” The Sun, the bright torch of Heaven does not penetrate dense bodies,
That is why there remains shadow on the parts turned away from it;
Although the shadow is the most insignificant of all things,
It has been of much use to the Astronomers:
But Sol & its shadow gives more gifts to the Philosophers
Because it means the completion of the art of making gold. “
- Michael Maier. Germany, seventeenth century
For all things are in us psychically, and through this we are naturally capable of knowing all things, by exciting the powers and the images of wholes which we contain.
— Proclus; On the Theology of Plato (quoted by Manly P. Hall)
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Cultivate good habits to weed out bad habits.
When you get a big idea, get busy on it. The same God who gave you the big idea in the first place will give you the little pieces to make that big dream a reality.
A positive mental attitude combined with definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all worthwhile achievement.
Bible character, whom King Solomon entrusted the responsibility of administering the Workers of the Temple and divided them into: Apprentices, Fellows and Masters in various professional activities related to its construction.
Where I go to get lost for hours.
We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus, and which he published at the age of 27.
He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.
In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) in Los Angeles, California, dedicating it to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems. The PRS claims to be non-sectarian and entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control, and the Society’s programs stress the need for the integration of philosophy, religion, and science into one system of instruction. The PRS Library, a public facility devoted to source materials in obscure fields, has many rare and scarce items now impossible to obtain elsewhere.
In 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages), Hall was recognized as a 33º Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), at a ceremony held at PRS on December 8th, despite never being initiated into the physical craft.
In his over 70-year career, Hall delivered approximately 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.