The Esoteric – the End-all and Be-all

In practical everyday life the esoteric denotes a cardio-centric one-unified way of life as presented throughout the ages by the likes of Hermes, Zarathustra and Pythagoras, to name but a few.

There have always been messengers, like those mentioned before, and they lived by example (what we would call a role model nowadays) and extensively taught, at times under threat to their life, what it means to live the esoteric way of life.

Is it therefore justifiable to purport and teach that the word ‘esoteric’ stands for what is somewhat obscure, hidden, for a select few or even secretive?

No, it is definitely not, but how come it has happened and how come we have allowed the true meaning of the word esoteric to slip into the realms of the absurd, ridiculous, the far-fetched and into fruit-loop land?

Human life as we know it is plagued by strife, stress, boundless and ever-increasing tension; it is burdened with discontent, unsettlement and ill ease. Existence has its rewards, but these are short-lived and demand to be outdone and surpassed by evermore highs, peaks, rewards, recognition, fame and temporal glory in whatever form, be it notoriety or assumed goodness, ill or good repute, extreme poverty or exorbitant wealth. We don’t care, as long as it is all kept going and we get our share of the spoils, whether that be so-called success or failure. We have convinced ourselves that we need the identification with our status and position, no matter at which end of the social scale that might position us. And thus, starvation and gluttony rank equally in the recognition and identification stakes.

  • Why is this so?
  • Why mystify, denounce, obscure and obliterate what might just be the simple answer to all our problems?
  • What have we invested in?

To cut right to the chase – the main commodity we have invested in is comfort in its many guises; we have sunk our funds into the notion that it is best to be left alone, get on with ‘it’, look after ourselves and those very close to us and otherwise ‘let sleeping dogs lie.’

But what if these sleeping dogs have always at least one eye open, are baring their teeth and snarling, forever ready to pounce under their veneer of sleepiness and, displayed for all to see, superficial soporific stupor? What if the whole thing is a lie?

What if we are not here to invest in comfort?

What if we are here to evolve, truly evolve, become one again with our Soul and thus with God and The Plan in and through service to the greater all, to humanity at large and the true-good of all creatures, beings, objects and matter, as seemingly far away as the outer reaches of the universe and all universes and their boundless and humanly incomprehensible infinity?

Seeing that we are forever asking (unless we have totally given up on our erstwhile displayed youthful vigour and natural curiosity) what the meaning of life is – is this not worth investigating?

What if the meaning of life and our role as one humanity and individually was as simple as making a U-turn and heading inside, i.e. making the innermost (the esoteric), our essence and God-given innateness, our one and only traffic sign and true compass?

What if Jesus was right when he said: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)

What if the kingdom of God – the innermost, the esoteric – is the way out of the mess we have got ourselves into by abandoning what is innate and cannot ever be tarnished, hurt or destroyed?

What have we got to lose by changing course and heading to the esoteric, our innermost?

And then beyond… where the esoteric is not in truth the end-all but the beginning of ever more.

By Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah NSW

Further Reading:
The Perils of Comfort
The Vastness of Who We Are
Why we should not hide in comfort

641 thoughts on “The Esoteric – the End-all and Be-all

  1. You have shared so much Gabriele about the Esoteric, Inner-most-heart, Cardio-centric, Essence / Soul, and the comfort that is offered by our wayward ways of living, and adding to what you have shared, could it be we are aligning or choosing comfort rather than the Love of God that has been presented by all the great teachers of the Age-less Wisdom?

    1. It seems we choose comfort in many instances, ‘the main commodity we have invested in is comfort in its many guises; we have sunk our funds into the notion that it is best to be left alone, get on with ‘it’, look after ourselves and those very close to us’.

  2. It seem we have let much of this happen and not just with the true meaning of the word esoteric ‘into the realms of the absurd, ridiculous, the far-fetched and into fruit-loop land?’ Time to claim back the true truth.

  3. I have discovered for myself that this statement is true
    “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)”
    It’s taken me some years to regain a trust within myself that allowed me to once again feel the Kingdom of God, or to me the universe is within me because I am the universe. We are all made up of the particles of the universe, this is an undisputed fact. We are the universe and yet we live in a way that is totally opposite to this fact; we are behaving in a harmful way to ourselves which then impacts this planet and the universe. And if we don’t correct our waywardness then it is possible that it will be corrected for us and we probably won’t like the correction.

    1. What has happened to responsibility, ‘We are the universe and yet we live in a way that is totally opposite to this fact; we are behaving in a harmful way to ourselves which then impacts this planet and the universe.’

  4. The Esoteric has been labelled as secretive but the same energy that has labelled it as such has been the energy to suppress and threaten those that teach it….Regularly I look at the etymology of words these days and I wonder, what was the intention at the time to change words from one meaning to another? Rather than just blindly accepting the meaning of a word.

    1. That’s a great way to not buy into what has been decreed and falsified but has, in fact, all to often nothing to do with the original livingness, the intent and purity of a word.

  5. I love how you say the esoteric is not the end all but the beginning of the evermore. It used to scare me that there was never a stop – a pinnacle of achievement where I could rest and say, yes life from now is plain sailing. I had so many pictures of how I’d like to be and feel, which I equated with success.

    Now I’m letting go of these pictures, I’m starting to accept and embrace life more, appreciating the beauty that is there, where once I’d consider that very imperfect. I’m learning to be with what I do so I’m not desperate for a break. I’m learning to let go and allow myself to be a tiny but integral part of the universe which is ever expanding.

    1. Yes, I can relate to that, Karin – we like it linear, where we start at A and get to B and then we can rest on our laurels! Well, it ain’t like that as we eventually find out; the universe is forever expanding and we are asked to match the expansion, also called evolution in human terms.

  6. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The unease and tension we feel in life is causing more extreme behaviours and need for stimulation that is harming our minds and our bodies.

  7. When we see a baby or child that is still connected to the purity of their essence that is the Esoteric, it is so very simple, it is being the fullness of ourselves in our love and joy. There are so many people not living esoterically that we have developed a normal for what human beings can live and express that is so reduced that the possibility we could be more, and equal to the great teachers of our history, would be considered preposterous.

  8. It’s quite lovely discovering there’s so much more to who I am, who we all are and life than what is ever sold to us

    1. And that is found by connecting to and living from one’s ‘innermost’ rather than striving to do or be something.

  9. Thank God I have turned my life around and no longer have this skin-deep relationship with myself but have re-connected to my ‘Essence’ or inner-heart and feel so much love that it is openly possible for us all to obtain.

  10. What if indeed. We search high and low for a way to ease our tension because what we feel when we stop is laced with the momentum of how we have lived and this is uncomfortable.

  11. “What if we are not here to invest in comfort?” – a great question. We do invest in comfort, but the more we invest in comfort, the more unsettled we seem to get, so we invest even more in comfort. Seriously, if comfort was the ultimate commodity that is worth investing in, surely we should have been feeling more comfortable. But we don’t.

    1. I love your line of reasoning – if comfort was it then yes, we should be very comfortable and content with our lot. But we are not, as increasingly evidenced by human behaviour worldwide.

  12. There is much to ponder here after reading this blog. The world is not in a good place, with many things we think are not under our control and yet we blame everything else, the ozone, the sun’s rays, him, her, them and so forth. If we really care to admit, everything has a cause and effect. Accidents just don’t happen, illnesses don’t just suddenly appear and yet, all along our bodies have been signalling to and at us, and we care to ignore it. Till one day it screams so loud, that we have no choice but to stop.

    The answer to all our ailments and suffering lies in the simplicity of own living, our way of being, how we treat one another, but also how and where we live and breath – it is in everything that exists within and around us. That is Esoteric.

    1. I’ve heard many times about illnesses just happening. I have an illness and it makes complete sense why I’ve got it, through my choices. Whatever happens I’m very glad it’s this way because it shows there is a beautiful order to the universe, everything is indeed ‘fair’- though perhaps not in the way I’d want when I’m wanting to live without responsibility.

      1. Once we start to take responsibility it can never be about other people or things out there, the buck stops with us.

  13. To be the grandness we truly are is not through individuality, it is to express our uniqueness as a part of the whole.

    1. So true, our uniqueness as part of the whole. There is no rebellion or individuality in that because you are fully aware that what you do affects the whole we are from. What is also beautiful is you feel so much less alone.

      1. It also dissolves any need for or notion of competition, instead it becomes a state of co-creation.

  14. This is refreshing to read, to stop and ask what is our purpose here and allow ourselves to see the mess we are really in. In the end it is up to each and every one of us to say enough is enough and to make choices from a place or response to the divine rather than drive or reaction.

    1. Purpose is the magic ingredient – it gives us the vitality to do what needs to be done, responsibly and gracefully and, as you say, without push or drive and without attachment, the latter being a work in progress and a forever learning.

  15. When the truth is so uncomplicated, as soon as it starts to be shared it quickly changes, as those who do not live a re-connected life can only reinterpret the Truth, which then takes a tangent off to one side and becomes complicated and a lie.

    1. In the reinterpretation lies the obfuscation and complication, both qualities that the human spirt delights in and seeks recognition from.

      1. The spirit is like a smoke screen so it does not have to look at its addictive way of living and thus takes delight playing and hiding in reinterpretations with the recognition it brings.

  16. I heard a comment once that there are never enough corn chips to fill that hole and I knew exactly what they were talking about. When I am trying to not feel something or fill something, and I do it with corn chips, I feel like I want to eat packets and packet and packets and even when I am really full, I want more. It is relentless and endless. But when I work from the inside – out (and not trying to fill the inside from the outside), I find that there is no yearning to fill a hole and I have it all within me – as is the Kingdom of God. It is more about removing self-made obstacles that stop me from living that all.

    1. We all have a hunger and a thirst, a deep yearning for something that food and drink just cannot satisfy, no matter how hard we try. Is this part of why we have an obesity epidemic worldwide?

      1. Could well be why we have an obesity epidemic, because people are not simply eating when they are hungry, they have ‘a deep yearning for something that food and drink just cannot satisfy.’

    2. That is so true. Rather than try to fill that endless hole which is contributing to so much compounding ill in our lives, perhaps taking the risk of stopping and considering would be more fulfilling and lead to less searching.

  17. Understanding that most of society have not an idea about the word Esoteric has come as a shock and this happened at a Seniors Expo at Broadbeach where a lady clearly saw the sign and would not be swayed from what she saw and she thought it said estrogen and she wanted no part of it?

    1. We could say that mistaking ‘esoteric’ for oestrogen is funny and on many levels it is but it also shows the disregard we have for words and their true meaning. Words can bring so much and remind us of our divine origins, but it is as though we don’t seem to care and rather hurry on to the next tick box, all the while chasing our own tail.

      1. Absolutely Gabriele, understanding what words mean from there root or divine origin and how they are felt energetically is so imperative, because The Ageless Wisdom has always used the True Energetic meaning of words from day one and it is something that I Love to research, so sharing the Truth in words is essential and has a Purpose. As the True power in words is empowering us and as one example other than ‘Love’ is Purpose and True Purpose is huge and needs a chapter or book to understand Purpose and what True Purpose brings, as it has a multidimensional aspect as with all True words they come from a Livingness. So to start, True purpose is for the All and you can-not have harmony without it (and vice versa), And True relationships are built on Purpose not on Love. Thank you Gabriele I am starting to get an understanding about True Purpose in words!

  18. What you write makes so much sense to me now Gabrielle. But then, it makes sense to me, because the esoteric way of living is my normal. If you don’t live the esoteric life, live from your head and the ideals, images and beliefs society throws at us, it is more difficult to grasp, I understand, and then it starts with a little tingling in your body: “hey this esoteric thing feels like truth, even though my head says otherwise”.

    1. The head always has its own version of things, trying to delay if not derail the earnest and honest commitment to align with the wisdom that is our body. Nothing new under the Sun, as the say; and especially not for the driver of it all.

  19. When I first was presented with the fact that “we are here to evolve, truly evolve, become one again with our Soul and thus with God” I hesitated for a moment in my acceptance of what was being presented, as although it sounded and felt like the truth there was at the same time a resistance in my body to saying yes to it. But as I slowly uncovered the many layers of hurts and experiences that were preventing me from understanding something that was naturally known to me, I began to finally know that, yes, this was the truth, one I had lived before and now could finally begin to live again.

    1. Is it possible that the most painful and biggest hurt is the fact that we turned our back on what we innately know as our absolute truth and only way to be?

    2. I can relate to what you are saying Ingrid, for me it also sounded like a hard task I had to do. No such thing as such, evolving, living from our Soul and being connected to God is our natural way which is in-built. No ideals needed.

    1. The mind draws its rewards and de-lights from complexity and the body thrives on and loves simplicity. And the more we can live this, the better for all of us.

  20. Do we choose to carry our hurts and live in the distraction so as to not ponder or question what the true meaning of life? Surely our purpose in life holds greater than the self, its comfort and issues no matter how challenging or hard we have created life to be?

    1. It seems many have dropped having purpose in their lives, with the consequences that follow, ‘What if we are here to evolve, truly evolve, become one again with our Soul and thus with God and The Plan in and through service to the greater all’.

  21. Well said Gabrielle, it is just the beginning by living our truth. We are not of this human existence and neither are we created from this plane of life. We are rich energetic beings full of love when we actually start unmasking all the layers of protection we have created on top, just like ice-cream.

    1. This is a known that is not known. We scoff at those that say we are not of this plane of life because we have forgotten we are energetic beings first and foremost. That means not ridiculing what we perhaps do not yet understand. What if we allowed ourselves to see there is more to us than we can tangibly put our fingers to. Consider how much we can’t see but feel, how much we can’t see but feel the effects of, such as wind, x-rays etc. Making our world all about what we can see and touch reduces our understanding of life and ourselves to a point where we live in tension and try to numb that tension.

  22. Yes, Gabriele, the esoteric is our only true compass because we are then living from the inside out rather than the outside in, connecting to the inner wisdom accessed from within our body rather than being at the mercy of outer influences.

    1. Connecting to the inner wisdom, to our innermost is a way of living that makes sense in every way, ‘What if the kingdom of God – the innermost, the esoteric – is the way out of the mess we have got ourselves into by abandoning what is innate and cannot ever be tarnished, hurt or destroyed?’

  23. The only way we should purport or use in true purpose words or any word is to deepen our energetic understanding so our lived wisdom is understood as a true expression. Our true relationship with expression in words has been crucified in the bastardisation of words to bring in comfort as you have shared Gabriele!

  24. Yes, indeed we are far from living the truth of who we are and in fact our unsettlement and turmoil continues to intensify as an individual and as a humanity is due to the fact that we are willfully ignoring the call of our Soul to live guided by the impulse of our inner-most, the esoteric. In turning within, as has been lived and taught before, we then begin to ignite the unfolding journey that supports us to truly live the magnificence and power of all that we divinely are in essence.

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