Remember, I can not teach you anything, I can only help you to remember who you are. A tiny but powerful candle light has appeared before you, shall we continue together on this journey”? – Kala Ambrose
Kala’s Nine Life Altering Lessons
The cyclical nature of the universe has been understood by the mystery schools since their inception. Man over time, has become confused, believing that Time is linear and proceeding in a straight line. Yet, ask any history scholar who researches timelines for a living and they will admit that history does in fact repeat itself, repeatedly! And with this repetition, humanity appears to make the same mistakes, encounter the same experiences and relive commonalities over and again.
Why is this? The answer is that we are here on this earth plane to learn and grow and how we achieve this is by encountering experiences (lessons) which we repeat over and over until we understand what we need to learn from this experience. Once the point or points of the experience has been understood, the lesson no longer needs to be repeated and we continue on to a more complicated lesson. This takes the knowledge we have gained and continues on to a deeper lesson on our path to wisdom and enlightenment. Think of this concept much as one would when studying principles of mathematics. At first, we are introduced to the concepts and are instructed in the ways of addition and subtraction. Once you have achieved mastery over this, you move forward to multiplication and division, which are more complex forms of the same ideal.
The ancients taught about the cyclical nature of our world, and our existence using simple and complex examples to get their point across. They taught the cycles of change describing the seasons as they repeated each year. In more esoteric lessons, they taught about the Ouroboros, the symbol of a serpent swallowing its tail. Both were meant to teach that we are always in the process of creating and recreating and this fluctuates with our active/solar side and our passive/lunar side. It is the balance of all things and the understanding that they are not separate, but rather part of the whole and both are required for the full completion of the experience.
For example, which living creature would you say is more important, a Cow or a Bee? Are you sure? Do both not have something to provide to this world? If we examine these two closely, we see the Cow, gentle, passive, giving, in deep thought and when we look at the Bee, we see activity, creation, moving from one experience to the next, sharing as it travels. Do not both of these natures exist in us as well? At times, we must be contemplative in our surroundings, and at other times, we must take action and create to nourish not only ourselves, but others. When we are out of balance, we are too far in one of these directions. If we stay active all of the time, there is no time for inner contemplation and self discovery. In this state, we are unable to digest what we have experienced. In the same way, if we are too still and just spend time in thought, we miss the opportunities provided for us to grow and expand our consciousness. The first key to learning as a Neophyte is to understand that we must work to achieve balance in both sectors. This has been taught in Eastern cultures using the symbol of the Yin/Yang, which explains that both are required to make the whole. Neither is better or right, both are equally important. We must have passive time to reflect and active time to grow and we must face our shadow selves in order to fully see the light.
This understanding has been taught, not only in the mystery teachings, but also by Plato, who described the universe as a circular immortal being. This cyclical teaching is also described in indigenous tribe’s teachings, Celtic and Norse teachings, Chinese and other Asian teachings, Egyptian teachings, Alchemist teachings, and Aztec, Greek, Gnostic, and Hindu teachings. In modern times, psychologists including Carl Jung also wrote about the Ouroboros, describing it as an archetype with great significance to understanding the human psyche.
You will soon discover here dear student, that in the first approach with each lesson one only experiences the outer layer. As your consciousness opens and expands, you will find deeper meaning and truth in each one. As we have said, many esoteric teachers refer to this as peeling back the layers of the onion. Have you ever peeled an onion? There are layers after layers to be pulled and this analogy is helpful in understanding the delicate layers that exist together to make the whole, in both the teachings and the understanding of the cosmos and the universe.
At this point in the teachings, the Neophyte (meaning new) student begins to delve further into this lesson by breaking down these concepts and thinking of them on a scale we all experience on the earth plane. These are the four seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer which are marked by the Equinox’s and Solstice’s. These markers of time have been celebrated in one form or another by almost every culture on earth, past and present. When one studies with a mystery school, the deeper meanings of the equinox’s and solstices are revealed, including what energies are present during these times and how one can embrace this energy and connect through rituals and meditative experiences.
It has been rumored that in the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, the Initiate was taught through a series of teachings which in future times were also represented in the Higher Arcana Tarot cards. The student would enter as “The Fool”, meaning at that time, unaware of the greater consciousness and the deeper mysteries. Many people cringe at the word “fool” as modern connotations with it would describe making an embarrassment of oneself, or appearing foolish. However, the deeper meaning of this card is much different. To embrace the esoteric journey, one has to be willing to admit that they may not know all the answers as they may have previously thought and they must be willing to take a leap of faith into the unknown. The Fool begins their journey, with no idea of what is in store for their future or what experiences await them. They bring an open mind and heart to begin their journey, and are willing to take risks and confront their fears. The number of the fool card interestingly, is zero, again creating that perfect circle. All things are cyclical.
The Higher Arcana of the tarot cards are as follows: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgment and The World. Throughout this book, esoteric (hidden) references to the meanings of these cards will be shared including how they correspond with many of the teachings. Understanding the tarot will have tremendous value to you on your path as an esoteric student and can serve as a wonderful guide along your journey, once you have developed good discernment, a topic which will be discussed further in another chapter. Some students believe that if they understand the tarot, then they also understand the mystery teachings, however, this is not the case. However, studying the tarot and connecting with it, opens up the mind and gives valuable clues as you proceed on your journey from Neophyte to Initiate. In some tarot decks, there are wonderful, educational symbols hidden in the decks for the student to uncover. Once having mastered and understood the tarot, the student receives guidance and helpful clues as to what experiences await them as they proceed on this path to realization and enlightenment.
This is all well and good, but the question arises, how does this teach us about the universe being magical? To elaborate, once we understand that everything repeats itself, we can begin to remove ourselves from this cycle, also known as the wheel of fortune or wheel of karma. The primary basis of this teaching is that when you remove yourself from the wheel of karma, you also free your mind from existing in only the lower levels of thought and energy and begin to connect with the higher levels of existence which are open to all who seek.
If this information is of interest to you, then proceed to Kala’s Wisdom Teachings Lesson One: We Live in a Magical Universe