As part of the fallout over the whole recent magical secrecy argument, GH Fr LES gave us a very interesting post. The post was carefully worded that any attempt at reply would be either pointless or would need to fulfil certain requirements set out by GH Fr LES. So I did not bother replying.
A certain Sr FS did reply, and not being party to the original discussion was able to say a few things without looking churlish, pointing out the various alchemical ‘secrets’ GH Fr LES keeps hinting at are not secret at all. They are in fact discernible with a little book knowledge and contemplation. She also mentioned the way the post was set up as I describe above. Thanks a bunch, Soror 🙂
However, even though the ‘alchemical secrets’ referred to here are not ‘secret’ they’re still pretty bug-fucking amazing. Deep, powerful, hard to accomplish and not at all first grade magic. Just like much of the already published RR et AC material. Just like much of the material from other western Orders ‘out there’ and just like much of the published Tibetan vajrayana.
To quote that most beautiful Tridentine priest, Sinead O’Connor, “I’ve said this before now. You said I was childish and you’ll say it now” while paraphrasing a much more grating singer,
WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER SECRET
I mean heck, look at what the published curriculum of the RR et AC asks us to do. Seriously, have any of us ‘finished’ with this? Not just repeating the rituals and processes a few or even a few dozen times, but living and integrating the blessings of them all in our daily lives?
Or this from the Theoricus grade in the Outer Order, “Be thou, therefore, prompt and active as the Sylphs, but avoid capriciousness. Be thou energetic and strong as the Salamanders, but avoid irritability. Be flexible and attentive to images, like the Undines, but avoid indolence. Be laborious and patient like the Gnomes, but avoid avarice.”
Or have we even come close to realising and understanding this version of the Neophyte meditation, “God is the circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere”?
Or, by gum moving out of the esoteric altogether and into the lowlife exoteric, to something repeated around the world in countless churches everyday, “love thy neighbour as thyself”.
I mean really, until we have done these things or at least really, honestly tried to do them…do we need another secret?