Theory and practice

“There are two lines along which man’s development proceeds, the line of knowledge and the line of being. In right evolution the line of knowledge and the line of being develop simultaneously, parallel to, and helping one another. People understand what ‘knowledge’ means. And they understand the possibility of different levels of knowledge. But they do not understand this in relation to ‘being.’ ‘Being,’ for them, means simply ‘existence’ to which is opposed just ‘non-existence.’ They do not understand that being or existence may be of very different levels and categories. And they do not understand that knowledge depends on being. If knowledge gets far ahead of being, it becomes theoretical and abstract and inapplicable to life, or actually harmful, because instead of serving life and helping people the better to struggle with the difficulties they meet, it begins to complicate man’s life, brings new difficulties into it, new troubles and calamities which were not there before.” (Gurdjieff, excerpt from “In Search of the Miraculous” by P. D. Ouspensky, Chapter IV)

According to Eliphas Levi the dogma represent the theory while the ritual represent the practice. Only a theory with practical application worth to be considered theory.
Dogma means knowledge and ritual means being – a man with knowledge, experience and consciousness. Can’t have one without the other. But in order to being, first you have to “come into being”.
The notion of “come into being” can be trace back to ancient Egypt. In the Egyptian language verb kheper, means “develop” or “come into being”.
Khepri (also spelled Khepera, Kheper, Khepra, Chepri) was a solar deity in the ancient Egyptian religion. Khepri – “he who is coming into being”. Khepri was connected with the scarab beetle (kheprer).
According to the Routledge Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, Egyptians would have noticed the scarabs busily rolling balls of dirt across the ground and translated this method of propulsion into an explanation of the sun’s circuit. Observing that out of the ball emerged a scarab, apparently spontaneously, it was logical to see the insect as Khepri – ‘he who is coming into being’, i.e. self-created of his own accord without undergoing the natural cycle of reproduction. Therefore, Khepri also represented creation and rebirth, and he was specifically connected with the rising sun and the mythical creation of the world.
There is no known cult devoted to Khepri, and far as we know he was generally subordinate to the greater sun god Ra. Often, Khepri and another solar deity, Atum, were seen as aspects of Ra: Khepri was the morning sun, respectively the sun-god at dawn on the eastern horizon, Ra was the midday sun, and Atum was the sun in the evening, respectively the sun-god at sun set on the western horizon.
The concept of “come into being” was largely exploited by Michael A. Aquino, founder of Temple of Set, although he over taken only the concept, he do not mention Khepri instead he puts in the center of his cult the controversial deity Set. In my opinion Aquino ‘s whole concept it’s based on the philosophy and system of Gurdjieff, only he have given a different name and form to it – and as he did with Khepri, without mentioning Gurdjieff.
“Come into being” is the Setian concept of “awareness”, discovering and manifesting the true-self of one’s. “The wake-up” as Gurdjieff would call it. As Bruce Ware, Grand Master of the Order of Leviathan expressed it: “We Remanifest the sense of Self that is the core Identity by examining and stripping away the unnecessary and limiting facets of personality that mask the Self.” This is an accurate description of the essence of the Gurdjieff’s work.

As Beryl Pogson, author of “The Work Life” and pupil of Dr. Maurice Nicoll, has pointed out: “the only real poverty is lack of self-knowledge.”

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A Timeline of Tarot from 1750 to 1980 (by Mary K. Greer)
No such thing as luck
Tarot: what is it and what is it not
The 78 Tarot cards and what they represent

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