But even if you would die ten times for him…

At the Still Point

“Which father, which teacher had been able to protect him from living his life for himself, from soiling himself with life, from burdening himself with guilt, from drinking the bitter drink for himself, from finding his path for himself? Would you think, my dear, anybody might perhaps be spared from taking this path? […] But even if you would die ten times for him, you would not be able to take the slightest part of his destiny upon yourself.”

— Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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Hand Symbolism & Beliefs

Lots of information on Hand Symbolism on this page, from various cultures and belief systems. "The ancients attached special occult significance to every part of the human body. The symbolism of the human hand alone may fill several volumes. Symbols may signify abstract or concrete concepts, imaginative or real events, natural or "supernatural" phenomena, spiritual … Continue reading Hand Symbolism & Beliefs

Iamblichus: Theurgia, or The Egyptian Mysteries

I'm not keen on the choice of the word "slime" for what equates with the Prima Materia, but then I'm not keen on many of his ideas.. anyway, here's an excerpt from the chapter in which he concentrates on explaining the Egyptian Symbols: "Listen, therefore, to the spiritual interpretation of the symbols, according to the … Continue reading Iamblichus: Theurgia, or The Egyptian Mysteries

The 37 Nats of Burma – dealing with the evolution of the soul

"The nats of Burma make up a structured system of animistic spirits, predating the advent of Theravāda Buddhism but coexisting with it and with other systems of divination and prediction such as astronomy and alchemy." The Burmese ideas of Sentient Beings, borrowed from India, represent a philosophy dealing with the evolution of the soul. The … Continue reading The 37 Nats of Burma – dealing with the evolution of the soul

Open Culture – 500 Free University Courses, including Psychology

Open Culture are providing free Psychology courses from the world’s leading universities. You can download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player. For more online courses, visit their complete collection of Free Courses. http://www.openculture.com/psychology_free_courses Open Culture are providing free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over … Continue reading Open Culture – 500 Free University Courses, including Psychology

Knowing Beyond Knowing – by Peter Kingsley

The Heart of the Hermetic Tradition http://www.peterkingsley.org/cw3/Admin/images/knowing.pdf

An interesting paper on Brainwashing

"The word "brain-washing", translated from Chinese communist jargon, is a very strong metaphor, first popularized by Robert Jay Lifto n. It vividly describes one person interfering with the personality make-up of another, removing the other's ideology and replacing it, and similarly tampering with the other's tastes, pool of information to rely upon and whatever else … Continue reading An interesting paper on Brainwashing