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Exactly 8 months ago we embarked on the adventure of the @embassyofthefreemind . Thank you all for your support, we can't wait to welcome all of you in #Amsterdam one day! 🙌 watch video via link in bio/stories!
Webshop Offer

Gilles Quispel - Het Evangelie van Thomas
Dutch, blijvend in prijs verlaagd: € 25,-! ‘Jezus zegt:
De evenbeelden openbaren zich aan de mens,
en het licht dat in hen is, is verborgen in het beeld
van het licht des vaders.
Hij zal zich openbaren, en zijn beeld is verborgen door zijn licht.’
Logos 83 uit ‘Het Evangelie van Thomas’

The Gospel of Thomas, containing 114 logoi or Words of #Jesus, was one of the gospels which circulated in the first centuries CE. It was re-discovered only in 1945 among the codices found at Nag Hammadi in Egypt. The Gospel of #Thomas was written in Edessa, a city in #Mesopotamia, around 140, but is based on two earlier sources, an Alexandrian and a Judaean source. The latter can be dated to ca. 40 CE, making it the earliest known Christian source, older than the Logienquelle (Q) which fed the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The Judaean source often gives a truer representation of the words once spoken by Jesus than the canonical gospels. It also appears that Jesus himself never called the Pharisees ‘hypocrites’. Gilles Quispel’s new edition of Het Evangelie van Thomas does not only offer a complete translation from the #Coptic text of Thomas, but also provides a commentary to each logion, whereby Quispel traces the source (Judaean or Alexandrian) and offers a context for each Word of Jesus. The logia are preceded by an introduction situating the Gospel of Thomas in the history of #Christianity, and followed by a conclusion, in which Quispel recapitulates his findings.

Order through:
#evangelie #thomas #quispel
Fludd on Friday

Robert #Fludd (1574-1637): Hermetic #philosopher and surveyor of two worlds. Based on Joscelyn Godwin’s study of “Robert Fludd: #Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds” (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). Advice to the Aspiring #Artist
After explaining the geometrical bases of the human form, which help one to depict it accurately, Fludd faces the problem of how to draw irregular objects such as animals which do not lend themselves to treatment by use of the grid. ‘Sketch it in black or red pencil or charcoal, and lay it aside until the next day. Then, each day, see what parts of it needs improvement and amend them bit by bit. In this way one can work on as many as forty drawings simultaneously, and gradually increase one’s skill. Imagination and memory are the two nurses and midwives of this art.’ (p. 33*). The elegant engraving of a deer presumably shows what one may hope to achieve through diligent practice.
#art #drawing #practice
Four stars and a wonderful review for the exhibition ‘Anima Mundi’ curated by artist Hans van der Ham at Museum @boijmans ! The Embassy of the Free Mind loaned a number of beautiful rare books and prints from the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica collection to his exhibition. So if you are visiting #Rotterdam this summer, make sure to go and have a look!

The review can be read here (in Dutch)
#AnimaMundi #BoijmansvanBeuningen #review
Hermetic Holidays

Is there more to the southern Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch than meets the eye? According to René Zwaap, if the painter Hieronymus #Bosch were to leave his house on the central market of 's-Hertogenbosch today, he would have no difficulty finding his way through town, even though some five centuries have passed since the year of his death, in 1516. Curiously, the triangular market of ‘s-Hertogenbosch is apparently a place of #magic. Local architect Jan van der Eerden regards the place as an “axis mundi”, situated as it is on a powerful energy line running from West to East, a so-called “dragon path”. He also claims many of the city's medieval buildings, such as St John's #cathedral, are expressions in stone of #sacred #geometry and #geomancy.

#Bosch #sacredgeometry #hermeticholidays
Hermetic Reads

A separate reality (1971) – Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) was an #author and #anthropologist who was born in #Peru. His most influential works revolve around the person of Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian and #spiritual guide. ‘A separate reality’ is one of those novels. 
In his previous work, ‘The teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui way of Knowledge’, Castaneda travels to #Mexico and meets Don Juan Matus. 
In ‘A separate reality’ Castaneda returns to Mexico. He describes the experiences he had eating psychotropic plants, offered to him by Don Juan Matus. The main goal of Don Juan Matus is to get the main character to ‘perceive energy directly as it flows through the universe’. Eating the psychotropic plants helps Castaneda to reach this state. 
#CarlosCastaneda #spirituality #hermeticreads
Art & Imagination

František Kupka ‘The Dream’ (1906-9). Oil on cupboard, 30.5 x 31.5 cm

Kupka’s involvement with the #mystical and the occult dated from his early childhood in #Bohemia. He was apprenticed as a youth to a saddler, a #spiritualist who led a secret society. Kupka’s visionary experiences were translated into #visual form in his painting as a transperceptual realm in which color is imaginary, space is infinite, and everything appears to be in a constant state of flux. 
Kupka (1871-1957) once wrote of a #mystical experience in which “it seemed I was observing the earth from the outside. I was in great empty space and saw the planets rolling quietly.” Text by: Maurice Tuchman ‘The Spirit in #Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985’, 1986
#Kupka #TheDream #artandimagination
Events Calendar

Occult South Asia: From the 19th to the 21st Century. 
History of #Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (HHP), along with the Department of #Religious Studies (Universität Wien) will be sponsoring a workshop on #Occult South Asia to be held in #Vienna in November 2018. This academic event will be the first major initiative to bridge the gap between the fields of Western #Esotericism and South Asian studies. It will bring together scholars from both the fields who will discuss their research and collaborate to introduce a new direction of academic discipline. This Workshop is organized by Professor Karl Baier (Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna) and Mr. Mriganka Mukhopadhyay (PhD candidate at the HHP). The workshop will take place on 23-24 November 2018
More information:
#event #Vienna #OccultSouthAsia
‘The Dream of Poliphilus’ - only two more weeks to go!

Have you seen the #book already? ’If not, then you have only two more weeks to come and marvel at the 'Hypnerotomachia Poliphili', or 'The Dream of Poliphilus’.The copy of this allegorical love story called ‘the most beautiful book in the world’ currently in the House with the Heads was once owned by Prince William of Orange. It can be seen together with our own two copies of rare editions of the book and secondary sources about the story.
The book is on display at the Embassy of the Free Mind - Ambassade van de Vrije Geest until July 28th, so make sure you don’t miss it. And the good news is, in addition to the Amsterdam #Stadspas, we now also accept the Dutch #Museumkaart!

We’re open from Wed-Sat, with daily guided tours at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm.
#DreamofPolyphilus #WilliamofOrange
Webshop Offer

Gilles Quispel - Het Evangelie van Thomas
Dutch, blijvend in prijs verlaagd: € 25,-! ‘Na de vondst in 1945 van een “gnostische bibliotheek’" verstopt in kruiken in het #Nijlzand bij het Egyptische Nag Hammadi, heeft prof. Quispel een vooraanstaande rol gespeeld in het onderzoek van de daar gevonden teksten. Onder die teksten bevond zich ook een koptische versie van het Evangelie van Thomas.’ Lees de hele recensie in Trouw hier:

Het Evangelie van Thomas bevat 114 logia, of Woorden van #Jezus. In deze nieuwe editie biedt Gilles Quispel niet alleen een complete vertaling van de Koptische tekst van Thomas, maar geeft hij ook de achtergronden en context bij ieder Woord van Jezus. 
Bestel via: (link in bio)
#evangelie #thomas #quispel
Kom je ons ook met de @museumkaart of @stadspas020 bezoeken? Als je vóór eind juli komt heb je zelfs nog de kans om ‘De Droom van Poliphilus’ uit 1554 te komen bewonderen, ooit eigendom van prins Willem van Oranje. Kom en laat je verrassen door onze boeken over en afbeeldingen uit tweeduizend jaar aan wijsheidstradities. Laat je inspireren door het gedachtegoed van grote en eigenzinnige geesten, leer iets over de geschiedenis van het vrije denken en over ons prachtige grachtenpand, het Huis met de Hoofden, en kom tot rust in het centrum van #Amsterdam in onze zonnige ruime tuin.

Open: woensdag t/m zaterdag 10.00-17.00 uur, dagelijks rondleidingen om 10.30 en 14.30 uur. 
#amsterdam #museum #museumkaart
Pearls of Wisdom "Would the world be more #beautiful if all the flowers on earth had been blended into one uniform colour, or all the #mountains raised to make the earth monotonously flat? Each #religion offers something glorious, peculiarly its own." #Buddhist Abbot Minzing in 'The #Mystical Way and the Arthurian #Quest' (Llanerch, 1986) by Derek Bryce.
#Minzing #mysticism #pearlsofwisdom