Gnosis: a poem

By Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–1892)

THOUGHT is deeper than all speech,
Feeling deeper than all thought:

Souls to souls can never teach
What unto themselves was taught.

We are spirits clad in veils;
Man by man was never seen;

All our deep communing fails
To remove the shadowy screen.

Heart to heart was never known;
Mind with mind did never meet;

We are columns left alone
Of a temple once complete.

Like the stars that gem the sky,
Far apart though seeming near,

In our light we scattered lie;
All is thus but starlight here.

What is social company
But a babbling summer stream?

What our wise philosophy
But the glancing of a dream?

Only when the Sun of Love
Melts the scattered stars of thought,

Only when we live above
What the dim-eyed world hath taught,

Only when our souls are fed
By the Fount which gave them birth,

And by inspiration led
Which they never drew from earth,

We, like parted drops of rain,
Swelling till they meet and run,

Shall be all absorbed again,
Melting, flowing into one.

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Ceremonial Magic: necessary?

To expand on a previous post: “A View on High Magick” Published on: Aug 8, 2017

Searchers who inquire about the Rosicrucian order, including those visitors to my local discussion group in Lorain County Ohio, frequently bring up the topic of high magick and ask: does this involve magic? My answer is always “no”. I explain that the Rosicrucian philosophy is just that: philosophy – and that we teach people how to use what powers are already in them and that there is little need for that popular magick and its associated risks. To expose oneself to invisible intelligent forces is a fools desire.

As for the spelling, throughout the decades I have seen the spelling of the subject vary: back when I was first investigating it myself while in high school in the 1980’s, it was spelled magick to differentiate it from the artists who practiced the entertainment variety. Now I do see the use of the word magic to describe this – and this is inaccurate. Anyhow, I have deduced over 30 years ago that the practice of magick could be dangerous if one had not first developed a fundamental psychic abilities through instruction in psychic technique, which would enable perception (however fundamental) of the invisible worlds. High Magick can be harmful: opening doors in the astral world when one is not spiritually and psychically prepared. Remember the simple truth – Like attracts Like: be careful what you desire. Of course, one has the right to practice high magick if so desired, but I must stress that this must be done with a competent and very experienced instructor, and only if one is morally and spiritually prepared.

Lately on one of our member’s forums, a beginner had asked the question if we of the order practice high magick and that the beginner had “interest in communing with demons”. This comment reeks of inexperienced ignorance – the members of the forum had responded with a collective “No” and had proceeded to explain that we all have the powers within us to enhance our consciousness and realize greater potential; but first we need to control our lower selves through ethics, pure thought, and that extremely important practice of meditation.

Personally, I have gained more in my esoteric life from meditation than any other avenue. Spirituality through my chosen religion has kept me accurate and protected from the left hand path. You have the right to worship what, how, or where you may; and I would suggest not to neglect religion as so many do today. Many cite organized religion as a means of control, so religion is now often rejected and viewed as a path for the gullible. This is accurate in our history, but not all religion is totalitarian: free agency and free thought is still very much promoted.

Gérard Encausse (better known as Papus), one of the founders of modern Martinism.

Gérard Encausse (better known as Papus), one of the founders of modern Martinism.

If the path or practice benefits you and others through your actions, then it is good. The simpler the path, the better: as the Buddha had finally found. He had experienced the two extremes of the opposite pillars, choosing the middle path of harmony. One of the fathers of Martinism, Louis Claude de Saint-Martin also referred to as “the unknown philosopher” had, in the complicated rituals of the the *theurgic practices of the Élus-Cohen in the 1770’s, suddenly stopped mid-ritual and shouted (paraphrase) “Why the complexity to know the Creator?!”. As Christian Rebissi stated in his article Martinism: History of a Traditional Order, “He [Saint-Martin] forsook theurgy—“the exterior way”—in favor of the benefits of “the interior way.” In fact, he considered theurgy to be dangerous, and angelic evocation far from infallible when conducted through “exterior” methods. We might even put into Saint-Martin’s mouth the following excerpt from a poem by Angelus Silesius, entitled Chérubinique:

Go away Seraphims, you cannot comfort me!
Go away angels and all that may be seen close to you;
I jump all alone into the un-created sea of pure Deity.

According to Saint-Martin, the implement and crucible of this mysterious
communion is the heart of humankind. He sought “to enter into the heart of the Divine and make the Divine enter his heart.”” (Rebissi, 2018).

So it is the inner work that brings us to higher potential, without the need for complex ritualistic practice. In this authors view, it is turning within via the practice of trained meditation that opens our perception, which enables one to learn the secrets of the Cosmic without risk, and in peaceful tranquility.

*To worship or commune with ritual. Catholic Mass is a form of theurgy. 


Rebissi, C. (2018). Martinism: History of a Traditional Order. Retreived April 8, 2018 from


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A quote from the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. It states that even while having experiencing the wonders of the Cosmic, we must still be responsible for earthly work:

“The soul must stretch over the cosmogonic abysses, while the body performs its daily duties”.

Yogananda, P. (1946). An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness. Autobiography of a Yogi. p. 163. Self Realization Fellowship.

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Life in Sleep

Gurdjieff claimed that people cannot perceive reality in their current states because they do not possess a unified consciousness but rather live in a state of a hypnotic “waking sleep”.

“Man lives his life in sleep, and in sleep he dies.”


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Guns and cause

Is the problem guns?
Is it the pharmaceutical drugs?
I think the problem goes much deeper than that: the resulting anxiety, stress, and diminished support upon our youth from the breakup of the family – the basic unit of society.
…and the dark materialism of this age.


Florida school shooting (AP)

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A view on high magick








…Many of these methods involve weird rituals or terribly
complicated trance states …the reason for this is because many people do not understand the magical aspects of our inner psyche and therefore think they must partake in highly complex and complicated procedures in order to perform something that is in actuality a quite natural process.

John Kreiter

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What do Rosicrucians think of religion?

Rosicrucians do not lean toward any religion; although we do acknowledge all paths that are beneficial to the human race for personal moral and spiritual growth. Most religious dogma has been created by man: based upon a philosophy. The great avatars that the Divine has sent to us (Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Muhammad, Jesus, and Zoroaster to name a few) have presented humanity PHILOSOPHY: they did not desire to be the object of worship – it is humanity that has turned much of the precious philosophies into religion.

As Rosicrucians, we strive to become one with Divinity through the study of the philosophy of natural law without the bonds of religion; although we are each free to follow a religious system if FB_IMG_1467937909387we so desire. We refer to the Divine as the “God of our Heart“. We do this via rigorous meditation and spiritual practices to strengthen the spiritual (psychic) centers dormant within each of us, which will eventually lead us to a state of Cosmic Consciousness and Peace Profound (Nirvana).

In the 10th initiate degree of our studies we learn about the major world religions. Within this particular cycle, we take an oath to never condemn any religious path and to defend any slander or action against any faith: as most faiths are indeed a spiritual path to the Divine for most people and a way of peace. After all, most people going to church, a synagogue, or a mosque are simply trying to become better people.  We are a community that promotes peace and harmony among all. Contention within theology is evil – and evil is simply something that is opposite of growth.  That being said, a great evil among us today is religious fundamentalism. It is not this or that religion that is the cause of suicide bombings and terrorism: it is fundamentalist thinking. This type of rationale must be avoided in one’s spiritual quest. Fundamentalism suppresses learning and growth and keeps one in encultured darkness.

“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes”. 2 Timothy 2:23

There is an old saying: “Philosophy presents questions that may never be answered. Religion presents answers that may never be questioned”. May we ever strive to balance reason of the mind and faith of the heart; and to work towards the Rosicrucian goal of a universal faith for all.

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