THE BOOK OF THE SEEKER
December 15, 1962
Present: Rhom, John, Nadine, Dean, Rosalind.
By this time, ten of the revised Books of Tarot had been given and they hung at the Northern end of the room between the front door and a huge Tibetan temple drum. They were illumined by altar candles, sparkling like jewels in multi-colored holders. Or rather, nine of them were there. The most recent, the Citadel, was on a shelf underneath the Hiya Griva tanka, the Guardian of the West, to the right of the fireplace. It, too, looked almost jewel- like-but, unfortunately, in casein, John could not produce the effect of the brilliant diamond-white rays of the crown chakra at the top. Perhaps, some time, it should be done in stained glass?
WE: Welcome! We are gathered together to explore, to explain, to explode. WE mold not the patterns already firmed. That which is to be done has been willed. From the dark deeps arisen are the feelings of ancient time. Such feeling is fully apart from the individual. Its coming from the well leaves less to be lighted. A proper understanding of these dredgings permits love-feelings to resume normal flow. Such understanding must come to all during times of upheaval.
John: Tell us more of the dredging of the well.
WE: The well is man-made and un-made. It is the container of the dumpings of all unworthy of attention. The dredging process is initiated by the Seeker. How quickly one travels is determined by the weight of the well he carries. The up-bringing of droppings is willed often unawares. One upbringer in the midst of non–up-bringers faces huge difficulty. It is so much easier when many upbringers are gathered together and unified with understanding.
John: Can this process be hastened?
WE: He who empties his well overnight faces the morn with nothing to do. When a man has nothing to do, he moves on.
Nadine: How about a Master?
WE: WE are speaking of man alone. A master is often the well. Well, well, well!
John: But is there a means to hasten the dredging?
WE: The hastening process is well-considered. A dry well is no place for a thirsty man. When that which is up- drawn is finally elevated, it is time for more if the draw–er is ready. Do not break the back with withdrawals. WE are taking many words to say: “Time up-bringings so that the body is not broken.”
John: But what is the process? Why have I recently experienced a shift from heart to solar plexus?
WE: It is called “looking through the glass darkly.” What happens is like being thirsty and then drinking sweet water and, as the water quenches a part of you, another part says “How thirsty I am!” Those who sing in sadness, are warm in winter, filled while starving, loving when beaten, have grasped what WE speak of. It is not deluding; it is seeing clearly that the lack is being furnished instantly and is realized when realized.
The coin is not double. These words are not mouthings but deep facts. A voice cries for audience. Hearers are occupied elsewhere. The voice mutes yet still speaks. In time it moves back in the mouth and enters the throat, where-upon it commences to gurgle. A journeyer finds the gasping, gurgling being. He stoops low and bends an ear to the moving lips. “I hear you, my child. I understand what you say.” He kisses the throat and moves on. The murmur swells into song. Gatherers number greatly. A loud voice issues forth from one reborn.
Nadine: Would White Eagle like to speak to us?
WE: He would speak in another lodge. (Pause). WE would speak to him who travels. (Indicating Dean, who was, at this time, restless, and going through changes).
Dean: Okay. Speak.
WE: With not to!
Dean: Very well. Have you any advice about my trip to Los Angeles or my going to Nevada to meet with the Native American Church? (Dean had become interested in the peyote church and wondered if it held anything for him).
WE: In your time, you will meet with many; your preparations are under way. The motion spoken of previously is uncirling. Let it do so. Your path has been told of others as being devious. Not so! Straight is your path. So straight. The direction must match the path. This you will do.
(The words of the ONE were subsequently borne out in action. Dean followed the path of Subud and did not wander or deviate. He never, as a matter of fact, went to Nevada to visit the Native American Church. His period of seeming confusion was almost at an end although this did not become clear until he left Carmel and moved to New York the following year).
Rosalind: Did I make a good move in moving to Carmel?
WE: The rose has been planted in stony soil; however, the roots can drive down to the level of sustenance. Tender, loving care of this plant is needed. When flowering season looms, heady is the fragrance and gladdened are they who see this bloom.
Rosalind: Should I go ahead and take the job on Monday? (A job cutting and designing garments).
WE: Your greatest task is not a job. Work there is to do. You have not commenced your work. WE hesitate. . Uncover yourself to that level where you reside in strength, beauty, purity and abundance. One by one, remove the coverings you have accepted as the orphan accepts ill-fitting hand-offs. You, above all, must wear your own garment. A rose is not a rose when leaved in petals of brass. No help from others is needed for the unleafing process. Your strength alone can unravel the time-worn petals. The time is of your own making, WE remind YOU.
Rosalind: What is my real work?
WE: Letting others see the rose as it is!
Rhom: (Asked a complicated question about the Amethyst Ring, the number 7, etc).
WE: Your interest is not a passing one. WE leave its unearthing to others. Study of its words will place you in harmony with its maker. The scattered brotherhood are everywhere to be found. Into the sandy places you will wander with your watering pail.
(The Amethyst ring was connected with Francis Bacon, head of the Rosicrucian Order in England in Queen Elizabeth’s time and also the alle ged founder of the Masonic Order. The Amethystine Brotherhood was supposedly still in existence although not as a physical Order, per se.).
John: May we speak of another Book?
WE: WE will. This is the Book of the Seeker. (The Hermit). He is an older man-balding, bearded, tall and slender, sinewy. His eyes are bound in a cloth of black. He is placed in the lower left of Book, faces right, in profile. He looks toward a mountain which is seen from top to bottom. A path winds round and round. He is on the path but at the base of the mountain. A body of water lies in the path-no bridge, however. His robes have been removed and lie about his ankles. His two arms stretch out and up toward the light a-top of mountain which he sees not but feels. He has laid down his staff. The light a-top mountain is fire. Beneath-about mid-mountain-is a bright cloud. Leaving Book from lower right are tiny figures of a robed woman, flowers and an open book. She carries handful of riches-may be jewels or bright colors. They are heading for a city suggested in lower distance.
John: Are the lady, the flowers and the book on the same path but already over the mountain?
WE: Suggested is that the Seeker is on another path entirely. He is leaving all in his trek to the summit. The mountain is black at base and lightens to top.
John: Is there snow at the mountain’s top?
WE: Good. This Book signifies right direction. No other symbols to be added. WE leave you as WE found you, but you leave us not as you were. Good!
The well and the dredging process did not appear to have much to do with the Seeker at this point. The meaning would become apparent later-first when the Deliverer Book was given, and the “hero” drinks the cup of fire at the mountain-top (having entered the water at its base and thereby dredged the well of the Seeker) then with the Renewer (Death) where the crown at the mountain-top is shown and the well stands to the right-to be drunk or having been drunk of. What the group noticed this night was that the Seeker, the former Hermit, was related to the subject Rhom had introduced-the Amethyst ring, the Amethystine Order, the number 7, etc., all of which was related to Hermetic orders and the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, who had been Thoth-Tahuti in Egypt. The number 7 had always been thought of as the path of the Hermit, now called the Seeker.