People often approach the subject religion from varying positions. Some people see religion as a means to connect with their Creator. Others only view it as customary cultural observance, a sign you somehow “belong” to that society but really, beyond this, they do not give it any serious thought.
Then there are those that go deeper into religion to find deeper truth, a greater understanding of life, the nature of the soul and of God. Those who don’ t approach religion in this manner can tend to be dismissive such individuals as “mystics” (used in a derogatory manner since they themselves cannot see things in that way.)
But there is another approach to religion that is neither exoteric or esoteric (at least, not in the mystical sense). It is the metaphysical approach to religion. Some may argue that metaphysics and mysticism are two sides of the same coin, and they may be right. However, where the mystical approach is framed in deeply personal, transcendental, highly subjective and even poetic form, the metaphysical is usually framed in an almost rational, empirical, practical, objective form.
In the Religion of Light in general, there are different covenants and religious communities and there are variations between the individual communities that adhere to a respective covenant. Some may be focused on literal and exoteric religion. Others might be focused on a more mystical approach.
In Asha, a person could approach its teachings in an exoteric way, or a mystical way as there are writings that accommodate both, but a person could easily approach Asha in a metaphysical way (not to be thought of as “New Age”).
You could view Asha and its teaching in this way:
Reality derives from a source. It is is not self-generated. Something gave rise to this reality. In Latin this is sometimes called the “Prima Mobilia” the primary movement or first cause. You could read the tablet of Creation, for example and view this from a metaphysical perspective. That reality is energy, the manifestation of this energy is light. That light is oscillating or vibrating at incredibly high speeds.
When we read about the creation of matter, we know that matter is also light but it is light that is oscillating at a very low level. It is light in a static form, you could say.
In the Tablet of Creation, we are reading of souls encased in matter. How we can view this is that the many streams of consciousness that we call souls, are encased in shells composed of light that is vibrating at a rate greatly reduced from the energy of the Realm of Light, where we originated from.
So, you have streams of consciousness with limited awareness, and trapped in prisons composed of slowly oscillating light. The stream of consciousness trapped within, with no awareness of its real nature, can mistake itself for this shell and will only operate on an instinctual level. Hermes Trismegistus would have defined them as the existence of a brute since it has no awareness or drive towards a higher state of existence.
A stream of consciousness trapped in a slowly vibrating prison of a physical form, that slows its own vibration to that same level, exists in a state of disharmony with higher vibrations of light, higher levels of existence. That is a stream of consciousness that is heading toward its extinction.
A stream of consciousness that is trapped in matter, that increases its vibration, to oscillate in time with higher vibrations of light, is preparing itself for higher levels of existence. That is a stream of consciousness that is on the verge of Liberation. If a person figures this out, they then will want to figure out how to increase their spiritual vibration while they are still in the flesh.
In Asha, we refer to three means by which the individual stream of consciousness can increase its vibrations:
1. Through observance of the Maxims:
1) To exclusively worship the Divine Source of all life.
2) To lead a life devoted to Truth.
3) To reject materialism.
4) To abstain from causing harm to oneself or others.
5)To be faithful to ones mate and to become detached from sexual obsessions
6) To not take what does not belong to you.
7) To exhibit honesty.
8) To avoid occult beliefs and practices.
9) To avoid hypocrisy.
10) To be fair with all people.
2. Through the Cultivation of the 12 Virtues:
11) Justice, and
3. Through the development of the Five Divine Lights within:
1) Pure Reason,
2) Pure Mind,
3) Pure Intelligence,
4) Pure Thought and
5) Pure Understanding.
4. Through directing your consciousness to the Divine Source, the Divine Energy that permeates Creation and the Totality of Sentient Consciouness (called the Living Spirit).
This is most commonly performed either through meditation or prayer (the recitation of the Names of God, Mother and Son.)
All of these practices, within the framework of an established link* to the Divine Source, will result in, not only the increase in the vibration of consciousness, but the actual ascension and spiritual liberaiton of consciouness form matter.
*(Establishing a link with the Divine Source is called by different names in different cultures. It is most commonly known as establishing a covenant or relationship.)
A stream of consciousness that seeks to exist in perpetuity and in an environment that is the most conducive for this type of perpetual existence, will actively seek this out. So, as we can see, Asha can be understood and lived whether you approach religion in a purely exoteric manner, a deeply mystical manner, a purely metaphysical manner or a synthesis of all three.