C3.04. The Law Of Octaves In Brief
What Mystics such as Pythagoras, Socrates and Plato, Valentinus, the original disciples of Jesus, and in more modern times G.I.Gurdjieff knew, what others do not, is that for every action there is not only a reaction — but there are testing points built into the Laws of Creation that must be satisfied, in order to move beyond the barrier that these Laws present. In the parable of TheCall to the Wedding Feast, when Jesus portrayed those who had failed to put on the required Wedding Garment as being cast into the sorrows of the“outer darkness” of mind and being (see Outer Darkness), the reality portrayed was that of being bound to the very limited organic consciousness of the body-vessel — i.e., bound by The Law and limited by human carnal reasoning and logic. And when properly understood, the analogy of Plato’s Cave (see Plato) portrays the plight of natural organic man as being held in a state of mental and spiritual limitation by the illusions of this world (see above The Allusions Of The Forms Of Matter). When the Deist Framers of our Constitutional form of government took the position that if you begin to understand what you see — and when the Laws that manifest all of Creation are properly understood — that you will yourself begin on the journey towards an enlightened state of mind — i.e. an America Gnostic. This same reality is presented in the Gospel of Thomas where it states: (5) Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you…” To recognize what is in your sight, you must be cognizant of the Laws that have formed the images of what you observe in the world — images that are formed by impressing an aspect of mind into an allegorical symbol that is seen by man’s organic senses. Thus, what man observes in the world about him, is only a symbol that is holographically interpreted by man’s physical senses — and only when you begin to understand what you see, can you begin to escape the “outer darkness …Plato’s Cave”.
With respect to the underlying Laws of Creation, Gurdjieff used what is commonly known as the Enneagram — which is said to be a merger of the Law of Three which I have portrayed as the Divine Pattern that permeates all of Creation, and the Law of Seven which is portrayed as the Law of Octaves. The Enneagram consists of nine points which is the Law of Seven with the two shock points added at the crucial interval points where the Laws test all movements. The following is a quote from Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous: “Speaking in general it must be understood that the enneagram is a universal symbol. All knowledge can be included in the enneagram and with the help of the enneagram it can be interpreted. And in this connection only what a man is able to put into the enneagram does he actually know, that is, understand. What he cannot put into the enneagram he does not understand. For the man who is able to make use of it, the enneagram makes books and libraries entirely unnecessary. Everything can be included and read in the enneagram. A man may be quite alone in the desert and he can trace the enneagram in the sand and in it read the eternal laws of the universe. And every time he can learn something new, something he did not know before.” Take particular note of the words “…For the man who is able to make use of it, the enneagram makes books and libraries entirely unnecessary.” And it is this Knowledge of the Laws that the original core disciples of Jesus and TheWay understood, that made them warn others that there is only One Teacher — which they portrayed as The True Prophet. And this is demonstrated in the words of the Apostle Peter who is quoted in the Homilies of his disciple Clement: “Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples”.