In Hermetics, like any other system of philosophy, we use a variety of terms which may or may not be used commonly, without really defining the specific meaning we wish to convey with their use. Most often, we intend to communicate something more with them than their common, every day definitions would imply and it is assumed that you either already know what distinguishes their use from the ordinary meaning or, will figure it out. One such term is "self" and although it is true that if you are seriously pursuing the work of Franz Bardon's Initiation Into Hermetics, you will eventually be led to an understanding of its Hermetic use, it is nonetheless very advantageous if you have prior knowledge and can recognize the essential Self from the outset. Clarifying what is truly meant to be communicated by this seemingly simple word in the Hermetic context, will be the subject of all that follows and, as usual, this will be an experiential journey, not just an intellectual one.
Self is a very complex, multi-layered combination of factors whose definition varies depending upon one's perspective. Nonetheless, we can define an essential, or core Self (with a capital 'S'), from which all of these layers spring and to which, all of the various factors cling. Simply put, the essential Self is the intentional aspect of our overall awareness which is capable of objective perception and expression.
The words intentional and objective are important here because the essential Self is always intentional and objective. It is this quality that distinguishes it from the other aspects of human consciousness which make up the overall awareness. Read more of the Introduction . . .
The Know Thy Self Audio Series
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Meditation One: Physical Perception
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Meditation Two: Astral Perception
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Meditation Three: Mental Perception
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