The antidote to materialism, Establishment religions, and the pop-spirituality industry

Imagine opening a new window of perception, breaching the wall of conditioned life, or crossing a bridge between reality and ethereality. A Book to Free the Soul abandons the circuitous avenues of religion, spirituality, and occultism to take a detour on the hidden byways of knowing who you are and transforming your Self. You will learn how a meta-individuality can rise beyond death and the limitations of matter. You will explore the metaphysics of the Self Triumphant and the origins of all things. You will discover at last what ought to be born in you to free your soul.
The journey takes the form of an initiation through interlinked segments seamlessly integrated into the whole, moving from the concrete to the more abstract level.
The style of this volume deliberately eschews the didactic in favor of the literary; its scope is wide and deep, requiring attention to details and a sustained state of reflection. This is not a quick metaphysical fix. But those willing to apply themselves to the task will have a solid answer to the following questions:
Where do we come from?
What is the soul?
Does life have a meaning, a purpose? Or a reason?
Why do we suffer? Why is there evil in the world?
Do we really need a path to “salvation” paved with good deeds, works of faith, or spiritual methods?
What happens when we die?
What part of us is preserved in eternity?
What or who is God?

OVERVIEW OF CONTENTS:
IPortents of the Gods is a mystical tale that introduces the reader to a new way of thinking about reality, religion, and the sacred.
IIThe Wisdom of the Doubter is the farthest-reaching examination of the Gospel of Thomas to date, illuminating the esoteric and gnostic core of the Coptic tractate.
IIIThe Legacy of the Windeswaisen adds a different perspective to our exploration of the mysteries of Desire, soul, Spirit, and ethereality.
IVWhisperings of the Protogenos offers an impressionistic account of what it means to align one’s life with the persuasions of the numinous self or angelic power within.
VVeiled Illuminations is a collection of metaphors, riddles, meditations, and oracles that will plant in the heart of the sympathetic reader the last seeds of mystical transformation.

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La Papesse II (The High Priestess) – Tarot series; major arcana

I am Joan, custodian of the Church of John
Hailed by the beloved at the gnostic altar
I vowed to conceal his mysteries with my veil
I am drunk with the thick honeyed milk of the Grail
I am the anointed soul who will not falter,
A Priestess in the cult of the arriving dawn.

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
Herbert James Draper, Sketch for The Gates of Dawn

The Design

Life is a blessing wearing an ugly disguise
What creator sent us here to suffer our plight?
Did we have any choice but to accept our lot?
There is nothing to learn and nothing to be taught
We come from the light and will return to the light
Necessity demands our fall before we rise.

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
Angelo Barabino, The rising sun, 1910

The Game of Life

Alpha is Desire, the descent into the dark
Omega is Passion, the rising of the Son
‘tis the sequence of life in Heaven and on Earth
Eros-Dionysos, the dance of endless birth
In matter they play; on the track of time they run
And then, on their Elysian journey they embark.

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
Jean-Leon Gerome, Drunken Bacchus and Cupid, Oil on canvas, 1850, Musee des Beaux-Arts (Bordeaux)

L’Impératrice III ( The Empress) – Tarot series; major arcana

I am the Empress, the fertility of Earth
I am the bounties and cruelties of matter
In the folds of my mantle play the timid fawns
On the watery glaze from my tears glide the swans
I am the passions of the Nymph and the Satyr
The mother of the soul, the cycles of rebirth.

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
Gustave Doré, illustration of Ludovico Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso

The Color of Incertitude

Robe your soul in the color of incertitude
Like the angelic ephebe who incurred God’s wrath
And sat with the goats on the left side of the Son
Blue pigments the ether before the rising Sun
‘tis the shade of the night upon the Lover’s path,
The dye of the water wherein life is renewed.

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
Frères Limbourg, Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, chute des anges rebelles

Renouncing the Trivial World: commentary on Logion 8 of the Gospel of Thomas

And he said: “Man can be compared to a wise fisher who cast his net at sea and drew it up full of small fish from below (the surface). Among them the wise fisher found a fine, large fish. He threw away the fry back into the sea, and he had no difficulty choosing the large fish. He who has an ear to lend, let him listen.

—Gospel of Thomas

The first parable-like saying of Thomas breaks away from the author’s cryptic, mystifying style and surprises with its common-sense thrust, and simplicity. The wisdom of the fisher resembles the pragmatism of the child who discards his smaller treats in favor of the biggest one. Several logia in Thomas’ gospel play on the mystical theme of a return to childhood as a prerequisite for the liberation of the divine essence.
If we are asked to lend an attentive ear, there must be matters of the foremost importance to be learned from the fisherman who chooses one large fish over many small ones. In the last paragraph of his massive epic novel Musashi, Eiji Yoshikawa offers a surprising conclusion to the readers who for months had been kept enthralled by the characters’ adventures (the novel was originally serialized):
The little fishes, abandoning themselves to the waves, dance and sing, and play, but who knows the heart of the sea, a hundred feet down? Who knows its depth?
The philosophical wink is clever: we are the little fishes, preoccupied by trifles and frivolities at the surface while incognizant of the great, meaningful depths were the Spirit dwells. That is also the key to understand Logion 8.
Unlike his counterparts, the fishers of men in the Gospel of Matthew (see Matthew 4:19), the gnostic fisher imagined by Thomas has no intention to turn the fry into a flock. His yearning is for the Spirit, the desirable fish in the inner depths of man. The fish of course was also an emblem for Jesus in early Christianity. So the parable is congruent with the idea that Jesus in Thomas’ writings is an allegorical figure for the indwelling, divine presence.

Photograph, picture of  a young fisherman, youth mending a fishing net siting on his boat
Ph. Artur Pastor, Série Crianças. Póvoa de Varzim, década de 50

I enjoy visiting public aquariums, and when I do, I am always haunted by the gaze of the enormous fish dawdling silently, peering through the glass at all those humans they may find very foolish. I often think they epitomize the wise soul full of prudence and sagacity.

For an original interpretation of the Logia with a more esoteric or gnostic thrust in the Gospel of Thomas , see A Book to Free the Soul.