Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Upcoming Eclipse and Hermetic Tradition

According to the Hermetic tradition, all of nature, including humanity, is evolving towards perfection. In what Hermeticists call “The Great Work” or Opus Magnum, we attempt to accelerate the normal processes of nature, permitting us to complete the course of human evolution much faster, even in a single lifetime.
In this "Great Work", the Magician first awakens to self-awareness in the world of dreams, called the Astral Plane. The Astral Plane is ruled by the Moon and is also called the Lunar Plane. To awaken on the Astral, the Magician must first learn to separate his Astral body from his physical body, then learn master its use in the world of dreams. This is the true meaning of "Astral Projection" and for most Magicians, it represents the accomplishment of a lifetime! On the Astral Plane, an Awakened Magician has almost God-like powers.
The Astral Plane is the entrance to the Inner Planes but not the highest plane. According to Hermetic lore, we human beings find our origin in the Solar Plane, a dimension that exists inside of light, and the stars and galaxies are teeming with sentient life. We human beings are evolving towards becoming beings who no longer live on a planet in a body made of matter, but inside the stars in a body of light.
Hermetic lore teaches that each of us carries within us a precious star seed, a spark from the eternal divine essence the entire universe is made of. This Divine Spark lies sleeping within you, waiting only to be kindled into the full glory of your Solar Body of Light. This is the path of spiritual evolution Hermetic Masters call “Solar Ascension."
Ancient techniques for Solar Ascension have been faithfully preserved by various initiatic traditions, among them the Hermetic, the Gnostic, and the Rosicrucian. Forbidden history is full of stories of Masters who have completed the Opus Magnum, ascending immortal to the Solar plane.
The actual methods used to complete solar ascension until today remain among the most carefully guarded secrets of the Western esoteric tradition, bound by oaths and protected by secrecy. One such method involves using the extreme spiritual power generated by a total solar eclipse of the Sun to eclipse the normal personality, and grant an experience of “Enlightenment” (Illumination) that is to say, contact with your Higher Self on the Solar Plane!
Today, I am rending the veil ahead of the Great American Eclipse in an attempt to raise the consciousness of mankind through mass Enlightenment during the coming Aug. 21 eclipse! 
In abundance, power, and truth,
David Griffin
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The Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method
by David Griffin
In the "Great Work" the Hermetic tradition calls Opus Magnum, the Magician first awakens to self-awareness in the world of dreams, called the Astral Plane. The Astral Plane is ruled by the Moon and is also called the Lunar Plane. To awaken on the Astral, the Magician must first learn to separate his Astral body from his physical body, then learn master its use in the world of dreams. This is the true meaning of "Astral Projection" and for most Magicians, it represents the accomplishment of a lifetime! On the Astral Plane, an Awakened Magician has almost God-like powers.
The Astral Plane is the entrance to the Inner Planes but not the highest plane. According to Hermetic lore, we human beings find our origin in the Solar Plane, a dimension that exists inside of light, and the stars and galaxies are teeming with sentient life. We human beings are evolving towards becoming beings who no longer live on a planet in a body made of matter, but inside the stars in a body of light.

"We come from the stars, and to the stars we shall one day return!"

History is filled with myths and stories of the "Fall of Man." Such legends in reality refer to the “fall into matter”, the fall in vibration of humanity from the frequency of the speed of light inside the stars to the much lower vibrational frequency at the speed of matter, the frequency of a planet.
Hermetic lore teaches that each of us carries within us even now a precious star seed, a spark from the eternal divine essence the entire universe is made of. This Divine Spark lies sleeping within you, waiting only to be kindled into the full glory of your Solar Body of Light. This is the path Hermetic Masters call solar ascension.
Ancient techniques for Solar ascension have been faithfully preserved by various initiatic traditions, among them the Hermetic, the Gnostic, and the Rosicrucian. Forbidden history is full of stories of Masters who have completed the Opus Magnum, ascending immortal to the Solar plane.
Perhaps the most famous of such stories is of the Masters, Nicholas Flamel and his wife Pernelle, whose fabulous wealth was attributed to Hermetic alchemy and whose solar ascension is the stuff of legend. Another Ascended Master purported to have completed his ascension using alchemy was the mysterious Count of St. Germain.
The actual methods used to complete solar ascension until today remain among the most carefully guarded secrets of the Western esoteric tradition, bound by oaths and protected by secrecy. Lucky for you, however, unlike most Hermetic Masters of the past, I am not an elitist. I bring Magick not to an select few, but instead to all who come with a pure heart who wish to learn.
The method I share with you today, I share with you openly and without withholding anything. It is my most precious gift to humanity, for this is the precious jewel that blessed me with my first Illumination.
Let us begin.
I invite you to consider that perhaps you are not actually who you think you are. Hermetic lore teaches there is a Divine Spark inside you, a tiny projection into matter of your TRUE Self, which is one with the entire Universe.
The Universe is one gigantic, living organism, of which there is only One Thing. You, I, and everyone else, are but reflections of this One Thing - the One Thing that is the whole Cosmos.
In solar ascension, you begin by contacting your Higher Self, the part of you that permanently resides in the Solar Plane, your Divine Genius of Hermetic lore. Becoming one (atONEment) with your Divine Genius is called Enlightenment, Gnosis or Illumination, which under normal circumstances is extremely difficult to achieve while living incarnated in a meat body.
The obstacle is your Ego or day to day sense of Self. Your personality is like an egg shell that walls you off from the Universe, creating the illusion of Self and not-Self. Within this shell you accumulate sensory impressions and memories, which over time you mistakenly identify with as your self.
Your problem is that you can't perceive your Divine Genius because you are trapped within the shell and filters of your Ego!
So, how do you solve this conundrum? Actually, it is surprisingly simple under the right circumstances and using the correct method. So simple that you probably won’t fully believe me until you experience it for yourself!
Sound interesting? Great! Let's put that to the test. I invite you to begin by asking yourself “How much is Enlightenment worth me?” and "What sort of sacrifices am I willing to make in order to achieve Enlightenment?"
If you are unwilling to sacrifice anything for your spiritual awakening, then you might as well put this away right now. The Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method is useless to you, because spiritual awakening always demands some kind of sacrifice, even under optimum conditions.
NOTE: The technique I am about to share with you will only work under the light of a TOTAL Solar Eclipse. Note, I did not say partial eclipse. I said total eclipse. So unless your'e willing to make the sacrifice necessary to get yourself somewhere in America where you can watch the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 (or some other future total solar eclipse), then you might as well throw this away right now!
The second sacrifice required is your identification with your Ego. The whole point of this method is to help you ditch your Ego long enough to get an experience of your True Self (Gnosis, Illumination, Enlightenment). Don’t worry, you will put your Ego back on later, but you may never be quite the same again!
Which brings me to the third required sacrifice, that you be willing to embrace major changes in your life. After all, you are about to have an encounter with the Divine akin to that of Moses with the burning bush, so how can you expect not to return from the mountain top a changed woman or man? Contact with your Divine Genius is all transformative!
The secret key to Enlightenmet is the principle of self-sacrifice. For Christians this is easy to understand as the self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the very embodiment of this principle. Pagans need look no further than to the Nordic pantheon, and the story of the self-sacrifice of Odin, who hung himself from the world tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days to obtain the knowledge of the runes. This same principle infuses also Native American Sun dance rites, where aspirants pierce themselves, deprive themselves of food and water, dancing for days suspended from the World Tree praying for a vision.
Luckily, using the Solar Diamond Instant EnlightenmentMethod, you won’ need to get crucified to achieve Enlightenment. You won’t have to pierce your chest and hang your self from the World Tree to pierce your chest with bones or mortify yourself for days like Sun Dancers do either!
Using the Solar Diamond Instant Enlighten Method, in fact, you can dispense with asceticism and physical ordeals altogether. Instead, you harness the power of the celestial event to “eclipse" you Ego, ignite your Divine Spark, and illuminate your Solar Body of Light, to achieve communion (atONEment) with your Higher Self (Divine Genius).
Illumination is a life altering experience, so do not expect to come back from Enlightenment the same as you were before. My first complete Illumination following the Budapest eclipse in 1999 reoriented my life in major ways, and led me to the place where we are now.
Before I continue to the actual method, let me warn you once again. Unless you are ready to make all three of the required sacrifices I mentioned earlier, I urge you not to try to use the Solar Diamond Instant EnlightenmentMethod! You could cause turmoil in your life or otherwise harm yourself.
But as far as the sacrifice required as the price of admission to achieve true Enlightenment, the Solar Diamond Method is pain free! You only have to get off you lazy back side, get yourself to the eclipse, sacrifice your attachment to your Ego, and be ready to embrace change and reorient your life. No self-mortification required!
And with this said, on to the actual method…
The method I am about to give you works. I used it to achieve my first Enlightenment following the 1999 eclipse in Hungary. I am sharing with you the essence of the Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method without withholding anything. I have removed only non-essential embellishments and personal religious references. It is better that you embellish the method yourself with references to your religious background and life experience as these things can be intensely personal.
The purpose of the Solar Diamond Method is to give you an experience of what in the West we have variously called Enlightenment, Illumination, or Gnosis. To accomplish this, the Method harnesses the energies of the eclipse to ignite your Divine Spark and illuminate your Solar Body of Light, in order to commune (atONEment) with your Higher Self (Divine Genius or Solar Self).
The Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method accomplishes this with the following simple steps:
          1. Purification (prior to the eclipse).
          2. Divestment of Self (During the entry phase of partial eclipse)
          3. Offering (offering the best of yourself to your Higher Self when the Sun enters totality)
          4. Emptiness (during totality)
          5. Enlightenment - The Solar Diamond (the diamond ring explosion of energy ignites your Divine Spark, Illuminating your Light Body as the Sun emerges from totality).
          6. Communion (atONEment) Communion with your Higher Self (during the final phase of the eclipse as the Sun returns).
          7. Return - Return to normal consciousness following the final phase of the eclipse.
          8. Integration - Integration of lessons learned into daily life and transmutation of daily life through what you learned from the contact. (This can go on for years!)
It is by no means the Hermetic and Rosicrucian traditions here in the West that speak of human beings evolving towards living in an "Immortal Light Body.”
Our Solar Body is the Diamond Body in Taoism and Vajrayana, the Body of Bliss in Kriya Yoga, and it is the Light Body or Rainbow Body in Tibetan Buddhism. All of the great initiatic traditions of the world, at their summit share the same truth and cultural variations of the same secret techniques, in order to achieve Enlightenment and Self-Realization.
In astrology, the Sun represents among other things the Ego and individuality. The Moon, for our present purposes, represents the Unconscious mind. So also astrologically speaking, during a total solar eclipse we have a suspension of ego. In other words, according to astrological symbolism, the astronomical event itself is conducive to self-transcendence.
To this, we now add the power of the Method.

The Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method
Timing - As there is a celestial event involved, timing is critical.
Setting - For the actual rite, I suggest you choose a hill top. There is something about climbing to a hill top for a meeting with the Divine that is deeply archetypal, as is the return from the mountain top following contact with God/Goddess
If you are shy about nudity, be sure to choose a place for the rite where you can feel comfortable nude or where no one sees you, because the divestment of clothes is wonderfully symbolical for the divestment of self.
Finally, people are going to tell you looking at the Sun will make you blind. That is true under normal circumstances, however, a total solar eclipse is completely safe to observe with the naked eye during totality. For the method to work, besides totality you only need to look at the Diamond Ring effect, the massive explosion of light that appears like a diamond of light as the Sun first reappears from the eclipse. The explosion lasts less than a second and the spiritual benefits it can bestow is why this method is called the Solar Diamond.
Before we continue, I must suggest for legal reasons, that you never look at a PARTIAL Solar eclipse without protective glasses, including the Diamond Ring Effect immediatly following totality.
However, from my personal experience, I can bear witness that the potential spiritual benefits of the Solar Diamond outweigh potential risks of glancing at the Sun during a partial eclipse for under a second. Use the Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method only at your own risk. However, I have 3 total solar eclipses under my belt and nearly 10 combined minutes of totality. I have watched each and every diamond ring effect with my naked eyes, and I am still not blind!
So, with all of he legal disclaimers, etc. out of the way, lets move on the the actual steps of the Solar Diamond Instant Enlightenment Method.
1. Purification (prior to the eclipse).
Begin with a purification with water or some sort of ritual bath. Such purifications, often called ablutions, are part and parcel of preparation for sacred rites throughout history and across the world. Be aware as you wash that you are preparing for a meeting with the Most High, in whatever way you perceive Divinity. Such preparation is the essence of “ablutions." Beyond that, feel free to adapt or add elements to your own purification rite as appropriate in your culture or choice
2. Divestment of Self (During the entry phase of partial eclipse)
Divest yourself of one item of clothing at a time. Each time you do, imagine you are divesting another aspect of your identity. Each time you remove an item of clothing, say something like:
“I do not remove this shirt, I remove my identity as Father (Mother, accountant, etc.)."
As you divest yourself of more and more aspects of who you are, feel yourself becoming more and more empty. The goal of divestment of self. is to make of yourself a completely empty cup - a living grail of Arthurian myth - to be filled with Divine fire during the final phase of the eclipse.
3. Offering (when the Sun enters totality)
Don’t worry, you don’t have to crucify yourself or hang yourself from a Sun Dance tree! You can dispense with asceticism because you have the help of the powerful energies of the Eclipse. Still, bear in mind the importance of the principle of self-sacrifice. You have just done the hard part with the symbolical divestment of your Ego in the last step. Now all tht remains is symbolically offer yourself up to your Higher Self (God, etc). As the Sun enters totality, you make an offering of the very best of who you are - asking to be filled with Spirit (energy) and contact with your Higher Self (Divinity). Do this however you like. You could just say the words if you want to or even just raise your arms. It is the attitude of humility, offering, and gratitude that are essential for this step to work properly.
4. Emptiness (during totality)
During this phase, if you know how to hold emptiness with meditation, do so, but with eyes wide open watching the total solar eclipse. Otherwise, just watch the eclipse and feel the emptiness. Be empty. Feel the Void. The emptiness is important, for you are about to be filled.
5. Enlightenment - The Solar Diamond (as the Sun emerges from totality).
Here you don’t have to do anything. You have done everything you have to do already. Just observe the explosion of light of the Diamond Ring effect of the eclipse emerging from totalilty and soak up as much of the energies of this "Solar Diamond" explosion as you can. Feel the energy as it ignites and fuels your Diamond Body, your Immortal Light Body. Just receive the energy. Soak as much of it up as possible - and observe what happens next!
6. Communion (atONEment)
It is impossible for me to describe what this experience is like. Sages have described it as meeting with God, becoming one with everything and everyone, and more:
One attempt to describe this state is the mantra “Om Mani padme Hum” (the dewdrop slips into the shining sea).
In my experience, it is all these things and more. I hope you will have better luck describing this than me though. I speak eight languages and yet to it is beyond my powers of description. This Beatles lyric describes the truth well:

“I am you and you are me and we are all together!”

7. Return
We live in a world of duality. This is the sad truth of our existence on Earth. How is one to live among human beings living in the state of atONEment? It is impossible, especially after only one illumination. It is your destiny to return from the mountaintop to the world of men. So you must reinvest yourself with the trappings of your earthly self, and find precious once again things you once held dear.
You may never be the same again though. How can you now that you know the truth? This planet boxes in our awareness soon enough after Illumination, but always something remains. You know you are not your body and you know you are eternal, immortal, and as Divine as everything else that exists, because of all of us you know in truth there is only one of us, for..

"I am YOU and YOU are GOD!"

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