Odilia Carmen Chirica

Odilia Carmen Chirica

Singer, writer, speaker, coach, counsellor, muse... mostly a thinker - simply just BEING.

by St Bonaventure attributed to the Tree of Life by Frater FP
INTRODUCTION
St Bonaventure was a Franciscan Monk born in central Italy in 1217. He joined the Order in 1243, and wrote a number of masterpieces including a biography of St Francis, and many other treatises. The most widely-known of his works is that dealt with here, "The Soul's Journey into God", a dense summa of medieval Christian spirituality. It is based on a vision of the Seraph, the six-winged angelic creature which had provided St Francis his critical mystical experience, and it was whilst meditating on this vision that St Bonaventure realised that "...this vision represented our father's rapture in
contemplation and the road by which that rapture is reached." The actual Latin title of this work is Itinerarium mentis in Deum, and it is of interest to this present work that Itinerarium can be translated as "plan for a journey (itinerary), which is part of the function served by any initiatory system, for example, the Book of Coming Forth by Day, the Kabbalah, or the Bardo Thodol.

THE STAGES
The Journey of the Soul is divided first into three general stages, being Purgation, Illumination, and Perfection. Each of these responds to first, the human nature, second, the effort of the individual, and third, the action of God as Grace. The actions of the three stages are usually given as;

Purgation: Announcing; Leading; Declaring
Illumination:Ordering; Strengthening; Commanding
Perfection: Receiving; Revealing; Anointing
These actions may be laid onto the Tree as a very general schemata of the processes undergone by the Initiate, and follow a similar development of pattern to that found in Alchemy.
Bonaventure divides the Journey into six stages, taking the Seraph as the symbolic matrix of the description, and these stages take us from the condition of the mortal man to that of the Contemplative residing in the mystical experience of the "Superluminous Darkness" of God. I have ascribed these stages to the Kabbalah and the Initiatory System from Malkuth to the Abyss, as Bonaventure, like many mystics of the time, ceases his description at this level, although hinting at further states beyond. As Brady notes in his preface, the Journey takes us "... into the cloud of unknowing, which is itself perhaps the most perfect knowing here below of the One inThree." I take this "One in Three" to refer to the Upper Sephiroth of the Tree above the Abyss. It is the contention of the Initiate that States can be opened entirely annihilated. This as sertion may have been unspeakable for such as above this Abyss, where identity merges with God as no-thing, and the Self is Bonaventure due to its potential for interpretation as heresy (see Katz, "The Life of Bernadette Roberts", in ICOM archives for further of this theme).
The condition of the mortal man is pictured as that of a "poor man in the desert". However, this situation is deemed redeemable, as the Franciscans followed the doctrine of exemplarism; that all creation is a set of moments in the inner dynamism of God. That is to say, by observing the events of nature, one could come to know the dealings and nature of God. As Bonaventure words it; "This is our whole metaphysics; emanation, exemplarity, consummation; to be illumined by spiritual rays and to be led back to the highest reality". The journey is also related to the description of Solomon's Temple and I have accordingly divided the following synopsis.

THE COURT BEFORE THE TABERNACLE
ZELATOR (Malkuth)
The first stage is that of imposing technique to exercise the natural powers which sow the seeds of initiatory progress, and avoid "sin" (i.e. automatic attachment to the apparent). These natural powers are grace, which is awoken by prayer; justice, which is awoken by leading a good life; knowledge, which is activated by meditation; and wisdom, which is brought into being through contemplation. The quickening of these latent faculties by the practices given brings the Initiate to the "Valley of Tears" and the commencement of the second stage. The Valley of Tears can be seen as symbolic of the 32nd path of the Tree leading from Malkuth to Yesod, and is also indicated on the Moon Atu of the Tarot.

THE SANCTUARY OR FORWARD AREA OF THE TABERNACLE
THEORICUS (Yesod)
The second stage of contemplation is the observation of the "vestiges" of God, which is performed through the "mirror of things perceived through sensation". The Latin root for "vestige" primarily means "footprint", and it can be seen in a similar way to the chief Mayan God, who was only known by his "footprint", that is, by his passing, rather than his presence. Bonaventure observes, according to his reading of Aristotle's physics, and Augustine's, that the world is "generated", and that "everything that moves, is moved by something else". During the main work of the Theoricus, which is observation, one may come to recognise a unity running behind the apparent world.
The third stage of the journey is the successful conclusion of the work of the Theoricus, whom has come to see that one "will be able to see God through yourself as through an image, which is to see through a mirror in an obscure manner."

PRACTICUS (Hod)
The third stage continues with the study of natural, rational and moral philosophy, which illuminates the mind, and thus, "illumined and flooded by such brilliance, unless it is blind, can be led through itself to contemplate that Eternal Light", which is a key experience of the Initiatory journey. That is to say, the reason, as it becomes refined and tested, eventually concedes its own place and limitations, and loses the power to confuse or enslave the identity. It is, like each of our false separations, "led through itself".

PHILOSOPHUS (Netzach)
Citing the Canticle of Canticles as a key text for stage four reveals much of Bonaventure's belief about the work and events characterising the stage. Indeed, the emotional world is much in evidence in his descriptions of "the fullness of devotion, by which the soul becomes like a column of smoke from aromatic spices of myrrh and frankincense", "intense admiration, by which the soul becomes like the dawn, the moon and the sun", and "the superabundance of exultation, by which the soul, overflowing with delights of the sweetest pleasure, leans wholly upon her beloved". It is to this stage that Crowley recommended the work of Liber Astarte, which was a devotional rite seeking to unite the Philosophus with a particular deity through devotion.
The practical aspect of this stage is in the "hierarchical operations" of perfecting or arranging our soul as in the "heavenly Jerusalem". That is to say, we must configure ourselves in accordance with our own personal revelations, as attained previously.

THE HOLY OF HOLIES
ADEPTUS MINOR (Tiphareth)
The fifth stage is the attempt to gain the apex mentis seu synderesis scintilla, the highest part of the soul, from which mystical union proceeds. Whereas the prior stages have been concerned with enquiry and resultant revelations, the middle stages are concerned with "being" and "direct knowing" of the "eternal and most present; utterly simple and the greatest; most actual and unchangeable". Here words begin to loose relevance to actual direct experience of that which is "greatest precisely because it is utterly simple".
In Kabbalah this is denoted partly by the symbolism of the Veil of Paroketh which separates the lower four Sephiroth from Tiphareth.

THE MERCY SEAT AND SOLOMON'S THRONE
ADEPTUS MAJOR (Geburah) and ADEPTUS EXEMPTUS (Chesed)
The sixth and seventh stages of the Work are described with analogy to the two Cherubs facing the Mercy Seat. The discernment of Geburah and the joy of Chesed are pointed to as connected to the contemplation of the trinity (i.e. the Upper Sephiroth of Binah, Chockmah and Kether). A "perfection of illumination" is attained at the end of the sixth stage, and the seventh stage is given to the "passing over of the Red Sea" into the "Superluminous darkness" and "unknowing", which I would suggest describes the stages of the Abyss and Binah in the Initiatory System. From that point, Bonaventure hints "to the friend to whom these words were written, let us say with Dionysius;

But you, my friend,
concerning mystical visions,
with your journey more firmly determined,
leave behind
your senses and intellectual activities,
sensible and invisible things
all nonbeing and being;
and in this state of unknowing
be restored,
insofar as it is possible,
to unity with Him
who is above all essence and knowledge.
For transcending yourself and all things,
by the immeasurable and absolute ecstasy of a pure mind,
leaving behind all things
and freed from all things,
you will ascend
to the superessential ray
of the divine darkness.


AFTER THE PASSING OVER
MAGISTER TEMPLI (Binah), MAGUS (Chockmah) and IPSSISIMUS (Kether)
As a conclusion, Bonaventure notes that during the final stages of contemplation and work, it is acceptance of death or unity with the "fire" which alone can achieve a successful conclusion, in order that we may "pass out of this world to the Father". If the work of the lower Sephiroth is characterised by enquiry, and that of the middle Sephiroth by being, then the work of the upper Sephiroth is that of transcendence.
Bonaventure's prose is extremely straightforward, despite a tendency to repeat a theme by listing aspects of it from many angles, and as such is quite accessible to the student of Mystical attainment.

This fire is God,
and his furnace is in Jerusalem. (Isa. 31:9.) 
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CODE 1 
The Ceremony of Original Innocence

The Template is a holonomic model of transcendence; a journey of remembrance, forgiveness, resurrection and ultimately transcendence of the dualistic mortal paradigm.

As a result of the genetic modification of the Human DNA, almost all of our foundation circuits are in a state of disconnection, creating a distorted sense of self that has led to fear, shame, guilt and disease. The disruption of the bio-circuitry relating to our primal resonant relationships with our mothers and fathers affects our ability to engage unconditionally in relationships. However, it is no longer necessary or ultimately effective to engage in lengthy post-mortems of childhood, casting ourselves into the trauma-vortex of past tragedies and injustices, reinforcing identities anchored in disempowering scenarios. By reconnecting the vital circuits that relate to conception, gestation, birth and childhood, healing is integrated on the DNA level.

The Ceremony of Original Innocence takes us back to our first choice, prior to our first breath, reminding us of our true identity - creators rather than victims. The key to this shift in perception is forgiveness, the bedrock of the shamanic journey. To embrace forgiveness is to embody the living mandala of love, upon which is based the fundamental Human ethic, acknowledging your "response-ability" within the interconnectedness of all creation. Although it is possible to be born with the Water Circuits connected they are almost always disrupted by guilt, regret and anger. Reconnecting these circuits clears these negative emotions, liberating relationships from destructive patterns. The reconnection of the Thymus Circuit activates the T-cells of the immune system. This has a powerful effect on health. With the reconnection of the Air Circuits, the pineal-hypothalamus-pituitary complex is revitalised, as the pineal is now enabled to receive the full spectrum of the geometric language of light.



CODE 2 
Ceremony Of Synthesis - The reconnection of the 13th Circuit - Preparing the Pranic Causeway.

The 13th Circuit connects into the Occiput, where the spinal cord enters the brain, and grounds the this electromagnetic energy into the Coccyx. The form and progression of the 23 geometric fractals of the Human creation code and their sonic counterparts are resonant with aspects of the Holonomic agreement that is the Human Blueprint. This covenant is activated and integrated through frequency resonance, reinstating the 13th Circuit. The is contained in this film.

The dynamic of The Template model follows a momentum of exponential progression. Each coded Ceremony reconnects circuitry that restores a spectrum of electromagnetic integrity to the body. Each successive Ceremony holds the potential of a subsequent spectrum of electromagnetic Source Intelligence that builds upon the resonant synergy of the previous code. 




CODE 3
Ceremony of Sacred Breath


Breath the unspoken vow between spirit and matter, the catalytic sustenance that gives your eyes the gift of sight, your ears to hear, your heart to feel...each breath is a bridge to consciousness...to life.

This film presents and contains an alchemical Ceremony that reconnects 7 Circuits, conduits of electromagnetic Source Consciousness, into the Pranic bio-mechanism; resuscitating the ability to translate the full spectrum of the Source Code.



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... to your awakening,  #OdiliaCarmen
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One may think it's the unmet needs and desires the cause of broken relationships. And we are tired and mostly unwilling to satisfy someone else's needs before or in the detriment of our own. 
Needs and desires make us walk and even run on purpose at times. But fears.. Oh my! We hide, run, jump, climb, walk on bodies... whatever is needed. To escape our fears. 
And what are fears anyway? Well, unintegrated experiences from or since early childhood. Things we haven`t completely understood that hurt and frightened us and that we never want to repeat. But guess what? They will be repeated on and on and on... Because we live in their shadows. We project from them and perceive through them. We want to escape them so badly that anything as close as a resemblance will trigger us into great discomfort and stress. 
Say, one is afraid of spiders for example... God forbid you joke with "a spider on you!" unless you want one to have a heart attack or run like a lunatic. Same way one can be afraid of any number of things. Lack of freedom, lack of love, lack of purpose, lack of finances, lack of emotional stability, lack of communication, lack of harmony, lack of  time, lack of respect, lack of basically the opposite of whatever is heavily imprinted in one`s subconscious as negative experience. 
And so it's the lack of understanding of another one's fears,  that is the issue. Instead of judging whether what we are (seemingly) requested to be or do (or are being blamed for) is right or wrong or even reasonable, trying to understand what the other person is running away from might actually resolve the confusion. Since only then we can see what exactly in our being, actions and behavior serve as a trigger for another one's fears as well as observe and dismantle our dramas and programs by confronting, understanding and releasing our own fears. 
Cause only by understanding where, when and why the monster in our closet comes out, can we reveal it is only but a shadow we are scared of.
...to your awareness, #odiliacarmen

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Ever wonder why even the almighty, seemingly careless, leaves you into the oblivion of most excruciating pain? Why though you scream from the depth of your being for a bit of light you are left into complete darkness? It`s because you are not truly willing! To listen! 
You don`t seek for THE answer. Yo seek for a solution of your own construction. Your request is for the problem to stop so that your pain may go away. But what you aren`t ready to be shown is that YOU are THE problem! 
You are wounded by your own perceptions of right and wrong! What must or musn`t be! You beg for light while you hold on darkness in the clench of your teeth. You cling to pain and keep on agonizing into your own delusion. Expanding darkness by extending faults and blames to all those, human and gods alike, that seem unwilling to help you. And you keep on reasoning... with your own limited mind, over how entitled you are to happiness. But.. are you really?
Well, let me tell you a thing. The answer will come when you are ready to listen! When you let go of all constructs of mind, when you unclench your teeth and release all darkness and pain that resides in you.. that`s when true light will take over!
Let there be LIGHT! .. within and without us all!

...to your awareness#odiliacarmen
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I have looked for a while into the principles of the 13 Moon Calendar and what it means to us as human beings. I found it quite intriguing.
After I decoded my day of birth and found my Galactic Signature to be White Overtone Mirror lots of things made sense to me as for who I am and what is my purpose in life. 
I strongly believe knowing this informations about yourself will answer many of your questions and will inspire you to take action and follow the path you were meant to.
"By playing the role of your galactic signature, your allow yourself - your mind, body and spirit - to vibrate to that particular frequency and you broadcast it out to everyone around you. This is your gift to the world."

Use the Galactic Signature Decoder to find out which of the following signatures you are, so you can read more.

White Winds:
Blue Nights:
Yellow Seeds:
Red Serpents:
White World Bridgers:
Blue Hands:
Yellow Stars:
Red Moons:
White Dogs:
Blue Monkeys:
Yellow Humans:
Red Skywalkers:
White Wizards:
Blue Eagles:
Yellow Warriors:
Red Earths:
White Mirrors:
Blue Storms:
Yellow Suns:

...to your self discovery, In Lak`ech, Odilia
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Based on Jung`s Categories (Introverted or Extroverted, Intuitive or Sensing, Feeling or Thinking and Perceiving or Judging) my personality type results describe me as an INTP with characteristics from an INFP (because of marginal preference of Thinking over Feeling) .
"Generally, INTPs build successful careers in areas requiring quite intensive intellectual efforts and calling for creative approach. INTPs are often found in research, development and analytical departments. INTPs often make a very successful career in academia thanks to their strong and versatile way of thinking and originality."
"Overall, INFPs are effective in occupations involving a lot of intellectual work that is focused on humanities and social science, spirit and soul, inspirational activities, and requiring creativity. Social workers, psychologists, life coaches, addiction rehab counselors, mental and community care staff, children education, teaching, and also creative script writing are just some of the examples of suitable occupations for INFPs. They also succeed at academia thanks to their intellectual strength."
My personality characteristics are interestingly described in the Rational Portrait of the Architect (INTP) and well balanced by the Idealist Portrait of the Healer (INFP) which explains my choices and direction in life.
"Architects need not be thought of as only interested in drawing blueprints for buildings or roads or bridges. They are the master designers of all kinds of theoretical systems, including school curricula, corporate strategies, and new technologies. For Architects, the world exists primarily to be analyzed, understood, explained - and re-designed. External reality in itself is unimportant, little more than raw material to be organized into structural models. What is important for Architects is that they grasp fundamental principles and natural laws, and that their designs are elegant, that is, efficient and coherent."
"Architects are rare - maybe one percent of the population - and show the greatest precision in thought and speech of all the types. They tend to see distinctions and inconsistencies instantaneously, and can detect contradictions no matter when or where they were made. It is difficult for an Architect to listen to nonsense, even in a casual conversation, without pointing out the speaker's error. And in any serious discussion or debate Architects are devastating, their skill in framing arguments giving them an enormous advantage. Architects regard all discussions as a search for understanding, and believe their function is to eliminate inconsistencies, which can make communication with them an uncomfortable experience for many."
"Ruthless pragmatists about ideas, and insatiably curious, Architects are driven to find the most efficient means to their ends, and they will learn in any manner and degree they can. They will listen to amateurs if their ideas are useful, and will ignore the experts if theirs are not. Authority derived from office, credential, or celebrity does not impress them. Architects are interested only in what make sense, and thus only statements that are consistent and coherent carry any weight with them."
"Healers present a calm and serene face to the world, and can seem shy, even distant around others. But inside they're anything but serene, having a capacity for personal caring rarely found in the other types. Healers care deeply about the inner life of a few special persons, or about a favorite cause in the world at large. And their great passion is to heal the conflicts that trouble individuals, or that divide groups, and thus to bring wholeness, or health, to themselves, their loved ones, and their community."
"Healers have a profound sense of idealism that comes from a strong personal sense of right and wrong. They conceive of the world as an ethical, honorable place, full of wondrous possibilities and potential goods. In fact, to understand Healers, we must understand that their deep commitment to the positive and the good is almost boundless and selfless, inspiring them to make extraordinary sacrifices for someone or something they believe in. Set off from the rest of humanity by their privacy and scarcity, Healers can often feel even more isolated in the purity of their idealism."
This confirms and strengthens my beliefs about where I am supposed to direct my energy and attention, and I am happy knowing I am already walking on the right path.
How about you? Wouldn't you want to know more about yourself? Take this Quiz and find out in which of the 4 Temperaments your personality type falls into:
  1. Guardians - Supervisor (ESTJ); Inspector (ISTJ); Provider (ESFJ); Protector (ISFJ).
  2. Artisans - Promoter (ESTP); Crafter (ISTP); Performer (ESFP); Composer (ISFP).
  3. Idealists - Teacher (ENFJ); Counselor (INFJ); Champion (ENFP); Healer (INFP).
  4. Rationals - Fieldmarshal (ENTJ); Mastermind (INTJ); Inventor (ENTP); Architect (INTP).
Please share with me (if you feel like) your results. I would be very happy to know more about your personality.


...to your self discovery, In Lak`ech, Odilia
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Soul mates cannot be searched for around or in far away places. They don`t fit within our criteria of best match perceived by limited thought process. However, they will be there in perfect timing. As soon as you have found Yourself!
...in truth, Odilia


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