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On the Need for Activity and Deeds — An Excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace

On the Need for Activity and Deeds — An Excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace

In the Essene Gospel of Peace, an ancient manuscript attributed to the Essene community, Jesus (the spiritual teacher in the manuscript) says the following about the need for activity and deeds in daily life and in the approach to spiritual practice:

January 21, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Connect with the Divine — An Excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace

How to Connect with the Divine — An Excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace

The following passage from the Essene Gospel of Peace, explains the way the communions (prayers and communication with the divine) are to be carried out:

January 17, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Experiencing Life through Light — An Extract from the Gospel of Luke

Experiencing Life through Light — An Extract from the Gospel of Luke

The following passage from the Gospel of Luke explains the difference between experiencing life through the spiritual part of a person (often referred to as consciousness, the essence, or the soul) versus allowing the multitude of dark inner states to prevail:

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Staying in the Present Moment — An Exercise from the Hua Hu Ching

Staying in the Present Moment — An Exercise from the Hua Hu Ching

Here is an excerpt from the Hua Hu Ching, an ancient Taoist text, speaking of what we can gain from staying within the present moment, and developing inner clarity and a connection to the Divine:

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Self-Observation and Inner Change — Two Extracts from the Gospel of Matthew

Self-Observation and Inner Change — Two Extracts from the Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew, an early Christian text, is the first book of the New Testament and is believed to have been written between 80 and 90 AD. Below is an excerpt from Matthew explaining the importance of self-observation and inner change:

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Learning through OBEs — Two Hermetic Excerpts

Learning through OBEs — Two Hermetic Excerpts

Hermes Trismegistus, also known as the Egyptian god Thoth, is said to be the author of the Corpus Hermeticum, a series of instructional fragments of sacred esoteric teachings used and studied through the ages by various initiates and mystery schools. In Poimandres, The Vision of Hermes, the following two separate passages indicate the use of out-of-body experiences (OBEs) for accessing the mysteries, or esoteric teachings, and guidance:

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Alchemy — Excerpts from The Secret of the Golden Flower

Alchemy — Excerpts from The Secret of the Golden Flower

The Taoist text The Secret of the Golden Flower containing the following passages related to the practice of alchemy:

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Self-Knowledge — A Hermetic Practice

Self-Knowledge — A Hermetic Practice

The Corpus Hermeticum, an ancient esoteric text attributed to the sage Hermes Trismegistus, contains many instructions and teachings on raising one’s level of consciousness, or Nous, and reuniting with the divine. In Book 13, in a dialogue between Hermes and his son Tat, Hermes explains the way to understand and connect with the divine through […]

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Spreading the Spiritual Teachings — Two Excerpts from the Gospel of Matthew

Spreading the Spiritual Teachings — Two Excerpts from the Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew, an early Christian text, is the first book of the New Testament and is believed to have been written sometime between 80 and 90 AD. It narrates the life events and teachings of Jesus, a spiritual teacher revered and studied by religious communities such as Christianity, Gnosticism, the Essene community, etc. Helping others spiritually is an important part of an overall spiritual practice, so it is therefore not surprising that in the passages from Matthew below Jesus offers some advice about this topic:

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Alchemy Practice — Excerpts from the Hua Hu Ching

Alchemy Practice — Excerpts from the Hua Hu Ching

The following passages from the Hua Hu Ching (an ancient Taoist text) explain the practice of alchemy, and its significance in spiritual development…

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