The Inner Connection - not a
cult of any sort, but rather an informal group of individuals in South-East
England, South Australia and Southern Germany. We come from all walks of
life - we are philosophers, teachers, psychotherapists, artists, writers,
taxi drivers, students, counsellors, journalists, musicians etc. We have forged a deep inner
connection with one another and have come to inwardly connect with
one another through our own inner knowing and come to know one
another through that Inner Connection.
- Notes and Quotes -
We come from within, not above.
- Jane Roberts -
How is it still possible to preserve a tradition which
Might have to survive underground for a long time?
- Martin Heidegger -
Born in England of mixed Aryan-German
and German-Jewish origins, I have always felt a profound sense of
alienation from the beliefs systems and cultures of both orthodox Judaism
and Anglicised or Romanised Christianity. Instead I found my first
‘religion’ in the writings of Karl Marx. Like Freud and Einstein, he was
German of Jewish ancestry, one whose revolutionary thinking expressed the
spiritual values of what Isaac Deutscher would later call the ‘non-Jewish
Jew’ - the prototype of whom was none other than Christ himself. But
forget ‘Jews for Jesus’. For the ‘Christ’ I speak of here is the Christ of
the gnostics, the incarnation of an iconoclastic spiritual
tradition of inner knowing or gnosis that preceded the birth of the
historic Jesus, and will survive the collapse of all the institutionalised
Judaeo-Christian religions, including Islam. This tradition was above all
kept alive in the anti-Roman, anti-enlightenment and anti-materialistic
spirit of German mystical theology, music and romantic art. It was the
deep values of this Theologia Deutsch and the subversive
underground tradition it guarded and preserved that I have always felt
the most intense kinship with. In the first centuries after Christ this
spiritual tradition traced itself back to Seth, the third son of Adam and
Eve – "beyond good and evil" – and to his source and namesake, a spiritual
entity or ‘aeon’ called Seth. Like the Eastern Tantric spiritual
traditions in which it found its first and most joyful historic
expression, this tradition acknowledged the feminine aspect of the divine,
not under the name of Shakti but of Sophia – a name which
means ‘wisdom’ and from which the word philosophia (‘loving
wisdom’) is derived. As a 'gnostic' and a 'philosopher', I sense a deep inner
connection between the so-called ‘Sethian’ stream of ancient ‘gnosticism’
and its contemporary equivalent - the SETH books of Jane Roberts and their
no less subversive spiritual message or ‘gospel’. Both offer a wisdom of
inwardness and depth - the central values too, of the Teutonic
gnostic tradition - one in which the divine is felt as "within, not
However vast outer space may be, yet with all its
sidereal distances it hardly bears comparison with the dimensions, with the
depth dimension of our inner being, which does not even need the
spaciousness of the universe to be within itself almost unfathomable…To me
it seems more and more as though our customary consciousness lives on the
tip of a pyramid whose base within us (and in a certain way beneath us)
widens out so fully that the farther we find ourselves able to descend into
it, the more generally we appear to be merged into those things that,
independent of time and space, are given in our earthly, in the widest
sense, worldly existence.
- Rainer Maria Rilke -
In my view the teachings of the SETH
transmitted by Jane Roberts are truly the most powerful ‘Gnostic Gospels’
of our times. At the same time they are the potential source of a
revolutionary new philosophy of science and religion, physics and
psychology, medicine and mystical experience. I see myself as a pioneer of
this new philosophy – one already anticipated by such great theologians
and thinkers, poets and painters as Meister Eckhart, Angelus Silesius,
Anna Ovena Hoyers, Friedrich Scheirmacher, Caspar David Friedrich, Rainer
Maria Rilke, Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Klages, Karl Marx, Stefan George,
Martin Buber, Martin Heidegger and Rudolf Steiner. I see my
task as one of guarding the wisdom-tradition or gnosis of these
great Germanic and German-Jewish teachers, in order to forge the
philosophical foundations of the ‘New Gnosis’ - one firmly grounded not
only in the depths of my own inner knowing but in the inner truth of the
new SETHIAN gospels that Jane Roberts has bequeathed us. The avatars of
The New Gnosis in this age of the Kali Yuga are not the ‘New Age’
sort, but rather those whom Heidegger described in the late 1930’s as ‘The
Ones to Come’ ....
…mace bearers of the truth of Being, in which a being
is uplifted to the simple mastery that prevails in every thing and every
breath. They reside in masterful knowing, as what is truthful knowing.
Whoever attains this knowing awareness does not let himself be computed or
coerced…Today there are already a few of those who are to come. Their
intimating and seeking is hardly recognisable to them themselves…[They]
count among themselves the essentially unpretentious ones, to whom no
publicness belongs, but who in their inner beauty gather the shining ahead
of the last god and then gift it to the few and the rare by radiating it
back to them.
- Martin Heidegger -
Only a god can save us now.
- The Last God -
The totally other over against gods who have been,
especially over the Christian God.
- Martin Heidegger -
The philosophies of Central Europe represented by
Fichte, Schelling and Hegel in the nineteenth century seem far removed from
the sphere of mythology. Nevertheless they are simply the highest
sublimation of the old clairvoyant insight, of the co-operation of
divine-spiritual beings within the heart of man.
The power given by…Odin, the old clairvoyant powers, cannot save man;
something very different must supplant them. These future powers however,
are known to Teutonic mythology…Vidar, who has been silent until now, will
overcome the Fenris Wolf [symbol of spiritual ignorance]. When the wondrous
figure of Vidar shines forth to us out of the Twilight of the Gods we
realise that Teutonic mythology give promise of future hope.
He who recognises the Christ-being will not insist on retaining the name of
Christ…Christianity will be the faith that swears by no prophet because it
is not attached to a religious founder attached to a particular people.
- Rudolf Steiner -
The old proverb states quite correctly:
Satan feeds on clerics and shits out soldiers.
I think that things are in a very bad way
When a clergyman carries the insignia of war…
- Anna Hoyers -
God is my point and my circle.
God is my centre when I enclose him in me.
God is my circumference, when from love, I dissolve in him.
- Angelus Silesius -
Over I float,
And every pain
Will someday be
A pang of ecstasy.
- Novalis -
- Web Creator -
I am beginning to wonder whether I was actually born a
Gnostic. And I am beginning to wonder whether in the end we all are. And I
am also beginning to wonder whether the question is not so much whether we
actually are Gnostic from birth or not, but whether along the way we can
withstand the clamour from those who seek to label us heretic.
I first knew what it was to be a heretic when I was
eight or perhaps it was even before then. I stood halfway up the stairs
and wondered aloud to my mother, "If Jesus was just a man and yet he knew
everything he did, then couldn’t I also know everything in the ways that
Jesus does? Couldn’t I also be just like Jesus Christ?" I felt my mother’s
outrage as she instilled in me that I must never repeat such
things to anyone. At times I did try to phrase that same question in
different ways – "If all religions think they are the right one, then
isn’t there perhaps a "right" that is beyond on them all? … a "right" from
which they all come?" - but I never found any satisfactory answers.
As I grew through my teens, my questions became lived
ones and by necessity that hunger to find a path that most truly fit with
what I somehow "knew" inside went underground. But it never disappeared.
It was always there. Behind everything.
I had already put together a web site (www.meaningofdepression.com)
of my own in which I wished to convey the journey to my Self and to my
Knowing through those lived questions. In my site I also wished to convey the
profound influence of the writing and work of both Peter Wilberg and
Andrew Gara on that journey. When Peter Wilberg asked me to put together a
web site for The New Gnosis it seemed the next logical step, for it is in The New Gnosis of Peter
Wilberg that I have found the answers to the
questions of my childhood and of every step in between. And it is in
The Inner Connection that my "heresies" have found a family.
The New Gnosis is a path to a
Knowing of myself and other. It is an acknowledgment of the unbounded inwardness
and depth of my reality and experience as a human being. And it is a relinking
with a God that, divested of its chains to religious rites and symbols,
makes complete sense to me. So it is that I can also live a life that makes sense to me.