One of the main goals with finding self- Gnosis, and the Order of the Gnostics is to help locate your own individual path in this life. My path, your path, and even that of your wife or lover and children are all different. Each one of us has different souls that are at various stages of evolution and we each have or unique talents, faults and character traits.
You see, humans are like snow flakes. Each one of us are beautifully unique. But we are also a collective of beautiful flakes that makes snow. To the untrained eye, it is just snow, but to the Gnostic and adept, it is millions of divinely unique flakes who all have a purpose.
This concept is what the Swiss Gnostic; Carl Jung had said that the purpose of life was ‘individuation’, which involves pursuing one’s own vision of the truth in his book, Transformations and Symbols of the Libido. In it Jung did not agree with Sigmund Freud’s concept of libido, and he had a broader concept of undifferentiated psychic energy, arguing that undifferentiated psychic energy could ‘crystallize’ into the universal symbols contained in dreams and myth; for example, into the hero’s slaying of the dragon, which represents the struggle of the adolescent ego for deliverance from parental dominance. For Jung, the purpose of life was ‘individuation’, which involves pursuing one’s own vision of the truth and, in so doing, realizing one’s fullest potential as a human being.
WHAT IS THE PATH?
When choosing your path in this life, it is akin to that proverbial fork in the road where you must choose to go left or right. It is a Y in the road. If you do not take a path, you simply do not live. When you go left or right, this is called living and is where your good or bad Karma is formed. This Karma is simply just the manifestations of your thoughts and acts into the real world as energy or creations. How and when you die at the time of these thoughts and acts into the real world will determine where your ethereal spirit will travel to.
There are two paths for the initiate once he or she embarks on the journey of the great work, and please understand that there is a big difference between these two paths. There are many people out there that are confused to the differences between the Left Hand Path (LHP) and Right Hand Paths (RHP). It is important that you understand how the occult world works in order for you to take the proper path in this incarnation. You either will or have already haven taken either the left or right paths because the facts are there is no middle path.
Choosing a path is really this simple. All we need to do is use our own Christos to keep it that way if we wish to use reason, common sense and truth to help us along our paths. As I had mentioned, we are our own saviors and Gnostic sages such as Jesus and Buddha can only point the way. Those souls who try to convince you otherwise are most likely on the Left Hand Path or have no idea what path they are on. It is important you listen to your own inner voice then what other people say and even alleged spiritual gurus.
You must remember this is your path, your free will choice and no one can walk it for you.
The symbology of the LHP and water which is the RHP shown in the Pythagorean Y below. The LHP shows a life of vice, gluttony and laziness leading into a pit of fire and the RHP shows the magic of the Matrix of our manmade society and the artificial magical stairs you must ascend that are guarded each step of the way by leopards, lions and wolves. The sword is your weapon in the form of your mind and mouth that as a Gnostic Warrior, you must use it to reach the end path of Gnosis, light and truth to finish your path.
As Yoda said in the Gnostic space epic Star Wars,”Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Manly P. Hall had written about these divisions in humanity in the Initiates of the Flame, “They embody the doctrines of fire and water, the two opposites of nature. Those who follow the path of faith or the heart, use water, and are known as the Sons of Seth, while those who follow the path of the mind and action are the Children of Cain, who was the son of Samael, the Spirit of Fire. Today we find the latter among the alchemists, the hermetic philosophers, the Rosicrucians, and the Freemasons.
The Left Hand Path is the one of fire and the Sons Of Cain, the sons of Satan. People who choose the Left Hand Path are choosing to live a materialistic type of life where you place your fleshly desires above your spiritual pursuits. Therefore, those who take this path choose the false light or the dark.
If we live like the creep crawly parasites of the earth in the lower regions of darkness by mimicking their behavior as we feed on other people’s energies by being selfish, hateful, apathetic, inaction, telling lies, and contrary to natural spiritual law of being a true human we become a type of animal below that of a human. If you choose this path when you die, your ethereal spirit leaves your flesh and stays down in the lower regions based on that dark energy which is then tormented here on earth where animals roam until you reincarnate again.
The right hand is pointing to the light which is the right hand path to represent illumination and a higher consciousness. When you take this path, you choose the light. You are AS ABOVE, SO BELOW.
These spiritual facts are really simple to understand once you get educated.
It is well for us to understand that we ourselves are the cube altar upon which and in which burns the altar fire. For many centuries the Initiate of fire has been nourishing and guarding the Spiritual Flame within himself, as the ancient priests watched day and night the altar fires of Vesta’s temple.
The ever-burning lamp of the alchemist which having burned thousands of years without fuel in the catacombs of Rome is but a symbol of this same spiritual fire within himself. In the picture we see the ever-burning lamp which was carried by the Initiate in his wandering. It represents the spinal column of man, at the top of which is flickering a little blue and red flame. As the lamp of the ancients was fed and kept burning by the purest of olive oil, so man is transmitting within himself and cleansing in the laver of purification the life essences, which, when turned upward, provide fuel for the ever-burning lamp within himself.
DIFFERENT GNOSTIC PATHS FOR EVERYONE AND DIFFERENT TRUTHS
While there are only two paths an initiate can walk, I have found that now two paths are the same. How we walk, how we view our paths and the truths we find along the way are often different from our Brother and Sisters who took the very same paths. Like traveling with a good friend down a lonely highway, some of us see the shooting stars in the sky our the window and others do not. Some see obvious signs in the road indicating they are on the right path and others simply miss the sign and need to make a detour to find their Gnostic salvation.
The story I share above of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud is about this truth. You see, Jung was a true mature born again Gnostic on his own path who respected his peers and friends, but in the same breath, he did not agree with everyone and even close friends like Freud. Unfortunately, Freud seemed to be bit more controlling and less mature than Jung, and because Jung had not agreed with his theories, Freud broke off their relationship and they never spoke again.
This type of immature behavior by Freud can be found all throughout history, and today in the truth movement by self-proclaimed gurus or teachers. In fact, over the last few thousand years, many people simply killed the people who did not agree with their teachings or offended them. These souls are yet toddlers of a soul on the path of spiritual development and true wisdom. They want to judge people who they think are lower than them or not as intelligent. They want to condemn people with whom they do not agree.
I do not blame these accusers and false judges for their behavior. They simply do not know better. They have yet to develop the spiritual intelligence to understand that each one of us is on our own paths, and at different stages of soul development. That there are many truths and that sometimes our truths are different from one another.
There are two paths for us to take in life. They are clearly indicated with all the signs and markings to let you know “the way.” It is up to us to decide which path we want to walk in this life and the many that will come after. I actually list them in this book and in fact, it is hard-wired into your DNA. It is that very intuitive feeling you get when you know something ain’t right or that you are doing something bad or good. Listen to this voice or felling. This is your higher self and or soul speaking to you. Let your true Lord lead the way to the light and love which can be found in Gnosis. If we are to develop our Gnostic skills in intuition, we must listen to this inner energy or voice.
We also have the right to turn around if we have taken the wrong path because we read the directions wrong and return to the true path of our soul. This is the magic of the Matrix which is our current society that has been set up by our Gnostic masters where not the physically strongest survive, but the mentally and most spiritually fit win the game of knowledge and truth in which the grand prize is the salvation of our soul.
I will leave you with a quote from the ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism, Epicurus explains the Right Hand Path by how our goal is to seek pleasure for our soul through sober reasoning, and not the body which the greatest tumults take possession of the soul.
“When we say … that pleasure is the end and aim, we do not mean the pleasures of the prodigal or the pleasures of sensuality, as we are understood to do, by some, through ignorance, prejudice or wilful misrepresentation. By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. It is not by an unbroken succession of drinking bouts and of revelry, not by sexual lust, nor the enjoyment of fish, and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, and banishing those beliefs through which the greatest tumults take possession of the soul.”
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. He is a father, husband, author, martial arts black belt, and an expert in Gnosticism, the occult, and esotericism.