Originally published on April 7, 2008
Paul Tisdell is a surfer, initiate, scribe, and teacher. He joins us to discuss his awakening process and spiritual journey, the compilation of Wisdom, and his work in the field of Hermes.
Our conversation begins with Paul describing how he was made aware of his purpose and the amazing experiences that this journey entailed. He talks about his initiation, trials, and the concept that rose above all others – Love.
Our conversation also covers the Royal Art of Alchemy, the sacred flame, Tarot, Qabalah, the importance of timing, and his impressions of teaching the Wisdom.
I AM the circle of eternal flame,
From this Fire all things proceed,
In it all things have their being,
And to it all return.
To the unenlightened
It is a devouring flame,
And therefore is it the fang of death;
For by my transforming power
Do I cause the cessation of mine expression
In created forms,
And the unwise see not that cessation in one form
Is but the transition to another.
SHIN, the TOOTH or fang,
Is the perfect circle also,
This the wise perceive,
And know that for no creature
Can there be death.
Triple is my flame in manifestation,
And one in essence.
Three tongues of Fire,
Three manifesting Words,
And One Being whence all come forth.
One Archetypal world,
One creative letter.
And three worlds derived therefrom.
Such is the manifestation of the sacred Fire.
– excerpt from “The Meditation On Shin,” from “The Book of Tokens”
Spiritual Life – The Hermetic Work of Paul Tisdell
intro music by HipGnosis