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"So accustomed have they grown to living all the time with the reptiles and other creatures to be found in the outer court of the castle that they have almost become like them..."
"...Full of a thousand preoccupations as they are, they pray only a few times a month, and as a rule they are thinking all the time of their preoccupations, for they are very much attached to them, and, where their treasure is, there is their heart also. From time to time, however, they shake their minds free of them and it is a great thing that they should know themselves well enough to realize that they are not going the right way to reach the castle door. Eventually they enter the first rooms on the lowest floor, but so many reptiles get in with them that they are unable to appreciate the beauty of the castle or to find any peace within it. Still, they have done a good deal by entering at all..."
"...Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making its honey in the hive: without humility all will be lost. Still, we should remember that the bee is constantly flying about from flower to flower, and in the same way, believe me, the soul must sometimes emerge from self-knowledge and soar aloft in meditation upon the greatness and the majesty of its God. Doing this will help it to realize its own baseness better than thinking of its own nature, and it will be freer from the reptiles which enter the first rooms -- that is, the rooms of self-knowledge..."
"...Our understanding, as I have said, will then be ennobled, and self-knowledge will not make us timorous and fearful; for, although this is only the first Mansion, it contains riches of great price, and any who can elude the reptiles which are to be found in it will not fail to go farther. Terrible are the crafts and wiles which the devil uses to prevent souls from learning to know themselves and understanding his ways..."
I'd like to poke through your library.. can you expand on it for me? The book?
Originally posted by bsbray11
reply to post by silent thunder
I am working on something very similar from a book called "The Tower of Alchemy."
These castles you develop are amazing metaphors. It really doesn't sink in, until you let the castle itself sink in. It's like a whole new body, and serves as a great metaphor for your physical body as well. There is no better way I can think of to organize every concept into a global structure.
In Western mystical teachings, the analogy of the soul as a castle or palace with myriad chambers has long antecedents. St. Teresa de Avila drew upon this comparison when writing her classic The Interior Castle, and the early mystics of the Kabbalah wrote of journeying in the series of “Heilkhalot” or palaces of the upper worlds. Likewise, in the Western alchemical tradition, there are allusions to towers and castles, which contain important symbolic information about spiritual work. But without the code to unlock this complex and bewildering system of allusions based on the kabbalah (the Jewish mystical tradition), alchemical wisdom remains completely inaccessible.
David Goddard’s most recent book reveals much of the code needed to gain entry into the alchemical mysteries. Specifically, the book explains Western internal alchemy, which is perhaps best understood as a form of kundalini yoga. ...
According to the author, “The principal alchemical operation is thus to transmute a transient, mortal and gross body into a deathless, physical body of pure Enlightenment.” The teachings of the kabbalah, in which Western alchemy is grounded, are designed to accelerate the process of spiritual evolution. Alchemy is the means by which the teachings of kabbalah are actualized, via breathing exercises and visualizations in a way specifically designed to utilize the myths and symbols that pervade Western culture. Goddard situates the practices in The Tower of Alchemy in the mythos of the Holy Grail, seen as a foundation myth of Western esotericism. ...
The key to this form of alchemy is that one does not work directly on the physical body, but instead projects the etheric or subtle body in the form of a castle or tower and works within the edifice’s many rooms and grounds by means of visualization. These rooms correlate to the different sephirot or energy centers on the kabbalistic glyph of the Tree of Life, which in turn correspond to the chakras. After each practice, the subtle body is drawn back into the physical. Goddard notes: “[W]e use an indirect route to make the necessary changes within the astro-etheric body, so that the subconscious will proceed to implement those alterations . . .as it continually builds and maintains the physical body.” The author notes that “no work is done directly upon the physical body—except for relaxation, posture (asana), and breath (pranayama)—because direct concentration on the organs . . . of the body can easily lead to an imbalance of the fine electrical and chemical functions and result in disease.” Working with kundalini energy to transform the body (or arousing the dragon, to use Western terminology) is safely done within this mode. The Tower visualizations become increasingly complex as the book progresses, and the author has recorded a number of them on two CDs (available from www.isisbooks.com). Goddard is to be commended for releasing this knowledge in such a thoughtful, ethical and erudite manner.