About how to use evil as a mirror for your subconsciousness

Today I was discussing with a colleague of mine and I asked him what the function of evil was according to him. We quickly realized that this depends on where you come from. For example a devout Christian would most likely shy away from all sorts of evil. He has the 10 commandments and the 7 virtues and when he sins he will go to hell instead of the aspired heaven. The role of evil is clear: stay away! But for the Freemason the role of evil different. A Freemason lives by the credo ‘know thyself’. He tries to become aware of his vices and tries to transform them into virtues. Different than for the Christian, evil for the Freemason is a mirror of things in himself which he still needs to develop. Many spiritual development paths have a similar approach: find and integrate your dark side with the light.

An interesting analogy is Hercules’ work when he fights the Hydra. The Hydra is a nine headed monster, which, when you cut of one head, it grows three heads back. Hercules finally defeats the monster by raising it up to the sun. All heads, except one, dry out and perish. The last head is buried in the ground. In this analogy the Hydra stands for the impure passions within us which we normally try to suppress. But the way to deal with these impure urges is to integrate them into our consciousness. Then we can make choices and deal with them. This work of Hercules is assigned to the constellation Scorpio: it is interesting that this topic comes up at this time of the year.

William Blake in his Proverbs of Hell puts it rightly: ‘He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence’. And it is true. Not only for big topics such as evil. But also for more mundane items. When you have a problem, you can best address it as soon as possible otherwise it grows well out of proportion. Try to not pay a traffic bill in the Netherlands: within a couple of months it will be quadrupled!

But how to use evil as a tool and not to become identified by it? Here the example of Persues slaying Medusa might be inspiring. Medusa is a Gorgon with snakes as hair. Everyone who will look at her will be turned into stone. Luckily, Persues received a polished shield from the goddess Athene. Using this shield to approach the sleeping Medusa, he was able to cut her head of.

 

The trick is to know thyself and not to become identified with your lower self. When you can investigate your vice instead of becoming your vice, then you can slay the Medusa inside of you.

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About the meaning less of social etiquettes

Yesterday, I was sitting at a bar and a woman bumped into me lightly. ‘Sorry’, she said. Then she bumped into someone else and she apologized again. I looked at her and asked why she was apologizing so much. She did not have to apologize to me, as I was not offended in the first place. ‘Oh well’, she said, ‘this is just an English thing. We say sorry for everything.’ Hearing this, I responded: ‘well, if you want to say sorry, say it to the Indian people.’ At first, she did not understand what I meant. But when she realised that I was referring to colonisation, she became upset. ‘You Dutch have been colonising many countries as well! I am not saying sorry. Not to you and not to everyone.’ After this the woman walked away.

What I found interesting about this event, was how thin the social layer of behaviour is. Initially she was apologizing to anyone for no reason, but when it became personal, she refused to apologise at all. Personally, I do not care if someone says sorry or not. But I do care about people being integer: what you say should correspond with what you mean. And when someone’s behaviour is not in line with their meaning, this strikes me as odd. It is like a violin player in a beautiful suit who plays a false instrument.

This event made me wonder what the function of social behaviour or etiquette is. And yes, it can be very beneficial. Social etiquettes are civilized standardised behaviour (form) which allows for many different people to interact with each other. It is the grease of social interaction and it avoids confrontations. Up to 3 generations ago, social etiquettes were so important that by the way you would talk and act, your social status would be revealed.

But for social etiquettes to be effective, their form needs to be aligned with the content. You can say sorry, but if you do not mean it, it is just a hollow phrase. Then social etiquettes become dishonest and untruthful. The woman in this example most likely was not aware that she was saying ‘sorry’ so often and thus this is just unconscious behaviour. But some people use social etiquettes purposefully to mislead people. They are like bankers with great manners and in a nice suit who will, with a big smile, sell you a dodgy subprime mortgage.

Hollow social etiquettes is miscommunication and as a result it has lost its benefits and can even be harmful. They are standardized automatisms (how are you? I am fine) which lead us away from what actually is. I was glad to hear the woman say that she was not sorry at all. For anything. This was clear communication and she meant it. Of course it is not really social acceptable to say that out loud, but at least I had integer interaction.

How Ecstatic Ironing is an example of Hermetic Flow Dance

I think, I am not the only one who is not particularly fond of ironing shirts. For this reason I am always listening to music when ironing and eventually I started dancing along the tunes. Sometimes the music would really hit me and I would dance ecstatically. And to my surprise I was still able to iron the shirts! Now, obviously ironing is not the most difficult activities in life, but at least you do need to have some sense of coordination and a steady hand. And this is not an easy feat when dancing ecstatically.

Now, a couple of years (and a lot of laundry!) later, I realise that Ecstatic Ironing is in fact an example of Hermetic Flow Dance. I connect with the flow, I contain the energy and I create with the raised energy. In this case, rather than flapping my arms around all over the place, I produce nice and wrinkless shirts! What makes Ecstatic Ironing Hermetic Flow Dance is the paradox of ecstatic movement (flow) on one side and Hermetic contained movement (ironing) on the other integrated into one and the same dance. To be able to integrate both together at the same time is a very intense dancing meditation.

About why I am a free dancing Hermetist

Recently, in a discussion, I compared my spirituality with my profession as a business analyst. I wrote: ‘There are many ways to Rome, but some are faster than others. The Hermetic tradition studies the Laws of the Universe. And as such it explains the above and the below. In my work as a business analyst, I also study processes: business processes. In this role I am able to find root causes much faster than others who look at events. In the end our time and resources are limited and I like to be as efficient as possible.’

Although there are many similarities between a Hermetist and a business analyst, it led me to ask the following question to myself: why is dancing so important for me as a Hermetist?

Again, I will make an analogy with my work as a business analyst. Dance for me as Hermetist has the same importance as the accounting journal and recorded data as business analyst. I can have beautiful spiritual visions, but the devil lies in the details and the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Only when I am able to fully integrate my visions, thoughts and emotions all the way through into my body, my spiritual growth is complete. Only when my body recognizes energy intuitively, then it becomes real for me. In this sense my body is the grail who receives and integrates spiritual impulses by means of a ritual.

As a business analyst, when implementing a new project (which can be compared to a ritual), I encounter all the relevant existing data at the lowest level. This is organizational Know Thyself. I become aware of what actually is and often it is less pretty as what I initially thought! This data was previously not structured, misused or not used at all. I ‘dance’ through the data and restructure it for the correct purpose. Only when the data on the lowest level is correct, the goal of a project (ritual) can be fulfilled and the project is successful.

Dance is activating a ritual similar as implementing a project and it has similar characteristics. When I want to connect to a high energy, I need to integrate it into my body. In the dance all existing energies which reside within me and which are linked to the ritual become activated and must be structured. This structuring occurs in the dance: by connecting intensely with the flow, gradually the energies in my body become aligned with the energy of the spiritual impulse.
There is one more thing which is interesting: my dancing consists of both structured and free dance. Over the years I realized that free dance is very important for me as well. Why would a Hermetist also use free dancing?

As a business analyst, I test if implementations are successful in two ways: positive testing (processes according to the design) and negative testing (processes against the design). With positive testing I follow steps and procedures to see if the design works according to plan. With negative testing I try to break the system and find any loopholes around the new development.

With hermetic flow dance, I follow the same pattern. First, I connect with the energy, integrate it and raise the energy as much as possible in a stable form. But then I let go of the structure and form changes into chaos (free dance). When I am able to dance in all directions on a high level of energy, then I know that I have successfully integrated this energy in my body and the ritual has succeeded.

This is the mission of Hermetic Flow Dance: to truly integrate Hermetism with the body and to connect flow with the soul.

About balancing stress and playfulness

Yesterday a friend of my told me about his Track&Field training (running – exercising – running). He was relieved that finally the weather was getting colder. Because, this meant that there were no annoying kids playing around on the training instruments in the park. I asked him what he was doing instead of playing on these instruments. ‘Exercising!, he said. Next, I asked him about the difference between playing and exercising. ‘Well, I do not pretend to be a monkey when I am exercising!’ he exclaimed.

Exercise versus playing

This apparent difference between playing and exercising intrigued me. Although the actual movements are roughly the same, the difference lies in the intention. Exercising has with a clear cut goal. As my friend told me: his goal was to be able to do more pull-ups today than last week. Focus and technique are important here. When you truly dedicate your attention and your energies you will become fitter and you will reach your goals. The intention of those kids on the other hand is a process approach. They are not interested in the result at all. They want to discover how many different ways there are to climb that bench. In this approach there is no right or wrong: everything goes. Dirty clothes? No problem! We had fun didn’t we?!  This is the reason why kids are seen as being free and adults… well… What is the thing with adults? Adults have a lot of responsibilities and tasks. There is a whole variety of goals (expectations) from a diverse group of people (work, spouse, friends, etc.) of which nobody can meet all of them. The result is stress. ‘Stress’ as an adrenaline kick is in itself not a bad thing: it helps you focus and achieve your goals. But it becomes a bad thing when it is continuous at a high level in your subconscious system. So how do adults cope with stress?

Compensating stress

Stress builds up tension in the body and this needs to be released. And this can be done in many ways: eating drinking, sex, etc. Many of our addictive behaviour comes from the disability to cope with stress in a proper way. To a degree compensating stress works, but it is not very efficient. Al compensating stress is not very fulfilling.

Avoiding stress

As second way to ‘deal’ with stress is to reconnect with the opposite of stress (which many of us we have lost): playfulness. In playfulness you will realise and integrate that the goal often does not really matter. It is the process. Someone bumps into you on the street? Turn it into a dance! This is much easier said than done of course. It is a different way of life. Many people with a burn out realise this. But the downside is that you will play a lot, but will get nothing done.

Integrating stress

There is a third way of dealing with stress: to make conscious use of stress and playfulness. When you know the both opposites of the spectrum, next you can learn to balance them. Then, when you are doing your tasks you can need to be able to make a conscious choice if you really need to achieve a goal or if there is room to play. And since many of the tasks, goals and expectations in our life are not as strict as you might think, there is much more room to play than initially thought! In this way you are able to integrate stress and playfulness in your life at will in the moment.

Example worshop Hermetic Flow Dance

This video is a try-out of how an half hour workshop of Hermetic Flow Dance would look like. It describes the three phases of the dance: contacting flow; containing flow hermetically; and their synthesis into hermetic flow dance. The latter shows how energy builds into ever higher frequencies until it becomes a transformative experience.

The hermetic story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf

Once upon a time there were three little pigs with each had their own beliefs and convictions about the operations of the universe. Every now and then, a big bad wolf would come and he would huff and puff great storms of chaos and confusion at the three little pigs.

The first little piggie believed in chance. He had no idea about the operations of the universe: he only saw events which were all unique to him. His house was built of the straws which he would find by chance. But when the big bad wolf would come by and blow his chaotic winds, every time his house was blown to bits. Since because this little piggie has no idea about the universe he thought that there was nothing he could do about the terrible storms of the big bad wolf and he had peace with it.

The second little piggie believed in a big religion with a big book. In this book were many great and wise tales and ten wise lessons. He was told that when he lived his life according to these lessons, he would be safe against the storms. This piggie built his house from solid wood which he carefully selected. When the big bad wolf would come by, his house would survive many storms, but the more severe storms would still blow his house to pieces. Since, this little piggie believed in a bad force called Natas and in sins, he thought that he was being punished for being a bad little piggie and he had peace with it.

The last little piggie was a hermetist and a mason. His belief system was esoteric and based on the great Laws of the universe and of Know Thyself. As a result his house was made of carefully selected solid rocks cut in traditional masonic style. Because of the solid foundations, no matter how hard the great big wolf would huff and puff, he was not able to blow the stone house away.

The other two little piggies were amazed of how the hermetic little piggie’s house was able to withstand even the fiercest chaotic storms of the big bad wolf. And since they were homeless, they asked for refuge at the hermetic little piggies house. The hermetic little piggie took them in and taught then all he knew. Since his knowledge was once shared to him for free, he felt it was now his duty to share it with his fellow piggies as well. Armed with this knowledge the other two little piggies started building their own stone houses: in their own unique shapes, but based on the same laws.

Eventually, the little piggies even made peace with the great big wolf. They realised that without the chaotic and destructive force of the wolf, the first two little piggies would never have come to understand the great hermetic Laws of the universe.

And the big bad wolf came and blew this story away.

 

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What is Hermetic Flow Dance?

Hermetic Flow Dance is a unique dance technique which aims to release and increase the full potential of your body. The goal is to increases the vibration of your body to match with your spirit. The idea is that true spiritual development includes your body: as above, so below.

 

Characteristics of Hermetic Flow Dance

  • In flow: it is very energy efficient as it connects with the flow of the cosmos.
  • Contains energy: the energy raised is kept within the hermetic space of the body.
  • Transforms energy: it transforms static energy (low vibration) in your body and being into flow of the moment (high vibration).
  • Works with polarity: it combines flow and form movements in order to raise and transform energy.
  • Consists of two phases: the letting go of old and heavy energy and creating new and lighter energy.
    • 1st phase – death of the Phoenix
      • Form – Staccato movements – emphasis on legs and pumping movements
      • Characteristics: effort / pain / letting go / connecting with Kundalini energy / reviving old energy
    • 2nd phase – rebirth of the Phoenix
      • Force – Legato movements – emphasis on arms and round movements
      • Characteristics: effortless / joy / creation / jumping movement / create with new energy
    • Increasing vibration in steps: each step has its own frequency. You increase the vibration of the dance like raising steps on a ladder.
    • Passionate: you dance with high intension as you try to take as many steps on the stairs as possible.
    • Spiritual: the high intensity and frequency destroy old structures such as tensions, stress, emotions, and thoughts. The dance changes your state as it awakens your soul resulting in a twinkle in your eye in the Now.
    • Based on Hermetic principles such as Law of Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm.
    • Unique dance as it combines aspects of different types of dance such as salsa, Ecstatic Dance, Gurdfjieff Movements and Sufi dance.