Friday, June 17, 2011

Labyrinths in Hermetics and Alchemy, An Ancient doorway into the occult world. - By First Plumbline Apologetics (FPA).



Part 3

Labyrinths in the Occult World.

Cont..... Here is a comparison between Hermetical Teachings and what is taught about the Labyrinth many of the occult books depict a Labyrinth as being a prison that is designed to mentally trap you in it permanently, we also know that the Labyrinths fits the criteria of being Hermetical: [1] Meta Religion site defines hermetics as:

Hermetics: "Considers humanity to be on a spiritual journey to return to a state of unity with the Divine; this is the Great Work of humankind." (LEQ Labyrinth Exponent Quote) In other words: “If we would attain to the Divine, we must aspire to the Divine; spiritual growth cannot be achieved without human effort.


Labyrinths: [2] "Labyrinth is an interactive installation for spiritual journeys. It's for anyone who wants a break from surfing the surface of culture to contemplate the deeper things of life." (LEQ)

[3]
"In Christian mysticism it is taught that this approach and lifestyle is distinguished from otherforms of Christian practice by its aim of achieving unity with the divine". In the words of Oswald Chambers, "We receive His blessings and know His Word, but do we know Him?" In the tradition of Mystical Theology, Biblical texts are typically interpreted allegorically...For Christians the major emphasis of mysticism concerns a spiritual transformation of theegoic the self, the following of a path designed to produce more fully realized human persons," for one person who had walked the Labyrinth states: (LEQ)

[
4] "One of the worrying things about labyrinth walking is that it is also actively being picked up by various New Age and non-Christian religious streams. Currently, however, there is a growing use of labyrinth walking in Christian mysticism". (LEQ)

Commonalities of Hermetic thinking and Labyrinth practices:-

Hermetics: Holds that if we would attain to the Divine, we must aspire to the Divine; spiritual growth cannot be achieved without human effort

Labyrinths: The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes Synopsis: "In them we see perhaps the first human effort to create a form not found in nature, and we experience a mystery that has survived the millennia in countless manifestations." [5] spiritual growth Symbolic Meaning of Labyrinth: "The spiralling inward motion is a physical replication of our spiritual tendency to seek within the highest truths in order to find eternal freedom. When we are moving outward from the source, it is an action that we have made the divine connection and now we are expressing our completeness outwardly – essentially sharing our highest good with all around us." (LEQ)


Hermetics
:
Is polytheistic, yet ultimately monotheisitic (i.e., posits a multiplicity of Manifestations of the Divine which emanate from an ultimate Divine Unity)


Labyrinths
: In the Book Labyrinths by Virginia Westbury [p18] "Labyrinths appear to make very good meeting grounds. Indeed one of their more interesting features is the way they bring together people from all walks of life and faiths: Christians, Moslims, Jews, Buddhists, Neopagan, New Agers and those with no beliefs whatsoever. Within a labyrinth you are likely to encounter people who believe in meditation, prayer, crystals, karma, angels, spirits, Jesus, Buddha, Kali, Allah, God the Father, God the Mother, science and no god at all." (LEQ)


Hermetics
:
Holds that the Divine is both immanent and transcendent


Labyrinths
:
[6] Using Labyrinths : Thoughts on Classical vs. Chartres: God is somewhere else other than "here." Omniscient, but not omnipresent, as a recent pop song said, "God is watching you, God is watching you, God is watching you, from a distance." God is transcendent. You go from where you are outward/upward to find God. (And usually, you gotta die before you can experience the One.)........

........the Classical type starts "out there" and brings the seeker in. The Deity of Choice is not out there somewhere, but inside. The Classical Labyrinths state by their pattern that God/dess is immanent. (LEQ)


Hermetics
:
Holds that the Universe is Divine and basically good

Labyrinths: [7] Designed for young and old alike, it provides a mixture of rituals and visuals, of contemplative words and contemporary ambient music, of symbols and media to help guide the spiritual traveller.

People walk the labyrinth slowly, as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection, as a spiritual exercise, or as a form of pilgrimage.
(LEQ)

[8] Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but is often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). [9] In Pantheism it is believed that the Universe is Divine

Hermetics: Teaches that when we seek the Divine, we may best begin with the Mysteries of Nature.

Labyrinths: [10] Labyrinths: Ancient Paths of Wisdom and Peace Product Description: "labyrinths are being used today: as tools for meditation, as a means of connecting with the mysteries of nature, or simply as elegant puzzles for us to solve." (LEQ)

Hermetics: Encourages spiritual curiosity

Labyrinths: [11] Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

For Linda Rutland, 67, the answer is labyrinths. And she’s more than willing to tell you about it.

It gives you a different view of life and what it can be like,” she said, with her soft, Southern lilt. “It also gives you an insight into people and what people’s lives are like.”

Sound good? Rutland thought so. She feels there’s a mystique, a spiritual curiosity, that has brought people around the world to labyrinths for more than 4,000 years. (LEQ)

Hermetics: Understands that human beings can access the Subtle Realms through technique and aspiration; to this end, it embraces theurgy, meditation, ritual, and other spiritual and magical practices

Labyrinths: It is common knowlege that people practice walking the Labyrinths for [12] Theurgy ([13] practice of rituals, sometimes seen as magical in nature), [14] Meditation, [15] Ritual and other [16] spirtual and [17] magical practices. (LEQ)

Definition of Theurgy: n. Magic performed with the aid of beneficent spirits, as formerly practiced by the (Egyptian) Neo-Platonists. [Late Latin the rgia, from Greek theourgi , sacramental rite, mystery : theo-, theo- + -ourgi , -urgy.]

Hermetics: Urges those who seek the Divine to also seek balance in embracing all things.

Labyrinths: "The Labyrinth at Inn Serendipity [18] Drawn into the ancient world of labyrinths, we were awestruck by both the beauty of the labyrinth and its message: know thyself. Perhaps the most widespread interest and use of the labyrinth today is its power to help us slow down, look within and seek balance in our life." (LEQ)

[19]
The Unitarian Church in Westport: Interfaith Sacred Activism / The Peace Labyrinth and the Dances of Universal Peace: The Dances of Universal Peace come out of the Sufi tradition, which is the mystical branch of Islam. However, they embrace all faiths and cultures around the world.
(LEQ)

[20] GoddessGift.net "Ancient Mother Goddess Gifts and 'Historical' Information to Honor, Nurture and Inspire! On Labyrinths: The path to enlightenment. One side depicts the oldest known maze design. The other side shows three forms of the goddess--trees frame voluptuous hills beneath the full moon. Both images invite either delving inward in meditation or expanding consciousness outward to embrace all creation. "
(LEQ)

[21] Sarah Sonraya Grace site: "The timing of the next Labyrinth Walk is around the festivities of Beltane, a time to balance our light and dark and to embrace all of our self in Unity. The Day provides a gateway to wholeness and oneness with your Soul thus awakening the full potential of your Divinity". (LEQ)


FPA quote Festivities of Beltane
video's includes passing through fire, part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (2009), Part 4 (2010), Part 5, part 6 , Part 7 (2011), please note these videos show pagan fertility rituals.)

2 Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger."

"The Definitions above only proves that Labyrinths are deep rooted in occultism and the dark arts, the follow quotes from occult books that speak about the various experiences of Alchemists and mystics who were labyrinth walkers, they show how dangerous they are to venture ."

In reference to Labyrinths:

P9:
Alchemy Unveiled By Johannes Helmond: "It is impossible, that any Mortal understands this Art, unless he has been previously enlightened by the Divine Light." -(Dorneus, Theatr. Chem. 1602)

The terminology of the old spagyric Adepts is indeed a dark labyrinth for all those, who do not thoroughly know the principles of the hermetic sciences.
(LEQ)

Definition of spagyric: Relating to or resembling alchemy; alchemical.

P34:
Alchemy Unveiled By Johannes Helmond:
"It seems however, obvious, when Kerning drafted this speculation, which he considered to be freemason, that it became apparent to him, that it was uncanny. At the end of his elaborations, he wrote with unmistakable skepticism:"

"I do not know how you will get out of the labyrinth, into which I led you."
(LEQ )

P35: Alchemy Unveiled By Johannes Helmond:
"The last sentence allows you to look deeply into this matter, and it cautions you not to make haste and to think first, to avoid taking any unwise steps in this direction. It is
fairly easy to lead someone into a labyrinth, but it is considerably more difficult to guide them out, safe and sound.
"
(LEQ)

"Even though you will find such profound truth in certain parts of Kerning's Writings, that does not mean you should not be very skeptical when it comes to some of his statements, especially those which deal strictly with the Letter-Exercises; the latter are the ones which Weinfurter constantly refers to."
(LEQ)


P90: "Alchemy Unveiled By Johannes Helmond: Now the Mystics are led by their Mystagogues to the entrance of the infernal labyrinth? Total darkness reigns there? This represented the condition of their Soul, which only possessed her illuminated natural intellect from the external sensual Light, which is being filled with the deepest darkness, as soon as the external sensual Light becomes extinct? Such a Soul knows nothing about her once-higher existence, because the "Great Light" of the true Recognition and Initiation has not yet risen up in her."
(LEQ)

Definition of mystagogue (noun).
One who prepares candidates for initiation into a mystery cult. One who holds or spreads mystical doctrines.

"The Mystics moved forward slowly and with uncertainty in the dark labyrinth? They were being transposed into a particular mood through fasting, prayers and instructions, and through a mysterious mixed-drink. Eerie noises, horrifying moans,
and terrible screams reached their ears
?
The roar of thunderbolts, the force of which shook the arched passageways, startled them with fear? Glaring lightning pierced the darkness and showed the frightened Mystics gruesome appearances, so that they were over-come with dizziness and were horror-stricken? But only for moments did they see this terror that surrounded them; then they were again enveloped by absolute night? The Mystics also felt themselves being seized, beaten and thrown to the ground by invisible hands? Fearful natures preferred at times to turn back through the labyrinth to seek the exit? But, by doing that, they lost forever the Right to receive the initiation."
(LEQ)

Similar Reports are confirmed from the Book Labyrinths by Virginia Westbury states [P17] "Labyrinths are, indeed, highly theatrical creatures. They love the limelight, and with their hypnotic rings, they draw dark eyes towards them."
(LEQ)

The Book Labyrinths by Virginia Westbury states Lynn Goodman psychotherapist, spiritual director and teacher reported:

[P83] "A woman reported suffering with a pain in her head as the labyrinth brought it on at the right time."

[P84] "I vividly remember a woman coming to me after her first labyrinth walk and telling me that she felt as if her skin was crawling 'with things trying to get out.
She seemed agitated and fearful."
(LEQ)

This woman was then encouraged to communicate with a presence, this was a vision of a man.

[P84] When Lynn Goodman walked the "Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France; while looking at one of the stained-glass windows, she was suddenly overcome with a powerful 'surge of collective grief' which felt like not just her own but that of all creation. 'It was as if all the buried pain in that place suddenly welled up."
(LEQ)

P91: Alchemy Unveiled By Johannes Helmond: "Even though the Mystics were still in their physical bodies, in this hour however through the art of the Priests, the curtain that separates the invisible world from the visible world was lifted, and they were granted access to the lower demonic depths of the Spirit-World? Plutarch, who was initiated into the Mysteries, compares the horror that the Mystics experienced in the infernal labyrinth, with the terror of death".
(LEQ)

Finally, the Mystics saw a dim light in a crypt? "It illuminated a horrible scene. They saw the Tartarus, the brazen gate opened with a horrible noise? They saw the domicile of the from-the-furies tormented damned?, they heard their lamentation, their fruitless repentance, the sound of fear and the longing for the lost paradise? In between the voice of Hierokeryx could be heard, who at times shouted to the Mystics words of warning and then threats, and at times gave certain explanations of what represented itself to their eyes and ears. Then the Gates of Hell closed and the Herold communicated to the Mystics, that they would now enter the Plutonium, the domicile of the Ruler of the Underworld, where they would view the Third Act of the sacred drama. "
(LEQ)

Greek word Tartarus: [22] "the present condition of darkness and restraint of the fallen angels or demons"

Ex-Mason Evans Nicholson, founding Director of Choosing Truth Ministries states: [23] In the chapter on Labyrinth Basics the author writes that ‘sites like Chartres Cathedral have enduring connections to the earth mother. Even before Christianity, Celtic Druids at Chartres created an underground shrine and wooden statue of the Black Madonna and her child(a pre-Christian version of the virgin, made from dark wood, sometimes associated with the Egyptian mother goddess, Isis, and her son Horus).’ This statue was destroyed in 1793, but there is another one called 'Our lady Pillar'. The author goes on to say that ‘the earth force rises from the well in the crypt, through the floor, and into the pillar above it in the main cathedral...this life force flows into the nearby labyrinth and is energized by the labyrinth’s powers.’

How can you beware unless you are aware? If your church is having a prayer labyrinth, take a look at these pictures. They are all recognized by labyrinth promoters as the source of it’s divine power. Who did the Lord send with power to answer your prayers? The Black Madonna, Isis, Sophia, Gaia, Diana, or His Holy Spirit? This is The Black Madonna where the labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral is:
http://www.joytravelonline.com/chartres_bm.jpg


There are lots of pictures of the Black Madonna here: http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1b-pages3-4.html ...The most sacred icons of the Catholic Church are the Black Madonna and Christ child. Historians recognize that the statue of the Egyptian Goddess Isis with her child Horus in her arms was the first Madonna and Child. ...Titles such as Our Lady, The Great Mother, are the same titles attributed to Isis. The word "Madonna" itself is from mater domina, a title used for Isis!

In The Book THE LIGHT OF EGYPT OR THE SCIENCE OF
THE SOUL AND THE STARS VOLUME II BY ZANONI (THOMAS H. BURGOYNE)

CHAPTER XII PENETRALIA THE SECRET OF THE SOUL:
We have now arrived at our final study, which we have approached step by step amid the labyrinth of the mysteries concealed beneath the Veil of Isis. We stand at last upon the very threshold of the sacred Adytum, the "Holy of Holies," from whence proceeds our final revelation of that inmost conception of Man's identity with his Creator--the Penetralia of his Being--the last secret of the incarnated soul.
(LEQ)

In the Book THE KYBALION: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece:

"One pursuing such inquiries travels around and around in the labyrinth of thought, until he is lost to all sane reasoning, action or conduct, and is utterly unfitted for the work of life. He is like the squirrel which frantically runs around and around the circling treadmill wheel of his cage, ravelling ever and yet reaching nowhere--at the end a prisoner still, and standing just where he started." (LEQ)

"The acceptance of the First Hermetic Principle (Mentalism) is the only great point of difference between Modern Science and Hermetic students, and Science is gradually moving toward the Hermetic position in its groping in the dark for a way out of the Labyrinth into which it has wondered in its search for Reality." (LEQ)

THE SECRET DOCTRINE: THE SYNTHESIS OF
SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY.
by H. P. BLAVATSKY, Author of "ISIS UNVEILED.":

"It is true that science can hardly be blamed for it. Indeed, in
the Cimmerian darkness of the prehistoric ages, the explorers are lost in a labyrinth, whose great corridors are doorless, allowing no visible exit into the Archaic past. Lost in the maze of their own conflicting speculations, rejecting, as they have always done, the evidence of Eastern tradition, without any clue, or one single certain milestone to guide them, what can geologists or anthropologists do but pick up the slender thread of Ariadne where they first perceive it, and then
proceed at perfect random? Therefore we are first told that the farthest date to which documentary record extends is now generally regarded by Anthropology as but "the earliest distinctly visible point of the prehistoric period." (Encyclopaedia Britannica.)" (LEQ)

Definition of Cimmerian adj.
Very dark or gloomy. Intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness; "the Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt"-Norman Douglas


[[Vol. 2, Page]] 221 THE CONTINENT OF THE GODS.

“ ….. several other cities, making thus a subterranean city of six or seven stories high. Delhi is one of them; Allahabad another -- examples of this being found even in Europe; e.g., in Florence, which is built on several defunct Etruscan and other cities. Why, then, could not Ellora, Elephanta, Karli, and Ajunta have been built on subterranean labyrinths and passages, as claimed? Of course we do not allude to the caves which are known to every European, whether de visu or through hearsay, notwithstanding their enormous antiquity, though that is so disputed by modern archaeology. But it is a fact, known to the Initiated Brahmins of India and especially to Yogis, that there is not a cave-temple in the country but has its subterranean passages running in every direction, and that those underground caves and endless corridors have in their turn their caves and corridors". (LEQ)

The Golden Bough, A Study in Magic and Religion by Sir James George Frazer:

[P. 55] "The labyrinth of magic by a consideration of two different types of man-god. This is the clue which has guided our devious steps through the maze, and brought us out at last on higher ground, whence, resting a little by the way, we can look back over the path we have already traversed and forward to the longer and steeper road we have still to climb."
(LEQ)

[P. 55] "As a result of the foregoing discussion, the two types of human gods may conveniently be distinguished as the religious and the magical man-god respectively. In the former, a being of an order different from and superior to man is supposed to become incarnate, for a longer or a shorter time, in a human body, manifesting his super-human power and knowledge by miracles wrought and prophecies uttered through the medium of the fleshly tabernacle in which he has deigned to take up his abode. This may also appropriately be called the inspired or incarnate type of man-god. In it the human body is merely a frail earthly vessel filled with a divine and immortal spirit.
"(LEQ)

[P. 55] "He is not merely the receptacle of a divine spirit. His whole being, body and soul, is so delicately attuned to the harmony of the world that a touch of his hand or a turn of his head may send a thrill vibrating through the universal framework of things; and conversely his divine organism is acutely sensitive to such slight changes of environment as would leave ordinary mortals wholly unaffected."
(LEQ)


[P.229] "At the end of each period he retired for a season to the oracular cave on Mount Ida, and there communed with his divine father Zeus, giving him an account of his kingship in the years that were past, and receiving from him instructions for his guidance in those which were to come. The tradition plainly implies that at the end of every eight years the king's sacred powers needed to be renewed by intercourse with the godhead, and that without such a renewal he would have forfeited his right to the throne."
(LEQ)

Without being unduly rash we may surmise that the tribute of seven youths and seven maidens whom the Athenians were bound to send to Minos every eight years had some connexion with the renewal of the king's power for another octennial cycle.

"Traditions varied as to the fate which awaited the lads and damsels on their arrival in Crete; but the common view appears to have been that they were shut up in the labyrinth, there to be devoured by the Minotaur, or at least to be imprisoned for life. Perhaps they were sacrificed by being roasted alive in a bronze image of a bull, or of a bull-headed man, in order to renew the strength of the king and of the sun, whom he personated.
This at all events is suggested by the legend of Talos, a bronze man who clutched people to his breast and leaped with them into the fire, so that they were roasted alive.
" (LEQ)

THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE
By Israel Regardie


[P.41] "But the operations of the three works have a great deal of analogy one to another, and the philosophers do designedly speak in equivocal terms, to the end that those who have not the Lynx's eyes may pursue wrong, and be lost in this labyrinth, from whence it is very hard to get out. In effect, when one imagines that they speak of one work they often treat of another." (LEQ)

[24] Jorge Luis Borges in his book The Aleph uses the labyrinth as a hermetic metaphor and symbolic consciousness. The labyrinth is a representation of the mind and to get rid of it, it’s necessary to die, as the only way out of the maze to find freedom. (LEQ)

[25] Many Paths But One Tradition (LEQ)

But what exactly is the essence of the Western Mystery Tradition? Perhaps an analogy might help. The Western Mystery Tradition might be likened to a labyrinth. The pathway is the Tradition; what is experienced by the seeker upon the path and at the center are the Mysteries. Over time there have been many variations of this labyrinth, many traditions expressing the Tradition. Each stream whether it be Rosicrucian, Christian or Hermetic has its own particular approach and each has its own validity and authenticity but flows from a common fount.

In the Hermetic Rose Correspondence Course the tarot is the tradition through which we experience the Mysteries.

[26] Freemasons Freemasonry: "The brief symbolic explanations given here have probably left the reader somewhat wanting. There is a staggering amount of detail and interpretation behind each of the Alchemistical symbols we uncovered and I must leave further exploration to the reader. I am reminded of the Hermetic adage, that whoever attempts a literal understanding of the teachings of the Hermetic philosophers will lose himself in the many twist and turns of the labyrinth from which he will never find his way out." Alchemy & Mysticism, p. 36 (LEQ)

The Main Function of the Labyrinths

[27]
"What then is the fascination hidden in this design that has transported it worldwide and through thousands of years, and to what purpose was it originally and subsequently put? The purpose and usage is relatively clear, for in many cultures the labyrinth has been used as a protective device, a symbolic and ceremonial pathway, the path of the pilgrim or as a dancing ground. The twisting, tortuous paths are sometimes seen as guarding the central goal from direct penetration, for here the spirits of the ancestors were thought to reside, barred from escaping and causing trouble in everyday life, but contactable once the labyrinths coils had been traversed. Likewise, young women would stand here as suitors would chase through the windings to seek out a potential /
bride."(LEQ)

"As many stories are told as mythologies exist, but in all the labyrinth seems to symbolise the path to be followed, in daily and seasonal cycles, in life, death and in rebirth. The expanding and contracting circuits mimic the path of the sun in its travels across the sky, a recognition of the perpetual rebirth of the sun each morning and every year and beyond this may exist a cosmology, an ancient understanding of the cycles of time, all safely concealed within the labyrinth, locked up in numbers and movements." (LEQ)

[28] "It is probably safe to assume that labyrinths have a long history of pagan religious use, and have remained in use well into the early Middle Ages. Thus it is probably correct to guess that they still belonged to the pagan cult during the late Iron Age. But this little study of the old petty kingdoms of Sweden rather points to the Iron Age as the time when labyrinths played a crucial role in the pagan cult."(LEQ)

[29] "Real immortal adepts were unknown, nameless, reserved and often secluded persons, prepared since childhood to their frightful journey inside the labyrinth (death world)." (LEQ)

[30] "Some labyrinths are able to function as hyper-spatial tunnels connecting our reality with subtle worlds. Ancient sources mention the possibility of using labyrinths for obtaining information from the past and the future and connect with other parts of Earth. In ancient times the majority of labyrinths were used for that purpose. Egyptian water labyrinths are an example, being used for the replacement of the soul of the dead in the after-death world (11). There were different labyrinths connecting a shaman with the spirit worlds. As a rule such tunnels functions on the subtle level, i.e. they are transparent for informational fields and vortex field structures (such as, subtle human bodies). However, ancient texts speak also of the possibility of moving material objects and even living beings through such labyrinth tunnels." (LEQ)

Conclusion by First Plumbline Apologetics:

Labyrinths are nothing more than Prayer Paths That Promote the Occult and they are being used in evangelical Churches, as I have addressed that they are far more dangerous than people realise, due to poor knowledge their dangers are not fully appreciated, what I have found is that the entry mechanisms are the same as the ouja boards
[31] Steve Muse states "in its intent and purpose, to open one up to the influences of the demons of darkness, to supposedly gain wisdom and knowledge of the mysteries of life. Then why even begin to experiment or experience the sacred walk of the labyrinth?

In Deuteronomy 12:1-14 and again in Exodus 34:10-17, God commands us clearly not to participate in anything that has ever been used in pagan ritual for worship or for any other use, for that matter. The labyrinth has been from the very beginning a demonic temple, a Kundalini energy source, a tool of divination, a gateway and a portal to communicating with other spirits and was incorporated into the Roman Catholic experience at a time when there was little understanding of the Bible and little or no discernment.

Throughout the ancient history of the labyrinth divination was used to find the proper location based on many Occultic spiritual factors. Dowsers (those who use divining rods) and geomancers (diviners) were used then (and are still used today) to locate the earth energy center point for many of these labyrinths and then the cathedrals were constructed around the labyrinth. If one will study the use of these spiritual gateways (the same function as the Ouija Board) throughout history, very little emphasis was given to its use within the church. As the church gained a better understanding of the word of God, the practice was discontinued. (Research in Geomancy, White Paper, 1990-1994, Jeremy Harte)

People are drawn to the labyrinth by the subtle seductions of the spirit world trying to convince us that anyone can get to know “God” through some kind of spiritual experience. If this were the case then we have all been duped as Christians. If I knew that I could have a “God” experience just by walking the labyrinth then all that God did through the sacrifice that Jesus gave on the cross is really unnecessary to bring us into relationship with the Father, I just have to have an “experience” and all will be well.

Many believe that the labyrinth is the beginning of a “spiritual journey” opening up relationships with the ancient masters who will in turn offer the knowledge and wisdom of the ages to all who will take the first step or “the initiation” to enlightenment. Most Christians know or should know that the ancient masters are really "familiar spirits" or seducing demons and the initiation is a bonding with the powers of hell itself. Is this really a walk to life or a deception that will lure us onto a path to death?

Carl Teichrib describes "the initiation" in his article 'Lucifer Rising: Occult Initiation,' "Within the world of the New Age and the occult, initiation is the principle key used in advancing the student of mysticism along the path of occult learning. Practically all esoteric societies employ initiation. Freemasonry, Rosicrucian orders, hermetic societies, spin-off Masonic bodies such as the Shriners, Eastern Star, and the Order of DeMolay, all use initiation as a means of bringing candidates into their organization. Once inside the group, the society uses initiation as a way of advancing members into higher degrees of "illumination." Within each of these rites, mystical concepts are passed down by means of symbol, myth, and legend woven throughout the initiation experience. The candidate, for the most part, does not understand its significance or meaning. Only as one climbs the ladder of ritual and esoteric work does the member comprehend what the initiations really entail."

FPA Comment: Churches would do well not to have participated in them, the Bible teaches us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:11-12).

The Bibles position on such things as Labyrinths When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…Deuteronomy 18:9-12a

Refs:

[1] http://www.meta-religion.com/Esoterism/Hermeticism
/hermeticism.htm

[2] http://www.labyrinth.org.uk/
[3] http://www.slideshare.net/jefmersan/spiritually-experiencing
-god-part-1

[4] http://www.singlespoon.org.au/spirit/index.shtml
[5] http://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2008/01/24/symbolic-meaning-of-labyrinth/
[6] http://geomancy.org/labyrinths/thoughts-on-classical-vs-chartres/index.php
[7] http://www.labyrinth.org.uk/
[8] http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/
contemplativespirituality.htm

[9] http://www.pantheism.net/elements/elemental.txt
[10] http://www.amazon.co.uk/Labyrinths-Ancient-Paths-Wisdom-Peace/dp/0306813106
[11] http://www.postindependent.com/article/20071228/AE/
997357179

[12] http://sandiego.tribe.net/event/Full-Moon-Drumming
-Circle-and-Labyrinth-Walk/san-diego-ca/d9f6085f-e6a0-44aa
-a600-47bd2da5fb3e

[13] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theurgy
[14] http://www.labyrinthmeditation.com/
[15] http://www.goddessgift.com/Pandora%27s_box/labyrinth.htm
[16] http://www.lealabyrinth.com/spiritual_practice/
[17] http://www.lyndallmcquinn.com/index.html
[18] http://www.innserendipity.com/inn/labyrinth.html
[19] http://www.uuwestport.org/socialjustice.html
[20] http://www.goddessgift.net/labyrinth-goddess-
statue-SS-ALG.html

[21] http://www.sarahsonrayagrace.net/labyrinth.html
[22] http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/
Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/3184

[23] http://www.ctmin.org/pdf/labyr.pdf
[24] http://www.whattoseeinvalencia.com/labyrinths-valencia/
[25] http://hermeticrose.com/2010/08/what-are-the-western-mysteries/
[26] http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/alchemy_freemasonry.html#_ftnref53
[27] http://www.labyrinthos.net/labyrinthstory.html
[28] http://www.labyrinthos.net/pagansweden.html
[29] http://www.labyrinthdesigners.org/an-alchemist-forma-
mentis-2/

[30] http://www.britishdowsers.org/EEG_site/archive/articles
/ata2002 issue28/labyrinthmandalas.htm

[31] http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/labyrinth-muse.htm

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