When we become of an age to think about the world and how it works we become an acolyte trying to clear the rubble from the grave of the Master as Ancient Masonry portrays. In life we try to understand the truth of Reality from the truth of
Appearance. Since the advent of the philosophy of Science in the west we have
the best tool for the process of learning about our world. In the East this
problem is handled by the proposition that the entire physical world is an Illusion
or Maya. But the taking of this position to the extreme says that this world
has no value and that is not so. There are many kinds of
"Orthodoxies" most come under the Heading of the "Scandal of Particularity",
this is an Idea put forward by Huston Smith in the Forgotten Truth. It is defined,
as my Truth is better than your Truth. Most orthodoxies claim Divine Origins
to their book or teachings. They hold that all other books that contradict
them are false. Christianity claims the Bible is the only book God written by
god's hand. Islam claims the Koran is the True Word of God. When populations
were isolated this worked well to keep the largest numbers of people in
mental slavery to some religion or political system. In this we see many
others doing the same thing with their point of views as the "ONLY
ONE" and using various threats of Hell delusions and so forth. In our
essay on Spiritual Freedom we touch on the influence of our unconscious mind,
soul, Astral body, on our thinking. It is also true that each person
identifies with some idea that is put forth and continues to be an influence
on many minds. These are called "thought forms" and they can
influence large numbers of people who do not recognize them and cannot defend themselves against such a powerful influence. Many students of Hermetic
Philosophy think that just because someone writes a book what the book says
on Hermetic Philosophy is true. Without testing or thought most study
astrology, magic or alchemy without questioning the facts. This idea was
brought to my attention by many conversations I have had with a friend
"Donald Koen". In my 38 years of watching students of Hermetic
Philosophy it is true that most "in my opinion" seem to like to
talk about astrology, alchemy and magic but few practice the arts.
When I was reading the Graham Hancock book "Underworld". Hancock quotes the story of Thoth telling King Amon about his invention of writing and what a great thing it will be.
"O thou most expert Theuth, one man can give birth to the elements of an art, but only another can judge how they can benefit or harm those who use them. And now, since you are the father of writing, your affection for it has made you describe its effect as the opposite of what they really are. In fact it will introduce forgetfulness into the soul of those who learn it: they will not practice using their memory because they will put their trust in writing, which is external and depends on signs that belong to others, instead of trying to remember from the inside, completely on their own. You have not discovered a potion for remembering but for reminding; you provide your students with appearance of wisdom, not its reality. Your invention will enable them to hear many things without being properly taught, and they will imagine that they have come to know much while for the most part they will know nothing."
The questions of what is known and what is practiced is the one that Amon tells Thoth is the problem with writing. In life many know the words but few understand in practice.