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An essay donated by Natasa Pantovic Nuit.

Spiritual evolution.
The I Ching, Kabbalah, Tarot, Yogi, etc.

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Spiritual Evolution:

We often hear that the spiritual paths are many but that they all lead to the same goal: the same One, the same Indefinite Eternal Divine Consciousness.

Symbolically represented by a Spiral, this is the expansion from one point in the center of Self / Atman / Soul to the infinity of Universe, vastness of Brahman, or all-encompassing Tao.  The Mystics, the Magi initiates, all over our planet, the guardians of the oracle mysteries, gurus, saints acquired deep knowledge of the laws of the spiritual world and their interaction with the sense world.  They devoted their lives to decipher the spiritual forces behind the forces of nature and to learn how to control the elements. 

The philosophers and the yogis of ancient India related to the world in the way they would relate to an illusion (they called it Maya).  Within the science of yoga, the science of God and Soul is completely integrated with the science of mind, and body.  The way we breathe influences the world around us, our perception of the worldly phenomena, our happiness.  The flexibility of our spine influences our health and wellbeing.  And finally the way we think, feel or meditate influences our current incarnation and the incarnations to come.  

Patanjali, within his Yoga Sutras, ‘Kingly Science of the Soul’, gives a foundation of Yoga, mapping the step by step rules, tools, methods, to make a man perfect, leading  him or her from an average person, through to initiates, to a master yogi.  A yogi aims to free herself from moods, longings, desires, and emotional reactions that are ruling the life of an average person and is at peace.

For the philosophers of ancient Babylonia and Greece the sense world was not considered an illusion. 

In the search for Divine, they turned towards beauty and towards art.  Within their myths and legends they created such a marvel of archetypes that every detail became an expression of the spiritual.  In mysterious ways the wisdom of the initiates poured into artists, poets, and thinkers.  Through their art-works they awakened powers of thoughts and feelings that are not directly stimulated by the spiritual world and yet were amazingly Divine.  They turned towards the Lady Science and thanks to Her Majesty we are now able to manipulate the sound, the light, and all the elements and their manifestation.

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Chinese mystics, philosophers, and sages created I Ching that symbolically reflects the universe in miniature.  The book is at the heart of Confucian thought and Taoism, and is a common tool amongst the fortune tellers, Feng Shui experts, and various healers, and priests that use it as a divination text and guiding tool to execute their profession. 

The I Ching starts with the hexagrams Qian (heaven) and Kun (earth).  When heaven and earth are manifested, the whole of creation comes into being.  Qian is masculine, its symbol is the dragon.  Kun is feminine and it represents earth, its symbol is the horse.  Earth creates the world and the whole of creation counts on it for nurture and growth. 

Kabbalah is an esoteric teaching, and a science exploring the metaphysical principles of the universe.  It is based on a principal that any action and object from either the micro or macro world is controlled by the spiritual forces. 

Kabbalah attempts to understand these spiritual forces, to know their nature and properties.  Within the basic structure of the Tree of Life we find the ten Sefirots, each corresponding to a divine quality.  The Sefirots divide into masculine and feminine forces, and are a blue-print of all the cosmic and human phenomena.  The Sefirots are linked together in a precise relationship and governed by the three divine principles: balance - Will; expansion – Mercy; and contraction - Justice.

The Tarot is used as a symbolic reflection of the Tree of Life, a remarkable repository of esoteric knowledge and a powerful tool for many spiritual and psychological explorations.

To a Chinese master, a Yogi, and a Kabbalist Mystic, the earth is a field of activity that is constantly transformed, so that it carries an imprint of human will.  

And just as God is hidden, so are the inner secrets of Her divine message. We read about them, hear them uttered, but we can’t possibly comprehend them if we do not have a direct experience of their truth.  That is why to be able to hear our souls, understand our sub-conscious mind, we use meditation, we use rituals, symbols and signs, and dreams.  The mystics of our past help us in this quest.  From Zarathustra, to Pythagoras, from Lao Tzu, to Buddha and Christ, they all carry the keys to the secrets of the most varied mysteries.

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About this essay:

It is taken from the Artof4elements web portal. The site contains a wealth of information about various Self-Development topics.  Exploring the Alchemy of Human Being, we examine Human Brain and Mind Power, tools to increase Creative Thinking, and ways to achieve Free Mind.  From Hindu to Buddhist, Christian to Tao, all across centuries, all across the planet, covering ancient and contemporary philosophers and gurus, the writings are inspired by Life, Love, Alchemy, Tantra, God.  The alchemy of this mixture is there to keep me inspired and to inspire you to further create, going back to Life re-newed, shining Love.

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Originally written: 2013-APR-08
Latest update: 2013-APR-08
Natasa Pantovic Nuit
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