1, 3, 7, 12

The One is what we commonly call “God”.

It is One without a Second,

the Absolute,

All and Everything.

We can get a taste of it in breakthrough experiences of ego death

on high doses of DMT.

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The Three is what we commonly call “the Trinity”.

It is the basic structure of existence,

that which makes the world of form and multiplicity possible.

In Trika Shaivism, it is consciousness and form (Shiva and Shakti)

held in absolute consciousness (Parashiva).

In Christian terms, Parashiva is the Father, Shiva is the Son and Shakti is the Holy Spirit.

In Gnostic Christianity, the Holy Spirit is also Sophia (Wisdom), the feminine principle,

which is also the manifest Creation, like Shakti.

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The Seven is what I call “the Ray of Creation”.

It describes seven levels of existence in the evolution of the universe:

Emptiness, Energy, Matter, Life, Mind, Planetary and Universal Consciousness:

Amun, Ra, Atum, Ka, Ba, Gaia, Jah.

“Amun” is the Plenum Void out of which the universe emerges,

what Lao Tzu called “the mother of the universe”.

“Ra-Atum-Ka” is the Holy Spirit/Shakti (energy, matter, life),

called “the Lord, the giver of life” in the Nicene Creed.

“Ba-Gaia” is the Son/Shiva (higher consciousness).

“Jah” is the Father/Parashiva (a fully evolved and unified conscious universe).

Parashiva, as the transcendent principle, is therefore both “Amun” and “Jah”,

both Mother and Father, embracing the entire family of Creation

as Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end;

and Shiva and Shakti are Son and Daughter, the Christ and Sophia/Holy Spirit,

completing the quaternity of the Cosmic Family.

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The Twelve represents the cycle of time through the zodiac and thus the months of the year.

It represents the outer movement of the inner workings of the Seven-in-Three-in-One.

It will repeat endlessly until the last syllable of recorded time.

It is the history of the eternal return of the same intersected at every point by a ray of eternity.

Wake Up!

In the midst of life, we are in death;

in the midst of the world, we are in God;

in the midst of earth, we are in heaven.

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The Many is the life of this world on earth;

the One is the death of God in heaven.

That which mediates between the One and the Many is the Trinity.

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Without the Trinity, the One cannot become Many and the Many cannot become One.

The Trinity is that which gives breath to the universe,

that which allows it to exhale from the One to the Many and to inhale the Many back to the One.

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Without the Trinity, we are either lost in death (the One) or lost in life (the Many).

All things fall apart in a world without the One,

because the centre cannot hold.

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In a dissipated, ever expanding universe we forget where the centre is.

Ten thousand things clamour for our attention,

but every thing has meaning only relative to some other thing.

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Our postmodern condition is a condition of utter alienation from the One;

lost in the forests of the night of the Many,

we are lifeless because deathless.

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History is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake;

the Mushroom our alarm clock,

the Trinity our dawn.

Bourgeois Babylon

Liquid modernity is a bourgeois brave new world of limitless material, cultural and spiritual consumerism justified and sustained by an illusory transhumanist progressivism.

Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

The Law of Three

All is One.

There is One God.

God is All.

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But what about us?

And what about the ten thousand things?

How can we reconcile the One with the Many?

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If there is only Self there is no Other;

if there is only One without a Second

there is no Universe.

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If we insist that All is One,

we may conclude that appearances can be deceptive

and that the Many is actually just an illusion.

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This is the claim of Advaita Vedanta:

the world of appearance is Maya,

the dream of Brahma.

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If we hold to the One,

either the phenomenal world is an illusion

or consciousness is an illusion.

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If Monism holds,

either immaterialism is true

or eliminativism is true.

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Alternatively, we can give up on Unity

and say that there is Duality.

This is traditional Theism:

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If the Universe is real,

there must be a Creator and a Creation,

God and not-God.

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In traditional Theism

to say that you are God

is the highest sacrilege.

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You are not God.

You are a Creature

created by God.

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Traditional Theism is dualistic:

God is One,

but God and not-God is Two.

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However, Two logically entails Three.

If there is God and not-God,

we have God, not-God and “God plus not-God”.

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In the Chinese Yin/Yang symbol

we have the black half, the white half

and the circle uniting them.

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In Vedanta,

we have sat, chitta

and ananda.

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In the Hegelian dialectic

we have thesis, antithesis

and synthesis.

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In Gurdjieff’s system

we have active, passive

and neutral.

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In the Indian guna system

we have tamas, rajas

and sattwa.

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In Trika Shaivism

we have Parashiva, Shiva

and Shakti.

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In Christianity

we have Father, Son

and Holy Spirit.

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The simplest geometrical three dimensional shape,

the basic building block of reality,

is the tetrahedron.

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In fact, the very possibility of a dynamic, relational universe

of multiplicity and diversity

depends on the Law of Three.

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One is static.

Two is unstable.

Three is infinitely creative.

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Hence the Trinity:

God is One

and God is Three-in-One.

The Master Mushroom

Shamanic consciousness is soul consciousness.

Master shamans don’t do psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy;

they do soul retrieval and character building.

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Mind and body are contained within soul,

therefore physical and psychological healing are natural side-effects;

but the focus is spiritual.

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The sacramental use of plant medicines is a spiritual practice, not a therapy.

It is about creating great souls,

not psychologically well-adjusted egos.

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Great souls are beyond self-concern,

personal needs,

personal problems.

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They are not fragile; they are antifragile.

And this is not “spiritual bypassing” –

it’s spiritual training.

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The Master leads by emptying people’s minds

and strengthening their cores.

Lao Tzu

Cosmic Christianity

Today is Palm Sunday.

Traditionally, on Palm Sunday you are given a “palm”, a slender reed which you can fold into the shape of the a cross.

The symbolism, in reference to Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and his impending crucifixion is obvious.

But is there a deeper, more esoteric meaning?

With the long reed placed before us, we can imagine that it represents time.

The left end of the reed is the beginning and the right end is the end of linear time.

The beginning is described in the first book of the Bible:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

The end is is described in the last book:

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away”. (Revelation 21:1)

What is before the beginning and after the end of time?

God.

What is eternally present in the invisible cleft of the here and now?

God.

What is beyond the far and near horizons of your world?

God.

So what happens when you fold the reed into a cross?

What happens when you fold this universe of spacetime in upon itself?

“When the tongues of fire are in-folded

Into the crowned knot of fire

And the fire and the rose are one”

“In my beginning is my end”

“at the still point of the turning world.” (T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets)

The Biblical story is about the life of Jesus and the history of the Jews and the whole of Creation from beginning to end.

Fold it in on itself and beginning and end meet at the intersection of eternity and time, the vertical and horizontal, at the centre of the cross of Christ, who says,

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13)

So what happens when time folds in on itself like this,

esoterically symbolised in the folding of the palm reed cross on Palm Sunday?

Eternal life.

Nondual Christianity

Conventional Christianity is dualistic:

there is God and there is Creation;

there is Heaven and there is Earth.

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Esoteric Christianity is nondual:

there is One God;

and that’s it.

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Nothing exists outside God.

But how can this be?

Because of the Trinity.

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God is Three-in-One:

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

or Parashiva, Shiva, Shakti.

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Metaphysically speaking,

this is panentheism:

God is immanent, transcendent and phenomenal.

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The phenomenal (Shakti)

is the world of your experience,

which is the only world you can know.

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The immanent (Shiva)

is the conscious subjectivity

which makes experience possible.

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The transcendent (Parashiva)

is the absolute consciousness

which grounds and sustains the conscious world of Shiva-Shakti.

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Parashiva is the Father;

Shiva is the Son;

Shakti is the Holy Spirit.

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In nondual Christianity,

the Holy Spirit is not just a subtle spiritual influencer

or an inward rush of pranic energy, but the entire cosmos.

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Shiva is mind; Shakti is cosmos.

Shiva-Shakti is mind and cosmos;

Parashiva is sustaining absolute consciousness.

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All is One;

All is Three-in-One;

God is All.

Why Kenosis is Not Enough

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.

Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

(Luke 11: 24-26)

The Way of the Holy Mushroom depends on kenosis, gnosis and pistis. Without kenosis (self-emptying) we lose our simple connection with the ground of Being and get lost in thought and experience. We lose our ability to Be Here Now in the childlike innocence of “zen mind, beginner’s mind”.

Without gnosis (revelation) we lose our direct connection to the transcendent source of Light and Love and the holiness, virtue and wisdom that flow from it. We get lost in emptiness and “zen sickness” or intellectual abstractions: religious ideals, ethical systems and received wisdom.

Spiritually oriented psychonauts understand that a psychedelic experience (gnosis) should be combined with a meditation practice (kenosis) in order to minimize the possibility of a “bad trip” and to maximize the possibility of a transformative “ego death”. However, if the ego, the “house of the spirits”, is left empty, it is fair game for squatting by wicked spirits and “the last state of the man is worse than the first.”

So who is the rightful owner and inhabitant of the house? Who has the keys to move in when the ego “dies”? The simple Christian answer is Jesus: we are crucified with Christ so that we can be resurrected with him. But this requires pistis (faith), which requires religious understanding, which requires familiarity with Christianity and the Bible.

This would be my answer, because I am a Christian. However, Christianity is not the only path to God and pistis can take different forms. In the Way of the Holy Mushroom, the unregenerate ego, caught in the “Wheel of Babylon”, is constituted of six archetypes: Diva, Demon, Victim, Addict, Muppet, Muggle. The dissolution of these archetypes through ego death allows their opposites, Mystic, Shaman, Warrior, Monk, Philosopher, King to manifest on the “Cross of Zion”.

These are universal archetypes. They are nor exclusively Christian. But they do point to the positive regeneration of the personality which is at the heart of Christianity. They provide positive content for the ego that capitalizes on its negative deconstruction and dissolution. They are character building.

Paradoxically, the first archetype, the Mystic, is characterized by radical emptiness, thus personifying the state of kenosis. The Mystic is the bridge between the dissolution of ego death and the reconstruction of the ego in the direction of sanctification. It puts flesh on the emptiness, so to speak. And it gives space for the other archetypes to emerge.

But kenosis is not enough. Unless the sacramental use of psychedelics is rooted in zen and religion, kenosis and pistis, it will not produce good fruit, and the tree will be cut down and thrown into the fire and “there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:42)