Fire feeds being, and being feeds fire.
The idea of different kinds of fire that nourish or are fed by different orderings of being may have originated with Zarathushtra, but was kept alive in various esoteric traditions for long after. Finally it was Remanifested in the teachings of Gurdjieff, before being once again called down from the sky by the Second Beast of Revelation Ra En Set.
The 20th Century philosopher and spiritual entrepreneur G.I. Gurdjieff taught that man’s existence occurs largely in a state of relative sleep, and that to awaken to a state of being that is able to perceive truth, it is necessary to aright the flow of energies within his internal system. With a background in esoteric teachings and techniques, Gurdjieff attracted a body of sincere students – ‘seekers of truth’ – and expounded upon these ideas via literature, music, and movements.
Gurdjieff utilized a variety of tools, models, and terms; but one central theme is that different forms of energy ‘feed’ different aspects of being. In a man’s ordinary state of relative sleep, most parts of being are cut-off from certain higher sources of nourishment. Much of the work of ‘awakening’ comes down to reconnecting with those higher sources; reopening those channels so dormant and higher-functioning aspects of being can be re-booted and begin functioning with a more conscious aim.
So there are really three things that must come together for man’s awakening: 1) the man, 2) his desire to awaken, or his hunger for higher being, and 3) the energy, or source of food for higher being. The man is Substance, the food is Energy, and the desire is Telos = S.:E::T
Reflect for a moment on that: the idea that there is a special kind of food for higher being – this manifests to us a parallel to our concept of the Black Flame – that Supersubstantial source of energy and purpose that Lucifer delivered to the human race in pre-historic times that led to man’s awakening and exodus from the paradise of simple mammalian existence. Two of the most outstanding terms for this energy are found in Gurdjieff’s magnum opus ‘Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson’: “Hanbledzoin,” and “Aiessakhladonn.” Both refer to significant aspects of a substantial form of energy, manifesting in different forms as it travels through different worlds of magnitude. One energy form is food for what is called the Emotional (or Kesdjan) Body, the other feeds what is called the Spiritual Body. As Beelzebub states in his Tales to His Grandson:
“Now, my boy, I find it necessary for the given case and also perhaps for my further explanations to inform you in more detail about the cosmic substance called ‘being-hanbledzoin.’
“’Hanbledzoin’ is nothing else than the ‘blood’ of the ‘kesdjan body’ of the being; and just as the sum total of cosmic substances called ‘blood’ serves for the nourishment and renewal of the planetary body of the being, so in the same way ‘hanblezoin’ serves for nourishing and perfecting the kesdjan body.”
An external or higher source for something that is or could also be a part of the individual body and being.
“You should know that in general the quality of the composition of the blood in the common presence of your favorites, as in all three-brained beings, depends on the number of being-bodies already completely formed in them.”
In other words man must first form within himself something able to receive, process, and contain those higher substances.
“Blood, in the presence of three-brained beings, may be composed of substances arising from the transformation of three distinct and independent ‘cosmic sources of actualization.’
Three cosmic substances the feed three aspects of the internal being-complex – compare with the idea of different kinds of fire.
“The substances of that part of the being-blood designed by Nature for serving the planetary body arise from the transformation of substances of that planet on which the given being is formed and exists.
“But the substances designed for serving the kesdjan body of the being, which in their totality are called ‘hanblezoin,’ are obtained from the transformation of elements of other planets and of the sun itself of that system where this tree-brained being has the place of his arising and existence.
The kesdjan body is also called the Emotional Body and it grows in fact out of the Emotional Center. It is possible for the Kesdjan Body to linger after the death of the Physical Body, even for a relatively undeveloped person, do to the extreme emotional energy spike that can occur with – especially a violent or unexpected – death. This explains the superstitions about ‘ghosts’ and many other so-called paranormal phenomena.
“Finally, that part of the being-blood which almost everywhere is called the sacred ‘aiessakhladonn,’ and which serves the highest part of the being called the ‘soul,’ derives from the direct emanations of our Most Holy Sun Absolute.”
This is the highest substance, or SuperSubstance, what Ouspensky called Influences C, or what Zarathushtra called Mainyu Athra, or Holy Fire. The fire-aspects are acknowledged in Beelzebub’s Tales with the symbolism of the Most Holy Sun Absolute.
And how do we receive these various substances?
“Substances required for the blood of the planetary body of beings enter into them through their ‘first being-food’ or what your favorites simply call ‘food.’
“But the substances needed both for coating and for perfecting the ‘higher being-body,’ that is, the ‘kesdjan body,’ enter into their common presence through their ‘breathing,’ and through certain what are called ‘pores’ of the skin.
Recalling the connection of the Kesdjan Body to the Emotional Center, we might note the calming of emotions that can occur through moderated breathing, or the extreme disruption or loss of breath that can occur in heightened emotional states, like crying, laughing, or feeling terror. Regarding pores of the skin consider the effects of sun on mood – sunshine being associated with happiness, a lack of sunshine associated with its opposite.
“As for the sacred cosmic substances required for the coating of the ‘highest being-body,’ which they call the ‘soul,’ these substances can be assimilated and correspondingly transformed and coated in them, just as in us, only through the process of what is called ‘aisirtoorassian contemplation,’ actualized in their common presence with the conscious participation of their three independent spiritualized parts.”
It is through self-consciousness that the highest SuperSubstance is accessed. An act called self-remembering, or perhaps something akin to what Plato referred to as the state of Noesis. The act causes a certain ‘opening’ in one’s being that allows for the reception of something that is ordinarily by-passed.
Like the Black Flame, these things wind through the cosmos and touch man in ways that effect his evolution – personally, culturally, and genetically. They are ‘fiery’ for their transformational potentials, the are black for they are mostly hidden and generally forbidden by the powers that be.
For us the most tangible aspect of Gurdjieff’s life-force energy is what comes to us through the emotions – Hanbledzoin. This is the manifestation focused on largely by Wilhelm Reich and his study of the ‘Orgone’ energy. Reich claimed that the emanations from the passions could be quantified, studied, and observed through waves and heat-signatures. This is the Fire that emanates from the passions and may be passed easily from one person to another.
The Aiessakhladonn is the aspect of the fire that feeds the soul and originates in the absolute. Awakening to it further opens up possibilities well beyond the limitations of this solar system, and connects us with a much higher source. We awaken to it by learning to receive impressions consciously. In order to do this, we first make certain efforts to streamline the flow of the more tangible energy forms like Hanbledzoin, and then an effort to be fully conscious of our being in the moment. Then the higher-being aspects of our energy-environment become not only visible, but digestible.
Even the simplest organ must do two things to continue existing – move, and eat. The same principle endures, even as we discover new and higher bodies of existence.