The Poimandres

With full authority over the mortal cosmos and reasonless animals, the Human Self breaks through the vault.

It pauses and looks through the cosmic framework.

The Human Self displays God’s fair form to nature below. Nature beholds it and smiles.

The Human Self is fair, without excess, and It bears all cosmic powers as well as God’s form.

As the Human Self’s shadow falls upon the earth, nature reflects Its fair form in the waters. When the Human Self beholds the reflection of Its form in the waters, as it is in nature, It loves it and wishes to inhabit it. Wish and action come at once, and the Human Self inhabits the subconscious form.

Nature takes hold of her beloved, embraces the Human Self all about, and squeezes It, for they are lovers.

– Hermes Trismegistus

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