Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons, The Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis, and the forthcoming Rediscover the Magick of the Gods and Goddesses. Jean-Louis is also Lifetime Grand Master of the Ordo Aurum Solis and Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross.
In many countries it is very difficult to do what we can do in the United States: go to our neighbor supermarket to choose a drug we need. Of course we cannot find everything, but for the most common diseases we can freely buy what we need. This is great! What need is there for a doctor if you have a cold or if your eyes are dry?
However, in France and elsewhere in the world, you cannot proceed like that. Pharmacists are the exclusive guardians of most drugs, and can provide them only with a prescription from a doctor. This is often very frustrating, as we want to be free to choose what we think we need!
It amazes me that learning magic can be seen in the same way. When I was young I felt a real desire to explore the invisible, to know more about spirituality. Then I bought books, began various practices, used esoteric techniques from one tradition and then another. I was raised as a Catholic, but it was not an obstacle for my exploration. I was doing my first self-medication and the feeling was excellent. But I was treating my symptoms of the moment.
When we are doing this on our own, we need a good description of the medicines, their properties and side effects. We need also to be aware that combinations of various products that can change their effects and become harmful. At some point it is good to make a decision: do we need to see a doctor, even if we have to pay something, or do we continue as we are doing without any training in medicine?
All of us must decide.
I decided to see a doctor in order to have a full exam and receive a real treatment which will consider my body as a whole. I even saw specialists for precise problems.
Initiatic Traditions work in the same way. There are many existent esoteric schools that developed specific processes, ceremonies, and initiations. The experienced Masters in charge of these schools learned from their predecessors and received a spiritual power allowing them to connect to high level of consciousness for the good of their students. It was true in the past, and this is still true today in serious initiatic Orders. History and inheritance can be seen as essential components of an authentic tradition, and these things provide safety and success in the spiritual life of the students. Receiving magical training, initiation, and real and direct teaching can be seen as the decision to follow a treatment. You remain free to go to your local pharmacy but at the same time you are following a full treatment that must continue for a long time in order to be really effective in your life and even afterlife!
Our thanks to Jean-Louis for his guest post! Visit Jean-Louis de Biasi’s author page for more information, including articles and his books.