References, not replies, to the messages of the 23rd Feb 2001 by Athos Altomonte:
‘The adept and the living symbol’; ‘Diversity and synthesis
of the initiatory systems’; ‘The Word was near God’.
I have the feeling that the three different messages from Athos Altomonte are
in actual fact only one. The reader can choose to consider them intentionally
linked and consequent or, which is what I think, the autonomous result of a unique
I’ll refer to them as a unique message, then; I will only separate one message
from the other for reasons of convenience (but the reference/answer is one).»
As I have already noticed, you can’t hear well but you can see perfectly
well; although you’re swimming in a zigzag line you’re getting on
«…even to get that little something, we need to be directed by someone.
I don’t believe in complete ability and inborn knowledge… I don’t
think that the ‘little something’ is represented exclusively by the
In other words, the search for that little something you mention, which I don’t
want to define yet, can be so resumed:
1: free ourselves from imprinting and values involuntarily impressed on us.
2: recognize the imprinting and values we have intentionally impressed
on ourselves, by imitation, conformism, habit, as a joke or by mistake.
3: decide ‘our’ path that ‘crossing’ various (cultural,
intellectual and then spiritual) models leads us to a model of a superior order;
this must be identified according to the individual abilities.
Our abilities are in constant evolution (or so we hope); therefore there are
other factors to consider:
a) adaptability to the change produced by the motion, namely
the change of inner panorama that by growing, reflects its change through
b) choices always different and better on exterior factors such
as ideas, models and examples of other people more advanced than us ‘at
That is the reason for an able guide (a true Terrible Brother) that leads us
to cross, distinguish and discriminate the various models useful and necessary
to improve our ‘ability to choose’ (remember the four symbolical
Journeys of the first initiation).
The recognition, the knowledge and the ‘correct’ use (not by affinity
or empathy) of the will to discriminate (living symbol: the Sword that separates)
lead to the development of the ‘ability to choose’. This is
only the embryo of the ‘little something’ that (for now)
we’ll call Free Will.
e) Once the ‘gait’ in our ‘present time’
is over, it is time for the first choice, which will decide ‘what we want
to become’. In order to make the best choice we must first recognize ‘what
we are’ (Know Thyself, as it was written on the façade
of old Temples).
The exterior teaching is true only until it is ‘used’ as a mirror
to ‘reflect’ our inner emptiness and fullness. We’ll reflect
the empty spaces to fill and the full spaces to improve. In order to balance
emptiness and fullness it is useful the intervention of the benevolent and accurate
eye of a Master.
A Master is the man who doesn’t tie but unties the pupil from the bonds
of the lower mind. It doesn’t tie the pupil to himself or any particular
model either. He allows him to go through all the necessary models so that he
becomes so advanced that he can do without them and the only model he needs
is his own inner one. When the pupil is ready the Master is ready as well to
push him towards his reality. He will push him to turn and reflect in himself.
This is the beginning of the vertical ascent that leads to the
empathic communication with one’s own ‘inner sky’.
At the top of this sky (obviously an allegorical statement) is placed our inner
‘divinity’. We’ll find out soon that it is part of us:
our archetype or rather the Idea ‘around which we have built ourselves’.
In actual fact, our true identity is made of our many thoughts (this is chaos)
that draw energy from the same source, the only Idea that is the Cause of our
presence; this is called the inner divinity. When an Initiate can express in
himself the Idea he becomes its sound and light. He won’t be ‘bearer
of thoughts’ any more, but the incarnation of the primogenial Idea (Plato
called it archetype). This Idea is conceived as a spiritual Being because of
its characteristics of intelligent willingness. Several names are given to this
Being: angel, deva, eggregore, disincarnated Master, spiritual Guide, etc.
«….the most conscientious, able and expert doctors must previously
‘alienate’ (I think it corresponds to the word ‘disintegration’
once used by Altomonte),…»
Disintegration is a process of liberation from oppression and intrusiveness
of the psychological models which keep us tied as ‘hostages’. It
allows us to be free to ‘become what we want’ without having to
keep the ‘social image’ that others want from us, unless we want
The ‘re-formatting’, as you call it, can be interpreted in a psychological
key through ternary sequences that can be considered the true reference models
of the initiate:
The inner dialogue (the hermetic V.I.T.R.I.O.L.) drives to deliberation
In order to advance we need to acquire the direction of the execution,
which involves inner discipline and self-control.
This allows us the domain on disintegrating factors, such as
dis-identification, detachment and conflict; it follows crisis and
To become aware of ourselves allows us the creation of an inner unifying
center that elaborates and analyzes elements provided by self-conscience.
The approach to the top of spiritual conscience leads us to self-identify
with the light that will illuminate the inner physical conscience.
To illumination follows the recognition of Self and its self-affirmation
(the initiatory Act of Will).
To recognize and assert ourselves as a metaphysical entity allows the self-creation
and the self-realization of the self-Initiation.
«….in my belated initiatory process, besides self-understanding,
I flatter myself that I will find a way, a river, or rather a steep mountain
path that will allow me to get closer to a mutual understanding; without using
the ‘word’ with the lowercase ‘w’ but the ‘Word’
with capital ‘W’ ….»
Forgive my synthesis, but in order to develop such a subject we’d need
the time for ‘an initiation’.
What you say is not flattery on condition that is put in the correct terms.
The lowercase ‘w’ should correspond (since you know about psychology)
to ‘experiences of the top’.
The capital ‘W’ should correspond to the Top itself . How can you
do this? We’ll see it soon.
With all the affection due to a young old brother.
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