In “The Practice of Alchemical Rosicrucianism in Freemasonry and Why It’s Relevant in Today’s World Part 1”. I discussed Rosicrucian alchemy and symbology. Hopefully, you watched the video in the article, RA The Sun God Within Us.
In the next article, The Practice of Alchemical Rosicrucianism in Freemasonry and Why It’s Relevant in Today’s World Part 2, I discussed the alchemical writings of Paracelsus and compared it to the eastern streams, which I believe it flowed from. We learned about the importance of the materials we use to build our temple. A temple that is the home of God. The video, “Spirituality of Food”, posted on the Masonic Enlightenment Facebook page, really helped emphasize the importance of this subject.
In this article, I’m going to discuss the Master Alchemist, Architect and Temple Builder, that has a great amount of influence in all our lives and in the lives of all of those around us, every day. The ancient designer and builder of all of the world’s temples from the beginning of time.
All of us have a personal relationship with this Master Alchemist, Architect and temple builder. This Master Alchemist is also called the gut.
Neuroscientists have discovered a second brain, in our gut, known as the enteric nervous system! This second brain has a major effect on the brain in our head.
Professor W. Prinz of the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, says that our second brain” in our digestive tract, “consists of about 100 billion nerve cells …. a greater number than those in the spinal cord.” Researchers have discovered that we actually have as many brain cells in our gut, as we do in our skull! Not only that, but they are mostly made up of bacteria and other microbes and we have much more of them than we have human cells.
We have all heard the old expressions; “it takes guts”, “that was a gutsy move”, “go with your gut instinct”, “that person has guts” or that action “took guts”. What do these sayings really mean and what are they referring to?
The temple pillar of Jachin, on the Tree of Life, represents human cells and the pillar of Boaz represents bacteria and other microbes. In the Sephiroth of Kether, the Architect of the Universe created a perfect blend of human cells (the Sephiroth of Chokmah) and bacteria and other microbes in the Sephiroth of Binah. The middle pillar on the tree of life is the human spinal column, which carries electrical signals from the brain to the skeletal muscles and internal organs and also carries sensory information like touch, pressure, cold, warmth, pain and other sensations from the skin, muscles, joints and internal organs to the brain, as well as keeping the body balanced and supported. The Sephiroth of Malkuth represents the brain, the Sephiroth of Tiphareth is the gut and the Sephiroth of Yesod the emotions. Isn’t it interesting how uncontrolled, unconscious, emotional reactions and responses, easily, override logical, rational, deductive reasoning? Something is happening in Yesod (emotions) between Malkuth (the brain) and Tiphareth (the gut).
I’ve done my research and as far I know, I’m the first person to come up with these Hermetic Qabalah associations. If someone knows of anyone else who has done this, then please direct me to their information so I can check it out.
We are what we eat and drink but these substances are also the building blocks of our temple
The food we eat and what we drink directly influences our gut microbiome. The ‘gut-brain axis’, is the Vagus nerve that connects our neurological system to our enteric system (the gut). Our gut microbiome, through the Vagus nerve, has a major impact on how well our brains work, as well as an influence on our moods and associated actions and behaviors.
Many Scientists are starting to find that diseases and mental health issues, like Alzheimer’s and Dementia may start in the gut and be related to gastrointestinal tract microbiota. (1)(2)
Dysfunction in the brain–gut microbiota axis was investigated in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and anxiety, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and AD (Bonaz and Bernstein, 2013; Dinan and Cryan, 2013; Hsiao et al., 2013; Borre et al., 2014b).
The Master Alchemist, Architect and temple builder, we all work with every day, has the ability to build a strong temple, although, all temples age and need repair at times. We have a choice of not supporting the Master Alchemists work and creating our own weak, crumbling, unbalanced (dis-eased) and unstable temple.
The Masonic Trowel, all Masons receive after the third degree, should represent the real working tools of the Master Mason. These are the tools that support the Master Alchemist, Architect and temple builder, like, non-GMO plant foods and dietary fibers, less red meat and meat* (even grass fed organic meats), probiotics, fermented foods, good amounts of sleep, lower stress, exercise and sweat. We must also eliminate the things that destroy the gut and prevent the Master Alchemist, Architect and temple builder from doing their work. Things like sugar, processed foods, fast foods, genetically modified foods, antibiotics (in meat and a lot of food) destroy the temple (body and minds).
Spirituality is associated with excellent gut heath
Here is a major occult, esoteric secret. The powerful spiritual teachers and leaders of the world, all knew and know the secret of the gut and brain connection and how important it is. They were and are, able to perform and produce amazing things that mesmerize the masses. Just from a clean diet, enough rest and lowering stress through meditation and/or prayer. This is the reason many religions practice fasting rituals or fasting from certain foods. In the traditions of many Indigenous peoples of the Americas, one of the forms of ritual purification is the ablutionary use of a sauna, known as a sweat lodge, as preparation for a variety of other ceremonies.(3)
“If you take pure food, you will have a pure mind. The mind is formed out of the subtlest essence of food. If you have purity of mind, you will remember God or Atman. If you always remember God or Atman, the knots of the heart, viz., Avidya, Kama, Karma (ignorance, desire, and action) will be rent asunder. You will attain Moksha.” (4) Moksha (in Hinduism and Jainism) means the release from the cycle of death and rebirth impelled by the law of karma.
How do we recognize the truth, when we are blinded by our own internal, unconscious, uncontrolled emotional impulses? What light do you have when you are working against your own Master Alchemist, Architect and temple builder and creating an unbalanced temple that is dis-eased and cannot be controlled?
In my opinion, the most important cornerstone in Freemasonry has to be understanding how this alchemical process works in the body and mind (temple) and how we can use this alchemical process to build a healthy and strong foundation, which will support the temple pillars holding up our Masonic lodges. What we have without this cornerstone and strong foundation, is what the world has right now, unbalance, dis-ease and a crumbling, unstable foundational base.
With this powerful information, I hope that you will re-examine again, all three parts of, “The Practice of Alchemical Rosicrucianism in Freemasonry and Why It’s Relevant in Today’s World” series.
Please pass this on to your Brothers and to others because this information can help save and greatly improve someone’s life. This would make a great Masonic education lecture, along with a healthy gut supporting meal, so feel free to use it.
I’m including additional references here, on this really important subject. I hope you will take the time to examine and study them. So, Mote, It Be!
On Amazon, there is a great documentary called, “The Gut: Our Second Brain”
I’m one guy, building an online esoteric, occult, Masonic Temple of knowledge and education, which everyone can participate in, so your help is greatly appreciated.