Welcome back to Mark Stavish, the Director of the Institute for Hermetic Studies, where Rudolf and he discuss the not always easay way how to enter the world of the Western Tradition. This starts by how you want to name what you are looking for. Esotericism? Spirituality? Occultism? Or something else?

But this is only the start, of course. Has it become easier in the Internet age to find your path, the right approach to it, or more difficult? What are the chances, what are the traps? These and many other questions lead to the clear conclusion: you will need discipline, whatever your approach or your path is going to be.

If this now sounds to you like an episode for the beginner, then you might be wrong. It is certainly is thought to help the searcher, but with Mark’s huge knowledge and personal experience also the seasoned esotericist will find points to think about, to discuss, to develop.

Music played in this episode

1) BLURRED – Kiasmos

“In the vast ocean of nirvana every microsecond a universe pops up as so one fades away, it’s omnifying how this creation & destruction plays in such a harmony.”

(Track starts at [6:22])

2) TIME AND SPACE – The Cinematic Orchestra

“One swing set, well worn but structurally sound, seeks new home. Make memories with your kid or kids so that someday he or she or they will look into the backyard and feel the ache of sentimentality as desperately as I did this afternoon. It’s all fragile and fleeting, dear reader, but with this swing set, your child(ren) will be introduced to the ups and downs of human life gently and safely, and may also learn the most important lesson of all: No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.”

(Track starts at [53:05])

3) TRANSMISSION 94 – Bonobo

“There were no witnesses to what was about to happen. ‘Happen’ didn’t yet exist. Reality was timeless. Space also didn’t exist. The distance between two points was immeasurable. The points themselves could be anywhere, hovering and bouncing. Infinity tangled into itself. There was no here and now. Only Being.” 

(Track starts at [1:42:12])

Intro and Outro Music
especially written and recorded for the Thoth-Hermes Podcast by Chris Roberts

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