If a person wishes to awaken the force of light within them they have to first face what is termed the Guardian of the Threshold. This creature is a symbolic representation of the sum of our subconscious or our Ego and appears to us as a monster in a dream. If someone is searching for spirituality or a way to discover what lies behind the veil of the physical world then the first trial they must undergo is meeting with the Guardian of the Threshold. As this monster is the representation of our Ego, how we react to it uncovers how we relate to our ego and reveals if we are ready to begin to face the dark parts of ourselves or if we are too afraid. If someone is ready then in this dream they will face it and fight, whereas is someone is dominated by fear of the unknown they will panic and run away. If a person runs then they are not truly interested in permanent enlightenment although they may be intellectually interested in the concepts and ideas, they are not interested in undertaking the work that is needed to be done to walk the path that has been hidden in esoteric teachings for centuries.
If we are willing to face the Guardian of the Threshold then our spiritual essence which brings us into physical existence is yearning to self realize or in other words is longing to return to it’s place of origin. Once we pass this challenge then we have begun to walk towards the beginning of the path and we have commenced the great esoteric work that so many saints and sages have completed before us. Many people have already passed this test without realizing as even though someone may not be directly involved with a spiritual modality they have the attributes and interests that a make a person capable of doing this work and there essence has a hunger for peace. After succeeding in this challenge you are then given the opportunity to access higher knowledge and can be helped by spiritual beings in your work. You may not remember this dream but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. This is universal for all people involved in any school of White Magic.Facing the Guardian of the Threshold signifies the very beginning of a student’s journey toward awakening the ascending Kundalini serpent through alchemy/white tantra, but this same creature is also used when someone begins the descending path toward becoming a creature of the darkness by awakening the descending serpent through black tantra. All things in life come from a duality and just as it is possible to awaken in light to become an spiritual being it is also possible to awaken in darkness and eventually become a demonic creature. Many schools exist that describe themselves as being spiritual and it’s easy to understand why this is, as generally in today’s society the word ‘spiritual’ is synonymous with anything related to psychic abilities or the paranormal, so to the general observer there appears from the outside, to be very little difference between them. Today though there is a lot of conjecture and concern regarding groups labeled as cults. Unfortunately, this is a blanket term placed upon any group who is ‘out of the ordinary’, appears to be very secretive or teaches something deemed as dangerous or harmful to society. What makes this unfortunate is that there are many groups who do represent the light and are giving the teaching of the path for free whilst asking for voluntary donations, but there are also many groups who lead spiritual seekers astray by charging for their teachings and teaching doctrines that present the path to darkness or are teaching a doctrine that is ‘grey’ in nature – that is, it neither teaches the path towards the light nor does it teach the path towards the darkness. As happens so often in all situations of society the few give the many a bad name or in the case of ‘cults’ is appears that the one half give the other half a bad name. A general fear of cults within today’s society is widespread and to some degree can be said to be justified, as in the past there have existed groups who have claimed to have a spiritual goal as their purpose but have proven to cause immense damage to the lives of many individuals some even ending in mass suicides. This fact is often used by people who have personal issues with spiritual groups as a reason to attack them by simply labeling them as a cult and twisting the reality of these groups in order to ostracize them from wider society, which adds to the confusion of what is a dangerous cult and what is not.
The word itself does not always imply something negative and in fact can often be used to describe something as good. The definitions as given by Apple dictionary are –
1. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object. ~ this could include any religious group with a particular idol of worship or figure head.
2. a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister. ~ this could also be applied to any religious group as there are many people who believe that some religious practices are strange and others who even believe that some large religious organizations do have sinister objectives and aims. It really depends on each individuals opinion.
3. a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing: a cult of personality surrounds the leaders. ~ Once again this comes down to opinion. There will always be people who believe the admiration of a particular person by someone else is unnecessary or misplaced. Take Hitler for example, many people within Germany at the time believed him to be a great man because he led the country out of ruin but many people outside Germany perceived him as potentially dangerous, especially with the ‘cult’ like worship he received. This could also be said for some of the leaders of today’s nations. It depends on which side of the fence you are perceiving these things from.
4. a person or thing that is popular or fashionable, esp. among a particular section of society: e.g. a cult film. ~ Here we see it is used in the positive sense where something has gained popularity among a specific section of society and usually a minority, hence the fact that it is separate from mainstream society yet still very popular gives it the tag of ‘cult’.
These definitions show us the difficulty in really defining what a cult is. Technically I should say that I am involved with a cult because the spiritual teachings I follow and teach are, by many, considered strange, and traditionally have been practiced by relatively few people. This is where it is important to decipher between a ‘cult’ or ‘sect’ (the protestant movement was considered a sect for many years and were persecuted by those in power at the time) and a dangerous cult group with sinister goals or aims.
This is where the Guardian of the Threshold becomes relevant when juxtaposing the theologies and practices of groups involved in spirituality. As explained before the path toward the light starts when someone faces The Guardian of the Threshold but the path towards the darkness starts when someone invites the Guardian of the Threshold into themselves through a ritual designed to invoke this creature to come forth so that it can replace the consciousness of the light with the consciousness of the darkness. Consciousness of the darkness is the human aspect that willingly does evil, enjoys seeing and causing suffering to others or is indifferent to it. In other words, as I said before, it is the sum of all an individuals egos that make up the subconscious, so by inviting it in, a person is embracing their ego with all it’s selfish desires and vain ambitions.
This is how many groups lure people seeking happiness through spirituality in life. The schools of the darkness appeal to a persons desires to be successful, rich, beautiful, powerful etc. This is why many of them project the type of message that says something like “imagine if you could have everything you ever wanted” or “you have the potential to be everything you want to be if only you had the right tools” and so on. They are taking ones attention away from the purpose of inner peace and placing it upon outer satisfaction. This is by far the saddest fact about the modern world and how new age spirituality operates within it. This is not to say that many people who think this way are evil people but rather that they are being mislead and once they experience that satisfaction of the ego they find it difficult to let go even if they begin to see that what they are involved in is not truly spiritual. They are not evil but ultimately their whole expedition into spirituality becomes about them getting what they want and is inherently selfish whereas the overarching goal for the workers of the light is to spread the teaching of the path to as many people as possible who are searching for spirituality. Not only this, but these groups will charge participants for their involvement through things like membership fees, whereas groups and teachers who work for the light give their teaching for free and will only charge when it is to cover the costs of something that cannot realistically be given freely to all people, e.g. a printed book may not be free but an e-book is.
Black magic is generally thought to be associated with things like voodoo, witchcraft and the like but the greatest weapon black magicians have to use against humanity is deception and this is how they penetrate developed societies where people are looking for anything to bring happiness or give themselves an advantage in the rat race we call capitalism. It can be hard to understand how this works, but imagine if you had psychic abilities to predict the near future, you could perhaps use them to win money through gambling or you could use your abilities to manipulate your competitors in business in order to get the results you want. This is how people use psychic abilities to benefit themselves and feed their desires. You may ask, “what’s wrong with wanting to be successful?” and there isn’t anything wrong with the goal of success but it depends on exactly what you wish to be successful in. For instance, if you have ambitions to lead a country to make it a better place but then when you do become a leader maybe it all “goes to your head” as they say and you compromise your original vision, are you still successful? If you build up a vast financial empire and are able to feed any desire you want at any moment you want, what are you successful in? Is this not success in achieving selfishness? Even if you care for those important to you, are you not still only caring for what you consider to be yours? This philosophy of serving the self is what many of the black schools promote, albeit in very hidden and manipulative ways so that it doesn’t seem sinister at all. The truth is that it is human nature to be this way and that is why the world is in the state it is in. It is an animalistic drive for survival of the self that over-rides any love for the species as a whole. Just as a pair of wolfs from separate packs will fight over a scrap of meat, the animal ego of the human being will fight to fill it’s belly before it’s competitors can and this creates the cycle of competition we see everywhere around us. People are unwilling to give up their greed by justifying it with this idea, that if they don’t have it, then someone else and possibly someone worse will, and this is a result of the desire for power and control. They are slaves to their deep seated fears of letting go of power through money as this is what they have built their identities upon. It can be very deceptive as many people believe they are doing good with their money and they may be to a certain degree but they still reward themselves with unfathomable extravagances when the rewards of the spirit are so superior to any physical reward that if they only knew they would understand how much more good they could do by walking the path. Unfortunately many people have absolutely no idea what awaits them in the end as they are too arrogant to consider the possibility of a creator or God, the law of karma and therefor they do not even wish to investigate things like this for themselves.
Dark schools play a part in the destruction of the earth and humanity by giving people the tools to become successful in being self serving. Most people who start down this path do not realize it is a path to darkness and are innocent to begin with, having honest, good intentions to explore spirituality and find happiness and unfortunately they are used as pawns for the hierarchy of darkness in ways they do not know, such as on the astral plane. They often whole heartedly believe they are doing the right thing because their experience with the teachings has brought them happiness through the feeding of their desires. When someone goes far enough down this path they begin to merge with the The Guardian of the Threshold which is a grotesque, demonic looking being – it’s like a wild beast with an intellect – a truly dangerous combination. I know of one well known school who teach this ritual to invite the Guardian of the Threshold and unfortunately they are widespread and have many members worldwide. The original movement that this group propagated from, The Rosicrucian Order, was in fact a school teaching the doctrine of the light but as so often happens it became infiltrated with sinister people who deceived those within and the school was eventually turned into an agent for the Black Lodge who are the hierarchy of dark beings that reside in the Underworld. This organization is known as A.M.O.R.C. and the only reason why I know that they teach this ritual is because when I first started to seek spiritual teachings during my teenage years I joined this society and the ritual was outlined in one of the booklets I received. Fortunately I had lost interest in their method of teaching by that time and did not perform the ritual. I was contacted by the organization after not receiving any correspondence from them for appropriately 6 years when I received a similar letter inquiring if I would like to rejoin the society and if I did I would have to enclose a payment to re-activate my membership. I originally joined about 8 years ago, and never renewed my membership. I then receive the first letter 2 year after this which was also only a couple months after I discovered the teachings of Gnostic Esotericism. It could just have been coincidence but my experiences in life so far have led me to believe coincidence doesn’t actually exist and is used to describe correlating events when there is no obvious logical explanation that can be applied.
When a superior man hears of the Tao, he immediately begins to embody it. When an average man hears of the Tao, he half believes it, half doubts it. When a foolish man hears of the Tao, he laughs out loud. If he didn’t laugh, it wouldn’t be the Tao.
Thus it is said: The path into the light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long, true power seems weak, true purity seems tarnished, true steadfastness seems changeable, true clarity seems obscure, the greatest art seems unsophisticated, the greatest love seems indifferent, the greatest wisdom seems childish.
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching