“A physician should be a servant to nature.” –Paracelcus.
Though Hermetic Texts are littered with difficult riddles, and occulted symbolism, allegory, and metaphor, Hermetic Healing once realized, is a holistic concept of healing; soul (mind), body, spirit. It is based on the premise that all things have a spiritual (energetic intelligence) component. And that this also affects, or works in tandem, with our physical reality.
According to Hermetic Principles, "That which is below corresponds to that which is above."
And so it is with man and nature itself. We are made to work together.
Hermetic Transformation is not a religion and it is not Hermeticism or Hermetic Philosophy itself. It is just one small aspect of the Arts and Sciences of The Ancient Mystery Schools; it is one operation. It is "Hermetic" in nature. It can be seen as a "healing method." It is personal and can be called "solitary work." Even, when working with a so labeled "healer" or "mentor" it is you-- who performs the true work in alignment with Divine Will, alone, within nature. Hermetic Transformation is done solely while out in nature itself. It is done in a specific location which has specific characteristics. A first time experiencer is taught, guided and supervised through the experience. After this experience, they continue the work on their own.
Spiritually, we are made in the image of God. We too can work with the unseen forces and powers in acts of creation, (and personal healing) and yes, for great destruction. For this reason, much of the knowledge regarding The Mysteries has been kept "occulted." (The term occulted simply means "hidden.") The term "Hermetic" means sealed. Or, "within a sealed space." Hermetic Transformation takes place in nature, in a specific location.
The Art of Hermetic Transformation was once the domain of the Priestcraft in the earliest civilizations and the mystery of its fully realized form has been lost in the mists of time. Hermetic Arts are said to be so old they predate the cataclysm of 12,900 years ago, yet they survived for a good reason. They worked. They were complete, they were whole—or Holistic—or “Holy.”
Hermes Mercurius is the author of the first words written on The Hermetic Arts and Mysteries. Only The Moral were allowed to become initiates who would continue on to perpetuate The Arcanum, so powerful was this knowledge. Healing was a combination of philosophy, science and spiritual practices. Hermes, also known as Thoth, Djeuty, Hermes Trismegistis/Hermes Thrice Great, was one of the first god-men to found the land now known as Egypt. Then, it was called KMT or Khemet. The term Chemistry comes from this.
Hermetic Principles, some of the most confounding and occulted (hidden) concepts found in the ancient world, are based on The Seven with two unspoken principles “care” and “gratitude.” Today, Quantum Physics finds them “true to form.” The ancient and first Magicians, The Magi, knew this “to be true” as well. As did the Shemshu Hor of Egypt. It’s been said Hermetic Medicine had its origins with The Serpent People, or first people of knowledge, who were said to be survivors of the great cataclysm.
"First, do no harm..."
While modern physicians credit Hippocrates with being the father of medicine, the ancient Therapeutæ ascribed to the immortal Hermes, or Thoth, has the distinction of being the father of The Art of Healing. The Pastophorus was devoted exclusively to the science of medicine. The Smaragdine found in the valley of Ebron, and credited to Hermes, is in reality a chemical formula of a high and secret order. It is also a formula which leads to personal, spiritual transformation.
In Core Shamanism, there is an aspect of Jungian Shadow Work, first addressed openly in a modern setting by Carl Jung, that takes place within an event titled “Shamanic Dismemberment.” It is a breaking down of our entire subconscious realms. It can be something one consciously works towards, through, and has invited, or it can rise up making itself known within paranormal events, or even arriving in the form of real life illness or loss. Some call this dancing with our own demons. And in this, we can banish them for ever.
Dismemberment is also found to be in alignment with the spiritual aspect of Solve et Coagula within Alchemy. It is a precursor to Egyptian “Raising.” (Of consciousness.) The process revolves around destruction and creation. The Alchemical metaphor is calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, fermentation, distillation and coagulation. It is total destruction of everything you no longer need; old programs, traumas and emotional pains as the unconscious is made fully conscious. It is a cleansing. And from the ashes of destruction, you are reconstituted in a new and beneficial way; you are resurrected, now purified emotionally and whole-- holy. You have shed what no longer serves you in a healthy manner-- you are "lighter;" you are "enlightened." When you are enlightened, you have risen in consciousness. "The Art of Raising (The Living Dead; those who are not aware)."
Again, this can be purely spiritual work or it can come for you in ordinary reality. It's been said what you don't go in for, will eventually come for you. In other words, if life takes you apart, you must do the work and will yourself back together into a new you, so to speak. It is the metaphor of the caterpillar into nothing into butterfly. Most do not know that the caterpillar is reduced to gel within the cocoon and reorganizes every single cell into a new life form—the butterfly. It is then it flies above its old world with a new perspective.
As a survivor of a traumatic life event, you have learned something. And with spiritual dismemberment, you have learned to shed the emotion associated with the trauma. Experience, without emotional attachment becomes “wisdom.” You have Dismembered and Re-membered in a new and purified way without the traumatic residue of your life event. Rather than turn to medications, a student is supported and guided through the trauma that Spiritual Dismemberment can present. When Spiritual Dismemberment comes upon us, its true purpose, its hidden and misunderstood purpose, is to create growth and change in one’s life. It is God's Way of bringing us closer to The Divinity within ourselves. Some Theurgists have said we are all born with a Holy Guardian Angel and a Demon. Everything in creation has a Divine Purpose. Even, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, our traumatic life events.
As CS Lewis said “Pain removes the veil.”
In other words, it opens us to new possibilities of awareness.
The belief that nearly all diseases have their origin in the invisible nature of man (the emotional or Astrum) is a fundamental precept of Hermetic Medicine. In other words, anything and everything can cause disease, not just that which exists on the physical plane. Disease can be understood as “Dis-Ease.” There are mental causes to our suffering such as the most common “stress.” With stress, energies are held within the body and must be released for physical healing to occur. And there are spiritual causes, such as predatory drains of energies and lack of connection to The All That Is. These things are acknowledged with the Holistic approach of Hermetic Healing.
Paracelsus taught that a person with a depressed mental attitude could poison his own etheric nature, and this infection, diverting the natural flow of vital life force, would later appear as a physical ailment. Today, we see this concept confirmed within the studies of autoimmune diseases. We also see it within the study of Bruce Lipton’s Epigenetics studies which says the brain is the chemist and creates or heals disease according to “the state of mind.” The brain, or chemist, responds to “how it perceives the world.” If it perceives the world as a dark place, it will secrete stress chemicals such as cortisone which are not life affirming. If it perceives the world as a welcoming place it will secrete hormones of health.
A part of Hermetic Healing is to change one’s perspective within their life so healing may occur. And understanding to “why” things occur within the grand scheme of things is integral. It is a part of “care” and one aspect of this is taking “talking time.” Today we understand it as psychology, spiritual counseling or coaching, or even at times it is simply “listening.” Hermetic Philosopher's were the first psychologists. They knew one’s psyche better than one knew it themselves-- based on their understanding of "the nature of nature."
In ancient times, temples were built upon places of natural power; places heavy with telluric energies and magnetic anomalies. Places with underground water, mineral concentrations and heavy in Granite are conductive. Located on a magnetic anomaly classifies them as “Electro-magnetic.” The EMF spectrum is known to create altered states of consciousness, which is the place “where all things happen.” Healing happens within this state and it is physical, mental and spiritual. The Pyramid of Giza is one such place; 100 percent of our sacred sites and oldest Cathedrals are built upon these natural, special and mysterious places. They are the Holy Grails of the Earth; Cauldrons of Balance. They are conduits of The Divine.
These places of power were used for healing and personal transformation across the globe and many geomanced monuments are built upon them. The places themselves “are the healers” and those that experience them feel the intelligence of “Divine” consciousness within them. They can be found all over the globe, and some may be right in your back yard. You may be sitting in one, right now.
To find yourself in one of these places, performing "the work" was, and is still, one best kept secrets of all time.
And like these places, which can be considered our partners in our healing work-- the body itself is also a precious temple; a living portal to other realms; "as above, so below." It must be well fed and cared for, just as the spirit must be fed and cared for. After all, it is the spirit which descends into matter and form, as it enters this reality. It has been said that to "heal thy self," or Temet Nosce, "know thy self" will affect your antecedents as well as your descendants in positive ways. How this occurs is one of the great mysteries. To do the work in one of these special locations is a powerful experience. In fact, it is an opinion that this is one reason why they exist in nature as they do. They are filled with "life force." When one enters a natural place of power and does the work, one is filled, with great ease, with the force of life itself. In some of the more powerful locations it has been measured with highly technical instruments that time itself runs slower within them.
This is the meaning of Hermetic Transformation. It is "the work" done within a place of power. Whether that work is spiritual, physical or mental. The work consists of meditation, visualization and prayer-- communion with The Divine. It is often defined as inner work, but as we know, inner work never really is simply "on the inside." "As within, so without."
"If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will be your salvation. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you." --The Gnostic Gospels.
There is one more important aspect of these powerful places; the
nurturing and strengthening of the life force within one's own body and mind. This is done with specific methodology; operations that allow one to fully access this infinite and omnipresent force. This force, is life itself. This force is ever abundant in natural places of power.
"Within every man and woman is a force that directs and controls the entire course of life. Properly used, it can heal every affliction and ailment we may have." --Israel Regardie.
"It is the willed use of such a force that is capable of bringing health to body and mind." --Israel Regardie.
Along with focus, intent, visualization, action, and "care" which is the 8th unspoken and generative principle, and the 9th hidden principle of gratitude, one can begin the process of restoration with confidence, personal control and a heart unafraid. This, like properly executed prayer as the ancients performed it-- is magic-- or "miraculous" however one wants to define or perceive it. Or in the modern world—an aspect of Quantum Understanding.
But once, it was simply called “Alchemy.”
And yet, and yet still today, as in our ancient past, is it known “by some” as “The Great Work.”
--“A Work” that takes place on all three levels of existence."
-- a work if performed within a place of power and in alignment with Divine Will (God's Will) is profoundly life changing.