Ancient Medicine

"Heal the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow" ~ Zhi Gang Sha

...........................................................Hermes Visions...................................................................

 

Hermes awakening in stages.

1. Mind, Reason and Pitfalls

Hermes, the archetype to truth seekers, found himself alone in the wilderness. He then meditates and divides himself away from all his outward senses and into a higher level of intuition. He finds himself expanding into space where his first vision appears. 'Poimandres' the Great Winged Dragon! An amazing force that symbolises all forms of power, includng the power of God. This terrifying dragon in Hermes vision, is the 'personification of universal mind'. As terrifying as the dragon looked, it was not to be associated with anything dark or evil. There was no evil contained within the dragon. It was a strong and inviting presence, the light of all lights with a self-nourishing body that had no need to feed, the dragon was an eternal entity.

The dragon lives in isolation away from man and is very elusive to anyone that would try to look for it. Hermes beholding the dragon quotes;  'The mind that we know is not the mind, what we call the thinker is not the thinker, what we call Reason is not reason, what we call the God concept is not the true God concept.'

This means that the dragon is the incredible experience unknown to man, the dragon is the true and real mind, it is the true and real Reason, it is the thinker in the sense that it is the true and real intellect, it is the awakening towards the realisation that what we are trying to define as God, is way beyond our knowledge and understanding. So in contrast, it is nothing as we know these things to be outwardly and in ourselves. This is because our world is not of the dragons as the dragon occupys space and man occupies wordly forms. This immortal dragon looks frightening but is not dangerous as it does not injure or destroy anything, least of all man. It only frightens man because of its appearance. Reason, IS its enlightenment and Hermes stands in the midst of the presence of the light of Reason. Hermes is taken up into the great space of light that the dragon occupies and floats there. Hermes suddenly feels all his fear disapear because the dragon is no longer the form that terrifies Hermes but is now in the light of Reason that surrounds him.

2. Hermes Wisdom and the Divine

Hermes now has the wisdom to see beyond his natural abilities and through the eyes of the divine mind. He suddenly senses another presence within the light of Reason. Hermes sees this new and strange presence coming down from above, as it starts to form a thick dark blanket that causes the radiance of light, that was surrounding Hermes, to fade. This dark mist-type blanket, is 'The Mist of Matter'. Out of the mist came strange sounds like sighing or moaning, and at this moment , Hermes senses yet another presence. Hermes sees a very large colomn or pillar appear from below and rise up into this mist. The pillar shines through the darkness, a type of radiance. Hermes then hears the 'light of Reason' calling out to him. The light of reason, tells Hermes that the colomn IS 'The word of the mind',  and IS the power. This represents the everlasting presence of the Lord. The pillar or colomn, is the steadfast 'Rainbow of Noah'...(The Power of the Covenant). It is the reliable and steadfast guide in the darkness. It is the never-changing colomn of radiance, 'A LIGHTHOUSE', within an immense sea of illusion. This to Hermes is 'The Law', the whole Law that encompasses everything that points to the truth. It stands no matter what changes happen outside of it.

Lighthouse Symbolism

Lighthouses were of great significance to the ancients, where one of the first lighthouse columns ever recorded was that of a great colomn on the ancient port of Alexandria. Previous to this famous lighthouse, (and perhaps others that are now buried deep under the sea somewhere), would have been built as very simple beacon structures. In Homer's Illiad and Odyssey, the great tall colomn of Alexandria, was known as the tumulus, built for the tomb of Achilles. Standing on a promontory (high land), overlooking the Hellespont (a waterway or thin and narrow strait in Northwestern Turkey), was decribed by Homer, to radiate its selas 'Gleam' of salvation for sailors. (The word Selas is derived from African Egytpian origins refering to The Trinity - Osiris, Isis and Horus). Previously, the ancients would light beacon fires high upon hilltops, esp in times of trouble, and this would call their allies nearby to be their 'saviors'.

Homer describes the beam of light that eminated from the lighthouse as representing 'a hero's journey' to bring about salvation and transformation;

375 "or as when, at sea, a gleam [selas] to sailors appears from a blazing fire, the kind that blazes high in the mountains at a solitary station [stathmos], as the sailors are carried unwilling by gusts of wind over the fish-swarming sea [pontos], far away from their loved ones.So also did the gleam [selas] from the Shield [sakos] of Achilles reach all the way up to the aether."

This eternal light, or 'life-force", according to, 'The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours' by Gregory Nagy, can be interpreted in the mystical sense of "Bring back to light and life". 

 An additional reference in the above paragraph from the Illiad, (aside from, the tomb of Achilles), is the selas ‘gleam’ radiating from the bronze surface of the Shield of Achilles. This holds just as much importance to the ancients, as the luminous light itself, has the ability to recycle the energy of every living being and return them to a new form, when going through the cycles or journeys in their quest to reach the highest form of enlightenment.

3. From Reason to Illusion

The darkness of the mist that surrounds Hermes, represents the illusion of the mind, yet even if man were in its presence like Hermes was, the mind of man would not know it, because he would fail to comprehend it. This is because the mind of man is already immersed in a world of illusion.

This illusion was actually brought into existance due to the divine mind conjuring up archetypes that came from its own thoughts. These thoughtforms became living archetypal entities, which is echoed in Tibetan Buddhism, known as a tulpas (Sanskrit word for “to build”). In Buddhism, the tulpa starts off as a thoughtform and then becomes an emanation of what the Tulpamancer visualized. Tulpamancers do certain rituals called 'forcing', so that their tulpas becomes molded into the enitity that they require, down to the last detail of what the tulpas will look like and how they will serve their tulpamancers. 

Hermes was then surrounded by the works of the universal mind and its thought forms, 'The divine power of mind Reason'. This brought forward more thoughts from the divine power, which realised its own full potential to dream up beautiful thoughts that would turn into matter from its own mind of Reason.

As Manly.P.Hall quotes; "In psychology it was 'The wishful thinking of the infinite.' Where the universal mind of Reason, derived out of itself, its own internal Reason."

It is also quoted within 'The Visions of Hermes'; "The Reason, fell inlove with its own thought."

In Hermes vision, this is where the supreme illusion was first born, when the mind of Reason became one with its own thoughts and brought about existence as we know it. In Hermes eyes, the cause of illusion is not only when the universal mind of Reason falls inlove with its own thoughts but also when man thinks, because his mind is derived like that of the univeral mind of Reason and can therefore have the power and energy to think up thoughts and be scared or upset by them because they begin to exist as patterns of energy and therefore can influence a person's actions. Or if they fall inlove with them before it even exists, this can also release wave-forms from thought, that will influence them internally before they act out by releasing this energy externally.

If a person isn't careful in their thinking, they can become the product of their own thoughts, which is the lower part of awareness and therefore they are more likely to stay in a world of illusion, rather than truth.

Hermes Tree of Life

4. Density and Matter

In Hermes visions, the creation of the word 'mind', comes from the nature of universal thought patterns. As the next few stages of Hermes visions are revealed, Hermes transends into an even higher state of awareness. The power of creation is then described as using the 'word' like a Hammer in space. This 'Word' that Hammers, is fashioned by a 'builder', who builds and constructs the vast expanse of space so that it leaves great big holes. To Hermes, these holes are where the planetary bodies of matter are set. So the planets are occupied within the denser surroundings of space. Density is therefore, the true solid leaving the dark mist of matter as the opposite of this truth and remain as holes. 

 

5. The Sons of Striving

In alchemy, the movement of energy (a being or a builder), which is the transformer via the force of friction and heat which forms fire, upon the dark mist, from the 'word' that hammered, is known as 'The son of striving'.

The creator of an illuminating and vibrating substance that held all of life within it, is also represented by Thor's Hammer, which amongst other things was the symbol for the sacred fire of the heavens.

In Hermes vision came the 7 governers of 'The Son of Striving', (or The Builder), sometimes reffered to as 'The Sons of Striving' who ruled the realm of density and therefore, were the sacred Deities or spirits of the planetary bodies, (the Gods that each planet represented). These 7 bodies also represents the 'Second Mind' with the 'First Mind' being the Reason, which was Hermes first vision, Poimandres the Great Dragon

These words were said by Hermes, not as an egoic statement, but because of his own realization of his enlightened state. He began to understand the works of the 'Mind of Reason', not just by what was happening around him in his visions but also how this light force was also working through him.

Hermes 4th and 5th visions, were made up of the 'Builder' that 'Hammered' the 'Word', who's legacy continued through 'The 7 Sons of Striving'. They were the Demiurges and creators of the Universe. The order of the Universe was the 'First Mind, working through the 'Second Mind'. The power of the 7 Governors, comes from 'Reason', the Great Dragon. 

In Jonathan Black's book, 'The Secret History of The World', he writes; "Genesis 1:26 is usually translated as 'In the beginning God made heaven and earth', but in fact the word 'Elohim' here translated as 'God' is plural. The passage properly reads 'In the beginning the gods made heaven and earth'. What is being referred to here are astronomical deities.We can discover their identity, by matching the passage in Genesis with the parallel passage in the Gospel of St.John. 'In the beginning was the 'word', and the 'word', was with God and the 'word' was God....All things were made by him...And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not'.

This parallel is helpful because John did not newly mint the phrase 'the Word'. He was reffering to a tradition already ancient in his lifetime and which he evidently expected his readers to understand. Some 400 years earlier Heraclitus, a Greek Philosopher, had written 'the Logos (The Word) was before the earth could be'. The important point here is that according to ancient tradition the 'Word' that shone in the darkness in John's Gospel (and so we see the gods who 'let there be light' in Genesis), are the Seven Great Spirits who work together as the great spiritual influence emanating from the sun.

In the religions of the ancient world the Sun God - Elohim, the seven great spirits - made heaven and earth. In the ancient world the Sun god was typically depicted emanating seven rays, as a mark of the seven sun spirits that make up his nature. In the Egyptian Book of Dead they are known as the Seven Spirits of Ra and in ancient Hebrew tradition as the Seven Powers of Light. Later Genesis ceases to refer to Elohim and instead the word usually translated as 'God' is 'Jehovah'. Biblical scholars working outside the esoteric tradition have tended to explain what appears to them as two different names for the same God as the result of two different literary strands, the Elohim strand and the Jehovah strand, probably dating from different periods and woven together by a later redactor. However, scholars working within the esoteric tradition have a much simpler explanation. Elohim and Jehovah are not different names for the same entity but different entities as such. Elohim is a collective name for the Seven Spirits working together as the god of the Sun. Jehovah came into being, when one of the seven spirits of the sun (Elohim) broke away to become the God of the moon. This god of reflection came to defend the Earth from Venus. To Hebrews the God of the Moon became known as Jehova and to the Muslims as Allah, the great god of thou-shalt-not (=Du sollst nicht...). As Elohim - the seven spirits which are the Sun God - acted to hold Saturn in check, Jehova - the God of the Moon - directed operations to hold Venus in check. So began the era of the moon. The first three epochs of the cosmos, the mineral, vegetable and animal eras - Saturn-day, Sun-day and Moon-day - are remembered in the names of the first three days of the week."

7. Anthropose

Hermes observes the 7 builders or architects at work on the universe, but he senses something else rising up from the darkness and beholds a devine called Anthropose. This being shows his presents by standing alone, in the centre of all the works being carried out on the universe. He is by Manly.P.Hall's words; 'This is the mysterious, primordial, universal, archetypal man, who stands with his head in the heavens, one foot upon the earth and the other in the oceans.' In Hermeticism, he is the 'only begotten son of the Father'. He is the Son of the 'Mind' and the son of 'Reason'. Anthropose IS the most perfect vision (the image and the Reason of God), that came from the 'Mind' of the creator and he holds within him, all the elements of the universe. This archetypal being is sometimes confused with the biblical narratives of 'Adam'. This has confused the significance of his existence to a Christian belief system, although he may well represent a part of a divine thread of knowledge, his existence is far from that of 'Adam' in this particular stage of Hermes vision. 

The home of Anthropose is the universe and he spends his time wandering through the planets and stars to learn and gain experience in his Godlike form. This echos the story of 'The Little Prince' by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry', who like Anthropose, also wandered the universe to learn about himself.

Archetypal man of Hermes 'Anthropose'

Anthropose was the all empowering light-being that gained an untouchable type of wisdom. He then wanted for nothing because everything was given to him through his virtues and graciousness. Anthropose had the potential of the highest and greatest of all the divine powers within the universe combined, due to him being fashioned in perfect form, from his father's 'Mind of Reason'. There was one other likeness of his father, which was the first reason for his existence through his father. This was the habit of daydreaming, which meant Anthropose could do as his father did for him. He could create 'matter' from his 'mind' and fall inlove and become possessed by them. Hence the term; 'Mind over matter', to mean the letting go or the freedom from being trapped in a reoccuring pattern, where physical form has been given the power, to overtake the 'Mind'.

Just like his father, Anthropose, realises his own potential to create great things from his imagination and as he looks down into the dark abyss where matter turns into form, he glimpses his own reflection and soon becomes totally enamored by it. He then plunges forth in a state of curiosity and is taken down into the abyss.This represents the birth of new 'matter' from 'Reason' and the magnetic pull of curiosity, that makes 'Reason' marvel at itself to the point of chasing its own tail to desperately learn more about itself. This should not be seen as an evil trait as the visions of Hermes, are the lessons that highlight the nature of 'matter' and physical form, which is the reflection of God or 'The Mind of Reason', creating out of itself, mystery and curiosity. This is the direct reflection of the 'Mind' and its perception of form, that has been allowed to take over the 'Mind'.

A Very Good Video on 'A few Truths', behind the Ouroboros Symbol

This symbol is always being misrepresented as a symbol of evil , although its true meaning takes on many forms in different cultures and should be fully researched. Thank you, Thyalwaysseek for this amazing insight about the Ouroboros symbol.

Above; Narcissus, (not realising it was his own reflection), fell in love with his own image. On the left is (The Great Symbol of Solomon), which depicts the 'Mind of Reason', reflecting on himself and falling in love with his own thoughts.The very thought that created Anthropose, who also reflected and fell in love with his own image. 'As above, so below'.

8. Anthropose and the 'Mother' figure of the abyss.

Anthropose descends into the darkness of the abyss, but has done by his own free will. There Hermes witnesses Anthropose, being approached by a form from the darkness. This form is of a female entity whose face is obscured by a dark veil. She quickly engulfs Anthropose in the mist with more darkness but also with robes that swaddle him, which then moves him further down but also begins to transform him from the image of a divine being that is immortal, into a newborn baby who's body is now mortal and who will reside on earth. The 'Mother' is best thought of as a type of form who protects Anthropose, who is the 'Mind'. His transformation is his spiritual union with the world of form and therefore his existence becomes a material one, ('Man the thinker is born').

As Manly.P.Hall quotes; “Man’s threefold lower nature—consisting of his physical organism, his emotional nature, and his mental faculties—reflects the light of his threefold Divinity and bears witness of It in the physical world. Man’s three bodies are symbolized by an upright triangle; his threefold spiritual nature by an inverted triangle. These two triangles, when united in the form of a six-pointed star, were called by the Jews “the Star of David,” “the Signet of Solomon,” and are more commonly known today as “the Star of Zion.” These triangles symbolize the spiritual and material universes linked together in the constitution of the human creature, who partakes of both Nature and Divinity. Man’s animal nature partakes of the earth; his divine nature of the heavens; his human nature of the mediator.” From Manly P. Hall's book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Reader's Edition: Unabridged

This union is the channel with which, 'The Mind of Reason', or the Illuminated Great Dragon, can project itself further. This is because the original thought was from 'The Mind of Reason' and therefore the sacred spirit of the eternal light that IS the Great Dragon, will continue to stream through and into the hearts of men, that which is its creation and likeness (the seed of truth). 

It is in this form that 'Adam' appears in various scriptures.