"When the Disciple is ready the Master appears" is an aphorism that will be familiar to many seekers after Occult Knowledge. But who understands the real meaning of this saying, and how many can be said to be truly ready for the Master?
Those of you who are far advanced upon the Path will have encountered many seekers who prefer to live in a dream within the dream of Illusion. It is also true that most of those who say they want to learn Occult Knowledge prefer to have their own pet theories and fantasies confirmed rather than having the true Laws and principles explained by a real Master—appointed to this task by the Gods themselves. And how difficult it is to find such a Master, and know him!
Serpents of Wisdom by Edda Livingston was written expressly for sincere seekers after Truth. It describes the search for a genuine Spiritual Master in plain and simple language all can understand. Those who have wasted years swimming in an ocean of New Age material will welcome the clarity the author book sheds on the many wrong teachings, fantasies and speculations masquerading as Occult Knowledge.
Written with warmth and gentle humour, Serpents of Wisdom is an excellent introduction to the subjects taught by this Secret Order. But be warned, the book pulls no punches in lambasting the many past and present "gurus" who prey upon the weaknesses and gullibility of those seeking a spiritual Master!
The author made this book freely available to all. It can be found on several websites, including issuu.com—the free digital publishing website. All that we ask is that you do not download our edition to pass it off as your own work, or seek to profit from it in any commercial way.
Among the many subjects discussed are:
- why the true Masters and Teachers must always remain hidden.
- why asceticism can never lead to illumination.
- the dangers of channeling, spiritualism and séances.
- the wisdom of the great Teachers and Messengers of the past and present.
- the hidden secret to successful prayer.
- how to start out on an amazing Spiritual Journey.
Real occult knowledge versus fantasy
Many seekers pile their own vain imaginings in a heap and gaze with adoring eyes at the vanity of their own dreams, which only add to the Illusions which blind them to TRUE Reality. And not only do they do this while they are still on earth, but when they cross the Border—called Death by the other dreamers—they immediately commence with the construction of yet another cycle of phantom devices, invented and framed in the ignorance of their wandering minds, which now believe they have mastered the ultimate secret at last, until once more they are swept away and out of their new and useless Empire of uninstructed, fanciful, chimerical musings, like a blade of grass: of no value whatever in that or any other realm, and commence anew their bemused meditations on this earthly Plane.
And again they rave and shout about the spirit messages they receive from their "angel guides", "channelers" and "mediums", not knowing that if they receive any messages at all they are sent to them by the confused dwellers of the so-called "astral" worlds. Such beings, wrongly called 'spirits', for they are still material, are generally no more 'enlightened' than the average seeker on earth (and often much less so).
The dwellers in these worlds search for easily influenced and gullible fools in order to unload within their untutored minds the dross they can no longer hold themselves. Such foolish seekers may even pride themselves on their "intelligence," not realising that "intellect" is nothing more than a natural development of their animal instincts and animal cunning, such as that displayed by monkeys, for instance, and only slightly more mature and therefore more dangerous and misleading. This may come as a shock to mediums and psychics, many of whom are the most sincere and honourable people one could wish to meet. But they would be still more shocked—and terrified—if they knew what really happens during séances and so-called 'channelings' when any real power is available.
Spirit messages & Mediumship
You may ask why so many seekers have such completely wrong ideas about psychic phenomena. The reason is that 'spirit messages', 'channelings', and so on are all phenomena of an ASTRAL nature. The messengers—supposed to be the spirits of departed human beings, or 'angel guides' heard or seen by psychics and mediums—are the non-human inhabitants of the Astral World. More often still they are simply tricks of the imagination. In either case, such apparitions have no connection whatever with humans who have died.
Only a TRAINED Occultist who knows the true Laws and principles underlying all such phenomena can distinguish the reality from the illusion. It may be asked if all such phenomena are not the result of the activities of departed human beings or 'angels', how come so many messages contain true facts known only to the medium or psychic? The answer is very simple; the inhabitants of the Astral World obtain all the information they need from our own subconscious memories, always provided that we open ourselves up to such communication by becoming mediums—which is not something we would recommend under ANY circumstances, for the reasons already given.
Sublime Occult Mysteries
Only by a deep and sincere study of the Sublime Occult Mysteries can we hope to gain real, Occult Knowledge. We will then know exactly what happens at séances, the nature and inhabitants of the Astral Worlds and the Secrets of Man and the Universe in all their sublime majesty. Only in this way can we hope to escape from those idle speculators who only operate their vacuous minds for the purpose of presenting to the rest of the inane, wavering, and hesitating mortals the arrogant and ostentatious conclusions they have arrived at by themselves, and thus become the self-admiring "teachers" of their dupes.
By studying the Ancient Mystery Teachings as revealed by the true Masters and Messengers all the dark corners of our minds will be gradually swept clear of the cobwebs of wrong teachings and misinterpretations of the Holy Laws. Those who are ready and worthy to dedicate their lives to the study of Occult Truth will rise above the illusion of the material worlds and know the glories of the spiritual, which is the true Reality.
This is Occult Knowledge and the way to it is open to all sincere and worthy seekers.