The next below is some personal references/aka: bibliographic meditations. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were initiates in the mysteries. The link just above is a Map for Individuals, and Associations of individuals (companies, schools, communities and so forth), that want to find a Way to a Social Wisdom that unites Science, Art, and Religion.
While this writer is the initiating Founder of the Pharaoh Foundation, my main function is as a kind of Librarian. Uniting ancient and modern religions, something especially needed in this Age of Confusion and Chaos.
The Secrets of the Will, via Franz Bardon’s -three volume – remarkable works on the ancient Hermetic Science of the Egyptians (aka: Magic) For example: “Initiation into Hermetics” – ten sets of exercises, each Step working on Magic Mental Training; Magic Psychic Training; and, Magic Physical Training. Training the will.
The Secrets of the Life of Feeling, in the works of Valentin Tomberg, such as “Meditations on the Tarot – A Journey into Christian Hermeticism”, and the “Art of the Good – On the Regeneration of Fallen Justices”, aka: a Path of Mystical Arts and Adventures … Releasing/empowering the own heart’s mind.
The Secrets of the Life of Thought, in the works of Rudolf Steiner, such as “The Philosophy of Freedom”, and “Goethe’s Theory of Knowledge”: aka: a Science of Knowing. How to act consciously in the realm of Living Thought. The secrets of the will in thinking: the attention and the intention. What to observe, and what to love.
All the above, is bathed in the Light of both the modern Sun, and the ancient Moon wisdoms, aka: Remembering the Holy Earth Mother (She who has the whole world in His Hands), for example:
There is/are more salt, for this culinary confection, … the men above are essentially European initiates. The following Americans include a woman, whose down to Earth thought is as wonderful as a sunrise in the own heart’s mind. The Americas are lands of ancient Earth Moon Wisdoms, shamans all, going into the dark waters of the Self, through the Mother’s Medicines for remembering we are not just a physical body.
The three of us met online, in a discussion group called the Ark, that had existed mostly from 1997 to 2003.
Her inner magician/mystic generated Catherine MacCoun’s “On Becoming an Alchemist – guide for the modern magician” Modestly, she remarks, her goal was to create a fusion of Christian and Tibetan Alchemy.
Tales out of school: She was born and raised a Catholic. She started having spiritual experiences at age 17, just after her mother had died by suicide. She had a deep love interest, who was chronically ill, and died relatively young. That reminded me of the life of the poet: Novalis,
She was a serious student of the Tibetan Lama Choygam Trungpa, for over 15 years. At one point in her life, a Tibetan Buddhist monk showed up at her door, asking if he could do yard work, which she had clearly at that time been neglecting.
The Ark’s previous name was: “Anthroposophia”, which meant that Rudolf Steiner, and friends, were a frequent subject. Also Valentin Tomberg.
In the year 2000, Christ asked* her to go to Morocco (she spoke French), to experience Ramadan. She met and was invited to spend those days, in the Women’s part of the house, of a large family. When 9/11 2001 happened we knew why one of us had to find the Islamic cultural reality, instead of the hysterical material in the News.
*[I’ve been “asked”, and it basically came down to seeing a potential future … in my case, joining the Catholic Church, which I did about three years later after the “dream”, which also included a “vison”]
She was brilliant and well informed on many topics. This was a puzzle to me, until I remembered that she made her living helping people write the books they wanted to write. One could learn a lot from such clients.
shaman and scholar, Stephen Clarke:
Stephen wrote a book called “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”. He was visited by apparitions of various kinds, and obviously felt a lot of fear, given the lack of control. When he choose to love these Beings everything changed, and he found himself in the Realms of the Underworld, the Lost Cities, or the lands of Faerie and the Fae – full of powers and principalities, all gently ruled by the Holy Earth Mother.
Read the Emerald Tablet, and take a look at Tomberg’s Arcanum XI, Force, which symbol shows a woman gently caressing the fierce jaws of a beast, as it surrenders to its nature.
Stephen was a car mechanic by trade … high end European cars. He called his place of business: “Mozart’s Garage. He lived in Santa Fe. It was the cleanest garage I had ever seen. The large office was filled with book selves, easily a thousand.
Living in the South West of America, he carefully cultivated relationships with the local healers (shamans), whose practices worked, and who had a marvelous set of conceptions about human existence. While there one day he spoke to me of spending as much as $800 dollars a month for the phone.
He tolerated the Anthroposophical Society, until it held a conference of spiritual teachers from all over the world, while not inviting a singe teacher from the Americas.
He had regular gatherings with the Mother & Friends, which he described as conversation over tea. From his work, I have come to call my Mother experiences to being in communion-with a luminous darkness. No visual presence, just enveloping warmth and sharing via the spoken word.
A few of his works, available for free …
Last, but not least, a Wizard-Fool … me, Joel A. Wendt, “White-privileged, Christian, son of Montana, American citizen, shaman, and professional heretic” By the way, a Wizard is different than a magician. They are fool-tools, who when they act it is not them that makes the effects, but the Mystery Themselves. “Familiar Spirts and the Education of a Shaman” ” https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/17/3008/ “
I am a “walk-in”. I did not enter a physical/astral/ethereal body, until it had been lived in by another for 31 years. Since, the “change”, the Gods and Goddesses have messed with me a lot. Mostly normal stuff, the school of hard knocks and shared pain. Met the Mother. Met Christ. Met the Burning Bush. Had an ongoing experience of the Wind, whose inadequate representation in words might be: the Fullness of “Presence”, and the Presence of “Fullness”.
For example, various spiritual entities have let me come to believe/know? prior incarnations. Starts with Socrates, then goes on to St. Matthew, and lately George Washington and Clara Barton. I have confessed all this in various biographical writings, so it seemed better to confess it right from the start. Are they true?
Once upon a email exchange, with several recipients, I was accused of being a liar. My Lady responded: I have never before known such an honest man. He tells the truth even if the results are against his own interest.
Around the time of the change, a co-worker stood before my desk, saying: “there once was a man named Wendt, whose mind became boggled and bent. One fine sunny day, Wendt went away, and no one knew where Wendt went.”
About three years into the “change”, my twice married and divorced, intimate friend of many years (we had three children together) … said: You know, you’ve become a completely different person. You don’t talk the same, or walk the same, or sit the same. Nor do you think the same.
I do have certain skill sets, for which I will accept no causal responsibility, whatsoever. Or to put it another way, I have gifts, that often function like curses, and it is fairly certain that I have not made the best use of them.
“The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything” In this book, written after initiation experiences, with both the Mother (Epiphany 2008); and the Son, over the winter of 2009/2010 … I Reformatted the Religious Question into a Theory, after which I placed it into the stream of Natural Science, claiming for it a superior explanatory Idea of Reality, that marries a science of matter, to a science of spirit, giving a far better explanation of where we came from, how we got here, and where are we going next.
I did not argue against scientific materialism (all is matter, there is no spirit), I just added ideas of a science of spirit to that of matter. Evolution – of the physical body, and evolution of consciousness are both real It is just that we are not an accident – that followed a miracle, and there exists Goethean Science that proves it, while giving us a better understanding of the spirit and soul nature of the human being. as well as finding a new inner expanse, waiting and full of life-invisible. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html
Around 2004, I started a fast to lose weight. About ten days into this experience, I began to have visions every morning on the bridge between sleeping and waking. The fast lasted 45 days, and I took copious notes. Over the next year I wrote my first self-published book: “The Way of the Fool”, which was an effort to build a bridge between exoteric (Faith) Christianity, and esoteric (Gnosis) Christianity. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/twotf.html
“Saving the Catholic (universal and Christian) Religion, from the failing institutional Church”. After I posted this to my website (see CV), I walked down the driveway to mail a Netflix DVD. All of a sudden a river of squirrels, erupted from both wooded sides of the driveway, and jumped and chattered back and forth … I felt the Goddess Natura was happy with my offering. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/SavingCatholicReligion.html
Just one of many artistic visions, that come from the returning of a lost past, Faerie and the Fae (aka: She who has the whole world in Her Hands).
Nature has an interior sentient consciousness, just as do we. One of Her virtues is that of Wholeness. Steiner said the we are Nature looking at Herself. Or as Emerson has it: “Nature is a thought incarnate and turns to thought again as ice becomes water and then gas. The world is mind precipitated, and the volatile essence is forever escaping into the state of free thought.”
Other visions of the Return of Faerie: Annihilation; Arrival; and Stranger Things. Moon wisdoms have caves, and hidden watercourses, for communion-with, and worship of, such powers as live in Rogue Weather, or Climate Change, or the Four Horseman (Plague, Famine, Conquest, and, Death), or Thunder and Lightening, and in flood and earthquake. Moon and Earth are Living Beings, not things.
It Is Not Necessary to Believe any of the above mental wanderings.
All the same, I have hopes and dreams. I need help inaugurating a magically active annual Ritual, on each Earth Day. This would involve as many as possible filing lawsuits on this day, where the named Plaintiff is the Planet. In the human legal/political world, we are Her Voice. If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, than certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law.
In Her own voice, we experience Rogue Weather, … She rides the Four Horseman: Plague, Famine, Conquest, and Death. When we are helped by Divine Providence, that’s Her. Gravity … Her. Light, Life, Fate, and Breath … the Father’s Ideas Manifested: Him.
We are trusted by Them, within the reach of our own will, via the guidance of the own heart’s mind. It would not hurt us to Trust (have Faith in) Them, as regards the Big Picture.
Tears are optional, and we are never alone, whatever our state of Being.
Matthew 11:28-30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.