Introduction to the Magick of Alexandria
Spiritual literature is replete with references to the need for spiritual development and personal empowerment. We all want richer, more fulfilling lives, but how do we best go about this?
My ideas of spiritual development can be traced back to Plotinus (204/5 – 270 CE), who is often regarded as the founder of Neoplatonism, which represented a development of the Platonic tradition. Simply put, all souls in existence descend from the divine realm, which is referred to as the ‘One’, which is the source of everything that exists. Eventually these souls return to the divine realm, after they divest themselves of their physical vehicles.
There is an often quoted saying that: “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”
An online search shows that while most agree that this is a Chinese proverb, variants of it are claimed to be Hindu and even Hawaiian. Either way it makes intuitive sense and justifies religious pluralism. The important thing is that we should find a path of spiritual development that resonates with us, and so long as we’re moving towards the divine, then all is well. No path is better than any other, it’s all subjective.
My own spiritual development path, since roughly 2000, has focused on Graeco-Egyptian Magick along with the practices that it grew out of, primarily Greek polytheism (Hellenismos) and Egyptian religion.
The surest way to reclaim the personal empowerment that is our birthright is through spiritual development and growth. Before we can manifest improvements in our lives, we must first fulfil our potential as spiritual beings in human incarnation. Finding awareness, inner peace and improved self-esteem are signposts on the road we must travel.
Once you’ve chosen your spiritual development path, and there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one, it’s important to use a holistic approach focusing on the entire triad of body, mind and spirit. This requires incorporating physical activity, nutrition, intellectual pursuits and artistic endeavors. Focusing on the entire triad becomes even more important as we age.