Manly P. Hall writes that there are “two fundamental groups of human intellect- one philosophic, the other incapable of appreciating the deeper mysteries of life.” Hall is referring to the two basic paths of understanding the universe and consequently ourselves. There is the initiated and esoteric doctrine of union with the object of knowledge, the gnosis of the classical Philosopher. And, there is the uninitiated and exoteric doctrine of relativism whereby knowledge arises from external sensible perceptions.
Unfortunately, for the most part, the modern western mind falls under the later, not because we are incapable of philosophical thought, but because we fail to see reality as a spectrum of truths, opting instead for discrete units of quantification. From a very young age we are taught to quantify experience into two opposing buckets of information:1) the rational, conscious, and “real”, and, 2) the irrational, subconscious, and “imaginative”. We not only learn to separate experience, but also to rank it on an arbitrary and rather biased scale of “reality”. The prevailing sentiment in the western world is that experiences that can be analyzed and understood rationally are more “real” than those that are irrational and “imaginative”.
This “left-brain”/” right-brain” schism does not exist in the initiated Philosophical Mind, which instead accepts the Unity of all things. It does not differentiate between the physical manifestation and the metaphysical principle; the symbol does not represent meaning, the symbol IS the meaning.
Reality for the Philosophical Mind is the “bubble” in which both the rational and the irrational act as manifestations of the transcendent principles.
Thus, while the uninitiated Mind will always struggle between the dualities of sacred being and profane existence, the “rational” and the “irrational”, the “real” and the “imaginative”, etc., etc., etc. ; the initiated Philosophical Mind will only see in these polarities different perspectives through which to peer through the veil of transcendent truth.
The initiate who aspires to break the bindings of material and physical existence must first transmute the relativistic modern Mind into the universal Philosophical Mind. Only with this Promethean power of Mind, can one aspire to steal the immortal Fire from the gods.