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Academy:
A society whose purpose is to promote a particular aspect of knowledge or culture. An educational institution devoted to a particular subject.

Accord:
A general agreement as to what is right; a state in which things are in harmony with each other.

Adept:
A Physical or Non-Physical Being who, having traveled the path of evolution, has entered upon the final stage of the Path of Initiation.

Adi:
The atomic plane of the solar system; the highest of the seven planes.

Adumbrate:
A vague indication or warning of something to come; to overshadow or obscure something.

Agni:
The Lord of Fire in the Vedas. The oldest and most revered of the Gods in India. One of the three great deities Agni, Vayu and Suya, and also all the three, as he is the triple aspect of fire. Fire is the essence of the solar system and also of the mental plane of which Agni is lord.

Alternative Health Practices:
Health or medical practices are considered alternative if they are based on untested, untraditional or unscientific principles, methods, treatments or knowledge. If alternative health practice is offered along with conventional medicine, it is referred to as complementary medicine.

Amanuensis:
Somebody employed by an individual to write from his or her dictation.

Analepsis:
The art of remembering past events by accessing the back brain.

Anamnesis:
The act of remembering in the sense of re-enacting; ritualized remembrance.

Ananke:
Necessity. The Goddess of the Spindle depicted in Plato's Myth of Er.

Anastasis:
Literally, the immortality or undyingness of Christ.

Anima Mundi:
The world soul.

 

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Antahkarana:
The path, or bridge, between higher and lower mind, which serves as a medium of communication between the two. It is constructed by the aspirant in and of mental matter.

Antidote:
A substance that counteracts the effects of a poison or toxin. Something that will take away or reduce the bad effects of something experienced earlier.

Apocatastasis:
A theory suggesting that at the end of time, all creatures, including the damned and the demons, shall be brought into the divine embrace.

Apophatic:
The knowledge of Deity through complete ignorance and darkness; the mysticism of midnight illumination. Apothatic theology only suggests what God is not.

Apophenia:
The spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of unrelated phenomena.

Apostasy:
The renunciation of a religious or political belief or allegiance.

Apotheosis:
The highest point of glory, power or importance; the best or most glorious example of something; the transformation of a human being into a deity.

Aretaics:
The ethical theory that excludes all relations between virtue and happiness; the science of virtue; a sharp contrast with eudemonics.

Aretalogy:
Self-praises.

Aristophanes, 445-385 BCE:
A writer of comedies and a Greek initiate of the Mysteries; indicted for revealing too much about Mystery school doctrines.

Ascended Masters:
Masters who have served several incarnations in the lower heavens (planets) teaching the Cosmic Law of the Universe. They have ascended back into the presence of Source from where they have chosen and received new assignments to teach spiritual truths to a wide variety of worlds.

Ascension
The uniting of an individual or soul extension with spirit. The merging of an incarnate personality with its I AM presence or monad. The evolution of consciousness beyond the ego or lower state of conscious awareness and into unity with the divine or higher state of consciousness.

Atavism
The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence, usually caused by the chance recombination of genes. Also called a throwback.

Attar
Essential oil otto extracted from flowers, especially the oil extracted from rose petals.

Aura
The subtle, almost invisible essence which surrounds and emanates from all living things.

Automatic Life
Life lived as a reflex without conscious thought or intention; the result of habit or custom.

 

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Barnabas, c.100 CE:
The Epistle of Barnabas was one of the best-known texts of the early Church; attributed to a co-worker of Paul. It was barred from the New Testament because it contained too many Gnostic ideas.

Basilides, c.117-161 CE:
One of the most distinguished of the early Gnostics who derived his doctrines from Aristotle. He was a disciple of Menander of Antioch. He is said to have received 'secret words' from the apostle Matthias. His son Isidore succeeded him and the school of Basilides was in existence until the fourth century.

Bodhisattva:
Those whose consciousness has become intelligence, and who need only a few more lifetimes prior to achieving perfection.

Bogomils:
'Lovers of God'. Thought to have arisen from a sect of Paulicians from Asia Minor. Settled in Macedonia around 872 due to intense persecution elsewhere. Accused of performing 'unholy mysteries'. Records indicate they existed until the fifteenth century.

Binary Soul Doctrine (BSD):
A belief, which states that humans possess two souls that split at death, the conscious going on to reincarnate again and again, while the unconscious ends up in limbo judging itself for all eternity.

 

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Casual Body:
The non-physical body, which is neither objective nor subjective. Relatively permanent, it lasts throughout the long cycle of incarnations, and only dissipates when the need for further rebirth on the part of the human being no longer exists.

Cathars:
Derived from the Greek word for purity. Catharism was the dominant religion in Southern France between 1150 and 1300. Also known as Patarenes. Cathars believed in reincarnation, they were strict vegetarians were celibate. They called the Church of Rome a 'den of thieves'. The Church condemned the Cathars in 1139. They offered land and property and eternal salvation to anyone who would take up the Crusade against the Cathars.

Centropy:
The electrification of matter in our universe that produces creative renewal.

Change:
An exchange, substitution or replacement. To become different; to pass from one stage to another. A variance from a routine, especially a welcome one. An alteration, variation or modification. The order in which a set of tuned bells are rung.

Cherubim:
The angelic order which are considered to be the keepers of the celestial records.

Chimera:
(1) A figment of the imagination, for example, a wildly unrealistic idea or hope or a completely impractical plan. (2) An organism that has genetic material from a variety of sources as a result of the insertion of unspecialized (stem) cells from other species into an embryo. (3) An organism, or part of one, with at least two genetically different tissues resulting from mutation, the grafting of plants, or the insertion of foreign cells into an embryo.

Clair:
Prefix; clear seeing.

Clairaudience:
The ability to hear those things and experiences that are not normally or usually audible.

Clairsentience:
The ability to sense or feel those things and experiences that are not physically present.

Clairvoyance:
The ability to perceive things and experiences that are not in sight.

Collective:
An enterprise run by the people who work in it, but under the jurisdiction of all who participate within the state created as a result of the enterprise.

Collective Consciousness/Reality:
A group of individuals who by agreement link their minds, emotions and other energies so that each individual can experience and know what the other individuals and the group as a whole are thinking, feeling, etc. The combined knowledge of the group as well as it's past and present is available to all members. Author, Ken Keyes, Jr. who wrote about a certain group of monkeys who had been observed by scientists upon an island, first explained the phenomenon of collective consciousness. Social scientists gave the monkeys sweet potatoes that they had first covered in sand. The monkeys ate the potatoes but did not like the sand. Eventually, one of the female monkeys began washing her potato in water before eating it. Slowly the other monkeys followed her example and began to wash their potatoes as well. Eventually this behavior spread throughout the island. The surprise came later when the scientist discovered that monkeys on other islands were also now doing the same thing. Mr. Keyes explained that with collective consciousness when a certain critical number achieves awareness, this new awareness might be communicated from mind to mind.

Collective Unconscious:
A part of the unconscious mind that is common to all human beings but is not individually acquired. A part of the unconscious mind shared by a society, a people or all of humankind

Colloquy:
A literary or other written work in the form of a dialogue.

Conscious Channel:
An observer of the process; somewhat detached, but aware nonetheless.

Constancy:
A specific and measurable quality of that which remains faithful to a person, place, belief or decision, especially in the face of difficulties. The quality or fact of remaining the same despite change or variation in other things.

Creation:
A process without beginning or end, through which form and matter is produced in the universe.

Crucible:
A place or set of circumstances where people or things are subjected to forces that test them and often make them change.

 

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Demagogue:
A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.

Design Paradigms:
Models, archetypes, or quintessential examples of designed solutions to problems. Thus a Swiss Army Knife is a design paradigm illustrating the concept of a single object that changes configuration to address a number of problems. Design paradigms can be used either to describe a design solution, or as an approach to design problem solving. Problem solving occurs through a process of abstraction and characterization of design solutions, with subsequent categorization into problem solving types. The approach is akin to the use of metaphor in language; metaphors are used to help explain concepts that are new or unfamiliar, and to bridge between a problem we understand and a problem we don't. Design paradigms can be seen as higher order metaphors; as the often three-dimensional distillation of a working relationship between parts, between groups of things, between the known and the unknown.

Discipline:
The specific direction and control of personal action, the result of which is self-mastery.

Divine Feminine:
Often signifies the feminine appearances of Deity.

Doxa:
Literally, glory.

Dunameis:
Powers, daimonic agencies, or angelic forces.

Dyad:
In Platonism, the Dyad stemmed from the Monad and was usually symbolized as female or Mother

 

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Earth:
The planet on which we live as a biological species.

Earth Alchemy:
Spiritual transformation as it takes place in everyday life.

Ecstasy:
The liberation of the mind from its finite consciousness; becoming one and identified with the infinite. The highest condition, but one that is not permanent. Identical with the state called Samadhi in India.

Effort:
The evidence of inconsistency within the individual.

Effulgence/Refulgence:
Shining radiantly, resplendent.

Egeria:
A woman who acts as a trusted adviser or loyal companion (literary).

Eidetic:
Of, relating to, or marked by extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images.

Elohim:
Plural for Creator God.

Empedocles, 490-4430 BCE:
Disciple of Pythagoras, a priest and a miracle worker. In a poem he proclaimed himself an 'immortal god' whose teachings could bring men back from the dead.

Entropy:
The negative decay and degeneration of matter. Opposed to positive centropy, the electrification of matter-energy.

Environment:
The natural world, within which people, animals and plants live. All the external factors influencing the life of organisms such as light or food supply. The conditions that surround people and affect the way they live.

Equipoise:
A condition where there is a balance between different social, emotional, or intellectual influences; something that creates a balanced state, usually by counterbalancing some other force or thing.

Ergane:
One of the titles associated with Athene; "work-woman".

Eschatology:
The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind. A belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment.

Essenes:
A Jewish sect based at Qumran, a few miles from where the Old Testament Joshua crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. Scholars believe that recently discovered Dead Sea Scrolls belonged to the Essenes. Their beliefs and teachings have been associated with the Pythagoreans and the Theraputae.

Eudemonism:
The part of moral philosophy that concerns happiness; the science of happiness.

Eusebius, 260-340 CE:
A convicted Arian heretic who became Constantine's official historian and biographer. Known as the 'Father of Church History. His work is thought to be unreliable and little more than propaganda for Christianity.

Exegete:
Someone who studies and interprets texts, especially religious writings.

 

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Fin de siècle:
The final years of the 19th century, characterized as being a time of decadence and self-doubt.

Fleet Being:
A being of higher intelligence, capable of being transported from star system to star system. Out of this singular body many categories of matter-energy bodies can be generated.

Fohat:
Cosmic electricity; primordial light; the ever-present electrical energy; the universal propelling vital force; a synthesis of many forms of electrical phenomena.

 

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Gematria:
The science of determining the necessary input power needed to build a consciousness body; i.e. the mathematical calculation of the weights and measures supporting each consciousness vehicle.

Gnomon:
An ancient Greek word meaning "indicator", "one who discerns," or "that which reveals." Also the part of a sundial that casts the shadow.

Great White Brotherhood:
An order that stands as a field of intelligence serving All That Is.

Guild:
A club, society or organization of people with common interests or goals. An association of merchants or craftspeople in medieval Europe formed to give help and advice to its members. A group of organisms that use the same environmental resources in similar ways.

 

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Happiness:
A reference point; a relative state of mind to which we compare other emotions. Being happy is one of our ultimate goals.

Hebdomad:
The sevenfold levels of creation, each usually represented by a planet.

Henge:
A prehistoric circular area with standing stone or wooden pillars and often enclosed by a bank or ditch, possibly used for rituals.

Heimarmene:
A "late-classical"TM term meaning Fate; the belief that everyone is subject to fate.

Helen of Troy:
In Homer, Helen of Troy was the cause of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans. The Pythagoreans regarded the works of Homer as an initiation allegory in which Helen represents the human soul. The oldest Gnostic, Simon Magus and his followers, told the tragic story of how divine Wisdom (Sophia/Helen) was raped by hostile powers but was finally saved.

Heraclitus, c.500 BCE:
Mystic philosopher of Ephesus in Asia Minor who wrote about the Word of god (Logos). An important influence on Gnosticism, his cryptic work was said to only be understood by initiates of the Mysteries.

Heretic:
Someone who holds or adheres to an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by religious authorities. Someone whose opinions, beliefs, or theories in any field are considered by others in that field to be extremely unconventional or unorthodox.

Heretical:
At variance with established religious teaching in such a way or to such an extent as to attract official condemnation; going against established or traditional theories, especially in philosophy, science or politics.

Hermeneutics:
The development and study of theories and interpretations regarding the understanding of texts including those of historic and religious origin; also involves cultivating the ability to understand things from somebody else's point of view, and to appreciate the cultural and social forces that may have influenced their outlook. The concept of "text" is here extended beyond written documents to any number of objects subject to interpretation, such as experiences.

Hermeneutic Circle:
The process of understanding a text hermeneutically. It refers to the idea that one's understanding of the text as a whole is established by reference to the individual parts and one's understanding of each individual part by reference to the whole. Neither the whole text nor any individual part can be understood without reference to one another, and hence, it is a circle. However, this circular character of interpretation does not make it impossible to interpret a text, rather, it stresses that the meaning of text must be found within its cultural, historical, and literary context.

Hermes Trismegistus:
Patron deity of Hermetic literature written in Egypt in the second and third centuries CE. A synthesis of the Greek 'Guide of souls' Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth, the legendary sage and inventor of writing.

Herodotus , 484-430 BCE:
Greek historian known as the 'Father of History'. He traveled throughout Egypt and recorded that the Mysteries of Dionysus at Eleusis were modeled on those of Osiris in Egypt.

Hierarchy:
Spiritual Beings on the inner planes of our local solar system who guide the intelligent forces of nature and the evolutionary processes of our planet. The Hierarchy is further divided into twelve additional hierarchies which, within our planetary scheme, are reflected as chohans, adepts, and initiates. These in turn, work through their disciples, and by this means, the world as well.

Hierophant:
Someone who interprets and expounds the meaning of obscure and mysterious matters, especially sacred doctrines or mysteries; a priest who revealed the mysteries at the annual festival of Eleusis in ancient Greece.

Higher Self:
A reflection of the wholeness that is a human being; consists of refined clarity as well as fragments of self, but generally reflects less distraction and distortion more common with the lower self. Subject to calmness rarely associated with the drastic fragments of the personality self.

Hologram:
A three-dimensional image of an object that is a photographic record of light interference patterns. Holograms are created by projecting half of a laser light beam directly onto an object as well as onto a photographic plate, which also receives the other half of the beam directly. The interference pattern created on the plate replicates the image or object in three dimensions.

Homer:
Greek poet(s) of the seventh century BCE, author(s) of The Odyssey and The Iliad. Often quoted in the Gnostic gospels. It is widely thought that Pythagorean and Mystery school teachings were smuggled and hidden into the texts.

Hypostasis:
An intermediary being or quasi-personification of attributes associated with the Divine; midway between a personality and an abstract being; that which is of one substance with God.

Hysteresis:
The lagging of an effect behind its cause, as when the change in magnetism of a body lags behind changes in the magnetic field.

 

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I AM THAT I AM:
The highest statement one can make in this world. It expresses the "covenant" between the human self and the Christed overself, and a knowing of one's true identity, one's destiny, and the keys to the higher thresholds; a holy mantra/salutation.

Iconoclasm:
A challenge to and overturning of traditional beliefs, customs and values; the destruction of religious images used in worship, or opposition to their use in worship.

Idyll:
An experience or period of serene and carefree happiness, usually in beautiful surroundings and sometimes in the context of a romantic relationship. A scene or event characterized by tranquility, simple beauty, and innocent charm.

Illumination:
A state of conscious at-one-ment with the Universal Principle; direct participation with truth.

Initiations:
From the Latin root meaning the first principles of any science. The process of penetrating the mysteries of the science of the Self, and of the one self in all selves. The path of evolution is the final stage of the path of evolution by humanity.

Intuition:
Immediate knowing of something without the conscious use of reasoning.

Iridology:
The study of the iris to diagnose disease; based upon the assumption that every organ in the human body has a corresponding location within the iris, and that one can determine its relative health by examining the iris rather than the organ itself.

 

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Jehovah:
The revealed God of our Father Universe; Ye-ho-wah is the manifested embodiment of YHWH who is known and loved as "the Sovereign Lord" who directs program of salvation in this universe.

Jeshua/Joshua/Jesus:
Eternal Divine Son of the Father appointed to bring "Sonship" to the children of God and to activate the work of Je-ho-vah Y-H-W-H; The only-begotten Son of God for this eon of existence who will offer up the earthly kingdom of God to the Father's Throne; The Head of the Office of the Christ encompassing the 144,000 Ascended Masters; Divine Love that is also anointed as the vehicle of Redemption making salvation and forgiveness possible to those who become "Christed" through Christ in oneness with the Father and the Son.

Jiva:
A separated unit of consciousness.

Jung, C. G., 1875-1961:
Swiss founder of depth psychology. Profoundly influenced by classical esoteric tradition, Gnosticism, and Hermeticism, and alchemy.

 

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Kali Yuga:
An age or cycle of time is called a Yuga. According to Indian philosophy our evolution is divided into four yugas or cycles. The Kali-Yuga, our present cycle, is named the Black Age, a period that lasts approximately 432,000 years.

Karma:
Metaphysically, the law of retribution; also called the law of cause and effect, or ethical causation. The power that affects all things including the resultant moral effect or action of an act committed for the attainment of something which satisfies or gratifies personal desire.

Kataphatic:
Affirmative knowledge of the divine through sure and certain knowledge; the mysticism of daylight.

Kenosis:
The emptying of the self, the experience of the Black Goddess.

Klimax Heptapulos:
"The sevenfold stairway." A name adopted by Orphic and Mithraic cults to signify the passage of the initiate through the sevenfold planetary experiences.

Kohanim:
The linear priesthood of the traditional followers of Jehovah; those who shall arise near the end of the days from every aspect of spiritual consciousness.

Kumaras:
The highest seven self-conscious beings in our solar system. They manifest through the medium of a planetary scheme in the same way as a human beings manifests through the medium of a physical body. Amongst other names they are called, the mind-born sons of Brahma. At the head of our world evolution stands the first Kumara, assisted by six other Kumaras, three exoteric and three esoteric.

Kundalini:
One of the forces of nature; the power of Life. It is concentrated and centered within the spine and known primarily to those who attune to it through their spiritual practice.

 

 

Lemuria:
A modern term adopted by early Theosophists that describes a continent hat preceded Atlantis.

Lodge:
A local branch or chapter of a fraternal organization, guild or union. A hall or other meeting place used by a branch of a society. A dwelling traditionally used by Native North American people. The den of certain animals, usually used for protection. To invest someone with the power and authority to do something.

Logos:
The aspect of diety that manifests through every person and place. The outward expression, or the effect of the cause, which is ever concealed. Thus, speech is the Logos of thought, hence it is aptly translated by the verbum and the word in its metaphysical sense.

 

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Macroprosopopeia:
The great creative hypothesis; also called Arich-Anphin, or the great countenance.

Mandeans:
A Gnostic sect whose origins go back to pre-Christian times. Still survives today in the marshes of Iraq.

Marcellina:
A female follower of Epiphanes who introduced his teachings to Rome, bringing with her painted icons illuminated with gold representing Jesus, Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle. A sect called the Marcellinas flourished c.130 CE.

Marcus Aurelius:
Roman emperor from 161 to 180 CE. Author of Meditations. His rule marks the high point of the Roman Empire, a period later called the Second Sophistic. A triumph of philosophy over Rome as well as a reference to the first Sophistic, when philosophy triumphed over Athens in the fifth century BCE during the 'Athenian Enlightenment' of the Classical Age.

Meditation:
Silent or unuttered prayer; an ardent turning of the soul toward the divine not to ask for any particular good (as in the common meaning of prayer) but for good itself.

Melchizedek:
Sovereign of Light in charge of organizing the levels of the heavenly worlds of YHWH. Equal to Michael and to Metatron. Works in the "rescue, regenesis and reeducation lf worlds" by assisting with the purification of Living Light. He is in charge of the Order/Brotherhood of Melchizedek and the spiritual and planetary priesthood of Mechizedek; a manifestation of a Son of God. The Melchizedek Order comes after the Order of the Son of God. It governs the planetary worlds where "Adamic" seeds have been planted and administers the spirituality of these worlds. The order is eternal and has foreordained its Priests and its Programs before the world ever was.

Menander:
One of the 'earliest heretics'.

Messiah:
One who will come to be a savior of the people; one who is sent by the Father for the anointing of mankind on this planet.

Meta:
Prefix; after; changed, higher.

Meta-History:
The progression of spiritual events, which have their reflection in history.

Metanoia:
Change of heart.

Metaphysics:
The science that attempts to explain the nature of things beyond reality.

Monad:
In Platonism, the Monad is the originator, or the One; an archetype that is represented as male or Father.

Monoimos:
Known as 'the Arab'. Declared, 'Man is the Universe'. Derived his doctrines from Geometers and Arithmeticians.

Montanus:
A priest of Cybele and her son Attis who fell into a trance and began speaking in tongues. He believed himself inspired by the Holy Spirit and later traveled through Asia Minor, accompanied by two women prophetesses. He regarded ecstasy as the only true Christianity.

Mysteries:
The core rites into which individuals were initiated; that which is incommunicable except to those with direct personal experience or communion with the Divine.

 

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Naassene Gnostics:
Gnostic sect which existed under the reign of Hadrian 9110-140 BCE). Their name is derived from Naas, meaning 'serpent', and believed that every temple (Naos in Greek) was secretly dedicated to this form of divinity. Attended the mysteries attributed to 'Great Mother'.

Nexus:
A specialized area of a cellular membrane that helps cells to communicate. The center or focus of something. A connection or link associating two or more people or things.

Nirvana:
A state of supreme contentment, with no desires for worldly things, reached by meditation and right action.

 

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Obloquy:
Statements that severely criticize or defame somebody.

Observable:
Worthy of notice and attention. Needing to be followed or respected.

Ogdoad
Literally, 'the eighth'TM. The eighth level of creation which lies between the hebdomad and the pleroma; the place where Gnostic Sophia sits.

Omphalos
A conical stone with sacred significance in ancient religion. The most famous omphalos was at Delphi; supposedly marking the center of the Earth. The central or focal point, around which everything else revolves. The scar where the umbilical cord was once attached.

Ophanim:
An angelic order of light that serves the Father and Son universes by governing the heavens through "wheels-within-wheels" and by transforming spiritual form into biological creation.

Order of Enoch/Brotherhood of Enoch:
The order that initiates the faithful into new worlds of consciousness by creating and making available spiritual-scientific knowledge.

Order of Melchizedek/Brotherhood of Melchizedek:
The order in charge of upgrading and reprogramming consciousness so that it is capable of linking physical creation with the divine hierarchy.

Orichalcum, 185-254 CE:
A metallic substance, resembling gold in color, but inferior in value. A mixed metal of the ancients, resembling brass, whose specific combination was thought to have magical properties.

Origen, 185-254 CE:
Born in Alexandria, studied Pagan philosophy with Plotinus. Castrated himself in accordance with Mathew 19:12 (a practice followed by the Pagan followers of the Godman Attis). Established a school in Caesaria in 231. Posthumously condemned as a heretic by the Roman church in the fifth century.

Oriflamme:
Something that inspires people or arouses support. Also, the red banner or flag that was adopted as the national flag of France in the middle Ages.

Outer Universes:
Regions of formlessness; void. That which is not part of the Father Universe. Living Light is allowed in these regions so that they will eventually spiral into spiritual dominions.

Overself/Oversoul:
The preexistent higher body of light, which exists for spiritual-physical beings prior to their incarnation.

 

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Pagan:
Someone who follows the old, Earth-centered religions.

Para:
Prefix; beside; beyond.

Parallax:
An apparent change in the position of an object when the person looking at the object changes position. The angle between two imaginary lines from two different observation points meeting at a star or celestial body that is used to measure its distance from the Earth.

Paranormal:
Beyond normal experience.

Parousia:
Used to denote the Second coming of Christ; 'the presence'.

Patriarch:
A man who leads a group of people and may be a prophet.

Paul of Tarsus:
Claimed by the Gnostics as the 'Great Apostle' of Gnosticism. It is believed that his mission to Greece lasted from 48 to 53 CE. These dates are uncertain as many of his letters are now known to have been forged. The legend that he was martyred in Rome, like that of Peter was created to legitimize the authority of the Roman Church. It is thought to have no basis in fact.

Phenomenology
(1) The science or study of phenomena, or things as they are perceived, as opposed to the study of being, or the nature of things as they are. (2) The philosophical investigation and description of conscious experience in all its varieties without reference to the question of whether what is experienced is objectively real.

Philo Judaeus, 25 BCE-50 CE:
An important bridge between the Greek philosophical tradition and later Christian Gnosticism. An Alexandrian Jew, his works demonstrate a thorough interpretation of Greek philosophy and Jewish tradition among 'Hellenized' Jews. Philo's thought is dominated by the idea of the Logos. Many doctrines of the Christian Gnostics can be found in his work.

Plato:
Disciple of Socrates and founder of the philosophical school in Athens known as the Academy. His philosophy is indebted to the doctrines of the Mysteries, the mysticism of Pythagoras and the poetry of Orpheus.

Pleroma:
The fullness of heaven.

Plotinus, 204-270 CE:
The most influential mystic philosopher after Plato. Studied with Ammonius Saccus in Alexandria for eleven years after which he went to Rome where his lectures were attended by the emperor and several senators. Most famous for The Enneads, whose lecture notes were organized by his pupil, Porphyry.

Polyhymni
In Greek mythology, the Muse responsile for songs and dances dedicated to the deities.

Polymath
Someone who is knowledgeable and interested in a variety of subjects.

Porphyry, 232-303 CE:
Pagan philosopher. Born in Tyre, studied philosophy at Athens. Wrote 15 volumes called, Against the Christians.

Portmanteau
A word that combines the sound and meaning of two words, for example, "smog", a combination of "smoke" and "fog".

Post-Materialists
Those who live by one or more versions of New Age ideas.

Probity
Complete honesty and integrity.

Proclus, 412-485 CE:
Born in Constantinople, studied in Athens. One of the last heads of the Platonic Academy in Athens before its abolition by Justinian in 529 CE.

Protagoras, 480-410 CE:
First professional philosopher in Athens. Indicted for heresy and put on trial. Escaped and perished at sea.

Prophet:
One who speaks of the will of his God and foresees or predicts the future.

Pseudoscience:
A set of ideas based upon theories put forth as scientific whether they are or not; based upon an authorative text rather than observation or empirical investigation.

Psych/psyche:
Prefix; of the soul; of the mind.

Psychic:
Ability to perceive the soul or the mind beyond the physical senses.

Ptolemy, c.140 in Rome:
Gnostic teacher, disciple of Valentinus, founder of the Italic School of Valentinus. He was the first exegete of the fourth gospel. Has been identified with the martyr Ptolemy mentioned by Justin Martyr.

Puerile:
Characteristic of childhood; silly, immature, and superstitious. Synod. An assembly or council held at specific intervals for the formulation and discussion of spiritual/religious ideas.

Purposeful:
Showing a clear determination. Having a definite purpose or aim.

Pythagoras, 581-497 BCE:
Greek Philosopher, traveled widely in Egypt, Phoenicia and Babylon. Founded communities of mystics in the Greek colonies of Italy. A Hierophant of the Mysteries of Demeter and Dionysus. A poet, a social reformer, educationalist, musician, mathematician and scientist. Had a profound influence upon Plato and the whole Greek philosophical tradition.

 

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Realization:
A simultaneous understanding and acceptance of the divinity and divine purpose in all things; the acceptance and rightness of things as they are. The knowing that it is the flow of divine energy that causes us to exist and to grow.

Recent of Days:
The aspect of the Infinite Mind of Creator, which reveals new creation and establishes hierarchies of light and power.

Recrudesce:
To break out or become active again after a dormant period.

Resource:
An inner ability or capacity that is drawn on in time of need. Adeptness at finding solutions to problems.

Roentgen:
A unit of radiation, used to measure the exposure of someone or something to X-rays and gamma rays, defined in terms of the ionization effect on air.

 

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Samadhi:
See Ecstasy

Sarsen:
A heathen or pagan stone or monument; Any of the large sedimentary rocks scattered throughout the chalk downs of southern England that have been broken into blocks by natural and man-made means. Also called Druid Stones.

Sea of Crystal:
A reference to all dimensions within the Milky Way in our local universe.

Semitic:
A group of languages belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family and spoken in North Africa and southwestern Asia. It includes Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Maltese and Amharic.

Seneca, 4 BCE-65 CE:
Roman philosopher and politician. Became a vegetarian follower of Pythagoras in his youth. Later became tutor to Nero.

Sentience:
The condition or quality of being conscious or aware. An emotional response or perception that is different and distinct from the intellectual process.

Seraphim:
An Angelic order of Light that serves Father and Son universes through multi-light encodings. They also have the capacity to take on the appearance form and force of multi or many corporeal forms.

Servomechanism:
An automatic device for controlling large amounts of power by means of very small amounts of power.

Science:
The observation and classification of the ways in which nature works, as these ways affect human awareness.

Shamanka:
Femail Shaman.

Shekinah:
The "presence of God"; the sanctification of the molecular form of the inner universe by the Holy Spirit.

Shibboleth:
A unique pronunciation, word, behavior, or practice used to distinguish one group of people from another, and to identify individuals as either members of the group or outsiders. A saying that is strongly used by members of a group and regarded as meaningless, unimportant or misguided by outsiders. A belief that is widely held but interferes with the ability to speak or think about things without preconception.

Simon Magus:
Arch-heretic and father of all heresies, according to Church founders. The man from whom 'Gnosis took its beginnings'. It is possible that Simon, like Jesus, is a mythical Messiah figure. Simon is said to have called himself 'Christ' and to have 'suffered in Judea'. He is also said to have been with a reformed harlot, just as Jesus had.

Socrates:
The most famous philosopher of antiquity. He was put to death in 399 BCE for heresy.

Solipsism:
The theory that self is the only object of real knowledge or that nothing but self exists.

Superficie:
The surface of a body or a region of space; the external aspects or appearance of a thing.

Synchronicity
An explanatory principle that deals with meaningful coincidences; an acausal principle that links events having a similar meaning by their coincidence in time rather than sequentially.

Synergy
The action of Sophia, by which all things work together.

Syzygy
Cosmological opposites, usually male and female, twins of one quality or function, e.g., Sophia and Logos.

 

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Tele:
Prefix; Far off; at a distance.

Telegraphes
Language reduced to its essential elements without regard to elegance or grammar, as typically found in telegrams.

Telepathy:
Communication between people (minds) by other than normal sensory channels.

Thales:
One of many who brought Egyptian and Babylonian knowledge that caused a revolution in both science and mysticism. While studying in Egypt, he correctly calculated the height of the pyramids and was the first man to predict an eclipse.

Thecla:
Oral tradition in Syria has it that she was a high-born lady from Iconium who at age 18 became the companion of Paul, traveling with him to baptize and preach. She is said to have become a martyr.

Theodotus:
One of many who were said to belong to the 'Oriental School' of Valentinus.

Theogony:
The origin and descent of god(s) as well as an account of this.

Theosis:
Deification, spiritualization, the penetration of the human being by divine energies.

Theotokos:
"God-Bearer"; title of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Theraputae:
A sect of mystical Jews who lived near Alexandria in Egypt at the beginning of the first century CE. Philo describes them in detail in his book, On the Contemplative Life, and it is widely thought that he may also have been a member. A Jewish Pythagorean school which also included the Essenes. It has been suggested that they may have been practicing a Jewish version of the Pagan Mysteries. The Theraputae are most likely to have created and circulated the first Jesus story.

Tolerance:
The recognition of value in another person's faith and/or belief. A non-interfering respect for both unity and diversity.

Truth:
A cosmic fact that is beautiful, noble, gentle and wise; the most desirable of all things.

 

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Unity:
The state of being one. The combining or joining of separate things or entities to form one. Something whole or complete formed by combining or joining separate things or entities. Harmony of opinion, interest or feeling. A number by which a given element of a mathematical system can be multiplied with the result being equal to the value of the given element.

Unity Consciousness:
An understanding that what we do, think and feel affects every other living thing. Oneness; wholeness.

Universal Law:
That which is; a truth that is valid everywhere in the universe and applies to everyone and everything. It is timeless and endless in all dimensions and densities within the universe.

Urim and Thummim:
Sanctified crystals, which form a grid for communication using sacred Light and sound patterns that form geometries working with harmonics on given magnetic grids.

 

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Valentinus, 100-180 CE:
Alexandrian Gnostic poet. Author of The Gospel of Truth found at Nag Hammadi. Founded a school in Rome c.140. Described as 'of Plato's school'. Valentinian Christianity spread to all parts of the Roman world including Gaul, Rome, Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Carthage and eventually Mesopotamia. The Valentinian School was divided into two schools, the Italic, founded by Ptolemy, and the Oriental, founded by Theodotus.

Viviparous:
In Zoology, giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous. In Botany, germinating or producing seeds that germinate before becoming detached from the parent plant, as in the mangrove. Producing bulbils or new plants rather than seed, as in the tiger lily.

 

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Watchers:
Ascended Masters in physical form who understand the collective relativity of space-time overlap.

Whole Light Beings:
Entities of Light that exist in pure bodies of energy and travel; through the universes by quanta energy of Light

World Soul:
The anima mundi, or soul of the planetary world of earth, became the abstracted metaphor of the Goddess of the Earth.

 

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YHWH:
Yod Hey Vod Hey of the Living Everlasting Light. The Revealed Name of our Father universe of the Living God behind all Creator Gods. One of seventy-two sacred names of Infinite Mind.

 

 

Zeno of Citium, 350-260 BCE:
The founder of Stoicism. Lived and taught at Athens, but was also a Semite who was nicknamed 'the Phoenician'. Studied under Crates of Thebes in Athens, the successor of Diogenes who was thought to be most like Socrates.