Abrahamic Mysticism Organizations | Heidi Snelgrove | Skillshare
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8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Abrahamic Mysticism Organizations

    • 2. Abrhamic Religous Defined

    • 3. Judaism

    • 4. Islam

    • 5. Christianity Part 1

    • 6. Christianity Part 2

    • 7. Why does it matter

    • 8. Whats Next


About This Class

This is a quick look at Abrahamic Mystical Organizations.  This is the use of magic branching from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Find out what all this term covers and the different Mystery Schools and Societies it covers. These are very short lessons designed to give you enough information to know if you want to know more.

This class was previously called "What is Abrahamic Magick?"


1. Abrahamic Mysticism Organizations: Hi. Welcome to a Bronek Mystical organizations. My name is Heidi Snelgrove. I go by Mystic Tree in the Tero community, and in this class, we're going toe work toe understand the structure of what's called a Neighbor Granic mystical organization. The class goals include understand the makeup of Abrahamic religions. What makes a religion Abrahamic religion to understand the role of the traditions, the mystical traditions inside in those religions. And then to look at why, why should you care about this information and what do you do with it going forward? To do that, we're gonna have a couple of different lessons in our next lesson. We're going to define what the terms a Brie Onek religions means. Then we're going. Take a look at the mystical trees that come out of that. Now that we know what one is, Let's look and see what what the branches are the murder. Specifically, look at Judaism, the rustic Erian's Islam Christianity, which has spawned a large number of mystical traditions. So we'll spend some two lessons on that, and then we'll finish up with why does all this matter and then end, as we always do with what's next What are some other things available to you to continue studying on this line in this class, the project to simply a list of a question or questionnaire of three questions. First of all, was there a mystery schooler tradition you were drawn to learning more about? That's personal interest. But also to give me an idea of where you'd like to see me develop some classes in the future. Is there one particular religion that you want more information on? Is there something that just interests you so again, helping define where we go going forward and that'll be the project. So we won't talk to give out the project in this class again until the last lesson. All right, that is your introduction. And I look forward to seeing you in the next lesson. 2. Abrhamic Religous Defined: Hi, this is Heidi Snelgrove. Welcome back to a bionic mystical organizations. Today we're gonna look at the definition of a Brannock religion. First of all, let's talk about Abraham. Abraham was considered the messenger of God. He is the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All of them. All of those in their various branches and sub branches make up the A bionic religions. Duty is, um, considers him a prophet. Christianity considered him a patriarch. Islam considers you a prophet. He is the father of all of those religions. Now it's important to understand those religions and the times in which, and the sequences most of us were who grew up in the Christian world were May dealer led to believe that there was Judaism and then, as Jesus was born as a Jew, he grew up as the embodiment of Jesus Christ and his followers became known as the Christians today and then later Islam was founded. It's actually not completely true. Christianity was founded in around 50 a. D. Islam came some time later. Christianity's belief systems weren't really codified until sometimes around 300 a d. Judaism, as we know it today is actually a form of Judaism called Rabbinic Judaism, in that it is practicing, led by the rabbis, the rabbis or a group of leaders that came out of the Faris ease mentioned in the New Testament. And Judaism as it exists today, wasn't fully set and put into place until around 500 a. D. So it's actually the youngest of the three, although traditional Judaism, the Tora, all of that certainly predates all of these things. So it gives you an idea of how these relate together. One take just a moment to show you the mystical tree family tree. And you can see that there is certainly a large number of organizations that have come out of these three religions, most notably out of the Christian religion. There's been a lot of factions that don't really exist in the other two, but we'll delve more into that later. This will give you an idea of a starting place. When we come back, we're going to spend our time talking specifically about Judaism 3. Judaism: Hi, this is Heidi Snelgrove. Welcome back to a bran IQ. Mysticism Organizations. Today's over viewer lesson will be on Judaism. We're gonna look a the relation Judaism has to the mystical organizations. And there's really only two organizations we're gonna talk about on one concept. The organizations are carbolic and the roster curie ums order all the rough curry and order has roots and ties to Judaism. It is not a direct descendant of that religion, and that's why you see it floating off to the side. But let's back up a minute to talk about the Megan's David, something you've seen many times you may not have realized that's what its name was. A lot of times it's called incorrectly, the star of David, and the reason we're talking about it today is it's a very good example or explanation, visual explanation of exactly how much the carbolic study is in trickle to Judaism. Unlike so many of the things we're going to see in Islam and Christianity, the Magnum is to overlay triangles. The first, which points up on the second of which points down the triangle that points up, symbolizes the perfect balance between God. The top of the triangle the Torah, which is the left of the triangle, and Israel, the entire nation of people on the right. It is a visual reminder of the covenant God has with Nation of River of Israel, which is manifested or maintained through the books of the Torah. And so this becomes the covenant of Moses promotion. The second triangle has to do more with an individual's person, it points down, because it has to do with us. It's still God that starts. That starts our path. And it's us seeking our understanding of him up from the point into the base into the broader the base of God, this time using the carbolic studies in order to accomplish it. When you lay these two triangles on top of each other, you create six small triangles and one hex a gram plane. So seven regions or planes, if you would the's seven planes or the seven Sarava or kingdoms that are included in the lower world, the world's which you haven't any man woman can access through study. So it speaks directly to the journey, the mystical journey that it's empowering each person to make, and so the reason I wanted to bring all that up here was it really does speak to how intricate girl with carbolic study ISS. It's not limited to men. It is opened women. Not all places of carbolic study have been open to women over the years, but the concept of learning has always been. It's the ancient tradition that talks about looking at deeper insights from the Torah it's sometimes referred to. Is the soul of the tour the higher plane of the tour, the tour being its physical manifestation here on Earth, and the Kabbalah being the manifestation above this physical plane. It shows the essential of Jewish Cosmas cosmetology cosmology. Excuse me and is in trickled all other disciplines. This is one who is a student of Kabbalah is said to be the seeker of with the wisdom of truth, and it gives an integral idea of how to do that. This is why, even as we've looked at other groups and we will continue to see other groups as we go on into the Christian area that have gone back to CA, Bolic studies over the years as part of their building blocks. All right, so that brings us to the raw security in order. What we know about this group, this group, is that it predates Christianity, which means that it predates must the Muslims and rabbinic Jews. It seems to have been practised by the first documented monotheists, by the way, was not Jewish Pharaoh Tough most the third in 1500 BC. It includes member within its membership people from all three of the A Bronek branches, and it definitely has been influenced heavily by carbolic ideas. The organization, as in its modern inclination, appears to have been founded by William Robert Woodman, William Ryan Y Scott and Samuel L. Met MC Gregor matters. They were all free masons, and they created what is known as the S or I A, which is the modern organization. Westcott was also part of the founding of the Golden Dawn. Matthews was certainly part of the Golden Dawn organization and ran it for some years. So all of these air tied to the later organizations that we're going to talk about in the Christian peace. So what I want you to know here is that it exists that it's readings do have kabbalah undertones without being outright considered a comm Bolic field of study, and it becomes really hard because this organization was obviously influenced by Egyptian beliefs and thought processes. There's also places where you can read that it was very influenced by Pythagoras and Plato and pre rabbinic Judaism. But what you have to understand is that all of these great thinkers were working together. There's crossover and points of contact where there was bleed over of information from all of these ancient groups. I think I've been doing some research into that, and I think that maybe ISS if it's something people are interested in something that I would be willing to put together an overview of its some later date. But needless to say, there are no clear boundaries here. But that is an overview of the Jewish piece of this puzzle and how integral Kabbalah is into it. Next time we're going to take a very brief look at how Islam addresses the concept of mysticism 4. Islam: Hi, this is Heidi Snelgrove. Welcome back to Abraham, It mystical organizations. Today we're gonna talk about the Islamic traditions. No, Islam is a very different critter than Christianity and Judaism, and that it's never been. It's fragmented. It does have two distinct body of believers with some different views, most of which you can see in political and economic decisions. More than anything else, it's not the youngest. Rabbinic Judaism is somewhat younger, although it is the definition from older traditions that came before it. Islam, as far as a tree goes, it's mystical schools, traditions. Onley includes Sufi, but I think that there's a really good reason for that. Do you take timed, Actually read some of the Koran or some of the commentaries written on Koran? You will see that there is, ah, mysticism inherent. Yeah, yet that is, is almost as inter cult it as Kabbalah is to Judaism. The difference is where there are lots of people who would consider themselves practicing Jews but would tell you that they have no no connection to kabbalah carbolic studies. We're with Islam. It would be even a hard question toe. Ask somebody. I've tried it recently with a gentleman I knew to have to be a practicing member of the Muslim community, devout in his knowledge and other than thinking of Sufi as a mystical tradition that is somewhat related but not attached to the Muslim community. The idea of mysticism being something detached. It's just not even a concept that is understandable. One of the most beautiful practices within the root is of Islam. That, to me, speaks to the mystical nature of the entire of this belief system is a practice they have, where young people, even as young as five and six, begin learning to recite, not passages, the way you see and both Jewish and Christian traditions, but the Karan in its total. There is a firm belief that there is something magical and sacred about the words being spoken of. The Karan that exists within Judaism toe a point, and certainly within the carbolic practitioners that I know. They will tell you that reading the Torah is one thing. But listening to it or speaking it out loud is something completely different. But it's it's so much more ingrained in Islam that I can't even begin to explain to you. So I would say that the primary mystical tradition of Islam is in itself. Islam now moving on to Sufi. This is a by product, and it's definitely related, but it is not considered part of the Islamic tradition. You will not find somebody who will say that somebody who is Sufi there Muslim in good standing. Those two sentences contradict each other. Also, much of the Sufi tradition is not a written tradition. It's highly based on poetry. So the only real starting points that I can give you if you feel inclined to learn more about Sufi is tape take time to read. Allow the poems of Rumi, Are you him? I I definitely recommend reading aloud because again, this is just how this language should be approached and even in the translation English. These poems are beautiful and touching and speak of a relationship with the beloved, which is unique and worthy of examination. That's all I'm going to say on Islam. We will start on Christianity in our next lesson, and it will. We will spend two lessons talking about the mystical schools of Christianity because there are many 5. Christianity Part 1: Hi, this is Heidi Snow grow. Welcome back to a Brianne IQ Mystic organizations and we're starting our journey on Christianity today. There are a lot of Christian traditions or mystical schools that have been spawned over the years, several of which have ties to each other. And so we're gonna take a look at each 11 at a time. In this particular session, we're going to talk about free Masons, the Golden Dawn and Catholic orders. Then we will continue next time and finish out. The Free Masons is one of the best known organizations to come out of Christianity. However, it is not at this time and exclusively Christian group of people they this dude, require that their members believe in one God. They are mono, theistic in nature. They name that God, the grand architect of the universe, and specifically work very hard to avoid using any secretary in titles for that deity. So they don't want to create a debate about Rather this is Elohim, or is this the Christian God or is this all all three organise of the Abrahamic? Religion members are welcome as well as anybody else who can subscribe to their basic belief systems. We know that there were free masons as early as 13 90 80 and it appears that by tradition that they have links older than that, they talk in there writing about a volume of sacred law. That volume is considered, whatever sacred book, the particular face of the member IHS. So while it is traditionally a Christian Bible, it could just as easily be a copy of the Torah or a copy of the Koran for any other sacred book. As long as it is the book of their faith, I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about free masons. If becoming a mason was something that you were interested in doing, there are far better ways than this class to address it. So we're gonna move right on to the hermetic order of the Golden Dawn. Her medic, Kabbalah, is what it's based on, so it's based on a mix of the hermetic principles and carbolic studies it has. The three founding members of it have strong ties to the free masons and the roster. Curie in order, we've mentioned their names before. It was Woodman, Westcott and matters that got together to establish this. Westcott, having been the driving force behind the establishment of the Golden Dawn SE, practice a search for knowledge using astrology, Tero divination, Geo man, cease crying, astral travel and alchemy. They use a variety of information. They're not an existing organization, although I have over the years met people that still ABS cried to their beliefs and work independently based on the writings from the Golden Dawn. But essentially they were a Christian organization with AH, high tie or belief in the Kabbalah in the mystery schools. That and the mysteries within the Christian community. But they were also practicing. It would be a stretch to call them pagans in the early days, although they became more pagan in nature as time had gone on. Yeah, the last of the organization's we're going to talk about today is the Catholic orders, and this is actually not an organization. It's a group of organizations. There are some strong traditions of mystics within the Catholic church itself. Some of these are monastic and and some are many or monastic and as such are not something that the Abrahamic magic practitioners are going to choose to study or that there's going to be readily available books or any other resource is for so while for the syriza, for the purpose of completion there talked about here Unless you're planning on becoming any Catholic nun or priest, this is probably not a path for you to tread, but do be aware they exist. So there is a belief in an understanding of the mysteries within the Catholic order. Some of these are very old traditions. We will continue next time with Christianity looking at three much more modern and far reaching organizations within the with with a basis in Christianity. 6. Christianity Part 2: Hi, This is Heidi Snelgrove again. And welcome back to a Brannock Mystical Organizations for the second part of the Christian mystical organizations. Last time we talked about the Free Masons, the hermetic order of the Golden Dawn and Catholic orders to ongoing and won all but all practically disbanded this point. But ones that are probably not followed much within the pagan mindset of mystics mysticism . This time we're gonna move on and look at alchemy. The builders of the Addy, um, and the O. T. O alchemy is not really a school of thought unto itself. You'll notice that it was listed in the hermetic order to the Golden Dawn has one of their cornerstones one of the things that they spent time on. So why is it listed separately? Because it is something that people pursue separately. It was extremely first was definitely Christian influence. We know that in the 13th century, Robert Bacon, who was a friend Sisk in Roman Catholic, established a full, off philosophical connection between the concept of alchemy and the studies of Christian salvation. Bacon urged the pope at the time to embrace the packet practice. Some people believe that at that point it was pulled inside the Christian schools. Others don't. People who were not excited about having alchemy as part of the mystical traditions within the Christian Church include both Dante and Chaucer, who railed against it. Later, a pope actually created an edict saying Outcome he should not be practiced. But like many things, when you spend lots of time saying Don't do it, it becomes more intriguing to people alchemy. There are two groups of people in the way they practice alchemy today. There those that believe that it is a literal science, that is the early sciences and as such, treated that way there. Others who believe that the writings of alchemy are very similar to the writings of Kabbalah and that they are on attempt to cage spiritually realities in text that appears to be about natural things. So talking about the higher universe, the as above universe by describing things in the as below universe. And so it's something practised most when you as a method to try toe, understand that higher universe better. So that is the crux of alchemy and says you can see it's very similar to the practice of Kabbalah, the builders of the Addy, um, is the youngest of all the traditions that we're gonna look at, but it's also one that is still practice fairly heavily today. It was founded by a man named Paul Foster Case. He was a free Mason and a member of The Golden Dawn, and he definitely writes at his teaching come from a Christian perspective. But it does not require somebody to be a Christian, and I've found over the years many pagans that have joined the organization and thrived there. It does teach carbolic ideas mixed with some ideas gleaned from the Pettus Vega's, which are Hindu, spiritually, mysteries, stories, traditions, however you want to write is word it and Paul Foster case Lindh very heavily on terror as a method for accessing and understanding information on a super conscious level and then bringing it down to a conscious level. He was a large believer in use of the terror arc types. I was, I am an active member of the builder to the Addy. Um, I originally became involved with it because I was seeking greater knowledge of understanding of Turo and have gleaned much of it after over the years much from it. It is a tradition of study as well. A. Some ceremonial cracked, mystical practice similar to it is the path of the O. T. O. It was again founded by free Masons at its root. There is a relationship with Samuel Er matters, but it is best known for the redirection caused by Alister Crowley entering his leadership . At that time, it decisively broke from the Christian mysticism traditions and became based and CMA, which is definitely a Egyptian tradition. Our mystery and as such, it really is not a Bronek anymore that said it. The reason I included it here was one that it waas part of these traditions and to you'll find in the writings of its members a lot of carbolic information and a knock lee and information and the in ah, Cleon, writers of some of the men that wrote that worked with these early organizations the Golden Dawn alchemy, the builders and the lto, all based part of what they provided or what they their dogma on people like John on Dr John Lee de Black, Dr Dondi Good and his work with angels have their threat in all of this and So it was something worth discussing. Now that we've kind of gotten a list out of the way of the different organizations that are out there, we're going to spend time. The next lesson discussing What's the perfect point of all this? What was the information? Why was it what am I supposed to do with it? 7. Why does it matter: Hi, this is Heidi Snelgrove. Welcome back to a Bronek. Mystical organizations. We've spent a lot of time at this point talking about these various schools of mystery. And so today, what I want to do is back up a minute and talk about why. Why is it important to know these organizations and how they relate to each other? If you found one, it may seem advantageous to just continue learning about one and not expanding. So what is the point? Well, the point is that each of these people have one thing in common other than just being part of these schools. They're men and women of letters. And by that I mean that they left information, they gathered information and they wrote it down. And they collected, although sometimes in a very heavy symbolic coat or a very highly ritualized ceremonial system, each of them left information about what they experienced in what they did and what their process waas. And what is fascinating when you start reading those sources is how much these traditions and different paths that made the same discoveries. So let's talk a little bit about that process. So to begin a journey you find a map in the world of Kabbalah, that map is the tree of life, or it might be a simple is starting with, um, Mangga David. You learn to read the map. You have to learn to speak the language of those who wrote this. Whether it be understanding the way Jim Montreal works in the carbolic world, or understanding what the elements mean in the writings of alchemy. Each of these have their own language, and you have to learn how to speak the language. The way you learn to speak a language to read the map is you find a map maker and then you follow their journey. My first journey with Tero was finding the readings of matters, the writings of masters and reading them and seeing what his process waas and then reading the process that the members of the Golden Dawn used to create the original decks that have become so popular now and why they did what they did. So exploring their journey. Once you explore their journey, you're ready to begin your journey, which often means finding another man learning to read that map, finding a map maker exploring their journey Yes, this is definitely a circular process again and again and again, whether it's a sacred book or tool that is, becomes the map that tells you what to do. Exploring the symbolic language of that tool because without the symbolic language, the tool is meaningless. Starts to understand the original to get a deeper understanding of the tool and then explore their journey as validation of what you're experiencing, not because you're going to take on their journey is yours, but as a verifying factor. You, as you reach forward and explorer need to find other people. Rather it be historical people, figures or somebody modern that is in a group with you that can validate your experiences. And then you continue on. This is the process. So with that being the process, a lot of times, particularly when you're working on your own, you'll find that you run out of who the next person else where the next map is so understanding how old these organizations in a relate and what information they help have help. You better understand and assimilate the different maps that are out there, and the code says they give. That was the point of all this. If it interested you, you found it. Hopefully it gave you something meaningful for many people. I imagine they saw the description and backed away and never really considered it because this wasn't a map they were looking for. So now what do you do? Where do you go from here? And that's really going to be the topic of our final time together in this course in the What's next section? 8. Whats Next: Hi, this is Heidi Snow grow. When was the last time that we're gonna meet for the A Brie Onek Mysteries? Organizational overview? That's a mouthful. We've been looking at each of these organizations, and they're a little bit of their history, kind of a survey up from. And then the last time we met, we talked about what to do with that information and why it's important. So I want to go back over our class goals. As we start with today. We said we wanted to understand what makes up a Baranek religions. We've talked about that to get on understanding of the mystery traditions for those organizations and then why we want to study them. And so, having completed those tasks, it's time again to talk about our project. At the end of this short intro, the project is just simply to post in the message board and answer to three questions. The questions were really there to help other students get a sense of what you got out of the class and also to help me know what it was you'd like to see more information about in the future. If it's something I haven't expertise on that, I'll add it to my class prep Lis. If it's not, then I will post it out to my resource is to see if there's somebody else out there that can add that kind of content. So the first question where I want address is what what is? They're a mystery school or a tradition that draws you. Is there something you didn't have an awareness of before that you now would like to see more information off? Is it? Is there one of the three religions that you would like some more information from? And finally, is there just something else that interest you in this vein, something that was said or sparked a point. Sometimes I'm listening to various skill shares. All dropped a note. It may not have been the primary topic at all, but it sparked me off in a new direction, and I'm a big believer that when those happen, when those moments happened, you have to embrace them. So I'm hoping that you will take a few minutes and answer those questions for May. Taking a moment in completing the project for an instructor is some of the best validation week yet. about what we're doing, and then finally, Now what if you're interested in some additional skills, feel shares. Here are some ones that I've got that maybe sparking points for you. A couple of times during this class, we skated around the concept of hermetic principles, so that's really my ideal next place for you to go. There's an upcoming class, a time that I'm recording this. It is not fully finished, but it should be finished momentarily called intro to the Kabbalah. That would be a great place to start. If you already have a familiarity with Kabbalah and you're willing something a little deeper dive. The Malkoff meditations might be a good fit. A lot of my journey started with zero, and there are varying TRO classes that I teach that you were. If you have a passion for that way, you might find interesting if you don't have a passion for Tero but have a curiosity about it. The structure of Tero is a great place to start just to get an idea of what a debt, how deck dysfunctions and how it can be used. I hope you enjoyed our time together. I know I did, and I'm hoping and looking forward to reading your projects