Hermetic Intelligence (Prologue)
"The Supreme Mind became enamored with its own thought; so taking the Word as a mighty hammer, It gouged out caverns in primordial space..." - Poimandres
Part 1 - The Father of the Word
Intelligence, or Nous, is the chief cornerstone of human consciousness. It is the father of the Word, or Logos, and the starting point for all thought. Intelligence is responsible for how and what we think; it is the quality of mind that comes to conclusions, forms opinions, makes decisions, solves problems, adopts beliefs, and establishes an overall worldview. Intelligence is the quality that governs the language of the mind.
Language plays an important role in this Alchemical Mind. Linguistic expressions serve the purpose of conveying a narrative, or story of the self. These stories coalesce into an identity, also known as the ego. What we think about ourselves, others, the world, and the entire universe is simply a subjective description of our experiences. This narrative holds magical properties in that it influences our thoughts, words, and deeds. Change our language, change our experience.
This narrative is supported by two products of the mind, thoughts and speech.
"My Words are the blossoms of fruit of the tree of my soul." - Hermes Trismegistus
Magic philosophies have always claimed that the World is made of Language. The World is a thing of Words. - Terence McKenna
Part 2 - All is Mind
In hermetic teachings such as The Kybalion, the hermetic student begins with the Principle of Mentalism. That is, All is Mind; The Universe is Mental. When understood, the student can grasp the laws of the mental universe, being able to intelligently apply those mental laws in order to unlock the doors of the Mental and Psychic Temple of Knowledge. Inside, this hermetic wisdom allows the student to subordinates energy, power, and physical matter to the will of the mind.
What is Hermeticism?
As an alchemical practice, Hermeticism is the transformation of a common person into a person of luminosity. This concept is usually described in terms of transforming the base metal of human consciousness into a luminous consciousness of gold.
This transformation has connections to the Buddhist philosophy of the Luminous Mind. The Luminous Mind is the human mind that must suffer momentary defilements, like the Sun being obscured by the clouds. Through intelligent application of thoughts and speech, defilements can be discarded and we become one step closer to finishing the Great Work--the perfection or enlightenment of man.
A Hermetic Intelligence
In Hermetic Intelligence, the intellect creates a language for the mind (thoughts) and a language for the body (speech). In this we see that a person's language is a mirror of their overall intelligence--and vice versa. Improve the language that we use in our daily thoughts and speech and we improve our intelligence. This increase in intelligence and language is accomplished through mastery of the mind.
From the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, There is a Hermetic concept known as As Above So Below. 'As Above' refers to the Mind and its products. Through the Great Work, or Magnum Opus, these thoughts can manifest 'So Below', or in the physical world and upon the body. This manifestation is called the Miracle of the One Thing.
"The union of the Word and the Mind produces the mystery which is called Life" - Poimandres
Part 3 - Journey Toward the Archimedean Point
Intelligence is a liquid characteristic. Like thoughts, our intelligence is ephemeral; it is an attribute that is constantly changing, learning, rethinking, and restructuring--at all ages.
The mind has been conditioned to evoke behaviors since birth. These conditioned behaviors, whether through operant conditioning or classical conditioning, have built a mental foundation for human thoughts and speech. This foundation operates as part of the collective consciousness, also known as the hive mind, the mass mind, or the social mind.
To break free from this conditioning, we must form more virtuous and radiant thoughts while speaking the same in an eloquent manner. This involves Noogenesis--the emergence and evolution of intelligence. Now, creating intelligence is an imaginative process. In order to cause an intelligence revolution within the mind, we must separate from conventional ideologies and consider alternative ideas.
Students of Hermetic Intelligence practice eliminating all of the mental burdens that cloud soundness of mind including but not limited to:
First, however, we investigate the Archimedean Point (Punctum Archimedis), the mental vantage point from which an observer can objectively perceive a subject with a view of totality.
The Arcihimedean Point is derived from Archimedes, the 3rd century Greek astronomer and mathematician. The Archimedean Point is also known as "a God's-eye view", as per Michael Shermer.
"By means of the Word, the World is saved." - Poimandres
Part 4 - Becoming Open Minded
With each experience, the mind begins a process of thought. In this process, the brain's cognitive faculties entertain images, ideas, sounds, and words. Oftentimes, the mind comes to a linguistic conclusion, represented either by thought or by speech.
When the mind is open and receptive to new information, it is possible to observe information from a more objective point of view. This open mind has the potential to mitigates the biases, fallacies, and assumptions that exist as part of the ego. Objective truth is only found when these biases are set aside; a person must remove themselves from the objects of study, becoming independent of them in order for sound conclusions to arrive.
Open-mindedness also allows the 'left brain right brain duality' to become consolidated; both the rational and creative elements of the brain work together to bring about clarity of mind.
Through the knowledge of Hermetic Intelligence and its application, our thoughts and speech can increase in quality. In turn, we can make more intelligent decisions, provide better advice to others, and reorient the mind's language toward a more virtuous path. We continue with Chapter I - The Mind Stream. Therein, the hidden language of the mind is discussed, along with the power that it holds over everyday human experience.
An Alchemist. The most famous being Nicolas Flamel, discoverer of the Philosopher's Stone (lapis philosophorum). In hermetic magic, the stone represents turning an iron (base) man into a gold (perfected) man. The philosophers stone is a tool for the Great Work. As discussed in Theory and Practice of the Philosopher's Stone.
"By the reason of the Word, invisible things were made manifest." - Poimandres
Learn More About Hermeticism With These
Hermetic Books and Texts
"Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted from state to state, degree to degree, condition to condition, pole to pole, vibration to vibration." - The Kybalion
A portion of the Alchemical Mind is based on Hermeticism, esoteric wisdom regarding spiritual enlightenment through the understanding of thoughts and their influence in daily experience. These books are fundamental resources that can aid all practitioners of the Mind Stream, the Intelligence Cycle, Critical Thinking, and Logical Reasoning.
The Kybalion, written by The Three Initiates in 1908, describing the 7 Hermetic Principles:
The Kybalion Quotes
"The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open."
The Emerald Tablet (Tabula Smaragdina), allegedly written by Hermes Trismegistus. It is a cornerstone of Hermetic Philosophy, Hermetic Tradition, Hermetic Magic, and Hermetic Wisdom.
The Emerald Tablet Quotes
"Wisdom is power and power is wisdom."
"Silence is of great profit. An abundance of speech profiteth nothing."
The Way of Hermes, a translation of the Corpus Hermeticum as well as The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius.
The Way of Hermes Quotes
"God has endowed man beyond all mortal creatures with these two gifts: Nous and Speech, both as much valued as immortality. Man has the spoken word. If he uses these gifts rightly, he will be no different from the immortals, and on departing from the body he will be guided by both to the realm of the Gods and the Blessed Ones."
"All men suffer what has been ordained, but those with reason, who, as we have said, are led by Nous, do not suffer as others do..."
"All the incorporeal elements in the body, my son, are liable to change, indeed they constitute the very experience of change. Now every incorporeal element causes moment and all things that are moved are bodies, and in turn the incorporeal is moved by Nous..."
"The Word is an image of Nous, and Nous is an image of God..."
Publisher: Order of Merchants LLC Author: Matthew Alexander Date Published: July 5th, 2017 Date Modified: July 7th, 2017