Sermon from the Dung Heap
Below is a excerpt from a novel I am writing. It is bits and pieces of Zosimos's visions. It just worked so well with what I was trying to say.
“Inhabitants of Parcae,” Lucerne shouted, from a top the dung heap. “I am pointing the way to Paradise, to the mystic journey. I will make you a witness of the mysteries of God and to the secrets of nature. For the one who walks among you, the stone, he is the process, the messenger of the gods, the son of Nature and the fruit of the liquid element. He ascends from earth to heaven. He receives the power of above and below, and puts off his earthly and impure nature, and clothes himself in the heavenly nature. He then descends again to earth again where his power is complete. He is the one and at times many in himself.
He is the primeval chaos, the philosophic man,the light of lights, the light that surpasses all other lights. He is the process, the beginning, middle, and the end of the work. He is the Mediator, the Servator, and the Salvator. He is the divine emanation of harmony with God's own being.
Citizens of Parcae, plant your tree on the stone. That it fear not the pummeling of the wind. That the birds of Heaven may come and multiply on its branches, for then cometh wisdom. For the tree of contemplation has seven branches and on each branch a bird, and on each a flower.
O' how many understand not the sayings of the wise; these have perished because of their foolishness; for they lacked spiritual understanding. The art is rightly both difficult and dangerous, anyone that is reckless will shun it as most evil.
I shall not keep silent about the Science. Which has led most of those who work in it into confusion; because there are few indeed who find what they seek. So, an infinite number have plunged to their ruin. The work proceeds from a sublime and most glorious place of great terror, which has given many sages to death. If you should suddenly see this transformation, wonder, fear, and trembling will befall you. Therefore work with caution.
At times spirits will oppose the work. At other times this opposition will not be present. They will try to instill negligence, impeding our intentions. Everywhere he creeps about, within and without, causing oversights, fear and unpreparedness. At other times, he seeks by harassment and injuries to make us abandon the work. Be careful not to profane the mastery of the work. Or, risk inviting him in.
The perfection of the work does not lie in the power of the process alone, but God the most merciful himself bestows it upon whom he will. And, in this point lies all the danger. For the perfection is greater than man's consciousness and greater than his will.
O' soul, O' spirit with me stay, that I may greet the light of day. Hero of peace come forth from me. Whom the whole world would like to see.”
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