Essene Mystery Teachings and Esoteric Christianity | Rev. David Crawford


Esoteric Christianity refers to the contemplative study and to the mystic living of esoteric knowledge as related to what adherents view as the “inner teachings” of early Christianity, and is believed to be the teachings originally associated with the Essenes.

Some modern-day practitioners believe that the foundational teachings of Esoteric Christianity were publicly presented to the world in an effort to establish a future universal religion as mankind, with a more developed mind and will, walk forward to the understandings of universal Brotherhood. Its central aim is to aid each human being in his/her task of developing the “Christ within” each of us that must be reborn and awakened.

In this context, the Christ Within is defined as “soma psuchicon”, meaning soul body, which was needed by each individual in order to be able to enter and permanently live in the next etheric realm (new heavens and earth): the New Galilee.

This etheric region is thus regarded as the place where man, through the development of the soul body and not in the physical form, “shall be caught up “in the cloud” to meet the Lord; (the Second Advent of the Christ.)

These teachings are also believed by some to enable each individual to understand the mystery of life, that is, the mystery of death, eliminating the fear of it and to prepare human beings to start seeing among themselves the Way of transcendence.

This is being done according to the words “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 8:17; KJV) and it is knowledge that had to wait its own time to be grasped by our own mind, as the Christ spoke: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12).

It is also referred in the same form of Esoteric Christianity that
there are, and always have been, those being prepared towards
initiation – into the Lesser Mysteries, the secrets concerning the
science of life and being, – through harmonious development of the mind and the heart in a spirit of unselfishness service to mankind.

According to Max Heindel the door of a genuine mystery school is not unlocked by a golden key, but is only opened as a reward for meritorious service to humanity and the true pupil of any mystery school is far too modest to advertise the fact; he will scorn all titles or honors from men, he will have no regard for riches save the riches of love given to him by those whom it becomes his privilege to help and teach.

From an occult point of view, the esoteric Christian tradition
primarily traces itself to the exceedingly devout Order of Essenes which existed in ancient Palestine. They are described as a third sect which existed besides the two that are mentioned in the New Testament, the hypocritical Pharisees and the materialistic Sadducees.

Yehesua, according to the esoteric Christian tradition, was a high initiate educated by the Essenes, till his thirty years of age, and reached a very high state of spiritual development. It is likely that his education was conducted among the Nazarenes of Mount Carmel, an Essene community west of the Galilean area of Palestine.

This Order opened their initiation into the mysteries, in that time and through the centuries ahead, to the most prepared and worthy individuals, who were then able to achieve extraordinary qualities through their own efforts, study and understanding.

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He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” (Matthew 13:11)

And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. (Luke 8:10)

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Matthew 7:6)

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