The Challenging of the Apprentice

“Set”, “Sheitan”, “Setan”, “Satan”, these are all names for the adversary of the living and this all goes back to at least ancient Aegypt. This was the ancient representation of the darkness that comes after the daytime sun has “Set”, “fallen”, or “died”, succumbing to that which each night oversees the realm of the life giver.

All of this is a representation for the danger, the risk, the unknown that was presented when the cold-night appeared bringing with it all the frightening darkness, and the animals and sounds which could threaten a living man.

One who was not aware of the law of the living, the law of the land, the harmony and balance that was required to live a healthy life, their ignorance of the self and the universe was just as likely to lead to their death during that darkness of night by animal or exposure as they were likely to live a life that didn’t lead their soul to the higher planes of knowledge in the ‘afterlife’. This is all metaphor, and one in the same.

Now people are unable to see the symbolism and make the connection between the words, symbols, and concepts and the correspondence between them and their personal existence. The physical existence, through symbols and metaphor, is describing their journey through spiritual existence of self-knowledge.

Fear is the challenge to overcome, it is the gateway between one world and the next. This is because one is born out of fear, into fearlessness or knowledge. The lack of fear is not confidence, strength, love, or peace, these are all the results of overcoming fear. They are the opposite. The lack of fear is KNOWLEDGE. Awareness leads to KNOWLEDGE. When one becomes aware, they begin to know. As long as there is awareness, there is knowledge that will grow. As long as their is knowledge, there is SELF-Awareness. One can information, but not have knowledge just as one can have awareness but not have self-awareness. When there is enough information and knowledge gained through overcoming one’s fears then there is SELF-AWARENESS, this is KNOWLEDGE of the self.

There is a story about the ancient mystery schools who sought to teach people the value of self-awareness and to guide them through the steps of gaining KNOWLEDGE of self-mastery. There would be many lessons, temples, challenges and systems. One challenge was for an initiate to conquer the fear they felt within themselves so that fear does not control the body and mind but that the soul or self-awareness is in control. This test would include a temple which would contain a pool of water in which there were live crocodiles floating on the surface. The adept was given the instruction to conquer fear of death by diving through the surface of the pool, swimming down through the water and finding a passageway where they would swim through and rise up to safety on the other side.

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This was symbolic in many ways. This represented the process of death and moving through the waters of the unconscious and finding the passageway which leads back to life in an immortal state. The crocodiles represent fear of the loss of self through the succumbing to lower consciousness. When a person feels fear their amygdala is activated along with other areas of the brain and endocrine system. In the moment of fright, this system is activated to a higher degree than at peace. When this happens there is a tendency for people to become guided by the fear, rather than guided by the higher-brain centers. This is the “reptilian brain” represented by the crocodiles themselves. They are highly instinctual beings who will react to stimulus whether without processing through the higher brain before or after the experience.

If the stimulus of fear overcomes the adept, then they will not be able to complete the challenge. If the adept overcomes the stimulus of fear, then the brain activity changes from an overabundance of stimulation within the endocrine system and the reptilian brain to where higher-order functioning returns and complex actions and maneuvers can be performed to navigate through an otherwise utterly confusing and blindingly emotional situation. This is a metaphor for the experience of life in itself, where we can be swept away by emotion and instinct or we can be aware of the power of self-control, self-responsibility, and self-awareness thus taking the power over our choices and actions and guiding the outcome ourselves.

What happens when the “self” is guiding the outcome is nothing short of magic. What is the “self” if the self is currently proposed to be a production of the material brain? Is not the material brain and it’s productions precisely what is overcome from a successful completion of a challenge such as this? This is exactly the way that adepts would be tested to determine whether their immaterial self, or soul was in operation of their physical body or whether the soul was unawakened, asleep, or non-lucid and the physical chemistry and instinctual habits were really running the show, akin to an animal. The soul is not the body, the soul operates through the body, yet the soul can be awakened or asleep and when one is asleep the brain chemistry and autonomy controls the choices one makes and when the soul is awakened the higher-self or higher-brain function controls the choices.

The higher brain function is not the soul, the presence of the soul itself determines whether the higher-brain function or the lower-brain functions will be superior over one or another. When the lower-brain is superior over the higher-brain’s functioning within the body, it is said the animal nature controls the body. When the higher-brain function is in control of the body over the functioning of the lower-brain, it is said the divine aspect or immaterial/immortal-self is in control of the body.

To top this all off, if you were thinking how crazy these people were, the crocodiles were fed so thoroughly before hand that they would not snap at a limp goose, and as well, the teachers knew that crocodiles are very unlikely to attack once the person has broken under the surface of the water as that is not in the nature of the animal.

Do not worry if you feel I have given away secrets because there is much new technology well beyond the ancient crystal technology, ankh, pyramid technology, and more and thousands of years worth of development of sacred processes and challenges that will surely test even the most confident of soul.

All of this makes life the most interesting projection of the self, a test of the divine to experience the most fullest expression of awareness and freedom to become. I described this over a few minutes with a friend as one portion of a many our conversation that lasted from the sun being up to the sun being down. I recommend we all take some time to learn about the beauty of the world, the nature of the processes of the mind and the possibilities that exist within this universe of experience because there is always more to know.

This was inspired by a multiple hour conversation taking place with a friend throughout the day and a recent release by Cullen Smith who’s presence convinced me to transfer my ideas and the conversation, in part, to the internet.

“Set”, “Sheitan”, “Setan”, “Satan”, these are all names for the adversary of the living and this all goes back to at least ancient Aegypt. This was the ancient representation of the darkness that comes after the daytime sun has “Set”, “fallen”, or “died”, succumbing to that which each night oversees the realm of the life giver.

All of this is a representation for the danger, the risk, the unknown that was presented when the cold-night appeared bringing with it all the frightening darkness, and the animals and sounds which could threaten a living man.

One who was not aware of the law of the living, the law of the land, the harmony and balance that was required to live a healthy life, their ignorance of the self and the universe was just as likely to lead to their death during that darkness of night by animal or exposure as they were likely to live a life that didn’t lead their soul to the higher planes of knowledge in the ‘afterlife’. This is all metaphor, and one in the same.

Now people are unable to see the symbolism and make the connection between the words, symbols, and concepts and the correspondence between them and their personal existence. The physical existence, through symbols and metaphor, is describing their journey through spiritual existence of self-knowledge.

Fear is the challenge to overcome, it is the gateway between one world and the next. This is because one is born out of fear, into fearlessness or knowledge. The lack of fear is not confidence, strength, love, or peace, these are all the results of overcoming fear. They are the opposite. The lack of fear is KNOWLEDGE. Awareness leads to KNOWLEDGE. When one becomes aware, they begin to know. As long as there is awareness, there is knowledge that will grow. As long as their is knowledge, there is SELF-Awareness. One can information, but not have knowledge just as one can have awareness but not have self-awareness. When there is enough information and knowledge gained through overcoming one’s fears then there is SELF-AWARENESS, this is KNOWLEDGE of the self.

There is a story about the ancient mystery schools who sought to teach people the value of self-awareness and to guide them through the steps of gaining KNOWLEDGE of self-mastery. There would be many lessons, temples, challenges and systems. One challenge was for an initiate to conquer the fear they felt within themselves so that fear does not control the body and mind but that the soul or self-awareness is in control. This test would include a temple which would contain a pool of water in which there were live crocodiles floating on the surface. The adept was given the instruction to conquer fear of death by diving through the surface of the pool, swimming down through the water and finding a passageway where they would swim through and rise up to safety on the other side.

This was symbolic in many ways. This represented the process of death and moving through the waters of the unconscious and finding the passageway which leads back to life in an immortal state. The crocodiles represent fear of the loss of self through the succumbing to lower consciousness. When a person feels fear their amygdala is activated along with other areas of the brain and endocrine system. In the moment of fright, this system is activated to a higher degree than at peace. When this happens there is a tendency for people to become guided by the fear, rather than guided by the higher-brain centers. This is the “reptilian brain” represented by the crocodiles themselves. They are highly instinctual beings who will react to stimulus whether without processing through the higher brain before or after the experience.

If the stimulus of fear overcomes the adept, then they will not be able to complete the challenge. If the adept overcomes the stimulus of fear, then the brain activity changes from an overabundance of stimulation within the endocrine system and the reptilian brain to where higher-order functioning returns and complex actions and maneuvers can be performed to navigate through an otherwise utterly confusing and blindingly emotional situation. This is a metaphor for the experience of life in itself, where we can be swept away by emotion and instinct or we can be aware of the power of self-control, self-responsibility, and self-awareness thus taking the power over our choices and actions and guiding the outcome ourselves.

What happens when the “self” is guiding the outcome is nothing short of magic. What is the “self” if the self is currently proposed to be a production of the material brain? Is not the material brain and it’s productions precisely what is overcome from a successful completion of a challenge such as this? This is exactly the way that adepts would be tested to determine whether their immaterial self, or soul was in operation of their physical body or whether the soul was unawakened, asleep, or non-lucid and the physical chemistry and instinctual habits were really running the show, akin to an animal. The soul is not the body, the soul operates through the body, yet the soul can be awakened or asleep and when one is asleep the brain chemistry and autonomy controls the choices one makes and when the soul is awakened the higher-self or higher-brain function controls the choices.

The higher brain function is not the soul, the presence of the soul itself determines whether the higher-brain function or the lower-brain functions will be superior over one or another. When the lower-brain is superior over the higher-brain’s functioning within the body, it is said the animal nature controls the body. When the higher-brain function is in control of the body over the functioning of the lower-brain, it is said the divine aspect or immaterial/immortal-self is in control of the body.

To top this all off, if you were thinking how crazy these people were, the crocodiles were fed so thoroughly before hand that they would not snap at a limp goose, and as well, the teachers knew that crocodiles are very unlikely to attack once the person has broken under the surface of the water as that is not in the nature of the animal.

Do not worry if you feel I have given away secrets because there is much new technology well beyond the ancient crystal technology, ankh, pyramid technology, and more and thousands of years worth of development of sacred processes and challenges that will surely test even the most confident of soul.

All of this makes life the most interesting projection of the self, a test of the divine to experience the most fullest expression of awareness and freedom to become. I described this over a few minutes with a friend as one portion of a many our conversation that lasted from the sun being up to the sun being down. I recommend we all take some time to learn about the beauty of the world, the nature of the processes of the mind and the possibilities that exist within this universe of experience because there is always more to know.

It is said that overcoming fear is part of the process of becoming the divine self, or fulfilling one’s spiritual potential because fear is the mind-killer, fear, set, Setan, is what kills man. This is all a metaphor as you should know by now. What makes a man is his mind.

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