Esoteric – Hidden Knowledge

The word ‘esoteric’ comes from the Greek word esōterikós which means ‘inner’. It dates back to the 1650′s and is also associated with ‘belonging to an inner circle’. According to Lucian, the division of teachings into exoteric (outer) and esoteric (inner) knowledge, originated with Aristotle. Hidden knowledge is sometimes called ancient knowledge. It is commonly understood though, that all religions, all myths, all beliefs, all popular heroic legends of all peoples and all countries are based on the recognition of the existence sometime and somewhere of a knowledge far superior to the knowledge which we possess or can possess, unless you belong to an organization or group of people, to whom this ‘secret’ knowledge is shared.

Examples of the idea of hidden knowledge can be found in legends and stories, such as that of the legend of the ‘Holy Grail’. The Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ drank (or the platter from which Christ ate) at the Last Supper and in which Joseph of Arimathea collected Christ’s blood, was according to a medieval legend brought to England.

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The Voice Within

Deep within you is a soft small voice, that constantly strives to be heard over the incessant chatter of your mind. This voice is the one who knows the silent yearnings of your heart and soul;  The one, who if you would only listen can help to guide you safely through your life’s journey.

The inner voice, also known as the intuitive or higher self. Is that part of you that is eternally connected to the universal consciousness. The universal consciousness can be likened to a continuous river of intuitive and psychic energy, that you are able to tap into any time you need it. Within it lies all the wisdom and experience that you have accumulated through previous lives. As well as the accumulated spiritual wisdom of enlightened beings and spiritual masters. At its head is the source of all things, the Christ consciousness; The divine, an eternal spring of creation and pure, unconditional love.

There is no need to seek out other people, to ask for their thoughts and opinions on your life situation. For all the answers already lie within you. How can someone else know, what is right for you. They have not lived your life or walked in your shoes. Though we may believe, that other people, seem to have all the answers, rarely do they! They struggle with the same problems as you do, and like you mistakenly think that others know more or better then they do.

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What Is Wisdom

Wisdom is not about book learning, nor is it instantly obtainable. Indeed, wisdom defies exact definition for to define it too tightly would be to curtail the breadth of its potential for self-growth. Wisdom comes with time, experience, and the willingness to maintain an open-mind about the world around us and all its people.

While wisdom accumulates over the years, it requires constant filtering to remove the prejudices and bias that we also accumulate, as well a constant reflection and a willingness to challenge one’s own beliefs and values. Confucius once said that “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”

So how can we become more wise?

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Going Into The Cave

Have you ever wanted to shut out the world and retreat into a warm, dark, safe place. A place where there are no demands on your time, no emotional influences from others, a place of perfect peace.

I believe there comes a point in persons life when they need a sacred space such as this. A place where they can be undisturbed, still and tranquil. A place where they can rest their minds, their soul, and absorb all the lessons all the knowledge they have acquired up to date.

The mystics and the holy men knew the importance of this and they would often take themselves off for weeks at a time to find the solitude that their spirit needed. Whether it was deep into the forests, far out into the desert, or high up into the mountains.

The Soul And Intuition

I believe that our soul is constantly sending us information to help us along our spiritual path. Intuition is one of our inborn tools the soul uses to relay messages to us. Intuitive messages can come as a sudden “knowing,” gut feelings, thoughts, images, emotions, or bodily sensations. Intuition is a powerful source of information, creativity, and inspiration. When we follow our intuition our life flows more easily, things seem to fall into place, and we are generally more satisfied because we know we are following our soul path.

We all have intuitive potential. It is not something that only a few gifted people possess. It is a natural ability that we all have and a skill we can all develop. As children we freely access our intuition. Unfortunately, we often receive negative messages from our parents, teachers, or peers and we then begin to doubt our intuition.