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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. “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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

    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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. It seems the more we look out the more we tend to need, accumulate and quench an appetite that cannot be filled, it may look like everything is fine on the outside, depending I suppose at which end of the scale we choose, but unless we make that step to look deeply inside ourselves we will never experience true joy and all the esoteric brings.

    1. The more we look outside, the more our neediness and emptiness get reflected; a never-ending merry-go-round of consumerism, greed and desires that goes nowhere but around and around, spawning more of itself.

  25. When we are in the soporific or hypnotic state of living as we have lost the way of living from our Soul and settled for comfort as you have shared Gabrielle.

    When returning to our Soul-full ways we actually open up to others in the most Loving ways and this is anything but mysterious and this is a verifiable truth from simply ready these blogs and comments from the Esoteric Students.

  26. “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.” I love the power of this line Gabrielle, there is a responsibility and an accountability that offers us an opportunity to not be a bystander to the small abuses.

  27. There are so many things in life that offer comfort or a way to dull us from waking up to the fact we all know there is far more to this existence we cling to and have done for ages. Everything is set up so we stray from who we are until we meet true teachers along the way who can wake up the truth inside us and show the way back home to self.

  28. What is the alternative of a centered life based on the heart? Is it really one? Many people try to center their lives in the minds. But life there does not really have a center. Life there is also only human. To really feel our depth and bath in it, there is only one true center: the heart.

    1. The mind is not a true centre other than being, albeit mistakenly, a centralised focus in most people’s life; also, it does not have a centre in and of itself, it goes hither and tither.

  29. It is sad to have lost the true meaning of words over the aeons as now it can be quite common to argue of the semantics of word meanings when underneath the same thing is actually being communicated.

  30. I have been taking steps to connect to my innermost essence and live from this for a while now, it’s supporting me to live more of who I am and let go of ways that do not belong to this. I have found it to be so liberating and freeing, to be me in life rather than what life can seem like dictating me to be, instead listening to within. It has got me out of a big mess I was in..having a profound affect on my health, my vitality, and how I am in life and my relationships, more open and accepting, more honest. The Esoteric – The End All and Be All.. well described.

  31. “Investing” in life so we understand how we re-incarnate to evolve is sharing our true purpose and should be common knowledge as birth and death are a natural cycle.

  32. Imagine walking around like the sky doesn’t exist and wondering why you get sunburnt or wet. This is pretty much the same as ignoring energy and wondering why what happens, happens – it’s absurd.

    1. Agreed Joseph, so well said. When you put it this way is sure does support the meaning of the word ignorance. Ignore that which is innately within us all, is all-knowing in essence and is ever-present for us to connect to, as such offering us all equal access to an intelligence that is out of this world, and what we are left with is a blatant ignorance that glamourises a lesser ‘intelligence’ that has us existing in the horrors of war, illness, disease and intense unsettlement with a lost sense of who we are – yet all the while the Soul is forever implusing us to honor its truth.

  33. I can sense how easy it is to be flippant about what you share Gabriele by absolutely agreeing with it but not in full living it. I have been doing just that realising recently how I have been resisting a deeper level of evolution within my life without even realising I was choosing to do so. I would also then agree with what you are saying but to think I was fully esoteric would be a lie. Absolute Honesty is very very important here. So much so that the very definition of the word can so easily be bastardised with it.

  34. I can only speak for myself but I know and have always known that there is much more to life than our physical form. To act on that and to say no to the conditioned way of living was asking too much, so I thought, so I enjoined. From that point life seemed pointless, empty and a lot of misery really but disguised as great with things to prop ourselves up. Universal Medicine was the first place that I started to hear the truth I knew and asks of us to live the responsibility that we know we are hear to live. Today life is truly rich and full.

    1. We give up and cave in, surrender our better knowing to the silent majority and its comforts, ideals and beliefs of what life is and should be.

      1. …we give up ‘our better knowing’… this reminds me that we actually do know better, we do know that how we are living is not true to who we are… and this wisdom, I know, is the Esoteric.

    2. Yes, how easy was it to give up on the knowing that there was more to life, there was more to us, and reduce ourselves to numbing and constant distraction. To return to what we knew and have always known is an immense freedom.

  35. 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? Our innermost essence is definitely worth connecting to, is our guiding light and knowing and to be truly treasured and lived.

  36. Just be you – a simple, timeless teaching every wise person has presented down the years – and yet here we are in 2018 still holding onto fears – but, it’s never too late.

  37. I think it’s helpful to consider that what we may choose out of comfort may actually be uncomfortable to live – as in making life much more complicated than it needs to be and struggling in that, holding back our true expression and feeling bottled up as a result or depleted and worn down (and many other scenarios), the point being that it doesn’t necessarily look like we are ‘comfortable’ even though energetically that may be what is driving the way we are living…

  38. Often the most simple things we complicate in our given-up state and our unwillingness to feel the consequences of our past choices, yet when we turn our attention within and discover our inner-most self and the abundant love and inner beauty within, the depth of our being it is beyond measure and so worth it.

  39. If there is such a thing as an evil force then is it possible that the bastardisation of words is one of the tricks it likes to use on us? I think so – and the reinterpretation of the words ‘esoteric’ and ‘occult’ are perfect examples.

    1. It is worth considering isn’t it – when we are considering what is the meaning of life? Everything should be on the table including a potential manipulation to suit a particular agenda.

      1. We might profess to want to know the meaning of life but, when push comes to shove, we’d rather keep a few skeletons in the closet lest we’d have to take responsibility, at long last.

  40. Absolutely, when we stop looking out, and start connecting within again we can find our true essence.

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