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esoteric studies

We rarely hear our inner music.
But we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.

— Rumi

esoteric studies

studying the spiritual

In past times those related by blood loved each other and all love, as far as it was not sex-love, sprang from this blood relationship. Men must free themselves more and more from this group-soul love and offer love as a free gift from the 'I'. At the end of the earth evolution, a time will come for mankind when the ego, then become independent, will receive into its inner being, in full surrender, the impulse to do the right and good. Because the ego possesses this impulse, it will do the right and the good. When love becomes spiritualized to such a degree that no one will wish to follow any other impulse. Then will be fulfilled what Christ-Jesus wished to bring into the world. For one of the mysteries of Christianity is that it teaches the seeker to behold the Christ, to fill himself with the power of His image, to seek to become like Him, and to follow after Him. Then will his liberated ego need no other law; it will then, as a being free in its inner depths, do the good and the true. Thus Christ is the bringer of the impulse of freedom from the law, that good may be done, not because of the compulsion of any law, but as an indwelling Impulse of Love within the soul. This Impulse will still need the remainder of the Earth period for its full development. The beginning has been made through Christ-Jesus, and the Christ figure will always be the power which will educate humanity to it.

As long as men were not yet ready to receive an independent ego, as long as they existed as members of a group, they had to be socially regulated by an outwardly revealed law. And even today men have not, in all things, risen above the group-egos. In how many things in the present are men not individual human beings, but part of group identities! The truly free man (in esoteric terms a certain stage of discipleship, called 'the homeless one') is still only an ideal.

The man who voluntarily places himself within the cosmic activities is an individual; he is not ruled by law. In the Christ Principle lies the victory over law. “For the law was given by Moses, but Grace through Christ.” According to the Christian meaning of the word, the soul's capacity for doing right out of the inner self was called Grace. Grace and an inner recognition of truth came into being through the Christ. You see how profoundly this thought fits into the whole of human evolution.

— Rudolf Steiner | Gospel of John | 1908

the thirteen flowers | study

TREE OF LIFE

being
action | reaction

joy
devotion | power

love
strength | mercy

peace
understanding | wisdom

conscious

Tree of Life | the thirteen flowers


love versus fear | study


love | fear
positive | negative
relaxed | tensed
active | passive
conscious | unconscious
expanded | contracted
joy | pain
dancing feeling | stress fixations

Love versus Fear


Hermetic principles | study


Mentalism | all is mind
Correspondance | as above, so below
Vibration | nothing rests, everything moves
Polarity | everything is dual, everything has poles
Gender | masculine & feminine is in everything
Rhythm | all things rise & fall, rhythm compensates
Cause & Effect | nothing escapes the law of karma

Hermetic principles


Human Being | series

the brain duality | study


right brain | left brain
parallel processor |serial processor
alpha brainwaves | beta brainwaves

cyclical time | lineair time

feeling | thinking
now moment | past/future
imagination | mathematics
music & art | science
experience | remembering
creative | analytical
connected | divided
holistic | fragmented

flow | resistance
connected | disconnected

Human Being | the brain duality

soul consciousness | study


awareness soul | emotional awareness
the five senses, digestive organs, sacral & root chakras

intelectual soul | logical thinking
brain, spine, stomach chakra

sensing soul | feeling sensations
nervous system, heart chakra

conscious soul | spiritual consciousness
heart, eyes, throat chakra, third eye chakra

Human Being | soul consciousness

states of consciousness | study


unconscious | conscious
night | day

sleep | awareness
dream | thinking & feeling
sleepwalk | act

Human Being | states of consciousness


Breath of Life | series

cyclical time | study


new moon | birth | morning
spring | grow body awareness

first quarter | 21 years | summer solstice | noon
summer | develop soul hapiness

full moon | midlife | evening
fall | integrate spirit empathy

last quarter | old age | winter solstice | midnight
winter | surrender conscious silence

Breath of Life | cyclical time

breath of love | meditation


be silent

breath in
hope | blossom

connect

breath out
share | surrender

be silent

Breath of Love | meditation


The Sevenfold Peace | Tree of Life

Tree of Life | series

THE SEVENFOLD PEACE
from the Essene book of Jesus

And seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up into a mountain and his disciples came unto him, and all those who hungered for his words. And seeing them gathered, he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

"yea, I tell thee truly,
the paths are seven
through the Infinite Garden,
and each must be traversed
by the body, the heart and the mind
as one,
lest thou stumble and fall."

 

TREE OF LIFE
the 13 Sephirot

creation

the apple | the snake
body
dependence | dominance
heart
judgement | mercy
mind
acceptance | awareness

consciousness

Tree of Life | the tree in the flower
Tree of Life | bodies & chakras
Tree of Life | the three flowers
Tree of Life | the seven year cycles

— esoteric studies (2013-2018)
— photo & video art by Frank Zweers