I am a researcher in the fields of spirituality and ancient sacred knowledge, and a lover of all arts. I aspire to universality, referring to the concept of “Polymath”, or "Renaissance Man” (today we would say “Renaissance Individual”), a concept already present in the Greek-Roman world that reappeared in the late medieval European history as the philosophical current called Renaissance humanism.
In this context, the concept of "knowledge is power" was born, meaning that knowledge can become a tool for transforming reality.
In this conception, the human being is at the center of the Universe: an intermediary between the rational world and the spiritual sphere, and a "bridge" between the human and Divine dimension.
The concept of integration is therefore perfectly expressed and realized, or rather embodied, by the "whole individuals" who develop their abilities in all areas of accomplishment: intellectual, artistic, social and physical. The human being integrates the knowledge of arts, sciences - the mysteries of Nature ranging from physics to mathematics, from biology to neuroscience and astronomy - and spirituality. Art, science and spirituality are intertwined on the Path of Integration, which is the way that leads to Self-Realization, and the Temple is the individual himself/herself, the human being whose physical structure reflects and preserves the secrets of Nature and of the Universe. “That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing” (from the Emerald Tablet, also known as the Smaragdine Tablet, or Tabula Smaragdina attributed to Hermes Trismegistus)
Events like the one that shook Paris can shake deeply the world and make us feel connected as “One" being. Or, at least, can make us reflect.
There are places built to make us feel touched and moved, to make us vibrate and resonate with something sacred and "spiritual", beyond religions.
I visited Notre Dame a few times, and each time I felt wrapped in a beauty beyond beliefs. I always perceived "her" like a living being integrating harmoniously different Paths of ancient wisdom and knowledge. A monumental tribute to that Knowledge strictly connected with the lessons that Mother Nature silently keeps teaching us at the pace of her seasons.
In front of what happened in Paris, I’m reflecting on how sometimes we need to loose something in order to become aware of how much we need it.
I'm reflecting on how spirituality is closer to that beauty which make us feel moved than to a specific belief.
We need sacredness.
We need beauty.
We need integration.
The Cathedral burns, and some people perceive this event as a sign, an omen, an exhortation to burn, with it, the pain of centuries of intellectual, spiritual, human slavery, centuries of obscurantism, separation, illusion and manipulation. But let's go beyond, because Notre Dame is not just a religious symbol, and not only a symbol of the Christian world.
It is a sacred text, a book made of stone which, like the Arcana of the Tarot, conceals ancient secrets beyond religions*.
It is a symbol of Knowledge, of that Sacred Knowledge that transcends all beliefs. A Knowledge that today we tend to mutilate, exploit, use improperly by using it "in pieces" and losing sight of the Unity which gives that knowledge a meaning and a purpose. So, the burning Cathedral is also the Knowledge that is re-veild, meaning that it returns to veiling and hiding itself.
Today the human being is not honoring that Knowledge.
We - the humans - are taking advantage of its surface and appearances.
We are clinging to the veil instead of searching and honouring what’s behind it. And the Knowledge steps back, vanishing like smoke, as well as we-the-humans are becoming incorporeal, absorbed more and more by the abstraction of virtuality, day after day.
There is a Cathedral to be rebuilt today, within the human being. There is a sacred Temple to be re-founded today: the human being. There is a system of values to nourish: the real being.
Let’s honor this truth, walking on the path of integration and self-realization, recognizing in ourselves, in our body structure, the existence of that Sacred Geometry and of those Archetypes unveiling our true nature, who we really are.
Our body is our Temple, as well as our beautiful planet is our home.
Let's learn the lesson, looking at Notre Dame.
Let’s rebuild together a new world, starting from within.
*To deepen, read the Mystery of the Cathedrals by Fulcanelli
Photo: North Rose Window of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.