EsoBites: The ‘Skinny’ On the Master Within

April 23, 2017

Greetings Fratres and Sorors,

I have listened to students discuss the ‘Master Within’ for almost five decades. The explanations are most varied, often based upon unverified, specious theological dogma. It is extremely rare to find a Rosicrucian who has expended much time and conscious effort so to devise internally consistent views which are practical for moving along the mystical path.

So let us begin with discussing a few standard viewpoints:

First, students possessing a natural inclination toward Oriental Theology (all of Asia and India), commonly equate the Master Within to the Unitary Soul-Mind (the Grand ‘I’), who Creates and animates all life forms. Portions of the Living Soul of Atman are hidden within all material life forms and they must mature so to escape the physical, or the illusion of the physical, Maya, and return so to recognize they are Atman. Those of you who have read Plato and the Neoplatonists will notice much similarity between the two theologies.

A reasonable image of the connection between a creature is found in looking at an old cart wheel. The center, or hub, of the wheel is Atman. The spokes leading from the hub and stopping at distinct points upon the rim of the wheel are individual creatures. The rim itself is Maya or physical creation. The place where the spoke touches the hub is the personal sacred image of Atman which is experienced by individuals until full liberation occurs, or moksa.

As moksa takes many thousands of lifetimes to achieve, reincarnation is a universal phenomenon, generally in the form of transmigration from one creature to another depending upon how one lived ones past life. The dogma of Universal Corrective Retribution, or Karma, was created so to explain our grossly deficient and violent human natures. Karma was a method for Brahman to reeducate individuals by mandating payment for selfish and evil actions. This need to refine oneself, so to remove impurities, is catholic in scope.

It is a morally useful theology, but I am quite sure that morality is a human issue and not a Cosmic one. So I accept general cause and effect, as an observable, but is never linear over time.

This Unitary Soul-Mind, or Atman, coexists with the apersonal energies and forces sustaining and forming the Totality of Existence, Brahman. The Master Within accords with the personal Sacred Image of an adherent. Appears as Many, but is just One.

Second, students coming from an Occidental background have been educated to believe that everyone is provided an immortal soul by God which cohabitats the mortal body. The normal theology is to believe that each soul incarnates one time and must use its free choice to choose the wholesome over the unwholesome. After mortal life, one goes to heaven or hell.

In some ways, the traditional Christian view approximates the Atman view, other than the fact the Christian Godhead has three functions. In Christ’s teachings, the Holy Spirit is that portion of the Godhead which is on earth to comfort and sustain individuals.

Subsequently, the western view, even including reincarnation, would say the Master Within is the Holy Spirit, or the Paraclete. The Master Within is One and appears as One.

Third, many Rosicrucians subscribe to a view that the Master Within is perceived, as an individual unique to the student, but much more evolved and knowledgeable. When one asks, about the Master Within most cannot give a very thorough analysis. They may feel it’s presence, believing it to be from his or her own mind, rather than as one of Jung’s archetypes (without knowing of such consciously) entering into his or her mindspace and crossing the threshold into conscious awareness. It is not uncommon to relate the Master Within to angels or higher disembodied beings.

While, the phenomenal, or astral, mindspace is replete with many creatures, as is our physical, any guidance received is not the Master Within. It is simply information provided by the psychic body of another human being, djinn, or other resident.

Four, maintaining due respect for the hypotheses of others, I support the following concept as being (pun intended) the closest to actuality. Everyone who has attended a Chapter or Lodge Convocation has heard the Chaplain recite the Rosicrucian Ontology as the Colombe rises to light the candles on the Shekinah, that the Order considers Being, as the fundamental energy comprising all of Creation and even more.

For the Chaplain teaches, “To Being there has never been a beginning . . . Light is an attribute of Being . . . is always luminous in the radiation of its energy, caused by its ceaseless effort to be . . . The evolving complexity of Being gave rise to density . . .”

So one should ask, “If Being is responsible for matter, life, and mind, how does it differentiate so to be so rich as to form?”

The most appropriate answer would be to stipulate that the material, the phenomenal, and the transrational worlds (body, life, and mind) differentiate parts within by manifesting as unique families of aphysical and aphysical quanta of separated vibrations which form the various material, astral, and transrational bodies.

In other words, any person who has succeeded in attaining sufficient rebirths by conscious evolution [of his or her soul-seed] will begin formulation of an entity, I call True Self. Rather than anthropomorphizing the evolving True I, it is easier to imagine that you are growing and strengthening a pattern within the geometric mesh forming the foundation of Creation.

The True I, your individual frequency spectrum, or pattern, moves from mortal life to mortal life. It moves with the phenomenal body and so will be associated with such kesdjan body for some time after physical death. A kesdjan body joined to one iota of True I will reincarnate. Most people are too lazy to even try.

The True I retains information from your prior lives and is closely connected with Higher Intelligence. It is conscious of itself and the mortal ego awareness. However, the mortal ego awareness, or operational self, is not directly aware of the True I, presuming it possesses such entity. The operational self, when conscious, is solely aware of some of its body, its autobiographical, semantic, and procedural memories, habits and beliefs learned in life and so forth. It knows only the life experiences of its current body, generally.

When we speak of our operational self, we usually call it ‘I’ rather than me. However, the operational self is really the first identifier learned by a baby–me-me-me and mine-mine-mine. We only use the words ‘I’ and ‘me’ to differentiate between who began an action and who received the effects of such action.

This is one reason why the Rosicrucians discourage the use of ‘I’ in normal conversation until you understand the big difference. The ‘me’ is mortal, the True I is moving toward its endpoint of Immortality.

The goal of mystical studies is to have the ‘me-self’ discover and allow the True I to become the Master of the mortal and immortal selves. The True I is the Master Within and evolve with every life.

Take this out for a Sunday drive and you will find eventually that you agree with me.

So Sayeth Michael



a very long time ago,
after seven hundred million years
of violent electrical storms,
pummeling meteorite showers,
volcanoes belching minerals and moisture,
the earth cooled and was covered with murky seas.

Perceiving a wondrous opportunity,
the Awareness Absolute summoned into Its Abode,
Grandfather Wisdom and Grandmother Love.

Our Holy Awareness said,
Grandfather and Grandmother,
a beautiful new home for you, I have seen,
a green-blue planet to be,
requiring your special skills so to
attain what I think it can attain.

I will make you Stewards of this Earth.
And so … it became so.

Grandfather Wisdom
crafted a grand plan for the Earth.
First, we add seeds of life,
single-celled animals
moving within the murkiness, then,
spiny creatures crawling upon the floor of the seas,
creeping animals and plants for the dry lands,
and so on and so on.

Finally, Grandmother Love
asked Grandfather Wisdom,
dear, has the time for humans come?
Grandfather said, Yes.

So together,
gathering up moist living soil,
fashioning it carefully,
wasting not a drop,
forming two statutes of earth,
like Grandfather and like Grandmother.

Then Grandfather and Grandmother
gave to them life and all of life’s possibilities.

Grandfather said,
let us join them together as he-she,
so to honor Awareness Absolute.

Grandfather said to man-half,
I shall give you my wisdom.
Grandmother said to woman-half,
I shall give you my love.

And Grandfather and Grandmother
taught he-she many useful things,
hunting, farming, cooking and such.
All seemed well,
and Grandfather and Grandmother
made many more,
sending them out into the world
to prosper and evolve.

But soon,
man-woman forgot about
Grandfather and Grandmother
and all of their teachings.
Men-women did many bad things and
became lost in the wilderness.

This made Grandfather and Grandmother very sad.

What shall we do, Grandfather?
It hurts me so,
seeing one child harming another.
I am afraid my tears will flow so copiously
that our children shall all drown in my sorrow.

Grandfather thought for a very long time–
he said, Grandmother,
we must send to them another gift of remembrance.
We shall reform them into two
and teach them of marriage.

Grandmother thought this a very good idea
and smiled.

So Grandfather and Grandmother
came to visit their children,
reminding them of how they came to be.
Soon, man-woman remembered
Grandfather and Grandmother.

Grandfather said, children,
far, far away, but also very close,
lives Awareness Absolute.
Awareness Absolute is the Eternal Source
for all things,
even old Grandfather and Grandmother.

Grandfather and Grandmother told stories
of all the wonders and goals
Awareness Absolute has for this planet.
And how someday,
if all is as it should be,
mankind may come and live in its lofty Abode.
For it is the Nature of Awareness Absolute to Give
as it is yours to Receive.

And then one, he-she asked,
Grandfather and Grandmother,
when we live with Awareness Absolute
are we to be like He-She is?

Grandmother smiled,
what a bright child you are!
But to live with Awareness Absolute
you must be as It is,
before you come to be there.
Grandfather, asked this he-she,
how do I do this?
Is it difficult?

Grandfather said,
I was wrong to fashion you in the image of the All,
for souls must be earned and not pre-given.
Your sins are of my making and not of your own.
I shall divide each into parts two,
one male and one female,
and scatter you to the winds.
And place within your heart
a remembrance of having been
once in the image of Awareness Absolute.

Grandmother smiled once more, saying,
Grandfather and I have made something
very, very special so to help you.
It is called Sacred Marriage.

From now until such time as
all are living with Awareness Absolute,
this is how grown little boys and girls
shall join together in a family.

So to be as one, once again,
you must find and join together
in body, mind and soul
and learn to love and care for the other
more than you love and care for yourself.
Just like I love and care for Grandfather and
he loves and cares for me.

Grandfather said,
and we shall make two other statues
called little boy and little girl.
And from out of the issue of union
of man and woman
shall come little boy and little girl.
And you both must learn to love
little boy and little girl,
provide a warm and safe home,
give them healthy food and water,
clothe them from the cold,
be mother and father till they leave home,
and teach them Love and Wisdom,
as we teach these things to you.

And if either betrays the other
or the children,
a great illness shall be given onto you
so to remind you of this unworthy sin.

But, if you strive to be together as one,
in body, mind and spirit,
you will live with Awareness Absolute
having learned how to give and how to receive in kind.

And this is how Marriage came into the world.

Esoteric Questions to Ponder and Answer-13

Hello Tyros +,

This question is for any member who acknowledges his or her “God of my Heart and Realization.”  Afterall, at the most basic level of communication the mystical experience is PERSONAL and not COMMUNAL.  Being so, today’s ponderous delight is:

QUESTION:  During a mystical experience, does the mystae experience the PsychoSpiritual contact directly with the Unfathomable, Unknowable, Eternal, Infinite Source, i.e., GOD, or is the experience actually between GOD, as an emanated archetype, or Sacred Image, placed into our universe as a fundamental which manifests based upon our person apperceptions?

Remember, dear ones, my questions are never designed as simple either-or questions.

Have fun, Michael

ps:  And some of you have thought the occultism challenging.

Carl Jung and Synchronicity

Fr Raul, sorry for my late response, but very busy.  I want to reply specifically to your discovery about how helpful answers are often provided to us in ways we never expect.

Carl Jung, the grand psychiatrist, taught the world many things about our psychological world experience and its connection to a higher reality.  I call this mental space, the PsychoSpiritual World.

Jung spent some 50 years evaluating the dreams of people in therapy and so came to know the psychospiritual world better than any prior student of the personal and collective psyches inhabiting our experiential sphere.

One of his discoveries concerned the occurrence of two events, not simultaneous, which on the surface appeared unrelated, but from a therapeutic perspective they shared a meaning. He called this phenomenon Synchronicity.

So the teaching, I provided in my book, House of Eternity: I. Rumination Upon Divinity, after your attempts to consciously connect with me in the Celestial Sanctum, a place I never fully leave anymore, for some metaphysical aid.  On the surface you felt that you could not find me or connect with my conscious mind, but in truth your heart found my heart and so I answered your question in a seemingly unrelated post. All of these occurring via the phenomenal, astral, or collective psyche.  R+C call this Cosmic Mind which is a close enough approximation.

This is a perfect example of synchronicity via the wisdom of the collective psyche.  Most people perceive the phenomenal worlds as a dream and usually without conscious awareness, but the higher awareness is often not appreciated by the normal awareness.

This is why I told dear Sr. Jessica that entities, or forces, residing in the phenomenal world are always trying to help us better deal with life so to make a soul.  Our problem is that we do not realize this truth and so close ourselves to such help.

I learned some 50 years ago something the R+C teach early in the Monographs.  That we need to open ourselves to the truth that our awareness possesses two levels of functioning:

(1) The lowest is everyday, mundane awareness (yes-no, like-dislike, pleasant-unpleasant, me-world and so on).  I call this ordinary awareness, or sensitivity.  The higher mammals possess sensitivity to the world.

(2)  The higher is found most easily during meaningful dreams when one finds “the observing function.”  The observing function is directly connected to the the higher awareness of the Cosmic Existence and is able to understand much better than the sensitivity.  This is rightly called Consciousness.

The problem is that most people never have discovered this as they matured.

When the lower and higher are working together we are able to serve the higher purposes of existence and are open to greater knowledge and understanding.  Some times it is even best to allow the higher to work without the lower even knowing so there is no interference.

I have never accepted the concept of the Master Within as a perfected being.  What is really experienced is our higher awareness which must be developed fully to become a full human.  Eventually, the lower serves the higher and the higher serves Creation, by choice.



EsoBites: Some Sacred Geometrical Questions

Greetings, dear Friends, hope everyone is tolerating the vicissitudes of the mundane.

Today, we are going to have some fun with geometry!  Don’t worry, it requires nothing more than your mind–and it does not require much more than high school geometry and algebra.

The mystical and occult literature has many interesting paradoxes involving God and Sacred Geometry.  Let me share some and a few I made up for you today:

1-dimensional version:  God is a Point which is everywhere and nowhere.

2-dimensional version: God is a Circle whose center is everywhere and its circumference nowhere. 

3-dimensional version:  God is a Sphere whose center is everywhere and its circumferential surface area is nowhere.


1.  What comprises the 4-dimensional analog?

2.  Tell me how the above three dimensional (spatial only) examples can be an accurate statement as to God?



A Joyous Easter To One And All


Many different types of eggs have been mentioned in esoteric literature–the Cosmic Egg, the Goose Who Laid Golden Eggs, and so.  The Easter Bunny fable is really about the beginnings of every creature.  So I offer this poem, not to the male powers, but to the wondrous female powers.  The Divine is a Tetrad and not a Trinity.


You, sweet love of my life,
shall dress yourself up, this year,
as a purple, furry, Miss Easter Bunny.

Boiled eggs, you shall dye in hues bright,
and upon each egg you shall paint
gay figures from ancient fairy tales.

The children with sparkling eyes,
shall search far and wide,
under bushes and stones
for Miss Bunny’s magical eggs.

And when the sun closes his eyes for the night,
and the children are tucked warmly into their beds,
my Easter Bunny will come to me naked,
and give to me the very best Easter Egg of All,
a Special Egg for making our first baby.

Conversation with a Rose-Croix (72)

Voyage to Athens and Eleusis (41.6)

April 13, 2017

True to his word, Alliona and Sophie were allowed to dress in looser gowns typical of upperclass matrons of Athens. He advised them that sheer gowns, such as worn by Iris for the procession, are forbidden during the day, “Darlings, I am sure you remember the effect the two of you had upon Timaeus and Critias when they first met you in your ceremonial armor? They were transfixed and forgot about Iris.

“The effect is much greater today, as both of you have immortalized erythrocytes circulating in your blood stream. Subsequently, during our teaching days, the two of you must do nothing to enhance your beauty. I have created a wonderful perfume for you two to use during the day. It is designed to make you appear no prettier than when they saw you in your armor and focus the attention of the males on the lessons and exercises.

“Additionally, I have hidden your pregnancies from the population. So the only persons who will actually perceive you, as pregnant, will be the elementals, Iris, and myself. Iris will not betray our ruse for she is now in love with me and worships the two of you. She will conceive on the next full moon, on December 30, and be joined by blood to the three of us.”

While Gabriel was speaking, Alliona carefully observed Sophie for any untoward negative responses to his instructions and information. Sophie seemed perfectly happy with the proposals, even when Gabriel explicitly mentioned Iris.

In fact, upon mention of the upcoming full-moon, she innocently asked, “Honey, I am glad that Alliona and I will be with you on the night you satisfy all of her desires. I like Iris and our ‘fairy tale’ needs three Sisters and not just two,” turning to Alliona, “am I not right, Sister?”

Alliona responded, “Sounds very nice to me. I remember reading of a Djinn fairy tale about a wonderful magician who married three Sisters during the Great Djinn War. The Magician and the Sisters lived happily together during the pregnancy. None minded that they shared the attention of their Magician, for he was always available to each Sister, as if he had only married one. Moreover, the Sisters found that the more they loved the Magician, the more he loved each of them, and the more they adored each other.

“Toward the final weeks, the Magician was called away so to deal with a civil disturbance. While absent from his castle, three evil Djinn Brothers came and kidnaped the Sisters, each Djinn taking one Sister to his fortress. Though, each Brother lusted mightily after the Sister in his keep, every attempt at rape failed for each Sister was protected by several small dragons with extremely sharp teeth, but no flames.

“Each sister delivered a beautiful daughter during the full-moon on the fifth day of captivity. The deliveries were accomplished by birthing elementals assigned to each. Even though, the Brothers refused to feed each Sister food or drink so to induce them into carnality, the Magician’s kitchen elementals thwarted their plans.

“The Magician had returned two days following the abduction, but was unable to locate their whereabouts for about a week. He was worried, even though he realized that each Wife was protected by three young dragons he had assigned to each. The Sisters had been imprisoned for some nine days before the Magician could locate and rescue each.

“The Magician was not merciful during the raid and ogre and Djinn carcasses rested everywhere. As for the three Brothers, the Magician reformed their stance by giving them severe and progressing ankylosing spondylitis so that they were bent forward at the hips, permanently 70-degrees from the vertical, completely emasculated them, cut out their tongues, and banished them naked to a very dark place for the remainder of their miserable existence.

“At last, the Sisters and Magician were reunited and home. After hugging and kissing each other, the Magician brought each baby to its rightful Mother. When the daughters were produced, the Sisters immediately saw that each daughter appeared identical to her siblings. Perfect triplets. They looked with astonishment at the Magician.”

The Magician laughed, “Darlings, I love and respect each of you equally. I treat each of you equally. The love shared by each of us is pure and honest. So of course, the babies are triplets, identical in all appearances. Would you expect anything less from your Magician Husband?”

Sophie replied, “Alliona, did you just make up the fairy tale? It rather sounds like a possible future for Iris, you, and myself,” turning to Gabriel, “we aren’t going to be kidnaped by evil Djinn, are we?”

Gabriel smiling said, “No, darling. Alliona’s story is from an old Djinn fairy tale book. It is called, the Miracle of the Three Sisters. It is just a teaching tale for Djinn children.”

Two chariots arrived in the courtyard outside the Erechtheion close to noon. The first chariot carried a driver and two magistrates, Timaeus and Critias; the second carried Iris, her High Priest, Triptolemus, and a driver.

Iris and Triptolemus allowed the two magistrates to greet Gabriel first. As the duo was convinced that their three guests were divine, in unison, the magistrates greeted Gabriel, “Hail noble Eugenis, health and prosperity for you and your divine wives.”

“And greetings, I return to both of you, your families, your slaves, and concubines; though, I cannot say I approve of either slaves or concubines. But, I am not here for social reform. I have another agenda,” responded Gabriel.

Needless, the comment did catch the magistrates off guard. Gabriel whispered to Alliona, “We might as well give them some subtle social direction while we are here.”

As the magistrates interacted with Gabriel, the High Priest whispered to Iris, “High Priestess, our Guests are not mortals, I can feel it in my heart. What god and goddess they be, I know not. But, they are Divine.”

Iris replied, “Hierophant, I shall share a sacred secret with you, as I have known you since I first came to Our Temple. You have always honored my secrets and those of your vestal virgins so I can trust you. For the god permits me to tell you that they nay are mortal, they are Immortals. The god is Apollo. The goddesses are Demeter and Kore. But, you must act as if they are no more than messengers from their land. Promise?”

The Hierophant nodded his head affirmatively.

After a short conversation, Gabriel invited the magistrates to sit.

Immediately, Iris and Triptolemus descended the chariot and came to greet the Guests. Iris and the High Priest bowed at the waist for a moment in front of Gabriel, who remained seated at his coffee table. Iris said, “Divine Eugenis, may I present our High Priest, Triptolemus.”

Triptolemus said, “I am most honored to be in the presence of Divine Eugenis and his Divine Wives. I pledge my heart, my mind, and my body in service to your desires. May all the blessings of Demeter and Kore rain down upon you,” his face flushed for a short moment, as the words left his lips before he could stop them, but it did not matter for it was a common greeting in Eleusis.

Gabriel smiling replied, “Greetings dear Triptolemus and my precious Iris. Please come join my precious wives and the magistrates at our table.”

Sophie stood up from her chair. Though, no one knew Sophie was speaking, Iris heard Sophie’s sweet and honey voice within her head, “Come, Iris, you may sit next to my Husband and I will sit next to you. Mother and I know you are in love with our Husband, your virgin pelvis aches for his touch, come, let him feel how wet you are.”

Iris moved to sit next to Gabriel amazed that Demeter and Kore were not jealous as would by typical of Hera or Aphrodite. As she stood in front of her vacant seat, it seemed that Time had stopped and the Hierophant and magistrates were as statutes. Alliona, Sophie, Gabriel, and she were not frozen.

She again heard Sophie’s voice in her head, “Iris, sit in the chair to Eugenis’ right and pull up the front of your gown and take our Husband’s right hand and place it between your legs where your fountain of wetness pours forth its slippery nectar.”

Iris reached down and took Apollo’s right hand and spread her thighs apart so she could place Gabriel’s right palm against her maidenhead. Her labia and pelvis were not marred by hair and she held Apollo’s hand tightly against her clitoral sheath. Apollo’s hand grew warmer and warmer. Soon she experienced an unknown spasm and deep pleasure coursing through her very being. She would have fallen if Sophie had not stabilized her.

As Iris continued to have spastic discharges, Sophie remarked to Alliona, “Sister, what a good omen. Do you not agree? I think Iris will be a good addition so we can fulfill your Djinn fairly tale.”

Gabriel removed his hand, which had not even moved. “After our High Priestess readjusts her gown, I will restart Time and let us see what transpires.”

Time restarted exactly where it had stopped, and Iris seemed unaffected by her first experience of pleasure. She really did not understand what happened or why, but she understood that she had been accepted by Demeter and Kore and was to become a second daughter. One of the magistrates asked Iris a question and she answered as if nothing had occurred between her and Eugenis. Now that her serpent had been awoken, she desired more.