The Kingdom of Heaven is within you –the immortal words of Christ do not pertain exclusively to the patristic formulae of salvation through sacrament, nor do they point only to the mystical body itself as unitive and unifying salvation. Rather, the observation is most profound or religious truths, akin to the shahadatyn themselves, the depth of micrcosmic reality, the height of human possibility. Above

the kataphatic lies the apophatic, and This is unapproachable, impenetrable. But the kataphatic is a Reality humanity mirrors, when cleansed of unnecessary and delimiting contingency.

–Ahson Azmat (Extract from: Between Kaf and Nun: Rings, Gardens, Cosmos and Imago Terrae: Towards an explanation of Sacred Tome and Space, found in Sophia vol 12, no1)

I quite agree

except…

this leads to the foolish thinking we can sit on our posteriors with our fingers up our behinds, do nothing, grow fat, practise libertine sexual ects and generally act uncouth….

which of course you can. But then, if you think bathing in dog poop then expecting everyone to not notice the smell, is ok…then go for it.

Of course the idea that all is perfect is a matter of language and concept. By thweir very nature all concepts are glimpses of the truth, of how things really are. Almost akin to a glass darkly, sop to speak. SO we are faced with the old, the model is not the thing it is modelling. We may, once again, gain insight, truths, even come very close, to actually creating reality through concepts and models such as the one above… but in the end, its a close, but you havent reached the end of the race.

When it comes to the idea of perfection of course classically there are two views. We have the largely Judaeo Christian view, which as much as the Jews like to moan, is also typically the view shared by the Occult factions fo this world… (Free Masons, Hermeticists, Alchemists, Ritualist etc etc etc) that the world is broken. Or as the tradition goes, God’s “Vessels” are shattered and through repair (Tikkun Olam) we must bring the divine back toward and complement and complete the mundane.

We find this idea epitomised arguably by the Hermetic axiom:

“As above, so below” or to literally quote the original:

True, without error, certain and most true: that which is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which is above, to perform the miracles of the One Thing.

And as all things were from One, by the meditation of One, so from this One Thing come all things by adaptation. Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, the wind carried it in its belly, the nurse thereof is the Earth.

It is the father of all perfection and the consummation of the whole world. Its power is integral if it be turned to Earth.

Thou shalt separate the Earth from the Fire, the subtle from the coarse, gently and with much ingenuity. It ascends from Earth to heaven and descends again to Earth, and receives the power of the superiors and the inferiors.

Thus thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all obscurity flee before thee. This is the strong fortitude of all fortitude, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. Thus the world was created. Hence are all wonderful adaptations, of which this is the manner.

Therefore am I called Hermes the Thrice Great, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.

That is finished which I have to say concerning the operation of the Sun.”

The emerald tablet of Thrice great Hermes of course explained how the microcosm (below) relates in perfect harmony to the macrocosm(“the realm of ‘God’ ” ).

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The other view we have is that things are already perfect, we simply don’t see things as they are. This can fit into the idea of repair but it can also be seen to explain the idea that perfection is here, we simply need to “realize” it.

Or “Wherever you go, there you are.”

This view is a lot more eastern whereas the one above is a lot more western.

Although we can find this in the west, classical figures such as King Arthur show this. We can see the King is sleeping….ready to awaken. We can liken this to the human condition, asleep…ready to awaken.

Of course Arthur’s story contains many such symbols, we have the image of the wasteland, which leads to the wounded king, who seeks refuge at Avalon. This again would be the Jewish/Hermetic perspective of broken and in need of repair.

Of course we also find the Grail, a vessel of transformation..that can be seen to be the Philosopher’s stone, the Vault of Christian Rosenkreutz and far more besides.

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Language of course is a model, and once again the concept of perfection or building toward perfection are both models. Arguably of course both can be seen to represent the eaxct same thing…unification of all opposites, so that the above and the below are joined, and no longer exist. Of course they can also be used to create antagonistic exact opposites, so that perfection becomes perfecting “illusion” or staying asleep like Arthur, but making that slumber more pleasant.

This union of course forms a third state. This is what Mani, the founder of Manichaeanism discussed when he mentioned a good beyond good and evil.

SO is the world perfect?

Yes it is…if you let it be.

(22)

Jesus saw infants being suckled.

He said to his disciples,

“These infants being suckled

are like those who enter the kingdom.”

They said to him,

“Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?”

Jesus said to them,

“When you make the two one,

and when you make the inside like the outside

and the outside like the inside,

and the above like the below, and when you

make the male and the female one and the same,

so that the male not be male

nor the female female;

and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye,

and a hand in place of a hand,

and a foot in place of a foot,

and a likeness in place of a likeness;

then will you enter the kingdom.”

Gospel of Thomas 22:Theosis « Prayers and Reflections

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