Shards of Wisdom Part III.
Religion as a word, as well as sanskrit word yoga, stands for uniting, binding together the two that are divided. These two are symbolized such as (or
even four) the heaven and earth, divine and mundane, fire and water, earth and air, god and devil, good and evil and so on – speaking shortly, it is
all about the union of opposites. The lofty has to be united with the chthonic. But in order to understand religions, one has to understand oneself.
In the end, believing in doctrine of any religion or dogma is a waste of time unless one has the profound understanding of the reality that stands
behind the symbols.
What then are the parts of pair which need to be merged? They are the parts of our “soul”, as referred in the lack of more describing word. Soul
is our immortal heritage of human race and perhaps the continuum of life in general. Body is our vessel. We have to work consciously with our
unconscious, from where the divine emerges. The unconsciousness is the sea through which we all are united. The proof of this is the fact that all
religions, at the bottom, declare very much same things, give out similar teachings and have shared symbolism in somewhat astonishing extent. To prove
the point further, we humans per se share common grounds as a race. We all share similar psychological characteristics and no form of human behaviour
should be strange for us, perhaps except due our cultural variances and prejudices.
There is no need for mysticism nor religious nonsense. All this will just confuse one more, even more so, if one believes for the sake of belief.
However, no need to blame religions, for they were infant (no, they are not remnants of some truth known to ancients that has been falsified and
forgotten) attempts to describe something that very much escapes all descriptions. And I don’t want anyone to take this as a personal offense for
believing in any doctrine. You can do what you will, I just hope for the sake of sanity, that this doctrine carry you until the end. I apologize, but
I had to post this, for otherwise I would “sin” against myself, because I then would selfishly keep my foundings solely as my knowledge. Now it
may be that I cast pearls before swine, but should that be the case, I think it'll go much unnoticed.
So what I propose is that we should work for this union as did the alchemists of old. One has all the tools in order make the lapis philosophorum and
turn the lead into gold. All one need to do is to bring together the two brothers – the consciousness and unconsciousness. For this, one should
venture into deepest abyss of one’s soul, where the dragon guards the treasure of great value. Forgive me to resort in obscure terminology of fairy
The thing is that in our unconsciousness, which is partly collective, yet individualized to some degree, there lies the divinity – the god – of
which religions and dogmas speak about. It is not really divine, but merely a biological fact that distinguishes human being from (for example) an
ant. Ants build anthills, while we humans do different things. The god of ants would most likely look like an ant, while the god of human being (in
visions etc) gets form of human being. Sometimes these unconscious images also receive various forms of animals, like goat-headed humanoids and maybe
even lizards or even extraterrestrials, and that is due to our evolution. These apparitions are often of demonic character, while they as well have
Depending much on individual structure of our nerve system, we might be able to examine our unconsciousness through visions, dreams or by audible (for
oneself only) voices. Personally through much experimenting and practice I have been able to dream consciously (lucid dreaming, or active imagination)
and I have also been able to hear voices that have pronounced truths about certain events which I have later to be able to confirm (one case is
). I think that gaining this ability to venture consciously through
contents of unconsciousness is a way to get know oneself. To read more about the techniques I've used, click this
Few words of warning though: Should you feel uncertain about contents of your unconsciousness, or you consider yourself as an inbalanced personality,
rather skip these tehcniques, for they may cause psychological problems. Always remember that the apparitions, visions, voices, distressing dreams or
other psychic events you may encounter are not demons nor other malignant "spirits" but solely contents of your own mind.