Contemplation can be difficult to describe but it is arguably one of the most essential tools available to us for deepening our connection to the spiritual worlds. Because of its importance, I want to see what I can say about it. Getting at it will entail an admixture of the via positiva and the via negativa, so please bear with me.

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A Way without a People

Recently, Andrew Watt put up a post about geomancy resources he shared with a ceremonial magic 101 Tumblr, in part in response to Gordon’s lament of the fragmentation and erasure of magical knowledge. It is a fine post for the audience, but it seems like the audience is part of the problem underlining Gordon’s lament. It is another ‘101’ affair because, well, the history of fragmentation and erasure leads us to ‘go back to basics’ constantly.

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Gnostic Discontent

Discussions about gnosticism often spring too quickly into theology for my tastes. Those theological discussions are valuable and necessary for spiritual work, but when we begin with theology we lose touch with our reason for engaging with theology. Those reasons have their basis in more immediate experiences that give our words a meaningful referent and provide a foundation for spiritual work in and on our life.

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Born into Mystery

So, I’ve started to talk about some right proper kookiness these last few posts: giants, PKD, heavenly invasions to save the dead. Do I really believe this stuff? The short answer is yes, the long answer is no. Or the short answer is no, the long answer yes. Or is it short answer, no, long answer no? Those responses should give you a clear idea of what I am getting at–‘believing’ isn’t quite what matters here, though it does come into play. The gnostic work must take for granted that (1) the human understanding is limited but not incompetent and (2) the world is complex, exceeds our understanding, but is not senseless.

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