Originally posted April 1, 2016
Abrahamic Mysticism consists primarily of the metaphysics of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. While these religions today are heavily used throughout society with little incorporation of metaphysic understanding, mysticism would not be the same without them. Easily the most dominant contribution to the occult of these would be Judaism, through a form of ancient Hewbrew, spelt “Kabbalah,” “Qabala,” et cetera. Since there isn’t a precise translation of the name into English, there are quite a few differential spellings based on the pronunciation more so than the spelling itself. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, the wise, old Kabbalists were considered to be in communion with highly powerful demons throughout the cosmos, because the Kabbalistic “Tree of Life” is considered to be a map of reality, in a very, very loose sense of the phrase. Containing ten spheres or “sephiroth” of “types of existence,” whether this be a metaphysical dimension, a mental dimension, an alchemical state, or otherwise, the Tree of Life is one of the most prized and withstanding teachings of ancient mysticism, and tends to be one of the first things researched by newcomers to the subject.
While it seems quite evident that numerology was developed by the Mystery Initiations (see Part 6) the Kabbalists were generally the first people to begin assembling the processes of uses of numerology in the West, which is scholastically called “gematria.” Also heavily prevalent in the esoteric beliefs of Greece and Egypt, gematria was the number system used to graph out the Old Testament. Yes, “graph” it out. The Old Testament was originally written by Kabbalists to bear not only many layers of linguistic understanding of their teachings, but mathematic understandings of their teachings as well. While being highly controversial to some people, it has become a common understanding in mysticism and comparative-religious historical analysis, that most, if not all of the names of the members of the Bible are mathematic, gematrian equations.
Additionally, this was a common practice throughout ancient history and, for example, Greek philosophers Aristotle, Plato and Socrates are considered by scholars to have those “names/titles” which they earned by their lot in life–their character. Consequently, the names of the Bible represent the same concept. Jesus Christ himself has been heavily speculated and researched to be a traveling monk from the east, or even possibly a group of monks, Christ becoming an archetype for the metaphysician. However, this is far from the only theory behind the matter. Other occult sources–and, notably, a larger amount of the sources–accredit Christ’s initiation into metaphysics by the Gnostic Egyptian Mystery Initiations. In fact, not only have a number of occult researchers touched on this subject, it has even been researched and discussed on the radio show, Coast To Coast AM by historian, Tricia McCannon.
McCannon’s research illustrates the account of a Christ with origins in Celtic royalty from ancient Britain. According to the line of research, Christ visited the Celts as a young boy and studied with them. He then eventually traveled to India and studied with the Brahmins (maybe the Buddhist, hence the Buddhist monk theories?), where he eventually made his way to the Egyptian Initiations, before returning to his homeland. In this line of research, the “Christ” is as well-considered a title that Jesus earned, being a bringer of light, as many have phrased it, anointed Jesus “the Christ.”
For what it’s worth, Tricia McCannon is far from the only source that recounts this narrative, and it’s an incredibly viable theory. Outside of traditional Christian canon, it is probably the most accurate historical account of Christ to date. With this background in mind, Jesus returned to his homeland, in realistic terms, to combat the oppression of the state with “gnosis” or knowledge of the ancient sciences and mysticism. At this point, Judaism was already well on its way to being an oppressive, social-norm reinforcement mechanism of political administration (aside from Kabbalism), and Jesus saw himself as the bringer of the “light” of knowledge to his people. From this perspective, perhaps the reason that Jesus has survived in legend throughout the ages is that he was one of the original social activists against the Surveillance State, with the blood of a true political anarchist. Other accounts even still tell the tale of Jesus’ escape from crucifixion as proposed by Dr. Courtney Brown of the Farsight Institute. This, albeit, is a bit more speculative than the documentation for Jesus’ initiations into the Egyptian Mysteries.
Perhaps from here it should be mentioned that this article does not seek to tarnish any person’s own ideologies. The purpose here is to lay out these ideologies from more of a historical perspective, and from an overarching perspective that takes all mysticism/occult into account for a more wholesome perspective of metaphysics. With that being said, the modes of affect that Christianity was propagated for became known in the eyes of the Occult as misinterpretation, disinformation, and overall insincere in its beliefs. Claiming that Christianity is inaccurate from a metaphysic standpoint is not to say that it is unhelpful or misleading, but that its dogma was constructed by its leaders in order to limit the perceptual faculties of the religion’s followers. Furthermore, this is a testament to the true power of Jesus Christ’s word; it was seen as such a threat to the ancient power systems, that elitists such as Constantine and King James saw how deeply the common people were inspired by Jesus, and played this to their advantage. From this perspective, the institution of the Church is the inherent inversion and counter-mimicry of Jesus Christ’s true teaching, and is meant as a diversion from authentic metaphysics. Not to mention the fact that what is known as “the Bible” today is meant to be an accurate representation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, when it leaves out such scrolls about Mary Magdelin, Judas, Enoch, and even the Nag Hammadi Scrolls. To say that this is “God’s will” to have these scrolls edited out of the Bible is fundamentally putting a great deal of merit into the decisions of elitist rulers like King James and Constantine.
This can be more accurately explained by three examples in Christianity’s belief system: the belief that no one else is correct, and that all are damned but Christians; the emphasis on doctrine and ritual, with less emphasis on the self’s relationship to the world and more so on the Christian-world’s relationship to the self. This, in a generalized sense, was seen by many as a formation of social-norms administrated by the Catholic church in order to subvert outlier ideologies. The Catholic Church, throughout history, primarily revolved around domination and control, and while other religions are guilty of the same, they are not in question here. This is not to say that there is anything “evil” about Christianity’s beliefs and dogmas, but the Catholic church is being judged here on its effect in the mind of the individual, and not for the types of methods that it uses. An example of these types of methods, is what more and more alternative researchers are pointing red flags towards: the Catholic Church’s relationship to governmental centralization and globalization through the “Jesuit Order.” This is not meant to diminish any attributions that Christianity made to Mysticism.
Most of what was said about Christianity and its reinforcement of social-norms and incomplete teachings of metaphysics processes, can be said about Islam as well. However, despite its reputation in the West today, Islam also contributed to the body of metaphysic information with its Sufism ideology. Much like the Kabbalists, the Sufis were sometimes even persecuted by their own mother-religion because of their incredibly allegorical interpretations of doctrine. Sufis (again, like Kabbalists) saw the monotheistic god as an allegory for the macrocosm of the universe, the self-regulating nature of the universe, the “Tao,” whether it be human cells or planets. Perhaps not surprising at this point, there is a heavy amount of documentation today that suggests that Sufism was considered heretical by many Islamic sects because it was not of Islamic origins. Rather, it was an Islamic interpretation of the ancient sciences of the Egyptian Mystery Initiations. It is also considered that the Sufis were intimately connected with the Kabbalists of the day, perhaps developing the Islamic understanding of the Mysteries through contact with the Kabbalists.
Overall, Abrahamic mysticism can be considered the inversion of a politically hijacked school of thought. By extrapolating social-norm reinforcements from ancient metaphysics, the “traditional” interpretations of the Abrahamic religions subsequently severed the connection between their doctrine and its hidden allegory. Thus, the Abrahamic mystics were a cultural retreat to the roots of the ideas within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
[accordion title=”Beginners Guide to Metaphysics – Continued” close=”0″]Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Eastern Mysticism: Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism
Part 3: Witchcraft: Paganism, Voodoo and Native American Mysticism
Part 4: Abrahamic Mysticism: Catholicism, Kabbalah and Islam
Part 5: Gnosticism
Part 6: The Mystery Initiations of Greece and Egypt
Part 7: Secret Societies: Freemasonry, Illuminati and Bohemian Grove
Part 8: Science and Mysticism Unified[/accordion]
Sources: http://www.patheos.com/Library/Sufism, http://www.soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun/treeoflifetraditional.htm, http://www.biblegematria.com/, http://www.biblewheel.com//GR/GR_Database.php, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I97s7RR3cQk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ZFBhIl4fk, http://www.biblewheel.com//GR/GR_Database.php, http://www.thezensite.com/non_Zen/Was_Jesus_Buddhist.html