Where Does The Self Go: Wider Views with Hadi Atallah

From a Gnostic perspective, if we are a divine spark, if we are part of the cosmos that we are a fractal piece of God that contains all of God within it but is this separated piece then how could we not be affected by the same cosmos that we ourselves are a part of. As the universe is moving so are we. As God is moving so are we. So outer expressions such as astrology, astronomy and the movement of the planets are other ways of observing the movement of our bodies. So obviously our place in the universe is determined by the universe itself. If we are connected to everything as the Gnostics believe.

It all comes down to purpose. Given what we are trying to accomplish, there is no way to know until the goal is defined. Pythagoras once stated that we exist as humans to observe the heavens. His interest here lay in providing a model for focus that is dynamic in a practical way. A kind of focus that would instantly create ideas and thought patterns we would not have had otherwise. Our automatic spiritual mechanism is theological and Gnosis is a double-edged sword. It destroys the curious and the impure and gives life to the humble and virtuous. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

As God creates, so man can create. Given a certain intensity of will, the shapes created by the mind become subjective. Hallucinations, they are called, although to their creator they are real as any visible object is to anyone else. Given a more intense and intelligent concentration of this will, and the form becomes concrete, visible, objective; the man has learned the secret of secrets; he is a magician. 

The great thing about the ancient Egyptians is that in addition to establishing original architecture, they helped generate creative thinking that took another form. Their ideas were critical components that defined and clarified what real life is. The Sphinx approach would definitely allocate justice because the following will be identifying its particular pieces.

To Know – Human head

To Dare – Claws of the lion

To Will – Mighty flanks of the bull 

To Keep Silent – Mystical wings of the eagle 

The Sphinx translated almost automatically to: To undertake one must know. To accomplish one must will. To will really one must dare and in order to gather in peace the fruits of one’s audacity, one must keep silent. In other words, the ancient Egyptians moved from a conceptual framework to full-scale implementation and best practices that the Self could attain.

The Self is something that endures. If it is constantly changing from one point to another, then what is the sense of Self anyway. So the fact of being selfless for a long while is senseless. The hypocritical surface will of course expand from time to time but it is okay to contradict yourself from time to time. We are all human.

Many people we know may be embarrassed by the degree of chaos that reigns their lives. More than likely their lives are likely not to consist of Self practices. So let us assume that they start from scratch. Judgement is a surprisingly useful tool in this process. In Stoicism, the most important thing is not being rich and famous, but character. The ability to make good judgements, which in turn could lead to wealth and health. It’s like saying, you want the money now you have the money so how are you going to spend the money. Your money won’t tell you. But your judgement will.

There are probably thousands of types of characters and it is not the beauty of the being. It is the character. Yet the flower is so full of colour. And some flowers are potentially poisonous just so we can create appropriate levels of trust. Trust is a mixture of consistency, good judgement and positive relationships. And the most courageous act is to think of yourself aloud.

So where does the Self go? Once we have filtered out all that reminds us of our past, the only issue we need to deal with is how much space are we willing to give ourselves and how accessible are we with regard to others. The Father and the Mother are the consciousness and the cosmic power of manifestation respectively. We need to have a way to overview the active and the passive Self. The yin and the yang. The masculine and the feminine with some form of effective categorization.

In case we may need this, there are subliminal writings that enrich the consciousness when our Self is rigorously set up and maintained. Because the ancient scripts may be voluminous, one story is critical for capturing what the Self needs. The universe has spent countless years with some of the most sophisticated intelligence, assisting and setting up a simple functional reference and guidance system. There was a kind of primal separation between humanity, the Earth and the divine. Often believers would think about the fall from Grace starting with the Edenic rupture. Adam and Eve are cast out of the garden. And then this long metaphoric journey that leads to the birth and manifestation of Christ and the ascension of Christ, which theologically is the restoration of relationship between the humans, the Earth and the divine. This is borrowed from the marriage of Malkuth and the Tiferet in Etz Chaim meaning the Tree of Life in Hebrew.

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