1. What does esoterism mean?
In the tradition of occult teachings it has always been affirmed that there is a level of knowledge that, given its difficulty and time, only a few acquire.
Those “few” are the first definitions of the word that is linked to the meaning of the prefix “eso”, Greek concept that means “inside” in front of the prefix “exo” that is “on the outside.”
Let’s look at the definition of esoterism.
Esoteric: adj. Hidden, reserved. 2. It is said of what is impenetrable or difficult access to the mind. 3. It is said of the doctrine that the philosophers of antiquity communicated only a short number of their disciples. It is said that it was transmitted orally to the initiates.
In short, it is a teaching that demands all the resources of man, as Paracelsus would say “Ars requirit totum hominem”.
2. But … what is the objective of esoterism?
Here we enter into the proper definition of the subject matter. It is the study of the esoteric reality, that is, of the Inner Reality. That reality has been called Metaphysics in other times and now Psychic. Recall the concept “that” (inner side) versus “exo” (outer side).
In contrast to the external, exoteric Reality, the Inner Reality is invisible, not perceptible by the physical senses. The soul, the mind, our consciousness, we do not perceive it. We only see the body moved by a will. The modern negation of the interior of reality in the study of psychology is simply absurd, for we all know well what is behind or within the physical body. On the other hand, to say that there is something called “unconscious” is a simple label, since it is evident that everything that is not known is unconscious until it becomes known, that is, conscious.
The Tradition’s claim that there is an entire invisible, inner reality is the axiom that allows knowledge, the discovery of the causes of the effects we perceive. We will know in our human world that the phenomena we perceive hide behind a will, an intention. It is a question of transferring the visible to access the realm of the invisible, the cause from which the effects arise. That invisible reality, that other dimension, is the matter of study.
The esoteric practice is, therefore, the development of knowledge, the increase of consciousness, the activation of all that enormous potential that is latent within us. The development of the human mind in the psychic dimension has had much resistance throughout the history of civilization by the religious-state monopoly. Such resistance is still observed in the modern affirmation of the denial of the soul in man and the Universe.
Whether we like it or not, the effort to evolve in the dimension of intelligence is the current evolutionary step of our species.
Evolution directed from Mother Earth itself in conjunction with the Sun in one of the billions of galaxies.
All this in Sovereign Order.
3. Why is an arcane language used in esoterism?
There is a historical and a pedagogical reason. The historical is due to the repression exerted on the knowledge for centuries by religious fundamentalism; The pedagogical one is that the metaphorical language allows, on one hand, to inspire and to the other to guide with softness, allowing the individual himself to extract the inner knowledge that we all carry within. The development of intelligence requires the use of all cognitive faculties, both verbal and nonverbal (left and right brain hemispheres).
We could say that the esoteric language, symbolic, bases its force on the union of strict scientific concepts (the formal structure) with an artistic expression that allows the inner development.
On the other hand, the goal of magical language is a pure expression, the reflection by symbolic tools of the actual experience of the Spirit. It is, therefore, a guide, a sign of traffic along the Sofia road.
The experience of the own way is of the own individual before the Spirit.
4. Why the reserved attitude of the adepts of this discipline?
In the first place by the foolishness, that human disease that is based on despising everything that is ignored. The lack of sensitivity and intelligence has done much damage to the development of knowledge in our species. The obscurantist power that protects them has allowed for centuries the derision, censorship and even death of the truth carriers. Given this criminal attitude, especially in the West, tradition has tried to preserve its members from the constant and continuous inquisitional process that has been practiced and practiced on the truth.
Hence the recommendation to be silent.
Secondly, by a purely pedagogical attitude, it is a stepped learning, and therefore it is not possible to teach infinitesimal calculation without first knowing the four rules. The level of difficulty increases as knowledge advances, and therefore an adequate process of exercising the physical and mental faculties are necessary.
Third, and the most important of all, because this knowledge is something that arises from the very heart of the human being. Each one finally acquires his own knowledge as it is by right of our species.
5. The esoteric tradition claims to be the source of the exoteric tradition … is this true?
The difference between the religions of different civilizations and the esoteric tradition is that the members of the latter coincide in affirming a single reality. Religions and morality are acquired exoterically, ie from the external socialization of culture on the individual, and maintained by collective pressure.
Only in healthy cultures can we observe a clear attitude about esoteric knowledge, the “knowledge of the elders” as traditionally stated. In them, intimate knowledge is the root of culture, and from the knowledge of the wise, the truth is permanently affirmed Collective. In diseased civilizations like ours only a political attitude, that is domination, can be expected in knowledge.
Whoever dominates the human mind controls his behavior.
The esoteric tradition does not pressure anyone to study their knowledge, this is a matter of self-motivation. Therefore it does not press the freedom of each individual so that it continues in her. The desire to develop the faculty of knowing, proper to our species, arises from an inner cause that shapes us as reality.
Another issue is that this need for knowledge is satisfied with an easily digestible collective product, or a path of personal effort and motivation.
The real historical fact is that in the face of the opinion of the average there is a certain knowledge of scholars, of those few who strive for a slow and sacrificed work.