Ancient Mystery Schools were created using the foundation of the
four levels of the temple. The Literal, Symbolic, Irrational or
Paradoxical and Archetypical.
Levels of the Temple
The first level of the Temple is the
Literal. This is our every day world in which we live. Everything we
see, smell, taste, hear and touch we believe is real. This is how we define
our reality, which is different from how others define theirs. We see
something and we believe what we see. We touch something and we believe it
is real. We base our beliefs on what we experience through our sensory
perception and through these beliefs we create our reality. The door is
solid so we cannot walk through it. The fire is hot therefore we will get
burned. We see the movement of time, so we believe time exists. We believe
we understand the world we live in. We live in a world of duality, good and
evil, right and wrong, up and down, left or right. Everything makes sense in
the literal world, life is simple.
The second level of the temple
is the Symbolic. In order to understand the symbolic you have to get
out of the literal. You cannot understand the symbolic from the literal.
Understanding the symbolic is not as clear as the black and white literal
world. This is the world of patterns, the shape of things to be. Symbols
are not the symbolic. Symbols are the literal representation of the
symbolic. There are no words to explain the symbolic. For example, try telling
someone what three is. There are no words to explain three, it is a pattern
that someone named and once filled, it instantly manifests as something. You
can only show someone three.
The third level of
the temple is the Irrational or Paradoxical. You cannot
understand the irrational from the symbolic or literal. This is the realm
of creation. The irrational is where all the mysteries reside.
In this part of the temple, fire is not hot and you can walk through hot
coals and not burn your feet. Or you can
stand bare footed in a chamber minus 35
degrees below zero in your underwear for an hour and not freeze.
fourth level of the temple is the Archetypical. This level of the
temple cannot be understood. To understand God is to be God. Here is where
you build your relationship with God.
This school is taught on the first three
levels of the temple.