5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
One of the oldest teachings of the Western Esoteric Spiritual Tradition is given in the simple phrase:
That which is below is similar to that which is above.
This means that what happens in the physical world, and especially within the human being, is a reflection of forces and energies interacting within the spiritual worlds.
The scroll is our story as spiritual beings. This is written by the being seated on the throne, the I AM. It is our Sacred Contract. We cannot know our own story because it is sealed by seven seals. Until two thousand years ago, only a very rare soul was able to break these seals, and many systems of spiritual development came into existence to train such souls. In our tradition, these are the Initiates, and they led the human race since the times of Atlantis.
The Initiate tradition focused around breaking the control of the senses upon the mind. In occult tradition there are actually twelve senses, and each of these comes as a pair. These correspond to the twelve pairs of cranial nerves in the brain. The cranial nerves supply the brain with the sensory information which the brain relies on. These are a reflection of the twenty four elders around the throne.
As long as the seals on the spiritual centres remain, our thinking depends on the information we receive from the nervous system. The incarnation of Christ changed this completely. The seven horns of the Lamb are the seven spiritual centres of the human being which have become filled with Ahrimanic and Luciferic forces. These forces stultify the centres so that they become hard and closed. The Lamb though also has seven eyes. The eyes represent the Christ consciousness which during the time of Pentecost, began to enter into the spiritual centres and dissolve the old crystallising energies of Ahriman and Lucifer.
As the seals open, the nervous system begins to be flooded by the new energies. The twenty four elders fall down before the Lamb, which means that the information delivered to the brain by the twenty four cranial nerves becomes increasingly transformed by the Christ energies. The first sense to be transformed is the sense of hearing. So the elders are given harps and incense which are the “prayers of the holy ones”.
As the spiritual centres come under the power of Christ, they open within our lives. Each opening gives an opportunity for observation and understanding of self and with this understanding, the contents of the scroll, our story and purpose are revealed.
Blood from the Lamb is flowing into the chalice of the Eucharist, representing the spiritualising force of the Lamb of God. Take time today to pause for a moment and experience the power of Christ streaming through you. Feel the seven centres light up with this transforming power. The seals of the Book are opening, and you will never be the same again.
Another thing that you have to understand in relationship to the forces and the spiritual centres, the spiritual centres spiritualise you. The more they are spiritualised the more they affect you physically. Once they start revolving and moving within you and throwing out their light into the substance of the body, it will affect your body. This light will then imbue your nervous system and your blood, spiritualising them. It will affect your spinal cord until eventually your whole body becomes the spiritual body of the Christ. It is at this precise moment that you can say to yourself, ‘I am spiritually rich, I know it all, I have prospered, I have need of nothing’.
Rev Mario Schoenmaker, The Book of Revelation, 1982 Lecture Series