An attempt to answer a question that I have contemplated for years

“What does it mean that a given community of Jews accepted him as the Messiah (which is the Hebrew word for “the Redeemer” or “the Anointed One,” for which the Greek word is Χριστός or “Christ”) while the rest refused him?” Introduction When we reflect on the concept of history, we find that it is…

Sonnet (9): The Gold of the Alpha & the Omega

The clutching leaves, once green with greed, now fall In solemn showers, Nature’s second gold, Verdure perfected, venerable and old; A onetime fire, held in seasoned thrall Whose ancestor was gold celestial: Daughter of warmth amidst the bitter cold Of light in darkness, neither young nor old Ever budding out of death: renewal A gold…

Consciousness and its Transformations (1): Introduction, Preliminaries, Ordinary Consciousness and the First Enhancement

Introduction Attention is a condition for consciousness and experience, which in turn ground all other endeavours of human life. Below follows a three-part inquiry into what may follow if one succeeds in intensifying one’s attention beyond its usual condition. The results of such an intensification consist in three states of consciousness that transcend the ordinary…

A Vision of Sophia, Michaël, and the Dragon

Behold! Before the Æons were engendered Long before the worlds were first conceived, The still white Light (Aur) alone Had infused all primordial space, And there was no vacancy in that unbounded place, But all was filled with infinite and æviternal Light, And many ages past unnumbered, blissful, resplendent. Then there arose within that archetypal…

Sonnet (8): Harvest Moon

ABOVE the hills, a rising amber face Keeps quiet watch on the descending gloam. A perfect silence falls about the place; The weary workers bend their footsteps home Homewards on their paths, well-wrought, of trodden loam, That wend along through fertile fields of grain; The stalks a-bowed beneath the burthen sweet Of fruit, full-ripe by…