The Seed of Tradition
John 12:24 is a reflection of universal spiritual law:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
When we learn and inherit a spiritual tradition, such as the Mystical Qabalah that we practically teach in the SOL, we must make the tradition our own.
Each of us in the SOL school is called upon to generate and work with our own, unique, and individualised Qabalah. The tradition we receive, from mouth to ear is alive and needs to be expressed today in new and living ways.
The seed of tradition is planted in our state of “Malkuth” which is our elementally embodied experience, of personal responsibility and rulership potential, that is linked to our personally aligned spiritual sovereignty (Kether).
The seed of tradition that we have received, that is planted in the elementally balanced potential of our lives, must come into contact with the living waters that are to be found deep within our hearts, in the well of the incarnate spirit within.
When the seed of tradition appears to die in the depths of our darkness, when the living waters within are also encountered by the seed, it puts forth roots.
The living waters feed the seed and soon a new shoot appears, greening commences, and the unconquerable spiritual-force of life expresses itself in a new embodied form, that develops in the light of the true spiritual sun. It is similar to forms that have lived in the past and yet it is uniquely it’s own.
The living waters within our depths that can well up and flow from our hearts are ideas and principles that embody life expressing itself.
The seed must appear to die and go through a state of alchemical change, of transformation, in order to bring forth much fruit; so the cycle of life goes on.
Each of us must allow the seed of tradition we have received to find its resting place deep within, to be fed by the living waters that flow through us so that the living tradition can go on.
It is a mistake to criticise an acorn for not yet being a mighty oak!
Let us each nurture the transformations our life path affords us, as we hold the seed we have received, planted deep within, let us water it in the grail of our heart, with love, patience and hope for the newness of life that will be expressed out of apparent death.
Following a period of re-organisation, the SOL will continue to work and teach around a three-degree structure that should be thought of as degrees of depth and experience evolving around the one true initiation rather than as a hierarchical structure of supposed attainment.
The initiatory teaching work of the SOL is moving forward into 2020 with thanksgiving for the way that has been opened by all who have gone before us on the path.
Happy New Year!
Director of Studies, SOL.
© 01 01 2020 Steven Critchley & Servants of the Light.