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Communication is the art of building

by Athos A. Altomonte

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Communication is the art of building images that reflect ideas. We must not make the mistake of trying to "bring the sky on earth", rather than us going up towards it, otherwise we risk the "old evil" of making ideas profane.

For this reason I fear that to exaggerate the reduction of initiatory concepts causes them to "fall" into the cult of ideas, rather than turning them into instruments: "…to build Temples for virtues and dig deep dungeons for vices…", as ritual catechisms say.

Devotion for ideas often makes their substance ordinary, killing its "soul", reducing their meanings into a form of "chatter" without any obvious results. But this is a matter of opinions, as well, and everybody follows what he can see.

The difference between the person who follows evidence and the person who looks for the occult substance of meanings is at the basis of the distinction between esotericists and the people who amuse themselves with esotericism.

Therefore, when dealing with the concepts of communication and popularization we can reach different conclusions, which is understandable because they depend on our ability and quality. But now and again we could make an effort and try and look beyond our own garden's hedge, studying what we know or what we want to know further.

Provided that the true motivation is knowledge and not just "showing up" here and there.

Therefore to ask for explanations is legitimate. But expecting to conform every concept to the bottom might lead us to the paradox of the dialectic despotism loved by extremists, who tend to flatten any intellectual and spiritual specification into populism.

Freedom of expression is an indispensable right-duty. Ideally, everybody should make the most of his and other people's good will, by looking with interest at what is different from his own difference, because only a cosmopolitan heart can free itself from the bonds of profane culture. This is a kind of culture that we must learn to use, surely, but that we must also learn to be free from, when growing.

To grow doesn't mean at all to conform to our own previous models. Indeed, we must learn to overcome them by "transmuting" our own metals (habits). Therefore to grow means to overcome ourselves every day.

After all, isn't this the sense of: learn to die every day?

The "master" that we must kill, the physical master according to the principles of Initiation, is not a real person, as naïve people think, but the drives that make us slaves of our habits.

Habits are our bad masters. The laces and strings that tie us to the ground mentioned by Saint Augustine.

How can we die and remain the same? This might appear an obvious question which is superfluous to answer to, because its answer is natural. We always need to "stop" and help those who live in the shadow, but without being complacent with their vices and habits. If the person who is in the shadow wants to "hold us back", then we must get rid of him, leaving him to his "choice" which is certainly not the Free Will of the soul.

I conclude with the conviction that I haven't "communicated" anything new, nothing that wasn't already well known, disclosed and expressed clearly in every initiatory tradition. In all my work I have never neglected to highlight that the true occult Master is the intelligence of one's own Self.


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