Baphomet...resurrected Sphinx of Thebes.
Knowledge rises in opposition to idolatry.
Between his horns he carries the torch of life, and the living soul of this torch is God.
In my magickal journey I have come across ancient and new images and apparent beings of the mind I had never studied or seen consciously.
I seemed to resonate deeply with the Eastern Masters and a rebellious Zen, which led to an existential state of mind.
This was an intriguing experience given it seemed miraculous, but the visions led me to wonder what is vision and its source.
Why have them and this led to exploring imagination.
Through my magickal work my imagination pegged off the scale, psychedelics was an interesting ally in this journey early on and it led to art and a deeper intuitive sense to life.
The ancient myths and images are creatures of the mind, as is the shadow and daimon.
What is God?
For myself, it must be a force beyond my understanding, nameless and formless, that has given rise to my form.
For me this is 'X' and 'X' marks the spot.
Is 'X' the same source of the Vision and the Voice?
Does it matter?
Not really, it happens.
What could need our worship?
We should be grateful and fully here now, this is the only form of worship I understand. To give 'X' a form is to fall into idolatry. The ancients were so smart here in how they spoke about this. Any form is an abstraction of the Real.
I learned later Baphomet, who met me in my mind first, was not God or the Devil, but a sign of initiation in the mind. I saw Baphomet in my mind before I knew the history and that alone is amazing to me.
Baphomet a form of the Tetragramaton.
He is the guardian of the key to the Temple.
What are all these stories I found? Very interesting.
The Holy of Holies?
All of these formless energies have their idol versions, but we can look into form after we look into ourselves.
Baphomet is the Dark God of Rabbi Simeon?
We can only know the Dark side of an invisible face then maybe. That aligns with my experience and it is a deeply deeply felt.
So the hind-face of God becomes the Devil and the images of God, are and could only be of the hind-face of the Divine.
We are invited to give up our fear of God, for when one fears God, they only fear the hind-face of such and thus.
So many attempts to not be distracted by the hind-face of the Astral Light throughout our history.
So, were they successful in keeping open a portal to the Real?
I continue to explore the Temple. I know the smell of the shadow, the greater the light, the greater the shadow, and I came through a darkness.
What I mention next, I am not an authority on, I took a pagan path to the Temple and turned my back on the Church, but others insist that Christianity is the scourge and savior of the World.
If Jesus was not God, he was Great Evil. I found signs of life in the early church, but not in its corrupted form I grew up with. I am being harsh with them, because it is such a great trap for the foolish, but the wise also huddle under that umbrella. I learned my lesson. Of course there must be pockets of Christians near their source, as there are Pagans and Final Participators also close to 'X'.
I am so sick of the word God, I must say 'X'.
For me then now, we are the flame of 'X', the heat and action, which for me would be foolish to deny, so there isn't anything to lose, but to realize that this state of mind is the salvation of the world and nothing less.
There is an obscene outer covering to Christ perhaps, which we often confuse with the only part of revelation, the experience of being here breathing is living in full faith.
I accept now, seeing it everywhere I look, a Universal Catholicism. It is the religion of Blake and Swedenborg and OSHO and Steiner and Yeates and Barfield and Buddha and Jesus and Zoroaster and Rumi.
There is a Great Uncertain principle at work, or appears so to our limited eyes.
The most reasonable are the most patient.
All Gods are phantoms of the Mind and all idols are nothing.
Idea and form, intelligence and action are what make up our experience.
I would hold suspect any belief and toss out the idols collected, as I can only do that for my self, I have and I'm still here breathing. If I remove myself from my breath, I'm done for. Science and reason can't be dismissed, they are helpful allies.
You can make an idol of the Light or Dark and worship it, but living under it seems the wiser thing to do.
I have said nothing you don't already know.
If we were not aware we could not realize that knowing is Divine. I don't believe this awareness is a mistake or evolutionary defect, but I can't prove that using science.
Is it better to be aware? Did the Light Bearer bring the flame of knowledge? Is it a curse? These are myths of the mind from our deep unconscious, seemingly which we are all connected to.
Do you know how terrified the average Christian is of this Light, makes you realize maybe, why they have tried to let reason go, to go back to our pre-enlightened state?
I feel the first sign of a Human Being is that they worship no idols. The idols helped us to deal with the Light and Darkness always with us across history maybe, but now we appear to be lost and disconnected from reality in this post-modern time and we invent new symbols to save us.
All of this is connected if you are following this thread.
Maybe we can free ourselves of the Tyranny of Symbolism and learn to use its great power by facing it head on by looking behind the symbols, not find new novel symbols to fear or praise so we can continue to abstract the Real.
Awareness of all of this is only helpful to those who are initiated into these Mysteries.
The purely logical or scientific will reject these experiences most likely and that seems very very unwise based on my personal experience.
I'm not trying to convince anyone or critique anyone else's views. These are simply my personal experiences and questions and thoughts and feelings I offer into the Noosphere.