Becoming Whole

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 One of the roots of the Hermetic practicum is the theurgy taught by Iamblichus in the third and fourth centuries CE. Iamblichean theurgy teaches that whereas Gods are each a whole entity, lacking nothing and being perfect images of the One from which they sprang, humans are partial and imperfect. Our souls have voluntarily exiled themselves from the Whole in order to make manifest the perfection of Deity within a realm that is set apart. In order to do this, though, we need the assistance of the Gods in order to reconnect ourselves to the Whole and to rekindle our awareness of the image of the One within us. We acquire that assistance, if the Gods will it, by imitating the Whole within our conscious lives, thus establishing a sympathy with that principle.

Each of us has a personal divinity, called by Iamblichus a daimon. This divinity is close to us and ministers to our spiritual development. When we embark on a program of theurgical work which takes us outside of our rational consciousness and establishes the presence of Wholeness within us, the daimon reaches into us and awakens us to its presence. We become conscious of the daimon in a profound way, and learn how to invoke this Being. In the fullness of time, this relationship evolves into a new kind of unity, wherein the daimon becomes a part of us (or rather, we become a part of It). At that time, according to Iamblichus, we come under the direct regard of a tutelary Deity, one of the Great Ones, and our lives become dedicated to the world rather than to our individual paths.

What does this have to do with the alchemical and Hermetic path? The alchemical marriage describes the union we seek with our daimon, from the original separation at the beginning of our cycle of lifetimes to the reunion when, being equipped with knowledge of the World, we awaken to ourselves as divinities walking the earth in service to all life.

This part of the course teaches practices designed to awaken the Whole within us.