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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly work, Enlightening and Inspiring, 31 Dec. 2011
First published in 1924, this classic work contains various Greek and Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings attributed to the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus, with Walter Scott's extensive notes, commentary, and addenda.

It is said that these teachings are records of private, intimate talks between a teacher and one or two of his disciples. The setting was in Egypt under the Roman Empire, among men who had received some instruction in Greek philosophy, and especially the Platonism of the period, but were not content with merely accepting and repeating the dogmas of the orthodox philosophic schools. Instead, they sought to expound a philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs.

-In VOL.1 are the libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum, the Asclepius, the Hermetic excerpts in the Anthologium of Stobaeus, and other fragments. The entire text is produced in the original Greek or Latin, with an English translation on facing pages.
-In VOL.2 are the translator's notes on the twenty-eight libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum.
-In VOL.3 are the translator's commentary on the Latin Asclepius and the Hermetic excerpts of Stobaeus.
-In VOL.4 are alchemical writings in Greek and Latin about the Hermetica, as well as addenda and indices compiled after Scott's death.

Walter Scott (1855-1925), a classical scholar, devoted much of his life to the study of the Hermetica.


The Backward-Flowing Method: The Secret of Life and Death
The Backward-Flowing Method: The Secret of Life and Death
by J J Semple
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and usefull description of the method, 15 Dec. 2011
JJ Semple takes us through his experience with the meditation technique he developed from his studies with the ancient text "The Secret of the Golden Flower". In his earlier book he describes in detail the time in his life surrounding the experience, and the actual experience and its effects. He also elaborates some aspects of that in more detail in this book.

The book itself is somewhat of a cutting-through of all metaphors and mythological dress-up of the Backward-Flowing method, which is the actual turning point in the meditation practice. It focuses, however, also on the actual effects, both physical and spiritual, that are achieved through the method. I find this rather unnecessary, because it can lead the reader to always keep an eye out for the effects rather than to actually meditate. Its a distraction.

Overall its a very enlightening study and presentation of a personal method of meditation, derived from ancient guidelines and brought to light in nature, in solitude, in meditation.


The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Series)
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Series)
by Joseph Campbell
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening on a variety of subjects, 6 Nov. 2011
After going over many of Joseph Campbell's video interviews, this was a great informative book too move on to. He really goes into depth on many mythologies from around the world and brings it all together "in you". "The kingdom is within you."

The book is divided into three chapters;
The first talks about the imagination of the mind, the inspiration and the whole cosmology of the mythologies.
The second goes into the concept of religion and the way mythology is used as the inspiration for one to
seek the truth and the light within - and for - ourselves.
The third describes the role of art in the evolution and progress of thought. Various figures and paintings are depicted and referred to throughout the book.

Look forward to a great read!

-Love & Gratitude-


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