The Esoteric Guests – by Moon Laramie


During the early 1900’s  author Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, hosted a salon on Saturday evenings at their apartment in Paris. Guests included the artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Mattise and Juan Gris, the novelists Sherwood Anderson and Sinclair Lewis and the art collectors Claribel and Etta Cone. All manner of cultural topics were discussed. If I were able to invite five people, alive or dead, to a gathering to discuss esoteric spiritual topics, who would they be?

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Who Are You Really? – by Moon Laramie


When I look in the mirror I see ‘myself’. Or do I? What is it that I actually see? I see my physical form. But is this really ‘me’? My physical body is so impermanent. Can it really be all there is of me? When I talk to other people about what ‘I’ have been doing, it is easy to associate that ‘I’ solely with my identity in this corporeal body. But is that the real me?

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Riddle of the Rabbits – by Moon Laramie


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In January 2001, my mother suffered a stroke from which she never fully recovered. As her condition worsened, she was eventually admitted into a nursing home for round the clock care. In June 2003 her condition rapidly deteriorated. She was no longer able to recognise her family and her body began to shut down. On Wednesday 3 July 2003, the day she died, our family was maintaining a vigil by her bedside. At about 4 p.m. my sister suggested we go back to her home for a rest break. While we were there, a call came through telling us that my mother was slipping away and we should come back immediately. As we raced through narrow country lanes, our car was forced to stop at the traffic lights at an intersection just a few minutes from the nursing home. The sky had darkened considerably since we started the journey and as we waited for the lights to turn green, the heavens opened. Sheets of rain fell from the sky. At that precise moment, with rain pelting the car windscreen, I was gripped by an overwhelming feeling that my mother had died. When we got to the home a few minutes later, we found my father and my other sister coming out of my mother’s room. She had died at the exact moment of my strange intuitive feeling.

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The Cosmic Reset – by Moon Laramie


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According to the Ageless Wisdom, humans are on an evolutionary path which will lead them to transform into spiritual beings. As part of its metamorphosis, humankind passes through seven stages of development known as root races. The first root race had no physical bodies and manifested only on a subtle vibrational level. Over the aeons the root races gradually developed physical characteristics. These early physical manifestations had no sexual organs and reproduced through fission. As humanity continued to evolve it divided into male and female. Human beings on earth today constitute the fifth root race of the human life wave.

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The Mystic Poet – by Moon Laramie


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Mercedes de Acosta
was a Spanish-American poet born in New York City on 1 March, 1893. Apart from publishing three volumes of poetry, she also wrote a novel and numerous stage plays. Mercedes saw herself as a spiritual explorer. She studied Theosophy and followed the teachings of the Indian mystic, Ramana Maharshi. He was considered to be an avatar, an incarnation of a deity on earth. He encouraged her to develop God Realisation, to see the divine in all things. She practised yoga, studied astrology and believed in reincarnation. She was a friend of the poet Kahlil Gibran, who introduced her to the mystical Hindu texts of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Mercedes is perhaps best known as the lover and confidante of the Hollywood actress, Greta Garbo. But Mercedes was much more than Garbo’s intimate, she was her spiritual guide, steering her on a journey to the heart of the ancient eastern traditions. As they sat together one night on a mountain top in Casa del Mare, Mercedes revealed the secrets of the Ageless Wisdom to Greta Garbo. They remained there the whole night, talking about karma, the origins of the universe and the destiny of humanity.

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Exploring the Mystery of Hermes Trismegistus – by Moon Laramie


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Hermes Trismegistus
is an ancient sage whose story is steeped in mystery. Some scholars believe he invented the Egyptian hieroglyphic system, others that he built the pyramids, created the Greek alphabet and even wrote the Chinese divinatory book of I Ching. To early Christians, he was a great savant, who preceded Moses and received revelations from God. In wider terms he is often seen as the founder of civilisation, the creator of medicine, law, mathematics and philosophy. He is accredited as the author of the foundational mystical writings known as the Hermetica. The Christian saint and theologian, Clement of Alexandria, attributed forty-two books to him in total although some academics suggest the number may run into the tens of thousands. The name Trismegistus means ‘thrice great’. It refers to Hermes knowledge of the three essential aspects of universal wisdom: astrology, alchemy and magic. The key to unravelling the mystery of Hermes Trismegistus is to be found in Hellenistic Egypt.

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Popcorn Multiverse – by Moon Laramie


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Whenever someone decides to make popcorn, something miraculous occurs. The tiny brown popcorn kernels undergo a spectacular transformation into fluffy yellow bitesize nuggets. This is because of the endosperm inside the kernels. This endosperm contains moisture. When heated the moisture turns to steam. Chaos ensues as the force of the steam builds up. Eventually the walls of the kernels can no longer contain this growing tumult. The force of the steam ruptures the walls. The contents burst out, expanding to up to fifty times their original size. They ultimately cool and set into their brand new form, pieces of popcorn. The making of popcorn follows a trajectory of chaos, force, expansion and transformation. This process in the humble popcorn is a microcosm of the creation of the multiple universes or multiverse described in the Ageless Wisdom.

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Bibliomantic Benefits – by Moon Laramie


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Bibliomancy is an age old tradition practiced around the world. It involves opening a book at a random page in order to divine the answers to spiritual questions. The term bibliomancy was first coined in 1753. It was originally used to determine the guilt or innocence of a person accused of witchcraft. The accused was weighed. If their weight was less than the volumes of the Bible they were deemed innocent. The practice later developed into the use of the Bible to answer metaphysical questions. Eventually bibliomancy was no longer restricted to the Bible and it came to be used with any book.

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Will The Real Spirit Entity Please Stand Up – by Moon Laramie


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It is very easy to imagine the Victorians as dour narrow-minded moralists. While Victorian society was undeniably conventional and repressed, many Victorians were also imaginative and open to new ideas. There were great scientific advancements during the Victorian era. Charles Darwin first posited his theories of evolution, Richard Owen produced the first life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs and Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. There were also significant developments in metaphysics and spirituality. William Westcott founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Helena Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society. Today, Blavatsky is commonly regarded as the mother of the modern mind, body, spirit movement.

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The Clock Time Conundrum – by Moon Laramie


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Sometimes, I find myself rushing through parts of my day. I rush to get ready. I rush to finish an email. I rush to get to an appointment. The reason is simple, I look at my watch and I realise I am short of time. I feel pressured to rush. My hurry is instigated by the simple act of looking at my watch. This predicament was perhaps best described by Jane Austen, ‘Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.’ Yet modern society is so structured around clock time that trying to exist without it would be highly problematic.

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Realization By Numbers – by Moon Laramie


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Pythagoras
the Ancient Greek philosopher believed that mathematics played a key role in the realisation of everything in the universe. Pythagoras traced the origins of all things in the cosmos to  one common factor – number. Students of Pythagoras believed the study of the relationships between numbers would reveal the truth of who we are and why we are here. The Pythagorean scholar Philolaus ventured that the number one was the origin of all creation. It represented the singularity of the cosmos, the essential unity of everything in existence. From this unity the material universe evolved into two essential aspects, the finite and the infinite. Odd numbers represented the finite. Even numbers represented the infinite.

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The Threefold Nature of Healthy Living – by Moon Laramie


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The human body as we each perceive it exists on the solid physical plane. Surrounding this physical body is the etheric body. This is the vehicle of vitality and energy. If the flow of energy becomes blocked, there is a negative impact on the physical body. The practice of Reiki can help release blockages in the etheric body.

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A Theosophical History Of Humanity – by Moon Laramie


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Theosophy is a movement founded in the late nineteenth century by Helena Blavatsky. It proposes that there is a universal truth known to humankind for millennia. Over time, that truth has become hidden, scattered among the religions of the world. Blavatsky sought to uncover the truth through the comparative study of science, philosophy and religion.

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The Delectable Phenomenon – by Moon Laramie


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At the end of my cancer treatment in September 2015, I was given a clean bill of health. That day I came home to a world that looked sparkling and full of possibilities. The city outside my window seemed more alive, beautiful art works more delectable, the smell of flowers more vivid, moments spent with my husband more precious. I was seeing the world with fresh eyes. I later came to realise that my good news had induced what is known as a peak experience. The peak experience was first studied extensively in the nineteen sixties by the psychologist Abraham Maslow. A peak experience involves a feeling of joy and illumination in the moment. The immediate consequence of a peak experience is that one sees life as more valuable and meaningful. Maslow’s work on peak experiences was considered groundbreaking because he studied psychologically healthy people rather than those with psychological disorders.

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