The term “Self-knowledge” has two components: the Self and the realization of the Self. Since ancient times, people have asked themselves who or what they are and where this existence ultimately leads.
In mystical traditions, there is an understanding of the interaction between the Higher Self (referred to as the Holy Guardian Angel), and the Lower Self, which represents aspects of one’s personality.
Here, the awakened individual sees that the personality is like a mask or vehicle for the “I AM”, that it is moderated and refined by the Higher Self.
Gaining insight into the true nature of one’s being is usually a long and painful process. The ego resists and vehemently clings to the illusion of a separate existence.
However, when a person embarks on the path of self-knowledge, the Higher Self begins to dismantle the false self-image and false identification with the ego.
Once we learn to surrender completely to the higher guidance, we make room for the true ruler, known in different cultural contexts as Christ, Osiris, Mithras, Hiram, Buddha, Krishna, or by many other names. This leads to the development of a permanent, conscious connection between the higher and lower aspects of the soul.
On the spiritual path, the personality aspects gradually align with the Higher Self to more fully express our true essence. The duration of this transformation is insignificant because it is a process guided by a Being who was, is, and always will be.
It is the alchemical transformation of heavy lead into refined gold.
The symbol of the rose cross in mystical traditions represents the balanced personality. The center of which is where the spiritual point is incarnated.
This process cannot be forced, as it is a higher grace bestowed upon those who have entered the next stage of human evolution.
Through conscious devotion and gratitude, we open ourselves to this realization and gradually gain insight into the hidden connections in our lives.
In the online courses of the Hermetic Academy, students of Hermeticism learn to understand and approach these processes step by step.
What is Self-knowledge?
The term “Self-knowledge” consists of two components: the Self and the realization of the Self. Since ancient times, people have asked themselves who or what they are and where this existence ultimately leads.
Why is self-knowledge important?
It is usually a long and painful process for a person to know the true nature of their being. The ego resists and clings fiercely to the illusion of a separate existence.
However, once a person begins the path of self-knowledge, the Higher Self destroys the false self-image and false identification with the ego.