Sunday, January 20, 2013

The seventh stage of initiation

Ex Deo Nascimur        In Christo Morimur        Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus
"I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes unto the Father except through me." — John 14:6
"I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world : again, I leave the world, and go to the Father." — John 16:28

"In an impulse of love as impetus for a new race to become divine, God the Son originally detached Himself from the Trinitarian primal unity, from the supra-cosmic or 'trans-devachanic' realm in which divine beings are bound by neither time nor space. It was this that first allowed the primal godhead to manifest in the form of the Trinitarian principle within the macrocosmic world. The primal godhead's unified totality released its middle member, God the Son. This Son of God contracted from His state of endless expansion in order to immerse Himself in macrocosmic space and become part of it. And He continued contracting His being until He descended into the planetary spheres. There He narrowed and condensed His high being to be fraternal with or guide the spirits of the Elohim. Ultimately He allowed the sun to bear Him forth at the baptism of Jesus, in order to assume the lowest form of manifestation in which an I can live: the human form, the level of humanity. . . .

The most arduous part of His mission only began when He passed through human, corporeal death. Out of immeasurable love, the Son God contracted even further than human corporeality by entering the layers of the earth. . . . for the occult gaze, this process of contracting beyond corporeal death into the abyss of the earth's layers is depicted as a reversed funnel because, in penetrating ever deeper into the microcosm, its matter becomes ever less material, and increasingly of finer spiritual substance.

Now, the Christ being permeated the entire microcosmic earth body in the same way as He once permeated the macrocosm when He departed from the Father. This journey can be termed 'going to the Father.'

Through initiation, the spiritual pupil finds that, by leaving His supra-cosmic dwelling and penetrating the microcosm right through to the very center of the earth, God the Son returned again to His supra-cosmic dwelling place. The two ends of the funnels meet and merge. The descent has become an ascent, and the sun has created a new sun."

—Judith von Halle, Descent into the Depths of the Earth on the Anthroposophic Path of Schooling, pp. 125-128

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