I Pray All Is Well With Everyone…And Your Hearts And Minds Are Full Of Love, Joy, And Compassion…For All God’s Children…And All God’s Creation. Knowing The Fragility Of Life – And There Are Losses Every Day, Everywhere – Let Us Never Be So Presumptuous As To Assume…That The Next Day Of Life Is Promised To Us! Let Us Do Away With The Hate, Selfishness, Unforgiveness, And Division In Our Hearts And Minds…Be It Personal, Political…Or Whatever; And Instead…Focus On Love Love Love…Loving Ourselves And Others; And Always Extending Love To Our “Mighty I AM Presence”! For Whichever We Choose To Fill Our Hearts With Presently…Be It Love Or Hate; Or However We Choose To Express The Individual Presence of God Within Us; Know This…That The Choices We Make In Life Now…Will Meet Us Again…On Our Last Day! So, Let Us Choose Wisely! Amen…
Give Thanks And Praises For Love And Life…
May God Bless Us All…
And Y’all Be Love…
(The Human Body in Symbolism)
“As light bears witness of life – which is its source – so the mind bears witness of the spirit, and activity in a still lower plane bears witness of intelligence. Thus, the mind bears witness of the heart, while the generative system, in turn, bears witness of the mind. Accordingly, the spiritual nature is most commonly symbolized by a heart; the intellectual power by an opened eye, symbolizing the pineal gland or Cyclopean eye, which is the two-faced Janus of the pagan Mysteries; and the generative system by a flower, a staff, a cup, or a hand.
While all the Mysteries recognized the heart as the center of spiritual consciousness, they often purposely ignored this concept and used the heart in its exoteric sense as the symbol of the emotional nature. In this arrangement the generative center represented the physical body, the heart the emotional body, and the brain the mental body. The brain represented the superior sphere, but after the initiates had passed through the lower degrees, they were instructed that the brain was the proxy of the spiritual flame dwelling in the innermost recesses of the heart. The student of esotericism discovers ere long that the ancients often resorted to various blinds to conceal the true interpretations of their Mysteries. The substitution of the brain for the heart was one of these blinds.
The three degrees of the ancient Mysteries were, with few exceptions, given in chambers which represented the three great centers of the human and Universal bodies. If possible, the temple itself was constructed in the form of the human body.
The candidate entered between the feet and received the highest degree in the point corresponding to the brain. Thus, the first degree was the material mystery, and its symbol was the generative system; it raised the candidate through the various degrees of concrete thought. The second degree was given in the chamber corresponding to the heart but represented the middle power which was the mental link. Here the candidate was initiated into the mysteries of abstract thought and lifted as high as the mind was capable of penetrating. He then passed into the third chamber, which, analogous to the brain, occupied the highest position in the temple but, analogous to the heart, was of the greatest dignity.
In the brain chamber the heart mystery was given. Here the initiate for the first time truly comprehended the meaning of those immortal words: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” As there are seven hearts in the brain so there are seven brains in the heart, but this is a matter of super physics of which little can be said at the present time.
Proclus writes on this subject in the first book of On the Theology of Plato:
“Indeed, Socrates in the (First) Alcibiades rightly observes, that the soul entering into herself will behold all other things, and deity itself. For verging to her own union, and to the centre of all life, laying aside multitude, and the variety of the all-manifold powers which she contains, she ascends to the highest watch-tower offerings.
And as in the most holy of the mysteries, they say, that the mystics at first meet with the multi-form, and many-shaped genera, which are hurled forth before the gods, but on entering the temple, unmoved, and guarded by the mystic rites, they genuinely receive in their bosom [heart] divine illumination, and divested of their garments, as they would say, participate of a divine nature; the same mode, as it appears to me, takes place in the speculation of wholes.
For the soul when looking at things posterior to herself, beholds the shadows and images of beings, but when she converts herself to herself, she evolves her own essence, and the reasons which she contains. And at first indeed, she only, as it were, beholds herself; but, when she penetrates more profoundly into the knowledge of herself, she finds in herself both intellect, and the orders of beings.
When however, she proceeds into her interior recesses, and into the adytum as it were of the soul, she perceives with her eye closed [without the aid of the lower mind], the genus of the gods, and the unities of beings. For all things are in us psychically, and through this we are naturally capable of knowing all things, by exciting the powers and the images of wholes which we contain.”
The initiates of old warned their disciples that an image is not a reality but merely the objectification of a subjective idea. The image of the gods was not designed to be objects of worship but were to be regarded merely as emblems or reminders of invisible powers and principles. Similarly, the body of man must not be considered as the individual, but only as the house of the individual, in the same manner that the temple was the House of God.”
The Secret Teachings Of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall, 1928