The Inner Tradition is a path that asserts the existence of esoteric teachings originating from Yeshuah (Jesus) himself, transmitted in secrecy and known only to a select few. Here, we delve into the core tenets of the Inner Tradition, shedding light on its perspectives regarding God, Creation, and the path to spiritual enlightenment.
The Concealed Wisdom of Yeshuah
According to the Inner Tradition, Yeshuah employed metaphors and parables in his public speeches, intentionally withholding his complete teachings from the masses. Instead, he reserved the teaching exclusively for his disciples. Emphasizing secrecy in Luke 8:10, "He said, "The knowledge of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others, I speak in parables so that,
'though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand'"
God in the Inner Tradition
In the Inner Tradition, God is deemed incomprehensible and unknowable. God transcends description, is infinite, devoid of beginning or end, and is the ultimate source of all existence. The Inner Tradition depicts God without gender but with masculine and feminine modes of expression. The feminine aspect, referred to as "Silence," "Grace," and "Thought," represents God's creative and active force. In contrast, the masculine aspect, "Depth," embodies God's incomprehensible and all-encompassing nature.
Emanation and Multiplicity of Being
The Inner Tradition conceives the universe as emanating from God [The Absolute], with the Son [World 3], who also embodies a male-female dyad, manifesting the divine will. The Son, in turn, gives rise to six spiritual entities called Aeons [The Levels of the Ray of Creation], which form the Godhead's Fullness [Ray of Creation]. These Aeons are perceived as having limited independence [The Laws] but remaining separate from God by a Limit [Shock].
The Saga of Sophia and Creation
Sophia, the youngest Aeon [The Moon], embarks on a quest to know the supreme Godhead, leading to her separation from her consort [Anulios] and descent into suffering [96 Laws] and deficiency. She inadvertently creates the lower realm (physical reality) through her desire for knowledge without her consort's balancing (read annulling) presence.
The Universe of Concentric Spheres
The Inner Tradition envisions the universe as a series of concentric spheres [The Ray of Creation], ranging from Deficiency [World 96] to Fullness [World 3], with God [World 1] encompassing all. Boundaries or Limits [Shocks] separate these spheres, and the realm of Deficiency emerges from ignorance [96 Laws] but can be dissolved through the process of Theognosis [Self Observation] or knowledge of God.
Restoration and Spiritual Evolution
Through the mediation of the Son ["C" Influences], the Aeons [Levels of the Ray of Creation] within the Fullness [The Ray of Creation as a whole] attain knowledge of God and find rest [Holy Reconciling]. The reintegrated Son becomes the Savior, destined to be the bridegroom [Holy Affirming] of the fallen Sophia (Mary the Magdalene) [Holy Denying], leading to the emergence of spiritual seeds [Magnetic Center] within individuals.
Spiritual Evolution and Resurrection
The Inner Tradition emphasizes that spiritual evolution allows individuals to recognize their true nature [Essence]. This transformation occurs when they unite with their Angels [Higher Centers], akin to the Savior, transcending ignorance and suffering [Man number 4]. Such a resurrection is an earthly experience rather than a post-mortem event.
The Legacy of Yeshuah in the Inner Tradition
The Inner Tradition distinguishes between the divine and human aspects of Yeshuah. The human Yeshuah is born of Mary and Joseph [Thinking, Emotional, and Moving Centers (respectively, Joseph was a carpenter, relating to the physical/moving)], while the divine aspect transcends physical suffering and death [Astral and Mental Bodies].
Spiritual Awakening through Yeshuah
Yeshuah's mission is to bring Theognosis [Self Remembering/Self Observation] to humanity, bridging the gap between spiritual Seeds [The Magnetic Center] and Angels [The Higher Centers], ultimately leading to their union.
On the Nature of Sin
The Inner Tradition contends that adherents of The Way can lead a sinless life [Man number 4, 5, 6, 7] by gaining perfect knowledge [Self Observation] of God's will. Sin is seen as an expression of ignorance [Man number 1,2,3].
The Law of Love [External Considering]
The Inner Tradition ["B" Influences] adopts the Law of Love from Yeshuah's teachings ["C" Influences], transforming and fulfilling divine law [The Will of The Absolute]. While it rejects temporal authority ["A" Influences], it promotes marriage and raising children to grow spiritually [The 2nd Shock in the Enneagram].
The Inner Tradition ["B" Influences] offers a unique perspective on esoteric teachings, emphasizing secrecy, the fall and redemption of Sophia, and the path to spiritual awakening through Yeshuah's message. It calls for adherents of The Way to seek knowledge and embrace love to achieve spiritual evolution and union with the divine.