An old proverb of the Hermetic tradition states „as soon as the student possesses the necessary readiness, their teacher will appear“. There are a multitude of spiritual paths and schools worldwide for this purpose.
Every aspirant will resonate with a particular school or path that suits them.
The Hermetic path of Transformation marks the culmination of this earthly incarnation, or this plane of existence.
The Beginning of the Journey
From the outset on the path of Hermeticism, the student is encouraged to distance themselves from superstition and blind fanaticism. Through testing and observation, teachings are not only scrutinized to the utmost but also a “first-hand knowledge” is gained through direct experience of cause and effect.
In this way, the student creates a bridge between seemingly externally received instructions and their own treasury of experiences.
It is up to everyone through self-responsibility, self-knowledge, and practical exploration of their own inner and outer world, to satisfactorily answer this question for themselves.
The initial motivations to begin this path may vary. Through individual development, our motives can also change over time.
Remembering Our True Self
All of this is fundamentally insignificant, as our Higher Self is the true guide of our individual and collective evolutionary processes. Its vehicle, in the form of our personality, moderates and calibrates us to higher vibrations.
This is the transformation of the lead of selfishness and ignorance into the gold of completion and self-knowledge.
Over the course of our collective development, we can recognize that we are steadily being drawn upwards. Our personal efforts, desires, motivations, and thoughts are the work of a higher, superconscious aspect of our being.
Something that may have seemed important to us at the beginning of our developmental process may even seem obsolete at another point on the path.
Through conscious devotion to the Higher and conscious remembrance of our true self, we can make progress in life and consciously experience how life works through us, manifests, and operates.
It can be an uplifting idea to be constantly drawn upwards by a superconscious force into an ever-increasing self-expression in order to express our inherent potential for our own good and for the benefit of all.
Mastering Life Through Self-Control
The path in the Hermetic Academy aims for the student to illuminate individual areas of life from a new perspective and, step by step, gain conscious control over them.
This control results from one’s own self-control.
The Hermeticist recognizes both within and without the connection between the inner world and the outer world and learns to take full responsibility for their life situations.
The aspirant learns to adjust their own vibration so that they work in harmony with the Greater Whole as a benefactor and as a righteous person in this creation.
We have the opportunity to take our natural place, as well as our inheritance, and fulfill our calling as humans. Our chance lies in exploring the essence of our being, recognizing the origin of our desires, and thus clarifying what we really want.
The Hermetic path therefore aims more at a complete transformation of humans in relation to their existing potential than at pure short-term sensory satisfaction. Even if this can be a pleasant side effect of the path.
When we recognize ourselves, we recognize the Self of all humanity. When we serve our true Self, we serve all humanity.
As individuals, we are like cells, each a piece of the larger human puzzle. Just as blood supplies our body’s cells with vital nutrients, so too does the Creator provide each cell of the Great Human with the most important information and circumstances for their development.
The difference lies in both our understanding and our self-identification. As long as we identify with the instruments of personality, we give more importance to transient aspects of being than to the eternal and everlasting within us. This results in slavery and suffering.
Once we awaken from the dream, we recognize in the true joy of our being who we were, who we are, and who we will always be.
In the light of its illuminating clarity, directly and clearly shows both the finest workings of consciousness and the deepest nature of reality itself.
All doubts are eliminated, as there is nothing dubious to inquire about in silence.
This is the path of transformation.