The Healing Light

I come in the power of Light, I come in the Light of wisdom, I come in the mercy of Light, the Light hath healing in its wings.

Thus it is written in the Neophyte 0=0 Ceremony of the Golden Dawn. I find it interesting to examine this quote some more in order to understand the nature of the work a new initiate is expected to complete. The first part of the quote states “I come in the power of the Light”, this strikes me as the initializing stage of what is to come. For anyone accustomed to practicing magic whether ceremonially or even the foundational magics will know that often much of the preparation stages can formulate a strong awareness of one’s power as a magician. Power in this case isn’t just energy or capability to perform magic but also to engage in the system. It takes power in the form of will in order to face oneself.
The second part states, “I come in the Light of wisdom”. Wisdom in this case can be for a multitude for reasons, ranging from understanding your own motivations for pursuing an initiatory system. Or even the pursuit of Wisdom itself. In the Outer Order Grades its been widely acknowledged that the aims of these grades are to suitably rise or bring awareness to the various issues underlying and potentially inhibiting the magician from advancing in their chosen spiritual path. Its been commented a bit on Dean’s blog here and on Sincerus Renatus’s blog here on the huge aid that psychology and psychotherapy can be to the practicing magician. More will be discussed below on my views on this below.
The third part of the quotes goes on to state, “I come in the mercy of the Light”, thus indicating the invaluable role of mercy has in the magical practices. Considering the work of the Outer Order in the elemental grades I believe it’s possible to discern more from this statement. Mercy can be defined as: “an act of compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm”. Within the context of the G.’.D.’. system it would seem to indicate the power one has to show mercy or compassion to one’s self.
And finally, “the Light hath healing in its wings.” Wow, what evocative imagery here. Having engaged in the all the necessary steps we have the imagery of the angelic wings bringing forth healing from within and with out. The pursuit of one’s Holy Guardian Angel is also of relevance here in that time is not solely a linear experience but in this regard I must return to comment after further experience. In any case the overall phrasing seems to emulate the pathway the candidate can expect to change. Prior to my own initiation I must confess some strange dreams involving flying magicians almost angelic like and others yet learning to be thus.
In any paradigm dedicated to the healing of a person, either emotionally, mentally or physically, there are certain group characteristics that tend to come to the fore eventually. As a person comes more into themselves the new sense of strength is bound to be extended into the relationships around them. Within the confines of a Temple or Order this ‘new’ stage can result in conflicts amongst members. Nick Farrell commented in his book, ‘Gathering the Magic: Creating 21st Century Esoteric Groups’, on how after time it has been observed in esoteric groups a “breaking out” point as the initiate has worked on themselves and now how the group may have certain difficulties embracing the new social equilibrium. In this regard other mundane areas of study such as sociology can aid in people’s understanding of the process. In and off itself Sociology as a paradigm developed from people wishing to understand group psychology more. We are afterall social creatures and as all too often happens when people spend any extended period on introspection there can be an over focus on the alchemical changes we as magicians wish to engage. And to what end one may wonder?
Even within esoteric and magical systems there can develop an over dependency on healing. Without returning to the ‘mundane’ world around us how will we ever gauge these developments? Amongst our peers also seeking change and usually from a different stand point in their own personal stage?

4 Replies to “The Healing Light”

  1. The statement is a triangle of information. Power of the light (Geborah), Mercy of the Light (Chesed) and Healing Tiphareth. All these things by themselves would be bad and imbalanced. The triangle makes them balanced.I was once a fan of psychotherapy but I dont think understanding one's self is psychotherapy. Talking about stuff to a mate is just as effective provided it is the right mate.

  2. Thanks Nick, I believe in retrospect that Dean may have referred to the statement in much the same way, explaining the presence of Geborah, Chesed and Tiphareth as well. As for chatting things over with a mate – I knew there was something I meant to elabourate on in regards to the sociology aspect and returning to the mundane to experience things! lol Indeed making sure one develops a healthy social circle can only aid a person's path surely. Health minds and healthy mages, perhaps?

  3. Yes, the key words here are Power, Wisdom, Mercy, and Healing. Power, Mercy, and Healing form the triangle Nick is referring to, balancing the two opposing principles of Severity and Mercy with the reconciling element in Tiphareth. But what about Wisdom? This is clearly a reference to Chokmah, but it seems a strange one to include with the other three (which are traditional GD teachings on balance). It does not initially make sense to mention another Sephirah that is not on the Middle Pillar, as this unbalances the formation of the triangle presented by the other three. But I do not believe this is intended to make the formation an oddly shaped square. Instead we have the Triangle formed from Geburah, Chesed, and Tiphareth, which is then instilled with Wisdom, which is Sophia, the Shekhinah, the Presence of God ultimately made manifest in Malkuth. It reveals that without this element of God within us we cannot truly be balanced, nor can we truly be "in the Light". It also helps bring the Triangle (which is a reflection of the Supernal Triangle) into manifestation by referencing the Presence.However, why is Wisdom mentioned second? Why is it, in order: Geburah, Chokmah, Chesed, Tiphareth? A more logical ordering would be Geburah, Chesed, Tiphareth, Chokmah, as Wisdom is placed within the already constructed Triangle. Unless it is referring to the fact that the Wisdom of Sophia is needed before Mercy can really be brought into the equation.One of the things from your post that I think is very important to reiterate is that the person we most need to be merciful with is ourselves. We are often much harsher with ourselves than we are with other people, ultimately causing many of the problems we face.I agree with Nick that having a really good friend to talk and share with can often be just as good as working with a "professional". The problem is that sometimes it is difficult to share with friends without them altering how they perceive you, impacting the friendship (and the temple if they are all involved with the Work). Some people are also really unqualified with dealing with certain problems others have.LVX,Dean.

  4. You're correct Nick. You won't necessary get to know your Self with psychotherapy, although that may happen. What you will get to know for sure though is your lower self, the dark side of yourself or shadow. That is also to know yourself.In Licht, Leben und LiebeS:.R:.

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