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The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, -- exoteric, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric, those that nobody could understand. It is the latter that have most profoundly affected modern thought and found greatest acceptance in our time. Among educated people, the word "Esoteric" is widely known and used without concern for being obscure. On the other hand, the word "Exoteric" is completely obscure, known only to those that scour dictionaries. Thus, Exoteric is an esoteric word and Esoteric is an exoteric work; the two words refer to each other.  

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" Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

~ Albert Einstein 

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Online Esoteric Library

 

Alchemy
History of external and internal alchemy, commentaries, texts, essays, conference abstracts, and contemporary practice.

 

Collective Unconscious 

The "collective unconscious" is the part of the collective psyche that is unconscious, the other parts being consciousness of the perceptible world and consciousness itself. The collective unconscious is different from and in addition to the personal unconscious in that it is a stratum of reality that "does not derive from personal experience and is not a personal acquisition but is inborn...universal...[and] more or less the same everywhere and in all individuals." (Jung, 1934 [1948]). 

The collective unconscious refers to that part of a person's unconscious which is common to all human beings. It contains archetypes, which are forms or symbols that are manifested by all people in all cultures. They are said to exist prior to experience, and are in this sense instinctual.

 

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Archive for Research in Archetypal Simbolism A pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history.

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The I Ching

The Laws of Wisdom

The Path of Wisdom essentially has four steps:

(1) know your body,

(2) create your energy body,

(3) create your meaning in life, and

(4) participate in a global network of friends where your meaning can be fulfilled in history.

 

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The Chinese Laws of Creativity 

Creativity is used here in the largest sense of the word. It refers to a free and spontaneous state where life itself is created and self-organized in new and intelligent ways. It does not just refer to the creation of objects of art. The Chinese understood the
whole of life as the proper field of creativity, not just ceramics, music, books and paintings, but also drinking tea and archery. Everything we do can be an art. Everything can be infused with creativity and beauty.
 

 Confucius is purported to have said that by
following the counsels of the book, and studying it continuously, a person could attain
creative awareness in every situation. Understanding the Book of Changes is the key to
comprehension of the Chinese laws of creativity.

 

 

 

ex·o·ter·ic (ĕk'sə-tĕr'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Not confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates.
  2. Comprehensible to or suited to the public; popular.
  3. Of or relating to the outside; external.

es·o·ter·ic (ĕs'ə-tĕr'ĭk)
adj.

    1. Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult. See synonyms at mysterious.
    2. Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.
    1. Confined to a small group: esoteric interests.
    2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential.

 

 

Seven Chakras


   
Self observation confirms the traditional esoteric knowledge of all cultures that there are seven layers of human energy - seven Chakras. Three additional "higher" energy centers are also known, but will not be discussed in any detail here. The three "higher chakras" do not exist as personal energies, but only as impersonal historical forces.