R Hodges © Sept 2021
Man is born as a one-dimensional being (Body only). In infancy he/she acquires a second dimension (Feeling) and later, when he/she undergoes separation from identification with parents, a third (Mind). If these three dimensions become fully realized, under certain conditions a fourth dimension (“I”) can form. Normally this happens in early adulthood but under modern conditions of life it may be delayed into late life, or it may never happen. It occurs only when intense radiations from feeling penetrate body and mind and inseminate in the organism a “Self,” an integral reflection of feeling. This is the embryo of the “I,” sometimes called "Soul." When fully developed it can become the heart and central sun of the whole.
Only at this stage can Initiation take place. This can be initiation into the mysteries of a cult in which the real mysteries are preserved, or it can occur by self-initiation. Since late antiquity, almost all surviving cults have become degenerate, due to natural withering of the mysteries they once conveyed and lack of knowledge how to renew them, such self-initiation is nowadays almost the only way. The initiate must be given, or discover for himself, a tesseract (see Note below) a moving diagram of a 4-dimensional cube, which the ordinary mind cannot visualize. This diagram is to be contemplated until the mind itself exceeds its 3-dimensional bounds and grasps the 4th dimension:
Feeling becomes greatly intensified by the reflection of its radiations in the “I”. Its radiations become white-hot and fecundate the maturation of the embryo into the real Soul. Eventually the Soul, now called Astral Body, can exist external from the ordinary body, can be exteriorized and projected, can manifest at a distance, and can persist for a time after death. These facts take place outside the normal processes of physical existence, though they do not violate any laws such as those known to science.
How this happens and what it means is a great mystery which can only be studied by the actual experience of it. Though such experiences have been intimated in many texts and scriptures (including here), these cannot be relied upon as literally true—at best they must be regarded as symbolic tales whose true meaning cannot be grasped within 3-dimensional being.
According to Magic, Myth, and Money: The Origin of Money in Religious Ritual by William Desmonde the origin of coined money was in tokens called tesserae used in ancient religions to signify cult membership and initiatic grade, and to authorize the bearer to receive portions of meat from sacrificial animals. It is further believed that as the use of money became widespread, as an abstract fungible substance it acted as a great equalizer between people, and gave the impetus for paid work, for social and political systems driven by money rather than class, and for universalizing and monotheistic religions, eventually leading to secularism, atheism, and science.