The End is The Beginning
A according to Plato the ultimate aim of the Mysteries was to instruct the initiates in the ‘way of return’. The myth of origination is an explanation of how we got into our present predicament and a map to guide us on the return journey home to our essence and source. This is because ‘The way down and the way up’ are the same’, they are merely metaphors, as the Christian master Dositheus teaches, quoting a famous line from the Pagan sage Heraclitus.
The whole essence of truth cannot be transmitted from mouth to ear. Nor can any pen describe it, not even that of the recording Angel, unless man finds the answer in the sanctuary of his own heart, in the innermost depths of his divine intuitions. — The Secret Doctrine 2:516
To the modern mind perhaps the best metaphor is of going within ourselves, In the Gospel of Philip, Jesus calls the Father ‘the one who is innermost of all’. Often many metaphors are deliberately used together to avoid the danger of literalism. What matters is actually making the return journey. How do we do this? We go back retracing our steps. We undo the process through which Consciousness creates the cosmos and gets lost in identification with the appearances. We are unaware of our ineffable essences because we have obscured it with limiting ideas. To set ourselves free we must stop habitually focussing on our psyche – the conceptual matrix – and become conscious of being Consciousness.
Therefore we must ascend again towards the Good, the desired of every Soul. Anyone that has seen This, knows what I intend when I say that it is beautiful. Even the desire of it is to be desired as a Good. To attain it is for those that will take the upward path, who will set all their forces towards it, who will divest themselves of all that we have put on in our descent:- so, to those that approach the Holy Celebrations of the Mysteries, there are appointed purifications and the laying aside of the garments worn before, and the entry in nakedness- until, passing, on the upward way, all that is other than the God, each in the solitude of himself shall behold that solitary-dwelling Existence, the Apart, the Unmingled, the Pure, that from Which all things depend, for Which all look and live and act and know, the Source of Life and of Intellection and of Being. And one that shall know this vision- with what passion of love shall he not be seized, with what pang of desire, what longing to be molten into one with This, what wondering delight!
Taken from Jesus and the Lost Goddess (sophia) by Timothy Freke
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