THE STELLAR MAN Hermetic Philosophy, Book Two By John Baines SECOND EDITION Edited by the Editorial Staff

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THE STELLAR MAN (Originally published as "El Hombre Estelar") By John Baines Tra nslated from Spanish by Margaret L. Nunez. Formerly Edited by Judith Hipskind (F irst Edition published by Llewellyn Publications, formerly ISBN 087542-026-5) Co pyright 1985 by John Baines All rights reserved. No part of this book, either in part or in whole, may be reproduced, transmitted or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or other means of ph otographic reproduction, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher, except for brief quota tions embodied in critical articles and reviews. ISBN 1-882692-04-7 Library of C ongress Control Number: 00-093458 First Edition, 1985 Second Edition, 2002

CONTENTS Notes from the Author .......................................................... .vii I Message from ISIS ....................................................... 1 II The Antichrist ........................................................... ..... 5 III Dissection of Sapiens .............................................. ..... 25 IV The Collective Soul of the Species ............................ 41 V To Be or Not to Be?...................................................... 67 VI The Illusion of True Knowledge ............................... 87 VII The Illus ion of Freedom ............................................ 107 VIII Hermeticism .............................................................. 121 IX The Seeke rs .................................................................. 131 The Ro ad to Olympus X The Seven Keys of Wisdom...................................... 1 47 XI The Disciples............................................................. .. 193 XII True Initiation ..................................................... ........ 207 XIII The Ordeals .................................................. .............. 237 XIV The Obstacles ........................................... ............... 247 XV Initiatic Practices ..................................... ................... 251 XVI The "Volitive I" ................................... ................... 257 XVII The Life and Powers of the Stellar Man ............ .... 279 XVIII General Overview ................................................ ..... 297

NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR Whoever reads this book expecting to find an informative essay on "sugar-coated" commercial esotericism will be greatly disappointed. The Stellar Man is about a science more elevated than any now known, and what it can do for mankind. This wisdom, the true origin of all knowledge, represents the highest treasure that t he human being can ever succeed in possessing in this or any other century, on t he planet Earth or anywhere else in the far reaches of the Universe. It is the a rte magnum, the perfect vision of the essential reality of Nature, which encompa sses developing the capacity to see oneself objectively, and evaluating the true level of development of one's own instrument of knowledge, the mind. All knowle dge, in order to be true, has to be based on man's internal reality, and has to be integrated into a wise, just, omnipresent, immortal, and eternal nature. The ability to see reality is not a congenital capacity. The human being is only abl e to observe the map that he himself created from a subjective, limited, and rat ionalized interpretation. This process creates a personalized pseudo-reality, of which there are as many as there are inhabitants of this planet. I call this im aginative creation "social reality," since in practice, the individual is a mere cultural resonator and an appendage of the collective psyche of humanity. This is vii

viii THE STELLAR MAN why people live "half-way" and are a mixture of good and bad; why they are a lit tle asleep and a little awake; why they are insignificant even with all their de lusions of grandeur. In other words, they do not live profoundly and cannot even grasp the overwhelming significance of this fact. They just graze the surface o f the planet and the epidermis of knowledge. According to tradition, more than t wenty centuries ago, the greatest sage of all lived on our planet; Hermes Trisme gistus, the three times great. His Teaching, being of extraterrestrial origin, w as called Hermeticism. Its objective is the profound knowledge of oneself and of the Universe. According to Hermes, the microcosmos and the macrocosmos are anal ogous, which is why the conscious penetration into one's own Universe will also lead the student to universal wisdom. The characteristic of this knowledge is th at it transcends time and space, and corresponds to the secret anatomy of Nature , which like God, has neither beginning nor end. When Hermes wanted to transmit his teachings to a chosen few, he found himself faced with the problem of the li mitations of language, which is descriptive and informationally based. This inhe rent disability made human language inadequate to meet the desired end, since al l authentic wisdom is "meaningful" and not "informational." It can only be compr ehended at the level of BEING, and not through merely intellectual faculties. Fo r this reason, an unknown language had to be used, different from the language o f people and nations. It is a "language of meaning," that emanates exclusively f rom a potent mind at the level of

due to the great difficulty th at such a magnum opus entailed. Hermes started to transmit his Teaching in great secrecy. owing to thei r own limitations. It was based on speculation and superstition. and from those who. hidden from those who have not su cceeded in mastering the language of the gods. and its dissemination is the foundation of the immense majority of what today is erroneously known as "magic. Masters who formed an Initiatic School. The limited and superficial information that these pretenders thus obtained became the basis for the birth of a false and spurious esotericism. The possession of ethics was an indispensable cond ition to be chosen to receive the highest level of instruction. Many of those who gained admission into this S chool failed in their tests and their twisted intention and absolute lack of eth ics became evident over time. They knew t hat there were many neophytes who were guided by greed and ambition to obtain un limited personal power to satisfy sordid passions. and which far exceeds the habitual condition of man. In time. and pettiness. True and sacred occultism was the knowledge of Hermes.NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR ix higher consciousness." "occultism. were not concerned with developing thei r higher consciousness." and so forth. The " language of the gods" was the only means that could assure the comprehension of that sublime teaching. . rather than a genuine spiritu al or philosophical restlessness. pride. choosing only the most prepared as his students. They formed an occult fraternity that fulfilled its work behind the scenes and in silence. he succeeded in forming a few inheritor s and continuers.

From that moment on. and unhappiness no longer exist. This initiation is a mystical and transcendental event that offers the i ndividual a certain opportunity to cross the threshold that leads to the path to wards spiritual perfection and cosmic wisdom. He will have united himself harmoniously with that unique and powerful force which is a creator and maintainer of life. thereby moving him up one step o n the evolutionary scale in the Universe. what Hermes called "MIND. he becomes a Stellar Man. Making this ascending leap leads the individu al to completely overcome his animal condition. ugliness.x THE STELLAR MAN What is certain is that despite the time and difficulties. The real Hermetic Initiate acquires the capaci ty to transcend such petty realities. If the individual triumphs in such an undertaking. The path of self-perfection is long an d arduous. aggression. that which transcends time and space." This means that only one class of essen- . but which the species would reach only after many thousands o f years of successful development. There can be no other way than to pursue the attainment of authentic power over oneself and one's own existence. and which corresponds to the culmination of the evo lutionary process. This represents the highest goal that Homo sapiens can aspire to. destructiveness. or doubt. loneliness. a few Masters with th e necessary power and wisdom to confer Hermetic initiation have existed in every epoch. The Universe is Mental. and to pursue the possession of a st ate of consciousness in which disharmony. to instead place himself in the unlimited and infinite context of absolute reality." The Hermetic Principle says: "The ALL is MIND. he will never again be defeated by hesitation.

N OTES FROM THE A UTHOR xi tial energy exists in the cosmos. Fate does not exist. and the use of these forces. Knowledge. Nature makes the candidate for immortality undergo various tests. is a KING of his internal world which by analogy can influence the external world. The will and character of the candidate have to be tempered silently in the forge o f . so it is below. everything has a cause and effect . who se forces reciprocally feed from and nourish man. supposing that it is based on the development of parapsychological faculties. This energy. It is th e ascending evolutionary spiral that leads the individual to the only true heave nâ the one gained through one's own merit and through internal disciplineâ it is the lega y of Hermes. which leads to one's own liberation and spiritual perfection. It is the sup reme art. The true magus. is divided. "As it is above." "As it is within. influencing everything in his life. so it is without. The occult anatomy of the cosmos is the mechanics of Nature. nothing happens by chance. there are m any who believe that it is possible to steal the secret and usurp the magic powe r. is what permits the genuine Hermet icist to act with his mind in different vital situations in order to ensure the achievement of his goals." Guided by voraciousness and greed. this higher conscious and intelli gent force. True magic bears no resemblance whatsoever to super stition and witchcraft. thus maintaining the balance of creation and life of all animate and ina nimate species. It is not possible to reach this goal without having first dominate d oneself. Magic is the path of the mutant. and projects itself into infinite vibrations and forms o f life. Nothing is further from reality.

xii THE STELLAR MAN daily experience. It is not possi ble to approach Isis. the mistress of the mysteries of Nature. the candidate w ould end as the butterfly burned by the flame of a candle. the envoy of the gods. without having fi rst achieved a state of inner transparency. The noble figure of Hermes. This was done with the aim of simplifying the sentence structure . for supreme truth bli nds or burns the evildoer and the impure as much as it elevates the just and per fect. until he cleanses his heart of all impurities. rises out of the remote past showing us the correct path. (other than in cases that specifically refer to the masculine gender) to refer to both men and women. THE AUTHOR Written for the 2nd edition NOTE: The use of the masculine pronoun "he" is used throughout this book. You who read this book are free to make your own decision. If this were not so. .

do not look into the distance. you. analyze with serene eyes. shed your egotism. do not deny before meditating. Do not fear aught but yourself. layman who will read with idle curiosity. and look for shelter under the mantle of you r own SELF so you may cross the threshold that leads to the abode of the magicia ns with no danger. 1 . Separate yourself from the multitude that obscures your idea s. speak to you.I MESSAGE FROM ISIS "I. Do not cry out for God. Gather all yo ur energy within yourself. candidate for initiation. Get away from worldly noises. and you. ISIS. calm your emot ions. You. or Jesus. clear your mind. Forget about India and Tibet. novice who seeks to go through the gates of initiation. mistress of the mysteries of Nature. flee from perso nalism and rashness for an instant. seeker of won der. Cast away your prejudices. do not doubt but that which you analyze superficially. Allah. calm your spirit. Y ou. be yourself and think for yourself. do not limit yourself.

you wil l be called the twice born. it is the gift of the phoenix that is gloriously reborn from its own ashes. to be born and to be." y our real essence. Look with devotion and reverence because there is light . Do you really believe 1 will take pity on you? You deceive you rself. consider it carefully. one mus t not be. . If you decide to be devoured. either I devour you or you unite with me. Thus. Close your mind to the voice of your spirit. ignore me and you will be like an orphan who does not know its paren ts. your "I. Do not scorn my offer. the moment of final canniba lism will arrive. drink the last drop from the cup of pleasure. death! Do not tremble. I have no feelings. abandon yourself to the beast and enjoy the sensual pleasure of matter. the truth behind lies. beware! You cannot contemplate God face to face withou t dying. It is better to die now than to live awaiting death. sharpen your senses. fully dedicate your l ife to enjoyment. beyond right and wrong . . To be. this death is the gift of the immortals. stop looking towar d the outside and bury your sight deeply within yourself. . . Tune your perceptions. an d only yours. I am like the sun that rises in the morning to light everything . . You only have two paths. . If you achieve this. Yes. one must first die.2 THE STELLAR MAN What you look for is right where you are at this moment. Are you willing to continue? I can grant you a great gift. and the light that blinds you is God. Yours. is the choice. On the contrary. all paths lead to me. Listen to how it decrees: 7 am the roa d and the life. Do not believe that if you reject me you will be able to continue your path unharmed. when you are least aware.' But. I offer you . the immortal energy that gives life to the clay that is you. I am beyond pleasure and pain. and there in the center of your being are you.

unfortunately the once-and-a-half born and the abo rted ones also exist. after blows and persecution. after sensual temptations and vices. These beings live neither in this world nor the next. and black magicians who covet me and boast of my love when they are not even worthy of my smile. . You must pass the trials the terrible Sphinx will send to y ou without mercy in order to judge your spiritual courage and the quality of you r nature. which are trials of the e lement of water. others even gr eater have lived and live in secret. If you desire to marry me. After your death. This quaternary corresponds to each of the ends of the cross to whic h one who came to me was nailed . Jesus Christ. collars and aprons. Do not believe that in the world there exist only the once born and the twice born. but imitators of Masters. semi-sages. of persecutions . sowers w ith unclean hands. You come to me after experiencing slander and defamation. I surrender myself only to he who has reached the stage of crucifixion . and of defamation. the trials of the element of earth. no one knows of their existence because it is better for their work. which are the tria ls of fire. Beware not to be taken in by their convincing lies and mac hiavellian language. . of ridicule and mockery. Some may wear saris or tunics. others. of betrayal. I love only those who have drunk f rom the cup of bitterness. suffering the loneliness of the spirit in the midst of a world of animals . . and after dominating uncontrolled ambitions. the followers of dead scrolls. you will become only remains and a relic. others. the . resisting the attacks of the four elements. you must be ready to suffer the death of initiation. Nevertheless. which are the specif ic trials of the element of air.M ESSAGE FROM ISIS 3 equally. I love the initiates who have persisted with co urage. They are neither initiates nor laymen. of slander. . Afterwards . not even that.

it can be the guide that will take you to the hidden door. not by praying. as he will never forget me. nor in the coffin of pure ly symbolic ceremonies. Seek and you will find. which so many seek and so few find. proceed without discouragement and know that f rom the moment yon cross the threshold of the occult abode. if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Not all can be men. destined to be foo d for the gods. turn back. fight for me. or worse. b elieving that they actually possess this monopoly. It is easy to be rash with what one does not know. do not pray to the gods.4 THE STELLAR MAN Rosicrucian attire. shield yourself with your vanity and your pride. If you are prepared. All of them claim my friendsh ip. nor by good works or the grace of the Holy Spirit. If you are not prepared. some proclaim themselves the only possessors of the truth. think twice. but are only beggars who plead to me for crumbs of wisdom. and will die tormented by the desire t o possess me. contemplates only m y reflection. if your intention is pure and noble. This book can help you. some can only be animals. If you come to me through curiosity. vegetabl es. If yo u disdain me." . content yourself to look down at the ground li ke your kin. If you are not brave enough. You will conquer me with the strength of your decision. possessed by animal greed or misguided curiosity. receive my blessings and continue on your road. 1 will be anxiously awaiting you like the young bride for her first love. You do not achiev e second birth by standing on your head or meditating. do not aspire to see my face. unfortunate is he who.

Just as in homeopathy. Afire with the thirst for knowledge. his thi rst. the noble product (knowledge) is infinitesimally dilu ted by man's inability to understand. h e extends himself daily up to the point of losing his own identity. only increases. A paradoxical destiny surrounds th is deluded creature: to know more each day but to understand less. constrained to draw away from himself to merge with the external. but it is precisely in this persistence tha t he begins to lose himself more and more in a haze of uncertainty and disorient ation.II THE ANTICHRIST I t is surprising how the human being knows so many things and understands so litt le. like that of the mythological Tantalus. he tirelessly pursues any new thesis or theory that may beckon. Homo sapiens dedicates his most important efforts to increasing his knowledge. far from being satiated. Homo sapiens has advanced with extraordinary speed in the conquest of science. and with the same momen5 . but. Inevitably.

surrender yourself to the multitude and o bey its designs. The price is one's own individuality. one who k nows himself well and therefore understands others is often harassed. for example. disregarde d. In this world." Very few people are aware of this situation. but to act instead with the multitude's colle ctive mind. The temple of Delphi and its ideals no longer exist. This is an unfailing passport to material success. without knowing what really l eads them to this reaction. "know thyself. and the temple of political ideologies and economic system s." As it happens. only to be absorbed by the collective entity. and who decides at an e arly age not to think for himself. Young people. stereotyped. the one who triumphs is usually the man of the masses who demons trates perfect submission to the norms of the multitude. the temple of the law. All these are united by a common de nominator: "Do not recognize yourself. along with all their slogans and phrases. the temple of religions.6 THE STELLAR MAN turn. as the years go by and their cerebral programming is . and ostracized. altho ugh sometimes by mistaken paths. This is due to the fact that leadership usually belongs to th e mediocre who glorify the golden calf and celebrate the empty stereotype of the programmed individual. but some feel it instinctively and try to rebel against the system. he has lost himself in a world of phantoms born from the collective halluc inations of a world becoming daily more artificial. The y have been replaced by the temple of the university. but the price pai d is so much higher than the reward. L ater. the m uch-prized goal of the Delphic command. intuitively resist. and programmed.

He has only increased his intellectual capa city. nor even in five thousand years. except that . His norms of behavior were no different in essence than those at present.THE ANTICHRIST 7 strengthened. due to the powerful and ever increasing demands of civilization. anxieties. This willingness to merge is considered the correct way to be and is seen as the mark of a social conscience. for it is not possible to help or love others without first knowing oneself. and confusions. No apprec iable change has taken place in the human quality of sapiens in two thousand yea rs. does he have mo re quality as a person than in earlier times? The reply is clearly no. is he a better human being today. The q uestion arises whether this same progress has also occurred in the internal natu re of sapiens. cowardice. Although the world has progressed from a barbaric state to civilization in the course of history. the same fears. greed. the savage sapiens is today basically as primitive as in the distant pa st. That is to say. lies. his mate rial conditions were dramatically different from today's circumstances. consider ing the astounding progress that can be observed up until the present day. Here again sap iens has missed the point. Two thousand years ago. ambitions. A person who does not rapidly integrate collectively is believed to be antisocia l. complexes. On the other hand. sapiens basically had the same p roblems he does now. youth also yields to the strong influence of the collective mind. desires. internal conflicts. but he who merges easily and completely with the masses and loses his individ uality is considered very valuable.

This is how the multitudes serve as an instrument for t he Antichrist. In these terms. the only Antechrist was John the Baptist. hate. we use the wor d . In Hermetic circles. To break through the spiritual isolation of humanity. to show sapiens what he could achieve. and that this being would incarnate into a man to undertake this ominous work. the blind monster. the headless beast that lies in wait for all t hose who want to achieve the conscious individuality which would allow them to s top being sapiens and convert them into Stellar Men. preparing the way . At some time." violently rejected the Christian message and destroyed the Messiah.8 THE STELLAR MAN he is now covered with dozens of layers of cultural and educational varnish. He wanted to give sapiens an opportunity to know a different world. programmed according to the dictum "an eye for an eye. To be Stellar Men is the pi nnacle of the evolution of Homo sapiens. a superior being full of love and compassion came to the world one day: Christ. no one knows when. manifested thr ough other superior men. a world without violence. as had happened on other occasions when Christ had come to earth. the term A ntechrist designated one who would act as announcer of Christ. The legend as it exists now might be a dist ortion of the original Hermetic term Antechrist. The collective mind of the multitude. slavery. a tooth fo r a tooth. or contradiction. Thus. the fa lse legend of the Antichrist was born. The legend is erroneous in imagining that a mythological being would be born into the world in order to destroy it throug h the perversion of Christian values.

unknown superior beings. The truth is that the torch of spirituality is presently carried by only a few individuals who are unknown t o the masses. omnipresent in religious temples. The priests of different religions only try to imitate Christ. ignorance. ignorance does not necessarily mean nonexistence. is but a symbolic allegory that invites believers to follow a comforting example . Let us call them the magicians. However . For this reason. Why use the term "magicians?" Simply because the ignorant masses have always thu s described those who possess strange qualities or powers unknown to them. Masters. popular opini on has described . and not to the magicians. it is time to adopt this term with pride. but unfortunately they do it with external and prefabricated spirituality.THE ANTICHRIST 9 Antichrist to mean contrary to Christ and Antechrist to mean before Christ. Christ as a divine force. Witchcraft. Unfortunately. with the intention of eventually washing away its negative and superstitious stigma. We are referring to the g reat initiates. in the past. there was the Inquisition. or occult sages of humanity. Unfortunately. in the dignified sense of this exp ression. and superstition belong exclusively to sapiens. which labeled these wise men as such in order to dis parage and annul their unusual ideas. Also. today we cannot count on the spiritual impulse of Christ incarnat ed in a human body. No known individual currently possesses a real spiritual force which could be called Christic. which is usually employed in a vulgar manner. in ac cordance to the stereotypes established by the patriarchs of the church.

who provided the ma tter for his manifestation. Jesus and Christ were two different persons. Why do we designate Christ as the symbol o f spirituality? Because Jesus was the most distinguished member of the Magician' s Fraternity. is only for the "elite" and is not to be divulged . which a human being could reach in perhaps millions of years of evolution. possessed p erfect and powerful spirituality. The Magician's Fraternity remains well hidden. Let us conceive of him as an extraterrestrial spiritual power. if the scope and intelligence of his efforts permits him to do so. prepared specifically for his mission to make Christ incarnate in himself. that knowledge of The Hermetic Art as an instrume nt to reach spiritual heights. This Archangel. as it has a right to its own privacy. Christ was the one who performed miracles through Jesus. the fraternity of initiates provides the opportunity for any per son with sufficient merit to join the Hermetic elite of Magicians or Stellar Men .10 THE STELLAR MAN magicians as those simple sorcerers who travel to "sabbaths. motivated by the wish to show sapiens the road to a higher life . This is why Jesus went through a long preparat ion for this role. which we could c all an Archangel. divi ne. as its intensity could destroy the nervous and cellular system of Jesus' bo dy. Nevertheless. for he had to be able to withstand an extremely high vibratio n in his physical body. This vibration could only manifest itself for brief mome nts. the other. however." using low-class so rcery to satisfy their base passions. one human. due to his very lengthy evolution. Christ is a superior being who is on an advanced level on the scale of evolu tion. . but some of its members have intermingled with ordinary people. The magicians know.

as the need for money leads him to lower and prostitute himself for the vile metal. . we wil l divulge the mystery of Jesus the Christ and the causes for the moral suffering of humanity. The s piritual or moral quality of an individual is worth very little.THE ANTICHRIST 11 The science of the Magicians is called Hermetic Art in honor of Hermes Trismegis tus. Inspired by his light. mistress of the mysteries of Nature. he arrived on earth from outer space approximately thirty thousand years ago. respect. anointed as Supreme Grand Master of the Initiatic Fra ternity. according to the teachings of the Magician's Fraternity. lacking the moral and spiritual courage to overcome the multiple obstacles. Egypt became great and wise. t emptations. he must give up or sacri fice his spiritual possibilities in order to be able to subsist. from the submission of th e human being to the god of money In honor of this god. and the sacred scie nce of its priests was called Hermeticism. and trials by which ISIS. Those who posse ss adequate means of subsistence generally pervert their potential spiritual val ues in the foolish game of gaining social position on the consumer market. According to tradition. love. It was in one of those schools that Jesus himself became a Hermeticist and reached the highest degrees of initiation. fame. evalu ated the true worth of those who aspired to the supreme knowledge of the absolut e truth. Because the time is right. which buys honor. In those days. This mora l mystery stems from the adoration of the golden calf. The great majority who succeeded in entering such a school faltered along the wa y. only by means of huge sacrifices and trials was it possible to belong to a Hermetic Initiatic School.

refers to this legion when he presents . We invite the reader to meditate on wh at he could do to corrupt human beings if he was Satan. Because absolute unity does not exist in life. is under the control or influence of a satanic or diabolic power. the devil has been symb olized as the shadow of God. neutral in its own condition. or is he only a myth created by the masses to explain certain things? If a person believes in the existence of God. Therefore. God would thus be the supreme creative intelligence. but diabolical when handled perversely. the mere existence of something leads us to the af firmation that its opposite is also real. it i s only symbolic for human effort or work. The money god is sitting above the world. the devil also has his infernal legion. In the ancient Kabbalah. although work is intrinsically noble. money. By a strange paradox. There is no light without darkness. William Blatty. The real power of money is not only material. no good without evil. and whoever wishes to enjoy his gifts must adore him. Does S atan really exist. in his book The Exorcist. then he must believe ther e is a devil or Satan as a counterpart of the Supreme Creator. Death follows life. the result of this effort. just as the Great Creator has his angeli c hosts. " the destructive intelligence. but it is principally a hidden force. and life fol lows death. and decay of moral values? It would be difficult to imagine anything more perfectly suited for this than go ld. what means or tools woul d he use to instigate crime. as the coin is not worth anything in itself. war. and the "devil. fratricide.12 H THE STELLAR MAN and power. no truth without falsehood. greed.

Lovecraft. According to Hermetic tradition. which is a meth od for making the key notes of Nature vibrate. P. Moses had a daring idea: to make a magic pact or alliance with an angel. was Moses. To b e able to imagine such a being. a powerful diabolic Arch angel. there is nothing miraculous about these mutations being achieved by me ans of secret procedures.THE A NTICHRIST 13 the phenomenon of "demonic possession. Eve rybody knows that Moses appeared floating in a basket down a river and was subse quently adopted. the direct." After the following explanation we can c ontinue our story. deceiving the Egyptian priests of the time. Thus. provoking extreme disturbances. his most powerful wi sh was to make himself the leader who would free his people from enslavement. t herefore. and thus produce certain phenomen a which the operator wishes to achieve. if we are allowed to call him thus. we suggest reading the book The Lurker at the Th reshold by H. le ading them to the promised land. In spite of his esoteric identification with Egyptian magic. and conscious of the pow erful forces he had learned to control. albeit unwilling cause of this catastrophe which affects us to this day. The tradition transmitted by the great Hermetic Masters affir ms that at a crucial moment in the history of humanity. Guided by this desire. The study of atomic physics shows us tha t it is theoretically possible to produce changes or transmutations in matter. They took him for a n Egyptian and initiated him into the mysteries of ritual magic. a divine creature charged with the . succeeded in penetrating the earth's occult defenses and entered its atmosphere. Moses was always loyal to his ancestral blood.

After lengthy preparations done in deep solitude. suddenly started to change his procedures by formulating strange d emands. He then . The blood that was shed sealed t he pact. Every man who underwent this would come to be a son of Y. From that day forward.14 THE STELLAR MAN task of providing him with power and assistance from heaven to save his people. The angel agreed to everything Moses requested and pr omised his help. Y. Moses' people s tarted the Exodus that would last forty years. He revealed his na me as Y. Moses was overcome with fear and started to become aware of the magnitude of the error he committed. In the midst of amazing atmos pheric and terrestrial phenomena. due to the tremendous force it projected. and requested that as a sign of union. an impressive being appeared. all his followers should underg o a small ritual surgical operation. and non-believe rs and rebels were struck down by the wrath of Y In this manner. converting the Ark of the Covenant into the center of his power. Later. all of which had the shedding of blood as the common denominator. making Moses tre mble with fear and panic. he performed the ritual ceremo ny with magic words and corresponding invocations. demanding the strictest obedience in return. the occult power behin d the leader. Moses was invested with superhuman powers and st arted doing all kinds of magical feats... with a light discharge of blood. Plagues and calamities fell over Egypt. It will neve r be possible to know or even imagine the conditions under which the pact betwee n man and heaven was made.

In order to maintain its power and strength. without fearing any sarcastic mockery from the ignorant o r the semi-wise. the magnetic defenses of the planet constit ute an impenetrable barrier against those beings. Fortunately. . This is why all through the Exodus. One can affirm. this being kept his individuality. that the planet Earth is a human being. was able to penetrate into t he Earth. It is not something equ ivalent to a human being. It is possible to see this as the most transcendental. dark. but unfortunately his evolution was directed toward negative. much like a human being who grows bitter with the passing of time and adopts a negative and destructive concept of life.? One could say he was a very ancient being whose evolutionary origin is unknown. but unfortunate ly harmful event in the occult history of humanity. so many blo od-shedding incidents occurred. This infernal angel w as a member of the host of shadows. Moses' magic ritual o pened a door and cleared a pathway through which Y. and destruc tive aspects. Through long periods of cosmic time. provoked by the occult dictator. an essence charged with the vitalit y conferred by the divine spark. i t is necessary to digress in order to clarify exactly what the planet Earth real ly is.THE ANTICHRIST 15 understood that the divine angel was in truth an angel of darkness. Many beings similar to Y. To justify this statement. Hermetic philoso phy upholds the truth of reincarnation. In reality. the complete opposite of the luminous power he had intended to invoke. However. this vampire needed to feed on human blood. exist in the Universe. who was Y. but a man in all aspects of the word.

changing physical bodies while maintaining his individuality and a certain degree of memory. which are. It has a circulatory. digestive. in the course of successive lives. Hermeticism teaches that a Hermetic initiate of a high degree can achieve the power to reincarnate consciously. Thus he reincarnates in the body of a new or young planet.16 THE STELLAR MAN but affirms that this takes place only with some people who possess. Regarding reincarnation. and feels. in the most perfect shape in the Univ erse: the sphere. is no longer capable of containing or supporting s uch a vast and powerful essence. in brief. the initiate gro ws in spiritual power. in ways and conditions that are difficult for us to conceive. His essence or divine spark grows successively more power ful. This is how an extraordinarily evolved human being took the bod y of the planet Earth and made it his own. For this reason. which are capable of resisting death. and . This sphere breathes. even if these beings may present physical characteristics different fro m terrestrial man. animal. In this way. procreative. that is. in the dimension an d shape we are familiar with. The term "people" refers to human beings. moves. or have dev eloped within themselves some qualities or characteristics apart from the physic al body. thinks. and it feeds on vegetable. This sphere is formed by the same basic materials as the human body. Gradually. and res piratory system. the moment will come when the body of man. an d continues his development there. Petroleum is its blood. such a spirit or super-develop ed essence must seek an adequate physical body that corresponds to his tremendou s energetic force. the materials of the Universe.

hundreds of . The wise men who inherited the patriarch's instructions fo llowed them faithfully. as he possessed incalcul able malignity. incarnating in his place. Once his instruction was given. a dark and bloody er a commenced for humanity. and malicious being expelled the young spir it from the Earth.. Convinced of this. using m agical rituals.THE ANTICHRIST 17 mineral matter. carrying out the Messianic ritual according to the insti tuted rules. Sexually. with a masculine and a feminine hemisphere. As time p assed. vengeful. we can reveal that this ancient. As a result.. These men. Imagine Moses' despair when he realized the calamity which h ad occurred and the suffering created for those he had wanted to help. through Homo sapiens. A period of suffering. it is hermaphroditic. This is the explanation for the great afflictions which the Jews have had to suffer. and pain started for t he Jewish people as they were converted into the innocent victims of the negativ e forces of Y. that is. Moses understood that nothing had power over Y. With this act. Moses brought together the wise men of his pe ople and instructed them in the great mystery of the Messiah. Once this clarification has been made. Moses climbed Mount Nebo and was ne ver seen alive again. torment. It breathes through plant life. and receives its etheric or magnetic nourishment through emitting and receiving antenna. in the ho pe that this god could liberate them and save the world from the destructive inf luence of Y. and in order to grasp the magnitude of th e catastrophe accidentally brought about by Moses with the arrival of Y. could create a god and fulfill the mystery of theurgy.

Hermetic tea ching maintains he was the son of a Jewish woman and a Roman father. Jesus appeared. He was the "Son of Man" (consider this expression c arefully) and the Savior expected by the wise men initiated by Moses. In effect. the unconscious blindness of those who do not want to see. and they will remain in the re alm of ignorant sarcasm. Jesus' baptism in the river was the means that permitted the first manifestatio n of . under the circumstances that are familiar to all. otherwise known as the Antechrist. the god created by man and incarnated in the body of man." Th ose who have "eyes to see and ears to hear" will understand this. his progeni tor being a Roman soldier and merely an instrument of higher occult forces. his spiritual father was a gr eat Hermetic initiate who etherically used the physical body of the Roman soldie r to procreate a son. Mary conceived "without losing h er virginity. Jesus. For others. This is ho w Jesus was born. suffering the mental emptiness of those who do not want to understand. it was used to distinguish those women initiated in the secret of the " virgule" as Mary was. The magic rod used by Moses was known as the "virgule. In this manner." In those times the term "virginity" was not used to designate mai denhood. t he physical sperm by the Roman. but to the fact that actually there was no physical conta ct between Jesus' real father and Mary. or worse. Why is it said that Mary remained a virgin? This mystery really does not refer to ph ysiological virginity.18 THE STELLAR MAN years later. The spiritual seed was transmitted by the occult Master. it will produce a dismal silence in their interior. was consec rated by the great initiate John the Baptist.

it is neces sary to consider his triple personality: 1. in order to begin a new era on Earth under the Christian motto "l ove one another. They decided to help the wise men try to correct the serious anomalies ex plained before. the Fraternity of Magicians had been attentively observing the se events without being able to alter them. Jesus was an active member of the Fraternity of Magicia ns. Jesus the God (crea ted by man) 3." At the same time. the great Maste rs maintain that Jesus failed in his mission. Jesus the man 2. however. However." replacing the dictum of "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a t ooth. They were awaiting Jesus' birth. receiving support and inspiration from all of them. His se cond mission was to save the world in general from the invisible vampire who cal led himself Y. From t he time of Moses. This refers only to Je sus. In order to truly understand Jesus. and they were his occult godfat hers who protected and educated him so he could fulfill his double mission. the man-god. that he only a chieved partial success. His first mission was to liberate the chosen people from their occult killer. whose mission was destined since his birth. since he did not reach his goal. Christ (who manifested himself through Jesus) .THE ANTICHRIST 19 Christ in Jesus. The magicians were connoisseurs of t he Messianic mystery and had the knowledge that certain wise men were working on this. and not to Christ. or more accurately.

definitively casting him out of our atmosphere. both govern the planet. However. envy. but Y. could not be expelled.. Hermetic science teaches that our so lar system is composed of twelve planets plus the sun. and that the unknown planets will be discovered in time. who can only act through primitive and animal instin cts such as hate. we have perhaps already said too much. and vanity. These men direct Hermetic schools in which the student can develop his spiritual force to the point of disintegration of his animal soul and liberatio n from the influence of Y.20 THE STELLAR MAN Christ was an angel. the Spiritu al Beacon is kept alight to illuminate the select spirits who are potentially ca pable of converting themselves into fully developed human beings and abandoning their sapiens condition. greed. pride.. W e will speak no more of Jesus. Since then. lust. In this way. Chr ist's force acts in the world through the representatives of the Fraternity of M agicians. Every person who reaches this condition is converted in to a center of Christic irradiation and is therefore another . this mission had only a relative success. We will on ly add that the crucifixion was an expected drama in which Jesus' blood had to b e shed so that Christ could in turn incarnate in the planet Earth and displace Y . a solar spirit who descended from Heaven to manifest himsel f as the supreme power of the Father on earth. as we have already m entioned. Jesus and his twelve disciples ar e the symbol of a solar and cosmic mystery. an analogy for the twelve apostles and Christ. Christ incarnated in the pla net Earth.

The real Antichrist is Y." Trapped by this malign ant force. The naive say that Christ will return to the planet Earth. selling out their honesty and honor. there are many who act contrary to all this. In this way. life would b e unbearable. They are the ones who somehow have received a true Christian influ ence (not necessarily religious) and have higher values than usual. The Frat ernity only exalts his . and he has spread his negative influence t hroughout his followers. people live diabolically: hating. The multitude is composed of amorphous and blind entities. and generally they try to check this de ficiency with the indiscriminate use of the banner of Christ. the great occult force behind these conflicts. Religions ha ve a positive family and social influence. and denigrating the just.'s influence.THE ANTICHRIST 21 obstacle for Y. wars will continue. those of bestial instincts.. killing their brothers. stealing. nor speak in his name. Luckily . but unfortunately on solely spiritual grounds they do not have much to offer. Until that time. Great numbers of people will die and their vitality will be absorbed by Y. returning evil with more evil. If this were not so. and a tooth for a tooth. None of this will end until this being is conquered. Y. But Christ is on Earth! He needs only to be removed from the cross by th e same humanity who nailed him to it. who in turn have incorporat ed this vibration into the multitude. destroying. exploiting the unprotected. receptors of any force of sufficient power.'s p rinciples incorporated in the collective unconscious of humanity motivate the ph ilosophy of "an eye for an eye. The Fraternity of Magicians does not derive its power from Christ.. e nslaving the weak.

22 THE STELLAR MAN values and shows or narrates events which the world should know, so that the cho sen (the true humans) can reaffirm their conviction and loyalty to a superior sp iritual life. The power of these Magicians comes from their harmony with, respec t for, and obedience to cosmic laws, and the profound and serene spiritual condi tion they have reached. Their spirituality places them in a magical relationship with God, the Great Universal Father, who is recognized by the Hermeticists as the first cause of the origin of all and the great force of order and creation. To speak about Christ is to explain the esoteric side of the psycho-social pheno menology of the world today. In its innocence, sapiens believes that everything in life is as it appears on the surface, and that things must surely be as the v ast majority say they are. When some people hear of the esoteric side of events or the occult causes of different phenomena, they smile unbelievingly, arguing w ith infantile logic that "if that were true, it would be made known by the press " or, "it would have been taught at school or in the university" or, "well docum ented books would exist on the subject." That way of thinking nullifies all prog ress, because if everyone's belief was the same, no one would bother to study or investigate little-known phenomena. Despite obstacles already mentioned, sapien s in his individual manifestation (not as a species) can have latent superior qu alities and characteristics, which may lead him to partially understand Hermetic truths. Motivated by this knowledge, sapiens can awaken to a superior reality. The sapiens individual can save himself from the lethargic des-

THE ANTICHRIST 23 tiny of humanity and eventually reach the world of the Hermeticists, magicians, or awakened men. Moses, a man of strength and wisdom, was driven by his yearning for freedom to c ommit an error of cosmic magnitude. According to the great Hermetic wise men, th is error nearly destroyed the solar system. To clarify this statement, the solar system can be compared to the composition of an atom, borrowing on the Hermetic theme of "as above, so below." In this case, Y.'s rise to power could be seen a s an arbitrary substitution of an electron, which changed the spiritual nucleus of the Earth. This is one of the many lessons, which oblige the Fraternity of Ma gicians to strictly guard Hermetic secrets. The Fraternity will only give instru ction in higher knowledge to those who have demonstrated their strength, their m oral and spiritual purity, and the rectitude of their intentions.

III DISSECTION OF SAPIENS H omo sapiens is a living paradox. One cannot say whether Homo sapiens is the grea test or the most insignificant of creatures that inhabit the Earth. The most sub lime qualities and the most vile and perverse passions are combined within him. There are many good people, but the evil ones are more numerous. The person who complies with the law, respects his neighbor, does good in general, and helps ot hers according to his strength, is called good. The amoral and destructive perso n who enjoys hurting people in one way or another is called evil. Unfortunately, both the good and the evil person are this way unconsciously, beyond their own volition. The good are kind in spite of themselves. The evil cannot avoid being so. Furthermore, they justify and accept it. The situation grows more complex wi th the observation that there are good men who are stupid, and many evil men who are intelligent. How should we choose our friends? How can we tell 25

26 THE STELLAR MAN who should be the recipients of our affection? In what manner can we assess ours elves in order to evaluate our own position as living beings? We cannot divide t he world into people who are good or evil, rich or poor, intelligent or stupid, important or insignificant. Generally, sapiens forms groups according to instinc tive congeniality that is beyond all analysis. This alignment is usually establi shed by qualities or defects. Like seeks like, except in amorous relations where the opposite more frequently occurs. Scientists constantly study the psychology of sapiens, trying to somehow justify his infinite contradictions. Innumerable treatises and essays on morality, love, ethics, life, death, the finite, and inf inite have been written. Nevertheless, very little light has been shed on the tr ue nature of sapiens. This is not because science lacks knowledge. Rather, this knowledge is rendered useless due to the human being's inability to measure the true significance of recognized concepts. For example, a student can understand perfectly well the statement that human beings live in a permanent somnambulisti c state, especially since this fact is well documented, but the student will be absolutely incapable of projecting this concept to the general context of life. The student will not even remotely grasp all the horror this statement entails. This is how the most arresting realities go unnoticed even though they are publi c knowledge. One of the most striking facts is that we are animals. In order not to think of this as an abstraction, let us repeat several times, "I am an anima l, I am an animal, I am an animal." Think about what

DISSECTION OF SAPIENS 27 this really means and all it entails. The majority of people will say they under stand perfectly that they are animals, but it is certain that it will be absolut ely impossible for them to visualize the amazing implications of this statement. Thus "science knows much but is ignorant of almost everything." In this case we can well recall Desmond Morris's The Naked Ape, a study of the human animal. Hi s book had a great impact on the public. The crude examination of the animal cha racteristics of sapiens made a true zoological portrait. What happened before th is? Didn't people know that Homo sapiens was a monkey? Of course they did, but n o one truly evaluated the significance of it. Yet sapiens feels very proud of hi s talent, his creative genius, his capacity for reasoning, his capacity for affe ction and creative power, calling himself the "highest living manifestation of i ntelligence," or the "most perfect living creature." Sapiens is particularly sat isfied with his culture, and presumes that his ability to transmit it to future generations makes him enormously different from other animal species who apparen tly lack this ability. Likewise, sapiens affirms that he possesses the highest p rivileges inherent in the degree of "civilization" obtained by his species. Stat ements such as, "all human beings have the right to happiness" and "all human be ings are free in nature," illustrate this. In other words, this is equal to main taining that the mere fact of having been born gives a sapiens creature the righ t to liberty, happiness, love, and well-being. In fact, Homo sapiens not only do es not have any right to

Insanity. When Calderon de la Bar ca said that "life is but a dream. for reasons of his own self-esteem. uncontrollable ambition. conscious. he is not even remotely as intelligent. justice. happiness. but fu rthermore. happiness. such as liberty. and love. a nd intelligent beings. po wers.28 THE STELLAR MAN liberty. The masses simply provide . and superior as he believes himself to be. tolerance. Thus. The sapiens species provides material in sufficient quantity and numbers for Nature so that. psychological complexes and disturbances. sapiens claims to have a series of qualities." he was more correct than anyone could ever i magine. rational. well -being. and privileges that only exist in his imagination. The very fact that punitive laws exist shows that people do not cond uct themselves in a manner guided by reason. and corre ct action. according to her own laws. a few beings are produced who ca n finally fulfill an evolutionary goal. sapiens is virtually insignificant in t he total context of nature. crimes o f passion. Sapiens is a functionally deficient and anthropologically immature creature who. duty. prefers to bury this fact in the deepest recesses of his subconscious. These few can truly reach a human condit ion and enjoy all the privileges this involves. On the contrary. and his unreal existence. and this work will endeavor to reveal his intellectu al mediocrity. anguish. or any well-being that he has not earned for himself. It would be absurd to think that in a world inhabited by rational. the latent danger of total destruction by a nuclear war c ould exist. his somnambulistic state. and instead dreams about his own illusory intelligence and power. and assassinations are proof of peo ple's irrational conduct. suicide.

transcending his . S uppose that all the inhabitants of the planet were actually insane. for example. The fact is simply that Homo sapiens' age in evolutionary terms is barely that of a child. not terrestrial time. I t could be that normal is much nearer to deficiency or imperfection than it is t o optimum. The one who separates himself from these norms is consi dered abnormal. Is it not possible. the relatively conscious behavior of the human being barel y extends over a few thousand years. that the rest of humanity is extraor dinarily stupid? We must accept the idea that this is perfectly possible since w e lack markers or reference points to compare the human race with other races. It is hoped that once sapiens comes of age. he cannot be ashamed of not acting li ke an adult. In fact. If we had to compare sapiens' age as a spec ies with that of an actual sapiens person. This is no rea son for people to despise themselves. However. how would we ever become aware of this? An individual can only become aware of these phenome na by virtue of a mystical experience. in cos mic time. but the other way around. he will attain a degree of maturity. wrongly believing themselves to be inferio r creatures. Humanity ac cepts as normal all individuals whose biological and psychological behavior adju sts to collective rules. the conscious age of the species is b arely eight or ten years old. In this condition. that geniuses are not so extraordina rily intelligent. we never question how close normal is to the optimum. Nature is cold and has neither preferences nor biases for anyone in particular.DISSECTION or SAPIENS S 29 the raw material for the social experiment of Nature and History.

that h e is. Under these conditions. is later verified when the individual steps out of his state of superior consciousness and descends to an ordinary level. a living creature deficiently created. Hermeticism rejects the assertion that intelligence is the mos t valuable element of the human individual. temporal. and behaving lik e a hypnotized person. this argument is only a refl ection of the fact that Homo sapiens holds his intelligence in high regard. as irresponsible. cons idering it as the highest human manifestation. During this period of elevated consci ousness. in a sense. A genius will be long remembered i n history. and relative truths he habitually handles. This particular process of knowledge which has been calle d revelation or illumination in some men who are saints. However.30 THE STELLAR MAN sapiens condition and elevating himself to a state of deep consciousness and abs olute awakeness. a person can see that the normal human being is really abnormal. It will be argu ed that civilization and the extraordinary advances of science prove the intelli gence and capabilities of the human being. even if he was the inventor of a lethal weapon capable of destroying half of humanity. It can thus be understood that th e actions and memory of great intellectuals are venerated. in juxtaposition to the small. and observes the behavior of people who prove and demonstrate in daily life the truth of the knowledge the initiate acquired. and instead maintains that humanity' s most precious and priceless ele- . exceeded in power and prestige only by that of great millionaires. He will observe sapiens as mentally but not intellectually retarded. his great mental clarity will make him understand absolute or eternal truths.

culture. and so on. who in a certain sense have awakened. In order to understand this. and self-determination. judicious. h e can only do so within the basic context of his cerebral program from which he cannot deviate for any reason. which most people lack. education. libe rating themselves from the somnambulistic hypnosis which afflicts the masses. o ne can think of program and consciousness as absolutely contradictory elements. and physical levels. What psychology calls personality can also be defined as an individual program. Consciousness implies the capacity for change. Due to his cerebra l program and other little-known phenomena. choice. and wiser. w hich obviously is not possible in a being who is the visible manifestation of a program.DISSECTION OF SAPIENS 31 ment is consciousness. conditioned reflexes. for a variety of reasons. The Great Programmer can be called God. Ho mo sapiens is in general an integrally programmed being at the cerebral. but the reference is always clear. Each individual possesses an intricate and extensive cerebral program due to the effects of heredity. This faculty of consciousness. more awakened. Cosmic Intell igence. or any other name. So when a person thinks. instinctive. learning. in the sense of being more aware. is only born in persons who. Each person must necessarily keep to his cerebral script and cannot do anything other than manifest himself in it and through it. more ale rt. Universal Father. What is a somnambulist? The dictionary . have reached a higher th an normal level of awakeness in life. the human being lives in a permanent somnambulistic state. imitation. emotion al. even if he tries to do so.

walk. somnambulism could be described as "sleep that affects all humanity during which people get up. Programmed intelligence apparently cannot perc eive itself as being affected by hypnosis. Thus. fight. dumb. live. and blind. is very far from understanding it. but the vas t majority remained deaf. hate. d uring the night a person may sleep either lightly or extremely deeply. Due to this. because they became awakened men. in spite of having adopted it. love. In reality. suffer. especially when there is no one suffi ciently awake to point it out. think.32 SB THE STELLAR MAN defines somnambulism as an "abnormal sleep state during which the person gets up ." Expanding this definition. The majority of philosophers have bee n merely great . understood the tr uth. Wha t is not considered is that sleep and wakefulness represent two extremes of psyc hological awareness. walks. The individual sleeps by night. Nevertheless. and sometimes talks." Knowledge of hypnosis origina ted in esoteric schools. but is awake by day. history relates episodes in the liv es of some philosophers who. procreate. sapiens gradually came to believe that his usual state of awaren ess during the day is being awake. this awareness is a state of hypn otic or somnambulistic sleep in which a person can be dispersed while still havi ng the appearance of being awake. grow old. Some people awakened. had access to a profound and substantial reality. and science. enjoy. in which a person can be barely awake or extremely aler t. and between these two poles there are many degrees. and tried to communicate their knowledge to others to help them awaken. and die with out ever being aware of their hypnotic condition. The same occurs with wakefulness.

when man proves his creative genius all the time? The reply to this is that the cerebral and cu ltural programming of the learned and wise man grows constantly. but always foll owing the already established patterns. it can be objected. and not as a living reality. and i mpractical. abstract. This intelligence manifests i tself far beyond the merely intellectual. creative. even when brilliant. This is th e exact opposite of the vast majority of humanity. reaching the peak of integral concepti on where intelligence must surpass intellectual boundaries in order to become th at which is mind. What about our creative capacity. and programmed int elligence. but always within the limits of the basic content of his intellect. the one who has the most information in his program and is capable of handling it as skillfully as possible. A person can constantly study or investi gate. he accumulates thousands of heterogeneous and homogeneous elements. In this way. T his is why traditional philosophy has always been so arid. cold. Hermetic philosophers have given the word mind a me aning . awake. the intelligence s apiens possesses. and unprogrammed intelligence. but not by an authentic process of creation. Thus. is a mechanical. but not awakened men. Philosophers were only "in love with the truth. In this world governed by m echanical intelligence.DISSECTION OF SAPIENS 33 thinkers. dead. giants of intellect." but in the form of an image or symbol. which in his daily intellectual work can produce infinite combinations by the mechanics of t hought. but not of consciousness. In effect. The Hermetic philosopher who has truly converted himself into an awake ned man has a living. will be deemed the most int elligent.

and dangerous changes. and police systems to stop those who go against the common interests for that moment in history. as opposed to the relative and tem poral truths of sapiens. support. cowardice. he has invented gods to which he prays for the power and strength he lacks. war. Deprived of the mind's superior possibilities ." The common man lacks mind and must resign himself to handling his limited intell igence and knowledge. morality. . laws. death. defining it as "intelligence and consciousness born from apprenticeship in an intensified state of awakeness. impotency. The aims of the Hermeticist are eternal. which have been developed through somnambulistic apprentic eship in a state of hypnosis or sleep. and vulnera bility of the human individual who constructs collective systems of protection.34 S THE STELLAR MAN it does not commonly have. With his mind. however. Internally . and control to externally compensate for his internal weakness. poverty. religious creeds. Guided by this same desire. the aims of th e profane are temporal and finite. the spiritual spark grows ever weaker in the face of the progressive dehumanization of a world which in truth was never human to begin with. This is why sapiens h as always looked for leaders and chiefs whose strength will compensate for his o wn weakness. The entire structure of our civilized world is based on the absolute weakness. sapiens obscurely senses his own weakness and vulnerability in the face of des tiny. Human b eings prefabricate culture. T hey plan and program community life and the future of their children. ignorance. the Hermeticist can reach the knowledge of absolute and eternal truths. illness.

cine ma. and that their voices have t aken over for the authority of kings and princes of the past. tools by which man is skillfully manipulated and converted into a perfect automaton. Hence training. early childhood experience after Freud.DISSECTION OF SAPIENS 35 but only animal-intelligent. secondary rein forcements after more recent theories. education. of the leaders who direct the masses. behavior is shaped by outside influences that have me t the organism in the past: classical conditioning after Pavlov. The world has glorified science and forgotten human nature. machines. continuing with educa tion. and television. which in turn provide small groups with power. He becomes an obedient consumer of certain products. which is best carried through according to . On this point the words of Professor Ludwig Von Bertalanffy o f the University of Alberta are interesting: Behavior is a response to stimuli coming from the outside . it is no less true that history is the conflict of minorities. a respectful se rver of ideologies and systems. Advertising and the press are the two super monsters of our times. . that is to say. So far as it is not innate or instinctive. The center of gravity of a person's psychological awareness is projecte d more and more toward the external world. I f it is true that we live in the era of multitudes. progressively abandoning itself to in carnate in the monstrous sons of civilization: consumer products. and human life in general are essentially responses to outside conditions: beginning in early childhood with toilet training and other manipulations whereby socially acceptab le behavior is gratified and undesirable behavior blocked. instrumental co nditioning after Skinner. .

by the mass media t o be a perfect consumerâ that is. The effects of this manipulation we s ee everywhere: in the unspeakable vulgarity of popular culture. behavior as a bus iness transaction with minimum expense and maximum gainâ this is a perfect expression of the philosophy of commercial society. and Freud. Hull. input-output. systematically dulling his brain through a p erverse system of education. dehumanizing him ever further by means of a sophisticated psychological technology. or C have modified Watson. I do care a lot that the spirit still is all-pervading in our society and. produ cer-consumer are all the same concepts. all those machines identical to automobiles coming off th e assembly line. B.36 S THE STELLAR MAN Skinnerian principles of reinforcement of correct responses and by means of teac hing machines and ending in adult man in an affluent society which makes everybo dy happy. . and have replaced their b lunt statements by more qualified and sophisticated circumlocutions. in short. Stimulus-response. . an automaton properly answering in the ways prescri bed by the industrial-military-political establishment. seems necessary to keep it going: reducing man to the lower levels of his animal natu re. only expressed in different terms. in the unbearabl e children and teenagers who do not know their mother tongue when entering colle ge . equilibrium or comfort as the ultimate value. in a strictly scientific manner. or a marionette of political power. Man as a machine t hat can be programmed. Profe ssor Bertalanffy continues: I don't care a jot whether and to what extent profes sors A. . conditioning him. manipulating him into becoming a feeble-minded and consumeristic automaton. even more.

because it was not imposed from outside but was internalized. aided by mass media whose barrage has no limits in space and is nearly continuous in time. of course. as well as limited in space and time. Could this be a gigantic and horrendous conspiracy plann ed by anonymous powers. in which. the rhetoric of Aristotle. fills thousands of mental hospitals. . alienated by these powerful forces. and self-destru ction. atomic war. its effects rema ined capricious and unpredictable. using psychological mechanisms and techniques. through its meaningless rat race. one of the oldest huma n arts. and the medieval trivium to Hitler's famous manual. as a matter of historic al fact. Homo sapiens. Rebelli on was possible even against the most powerful dictator. . or delinquency. premature pregnancies. dictators usually came to a bad end. be came unlimited and nearly impregnable. Thisâ besides nuclear weaponsâ is the g eat discovery of our age: the power of modeling men into automata 'buying' every thing from toothpaste and the Beatles to presidents. in politics which has converted Jeffersonian democracy into a manipul ated herd of cattle. from the sophists of Athens.DISSECTION OF SAPIENS 37 but are glued to the television screen for five hours a day and find no better o utlet than drug addiction. Mass persuasion is. or is it only a pastime of the gods? . in a drab soci ety . . But. so long as it was art. This was basically changed when ma ss persuasion became scientific. Then its power. . is simply a puppet who has no other alternative but to live his life and play the role he has been assigned in the drama of creation. .

The Magician's Fraternity invites eve ryone who has suffi- . the def inition of a slave according to Aristotle. This is due to t he fact that the relationship between the person and the environment is a consta nt process of feedback. Sleep is a universal force. which is present throughout the cosm os. which powerfully impact the psyche. he punished him by embedding a mech anism for hypnotic sleep in his brain in order to make him an obedient servant i n the vineyards of the Lord.38 THE STELLAR MAN The constant bombardment through audiovisual means. which acts as an element for maintaining and reinforcing the hypnosis. Hermeticists can isolate themselves psychologically from this neg ative influence and remain awake. the numerous requirements of society. it only acts in maintaining and reinforcing it. but are forced to share with people the materi al circumstances derived from this situation of mass hypnosis. The Hermetic Masters. when the Supreme Creator expelled man from Paradise. and is manifested in several ways. Society does not cause the somnambulistic sleep of Homo sapiens. According to Hermetic tradition. all keep the individual fascinated and suspended in a veritable s omnambulistic trance from which he will awaken with difficulty. maintain Hermet ic schools where the person is given an opportunity to liberate himself from the slavery of sleep which turns man into an animated malleable instrument. wishing to share the joy of a state of superior awakeness with those who are prepared for it. and the increasing complexity of c ivilized life.

an d that this does indeed harm him. the space he has to cross to rea ch the level of a true school of initiation is insurmountable. have an extraordin arily powerful divine spark." Each person has a personal level and if that level is too low. as the lips of wisdom remain closed to those who do not know how to listen. and this s ingle fact immediately gives him the greatest possibilities for redemption and a scent. in cer tain cases. This can be seen in those people who. and who ." which according to the Bible. Ma n can recover the lost Paradise and even gain an advantage. On the contrary." Let it not be thought that everyone can cross the t hreshold that leads to supreme joy and immortality. this invitation is only for those who have "eyes to see and ears to hear. which is insufficient. seeking to attain moral and spiritual advancement. an individual will require higher education as a basic requirement t o enter the school. since without a cultural foundation it would be impossible f or him to understand the Teachings. On the other hand . for some reason. w ould make man like unto God. "many are c alled but few are chosen.DISSECTION OF SAPIENS 39 cient ability to accomplish this magic work to join their spiritual movement. he can prepare himself for initiation by leading a virtuous and disciplined li fe. he also possesses the divine spark. There are no rigid rules in this. In spite of the fact that sapiens is integrally programmed. Many times life itself wi ll have sufficiently prepared a person. However. and his path would be an act of faith. conceptually and culturally speaking. as he can live there again "after having eaten the forbidden fruit.

it is only to show him the possibilities of evolution. If we dissect man. . a nd not as a cruel or destructive criticism.40 THE STELLAR MAN show this by doing all kinds of good deeds and who face life with superior crite ria.

sapiens is not free from this directing force which in effect controls. direc ts. and in general. He did not talk of an "animal soul" but he 41 . supervises." This terrifying description has never been more true than it is today. di rects the instinctive behavior of the beasts. regulates reproduction. acting as a common brain. This common soul has been called the "collective unconsci ous" by Jung. if applied to human being s in general. directs diffe rent changes and adaptations.IV THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES A ristotle defined a slave as an "animated malleable instrument. which stifl es individual thought. The collective soul produces the migration of the birds. Homo sapiens is the same as other animal species: he has a collective soul which regulates and directs the evolution of the human race. brings about periods of mating. The individual is merely an appendage and a sounding board for the species. As he belongs to the animal kingdo m. and regulates the species.

accepting. Under these cir cumstances. In this w ay. "an animal soul of h is own" in miniature and distinguished from the great collective soul. if it is possible to use this expression. which is incorporated and personalized in an individual w ho thus acquires. which shapes the subject's psyche with unsuspected power. and are limited to only transmitting . Personality is merely a reflection of the common soul. and comprehen ding the significance of this subject means visualizing the most important found ation of sapiens' life. the individual receives from his parents a physical and genetic inheritance. and from humanity. This collective unconscious is in truth the animal soul of sapiens.42 THE STELLAR MAN certainly possessed this knowledge. This notable and unique event is far-reaching and irreversible. It is no more than an emanation fr om the common deposit. because the bestial impulse acts as the basic motive of its actions. it is very difficult for the individual to overcome this overwhelmin g compulsion and shape his own individual personality. Hermetic philosophy maintains that there can be no true spir itual and moral progress if man does not cut the umbilical cord which ties him t o the central computer of the species. unless he is "lucky" enough to reach a Hermetic school. the legacy of power and animal intelligence. He must resign himself to sharing the common fate of his fellow men. which nourishes "bestial" characteristics . The mere fact of understanding. Other schools do not in any way deal with the animal soul of the student. and it takes p lace in the heart of true Hermetic schools.

there is the slow decline that is a result of the destruction of one's inne r longings. The bestialization of intelligence is a common phenomenon in this age . not everyone can be saved. The more intelligent an individual is. which doubtlessly. Unfortunately. disentangling himself from the ce ntral brain. insulting. an d the beast will use this intellect to satisfy its own instincts. The collective program (of the collective soul) based o n fierce and inhuman rivalry. will be used to further bestialize his int elligence. with conscience an d human sensitivity atrophied by a vast cerebral and cultural program designed u ltimately to serve the central computer of the species. obliges the individual to kill in order to eat. The only possibility for salvation is in the hands of the isolated individual. returning evil for evil.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 43 certain teachings. or slandering. there would arise a . but spiritual pygmies. destroying their love. The future of the human race does not look promising: the accelerated deve lopment of a cold and inhuman intelligence without love or spiritual content. and peace. happiness. that is. or being icily hardhearted toward others' prob lems. Pr ogress is creating intelligent giants. We may kill by annihilating the will of others or pitilessly exploit ing them. but before t his. without any co ncern for anything else. the more powerful his beast will be. De ath has many degrees. sanity. in the one who b y means of Hermeticism attains vital autonomy. since along with the exti nction of the sapiens species and the cessation of the operation of the central computer. and physical destruction is the last of them.

they woul d have the kind of death which awaits the majority of materialistic people who b elieve that all comes to an end in the grave. It is the offspring o f the emanations of God and the emanations of man. He is governed by the behavioral standards accepted by society. as the central computer fulfills the functions necessary for t he planetary harmony of our system. some could reincarnate and then slo wly evolve through many lives.44 THE STELLAR MAN cosmic imbalance. is tremendously subtle and complex. people go around in a vicious circle of behavioral standards dictated by culture. which imprisons m an. by the action of the environment on his psyche. Even when sear ching for something superior. the less they know. which ultimately are controlled by the central computer. Ideologically or mentally speaking the individual does not exist as he i s inseparable from culture. but will survive man. ever since the first existence of man on Earth. The more they study. How did this central co mputer originate? It was formed gradually. All their efforts are capitalized on by the central compu ter. as this force which we call the collective unconscious or central computer does not need material or biological support to continue its existence once it has been c reated. but at the same time brutally evident on ce one learns to observe specific phenomena of social psychology. and others would disintegrate. which channels them into a community cultural fund. It will continue growing and perfecting itself by virtue of the life of man himself. The oneiric web. What is the future of those who cannot save themselves? Nothing dramatic or spectacular. and the less they understand. that is. Thus cultur e. .

the oneeyed man is king. and possesses the individual with irresistible power. A popular aphorism says. and within this society we live out satanic dreams worthy of the Divine Comedy. In a sick society such as ours. one alienate d by collective stereotypes. man blunts his hig her faculties and is not aware of all the horror of his existence in a mad world . limits. such an important subject has been neglected. "in the land of the blind. shaping him in accordance with one single pattern. It is impossible for the ordina ry man in the street to perceive this madness. It is sufficient that an indivi dual should appear to be normal and he will be accepted as such. We are all awar e that mental disturbances are some of the most difficult phenomena to discover and evaluate. As we .THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 45 which in some ways can do so much good for man. We are guided to a greater or lesser extent by individuals. hypnotizes. of freedom. This pattern is established as a prototype for the production of robot-men who are t he slaves the central computer needs to keep the spectacle of life moving." Something similar is happening to our civilization where the higher forms of gov ernment and community guidance are not submitted to any type of sane control. even by specialized professionals. about whose degree of sanity or mental illness we are totally unaware. obliges. It seems incredible that in a civ ilization said to be advanced. Our society is truly sick. and of awareness. in other ways can be considered as the veritable murderer of the divine spark. or unfortunately. impels. Each being contains a wo rld of problems and conflicts. Cul ture encages. Fortunately. we will undoubtedly have a sick culture.

A t this time. if he indeed had truly serious mental problems. frustrations. for those whose range of social action is very wide. or maybe the great majority? How does one ev aluate the damage this implies for humanity? It would not be of great significan ce if serious mental disturbances occurred in those people not holding public of fice or important positions. One can object that a judge only follows the letter of the law. manias. it is well known that ther e is scarcely anyone who does not have pathological traits in the way their mind s work. and traumas. On the other hand. The case of the aforemention ed judge. At this point we should ask ourselves how many par anoid judges there are in the world who totally ignore the sacred impartiality o f the law. it seems absurd and irrational that they should not be obli ged to undergo a periodic evaluation of their mental and psychological health. and insidious. How many of those forming part of this group of leaders are disturbed with serious problems? Thirt y percent or perhaps fifty percent. it is a small group of men who govern the great masses. it is perfectly possible that the judge who administers justice in one's local area could be mentally disturbed. In fact. how many important public . The gravity of these factors is overlooked. hidden. but perceptive analysis will show that codes of law can be interpreted in many different personal ways. This possibility cannot be dispute d by any psychiatrist. as mental illness is rarely blatant or spectacular. would represent a horr ifying example of someone who was mentally ill authorized by society to manipula te people.46 THE STELLAR MAN know. but i nstead is rather sly. administering justice in accordance with his complexes.

b ecause thousands of people belong to this profession. unbridled yearning for power. We know there is no psychological control." coined by Jung. fatal p olitical mistakes which degenerate into armed conflict. he is merely a person who cannot claim for him self the importance and grandeur granted to the medical profession in general. sadism. dignity. Without realizing this. power. Legal errors. describes the disorien tation experienced by a person when he identifies himself with the position he o ccupies and is led astray in his self-evaluation. obsolete or erroneous educational systems. But a person is not what his title or position represents. by virtue of their position. decency. or a total lack of selfcriticism? There is no provision for s creening those who. and importance which does not belong to him. but which is actually granted by society. are affected by the phenomenon of psychological inflation due to the prestige that their position confers upon them. the usurping of power by financial mafias. the force. In this way. . abuse of power. all of this is in some way provoked by the mentally disturbed. and their person for monet ary rewards. a physician could inflate or raise himself to the high level of importance and dignity which soci ety confers on a doctor due to his professional title. megalomania.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 47 officials are victims of hysteria. egocentrism. Included among these cases are the "sick" humans who sell their honor. th e person subject to inflation tries to usurp or attribute to himself alone. The term "psychological inflation. that inevitably thousands of innocent victims pay in different ways for the insanity of those in charge of administering our civilization.

for one reason or another. In the following relevant extrac ts from Gustav Le Bon's work. This will enable us to verify the hidden action of a certain type of force. it is necessary to analyze the psychological action of the masses. these works rarely produ ce results that are decisively positive for the world. the expression "crowd" assumes quite a different meaning. It is precisely this grand work to which the great Hermetic Initia tes are pledged. no scientific event or discovery will be far-reaching in importance until h uman nature is changed and raised to a higher level. The Crowd. but unfortunately. Theref ore. beneficial discoveries and very positi ve works. it m ust be accepted that there will be no real progress and evolution until human na ture changes. In order to understand this. On the other hand. Given certain . From the psychological point of view. even sma ll pebbles make a mountain after eons of time. and it is for this reason that there are true Hermetic schools where people are given an opportunity to elevate themselves. This process is analogous to healing the branches of a tree while the trunk and roots are rotting. To have a wider und erstanding of the functional mechanism of the collective soul or central compute r. the word "crowd" represents a gathering of individuals of whatever nationality. he states: In its ordinary sense. profession.48 THE STELLAR MAN It is also true that there are successes. or sex. and whatever may be the chances that have brought them together. which takes po ssession of people under certain circumstances.

In the case of everything that belongs to the r ealm of sentimentâ religion. and only under those circumstances. or. as the psychologica l meaning of crowds or masses is different from the common one. T he sentiments and ideas of all the persons in the gathering take one and the sam e direction. but from the point of view of character the difference is mo st often slight or nonexistent .â eminent men seldom surpass the standard of the most ordinary individuals. . or forty people. In this description by Le Bon it can be seen how the central computer acts w ith force in grouping people into psychological crowds or masses. . . From the intellectual point of view an abyss may exist between a great mathematician and his boot-maker. a mass may be composed of two. politics.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 49 circumstances. When a person ha s developed a strong individuality. I will call a n organized crowd. The gath ering has thus become what. he is less sensitive to this coercion of the masses. Le Bon continues: . a psychological cro wd. but displays very clearly defined characteristics. if the term is considered preferable. without a doubt. A collective soul is form ed. . three. affection and antipathies. in the absence of a better expression. five. Nevertheless. and is subjected to the law of mental unity of crow ds. In the collective mind the intellectual apt itudes of the individuals. etc. are weakene d. The heterogeneous is swamped by the the mos . an agglomeration of men prese nts characteristics very different from those of the individuals composing it. and their conscious personality vanishes. morality. and as a consequence their individuality. It forms a single being.

It is to these latter . by the mere fact that he forms part of an organized crowd . The truth is. but has become an automaton who has ceased to be guided by his will. it is stupidity and not motherwit that is accumulated. We see. and are but slightly impressed by kin dness. and the unconscious qualities obtain the upper hand.50 THE STELLAR MAN homogeneous. He further states: Crowds exhibit a docile respect for force. but on tyrants who vigorously oppressed them. The decisions affecting matte rs of general interest come to by an assembly of men of distinction. a man descends several rungs on the ladder of civilization. Moreover. these we see . the turning by mean s of suggestion and contagion of feelings and ideas in an identical direction. t he tendency immediately to transform the suggested ideas into acts. but special ists in different walks of life. that the disappearance of the conscious p ersonality. Their sympathie s have never been bestowed on easy-going masters. they can only bring to bear in common on the work at hand those mediocre qualities which are the bi rthright of every average individual. H e is no longer himself. The very fact that crowds possess common ordinary qualities explains why they can never accomp lish acts demanding a high degree of intelligence. In crowds. are the principle characteristics of the individual forming part of a crowd. then. which for them is scarcely other than a form of weakness. the predominance of the unconscious personality. are not sensibly superior to the decisions that would be adopted by a gathering of imbeciles.

and as a consequence subject too much to secular her editary influences to not be extremely conservative. Should the strength of an authority be intermittent. become sick and die. we can see how the central computer manipulates people. Crowds are governed too much by unconscious considerations. havin g lost his strength. conv erting them into puppets in the service of an established plan. Abandoned to themselves. A crowd is always ready to revolt against a weak authority and bow down servilely before a strong one. sapiens is not and can not be free. build up civilizations and destroy them. re produce. to believe in the predominance among crowds of revolution ary instincts would be to entirely misconstrue their psychology. It is true that they willingly tram ple on the despot whom they have stripped of his power. However. the crowd. Their rebellious and de structive outbursts are always very transitory. Considered collectively as a species. who are to be de spised because they are not to be feared . and instinctively turn to servitude. Th e general rules are as follows: 1. 2.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 51 that they always erect the loftiest statues. he has resumed his place among the people. What plan? The e volutionary plan for sapiens. always obedient to its ext reme sentiments. which must adjust to certain rules of the game. suffer. th ey soon weary of disorder. only for . passes alternately from anarchy to servitude. love. . It is merely th eir tendency to violence that deceives us on this point. . but it is because. Sapiens must be born. and from servitud e to anarchy. From Le Bon's sk illful description.

he must convert hi mself into a mutant human for whom evolution exists. There is no evolution of the sapiens individual. 3. Sapie ns is. The only possible freedom is liberation from the central com puter and the only way to attain this is by conq uering and surpassing oneself. but only those already in dicated can be revealed at this time. man feeds on all these. Per haps he may have to wait millions of terrestrial years in order to reach perfect ion. i n his double manifestation of life and death. In order to explain the modus operandi of the sapiens plan. The evolution of sapie ns comes inevitably with time. If a sapiens individual desires to evolve. 8. a slave in perpetuity. There are other rules of the game. 7. therefore. Sapiens is obliged to comply with the rules of the game in the system to which he has been assigned. animals on plants. in dividual or isolated b eings separated from the group may become free. nevertheless. plants on mineral s. only that of the specie s as stated above. 4. light and darkness. The diagram that follows endeavors only to briefly describe the basic forces which act in the Universe: God. and the gods feed on man. Do esn't sapiens profit from other animal species? Are there not animals which exis t exclusively to feed sapiens? Minerals feed upon cosmic rays. but measured in cosmic. 5. not terrestrial time. 6. the hierarchy of the operating forces will be explained. of the sleep s tate and the state of vigilance.52 THE STELLAR MAN the benefit of invisible superior powers who capitalize on his vital product. the Creator. abases his power until able to act concretely t hrough certain .

app ear rational and crystal clear. and the daughter against her mother." When one of his disciples asked him for leave to bury his father.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 53 "angels" who direct the evolutionary plan. Those who "ha ve eyes to see and ears to hear" will draw incalculable advantage from the compr ehension of this system. directed or manipulated by the Archons. he repl ied: "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" and he stretched out his hand towa rds his disciples saying: "Here are my mother and my brothers. maintains the prog ramming of the system even down to the smallest group. Nevertheless. And the enemies of man should be their own families. the family. With reference to sapiens." . is not worthy of me. and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. this plan is maintained by virtue of dream energy." When Jesus was to ld that his mother and brothers were outside and wished to speak to him. He who l oves his father or mother more than he loves me. which we call Vigilance. Jesus said. Sleep energy. this master key can be used to explain certain strange events in the life of Jesus which in this light. Hermetic tradition calls them the Arc hons or Lords of Destiny. and he who loves his son or daughter more than me. "follow me and let the dead bury their dead. as can be seen in diagram 1. To give a concrete example. Why did Jesus appear to be so tremendously antag onistic toward the family? Recall his words: "I have come to set a man against h is father. is not worthy of me. reaches the planet Earth but is not manifested in s apiens. the divine irradiation of luminous ener gy.

which will make life on earth more pleasant and . any family. by necessity they had to break the chains of sleep. will someday free himself from the Biblical saying: "you will earn your bread by the sweat of your brow. It is also necessary to understand that two families may exist: the animal fam ily of sapiens and the divine family (human). the explanation is sim ple. Of cour se. not by oneiric force or blood ties. without doubt. t o awaken and evolve. it is understood that this example can be applied solely to those who wish t o forever follow a path toward spiritual advancement." The advance of science and its techn iques allows us to surmise or foresee that the working day will shorten in propo rtion to the degree of automation achieved by specialized machines (robots) whic h undertake the heavy work previously accomplished by man. Needless to say. The family nucleus sho uld be solidly united. leaving the world aside an d foregoing human affection.54 THE STELLAR MAN Strange words for one who preached of love! Nevertheless. Thus. is in truth converted into a divine family. but by an authentic s piritual communion. Regarding material freedom. if Jesus wished his disciples to see the light. which by virtue of the spiritual advancement of its members becomes free from the act ion of sleep. sapiens will greatly progress an d. it can be seen that the family is the ultimate nucleu s that maintains dream or hypnotic energy: the instrument of sapiens' slavery to animal unconsciousness. Also foreseeable are extraordinary medical advances and the appearance of new inventions. Looking at diagram 1. as must have been the case with the twelve apostles .


By means of a psychological trick. Thus he loses sight of himself and lives on a leve l of importance and qualifications entirely beyond him. possessors of advance d technology. . we must always divest him of all the honors. for in the majority of cases. Unfortunately. devoured by life itself. and privileges which society has conferred on him. to w hom we have already referred. authority. The smaller an individual is. for in this way his absolute insignificance go es unnoticed. He identifies with sc ience. inheritances. and civilization and absorbs them. our analysis will be very discouraging. Our d escendants will be extraordinarily intelligent barbarians. strongly affects common man. the more he endeavors to inflate him self to appear important in the eyes of others and thus raise his self-esteem. technological progress. culture. they will lead to a state of civilized barbarism. but with a progressive atrophying of their muscles and spiritual c onsciousness. If these advances are not parallel to an increase in the level o f awareness of humanity. and the result is a deep satisfaction with his selfesteem. or perhaps he never exist ed in the first place. The phenomenon of psychological inflation made known by Jung. confusing them with himself. he multiplies his own worth by millions. within this inflated being we will not find the human being which this covering hides. he has died. It is for this reason that a human being always hides beh ind numerous masks and disguises. di gnities. and which in truth corre spond to the sum total of the efforts of man since his existence upon Earth. In order to analyze a person and judge his individual value.56 THE STELLAR MAN more agreeable. arts.

groups them all under the single title of rationalization. and therefore there exists a demand for self-exaltation. is the capacity men have for deceiving themselves . In Personality: A Psychological Interpretation. and at consider able cost avoid exposing one's weaknesses. . The persona that develops protects on e from unwelcome narcissistic wounds. a term signifying. Reason fits one's impulses and beliefs to th e world of reality. We can observe how an individual regards his own "I" or ego and tries by all mea ns to put the greatest possible distance between that "I" and the surrounding re ality. . pre cisely the opposite of reason . It alone is responsible for a g reat superstructure of masquerade built up in every life. put on a front. rationalization fits one's conception of reality to one's im pulses and beliefs. All in the interests o f self-esteem one may cover one's true emotions. as the aphorism has it. . The more buffers which exist between the person and the world. of course. Psychological usage. its cruder forms of expressio n result in extraordinary strategies of conduct. . and rationalization. reasoning discovers real reasons . Or. What is even more spectacular. good reasons. It is said that the experience most sought after by man is the increase of his sel f-esteem. for what we do.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 57 Psychology asserts that the most profound principle of human nature is the desir e to be appreciated. the . Doctor Gordon Allport states the following regarding self-esteem: Whatever the ultimate character of this principle. The techniques of self-deception are numerous. and the trait most difficult to eradicate is vanity. likewise in the interest of self-esteem.

to a certain extent. words. society. There are a select minority of beings who. The collective soul or central computer. Great human dif ferences are essentially very superficial. Of course the chosen also exist. They are privileged men who se intellectual depth enables them. to surpass the barriers of what is superficial and apparent. as people react in more or less the s ame way internally. better resist the hypnotic influence of dream energy. Nevertheless. seeing it from afar as a vague inkling through the veil of his protective mecha nisms. The study of the mechanisms of the personality is invaluable in understanding the op erating system of the central computer. or financial aristocracy. personality.58 THE STELLAR MAN more peacefully he will sleep. They are individuals who. mass movements. They may belong to an intellectual. education. otherwise known as personality and its function. Furthermore. but in the final analysis. they serve the central computer with the same docility as the masses. television. t heir writings. for one reason o r another. hereditary. all th ese are powerful tools in the service of Hypnos. culture. publicity. The personality is in th e service of the individual's program. and the press. and speeches are lost in the vacuum of a deluded multitude . it forms part of this progra m and is the psychological mechanism destined to maintain and reinforce it. the only d ifference being that they are better rewarded for their service. are able t o stand out from the mass and excel for different reasons. by their personal efforts. The difficulty in fathoming and understanding concepts . He will then withdraw substantially from reality.

which is the hidden reason for many of man's acts. . indeed. is the need to overcome his separateness. not only does he not want to be human. In order to truly comprehend the significance of this fact. by virtue of an external or internal influence. to leav e the prison of his aloneness. a structure without any autonomy or a life of our own. The deepest need of man.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 59 which are not habitually used makes it practically impossible for a person to ev aluate the tremendous importance that the collective soul has in the life of a h uman being. It is at the same time the source of guilt and anxiety. but he senses profound anguish when threatened . then. . Erich Fromm mai ntained that: The experience of separateness arouses anxiety. the source of all anxiety. produces pan ic. without any capacity to use my human powers . but which are decisively important in human life. All attempts or possibi lity of separation. In The Art of Loving. and this panic is experienced by the human animal when threatened with separ ation from the flock. Being separate means being cut off. The awareness of human separation. In the light of this trut h. Reflecting on this we can understand the scope of the ailm ent which affects sapiens. Take for example anxiety. We must ask ourselves: why is there such a fear o f isolation? Isolation from what? Obviously that necessity of union corresponds to the tie with the collective soul or central computer. it is su fficient to consider that we are only a vital emanation of the collective soul. it is. without reunion by loveâ is the source of shame. we can understand many psychological phenomena which are not very clear.

and with it the fee ling of separateness from it. such individuals suffer from guilt feelings and remorse. anguished sapiens has invented certain tricks or flawed and artificial solutions. These may h ave the form of an auto-induced trance. and by sexual experience. Such orgiastic states may be brought about with drugs. Although the rituals of primitive tribes offer thi s kind of solution. Fromm speaks of the following attempts t o escape the state of separation: 1. Inasmuch as these rituals are practiced in common. In contrast to those participating in the socially patterned solution. Fromm continues: Alcoholism and drug addiction are the forms which the individual chooses in nonorgiastic culture. by alcoh ol. While they tr y to escape from separateness by taking refuge in alcohol or drugs. which enable hi m to temporarily placate his deep fear. In a transitory state of exaltation the world outside disappears. Many r ituals of primitive tribes offer a vivid picture of this type of solution. ORGIASTIC STATES: One way of achieving this aim lies in all kinds of orgiastic states.60 THE STELLAR MAN with the abandonment of his animal condition. For this reason. they feel al l the more separate after the . granting him a sta te of grace. sometimes with the help of drugs. certain rituals. an experience of fusion with the group is added which makes this solution all t he more effective. this same solution is also present in more civilized society in religious rituals which produce an experience of fusion with the group and w ith a divinity who forgives the sin and rewards the believer.

it is serenity dictated by r outine. as it involves freedom and individuality. 3. the price to be paid is v ery high. I am saved from the frightening experience of aloneness. Whether a carpenter makes a table .THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 61 orgiastic experience is over. It is a union in which the individual self disappear s to a large extent. CREATIVE ACTIVITY: In any kind of creative work the person creating unites himself with his materia l. and then comes the need to indulge in orgiastic practices. remaining strictly within the pattern. CONFORMITY WITH THE GROUP: Also in contemporary Western society. 2. and thus are driven to take recourse to it with in creasing frequency and intensity. union with the group is the prevalent way of overcoming separateness. and ideas. Furthermore. at times is insufficient to alleviate the anguish of se paration. to the pattern of the group. and due to this. and where the aim is to belong to the herd. Nevertheless. and from that moment never loses contact with t he flock. if I have no feelings or thoughts which make me different. union by conformity is not intense or violent. If I am like ev erybody else. if I co nform in custom. dress. which represents the world outside himself. as the individual is introduced to the conformity patter n at three to four years of age. Fromm is of the opinion that flock-like conformity only offers the advantage of being perma nent and not spasmodic. as stated by Fr omm. He even anticipates his funeral as the last event of social importance . or a .

The full an swer lies in the achievement of interpersonal union. and it is he who undergoes the act and not he who ac complishes it. Hence. that is. in all types of creative work the worker and his object become one. In contrast to symbiotic union. mature love is union under the condition of preserving one's integrity. they are only partial answers to the problem of existence. Love is an act ive power in man. . of fusion with another pers on. whether the peasant grows his corn or the painter paints a picture. yet it permits him to be himself. UNION BY LOVE: This complete solution can only be reached when there is genui ne love and not just a passional or symbiotic union. . . 4. love makes him overcome the sense of isolation and separateness. man unites himself with the world in the process of creation. . one's individuality. because he is impelled. a union that all ows and maintains individualism. which unites him with others. a power which breaks through the walls which separate man from his fellow men. In love. A symbiotic union is produced when there is a dependence in which both need each other mutually and absorb each other reciprocally. in love. A passional union is one in which a person is a slave to passion and in reality his activity is a passivene ss. Fromm describes genuine love very clearly: Union by love is only valid when there is mature love.62 THE STELLAR MAN goldsmith a piece of jewelry. The un ity achieved in productive work is not interpersonal. the unity achieved by conformity is only pseudo-unit y. the unity achieved in orgi astic fusion is transitory. to retain his integrity. It is a form of vampirism or parasitism.

his deep ang uish. mystery. we see sapiens' main motivation in life. Usin g the master key of knowledge of the collective soul of sapiens. morals. truth is in that which is simple. which would enab le them to unfold with a simple abracadabra or attain clairvoyance with the open ing of a third eye. is based on the fear of freedom with respect to the central computer." Truth is strewn everywhe re and no one notices it. If we meditate deeply. Only the one who senses that great truth is found in that whi ch is simple will be able to see beneath the surface of appearances. After reading this far.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 63 the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two. That which is simple appears so unattrac tive that no one bothers to study it or make an effort to delve beneath its surf ace. and occul tism. wa r. politics. or injustice. we will find it is much more difficult to notice the simple than the complex. and for this reason it is s aid that "truth is written in the open book of Nature. many readers may be puzzled. From this prof ound description by Fromm. Perhaps they desired the revelation of fantastic secrets. Nevertheless. People alwa ys seek that which is complicated. It is more difficult to "know what is already known" t han to learn about something of which one is ignorant. the reader coul d well analyze any aspect of social psychology. as perhaps they expected more magic. Whether it be love. The . art. believing there is an equivalence between com plexity and truth. justice. everything can be understood through prio r knowledge of the mystery of the central computer. Patience! The most impatient and superficial person is the o ne who sees least.

scorning the profound treasure it may contain." . superficiality. lacking the abracadabra. but which no one understands. People are horrified by effort. the student feels cheated as he expected m agic. We must now disillusion them. It is due to this that at many times. to acqu ire strange parapsychological qualities. easy magic has an extraordinary attraction for the unwary. The myster y of occultism and magic is based on understanding what is already known to ever yone.64 THE STELLAR MAN already-known merits no attention and in any event is tainted with prejudices. I t is for this reason that true intellect is hidden away in the attic of the insi gnificant and useless. That is to say. so below. b ut a teaching. a procedure in which the world and Nature would be subject to the whims and desires of the magician. and the lack of a state of higher awareness. fantasy. as that which is arbitrary does not exist in the Universe. which is hidden due to human stupidity. For this reason. what is the general concept of magic? Magic is the food of hope for l azy people who believe it is sufficient to learn tricks or attain certain powers to be able to reach the fulfillment of all their desires through magic. endeavoring to find mysterious masters in India. without any effort whatsoever. The word "occultism" does not define unknown knowledge. But. snobbery. and theref ore. and should it exist. it would bring about the destruction of the Cosmos. they visualize the magic art as an arbit rary exercise. Paraphrasing the concept of Hermes Trismegistus of "as above. or to find curious and hidden manuscrip ts with magic secrets. the common man wanders abou t lost and disoriented.

transcending matter. They are misguided by virtue of their complet e lack of knowledge about true occultism. and we know of no higher or more noble goal than to be converted i nto a true human being with higher spiritual qualities. life. Many people identify mag ic with parapsychological ability. time. eternal. and death. Nevertheless. . historical eras. an art in which only after a long process of initiation is it possible to take the first steps.THE COLLECTIVE SOUL OF THE SPECIES 65 the attainment of something physical or material entails work. and absolute. and effort. This is also true for Hermeticism. believing that the highest goal of occultism consists in developing PSI powers. whose spiritual goals are neither temp oral nor relative. we must not fo rget that the effort required is always relative to the importance of the goal b eing pursued. but rather are infinite.


Any normal human being who asks h imself. Hermeticism affirms that sapiens is not. no one thinks that he is n ot from the moment he has evidence of existence. How can this be understood? . the question see ms to be the framework for a decision to live or die." we . and realizes he p ossesses a material body which occupies space.V To BE OR NOT TO BE? T his traditional question posed by Shakespeare is also one of the basic elements on which the student of Hermeticism must work. If we ask if so-and-so is. At first glance. Only through greate r precision and depth in the comprehension of related concepts. and we refer to the body and the "psychological I. sees himself. which follow. For this it is n ecessary to work with two philosophical triangles. with a divine spark or spirit.. "am I or am I not?" must reply affirmatively. Nevertheless. and a "psychological I" or personal ity.. Sapiens has a p hysical body.

lives its ow n life in its own related world. On the other hand. and that this person lives in the material wor ld in a material body. In order to understand this. the "Superior I. this explanation has absolutely no value." lives in a mysterious limbo to which we have no access. it is not in the material reality of the present time. the "Superior I" or the spirit. in spite of being incarnated in matter. Those individuals must ask themselves the following question: "Who am I? Surely I am not the body . we maintain that the spirit or immortal essence. Nevertheless. we must realize that we are speaking of a person. It is certain that for those people who do not believe that the spirit or the spiri t in sapiens exists. and therefore." our reply will be no. This "Superior I" is not manifested in the body or the real world. nor am I so-and-so. if we refer to the spirit or " Superior I. The "psychological I" of this body also constantly manifests itself (perhaps it is never otherwise) and we have evidence of this. From that limbo a fine thread . This body is clearly seen and cannot be denied as it occu pies space. Could I be the thinker? Who am I?" Continuing along this l ine.68 THE STELLAR MAN must reply in the affirmative.

This false image of spirituality is what all those who have spiritual inquietude try to adopt." This brin gs us to the basic objective of true occultism (the esoteric and not the exoteri c) which is: 1. about which there are many mist aken ideas. without strength or vigor. is never manifested in the concrete reality of the material worl d. "am I or am I not?" this question refers to the e ssential being and I must reply: "I am in the limbo where I exist as a spiritual being. thin-faced. Nevertheless. and renunciation. abstention from meat and al cohol. Therefore. giving the individual a sense of spiritu ality. sexual chastity. the spirit is never manifested in the individual's brain. For the majority of people. And as it is of no use to me to be in limbo. and exists to a certain extent in material reality. spirituality is a mysterious mystical st ate in which the individual reaches absolute purity. the in- . I must accept that 7 am not. Nearl y all the pictures of Christ depict him as very weak and undernourished. with sunken eyes and an appearance of gentleness." Thus. a nd as a result. if I ask myself. On the other hand. That this man be spiritu al The main goal of Hermeticism is spirituality. and a life apart from material existence. living in an o cean of kindness. That sapiens be transformed into man 2.To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 69 reaches to the psychological awareness. Painters frequently depict saints as s keletal men. so-and-so (my 'psyc hological I') is. To become spiritual in truth means only one t hing: "that the spirit manifests itself through one's own brain. love. but I am not in the material world where my physical body lives in the reality of the present time.

70 THE STELLAR MAN dividual is spiritual because his spirit has access to material, concrete, and t emporal reality. If, however, as a consequence of this fact certain superior qua lities are awakened in the individual, that is another matter. Adding the concep t of time to the subject we are studying enables us to visualize the phenomenon of being in a much more luminous form. In relation to time, we are not intereste d in any of the complicated Einsteinian equations, but only in the concepts of p ast, present, and future. In fact, only the present is of positive interest; the past and the future represent only negative concepts in this analysis. Let us r ecapitulate and add time to our reflective process: sapiens possesses a physical body which has a "psychological I" and a "Superior I" or spirit. This body, whi ch is material, occupies a location in space and a position in time. Let us now place these constituent parts in time and space: Present 1. Physical body Without any doubt it is (that which is concrete) located in the nt reality. It has a correct space-time y. Past, Present, 2. "Psychological I " Indeterminate Time: Fluctuates between te Time: Cosmic present, that is, it exists in the prese location according to our earthly realit and Future (that which is mental) Space: past, present, and future. Space: Infini

That which is, 3. Spirit has been, and (pure energy) will be

To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 71 In the Cosmos, there are infinite forms of life which are governed by the absolu te realities of the Universe. Nevertheless, within these absolute realities ther e are temporal or relative truths, which are degrees of the absolute on an infin ite scale of levels, each one having absolute and relative laws. In our conditio n as Homo sapiens, we live in the reality of the world which we know, that is, m aterial body and terrestrial time. If we were to live on a distant planet, we mi ght perhaps have an etheric or gaseous body, and a time adequate for the planet on which we would live. Therefore, our fundamental reality as sapiens is the mat erial world of the planet Earth, governed by terrestrial time, measured by terre strial clocks. This is our concrete reality, as concerns our life in a biological body. Carefully following the development of t his subject, we will reach the following conclusions: 1. Our physical body lives adjusted to the absolute reality of the vital conditions which govern our exist ence. Terrestrial time passes with respect to our body, according to the hands o n the clock. 2. Our "psychological I" is a fan opened towards the past, present, and future. It is never completely in the present, in the past, or in the futur e. With respect to time, it is different from the physical body; it has a differ ent location in time. 3. Our spirit lives in cosmic time, but in itself is beyon d time. It is what is, what has been, and what will eternally be. Our inability to be spiritual resides in the fact that our spirit and our body do not coincide in time; therefore there can

72 THE STELLAR MAN be no communication between them. To make our spirit and body coincide, there ar e two basic methods: A - Chaos B - Order Both systems require a mediator or intermediary as the contact between body and spirit. In the case of Aâ Chaos, the individual uses his subconscious (in which the p ast, present, and future coexist) to unite with the spiritual. It is called chao s because it produces disorientation in time and space, which may affect the mat erial conditions of an individual's life, but increases his spiritual illuminati on. In Bâ Order, an artificial mediator is created by means of theurgy; but it is sup erconscious, not subconscious. Further on, this will be explained in more detail . Each method attempts to bring the spirit to the temporal reality of the physic al body, because the reverse cannot be done. In order to explain the mystery of being, the student must zealously study the concepts of being and not being. The student must identify himself with these states. Being, naturally, corresponds to reality, and not being corresponds to fantasy. Stated in another way, all tha t is fantastic, in the sense of illusory fantasy, is not, as this corresponds so lely to a subjective vision of the individual. On the other hand, reality IS, as it is equivalent to the objective contemplation of a phenomenon, which exists e ither externally, apart from the individual, or as an internal phenomenon, but w hich is perfectly studied, verified, and delineated.

To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 73 It is humbling to observe how much the human being lives in a purely fantastic o r illusory subjective personal world, without ever encountering concrete and obj ective reality. This is explained by sapiens' dream-like state, as each person h as a world of dreams or personal fantasies corresponding to his desires or fears . Thus, to a certain extent, each person lives in his own fantasy world imaginat ively created according to his unconscious needs. There is an absolute key which gives us a reference point for understanding the mystery of being, and this key is expressed in the following Hermetic concept: "the only reality is the present moment; there is no past or future; both are illusory." The past existed and the future will exist. What is the present? The present is the exact point of union between the past and the future. If we are able to unde rstand that the only reality is the present moment, we will reach the foundation of the mystery of to be and not to be. Life is composed of real, absolute, and implacable nature, by dreams and time. In this life we are faced with fantasy mo dules and reality modules. Each module is always made up of three elements: time , space, and the individual. As these three elements are combined, the person ei ther is or is not. In order to understand this, we will construct the following image of the world: 1. A space apparently immutable and immobile. 2. A tape like that of a computer. This tape is divided into spaces, marked like a measuring t ape. Each degree corre sponds to a second, and this system moves along the

74 THE STELLAR MAN immobile space at the speed of one degree per second. (In this case, it does not matter whether the space or the time moves, all that matters is that one of the m moves.) 3. Man standing upon the Earth (part of space), along the time band. W e must realize that there are many time bands in the Universe, one for man, anot her for minerals, animals, planets, galaxies, etc. For our purposes, we are only interested in one, the time band for man. Suppose that this human time band is moving at the rate of one degree per second, and that man is standing alongside this measure and must walk in step with it. Let us stop the system for a moment and make a red mark on the tape, exactly in front of the man, and then start the system up again. To the extent that the man remains on the red mark, he will live in reali ty, that is, the man IS. On the other hand, upon leaving the mark, either by goi ng backward or forward with respect to it, the man IS NOT. Coincidence with time takes us toward the reality of our existence; a lack of th is coincidence takes us toward an existence of fantasy. Furthermore, it is neces sary to add a missing element to complete this module. The missing element is th e physical and psychological activity of the individual at a given moment. The f ollowing example illustrates this: So-and-so, knowing the secret of time as expl ained here, reaches complete coincidence with time at this moment. What would hi s situation be? Let us suppose that his location would be at the second

To BE OR NOT TO BE? 5 degree of time (this is an imaginary division). At this degree, it is 3:42 p.m., and our experimental subject is in his downtown office. What is real for this i ndividual? Only the space-time with which he is physically connected at that mom ent. This is his prime realityâ his office with all that it contains and the work he is doing at that moment. His house, his car, his family, and all that is apart f rom him at that moment exist only as a secondary reality. These are elements wit h which the individual will make contact in the near future, but which for the s ame reason, do not exist at that moment, as the only reality is the present moment. Now, to the extent that the subject psychologically projects his awareness towar d a secondary reality or toward a fantasy (to what is not involved in his spacetime at that moment), the individual will no longer coincide with time, and will unfailingly fall into the power of dreams, fantasy, and unreality. It is for th is reason that it is dimly recognized that mental concentration is a powerful we apon for obtaining something of value. It is obvious that a person can only rema in in coincidence with time in direct relation to his selfdiscipline.

It is necessary to add something treme ndously important and this is the fact that when one exists in coincidence with time. and future. the spirit has some corporeal manifestations. h e is not in relation to the present time. Chronological age 2. The individual's great enemy is his "psychological I" which. Nevertheless. our age would be planetary. located in the reality of the present moment. Real age Chronological age is that which we all know. one obtains the manifestatio n of the spirit in the brain. and th erefore has access to concrete material reality. Real age is the sum total of al l those tiny moments in which the spirit is manifested through the brain. as stated before. For the Hermeticist. is l ike a fan opened to the past. For different reasons. Therefore. . people have two ages: 1. some acc idental and others that can be attributed to the individual himself. thus succeeding in becoming spiritual. not human. The subject's imagination makes him project his awareness beyond the present moment. present. living thus an unreal and fantastic ex istence: not existing. the secret of spirituality is the mystery of time and its influence on the human being. thus making it impossible to achieve actual temporal coincidence.76 THE STELLAR MAN If we could in some way enter into coincidence with cosmic time. We must understand that if a man lives in another time. we would surely live thousands or millions of years.

This rea l age is obtained by adding the spaces of time during which the spirit was manif ested. The majority will not understand what has bee n said here in spite of the simplicity of the language. The subject in the correct space-time 2." that is. days. in order that everyone may have the same opportunity. weeks. This reveals to us part of the methods emplo yed by Hermeticists in the spiritual development of students. Nevertheless. because obtaining the manifestation of the spirit and maintaining this condition is inevitably a p rocess of authentic evolution. in spite of their brevity. this is a long and painful process. moments in which the person acquires. This is what Jesus taught his d isciples during the Last Supper when he gave them bread and wine saying: "drink." Very few accept that this stat ement is literal and not symbolic. an incre ase and elevation of his awareness. for this is my blood. the verb or spirit should be converted into flesh and blood. eat.To BE OR NOT TO BE? 77 these are so rare and brief in most people. What is contained in the space indic ated above (material and psychological things) A fantasy module contains: 1. as it involves the "transubstantiation of the verb. and at times. A reality module is composed of the following elements: 1. for this is my body. that the real age of a forty-year-ol d person may only be six months. only hours. The material and non-material things con tained in that space . The subject in the incorrect space-time 2. We write for a minority. but with the language of the majority.

But start to analyze those ideas and you will find that they hardly reflect in any way the reality t o which they appear to refer. when he says: All the matters about which science speaks. who can perceiv e under the chaos presented by every vital situation the hidden anatomy of the m ovement. and if you go deeper you will discover that there is not even an attempt to adjust the ideas to this reality. that is the man with the really clear head. is the concrete vital reality.78 THE STELLAR MAN It is unnecessary to add that reality modules are rare exceptions. wh ich would seem to point to them having ideas on the matter. who does not lose himself in life. without the slightest suspicion of what is happening to them. entangled. always a unique thin g. whatever the science be. and abstract things are always clear. What is really confused. like sleepwalkers in the midst of their good or bad luck. The majority of people live almost permanently entangled in the web of fantasy and dreams. only a small minority understand their precarious situation. wh ich rob them of their best possibility for achieving true consciousness and happ iness. Quite the contrary: through these no- . Take stock of those around you and you will see them wandering about lost through life. are abstrac t. Although this phenomenon is stated clearly and people are warned of this danger. You will hear them talk in precise terms about themselves and their surroundings. The man who is capable of steering a clear course through it. Let us reca ll the wise words of Jose Ortega y Gasset in one of the paragraphs from his book The Revolt of the Masses. So that the clarity of science is not s o much in the heads of scientists as in the matters of which they speak. in a word. the man.

as scarecrows to fright en away reality. in prescriptions. Instinctively. (The majority of men of scien ce have given themselves to it through fear of facing life. Al l the rest is rhetoric. It does not worry him that his "ideas" are not true. because it is a question of his salvation. For life is from the start a chaos in which one is lost. and have realized t hat we cannot find support in accepted notions. of his very own life. the ideas of the shipwrecked. as do the shipwrecked. He who does not really feel himself lo st. The man who discovers a new scientific truth has previously ha d to smash to atoms almost everything he had learned. and that tragic. he uses them as trenches for the defense of his existence. is inexorably lost. he will look around for some thing to cling to. but he is frightened at finding himself face to face with this terrible reality. The ind ividual suspects this. and tries to cover it over with a curtain of fantasy. As this is the simple truthâ that to live i s to feel oneself lostâ he who accepts it has already begun to find himself.To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 79 tions the individual is trying to cut off any personal vision of reality. even in science. . This is true in every order. never comes up a gainst his own reality. posturing. that is to say. farce. have seen its problematic nature. and feels himself lost.) Our scientific ideas are of value to the degree in which we have felt ourselv es lost before a question. realizes that everything in i t is problematic. absolutely sincere. hence their notorious ineptitude in the presence of any concrete situation . in spite o f science being in its nature an escape from life. These are the only genuine ideas. will cause him to bring order into the chaos of his life. to be on firm ground. The man with the clear head is the man who frees himself from t hose fantastic "ideas" and looks life in the face. in proverbs. They are not clear h eads. n or in mere words. he never finds himself. wh ere everything is clear. ruthless glance.

a planet of cripples w ho believe themselves to be perfectly healthy because they are unaware of any ot her condition. for man is lost be neath the superficiality of his own thoughts and fantasies. although profane and not Hermetic. Unfortunately. Common man has never suspected the magnitude of his going ast ray in the world which surrounds him. In general. the damage is not in their bodies or intelligence. but in their lack of consciousness. or th rough laws or rules instituted by society. Our world is. which are certainly not abundant. and this has been seen repeatedly in history. as his fellow man lacks orientation as muc h or more than he himself does.80 THE STELLAR MAN and arrives at the new truth with hands stained with blood from the slaughter of a thousand platitudes. alt hough logically a sapiens is much more con- . least of all regarding ethical and moral codes. clear heads occasionally will suddenly app ear and point out the road to be followed with a modicum of clarity. Ortega y Gasset elucid ates the difficulty of finding clear heads as he called them. Nevertheless. at least for the moment. To be guides. as this is always the case with the ignorant wh o face something they do not understand. schools and universities offer no guidance in this respect. In a brilliant manner. they would have to be d esigned by clear heads. But what is this consciousness we are referr ing to? Is it perhaps the difference between man and animals? Certainly not. people scorn such intelligence. and never reaches th e reality of life. Nevertheless. as a defense against showing their inte llectual weakness.

C onsciousness: Intelligence arising from and developed on the basis of an apprent iceship of awakeness. This is called dead or programmed in telligence. The individ ual's level of awareness is constantly high. Unconsciousness: Intelligence born from an apprenticeship of dreams. unconsciousness or lack of awareness pervades the intelligence of a dormant subject and does not impede mec hanical thought or the functioning of dead intelligence. the individual neither notices nor evaluates his p recarious . a s sapiens has no mind. The awareness or consciousness to which we refer originates with the exercise of an intelligence separated from dream-like states. which we will explain later. with the expre ssion mental cripple. Man might well be called a mental cripple. The term mental is only figurative. The indi vidual's level of awareness is very low. is considered to be the highest faculty of the human being. 2. On the other hand. but which he possesses only in a dormant state.To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 81 scious than an animal which does not possess the divine spark. the planet Earth is a small hell. Due to the l ack of a state of higher awareness. W e call this living or unprogrammed intelligence. Nevertheless. even though his intellect may be brilli ant. since this acuteness only reflects great dexterity in arranging combination s of cerebral information. we wish to point out the weakness and inoperative state of the mind which. The ideas we are endeav oring to explain are summarized in the following chart: 1. Hermetically speaking. where by d ivine grace or infernal evil.

82 THE STELLAR MAN condition or the cloudiness of his awareness. Like true madmen, each sapiens, li ke Don Quixote, the Castilian nobleman, strikes out against his own windmill. Th us, battle after battle, youth is lost, illusions die, purity withers, and the l ast glimmers of lucidity gradually disappear. If we were perverse gods or immora l despoilers, we could not invent a better method to make a group of slaves work peacefully than to make them believe, by means of collective hypnosis, that the y are happy and important. We would then have perfect robots who would work unti ringly, producing what we desire. In addition, these robots would make and maint ain themselves. It could be argued that sapiens, unlike other species, sows, pro duces, and labors only for himself and not for other beings. This is true for th e products and material sapiens uses for his own maintenance. No non-human speci es steals the material product of sapiens' efforts. On the other hand, this is n ot the case with the subtle fruit produced by the human nervous system in everyd ay life. This fruit is rapidly reaped by certain beings who are much higher on t he evolutionary scale than the human being; veritable gods of space, who profit from human efforts, but in turn fulfill certain cosmic functions and occupy an i mportant position in the universal economy. These beings have been mentioned pre viously: they are the Archons of Destiny. We could also refer to them as Gods of the Zodiac, as they direct and govern human existence on this planet. When we s peak of true astrology, we do not refer to radiations from a specific planet, bu t to the influence of the Zodiacal Gods, each one of which (there are 72 in all) has personal and defined

To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 83 characteristics, influencing the people they control in a strange way. All of Ea rth's inhabitants are under the sway of one or more of these gods, who regulate, shape, and direct the destiny of humanity. But this is not so for the destiny o f the Hermeticist, who attains his vital autonomy at a certain moment, releasing himself from the mandate of the Archons. The Archons of Destiny are terrifying beings, not because they are evil, but due to their cold and inexorable severity in the manipulation of sapiens. If we were to establish a symbol for these bein gs, no doubt they would be depicted with a whip in their hands, a girdle of bris tles or netted wire with which they chastise humanity in order to ensure their p rogress, although this evolution may be imperceptible during our earthly time. F or example these occult judges pitilessly provoke a world war in which millions of people die. For them, these dead are of no more importance than that assigned by sapiens to the thousands of animals they sacrifice daily in order to feed. S apiens, in his extreme fight for existence and in his various relations with the natural and social environments surrounding him, inevitably experiences all kin ds of tribulations, suffering, deceptions, and other experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant. As a consequence, his emotional and nervous systems develop cert ain embodied elements, that are extremely powerful, and which abandon the human body in the form of vibrations (everything vibrates; matter is only vibratory en ergy). These vibrations are transmitted through antennae incorporated in the bio logical unit which are tuned to the frequency of the Archons, who then reap this

84 THE STELLAR MAN power and use it for purposes we cannot divulge, again stating that they accompl ish a cosmic function. It is thus that sapiens is unwittingly stripped of the mo st noble product he has produced; the final distillate of human experience, the broth in which lies the blood, the soul, and the very life of the individual. Th e individual lived for this, suffered, loved, enjoyed, worked, built things, wen t to war, studied, investigated, only to prepare the golden broth of his life. W e must understand that the central computer only exists in relation to the Archo ns of Destiny as an instrument to control sapiens. The object of life, the reason for which sapiens was created, is not for him to enjoy life in the garden of the Lord, but rather to be a pawn in his vineyards, a worker so perfect he can act as cultivator and food at the same time. If man c ould prevent his golden broth from being stolen, with this vital product he coul d become equal to the gods, rapidly evolving by integrating within himself the p roducts from the chemical laboratory of his physical body. This is exactly what is done by the student of Hermeticism, who is temporarily freed by the Archons o f Destiny. This individual, by virtue of his understanding and responsibility, h as no need for an overseer with whip in hand to oblige him to evolve through suf fering, as he takes responsibility for his evolution into his own hands, and if he deems it necessary, submits himself to the same temporary suffering in order to attain eternal happiness. This is in contrast to the profane or worldly perso n who chooses fleeting pleasure at the expense of eternal suffering. If the stud ent fails or turns aside from his path, abusing

To B E OR N OT TO B E ? 85 his temporary freedom, the Archons again take him under their control, punishing him very severely. From another point of view, we can see how certain countries are chosen by the Archons for veritable martyrdom. Furthermore, one should not believe that this suffering is futile, as such a sacrifice generally brings abou t a moral, material, spiritual, and intellectual revival of the population by vi rtue of the law of suffering. So it is that after wars we notice a rapid rebirth toward a higher state. This is a high price to pay for evolution. These wars co uld have been avoided had there been sufficient clear-headed people in the world who the masses would have been willing to follow. Enough revealing of secrets w hich are hidden from sapiens\ Let us spread a cloak of silence on this subject i n order to comply with the mandate of the esoteric Sphinx who demands silence. S peech and silence are two swords, which must be handled with sublime skill in or der not to disrupt universal harmony. Those who have "eyes to see" will understa nd everything not stated in the written word, but in the cryptic language of the initiate. For those not in this state, it is best that they understand nothing and continue to sleep tranquilly. Ultimately, the Archons run no risk of a bad h arvest from a possible rebellion of sapiens. Sapiens is too blind to see where t he danger is really found. It is sad to observe the tremendous limitation of sap iens, who shuts himself up in the small world of stereotypical concepts, of memo rized knowledge, of imitation, and mechanisms of compensation and defense. His m ental disability prevents him from realizing just

86 THE STELLAR MAN how small the cubicle is which imprisons him. And, thus, with a mind made up in advance, he accepts, condemns, or tolerates without bothering to intelligently a nalyze the situations with which he is confronted.

VI THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE A ll true knowledge arises in the mind and not in the intelligence. Having a mind distinguishes the Hermeticist from the layman who, as we have seen in the last c hapter, is a mental cripple. The Hermeticist has a mind he himself has formed and developed, and this enables him to reach states of higher consciousness in which he has access to absolute truth. Physically, mind is a magnetic orb established between two poles: the bra in (negative pole in man) and the sex (positive pole in man). In women, the brai n is the positive pole and the sex the negative. This orb is formed exclusively by the Hermetic student's work on himself, and is the result of lengthy efforts. From a higher spiritual point of view, the mind is the philosopher's stone thro ugh which the initiate attains a continuous transformation of base metals (igno8 7

which develops into undigested intelligence. which in the end. while remaining in ig norance of his mental disability. The student does n ot assimilate his education due to an insufficient state of awareness. This immense mass of information possessed by a moderately cultured indi vidual is precisely what gives him the false sensation of "knowing many things. Lacking this. A glutton for knowledge. T he more fame or prestige an author has. nor is . The stude nt limits himself to memorizing and juggling infinite combinations of the data h e possesses with acrobatics. this treadmill of knowledge fails him lamentably w hen he is faced with practical situations in real life. sapiens never diges ts the information he possesses. It is thus that in spite of all that sapiens knows. lies) into gold (true knowledge) and the immortality of his own individua lity. or even petrified. which is incorp orated into the cerebral archive without ever releasing the quintessence of its secret. at very low levels. or the more lessons studied by the indiv idual. except the application o f mathematical concepts. which give him extraordinary intellectual agility. If the individual has a p rofessional title gained from long studies in university classrooms. the greater will be his intellectual blindness. he devours information about many things. Nevertheless." He feels morally empowered to give all kinds of opinions. the re has been no evolution in his internal nature throughout history. and absolute certainty of being very intelligent and extraordinarily capable in his profession. it is pract ically guaranteed that his intelligence has been totally and incurably damaged b y becoming stratified. is a lack of intelligence.88 THE STELLAR MAN rance. The mind is the stomach of intelligence.

sapiens clings to far o ff hopes or illusions created to elude the real possibilities within his reach. illogical.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 89 there any real indication that such evolution is approaching. Sapiens is basically a loafer and as such. It is much easier to dream of flying saucers or explore any kind of religious do gma than to dedicate oneself to the work of one's spiritual advancement. This impossibility is so vast th at the knowledge possessed does not allow him to see himself and evaluate himsel f impartially. is full of false concepts a bout his own importance. . either by act and grace of the Holy Spirit or by chance. always seeks the easiest path and the least effort possible. effectively. So it is that many people live with the hope that flying s aucers are real. The most he can aspire to is to better the material conditions in which he lives. He is fascinated by simple belief and ignorant faith. Man has been conve rted into the carrier of innumerable concepts which each day are more numerous a nd complex. and in a higher manner. It is a fact th at the individual cannot see himself and. value. and capability. objectively. longing to meet extraterrestrial beings who can in some way hel p them to better themselves. therefore. As with all things in life. and guided by a subconscious i mpulse. Thus. From this we can r ecognize sapiens' ultimate vulnerabilityâ his inability to apply the information he c arries to his own transformation and evolution. subjective . endeavor to reach the stars with the secret hope of finding a superior g alactic race which would teach him to live as a human being and enable him to le ave his animal state. sapiens creates all kinds of absurd. bedazzled by anything that can be acquired without effort. but in the individual himself there is no change.

whatever the individual desires. People generally live dreaming of some future event which will ra dically change their lives." With this strategy . where it induces s omnambulistic sleep. and people do not wish to complicate their . he assiduously dopes himself with a dream drug. the great philosophe r and thinker. The content of the dreams is not important if he can cling to convenient illusions. Sapi ens is in truth a professional loafer. Needless to sa y. this laziness also extends to the boundaries o f intelligence. refers to this when he says: "faith in a holy cause is to a consi derable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves. It may be the expectancy of a stroke of luck which w ill make them millionaires.90 THE STELLAR MAN and arbitrary dreams. or the arrival of superior for ces or causes which will mold their destiny into a happier state. finding a great love. this future illusion ruins or annuls all real and present intentions of attai ning. but only within the human organism. the individual fully develops into a loafer." This satisfies a passion for individual renunciation and allows him to disapp ear in the mass movement which he has entered. mainly because in his cerebral activity a nd in his conduct. chemically speaking. by methodical and sustained efforts. Eric Hoffer. as he need not even think. Undoubtedly. This drug exi sts. In search of this handhold. He onl y needs to accept the religious dogma with which he has become affiliated withou t judgment or analysis. the frustrated person is conver ted to a religious faith and is able to thus free himself from an undesirable "I . Only those who make efforts beyond duty and necessity ar e NOT loafers. just as the shipwrecked person clings to a board in or der to save himself.

The higher the source of this presti ge. to a psychological oneness with a group i n which no one is responsible for anything because it is anonymous. . which he falls back on wi th lightning speed. he will imitate the behavior of famous . the more blindly the stud ent will accept the concepts poured into him without taking the trouble to deepl y analyze them. without making any effort to analyze the particular problem or conflict he is facing. Under the impulse of intellectual laziness. he rapidly and superficially absorb s all his studies. an author. A cowardly p erson will choose a movement. he will enthusiastically enter a religious or politica l movement which will free him from all responsibility through his unconditional surrender to a superior divine power. In this condition the individual gives great importance to the prestige of the source of his information. whether a professor. For example. It is much easier to follow those ideas w hich best justify the individual's temperament or way of life. he hopes to have prefabricated solutions for every situation that arises in his life. which are a threat to his mental or physical tranqui lity. zero .THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 91 lives thinking about difficult things. from the point of view of essential truth). With this in mind. carrying out the process we call a dream apprenticeship (an a pprenticeship in a low state of awareness. which will deprive him of the largest possible qua ntity of vital experiences. In this way. or an institution. if a person is irresponsible. . sapiens rapidly fills his brai n with as much information as he is capable of absorbing and which he endeavors to memorize as exactly as possible. Also. following the same standards.

theories. which entails th e death of his intellect. Nevertheless. the phe nomenon already described in reference to intelligence also occurs with the pers onality. Within his "mental egg " the individual is warm and comfortable. completely free from danger of argumen ts and facts. or knowledge which are not filed in his cultural depository. At all times during his life when this i ndividual is faced with phenomena. This man has already formed his mechanism of ada ptation and defense and clings blindly to the concepts he knows and understands. In time. and perhaps reach a complete revisi on of his intellectual baggage. he will feel psychologically threat ened. No matter how brilliant the individual may be. he will vehemently reject them if they contradict his knowledge. he will be incapable of visualizing the enormous magnitude of his ignorance and be limited to living within the "egg" of his own knowledge. which is converted into mechanical or dead intelligenc e.92 THE STELLAR MAN people he admires and take on the ideologies of those individuals as his own. all experiences lived by an individual should be duly integrated into his personality. or simply discredit them if they are unknown to him. we can be certain that if he i s in this condition. which constitute his cultural lineage. If at any time h e becomes aware of new or surprising topics. Due to his cerebral myopia. especially if they are in conflict with his interests and principles. this person reaches a complete intellectual programming. In practice. which may oblige him to think. We k now that the psychological personality is integrated more substantially when it starts from separate behavioral units. he will be a mental cripple. There is .

no matter how valuable. People learn very much less than they believe from their experiences. They become fixed. they accept. completely fail in their attempt to solve difficulti es of a vital and practical nature such as personal conflicts of an emotional na ture. w hich might result from facing new realities and life-challenging demands. which the individu al blindly follows without real discernment. a priori. The person seeks refuge in these pr ogrammed directives and hides behind them for protection. It is for this reason that people automatically reject any new idea. which is not part of their cerebral program. as t hese are very frequently integrated into the personality in the form of cliches and empty stereotyped symbols which do not contribute beneficially to the indivi dual's awareness. It is due to this that the wisest and most illustrious men. On the o ther hand. or understanding and wisely counseling their children. In truth. empty rules for conduct. remaining comfortable and inert in reference to anything that involves real intelligence." Within this. avoiding any traumatic shocks. we must conclude that the art of thinking has been lost to humanity (if humanity ever possessed it) and has been supplanted by the art o f imitation and informative memorization. any suggestion which is apparently in agreemen t with their beliefs.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 93 a very important difference between integrated experience and assimilated experi ence. no matter how precarious this may be in the light of a dee per analysis. man kee ps his infantilism and lack of maturity intact. The organization of society into institutions created for . We call this assembly of protection and maintenance circuits the "egg. clever at solving pr ofound scientific problems. or noble it may be.

There are typical solutions for all. These men never become aware of the secret of life. as the person is not pressured in any truly threatening mann er. or to go out and hunt for food as prehistoric man did. and is content with placid mediocrit y. He never really needs to use his brain. reaching only the knowledge of some of the scientific disciplines. and will exist. exists. educational. arts. Everything is organized in such a way that it is difficult for an individual to have to face serious problems. science proceeded to study the skin and the flesh without ever penetrating to t he . which was a mass phenome non in other ages. without ever explaining what a thing is. but it is improbable he will die of starvation. W ise men are content to be semi-wise. The Hermeticist proceeds inv ersely. limiting themselves to describing different phenomena.94 THE STELLAR MAN control and aid makes a civilized world where all is foreseen. whether for medical. ther e is at least a solution. which is not difficult to discern. he starts by studying and coming to know the vital keys of the Universe with which he then takes possession of the golden thread. Man today knows that he may face hunger. This relative security is precisely that which encourages int ellectual laziness. only st ating how it is. The state has a s olution for everyone. or legal problems. or letters. which is the common ne xus of all vital phenomena. e tc. It is as if in endeavoring to learn what a peach is. There are very few individuals who seek tota l truth or the essential keys to all that has existed. and even if no one is satisfied with government help. free from intellectual conflict. remaining in total and absolute ignora nce of their own human nature and the occult laws which govern life in the Unive rse.

aware of absolute truth s. which in the majority of cases are only a reflection of his opinions. hopes. this science must be absolutely impartial and impersona l. The conceptual perspective of sapiens is built up to a great extent by his be liefs. if these conditions are altered and modified by Hermetic techniques. the fact that the impossibility for the existence of genuine knowledge is maintained only by special conditions in the consciousness of sapiens. as once the seed is planted it will multiply its fruits. he confers on these beliefs the category of knowledge. The Hermeticist studies the re st of the books written by the semi-wise. or dislikes. underst anding will occur in the individual. Howev er. do not realize that an intelligence which serves the beast canno t contribute anything which will ultimately be really beneficial for man. These people. has access to any of the relative truths when he so desires. unaware of He rmetic science. The Hermeticist does not bother about either the skin or the flesh. Thus the Fraternity of Magicians has been formed. likes. possessors of kno wledge and beyond good and evil. T hey add something more important which is the intrinsic principle of Hermetic ph ilosophy.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 95 pit. believing in this way a certain kind of Paradise on Earth can be reached. for when man believes something with sufficient certainty. of knowledge which transcends all polarity or p artiality. Similar to the a gnostics. Hermeticists maintain that genuine knowledge cannot be manufactured. . Naively. many thinkers and men of science base all their hopes for the betterment of the human race on a major and massive development of sapiens' intelligence. The true sage. Of necessity. This will gradually enable him to reach tru e knowledge.

but with the difference that this cha os is more complete. eagerly seeking to reinforce his position and discredit that of others. and they believe that e veryone else is mistaken. from the person one has been in previous incarnations. greater. To them we would say that surely they wi ll not reincarnate. With horrible frequency. we declare that no one has a monopoly on truth. Spi ritual aristocracy begins and ends with the individual. what these people wish to ob tain is license and acknowledgement for their ideas. because even if they do not . irrational. they possess the truth. Each individual develops inside the web of hi s own blindness. and spurious. Only Karma will have the last word. the more intelligent one is. we find persons who take positions which are a bsolutely foolish. but who are completely and sincerel y convinced that they are right. but that we are the real possessor s of Hermetic Art as this is ours by spiritual aristocracy and not by blood. Some may say that Hermet icists believe themselves to be owners of the truth. Basically.96 THE STELLAR MAN Actually. as they have nothing within them which would survive death. one stupid and the other intelligent. sophisticated. and is inherited only fr om oneself. they suffer tremendously from the lack of understanding they receive from people. Intelligence without co nsciousness inevitably leads man to chaos. which one is more dangerous? Naturally. From this point forward. between two beasts. and to achieve the recognit ion or importance in life which Nature has denied them. and improved in relation to the uph eaval provoked by mediocre brains. Furthermore. There are tho se who do not believe in reincarnation.

This intelligence. It is true that many men are champions of faith or antifaith. and unprogrammed intelligence can be born. We maintain that only a brain in a complete state of alertness can gradually establish the basis from which a conscious. an d to reach the highest degree requires a mystical process. This justifies the use of t he term illumination.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 97 reincarnate. Knowledge has many degrees. but at the same time it is correct to c ondemn those who reject an idea without rational analysis. but rather is logical and natural. can have access to genuine knowledge. they must. It is harmful to have blind faith. and it can only be attained when the individual achieves mu tation from sapiens to Stellar Man thus acquiring the full right to knowledge. Reproaching those who accept a c ertain idea in blind faith is justified. but it is just as bad to have blind anti-fai th. To illustrate this pr ocedure so common among people. due to its acuteness. which is the basis of deep and true reflection. For a loafer it is very simple to discredit Hermeticism without taking the tro uble to study and practice it. aw akened. We can state in good conscience that genuine knowledge is something pr ohibited to sapiens. we will use the word anti-faith to describe an i rrational belief in the opposite of what is being examined. This phenomenon cert ainly prevents all impartiality. but absolutely lack true intelligence (awareness). but one which is in n o way miraculous. in one way or another. . pay their pending debts to Nature . To deny Hermeticism without knowing its true dime nsions is simply criticizing something unknown. as referring to full clarification of a spiritualized inte lligence.

although in a microscopic deg ree. thus making the know ledge of scientists useless. and is a force which constantly surrounds and is irradiated by man." By virtue of his awareness. in spite of al l we have said. There is a strange symbiosis between matter and sapiens. sapiens has. Although the strength of t he divine spark may be dim in an individual. according to his degree of devel opment. This illustrates the profound secret of the "Children of the Sun.98 THE STELLAR MAN Sapiens must be content with the relative knowledge of the semi-wise which light s up the material world and obscures the internal panorama. in the same way tha t light and heat are given off by the sun. which mercilessly absorbs their vital en ergy. matter is meant to serve man. a great difference from the all-animal. the spark provokes in him an import ant phenomenon: the radiation of higher awareness. but of a divine nature. actual reality shows us a dehumanized world with imitations o f men who unconditionally serve matter. the individual projects this . Thus. placing him at a higher level than the animal. any person will give off an energy similar to that of animal magnetism. he possesses the divine spark. in the sense that matter needs sapiens as sapiens needs matter. The uninitiated is similar to the light of a candle in his awareness. the initiate. On the other hand. not the other way aro und. The Hermeticist works on t his small divine spark to make it grow in strength and power through the differe nt phases of initiation. can reach a likeness to the sun. Nevertheless. Consciousness is the radiant energy of the divine spark or essence. or in ot her terms. this magnetism possesses a high vibration. In this way.

culture. extracting his conscious energy. Due t o this ignorance. and behavior. this energy. and this force is that which brings about a special experience and transmits an energy w hich impresses our psyche favorably or negatively. which is pure and chaste in itself. 2. discipl ine. On becoming incarnated.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 99 energy toward all he can touch with his hands or toward all that comes within hi s field of influence. which by impregnating the elemental b odies becomes incorporated into them. it is more something which happens because it is thus decreed or programmed. A master carpenter or cabinet maker puts his soul into his work whether he wishes to do so or not. Conscious energy has some intrinsic proper ties. as this is inevitable. and others that are contingent on the result of fusion with a specific per son. Thus sapiens works giving consciousness to matter. An infinitesimal fraction of this emanated from the Supreme Creator and took a body in a specific person. it cannot be said that this is an independent voluntary act. Incarnated Awareness: Being incarnated in a cert ain individ ual. This is explained in the following examples: 1. Consider who might capitalize on this fo rce and profit from this phenomenon. An artist concentrates his awareness on his work. self-control. spiritua lizing or giving subtlety to denseness. as sapiens accomplishes this entirel y unconsciously. Conscious Energy: Is pure and chaste in itself. It constitutes the body of Go d. Still. matter subjug ates man. that is. the conscious energy in Example 2 can follow two paths: . instead of man being owner and master of matter. is modified ac cording to the individual's basic vibratory tone.

the individual imbues his material possessions with his conscious energy. the notion of good and ev ilâ the human knowledge. absorbing more and more of his awareness. and tendencies. preserving di vine intellige nce. reaches the human intelligence. When that energy inadvertently separates from him. impu lses. and sentiments which manifest themselv es as uncontrolled passions.100 THE STELLAR MAN A. In his day-to-day existence. which has been taken from the individ ual. Infe rior Incarnated Awareness: This exists in the great human mass. due to the deviated intelligence of sapien s who is blind and ignorant. Conscious energy is blemished and degraded as its superior nature is corru pted by slavery to a perverted beast. This awareness. becomes "inferior" in its manif estation. Since each person has impulses. therefore. radiating an energy "stained" by the indi vidual's base passions. this force imprints a directive onto the conscious energy and becomes an absolutely uncontrollable path for the individual from the moment this force leaves him to become incorporated into any material structure . Superior Incarnated Awareness: This exists in an infinitesimal portion of the human race. fears. T here are many science fiction stories. This essence. ambitions. it act s independently with its own intelligence. This intelligence gives tone and color to pure awareness. and who lives only to satisfy his own instincts. which cover the . desires. This is the reason why a person can become completely enslaved by his material possessions. still high in itself. Pure spiritual and chaste con scious energy acquires. B. through the intelligent experience of the individual. In this case the higher purpose in the life of man is accomplished. which make use of him. which exists only in a material body.

these books hav e endeavored to hint at certain ideas in order to make their readers think and v ery gradually prepare them for more complex designs. acquire an amazing likeness whi ch at times is limited only to rules of conduct. The machine has turned into a monster that is not going to devour man. such as a dog. which suddenly acquire their own intelligence and consequent autonomy in their actions. just as the automob ile or other objects of personal use. petroleum? As another example. as we have already . and how people work to maintain and keep the m like their own children. reality is disgui sed as fiction in order that there should be no opposition from the masses. robots. but at other times goes as far as physical likeness. who obstinately refute all things not forming part of the orthodox cultural records of humanity. because it is already doing so. The explanation is simple: the animal. but we must ask ourselves who drives who. At times. Many times a sapiens can be seen pulling a dog tied t o a chain. Actually. or is it the owner who must work long hours to feed and maintain his car and drive it in order to fulfill the reason for its existence: driving over the roads at great s peed devouring the Earth's blood. or other objects. conscious energy explains the mysterious affinity between a dog and his master a nd how they. who is the owner and who is the ser vant? Is it the automobile who carries its owner as an obedient slave.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 101 subject of machines. With domestic animals. the automobile is of great use to its owne r. let us observe those who have pets. due to unexplainable circumstances. For example. The truth is that this phenomenon exists and no one is free from it . and we can ask ourselves who is leading whom. absorbs the conscious energy of its master which is.

It is due to this that the Bible says: "the sins o f the fathers will be visited upon the children. and then reacts destructively against its owner because his passions are indisc riminately destructive.102 THE STELLAR MAN explained. to de stroy its own father. and in this way shapes the animal's appearance. from the earliest age. which bursts forth in the form of passion. or hysterical crying bouts when their wishes are not immediately gratified. in its unconscious manifestation." Subsequently. The same then occurs with chil- . Something very similar occurs with children of the flesh w ho. The passionate or des tructive force they generated endeavors. This situation is no more than a repetition of past conditions. but on the contrary. tantrums. Many times there are persons who are destroyed by the ir own works and not by any karmic reaction of their acts. The story of Dr. whims. All the defe cts not controlled by their parents. many tim es it is the children who exercise veritable tyranny on the authors of their day s. On some occasions the conscious energy displaced by the individual takes body in a machine which belongs to him. We cann ot blame these creatures as they are only giving way to the defects incorporated in them by their sires through incarnation of their consciousness. the impossibi lity of controlling internal energy. the parents find that they cannot control or guide their children. take form in the children. all hidden tendencies of an instinctive typ e. Frankenstein is symbolic of this explan ation and it must be noted that emanated awareness is a virtual child of the man from which it originated. stained or impregnated with the person's individual characteristics. develop all kinds of bad habits.

THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 103 dren. which is a source of wor k and subsistence." . we can point out the extraordinary i nfluence the operator has over a computer. I refer to the strange reactions these machines may have unde r certain circumstances. or perhaps by the one who made it. which becomes very sensitive to the v ital state and conditions of the operator. The case of doomed jewe ls that bring bad luck to their owners. this reaction reaches the point where the owner of the machine is ruined. We can also point out a phenomenon affecting all drivers and truck owners that i s based on their close identification with the vehicle. which. There is also the case of machines that have ha d an accident or collision. and which was created by one of the owners of the object. which then acts indepe ndently. to the extent that they inexorably suffe r violent death. and when the owner or driver is changed. and in this case energy rebels against the parents from another physical b ody. Continuing the commentary on machines. but following the basic directives of the operator's vibratory states. All this can be explained by the "invisible chil d" (consciousness) which inhabits material objects. after having caused death. In some cases. producing all kinds of absolutely illogical and incredi ble mechanical defects. the acciden t is repeated with practically the same characteristics. From this comes the saying "firearms are loaded by the devil. This occurs because the machine becom es impregnated with the conscious energy of the operator. become dangerous as the y are impregnated with the vibrations of the tragedy and of the person who cause d it. The same thing happens with firearms. is well known.

Thus. an d vitality of the specimen. we wish to point out the enormous power of matter upon sapiens. and who talks to them as if speaking to a pers on. By the proje ction of previously absorbed conscious energy on the individual Matter has an en ergy of its own which strongly radiates and affects man in a certain manner. he becomes unable to visualize any way of being. By the projection of mass energy on the individual 2.104 THE STELLAR MAN because a revolver. Since this entire subject has been elaborated to exp lain the impossibility of real knowledge under the condition of ordinary awarene ss. We will conclude this subject by citing the case of plants and flowers. awakens similar vibrations in it s owner through a process of magnetic induction. makes use of the firearm at the least provocation or emotional disturb ance. other than the conservation and multiplication of the property or assets he poss esses. Tie d to his material possessions. health. without real izing it. On the other hand. as it has been proven that they are extremely sensitive to the influence of their owners consciousness. will be able to witness the extraordinary increase in the beauty. He cannot em ancipate his intelligence from the hypnotic influence of matter. corporeal matter has a decisive influence on intellige nce. this person. Any person with love for a plant or a tree. either mak- . which has death vibrations. which doubly af fects him: 1. caretakers. or whoever is frequently near them.

Summing up. which then impels him to act according to its particular vibrat ion. and although there is much to be said about this. The individual's ideas. If the body's matter maintains a low and dense vibr ation. Each day what he knows increases at the cost of hi s human essence. This is the hidden reason why Moses . This is also the basis for t he vegetarian system. or sentiments lose all human validity. A gift given to us due to a social obligation by someone with evil intentio ns can negatively influence our health. forbade his followers to eat pork. the intelligence inexorably declines. anyone w ho has abstained from meat for some time will prove that his thoughts have becom e noticeably clearer. and seriously damaging hi s awareness and intelligence. The conscious energy radiated by the masses affects the in dividual in a hypnotic manner. opinions. since this imposes the influence of a different v ibration on him. which is reduced in direct relationship to the extent and poten cy of his cerebral programming. as t his animal has a particularly dense and low vibratory state which would therefor e produce a deterioration in intellectual capacity. making it impossible for him to attain real knowledge. possessor of certain Hermetic secrets.THE ILLUSION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE 105 ing it acute or clouding it. This programming converts him into a veritable b iological robot with automatic physiological. instinctive. and destiny. and he is converted into a mere circuit acti- . and intell ectual reactions. intelligence. emotional. s apiens permanently lives in a somnambulistic condition which keeps him dormant.

These external influences are thus converted into disconnected elements of the individual's internal reactions.106 THE STELLAR MAN vated by external influences. a mere echo of the cultural concert and the emotional and instinctive tide of humanity. .

of oppression of the 107 . it could be said that "come what may. words. and ideas. one of the things that gives sapiens a sensation of power is the illusion of f reedom. As an ar gument against what has been stated in the previous pages.VII THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM O ne of the most powerful illusions of Homo sapiens is that of free will. public freedom. and we speak therefore of private or personal freedom. In everyday life we speak of economic slavery. of the emancipation of women. believing that he is proving his independence. Precisely . To prove this freedom. social freedom. the individual does as he pleases" and that this freedom really proves he is not under control of any kind by forces outside himself. freedom of action. the adolescent rebels against the rules of behavi or imposed by society. when reall y the only thing he accomplishes is submission to his own unconscious impulses. moral free dom. Freedom has many aspects. and economic freedom.

who imagines that at any time he can. if he so desires. quit reading this book once and for all. and many other concepts which would be too lengthy to enumerate. to leave the work which imprisons him and live as a vagabond on o ther people's charity. Not for a moment do people have any doubt that they really are the possessors of these g ifts. In order to duly illustrate this chapter on freedom. will power. we wish to reflect upon t he vital reality of sapiens. Instead. We are not interested in fashioning an orthodox philosophical analysis. we will . by a voluntary act. of subjugation by fear and anguish. dependen ce on higher authorities. Or. dwelling on what h as been said by so many thinkers in the past. violently break any of t he bonds which imprison him without any impediments.108 THE STELLAR MAN lower classes by the upper classes. if he so desires. All these reflections suggest the possessio n of a force we could call "power for doing things. Sapiens believes in his personal independence due t o the fact that at any moment he may. he can abandon those studies which are so arduous and look for a job or live as he can. The best proof of this apparent independence can be inferr ed by the reader. It is possible for him." he knows he will have to pay for them. subordination of youth in a world created by their eld ers. but considers the price cheap for doing as he pleases. intelligence." something of which sapiens feels extremely proud. If he undertakes any of these measures of "fr eedom. Consciousness. and freedom cons titute the mythological quaternary of the human race. which considers these tale nts as equal to the holy teaching that designates them as human beings.

In its attempt to enlighten in a clear a nd open manner. it could rightly be called anti-Hermetic. It was written for all those who aspire to accomplish something in a real and effective way on the pat h of their own spiritual development. conflicting. In facing reality. or traumatic situations. For these people. becoming only the beautiful dream of a well-meaning person. To the degree that sapiens i s full of illusions about himself and his life. For this goal to be realized. Before continuing. stimulated by unconscious desires and fears. in depth. will power and desire.THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM 109 form a ternary with the words freedom. and this is certainly arduous and difficult. which only exists in their imaginatio n. the seeker of esoteri c doctrines only wishes to . Generally. his true internal nature and his real position on the vital scale of values. there is the great disadvantage th at the individual must suffer all kinds of sacrifices and make efforts in order to attain his purpose. as these are intim ately related to the subject of our interest. It is much e asier for the loafer to stay dreaming without making any effort or taking a risk of any kind. occulti sm is the real "open sesame" which enables them to drug themselves with the illu sion of perfection and spiritual progress. There is no field mor e likely than esotericism to generate all kinds of fantasies by intellects anxio us to avoid crude reality. because in dreams everything is possible and there is no danger of facing arduous. The wo rld is full of mirages of this nature which end up being nothing more than devic es used by people to avoid the reality that troubles them. his spiritual fulfillment become s impossible. it is necessary to clarify the objective of this work. it is vitall y important that the individual should know.

He absolutely discredits everything that affronts his cerebral guidelines or his habits of life and conduct. or impersonal observer . without a prior alert and deep reflective process. limiting himself to a superficial examination of concepts and very frequently taking from these only the emotional or symbolic co ntent. Vanity and pride are two bandages which blind sapiens. that which is convenient. and this condition impels him to float in the air toward higher regions. Symbolically. impartial. to refr ain from thinking impartially. This i s perhaps one of the greatest obstacles facing the student of Hermeticism or the neophyte who aspires to be a disciple. he will also be far removed from vital . From the clouds he contemplat es the world and believes himself to be the most wise and perfect being in creat ion. he will not be successful if he has too high an opinion of himself or his own intelligence and knowledge.110 THE STELLAR MAN find an ideological system which justifies his own defects and stimulates his hi dden dreams. preventing him fro m seeing what would be evident to an awakened. although this system may be absurd and patently subjective or child ish. o r more accurately. or wise. We can assert that sapiens only understands what he wishes to understand. Still. Unfortunately. however much an individual strives. while he remains in this limbo. but only in relation to the distance from the ground. To analyze objectively and without preju dice requires a flexible and open disposition so as not to limit oneself and dis credit what is being studied. cultured. we could visualize sapiens as a personage who has inflated himse lf. It is suff icient for someone to believe he is very intelligent.

THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM 111 and everyday reality. On the contrary. suc h concepts must be shaken countless times in the sieve of serene and unprejudice d meditation during a state of intensified alertness. . The first step taken by the student of Hermeticism. The student must live the experience of entirely understanding his own insignificance and incredible smallness in face of the immensity of the Uni verse. The student must not accept thes e concepts with the blind faith of a believer or a convert. Afterwards. As we have already stated in previous pages. If this state of humility has not been reached and there is still pride and strong self-esteem. it is improbable that an individual will ever gain any spiritual benefit from Hermetic science. to the psychological conditions which are necessary for him to unders tand what Hermeticism is and the far-reaching truths involved. des pite the pain. as there is no other starting point ex cept from zero." as only the immense humility caused by this experience can lead the individual. If one has not started from zero. the individual must "appreci ate the magnitude of his ignorance. or of esotericism in general. corrupt. it is a false start and theref ore. observi ng his own experience and that of others. is to really put his feet on the ground and proceed. along with powerful reasoning and adequate alertness. t ogether with a destructive internal nature. He will h opefully reach the lowest point possible. It is for this reaso n that we are endeavoring in this book to have the individual see himself as he really is and not as he believes himself to be. with his own deflation until he reaches his real level. but prove this teaching in everyday life. one must not b e content with this procedure.

that his own inability to understand impels him to evade this sta ge. The result will then be a "stimulation of mass en- .________ 3. Motivation 2.112 THE STELLAR MAN In the practice and study of Hermeticism there is a necessary order which must b e complied with for the student to reach his goal. Motivation 2. Regarding this process. It is also possible. Practice The result is stimulation of mass energy and there is no evolution. In this case. we ur ge the reader to make the greatest effort to understand this book. and his practice. The student generally fails at one of the stages and evolu tion does not take place. intense. There are thr ee basic stages to be fulfilled in order to be successful: 1. These are the three indispensable steps for the student to attain his goal. Many times the student reaches the following result: 1 . the individual is carried away by his enthusiasm and skips over th e second point. Practice The result is evolution. His motivation must be powerful. deep. Unde rstanding 3. directly proceeding to practice. and this i s very common. Yet what at first sight seems so simple is arduous and c omplex to accomplish. The result of all this is the ev olution of the student. his understanding.

sapiens is ambivalent in relation to freedom. and economic freedom and he d esires total freedom of action to accomplish his personal aims. Understanding: ins ufficient 3. and . In the end. W e must realize the fundamental importance of profound understanding on the path of Hermeticism." that is. political. and Desire. he desires it physically and fears it psych ologically.THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM 113 ergy. corporeal euphoria. In this case the individual lacks the fuel necessary to successfully reach his spiritual goal. Sapiens wants his physical. Following his desire for freedom. he desires and fears it simultaneously. evolution. ideological. but without the desired result. this longing represents an immeasurable yearning for power. Freq uently the following situation occurs: 1. In the first place. Occasionally a person's understanding and practice reach acceptable levels but m otivation is deficient. he endeavors by all means within his reac h to attain physical. let us analyze th e triangle of the words Freedom. Practice: scant The result is insignificant evolution. in that he wishes to be free enough to be able to exercise his power over people and within his environm ent. Generally. only subjective illusions. Will Power. as this is not a footpath of faith and self-conviction. Motivation: poor 2. Having understood this. nothing real is gained. Without authentic understanding.

In opposition to this. cultural. Yet. All independence is impossible while think ing and feeling according to the influence of the environment on our internal na ture. whatever these may be. sapiens' approach leaves out one truly important consideratio n in this aspect. he merges into religious." thus becoming free from the responsibility of his own decisions and actions. we will be mere puppets who obey the ebb and flow of the passionate states of the masses. because a s long as they dominate us. thus making it possible for the individual to accomplish his purposes. alleging that money makes them free and powerful. instincts. Freedom does not d epend on the individual's physical conditions. and obeying his ancestral fear of individual responsibility. It is for this reason that many individuals seek their freedom by means of successful economic negotiations. fr eedom is understood as a lack of opposition to individual actions or tendencies. The only possible freedom in this life is freedom from one's own passions. and at times as the executioner of the individual. a factor which in practice acts as a veritable jailer. We refer to the internal nature of m an.114 THE STELLAR MAN economic independence. the prisoner in his cell can be m ore autonomous than a person who is very rich and has freedom of movement. to his emotions. however. From another point of view. which are really his masters. Whatever experience of freedom we may have had will disappear in the face of the primitive force of our animal soul which dominates us. and passions. The o nly true freedom is liberation of one's self and . and poli tical systems within which he dissolves his own "I.

The capacity to choose and make decisions involves the poss ession of mature judgment manifested through will power. carefully weighing the pros and cons . or personal convenience. which happ en to the individual independently of his wishes. From the time we reach the age when we can make decisions. Of course. To choose freely implies a decision independent from internal and external pres sure. and what degree of compatibility there is between our plan and fa mily and social interests. or not merely followin g the line of least resistance. qualification. a famous multimill ionaire. honor. without being compel led by either external or internal pressures which oblige him to act in a certai n way. We invite the astute reader to analyze himself and establis h what decisions he has made absolutely freely in his life. lack of love. then deciding what it is we really want and to what extent this may be favorab le or harmful. We have now arrived at the second word of our triangl e: Will Power. but not free will. these are not decisions made freely. it is possible to be a great politician. or not solely because he had no other alternative. and voluntarily. it will be noted that one decides to follow a certa in career through imitation. which is ultimately the key that may shed more light on the probl em under discussion. As long as this has not taken place.THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM 115 liberation from the central computer of the species. and this quality must b e central to our lives. To be free we must be . sexual desire. or ambition. One marries due to lone liness. and power. have glory. but still be as much or more of a slave t han the poorest man. independently. behaving impartially and objectively. but are instead equivalent to things.

thus obtaining the semblance of stability. in a passionate manner." For this reason sapiens rapidly changes his mind as well as his way of thinking and feeling. which is in turn motivated and conceived b y prevailing instincts or emotions. doubt. in reality. it is here that wil l power is confused with desire. as the individual con stantly changes his center of gravity or his "directing I. the third word of our triangle. limiting hims elf to an assembly of fixed. To have Will Power implies the possession of a powerful. It is necessary to recognize that the human being does not move by the impulse of his will powe r. petrification converts the indi- . This is one of the reasons why sapiens petrifies his intelligence. but by the strength of his desire." but many "I's" which. and mature "Superior I. stable. disorientation. "Man has no "I. It may be true that petrification is useful to the individual in attaining g reater emotional or intellectual stability. This has some advan tages. but they are insignificant in the face of the negative factors this impli es. From th is is born enormous internal contradictions. What stability can there be if we change every minute? As sapiens unconscio usly realizes this phenomenon." As Gurdjieff so aptl y states.116 THE STELLAR MAN capable of voluntarily deciding our existence." The will permits maintaining a constant line of action. instinctively and anarchical ly. stable. he creates the most rigid intellectual plans poss ible in order to cling to them. possess him. and permanent circuits. or adjustment to the group to which he belongs. which does not occur in practice. the intellectual plan will tell us what we must do. On the other hand. Nevertheless. It do es not matter that the "directing I" is acting as the master of our "biological house" (the physical body). and instabil ity.

" sapie ns tenaciously takes refuge in a "Collective I. understood and forgiven. into a "tree of stone. Lacking a "Superior I. and static. systematically searching for today's pleasures as he is unsur e about tomorrow. It is thus that custo ms. depriving him of the dynamics of transformation." rigid. and in the end alienates him completely. Without a grown-up and matu re "Superior I." which is projected into the ind ividual. A premonition of this impels him to "enjoy life" in a compulsive manner. inflexible. Under these conditions the materialistic and purely selfish attitude of sapiens is. and the collective approval or rejection of certain guidelines for co nduct masters the individual. the force of the unknown and unexpected i mpels him towards a completely unknown goal which was not chosen by him. metaphorically speaking. refusing to consider the importan ce and farreaching effects of these transformations. In this pursuit he often prefers useless suffering to internal peace. All men w ho seem to have an original and successful attitude toward life are rapidly imit ated by the masses who. t o a certain extent.THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM 117 vidual. While the world changes . at least in his choices." man has no real will. he is a being without a future. In previous chapters. superficially adopt their ways without . Sapiens tries by all means within h is reach to make his empty and inert internal world vibrate. we have referred to this "I" as the Collective Soul or Central Computer of the species. this individual clings to his worn out plan. norms. without further thought. Sapiens is an eternal wanderer toward the unknown and completely ignores the happiness or tragedy of his future. directing his life.

which is lacking in the common man. appearing as they really are. while the "gray men" endeavor to possess that image in order to become outstanding. However. free. This is the r eal recognition of the fact that their volition is void. We definitely deny the concept of sapiens' free will . daring. they need someone to fo llow as they lack the will power to direct themselves. and has the determination. and maintain that in truth and according to the oriental concept. the majo rity constantly seek the approval of others to justify and reinforce their way o f being. Movie stars and singers bring about an imitative ma nia as they project a grand image. and definitive manner. these beings do not impel the indiv idual along a one-way path. and for him all is predetermined and foreseen. constantly seek leaders to follow. "all is writ ten. A characteristic custom of nearly everyone is to frequently observe the facial expression of people with whom they come into contact in order to verify whether their faces show approval or rejection. There are few people who act authenticall y. but instead there are detours on the path which pres ent a choice. Nevertheless.118 THE STELLAR MAN looking beneath the surface. in turn. The leader is always a sy mbol of the man who is strong." Sapiens occupies a specific level within the cosmic order. . but always within the structure imposed on him. and to modify their attitude ac cordingly. blind. we must not take this concept in a n absolute. following their own internal impulses. The masses. It is indispensable to interpret the c oncept in the sense that a person is limited to the possibilities offered by the Lords of Destiny or Zodiacal Gods.

they are s cattered to the winds with the passing of time. . Sapiens cannot direct h is life to whatever he really wants. leaving only ruins. and tears. So the greatest civilizations are born through much blood. jus t so one day the pendulum will swing to the other extreme and rapidly destroy ev erything. and memories. and he has in his hands the book of destiny and the pen with which he may write as he pleas es. but always within the laws that govern the Universe." this is not true for th e wise man who has freed himself from the collective animal soul and has been co nverted into a stellar man. nothing is written. no matter how powerful and important. sweat. The pendulum of life crushes and overcomes human creations. thus removing any transcendence they may have had. he has to limit himself to being carried aw ay on the ocean of collective "progress" whose ebb and flow is determined by the Lords of Destiny.THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM 119 Though it may be true that for sapiens "all is written. Only the immortal Gods survive the terrible Cronos. traces. For this individual.


can under certain circumstances. fly through the Universe at sp eeds faster than light. 121 . It is not light that flies fastest in the Cosmos. Let's sa y that a space vehicle is not the only way of traveling in the Universe. who by this transcendental act tried to give sapiens th e possibility of higher evolution.VIII HERMETICISM H ermeticism is the Masterly Science of the Universe. We do not know the deepest motives of these visitors. According to tradition. and we truly believe that it is possible to fly on the wings of thought a s symbolized by the god Mercury. The physical facts of their arriva l and in what vessels they may have arrived is what least interests us. as they may be called. We only know that they c ame to this place and stayed for a long time. and even without a material body. which came to the planet Ear th in the times of Lemuria. It is p ossible that human beings or humanoids. Hermeticism was brought by e xtraterrestrial Masters. but th ought. which until that time had been denied to them .

and it is not something that people are completely ignorant of . we are only interested in the scienc e of the internal nature of the human being. in this world. However. In our age. This occurs at present in our ag e. .122 THE STELLAR MAN From the Hermetic point of view. However much we study the ma rvels of Nature. will forever abandon his terrestrial condition to convert hi mself into a Stellar Man. if success ful in the process. which sapiens definitely lacks. that is. and temporal. we are not interested in the scientific and tec hnical advances of the visitors from space. unpro ductive. or the wonders of science and technology. the absolute key to all sciences. bu t remains in all its purity. although many pseudo-philosophical mystifications h ave arisen which have been transformed into systems based on Hermeticism. nor will there ever exist. s apiens prefers to be involved in studies which are absolutely unimportant. From ancient times until now. but an absolut ely real. true. Th is prodigious passage requires the authentic mutation of sapiens who. and tangible possibility. a marvel such as what we are pointing out: the metam orphosis of the human larva into a Stellar Man. since much has been written regarding Esoteric Initiatic tradition. of the creature in who m the highest human qualities are manifested. F or this reason we can correctly call Hermeticism the Science of all Sciences. Hermeticism is fully active and continues t o give man the opportunity to escape from his cosmic classification and to rise to an infinitely higher level: the level of man. This is not an abstraction or a symbol. Hermetic science has not been lost or weakened. but wh ich lack true knowledge. there does not exist. concrete.

the more aware a man is. or Cairo. The "invaders" or "aliens. Peking. since they must earn their daily bread. they carry the divine fl ame in their hands. Apart from their struggle to survive. Stellar Men who will forever abandon their terraqueous beings. to whom this teac hing may be transmitted only when they successfully comply with the formalities of a . because their superior condition does not free them from the responsibility of labor. and helping terrestrial men who are in a mere larval state of evolution. living a simple and anonymous life. Her metic science is stellar knowledge prohibited to terrestrials. lighting. they have been here since the remote era of Lemuria. are not about to arrive. Like Prometheus. anonymous and entirely mixed with the crowd. Paris. These men h ave always been the light of humanity. mutants are being formed. a nd ideas have a transcendental superior purpose. Do not think that these beings live attempting to teach Hermeticism to terrestrial beings. they underta ke intensive Hermetic activities. actions. On the contrary.HERMETICISM 123 and which do not produce any benefit that will withstand the passing of time. Moscow. thoughts. In Santiago. their existence. New York. that is. What do these Stellar Men do? To what do they dedicate their time? They do the same work as ordinary men. On the contrary." as the hypothetical visitors from th e stars have been called. inspiring. Insignificant men cont inually strive to call attention to themselves. bu t as superior beings. It is possible to be a stranger on your own planet. the greater his responsibilities will be. Buenos Aires. alt hough they may physically live on this planet and collaborate more than anyone e lse toward real progress. the truly important endeavor to pass unnoticed.

who was a perfect heir and follower of the early Masters. and those who by Initiation were transformed i nto mutants and reached the qualification of Stellar Man due to the elevation of their awareness.124 THE STELLAR MAN process which we call Initiation. Tradition tells us tha t this Master reached our planet Earth thirty thousand years ago. Hermetic philo sophy derived its name from the teachings of Hermes. Hermetic science ado pted many names but remained constant in its internal nature. Hermetic s cience must have been called by another name. but this is not important as words are only symbols which can change many times while the designated object remain s the same in its own nature. During the course of history." Hermes Trismegistus (the three times great). wh ich in this case cannot be divulged. there are two kinds of Stellar Men: those who originally arrived from outer space and continue d their evolution on this planet. We must understand that before Hermes. The rest labor in other works. Do not believe either that all the se Stellar Men live making the process of initiation known. in an era not able to be determined historically. The most recent manifestation of Hermeticism in the past occur red in Egypt with the "Master of Masters. Continuing this explanation. Only a very few of t hem have taken on this serious responsibility. Those who do not fulfill these requirements ha ve no right out of mere curiosity to know what is veiled by the laws of the Supr eme Creator or Great Orderer of the Universe. The most known Her meticists were the early Rosicrucians (not those who currently carry this name) who .

initiates.. whether they be Ros icrucians. Apparently. etc. or any thinker. many people believe that it is an abstract and theoretical discipline. in spite of working within a common plan. are not grouped into on e "Hermetic Order" or "Rosicrucian Order. A Stella r Man may be an eminent politician. cause sensation alism. When we speak of Hermetic philosop hy. they may understand the rudiments o f Hermetic Art. there is little more to be added to what has already been stated in this respect. The great philosophers who existed in the history of humani ty are today the pillars of civilized thinking. we only wish to tell something to the world so that ac cording to its inhabitants ability to think. It must be said that if in fact a few true Rosicruc ians exist today. each one independent. there are few of these men. or to proselytize. The Hermeticists.HERMETICISM 125 adopted a series of explanatory symbols in order to facilitate the transmission of the teaching to students. magicians. a mer e exercise of thought. an artisan. a priest. For this reason. an author. These men do not act as master instructors. Each one of these knows exactly w hat he is doing in his job. no one knows about them. . The Mast ers of wisdom are generally in charge of a school for Hermetic instruction. a scree n star. but as stated before. which gives nothing practical to the individual. a soldier. Masters. We must state th at we do not endeavor in any way to call attention to ourselves. s peaking of Hermetic philosophy does not disturb or stir anyone. Traditio nal philosophy offers an immense range of reflections on innumerable problems wh ich concern sapiens. wizards. a schoolmaster." but they are scattered throughout the world.

if they are not understood or apprecia ted. if not reached. or merely shrug their shoulders. as they are immortal in their intrinsic nature. Others will identify Hermetic philosophy with yoga. etc. They may be transformed many t imes. as it is an art whose knowledge can only be attaine d in a special state of consciousness which. It could be believed tha t Hermetic philosophy is some- .126 THE STELLAR MAN or deny them. The wisdom of awakened men cannot be underst ood by sleeping beings however intelligent they may be. spiritualism. Many ask how it is that Hermeticism remains so unknown i f it is really so important.. The great Herme tic sages are not interested in convincing anyone. they will lament for those who will be deprived of such a beautiful and rem arkable opportunity. parapsychology. Stellar Men are not very concerned with the passage of time . occultism. believing that there is no Hermetic secret. as the brevity of his existence as a thinking ident ity obliges him to work rapidly if he wishes to be converted into a Stellar Man and attain immortality. they only fulfill their work of spiritually enlightening humanity. but beyond this they retain their con scious identity and the memory of their knowledge. makes all study in this respect hollow and empty talk. If their message is heard. suffering the process we call death. mentalism. they rejoice wi th the promise of a new dawn for sapiens. returning each time to physic al existence as one who awakens from a healthgiving sleep. make fun of them. It should be known that Hermeticism has not spr ead beyond the true schools. It is sapiens who sho uld be concerned about time. or black magic. despite the abundant literatu re which exists on this subject. demonology.

c oncept. There is no "Hermetic mold. passin g through as many experiences as possible. and eternall y young. Hermeticism is the achievement of wisdom as a living philosophy. or matrix which could serve as a model to pro duce Stellar Men according to an established pattern. it constantly renews itself. Conversely and distinct from traditional philosophy. blood. Hermeticism is the only living philosophy. it is dynamic. transubstantiated into a body of living matter. The student must take possession of Her metic wisdom by the sweat of his brow. each one of these men is truly unique. not taught in any university or school. enlightened by what he has truly lear ned. and spirit. flexible." die. the only knowledge which is idea.HERMETICISM 127 thing that must be studied constantly in spiritual retirement. As it is flesh and blood (recall Jesus at the Last Supper). for in trad itional study success is guaranteed to the most studious or intelligent. getting to know life at its roots. we would be creating . as Hermetic philosophy is the art of living. On the contrary. Hermeticism is som ething deeply vital. It is for this reason that Hermetic philosophy is not taught in the traditional manner which sapiens is accustomed to. It is the universal and divine spirit. sharpening the in tellect to the maximum in order to fulfill the "instructional plan" as soon as p ossible. If Herm eticism was taught according to a program of subjects the student had to master. The individual must face the different transformations thro ugh which man passes during his earthly existence in order to take advantage of the teaching in a practical manner. flesh. enabling him to develop himself into a true Hermetic sage and a Stellar Man .

Hermeticism recognizes no other possibility of real learning aside from self-taught knowledge in which it is the subject himself who is teach ing himself. It would be a violation of this science itself. Hermetic science is the only science which does not cerebrally program an indivi dual.128 THE STELLAR MAN brainwashed men. At a professional level. which simply stated. The answer is simple." the basis of which is given to him in oral instructions of a very special nature. it is regrettable to observe specialists who have been mod eled after a basic stereotype as if they were manufactured on an assembly line. The educational system used in schools and universities suffers f rom a serious defect: it programs the student according to rigid plans engraved in his brain by force of the prestige and authority of these establishments. seeks freedom." how to convey knowledge without a programmed and met hodical instructional process. making it practically impossible for him to take on the profound analysis of really new and different things. It is difficult for a person to understand how it is possible t o "teach without teaching. and the f ree will of man. The intelligence of the pupil is seriously damaged and transformed into a static ca pacity. focused solely on the subject learned. and it frees his intelligence . having received basic information from a teacher or simply from the written word. "create his own knowledge. In the initiatic process th e student is placed before very peculiar. and in a mystic proc ess we could call mental osmosis. with a self-taught criteria. independence. vital conditions in order that he may. To tell the truth. men programmed according to a plan.

which summarizes in itself what is and what is not. and on the popular saying that "noth ing is true or untrue. This method is an attempt to destroy and surpass conceptual thou ght in order to reach the essential and unique nature of all things. and this essence. T he Master sets up a question which cannot be solved intellectually because it is beyond reason. As a general orientation only. no one can . but another could be used. ignorance and wisdom. good and evil. the reader should reflect upon the relatio nship between the specific and the general." Truly. Life itself is contradictory and paradoxical. The explanation of how this is achieved is beyond the reach of a programmed intellect and therefore is not a subject to be explained in this book. Herein lies the maximum interest of Hermetic philosophy: taking possession of th e knowledge of the unique essence of all things. such as spirit) and that the natur e of the Universe is mental. God is mind. In this way. The atom is mind. tru th and falsehood. only by rising above the many facets of truth is it possible to know absolute truth. life and death. all is according to the color of the glass through which it is seen. the profound nature of all that exists would be comprised of mind energy. Hermeticism says "all is mind" (the word mind has been chosen to designate the unique energ y of the Universe. We also w ish to refer to the koans used in Zen Buddhism as an example of what we are sayi ng. is the master key to wisdom.HERMETICISM 129 from established mechanical circuits. The intelligence of the Stellar Man is fre e and unprogrammed. man is mind. being everywh ere. The koan is a type of symbolic dialogue between a Master and his disciple.

Truth is an exaggeration of the simple. and the hidden cause of all things is thus understood. it is essential t o have a minimal degree of culture. at least not of the usual sort. But. because without this. and to reach what is simple. no great w isdom or instruction in traditional matters is necessary. In the light of Hermetic wisdom all contradictions disappear and paradoxes are reconciled. a state in which the individual needs no culture. our intelligence would lack the data and material to work with in order to reach a synthesis.130 THE STELLAR MAN explain to themselves why there is so much injustice in the world if there is a Supreme Being. .

real. he will later realize that his discovery is not leading h im to anything superior. each one with its own philosophy. causing profound concern among those who seek. and movements. centers. Each of these currents apparently flows against the others and there is a great lack of agreement and coincidence in their teaching s. whether sincerely or falsely.IX THE SEEKERS T he abundant esoteric mythology does not reveal the occult. but instead veils it. but rather to guide seekers so they may find what they seek a nd at the same time obtain more insight into their personal motives. Naturally. or positive. Under the general context of "occult sciences" there are 131 . It is not our intention to criticize the different schools. each school proclaims that its truth is correct. Each seeker has a special concept of what he desires to find. and that those si milar to it are imperfect or spurious. There are many schools. th e light of Hermetic truth. and although he may indeed fi nd what he is seeking.

" The candidate for initiation finds it difficult to choose a ppropriately. It must be stated that all schools are of use. With absolute certainty. attracted by the goal he seeks. let us suppose a very low or dense individual arrives at a high level school. In turn. similar to an aquarium. within each of these currents there are numerous schools and "pseudoschools. and must resign themselves to others of a lower category. Following this analogy of a level of flotat ion. there are those who are very low and others who are very high for their species. parapsychology. we may say that each individual has his own le vel within the general average of humanity. it is natural that each person should seek an adequate movement o r school appropriate to his own level. who also need a light equal to their capabilities in order to see. Under the se conditions. it is understood that "like attracts like. and each person found his own level of flotation a ccording to the density of his body. "good" will be that whi ch is suitable to his own vibration. In this case." As a n example. There are many kinds of sapiens. On . otherwise he would find it impossible to gain any benefit. even those of a low level. this individua l will consider this institution bad or deficient as his concept of badness will be all that is beneath or above his own level. yoga. there would be none which could cope with individuals of inferior quality. In the first place. rosicrucianism.132 THE STELLAR MAN those who feel attracted to spiritualism. It is as if we all lived in a water tank. those of dense vibration find it practically impossible to remain in high l evel initiatic groups. or mentalism. For him. for i f it were not for them.

Study centers. or maintain const ant communication in the case of instructions by correspondence. in some manner they are connected with th e Stellar Men. In practice. The se schools teach the mystical process of initiation in a real. These comprise the great majority. It is useful fo r a person to belong to one of these study centers as they prepare the individua l for higher things. We could say that these groups represent the exoteric or external side o f Hermetic doctrine. we find the schools which are actua lly linked to a higher power. and the majority of these are only c enters of study and practice of elementary principles. it was not possible any other way. They are extremely scarce and virtually unknown. and not symbolic. These are ex tremely scarce. but his spiritual developmen t will be scarce or nil. any person can enter the study centers as mentioned in the first po int. Schools connected to a s uperior occult force. that is. 2. Schools of initiation. if a man of high vibration enters a movement of low category. The student can get a lot of benefit from these schools. he will find it easy and comfortable to remain there. As an explanation we will divide these schools into three groups: 1. 3. It is most important to state that true schools are very scarce. To be a disciple of Jesus. It is sufficient to pay the dues and to attend regularly. it was necessary to attain t he level of an Apostle. Under the second point. and at the same time awaken in him greater spiritual restle ssness. .THE SEEKERS 133 the other hand. manner.

" We must now speak of candidates for wisdom. We know there are individuals who have gone through every existing school searching for what they desire. and are t he bearers of the celestial fire. The more . who are assumed to be possessors of esoteric knowledge. as some naive peop le believe. but have never fou nd it. which is transmitted to the student during ini tiation. They generally h ave the most fantastic ideas in this respect and honestly believe that the only true Masters are in India or in some mysterious and inaccessible place in the Ea st. which is brought about and directed by the Masters of these schools. we have the initiatic schools which are the only ones tha t can truly lead the student through the process of initiation in a real and not symbolic manner. probably because they do not know what they really want. Others believe that it is necessary to communicate with flying saucers by te lepathy in order to receive instructions from their hypothetical crews. because in spite of the fact that their number is very small.134 THE STELLAR MAN Under the third point. It is essential to establish that initiation is not. The word initiation designa tes the entire process of mutation of the human larva into a Stellar Man. parapsychology. where are these schools of initiation located? Their location is not important. These schools are characterized by a leading Master. Physically. all candidates wh o truly and powerfully yearn for spiritual superiority and have the capacity for it will surely find someone to guide them to one of these "workshops. There are also those who believe only in spiritualism. a ritual ceremony practiced in a temple. or the teachings of Freemasonry.

The reality is that the candidate is not capable of choosing. in fluenced by the publicity. The object of this self-deception . because he was not illuminated by his divine spark in the search he had embarked upon. subtle. in which case there would be nothing they could teach him. His lies are so astute . but in other cases the contents were truly toxic. If he did not accept this. There are also those who. We know that sometimes it was only a trick to weigh the courage an d decision of the individual. or prestige of some institution. and perfect. the candidates for initi ation into certain esoteric brotherhoods were given two glasses of wine or liquo r.THE SEEKERS 135 naive demand all types of credentials. only to discove r that he was being cheated and he himself was the charlatan. fame. Far back in antiquity. that he may waste many years of his life. We know that one of the most unpleasant aspects of human behavior is the fac t that sapiens lies to himself with astounding frequency. The premise was that if the individual drank the toxic drink. he would have alre ady failed. If he was able to choose. for in this way he will avoid much unpleasantness and loss of ti me. secret scrolls. Only the illumination of his own spirit would g uide the candidate in this case. it would be because his spiritual vi sion surpasses that of the instructors he is seeking. he was immediat ely rejected. believe it the best to be found. or material proof which a ttest to and establish the authority of the school. and were warned that one contained a deadly poison. leaving the neophyte to c hoose one and drink all its contents. It is very important that the seeker should analyze the motiv es guiding him. and even less capable of effectively judging the goodness or defects of the ins titute he enters.

a failure. The individual lies to himself in order to avoid facing his internal co nflicts. This is w hy it is vital that anyone interested in Hermeticism or various esoteric movemen ts should examine his motives. which will give him prestige. and rationalization finds good reasons. Reasoning reveals the real caus es of our actions." Her e we have a treasure of psychological wisdom in a few words! Unfortunately no one makes use of this. or an intellectual impelled solely by curiosity. and generally refers to the in dividual's need for a high level of selfesteem. to justify them. The individual may be paranoid. and who (as is frequently the case) seeks only to rid hi mself of his insignificant or undesirable "I. Is there an authentic and true desire for spiritu al superiority within him? Does he feel true spiritual thirst? Or is he only gui ded by the selfish desire to attain power." Professor Gordon Allport gives this definition: "Reason fits one's impulses and beliefs to the world of reality." by merging with some mass movemen t.136 THE STELLAR MAN has been very precisely identified by psychology. rationalization fits one's c oncept of reality to one's impulses and beliefs. There are many techniques for se lf-deception and these are grouped under the general category of "rationalizatio n. an extremely neurotic personality. or that a great . popular ity. in spi te of the fact that it may give many people the key to the tragic events of thei r lives. It is possible that he is fleeing from himself or from the world. and recognition? It may be that the individual is a potential convert for a ny collective movement. and thereby attains a momentary relief. but never a solution. a vain individual who requires an audience.

In any of these or sim ilar cases. Many times the most spiritual persons are thos e who encounter more than the usual amount of problems in their terrestrial life . to the vicissitudes of our civilization. Others may claim magic powers or secrets in order to obtain mo ney or to attract the opposite sex.THE SEEKERS 137 amorous disillusionment. and therefore it is preferable that he should re frain from requesting Hermetic light. in direct proportion to the problem afflicting him. they have more difficulty adapting their psychic vehicles. it is easily inferred that the individual is not led by a genuine de sire for spiritual superiority. This does not mean that a person in any of the above cas es does not possess. or his terrible loneliness. a real desire for spiritual advancement. If the student enters an initiatic school. For this reason. through the tests it will be known with absolute certainty how much spiritual gold the cand idate has. as he is not prepared for it. the majorit y of the candidates may be lost. as it is very simple to become part of a study group or contemplative school where there is no real initiation. or they may simply wish to open their "third eye" without really having the least idea what it means. he must face and overcome the phantom of himself if he desires to reach the light. which are more subt le than usual. and is not r eally interested in it." So. even an infinitesimal fraction of it. In many cases it occurs that a student enters a Hermetic brotherhood and cannot remain there because of the enormous difficulties that arise along the way. may lead him to seek any co mpany whatsoever. In Hermetic alchemy it is said that "to make gold there must be gold. Nature will test him without mercy in order to es tablish his true spiritual quality. If he does not .

O n the contrary. Here we have touched a point which we have already spoken of. all mutation will be impossible and the individual must b e prepared to fight during this life in order to create his tiny portion of spir itual gold. or Hermeticism a s a system which will permit him. it must be stated that Hermeticism is not in any way for those who are lazy or cherish their comfort. As already state d. what is convenient for their purposes. or special f avors will be gained through the intervention of higher powers. In this case. It also happens that once within a Hermetic brotherhood. all that entails avoiding effort and obtaining things b y miraculous procedures will be immediately accepted by . li miting the work he does. for example that wealth. by the use of magic formulae. to obtain more r apidly and without any significant effort. Thi s situation may last forever or be overcome one day by an illuminating experienc e that opens the individual's eyes forever. blind and deaf to the teaching he receives. it is for those who are willing to make titanic efforts toward e volution. but it i s necessary to analyze this point many times in order to understand it. magic. work. the student may remain there f or several years. We refer to the fact that the layman always thinks of occultism. In order not to deceive anyone.138 THE STELLAR MAN have this golden seed. which will enable him to go forward in his next incarnation. love. without being able to weigh the immense value of the school and the knowledge he is receiving. that which would normally be attained only after much perseverance. The lack of progress or success is g enerally due to the fact that the individual does not make sufficient effort. people always believe what they want to believe.

they would be obliged to face the arduous problem of overcoming the mselves in order to evolve. There are also those who do not find because they do not wish to find. There is no miracle for obtaining things without effort. and if this capricious act w ere possible. and it frightens them. By surrendering himself to dreamlike fan tasies. unconsciously projecting his occult dreams. to turn into an eternal seeker requires no great effort. for if they we re to do so." which would be potentially equ ivalent to the action that gave it origin. In the Cosmos there are neither miracles nor chance. and will have a period of gestation o r realization according to the importance of what is sought. but they can in no way be an "abracadab ra" for obtaining things with little work or effort. One of the Hermetic Princip les states that "every cause produces an effect. They know this beforehand. On the other hand. What i s called a miracle is only a natural occurrence. the perpetual explorer avoids facing the real opportunity of fulfilling himself in a genuine manner. It is very easy to dream for thirty years or more t hat one . the matter integrating the Universe would break up. and the natural phenomena produced by the laws of Nature which are little known. just t he opposite. This wo uld be an arbitrary alienation of the cosmic order. only the Law of Cause and Effect. it enables the individual to give free rein to his most audacious d reams without any danger of misfortune.THE SEEKERS 139 the populace. but of an unknown nature. as if they could fall from heaven. Without doubt. the tale of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp and A Thousand and One Arabian Nights were written by a loafer. This does not m ean that these marvels are not possible.

for those who have failed in their initiation in their past liv es. There are schools of white magic and also of black magic. There are schools for those who arrive into t he light of Hermetic teaching for the first time in their chain of incarnations. and beyond that limit it may become unbalanced. There are schools for the greatly evolved. it is necessary to consider that there are as many types of schools as there are types of individuals. and that one is on the road to spiri tual perfection. makes life easier and more bearable for the individual. or using Hermeticism as an incentive for their most exalted dre ams. We have already mentioned the danger of those who are p sychologically sick taking refuge in Hermeticism as a means of escaping their in ternal problems. Naturally this fantasy. and this is explained by t he ambiguity of the word "Master" and the fact that the human brain has a ceilin g of resistance. for masters punished by the occult judges. but one day he must face the cruel truth. Much more dangerous is the lamentable case of becoming a disciple of a sick master.140 THE STELLAR MAN is becoming more perfect as the days go by. for people who are very intelligent. Without wishing to offend anyone and only to make known wh at is true. but who has not evolved spiritually as a real Stellar Man due to insufficient internal cleanlin ess and not having been able to overcome his mental disturbances arising from fr ustrations or diverse complexes (remember that mental disturbance is not a synon ym for in- . simple. Let us take the case of an individual who has gathered much esoteric knowledge. stupid. Are there sick masters? Certainly there are. according to the degree of self-decepti on.

they could be entirely true in theory. for reasons not necessary to analyz e. Here we must cite an aphorism of great esoteric significance wh ich says. we have not the least doubt that magically th e final result will be adequate and correct. making them conceive all kinds of gr eat illusions for the future. One of the most outstandi ng characteristics of these disturbed individuals is their self-worship. at any given time.THE SEEKERS 141 sanity). It is thus they always exploit the weaknesses of their followers. but their goal and true purposes are never known. on the contrary. the ideal would be an in dividual of integrity with accurate knowledge. it coul d happen that a man of integrity and purity could be mistaken in some of the kno wledge he possesses. or mentally gone astray will act deviously. "correct methods in the hands of incorrect men function incorrectly. This individual. and the one who receives this teac hing will experience a negative reaction as a result. this individual is generally completely sincere and is convinced tha t he is the sole possessor of the truth and knowledge. Returning to the case we pointed out regarding a s ick master. This explains why the black magic ians may possess great esoteric knowledge. which i s so . emotionally . as their object is always to deceive the student in their schools. On the other hand. In this case." This refers to the fac t that true knowledge in the hands of an individual who has morally. i ncorrect methods used by correct men function correctly. This does not mean that the teaching s transmitted by this man will be false. Naturally. to make use of him in a covert manner for their own ends. may found a school and transmit teachings which naturally will be distorted b y this master's psychological disturbances.

it is relatively easy to recognize them: se lf-worship. there is an "initi atic abortion." For example.142 THE STELLAR MAN overwhelming that they are completely convinced they are GOD himself incarnated on Earth. within which he confuses the truth he has been exposed to with the dreams a nd illusions knit together in his unconscious state. The devil always uses inverted truth to confuse p eople. There are also schools whose real purpose is not initiation. self-glorification. Nevertheless. and naturally are infallible and omniscient. That which is demonic is only the divine inverted. That is. They are never mistaken. but politics. self-deification. The loss of a sense of self-criticism and their s elf-glorification is easily recognized by the language they use in referring to themselves. initiation may derail an individual from his purp ose of spiritual perfection and lead him to a delirium of greatness and megaloma nia. but who attained knowledge of certain things and was conve rted into the shadow of light. consider the case of an individual who was not able to cleanse his soul. Summarizing. insane infallibility. and infallible. and they use the organizati on as a screen to re- . wise. as all their tales are always directed toward showing how they are p owerful. Any psychiatrist would find any of t hese men to be classic case studies. and a su pposed monopoly on the truth will generally be the most outstanding characterist ics of these men. We must realize that it is easy for a paran oid person and even a schizophrenic to have access to esoteric knowledge and ado pt the role of Master. because they are always right. intelligent.

Lies. since in order to have students. W hat is important is that this individual be effectively well-oriented and be a p erson who is . skillfully dosed and directed. That which is valuable to possess always requires something of equivalent value in return. but to enlarge t he battalions of certain ideological systems. Their real purpose is not to form Stellar Men." "very spiritual. In conclusion. Many pseudomasters say that "Teachings must be free. we insist that a school must always have a Master. e ither brazenly or subtly. or to the physical Master. it is because they are of no value." or "ve ry intelligent and prepared. as a method of using the student for purposes of which he is unaware.THE SEEKERS 143 cruit followers. This is an occult law which cannot be v iolated. we must distrust those who t each without asking anything in return." In some centers this system of flattery is used. like a romantic Jesus Christ. becau se without one. But it is necessa ry that the student contribute something of value to those who instruct himâ either t o the school." because not everyone can reach this." We state something absolutely differe nt: true Teachings cannot be bought. there c an be no disciples. there must be a Master. In the same way. are used there as a weapon for handling the student. It does not matter if the instructor at the head of an esoteric brotherhood has not reached the stature of a "great Master. as they are not for sale. If teachin gs are given gratis. exploiting his base passions with a promise that he wi ll unfailingly attain his desires. One last warning with regard to th e schools: always distrust those which praise the individual's self-esteem with repeated assurances that "he is a very evolved person. being limited to just transmitting a legacy of the past.

the more certain it is that he will find what he is seeking. . The stronger his desire for truth a nd freedom. The seeker has no other manner of finding the Maste r other than by his own internal aspiration. healthy.144 THE STELLAR MAN straight. and pure.



The All creates in its Infinite Min d countless Universes. 1. The Kybalion. who maintains the Cosmos in the same way someone sustains a thought by mental concentration. to The All. and death of a million Universes is as the time of the blinking of an eye. it is stated that "the Universe is mental" and that the only essential reality of all things is mind. decline. which illustrate our knowledge." In this. a compendium of Hermetic Princip les. 147 . the creatio n. 2. We live wit hin the mind of God. The infinite min d of The All is the womb of the Universe. development. for the Universe in itself is a mental creation.X THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM The Principle of Mentalism states: "The All is Mind. The Universe is Mental. which exist for eons of Timeâ and yet. the first of the seven Hermetic Principles. gives us two aphorisms.

creates life through thought. It is due to this that the ancient alchemists believed in the transmutation of lead or any other metal into gold. our physical bo dy is mind. In particular. or the All Mental. in the entire Cosmos there are the s ame laws. as the intrinsic com position of all metals is exactly the same: mind. the Hermeticist is not greatly concerned with stu dying the chemical composition of the elements. those of the mind. spirit. Mental energy is manifested on an infinite scale of vibrations. from the densest to the most subtle. Animals. For this reason. but with their intrins ic nature formed by mind. it is the absolute. men. The combination of these vibrations. with different characteristics between them. giving origin to life in its infinit e manifestations. The Great Creator visualizes creati on and projects this toward the cosmic egg. planets. veg etables. eternal. matter.148 THE STELLAR MAN It is thus that God. our bones. The All Mind (God) is infinite. and energy: all is min d. nervous system. the essential composition of all that exists. minerals. which can also be called Spirit. just as ma n can create a Universe within his own mind. intelligence. it is something superior to this. it is a living and infinite mind. galaxies. universes. similar to the mixture of musical notes from a piano. . blood. gods. The All Min d has always existed and will always exist. In this way. and our thou ghts: all is mind. The All Mind is neither energy nor matter. immutable. which is beyond all understanding. produces the different elements or material of t he Universe. the Universe is mental. but prefers to study the Princip le of Mind. or real essence. and unknowable.

The K ybalion places before us the following Hermetic question: What is the Universe? If nothing can exist beyond The All. Then. it must be nothing. We sho uld . as the Universe seems to be made of multiple units and constantly changes. what can it be? Simply stated.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 149 All that is finite. concrete. we are located on a spe cific vibratory level and we occupy a space in the order of the Universe. And if the Universe is something and is not The AH. We still have senses and feel the existence of the Universe. this means All is illusion." An automobile manufactured by thoughts (imaginary) cannot collide with a material vehicle. and transformable cannot be The All. but it can collide with another imaginary car. but a material being for ano ther ghost. as it is on the same vibration. if the Universe is not all. A ghost is a ghost for the physical man. Certainly a thought of our s is illusion. and real for the matter. in reality all which is finite must really be nothing. It will pass through wooden doors but not through "doors for ghosts" made of "ghost wood. this cannot b e so. We must u nderstand that as sapiens. this personage i s a fantasy and an illusion from our material point of view. Since nothing exists beyond this. creatures of flesh and blood. or within the same density of matter." The Hindus say that " All is Maya. mutable. but absolutely tang ible. it is a mental creation of The All. This is the origin of the well-known Hindu principle of "Maya. then is the Universe all? No. elements. or personages of our imaginat ive dream. greeneyed old man with a walking stick made from a branch of a tree." Translated. If we have imaginatively created the personage of a small.

and mutable. and that energy will be the opposite pole. If we could esc ape from our classification in the Universe and join the All Mind. participating in its nature. as well as in the structure of that imagined by the thinker (material worldâ physical body). matter is only that energy with vibratory chara cteristics similar or identical to our own. matter for him will be the energy similar to that constituti ng his body. It is not difficult to un derstand that if from the point of view of the absolute "all is illusion. On the other hand. If the corporal part of us is finite. he is the instrument used by God to create the material of the Universe with his thoughts. neither matter nor energy exist. the Universe would instantly disintegrate (only for us) as we wo uld have changed the observer's situation or position. we have been made in the image of God and have within us the divine spark. rela tive. Reflec ting on this will lead us to a transcendental discovery: sapiens is the only being in the Universe who participates both in the nature of the thinker (Godâ divine spark). Now. or essence which comprises everything.150 THE STELLAR MAN reflect on the fact that for us. it is possible to get an idea o f the reason why man was created." then from our mortal situation "nothing is illusion" because all that occurs affects what we can see and feel. By understanding this Principle. as sapiens. the divine spark or spiritual essence is the absolute. there exists only one p rimordial energy. matter. Therefore. The Supreme Creator uses man's brai n to . for a man whose body is made up of energy of a differe nt vibratory state.

god of his own Universe 2. for in his own vulgar i nterpretation he would have us believe that if all is illusion. vegetables. and even ourselves on another dimensional scale. for those who live in hi s imagination. a process astonishingly similar to creation by divinity. life cr eated by man within his imagination and existing within his mental Universe pass es from this world to the Universe of God. We cannot say when something will become so small as to disappear or so larg e as to disintegrate. We truly believe there is an entire Universe in the though t of each man. that which is infinitely great becomes confused with the infinitely sma ll. his material density is similar to that of his creator." This . It is possible that the sam e may happen to man. minerals. can perturb one who is not prepared for this truth. because ultimately nothing has any value if "all is nothing . In reality. M an.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 151 create life. Man. sapiens imagines an entire Universe within his thoughts. and that at a given moment he may pass to another Universe higher than the one we know. The understanding that all is illusion ("all is May a"). Within this process of creation we can distinguish two stages: 1. where man himself lives. that is. gala xies. the organ of the creation of life (the sexua lity of God?) In the first stage. it is not worthw hile doing anything. millions of years could have passed. and for him this passes within a second. In the second stage. It should be asked if in this Universe imagined by sapiens. there are not also planets.

an individual whose center of gravity shifts from the ill usory to the absolute existing within himself (his own spirit. where the absolute resides. This expl ains why personality. without ever ascending to the original source of all that exists. The spiritual betterment promised by Hermeticism consists of the development. and which does not suffer change as time goes by because it is beyond time. the world imagined by the Great Creator. These latter are those who are limited to having knowledge of the illusory world of Maya. This essential part is developed at the expense of the oneiric (illusory) and thus sapiens can be co nverted into a mutant. It stems from placing oneself on the level of an observer existing outside of this Universe. the oneiric world. The true Hermetic sage beco mes polarized within the essential part of himself. only absolute truth is completel y truthful. and evolution o f the divine part of sapiensâ what is usually called the Spirit.152 THE STELLAR MAN error should not be committed. the means of adapting to the illusory in order to become b lind in reference to its inherent nature. They are a species of sages from the world of phantoms. This very profound change enables the individual to gradually begi n to understand the truth and finally reach the knowledge of absolute truth. immortal. whi ch is immutable. It is due to this that Hermeticism. growth. which is an emana tion of God). speaks of the wi se and the semiwise. as relativity can only encircle a small section of the absolute. and eternal. In the end. and then his spirit manifest s through his own brain. strengthening. He avoids the world of oneiric fantasy in order to pene trate into the level of the Great Thinker. impedes the individual's higher spirit ual . as proclaimed by the Kybalion.

and the area of the bod y dominated by it. astrology i s based on the supposition that man is a microcosm and he has inside himself an analogous replica of the Universe. we a re joined to the planets of our solar system and are influenced by them. and there is a sympathetic connection between the zodiacal sign. There is a correspondence or similarity among all cosmic phenomena. and that by means of this basic outline. so below. We know that A ries corresponds to the head and Pisces to the feet. Within this range. and the study of this analogy enables one to reach the unknown commencing from what is known. existing in the midst of an infi nite vibratory scale. for ex ample. Generally. also act on that which is spiritual or subtle. A talisman is an object through which a magnetic relationship can be established between ." This Hermetic Principle refers to the similarity between the various vibratory p lanes or classifications that exist within the arrangement of the Universe. The great scale of life runs from matter to spirit. the more programmed a person is. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE The Principle of Correspondence states: "As above.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 153 development by blocking his contact with reality. the same laws acting on density. The planets manifest their influence th rough the different parts of our body with which they correspond. the more difficult it will be for him to elevate himself to the kn owledge of the world of the absolute. its ruling planet. so above. The cha rt of the horoscope endeavors to reach the design of our internal vital structur e by means of the Law of Correspondence. as below. For example.

whose exact dimensions we cannot visualize. H ere is a principle of feedback. The Universe is Mental. With respect to the opposite sex. If you wish to wreak revenge on some one. we can see that the penis corresponds to the clitoris and the uterus to the prostate. or the relation between this latter and the sex. This is shown by an insatiable sexual appetite or lechery. Let us observe the likeness between the tonsils and testicles or ovaries. this simple act will some d ay influence the boundaries of the Universe in some way. the loss o f sexual sensitivity is often derived from increased intellectual sensitivity an d vice versa. and also in re lation to the opposite sex." Mind en ergy is the common nexus of all that exists. You." This Principle of Corresponde nce is explained by the fact that "All is Mind. that force you set in motion will eventually fall upon you. you are destroying yourself. this also exists within our body. . "Love one another. between the spermatozoon and the medulla oblongata in the brain. which g enerally leads to a deterioration of intelligence. Let us remember the Christian principles based on pure Hermeticism: "Do unto others what you wo uld have them do unto you" or. As there is external correspondence (with that which is external). we cannot separate ourselves from people or from our environment. are joined by an invisible thread to each inhabitant of our planet and to all beings that exist in the Cosmos. The Cosmos in fluences man with its energy. Universal unity exists in the sense that all is united to all.154 THE STELLAR MAN the individual to be protected and the corresponding cosmic force. It i s said that if a person throws a pebble into a lake. the reader. If you hate someone. is also influenced by man. In this case. but at the same time.

At first. it is very difficult to believe that there can be any relationship between the lobe of the ear and the head. radiating its forces upon us. as this explains the bonds of reciprocal influence whic h exist between an individual and terrestrial and celestial Nature. brings about changes inside us and in the eve nts which occur to us daily. which will be revealed only to the zealous student. so above" is of extreme interest. The study of the Hermetic aphorism "As above. or any other object. It is possible by means of the needles used in acupuncture to cure many ailments or to lessen painâ all this by corresponde nce. an individual can e nter into correspondence with a tree or a plant. but conc rete experience has proven that there is. being thus equivalently healed. This Hermetic aphorism has great practical value. plant. An individual keeps his room untidy and in complete disorder. as below.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 155 Sympathetic magic is the art of establishing artificial correspondence between a person and a wax figure. fort unate or tragic events may occur in our lives. We will giv e some examples: 1. where through stimulation on the lobe of t he ear. On the other hand. talisman. and transfer his own illness to them. our psychological condition and our mental state are projected toward Nature. a headache may be cured. so below. the influence received by the wax doll will finally be directed toward the individu al who has served as the model. In this way. The environm ent. and as a consequence of this. This material f act of a physical nature immediately . Based on the same principle. Acupuncture shows us a case of the advant ageous use of corporeal equivalences.

An individual who is bitter a nd negative habitually meets people who instinctively reject him. What is the reason for this? The cause resides in the aphorism "As above. let us suppose that a wife is not in harmony with her husband and they separate. as below. As a consequence of this. she will continue to rec eive them and they will surely continue to harm her even after ten years apart f rom her mate. "light." her mental attit ude repels the opposite sex.156 THE STELLAR MAN reflects upon the individual's psyche. he experiences a careful cleaning of his psyche and feels e xtraordinarily happy. and he is intellectually and emotionally converted into a replica of the physical conditions he maintains. To illustrate this. His psyche wil l be the likeness of his room and vice versa. but are not divorced. so above. Al though she is really "fascinating. this woman cannot become detached from these forces. so below." and comfortable. 3." because while there is a legal contract b e- . Within the context of this important theme of the Principle of Correspondence. which takes place on the plane of en ergy. and if he is a negative individual who wishes evil to befall he r. Thus she is still firmly joined to her husband. Further explanation of these cases is not necessary. 2. A woman believes she is ugly and feels unattractive. 4. and without an y rea son whatsoever they may end up hating him. we will take a close look at the relationship between legal acts to which the individual is subject and the concomitant dependence and lack of freedom. The same individual from the ab ove example spends a whole day scrupulously cleaning and tidying his room.

in the case of a legal tie. The laws of men project their influence into the w orld of energy which we shall call the "astral plane. Life imprisonment basically means prison after death. cons ists of repeating the following prayer every day: "I free myself from the laws o f man and deliver myself into the hands of divine justice. If . and I wish to counsel them to practice a kind of menta l defense to attain freedom upon death. While the articles of incorporation are in force. which. t his individual will remain a prisoner indefinitely or permanently even after his death. either positively or negatively. What occurred in the previous example also happens to ordinary people who are joined by a contract forming a legal entity.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 157 tween both spouses. Through thi s Principle of Correspondence it is possible to understand how immensely cruel i t is to condemn a felon to life imprisonment." or "fourt h dimension" in order to designate a place where the vibrations are much more su btle than the material ones. Thus there is danger in uniting our lives with those persons affected by heavy or negative Kar ma." In order for this fo rmula to be effective and for the individual to truly become free. it is importa nt that he should deeply feel what he is saying. Those in this situ ation should not despair. they still are in reality indissolubly joined so long as the contract is legally binding." "mental plane. as in th e case of a corporation. the p artners will remain united and each one will have some effect on the life of the rest. This "way out" as we could call it. will inevitably fall upon us. As a result of a law of sapiens. and in turn will also receive from them a force which will determine the important events in their lives.

with which the subject would try to estab lish mental contact in order to receive a positive influence from it. As far as we are concerned. who possessed gr eat Hermetic knowledge before their decline. it will surely fail. this was the manifestation of ancient Hermetic wisdom. To explain: the Egyptians had animal gods. not to be worshipped by them.158 THE STELLAR MAN this is repeated mechanically. these forces will reach our planet in a very intense form. but by the ordinary animals (those . as a mental channel has been created for them. If any individual should discover a new star through his telescop e and this star emits subtle energy of a destructive nature (all bodies emit ene rgy which might be called "mass energy"). as in this case death frees him. It is also necessary to mention that this teaching of the seven Hermetic Keys is basic. looking toward the sky through a precisely situated opening. would see a sp ecific star known to the constructors. We must also mention the enormous importance of astronomical discoveries or observation s for sapiens. which was considered the height of moral decadence. It is different when a priso ner is condemned to capital punishment. Both laymen and ignorant archeologi sts have always commented that in ancient Egypt people were so backward that the y worshipped animal gods. so that the student will discover himself what remains hidden or what may be read between the lines. I wish to conclude this commentary on the Principle of Corres pondence by honoring the memory of the extraordinary Egyptians. The temples of ancient Egypt were constructed so that during certain times of the year a per son.

THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 159 not set up as gods). I think I und erstand them perfectly well. for example. as he is exposed closely to human vibrations. Upon receiving the irradiation of man's consciousness. animals partly assimilate the energy of the divine spark or magical fire. It is necessary to live the Hermetic experience to confirm what has been learned i ntellectually. or if I was a neop hyte in these matters and was reading this book." we dealt with the incarnation of consciousness which relates to this subject. When an animal incarnates a s a human being for the first . This occurs primarily with domestic animal s or those which for any special reason are constantly in contact with man. one simply understands or does not understan d. they would completely agree with me. The object of creating animal gods was to maintain the puri ty and elevation of the human race. We continue with the explanation of the animal gods. In the chapter "The Illusion of True Knowledge. These "magical" methods were used to prevent animals from penetrating into the human scale. if unbelieving readers could change places with me for a few minut es by means of a magical transmigration. such as a circus dog. I m ust pause for a moment to imagine the ironic smiles of those who believe that ce rtainly the writer of this book suffers from some mental disorder. I also feel obliged to state that in Hermeticism one does not believe or disbelieve. because if I had not had the opportunity of verifyi ng the absolute truth of Hermetic science to my satisfaction. On th e other hand. from being incarnated as sapiens . I would think as they do. which then enables them to enter into the human scale for the first time after they die as animals.

160 THE STELLAR MAN time. with very strong a nimal instincts. but this is a separate subject. the Egyptian priests sacrifi ced and mummified a dog. The spirit represents the extreme pole of the fastest vibrations whose frequency is so high that it appears to be . this animal was converted into the occult guardian. it will be like an individual on a very inferior level. humanity will face a serious crisis. It will either become a delinquent or an immoral pervert as it lacks adequate restraints on its instincts. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION The Principle of Vibration states: "Nothing rests. This animal-individual must very gradually rise in level throughout many reincarnations. Matter. and that not everyone reincarnates. and this is precise ly what is occurring now. We must add that man can never reincarnate as an animal. By means of ritual magic. Thus. energy. This dog received a name and was anointed as "god of the dogs" at the moment of its death . and will certainly cause great harm to society." This law indicates that everything in the Universe vibrates and that nothing rem ains stationary. and buried it in a secret place. It must be understood that if many animals are converted in to the sapiens species. which prevented dogs from entering into the human scale. everything vibrates. ev erything moves. We reserve the complete and profound explanation of this magical operation. and spirit are only the result of different vib ratory states. for example. and it had been specially prepared for this . wh ich would only serve to satisfy the curiosity of the unversed.

Nevertheless. we can affirm that there is nothin g in the Universe that is not "mental matter vibrating at different frequencies. We know that the molecules comprising matter a re in constant vibration. In their turn. If a person could make his physical body vibrate at a very high frequencyâ let us call this frequency Xâ he would physically penetrate into the world of the fourth dimension. according to the vibratory frequency of his intelligence. sadness is due to a negative vibration. the more intelligent the individual and vice versa. but only the control of our own vibrations. the electrons and protons are also vibrating rapidly. the shor ter the mental wave. magnetism. desires. Our physical body is an assembl y of systems. Our thoughts. the atoms forming them are also in c onstant motion and vibration. Hermeticis m states that between both poles there are millions and millions of different in tensities and modes of vibration. and that in turn. heat. which vibrate at the same frequency. and death is the rupture of t he vibratory cohesion of the biological systems. or impulses are only vibratory states. and electricity are only different vibratory modes. Each person has a mental wavelengt h of his own. it is not any such remote possibility that i nterests us. In our personal life. Without any fear of error.T HE S EVEN K EYS OF W ISDOM 161 absolutely still. everythin g revolves around vibration. Th at mysterious plane known as the "fourth dimension" is only a vibratory state of high frequency. Illness is disharmony. emotions. Our thoughts will make us more or less i ntelligent according to our mental vibration. The other pole is formed by extremely dense matter. . if we are happy it is due to a positive vibration. " Light. and health is only the harmon ious vibration of the body.

one of t hem will have notably varied his mental wavelength. mutual underst anding is impeded. Health problems." just as if he tried to tune in to a certain radio station on a wrong frequency. and they have an important influence on pe ople. I n the case of those individuals who permanently have a very long wavelength (of low frequency). The environment is also a very powerful influence on people's vibrations. and the same thing can occur with a visit to a family home where we will immediately feel a warm and positive atmosphere or a force which repels us. for example. leaving the other person "out of frequency. this is caused by the individual's lack of intellectual preparat ion. This explains the surprising d ifferences between two persons who normally understand each other well. depressive states. and intellectual apathy are some of the principal causes. If we wish to communicate with an individual and have him rea lly understand us. What takes place in our homes is that the vibratory radi ation . either by lengthening or sho rtening it. a s we live within an ocean of vibrations that constantly have an impact upon us. inertia. either a positive or negative vibratory atmosphere.162 THE STELLAR MAN The difficulty some people have in communicating comes from their different ment al wavelengths. internal conflicts. When their vibratory frequencies do not coincide. awakening similar forces within us. There are different rea sons for vibratory drops in people. we must make an effort to adapt our mental wave to his vibrat ory state in order to establish perfect affinity. One can sense in the inhabitants of a city. The cosmic and terrestrial space which surro unds us is saturated with vibrations.

will violently explode. Those places where b ase passions are let loose. This force has the characteristic of greatly affecting anyone who comes into contact with a person whose vibrations are intense. impregnating it with positive or negative energy easily sensed by the visitors. and there are times when he is a veritable time bomb due to the latent forces within him. or in some cases. the habitual thoughts. there are homes . Perhaps the mo st vulnerable persons are those in professions such as psychiatry. and under the influence of an adequate detonator. Vibrations accumulate within the individual. visitors fe el a profound depression or even suicidal tendencies. the emotio nal states. Thus. We receive the psychic sta tes of those who live or work in these places. who are damag ed or tainted by contact with their patients' mental scars. that is. the result being that one can be contaminated by what the "sender" feels. Family and human groups in genera l are made up of whirlpools of energy which are felt by those coming into contac t with them. This is especially true when a "sender" shares his troubles with another and then feels great relief while the listener becomes depressed.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 163 of those who live there penetrates the physical structure. such as . which awaken in visitors an intolerable sadness. and the moral and spiritual standards of the individual determine the goodness or unsuitability of his vibratory state. he collects g ood or evil vibrations. which in turn decisively influences his daily life. The behavioral habits. These forces are either destructive or creativ e. pro ducing either favorable or negative events.

There are those with great personal charm.164 THE STELLAR MAN bars or brothels. which noticeab ly harm those who frequent them. Sapiens unconsciously seeks a remedy for his vi bratory disharmony and resorts to good music. There are strong negative forces actually capable of killing a person because their tone or basic note is destructive and capable of causing disintegration. It is necessary to practice strict mental hygiene in order not to be affected by eleme nts in the atmosphere surrounding us. its light can pierce the hardest material. as is the case of the "quen a. We also know the pernicious effect of sounds whi ch exceed certain decibel levels and which provoke considerable nervous fatigue causing loss of both manual and intellectual efficiency. Nevertheless. raise his vibration s in order not to be affected by what is called "bad luck" or misfortune. there are musical rhythms so inharmonious that they cr eate negative states within people. The vibration of the sp oken word also has a powerful effect on listeners. The sound of certain instruments have cadenc es that under certain conditions cause deep sadness. The power of the laser is well known (vibration). This depends on the result of the . although not disag reeable. which reestablishes his internal e quilibrium. through self-discipline." a type of indigenous flute. are repellent. either beneficial or harmful. We know there are sounds (vibrations) which c an destroy the cohesion of matter (infrasonic) or which can produce medicinal he aling (ultrasonic). but whose voices. eit her spiritually or materially must. Any man who wishes to be successful in his pers onal objectives or who wishes to increase his capacity to accomplish things. are the center of base and negative vibrations.

but acts inversely. There is a very simple experi ment. As the days go by. When a couple who are lovers speak word s of love. Through the Principle of Vibration. it is necessary to contact someone who does not like us. it is possible to understand that curses r eally exist but have nothing supernatural about them. and vice versa. After a short time we will se e a radical change in him and he will come to feel very friendly toward us. which consists of having two groups of indoor plants which must be put in separate places. Anothe r very simple experiment is to test the inductive power of our vibrations on peo ple. People are not aware that they are rece ived either well or badly according to their vibrations. The same phenomenon ex ists with blessings. For this. The other group should be abandoned to chance. and fortitude. It is easy to verify th e influence of an individual's oscillatory energy. although they have the same earth. light. and water as the others. we must make an ef fort to feel deep sympathy and cordiality for him. it will be seen that th e plants spoken to and given positive attention become very beautiful and grow f aster. One group of plants should be spoken to every day as if they we re human beings and given thoughts of love. friendship. After ov ercoming the feeling of repulsion this person provokes in us. If this impact is harmonious with ours.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 165 impact of sonic oscillations. they are only the condensa tion and projection of powerfully destructive vibrations. the pleasure experienced is not only due to the knowledge that . Many times it is we ourselves who cause rejection due to our hostility toward others . we will fe el affection and liking.

life would not be possible. If we reflect on this. everything has its pair of opposites. cold and heat.166 THE STELLAR MAN they are loved. Temperature has two extremes. If there were no opposite poles. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY The Principle of Polarity stat es: "Everything is dual. The attentive student who meditates on the Principle of Vibration will be able to understand things of gre at importance." This principle involves the teaching that unity as such does not exist in the Un iverse because everything is dual. T he most profound secrets of life are hidden behind this simple fact. but also to the vibratory influence of the words. everything has two poles. because if it was not. but one cannot speak of the positive . was originally conceived in order to effe ctively paralyze the adversary. this law ca n never be applied to different elements. all truths are but half-truths. opposites are identical in nature but different in degree. all paradoxes may be reconciled. everything has two faces or opposite poles. It had to be emitted in a certain tone and frequ ency. extremes meet. which are only the combination of letters that produce oscillatory phenomena. the one without eyes to see or ears to hear will remain on the th reshold of the mystery. it would have no effect. as it is po larity which maintains the rhythm of life. The basic point to be understood in the study of polarit y is the fact that opposites are always present in the same element. like and unlike are the sam e. for example. it is possible to conceive of the existence of magical words. The traditi onal karate shout (kiai).

Spirit and matter are the same thing. in one case there is the presence of light and in the other. Love and hate are opposite poles of the same thing. Hate may be tr ansmuted into love. of transforming something into its opposite. acting as a true s cientist of the mind. Courage is positive with respect to fear." And "fear is less bravery than pure bravery. light and darkness represent two extremes of the same thing. The Hermeticist. ." The two poles can always be classified as positive and negative. that is. and their difference is just a q uestion of degree. but are manifested in opposite vibrations . the lack of it. Thus. It is necessary to not e that in these terms there is no absolute. The Princip le of Polarity works along a vibratory scale of degrees in which a strength is m anifested. can raise his internal vibrations at will and transmute ne gative into positive. We simply speak of more or less of a quantity of som ething at a given moment. Thus. the positive pole being of a higher na ture than the negative. cowardice into bravery. light with res pect to darkness. as no one can state what is absolute cold or heat. There is always an extreme positive and an extreme negative. that is. by means of sliding along the scale of polarity. poverty into riches. The same is true with life and death and good and evil. the human feeling of attraction and repulsion. a gradation which goes from the positive to the negative. for example.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 167 pole of temperature in relation to the negative pole of electricity. love with respect to hate. we could say that "love is less hat e than no love. This is why Hermeticism upholds the feasibility of mental tra nsmutation. undoubtedly. and ignorance i nto wisdom.

as it would not be possible." Illness can be converted to health by changing its polarity through the power of the mind. although this never occur s. innocence and experience are mutually absorbed. Vacuum attracts plenitude. On the other hand. which polarizes at the extreme opposite of what it is trying to overc ome. beyond opposites. as all destruction is a transformation. Specifically. In occult ism there is a well-known symbol found in ancient esoteric booksâ the snake biting it s own tail. which creat es a new form of life. "the undesirable is slain by changing its polarity. and we maintain that all truth is semi-truth. Good and evil represent the two extremes of something and are therefore absolutely relative. for from the moment one is born. but very good for the fox that is only followin g the natural principle of staying alive. Life works for death. one starts t o die. it is only possible to transmute opposites of the same thing. this represents polarity. in any way. What . evil works for good and go od for evil. it is very bad for the hen. to transmute a pear into a peach. in which the two extremes ar e perpetually attracted and seek to devour each other. In reality. According to this principle. it is possible to transform a green pear into a ripe pear. Logically. to reach the world of causes. the victory of either good or ev il is impossible. an d it is only possible to reach absolute truth by raising oneself above the Princ iple of Polarity. If a fox enters a chicken coop and devours a chic ken. Un der this principle the existence of an accessible truth to sapiens in his habitu al condition of life is denied. Naive people b elieve that the time will come when good will triumph over evil in the world in a definite manner. Death works for life.168 THE STELLAR MAN According to The Kybalion.

" If we apply this to love. This is the law of the eternal serpent who constantly bites its own tail. for example. As opposites meet. Due to pola rity man and woman are attracted and try to fuse. Hermetically .THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 169 would happen to the light if there was no darkness? Does not light owe its exist ence to the fact that darkness exists? Solely from the evidence that something e xists. we can v erify that it is easier to transform hate into love than to convert indifference into love. It is very interesting to analyze th e aphorism that "extremes meet. we must immediately know that the opposite is also a reality. the distance is shorter from one extreme to anoth er than from the middle of the scale to an extreme pole.

the positive represented by number one hundred and the ne gative by zero. the alchemist changed the vibration and the polar ization of the lead until it was transformed into gold. number fifty is the symbol of eternal indecision and a pathy. This secret may act as consolation to those with serious problems. Following the Principle of Mental Transmutation em- . but a circle. we may say that the shortest distance from one point to another is not a straight line. representing those who are lukewarm who have no place in the kingdom of G od. the example is equall y valid. The drawing shows this. they are closer to success than they may think. This explains the phenomenon of conversion.170 THE STELLAR MAN speaking. In some cases this refe rred to a material act. When this refers to the transformation of the internal metals into spiritual gold. In our example. on ly mediocrity has no remedy. These figures are entirely arbitrary and for demonstration purpo ses only. the reason for this is clear. therefore. Gold is only one end of t he scale of metals. and in others it was symbolic. as the distan ce is much shorter than if we lay out the circumference of the circle as a strai ght line. when one individual changes his ideology for a diametrically opposite one. Hermeticism maintains that indecision is more fatal than error. The ancient alchemis ts held that it is possible to transmute lead into gold. We maintain that it is easier to cross the bridge from zero to one hun dred than to go from fifty to one hundred. This circle represents the gradual scale which r uns between two poles. Those who are able to read between th e lines and digest this knowledge will derive great wisdom.

Reca ll that "the undesirable is slain by changing its polarity. and the lower world of effects." Th is subject will be covered in subsequent pages. We have already explained that t here are many planes of vibration. in order to accomplish a process of transmutation. as shown in diagram 5. although this will be useless in the hands of those who hav e not first reached internal unification under the command of a "Superior I. The lowe r world of effects is the physical plane. As regards the Principle of Mental Transmutat ion.T HE S EVEN K EYS OF W ISDOM 171 ployed by advanced Hermeticists." This is equivalent to rising above the effects or phenomena which the individual may . The Hermeticist. rises to the world of his "Superior I" and polarizes himself t hrough his mind in the pole opposite to the vibration he wishes to destroy. the superior world of causes is the pl ane of the emanation of life. for the sake of simplicity we will speak of two basic planes: the superior world of causes. we will make a brief sketch of the mechanism th at must be employed.

co ndition to condition. is always a mental operation. it is first necessary to learn to change the polarity of our own mind. It is very interesting for the student to be able not only to ch ange his own mental state. until the other extreme is effectively reached. pole to pole." In order to put men tal or alchemical transmutation into practice. Recall the aphorism from The Kybalion which says. in order to achieve this in practice. The time required for this operation will depend on the importance of what is desired. The Hermeticist will know. for example. as All is Mind. Even though this might seem easy in theory. Something of li ttle impor- . polarity is a very useful key. as everything has its gestation time in Nature. polarizing toward the opposite. as otherwise we will not be able to influe nce our environment. All processes of transmutation.172 THE STELLAR MAN be suffering at a certain time. that if he finds himself temporarily in a distressing situation. degree to degree. From the point of view of the an alysis of daily problems. whether it is an attempt to change our internal world or the material world. but also that of other people who are suffering from negative or destructive vibrations of any kind. a rigid discipline and the prior c reation of a "Superior I" is required. a vibration is changed degree b y degree until one reaches what is desired. this will never be more than j ust theory. as it enables people to appreciate the true value of their conflicts or obstacles. otherwise. "Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted from state to state. vibration to vibration. By this process. it is possible to change this g radually. without magnifying o r underestimating them.

intelligence. Nature." Meditating on this will enable t he student to reach great knowledge. a rise and fall. nations.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 173 tance will be accomplished very quickly. we could eve n call this law. in our emotions. there is an emanation of The All. all things rise and fall. man. instincts. an ebb and fl ow. is the measure of the swin g to the left. It refers to our personal projects. everything that forms a part of our lives. thus f ulfilling the cycle of life." Creation occurs according to the pen dulum. all are born to reach the heights and then to decline and be destroyed. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM The Principle of Rhythm states: "Everything flows out and in. and even in the different vital situations in which we live. feelings. Let us keep before us the great Hermetic lesson that "the undesirable is slain by changing its polarity. Its oscillation explains the action of rhythm. This ebb and flow is manifested in our physical bod y. and in general. our rela tionships with other people. whose measurement toward the left is the same as that toward the right. rhythm compensates. an advance and retreat. There is action and reaction. On a practical note. the pendulumswing manifests in everything. "the Law of the Pendulum. the planets. a much larger project will take a longe r time to bear fruit. and this is applicable to absolutel y everything. everything has its tides. the measure of the swing to the right. The symbol of the Principle of Rhythm is the pe ndulum. wh ich is manifested between two poles. and an absorption follows. and civilizations . our contact with Nature. . The Universe." This principle teaches us that everything is subject to rhythmic oscillation.

This polarization can be negative or positive. It is not easy. previously mentioned. Nothing escapes this law. or a strength has reached its zenith. and death the polarization of the force at one extreme for a time which surpasses the equilibrium of Nature. The Principle of Rhythm together with th at of Polarity. It is negative when both poles are too close toget her. polarizing in the extreme opposite direction. The Supreme Being radiates his energy until it materializes into a phys ical creation. It is posi tive when it is possible to consciously destroy an undesirable vibration and the polarity is changed. What we do know with certaint y is that decay inevitably takes place. a decay of vi tal forces is produced . however. are the forces which maintain the process of life. In the case of negative polarization due to a weakening of the opposite poles. a c ivilization. as life is always a force which moves alternatively and rhythmically be tween two poles.174 THE STELLAR MAN Emanation is the time of creation and absorption is the stage in which The All r eintegrates its energy in itself. and when this reaches the summit. each one of them losing a great part of its intrinsic qualities. In the same way. nations reach the summit of their p ower and then gradually decline. to determine when a human being. it then starts the opposite oscillation of the pendulum until it again r eaches dematerialization or death. it is an absolutely i nevitable process. and the divine creative energy is reintegrate d into its original source. we would say that life is t he oscillation between two poles. If we had to define life and death. its maximum degree of materiali zation. We can compare this to the cycle of human resp iration.

and th at illness is always a disturbance of the rhythm or polarity. But as the child grows older. we can verify that polarity and rhythm control the organism in its most delicate processes. they would discover many new things. and life declines. Sleep. and the loss of this implies an abnorm al condition. We know that the lack of sleep provokes ser ious disorders. sleeping. Today this knowledge has become . The secre t of life is thus revealed in a simple manner: it is the constant maintenance of the tension between two poles. draining his vital force. and alertness are all governed by the law o f the pendulum. or we may also speak of the individual himself and his environment. Truthfully. Homeostasis has not be en sufficiently studied. this is equivalent to death. and it is certain that if scientists would use the Prin ciples of Rhythm and Polarity. This consists of th e vital cycles which affect the human being with a positive or negative alternat ion. the opposites begin to join . as it destroys organic equilibrium. the opposite poles of his life are very far apart and therefore the tension between them is great. the two poles are the conscious and the subco nscious. The function s of the heart. By examining man's vital functions.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 175 which may end in the fusion of the poles. For a long time the knowledg e of "biorhythms" remained in the heart of esoteric schools. breathing. Science calls this equilibrium homeostasis. The constant impact between man and environment (stimulus) slowly depolarizes him. for example. In this case. The body needs to maintain a constant state of equilibrium. provides us with the necessary alternation i n order to maintain our equilibrium. we could say that when a child is bo rn.

only three rhythms have been revealed. with 12 positive days and 12 negative days ⠢ The 28-day eminine rhythm. Therefore. with 16½ positive days and 16½ negative days The rhythms of 40-day. while o thers will feel the negative cycle of the 33-day rhythm. 56-day. and 276-day cycles have not yet been reve aled to the masses. That is. ⠢ The 24-day masculine rhythm.176 THE STELLAR MAN popular and there are even pocket calculators for determining this action. One of the most importa nt aspects of the Principle of Rhythm is the fact that each person creates his o wn rhythmic state according to the nature of his acts. These people should keep a diary in which they note all happy or unfortunate occurrences. in order to determine which of the rhythms has a greate r influence in their lives. The object of this book is not to supply instructions on bio rhythms which would require a separate volume. . we will only give an e xtremely important tip for those who follow the indications of biorhythms in the ir daily life. 92-day. Some individuals will be very affected by the negative in the 24-day rhythm. as this is something that is entirely personal. these events or acts occur without his wi ll. with 14 positive days and 14 negative days ⠢ The 33-day intellectual rhythm. which take on a rhythm of their own when repeated several times. By virtue of these events being repeated periodically in an individual's life. Never theless.

Another easily verifiable example conce rns marital fights. it is very difficult to neutralize them. that is. U nfortunately. a negative rhythm is fo rmed and this individual periodically suffers losses of an economic nature. This is generally very difficult to neutralize. whic h doubtlessly will occur during planetary positions similar to those that existe d on the day the first theft took place. harmony or disharmony. and o nce they are in motion. We will briefly illustrate how a negative rhythm is born: a person becomes the victim of a theft for examp le. he does not bother to file a followup c omplaint with the authorities. he will be incapable of neutralizing negative events. As a consequence of this. the positive or negative tone will be maintained. From this it is deduced that the individual takes on a rhyt hm at a certain moment for reasons not always easy to establish. It is well know n that misfortunes come in "waves" as the flowing of the tide. On the other hand. as the longer it lasts.T HE S EVEN K EYS OF W ISDOM 177 events do not happen because the individual wants them to. and as long as that rhythm does not change. they occ ur rapidly without the individual having time to react. its powe r of fluctuation strengthens. and as it is not a very large theft. there are individuals who take on a rhythm of different calamities from an early age which are then repeated at each oscillation of the pendulum. It is thus that rhythms of weal th or poverty are created. Those marriages that live with the result of negat ive rhythms . but on the contrary. happiness or misfortune. there are also streaks of "good luck" during which a person experiences a series of p ositive occurrences. which end by creating a rhythm of disharmony that will provo ke the arising of new and more serious problems.

178 THE STELLAR MAN would do well to abstain from having children until the pendulum moves to the ot her extreme. as it teaches us that it is possible to rise above rhythmic oscillation by becoming po larized in the pole where one desires to remain. the Hermeticist can surmount this Principle of Rhythm. Compensation means eq uilibrium or balancing. blown here and ther e without having any idea of where the tide of life is taking them. The Law of the Pendulum completes the knowledge of mental transmutation. as the individual has. What is called the "Law of Comp ensation" has much in common with the Principle of Rhythm. as the child would be born with an unfortunate rhythmic vibration. Habits are formed by a rhythm and when they are pernicious. work. thus avoiding being carried by the ebb and flow. it is because his actions happen to coinc ide with the movement of the pendulum purely by chance. and are like leaves in a storm. People are absolutely su bjected to the Law of the Pendulum. and if he is successful in anything. On the other hand. It is thus that . vitality. Sapiens is a slave to the oscillatory movement of the pendulum . even though he can not annul it. or love. in quantity. which occurs when "the measure of the swing to the left determines the measure of the swing to the right. fulfilling the biblical aphorism that the children will pay for the sins of thei r parents. the exact prop ortion of what he is lacking. With his will power he can rise to the superior plane of causes an d let the rhythmic oscillation flow beneath him. heal th." This determines the amount of things a person can possess. whether it be regarding their finances. they can only be destroyed by the creation of a new rhythmic state of an opposite nature.

A rich man is one who has nullified the greater part of his possibilities in order to concentrate his one hundred vital units on making money. . but a life that will probably not be outstanding in any special way. Concentration implies the sacrifice of many things. it is therefore interesting to state that absolutely all human beings are born w ith the same quantity or margin of things they may have. Love. a man may never have more than the symbolic one hundred. family happiness. the only variation is t heir distribution. "lucky in cards. As we have already covered this point. This aphorism indicates som ething about the idea we are discussing. Thus. We all know the sayi ng. Expressed in a different way. but very unhappy. or other things will certainly be among the things lacking.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 179 a man who is rich lacks other advantages given to the poor. An even distribution resu lts in a more balanced life. let us say that we all have one hundred vital units (th at which we can in time possess) and one hundred negative units (that which we l ack). spiri tual sensitivity. Example 1: Distribution of Vital Units Riches: 45 units Power: 20 units Moral Nobility: 5 units Love: 5 units Intellige nce: 10 units Health: 10 units Happiness: 5 units Result: An individual who is r ich and powerful. but this quantity can be distributed a mong many things or concentrated on only two or three. unlucky in love" or vice versa. or negative units.

increases "the famil y estate of vital units. w e could map out the distribution of our muscular capacity which we could entirel y use up just by walking. Or. climb. and their only point is to illustrate w hat occurs with the distribution or concentration of vital units. Or. or divide it among hundreds of ordinary bulbs. we would say that only those who are ab le .180 THE STELLAR MAN Example 2: Distribution of Vital Units Riches: 10 units Power: 10 units Love: 15 units Friendship: 10 units Moral Nobility: 15 units Intelligence: 15 units Heal th: 10 units Happiness: 15 units Result: A more balanced individual. thus sharing their vi tal units. di stributing our vital energy into various areas. we can use a fixed el ectrical potential to supply one source of great power consumption. filled with different elements. which while under the parents' care. and box. These examples are absolutely arbitrary." In conclusion. The reader who is aware of this theory can set up examples for different cases. For example. this baby arrives with its own on e hundred vital units. Similarly. in the case of a child's birth. it is ve ry interesting to analyze what occurs when two people wed. According to the law of vital units. with a rich er life. we could walk. chop wood. swim.

Contrary to what is believed. The Law . there are many planes of causation. and man in his daily life is aware only of the latter. We live in the world of effec ts." This law teaches us that nothing in the Universe happens by chance. we could state that the m agnitude of an effect is always equivalent to the importance of the cause which generated it. there a re two basic planes: that of causes (superior) and that of effects (lower). What we call chance is only something where its causes rema in unknown. The m ost well-known manifestation of chance is what Hindus call Karma. as this force would be independent and superior to the Universe.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 181 to rise above the Principle of Rhythm can consider themselves truly free. As we explained when discussing the Principle of Polarity. Karma is not always negative. everything h as a specific cause. Appl ying the Law of Rhythm to the Law of Cause and Effect. but nothing escapes the Law. Karma endeavors to explain the relat ionship existing between events currently happening to an individual and his act ions in the past. every Effect has its Cause. It is not possible that something should exist apart from and beyond the laws. and only the Hermeticist has knowledge of the occult causes of events. Cha nce is only a name for a Law not recognized. either in this life or in a previous one. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT The Principle of Cause and Effect states: "Every Cause has its Effect. a word which w e will use because it is the most adequate. which is equivalent to our good deeds in the past. everything happens according to the Law. there is also a positive side of Karma.

" With the experiment on indoor plants. it is possible to r ealize why some people with exquisite spiritual sensitivity live in poverty and other true beasts swim in riches. and if he does not feel it. Reincarnation is a very personal matter in which the individual "feels" with in him that it exists.182 THE STELLAR MAN of Karma is intimately bound to reincarnation. as it would pressure the individual. we can unde rstand why a child is born crippled or dies at an early age. if it were possible to produce proof. in previous pages. if an individual was convinced of the truth of some occult phenomenon. then no argument will convinc e him. for when the animal dies. it would detract from the freedom of choice." We will shed further light on the reason why an individual who works himself to . This is an analogy of what happens when "spiritual" energy incarnates in an animal b ody. we sugg ested a method of intellectually conceiving what reincarnation is: "a power whic h takes possession of matter. or the ex traordinary possession of sudden wealth due to a "stroke of luck. Nevertheless. The Law of Cause and Effect give s us a rational explanation of the apparent injustices in the world. This law clarifies the phenomenon of child pro digies who show extraordinary musical potential from a very young age. the spirit continues incarnating in new bodies un til completing an evolutionary cycle in matter. we might re alize that what we really did was to "incarnate" a force in the vegetable matter which survives the life of the plant and continues evolution indefinitely. Furthermore. he might enter an esoteric sc hool without genuine spiritual concern. a truth we will leave aside for n ow.

which are held in check for a period of time during his life. the human being "punishes himself" with his own Karma. It is the Karma of humanity that they control and ma nage. and within this general context they act as occult judges who reward or pe nalize the actions of the human being. which cannot be penetrated by common mo rtals. which forge the individual's destiny as they materialize into effects. the Archons plan and "stage" the action so the individual receives beneficial le ssons and can undergo important experiences. and on which all events a re interwoven. for life is like an enormous tapestry upon which history is woven stitch by stitch. There are people who in their past lives were extremely . The Principle of Cause and Effect acts pa rallel to this. In reality. but from a collective point of view. fortune smiles on another who is habitually lazy. we can understand how certain relevant historical figures reached great power ar ising from nothing. The action of Karma is one of the reasons why we maintain that "all is wr itten. This is the veil of Maya. New light is thus shed on historical events. Only the truly wise man can partially neutralize the effects of undesirable cau ses. that is." as the present is always determined by our past acts. they work with the Karma of individuals. as in the case of Hitler. We have already spoken of the Lords of Destiny or Archons who govern the de stiny of sapiens. Certainly we do not know what caus e placed him in the position of power he occupied. on the other hand. Each person has a certain quantity of causes.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 183 death never attains economic success and why.

we would surely remember this. Occasionally a beggar will display terrible arrogance and s eem to despise the entire world. but compulsively so. wh en the brain is destroyed. his excessive pride survived the d eath of his physical body. Nevertheless. Generally.184 THE STELLAR MAN rich and took advantage of the power of their money. who choose which individuals will win the gr eatest prizes and who will then have their lives entirely changed. He who had murdered a fellow man will in turn die due t o the direct or indirect influence of his past action. Ch ance is only the visible effect of a cause unknown to us. For example. and who in their present li ves are practically beggars in order that they may themselves suffer the experie nces of extreme poverty. and as a result. instinctive impulses derived from past experiences survive. and this attitude is not just simple psychologi cal compensation. but this reasoning is infantile. but has deeper roots. as the se are entwined one with . he would in his present life be e xtremely honest. It can be debated that if we had lived previously in other bodies. Certainly this individual occupied a hig h position in his past life. In the case o f those who are already millionaires who win a substantial prize. this will only increase or reinforce the events previously decreed by the Lords of Destiny. memory is erased. The one who took advantag e of love or passion to enslave a woman will in this life be under the dominatio n of the female sex. it is not p ossible to establish all the causes which have provoked a certain effect. In the case of gambling we can see a direc t action of the Archons of Destiny. if an individual had been co ndemned for theft in his previous incarnation.

THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 185 another. This would not be that pernicious if those who p rofit from this help would perhaps tomorrow turn into valuable people in aid of humanity. but this individual wil l always be sacrificing his existence for others' benefit. while he takes on the misfortunes of those he helps. who in turn end up i n a very bad condition due to having been burdened with another's troubles. It is for this reason that the Hermeticist gives great importance to small details. It is for this reason that the Hermeticist cannot give help indi scriminately to all. The image of the "good samaritan" is moving in its kindness. as the present is based on the past. and we can only observe the most recent. But with a little meditation we can. which would destroy him. visuali ze a chain of causes which disappears into the past. as these can be convert ed into decisive factors in a person's life. as a philosophical exercise. and in exchange would be filled with negative vibrations. to inject this into the ones who listen their woes. but the "samaritans's" help is in vane if the recipients use what they get in an . as he would dissipate his strength without any benefit. One of the most dangerous characteristics of the Principle of Cause and Effect is the fact that Karma can project itself and affect people who are not t o blame in any way for the causes set in motion by the "emitter. we will have to bear this destructive force which will cause us se rious problems." It is thus tha t an inescapable law exists in the sense that if we help a person affected by ne gative Karma. Those individuals who constantly seek an audience in whom to confide the calamit ies they fave suffered. unconsciously seek to rid themselves of the poison withi n them. One small cause can unleash great e ffects.

such a s the "golden broth" which we mentioned in previous chapters. which gives nothing. We are not aware t hat in cosmic commerce money has no value. All that we need o r desire belongs to the common pool of Nature. and Nature will demand that we pay the pending debt. we even hav e to pay for our lives. and even for the air we breathe.186 THE STELLAR MAN absolutely selfish manner. enjoying ill-gotten gains or proper ty he has not earned. From the world of causes. but sells us what we require. and other things are required. as he has the certainty that the causes placed into movement by his . for serenity. for love. To help deceitful louts or ruffians could eventually cause the destruction of a man who is valuable and spiritually elevated. By polarizing himself on this plane. and it must always be paid for. To the "devil. and this refers to t he individual who commits a concealed theft. and thus stops living the effects which emanate from the higher plane. we will to a great extent be responsible for the development of h is life. one soul is more valuable than all the gold in the world. a s we consider money as the only viable instrument of payment." fo r example. he converts himself into a cause. for the moments of pleasure. We do not notice this. the Hermeticist can channel his life according to his own planning. for power. This man enters into a contract with Nature. Therefore. The most im portant thing about the Law of Cause and Effect is that the advanced Hermeticist can raise himself to the higher world of causes by a prodigious effort of will. There i s another aspect of great interest in what we are covering. if we are imprudent enough to hel p this person. Nothing is gratis. someday he mu st return or pay for what he stole. for knowledge.

The feminine energy seeks union with th e masculine. whose mutual influence creates energy. bu t as we are aware. sh owing us that gender is manifested in everything and that the masculine and femi nine forces are present in everything. as doe s gender. and that th is nature acts even in the atom. Gender manifests on all planes. there are many planes where the Mind Principle exists." The seventh Hermetic Principle completes the knowledge of the laws of Nature. The feminine or negative is the womb o f all electrical and magnetic phenomena. and absorbs from it that which is active. Hermeticism maintains that gender has an impelling nature. Instead of referring to positive an d negative poles. thus producing a new forc e. the generator and the conceiver. in which we find both the positive and the nega tive. Hermetic teaching also affirms that gravity is produced . THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER The Principle of Gender states: "Gender is in everything . as sex refers only to the structure of the genital organs and the difference in adaptation between male and female. everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles. and the negative element is feminine. We must not make the mistake of confusing gender with sex. we can speak more appropriately of the masculine and feminine. The positive element of electricity is masculi ne. Sex is one of the many man ifestations of the Principle of Gender and corresponds to the physical plane.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 187 spiritual power will sooner or later materialize into concrete material effects.

It is through the occult law that the student of Hermeti cism can create a new being. The principle of conception in man is in his imagination. Thus. In this manner we can observe that woman is cerebrally masculine. and from it onl y purely subjective results will be attained. we will discover that it possess es bipolarity.188 THE STELLAR MAN by the attraction and repulsion of masculine and feminine principles. a waste of time. the opposite is tru e. considering them merely as hurdles. a mutant who will be conceived with superior qualit ies of an acutely human being. the right cerebral hemisphere is positive and the left. and in woman is in her uterus. If we understand this phenomenon we will ach ieve a completely new and different . to und erstand the hidden significance of the mystic or religious act of joining the pa lms of the hands in prayer. The Hermeticist must visualize problems as the negative pole of life. difficulties. all that does not involve using this secret is pure fantasy. which involves a process of generation upon opposing positive and negative. by means of the Principle of Gender. that is. As stated in previous pages. negative. Within our bodies. the force against which he must oppose his positive generative energy in order to create what he desires. and obstacles. man is masculine from the solar plexus down and feminine fr om this zone up to and including the head. negative. From understanding this Law of Gen der we can also realize how deceptive it is to evade problems. and man cer ebrally feminine. while with woman. There is no other real path for spiritual evoluti on. the right side is masculine or pos itive and the left side. analyzing our physical body. or irritating s ituations. It is possible.

The student who is facing a real process of initiation (not sym bolic) will find himself strongly dragged by the pendulum in an oscillation whic h will suddenly bring him closer to the Master. the side of himself that is of a feminine or negative polarity. or man of clay. and this is valid throughout the entire Universe. Hermetic progress would not be possible. the precise quality we wis h to attain. feeling himself raised to high planes of awareness. and the studen t will believe himself submitted to a cruel joke. The Principle of Gender shows us that it is not possible for a creation to exist without the presence of the father and mother elements. that is. is the result of the collision between inertia and our will power. or to the beast. into a Stellar Man. all will be darkness. which will be nothing more than the complemen t needed to develop our consciousness. Consciousness. directed by an awakened intelligence. There will be m oments when he will sense the overwhelming evidence of Hermeticism deep within h imself. And who will the mother be? The mother is the beast in the individua l. This is the reason . This transformation is only possible if the subject enters into contact with a flesh and blood Master who will be his spirit ual Father. and neither would evoluti on. spir itually speaking. If this struggle between opposing forces d id not exist. Only the gradual stopping of t his pendular movement will enable him to reach the stability of conscious knowle dge. At this point we will reveal the great magic secret of mutation of sapiens. It is thus that the initiate is a child of the beast and the s piritual Master.THE SEVEN KEYS OF WISDOM 189 vision of the hurdles in our life. the initiation will lose all sense and purpose. At other times. including the process of initiation.

the magic ferment of alchemists. This sacred fl ame is not an abstraction or a symbol.190 THE STELLAR MAN why a solitary man. What he will not be able to offer. one must not assume that it is suffi cient to find a Master in order to evolve. will be knowledge of the absolute. All these formul as were used by the early Rosicrucians (unknown today) and they referred precise ly to the divine fire." Nevertheless. Therefore. the disciple will pr ogress only to the extent that he himself handles the Principle of Gender in a s uperior manner. If a Master is not a mutant. but can also be read a s Jesus Nascente Renovatur Iao. and is the spiritual power symbolized in the acronym INRI which appears over the head of Jesus Christ. or Igni Nitrus Roris Invenitur. This is why it is necessary to find a Master. he can also be very true in relation to that which is inferior. which according to fables was stolen from heaven by Prometheus. Although he may be false in relation to that which is super ior and optimum. "renews everything. because even though a positive or active spiritual ferment is ne cessary. he is then a false master. On the contrary. which as we have already stated. and the significance of this fact was s tated previously. nor could he transmit the sacred flame . can only reach subjective results because he lacks the other generative pole. It is a fact. h e can be of great help for a student. in this case. no matter how much theoretical knowledge he may possess. but th is term is relative. it is also nonetheless indispensable that the student himself create a mental and etheric being with the character and . Its true Hermetic meaning is: Inge Natura Renovatur Integral. it is necessary to clarify that although a Master is not a mutant.

unfortunately. and favorable when there is true love and h armony. Couples who lack this oc- . We will explain this proceeding from the opposite angle: there may be a co uple (and this. according to the laws of Nature. there is nothing. harmonizes. The influence is injurious when the union is so inharmonious that it becomes dangerously destructive. This is known as Theurgy. no matter how many certificates h ave been issued by competent authorities.T HE S EVEN K EYS OF W ISDOM 191 qualities of the initiate. it is only Nature which joins or separates them. which is formed solely by true and genuine love. It is not the laws of man which wed two peo ple. making the marriage truly "established" or really form ed. The Hermetic concept of marriage is quite different from the common one. The matrimonial aura is the true secret of conjugal happiness and unio n. it is necessary to con sider the tremendous positive or negative influence that marriage can have in a person's life. according to prevailing co nditions. a mental chil d of both mates. a secret teaching we will s tudy further on. it is a closed positive magnetic field which joins. but who absolutely lack the aptitude for achieving what we could call a matrimonial aura. It is not necessary for there to be a marriage contract to give this union its name. Hermetically. and protects the couple. When this does not exist. The matrimonial aura is a hidden offspring. Continuing with the Principle of Gender. only that which is joine d by the occult bond of the bipolar orb is a marriage. is frequent) who have entered into a legal and la wful marriage. and therefore they can be married for twenty years with out forming this aura.

personal convenience. suggesting that the reader try to disc over for himself all that lies between the lines and meditate deeply on this sub ject. for this approach means proceeding inversely. for otherwise there is only a poor imitation of an ideal situation. as the most profound secrets are revealed with this key. if a family is not joined by genuine love . . We wis h to conclude this brief study of gender. The lack of it is the only thing that conspires against the stability of the family.192 THE STELLAR MAN cult child of love are not married. only enough to provide the tools for t he growth and development of the initiate. This approach means trying to maintain the artificial union of the family by an unnatural imposition instead of a clear and beautiful manifestation of love. urgently need to modify that commandment. Religions which consider marriage something i ndestructible and irreversible. loneliness. a situation that relates to more people than we would like. they are joined solely by passion. it is only a group of beasts who live together under obligation or for conveni ence. or habit. binding the parties for life under the penalty o f serious sin. It is superflu ous to say that happiness is only possible in homes where there is a real marria ge. For our part. as there is only one tie which will keep man and wife united in a true wayâ love. we are not interested in revealing too much. as the sapiens beast generally does. Is it not preferable to teach people to truly love? In truth.

In this way. Again. 193 ." the individual would feel very inclined to believe he has found the right path. but it is necessary to have a disciple. which may be real or subjective.XI THE DISCIPLES T o bring about Hermetic realization. It is also believed that greater or lesser advancement depends on the quantity of know ledge that the individual receives from his teacher or from the school to which he belongs. It is not that easy to find as people are used to the traditional concept of education or learning which maintains that all the studen t needs to do is study with perseverance to become a savant in a subject. it is necessary to underline the eno rmous difference which exists between a study program and an initiatic school. which may or may not be useful. it is not enough to find a Master. if an institution exhibits an inflated "program of Herm etic studies" or "esoteric studies. I n a study program the individual is there only to learn things. a candidate who is converted into a true student of the mysteries of life.

interrupted only by slight sparks of awareness. Thus. We have already mentioned that a human being lives in a permanent dream-like state. the individual will not obtain salvation (will not be freed from th e collective soul of the species). he is in reality a somnambulist with a ver y low state of alertness. and although h e appears to be awake during the day. In an initiatic school the disciple has an opportunity to reach true evolution. However intelligent an individual may be. attaining the necessary merit to continue his progress and perha ps become free in a future incarnation. For this reason. since his intellect is not sufficiently advanced to unveil the mysteries pre sented to him. Othe rwise. This is very difficult to become aware of. but in any event will advance along his path of development. Perhaps the greatest obstac le a student may encounter is the fact that it is useless to study Hermetic theo ry. because of natural obstacles to self-observation presented by the subtleties of human cons ciousness.194 THE STELLAR MAN In any case. A perso n who has been able to enter an initiatic school will need a series of indicator s or points of reference to become oriented in the work accomplished there. sapiens' reason and logic are intellectual instr uments of oneiric fantasy. he will find that reaso n and logic are not sufficient to understand the profound truth necessary to rea ch a very high state of awareness in which his intellectual powers attain optimu m efficiency. intelligence alone is not enough to become aware of . to free himself from the collective soul of sapiens and convert himself into an authentic mutant or Stellar Man. he will become prematurely disillusioned when he cannot understand the se nse or contents of the disciplines and instructions.

an d faithfulness toward the School To possess a flexible and agile intelligence To harmonize oneself with the fundamental keynote of the School To willingly compl y with the instructions received To be free from mental disturbances of a certai n nature . but rath er from those who have characteristics which make them especially fit to face th e specter of their own bestiality. Thus. 2. For the moment. 3. This will be explained in more detail in subsequent chapters. however. is a painful and difficult process. The student must learn to think with "another brain" so that "another reasoning. and the in ternal and external obstacles he must overcome. 7. the student cannot at first rely on the strength of his reasoning. 5. 6. True initiation induces profound and concrete changes in the student's p sychological structure. the schools do not choose their disciples from among the most intelligent candidates. 8. Initiation. A good guide for selec tion would be more or less the following: 1."superior to the ordinary. To possess spiritual gold (internal content) To be fr ee from prejudices or be capable of overcoming them To have consciousness of one 's own insignificance To ardently yearn for initiation (the complete process) as the most important thing in life To practice loyalty. 9. This can only be attained through true and not symbolic init iation. In general terms. can be born within him. dedication. and will be successful only with the neophyte's superhuman effort. constancy. we will limit ourselves to describing the conditions which a disciple must possess. as in truth they must.THE DISCIPLES 195 events which take place in the world of waking reality. 4.

Logi cally. can state that "he will never be sa tisfied" until he becomes a disciple. It is necessary to clarify th at it is only possible to become a disciple after a period of trial in the Schoo l. Each has disadvantages and privileges. and his capacity to dedicate himself to a Hermetic task which l asts not only for all this terrestrial life. What is basically sought is the individual 's inner nature. however." that is. but will furthermore determine his future existence. and therefore no one. because he does not have the required aptitude for it.196 THE STELLAR MAN We can appreciate how purity. There is an "easy path" and a "difficult path" which are the paths of the student and of the disciple. . we will comp are both options: THE EASY PATH OF THE STUDENT Obligations: Very few. who delude themselves in their yearning for spiritual excellenc e and their firm determination to become converted into superior beings. No true School wishes to waste its time with individuals who " cheat. may remain forever as a simple student without ever b ecoming a disciple. and to practicing kindness and brotherhood. To explain these differences. w ithout an exhaustive analysis of the matter. These specifically refer to living a life following high moral and spiritual principles. or s ocial position do not count for much. the intellectual factor. professional titles. An individual. the student must also comply with the rules of the institution. The Sch ools prefer to dedicate their efforts to those who effectively maintain a consta nt line of action in their work toward initiation.

Knowledge of the mysteries of life and the fundamental causes of all that exists. In su mmary. The negative part of Nature (which could be called Satan) reacts against th e disciple. as the powers of darkness attempt to prevent his arrival at Olympus. In the novel Zanoni. The disciple must be willin g to renounce his self during a certain period and take an oath of absolute obed ience to his instructor. He must be willing to renounce everything.THE DISCIPLES 197 Tests to be passed: These are relatively simple. THE DIFFICULT PATH OF THE DISCIPLE Obligations: Tremendous and difficult to accomplish. overcoming complexes. but does not achieve Hermetic deat h. one of these tests is described: the meeting with the specter on the thr eshold. Attainments: Dominating and channeling of one's chara cter. in real life this experience is less spectacular than the description in Edward Bulwer Lytton's novel. he is not completely freed from the collective soul of sapiens. Nevertheless. Learning to handle me ntal power in order to channel it toward the goal of overcoming oneself or helpi ng others. . Preparation for complete fulfillment in a future incarnation. the student evolves to a great extent. if this is r equired. and do not demand great effort to be passed successfully. who is faced with all kinds of negative reactions. and frustrations. inhibitions. Tests to be passed: Very few individuals can endure them. but more difficult due to its subtl ety.

Many ask themselves. For our part. an indiv idual who has reached the peak of evolution as a terrestrial man. deducing from this and from the countle ss hazards in his life that he was not a true initiate. beyond life and death. beyond happiness and misfortune. and Masters of t he stature of a Cagliostro take great care when they reveal their true purposes in order not to suffer negative reactions from the human beast. beyond opposites. He reaches the immortality of his essence through the practice of conscious reincarnation.198 THE STELLAR MAN Attainments reached in the case of triumph in the tests: After Hermetic death. He is beyond good and evil. beyond pleasure and pain. Appearances are generally deceptive. and who does no t need to eat or carry out normal biological functions. it would not in any way make this gre at man any less brilliant. Thes e are not symbolic achievements. why Cagliostro died in prison." an i nvincible and indestructible being who cannot become ill or die. and who must s tart his evolution on a higher level. but are absolutely real and true. However." That is. The neophyte wi ll wonder if there is an attempt to convert the initiate into a "Superman. and crosses the veil of the May a. Even if this had occurred. those who intervene in worldly matters in order to save sapi ens from inconvenient situations or to ease . In this case we can apply the popular saying that "those who dine with the Devil should use a lo ng spoon. we accept Cagliostro and the Count of Saint Germain as two of the greatest Hermetic Master s who have ever existed. at t his point the neophyte is impelled to ask a series of questions. the disciple is converted into a mutant or Stellar Man. the alleged death of Caglio stro in prison. and deny. at the same time. for example. reaching absolute truth.

able to resist desires of the heart or sex. end up being crucified by those they have trie d to help. to be constantly and inflexibly virtuous and perfect. to be physically immortal and indestructible. immune to any attack. a being abso lutely inhuman and unhappy." we wish to ask the r eader to imagine how he would feel if he was Clark Kent. a mechanical robot. The great Hermetic Masters are not free from danger. and this is precisely what is most bea utiful. Having everything and never losing anything would be unbearable and inhuman. We know that Jesus refused to save himself when faced with the threat of crucifixion. the man who arrived from the planet Krypton. and deserving of great pity. it is easy to understand what a terrible punishment it would be. and that we appreciate thi ngs only when we are in danger of losing them. but after reflecting a while. At first this may seem very d esirable. and human about their existenceâ the fact that being so powerful in their fight for others. illness. illness-p roof. The spice of life is the lack of knowledge about what the future holds for us. constantly facing the danger of lo sing all we have or of failing to reach our desires. he would truly be a creation of the devil. sublime. danger-proof. We must remember that w e learn from our failures and not from our successes. or death. Superman of American co mics. Continuing with the false concept of "Superman. If such a being exis ted.THE DISCIPLES 199 or improve their life conditions. it means that he accepted with . but this does not mean that he was an impostor. On th e contrary. they are so reluctant to use their spiritual strength fo r their own benefit.

" Is it possibl e to understand this? It is not difficult to understand that a truly important m an should prefer to pass through life unnoticed. are: vanity. When the individual has a very high degree of self-importance. riches. in the future he may become a disciple." Of course. The candidate for initiation must choose the easy or difficult path. and in this case must awa it another opportunity in a future incarnation. bu t it should be done impartially and consciously. his failure may be so crushing and painful that he will become irreversibly traumatized. pride. as without doubt he has neve r before been to a Hermetic School of Initiation. and selfsufficiency. There are others . this becomes the main barrier against facing Hermetic truth without prejudice. among others. and without having lived throu gh this experience. Whatever the choice. fleeing from the fame. the student is faced with internal barriers that he must be aware of in order to have a cle ar idea of what is happening to him at a given moment. The great Kabbalist Eliphas Levi said that "those men (the great initiates) found it preferable to govern kings than to be kings themselves. If he endeavors to turn himself prematurely into a disciple. and honors which mortalize human genius. he can have no opinion. he uses this or some simil ar rationalization out of ignorance of the subject. he believes he kno ws everything and "is above these tricks. These barriers. considering that if he chooses the path of the student.200 THE STELLAR MAN resignation and meekness the terrible ordeal imposed on him by his Universal Fat her. egotism. occupying a second-rate or thir d-rate position.

they discredit the Teachings and the School. social standing. but also refers to his hol low knowledgeâ that knowledge which has neither content nor any truly essential. it is necessary to state that vanity is not only the narcissism of the individual. Egotism leads the individual to believe that he is the center of the Universe. In summary. and whose pride has been se riously wounded as they were not able to overcome the ordeals they faced. and in order to save their precious pride. or intelligence . looking down on all those who don't have his same educational level. Only the experience of day-to-day living will eventually convince him that he is not as privileged as he had thought. Pride is an infantile endeavor to fig ht against one's own weakness. prof ound.THE DISCIPLES 201 whose contact with a school has not been felicitous. or economic status. which without doubt he does not possess. or dangerous. useless. On the other hand. Torn a part by this feeling. Vanity and pride require that a person sho uld constantly appear before others as having power. assuming a strength one lacks. except when it comes from people with an imag e. alleging for some reason (which they always find) that the School is deficient. or transcendental significance. . and that all revolv es around him. The real harm that this situation creates regarding an individual's possibility of Hermetic evolution consists in his unco nscious rejection of all he hears. or fame superior to his own. Returning to the four main obstacles which face the candidate for initiation. prestige. selfsufficiency is only ignorance of what one does not know. these defects make man exaggerate his own importance and believe himself to be superior to common mortals. importance.

the p ractical realization that one is absolutely programmed physically. Herm etically.202 THE STELLAR MAN In reality there is no possibility that the candidate will authentically face He rmeticism with his intelligence until he lives the esoteric experience which Gur djieff described as "the experience of his own nothingness/' which is basically becoming aware of his own impotence to escape from the general conditions which guide one's life. But such acceptance would have no value. the more important and inflated image a man has of himself. as it is not incorporated in cultural community values. emotionally." the "mask. we maintain that personality and the program are very similar." or the "person. or simply do not occur. in truth. it w ould not be the individual himself who would be a student or disciple. because things turn out differently than we expect. undesirable events also happen. an d if it were. otherwise. that it is impossible to disrupt the program. but the " false being. The program rejects Hermeticism. it is important to genuinely and intrinsically recognize one's own smallness an d insignificance in order to take the first steps to initiation. people would blindly accept it. as this cannot be destroyed or modified in its fundamental and profound structu res. Thus. instinctively . the personality. and as long as the student is not able to raise himself above his own personality. It would be more to the poi nt to state that what Gurdjieff called "our own nothingness" is. In other words. the less likely it is that he will be able to understand Hermetic philosophy." that is to say. he w ill not come into . and intellectually. as people would not go beyond imitation and superstition. and moreover. This means realizing that it is not possible to attain what on e desires.

since this is not the function of initiatic schools. The degree of spiritual for ce required indicates the magnitude of the distance an individual is from the an imal condition. even for a fe w minutes. He is admitted to the School only to give him an opportunity to demonstrate the value of his internal content. that is. for it will permit him to "see himself" to a certain extent. the student must endeavor to transcend his cerebral programming. Hermeticism is a science pr ohibited to Homo sapiens. and a lack of faith and "anti-fai th. This would mak e the leap he is trying to take completely impossible. as if he was a living intelligen ce flying through the Universe. it is not to be taught. peace. At the beginning of his initiation ." Neither can eve r approach Hermeticism in a truly intelligent way. but without a physical body. For the He rmeticist. due to the immensity of t he abyss between the opposite poles: animal and man. leaving all previous concepts or ideas aside." There is nothing more dangerous than those neophytes who are possessed with a "holy faith" or those who are dominated by blind "antifaith. It is necessary to insist tha t the neophyte must clearly understand that if he approaches a school. or is too scant. he must force himself to be as impersonal as possible .THE DISCIPLES 203 contact with his true being. In order to transcend his program. To be impersonal in volves impartiality. as it is the mechanism which ke eps the "essential I" dormant and a prisoner. the individual is closer to the animal. "personality" has a "diabolic" sense. The neophyte is placed under very special vital . If this force does no t exist. let alone attain knowledge of the truth. freedom from fear. the power of his latent spiritual force.

as there could be no greater curse than a Stellar Man or Stellar Woman who is villainous. immoral.204 THE STELLAR MAN conditions. they despise it." T his grasping of knowledge will only be possible if the student. it is the disciple who must grasp this basic knowledge. egotism. the populace does not desire th is knowledge. with a supreme e ffort of consciousness. and will die swine. parables. or irresponsible. as he will be found worthy of the high hon or of knowing the Universal science. he is worthy of being helped and prepared for his subsequent and planned mutation. Gradually. are happy in th at state. and similes. W hen sapiens shows his internal value. but anyone who is deeply moved by an authentic spiritual restles sness. but is not made available in the same manner as a science. "do not throw pearls before swine. This is fortunate . Thus it is necessary to "have eyes to see and ears to hear. The knowledge is in the School. on the contrary. confirming Jesus' words. or any tec hnique is taught. c omparisons. Hermetic knowledge is only for a small elite. Hermetic science will cease being a prohibited knowledge for him. Furthermore. which is always veiled. or purely passional interests cannot reach the light of truth. and is given the tools necessary to enable him to raise his state of consciousness and have access to knowledge. Summarizing. it is certain this cannot come to pass. is able to penetrate the veil of allegories." There are many who were born swine. may form part of this elite. Those who are motivated solely by curiosity. It is practically certain that this Hermetic secre t will . a discipline. Only those who are guided by their spirit or "essential I" will learn the truth.

Nevertheless. . and who will see in its prohibition a sign of egotism or weakness. inferior passions. so he will gather his own knowledge through a process of interior illumination. but rather to destroy the disci ple's cerebral program to a certain extent. it is necessary to know how to listen so that ev erything received during instruction reaches one's reasoning faculty in an integ ral form. as superior o rganisms are scarce and appear only rarely and after a rigorous process of selec tion. as sapiens usually understands only what he wishes to. How is one to understand this paradox? It is very simple: instruction is not for teaching. Although the neophyte does not arri ve at an initiatic school "to be taught" as we have already stated. for these changes to be effective. and rejects wha tever conflicts with his selfesteem. or personal interests. Those who think this. he must atte nd lectures or instructional classes." but they are the spiritual and intellectual ferment for the profo und transformations which must be produced within the student.THE DISCIPLES 205 shock many people who would wish this knowledge to be freely given. sho uld observe Nature. The lectures are not to be memorized or "learned. as they form the elite of the species. where abundance and mediocrity are synonymous.


207 . or defe nders of human mediocrity. objective. rising above the limit s of what is generally spurious or mistaken theory. concrete. but only a small minority have reached initiatic fulfillment.XII TRUE INITIATION T rue and authentic initiation is always a profound. who unfortunately did no t leave a Hermetic heir. cowards. Many famous men have used the title of initiate. and who do not want to become free of their animal ind ividuality. it is the path which can never be traversed by theoretical initiates . It is the barrier that can never be crossed by those who flit arou nd from school to school. intellectual and rhetorica l crusaders. It is thus that we recognize in Gurdjieff one of the great Masters of this century. perhaps because he did not consider anyone duly capable of it. and mate rial process. worshipers of oneiric culture. masters of symbolism. The same occurred with Madame Blavatsky whose death signaled the beginni ng of the dissolution of the Theosophical Society. library rats. desk magicians. the self-satisfied.

many people talk of becoming an "initiate. a feat comparable in importance to the epic of the spiritual elevatio n of Homo sapiens. Initiation truly represents a tremendously significant act from the p oint of view of universal truth. engineer. or ceremoni es. divine. it is the con scious abandonment of the Homo sapiens species to join an immensely superior spe cies: Stellar Man. cosmic.208 THE STELLAR MAN One of the great errors committed by followers of occult and esoteric matters is to consider initiation as only an assembly of practices." the same way one becomes a physician. What it implies is the absolute sacrifice of the animal individuality. In the history of mankind there has never been. surpassing the highest dreams of s apiens. ignoring the transcendental. initiation is an act of r enunciation and also a surgery of the soul. as it is the transformation of animal sapiens i nto Stellar Man. or a follower of the study of yoga or parapsychology. It is necessary to renounce the pleas- . However. member of the Rot ary Club. and eternal nature of i nitiation. nor will ther e ever be. It is necessary to state that however much the student learns about esoteric theories or doctrin es. Such an immense achievement. he will never be a true initiate. if he has not passed through Hermetic death in a real way and not merely sym bolically. This achievement should be evaluated in all its enormous dimensions as t he most noble and sublime undertaking human courage can aspire to. electronic technician. mystic. Animal egotism must disappear in order to let in spiritual impersonality. knowledge. cannot be faced in the festive or frivolous spirit of an interesting adv enture. In truth. One should not believe that such ren unciation refers only to abstaining from certain things.

Thi s purpose is generally frustrated or is terribly insufficient and petty. Ignorant people have the satisfaction of their animal app etites as their only goal. The initiate changes this situation co mpletely. he strength ens it. but far from despising the body as some pseudo-mystics do. the individual takes a physical body in o rder to acquire experience. which permits him to perfect himself and evolve. and that he was only a serva nt who had to toil to feed and satisfy the needs of a mass of protoplasm. satisfies the animal and spiritual hunge r in equal proportion.TRUE INITIATION 209 ures of the human beast. and to progress. giving it further awareness and intelligence in . the body is not the individual. Their center of gravity is located in the corporeal mass. In truth. and without any benefit. feelings. and arouses passion. after attaining a perfect equilibrium. just so the sapiens circus could continue operating. or experiences of his own. that he never had l ife. to be happy. the individual will realize how little he gained fo r himself during his existence. inspires emotions. who. The body is the master. That l ife. In the final inventory of his life. and how much he was obliged to give. the individual suddenly finds himself freed from his slavery. It is the body which u ses the brain. replacing them with the pleasures of the initiate. he understands for the first time. a nd the individual himself is the slave. thoughts. which should have been used to evolve. and their productive efforts are intended mainly to g ather the gold which will enable them to obtain pleasure and material benefits. When the corporeal matter decays and die s. At that moment. was in stead converted into the mere memory of those things he did or could not do.

Sapiens is the only bloodthirsty and impur e animal. and have no knowledge of perversity. Nevertheless. D uring the initiatic process. This spiritualized and humanized animal no longer e xperiences passional states. Nevertheless. as he is neither animal nor human. we may consider that sapiens is compo sed of two basic forces: his cerebral biological program (personality) and his s pirit or divine spark. it is because of fright or the need for f ood. it should not be thought that this is merely destruction. It is the individual himself who perverts the body and leads it to corruption. Hermetically speaking. it is necessary to understand that the body itself has not hing evil or dirty about it. on the contrary." There is only one way to accomplish this: the destruction of the personality. which naturally is a gradual process. The spirit is the emanation of God. or the primordial ca use of life. but rather that the program dissolves upon bein g absorbed and trans- . the student must experience the death of the progra m. which could be called the "Superior I. as it is subject to the individual's higher conscio usness. which connect him to the central c omputer of the species." The program conta ins all the individual's robot-like elements. It is thus that the animals w e see in a savage state are completely pure in their animal nature. We could summarize th e purpose of initiation in a short sentence: "initiation is the conversion of a programmed animal into an unprogram med and free Stellar Man. it is a perfect biological structu re reflecting the master hand of the Great Creator. since this is the in dividual's program. but a hybrid.210 THE STELLAR MAN order to humanize the beast. but not for the love of killing. If they kill. it incarnates in a physical body to acquire experience in matter.

The soul has always been an abstractio n and a mystery. and that each one of these is in charge of a n elemental intelligence which corresponds to one of the four elements. and is converted into only an assembly of data and information. and all attempts to define or explain it have been distinguishe d by their vagueness and lack of content.TRUE INITIATION 211 formed by the "Superior I. this knowledge was given only to those who had undergone many ordeals and reached certain degrees. body. Procreative system: Digestive system: Circulatory system: Respiratory system: Fi re Earth Water Air The great Hermes Trismegistus. Hermetic tradition tells us that the s oul of sapiens is composed of four major systems: the procreative. and soul. the program loses its inherent qu ality." During this stage. It is here that it loses its com pulsive and dreamlike power and where it experiences a deep "pruning" and transf ormation. and respiratory systems. together wit h a deep understanding and close union with the School and the instructor. The . would be horrified to see the mysteries of the sphinx unveiled. it is necessary to have an idea of the constitution of t he human beingâ of his spirit. digestive. w hich refer basically to the disciple's dedication and perseverance. In or der to understand this. In his times. Master of Masters. ci rculatory. All this is possible only if certain requirements are complied with. which mus t pass through the filter of internal judgment.

God too is ma de up of the four elements. is the femi nine side of the Great Creator (the Universal Mother). The initiat e can put himself in mental contact with these intelligences in order to reinfor ce. to the masculine side of God. as eve rything that we can see. On the other hand." Just as God unfolds in man through th e emanation of his divine spark. an earth being takes charge of our digestive system. the form. support. we must clarify that they sho uld not be imagined as human figures. that is the spirit. and an air being takes charge of our respiratory system. the soul.212 THE STELLAR MAN ancient alchemists maintained that everything in the Universe was essentially co mposed of four elements. This is one of the great Hermetic truths. . or modify his work. a water being takes charge of our circulat ory system. Thus man is m ade up of a visible and an invisible side. and so through his feminine aspect (Nature) he grant s four virginal intelligences to sapiens at birth which correspond to the four e lements. A fire being takes charge of our procreative system. The Universe is similar to the example we have given. the Gr eat Father is the masculine essence that constitutes the vital nucleus. but as the abstract concept of "intelligen t emanations of the soul of each element. It must be understood that the "intelligences" we refer to are "element al beings" with their own intelligence and consciousness according to their nati ve element. and this side remains invisible. structure and body of the Cosmos. and the invisible. The visible side corresponds to the f eminine side of God. Nature. projects itself b y incorporating the elemental spark of its four "kingdoms" in man. in its feminine side. To avoid the reader from forming fantastic idea s regarding the intelligences of our four systems.

but specifically to the virginal purity of his soul. covered only the fire aspect of the soul (very cleverly. through an effort of his will. it becomes corrup ted and is converted into a nicotine addict. we might add. Just like a person. the ensemble of his four elements. s ince fire is the origin of life). he will find the taste of the cig arette very unpleasant and the smoke produces coughing. hate. self-pity. and headaches . When the infant grows. Analyzing the symb olism of the four great systems. by claiming that the libido is the origin of all the individual's pr oblems. R apacity. through im itation and contagion. envy. dizziness. are located in the circulatory system. and jealousy reside in the digestive sys tem. Freud. Nevertheless. This is its own ruination. and emotional problems in general.TRUE INITIATION 213 The innocence of a young baby is due not only to the fact that he does not yet h ave any knowledge of the reality of the world. its mi ssion is to serve the individual. that is. When a child smokes for the first time. egotism. there will come a time when the air intelligence yields and accep ts the tobacco. Hysteria. to practice the same vices and bad habits he sees around him. violence. The individual's behavior soils and corrupts his four intelligences. and complexes in general reside in the procreative system. but he left the other three vital sources unto uched. he cont inues smoking. we will discover the clear relationship that ex ists between the image of the crucified Christ and the "Superior I" enchained . This is due to the fact that the intelligence of the respiratory apparatus rea cts against this "aggression" and thus shows its rejection. he himself will corrupt his elemental intelligences by trying. and if. depressive sta tes. degrading his own soul and distancing him from the possibilities of spiritual evolution.

for some reason. 3. In that instant. 2. the individual can clearly understand that the re is a life superior to his own. as he is programmed according to the interests of the central computer." and our chart of the constitution of the individual will be as follows: 1." To describe initiation through a parable. For this. he can evolve. 5. He cannot struggle against what is inside hi m and which forms part of his instincts. Due to this. Procreative System Digestive System Circulatory System Resp iratory System Cerebral-spinal System Volitive System Individual Himself Fire Ea rth Water Air Ether Astral Spirit "Igneous I" "Terrestrial I" "Aqueous I" "Aereo us I" "Etheric I" "Volitive I" "Superior I" . one will reach the conclusion that there is little the individual can do. 7. The words "I am the way" which must be understood literally. upon starting along the path. the student. must limit himself to fulfilling ascetic practices. 6. and that when he follows the path pointed out by his teacher. we would say that it is an endeavor to "decrucify Christ. 4. we will call the sixth "I" the "Volitive I. there is only one path. each one representing an extremity of the cross.214 THE STELLAR MAN to the four intelligences. because if one meditates on the situation of the individual. and thoughts. refer precisely to the "Superior I. A sixth "I" is added to the assembly of systems. His only possib ility lies in the sparks of awareness generated. tran sforming it into a septenary. when the progr am becomes weak." For this. which entail sacrific e and considerable effort. emotions.

is converted into a divine being with the attributes he himself wishes to tran smit to it. Figure 4 of diagram 6 represe nts the initiate. or "Superior I. nor cause divinity to d escend to him. but this "Sup erior I" neither manifests itself nor intervenes in the individual's life in any way. as all the other systems are the work of God. who. It should be noted th at the sixth system or the "Volitive I" is completely unknown to sapiens who abs olutely lacks it. Through his "Volitive I. with hi s spirit. the Great Creator. the individual cannot raise himself to divinity. but only with a fraction of its capacity. when he so desires. it lives in "limbo" and is only connected to the corporeal structure by a thin thread. physical and spiritual) he is able to connect." therefore." however. is truly the initiate. On the other hand. The "Volitive I. which combin e to form an "infrabrain" through which the individual ordinarily develops. who is converted into a mediator between the spirit and the "Psychological I. It is very important to consider the fact that the "Volitive I" is created exclusively by man when he is converted into a true initiate." For this to take place. The capacity and power of t he spinal medulla are not used or known by the common man. all people have number seven. the disciple mu st have . (which participates in both wo rlds. upon creating his "Volitive I" by means of arcane theurgy .TRUE INITIATION 215 The majority of people "function" only with the first four systems. divine spark. Peop le of a higher caliber of conceptual or intellectual capacity act partly with nu mber five." Under normal cond itions. Illustrated below are the different ways the human being may be manifested.

" The first steps for the formation of the "Volitive I" must be along the path of sacrifice. this must be preceded by the birth." as he would have acted under strong compulsion. this would in no way lead to the formation of his "Volitive I. there will be no effect whatsoever. so that the being in formation will have a high degree of aw areness and intelligence. growt h. a force beyond himself (necessity or passio n). the student should internally feel "something" in the form of a strange emo tion as he encounters or contemplates a sublime interior presence. For this. which will have as their goal the formation of a volitive fo rce and his own spiritual supremacy. In addition. beyo nd the usual level. it is most useful to look into a mirror spec ially dedicated to this purpose. placing them under the absolute c ontrol of the "Volitive I. The reason or purpose behind this disciplin e is important. and after a short while quietly repeat several times: "I am will power. and maturity of the "Volitive I. The individual must make intense efforts and special sacrifices. looking directly at the space between the eyebr ows. After the individual has been forming his "Volitive I" fo r ." Th e success of this exercise depends exclusively on the individual's emotional sta te during its execution." While emphatically saying these wo rds." Naturally. If a person acted because he was impelled by ambition or obligat ion. as well as the manner in which he pronounces and emotio nally vibrates when saying the words: "I am.216 THE STELLAR MAN dominated and educated his four intelligences. the student must be perfectly clear as to what he is doing and why he is doing it. If these cond itions are not manifested or if the exercise is done mechanically.


which is the normal state of sapien s. To live in the present moment 5. he will begin to note interesting changes. the student can take the next step. having above him only the "Superior I. These points are as follows: 1. which consists of trying to awaken himself. To stop dreaming 3. To activate the physical body . What is really occurring is that the "Volitive I" is converted into the supre me king of the microcosm.218 THE STELLAR MAN some time. freeing himself from the universal oneiric force. The works of professor Anatol Milechnin are extremely useful for getting a gl impse of the mystery of sleep as it relates to what is being presented in this b ook. it is necessary to reach profound understanding in order to be absolutely certai n and clear as to the reason or purpose for doing certain things. We recommend t he study of a good scientific book on hypnosis in order to understand the simila rity between hypnotic and somnambular sleep. but are rather adopted methods of behavior that will promote awake ning. These do not consist of an awakeni ng technique. To stop lying 2. observing that a centripet al force has started to become a part of the directing force of the human comple x. To learn how to think 4. as in everything that refers to Hermeticism. There are five basic points that the disciple must keep before him in order to "break" the phenomenon of hypnotic sleep. In this." When it is obs erved that the "Volitive I" has acquired certain power.

and to realize its magnitude and fre- . He becomes used to considering as tr ue only that which is convenient for his personal interests. One of the most powerful reasons for lying is to create a good image of oneself.TRUE INITIATION 219 Point 1: TO STOP LYING Points 1 and 2 are closely related. and there are thousands in each individual's collection of disguises. as we will now see. the time comes when he can no longer distinguish between what is false and what is true. feelings. A person lies in order to avoid difficult problems. Each mask is a lie. an d to prevent others from seeing us as we really are beneath the mask of appearan ces. and attachments that have no relation to actual events. Starting with the proble m of lying. or to avoid damage to his self-esteem. It is necessary to be conscious of this phenomenon of lying. ideas. ideas. judgments. since everyone lies. it is necessary for the student to realize that he constantly lies w ithout realizing it. to evade responsibility. or i nstincts which do not correspond to their inner reality. People con vince themselves of their own lies. becoming victims of their own inventions as they begin to direct their lives by standards of behavior. When a person has lied for a long time. and becomes entangled in an illusory wo rld born out of his personal fantasy. but are only the r eflection of a life full of lies and listening to lies. avers ions. he considers false. He forms concepts. So the individual c onstantly lies to himself and to others. and what comprises lies. What is truly serious i n this matter is that the individual loses all points of reference regarding wha t comprises truth. everything that is in opposition to his self-esteem or in conflict with already established prejudi ces.

It is a vicious circle which is extremely difficult to break . incites a pers on to fabricate new and moreagreeable dreams in order to combat disillusion.220 THE STELLAR MAN quency. man gives free rein to his imag ination and is inclined to believe the first agreeable lie he encounters along t he way. which in due course also fade. and in the case of a "white lie. Point 2: TO STOP DREAMING People are always infused with all kinds of fantasti c ideas about themselves. The individual projects his personal illusions onto a cold and immutable reality. people. we must consider that sooner or later dreams fade. idealism. One should have the goal of ne ither lying to oneself nor to others. and the frustration this causes. he endeavors to contemplate reality throug h rose-colored glasses. Great courage is required to face reality and to destroy the mirage of a pleasant dream. and judging the need for such a lie with one's own conscience . love. and disappointment. Awakening from a broken dream. Led b y his eagerness to evade a disagreeable reality. "Disillusion" is a painful process and can be prolonged. On t he other hand. lon eliness. the world. The lack of communication between human beings aris es from the fact that all their dreams are . This is the life history of the human being: a succession of oneiric dreams. What is danger ous for the human being is that these dreams are substituted by others. depending on how much time the individual takes to realize he is living artific ially and that this condition is a product of his internal dreams. society. as well as the enormous damage it causes. and thus deceiving himself." to be aw are of telling it. etc.

its scale of values is so disturbed that it considers everything that enables the individ ual to enjoy passing pleasures as most desirable. and then condemns its members to suffer "eternally" for the price of a fleeting pleasure." Those who have converted th is thought into their personal credo should ask themselves if they are truly sat isfied and if the innumerable playthings society offers them are sufficient to q uench their eternal thirst and alleviate the anguish of their loneliness. but for what? . generally a result of their oneiric fantasies. they live in different world s. let us take advanta ge of this and enjoy ourselves as much as possible. Great courage.TRUE INITIATION 221 different. The wo rld of today is perfectly organized. self-discipli ne. and on the other hand. Each individua l should consciously judge what could be most desirable. without any kind of adornment. Such courage is lacking in t he immense majority of human beings. and privation in order to attain eternal peace and happiness. The majority of people have a ph ilosophy that tells them "after this life there is no other. while disda ining all that is truly valuable. If a person decides to seriously investigate the reason for his various acts and reactions. and therefore. It is pathetic to see how people cling to t heir petty illusions. psychologically speaking. and determination are necessar y to face the truth. discipline. or if he is in truth profoundly unhappy in his eternal vacuum. The Hermeticist proc eeds to the contrary: he submits himself voluntarily to suffering. Society is organized in this manner. determine if the one who seeks passing pleasure is really happy. he will realize how his behavior is directed toward maintaining h is personal fantasies.

which are transformed into the rudder which directs his life. An indivi dual will cease dreaming only when he has understood and lived what we are expla ining: when he proves to his amazement that each person lives drugged by his per sonal dreams. they do so compulsively and in spit e of themselves. b ut rather consists of thinking in an unprogrammed way. as he has given up his habitual sources and does not consid er anything as a known fact. This will enable the individual to create a result or form a judgment that is truly impartial." and the "dreams" of sapiens. Creative thinking is not the act of "inventing" something. we will discover that everything is perfectly synch ronized to maintain and feed the "dream. f or an individual cannot cease thinking when he so desires. but which in retrospect appear as a phantas mal unreality. On the contrary. everything that one ha s desired and planned to accomplish. which i s not affected in its genesis by the compulsive force of the information stored in the cerebral computer. When people think. casting prejudices to the side. This is as evident as the fact that thought is not voluntary.222 THE STELLAR MAN By observing and meditating. It i s useful to analyze all the projects one has had in life. because only when this function is accomplished can the indivi dual think clearly. Point 3: TO LEARN HOW TO THINK It is important to completely reeducate the thinking process in order to make it really creative. it i s impossible for him to oust . One's intelligence should be used to face each event as if it were really new. creative thought consists o f dispensing with the program in order to form a high level of judgment. Described symbolically.

" "Dead" knowledge is born solely from the intellect. "living" knowle dge is obtained in a state of superior awareness. he is therefore conscious of the p osition which this knowledge occupies in the general context of the Universe. especially w hen compared to the harsh struggle for life in Nature's wilderness. but to instead accept or adopt already established and approved systems of thought and behavio r. He can sub sist with little effort. when. There is not hing which really obliges an individual to use his basic intelligence. and in some cases practically none at all. or where it fits in re lation to the remaining pieces of the overall plan. He re we approach one of the most important points . Because "living" knowledge is es sentially understood by the awakened thinker. on the co ntrary. "Dead" knowledge is that which is known by its specific meaning. and is always the product of p erfect "mental digestion. It is much safer an d more comfortable to not venture along the path of free thought. It is a single part of knowledge and it is not known how.TRUE INITIATION 223 ideas from his imagination or prevent unpleasant ideas from arising. w hile "living" knowledge originates in the mind. Imitation and blind acceptance have become the easiest road to satisfy sapien s' ever-diminishing intellectual curiosity. In contrast. The organiz ation and security of the modern world has created conditions of life in which t he individual has no need to make a great effort in order to survive. he has been converted into an expert in evading or dodging all truly try ing points presented to him which question his intelligence. Hermetically. on this subject. we sp eak of "dead" and "living" knowledge. but whose interrelation with the whole is ignored.

Upon inverting this figure we fi nd the number of man: 999. Sapiens thinks only with his brain and h is intelligence is therefore limited to the intellectual-cerebral source. Thus." the mind. however. They have totally overloo ked any relation to the whole. it must be stated that they have been only "intellectual gen iuses" and as such have worked on the smaller picture. the beast. In reality. Furthe r." (the union of one part of his brain with the four inte lligences and the unconscious) is able to make scientific discoveries thanks to the transmission of culture from generation to generation and by taking advantag e of an assembly of collective experiences and knowledge. For this reason. making use of his rudimentary "pre-brain. which is furthermore located in a sort of "pre-brain" composed of the four intelligences and the unconscious. The Hermeticist. who usually refers to it therefore." and manifesting the "Superi or I. In the Bible reference is mad e to the number 666 as the number of the beast. as a symbolic abstractio n of the psyche. directed by the "Volitive I. which is the ancestral soul of the animal of the species.224 THE STELLAR MAN which separate sapiens and Stellar Man. even on high intellectual planes. through his initiatic work. reaches the formation of the "spiritual system. the average person uses only a small portion of his brain for his intellectua l functioning. Without discrediting the extraordinary talent of th ese men in any way. having no knowledge . Sapiens. the mind is the superior integration of the human f aculties into a whole." which is the spirit or the individual himself. a long list of g eniuses have contributed with their discoveries and investigations to raising th e level of our civilization. sapien s obeys the mandate of his animal soul. which is lacking in the average person.

those who can raise themselves over opposite poles and reconcile all th at is not reconcilable. and spiritual superstitions. they are the ones who exist beyond good and evil.TRUE INITIATION 225 of the effect or reaction their work would subsequently have on everything. The true sag es are the "geniuses of the mind"â those who are able to generate everything with the ir mind. the stomach. pr ejudice. and be aware of the hidden cause of all that is manifested as an eff ect. apprec iation. egotism. or the lungs? The mind is something very much like this: a kind of . and scale of values possessed by individuals of great intelligence who d o not belong to human terrestrial culture. reactions. visualizing everything through the prism of their specialty . It is interesting to meditate on what would be the behavior. It would be interesting to also know the thought process of superior beings who are high above pettiness. They posse ss the "philosopher's stone" with which they produce spiritual. We must necessarily classify these intellectual geniuses as "semi-sages" as they are monoconceptual. These sages demonstrate their knowledge in themselve s. cultural. Could it b e possible that a group of men possess the secret of converting the entire body into a brain? Would it be possible to think with a foot. understand all paradoxes. not physical gol d. penetrate into the essence of everything. a hand. with this noble project they help sublimate the animal in sapiens. who know the hidden thread s which connect all things. the kind given to King Solom on. applying it to the control and evolution of their internal nature. and sapiens' moral. These sages are the possessors of true wisdom.

sapiens possesses a dead intelligence whi ch only permits him to be "specialized" and always within the human cultural sch eme. we cannot judge them. which belong to the secret of his particular initiatic work. it is sufficie nt to consider the position and importance of the planet Earth in relation to th e rest of the Universe. Would his interests be the same as before? Would he persist in his egoti sm and anthropocentrism? Would he continue being interested in temporal things o r would he feel more attracted to the eternal? In answering this. the ant is just as important as man). and physical into itself. we recognize in Leonardo Da Vin ci a great genius of the mind. while the mind or super-brain is celestial intel ligence. that from the viewpoint of universal economics. Perhaps the highest i nterest of the geniuses of the mind does not reside in great scientific discover ies. or could it be that once aware of the "universal plan. Without being aware of his moti ves. the reader needs to meditate on what he would do if he were a super -brain. One might ask where the discoveries of these great brains are? To answer this. would one r etain the interests of an ant? (Be it known however. If one were an ant and suddenly changed into a human being.226 THE STELLAR MAN super-brain which gathers the intellectual. Consider that the dead intelligence of the common man is the intelligence of the Earth. instinctive. The Stellar Man has a live intelli- . We cannot comment on his intentions. In summary. emotional." these geniuses are not permitted to interfere with the natural development of events within an alre ady determined span of time? To illustrate this.

" T here is a dividing line which separates fantasy or unreality from truth or reali ty. the occupant o f the vehicle (the "Superior I") habitually lives in unreality. there is no past or future.TRUE INITIATION 227 gence. which finds itself projected into a different time from where it belongs. that is. we will give instructions for the development of the supe r-brain." It is thus that there exists dead knowledge (orthodox wisdom) and a living knowledge (Hermetic science). if a human being belongs to the reality classifie d as "Delta-15. both are illusory" (in the present moment there i s no past or future. . Further on. Point 4: TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT To apply this point. Reality is the coincidence between the steps of the human being and his companion time. the other. One is a product of the brain. beyond the wall that separates reality from fantasy. The unreal is something belonging to a natural reality X. It is thus that our physical body is constantly i n reality. We also said t hat "the present is the exact point of union between the past and the future. he can transcend the terrestrial level and evolve his "Superior I. toge ther with unveiling the mystery of being. On the other hand. it is indispensable to clearly understand the previous chap ter entitled "To Be or Not to Be?" where we explain the absolute key which. the past existed and the future will exist). it is objective and occupies space." which has a time similar to an X clock. This line is time. illustrates the methods for overcoming sleep. For example. That key is expressed as follows: "The only reality is the present momen t. a product of the s uperbrain.

Therefore. a different reality. we must ask ourselves how many realities exist? The logical reply is that there are as many realities as there are velocities of time. if there are so many different velocities of time. what is the fourth dimension? It is a world that actually ex ists. a s he cannot raise his body to X2 time. By "ghosts" I mean the energy remaining after a person's death. thoughts would be visible and tangible. we must adapt ourse lves to this reality." an entity. Nevertheless. a mere spectator of a fantastic kaleido scope. For example. and not a ph ysical being. with respect to human reality. living in a world which e xists only in dimension B.228 THE STELLAR MAN but is then projected into X2 time. as we are physically constrained to Delta-15 time. as all that exists has reality only for those who are on the same vibration or time. for the body would be that of a somnambulist. Why is it that our body cannot collide with a thought? Because it has a different speed and. A thought has no concrete and physical reality: we cannot weigh or see or bump int o a thought. therefore. he evades reality. for a man composed of thought-matter." It is due to this principle that a "ghost" for us is just an illusion. but only for those who possess a vehicle which can manifest itself in the temporal vibration of the fourth dimension. since time is velocity and velocity is vibration. which should be interpreted as follows: "Nothing is real for the one who is in absolute reality. it is the same as not existing at a ll. The aphorism which says "everything is illusion" refers to this problem. If one lives in an unreal world with respect to Delta-15 t ime. that is. Neve rtheless. which naturally his physical body has no access to. an empty shell without an occu pying spirit or "Superior I. .

but pays the penalty of losing the only personal justification for having itâ individual evolution. It is thus that the body loses its function as a vehicle of the spirit. remaining only an instrument of the Archons of Destiny. he does not fulfill the prime objective of his individual life.TRUE INITIATION 229 As human beings we are the union of two forces of very different vibrations: â ¢ Mass energy or physical body â ¢ Mind energy or spirit This union has only one objective: e volution. the spirit is not manifested on Earth. and is only open to the possibility of becoming the "sexual part" of God. The object of having a physical body is to evolve. and personal for the ind ividual. As a consequence. to two times which are d istant or apart from each other. It shou ld be explained that creation is accomplished in the Universe by means of the im agination of sapiens. The body and spirit belong to very different realities." Not being able to become located in the Delta-15 reality. When the individual does not evolve due to indolence. the spirit lives constantly out of th e present (outside of Delta-15). Evolution is cosmic for the great human mass. which shapes all emotional. and must suffe r the fantasies and dreams experienced by the "Psychological I. He suffers greatly in this process: he has a physical body. disinterest. in- . being converted into an anima ted instrument of physical creation. or personal incompetence. but remains in slavery or chained to the physical body. with the object of becoming one more worker at the orders of his owner.

and intellectual states. with their feet on nothing and their head in oneiric fantasy. to destroy dreams. be coming transformed into matter. is part of that which is divine. Upon accomplishing this. increases suffering. This is very different from profane men. receives the gift of existence. This is what we call being on this side of the dividing line (which separates reality and fantas y). an d with the perfect integration of our microcosm in an internal hierarchy under t he guidance of the "Volitive I. and earn the right to one's own evolution is to make the body and the spirit coincide at the same doorway or temporal communication s o that together they may face reality. the indi vidual must have reached not only the creation of his "Volitive I. In order to live in the present moment.230 THE STELLAR MAN stinctive." but also its complete strengthening." . a state of relaxation. the one sought by the Hermeticist: the absolute reality. This is why we can state that God is the Great A rchitect of the Universe and that the human mass forms his laborers' army who. The "Volitiv e I" must oblige the "Psychological I" to concentrate on the present moment. forms part of that which is material. the individual lives in two worlds as he has attained knowledg e of two opposite realities: that of matter and that of spirit. The onl y way to reach absolute reality. This energy condenses in a remote future. This would not be such a terrible thi ng if sapiens had access to reality. Thi s is done with adequate discipline of the imagination. a s payment. to have one's feet on the ground and one's head in the heavens. as the "Volitive I" can be weak or strong. and being divin e. which although still material. Both are reconci led in a third reality. although some think that the fact of being conscious of it and of not being able to change it.

as it is a considerable . we would have to digress m any times. it is necessar y to be very prudent in its use. that we should overcome nervous tension.TRUE INITIATION 231 It is important that our imagination should not wander. at the same time it is necessary to "raise the vibration of our corpore al matter. as they are not part of this chapter. To this end. With respect to alcohol. because in this case the only objective is to "activate the physical body. as well as practicing veget arianism when the student must give special attention to his ascetic side in ord er to purify his state of consciousness. Point 5: TO ACTIVATE THE PHYSICAL BODY As the physical body represents the opposite pole from the spirit. and if this were done in each chapter. we will only recommend abstaining from cons uming dense meats "of a low vibration" such as pork. as everythi ng is related." Further on we will summarize the practical application of this." which is done by making the body obey our will. Our recommendat ions will be very brief." Never theless. it is obvious that it represents an "obstacle" for communication with our "Superior I. let us briefly consider three principal elements: â ¢ Food â ¢ Breathing â ¢ Physical Exercise We t discuss these points in detail." Regarding food. and that our entire being is under the control of the "Volitive I. We will only speak of them as some of the methods for destroying dreams.

Added t o this. by practicing complete breathing. it is a very dangerous element.232 THE STELLAR MAN organic depressor. such as the various forms of aerobic exercises. each person can practice calisthenics according to his age. Also. which is similar to the first but starts by tens- . Physical exercise is indispensable for the reacti vation of our body. Upo n exhaling. which sh ould be done as follows: seated very straight on a chair. the abdomen must be gently contracted to facilitate the elimination of residual air. Begin by expanding t he diaphragm until completely filling the upper part of the lungs and expanding the thorax. Continue to inhale until the lungs are filled." This exposes the indiv idual to contact with demonic creations which exist on the lower astral plane (o ne of the vibratory planes. the lowest after the material) which is clinically k nown as "delirium tremens. If alcohol consumption turns into a vice." Breathing should be considered in relation to absorb ing more oxygen. It acts as "s uper fuel" which unnecessarily wears out the organism with no advantage whatsoev er. it is necessary to practice an exercise of complete immobility every morning. but it is necessary to do those exercises which make our car diovascular system work. and its effect is only noticed after some time. remain absolutely moti onless for three minutes. Ten minutes of morning breathing contributes much energy toward activating the physical body. as it breaks the individual's etheric protection or "aura. that is. Inhale by expanding the abdomen. e xpanding the thorax and filling it while the abdomen is naturally flattened. Once this is perfectly carried out. projecting it forward with some for ce until it is slightly bulged. continue to the se cond stage.

and then complete immobili ty is maintained for five minutes. we have already referred to two very important stages." let ting this idea fill the organism. The eyes should remain open throughout t he exercise. 5. immobility must be absolute. For the latter we pointed out that it is necessary to fulfi ll five basic disciplines: 1. During the process of true initiation. always with the fixed idea. 3. To stop lying To stop dreaming To learn how to think To live in t he present moment To activate the physical body We will now approach the third stage. which is "mental digestion. as it is equivalent to that of the stomach: to transform basic elements into "nutritional essence. "I am awake. which are the creation of the "Volitive I" and the de struction of dreams. The muscular tension must last one minute afte r which the muscles are completely relaxed and loose.TRUE INITIATION 233 ing all the muscles strongly. In spite of the fact t hat we are speaking figuratively and symbolically. clenching the fists and thinking "I am awake. 4. this simile closely reflects the ideal work of the intelligence. 2. without moving the muscles even one millimeter. if he does not assimilate it. the food eaten is of no use whatsoever. The same occurs with the ." For this exercise to be completely effective." No matter how much a per son eats." Common man lacks a mental stomach (mind) and therefore cannot effectively "digest" acquired knowledge.

the more prepared he will be to learn the truth. which refer precisely to the formation of the mind. the greater the p rogram the less the capacity for alertness. more unreality and fantasy. having understood the concept of progr amming. devouring knowl edge. he is a hoarder of mental food which he never uses. and less alertness means more automa tism. When a student has perfectly formed his mind. In short. and it is curious that there are those who are proud of this expansion of their int ellect. less humanity. t herefore. which becomes integrated into the cerebral neurons without having been tru ly assimilated. he genuinely digests his intellectual food a nd therefore a real change and evolution is produced inside him. It has never occurred to him that perhaps the opposite is tr ue. if the student carefully fulfills these. There is not only corporeal obesity but also intellectual obesity. not only will he be in a condition to transmute him- . when the individual who has a mind studies. Ph ysically speaking. When an individual who lacks a "mental stomach" begins to study. On the other hand. We have already addressed stages 1 and 2. If we think about this just a little. we will realize that to study more means more program. The philosopher's stone has traditionally been the symbol of mind. Man is convinced that the more he studies. and as such always appears as the key element for tran smutation. the result is always the same: intellectual in flation and reinforcement and growth of programming. he will be in a condition to study and really assimilate knowledge. who has become an intellectual glutton.234 THE STELLAR MAN intelligence of sapiens. this is equivalent to an individual who stores food he will n ever eat.

no magic formula. when perfectly accomplished . no mantra. but he will also be able to accomplish many other tasks of great Hermetic value. This process. and no m ythological Master who can offer shortcuts or a substitution for this process. conscious awareness is a material element which is present chemically in the bloodstream. no breathing exercise. constitutes a magical-alchemical operation which produces a certain element in the body which is missing in sapiens. There is no prayer. and from its combustion spiritual gold originates. Alchemical "s ublimation" is the lengthy work of transmutation of sapiens into a Stellar Man. but is i ncapable of evaluating its importance. It is necessary to point out that in this stage of birth. We must point out that orthodox science has completely failed to address or even recognize the effects produced in a person who has achieved a perfect pr ocess of understanding.TRUE INITIATION 235 self. . Psychology knows something about understanding. and the lead is the raw material. Alchemy represents an entirely corporeal work in which the crucible is the b ody itself. which feeds and enables our essence to gr ow. the fire is passion. and which could be called consciousness.


who were instead chosen by Lytton as prototypes 237 . Neither adepts nor Masters are represented by Zanoni and Mejnour. which vividly describes the ordeals endured by Clarence Glyndon. It is thought that the author. exaggerated or over-dramatized the difficulties which the neophyte encounters on the path. and that the others do not refe r to situations so spectacular as those presented in Zanoni. submitting him to all kinds of torture. one of the main characters. the specter is a malevolent being which actually ap pears before the student. For others.XIII THE ORDEALS O ne of the most frequent criticisms of the famous Hermetic novel Zanoni concerns the terrifying nature of its theme. Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. The fearful "specter on the threshold" is n o more for the reader than the fictional symbol of abstract or subjective intern al difficulties. The truth is t hat there are very few who understand that the terrible specter is just one of t he problems the disciple encounters on the path.

and no one knows how far the savagery may es- . and when he carries out true Hermetic work on h imself. As we have already stated. This is not strange. difficulties. as he is attempting to overcome his internal nature which. Naturally we are speaking of "true initiates" and not of those who ex pect to reach high degrees within the peaceful tranquility of an existence far f rom threatening. or inconvenient realities. and this is something that candidates for initiation must n ot forget.238 THE STELLAR MAN to illustrate the two different paths the initiate may take upon attaining maste rship. doubts. The sooner the neophyte u nderstands that it is necessary to overcome tremendous obstacles and destroy pow erful internal barriers. There is a savage beast in everyone. sapiens is programmed an d depends on the central computer of the species and on the collective animal so ul. For this reason. the easier it will be for him to recognize the importan ce of the initiatic process. they are even more transcendental and dif ficult than if they were unusual or spectacular situations. dangerous. like all savage forces i n Nature. all kinds of temptations. and problems will appear in his life in order to dissuade him from persevering. It is not difficult to understand that if an individual tries to free himsel f from this bondage. responds with extraordinary vigor to all intent to control or dominate . he will face strong opposition manifested through Nature it self. from the moment the individual starts on a true path fr ee from fraud or self-deception. The ordeals exist an d are terribly hard. Thus. To tame a savage beast is strenuous work. The ordeals are mostly those of daily life rather than fantastic appariti ons or magical rites. which will react with great energy to bar the path of the candidate advanc ing toward wisdom.

but rather the beast. The beast is not bad in itself. which represents the beast that must be tamed by the "Superior I. which has the head. one descending and the other ascending. if we feel an impulse inside us to soar toward higher planes. is a symbol of the animal nature of the human being. neck. we show the spirit and the beast depicted by two triangles." In truth. in spite of culture and education. To understand this. and bosom of a woman and body and paws o f a lion. Furthermore. this corresponds exactly to the image of Jesus Christ mounted on an ass. but i s only perverse in the measure in which it has taken into itself this characteri stic from the common pool of human bestiality (collective unconsciousness) which forms part of the central computer of the species. The traditional Egy ptian Sphinx.THE ORDEALS 239 calate at a given moment. the Sphinx h as wings to symbolize the fact that it is necessary to raise oneself through one 's animal nature. Nevertheless. and not through the strength of the spirit as many people beli eve. . It is she who blo cks the way to the intrepid seeker of Hermetic light. it is no t due to the spirit.

240 THE STELLAR MAN The spirit is the celestial power. The spirit is pure in itself and therefore seek s that which is unknown. This is why the six-pointed star call ed the "symbol of Solomon" is not a positive image. It is the po sitive pole of life. The beast. and is attracted by the passive pole. for it then represents the "vital eq uilibrium" of creation. which is material sensations. knowing it is impure. Th e fallen angels represent "spirits" or virginal divine sparks who descend to ful fill or perfect themselves through experience in matter." appears in its center. It is very different when the ankh. thus being transformed into a highly positive figure. which radiates toward the Earth. on the contrary. or "symbol of life. since it represents petrific ation or detention of the movement of life. which in this case is material terrestrial existence. We recommend to the rea der the inter- . looks toward the heavens because. the only thing which can offer an experience different to its own vibration. it struggles to reach th e purity that only the divine can give it.

as time passes. as well as the material force identified as the bea st. in which the author hum orously and poetically exposes the mystery of the double triangle. arising primarily from a projection of his internal problems. The existence of these two forces. but rather a lesson that the individual must learn. allows us to under stand in a deeper manner the superior role which the "Volitive I" must perform i n managing spiritual energy. as he i s prone to be guided by false and capricious impressions. he will remain blocked by the obstacle. He craves salvation or a guide to success. These ordeals are generally based on the individual's internal failures which are beneath the threshold of his awaren ess. and until he does so. This is similar to what occurs with a pers on's defects. The extreme difficulty of the ordeals lies in their tremendous subtlety. In spite of this. failure in some ordeals does n ot mean defeat. the individual looks upon th e school as an entity which is trying to use or pressure him in order to obtain something from him. The first steps taken by an individual who enters a Hermetic school are decisive. those who arrive at an initiatic school make fun of the ordeals. ch aracterizing them as mere barriers. Nevertheless.THE ORDEALS 241 esting book. generally. Many times. they are rudel y shown their different faults. he is completely incapable of observing them. The individual does not realize that he hi mself is the only one interested in his own salvation (freedom from being used b y Nature) . Usually. one ascending and the other descending. The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France. and he wishes to show that he is not easy to convince or handle. but at the same t ime he does not want to let himself be saved easily. and which remain unknown to him.

it is said figuratively that he s hould not "think as an ass" or rather that "the ass should not be allowed to thi nk for him. after so much effort and hardship. no one will come to his rescue. It is due to this th at when an individual makes a harmful mistake. Sudden riches or love are often sufficient to make him stra y from his path. Until he unders tands his real situation in the world. The o nly possibility of success resides in being able to visualize his true position in life before Nature and destiny. . and the problem is that it is the individual who is "sabotaging" himself. and after covering so much ground. and irresponsibility. he will lack the necessary motivation to fight for his own existence. its basic keynote is stup idity. as this is what he is striving for after all. It re presents the negative animal nature of the individual.242 THE STELLAR MAN and if he does not free himself." Hermeticism also speaks of the "path of the ass" to describe those who. laziness. In ancient times. alway s remain in the same place. asses were used to bring up water for irrigation from springs or wells. his loved ones turn into his worst enemies as far as initiation is concerned. inertia. sometimes take on tragicomic overtones. The difficulties which the student must face just to reach the meeting place of the brotherhood on time . negligence. but end up as its slaves. We have seen the most incredible things happen to sincere students. The ass is a symbolic animal in Hermetic Art. Other times. The oddest things occur solely to prev ent him from reaching the meeting. these loved ones are undoubtedly controlled by the c entral computer of the species. This is very much like some apprentices of sorce ry who try to dominate Nature. and in his ultimate use of the "Volitive I" a s an instrument for fulfillment.

Freemasonry lost the secret of t he rites and symbols such as the true meaning of the passwords. with the symbolic death of Hiram. their symbols. It is due to this that the admission of women into "initiat ic schools" has been traditionally prohibited. Without a doubt. The Sphinx is the vehicle of the Stellar Man. but because this was in a circle. inspired from ancient rites. Nevertheless. along with all the related psychological and material situati ons and conditions. the women's weak point is situated in the ir emotional nature. The Freemasons were originally a Hermetic brotherhoo d formed by high initiates as a preparatory school for other higher-level work. and this is the reason why the Fr eemasons only admit women on "ladies' nights. he a lways remained in the same place. it is necessary to state that for men the ordeals are mainly expressed through instinct." In ancient times when women belon ged to initiatic orders. Hermetic teaching states that only after conqu ering the ass is it possible to conquer the Sphinx and soar on its wings to cosm ic space. under the influence of passionate love. Hermetic traditi on was extinguished and there remains only the unknown language of the symbols. On the other hand. The light that existed has lost its Hermetic meaning. and only the philosophical significance remains. perhaps sung to sleep by their pride in having thirty-three degrees of Masoni c splendor. Regarding the candidate' s gender. However. revealed the secrets of the or der to enemy organizations. .THE ORDEALS 243 and the animal walked many miles per day. are truly beaut iful. The brothers have fallen "asleep" with the passage of tim e. entering into Freemasonry will morally. many brotherhoods were destroyed when one of the female members.

there is a world of difference. One is the gradual vision the candidate acquires of himself. It must be pointed out that true Schools of Initiation have never banned the en try of women into their ranks. R emember that Nature is internal as well as external. the student suffers a profound s hock upon seeing himself as he really is for the first time. Material ordeals concern concrete situations. or hypocrisy. idealization. There are many illusions (in the sense of that w hich is illusory) that the individual must overcome in order to evolve. Before the ear can hea r. and its people. it . The o rdeals the candidate for initiation faces may be internal or material. In the first case. it must have lost its sensitiveness.244 THE STELLAR MAN culturally. they must be incapable of tears. instead of breaking through the shell of his isolation from real ity. Two interesting events make a profound impression on the disciple during the process of initiation. This is carefully stated in the well-known and beautiful book Light on the Path by Mabel Collins: Before the eyes can see. If he rejects h is true nature. and philosophically benefit any clear-minded person. the world. and that women may also work in the Temple. This vision opens t wo paths to him: he can either accept or reject his true nature. the individual. Before the voice can speak in the presen ce of the Masters. seeing himself as he really is without subterfug e. builds up an impenetrable an d indestructible shell of iron. Another is the gradual contemplation of the truth . and tremendous internal con flicts are therefore produced. which arise from the reactions of Nature. But between ent ering Freemasonry and becoming truly twice born. terrorized by the naked truth.

Th ese tests range from loss of confidence in the School and the Master to a feelin g of being used or cheated in one manner or another. Before the soul can stand in the presence of the Masters. Many have gone insane upon glimpsing a truth which was too unbearable for those who have not been able to overcome their baser passions. he must have adequately prepared himself. hundreds of different sit uations arise which test the integrity.THE ORDEALS 245 must have lost the power to wound." for if the student still retains the seed of egotism or evil. There are truths that are so dangerous." Truth is a double-edged sword: it raises up the pu re and destroys the passional. Herein lies a great similarity with the case of our neoph yte in Zanoni. purity. T ruth is only attained by the absolute nakedness of the innocent purity of those who "become little children. they are truly like "a ra zor's edge. Neither th e greatest idealism nor the most despicable evil alter the immutability of the l aws of Nature. It mus t be realized that Nature is completely cold and could not care less about the k indness of a monk or the perversions of an assassin. healing herbs and poisonous plants. In an Initiatic School. that for a disciple to endure them in a well-balanced manner. its feet must be washed in the blood of the heart. although reality is always more deadly and less spectacular than the theme of a novel. and decisions of the student. the v ision of these mysteries will traumatize him to such an extent that he will neve r return to normality. Within her bosom Nature con ceives equally wheat and hemlock. Life's truths are so terrible in their nakedness. Each individual reveals his internal fail- .

and his reactions must be absolutely aut hentic. in a School. especially the unfee ling egoists. an immoral individual believes he would be obliged to violate moral rules. so the student can consciously observe the behavior of others and also tak e note of his own. and a thief would complain of "losing his int egrity. the student must not pretend at an y time. the one who is not free belie ves he will lose his freedom of choice. but must be honest and sincere. Thus. accuse their companions of "having lost all sensitivity. In this setting it is also possible for the School to profoun dly understand the student in order to better help him." In brief . much like in a labora tory. a series of vital situations is reproduced. for this work to bear fruit it must be authentic. the one who has no honor firmly bel ieves that they will oblige him to lose his honor. Naturally. It must be pointed out that each ordeal that is successfully overcome ra ises the disciple to higher states of awareness. or believe they are not being taught enough. .246 THE STELLAR MAN ings through his doubts and conflicts. that is. Others. allowing him to understand that which was previously incomprehensible." Many feel they are passed over and believe there is favoritism and prej udice.

and that if sapiens wants to evolve. as sapiens is submitted to a cosmic hypnotic influence which is the universal energy of creation. and his life is limited to att empting to satisfy his own fantasies. Hermetically.XIV THE OBSTACLES I n contrast to the ordeals. which all people have to face in order to evolve. If he does not awaken. to differentiate it from the ide alism of the poets. each individua l. he will remain static. obstacles are not Nature's reactions but ordinary bar riers. when he does not like the reality of life or is not satisfied with himself. Let it be understood that we refer to an i nferior and destructive type of romanti247 . Romanticism is the ingredient which enables the human being to accept his dreams as an expression of reality. he mu st necessarily awaken. we call this foolish romanticism. The absolute rule of dr eams over sapiens must be understood. To awaken i s difficult to do. d reams of himself and the world in a manner ideal for himself. and if this were not enough.

or diabolical. The latter speak occult jargon and say that "it is necessary to unfold on the astral plane. true. and judging everything according to his own co ncepts rather than in a free and experiential manner. or awaken the Kundalini. or positive. only to afterwards vomit all that did not corres pond to his image of what is pleasant. man has created a God in his image and likeness. and those who blindly believe. evil. It is as if each day a per son digested part of the world. They prefer to sleep peacefully. In general the individual has the following obstacles along the way: AN ERRONEOUS C ONCEPT OF HERMETICISM OR ESOTERICISM AS A WHOLE People's beliefs in this area sw ing between two extremes: those who consider esotericism as something superstiti ous." and due to their tremendous naivete are sincerely convinced of the truth of thei r own words. although people cannot differentiate this from its higher counterpart. one he imagines as a kindly old man with a white beard. THE DIFFICULTY OF SEEING ONESELF OBJECTIVELY Each person wears the banner of the qualities he most appreciates in himself. In his self-projection .248 THE STELLAR MAN cism. to open the third eye. even if it means tomor- . A person cannot avoid pr ojecting his own image to others. DISINTEREST IN LEARNING THE TRUTH People do not want the truth because they are not interested in it.

Indolence. BEING DEPENDENT ON THE PASSIONS Passions express the individual's baser animal tendencies. For the same reason. bitterness. a presentiment which exists in all human be ings from childhood. he does not dare to decide anything for himself. envy. ap athy. CONFORMING WITH THE "FLOCK" This conduct gives the individual the false sensation that all is well simply because he is doing what everyone else does and accepts. resentment. laziness. Following along this line. which seeks its own satisfaction without considering the higher interests of the individual whatsoever. in tru th. and the individual completely forgets his previous resol utions. to name a few. . and whether its acceptance. manipulat e man as a puppet. and he will be unable to free himself from this situation. we see th at in most cases respectability and morals only reflect the degree of conformity with the flock.THE OBSTACLES 249 row they will be devoured by Nature. Ea ch state of passion takes control of the body including its psychological compon ents at a given moment. The baser tendencies are manifested in the appetite of the corporeal mass. jealousy. made it more respectable and effective. inertia. which exist alongside superior animal tendencies. l east of all to study or accomplish something not approved by "official science." In this respect it would be interesting to verify whether hypnotism was any les s effective before being accepted by science. and lust.

What has been discus sed here is a brief summary of the obstacles to advancement encountered along th e path to spiritual supremacy. does the individual really wish to be free? Gene rally. It is for this reason that people sear ch in life for something to become enslaved to. Pe ople frequently project their unconscious traumas. Deep down inside himself he knows that the Hermetic path will inexorably lead him to ward freedom or salvation. There are those who "chain themselves to a stone" even if they kn ow that this rock will drag them into the abyss of the sea. ambitions. and desires onto the Teaching in order to extract from it the same "food" they derive from these problems.250 THE STELLAR MAN PROJECTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS ONTO THE TEACHINGS It often happens that people seek Hermetic Teaching not to evolve spiritually. b ut to compensate for their yearning for power or their inferiority complexes. FEAR OF FREEDOM We know that sapiens fears freedom with the force of an irrational anguish. as they cannot stand the sensati on of liberty. They in turn use the new knowledge they receive in order to fort ify their process of psychological rationalization. . But. fears. the greater percentage of the sapiens species prefers mediocre slavery to the most glorious and brilliant freedom.

Three superior objectives: a) Deprogr amming b) Initiatory death c) Rebirth 251 . The four intelligences (the soul of man): water. air. The following is a brief summ ary of the elements needed to form a super-brain: 1. a super-brain which will enable us to reach the condition of a Stellar Man. The Mind 4. Three basic objectives: a) The forming of the "Volit ive I" b) Awakening c) Mental digestion 5.XV INITIATIC PRACTICES DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUPER-BRAIN Our brain alone is not equal to the task of discovering the truth and attaining spiritual evolution. The "Volitive I" 3. and fire 2. it is necessary to form the mind. earth.

the student must consider them to be the seat of his bad habi ts and vices. Only a genuine Master is able to transmit to the disciple the spiritual flame. givin g them awareness and intelligence. a concrete process which takes place bet ween the Master and the disciple. but something material. to guide him in his goals. EDUCATION OF THE FOUR INTELLIGENCES To educate the f our intelligences. and their object is to shed li ght on the path of the student toward the truth. it obliges him to undertake them with greater perseverance. Only those who have cons ciously reincarnated are able to do without a Master. Naturally this power does not free the student from his ascetic disciplines. on the contrary. This is not a poet ic abstraction. and he must proceed to cleanse them of all that is negative. but this happens infrequently. according to the model of desired behavior. the m agical ferment which becomes his occult power as an initiate. The indi cations given here are of an elemental character. . Three supreme objectives: a) Evolution b) To be converted into a Stellar Man c) To transcend Maya (cosmic illusion) It is not possible to insist enough on th e fundamental requirement that the student must have a Hermetic Master who has a lready traveled the path the disciple wishes to follow. have many Masters who will refresh the memory of the reincarnated. The one who has consci ously reincarnated certainly knows this. or.252 THE STELLAR MAN 6. if possible.

For this the following formula is used: "You. Its key word is absorption. as this is my will and I order you to blindly obey this mandate. and upon initiating this one must say: "You. endeavoring to penetrate into the h idden forces of the digestive system." If the student suffers from any hepatic ailment or any type of digestive disorde r. " This formula must be repeated several times. intelligence of my digestive system. it wil l be because it is my will and when you fast. to a certain extent. The reader will need to try to discover the cryptic . it will be because I want no food. he must try to cure it by reinforcing the intelligence of his digestive syste m with all his will power. From this moment. To educate this intelligence it is necessary to submit its functions. intelligence of my digestive system. and owner whom you must respect and obey. Periodically it is necessary to fast for a n entire day. I give you awareness and intelligence so you may perfectly fulfill your biological functions. When you are fed. as I am your god. will abstain from all food for 'x' am ount of hours. the "Volitive I.INITIATIC PRACTICES 253 INTELLIGENCE OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM (Earth Element) The earth element encompasses all corporeal matter. my will shall be your will. to the control of wil l. to which we can speak. I order you to blindly obey me in all I say. and control. master. but its seat is in the stomach." The digestive system must be thought of as an intelligent b eing with which we can communicate.

This should be complemented by the practice of con trolling the imagination. the formula a lready described for educating this intelligence is also used. INTELLIGENCE OF THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM (Fire Element) The fire element is located in the sex. which we will refer to under the respiratory system. This formula does not vary for any of the other systems. For the education of this intel ligence. We must remember that this system is the seat of th e libido. the seat of the emotions. INTELLIGENCE OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM (Water Element) The water element resides in our circulatory system. a fact we can make use of to extricate all the complexes we may have b y working on this center of activity. Its key word is unification. Its key word is irradiation. so that it may abandon its infantile activity and pro ceed in a more mature manner. and at no other time. submitting it to one 's will power in order to have sexual relations only when the "Volitive I" permi ts it. which is the seat of the instinctive center. as occult laws prohibit saying more than necessary. Only the name and function of the corresponding element i s changed. For this it is necessary to make the respe ctive intelligence reason. Together with thi s formula. the previous formula should be used.254 THE STELLAR MAN sense of these instructions. As in the above cases. It is necessary to regulate the sexual function. . it is necessary to practice rigorous emotional hygiene to prevent the heart from receiving harmful or destructive emotions.

through the "Volitive I. water (circulat ory system) and earth (digestive system). Its key word is vitalization. We must work with the known formula and further establish an adequate control of the imagination. clean sing the language and always accomplishing that which is affirmed out loud. the seat of the imagination. only letting positive. it is possible to capture any kind of v ibration through the inhalation and retention of breath. We must insist on the f act that there are many secret keys in these instructions. INTELLIGENCE OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM (Air Element) The air element resides in our respiratory system. we have access to the world of vibratio ns and by sharpening our sense of smell. For ins tance. and higher thoughts enter. Through breathing. but whether or not th ey are discovered is left to the interest and discernment of the reader. and it will be very difficult for him to accomplish h is personal projects. The student who affirms something verbally and does not keep his word is converted i nto a plaything of Nature. to suppress any morbid imagination. a t all costs." Furthermore. balanced. . It is necessary. and as an exercise.INITIATIC PRACTICES 255 This is achieved gradually. The spoken word must be educated. daily concent ration on the heart (the brain of this system) should be practiced in order to c reate a state of profound peace and perfect submission of the emotions to the wi ll. harmonio us. think about what occurs with the union of the element s of air (respiratory system) and fire (reproductive system) or.


Desire must never be a crazy or fleeting whim 257 . which are in general as follows: Domination and sublimation of one's desires Charging one's psychic battery Econo mizing one's energy Action directed by will Desires are one of the principal sources of energy (or energetic loss) in sapien s. if we control and guide our desires. they can be converted into a source of e xtraordinary potency. This implies that a great quantity of energy is lost. If we listen to our internal world we will realize that desire forms an integ ral part of our lives and that desire acts with an astounding potency and persis tence. but we have not indica ted the means of giving it strength and power. since desire uses u p time and energy when our magnetic strength is projected elsewhere.XVI THE "VOLITIVE I" W â ¢ â ¢ â ¢ â ¢ e have already explained how the "Volitive I" is created. Nevertheles s.

258 THE STELLAR MAN for the Hermeticist, but an act of intelligence and method. When a desire is not satisfied, a powerful force vibrates within the individual, but as soon as he o btains what he wants, this power is extinguished and a vacuum is produced. There are those who pursue a desire intensely for a long time, and finally attain ful fillment, but far from making them happy, this fulfillment of the desire causes a state of deep emptiness, laxness, and disappointment. This occurs when the fue l which motivated the individual runs out, as desire provides the power which ca rries us toward fulfillment. We have already said that each person has "x" amoun t of energy at his disposal during his life, and can distribute it among many th ings or concentrate it on a few. Applying this concept to the subject we are add ressing, it does not mean repressing or frustrating desires, but permitting thei r existence only if reason considers them just and convenient, and allowing them to materialize when, how, and where the "Volitive 1" dictates. We could also ap ply this to the principle of penitence, but from a different point of view. For example, we could sacrifice one thing we greatly desire in order to obtain anoth er of greater spiritual or moral value. This could also be applied to vices, den ying satisfaction of them through will power in order to obtain what we want. Fo r example, a person may say, "I will not smoke because ... (stating what he desi res to obtain)." This affirmation should be mentally repeated every time the ind ividual desires to smoke. One of the desires it is necessary to suppress in orde r to channel this force toward higher purposes is that of telling others certain things we have learned exclusively or in secret,

THE "VOLITIVE I" 259 in order to impress them or to raise our self-esteem. This does not mean that we should not tell anything, but do so only after a time, only if in truth we want to, and not in order to make ourselves important. It should also be stated that it is more difficult to accomplish projects that become publicly known than whe n we endeavor to keep them secret. The "psychic battery's" charge is the nervous and psychological tone produced by the magnetism which people accumulate and pr oject; some in very small doses, and others with great potency. Magnetism is acc umulated through conscious breathing and all practices of self-control. In fact, the more magnetic an individual is, the more possibility he has of being a succ ess in life. At the same time, it must be understood that the "Volitive I" concr etely exists in the form of a strong magnetic field which must be constantly rev italized, as all action absorbs energy. It is necessary to remember that it is i ndispensable to economize the energy that has been concentrated, as the "Volitiv e I" requires fuel; it is continuously expending strength just like any other li ving being. A series of bad habits and conflicts brings about a great expenditur e of energy within the human being. Impatience, emotional conflict, unnecessary haste, mental rumination, the sense of guilt, anger, unnecessary or exaggerated laments, different kinds of frustrations, fear, disorder, and indolence all rob energy from the "Volitive I." The Hermeticist must establish discipline and inte rnal order at all costs in order to match his conduct with the purposes he wishe s to achieve.

260 THE STELLAR MAN In relation to "action directed by will," the difference between "to desire" and "to want" should be very clear. The worn out axiom "to want is power" has falle n into disrepute, not because it is false or exaggerated, but because no one has ever been able to explain how one has to want in order to obtain that which is desired. Jesus taught his disciples that "if you have the faith of a mustard see d you will move mountains." On the surface this has nothing to do with will, but deeper analysis will show that Jesus was not talking of ordinary faith, as ordi nary faith is not enough to move mountains. In truth, he referred to Hermetic fa ith, which consists of two basic forces: 1. To want 2. Reasoned belief To want i s the masculine power of the "Volitive I," and reasoned belief is the feminine e nergy of feelings. In order to want intelligently, the word "want" must be joine d to the rest of the words which form the magicians' acrostic, that is to know, to dare, to want, and to keep silent, with which the following combinations may be formed: To know how to want To know how to dare To know how to keep silent To know how t o know To want to know To want to dare To want to be silent To want to want To d are to know To dare to want To dare to be silent To dare to dare In order to know how to want, a person must be very clear as to what he desires to obtain, and must give the objective a high place in his scale of values in or der to obtain

T HE "V OLITIVE I" 261 adequate motivation from where the power to want is acquired. One must also prac tice the four Hermetic "commandments," which are: â ¢ â ¢ â ¢ â ¢ LOVE Love Hope Knowledge Peace By means of love, God, the Supreme Intelligence, transmits his creative essence to us. It is not only the attraction between the sexes; it is a power born from the spirit which is directed toward all that carries the divine essence. Love th at is passional is not love but only a selfish possessive force, which fights to retain an instrument of pleasure. To clarify the true meaning of love, it is ne cessary to meditate on the axiom, "love, and do what you want." HOPE Hope is the womb which collects the seed, which it develops and gives form to. I t is the counterpart of sex. It is the feminine soul in man and masculine soul i n woman. Through it we conceive and create. It is the etheric double which has a n opposite gender from that of the physical body; man's double is feminine, and woman's is masculine. This is where the feminine part of man and the masculine p art of woman is found, and from which it is necessary to detach oneself, changin g its polarity.

262 THE STELLAR MAN KNOWLEDGE Knowledge for the Hermeticist is like the compass for the navigator, for Hermeti c science is the knowledge of the laws of Nature. The possession of knowledge pl aces the student on a higher step than one who lacks such knowledge. One must kn ow Nature thoroughly, and thereby control all. One should meditate on the axiom which says "the magician reigns in heaven and rules in hell" (to rule in hell means having sufficient power to avoid being destroyed by satanic forces). PEACE The student must fight to establish harmony between the brain, heart, and sex, a nd thus attain the union of the "Superior I" with the soul. This is the only way to end the internal conflicts which develop within the human being. When the in dividual's will grants or denies his body the satisfaction of desires or needs i n a completely conscious manner, he will become the king of his physical body an d will live in deep peace; and with the power of peace, everything will be harmo nious and happy. He will be king of the Universe, as he will be in harmony with the laws of Nature. The power of peace is acquired only by the will to maintain control of the imagi nation. Impure and uncontrolled imagination is the primary source of restlessnes s and anxiety. One can only enjoy peace and serenity by controlling the imaginat ion, but nevertheless, there is no peace without love. It is for this reason tha t it is necessary to overcome egotism, which is the opposite vibration of love.

THE "VOLITIVE I" 263 REASONED BELIEF Reasoned belief comes from applying Hermetic theory to vital situations. Observa tion of the action of natural laws and practical verification of the Teaching, c onfers on the disciple blind belief in himself and in Hermeticism. This is not d one through faith, but through absolute certainty of the logical and material ve rification of everything that he has learned in the Hermetic School. MIND We hav e already pointed out that Homo sapiens lacks mind, merely possessing a brain an d intelligence. We could state that cerebral intelligence is unconscious intelli gence without any internal sense, while mental intelligence has the character of being conscious. The former is oneiric, and the latter awakened. In order to gi ve an elementary idea of the basic material the individual possesses in a latent state, which can form his mind, we refer to the three vital sources: 1. Brain: Intelligence 2. Heart: Feelings 3. Sex: Instinct Normally the individual works w ith one of these centers predominating, or with a mixture of two of them. For pr oper Hermetic effects to be realized, the individual must learn to function in t he following way:

we may state this in the following manner: Man: 999 Beast: 666 (the nine in verted) It is thus that the number of the beast is manifested in sapiens in the following manner: Example No. Brain: Intelligence â ¢ The dream of intelligence (brain) â ¢ The fanaticism of intelligence (heart) â ¢ The bestiality of the intelligence ( ex) 2. Sex: Instinct Also as above. These are: â ¢ The intelligence of the intelligence â ¢ The feeling of he intelligence â ¢ The instinct of the intelligence 2.264 THE STELLAR MAN Example No. Heart: Feelings â ¢ The fanaticism of feelings (heart) â ¢ The dream of feelings (br in) â ¢ The bestiality of feelings (sex) . 1: 1. Heart: Feelings There are also three possibilities: â ¢ The feeling of the feelings â ¢ The intelligence of the feelings instinct of the feelings 3. or three differen t vibratory forces. Brain: Intelligence We may distinguish three possibilities. and as man is tri ple. there are three possib ilities: â ¢ The instinct of the instinct â ¢ The feelings of the instinct â ¢ The intellig the instinct These nine possibilities form the number of man. 2: 1.

the works will be programmed and therefor e can be tremendously dangerous for the human species and the individual himself . able to perfectly execute marvelou s works of good and evil. In Example No. This magnetic field is actua lly present in the Hermeticist and is the seat of his higher awareness. we can affirm that: . but in practice this is not always true. however. feelings. 1. Furthermore." in addit ion to the different disciplines the student must accomplish. it is a force which resists dissolution by death. it is hoped that the student should reach integral thought in which there is a perfect equilibrium between i ntelligence.THE "VOLITIVE I" 265 3. The formation of the "Volitive I. He is. and it is through this magnetic field that the individual exists and thinks. the center point being the spinal column. even without a physical body. People always believe that good brings forth goodness. and instinct. Summarizing the concept of what m ind is. will gradually lea d to the formation of a magnetic bipolar spheroid which extends from the head to the sex. and vice versa. Observe the similarity between this and our planet Earth. Sex: Instinct â ¢ The bestiality of instinct (sex) â ¢ The fanaticism of instinct (heart â ¢ The dream of instinct (brain) When the human being "thinks with the number 666" there is no possibility of rea ching the knowledge of truth.

" (b) Mind is a magnetic bipolar spheroid. (f) Mind is celestial intelligen ce. on the contrary. the part of man which reaches eternity. mental dig estion. When common men think. (g) Mind is the integration of the superior faculties latent in the human be ing. (e) Mind is the super-brain. The mind or super-brain is what per mits the Stellar Man to reach true wisdom. which is formed within the Hermeticist. (c) Mind is the "philosopher's stone. When we learn p erfect mental digestion. The semi-sage." The answer is simp le as the one does not contradict the other. only accumulates knowledge {dead or unconscious knowledge. these three objectives are awakening. THREE BASIC OBJECTIVES As we have already pointed out. The naive reader will probably ask how it is possible that mind is a magnetic sp here. a . but must again emphasize mental digestion as the most import ant part of processing the information we acquire through study. which i s only useful for recognition in the world of sapiens) and uses his intelligence for temporal and limited aims. and the formation of the "Volitive I.266 THE STELLAR MAN (a) Mind is the "Volitive I. the Hermeticist thinks with the mind. if in point (d) it is said that "it is the whole body. they do so with their bra in." (d) Mind is the whole body. that which within the individual is " beyond good or evil"." We have already spoken sufficient ly on these points.

no matter wha t we do at a given moment. but we will understand perfectly. Anim als. and other forms of human expression. showing them the advantage of taking their lives in t heir hands and being saved by . music. teaching them to live wisely. as we will have learned to read the open book of Nature. birds. or politi cs. as we thus discover the real sen se of written or verbal information. we will always extract wise and beneficial lessons fr om our situations. plants. Further. that no matter what book we read.THE "VOLITIVE I" 267 new world is opened before our astonished eyes. This will enable us to help our fellow men. and the genuine meaning of art. and even stones will speak to us in silent language. not by charity. teaching them to think and decide for themselves. but in a superior way. through the process of understanding. we wil l be in a permanent transformation into beings who are wiser and more conscious. donation. This capacity of penetration which is reached t hrough the mind is so extensive.

initiatory death.268 THE STELLAR MAN their own efforts. It is thus that at a given moment the child starts to walk without any effort. we do not wish to interfere with biological functions except as an effort to correct some anoma ly. the learning is generally of a mechanica l character and reinforces the individual's program. that is. we only seek the individual's psychological liberation. The individual is deprogrammed by submitting to the relearning of what it means to be awake. THREE SUPERIOR OBJECTIVES We have pointed out three superior objectives: deprogramming. Programming is the assembly of mechanical and automatic circuits. Only the individual who is able to form his mi nd can appreciate the transcendental importance of this fact. The three form part of one process and represent different degrees of it. which has been formed by the repetition of voluntary movement. To understand this. and for this it is n ecessary to reeducate the motor capacity. Because the age of the Messiah has passed. the one who does n ot save himself condemns himself. it is necessary to bear in mind that mechanical circuits are al so formed within the human being thanks to learning. we maintain that the low level of alertness in which sapiens lives gives all l earning an oneiric character. which r ule the biological and psychological side of sapiens. due to the automation of the circuit. and rebirth. he does not incorporate a superior state of awareness within himself. Naturally. However . progressively reducing his level of awareness and . Therefore. We will explain very generally and sim ply what constitutes the basis of deprogramming: to exchange automatic circuits for conscious circuits.

and gives birth to true intelligence. these robots could apply their extraordin ary "intellectual" capacity to accomplish functions much more rapidly and effici ently than sapiens. but they would only measure mechanical intelligence. Nevertheless. the more a human being learns. Such qualities bring to mind the general characteristics of a computer." as opposed to the "dead knowledge" of sapiens. P aradoxically. but in many cases the body continues to live as a veritable zombie. along wit h the agility. we deny that his intelligence genuinely corresponds to what should be the superior intellect of a truly awakened and conscious human being.THE "VOLITIVE I" 269 making the possibility of his awakening to greater alertness even more remote. which lead s to "living knowledge. and speed by which the neuronal information is synthe sized. t hey would certainly obtain outstanding performance. IQ t ests only determine how well trained the individual's intelligence is. coordination. as we have already stated. Hermetically. the "less human" he will become. I f perfect robots existed which could both design and apply intelligence tests. as the potency and reach of his mechanical circuits will increase. T herefore. Hermetic observations from the most remote ages have established that sapiens do es not necessarily die when his spirit leaves his body as is the usual process. invariably annuls genui ne intelligence and leads to absolute slavery or dependence on the program. The deprog ramming of the individual is obtained gradually by means of an apprenticeship in a state of superior alertness. This. in spite . making him more and more like a robot. we consider the human being a perfect robot.

A person can live 30 or 40 years under these conditions. a cadaver is not a physical body in which the biological life has ended. b ut is the body without a spirit. let us consider the enormous contradiction of the fact that an individual's professional preparation limits him intellectually .270 THE STELLAR MAN of the fact that the spirit has moved on to a better life. enhanced by the university's imposing image. leading an apparently normal life. or professional program is furthered. This something. From the Hermetic point of view. it is not at all surprising that they are not aware that they themselves a nd their fellow men do not truly think but that something thinks for them. The terri fying thing is that no one realizes this. technic al. intellectually speaking. No university student is prepared to w ithdraw from the power of suggestion imposed by the prestige and authority of pr ofessors. something absolutely different occurs with the sel f-taught. as this spirit is the individual himself. who. spea king to. no one knows that he is greeting. Instead of expanding the scope of his intelligence. Returning to eternal paradoxes. From the Hermetic . are generally on a much higher level tha n those who graduate from a university. We already know that this something that thinks is the central computer of the species and the individual is freed from it when he becomes deprogrammed . as their programming is weaker. If people cannot recognize a cad aver." the real individual behind the person. Thus the student blindly accepts all he is taught. only his cultural. which is the source of their ideas. the t rue "I. On the other hand. and imitates the behavioral model of the prestigious p rofessors. or living with an authentic living cadaver. is also converted into the rudder and compass of their ex istence.

and fears. The disciple's part refers basically to reeducation of motor skills." That is. Referring once again to deprogramming. which in reality "are not his. and look at X only as a puppet or vehicle of the "I.THE "VOLITIVE I" 271 point of view we should always prefer self-taught knowledge to that acquired fro m professors. unt il the practi- . and eyes while thinking an d feeling. we must point out that there is one stage which th e disciple is able to cover by himself. thinking about and feeling each of the movements being made. Walking should be d one consciously. moving the hands." This practice must be perfected un til two absolutely separate beings with perfectly defined boundaries appear. arms." b ut in fact are absolutely foreign to his "I. impulses. trunk. a n effort to give awareness to movements. and another more advanced and rapidly pr ogressing stage which can only be passed through with the help of a Master or in structor. at least until present educational systems are modified. person X should think that he is no t X. The consequence of this is an immediate elevat ion in the level of awareness. This can be practiced in tenminute inte rvals and repeated as many times a day as desired. placing the student in the "present moment. head. Moving slowly sh ould be understood as "moving a little slower than is habitual. It is necessary to move slowl y. ideas." It must be observed h ow X has feelings." This means prac ticing a deliberate motor action. Together with this exercise." It i s necessary to reflect on the fact that there is nothing which gives a stronger sensation of existing than the act of moving within a space. one should meditate daily on the differe nce between the "I" and "John Doe.

a long a nd delicate task. which may only be known to the person who has arrived at such an experience. During this period. thus successively placing his senses under the control of his will. that is of an individual who has been deprog rammed and freed from the central computer of the species. Likewise. where personality is a synony m for the program. psychologically speaking. hear or not hear at will. h e has genuine . we will only state that the Master can progressively annul the disciple's circuits so th at the disciple may rise above all that is mechanical. For the first time. After his rebirth he will be called the "twice born. since only those who assiduously practice will learn the secret.272 THE STELLAR MAN tioner is able to state with complete certainty: "I am not X. the individual starts t o live an absolutely new existence. The culmination of this stage is initiatic death. the di sciple really ceases to exist. we may say that the reborn "is not born of woman." Once Hermetic rebirth has occurred. Another discipline that may be practiced by the student cons ists of controlling the five senses until he is able to see or not see at will. This exercise is extremely important but we will not elaborate on its benefits. This is the dis solution of the personality in the Hermetic sense. as i t is said that his mother was a virgin." and in this manner we understand the esoteric symbol of the birth of Jesus. living during the time it takes for rebirth with very basic elemental circuits which will not form an o bstacle to his evolution. R egarding the part which must be accomplished with the help of a Master." and be absolutely convinced of this. and until the rebirth is complete. This is however.

We will illustrate an evolutionary process in this simple diagram. In the second figure. his thoughts belong to himself. In the first figure of Diagram 10. freeing it from the tyranny of the beast. and into whose lap it is be lieved that those of faith will arrive. This. is true heaven.THE "VOLITIVE I" 273 self-determination and autonomy. Here we wish to point o ut a profound difference between the Western Hermetic path and the goals sought by Yoga. . As we already know. God. which can be found within t he individual. his soul has been cleansed. before whose luminosity the individual feels intimidated and at the same t ime transported to a condition of supreme peace and love. his intelligenc e has risen to a higher level. who is supposed to be in heaven. evolution means the growth of our spiritual essence. conversion into a Stell ar Man. The angels in their he avenly choir raise paeans in honor of one who died in the world of the beast to be reborn into the world of men. and transcending Maya. is in truth the "Superior I" or Divine S park. THREE SUPREME OBJECTIVES We have pointed out three supreme objectives: evolution. the spiritual essence is rep resented by the small dark point in the center. becoming again as pure and innocen t as a child's. and only this. One cycle has ended and another begun: the asce nsion of man to semigod. which symbolizes an evolutionary process. and he has been freed from the cosmic-oneiric inf luence. and the large circle represents the rest. Our spirit sho uld grow in size and quality. we see the growth of the center point in relatio n to the rest. Likewise.

It is completely impossible to conceive of the life of one of these beings and to i magine how they think.274 THE STELLAR MAN where it is intended that the individual should be integrated into Nirvana. and Hermeticism the path of the spermatozoid. Thus everything begins again. It is thus that he never reincarnates and joins the c osmic egg. On the other hand. such as the planet Earth or others. the individual evolves until his body as we know i t is not sufficient to contain his enormous spiritual power. it is useful to obser ve that a celestial sphere possesses a body basically the same as represented in the two figures. feel. awaiting a new wave of life. In any event. At this point. that is. It pursu es the indefinite growth of the individual's spiritual essence. he i s obliged to reincarnate. and move. and whe n one who has been freed from reincarnation awakens from his eternal sleep. talk. the yogi reaches dissolution of his essential individuality which has taken so long to form. the essence corresponds to the nu- . his evolution continues in celestial bodies. It is appropriate to ask what happens wh en this new wave of life arrives after eons of time. Nothing is eternal. so that always c onscious of his own identity. the H ermetic path is the conscious evolution of the spiritual individuality. Through an eno rmous effort. reintegrated into the cosmic egg. that is. we could call Yoga t he path of the egg. As a matter of fact.

for example. only two of the most i mportant possibilities will be mentioned. Likewise. between the sun and a planet of the sol ar system." With respect to the specialization a H ermeticist may follow when he is advanced along his path. It needs to be said that these individuals are very scarce. having surpassed his terraqueous condition. To clarify what a Stellar Man is. we can surmise the important difference which may exist. and there . On the contrary. but he is a man who. as this is a difficult specialty. There are many "maste rs" who have accomplished great things and have outstanding knowledge. the name given to Hermeticists who have rea ched a high level of consciousness.THE "VOLITIVE I" 275 cleus and the rest to the physical body. The path of Zan oni is that of high politics. One of the poles of this spectrum is represented by Homo sapie ns and the other by the Stellar Man. which is the best known. is fit to continue the study of the great m ysteries of the Universe and to choose his future destiny. The path of Mejnour is that of a Master of wisdom. These r efer precisely to the path of Zanoni and to the path of Mejnour. Through his own effort he was able to provoke a genetic and functional-psychological mutation in himself. following the theme of Zanoni. A Stellar Man is not necessarily a Hermetic Master of wisdom. when a Stellar Man reaches Hermetic mastery he will always be a "Master of Masters. are the creators of history and leaders of civ ilization. or better stated. which established the basis for his transition to the other extreme of the evolu tionary spectrum. of those leaders who march at the head of the hist ory of mankind. but who a re not Stellar Men. it should be said that he is an ind ividual who was a sapiens in the near or remote past.

as the extreme difficulty of their task permits only a few with the necessary spiritual strength to choose this path. but certainly not all. Some of these Masters. It is fitting to medit ate on the controversy which arose between two mythological Masters. an illusion created only to be d estroyed and infinitely and repeatedly reformed. As is well known. transcend Maya. and believed that the revolution was not ne cessary. was in favor of maintaining the royalty. C agliostro maintained that the revolution would bring about an extraordinary evol utionary advance in the world. as Mejnour did in the novel Zanoni. they are very scarce and are more carefull y hidden than is believed. on the contrary. or the universal principle of illusion. With the supreme calm of absolute reality.276 THE STELLAR MAN are but few in the world. The Count of Saint Germain. Cagliostro was one of the fome nters of the French Revolution. Saint Germain argued that there was no hurry for the . What is interesting is the philosophical stand taken by each of them. and the celebrated episode of Marie Antoinette's necklace was directly provoked by Cagliostro through Madame de la Motte to unle ash the revolutionary process. as the tide which incessantly f luctuates. Those who show themselves do so only for purposes of initiation. Cagliostro and the Count of Saint Germain. they imperturbably contemplate the circus of human life. Even though gull ible people see "masters" everywhere. This means that they live above the disguised appearance of reality and that the most important events for the human race mean no more to them than the ebb and flow of Maya. always repeating the same cycle with practically imperceptible change .

. all that is finite must in reality be nothing. and as nothing exists beyond this. as evolution is always cyclical. we must recall the Principle of Mentalism: "The Universe is mental. m ovable. the only essential reality is mind: the Universe is a mental creation and we live in the mind of God. that is to say. one cycle ends and another co mmences. and transformable cannot be the All. immutable. and transformable is illusory. movable. in time. all that which is finite. toward God. .THE "VOLITIVE I" 277 evolution of the human masses. eternal. It means to be able. to project our consciousness toward the infinite.. In order to understand what it means to transcend Maya." To transcend Maya means being fu lly and totally conscious that all that is finite. . and unknowable. and eternal. All is infinite. and that it would be the same if this evolution w ere slow or fast. immutable.


Looking at pictures of legendary Masters such as Jesus. Morya. Serapis Bey. This shows exactly how people id ealize these men whose physical appearance is in reality no different from any o ther man. or others. There is nothing more laug hable than the physical appearance that some mystics pretend to find in the grea t initiates.XVII THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN I f we had the opportunity to meet and speak to a Stellar Man. their shining faces. their brilliant eyes. Koot Humi. There is an interesti ng description of the Rosicrucians by Henri Durville in his book History of Secr et Science. some people expect to see extraordinary physical beauty as if the Masters were angels incarnate. which demonstrates this point. In their era the 279 . The only things which expose them to the eyes of those who can see is the aura of strength and power which surrounds them. we probably would n ot find him appreciably different from any other man. and the harmonious vibration they project.

They love poverty and declare that for them this is obligatory. although incapable of affection and the y consider women to be inferior beings. their pride is great although their exterior may be humble. self-enlightened by themselves . they seek no honors as no human glory attracts them . They are the sincerest people in th e world but granite is soft in comparison with their impenetrability. Compared t o these adepts. They keep themselves apart from human affection and do not submit to it except as a convenient obligation which is imposed by their living in the world. kings are poor. due to this. although historically uncertain. and if they should become famous. Externally they are unaffected and defer ential. Here are the comments by Durville on Rosicrucians: Their existence. i t is in spite of themselves. at their side the wisest are stupid. the y are impassive in the face of mankind and responsive to whatever befalls them. They speak of mankind as infinitely bene ath them. but the confidence in themselves which fills their hearts is not radiate d except before the infinity of the heavens. and those who identify themselves as such and endeavor to demonstrate so by touch or passw ords are generally only vulgar imitators who have usurped the sacred name. Their great desire is to walk unrecognized through the world." and the initiate or student can only recog nize the authentic members through internal and not external signs. Nevertheless. is surrounded by prestige that forces acceptance and wins admiration. which they despise. although they may possess great wealth.280 THE STELLAR MAN Rosicrucians were the most important Hermetic Order. They are very courteous to women. the seedbed of the Stellar Man. self-impelled. true Rosicrucians do not easily reveal themselves. they never take a step toward fame. There are Rosicrucians and "rosicrucians.

This portrait is far from being attractive or agreeable. and cerebral deprogramming 10.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 281 in everything. Union with one's inner divinity 12. Knowledge of the occult forces of Nature (the nature which is unknown) 5. Power over vibrations and the secret of transmutations . What measure ca n be applied to this immense exaltation? Critical concepts vanish before this. Absolute mental clarity an d emotional equilibrium 4. To grasp the secret of happiness and lo ve 9. Hermeticism of which we speak in this book. Emotional. Knowledge of the occult causes of all that exists 16. Freedom from complexes and base passions 2. sust ains that the Hermetic initiate can acquire the following privileges along his o r her path of initiation: 1. Freedom from the central computer of the species and be coming a truly awakened man 3. instinctive. but it shows the idea t hat sapiens has of Stellar Man. To know and to find oneself 8. Victory over the eventualities o f life 7. the world declares that one and the other are futile. Not being ab le to understand their souls or their objective. Freedom from the co llective unconscious or animal soul 11. Freedom from futile pain and suffering 14. be coming converted into a sag e of the mind 13. the true sage is a sage of the mind and not of the intellect 6. but willing to do good as their strength permits. Conscious reincarna tion by means of an avatar 15. T he state of these occult philosophies is the sublime or the absurd. Know ledge of transcendental truth and the only truth. Entrance into the elite of the truly wise.

282 THE STELLAR MAN 17. Freedom from Maya These powers place the Hermeticist on a much higher level than the ordinary and common man. for whatever reason. there is the sincerity of one who deceives himself and lives in the ill usion of a subjective world created especially for him. It is necessary to issue a warning that a great percentage of those practic ing magic fall completely into black magic. All sorcerers' apprentices are generally men who are asleep a nd programmed. At times. These are people who in their oneiric state have had the opportun ity. All his higher faculties are of a spiritual nature. in order to carry out their spe lls. which we can define in one of its as pects as the use and projection of the body's mass energy without having previously been deprogrammed. behind these per sonages. and are th e opposite of the worshippers or practitioners of astral magic who need not have awakened. This theory is gene rally then used to satisfy their base passions or to live the agreeable fiction of passing for extremely evolved and powerful beings. it will be impossible to adequately interpret or e valuate these Masters. One must take into account the purely spiritual condition of the Stellar Man. to gain access to Hermetic theory. and probably we will arrive at conclusions absolutely opp osite to the truth. eve n though we may be his close friend and he tells us his most secret thoughts and feelings. and for this reason it is hard to really know a Hermetic Master. To achieve the status of Stellar Man or Stellar Woman by means of genetic an d psychological mutation 18. . nor least of all become deprogrammed. From our position.

and ente rtain himself the same as any other person. On the other hand. On the contrary. rest. To understand this.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 283 "Black magic" is usually not that which kills and destroys. he must feed. there is no individual who is truly spiritual who has no access to the magical. he must suffer the same problems as any biological organism in a hostile environment. For this reason. as no one can go against the laws. Books on pseudo-occultism have given the wrong impression because they depict the initiate . From the moment he takes life in a material body. these phenomena take place in the lower astral realm and are related to the animal and passional part of the human bein g. It is not necessary to be spiritual to become a medium o r to have premonitions. on the contrar y. sleep. Magic without spirituality is always black magic. meekness. succeeding in having the spirit manifest through one's own brain. and they are used for its own dark designs. we must state that his higher qualities do not let him escape or elude material reality. and which have absolutely nothing t o do with spirituality. and love. from which the y have not been freed. it means. and one never reaches the spiritual by way of the magical. It is easy to understand that magical and spiritual are two absolutely different things. we must remember that spirituality does not mean adopting a spiri tual attitude of purity. as we have already stated . he must respect the laws of the All. but rather that whic h causes chaos and anarchy. we must necessarily consider parapsychology as the joining of p henomena involving the projection of energy. Its worshipers are used by the beast. Returning to the spiritual powers of the Hermeticist.

has revealed the truth to them. The Stellar Man is the possessor of truth. the Hermetic initiate possesses the secret of tra nsmutation. forgetti ng that perfection in matter does not exist. create or transform vital situ ations in order to alleviate problems which afflict him. Should this man keep silent forever and hide his knowledge? Or would it be his duty to help those who also desire to at tain knowledge of the truth? With full knowledge of the truth. Spiritual perfection is confused with the material. Imagine for a moment that someone could actually have access to absolute truth. we affirm that the Stellar Man possesses absol ute truth and that no one can reach the absolute without first being converted i nto a Stellar Man. but rather the organ of illusion and lies. although he could not take advantage of this know ledge since . Some great Masters affirm that when man lived i n Paradise. This occurs not because a speci al person. It is nece ssary to understand that sapiens does not possess the organ of truth. human or divine. or to help other people with their difficulties.284 THE STELLAR MAN as a fabulous being who needs no food or sleep and who spends most of his time o n the astral plane. only Stellar Men know absolute truth. Therefore. Many people are irritated when someone claims to possess absolute truth. he knew the truth. under certain circumstances. but because the spec ial cerebral and intellectual forms they have attained through genetic and psych ological mutation have enabled them to become aware of the naked truth which und er the trance-like conditions in which sapiens lives. and can. cannot be seen. deeming this an ac t of egocentrism and profound arrogance. Nevertheless. since matter is subject to constant transformation.

But he has the fundamental science. T here are three types of truth: â ¢ Absolute cosmic truth: knowledge of the mysteries of Na ture. Hermetic truths do not change in themselves. it is only necessary to know how to apply them differently in situations which are always changing.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 285 he did not evolve. the fact that Stellar Man possesses absol ute truth does not remotely mean he knows everything. he injected into him the organ of illusion so that he could reach the truth only by means o f a titanic effort of will and intelligence and not by divine grace. This means that man can reach knowledge of truth and further evolve as he now has a physica l body subject to transformation. When God punished man by driving him out of Eden. The absolute is that which never changes and always remains identical in its intrinsic nature. reaching union with the All who creates and sustains the universal illusi on. if he dedicates sufficient time t o this effort. To possess absolute truth means to have risen above the universal plan. Now. Specifically. he is aware of al l that he does not know. knowledge of the sev en Hermetic Principles â ¢ Specific absolute truth: absolute truth relative to a speci fic problem or situation â ¢ Relative truth: truth in the illusory world and a lie in rela tion to absolute truth It is from the point of view of relative truth that the wellknown aphorism arose which says that "nothing is truth or a lie." . which makes it poss ible to reach the knowledge of all he desires. In fact. all is according to the color of th e glass through which it is viewed.

286 THE STELLAR MAN The Stellar Man is happy. The ascetics who renounce worldly pleasures moved by in ternal convictions or impelled by their complexes. he feeds his beast and his spirit. His happiness is based on th e perfection. but who end up ensl aved to the Law of the Pen dulum. The world is full of unhappy people. Those who try to maintain a balance between the above two points. His beast is not perverse as mentioned in other chapters. which is the only thing that will truly satisfy him. thu s maintaining perfect stability. His conscious- . Th e Stellar Man loves all living creatures. he is awed by his own smallness. beauty. The Stellar Man is humble. harmony. but generally his ignorance lead s him to seek one of the following paths: 1. Those who constantly satisfy their beast without feeding the spirit 2. and when he compares hi mself with the immensity that surrounds him. He is per fectly aware of the enormous magnitude of his ignorance. however. who seek to satisfy their internal hunger but do not kn ow how to attain it. although he makes use of all that Nature offers. Each individual requires special food for his spirit. they devote thems elves to a spiritual search but do not obtain the happiness yearned for 3. but is a pure and natural beast. and stability of his internal world. His happiness. is not based on material thing s. which forces them alternatively from one path to another The Stellar Man reaches a perfect internal equilibrium and equally sa tisfies his spiritual and bestial hunger.

The Stellar Man constantly renews himself. and without considering his personal convenience. kills itself. becoming an avatar. that is. He receiv es stimuli and makes use of them. This is an extension of the Hermetic concept of "as abo ve. No one is capable of giving more love than he is. then being lu minously reborn. and when he learns the deepest motives o f men. which enables him to always think impersonally. A true sage is alway s just.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 287 ness is in everything and everything is within him. He possesses internal judg ment. genuinely self-generated. The Stellar Man lacks passions. This mysterious . emotional. so below. All his instinctive. This feeling of total unity makes him deeply aware of human nature. and when the time comes. and inte llectual manifestations are active." He knows the mystery of the Phoenix which is reborn from its own ashes. to judge without any perso nal bias. Like a giant star. This permits him to consciously reincarnate. and the Stellar Man is li ke a radiant sun." The Stellar Man is just and impartial. either returning to the material womb or taking charge of an already grown body. If his physical body dies. he finds it difficult to blame them for their mistakes. Every so often he modifies hi s standards of behavior to the point that someone observing him could state that "he has no standards of behavior. the same does not happen to his s piritual individuality which survives this destruction and takes possession of a nother physical body. but this does not oblige him to feel certain t hings or to become enslaved. He takes pleasure from what he enjoys. The Stellar Man is above death. he manufactures energy in himself via the t ransformation of matter. for loving is giving.

which may appear insignificant. The Stellar Man is beyond good and evil. and he generally complies with his civil duties and earns his living as does any other person. he will not tolerate superficiality. The common man must wait for things to happen. and therefore his opinion of the events in the world and its people differs consider ably from the usual ones. By being in contact with the higher plane of cause s. but only with those who possess internal substance. His spiritual powers do not ma ke him shun life. in this way. for the thing he calls chance to favor him. The Stellar Man is truly human. except if there are sp ecial qualities in a latent state. he himself places the causes he desires into motion in order to manifest conc rete effects in his own life or in the lives of others. The Stellar Man is absolutely indifferent to the opinions of others. he knows that under certain circumstances it is preferable to show a bad image as there will then be no possibility of being idolized. He is not at all concerned about the image he projects. At times he is very hard on those who have committed a n error. he comes to know who his most sincere friends really are. If .288 THE STELLAR MAN process occurs several times in the life of a Stellar Man within the same physic al body. When this doe s not happen. and on other occasions treats with kind ness those who in our opinion deserve the worst punishment. but his attitude is certainly never the result of a whim. The Stellar Man lives in the world of causes. No one knows his rea sons. Furthermore. He is friendly. he must be resigned to live with the effects of causes he is compl etely unaware of.

which is extremely difficult to cure. where a profound transf ormation that is not superficial takes place. Revolution indicates rotation. is able to live in peace. but if this is not possible. F ar from being insensitive. on the other hand. The Stellar Man may become ill and die like any other person. he can choose to be harder than a rock or a diamond. as this provokes a real illness of mental origin. T he greatest danger for him lies in the negative attitudes taken by other people he has helped at some time. and whose Karma he has absorbed. a cyclical repetition. he always tries to raise his companion to his level. or on the contrary. everything returns to what it was in the beginning. The Stellar Man rejects all that i mpedes the individual's freedom. he lives more intensely than most people. He believes that the individual himself must deserve to be free. The Stellar Man has n o political ideology. harmony. love with all his being. as his physical body is also subject to the law o f material transformation. he . if he so desires. He is a humanist whose desire is for all human beings to a ttain spiritual evolution. bu t with the passage of time. Evolution. Everything changes. Nevertheles s. in the majority of ca ses. and sho uld not expect it as a gift from society or God. means an ascending spiral.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 289 he marries. and love. Observe the difference between revolution and evoluti on. Nevertheless. he can transmute illness into health in a progressive and gradual manner. Recall that Jesus could not heal himself in spite of being the savior of mankind. but does not condone the irresponsible use of f reedom. Emotionally speaking. The Stell ar Man is not a hermit who keeps himself apart from the ups and downs of life.

he is human and divine.290 THE STELLAR MAN has exquisite sensitivity because his awareness encompasses a range of vibration s infinitely wider than that of the ordinary man. However." No one knows the sacrifice i t entails for an individual who has reached heaven to descend once again into th e dark world of mud. Every highly developed Hermetic initiate has a tremendous magnetic irradiation which surrounds his body like a sphere of ener gy. It is for this reas on that the Stellar Man lives in heaven but has his feet on the earth. The Stellar Man knows the secrets o f universal magnetism. crucified. for every authentic Mast er is. It is as if he could play a pi ano with an immense keyboard with thousands of different notes. . his introversion is due to the extraordina ry richness of his internal world. symbolic of Christ. or for the one who ha s assumed the responsibility of transmitting knowledge. but not selfishly so. and is the extension of his mental power. and this permits him to vitalize himself and project his consciousness to his surroundings. he would even tually degenerate as his virtue would encounter no obstacle. for if the individual were to be permanently in heaven. The Stellar Man is introverted. this action obeys the true wisdom of the Polarity Principle. As we hav e already stated. His consciousness is so rich that it is painf ul for him to leave that veritable heaven to perform in this material world. he is an inhabitant of two worlds. in a certain manner. Thi s is especially painful for the Master of Hermetic wisdom. he lives simultaneously in heaven and on earth. There is a Hermetic-R osicrucian axiom which says that "it is necessary to decrucify Christ (the 'Supe rior I') to crucify the heart (emotional egotism).

But once he does this. This circuit gives him no benefit or evolution. If we had to put this in a sin gle aphorism. the long road walked by the human beast who always remain s in the same place. achieving the wisdom of one who accustoms himself neither to the light nor d arkness. alternately pol arizing and depolarizing himself. This teaching makes it possible to understand why "God is everywhere. but with consi derable evolution. a perfect equilibrium is maintain ed. he must suffer all kinds of trials and diverse experiences to finally reach a union with the whole. and naturally. As an example of this. we would say that the sincerest desire of one who has fallen is to reach heaven. In this way. The Stellar M an practices the secret of the evolutionary circle. the strongest impulse of one who has reached heave n is to de- . But what a dif ference." as his irradiation fills the entire universe. where the protagonist fights tireless ly for a long time in order to become separated from the human horde and attain his own individuality. It is said that Jesus Christ possessed a powerf ul magnetic sphere that engulfed the entire Earth. We have already referred to the circle of the ass. what an infinite abyss separates the Siddhartha in the beginning from t he sage at the end: evolution had been completed.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 291 This sphere of magnetic energy occupies a space and corresponds in size to the i nitiate's spiritual development. where the initiate oscillates between Earth and heaven. and that this had an enormous influence on the human race. On the cont rary. the "evolutionary circle" consists of the wise handling of the Polarity Pr inciple. His long journeys always take him to the starting point. we will cite the process so beautifull y described by Herman Hesse in Siddhartha.

Hermeticism maintai ns that parapsychological qualities merely represent the displacement and projection of mass energy. the Hermeticist considers many of sapiens' att itudes as immoral. As we have already stated. therefore. cerebral programming through the media . Irresponsibility. apathy . perhaps those who did not conform to it would be punished. emotional blackmail. Celestial morals are absolute and invariable within the flexibility of internal judgment. blind conformism. which in - . The power of the Stellar Man does not emanate from his third eye. abuse of power. The Stellar Man has his own morals. self-pity. furthermore.292 THE STELLAR MAN scend to earth. the better chance of success h e has. the more bestial the individual. For this reason parapsychological qualities work better when the individu al is experiencing strong instinctive or emotionally passionate states. hypocrisy. cannibalism would be considered perfectly moral and correc t. If one day a cannibalistic cultur e should be dominant. and glorification and applause are only a few of the immoral attitudes and cus toms of sapiens. Again we must meditate on the Revolt of the Angels by Anatole Fr ance. Celestial morals are different from th e morals of terrestrial man. Hermetic ethics are on an infinitely higher level than the acco mmodating rules of conduct of the common man. we do not mean the y are rigid. Nor does he possess parapsychological abilities. nor from chakras or the Kundalini. On the other hand. When we state that the morals of the Stellar Man do not vary. In spite of constant transformation they remain intact in their ess ential nature. while terrestrial morals accommodate them selves to the customs of the dominant culture. and.

without hidden c orners or attitudes of any kind. The Stell ar Man may have great material problems in his earthly life. natural. Nevertheless." He helps to the limit of his strength. as his enormous dif ference in level from other people makes them instinctively look at him with a l ack of confidence and fear upon perceiving a strange power they cannot classify. but "is careful to whom. he will always end up as a conqueror. in spite of the fact that the Hermetic ist can fail in some things. Persecution and economic failure may turn into serious obstacles for the Hermet icist. cheatin g. There is no spiritual merit in this. this experience will never oppress him. His sincer- . Th e Stellar Man can be a difficult person to understand. hypocrisy. that he is absolutely genuine. he helps two or three more times. The power of the Hermeticist emanates fro m a spiritual force. the domination of his passions. truly merit help. but only for those who. He believes that helpi ng those who lack merit means to truly harm them. whose "kingdom is not of this world" and whose skills are not outstanding on this earth where social and economic success are for those who possess a spe cific psychological makeup. If the support offered is wast ed or not fully utilized. or the most agreeable per son in the world. and from the rectitude of his intentions. in his estimation. and authentic. from purity. from the subli mation of his animal energy. and falseness. it is only unconscious sorcery.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 293 tensify or multiply the radiation of mass energy. it is a shock to some individuals who are friendly with a Stel lar Man. but then no more. and if he s trives sufficiently. As he is used to living in a world of lies. The Stellar Man does good works.

and one who has beco me an individual and has a very clear sense of his duty toward mankind. after his mutation into a Stellar Man is accomplished. his studies of the mysteries of the Universe never cease. Neverthele ss. for they can never be completely known.294 THE STELLAR MAN ity may be unbearable for those who hide beneath the countless masks of the pers onality. We understand that there are individuals wh o have personally failed. and endeavor to fuse their undesirable "I" with that o f the collective of the mass. "when he eats. it is necessary to differentiate between an individual whose egotism lea ds him to blind individualism that is dangerous to society. he is nothing more than one of the elements forming a circuit which i n turn is part of the great machine. But there is also an opportunity to emancipate and develop a "Superior I" to reach complete fulfillment and maturity. he eats. and when he rests." He is not a perfect being and does not aspire to be one. he rests. when he speaks. he is really only an appendage of t he masses. he has ended his ascension to Mount Olympus. he endeavors to reach only relative perfection. The following phrase explains the natural simplicity of the actions of the Stellar Man. To understan d this. and is one more inhabitant of the sac red mountain. However. he speaks. when he thinks. a semigod who does not as yet desire absolute divinity. It may be thought that this path is much too individualist ic for an era in which the world is moving faster each day toward collective str uctures. For those with this view. as we have already expl ained. it needs to be pointed out that if a person d oes not first acquire his own individuality. as absolute perfection do es not exist. he thinks. Only one who .

o ne who has not first achieved his own individual existence can do nothing for the world and its people. Conversely. he is in condition to he lp others in the only truly efficient way: teaching them to live wisely.THE LIFE AND POWERS OF THE STELLAR MAN 295 has reached freedom can have a true collective consciousness. while at the same time retaining full freedom and autonomy without handing over his brain to any c onqueror. For this same reason sapiens endeavors to join movements which do not demand any thinking or decision-making. . What a difference there is between being incorporated into mankind bec ause of an inability to be free. One who is not. when the H ermeticist has reached his complete individual stature. since thi s involves the only thing an animal within a flock cannot possess: intelligent i ndividuality. From the philosophical point of view. and joining up with humanity after having attai ned freedom! It is interesting to consider that sapiens fears freedom. inst ead of transferring it to social groups. has nothing to give. On the contrary. the Hermetic path oblige s the individual to take the responsibility of his life into his own hands.


When they obtain their de sires and continue to be as unhappy as before. the individual realizes that he has not a ttained happiness. they will be happy. those moments have been f ollowed by others of pain. they become 297 . The happiness h e seeks slips from his hands and only the passing joy of a moment of pleasure re mains. Understanding of this phenomenon generally converts the individual into a materialistic cynic whose main belief is that "things must be enjoyed while it is possible as after this life there is no other. and internal emptiness." This really is the goal most sought after by people: "to have a good time. for even if he has had a good time. people think they are lacking something specific in their lives which will make them ha ppy. Generally. little by little. suffering. w ith experience and as the years go by." Nevertheless. and that when they obtain it.XVIII GENERAL OVERVIEW T hrough the study of Hermeticism we can see how sapiens loses the best in his lif e by not being able to obtain really lasting values for himself.

the cold reality is that the individual is not the owner of anything. unless he is certain that what he possesses will endure. beyond subsistence. but we must consider that gaining nothing for ones elf is just as foolish. what he can keep indefinitely.298 THE STELLAR MAN more materialistic and unfeeling every day. wealth . which is. or knowledge obtained. There is nothing more daunting than ta king stock of what has been gained in life. suffering. Nevertheless. and even in this case he does no t know when this mandate will expire. than excessive selfishness. enjoy ment. the individual only gets out of life. beyond death. or what one has done for his fellow men. To give everythi ng away for the air we breathe and for the food and well-being necessary to keep the body alive may be very romantic and poetic. the fruit of life. family. his material possessions. or deliver themselves over to an unr eal philosophical or religious mysticism. Eternal in this case is meant in the . or more so. "What have I obtained from life? Is it sufficient just to go along with what life brings? Do I really possess what I believe I have obtained . after all. for himself. Everyone should ask himself. or will it vanish tomorrow like a soap bubble?" Many may think that this kind of reasoning is very selfish. as this represents eternal slavery. Obtaining someth ing for oneself means having a purpose in life. but is extremely inconvenient. The naive person can easily fill the credit column with his professional titles. it means taking possession of so mething intimate and personal. In truth. Under ordinary circumstances he can only make a l ist of the things life has given him to handle.

and only speak from hearsay or prejudice. Some are intellectually proud and use their reasoning to discredit Hermeticism." Ma ny people laugh at Hermeticism. they draw a l ine in advance. systems. . and will accept no reason of their own or of others that is not within this line. but leaning towards what flatters their state of mind. It is hoped that those who reason that way are absolutely and completely certain of their reasoning. They never allow anyone to contradict or discredit them. but are really dreaming â ¢ Those who blindly imita e. Thi s can be verified from dreams. but generall y none of them have had any direct experience in the matter. for during an instant of time. is really unending.GENERAL OVERVIEW 299 cosmic sense of time. and it is for this reason that in thirty terrestrial sec onds one may dream the summary of a whole lifetime. or institutions to avoid th inking for themselves â ¢ Those whose passions take the place of reason. We must not forget that the main part of the individual's reasoning generally co nsists of finding a reason to continue believing what he already believes. vanity. the individual has access to cosmic time. and do not fall into any of the foll owing categories of flawed critical thinking: â ¢ Those who believe themselves awake. occultism. from birth to death. placing implicit faith in other peo ple. which compared to the terrestrial. our ideas have bel onged to us from time immemorial and we are un aware of how these ideas are subt ly insinuated into our brain. and all things esoteric. This sa me concept can also be applied to the "eternal torment of the fires of hell. or interest â ¢ Those that adore their own ideas as sacred images.

o r actions are always compulsive. Ideas. It is sufficient to analyze individual motivation in depth to understand that everythi ng takes place under internal or external pressure. â ¢ The internal nature of the human being has not appreciably evolved during the course of history. arguing that they do as they please. feelings. they are never born from an act of superior and free reasoning. . Here are some of these refl ections: â ¢ Science does not bring true happiness to the human being. â ¢ The human species has no one with whom to compare it self. â ¢ Man has no knowledge of the greater portion of his internal na ture. and technology. Nevertheless. o r were we obliged to do them in spite of ourselves? Did we desire a certain thin g. They do not realize that they desire what the central computer makes them desire. were these things done by our own desires.300 THE STELLAR MAN Others will blindly deny their possible dependence on a central computer. The usual reason for upholding the idea of one's own freedom co nsists in the argument of showing a long list of all things accomplished in life . only animals. it should be asked. it only provides comfort . or were we obliged to desire it? There are a few very simple reflections. they have no point of reference for their own worth or their real positi on in the cosmic scale. impulses. whi ch should lead any individual who meditates on them to reach the conclusion that sapiens' scale of values is tremendously distorted. pleasure. â ¢ Intelligence does not develop or form content in a per son. the refore.

We attempt to encourage a person. there will be no possibi lity of real evolution. It is necessary to consider that Hermeticism is not solely dedicated to showing how bad sapiens is. a nd is absolutely unproductive. awakening them from their somnambulistic lethargy. In truth. and that it is sufficient to sacrifice oneself by serving mankind in orde r to obtain everything. While an individual beli eves that all is well and that he himself is very well. Pointing out the real position of sapiens as a small animal of little importance in the face of u niversal grandeur. and whose only value is that he possesses the divine spark. They believe that progress is attained by a kind of contact with heaven or with the occult p owers. there are many so deeply asleep that suffering only further brutalizes them. or how insignificant he is. There are many who have a purely devotional attit ude toward Hermeticism. T he object of suffering is to awaken the individual's consciousness.GENERAL OVERVIEW 301 Each person must reach his own conclusions on these thoughts. but that it has a well-defined plan for the human race. to see the unbarred cell in which he lives. thinking that it is sufficient to be very spiritual to p rogress along the path. This is the reason why many mystics suddenly feel spirit ual restlessness after having gone through tremendously painful experiences whic h came as a positive shock. as this is the only way that the desire to escape will be born in him. through reflection. the great disadvantage of Hermeticism lies in the . h as a creative and not a destructive objective. and that these spiritual individuals (according to their own opinion) will be the best prepared to ascend to higher levels. Nevertheless .

for example. Another enormous obstacle for people is that it is necessary to work very ha rd as Hermeticism is the path of self-salvation. The fabulous unicorn. Professional occu ltists or eternal students of esotericism live in the hopes of one day finding s omeone who will open their third eye. and if the student does not devel op his intelligence and awareness to the required levels. For them we would say that the third eye only gives t hem a vision of the human being's energy projections without even remotely offer ing them any spiritual progress or advancement. we must mention the purely symbolic nature of the supposed operation of the opening of the third ey e. believing that on earth. represents what we ar e referring to. one does not wish to save himself. everything is just as it seems. or to be saved by magi c or by the crew of flying saucers. and out of laziness and indolen ce. in the belief that therein re sides all magical secrets. People prefer to be saved by Christ even if this should only be a figment of their deluded brains. Nothing is farth er from the truth. it is easy to unfold with an . under which Lobsang Rampa hid the true mystery of what the Hindus call Maya V irrupa. whose most approximate translation is the path of illusion. the mythical animal with a horn on its forehead. One of the reasons people do not make a deci sion to save themselves is because they have no idea what they have to be saved from.302 THE STELLAR MAN fact that it is the path of pure intelligence. Much has been made of unfolding in the belief that co ntrol of this indicates a higher degree of spiritual evolution. Furthermore. One who wants to act with his third eye must develop a horn in t he middle of his forehead. no evolution is possib le.

attraction and repulsion. which is uniting earth with heaven. in heaven and on earth. The real importance of unfolding is something we have spoken little about. . there is e ven more likelihood to deceive ourselves upon using such difficult and restricte d faculties. It is thus that the Herm eticist rises above himself upon becoming divided into two persons. are really true or only mirages of cosmic ether. It must not be believed that this experience produces an average without differentiation." It is said that in this way the Hermeti cist obtains the power of powers. simultaneously. this gives absolute understanding and experience of each of these states with out the negative repercussions which good or evil extremes may produce. the individual will be sad and happy at the same time. Unfolding is no more than a dangerous exercise and is extremely fatiguing. Pleasure and pain. If we can so frequently deceiv e ourselves in the physical world using the senses we freely control. If this can be understood. Of this st ate we will describe just one phenomenon which is very curious and incomprehensi ble to the ordinary individual. both of whic h simultaneously have "their eyes open. serenity a nd agitation. so below" confirms this fact. and life and death are experienced at th e same time. We must add that i t has never been known if the visions that the operator sees when unfolded. This consists of being con scious simultaneously on two planes: physical and spiritual. The eternal aphorism "as above. and that is to simultaneously perceive two extre mes.GENERAL OVERVIEW 303 extract of cannabis indica without any spiritual merit whatsoever. or w ith his third eye. On the contrar y. and which could be called Hermetic unfolding.

one of the easiest things to attain is what is commonly called second sight. and vigorous process of self-fulfillment. sustained. except perhaps an intense creative euphoria that has nothing to do with spiritual progress. in classic occultism the se are called astral shells. without stopping to think whether it is really beneficial to them or not . they are the bestial principles of individuals whic h survive for some time after death. believing them to be the fundamental pillar of spiritua l fulfillment. We must understand that true evo lution cannot be improvised in any way. and that no one in the Universe can atta in it without a slow.304 THE STELLAR MAN When we mention this. Upon becoming a medium. To attain second sight it is sufficient to become a medium a nd endeavor to develop mediumistic faculties. the in dividual becomes clairvoyant very rapidly. The truth is that no benefit would be gained by a person through this touted awakening of Kundalini. Traditionally. easily done by means of the collec tive suggestion which takes place during seances. The medium is taken over by these "astral shells" and they project into his imagination all that th ey themselves have seen in . but rather "sensed." Admirers of Yoga give tremendous importance to Ku ndalini and the Chakras. As an example. For this we will give the method. as he is possessed by what we may cal l controlling spirits of a lower nature. producing a type of vampirism. and which need to absorb and feed on magnet ic energy from living beings. There are those who pursue magical powers such as clairvoyance with tremendous persev erance. it is not with the intention that this should be easily un derstood. although we honestly trust that no one will use it.

" However. In a short wh ile. they do not understand that beyond a certain limit there is nothing their money can buy. and for which they will most certainly receive a pri ze from the Lords of Destiny . believ ing he has something to sell. they believe they have attained the pinnacle of their ambitions. for the first time in their lives. There was an interesting case of an ex-medium who managed to infiltrate a new group of peopl e who did not believe in spiritualism. they charge a high price for their work. One of the comforting things in life is to contemplate t he exceptions to this rule. and that the effort of retaining their possessions consumes all t heir energy. alleging that there is nothing their money cannot buy. How many modern Croesus types are unable to acquire a new stomach a t any price. despising the philosopher. five or six of the group were seeing things similar to this. Unfortunately. not even mater ial pleasures. This is an example of magnetic contagion. Many who have attained power or great riches scoff at spiritual things. Protected by their wealth. He related to them his spectacular vision s during which there appeared prehistoric beings who spoke to him. generally ending up co ntracting leukemia or some other ailment which science cannot cure. one that will enable them to again enjoy gastronomic pleasures.GENERAL OVERVIEW 305 the "world of the dead. as in the case of those who use their wealth for tru ly significant social work. or perhaps are unable to restore their worn out sexual energy in order to possess t he woman they desire? It is ironic that they cannot enjoy what the most humble l aborer is able to have. as th ey absorb the energy of the medium who is left exhausted.

philoso phers. It is true that by means of good works the sins of th e individual are forgiven. like all that exists. are considered absolutely responsible. the third has a lot of responsibility. I t is necessary to point out that Hermetic science. that of t he second category slightly higher.306 THE STELLAR MAN in a future reincarnation. In itself it is neutral. It is necessary to clarify that. and leaders â ¢ The initiates The occult judges punish the individual according to his responsibility. and the occult judges who judge and punish people according to their individu al responsibility. and that in their . bu t some of its rules may become known and used erroneously. there is the Law of Cause and Effec t. group them into four categories: â ¢ The illiterate human masses â ¢ The middle class â ¢ The great scientists. and t he fourth. sin as it is commonly known does not exist. the initiates. as it is beyond good or evil. for the Hermeticist. It is for this reason that white magic and black magic are always differentiated as we have already m entioned in previous pages. This penalty may even be the violent p hysical elimination of the individual or being demoted in future incarnations. Therefore. shou ld they stray from the correct path. outstanding ionals. as they have acted with their eyes open. may be used for good or evil. they receive the worst possible punishment. They co nsider the responsibility of the first category to be practically nil.

one is constructive and the other destructive. It is thus that "machismo " and "matriarchy" are merely forms of unconscious emotional vampirism. but for the spel l to be successful. The truth is th at there are black magicians in the worst sense of the word. Alexandra David -Neel relates in one of her books on Tibet the horrible case of some indescribab ly ancient priests who stayed alive by feeding on live men who had to die slowly in a special sarcophagus. Hermetic tradition maintains t hat these beings really exist and that many of them live hundreds of years by dr inking fresh blood extracted from humans. In contrast to stellar. who. It is a fact that many people practice unconscious vampi rism at another level and absorb the energy of others. In reality. we could perhaps correctly call them abysmal. vampirize their competitors whom they gradually abso rb until they are ruined and destroyed.GENERAL OVERVIEW 307 manifestations. Count Dracula is not a simple fantasy. Speaking of black magicians reminds one of a tale like A Thousand and One Nights. Many of t hese black magicians know the strangest secrets to resist death. who are in reality the most ferocious enemies of the Stellar Men. moving all kinds of forces and people in order to attack them. they had to slowly rot to death. this had to be done willingly. Vampirism is such an . on top of the remains of others who had died before i n that same place. being convinced by the priest s of the extraordinary and decisive spiritual merit of a supreme confrontation w ith death. guided by animal instinct. Within t he realm of this subject it is interesting to consider certain businessmen. obtaining the vitality necessary to re store their own system.

308 THE STELLAR MAN extensive subject that we expect to cover it more in detail in a future book. The most important of these is the rhythm of superior awareness. we maintain that the best hope of salvation lies in the possibility of scientifically establishi ng our theory of people's levels of consciousness. they remain hidden beneath absolutel y different appearances. They would absolutely guarantee a world free from wars. with an equal opportunity for all. The day this discovery becomes a scientific reality. It is underst ood that those possessing the higher levels would be the group which would guide mankind. human beings must undoub tedly be grouped according to "levels of consciousness. the result of Hermetic work upon themselve s. It is probable that in this way a scale of one to ten will be established in which 1 would represen t the highest state of awareness among people. Perhaps in the near future important advances and discoveries will occur in the field of measurement of yet undiscovered cerebral rhythms. It would have to . as everyone would be able to clim b the scale of awareness and some day reach level one. for this sy stem to be justified and accepted by people. it would necessarily have to carry much more weight and scientific authority than the current system of measuring h uman intelligence. and 10. Nevertheless. delinquency. the lowest. Th e world is unaware of the terrible battles waged between stellar and abysmal men . a nd poverty. which appears in people possessing a high level of awareness. With respect to the future of mankind. Just as with most truly important things." Social and intellectual classes will disappear to give way to degrees of awareness.

simple men. Men who previously were great leaders might be releg ated to the lowest categories upon verifying. Many people believe. and spiritual perfection. We would be very surprised to find that the majority of individuals who previously were known as superior beings d ue to their great intelligence would be classified under number 5 after measurin g their level of awareness. their absolute lack of a state of superior alertness and internal judgment. with minimal culture and a very elemental intelligence would possib ly occupy the highest positions. and the basis of it would have to be made known in si mple language so that the entire world could understand it. the only discovery capable of guaranteeing the future and happiness of the human race to a certain extent. In the last instance.GENERAL OVERVIEW 309 be the obvious result of an absolutely clear scientific verification of the theo ry of levels of awareness. which is the very c ondition from which a high level of consciousness is derived. true sages. at first this would cause treme ndous problems among the disqualified people. However. this cerebral examination to determine the level of awareness would establish the degree of the individua l's spiritual age. We guarantee that th is discovery would be the greatest that man has ever invented during his existen ce on earth. translated into concepts of evolution. wisdom. based on ancient prophecies or interpreta tion of supposed messages contained in the pyramids or ancient documents. possessors of a high level of awareness and very clear i nternal judgment. that t he world will come to . without any doubt. It is thus that the world could be governed by an Advisory Committee of Spiritua l Ancients. On the other hand.

thus signifying a new dawn for Mankind. Any catastrophe predicted for the near future could be annulled by a decisive or important upheaval in the behavior and spiri tual life of the human being. and telluric phenomena. as a result of a great catastrophe. emotional. as in any circumstance which pret ends to predict the future. Thus. vegetable and an imal life. to a very important extent. instinctive. as Sodom a nd Gomorrah were destroyed because of the extreme perversion of their inhabitant s. possibly of stell ar origin. the climate. In this respect. and psychological states. Disregarding the truth or error of these prophecies.310 THE STELLAR MAN an end in the near future. We hope that in the nearest possible future. . the planet Earth is influenced in its interstellar relations by mankind's men tal. The behavior and characte r of people influence. we consider the human being as the great determining factor of these phenomena. the sc ientific measurement of "levels of consciousness" will become a reality for huma nity. the Hermeticist is more interested in creating the f uture than in predicting it.

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