The Call of Isis
18. Coming Down to Earth.
had a friend who thought
he was God. He came to this conclusion during
a mystical revelation. However, what made him particularly irritating
friends was that he was not only God, but the
To effect a cure, his long-suffering friends got hold
of a witch who had had a similar mystical
opening. Left alone with our friend, she managed to convince him that
she too was
But this spoilt it for him. To share his Godhead with a witch - and a female at that! Speedily he came down
It is the return journey
from mystical awakening and religious revelation that brings about the
dangers. There is the risk of
misinterpretation, hence fanaticism, on the part of the Prophet and
Visionary; a separation
from the rest of humanity through spiritual
isolation. And, most upsetting from a planetary point of view, possible
and emotional unbalance affecting both
spiritual leader and his followers.
It appears to me that myths
past may really present present-day
actuality. Are we Atlanteans, about to lose ourselves in a deluge of our
Are we the legendary planet 'Maldek'
destroyed by misused power? We foolish humans steal the forbidden apples
and, through our scientific technology, hope
to be as gods, when we lack the ethical qualifications for godhead! And
consequence, we are poisoning a third of the
seas, a third of the vegetation, a third part of the air, as prophesied
Book of Revelations.
Once a story
came to me on this subject. I told it in the Temple of Isis, and three
accompanied my narration with flute, mandolin
and organ. Rosalind took the part of the little girl: Helena of the
'Once upon a time,' I said, 'there was a strange little
planet that had a roof around it, like a large
plastic umbrella. For the people them did not
care for weather changes, and preferred to live with regulated
and heating. They preferred artificial
flowers and plants: and instead of real live animals, they liked
artificially made animals and birds that were
both hygenic and non-reproductive. Foodstuffs and plants came likewise
there was one odd small girl who lived in a weird island to the West of
planet. She was so peculiar that when she was
alone she took off her pretty face-mask and her all-over tights: and
dance all on her own with a naked face and
body, on a neglected piece of waste pavement.
You may ask why
waste on this efficient planet? But the
inhabitants of the Western island were negligent and they had neglected
to keep their
bit of the sky-umbrella mended! So it leaked.
Naturally people avoided the leak. So that bit of pavement became
But the little girl enjoyed playing with the leak, and liked its cold splashiness more than her hot sanitary cosi-bath
provided by the Municipality.
the place of the leak, owing to the continual dripping, came about a
on the pastel plasti-floor that covered the
whole planetary surface. And in this crack exuded a dreadful stuff
It became still more shocking when it got wet
through the leak, for then it became 'mud'. Of course the authorities
would have made the Sani-squad clean up this
at once. However, up to now the leak had not been reported to the
As for the little girl, she liked mud! She
made pies with it.
Then the most extraordinary thing began to
The only living plant on the planet began to
show its green head. Up and up it grew, and the little girl loved it. It
her only friend and she used to converse with
However, a crisis came in her short life. Her peculiarity
not gone unnoticed by the local Sub-teenage
Psychiatrist. Her habit of not wearing her pretty face-mask, secretly
her all-over tights, and above all, an
atavistic tendency to sing and dance, plainly indicated that she was
foster-mother in her commune was told that
the child would have to go into an Institution for the socially
However, the little girl was so socially
maladjusted that she did not want to co-operate with her psychiatrist.
determined to escape. So she marched off to
her plant - which was a bean-stalk - and had by now grown right through
roof. And she asked the plant to help her.
This was Helena's cue to appear with appropriate music. She appeared as the Beanstalk Devi, and offered to take
the girl up the plant into the air above.
this point I used to vary the ending. There was our natural desire
to bring the plasti-dome down onto the
unattractive inhabitants of this planet, along with their tinted
facemasks, their cuddly
cosipets, and plastic plants! The more humane
ending was to transport the girl to a better place, from whence she
when grownup and, with new friends from the
sky, help to release the pallid wretches in their self-created prison.
These stories are best left open, because the imagination can truly create when left its own freedom. As we dream today,
we live tomorrow.
Yes, but can the
little girl really return from another sphere and bring back her
of a better life? Such a girl in the past
might have been incarcerated in convent, prison or madhouse. Anyway, she
been socially unacceptable. No race likes its
At present, for the first time for many hundreds of
years, a new race of mystics may reveal
themselves without persecution. It is as if human mutation is at last
Those who take drugs only provide cover for
true visionaries: those who are born with faculties that need no drugs
What happens now? We
have a bizarre situation, in which one lot of people, the majority of
race, 'Homo Sapien', still ruling the planet,
are puzzled by a new race of weird creatures appearing among them;
own children, but with a different
appearance, language and habits! And these oddities claim to be creating
society: a society they believe will
supersede the old establishment. And these gentle people with long hair,
and strange beliefs, are manifesting in all
countries, making old-fashioned creeds, whether religious or Marxist,
It is easy to sympathise with ordinary men and women faced with weird progeny. But what of the point of view of
To take an example. A
young man has had a mystical opening, which he calls 'being blissed
out of his head.' How does he relate to
others who have not had a similar experience? He may suffer acutely from
I once experienced just such
an agonizing clash when I was in a heightened state of consciousness,
others who were not. They happened to be
talking about fishing! I felt tortured psychically. This state lasted
for about three
minutes. I do not think I could have endured
it any longer.
These experiences are not always horrific in
to daily physical life. Once I was able to
see the divine correspondence in all about me. I knew the spiritual
of hedges, of grass, of the points of the
compass. I was able to see a shining good in people and animals, masked
personality. It was outer personality that
gave the impression that all about me were in a sleep,
the relativity of this, because as I
descended from the ecstatic state, everyone else became 'awake' again.
was only years later that I met others who had had similar experiences.
Natasha said that in this state of greater consciousness,
all the world shone with glory - and even the
cat smiled at her! Another man - a scientist - said that as he was
Lincoln's Inn fields, he attained this cosmic
consciousness. It was cosmic, because he was one with all that was. He
he met a Down-and-Out, and he knew that he
had only to say one word to this tramp, and so great was his power that
have transformed the whole of the man's life.
But, over-awed by this tremendous force working through him, my friend
that he might return to his usual diminished
state of selfishness: at this, the power left him.
It was only
the end of the sixties that I realized that
these spontaneous mystical experiences were becoming widespread. They
be 'catching'. If you are in a room with a
person in this state of euphoria you can, through the telepathic
pick up the condition.
Now one can
see the problem for those who not only have had one or two mystical
but, as the young graphically put it, are
usually 'high', having had their 'minds blown'. Imagine a London
street, in which men and women rush to and
fro in what we call a normal state of consciousness. And among these
some weird creatures saunter, 'turned on'.
Add to these pleasant dreamers others with criminal tendencies, opened
up dangerously through drugs, and you have
the present day scene.
The best thing to do is to give advice to
who find themselves unexpectedly opened up
psychically, owing possibly to a vegetarian diet, the practice of
the reading of occult books.
to discriminate between the various spheres is the most important
For instance, a girl leaves her group
meditation session, and at first is happy as she sails down the local
mind over-flowing with universal love and
goodwill. Suddenly, frighteningly, she is assailed by all the worries,
and frustration of those in the high-street:
also she feels the suffering of animals, as she passes a butcher's shop.
For in this state she does not see a piece of
dead meat, but the whole animal that once grazed in green pastures. She
learn to keep her revulsion to herself.
Already a policeman is eyeing her suspiciously.
Then she sees an
notice high up on a wall: 'Take Courage'. She
feels joyful. Angels have put it there in lights ... She fails to
that she is looking at an advertisement for
Then she is afraid. Glaring at her on the back of a red bus
is assailed by the menacing words: 'Watch
your Step!' She takes this to be a threat from Dark Forces, and does not
realize that she is reading a warning to
jay-walkers from London Transport ... In fact she acts so strangely that
eventually end up in a mental hospital.
psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia is only too accurate: she had
been experiencing two levels of consciousness
in the wrong place, at the wrong time: hence deriving no benefit from
It would seem then that psychics
would do well to treat themselves with the same care they pay to a
set, and make sure what channel they are on!
If any. And this requires not only well balanced emotion, but a state of
development brought about by natural brain
capacity and a good education. Occult knowledge could not have been
given in the
Middle Ages to the mass of people, because
they were intellectually under-developed.
Only now, with general education,
is there the possibility of a big step forward by humanity into greater spiritual consciousness.
the condition of the earth, threatened by
global war, planetary pollution, the possibility of a beautiful change
earth seems remote! But the physical world is
created through the action of mind; and the mind is capable of
when its environment is threatened.
myself find it heartening to reflect that the vision of the two
of Water and of Fire, have already been given
to us at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth
When a Mystery is performed on the earth
before an earthly audience, a new age is upon us. Studying the
of Demeter and Persephone, to me the visions
of Lourdes and Fatima are a portrayal of these dramas in actual human
The Lesser Mystery was shown at Lourdes in the form of a vision of a beautiful maiden appearing in a grotto. The
young girl who witnessed the visions drew forth a stream of healing water from the mud.
mystery was, I believe, manifested at Fatima.
Here we have people seeing a Golden Disc bringing from the sky the
of a woman robed in white. The visions were
shown to three children, and occurred on each thirteenth of the month,
to October; so including the ancient dates of
the Mysteries of the Goddesses. At the culmination in October, seventy
onlookers saw a sun disc revolve, and show
spectroscopic change: they called it 'the dancing sun'.
Lesser Mystery of Lourdes therefore,
portrayed Persephone, Queen of Day and Night, the perfect embodiment of a
in control of the elements of Earth and
Water. The Greater Mystery of Fatima illustrated power over the elements
of Air and
Fire. So unseen Teachers demonstrate in
visionary drama the symbols of positive and negative forces. Water and
Sun and Moon are one. In other parts of the
world, through various religions, the same message is being given to us.
is need of harmony between East and West:
Mind and Heart. From the uniting of opposites comes creativity.
can we as individuals co-operate with this
great work? It is best, I feel, for like-minded people to combine into
circles. No special temple is needed: any
room may be used in a friend's house. And for private daily meditation,
can set aside even a comer of a room for
one's spiritual attunement with Divinity.
And through this
focussing of awareness, inspiration will
come. Of course inspiration varies with each one of us: one may surprise
by developing an unexpected talent. Instead
of specializing in one particular form of work or gift, one may discover
in painting, writing, singing, dancing and
modelling clay: and one need not mind about a lack of proficiency!
evolve spiritually, it is essential to extend
one's field of awareness. Once inhibiting self-consciousness is cast
latent talents may flower gloriously.
a growth of consciousness takes place, small groups join larger ones,
who tend to seek a beautiful area in which to
live together. In such centres humans live in harmony with animals,
and plants, with the spirit of Nature
Herself. A network of such centres may bring about a wonderful
transformation of our
earth. For in the depth of each one of us is a
longing to live happily with all that springs from the source of Divine
Life does not limit itself to form or time or space. It is eternal, ever-conscious, all-pervading. In unity with
this, we realize the joy of immortality, and are in harmony with all that is.
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