The times require the cooperation of all, and we offer a way which is safe, swift, direct, towards the overcoming of one’s own moral, psychic, spiritual and biological states…Certainly the Catholic Church if it wanted to, without contradicting itself, could in modern times begin the second part of the mission, that of presenting the other face of Christianity, its esotericism, or, if you want, “Christicism according to an archeosophical vision”. If once the great Clement of Alexandria stated “I keep certain things under silence, by a willful choice, for fear of writing things which I have even avoided saying….I would not give a sword to a child… (Stromata I, 1,14,3), well, today the Church could break, albeit cautiously, this useless and harmful silence….today it seems that the moment has come for us to speak, at least to a certain extent…Man on an earthly level has a thirst for truth, knowledge, freedom, total love and the spirit of self-preservation. The same human bveing when he has the proof of his own survival, with all the implied consequences, then he will want to defend at all costs this survival in the best possible conditions, not as a wandering and confused spirit, now in a fleshly body in this world and now in the immense cosmic ocean of the Hereafter, but as a personal, deified I, which a the end of its days can depart safe and tranquil, not as an astronaut, but as a Theonaut, to land in the kingdom of Heaven where God has been waiting for Him always…
He cites Ecclesiastes 12:6 as proof that man has a “subtle body” (also cited by George Heart):
Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed…
Hell is a real possibility for most humans.
He who dies impure and not used to the scenery of the states after death, enters a world where he will be forced to experience the fears, the sufferings ad the desolation of limbo, of purgatory and of hell. In this new world an din its state of consciousness, even though the permanence is not eternal but transitory it is still full of risks, of dismay, and may give the impression of eternity. The risks consist of bewilderment, anguish, confusion and the inability to find the way leading to the Light of God. And then he will flee towards a new reincarnation as a way of escape, after a crisis between the states of sleep, dream, the frightening and accusing visions. Nor is there hope of being saved by the absolution and sacramental assistance of a priest, for those who have recourse to him, driven by fear of a divine punishment. Even though this help is a form of Initiation at the point of death, the dying person must have a preliminary religious preparation, both ordinary and extraordinary, exoteric and esoteric, and the education for the trials of the hereafter, already here in this life, while in full consciousness and vigor. The Redemption of Christ exists, but on condition to die Initiates.
The intelligence, writes Evagrius, lives in the heart, the thought in the brain.
Sin, also, is real, and not merely the construct of our mind. It has a metaphysical root.
In conclusion, the forbidden fruit was not a sexual sin but an apostasy of Adam from God and the progressive yielding to the action of Karma, set into operation by him, which led him to walk and take the descending spiral of involution, then of evolution in the materialization.
Some struggle against this – heroes, martyrs, mystics, saints and paramystics (adepts). Here is how “monks” do it:
The athletes of ascesis and of exertion openly and directly measure their strength against devils, wiping them out so as to direct themselves toward the Adamitical homeland, Paradise.
All of this lies hidden, not merely in Christian tradition, but the Scripture itself.
To who wins will be given to eat of the tree of life…who wins will not be harmed by the second death…to who wins will be given the manna…to who wins will be given the power over the nations…who wins will be dressed in white robes…who wins will be made a pillar…to who wins will be give to sit on my throne…who wins will inherit these things… (Apocalypse of John)
It is important to note that Palamidessi distances himself from magic in a way that Franz Bardon does not, explicitly.
We have nothing to do with magic as commonly understood, which has already been damned by God, the Church, & the honest…but always remember, the magician compared to God is humility incarnate, absolute trust, unquenchable Love, is a penitent Magdalene who washes the feet of the saviour, is Parsifal, in ecstasy, before the holy cup of the Graal.
In this, he follows Tomberg. However, this does not mean that the Christian mage or adept or paramystic has no “means” to work with, or is restricted to merely mental prayer:
The icon can be considered a castle of meditation, a magic circle, a powerful means on which to fix the physical eyes and the eyes of the mind to isolate oneself from the profane world and enter into the sacred world. The images become supports for meditation. The holy image, whose use will be explained practically, fixed upon during meditation exercises, directs the will for the salvation of the devoted, and provokes a metaphysical experience. Iconognosis is a starting point for concentration, meditation and ecstasy. The image is dynamized, is animated, is filled with fluid like a pentacle, and performs deep, healthy transformations on the conscience. Archeosophical iconognosis is the most advanced form of ascesis through symbols. The icon concentrates, protects against distractions and temptations, and homologates the consciousness and the biological energies of the body to an archetypal icon formed by the Initiate and registered in the akashic plane.
Palamidessi argues that Christianity is intertwined with a “more perfect Initiation”, one which is in essence the same as the pagan mysteries, but made more perfect (a principle enshrined in the New Testament, which perfects the Old). It is three-fold (to all three centers of man, properly identified even Scripture as Mind, Heart, Soul & Strength, and is made easier by exoteric preparation through Christianity. It is “undeniable that this initiation is typical of the Christians,” who participate in a “charismatic economy (administration of the gifts of grace) of the present, which throws open the doors to the Kingdom.”
Another source to confirm the claims of Palamidessi in regards to Christianity, both positively & negatively, is Jean Borella. His diagram here can be compared to Soloviev’s Law of Development. Borella discusses how Gnostic became a dirty word within the Christian community, but how it properly belongs nowhere else.
To be continued….
Note: Palamidessi proposed Out-of-body experiences, clairsentience/clairaudience, and the remembrance of past lives as spiritual experiments which could demonstrate with certainty that there was something beyond the material world. He dedicated his pamphlets that these quotes were taken from to “Alexander, faithful defender & friend of Origen, in memory of his martyrdom at Caesarea in Palestine, when in 250AD the anti-Christian persecution of Diocletian broke out. Rome, Sept. 29, 1968