Hermetic Self-Observation

Self-Observation — A Hermetic Practice

The following excerpt is a Hermetic teaching on self-observation and self-knowledge, speaking to practising having control over oneself both physically and psychologically.

Self-Observation — A Hermetic Practice

Hermes Trismegistus, also known as the Egyptian god Thoth, is said to be the author of the Corpus Hermeticum, a series of instructional fragments of sacred esoteric teachings used and studied through the ages by various initiates and mystery schools.

The following excerpt is a Hermetic teaching on self-observation and self-knowledge, speaking to practising having control over oneself both physically and psychologically.

It was taken from Manly P. Hall’s translation of a fragment attributed to the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus called Poimandres, The Vision of Hermes:

“I will not permit the evil senses to control the bodies of those who love me, nor will I allow evil emotions and evil thoughts to enter them. I become as a porter or doorkeeper, and shut out evil, protecting the wise from their own lower nature. But to the wicked, the envious and the covetous, I come not, for such cannot understand the mysteries of Mind; therefore, I am unwelcome. I leave them to the avenging demon that they are making in their own souls, for evil each day increases itself and torments man more sharply, and each evil deed adds to the evil deeds that are gone before until finally evil destroys itself. The punishment of desire is the agony of unfulfillment.”

~ The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall, Poimandres, The Vision of Hermes (source).

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  • I can really recommend looking into something called Alkuajatus – The Original Thought, it takes the observation of selfhood to a level unlike anything I’ve read before, and I’ve read a lot. No beliefs, nice but empty words or products of the imagination, just clear and functional knowledge with which you can open the door to your inner reality and there find all the answers you’ve ever wanted to find.

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