of the Self
No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come—neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; the Father alone knows. 37 The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah.
1 JOHN 5:6
Jesus Christ is the one who came; he came with the water of his baptism and the blood of his death. He came not only with the water, but with both the water and the blood. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is true; for the Spirit is truth. 7 There are three witnesses, 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three agree.
The circle (One) as the symbol of the Self, the individuation process of completing the One (원), to locate the center and to reestablish at-one-ment with the source of one's being, is the coming of the Son of Man.
The three witnesses, "the Spirit, the water, and the blood," are the three human primaries, as in Spirit, Mind, and Body. "The spirit" is the energy operating in a person. "The water" is the conscious and the unconscious depths of the mind. "The blood" is the blood of the body. The agreement of all three witnesses signifies that the Spirit, Mind, and Body are in complete alignment. A straight-line configuration that must be reached within the individual for the Lord to travel.
John answered by quoting the prophet Isaiah: "I am 'the voice of someone shouting in the desert: Make a straight path for the Lord to travel!'"
The connection between body and mind generates sensation; the link between spirit and mind projects perception, and the communication between body and spirit, which function as the bridge between sensation and perception, animates emotion. When all three—body, spirit, and mind—are in agreement, one's experience of the world is no longer under the illusory spell of the maya. The line of communication between body and mind through spirit is pure and true. But be warned! As long as you are bound to the laws of time and space, you are not entirely free from the grips of her effect. You must make a conscious effort to stay awake and aligned.
Then I saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne, surrounded by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb appeared to have been killed. It had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God which have been sent into all the world.
The first living creature looked like a lion; the second looked like a calf; the third had a face like a man's face; and the fourth looked like a flying eagle.
The coming of the Self is a gradual process that begins from the moment of conception. The first coming, affirmed by the first inspiration and respiration, is a formidable undertaking accomplished by the mother and the infant. The initiation of the second coming, the conjunction of the opposites in the field of time, begins around the age of 35, as it takes three turns to draw a triangle and an additional half turn to align the opposites, a total of 3.5 turns to behold the key that belonged to David. The Lamb, then, calls on the individual, the bride, to take an active part in the conjoining process, for it is the responsibility of the individual that belongs in the physical world to heed the call.
The three axes inside the circle are the paths that unite the pairs of opposites from within, giving way for the contents of the personal unconscious to be gradually assimilated by the conscious ego. However, the information gathered from the depths of the collective unconscious cannot be comprehended with the existing frame of reference, only a vague grasp of the symbols. An additional twelve years is required, another full cycle, as signified by "a crown of twelve stars on her head," for comprehensive apperception of the content brought from the journey to the underworld.
The four living creatures surrounding the Lamb represent the four epochs of the coming of the Self, with an interval of twelve years. The lion symbolizes the first twelve years, the child. The calf corresponds to the next twelve years, the youth. The man stands for the coming of the Son of Man as the whole Self, as it takes thirty-six years to complete the big circle. By connecting back to the starting point, the inner child comes forth, the lion "who can break the seven seals and open the scroll." It is only through regaining the child-like openness that allows the individual to look inside the scroll of one's life, from both sides, as a child and also as an adult.
Remember this! Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven.
The word lion in Korean is called 'saja' (사자). The word 'saja' also denotes a few other words, but what concerns us here are the two words that make up the word lion. The word 'sa' (사) denotes four and death. And 'ja' (자), as indicated before, stands for 1. self 2. ruler 3. character 4. progeny. The lion "who can break the seven seals and open the scroll" is the lion of the first epoch, but the one who has the wisdom and the insight to comprehend what is written in the scroll is the one who has gained the eyes of the four living creatures, the Lamb. The one who has died and has been reborn through the four stages of development. It is by coming to the end of the fourth epoch, the eagle in flight, the Lamb in the center, acquires the overview perspective. The eyes to see the four stages from the center, and to see the center from the four standpoint of the four characters, the 'saja'.
The second coming, a transition from the epoch of the man to the eagle in flight, is a spiritual rebirth, a virgin birth. Just like the first coming, its ascension is aided by the spirit, the wind that carries the eagle to its heights. It's "the spirit of God hovering over the face of the water," at the moment of the release, that takes up the water, the mind, to rise to new heights in consciousness.
4 x 6 = 24
In front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. Surrounding the throne on each of its sides, were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and behind.
Each one of the four living creatures had six wings, and they were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day and night they never stop singing: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come.”
Each of the four living creatures had six wings covered with eyes inside and out. And also eyes in front and behind, a total of twenty-four eyes. The word eye in Korean is called 'noon' (눈). The word 'noon' also denotes snow. The base structure from which the vapor crystalizes to form the snowflake is the same structure as the three axes inside the six-pointed star. By gaining the faculty to perceive the world from the center, surrounded by the four living creatures with six wings, you see your past in the present and the present reflected in your past, a fractal pattern of your life mirrored in every eye on the wings. The eye that sees from inside and out, and from front and behind.
Just as no two snowflakes are alike, what is written in the scroll is uniquely different for every individual. The adventure of life, then, must be to discover your story that is to be written in the stars. The journey to self-discovery, naturally, begins by reflecting on the paths taken by those who came before us. But, in the end, the guided path must converge as your own. For "the way" is the path to the Self, the source of your being.
Individuation, therefore, can only mean a process of psychological development that fulfills the individual qualities given; in other words, it is a process by which a man becomes the definite, unique being he in fact is.
Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
The various stages of the development in one's life give a distinctive perspective particular to the epoch. If you are to reap any lasting treasure from the alchemical process of life, you must remain in touch with your past self. Not as the source of the complexes that weigh you down but as the living spirit that informs the present from the past. To forget what it was like when you were young and can only see the world from the current standpoint, you have not transformed your experience into wisdom; you just got old.
Six wings on each of the four living creatures comprise 24 wings in total, which are the twenty-four elders dressed in white, the wise informing spirits of the past. 24 times 4 (in and out, front and behind) equals 96. When 96 is multiplied by 15 (the measurement of the city) we get 144, the number of the redeemed. The number that was produced by the union of the Lamb and the bride, 216, is divided by 15, because the Lamb and the bride come together to share the city. Whereas, the number of eyes is multiplied by 15, because the wisdom of the four living creatures amplifies the insight of the soul.
The symbol that represents the mathematical operations of multiplication is the cross, the quaternity. The four cardinal points of the four living creatures merging in the middle (4+1) to produce the 5th point, the center.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
Jesus answered, "If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water."