The Inner Journey
The descent of spirit into matter and its subsequent return to source, is found at the core of all religious and esoteric teachings. The latter is commonly described as the ‘Spiritual Path,’ and is depicted symbolically by the wisdom teachings as a mountainous ascent which leads to the summit of human consciousness. This entails the spiritual aspirant effecting the heiros gamos or ‘sacred marriage’ within the crucible of the human psyche as a microcosmic representation of the act of creation that sustains our very universe. This results in the unification and transcendence of the opposites of manifestation, and liberation from the Wheel of Rebirth. This being the objective of the long evolutionary journey of our divine essence – the monad.
This presentation outlines the process of spiritual transformation and the associated challenges which confront one as one embarks upon what Socrates referred to as the ‘Jewelled Way’. In utilising the content of the classical teachings, allied to a consideration of related mythological symbolism, the necessary practices and disciplines of the spiritual path shall be outlined together with the effects exerted by these upon the dynamics of the human psyche.
The undertaking of the ‘Inner Journey’ culminates in the confrontation between the higher Self, and one’s lower nature, so beautifully illustrated in H.P.B.’s concept of the Dweller on the Threshold, which blocks or guards the portal of initiation, and which must be overcome if the disciple is to proceed towards exalted states of consciousness and liberation from the Wheel of Rebirth.
Gary’s suggested study list:
Blavatsky. H.P. The Key to Theosophy. London: Theosophical Publishing House Ltd, 1987
—The Secret Doctrine. Adyar, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1979
—The Voice of the Silence. Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Publishing House, 1992
Campbell, J. Goddesses: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine. Novato, California: New World Library, 2013
—The Hero with a Thousand Faces. London: Fontana Press, 1993
Jung, C. Man and his Symbols. London: Arkana, 1990
—Psychology and Alchemy. London: Routledge, 2010
Sheldrake, R. The Presence of the Past. London: Fontana, 1989
Zimmer, H. Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilisation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992
—Philosophies of India. New York: Princeton University Press, 1951