Craig Williams LAC had written, "Within the esoteric atmosphere of the Cell, the desert gnostic has awakened the sacred primordial voice of the Soul, the Sacramental Vision. This elemental awakening manifests as a unique type of occult condensation activated by the heat of the inner praxis of the inhabitant.
The Sacramental Vision is in many ways a type of inner environment which radiates out of the corporeal into the exterior environment of the world, an esoteric reflection of the radiations of the inner sun of the Soul from deep within the caverns of the primordial mind. These solar resonances act as a type of occult echolocation uncovering the hidden essence of the Numinous in every aspect of the mundane landscape.
Once awakened, the devotee can walk within the desert of the mundane and discover the hidden sparks covered by layers of mirage and egoic confusion. The Devotee leaves the esoteric atmosphere of the Cell transformed and awakened, physically and mentally, and enters the desert of the world in a radically unassuming manner, the body and mind impregnated with a sacramental altar for the Soul, an inner sanctuary holding and protecting the awakened Sacramental Vision."
In this special Gnostic Warrior Podcast, Craig Williams and I discuss his new book, Entering the Desert. A book that was created for the modern initiate to help them enter into the immortal the gates of Gnosis.
In this podcast, Craig tells us what inspired him to go on a year long journey into the writer's cave to bring the Gnostic light to those great souls that need it in our modern era. He explains the “dark night of the soul”, “underworld of the unconsciousness”, and “Nightside realms” and how the reflect on how schools of psychology and the occult value these journeys into the Terra Incognito of the mind and Soul.
Craig says that it is important for the Building an Inner Sanctuary or Inner Temple which is crucial for the initiate to develop along his or her path. Especially in this hyper-connected world of technology and fast paced lifestyles. He also tells us why a guide or teacher on the journey into the dark pathways of the Soul. We also discuss what the meaning of the Cell is and how is it an important idea of Gnostic Isolation and its role in self-development.
Craig has undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and English Literature, and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he has a holistic medical practice specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Ayurveda.
Here is the preface from Entering the Desert by Richard Rudgely:
“A number of qualifications are required of an author to achieve a true syncretic work of practical gnosis in our time. These are made manifest in Entering the Desert – a deep familiarity with the sacred literature of the various traditions drawn upon, a long-term practical knowledge of the same, and a hard, critical, and disciplined approach.
The prevailing zeitgeist, the psychic fragmentation of late liberalism with its over-emphasis on the individual, consumerism and other gratuitous needs is hardly the most conducive environment for spiritual pursuits. An antidote to this obsession with the surface of the individual is a journey to the Inner Self – toward the desert and away from both the marketplace and the commonplace.”
"I will give what I believe are some of the broad outlines of the system and the spiritual world and spiritual truths towards which I believe these celestial metaphors were intended to lead us – but once the basic outlines are grasped, I believe that the depths to which we can dive within the incredible sacred stories of humanity are literally without end, and that they will continue to reward deeper and deeper exploration and consideration, without ever exhausting their riches, for an entire lifetime (perhaps for many, many lifetimes)."
Those celestial words were from the infinite wisdom of expert stargazer, and author, David Mathisen who I have the please of interviewing in this episode of the Gnostic Warrior Radio Show and Podcast. David is the author of several books such as The Mathisen Corollary (2011), The Undying Stars (2014) and Star Myths of the World and how to interpret them, Volume One (2015),
Two (2016) and Three (2016).
In this podcast, David tells us how celestial realm is used a metaphor for the Invisible Realm, the Infinite Realm and there is an infinite connection to our higher self. He explains how the as above stars and planets are a type of visual teaching aid and alchemical connection to so below humans.
A type of spiritual Gnosis in which these associated myths point to an ancient system of spiritual knowledge that has been passed down to us through the Ages.
In the middle 5th century, it was a dangerous time to be alive in places such as Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Gaul (France). Tribal warfare had run rampant in these parts of the world for hundreds of years. Crimes such as robbery, rape, kidnapping and slavery were everyday life for the people who lived here. It was a time where few men knew God, and the sword of evil dripped with the blood of the innocents all over the land.
It was in this dark time when a light was born in Ireland. A boy who was once captured by Irish pirates when he was 16 from his home in Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. He would later grow up to become a Christian missionary and bishop of Ireland. His name was Saint Patrick and he is known as the "Apostle of Ireland," and one of the patron Saints of the Irish. (more…)
This image of Lucifer is from Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia, late 15th century.
Lucifer represents the angel of light with individual intellect who 'rebels' against the outside 'dark authority'. This is why he is called the 'fallen angel.' The dark and outside authority can be attributed to our flesh and fleshly desires coupled with the outside material world that attempts to take us away from the true light within each one of us.
Manley Palmer Hall 33° had written in The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry: "When The Mason learns that the Key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the Mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply this energy." (page 48)
In deciphering this image (Diego de Valadés Rhetorica Christiana 1579) below, you will clearly see the man to the right who is chained and led by Demons with their leader Yaldoboath to riches and the earthly throne of fire. Yaldoboath is the ruler of this world who is the Chief Archon who is the son of the creator God of Genesis and the demiurge of Platonism. The meaning of the name demiurge is maker which makes him the "creator of the material world."
Plato had said, "that when the great leader Jupiter drives his chariot swiftly in the heavens, he marches first, as disposing and taking care of all things, a vast host of gods and demons then follow, distributed into twelve parties, but that Vesta alone remains in the mansion of the gods."
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