Lectures from Gnostic Teachings
Summary: Free lectures about spirituality, psychology, philosophy, science, art, gnosis, religion, kabbalah, the Bible, Buddhism, Hinduism, Greek myth, Runes, astrology, alchemy, meditation, the Zohar, Tantra, Alchemy, sacred sexuality, and much more.
The word practical means "applied, not merely theoretical." Thus, practical spirituality is something experienced and lived. This new course will describe how to live an essentially practical approach to religion: how to experience what is described in the scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Structurally, we will utilize the simple and effective approach of Yoga as taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, and Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This is not a course of theory, belief, supposition, guesswork, or fantasy. Instead, the student will learn how to awaken their own perception of reality, and transform their experience of living, by setting aside harmful and useless behviors, and adopting behaviors that benefit themselves and others. In the first lecture, we learn about practical point of view of the course, and how to begin utilizing it in our daily lives: through using consciousness, attention, awareness. We also begin learning about how Krishna, the great teacher of Yoga, explained the three brains and how to use them spiritually: Karma Yoga: the path of work Bhakti Yoga: the path of devotion Jnana Yoga: the path of self-analysis and knowledge Raja Yoga: the path of psychic control Finally, we also study the eight steps of Raja Yoga (Ashtanga), as taught by Patanjali. The eight steps are: Yama: self-restraint Niyama: precepts Asana: posture; relaxation Pranayama: harnessing of life force Pratyahara: suspension of senses Dharana: concentration Dhyana: meditation Samadhi: super-conscious state, blissfulness, ecstasy
The word cognizance describes the range of knowledge our consciousness can understand, which is directly related to our spiritual development and relationship with nature and the divine. Learn about the five types of souls in Kabbalah (Yehidah, Chaiah, Ruach, Neshamah, Nephesh), the perception of divinity, and much more.
Note: Re-recorded,with new material (the original lecture was titled simply "Elohim"). Throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures, the Hebrew word Elohim is utilized, but few know what it means, since it was improperly translated to mean "God," even though the word is plural. Learn about the real meaning of the Elohim, the Multiple Perfect Unity, and how it relates to our spiritual development. "Elohim stands in the congregation of El, who judges in the midst of the Elohim. I have said, you are Elohim; and all of you are children of עליון Elion [the Most High]. Nevertheless, as Adam you shall die, and fall like [Tiphereth] one of the princes." - Psalm 82: 1, 6, 7 "Lift up your eyes on high and behold who has created these." - Isaiah 40:26. Lift up your eyes on high. Where? To the place whither all eyes are turned. There [at the magnetic center - the root of the nose] between the opening of eyes. There you will recognize the mysterious Ancient One who created these and is the object of research. And who is he? It is Mi (who) that is called the summit of the heavens above, for all things exist by his will. Because he is the object concealed and invisible after which all seek. Therefore is this mysterious being called Who (Mi), and beyond him search in vain. Delve at the other extremity [of your spinal coumn] where is another being known as What! (Mah). What distinguishes the one from the other? Mi (who), the concealed and hidden One, is he whom all created beings are seeking to know, but after all their efforts and endeavors, by the gaining of knowledge, they only come at last to Mah (the what, the Divine Mother Kundalini)." - Zohar
Continues the themes of the lecture "The Human Being," exploring the profound meaning of the words human and being, especially in relation with the runic, hebrew, aramaic, and sanskrit letters they come from.
This lecture details the method of Gnostic Psychoanalysis: the discovery, understanding, and elimination of character defects. Many speak about working on the ego, but few understand the details of how to use meditation to analyze and transform the mind. Topics include self-observation, inner self-remembering, and exactly how to meditate on an ego or defect.
Learn about the difference between a human being and an intellectual animal. Recorded at the 2014 Gnostic Retreat America.
The Doctrine of Reincarnation, Karma, and Manifestation of the Divine. Learn how the soul migrates through its many experiences, and what laws we need to work with in order to escape suffering. Discusses how the manifestation of the soul (psyche) is depicted in Gnosis, Greece, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Kabbalah, and much more.
Explains the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth precepts of alchemy as explained by the Zohar, and hidden in the writings of Moses. This lecture discusses sexuality, chastity, fornication, Kabbalah, Tarot, kundalini, Daath, the Sabbath day, and much more. This lecture concludes the course.
Genuine spirituality is the pursuit of peace and lasting happiness, but what are peace and happiness? Upon what are they based, and why do they seem so elusive? These fundamental questions must be answered before the real path to liberation can be entered, thus this lecture explores our pursuit of happiness, the nature of suffering, sensations, pleasure, pain, cyclic existence, and much more. "￼Even if you gained the vast wonders of cyclic existence, they would be illusory." - Tsong Khapa, Lam Rim Chen Mo
Real meditation is a scientific method to acquire knowledge. Learn the purpose and steps of meditation practice, and how to guide your own spiritual development. Recorded at the 2014 Gnostic Retreat in Europe.
Before the cataclysms that are expected to come, there will be an exodus of selected souls who will be saved. Learn how to be liberated from bondage. This lecture discusses many stories from the Bible, Hebrew words, Kabbalah, alchemy, and much more. Recorded at the 2014 Gnostic Retreat in Europe.
The theories and practices of the tradition established by Sigmund Freud has some things in common with the ancient spiritual science of psychology (psyche, "soul" + Logos: divinity), yet there are also significant differences between them. This lecture explains some of the important distinctions between modern psychology and esoteric psychology. Learn about self-observation, meditation, sexual transmutation, and much more.
The ninth and tenth precepts explained by the Zohar are compassion and veneration, which are hidden in the book of Genesis: "And your compassion and your veneration shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that creeps on the ground, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered." ￼- Genesis 9:2. These precepts are intimately related with our sexual life, and prayer. "And Elohim said [to the alchemists], behold, I have given you [the Chaiah or soul of the mercury of] every חיה herb bearing [זרע zera semen or brute mercury or] seed, which is upon the face of all the earth and [the Chaiah חיה or soul of the mercury of] every tree, which is in the fruit of a tree yielding zera semen or brute זרע[ mercury or] seed; to you it shall be for food. - Genesis 1:29
Following the lectures about preparing the mind and heart, this discussion examines the relationship of the physical body with spiritual life, and the importance of maintaining a healthy, clean body.
Moses wrote in the book of Genesis / Bereshit: "And the Sea God blessed them, saying, 'Be fertile and Master, and fill the waters, the waters in me. And let angels strive in the earth." (Genesis 1:22), which is explained by the Zohar and Alchemy. Learn about the sixth and seventh precepts of Alchemy, and how they relate to sexuallity, the worship of idols, the Tree of Life, the spinal column, and the soul.