The preconceived notions we have of the term “Occult” are severely twisted and misconstrued. The term itself literally reads as “hidden knowledge”, which conveys a series of Theological doctrines carried underground over the past few centuries.
The reason behind its secrecy is the church’s denunciation of some of it’s teachings. One of which is in regards to the nature of ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’. The church offers the idea that both exist solely in the afterworld, whereas their counterparts argue that these are actually within the framework of our daily lives.
The first presents heaven’s idyllic world offered solely to those who keep from sin, those who don’t would eternally be condemned in hell. This keeps us from sin, leading moral lives, yet it also leaves us wary and petrified. This means that the modesty of the individual isn’t due to love, it’s due to to fear – people would only conform with the church’s law to avoid the wrath of God. This, however, contradicts the idea of an omni-benevolent creator and it leads us into questioning the church, especially in regards to its belief in a ‘fixed’ destiny.
The “Occult” offers an alternative viewpoint. Championing the idea of ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’, they’ve come to understand these polar images as states to be achieved within the mental/physical world. This side of the argument sees that through upholding our morals and virtues, individuals, and then an entire society, might come to lead lives full of peace and compassion. In this idyllic heaven, everyone would seek to obtain the summum bonum.
By this regard, heaven might come to be identified as a world living in harmony. This ‘state’ is thus seen as the ultimate end-goal of humanity, hence the popular statement, “As Above, So Below”.
Heaven, heavily compared with the ‘Garden Of Eden’, is also deemed as the individual’s perfect perception of the world, pure from the chaos or vices of the earth. If such a state might be ascertained by an individual, state or society, freedom and salvation might be achieved.
As heaven represents the higher nature of a mind or state, hell might be used to represent an individual or society governed by its vices. A society run by greed, gluttony and power is bound to suffer from its own corruption and defilement, similar to that of an individual. The general lack of conscience within this state, would see people lost, unable to find their higher self. This makes for a fall into decadence and a general lack of moral conviction.
Each person has a mind to discern their own personal beliefs, however, it oft seems as though heaven might be achieved on earth if we lead our lives through our hearts; the golden compass. There’s a conscience instilled within each person and if we keep to it, we might reap the rewards on the other end of the forest via karma’s gentle hand.