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  Esotericism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Esotericism largely overlaps with occultism which simply means "hidden knowledge." However, in the 20th century many esotericists avoid the latter term owing to negative connotations associated with it (for example, the presumption that it involves devil-worship or fl magic).
Esotericism is often said to assume the existence of a spiritual elite, as distinct from the believing masses.
The intersection of esotericism with mysticism and religious pluralism is another important emphasis of this period, and is represented in the writings of Rene Guenon.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Esotericism   (2744 words)

  
 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Esotericism largely overlaps with occultism which simply means "hidden knowledge." However, in the 20th century many esotericists avoid the latter term owing to negative connotations associated with it (for example, the presumption that it involves devil-worship or fl magic).
Esotericism really is training in the ability to function freely in the world of meaning; it is not occupied with any aspect of the mechanical form; it is occupied entirely with the soul aspect - the aspect of Savior, Redeemer and Interpreter - and with the mediating principle between life and substance.
Esotericism, involves also comprehension of the relation between forces and energies and the power to use energy for the strengthening, and then for the creative use of the forces contacted; hence their redemption.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Esotericism   (585 words)

  
 Some Remarks on the Study of Western Esotericism
The academic study of western esotericism is one of those new developments in the study of religions which may strike the casual observer as having appeared almost overnight, due to the fact that its gradual development over the past decades is easily overlooked.
The academic study of western esotericism we are discussing here is based upon the fifth and final meaning: it investigates a series of specific interrelated historical currents in modern and contemporary western culture, which have largely been neglected or disregarded by earlier generations.
When they refer to their domain of study by the term "esotericism" they do not mean some kind of universal and trans-historical sui generis phenomenon (analogous to "the sacred" in religious studies), but a certain number of historical currents and traditions in western culture that are available for study regardless of how they are evaluated.
www.esoteric.msu.edu /Hanegraaff.html   (3772 words)

  
 Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Esotericism is the study of secret knowledge and systems of thought which are usually intended to be philosophical or ethical and mystic.
Ageac - Gnosis and Esotericism Gnosis is according to the scholars an Universal teaching that appears at all the epochs and cultures when the Religions no longer fulfill the spiritual longings.
Hermeticism and Western Esotericism Hermeticism is the Wisdom Tradition of the West, an esoteric tradition not necessarily limited to any one religion or mystical path, and that embraces both the theoretical and the practical.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Esotericism.html   (491 words)

  
 Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
'''Esotericism''' refers to knowledge suitable only for the advanced, privileged, or initiated, as opposed to exoteric knowledge, which is public.
In this context, ''Esotericism'' refered to things which are or were forced to be kept private or secret, either from fear of persecution or because of likely misunderstanding and misuse by the outside world.
Esotericism has far deeper ties--both historically and in the present day--with Christianity, though conservative Christian groups may be uncomfortable with the forms that this Christianity has taken.
goc.subdomain.de /Esotericism   (2278 words)

  
 Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul - Education in the New Age - II - The Nature of Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Esotericism is not, however, concerned with the centers as such, and esotericism is not an effort scientifically to awaken the centers, as many students think.
Esotericism uses the forces of the third aspect (that of intelligent substance) as recipients of the energies of the two higher aspects and, in so doing, salvages substance.
It is therefore possible to define esotericism and its activity in terms of light, but I refrain from doing so because of the vagueness and the mystical application hitherto developed by esotericists in past decades.
laluni.helloyou.ws /netnews/bk/education/edu1022.html   (796 words)

  
 Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion
Antoine Faivre's concepts have become central to what esotericism conceives itself to be (or at least what it conceives of itself to be as a category which is scholarly, histori cal, etic) and his ideas are probably the most often referred to in the volume.
The idea of esotericism (for which Dan delimits his usages carefully in a footnote to sentence one) is not extensively elaborated in the body of the essay, but the relations described between Jewish and Christian Kabbalah illumine it nonetheless.
Esotericism is a designation of the historical role of certain ideas and methods within a culture rather than a description of their intrinsic characteristics.
www.esoteric.msu.edu /VolumeIII/HTML/Fanger.htm   (2297 words)

  
 W. B. Yeats and "A Vision": The Esoteric Background
Esotericism: According to Lucian, Aristotle classified his works into ‘esoteric’ and ‘exoteric’, depending upon their intended audience, and the word ‘esoteric’ came to be applied to those doctrines of philosophers such as Pythagoras that were taught only to a few disciples.
Esotericism similarly tends to start with a priori categories and a description of spiritual reality, usually gained by revelation, and then passed on through teaching to chosen disciples, who are then encouraged to seek further personal or mystical revelation through this construct.
Both esotericism and occultism are therefore largely opposed to scientific or deductive reasoning, though in the nineteenth century most writers felt a need either to explain the lack of scientific method, the general esoteric approach, or to use its language, the general occult approach.
www.yeatsvision.com /Esoteric.html   (2852 words)

  
 Metaphor in Western Esotericism
Esotericism in general is a more or less efficient expression and embodiment of entheogen determinism philosophy-religion -- often heavily encoded, indirect, roundabout, obscured; whereas it's time for a clear explanation of the encoding, with a direct, straightforward, non-metaphorical presentation of the core ideas.
Western esotericism thus understood includes the so-called "occult philosophy" of the Renaissance and its later developments; Alchemy, Paracelsianism and Rosicrucianism; Christian and post-Christian Kabbalah; Theosophical and Illuminist currents; and various occultist and related developments during the 19th and 20th century.
The academic study of western esotericism discussed in the present article is based upon the fifth and final meaning: it investigates a series of specific interrelated historical currents in modern and contemporary western culture, which have largely been neglected or disregarded by earlier generations.
www.egodeath.com /MetaphorInWesternEsotericism.htm   (8768 words)

  
 Times & Seasons » The Value of Esotericism
The connection is in our use of esotericism: teachings that are available only to the initiated, either because they are completely hidden or because they are couched in language understandable only by the intitiated.
The clearest example of our use of esotericism is the temple: the ordinances of the temple are hidden from the world, intended only for the intitiated.
It appears that there are two motivations for using esotericism: one is to protect the speaker, as in the case of code names in the DandC; the other is to protect the hearer, as in the case of Jesus’ use of parables or scriptural injunctions of secrecy.
www.timesandseasons.org /index.php?p=811   (2398 words)

  
 Esotericism Profile @ AlienArtifacts.com (Alien Artifacts)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The probable first appearance of the Greek adjective esôterikos is in Lucian of Samosata's "The Auction of Lives", § 26 (also called "The Auction of the Philosophical Schools"), written around AD 166.
"Theosophy" means "divine wisdom" and once—in the writings of Jacob Boehme, for example—meant something similar to "esotericism." Today, however, it has come to refer to the Theosophical Society founded by, and to other movements in this tradition.
While some people assume esotericism to be opposed to the Bible or Christianity, as a historical matter this tension did not arise until later.
www.alienartifacts.com /encyclopedia/Esotericism   (1736 words)

  
 Esotericism FAQ
Esotericism is a broader field of studies and practices.
For a good summary of what esotericism means in a scholarly context, we refer to Antoine Faivre, Professor of Esoteric and Mystical Currents in Modern and Contemporary Europe at the Ecole Practique des Huates Etudes (Sorbonne), in Paris.
They pursue esotericism because it is a personal interest, and not because they believe it is a requirement of Masonry.
www.masonicinfo.com /esotericismfaq.htm   (1879 words)

  
 Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
'''Esotericism''' refers to knowledge suitable only for the advanced, privileged, or initated, as opposed to exoteric knowledge, which is public.
Esotericism is from the Greek esoterikos, from esotero, the comparative form of eso, "within".
Esotericism gives reference to anything private, specifically such things which are or were forced to be kept private due to fears of persecution.
esotericism.area51.ipupdater.com   (1772 words)

  
 Esotericism, Defined
The inference is that to be an esotericist is to be among those who seek to penetrate into a certain secret realm to which the ordinary student is not permitted to penetrate.
The above statement is foundational in its importance; all other definitions are implicit in it, and it is the first important truth anent esotericism which must be learnt and applied by each aspirant to the mystery and the universality of that which moves the worlds and underlies the evolutionary process.
Their activity will produce a great spiritual and planetary fusion, of which the fusion of personality and soul (at a certain point upon [66] the path of evolution) is the symbol in the microcosmic sense.
www.lightnetonline.org /esoart.html   (2597 words)

  
 Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul - Education in the New Age - II - The Nature of Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Educators in the new age will lay an increasing emphasis upon the esoteric approach, and it might be of service if I here attempted to define esotericism in terms of the general average intelligence of esoteric students and their point in evolution.
One of the most inadequate of the definitions of esotericism is that it concerns that which is concealed and hidden and which, even though suspected, still remains unknown.
The first task of the esotericist is to comprehend the nature of the energies which are seeking to condition him and which work out into expression on the physical plane through the medium of his equipment or his vehicle of manifestation.
laluni.helloyou.ws /netnews/bk/education/edu1019.html   (627 words)

  
 The Definition of Esotericism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Esotericism: "The philosophy of the evolutionary process both in man and the lower kingdoms in nature.
Esotericism, as it is sometimes called, is also the art of working with those energies which emanate from the highest spiritual sources.
"Esotericism might be seen more as the philosophy of the evolutionary process, and occultism [meaning "hidden"] as the science of the energies which bring that process about." ("The Ageless Wisdom Teaching" by Benjamin Creme, p.
www.esoteric-philosophy.net /esodef.html   (477 words)

  
 "Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism" - A Review by J. Gordon Melton
Esotericism has faired little better from the hands of post-Enlightenment secular scholars most of whom have seen its growth as a real threat to Western culture, or at best dismissed it as irrelevant superstition (like religion in general).
What we call Esotericism is a set of more-or-less related movements, personalities, and volumes of writings that have appeared through the centuries, which offer a quite distinct religious vision from that being professed by orthodox Christianity.
Esotericism also has a different idea of the human condition, usually beginning with the entrapment of the spiritual essence of the individual self in the metaphysical unreality of matter.
www.cesnur.org /2005/hanegraaff.htm   (1576 words)

  
 The Italian Communal Esotericism of the Universal Soul Movement, by Massimo Introvigne
This esotericism may be legal or de iure, when the access to the elite is regulated by strict criteria of selection and initiation, or practical or de facto, since at any rate essence religion attracts a limited number of followers.
An extreme example of legal esotericism is found in those systems where esoteric knowledge is only revealed to a caste of initiates into which one is born.
Esotericism may thus be defined as elite essence religion functioning within a system also including a godly religion practiced by a larger number of believers.
www.cesnur.org /2004/mi_essence.htm   (2572 words)

  
 Esotericism -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Esotericism refers to knowledge suitable only for an inner circle of the initiated, advanced or privileged.
There are many examples of the highly secretive category of esoteric teachings, which are usually referred to as occult (from the Latin for hidden).
Esoteric knowledge can be used for the good of humanity, for egotistical or even for evil purposes (Satanism).
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Esoteric_knowledge   (2853 words)

  
 Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales Lampeter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, esoteric spirituality was carried by Renaissance magic, Christian Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy, German Naturphilosophie, theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry until the modern occult revival in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in which the Theosophy of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky played an important role.
The purpose of a Centre in Western Esotericism at the University of Wales Lampeter is to foster advanced research into key historical and theological aspects of the Western esoteric tradition from the Hellenistic period in late antiquity through the Renaissance and early modern period to the present.
Using fieldwork techniques and questionnaires, the Centre for Western Esotericism is meanwhile developing an additional database with regard to spiritual experience deriving from membership, practice and training in esoteric groups and traditions in contemporary society.
www.lamp.ac.uk /trs/Research%20Centres/Esoteric.htm   (551 words)

  
 Psionics and Esotericism
The psi ability is also - to a greater or lesser extent - able to be manipulated by the person possessing it, as easily as one might move one's physical body or practice an exercise in mental visualisation (perhaps a better example).
Esotericism While supernormal powers have been reported to exist (but rarely proved under falsifiable conditions), these are generally only attained after long discipline in yoga and other techniques of psycho-spiritual transformation.
Often those who have developed these powers ("siddhis") are reluctant to use them, very often the powers are not deliberately sought but area side-effect (even a distraction) of the spiritual quest.
www.orionsarm.com /intro/psionics_and_esotericism.html   (640 words)

  
 Holte's corner: Appropriate and inappropriate esotericism
Esotericism is basically religion based on "initiation." At one time I despised esoteric teachers and felt that esotericism was a dishonest way to approach religion.
Inappropriate esotericism is also the teaching of religion in such a way as to arouse the hatred and enmity of ignorant people when the same thing can be done more effectively by another means.
In-appropriate esotericism is teaching any religion without the intent, purpose and wisdom to "save" them from their own evil inclinations and ignorance.
www.fraughtwithperil.com /blogs/holte/archives/000607.html   (1180 words)

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