“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”—Ephesians 2:13
The All for the All
Not only is there no reference to the shed blood of our LORD and Saviour,
Jesus Christ, in Brother Lawrence’s, “Practicing the Presence of God,” but in
the First Letter, there is a reference to the occult, pagan, mystical, “the All”.
Excerpt from Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
“Having found in many books different methods of going to God and diverse practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve rather to puzzle me than facilitate what I sought after, which was nothing but how to become wholly God’s. This made me resolve to give the all for the All.”
Part 2, and Part 3 will discuss the roots of “the All” that Lawrence mentioned. In Part 1, it was said that Brother Lawrence spent time in the desert like the Desert Fathers. You may remember the Desert Fathers were ascetics and mystics—the definitions of the terms you can read on my 2000 Year 6 A post. This post will add some terms to that list.
“The All (also called The One, The Absolute, The Great One, The Creator, The Supreme Mind, The Supreme Good, The Father, and The Universal Mother) is the Hermetic or panentheistic view of God, which is that everything that is, or at least that can be experienced, collectively makes up The All…the All can also seen to be androgenous, possessing both masculine and feminine qualities…”
In Hermetic religion the supreme Deity, or Principle, is referred to variously as ‘God’, ‘The All’, or ‘The One’. Many Hermeticists also align their beliefs and mystical ideas with other religions, “Christianity”, Buddhism, Judaism, mainstream Paganism, or Islam. Many hold that all great religions have equivalent mystical truths at their core, and that all religions share an understanding of esoteric tenets with Hermeticism.
Hermeticism encompasses both panentheism and Monistic-polytheism within its belief system, which teaches that there is The All, or one “Cause”, of which we, and the entire universe, are all a part. These beliefs are claimed to have come from Egypt…
The All and reality
In the Hermetic belief system, all is in the mind of The All. Hermeticism acknowledges that there exist many gods, but that these deities, along with all other beings, exist within, and are created by, The ALL…
Hermes Trismegistus (Greek: “thrice-great Hermes”; Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth…
Hermetic Qabalah is a Western esoteric and mystical tradition. It forms the underlying philosophy and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn and Thelemic orders, mystical societies such as the Builders of the Adytum and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age…
It draws on a great many influences, most notably: Jewish Kabbalah, Western astrology, tarot, alchemy, pagan religions (especially Egyptian and Greco-roman), neoplatonism, gnosticism, the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee, hermeticism, rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and tantra…
As above, so below
Hermes Trismegistus’s axiom, “As Above, So Below” is a key metaphysical concept that is captured in various forms in addition to Hermes’ Emerald Tablet. These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they come from Hermetic texts…
Unio Mystica is a term meaning ‘Mystical Union’ describing the concept common to all mystical traditions—Kabbalah, Sufism, Vedanta, Esoteric Christianity…A common theme in mysticism is that the mystic and all of reality are One…The state of oneness has many names depending on the mystical system: Illumination, Union (Christianity), Irfan (Islam), Nirvana (Buddhism), Moksha (Jainism), Samadhi (Hinduism), to name a few…
Mysticism is from the Greek mystikos—an initiate of the Eleusinian Mysteries; mysteria meaning “initiation” is the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight.
The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Begun in the c. 1500 BC, they later spread to Rome. The rites, cultist worships, and beliefs were kept secret, as initiation was believed to unite the worshipper with the gods and included promises of divine power…
“…For example, only initiates knew what the kiste, a sacred chest, and the kalathos, a lidded basket, contained. The contents, like so much about the Mysteries, are unknown. However, one researcher writes that this Cista (“kiste”) contained a golden mystical serpent, egg, a phallus and possibly also seeds sacred to Demeter.
Some traditions and philosophies with strong elements of mysticism
Bahá’í Faith, The Fourth Way, Ghost Dance (Nineteenth Century Native American), Gnosticism (“Christian”), Hesychasm (Eastern Orthodox), Kabbalah (“Judaism”, “Christianity”, Occult), Mormonism, Mystery religions, National mysticism, Nazi mysticism, Occult, Religious Society of Friends, The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception (Rosicrucian), Sufism (Islam), Taoism, Theistic Satanism, Thelemic mysticism (Thelema), Tibetan Buddhism, Transcendentalism (Unitarianism), Vedanta (Hinduism), Yoga (Hinduism), Zen (Buddhism).
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”—Hebrews 11:6
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
“—Acts 17:30, 31