Chapter 2 - The Chemistry of Alchemy
The Language of the Gods
Here I must give a warning: gathering false knowledge
is worse than
gathering no knowledge at all.
Why is this?
You see: it is the PROCESS of the Quest for the Holy Grail that is
the FUNCTION of “distilling the Philosopher’s Stone”.
…Puns, plays on words associated or not with the rebus, were used by
as subterfuges for their verbal conversations. In achromatic works,
reserved, sometimes to mask the identity of the author, sometimes to
title, removing from the layman the directing thought of the work.
It is the case in
particular of a small and very curious book so cleverly closed that
it is impossible
to know what the subject of it is. It is attributed to Tiphaigne de
la Roche, and it
bears the unusual title of “Amilec ou la graine d’hommes”. It is an
anagrams and puns.
One should read instead, Alcimie, ou la crème
(Alchemy, the Cream of Aum). Neophytes will learn that it is an
alchemical treatise, since in the 13th century alchemy was written
or alkmie; that the point of [the] science … pertains to the
extraction of the spirit
enclosed in the material prima, a philosophical virgin, which bears
the same sign as
the celestial Virgin, the monogram AUM; and that finally this
extraction must be
accomplished using a process analogous to that which allows us to
from milk. […]
By removing the veil from the title, one can see how
one is, since it announces the revelation of the secret means
suitable to obtain this
cream of the milk from the Virgin which few researchers have had the
35 Fulcanelli, op. cit., p. 68.
What this rather convoluted discussion reveals to us is the CRUCIAL
necessity for discerning between what one “accepts” as a piece of
the puzzle and what one does not accept, and that this determines
whether or not the “separation of the
cream from the milk” is being achieved. And if one accepts milk
instead of cream, then the process is doomed from the start.
What is more, I am going to explain this in a way that can be easily
understood by any modern person in terms of physiology.
The first thing that the seeker ought to consider is the nature of
his being. He should understand from the beginning that the Hermetic
Maxim, “As above, so below”, has a specific application in his
direct physical/material life. Just as a person is born with certain
characteristics, talents and advantages (or lack of same), which he
may or may NOT actualize in the course of his existence, so is a
person born with a general potential for spiritual/esoteric
development. In other words, the consciousness naturally incarnates
in a physical structure that not only suits its needs but also its
potentials. Let me give a few examples that will clarify what I am
A few years ago I read an article about an Alzheimer’s disease study
where a population of nuns volunteered for lifelong participation
including giving their brains after death for study. Well, what did
the researchers learn? They found that a number of these individuals
who had brains that were literally “mush” from Alzheimer’s had never
exhibited any symptoms of Alzheimer’s while living.
they were educated, active in their work and mental life, watched
very little television, and were constantly involved in educational
pursuits that expanded their knowledge base well into old age!
other words, they had never stopped thinking and learning and
working with their minds!
Another Alzheimer’s study was interesting in that it demonstrated
that persons with “low word use density” were more likely to
manifest early symptoms. People who had used their minds very little
and who, therefore, had no “deep thoughts” and were, in effect,
shallow, who had lived their lives based solely on “faith”, were
more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
So, if learning, exercising the mind, working with difficult
concepts, and continuously expanding the knowledge and awareness
base can have such effects as this, what else might it do?
It has often been noted that only 2% of our DNA is involved in
coding the proteins that make up our bodies; the rest is referred to
as “junk”. There are theories about why this is so, including the
“Selfish Gene” theory where it is postulated that human beings are
merely constructs created by DNA for the purpose of propagating DNA!
Another thing noted is that we seem to utilize only 5 % of our
brains - and there are many theories about why this is so as well. I
would like to suggest that there is a connection.
In my 30 or more years of research into the
phenomena, “Forteana" and the workings of the human mind, I have
often noted some odd connections. The one that occurred over and
over again was a reference to psi and genetics. Time and time again
a person who had “strange powers” would remark, “Oh, I inherited the
sight from my aunt, or grandmother, or mother, or uncle”, or
Then, there was the peculiar connection of the endocrine system to
psi phenomena. Many serious studies of “poltergeist” type phenomena
note that it is most often, if not always, manifested in the
presence of either a pubescent child or a sexually “fluctuating” or
suppressed/frustrated woman, including those who are in one or
another stage of menopause.
The next curious thing was the many notations of the onset of psi
phenomena after a severe trauma to the head or a strong electrical
Then, there are both yogis and saints and practitioners of various
“nature” religions who, after certain ecstatic practices which have
been shown to have an effect on both the electric current in the
body as well as the chemicals, including hormones and
neurotransmitters, can levitate, heal, bi-locate, manifest
apparitions for others to see, increase body heat, decrease
heart-rate, slow or stop autonomic functions and so on.
One thing is clear to me after all of these years of study: psi
phenomena, whether it is healing, manifestation of matter,
bi-location or whatever, has almost NO relation whatsoever to one’s
state of spirituality. I encountered a family line that could “stop
the flow of blood” with the touch of a hand, yet nearly every member
was alcoholic, promiscuous, abusive to partners and children, and
generally what one would consider to be ethically deficient. Yet,
certain members of this line had this interesting “power” and were
often called upon by neighbors and friends to save lives - even if
they had to be hauled out of a bar dead drunk!
So, we have a curious series of factors to contend with that all
seem to point in the direction of DNA being far more interesting and
mysterious than we might have supposed. On the one hand we have such
naturally transmitted “powers”, and on the other hand we have folks
who can engage in some activity that either temporarily or
permanently changes something in their physiology - and the apparent
result is psi phenomena.
All of this, of course, indicates that our DNA is possibly the
“interface” between the ethereal world and the physical, thus
suggesting that discovering natural methods for the production of
certain chemicals or energies in the body is the key to perception.
So, what are we to think?
It all points to the fact that we have
this huge amount of DNA that nobody knows much about which can
respond to these activities - in other words, we have potentials
hiding inside us, and it is the process of the Quest that “unlocks”
them by virtue of which approach we take - “faith”, or what Fulcanelli calls “thinking with a hammer”.
It is the process of
separating the cream from the milk, the process of “liberating light
from the darkness”.
And this is where it gets very tricky.
The Analogy with Brain Physiology
The best way to explain this problem is to understand the process of
ligands binding to receptors. The human brain is probably the most
complex structure in the universe; in a sense, it might be thought
of as a universe in itself. At birth, the infant brain contains
about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons. This number is comparable
to the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, just to give you an
idea of what we are dealing with here.
But it is not the number we want to think about just now, but what
these neurons actually are doing in this microcosm of our head.
Unlike your average body cell, such as a cell in your stomach or
pancreas or the fat in your “love handles”, the neurons constantly
carry on complex conversations with one another. Each neuron has, on
the average, several thousand contacts with other cells. Some
neurons can have as many as 200,000 connections.
Now, it is at the terminal of the axon that the electrical impulse
is converted into a chemical, the neurotransmitter, which sort of
floods the area around the “receivers”, or dendrites, of the
adjacent neuron. The thing that is important here is the fact that
the receiver neuron has many little fibers for reception of
neurotransmitter signals, BUT it can be in communication with
literally thousands of other neurons. So, how does it decide which
one to listen to? And why does it matter?
Well, here is where it gets interesting. Back in the early days of
the 20th century, it was realized that a drug must work in the body
because it can “attach” itself to something in the body. They
decided to call this place of attachment a “receptor”. Nobody really
knew how this “attaching” worked, or why it led to a whole cascade
of changes in the body, but there it was.
You take a drug, and all
kinds of things happened in the brain and/or other areas of the
body. It is now known, after long years of research, that the
receptor is actually a single molecule! Not only that, but it is
singularly complicated. Keep in mind that a molecule, by definition,
is the smallest possible piece of something that can still be
identified as that specific substance.
In order to better understand
this, we need to take a brief look at the background science of this
A molecule is composed of atoms. Atoms seem to form bonds with one
another in accordance with certain rules. These rules have to do
with the number of electrons in the highest energy “shell” of the
particular atom. An atom is what is IS by virtue of how many
electrons it has, and these electrons are arranged in “shells” like
the orbits of planets around the sun. The only thing is, they can’t
be thought of as round planetary bodies, but as a sort of “cloud” of
energy. Full “shells” are particularly stable so that atoms seem to
“like” to arrange themselves so that they can get their outer shells
Electrons also come in two “flavors”, which are referred to
as “up” and “down”, and an “up” electron likes to pair with a “down”
electron. This refers to the “spin” state of the atom. Depending
upon the number of electrons in the outer shell of the atom, and how
many electrons it would “like” to have in its outer shell, it can
bond to one or more other atoms.
The most important atom in biology is carbon. When carbon bonds, the
result has been shown by Linus Pauling to be completely symmetrical.
That is, the four bonds align towards the corners of a regular
tetrahedron. It was deduced that, in addition to the atom “liking”
to have its outer shell filled, the electrons like to be as far
apart from each other in the bonded state as possible. Carbon atoms
are very “happy” to form bonds with other carbon atoms. That is the
basis of the famous benzene ring structure. The benzene ring is a
particularly stable molecular form because the natural angles made
by the four bonding carbon orbitals comfortably fit a six-sided
structure - a hexagon!
Carbohydrates, for example, are a group of substances based on the
benzene ring structure. In carbohydrates, most of the carbon atoms
are joined to two other carbon atoms but have each of their other
two bonds used in combination with other atoms or groups; OH on one
side and H on the other. Together, without the carbon in the middle,
OH and H would make H2O, or water. So, the term carbohydrate means,
literally, “watered carbon”.
The simpler carbohydrates, or “watered carbons”, are called sugars.
If the sugar is a one-ring system, it is a monosaccharide. If it is
a double ring structure, it is a disaccharide. More complex sugars
are polysaccharides. Glucose is a monosaccharide. Maltose is a
disaccharide. A chain of glucose units can be combined to make a
polysaccharide called starch. A slightly different arrangement is
another familiar biological substance, cellulose.
Now, there are six carbon atoms in your basic monosaccharide. But,
some Monosaccharides contain only five carbon atoms, four of which
are connected to one oxygen atom in the form of a 5-sided ring. The
fifth carbon atom is part of a side group, CH2OH. These compounds
are called pentose. One of them, exactly like glucose except for the
missing carbon atom and its associated side groups, is called
ribose. Another, similar to ribose except that one of its OH groups
has lost the oxygen atom, leaving a simple CH bond behind, is called deoxy-ribose. This means that it is a “ribose” with one less oxygen
In the discussion of bonding, please note the significance of these
numbers and geometric shapes while keeping in mind all of the
“mystical terms” in the world of metaphysics that somehow never
manage to make much sense; and now we are beginning to look at these
things and realize that such numbers may have a very deep meaning,
though not in the ritual and magical sense.
We are getting an idea
that, perhaps, all the myths and so-called “secrets” that are veiled
so heavily in analogy and allegory, may just be real science. As
Jessie Weston said, we may be dealing with the “disjecta membra of a
Even if it is not garbled information from
some ancient peoples who were technically more advanced than we are,
it could be information from legitimate “higher sources” that has
been hidden in allusion and mystery. It may be that all the hoo-doo
stuff that has been passed down to us is just the mythicization of
significant scientific information.
If that is the case, we need to
peel off all of the ritual, the religious nonsense, and the woo-woo
stuff, and get down to business and discover this “science of the
soul” in real terms.
The essential thing to know here is this: the resulting molecules
that are brought together in these chemical bonding processes have a
particular SHAPE. The carbon bonds have plenty of flexibility,
allowing bending, and there can be tangling and doubling back and
forth to form very complex and very specific shapes.
and tangling brings different atoms of one side group into contact
with others, providing all kinds of opportunities for complex
bonding. The natural angle between the carbon bonds also makes the
benzene ring shape particularly favored, and in a long carbon chain,
the same natural angle can make the chain tend to loop round and
round on itself. In such a case, however, the carbon atoms are not
joined to close the ring, but can continue the polymer chain like
the coils of a snake.
Getting back to the single molecule receptors on cells, we can
understand from the bonding principles that these receptors have
very particular shapes - as well as “shells wanting to be filled”
that define precisely what other molecule will be attracted to them
for bonding. We can understand that there are atomic forces which
cause one molecule to be attracted to another.
Receptor molecules on
the cell respond to these energies by, “wiggling, shimmying,
vibrating and even humming as they shift back and forth from one
favored shape to another”. Receptors are attached to a cell,
“floating” on its surface, like a lotus flower on the surface of a
pond, with roots extending into the interior of the cell.
There are many types of receptors on the surface of the cell, and if
they were color coded, the cell surface would look like a wild
mosaic made up of at least 70 different colors. The numbers of
“tiles” in the mosaic are staggering - 50,000 of one kind, 10,000 of
another, 100,000 of still another, and on and on. A typical neuron
can have millions of receptors on its surface.
Another interesting analogy that scientists use to describe neurons
and receptors is that they are like a “tree with buds”. In fact, the
visual correspondence is so striking that the terms used by
scientists for the growth of neurons include “branching” and
“arborization”. Using this analogy, the bark of the tree is
analogous to the neuronal cell membrane, the “skin” of the cell.
However, unlike the bark of a tree, which is hard and static, the
cell membrane is a fatty, flexible boundary that keeps the cell as
Tree of Life, anyone?
Now, what do these receptors do?
Well, we already know that they
“attract” other molecules and respond to the atomic/chemical forces
of various kinds of bonds, but what is important is that receptors
function as sensing molecules - scanners - just as our eyes, ears,
nose, tongue, fingers, and skin act as bodily sense organs, the
receptors do this on a cellular level.
They cover the membranes of
your cells waiting to pick up and convey information from their
environment that consists of a reality flooded with other vibrating
amino acids, which come cruising along, diffusing through the fluids
surrounding each cell. Researchers describe receptors as “keyholes”,
although these keyholes are constantly moving and dancing in a
rhythmic, vibratory way. The keyholes are waiting for the right
chemical keys, ligands, to swim up to them through the
extra-cellular fluid and to mount them by fitting into their
keyholes, a process known as binding.
When the ligand, the chemical key, binds to the receptor, entering
it like a key in a keyhole, it creates a response that causes a
rearrangement, a changing of shape, until INFORMATION enters the
In a certain sense, a ligand is the cellular equivalent of a
phallus! Ligand comes from the Latin “ligare”, or that which binds.
The same word is also the root of “religion”. Curious, yes?
A more dynamic description of this very miniscule process would be
that relating to “frequency”. The ligand and the receptor combine
their identical frequencies - striking the same note, so to say -
which produces a sufficiently strong vibration that more or less
“rings the doorbell” to cause the doorway of the cell to open and
there is some sort of exchange of atomic potentials that constitute
the “information” that is “sent into the cell”.
What happens next is
quite amazing. The receptor, having received a message, transmits it
from the surface of the cell deep into the cell’s interior, where
the message can change the state of the cell dramatically. A chain
reaction of biochemical events is initiated as tiny cellular
machines go into action and, depending on the message of the ligand,
begin any number of activities - manufacturing new proteins, making
decisions about cell division, opening or closing ion channels,
adding or subtracting energetic chemical groups like the phosphates
- to name just a few.
In short, whatever a given cell is up to at
any moment, is determined by which receptors are on its surface, and
whether those receptors are occupied by ligands or not. On a larger
scale, these tiny physiological phenomena at the cell level can
translate to major changes in behavior, physical activity, even mood
- and ABILITY.
So, to review: as the ligands drift by in the stream of fluid
surrounding every cell, only those ligands that have molecules in
exactly the right shape can bind to a particular kind of receptor.
The process of binding is very selective and specific! Researchers
in the field say that, “binding occurs as a result of receptor
specificity, meaning the receptor ignores all but the particular
ligand that’s made to fit it”. In other words, the cell is the
engine that drives all life, and the receptors are the buttons on
the control panel of that engine.
The ligands or other
neurotransmitters, known as peptides, are the fingers that push the
buttons. The “musical hum of the receptors as they bind to their
many ligands, often in the far-flung parts of the organism, creates
an integration of structure and function that allows the organism to
run smoothly and in “alignment” with the function of the specific
ligands that are binding. Can we say AUM?
Referring to receptors and ligands, let’s apply our “as above, so
below” principle to these ideas. The information that we receive
into our organism as a whole - our interaction with our environment
- seems to operate on exactly the same principle. Information that
“enters” the “cell” of our mental-body acts on us in the same way as
a ligand acts on the cell when it binds to the receptor.
our spirit receptor, having received information, transmits it deep
into the interior of our consciousness, where the message can change
the state of awareness dramatically. A chain reaction of
psycho-spiritual events is initiated as the consciousness realigns
itself based on the information received. This realignment then
affects the entire self, the reality, and all support systems of the
consciousness involved. In short, your BEing is determined by your
state of awareness which is a function of your knowledge which
depends on what “ligands” - or information units - are “bound” to
your spirit, so to say.
And just as ligands can produce cascades of
cellular events with far reaching effects, so can your state of
Being change because increased awareness can initiate major changes
in your reality - the larger “body” in which you “live” as a “cell”
of All that is.
Remember what we started with here: chemists came up with the idea
that drugs worked in the body by attaching themselves to something
in the body. Now we know about receptors and that they are receptive
to chemicals manufactured by the body itself. Ligands, peptides,
neurotransmitters, hormones, etc, are produced in
the body and BY the body in certain “steps” that involve very
And here is where we come to the DANGER part.
You see, there are chemicals, both natural and synthetic, that are
sufficiently similar to the body’s own ligands to bind with the
receptors without producing all of the same results that are
produced when the body secretes its own ligands in the natural
steps. The opiate receptor, for instance, can “receive” not only the
body’s endorphins, but can also bind to morphine, or heroin. The
Valium receptor can attach not only to Valium-like peptides produced
in the body, but also to Valium.
Remember, “no drug can act unless fixed”. This means that if a drug
works, it is because there is a receptor for it in the body. This,
then, suggests that the receptor is there because it binds to a
ligand produced by the body itself, which suggests that the body can
produce its own drugs, stimulating its own healing, under the proper
Looking in another direction, when we consider drugs that change
“behavior”, such as heroin, marijuana, Librium, “angel dust”, or
PCP, and so on, which precipitate radical changes in emotional
states, these must also be able to bind because there are receptors
for similar substances produced by the body. LSD and other
hallucinogens, which produce changes in cognition, must also do so
because there are receptors specific to them; suggesting again that
such chemicals may, under proper circumstances, be produced by the
This suggests to us that there may be natural steps to,
or processes served by, such chemicals. And here we approach a very
significant problem where, again, we may take the “as above, so
below” approach to understanding our own natures.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcohol is everywhere. Tens of millions of human beings experience
the consequences of alcohol addiction, from decreased job
performance to liver damage, spouse and child abuse, to total
breakdown of social concepts and constraints ending in the
proverbial “skid-row bum” looking every day for his MD 20-20 - or
even a can of Sterno.
That is just alcohol. We aren’t even going to list the details for
other drugs as it would be tedious and pointless. You have the idea.
Alcohol and other drugs have the ability to do what they do in our
systems because they are “fixed”; they are synthetic ligands; they
bind to our receptors and, in various ways, produce their effects.
In order to get an idea of how these fake ligands actually work,
let’s take a look at caffeine.
As our neurons process information,
they produce cellular waste including a buildup of molecules of
adenosine. Adenosine is a ligand that binds with the adenosine
receptor sending a message deep into the cell that it is time to
sleep. You could say that adenosine is a sort of “warning system”
that helps keep the body balanced.
As the production of adenosine
continues throughout the day, as a byproduct of cerebral activity,
more and more adenosine is produced, binding with more and more
receptors, sending more and more sleep messages into more cells.
Little by little our brain cells become more and more sluggish until
we just simply must go to sleep. We literally can’t remain
conscious. We yawn; our eyes
water and try to close, and we just want to curl up and let the
lights go out.
Or, we have a cup of espresso.
The caffeine molecule just happens to be the right “shape” for the
adenosine receptor. It hops on and binds. But, instead of doing what
the adenosine does, it sends a different message or, at the very
least, blocks the sleep message from being sent by the real
adenosine. In short, it interrupts the natural sleep signal,
allowing a lot more cellular waste to accumulate, putting the
individual in a state of toxicity, which can eventually lead to a
breakdown of health.
In general, this seems to be the worst thing that caffeine does - it
simply blocks the action of the ligand adenosine which sends sleep
messages. Many people have been scared by incomplete research
suggesting that caffeine does other deadly things, but additional
studies have suggested that any consequences result merely from the
disruption of the sleep cycle and a consequent break-down in the
The important thing about this is, however, the comparison to
information that is or is not accepted by the seeker which we will
address more directly at the end of this volume. What we see in the
example of caffeine as an “imitator” of adenosine is that the
natural ligand seems to have some very subtle property that is
conveyed deep into the cell, and the caffeine either blocks this
message by occupying the receptor, or perhaps sends a contradictory
message. Because of the exactitude of the molecule, adenosine
apparently does more than the “almost ligand”, caffeine.
Now, if we think of information as ligands, we can see that
accepting as true something that is not, may not only block our
ability to receive the proper messages of what IS true, it may even
send contradictory messages. Spiritual experiences that are
“induced” ritually, chemically or technically from “down here” in
order to change the spiritual state “up there”, operate in exactly
It seems that what we accept as true or not affects our
spirit and state of awareness, not to mention our potentials for
soul ascension. We could even compare certain “all is love and
light” beliefs to the action of caffeine: they prevent the natural
warning system from operating which tells the spirit when it needs
to withdraw from certain things and allow a period of “cleansing” to
take place. Over time, this can result in serious breakdown of the
spirit, even - it seems - ultimate subsumation into Non-being.
is, however, a more serious problem we have to deal with: addiction.
Pleasure Centers and Drugs
Probably everyone has heard about some experiments that were done on
rats where they were implanted with electrodes for self-stimulation
of the “pleasure center” of the brain. What was discovered was that
the rats would push the button until they were exhausted.
experiments demonstrated that if the electric reward is doled out
only when the rats learn a new trick - such as navigating a maze - the
little critters will go to work like crazy to get the job done so
that they can get their “buzz”. As long as the rewards keep coming,
the rats will keep working - even mastering incredibly complex and
seemingly impossible mazes that humans would find nearly impossible!
But, it’s not the learning they love.
The initial studies showed that, given the opportunity, the rats
would forget everything - food, mates, and friends, whatever - to push
that damn button until they collapse in mindless ecstasy!
In the human being, as in other creatures, the sensation that is
experienced as orgasm is the same release of chemicals that
stimulate the same part of the brain that makes the rats so happy.
Some scientists refer to this in “technical jargon” as the
“do-it-again” center.36 When this center is stimulated, whatever
activity is associated with it will be sought again and again.
36 Burnham and Phelan, Mean Genes, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing 2000).
As we now know, drugs “short circuit” these centers because they
“fix” to receptors. We also know that when we take certain drugs,
our brain acts to a certain extent as if the “natural”
neurotransmitter were flooding the system. In the case of the
pleasure center, the chemistry is so similar to what the brain would
produce naturally if we had done something really great such as
finding food or warmth or making love with a soul mate, that even if
the person is hunkered down in a filthy flophouse reeking of vomit
and excreta, with a hypodermic of heroin in his or her arm, the
pleasure centers know only that they are bathed in chemical bliss.
Here is an important thing to consider. Even if the first time a
person is induced to “try” such a drug, they are disgusted or
repelled by the setting, the process, all the external elements,
once they have received that reward, their whole perception begins
to shift. Because the physical body loves that feeling so much,
because it is so overwhelmingly compelling, the mind begins to
rationalize that the nasty setting, the whole process that is
clearly damaging to the self, is not merely “okay”, but is actually
After all, how could it be bad if it feels so good? If
part of the self argues that it can’t be good, another part of the
self becomes literally frantic to achieve the state again. After
all, what is going on in real life only produces “stress” and “bad
feelings” which add the argument: you have suffered, now you deserve
The only problem with both drug addiction and spiritual addiction is
that it is nearly always presented in a setting of pleasure and
refinement. It is promoted as a “tool” to “enhance awareness”.
When cocaine is snorted up the nose, it heads straight for the
dopamine re-uptake sites and blocks them. In this case, the “feel
good sensation” is not from the drug, but from the fact that your
own natural dopamine is flooding your cells, binding with the
dopamine receptors like crazy, unable to be reabsorbed. The brain
only knows one thing: this feels GREAT! Crack cocaine reportedly
produces a more intense sensation of pleasure than any natural act,
And, take note that it is from the body’s own
chemical that this pleasure is experienced
by virtue of the blocking of the re-uptake site. Again, we note that
this prevents the body’s own specific ligand from binding with the
re-uptake sites which is very likely also blocking a message
intended to go deep into the cell. As it happens, this produces
dreadful consequences, as we will soon see.
Morphine and Heroin work in a slightly different way. They mimic
endorphins which trigger the release of the body’s own dopamine. So,
instead of the sensation occurring because the natural flow of
dopamine is not reabsorbed, it occurs because there is too much
dopamine to be reabsorbed! But again, the fake endorphin is
undoubtedly not sending the proper signal deep into the cells it is
binding, and again, the excess of dopamine has significant
What are these consequences?
With repeated use of cocaine, heroin or
morphine unbalancing the body’s own dopamine processes, the body
reacts by reducing the number of receptors! With fewer receptors,
the effects of the drug - as well as the body’s normal ability to
bind dopamine that is naturally present - plummets. Without the
normal flow of dopamine into a normal number of receptors, the brain
experiences “withdrawal” which is interpreted quite literally as
“pain”. It is the agony of a mind that can feel no pleasure at all.
In strictly physical terms, one of the serious consequences of this
process comes from the fact that dopamine plays an important role in
controlling movement, emotion and cognition. Dopamine dysfunction
has been implicated in schizophrenia, mood disorders,
attention-deficit disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, substance
dependency, tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease and so on. Of
course, the situation is a lot more complex because at least seven
types of dopamine receptors have been identified.
Now, the point of this diversion into brain chemistry as an exercise
in understanding the principle “as above, so below”, is this:
“accepting” what is not Truth is like taking a drug that binds to
psychic receptors, so to say.
So, this brings us back to the
beginning of this section where I said “gathering false knowledge is
worse than gathering no knowledge at all”.
False knowledge, lies,
are spiritual drugs and are not the “natural chemical” of the soul’s
own “light”, so to say. The result is that it tends to create a
condition of dependence by reducing the “psychic receptors” which
then reduces the capacity to “bind truth”. In short, a person may be
researching like crazy, but if he or she isn’t really, really
utilizing perspicacity - that is, challenging and taking apart what
is being studied in a diligent way - his or her acceptance based on
“blind faith” amounts to getting your jollies with drugs.
The end result is analogous to the skid row bum in spiritual terms.
What is more, we notice from studying ligands and receptors, that
the body’s own chemicals have qualities that the imitations - drugs
- do not. Those qualities, based on shape and atomic structure, can
activate processes that the synthetic ligand cannot. The body’s
chemical can even turn on cascades of processes within the cells
that are blocked by the “artificial” ligand.
Truth works in the same way. The accumulation of “high probability”
information without prejudice amounts to the gathering of all the
parts of a very complex neuropeptide. When all the right pieces are
finally together, it produces a certain “shape” that “fits” the
spiritual receptor like a key in a lock.
At that point - when the information block/unit is complete - it’s proximity
causes the receptor to “hum” and the ligand/info “hums” back and
they sort of “jump together” almost like the description of physical
ligands and receptors. AUM.
And so we find that the principle is this: to gather, gather, gather
information and observations without any “ingestion”, so to say.
This most definitely means to avoid practices which may produce the
“do it again” chemicals because it is all too easy to be seduced
into doing it again and again which amounts to blind belief.
Here, of course, we come up against a very special problem: the
programs of our “machine”, our “intellect”. The formation and
training of our intellect is done under circumstances that are the
worst possible for developing the ability to think. Now is neither
the time nor the place to go into a lengthy examination about what
is wrong with childhood education, theories of infant care, and the
endless lies propagated by our society and culture.
Add to that an
endless stream of considerations based on physical appearance, and
by the time the ordinary person becomes an adult, he can neither
think nor feel according to what is Truth. He has become a “false
personality” that thinks it has a soul. “Like can only be understood
and grasped by like”, so it is no wonder that the modern day seeker
of ascension goes about it in the wrong way. Nearly all “paths” of
ascension appeal to this false self and, as we might guess, produce
physical sensations that are imitations of what occurs in the
process of true ascension.
It is at this point that we begin to understand the idea of
Esotericism is the accessing of facts and
actions that are accessible to the field of consciousness of the
Soul. When we consider our state in the “real world”, we find that
this is a very difficult path.
Knowledge is everywhere, but most of it is external to us. When we
pour something into a cup, it can only contain an amount equal to
its capacity. We are only able to understand according to the
capacity of our Being. To be able to evolve esoterically, we must
constantly seek to enlarge and enhance our Being, to develop the
Esotericism seeks to develop consciousness of the Divine. The
problem is that our consciousness is, for the most part, simply a
program that runs in our machine. The higher consciousness that is
sought in terms of ascension is the real “I” or the soul; it is the
theorized permanent point that exists within us throughout many
incarnations. This real “I” is something like an impartial referee
whose small voice is mostly obscured in the roar of external events
and personality programs. Nevertheless, it is this tiny spark of the
real self that is the seed of the possibility of esoteric
Most human beings rarely - if ever - experience contact with the real
“I”. Yet, the personality pretends that it has achieved this level
of consciousness. We should note that an individual who has actually
reached such a level of firm contact and expansion of the real “I”
will also possess attributes such as the ability to accurately judge
the consequences of his or her actions, the constant exercise of his
own will, an ability to do - to initiate acausal events - as well as a
bearing or attitude that is consistent with itself in all situations
and conditions. Most of all, such a person does not lie to himself.
An objective examination of many of those who claim such qualities
is sufficient to demolish such pretensions. There is so vast a chasm
between the qualities that people ascribe to themselves, and what
they can really DO, that careful consideration of this point ought
to be undertaken before one attaches belief to any such claims or
any such teacher.
Nevertheless, to establish contact with the higher self, for lack of
a better term, this very small seed of the soul connection that
exists within us is the object of esoteric science. It seems that
the only people who have a real hope of accomplishing this process
are those who are “bankrupted”. In other words, all the beliefs, all
the programs, all the lies that have been part of the self from
childhood, must collapse or be stripped away.
We are all corrupted by the exterior world of matter - the domain of
Non-being and its gravitational lures. Even when experience
contradicts what a person believes about him or herself, they are
seldom able to make the cause and effect connection because of the
serious deficiencies that are programmed into us from birth.
We generally explain our failures as “lack of will”. What people do
not realize is that failure is not generally due to a lack of will
or desire, but to a lack of BEING. It is only with the development
of BEING that we begin to understand the knowledge we have acquired.
Only then, with understanding combined with BEING, do we have the
ability to Do.
Our personality is the interface between our body and spirit.
Because of the nature of our reality, the personality is mostly
“programs” of the flesh, or genetic body so to say. The Machine runs
on the “do it again principle”. Most contemporary human beings are
far more concerned about “appearances” or “experiences” that give
them a buzz than they are about their Being.
The intimate relationship of the personality to the physical body
and its interactive programs is little understood, yet it is crucial
to development of the “I” that is more than a “ghost in the
machine”. We can note that when the average person experiences
serious pain, all of their noble instincts fly out the window. Some
people, of course, have the ability to master pain and to work on no
matter what. They are considered to be heroic, and it is certainly a
similar nature that succeeds in esoteric work. It is not a path for
The interdependence of the personality and the body - the machine
which we have to operate with in this reality - leads us to the
logical conclusion that it is this very machine and its programs
that are most important for us to study in order to learn
perspicacity, to learn to distinguish between the real and the
It is at this point that we begin to learn about the “tolerances” of
our machine. We begin to discover that we spend most of our time
swinging between action and reaction with no real input of the true
“I”. We discover that we have an ideal image of ourselves that has
very little foundation in actual fact or “results”. However, we
cover all of this up by “faith” in our ideal image and our lies that
we ARE that illusory self.
We come back to the fact that we attribute to ourselves qualities
that we do not possess because if we possessed them, our lives would
exactly mirror our image of ourselves. Our lies about what is really
happening in our lives are what we use to “patch up” our egos with
rationalizations and justifications, all of which conceal from us
the fact that we cannot really DO anything because we have no Being.
Generally, to avoid facing the pain of this realization, people will
take drugs of both the chemical and spiritual variety. It is only a
matter of type and degree.
An individual who has undertaken the process of developing
perspicacity in terms of the self, once he has learned to discern
between his lies to himself and what is true about himself, can then
begin to extend this ability to external knowledge. At that point,
the information and observations he or she has been collecting
without prejudice will make a “knowledge unit-ligand”. When that
happens, when a “piece of the puzzle” finally jumps into the right
slot of understanding, THEN a whole cascade of things begins to
happen just as it happens in the body when a ligand binds receptors.
And at that point, the state changes. And this leads us to the most
exciting information about this “separating the milk from the cream”
As it happens, sometimes the information communicated to the
interior of the cell by the ligands involves instructions to turn
specific genes in the cell on or off! The same gene in different
environments can produce many variations on a given trait and
influence the expression of other genes. What is more, it is a
scientific fact that changes in thoughts and behavior are reflected
in changes in the synapses.
It has been shown that Electric potentials release serotonin onto
the synaptic terminals, and there is sufficient anecdotal evidence
about electrical shocks producing changes in an individual that
result in manifestation of “super-normal abilities” as we have
already described, that we must stop and consider this question. As
we have also noted, having had such abilities “turned on” by either
the accident of genetics, an electrical shock, or a blow to the
head, does not necessarily relate to the individual being
What we can surmise from this item of
information is that the serotonin released as a result of electric
shock must somehow “skip a step” in a potentially natural process of
DNA activation, that is potential in all of us to one extent or
In other words, is there a natural process whereby serotonin is
released in large quantities in concert with other ligands which can
literally turn on DNA that activates a full range of “paranormal”
abilities and that also are directly related to one’s spiritual
There are far more exciting considerations about DNA potentials,
but, for the moment, we will leave the subject with the warning that
failing to properly “separate” the cream from the milk means that
the Seeker will not even get to the point where he can skim the
cream off and utilize it. What is even worse, “binding” oneself to
that which is false may produce temporary “feel good” results, but
in the long run, it not only blocks the possibility of binding
Truth, it perpetuates itself by reducing the ability to
perceive/bind with truth at ALL.
Every single choice to accept
something as Truth, to make a “leap of assumption”, is a psychic ligand binding to a
spiritual receptor. If what is believed is a
lie, it is equivalent, in the brain, to a “false” ligand, like
heroin. After awhile, there is no longer anywhere for Truth to bind
or seat, and the condition of the Seeker is worse than before he
began his quest in the same way an individual who has become a
skid-row bum by his use of alcohol and/or drugs was far better off
before he began his descent into addiction.
The fact is: lies ARE
addicting. They are made that way on purpose.
However, in terms of the Quest for the Holy Grail, as in the
Alchemical pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone, just as it is in the
case of the body potentials, when certain natural (spiritual) ligands are produced by sending signals into the cell to activate
“sleeping DNA”, abilities can be unlocked, including even psychic
abilities and powers. And these psychic abilities then put the
Seeker on an entirely different level. He has made, effectively, a
Quantum Jump in terms of his State of Awareness.
We learn from one Initiate the following:
“The organs which carry
and radiate the creative force can only manifest it in a perfect
union - a perfect marriage - between the divine and material
frequencies. This conductor of force charged with the divine
frequency is the ‘Ark of the Covenant’.” 37
There is certainly more to it than that, but for the moment, it is
sufficient to know that the principle, “As above, so below”, is
manifested on all planes, and scientific knowledge can most
definitely contribute to spiritual understanding.
As the Cassiopaeans have said:
“Science is most spiritual indeed!”
Regarding the gathering of knowledge, the Cassiopaeans have said:
“Subtle answers that require effort to dissect promote intensified
learning. Learning is an exploration followed by the affirmation of
knowing through discovery. Learning is necessary for progress of
soul... this is how you are building your power center. Patience
serves the questor of hidden knowledge. Search your ‘files’”.
Georges Gurdjieff discussed this matter of “ligands of the soul” in
“impressions”. He noted that Impressions are a kind of “food”.
every external impression, whether it takes the form of sound, or
vision, or smell, we receive from the outside a certain amount of
energy, a certain number of
vibrations. For its normal existence the organism must receive all
three kinds of food, that is, physical food, air, and impressions…
But the relation of these foods to one another and their
significance for the organism is not the same. […] The flow of
impressions coming to us from the outside is like a driving belt
communicating motion to us. […] Nature transmits to us through our
impressions the energy by which we live and move and have our being.
37 cf. Elisabeth Haich.
38 Gurdjieff, quoted by Ouspensky: In Search of the Miraculous,
Gurdjieff then goes on to talk about “self-observation” as the means
by which greater energy is extracted from “impressions”. This is
where Mouravieff‘s work is most helpful in explicating exactly what
needs to be done.
He discusses Impressions in terms of “A” and “B”
influences and the Three Forces of Creation, writing as follows:
The three fundamental conditions of Creation manifest in the
Universe in the form of three basic principles of life: the static,
dynamic and neutralizing principles.
Anything in creation can be analyzed and studied in the light of
these three principles, which appear in a way analogous to that
described while talking about the conditions of creation of the
World. They apply uniformly to all levels of the Cosmos. The
classical example which the esoteric schools give to represent the
play of the three forces is bread. To make bread we must have flour,
fire and water. In this example, flour is the conductor of the
passive force, fire of the active force, and water of the
Here we must make it clear immediately that the substance which
serves in one case as conductor for the passive force, may in other
cases be the conductor.[…]
If the junction of the forces remains sterile, this means that in
the esoteric sense their co-operation was not complete. The fault
could arise from one of the three forces, from two of them, or even
from all three. Analysis in the light of the law in question can
greatly assist in determining the one or many causes of failure. For
example, with the same good flour, the bread can be bad or inedible
if we have added too much water - or not enough - or if the flame was
weak or too high.[…]
This [analogy] allows us to grasp the sense and effect of a
subsidiary law of the Law of Three. We see that with the same flour - the passive force in our example we can experience failure due to a
defective sharing of the active force (Fire), of the neutralizing
force (Water), or of the two together. […]
The passive force
contains all the possibilities for creating the phenomenon, while
the active force intervenes as the realizer, and the neutralizing
force as the regulator, of the relations between the two other
forces, determining the dosage for both in an optimal way. This
explains and justifies the fact that pre-eminence in the phenomenal
world is attributed to the passive force.
Let us note here that this pre-eminence is a direct result of
conditions at the first Creation. To pass or cross from the
non-manifested state - a mono polar one, concentrated on the unique
consciousness of Self within which the Divinity remains before the
Creation of the World - the first Idea which makes the Divinity come
out of the state of non-manifestation to become manifest, is
necessarily that of the You. This idea, conceived by the divine
sacrifice of Self-limitation, has Love, a neutralizing force, for
Thus, from the beginning of Creation, the divine existence becomes
bipolar, Love being the neutralizing force which sustains relations
between the universal ‘I’ and the universal ‘You’ […]
When a substance serves as a conductor for the passive force, we
call it Oxygen (O); when it serves as a conductor for the active
force we call it Carbon (C) ; when it serves as a conductor for the
neutralizing force we call it Nitrogen (Azot) (N). When considered
independently from the forces of which it is the conductor, the
substance is called Hydrogen (H). […]
We know that the structure of the lower intellectual centre is
bipolar. This structure is perfectly adapted to that of what in the
orthodox Tradition is called the ‘World’. This ‘World’ consists in
ensemble of the ‘A’ influences […].
It is the world in which we
live, which appears to the human Personality as the only reality,
but is in fact relative or even illusory. […]as we have already
stated, all the ‘A’ [influences] have counterparts which neutralize
them - [‘B’ influences]. This symbolizes the creation of the world,
starting from Zero, by division into two groups of forces, equal in
power and diametrically opposed in direction.
The bipolar structure of the intelligence, an exact counterpart of
the structure of the ‘World’, allows man to study and recognize all
the ‘A’ influences, to orient himself in their immediate and
furthest field of action, to apply his abilities to it in order to
search, calculate, combine, intervene, act and even to create within
the limits of the field of action of these influences.
We know, however, that this ‘World’ is, in fact, illusory; that the
‘B’ influences represent the only imperishable reality in life. Has
not Jesus said: ‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth,
where rust and worms consume, and where thieves break through walls
and steal. But lay up for your selves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth consume and where thieves do not break
through walls nor steal.’
It is well understood that it is a question here of two worlds which
interpenetrate each other: the world constituted by the ensemble of
‘A’ influences-‘earth’; and the esoteric world –‘heaven’, formed by
the ‘B’ influences.
By studying the play of the three forces attentively, the searcher
will train himself to recognize the action of the ‘A’ and ‘B’
influences, and distinguish between them. This is one of the
essential elements of that re-education of which we spoke earlier.
It is by absorbing ‘B’ influences - divine influences from a higher
level, which are consequently more powerful - and by putting full
trust in them, as well as by giving proofs of capacity and devotion,
that we shall be liberated from the dominion of these ‘A’ influences - which are ruled by the General Law, assisted by the Law of
He whose efforts are crowned with success - who attains higher levels
of being-is immediately utilized to share in the management and
growth of a given level of the lower forces of the Cosmos.
In general he will have to accomplish - as a mission - a task in the
domain of the ‘A’ influences. Above all, this work will require
study of the bipolar world. Intelligence is the only tool we possess
with which to achieve this end. This is its real reason for being,
as well as the reason why its structure exactly reflects the world
of the ‘A’ influences. This instrument thus allows man, in
accordance with Plato’s principle, to grasp and know the similar by
Knowing this, the student of esoteric science must guard against
falling into the extremes expressed in some teachings; he must
neither despise nor neglect his intellectual faculties. The
intelligence must be developed and sharpened up to the limit of what
is possible, and thought must become sharp as the point of a needle.
But it must not be forgotten that the Personality, in spite of its
complex structure and its many abilities, is nothing but an
instrument, whose functioning remains purely mechanical.
It is for
this reason that in esoteric matters it does not know, and will
never know anything with certainty. By its nature agnostic, and
concerned with phenomena, it is limited by form and function to
three dimensions. It is incapable of exceeding these boundaries, but
sincerely takes the world of influences as the only reality.39
39 Mouravieff, Boris, Gnosis, Vol. I, excerpts from chapter VI and
I would like to try to shed some light on the subject of the Three
Forces and Impressions and ‘A’ and ‘B’ influences that so exercised
Gurdjieff and Mouravieff, but this will require a little bit of
We begin with the question: who were the Celts? We are taught almost
nothing about them in school, though they seem to be considered as
the ancestors of most Europeans, thus also Americans. Why is it that
the religion and culture of the Mesopotamian region dominates our
lives and our culture when it is, in effect, “foreign”?
Celtic vernacular literature, including myths, stories and poems, in
its written form, dates mainly from the Middle Ages. It is based on
oral transmission that goes far beyond the Christian Era. It is very
difficult to get a clear picture of the pre-Christian Celts from the
transmitted texts, not only because of the typical mixture of myth
and reality, and the lapse of time, but also because the Roman
empire sought to stamp it out starting with Caesar and continuing
with the Roman church.
However, studying what is available closely, one gets the impression
of a dynamic, somewhat undisciplined people. The Celts were proud,
imaginative, artistic, lovers of freedom and adventure, eloquence,
poetry, and the arts. You can always discern the Celtic influence by
the great artistic talents of these peoples.
The Celts were VERY suspicious of any kind of centralized
“authority”, and this is, in the end, what brought about their
downfall. They could not stand against the hierarchical war machine
of the Roman empire. In a sense, you could almost say that this is
how Hitler nearly conquered Europe, most especially France. Gauls
take the principles of liberty and equality VERY seriously - right
down to the common man on the street who in no way considers himself
inferior to the Prime Minister.
One of the principal historians of the Roman era, Julius Caesar,
tells us that the Celts were ruled by the Druids. The druids “held
all knowledge”. The Druids were charged with ALL intellectual
activities, and were not restricted to religion, per se, which
suggests to us that “religion” and “knowledge”, in a more or less
scientific approach, were considered essential to one another - symbiotic.
It is later writers who began to vilify the Celts by accusing them
of the usual things that people get accused of when someone wants to
demonize them: human sacrifice, homosexuality, and so on. Most of
that nonsense goes back to Posidonius, who has been quoted as an
“authority” by every other “authority” on
the Celts since. Unfortunately, when one checks Posidonius, one
finds that he really didn’t have a clue and was probably making
stuff up to fulfill an agenda.
The lack of written texts by the Celts has been the greatest problem
for historians and students of the Celts. A lot of ideas are
“supposed”, or ancient sources with agendas have been relied on, and
some of them even propose that there was a “taboo” by the Celts on
putting things into writing.
Well, I suppose that, if our civilization came to an end and all our
records on magnetic media were destroyed, people might say that we
didn’t put anything in writing either.
There has been a lot of nonsense written about WHY the Celts didn’t
write things down, and the most nonsensical, considering what we do
know about their culture, is that this was how the Druids “kept
their power” or that they believed something silly like:
sacred myths were revealed, they would become profaned and thus lose
their mystic virtues”.
What Caesar said was that the reason for the ban on writing was that
the Druids were concerned that their pupils should not neglect the
training of their memories,
i.e. the Frontal Cortex, by relying on written texts.
discussed the production of ligands and their potential for
unlocking DNA . It seems to be very interesting that the very things
that we have learned from the Cassiopaeans, from alchemical texts,
from our own experiences, and from research - that “thinking with a
hammer” is the key to transformation - was noted as an integral part
of the Druidic initiation.
It is worth noting that, in the nineteenth century, it was observed
that the illiterate Yugoslav bards, who were able to recite
interminable poems, actually lost their ability to memorize once
they had learned to rely on reading and writing.
Although the Druids prohibited certain things from being written
down, it’s clear that they DID write. Celtic writings in Ogamic
script have been found on many ancient stones. Caesar tells us that
the Celts were using the Greek alphabet when the Romans arrived in
Gaul in the first century BC.
However, the knowledge of the initiates was transmitted entirely
orally, and with the information about ligands and receptors, we are
beginning to understand WHY.
The destruction of Celtic culture was so complete that we know very
little about their religion. We do know that they celebrated their
“rites” in forests and by lakes without erecting any covered temples
or statues of divinities.
Tacitus tells us:
They do not think it in keeping with the divine majesty to confine
Gods within walls, or to portray them in the likeness of any human
countenance. Their holy places are woods and groves and they apply
the names of deities to that hidden presence which is seen only by
the eyes of reverence.
Plato had doubts about the Greek origins of Homer’s work because not
only do the physical descriptions in his poems not correspond to the
Greek world, but also the Homeric philosophy is very different from
the mainstream Greek philosophy we know about today. The latter is
based on the dualism of two opposing elements, thesis/antithesis,
good/evil, life/death, body/soul, etc. omitting the idea of the
Since Plato’s times, many have sought to derive “synthesis” from
these opposing elements, with little success. The “third force” of
Gurdjieff has been brought up many times with little satisfaction in
the attempts to understand it, and perhaps it is in what we can
derive from the Celtic teachings will help us here.
According to Homer, the philosophy of the ancient world was that
there was a third element that linked the opposing elements. Between
the body and the soul, there is the spirit. Between life and death
there is the transformation that is possible to the individual,
between father and mother there is the child who takes the
characteristics of both father and mother, and between good and evil
there is the SPECIFIC SITUATION that determines which is which and
what ought to be done.
In other words, there are three simultaneous determinants in any
situation that make it impossible to say that any list of things is
“good” or “evil” intrinsically, and that the true determinant is the
In any event, the symbol of this philosophy is the triskele,
representing three waves joined together.
The simultaneous existence of the third element does not mean that
the notion of “good” and “evil” did not exist or was not reflected
in the Celtic law. What was clear was that it was understood that
nothing could be “cut and dried” in terms of law, that each
situation was unique and the circumstances had to be carefully
Aristotle considered Gaul to be the “teacher” of Greece and the
Druids to be the “inventors of philosophy”. The Greeks also
considered the Druids to be the world’s greatest scholars, and whose
mathematical knowledge was the source of Pythagoras’ information.
And so, we see that there is another way to consider the “three
forces”. This brings us back again to “perspicacity” which is a
function of knowledge. The ability to “assimilate B influences” as
Mouravieff describes it, depends upon the evaluation of the
Impression in the specific context in which it is experienced. A
very simple way of putting it is: is it Truth or is it a Lie and if
either, which has more affinity to the world of the spirit, or Love?
There are those who think that truth or lies are always static, that
a lie is a lie is a lie and that to be “good”, one must ALWAYS tell
the “truth”. However, it is not always that easy. For example,
consider France during the Nazi occupation. Undoubtedly, many of
those involved in the resistance lied daily and regularly about
their plans and activities. What was different about their lies was
the INTENT and the SPECIFIC SITUATION.
In such a situation, speaking
the truth to a Nazi soldier who would use that truth to destroy
one’s fellow resistance fighters would be “evil”, so to say, and
lying would be “good”. This simple example ought to give the reader
much to think about in terms of the socialized belief in a “black
and white” exposition of “good and evil”.
Going back to the example of baking bread: in some cases, the flour
could be “truth” and the fire could be “lies” and the water could be
the specific situation in which the two meet and interact.
Impressions are “food”, then this principle ought to be carefully
considered when “taking in Impressions” or “assimilating ‘B’
influences”, which we now know to be the process of applying the Law
of Three to any given situation or dynamic in our lives and
“Thinking with a Hammer”. We also begin to understand that Love has
many faces in Creation as does God.
We realize also why such
knowledge is reserved for initiates: how easy to twist and distort
and misuse such an understanding.
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