wisdom that is Alchemy, that is Kabbalah, that you may grasp those pearls of salvation.  

Time travel, free energy and hermetic revolution - these are the ambitious goals for the restoration of the tradition.  Move above and beyond your petty aspirations of personal enrichment, of obtaining love, of preserving your dynastic line - of setting up these strange attractors**  - and embrace the truth of what the mysteries have taught you.  The tradition does not ask that you be poor or unloved only that you do not limit your work to material riches.  Be the heart that loves knowledge and yearns for understanding and not the one that is only covetous for terrestrial gold.



*This is the Ispaklaria - the glass or mirror one stares into to see a spiritual revelation.  All other prophets stared through a dull ispaklaria, Moses saw through a clear one.  All other prophets looked through nine ispaklariot while Moses looked through only one.  Other accounts liken the Ispaklaria to a lense, a barrier or membrane.  The Ari refers to the Ispaklaria as the Sefirot.  - taken from Meditation and Kabbalah by Aryeh Kaplan pg316/317 notes to the text.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What went wrong? III

These are my opinions and not necessarily the truth.  My perspective is (particularly) limited, as all of ours are. Feel free to discuss or criticise.

1. Death of discussion

- Loss of anonymity found in forums during WMT's heyday due to FB profiles led to positive reduction in flame war but also reduction in debate because people are unwilling to be proved wrong or right as it directly and often publicly reflects on whatever identity they are nurturing.

2. Increase in sychophancy and mutual back scratching

- financial and social incentives for this

3. Positive behaviour management systems (in place all over the world) lead people to  value affirmations of their behaviour/ideas more than challenges to it/them. Increase in inability to handle criticism.*

- likes, +1s, etc

4. Trends of conformity and need to be accepted, intensified as awareness of cliques successfully marketed

- any challenges to behaviour or ideas can be deleted at the click of a button leading to self-affirming circles of people (block, delete, unfriend, unthink) which can enforce narratives by ostracising others.

5. Author status or desire to become author leads to more idea hoarding (for books, presentations, etc) and less idea sharing, increase in need for sales as opposed to idea propagation

- overall reduction in growth of WMT due to decrease in effective dialogue, the rise of ''chat''**

6. Blogs become diffuse, contentless or perhaps worse become repositories of content other than that needed (i.e. rather than blog about actual material and subsequently create discussion WMT blogs become places to moan, to sell, or even worse to share socio-political ideas rather than metaphysical ideas - political overwhelms spiritual***).

7. Blogs lose activity - blogosphere contracts.  Social networks increase at expense of blogosphere.  ''Chat'' therefore increases.

8. Intermediate material ceases to exist as nowhere now exists for such discussions to take place - majority of transactions occur between questionable ''elite'' groups or teachers**** and their students.  Real life events (seminars, webcasts, etc) generally mirror the 101 teacher-student (lecturer-audience) relationship as opposed to peer-peer relationship.

9. Continued proliferation of 101 material and accompanying students that can be harvested for financial/social gain.  Blogs become ads.  Networks become ads.

- lack of development of research skills that are necessary to success in plumbing the ancient depths leads to overall decline in average calibre of average WMT student, decline in tradition's ability to pass successfully into the next generation.

10. Increase in ''chat'', decrease in ''work'' - insane levels of spiritual flakiness/tourism*****

- coupled with pro-''nerd'' but anti-intellectual (???) = most dangerous trend for WMT

11. Increase in sense of individual identity (via narcissistic networking) and all its minutiae increase sense of loss of community and isolation of said individual.

12. Fragmentation into disparate ''micro-traditions'' or patchworks of such traditions as central ground of QBL despoiled by scandals from main WMT orders (GD et al) and WMT QBL's own logical inconsistencies.

- micro-traditions have less ability to interact as shared language (however faulty) is lost.

13. Loss of interest in mess that is WMT, high calibre student material lost more and more to Eastern mysticism.


*One should beware the charming man.  Embrace your critics.  Here is the bard:

''Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theatre of others.''

**Patrick Dunn once wrote that the law of ''keep silent'' actually could be interpreted to mean ''don't chat''
***I understand the political can be spiritual but when more than 75% of your post is about the economy, identity politics, or conspiracy theory you are operating a different kind of (activist?) blog with a metaphysical slant.
****Questionable in knowledge, understanding or questionable motives (money acquisition, the various scandals of late)
*****How much work does one have to do to be considered non-armchair these days?  Ritual every day?  Ritual once a week?  I am interested - let me know.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cellular Consciousness and the Metabolism of Time - Presentation I

As readers of this blog will know I gave my first presentation on Cellular Consciousness and the Metabolism of Time just over a week ago to a crowd of about thirty people at a local teahouse which has a reputation for spirituality and progressive thinking.  I spoke for about forty mins, introduced the ideas and then took questions.  As I suspected speaking about my ideas proved much easier than writing about them.

I informed the audience that for the most part they were living a delusion in actually believing that they perceive the world directly and that they also over identify with their ego (coined the term ''dog name'') which is only one part of their mind.


I introduced Feelix the Perfect Helix as the being that ''amms'' the ''dog-name'' and the being that they actually are i.e. a walking, talking, sleeping, etc spiral of DNA*.  We looked at the molecular developmental biology of drosophila to show how a ''head end'''is latent in the DNA and joked about which cells get to be the ''ass-end''.


We then explored the spheres of Feelix - physical, perceptual and consciousness.  The sphere of physical influence or reach was much easier to demonstrate in the flesh, showing by reaching my arms and legs out like Da Vinci's Vitruvian man to demonstrate the ''nucleus'' which contains the DNA of Feelix.


The sphere of perceptual influence was defined as extending to the parameters of the room we were in, and the notion that this occurs in consciousness was reinforced by using the lights to dazzle people and watch the various burned blobs on the retina that are obviously not there ''for real''.  Other examples such as the pinging sound in our ears after loud music, or the feeling of still being on a rollercoaster once one has gotten off of it were used to support this notion.

The sphere of consciousness was easy to establish after that, showing clearly that we are inside our own consciousnesses through the sphere of perceptual influence we have to ask the question of what is beyond that perception?  The truth of this membrane of our cell is of course that it is between our egoic awareness of our immediate reality (our cell) and the larger existence of our mind and subconscious (the bloodstream).


We then discussed and I taught two methods of penetrating this membrane through the tricks of waking sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming and astral projection.  Questions about the difference between stepping on to the plane as opposed to observing it through a helmet (or bathyscaphe) were answered.  We also talked about the differences between passing through the membrane (mysticism) and bringing things through the membrane into the cell (magic) - although I did not teach the latter.

We then proceeded to move on to the Metabolism of Time proper.  Establishing that Feelix's three sections, head, thorax and abdomen correspond to the future, present and past respectively** we moved on to the idea of the differentiation of cells of consciousness,  Like there are brain cells and liver cells, so there are future people, present people and past people.  Some people are endlessly forgetting things, reminiscing or being nostalgic, some are futuristic, imaginative, inventive and creative.  As cells are differentiated to complete metabolism in a tissue or body, so we, as cells of consciousness, are differentiated in order to fulfil the metabolism of the local tissue and the greater body.

Finally we moved on to the notion that DNA is a very crude understanding of what is in reality a time spiral.  At the ''quantum'' level in our DNA there are ''wormholes'' which travel backwards and forwards in time*** to future and past selves (incarnations) respectively.  Feelix then, the natural state of the being that we are, is one of these time travellers.


I finished with various fragments of future travel that I have undertaken with my ''time-phone''****. Obviously our current civilization does not survive that far into the future.  Its disrupted by a series of slowly unwinding global catastrophes and the system finally buckles under its own weight and popular unrest (mainly food riots).  The revolution that happens in the aftermath is fairly peaceful although the population is significantly reduced by the catastrophes - there is a fairly long bleak dark age where food is scarce but government and society do sustain.  Lots of the Earth is returned to the sea and there is a growth of inland marshes, wetlands, lakes etc.  Some terra-forming occurs and most of the Earth is turned into something like Florida.  There is a global state which operates a very strict ecologically minded regime (in its excesses its quite close to fascism) and people live in hexagonal crystal buildings.  A source of clean, portable, relatively free energy is created and people do not need to work needlessly - most ''humans'' devote themselves to art, leisure and research.

Genetic sciences have advanced to the point where gender or race are quite fluid - where I went purple was the fashionable skin colour.  Since ''the Great Lie''***** is/was considered the main problem in terms of getting us into the awful paradigm which wrought such terrible havoc on the Earth, displays of truth are socially encouraged.  A lot of people go naked and one fashion was to have a kind of chakra display built into the spine so it lights up when the centres are activated.  This way it is very difficult to hide your feelings.

The purple beings that I met with (in the attic of an old cottage in a mostly submerged abandoned village in the south-west of England) also gave me more information on retro-causality and how it is to be utilized for travelling the time streams.  I was also informed and subsequently informed the audience, that the real self - this time travelling spiral of information which ''amms'' its ''dog-name'' - does not always go forwards in time, at least fifty percent of us will reincarnate further back in history rather than further forward (although they experience their lives ''forwards'').  Alongside this the beings also informed me that ''time-travel'' in this part of history (between 2700-2900 AD) is still very much the preserve of an elite tradition although the nature of that tradition does change.  Most people remain unaware of their real nature and still are physical beings that operate under the delusion that they look through their eyes (even though they are against the lie, perversely).

Anyway as you can imagine this was all very entertaining ;-) apparently people are still talking about it.  Some people are still digesting the ideas and more and more are speaking about the ''membrane''.

*I used DNA as it is the term that people are most familiar with - its not ''DNA'' in reality that is just part of what it is.
**Head is trying to second-guess, predict, anticipate, it lives in the future - the chest with heart and lungs are the most immediate connection to the present - and abdomen with digestion, nutrient extraction, elimination, and excretion link to the past (obviously with the gonads storing genetic material from the beginning of life).
***231 gates - galgalim - cycles...
****The 231 Gates built into a device which has now been incorporated in consciousness.
*****Almost a return to the Persian Empire in thinking.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Metabolism VIII - The Cellular Membrane and the Astral Temple

The Astral Temple is typically created in the following way.  During meditation or trance state, one uses their imagination to go to a ''different dimension'' where one visualizes their temple complete with its furnishings and exterior finish.  When one has ''gone there'' one can perform various kinds of work in this Astral space - communing with spirits, centring oneself, etc.

Very much like my position on Pathwalking, as a practice that should be undertaken in the ''real world'' as opposed to a guided meditation,  I would now like to present you with a similar take on the notion of the Astral Temple.  Since consciousness *never moves* and your physical representation in that consciousness is always at the centre of the cell of your consciousness you can *always be present* in your Astral Temple, indeed you already are - it being a delusion that you directly experience the physical world.  The Astral Temple is not in a ''different dimension'' but overlaid on this one.   You do not need to go to a different dimension you are *already in your mind*.  You always have been in your mind.


Lets begin with something like the calling of the Angels.  There is no reason why one needs to call the Angels repeatedly.  Correctly understood, the Angels can be in their positions in front, behind, on your right hand on your left hand - all the time - performing their various roles.

Or perhaps you may use an association of the Angels of the Sefirot with its sometime different and extended array of those mighty beings - when the Tree of Life is overlaid on Cellular Consciousness, according to the instructions that have been given in this blog, there is no reason why Metatron is not always in the Bloodstream of Time, why Raziel does not sit at the Cell Membrane filtering it for secrets to enhance your cell with, why Tzaphkiel is not with him constantly surveying that Bloodstream for evil intent from the Qliphoth, or why Michael as Tifereth is not the glowing sun of your mitochondria, why Gabriel is not the fortress of your Nucleus, etc.


Magick is not something one should turn on and touch for a moment, experience the truth of your cellular consciousness, and then return to the delusion that you look through your eyes at the world.  It is a truth you should embrace.   The training one performs with a physical wand or a physical cup are like stabilizer wheels when you are learning to ride a bike, once fully understood this magickal equipment exists as a permanent feature of the astral temple where you *always are*.

The magickal sword is part of your psychic defence machinery, like the lysosomes form the defence of the cell, always endeavouring to break down hostile entrants, so your magickal sword should be ''permanently on'. In this way your cell will be kept more free of hostile phenomena - don't pick it up when you are being battered, be permanently battering your foes, physical, mental or emotional.

Similarly, the spiral wand of the DNA is your spine up to the top of your brain - as Feelix is in the centre of the cell in his kinosphere, so *you are your own wand*. The cup is the brain pan, the pantacle always under your feet at the base of your kinosphere.  Creation is as simple as unwinding that information in yourself to build phenomena from its raw building blocks (the astrological forces) or opening the gates in the membrane to allow raw materials or phenomena to flow in - and of course having the focussed will to do it.

Any standard room is normally modelled on a cell - there are gates and openings in the membrane (doors, etc), an energy source like the mitochondria (lighting, heating), product carrying endosomes (containers), an information source like the DNA (books, computers and *you*), a waste removal system, etc etc.  A normal magickal temple is typically an enchanted room with various magickal objects in it which are used for ritual purposes - so its an ''enchanted cell''.  An astral temple is typically seen as an astral version of this in ''another dimension'', or in the imagination.  What I am discussing in this entry is taking your work from the material through the ''astral'' to the noetic - which is the true state of your existence.  The light that fills the room you are in right now, flows from a physical source, but exists in your mind - in your cell of consciousness - as the mental representation of that light.  What you are seeing is the mental light that has been produced by the magickal lamp not the physical light produced by the physical lamp.  Let that awareness, that your consciousness is the source of that mental light, complete you and enliven you.

We know that there is nothing important in the material itself.  I believe that the devotion required to gather specific materials in order to make magickal objects is hugely important because that devotion harnesses and hones the *Will* which is the creatrix.  The Will of a master craftsman such as Frater Ashen Chassan is always impressive but it is not the carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms of the wood, etc that he uses that is important its the dedication and commitment that goes into making it that is.

''I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world...'' 
Richard II, ActV, Scene V - William Shakespeare

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Metabolism VIII - The Cellular Membrane, Tzeruf and the 231 Gates

Following on from the last entry we understand that in the membrane of our cell of consciousness, the membrane that separates us from the Bloodstream of Time there are gates, transporters and receptors in exactly the same way as the biological cell.  These receptors, gates and transporters activate the cell or allow various objects in the blood (hormones, chemical messengers, etc) to enter the cell (although some very small molecules like water, sugar, salt simply pass through the membrane).

In the Sefer Yetzirah: Theory and Practice by Aryeh Kaplan we are told that the Kabbalists used to use the 231 Gates in the following way.  They would arrange the letters around themselves in a circle - these letters are understood to have been hewn or carved from thought-stuff, as massive blocks and arranged like a psychic Stonehenge around the mystic or group of mystics.  By connecting the letters in various ways the 231 Gates can be activated in order to bring ecstasy, euphoria , delight.  Activated in another order the 231 Gates can bring plague, disaster, entropy.

Expanding on the theory of Cellular Consciousness then we can imagine these letters as positioned in the sphere of Consciousness - as indeed they would be, pictured by the mystics at the border of their perception where it met their consciousness - and acting as those self-same receptors, gates and transporters in our cell membrane.

We know that each letter codes for a particular celestial influence, whether it be elemental, planetary or zodiacal - indeed if the aspirant is not comfortable with using the Alefbeit I don't see why these symbols should not be replaced with the astrological symbols themselves (although individuals should recognize that they are divesting themselves of the vast repository of mystical wisdom contained within the Kabbalah).

 By accessing this letter-gate, or a pair or series of letters to form a *word*, one should open those specific gates in the cell to allow associated specific phenomena to pour in.  Very much like hormones and chemical messengers act on the cell to produce changes in the chemical environment of the cytosol and DNA, one should be able to physically perceive the phenomena entering from the Bloodstream of Time and detect the changes caused within the mind and body of the recipient.

As we can see from the above diagram there are various types of receptors/gates/transporters found in the cell membrane but we must remember that all information coding for the construction of these receptors is contained in the DNA itself, which exists at the centre of the cell.  As there are 23 human chromosomes (and 23 copies) so there are 22 letters in the Alefbeit (astrological forces) + the mystical ''23rd letter to come'' - the four headed Shin.  As the DNA in the nucleus codes for all the proteins in the human body (and therefore all structures) so the 22 letters of the astrological forces contained within the human body (Feelix the Helix) code for all experienced phenomena.

In this model the practice of astrology is the equivalent of performing a blood test on the bloodstream of time, finding out what it contains (or is likely to contain) and take appropriate measures.  The practice of Theurgy is the equivalent to opening the right gates to the phenemona you want/need to experience so that it can enter your cell of consciousness.  One would be right in undertaking this method with the emphasis on personal and global tikkun.

This notion of Cellular Consciousness is a beautiful theosophical structure which ties together a lot of diverse material but it is merely mind-candy for spiritual titillation without knowledge of the details acquired through research, experimentation and memorization i.e. hard work.  This done, it becomes a very powerful super structure for the medically oriented Practical Kabbalist.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Metabolism VIII - Tzeruf and The Cellular Membrane

The Sphere of Consciousness

The cellular membrane of biological cells correlates to the Sphere of Consciousness that encloses our ''bubbles of perceived reality'' and mediates between our individual cells of consciousness and the ''bloodstream of time''.

In the biological cellular membrane there are gates and transporters in the membrane that allow various proteins, chemical messengers, hormomes, etc through and keep others out. Pathogenic microbes such as viruses or intracellular bacteria exploit these membranes in order to gain access to the cell - often by presenting their own versions of ''keys'' to these ''gates'' or by ''picking the lock''.

Similarly in our sphere of consciousness there are gates and transporters in the membrane that allow ''phenomena'' to get in.  Employing the Kabbalah we can see that all phenomena derive from combinations (words) of the 22 sacred symbols and the celestial forces they represent in the same way that all proteins (which cause changes in the cell or which are used by the pathogenic microbes) derive from a very simple set of amino acid combinations.  One can probe, engrave, carve, or otherwise use the letters in the membrane to allow certain events (coding to the letter used) into the cell - i.e. to summon.


We know from a simplistic analysis that a stressed and exhausted person has a weaker immune system and is therefore more susceptible to have their cells invaded by pathogenic bacteria.  Is a stressed or exhausted person more prone to experiencing events that continue to damage their cell of consciousness?  To what extent can Tzeruf used in the sphere of consciousness prevent the experience of negative entropic events?  To what extent can Tzeruf or other forms of letter meditation be used to activate our psychic cellular machinery?  What would it mean to be able to open a ''Mem gate'' in the membrane of our cellular consciousness?  What does this do to our understanding of Gematria?

Here are the associations I use:

Alef - Blood (Mother of the Mothers)/ Air
Mem - Cytosol (Mother of the Doubles)/ Water
Shin - Nucleus + DNA (Mother of the Singles)/ Fire

Bet - Cell Membrane/Saturn
Gimel - Endosomes/Jupiter
Dalet - Lysosomes/Mars
Kaph - Mitochondria/Sol
Pe- Endoplasmic Reticuluum/Venus
Resh - Golgi Apparatus/Mercury
Tav - Nucleolus/Luna

Heh - DNA replication fork/ Aries
Vav - DNA polymerase/ Taurus
Zayin - DNA Topoisomerase / Gemini
Chet - DNA coiling/ Cancer
Tet - Histone-bound DNA/ Leo
Yod - Chromosomes and scaffolding/ Virgo
Lamed - mRNA splicing/ Libra
Nun - mRNA/ Scorpio
Samekh - tRNA-ribosome complex/ Sagittarius
Ayin - post-translational folding/ Capricorn
Tzaddi - DNA repair/ Aquarius
Qoph - DNA recombination/ Pisces