The universe had to have a beginning from a source. In this manner, it is affluent that there is a singular source. Pythagoras and the Greek philosophers referred to Adonai as the monad, the One. Although they seemed to agree the One was the source and, did not know God as a Creator with a personality, their philosophical sciences in geometry still lead to the conclusion that there was a singular creator. Hesiod states that all things came from Chaos. Many pre-socratics still found God through their search for truth. Philo of Alexandria, alive during the Middle-Platonic times, wrote that the Greeks were correct about the singular creator, but incorrect to say he was not a living being that did not have any emotions toward his creation.
Saint Paul writes in Romans 1:18-23:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since creation of thw world his invisible attributes have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.
Most Greek philosophical schools validated his point as they studied the cosmogenesis and sciences by looking at natures. God created nature to be good and perfect, and man has mimicked it to exist in the world. The Egyptians attempted to tame the Nile. Alchemists in Europe inspired medicine in modern times. These same Alchemists looked to Adonai and nature to imitate the cause and effect that he caused the whole universe to be created. Neoplatonists believed in a chain of being stemming from the heavens that manifested the whole world through a series of superiors and inferiors. Plato states that all creation came from a living God and his mind.
In The Holy Bible, it is observed that God speaks things into existence and deems them to be good. That voice is HaMashiach (or the Messiah) that spoke all things into existence as John in 1:1-5:
In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
Thus, it must be said that God is intelligent, alive, and has a personality. Thus, since God is an intelligent being, he created all things with intention and goodness. Aristotle called the Creator as the prime mover. Thus the Creator is always moving. Both Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle write that the prime mover being the first movement had to create other movements. It would be wise to call our Creator the first alchemist, astronomer, and philosopher.
Materialists, atheists, and non-believers of HaShem have rejected him by saying there is an infinite number of beginnings through a chain that runs continually. This sophistry has misled many people of the world away from Adonai. Many modern peoples are more than willing to accept the Big Bang theory but would be shocked to find out that a Catholic Priest came up with the theory.
Adonai brings the light to darkness, therefore in the creation of all things which are secret and magical we are to bring the light to the darkness. The holy art of the occult is designed to bring the light of our Creator to the world. Therefore, The Picatrix states that study is one of the divine acts that a man can do. In alchemy, it is important to note that before any experiment is done in alchemy that there must be a prayer. Paracelsus had a very simple prayer that he stated devotedly before his Great Work.
One cannot call themselves a philosopher without striving to Adonai. It would be fallacious to truly call one a philosopher or philosophy er when the only source of hidden mysteries and wisdom is HaShem. Abraham von Worms tells us that all works must be done for good. Therefore, we must go through a state of theosis to become god-like in our actions for all of humanity. The beginning and end of all arts begin in creation and end in the return of HaMashiach. All mysteries and arts lead to the One, on his throne. Adam was the original holy man of all mysteries and knew all the secrets. Adam could speak with Adonai and was in a constant state of sanctity before he was presented with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was upon eating the fruit the ancestor of all man had lost these arcane arts. These secrets would only be rectified through the study of God, religion, astronomy, astrology, mathematics, metallurgy, herbs, medicines, and the sciences God ordained to learn. Therefore, knowledge with the Creator is meaningless knowledge as he is the Creator of all knowledge. Rejection of Adonai is the rejection of the art as a whole. Therefore, to know Adonai we must adapt to religion.
Religion is the key to unlocking the occult knowledge that we seek through prayer, hymns, meditation, reading holy scripture, and learning traditions. Through faith, belief, good deeds, and the nuance of theological thought, man can access higher knowledge in all his works. Therefore, prayer to the creator is the most important aspect as we continually chase after God’s own heart, much like King David. As we see, about half the psalms i The Holy Bible are attributed to King David. The others were purportedly written by the musicians at the Temple of Solomon. The psalms the most treasured prayers in sacred scripture. Yeshua himself quotes the psalms. The Book of Abramelin and The Book of Gold also use the psalms to manifest results in the physical world. It is known that many Hoodoo practitioners use the palms as prayers. A Catholic priest taught me the 8 tones and their planetary meanings for the sacred words from David. This poetic have far more uses than I could mention here in this one paragraph. The truth is that prayer should show love for God, love for neighbor, and the Decalogue. When we use the Lord’s prayer outline to pray properly or recite it properly, we build a relationship with Adonai.
Another religious and holy art that will help the philosopher access God is hymns. The Catechism of the Catholic Church famously states:
Bis orat qui bene cantat
Those who sing well pray twice.
Consequently, reverent prayer is the way for the religious man to lift his heart to God and warm his soul. Accounts from many folks claim that Latin Gregorian Chant in the Tridentine Mass helps them experience God. I testify I felt God in attending my initial Kabbalat Shabbat and hearing the Hebrew songs of the Shema and Ana Bechoach inspired me as I too began to study the holy language. Music full of faith and aimed at God, not secular endeavors, lifts man’s body, spirit, and mind to Adonai.
We find importance of meditating on the Torah is vital for learning Adonai’s will. It was well written that before the Torah that Isaac went to meditate as he saw Abraham’s servant bring his wife, Genesis 24:63-64,
63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
We will find that meditation is a specific method used to focus on the Law in Psalm 1. As we see evidence that The Holy Bible does support meditation.
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Therefore, we must meditate on Adonai’s holy words, acts, theological ideas, and other things that would be hFoly.
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s book Jewish Meditation outlines a few methods of meditation. These different kinds of meditation are mantra meditation, contemplation, and visualization. Kaplan writes what meditation really is at its root,
In the most general sense, meditation consists of thinking in a controlled manner. It is deciding exactly how one wishes to direct the mind for a period of time, and then doing it.
One rabbi claimed that meditation is the best way to experience and build a relationship with God. Those who meditate regularly find the clarity that brings that peace and mind to their soul. The Jews who followed the Hekahalot and Merkavah traditions reported very vivid experiences, so much, so they described God in great detail. Although one should be guarded in meditation because delusions can keep us misguided with a lack of focus.
According to Porphyry, Plotinus taught the ways of meditation to focus on the Monad in The Enneads,
Lastly, we have reading sacred scripture. Martin Luther placed his whole reputation on the line when he saw the errors of the Catholic Church. Through sola scriptura, or solely scripture, he corrected the pharisaic traditions man-made in the Church. The benefit of reading and studying scripture brings man one step closer to understanding God’s nature. Thus, it is important to have the word of God as our guide theologically. It has inspired many great theologians. Being the first great biblical scholar, Origin of Alexandria was in communion with the Jewish Quarter as he translated the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek. It was the method of a lectio divina that Origen brought to light for all Christians. Sacred scripture brings all liturgy to life as we see how powerful Adonai truly is in service. Therefore, we must always be reminded of how sacred scripture is a necessary tool for edifying our faith and closeness to God. It is customary for Jews to say a prayer before reading the Torah Scroll. It is also a part of Christian tradition to pray before reading The Holy Bible. So it is the duty of the person who does read scripture to remember the context, time, dating, the audience, the reason for being written, and the message of particularly chosen readings. When we are void of this knowledge, we do not truly see God’s message or hear his voice for guidance. Therefore, those pursuing the occult must, in a great capacity, read scripture and be very studious of it. If we do not have the word’s context, then we do not have the message that God is trying to convince us to learn.
There are other requirements for the philosopher to always seek God. The Picatrix says we must always seek to study God. While Jews and Christians are asked to create a relationship with Adonai. The philosopher can learn natural philosophy and mathematical philosophy, but without HaShem, all efforts are futile.
The Book of Abramelin compiled by Georg Dehn
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Enneads by Plotinus
The Holy Bible
The Picatrix translated by John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock
The Book of Gold translated by David Rankine
The Veritable Enchiridion
Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kapalan
Theogony by Hesiod
The Works of Philo by Philo of Alexandria
The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library
The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
The Complete Plato