I was not going to post this week, as I am visiting Italy. But a very valued reader encouraged me to try and produce something on the road, so I thought I would try.
Visiting the sites in Rome was a very interesting reminder of human nature. It really brought home to me that humans are recyclers. Recyclers of building materials, recyclers of artistic works, recyclers of ideas.
The white marble that used to adorn the walls of the Colisseum is gone, because the builders of Saint Peter’s Basilica carted it across Rome hundreds of years later and used it for the glorious walls of the Basilica.
The artworks and statues of St Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican museums demonstrate that the Romans copied the Greeks, who copied the Egyptians, who copied the cultures that pre-dated them, back into time immemorial.
Wisdom has also been recycled. See if the following sounds like anything you have read recently from your favourite new agers:
1) “Everything is created by the mind; the Universe is a mental creation of the All.
2) “As above so below; as below so above; as within so without; as without so within.”
3) “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
4) “Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half truths.”
5) “Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure
of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”
6) “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to the law; chance is but the name for a law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.”
7) ”Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; gender manifests on all planes.”
Sound familiar? Well, it did to the ancients too, and those in the Renaissance.
New age writings of today say exactly the same things that have been known since at least the time of the Egyptians, if not earlier. These seven principles of Hermes Trimegistus, recorded in the 2nd century, are presented new again in New Age writings today.
By practicing these principles, we can find a direct knowledge of the Divine. Our true nature is Divine and if we realize this and focus on it, we can have actual experience with the One. After all, we are It, and it is Us.
One of the key tenets of the Hermetic principles is the unity of the Cosmos and the interconnection of all things. This interconnection between everything allows our spiritual connection to exist, if we pay attention to it. But somehow, we always forget. Like right about now, when we are destroying the very Earth we depend on for life.
Rome’s incredible monuments like the Colloseum, and the Vatican, are stark reminders of just how many times we humans can discover this and then somehow forget again.
I hope we can remember it this time.