Ritual 102 - Part Seven
This is Volume One Number 25,
December 7, 2003
In this issue:
1. Editorial Comments
2. Ritual 102 - Part Seven
I've received several requests to discuss one of
the Gnostic Gospels. So, starting with the next
issue, I'm going to start a discussion of the
Gospel of Mary Magdalene. She's considered to be
the Guardian Angel of the Modern Order of Essenes.
She was undoubtedly one of the first bishops in
the Early Church. I use the term "Early Church"
because it really didn't become the Christian
Church and the "Gnostic Heretics" until three
hundred years later. The "Gnostic Heresy" was, of
course, the knowledge that Jesus was born of woman
like all men and attained Cosmic Consciousness
(God Consciousness) in one lifetime as an example
for all of us to follow. The Roman Church
couldn't afford to let anybody believe that
nonsense at the expense of not relying on the
priesthood for their "salvation."
Oh well, that's another discussion for another
time. The upcoming discussion will rely on the
translation of the Gospel of Mary Joseph Rowe.
The book "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene"
translated from the Coptic by Jean-Yves LeLoup
with commentary by Jean Yves-LeLoup and further
translator into English by Joseph Rowe (ISBN
089281911-1) published by Inner Traditions
(www.InnerTraditions.com) is the specific
translation I'll be using. A review of this book
can be found at http://GnosticYoga.com/reviews.
If you're really interested in the Gospel of
Mary, having a copy of that book at hand for
further study will be helpful. We'll start with
Page 7 of Mary's Gospel since the first six pages
have yet to be found. They're lost for now.
2. Ritual 102 - Part Seven
The four steps to perform an Invoking of Spirit
Within are to 1) Decide upon and frame your
intention, 2) Face East and point the index finger
of your right hand on your chest pointing at your
heart, 3) state your intention, and 4) leave the
ritual open as there is no need to close it.
Spirit Within is protected by all the Archangels
of the Tree of Life. It's ritualistically used to
be the mediating point between Spirit Above and
Spirit Below. Spirit Within is at the point where
Spirit Above meets Spirit Below so that
manifestation can occur. Spirit Within controls
how we manifest our hopes and dreams. Put your
intention into your own words. This is Step One.
Face East and place your index finger on your
chest pointing to your heart. Imagine this point
as the bottom of a six-pointed star or hexagram
with two triangles. One triangle points downward
and connects your heart to points outside and
about three inches from your ears. This triangle
is associated with Spirit Below.
The second triangle points upward and connects
your third eye with your shoulders. This triangle
is associated with Spirit Above. The two
triangles intertwine and form a shining white
six-rayed star within us. This star reaches from
our third eye above to our heart below. The other
four points are outside our shoulders and outside
our ears. This is Step Two.
For Step Three voice your intention and charge the
six-rayed star. Then wait as long as you want for
Spirit Within to do its thing. Leaving the ritual
open is Step Four. There's no need to close or
banish the Spirit Element.
My suggestion is to try this ritual this week and
see what you think. I'll leave you to practice
the last seven rituals for a couple of weeks. By
then I'll have some links set up for you so you
can continue your study of ritual. I'll let you
know just as soon as those links are ready. In
the meantime, have a great week.
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