- Oct 29, 2002Hello sacredlandscape forum:
Dan wrote concerning "God-intoxicated priest/shamans"
to which a minor recoil was felt on my part. Why I
asked? Did I sense a possible misidentification of a
group of individuals who deserve a better address? Did
I sense that man, who would have reached the
realization of a god-head responsible for the
ever-gushing forth of primal forces for creative
being, this man should be characterized as
"intoxicated"? Was it erroneous on my part to percieve
a misunderstanding of "intoxicated" and the context in
which its spell had/has effect?
Given, that I had arrived (without, I might state, a
taint of toxic disturbance in the archetypic harmony
in the balance of spirit and body) at the being of
Godhead within my spiritual consciousness, I knew that
perhaps a misunderstanding had arisen. Surely, I had
not detected a perception of "intoxication" on my own
But should it be understood that a development of
consciousness is a pre-requirement for the grasp of
the archetype of "godhead", its nuances, its
behaviours? For surely those who have not developed an
awareness of the "godhead" most often misidentify its
actual functioning, resorting to various tightly
embraced "perceptions" of the "godhead" that might
themselves be regarded as evidence of "toxic".
For example, many of those whose consciousness has
experienced epistemologic development have realized
that the "godhead" in its creative function releases
what many claim it does not release, ie "omniscience"
and "omnipotence". But these factors had to be
released in order for the offspring of the "godhead"
to have "freedom". We as his offspring share in his
"science" (the knowing of spiritual or physical
reality). We praxeologically share in his "power"
(potence) in and over reality.
There is one other factor, however, that is a uniting
yet separating capacity that is situated in the midst
of the 2 aforementioned let-loosed and freed
"omni"-abilities. Those in the past who have purged
their thinking and epistemologic capacities (even
"priest/shamans") have won a perception of this
praxeologic and golden truth. That perception, that
the like energies of polarity must repel each the
other, whereas the unlike energies must be compelled
to embrace each the other, are both to be held in
suspension within the framework of unified being
itself. This is a macrocosmic as well as microcosmic
consideration. Factually, there is a connection
between the micro and macrocosm that contains this 3rd
"Priest/shamans" and independants have found that
ratio and ratiocination (without "intoxication") that
underlies and precedes the phenomena of "number", that
pervades throughout the elaboration of "number"
(complicit in gematria and the kabala) without the
loss but with the necessity of the 3rd factor cited
With the intermix of growing "science" ("knowing" of
reality, spirit or physical) free man found the
understanding of that 3rd factor and named it the
"vesica piscis" or the Christ principle.
I should like to continue in a later post, especially
pursuing an appreciation of how gematria and kabala
relates to practical or praxeologic issues in our
everyday lives, where one who has not entertained
these archetypes and epistemologic realities may
appreciate their connection to the cycles in which
even imperical life persists.
In closing, John Michell is just one of the burning
lights reflecting upon these issues, and he is a
positive source, yet there is more that underlies it
that John Michell does not upheave. Perhaps we can do
that in this forum. We can bring to surfaced a perfect
understanding of gematria in a context of
meaningfulness that "Alexandre" and many of us seek.
We can discover the bearing such knowledge of gematria
and even knowledge of Godhead can bring to everyday
Dan Washburn <danw@...> wrote:
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 14:45:32 -0500
Sub: Re: Gematria
>God-intoxicated priest/shamans who were at the sametime musicians, mathematicians, architects, and
astronomers invented gematria and enshrined in it not
only their sacred cosmology but the paths that they
had blazed to higher consciousness.
>In the west this happened in the Assyro-Babylonian,Greek and Jewish cultures. I suspect that it was also
present in Megalithic society and ancient Egypt.
>Gematria exists in early Christianity as a set ofhidden mysteries; the 'solid food' of advanced
teaching that is hinted at in Paul and the letter to
>To recover the lost teachings is an historicaladventure, a mathematical puzzle, and a mystical
transformation. It is fascinating on all three
>A while back I wrote a series of posts on thegematria of the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000.
If you refer back to those posts in our archives you
can see something of what i am talking about.
>Most of the gematria in the Crowley venue and in themedieval Kabbalah that i have seen seems barren to me,
mere games, not a revelation of truth. It is the
combination of gematria with sacred geometry and
mystical meditation that leads to the inner precincts
of the Temple, the sacred cube that is the Holy of
Holies, the place where God and Man meet on earth.
>Sorry to be so religiously oracular here. This isall subject to debate and personal interpretation, of
course. One of these days i will get it written down
in an easy to follow way. I have in mind a workbook
called Jesus the Geometer.
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